It’s Thursday aka Almost Friday!!!
For Thursday aka Almost Friday!!!, President Biden will have received his daily brief. This afternoon he signs the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law. He and Vice President Harris will deliver remarks at the signing ceremony.
When Wednesday’s Open Thread was posted President Biden had tweeted 1 time. He added another 5 tweets giving him a total of 6 tweets and 0 retweets for Wednesday.
He resumed tweeting by posting a live feed to remarks he gave at the United States Coast Guard Academy’s 140th Commencement.
The video feed is 28 minutes and 18 seconds long. The video starts with President Biden already speaking. You can find his full remarks here. The timestamp says he spoke from 11:46 a.m., until 12:14 p.m. D.C., time.
He issues 3 non-related tweets before ending Wednesday’s tweeting by sharing photos from the Commencement.
President Biden (26:43): God protect you all as you set out on your journey. And may God protect all those who wear the uniform of the United States of America.
In his first non-related tweet he says “get vaccinated.”
In his second non-related tweet he says “Mark my words.”
In his third non-related tweet he says “Community College should be free.”
From the American Families Plan:
For Thursday President Biden has tweeted 3 times so far.
He says he looks forward to signing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law.
Summary of the bill:
This bill requires a designated officer or employee of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to facilitate the expedited review of hate crimes and reports of hate crimes.
DOJ must issue guidance for state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies on establishing online hate crime reporting processes, collecting data disaggregated by protected characteristic (e.g., race or national origin), and expanding education campaigns.
Additionally, DOJ and the Department of Health and Human Services must issue guidance aimed at raising awareness of hate crimes during the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic.
The bill establishes grants for states to create state-run hate crimes reporting hotlines. It also authorizes grants for states and local governments to implement the National Incident-Based Reporting System and to conduct law enforcement activities or crime reduction programs to prevent, address, or respond to hate crimes.
Finally, in the case of an individual convicted of a hate crime offense and placed on supervised release, the bill allows a court to order that the individual participate in educational classes or community service as a condition of supervised release.Congress.gov.
S.937 passed the Senate on April, 22nd, 2021, senate.gov recorded the vote as; 94 Yea’s, *1 Nay, and 5 Senators did not vote.
The bill passed the House on May 18th, 2021, clerk.house.gov recorded the vote as; 364 Yea’s, *62 Nay’s, and 3 House Members did not vote.
*Hee Haw voted no in Senate. Shocking I know. In the House all 62 votes against the bill were Republicans, with 1 Democrat and 2 Republicans not voting.*
In his second tweet he says “I want you to know you are not alone.”
According to Mental Health Action Day.org., this is the first Mental Health Action Day. The website has button that reads “take action,” which sends the clicker of the button to a separate website that gives users information on how to “take action,” for themselves, friends, and family, regarding mental health.
While more people than ever before are comfortable discussing mental health, many fall through the cracks in the space between awareness and action – particularly those who have been marginalized or underserved by existing institutions.
That is why a coalition of nonprofits, brands and influential leaders are coming together to launch the first-ever Mental Health Action Day that will drive our culture from awareness to action.Mental Health Action Day.org. 05/20/2021
In his third tweet he shares a video of himself from his tour of the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center.
His tour took place on Tuesday May 18th, 2021. The video snip is 27 seconds long.
President Biden: Thanks for what you’re doing.
Worker(s): You’re very welcome. Thank you.
President Biden: We’re at an inflection point in America, and you guys are the ones who are going to save it, for real. We used to be engaged in more research and development than any country in the world. And now we are number 8–China is number 1. We’ve got to beef this up, they’ll eat our lunch if we don’t. Thank you guys.
In Other News:
The White House announced on Wednesday that on May, 21st, 2021 (tomorrow) the President will award the Medal of Honor to Colonel Ralph Puckett, Jr., United States Army, Retired, for conspicuous gallantry during the Korean War. President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea will join in this ceremony.
In What Fresh Hell is This?, News.
The now former president still dipshit who continues to blog about his upsets and how the election was stolen from him (it wasn’t), has a champion in the form of former Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones who after seeing how brilliantly the Arizona Audit has been (it hasn’t), has proposed the same type of Audit in Georgia.
CNN was the first to report the Arizona style audit in Georgia on Wednesday.
Jones who has announced he will be running against Georgia Governor Brian Kemp in the GOP primary next year is quoted as saying; Georgians still have questions about irregularities found in the 2020 election and they deserve answers. We must get to the bottom of all of this and other irregularities to restore trust in our election process. If Mr. Kemp refuses to demand an audit, then I will when I am elected to replace him.
As CNN notes, Georgia has tallied the results 3 times, giving President Biden the win there, each time they tallied. Plus Georgia conducted an audit of absentee ballot signatures, and found no fraud.
Speaking of the Cyber Ninja’s epic fail in Arizona, Jennifer Morrell, who was asked by the Arizona Secretary of State to observe the audit in Maricopa County, penned an op-ed that appeared in yesterday’s Washington Post.
According to Morrell; I expected it to be unconventional. But it was so much worse than that. In more than a decade working on elections, audits and recounts across the country, I’ve never seen one this mismanaged.
She goes on to say that she was made to surrender her phone, smart watch, and bags were not allowed on the floor. She does say she was given a pink shirt, a yellow legal pad, and a red pen. Morrell says that on May 4th, the day she was observing that, “The audit observers hired by Cyber Ninjas, in orange T-shirts, followed me wherever I went and reported random things about me they found suspicious. Several times someone asked to test my pen, to ensure it really had red ink. Once, they even demanded that I empty my pockets, in which I carried that pen and a pair of reading glasses. I was allowed only to ask procedural questions of the Cyber Ninjas attorney; I couldn’t talk to anyone else performing the work. The atmosphere was tense.”
Highlights of her thoughts on what she saw:
I also observed other auditors working on a “forensic paper audit,” flagging ballots as “suspicious” for a variety of reasons. One was presidential selection: If someone thought the voter’s choice looked as though it was marked by a machine, they flagged it as “anomalous.” Another was “missing security markers.” (It’s virtually impossible for a ballot to be missing its security markers, since voting equipment is designed to reject ballots without them.) The third was paper weight — the forensics tables had scales for weighing ballots, though I never saw anyone use them — and texture. Volunteers scrutinized ballots for, of all things, bamboo fibers. Only later, after the shift, did I learn that this was connected to a conspiracy theory that fake ballots had been flown in from South Korea.
The fourth reason was folding. The auditors reasoned that only absentee voters would fold their ballots; an in-person, Election Day voter would take a flat ballot, mark it in the booth and submit it, perfectly pristine. I almost had to laugh: In my experience, voters will fold ballots every which way, no matter where they vote or what the ballot instructs them to do. Chalk it up to privacy concerns or individual quirks — but no experienced elections official would call that suspicious.
Their equipment worried me more than their wild theorizing. At the forensics tables, auditors took a photo of each ballot using a camera suspended by a frame, then passed the ballot to someone operating a lightbox with four microscope cameras attached. This was a huge deviation from the norm. Usually, all equipment that election officials use to handle a ballot — from creating to scanning to tallying it — has been federally tested and certified; often, states will conduct further tests before their jurisdictions accept the machines. It jarred me to see volunteers using this untested, uncertified equipment on ballots, claiming that the images would be used at some point in the future for an electronic re-tally.Washington Post. 05/19/2021.
She does say that when told of the concerns the auditors would try and address them. However, she adds, that audit procedures should never change in the middle of an audit.
I should also remind you that the Maricopa Audit team that blasted out on Twitter that Maricopa election officials had deleted a database have now walked that claim back.
CNN explains; Auditors hired by the Arizona state Senate backtracked Tuesday from claims that a key database had been deleted from Maricopa County’s elections servers — admitting in a hearing held by the Senate Republicans overseeing the audit that the data is intact and they’d been looking the wrong way.
But sure let’s totally take this shit show on the road to other states!!!!
The White House daily press briefing is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. D.C., time.
President Biden and Vice President Harris remarks are scheduled around 2:00 p.m. D.C., time.
This is an Open Thread.