Lies, more lies and offensiveness

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump told Capitol Hill leaders Monday evening that he lost the popular vote because 3 million to 5 million “illegals” voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to three sources in both parties familiar with the meeting.

Trump has repeatedly claimed that he lost the popular vote in November’s election because of voter fraud. There is no evidence of this, and none that millions of undocumented immigrants voted for Clinton. It’s a fixation for Trump, who won the election because of Electoral College votes, but has had trouble accepting that Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million.

“I don’t think he was joking,” said one person familiar with what happened in the meeting. “He spent 10 minutes on his win and said he won the popular vote, except 3 to 5 million illegals voted for” Clinton.

Another source confirmed Trump used the word “illegals,” considered an offensive term for undocumented immigrants.

First off, the term “illegals” is just offensive.  The President of the United States should not be using offensive language about any one.

Secondly, he didn’t win the popular vote because he got 2.8 million votes fewer than Hillary Clinton.  Yet he won.  Isn’t that enough?  Must he whine over the popular vote while he sits in the White House?  What kind of ingrate does that?

Thirdly, he lied.  Yes, he lied.  I don’t feel like making nice and calling it a falsehood.  He has no proof or even hint or suggestion that illegal immigrants voted.   The lying needs to stop and he will be held accountable for his lies.  The continual, verifiable lies are obvious and undeniable.  He doesn’t even care that we know he lies.  I suppose in his mind, he excuses it because of the megalomania personality.


Voting early, Voting absentee, Voting by mail


First lady Dorothy McAuliffe cast an absentee ballot on Tuesday morning at the voter registrar’s office in Richmond, highlighting the opportunity to cast a vote in Virginia ahead of Election Day.

But her vote also demonstrated that Virginia is in the minority of states when it comes to early voting because it requires voters to offer an acceptable excuse as to why they can’t vote in person on Election Day.

In 37 states and the District of Columbia, some period of early voting is allowed and “no excuse or justification is required,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

As of January, Virginia was one of 13 states that required an excuse for absentee voting before Election Day, along with Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi.

In order to cast an early ballot in Virginia, a voter must cite one of 19 excuses deemed acceptable under state law, such as military service, illness, being away from home, pregnancy, and a long commute tacked on to a long workday.

The first lady of Virginia’s excuse was that she would be out of town on personal business.  Why is it necessary for any of us to provide an excuse?  Is this our paternalistic General Assembly once again deciding what is best for us or is this law more nefarious?  Is our Republican-controlled General Assembly attempting to suppress our votes?

If you vote early, vote absentee or vote by mail, Virginians must provide a reason.  There are 19.  Technically, Virginia does not have early voting which is sort of “no fault” voting.  In Virginia a citizen must always provide a reason if they don’t go to the official polling place on the official day.

I want a window of opportunity where I can vote early, vote by mail, or walk into a satellite office and cast my ballot.  I don’t want to stretch the truth or out and out lie in order to exercise my right to vote.

Virginians need to demand that the General Assembly change the laws to making voting easier.  Do not accept no for an answer.  There really is no acceptable reason not to open up this window of opportunity.

McAuliffe restores voting rights to felons


In a nutshell:

McAuliffe’s restoration of voting rights will apply to former nonviolent and violent offenders. Anyone who has been convicted of a felony and has completed his sentence and been released from supervised probation or parole is eligible. The new voting rights apply to felons convicted in another state and living in Virginia.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will allow more than 200,000 ex-cons in Virginia to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election, one of the biggest actions taken by a state to instantly restore voting rights.

The change applies to all felons who have completed their sentences and been released from supervised probation or parole. The Democratic governor’s decision particularly affects black residents of Virginia: 1 in 4 African Americans in the state has been permanently banned from voting because of laws restricting the rights of those with convictions.

“Once you have served your time and you’ve finished up your supervised parole. . .I want you back as a full citizen of the commonwealth,” McAuliffe said. “I want you to have a job. I want you paying taxes, and you can’t be a second-class citizen.”

The governor called the instant restoration of rights to these Virginians the natural next step to his incremental streamlining of a process that has already given 18,000 nonviolent felons their rights back. With the signing of Friday’s executive order, McAuliffe eliminated the need for an application for violent felons who had completed their sentences up to that moment.


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Dear Cargo, I feel your pain….voting rights

Dear Cargo,

I am dedicating this thread to you.  Why?  Because I felt your pain.  Just for a moment.

You have continually said that gun ownership is a right  and that you shouldn’t have to apply or register to bear arms because doing so was a right.  (or something to that effect.)

I feel like I am having to dance and jump through hoops just to be able to vote.  I think everyone here knows that I have a bad knee and  that on any given day it could make me unable to go to the polls.  I also have breathing issues but that is another story.

I like to vote by mail.  It’s easier, it is legitimate, and it ensures that I will be able to vote in the event that the knee is acting up.  So, tonight I thought to myself…I had better apply for that absentee ballot since March 1 is right around the corner.

Finally I find how to apply online.  It is fairly well hidden.  Then I started filling out the form.  Nothing is intuitive.  The form has changed since last time.  Now I had to give a social security number and….tah daaaaaaaxahhhhhhh… DMV number so that my signature can be compared.

Why must I do all this just to be able to vote?  Voting is a right.  I shouldn’t have to go through all this bullshit.  My knee hurts.  I don’t feel like limping to the foyer to get my purse.

Where is the voter fraud?  Show me where the voter fraud is and I might feel just a little bit better about going through all this malarky.  Why would someone say they were me, risk  going to prison just so they could cast a vote, in my name?  How absurd.

Cargo, I feel about voting like you do about guns.  It is much easier to own a gun than it is to vote.  Tell me, when you buy a mail order gun, does DMV have to be involved to compare your signature?  I seriously doubt it.  If I am wrong, please tell me.

Guiffré saga continues–fighting the forces of voter fraud???

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Reprinted with permission from Jill Palermo

An unauthorized investigation aimed at uncovering possible voter fraud might cost Prince William County Electoral Board Chairman Guy Anthony “Tony” Guiffré his job.

The Virginia State Board of Elections took a rare vote Friday to initiate steps to remove Guiffré from the county electoral board over allegations he compromised voter privacy and might have broken state and federal laws. The allegations stem from his efforts to determine whether absentee ballots were improperly requested for the Nov. 3 election.

The three-member state board, which includes two Democrats and one Republican, voted along party lines during a meeting in Richmond to ask Attorney General Mark Herring (D) to begin the removal proceedings.

Guiffré’s fate will ultimately be decided by the Prince William County Circuit Court.

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Little Trumpy Trash Trap


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Donald Trump used vulgar language as he attacked Hillary Clinton during a rally on Monday night, saying her use of the restroom at the last Democratic debate was “too disgusting” to talk about and that in 2008 she got “schlonged” by Barack Obama when he defeated her in the Democratic primary.

Standing before a crowd of 7,500, Trump recounted how Clinton was seconds late to the Democratic debate stage on Saturday night following a commercial break. Trump asked the crowd four times where Clinton had gone.

“I know where she went — it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it,” Trump said, screwing up his face, as the crowd laughed and cheered. “No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting.”

Later in the night, Trump told the crowd that he could not picture Clinton as president because she never wins at anything. He then brought up the 2008 Democratic primary, which Clinton lost to Barack Obama.

“She was favored to win, and she got schlonged,” Trump said, turning a vulgar noun for a large penis into a verb.

Donald– Ewwwwww.  Just Ewwwwww

What is his problem?  Has he always been the little rich boy who thought he could use women and talk trash about him?  This indecent behavior towards women simply makes him unacceptable to be president.  He is an embarrassment.

Those supporting him need to keep this in mind.  It will rub off.

Would you want this man to date your daughter or your sister?  Would you want him around your mother?

His manners about men aren’t really much better.  However, we don’t have special names for men who characteristically hate other men.  Trump is absolutely a misogynist.

Bill to return voting rights to convicted felons introduced


Millions of Americans whose past felony convictions forbid them from casting ballots may regain voting rights under a bill introduced this week in Congress.

The Democracy Restoration Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), would allow all former inmates to vote in elections for federal offices. Currently, the bill notes, nearly 6 million Americans are barred from voting. Three-fourths of them are finished serving their sentences and would have their voting rights restored if the bill becomes law.

“Disenfranchising citizens who have been convicted of a criminal offense and who are living and working in the community serves no compelling State interest and hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into society,” Conyers writes in the bill. He adds: “The United States is the only Western democracy that permits the permanent denial of voting rights for individuals with felony convictions.”

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Selma: Bloody Sunday 50th year anniversary

I find it frightening that behavior like this went on in my lifetime.   I was of conscious age when “Bloody Sunday” took place.  I don’t know that I was aware it even happened at the time.  You don’t know what you don’t know.

I think the fact that something this major happened in the United States of America and a living person was unaware is significant.  Let’s pretend for a moment that “Bloody Sunday”  was 1-year-old rather than 50 years old.  Would a fairly socially-aware person be sitting here admitting that they didn’t know it had happened?  Of course not.

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Netanyahu: Should he be speaking before Congress?


Too late now.  Netanyahu is scheduled to speak before Congress at 11 a.m. today.  Many Democrats will not be in attendance.  President Obama will not meet with the Israeli prime minister while he is here.

Many Americans feel he broke protocol by accepting an invitation from Congress to speak.  In fact, many Israelis want him to cancel also.  The chart above gives the break down.

At the heart of the matter is talks with Iran.  Netanyahu doesn’t like our stance.  Perhaps there are two sides.  Who knows.  The issue has gotten all tangled up in American politics and probably in  Israeli politics also.  Israel has elections in 2 weeks. Could this visit have any bearing on those elections?


Republican wave? Who rode in… and who didn’t bother to saddle up

Shown  are a few of the facts as the Washington Post sees them.  Here on Moonhowlings, some of the men have particularly enjoyed chiding me about the war on women, as if a Republican win not only ended the war, but also proved it never existed in the first place.

Let’s not get too carried away with disproving “war on women.”  It’s been going on since man was first placed on this earth and will continue to rumble far after I am dead and gone.  It’s not an idea that is going to quickly be resolved and it’s not going to be resolved by electing women to office or giving them their own Senate bathroom.

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Too close to count in Virginia so let’s change the rules

Rachel Maddow traces the discovery of the missing ballots in Fairfax County, starting with Ben Tribbett’s declaration that it appeared that around 3,000 ballots were missing from District 8.   Ben Tribbett is the blogmeister of NotLarrySabato blog as well as a local democratic.

The real crime here is the way those provisional ballots have to be counted.  I have never heard of anyone having to go in person to defend their ballot.  Several facts remain clear.  Cuccinelli should have resigned as Attorney General.  There is simply too much room for conflict of interest, especially with some of his prior … nice way to say this, conflict of interest.  He chose not to follow tradition and do the right thing.

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Candidate haunted by “Cuccinelli Compass”

“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
―     Maya Angelou


Throughout Virginia’s gubernatorial race, Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate, has cast Cuccinelli as a tea party extremist, incapable of forging the centrist consensus necessary to manage the commonwealth. The portrait has stuck, according to recent polls; McAuliffe appears to be ahead in the race — and Cuccinelli’s conservatism is a leading reason.

For years, he articulated that conservatism in the Cuccinelli Compass, honing a combative political persona and providing opponents with material that has now driven up his negative poll ratings and lifted McAuliffe. At the same time, Cuccinelli has accused Democrats of turning him into a caricature, seeking to scare off voters by distorting and lying about his record as a state senator and Virginia’s attorney general.

The Cuccinelli Compass is where Cuccinelli presented himself as an unbridled firebrand, venting about the “left-leaning media,” “gun-grabbing liberals” and “liberals wigging out” over, say, his proposal to allow employers to fire workers for speaking inadequate English.

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Opposition to Tea Party reaches new high in Virginia


Opposition to the tea party movement has reached a high in Virginia, a Washington Post/Abt SRBI poll shows, kicking a key leg of support out from under Ken Cuccinelli II as he tries to win the governor’s race on a strongly conservative platform.

Cuccinelli (R), the state attorney general, trails businessman Terry McAuliffe (D) by 12 percentage points among likely voters, the survey shows. And Cuccinelli’s decline comes as Virginians are increasingly turned off by the movement that has backed him strongly and with which he shares many views.

The tea party is opposed by 53 percent of registered voters in the commonwealth, up a slim three points from last year and up 10 points from a May 2011 Washington Post poll. Just 36 percent support the movement, down from 45 percent two years ago. Among those with the most intense feelings, voters who strongly oppose the tea party now outnumber those who strongly support it by more than 3 to 1.

Independents have soured most dramatically on the tea party: Fifty-five percent oppose the movement, up from 37 percent in May 2011. It’s also opposed by 80 percent of Democrats and 23 percent of Republicans.

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**NC Republican precinct chairman resigns after Daily Show interview**

No, it isn’t a spoof!!!!

Yes, its a spoof, but why have I known people who talk just like this southern dude? In fairness, do you find this kind of ignorance north of the Mason-Dixon line? I say yes.  Just not in this skit.

The new voting laws in North Carolina go beyond getting an ID.  At Appalachian State, the polls are often several miles from the campus and off the beaten path.  It appears that the new laws are  more against democrats than against any minority.  The changings have come from republican controlled state legislatures.

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The Constitution, the right to vote and the absentee ballot


I am not longer going to even listen to the Constitution freaks.  You know, those dudes who walk around with pocket copies of the Constitution–those people who replaced those geeks who walked around with slide rules first, and the pocket protectors.

The Constitution is simply a frame-work.  It doesn’t begin to address all of our body of laws and rights.  It is the bare bones.   If we depended on  just the Constitution,  one of our most cherished rights as Americans would not have even happened until the 14th amendment was ratified in 1868.  Of course I am referring to the right to vote.  No where is voting mentioned in the Constitution until the 14th amendment.  My right to vote would come along later, in 1920, when the 19th amendment was ratified:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

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