The Obama administration on Tuesday will wade into the increasingly divisive national debate over new voting laws in several states that could depress turnout among minorities and others who helped elect the president in 2008. …
With the presidential campaign heating up, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will deliver a speech Tuesday expressing concerns about the voter-identification laws, along with a Texas redistricting plan before the Supreme Court that fails to take into account the state’s burgeoning Hispanic population, he said in an interview Monday.
Holder will speak at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Libary and Museum in Austin, Tex., which honors the president who shepherded the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law. …
When it comes to voting fraud, some conservatives have long argued that it is a serious problem, although others say the number of such cases is relatively low. Studies of the issue have reached different conclusions on the extent of the problem.
“You constantly hear about voter fraud . . . but you don’t see huge amounts of vote fraud out there,’’ Holder said.
…as opposed to this:
You’re not seeing things.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has given 99% of its campaign money to Democrats (according to ElectionLawCenter.com, citing OpenSecrets.org). Democrats, including Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder, who will be in Austin, Texas tomorrow supporting the rejection of voter-ID laws and, according to the Texas GOP, “NAACP plans to involve the United Nations on (sic) US elections,” abhor the idea of making voters bring some form of photo identification to the polls.
Yet the IAM in the instance photographed required a photo ID of all who wished to vote in a contract ratification election. From the looks of the professionally made sign, the photo-ID requirement in the union’s elections would appear to be far from an isolated instance. Gosh, I wonder why?
Doug Ross’s reaction: “Needle on Hypocrisy-Meter Breaks Off.”
At some point during all these years of covering the voter-ID issue, you would think that someone in the press, much of which is unionized (specifically the Associated Press, which has the credit for the photo above), would have noted that unions at least occasionally and likely far more than occasionally require that members present a photo ID to be able to cast their ballots. Nope. How typically irresponsible.
Translation: Requiring picture ID in order to receive Social Security, Medicare, welfare, a library card, a driver’s license. are totally cool, and requiring picture ID to vote in certain (i.e. union) elections is only sensible. But requiring picture ID for the most sacred act of our republic is racist. Or something.
There are bad analogies, and then there are really bad analogies.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson used the years-long covert operation that culminated last night in the death of the country’s No. 1 enemy to slam a GOP-backed elections overhaul the Senate is slated to vote on today.
“We have cut off the head of the snake,” said Nelson, joined in the Capitol by a host of fellow Democrats, voters rights groups and civil rights advocates at a previously-scheduled press conference about the elections package.
After congratulating President Barack Obama and the White House administration for killing Osama bin Laden (Obama killed Osama? Huh. I thought it was the Navy SEALs. Who knew, right? – CL) , Nelson paralleled the fight for democracy overseas to Democrats’ fight against the elections package.
“Now in an effort of 10 years, ever since Sept. 11, 2001, protecting our democracy, protecting us from those that would do harm and who provide this protection because our democracy is unique, we find ourselves gathered in our Capitol city of this state again here to protect our democracy,” he said. “Now we are here for another reason of protecting our democracy and that is to keep the right to vote. Don’t make it harder to vote. Don’t make it harder to register to vote and don’t make it harder to try to count your vote. And that’s what we have in front of the legislature right now.”
Among the most contentious components of the bills are rigorous new standards on third-party voter registration groups that helped drive Democratic turnout in 2008. (In other words, Dems are fighing for ACORN’s efforts to continue the vote fraud on Dems’ behalf for which ACORN is well-known. – CL)
Godwin just called to say “Well played, Senator Nelson!”
This buttclown is up for re-election next year. You can rest assured I will do my part to end this jackwagon’s career.
Democrats…vote fraud? The heck you say! From MI:
Two former leaders of the Oakland County Democratic Party are facing a total of nine felonies for allegedly forging election paperwork to get fake Tea Party candidates on November’s ballot. …
Former Oakland County Democratic Chair Mike McGuinness and former Democratic Operations Director Jason Bauer face up to 14 years in prison if convicted.
“Some of the people didn’t even know they were on the ballot till they began receiving delinquency notices of filings that were required as a candidate,” said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.
The sheriff says 23 statewide races had questionable Tea Party candidates on the ballot and the investigation may go beyond Oakland County.
You know, if I didn’t know any better, I’d swear that Democrats like to cheat when it comes to elections! If I didn’t know any better, that is.
Relax, wingnuts, those NV machines serviced by SEIU thugs are A-OK, assures the Dem Secretary of State
Who’s up for a game of “Name That Party”? You know, that’s where the MSM just so happens to omit the party affiliation when it might inconvenience their narrative. Details:
Secretary of State Ross Miller said today there have been no complaints filed with his office about suspicious voter activity despite email rumors and media accounts that at least some electronic voting machines are pre-programmed to support U.S. Senate candidate Harry Reid, D-NV.
Read the whole story. See if you can find the party affiliation of NV Sec of State Miller. I’m guessing that if people knew he is a Democrat, they might want a more objective reassurance than him telling us these auto-votes for fellow Democrat Harry Reid aren’t really happening. Questioning a Dem Sec of State? The MSM isn’t going to have any of that nonsense!
Nope…no liberal media bias!
UPDATED: Voting machines malfunction in NV and NC, and the malfunctions just so happen to benefit Democrats
I’m not a conspiracy theory guy. But man, in light of Democrats stealing elections in SD in 2002, WA in 2004, and MN in 2008, is it unreasonable to think they’re up to no good in the middle of the big red tsunami of 2010?
Some voters in Boulder City complained on Monday that their ballot had been cast before they went to the polls, raising questions about Clark County’s electronic voting machines.
Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid’s name was already checked.
Ferrara said she wasn’t alone in her voting experience. She said her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.
“Something’s not right,” Ferrara said. “One person that’s a fluke. Two, that’s strange. But several within a five minute period of time — that’s wrong.”
A Craven County voter says he had a near miss at the polls on Thursday when an electronic voting machine completed his straight-party ticket for the opposite of what he intended.
Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern said he pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He cleared the screen and tried again with the same result, he said. Then he asked for and received help from election staff.
“They pushed it twice and the same thing happened,” Laughinghouse said. “That was four times in a row. The fifth time they pushed it and the Republicans came up and I voted.”
Malfunctions happen. But dude, they both benefit the Democrats? Seriously?
UPDATE (10/26/2010 – 10:30 pm EST): Well, well, well! The NV voting machine technicians are…I swear I’m not making this up…SEIU workers! Who in the blue Hell thought that was a good idea?
Just as certain as death and taxes, you can count on Democrats to lie, cheat, and steal close elections…and the GOP never seems to have the ammo to stop them.
I’m shocked…shocked, I tell you! For those of you on the left, the prior sentence was sarcasm. Excerpt:
The radical activist group ACORN “works” for the Democratic Party and deliberately promotes election fraud, ACORN employees told FBI investigators, according to an FBI document dump Wednesday.
The documents obtained by Judicial Watch, a watchdog group, are FBI investigators’ reports related to the 2007 investigation and arrest of eight St. Louis, Mo., workers from ACORN’s Project Vote affiliate for violation of election laws. All eight employees involved in the scandal later pleaded guilty to voter registration fraud.
Project Vote is ACORN’s voter registration arm. Project Vote continues to operate despite the reported dissolution of the national structure of ACORN.
The handwritten reports by FBI agents show that ACORN employees reported numerous irregularities in the nonprofit group’s business practices.
One employee told the FBI that ACORN headquarters is “wkg [working] for the Democratic Party.”
According to one report, an ACORN employee said the purpose of “[f]raudulent cards” was “[t]o cause confusion on election day to keep polls open longer,” “[t]o allow people who can’t vote to vote,” and “[t]o allow to vote multiple times.”
Another report quotes an employee saying, “Project Vote will pay them whether cards fake or not – whatever they had to do to get the cards was attitude.” Project Vote pays based on the number of cards and “that’s why they were so reckless,” the report says.
A report quotes an employee saying, “I don’t like our system. I don’t think we should do voter registration.” The report also notes that employees were “[c]onstantly threatened” and that the staff were “instructed on what to say to FBI.” …
In other breaking news, water is wet.
I’m sure Holder will handle this with the professionalism and competence from whom we’ve come to expect.
The human gaffe-o-meter we’ve got for VP admits something we all knew: the “stimulus” isn’t working. Gee, thanks, Joe. Nothing quite like peeing away our kids’ futures over something that doesn’t work, huh? How’s that Hopenchange workin’ for you now?
Ahmanutjob says he won the Iranian “election”. We know it was rigged. Pro-reform students say they’re screwed if Obama accepts the tainted election results that confirm Ahmanutjob’s victory. Obama says “Hey, sucks for you, reformers!” by legitimizing vote fraud, like his mentor Jimmy “the Dhimmi” Carter would do. Of course, considering his deep ties to ACORN, this should come as no surprise.
Oprompter fires an Inspector General who was investigating an Uhhh-bama ally, a move that should have generated tons of outrage due to its reeking of Chicago-style corruption and cronyism. Firing an I.G. is rare, even more so than, oh, firing U.S. Attorneys who serve at the pleasure of the president. Yet for some really weird reason, the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) made a lot of noise over the latter scenario when a Republican administration did it. But nope…no liberal media bias!
Here is an outstanding column on the left’s and the MSM’s (it’s a redundant Monday, what can I say?) efforts to link abortionist George Tiller’s murderer to us pro-lifers. I just want to know: Why is it “out of bounds” or “beyond the pale” to play “guilt by association” with Obama and guys he actually DID personally know and associate with (Wright, Ayers, Dohrn, Farrakahn), but it’s totally acceptable to play “guilt by association” with von Brunn and millions of people he didn’t know or who didn’t know him? Nope…no liberal media bias!
Just helpin’ a couple of bruthas out, right? Details:
Justice Department political appointees overruled career lawyers and ended a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense of wielding a nightstick and intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place last Election Day, according to documents and interviews.
The incident – which gained national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube – had prompted the government to sue the men, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring would-be voters with the weapon, racial slurs and military-style uniforms.
Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as “the most blatant form of voter intimidation” that he had seen, even during the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago.
The career Justice lawyers were on the verge of securing sanctions against the men earlier this month when their superiors ordered them to reverse course, according to interviews and documents. The court had already entered a default judgment against the men on April 20.
A Justice Department spokesman on Thursday confirmed that the agency had dropped the case, dismissing two of the men from the lawsuit with no penalty and winning an order against the third man that simply prohibits him from bringing a weapon to a polling place in future elections. (Are we to assume that it was legal for him to bring a weapon to a polling place BEFORE this order? – Ed.)
The complaint said the three men engaged in “coercion, threats and intimidation, … racial threats and insults, … menacing and intimidating gestures, … and movements directed at individuals who were present to vote.” It said that unless prohibited by court sanctions, they would “continued to violate … the Voting Rights Act by continuing to direct intimidation, threats and coercion at voters and potential voters, by again deploying uniformed and armed members at the entrance to polling locations in future elections, both in Philadelphia and throughout the country.”
To support its evidence, the government had secured an affidavit from Bartle Bull, a longtime civil rights activist and former aide to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign. Mr. Bull said in a sworn statement dated April 7 that he was serving in November as a credentialed poll watcher in Philadelphia when he saw the three uniformed Panthers confront and intimidate voters with a nightstick.
Inexplicably, the government did not enter the affidavit in the court case, according to the files. (I’m sure it was just a mere bureaucratic snafu, right? – Ed.)
“In my opinion, the men created an intimidating presence at the entrance to a poll,” he declared. “In all my experience in politics, in civil rights litigation and in my efforts in the 1960s to secure the right to vote in Mississippi … I have never encountered or heard of another instance in the United States where armed and uniformed men blocked the entrance to a polling location.”
Mr. Bull said the “clear purpose” of what the Panthers were doing was to “intimidate voters with whom they did not agree.” He also said he overheard one of the men tell a white poll watcher: “You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker.” (Word, dawg. – Ed.) …
A Democrat, using the DOJ as a political pawn? Who knew?
The “postracial” Chicagoland Thug-in-Chief, just lookin’ out for his vote fraud homies like these punks, plus ACORN, plus…well, you get the drift.
Their reasoning? It was a “game-changer”. PowerLine is all over it, as is the Spectator. Naturally, the Old Gray Hag is spinning mightily. Heck, if they put that kind of effort into running a worthwhile journalism business, they might not be teetering on collapse right now. But it’s like I said last year: think of them as the Kamikaze Media, willing to die in order to further their sick agenda.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
I didn’t think I’d ever agree with Al Franken on anything, but this just may be a first. Observe:
Even the observers and lawyers have been instructed by their respective campaigns to not talk to the media. But Minneapolis lawyer Bill Starr, who is volunteering for the Franken campaign, was willing to say a few words. He said he thinks Franken will prevail. His hunch is based on a theory he has.
“People who voted for Coleman are more likely to have taken the SAT in their lifetime,” he said. “They’ve filled in circles. Franken voters are probably not college-educated. They’re new voters and immigrants. They’ve been brought in by groups like ACORN (dude, did you REALLY want to invoke the name of ACORN to prove YOUR point? – Ed.), from the inner cities. They’re more likely to make mistakes. I’ve bounced this off of minority people, and they agree with me.” (Which “minority people” agreed with you that they were too stupid to fill out a ballot, Starr? – Ed.)
By the way, as Franken attempts to steal an election he lost outright, he has been piously calling for “every vote to be counted”. Mighty big of him, huh? Apparently, “count every vote” means “don’t count this one“:
Yeah, I could see where someone would think that the big mark beside Coleman’s name isn’t really a vote for Coleman. For those of you on the left, that was sarcasm. As Franken has been suing to get the contact information of voters whose absentee ballots were legitimately disqualified, he is trying to “count every vote” by omitting the one above which is clearly a vote for his opponent. Nice.
UPDATES BELOW, THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
- Thought and prayers go out to Obama’s family on the death of his grandmother. May God provide strength and comfort in this time of grief.
- Here’s one Obama supporter who is excited about his future: “‘He Is Going To Pay For My Gas And Mortgage!“ Why, it’s as if he knows The One is a socialist or something!
- Here’s a McCain supporter with an in-depth and thoughtful analysis as to why the polls are wrong, why Obama is worried, and why PA will turn red this election. I’m not nearly as rosy with my outlook as this guy, but his reasons are sound.
- Dems are all but certain to pick up some extra Senate seats, but don’t look for that filibuster-proof majority. The seats they thought were vulnerable (Saxby Chambliss in GA, Roger Wicker in MS, Mitch McConnell in KY) aren’t looking that way anymore, and even Norm Coleman in MN may be pulling away.
- Dems perpetrate vote fraud in Philly. Dems and vote fraud…who knew?
- McCain is asking the leftist MSM not to project races based on exit polls, which have been proven time and again to be highly unreliable. Good luck with that, J-Mac.
- Boy, those Obama relatives in Kenya know how to throw one heckuva celebratory shindig to honor their relative who ignores them: slaughtering goats, bulls, and chickens. Yo, dat party’s off da hook, Holmes!
- Barry O thanks his constituents: the press.
Finally, but most importantly, pray. Pray for God to show mercy on this country and spare us the tribulation of an Obamination. But more importantly, just pray for God’s will to be done, and for the serenity to accept whatever His will may be.
UPDATE (11/04/2008 – 01:26 P.M. EST): Very interesting. The Battleground Poll, which is administered by Tarrance Group and has had a remarkable prediction-come-true record since the 1992 election, has The One garnering 50.2% of the popular vote and Juanny Mac with 48.3% of the popular vote. They seem to think that undecideds will break largely for J-Mac. If so, we may possibly have a scenario where the electoral votes and popular votes aren’t held by the same person. Keep this in mind and compare it to the final numbers to see if this guy was anywhere near being right…again.
Excerpt from Iowahawk:
Attorneys for the voting registration organizations ACORN and Project Vote filed an anti-discrimination voting rights suit in the U.S. Federal District court this morning, alleging the United States government is involved in “a widespread, systematic effort to disenfranchise Imaginary-Americans and deprive them of access to polls.”
“Participation in our electoral process is a fundamental right, and the foundation of our democracy,” said ASDF ASDFG, a spokesperson for the National Association for the Advancement of Imaginary People, one of the groups named as plaintiffs in the class action. “We will not be silent when government denies people access to the polls on the basis of color, or sex, or existential status.”
According to STATSIndiana, In 2007, Indianapolis/Marion County had an estimated population of 876,804. Of that number 232,607 were below 18 years of age, for a total of 644,197 people in Marion County/Indianapolis 18 or over and thus eligible to vote. (Indiana allows felons to vote as long as they are not incarcerated).
So we have 644,197 people eligible to be registered in Marion County/Indianapolis, and 677,401 people registered. Congratulations go to Indianapolis for having 105% of its residents registered!
Across the nation voter registration irregularities are coming to light. Many of these irregularities involving the former employer, ACORN, of one of our Presidential candidates, Barack Obama. Now it comes to light that Obama’s campaign has paid ACORN over $800,000 for “get out the vote” efforts so far this campaign season.
The liberals’ motto: Vote early, vote often!
UPDATE (10/09/2008 – 8:00 A.M. EST): Looks like Obama’s pals at ACORN have been caught with their pants down in Missouri, too. Go figure.
UPDATE (10/09/2008 – 4:30 P.M. EST): Add PA to the ACORN mix, as well (thanks, WMD). The article mentions that ACORN is under investigation for vote fraud in a bunch of swing states: Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. You’d think that with the polls showing The One putting some distance between himself and the old man, the left wouldn’t resort to cheating and vote fraud. (Pauses…) Pffffff-bwahahaha! You didn’t think I was serious about that last remark, did you?
The notorious vote fraud (and corrupt) organization ACORN has a friend in The One. He used to work for them. Well, he says he didn’t, but as we’ve become accustomed to seeing from him, it’s a bald-faced lie. From Say Anything:
On Obama’s “Fight the Smears” website (which would be more accurately titled “spin the truth”) Barack Obama claims that he was never a community organizer for ACORN and that he never worked for the group in any capacity.
The problem, of course, is that he did work for ACORN. He worked for a subsidiary group of ACORN called Project Vote which engaged in the sort of voter registration drives ACORN itself has become notorious for defrauding.
Now I’m sure Obama and his disciples would say that Project Vote and ACORN aren’t the same thing. But if that’s true, why do Project Vote and ACORN share the same office space in both Arkansas (where ACORN was founded) and Washington D.C.?
So Obama wants us to believe that he never worked for ACORN. Yet the truth is that he worked for an organization that does the same thing as ACORN (voter registration) and shares office space with ACORN both in its headquarters in Arkansas of all places as well as Washington DC. Oh, and by the way, the two groups post their job listings together as well…
Unfortunately, many are duped by this evil man. Romans 16:17-18 says “For they (false teachers – Ed.) that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches DECEIVE THE HEARTS OF THE SIMPLE”. The Obamaliar’s actions belie his flowery rhetoric, but his words charm the simpletons and the moral deviants. Those who vote for a proven liar (to say nothing about his clear pro-infanticide record) will have to answer to God one day for enabling such a wicked man.
This is what happens when political correctness rules over sound economic practices. Let that vote fraud front group ACORN get a hold of us, and watch the economy tank. From NY Post:
WHAT exactly does a “community organizer” do? Barack Obama’s rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question. Here’s a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit.
In the name of fairness to minorities, community organizers occupy private offices, chant inside bank lobbies, and confront executives at their homes – and thereby force financial institutions to direct hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages to low-credit customers.
In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans. And Obama has spent years training and funding the organizers who do it.
THE seeds of today’s financial meltdown lie in the Community Reinvestment Act – a law passed in 1977 and made riskier by unwise amendments and regulatory rulings in later decades.
CRA was meant to encourage banks to make loans to high-risk borrowers, often minorities living in unstable neighborhoods. That has provided an opening to radical groups like ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) to abuse the law by forcing banks to make hundreds of millions of dollars in “subprime” loans to often uncreditworthy poor and minority customers.
Any bank that wants to expand or merge with another has to show it has complied with CRA – and approval can be held up by complaints filed by groups like ACORN.
In fact, intimidation tactics, public charges of racism and threats to use CRA to block business expansion have enabled ACORN to extract hundreds of millions of dollars in loans and contributions from America’s financial institutions.
Banks already overexposed by these shaky loans were pushed still further in the wrong direction when government-sponsored Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac began buying up their bad loans and offering them for sale on world markets.
Fannie and Freddie acted in response to Clinton administration pressure to boost homeownership rates among minorities and the poor. However compassionate the motive, the result of this systematic disregard for normal credit standards has been financial disaster.
ONE key pioneer of ACORN’s subprime-loan shakedown racket was Madeline Talbott – an activist with extensive ties to Barack Obama. She was also in on the ground floor of the disastrous turn in Fannie Mae’s mortgage policies. …
And now, the most famous “community organizer” in our time is set to ascend to the throne and wreak further havoc on our economy. May God have mercy on us.
The left fought this tooth and nail, since it does stymie their efforts to perpetuate vote fraud. However, they are a resilient bunch, so I’m sure they’ll figure out a way to overcome this obstacle. If only they’d put in half as much effort at getting a job as they do in trying to cheat at the ballot box, they’d likely be more successful in life. Anywho, from MSNBC:
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws.
In a splintered 6-3 ruling, the court upheld Indiana’s strict photo ID requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups said would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots. Its backers said it was needed to prevent fraud.
The law “is amply justified by the valid interest in protecting ‘the integrity and reliability of the electoral process,’” Justice John Paul Stevens said in an opinion that was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy. Stevens was a dissenter in Bush v. Gore in 2000.
Indiana provides IDs free of charge to the poor and allows voters who lack photo ID to cast a provisional ballot and then show up within 10 days at their county courthouse to produce identification or otherwise attest to their identity.
Stevens said these provisions also help reduce the burden on people who lack driver licenses.
Stevens concurred with the common sense segment of the SCOTUS? OK, who found some photos of Stevens in compromising positions with livestock? Fess up, you wingnuts!
Isn’t this ruling just sheer lunacy? Today, voting precincts are verifying voter eligibility. Tomorrow, they’ll probably do someting barbaric like disenfranchising the dead and the pet population! For those of you on the left, this entire paragraph was sarcasm.
It’s telling that Indiana actually will provide free ID for those who don’t have one, in order to help them vote, thus alleviating the biggest complaint that the left had about the law…and that still wasn’t good enough for them. It’s obvious that the left is all about vote fraud and they knew this law would make their jobs of commiting vote fraud that much tougher.
From Capt. Ed:
The Democrats reacted in anger when Senate Republicans blocked their latest economic stimulus bill. Harry Reid said that bankers and lenders were high-fiving each other in hallways after the GOP torpedoed the bill, but perhaps a better explanation of Reid’s disappointment comes from Bob Casey (D-PA). The beneficiaries of the bill turns out to be somewhat different than advertised:
Here’s the transcript:
Mr. CASEY: “We want to do a couple of things with this legislation, which we know is the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008. Our Majority Leader, Senator Reid, and our leadership and the members of the Democratic Caucus set it out fairly specifically. A couple of basic things this legislation would have done: first of all, it would have continued what we started in the end of last year, foreclosure prevention counseling dollars, to give money to organizations around the country that are certifiably expert at this, organizations like La Raza (way to give props to a racist open-borders organization called “The Race”! – Ed.) that. I know the presiding officer knows that group. We know also the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now, known by the acronym ‘ACORN.’ They’re headquartered in Philadelphia. These are organizations which understand what a lender has to deal with but more importantly deal with borrowers when they’re borrowing money, when they’re dealing with the difficulty and complexity of borrowing money. These organizations would have helped even more so than they’re helping now with $200 million more of counseling money. That’s not going to happen right now because of what the other side did; they blocked that money by blocking this legislation.”
ACORN? Would this be the same ACORN that conducted voter fraud in Washington, resulting in felony charges against its officers there in 2007? Isn’t this the same organization that generated complaints and questions about their practices in several other jurisdictions during the 2006 election? How does shoving money into the pockets of ACORN provide an economic stimulus?
This doesn’t look like a stimulus package. It looks more like an investment in further voter fraud.
Vote early, vote often!
I’m being facetious, of course, but I get a big kick out of stories like this one. I’m just waiting on the inevitable “Rove/Diebold/Dubya machinery” angle. From the NY Post:
Barack Obama’s primary-night results were strikingly under recorded in several congressional districts around the city – in some cases leaving him with zero votes when, in fact, he had pulled in hundreds, the Board of Elections said today
Unofficial primary results gave Obama no votes in nearly 80 districts, including Harlem’s 94th and other historically black areas – but many of those initial tallies proved to be wildly off the mark, the Board of Elections confirmed.
Truth is, in some districts getting a recount, the senator from Illinois is even close to defeating Hillary Clinton.
Initial results in the 94th District, for example, showed a 141-0 sweep for the New York senator, but Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez said today that the ongoing recount had changed the tally to 261-136.
As yet, none of the results has been certified, Vazquez said, adding that the Board of Elections had begun a painstaking ballot-by-ballot canvassing of all voting machines four days after the Feb. 5 election.
“We are doing a recanvass, and we will be counting all paper ballots, including absentee ones,” Vazquez said.
“Some initial tallies had zeros, but it was most likely due to human error. Those were unofficial numbers, and no confirmed results have been released yet.”
As yet, none of the results have been certified, but a ballot-by-ballot canvassing of all voting machines has begun, a board spokesperson said. Many of the mistakes were chalked up to human error — and some Clinton tallies were wrong as well. In several congressional districts she was shown as having received votes when in fact she got hundreds, Boe said.
In a predominantly black Brooklyn district for which Clinton was given credit for a 118-0 victory on Primary Night, the Board of Elections’ latest figures indicate that she may not even come out the winner – Obama currently has 116 votes to her 118.
Moonbat conspiracy theory countdown in 3…2…1…
This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post explaining how Cynthia Tucker got it wrong when she asserted that the right to vote was enshrined in the Bill of Rights. I clearly showed that it is not. Her fishwrap employer issued the following “correction“:
In Sunday’s @issue section, Cynthia Tucker’s column about the voter ID law referred incorrectly to a “right to vote” in the Bill of Rights. The “right to vote” appears explicitly in the 15th, 19th and 26th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
This, too, is incorrect, and while I do think that yesterday’s case of “it’s in the Bill of Rights” was a case of ignorance, I am certain this “correction” is a case of outright deception.
If a state has decided to allow its citizens to vote, and it decides to place conditions on which citizens can vote and which ones cannot (e.g. convicted felons can’t, non-residents can’t, etc.), there are conditions that cannot be used to deny an otherwise qualified (as determined by the state) voter. Those conditions include race/color, gender, previous condition of servitude, or age (beyond the age of 18).
In other words, when states decide who qualifies as a voter, they may use any criteria except the aforementioned criteria on which to base the qualifications to vote. If a state said that its electoral votes would be decided by a coin toss by the mayor of Pickatown, it would be legal and constitutional. If the state said that its electoral votes would be decided by a coin toss by the mayor of Pickatown provided that the mayor was not black (or female, or X years of age over the age of 18, or a former slave), then that would be illegal and unconstitutional. Got it?
Spin it any way you like, AJC, but the fact of the matter is that there is no constitutional right anywhere in that document that provides for a “right to vote” in federal elections. Period.
Liberal editorial writer Cynthia Tucker for the Atlanta Journal-Constipation wrote an op-ed on why requiring ID from voters is a bad thing. Conspicuous by its absence was the number one reason the left opposes ID’s from voters: it makes perpetrating vote fraud that much harder for them.
Anywho, here’s the line that sticks in my craw more than anything:
Citizens like Criswell are Americans, too, and they have every right to vote, just like it says in the Bill of Rights.
Now I did go to Florida State, so you guys will have to cut me a little slack here, but I’m positive that we learned in American History 101 that the Bill of Rights refers to the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. I looked in the Bill of Rights, and I didn’t see the word “vote” one time. Ergo, there is no “right to vote” in the Bill of Rights.
OK, maybe she meant the entire Constitution and not just the Bill of Rights. Um…nope. The only thing the Constitution says about voting is that wherever it may be allowed, the states (plus D.C.) cannot exclude based on race or gender or people who are 18+ years of age without due process.
What I’m saying is that there is no constitutional right to vote in federal elections. If there were, Jesse Jackson, Jr., wouldn’t be proposing a constitutional amendment to establish a right to vote, now would he? Face it, Toots: States are the ones that get to determine how officials will make their way to D.C. It just so happens to be that all states allow their citizens to vote, but all that means is that we vote at the leisure of our respective states. If Florida decided to award its electoral votes via a 40-yard dash contest, there’s nothing the federal government could do about it.
A little advice for Ms. Tucker: if you’re going to fancy yourself to be an intelligent writer and an “expert” on so-called “rights”, it shouldn’t behoove you to be a little more up-to-date on your civics.
Dems are always on the lookout to perpetuate voter fraud, doing their best to make sure that their voters get multiple votes (vote early, vote often). That’s why they fight like hell to make sure that laws like the one in Indiana that require some kind of proof that you are who you claim to be never get to be implemented. It’s a lot harder to cheat that way.
Anywho, the Supreme Court is currently handling IN’s voter ID case, brought about by some ignorant wench who proves my freakin’ point! From Hot Air:
Your delicious irony of the day comes from Florida and Indiana. The litigant who is trying to kill off Indiana’s voter ID law is a walking, talking case of potential voter fraud. She certainly appears to have broken the law by registering to vote in both Indiana and Florida, and by claiming homestead tax exemption in both states. But let’s re-write the law so she doesn’t have to provide proper ID before voting!
Irony: it’s not just for breakfast anymore.
Every poll out there had Obama defeating Shrillary in New Hampshire by double-digits. Yet the Hildebeast eked out a 3% victory. “Recount! Recount!”
For those of you on the left who attribute the discrepancy between the 2004 election’s exit polls and the actual vote tallies to “vote fraud” and a “stolen election”, here’s a sobering tip for you: polls are actually wrong sometimes! From ABC News:
There will be a serious, critical look at the final pre-election polls in the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire; that is essential. It is simply unprecedented for so many polls to have been so wrong. We need to know why.
But we need to know it through careful, empirically based analysis. There will be a lot of claims about what happened – about respondents who reputedly lied, about alleged difficulties polling in biracial contests. That may be so. It also may be a smokescreen – a convenient foil for pollsters who’d rather fault their respondents than own up to other possibilities – such as their own failings in sampling and likely voter modeling.
On the other hand, the pre-election polls in the New Hampshire Republican race were accurate. The problem was isolated to the Democratic side – where, it should be noted, we have not just one groundbreaking candidate in Barack Obama, but also another, in Hillary Clinton.
In the end there may be no smoking gun. Those polls may have been accurate, but done in by a superior get-out-the-vote effort, or by very late deciders whose motivations may or may not ever be known. They may have been inaccurate because of bad modeling, compromised sampling, or simply an overabundance of enthusiasm for Obama on the heels of his Iowa victory that led his would-be supporters to overstate their propensity to turn out. (A function, perhaps, of youth.)
So unless you lefties are prepared to argue that your side commits vote fraud (after all, how could the NH polls have been so wildly different from the actual results and only on the Democrats’ side?), how’s about you knock off the asshat conspiracy theories about 2000 and 2004, hmmmm?
He will be dictator for the rest of his life, and you Venezuelans will like it! From Breitbart/AP:
Rallies for and against constitutional changes proposed by President Hugo Chavez surged Tuesday as the Venezuelan leader declared that a weekend referendum on the proposed charter “cannot fail.”
Such gatherings have increased tensions ahead of Sunday’s referendum on reforms that would allow Chavez indefinite re-election, increase presidential terms from six to seven years and help the Venezuelan leader establish socialism in Venezuela.
While Chavez appeared before supporters to urge Venezuelans to approve the referendum and “open the path to a new nation,” opponents held at least two protests and one of his ex-wives even held a press conference to urge voters to reject the slate of changes.
In Caracas, about 300 placard-waving students gathered outside the Catholic University Andres Bello, occupying a highway for four hours and causing rush-hour traffic jams, to urge Venezuelans to vote “no” on Sunday. The students contend the new constitution would give Chavez authoritarian powers.
“We students will keep coming out onto the street to demand freedom and democracy,” said Roberto Diaz, a 21-year old law student at the university. Dozens of police and national guard monitored the demonstration that ended Tuesday evening without incident.
At the same time, about 5,000 mainly female Chavez supporters gathered in a stadium west of Caracas to back the referendum campaign. Participants in the “Women for Yes” rally, many dressed in Chavista red, waved posters with images of Chavez and Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
In a speech Tuesday, Chavez said Venezuelans will vote “yes.”
“On Saturday, the final attack begins, and Sunday … it’s written: the people will vote and will say ‘yes’ to the call we’re giving to open the path to a new nation,” Chavez said, alluding to the referendum that aims to modify 69 of the 530 articles in the constitution.
“We can’t go backward, we cannot fail! (He means that literally. With the voting rigged, he cannot fail. – Ed.) We’re obliged to win, to continue triumphing. This is a battle of world proportions,” Chavez said.
Still, according to recent polls, the “no” could give Chavez his first defeat at the polls since he first won office in 1998.
Of course, Chavez is threatening opponents of his reforms in a Mugabe landgrab kinda way. But not to worry, folks. I’m sure Jimmy the Dhimmi Carter will go down there to make sure the “vote” is on the up-and-up! For those of you on the left, the prior sentence was sarcasm.
“Gore won Florida! Kerry won Ohio!” Both proven false. But actual voter fraud in Washington state, committed by a leftwing group? With the exception of the Seattlestan fishwrap, the rest of the MSM is quieter than Monica Lewinsky assuming her position. From the American Thinker:
Jim of Gateway Pundit catches another great under-reported story:
Three of seven defendants in the biggest voter-registration fraud scheme in Washington history have pleaded guilty and one has been sentenced, prosecutors said Monday.
The defendants were all temporary employees of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, when they allegedly filled out and submitted more than 1,800 fictitious voter-registration cards during a 2006 registration drive in King and Pierce counties.
No votes were cast in the names of the phony voters. Prosecutors said the defendants committed fraud in order to keep their jobs without actually registering voters.
Readers may recall that the state of Washington was in the news in 2004 for the closeness of the election for Governor (won by Christine Democrat Gregoire by all of 133 votes; her Republican opponent, Dino Rossi, has since announced plans to run again next year). That race was subject to claims of voter fraud.
While the defendants who worked for ACORN did not plead guilty for acts that led to actual voting… where there is smoke there is usually fire. ACORN, by the way, receives funding from the federal government as well as a range of “charitable” foundations-such as the Ford Foundation.
No reporting of this admitted fraud in the New York Times, so far as I have been able to tell.
If someone finds a NYT link to this story, pass it on, and I’ll change the headline.
By the way, some of you may remember the 2004 Washington governor’s race. The Republican, Dino Rossi, won the initial count, then won the recount. He appeared to have won the manual recount, too…until, as luck would have it, a heretofore uncounted bag of ballots mysteriously showed up from out of nowhere in heavily liberal King County! As a result, Gregoire’s larceny was successful, nabbing her the governor’s race by 133 votes. It looks like ACORN is trying to make darned sure it’s not nearly that close next time.
From the Right Wing Nut House:
As I said, it’s too late – too late for the facts to catch up with the hysteria. The New York Times is pooh-poohing the idea that some of the USA’s were fired for not aggressively going after voting fraud cases. To the Times, voter fraud is just not important enough an issue to remove a US Attorney:
In its fumbling attempts to explain the purge of United States attorneys, the Bush administration has argued that the fired prosecutors were not aggressive enough about addressing voter fraud. It is a phony argument; there is no evidence that any of them ignored real instances of voter fraud. But more than that, it is a window on what may be a major reason for some of the firings.
In partisan Republican circles, the pursuit of voter fraud is code for suppressing the votes of minorities and poor people. By resisting pressure to crack down on “fraud,” the fired United States attorneys actually appear to have been standing up for the integrity of the election system.
I guess thousands of fake voter registration forms submitted by the highly partisan ACORN as well as other frauds perpetrated by the usual suspects at the AFL-CIO, Moveon, and other liberal advocacy groups should be allowed into the system – at least according to the Times. We wouldn’t want to disturb the moronic notion that partisan Republicans use “code” to differentiate between real people and sock puppets who would be capable of voting 5, 10, or 20 times at different polling stations. Democrats never perpetrate these kinds of frauds – just ask the dead people in any Chicago cemetery and they’ll swear on their graves that such shenanigans never take place.
That’s right, friends: according to the Old Gray Hag, asking dead people not to vote and asking that living people only vote once in their respective jurisdictions is “code for suppressing the votes of minorities and poor people”! Little did I know that minorities and poor folks were entitled to vote frequently and in the wrong locations, and even posthumously. My bad.
Seriously, only the left would be so stupid as to preposterously claim that refusing to prosecute voter fraud is “standing up for the integrity of the election system”! It seems that whenever the left wins an election, it is 100% of the time won fair and square, yet when the right wins an election, it is 100% of the time the result of vote fraud. Funny how that works.
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