27 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-15-21

  1. It’s only a matter of time until the crime of the century is exposed. The truth will eventually come out revealing that President Trump won in a landslide. The great difficulty will be getting the truth out through the corrupt brick wall of silence of the media and elites.

    Even when the results from the audits prove that there indeed WAS fraudulent activity perpetrated during the 2020 elections, total denial by the fraudsters will remain. The people must still be made aware and given the opportunity to clearly see what happened, and compare the means of fraudulent tactics (massive # of mail-in ballots, unmonitored drop boxes,
    compromised voting machines. dismissal of voter ID, etc.) to what the Dems are trying to push in the H.R. 1/S.1 corrupt politician voting ‘rights’ bill – they will see that they’re seeking to legalize fraud in our future elections as well.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/election-integrity-group-analysis-of-ballot-images-in-georgia-county-shows-provable-fraud_3901787.html

    “A group seeking to ensure that elections are run fairly said this week that an in-depth analysis of mail-in ballot images obtained through a court order shows that the hand-count audit in Fulton County, Georgia, last year “was riddled with massive errors and provable fraud.”

    The analysis turned up at least 36 batches of mail-in ballots, containing 4,255 votes, that were added redundantly to the audit results, according to Voters Organized for Trusted Election Results in Georgia (VoterGA). Nearly 3,400 were for Democrat Joe Biden.

    The team examining the ballots also found seven audit tally sheets (pdf) they believe were falsified to contain fabricated vote totals. In one example, the group said, a batch containing 59 ballot images for Biden and 42 for former President Donald Trump was reported as 100 for Biden and zero for Trump.

    The analysis revealed that 923 (60 percent) of the 1,539 mail-in ballot batch files contained votes that were incorrectly reported in the county’s official 2020 election result, compared to the audit totals, VoterGA said.

    “We believe that there is massive audit errors,” Garland Favorito, founder of the group, told a press conference in Georgia on July 13.”

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  2. Thank Joe Biden and Democrats.

    Their open border and Covid lockdown policies built this.

    “2020 U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Highest Ever at 93,331, an Increase of Almost 30%

    Humans are not robots. Lockdowns cause more problems healthwise than help.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/07/2020-u-s-drug-overdose-deaths-highest-ever-at-93331-an-increase-of-almost-30/

    “Preliminary reports and numbers indicate in 2020, over 90,000 people died of a drug overdose in the U.S., an increase of almost 30%:

    The estimated 93,331 deaths from drug overdoses last year, a record high, represent the sharpest annual increase in at least three decades, and compare with an estimated toll of 72,151 deaths in 2019, according to provisional overdose-drug data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    “That is a stunning number even for those of us who have tracked this issue,” said Brendan Saloner, associate professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “Our public health tools have not kept pace with the urgency of the crisis.”

    Brandon Marshall, a public health researcher at Brown University, said, “COVID has greatly exacerbated the crisis” of drug overdoses in America.

    The data shows fentanyl led the charge:

    Fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin, is now frequently mixed into other widely used illicit drugs, often when the user is unaware. “Fentanyl is poisoning our drug supply,” said Monique Tula, executive director of the National Harm Reduction Coalition, an organization that advocates for people who use drugs and trains the harm reduction workforce.

    An estimated 57,550 people died of overdoses from synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl, an increase of more than 54% over 2019, according to Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. “Definitely fentanyl is the driving factor,” he said. Overdose deaths from opioids overall rose nearly 37%, according to the CDC data.”

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    Meth and cocaine deaths rose too. And like fentanyl, it mostly comes across the open southern border.

    Thanks Democrats.

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  3. Despite media and Democrat gaslighting to the contrary, the cost of everything is going up.

    Biden is Jimmy Carter 2.0.

    “It’s not your imagination: Everything is more expensive now”

    https://hotair.com/karen-townsend/2021/07/15/its-not-your-imagination-everything-is-more-expensive-now-n402324

    “If you are thinking that everything seems more expensive these days, you’re right. The consumer price index jumped 5.4% in June from a year earlier. Consumer prices are accelerating at the fastest pace in almost 13 years. It’s starting to feel like it’s the 1970s and Jimmy Carter’s economy.

    The Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index measures a basket of goods and services as well as energy and food costs to make a determination each month. In May the increase was 5 percent in a year-over-year rise in prices. It was the biggest 12-month rise since August 2008. We remember what happened just a month later in 2008, in August when the U.S. went into the worst recession it had seen since the Great Depression. No one is saying that we are facing that kind of a financial disaster right now but Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell confirmed that inflation “has been higher than we’ve expected and a little bit more persistent” in his semiannual report Wednesday to House lawmakers. This came on the heels of the Consumer Price Index report released just one day earlier.

    The increase in June came in higher than was expected by economists surveyed by Dow Jones. They expected to see a 5% spike.

    Consumer prices rose 0.9 percent from the month prior, the Labor Department said.

    The core consumer price index, which excludes volatile food and energy costs, rose 4.5 percent from a year ago, the fastest acceleration since 1991.

    Much of the price increases this spring came from sectors that were hit particularly hard by the pandemic and subsequent shutdowns, including used car prices, air fares and fuel costs.”

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    “Every aspect of our lives is more expensive. Home prices are up 20% over last year, food purchased outside the home is up more than 4%, and clothing prices are up nearly 5%. Car prices are through the roof. Factories shut down when the pandemic started. Supplies sharply declined. On top of that, there is a global chip shortage that affects car production. According to JD Power, the average new car price in May was $38,255, up 12% from the same time last year. About 2/3 of car buyers paid within 5% of sticker price, some paying more. Car dealers don’t have to offer deals this year because of the short supply and high customer demand. Used cars aren’t a deal now either. According to Edmunds.com, one-year-old cars are selling for more than when they were new. Re-sell price on average is 95% of the original price. Again, it is supply and demand.

    It’s summer vacation season so expect to pay more for travel and vacation-related expenses. Daily car rental rates, for example, have increased 65% compared to this time last year and 140% more than in 2019, according to a spokeswoman for AAA. Rental companies decreased inventories as the pandemic began and now that people are vaccinated and ready to travel, the companies are finding it difficult to increase their auto inventories. Added to that is the fact that automakers are limiting the number of cars they’re selling to fleet customers like rental companies because of chip shortages.

    This leads us to gas prices, which we know are rising. Gas prices have risen 40% with no end in sight. By the end of the summer, average gas prices are expected to be well over $3.25. We know in spots in California, prices are already almost to $5.00 per gallon.

    The type of actions the federal government can take to ease rises in inflation is not likely to happen under the Biden administration, at least not any time soon. The most obvious correction to make would be to stop printing and borrowing trillions of dollars. Democrats are on a tear to spend as many trillion of dollars as they can while they are in control and ramming through big-dollar initiatives. Flooding the economy with newly printed dollars decreases the value of every dollar.”

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  4. Idiots.

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    Any of you idiot “woke” corporations maybe rethinking those huge donations to these racist idiots?

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  7. Bingo.

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    No thanks.

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  8. I think I see the problem.

    But hey, keep voting for those Democrats. After all, it’s working so well for your children.

    “41% of Baltimore high schoolers have a GPA below 1.0”

    https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2021/07/14/41-of-baltimore-high-schoolers-have-a-gpa-below-1-0-n402274

    “This story comes from the same reporter at Fox 45 in Baltimore who published multiple stories earlier this year about the failures at Augusta Fells high school. Monday he published a story based on new documents that provide the GPA of every one of Baltimore’s 20,000 high school students. Incredibly, 41% of all students now have a GPA average below 1.0.

    Project Baltimore obtained a chart assembled by Baltimore City Schools. The chart shows the average GPA for every high school grade in the city – freshman through senior. In the first three quarters of this past school year, according to the chart, 41% of all Baltimore City high school students, earned below a 1.0 grade point average. In other words, nearly half of the 20,500 public high school students in Baltimore earned less than a D average.

    Baltimore schools were never doing that well but appear to have been hit hard by COVID lockdowns and the remote learning that followed.

    During the second quarter of the 2019/2020 school year, just before COVID hit, 24% of high school students had a GPA below 1.0. Now, it’s 41 percent.

    City Schools declined an interview but told us in a statement,” Consistent with the experience of many school districts across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic created significant disruptions to student learning. As early as the summer of 2020, City Schools identified large numbers of students with decreases in their grade point averages and classroom performance when compared to past performances.

    The full spreadsheet is visible for a moment in the video report below. It shows that seniors were doing the best among all high schoolers and freshmen were doing the worst. Looking just at freshmen, who would have started school last fall, more than 51% are below the 1.0 threshold.

    How is this possible? Perhaps it’s because Baltimore is a relatively impoverished area and it’s schools aren’t receiving the resources necessary to make better outcomes possible. But that doesn’t appear to be the case. In fact, Baltimore has the 3rd highest spending per pupil in the nation among major school districts. ”

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    So how can we make this whitey’s fault…..?

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  9. Cuomo lying about Covid numbers?

    Oh say it isn’t so….. Again.

    “Surprise: New York State is undercounting COVID deaths by more than 10,000”

    https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2021/07/14/surprise-new-york-state-is-undercounting-covid-deaths-by-more-than-10000-n402181

    “You would think the humiliation of having New York’s own attorney general expose the nursing-home undercount would have led Cuomo’s administration to be forthright about their other data. Being caught in a cover-up to minimize the severity of the pandemic is egregious, but it’s an opportunity at least to come clean with the public, reset, and promise to be honest going forward.

    They’re still covering up, according to the AP.

    Strangely, though, they’re doing it in plain sight. Cuomo got away with hiding the nursing-home data for the entirety of 2020 because it was compiled by his own administration’s officials. His team was able to successfully suppress its release for months. The data on the total state death toll comes from death certificates, though, which are publicly available. The CDC knows the true statewide number, which stands at around 54,000, as does the New York City health department. Team Cuomo continues to run with 43,000 as its official toll, which one CDC official described as “a little strange” to the AP. Why try to cover up when the truth is commonly known?

    Sheer force of habit?

    The Cuomo administration’s count includes only laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 deaths at hospitals, nursing homes and adult-care facilities. That means its tally excludes people who died at home, hospice, in state prisons or at state-run homes for people living with disabilities.

    It also excludes people who likely died of COVID-19 but never got a positive test to confirm the diagnosis. Tests were scarce in the early stages of New York’s outbreak. At least 5,000 New York City residents likely died of COVID-19 without a positive test, according to city statistics.

    The gap has widened even as testing has become more widely available, with the CDC data showing at least 3,200 more COVID-19 deaths in the state than New York’s own tracker so far in 2021.

    Read that last line again. The undercount is getting worse even as the pandemic has eased in New York thanks to widespread vaccination and the truth about Cuomo’s early nursing-home cover-up has become public knowledge. There’s no political reason for his administration to still be lowballing the numbers. In fact, the New York Times ran a piece months ago, in March, noting that “excess deaths” from all causes in New York since the start of the pandemic already approached 56,000. Four months later, the number is even higher. So why seemingly arbitrarily exclude people based on where they died or because they were “probable” COVID deaths who were never formally tested?”

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  10. Oh no….

    I mean really, who could have seen this coming…..?

    “One Year after Riots, Twin Cities Marked by Lawlessness, Racial Division”

    https://www.nationalreview.com/news/one-year-after-riots-twin-cities-marked-by-lawlessness-racial-division/

    “Speaking in La Crosse, Wis., before the Fourth of July holiday in 2015, Barack Obama directed the crowd’s attention a few miles west, across the Mississippi River.

    Minnesota, the then-president noted, was proof of what blue state politics could achieve. The state’s Democratic leaders had increased taxes on the wealthy, raised the minimum wage, and pumped taxpayer money into all-day kindergarten and financial aid for college. And the state’s unemployment rate was still lower than Republican-led Wisconsin’s, and its median income was higher. Minnesota seemingly had cracked the code.

    Just six years earlier, Forbes named Minneapolis the nation’s safest city. In fact, Minnesotans were used to their state topping lists of best places to raise a family or to retire, and they were happy to snub their frozen noses at the rest of the nation who viewed the state as icy flyover country with perpetually floundering professional sports teams.

    Then came the summer of 2020. After George Floyd was killed under a Minneapolis police officer’s knee, the Twin Cities became the ignition point for fiery riots and unrest that spread across the country. Rioters damaged or destroyed more than 400 businesses in Minneapolis and St. Paul alone, with an estimated price tag of at least $550 million.

    Over the past year, amid the national news coverage of continued unrest, Minnesota’s image as a friendly and safe progressive paradise has taken a hit. Burned and boarded-up buildings, visible scars from last year’s riots, still dot Lake Street, the ethnically diverse business corridor connecting several South Minneapolis neighborhoods. The burned-out husk of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct building, abandoned to rioters, remains surrounded by concrete barriers, metal fencing, and barbed wire. Some of the most badly damaged buildings have been razed, leaving only overgrown fields and construction sites.

    It will take years, maybe a decade or more, to repair all of the damage. But fallout from the last year of unrest in the Twin Cities is greater than just the physical scars.

    Troubling Trends

    While there hasn’t been massive flight from the Twin Cities as there was in Detroit after the 1967 riots in that city, the riots and unrest in Minnesota have instead exposed and exacerbated troubling trends that have been brewing here, in some cases for decades. In a sense, last year’s riots didn’t so much push the Twin Cities over a cliff as show that in many ways the cities and the state were already falling.

    For instance, the state’s economy is not exactly the juggernaut that Obama bragged about just six years ago. A recent analysis by the state’s chamber of commerce revealed that Minnesota’s economy has been growing slower than the national average for 20 years or more. Income and job growth have lagged. Young people and middle-class residents have been fleeing to lower-tax states since at least the early 2000s, a brain drain that threatens future prosperity. Rumors continue to swirl that some of the state’s largest employers are looking to set up shop elsewhere. And the state’s liberals apparently were shocked to learn of the so-called “Minnesota paradox,” the finding that years of high taxes and increasingly progressive policies haven’t prevented the state from having some of the largest racial inequities in the country in terms of income, unemployment rates, arrest and incarceration rates, and education.

    “All these disparities have either arisen while we have some of the highest taxes, highest government spending in the nation, or they have proved completely resilient to remedy by some of the highest taxes and some of the highest government spending in the United States,” said John Phelan, an economist at the Center of the American Experiment, a conservative Minnesota think tank. “That really does suggest to me that we need to be looking at something else.”

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  11. The FBI continues to be a total garbage outfit.

    I guess they were too busy witch hunting Trump and tracking down Lego aficionados to worry about a serial rapist.

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  12. 70 women who didn’t need to be victimized were, thanks to the FBI dropping the ball yet again.

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  13. Funny how that keeps happening, huh? 🙄

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    They. Are. Garbage.

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  14. I spent $499.52 at the grocery store the other day and the basket wasn’t overflowing and I did not purchase any meat.

    “It’s the wine,” the cashier said. “The bill will go down when we put in your club card number.”

    It DID go down $70, but still, $429.52 was a lot of money.

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  15. I feel bad for the low income people, those on fixed incomes and those who have to drive long distances to work. They are the ones that inflation really hurts.

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  16. Part of the inflation rate is due to the anomaly that was last year. Fuel prices illustrate this; in 2018 the average price was 2.95 per gallon, last year it dropped to $1.90 and now its 3.15. Calculating on a yearly; the inflation rate will be high but taking away the anomaly and it is not much more than the usual rate seen in the last 25 years, around 2% per year. We are nowhere near the late 70s rates — btw 1970s inflation started to become a problem after Nixon exited the Bretton Woods agreement and took the US off the gold standard.

    As long as there’s an embargo, its easy for the Cuban gov’t to shift blame. If Cuban socialism is inherently bad, should it not fall apart on its own? The fact that the US has insisted on an embargo for over 60 years suggests they fear it will succeed and be an example to other Latin American countries. And given the focus on both the right and left is on material conditions in Cuba, suggests there’s an agreement that these demonstrations are motivated by the inability of the government to supply basic needs not “freedom”. End the embargo, and let “socialism” fail (or pass) on its own merits.

    I have no doubt GPAs, marks, test results, etc have declined in the past year or two. The past two school years has taught us the value of a classroom and a teacher…. my conservative gov’ts dream of replacing teachers with online learning permanently has been shelved. If the class averages don’t increase in the next few years, we can assess if there are long term effects. I’m hoping its a momentarily dip but I will be playing catch up in the nest few years.

    Overdoses have increased but I’m not sure that’s entirely correlated to increased stress. In many cases, health resources were diverted elsewhere and drug addicts simply received less care. Or it could be any number of reasons. Drugs arrive via various conveyances — air, ship, and person, and finally meth is both homegrown and Mexican. In any cases, it matters not where they come from — they merely supply the demand; lower the demand and less smuggling. One way to lower the demand for illegal drugs is to legalize and regulate it; treating it as a health problem not a criminal problem.

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  17. Inflation has the side benefit of wiping out the actual value of a person’s debt. For example, housing cost in my city have gone up 25% in the last few years. The actual value of my mortgage debt is less simple due to a better equity-debt ratio. Wages have not kept pace with inflation since the 70s but if we were to raise wages to match inflation, the value of the debt would be far less (lets say if we put debt in terms of hours needed to work to pay the debt the value would go down). Let’s say I borrowed 200 000 for a mortgage 10 years ago. According to a simplified inflation calculator the value of that debt has declined 1.5% each year. (Given that I can obtain a mortgage for 1.09% the bank is effectively giving away money). In the long term, inflation does benefit the debtor.

    As for the short term, it does hurt the poor. And it may explain why people simply don’t work — when the costs involved in working (uniform, lunches, gas, car, insurance, etc) are so high that wages offered are no longer attractive, why working in the official economy. Many young people simply decided to work for themselves, online, cash, part-time etc and just live with their parents much longer than my generation did. My daughter has several different sources of income but none involve working a traditional wage or salary job. Why work and make the elites even richer is her attitude (another common attitude of this era). She does live with her boyfriend and between the two of them — art, music, gardening, online selling, etc they manage to pay rent, food and put a little aside.
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  18. I’m seeing a lot of the same things, HRW. It’s important to note that in this country, the new administration shut down a lot of the robust energy players which is another reason gas costs and other utilities have gone up.

    The US government, too, shields itself by not taking into account, food, energy, or housing costs into the inflation numbers. I suspect if they were included, the rate of inflation would be even higher.

    Because of taking out the “major players,” the US government does not have to raise their own cost of living raises for people on welfare, military pay, military retirement pay, social security recipients, and so forth.

    Meanwhile, they pump out the dollars. Even Chas has observed–WHERE is that money coming from? Borrowed dollars that basically places most of our children and grandchildren into a weird sort of serfdom for the rest of their lives.

    But what do I know? I only read history.

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  19. They just can’t quit him. 🙂

    So they just continue to make up lies.

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  20. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    $#@^$%^% hacks.

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  21. It’s what they do.

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    Just a reminder how that last “blockbuster” played out.

    https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2021/07/15/embarrassing-failure-as-another-russia-leak-story-magically-appears-drew-holden-mocks-journos-1-by-1-in-brutal-steele-dossier-thread/

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  22. They’re seeking to cover up the crime scene. Decertify the votes of any county that refuses an audit! And certainly decertify the machines…

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/pennsylvania-county-refuses-participation-in-new-2020-election-audit_3903454.html

    “At least one of three counties targeted for a forensic investigation of Pennsylvania’s 2020 presidential election has said it will not allow access to its voting machines.

    Pennsylvania Sen. Doug Mastriano, chair of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee, sent letters to election officials in three Pennsylvania counties, Philadelphia, York, and Tioga, requesting access to voting machines and information to be used as evidence in a forensic analysis of the 2020 election.

    Tioga County Commissioners decided not to provide access after receiving a directive from the Pennsylvania Department of State ordering county boards of elections not to provide any access to third parties seeking to examine the systems or system components.”

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  23. Its just not the US but almost all gov’ts that do no include food, energy and housing in their inflation calculations. My friend is a chief economist at Stats Canada and actually develops, fine tunes and applies the formula for the inflation rate. I asked him about excluding essential items. He said fresh food was seasonal and volatile, energy was volatile and housing would distort the overall rate — I don’t buy it but apparently all gov’t statisticians follow the same general method. Hence, I don’t think its deliberate on the US gov’t to avoid cost of living wage increases.

    My point was the distortion 2020 prices have on a year by year inflation rate. Given the dysfunction of the year, perhaps its best to look at a 5 year change in prices — my gasoline example demonstrates that prices have changed within the same pattern over the last few decades.

    Printing money almost always ends badly but the money has to be in circulation. In 2008, my economist friend and a few historian friends all told me the money printed in 2009 would end badly, but inflation never came. Its simple money is no longer printed and in the case of the 2009 monetary expansion most of it was directed to banks who simply used the credits to wipe out debits and moved on. The “money” never entered the economy. In the years that followed, most monetary expansion favored the rich, with tax cuts and other programs, yet inflation still didn’t happen — in this case the rich simply put the money in numbered accounts in the Cayman Island or spent it in ways that did not affect the general economy. Even now you have three billionaires essentially competing in a d.. measuring contest (space race), but none of their billions spent will enter the real economy, hence still no inflation. Every year my friends squirrel away their money into gold while I have a pension fund and a house, they say inflation will kill my pension plan but I’m still skeptical. Admittedly I’m more nervous now than in 2008 but as long as that money “printed” in the last decade is used by the rich in conspicuous consumption we are somewhat safe; now if they actually invested the money properly we would be in serious trouble but trust fund babies rarely do sensible things.

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  24. Tychicus — why would a gov’t whether federal state or municipal give their voting machines to a corporate third party like Cyber Ninjas?. Do you want private companies taking over the election process — would you trust Amazon or Google with the machines? If they give it corporation A why not corporation B or why not every citizen to inspect (and probably manipulate and wreck). In Arizona, the machines are no longer useful. They’re not cheap.

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