38 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-3-21

  1. Unlikely, but when counseling won’t help?

    https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/craig-shirley/coming-american-breakup-and-why-it-may-be-right-thing

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    COMMENTARY

    The Coming American Breakup, and Why It May Be the Right Thing

    By Craig Shirley | March 30, 2021 |

    The United States is headed for a national breakup. Think of a nasty divorce. Or a person with a split personality disorder.

    It may not be for ten, twenty, or possibly a hundred more years, but our country is in a vicious toxic relationship with itself. And like any toxic relationship, the only inevitable eventuality, the arc of the falling star, if you will, is that it will mercifully end with a breakup. Counseling won’t help.

    It saddens me to have come to this conclusion, but I don’t see any sort of viable path forward at the rate we’re going. Congress is hopelessly deadlocked with both sides convinced they are doing the Lord’s work and that anything less than total, utter legislative victory is a sorry defeat. Likewise, the grassroots on both sides of our country’s ideological divide seem incapable of seeing eye-to-eye.

    Our new president isn’t helping matters. After four tumultuous years of Donald Trump, Joe Biden promised to be a breath of fresh air, telling us that he would promote “unity” or at the very least dial down the proverbial heat. We’re nearly two months into his administration, and so far he’s shown little inclination to do either, preferring instead to pander to the progressive base and sign whatever Congressional Democrats shove across his desk. …

    … n short, the whole thing—Washington—has become one big, bureaucratic, crooked mess. The government is too big, bloated, corrupt, and inefficient, and the people running it have lost all sense of purpose. Perhaps then a breakup into a regional confederation, whose leaders would better understand their localized needs and issues, wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. …
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    The writer: Craig Shirley is the author of four bestselling books Ronald Reagan’s campaigns, including “Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980,” out March 21, 2017. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, “December 1941,” and is the president of Shirley & McVicker Public Affairs.

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  2. This was a ridiculous decision by MLB, and a great response by Pres. Trump. Similar to what has happened with the NBA, MLB will lose tons of money and alienate its fan base and most faithful supporters.

    One can’t even pick up baseball tickets without an ID, or buy a beer at the stadium without an ID. If you can’t prove you’re an American citizen by showing an ID, then why in the world should you be able to vote in a US election?

    Furthermore, many other states (inc. ‘blue’ states) already have more restrictive voting laws than Georgia has. So hypocritical. This is a big loser for MLB, and for ‘wokeness’ in general.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/trump-calls-for-boycott-of-mlb-coca-cola-delta-over-opposition-to-georgia-election-reforms_3760684.html

    “Former President Donald Trump on April 2 urged people to boycott Major League Baseball (MLB), Coca-Cola, Delta, and other corporations which are openly opposing election reforms enacted by Republicans in Georgia.

    “Baseball is already losing tremendous numbers of fans, and now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections,” Trump wrote in a statement released by his Save America political action committee. “Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections. Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!”

    MLB on Friday announced that it will move its All-Star game from Atlanta in protest of the election reform package passed by the state’s Republicans last month. MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. announced the move in a news release saying that the decision was the best way to “demonstrate our values as a sport.”

    Kemp said it was “obvious” that neither Biden nor his advisers familiarized themselves with the content of the bill.

    “It is obvious that neither President Biden nor his handlers have actually read SB 202, which I signed into law yesterday,” Kemp told The Epoch Times via email on March 27 referring to the bill by its legislative ID number. “This bill expands voting access, streamlines vote-counting procedures, and ensures election integrity.””

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  3. MLB jumped the gun, and they look like idiots. They could have easily looked to see what actually is and isn’t in the Georgia bill. But they take the corrupt media at their word and got it completely wrong.

    Sad really. Woke and stupid seem to go hand in hand.

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  4. Next up, The Masters.

    The name says it all, amiright you flippin’ hack?

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    Like I said, woke and stupid…..

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  5. And now you know why the media has already stopped talking about it…..

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  6. Lebron chimes in, gets dragged………. 🙂

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  7. Like I said…..

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  8. It if it weren’t for misinformation, they’d have none at all.

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  9. They take the word of the White House’s Minister of Misinformation.

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    But the Minister doesn’t like hard or unscripted questions…..

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  10. Dropped from the media radar like a hot potato.

    “Noah Green, US Capitol Attacker, Was Supporter of Nation of Islam, Had Posted About Satan and Called US Government ‘Enemy No 1 of Black People'”

    https://in.news.yahoo.com/noah-green-us-capitol-attacker-072805645.html

    “The man, who carried out a vehicle attack at the US Capitol killing a police office, was identified as 25-year-old Noah Green from Indiana. Noah Green was shot dead by law enforcement officers after the attack. According to local media reports, now-removed Facebook and Instagram accounts of Green suggest he was an adherent of the Nation of Islam sect, which has been denounced by mainstream Muslims. He also posted about Satan and called the US government “enemy no 1” of Black people.

    In one of his posts on Facebook, Green reportedly wrote: “Satan’s rule over us is up.” Just two hours before Friday’s attack, he allegedly posted a video on his Instagram account and captioned it: “The US government is the #1 enemy of Black people!” In another Instagram port, he said he suffered “multiple home break ins, food poisonings, assaults, unauthorised operations in the hospital, mind control”. Green also shared on social media that how “tough” his life had been in recent years.

    “I have been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in my life. I am currently now unemployed, after I left my job, partly due to afflictions”, the Capitol attacker reportedly posted. His posts also revealed that he was a supporter of Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam. “My face is centred on the belief of the Honourable Minister Louis Farrakkan as Jesus, the Messiah, the final reminder in our midst under the teachings of the Honourable Elijah Muhammad, brought forth by Allah,” he had posted.”

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  11. Scrubbed.

    They seek to hide the truth of who he was.

    https://thepostmillennial.com/capitol-attacker-noah-greens-facebook-profile-wiped-by-tech-giant

    “Facebook wipes all trace of Capitol attacker Noah Green’s Facebook profile

    Facebook removed the profile of Capitol attacker Noah Green earlier today. Luckily, journalists were able to see the account and take screenshots before it was removed by the tech giant.”

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  12. Believe the Biden “experts”….

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  13. MLB made a corporate decision based on what they think is in the best interests of their profits. Its not “woke” to respond to customers who make demands. MLB has been in decline for last few decades but its base of support has always been the North East and upper Midwest and middle age professionals. They won’t lose a lot of fans over this decision.

    The Georgia bill is a reflex reaction to the last election. Certain measures can easily be seen to reduce voter turnout especially in urban areas. Voter ID is not a problem for me nor is prohibiting mailing absentee ballots to everyone; unless you vote by mail like Oregon. If I read the actual provisions of the law that NYT has included there does seem to be an attempt to suppress early voting and absentee ballots. Eliminating some options and limiting others in terms of early voting seems to point to voter suppression. For example leaving Sunday voting at the discreation of local counties — aimed at black churches who increase turnout by marching to the polls together after church. The requirement that the balllot be mailed 11 days in advance is odd; why not just three or four? Finally, it does forbid giving people water and food in line — a voter may leave the line to get a drink and a poll worker may provide water but nobody else can the law is quite clear. Campaigning is obviously not allowed in front of polls but why not allow civic groups to provide water? And why do they expect long line ups? I’ve never waited more than 15 mins and I live in a crowded urban area. Do they plan to have long line ups in urban areas — why not provide more poll places to eliminate the need to provide water. The strangest sight for other western countries is the long lines in American elections — more polling booths would solve some of the problems from the need for absentee and early voting to providing assistance to those in line.

    The provision that allows the state gov’t to take over a county election board is troubling in that the current governor was elected after he purged the voting lists. Somehow if I was in a Democrat in Fulton or Dekalb country I’d be worried.

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  14. I doubt the US is breaking up. Certainly there is greater political diversity than before but that’s probably a good thing in that it maintains interest in government and participation and provides for an active discussion of ideas to solve the nation’s problems. Americans need to be more civil in the discourse but political diversity is a good thing. Both Canada and the US need to change the first past the post system which makes it a winner take all game and prevents more voices. Change the first past the post system and people will be more civil yet more passionate and participatory.

    Secondly, the political diversity is not entirely regional; its more an urban vs rural split. Thus any attempt to splinter will get far too messy.

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  15. You can’t make this stuff up – it’s gotta be the Russians!

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/hunter-biden-ukraine-laptop-could-be-his-but-says-he-possibly-hacked-by-russians_3759843.html

    “President Joe Biden’s son Hunter has acknowledged a laptop computer with a slew of previously secret messages could be his but also suggested he was hacked by Russians.

    “There could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me. It could be that I was hacked. It could be that it was the—that it was Russian intelligence,” Hunter Biden told CBS in an interview clip released Friday.

    The laptop was dropped off in 2019 at a computer store in Delaware owned by John Paul Mac Isaac, who says Hunter Biden asked him to recover contents from the damaged machine. An authorization allegedly signed by the younger Biden was submitted in a recent lawsuit filed by Mac Isaac against Twitter.

    The computer contained explosive messages and emails between Hunter Biden regarding his various business dealings, which have taken place in countries such as Ukraine and China. A cybersecurity expert authenticated one email that indicated Vadym Pozharskyi, a top executive from Ukrainian gas firm Burisma, met with Joe Biden while in Washington in 2015. Joe Biden was vice president at the time, and Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma.

    Hunter Biden’s dealings are under investigation by lawmakers in Congress and his tax returns are being probed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware.”

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  16. “MLB made a corporate decision based on what they think is in the best interests of their profits. Its not “woke” to respond to customers who make demands. MLB has been in decline for last few decades but its base of support has always been the North East and upper Midwest and middle age professionals. They won’t lose a lot of fans over this decision.”

    Let’s be honest here HRW. You couldn’t be more wrong.

    Guaranteed they lose money, not make more. The woke crowd can’t and won’t sustain them. They need the average Joe. They catered to the woke mob, the only ones making demands. The pushback response has been huge. They messed up, and it’s gonna cost them.

    But not surprising that the leftist in the room is oblivious to the truth, as usual.

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  17. Trump has already called for a boycott, along with others.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2021/04/02/republicans-vow-boycott-retaliation-against-mlb-over-pulled-all-star-game/?sh=745d839d787c

    “Republicans Vow Boycott, Retaliation Against MLB Over Pulled All-Star Game”

    “Lawmakers from both parties on Friday expressed disappointment in Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the all-star game from Georgia over an election law Democrats have slammed as “suppression,” with some Republicans even calling for retaliation.

    Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) called MLB “pathetic” for “caving to the lies of the left” in a tweet, joining calls from many online conservatives angered over the decision by declaring, “Boycott the MLB.”

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) took aim at the MLB for a recent deal with China, asking, “Why are we still listening to these woke corporate hypocrites on taxes, regulations & anti-trust?”

    Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), emulating Georgia GOP lawmakers who stripped a tax break from Delta over their criticism of the new law, ordered his staff to draft legislation “to remove Major League Baseball’s federal antitrust exception,” which Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) said he would co-sponsor.

    Even Georgia Democrats vocally outspoken against the law expressed sadness about the decision, with voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams stating she was “disappointed” – while laying blame on Republicans – adding, “I respect boycotts, although I don’t want to see Georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs.”

    Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), another critic of the law, urged businesses to protest the law “not by leaving Georgia but by coming here and fighting voter suppression head on,” calling the move “the unfortunate consequence of these politicians’ actions.”

    KEY BACKGROUND
    The move by MLB comes after Delta, Coca-Cola and other major companies based in Georgia denounced the new election law, which scales back mail-in voting, makes it illegal to give food or water to people waiting in line to vote and increasing the power of the GOP-led legislature with respect to elections at the expense of election officials. ”

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    And where’s Delta now?

    Bankrupt. Again.

    And that’s a good thing. 🙂

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  18. Preach it.

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  19. I’m quite sure the above is a Polish immigrant who is a pastor of an independent protestant church in Alberta. Canadian police don’t actually need a warrant if he’s violating a public health ordinance — its in plain sight, but they made the wise decision to retreat — no need to make the man a martyr. They’ll either come back when he’s gone and affix the fine/by infraction notice to the door or they will send it by registered mail either way is valid. He can contest it in court. He didn’t have to yell and call them names (although that was amusing, my local police have no self restraint when it comes to leftist protesters yelling at them), they were just giving him an official notice and serving him the by law infraction.

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  20. Figures.

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    Hypocrites.

    “MLB requires photo ID to pick up tickets from Will Call, but boycotts Georgia for voter ID law”

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/mlb-photo-id-tickets-georgia-voter-law

    “But teams still requires fans to show photo ID to pick up their tickets from the Will Call booth.”

    “The league did not respond to multiple requests for an explanation of its photo ID policy for ticket retrieval.”

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    Gee, funny that. 🙂

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  21. It’s clear that the people who enter into these bizarre alliances support a worldview that favors the CCP over the USA. And they don’t want honest elections as well. Absolutely incredible.

    Hopefully, MLB and these other corporations will be boycotted into bankruptcy…

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/mlb-boycotted-georgia-a-day-after-expanding-china-deal_3761437.html

    “Major League Baseball had extended and expanded its contract with a Chinese telecommunications giant shortly before boycotting the state of Georgia over the league’s disagreement with the election reforms recently enacted by the Peach State’s democratically elected governor and legislature.

    Chinese state media reported on April 1 that the MLB will continue to be aired on the streaming platform operated by Chinese tech giant Tencent, which has significant ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Tencent is of the Chinese companies that had temporarily dropped NBA games as a form of censorship after former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey spoke out in support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

    On April 2, the day after the announcement of the Chinese deal, the MLB moved its annual All-Star game out of Atlanta, Georgia, in response to a set of election reforms signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp last month. MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred said in a statement that the move would “demonstrate our values as a sport.””

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  22. https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/republican-lawmakers-in-kansas-repeal-mask-mandate_3761115.html

    “Kansas lawmakers voted along party lines last week to rescind the state’s coronavirus mask mandate despite a bid by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s attempts to extend it, becoming the latest Republican-led state to refuse to extend or reimpose requirements to wear facial coverings.

    After the Kansas state legislature recently approved a law permitting the Legislative Coordinating Council—a legislative standing committee—to revoke executive orders, the panel decided in a 5-2 party-line vote to overturn the mask mandate immediately after Kelly took executive action (pdf) to prolong the protocols.

    “There is no worrying spike today, and no circumstances which justify the continued impositions … of the governor’s overreaching statewide mask mandate,” said state House Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch, a Republican, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.”

    “With the Council’s decision, Kansas joins 18 other states that either revoked or never imposed mask mandates, with governors in Wyoming, Mississippi, Texas, Alaska, and Montana all announcing this week they wouldn’t reimpose mask mandates despite emotional pleas from the White House and public health officials not to let up on mitigation measures.

    Three weeks after Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the mask mandate in Texas, the state hit a record low for COVID-19 cases.

    “Today, the 7-day COVID positivity rate dropped to a new recorded low: 4.95 percent,” Abbott announced on March 28, adding that hospitalizations also dropped to a 6-month low.”

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  23. Kemp minimizes the effect of the bill. It does suppress the vote — less access to advance voting, more difficult absentee requirements, and yes you can’t give your friend water if they are standing in line. The Atlanta corporations are responding to the concerns of workers, shareholders and customerer. And apparently corporations are people too so they are simply exercising free speech. The attempts by Republican legislators to revokd tax breaks is cancel culture too — the gov’t officials wish to punish a “person” for exercising free speech and commerce.

    I’m amused its Republicans who worked for 30 years to give corporations the same rights as people but are now tearing them down simply because corporations are using these rights in ways they don’t like. Hopefully, these Republicans continue to cancel the legal structure of personhood and money as free speech.

    Boycotts for any reason rarely work. Boycotts like embargos seldom change minds. Cuba never changed — in fact the US embargo was used as an excuse for any economic hardship and solidifed Castro’s rule. Individual boycotts are even less effective. Boycotts must be in place for long periods of time to have any effect and most people will forget once cable news gives them a new outrage in a few months. And boycotts must be excerised by the demographic which the boycotted company relies on. The MLB isn’t reliant on Trump supporters. The base of their support is the Northeast and Upper Midwest composed of middle aged and middle class of both genders. Moving the all star game out of Georgia won’t bother them.

    The China deal once again demonstrates its about profit. Just as moving the MLB out of Georgia is profit driven, the Chinese media deal is profit driven. Any fans they lost by the all star move is more than compensated by this media deal. East Asia is a massive audience for MLB. Corporatioins are not woke or political, they are designed to make profit for their shareholders — pure capitalism. If you want to regulate capitalism and modify it to fit your concerns, welcome to the club.

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  24. How are mask mandates intrusive? Are no shirt no shoes no service rules intrusive?

    Its hard to tell if masks or no masks is making a difference in Texas when it has a low test rate. Test at the same rate as some new england states and more asymptomatic carriers would be found.

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  25. “It does suppress the vote — less access to advance voting, more difficult absentee requirements, and yes you can’t give your friend water if they are standing in line. ”

    Hogwash.

    First off, there’s an election day, you have no right to advance voting just because you wish it so.

    Prove you’re who you say you are, whether in person or absentee. Just because you want absentee doesn’t mean it gets you out of proving you’re registered and eligible to vote.

    Bring your own water and snacks, or ask that the polling place provide water.

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    But educate yourself. You sound ridiculous, and none of what you allege is true. As the tweet farther up shows, read the myths you’re spouting and what the truth really is.

    Here’s more…

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/mar/29/yes-georgia-voters-can-drink-water-while-waiting-l/

    “What the new law does is prohibit political activists and candidates from trying to influence in-line electors by plying them with “food and drink” as happened in November.

    This is because, the election official told The Times, “Already in November there were cases of candidates handing out water to voters in line, food trucks giving out food or selling it wrapped in campaign flyers and other instances of trying to influence voters. But even some poll managers looked the other way because it was only water or snacks. “”

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    Even Politifact isn’t buying it.

    https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/mar/29/josh-holmes/facts-about-georgias-ban-food-water-giveaways-vote/

    “A Georgia law has not “criminalized giving people bottles of water.” It pertains to political organizations.”

    “Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a sweeping elections bill into law. It includes some controversial provisions about absentee and in-person voting.

    One provision of the new law includes a ban on giving away water or food to voters within a certain distance of voters or polling sites.

    The new law allows poll workers to set up self-serve water stations for voters to use.”

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    You’re wrong on everything.

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  26. Even the AJC has to acknowledge the truth, and that they and the left bought Dem talking points as facts.

    “Atlanta Journal-Constitution Offers Correction After Printing Biden’s Lies About GA Election Law Bill”

    https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2021/04/03/atlanta-journal-constitution-offers-correction-printing-bidens-lies-ga-election-law-bill/

    “The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) issued a correction on a story that made some false claims about Georgia’s election law reform legislation. The newspaper made the mistake of printing Democrat talking points, specifically remarks made by President Biden, instead of the truth. AJC originally falsely reported that voting hours had been cut in the bill and failed to note that early voting days had been added for general elections while shortening the time for early voting in primary run-offs.

    The newspaper printed the correction at the end of a story on liberal filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry. Perry owns a large production company in the Atlanta area.

    CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said the new law would limit voting hours. On Election Day in Georgia, polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and if you are in line by 7 p.m., you are allowed to cast your ballot. Nothing in the new law changes those rules.

    However, the law made some changes to early voting. The bill adds a second mandatory Saturday of early voting for general elections but removes two weeks of early voting before runoffs.

    Perry was quick to come out against the Georgia legislation signed into law by Governor Kemp. He voiced hope that the Department of Justice will look into “the unconstitutional law”.

    The metro Atlanta movie studio owner and television producer revealed his grievances to the entertainment publication about the “unconstitutional” law, which requires a state-issued ID to request an absentee ballot and limits the number of drop boxes in the state.

    “As a Georgia resident and business owner I’ve been here a few times with the anti-abortion bill and the LGBTQ discrimination bill,” Perry said in a statement. “They all sent a shockwave through Georgia and the nation but none of them managed to succeed.”

    “As a Georgia resident and business owner I’ve been here a few times with the anti-abortion bill and the LGBTQ discrimination bill,” Perry said in a statement. “They all sent a shockwave through Georgia and the nation but none of them managed to succeed.”

    There is irony in Perry’s criticism of the unwokeness of Georgia’s laws. For example, in Delaware, Biden’s state of residence, its election laws are not as generous as the new law in effect in Georgia. Perhaps Biden should tend to his own state before trying to federalize elections under the pretense that they are “Jim Crow” on steroids. Does anyone think Biden actually read the Georgia bill? Or Tyler Perry, for that matter? They are just doing their job as Democrats and dividing Americans with false racial discrimination claims. Biden continues to lie about the new law and even the Washington Post found his claims worthy of four Pinocchios. That hasn’t stopped the president, though, and he supports the MLB decision to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta in protest.

    Biden repeatedly claimed a new law signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, would make it harder for working-class people to vote, but the Post’s Glenn Kessler wrote Biden’s claim couldn’t be substantiated.

    “Not a single expert we consulted who has studied the law understood why Biden made this claim, as this was the section of law that expanded early voting for many Georgians,” Kessler wrote.

    Biden then repeated the same false statement, after the Post awarded him Four Pinocchios, during an interview with ESPN on Wednesday.”

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  27. My comments regarding Georgia’s law comes from reading the actual excerpts printed by the NYT — in other words I actually read parts of the bill. BTW I actually agree with voter ID. I should add though every Ontarian has a photo ID health card issued to them — even the homeless, so IDs are not a problem (just an updated address)

    However, the absentee ballot provisions have been made more strict than necessary. Write your ID number and birth date in a form stuff with the ballot in an envelope and mail it. Stipulate where exactly on the envelope or envelopes just makes it easier to dismiss the ballot. Plus the time to request an absentee ballot has been shortened and there are less drop boxes.

    Voting on Saturdays was increased but Sunday voting was eliminated unless the county board specifically choose to change a Saturday vote to a Sunday. From what I understand this may suppress the black vote. And early voting is only between 9 to 5 which sort of negates the reason behind early voting — ie retail and shift workers.

    I actually agree with you that there should be no need to voting in advance unless absolutely necessary — its election day not election week. But the simple problem is on every American election, election day is filled with problems and long lines. It seems the voting infrastructure isn’t able to handle everyone voting at once. Untill the voting infrastruture is improved, early voting days is the only solution to avoid problems and long lines.

    Sure, you don’t want campaiging to occur in a voting line. You would’ve of course hope people who are committed to line up for an hour or so won’t be swayed by a bottle of water to change their vote. However, banning any person to giving water is over the top and yes the actual law stipulates; ” nor shall any person give, offer to give, or participate in the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink, to an elector, ….. on any day in which ballots are being cast: (1) Within 150 feet of the outer edge of any building within which a polling place is established; (2) Within any polling place; or (3) Within 25 feet of any voter standing in line to vote at any polling place.” (p,73) So yes your friend can be fined or arrested for giving you a bottle of water. Sure you can bring your own water/food but you can’t share — just bizarre. Now you forget to ask the simple question — why not eliminate the need for food and water by eliminating line ups — improve the voting infrastruture.

    Again, for me some of this controversy is strange especially absentee ballots, drop boxes, etc. Why not improve in person voting so this isn’t needed. Right now many people request absentee ballots and advance voting just to avoid line up. Again, just improve the voting infrastruture and have more polling stations to eliminate lines. Without improving election day voting yet over regulating absentee/advance voting, the new bill does look like voter suppression.

    I’ve seen a meme floating around that offers to accept Republican voter regulations if it was applied equally to gun ownership — might be an interesting compromise.

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  28. https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/facebook-data-on-more-than-500-million-accounts-found-online_3761460.html

    “Details from more than 500 million Facebook users have been found available on a website for hackers.

    While the information appears to be several years old, it’s another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media sites, and the limits to how secure that information is.

    The availability of the data set was first reported by Business Insider. According to that publication, it has information from 106 countries, including phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, and email addresses.”

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