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Algernon Moncrieff

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Donald Trump should be afforded every courtesy and cooperation as President...

...that President Barack Obama was afforded by his "loyal opposition":

Refusal to negotiate in good faith
Refusal to allow his judiciary candidates to come up for a vote

...oh yeah....hearings. I want Democrats to hold lots and lots of damn hearings.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Nov 15, 2016, 11:42 PM (8 replies)

You would describe your mood today as.......

To quote the Grateful Dead, "What a long, strange trip it's been." But we got here. Some of started as Hillary supporters; others supported Bernie; others supported O'Malley; and there might even be the odd Republican here that couldn't bring themselves to support Donald Trump.

How are you feeling about the election today?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Nov 8, 2016, 11:12 AM (37 replies)

Don't Be Fooled By All the Dumb Election Myths Going Around the Internet

Mother Jones

Myth: Lines will be long on Tuesday, so wait a day to vote

The lines may indeed be long, but you can't vote after polls close on Tuesday. No exceptions.

Myth: The voting machines are controlled by George Soros

More than 3,000 Redditors have upvoted "Operation Stop Soros," alleging that 16 states are using machines owned by billionaire George Soros to sway the vote for Clinton. It's popped up on conservative news sites too, including the Daily Caller. There's no substance to back this up; this BuzzFeed article debunks the Soros-controlled voting machines conspiracy.

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Nov 8, 2016, 01:58 AM (2 replies)

Text “GUNSDOWN” To 91990 To Report “Poll Watchers” Who Use Firearms And Other Means To Intimidate

Media Matters for America: “Guns Down” Project To Fight Back Against Firearm-Related Voter Intimidation On Election Day

Under federal law it is illegal to intimidate people trying to vote with guns or by other means.

Yet the Post reports that  “state laws about guns and voter intimidation are a patchwork of wildly varying regulations,” and determinations of violations of voter intimidation laws can be difficult to ascertain because each one is “a fact-sensitive, context-based decision,” according to UCLA law professor Adam Winkler.(Further complicating determinations are discordant federal appeals courts rulings on what behavior constitutes voter intimidation).

This state of affairs has created an opening for individuals who wish to intimidate voters with guns at the polls while retaining some semblance of plausible deniability concerning the legality of their actions.

Voters who text “GUNSDOWN” to 91990 will receive information on a national voter protection hotline (866-OUR-VOTE) operated by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Appropriate reports will be passed on to law enforcement and election officials, and voters will have the opportunity, if they feel safe doing so, to share photos of voter intimidation on social media.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Nov 7, 2016, 09:56 PM (0 replies)

Al Jazeera: Life on the Pine Ridge Native American reservation

Life on the Pine Ridge Native American reservation

Donald, 60, has lived on his family's land his whole life. Time passes slowly in his corner of the Pine Ridge Reservation, and at no point in his six decades have local authorities connected his family's miniature community of shacks and trailers to the reservation's electricity grid or provided them with running water.

Against this backdrop of poverty and joblessness, public health has suffered, according to Re-Member. More than 80 percent of residents suffer from alcoholism. A quarter of children are born with fetal alcohol syndrome or similar conditions. Life expectancy - 48 years for men, 52 for women - is the second-lowest in the western hemisphere, behind only the Caribbean country Haiti.

Only able to move with the help of a walker, Roland, who wears a dirt-covered jacket and repeatedly pulls up his oversized jeans as they sag from his waist, says he will never be able to pay the $2,000 in medical bills through the small amounts of cash he gets doing odd jobs for neighbors and ranchers. "I can't work until the spring now," he says.

In 2010, Jerome and his wife Theresa retired and moved back to Pine Ridge. Within two years, they founded Families Working Together, a local charity to help impoverished residents of the reservation. "I asked, 'What can I do to make it better?'" he says.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Nov 7, 2016, 06:38 PM (3 replies)
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