Sunday, October 23, 2016
Actual voter fraud, where people go and vote in the place of dead people, or fake multiple voter registrations and vote multiple times, or undocumented individuals register and vote, is pretty much impossible. Sure it's possible that it happens occasionally, but it's basically impossible for it to happen at election-tilting levels, and completely impossible for it to happen at presidential election-tilting levels. Given the way the voting system works in Philadelphia, which is now ground zero for these sorts of accusations because black people vote here sometimes, it literally would be impossible. It would require a conspiracy at a scale that half the city would have to know about it.
Anyone making the charge is just saying there's something inherently suspicious about people of color voting. This is Trump's line, and that of his homonculus Rudy Giuliani. They're full of shit, and they're racist shits. Trump's gonna get attention as he is actually the Republican candidate for president (heckuva job, guys!). There's no reason to give any attention to Rudy, unless giving platforms to racists is just another part of the bothsides game.
It gets accompanied by people bleating about how we need to be able to get along, and talk to each other, and love the people we disagree with politically, and write big checks to the people who set up organizations claiming to be dedicated to these ideas. Yah, well, most of us live in this world and have friends and family and coworkers who we have to talk to and get along with etc. and it has nothing to do with "unity" just being a fucking human being who can usually manage to go to a dinner party without fighting with the host about some stupid shit Sean Hannity said yesterday.
And that's even without mentioning what "unity" really means, which is "shut up and eat the shit we feed you, peasant."
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Because holy shit we're about to have our first woman president.
Friday, October 21, 2016
BREAKING #BRIDGEGATE: Frmr Christie aide Kelly says she got OK from gov for traffic study before she sent"Time for traffic problems" email 1— Andrea Bernstein (@AndreaWNYC) October 21, 2016
2/ BREAKING BRIDGEGATE Kelly said Christie's response to info the @PANYNJ was doing a study" What's our relationship with Mayor Sokolich?"— Andrea Bernstein (@AndreaWNYC) October 21, 2016
BREAKING BRIDGEGATE 3/ Kelly says she discussed Mayor Sokolich's public safety complaints with Christie on 9/11/13, while closures were on— Andrea Bernstein (@AndreaWNYC) October 21, 2016
BREAKING BRIDGEGATE 4 Kelly, in tears sez Christie threw a water bottle at her and said "What do you think I am a fucking game show host?"— Andrea Bernstein (@AndreaWNYC) October 21, 2016
Bridgegate Defendant says Christie knew about the lane closures and gave his consent before she sent "Time for some traffic problems" email pic.twitter.com/M2rV20gf7j— Andrea Bernstein (@AndreaWNYC) October 21, 2016
Also, too, corrupt.
I never quite understand why on an issue as obviously popular as Social Security, "making Fred Hiatt happy" was more important than "getting lots of people to vote for you," but that was where we were. Even Republicans understood that what they wanted to do would be hideously unpopular and it was weirdly Democrats who were pushing it more, at least for a time. Yes, yes, if Republicans were your malevolent dictators they'd gut Social Security, but since they still have to win elections even they aren't completely stupid.
Hopefully that era is over. For a little while at least. Could even win some elections that way!
I'm just saying these cars won't ever (in our lifetimes - sure, eventually the singularity might arrive) really work as hyped and certainly don't deserve all of the press they're getting. I also don't think that even if they did work they'd be a big improvement for all (some) of the reasons people think they will be, but those are more debatable issues which I rarely bother to debate because the fact is the things aren't going to work. Okay, I'll define "work." Basically, you have to be able to tune out 100% over 90% of the time. I'll even allow for a "last mile" kind of "time for you to drive" thing as long as the rest of the time you can kick back and read your book or whatever. Because if you have to pay attention but usually not doing anything, what's the point? It's just better cruise control. A neat feature for some, but nothing more than that.