Let’s Think This Through

7 12 2016

Washington, D.C.

NYP:

Huffington Post editor’s tweet sparks FBI investigation

The FBI is investigating a Huffington Post scribe for joking about “destroying Trump ballots” at a Washington, DC, voting site, the reporter claimed.

Even if the word “joking” was not used here, I would have already figured off top that he was joking.

How do I know this?

The race to the gold star starts…NOW.





Rigged System

25 10 2016

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

A lot of people are deliberately misunderstanding what we mean by “rigged system.”

Elections are for the most part procedurally effective but substantively ineffective means to affect political change.  If Jane Doe gets more votes than John Smith to be dog catcher of Podunkville, Jane Doe will be dog catcher of Podunkville.  We know there’s a lot more voter fraud out there than anyone cares to admit, but it does not affect the outcomes of most elections.  And even in the matters where the marginal leverage of fraud does change the outcome, it changes the outcome in an ultimately substantively inconsequential way.  And even if fraud doesn’t happen, so what?  It’s the dog catcher of Podunkville; While it matters greatly to both John Smith and Jane Doe who draws the public salary for the next four years, and whether John Smith’s best friends’s pet store or Jane Doe’s cousin’s animal feed distribution warehouse gets the public contract to provide dog and cat food to the Podunkville city pound, I can assure you that the historians of two millennia forward won’t care about who won the election to have responsibility over the animal control agents in Podunkville, USA.

For the sake of argument, let’s assume that there was enough fraud to get Baraq Obama re-elected four years ago, and but for it, Mitt Romney would have won.  Would anything really be that much different with Romney being President rather than Obama?  Romney’s antics since losing have provided us the answer of mostly not.

Here’s another example:  St. Louisans will remember the 1991 SLPS school board elections, and I know one of you reading these words was a candidate on the neighborhood schools slate, (btw, hi Earl), and that slate won off of legitimate votes, but voter fraud made the difference.  In that instance, we know there were very drastic differences between the people that won only because of fraud and the people that won off of legitimate votes.  The problem is is that even if our side won that slate in 1991 and therefore attained a majority on the SLPS board, the actual substantive long term good it would have done would have been very little.  The Federal courts wouldn’t have ended deseg any sooner than they otherwise did, (and, because of AFFH, it was a moot point anyway), the SLPS student demographics were what they were, and trending the way they were, no matter who sat on the school board, and that said, you know who would have gotten the quasi-official blame for every real or supposed failure in the SLPS after April 1991.  Just the fact that our slate got to five out of twelve board members, some people (cough cough, Hattie Jackson, cough cough), still used that as a crutch even as late as the late 1990s.  Our people running the SLPS board would have resulted in more honest graft-free crony-free contracting, but that only affects/-ed a small percentage of the total district budget.  Hardly civilizationally consequential.

Here’s yet another far more recent local example:  House-78-D, Bruce Franks versus Penny Hubbard.  Because it was black Democrat versus black Democrat, the Hubbard family machine’s fraud was noted, discovered, adjudicated and corrected.  The problem is that no matter who occupies the seat of the 78th district representative in the Missouri House of Representatives, it matters not one whit to what the State House does.  Most votes in the State House are party line votes, and in the next two years, Bruce Franks’s voting record will be virtually 100% identical to what Penny Hubbard’s voting record would have been, and almost always on the losing side of the question.  Same goes for anyone that could win election out of House-78 any time this decade, whether the name is Bruce Franks, Penny Hubbard, Mickey Mouse, or Donald Duck.  That district will, considering the relevant range of gerrymandered geography and the current decade, elect a solidly left-of-center Democrat.  Whether that Democrat is black or white or something else, (and out of the current H-78 boundaries, it would usually be black), young or old, man or woman, whatever or whatever else, it doesn’t matter, because it will be a liberal Democrat voting the party line liberal Democrat way on measures that go against liberal Democrats by a more than 2-1 margin.  The only politics of H-78-D this primary season and the bonus court-ordered election were whether that face attached to the hand casting those votes is that of an upper middle aged black church lady or a young black man who is a street activist slash comic book aficionado.

Neoreactionaries, like of the sort I have become, will go one step further and make the case that the idolatry of plebiscites has in and of itself affected negatively societies that engage in such idolatry.  That said, we hear “voter fraud” and think “redundant.”

Barring that, what we mean by “rigged system” is everything that happens in the realm of sociopolitics and public policy formation other than punching holes in cards on election day that pretty much makes the hole punching moot.





I’m #NRx, Not Horrified

20 10 2016

Washington, D.C.

I figured this out quite some time ago.

It’s why my ultimate solution to the voter fraud problem is rather drastic.

It’s also why arguing over whether or not a given piece of “omnibus comprehensive immigration reform” legislation does or does not have a path to citizenship and if so what the particularities of it is useless.





Fifty Plus Years, More Like

18 10 2016

Chicago

O’Keefe Drops Part II.

Everyone now admits that JFK won in 1960 off of voter fraud, just enough mafia and labor union muscle in just enough places made the difference.  But, come on now, we all know that there’s been voter fraud for as long as there’s been voting.

That’s the difference between the two of us — I’ve given up on pretense and high and mighty bullshit, and you haven’t.  And that’s your tough luck.

I’ll say it again:  There can’t be any voter fraud in the voting that never occurs.  Why I’m #NRx.





Ahem

18 10 2016

Dutchtown

WABC-7 New York:

President Barack Obama on Tuesday tore into Donald Trump for sowing suspicion about the integrity of the U.S. election, telling the Republican presidential nominee to “stop whining” and focus on winning votes.

Obama called Trump’s intensifying, pre-emptive warnings about voter fraud “unprecedented” in modern politics. The rhetoric is not based on any evidence, Obama said, but is simply aimed at discrediting the election before the first votes are counted.

Somewhere along Cherokee Street, Bruce Franks is saying, “ahem.”  That is, when he’s not swinging a baseball bat at Trump pinatas.

Also, we don’t need a lecture about whining from the sorest ass winner around.





No Voter ID, Because Trayvon

12 10 2016

Jefferson City

P-D, on the activist energy opposing the voter photo ID measure on the ballot next month:

For example, the AFL-CIO, a member of the coalition, announced Wednesday that it will canvass St. Louis neighborhoods this weekend with black millennial activists, including Jahvaris Fulton, the brother of Trayvon Martin.

I know that Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, is an ESL native.  Trayvon’s mother is Sabrina (sp?) Fulton, and this brother of his has the last name Fulton, not Martin, so he must be a half-brother through his mother and another man.  It doesn’t say if Mr. Fulton lives in or around St. Louis, but I would have expected any close relatives of the late great Trayvon Martin in the area to have the surname Martin or be related to his father, not his mother.





Voter Fraud Is an Extremely Minor Problem, You Say?

16 09 2016

St. Louis City

The do-over special election for House-78-D was today, and Bruce Franks easily won.

This is what happens when elections are honest.

Last month, the raw vote total was Penny Hubbard 2203, Franks 2113.  Tonight’s results are Franks 2234, Hubbard 701.  As you can see, Franks got about the same number of votes, maybe slightly more because a handful of people voted for him out of spite and out of sympathy for the first election being stolen from him; as it was, there were 314 votes last month for the token sacrificial lamb Republican in House-78-R, so some of those voted today for Franks.  However, the raw vote total for Penny Hubbard went way down, from 2203 to 701.  What percentage of that 1,500 vote margin was fraudulent in last month’s vote?  Let’s be generous and say half of it, for 750.  There are about 19,000 registered voters in House-78, so that’s close to 4% fraud over the total possible electorate, and 17% of last month’s actual turnout.  Extrapolate this over many precincts, and all I can say is that when blacks and others want to commit voter fraud, they can do it, very easily.  Yes, I’m thinking that a certain big election four years ago needs an asterisk.

One other thing we shouldn’t forget is that the only reason this do-over happened was because a black Democrat was the victim of black Democrat voter fraud.  If the victim was anything but, nobody would have cared.  How do I know?  Because there have been many such “anything but” victims in this town over the years, and nobody gave a shit then.

Now, Mr. Franks, let’s talk about your professional wardrobe.  Since we’ll be seeing each other often in the first four and a half months of next year, even though I very rarely have to deal with General Assembly Democrats, I don’t need to be seeing you in faded cartoon T-shirts.