Your 2.6.19 Playpen

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(Aiken County Sheriff’s Office/Getty Images)

I had a totally different subject in mind to kick off today’s Playpen, but this absolutely bonkers piece on James Brown changed my mind.

It’s lengthy (three parts) and batshit insane.  A sample:

Mr. Brown, you don’t want to do this, she said.

He did not turn around. She kept pleading. Finally he put a hand on the shotgun and said if she didn’t take her clothes off, he would come back there and help her.

Now he did turn toward her, as did the gun. His face was still twitching. She began taking off her clothes. A rhinestone headband that she wore every day. The red bandanna from around her throat. Her white boots with gold tips. A long denim skirt that a friend’s mother had given her.

Brown came to the back of the van, smelling of Brut aftershave. He grabbed her by the hair.

It lasted for hours. The pain was excruciating. He talked about being a stallion, about the way God was blessing her. She pleaded and pleaded, then gave up. He slammed her head against the wall of the van and tore an earring from her ear. He said if she told anyone, her family would be killed.

She couldn’t breathe. Her heart raced. He wanted to finish, but couldn’t, and so he kept going. She had never felt such pain. She felt as if she were floating away, looking down at herself from above. She asked God not to let her mother find her naked and dead in the woods.

She told him her family would be looking for her. Her husband would come looking. This seemed to affect Brown. He left the van for a while. The back door was partly open, possibly damaged when he’d smashed a tree. She could see fog, and lights from the highway. The lights illuminated a barbed wire fence.

Brown returned and started the van. He drove back to the road. Cold wind sliced in from the broken door. Jacque saw more lights, and a bridge. She put on her clothes.

Back at the office, Jacque got out of the van, carrying her boots. Brown sat in the driver’s seat and said nothing. She was bleeding, and her head hurt, and she couldn’t think straight, although she knew she would have to find her in-laws’ house in the dark. She started her Cadillac and got on the highway. Then she saw the black van again. Brown was trying to run her off the road. She drove faster, but he stayed beside her, and finally she pulled onto the shoulder. He got out, yelling at her, banging on the window.

What do you want, she asked through the glass.

You forgot to tell me you love me, he said.

That’s just a taste.  Really, I’ve got nothing else today.  Read it all, and if you’ve got anything left afterwards, well, you know where to go to share.

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  1. KornDawg

    Gotta love seeing Aiken County on the blog, even if it is only James Brown’s mugshot.

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  2. paul

    I started reading that article myself yesterday. I haven’t quite made it through part one. For those of us who were around when James Brown was alive, it might stir any number of emotions. Unfortunately, surprise and disbelief aren’t really among them. Dude was always, shall we say, mercurial? Or we could go with plain old bat$hit crazy. Brown could also put on a splendid show.

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    • Morris Day

      Man, seen Mike Judge’s “Tales From the Tour Bus” series? Imagine if he’d gotten these interviews for the James Brown episodes? Wow!

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  3. Got Cowdog

    Just so I would be in the loop here today, I watched the SOTU last night. Now you go and drop this on us. Now I have TWO burning questions:

    Are you going to leave JB’s picture in your header?

    All those women dressed like Nancy Pelosi, would they be Pelosians or Pelosites?

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  4. Russ

    Not sure I want to read more after the disgusting intro. I guess as a husband and a father of a daughter, reading stuff like this isn’t enjoyable or interesting. Visceral, maybe.

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  5. 86BONE

    Beach Island, SC….what a guy. I grew up having to listen to crazy stories about him…police chases, beatings, etc…
    I wonder when people will revolt in downtown Augusta and demand HIS statue to be torn down!?

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    • ilini84

      Aww the poor confederacy. . .

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      • Derek

        Do James Brown statutes symbolize racial supremacy or heroism or is it just that the music was really funky?

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        • Gurkha Dawg

          Derek, is that a picture of you in blackface?

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        • JCDawg83

          If that is what you think monuments to Confederate dead symbolize, there is no use in pointing out how incorrect you are.

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          • Derek

            Almost none of the monuments were put up right after the Civil War. Some were erected during the civil rights era of the early 1960s, which coincided with the war’s centennial, but the vast majority of monuments date to between 1895 and World War I. They were part of a campaign to paint the Southern cause in the Civil War as just and slavery as a benevolent institution, and their installation came against a backdrop of Jim Crow violence and oppression of African Americans. The monuments were put up as explicit symbols of white supremacy.

            The group responsible for the majority of these memorials was the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), among the most influential white women’s organizations in the South in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Honoring Confederate heroes, generals and soldiers was one of its primary objectives, and hundreds of monuments throughout the South — and beyond — serve as testimony to the Daughters’ aggressive agenda to vindicate the Confederacy.

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            • Napoleon BonerFart

              Right. Daughters honoring their fathers’ defense of their states from invasion is disgusting.

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            • JCDawg83

              You are correct. The monuments were not put up right after the war because the South was occupied by Federal troops and they did not allow any memorials to the Confederate dead. Additionally, the South was financially ruined and did not have the money to erect any monuments to anything. You are also correct that most were erected by the UDC in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This is because that is how long it took to raise the funds to purchase the monuments. The members of the UDC were the wives, widows and daughters of the Confederate veterans. The monuments were erected to honor the soldiers who fought and died for their country. They did not aim to vindicate the Confederacy or slavery or Jim Crow laws, their goal was to honor the veterans, living and dead.

              Whether you like it or not, the Confederacy was a country unto itself for a short time. It had a govt., a post office, an army, a navy, a diplomatic corps, it’s own currency and all the other trappings of a nation. It lost a war with another country and was occupied and annexed into that country. Monuments to honor the dead of that war were not placed to justify anything or vindicate anything any more than memorials and monuments in Germany to honor the dead of WW2 are there to glorify the Nazi party or monuments to WW2 dead in Japan are there to justify the brutal occupation of China.

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              • Derek

                The UDC could have had a message of loss and reconciliation and atonement. It chose differently. Not my fault that it chosr the banner of Lost Cause ideology, racial order and supremacy and a false history.

                It’s sad that so many people were sent to die to defend a morally repugnant institution. It really is. There’s a positive message in there somewhere, if they had wanted to have one.

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  Exactly. When an occupying force sets out to crush a society, why do they keep resisting? What’s next, a statue memorializing a wedding procession in Afghanistan hit by a drone attack when we know damn well that somebody’s second cousin could well have been a Taliban sympathizer? If the Confederacy wanted to be positive, they would have erected monuments to Sherman or Pope, rather than to their relatives, who deserved to be murdered based on which side of the Mason-Dixon line they resided.

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              • SpellDawg

                That’s not the case, the timeline is telling. The great majority were erected following the Plessy v. Ferguson decision, but the surge during the 1960’s following Brown v. Board of Ed. is maybe even more telling. Most were statues of individual idols from the war, not nods to the great masses of men who died. I was born in early 70’s Athens and spent a good portion of my childhood there, “the South will rise again!” was a common refrain so burned into my brain I got into fights saying it when we moved to a less “Southern” state.

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              • Napoleon BonerFart

                Actually, considering the CSA a country is complicated. Because if it were a nation, Lincoln would have needed Congress to declare war, which it never did. And blockades could only be imposed on sovereign nations, which Lincoln certainly didn’t want to acknowledge.

                Fortunately, the Supreme Court conveniently ruled that the CSA was both a sovereign nation for international purposes, and NOT a sovereign nation for domestic purposes. So, the president could do whatever he wanted. Hooray for the living, breathing Constitution!

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              • garageflowers

                I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Germany and Japan. For years there has been a huge controversy about the Japanese Yasukuni Shrine. In Germany I have never seen any monuments of Nazi soldiers. Nor Nazi flags.

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          • Derek

            When the Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina that was gifted in 1913 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy one of the featured speakers at its unveiling was Julian Carr, a local industrialist and Confederate veteran. Here’s what he said at the event about the meaning of that occasion:

            “The present generation, I am persuaded, scarcely takes note of what the Confederate soldier meant to the welfare of the Anglo Saxon race during the four years immediately succeeding the war, when the facts are, that their courage and steadfastness saved the very life of the Anglo Saxon race in the South—When “the bottom rail was on top” all over the Southern states, and to-day, as a consequence the purest strain of the Anglo Saxon is to be found in the 13 Southern States—Praise God.

            I trust I may be pardoned for one allusion, howbeit it is rather personal. One hundred yards from where we stand, less than ninety days perhaps after my return from Appomattox, I horse-whipped a negro wench until her skirts hung in shreds, because upon the streets of this quiet village she had publicly insulted and maligned a Southern lady, and then rushed for protection to these University buildings where was stationed a garrison of 100 Federal soldiers. I performed the pleasing duty in the immediate presence of the entire garrison, and for thirty nights afterwards slept with a double-barrel shot gun under my head.”

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            • Napoleon BonerFart

              That story is bullshit. Obviously North Carolinians are racist pieces of shit. But there’s no way a garrison of federal soldiers stood around and watched a black woman be beaten without intervening like the hand of God to act as her salvation. Don’t you know the history of the Civil War?

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            • Napoleon BonerFart

              Right. “All of these things add up to a nostalgic elevation of a society the foundation of which was the violent enslavement of other human beings.”

              It’s so stupid when people want to argue that the raison d’etre of southern people wasn’t slavery.

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          • Derek

            Note that whether he did or didn’t beat the woman, he was an honored speaker at the presentation of a Confederate monument which is more to the point than whether the facts of his story are true. What is true is that he was a racist and fought for racism and was willing and able to tell the crowd exactly that.

            If your’re quibbling about the accuracy of the story rather than the accuracy of whether the story was said, then someone should slap Jefferson Davis’s cock out of the holster you call a mouth because you’ve been slurping so long you’re incapable of anything approaching “thought.”

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            • Napoleon BonerFart

              You misunderstand. I’m not arguing with you that Southerners were racist and Northerners weren’t. I went to seventh grade, so I’m fully educated on the complete history of the Civil War. I’m simply outraged that the federal garrison was depicted as standing around like a bunch of Southerners watching a black woman being beaten when we all know they would have immediately intervened in the name of racial equality and righteousness. It’s slander!

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              • Napoleon BonerFart

                And obviously the law of inferences is the best piece of logic to use when discussing societies. If one member of a society is racist, then the entire society is racist. It’s so simple. It doesn’t even require any thought, which is why we find it so attractive. No need at all to dig any deeper to see whether things are complex. Everything we need to know about history, we learned in kindergarten, or middle school, whatever.

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    • Debby Balcer

      Actually there are people on both camps in Augusta. There was controversy about the statue, naming a road after him and naming the James Brown arena. I met him once outside of a hotel in Augusta. Friends were moving and we had come to say goodbye. We recognized him getting out of his limo. He was nice to us and our kids. This would have been in 1998. When I was growing up in High school he owned a house on Walton Way. You heard lots of crazy stories about him.

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      • Gurkha Dawg

        I remember that house. JB always had a black Santa in the front yard. I met him a few times around town. As nice a guy as you’ll ever meet. Seems most of the weird stuff was in his later years. But yeah, he was crazy as hell.

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      • JCDawg83

        Can you think of any other rapists who were great musicians or artists that should be honored? Maybe you can get a Harvey Weinstein monument erected in his hometown? He made a lot of great movies and lots of people liked him. Roman Polanski was a great director. Drugging and raping a 13 year old girl shouldn’t take away from the great movies he directed. Maybe a tribute to him with a statue and theater named for him would be a good idea?

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        • Napoleon BonerFart

          Those guys are white, you racist.

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        • Derek

          Honoring musicians who were also criminals? Maybe.

          Merle Haggard?
          Huddie William Ledbetter AKA Lead Belly?
          Phil Spector?
          Chuck Berry?

          And don’t forget Jerry Lee Lewis and his 13 year old bride.

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          • Got Cowdog

            She was 14, dammit! And she was his cousin.

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          • JCDawg83

            Thanks for the examples. If we have decided that unwanted advances make men pariahs for life now, let’s not be hypocritical and give the rapists and criminals from the past a pass and honor them. I imagine if James Brown were the “Godfather of Rock and Roll” and was white, the statue would be coming down and the streets and arena promptly renamed.

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            • Derek

              You ARE the victim and it’s all unfair to people who look like you. You’d be a fool not to notice.

              What are we down to:

              44 of 45 presidents?
              93 or so senators?

              I mean we’re on the ropes.

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              • Napoleon BonerFart

                Exactly. Why else do all the racial minorities check the Caucasian boxes when applying for college or employment? Because of the privilege, that’s why. Do you think Elizabeth Warren would lie about being Native American when it’s so clearly an impediment to her career? Of course not! That 1/1024 in the mix was like a millstone around her neck. Poor woman.

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      • Loved doing a drive by during Christmas time to see the decorations. Notoriety…..sex, drugs did in the god father of soul , passssssed us several times going to athens on saturdays

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    • OdontoDawg

      Is Soul Bar still open? As a native of the area and old friend to Beech Island, hard to read these old stories of the GMISB.

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  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    Regardless what one thinks of Donald Trump’s speech last night, the State of the Union is a gross spectacle that is not constitutionally required. Every president until Woodrow Wilson sent a written statement to Congress, quite satisfactory to discharge their Article II, section 3 duties.
    I realize there’s as much chance of eliminating a government spectacle as there is of pigs flying, but it feels good to say it.

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  7. Mick Jagger

    CCN Headline News this morning says over a dozen people (including the Dr. who signed the death certificate) have came forth saying the Godfather of Soul didn’t die of natural causes.

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  8. Butler Reynolds

    Is anyone really that surprised?

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  9. Otto

    I don’t understand why people watch debates or speeches, Politicians are know liars, the best most accurate way to tell how they will vote is past records, and if their is no past record look at the causes they have backed or donated to prior running for office.

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  10. Muttley

    I couldn’t get away from the man yesterday. I was watching an old AIP film in the wee hours of morning, “Ski Party”, with appearances by Lesley Gore and JB and his Famous Flames. I made a point to stick around for James, doing “I Got You” in a ski lodge. Then I flipped it off, got online, and read every word of this three-part story. “Enough”, I says, and I come here, forgetting he’d be waiting up top with Dooley.

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    • Muttley

      And yeah, that story is completely bonkers It needs to be a feature film, as is, with no conclusions on reliable narrator. Oliver Stone, call your office. Or David Lynch. Or Paul Thomas Anderson.

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  11. Texas Dawg

    Pickens to UGA has to really sting for the ‘barners. Kind of helps you forget about that Hazle, Huzle, or who ever the hell that other guy was.

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  12. Bulldog Joe

    Someone had fun yesterday.

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  13. This got me to thinking- I read a few things about the SB halftime show where people were defending it by pointing out the Atlanta representation. Big Boi, the drum line and the choir are all Atlanta. Locals wanted more Atlanta/Georgia representation but others claimed that we don’t have others, that their is no music heritage. I just shook me head. Man, just go from, say, Macon to Athens and cover the last 50-60 years and any genre you like.

    Anyway, imo, you could take Brown’s Georgia game halftime show and do it today and I think it would still be popular and not just to the adults.

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  14. PTC DAWG

    Man, I did not need to read that about JB this morning…

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    • Texas Dawg

      I think it was always pretty well known that JB was bat shit crazy, but this takes it to a new and more disturbing level.

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  15. Morris Day

    Since the playpen is basically freeform, howzabout a tech support question?
    What are the “tags” in WordPress comments for linking to images? Linking to an article/URL on a website? Embedding a tweet? Thanks, I’ll hang up and listen.

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  16. Gurkha Dawg

    Are there any Democrats left who are not baby killers, racists, or commies?

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    • Are there any Republicans left who are not Muslim killers, racists, or fascists?

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      • Gurkha Dawg

        Plenty of people in this world need to be killed. I guess I’m just an old softy, but I don’t think innocent babies should be killed.

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        • Napoleon BonerFart

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        • RangerRuss

          I’m old and hard as woodpecker lips when it comes to killing. But how someone can be for the rights of grown,worthless, illegal aliens yet sanction the murder of the weakest and most helpless members of our society should confuse me. But it doesn’t confuse me. I understand that these hypocrites have a mental disorder. They are incapable of rational thought.

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          • Gurkha Dawg

            Ranger, as always, your logic is impeccable.

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            • RangerRuss

              Thanks, Gurkha Dawg. I was ambivalent towards abortion as I don’t have a dog in that fight. I remained open minded. But sometimes you can be so open minded your fuckn brains fall out. Full term abortion is infanticide plain and simple. Anyone who’d consider that is beyond redemption and needs some sense beat into ’em.

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              • Gurkha Dawg

                I was especially troubled by something that the esteemed governor of VA said. He stated one of the reasons justifying a late term abortion is when the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother. Well, that happens on a regular basis. A common example is severe preeclampsia. It can be fatal. If the pregnancy is past the date of viability ( about 24 weeks), then you DELIVER the child, you don’t KILL it. You take the patient to the OR and perform a C section. Happens all the time.

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          • sniffer

            Now, hold on there, RangerRuss. What do you mean by worthless”? On a bus, they’re worth at least votes in an election.

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        • Well, that sums it then: plenty of people in the World NEED to be killed. And the Fox spectrum continues to be in the dark about how other nations consider the USA to be a force for global disorder? Maybe it’s baked into the national psyche by now.

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          • sniffer

            Think you were responding to RR but it followed my comment so I’ll have a go. Do you care how the world regards the US? I Please rank these countries in descending order, worst to best, for global dischord and/or danger:

            Russia
            Iran
            China
            USA
            North Korea
            Venezuela
            South Africa
            Malaysia
            Israel

            I don’t blame you if you don’t. It would only show how ridiculous your point was.

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  17. Dawgtor

    Is anyone else excited to see that Aaron Murray was named the starting qb for Atlanta?

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  18. Athens Dog

    batshit crazy indeed

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  19. Mikey

    Awesome… lol. And yes… You forgot to tell me you love me, he said.

    batshit insane Is right but hell thats a great story no doubt

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  20. Mikey

    Senator… you’re the best. I don’t reply much or comment but I’ve been around you for along time

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  21. Napoleon BonerFart

    Don’t know if anybody saw Stacey Abrams responding to Drumpf the Russian stooge, but she crushed it.

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    • I didn’t realize voting rights were socialist.

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      • Gurkha Dawg

        I didn’t realize anyone had been denied the right to vote.

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        • You need to get out more.

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          • Gurkha Dawg

            I know people say that a lot but how exactly is someone denied the right to vote.

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            • Well, let’s start with an easy one: being a convicted felon is enough in certain states.

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              • Gurkha Dawg

                Ok. I’m not a lawyer like you but isn’t it a law that felons have to have their civil rights restored in order to vote? Are you equating that with Jim Crow laws of the past?

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                • Not sure what you mean by a law here. There’s no language in the Constitution requiring it. Over time some states passed laws depriving such folks of their right to vote, even after they served their time and were returned to society.

                  As far as a Jim Crow comparison goes, you’re not far off. Read about the history of such laws, where they’ve been enacted, what crimes were deemed sufficient as a denial of voting rights and the percentages by race of those who have been affected.

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                • Gurkha Dawg

                  If I remember my Schoolhouse Rock correctly, laws are passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor. I don’t know the history of the law concerning felons. Are you saying it was intended to target minorities and suppress their vote? I’m not trying to be snarky, but maybe felons should consider the consequences of their actions before committing a felony.

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                • Mikey

                  such folks… I don’t know I laughed at that l.

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      • Napoleon BonerFart

        You can’t just pigeonhole Abrams with the voting complaints. She also wants to take away guns, raise taxes, hike spending. She’s a five tool player.

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        • dawgtor

          What do you think about the gop attacks on voting? mcconnell called attempts to make voting easier and more accessible a power grab by democrats…how do you interpret that? Can you see why there is concern about rule by a minority of the country and how republicans appear to be pushing it through a variety of tactics?

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          • Napoleon BonerFart

            Republicans want the status quo because new voters like felons and aliens are more likely to vote Democratic, which is exactly why Democrats want voting demographics expanded.

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            • Status quo is doing a lot of work there. There has been a steady rise in voting rights restrictions over the past fifteen or so years.

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              • Napoleon BonerFart

                How much of the restrictions were intending to restore an earlier status quo? Early voting is more popular now than ever. Even in areas where registration is harder now than it was five years ago, it’s still easier than it was thirty years ago. And with the ubiquity of computers and databases, election security is more possible now than ever, if it didn’t hamper Democratic votes.

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        • Wasn’t my intention. Your clever graphic gave the impression her speech was one-topic in nature.

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