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Don midwest

Election integrity is so quaint!

When the goal is maintaining the establishment and the power of oligarchs and corporations
Jim Crow GOP Steals Another Election As Brain Dead Democrats and Media Say Nothing

The Jim Crow GOP has stolen yet another Congressional election, this time in Georgia. As always, the media and Democrats are saying nothing about it.

And now the US Supreme Court will allow secretaries of state to completely trash the ballots of anyone they choose.

So the Trump/GOP domination of American elections is essentially secure for the foreseeable future. Anyone believing the 2018 or 2020 elections will provide realistic opportunities to overthrow Trump/GOP control of the government is living in a dream world.

That dream world fits an historic pattern we outline in our new STRIP & FLIP DISASTER OF AMERICA’S STOLEN ELECTIONS. Its latest incarnation has just surfaced in Jim Crow Georgia.

The much-hyped Congressional race between Democrat John Ossof and former Georgia GOP secretary of state Karen Handel was the most expensive in US history, costing more than $50 million.

It has ended with yet another victory for Jim Crow election theft as surely as if the KKK had run rampant through the countryside, lynching potential voters.

When the seat was vacated by a Trump cabinet pick, Ossof apparently won a run-off election. Early reports showed him with well over 50% of the vote. But as usual where electronic voting machines are involved, Ossof’s margin mysteriously fell under the majority as the evening proceeded, forcing a run-off.

Not one major media outlet reported that GOP secretaries of state like Handel have been using the infamous Crosscheck program to strip untold numbers of minority and other suspected Democrats from the registration rolls. As reported by Greg Palast in THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY, Crosscheck was developed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to eliminate millions of non-white voters from the registration rolls. In 2016 some 30 GOP secretaries of state used it to help put Trump in the White House.

Article by a couple of men who have been working the election integrity issue since 2004 and written a half dozen books.

Bob Fitrakis is a poly sci prof and an atty and was Jill Stein’t atty and may still be the head of the Green party in OH

Greg Palast was on DemocracyNow last week to talk about GA election and crosscheck

Greg Palast: How Racist Voter Suppression Could Cost Jon Ossoff the Georgia Election

Bob Fritakis has been banned from DK/TOP for years

He is local here in Columbus OH


machines, vote flipping, voter stripping. i’m tellin’ ya. voting is a mirage unless you have a landslide, and even then, i wonder.

why we aren’t all up in arms about the theft of our right to choose our “leaders” mystifies me. guess the MSM has convinced people that we are a bunch of conspiracy nuts. It’s a cryin shame.


LD, this is OT, but there’s a diary up at c99% about the latest TOP bannings. Delphine (of all people) got bojo’ed. I wandered over there recently (not banned), and I hardly recognize anyone including the FPers. Thank god we were able to take refuge on here, on c99 and other places. It’s Markos’s loss, but he’s now a rich Repuke so he doesn’t know the difference! T and R to the usual suspects!! 🙂

Don midwest

I also wandered over there

Am still with 5 bars trusted user

Occasionally post comments there, mostly in the morning at the Pundit Roundup article and when people we know, like Sabir, Jamess, TomP who continue to try and nudge them in the Bernie direction

The latest DNC fundraising hits another low. Article from WA Times, right wing paper, but found in a search

DNC hits another fundraising low

This may have already been posted, but doing it again just in case…

Michael Moore: Dems have ‘no message, no plan, no leaders’


Yeah I go there too but I rarely comment. There’s still lots of Bernie people there. Diaries by pro-Bernie/progressive Dems are great, but I think the pie fights are useless/waste of time. No one’s mind is going to change. I also do like to see what the other side is thinking–even if I don’t agree.


LD has done a terrific job designing this site just like he did the BNR. There are more lurkers on here than commenters. I don’t get banning terrific writers like Mahakali Overdrive or bobswern. Meteor Blades is still there, but Markos knows better than to mess with him. He was one of the first kossacks, and helped put MM on the cyber map, and made him rich.


would love to see Mahakali here.


There was a lot of angst about Delphine’s banning and others especially Mahakali Overdrive. There was a whole diary that reached the top of the rec list, asking that MO be reinstated. At the help desk, the mods refuse to answer why Delphine (and others) were banned. It would be nice if some bannees wander over here. I always thought that MO and Delphine were great.


Me too!




me 4


I’ve been following the discussion fairly closely at TOP, perhaps as much as StevenD has. StevenD was bojo’d, and indeed how strange it was to when it occurred–it was like a midnight raid and the victims had no idea a pox was put on their houses. In StevenD’s case, I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner, now that Kos & the Staffers are clamping down on just about any criticism of the Democratic Party. But what’s fascinating is how TOP is a microcosm of the divide in the Democratic Party; yet, when I was at PS, most of the progressives there don’t hang out on the blogs. So many of them aren’t reading the pie fights, but they do see the tensions of the moderate, very neoliberal wings and the progressive wing. The common ground is social justice, just as long it doesn’t interfere with the free market.

Moreover, it appears too that anyone who has an account at C99 or other places (the exception seems to be TPW, but probably because we are a smallest fraction of TOP) who are very critical of Kos/TOP have gotten bojo’d. I don’t know how TOP Staffers have time to peruse the internet, but Kos has thrown down the gauntlet that he will not tolerate any criticism of Kossacks who are PoC (or women) who believe that Bernie Sanders is the main reason for Clinton’s loss in 2016. And they heap scorn on poor people who voted for Trump. As Thomas Frank said, being common man’s party when you aren’t for the common man, well then you aren’t the Democratic Party we appreciated over the years. Moreover, one has to be on the Anti-Trump drumbeat or else, the chances of diaries getting rec’d are not as great.

I am sorry for Delphine, inclusiveheart, Knotlookin’ and MO. MO, incidentally, is vacationing happily away so while she is aware of what’s happening; she’s also enjoying some down time with her family.

Regarding C99, they claim that things are “relaxed” over there. I see freedom of expression, which is not the same thing as “relaxed.” C99 seems to be the most vocal anti-MIC faction of the left, as well as the most anti-neoliberal; they produce good essays to unpack the issues of MIC related to neoliberalism. But I’m not comfortable reading about how Bernie is an imperialist pig and how some of their readers agree with that stance. Some of the essays appear to me that they are disappointed that Bernie hasn’t gone far enough to fight the neoliberals or been more strident like the Chicago 7. Bernie has his blind spots, but I think overall he is an astute politician.

Kos is neoliberal himself, and folks need to accept it, and if they are still trying to win hearts and minds over there, it’s a sisyphusian proposition. It’s good to defend Bernie, but the fight needs to be on the streets, talking to people and not just being in the TOP bubble, where many of the major Berniecrat bloggers seem to be stuck. Steven D wrote some very personal notes this afternoon, ones that I hope will take heed and heart, about the loss of being rejected from a community that once called itself the most progressive blog, electing more and better Democrats. I find myself half engaged over there at times, mainly when there is a smearing of Bernie that stems out of the rage from Clinton’s loss of the election.

To me, it’s looking like 1968 or 1972 all over again, and the R’s keep winning races.


I’ll be in an out in the next few days. Preparing for a conference in which I have a presentation to do tomorrow. Hope everyone has a Sure Happy It’s Thursday (just some humor).

Eileen R

Good luck with your presentation at the conference.


Good luck with your presentation Benny!!! I hope they listen, pay attention and applaud afterwards. 🙂


First day at new part-time job, today–yay!


Good luck polarbear!!!!

I hope you like it a lot.


Thanks. Love it so far. :O) Very part time until I can get certified by DDS. Then it will be at least 20 (active!) hours a week. Really enjoying little Mukti.


What is “little Mukti”?

I looked it up in google & found this, prob not what you’re referring to, but nice:

From as early as I can remember, I had this great desire for people to be kind to one another. I had this sense, somehow, that there was the capacity within us to have a sense of what brotherhood or sisterhood or living in harmony could be.


@polarbear4 congrats


Thanks, wi! See above reply to mags. How long have I been looking? I’m sorta thrilled.



Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may have lost his bid for the White House in 2016, but he’s sure as hell not ready to fade into obscurity anytime soon. Instead, he’s emerged as a gadfly, loudly and publicly sounding the alarm on what he sees as the country’s troubling descent into authoritarianism under President Donald Trump.

“I can’t remember a president who has had more authoritarian tendencies than Trump,” Sanders told me in an interview on Wednesday. “What is going on is not only this rise of authoritarianism but also, simultaneously, you are seeing this country move very rapidly toward oligarchy.”

As Sanders prepared to give a big speech on Thursday at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he got on the phone with me to talk about Trump’s admiration for authoritarian leaders, his attacks on the media, the Russia investigation, and more.

Sanders told me he believes Trump has a basic disrespect for the fundamental pillars of democracy — the press, the judicial system — that mimics the authoritarian regimes the Trump administration has cozied up to around the globe.
And that combination, he says, is dangerous.

From Bernie:

The American people, I think, whether you are a Republican or Democrat, have a hard time understanding his affection for a guy like [Russian President] Vladimir Putin, who has worked overtime to undermine not only democracy in his own country but also democracy in the United States.

Do you want a good relationship with Russia? Of course you do. But why would you have what appears to be a personal affection for an authoritarian leader? It is not just Putin. It is also [President Rodrigo] Duterte of the Philippines; it is the royal family of Saudi Arabia.

Again: You may want to make alliances, you may not; those are debates you have to have. But for a country like the United States, which has been seen, historically, as one of the great promoters of democracy, why have this affinity for so many authoritarian countries?


From Bernie


For weeks, Republicans have been drafting their ‘health care’ bill in secret, refusing to hold hearings or public debate. Now we know why. The bill Republicans announced today is even worse than expected and by far the most harmful piece of legislation I have seen in my lifetime. This bill has nothing to do with health care. It has everything to do with an enormous transfer of wealth from working people to the richest Americans.

Republicans want to throw millions of Americans off of health insurance – including thousands of Vermonters – slash Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood and substantially increase premiums on older Americans. Meanwhile, their bill would provide over $200 billion in tax breaks to the top 2 percent and hundreds of billions more to the big drug and insurance companies that are ripping off the American people.

Our job now is to rally millions of Americans against this disastrous bill to make sure that it does not pass the Senate. Instead of throwing tens of millions of Americans off of health insurance, we must guarantee health care as a right to every American.



As a draft of the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill went public Thursday, protesters assembled in front of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office to stage a “die in.” According to NBC News, the protest was organized by ADAPT, a non-profit that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities.

Photos and videos depict the protesters, many of which are in wheelchairs or wearing medical equipment, being carried away by Capitol Police while chanting “no cuts to Medicaid!”

“The government wants to kill me,” said one protester while police physically removed her from Capitol Hill. Other witnesses claim that another protester was dropped after being removed from her wheelchair.




Idiot–what a stupid statement! And perpetuating prejudice against this breed. Nico (pictured in my avatar to the left) is so not mean–sweet as can be.


Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin blasted Senate Republicans’ new health care proposal Thursday shortly after it was released, saying “you can put a lace collar on a pit bull and it’s still a mean dog.”


Yes, one of my best friends rescues them–gave her a T-shirt by that splashy, really colorful artist that she loves. But not nearly as much as she loves pit bulls. She’s a naturally strong trainer and a kind woman.


This fellow, Michael Hudson, is new to me. But the more I learn about him, the more I wonder why I haven’t read about him, and his writings, before! (I’ll bet DonMidwest has heard of him! 😉 )

Michael Hudson on Junk Economics: Highlights from our interview

The Next System Project’s Adam Simpson sat down with renowned economist and economic historian Michael Hudson to discuss economic deceptions old and new for a podcast interview. Michael Hudson is Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and a prolific writer about the global economy and predatory financial practices. Among his latest books are Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy and its follow-up J is for Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception

I learned a LOT reading the interview, including about what a ‘Deficit Owl’ is:

We’re basically classical economists. We do what classical economics used to do, which is to distinguish between earned and unearned income, and between productive versus unproductive labor. And we see that banks create credit – which governments could create just as easily, along more socially and economically productive lines. We see budget deficits as providing the economy with money to fuel growth. That’s why Stephanie calls us “Deficit Owls” instead of the Republican and Clintonite Deficit Hawks who prefer commercial banks to provide the credit that the economy needs.


Yesterday twitter was in a tizzy about Randy Bryce. Who is he? What are his positions? Does he support singer payer? Why are Peter Daou and Neera Tanden signaling support??? (That really had a lot of people going, if those two support him, the thinking being that he can’t be trusted)

And now this:

Apparently Yankovich supported Bernie in the primary, but then he swung hard to Hillary in general. More to come going forward I imagine!! I’m going to keep my mind as open as I can for now.


I just read that Bryce will be on with Lawrence O’Donnell tonight for an interview. 10pm.


woo hoo!





A day without Caitlin? Nahhh.

And lots of good tweets.

American military provocations against the pro-Assad coalition in Syria are fast becoming a daily occurrence. In response to the US air force’s gunning down of a Syrian military plane on Sunday, Russia has cut off its hotline with which it was coordinating operations with America to avoid aerial collisions, and has warned that all US aircraft west of the Euphrates river will now be tracked and treated as potential targets. Today, 25 miles northwest of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, a US reconnaissance plane was intercepted by an armed Russian aircraft which came within five feet of the plane’s wingtip. This on the same day that the US shot down yet another Iranian military drone in Syria.

Clintonists have been working tirelessly since the election to manufacture these new Cold War tensions. Stephen Cohen, easily America’s foremost authority on US-Russia relations, has warned again and again that the political pressures being placed on the Trump administration to maintain escalations with Russia without conceding an inch has placed our species in a situation that is in some ways even more dangerous than those we faced at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. If Kennedy had had to negotiate that crisis while being pressured by his entire country to keep escalating tensions with the USSR without yielding an inch, there is no way any terrestrial life would have existed beyond 1962. The Clintonists (along with their neocon buddies on the other side of the aisle) are responsible for creating those pressures.

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