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On July 4th, presumably while honoring freedom, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp learned that his office was being sued for ignoring clear evidence that his state's voting machines were compromised and extremely vulnerable to vote manipulation for over a year.

On July 7th, all vote count data for the summer’s special election between Karen Handel and John Ossoff, which the suit sought to have overturned, was wiped from the state’s servers.

But maybe there’s no connection! Certainly, the Secretary of State would not want to obstruct an investigation into the integrity of his state’s elections, since ensuring election integrity is the most important part of his job. Look, he’s just as mad about this as anyone:

[Kemp's] spokeswoman issued a statement Thursday saying his office had neither involvement nor advanced warning of the decision. It blamed “the undeniable ineptitude” at the Kennesaw State elections center.

Kemp knows election integrity is serious and important, especially because his state’s voting machines "run on a modified version of Windows last updated by Microsoft 14 years ago,” and "had been compromised and left unprotected from intruders since at least last summer," and "despite claims to the contrary from Georgia officials [...] the state’s election machines are connected to the Internet every time they come in contact with an electronic device that’s been inserted into a computer that’s connected online."

These machines are going through puberty. They get on the internet, even though they're not supposed to. Russians want to penetrate them. It’s a lot to deal with.

But for all that, Kemp knows his state’s elections are secure. In a USA Today op-ed, Kemp wrote:

"Are states doing enough to keep our elections secure? Yes.

Anything to the contrary is fake news."

He's doing enough. It says so right there. Please vote for Brian Kemp for Governor.

Nobody has yet said who ordered the thorough destruction of the data on July 7th, nor the later destruction of all backup data, nor why it was done. It was “standard operating procedure,” according to the media office at Kennesaw State University, where Georgia’s election data is kept.

For who among us doubts that it’s the very definition of “standard” for Georgia to obliterate any possible evidence of election tampering?

The AP reports that the FBI copied at least some of the relevant data in March, during its own investigation into security issues, so everything is even better than fine. Nobody did any obstructing of justice, elections are completely safe and secure always when the Republican wins, wiping data is only suspicious when Hillary Clinton does it, and there’s plenty of space on those Kennesaw State servers to record Donald Trump’s 96% margin of victory in 2020.

In another coincidence, I’m visiting my local Board of Elections on Monday to see about becoming an election inspector.

[ coloradopolitics.com / AP / USA Today via Slate ]

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You guys, hi, hello, it is almost the holiday weekend, so we are going to share you a real video posted last night by "Doctor" Sebastian "Don't Call Me A Nazi" Gorka, that hilarious old knucklecuck. We guess now that he had to give up (or gave up voluntarily!) his Fox News contract, he just makes videos for the Twitter. Hoo ... ray?

Anyway, Gorka is super-excited that Donald Trump issued that order last night, giving Bill Barr all kinds of new powers to expose the Deep State for what it is and PROVE once and for all that the gremlins who live inside Trump's diarrhea are correct when they say Hillary ordered the Deep State to do an illegal witch hunt to Trump, yadda yadda yadda, you've seen these people huff paint before, we don't have to type it all.

Here is the video, after which Wonkette will either transcribe it OR we will provide our own dramatic interpretation. Which one will it be? We don't know! Would you be able to tell the difference between the two? We don't know!

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We want to say right here at the outset that we hate Julian Assange. Aside from the sexual assault allegations against him, and aside from the fact that he's just a generally stinky and loathsome person who reportedly smeared poop on the walls at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, while reportedly not taking care of his cat, an innocent creature, he acted as Russia's handmaiden during the 2016 election, in order to further Russia's campaign to steal it for Donald Trump. All signs point to his campaign being a success!

So we are justifiably happy when bad things happen to Julian Assange. We are happy his name is shit the world over, and that any reputation WikiLeaks used to have for being on the side of freedom and transparency has been stuffed down the toilet where it belongs. We are happy he looked like such a sad-ass loser when the Ecuadorian embassy finally kicked him out and he was arrested.

And quite frankly, we were OK with the initial charge against him recently unsealed in the Eastern District of Virginia. If you'll remember, he was charged with trying to help Chelsea Manning hack a password into the Defense Department, which is not what journalists do. Journalists do not drive the get-away car for sources. Journalists do not hold their sources' hair back while they're stealing classified intel. Assange is essentially accused of doing all that.

Now, put all that aside. Because -- and this is key -- journalists do publish secrets they are provided by sources. That's First Amendment, chapter and verse, American as fucking apple pie and fast-food-induced diabetes. And that is what much of the superseding indictment of Assange unsealed yesterday was about. (And nope, it wasn't about anything regarding Assange's ratfucking the 2016 election or Hillary's emails. Why would the Trump Justice Department prosecute anything about that? It's all about the older Chelsea Manning stuff, the stuff the Obama Justice Department considered charging Assange with, but ultimately declined, because of that little thing called the First Amendment.)

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