stfuconservatives:

norweeg asked: a friend shared this with me on fb. Can you verify its veracity? “This just in. Pass it on: in the event that you are planning to vote Democrat on Nov. 6, When you go into the voting booth. Do not select The Button All democrats First because Barack Obama will be excluded from the vote. However, if we choose Barack Obama first and then all Democrats he will earn our votes. People are not being told this information, because they are trying to use every trick in the book. TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW”

I keep hearing about this so I checked Snopes. This only applies to North Carolina voters. Basically, selecting “All Democrats” will only cast your vote for state offices, not for president. In any case, make sure to punch the ballot for Obama.

Black voters have been turning out in record numbers not only in Tampa, but throughout the state. There are reports of people standing in line up to seven hours, many of them elderly and disabled—and at one Orlando site there was a bomb scare. So NAACP members have been passing out water to help people deal with the heat. A Republican poll watcher reported this activity at the C. Blythe Andrews Jr. polling site in Tampa, a predominantly African American district, and had the poll clerk stop the water distribution. According to NAACP political action chair Yvette Lewis, the Republican poll watcher accused the teams of bribing voters with the water, much like a challenge filed by a Republican poll watcher Sunday when helpers passed out fried fish.

Tea Party Group Blocks Florida Voters, Stops Water Handouts at Polls - COLORLINES (via apsies)

In case you didn’t know, pretty much every election judge I know hates pollwatchers because of ones like this. We don’t want them around but we’re required to let them watch us.

downlo:

We all know that Republicans are trying to steal another election this year. They’re discouraging minority voters, reducing early voting hours in swing states like Ohio (which results in longer lines for would-be voters), discounting ballots, tampering with ballots, and sending out volunteers to harass voters  (you can read more about the GOP’s dirty tricks here).

Steve Almond has a brilliant idea for documenting these voter suppression efforts:

…[M]ost Americans never witnessed voter disenfranchisement directly. But today, most citizens carry with them a powerful tool: phones with the capacity to take pictures and video.

It is my unsolicited advice that some fair-minded tech genius set up a website (right now) that allows voters to upload pictures and videos, if their right to vote is abrogated—either by a polling official, or simply because a polling place closed before they could vote. Snap up a domain name was such as IWasDeniedMyVote2012.org.

If you’re a legal voter who wants desperately to cast a ballot, but you can’t afford to wait four hours to vote because you’ll get fired and you have a family to support, take a video of yourself at your overcrowded polling place. Tell your story.

If you’re a voter in Ohio or Florida or Pennsylvania who is waiting in line and it becomes apparent that you’re not going to get to cast a vote before your polling place closes, make a video and explain what’s happening. Don’t just give up and leave.

You can’t prove voter disenfranchisement ex-post facto. You need to show people what it means in real time, in moving pictures, so they can see the injustice.

Then make sure that these videos are immediately transmitted to reporters at local television stations and newspapers. This is the only way Republican governors such as Rick Scott and John Kasich will be compelled to extend voting hours—if the media pressures becomes great enough to overwhelm their partisan motives.

downlo:


If you are able to vote, then please do so. Particularly if you are in one of the states being targeted by Republicans trying to steal the 2012 election (emphasis mine):

The early-voting debacle in the Sunshine State is deliberate….Florida Republicans designed the system to work this way.

For Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and GOP policymakers in the state, this is a feature, not a bug. Republicans cut the number of early-voting days in half, on purpose. They prevented early voting on the Sunday before the election, on purpose. Scott, unlike the previous two Republican governors, ignored calls to expand voting hours, on purpose.

GOP policymakers want long lines; they want to make it very difficult for voters to participate in their own democracy; they want Americans to get discouraged and walk away. As one Republican state lawmaker argued after the 2010 election, “I want the people in the State of Florida to want to vote as bad as that person in Africa who is willing to walk 200 miles for that opportunity he’s never had before in his life. This should not be easy.”

In an order to election officials on Friday night, [Republican Ohio Secretary of State] Husted shifted the burden of correctly filling out a provisional ballot from the poll worker to the voter, specifically pertaining to the recording of a voter’s form of ID, which was previously the poll worker’s responsibility. Any provisional ballot with incorrect information will not be counted, Husted maintains. This seemingly innocuous change has the potential to impact the counting of thousands of votes in Ohio and could swing the election in this closely contested battleground.

newsweek:

Having trouble voting at the polls? NewsBeast Labs put together this awesome little tool to help voters report instances of voter intimidation, long lines, or any other issues throughout the coming 24 hours. Keep this handy, pass it around. Most importantly, VOTE.

» fyi!!

legalizetrans:

If a poll worker or poll watcher attempts to deny you a ballot, call the National Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) immediately.

beautiful-rulebreakingmoth:

so you think romney’s son buying voting machines in ohio isn’t going to make any impact on the election, right? WRONG. according to at least one person in columbus, ohio on the daily beast’s voter irregularity widget, machines with votes cast for obama are reporting as votes cast for romney. this is, in joe biden’s words, “a big fucking deal.”

spread this shit like wildfire.

(Source: senatorkhaleesi)

butts-with-bro-shades:

lindzar:

fisticuffsandadventure:

fivelettered:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

The internet has been abuzz since the British website UK Progressive released a report on how a retired NSA analyst Michael Duniho had gone over the Arizona GOP Primary Results from earlier this year and discovered widespread GOP election fraud through what can be called an electronic fingerprint. He found that when you break down the primary results in to their component precincts, and then compare the percentage of each candidate and how much they gained per precinct, a pattern appeared:

Source: Retired NSA analyst Michael Duniho's analysis, as reported by Denis G. Campbell and Charley James in UK Progressive

Graph: Retired NSA analyst Michael Duniho’s analysis, as reported by Denis G. Campbell and Charley James in UK Progressive

The larger the district, the larger Mitt Romney’s percentage, in a smooth line.

This is statistically improbable to occur even in one election. What he discovered is that this is not a one time fluke at all. Instead, he found the tell-tale signature of electronic manipulation.

He took this data, and compared it to other Arizona elections. He found the same signature, signaling a shifting of votes away from multiple candidates and towards one particular candidate, a Republican candidate, or in this case, the Republican leadership’s preferred candidate. Using this model, and comparing it, you find this same pattern happening in other elections. In this paper from Francois Choquette and James Johnson, they find the same patterns in other races, such as the special election to replace former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords:

Graph: UK Progressive

Graph: UK Progressive

The election for Giffords was such a landslide for the Democratic candidate that even this tactic of shifting votes around was insufficient to overcome the true vote counts, but it is clear that the fix was in. The tabulation machines were subtracting votes from the Democrat, adding them to the Republican And in race after race in Arizona, the same fix is found going back to 2006.

Vote counts should never go down.

You do not go to the polls and “unvote” for one or more candidates to take votes away from them; you vote for a single candidate, your vote is added to the total they have already received, and their votes increase. Vote counts should either hold steady or go up. When vote counts go down, it indicates fraud. Full stop.

When you expand your search, looking for this pattern, investigation reveals that this vote tampering was not just restricted to Arizona.

When one examines comparisons of primaries nationwide, you will note that the same pattern is found. It is statistically improbable for this pattern to happen in even a single race. To have it happen in every primary race in states with Republican leadership? A statistical impossibility.

2012 Wisconsin Primary (Graph: The Money Party)

2012 Ohio Primary (Graph: The Money Party)

When these reports first came out, we went over the numbers instead of just rushing in with the story. The numbers are clear as day. The fix is in all across the country, and it is restricted to states run by Republicans. This kind of manipulation can only be done subtly: votes are not shifted more than 10%.

The reason why the fraud is so easy to spot when you examine the primaries is because the tampering was not restricted to stealing votes from one specific competitor, but from several, which increased the rate of shift as the voting population increased. The large Republican primary base becomes the scam’s undoing. The computerized manipulation algorithm leaves a fingerprint easy to identify; all such things do…and now we know what to look for.

To show how the manipulation works, here is a sample of the Ohio primary breakdown:

  • In Mercer County, a total of 383 people voted in the Republican primary. Of those, 42% voted for Santorum, while 30% voted for Romney.
  • In Highland County, 5,590 people voted, 39% for Santorum and 31% for Romney.
  • Now examine the results from larger Ashtabula County, with its 8,932 voter turnout: it shows that Santorum suddenly dropped to 35% while Romney’s votes climbed to 33%.
  • In the largest, Montgomery County, with its 56,283 voter turnout, Romney’s vote tally suddenly zoomed up to 38%, and Santorum’s tally dropped to a distant 31%.

These results have been verified by cross-checking with the election results numbers posted on the Ohio Secretary of State‘s website. For the above charts, Choquette and Johnson also used Wisconsin‘s election results information by precinct, district and ward.

For once, the Tea Party is correct: there is fraud afoot. But it is not dead people voting, it’s not non-citizens voting or people trying to impersonate other voters. It’s not voter fraud, it is election fraud. The election fraud going on is this: votes are being stolen by manipulating electronic voting machines to take votes from one or more candidates to benefit whomever someone (the vote counter?) has decided should win. This lucky candidate is always a Republican. State after state, case after case, the Republicans are clearly committing widespread, systematic election fraud.

The Republicans who are actively encouraging voter disenfranchisement–such as their insistent pushes for Voter I.D. laws and threats to send brigades of partisan “observers” (like True The Vote) to hassle, harass and hover over legitimate voters in polling places–are setting us all up. It is just a ruse. The real fix is already in place. The moves for Voter I.D. are to give a plausible cover story if or when their Chosen One, against all odds and against the polled predictions, wins. They will use all the confusion about voting guidelines, rules and laws to explain away why the polls are supposedly “wrong” yet again. Why not have everyone blame Voter I.D.-related confusion or “bad” polling data instead of examining the real culprits at the scene of the crime: scores of electronic voting machines that can be easily manipulated?

Guess what? This election fraud is not new! 

Documents released to the court detail how the Republicans rigged the 2004 election, in an operation fronted by former Republican operative Mike Connell. A letter released from the Justice Department discusses how Karl Rove had prepared to set up Connell to take the sole blame for the election tampering, and also reveals that the DOJ felt that Connell’s life was being threatened. Mike Connell did, in fact, die in a plane crash shortly after his deposition was given to the court but before he could be brought in to testify in person. Accidents do happen, but it was very convenient timing, would you not agree?

Graph: UK Progressive

Graph: The Money Party

Using this electronic trail, it is possible to reconstruct the actual vote tallies, and therefore determine how many votes were shifted. You can see how vote counts were subtracted from several candidates and then added to the chosen one–Mitt Romney’s–tally:

Examining the final vote tally, it is clear: Romney did not win the Republican nomination at all.

He had lost the nomination to Rick Santorum. Romney is now in a position where he can never know if he could have won honestly, because the entire race has been dishonest from the beginning. Even if Mitt Romney is declared the winner on Election Day in November, and even if vote counts seem to back that up (at least before the results are examined for more of this vote fraud and outright theft), his administration should forever be considered illegitimate.

The Republican party is no longer in touch with American values. It has turned to these tactics in order to retain power, and if you have to cheat and lie to win, then perhaps your cherished conservative policies, talking points and plans are not truly popular with the majority of Americans, no matter how fervently you wish you could force them on everyone.

If Mitt Romney wants to ever have a shed of legitimacy ever again in his life, he must disavow these tactics, and he and his running mate should stop running for President immediately. Vote tampering and election fraud is not acceptable in a free society. If the Republican party does not distance themselves from this, it is an admission that this is how they intend to win: fraud and theft, all while pretending that in-person voting fraud–the ONLY kind of fraud that voter I.D. legislation could ever address–is the real problem and claiming, without any evidence whatsoever, that “Democrats do the same thing.”

One final thought: which political party is throwing tantrums over the possibility that impartial U.N. observers will monitor the November election to endure that there is no fraud or voter intimidation? It’s not the Democrats.

This needs way more notes.

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Wow…

Figures that rat bastard would be involved in something like this.

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow)

» The Art Institutes

shutupshea:

p-curly:

adriofthedead:

butt-dumpling:

serialjapist:

iskandarsbutt:

super-nikoe:

cocoatunda:

nakioutsuno:

brodoof:

PLEASE STOP SCROLLING AND READ THIS IF YOU ARE EVEN THINKING ABOUT CONSIDERING THE ART INSTITUTES.

     The Art Institute that I attend in Orange County has been featured on multiple news websites in regards to a recent event that has torn our campus to pieces.

     Mike Tracy, a fantastic and passionate animation teacher, has been terminated for taking a stand against unnecessary digital textbooks. Despite a petition that rounded up 3,700 votes in 12 days asking AI to reconsider, they fired Tracy and remain stone-faced about the decision. They are now laying off more than 25 teachers and consolidating majors to protect their profits, further hindering the students as they struggle with the astronomical tuition the school demands.

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Putting this on my art blog because a lot of you want to go to art school, and its important.

Art Institutes are for-profit. They literally do not care about you, your future, your education, or creating future artists. Even if it seems like they do, they don’t. They care about money and getting as many people there as they can. They are terrible schools (occasionally filled with good teachers), and they will take you for all your worth, kick you out on your ass, and then demand you pay them.

Do not go to an Art Institute. If you want to learn basics, go to a community college that has an arts program. Find something else. Don’t put your future at risk because it seems tempting.

My God, AI was on my list of possible colleges to go to next freaking year.

Thank you Tumblr

I always thought Art Institutes smelled fishy

Interesting

Fuck the Art Institutes so badly. My boyfriend graduated from one in North Carolina years ago, and he is still having to grit his teeth through problems caused by them that still haunt him today. Whatever you do, please avoid this damnable, scheming institution. Normally I wouldn’t ask this, but, please, reblog the living hell out of this post.

I was supposed to go to the Portland Art Institute this year but decided to wait and think until next year, wow this post was helpful in thinking about THAT

the Art Institutes I don’t think are even legit, accredited colleges; they’re certificate mills

One of my friends looked into going to the Art Institutes, and they asked her for 100,000 UP FRONT to enroll. After she decided that she didn’t want to go, they kept bugging her for months and months and months after the fact, to pay $100 for her application fee. She wasn’t even attending, and they were STILL asking for her money.

so yeah, fuck AI

Do you have any idea how happy I am a post like this is going around? I am so fucking happy.

I have been trying to tell my family of A.i’s bullshit almost since I enrolled. and nobody believes me. 

Everything in this post is true.

AI is a highly manipulative, money sucking pit and once you get in they aren’t going to let you leave without a fight. 

Basically my family thinks AI is the greatest thing since sliced bread since the tuition is cheaper than the school I originally wanted to attend AND I’d graduate in 3 years instead of 4. To make it worse the Art Institute I am attending has only been open for about 2 years now. It is a  BRAND NEW school and they have no clue what they are doing and don’t have their feet on the ground in the least. Me, the students attending their now, are pretty much guinea pigs while they still work out the kinks and flaws. and trust me there are  A LOT. But I’ve been attending there for almost a year now with persuasion from my family. When I finally got the guts one day to walk into their offices and tell them straight out that I wanted to unenroll, I sat down and told them my reasons and they agreed. My admissions counselor said she just needed to go speak with the finiacial aid assistants and left the room.

You know what she did? No, she didn’t go to financial Aid, she went and called my family. She got my entire family involved which resulted in my mother (who was with me at the time) to break down and literally have a freak out in the middle of the admissions office things go so intense and high strung. 

I won’t go into anymore detail than that.

but honestly whenever I see them giving new students tours around the school. I want to tell them straight out to leave, walk out that door and never come back. Don’t get stuck in this prison of a school like I am.

There are a few AI’s that have a good name…I know that. 

But I highly advice against any Art Institute school.

Please. PLEASE rethink before attending one. Everything everyone has said above me is true.

A.I. is a scam, I’m always surprised to see people who don’t know that. So yeah, signal boost so people will know.