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Much of the conservative world seems shocked that the RNC is constrained from doing anything about voter fraud.  The left wing blogosphere is laughing at everyone who didn’t know this already.  To me, it’s old old news – sort of like the abolition of poll taxes.  In fact, the abolition of poll taxes in 1964 is closer in time to the consent decree that the RNC entered with the DNC in 1982 than we are today distant from that same 1982 consent decree.

Simply, under the terms of the order, the RNC cannot engage in ballot security efforts to combat voter fraud.

This is part of the larger pattern of conservatives simply not understanding the way the left has manipulated the Machine.  Read my piece at Front Page for more warnings about the state of play.

To the RNC’s credit, they’ve tried to get out of it.  So it is up to private citizens to make sure our polls are free from criminal conduct.

 

 

I will have more on this stunning development later.  In sum, the Eric Holder-run Justice Department prosecuted several New Orleans police officers for conduct during Hurricane Katrina.  During the case, it seems a couple of attorneys were acting very very badly, to the detriment of the defendants’ due process rights.  Here is the opinion issued this week.  It is worth a read to see what government lawyers are capable of.

European Disintegration: Animal Prostitution

November 27th, 2012 - 2:37 pm

If you ever wondered what lies at the bottom of the slippery slope, go to Germany. There, you will find Europe’s modern moral and cultural bankruptcy on open display. There, you can visit one of many “erotic zoos” and partake in sex with animals for a price.

In a German “erotic zoo,” customers pay to have sex with farm animals. A barnyard pimp collects money from the customers. These businesses are proliferating throughout Germany and Denmark, and are completely legal.

The Telegraph gives us some background to the law’s “enlightened” legalization of bestiality:

Bestiality was legalised in Germany in 1969, the same year that gay sex was also removed from the criminal code. After that, sex with animals was only punishable if the animal was severely injured.

The current proposal would outlaw animal prostitution by banning the pimps at the erotic zoo. That’s right, pimps. The gatekeepers, literally, would be criminalized. If you collect cash from freaks looking for a lamb, it would be a crime for the first time since 1969.

Has Europe really fallen so far so fast?

Except in Muslim communities across most of western Europe, birthrates have crashed. Mohammed is the most popular boy’s name in England. European law is in full retreat. In the Netherlands, you can order a mobile euthanasia van to your house like we order a pizza. In England, the Royal College of Obstetricians support infant euthanasia, a.k.a., murder. The glorious cathedrals of the west are empty on Sundays, except in still-devoutly Catholic countries like Poland and Ireland.

Might the rise of secular, hip Europe have any relation to the rise of erotic zoos?

The spectacle of German heavy-petting zoos has some lessons for us here in the United States. PJ Media’s Zombie routinely covers the California version of the moral collapse found in the German sheep and bull bordellos. These beastly bordellos pose a vexing question for libertarians here.

Customers at the German erotic zoos consider this a simple lifestyle choice. Alas, the 1969 repeal of German laws got the government out of the bedroom, or perhaps more appropriately, out of the barnyard. And under a libertarian model, cows and pigs are properly considered chattel, mere property like a chair or tractor. If one wants to do things to a chair or tractor they own, then they certainly aren’t hurting anyone else.

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Whitewashing Pedophilia at PBS

November 20th, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Another victim has come forward and accused the voice of Sesame Street’s Elmo of engaging in pedophilia. Kevin Clash, the 28-year voice of Elmo, has resigned from the show after another alleged victim has come forward, this time in court. Cecil Singleton has sued Clash for engaging in sexual conduct with the boy when he was 15. Singleton is the second victim to come forward.

The reaction of the government-funded PBS’s Sesame Workshop? Condemnation? Disgust? Hardly.

The statement:

“Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential.  Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.”

(outrageous emphasis all mine.)

Let’s deconstruct the statement. First the praise: “Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years.” Really? What will PBS do when we learn that Clash’s access to children through Sesame Workshop may have resulted in abuse the same way Jerry Sandusky’s access to kids at Penn State did? Will PBS stand by Clash the same way the statement does?

Pedophiles notoriously enter professions that give them access to children. Like a fisherman with a lure, they rely on puppets, football tickets, candy, balloons, toys and worse to attract victims. Did Clash’s “achievement” of the PBS “mission for 28 years” have a darker side? It seems strange that his employers would tout his good work.

Next: “none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention.” So nice to see that Sesame Workshop is doing Clash’s bidding.  If Kevin wouldn’t want it, neither would we.

Sickening.

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GOP ‘Outreach’ to Hispanics Won’t Work

November 7th, 2012 - 6:34 pm

It’s funny watching all the Bush administration alums on Fox despairing over the necessity of outreach to the Hispanic community. (Also at PJ Media, “Yes, George W. Bush Might Well Be the Last Republican President.”)  These were the same people who refused to “dignify” the rabid coordinated leftist attacks on President Bush with a response. It would “just prolong the story,” they told us.

We are still suffering from their failure to understand the left and fight back, as seen by the fact that Ohio exit polls showed voters still blamed Bush for the bad economy. That’s what I call prolonging a story.

All the talk about “appealing” to Hispanics by rewarding the lawlessness of illegal immigration is another example of some Republicans failing to understand the enemy on the left.  Racial interest groups beholden to the Democrat Party will not stand down simply because the Republican Party endorses a form of amnesty.  To hope that Hispanics will politically drift to the GOP after immigration concessions overlooks the racial stranglehold groups like the NAACP and La Raza (yes, “The Race”) have over political dialogue and organizing.

I saw the same Bush-era racial naivete play out in 2006 when Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act was up for renewal.  Many in the GOP viewed the renewal as a “chance to reach out to minorities.”  Sound familiar?

The Bush administration and the then-chairman of the House Judiciary Committee deliberately decided to give the NAACP and the other racial groups whatever they wanted in the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.  The offer was accepted and the NAACP and MALDEF asked for the reversal of two Supreme Court cases by statute that had the effect of allowing “any” discriminatory effect to justify an objection to a law under the Voting Rights Act. (I have written about the complicated legal changes extensively here at PJ Media and will not do so again in this post.)  This 2006 change was directly responsible for blocking voter ID laws in Texas and South Carolina in 2010 and citizenship verification laws in Georgia in 2009.

The Republicans were proud of their minority outreach in the summer of 2006.  President Bush signed the law in a White House ceremony with the race hustler Al Sharpton and other familiar faces in attendance. Surely this “outreach” would buy peace for the Republicans, right?

Voting Rights Act signing ceremony

Wrong. No sooner had the ink dried on the paper than all of the race groups turned on President Bush. The next two years heard a constant drumbeat in the media and from some of the same people invited to the signing ceremony that Bush was an “enemy of minority rights.” The racial groups were particularly venomous toward the administration.

Voting Rights Act signing ceremony

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Leviathan and Obama’s Win

November 6th, 2012 - 8:55 pm

The only thing I can say good about tonight is I am going to keep selling a lot of copies my book Injustice.  But I’d gladly trade having a New York Times bestseller for a president who respects the Rule of Law.

One wonders how Romney lost this election.  Unemployment and gas prices were up.  Respect for American power was down.  There are probably many plays which should have been called differently, but others will sort that out.

So what happens next?  The Founders gave us a Constitutional architecture which was designed to delay the arrival of demagogues.  And make no mistake about it, Obama is a demagogue.  He has totalitarian tendencies which manifest over and over and over again.  Whether attacking religious liberty, or secured Chrysler bondholders, this man comes from a worldview distinctly un-American.

Thankfully the Constitution still is operative.  Some of the liberties the Founders secured are still ours to treasure.  The press remains free.  We can still assemble. And I suspect after tonight, gun ownership will substantially increase.

But another part of our Constitutional architecture provides solace tonight – the 10th Amendment. Sure, we’ve heard the 10th thrown about for years.  But tonight it ripened. Whatever powers aren’t given to the federal government, it doesn’t have.  And the states are empowered to push back against federal power.

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Government Van in Milwaukee Delivers Voters

November 6th, 2012 - 9:28 am

Vicki McKenna tweets this photo of a Milwaukee (WI) Department of Public Works van delivering voters to a poll in Wisconisn.

Texas GOP Vote has the full press release:

In addition, we have seen the reports that many of you saw on Townhall.com, the Drudge Report, and local media regarding events at the Acres Homes polling location on Friday and the inappropriate behavior by the NAACP. Any means of pushing a candidate or issue within the boundaries of the polling site violates Texas law. It is a well-known and enforced law; therefore, there is little excuse for the NAACP regarding this behavior. Harris County has measures in place to assist voters who have difficulty standing and the NAACP should not cherry-pick which voters deserve to go first. Harris County runs the election process, not the NAACP. If the NAACP plans to have people around the polls, they should properly train them on what is legal and appropriate behavior just as the rest of us do with our workers. We urge the County Attorney Vince Ryan (D) to take appropriate action

What happened inside these polls is almost certainly a crime.  The NAACP representatives allowing some voters to cut lines, regardless of the reason, were probably there illegally.  What is most troubling is how Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan’s office seems to be running interference for the lawbreakers, providing excuses and alternative explanations for the illegal conduct. 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Democrats Slapped Down by Judge

November 5th, 2012 - 10:11 am

Around the country, Democrats and their handmaidens in the media are attacking conservative groups who will watch the polls under various state laws. The Democrats don’t want them inside the polls for reasons we all can predict. Democrats have lied and said these pollwatchers will hassle voters.

In Virginia, one state where conservative poll watchers will be active by the thousands, the law doesn’t even allow pollwatchers to engage voters.

But like so much about the modern Democratic Party, the law is but an obstacle to be circumvented. In Virginia, Democrats tried to do it in court.

Democrats sued Fairfax County in an effort to allow their pollwatchers to do what they are falsely accusing conservative pollwatchers of planning – aggressive interaction with voters.

The Democrats dragged Cameron Quinn, the busy county administrator, to court in the week before Election Day in a spurious lawsuit. They claimed instructions not to talk to voters were a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Virginia law.

But the Democrats couldn’t back up their claims and the case was tossed.

This is the latest failed attempt by the Democrat Party to influence the administration of the election by hook or crook. They seek to exclude conservatives from exercising legal rights to observe the election by falsely characterizing a vast voter intimidation conspiracy. Yet then the NAACP breaks Texas law inside a Houston poll and the Democrats fall silent.

Maybe they are too busy falsely accusing True the Vote of nefarious voter intimidation plots.

Intimidation of voters is a serious issue. But in their training, True the Vote ensures that their poll watchers do not talk to voters at all. Poll watchers are there to ensure election officials do their jobs. Having poll watchers of any party talk to voters would amount to electioneering inside the polls and possibly even intimidation.

But that is precisely what the Democrats in Virginia brought a lawsuit to do.

Democrats asked the court to overrule the nonpartisan election officials and allow their lawyers rights to roam the polls and chat with voters.

Imagine it: a lawyer in an expensive three-piece suit will be telling people how to vote.

Does anyone think partisan poll watchers for Obama are going to be as helpful to voters who are voting for Romney or other candidates as for Obama? Does anyone really believe that partisan poll watchers won’t electioneer for Obama inside the polling places?

That is why all of True the Vote’s training is adamant that poll watchers should not even tell a voter where the restroom is. They are at the polling places to observe election officials and document what happens. It is ironic that the Democrats who are claiming intimidation by True the Vote-trained poll watchers before the election are asking a judge for the right to interact with voters inside the polls.

The whirlgig of time is bringing revenge on the Democrats. A few weeks ago, they were in a swivet about Tea Party poll watchers by the tens of thousands standing silently in the polls with clipboards. Then the Democrats sued to interact with voters in Virginia. You just can’t beat the hypocrisy.

Crack Smoking Foreigner Registered to Vote

November 5th, 2012 - 6:46 am

Fox Boston has the story.

When police arrested Joel Santiago-Vazquez last year, they found a stash of powder and crack cocaine hidden in a false bottom of a Pringles potato chip can.

Police also found, according to their report, that federal immigration authorities had “no record of (his) entering the country”. A detainer was issued, and Santiago-Vazquez became one more illegal immigrant caught in the crosshairs of the federal government.

But FOX Undercover found out something else about Santiago-Vazquez. He’s been registered to vote from his home address in Lawrence since 2010.

Here’s the worst part – Massachusetts election officials don’t seem to care.

Lawrence mayor Willie Lantigua wouldn’t return our phone calls, so FOX Undercover investigative reporter Mike Beaudet caught up with him outside City Hall.

“Wanted to talk to you about the voter list in the city,” Beaudet said, but Lantigua just said “Hello” and continued walking to his truck.

“We found some problems there are people who are registered – you’re not going to talk to us sir. Aren’t you the mayor of the city? Sir why can’t you just answer some questions?” Beaudet said as Lantigua got in his truck and drove away.