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Election commission ordered to let voters correct applications, vote normally on Election Day

Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins ordered the Shelby County Election Commission to allow people with incomplete voter registration applications to fix any deficiencies and vote regularly on Election Day. It’s a system already being used during early voting, but one the commission has said is unfeasible and even inconsistent with state law if used on Election Day.

The election commission will appeal the ruling on an emergency basis, said John Ryder, their attorney. Election Day is Nov. 6.

“We are extremely disappointed by the court’s ruling,” said Linda Phillips, administrator of elections.

The ruling also contradicts a letter sent to all county election commissions earlier Thursday, telling them to use provisional ballots for people whose names don’t show up on the registration list, including people who submitted incomplete registration forms.

“The provisional ballot process applies to any person whose name does not appear on the voter registration list or poll book, regardless of the reason why,” wrote Mark Goins, coordinator of elections.


The letter was sent Thursday morning. That afternoon, Jenkins heard arguments from a representative of the Tennessee Black Voter Project and the Memphis NAACP, who sought a court order against the Shelby County Election Commission.

They asked Jenkins to order the commission to continue using the process used during early voting for people with incomplete registration applications. Under that system, people can complete applications at the polls and vote using a normal machine.

But precinct polling books aren’t connected on Election Day, meaning a person who had turned in multiple applications could in theory vote multiple times, Phillips testified Thursday.

“It’s possible under the format you’re suggesting for fraud to be committed,” Phillips told lawyers for the Tennessee Black Voters Project.

That’s why the county planned to have those people use provisional ballots on Election Day, at Goins’ directive, Phillips said. That would allow time for a bipartisan board to review the ballots and registration information, only counting the ballots of eligible voters.

Goins told The Commercial Appeal that his memo was based on state law. He also said that by using provisional ballots, the election commission would still ensure that everyone eligible could vote.

“There’s no disenfranchisement here,” Goins said. “That’s the thing puzzling me about this whole situation. No one was going to be disenfranchised.”

Bo Dul, attorney for the Tennessee Black Voter Project and the Memphis NAACP, said they will be considering whether to take legal action against the state or other Tennessee counties in light of Goins’ directive.

“We can all agree that our democracy is strongest when everyone who is eligible can participate,” Dul said. “I think this ruling is a huge victory for the citizens of Shelby County and we hope it will lead to even more civic engagement in Tennessee.”

Memphis is in Shelby County, which is why this ruling is notable.



i’ll keep saying it until it changes: until we get rid of machines (as we know them now), we cannot trust election results.

i wonder if we on the left see it as too insurmountable a problem to even make a fuss about, or perhaps folks don’t want to be seen as conspiracy theorists, but the best minds at the best universities agree with me. Now some of them have theories about using machines with some kind of open code that is beyond me to explain, and if we could adopt a way that is reliable and transparent, fine.

But these machines are utterly hackable and basically unwatched.

Don midwest
Don midwest


Greg Palast on democracynow yesterday said some dems are on the issue, but the white establishment leadership are … passive. For sure, not jumping up and down on the table demanding the system be fixed

the politicians want to be legitimate because they won an election

they either want to rig the system, or pretend that nothing can be done

a few minutes ago a woman called in from MT – dem, precinct captian. Got a piece of mail that looked like govnt doc. tear off to open. Red letters – get your provisional ballot now!. If she did it, she might not get it in time. Or if she shows up to vote in person, she might have paperwork in process so not be allowed to vote.

more republican tricks

sent out from RNC , washington DC


I grabbed this from the Newseum site.

Gillum is fighting for a basic human value: respect.


Best weapon AGillum has will be when he’s elected Governor on 11/6.


Or he could call him “Ron.”

(BTW, that should be regular quotation marks around “Andrew,” iirc. lol. such a critic.


What happens if Duncan Hunter wins reelection and is convicted?

If Hunter wins reelection and is subsequently convicted, there is no constitutional provision or House rule that explicitly requires him to lose his seat, even if he is imprisoned and unable to vote on behalf of his district. Whether he would be pressured to resign could largely depend on which party comes out on top in congressional elections, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

“You can be found guilty and still serve,” said Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson.

Hunter is leading Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar in the historically Republican 50th Congressional District despite the fact that nearly 4 in 10 likely voters believe the five-term incumbent is definitely or probably guilty, according to a poll released in late Septemberby Monmouth University.

Hunter and his wife, Margaret, who has also pleaded not guilty in the case, are scheduled to go to court Dec. 3 for a status hearing. Proceedings were delayed after a defense attorney requested more time go through discovery material. Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) also is fighting for reelection while under indictment — but his trial doesn’t start until 2020.

How did Chris Collins get an 18 month reprieve?


He’s a GOPuke. Case closed.


Rachel is pointing out what many of us have been noticing, but it doesn’t hurt to have more proof that the GOP is flat out telling lies about their positions on ACA.




Gorbachev on Trump withdrawing from the nuclear agreement.

Reflecting on the landmark agreement, which led to significant reductions in both American and Russian stockpiles of nuclear weapons, Gorbachev wrote in a New York Times op-ed published Thursday: “I am being asked whether I feel bitter watching the demise of what I worked so hard to achieve. But this is not a personal matter. Much more is at stake. A new arms race has been announced.”

Gorbachev noted that Trump’s decision to withdraw comes as American “military expenditures have soared to astronomical levels and keep rising,” and in the context of the president’s disdain for global cooperation. “There will be no winner in a ‘war of all against all’—particularly if it ends in a nuclear war. And that is a possibility that cannot be ruled out,” the former Soviet leader warned. “An unrelenting arms race, international tensions, hostility, and universal mistrust will only increase the risk.”

“With enough political will, any problems of compliance with the existing treaties could be resolved,” Gorbachev pointed out. “But as we have seen during the past two years, the president of the United States has a very different purpose in mind. It is to release the United States from any obligations, any constraints, and not just regarding nuclear missiles.”

While urging the United States and Russia “to return to dialogue and negotiations,” he also called on other nations to refuse to support a new nuclear arms race.

“I hope that America’s allies will, upon sober reflection, refuse to be launchpads for new American missiles. I hope the United Nations, and particularly members of its Security Council, vested by the United Nations Charter with primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security, will take responsible action,” he concluded. “Faced with this dire threat to peace, we are not helpless. We must not resign, we must not surrender.”


Andrew Gillum and the Surprising Strength of Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates in 2018


“In the primary, Gillum was able to win an upset by basically running to the left of the field in ways that Florida Democrats had just not done in a generation,” Wallace-Wells said. Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, embraced policies like Medicare for all and a fifteen-dollar-an-hour minimum wage, in a state where Democrats had traditionally run as centrists. “What DeSantis has been trying to do in the general-election campaign—where Democrats are much more fired up, where Gillum’s crowds are much, much larger—is to pin Gillum to those positions,” Wallace-Wells said. “To attack him as an ideologue, as a socialist, as a clone of Bernie Sanders.” DeSantis’s profile—he is a young, talented politician who has already served six years in Congress; he is a former military prosecutor and a graduate of Harvard Law School—seemingly had him well positioned for this gubernatorial run. But Wallace-Wells argued that the way Republicans, and congressional Republicans in particular, have lined up behind Trump in the past two years has constrained DeSantis. “One of the things we saw last night is that, while he was prepared to make an ideological case against the left, he was not prepared to explain how he differentiates himself from the President,” Wallace-Wells said. “He was not prepared to describe how he’s been a leader.”

There’s another dynamic that Wallace-Wells and I talked about, one that has influenced the type of gubernatorial campaigns with which Democrats have found success this year. In the 2016 election, Trump’s victory in much of the upper Midwest was a surprise—but only in the context of Presidential politics. Six years earlier, in 2010, the Tea Party had swept Republicans into power in state capitols across the region, and kept them there. This year, though, there are signs that the grip of the Tea Party may be loosening. These gubernatorial races may turn less on Trump and his Presidency than on whether an entire political era is ending. “Democratic candidates like Gretchen Whitmer, in Michigan, Tony Evers, in Wisconsin, and even Fred Hubbell, in Iowa, are running very directly against the underfunding of basic services by Republican legislatures and governors,” Wallace-Wells said. In addition to running in defense of the Affordable Care Act, or against the Republicans’ tax cuts for the wealthy, he added, “Democratic candidates are running on campaigns of literally repairing broken highways.”


The Georgia Race Between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp Deserves a Real Debate

a short piece on how bad the format was, but thought it was great that it was even featured.


Don midwest
Don midwest

Bruno Latour makes it in NY Times!

Long article in Times Magazine

Bruno Latour, the Post-Truth Philosopher, Mounts a Defense of Science:
He spent decades deconstructing the ways that scientists claim their authority. Can his ideas help them regain that authority today?

This is an excellent article.

For some years I have tried to get to Glenn Greenwald. His undergraduate degree was in philosophy. The author of the NYT story is a staff writer at The Intercept so Glenn will find out about him.

The comments are like a Rorschach test. They are all over the map. Psychological projection? Just not sure what is going on. I responded to a couple of them.

But what should you expect from something that upends everything?

Here is Bruno on Laudia Si, the Pope’s environmental encyclical.

The audacity of the Laudato Si! encyclical is equalled only by the multiple
efforts to deaden as much as possible its message and effects. Once again,
ecological questions, as soon as they are introduced into the regular course
of our familiar thought patterns, modify from top to bottom the attitudes
of all the protagonists. ‘…..

Like all major religious or political texts, Laudato Si! requires a realignment
of all established positions and requires one to take a stand in the midst of
battles that one did not know to be so violent, nor that the Church could
play a part in them. The church has long been alienated from political,
moral or intellectual innovation, and until now limited to a more or less
strict preservation of the ‘treasure of faith’ and to bringing in the moral
police. And now it is sending a message putting it at the heart of the most
vital arguments as if it were still present in history. What? Has the Pope
written a new Communist Party Manifesto? Some are scandalized, others
rejoice. Everyone is surprised. We must shut this down immediately! The
Vatican belongs to the past, it can’t be in the present…

… Ecologists, whether they are
superficial or deep, remain obsessed by the ‘nature’ that they want to
defend or protect. They always seem less concerned by inequalities,
injustices or misery. To the point where, on the political scene, people
continue to oppose those who are preoccupied by ‘ecological questions’
and those who put ‘social questions’ first, not to forgetthe strange
opposition, on the left as much as the right, between ecology and economy…

But how can one speak of a cry coming from the earth? This is where we find
the second innovation. The surprise is well-crafted, no doubt about it.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio seems only to have taken the name of Francis to
give a new theological weight to the Canticle of the Creatures, which for fifty
years has been a fragile protection for all the Catholics who have been
accused of embracing a theology justifying the pillage of the planet by
reinforcing the idea of the ‘domination of man over nature’. …..

And here is my own experience. On the trip to Greece I met a retired theologian who was on a tour that followed the route of St. Paul. Like almost everyone, she had never heard about Bruno. I sent her some material and for another reason I was reading this morning an article he did years ago comparing speaking religiously and speaking scientifically. I found in that article which I had “read” 2 to 3 times over the years, a discussion of aspects of his work that had troubled me for some time. Only after the trip to Greece and finishing a 400 page book, which I had “read” before, did I realize that the article had a great treatment of an issue.

In short, I am again realizing how much is in Bruno’s work. With my background in math, a rational father who raised me to be an atheist, and a political activist, I had built in worldview that has been a hurdle.

The NYT article spends most of the time on Bruno’s work in science. He was a founder of STS, Science Technology Studies. In a recent interview he says that the major problem of STS is global politics.

I subscribe to academia.edu. They post thousands of academic papers. I am getting more and more papers, for example a Ph. D. thesis on social science aspects of Bruno’s work. Since he is one of the top 10 cited authors in humanities and social science (more than Marx or Freud – but more academics these days) the growth of the literature around his work will continue to grow, especially as Gaia comes to the stage.

At least one philosopher says that he is the most important active philosopher in the world today.


Thought of you immediately when I saw the article.

Don midwest
Don midwest

may have said this before

conference a couple of days ago in VT and the prof who put on the conference is a big Bruno fan. Hopefully he can get to Bill MkKibben who lives in VT. I have tried many times to get to his organization because Bruno and others may help them to craft a broader climate position that goes beyond The Enlightenment. The env movement has been stuck in the enlightenment and both the for and against are operating out of the same space.

one or the really important issue is the role of non-humans. In the enlightenment, nature was a static stage and used as the background to establish truth. And the connection with animals was off and on, love of trees and rocks was not on the radar screen.

In the book After Gaia, Bruno quotes the Australian ethical philosopher who says that Hope is the problem. In the current work, Bruno is saying that this is the most exciting time in history, the new frontier is the earth and the creatures and the air and water and …A time of discovery

his metaphysics books that I read, An Inquiry into Modes of Existence, casts itself as an exercise in diplomacy for humans and non humans. Being a diplomat is more treacherous than being a politician. That book’s is and anthropology of the moderns.


I would love to be a diplomat to nonhumans! ????????‍♂️??‍♀️


This is wonderful, Don. Thanks!




Looking good!



Hopefully that this will include Jeremy Corbyn amongst others.




But yet this idiot was a Trumpcorp supporter!!!! A classic example of cutting of your own nose despite your face.


Bernie is still hard at work.


This is how Fox News keeps its viewers in the dark.


Disgusting example of Drug vand medical industries in action. Its all about profits!


You may need a facebook account to view. Bernie will be speaking soon in California.


I think that it is now over but I caught a few hints that Bernie will definitely be running again. YIPPEE!


Buddy of mine was there and got to shake Bernie’s hand.


Lucky buddy of yours Benny 🙂


If Bernie runs and I think he will, the Millennial’s will show up in force and clean Trumpcorps clock in 2020. Theirs not enough old boomers left that can overcome that group!!!


He mentioned the fact that he hand more support from millenials than Trump and Clinton combined. I don’t think that that support has declined one iota.


Not to mention all the old geezers, wrinkles, and Boomers who will support, work and vote for him! Like me. 🙂



Facebook’s attempt at censorship sucks!

This image is disturbing but it is reality in Yemen.


Perhaps this has something to do with it.

Facebook Partners With Hawkish Atlantic Council, a NATO Lobby Group, to “Protect Democracy”

Facebook Partners With Hawkish Atlantic Council, a NATO Lobby Group, to “Protect Democracy”

The partnership between Facebook and the Atlantic Council is an attempt to ensure the grip of dominant imperialist powers – militaries, multinationals, banks, and philanthropists – who feel threat

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA – Facebook is hoping that a new alliance with the Atlantic Council — a leading geopolitical strategy think-tank seen as a de facto PR agency for the U.S. government and NATO military alliance – will not only solve its “fake news” and “disinformation” controversy, but will also help the social media monolith play “a positive role” in ensuring democracy on a global level.

The partnership is only the latest in a steady stream of announced plans by the Menlo Park, California-based company to address controversy surrounding its role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The company has been mired in scandal stemming from the allegations of “election interference” carried out through the social network – usually pinned on the Russian government and ranging from the use of independent media to the theft of Facebook user data by political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.

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