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It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.

Check out my old  Voice of the People page.

Gino Napoli
San Francisco, California
High School Math Teacher

Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.

a middle-aged
George Washington

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 at 19h 6m 27s


Rule number one: Rethuglicans always accuse the perceived opposition party of the things they do themselves.

Rule number two: Rethuglicans make insignificant issues appear heinous and immortal when they themselves do so many things at far worse a degree than the entire sum of all collective petty bullshit they accuse the perceived opposition party of doing.

For instance, (although I am not a fan of Bill Clinton) the Rethuglicans actually wanted to impeach Bill Clintion in 1998-99 because he lied about a blow-job.

I suppose it's different when the Rethuglicans are lying about a war, or lying about a policy that will hurt the vast majority of American citizens, or lying about their deep involvement with foreign oligarchs. Now I say this but there were (and are) a lot of DINO's out there (Democrats In Name Only) who pretend to be an opposition party and saddle up with the Wealthy Donors, uttering a lot of golly-gee's and pleas for bi-partisanship.

Look, if one group is pack of pathetic un-patriotic liars, bi-partisanship is bullshit. When the principles and freedoms of our nation and constitution are at stake, what the corporate press calls bi-partisanship is just more compliance ad nauseum.

Those Hillary emails were just soooooo scurrilous, don't you see. Mike Pence's emails however -- not so much. Funny, Hillary seems to not have actually broken any laws, despite the hyperbolic hysteria of the Rethuglican talking points. Whereas that cannot be said about Donald Trump or Mike Pence.

Will it be President Ryan in the not so distant future?

Monday, 15 May 2017 at 19h 15m 46s

Reverend William Barber

This is speech by Revered William Barber, a minister heavily involved in the push back against the anti-democratic actions of North Carolina Rethuglicans.

In the voting rights case, a unanimous panel of the 4th Circuit on July 29 agreed with allegations from the Justice Department and civil rights groups that North Carolina's bill selectively chose voter-ID requirements, reduced the number of early-voting days and changed registration procedures in ways meant to harm African Americans, who overwhelmingly vote for the Democratic Party. "The new provisions target African Americans with almost surgical precision" and "impose cures for problems that did not exist," Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote for the panel. "Thus the asserted justifications cannot and do not conceal the state's true motivation."

But rest assure, these vultures will never give up. They cannot be turned away from the dark side. Supreme Court chief justice John Roberts made sure this was clear when he wrote:

“Given the blizzard of filings over who is and who is not authorized to seek review in this Court under North Carolina law, it is important to recall our frequent admonition that ‘[t]he denial of a writ of certiorari imports no expression of opinion upon the merits of the case,’ ” Roberts wrote.

And North Carolina state Rethuglicans definitely got the message

The state legislature’s top Republicans, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger, said in a statement that they would enact a new voter-ID law.

“It is unconscionable that Roy Cooper and Josh Stein — who ignored state law and flouted their conflicts of interest to kill voter ID in North Carolina — have now caused the vast majority of voters who support voter ID to be denied their day in court,” Moore and Berger said in a statement. “In light of Chief Justice Roberts’ statement that the ruling was not based on the merits of voter ID, all North Carolinians can rest assured that Republican legislators will continue fighting to protect the integrity of our elections by implementing the commonsense requirement to show a photo ID when we vote.”

[SOURCE: Robert Barnes | Washington Post | 15 May 2017]

Oh such false self-righteous infamy. It is apparently "unconscionable" to detest voter suppression. Those who do "ignored state law and" flout "conflicts of interest to kill" voter suppression disguised as Voter ID laws, despite "the vast majority of voters who support voter ID" because they are brainwashed about the myth of voter registration fraud; a fraud that is so rare, less than 100 allegations were found to be even pursued in all 50 states by a New York Times investigation back in December. And here is the Washington Post about 9 thorough investigations of voter fraud that found virtually nothing.

In Kansas, the Republican secretary of state examined 84 million votes cast in 22 states to look for cases of duplicate registration. The project yielded 14 prosecutions, representing 0.000017 percent of the votes cast.

In 2011, Wisconsin authorities charged 20 people with fraudulent voting in the 2008 elections. Most of these were felons who were ineligible to vote.

[SOURCE: Christopher Ingraham | Washington Post | 25 January 2017]

You wanna strip voting rights for upwards of 10,000 people because of 30 votes you think might have been fraudulent? Puh'lease.

It goes without saying that the number of allegations local authorities are investigating, in reality involves a much smaller percentage of cases that are actually persecuted because most of the time there is either nothing illegal that occurred or these were felons who didn't realize they were not allowed to vote. People move and their name is still on the old voting registration in another country or state. Doesn't mean they actually voted twice. A mother signed her daughter's affadavit because she was outta town for a week. A small business owner prefers to vote at polls next to his business because it is easier than where he lives in the suburbs. The votes were legitimate, and no one voted twice. Yet have them try to explain why they consolidate polling areas in poor districts with large numbers of Democratic voters so that voting sometimes takes hours and they have to wait in long lines. What's that have to do with the mythical fear of those miscreant illegal voters?

Don't let common sense stop the Rethuglicans from enacting draconian laws that will restrict 10,000 times more voters. They are fiends bent on destroying democracy so in order to fight flies, they want to bulldoze the entire neighborhood and poison the aquifers.

Demographics of North Carolina in 2000


Demographics of North Carolina in 2010


72.11 down to 68.47 percent Caucasian, with a nearly 4 percent jump in Hispanic population. Hmm.

Click here for a cool graphic of population distribution throughout the state. The state has 9,535,000 people. Click here for California, with 37,254,000 people (4 times more than NC). When you look at these maps, the colors represent different races, explained here. Red=White, Yellow=Asian, Black=African-American, Blue=2-or-more-Races, Brown=Native-American.

How does North Carolina compare to California demographically? Funny you should ask.

Look at all that yellowish-orange surrounding the center of San Francisco which is predominantly Red. And look at those black areas in Oakland-Emeryville splotched up with Red, Orange, and Yellow.

Demographics of California in 2000


Demographics of California in 2010


I wonder what happens when the percentage of Caucasians in California drops below 50%.


Sunday, 14 May 2017 at 10h 36m 44s

Net Neutrality is soon to be destroyed y'all

Lee Camp is on point, and funny, but this is serious.

Sunday, 14 May 2017 at 10h 24m 31s

The anger is robust

Constituent loses temper at town meeting with Rethuglican Tom MacArthur.

This 11 minute video/audio is fucking awesome. The constituent lays out an iron-clad refutation of everything the Rethuglican politicians say they stand for and lays bare their hypocrisy as nothing but greedy meak refusal to do what's right for the people while working for the donor class, rather than what's good the country.

Almost all of the Rethuglicans are traitors in my opinion. I will not reconsider this opinion until they show me a spine rather than "talking points", "hubris", and using various combinations of sexism, prejudice, and bigotry as deflections, parading a bunch of liars and charlatans all over the TV and media circuit planting poison in the minds of citizens who are ignorant and vulnerable.

Saturday, 13 May 2017 at 10h 18m 1s

The average person checks their phone 2600 times per day

Meanwhile ignoring everything else. A third of Americans check their phones during meals.

Philip Morris just wanted your lungs. The App Store wants your soul.

I have been saying this for quite sometime now. Human obsession with these devices nurtures self-aggrandizement and narcissism at the expense of other more beneficial social mores -- such as acknowledging other people with some form of social communication like a nod, a smile, or just saying "good morning" and "hello".

Humans with earplugs connected to their cell phones now regard others with skittish looks and uncertainty, internalizing thoughts that are not receiving feedback from the external realm. A large sub-group of persons are constantly feeding themselves regular reminders about their world paradigms or sub-cultures and small group cliques.

Community interactions are breaking down in ways beyond the flight to suburbia and the reliance upon self-driving vehicles. Sharing a common space during certain times of the day or night is not recognized by a large group of people as something that instantiates interaction. They don't feel or understand or even value random interactions with those perceived as strangers, and this creates an inhibiting influence in such persons that disintegrates the community into spheres of narcissistic delusion or obfuscation. People begin to not be able to relate to one another because they are driven by their submersion in their own psychological bubbles.

This is the world we are now entering. A world in which the digital psychopathy starts to define how people within a community or social group react with one another. Speaking to persons on the phone is largely from behind a text message, rather than a voice. The use of video exchanges is increasing, but the use of text messages to communicate and the regarding of our social media sites for social sustenance is a factor in this disintegration. You now have lines of 11 or more people waiting somewhere for something (at the post office, the coffee shop, the DMV, the bus stop, or the concert show) and no one is interacting with anyone else or even considering doing so as the default position. Instead the default position is to reach for the device that connects to the social media content while ignoring the ambient environment of persons who are actually there.

Saturday, 13 May 2017 at 9h 8m 36s


Saturday, 13 May 2017 at 9h 16m 57s

A Dream world fed by lies

Click here for the 2 minute and 49 second audio file of how the Rethuglicans hate remembering the past and have to live on a constant stream of lies day after day after day.

You can listen to the full hour and 12 minutes of audio if you want. The above clip starts at minute 26.

[SOURCE:  | The Professional Left Broadcast | 12 May 2017]

Thursday, 11 May 2017 at 18h 31m 16s

Keeping the Fire Aflame

Thursday, 11 May 2017 at 18h 18m 43s

Trump got played

That is Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (on the left) and the Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak (on the right). Look at the faces y'all. Look how insecure Trumps face is, and look how the two Russians are obvious laughing together at Trump. Read the eyes people. The Russian eyes are confident and connected. Trump's eyes are distant, insecure, and worried.

If there was any doubt as to where Trump's loyalty lies, yesterday's hastily arranged Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov should confirm it: it lies with Russia.

Trump, even after firing James Comey the night before, decided to hold his first (and only) meeting the following day with Russia.

No US media were allowed into the Oval Office, just Russian State Media. Really.

Think about the fact that the president allowed the Russian government to bring a load of electronic equipment into the Oval Office today.

— Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) May 11, 2017

Kremlin outmaneuvers White House over the dissemination of photos of a rare Oval Office meeting: (Screenshot)

— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 11, 2017

And now the White House is whining that the Soviets "tricked" them.

White House says Russia "tricked" them. Tick was letting state media bring a lot of electronics into the Oval Office

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 11, 2017

Even worse, The Hill reports that this meeting was set up at the request of Putin. OMG. Could this look any worse?

Yes. Ordinarily, Foreign Ministers NEVER meet the President in the Oval Office. They meet with the Secretary of State and other fellow diplomats. This was pure propaganda for Putin, to prove to the world that he could get Trump to do anything.

The Hill reports that during Trump's last call with his "boss," Putin specifically requested this meeting.

The White House spokesman said “He chose to receive him because Putin asked him to. Putin did specifically ask on the call when they last talked.”

What else is Trump doing at the request of Vladimir Putin?

The man is so fucking obtuse. Self-proclaimed snake charmer aided by the well funded right-wing media that funnels bullshit into the ears of vulnerable ignorant, insecure, ideologically-blind persons. Which is only about 25% of the country by the way.

[SOURCE: Crooks and Liars | 11 May 2017]

[SOURCE: Doug Stanglin | USA TODAY | 11 May 2017]

Thursday, 11 May 2017 at 10h 25m 4s

Federalist Paper Number 51

In case you did not know, the constitution was written by thoughtful people, James Madison being one of the most thoughtful of historically political thinkers in our times. The Checks and Balance of Powers that our forefathers created was by design to inhibit Despotism. The constitution is imperfect due to the political realities at the time (the slavery issue, the power of big versus small states, along with some ambiguity of the courts of law) but it was conceived of by thoughtful persons.

In the year after the construction however, the various states and factions within each state had to be convinced to vote for the document. Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, and John Jay all put to pen various essays that got published in the various newspapers and weeklies throughout the states. There were 85 essays in all, and were collected and published as one in a 1788 book. At that point they became known as "The Federalist Papers".

Here is James Madison, in Federalist Paper No. 51 explaining why there is a need for the Checks and Balance of Power.

But the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. The provision for defense must in this, as in all other cases, be made commensurate to the danger of attack. Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.

Indeed. If only humans were selfless, thoughtful angels.

[SOURCE: The Constitution Society]

~~hat tip to Charles Pierce who writes at Esquire, and is an amazing writer and distributor of reliable information. Read. Him. Daily.