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Andrew C (✔)
Do absentee ballots facilitate fraud? - politics - Decision '08 | NBC News -
Do absentee ballots facilitate fraud? - politics - Decision '08 | NBC News
"Some observers doubt that absentee voting can open the door to fraud pervasive enough to affect anything larger than a local election." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Alan Morrison, a special counsel at the Fair Election Legal Network, a group that tries to remove barriers to voting, said the fact that absentee ballot fraud seems to occur most often in mayoral and city council elections “suggests that that kind of tactic will probably work best in primaries and where there are a relatively small number of people who are voting.” Morrison doubts that... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"“Just think about what it would take to have a really big influence on absentee ballots,” he said. “You really would have to have an enormous number of people participating in this to make it effective, because the numbers are so large on a statewide basis, certainly in the presidential election.” In the 2004 presidential election, more than 2.4 million people cast votes in Indiana. " - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RNLA Goes After News21, “Vote Fraud Deniers;” A Brief Response | Election Law Blog -
"2. Justin Levitt has been collecting all reported cases he can find of credible voter impersonation fraud claims since 2000. He’s up to 20 possible cases. And no conspiracies (since at least 1980) that I can idenfity of any kind where voter fraud impersonation was used to dupe election officials and steal an election. That compares to absentee ballot fraud cases every year which sometimes affect the outcome of elections." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"3. Now unless one believes that it is only geniuses who perpetuate voter impersonation fraud schemes, the idea that this being used to steal elections on any kind of large scale but always avoids detection is ludicrous. " - Andrew C (✔)
"4. Stop the bait and switch of calling people on the left “vote fraud deniers.” One can deny impersonation fraud is a problem while still acknowledge that other kinds of election crimes (including absentee voter fraud) is a problem. " - Andrew C (✔) - "No doubt, 10 cases of impersonation undercounts the total number of instances of such fraud. But what’s crucial are the comparative statistics. In the same 2000 to 2012 period, the News21 study found 491 absentee ballot prosecutions. And though the 10 cases of impersonation fraud all appeared unrelated... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Sean McBride
Voters Say Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush Represent 'Policies of the Past' - NBC -
"For America’s two biggest political dynasties, not everything old is new again. A new NBC/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll finds that near-majorities believe that Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, both possible 2016 presidential candidates, would each “represent too much of a return to the policies of the past” as president." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
Megyn Kelly to Dick Cheney: "Time and Time Again, History Has Proven You Got It Wrong" on Iraq | Video | RealClearPolitics -
Megyn Kelly to Dick Cheney: "Time and Time Again, History Has Proven You Got It Wrong" on Iraq | Video | RealClearPolitics
"MEGYN KELLY: In your op-ed, you write as follows: 'Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.' But time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well, sir. You said there were no doubts that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. You said we would be greeted as liberators. You said the Iraq insurgency was in its last throes back in 2005. And you said after our intervention, extremists would have to "rethink their strategy of jihad." Now with almost a trillion dollars spent there with 4,500 American lives lost there, what do you say to those who say you were so wrong about so much at the expense of so many?" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Megyn Kelly is blonde, but apparently she is no bimbo -- there is a sharp and biting intelligence there. - Sean McBride
It is huge that Fox News (at least in part) has turned so forcefully against the architects and ringleaders of the Iraq War. The Republican Party invested all its political capital in this war and in neocon policies in general. - Sean McBride
Dick and Liz Cheney must have been stunned by this interview. - Sean McBride
i recall 10 years ago, one of the veeps requirements at hotel was to have the tv set to fox when he would power the remote on. He must have had heart trouble after that interview. - Chu_
Clearly Megyn is planning for life after Faux Nooz #options - WarLord
It could be that some powerful players at News Corp. and in the Republican Party have decided to pull the rug out from under the neoconservatives and Christian Zionists they have coddled for the last decade or two. That turned out to be a bad bet. - Sean McBride
Regarding Megyn Kelly, to whom I am now paying more attention: smart as a whip. Not your typical Fox News ranter. - Sean McBride
Well, he does have heart trouble after that interview, but he had it before the interview, too. - Glen Campbell
Sean McBride
Neocons cry 'Wolf!' again, then whine about being ignored | Jay Bookman | -
"Second, there's this little thing called a "track record." If you put your entire life savings into the hands of an investment advisor who then left you almost bankrupt, are you "relitigating the past" when you decline to take his or her advice in the future? No, you are not. In this particular case, the Cheneys and the rest of them have their fingerprints all over the worst foreign-policy blunder in this nation's history, bar none, and in the process they demonstrated immensely poor judgment and a blithe ignorance of basic facts." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Holbo then goes on to admit that he too was wrong about Iraq, that he was, as he puts it, "one of those Kenneth Pollack-reading liberal queasyhawks, to my ongoing shame." The neocons cannot do that, because one of the distinguishing attributes of that tribe is a deep and abiding arrogance. The idea that they might be wrong and their opponents might be right is never to be entertained, which is in part how we got into this mess into the first place." - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Rand Paul Defends Obama Against Dick Cheney -
Rand Paul Defends Obama Against Dick Cheney
"Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, has waded into the ongoing blame game over who is responsible for the unfolding crisis in Iraq. A constant critic of President Barack Obama, this time the Republican presidential hopeful sided with the president and criticized the George W. Bush administration." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Rand Paul may be a more reliable defender of Barack Obama against Dick Cheney than Hillary Clinton -- which tells one a great deal about Hillary Clinton. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Reporter [Judith Miller] Who Was Wrong About Iraq: Stop Criticizing Those Who Were Wrong About Iraq -
Reporter [Judith Miller] Who Was Wrong About Iraq: Stop Criticizing Those Who Were Wrong About Iraq
"Fox News contributor Judith Miller, whose reporting on Iraq's weapons of mass turned out to be stunningly wrong, said Friday that the media has been too hard on other individuals whose pre-war pronouncements also turned out to be stunningly wrong. During an appearance on Fox, Miller complained that the media "loves to beat up on who was responsible for the Iraq War and who is to blame for the current controversy, the current crisis." That, she added, "is not helpful."" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"In its mea culpa after the fact, the New York Times said much of Miller's reporting for the newspaper on Iraq's weapons in 2001, 2002 and 2003 was based on erroneous information from Ahmad Chalabi, the discredited Iraqi politician deployed by the Bush administration to bolster its case for war. The Times ultimately acknowledged in 2004 that Miller's reporting was "was not as rigorous as it should have been."" - Sean McBride
When are these people going to be permanently shown the door? - Sean McBride
Top comment: "Man...these people are amazing. Not even an attempt at an apology or admitting that they were even a little bit off base (nevermind entirely wrong). And they want jump right back and get a seat at the table. This woman should be so thoroughly scorned that she should be afraid to show her face in public. But here she is, perkily yelling "Mulligan!" and cheerleading for... more... - Sean McBride
Another fake neocon grin combined with that fanatical gaze. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Bill Moyers: Only the Chickenhawk Neocons Want Another War in Iraq -
Sean McBride
Neocons Should Be Held Criminally Liable for Failed Iraq War Predictions and Damages to Our Country | H. A. Goodman -
Neocons Should Be Held Criminally Liable for Failed Iraq War Predictions and Damages to Our Country | H. A. Goodman
"When calls to invade Iraq took place by writers long before 9/11, then a case can be made that such advocacy was self-serving. An inquiry should be made as to whether or not neoconservative articles and speeches can be linked to soldiers who died in Humvees without adequate armor, or PTSD cases that caused suicides (in a war that we couldn't wage with a volunteer army) from multiple tours of duty and longer time in combat than any war in U.S. history. If there can be an argument made that neoconservative rhetoric directly led to the downward spiral of American and Iraqi lives, as well as the decline of our country, then a court somewhere in the U.S. should look into a criminal case." - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Extremist neocon dunces: They weren’t just wrong — they have no following anymore! - -
Extremist neocon dunces: They weren’t just wrong — they have no following anymore! -
"TV bookers should not only ignore these fools because they were wrong, but because they are fringe characters now" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"The upper echelons of Washington media still don’t understand just how narrow the neoconservatives’ window was in our history. Since Vietnam, the idea of willy-nilly invading countries to spread American values rightly has been perceived as loopy. When the country was in a state of panic after 9/11, the Wolfowitzes and Kristols of the world finally got their chance to dictate foreign... more... - Sean McBride
Top comment: "These men were not just wrong - mistakes are human (unlike Cheney) - they were maliciously, cravenly lying. They should be sharing a cell, not on TV." - Sean McBride
Comment: "Having Kristol, Wolfowitz, Cheney and other conservatives to "advise" policies in Iraq? What's next, bringing Michael "Heck of a job Brownie" Brown to advise on the next natural disaster requiring FEMA??" - Sean McBride
Comment: "I am totally against capital punishment, however these evil dimwits prove that there may be exceptions to every rule. But I would settle for life in prison with no possibility for parole for these mass murderers and gangsters. Jail the whole lot of them. After a fair trial of course. Which is more than they ever gave anyone in Iraq." - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Flashback: All the Ways the Neocons were Wrong about Iraq | Informed Comment -
Steven Perez
Who Won Iraq? Lost Dreams, Lost Armies, Jihadi States, and the Arc of Instability - Engelhardt | TomDispatch -
"The Middle Eastern system as once known has, with the singular exception of Israel, largely evaporated and where it was, there is now increasingly chaos. In all likelihood, it will only get worse. “We” may not have “lost” Iraq, but can there be any question that Washington lost in Iraq? American goals in the region went down in flames in a fashion so spectacular, so ignominious, that today nothing is left of them. To the question, “Who won Iraq?” there may be no answer at all, or perhaps just the grim response: no one. In the end, Iraqis will surely be the losers, big time, as Syrians are just across the now nonexistent border between what until recently were two countries. As for the future Washington has on offer, the Obama administration is, it seems, considering responding to the crisis in Iraq in the only way it knows how: with bombs, cruise missiles, and drones. The geopolitical dreams of the Bush era are buried somewhere deep in the rubble of Iraq, while the present White... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
A Culture of Surveillance | PEN American Center -
A Culture of Surveillance | PEN American Center
"So what, then, is the point of surveillance? If not to send, Stasi-like, a chilling message reverberating through society’s entire web, then what? The question only gained in poignancy when ProPublica debunked the NYPD’s claim that surveillance disrupted 14 terrorist attacks. Or when the Senate oversight committee called the NSA’s bluff—nay, the NSA’s lie—that its programs foiled dozens of plots. Or when a high-ranking NYPD official stated under oath that the Muslim surveillance program he oversaw for years produced not a single solitary lead.  What, then, is the point of it all? Over years of grappling with the question’s theoretical as well as its practical implications through live-client cases, I have come to the thought that the point of surveillance is surveillance itself." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
How to Forgive Your Torturer: The River Kwai Passes Through Latin America and Washington - Ariel Dorfman | TomDispatch -
"What a way to celebrate Torture Awareness Month! According to an Amnesty International Poll released in May, 45% of Americans believe that torture is “sometimes necessary and acceptable” in order to “gain information that may protect the public.” Twenty-nine percent of Britons “strongly or somewhat agreed” that torture was justified when asked the same question. For someone like me, who has been haunted by the daily existence of torture since the September 11, 1973 coup that overthrew Chilean President Salvador Allende, such percentages couldn’t be more depressing, but perhaps not that surprising. I now live, after all, in the America where Dick Cheney, instead of being indicted as a war criminal, sneeringly (and falsely) claims to anyone who asks him -- and he is trotted out over and over again as the resident expert on the subject -- that “enhanced interrogations” have been and still are absolutely necessary to keep Americans safe. As for those Americans and Britons -- and so many... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
What We've Lost Since 9/11: Taking Down the First Amendment in Post-Constitutional America - Peter Van Buren | TomDispatch -
"America has entered its third great era: the post-constitutional one. In the first, in the colonial years, a unitary executive, the King of England, ruled without checks and balances, allowing no freedom of speech, due process, or privacy when it came to protecting his power. In the second, the principles of the Enlightenment and an armed rebellion were used to push back the king’s abuses. The result was a new country and a new constitution with a Bill of Rights expressly meant to check the government's power. Now, we are wading into the shallow waters of a third era, a time when that government is abandoning the basic ideas that saw our nation through centuries of challenges far more daunting than terrorism. Those ideas -- enshrined in the Bill of Rights -- are disarmingly concise. Think of them as the haiku of a genuine people's government. Deeper, darker waters lie ahead and we seem drawn down into them. For here there be monsters." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
Fwd: Report: Hillary Clinton Pushed For Long-Term Troop Presence In Iraq - (via
Fwd: Report: Hillary Clinton Pushed For Long-Term Troop Presence In Iraq - (via
Impressions of Hillary's latest TV blitz: there is something flat, blunt, crude and coarse about her -- no real spark, no grace, no original or creative intelligence. Can't the Democrats do better than this? - Sean McBride
She's the biggest swinging dick in the room -- rougher and tougher than all the alpha males around her. It's grotesque. But at the same time there is something oddly limp about her persona. - Sean McBride
Hillary Clinton to her male colleagues: I can totally obliterate Iran before you've even got out of bed. Yeah, I'm that tough. - Sean McBride
The fragrance of Wall Street cronyism and corruption hangs around Hillary Clinton like a thick cloud of cheap perfume. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Barbara Boxer Remembers McCain's Dreadful Iraq Prediction -
Barbara Boxer Remembers McCain's Dreadful Iraq Prediction
""Listen, I'm happy to listen to John McCain because I like him as a person. But if anyone — anyone — is to tell us what to do, it's not him," Boxer said. "He told me when I was very worried, after I had voted no on the Iraq War, and it was going on and on. He said to me, he was so sweet about it, he said, 'This thing's going to be over in three to six months.' And that's what Rumsfeld said. That's what they all said. They were wrong."" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
""Andrea, if you took your car into a mechanic and he destroyed the whole car and you couldn't even turn it on, you wouldn't go back to the same mechanic when there's a problem," she added." - Sean McBride
"Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) likewise dismissed McCain's credibility on Iraq earlier this month and questioned why the 2008 GOP presidential nominee continues to get so much airtime. "Why does the news media go to John McCain to ask him any time there's anything happening because you know he's going to be, 'go to war, send troops,'" Meeks said. "It just doesn't make sense."" - Sean McBride
It makes sense when you understand that neocons largely own the mainstream media. - Sean McBride
Is the reason the NeoCons are all so angry about Iraq right now, that was going to be THEIR Philippines but with all that oil?
Sean McBride
Hillary Still Doesn’t Get It On Iraq | The Nation (George Zornick) -
Hillary Still Doesn’t Get It On Iraq | The Nation (George Zornick)
"The unfortunate re-eruption of warfare in Iraq will lead to many more questions for Hillary Clinton about her past support for the war—a rather unfortunate thing from her point of view, given the issue was a key reason for her 2008 Democratic presidential primary loss. Her answer to one such question at a forum in Toronto reveals Clinton still has serious trouble talking about the war in a language recognized by those who opposed it—and there are a great many." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"One of the central animating concerns of the anti-war movement—from the Cindy Sheehan encampment to a young Senator named Barack Obama describing soldiers from Illinois who had been badly maimed by battle—was for the thousands of U.S. troops dying, and the thousands more being injured, in what was ultimately a needless war. When George W. Bush would bash war opponents as people who... more... - Sean McBride
Glenn Greenwald nailed Hillary Clinton perfectly: she's a neocon hawk who has learned absolutely nothing from the Iraq War that she cheered on. She is one of numerous war harpies in the Democratic Party. - Sean McBride
I wonder about Hillary. If she was elected, she has a lot of power, and I am not so sure she would cater to the uber Zionist crowd. They've not always helped her. After her nuke Iran comments, it seemed to give Obama the lead. Now she is outside of her dream of president, another 8 years. - Chu_
Hillary will bend to the will of her wealthiest backers -- that's how she rolls. - Sean McBride
From N YTimes "A Cantor Effect for Business..".: "... “You could even make a case that there’s a lot in common between the Tea Party types and the Elizabeth Warren liberals,” said Gregory R. Valliere, the chief political strategist for the Potomac Research Group. “The impact of what’s happened is going to make Republicans in the House apprehensive...
Andrew C (✔)
You Kids Get Off My Lawn: Old Activist Edition -
"Amy Merrick wrote a piece in The New Yorker about the terrible conditions in the sweatshops that make clothing for Forever 21, a department store focusing on low cost clothing for college-aged women. She wonders why the kids aren’t protesting Forever 21, suggesting the decline in labor unions and their own economic instability as reasons. I’ll get back to this in a minute because it’s problematic, but it then led to a more unfortunate Lindy West piece entitled “Why Don’t College Students Give a Shit About Sweatshops Anymore” that does little but compare today’s students unfavorably to her own activism in college." - Andrew C (✔)
"This reeks of romanticizing the past actions through a carefully remembered history that excludes the second problem with these articles. In 1999, there were some college aged students that cared about sweatshop labor. The majority of college students did not care. In 2014, there are some college aged students that care about sweatshop labor. The majority of college students do not... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"Plus let’s not forget why students turned away from this as a key issue–9/11 and the Iraq War turned their attention to American imperialism. Can’t just handwave this away. Students didn’t stop caring about sweatshops. They started caring about a horrible war. " - Andrew C (✔)
"Again, the third problem here, particularly with West’s piece (at least Merrick mentions it), is that there are actually a lot of great stuff going on in the anti-sweatshop movement. United Students Against Sweatshops is a vibrant organization with activists on a lot of campuses doing great work. I talked a bit about actions at USC this spring and other campuses are involved in a wide... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Health Care and Climate: President Obama’s Big Deals - -
"But this is all wrong. You should judge leaders by their achievements, not their press, and in terms of policy substance Mr. Obama is having a seriously good year. In fact, there’s a very good chance that 2014 will go down in the record books as one of those years when America took a major turn in the right direction." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
The Progressive Antiwar Movement: RIP? (John Walsh)
"On the Democratic side, things do not look so good. The progressives must field a candidate to take on the bloodthirsty Hillary to make good on Nader’s challenge. Otherwise, she could well be “the first woman” – to start a world war. So far there is no one – and the undependable Bernie Sanders is not that person, as even a cursory reading of the late Alexander Cockburn’s denunciations of Sanders over the years makes clear. Nor is that great American Indian, my Senator, Elizabeth Warren who ran for Senate as a hawk on Iran, a credible peace candidate." - Sean McBride
The same folks who did away with your defined benefit pension in favor of a defined contribution annuity that they touted as "portable" and "under your control" are the same folks angry about Obamacare (AKA Affordable Care Act) because the health benefit is "portable" and "under your control" They like you as a wage slave tied to your hospital Insu
Eric Logan
Infographic: Is Your State's Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably) -
Infographic: Is Your State's Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably)
Based on data drawn from media reports and state salary databases, the ranks of the highest-paid active public employees include 27 football coaches, 13 basketball coaches, one hockey coach, and 10 dorks who aren't even in charge of a team. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
All those highly paid coaches for athletes to be sent to the non - profit NFL. - Eric Logan
Eric this might be illuminating: Why Do Football and Basketball Players Have to Stay in School? via @FoxSports - WarLord
They should definitely pay the student athletes. - Eric Logan
Andrew C (✔)
The Campaign Manager Who Beat Eric Cantor Just Deleted His Facebook -
The Campaign Manager Who Beat Eric Cantor Just Deleted His Facebook
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"Boys will be boys. Zachary Werrell, 23, is just a boy who happens to be running the campaign of the tea partier who upset House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in last night's Virginia congressional primary. A boy who, like so many others, suddenly realized his Facebook rants could be a liability." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
banana. republic. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
The NRA takes credit for Eric Cantor's loss in fundraising letter to member in 3...2...
#union If you want to watch an existential crisis at NRA Headquarters just invite a couple of your friends who own assault rifles to an "open carry" rally that coincides with a wage action at WalMart or McDonald's. I'm gassing one of the guys or girls wearing an M-16 and carrying a $15 an hour picket sign should make Wayne LaP stroke....
Mulford was enacted in 1967 and the politics of gun control have changed dramatically since then. I'm not sure that the NRA can make the pivot that their corporate leash holders would require seeing POC and labor activists (radicals) playing with guns... - WarLord
Bluesun 2600
NSA: We're too complex to comply with law, so we're destroying evidence in EFF lawsuit - Boing Boing -
NSA: We're too complex to comply with law, so we're destroying evidence in EFF lawsuit - Boing Boing
"The National Security Agency is using a new argument for not retaining the data it gathers about users' online activity: The NSA is just too complex. From Andrea Peterson's report in the Washington Post this week, about a case brought forward by the Electronic Frontier Foundation: The NSA argued that holding onto the data would be too burdensome. "A requirement to preserve all data acquired under section 702 presents significant operational problems, only one of which is that the NSA may have to shut down all systems and databases that contain Section 702 information," wrote NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett in a court filing submitted to the court. The complexity of the NSA systems meant preservation efforts might not work, he argued, but would have "an immediate, specific, and harmful impact on the national security of the United States." Part of this complexity, Ledgett said, stems from privacy restrictions placed on the programs by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court." - Bluesun 2600 from Bookmarklet
The Veterans Affairs people really screwed up. But what's really scary is that all large organizations and entities perpetuate major screw ups, from government to Wall Street. Here is the how and why it happens:
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