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Black UCLA Law Students Complain About Equality

February 25th, 2014 - 7:13 am

The video below of UCLA law students must be seen to be believed. Is it real, or is it parody?

A half century ago, the civil rights movement fought to eliminate the rancid practice of treating people differently because of their race. California eventually banned giving students admission to law schools like UCLA because of their skin color. Now, only grades and LSAT scores matter.

What is the reaction of the modern race left? It’s nearly pathological.

Is it real, or is it a parody of how far the civil rights movement has fallen from its zenith in 1965?

The law students (or actors?) complain about equality in admissions. They gripe about “colonial constructs” at the law school and how a self-described “angry black woman” wishes there were even “angrier black women” in her class so the white students could see she is really moderate. In the end, the video is a sad testament to the moral bankruptcy of groups like the NAACP (and current NAACP alumni Debo Adegbile, whose nomination still sits before the Senate for civil rights division chief at DOJ).

Watch the video, and behold the modern narrative of the civil rights movement:

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A federal court in Tennessee has dealt a serious setback to those attacking photo voter identification laws around the country – including Eric Holder’s Justice Department in North Carolina. United States District Court Judge Ronnie Greer has thrown out a lawsuit brought by the Green Party challenging the Volunteer State’s photo voter ID law.

While the decision was bad for the Green Party in Tennessee, the opinion may be even worse for voter ID opponents nationwide such as the NAACP, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund and Eric Holder .

Greer’s opinion undermines most all of the arguments being pushed by leftwing election-integrity opponents like Eric Holder and the NAACP.

One of the favorite talking points of the left is that voter ID is a “solution in search of a problem.” Any search of stories about voter ID reveals a coordinated push of this strategy by the left and their paid public relations firms.

But Greer, like the United States Supreme Court before him, ruled that states are entirely free to enact election-protection statutes even without proof of voter fraud. In other words, states have the power to get ahead of the criminals and vote-fraudsters.

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Plaintiff’s allegations of Tennessee’s lack of empirical evidence of in-person fraud or that requiring photo identification will reduce it are irrelevant.

Greer relied on the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Crawford vs. Marion County.

This is bad news for Eric Holder and the plaintiffs challenging North Carolina voter ID.

Not to be deterred, however, Holder’s leftist lawyers have cooked up a fall-back plan. In North Carolina they are arguing what they already argued and lost in Texas and South Carolina – that the lack of “widespread” voter fraud means that the voter ID law must be a racially motivated legislative plot to harm minorities.

If you didn’t catch that, it goes like this.

Since legislators in Texas, South Carolina, and North Carolina could not point to “widespread” voter impersonation, racism must be the real reason behind passing voter ID.

The argument openly made in court reveals the rancid paranoia about Southerners by Voting Section lawyers. No surprise there given the backgrounds of the lawyers involved.

But put aside for the moment the fact that mainstream media like the Houston Chronicle, the State, and the Charlotte Observer bury or ignore incidents of voter fraud. Ignore for a moment that the left never tells you what “widespread or pervasive” fraud means.  Nor will they reveal how many units of fraud they find to be acceptable before a legislature may act.

Judge Greer echoes what sensible Americans already understand: it’s no big deal for a state to require you to prove you are who you say you are when you go to vote.

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James O’Keefe strikes again. He captures the community organizing group Battleground Texas breaking Texas election law.  The group registers voters as deputy registrars, illegally copies information from voter registration forms, and then cranks the illegal information into the Wendy Davis campaign for Texas governor.

Related: How the Texas Tribune Will Cover James O’Keefe’s Latest Video

 

 

Lawlessness at Emory in Atlanta Friday Night

February 19th, 2014 - 6:02 am

PJ Media has been covering the lawlessness of the Obama administration for years.  On Friday, I will be speaking at Emory University in Atlanta about the wrecked expectations and utter contempt for American legal norms by the Obama administration.  The event is at the 1462 Clifton Road Building in room 230. (Intersection of Michael St. and Cliffton Rd.)

I will be talking about helping Iran and abandoning Israel, NSA snooping, spying on journalists, racialist policies, attacks on religious liberty and more.

Details are here.

American Bar Association: All-In Leftists

February 14th, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Many folks don’t know that the once-credible American Bar Association has gone all-in with the institutional left.  Even some lawyers don’t know.  Even some lawyers who are ABA members don’t know!

But thanks to the Federalist Society, we are treated to the Bar Watch Bulletin that catalogs the ideological drift of the ABA.  The latest issue is out, and is full of parody, bias and more than one reason for mainstream American lawyers to end their memberships with the ABA.

ABA President James Silkenat delivered a doozy of a speech at the mid-year ABA meeting.  The Federalist Society always catalogs the ideological shenanigans at ABA events.  Silkenat didn’t disappoint.  In is speech he used the familiar left-wing tactic of making an ideological and partisan statement, and saying it wasn’t ideological and partisan.  From the Federalist Society:

ABA President James Silkenat addressed voting rights and gun violence in his remarks to the ABA House of Delegates on Monday, February 10.

Silkenat warned the House, “Voting rights in the United States are clearly under attack. Whether you agree or disagree with the Citizens United and Shelby County decisions, it is easy to see how our democracy can be undercut by rules and regulatory practices aimed at limiting full and fair voter participation. This is not a partisan issue.”

He announced that the theme for Law Day this year is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” According to the ABA’s Law Day webpage: “Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.” One feature on the website asked for analysis of this political cartoon which illustrates voter ID laws and early voting curbs as obstacles in the reflecting pool under a sign stating “Wipeout Voter Fraud.”

Silkenat also discussed gun control. Choking up, he declared, “I am still heartsick that Congress was unable to respond to the tragedy that took place in Newtown. I have a farm not too far from there and know how the families involved have been destroyed by the loss of their children. But Congress failed to prevent these tragedies in the future. Many members of Congress seem more interested in their approval rating from the gun lobby than in protecting the safety of their constituents.” He emphasized, “The ABA does not get involved in politics. As an organization, we do not support political candidates.

This would be laugh-filled parody if so many lawyers weren’t hoodwinked by the pedigree of the ABA.  Notice how the ABA throws itself all-in with the anti-Second Amendment left and the voter-fraud deniers who seek to erode election integrity, all the while claiming that they aren’t acting in a partisan way.

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DOJ Voting Section attorney Bradley Heard was in the courtroom of federal judge Eric Melgren today.  Heard was trying to persuade Melgren that Kansas can’t ensure that foreigners aren’t registering to vote in Kansas.

Things didn’t go so well for Mr. Heard, which is surprising because he is a “Voting Rights Gladiator.”

A what?

That’s right — according to Bradley Heard’s own Twitter account, he is a “Voting Rights Gladiator” in addition to being an “Outside Agitator.”

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What is most curious about Mr. Heard’s Twitter feed is how much official business he discusses.  Get the clips while they are hot, for they are sure to vanish soon.

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Us? Does he mean “the United States,” or, maybe other gladiators?  Once upon a time, DOJ Voting Section lawyers didn’t take to personal internet accounts and reveal mental impressions about their cases. “Tough questions” reveals that the Voting Rights Gladiator found the battle with Secretary of State Kobach to be difficult. Kobach landed blows. Did Kobach have a scimitar and net?

Either way, the Voting Rights Gladiator tweeted out his impressions on a personal Twitter account and he did it on the government dime.

Mr. Kobach will certainly be paying attention to the Voting Rights Gladiator describing the blows.

The Voting Rights Gladiator has long been concerned about state efforts to ensure that only citizens are registering to vote. Months ago, he tweeted as much:

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The Election Assistance Commission produced a lengthy brief advancing the cause of the radical left — and arguing that states can’t use voter registration forms to ensure that only citizens are registering to vote.  Did the DOJ write this brief secretly for the Election Assistance Commission?  A few public records requests would probably reveal as much.  Perhaps the court can ask the Voting Rights Gladiator next time he does battle in the Kansas courtroom.

Remember Bradley Heard’s coworker at the Voting Section, Daniel Freeman? He was the fellow that started an uncivil booing campaign of Paul Ryan at the inauguration. After he was shamed on the Drudge Report and on the floor of the U.S. House, Freeman walked the Voting Section apologizing to people for embarrassing the Section.

But back to the Voting Rights Gladiator, right after the page break.

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Nobody should celebrate the announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder will be leaving the administration this year. Whoever replaces Holder will be just as radical and ideological. What the replacement will enjoy, however, is a clean slate. Some will naively assume a new attorney general means a fresh start and an attorney general better than Holder.

Don’t fool yourself. The best thing that could happen for President Obama is for Holder to go and be replaced by someone just like him. He’ll get the good without the bad.

Holder’s replacement will be just as radical as Holder.  We’ve seen it over and over.  Replace the radical and lawless Hilda Solis at Labor with the even more radical and lawless Tom Perez.  Replace Leon Panetta with the certifiable Chuck Hagel.

If the Senate Republicans were willing to go to war over any replacement, and if the House was willing to defund the most radical decisions of DOJ, it might be different.

But we know that isn’t going to happen.

So even after Eric Holder is gone, the Civil Rights Division will be just as racialist and lawless. The Criminal Division will still refuse to prosecute election gangsters like Melowese Richardson in Ohio who proudly said on camera she voted six times for President Obama in 2012. It will still refuse to prosecute large banks for criminal conspiracy because they are “too big” to prosecute.

Holder’s replacement will still refuse to do anything about IRS employees who gave confidential tax information of pro-family groups to ProPublica, in naked violation of criminal laws.

The solicitor general under Obama will still argue that laws on the books may be ignored by an imperial presidency and that religious liberty is not so important.

The Civil Rights Division will still attack peaceful abortion protesters and voter ID laws in court.

The Tribal Justice unit at DOJ will still argue that sovereign oppressed Indian nations should be given more power at the expense of the United States.

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Ray Hartwell: Another Great American Gone

February 10th, 2014 - 11:06 am

I heard the awful news today from Hans von Spakovsky that our friend Ray Hartwell died.  The news was the latest in a series of awful losses – Andrew Breitbart, Chip Gerdas and Barry Rubin.

A few years ago, Ray was deep in his position at a major law firm when he approached me and Hans von Spakovsky and asked how he could do more.  He wanted to write.  He wanted to preserve and protect the country that he loved.  He wanted to act.  He had done his time in the Navy, but wanted to do more.
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Ray wrote for PJ Media and the American Spectator.  He wrote this spectacular piece about my litigation in Guam for the Washington Times.  He had keen insights into the strategic importance of the island that I did not know before I filed the case.

At Christmas time this year, he sent me his final piece, a touching “Christmas Eve Message to the Troops.”

There is nothing that grates me more than someone emailing me or commenting to an article of mine by saying “Someone should….”  It grates me because I knew people like Ray Hartwell.  Ray didn’t wait for someone else to do it.  He didn’t suggest someone else write an article or someone else say this or that.  He wrote it.  He said it – all the while working for a top shelf D.C. law firm.

That raises another point.  D.C. is a town where lots of folks are in very comfortable positions. There are lots of D.C. lawyers who don’t want to rock any boats, don’t want to take any stands and don’t want to ”jeopardize their careers. ”

Ray proved you could act to preserve and protect this country while not jeopardizing a career.  In the end, Ray knew what was more important than any career anyhow.  He loved this nation.  He loved liberty.  And he wasn’t afraid to defend it.

The New York Times runs this damning and powerful piece by Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow. In it, she describes molestation by Woody Allen:

He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains. . . . I didn’t like it when I had to get in bed with him under the sheets when he was in his underwear. I didn’t like it when he would place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out. I would hide under beds or lock myself in the bathroom to avoid these encounters, but he always found me. These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal.

Farrow’s powerful prose takes on elite Hollywood’s cone of silence around Woody Allen:

What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?  Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

Yes, what about you, Diane Keaton?  Farrow singles you out as someone who should have done more, starting with saying something, anything.

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Farrow’s indictment of Woody Allen isn’t the only example of pedophilia lurking around the entertainment industry. There’s Elmo at PBS. There’s convicted pedophile Roman Polanski snagging an Oscar in 2002. Even across the pond, the BBC has sheltered a nest of pedophiles for decades.

But Blanchett, Baldwin, Keaton, and all of Hollywood had other priorities for the last 20 years.  If you listen to Hollywood, the only place where a problem with pedophilia exists is in the Catholic Church.

Movie after movie, documentary after documentary was pumped out of Hollywood about the priest pedophilia scandal, a problem that has since been openly recognized and aggressively combatted.

Hollywood even seems to have a problem with step one: recognition.

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I will be speaking at the University of South Carolina School of Law on February 5 at 12:40pm in an event sponsored by the Federalist Society. I will be talking about the Shelby decision, election integrity and the effort of the ACLU/Rep. Sensenbrenner to expand federal power over South Carolina elections. The event is open to the public at it is at USC lawschool.

I will also be in Charlotte on February 6 at noon to speak. This is a rescheduled event after the last day was snowed out. The event is a free brownbag (BYOB) and drinks will be provided. RSVP here.

I will have copies of Injustice at both events if someone wants a signed copy.