No manâ€™s passing should be a source of joy. But neither should it be a source of false histories and false tears. Justice Scalia was a right wing warrior who never let the Constitution get in the way of a chance to tear the guts out of Americansâ€™ rights.
His main legacy, knifing the Voting Rights Act and blessing the Jim Crow obstacle course created by bigoted, partisan voting officials. May he rest in peace. In the meantime, hereâ€™s a battlefield report about Justice Scalia from the voting rights war. Taken from the number one bestselling single issue adult comic book of all time, Steal Back Your Vote, by Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., with cartoons by Ted Rall and this done below, by Lloyd Dangle.
By the way, you can download the entire comic book for free.
An excerpt fromÂ Billionaires & Ballot BanditsÂ by Greg Palast
Stop me if you heard this one. See, these ten nuns walk into a polling station in Indiana and the guy in charge says, â€œWhoa, Sisters! What do think youâ€™re doing?â€
â€œVoting,â€ says Sister Mary.
â€œWell, not here, ladies; not without your ID!â€ He demanded their driverâ€™s licenses, but the ten quite elderly Sisters of the Holy Cross, including a 98 year-old, had long ago given up cruising.
â€œScram, Sis!â€ said the man, and kicked their habits right out of the polling station.
I may not have gotten the dialogue exactly right, but I got the gist of it and the facts: the ten nuns whoâ€™d been voting at that station for decades were booted out in 2008, just after the state of Indianaâ€™s Republican legislature imposed new voter ID laws.
The reason for nixing the nuns? To stop …more
A personal note from Greg Palast
Weâ€™re close, so very close to finishing our new movie The Best Democracy Money Can Buyâ€”A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot BanditsÂ (out in 2016) but I urgently need your help to get us over the finish line.
You can truly make a difference by making a tax-deductible contribution to The Palast Investigative Fund and lend your vitally needed support for any amount, large or small.
You can also donate to get a Screen Credit as aÂ ProducerÂ ($1,000), Co-ProducerÂ ($500) or SupporterÂ ($100),Â or how about getting the name of one of your loved ones up on the screen as a Christmas Gift?
Can you help me make this film an event, a cause, and weapon for the new civil rights movement?
So whatâ€™s the story causing me to beg youÂ to come to our aid?
Why are Christie and the Kochs
in my driveway?
Itâ€™s time to subpoena the Committee for Our Childrenâ€™s Future
By Greg Palast for Truthout
Far more insidious, more corrosive and dangerous than the Governor of New Jersey playing traffic warden is the story of Gov. Chris Christie’s secret meetings with a gaggle of billionaires â€“â€“and the legality of the spending by the front organization set up following these hidden hugger-muggers.In 2012, a tax-exempt â€œsocial welfare organizationâ€ called Committee for Our Children’s Future, CCF, ran a series of TV ads telling America that Governor Christie has performed more miracles in New Jersey than Jesus did with loaves and fish. The New York Times found some old college chums who said they set up the â€œChildren’sâ€ crusade for Christie. But the ads cost about $6 million. The Times didn’t ask how Christie’s buddies, not wealthy guys, found the six big ones.
But CCF was not started in 2012. When I heard â€œChildren’s Future,â€ my nose started twitching. I smelled Koch.
Get the full story of Chris Christie and his Koch addiction in the book, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: Greg Palast investigative Karl Rove, the Koch Gang and their Buck Buddies and the film of the investigation on the DVD Vultures & Vote Rustlers.
The whiff of sulfur took me back to seven thick investigation binders nearly two decades old â€” each one marked â€œKOCH.â€ In Volume 3, I found it: CCF–Campaign for Our Children’s Future.
Just days before the 1996 election, â€œCampaign for our Children’s Future,â€ previously unheard of, paid for some of the most vicious …more
By Greg Palast for Truthout
I can’t take it anymore. All week, I’ve watched Nelson Mandela reduced to a Barbie doll. From Fox News to the Bush family, the politicians and media mavens who body-blocked the anti-Apartheid Movement and were happy to keep Mandela behind bars, now get to dress his image up in any silly outfit they choose.
It’s more nauseating than hypocrisy and ignorance. The Mandela Barbie tellsÂ us in a squeaky little doll voice, not his own, that apartheid is now “defeated” – to quote the ridiculous headline in the Times.
Poor Mandela. When he’s not a doll, he’s a statue. He joins Martin Luther King as another bronzed monument whose use is to serve a new version of racism, Apartheid 2.0, worsening both in South Africa – and in the USA.Â …more
On May 6, 2008, twelve fraudulent voters, dressed as nuns, attempted to cast ballots in the Presidential Primary in Indiana.
It turns out the nuns that Posner’s ruling turned away were, in fact â€¦nuns.Â All the sisters had photo drivers licenses, but they had expired (the licenses, not the nuns).Â The Sisters of the Holy Cross, had, mercifully, given up driving (they were pushing 90 years of age.)
It was a cute story that ran nationwide.Â What wasn’t so cute, and ran nowhere in the US press, was that 72,000 Black voterswere blocked at the polls by this Posner-blessed photo ID law.
It was Posner’s decision that first allowed …more
Lee Camp’s riffs on Greg Palast’s bestelling book Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.
Get a copy here.
1. Don’t go Postal
2. Vote Unconditionally -Â NOT Provisionally
3. Register, Register – Then Register again
4. Make the Democracy Demand -Â No Vote Left Behind
5. Vote Early -Â Before the Ballot Bandits Wake up
6. Date a Voter
7. Occupy Ohio -Â Invade Nevada
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Lee Camp is the brilliant comic, creator of Lee Camp’s Moments of Clarity.
From Billionaires & Ballot Bandits:
How to Steal and Election in 9 Easy Steps
Right now, the Koch Gang and the Rove-bots have 9 sick, illegal ways to steal this election: Â More than 5.9 million votes are at risk. Â It could be yours.
Click on the Poster/flyer to download it, then send it around, email it, Facebook it, sky-write itÂ â€“Â or click on the color poster and print it out. Â Stick it up at your Zumba class, your Tea Party sleeper cell tree-house, and your church.
[You can also make a small donation to get these hot-looking 11″x17″ posters in packs of 10. Â We’ll use the funds to … print more posters for our voter protection partner groups!]
Here’s your ballot condom for safe voting …
7 Ways toÂ Beat the Ballot Bandits
by Greg Palast
1. Â DON’T GO POSTAL!
For those of you who mailed in your ballot, please tell me, what happened to it? You donâ€™t know, do you? I can tell you that in the last election, half a million absentee ballots were never counted, on the flimsiest of technical excuses. …more
If you’re not sick and outraged and ready to vomit, then don’t talk to me.
When I see a cruel bucket of garbage and winky-winky racism and bullshit and venom like Paul Ryan talk to America like he’s some kind of Boy Scout, I want a gun, or a TV network where I can tell the truth or a giant washing machine to dunk America and rinse off the crud of lies and pure manipulative evil that they’re feeding us.
Itâ€™s called Billionaires & Ballot Bandits:Â How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps.
An investigation of Karl Rove, the Koch Gang and their billionaire Buck-Buddies. The guys who boughtÂ Ryan.
It’s the most important bullet I’ve ever fired.
I watch these smug jerks at the Republican Convention and I’m ill … because I know something they won’t tell you on CNN or CBS, let alone Fox. Â And hereâ€™s the facts, ma’am:
In 2008, no fewer than 2,706,275 ballots were castâ€”and never counted.
It didn’t make a difference then, but it will make a difference now.
And, in 2008, no fewer than 3,195,539 legal voters were denied the right to vote. Â Told to get the hell out of the polling station.
Add it up.Â That’s at least 5,901,814 legitimate votes and voters tossed out of the count.
So God Bless America. By the way, these numbers are from the raw data supplied to me by the US Elections Assistance Commission.
It’s official. It’s in your face.Â It’s sick.Â It’s unreported. …more
Click me, Print me out, use me, spread me around!
From Greg Palast’s new book:
Billionaires & Ballot Bandits:
How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps
1. Donâ€™t Donâ€™t DONâ€™T Mail In Your Ballot
For those of you who mailed in your ballot,Â please tell me, what happened to it? YouÂ donâ€™t know, do you? I can tell you that inÂ the last election, half a million absenteeÂ ballots were never counted, on the flimsiestÂ of technical excuses. And when they donâ€™tÂ count, you donâ€™t even know it. Worse: TensÂ of thousands of ballots are not mailed out toÂ voters in time to return them – in which caseÂ youâ€™re out of luck. Most states wonâ€™t let youÂ vote in-precinct once youâ€™ve applied to voteÂ absentee. Every time I hear of a voter goingÂ â€œabsenteeâ€ to avoid computer screens, I want to â€œgo postal.â€
2. Vote Early â€“ Before the Ballot Bandits Wake Up
Every state now lets voters cast ballots in designated polling stations and at county offices in the weeks before Election Day. Do it. Donâ€™t wait until Election Day to find out you have the wrong ID, your registrationâ€™s â€œinactive,â€ (9.9 million of you)Â or youâ€™re on some creepâ€™s challenge list. By Election Day, if your name is gone or tagged, thereâ€™s little you can do but hold up the line. Demand a paper ballot.
3. Register and Register, then Register Again
Think youâ€™re registered to vote? Think again, Jack. With all this purgâ€™n going on (13 million and counting), you could be xâ€™d out and you donâ€™t know it. So check online with your Secretary of Stateâ€™s office or call your …more
Greg Palast on His New Book â€œArmed Madhouse : Who’s Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal ’08â€¦â€
Monday, May 15, 2006 — Investigative journalist Greg Palast joins us in the Firehouse Studio to discuss the follow-up to his best-selling book â€œThe Best Democracy Money Can Buy.â€ [includes rush transcript ]
Telecom giant Verizon has been sued for giving the National Security Agency the phone records of millions of Americans. …more