21 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-8-22

  1. It’s almost like folks were staying away due to the previous management’s biases.

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  2. Of course….

    They can’t win if they can’t cheat.


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  3. It’s time to make them pay a price for what they’re doing to the kids.

    “The Parents’ Revolt

    Activists’ attempts to impose critical race theory and gender ideology in public education have sparked a nationwide backlash.”


    “In June 2021, videos of an incensed middle-aged white man getting dragged out of a Loudoun County Public Schools building in handcuffs, lips bleeding and belly exposed, played on repeat in the national media. Forty-eight-year-old Scott Smith, a Leesburg native, had attended the meeting, alongside hundreds of other parents, to protest the adoption of a new “transgender-affirming” policy proposal in the Northern Virginia school district. His arrest came to symbolize the angry, parent-led school board revolts about radical race and gender curricula sweeping the nation, though journalists typically told the story from the perspective of teachers and school administrators, not the mothers and fathers opposing them. “School board meetings, usually one of the most mundane examples of local democracy in action, have exploded with vitriol across the country in recent months,” NPR reported gravely. “School leaders are scared.”

    Smith, a plumber, was the perfect foil for the media narrative about the grassroots parents’ movement. The conventional wisdom among elites—embraced by mainstream journalists, teachers’ unions, and Democratic politicians—held that bigotry and white rage drove the parental protests. “A white parent shouting at a school-board meeting because they don’t want their child learning the truth about racial inequality isn’t as blatant as the violence carried out by the Klan,” Slate’s Julia Craven complained. “But it is motivated by the same desire to protect whiteness, its stature, and the privilege it bestows.”

    But Smith was no crazed white supremacist. He leaned conservative, but he and his wife were “gay- and lesbian-friendly” and “didn’t really follow politics until the last few years,” he told the Daily Wire in October. His fury at the June school board meeting was personal: on May 28, his 15-year-old daughter had been raped in a girls’ bathroom at the school by a boy who entered it wearing a dress. School officials assured parents that the allegations—which included two counts of forcible sodomy, one count of anal sodomy, and one count of forcible fellatio, and were corroborated by evidence from a rape kit—would be handled “internally.” What that meant was that the offender was moved to a different school, where he proceeded to assault another girl.

    That was the context surrounding Smith’s appearance at the June school board meeting. To Smith’s dismay, the same administrators who had buried his daughter’s assault were pressing for a “rights of transgender and gender-expansive students” policy that would mandate access to school bathrooms based on “gender identity,” not biological sex. And when the bathroom rape was raised at the meeting, the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) superintendent rubbed salt on Smith’s wound: “We have no records of any assaults occurring in our restrooms,” he insisted, waving away the allegation as a “red herring.” “We’ve heard it several times tonight from our public speakers, but the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist.”

    In a horrendous inversion of justice, Smith wound up prosecuted as a criminal himself. When, in a moment of emotion, he verbally berated an activist in the crowd—a woman who had approached him during the meeting, saying that she was going to “ruin your business on social media” as retribution for his allegations about his daughter’s assault—he was arrested and banned from the school board building. (Police had earlier detained Smith for making a scene at the school the day that his daughter was raped; when he yelled at the principal for insisting on handling the assault in-house, six cop cars arrived to remove him from school premises.) Soon after, the county’s top prosecutor—a George Soros–funded district attorney with close ties to the progressives on the Loudoun County school board—showed up in court to try to put Smith behind bars for his misdemeanor “disorderly conduct” charge. It was unprecedented. “It is incredibly unusual for a disorderly conduct case to even go forward,” Smith’s attorney told the Daily Wire. “The idea that they would actually be seeking jail time, I’d guess in my 15 years the number of times I’ve seen that happen would be zero.”

    Smith’s story may not have gotten attention if it weren’t for the national political environment. School administrators and their allies in local political bureaucracies were used to getting their way. Terry McAuliffe’s now-infamous remark during a 2021 Virginia gubernatorial debate—“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach”—put it bluntly. Parents weren’t supposed to get involved; it wasn’t their place. The shock-and-awe campaign against Smith was a warning: don’t get in our way—or else.

    Since its inception at the turn of the twentieth century, the progressive movement has seen the public school system as a potent tool for its political ambitions. Writing in 1930, progressive theorist John Dewey derided the pedagogy of his day as narrow-minded and visionless, arguing that “the traditional schools have almost wholly evaded consideration of the social potentialities of education.” But that was “no reason why progressive schools should continue the evasion,” he continued. Instead, he wrote in a subsequent essay, schools should “take an active part in directing social change and share in the construction of a new social order”; progressives should “make the schools their ally,” encouraging “the youth who go forth from the schools to take part in the great work of construction and organization that will have to be done.”

    That activist orientation toward education—in which educators mold students into “agents of change”—radicalized with the rise of the neo-Marxist “critical pedagogy” movement in the late 1960s. Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968), largely credited as critical pedagogy’s founding document, called for “a pedagogy which must be forged with, not for, the oppressed,” making “oppression and its causes objects of reflection by the oppressed.” Only then, Freire wrote, would beleaguered subjects be capable of “their necessary engagement in the struggle for their liberation.” Moving beyond Dewey’s reformism, Freire saw education as a way to propagate a revolutionary consciousness—a “process of permanent liberation,” through which “the culture of domination is culturally confronted . . . through the change in the way the oppressed perceive the world of oppression” and “the expulsion of the myths created and developed in the old order, which like specters haunt the new structure emerging from the revolutionary transformation.” In other words: critical pedagogy seeks the radical delegitimization of existing institutions and mores, encouraging students to be actively hostile toward everything about the society that they inherit.

    Freire’s ideas now pervade American education. “Since the publication of the English edition in 1970, Pedagogy of the Oppressed has achieved near-iconic status in America’s teacher-training programs,” Sol Stern wrote in a 2009 City Journal essay. “In 2003, David Steiner and Susan Rozen published a study examining the curricula of 16 schools of education—14 of them among the top-ranked institutions in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report—and found that Pedagogy of the Oppressed was one of the most frequently assigned texts in their philosophy of education courses.”

    The results are visible from graduate schools to kindergarten classrooms. As the reporting of Christopher F. Rufo for City Journal has documented, examples like these abound: in California, the Board of Education’s proposed Ethnic Studies Curriculum included lesson plans encouraging students to chant to the Aztec god of human sacrifice, asking him to grant them the power to be “warriors” for “social justice.” Third-graders in the state were told that they lived in a “dominant culture” of “white, middle class, cisgender, educated, able-bodied, Christian, English speakers” and told to rank themselves according to their “power and privilege.” In a school in a suburb of Portland, Oregon, eight- and nine-year-olds were subjected to videos telling them that “of course” they were “racist” and that “the idea that somehow this blanket of ideas has fallen on everyone’s head except for yours is magical thinking and it’s useless.” Rather than “affirm the status quo of certain bodies being allowed resources, access, opportunities, and other bodies being literally killed,” the students were instructed to embrace “revolution,” “resistance,” and “liberation.””

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  4. It’s way past time to end the invasion.

    “Americans Seek Big Changes In Immigration Policy After Election: I&I/TIPP Poll

    Americans are tired of the way things are and want big changes.”


    “Among the many different issues that have roiled the electorate in this 2020 midterm-election cycle, perhaps none has had as large an impact as illegal immigration. American voters are fed up with the status quo and want major changes made, the latest I&I/TIPP Poll shows.

    Given the more than 500% increase in illegal crossings in the last five years, we asked poll respondents what should be done about the “costly disruption of border cities, human trafficking, higher crime and suspected terrorists crossing the border.”

    One answer stood out as unworkable to the 1,359 voters who answered the online I&/TIPP Poll, taken from Nov. 2-4: “Keep the current policy in place,” which was supported by only 11% of those responding. The poll has a margin of error of +/-2.8 percentage points.

    So which policy responses were most popular among voters?

    Among the five possible answers, 45% responded that “Close the border to all illegal entrants and immediately deport those who are caught,” making that the No. 1 response.

    That response was followed by “Implement a temporary worker visa program to allow in those that have skills that fit into our economy,” not far behind at 36% of the responses.

    The third most cited response was “Build a wall, close the border,” at 29%. “None of the above” garnered 11% support.”

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  5. This seems suspicious….

    “A Georgia County Extends Deadline for Over 1,036 Absentee Ballots Due to ‘Human Error’

    How is this not suspicious, especially happening the day before Election Day?”


    “How in the world are we the only country that cannot get results right away?

    A Cobb County judge extended the deadline for 1,036 absentee ballots because Cobb Elections officials did not send them out to the recipients.

    The ballots have to be postmarked by Election Day, which is tomorrow.

    White added that the county overnighted ballots to most of those 716 voters, and will send the last 276 Monday night.

    Four out-of-state absentee voters and the Cobb County Democracy Center, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, filed suit against Cobb elections department Sunday. The lawsuit asked the judge to extend the deadline to return ballots and ensure voters are contacted and sent an absentee ballot through overnighted mail.

    Cobb elections officials agreed.

    I wonder if those who canceled their absentee ballot and voted in person will still get the absentee ballot. How many of them will still vote if they get the ballot?

    The new order does not include military and overseas voters.

    Officials will certify the results on November 15.”

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  6. He’s such a principled conservative….

    Kidding, he’s a clown and a hack.

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  7. I’m guessing NBC.

    Chuck Todd, Nicole Wallace, or Andrea Mitchell.

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  8. Stop the steal.

    “Biden’s DOJ Deploys Feds Wherever GOP Poll Watchers Could Disrupt Dems’ Election-Rigging Schemes”

    “It seems partisan activists in the DOJ are taking matters into their own hands to meddle for Democrats in key midterm contests.”


    “In its latest election-rigging scheme, the Biden Department of Justice has just announced it is deploying attorneys under its Civil Rights Division to mostly blue and swing counties across the country on Election Day.

    In a press release published one day before the midterms, the DOJ said it plans to send its attorneys to 64 jurisdictions in 24 states to monitor polling locations “for compliance with the federal voting rights laws.”

    “Monitors will include personnel from the Civil Rights Division and from U.S. Attorneys’ Offices,” the press release reads. “In addition, the division also deploys monitors from the Office of Personnel Management, where authorized by federal court order. Division personnel will also maintain contact with state and local election officials.”

    What stands out about the 64 jurisdictions the DOJ plans to “monitor” is that they are mostly Democrat strongholds or swing districts in states with key midterm contests such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada.

    These blue and swing counties are facing increased scrutiny this year by RNC and GOP activists — who after nearly 40 years are finally permitted to coordinate poll watching with the national committee and file voting-related lawsuits, as Democrats have been able to do all along. But now these DOJ attorneys, under the guise of protecting “voting rights,” can help Democratic operatives get around election integrity objections at the polls and avoid scrutiny

    Targeted ‘Jurisdictions’
    In the swing states of Nevada, Georgia, and Michigan, DOJ personnel will only “monitor” heavily blue counties that all went for Biden in the 2020 election. For example, Fulton County, one of the three Georgia counties — Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett — the DOJ is targeting, went 72.6 percent for Biden. Fulton County alone represents nearly 11 percent of Georgia’s electorate and is notorious for its poorly-run elections. Wayne County, the home of Detroit and one of the four Democrat-heavy counties targeted by the DOJ in Michigan, represents upwards of 16 percent of the vote in the state.

    Of the counties targeted in Pennsylvania, two — Berks, Luzerne — of the five are swing counties and the other three went for Biden in 2020. This includes Philadelphia, which accounts for 20 percent of the entire Democratic vote in Pennsylvania and where Democrats are notorious for buying votes.

    In Arizona, the DOJ is targeting Democratic-heavy Maricopa County, which represents more than 60 percent of the Arizona electorate, as well as Pima County, another Democrat stronghold. The two red counties on its list, Pinal and Yavapai, face election integrity concerns.

    Of the counties in the non-swing states the DOJ listed, most are the heavily blue counties of California, Minnesota, Florida, and Alaska. In Ohio, the DOJ is targeting only Cuyahoga County (Cleveland); in Texas, Dallas and Harris County (Houston). Both counties went for Biden in the 2020 election.”

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  9. As always, vote fraud is a myth…

    “A Milwaukee Election Official’s Firing, Fraudulent Ballots, And Felony Charge Fuel WI Scandal Right Before Midterms”


    “Kimberly Zapata was fired after she allegedly requested three absentee ballots meant for military members and had them sent to a state representative’s home.”

    “As Milwaukee’s second-highest-ranking elections official faces charges in the city’s latest election scandal, the lawmaker she targeted is asking a critical question: Why would Kimberly Zapata risk her job, her excellent benefits, and her freedom when she could have just stepped forward with her concerns?

    On Friday, the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office charged Zapata with a felony count of misconduct in office and three misdemeanor counts of making a false statement to obtain an absentee ballot.

    The charges come a day after Mayor Cavalier Johnson announced at a hastily called press conference that Zapata had been fired as deputy administrator of the Milwaukee Election Commission after she allegedly requested three absentee ballots meant for military members and had them sent to state Rep. Janel Brandtjen’s home.

    Zapata faces a total of five years in prison and up to $13,000 in fines if found guilty of the charges.

    According to the criminal complaint, Zapata “sent the ballots in the names of three fictitious military voters to make a point about the existence of fraud in the voting system — though she said this was not the same situation as people who are involved in conspiracy theories,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

    Zapata told investigators she was only trying to get Brandtjen’s attention in an attempt to redirect her focus from “outrageous conspiracy theories and to something that is actually real.”

    Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) chairs the Assembly committee that has investigated election integrity complaints for the better part of two years. She immediately informed authorities about the fraudulently obtained ballots sent to her home and said she does not know Zapata. Brandtjen is skeptical of the deputy elections chief’s explanation.

    “If this clerk wanted my attention, why would she risk her job, her comfortable pension, her reputation, and going to jail when she could have just picked up the phone and called me to have a private conversation?” Brandtjen asked. “We (the committee) could have exposed this problem just as easily without putting her career and freedom at risk.”

    It’s a good question and one the Journal Sentinel and others don’t appear to be asking. But then again, the Journal Sentinel has been too busy painting Brandtjen and anyone who has raised election integrity questions over the last couple of years as conspiracy theorists. Brandtjen said that, as of Friday, the Journal Sentinel had yet to reach out to her.

    In the complaint, Zapata said her alleged actions were different than those of Harry Wait of Racine County-based citizen action group Honest, Open, and Transparent Government (HOT). Wait is facing two counts of election fraud and two counts of unauthorized use of an individual’s personal identifying information after he was accused of using Wisconsin’s state election website to request absentee ballots be sent to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Racine Mayor Cory Mason.

    Wait, too, says he was trying to alert the public to the integrity flaws in Wisconsin’s absentee ballot system.

    Wait’s case is different in one crucial aspect. Zapata has been an elections official for seven years and has been second in command at the scandal-plagued Milwaukee Election Commission since this summer. She knows the laws well and has access to the system, and according to reports, a recent review found she had been accessing the elections system.

    Zapata also stated that she “felt overwhelmed because of threats of violence the Election Commission was receiving, in addition to the constant daily harassment and accusations of lying and hiding things.”

    The complaint, however, states she didn’t step forward until after Brandtjen reported the matter to authorities and until her boss, Election Commission Administrator Claire Woodall-Vogg, confronted her about it — a second time. “

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  10. Say it ain’t so!!! Oh and the NYT is saying this is fueling “right wing conspiracy voter fraud” assertions!! 😂

    PHOENIX – Maricopa County officials say that around 20% of their polling sites are experiencing issues with tabulation machines across the Valley, just hours into Election Day.

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  11. Yeah, shenanigans are happening….

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  12. Again, conveniently….

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