CNN legal analyst Areva Martin accuses Sirius XM radio host David Webb of having “white privilege,” despite the fact that Webb is black!

The below image of two people is taken from this link:




The person on the left is Sirius XM radio host David Webb.

The person on the right is CNN Legal Analyst Areva Martin.

Here’s a transcript from a recent conversation between the two of them:

David Webb: “Shouldn’t their requirement, their primary requirement, regardless of ethnicity, regardless of network, be that they are capable of covering politics? For instance, if you’re going to cover political campaigns, sports may not be the most qualified background. And that brings to the point of if people want to get into these fields regardless of color, I’ve chosen to cross different parts of the media world, done the work so that I’m qualified to be in each one. I never considered my color the issue. I considered my qualifications the issue.”

Areva Martin: “Well David, you know that’s a whole other long conversation about white privilege and things that you have the privilege of doing that people of color don’t have the privilege of.”

David Webb: “How do I have the privilege of white privilege?”

Areva Martin: “David, by virtue of being a white male, you have white privilege, which is a whole long conversation I don’t have time to get into.”

I’d be curious to hear Martin’s explanation for why she thinks it’s not possible for a black person to achieve the things that Webb has achieved.

Martin has just unintentionally presented us with what is – I think – the best argument against the concept of “white privilege” that I have ever heard.

This video contains the audio of their conversation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSHyAwErdFM

January 15, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Media bias, Racism. 1 comment.

San Francisco bans plastic straws, allegedly to reduce pollution, but gives more than four million free needles to illegal drug addicts every year, which is a dangerous pollution problem

The government of San Francisco has banned plastic straws, allegedly in the name of reducing pollution.

Meanwhile, the same San Francisco government gives more than four million free needles to illegal drug addicts every year.

The alleged reason for the city banning straws is that they end up in the ocean.

However, this ban ignores these four facts:

1) The real issue is littering, not straws. If people put their straws in a proper waste disposal unit, they won’t end up in the ocean.

2) Plastic straws make up only 0.02% of the plastic waste in the ocean.

3) 90% of the plastic in the oceans comes from just 10 rivers – eight in Asia, and two in Africa.

4) People with disabilities need plastic straws. Before plastic straws were invented, people with disabilities aspirated liquid in their lungs, developed pneumonia, and died.

There is no evidence to show that the plastic straws used in San Francisco have ever been a threat to the environment. San Francisco’s ban on plastic straws is nothing more than a form of virtue signaling. It won’t do anything to help the environment.

Meanwhile, there is plenty of evidence to show that the more than four million free needles that San Francisco gives away every year are a threat.

The San Francisco affiliate of NBC News reported that there was an abundance of used illegal drug needles on the sidewalks of San Francsiso, even on the sidewalks that are used by preschool students. The mother of a three-year-old girl told NBC that she “often” had to pull her daughter away to prevent her from stepping on needles (as well as human poop) that were on the sidewalk.

KTVU reported that a second grade teacher taught her students not to touch the needles they see on the ground.

Dr. Lee Riley, an infectious disease expert at UC Berkeley, said of San Francisco’s needle problem:

“If you do get stuck with these disposed needles you can get HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and a variety of other viral diseases”

Regarding the needles (as well as the human poop) on the sidewalks in San Francisco, Dr. Riley said:

“The contamination is… much greater than communities in Brazil or Kenya or India”

On a global scale, the environmental Kuznets curve shows that richer cities tend to be much cleaner than poorer cities. The fact that San Francisco goes in the opposite direction of this trend is highly unusual.

Business Insider reported that at Starbucks locations all over the country (not just in San Francisco), employees who clean the bathroom have repeatedly expressed concerns after seeing drug needles in the trash and on the floor. Some employees have been accidentally stabbed with drug needles that were hidden in trash bags, and had to go to the doctor so they could take antiviral medications to protect themselves from the HIV and hepatitis viruses that might have been in the needles.

Clearly, the free needles that San Francisco gives to illegal drug addicts are a substantial safety risk to innocent, law abiding restaurant employees who are just trying to earn a living.

This problem would still exist even if the San Francisco government was not giving away free needles. But giving away more than four million free needles every year certainly makes the problem much worse than it would otherwise be.

Although every free needle comes with a plastic safety cap that can be used to cover up the dangerous tip of the needle, many illegal drug addicts toss these caps aside instead of putting them back on the tip of the needle.

Drug needles were cited as one of the reasons for the recent cancellation of a previously recurring medical convention which, in the past, had brought 15,000 conference attendees and $40 million worth of business to San Francisco during each previous event.

The needle problem is so bad that the San Francisco government recently hired ten new employees whose sole responsibility is to clean up these needles from the sidewalks and streets.

Meanwhile, there is no evidence that the plastic straws used by the people of San Francisco are a threat.

And yet, San Francisco has banned plastic straws, while giving away more than four million free needles to illegal drug addicts every year.

January 12, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Environmentalism. Leave a comment.

Massachusetts government forces health insurance companies to pay for drug that costs $24,000 a year so gay men won’t have to wear condoms

I’m a libertarian. I don’t care what consenting gay adults do in the privacy of their own home.

But I do care about spiraling health care costs that, for decades, have been growing substantially faster than the rate of inflation.

There’s already a very low cost way for sexually active gay men to substantially reduce their risk of contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The Centers for Disease Control states:

When used the right way every time, condoms are highly effective in preventing HIV

But there’s a problem  – at least to the people who work in the Medical Industrial Complex and make their living off of overinflated health care costs: condoms are very inexpensive. And low cost health care is the enemy of the Medical Industrial Complex.

To deal with this “problem” of low cost health care, the Massachusetts government has ordered insurance companies to pay for a drug called Truvada.

Truvada is a drug that sexually active gay men who don’t have HIV can take, which substantially reduces their risk of contracting HIV, even if they don’t wear a condom. It costs $24,000 a year.

So now, the very same Centers for Disease Control that says inexpensive condoms “are highly effective in preventing HIV,” is also saying that healthy, sexually active gay men who do not have HIV should switch to Truvada, which costs $24,000 a year.

The New York Times reports:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges men and women at risk for H.I.V. infection to take Truvada daily. Studies have shown the drug to be extremely effective at blocking the virus…

… 80 percent of people who take Truvada are gay men

Given that the CDC already says inexpensive condoms are “highly effective in preventing HIV,” it’s absurd that the very same CDC is now urging people to switch to a drug that costs $24,000 a year.

Clearly, the CDC, as well as the government of Massachusetts, are both aligned with the Medical Industrial Complex, whose goal is to make health care more expensive, not less expensive.

January 12, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Health care, LGBT. Leave a comment.

New York state fines Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign for not having workers’ compensation coverage

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims to support workers’ rights.

However, according to this article that was just published by the New York Daily News, the state of New York fined her campaign $1,500 because it broke the law by not having workers’ compensation coverage.

I guess Ocasio-Cortez supports workers’ rights for all workers except her own.

 

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-ocasio-cortez-fined-workers-compensation-20190110-story.html

Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign fined by state for failing to carry workers’ comp coverage

January 10, 2019

ALBANY – The campaign for new Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has made helping the working class and poor her top priority, was fined by the state for not carrying workers’ compensation coverage for a month last year.

“The employer did not have the required workers’ compensation coverage from March 31, 2018, to April 30, 2018, and was issued a final penalty of $1,500, which was paid,” state Workers Compensation Board spokeswoman Melissa Stewart said. “This coverage is vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries.”

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist, stunned the political establishment last year when she defeated Rep. Joseph Crowley, a longtime Queens powerbroker, in the Democratic primary. She went on to cruise to election in November.

Her spokesman said she had nothing to add.

One Democratic campaign veteran scoffed that “it’s not a great look” for Ocasio-Cortez that her campaign received a fine for not carrying workers’ compensation coverage.

“This is basic stuff, especially if you hold yourself out to be the champion of workers,” the Dem said.

State Republicans were chortling over the fine.

“Hypocrisy at its finest,” said state GOP spokeswoman Jessica Proud. “The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law. It’s unbelievable.”

January 11, 2019. Tags: , , , . Politics. 2 comments.

Student debt forgiveness is a horrible idea

Responsible adults pay off their debts.

If student debt does get forgiven, that will just give colleges one more reason to raise their tuition. Students will then borrow even more money, knowing that they won’t have to pay it back. The more money the government spends on college aid, the more the colleges raise their tuition. College tuition has already risen many times faster than the rate of inflation, and the last thing we need is to make this problem even worse than it already is.

Student debt forgiveness is unfair to the students who already paid off their debt.

Student debt forgiveness is also unfair to students who worked their way through college.

Student debt forgiveness is also unfair to people who never go to college.

January 5, 2019. Tags: , , , . Economics, Education. 1 comment.

San Francisco progressives wage war against women’s right to earn a living

According to this new article from the San Francisco Examiner, the progressives who control San Francisco’s government have ordered strip clubs to treat strippers as employees instead of as independent contractors.

Supporters of this new policy claim that it makes the strippers better off.

However, the strippers themselves say that it has actually made them worse off – so much so, in fact, that many of them have quit their jobs in San Francisco, and sought employment as strippers in other cities that do not have this same policy.

The article cites the following three reasons for how the new policy makes the strippers worse off:

1) The strippers get paid far less. For example, the article states:

A dancer at the Gold Club, who asked to be called Mary, said it had been common for dancers on average to sell around $1,000 in dances a shift and keep $750.

Under the new commission structure at the Gold Club, however, dancers said they keep none of the first $150 they sell in private dances, 40 percent of the next $250 they sell, and 60 percent of sales beyond that.

Some dancers said they must also pay a $100 fee for renting the private room.

Dancers at the Gold Club said they now walk away with only $60 on the first half-hour private dance they sell.

“When I make a customer pay $400 and I see $60 of it, it isn’t computing for me,” Mary said. “We want to do our job, and previously our business was to sell dances. And we still need to make living. But at the same time, where is the incentive?”

2) The strippers no longer get to decide how many days or which days they work each week.

3) When the strippers were independent contractors, they could choose to reject any potential client that they did not want. Now that they are employees, they no longer have this option.

The article also states:

He estimated that 200 dancers have quit their jobs since the change came down at BSC clubs, including Penthouse and Gold Club and said that the change has “dramatically affected the business and the profitability,” costing the clubs “several million dollars” a year.

and

The drastic pay cuts and availability of cheap flights have pushed some dancers to seek work outside of San Francisco, traveling as far as Las Vegas and Reno one or two nights a week while continuing to live in The City.

So there you have it. The elitist progressives, who think they know what’s best for everyone, claim that this new policy makes the strippers better off. However, the strippers themselves claim that this new policy makes them worse off.

 

http://www.sfexaminer.com/208300-2/

New rules for contractors have unexpected consequences for The City’s strip clubs

January 2, 2019

As some 30 dancers were handed the first employee paychecks ever issued to them by the Penthouse Club one evening in early November, a wave of panic swept the popular North Beach strip club.

“I opened mine in the locker room, and I was shocked,” said a former Penthouse dancer who asked to be identified as Jane. “All the other girls were also freaking out. Me and my friends decided right then that we were done. That was the final straw.”

Historically classified as independent contractors, the dancers were used to walking out of the club’s doors with cash each night — often hundreds of dollars — after their shifts ended. That changed suddenly when clubs across The City began enforcing a California Supreme Court ruling from April in an unrelated industry that set new standards for determining whether or not workers should be classified as employees.

The decision has shaken up the gig economy, but is also having an effect in unexpected places, such as in the hair salons and the adult entertainment industry, where workers have traditionally not been considered employees.

At local clubs, the move to convert dancers to employee status is causing an exodus, with many of them leaving San Francisco establishments.

“This whole business will be completely ruined. The whole point about being a stripper is you go in, get fast cash, no one knows how you’re getting it, it’s not documented and it’s not taken from you,” said a single mother who gave her name as Darla, who also recently cut ties with Penthouse Club. Like other dancers The San Francisco Examiner spoke with for this story, she asked to maintain anonymity for fear of retaliation.

Club owners say the changes are costing them as well.

A sign posted mid-October in the dancers’ dressing room at the Gold Club in the South of Market neighborhood said the club “felt that it was protecting your right and freedom to be an independent contractor.”

“However, as a result of the lawsuits and ongoing demands by the suing dancers and their attorneys, the club is now being compelled by Court order to eliminate the independent contractor option and require all dancers to become the club’s employees,” the sign read.

Axel Sang, marketing director of BSC, confirmed in an email to the Examiner that the dancers were formerly contractors but are now “club employees being paid an hourly wage and commission on dance sales.”

“The BSC-managed clubs now have matching payroll taxes, unemployment compensation, workman’s compensation, Healthy San Francisco costs, Affordable Care Insurance costs, and SF sick leave pay for several hundred new employee entertainers in addition to the hourly wage,” he wrote.

He estimated that 200 dancers have quit their jobs since the change came down at BSC clubs, including Penthouse and Gold Club and said that the change has “dramatically affected the business and the profitability,” costing the clubs “several million dollars” a year.

“A substantial reduction in the number of entertainers performing as well as the substantial increased payroll and other costs makes it very difficult to generate profits,” Sang said.

The California Supreme Court decision pushing the changes in the business came out of a lawsuit brought by two drivers for Dynamex, a same-day delivery and logistics company that converted its drivers to independent contractors in 2004. Under the ruling, workers may now be considered employees if they perform work within the usual course of the company’s business, said David Peer, a labor attorney in Carlsbad who has written about the Dynamex ruling.

“If you are running a strip club, you would think that the dancers are performing work within the usual course,” Peer said. “If the club owners want to play it safe, they should certainly be paying minimum wage and following the wage and hour rules that most organizations follow when they hire an employee.”

Lawsuits alleging improper classification of exotic dancers predate the Dynamex ruling, according to Harold Lichten of Lichten & Liss-Riordan, a Boston law firm representing Uber drivers who claim the rideshare company misclassified them.

“When you improperly characterize someone as an independent contractor you don’t have to pay social security tax, unemployment tax, minimum wage or overtime,” Lichten said, adding that the incentives were “incredibly great” for companies to “misclassify people because they were saving so much money at the workers’ expense.”

Lichten said the Dynamex ruling became leverage in ongoing litigation against Uber, and noted that it should also come as a benefit to the dancers, who now are now eligible for the protections afforded to all employees.

“The concern is that some companies may lower the amount they pay them to make up their losses,” Lichten said. “That would be unfortunate. But on balance, it’s much better to be an employee because you have legal protections.”

However the dancers interviewed by the Examiner said that while they are now entitled to minimum wage, benefits and the option to unionize, the reclassification has done more harm than good.

“Not one of those girls had a check for two weeks over $300. There was a lot of upset. A lot of girls packed up to leave that night. I was one of those girls,” Darla said.

“I can go work at McDonald’s for $15 an hour, and not take off my clothes, and not put up with the crap I put up with as a dancer,” Darla added, noting that all of the Penthouse dancers “have considered leaving.”

The vast majority of the strip clubs in San Francisco — 10 out of 12 — are owned or managed by BSC Management. The only exceptions are the Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre and The Crazy Horse.

Sang said the company is not paying dancers more than minimum wage because they “are paid commissions on dance sales which in most cases far exceed the hourly wage.”

But dancers said the commission structure for private dances has also been significantly cut.

Policies can vary for each club, but before the reclassification, dancers said if they arrived to their shift early enough they would keep 75 percent of their dance sales — which is where they made the majority of their money.

A dancer at the Gold Club, who asked to be called Mary, said it had been common for dancers on average to sell around $1,000 in dances a shift and keep $750.

Under the new commission structure at the Gold Club, however, dancers said they keep none of the first $150 they sell in private dances, 40 percent of the next $250 they sell, and 60 percent of sales beyond that.

Some dancers said they must also pay a $100 fee for renting the private room.

Dancers at the Gold Club said they now walk away with only $60 on the first half-hour private dance they sell.

“When I make a customer pay $400 and I see $60 of it, it isn’t computing for me,” Mary said. “We want to do our job, and previously our business was to sell dances. And we still need to make living. But at the same time, where is the incentive?”

Some dancers also feared being classified as employees would mean not being able to pick and choose which customers to serve.

Joe Carouba, an owner of BSC, declined to speak with the Examiner for this story because of pending litigation. But in a deposition he gave in October in connection with a lawsuit filed by Olivia Doe, he said he “firmly believed” dancers should be independent contractors so they can assert more control over which customers they will and won’t serve.

“I think they should control their own sexuality, they should control their own bodies,” he said. “The difference there being, of course, if you’re an employee, you don’t have a choice who you perform for, as an independent contractor you get to choose how you perform, whom you perform for, and what level you’re comfortable at.”

Dancers said many of them were poorly informed and caught unaware when the new contracts were rolled out.

Jane said she was one of the first Penthouse dancers to sign the new contract amid confusion, and wasn’t given a copy or time to review it.

At the Gold Club, Mary said management called dancers into the office in the middle of their shifts, still dressed in bikinis and eight-inch heels, and told them to look at a new contract on a computer screen and immediately sign it. Some dancers had been drinking during their shift, she said.

“We were given no opportunity to look at the contracts or have paper copies beforehand,” Mary said. “There’s really been no communication, no transparency.”

Sang denied the allegations, and said cameras were installed to protect the clubs from legal challenges over the new contracts.

“Signs were posted clearly that the areas were under video and audio surveillance. Each contract signing on video and audio clearly shows each entertainer was required to fully read the contract before signing,” Sang wrote in an email. “On camera, each entertainer was clearly given a copy of the contracts that they signed.”

Dancers said morale has plummeted at clubs across The City. Many are unhappy with how management announced and rolled out the change, but fear losing their jobs if they complain.

Because BSC has a virtual monopoly on San Francisco strip clubs, dancers said if they are blacklisted at one club, they are afraid they won’t be able to work anywhere else in The City.

While dancers across the country have sued clubs saying they should have been classified as employees instead of independent contractors, those who spoke with the Examiner said not everyone wants to be an employee. There are advantages to being independent contractors — so long as they are actually treated as contractors.

Mary said being treated as a contractor would mean being able to negotiate dance fees with clients directly rather than have the club set prices, and to pick which dates and times to work. Previously, as contractors, dancers could pick which days to work, but not which hours.

“Contractors should have autonomy,” she said.

An often-touted perk of being an employee is access to benefits, such as health insurance. But to qualify, employees must work enough hours to be considered full-time — which isn’t practical for most people dancing at a strip club. Dancers said even working three days a week is physically exhausting.

“You do what you need to do to maintain your boundary while making sure they have a good time. It takes a lot of emotional labor to do that,” Mary said. “I don’t think people realize that’s the most difficult part of our job. It’s not really talked about in the public perception of stripping.”

The drastic pay cuts and availability of cheap flights have pushed some dancers to seek work outside of San Francisco, traveling as far as Las Vegas and Reno one or two nights a week while continuing to live in The City.

“Girls are scrambling to find a job to fit their lifestyle or even make ends meet,” Jane said.

 

January 2, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economics, Police state, Politics. 1 comment.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez falsely accused one of her critics of being sexist because she can’t handle legitimate criticism

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez originally claimed on her campaign website that she grew up in the Bronx, and that she had a long commute every day to get to a better school in the suburbs.

Several people responded by saying that she only lived in the Bronx until she was five years old, and that she later lived in a middle class suburb, and that she did not have the long daily commute to school that she had claimed.

One of her critics wrote the following:

Right, but @Ocasio2018 didn’t grow up in a city. She grew up in a small, homogenous, affluent suburb, where she attended excellent schools before pretending she grew up in the Bronx.

In my opinion, it would have been best for Oxasio-Cortez to have done one of the two following things:

Either

1) Defend her original claim.

Or

2) Admit that her critics were telling the truth.

However, instead of doing one of those two things, Ocasio-Cortez falsely accused one of her critics of being sexist, when she wrote the following (the bolding is mine):

In which a Republican literally tries to mansplaining *my own childhood* and life to me.

And in true mansplaining form, he’s doing it wrong with an great degree of confidence.

It begs the question: is the GOP really “sending us their best?”

By accusing her critic of “mansplaining,” Ocasio-Cortez is falsely accusing him of being sexist.

In reality, there is nothing sexist in his criticism of her.

Ocasio-Cortez views herself as being a victim of imaginary sexism that does not actually exist.

Also, the fact that she changed her campaign website in response to the criticism suggests – very strongly – that her critics were correct. It appears that she did indeed lie about her upbringing.

I don’t care where Ocasio-Cortez grew up.

But I do care if she lied about it.

And more importantly, I care that she is so horrible at debating that she feels the need to falsely accuse her critic of being sexist.

January 1, 2019. Tags: , , , . Politics, Sexism. 1 comment.

Hypocrite UCLA Professor Corinne Bendersky wants other women (but not herself) to become firefighters

Corinne Bendersky is Professor of Management and Organizations at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and is also the school’s faculty director of the Human Resources Roundtable Association.

She recently wrote this column for the Harvard Business Review, which is titled “Making U.S. Fire Departments More Diverse and Inclusive.”

In her column, Bendersky explains why she believes more women should be firefighters.

But she herself is not a firefighter.

My own personal belief is that a woman should choose her own career. If a woman wants to be a firefighter, that’s great. If she’d rather be a doctor, computer programmer, electrical engineer, astronomer, actuary, entrepreneur, stockbroker, accountant, electrician, plumber, carpenter, welder, or construction worker, that should be her choice too. But it should be what she herself wants, not what someone else like Bendersky wants.

I also believe that Bendersky is a hypocrite, because while she wants other women to be firefighters, she herself is not willing to be a firefighter.

Furthermore, I am in favor of meritocracy, and I am against affirmative action.

There already exists at least one real world example of affirmative action in firefighting. The following is an excerpt from my book Barack Obama Is Afraid of Sharyl Attkisson: The definitive guide to the shenanigans of America’s 44th president. It begins on page 59.

Obama made it so firefighters are hired based on race instead of on merit

The Obama administration accused fire and police departments in Jacksonville, Florida, New York City, and Dayton, Ohio of “racial discrimination” because they required potential firefighters and police officers to take a written test. Ten real examples of these “racist” questions from the New York test can be read here.

It is extremely easy to pass the New York Fire Department’s written test.

The test is multiple choice.

And it’s open book.

And the questions are insultingly easy – here are three examples of actual questions from the test:

A group of firefighters and their officer respond to a fifth floor apartment in a seven-story building. When they arrive at the apartment, they are told that the contents of a wastepaper basket was on fire, and the fire was extinguished prior to their arrival. The officer instructs the firefighters to ventilate, or remove, the smoke from the apartment by first using a method that will not cause damage to property. Which one of the following would be the most appropriate method for the firefighters to use to remove the smoke?

A) Breaking out all the windows with a crowbar.
B) Pulling down the ceiling with a six-foot hook.
C) Cutting through the floors with an eight-pound axe.
D) Manually opening all the windows and removing the screen.

Firefighters are required to operate on the subway tracks during emergencies in the subway stations. Which one of the following would present the greatest threat to the safety of a firefighter working on the subway tracks?

A) A subway platform crowded with people.
B) Rubbish burning in a small garbage can located on a subway platform.
C) A subway car entering a station.
D) A maintenance crew working on the track.

Firefighters conduct building inspections to locate potential life-threatening conditions in the even there is a fire. Which one of the following would the most-serious threat to life in the event of a fire?

A) An unlocked front door in a building.
B) A locked basement door in a building.
C) A car in the driveway of a building.
D) A building with a missing fire escape.

In March 2011, Obama claimed that the above questions were “racist.”

Obama then ordered the New York Fire Department to hire black firefighters who scored only 30% on that test.

That’s 30% right – not 30% wrong.

30%, on an open book, multiple choice test, with questions so easy that you’d have to be a complete idiot to get them wrong.

One of the unqualified black people that Obama pressured them to hire is a guy named Michael D. Johnson.

As of May 2015, Johnson had been working as a firefighter for the past 11 months, and was getting paid an annual salary of $76,488 by the New York Fire Department for his job as a firefighter.

However, during those 11 months, Johnson refused to actually fight fires.

And his supervisors were afraid to fire him because they didn’t want to be accused of “racism.”

December 31, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Racism, Sexism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Hypocrite labor unions are exempt from the very same local minimum wage laws that they helped to pass

Labor unions are responsible for passing local minimum wage laws in cities all over the U.S.

But in many of these cities, unions are exempt from the very same minimum wage laws that they helped to pass.

According to this article from the Washington Examiner, hypocrite unions are exempt from the local minimum wage laws in Chicago, Illinois, SeaTac, Washington, and Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, as well as the California cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Beach, San Jose, Richmond, and Oakland.

Why would unions support the passage of local minimum wage laws while simultaneously getting exemptions for themselves?

Something sinister must be going on. I don’t trust anyone who isn’t willing to live by the same rules that they expect everyone else to live under.

Apparently, the equal protection clause doesn’t apply to liberal hypocrites.

Shame on unions for not living by the same rules that they expect everyone else to follow.

December 31, 2018. Tags: , , , . Economics, Unions. Leave a comment.

Something called the “Good Country Index” ranks the U.S. at #38 in “Science and Technology,” while the #1 country in that category is the Ukraine

This is the link to wikipedia’s article on something called the “Good Country Index.”

For the year 2017 (the most recent year available), in the category called “Science and Technology,” the U.S. is ranked all the way down at #38.

Meanwhile, the #1 country in that same category is the Ukraine.

Those two facts are enough to tell me that the “Good Country Index” has no credibility whatsoever.

If you’re interested in other indexes that do have a lot of credibility, I recommend these three:

Index of Economic Freedom

Freedom in the World

Corruption Perceptions Index

December 29, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economics, Politics, Science, Technology. 2 comments.

California Women’s March cancels upcoming event for being “overwhelmingly white”

The California chapter of the Women’s March has canceled an event that had been scheduled for next month, because it would have been “overwhelmingly white.”

The group’s official statement on the cancellation says (the bolding is mine):

“The local organizers are continuing to meet and discuss how to broaden representation in the organizing committee to create an event that represents and supports peoples who live here in Humboldt. Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community… Instead of pushing forward with crucial voices absent, the organizing team will take time for more outreach. Our goal is that planning will continue and we will be successful in creating an event that will build power and community engagement through connection between women that seek to improve the lives of all in our community.”

 

December 28, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , . Racism, Sexism. 2 comments.

Video from Atlanta shows store employee assaulting customer for wearing pro-Trump shirt

This brand new video from Atlanta, Georgia, shows a store employee assaulting a customer for wearing a pro-Trump shirt. The assault occurs at 0:36

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65b7YuGOYMw

December 28, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Donald Trump, Social justice warriors. 3 comments.

Huffington Post falsely says the reason blacks murder other blacks is because of “systemic racism”

Huffington Post just published this article, which is called “The Quiet Crisis Killing Black Women.”

The article talks about a black woman who was murdered by her boyfriend.

Instead of blaming the boyfriend for the murder, Huffington Post blames it on “systemic racism.”

Here’s an excerpt from the article. The bolding is mine:

In the U.S., black women face higher rates of domestic violence than do women of all other races, except Native women. In Dallas County, the most likely type of person to be killed by a romantic partner is a black woman, age 20 to 29, just like Delashon. Black women are four times more likely than their white peers to be murdered by a boyfriend or girlfriend, and twice as likely to be killed by a spouse. And they are seven times more likely to be slain while pregnant than white women.

Experts say this is not because black men are more violent. Rather, black women are more vulnerable to domestic violence due to a constellation of factors, including high rates of poverty, lack of access to resources and systemic racism within systems designed to help victims of abuse.

And there you have it.

According to Huffington Post, it’s not the murderer’s fault that this woman was murdered.

Instead, the blame gets placed on “systemic racism.”

Also, this is not the first time the boyfriend violently abused the girlfriend. The article cites multiples examples of previous abuse. There were multiple witnesses. But they, as well as the victim, didn’t want to testify due to a strong belief in “Stop Snitchin’.”

They actually sell this t-shirt. (Image from this link.)



What a horrible fashion choice!

Anyway, the article’s subtitle is:

“Dallas police say Delashon Jefferson, 20, was fatally shot by her boyfriend after years of abuse. Could her death have been prevented?”

Could her death have been prevented?

What a ridiculous question to ask.

Of course her death could have been prevented.

If the witnesses and the victim had been willing to testify against the violent boyfriend, then he would have been in jail, instead of being out of jail and murdering the victim.

I guess the witnesses and the victim didn’t want the violent boyfriend to be in jail because that, too, would have been an example of “systemic racism.”

December 17, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Media bias, Racism, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Woman takes mitochondrial DNA test to find out which African tribe she descends from, and is horrified to find out that her mitochondrial DNA is of “non-African lineage”

In the first five minutes of this video, this woman goes on and on about how happy and excited she is because she just got back the results of her mitochondrial DNA test. She took the test because she wanted to find out which African tribe or tribes she is descended from. A person (male or female) inherits Mitochondrial DNA solely from their mother.

After five minutes of joyous anticipation, she finally opens the envelope and looks at the results.

She is absolutely devastated to find out that her mitochondrial DNA is of “non-African lineage.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5u_jTzwbL0

December 17, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Racism, Science. 5 comments.

Scott Adams: How Google is Ruining my Life for Political Reason

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qMXDGFzLzo

December 14, 2018. Tags: , , , . Media bias. 1 comment.

Ballot harvesting: “We’re offering this service, but only for people who are supporting the Democratic Party”

The activity in the video below is called “ballot harvesting,” and it’s 100% legal in California, where this was filmed.

The state sends ballots to every registered voter. When people engage in “ballot harvesting,” they go to voters’ houses, offer to “help” them fill in their ballot, and then offer to mail their ballot for them.

At 0:43 in this video, the woman who is doing the “ballot harvesting” says:

“We’re offering this service, but only for people who are supporting the Democratic Party”

I don’t know if that particular part is legal.

But it sure doesn’t seem ethical to me.

And it’s certainly hypocritical for a party that is always saying it wants to count “all” the votes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s-9Q_N09H0

December 11, 2018. Tags: , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just violated House Ethics rules when she threatened to use her Congressional power of subpoena against someone who criticized her

According to this news article that was just published by CNN, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted the following:

I have noticed that Junior here has a habit of posting nonsense about me whenever the Mueller investigation heats up.

Please, keep it coming Jr – it’s definitely a “very, very large brain” idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month.

Have fun!

Ocasio-Cortez is threatening to use her power as a federal lawmaker to punish someone who exercised his first amendment right to free speech.

Such a threat is a violation of House Ethics rules.

The Congressional Committee on Ethics states:

https://ethics.house.gov/campaign-activity/campaign-contributions-and-contributors

Members and staff are not to take or withhold any official action on the basis of the campaign contributions or support of the involved individuals, or their partisan affiliation. Members and staff are likewise prohibited from threatening punitive action on the basis of such considerations.

 

December 7, 2018. Tags: , , , . Politics. 3 comments.

In California, bottle recycling is mandatory, except when it’s illegal

California requires people to recycle their empty bottles.

However, this recent news article from the Merced Sun-Star says that three people have been charged with “recycling fraud” in California, because the bottles they recycled were “smuggled” into California from Arizona. The bottles from both states are physically identical to each other, but the price paid for the bottles is higher in California than in Arizona.

In the private sector, this kind of behavior is completely legal, and it’s called “arbitrage.” This is what wikipedia says about it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbitrage

Arbitrage

In economics and finance, arbitrage is the practice of taking advantage of a price difference between two or more markets: striking a combination of matching deals that capitalize upon the imbalance, the profit being the difference between the market prices.

This video shows an example of legal arbitrage. In the video, a guy goes to a bunch of Wal-Marts, buys up every copy of Monopoly for Millennials for $19.82 each, and sells them online for three times that price:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FknkqT5tHK8

What that guy in the video did is 100% legal.

But for some strange reason, the people who sold bottles from Arizona in California were breaking the law.

Even though the bottles that they sold were real bottles, they were charged with “fraud.”

And even though the bottles from Arizona were physically identical to the bottles from California, they were charged with “smuggling.”

It’s completely ridiculous that this is illegal.

The people who bought Monopoly for Millennials from that guy in the video don’t care where it came from. As long they get what they paid for, they are happy.

But for some weird reason, politicians seem to think that there is some inherent difference between bottles from California and bottles from Arizona.

In the real world, the only difference is the price. There is no physical difference between the bottles.

If recycling bottles was truly a good idea, then California would be happy to recycle bottles from Arizona, just like the customers who bought Monopoly for Millennials from that guy in the video were happy to buy what they bought. If the item in question is truly valuable, then the buyer won’t care where it came from.

Therefore, for California to mandate bottle recycling in some cases, while outlawing it in other cases –  even though the bottles involved in both cases are physically identical to each other – is absurd.

Here’s a clip from “The Bottle Deposit” from season 7 of Seinfeld, where Kramer and Newman try to make money by recycling bottles from New York in Michigan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGJZcHgqX1g

December 5, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Environmentalism. 1 comment.

Democratic Underground posters think the police should allow reckless drivers to continue going 100 mph while weaving through traffic

According to this recent news story from Associated Press, a pickup truck in San Diego was

weaving through traffic at speeds of up to 100 mph

This kind of irresponsible and illegal behavior can end up killing innocent people in other vehicles.

For example, you know that awesome movie A Christmas Story from 1983, about a young boy who wants a BB gun for Christmas?

Well, Bob Clark, the director of that wonderful film, was killed by a reckless driver who was driving the wrong way in another vehicle. Clark’s son was also killed in the crash.

Anyway, in the recent San Diego incident, the police used a spike strip to stop the pickup truck so innocent people in other vehicles would not get killed.

Instead of stopping his vehicle, the driver of the pickup truck ran over the spike strip. This caused the truck to crash and roll over. Eleven people were in the pickup truck, with most of them being in the truck’s bed, which is illegal. Three of the people in the truck were killed, and the other eight were seriously injured.

Thanks to the police, no innocent people were hurt or killed.

I agree with what the police did.

On the other hand, people at Democratic Underground think the police should have allowed the truck’s reckless driver to continue going 100 mph while weaving through traffic.

Here are some of their comments, taken from this thread and this other thread:

“Can this situation at the Border possibly get any worse? When do the tanks roll?”

“we’ll be reminded in the future how extreme this has become and it won’t be fondly”

“Highway speeds, pickup, people in the back, rain…. spike strip. What could go wrong? These mother****ers didn’t even get held accountable during Obama’s administration. There’s no hope of justice or integrity now. Manslaughter with impunity.”

“Sounds like murder to me. What crime was committed that warranted deadly force?”

“This is obscene.”

“‘This is obscene.’ Says it all.”

“what the border cops did was reckless and led to unnecessary deaths. This truck was weaving in and out of traffic at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. The shoulders on that stretch of freeway were trenched next to the lane for drainage or something so it wasn’t safe for rapid deceleration. They knew that. What they did was no different than if they had pulled up next to the truck and opened fire, like in a movie.”

“JESUS CHRIST! What the **** is wrong with them? Sick ****. That device should never be used anyway.”

“Welcome to Trump’s Amerikkka. Border Patrol and ICE should be wearing white sheets with hoods.”

 

November 30, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Reckless drivers. Leave a comment.

Did the Washington Post publish a staged photo of the caravan and not tell readers that the photo was staged?

Here’s a screenshot from a recent article that was published by the Washington Post, along with the link to the article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/us-closes-major-crossing-as-caravan-migrants-mass-at-border-in-mexico/2018/11/25/f94aabe0-f0ea-11e8-99c2-cfca6fcf610c_story.html




Soon afterward, the Gateway Pundit published this version of the image, with multiple notations which suggest that the photo was staged:

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/11/hoaxed-the-illegal-alien-mom-with-barefoot-kids-photo-was-a-setup-another-staged-fakenews-production/




I hope that other news organizations will investigate this to find out whether or not the photo was staged.

November 27, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Media bias. 1 comment.

Shame on Trump for ordering General Motors to “put something else in”

Reuters just published this article about General Motors planning to close a plant in Ohio due to there being less demand for small cars.

Trump responded by saying:

“They better put something else in.”

It’s not the job of the President to tell private companies what products to make or how many kinds of products to make.

Shame on Trump for trying to give himself powers that are not authorized in the Constitution!

November 27, 2018. Tags: , , , . Donald Trump. 7 comments.

Aaron Clarey talks about my new book

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlOsUBB8cpU

November 26, 2018. Tags: , , , , . Barack Obama, Books. Leave a comment.

Hypocrite Ellen Pompeo wants OTHER white people (but not herself) to lose their jobs so there can be more diversity

I had no idea who Ellen Pompeo was when I first read this news article about her that just got published today, so I looked up her wikipedia article. This is how it starts:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo (born November 10, 1969) is an American actress, director, and producer. She is one of the highest paid television actors, having signed a $20 million annual contract with the American Broadcasting Company in late 2017. She was honored with the 2007 Special Achievement in Entertaining by the National Italian American Foundation for her contributions to the entertainment industry.

Later on, the wikipedia article says:

Pompeo was then cast in ABC’s popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, and garnered worldwide recognition for her portrayal of the title character Dr. Meredith Grey. The role on the long running series earned her a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award. The character became widely popular, making Pompeo one of the most renowned television actresses. In 2016, Pompeo was ranked fourth in the list of highest paid TV actresses by Forbes, with earnings of $14.5 million; she became the third highest paid female and the fifth highest paid actor overall in 2018 with earnings of $23.5 million. She was also the highest ranked actor from a drama series on the list.

OK. That’s fine. Although I myself have never watched Grey’s Anatomy, there are obviously a lot of other people who do, and I don’t have any problem with that. And I don’t have any problem with all of the money, awards, and prestige that Pompeo has received for her work on that show, as well as from her other endeavors in the entertainment industry.

What I do have a problem with, however, is the incredibly huge amount of hypocrisy in Pompeo’s statement that was reported in the article from earlier today.

Here’s a video of what she said. Skip to 0:24:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BisDPHiqHkU

This is what she said:

“This day has been incredible, and there’s a ton of women in the room. But I don’t see enough color. And I didn’t see enough color when  I walked in the room today. And I had a meeting with the director of another endorsement project that I’m doing. I said, ‘You know, when I show up on set, I would like to see the crew look like the world that I walk around in every day.’ And I think it’s up to all productions to make sure that your crew looks like the world we see. As Caucasian people, it’s our job, it’s our task, it’s our responsibility, to make sure that we speak up in every single room we walk into, that this is not OK, and that we can all do better. It’s our job, because we’ve created the problem.”

Then Pompeo starts to cry, just to make sure that everyone knows how much she cares about this issue.

But she’s a fake and a phony.

If she truly cared about this issue, then she wouldn’t just be asking for other white people to give up their jobs so there can be more diversity.

Instead, if she truly cared about this issue, then she would give up her own job so there can be more diversity.

But Pompeo didn’t do that.

She’s not willing to give up her own job so there can be more diversity.

She just wants other white people to give up their jobs so there can be more diversity.

She is a hypocrite in the worst possible way.

Shame on Ellen Pompeo for not practicing what she preaches.

November 20, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Political correctness, Racism, Social justice warriors. 3 comments.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know that the Supreme Court is one of the three branches of the federal government

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know that the Supreme Court is one of the three branches of the federal government.

In this video, she says:

“What we really need is that should we, and if we work our butts off, to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress, uh, rather, all three chambers of government: the presidency, the Senate, and the House in 2020…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn-6N9sR2_o

 

November 19, 2018. Tags: , . Politics. 16 comments.

Florida Dems planned to use altered forms to fix mail ballots across state after deadline

https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/politics/2018/11/15/florida-recount-democrats-launch-plan-altered-state-form-fix-ballots/2009178002/

Florida Dems planned to use altered forms to fix mail ballots across state after deadline

November 15, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — A day after Florida’s election left top state races too close to call, a Democratic party leader directed staffers and volunteers to share altered election forms with voters to fix signature problems on absentee ballots after the state’s deadline.

The altered forms surfaced in Broward, Santa Rosa, Citrus and Okaloosa counties and were reported to federal prosecutors to review for possible election fraud as Florida counties complete a required recount in three top races.

But an email obtained by the USA TODAY NETWORK-Florida shows that Florida Democrats were organizing a broader statewide effort beyond those counties to give voters the altered forms to fix improper absentee ballots after the Nov. 5 deadline. Democratic party leaders provided staffers with copies of a form, known as a “cure affidavit,” that had been modified to include an inaccurate Nov. 8 deadline.

Jake Sanders, a Democratic campaign consultant based in Treasure Coast who saw the email, told the USA TODAY NETWORK-Florida that he warned party staffers about the legality of the email, but was ignored.

“I warned FDP staff members of the questionable legal status of altering a state form and misleading people their vote would be counted before the court case played out,” Sanders said. “And coordinated campaign leadership told them to keep pushing it that ‘We are exhausting every possibility’.”

Sanders said the legality of the email was never discussed.

To Sanders, the party was not being upfront with voters and “undermining making sure every vote counts.”

“They should have been saying, ‘This is unprecedented. We are fighting for your vote to count. Fill this out so we can fight for you.’ But self-imposing a fake deadline and deceiving people is counter to that,” Sanders said.

One Palm Beach Democratic activist said in an interview the idea was to have voters fix and submit as many absentee ballots as possible with the altered forms in hopes of later including them in vote totals if a judge ruled such ballots were allowed.

U.S. Chief Judge Mark Walker ruled Thursday that voters should have until Saturday to correct signatures on ballots, a move that could open the door for these ballots returned with altered forms to be counted. Republicans supporting Gov. Rick Scott, who leads U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson by less than 13,000 votes in the recount, appealed the ruling.

The Democratic Party email was sent before Nelson and his party allies filed a series of lawsuits challenging some voting rules that applied during the election, claiming they disenfranchised voters.

Jake Sanders, a Democratic consultant in the Treasure Coast who saw the email, told the USA TODAY NETWORK-Florida that he warned party staffers about the legality of using an altered form, but was ignored.

“I warned FDP staff members of the questionable legal status of altering a state form and misleading people their vote would be counted before the court case played out,” Sanders said. “And coordinated campaign leadership told them to keep pushing it that, ‘We are exhausting every possibility.'”

Sanders said the legality of use of the altered form was never discussed.

To Sanders, the party was not being upfront with voters and “undermining making sure every vote counts.”

“They should have been saying, ‘This is unprecedented. We are fighting for your vote to count. Fill this out so we can fight for you.’ But self-imposing a fake deadline and deceiving people is counter to that,” Sanders said.

Florida recounts also are underway in races for governor and the state agriculture commissioner.

Jennifer Kim, the party’s central Florida deputy field director who also served as deputy training director, was clear in her Nov. 7 email that staffers should target people who submitted absentee vote-by-mail ballots before Election Day and did not sign them properly. Her email subject line said “VBM signature cure instructions” and labeled the list of voters to be contacted as “VBM signature chases.”

That same day, however, state Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo wrote on a private Facebook page that efforts to fix ballots should be focused on provisional ballots, which were handled separately with a Nov. 8 deadline for voters to fix any issues.

“Hi all. Once again, to clarify: the activity taking place today is for provisional ballots. Not absentee ballots,” Rizzo’s note read.

Provisional ballots do not need to be corrected to be accepted by a county’s canvassing board, but voters can provide additional information to help resolve any outstanding issues. They also use a separate state form for voters to complete when filing a provisional ballot.

Scott’s campaign said Thursday that Nelson should demand Rizzo’s resignation in the wake of news about the party’s connection to the altered election documents and the plan to share with voters.

“Bill Nelson can either stay silent and be in favor of organized fraud by the Democrat Party, or he can do the right thing and demand the immediate resignation of Florida’s Democrat Party Chair,” said Jackie Schutz Zeckman, Scott’s campaign manager.

Nelson’s campaign did not respond Thursday. Democratic Party Executive Director Juan Penalosa also did not respond Thursday to requests for comment about the use of the altered forms.

The party compiled a list of voters and their contact information across the state who had their vote-by-mail ballots flagged with signature problems, and therefore not eligible.

“These are people that submitted VBMs before Election Day and did not sign them properly,” Kim wrote in the email.

It is not clear how many altered forms were sent across the state, but Kim’s email outlined a step-by-step process for volunteers and staffers to follow in order to get as many voters as possible to submit the altered form three days after the deadline.

“The voters MUST print out the form and sign it by hand,” Kim wrote in the email that attached copies of the altered forms in both English and Spanish. The email also included a sheet with the contact information of all election supervisors in the state.

Among those Democrats on Kim’s email was Joe Walters of Brandon, listed by the Nelson campaign as a recount contact.

The document Kim attached to her email was an altered state form to fix an absentee ballot with signature problems. The altered form modified the original state document by replacing the deadline identified as “no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election” with a new deadline “no later than 5 p.m. Thursday Nov. 8.”

Kim’s email instructed staff and volunteers to use the list of voters to contact about their signature problems on the absentee ballots, to complete the form on the phone with the voter and to email the completed form to the voter.

The voter was instructed to print the form and to sign it. And Kim’s email instructed the party workers to tell voters to deliver the signed form to their local election office.

Kim told staffers that voters should reply back to them after they delivered the forms at the party’s email, vote@floridadems.org. That email was also included in documents Florida election officials referred to federal prosecutors in connection to the altered forms received by Broward and the other three counties.

“If needed (party) staff or volunteer should go pick up their affidavit and deliver it for them if they are not able to deliver by 5 p.m. Thursday. (Each office should identify a runner that can do this.),” her email states.

“We will also follow with a tracking system for people who we send affidavits,” Kim told staffers.

Pam Keith, a Palm Beach County Democratic activist, came under fire Wednesday after Republicans circulated a screenshot of a Nov. 7 deleted tweet she sent to about 22,000 of her Twitter followers, encouraging people to fix their absentee ballots two days after the state-mandated deadline.

Keith told the USA TODAY NETWORK-Florida that she was aware the deadline to submit “cure affidavits” had expired but she told people there was still time to fix their absentee ballots. She then directed voters to email Katharine Priegues, a field organizer with the Florida Democratic Party, with the subject line “I want to help” for instructions on what to do.

“I was trying to show that if given notice, voters would try to fix their ballots,” Keith said. “I was putting the word out because I was anticipating a challenge of that deadline (in court).”

Keith, who this year ran in the Democratic primary for Florida’s 18th Congressional District, knew that because the deadline to submit the “cure affidavits” had passed, it was almost guaranteed they would be rejected by election supervisors, who were under “no obligation to accept the affidavits.”

“But better to have evidence in hand,” said Keith, who volunteered for Democrat Andrew Gillum’s campaign for governor.

That evidence would be a record of emails sent by voters who wanted to fix their absentee ballots but couldn’t do so because they couldn’t meet the state-imposed deadline. She said she did not alter the form or circulated by others in the party and has no ideas who did.

She said she doesn’t consider her efforts to encourage voters after the deadline to fix their absentee ballots election fraud, arguing she acted because she believes the deadline to fix absentee ballots was arbitrary.

“It is not fraud to try and correct something. There’s nothing fraudulent about that,” she said.

After Walker’s ruling Thursday to allow voters more time to fix signature problems on absentee ballots, Keith said the actions that she and other Democrats took to help voters with the altered forms was justified.

“The deadline wasn’t ‘wrong,’ per se. It was functionally meaningless and arbitrary,” Keith said. “Most people never get notice, and many ballots weren’t even looked at until the deadline had passed.”

The Department of State, which oversees elections, raised concerns about the altered forms, arguing that making changes to state forms is a criminal offense in Florida. The forms were forwarded on Friday to federal prosecutors.

Federal law defines election fraud to include preventing voters from participating in a federal election “through such tactics as disseminating false information” about the race, as outlined in an Oct. 25 letter to the state department by Assistant U.S. Attorney Harry C. Wallace in Miami.

Wallace, who is handling federal election complaints in Florida, declined to comment when contacted about an investigation into the altered forms.

“Making or using an altered form is a criminal offense under Florida law,” wrote Bradley McVay, the state department’s lawyer, when he referred the altered forms circulated in Broward and three other counties to federal prosecutors. “More fundamentally, altering a form in a manner that provides the incorrect date for a voter to cure a defect (or an incorrect method as it related to provisional ballots) imposes a burden on the voter significant enough to frustrate the voter’s ability to vote.”

November 15, 2018. Tags: , , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

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