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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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Report: 43K of 61K absentee ballots in Georgia county were counted despite being illegal

According to a newspaper in Georgia, 72% of the absentee ballots (43K out of 61K) obtained from drop boxes in DeKalb County, which covers part of Atlanta, violated the legal chain-of-custody requirements, and thus should have been deemed invalid.

The problem was actually worse than that:

All told, 43,907 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes in DeKalb County … were counted in the certified results of the November 3, 2020 election despite being delivered to the registrar’s office in clear violation of the chain of custody documentation of the Georgia State Election Board’s July 2020 rule.

Another 24 percent – 14,925 absentee ballots collected from drop boxes – were documented as received by the elections official more than an hour after being collected by a two-person collection team, but on the same calendar day. Arguably, these additional 14,925 absentee ballots could also be considered in violation of the election code rule that requires absentee ballots placed in drop boxes “shall be immediately transported to the county registrar.”

Less than 5 percent of the absentee ballots collected from drop boxes during the November 2020 election were recorded as being received by the elections official in an hour or less. [emphasis in original]

That a chain of custody for the drop-box absentee ballots was not maintained means that during the time gap someone could have gone through the ballots and eliminated votes they do not like, or replaced those votes with “corrected” votes.

The newspaper also reports similar issues with drop box absentee ballots in other counties.

While these problems do not necessarily suggest fraud or vote tampering in this county, it certainly stinks to high heaven, especially since the drop boxes themselves were a very bad idea that made election fraud easy.

Biden won Georgia by only 11,779 votes. Who knows what the real count was? We shall probably never know.

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8 comments

  • wayne

    Gangs of New York (2002)
    “Election Day”
    https://youtu.be/p56Ok2ahtYk?t=192
    2:45

  • Milt

    So there were voting irregularities in Georgia — and probably in Arizona as well.

    So…. The point is, even if this is true, what can be “done” about it?

    The Supreme Court has already made it abundantly clear that they do not want to get involved in this sort of dispute, hiding behind the legal subterfuge that since no one has the requisite “standing” to bring such a case before them (or can prove any “harm”), therefore they cannot rule on it, etc. (Picture in your mind Pontius Pilate ceremoniously washing his hands…) And what if a state legislature were somehow to retract that state’s vote in the Electoral College. Who would acknowledge it — or more to the point — take any action because of it? And action by a Democrat-controled Congress? Crickets.

    More recently, as Tucker Carlson observed on his program this evening, one of the most salient features of the United States today is that there is no accountability, now, for *anything,* whether it is a botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, the burning and looting of
    American communities, or massive voting irregularities. No one is held accountable, no one resigns, no one in authority calls for remedial action of any kind (let alone punishment), and we cheerfully accept this as the new normal. Indeed, this is the definition of what the new, more equitable America that the left has created for us.

    How long can this go on, and how long will ordinary people accept this? Apparently — and so hope the Democrats — forever. Or at least until their woke utopia can be established, and — in the fashion of 1984 (or as presently obtains in Cuba or in North Korea) — harsh accountability is one again established, at least for the dimmer animals at the bottom of the new pecking order…

    Can anyone out there — not a rhetorical question — posit a reasonable mechanism by which this kind of election fraud can be remedied?
    Or, more to the point, who can “make” The Powers That Be in Washington (including SCOTUS) do anything that they don’t want to do while they remain in office? As Tucker Carlson reminded us again this evening, after all of their other recent triumphs, the Obiden Administration now plans on taking American’s guns and ammunition away from them, just as the government did in Australia.

    And who, exactly, is going to stop them?

    Postscript:

    One of the greatest delusions of our age is that anything — from simple contracts to the Constitution and the Bill Rights — is magically self enforcing*. Without established institutions — courts, police departments, and enforcible legal penalties — to *make* these things happen, these concepts are not worth the paper that they are printed on, and this is exactly the situation that now obtains in Washington. The Obiden Administration’s answer to everything is “Well, MAKE us do it, if you can.” (But we now hold all of the power, and you are too confused, disorganized, and cowardly to change that. Wave good bye to your country.)

    *This illusion is supported by the ubiquitous TV commercials in which all of life’s problems are magically solved by a simple swipe of the screen on one’s smart phone. (Need a new home? Just “swipe,” and within what seems like only minutes, you are binge watching Hulu or Netflix from the comfort of your new living room, without anyone so much as working up a sweat.) Just as what real, flesh and blood people do to actually provide the goods and services that are being advertised are never to be thought of; so, too, the mediating institutions of society — and the people who staff them — are not to be taken into account — lest they should be valued and supported.

  • Milt:

    Yup. History is a helix. I look around today, and see a lot of folks whom are going to be really disappointed in the coming years. I’m just looking to be around.

  • Alton

    Well a possible (pissable) Mechanism?

    Pelosi started this term with a five seat Majority, today after several Special Elections the margin is down to three.
    IF Republicans could win the next three Specials in Districts currently held by Democrats. The New Majority could vote Donald John Trump as Speaker of the House.
    Well within the House rules, was considered after the Assassination of JFK.
    .
    Now with the current So-called occupant of the Whitehouse is removed by Kamala, the Senate falls to a 50-50 tie and Schumer no longer runs the US Senate.

    Now if a State or MORE, withdrawals their Electorial College vote we have a Constitutional Crisis of the first order with the table set for action. The USSC has little to rule on, the Constitution gives the Congress the right to decide a Presidential Election.

    The House is charged with deciding the President by votes of each state’s delegation cast a one vote. The Senate decides the Vice President from the two top choices.

  • pzatchok

    Go back to in person voting with government issued ID’s, SSN’s, and fingerprints.

    You can place a spot on a mail in ballot for the persons fingerprint and SSN.

    A national SSN check during the count to make sure people do not vote twice.

  • Captain Emeritus

    SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS

  • BLSinSC

    I have posted many times that the House should elect PRESIDENT TRUMP as SPEAKER! There is NO provision that the Speaker must be a MEMBER of the House! I’d pay up to $39.95 on PPV to watch PRESIDENT TRUMP WRESTLE the gavel out of Nanzhee’s cold, gnarly hands!! Imagine the uproar and “horror” of having PRESIDENT TRUMP lording over the House! Now even if we retake control, you still have some die hard ANTI-Trumpers who would not vote for him, but since it would only take a simple MAJORITY of the R’s, he would be a shoo in!!

  • wayne

    Milt–
    It (the 2020 presidential election) was over and done with, the minute each State certified their respective Electors and transmitted the results to D.C.
    We are absolutely stuck with the current chaotic situation, “come [expletive] or high water.”
    The Judicial Branch– they aren’t saving us, ever. Remember, this is the branch that justified slavery and thought interment camps were a great idea.
    The only legal way to by-pass Congress and D.C., is a Convention of States. The States created the Federal government, not the other way around. If that’s a bridge too far for everyone, than I suggest we cut to the chase and quit deluding ourselves. IT will be extremely messy and dangerous, but IT will be inevitable.
    It took literally a century to drag us to this point, and here we are…..
    the 16th amendment– allowed Congress to levy an income tax without apportioning it among the states on the basis of population. (We fought the greatest power on Earth, over taxes. Now we argue over whether they should take 40% or only 35%.)
    the 17th amendment– established the direct election of United States senators in each state. The amendment supersedes Article I, §3, Clauses 1 and 2 of the Constitution, under which senators were elected by state legislatures. (Senators are accountable to no-one, and they have 6 years to cause mayhem.).
    -It was the ‘progressive-era,’ and they won, big time.

    Metallica + S.F. Symphony Orchestra
    “No Leaf Clover”
    https://youtu.be/Sh5S3OxiE-s
    5:35

    Captain Emeritus-
    Indeed, Ceterum autem censeo Carthaginem esse delendam.

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