My great-grandmother died
choking on her own spite,
hunchbacked, with hands like claws.

The voice in my grandmother’s head
as she looked her husband’s mother full in the face,
the salt of her lips, the masa between her hands

threatening to overflow.
She, too, loved a boy
with eyes like the grave,

not the boy of that woman,
venomous and as cold as a winter morning.
Moon worshipper and sun sick,

making that journey on her knees
to the church, her legs trembling
like those of a fawn,

the hard light on her shoulders,
her lack of shame
the winking of copper in her fists.

Crystal Vega-Huerta, “Grandma Carne”


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I Just Got "Push Polled" by Hillary Clinton's Nevada Campaign - Nolan Dalla
Nolan Dalla gets "push polled" by the Hillary Clinton campaign in Nevada, but they have no idea who they're fucking with....

Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign is resorting to one of the lowest, most reviled tactics of campaigning, the sludge known as the “push poll.”  It’s clearly happening in Nevada, and probably other states, too.

What makes this so reprehensible is that many voters will not be able to discern truth from fiction.  They will conclude the “poll” feeling they were important enough to receive a phone call mistakenly believing they were asked fair questions and then were left with lingering doubts about the viability of Bernie Sanders as a presidential candidate.

Unfortunately, this garbage has a proven track record.  “Push polling” went into the gutter in the worst kind of way 15 years ago, in South Carolina.  John McCain, then known as a “maverick Republican,” was posed a serious threat to George W. Bush, the candidate of the establishment.  In what became a political gauntlet for conservative Republicans and the Bush Campaign, the vile henchmen led by Karl Rove began conducting “push polling” among registered South Carolina Republicans.  Hundreds of thousands of phone calls were made asking “poll questions” about McCain which amounted to a well-disguised political assassination.  McCain never recovered and Bush easily won the nomination (in 2000).

From Wikipedia:  “A semi-underground smear campaign (began) against McCain, delivered by push polls, faxes, e-mails, flyers, audience plants, and the like.  These claimed most famously that he had fathered a black child out of wedlock (the McCains’ dark-skinned daughter Bridget was adopted from Bangladesh; this misrepresentation was thought to be an especially effective slur in a Deep South state where race was still central, but also that his wife Cindy was a drug addict, that he was a homosexual, and that he was a “Manchurian Candidate” traitor or mentally unstable from his North Vietnam POW days.”


As I stated, “push polling” works.  Gullible voters get confused and start doubting their allegiances to a candidate.  Even if a small percentage switch their votes, 3-5 percent can mean a big difference in a tight political race.  The Clinton-Sanders race isn’t just tight.  It’s a dead heat, at least here in Nevada.

When the phone rang earlier tonight in my home and someone secretly working for the Clinton Campaign thought they were talking to a fool who might ultimately change his vote.  They have, in fact, done the opposite.  They lit a fuse.  Let this be a WARNING and a cautionary tale that these are PRECISELY the tactics Bernie Sanders is working against, and fighting against within his own so-called “party.”  It’s the kind of tactics Sanders is working to end.  We need to support him.

In the end, push polling and negative campaigning might actually end up making the difference in the Democratic race.  The cynic in me remains pessimistic as to how many people out there who receive despicable phone calls like this will be equipped with the knowledge and experience to see through the bullshit. I’m hopeful that writing this essay might open a few eyes.

It’s now 10 pm.  More than four hours since the supervisor was supposed to get back to me.

Still, the phone hasn’t rang, yet.

Nevada voters, next time your phone rings and it’s a poll, beware.  It’s probably not a poll.  It’s something else.  It’s old-style establishment politics of the worst kind, that were once used by one of the worst political machines ever.  Clearly, the Hillary Clinton Campaign knows no moral nor ethical boundaries.


It was a very warm, Thursday afternoon in June and Wendy was stuck in a conference room. Sitting across from her husband Poe, his lawyers and his mother. Next to her, was her lawyer. She had a headache and had spent the last half hour listening to her mother in law call her a gold digger, fame whore, and other unpleasant names. She was exhausted, tired and wishing she could relax. Her white, sleeveless blouse and black and white floral skirt were not diminishing how uncomfortable she felt on all levels. She wanted to go home and be with Poe. Neither of them wanted this and the press was having a field day with them. She leaned forward on the table and rubbed her temples furiously. 

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