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Going back to 2018, the House race in northern Orange County, CA has been closely contested with Young Kim eventually losing after about 10 days of vote-counting in 2018 but winning after a protracted counted in 2020.

In case you are wondering, Young Kim is a Republican Korean lady, not a rapper.

This year, who know how long the count might go on, but there ‘s no guarantee Young Kim’s fate will be wrapped up by Thanksgiving this year.

Of course, countries like Paraguay don’t have mail ballots coming in by slow boat and migrant caravan from Honduras, Guatelombia, the Galapagos Islands, the Kerguelen Islands, Transnistria, Abbottabad, Abkhazia, Azkaban, Raqqa, Narnia, and The Republic of Pirates.

Nor do these Third World countries have to provide, by legislation or court order, ballots in English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Armenian, Navajo, Persian, Arabic, Syriac, Panjabi, Punjabi, Hmong, Mixtec, Esperanto, Hittite, Proto-Indo-European, Klingon, Linear B, Linear A, !San Clickspeak, Shavian Alphabet, Incan Knot Lingo, Runic, Voynich Manuscript, Semaphore, Canary Islands Whistle Speech, The Analytical Language of John Wilkins, American Sign Language, Thieves’ Argot, Pig Latin, Smoke Signals, Ouija Board, Enigma Encryption, Turing Machine, General Semantics, System Basic, Cityspeak, Telepathy, Dolphin, Assembler, COBOL, Coco Sign Language, HTML, PDF, Graffiti, Gang Signs, Tattoos, SMS, Bitcoin, and Emoji, plus certain languages spoken only by individual pairs of identical twins.

 
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  1. usNthem says:

    And to think most people still don’t associate the US with third world status…

  2. Johnny789 says:

    Also from Moronica, Land of the Giants, and the Isle of View.

    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
  3. countenance says: • Website

    Believe it nor not, as part of European efforts to observe American elections, two AfD members of the Bundestag are in the United States today, one in Los Angeles, the other in Las Vegas. The one in L.A. lives in Essen, which is not far from me. When I run into him next time, I’m going to ask him his assessment. I predict that he’ll say that he was shocked about all the lax procedures and lack of safeguards.

  4. In case you are wondering, Young Kim is a Republican Korean lady, not a rapper.

    This year, who know how long the count might go on, but there ‘s no guarantee Young Kim’s fate will be wrapped up by Thanksgiving this year.

    Or as a rapper might put it, bah da tyme dis shit ovah, Young Kim gone be Ole Kim.

    • LOL: Liza
  5. Mike Tre says:

    You left out Ebonics and Jive. Racist!

    • Agree: Liza
    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
  6. J.Ross says:

    Republicans really deserve to lose for not shooting down this disgusting transparent “election week” nonsense with an angry vengeance as soon as it got messaged. We went to the moon with slide rules but now our official story is we don’t know how to count ballots.
    ——
    I’m Voter #86, with Ballot #87, and on turning in my ballot the clicker reports 85 votes cast. I didn’t see the total before. I will worry about this all day.

  7. BosTex says:

    Thanks Steve, you made my morning.

    Sitting in Starbucks, yet laughing my ass off.

    I think if it weren’t so serious, it would be even funnier.

    It can’t be that hard to have an election that instills confidence in the process.

    In a lot of locations, we seem to be doing the opposite, deliberately.

  8. tanabear says:

    What about Jive?

    • LOL: BosTex
  9. Hittite! Linear B! LOL!

    Thanks for the BIG laugh, Steve.

    BTW, to me, Young Kim sounds more like a 14 y.o. who frequents the bars in Bangkok, not necessarily Republican or Democrat, but on the fence … in terms of sexuality, that is…

    PS: Please put FORTAN in there. Humor me… some more.

    • Replies: @pyrrhus
    , @Kylie
  10. While this OC race seems to be a nail-biter every time, the infuriating thing, if I could get upset about much any more, that starting in 2020 and apparently now going forward forever all elections will take days to count by a secret convocation of the Sanhedrin. Such meetings will end once the total number of discovered and created Democratic ballots exceeds the total number of ballots cast for xer’s opponent.

  11. JR Ewing says:

    I predict that he’ll say that he was shocked about all the lax procedures and lack of safeguards.

    It’s funny because it’s true.

    Many of the states that participate in the Powerball consortium (whatever its real name) have looser voting rules than they do for the lottery drawing that was postponed last night due to “security concerns”.

    I’ve lived in Texas for most of my adult life and we’ve had strict voter ID now for the past 10 years or so. Very briefly during that period, I lived in Massachusetts and voted in an election there. I tried to pull out my ID while signing in that morning and the poll workers reacted like vampires to garlic. “PUT THAT AWAY YOU DON’T NEED IT HERE!”

    It makes absolutely no sense to me that democrats push for as little security as possible and then get mad when people express a lack of confidence in the process. There is only one conclusion that can be drawn from that, but that conclusion itself is verboten. As Steve would say, Whaddaya Whaddaya RAAAAACIST?

  12. @countenance

    Former President Carter’s Carter Center has had a “Democracy Program” for three or four decades that has promoted, developed, and monitored elections, mostly in the third world. You might say, oh well third world standards are fine for those people, but Carter has remarked that US elections would not meet even their minimal third world standards.

  13. JR Ewing says:
    @countenance

    I predict that he’ll say that he was shocked about all the lax procedures and lack of safeguards.

    It’s funny because it’s true.

    Many of the states that participate in the Powerball consortium (whatever it’s called) have looser voting rules than they do for the lottery drawing that was postponed last night due to “security concerns”.

    I’ve lived in Texas for most of my adult life and we’ve had strict voter ID now for the past 10 years or so. Very briefly during that period, I lived in Massachusetts and voted in an election there. I tried to pull out my ID while signing in that morning and the poll workers reacted like vampires to garlic. “PUT THAT AWAY YOU DON’T NEED IT HERE!”

    It makes absolutely no sense to me that democrats push for as little security as possible and then get mad when people express a lack of confidence in the process. There is only one conclusion that can be drawn from that, but that conclusion itself is verboten. As Steve would say, Whaddaya Whaddaya RAAAAACIST?

    • Agree: Seneca44
  14. TWS says:

    Thieves’ cant. And the various piggin.

    • Replies: @Gordo
  15. …but Carter has remarked that US elections would not meet even their minimal third world standards.

    Except he himself blessed the coronation of Uncle Joe.

    • Agree: Ron Mexico
    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  16. Jack D says:

    You left out Ciazarn, the secret carnival cant that Tom Hanks speaks to the carnival midgets in the Elvis movie. Unless ballots are printed in Ciazarn and a Ciazarn translator is provided at the polls to “assist” carnies in voting, our democracy is in danger.

    Last night one of the newscasters was talking about the PA Senate election and how the Dems needed to keep this seat in Democrat hands. The only problem is that this seat is currently held by a Republican so it wouldn’t be “keeping” a seat, it would be a switch. But in the mind of the Left, PA “belongs” to the Dems and so Toomey is squatting on a rightfully Democratic seat. The job of the Dems is to make sure that somehow, someway, the polls and the court confirm their ownership of the seat and undo the previous “mistake”.

    TBH, they would have gotten away with it if they chose a moderate (and healthy) Dem like Conor Lamb, who looks like a choir boy but no, they had to go with the far left freak and stroke survivor (barely) Fetterman in order to rub our noses in it. You will take what we give you and you will LIKE it. I don’t think that they will manage enough vote fraud to elect Lurch to the Senate after he disastrously revealed himself in the debate after hiding all summer (Senators are supposed to become senile AFTER they are elected, not before) but you never know. Literally, you never know. But maybe in a month or two they will give up counting the ballots if they can’t get enough precincts in Philly to have 110% turnout.

  17. I think it’s more commonly called Thieves’ Cant. I had never heard Thieves’ Argot, but wikipedia confirms that’s A Thing. But man, you do some of the best comedy on the internet.

    • Replies: @Coemgen
  18. You forgot 37-language Finnegans Wake dream-language. If Joycean scholar-nerds are not permitted to vote in 9-dimensional multilingual puns, Our Democracy is under mortal threat.

    (btw, you’d actually be surprised, but FW is a lot funnier than you’d think. Not that I expect anyone here to waste their time with it, except maybe slumber_j, who’s probably read the whole damn thing twice.)

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldlan
  19. Tiny Duck says:

    Racism like this is why democrats will win in the end.

    No amount fraud, intimidation, gerrymandering, cheating, or other rethuglican shennaigans can stop progress.

    You people are parasites. You live to own the libs. You want to control everybody.

    You will not win.

    We will fight you tooth and nail.

    Die now and curse in vain.

    • Thanks: Muggles
    • Replies: @Graham
  20. AndrewR says:

    OT: Boomer voice actor announces retirement by virtue signalling about “inclusion” and “representation” for “POC.”

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JamiesonPrice/status/1588271213356277760

    He has been portraying a half-Mexican half-Japanese character in an anime, and he proudly introduces his “POC” successor… a white Cuban.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=alain+mesa&client=ms-android-blu-rvo3&prmd=inv&sxsrf=ALiCzsbsPHXtlI3pPWsCfAc4sE78TYZlnQ:1667922516842&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj_9oPJ9577AhVVIzQIHaw4B2gQ_AUoAXoECAIQAQ&biw=360&bih=672&dpr=2

  21. @Almost Missouri

    Thanks, A.M. I was going to mention Jimmy Carter. Yes, if we could just get some 1st World country to sponsor us and get us up to 3rd World standards, with Jimmy’s help, we could have a democracy again – I’m not holding my breath for a Constitutional Republic. I guess that’d be asking too much.

    Then too, we should all write in to beg Amnesty International to help alert the world to the 880-something Political Prisoners being held without trial in the Potomac Regime capital. I know he’s not as old as Jimmy Carter, so maybe Bono could be convinced to write a song about them.

    We’ve gone from 1st World to 3rd World in a few decades. For those who don’t know where the terminology comes from, the Communist Bloc was the 2nd World. If we’re not careful about it after the SHTF, we may become the new 2nd World.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  22. You left out Ciazarn, the secret carnival cant that Tom Hanks speaks to the carnival midgets in the Elvis movie.

    And Ubbi Dubbi, from the 1970s kids’ program Zoom! Cubball ubba fubbedubberubbal jubbudge!

    You can hear it compete with Klingon here:

    Fo shizzle, ma nizzle.


  23. Young Kim

    Not to be Captain Obvious here, but Koreans have to be the #1-ranked best immigrant group.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  24. Another one of Steve’s long, complicated, wordy punch lines. LCWPLs don’t work, my brother.

    Three words essential to levity:
    Brevity! Brevity! Brevity!
    Prolix verbosity
    Achieves tediosity
    With absolute total inevity!*

    *I. e., it’s inevitable.

  25. J1234 says:

    certain languages spoken only by individual pairs of identical twins.

    Is that for real? My two kids are twins and it would explain some things.

    • Replies: @jamie b.
  26. “…who know how long the count might go…”
    Methinks, perhaps, it shall be slow;
    Take not surprise if New Year’s Snow
    Sees dangling chads which dangle low.

    On the ballot’s “Muh Democracy”;
    A thing, it seems, the modern “We..”
    Make complicated as can be.

    Thank God for black-robed Solons Nine
    Who’ll surely sort it out just fine.

    • LOL: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  27. Kylie says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    “Hittite! Linear B! LOL!

    Thanks for the BIG laugh, Steve.”

    It’d be a real big laugh for me, too, if this stupidity was happening in somebody else’s country, preferably somebody else I despise and on whom I wish the worst.

    As it is….

    Every day I tell my new dog, “I couldn’t love you more than I do. But I’ll love you twice as much tomorrow”. Change that “love” to “loathe” and you have how I feel about the left.

    By the way, I added a shortcut to Peak Stupidity to my home screen. It’s in the same folder as iSteve, Gates of Vienna, Tucker Carlson, The Daily Mail and Foxella.

  28. @Eustace Tilley (not)

    Is that in Lewis Turco’s The Book of Forms?

    (BTW, I’ve double-dactyled your latest limerick.)

  29. “Canary Islands Whistle Speech”

    That gets on your nerves real quick. Hitler’s special U-Boat was scheduled for a weekend layover but after being exposed to the trilling Canarians for a few hours the crew administered double doses for Adolf and Eva and made haste to Argentina. Beautiful Bariloche, with a view to Antarctica.

  30. Anon[339] • Disclaimer says:

    From The Guardian today:

    Xhosoli Nmumhad, 35, said she’s only voted twice before, once in 2008 and then again in 2012 for Barack Obama. But she said she kept seeing political commercials on television and was motivated to vote on Tuesday to support a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would dramatically expand voting rights in Michigan. “I believe everyone should be able to vote,” she said.

    Well you would think that, wouldn’t you Xhosoli?

    • Replies: @Renard
  31. @Almost Missouri

    Former President Carter’s Carter Center has had a “Democracy Program” for three or four decades that has promoted, developed, and monitored elections, mostly in the third world. You might say, oh well third world standards are fine for those people, but Carter has remarked that US elections would not meet even their minimal third world standards.

    As I recall he’s changed tack very recently after 2020 and now claims that everything is on the up and up with U.S. Elections (in spite of security measures generally getting more lax in the 20 years since the Carter-Baker Report, and especially after the excuse of COVID).

    The problem is that cheating is highly asymmetrical and most likely in cities with a history of a Democratic Machine system of patronage, sinecures, make work jobs as spoils, etc. Democrats are simply never going to let anyone take a sober, clear eyed view of what actually happens in Philadelphia or similar places during elections. The only way that would change is if there was patent cheating by Republicans in other places at scale – enough that they thought that more secure measures would neutralize a Republican advantage.

    • Replies: @Seneca44
  32. There was a time in the US when most people could leave their cars and homes unlocked and not worry about having their property stolen. If you’re anywhere near an urban area, that’s no longer true.

    It looks like trusting the electoral process is proceeding in a similar direction.

    • Agree: Renard, Achmed E. Newman
  33. @countenance

    I predict that he’ll say that he was shocked about all the lax procedures and lack of safeguards.

    If we needed any more evidence for what “Our Democracy” means–it does not mean either “our” or “democracy”–the Democrats proposed election “reforms” provided the answer.

    If you have a contested election where large numbers of ordinary people think the whole thing stank and involved fraud on some scale … what do you do if you actually care about your nation and democracy?

    You try to enact reforms that make voting absolute secure and the results above reproach.

    For instance:
    — all votes are from legitimate citizen voters checked by ID–by people of all parties interested–signed in, photographed and/or other biometric ID;
    — who voted is precisely known and transparent
    — all voters get a receipt and can verify that their ballot was counted (posted to a database they can look up); a political party could ask their voters to check that their ballots are correctly posted and at least know directly no undercount
    — all votes are private–a criminal offense to reveal a person’s vote without their consent or demand to see their vote
    — all vote counting is transparent, open to inspection by all parties
    — all vote counting is immediate, reporting simultaneous among jurisdictions in a state–no waiting around to see how many votes must be manufactured in the middle of the night–and ballots turned over to the state
    — the state verifies all results and holds all ballots–transparently–available for inspection by all parties

    The Democrats, of course, did precisely the reverse. They proposed reforms to make voting more insecure and fraud prone and less likely to inspire confidence.

    • Agree: Technite78
    • Replies: @Jack D
  34. @countenance

    ‘…I predict that he’ll say that he was shocked about all the lax procedures and lack of safeguards.’

    I realize he’ll probably be German, but try to help him understand these are features, not bugs.

  35. @Achmed E. Newman

    I was going to mention Jimmy Carter.

    Who, interestingly, was given the rare privilege of voting in the 1944 election, but didn’t exercise it. Then again, he was at USNA that fall. Perhaps absentee voting for Georgians was in a primitive state back then.

    For those who don’t know where the terminology comes from, the Communist Bloc was the 2nd World.

    Exactly. Switzerland was the original Third World country, i.e., non-aligned.

    Going by the historical definition of “Third World,” countries such as Finland, Switzerland, Ireland, and Austria would be classified as such.

    https://corporatefinanceinstitute.com/resources/economics/third-world/

    ****************

    We’ve gone from 1st World to 3rd World in a few decades.

    If only we could be Swiss!

    Not that they’re on a different trajectory. Voting-by-militia-rifle went out in 1991 with women’s suffrage in the cantons. They have a separate “federal”– i.e., national– electorate, which we don’t. (Women were already voting in that by 1971.)

    And they experience “euthanasia tourism”, similar to New York’s 1970 abortion tourism which caused that state’s 1972 legislature to repeal (in vain) that law. Well, at least Belgium is closer and cheaper for the Kevorkian treatment, so the crowds will abate.

    One difference is that the Third World is rapidly improving. We are going the other way, equally if not more rapidly. Convergence!

    If we’re not careful about it after the SHTF, we may become the new 2nd World.

    On many issues, we’re already there. Which is why we are here, at Unz.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  36. Voltarde says:

    “… ballots coming in … from … “

    … most cemeteries in the country. Ballots miraculously unearthed, if you will, just before the counting … expires.

    That’s what the Democrats really mean when they say that we “can’t let democracy die”.

  37. @Kylie

    “preferably somebody else I despise and on whom I wish the worst”

    Drop the Twitter bitch life and come with me to the Republic of Pirates. I’ll learn you basic seamanship and how to kill with cutlass and dagger. When you got an enemy you’ll find a cut throat is much more fulfilling than a mean Tweet. If you want to practice on flintlocks do that on your own. If after five attempts at firing and the black powder don’t take off fingers or shred your face you’ll be good to go. And then the Caribbean opens up for you, with all its beauty and riches.

    • LOL: Abe, AndrewR
    • Replies: @Kylie
  38. OT, but I saw on Telegram alleged Republican leaflets headed “Say No To Military Aid For Ukraine!”.

    https://t.me/intelslava/40718

    Although I agree with the sentiment, I think this is much more likely to be a Dem production. I assume most Americans, like most Brits, have been thoroughly indoctrinated with “plucky little Ukraine” and Russia’s “unprovoked invasion”. This will include the vast majority of Republicans – hell, even right wing death beasts like our esteemed host are on board.

  39. https://www.uscis.gov/forms/explore-my-options/become-a-us-citizen-through-naturalization#:~:text=To%20apply%20for%20naturalization%20to%20become%20a%20U.S.,English%3B%205%20Demonstrate%20good%20moral%20character%3B%20More%20items

    Eligibility
    To apply for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen, you must:

    Be at least 18 years of age at the time you file the application;
    Have been a lawful permanent resident for the past three or five years (depending on which naturalization category you are applying under);
    Have continuous residence and physical presence in the United States;
    Be able to read, write, and speak basic English;
    Demonstrate good moral character;
    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government;
    Demonstrate a loyalty to the principles of the U.S. Constitution; and
    Be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance.

    Since only US citizens can vote (even NYC still theoretically requires this), and by definition all US citizens must be able to read basic English, why are ballots printed in any language other than English?

    (It’s a rhetorical question)

    • Replies: @epebble
  40. @Reg Cæsar

    “Which is why we are here, at Unz.”

    I’m here for the stock tips (Buzz Mohawk) and the nudity (Art Deco).

  41. @Almost Missouri

    Jimmy also certified several of Hugo Chavez’s elections to president of Venezuela as fair and honest.

    Bwahahahahahaha!

  42. Russkie T-72 up-armored with manhole covers.

  43. Seneca44 says:
    @Alec Leamas (working from home)

    I’ve often wondered how the Dems will react when the Repubs eventually figure out the system to their advantage, specifically with respect to ballot harvesting of unsolicited absentee ballots by third parties. What is to stop the Repubs from invading nursing homes and dementia units with “helpers” to ensure that these on-the-Biden-spectrum citizens are not disenfranchised?

  44. Coemgen says:
    @Sternhammer

    Thieves’ cant.

    Any language other than English on U.S. ballots is https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thieves%27_cant

    Rent-seeking is thievery.

  45. Kylie says:
    @SunBakedSuburb

    Lol! Love it! And just when I thought nothing could make me laugh today. Thanks.

    Best offer I’ve had since I stared real hard at a pic of Jack Sparrow and swore he was looking right at me with an inviting glint in his eye.

  46. @Reg Cæsar

    This is literally true. From Financial Times, November 6, 2012:

    “It’s an incredible system,” said Nuri K. Elabbar, who traveled to the United States along with election officials from more than 60 countries to observe today’s presidential elections as part of a program run by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Your humble Cable guy visited polling places with some of the international officials this morning. Most of them agreed that in their countries, such an open voting system simply would not work.

    “It’s very difficult to transfer this system as it is to any other country. This system is built according to trust and this trust needs a lot of procedures and a lot of education for other countries to adopt it,” Elabbar said.

    The most often noted difference between American elections among the visitors was that in most U.S. states, voters need no identification. Voters can also vote by mail, sometimes online, and there’s often no way to know if one person has voted several times under different names, unlike in some Arab countries, where voters ink their fingers when casting their ballots.

    It doesn’t work here either and most of us don’t trust it anymore.

    • Agree: Kylie
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Barnard
  47. guest007 says:

    One would hope that a Republican would represent the district that contains the Nixon Library. The question for Congresswoman Kim is how much redistricting has affected her district. It is current described as a D+3 district.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  48. Jack D says:
    @AnotherDad

    They proposed reforms to make voting more insecure and fraud prone and less likely to inspire confidence.

    While loudly shouting that they were for “democracy” and anyone who dares question their vote rigging is a traitor AND a racist.

  49. From the Democratic Party’s point of view, the purpose of elections is to elect Democrats. The role of high turnout is to create the impression of a “mandate”.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Corvinus
  50. epebble says:
    @Technite78

    1. You mentioned Naturalization. There is no rule that a native-born citizen must be proficient in English. In fact, there are quite a few citizens (older, Spanish speaking, Chinese speaking, French speaking…) who are not proficient in English.

    2. There is an exception (to knowing English) for older people who naturalize.

    https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/exceptions-and-accommodations

    3. Basic English (to pass naturalization) does not always translate to understanding ballot. Blackening circle for Tom, Dick or Harry is easy. But sometimes there are pages long “Measures” that can challenge a college graduate. It is a bit much expecting a basic English person to understand that.

    We are voting a measure today that is 12 pages long. Summary is:

    The ballot summary for Measure 114 is as follows

    Oregon law currently allows persons over age 18 to acquire firearms (federal law requires age 21 for some handgun purchases), seller/ transferor must request criminal background check. Measure requires permit from local law enforcement to acquire firearm; person must pay fee, submit photo ID, fingerprints, complete approved safety training, pass criminal background check, not be prohibited from possessing firearms; officer may deny permit to person believed danger to self or others. Permit issued within 30 days, valid 5 years. Permit denials appealable. Must present permit, pass background check to acquire firearm. State Police creates/ maintains permit/ firearm database. Magazines over 10 rounds, or readily modifiable to exceed 10 rounds, prohibited; exception for current owners /inheritors. Exceptions for law enforcement, armed forces. Criminal penalties. Other provisions.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    , @Technite78
  51. jamie b. says:

    No mention of Loglan or E Prime?

  52. Anonymous[113] • Disclaimer says:

    I never understood why translation was necessary, because you can number everything (ballot props are already numbered and if you can tell “Ja” from “Nyet” any other heavy lift is obivated). You have to field Arabic numerals to participate economically in any fashion, I’d assume. I thought this got down to the interpreted vs. forensic conflict— Any kind of supplementary text or civics “explainers” on a ballot undermine the survey/intake function, though I am surprised we don’t have a law requiring color photos of the candidates furnished to the populi. It’s not as if it’s 1972 and expensive to do such Max Headroom electioneering for the benefit of the illiterate. The candidates should also be able to record a TikTok dance played when you click on their avatar

  53. Renard says:
    @Anon

    a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would dramatically expand voting rights in Michigan.

    Who is there who cannot vote already? Even Florida lets felons vote, and most states let Democrats vote even if they aren’t citizens! You’re not allowed to ask!

    So who’s left? Foreigners who still reside in foreign countries, I suppose.

  54. Graham says:
    @Tiny Duck

    “Die now and curse in vain.”

    That’s rather resonant. Have you got a new script consultant or speech writer or whatever?

  55. Trigger alert:

    Google’s election-day doodle:

    Seriously – only two languages? It’s as if speakers of Haitian Creole, Old Norse, and High Romulan don’t even exist.

    And is that an upside-down flag above the star?

  56. @Harry Baldwin

    The most often noted difference between American elections among the visitors was that in most U.S. states, voters need no identification.

    North Dakota still doesn’t register voters. You can guess why that works so well– in North Dakota.

    For now, anyway.

    North Dakota officials speak out on alleged murder of 18-year-old over political views

  57. Barnard says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Pennsylvania and Arizona are both looking like an intentional disaster. The hobo is suing to allow undated ballots to be mailed in until he is declared the winner. I can’t believe any country would look at our election system and think its low standards is something to emulate.

  58. When I saw ‘Young Kim’ I thought this was something to do with North Korean dynastic politics.

  59. Muggles says:

    Well, this list is misleading.

    I requested a Linear A language ballot today and they told me they were all out of them.

    But I protested!

    “No one has yet translated that language yet!”

    They looked a me puzzled.

    “No, we had those, but they were all given out earlier this morning. A large group of dark skinned Guatemalans showed up and asked for those specifically. So now all gone.”

    Still, I objected. “They don’t even have voter registrations do they?”

    “Yes, some kind of provisional certificate along with those special debit cards and free cell phones… They were stamped ‘Homeland Security’ “

    I finally got a Sanskrit ballot, but boy, some of those names didn’t translate well. They all seemed to be Khrisnan somebody or other…

  60. Anonymous[194] • Disclaimer says:

    In northern L.A. County suburb they did (voluntarily) scan the pseudo-barcode on the back of my drivers license. I assume this is a very easy system to implement nationally. I can’t believe these 1980s era scare stories about voters being turned away by computer glitches— these are emanating from the Trumpish, Gateway Pundit types. There is no need to cry/hyperventilate “wolf,” we all can view it on Worldstar Twit Hop when the DMV ladies attempt a polling place takeover. Not psyched for the bumper crop of meretricious “observers” who are spamming social media with indignant pulled-away-by-the-cops stories, as the new milk crate challenge. Cops really care about publicity hounds at the local public library? Resembles a 2000s era anti-Bush stunt for nabbing some local news TV interviews.

    If what I’m reading is mostly true, 538 was pulling their punches with the instant odds-making infographics this morning.

  61. Way OT:

    So, one winning ticket purchased in Altadena, CA.

    That wasn’t you, by chance, was it?

  62. @Bardon Kaldian

    Yeah there’s a Korean fella named Park down the street. He owns a mini-mart, his kids are going to Yale.

  63. @JR Ewing

    did they have the voter roll lying out in plain sight at the checkin table? They did the one time I voted in MA, but that was over 20 years ago so maybe there’s been some marginal progress in security since then.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  64. Results are in: GOP takes Guam. Evidently, the votes are counted already– and don’t gibe with exit polls.

  65. Wilkey says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Is there any Korean not named Kim?

    Is there any American not named Jose? Is there any Londoner not named Mohammed?

    It’s a close call.

  66. Corvinus says:
    @International Jew

    From the Republican Party’s point of view, the purpose of elections is to elect Republicans. In addition, tie GOP is taking the insane position that if they win, there’s no voter fraud. If they lose, there was massive voter fraud.

    Republican judges repeatedly said the 2020 election *wasn’t* stolen. So did GOP election officials. Media reports that—behind the scenes—GOP politicians admit it too. That was also the conclusion of Trump’s own DHS. Miller, too. Even Mr. Sailer cagily admitted it.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @anon
  67. Corvinus says:
    @Almost Missouri

    “Carter has remarked that US elections would not meet even their minimal third world standards.”

    Sources required here.

  68. @Corvinus

    From the Republican Party’s point of view, the purpose of elections is to elect Republicans.

    From the Democratic Party’s point of view, the purpose of government is to elect Democrats. Slight difference in perspective there. “If we don’t win, we don’t eat.”

    In addition, tie GOP is taking the insane position that if they win, there’s no voter fraud.

    No, only that there wasn’t enough voter fraud. As they say in suburban Chicagoland, the party of Lincoln needs 55% or more of the vote to prevail. Sometimes they get it:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_United_States_presidential_election_in_Illinois
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_United_States_presidential_election_in_Illinois
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1956_United_States_presidential_election_in_Illinois
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1952_United_States_presidential_election_in_Illinois

    Even the Dems wouldn’t recount these. Why should the GOP?

    • Replies: @Prester John
    , @Corvinus
  69. You forgot Yeniseic and Tocharian. The latter is extinct but, in the scheme of things, who cares?

  70. @Bardon Kaldian

    Twinkie, but his real name is, well, yeah, Kim.

    • LOL: Technite78
    • Replies: @Twinkie
  71. @Kylie

    I added a shortcut to Peak Stupidity to my home screen. It’s in the same folder as iSteve, Gates of Vienna, Tucker Carlson, The Daily Mail and Foxella.

    • LOL: Kylie
  72. An education in realism? From the NRCC’s page for House candidate Hung Cao:

    Captain Cao arrived in the United States in 1975 as a refugee from Vietnam. He spent most of his youth in West Africa and returned to the United States in 1982.

    https://nrcc.org/candidates/hung-cao/

    Will we know in the next few minutes, or in the next few weeks?

  73. @Reg Cæsar

    The modern bureaucracy (at least in the US) was a creation of the Democrat Party under the baton of Democrat president FDR, which makes “bureaucracy” synonymous with “Democrat.” Bureaucracy = government, ergo Democrats = government.

    To paraphrase Keats “that is all ye know in America, and all ye need to know.”

    • Thanks: Coemgen
    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
  74. @JR Ewing

    This is interesting.

    How then is it possible to ascertain whether an election was fair or not? It seems that the very system is wide open to manipulations.

  75. Corvinus says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    From the Republican Party’s point of view, the purpose of government is to elect Republicans. Even the GOP will tell you that.

    “No, only that there wasn’t enough voter fraud.”

    Except there wasn’t. Why do you insist on pushing a false narrative?

    • Replies: @Celt Darnell
    , @Reg Cæsar
  76. Young Kim was the name of a Korean boy who lived down the street from me when I was growing up.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  77. @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Well, I like the song,does that count?😉

    Anyway,this election is about,I am told,the Soul of the Nation. Wither our soul? Who makes up this bullshit? Paul Pelosi??

  78. @Corvinus

    Without false narratives, Corvirus, you’ve nothing to say.

    People in glass houses and all that…

  79. We used to call the second one “Go soak your head in the lake.”

    https://mobile.twitter.com/nytimes/status/1590118240654696449

  80. @George o' da Jungle

    Young Kim sounds like a rapper.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  81. @Corvinus

    Why do you insist on pushing a false narrative?

    They asked that of Chambers and Solzhenitsyn, too.

  82. @Steve Sailer

    Young Kim sounds like a rapper.

    Or Governor of Virginia.

  83. @guest007

    I went to a wedding at the Nixon Library in Orange County recently. They built a replica of the big ballroom in the White House to host weddings. People had fun.

    • Replies: @guest007
  84. Twinkie says:
    @James Wormold, shadow Russian President


    Figure 1. Korean Immigrant Population in the United States, 1980-2019

    Source: Data from U.S. Census Bureau 2010 and 2019 American Community Surveys (ACS), and Campbell J. Gibson and Kay Jung, “Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign-born Population of the United States: 1850-2000” (Working Paper no. 81, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC, February 2006), available online.

  85. Twinkie says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Twinkie, but his real name is, well, yeah, Kim.

    Nope. My surname is of non-Korean origin.

  86. AndrewR says:
    @epebble

    Jesus Christ. I don’t care how old one is, there is no excuse to live in a place for fifteen years (let alone twenty) without gaining a basic proficiency in the local tongue. Especially when one is still below retirement age. A fifty year old who got here when they were thirty is deemed officially “too old” to be expected to learn basic English before being given the enormous privileges and rights that come with US citizenship. Clown world.

    • Agree: Technite78
  87. guest007 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    The Nixon Library is one of the oddest since it is just along a business oriented street and looks more like an office building that the Reagan, either Bush, Johnson, or Kennedy.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  88. @epebble

    1. If you’re a native born American citizen, and by the age of 18 you can’t read and comprehend English, but you can read and comprehend a foreign language, that’s your prerogative, but I don’t see any reason for my tax money to be spent accommodating you.

    2. Citation? That’s not what the US gov website says. Again, your choice, but also your problem, not mine.

    3. If the wording is too difficult to understand, it should be simplified for *English* speakers, not translated into a difficult to understand passage in a foreign language.

    Assimilate, or deal with the consequences.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  89. anon[398] • Disclaimer says:
    @Corvinus

    Watch “2,000 Mules”.

  90. @Mike Tre

    You left out Ebonics and Jive. Racist!

    My thought exactly.

    It just goes to show how much more work Steve has to do.

    • LOL: Liza
  91. @Seneca44

    I’ve often wondered how the Dems will react when the Repubs eventually figure out the system to their advantage, specifically with respect to ballot harvesting… What is to stop the Repubs from invading nursing homes and dementia units….

    I find it hard to believe anyone today believes the Democrats are subject to the same rules as the Republicans. An effort big enough to make a difference would result in a quick trip to the The Garland Archipelago unless they were cheating in concert as we saw in 2020 in Georgia to rid themselves of the BAD ORANGE MAN.

  92. @Prester John

    The modern bureaucracy (at least in the US) was a creation of the Democrat Party under the baton of Democrat president FDR, which makes “bureaucracy” synonymous with “Democrat.”

    While this doesn’t change your thesis, it goes back to Wilson after we entered WWI. The frank fascism they created in the US was interred after Republicans regained the White House, ready to be revived and vastly extended by FDR in the name of fighting the Great Depression and WWII.

    As to how bad FDR got? Blatantly and Officially the New Deal starved a quarter of the population according to the Department of Agriculture, which was generally confirmed during the WWII draft and was an input into the school lunch system. Which was then more bureaucracy which for example allowed Michelle Obama to starve kids who needed more calories per day then she decided for the whole nation.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  93. Jack D says:
    @That Would Be Telling

    Here’s an idea – parents should be responsible for feeding their own children and not the gubmint. If you don’t think your kid is getting enough saturated fat in his diet then pack him a baloney sandwich.

    You can’t look at this as a uniquely American issue and blame Wilson or FDR or whomever. All Western democracies ended up as social democracies with large bureaucracies. This is just a feature of modern life and changing the personnel doesn’t change it. This is why it remains largely untouched even during Republican administrations.

  94. Jack D says:
    @guest007

    It’s really a mostly residential area but I guess there is some commercial activity along Yorba Linda Blvd. They didn’t really pick the site since it’s his birthplace.

    The appearance is in part due to the architectural style of the time it was built (1990) and in effort to appear low profile and vaguely Spanish Colonial with the red tile roof (with an incongruous faux White House section in one corner). The part that is not the White House reminds me more of a California public school than an office building.

    I find Southern California to be very strange. OTOH, you have vast uninhabited mountains that spring suddenly up out of the ground on three sides and the ocean on the 4th. So you were left with fertile valleys which were once orchards and farmland (once they were irrigated – before that semi-desert ranchland). Once the area developed, largely after WWII, they covered over every square foot with single family housing and left almost nothing for parkland or other uses, just endless sprawl of subdivision after subdivision paving over every inch until you get to the edge of the mountains or hit the ocean. What a ridiculous use of space.

    • Replies: @Ralph L
  95. @pyrrhus

    Correct Spellings:
    FORTRAN
    PL/1

    More archaic languages:
    SNOBOL
    LISP

  96. Anonymous[174] • Disclaimer says:

    you forgot Sindarin

  97. Ralph L says:
    @Jack D

    People didn’t want to live in high rises due to earthquakes.

  98. Brutusale says:
    @Carbon blob

    Nope, still the same. The only difference this year was there was only the voter check in, no check out, which seems weird.

    When I first moved to my current location 25 years ago after the ex and I split up, I was living in a nice six-unit condo building. The owner’s dysfunctional son lived in one of the basement units. About 5 years after I moved in, the owner sold the building (she had retired to Florida) and Junior had to move out. When I was voting in the subsequent election, because they keep the voter list open I noticed that his name was still on the list…and that he voted! As he continued to do for the next five years.

    This year I had to spend about 2 minutes getting the machine to swallow my ballot. The girlfriend, who lives a a larger, machine-run city, had an even worse time. The machines weren’t functioning properly, and she refused to leave until her vote was counted. The poll worker actually told her just to leave it with them and they’d take care of it for her like they were for other people, pointing out the stack of ballots that voters had filled out but didn’t want to wait for them to be cast!

    As a wise communist once said, it’s who counts the votes.

  99. @Seneca44

    Just checked and this Friday morning (PST) Asif Mahmood conceded to Young Kim; it appears this result was called by the media on Wednesday. So no long drawn out “battle,” perhaps due to the district being redrawn??

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