Rigged Saturday Reading


As the GOP’s attacks on voting rights continue across the United States—from Georgia to North Dakota and Kansas—and a massive coalition of progressive groups has formed to break the hold that powerful corporate and wealthy interests have on American democratic institutions, the recently released documentary Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook aims to reveal, “in chilling detail, the dark genius behind the ten-year Republican strategy to reverse the rising demographic tide of minority voters.”

Filmed during the 2016 election, Rigged was released just ahead of 2018’s highly anticipated midterm elections. The documentary sheds light on strategic efforts by members of the Republican Party at all levels of government, in the wake of former President Barack Obama’s historic 2008 win, to make it more difficult for Americans—particularly the young and non-white citizens who helped drive Obama’s initial presidential victory—to access their constitutional right to vote.


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17 Responses to Rigged Saturday Reading

  1. Den says:

    More depressing stuff daily, too much drama for Den to absorb.


  2. Micki says:

    I can’t wait for this election to end! Not that I expect a miracle and things will improve!

    What a mess.


  3. Micki says:

    With daylight saving time ending at 2 a.m. Sunday, it falls to Marvin Schneider, 79, New York’s official clock master, to reset some of the grandest public clocks in the city.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Ads here today all paid for by the Republicants. 😐


    • Micki says:

      White supremacists and other far-right extremists have killed far more people since Sept. 11, 2001, than any other category of domestic extremist.

      The Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism has reported that 71% of the extremist-related fatalities in the United States between 2008 and 2017 were committed by members of the far right or white-supremacist movements.

      These statistics belie the strident rhetoric around “foreign-born” terrorists that the Trump administration has used to drive its anti-immigration agenda.

      These statistics raise questions about the United States’ counterterrorism strategy, which for nearly two decades has been focused on American and foreign-born jihadists, overshadowing right-wing extremism as a legitimate national-security threat.

      In this atmosphere of apparent indifference on the part of government officials and law enforcement, a virulent, and violent, far-right movement has grown and metastasized.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Rapid 15 minutes to the Hillside Cafe.


  6. Den says:

    Too many Bell Curve fringers out there to reign in.


  7. Den says:

    Feeding time at Pugger headquarters:


  8. jimhitchcock says:

    This just in: Melania Trump is indeed feckless.


    • Micki says:

      I’ve always liked the word “feckless.” It’s quite descriptive!

      Someone feckless is lacking in feck. And what, you may ask, is feck? Feck is a Scots term that means “effect” or “majority” and comes from an alteration of the Middle English effect.

      So someone/thing without feck is without effect, or ineffective. In the past, feckful (meaning “efficient,” “sturdy,” or “powerful”) made an occasional appearance. But in this case, the weak has outlived the strong: feckless is a commonly used English word, but feckful has fallen out of use.

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  9. °¿º Carol says:

    Almost 1:00 a.m. and I just remembered that I hadn’t made any of my internet rounds, sheesh. I was trying to catch up with some of the stuff I have recorded on my DVR.

    Went Up North with Brian, Jill and Mason, had a good time, as usual. Good thing my kids drag me out of here once in awhile or I’d NEVER go anywhere but to the store, credit union, gas station and library.

    They bought 12 spruces but they were not as advertised, didn’t look 5 feet tall to me AT all. But they got them for $50 each, a lot cheaper than they would have cost down here. And they’ll grow.

    They walked to where they want to put them and decided they need 12 more, so another trip may be in the offing.


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