The BRAD BLOG http://bradblog.com Because it's not about Right or Left, it's about Right and Wrong! Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:12:43 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.0.2 en The Facts Behind the Rhetoric at PBS' Democratic Presidential Debate in WI: 'BradCast' 2/12/2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11563 http://bradblog.com/?p=11563#comments Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:09:51 +0000 Brad Friedman BRAD BLOG Media Appearance New Hampshire Mainstream Media Failure PBS Education Hillary Clinton Barack Obama South Carolina Health Care Democrats Nevada Economy KPFK Bernie Sanders Election 2016 BradCast Race http://bradblog.com/?p=11563 On today's BradCast, we go well beyond the horse-race (though we cover that too) for substantive, smart and, yes, occasionally snarky coverage of last night's Democratic debate on PBS between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in Milwaukee, WI.

I'm happy to be joined once again today by journalist David Dayen of The Fiscal Times, Salon, The Intercept and everywhere else and health care reform advocate and journalist Jacki Schechner, formerly of CNN and CurrentTV.

It was the first debate following Sanders' dominating win against Clinton in New Hampshire on Tuesday, and the last one currently scheduled between the pair before the Nevada Caucuses next week, the South Carolina Primary the week after, and then Super Tuesday on March 1. So, a lot was riding on their face-off last night.

Among the issues we examine on today's show: Do Bernie's plans for single-payer health care and free college tuition actually "add up"? Is Hillary's attack on Bernie for criticizing Obama fair? Has she finally found a message that can work against the insurgent Senator? And what the hell is up with PBS' obsessive embrace of misleading Rightwing memes concerning the "size" of government?

All of that and much more --- including our own Desi Doyen --- to help you become a better educated voter and annoy your friends with facts at cocktail parties, on today's BradCast!...

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]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=11563 New Study Finds 'Racial Resentment' at Heart of 'Tea Party' Movement: 'BradCast' 2/11/2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11560 http://bradblog.com/?p=11560#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:56:29 +0000 Brad Friedman Election Irregularities Fox 'News' California Election Reform Oregon BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Election Fraud New Hampshire Photo ID Laws Mainstream Media Failure Accountability Environment Voter Registration Republicans Nevada KPFK Donald Trump Koch Industries Natural gas 'Tea Party' Election 2016 Ted Cruz BradCast Race http://bradblog.com/?p=11560 On today's BradCast: Breaking news out of Oregon and California, more disturbing voter suppression news out of New Hampshire and elsewhere and a new study finds hard evidence that "racial resentment" is central to the so-called "Tea Party" movement.

First up, the latest breaking news on the bizarre and bitter end of the Rightwing militia standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and the concurrent arrest of Nevada's scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy.

Next, more disturbing Photo ID voter suppression news out of New Hampshire and elsewhere, including a new paper out of UC-San Diego finding that strict Photo ID restrictions result in an alarming rate of suppressed Latino and African-American votes. In general elections, for example, based on examinations of some 50 elections in states both before and after implementation of polling place restrictions by GOP lawmakers, "states with strict photo ID laws show a Latino turnout 10.3 points lower than in states without them."

Then, after a brief throwback to the early days of the so-called "Tea Party" (our complete short documentary from 2009, Rise of the Tea Bags, can be enjoyed here), I'm joined by political science researcher Sean McElwee of Demos to discuss his new study, with Jason McDaniel, offering empirical evidence that it is not opposition to "Big Government" or concerns about the economy or spending or taxes that mainly drives those who identify as being sympathetic to the Tea Party --- it's racial resentment.

McElwee explains how his study controlled "for race, ethnicity, partisanship, ideology, income, education, gender, religiosity" and that "once you compare the various strengths of these variables, the one that ends up becoming really the overwhelming predictor of Tea Party identification is racial resentment."

"From the beginning," of the movement, he tells me, "what you're seeing is this sort of racially-coded rhetoric. So, right from the beginning, you have a very great explanation of conservative politics of the last 30 years --- which is plutocratic policies being wrapped up in racist rhetoric in order to benefit a plutocratic agenda. And you have a lot of white middle class and working class people who have bought into that agenda."

"What Fox [News] has done is taken that model and actually weaponized it, politicized it, and used it to attack policies that benefit the vast majority of Americans," McElwee argues, even as the Rightwing network's viewers have little clue how they are being played. "What we have in a lot of cases are people who are very frustrated about what is going on, but lack the political knowledge to actually understand the causal mechanism for how this bad thing is happening. And if you don't have that --- if you don't connect government policy to your lived experiences --- what you end up doing is saying 'I'm upset, I don't know why my life is bad'. And if someone tells you your life is bad because 'immigrants are taking your jobs', or 'the government is helping black people with your tax dollars', people are susceptible to that message."

McElwee goes on to explain how his research finds that many who previously identified with the Tea Party have now folded into the Trump campaign, even though the Republican 2016 front-runner has called for massive government programs and increased spending --- things that Tea Partiers previously decried. We also discuss much more, including whether hatred for Obama from the Right can be attributed to the fact that he is black or, simply, that he is a Democrat.

Finally, Desi Doyen joins us with the latest Green News Report and the breaking news out of Porter Ranch, CA that the month's long, massive methane gas leak there has finally been stopped...for now...

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]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=11560 'Green News Report' - February 11, 2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11555 http://bradblog.com/?p=11555#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:15:30 +0000 Desi Doyen New Hampshire United Nations Mainstream Media Failure Environment Barack Obama Democrats Republicans U.S. Supreme Court Green News EPA Natural gas Coal Oil Wind Solar Climate change Extreme weather Election 2016 Oceans Transportation http://bradblog.com/?p=11555

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Bernie Sanders slams Republicans on climate change denial after landslide New Hampshire win; In unprecedented move, U.S. Supreme Court halts historic new emissions standards for power plants --- for now; U.N. moves ahead anyway on emissions standards for the airline industry; PLUS: Heat wave in the Arctic, as winter sea ice hits lowest extent ever recorded... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Supreme Court’s climate stay may imperil Paris Climate Accord; Wall St.'s Water: hedge fund manager betting on water in the West; Oregon Standoff occupiers say they'll turn themselves in; House passes bill forcing EPA to move faster on lead-tainted water; Snyder ordered DEQ to withhold Flint lead test results; Flint E-Mails: CDC voiced concerns over Legionnaires' actions; Dengue Fever an ‘emergency’ on Hawaii’s Big Island... PLUS: Microbead pollution harms oysters, ocean's ecosystem engineers... and much, MUCH more! ...

STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...

  • Supreme Court’s Climate Stay May Imperil Paris Climate Accord (NY times):
    The Supreme Court’s surprise decision Tuesday to halt the carrying out of President Obama’s climate change regulation could weaken or even imperil the international global warming accord reached with great ceremony in Paris less than two months ago, climate diplomats say.
  • Liquid Assets: Maverick hedge fund manager betting on water in the West. (Pro Publica):
    Deane looks at the drought, the perennial mismanagement of water in the American West, and the region’s growing population, and believes a reckoning is coming. Rising demand and shrinking supply virtually guarantee that water’s value will increase. Anticipating that day, he’s racing to buy up as much of it as he can.
  • Occupiers At Oregon Refuge Say They'll Turn Themselves In (AP):
    The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after law officers surrounded them in a tense standoff.
  • House Passes Bill Requiring EPA Actions On Lead-Laced Water (Reuters):
    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday easily passed a bill requiring federal environmental regulators to act faster when lead contamination is found in drinking water.
  • Snyder Ordered DEQ To Withhold Flint Lead Test Results, Emails Claim (MLive):
    Gov. Rick Snyder and other state officials allegedly withheld lead testing results from county health officials while they worked to find ways to present the information to the public, according to emails obtained by The Flint Journal.
  • Flint E-Mails: CDC Voiced Concerns Over Legionnaires' Actions (Detroit Free Press):
    More than eight months before Gov. Rick Snyder disclosed a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area, federal health officials worried a lack of cooperation in Michigan could be hampering the public health response.
  • Dengue Fever an ‘Emergency’ on Hawaii’s Big Island (Environmental News Service):
    Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi has declared a state of emergency over a dengue fever outbreak on the island of Hawaii, commonly called the Big Island.
  • Microbead Pollution Harms Oysters, Ocean's Ecosystem Engineers: Study (LA Times):
    Oysters eat by filtering the water around them and digesting anything small enough to trap, whether that’s algae, phytoplankton — or tiny pieces of plastic floating in the ocean.
  • Maine Rail Cargo Secrecy Law Bypassed Public Access, Safety Defenses (Bangor Daily News):
    After a runaway oil train killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, just miles from the Maine border in 2013, Mainers demanded to know more about the state’s railways.
  • City Fails To Warn Chicagoans About Lead Risks In Tap Water (Chicago Tribune):
    More than two years after federal researchers found high levels of lead in homes where water mains had been replaced or new meters installed, city officials still do little to caution Chicagoans about potential health risks posed by work that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is speeding up across the city.
  • CA Coastal Commissioners Vote 7-5 To Dismiss Executive Director (LA Times):
    In a 7-5 vote, the California Coastal Commission on Wednesday dismissed embattled executive director Charles Lester.
  • New Study Ties Fracking Water Disposal To California Earthquakes (Climate Progress) [emphasis added]:
    According to the new study, which tied a set of 2005 earthquakes near Bakersfield, Calif., to wastewater disposal, injection wells can potentially cause earthquakes several kilometers away, both in the short term and months or even years after the injections take place. The earthquakes studied in the recent report occurred roughly five miles from the injection sites. Bakersfield, in Kern County, is roughly 50 miles from the San Andreas Fault.
  • Duke Energy Fined $6.6 Million For Massive Coal Waste Spill (Climate Progress):
    Frank Holleman, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center, said that seeing Duke fined for the disaster isn’t the main thing his group is concerned about. ...“There are seven sites in North Carolina that could face another Dan River disaster, and we need the DEQ to act to prevent another disaster, rather than only issue a fine after a disaster,” he said.
  • Sea-Level Rise 'Could Last Twice As Long As Human History' (Guardian UK):
    Huge sea-level rises caused by climate change will last far longer than the entire history of human civilisation to date, according to new research, unless the brief window of opportunity of the next few decades is used to cut carbon emissions drastically.
  • Record Warmth `Almost Certainly' Due to Humans, Scientists Say (Bloomberg):
    The odds are "vanishingly small" that recent years of record warmth aren't due to human emissions of greenhouse gases, researchers in the U.S. and Germany said, adding to pressure on world governments to cut back on fossil fuel use.


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  • Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
  • 4 Scenarios Show What Climate Change Will Do To The Earth,
  • From Pretty Bad To Disaster (Fast CoExist):

    But exactly how bad is still an open question, and a lot depends not only on how we react, but how quickly. The rate at which humans cut down on greenhouse gas emissions--if we do choose to cut them--will have a large bearing on how the world turns out by 2100, the forecasts reveal.
  • How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply (Scientific American):
    Restraining global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius will require changing how the world produces and uses energy to power its cities and factories, heats and cools buildings, as well as moves people and goods in airplanes, trains, cars, ships and trucks, according to the IPCC. Changes are required not just in technology, but also in people's behavior.
  • Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
  • NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years:

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    The Devil You Say?: Sanders and Trump Dominate NH Primaries; Satan Wins in Phoenix: 'BradCast' 2/10/2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11554 http://bradblog.com/?p=11554#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:52:36 +0000 Brad Friedman Election Reform North Carolina Arizona BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Rights And Freedoms New Hampshire U.S. House Hillary Clinton Democrats Republicans U.S. Supreme Court Chris Christie KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Voting Rights Act Election 2016 Marco Rubio BradCast Religion John Kasich Carly Fiorina http://bradblog.com/?p=11554 On today's BradCast, we look at the huge (yooge?) victories for both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary elections, not to mention a victory for the devil in Arizona and for justice in North Carolina.

    First, in New Hampshire, both Sanders and Trump each destroyed their competition by record margins. But also both Sanders and Trump absolutely dominated virtually every demographic in their respective parties. The victories served to reveal how the political party establishment and corporate U.S. media pundits continue to be radically out of touch with the American electorate and how the "electability" arguments that have been put forward concerning both candidates are finally being questioned.

    Moreover, on the Republican side, the contest resulted in both Fiorina and Christie heading back to Palookaville, while Rubio sunk like a stone and the GOP establishment may have found their next new "savior" in Kasich.

    Then, we're joined by Constitutional law expert Ian Millhiser to discuss how a "Satanic Temple" trolled its way into killing the opening religious invocation long used by the City Council in Phoenix, AZ. Also, Millhiser explains a new federal court ruling finding that NC GOPers racially gerrymandered two Congressional districts in the key swing state.

    "Finally! Satan gets a break in the United States!," Millhiser tells me in regard to the Phoenix story. He says that while the "satirical church" doesn't "actually worship the devil, they do believe that there shouldn't be these public displays of Christianity at City Council meetings." He describes their victory in Phoenix, as well as in other cities where the group has successfully "trolled" elected officials in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that has begun to collapse the nation's long-standing separation between church and state.

    "The Roberts Court has started to tear down those walls that have existed for a really long time," Millhiser, author of the new book Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted, tells me, before offering his best guess as to why the five conservative Justices on the Court are so "hostile to the notion of separating church and state."

    Finally, Millhiser details the federal district court's redistricting ruling in NC --- what it will mean, how it may or may not affect the state's upcoming elections, how those hostile to minorities figured out long ago that they can use the slow pace of the U.S. Court system to game elections, and how doing so has suddenly become even easier following the Supreme Court's 2013 gutting of the key Voting Rights Act meant to prevent such schemes.

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    ]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=11554 Before the Storm: Dirty Tricks, Voting Rights, Election Integrity and the NH Primary: 'BradCast' 2/9/2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11553 http://bradblog.com/?p=11553#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:45:49 +0000 Brad Friedman Election Irregularities Election Reform Iowa BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Maryland Election Fraud Election 2008 Rights And Freedoms Paper Ballots Legislation Dirty Tricks Environment Hillary Clinton Voter Registration Chris Matthews Democrats Republicans Chris Christie KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Jeb Bush Idaho Election 2016 Marco Rubio Ted Cruz BradCast John Kasich http://bradblog.com/?p=11553 On today's BradCast, we catch up with a number of breaking items, as well as items from the last several days (while we were otherwise covering the GOP and Democratic debates), even as voters in New Hampshire finally head to the polls for the First-in-the-Nation primary today.

    Among the stories we hit today, as we await the completely unverified results from NH tonight...

    • Democratic party officials "unilaterally" changed Iowa Caucus results;
    • Why nobody should simply 'trust' unverified computer-tallied results that will be reported in NH (or anywhere else);
    • How NH's new Photo ID voting restriction law could affect turnout;
    • Rubio-bot does it again;
    • Another mysterious Republican dirty trick in NH;
    • Jeb now wants to "eliminate" the Citizens United ruling;
    • Voting Rights restored to 40,000 in MD;
    • MD forced to ditch new touch-screen systems for paper ballots;

    Plus much more --- including our latest Green News Report with Desi Doyen!...

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    ]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=11553 'Green News Report' - February 9, 2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11552 http://bradblog.com/?p=11552#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:52:30 +0000 Desi Doyen California New Hampshire Environment Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Democrats Republicans Michigan Green News Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Natural gas Oil Climate change Extreme weather Election 2016 Keystone XL Debbie Stabenow Water Transportation Rick Snyder http://bradblog.com/?p=11552

    IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hillary Clinton pushes Congress to act on the Flint Water Crisis; Donald Trump calls out Republican hypocrisy on eminent domain; Bernie Sanders fights to stop oil and gas pipelines in New Hampshire and Vermont; PLUS: President Obama proposes a ten dollar per barrel tax on oil, and fossil fuel industry heads explode... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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    IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): U.N. Agency Proposes Limits on Airlines’ Carbon Emissions; Sea-Level Rise 'Could Last Twice As Long As Human History'; New Federal Gas Storage Rules Likely to Mimic Industry's Guidelines; Obama Proposing Clean-Water Cuts Amid Flint Outcry; Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business; Australia 'Isolated' From Global Research After CSIRO Climate Cuts; Half-Built Nuclear Fuel Plant in S. Carolina Faces Test on Its Future; Chlorine Trains Pose an Even Deadlier Threat Than Oil Trains... PLUS: 'Wrong type of trees' in Europe increased global warming... and much, MUCH more! ...

    STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

    'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...

    • 'Wrong type of trees' in Europe increased global warming (BBC):
      The scientists believe that replacing broadleaved species with conifers is a key reason for the negative climate impact. Conifers like pines and spruce are generally darker and absorb more heat than species such as oak and birch.
    • Obama Proposing Clean-Water Cuts Amid Flint Outcry (Politico):
      The Obama administration is expected to propose a $250 million cut to its primary funding source for water and sewer systems as part of its budget proposal Tuesday — a prospect that is bringing bipartisan criticism amid the furor over lead contamination in Flint, Mich.
    • U.N. Agency Proposes Limits on Airlines’ Carbon Emissions (NY Times):
      After more than six years of negotiations, the global aviation industry agreed on Monday to the first binding limits on carbon dioxide emissions, tackling the fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas pollution.

      ,

    • New Federal Gas Storage Rules Likely to Mimic Industry's Guidelines (Inside Climate News):
      Federal pipeline agency's response to Aliso Canyon disaster will likely lean on industry proposals that don't require emergency shutoffs or safer pipes.
    • Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business (NPR):
      The Gulf of Mexico is now open for commercial fish farming. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last month that, for the first time in the U.S., companies can apply to set up fish farms in federal waters. The idea is to compete with hard-to-regulate foreign imports. But opening the Gulf to aquaculture won't be cheap, and it could pose environmental problems.
    • Australia 'Isolated' From Global Research After CSIRO Climate Cuts: WMO (Sydney Morning Herald):
      International criticism of the CSIRO's planned deep cuts to its climate monitoring programs has intensified with the World Meteorological Organisation blasting the move as a "backward" step that would see Australia isolated.
    • Half-Built Nuclear Fuel Plant in S. Carolina Faces Test on Its Future (NY Times):
      Time may finally be running out on the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, a multibillion-dollar, over-budget federal project that has been hard to kill.
    • Chlorine Trains Pose an Even Deadlier Threat Than Oil Trains (Take Part):
      A new report finds the railroad cars that transport the toxic gas around the United States are vulnerable to accidents and sabotage.
    • Sea-Level Rise 'Could Last Twice As Long As Human History' (Guardian UK):
      Huge sea-level rises caused by climate change will last far longer than the entire history of human civilisation to date, according to new research, unless the brief window of opportunity of the next few decades is used to cut carbon emissions drastically.
    • Meet The ‘Rented White Coats’ Who Defend Toxic Chemicals (Center for Public Integrity):
      How corporate-funded research is corrupting America’s courts and regulatory agencies.
    • Bayer Rejects EPA Request To Pull Insecticide From U.S. Market (Reuters):
      The agricultural unit of German chemicals company Bayer AG said on Friday it will fight a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) request to pull one of its insecticides from the marketplace amid concerns that it could harm organisms in streams and ponds.
    • Right-Wing Extremists Are a Bigger Threat to America Than ISIS (Newsweek):
      Who are these right-wing militants? And what makes them believe Americans have to engage in armed combat with their own government rather than vote, kill their fellow citizens rather than tolerate differences, blow up buildings rather than just get a job? Billions of words have been written and spoken on violent Islamic extremists. The time has come to do the same for the good old-fashioned Americans who may pose the greatest threat to us all.
    • Record Warmth `Almost Certainly' Due to Humans, Scientists Say (Bloomberg):
      The odds are "vanishingly small" that recent years of record warmth aren't due to human emissions of greenhouse gases, researchers in the U.S. and Germany said, adding to pressure on world governments to cut back on fossil fuel use.


    FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

  • Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
  • 4 Scenarios Show What Climate Change Will Do To The Earth,
  • From Pretty Bad To Disaster (Fast CoExist):

    But exactly how bad is still an open question, and a lot depends not only on how we react, but how quickly. The rate at which humans cut down on greenhouse gas emissions--if we do choose to cut them--will have a large bearing on how the world turns out by 2100, the forecasts reveal.
  • How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply (Scientific American):
    Restraining global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius will require changing how the world produces and uses energy to power its cities and factories, heats and cools buildings, as well as moves people and goods in airplanes, trains, cars, ships and trucks, according to the IPCC. Changes are required not just in technology, but also in people's behavior.
  • Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
  • NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years:

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    Rubio Short-Circuits, Cruz Keeps Lying, Trump Keeps Winning - Saturday's GOP NH Debate: 'BradCast' 2/8/2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11551 http://bradblog.com/?p=11551#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:35:27 +0000 Brad Friedman CNN Iowa BRAD BLOG Media Appearance War On Terror National Security Dirty Tricks New Hampshire Mainstream Media Failure Accountability Barack Obama Immigration Republicans ABC Torture Bush Legacy Chris Christie KPFK Donald Trump Jeb Bush Election 2016 Marco Rubio Ted Cruz BradCast John Kasich Ben Carson http://bradblog.com/?p=11551 On today's BradCast, we try to make sense of the amazing GOP debate in New Hampshire on Saturday, the final one before tomorrow's First-in-the-Nation primary in the Granite State.

    First, I offer a very few quick reminders and action items for those interested in fighting for Election Integrity during tomorrow's primary in NH. This, in a state which uses hand-marked paper ballots, but refuses to actually verify that results are accurately tallied by the state's oft-failed, easily-manipulated Diebold optical-scan computers before announcing results to the public. (For a reminder of the nightmare that occurred on that system back in 2008, you can peruse our Special Coverage here.)

    Then, I'm joined for today's post-debate coverage and analysis by two progressive bloggers who have been consistently right for years --- Heather Digby Parton of Salon and Digby's Hullabaloo and Martin Longman of Washington Monthly and Booman Tribune --- to discuss where Rubio, Cruz, Trump and the others, including the corporate media, went wrong on Saturday night...and, unfortunately, for so many years prior.

    From Rubio's remarkable on-stage meltdown to Cruz' ability to lie with amazing impunity (even when he is actually called out as a "flat-out liar" by CNN!) to the danger that Trump's ability to "win" may hold for both Republicans and Democrats alike.

    And, as if that doesn't give us all enough to cover today, we take the time to call out the corporate U.S. media (and the Obama Administration) for allowing this mind-bogglingly precarious moment in U.S. history to even have come about in the first place...

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    ]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=11551 Super Sunday Toons http://bradblog.com/?p=11549 http://bradblog.com/?p=11549#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:07:25 +0000 PDiddie Toons http://bradblog.com/?p=11549

    You know that “TrusTed” logo? The one with TRUS and TED merged, yet separated via different colors?

    Turns out that when you Google “TRUS”, the logo at once becomes hilarious and hilariously appropriate:

    "A transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) is an ultrasound technique that is used to view a man's prostate and surrounding tissues. The ultrasound transducer (probe) sends sound waves through the wall of the rectum into the prostate gland, which is located directly in front of the rectum."

    Yup, that’s the very top Google result. Basically, it’s an anal probe. Which makes us even more certain that he’s actually an alien.

    Well done, Ted!

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    'Progress' v. 'Revolution': Bernie and Hillary's Lively NH Debate: 'BradCast' 2/5/2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11548 http://bradblog.com/?p=11548#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:21:19 +0000 Brad Friedman BRAD BLOG MSNBC Iowa BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Rights And Freedoms New Hampshire Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Kentucky Health Care Democrats Marriage Equality U.S. Supreme Court Economy KPFK Bernie Sanders Election 2016 BradCast http://bradblog.com/?p=11548 On today's BradCast, as you might have guessed, it's post-debate analysis of last night's very lively head-to-head debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire.

    Joining us to make sense of it all is Joe Dunman, the Kentucky civil rights attorney who represented the same-sex couples suing Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis over her refusal to grant marriage licenses last year, Karoli Kuns, Managing Editor of the great Crooks and Liars blog.

    During the debate, the first since the Iowa Caucuses and the last between Democrats before voters head to the primary polls in NH on Tuesday, the two candidates sharpened their dispute over potential directions for the Democratic Party (and the nation, along with it), as they hashed out whether to protect and expand on successful Obama Administration policies, as Clinton hopes, or fight for expansive and "revolutionary" new progressive policies as Sanders is calling for.

    That question, a worthy one, also leads to a lively debate among the panelists on today's program, which you can listen to in full below! And, if you'd like to ring in on the issue yourself, I'd love to hear your thoughts in comments below, since I think this fight will be continuing for a while. Enjoy!...

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    ]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=11548 Black Box Voting's Bev Harris on the IA Caucus Mess and NH Concerns: 'BradCast' 2/4/2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11547 http://bradblog.com/?p=11547#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 01:38:39 +0000 Brad Friedman Diebold/Premier Election Irregularities California Election Reform Iowa BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Election Fraud Election 2008 BlackBoxVoting.org Paper Ballots Legislation New Hampshire In Memoriam Hillary Clinton Democrats Republicans KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Election 2016 Ted Cruz BradCast http://bradblog.com/?p=11547 On today's BradCast, the Des Moines Register joins the fray to declare "something smells" in Iowa's Democratic caucus results and procedures. Bev Harris of Black Box Voting joins us to examine the concerns about "caucus integrity" on both the Democratic and Republican sides --- what we know, what we don't, and what we should. [Link to the complete audio of the program is at the bottom of this article.]

    With partisans on the Right and Left now charging, appropriately or not, that the caucuses were "stolen", and both the Register and Sanders' camp calling for state Democrats to release raw vote totals, Harris notes: "Really, the bottom line is, if they won't disclose stuff, then it smells. If they disclose it, everybody can see for themselves."

    "People say, well, there's problems in every election," she continues. "My mantra is: That may be true, but let's see the problems. All I'm saying is let us see them, and let us address them. Most people I talk to --- even if they're very partisan --- they say, 'If I can see it and we lost fair and square, I will accept that.' It really ticks people off when you say, 'we won, and we aren't going to show you how.'"

    I ask her about the (now infamous, for some reason) coin tosses, videos revealing chaos and/or miscounts at certain locations, charges that the election was "stolen" for Hillary Clinton and much more, including Donald Trump's charge that Ted Cruz "stole" the election from him and that it amounted to "voter fraud".

    "They call everything voter fraud!," Harris tells me. "It's so odd! Even Trump is claiming that when one of the candidates spreads some gossip that wasn't true about another candidate, that that was voter fraud! How is this voter fraud? Can we just call it was it is, which is a problem with election integrity, or in some cases election tampering. But it's not about the voters. Why are we pointing fingers at the most idealistic level, the voters?"

    We go on to discuss worries about the even less transparent New Hampshire Primary, where most of the state still uses the same Diebold paper ballot optical-scan computer systems to tally votes that were seen flipping a mock election in HBO's Emmy-nominated 2006 documentary Hacking Democracy. (Watch how it was done right here, and feel free to be concerned when the 100% unverified results are reported next Tuesday night.)

    Among the recommendations Harris offers for those concerned about Election Integrity next week (and for the rest of the year, frankly): "One thing I think is really important --- is for people to get out their mobile phones, take a picture of the results at the polling place [at the end of the night] and they can text it to themselves, to a friend, put 'em on Facebook, Tweet it." She says that puts a timestamp on the graphic image of results as they were produced by computers at the precinct, which can later be compared to the results reported by the state on the web. "I think that's one thing that's pretty important this time. Just photograph the paperwork. It's not hard. Ship it off electronically somewhere, which will automatically timestamp it."

    That's particularly important in places like New Hampshire where, she explains, the state "very quietly, and actually wrongfully, passed a law in 2003 so that we cannot go back and look at [paper ballots after the election] ... In New Hampshire, they put an amendment on an unrelated bill, the dark of night, and quietly said 'ballots are not a public record anymore'. So while they may say, 'we have ballots and anyone can look', that's not true. I tried."

    Finally, we discuss another heartbreaking loss this week to the Election Integrity community. Last night, we lost Riverside County, California's longtime EI champion, Tom Courbat. A Vietnam-era vet stationed in South Korea, Tom heroically battled multiple myeloma related to Agent Orange exposure for years. As I note on today's show, I spoke with Tom on the phone several times throughout those years about EI issues, even when he was literally in the hospital receiving chemo therapy.

    Tom appeared on air with me on a number of occasions over the years, and was often an important source for many blockbuster stories here at The BRAD BLOG. (For example, the 2006 discovery of the infamous "Yellow Button" on the back of Sequoia touch-screen systems that allow voters to cast as many votes as they like until physically restrained from doing so; the 2007 "hack" challenge to the cowardly Riverside County Board of Supervisors who fought in favor of 100% unverifiable voting systems; the blocked recount of CA's anti-GMO initiative, Prop 37, in 2013; And the 2013 law he successfully shepherded through the CA legislature to require that counties release election results in downloadable formats; Those are just some of the reasons why, in 2007, we called Tom a "Hero of Democracy" who is "one of many such quiet, and usually unrecognized, heroes around the country, to whom our nation owes a debt of gratitude which can never be adequately repaid.")

    Rest in peace, my friend. You deserve it. I miss you already, but will always remain inspired by you...

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