Green Party petitions DOJ to investigate this ugly election—NOW!

Twenty-four days until Trumpmageddon. Twenty-four days—and counting. Not everybody, though, says that Trump’s presidency is a done deal. Not everybody even says that the election is over. Michael Moore “isn’t ruling out the possibility that [Trump] won’t be sworn in at all.” If he is indeed sworn in, Moore is urging “national protest” and is planning on “non-violently disrupting” the inauguration. I don’t think I’d be able to bring myself to watch. How could I watch Trump put his hand on the Bible and swear to defend the Constitution? That’s not even a bad joke. Remember, Trump is the man whom the Huffington Post routinely describes thusly: “Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, … Continue reading

Truth matters: By the numbers Donald Trump LOST

The “evidence” of the recent election is already almost completely forgotten. By the numbers, Donald Trump LOST. Few people have bothered to inquire into the shenanigans in the swing states that bear out this conclusion. But it’s patent. If there were an accurate count, I have no doubt whatsoever that Hillary Clinton would win—both the popular and the electoral vote. Hands down. But, of course, there wasn’t an accurate count. That fact provides cover for Trump people to object. They taunt: “Prove to me that Hillary Clinton won those swing states.” My riposte is clear: “I’d love to prove it to you. But you won’t let me! An accurate count is precisely what Jill Stein and the Green Party tried … Continue reading

How dangerous is Trump? Senator Merkley: Way past “nightmare”

In an interview today with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley goes on record to raise the alarm regarding Donald Trump’s latest cabinet appointments, attitude toward nuclear weapons, and also regarding the president-elect’s character—which Sen. Merkley characterizes as “the maturity of a five-year old wrapped by a massive ego.” I offer this frightening nine-minute interview verbatim below, beginning at minute four. [4:20] CHRIS HAYES [MSNBC, speaking to the viewer]: There’s also a petition by the Ploughshares Fund, an anti-nuclear group calling for President Obama to take America’s nuclear arsenal off of hair-trigger alert, to prevent Trump from being able to launch a nuclear missile within minutes. That initiative may have gained new urgency today after Trump shared some … Continue reading

Breaking news: Senator now implies Russia hacked swing state voting machines for Trump!

Folks, it just gets crazier and crazier. This is huge. When I sat down at the computer last night I had no idea that I would hear my Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley say what he said on his recent YouTube video concerning the election. Sen. Merkley is at the cutting edge of any remaining chance the People have to contest Trump’s victory. The senator is very aware of the anomalies (that’s too nice a word) that allowed the GOP to ‘win.’ And he’s determined to find out more… The interview is transcribed below, with a few key points in bold. There’s one point, though, that I’ve put in red and bold—because if it’s true, folks, it’s out of the park… … Continue reading


We, concerned Americans, and our fellow citizens the People of the United States, have good reason to believe that the November 8, 2016 vote was illegally counted in several key states. This is based on abundant and accumulating evidence, including but not limited to: • Exit polls in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida differed sharply from the results. • Demonstrated signs of Russian hacking that led to a presidentially-mandated CIA investigation. • In Michigan, voting machines broke on Election Day in communities of color, and afterwards recounts were blocked by the Trump campaign and top GOP officials, despite the fact that paper ballots were not being recounted. • Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more … Continue reading

Rejecting Donald Trump’s legitimacy—Pt. 4

Things are moving fast. It’s been five days since I posted on the U.S. election. Since then, there have been two major developments: (1) the Green Party’s efforts for an accurate recount in three swing states—Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan—have been effectively thwarted by “legal” maneuvers on the part of local GOP-leaning judges. In Pennsylvania and Michigan the recount is now suspended, and in all three states forensic examination of the machines (for hacking) has been forbidden. Wow. It’s astonishing that a country that claims to be democratic does not permit an accurate count of the vote. The rationale? “There is absolutely no evidence of hacking,” stated one judge. Well, how could there be evidence of hacking if the nation is … Continue reading

Rejecting Donald Trump’s legitimacy—Pt. 3

Dr. Jill Stein’s remarks at the foot of Trump Tower, New York City on December 5, 2016, regarding the Green Party’s ongoing efforts for a reliable ballot recount [Note: The following transcript is taken from the video recorded on Monday, December 5, 2016.] By Dr. Jill Stein Green Party candidate for President of the United States We are here today to stand up for a vote that is accurate, secure, fair, and just—in which every vote counts, and every vote is counted. This, in fact, is what makes America great—the promise of democracy, and the promise of justice for all. Michigan We’re celebrating today a judicial decision last night in Michigan by Judge Mark Goldsmith, who affirmed in his decision … Continue reading

Rejecting Donald Trump’s legitimacy—Pt. 2

Opening remarks at the foot of Trump Tower, New York City on December 5, 2016,regarding the Green Party’s ongoing efforts for a reliable ballot recount [Note: The following transcript is taken from the video recorded on Monday, December 5, 2016.] By Cheri Honkala I bring you greetings from poor and homeless families across the country. Trump has filed a lawsuit in my state of Pennsylvania to stop the recount. He’s done this after he himself talked about the corrupt political system in our country. And we all know that if he hadn’t won the vote he sure would be standing here today. [In my neighborhood of Kensington] people from the Trump campaign knew that none of the immigrants, the low-income … Continue reading

Rejecting Donald Trump’s legitimacy—Pt. 1

I am temporarily suspending regular contributions to this weblog in order to give my 2¢ worth regarding the tainted election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency of the United States, an issue of such great magnitude that it requires immediate and decisive action from freedom-loving Americans everywhere. Trump’s victory is provably based on massive voter suppression in numerous states. The GOP itself even boasted of successfully engaging in such suppression during the campaign. Now, after the fact, voter suppression is the hot-button issue the GOP does not want you to know or talk about. But the cat’s out of the bag. In fact, it’s running berserk around the room… A sampling of published media regarding 2016 GOP voter suppression … Continue reading

Ehrman and Nazareth archeology—2

In a prior post I discussed Bart Ehrman’s comments on Nazareth archeology made during the Price-Ehrman debate. Here I rebut a number of Ehrman’s errors regarding Nazareth expressed recently on his semi-private weblog. General considerations I’ve often wondered why Bart Ehrman expresses any opinion at all on the archeology of Nazareth. After almost a decade (my first book came out in 2008) he obviously has not taken the time to acquaint himself with my work or with the subject. And yet he expresses himself on both counts with ill-founded confidence. His training was “in the study of the Greek manuscript tradition of the New Testament” under Bruce Metzger, among others. There is nothing in Ehrman’s background, training, or personal study … Continue reading