Proof that even “mistakes” seem to just support Democrats

Featured

Republican primary ballots mailed out listing only Democrat candidates

According to NJ Advance Media, ballots were mailed out in Bernardsville, New Jersey that listed all Democrat candidates on the Republican primary ballot.

DemocratsOnRepublicanBallotKaren Gardner was perplexed when she received her mail-in primary ballot. As a life-long Republican voter and chairwoman of the Bernardsville Republican Municipal Committee, Gardner wasn’t expecting to find a list of Democrats inside the envelope.

“The slate of candidates was all Democrat from Joe Biden down to dogcatcher, but on the upper right it clearly stated it was a Republican ballot and it had my name and correct information on the return envelope,” Gardner said.

Of the 2,400 registered Republicans in Bernardsville, 500 to 700 of them received erroneous mail-in ballots, listing the Democratic candidates instead of the Republicans.

Gardner brought the issue to the Somerset County Republican Organization on June 13. The organization’s chairman Al Gaburo notified the county clerk who promised to remedy the mistake.

The error originated with Reliance Graphics, Inc., the printing company which sent out Somerset County’s ballots. Normally, the county clerk’s office prepares the ballots themselves, but shopped the task to Reliance this year because of Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order that every voter receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the delayed July 7 primary election.

(Read more at NJ Advance Media)

If there were close races where one of the competitors was more well-financed, but less popular than the other, this might make a difference

Depending on the situation, this little mistake might be a game changer for a primary race or two. Whether it benefits the more liberal or the more conservative, I cannot tell for certain. However, with the influence of Google to the Left along with the influence of the media to the Left, I would suppose that any delay would be an advantage for the Left (even in Republican primaries).

Eleven (or 22) stories on voter fraud

Featured

  1. Voter fraud map

Heritage Foundation provides us an interactive map of the United States that allows us to see a sampling of the known cases in each state.

FraudTotal

In my review of the site, there were 71 cases listed for Texas, 40 in California, and varying numbers in other states. There were no states that lacked cases of fraud.

Sadly, the number listed here only scratches the surface of voter fraud

Because the overarching goal of politicians in some states centers on getting re-elected and because power often corrupts good morals, cases of voter fraud often go undetected.

  1. Vote-by-mail enables fraud and errors

The Heritage Foundation points out the truths that counter the lies being promulgated during the most recent debate over vote-by-mail.

The congressional battle over the coronavirus relief bill is over. Efforts to federalize American elections, including by mandatory vote-by-mail and forced early voting, failed. Those who sought to preserve state control over elections won.

Amid the war of words, not all claims made rang true. For example, former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele was wrong when he wrote in these pages that mail voting was “essentially immune from large-scale fraud.”

Mr. Steele and his coauthor, Eli Lehrer, must never have visited places where mail ballot fraud has run epidemic. Otherwise, they would have demurred on this issue.

In the Rio Grande Valley, for example, politiquerias roam colonias, preying on the most vulnerable voters and voting their ballots for them. In Cameron County, Texas, nine politiquerias were charged with voter fraud related to mail ballots. It is most often the poor and the elderly who lose their votes to the ballot harvesters.

It’s not just one county in Texas either. When we were at the Justice Department, we were involved in a case of systemic vote-by-mail fraud in Noxubee County, Mississippi. A federal court found that mail ballot fraud was very real, part of an organized scheme to disenfranchise voters.

It worked like this. The harvesters snatched mail ballots from the mailboxes of people they knew. They would then knock on their doors, ballots in hand, offering to “help” them vote. The harvesters would then fill in the ballots for their candidates, regardless of what the intended voters had told them.

The court ruling contains tragic testimony from one victim, Susan Wood. When asked why she allowed a harvester to fill out her ballot, Ms. Wood answered that the harvester “knows folks” better than she did—a classic case of trust betrayed.

In 2011 in Troy, New York, a local political operative was convicted for submitting fraudulent absentee ballots. When asked why he targeted voters who lived in low-income housing, he said it was because they were a lot less likely to complain or notice their ballot had been stolen.

Those who commit mail ballot fraud are often in positions of relative power over the voter. Victims are frequently reluctant to speak with law enforcement officers because those committing the crime—the harvesters—live among them and are often politically well-connected. It took significant Justice Department resources to crack the case in Noxubee and unearth the plot.

Vote-harvesting fraud isn’t the end of the problems with vote-by-mail. States relying on this method inevitably send piles of ballots to obsolete addresses or to registrants who have died.

That’s because voter rolls are filled with errors. California voter rolls remain tainted with thousands of deceased registrants, as well as voters who say they live at commercial addresses. In Swissvale, Pennsylvania, one man had seven simultaneous active voter registrations at the same address. Vote-by-mail would send seven ballots to this house.

Advocates of vote-by-mail don’t understand the extent of the snafus on American voter rolls. They don’t understand the hundreds of thousands duplicate registrations that exist. They don’t understand the problem of placeholder registrations—where many registrations don’t even have full addresses. And those who do understand have chosen to turn a blind eye to these and other glaring problems.

Now, add to all these problems the simple fact that vote-by-mail is entirely dependent on the postal service—the same outfit that routinely delivers you your neighbor’s mail.

(Read more at The Heritage Foundation)

If these examples do not provide enough reason to doubt the corrupting influence of a loose voting system, consider the next seven articles

If stories of ballot harvesting by politiquerias in the Rio Grand Valley of Texas do not move you or if fraudulent ballots submitted in New York don’t touch your heart, then consider the excesses possible when number of registered voters exceeds by multiples the number of eligible voters. Then apply each of the next six articles after that to your own situation.

When you read about the mail carrier who tampered with vote-by-mail ballots, think of it as if it were your ballot that became invalidated.

When ballots get mailed to groups that should not have them, consider the possibility that they might invalidate your vote. Additionally, although I could paint pictures from the topics of each of the remaining articles, I will not — but I do encourage you to apply each article to your own situation.

Most of all, and somewhat conversely, I would suggest that you consider that we must treat others the way we want to be treated.

  1. An opportunity for fraud: 30K more registered voters than eligible voters in Detroit

OneNewsNow reports that Detroit holds more registered voters than eligible voters.

A government watchdog organization revealed that are more than 30,000 more registered voters on voter rolls in Detroit, Michigan, than there are citizens in the city who are eligible to vote.

As states like Michigan continue to press for mail-in ballots for voters in response to the coronavirus pandemic – and as President Donald Trump continues to challenge the procedure because if its increased vulnerability to voter fraud – Government Accountability Institute (GAI) Research Director Eric Eggers, argues that tens of thousands of ineligible voters could sway the election by receiving, voting and sending in mail-in ballots … especially in Detroit, with its fraudulent voter rolls.

“I do think it’s fair to kind of raise eyebrows and some alarms at what’s happening in a state like Michigan,” Eggers expressed, according to Breitbart News. “Of course, we want people to be able to vote without imperiling their own health, but it’s the problems with the voter rolls, [and] the fact remains that many of the voter rolls in this country, 1-in-8 according to the Supreme Court – 24 million voter registrations are wrong or partially inaccurate.”

Mail-in vote problems already on the radar

The discrepancy on the voter rolls in Detroit is already being litigated.

“In the city of Detroit … according to a lawsuit filed just last year, the city of Detroit itself has over 30,000 more registered voters than citizens of legal voting age,” Eggers recounted. “Thirty thousand people in Detroit at least will receive … an absentee ballot request form, [and] Donald Trump only won Michigan by less than 11,000 votes in 2016, so this is a state that if it flips … the margins are very small here.”

Michigan’s preparations to distribute ballots by mail were met with opposition by the president.

“This week, Michigan’s Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, announced that the state would send absentee ballot applications – not actual absentee ballots – to 7.7 million voters,” Breitbart reported. “In response, President Trump threatened to withhold funding from the state.”

Before touring Ford Motor Company’s plant in Ypsilanti that is currently manufacturing breathing ventilators for COVID-19 protection, Trump argued that Benson’s decision to send absentee ballots to all of the state’s registered voters invites corruption.

“Obviously, there’s going to be fraud,” Trump insisted, according to the Detroit Free Press. “We’re not babies.”

After a meeting with African American leaders at the Ford plant, Trump countered Benson’s contention that there is little evidence of fraud with mail-in votes.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

  1. USPS mail carrier charged with fraud after allegedly tampering with vote-by-mail requests

Breitbart reports on a mail carrier who tampered with vote-by-mail requests.

USPS_truckFederal and state prosecutors in West Virginia announced Tuesday that it they had charged a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier with attempted fraud for allegedly tampering with requests for vote-by-mail absentee ballots.

A joint statement by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell, and Secretary of State Mac Warner said:

Thomas Cooper, 47, of Dry Fork, stands charged with attempting to defraud the residents of West Virginia of a fair election. An affidavit accompanying the criminal complaint states Cooper fraudulently altered eight absentee ballot requests in Pendleton County, of which the complaint states he fraudulently changed the party affiliation on five from Democrat to Republican.

“Manipulating one’s absentee ballot or application is not a laughing matter – it’s a federal offense,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “We must protect the integrity of the ballot box, and this demonstrates the aggressive action we will take to do so. It is more important now than ever for voters to watch for unexplained or suspicious marks and/or any other irregularity with their ballot. If something looks suspicious, let us know right away.”

The affidavit states Cooper accessed the ballot requests through his employment as a rural mail carrier. He was responsible for mail delivery in the three towns from which the tampered requests were mailed – Onego, Riverton and Franklin.

According to the affidavit, Cooper admitted to altering some of the requests.

Local news station WTRF reported that the attempted fraud had been caught before it affected the election itself.

(Read more at Breitbart)

  1. Steve Scalise: Mailing ballots to non-citizens Is ‘Definition of voter fraud’

Breitbart quotes Steve Scalise regarding the mailing of ballots to both legal and illegal aliens.

ScaliseAutomated mailing of ballots to all persons on inaccurate voter rolls “is the definition of voter fraud,” said House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), critiquing Democrat proposals to standardize mail-in voting during a Thursday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

Marlow noted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) calls to change voting laws under the pretense of public health during the coronavirus outbreak, including proxy voting for members of Congress related to legislation, as well as ballot harvesting and vote-by-mail measures for elections.

“I want to connect some dots here, because Pelosi does not want the House to come back and be able to vote. She wants to have these proxy votes. I think this is all setting up the vote-by-mail narrative, or as we call it, ‘cheat-by-mail.’”

Democrats want ballots sent to everyone without consideration of their legibility to vote, stated Marlow. “Democrats are going to use it to win this election and maybe future elections,” he added.

Economic reopenings of cities and states following coronavirus-related lockdowns make it difficult for Pelosi to justify her advocacy for congressional proxy voting and various forms of remote voting in elections, assessed Marlow.

“You’re seeing some Democrats in Washington that are trying to take advantage of a crisis,” Scalise replied. “We’ve heard that before. We’ve seen their playbook, and they’re trying to do it here.”

(Read more or listen to the podcast at Breitbart)

This tactic has been used by Democrats previously

In 2018, Texas Democrats mailed ballots to illegal alien households with the citizen checkbox already selected. Sadly, due to years of Democrat majorities in Texas and only a once-every-two-year schedule for the convening of the legislature, this act may have been illegal (but had no penalties). Furthermore, the legislature has not met since this infraction.

  1. Rep. Babin on rigged elections: ‘There are fraud investigations going on right now in three states’

Breitbart quotes Representative Babin regarding investigations of voter fraud in three states.

BabinRep. Brian Babin (R-TX) spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Thursday about Wednesday’s final presidential debate in Las Vegas.

In terms of voter fraud, or the election being “rigged,” Babin said, “There are fraud investigations going on right now in three states: Virginia, Indiana, and Colorado. And we know that in Virginia, Gov. McAuliffe tried unsuccessfully to pardon thousands and thousands of convicted felons, and the state Supreme Court shot that down.”

Babin also discussed recent videos from James O’Keefe, as Breitbart News reported, in terms of perpetuating voter fraud: “The second video in James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas investigation of the 2016 election reveals what O’Keefe describes as Democratic Party operatives tell[ing] us how to successfully commit voter fraud on a massive scale.”

When it came to accepting November’s election results, said Babin, “It’s amazing how quickly liberal Democrats forget. Al Gore refused to concede the race in 2000. … They fought it in the Congress. They fought it in the courts. They talked about it for the next eight years.”

(Read more or listen to the podcast at Breitbart)

  1. Tucker Carlson: Mail-in voting and ballot harvesting ‘Massively expands the potential for voter fraud’

The Daily Caller quotes Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson as he points out the history of voter fraud connected to mail-in ballots (including the practice of ballot harvesting).

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Tuesday that mail-in voting combined with ballot harvesting could lead to massive voter fraud.

Carlson noted on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that President Donald Trump expressed his opposition to mail-in ballots in a Tuesday tweet that began by vowing, “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed.”


“Now for the first time ever,” Carlson said, “Twitter.com, the company, responded directly to one of the president’s tweets. They inserted a link below this one to declare authoritatively that the tweet was false. ‘Get the facts about mail-in ballots …’ The user is taken to a Twitter news page that declares ‘Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in voting will lead to voter fraud.’”

“That’s the official story. Voter fraud never happens no matter what and it definitely won’t happen with mail-in voting. You are hearing trusted news anchors tell you that — a lot. And they say it like they know it … That’s a lie and we know it’s a lie. Because fraud via mail-in voting already happens.”

But Carlson says mail-in voting combined with ballot harvesting —where a third party collects the ballots — adds up to a grave threat to democracy.

“Harvesters can go to people’s homes — and they do … They pressure them to vote or to vote the right way, or they help a person read through a ballot while nudging them on who to vote for,” Carlson said.

He suggested it would be easy to buy a blank ballot from a voter, to not seal a ballot in its envelope or to eliminate ballots that “don’t vote the right way. We’re not saying that all of these methods of fraud are equally likely … but the point is this: universal mail-in voting with ballot harvesting massively expands the potential for voter fraud.”

“I don’t care what Twitter tells you, that’s true. It’s obvious. And by the way, it’s been documented … It’s not a theoretical risk. Actual voter fraud has happened despite what they tell you all over the country,” the Daily Caller co-founder said.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

This has become absurd when the bastion of free speech sees an institution called Twitter hiding the words of the President and posting what they call a “fact check”

Twitter, Facebook, Google, Instagram, and other social media outlets that have taken it on themselves to edit conservative speech that offends them need to be called one of two things:

  1. They need to be called publishers (and they need to be open to the same types of lawsuits that other publishers have been) or
  2. They need to be called liberal contributors (and they need to be tried for providing in-kind donations to the Democrat, Socialist, and Communist parties of America by standing up for the platforms of those political parties and editing against many other political parties’ platforms).

  1. New Jersey City Council elections face allegations of voter fraud

The Daily Caller points out that a New Jersey City Council has taken acts that have generated allegations of voter fraud.

In a New Jersey city council election that was decided by just a handful of votes, over 3,000 ballots were reportedly set aside, raising questions about the legitimacy of the election.

As elections all over the country are taking place by mail-in ballot due to the coronavirus pandemic, the city council elections in Patterson, New Jersey, have been hit with a slew of allegations of voter fraud.

Earlier this month, the fraud allegations began to surface on the night before the election, after the US Postal Service reported mailboxes stuffed with hundreds of ballots that were improperly bundled, NBC4 reported. The Passaic County Board of Elections released a statement that said “U.S. Postal authorities informed the Passaic County Board of Elections about bundled vote-by-mail ballots within their possession.”

“These ballots have been delivered to the county and set aside,” they added. “Board of Elections Commissioners will determine tomorrow whether these ballots will be counted. Any potential irregularities will be handed off to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.”

In addition to the roughly 800 ballots that were discounted due to allegations of fraud from the US Postal Service, another 2,300 ballots were not counted, according to the Paterson Press. In total, 19% of all the ballots cast were disqualified.

Keith Furlong, a spokesman for Passaic County government, said that the additional 2,300 ballots were not counted due to the county’s practice of comparing signatures on the ballots with those that were on file for the voters, which he said was “part of the normal process,” according to the Paterson Press report.

“This is the first ever all VBM [vote by mail] election,” Furlong told the Daily Caller when asked what could account for the high number of ballots set aside this year.

“Matching of voter signatures is part of the standard process for reviewing ballots, but this is not a ‘normal’ election,” he said.

Of Paterson’s six ward seats that were voted on, four of them had a higher number of votes disqualified than the winner’s margin of victory. This means that in each of those, the discounted votes could have changed the outcome of the election.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Odd that this would happen in primarily Democrat New Jersey

I mean, if we are to believe all of the main stream media narratives, Democrats are as pure as the yellow snow beneath the pack of dogs (or something like that). Surely all of the calls from Democrats to use a form of voting that can easily be turned to fraudulent measures must be just coincidence. Surely our Democrat press wouldn’t lie so blatantly that even many fair-minded Democrats and Independents have started to figure it out.

  1. South Carolina ballots found in Baltimore as voter fraud concerns grow

The Daily Caller reports on ballots from South Carolina found in Baltimore (sounds like a case of “losing” Republican ballots).

A batch of absentee ballots intended for South Carolina voters were spotted in Baltimore, according to reports Wednesday.

Roughly 20 Charleston County absentee ballots were found in Maryland, according to a report Wednesday from The Post and Courier. South Carolina Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire told The Post and Courier that the vendor the state uses to print absentee ballots may not be able to handle the uptick in mail-in-voting that will come as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. South Carolina is set to hold its Republican primary elections on June 9.

“We’re not getting a warm and fuzzy feeling that they can handle this,” Whitmire said. “We are actively seeking sustainable solutions.”

The state is now considering cutting ties with the vendor, according to Emily Opilo of The Baltimore Sun, who also reported that an “entire county” in South Carolina did not receive ballots in the state’s Democratic presidential primary, which took place in February.


The ballot mixup comes as Democrats and Republicans in Washington D.C. battle over funding for mail-in-voting ahead of November’s presidential election. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has proposed $3.6 billion in funding for mail-in voting, which is likely to be rejected by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, who argue that mail-in-voting increases the likelihood of voter fraud. The Trump War Room tweeted Thursday that the South Carolina mixup is an example of how mail-in-voting weakens “the integrity of our elections.”

A majority of U.S. voters believe that mail-in-voting will lead to increased voter fraud, according to a poll conducted by the Republican National Committee (RNC) earlier this month. The poll found that 62% of voters believe fraud occurs in U.S. elections, while 57% of voters are concerned about the integrity of elections dominated by mail-in-voting.

The conservative Government Accountability Institute (GAI) studied voter rolls in 21 states, and concluded in a 2017 report that as many as 45,000 duplicate votes may have been cast in the 2016 election, while left-wing organizations such as The Brennan Center for Justice have concluded that the rate of voter fraud may be as small as 0.0003 percent and 0.0025 percent.

(Read more at the <Daily Callera>)

For South Carolina ballots to end up in Baltimore, something terribly wrong happened

Maybe one ballot from South Carolina might understandably end up in Baltimore, but for multiple ballots from the same area in South Carolina to end up in Baltimore — that takes coordination that constitutes fraud. This cannot be an accident.

Since this is not a new problem, here is a sampling of articles I blogged about during 2018

On 6 November 2018, I created a blog post about a series of 13 articles on voter fraud during the mid-term elections. Here are the first two articles.

  1. Lawsuit alleges Texas Democrats are registering non-citizens to vote

The Political Insider writes in a 19 October 2018 article how Texas Democrats have registered non-citizens to vote.

Texas Democrats have been accused of asking non-citizens to register and vote according to complaints filed with state and federal officials, even going so far as to send out applications with the citizenship box pre-marked ‘Yes.’

District attorneys and the Justice Department were notified about the applications by the Public Interest Legal Foundation. The group also forwarded a signed affidavit from one individual who said a number of people, who are non-citizens, received the mailing.

Logan Churchwell, a spokesman for the group dedicated to securing the integrity of elections, told the Washington Times, “This is how the Texas Democratic Party is inviting foreign influence in an election in a federal election cycle.”

The mailings, which feature a return address for the State Democratic Executive Committee and a “paid for by the Texas Democratic Party,” were distributed around the Rio Grande Valley region of south Texas.

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Swift move, Texas Democrats. By mailing these pre-filled voter registration forms, you provided talk show fodder for multiple conservative radio hosts, blog posting material for all of us bloggers, and a reason for Republicans to vote.

Four Democrat women steal mail-in ballots from elderly and vote for their favorite candidates

  1. Four women harvest ballots for 2016 Democrat candidates

In an 18 October 2018 Fort Worth Star-Telegram article, a scheme that four women had to harvest ballots for their favorite candidates.

State authorities now allege Sanchez, also known as Leticia Sanchez Pierce, was among four women being paid to target elderly voters in north Fort Worth in a scheme to harvest their ballots for specific 2016 candidates.

Sanchez, a teacher assistant at Como Elementary, is on leave but still employed by the Fort Worth school district, according to Clint Bond, a spokesman for the district.

Sanchez, 57, was indicted last week on 17 counts in connection with the alleged voter fraud operation. Among the accusations were that she marked Garcia’s ballot without his consent and provided false information on applications for mail-in ballots for Garcia and Barela.

(Read more at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Considering the times that Democrats have lectured via Twitter regarding the President’s moral failings, will they admit the moral depravity of stealing elderly citizens’ ballots in order to fraudulently cast votes?

Putting a little method to the Democrat madness

Featured

Democrat Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo extends “Stay Home, Work Safe” orders until 10 June 2020

As reported by the Houston ABC affiliate KTRK, Democrat Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a ruling by judicial fiat:

idiotinamaskHarris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is expected to sign an order that will extend the county’s ‘Stay Home, Work Safe’ order until June 10.

Her office said the order will align with Gov. Greg Abbott’s current order. On Monday, Abbott announced additional reopenings that included bars and professional sports.

The decision has sparked an online debate, with some saying Hidalgo is trying to keep people safe, while others say the time has come to get on with our lives.

Earlier this month, Hidalgo issued a stay-at-home order just two days after the statewide stay-at-home order expired Thursday April 30. That has since expired on Wednesday.

In a tweet posted by Hidalgo, she wrote, “This is no time to tempt fate. As folks settle into a new normal please remember we don’t have a cure, and people are still getting sick. Keep yourself and your family safe by social distancing as best as you can and avoiding unnecessary contacts.”

Hidalgo19MayTweet

(Read more at the left-leaning KTRK)

This probably has more to do with convincing the population to vote by mail

When we consider the ways Democrat forces have worked to raise fear of  COVID-19, we could count:

From this pattern of trying to scare the American people and provide no hope, what will Democrats do?

We can see an overall pattern of trying to scare the population. But to what end? One possible end would be to push the use of mail-in ballots.

That’s right. Democrats think that you can stand in line at the grocery store and stand in line at the post office, but you cannot stand in line to vote.

Mail-in ballots have at least these shortcomings:

Additionally, Harris County Democrats have made certain that the fox is guarding the hen house

As reported in the Houston Chronicle explains that the bumbling Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman got Christopher Hollins (vice chairman for the Texas Democrat party) appointed as the interim Harris County Clerk.

A Houston lawyer and Texas Democratic Party official will serve as interim Harris County Clerk, taking the reins two months before voters cast ballots in primary runoffs in July.

Christopher Hollins
Christopher Hollins

Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted 3-2 along party lines to appoint Christopher Hollins, vice chairman for the state Democratic party. He will serve until a new clerk can be elected in November.

Incumbent Diane Trautman, who was elected in 2018, announced May 9 she would step down because of health issues. Trautman’s last day is May 31; Hollins will start the following day.

County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis said Hollins’ pledge to serve only on an interim basis factored in their decision.

“I’m committing to him with the understanding that he will bring his skill set to running the best election we can, for the sake of our county and democratic rights of all the residents, and not focusing on advancing personal political ambitions,” Hidalgo said.

Hollins, 33, was selected after 10 p.m., more than 12 hours after Commissioners Court convened, and did not address the body. He said in a statement Wednesday morning he was grateful for the opportunity.

(Read more at the Houston Chronicle)

Let’s see how appointing the chairman of the committee to defeat Lt. Governor Dan Patrick as election clerk over Dan Patrick’s district goes

Considering that Christopher Hollins most recently lead the committee to defeat Republican Dan Patrick and, now, he oversees the election in that politician’s district — it seems like there is a possibility for dirty tricks.

Four stories on problems created by Democrats


  1. Schumer to Kavanaugh and Gorsuch: ‘You Will Pay the Price’ – ‘Won’t Know What Hit You’ if You Make ‘Awful Decisions’

Breitbart reports the sharp words Senator Chuck Schumer had for Associate Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch.

https://youtu.be/om5c20c_HB4

During a speech about the abortion case before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated to Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, “you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you, if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

SchumerAttacksKavanaughGorsuchSchumer said, “Now, we stand here today because behind me, inside the walls of this court, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments, as you know, for the first major abortion right cases since [Justice] Kavanaugh and [Justice] Gorsuch came to the bench. We know what’s at stake. Over the last three years, women’s reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we haven’t seen in modern history. From Louisiana, to Missouri, to Texas, Republican legislatures are waging a war on women, all women, and they’re taking away fundamental rights. I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you, if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

(Read this at Breitbart)

Does Chuck Schumer see the conductor stopping the gravy train?

That is, does Chuck Schumer look at all of the money that originates in the minority communities, flows through Planned Parenthood, and pours into the coffers of Democrat politicians coming to a halt? Does he see laws from Republican strongholds like Texas and Louisiana as threats to this gravy train?

Is Chuck Schumer afraid that the conservative associate justices might not invent a woman’s right to abort out of a supposed right to privacy?

Why did Chuck Schumer call out the conservative justices by name in what sounds so much like a threat? (Unless, as opposed to his later claims, it was a threat of either physical violence or impeachment [which now does not require the commission of high crimes and misdemeanors — only offense to Democrats].)

Do you remember the ouster of Trent Lott? Senator Lott did not threaten anybody (and calling people out by name and saying “you won’t know what hit you” is a threat). Trent Lott complemented a former Democrat upon the occasion of that former Democrat’s 100th birthday (much as Hillary Clinton called that former Democrat a mentor). For complimenting that former Democrat, Trent Lott was forced out of the Senate.

Why doesn’t that happen here (unless Mitch McConnell really doesn’t lead the Senate)?

  1. Harris county plagued with voting problems

The Texan reports that Harris county has been plagued with voting problems from the outset of early voting for Super Tuesday.

HarrisCountyVotingFraudThe first day of early voting for the 2020 Primary Elections did not go smoothly in Harris County as multiple voters and staff have reported widespread county database issues.

According to several voters, onsite poll workers did not have updated voter registration information that matched information on recently issued voter registration cards. Other registered voters were completely left out of the available database.

In addition, two election judges have reported that voters came in to surrender mail-in ballots so that they could vote in person, but the database available on the e-Poll iPads did not indicate that the voters had requested or received the mail-in ballots.

According to Alan Vera, the ballot security chairman for the Harris County Republican Party,  the oversight could allow for serious election discrepancies.

“If the county clerk has not properly loaded the mail ballot information into their system, then these voters could have voted by mail and again in person,” said Vera. “The same problem was noted for the first two and half days of early voting for the November 5 elections.”

(Read more at The Texan)

It should be interesting to follow up on this to find out how many irregularities existed

I know that, on the night of Super Tuesday, people stood in line up to 6 hours to vote at some Harris county locations.

Note that this did not happen during Republican oversight of the voting process. This comes from electing Democrats over your election and judicial processes.

  1. ‘Beyond The Pale’: Trump Jr. Spokesman Fires Back At Threats From Democratic Congressman

The Daily Caller points to threats made by Representatives against the family of the President.

Donald Trump Jr. spokesman Andrew Surabian fired back at Democratic California Rep. John Garamendi for making threatening comments Friday on MSNBC.

Responding to Trump Jr.’s allegation that some Democrats would like the Coronavirus to explode in order to distract from President Donald Trump’s successes, Garamendi told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson that the president’s son should avoid him for his own safety.

Garamendi said his main concern was what he saw as the administration’s failure to respond adequately to the threat. He also appeared insulted by Trump Jr.’s comments.

“Don Jr. better not get close to me,” Garamendi told Jackson. “It would not be a healthy situation.”

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

So, when the son of the President responds to tweets like the one below, he gets threats of violence

CandiTweet

__

  1. Pelosi delayed vote on Coronavirus funding so DCCC could run Super Tuesday ads

Red State reports in a 3 March 2020 article on how Pelosi held up coronavirus funding so that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee could run advertisements against seven Republicans before Super Tuesday.

(Emphasis in the form of bolding is mine.)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a despicable woman with no redeeming qualities.

During her weekly press conference last Thursday, she said, “Lives are at stake. This is not a time for name-calling or playing politics.”

Shortly after it had ended she was criticizing President Trump over his administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis as anemic, opaque, too late and often chaotic.

All the while, Pelosi was holding back a House bill to provide funding to fight it.

Speaking with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Monday night, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “Look how much politics they want to play. The dirty little secret. We have the coronavirus. We need to fund this. You know what Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker, did? She withheld the bill last week. You know why? So the DCCC could run ads against seven Republicans.”

Ingraham asked, “How many people ran ads on the coronavirus, fundraising appeals?”

“I don’t know how many ran, but they actually took the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, spent money, went into these seven Republican seats to campaign against them about the coronavirus when she’s the Speaker of the House. Instead of putting America first, she put her politics first and kept the bill from coming to the floor,” McCarthy explained.

(Read more at Red State)

This woman has nothing to stand on for morality

Her Christianity is made a lie by her support of abortion and infanticide. Her “scruples” regarding healthcare are kneecapped by this. She has nothing.

Border news that works against Nancy Pelosi


How a enforced border keeps us healthy

Border Patrol struggles with flood of sick migrantsSick migrant

The Washington Examiner reports in a 27 January 2019 article how the Border Patrol has started to feel overwhelmed by sick illegal aliens.

Border Patrol agents have spent nearly 20,000 hours since October driving asylum seekers to and from hospitals for medical evaluations, according to newly released Department of Homeland Security data.

Since Oct. 1, 2018, the Border Patrol, which works in rural areas between border crossings, has “seen an increase in the numbers of apprehended individuals requiring medical assistance.”

A total of 2,224 migrants, primarily from Guatemala and Honduras, have been hospitalized due to health issues that could not be treated on site in the last month alone, according to a CBP statement.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

With a small (but significant) minority of our population not trusting vaccinations, we don’t need the added burden of a sick population coming into the nation. In the past, America quarantined sick immigrants.

With flesh-eating bacteria and Ebola causing problems in certain sectors of the globe, is there a reason to open up a portion of our border by not having a barrier?

Los Angeles typhus epidemic

Typhus Epidemic Worsens in Los Angeles

According to a 31 January 2019 article from the local affiliate of NBC, a typhus epidemic has worsened.

A veteran Los Angeles City Hall official is one of the latest victims of an epidemic of the infectious disease typhus that continues to worsen across LA County.

For months, LA County public health officials have said typhus is mainly hitting the homeless population.

But Deputy City Attorney Liz Greenwood, a veteran prosecutor, tells NBC4 she was diagnosed with typhus in November, after experiencing high fevers and excruciating headaches.

“It felt like somebody was driving railroad stakes through my eyes and out the back of my neck,” Greenwood told the I-Team. “Who gets typhus? It’s a medieval disease that’s caused by trash.”

(Read more at NBC)

Admittedly, the typhus epidemic in LA likely stems from the weather, drug use, and cleanliness issues of the homeless community.

Still, do we need to make this worse by keeping our Southern border open?

Migrant with flesh-eating bacteria detained at US border

Migrant with flesh-eating bacteria detained at US border

We read in a 25 January 2019 Associated Press article that an illegal alien with flesh-eating bacteria has been turned over by Border Patrol to a US hospital.

A man among a group of migrants detained in a desolate part of New Mexico near the border with Mexico has been diagnosed as infected with flesh-eating bacteria, the U.S. Border Patrol said Friday.

The man was taken to a hospital in recent days after telling a federal agent that he had a growing rash on his leg, U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Carlos Antunez said.

Flesh-eating bacteria are a rare condition called necrotizing fasciitis that spreads quickly and can be fatal. The bacteria usually gets into the body through a minor cut or scrape and can cause a serious infection that can destroy muscle, skin and other tissue.

Another 300 migrants, mostly Central Americans, were detained Thursday south of Lordsburg near an official U.S.-Mexico border crossing, Antunez said. Some had illnesses and injuries and were taken to hospitals for treatment.

The sparsely populated, desert area has experienced a significant influx of large migrant groups recently.

Nearly 10,000 migrants have been detained at New Mexico’s three Border Patrol stations since Oct. 1, officials said.
There were 12,800 detentions at the three stations from October 2017 through September 2018.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

Since this bacteria generally comes from open wounds contacting sewage in warm water, this might underscore the magnitude of the numbers coming to the US. Shouldn’t we be securing our Southern border?

Texas says it found 95,000 non-citizens on voter rolls

The importance of a border shown in elections

Texas says it found 95,000 non-citizens on voter rolls; 58,000 have voted

According to a 26 January 2019 Fox News article, over 58,000 fraudulent voters have been identified in Texas.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Friday that the state has discovered 95,000 non-citizens on the voter rolls going back to 1996, 58,000 of whom have voted in at least one Texas election — an announcement likely to raise fresh concerns about the prospect of voter fraud.

Texas has some of the toughest voter ID laws in the nation and has been one of the main battlegrounds in the Republican-led fight against alleged voter fraud. The office, in a statement, said that 33 people were prosecuted for voter fraud last year, and 97 were prosecuted between 2005-17. There are 16 million people in Texas registered to vote.

“Every single instance of illegal voting threatens democracy in our state and deprives individual Texans of their voice,” Paxton said in a statement.

The New York Times reported that the findings were a result of of an 11-month investigation into records at the Texas Department of Public Safety. Gov. Greg Abbott praised the findings and hinted at future legislation to crack down on voter fraud.

(Read more at Fox News)

If we do not secure our voting, then we do not have verifiable elections. This needs to be fixed.

We need to prosecute those who voted illegally. Additionally, we need to take steps to ensure this does not happen again. That includes building a wall.

Migrant Caravan Swells to 12,000

Migrant Caravan Swells to 12,000 at Mexico’s Southern Border

Breitbart tells us in a 26 January 2019 article how another 12,000 potential illegal aliens have aimed at the the US Southern border.

The ranks of a new Central American migrant caravan reportedly grew in size to more than 12,000 as of Friday. The caravan is now heading to Mexico’s southern border.

Mexican immigration officials in the city of Ciudad Hidalgo, which borders Guatemala, are establishing procedures to expedite the process in which to approve one-year humanitarian visas for members of the Central American migrant caravan who are arriving daily. The one-year humanitarian visas, promised by Mexico’s new President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is a newly adopted policy which allows migrants to legally travel and work during their stay in Mexico.

The new policy of handing out humanitarian visas began on January 17 in response to the new caravan of primarily Honduran migrants who left their home country and headed towards the Mexican border on January 15. Officials originally estimated the caravan’s size at about 2,000. Mexico now claims the caravan’s population swelled to over 12,000 migrants, according to local media and Breitbart Texas sources.

Officials put the new visa policy from President López Obrador in place to deal with caravan migrants as an attempt to prevent them from traveling unaccounted for throughout Mexico. Officials say it will also prevent the caravan members from having to illegally enter Mexico from Guatemala by crossing the Suchiate river.

(Read more at Breitbart)

As long as there is a better economy in the US than in Central America, it looks like this will keep up. One news source even said that one country was paying caravan members to come to the US. For this reason alone, we need a wall.

borderdeaths

Mortality on the border: it’s a dangerous trek

Nearly 400 Migrants Died Crossing Unsecured U.S. Border in 2018

In a 1 January 2019 Breitbart article, the deadliness of the trek to America comes into focus.

Nearly 400 migrants lost their lives while or shortly after crossing the U.S. border with Mexico. More than half died in Texas.

In 2018, at least 376 died while crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. or shortly thereafter, according to the International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrant Project. Due to the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, the organization has not updated the numbers since December 21.

The organization reported the deaths of 214 men, 20 women, and four children. In addition, 138 sets of remains could not be identified by age or sex.

Of the reported 376 migrant deaths, more than 230 occurred in Texas, Breitbart News reported. Forty-eight of those occurred in Brooks County alone, which is located about 80 miles north of the Texas-Mexico border.

An exact number of migrant deaths is not known because many deceased migrants are never found.

With the exception of the two Guatemalan children who died recently after crossing the border into New Mexico, the deaths of the other 374 migrants drew little attention from U.S. media.

(Read more at Breitbart)

In order to prevent people from attempting this deadly trek, we need a wall.

Democrats provide ammunition against themselves

human-trafficking-41514115

Democrats Offer Plan to Release All Child Traffickers at Border into U.S.

Brietbart reports in a 3 February 2019 article how Democrats have plans to release child traffickers at the US border.

The House Democrats’ first offer to President Trump in negotiations to fund his proposed United States-Mexico border wall includes a provision that would end all immigration enforcement for migrants trafficking children across the southern border.

The draft budget provides the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency with $7.4 billion, nearly $850 million less than requested by the Trump administration, and funds only 1,250 beds for adults and migrant children coming across the border this year, a decrease in detention space.

Attached to that funding, though, is an immigration enforcement ban first introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and supported by every Senate Democrat. The Democrats’ offer demands that all immigration enforcement end for any adult crossing the border with a child by the end of Fiscal Year 2019.

Rather than being held in detention for a period of time, those adults and the migrant children they trafficked across the U.S.-Mexico border would be released immediately into the interior of the country.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) previously called the plan the “Child Trafficking Encouragement Act” as it ensures that adults bringing children to the southern border would gain immediate access into the U.S. without fear of being deported or turned away.

(Read more at Brietbart)

Add this to the abortion-up-to-birth in New York and Virginia and tell me that Democrats care for children.

Thirteen cases of potential midterm Democrat fraud


So far, the Democrats have or may have provided the following instances of potential voter fraud:

  1. The 15,000 uncounted ballots in Florida are blamed on a broken machine according to Republican Supervisor of Elections, Mike Hogan (Duval County).
    Is there any possibility that Democrats attempted sabotage of the count in this heavily Republican county by damaging the machine?
  2. Georgia Secretary of State Kemp investigates the Georgia Democrat party on suspicion of hacking. Although no details were provided, this act does reflect Georgians’ uneasiness concerning the security of the vote, as reflected by a Atlanta Journal & Constitution poll.
    Georgia nervousness about the polls
  3. A Florida associate of candidate Gillum leaves a box of stolen ballots in a rented car.

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  4. Lawyers for candidates Gillum and Nelson sue to allow non-citizens to vote

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  5. One poll worker in Travis County, Texas shares “We don’t check for citizenship.”

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  6. A 17 November 2018 OneNewsNow article provides proofs from Senator Rubio of Democrat vote fraud in Florida
  7. The presence of invading illegals raises the chances of voter fraud in states with liberal voter registration laws

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  8. A 12 November 2018 Daily Caller article reports that Arizona has “FOUND: 213 Uncounted Ballots In Congressional Race Separated By 133 Votes”
  9. Brenda Snipes (who recently announced her resignation in January 2019) oversaw a 9,000 vote difference between voter turnout and number of votes cast on the Broward Elections website.

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  10. The University of Wisconsin was recorded on video handing out voter ID’s to foreign nationals

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  11. Empower Texans reports in a 1 November 2018 post on one woman’s experience with voter fraud and Democrats who purportedly denied her vote.
  12. In a 30 October 2018 Facebook post, Paul Bettencourt points out: “84 active registered voters at just this one UPS Store – 22 have already voted!” (This and the following report of fraud can be found at Mark 1:1 blog
  13. Again, at the Paul Bettencourt Facebook page, a second post tells of those committing voter fraud by claiming a UPS Store as a residence when he says, “Can you believe 46 VOTERS have actual Harris County Voter Registrations at this one UPS Store? 8 have already voted in this election! REALLY!!”

Voter fraud across Texas


Senator Bettencourt’s first presser on UPS Store mailboxes as residences

Democrat Voter Registrar Ann Bennett refuses to take action after four appeals

In a 30 October 2018 Facebook post at the Paul Bettencourt page, Paul points out:

84 active registered voters at just this one UPS Store – 22 have already voted! This pattern is repeating across Harris County at around 100 sites. Registering voters at commercial locations must stop now!

In an accompanying video that covers the press conference announcing the discovery of the 84 people registered at one UPS store, Paul Bettencourt points out the illegality of what has been done. He points out how people have purposely violated voter registration, drivers license, and 911 record registration law in Texas by using an UPS Store mail box as a declared residence.

During the same press conference, Stan Stanart (County Clerk for Harris County, Texas) talks about how many races come down to 7 or 24 votes. Hence, he points out the problem of having 84 people declaring mailboxes as residences.

Next, Senator Bettencourt reiterates the points made by the county clerk and underscores the illegality of people using UPS mail boxes as a residence. Additionally, he points out that “nearly 80% of those live an another state representative’s district.”

District Attorney Chris Daniels describes the problems the 84 people who have illegally registered to vote (and, therefore, to serve on juries) using the address of a UPS Store as a residence.

Harris County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez describes (first in English, then in Spanish) how close a number of his races have ended. Therefore, the 84 potential voter fraud cases (22 of which have voted before 30 October) cannot be ignored.

Finally, Senator Bettencourt describes the potential widespread nature of this type of voter fraud. He suggests that somewhere around 1,000 cases (extrapolated from the 100 institutions like this UPS Store and its 84 law breakers) may exist across the county. He points out the need for vigilance and challenges Voter Registrar Ann Bennett (D-Harris County) to take action.

As many main stream media outlets have repeatedly pointed out, the Democrats would normally gain seats in Congress just because people seem to vote for the underdog. However, since the Democrats have billed the “blue wave” as a done deal, then why do they put such an effort toward cheating?

UPS_Store1

In a similar case, 46 voters have registered their residence as another UPS Store

Again, at the Paul Bettencourt Facebook page, a second post tells of those committing voter fraud by claiming a UPS Store as a residence.

Can you believe 46 VOTERS have actual Harris County Voter Registrations at this one UPS Store? 8 have already voted in this election! REALLY!!

I’m not after the actual folks registered here in this tiny, apparently overcrowded commercial “residence” LOL, but an explanation from the Voter Registrar Ann Bennett (D-Harris County) who is making a mockery of the voter registration process by allowing voter registrations in 100+ sites like this one all over Harris County!

The integrity of the voter roll matters! We have had a State Representative race won by just 7 votes. The one UPS store pictured here at 11152 Westheimer, can be checked out at http://www.hctax.net so you can see this for yourself!

Under Texas Law you are you supposed to register at your residence, but two elected Democratic officeholders now disagree and allow this “packing of voters” into this store and other sites per my good County Clerk Stan Stanart (R-Harris County) who says it clearly. (Watch our press conference here: https://bit.ly/2zg3m9Y) Under Texas law you are required to register to vote where you live. Does anyone believe that there are 46 people living in this UPS store?!

Rather than act on a voter residency challenge that was brought by a constituent of mine in SD 7, that challenged roughly 4,000 voter registrations based upon residency, both the elected Voter Registrar Bennett and County Attorney Ryan have opted to reject this legal challenge and do nothing.

This stands in direct contrast to the opinion of the Texas Secretary of State – the highest election official in Texas who issued their first opinion in 5 years because of these nonsensical actions. Its importance is discussed at our press conference. (Read more: https://bit.ly/2qgVnVU)

All of this comes on the heels of almost 300 Baytown voters left off the voter rolls because Bennett’s Voter Registration department sat on annexation information sent by the City since July. Additionally, Bennett is in Federal Court arguing that she does not have to take self-identified non citizens off the voter roll nor release the names under the Texas Open Records Act that come from the county jury selection process.

The integrity of the voter roll is at risk! It is the bedrock of fair and transparent elections. Where in the world is Ann Harris Bennett’s (D-Harris County) own explanation!

“Share” if you agree!

I agree; therefore, I am sharing this post as much as I can.

Melanie Bell Lorant is denied her vote

In-person voter fraud alleged in Tarrant County, Texas

Empower Texans reports in a 1 November 2018 post on one woman’s experience with voter fraud and Democrats who purportedly denied her vote.

Tarrant County voter Melanie Bell Lorant was turned away at the polls Wednesday after being told someone else had voted in her place. Worse, Lorant says poll workers refused to document the problem or find a solution.

“I need HELP!” Lorant posted on Facebook after the incident:

Went to early vote today and was informed I would not be allowed to vote because someone already voted in my place.

They refused any help and refused to provide a solution. They refused to provide a print proving that this happened and refused to request permission to take a photo to prove this happened.

They allowed someone to vote in my place without verifying the ID!!!

I HAD TO LEAVE WITHOUT VOTING.

Lorant called the Tarrant County Elections office and spoke to the early voting coordinator. She learned someone had voted in her name at Southlake Town Hall on Sunday, October 28, at 11:32 a.m.

How could that happen with Texas’ voter ID requirement?

It’s possible a poll worker at Southlake mistakenly signed in another voter under Lorant’s name. Lorant says they did not properly verify the voter’s ID, allowing someone to steal her vote and disenfranchise her. Election officials can resolve whether it was a mistake or voter fraud by simply looking at the voter signature page.

In either case, election workers may have cost Lorant her vote and allowed a fraudulent one to be counted.

Lorant says she was told her only option now is to vote a provisional ballot, then election officials will “compare signatures and decide whose vote to accept.” But whether or not Lorant’s provisional vote is accepted, the other ballot has already been cast and will be counted—it can’t be uncast.

“This is NOT acceptable,” Lorant said.

(Read more at Empower Texans)

In Dallas, mail-in ballot fraud suspected

Dallas GOP fighting in court against voter fraud

A 31 October 2018 Empower Texans post discusses problems of voter fraud in Dallas, Texas.

Dallas Republicans are once again battling local Democrats to stop voter fraud. They were in court today seeking a temporary restraining order against Dallas County’s Democrat elections administrator Toni Pippins-Poole to delay opening of suspicious mail ballots, which was scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m.

Lawyers for the Dallas County Republican Party asked a judge to sequester about 2,400 mail ballots submitted for the November election that GOP ballot board members identified as questionable. They also flagged 20 mail ballots signed by disgraced ex-state representative Terri Hodge as an “assistant.”

Hodge, a Democrat, pleaded guilty in 2010 to felony tax evasion in a Dallas bribery scandal and spent a year in prison. Hodge is prohibited from running for public office but continues to assist mail-ballot voters.

Judge Gena Slaughter, also a Democrat, is hearing the case. Slaughter delayed today’s hearing for 24 hours to allow the DCRP to present additional evidence with its amended TRO request, and to give Pippins-Poole time to secure representation. Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson, a Republican, has recused herself from the proceedings.

(Read more at