Stolen Elections

Not content with gerrymandering, obfuscation, back-filling and outright lies, or their professional status as whores to any billionaire/corporation willing to fund them, the ReThugs have recently devised an almost fool-proof plan to gain and power: stealing and cheating.

The “stolen election” controversy over this month’s officially defeated Ohio pot legalization referendum has gone to a new level.

“The results are not only impossible but unfathomable,” stated Ron Baiman, Assistant Professor of Graduate Business Administration at Benedictine University, where he teaches economics and statistics.

The Columbus Free Press asked Baiman to calculate the odds of the official vote count of Ohio’s Issue 3, to legalize marijuana, being correct – compared to the tracking polls charting voter preference leading up to this year’s November election. The Free Press supplied Baiman with poll results taken prior to the election by noted pollster Jon Zogby.

The polls leading into the November 3 vote showed the referendum passing. But the official results claim it lost by 2:1.

The standard assumption with such polling is that the undecided voters in the poll would have potentially gone 50-50. Thus half of them would be voting no and the other half would be voting yes on Issue 3. Baiman pointed out that with such an assumption being probable, the odds against the referendum losing 2:1 go through the roof. They are, he said, “one in a trillion.

As WNBTv has previously documented, this behavior is becoming more the rule that the exception.

Wake up, people.

Stolen Elections

Au Courant

The is week’s au courant links:

And finally, these are the beers you’re looking for:

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Chicago, Chicago – That Murderin’ Town

As early as this morning, possibly by the late afternoon, but most certainly by tomorrow the Chicago PD will be forced to release a video that may well spark a citywide race riot.

The video is from a CPD dashboard cam and purports to show one Laquan McDonald, a 17-year old African American with a small knife in his hand. McDonald also reportedly had PCP in his system. McDonald was subsequently shot to death by a CPD officer, Jason Van Dyke, on the corner of 41st and Pulaski in Chicago’s Southwest side.

Van Dyke fired a total of 16 times, the last half dozen or so while McDonald lay face down on the concrete bleeding out. Only McDonald fired at McDonald, with the bullets striking him in the back, the legs, arms, neck and head, the bullets making his inert body jump repeatedly.

The video shows all this, just as it show Van Dyke firing from a distance of fifteen feet away.

Van Dyke has been charged with murder, the FBI is investigating and the city settled $5 million on McDonald’s family

But none of that may stave off a riot: the video is said to clearly depict a cold-blooded execution.

Add this murder to CPD’s rendition problem and the town may soon burst into flames.

And, quite probably, soon to come to a city near you.

Chicago, Chicago - That Murderin' Town

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This week’s au courant links:

And finally, gamma ray bursts explained in 15 minutes:

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Show 2 footnotes

  1. Explains Trump; nothing can explain Carson.
  2. The poll’s subtitled “Please Bring Back the 50s.

David Bowers: Moron

The small, southwestern Virginia city of Roanoke should refuse to help settle Syrian refugees in the U.S. just as Franklin Delano Roosevelt interned Japanese Americans in America during World War II.

That’s the argument being made by Roanoke’s Democratic mayor, David Bowers. In a statement Wednesday, he said he was requesting that all government and non-government organizations in the city of 99,000 suspend any assistance to Syrian refugees “until these serious hostilities and atrocities end.”

As justification, he compared the situation to World War II.

“President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor,” he said, “and it appears that the threat of harm to America from ISIS now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then.”

This should not be that hard; we’re just talking about profiling, right?

So…where did we intern all of the radical, white Christian terrorists after Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building? Let’s use those.

David Bowers: Moron

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Remember The Worst Person in the World, Martin Shkreli?

Well all the publicity for his heinous act had a cost: a quarterly los of $14.6 million.

Couldn’t happen to a bigger prick.

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Only for Star Wars nerds, but it is a must: the 5-day forecast for Alderaan.

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We believe we’ve mentioned that we’ve taken a number of free, online encryption course from Stanford, via Coursera, n’est-ce pas? As fine an offering as Coursera is, we’ve been blown away by M.I.T.’s entry into his area, OpenCourseWare. The tech university has put all of their courses online, free. It’s pretty amazing stuff – we’re working our way through their course on quantum computation this fall (admittedly at a snail’s pace) and highly recommend it.

If hard sciences isn’t your thing, run over to The Open Education Consortium and cherry-pick a university. Or try the same at edX.

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One of the nasty undercurrents in politics of late is the persistent whisper stream concerning gerrymandering and rigged elections. The Democrats are going to have to make sure all elections are cleanly run, even if that means independent monitors watching paper ballots hand counted right after the polls close.

We see, again, the nightmare scenario I’ve warned about for so many years: a U.S. election where all of the pre-election polls suggest Candidate X is set to win, but Candidate Y ends up winning by a huge margin instead and nobody even bothers to verify that the computer tabulated results accurately reflect the intent of the voters.

So far over 13,000 Kentuckians have signed a petition to force a public hand count of that election.

If all this sounds familiar it’s because Kansas appears to be pulling the same wool over its citizens’ eyes. Kansas Secretary of State Kobach is hard at work disenfranchising any person who might possibly vote a straight-line democratic ticket. All the while denying any wrongdoing, of course, and certifying individuals just a hair’s breath away from having to appear in court. Though to court it appears the lad will go.

All part and parcel of the systemic ReThug effort to impose their will on Americans, no matter the actual vote.

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Jebus Fucking Ke-rist: it’s a tossup who’s more mental – Da Coif…:

By Thursday a religious test for refugees had become a religious test for all Americans for one Republican candidate, with Trump telling reporters he would “absolutely” implement a database of American Muslims and unspecified other measures.

“I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,” Trump told NBC between town hall appearances in Iowa. “There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases,” he added. “We should have a lot of systems. And today you can do it.”

Asked whether there would be a sign-up at mosques, Trump said: “Different places.”

“You sign them up at different places. It’s all about management.”

Asked how the practice of registering Muslims would be different from registering Jews in Nazi Germany, Trump said: “You tell me.”

…or Dr. StabsALot:

Ben Carson on Thursday compared safeguarding Americans from Islamic terrorists who may sneak into the country as refugees to parents protecting their children from rabid dogs.

“If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog,” Carson said during a campaign stop in Alabama. “And you’re probably going to put your children out of the way. That doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs.”

He added, “But you’re going to put your intellect into motion and you’re thinking, ‘How do I protect my children at the same time? … I’m going to call the humane society and hopefully they can come and take this dog away and create a safe environment once again.’”

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As usual Colbert nails the Rethugs dead to rights…