Wednesday Open Thread

“Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.”

–Plato

22 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Denver Yankee says:

    Is it just me who's fascinated by this kind of (useless?) information?

    “Donald Trump Talks Like a Woman

    And strange as it sounds, it might be one of the reasons he’s done as well as he has.”

     

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/10/trump-feminine-speaking-style-214391

  2. BlueCat says:

    I'm seeing it and may I say…laugh

  3. BlueCat says:

    While voter fraud as anything close to a factor in elections is pure myth, the GOP, as always, is up to it's usual anti small "d' democratic vote suppression tricks.

    Donald Trump regularly tells his supporters that the election has been rigged against him, and on Monday he accused Hillary Clinton’s campaign of utilizing a “voter suppression technique” that involved manipulating polls. (Politifact rated his claim “pants on fire” false.) 

    But with early voting now underway in several states, the real-world effects of actual (and very consequential) voter suppression have begun to bubble up.

    Exhibit A is North Carolina, where in recent months reporters discovered that state Republican leaders had sent emails directing GOP appointees on local elections boards to “make party line changes” to limit early voting.

    In one message, titled “CRITICAL and CONFIDENTIAL,” a Republican district chairman urged election officials to offer only one early voting site for the minimum hours allowed by law, so as not to give Democrats an advantage.

    Early in-person voting began in North Carolina on Oct. 20, and Professor Michael McDonald, an elections expert at the University of Florida, said the impact of reduced voting sites is already evident in early returns:

    Not all local boards listened, but some did, and the effect is obvious. The volume of early voting is generally down in the counties that reduced the number of polling locations and is up where the number increased.

     

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/voter-suppression-2016_us_581028c2e4b02b1d9e63bcd2?section=us_politics

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    Secretary of State's ACE numbers de jour, showing ballots in.

    Dems 166,605

    Reps  141,354

    Libs        3,581

    Greens   1,127

     

     

  5. DawnPatrol says:

    Happy Birthday, Madam Secretary/soon-to-be Madam President!

  6. MichaelBowman says:

    My local (Republican) Clerk and Recorder's Facebook page this morning…making sure the Drumpsters don't 'lose heart' … 

    Yuma County Clerk & Recorder

    To inform you the elector, there is absolutely NO WAY the media or anyone for that matter can predict an outcome of this election by how many democratic and republican ballots are returned.  So what is x% of the D and R have returned their ballots–who is to say they voted straight party lines?  No results will be issued to the media until AFTER 7 p.m. on November 8th.  Share this information with your friends, family, neighbors, etc.  Do not be discouraged by the media as they only report what they want to report and it is NOT ALWAYS FACT!  

    Even though the R's out number the D's in Yuma County the Unaffiliated voters out number both.  

    We will release the first numbers around 7:30 p.m. on Election Night and then have updates as ballots are processed.  There will be a link on our webpage http://www.yumacounty.net then click on elections scroll down and look for the ENR link.  

    Of course you may call 970-332-5809 for results as well.  We can receive email but I can not guarantee that we will be viewing our emails much with all we have to do.  

    Please be pro-active!  Make your voice heard!  Vote!  

     

    • BlueCat says:

      ummm… isn't the clerk supposed to present as someone interested first and foremost in running the fairest election possible, someone who wouldn’t dream of putting a partisan thumb on the electoral scale?  This FB post isn't exactly confidence inspiring in that regard. Highly unprofessional.

  7. DawnPatrol says:

    Nothing political about this post. Just thought we could all use a happy/funny take on life around us. Also, there's something uniquely American and wonderful about the players in the video, which speaks well of at least most of our country in 2016:

    https://gma.yahoo.com/dog-local-alabama-ice-cream-trucks-biggest-customer-201250328–abc-news-pets.html#

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