Archive for January, 2019


Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

January 23, 2019


Here is the reason the Democratic party is refusing to stop illegal immigration. It is because they want individuals who are not citizens or even people that do not exist to vote in federal elections. A recent article pointed out voting patterns in California during the 2018 November elections. Look at what they did and the changes in voting procedure that they instituted in California.

In the November 2018 election Republican candidates went to bed on election night in November with leads in most of their competitive House races, only to lose in the ensuing weeks of vote counting. In Orange County, Young Kim was poised to become the first Korean-American woman in Congress, with a sizable lead on Election Day over her Democratic opponent. She lost by three percentage points. Republican Rep. Mimi Walters’s 6,074-vote lead on Nov. 6 turned into an 11,866-vote loss to Democrat Katie Porter.

How did this happen?

The project started in 2015 when California became the second state after Oregon to move to automatic voter registration.

Can’t be bothered to register? California does it for you, automatically adding to its rolls any person who has any interaction with its Department of Motor Vehicles. The system is already a threat to ballot integrity, with the DMV acknowledging in September it had incorrectly registered 23,000 voters.

In 2016 California passed the Voter’s Choice Act, which allows counties to mail every voter a ballot. Lots of Californians use mail voting, though previously they had to request it. Now ballots arrive automatically, whether voters want one or not. Thirteen million California voters received ballots in the mail last year, compared to about nine million in 2014.

The biggest score for Democrats is a separate 2016 California law pushed heavily by unions that legalized what’s known as ballot harvesting. This allows any person—union activists, canvassers, community organizers, campaign staff—to show up at homes and collect mail ballots on behalf of voters.

California law also allows counting mail ballots postmarked or delivered on Election Day, as well as same-day registration and liberal use of provisional ballots. This year the Democratic vote totals piled up long after the polls closed. Fred Whitaker, chairman of the Orange County GOP, has estimated that an extraordinary 250,000 mail-votes were dropped off on Election Day thanks to harvesting.

This creates opportunities for harvesters to “help” voters complete their ballots, or even pay to finish them, and it’s easy for the unscrupulous to lose ballots they think may go for the wrong candidate. Therefore ballot harvesting is illegal in many states, or at least limited to drop-offs by family members.

Nationally Democrats want states to allow same-day and online voter registration. They want looser rules on provisional ballots, requires every state to provide two weeks of early voting, prohibits restrictions on mail voting, and limits states’ ability to remove voters from rolls.

All this is an affront to the American tradition of letting states set their own election rules. Few states have automatic registration, on the principle that voting is voluntary.

Here is what the law is in Tennessee.

TN does not have automatic voter registration. One must register 30 days before Election Day. This enables officials to verify the information provided such as SS#, felon? Address, etc. First-time Tennessee voters must provide proof of citizenship, either a birth certificate or naturalization papers even if they have been registered in another state.


DMV provides the opportunity for those applying for a driver’s license to request registration, however, a form must be filled out and mailed to officials for verification, just like any other kind of registration.


To obtain an absentee ballot in Tennessee, one must be a registered voter in the district for which a ballot is requested. The request for an absentee ballot is checked against the registration lists, if the requester is registered, a ballot is mailed with a unique number on the return envelope. If that unique number is not there, altered, etc. when the ballot is returned, (all are verified) the ballot is not opened and further investigation is undertaken. Absentee ballots must arrive by the close of business on Election Day and must arrive by public carrier: USPS, Fed Ex etc.


In Tennessee, Provisional Ballots are provided if the person cannot be verified in the system; or does not show a Federal/TN state government photo ID. They are given 2 days to return with that photo ID (if that was the problem). Research is done If they are not in the system and they insist they registered. Some may have registered through the state and the State failed to notify the local officials. Research will let officials know – if it is found that they did timely register, their provisional ballot is counted. Otherwise, without verification that they did indeed register as they claim but do not have that photo ID, that ballot is never opened and kept in a separate holding place for 24 months. A few years back, some people would demand a provisional ballot thinking officials would not know if they were registered, that doesn’t happen as often now because they know officials verify information.


There is on-line registration, if that person has a TN driver’s license with signature, however, they still must vote in person the first time and show that photo ID to officials. Driver’s licenses now have a unique code on the back.


Tennessee does have early voting. It begins 20 days before ED and ends 5 days before ED for a total of 14 early voting days. That helps tremendously with personnel and voters. The requirements are the same for early voting or Election Day voting except on ED one can only vote in one’s precinct.


Now here is what happened locally last November 2018 in the election.


TN Black Voter Project registered thousands of voters in Shelby County and turned in 10,000 applications on the very last day of registration in Shelby County.

Since 84% of qualified voters in Shelby County are already registered, an immediate question is who those people on all those applications were! Some were felons and some were already registered, and a lot appeared to be fiction.


Black Voter Project (BVP) deliberately waited to turn those last registrations to cause problems for the Shelby County Election Commission. Those applications had to be processed and researched. The staff and all temps available were tied up in that process with all-hands-on-deck, three shifts per day and weekends to try to complete the process before election day.


Required information on many of applications was missing. Duplicate registrations were turned in for the same person with one digit different in a SS# or street address or no-such street existed etc. The local, judge Joedae Jenkins ordered that those registrants could machine vote. Attorneys appealed to state court and the ruling was overturned. Anyone with missing  could “repair” the application – however, only a handful of people did that and none showed up to try to vote on election day.


When addresses were on the registrations, verification letters were sent to the Black Voter Project applicants or telephoned when a phone number was provided to try to obtain missing info.  A vast number of mailed inquiry letters were returned by the PO as undeliverable and many telephone numbers were not valid. More than three letter boxes overflowed with those returned letters. It cost the commission time and money to send those letters and make those calls to non-existing people.

Turns out BVD paid $90/day for workers to register voters, but they only required 15 applications to earn the money.  Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating but no report so far on results. BVP also did something similar in Knox county and Davidson county, but not on the scale they did here. A good question is who financed that operation? What do you think? I would like your opinion on the local and national voting situation for 2020 and its connection with open borders





Recycle Standards-Memphis and Germantown

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019


I was all set to publish an informative article about how to distinguish between those items that are recyclable and those which go into the trash and landfill. I then read the article about China no longer buying our recyclable items and the effects of that decision. Then the City of Memphis announced that its recycle contract with Republic Services is in question because Republic wants to to charge Memphis for taking recyclable materials rather than pay Memphis something. Germantown pays about $62 per ton for their materials. The whole recycle question is no longer a holier than thou virtue, it has becomes “how much you are willing to pay at the CHURCH OF RECYCLE VIRTUE”. We must have a public discussion about this subject and see if we can come to a solution that we can afford and still pay homage to our desire for a clean and waste free world. There is a question that I ask. “Is our recyclable material really being recycled or is it going into the general landfill? I really don’t know.


Following is the City of Memphis reply to my open records request asking them to compare their recycle policy to the City of Germantown.


Dear Joe Saino,


The City received a public records request from you on 12/29/2018. Your request mentioned “The following is the City of Germantown standards for recycling. Does the City of Memphis agree with this standard and if not what are the differences with the standard and additions, deletions or corrections.

Germantown stated: The following items can be recycled:
Due to the collection process, all recycling materials must be placed inside the roll cart. Any materials outside of the cart will be collected as household trash.

Mixed paper products: newspaper, magazines, brochures, paper bags, paper towel rolls, paper back books, cartons, greeting cards, regular and junk mail, cardboard beverage carriers, phone books, office paper, catalogs, paperboard boxes and file folders.
Corrugated cardboard containers, flattened and cut to no more than 3 feet by 2 feet
Non-corrugated cardboard commonly used in dry food and cereal boxes, shoe boxes and other similar packaging
Glass bottles and jars – no lids (empty and rinse)
#1, #2, #4, #5 and #7 plastic food and beverage containers –including bottles, jars, jugs and other rigid plastic containers.
Aluminum and metal food cans without lids
Aluminum beverage cans (empty and rinse)
Foil and foil trays clean of food
Empty juice boxes, soup and milk cartons (empty and replace cap)
Large Cardboard Containers
The City has a cardboard recycling container located at Economic and Community Development, 1920 South Germantown Road, available for all city residents to recycle large cardboard. All cardboard must be flattened.

The following items cannot be recycled:

#3 and #6 plastics – including plastic bags, plastic film, tubs and pots
Foam egg cartons
Food or liquid (no garbage)
Clothing or linens
Tanglers, hoses, chains, electronics or batteries
Big items (wood, plastic, furniture or metal)
Some items not collected for recycling by the City can be recycled at these convenient area locations:

Plastic grocery bags – A majority of local grocery store locations
Printer cartridges – Office Depot locations, receive a credit on a future purchase; cartridges refilled at local Walgreens locations
Batteries, including car, cell phone, camcorder and rechargeable batteries – Batteries Plus, 465 North Germantown Parkway
Cell phones – AT&T locations, at Verizon locations or visit Verizon online recycling program or visit
IPods – Apple Store, Saddle Creek
Used motor oil – Germantown Public Works Complex, 7700 Southern Avenue
Clothing, furniture and household items – Non-profit agencies or garage sale
Wire hangers – Some dry cleaners accept used hangers for reuse
Used electronics can be taken to the semiannual Amnesty Dumpster and Recycling Day”


Here is the City of Memphis reply.

The City has reviewed its files and has located responsive records to your request. Per the custodian: The City of Memphis’ recycling program includes all plastics except plastic films and bags and Styrofoam (which includes the black food containers at Trezevant Manor and the egg cartons which are “foam” (Styrofoam) products). We even accept plastic outdoor patio chairs, “all plastic” constructed toys. The plastic containers used at the salad bar at Trezevant are recyclable, but must be rinsed to remove any food residue.

We accept aluminum and steel cans; aluminum foil and the associated foil cooking containers; all paper that are not food tainted; glass bottles and jars (no lids); plastic bottles and jars with lids attached; and aseptic  juice, milk, soup, and vegetable cartons (found at stores like Whole Foods).

If Mr. Saino follows the Germantown rules he will be in compliance with our regulations, however, we do accept more items than Germantown.

These two standards seem to answer most questions. It seems that #3 PVC (polyvinyl chloride) [trays for sweets, fruit, plastic packing (bubble foil and food foils to wrap the foodstuff] and #6 (polystyrene) [toys, hard packing, refrigerator trays, cosmetic bags, costume jewelry, CD cases, vending cups] are the main common items that cannot be recycled.

If you disagree with the above, I would love to hear from you with examples. It does take some work and thought to work towards a future where we try to recycle as much as possible.