Iowa, USA caucus voting chaos, musical parody


This 4 February 2020 parody music video from Britain is called Run DNC – It’s Like That.

It is a parody of the song It’s Like That, by Run-D.M.C.

It says about itself:

Pete Buttigieg takes the lead on the new single from Run DNC.

LYRICS:

Got the polling for Iowa caucus axed
Threw a hundred thousand dollars at the Shadow app
Don’t ask me why it went and crashed
But it’s like that, and that’s the way it is

Shadow’s CEO is a fan of me
And her husband [Michael Halle] is a strategist on my team
All of them worked for Hillary
But it’s like that, and that’s the way it is

Mass confusion, no results are in
Comms director tweeting the PIN
Think I’m gonna go ahead and just claim the win
Yeah, it’s like that, and that’s the way it is

Dems blame Russia every day
That’s the kind of thing I learned from the CIA
No Bernie victory speech thanks to the delay
It’s like that, and that’s the way it is

Sanders wins in Iowa, Democratic establishment sabotages


This 6 February 2020 video from the USA is called DNC Caught Flipping Votes From Bernie To Buttigieg.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Democrats seek to suppress Sanders victory in Iowa

7 February 2020

The effort by the Democratic Party establishment to conceal or suppress reports of Senator Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Iowa caucuses reached a new stage Thursday with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to “immediately begin a recanvass” of the state.

The twitter statement by Perez came only hours after the final figures from the Iowa Democratic Party showed Sanders more than 6,000 votes ahead of former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the February 3 caucuses, and behind by only two “state delegate equivalents”, out of 2,152, in the process that will lead to the awarding of Iowa’s delegates to the Democratic national convention.

With all but one of nearly 1,800 precincts tallied, Sanders led Buttigieg by 43,671 to 37,557 votes, with Senator Elizabeth Warren in third place with 32,553, among initial ballots cast at the caucuses. Sanders had 24.8 percent of the vote compared to 21.3 percent for Buttigieg.

Sanders had a smaller lead in the second round, after those backing “unviable candidate” (those with less than 15 percent support) were allowed to switch their votes. Buttigieg’s lead in “state delegate equivalents” arises from the overrepresentation of rural areas, where he ran stronger, in the apportioning of delegates.

The statement by Perez appeared to have two purposes: to provide cover for the Democratic Party in response to widespread accounts of inaccuracies and contradictions in the Iowa vote reporting, including a lengthy account posted on the New York Times website Thursday; and to further muddy the outcome of the caucuses, in which Sanders won a clear popular vote victory despite the effective tie in the number of delegates won.

Sanders wiped out Buttigieg’s narrow lead in delegates thanks to votes in satellite caucuses, which were held outside normal hours or outside the state to accommodate voters unable to attend the regular caucuses that began at 7 p.m. Monday night. In two results reported Thursday, one satellite caucus for night-shift workers at a food processing plant in Ottumwa, and the other for students and workers at Drake University in Des Moines, Sanders collected nine “state delegate equivalents” compared to zero for Buttigieg.

It is noteworthy that Perez issued his statement knowing that Sanders was about to hold a press conference in New Hampshire, where he is campaigning for the February 11 primary, to declare victory in Iowa. …

In his tweet, Perez acknowledged “problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan” and urged a complete recanvass “in order to assure public confidence in the results.” A DNC official told the press that this would involve a hand audit of worksheets and reporting forms from every precinct and satellite caucus, checking for inconsistencies, mathematical errors and other mistakes. The scale of such an effort could postpone any final report of the Iowa results for days, and perhaps even until after the New Hampshire primary, the second contest in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Iowa state Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price said that he was prepared to order a recanvass, but only if requested by one of the campaigns, not by Perez, who has no actual authority to order the review. None of the campaigns has yet requested a recanvass, and it is not clear that any of them will, since those candidates who finished below the top two, including Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Amy Klobuchar, want the public to forget about Iowa as quickly as possible.

The dueling statements from Perez and Price conceal their underlying political alignment: Price was the Iowa state director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016 before becoming state chairman; Perez was the choice of the Clinton wing of the party to head the DNC, narrowly defeating Representative Keith Ellison, backed by Sanders and Pete Buttigieg in his first national effort. Both Price and Perez are adamantly opposed to the nomination of Sanders, who calls himself a “democratic socialist.”

The New York Times account, under the headline, “Many Errors Are Evident in Iowa Caucus Results Released Wednesday,” was based on a precinct-by-precinct analysis that suggested both math errors in the tallies and more serious violations of rules governing the caucuses, including more people voting in the second round than in the first, and votes being subtracted from “viable” candidates, when their totals should only have increased.

The Times claimed there was no pattern in the errors, in terms of favoring Buttigieg or Sanders, the two leading candidates. Its analysis did not include well-publicized and cruder errors in the initial count, such as awarding hundreds of Sanders votes to former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who did not campaign in Iowa, and hundreds of Warren votes to billionaire Tom Steyer. These mistakes were publicly corrected by the Iowa Democratic Party, but they obviously did not add to the credibility of the overall result.

The figures showed the gap between Buttigieg and Sanders, in terms of “state delegate equivalents,” narrowing to near nonexistence. That did not stop the bulk of the corporate media from continuing to present Buttigieg as the surprise victor in Iowa and Sanders as the second-place finisher, and even claiming that Sanders’ comfortable lead in the polls ahead of the New Hampshire primary was in danger.

An example of this was a headline on the website of Newsweek magazine, which read, “Pete Buttigieg Gaining Quickly In New Hampshire As Bernie Sanders Stalls: Poll.” The article was actually reporting a poll in which Sanders led with 31 percent of the vote, with Buttigieg in second place at 21 percent. The report admitted that “Sanders maintains a healthy lead in the state where he won more than 60 percent of votes in the 2016 contest.”

The main concern of the Democratic establishment is … that the nomination of a candidate who publicly (if less and less frequently) embraces the socialist label and who professes his opposition to war and militarism could provide encouragement to the leftward movement of millions of working people and youth who are looking for a way to fight back against the capitalist system.

There are further signs of the deep political crisis wracking the Democratic Party. Campaigning in New Hampshire, former Vice President Biden took up the anti-socialist cudgel wielded by Trump in his State of the Union address. “If Senator Sanders is the nominee for the party, every Democrat in America up and down the ballot, in blue states, red states, purple states, easy districts and competitive ones, every Democrat will have to carry the label Senator Sanders has chosen for himself,” Biden said. “He calls him—and I don’t criticize him—he calls himself a democratic socialist.”

The Biden campaign was in visible crisis, purging both the Iowa state director and the Iowa field director after the dismal showing there, and shifting advertising money from the South Carolina primary on February 29 to the Nevada caucuses February 22 in an effort to avoid losing the first three contests in the Democratic race. Biden admitted in one campaign appearance Wednesday that the Iowa caucus had been a “gut punch” to his campaign.

Meanwhile, the Sanders campaign announced that it had raised $25 million from more than 648,000 donors in January, the best fundraising month of the campaign, with an average donation of $18, most of it on-line. These included 219,000 first-time donors. A campaign statement declared, “Working-class Americans giving $18 at a time are putting our campaign in a strong position to compete in states all over the map.” According to Sanders aides, “teacher” was the most common occupation, and the top five employers of those making contributions were Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, the US Postal Service and Target.

Iowa Democratic establishment recounts, to stop Sanders


This 6 February 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

BREAKING: DNC Announces Iowa Recount

The Young Turks’ Emma Vigeland reports on DNC Chair Tom Perez’s decision to initiate a recanvass of the Iowa results.

This 6 February 2020 video about the USA says about itself:

DNC Chair Tom Perez Wants Iowa Caucus Recanvass Because Bernie Sanders is About to Win

Just a few minutes ago, DNC Chair Tom Perez tweeted out that the Iowa Democratic Party should do an immediate recanvass of the Iowa Caucus results. But Tom Perez is only doing this right now because the results from the Iowa Caucuses are showing that Bernie Sanders has erased Pete Buttigieg‘s state delegate equivalent lead, and the DNC doesn’t want Bernie Sanders to be able to claim victory in Iowa for as long as possible, because they want to stop him

Now, there are reports saying Pete Buttigieg complained to Tom Perez about the satellite caucuses where Bernie Sanders did well.

This shows how terrified the Democratic establishment is of Bernie, and how Bernie needs to win every state by as many votes as possible to prevent further shenanigans.

THE APP at the centre of the chaos around the US Democrats’ Iowa caucus is owned by a billionaire backer of nominee Pete Buttigieg, it emerged today, raising concerns that the party’s elite are trying to rig the vote. … According to a report on the Grayzone website, the app developer — Shadow Inc — is “staffed by Hillary Clinton … campaign veterans and created by a Democratic dark-money non-profit [company] backed by hedge-fund billionaires including [Buttigieg campaign donor] Seth Klarman”: here.

Sanders victory, Buttigieg pseudo-victory, ‘frontrunner’ Biden fourth


Iowa, provisional 2020 caucus results

Now, in Iowa, USA, at last, the Democratic party presidential election caucus results, of 62% of precincts from all 99 counties, are in.

So, not 100% yet, so everything is still provisional.

If things stay this way, then Bernie Sanders is the victor.

And another candidate, Pete Buttigieg, who proclaimed himself to be the victor when not 62%, but 0% of the results were known, is not the victor.

This 4 February 2020 video from Canada is called Pete Buttigieg tried to steal narrative of Iowa Caucus victory from Bernie Sanders.

BUTTIGIEG’S ADVISER SENDS SKETCHY TWEET A Pete Buttigieg adviser tweeted the importance of publicizing the candidate’s military record to the people of Nevada, and the message looked an awful lot like he was trying to get around federal anti-coordination rules that prevent campaigns from sharing strategy and messaging with outside groups. [HuffPost]

And former Vice President Joe Biden, the ‘frontrunner’ according to corporate media, is not the real frontrunner, but #4.

By Patrick Martin in the USA, 5 February 2020:

Whatever the specific intentions of the Iowa state party leaders, every action they have taken in the caucus crisis has been to the detriment of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and to the benefit of former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg. The former naval intelligence officer has been declared the winner of the caucuses by the media because, in the results tabulated for 62 percent of precincts, he placed first in the obscure category of “state delegate equivalents”, the metric highlighted by the state party.

In the same tabulation, Sanders won the most votes, both in the initial count and in the second round after “unviable” candidates—those with less than 15 percent support—had been eliminated. Moreover, much of the unreported vote is from college and factory towns where the Vermont senator posted his best results. It is quite possible that Sanders will also lead in delegate equivalents once a final count is reported.

Faulty app at the centre of the Democrat’s Iowa controversy owned by billionaire backer of Buttigieg: here.

Iowa, USA caucus chaos, establishment sabotages Sanders


This 4 February 2920 video from the USA is called Mike Waits for the Iowa Caucus Results…

How democratic is what happens now in the USA, which used to be called ‘the great arsenal of democracy‘?

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

With Sanders headed to victory, Iowa Democratic Party blocks release of caucus results

4 February 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party has refused to release results of the caucuses held throughout the state on Monday night to determine the allocation of delegates for the party’s presidential nomination. Officials are now saying that they hope to have results “some time Tuesday.”

The action is an unprecedented intervention by the party apparatus into the process of choosing the party’s presidential nominee. It is clearly directed at the campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who was leading in the polls and was expected to place first in a four- or five-way contest in Iowa.

The media and non-Sanders Democratic Party candidates quickly developed a common line, citing supposed “quality control” issues in the vote that questioned its “legitimacy.” The New York Times, which earlier posted polling results that clearly showed Sanders in the lead, removed all such figures from its front page by midnight.

An official statement from the Iowa Democratic Party claimed that there were “inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results” from each of the more than 1,700 precinct caucuses held across the state. The party statement did not explain the nature of the discrepancies or how they were to be remedied, except to claim that the issue was not the result of a hack or other external interference with the tabulation of the vote.

Lawyers for the campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden sent a letter to the Iowa Democratic Party Monday night demanding an accounting of the method being used for “quality control” in the vote tabulation before any results are released. This could keep the results of the caucus voting secret for days, if not weeks, while courtroom battles are played out, in a manner reminiscent of the 2000 vote in Florida.

Precincts covered by the major media Monday night reported that Biden suffered a debacle, often not even receiving enough support to pass into the second round of voting.

The manipulation of the results in Iowa is clearly directed from the top. The Democratic National Committee sent dozens of top operatives, including software and cybersecurity experts, into Iowa in the weeks before the caucuses. Even before Monday, there were efforts to develop the line that the vote might not be legitimate.

In fact, the software application used to report the results from precinct caucuses—three sets of numbers for less than a dozen candidates—would not have been very complex, and there was ample time for testing and security measures.

The weeks leading up to the Iowa caucuses featured a coordinated campaign by the corporate media and the Democratic Party establishment to undermine Sanders’ support. This campaign was widely viewed as unsuccessful or even counterproductive—boosting support for the self-described “democratic socialist” rather than reducing it.

The failure to report results from the caucus raises new questions about Saturday’s decision to cancel the release of the final Iowa Poll by the Des Moines Register, allegedly because of a complaint by the Buttigieg campaign that at least one telephone survey worker did not include the name of their candidate. The poll was expected to confirm Sanders’ standing as the leading candidate, only two days before the caucuses.

All the major Democratic candidates made speeches Monday night thanking their supporters and pledging to continue their campaigns in the New Hampshire primary February 11. Significantly, however, Buttigieg was the only one to claim he had been “victorious” in the caucuses, an assertion that had no basis in any figures reported from the state, since there were none.

Data from entrance polls reported on cable television suggested that Sanders was in the lead with at least 23 percent, followed by Buttigieg, Warren and Biden, in fourth place with about 16 percent. Demographic information on caucus-goers also suggested such an order of finish, with the proportion of voters under 30 jumping from 18 percent in 2016, when Sanders and Hillary Clinton finished in a virtual tie, to 24 percent in 2020.

The proportion of voters over 65 years of age—the base of the Biden campaign—fell from 34 percent in 2016 to only 28 percent in 2020.

The debacle and orchestrated operation over the Iowa caucuses is only a foretaste of what is to come in the efforts by the Democratic Party to rig the primary election process.

This 4 February 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

DNC Vote Count DISASTER After Iowa Caucuses

The Iowa Caucus results were delayed because of an app the DNC used to tally the results. Ana Kasparian, Cenk Uygur, and Ben Mankiewicz discuss on The Young Turks special coverage of the 2020 Iowa Caucuses. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

This 4 February 2020 video from the USA is called Sure Sign Bernie Won Iowa Caucus.

FORMER US Secretary of State John Kerry has denied plans to enter the presidential race to “stop Bernie Sanders taking down the Democratic Party” ahead of today’s Iowa caucus. Mr Kerry was overheard by an NBC journalist speaking on the phone on Sunday explaining that he would need to step down from the board of the Bank of America and “raise a couple of million” for his campaign: here.

THESE CAMPAIGNS RAISED THOUSANDS FROM LOBBYISTS Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg all raised thousands of dollars from registered federal lobbyists, according to new campaign finance disclosures the candidates were required to file. Donors included lobbyists who have represented the fossil fuel industry, for-profit college companies and major pharmaceutical makers. [HuffPost]

United States Democratic party candidates, poll


This 1 February 2020 video from presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the USA says about itself:

THREE DAYS TO THE IOWA CAUCUS: This is the most important election of our lives. Now, more than ever, is the time to get involved and stand against Trump’s corruption and hate. Join our live town hall from Creston, Iowa with Jane Sanders and Michael Moore.

From Ballotpedia.org in the USA:

The first presidential nominating event of the 2020 election cycle takes place in Iowa on February 3, 2020. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are holding caucuses. Given its first-in-the-nation status, Iowa receives increased attention from both campaigning candidates and the media. …

As of February 2020, the following 11 Democratic elected officials and notable public figures are running in the primary:

Then, the Ballotpedia article names eleven candidates. Curiously, they omit the twelfth candidate: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. Curiously also, they do mention Ms Gabbard in Iowa opinion poll statistics and Iowa betting statistics in that same article. Why? Is this Iraq war veteran blacklisted for not supporting warmongering? Voters like Sally McMillan in Iowa City are indignant about corporate media ‘forgetting’ Ms Gabbard.

CNN’s blatant and bizarre Tulsi Gabbard snub: here.

Suppose that you, Dear Kitty. Some blog reader, are entitled to vote in the Iowa state Democratic party caucuses, then whom would you vote for? Here is a poll with all 12 candidates.

With the Iowa caucuses Monday formally initiating the Democratic Party presidential selection process, polls indicate a continued rise in support for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders: here.

Dakota Access Pipeline, USA, conflict continues


This video from the USA says about itself:

28 January 2017

Iowa‘s segment of the DAPL is in the ground now, but a court challenge could prevent anything from being pumped through it. Kathy Holdefer of Jasper County, IA, who was arrested during a civil disobedience protest against the pipeline, explains the state law restricting the use of eminent domain that undergirds their case.

Kathy also shares with TYT‘s Eric Byler how she felt about the construction process, which went on day and night and, she felt, endangered her granddaughter. And, she called out Gov. Terry Brandstad (Republican) for arranging for the right of eminent domain to be transferred to an out-of-state oil transfer corporation. Energy Transfer Partners threatened to take her land and then ended up taking the land of her neighbors.

This video from the USA says about itself:

28 January 2017

TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton did a Facebook Live report on his return to Standing Rock.

5 Ways Indian Country Can Resist Trump’s Chaos: here.

At about 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning, January 25, a Magellan Midstream Partners petroleum pipeline ruptured in northern Iowa, about 124 miles north of Des Moines, spewing an estimated 3,300 barrels (about 138,600 gallons) of diesel fuel onto farmland in Worth County, just over the Minnesota state line. Monitoring technicians at Magellan headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma noted a fall in pipeline pressure early that morning and shut down the 127-mile-long segment from Mason City to Rosemount, Minnesota. The spill follows by one day the signing of an executive order by President Donald Trump to revive the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL Pipeline projects: here.

Five Spills, Six Months in Operation: Dakota Access Track Record Highlights Unavoidable Reality — Pipelines Leak: here.

White racist murders cops, corporate media blame African Americans


This video about Iowa in the USA says about itself:

Anti-‘Black Lives Matter’ Man Murders Two Cops

2 November 2016

An anti-‘Black Lives Matter‘ man ambushed and killed two police officers. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

United States white racist arrested for killing white policemen


Scott Michael Greene, suspect of murdering Iowa police, AP photo

From the Huffington Post in the USA:

Suspect Captured In ‘Ambush-Style Attacks’ On Iowa Police Officers

Police have identified Justin Martin, 24, and Anthony Beminio, 38, as the victims. …

Police suspect Scott Michael Greene, 46, moved between two Iowa locations on Wednesday morning, raining gunfire on two unsuspecting officers.

Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin, 24, and Des Moines Police Sgt. Anthony Beminio, 38, were killed in separate shootings. As of Wednesday afternoon, there was no clear motive for the ruthless crime. …

In a YouTube video uploaded on Oct. 16 by a person calling himself Scott Greene, a man can be seen arguing with Urbandale police officers outside a high school football game, The Des Moines Register reports.

“I’ve asked you multiple times to leave this property,” an officer can be heard telling the man.

“I was assaulted in the stands,” the man replies.

Replying in a comment to his own video, Greene said he was “offended by the blacks sitting through our anthem. Thousands more whites fought and died for their freedom. However this is not about Armed forces, they are cop haters.”

As became apparent today, it looks like Mr Greene is much more of a ‘cop hater’ than most African American people.

A separate YouTube video uploaded on Oct. 21 shows what appears to be Greene holding a Confederate flag in the stands of the high school football game he was later told to leave.

Greene has been accused of domestic assault and harassment in the past, according to Iowa court records.

Before the suspect was identified, [Iowa police spokesman] Parizek alluded to the tensions between law enforcement and communities of color after several high-profile shootings of unarmed black men.

“There is a clear and present danger to police officers right now,” Parizek said, visibly shaken. “We’re very well aware of the society that we’re living in right now … and that there are some not so positive views of law enforcement that a segment of our population holds.”

So, before the suspect of this cop killing had been identified, police spokesman Parizek presumed the culprit was African American. Reminds me of the corporate media and pundits who, before it was known that the culprit of the Oslo, Norway mass murders was white supremacist Anders Behring Breivik, presumed that ‘those Muslims are at it again’.

Bernie Sanders reacts to too close to call Iowa, USA caucuses


This video from the USA says about itself:

1 February 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks after virtually tying Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Iowa Democratic Presidential Nomination Caucus.

From United States presidential candidate Bernie Sanders today:

Tonight we accomplished what the corporate media and political establishment once believed was impossible: after trailing Hillary Clinton in Iowa throughout this entire campaign, it looks as if we will leave the state with roughly the same number of delegates.

I want to be clear with you about what this really means. Tonight’s result is a victory for our political revolution. We have proved that when people come together, anything is possible.

New Hampshire votes next, where we have a slight lead in the polls. If we win there, we’ll have all the momentum. …

When we started this campaign, almost everyone wrote us off. We were down 41 percent in the polls… and those were some of the good ones. They said our ideas were radical and that we could never compete with the big-money fundraising of Hillary Clinton and her super PACs.

Well, you showed them tonight.

Victory is within our reach. But winning will require the active participation of millions of Americans in every community across the country — nothing less than a political revolution.

Please make a contribution to our campaign tonight:

https://go.berniesanders.com/how_we_respond

On to New Hampshire.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

Patrick Martin in the USA writes:

There was a significant turnout of young people, particularly in precincts around the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Northern Iowa University, and in other college towns. These backed Sanders overwhelmingly; his margin over Clinton among voters 30 and under, according to exit polls, was a remarkable 86 percent to 11 percent. By comparison, in 2008, Obama won 57 percent of under-30 voters, when he defeated Clinton and Senator John Edwards.

The Democratic race was so close that tellers in six precincts were forced to toss coins to decide the result. Ms Clinton won them all: here.

Sanders rolled up a huge margin among younger voters: those 17-29 supported him over Clinton by 86 percent to 11 percent; Democratic voters in the 30-44 age bracket also gave him a majority. Lower-income voters, those making under $30,000 a year, backed Sanders heavily, as did those in the $30,000-$50,000 a year range. Clinton’s support was concentrated among upper-income and older voters, particularly those over the age of 65, who turned out in large numbers: here.

Republicans Start To Acknowledge They Might Face Bernie Sanders: here.

From Huffington Post in the USA:

Despite spending nearly $65 million so far, Right to Rise, the super PAC supporting Jeb Bush saw little return on its investment Monday night. The former Florida governor came in sixth place with a little more than 5,000 votes, which works out to a bit less than one vote per $12,000 in spending. But Bush‘s super Pac still has $59 million in the bank.