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Prison-Based Gerrymandering (2)…

It’s been axiomatic since 1964 that the only way Democrats have won a national election is by burying the Republican vote thru a massive turnout. Even winning the popular vote is not enough, as Al Gore with some 500,000 votes over Bush found out in 2000.

The Bush-Cheney Gang blatantly stole that Florida election and thus the White House. In 2004, they did the same with Ohio and Florida again.  Given that this November will most likely be a close election, I predict that Romney & Company will be able to steal whatever they need. more…

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Marco Rubio & The Hispanic-Cuban Vote…

Just over 16% of the population of the United States is Hispanic. Those of Mexican origin number some 12%, Puerto Ricans 2%, Cubans less than 1%, and the remainder are assorted Caribbeans, and Central and South Americans. (Whites are 64%, and Blacks 13%.)

The Real Cuba...

Within this Spanish-speaking mélange, while similar in language and culture, there are significant variations. Relative to voting, conservative or liberal, one would have to comprehend these differences. more…

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Prison-Based Gerrymandering…

One of the more pernicious political tools that corporatist conservatives and others have created since at least the American civil war, has been the transition of de jure slavery into the modern form of the criminal justice system.

A variety of factors have driven this process. Prisons have largely become warehouses of surplus labor, prison industry, the disenfranchisement of urban voters, and gerrymandering into rural conservative districts. more…

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Elections, Selections & Joe Mammy…

In November there will be a choice to vote for Obama and a continuing slide down the slippery slope toward corporatism, or a Republican and an accelerated slide down that same slope. Take your choice.

Naturally, they’ll be third party candidates, such as Jill Stein for the Green Party, and Rocky Anderson for the Justice Party.

Corporatist-Republicans will certainly encourage such third parties as that would nullify votes for Obama.

There’s every likelihood that the next president of the United States will be a Republican. (Naming which one is irrelevant. The party’s long been captured as CRABS—corporate racist bigots.) more…

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Democracy & Prison-Gerrymandering…

Corporate plutocrats and their conservative zombies employ a wide variety of tactics in their goals to defeat democracy. For them, democracy is simply a polite word for “mobocracy.”

Conservative power...

They create legislation, for various segments of the population, including prisoners, to prevent their voting and having representation as a basic right. They do this because corporatists represent less than 1% of the population.

This has been hstorically true. When the major financiers and land owners created the US Constitution (1787), they used certain compromises to get all the colonies to accept federal rule (ratification). more…

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Prison Prospects in the New Year…

Most of us don’t have to do much to get into prison.  (A newby once told me, “Yeah, but I really didn’t do anything!”  I could only laugh.  That’s the point, son.  You don’t have to do anything!  You really don’t.  The wrong place, the wrong time, the only plea bargain)

It won't wait forever...

Prison has become the default warehouse by the ruling class and their conservative and neo-liberal wannabees.

Homeless?  In need of mental health care?  Unemployed?  Living below the poverty line?  Black or Hispanic or poor male, say, 14-and-up?  Protesting something?  You have an excellent chance of running afoul of the American criminal justice system in 2011.

Of course, if you’re a part of the inchoate Brown Shirt army, serving as a state-actor in the corporatist agenda crowd opposed to liberal gov’t (representation by and for the people), taxes (especially for the rich), unions, Social Security, public healthcare, etc., then you’ll probably have a good chance at a job guarding the rest of us. more…

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Civil Death & Outlaws…

Some years back, I received a notice from the prison mailroom that a letter containing an application form for an absentee ballot was rejected by the prison and sent back.  On the notice, the mailroom guard had written, “When you were sent to prison, you lost your right to vote!”

State Prison Populations

Going to the mailroom, I told the supervisor that there was no such law.  States determine specific voting laws and they’re all different.  Prisoners from some states can vote.  The letter had been part of my procedure for checking on the status of my own state.

He snapped that it was federal law, and that I was a federal prisoner.  When I asked what law he was talking about, he glared at me and asked, “Who do you plan on voting for?”

When I didn’t answer, he said, “I thought so.  Well, you can’t vote.  And if you don’t get outta my face right now, I’m gonna kick your fuckin’ teeth down your throat!”

In the final analysis, that’s what prison is all about: Ignorance and the rule of raw power. more…

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