CONTENTS: Help O’Donnell; Erickson – Voter fraud; Panther skirmishes; 72,000 stimulus payments to jailed & buried; MickeyD’s waivers; Michigan judge OK’s BOCare; GeoWill – Suomo with federal deficits; Superman or super union; Guzzardi – Sestak fades @ home; Jerry called Meg a bad word; Republican Raggio endorsed Reid; American Bar & gun controls; Immigration/Customs off course; Stossel – speech censorship. Political opportunites, p. 5.
Announcements at p. 7 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=394
“The most powerful country in the world is being governed according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950s—a polygamist who abandoned his wives, drank himself into stupors, and bounced around on two iron legs….This philandering, inebriated African socialist…is now setting the nation’s agenda through the reincarnation of the dreams in his son…America today is being governed by a ghost.” Dinesh D’Souza, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, 2010, 198.
Shocking, convincing…more so than anything else I have read in 20 years. Review due Monday.
October 9th: Help Christine O’Donnell!
“I am going to help with Christine O’Donnell’s campaign down in Delaware on Saturday. We need to meet at her office at 9:00 a.m. Please let me know if you are interested. We can either carpool or if we get enough people, we can take a few cars down. I think tea party groups are being involved this Saturday.
“We may leave my house around 8:15 on Saturday. Maybe a little later.
Thanks. Paula Stiles, Chesco Patriots firstname.lastname@example.org
Erick Erickson, Red State: Voter Fraud Cooking, Right Now!
Thanks Maggie! And what have Tom, Pat, and Basil done to prepare?
“Here is a prediction: Across the country, there will be races that some candidates will lose even though poll numbers, right now, indicate otherwise.
“As you read this, at present, you should know that there are only seemingly disconnected anecdotal dots that are starting to connect. However, if the dots do fully connect, we may not know until well after the November 2nd election if, in fact, America’s democratic election process will have become the victim of the biggest fraud in our nation’s history. What’s worse, with early voting beginning this week in many states, it may already be too late to do anything about it
“In order to break this down, here are the disconnected dots that are detailed below:
First Dot: The SOS (Secretary of State) Project (In the last five years of its existence, the SOS Project has been successful in getting nine out of 11 “progressive” secretaries of state elected. This includes Minnesota’s Mark Ritchie who oversaw the 2008-09 ballot recount* between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman. [Here are the races Soros’ SOS Project is active in for November.])
Second Dot: The SEIU’s Shenanigans
Third Dot: 11 Million Illegal Immigrants (It is widely known that Big Labor bosses (most notably the SEIU, but most others as well) are fighting to get “immigration reform” legislation passed so that 1) they can unionize many of these workers and 2) they can turn them into “progressive voters.”)
Fourth Dot: The Fake ID Industry & Meg Whitman
Fifth Dot: Voter Registration (As we saw in 2008 with ACORN, registering to vote in most states is extraordinarily easy. So easy, in fact, that if someone who wasn’t in this country legally, but had a fake ID and wanted to register to vote, they could do so without difficulty in nearly every state. In most states, all one needs is a photo ID. In some states, if persons wanted to vote on election day, but didn’t have ID, all they would need is someone to vouch for them at the polls…. (I) have a stack of PA mail-in voter registration forms in front of me – no ID verification, notarization, anything, except for the usual warnings about penalty of perjury, etc.
Also, the county elections office handed 100 or so of them to me, like they were candy)
Sixth Dot: Union GOTV Strategies (Over the last year, unions have been planning their election strategy to create “firewall” states by spending hundreds of millions to turn voters out in November. In addition to the unions, the DNC’s Organizing for America has been conducting voter registration drives for the last few months.)
Seventh Dot: Early Voting (This week, in many states across the U.S. early voting begins. This means that ballots may be being sent in from persons who have no legal right to vote, but who are voting anyway. [For the early voting dates for each state, go to the Concord Project‘s state pages and select a state.])
Connecting the Dots: As stated at the beginning of this post, there are seemingly disconnected dots that, when put together, leads one to believe that there could be something untoward occurring right now. Unfortunately, there is little that can be done other than for average Americans to work harder to get more people to the polls on November 2nd. And, if any fraud is discovered, with George Soros’ secretaries of state in office, in certain states, it is questionable whether anything will come of it.
“As a result, if Americans don’t get more people to the polls, it is suspected that candidates will lose races where, right now, the poll numbers appear to have them leading.
“As we’ve been saying for months, November’s election outcome will be dependent on voter turnout. The unions and their allies have had their plans in place for months. There is less than a month to go.
“Panther Pincer Movement”
“Two draft letters are whizzing around the offices and electronic in-boxes of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights today, both intended to be delivered to Attorney General Eric Holder, demanding that Holder live up to his pledges of transparency and rectitude in Department of Justice (DoJ) affairs. The most explosive demand is for documents whose existence was first reported by Jennifer Rubin and Daniel Halper in The Weekly Standard (online) on Oct. 1, namely one memo each from the two attorneys who brought the New Black Panther voter intimidation case, both of which reportedly made specific allegations of race-based enforcement decisions within the Civil Rights Division and the Voting Rights Section of DoJ. The key thing here is that both memos were reportedly given to Civil Rights Division chief Thomas Perez before Perez testified under oath to the Commission on Civil Rights that he was unaware of, and would never countenance, such race-based decision-making. In short, if the memos’ content is as now believed, they would raise serious questions — again — about Mr. Perez’ truthfulness under oath.”
72,000 Stimulus Payments to Dead/Jailed
SEIU/ACORN voter lists?
“WASHINGTON – A government investigator says 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each went to people who were either dead or in prison.
“The Social Security Administration’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that $18 million went to 72,000 people who were dead. The report estimates that a little more than half the payments were returned.
“The report said $4.3 million went to a little more than 17,000 prison inmates.”
McDonalds, 29 Other Firms Get BOCare Waivers
“Nearly a million workers won’t get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers.
“Thirty companies and organizations, including McDonald’s (MCD) and Jack in the Box (JACK), won’t be required to raise the minimum annual benefit included in low-cost health plans, which are often used to cover part-time or low-wage employees.”
Detroit Free Press: Michigan Federal Judge Upholds ObamaCare
“A federal judge in Detroit today upheld key provisions of President Barack Obama’s landmark health reform law.
“In a 20-page decision, U.S. District Judge George Steeh refused to issue an injunction to halt preparations for putting federal health reforms into full effect in 2014, a law known as the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in March. Steeh also dismissed the major points of the suit — requiring Americans to buy health insurance and penalizing those who don’t starting in 2014.
“Steeh is the first judge nationally to rule on accusations that Congress exceeded its constitutional authority by requiring most people to buy health insurance or face penalities.”
George Will: “Sumo Wrestling with Federal Deficits”
“Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the four-term Texas Republican, hopes it is true that, as has been said, Americans invariably do the right thing — after exhausting all the alternatives. Regarding the fiscal imbalance that is driving the national debt toward 90 percent of gross domestic product, Americans are running out of alternatives.”
Superman vs. Super Union
Toward the end of ‘Waiting for ‘Superman’,’ the Harlem education miracle worker Geoffrey Canada captures the anger, frustration and heartbreak evoked by the documentary when he says, “We have the tools to fix the system, but we aren’t using them.”That’s what should make you seethe as you leave the theater, the realization that we know how to save the children trapped in failure factories, but don’t have the political will to act.
“‘Waiting for ‘Superman’,’ by the same filmmaker who directed Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ is expected to do for education reform what the earlier film did for global warming awareness.
“But before that can happen, “Superman” has to vanquish the Super Union.”
Bob Guzzardi: Sestak Fades Even in His Home District
“By Michael O’Brien – 10/07/10 Voters of Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D) district prefer Sestak by a three-point margin over Republican Pat Toomey in the Keystone State’s Senate race.
“Forty-nine percent of voters in the state’s 7th congressional district said they plan to support Sestak for Senate, compared to 46 percent who plan to vote for Toomey. Fix percent were undecided or planned to vote for another candidate.
“Sestak’s lead in his own home base is well within the margin of error of the Monmouth University Poll of the district released Thursday. The poll suggests that Sestak, the two-term congressman who beat Sen. Arlen Specter (D) to snag the party’s Senate nomination this cycle, is beginning to fall behind in his race against Toomey — even in his own home base.
“Statewide polls suggest an advantage presently for Toomey, the former congressman and former chairman of the Club for Growth, an economically conservative advocacy group.
“A poll conducted Sept. 28-Oct. 4 for the Allentown Morning Call and Muhlenberg College found Toomey leading Sestak 45-38 percent, with a four percent margin of error.
“The Monmouth poll was conducted Oct. 4-6 and has a 3.8 percent margin of error.
Jerry Brown (probably) Called Meg a “Whore”
The more odious portion is that Brown called the Police Protective League for an endorsement. Such things are usually offered in exchange for future favors… “Help me get in and I will take care of you…”
Nevada: GOP’s Bill Raggio Ripped Sharron Angle, Endorsed Reid
Old timers and old deals?
“Nevada State Sen. Bill Raggio, who is considered to be one of the most influential Republican lawmakers in the Silver State, endorsed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in his reelection fight against GOP challenger Sharron Angle on Thursday.
“Raggio has served in the Nevada state legislature since 1972, and told “Face-to-Face” host Jon Ralston this week that never in that long career had he endorsed a Democrat. But given the caliber of his own party’s nominee, he said in a statement Thursday, that time has come.
“‘What is difficult to overlook is her record of being totally ineffective as a four-term assemblywomen, her inability or unwillingness to work with others, even within her own party, and her extreme positions on issues such as Medicare, social security, education, veterans affairs and many others,’ Raggio said of Angle.
“Raggio, of course, has another reason to dislike Angle, who made a failed attempt to unseat him in 2008. He also challenged his Republican colleagues who have lined up behind Angle’s campaign.”
Pajama’s Media: American Bar Assn. – Support for Gun Control
“America’s wealthiest lobby supports the worst forms of gun control. Recently the American Bar Association published a report urging:
[F]ederal, state … governments to enact laws requiring that all newly-manufactured semi-automatic pistols be fitted with microstamping technology which would ensure that when a firearm is fired, an alphanumeric and/or geometric code would be stamped on the cartridge casing … that would enable law enforcement to identify the serial number of the pistol and hence the first known purchaser of a weapon used in a crime.
“To succeed, microstamping requires building a permanent database of all gun owners (licensing) and linking their firearms by serial number (registration), two major goals of gun control advocates.
“Two law firms represent patent holders that could make the ABA recommendation reality. They’ve spent $6.7 million on campaign contributions since 2004, while the entire gun rights lobby spent $6 million.
“There are fortunes to be made promoting gun control.”
Immigration & Customs Enforcement
Recently the Obama Administration hired former Houston police chief Harold Hurtt to coordinate state and local activities for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As The Heritage Foundation pointed out at the time, Hurtt seemed like an odd choice to head up an important position with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Hurtt is, after all, a well-documented supporter of “sanctuary city polices,” which puts him at odds, at least philosophically, with the agency’s mission.
Seems like we’re not the only ones who noticed that the Obama Administration and the heads of ICE don’t seem particularly concerned about curbing illegal immigration and enforcing the rule of law.
Last week (August 2010), the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 7,000 ICE agents and employees, unanimously passed a “vote of no confidence” for the agency’s leadership, “saying ICE has ‘abandoned’ its core mission of protecting the public to support a political agenda favoring amnesty.”
John Stossel: “More Speech Censorship”
“Should it be illegal to publicly compare the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf? To say that it “incites hatred and killing”?
“America’s First amendment protects such comments, but most countries have no such free speech guarantees.
“In Spain this summer, a court fined a Catholic group $130,000 for running ads critical of gay pride day (over an image of a gay pride parade, they printed the words “One day of gay pride, 364 days of pride for normal, everyday people.”)
“But offensive opinions like his should still be allowed to be heard, because we can’t trust government to decide what is ‘offensive.’”