Monthly Archives: November 2020

No Car, No Vote

On Monday, Georgia’s Board of Elections issued a directive that allows county election supervisors to block new registrations of voters who do not have a car registered in Georgia. I kid you not.

This is a new impediment to low-income, urban voters and students, groups that vote overwhelmingly Democratic, just prior to the January 5 run-off election for Georgia’s two US Senate seats.

The Board acted after Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger quietly sent out a notice on Sunday afternoon calling for an “emergency” change of rules.

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Strongmen review: a chilling history for one nation no longer under Trump

This terrific history of strongmen since Mussolini makes it clear that despite a horrific pandemic and massive economic disruption, ordinary democratic Americans have more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving than ever before.

Comparing the gruesome, granular details of the reigns of Mussolini, Franco, Hitler, Gaddafi, Pinochet, Mobuto, Berlusconi and Erdoğan to the acts and aspirations of Donald Trump, New York University professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat makes a powerful argument that on the scary road to fascism, America just came perilously close to the point of no return.

Almost everything Trump has done has come straight from the authoritarian playbook. Every dictator, for example, has built on the accomplishments of his predecessors.

“Just as Hitler watched Mussolini’s actions carefully,” Ben-Ghiat writes, “so did Gaddafi learn from Lt Col Gamal Abdul Nasser’s 1952 overthrow of the monarchy in Egypt.” Then in the 1980s and 90s, Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich served as models for Europeans looking for “a more radical form of conservatism”. Gingrich’s 1994 Contract with America was echoed a year later by the Front National, with its “contract for France with the French”. Berlusconi’s Contract with Italians followed six years later.

 

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Inspection- Election Turkeys


By Ken Carman

 Just in time for Thanksgiving the Trump administration; despite a half heart-ed Inspection ABOUT DAMN TIME willingness to share info with the incoming, is still busy trying to turn 2020 election into a stinky, inedible turkey. My mind goes back to when I tried slowly broiling a turkey one T-Give. The temp was so low it came out both fowl and foul. Even the dogs wouldn’t touch it. I buried it. Some beastie dug it up: then also refused to eat it. Due to a noxious aroma it became known as “dirty diaper turkey.”
 How apt as a Trump analogy. If only we could bury the dirty diaper turkey of an administration’s past 4 years, or even just the next month and a half. We sure buried a lot of their victims from COVID, to kids and their parents kept in separate cages, or trailers under the sun. Think I’d rather have eaten that dirty diaper turkey and have my stomach pumped than have the nation go through that.
 At this point challenging the 2020 election is about as palatable as that turkey. Read more

On Night of Ginsburg’s Death, McConnell Pushed Trump to Nominate Amy Coney Barrett

When liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at age 87, six weeks before the 2020 presidential election, Mitch McConnell wasted no time.

The Senate majority leader, a powerful Republican from Kentucky, quickly reached President Donald Trump on the phone and made his plan clear, a FRONTLINE documentary reports.

“McConnell told [Trump] two things,” Josh Holmes, McConnell’s former chief of staff, told FRONTLINE in the above excerpt from Supreme Revenge: Battle for the Court. “McConnell said, first, I’m going to put out a statement that says we’re going to fill the vacancy. Second, he said, you’ve gotta nominate Amy Coney Barrett.”

 

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Florida Governor Extends Ban On Cities Imposing Their Own Mask Mandates—Critic Calls Move A ‘Killing Spree’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has extended an order that bans localities in the state from enforcing mask mandates, seen as one of the simplest and most effective government measures to slow the spread of coronavirus, even as data shows the strain on the state’s health care system continuing to worsen.

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