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Can the "ballot audit" in Arizona get any crazier? Bamboo ballots from Asia . . . .

Now we learn that the "ballot auditors" in Arizona are checking the ballots for traces of bamboo because they learned that 40,000 ballots were smuggled in from Asia.

This is NOT a joke. And, no, I have not been drinking, though I probably will after having read this.

Stolen from DailyKos

REPORTER: “The other day at the press conference you were talking about bamboo. What was that all about?”

JOHN BRAKEY OF AUDIT ELECTIONS USA: “Well, there’s accusations that 40,000 ballots were flown in … to Arizona and it was stuffed into the box. And it came from the southeast part of the world—Asia, okay? And what they’re doing is to find out if there’s bamboo in the paper. That camera right there, if they take a picture of the ballot they can really look at depth and find out is it a hand-marked paper ballot, because it’s a 5K camera. You can see the folds in the ballot because 92% of all the ballots here should have been folded, because they came in through an envelope. So they’re doing all sorts of testing to prove if it was or wasn’t, and that’s very important, because the only way you’re going to persuade people on changing is having facts, and we’re on a mission for facts. And I’m AUDIT Elections USA, and what we do is not about the right or left. AUDIT is an acronym—it stands for Americans United for Democracy, Integrity, and Transparency in Elections. We’ve been around 17 years.”
Posted by AverageOldGuy | Wed May 5, 2021, 09:33 PM (8 replies)

This is what we are facing in Virginia

I'm not certain if this is allowed on DU, but, here goes -- I'm posting only an intro, then, I'm posting a link to a LONG article with the details.

Virginia has off-year elections for Gov, Lt Gov, Atty General, and county offices (school board, supervisors, sheriff, etc.). Our primary elections are June 8, however, the Republicans -- fearing far-right gunnut State Senator Amanda Chase's popularity -- have chosen a "distributed convention" in which local Republican's will drive, walk, crawl, whatever to 40-some odd locations across the state to choose their candidates for Gov, Lt Gov, and Atty Gen. Democrats will hold a normal primary on June 8 (early voting started last week, 4/23).

Last night -- 4/27 -- Virginia's Republican gubernatorial candidates participated in a freak show . . . oooppsss -- I meant to say "debate" -- at a golf club in Northern VA. Lowell Kaine, moderator of the blog "BlueVirginia" did a masterful job of capturing the essence and many of the details of this event.

If you want to see what we are facing from Virginia Republicans, here's a link to the BlueVirgnia report on the debate.

I gotta warn you -- if the stupid could fly, the place would have been an international airport.

Republicans have lost all three top positions in Virginia for the past ten yeas -- Gov, Lt Gov, and AG -- they are poised to lose again. In 2019, they lost the General Assembly to Democrats, thereby turning VA blue. We VA Democrats are working our tails off to keep it that way.
Posted by AverageOldGuy | Wed Apr 28, 2021, 08:30 AM (22 replies)

Got my second vaccination today!!!

Got the Moderna vaccine. Friends of mine have had reactions to the second Moderna ranging from "Vaccination? What Vaccination?" to being laid low for a couple of days. I stocked up on Tylenol, Aleve, and Dr. Jack Daniel's elixir -- so, bring it on!!!

Vaccination was at 11:00 this morning, as of 9:00 PM, still feeling nothing but a slight sore arm.

Sweet Thing gets her second vaccination (Pfizer) April 24.

I'm gonna search Amazon for one of those "I've Been Vaccinated" T-shirts!!

Posted by AverageOldGuy | Thu Apr 8, 2021, 09:17 PM (10 replies)

There really are nice people in this country

After four years of That Man and his vicious tweets and verbal attacks; after four years of his supporters and their flags and caravans and their Jan 6 terrorist attack; after a decade of Turtleface McConnell, I had just about decided there are no more nice people left.

Sweet Thing and I are in our late 70's. I am blessed to be in good health and decent physical condition, however, Sweet Thing needs a bit of help when she gets up, sits down, moves around, answers questions, deals with other people and the like.

I had my first COVID vaccine a month ago. She was scheduled for her first today at a regional medical center that's hour-and-a-half away. We received email reminding us of the appointment and telling us DO NOT ARRIVE MORE THAN FIVE MINUTES EARLY.

Given the travel time, we left in plenty of time to get there -- and we arrived 55 minutes early. I reported to a nurse with a clipboard, fearing that she would send us off for 50 minutes to wait. She smiled, checked us off on the clipboard, confirmed my cell phone number and said, "Okay, wait in the car, I'll call you in a minute."

I went back to the car, in 3 minutes my cell phone rang -- it was the Clipboard Nurse who said, "We are ready for you!!"

EVERY ONE THERE WAS SMILING -- nurses, volunteers -- all smiling, all asking if they could help.

We checked in, they gave us a clipboard with a form to fill out, another nurse asked if she could help fill out the form, she took the completed form, smiled, asked us to wait just a minute. She then came and led us to the vaccination table -- I asked "Is it okay if I stay with her? She needs a little help walking and sometimes is confused."

To which the Smiling Nurse replied "You just come right ahead and I'll stay with the two of you just in case you need more help!!"

Sweet Thing got her shot, announced "That didn't hurt a bit."

We waited the 15 minutes and left to find lunch as it had been a long time since breakfast. We got to a mom-and-pop restaurant that's operating at about 50% capacity. As we headed for the door, a young man (a complete stranger) broke out of a group of teenagers, asked if he could help us to the door, opened the heavy front door, smiled, told us to have a nice day.

Folks in the restaurant were smiling and helpful.

Drove the 90 minutes back home, stopped to fill up with gas, a teenaged friend of my grandson saw us at the gas pumps, came over and pumped the gas for me!!!

You know, after his four years of meanness That Man has faded away and the nice people are still here !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by AverageOldGuy | Sat Apr 3, 2021, 10:00 PM (21 replies)

Today was a GOOD DAY -- March 16 !!!

On Feb 13, Sweet Thing and the Average Old Guy both tested positive.

Nothing happened for a couple of days, then, on Feb 16, after breakfast, Sweet Thing announced she felt tired and was lying down for a nap. TWELVE HOURS later she waked up long enough to eat two crackers and half a cup of chicken broth, then, back to sleep for another 12 hours.

And that's the way it was until Feb 26 when she was able to stay awake about half a day, had a horrible headache, ate very little. As time went by, she felt better and better.

Doc prescribed steroid regimen from March 8 to 15. Now she still has minor aches and pains; headache comes and goes, mostly gone. She's up and around; been to library twice, grocery once; church is still on Facebook.

The Average Old Guy experienced not a single symptom. Nothing. Probably due to my daily treatments with Dr. Jack Daniels potion.

Meanwhile, on March 10, the Average Old Guy got his first Moderna shot and a schedule for 2nd one on April 8.

And now for today, March 16:
-- We both tested NEGATIVE.
-- Sweet Thing is scheduled for her first Moderna on March 24.
-- $2,800 hit our bank account.
-- $1,200 tax refund on the way.

Our niece (daughter of Sweet Thing's sister) had double mastectomy 10 months ago, still has some medical issues. The sister and daughter are struggling, so, $2,000 of our $2,800 is going to them.

Don't know what's better -- to get good news about yourself, or, to be able to share it with others!!

Makes us want to break out in song . . .

Posted by AverageOldGuy | Wed Mar 17, 2021, 12:45 AM (4 replies)
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