Voter fraud? What voter fraud? – THIS voter fraud!

It’s becoming clearer and clearer that massive voter fraud is a real and serious problem in these United States.  Some states are worse than others (cough*California*cough), but all states appear to be affected to at least some extent.  Fortunately, Texas, where I live, appears to be tackling the problem with real energy, as this report demonstrates. There’s more in this written report. There seems to be a pattern of manipulation, too, depending on the party in power.  This problem isn’t just Democrat or Republican – it’s pervasive across our democracy.  Based on what I’ve been reading and researching, it appears that

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Good news – follow-ups from two previous posts

I thought readers might appreciate follow-up news concerning two previous blog posts. First, Oleg Volk’s beloved cat Gremlin didn’t make it after being injured some months ago.  His death left Oleg bereft – they were like two halves of the same coin, they were so close.  (I knew Gremlin very well, having met him almost as soon as he’d adopted Oleg, and taught him [not that he needed much teaching] to chase toes under bedclothes – something for which Oleg graciously forgave me!)  His death left a gaping hole in Oleg’s life.  I had a suspicion that those of his friends

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H. L. Mencken’s recipe for dealing with activist judges

Both sides of the political spectrum in the USA have from time to time expressed “reservations” (euphemism!) at the decisions of judges that affect causes, laws and activities which they support.  Ninety-five years ago, H. L. Mencken had a suggestion on how to deal with them. To punish a judge taken in judicial crim. con. by fining him or sending him to jail is a bit too facile and obvious. What is needed is a system (a) that does not depend for its execution upon the good-will of fellow jobholders, and (b) that provides swift, certain and unpedantic punishments, each fitted neatly to its crime.

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“Red Flag” laws: between a rock and a hard place

I think the growing outcry to pass a national “Red Flag Law“, allowing authorities to temporarily confiscate the firearms of those suspected of intending to use them illegally, is fraught with peril.  It’s a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation. Those who are Constitutional strict constructionists (including yours truly) argue that such laws ignore due process, and frequently convict someone of being a risk to society before they have an opportunity to respond.  Others, who regard the Constitution as more of a “living document” (and therefore malleable), maintain that the safety of society is more important than strict legal niceties, and therefore

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Doofus Of The Day #1,047

Today’s award goes to an Australian stoner. An allegedly stoned and unlicensed Melbourne teenager, accused of ramming a police car and breaking an officer’s leg, has been granted bail. Benjamin Saurini, 19, previously said he couldn’t see the police vehicle because his car windows had fogged up from smoking cannabis after a session with friends on Friday night. Saurini allegedly took off when he thought he was going to be “jumped” by officers on patrol, but panicked and side-swiped their car. He is accused of pinning a senior constable against the car, breaking his leg. Saurini allegedly read a news article

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Is the Epstein sex crimes case evidence of a rift in the “Deep State”?

I’m sure most of my readers are familiar by now with the prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy.  It reportedly has the potential to be absolutely explosive in its impact.  However, there may be another aspect to it.  Charles Hugh Smith speculates that it may be evidence of, and/or the result of, a conflict between factions within the so-called “Deep State”. I have long held that there is a camp within the Deep State that grasps the end-game of Neocon globalism, and is busy assembling a competing nation-centric strategy. There is tremendous resistance to the abandonment of Neocon globalism,

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It’s never nice when friends fight . .

. . . even online friends and fellow bloggers;  but sometimes it happens. Borepatch argues that the War On Drugs is a colossal failure;  therefore, drugs should be legalized and regarded as a source of tax revenue. It’s way past time to declare victory and brings the troops home.  Legalize it all, tax it (use some of the revenue to fund treatment centers) and be done with it.  This sure isn’t working.  It’s  a stupid game and we shouldn’t play. There’s more at the link. Aesop responds in two articles with his usual acerbic, biting style, pointing out the many negatives associated with legalizing drugs. 

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Leaving out the critical element

I was saddened to read about the deaths by drowning of Oscar Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria as they attempted to gain illegal entry into the USA.  The tragedy shows very clearly the need to prevent such illegal crossings, and thereby avoid more such tragedies in future. However, the forces opposed to law and order lost no time in obfuscating the issue.  In particular, Senator Schumer (D – NY) put on his usual display of nauseating hypocrisy and misleading half-truths. “How could president Trump look at this picture and not understand these are human beings, fleeing violence and persecution, willing to

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A sad, lonely end for a very dangerous man

I’m not sure how many of my readers are familiar with the story of Thomas Silverstein.  He was convicted of multiple murders while behind bars, and as a result spent the last 35 years of his life in almost continuous solitary confinement.  He died in hospital in Colorado last month. Silverstein was profiled in Pete Earley’s 1992 book “The Hot House:  Life Inside Leavenworth Prison“.  He became something of a celebrity as a result . . . largely to those who had little or no idea just how very dangerous this man was, and how utterly evil his actions were. (By the

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Doofus Of The Day #1,044

Today’s award goes to the Crown Prosecution Service in England. A multi-million-pound diamond scam case collapsed after it emerged that the prosecution’s star witness was a fantasist with no qualifications. Between May 2011 and February 2015, more than 70 victims – mainly vulnerable pensioners – were conned into investing into one of five companies which invested in the diamond and carbon credit industries. In total, they lost £3.5million [about US $4.4 million] and today at Southwark Crown Court eight defendants walked free from court after a judge was forced to deliver not guilty verdicts on multiple fraud charges. The case collapsed following “chaotic”

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