Saturday, October 24, 2020

Voter fraud is happening now!

Arizona Woman Investigated For Voter Fraud After Video Shows Her Offering to Mail People's Ballot

Newsweek - A woman in Arizona is being investigated for voter fraud after she was caught on home surveillance footage asking to mail people's ballots for them. The Chandler Police Department have warned residents in East Valley to be on high alert as they investigate the women, according to AZ Family CBS News. It comes as people across the U.S. mail their ballots ahead of the November 3 presidential election.

 Nearly 50k Ohio Voters Received Wrong Absentee Ballots, Election Officials Say 
National Review-  Nearly 50,000 voters in Franklin County, Ohio received incorrect absentee ballots, elections officials said Friday, explaining that a glitch had affected one in five ballots of the 240,000 that the state’s most populous county had sent thus far. The error occurred on Saturday afternoon when a setting was changed on a machine that places absentee ballots into mailing envelopes, officials said Thursday. Some of the ballots listed the wrong congressional race while others with the correct race were sent to voters outside the relevant precinct.

Democratic clerk charged with altering nearly 200 midterm elections ballots
The Washington Times - A Democratic city clerk in Michigan who had been honored by the state party for her work was charged this week with multiple felonies related to charges of altering absentee ballots.

 Newsweek- On Wednesday afternoon, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the arrest of four people allegedly connected to a vote harvesting scheme in the state's 2018 Democratic primary election, including a Democratic victor of that primary. ....

Minneapolis PD Investigating Illegal Ballot Harvesting For Rep. Ilhan Omar 
The Police Tribune - ... Campaign workers explained that they would go around and collect all the ballots from the elderly and fill them out for them. ... Another source said in the video that in the case of younger people and others who didn’t do mail-in ballots, they took them to the polls, told them how to vote, and paid them in cash after they got back in the van after voting.

Six Richmond-area post offices report tampered mailboxes early Monday; could contain election ballots
The Richmond Post Dispatch -Early Monday morning, several U.S. Postal Service offices in the Richmond area reported allegations of tampering with their outside mailboxes. The reported thefts come during the third week of early voting for the upcoming presidential election, including mail-in absentee ballots. At this time, neither the U.S. Postal Service nor the Virginia Department of Elections can confirm if any election mail was in the various boxes. “We believe mail was taken from the tampered boxes,” said Michael Romano, a U.S. Postal Service inspector, in an interview. ....

28 Million Mail-In Ballots Went Missing in Last Four Elections 
Real Clear Politics - Between 2012 and 2018, 28.3 million mail-in ballots remain unaccounted for, according to data from the federal Election Assistance Commission. The missing ballots amount to nearly one in five of all absentee ballots and ballots mailed to voters residing in states that do elections exclusively by mail. 

States and local authorities simply have no idea what happened to these ballots since they were mailed – and the figure of 28 million missing ballots is likely even higher because some areas in the country, notably Chicago, did not respond to the federal agency’s survey questions. This figure does not include ballots that were spoiled, undeliverable, or came back for any reason.

DOJ/FBI Already Uncovering Democrat Voter Fraud in Pennsylvania 
DB Daily update - The U.S. Attorney’s office in Harrisburg, capitol of Pennsylvania, announced on Thursday that, working with the FBI on a tip, it had discovered a small batch of mail-in military ballots that had been discarded by election officials in Luzerne County, whose county seat is the town of Wilkes-Barre. Not surprisingly at all, each and every one of those discarded ballots were cast for Donald Trump. Here is the statement from the DOJ:

[UPDATED] Military Ballots Found in the Trash in Pennsylvania—Most Were Trump Votes
PJ Media - Mail-in ballots from the military serving overseas were found in the trash in Pennsylvania. The ballots were discovered during an investigation into election issues in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Most of the discarded ballots had been cast for President Trump.

By KLTV Digital Media Staff - A Gregg County commissioner along with three others have been arrested on charges in connection with an organized vote harvesting scheme during the 2018 Democratic primary election. 

 According to Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office, Gregg County commissioner Shannon Brown, Marlena Jackson, Charlie Burns, and DeWayne Ward were arrested. A press release said to increase the pool of ballots needed to swing the race in Brown’s favor, the group targeted young, able-bodied voters to cast ballots by mail by fraudulently claiming the voters were “disabled,” in most cases without the voters' knowledge or consent. Under Texas election law, mail ballots based on disability are specifically reserved for those who are physically ill and cannot vote in-person as a result. 

The release said in total, the state filed 134 felony charges against the four defendants, including engaging in organized election fraud, illegal voting, fraudulent use of an application for a mail-in ballot, unlawful possession of a mail-in ballot, tampering with a governmental record, and election fraud. Penalties for these offenses range from six months in state jail to 99 years in prison.

Confidence in Accuracy of U.S. Election Matches Record Low

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Nashville charter referendum takes aim at soccer stadium project.

 If the Court allows the tax payer protection act proposed charter amendment to go to a referendum, one can expect opponents to pull out all of the stops to defeat it. Everyone who pays attention knows that the proposal rolls back the 34% tax increase recently passed by the Council, but it does much more.  There are five provision in the proposal and while one rolls back the huge tax increase, the other four, one way or another, would impact the fairgrounds soccer deal.  This article by Nate Ray in Tennessee Lookout explains the five provisions in the proposed charter amendment and looks at the people organizing to defeat it should it go to a referendum.  See, Nashville charter referendum takes aim at soccer stadium project. 

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Snapshots from outside the Belmont debate hall.

 by Rod Williams- I try to walk at least a couple miles ever day for exercise. Today I decided to walk from my home near Wedgewood and 8th Ave to Belmont University to see what was going on prior to the debate. I donned a "Stand for the Anthem" tee shirt and a MAGA hat and went.  Ever since the start of the BLM insurgency and the increase in people effected by TDS, I have been hesitant to show my colors but thought I would live dangerously today.  I thought there would be a good police presence and it was probably safe to do so.  It was. There was no unpleasant encounters. In fact Trump people and Biden people mingled without incident and actually most people were of good cheer.
Me, Rod Williams

I actually had a blast.  It takes all kinds to make the world go round and there is nothing like politics to bring out society's diversity.  I got there about 3pm and stayed until about 5pm. I did not have conversation with any Biden supporters but engaged several Trump supporters.  There were a few people in BLM shirts and maybe half a dozen people wearing the black uniform of Antifa. Several were sporting the anarchy symbol. There were so few of them they were not threatening. 

The variety of people were interesting. Most people I talked to were local but I met two ladies from Maryland who came down for the event but one of them had a mother who lived here so they came to visit mom too but came at this time to see the event. I also met a couple from Texas.

I love this. He got lots of agreement
There were people flying the gay flag and someone caring a sign "Gays for Trump."  There were some Q-Anon people, people opposing for-profit prisons, people with large gruesome pictures of aborted babies, there were the-end-is-near environmentalist and there was a hellfire and brimstone preacher with amplification telling everyone they were going to hell. 

There were people driving by in pickup trucks sporting large Trump flags. There were people with dogs and people with kids and there was food truck. It was kind of a festive atmosphere. There was a mixture of pretty people and ugly people and all ages and races and sizes. I would say that within about a two block area there were several hundred people but spread out like that is hard to tell. The Biden supporters and the Trump supporters were about equally represented. 

I was interviewed by an attractive blonde with a foreign accent. I did not get which country she was from. Unfortunately, I walked out of my house without my hearing aids and talking through the mask and with an accent I could hardly understand her. Plus, I have a hard time understanding pretty blonds anyway. 

I at first was pleased. I felt special being interviewed.  After a while though I realized I did not need to feel so special.  There was about as many reporters covering the event as spectators and as I watched it seems like half the people there got interviewed by somebody. The reporter who interviewed me was not very informed. She asked if I was a registered Republican or a registered Democrat and I had to explain that in Tennessee we do not have party registration. Also when I said something about the electoral college it was clear she had no clue what I was talking about. 

Here are some pictures of the event. 

If you go to an event and someone offers you a flag to hold
please know what you are holding. The pretty young girl had 
no clue what Q-Anon was. The other women just asked her 
if she wanted to hold the flag. I talked the to older women in the 
"Q" hat.  She was a Q true believer but very pleasant. The young
girl gave her back her flag. 

This guy was interesting. He is 31 years old and is a Nashvillian
and a commodities trader. He described himself as a libertarian but
told me he was voting for Trump but it really didn't matter much 
because we are screwed no matter who is elected. I know enough 
economic theory to follow what he was saying but just barely. He 
was passionate about monetary policy and says current Federal
Reserve policy is setting the US up for an economic collapse.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Senator Jack Johnson's Boots and Jeans, BBQ & Beans


This annual event is always a lot of fun: Good food, great hard-core country music, good speeches and socializing with like-minded people.  


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 From Rick Williams:

The Tennessee Trump Campaign 2020 Keep America Great announces the MEGA MAGA VICTORY PARADE for this coming SUNDAY NOVEMBER 01, 2020 at 12:00 NOON. Led by 2015 - 2016 Donald J. Trump for President's 5th Tennessee Congressional District Campaign Co-Chairman Rick Williams, The Event aims to bring as many Trump supporters as possible into Nashville from all across Middle Tennessee for one last Rally / Protest for Trump. Trump Supporters will assemble all around Nashville on Sunday Morning and at 12:00 noon leave and drive into Nashville for the main event. Regional Coordinators are listed here below. Just contact the one from your area :

Coordinators for the I-40 East corridor from Knoxville to Nashville are :
Crossville : Amber King 931-212-5442
Cookeville: A.J. Donadio 931-854-6231
Lebanon : Dave Burggren 815-997-3401

Coordinators for the I-40 West corridor from Jackson, TN. to Nashville are :
Humphreys County : Bobby Hunt 731-336-9018 and Jimmy Stevens 931-209-5770
Dickson County : Jay Peeler 615-838-0405
Hickman County : Dusty Jordan 931-209-6937

Coordinators for the I-40 East corridor from Knoxville to Nashville are :
Crossville Area : Amber King 931-212-5442
Cookeville: A.J. Donadio 931-854-6231
Lebanon : Dave Burggren 815-997-3401

Our regional coordinators for I-24 from Kentucky to Nashville :
For the Clarksville, TN. Area is Clarksville Trump Train founder David Darnell 9313205918, His son Dakota Darnell 9314364570 and his wife Amanda Darnell 9313205832
In Pleasant View, TN. our regional coordinator is another Trump parade veteran Mark Smith 6155694115

More regional coordinators will be added later today. If you want to help in your area. Message us here or text 615-305-7219.

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Another win for ballot integrity in Tennessee. Effort to expand mail balloting to all voters fails.

To read The Tennessean article see: Judge dismisses COVID-19 absentee case in favor of state but advocates say there's a win in the end​.

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Trump 2020: A man vs a movement. Why I am voting for Trump

by Rod Williams - In 2016 I did not vote for Donald J. Trump.  I thought he was a joke and even doubted he was a conservative and compared him to a carnival barker.  There was no way I could vote for Hillary Clinton, however, so I cast my vote for an independent candidate.  I had this luxury thanks to the electoral college making my vote insignificant. If Tennessee's 11 votes would have been in doubt, I would have cast my vote for what I viewed as the lesser of two bad choices, however, and would have voted for Donald Trump. 

This year, I still have the luxury of casting a protest vote for a third party or for simply not voting for anyone for President but I am not going to do so.  I am voting for Donald Trump.  It is not that I think Trump has gotten better; it is that Democrats have gotten so much worse.  I feel the morally responsible thing to do, is to cast my vote against the Democrat Party and a movement that I think would destroy America. The embrace of cultural Marxism, the move to defund the police, and the Green New Deal must be stopped.

Maybe, things like the Green New Deal and defunding police and Medicare for all would not be enacted anyway. Maybe, once the Democrats has power, they would regain some common sense and become more responsible. Maybe they would not control the House but for two years and would be unable to accomplish much.  Maybe. But, I am not certain of any of this and don't want to take the chance and trust them with power.  More than just the specific policy positions that I fear, however, is the movement that has taken over the Democrat Party. I do not think America is evil. I don't think "systemic racism" exist in America, and I do not embrace the cancel culture and I love my country. As much as I am voting for Donald Trump I am voting against an evil movement. 

I have often been less than pleased with Trump as president. I am not comfortable with his apparent affinity for dictators for one thing and then there are basic policy differences I have with Trump. I am pleased he has tried to slow illegal immigration but his attempt to cut legal immigration and some of his rhetoric on the topic does not please me.  I am pleased he is attempting to level the playing field on trade with China, but not so pleased he bans import of aluminum from Canada. I am not pleased that he governs just like president Obama with a "pen and a phone," subverting the power of Congress and grabbing power never intended for the executive branch. 

Perhaps more than policy disputes, my problem with Trump is his personality.  He is jerk and a bully, lacks empathy, will not take advise, and will never back down or admit when he is wrong.  He is often his own worst enemy.  Recently he had a chance to distance himself from the nutty and dangerous Q-Anon movement. He didn't accept the gift and instead he demurred claiming he really didn't know much about them. Maybe he doesn't but I can't believe he has not been briefed on them but maybe he tuned out the briefing as critics say he often does. In any event, I am disappointed. In the big scheme of things, however, that is minor compared to what is at stake. Trump often disappoints me and he may not even be a nice man, but he is so preferable to the movement that would destroy America. 

The above video pretty much sums up my view of the choice facing us during this campaign.  Below is the text of the video. 
My name is Tom Klingenstein. I am the chair of the board of the Claremont Institute which is a conservative think tank, managing partner of a New York investment firm and playwright. 

I wish to make three points. First, Trump is the perfect man for these times, not all times, perhaps not most times, but these times. Second, Republicans are not doing a good job explaining the stakes in this election. They must explain, and this is my third point, that the Democratic Party, which has been taken by its radical wing, is leading a revolution. This makes the coming election the most important one since the election of 1860. Let’s begin there. 

Unlike most elections, this one is much more than a contest over particular policies—like health care or taxes. Rather, like the election of 1860, this election is a contest between two competing regimes, or ways of life. Two ways of life that cannot exist peacefully together. 

One way of life, I’ll call it “the traditional American way of life,” is based on individual rights, the rule of law, and a shared understanding of the common good. This way of life values hard work, self-reliance, volunteerism, patriotism, and so on. In this way of life there are no hyphenated Americans. We are all just Americans. Colorblindness is our aspiration. 

The other way of life I call multiculturalism. Others call it “identity politics” or “cultural Marxism” or “Intersectionality”. The multicultural movement, which has taken over the Democratic party, is a revolutionary movement. I do not mean a metaphorical revolution. It is not like a revolution; it is a revolution, an attempt to overthrow the American Founding as President Trump said in his excellent Mt. Rushmore speech. Republicans should say the same thing. Republicans everywhere, at every level, and at every opportunity. 

Multiculturalism conceives of society, not as a community of individuals with equal rights but as a collection of cultural identity groups—defined by race, ethnicity, gender, and so forth. According to the multiculturalists, all these identity groups are oppressed by white males. 

Their goal is to have each identity group proportionally represented in all institutions of American society. As should be immediately clear, achieving this proportional representation requires a never-ending redistribution of wealth and power from some groups—and not just from whites—to other groups. Such a massive redistribution can only be achieved by a tyrannical government and like in all tyrannies, one where dissenters are silenced. 

In order to achieve this proportional representation, the Democrats require not just endless affirmative action but genuine socialism, open borders, unrestricted trade, seizing guns, sanctuary cities, and much more. 

The Black Lives Matter/Democrats understand (which Republicans seem not to), that if they are to achieve this policy agenda they must get Americans to change their values, their principles, and the way they understand themselves. They must get us to believe that national borders and colorblindness are racist; that we are not one culture but many; that the most important thing in our history—the thing around which all else pivots—is slavery. More broadly, the multiculturalists must get us to believe that we are unworthy—not just that we have sinned (which of course we have)—but that we are irredeemably sinful, or, in the language of today, “systemically racist.” And sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic and all the other “ists” and phobias. Simply put, multiculturalism must get us to believe we are bad.

This suggests one way to frame the coming election: as a contest between a man, Trump, who believes America is good and a man, Biden, who is controlled by a movement that believes America is bad. I do not think it is any more complicated than that. 

For the multiculturalist to change traditional values and principles they must destroy, or radically restructure, the institutions that teach those values and principles. The most important of these institutions is family, but also very important is religion, education (which they have mostly destroyed already) and community life, replacing the latter with government bureaucrats. It is here—in these value-teaching institutions—that we see the underpinnings of the Revolution. This is where the real action is. Republicans seem to be missing in action. 

Republicans need to explain that BLM and their Democratic enablers wish to destroy the traditional mother-father family. To substantiate this claim, Republicans have only to point to the BLM mission statement. The mission statement, written by avowed Marxists, also lets us know that BLM holds transgenderism to be the burning issue of our time. Republicans must also explain that religion, because it teaches American values, is also on the chopping block. 

Republicans also must make American see that the taking down of statues is not about removing a few confederate generals; it’s about destroying America’s past, as is the New York Times 1619 Project. The rioters, and their BLM-Democrats enablers, are tearing down the statues even of people like Frederick Douglass who fought against slavery. This is not an accident. It is not collateral damage. Frederick Douglass was a great American. He believed that America in her soul was not racist. He believed in hard work and self-reliance. And because of his embrace of American values the BLM-Democrats have to get rid of him. They must also get rid of Abraham Lincoln, for it is he who best explains what we should aspire to. And it is he who is the best defender of the American Founding. 

In one sense, this election is a referendum on the Founding. Whether America was founded in 1619, as the BLM-Democrats contend, or, in 1776 as Lincoln, and, until recently, all Americans believed. Republicans must make more of political correctness and cancel culture, which, as we have seen so vividly of late, brutally punishes apostates. Who does Twitter think it is, censoring an American president? Republicans simply cannot stand for that. And Republicans must explain, as I earlier explained, that the multiculturalists are trying to get us to believe that we are systemically racist so that we will surrender to their policy agenda. This too must not be allowed to stand. 

The American people need to hear what they know in their hearts: they are not racists. Republicans should stand up and say, “no, America is not racist.” Period. If Americans are systemically anything, it is a systemic commitment to freedom and equal rights for all. Perhaps most importantly, Republicans must say over and over that America is “incredible,” to use President Trump’s adjective of choice. They must remind the American people that, as a friend of mine is fond of saying, America has brought more freedom and more prosperity to more people than any country in the history of mankind. Most Americans know this, but this too they need to hear from their leaders.

In order to make the case that the Democrats are leading a revolution, Republicans must delegitimize Black Lives Matter—the organization, of course, not the sentiment. To BLM and their Democratic enablers, Republicans must say: “Absolutely, black lives matter. They just don’t matter to you. You don’t care about Mr. Floyd, the black businesses you have destroyed, the blacks who are getting killed because you have forced the police to back off. You’re here for destruction. Not black lives, not any lives.” 

After delegitimizing Black Lives Matter, the next step for Republicans is to tie BLM’s revolutionary agenda around the necks of Democrats. The BLM wing of the Democratic party has captured the entire party. Run-of-the-mill Democrats may not agree with all of the BLM agenda but they go-along, so they might as well agree. Joe Biden is one of the go-along Democrats. 

So do not expect all Democrats to sing the BLM tune; even so, most will kneel before them. Listen to Biden. On one occasion Biden said, “Let’s be clear, transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time.” A year ago, Biden may not have even known what transgenderism is. He does not seem to know it, but he has been radicalized. 

Biden now regularly talks about “systemic” racism. On one occasion Biden said, though without evidence, there is “absolutely systemic racism in law enforcement.” “[But] it’s not just in law enforcement,” he continued, “it’s across the board. It’s in housing, it’s in education . . . It’s in everything we do.” 

He is wrong on every count, but if indeed he believes that racism is in “everything we do,” that it is systemic, then he believes, whether he admits or not, that the system must be overturned. Biden does not realize it, but he is calling for the overthrow of the American way of life. I presume that is not his intent, but when the words he is reading off his BLM teleprompter get translated into policy, that will be the consequence — the destruction of the American way of life. 

Biden demurs. There is nothing to fear from Biden says Biden: “Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters?” No, he does not, but what he does look like is a sap. Republicans must make it clear that these are the “Biden riots.” 

This brings me to my last point: Trump. I know President Trump has many faults. I myself sometimes cringe listening to him. Sometimes he is his own worst enemy. He is a braggart, often misinformed, petty, sometimes even vengeful. And more. And yet, we are very lucky to have him. I am almost prepared to say that having him is Providential. How else to explain that we find ourselves with this most unusual, most unpresidential man who has just the attributes most needed for this moment. 

At any other time, he might well have been a bad president. But in these times—these revolutionary times—he is the best president we could have had. He has the indispensable attribute of a leader: courage. As a leader must, he goes where others are afraid to go. And he has common sense, which means he generally wants to go to the right place. 

Above all else, and above anyone else, Trump is committed to America. He is unreservedly, unquestionably pro-America. He feels no guilt for America’s past. He makes no apologies. He concedes nothing. These may not always be the attributes one wants in a President, but in this day of woke guilt they are the most essential things. And Trump has unlimited confidence in America. In this time of national doubt, this too is just what the doctor ordered. He thinks our culture is “incredible” and that’s the way he wants to keep it. 

Trump not only thinks America is incredible, he knows we are in a fight for our lives. And despite what one hears ad nauseum from the Democrats, Trump is perhaps among the least racist presidents we have ever had. Trump is not defending the white way of life; he is defending the American way of life, a colorblind way of life which is open to anyone who is willing to embrace it. 

If we want to save our country, then we should support him—unequivocally. I am. I think this election is that important, and I think Trump is that good. I hope you agree. 

Remember, Trump versus Biden is the choice between a man who believes America is good and a man who is controlled by a movement which believes America is bad. 
About Tom Klingenstein Tom Klingenstein is a principal in the investment firm of Cohen, Klingenstein, LLC and the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Claremont Institute.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A win and a loss for ballot integrity in Tennessee and why we need a ninths justice on the Supreme Court.

by Rod Williams - There was one win and one loss for ballot integrity in Tennessee last week.  

The loss: 
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the plaintiffs which included the Equity Alliance and the Tennessee AFL-CIO. Tennessee requires that first time voters have to vote in person and can not vote absentee.  To me, it makes sense that election officials want to see if this new voters is an actual person.  The Court blocked that rule. To read the ruling follow this link

The Win:
The 6th Circuit Court of appeal upheld the process of the State for matching signatures on absentee ballots with the signature on file. 

Plaintiffs in this case was mostly the same as in the above case. The Plaintiffs argued Tennessee's process was flawed. The current process they say leaves too much room for human error and the possibility of wrongly rejected ballots. They argue that when a ballot is rejected that the person submitting the ballot be notified and have time to correct the problem. The State argued that that was not possible given time restrains and that it was not a serious problem since few absentee ballots are rejected for that purpose. 

The Court rejected the plaintiff's case on procedural issues because the plaintiffs did not have an actual case of someone who had been harmed by this practice.  To read The Tennessean story on this follow this link

The need to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
This two cases indicate the importance of filling the current Supreme Court vacancy as soon as possible.  If in either of these cases, if the same issue should come before a different district court and that court ruled the other way, then it would be up to the Supreme Court to decide the issue.  If the Supreme Court vote is a tie on an issue then the lower court decision stands.  Which means in one district a law is upheld and in another it is struck down.  This would add fuel to the fire of allocations of a stolen election and would further increase the likelihood of what I see as a potential for a Democrat coup, should the election outcome be undetermined or to close to call.  This situation would give Democrats cover for challenging the legitimacy of a Trump narrow win. There are other issues surrounding ballot integrity working their way through the courts. There is bound to be conflicting rulings from different districts. Without the Court to settle these issues there is more room for Democrat governors and the House of Representatives to make mischief and engineer a coup.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Nashville BLM "mural" has already been vandalized.

 by Rod Williams - As I predicted, the

Nashville, tire tracks on
the BLM mural
Nashville BLM "mural" has already been vandalized.  This time it was with tire tracks and it occurred less than 24 hours after the mural was completed.   The article reporting this is not clear on how tire tracks on a street constitute vandalism,  however.  The picture of the tire tracks show tracks running the length of the mural along the bottom half of the installation. The truck could not have been "laying down rubber" for that length.  Is it done by braking and skidding to a stop? I don't know how one makes tires leave tracks.  Does one apply something to the tires?  Is it just oil, or does one apply paint to the tires.  I have no idea how this is done. Please explain if one knows how this is done.

Since the start of the BLM uprising, vandalism has been a tool of the insurrection. Many feel that vandalism is a legitimate form of protest and expressing frustration.  All across America, almost no one has been arrested for mere vandalism although clean up cost can run into the thousands of dollars.  Seldom is anyone arrested even for property destruction, arson, are looting. Governments have routinely ignored and tolerated these crimes, however one is more likely to be arrested for arson than simple vandalism.  Simple spray paint vandalism can be expensive to clean.  When vandals spray-painted "BLM" and a little other graffiti on Nashville's Peace monument it cost $10,000 to remove it (link)

NY, NY: Vandals hit BLM mural outside
Trump Tower for 3rd time.
While  I do not condone vandalism, no matter the target, I am very concerned that government is selective about which vandalism they are willing to tolerate and which they punish.  This is much the same thing we have seen with our own local governments in response to the Covid-19 rules.  Thousands of  BLM members protest in downtown Nashville and the mayor even encourages people to attend the protest and show their support.  No one is arrested for being in a crowd larger than authorized, for marching without a permits, for failure to social distance or failure to wear a mask.  However, a religious outdoor gathering occurs in Nashville and the city vows to investigate and punish those responsible for the gathering (link).  The same with vandalism.  The city stands by and watches spray-paint of buildings and monument happen and no one is arrested and yet police investigate tire tracks on on the road that "vandalizes" a BLM "mural."  I know that if one is caught vandalizing the BLM mural, they will be treated differently than those vandalizing downtown building. How serious a crime is treated depends on who is committing the crime, the reason and the target. Approved groups get a pass.

BLM "murals" have been painted in cities across America and vandalism of these murals is common. Below are some news articles on the topic of vandalism of BLM murals.

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