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@#63 ... there is massive pushback against any effort to better secure absentee ballots. That is a hugely vulnerable area for mass exploitation. ...
Please be specific.
... Small stuff, I'm talking about the big stuff, ...
Yet you offer absolutely no evidence of that big stuff. Indeed, you even to seem to admit that you know of an election fraud channel, yet you admit you do not report it to election officials.
Given that, why should anything you say about election fraud be taken seriously? Your comments seems to indicate you do no want to prevent it.
... We might, we might not. Frankly, catching it may be more damaging to public confidence than not catching it. ...
What has been damaging to the public confidence in voting has been the Republicans' constant assertion 9without evidence) of voting fraud. Why do you want to continue that assertion?
... Because it isn't going to slowly spread, one individual case at a time. Someone is going to get a big plan together and execute it. Maybe they will get caught, but it will still severely damage public confidence. ...
The Republicans have already severely damaged public confidence in voting with their unsubstantiated assertions.
And you are continuing to try to do so.
... Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene was ridiculed over Twitter ...
The headline I would prefer...
"A Republican does not say stupid things today."
@#55 ... Read the post, the sentence before that, it is quite clear. ...
I had read the entire post before I commented.
Yet, I still see a contradiction in what you post.
The sentence before was, "There was some truth within that garbage."
So, let me ask again... What is this "truth" of which you speak?
It is not at all "quite clear."
Do be more clear.
@#47 ... No we have not. We agree on that ...
I'm not sure we to agree on the extent of election fraud. (that aside for now)
... No, I didn't say that. I said POTENTIAL as in future, and I think if we wait UNTIL it is significant, ...
So, you admit it has not happened, but you are afraid of it happening in the future.
In some respects, I'd agree. We always need to be wary of possible crimes that may be committed.
... think if we wait UNTIL it is significant, it will be too late to stop the fallout ...
I don't see anyone wanting to wait until it is a significant problem before they fix it.
Indeed, we are seeing election fraud being caught and punished (mostly committed by Republicans) on a monthly basis.
So, why do you think that we won't catch it in the future?
... I have repeated, again and again. There is no evidence of significant election fraud. On that point we agree. ...
OK, so we have kept election fraud at a low level to date, as you agree.
So why do you think we will not be able to continue that going forward?
@#48 ... Those who insist on denying that truth...
Please be quite specific.
What is "that truth?"
@#48 ... No, nothing to report ...
Whoa, wait, what?
In #32 you said "I know exactly how I could pull off a pretty massive voter fraud at the county level, if I were so inclined, but I am not."
Yet do not think that is something to report to election officials?
Why do you think there is nothing to report?
Your comment seems to acknowledge the alleged vulnerability. Yet you do not want to report it.
I'd proffer that you would want to assure elections are secure, yet your comment indicates otherwise.
Am I misinterpreting what you said?
@#2 ... Can anyone name a cop who was killed that day? ...
That reminds me of a comment months ago from some alias that asked if anyone had gotten arrested "that day" for carrying a gun.
A lame deflection attempt, at best.
But, bluewaffles, it is always fun to see you current alias showing up here.
It indicates something...
@#45 ... Huh? I never used that word , so I don't get your point at all ...
Thanks for the correction. I misquoted.
Let me ask differently, what is the concern you have about election fraud?
We have been quibbling about the extent of the election fraud.
I think it a minor issue.
Yet your comments seem to indicate it is something much more substantial? Far more substantial.
So, I'll ask, what evidence do you have of significant election fraud?
How a tiny radioactive capsule was found in Australia's vast outback
...By 27 January, search parties were in full force looking for the tiny capsule. But they were not scouting for it using their eyes - they were using portable radiation survey meters.
The survey meters are designed to detect radioactivity within a 20m radius.
"We are not trying to find the small capsule by eyesight. The radiation equipment will hopefully lead us to it," a police spokesperson said the following day.
Police focused their efforts on the GPS route the truck had taken, and on sites close to Perth's metropolitan and high-density areas.
One site along the Great Northern Highway was prioritised by police on 28 January after unusual activity on a Geiger counter - a device used for measuring radioactivity - was reported by a member of public.
But that search did not uncover the capsule.
The next day, additional resources requested from Australia's federal government had been approved and those overseeing the search began planning its next phase.
With the new equipment in Western Australia and ready for use by 30 January, the search ramped up.
An incident controller at the state's emergency services department, Darryl Ray, described the new tools provided by the government only as "specialised radiation detection equipment".
Local media reported that radiation portal monitors and a gamma-ray spectrometer were among the new items being used by search crews.
Radiation portal monitors detect gamma radiation and are typically used at airports to scan individuals to ensure they do not have radioactive substances on them. Gamma spectrometers measure the intensity of the radiation.
Mr Ray said the new detection equipment could be attached to vehicles so searches could be done from moving vehicles at about 50km/h.
"It will take approximately five days to travel the original route, an estimated 1400km, with crews travelling north and south along Great Northern Highway," he said.
But by the end of 31 January, the capsule continued to evade search crews.
"More than 660km has been searched so far - thank you to all agencies for their support," the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said....
The capsule was found.
@#38 ... but did election fraud occur at the level asserted by the "Stop The Steal" folk?
No, I don;t think it did, and I am not a "stop the Stealer either" ...
So then, let's discuss actually election fraud that occurs and how to prevent it.
@#37 ... Why do your comments seem to want to draw attention away from that? ...
As your comment notes, "unsubstantiated."
@#36 . ... Speaking of imagined monsters under the bed. That is how I see the whole "oppressed voters" argument against election security measures. ...
Election security measures are just one part of it.
U.S. Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina's Voter ID Law (2016)
...The appeals court noted that the North Carolina Legislature "requested data on the use, by race, of a number of voting practices" -- then, data in hand, "enacted legislation that restricted voting and registration in five different ways, all of which disproportionately affected African Americans."[emphasis mine]
The changes to the voting process "target African Americans with almost surgical precision," the circuit court wrote, and "impose cures for problems that did not exist."
The appeals court suggested that the motivation was fundamentally political -- a Republican legislature attempting to secure its power by blocking votes from a population likely to vote for Democrats....
Georgia's GOP House Speaker says vote-by-mail system would be 'devastating to Republicans' (April 2020)
..."... a multitude of reasons why vote by mail in my view is not acceptable," [Georgia state House Speaker David] Ralston went on, before adding "the president said it best, this will be extremely devastating to Republicans and conservatives in Georgia." ...
"The things they had in there were crazy. They had things, levels of voting that if you ever agreed to, you would never have a Republican elected in this country again," [fmr Pres] Trump said...
There appears to be a concerted effort by Republicans to prevent or make it difficult for these who do not vote of Republicans to vote.
@#33 ... Case in point, Samuel Bankman Fried, managed to steal 14.6 BILLION dollars with the help of a few friends. I bet you didn't see that coming either. ...
Oh, I saw the lax regulation of the crypto industry. While I did not see that particular instance occurring, I (and many others, btw) did wonder when the crypto would eventually prove that it needed better regulation.
But now your comment seems to be trying to compare an unregulated crypto industry with the highly audited elections.
That just shows the weakness of what you are trying to espouse.
(had to add "crypto" to my spell-check dictionary)
1 - Cryptocurrencies and future financial crime ( crimesciencejournal.biomedcentral.com )
@#32 ... worked on a political campaign which gave me access to massive amounts of voter data. I know exactly how I could pull off a pretty massive voter fraud at the county level, if I were so inclined, but I am not. ...
Did you report that knowledge to the proper authorities to prevent such a fraud in the future? (serious question)
Aside from that, the rest of your comment is little more than the garbage that triggered the January 6 insurrection attempt.
@#19 ... Now, to clarify, the new law does require books in classrooms to meet district guidelines, and that process is undergoing and not proceeding smoothly.... ...
OK, good, something more specific.
Does the law in question specify exactly what those guidelines are that have to be met?
The reason I ask is that the law dubbed "Don't Say Gay" was notoriously ambiguous in what did and did not pass muster according to the law.
... BUT THERE ARE NO CRIMINAL PENALTIES! ...
So this law seems to be intended with harassing teachers with legal fees?
More importantly, if there are no penalties, what is the real purpose of the law?
@#20 ... This part, "Hide your books to avoid Felony Charges". ...
That's the title of this entire thread.
I do not know how to respond to that. (OK, I have a couple of responses in mind, but I'll choose not to post them.)
@#14 ... Here in OKC employers struggle to attract talent from outside the area, because schools in Okiehomie stink on ice. Boeing engineers, data scientists and other smart folk are loath to move here. ...
So, the question that comes to my mind...
Is Gov DeSantis intentionally degrading Florida for his short- and mid-term political aspirations to the Oval Office?
Asked differently, s Gov DeSantis selling the future of Florida down the road for the benefit of his own hoe to occupy the Oval office at some time?
And your point is? That the 1600's in the Connecticut area was one of the early areas to be settled?
Your comment needs to provide more context.
fwiw, here's the article that contains your quote. Why didn't you cite the article and the URL?
...Setting Context: the National Abolition Movement
William Lloyd Garrison, with others formed the American Anti-Slavery Society (the Society) in 1833. It advocated for the abolition of slavery within the United States. Notable members frequent speakers included former slaves Frederick Douglass and William Wells Brown.
In 1840 the Society split. One faction, led by Garrison, advocated for the dissolution of the Federal government. It believed that the Constitution was a flawed document that supported slavery, and the only option was to create a new nation. It was suspicious of religion, and supported having women in leadership roles. Garrison's opponents thought he was too radical. Opponents formed two new organizations - the Liberty Party and the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society.
Founders of the Liberty Party advocated for political involvement. They believed that electing abolitionists to office could end slavery. The party put forth one Presidential candidate, James Birney, in both 1840 and 1844. He was unsuccessful in both races.
The American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society (AFASS) promoted religion in abolitionism. They thought that religious teachings, not political activism, would create a moral epiphany. AFASS didn't give women the right to vote in proceedings or hold positions.
Black abolitionists were often kept on the margins of the movement they had sustained and promoted. Increasingly, free blacks had their own meetings and read African American newspapers. These included Samuel Cornish's Colored American and Frederick Douglass's abolitionist weekly North Star.
Connecticut: A History of Slavery and Abolitionism
Slavery in Connecticut dated back to the mid-1600s. By the American Revolution, Connecticut had more enslaved Africans than any other state in New England. In 1784 it passed an act of Gradual Abolition. It stated that those children born into slavery after March 1, 1784 would be freed by the time they turned 25. As a result, slavery in Connecticut was practiced until 1848.
In 1833, Prudence Crandall opened a school for "young misses of color" in Canterbury, Connecticut. The townspeople protested and harassed Crandall and her students. She resisted and kept her school open. In 1834, Connecticut's General Assembly passed what came to be known as the Black Law. The Black Law restricted African Americans from coming into Connecticut to get an education and prohibited anyone from opening a school to educate African Americans from outside the state without getting a town's permission. This law, in effect, expelled those attending Crandall's school and closed it down. The Prudence Crandall trial and the establishment of the Connecticut Black Law of 1834 were huge setbacks for the abolitionist movement in the state.
The Connecticut Anti-Slavery Society was founded in 1838. By 1839, Connecticut abolitionism found itself at a crossroads. After several disheartening legal defeats like the Crandall case, Connecticut abolitionists were in search of a new cause to bring slavery to the public's eye. Abolitionists embraced the publicity given to the Amistad captives' plight as a means to publicize and reinvigorate their cause....
@#28 ... Virtually ALL of you were fine with election fraud.....
From what I've read on this board, many (most?) here have said that election fraud happens, but not at the level that the GOP was asserting for 2020.
That is the important distinction.
Yes, election fraud happens. That is why we have election officials, to catch such fraud (who, oddly the GOP seems to attack. But that's a different thread)
But did election fraud occur at the level asserted by the "Stop The Steal" folk?
Your comments raise another issue... why do your comments seem to want to draw attention away from the unsubstantiated comments of the GOP about election fraud in 2020, comments by fmr Pres trump and others that seemed to have led to the Jan 6 insurrection attempt?
Why do your comments seem to want to draw attention away from that?
@#7 ... It's very simple, who murdered a police officer? ...
Yes, it is very simple.
Who died as a result of January 6?
... But if Rein is going to call people Cop Killers ...
Well, I cannot speak for the Reinheitsgebot alias here, but where did that alias said that police officers were murdered on January 6.
Can you explain?