Election Oddities

By John Semmens

In the New Hampshire town of Columbia, Sen. Maggie Hassan (D) received 1106 votes. Her opponent Don Bolduc (R) received 193 votes. The town of Columbia has a total population of 695 persons. New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley attributed the numerical discrepancy to “the possibility that Democrats might have been more enthusiastic about voting than the Republicans were.’

In Pennsylvania, on election night Delaware County Board of Elections officials routed a van carrying ballots to a closed building out of sight of poll watchers. Six hours later these ballots were added to the official tallies. Laureen Hagan, Chief Clerk, Bureau of Elections suggested that “the peace and quiet of the offsite building probably made completing the count easier.”

In California, a bag containing one or two dozen ballots was found in a ravine in the Santa Cruz Mountains. These votes were added to the official tallies. Alfred Gonzales, Election Division Coordinator, said “although there was no ‘chain-of-custody’ to verify whether these ballots were cast by registered voters we felt rather than disenfranchise these ballots from unknown voters it would be better to just count them. After all, someone went to the trouble to fill them out. We shouldn’t let that effort go to waste.”

In Arizona’s Maricopa County, 30% of the voting locations experienced problems accepting and/or tallying ballots. Kari Lake, the Republican candidate for governor complained that “these problems effectively disenfranchised unknown thousands of voters in this Republican majority county. Many working people could not afford the lengthy delays. Others were advised to place their uncounted ballots in a mysterious ‘door three’ box.”

Her opponent Secretary of State Katie Hobbs dismissed Lake’s complaint, saying “given all the times I’ve heard MAGA Republicans say they’d crawl over broken glass to vote against me, I’m surprised that a little delay at some of the polls could dissuade them from casting their ballots. Anyway, no one can prove that the election day problems were intentional. After all, Lake herself said the election was being run by imbeciles. She should have anticipated that there might be problems and urged her followers to vote early or by mail like most Democrats did.”

In other election news, Berlin’s highest court declared the September 26th, 2021 elections held for state parliament, state senate, and national Bundestag to be redone because of election day problems including insufficient numbers of ballots, long lines, and early poll closures. An unknown number of voters were disenfranchised. The chaos was deemed “too severe for the declared results to be permitted to stand.”

AZCentral drops bombshell on Turning Point Arizona

In a recent article on AZ Central, Richard Ruelas drops a bombshell on Turning Point Arizona outlining their campaign finance spending towards republicans who lost the general election. 

 “Turning Point PAC, the political action committee started by Turning Point USA, spent $494,105 during the 2022 election cycle, including the primary elections. The bulk of that, $377,201, went towards the general election races for U.S. Senate, governor and Secretary of State in Arizona”

“In Arizona, Turning Point PAC spent $213,554 on the gubernatorial race between Lake, the former news anchor for KSAZ-TV, Channel 10, and Hobbs, the eventual winner, state campaign finance records show.

Most of that sum — $203,769 to be exact — was spent on a string of electronic billboards along freeways, records show. The billboards alternated between various messages in the weeks leading up to Election Day. One promoted Lake and Blake Masters, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, as a “Lake and Blake” ticket.”

Ruelas, quoting Kathy Petsas, claims that Turning Point has “showed its inexperience”, and made mistakes by supporting all candidates with the MAGA agenda. 

On top of it, there are speculations about the amount of money Charlie Kirk and Tyler Bowyer, leaders of this organization, received as their pay for the year. They earned almost as much as they spent on the donations to these campaigns.

“Kirk earned a salary of $405,416 as the CEO of Turning Point USA and Turning Point Action, the IRS filing shows. Bowyer earned $258,628 as the chief operating officer and chief secretary of the two Turning Point entities. 

On the Charlie Kirk show that aired Monday night, Bowyer said that Lake perhaps relied too much on large Trump-style rallies and might have engaged in more small-scale retail politics, visiting sports fields filled with parents on weekends or shaking hands in crowded restaurants.”

Biden Rails Against “Enemies of Democracy”

President Biden made his closing argument to voters in a largely unwatched TV broadcast. He warned that “failure to vote Democrat means siding with the enemies of our democracy. It’s right there on your ballot. Candidates with a ‘D’ after their names are friends of democracy. Candidates with an ‘R’ after their names are rebelling against our democracy.”

As proof of the veracity of his contention, Biden cited the 2 am attack on Paul Pelosi by MAGA extremist David DePape, calling it “emblematic of the type of political violence instigated against democracy by Donald Trump. The brazen nature of this assault was demonstrated by the fact that DePape waited until the police were present before he hit Paul in the head with a hammer. This is the type of lawlessness spawned by incessant Republican resistance to the unity I have been striving to achieve.”

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel described Biden’s speech as “desperate and dishonest. If anything, the attack on Paul Pelosi illustrates why Democrats’ soft on crime policies are inspiring voters to opt for change. It took the breach of a residence with top-of-the-line security alarms and cameras to gain the attention of a Democrat Party that has been actively ignoring the surge in attacks on ordinary citizens enabled by their policies that let dangerous people go free without posting bail.”

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended her boss, saying “comparing the rapes, stabbings, and shootings of unimportant people to the nearly fatal hammering of the 82-year-old husband of the Speaker of the House of Representatives is shameful. Our society can easily survive the losses inflicted on people who are not vital to the successful functioning of our democracy. The President is confident that voters will be able to make this distinction and reelect the Democrats that are vital to preserving our democracy.”

Sen. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark) observed that “to Biden, ‘democracy’ means one thing: Democrats having complete power.” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Az) contended that “the President’s notion of what constitutes democracy looks an awful lot like tyranny to any sane person.”

Leftist Literati Call for Censorship

A gaggle of 547 leftist “intellectuals” have signed a letter demanding that Penguin Random House cancel its agreement with Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to publish a book she just wrote about maintaining judicial impartiality. The letter begins with a quote from Academy Award winning film producer Lord David Putnam that calls for a “balance freedom of expression with wider moral and social responsibilities.”

The “wider moral and social responsibility” which Justice Barrett apparently failed to uphold was her participation in this year’s US Supreme Court ruling overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The letter appeals to a “higher authority,” citing the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ “recognition of abortion access as a fundamental human right.”

Justice Coney Barrett called the letter “fundamentally flawed and unpersuasive. The US Supreme Court is bound to obey the US Constitution’s limits on the wielding of power, not the UN’s declarations. The authority to make laws regarding abortion fall under the Tenth Amendment clause ‘the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’ The 1973 Court had no authority to establish either a right to abortion or a regulation of abortion. The Court’s decision rendered earlier this year corrected the 1973 error and restored the power that had been usurped by the 1973 Court back to the states.”

The Justice added that “since abortion allows one human to take the life of another a human, the assertion by the UN that doing so is a ‘fundamental human right’ is a logical absurdity. Likewise, this group’s contention that blocking the publication of my book is not censorship demonstrates a failure to grasp the meaning of the First Amendment.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland criticized Barrett’s “out-dated interpretation of the Supreme Court’s role in our government. Tying us to a 200 year-old piece of paper is the antithesis of a progressive society. The tragedy of this year’s Dobbs decision would have been avoided if my appointment to the Court hadn’t been blocked by the Republicans in 2016. As it was, Roe v. Wade was too stingy with abortion rights. It allowed states to restrict abortions occurring in the third trimester of pregnancy. If I were in Barrett’s place I would have expanded abortion rights beyond the narrow window Roe v. Wade established.”

Meanwhile, Garland’s goons in the FBI are preparing dossiers on those who spread “misleading” information about the upcoming elections. In leaked internal emails, agents were advised to be on the lookout for “election crimes that are committed intentionally or inadvertently by making false or inaccurate statements by candidates or their supporters that could lead to votes being diverted to dangerous enemies of democracy.”

Could one of these dangerous enemies of democracy be President Biden? This week he claimed that “gasoline prices when I took office in January of 2021 were over $5 per gallon. We have now gotten them down to $3.39.” Neither statement is correct. The average price when he took office was $2.39. The current national average price is $3.77 per gallon. The New York Times insisted “this is just good old Joe being folksy–like the time he bragged about having hairy legs. It’s definitely not false or inaccurate.”

Democrats Lose Series of Debates

In New York

Sitting Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul squared off against GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin in a one hour televised debate. While Zeldin zeroed in on what he characterized as the Democrat’s policy failures–high crime rates, high tax rates, and pandemic oppression, Hochul remained unfazed, professing herself “mystified by Mr. Zeldin’s obsession with crime. Why is it so important to lock up criminals?”

She brushed off reporters’ questions on this topic by pointing out that “most of the malcontents opposed to the state’s criminal justice reform, high taxes, and covid coercion have already moved out of the state. Loyal Democrats out-number Republicans by a wide margin. There’s no way Zeldin can win.”

In Michigan

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon hammered incumbent Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her “tyrannical pandemic edicts,” saying “our children’s education was set back by lengthy school closures. Their health is endangered by government pressure to take the experimental covid vaccines even though they are at very low risk from the disease. She urged the people to ‘get the jab and get your liberties and freedoms back.'”

Whitmer responded by falsely alleging that “schools were only closed for three months” and promising “to ease up on coercion that is no longer necessary as the vast majority of the population has already been vaccinated. Voters can trust that in the future I would never do anything that isn’t for their own good.” A Michigan-based Fox affiliate weighed in on Whitmer’s behalf by running a commercial during Dixon’s opening statement.

In Pennsylvania

The inarticulate Democrat senate candidate John Fetterman blamed the closed captioning equipment he was allowed to use so his staff could feed him answers to the debate questions for his poor performance. An example of the “malfunctioning” device came when Fetterman was asked by a moderator to reconcile his 2018 statement that “I don’t support fracking, at all and I never have” with his current assertion that he does. “I do support fracking. And, I don’t, I don’t—I support fracking, and I stand, and I do support fracking.” Fetterman said.

Gary Weitman, Communications Officer for the station airing the debate asserted that “the equipment was not to blame for Mr. Fetterman’s debate disaster. CNN’s Chris Cuomo said “Fetterman struggled and his fitness for office is now in question.” In a poll of those who saw the debate 82% said GOP candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz won the debate. “The View” loudmouth Joy Behar, insisted that “Oz broke the Hippocratic oath of ‘do no harm.’ As a doctor he should have stepped aside and let Fetterman run unopposed because the disabled deserve representation in Congress and Fetterman clearly fits the bill.” The good news for Fetterman is that half of the mail-in votes were cast before the debate was aired.

In Arizona

Candidate for governor Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) refuses to debate GOP candidate Kari Lake. Hobbs said “a debate would be a strategic blunder for me. Lake is a communications expert with two decades of experience conveying ideas and information to voters. It’s a no-win proposition for me to face her. You know, a famous statesman once said ‘those who vote decide nothing, those who count the votes decide everything.’ My strength lies in the fact that I am in charge of counting the votes. I’ll put my energy into this phase of the election. We’ll see who comes out on top November 8th.”

Prior to Hobbs snubbing the debate the race was too close to call. Since Hobbs’ refusal to debate has been noticed by voters, polls show Lake up by double digits. Whether Hobbs’ vote-counting expertise can overcome Lake’s apparent lead with voters remains to be seen.

By John Semmens