About That Instant Voting Issue

The CA and the Daily Memphian have top stories about a lawsuit filed concerning the November 6 ballot. It concerns the three referenda listed on it.

I had mentioned previously that I got a card in the mail a couple of weeks ago urging me to “VOTE NO on ALL Nov. 6th referenda.” Two of the three referenda on the ballot concern instant runoff voting. Such “conservative” stalwarts as Mark Luttrell, Senator John McCain and New York Times columnist David “Obama pants crease lover” David Brooks are instant runoff voting proponents and want to see it implemented.

Immediately my suspicions were aroused, especially as they listed Myron Lowery and the Commercial Appeal as advocates, too.

Let’s revisit what instant runoff voting is all about. I wrote about it in November 2011 when this first came up in Memphis:

Here’s how it works. A voter ranks his top candidates one, two and three. All the votes are counted and then if their is no 50% majority plus one, the second and third tier candidates are counted. TS-SI News Service explains what happens next.

“First, the contender with the lowest number of first choice votes is dropped from the competition. Each voter who had ranked that candidate as their number one choice then has their vote given to whichever candidate they selected as their second choice. The votes are re-tallied and, as before, the contender with the lowest vote total is eliminated. This process continues for as many rounds as needed until one candidate has over 50% of the votes tallied in a round, at which point he or she is declared the winner.”

“With ranked choice voting,” says Stanford University mathematician Keith Devlin, “you can get a winner who is the first choice of only a relatively small minority of the voters. Undesirable outcomes such as this can arise because the candidates are eliminated and their votes reassigned one after another, and the order in which that happens can make a huge difference. A shift of a large block of votes in an early round can eliminate a candidate who would have gone on to win had she survived until a later round and then picked up ore votes to boost her tally.”

The San Francisco Bay Citizen took a look at how it worked in their elections. “Critics of ranked choice voting point to the results of San Francisco’s mayoral race as evidence of what is wrong with the system: It favors incumbents, and it rarely requires a majority of voters to determine a winner,” the newspaper wrote.

“As more ballots are exhausted with each round, the number of votes used to determine a winner decrease, allowing candidates to gain office with support from a minority of voters.” It took 12 rounds to get Ed Lee elected. “In the final round, Lee had only 43% of all votes and John Avalos had 29%.

“According to (Corey) Cook (a political science professor at the University of San Francisco), every exhausted ballot amounted to half a vote for Lee, because it reduced the likelihood of someone catching up to him. In every round, Lee’s support grew as more ballots were discarded, reducing the number of votes available to his competitors.”

In the end, the Bay Citizen concluded, “sixteen percent of San Francisco voters who filled out their ballots correctly and completely – more than 31,500 people – did not have a say in the final outcome of the city’s mayoral race. Their ballot were discarded or exhausted, because they did not list either Lee or Avalos as one of their top three candidates.”

TS-SI finds that “opponents of the method point out that voters whose choices are repeatedly eliminated effectively get to vote several times, and moreover the process gives equal value to a person’s third place ranking of a candidate and someone else’s top choice vote.”

And, “the known vagaries of the voting method have resulted in some candidates trying new approaches to getting votes. Mayoral candidate Michela Alioto-Pier sent out a mailing urging voters to ‘please consider at least making Michela your number 2 choice for mayor’ and a mailing from the San Francisco Republican Party suggested two mayor ‘candidates to avoid.’

Devlin thinks that as candidates become more aware of the election math and the possibilities it opens up, more of these tactics are likely to be seen. ‘Particularly in the era of social media, where it is possible for large numbers of voters to coordinate their actions,’ he adds.”

I added in 2011, that what we need in Shelby County is to repeal this vote. Why complicate the system and make it rife for more fraud? It may cost a little more for the city, but if voting integrity isn’t one of the elected officials’ pledge, then what is?

We are asked this time if we want to repeal this law. The answer is obviously yes.

More about this tomorrow.

DC Paper Covers Blackburn Event

When Marsha Blackburn came to Memphis for the TN Task Force 45 luncheon, a Washington Examiner reporter was there.
David Drucker interviewed several of the attendees. I recognized him at the luncheon as he also is often on Fox News. Here is his story:

Republicans are wielding a new liberal bogeyman on the campaign trail to get out the vote and fend off Democrats in the midterm elections: Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democratic senator from California.

Eyeing 2018 gold in the partisan battle that has unfolded in Washington over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Republicans like Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., are adapting the well-worn GOP alarm about handing the keys to the Senate to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., with an additional warning about the perils of putting Feinstein in charge of the Judiciary Committee. Feinstein, the top Democrat on the panel, has played a crucial role in the Left’s bid to sink President Trump’s pick for the high court.

“What we have to do is make certain I win this,” Blackburn said to a packed luncheon of grassroots Republicans, who gathered at Owen Brennan’s, a popular eatery in suburban Memphis, to hear from Tennessee’s GOP Senate nominee. “If Phil Bredesen were to win, first thing he would do, he’d be supporting Schumer for majority leader and then he would support Dianne Feinstein to chair Judiciary Committee.”

Bredesen, a Democrat and popular former governor, has been a tough opponent for Blackburn to overcome in the race for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker. Trump won Tennessee by 26 percentage points, but Bredesen has enjoyed the support of Republicans, especially in the Memphis and Nashville suburbs, and can point to a record of centrism in the governor’s mansion.

Republicans here are feeling more confident about Blackburn’s prospects as the debate over Kavanaugh rages. Party insiders and grassroots activists here contend the effort by Senate Democrats to use uncorroborated allegations of sexual misconduct to block Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court is sparking a backlash of rank-and-file Republicans, among them Trump skeptics open to voting for Bredesen.

Recent polling suggests this phenomenon could be real. Blackburn has pulled ahead of Bredesen in the RealClearPolitics.com polling average, and she led the Democrat by 5 points in a fresh survey of likely voters from Fox News that was conducted Sept. 29 – Oct. 1. Blackburn has said she would vote to confirm Kavanaugh; Bredesen has yet to issue a position.

“They’ve watched the Senate Democrats in action over the past month, for the Kavanaugh hearings, and that has been hugely consequential,” said John Ryder, a Memphis attorney, former general counsel for the Republican National Committee and current chairman of the Republican National Lawyers Association. “I have never seen this level of anger among conservatives.”

Stiff political headwinds fanned by dissatisfaction with Trump could knock Republicans from power in the House. The atmosphere throughout September was looking so bad for Republicans that even the party’s Senate majority appeared in trouble, despite a favorable map that features seats up for election in 10 states the president won in 2016 — plus a host of vulnerable Democratic incumbents.

But for the moment, Republicans concentrated on the Senate are breathing a sigh of relief. In interviews with GOP voters and volunteers around Memphis, they attributed renewed confidence about the outcome in Senate races, in Tennessee and other battlegrounds, to conversations over the past few days with friends and neighbors who usually vote Republican.

“Kavanaugh’s having a huge impact when we go door-knocking,” said Nikki Bufalino, a party volunteer who attended the Blackburn luncheon at Owen Brennan’s that was hosted by Tennessee Taskforce 45, a conservative grassroots organization formed to support Trump’s 2020 re-election. “The comments people are saying — they’re like, ‘I’m just done with it. He shouldn’t be treated like that.’”

The process of confirming Kavanaugh in a vote of the full Senate was poised to begin on Friday with a key procedural vote. If successful, it would set up a final vote to install him on the Supreme Court. A simple majority of the chamber — 51 votes — is needed to confirm the nominee. Every senator in the 49-member Democratic caucus has announced opposition to Kavanaugh except for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

The episode has captivated (and divided) the nation, with Americans watching in rapt attention as three women leveled uncorroborated allegations of sexual assault and Democrats called the judge’s character into question because of his penchant for partying in high school and college. The public hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where accuser Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh testified, was viewed by more than 20 million.

Whether the energy it has injected into Republican campaigns lasts is a critical question in assessing the potency of this issue for Blackburn and other GOP Senate candidates. In October of 2016, in the immediate aftermath of the “Access Hollywood” tape, polls showed Trump losing to Democrat Hillary Clinton by double digits. For the time being, however, Republicans like what they’re hearing.

“I am so concerned about what’s going on with Kavanaugh that I would not touch any Democratic candidate regardless of who they are in our state or anywhere else because of what they’ve done to besmirch this individual,” said a Memphis retiree, who described himself as a reluctant Trump voter but commented on condition that his name would not be published. “I was a little bit iffy [on Blackburn.] I now know I’m going to vote for her.”

Feminists or Bullies?

I wonder how many others feel exactly as this person does from Chicagoboyz.net. I know I do:

I am done with officially-sanctioned, automatically-expected-full-throated solidarity with other women no matter what the issue or complaint. I am done with the whole reproductive-health-motte-and-bailey-abortion-sacrament. I am more than done with women who think that the crusade for political, legal, and educational equality is merely an excuse to be viciously-manipulative bitches to those men unfortunate enough to be involved with them personally. I am also so done with women who are of an inter-connected social class sufficiently well-to-do to have had damn-near everything handed to them on a silver platter, complaining at an ear-splitting level about being downtrodden and oppressed; this when women in the Middle East must wear burkas out in public, have to be escorted when out in public by a male relative … and oh, yes – sold as sex slaves in Daesh/ISIL markets, or routinely have their clitorises excised. I am also done, by the way, with female protesters done up in cheap red-cloak and white bonnet costumes drawn from a bad dystrophic novel by a Canadian who knows f**k-all about the American Protestant tradition. (I’d respect Margaret Atwood ever so much more if she had done her Handmaids’ Tale schtick in an Islamic setting, but I guess she isn’t all that brave about having a fatwah declared on her. Pity.)

I am extra-so-done with Hollywood personalities screaming about the century-old existence of the casting couch, when I am certain that for most of them, the experience thereof was a carefully-considered quid-pro-quo career move – and they had their benefit delivered from the bargain. I am also done with Triggly-puffesque screamers having spectacular conniption fits at any suggestion that men and women have different yet complementary strengths, talents and values. Finally, I am done with certain so-called feminist mean girls of the academic ilk patrolling the thinking of others with all the sadistic enthusiasm of concentration camp guards pouncing on the slightest gesture of defiance from prisoners. Consider this my final kiss-off to current establishment feminism; nice to have known ya and believe me when I say that a female-ruled society would pure bloody hell, if it ever was or would be enabled. It would be somewhat akin to the hell of last week’s hearing for a new Supreme Court nominee – which for me was the very last straw.

I have come to this breaking point after six decades and a little more on this dirtball, urged along by experience and observations made of the world around me, plus a lot of reading of history and other materials. Let there be absolutely no shred of a doubt about this – I like men. Have always liked men; as kin, co-workers, bosses, friends and lovers. Men are strong, considerate, they know how to fix things, many have tool-boxes and all of them have dicks, generally they can wield both with some skill, and they are the other half of the universal sky, the other half of our human race. Admittedly, some of them are a bit crude, a very few are beyond all help. For some, it takes a couple of years past their teenage years to be at their best – but I also know of the male of our species at their best and most noble, and they are glorious to behold. Strong, yet gentle, gallant enough to bring tears to your eyes, courteous, even chivalrous in the old Victorian sense, but still generally accepting and supportive of female input and choices … unless they have been unlucky to victimized by one of those mean-girl drama-queens and in consequence are justifiably bitter. Feminism wasn’t supposed to be all-misandry, all the time. It was supposed to be, I thought – and I was not alone in this – about having a vote, and having the opportunity to make the same choices that men did; to get the same kind of education and have the chance to work at the same jobs, and if you and your significant-other want to split the housework in some non-traditional way, then that was a private matter and none of anyone elses’ business. Not only is the personal not political, it’s mostly a dead bore, even in pretty pictures on Instagram.

As I said before – I like men. I have brothers, friends, have had clients, co-workers, bosses who are men, of whom I think the world, and who honor me in turn with their respect and friendship. That any of them could have been treated as Judge Kavanaugh was over this past week – a full load of calumny, false witness, and pure shrieking harpy vindictiveness – would have sent me into – well, not murderous berserker rage (I don’t do berserker, for one) – but into cold and calculated fury. I’m in the cold and vengeful fury mode anyway, having followed the whole disgusting charade all last week. Here is a perfectly decent man, from all appearances (from my experience a guy who has been a chivalrous and responsible Boy Scout all his adult life, who has treated his female friends, peers, and employees with consideration for decades, and likely all that even as a clumsy teenager) smeared as a rapist in the national news and entertainment media. And even worse, courtesy of USA Today – accused as a potential pedophile, in a perfectly vile editorial which upon mature consideration, the editors walked back … but not until the disgusting accusation had been out there for hours. OK, thanks, USA Today and other mainstream national outlets; your propensity for going all Salem Witch Trials has been noted. Y’all turned so gradually into Der Stürmer that I barely noticed until now.

Strong, independent and able women of the previous century, and the century before that would barely recognize the world which sprouted like ugly weeds in their simple demands for a vote and respectful consideration of their skills and capabilities. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lizzie Johnson Williams, Madame C.J. Walker, Clara Barton. Nancy Wake, Margaret Bourke White … I can now imagine these able, confident, successful women revolving in their graves like Black & Decker drills at how the cause of “feminism” has been degraded. They lived their lives, every one of them and many less well-known, as women of talent, ambition, and skill in their chosen professions, and I do not think that the affection and support of men in their lives and careers was in abeyance, for they all did great things, in what is now supposed to have been a man’s world. And they did it without tearing down men or bringing false witness against them.

Blackburn Visits Memphis

Marsha Blackburn
Marsha Blackburn

“Chuck Schumer has said his No. 1 goal is to flip the Senate seat in Tennessee. Phil Bredesen was his No. 1 recruit and he has put $50 million in the Tennessee Senate race.” That was the important message Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn shared yesterday to about 55 people at the TN Task Force 45 group luncheon at Owen Brennan’s.

That followed an introduction by Elaine Searcy Ervin, chairman of the group, whose goal is to get President Trump re-elected in 2020 and to support the candidates he endorses. Mrs. Ervin commented, too, on how pivotal Marsha Blackburn’s race is; she believes Rep. Blackburn’s election will save the country from falling into the destructive Democrats’ hands.

Rep. Blackburn agreed that it “is a big year in Tennessee. We must win our Congressional seats. Bill Lee must win and be our governor and we must keep our supermajority in the House and Senate.” She added, “Tennesseans overwhelmingly agree with Trump and support his agenda.”

To support him and get his agenda on his desk means we must keep our Senate seat Republican. As she sees it, right now “the Senate is basically dysfunctional. I have told Leader McConnell that they have forgotten who they serve and they need to act like a majority.”

Tennesseans, Ms. Blackburn said, “want federal judges and Supreme court justices who are constructionists and Constitutionalists. I would vote yes on Brett Kavanaugh. I’ll get it right every single time. Phil Bredesen will get it wrong every single time.”

Second, Tennesseans “like the tax cut and the money it puts in your pocket. Remember that not one Democrat in the House or Senate voted for it. Bredesen said he’d have voted no and called it crumbs like Nancy Pelosi.” In her house, she added, the $1700 a year from the tax break could “buy a refrigerator, washer or dryer or to go to a UT game.

“Bredesen’s taxes when he was governor raised a billion dollars. I have always led the fight against taxes,” Rep. Blackburn said. She worked in a bi-partisan way to deduct sales tax which ended up in giving back a billion in taxes to Tennesseans when she was in the state legislature.

“And Brian Kelsey (State Senator up for reelection) led the way for an amendment to the state Constitution so that we will never have a state income tax in Tennessee,” she said and acknowledged him at the luncheon.

Third, on immigration, “I will stand with the Republicans and build that wall. It’s not just about securing the border, but about stopping drug, sex and human trafficking. That’s another difference between me and Bredesen. When he was governor, the state issued 51,000 illegal immigrants driving certificates paid for by taxpayer money. He also called the wall ‘political theater.'”

If Bredesen were to win the Senate seat, Blackburn says, “the first thing he would do would be to vote for Chuck Schumer as leader. That would also mean Diane Feinstein heading the judiciary, Bernie Sanders on the budget committee and Patty Murray at HHS. Murray was the No. 1 advocate for single payer health care,” she said.

Blackburn shared a discussion she had with former Speaker Newt Gingrich. “He said the Democrats were running about saying they’re moderates. They’re not. Bredesen chose to run as a Democrat,” she added.

“Early voting starts in two weeks,” Rep. Blackburn said. “I want you to call people on your address list and tell them they have to turn out and vote.

“I believe as Americans we are about faith, family, freedom, hope and opportunity.” That is not something shared by Democrats or a platform they would ever embrace.

As Mrs. Ervin noted, Tennesseans on Monday came out in droves to support Trump and Blackburn. Estimates place it at 100,000. “That was the largest rally of that kind ever in the history of the country.”

Reporter David Drucker of the Washington Examiner attended and took time to interview someone at the event. I will post his article when it is published.

What’s Lee’s Role in This?

Remember this?

That was the sketchy moment at the Ford testimony last week when Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) appeared to pass an envelope to Michael Bromwich, one of Ford’s attorneys.

Odd, isn’t it?

Now we find out that it was one of Rep. Lee’s staff s,Jackson Cosko, who was arrested in connection with the doxxing of Republican senators’ addresses, phone numbers and other info.

If there is any justice – and that’s a big if – he will go to prison for many years.

On another level, what is the deal with Ms. Lee? Why is she so involved in this Kavanaugh hearing since she’s a congresswoman, not a senator?

Trump Prophecy Movie Review

Last night I attended the first viewing of the movie “The Trump Prophecy.”

Having read the book by Mark Taylor and Mary Colbert, I was interested in seeing how the book was put on the screen. It’s a book that doesn’t have a lot of action, but is mostly descriptive. First, about Taylor’s life and the prophecies he received, followed by Colbert’s organizing of prayer groups for 2016 election victory.

About the first 40 minutes of the movie the story of Taylor’s career as a firefighter and subsequent PTSD is portrayed. He struggled with the emotional toll of the job, but also with dreams and demonic appearances that left him sleepless. With the support of his wife, Taylor finally found a doctor who helped him and that doctor led to another, the spouse of Mary Colbert.

To Colbert he provided his notes that document his encounters with “the Spirit of God” who told him that the man he just happened to hear on the TV would be a president. That man, of course, was Donald Trump and the year was 2011.

When 2012 came and no Trump and no Romney victory, Taylor began to doubt himself.

Suddenly we’re in 2015 and the Republican debates are raging. Taylor again doubts, but this is where the movie deviates from the book. None of Taylor’s other prophecies are described which leaves the first one hanging as a one-off and doesn’t support the premise of the movie.

In the book, Taylor detailed how the Spirit of God showed him the future by signs, such as the Triple Crown winner, the dates of events, the significance of WWII references, the problem with the Supreme Court, that there would be impeachment calls, increased prosperity and other interesting – and truly prophetic – events.

In the switch to the Colbert story of organizing national prayer chains, the movie also confuses the timeline and reactions. In reality, she began organizing before the Republican convention and the phone prayer chain accelerated after that. No one she contacted described doubts about Trump, but in the movie several, including her, express a disdain for his candidacy.

It’s as if they had to be politically correct to avoid offending anyone. Taylor writes that God had chosen Trump early as a tool to help right our nation. He left moralizing out of it.

Liberty University made the movie and the last 20 minutes or so, post election, are devoted to Americans showing photos of family members who served in the military (Oh, the toxic masculinity!) and various ministers commenting on the religious background of our Founders and the Constitution.

The film has one more showing in Memphis – 7 p.m. Thursday October 4 at Malco’s Paradiso. A crowd of about 50 people attended the showing, which is not bad considering it has had no publicity.

It would be much better to have read the book before seeing the movie because it does leave out key points of Taylor’s prophecies. That takes a lot of the significance out of the movie, but that is just my opinion.

And as I said in the book review, if you’re not coming from a faith background you might find it preposterous. If you do believe, you will not. I do. If you believe that God cares about our country and hears our prayers and this movie is confirmation.

Google Torpedoes Blackburn

Google really, really doesn’t like Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn and they want you to hate her, too. They even consider her a terrorist.

Breitbart came upon this information:

A senior software engineer at Google with responsibility for a key feature of Google’s search engine labeled Tennessee Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) a “violent thug” and a “terrorist,” who Google shouldn’t “negotiate” with, according to internal emails obtained by Breitbart News. The employee also defended the censorship of her campaign ads on social media.

The comments took place in an internal email discussion that began on June 19 this year. The topic of discussion was Rep. Blackburn’s Fox News op-ed of the same month, which urged Silicon Valley companies to address bias against conservatives on their platforms. Blackburn, who has herself been the target of social media censorship, has been a vocal critic of tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Twitter during her time in Congress.

The op-ed was not well received within the corridors of Silicon Valley power. One Google employee, a site reliability engineer, called Blackburn’s piece “hilarious” and said Republicans are becoming “tribalists focused on stirring up outrage to maintain power.”

Blake Lemoine, a senior software engineer at Google, was harsher in his comments. Saying the public is being “lied to” by Blackburn, he went on to accuse the Tennessee representative of “causing the deaths of people she claimed to protect” — something he attributed to her work on the anti-trafficking bills FOSTA and SESTA.

“We certainly shouldn’t acquiesce to the theatrical demands of a legislator who makes political hay by intentionally reducing the safety of the people who she claims to protect,” said Lemoine. “I’m not big on negotiation with terrorists.”

When another Google employee objected to his use of the word “terrorist,” Lemoine responded that he’d be “willing to go with ‘thug’ as a compromise.”

“Would you be more okay with characterizing it as not being big on acceding to the demands of violent thugs?” asked Lemoine.

“This is a woman who passed a bill that killed people and is trying to use her passage of that bill to intimidate people. It’s clear to me that “do what I say or I’ll pass more bills like this one” is the implicit message.”

Lemoine is named in this story because he occupies a key position in the company’s influential search team, as a technical lead on Google’s search feed, formerly known as Google Now. The Google feed’s most distinctive feature is that it sends information to users proactively, using personal data to predict what information users want before they search for it.

According to Lemoine’s LinkedIn, he also works on “research pertaining to fairness and bias in machine learning,” making his own biased comments particularly relevant.

Lemoine also indicated that he supports censorship on social media: he defended Twitter’s decision to temporarily censor one of Rep. Blackburn’s pro-life campaign ads on the platform, arguing that the takedown was not, in fact, censorship.

“Taking down libel is not censorship,” said Lemoine.

He went on to say “I think that believing that Twitter too it down because it was a lie is more reasonable than believing they took it down because she was a Republican. Especially considering how the legislation that she is touting in her article was sold through lies that she told.”

“In summary: she’s a lying liar who lies and Twitter treats her like one”

Although Lemoine caveated himself by stating “not all Republican ads are lies,” a question that Lemoine did not address is whether his own bias affects what he sees as “lies,” and whether that bias affects the decisions he makes in his role overseeing a key element of Google search.

Responding to a request for comment from Breitbart News, a Google spokeswoman directed us to an open letter to employees written by CEO Sundar Pichai and reported in the press last month following Breitbart’s release of the Google tape. In it, Pichai said “We do not bias our products to favor any political agenda. The trust our users place in us is our greatest asset and we must always protect it.”

Marsha Blackburn’s campaign spokesman, Abbi Sigler, provided the following statement: “These emails are despicable. Marsha Blackburn is a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a dedicated public servant, a pro-life champion, an ally for veterans, and an advocate for lowering our taxes and cutting regulation. To call her a terrorist is offensive and degrading. These emails are indicative of the bias conservative women in the political arena face every day. Liberals do not want them to have a voice in the public arena, and too many social media employees carry their bias to work with them.”

Independent research acknowledged even by the anti-Trump Washington Post, found that Google search results tended to favor Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Research conducted prior to the 2016 election also found that if Google deliberately skewed its search results to favor particular candidates, it could shift the votes of undecided voters by margins of 20 percent or more. Lead researcher Dr. Robert Epstein also says that Google could potentially manipulate its search results without leaving a paper trail, as there is currently no system of monitoring or oversight to detect bias in the platform’s hyper-personalized search functions.

Beyond Google, other tech platforms are affecting elections in more transparent ways. Over the past two years, major figures in the conservative, populist, and pro-Trump movements have been banned from platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and both the Google and Apple app markets, severely hampering their ability to digitally mobilize their supporters ahead of crucial midterm elections in November this year. Multiple conservatives have also been kicked off payment processing and crowdfunding platforms, crippling their ability to fundraise for campaigns and causes. Despite this, Democrats continue to call the tech censorship a “conspiracy theory.”

Rep. Marsha Blackburn is currently running in a tight two-way race against her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen in Tennessee. Even minor bias on the part of tech companies could easily tilt the race against her — unless her voters turn out in high enough numbers to nullify such bias. The threat from big tech notwithstanding, Blackburn continues to be a vocal critic of Silicon Valley’s failings, including political bias and failures to protect privacy. In June, Blackburn came out in favor of new regulation to protect consumers on social media platforms.

That is why you must vote and drag every Republican you know to the polls to support our candidates.

Trump in Memphis

The President will touch down here today at 5 p.m.

However, he will not stay here, but continue to Southaven for a fundraiser at 5:50, followed by a rally at the Landers Center arena.

The rally is to help Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is running for the Senate. She was appointed to the Senate in April by Gov. Phil Bryant after Sen. Thad Cochran stepped down because of illness.

Her opponents include Republican Chris McDaniel and Democrat Mike Espy. In the Mississippi election if no one reaches 50% in November, there will be a runoff. It’s a tricky situation akin to the debacle in Alabama where the Republican split between Luther Strange and Roy Moore allowed Democrat Doug Jones to win the Senate seat.
This rally had been scheduled earlier, but Hurricane Florence hit at the same time so it was postponed.
The other Senator, Republican Roger Wicker, will also be on the ballot in his own race.

The rally is expected to conclude about 7:45 and Trump will depart then and arrive back at the White House at 11:20 Eastern time.

Although Trump’s exact route hasn’t been released, Southaven police expect heavy traffic on I55 and Church Road before and after the event. You might want to avoid that area along with Airways Boulevard.

Dem Gets Platform at GOP Meeting

A week or so ago, I received a card in the mail advising me to vote “NO” on all November 6th referenda.

The only one they mentioned concerned instant runoff voting. The card listed IRV supports: Senator John McCain and “Conservative national columnist David Brooks.”

Other supporters, who actually want instant runoff voting, include County Commissioner Steve Basar, League of Women voters of Memphis, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Libertarian Party, Myron Lowery and County Commission candidate Sam Goff.

Not exactly redstate MAGA people. As a Republican and a conservative, I am not persuaded by the “experts: listed on the card.

I have written about the dangers of instant runoff voting, which you can search for on this site, and will do more shortly.

Then this morning on the ShelbyGOP weekly email, Trunkline, I see that the Midtown Republican Club meeting this Tuesday will feature Steve Mulroy to discuss this referendum and others.

Mulroy, if you’ll recall, is a Democrat. He was on the County Commission and ran for Shelby County mayor in 2014. He is a professor of law at the U of M.

He probably does know a lot about the referenda, but first and foremost he’s a Democrat and views everything from that perspective.

For example, Mulroy’s been on TV touting the Russia dossier anti Trump narrative; gun control after the Las Vegas shooting; he’s been a tough critic on Jeff Sessions when he visited Memphis to try to stop our rampant crime; an advocate for a living wage; and staunchly progressive in every area.

Why would I want to even consider what he says on important issues, given his rigid Democrat/progressive/liberal beliefs? That side doesn’t want us to win anywhere any time and are always plotting to undermine Republicans.

Surely someone from the GOP side could discuss these issues at the Midtown Republican club meeting.

Whenever we reach across the aisle, it hasn’t ended well for Republicans. It’s nice to be bipartisan, but it’s a fairly tale.

How They Drive the News

On July 15, right before the August county mayoral election, the CA ran a front page Sunday edition story of the two candidates, Republican David Lenoir and Democrat Lee Harris.

It was blatantly partisan. It contrasted the two candidates. Lenoir’s background was highlighted. We were told his wife said he was “serially unfaithful, gambling illegally, and having a drinking and drug problem.” I wrote at the time, “The only things missing were pornography and pedophilia. He and his wife were divorcing, we are told, and it was ugly.”

The CA mentioned that he had a complete turnaround, overcoming his problems through a renewed love of Christ and a recommitment to his marriage.

But, for Lee Harris we were told, “The home? Spotless. Trousers? Hung on the appropriate hanger. The drapes? Closed at night. The car? Washed. And polished. This was Lee Harris’ upbringing.”

The tone was set right there. After learning about his education achievements and how wonderful a person he is – so they emphasized – the CA continued:

“One trait he’s backed off on: Being neat, at least during the campaign when it comes to his car, a 2003 Toyota 4Runner with a ‘check engine’ light lit up for years on the dashboard and some 200,000 miles now showing on the odometer.

“Pulling up in the driveway of his parents’ home, parking beside his mother’s Lexus, he knows they’ll fuss.

“They tell me, ‘Your car is all beat up and dusty. Why don’t you buy a new one?’ Harris said.”
This detail was the closer of the long article.

I found that to be manipulative and doubted this awe shucks, humble little me narrative.

As it turns out, Harris lives in Central Gardens. I have seen him get into his car several times as his more than half a million dollar house is on our morning walk’s path.

It’s funny, though, because I don’t see him getting into a clunker. He appears to have a very nice perhaps 2012 Toyoto Prius SUV. Also in in the driveway is a Ford SUV that is not a clunker either.

There’s no problem with people owning nice cars, but the deception on the media’s part – at least – is just part of the fake news we see all the time.

Who do I believe, them or my lying eyes?