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Shall I coin a term? “Preemptive expansionism?” ’cause if we don’t China & Russia will, right?https://t.co/9zCt8s8zwN
— Monica Perez (@MonicaPerezShow) February 6, 2018
When the scandal broke about Harvey Weinstein’s casting couch and many, many incidences of sexual harassment, it also came out that dozens or even hundreds of people knew about it but stories were spiked, people silenced and a general atmosphere of don’t-ask-don’t-tell existed from coast to coast to keep his secret a secret. The power structure wins out! So why, I have to wonder, do millions of people accept this narrative yet deny very well-documented conspiracies from JFK to 9/11 under the argument that “someone would have talked” or that “that many people can’t keep a secret?” (Nevermind the fact that the Manhattan Project was a secret kept by over one hundred thousand people during the War, or the fact that five million people are reported to have government security clearance a la Edward Snowden–that’s a lot of secret-keepers!) It’s a paradox.
Shooting Star Families
My heart bleeds for Gold Star Families–families who have lost servicemen and women during their service. My heart bleeds for them because they have lost their best but also in part because of the deception and exploitation underlying all of our military action today and perhaps most if not all in our past. Their deaths-many of them-were not for the good. Although the idea of comparing these deaths with drug overdoses seems fundamentally wrong because druggies kill themselves, there is a certain similarity in that the Drug War, which is at the heart of these deaths (see my article about Hoffman v Halsted), is also based on government deception and exploitation, so I am going to go ahead and coin the term Shooting Star Family (actually, it was my brother George’s idea upon the overdose death of my sister Rosemary in 2017).
The phenomenon by which most people will accept an explanation that seems normal over one that seems extraordinary despite where the evidence may point.
The goal and sometime reality where having a particular identity (ostensibly one that has suffered discrimination in the past) is the basis for getting preference, priority or privilege, presumably as restitution for past wrongs against members of the group. This is a fundamentally collectivist mentality I reject (justice should be meted out for and against individuals not interchangeably among members of a group), but I also reject the problem of ignoring basic principles of equality–this allows the pendulum to swing from oppression-privilege to privilege-oppression rather than to true justice for all time.
When all other policy arguments fail, resort to “It’s for the children!” or “What about the children?!” Reminds me of when someone is losing an interventionist foreign policy argument and resorts to “But Nazis!” or “Because Hitler!”
Greasetrap = Scapegoat
Classically speaking, a scapegoat is an animal upon which all the sins of the community have been deposited and then it is ritually killed. That term seems to have morphed into an innocent person taking the blame for the sins of others. I coined “greasetrap” to mean the classic sense of scapegoat–a vessel into which sins are poured then emptied and the larger body cleansed. An example of this is to call the deep state “Obama Holdovers”–as if once that crowd is cleaned out there will be no more deep state. Ha ha ha.
I was inspired to coin this term when Binkley discovered that the Atlanta I85 bridge collapse in 2016 was likely a disaster-readiness drill! Seems that the government actors who planned this felt justified in doing so as part of their jobs to be ready for any eventuality.
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BULLETIN By: Garland Favorito
December 15, 2017 voterga.org
Alabama SOS Blocks Preserving Digital Ballots for Senate Race
MONTGOMERY, AL –National election integrity advocates are intrigued as to how Roy Moore could have been leading Doug Jones 53-45% with 65% of the votes cast and then lose the election by 50-48%. That is a 10% point total swing in the last 35% of the votes counted. Many TV viewers were unaware of the lead after C-SPAN cancelled its election coverage up until the time that Doug Jones was announced the winner. The turnabout may be attributed to late returns from Birmingham, Mobile and Montgomery favoring Jones but citizens will not be able to examine digital ballot images to find out.
Secretary of State John Merrill moved in the Alabama Supreme Court to dismiss and stay a lower court order that required digital ballot images to be preserved for elections. The digital ballot images are created from scanned paper ballots and are used to electronically count about 80% of Alabama’s votes. The order required counties to flip a switch on their machines so that a digital image of each voter ballot would be preserved.
Alabama citizens led by Audit USA’s John Brakey and Attorney Chris Sautter filed the suit and the lower court decision was immediately praised by election transparency advocates throughout the country. But Merrill filed an ExParte motion to the Supreme Court without the Plaintiff’s knowledge and the court ruled to stay the decision so that the preservation ruling for the Senate race on Tuesday. The court did not rule to dismiss the case though.
Digital ballot preservation has been an issue in Alabama since the 2002 gubernatorial election between Done Siegelman and Bob Riley. Don Siegelman thought he had won until Baldwin County changed their vote totals after 11pm and reduced his 19,000+ vote count to about 12,000. When that gave Riley a 3,000 vote margin, Siegelman asked for a hand recount of the paper ballots in Baldwin County. But the county election board certified the results the morning after the election and former Attorney General William Pryor stated that the ballots had to be sealed and only opened under a court order.
Pryor was later appointed to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and is now under consideration by President Donald Trump as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Siegelman never filed suit to see the ballots but the Bush administration later opened investigations to criminally prosecute Siegelman for unrelated fraud. when they eventually obtained a conviction, over 100 government attorneys complained in writing to the U.S. Justice Dept. that his cases were maliciously prosecuted. Judge U.W. Clemon, who received his first case, wrote that: “The 2004 prosecution of Mr. Siegelman in the Northern District of Alabama was the most unfounded criminal case over which I presided in my entire judicial career.”