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The Sam Seder Tim Black debate, or the Sam talks over Tim while Michael Brooks makes snarky commentary.

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By Joseph Ballin 6/29/2017 5:37 PM EST

Reader’s note: I am a fan of both Sam Seder’s The Majority Report and The Tim Black Show. I do not hold any hostilities towards either person debating in this piece and am writing this to illustrate how we on the left can find better solutions to our problems. That being said I’m biased toward Tim in this debate.

What’s the difference between a liberal and a progressive? Personally I don’t care or like these labels. Hillary described herself as a “progressive who can get stuff done.” So I couldn’t care less about those labels, but Tim goes into what I think he meant is between neoliberal corporate shills and people who want change in this country. Yes Sam is correct that the Majority Report does talk about all of the issues that Tim Black listed. So Sam goes to Tim’s youtube page and criticizes him for not covering healthcare enough. However, Sam has not watched Tim’s show and doesn’t know that he’s covered healthcare numerous times on his show. And now Sam goes into the Seth Rich / Kimdotcom territory.

The one thing me and Jimmy Dore have both been very clear on, we want evidence. We want evidence of Russiagate, evidence Assad gassed his own people, evidence for or against the Seth Rich cover up, etc. That’s reality based thinking. That’s why I’m an agnostic atheist, because I can’t prove there isn’t a god/gods, but there is no evidence that they do exist so there is no reason for me to believe in them. In fact, nothing in the universe can be proven. A fact is a statement that is taken to be true based off of evidence. It is something we collectively as a society agree what is real and fake. A theory is a plausible or scientifically acceptable general principle or body of principles offered to explain phenomena.

Ok now that we got that out of the way let’s deconstruct all this shit. There is no verifiable evidence Russia hacked, interfered, or colluded with Donald Trump or his campaign. In fact, as president, US relations with Russia under Trump are at a record low. Trump has repeatedly attacked the government of Bashar Al-Assad and Iranian militias several times, Russia’s allies. Trump signed a treaty expanding NATO to Montenegro, something Russia opposes. He signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, which authorized $100 million dollars for the “Countering Russian Influence Fund”, to counter “Russian influence and aggression” and to “support civil society organizations in Europe and Eurasia.” It also included a measure imposing new restrictions and oversight on Russian diplomats in the United State. The Act also includes provisions that no appropriated funds may be used to support the Russian annexation of Crimea and assist Crimea, if such assistance includes the participation of Russian Government officials, or other Russian owned or controlled financial entities. It also states that no funds may be used to support “the Russian occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia” or to assist the central governments of other countries that have recognized the two territories’ independence. On top of all that, US has imposes more sanctions on Russia during Trump’ presidency. If Trump’s a Russian puppet, he’s doing a really shitty at it.

Again this is not to say there isn’t business ties Trump has to Russia, like with Deutsche bank and Trump hotels because he’s a billionaire, but he also has business ties to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Philippines, Azerbaijan, mafia, etc., but the mainstream media never mentions this. Why does mainstream media never bring up the fact General Flynn was a paid agent of the Turkish government? Why does the mainstream media not bring up the fact Trump appointed all these Goldman Sachs people because of his ties to Israel? Or China provisionally granting Trump 38 trademarks after getting elected? Or the Clinton’s business dealings in Russia? So there is enormous hypocrisy on this issue. Focus on Russia and nothing else. Why you may ask? Because starting a new cold war with Russia ensures defense contractors can make giant profit because now we have a great power enemy again. Also we can’t start a cold war with China because our economies are to tied together. It has less to do with Trump himself and more to do with more spending on the military and strengthening the police state. That’s why you don’t hear anything about getting rid of voting machines or having open, fair, and free elections.

As for the Syria gassing of 2017, the entire thing was brought up so briefly and forgotten about so quick by mainstream media and the Trump administration it really makes you wonder what really did happen in Syria. Why has there been no independent UN investigation into the gassing? There is no evidence Assad ordered the gassing of any civilians. As for the Seth Rich story, I stated on day one when I first heard about the Seth Rich murder that I found it very fishy. I have no idea is Seth Rich was the Wikileaks leaker or who killed him, but I do know a couple things. I do know Assange has hinted, but not confirmed, to Seth Rich being the leaker. Wikileaks, outside of the Garani Massacre Video which they said they would publish, but never did, has been 100% on point. So now that we got all that out of the way, back to the debate.

So Sam now brings up whether or not it’s a good thing to promote the Russia fear mongering story to split off three Republican votes in the Senate for healthcare. First of all I won’t advocate a new cold war with Russia over healthcare. Second of all why does Sam think Russia influences how Republican senators vote on healthcare. We’ve already seen the Senate healthcare bill be delayed because of how awful it is. People aren’t thinking about Russia when they think of healthcare, they are thinking of NOT DYING! Plus I would wager all that corporate cash the Republicans senators take is more of an influence than the so called Russia scandal over Trump’s head. The only thing that will force Republicans to change their votes on healthcare is though mass movements.

Now Black brings up the rigged 2016 Democratic primary and the DNC fraud lawsuit. Tim brings up exit polling being used by the US to determine whether an election is legit or bs in foreign countries. I would like to point out that irregularities in exit polling in Ukraine were cited by the US and EU for the fascist coup in Ukraine. And I would also like to point out Sam Seder has had on Greg Palast on Ring of Fire, someone who says the 2016 Democratic primary was rigged. But ok Sam I guess the primary wasn’t “rigged.”

Continuing on Tim brings why Democrats blaming progressives for the lose of Hillary Clinton. So Tim brings up Susan Sarandon and her revolution comment about Trump, stating we are seeing a revolution already taking place under Trump. Ok so I agree and disagree with Tim here. A revolution against Donald Trump hasn’t sustained itself, yet. It needs to be sustained though mass rallies every week and civil disobedience in the streets. And I believe a revolution under Trump can happen if he topples Assad and invades Iran

Michael continues to break into this heated debate to make a funny comment. Now we get back to Seth Rich. So Sam again thinks that it’s crazy to think that politicians won’t murder people to cover up corruption. I agree Tim Black that we need to ask questions. Again I’m an agnostic on Seth Rich, I don’t know who killed Seth Rich.

One of the most damming quotes from the Sam Seder vs Tim Black debate comes right around here. “She (Nancy Pelosi) is a great leader. I would not support a challenge to her” – Sam Seder. Ok so let’s give Sam the benefit of the doubt and say Pelosi wasn’t guilty for the thousands of losses of Democrats in elections over the past decade or so. So why is it Sam doesn’t bring up the fact Pelosi didn’t do shit to bring about real progressive change during her time as speaker from 2007 to 2011? She opposes single payer, she didn’t prosecute GWB, and she didn’t bring up the Employee Free Choice Act.

And finally Sam says Steny Hoyer would be worse than Pelosi. So Sam why not get rid of Hoyer? And if he’s replaced with another corporate Dem get rid of them until we get someone who will at least listen to progressives. That’s what the Republicans did with Eric Cantor and their party is stronger than ever. Tim brings up the fact Sam voted for Hillary Clinton in New York, a blue non-swing state, but he doesn’t blame Hillary for not appointing Bernie Sanders as her VP pick, which everyone agrees would have won her the election. You know why she didn’t do it? Because of spite and corporate greed. She would rather lose to a Republican than give an inch to progressives, and that’s why we have Trump.

DNC Fraud Lawsuit, most important lawsuit in the nation’s history

By Joseph Ballin

While a TYT panel dismissed this and a certain MR co-host called it “boring”, there is nothing more important and vital to our nation’s survival as a somewhat quasi democratic representative republic than our fundamental right to vote. I like millions of Americans registered Democrat (and shortly afterwords back to independent) in order to vote for Senator Bernie Sanders. However, what me and millions of other Americans didn’t realize was our votes didn’t mean jack shit cause the DNC had rigged the primary years in advance for Hillary. Oh sure Hillary didn’t win in 2008, but that was only cause Obama was just as much as a DNC insider as Hillary and both had a compromise allow Hillary to be Secretary of State and to be the nominee in 2016.

Fast forward to 2017, and the DNC rigged another race, this time for their boy Tom Perez, another Clinton loyalist, for the chairmanship of the DNC.  I supported Sam Ronan in that race, but others thought Keith Ellison would have been a better choice. Either way both are light years better than Perez. But the gravy train must keep on rolling at the DNC.

Let’s take exit polling disparities.  Keep in mind exit polls were used as justification by the American empire to overthrow the democratically elected president of Ukraine and install right wing forces pandering to Nazis. According to Richard Charnin, 11 of 26 exit polls exceeded the margin of error for Sanders, while 24 of 26 exit polls shifted to Clinton in the vote . The exit polling got so bad that they stopped doing exit polls in May, meaning Kentucky, Oregon, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and District of Columbia had not exit poll results.

And that’s not even covering that other fraud, the super delegates, denying millions of independent and other parties from voting in the Democratic primary, the throwing off of thousands of Brooklyn voters, stealing Nevada delegates from Sanders, Bill Clinton closing down a voting station in Massachusetts, anointing Hillary the winner the day before the CA primary, and I haven’t even touched the DNC emails.

This is stuff straight out of a banana republic. Until we fix our voting process we will never be free of people like Clinton or Trump (the pied piper candidate the DNC/Clinton promoted because they thought he would be “easy” to beat). In the DNC Fraud lawsuit, Bruce Spiva, lawyer for the DNC, stated that “We could have voluntarily decided that, ‘Look, we’re gonna go into back rooms like they used to and smoke cigars and pick the candidate that way,’” So what Bruce is saying is your vote doesn’t mean jack shit and the DNC charter isn’t worth the paper to whip your ass with. We need to expose corrupt people like DWS and Donna Brazile for the lying frauds. This why the DNC lawsuit is so vital to our democracy and I thank people like Tim Black, H. A. Goodman, Jimmy Dore, and others for covering this. Also special thanks to Jared Beck and Elizabeth Lee Beck for pushing this case. We cannot win in 2020 with a Tulsi Gabbard or a Nina Turner or a Bernie Sanders if the voting system is rigged against them.

Links:

The Democratic Primaries: No more exit polls; Kentucky and Oregon recap

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20105/in-its-defense-against-fraud-suit-from-bernie-supporters-the-dnc-just-dug-i

http://jampac.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/042517cw2.pdf

 

 

 

The Greens and The Libertarians Cucked the Democrats

It’s just like before the election of the Orange MONSTAH! Democratic party cheerleaders are so focused on their party strategy as being the only strategy. Sam Seder, likes to be able to put down a lot of people from a lot of different angles, and point out that the democrats are our only hope. My alternate and BETTAH theory is to build a larger umbrella of understanding and win hearts and minds. So instead of putting people down, I try to understand them. Pretty simple. Be nice.

Sammy said that the Greens and Libertarians hurt the Democrats, but that they would not acknowledge it. This was another angle for him to put them down and call them stupid hypocrites…They should have voted for Hillary to avoid the ORANGE MONSTAH Trump!! How dare they not hold their heads in shame, and come back to worship at the altar of the Democratic party. Unfortunately this theory continues to fail. We see millions of people leaving the democratic party since the election. I jump in on Sammy’s point, but then I use his own logic drive the DAGGAH further into the heart of the corrupt democrats, by mentioning that I feel many Greens and Libertarians are glad that they sent a message to the Democratic party that a candidate like Hillary Clinton, a liar, a hypocrite, an obvious corporate plant…..not the good kind of plant….thats why I say corporate whore….cuz I am a sexist Bernie Bro!!!

There is only one conclusion. The Greens and The Libertarians Cucked the Democrats. The Democrats must listen to the message and change to become more like Bernie. They will learn to appeal to greens, independents, and libertarians. One more candidate like HIllary Clinton will be the death blow to whatever is left of the broken democratic party.

Are the Books Baked in Alaska?

It was tempting to write another post about Sarah Palin and her total lack of intellectual curiosity, but there is something more important brewing in Alaska. Senator Stevens, the convicted felon, has a slight lead over his challenger Mayor Begich even after polls showed him Begich with a decent lead before the election. And this isn’t just a case of bad polling. Shannyn Moore of the Huffington Post details the how the turnout condradicts the interest in the election:

In Alaska, more people voted for George W. Bush in 2004 than for Sarah Palin on Tuesday despite an identical 61-36 margin of victory. Yes. Only four years ago 54,304 Alaskans got off their sofas and voted for Bush, but decided to sit home and not vote for Palin in 2008. In turn, I have to ignore the 30,520 Alaskans who felt progressive enough in 2004 to vote for John Kerry, but weren’t inspired to vote for Barack Obama. I would have to glance past the 1,700% increase in the Democratic caucus in February, the 20,991 newly registered voters, and the three largest political rallies in Alaska’s history. I would also have to forget the people I stood in a long line with to early vote. It would be helpful not to know every other presidential election since Alaska began keeping records has had a larger turn out than the one we just had with our own Governor on the ticket. Try not to remember 12.4% more Alaskans showed up for the August primary as compared to four years ago, before the Palin nomination. Don’t think about the Lower 49’s record voter turn out this year either. Try to delete the memory file, though difficult, that 80% of us approved of Sarah Palin just two months ago.

And she goes on to write:

Four years ago, 313,592 out of 474,740 registered voters in Alaska participated in the election-a 66% turnout. Taking into account 49,000 outstanding ballots, on Tuesday 272,633 out of 495,731 registered Alaskans showed up at the polls; a turnout of 54.9%. That’s a decrease of more than 11% in voter turnout even though passions ran high for and against Barack Obama, as well as for and against Sarah Palin! This year, early voters set a new record. As of last Thursday, with 4 days left to vote early, 15,000 Alaskans showed up-shattering the old record set in 2004 by 28%! Consider the most popular governor in history-and now the most polarizing-was on the Republican ticket. Consider the historic nature of this race; the first African American presidential candidate EVER! The second woman to ever make a presidential ticket; and she’s one of our own. Despite that, we’re supposed to believe that overall participation DECREASED by 11%. Not only that, but this historic election both nationally and for Alaska HAD THE LOWEST ALASKA TURNOUT FOR A PRESIDENTIAL RACE EVER!!! That makes sense. REALLY??? Something stinks.

After the 2004 election I had this sinking feeling about the Diebold machines that were used in Ohio and other states. The president of the company didn’t hide his bias towards Bush. Hackers laughed at those things. No paper trail? Maybe it’s time to make voting mandatory like it is in Australia where the onus is on the government to make sure the results are accurate since people are fined for not voting. The rest of the Alaska article is here.

Time is Money

We’ve all the seen the graphs. (“Time. Money. Money increases with Time… YES”). In this go-go free market society, time really is money. Forcing people to stand in line to vote for upwards of 8 hours is outrageous. Rachel Maddow argues that this time-cost amounts to a poll tax, something specifically outlawed by the 24th Amendment to the Constitution.

I dig this line of argument. I would take it one step further and state that such ridiculous voting lines violate equal protection laws for disabled citizens. My experience with state government suggests that lawsuits regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act get taken very seriously. Apologists claim that the problems we have witnessed with early voting won’t necessarily show up on election day, since there will be more polling locations open, but history suggests otherwise.

Look, long lines are no accident. The Republican power base has a vested interest in keeping voter turnout low. For a country that claims to want to “export democracy” to the rest of the world, this is a national embarrassment. If the Democrats are smart, they will take aggressive steps to improve the way we vote, beginning with universal voter registration and ending with the actual polling process. I don’t know enough about Vote By Mail to advocate for it, but Oregon seems to dig it (all their elections are conducted by mail-in vote), and it sure as hell can’t be any worse than what we have now.

P.S. I would be remiss if I didn’t provide the Madman a link to TPM’s state-by-state Voter Suppression Guide. The Republicans are busy little beavers. I just hope this doesn’t get lost in the afterglow of an Obama victory.

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Petition for International Election Observers

November 01, 2008

On October 30, TrueVote.US went to seven embassies in Washington, DC to deliver a “Petition for International Observers for the U.S. Presidential Elections 2008.” The petition was submitted by TrueVote.US, No More Stolen Elections, the Economic Human Rights Project, Chesapeake Citizens and Global Exchange. The petition is being delivered to the United Nations. We want to make sure that if the election results are contested steps have been taken so that the U.N. is able to participate in ensuring the integrity of the U.S. election. You can see a summary of the petition here, and the full petition here. Watch a video of our delivery of the petition in Washington, DC.

Our international actions are to let American officials know that the whole world is watching. Please sign the petition to support our call for international involvement in a disputed election. Click here to sign the petition

Block the vote

We all know the old story, but is the Help America Vote Act going to take it to a new level? HAVA good time disenfranchising people who didn’t put their middle initial on their driver’s license. The numbers with this (probably) legal scam blow away the other games, we’re talking tens or hundreds of thousands.  Think they can’t get away with it?  Everyone coming out of the polls screaming will look like a kook, frantically babbling into the CNN camera while Coop looks puzzled and severly lacking skin pigmentation.  We’ll be there to count them, take their names and videotape it, but quantifying the scam won’t matter at that point. For more see Bobby Kennedy’s article:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/23638322/block_the_vote

Please talk me down cause the Madman is starting to lose it. Once again, attack from your point of weakness. If you’re the party of voter suppression start attacking ACORN as though there’s some organized scam. Do you all have your list of identities and polling places ready? Recieved it from the ACORN mothership? So, really, lots of people show up to the polling place every hour on the hour posing as a different person? Or travel to different polling places? Maybe with Vickie Iseman’s plane we can make a real difference. Please for the love of God will more people start saying this, really loudly, over and over again:

 Someone registered to vote 72 times can only cast one vote at the polls. (In response, the McCain campaign pointed to vulnerabilities in the absentee voting system, but offered few details.) On this front ACORN was echoed by Demos, a think tank, and Common Cause, a good government advocacy group. The heads of both groups cited studies indicating that very few people try to use a fake name to vote.

For the rest of that article:   http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2008/10/10289_the_acorn_controversy.html

Suppressing the Vote

The Obama team is not going to be blind-sided by Republican shenanigans. Crying voter fraud to suppress the vote….that’s hypocrisy. And the Obama camp keenly links it back to the attorney general firing scandal.

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This to me is the most important political story out there. Republicans have made voter suppression a centerpiece of their campaigns for a long time. For McCain to make the lunatic claim in front of a national debate audience that ACORN “is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy” is one of the scummiest, most devious, self-serving actions that I can imagine a presidential candidate putting forth.

Unlike Grampa John, I actually remember the “greatest fraud in voter history”. It was eight short years ago, and it was orchestrated by the same swine who now run McCain’s campaign.

The quick background on Pink’s link to the attorney firing scandal: Rove’s justice department put pressure on various US attorneys to bring trumped up voter fraud charges in their respective districts. Those who refused based on the lack of evidence (republicans and democrats both) were summarily fired. One such attorney was David Iglesias of New Mexico, though you may know him better as the character played by Tom Cruise in “A Few Good Men”.

Senator McCain, we want the truth!