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Hillary Clinton's margin of victory in the 2016 vote count continues to climb, at this point well over a million. 

But her impending defeat in the Electoral College comes with familiar signs that the election was stripped and flipped.

These indicators include the realities of pre- and post-election polling; the massive stripping of primarily black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters from computer generated registration rolls mostly maintained by private partisan companies; unverifiable "black box" electronic voting machines and central tabulators, also mostly manufactured and maintained by private corporations, and much more.

Were this election held in any other country, the US State Department and independent monitors from around the world would denounce it as a fraud, and contemplate international intervention. 

The Electoral College

Feminism has a crucial role to play in modern life, but I sometimes wish it would leave our fairy tales alone. The results of its revisionist meddling are too often unconvincing and unsatisfying.

Remember last year’s Maleficent? It turned an age-old story on its head by revealing that the fairy (Angelina Jolie) who turned a princess into a “Sleeping Beauty” was not evil at all. No, she was merely wronged and misunderstood. Worst of all, we learned that the somnambulant princess could not be awakened by a kiss from the handsome prince, but only by a motherly peck from that same fairy.

How heartwarming. And how utterly unromantic.

Thank goodness Disney’s new live-action version of Cinderella doesn’t wear its feminism on its sleeve. It has nods to modern sensibilities, to be sure, but they’re handled with a lighter touch.

"Knowledge is power; but who hath duly Considered the power of Ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. Knowledge, through patient and frugal centuries, enlarges discovery and makes record of it; Ignorance, wanting its day's dinner, lights a fire with the record, and gives a flavor to its one roast with the burned souls of many generations."-- George Eliot,from the author’s last novel,Daniel Deronda

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Pilots from the US Department of the Navy returned from World War II flush with pride at winning the war in the Pacific. So, in 1946, the Navy established a base of naval air operations on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico where the Blue Angels began doing air shows for the public, partly for recruiting future pilots and partly for raising unit morale.

 

Within a few years the US Air Force established a base in Texas, where the first USAF Thunderbird team began doing air shows in 1953.

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July 18 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
OTSE and its supporters will be standing vigil outside of the Ohio Statehouse in response to the planned execution of Robert Van Hook. All are welcome to join. Contact abe@otse.org with any questions.

he Manchurian Money-Launderer has just kissed every inch of his mafia don’s anatomy.

The Donald has been washing Russia’s mob cash since the 1980s. The constant stream of ruble injections has funded his many bankruptcies.

In 2016, GOP election thieves like Kris Kobach, Jon Husted, Scott Walker, Rick Snyder, Rick Scott (state secretaries of Kansas and Ohio, governors of Wisconsin, Michigan and Florida) and so many more turned Trump’s 3-million-vote loss to Hillary Clinton into a victory for the Russian mob and America’s corporate 0.01%. They’re set to do it again in 2018 and 2020.

The brutal, ruthless Putin is orders of magnitude more savvy and capable than the orange American. Globally, he is the mob boss Don Corleone, lording it over his addled son Fredo.

Amidst Trump’s Helsinki rant storm against US intelligence, Putin admitted he favored Trump in the 2016 election.

The Democrats have been in turmoil for the last half century and then some, when they abandoned their racist base and supported the civil rights movement.

Revved up by the spirit of the ’60s, the party began opening itself to further change, even daring to push beyond the financial interests of its controlling oligarchs and declare an opposition to war. “I have no secret plan for peace. I have a public plan,” George McGovern said during his 1972 presidential campaign . . . and that was that. After his crushing defeat, at the hands of Richard Nixon and his “Southern strategy,” the Dems quietly retreated. Their prevailing slogan ever since, whispered subconsciously, has been: We don’t stand for all that much.

The Dems are now Republican lite. They don’t have the will to disrupt anything that seems tried and true — such as, for instance, American exceptionalism and bloated militarism.

Throughout the day before the summit in Helsinki, the lead story on the New York Times home page stayed the same: “Just by Meeting With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead.” The Sunday headline was in harmony with the tone of U.S. news coverage overall. As for media commentary, the Washington Post was in the dominant groove as it editorialized that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is “an implacably hostile foreign adversary.”

 

Drawing of Batman and words American Indian Artists Series

Thursday, July 19, 6:30-8:30pm
Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St.
Experience an American Indian live paint event presented by The Ohio History Connection and Columbus Museum of Art. Renowned American Indian artists, Tom Farris (Otoe-Missouria/Cherokee) and Micah Wesley (Creek/Kiowa) will create new works of art that embrace the story of contemporary American Indian people as artists, tribal citizens and individuals.
CMA values the role artists play in society to imagine and question and we see the Museum as a laboratory for new ideas. Meet Your Creative Community features artists premiering new projects at CMA. Enjoy a family-friendly evening in CMA’s Sculpture Garden with live painting, a cash bar, and tasty bites available for purchase from Schokko Café. 
Cost of the program is included with general admission, which is $5 for nonmembers and free for CMA and OHC members.

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Riveting newcomer Lauren Sanderson has announced summer U.S. headlining dates, aptly dubbed the Trust The Universe Tour, her first major trek since signing with Epic Records this past spring. The live run kicks off in Milwaukee, WI on July 12 and hurtles through much of the country’s heartland, winding down in early August. It’s an enticing rollout from the Midwest-reared 22-year old whose alluring blend of alternative, R&B, and hip hop has captivated music fans and critics across the globe. She will be in Columbus on July 31 at The Basement, 391 Neil Ave, 

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July 19-22
Renaissance Columbus downtown hotel
The heart of the annual GeeklyCon is the board game room, Dungeons and Dragons is just one of the dozens of board games available to play with new geekly friends. But there are panel discussions, contests and lots more! Tickets are $90, which includes:

A ticket to the kickoff party (+ drink ticket & food, live show entrance, karaoke, and farewell party)

Hang out in the Game Room with a board game library featuring approx.100+ boardgames

Sign up for a tabletop RPG, or run your own

Access to the Live Show including Drunks & Dragons & More

Access to Panels and Talks throughout the day

Outings including Brewery tours, Boardgame Bars + more

GeeklyCon-wide House Cup games to help you to get to know people.

https://geeklycon.com/collections/tickets/products/geeklycon-2018-basic-ticket

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