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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

US Elections: A Flawed Process (Electors, Fraud, Timing)

Image result for elections fraudI have long posited the US Federal Election process (as per the US Constitution) is flawed. The election processes in the 50 states have shown, and are showing, the reality of the Electoral College (as written) all too often results in state-by-state election results calls within mere hours of the voting poll closings. A  ridiculous notion since the 1990s. Alas, the influence of technology when placed against the passages in a document written well over 200 years ago seriously supports a need for modification or summary elimination. Case in point. The Electoral College was an early and necessary addition to the US Constitution, in part, due to the existential geographic population (spread) difference and developing economic considerations between more and less agrarian states/ territories. A balancing of voting impact with regard to less populated regions (and states) was critical and effective for well over one and one-half centuries. But things have changed. The over-simplistic view of the Electoral College, hopefully, will facilitate what follows. 

Recall the advent of electricity, communications mediums based on electricity and associated techno advancements of the late 20th Century have literally cast a light of suspicion on the Electoral College and how impacts current elections. The Internet and major advancements in collecting and counting votes have led to state election commissions, (with public announcements via cable TV ratings-hungry news operations), and electors deciding elections with 24 hours of national voting poll openings. Well, let's consider a key dynamic. The national vote in the 19th and most of the 20th Century could not have been decided in 24 hours. There was no Internet, nor advancing polling systems which precluded the need for voters to take weeks and maybe months to reach a final outcome. When and why have we allowed technology influenced national elections to become a leading factor in handing-over possibly flawed election counts to state Electors?
Example Hillary Clinton finished the 2016 election campaign and election with 2.84 million more votes than Trump. Another set of flawed voting systems and processes, how many states have we just witnessed finally complete election counts weeks after the November midterm elections? A simple process of deduction indicates flawed final state results until weeks after the election polls close, should lead even the not so intelligent to reason: is the final count as stated cable newsrooms and voting night election commissions always an accurate count? Yet, we watched CNN's Wolf Blitzer literally beret, His election night board guy, John King, towards calling the Florida state election. King seemed uncomfortable with Blitzers pushing for what could only be considered ratings hungry need to call a state election results before MSNBC and (heaven forbid) Fox News show productions. Yet General Election (presidential vote) state electors cast national election votes on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December every four years. All said and without consideration of matters which seem to affect each and every national/state election, voter suppression, we find ourselves continuing to find state elections unsettled and more. The state of North Carolina is at this moment showing signs of vote handling malfeasance which could lead to a re-vote. Imagine that a re-vote due to absentee ballots which have gone missing?


Earlier this morning WSOC TV local news ran this 36 segment along with a related discussion.
I digress into possible Republican voter fraud.

The salient point of the digression was to add validation elections take time. No US elections should be settled with some artificial time frame imposed upon us via ratings seeking cable news production teams and party electors bound to cast votes for their party even when we have empirical evidence final votes take time. 

Settling elections within 24 hours of closed polling places is a ridiculous as the reality of Donald Trump sitting in the White House.

On the matter of voter fraud, Bloomberg published a piece with noteworthy reporting on voter fraud for the GOP.

The Election Fraud Is Coming From Inside the GOP Undermining voters from Wisconsin to North Carolina.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Trump: Data Is So Hurtful (Travel, Polling et al)

On July 14th, Judicial Watch published a piece with a headline which includes Trump travels total $3.58 million.  Remarkable, eh?

 Judicial Watch President

  • Melania Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago between February 3-6 on a C-37B military jet at an operating cost of $10,075 per hour for six hours. The total comes to $60,450.
  • Vice President Pence flew Air Force Two 5.58 hours to Houston for the Super Bowl between February 3-6 at an operating cost of $15,994 per hour, for a total of $89,246.52.
  • Melania Trump flew from New York to Washington DC on February 10 to join her husband on Air Force One for the trip to Mar-a-Lago. She departed on February 12 for New York on a C-37A jet for a weekend total of 7.09 hours at $10,075 per hour, bringing the cost to $71,431.75.
  • President Trump flew Air Force One 5.7 hours to Mar-a-Lago between February 17-21 at an operating cost of $142,380 per hour, for a total of $811,566.
  • Melania Trump flew from New York to Mar-a-Lago between February 17-21. One leg she flew 5.63 hours on a C-37B military jet at an operating cost of $10,075 per hour for a total of $56,722.25 and on the other leg she flew 5.57 hours on a C-40B jet at $5,450 per hour for a total of $30,356.50. The grand total is $87,078.75.
  • President Trump flew 4.1 hours on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago between March 17-19 at $142,380 per hour, for a total of $583,758.
In response to a Judicial Watch FOIA request, the Air Force produced the following record:
  • President Trump entertained Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago between February 10-13 where they played a round of golf. They flew Air Force One 4.2 hours at $142,380 per hour for a total of $597,996.
Judicial Watch previously released documents showing travel expenses of $1,281,420.

Judicial Watch also closely Obama family travel costs throughout his presidency.  In response to a June 19, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Judicial Watch recently received documents from the Secret Service related to Michelle Obama’s March 2014 trip to China. The total Secret Service expenses adds up to $389,931.71:
  • $288,662.07 in hotels
  • $72,701.14 in car rentals
  • $5,020.52 in cell phone charges
  • $4,282.65 in rental reproduction equipment
  • $393.52 in printers and toners
  • $1,010.63 in cell phone rentals
  • $199.17 in supplies
  • $11,266.38 in overtime/per diem pay
  • $1,265.13 in miscellaneous services by another government agency
  • $5,130.50 in Air/Rail
Let's digress a bit for Trump's Presidential privilege travel (with self-patronizing of his properties). How about a Mondy morning review of where we are regarding Trump's approval ratings. 

Not so good frankly. We are sure Trump really loves it.

Bloomberg in two-minutes:

ABC News/Washington Post poll (in 2:43 minutes)

Behavior tells a bunch about a person. The ABC News/Washington Post poll led to these graphics from  ABC dot com.

It also seems Trump's Twitter toy isn't working for a majority of survey respondents. Of course, his base loves it, but we know of his base; now don't we? 

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After six months in office, Trump has the lowest approval rating since the beginning of sophisticated political polling. Now, that is something he can brag about. How about a look back at the past three Administrations.

Trump: -22 
Obama: +22 
Bush W: +21

The Washington Post poll with findings which should not only validate other polls, the findings should send a message to Trump and Company.

CNN capture a 50-50 vote of Trump regret during one of its recent Trump voter focus group. 


Problem America?

Trump Theme Week
Trump's "Made in America Week." He actually has the gall to bring that up.

MSNBC July 17, 2017


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

TPI Morrning Gazette: Trump'd, Planned Parenthood, TPM LIVEWIRE, Bloomberg

Non-Progressive News...

Fox News playing loose and cheap with numbers again.

Just tossing out random numbers ¯\_(ツ)_/¯Posted by Media Matters for America on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Boiling tops network "numbers tossing" host by a light speed celestial body. Planned Parenthood videos (doctored as they are) are more damaging than ISIS beheading video. Media Matters used the word "Speechless" regarding the Boling remark. I would also add the words "...and disgusting."

The New York Times recently validated Bill O'Reilly's proclamation of US media deterioration. As if O'Reilly's network isn't at the leading edge of such? We expect better from US media. If the nation's most storied media outlet publishes along the lines of Times' Clinton piece, we we must assume media has lost all respect for its readers ans viewers. Unless, of course you relish the Fox News business model and the New York Times' poorly research and non second sourced email story.  

After Two Corrections, The NY Times' Botched Email Story Still Has An Error
The New York Times' much-maligned report that originally claimed federal officials were seeking a criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton still contains a major factual error, despite undergoing two rounds of corrections and criticism from its public editor. The report claims, based on anonymous sources, that "two inspectors general" have asked for an investigation into possible mishandling of government information with regard to Clinton's email -- in fact, only one inspector general made such a referral.

Only One Inspector General Made A Referral, Contrary To The NY Times' Report

Planned Parenthood under attack during an election cycle. A "base" issue that will surely garner well, as the Right has few if any issues to support a run for the presidency. 

Knowledge of the the 503c status of Planned Parenthood means little to nothing when the mission is to "salt and pepper" willing viewers with unabashed malarkey.

Planned Parenthood doesn't profit from tissue donations. End of discussion.Posted by Media Matters for America on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Oh the weakness of Trump's campaign manager comes to the light of day. 
This is just embarrassing.
Posted by Mediaite on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Do you think the guy knows the "RT" is the Russian Times (state sponsorship internet news) vs. the Republican Tribune.

On the campaign trail.

Front lawyer and chief pundit Michael Cohen went to "spousal Rape?" Spousal Rape was address legislation as far back as the 1990s. Cohen is a attorney, and did to exercise the wherewithal to check facts before speaking (A Trumpism), or did he even think to google the issue.)

"Inarticulate?"  Cohen adopted an increasingly common word used by conservatives for strategic backtracking comments.


Cohen apologized for his comments Tuesday, calling them "inarticulate," and said the reporter's question sent him into a tailspin. 
"As an attorney, husband and father there are many injustices that offend me but nothing more than charges of rape or racism. They hit me at my core. Rarely am I surprised by the press, but the gall of this particular reporter to make such a reprehensible and false allegation against Mr. Trump truly stunned me. In my moment of shock and anger, I made an inarticulate comment - which I do not believe -- and which I apologize for entirely," Cohen said in a statement to CNN.
"I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we're in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don't have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know," Cohen said, according to the Daily Beast. "So I'm warning you, tread very f---ing lightly, because what I'm going to do to you is going to be f---ing disgusting. You understand me?"
While Trump has definitively distance himself from the "wagon-circling" attorney, a question remains about the failed utility of close confidants, pundits and surrogates who are given White House positions once a candidate the candidate wins the presidency.

President Obama took a few campaign professionals to the White House, and after a period they all seemed to fade-out of the Administration without fanfare. They were literally misplaced. Yet, not one of Obama's fade-outs were guilty of extreme loss of emotion accompanied by vile revealing remarks.

Do we have a case of "deficient emotional control?"

Will the scent GOP go down in US History with a moniker that in part reads: "Inarticulate?"

Breast pumping requirement set him off? Deposition attorney Elizabeth Beck speaks after contact from her husband and co-attorney. CNN article link.

Trump called me 'disgusting' for request to pump breast milk

CNN & Lawyer Elizabeth Beck did a terrible job against me, she lost (I even got legal fees). I loved beating her,she was easy

Trumps response is intriguing. What is the relevance of who lost the case?  While we don't yet know the full truth of either side of this issue, we are seeing all the signs of an intolerant plutocrat who consistently exhibits deficient emotional control. 
Trump wealth?
Bloomberg has estimated Trump's worth at well shy of the braggadocios moguls's $10 billion. Imagine the psyche of a person who inflates his worth for sake of carnival barking quest for a political nomination. Would you accept the behavior as well outside of the norm? If you can find rationale for such over inflation of wealth, it could speak volumes about your psyche. 

“Used with permission from the TPM websites, a service of TPM Media LLC.”


Bloomberg: Sorry, Trump, You're Actually Worth Just $2.9 Billion

AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall


Monday, June 1, 2015

Workers' Compensation Benefits Under Attack And Denied. And An ALEC Outcome?

Do you recall this from the 2012 presidential campaign.  Mitt Romney handed the nation an inner glimpse at a corporatist mindset from the majority of Republicans, and some Democrats: 

"Corporations are people......"

Never ever believe such. The "corporation: is a state charted entity with the sole purpose of earning a profit for its owners and shareholders via providing a product or service.

The Online Dictionary
1. an association of individuals, created by law or under authority of law,having a continuous existence independent of the existences of its members, and powers and liabilities distinct from those of its members. 

The conservative mindset of corporations are people, contributed to the dreadful Citizens United ruling via the Roberts Supreme Court. When the corporation is sanctioned via the nation's highest court as an "individual" with free speech rights as the individual, the people suffer. Evidence of our suffering will manifest in two plus billion dollar 2016 elections cycle. The only benefit from over-the-top political spending are the election victors, their oligarch backers and advertising and PR firms.

If you actually need any validation of the fallacy of "corporations are people", you might want to come-up to speed on a growing shame in Corporate America: The dismantling of Workers' Compensation benefits for work related injuries. 

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    1. Workerscompensation is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee's right to sue his or her employer for the tort of negligence.

"Employees injured in the course of 

What is it about the legal definition of Workers' Compensation would the corporation find objectionable? It shouldn't require much strain on your grey matter to know that corporations are seeking relief from cases of benefits to employees who are injured while in service to the employer. In December 2014, Bloomberg published a piece about "the resurgence of ALEC" after the A:EC friendly GOP took over any legislative seats (both state and federal).


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    1. “I believe what we've been offering for a number of years is a very business-friendly, job-creating agenda,” he told the Charlestone, W.V., Gazette. “I do not have all of the answers, but I do think we deserve to have an opportunity to advance that legislative agenda.” 

      Those are just the kind of ideas ALEC is ready to help with. A review of the summit agenda shows working groups on pension reform, fiscal policy and workers compensation, among other economic hot topics. There are policy workshops on balancing the budget and stopping welfare fraud. Read more here.

Does it surprise you to see Workers' Compensation on the ALEC Agenda? If it surprised you and you have an employer you are at risk. Rest assured ALEC model legislation has been handed off to subservient and indentured legislators and you will find corporations are not "people." 

An INVESTIGATION by ProPublica and NPR earlier this month detailed how states across the nation have begun to work at dismantling their workers’ compensation systems, with disastrous consequences for many of the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer serious injuries at work each year.

In some states, the cuts have been so drastic that injured workers have plummeted into poverty, losing their cars and even their homes. In others, workers spend years battling insurance companies for the surgeries, prescriptions and basic help their doctors recommend.

The five case studies below are emblematic of the bewildering labyrinths injured workers have to navigate as a result of these cutbacks. As attorneys for injured workers are fond of noting, it’s no coincidence that Franz Kafka — known for his tales of suffering at the hands of faceless bureaucracies — was once a clerk in the workers’ comp bureau of Bohemia.

22 States Now Set Arbitrary Time Limits on Injured Workers’ Temporary Wage Benefits

Green states cap temporary wage-replacement benefits after a period of time ranging from two years in California, Florida, North Dakota, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas to about 13 ½ years in New Mexico. Some states have had such caps on the books for decades, but several have recently lowered their limits to two years. Explore the full interactive.(Source: Workers Compensation Research Institute)

Gary Fury was working at a Simonton Windows factory in West Virginia in July 2012 when a large two-window unit slipped to the floor. Fury bent to help a coworker slide it back onto a cart.

“When I went to pick it up,” he recalled, “I felt something pop.”

Fury, then 49, had torn his rotator cuff and ruptured his bicep. After trying less invasive treatments, his doctor recommended surgery and warned of poor results if it was delayed.

Instead of approving it, Sedgwick Claims Management Services, an insurance claims administrator hired by Fury’s employer, sent him to its own doctor for a second opinion six weeks later, according to workers’ comp court records. That doctor also said surgery should be authorized immediately and warned that delays could lead to permanent impairment.