Deceivers Leading Many Astray… They’re Here!

Re-Posted from the Canada Free PressNovember 21, 2018

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My last article, “The Manchurian Counterfeit”, was an obvious thought provoker, given all the places it went and the comments it garnered in response. And again I will come back and beat the drum about the profound effect that liberal network television and now liberal ‘network’ Internet are having on the thinking of my countrymen. People, please, listen up.

If you have some extra time, be sure to read how and why I threw out cable tv, thirty years ago, and literally saved the brains of my precious family. But please just bear with me. I will now briefly recall a conversation I had some months ago with a surgeon friend of mine. He is a conservative’s conservative as well as a brilliant doctor. We were talking about the great improvements that have been made in our nation’s functioning on so many levels.

And that forced us into discussing the accompanying controversy surrounding the President irrefutably responsible for all those positive changes. My friend, who stays unbelievably busy doing the impossible, finds little time for breaks other than occasional sleep and his well-deserved, annual ‘power vacation’. When he can in the evenings, right before bed, he will catch a little bit of tv for diversion. Usually it includes a newscast.

In our conversation he conceded that a lot of economic challenges he had seen as unsolvable during the Obama administration were suddenly really starting to be met and beaten. He even told me that his liberal-slanted patients were telling him that they were putting in more profitable time at work because of increased orders. One even admitted that customer-manufacturers that had been suffering during the Obama administration were suddenly coming to life again, and it was undeniably because of Trump’s incentives and tax restructuring.

I was delighted to hear that! And I told my doctor friend that I was going to be voting to put that same economy-fixing hero back in office in 2020. I said to him, “And I’m sure you will be voting for him, too, my friend.” He looked at me and shrugged. “Probably – but I sure wish we didn’t have to have all the other unpleasant embarrassment that comes with him.” I screwed up my face and responded, “Unpleasant embarrassment? What do you mean, Doc?” And without batting an eye, he said, “Well, I mean, come on, Dave! He’s Donald Trump!”

I don’t hesitate to tell you that my friend is every bit as intelligent and perceptive as any of my good readers. But I will also just as confidently say that his opinions have been predictably and severely skewed by the steady diet of lies liberal media are telling to the gullible and trusting public who aren’t taking the time (or, like my doctor friend, don’t have the time) to make sure of anything for themselves. I asked him to give me hard examples of serious personality or leadership problems that Trump had (not embellishments of a vengeful press) that were any worse than any of his predecessors’. Try as he might, even he was shocked that he couldn’t..

Infected, by the droning lies of liberal media’s concerted dissemination of misinformation

In finishing our conversation I told him, “Doc, if you’ll take a break from CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS – all of the big machinery that is so blatantly about making ‘Trump-Hate’ an art form – I will bet you money that in just a few weeks you will begin to lose a lot of your groundless criticism for our president. I’ve proven this with other friends. Further, if you need some time to decide whether to try that, listen carefully to their newscasts, programming and sitcoms, etc. You will quickly detect the inordinately determined vitriol with which they are attacking our president – both directly and in dizzying subtlety. Let me tell you, buddy … they have a vested interest in destroying him. And they know that they can completely shape people’s opinions by warping the truths they claim to be bringing us.”

And that brings us, my good readers, back to the ‘Manchurian Counterfeit’ we had begun discussing the other day. While you read my words, remember that the little scrap of paper we call our Constitution is the only thing that stands between us and the omnipotent and invincible tyranny of absolute government – socialism/communism.

Let me begin by saying that I am amazed at the level of mind control that has been achieved over our nation! Okay, okay … I realize this may sound real paranoid to some. But, as my hyper-smart wife would say, “Is it paranoia? Or is it perception?” We have to ask ourselves that question when we stop to consider how far our enemies will go to enslave us. Our nation’s welfare, our very lives and the lives of our loved ones depend upon our being ever vigilant – what Thomas Jefferson knew the survival of our Republic rested upon – our remaining ‘an informed society’.

The ‘very real devil’ I am always talking about is absolutely using today’s big-money media to keep us from receiving vital truth which allows us to make safe and sound decisions. Just as (forgive me, here we go again) Adolf Hitler used the press/radio to fully capture the love, fear and support of all of Germany, the lying left and its handmaiden, the lying news, are today making the world safe for themselves by controlling what we must lean upon as fact and reality. If the well’s water is tainted, everyone drinking there will be showing the same symptoms. Right now our nation is uniformly sick as a result of years of fake news. Even we conservatives have become jaundiced, infected, by the droning lies of liberal media’s concerted dissemination of misinformation.

The Manchurian Counterfeit: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Most recently, I am flabbergasted to see that many of my most admired Conservative commentators have fallen for the LIE that our new, ‘baby-Congresswoman’, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is actually as lightheaded as she is playacting. For those of you who haven’t seen it, by all means take the time to read the Canada Free Press exclusive (by yours truly) entitled “The Manchurian Counterfeit”.  Read and discover for yourself that she is no dummy. Nevertheless she is being casually dismissed as ‘nothing to worry about’, by some of the most powerful conservative commentators who have been taken in by her deception. But be warned, she is the newly unveiled pinnacle of failsafe keys that will unlock the gushing support and voting power of 21st century leftist ‘liberalism’ – 90% of which is comprised of spoiled, stupid tv-mesmerized kids and their dumb parents.

And especially to that bunch of whining, abysmally ignorant and inexperienced ‘awesome dudes’ and ‘dudettes’, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is their representative voice in fuddy-duddy old Washington DC. And that is why some of the sleaziest, leftist democrats can’t say enough good things about her – because she is accomplishing everything that wizened and brilliant political figures could never touch: If you want to attract flies, my good readers, you don’t argue with them or even invite them in. Instead, you must discover their very favorite flavor and odor of excrement – and pile it high. And that is exactly what Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is about.

Nevertheless, even conservative commentators have joined in the chorus making light of how this “dummy”: doesn’t know about the three branches of our government, or how she intends to take down the Supreme Court, and that she is the “democratic party’s worst enemy”, etc. etc. In a state of shock, I sincerely can’t believe that more people’s jaws are not agape at the fact that so many have been taken in by the charade of this little, female wrecking crew. Can you imagine satan (is he known to be real stupid?) running around promoting anything that is going to interfere with his unwavering determination to deceive and destroy the creation of God? So in that same line of reasoning, why in the world would a silver-tongued devil like Barack Obama be out banging the drum and stumping for anything or anyone that might wreck his opportunity to become an untouchable, One-World oligarch? Forget about it.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the prototype of America’s worst nightmare on the move. She is the new and improved Hillary Clinton!

The other day I saw a lot of conservative commentary making fun of her advocating ‘fresh blood’ running for office and pushing out incumbent democrat fogeys. That’s right, she said, big as life, to every swarming street urchin/activist under the sound of her voice: “… I need you to run for office,” … “We all need to run at all levels of government, but I really hope that many of you join me here in Congress.” This was the same ‘silly’ little woman who announced that she was out to destroy ‘grandma’s democratic party’. And the brilliant conservative comeback to that? That she is the democrats’ biggest enemy? Did you not hear what she said? People, she is cleaning house for the new left! She is heralding the true advent of the grand debut of the shadow government that Barack Obama spent his eight years in planting and nurturing!

And some of the most lucid and mentally acute conservative writers and commentators, many of them my heroes, are treating her as though she’s an idiot! My friends, she is the prototype of America’s worst nightmare on the move. She is the new and improved Hillary Clinton! She is the doe-eyed, hovering basilisk currently hypnotizing millions of infantile minds who see her as the bubbling personage of the revolutionary, paradigm shift. She is the new, ‘innocent’ cheerleader that the triumphantly emerging ‘One World America’ has been yearning for. And the victims of her narcotic deception are as prepared for her fatal spell as a nursery full of babies. Trust me, folks, Barack knew precisely why he was campaigning for her. And he is, as we speak, delighted that so many are dismissing her as a ditz.

The Manchurian Counterfeit

Re-Posted from the Canada Free PressNovember 20, 2018

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I have written several articles harping on the roles of television and the Internet in training up programmed humanoids that I call (the older of whom) ‘silver ponytails’ and (the younger that most all conservatives refer to as) ‘snowflakes’. We are today surrounded by a whole new ‘America’ that the lamestream media has been carefully nurturing, like a bonsai tree, for the past fifty years. I quote myself here (something I love to do), because I honestly can’t find too many other people talking about this 21st century phenomenon of the busted hope of America. In a previous article I identified millennials and their offspring as, “… a raw resource (the Left sees only fit) to be exploited, mined and kept in numbing and compliant conformity. Liberal media/entertainment has groomed them to buy and vote for anything that is in the trend they’ve built – politically correct just as mother tv has instructed.”

TV-trained millennials and their dimbulb generations

And this dilemma is right where conservatives have really missed the boat – especially after George Bush Senior, in all of his vain confidence, decided to phone in his part when campaigning against Clinton in 1992. The Democrats learned to speak “street” starting with Bill Clinton and George Stephanopoulos. And that was thoroughly perfected by the time streetwise Barack Obama took the torch in 2008. I remember when Obama orchestrated his online virtual ‘train tours’ through the US during his first term. Obama quickly learned that ‘cool’ conquers ‘comprehension’ when it comes to dealing with their dialed-in constituency, the tv-trained millennials and their dimbulb generations to follow (and in many instances their parents and grandparents are just as lightheaded). Encapsulating the point I am trying to make here (THAT WE HAVE GENERALLY RAISED IMPRESSIONABLE MORONS FOR OUR CITIZENRY) is the sad fact that only 40% of law grads managed to pass the California Bar exam this year. No doubt, given the trend at hand they, and maybe other states, will dumb down future exams. Or perhaps all the dumb grads will just be given law licenses for having participated in attending law school.

Obama conducted an online “whistle-stop” conversation with America early on in his first term. I had to applaud his ingenuity in maintaining a relationship of sorts with his constituency. The streaming program lasted for about an hour or so, starting on the West Coast and worked its way East. The first kid Barack spoke with was in San Francisco. Everybody had computer cams on, so you could see the bedrooms of every youngster who had voted him into office. The first thing out of Barack’s mouth was simply, “Wow, that’s a really cool Bob Marley poster you’ve got on your wall there!” Obama was hip. And it was through that savvy – which had nothing to do with winning debates – that he won the Oval Office. The GOP, after Reagan and up until the time of Donald Trump, never got past “I LIKE IKE!”, in its stabs at reaching people. That always worked for me because I have a brain and I understood what they were talking about. But then, I am just another member of the choir.

Alexandria Ocasio – Cortez is even more clever and slippery than a love child of Barack and Hillary on steroids

‘Being cool’ in politics nowadays is just plain good-sense marketing. That’s because most of the people who will today bother to make it to the polls are primarily young and naïve folks. They will respond to the romancing, shucking and jiving of the weirdos who today make up the DNC. Conservatives still have this lingering notion that the best argument will win the day. But, sadly, that just isn’t so anymore. When Jesse Jackson introduced the Rainbow Coalition, you have to hand it to him for knowing that common sense was beginning its holiday, he and his protégés knew that future voters would be the hapless progeny of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll.

And those people would have no time for sound doctrine, let alone great statesmen or genius apologists who couldn’t speak a word of their new language. We conservatives never caught on. You can imagine my shock when the best the GOP could come up with against Obama in 2012 were the stunt-doubles for the 1967 version of Batman and Robin. Eight years of a silver tongued devil like Obama – and all the racist and cultic hell he could raise – still haven’t taught us much at all regarding the mindset that today rallies behind what we consider nut-jobs like Clinton, Pelosi, Waters, Schumer, Booker, and the rest of them. It absolutely has nothing to do with logic.

Now an even greater danger has come to the fore. And she is even more clever and slippery than a love child of Barack and Hillary on steroids. She is cool, she is cute as a button, and acts like she is only “three-and-a-half years old!” Her name is Alexandria Ocasio – Cortez. She says stupid things like, “Gosh! Until I take over the job, I don’t even think I’ll have enough money for an apartment in Washington DC!” And she does stupid-looking things like take part in a sit-in outside of Nancy Pelosi’s Washington office. But trust me, folks, she is anything but stupid. If she hadn’t been groomed and plugged in as a desperation toss by the DNC, she would certainly now be occupying a corner office and bringing home a couple million bucks a year at a top ad agency on Madison Avenue.

Don’t let anyone tell you that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is another dumbbell added to the roster of liberal morons

FYI, she was a double major – economics and international relations – at the ‘no dummies allowed’, top dollar, Boston University, a A 70K/year school that accepts only about 30% of its applicants. She went on to work for the Prince of freaking Darkness himself, Ted Kennedy. And Teddy was not notorious for surrounding himself with halfwits. Barack Obama went out of his way to stump for her, even though she is caucasian (and yes, folks, latinos are caucasians) because he knew the magic she would bring to progressive socialists looking for a shoe-in with the high school children destined to take over and literally overpower what is left of thinking America. And in an air of real triumph, the very liberal and leftist ‘Young Turks’ commentators were just yesterday celebrating what they noted as Fox News freaking out over Cortez because, as they implied, of the refreshing change she was bringing to an old world America.

If you take nothing else away from my story this week, it is this: Don’t let anyone tell you that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is another dumbbell added to the roster of liberal morons. Because neither assessment is accurate. Cortez and the people she is in league with are as dumb as the devil who runs that political party. And they are all crazy like the foxes about to be minding the henhouse we used to call ” … the land of the free and the home of the brave”.

Sometimes I will write an article, and I will pat myself on the back for the profound points I made in getting my message across. I can listen for hours to the brilliance of a Ben Shapiro, Dennis Prager or my old favorite, Thomas Sowell. But I so often forget that the most powerful tyrants of history and their oppressive regimes didn’t build any of their evil empires on a foundation of power points, sagacity and godliness. To the man, they all accomplished their horrible legacies working through the inflamed passions of mobs consumed by ignorance and desperation – exactly the constituency comprising today’s leftist America – and the swarms of offscouring and vagabonds now marching toward our southern border.

She is as serious as a heart attack about her socialist, one-world agenda

Christian conservative Americans should have long ago realized the true danger and nature of the treachery arching itself against the informed mind that Thomas Jefferson had prayed would steward our Republic long after he’d died. But, instead, for the past 50 years at least, we have mostly just been kept distracted by word games thrown at us by the very real devil while we’ve been hauling in Trojan horses like the Clintons, the Obamas, and now a beautiful young witch who has raised ‘playing stupid’ into a paralyzing new art form. For a moment, like everybody else, I wanted to think this young woman was just another democrat dumbbell. I really wanted to believe that, because my mind needed the rest that thought afforded me.

I thought naïvely that maybe we could let our guard down and just let her shoot herself in the foot. But she not at all stupid. No! She and all that comes with her constitute an unprecedented level of danger to an America that is, as we watch, slipping into unconsciousness. There is nothing sweet or innocent about her. She should be handled like a pit viper. In a recent post-victory interview she said, ““We were very clear about our message, very clear about our priorities and very clear about the fact that even if you’ve never voted before we are talking to you.” And she wasn’t kidding a bit. She has made herself as ‘clear’ as mud to a crowd of people who are blinded by the circuses of the democratic party in conjunction with a lying liberal media. But she is as serious as a heart attack about her socialist, one-world agenda. And we should keep our vigil and response just as sober and serious. Our lives and the lives of those about whom we so deeply care depend upon it.

Katie Hopkins – Our Final Stand for The West

Published on Nov 21, 2018

David Horowitz Freedom Center Restoration Weekend 2018

Will GOP Wilt If Educated Women Leave?

Published on Nov 23, 2018

College-educated women — offended by Trump, outraged by Kavanaugh, and clinging to abortion rights — are leaving the GOP, and Republicans don’t seem to have a plan to stem the tide. Bill Whittle Now brings the message he thinks will persuade them to stay and fight.

Clergy and the Caravan

I would like to believe that these left-leaning rabbis, ministers, and imams had good intentions, joining together to meet the caravan of migrants and provide them with food, clothing and solace, but their logic is deeply flawed.  Whatever their intent, it is unconscionable and immoral for them to presume that they have the authority to offer the United States of America, home to more than 325.7 million American citizens, to any foreign hordes.  In breaking the law, they are setting themselves above the law, which is something expressly forbidden in Judaism and Christianity.

Some of the rabbis used the Holocaust as false justification for the men’s trek to the north (95% of the lot are men), but theirs is a misplaced spirit of humanitarianism.  They have drawn an unsuitable equivalence between the European Jews who were forced to flee their homes in fear for their lives with the Central Americans who were lured by the promise of welfare.   This sense of social justice is peculiarly selective, inasmuch as the rabbis were silent when “Palestinian” youths were propelling incendiary kites and balloons over Israel for more than a half year, burning thousands of acres of precious land and life; silent during these years of firing rockets and mortars into Israel, killing, crippling, and destroying; silent when Jews are attacked on the streets of Israel, France, Sweden, and Brooklyn; and silent when jihada and anti-Semite, Linda Sarsour, rants her hatred against Jews and President Trump.  Heck, they didn’t even show up to support the establishment of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, yet they managed to arise in support of an invasion into America by unknown, lawless thousands!

The leftist clerics are not entitled to overlook the possibilities that this migration is no different from the present-day Islamic migration (hijra) into Europe, creating havoc with their acts of rape, violence and destruction, bent on conquest by population.  We know that Bartolo Fuentes, former Honduran congressman and one of the marches’ coordinators, established the caravan on March 12, 2017, and the small number grew to thousands as they passed through Guatamala, El Salvador, and Mexico.  We cannot wait for recognizable uniforms, tanks, bazookas and cannons before calling it a threat.  The firing pin has been pulled, the gun powder ignited, and these are the “bullets,” which, by their sheer number, are meant to be the overpowering human projectiles – and now guided by a misguided clergy.

Mexico was not able to stop these bullets, and her offer of asylum was rebuffed, proving that the marchers are not really seeking sanctuary.  Mexicans agree with our President Trump, that this is an invasion, a “tsunami,” as the intruders continue north, waving their own flags and burning our Stars and Stripes – surely a sign of disrespect and haughty bravado, not humility.

Further, the hordes have shown their ingratitude by rejecting our food offerings, saying the meals are not “fit for pigs.”  Such behavior, which expresses no appreciation or veneration for our country, warrants no compassion.  What it does warrant is our understanding that they are not the “tired, poor, hungry masses.”  They have thus far been well fed, clothed, and tended along their journey by socio-political progressives and the United Nations.  If permitted entry, our shifting population would throw us into economic turmoil, with more taxes imposed on the middle class to pay for the non-working poor.  Once again, this is the redistribution of wealth, the goal of “global justice,” such as fueled by the Occupy movements of 2011, and the heavy taxation and unemployment of the Obama years.

If not for President Trump’s strong support for our military and police forces that had been allowed to deteriorate during the “eight years,” we would now be in the throes of invasion, no borders, no sovereignty, and in rampant chaos.  These clerics may well be of the same academic era that continues to weaken our male students, to intentionally destabilize our country, to have kept them ignorant of our history and what it took to establish these United States.  They may not understand the goals of Progressivism/Communism and Islamism, but naïveté is inexcusable in leadership positions.  If they are even partly responsible for the potential of unbridled disaster to our nation, they will have blood on their hands – and they would also succumb.

This is like no war we have ever fought.  It is global as well as within our nation.  The tactics differ as do the levels of progression and intensity, but the war is a certainty.  How it is allowed to escalate is still up to us.


by Tabitha Korol


Broward Counts Wrong Ballots – Supervisor Brenda Snipes Blames Criticism on Racism…

Let it not be said this wasn’t transparently predictable. After missing the deadline for reporting the official machine ballot count, the hand-count in Broward County had to be halted when officials noticed the staff were counting the wrong ballots today. This comes on the heels of Broward County Supervisor of Elections claiming her critics were racist.

It’s how she rolls along; year, after year, after year…. and no-one ever puts a stop to her consistent lack of competence, because racism. Yup, you can’t make this stuff up folks.

FLORIDA – […] On Saturday, the volunteers started sorting about 22,000 undervotes and overvotes in the contentious contest for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture.

That came to a grinding halt when lawyers found thousands of overlapping ballots which clearly showed a vote in the agriculture race but were fuzzy in the Senate race. (read more)

This happens the same day SoE Brenda Snipes claims any criticism of her performance, amid years of consistent Broward County election mistakes and chaos, is due to racism:

FLORIDA – […] On Friday, with a hand count of votes under way, about two dozen protesters continued their vigil in a car park outside Snipes’s headquarters. Some claimed without evidence that she had missed the deadline deliberately because the results she oversaw boosted Scott’s overall lead.

In a short interview, Snipes, 75, said: “You know, the protesters have been claiming stuff all week so whatever they’re doing, that’s what they’re doing. That’s what they feel like they need to do.”

Asked if she felt it was racially motivated, the supervisor replied: “Probably. Probably.” She declined to elaborate.

Snipes had promised “100%” in a CNN interview earlier this week that Broward county, a Democratic stronghold, would complete its machine recount on time. It appeared to do so with just under 15 minutes to spare before Thursday’s 3pm deadline. The recount showed Scott, currently the Republican governor of Florida, down 606 votes from the first count and Nelson down 1,385 – a net gain for Scott of 779 votes.

But mysteriously, Snipes only sent the results to the Florida secretary of state at 3.02pm on Thursday, rendering the entire exercise a waste of time and money. (read more)

Democrat Presidential Candidate Michael Avenatti Arrested for Felony Domestic Violence…

According to the progressive-left Michael Avenatti is a strong presidential candidate in their 2020 objectives.

Unfortunately, those hopes and aspirations may have encountered a set-back today as the Creepy Porn Lawyer, Avenatti, is arrested for felony domestic violence.

TMZ is reporting that CPL is in police custody after beating his estranged wife.

CALIFORNIA – […] Our law enforcement sources say Avenatti was arrested Wednesday after his estranged wife filed a felony DV report. We’re told her face was “swollen and bruised.”

Our sources say the alleged incident occurred Tuesday, but there was a confrontation Wednesday between the two at an exclusive apartment building in the Century City area of L.A.

We’re told during Wednesday’s confrontation the woman ran out of the apartment building and was on the sidewalk on her cellphone with sunglasses covering her eyes, screaming on the phone, “I can’t believe you did this to me.”

We’re told security brought her inside the building and Michael showed up 5 minutes later, ran into the building, chasing after her. He screamed repeatedly, “She hit me first.” We’re told he angrily added, “This is bulls***, this is f***ing bulls***.” (read more)

Constant Narcissism News – CNN Sues White House in Silly Effort to Restore Jim Acosta Hard Pass…

Constant Narcissism News (CNN) has filed a lawsuit against President Trump, Sarah Sanders, John Kelly, Bill Shine and the Secret Service over the White House decision to revoke the ‘hard pass’ of Narcissist News correspondent Jim Acosta.

If rejected, Acosta will likely ride his bicycle in slow circles at the end of the White House driveway while glaring in the windows….

WASHINGTON DC – CNN has filed a lawsuit against President Trump and several of his aides, seeking the immediate restoration of chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s access to the White House.

The lawsuit is a response to the White House’s suspension of Acosta’s press pass, known as a Secret Service “hard pass,” last week. The suit alleges that Acosta and CNN’s First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning. It was docketed and assigned to Judge Timothy J. Kelly, a Trump appointee. CNN is seeking a preliminary hearing as soon as possible.

Both CNN and Acosta are plaintiffs in the lawsuit. There are six defendants: Trump, chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders, deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, Secret Service director Randolph Alles, and the Secret Service officer who took Acosta’s hard pass away last Wednesday. (read more)

Jim Acosta behaving like: “I will not be ignored, Mr. President”….

Response from the White House:

Caravan Rejects Mexican President’s Refuge Offer

Published on Nov 9, 2018

The caravan of Honduran migrants headed through Mexico toward the U.S. border received an offer they could not refuse…but they did. Bill Whittle Now grapples with some of the thornier issues for conservatives when it comes to immigration

Contrast in Competence – Miami Dade is Halfway Finished With Recount, Broward County Hasn’t Even Started…

Well, this certainly adds context to the charges of purposeful incompetence applied toward notoriously corrupt Broward County Supervisor of Elections, Brenda Snipes.

According to a recent report from the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade County is halfway through the constitutionally required recount of votes.  Meanwhile, Broward County has not started; and there’s almost no-way for them to meet the court-ordered deadline of Thursday afternoon.

(Miami Herald) By noon on Monday, Miami-Dade managed to recount about half of the more than 800,000 votes cast in the 2018 election. Broward County had not yet started its state-mandated recount.

The stark contrast in pace from Florida’s two largest sources of ballots highlights the pressure facing Broward as it tries to meet a Thursday afternoon deadline to recount the more than 700,000 votes cast in the largely Democratic county.

As of noon Monday, Broward still had to calibrate its ballot-scanning machines and sort out the ballots needed to be counted, suggesting the actual recount may not start until later in the day or even Tuesday morning.  (read more)