NBER Reports That The Housing Bubble Was Government’s Fault, via the Community Reinvestment Act


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Since the financial collapse brought on by the housing bubble and the casino playing Too Big To Fail banks in 2008, many of us in the blogosphere put the blame government policies, which pumped air into the sub-prime mortgage market. The government of Barak Obama, of course, put the blame entirely on the Wall Street bankers and the unfunded wars of Bush II. Now, nearly five years later, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finished their review of what happened and puts the blame squarely on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). You are unlikely to hear about the NBER report from the MSM because it doesn’t fit with their liberal feel good agenda. But, paul Sperry at Investors.Com shares the news:

Democrats and the media insist the Community Reinvestment Act, the anti-redlining law beefed up by President Clinton, had nothing to do with the subprime mortgage crisis and recession.

But a new study by the respected National Bureau of Economic Research finds, “Yes, it did. We find that adherence to that act led to riskier lending by banks.”

The Community Reinvestmentt Act was the brain child of Mr. Feel Good himself, President Jimmy Carter. But, like most things associated with Carter, nothing much happened. Presidents Reagan and Bush I also managed to keep a lid on CRA; but unfortunately, they didn’t kill it. Then came Mr. I Feel Your Pain, President Bill Clinton, and he with the help of the likes of Barney Frank had Fanny and Freddy put the CRA on steroids. Take a look at this graph:

And then there is this:

The strongest link between CRA lending and defaults took place in the runup to the crisis — 2004 to 2006 — when banks rapidly sold CRA mortgages for securitization by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and Wall Street.

CRA regulations are at the core of Fannie’s and Freddie’s so-called affordable housing mission. In the early 1990s, a Democrat Congress gave HUD the authority to set and enforce (through fines) CRA-grade loan quotas at Fannie and Freddie.

It passed a law requiring the government-backed agencies to “assist insured depository institutions to meet their obligations under the (CRA).” The goal was to help banks meet lending quotas by buying their CRA loans.

But they had to loosen underwriting standards to do it. And that’s what they did.

“We want your CRA loans because they help us meet our housing goals,” Fannie Vice Chair Jamie Gorelick beseeched lenders gathered at a banking conference in 2000, just after HUD hiked the mortgage giant’s affordable housing quotas to 50% and pressed it to buy more CRA-eligible loans to help meet those new targets. “We will buy them from your portfolios or package them into securities.”


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Housing analysts say the CRA is the central thread running through the subprime scandal — from banks and subprime lenders to Fannie and Freddie to even Wall Street firms that took most of the heat for the crisis.

And, this little tid bit is interesting:

Banks that didn’t meet Clinton’s tough new numerical lending targets were denied merger plans, among other penalties. CRA shakedown groups like Acorn held hostage the merger plans of banks like Citibank and Washington Mutual until they pledged more loans to credit-poor minorities.

Even if Obama and friends refuse to admit the role of CRA in the Great Recession, one would think they would be very prudent about continuing to push for more sub-prime mortgages. One would be wrong!

Obama officials, who are cracking the CRA whip anew against banks, insist the law played no role in the mortgage meltdown.

“CRA loans performed substantially better than subprime loans, and the CRA has been around for decades,” argued senior Justice Department official Thomas Perez.

Yes, the same Thomas Perez that is now Obama’s nomination for Secretary of Labor.

It truly is an asylum in which we live. Reagan was right. Government isn’t the solution; it is the problem.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your  thoughts?

Original Post:  Asylum Watch


For Those of You That Thought ACORN was Done with Voter Fraud, Think Again


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We are all aware of what ACORN was.  It was the regressive juggernaut that mastered the flooding of the voting registration system-jamming so many false registrations into the system that it would be overwhelmed, and not be able to track them, all.  They did it all, from flooding voter registrations, to harassing and intimidating people, or just jamming things up with failure, ACORN was the place where the rent-a-mob gathered.

Then, after being repeatedly exposed as the criminal enterprise that they were, ACORN dissolved itself.  The media declared them dead.  The left said that the investigations and exposes were all racist, but now ACORN was no more, and no one should ever look into anything ever again.

However, it wasn’t the end of ACORN.  Instead of going bust, all of the state and mission specific divisions reopened the next day with new names. In most cases, they were in a new building, and with the same staff.  Accuracy in Media has a great article with the following image included…

As you can see. ACORN really didn’t go out of business.  They changed names, and killed off the well known parent organization.  That’s all.  And, how much do you want to bet that they are up to the same illegal activities?

I don’t think I need to answer that.  At any rate, read the rest of linked article, as it shows how all aspects of the voter fraud scheme interacts.


Should President Obama be Blamed for Current Mess?


Although it is tempting at times to be sucked into the ‘everything is Obama’s fault’ vortex, that really is illogical, and so I try to base my opposition to him on the logical grounds that the policies which he supports leads to a society that is less happy, less loving, less free, less prosperous, less secure, less responsible, less wealthy, less efficient, and less productive. It is President Obama’s policies that I object to and try to oppose.

The policies pushed by the radical progressive Obama are supported by the Democratic Party through their votes in Congress (my own Senator Debbie Stabenow votes lock-step with the most radical of progressive issues that are pushed by Obama) and by their re-nomination of him, and these policies are destroying the foundations of our nation. Some of the evidence of this is obvious- $5 trillion in debt, crumbling roads and schools, rise in drug use and broken marriages, falling test scores vs the world, etc- and some of this is more hidden- lost time to fix the looming collapse of Social Security and Medicare, the aging of infrastructure, decreases in investment, lack of experience being gained by young workers who are severely underemployed, etc- but the foundations of our nation are indeed crumbling.

President Obama and the Democrats would like to blame this on George W Bush and the Republicans, and in some respects they should be blamed- for going along with the desires of the Democrats and liberals on issues. But they have also suffered from their wrongs, being voted out of office in 2006 and 2008.

But in many ways President Obama and the Democrats should be blamed as well for the falling fortunes of our nation, and should suffer from their wrongs in this election.

Paul Mirengoff over at Powerlineblog has a good and measured argument of why President Obama should be blamed for our situation and should be held electorally responsible. From his post FOR OBAMA, WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND:

Today’s poor jobs report, and President Obama’s ungracious reference yesterday to the parlous state of the economy at the end of the Bush administration, will renew the debate about how much responsibility Obama bears for the current weak economy and how much of it is Bush’s fault. Personally, I’ve never believed that a president’s policies have much impact on the economy, in the short term. And I doubt that the presidency of either Bush or Obama provides a good explanation for our sorry jobs picture.

Let’s start with Obama. I have no trouble accepting the conservative argument that his regulatory policies, coupled with Obamacare and a general hostility towards business, have hurt the economy. And I doubt that the stimulus was money well spent, even for the narrow purpose of short-term job growth.

But I’ve seen no good projection of, say, what the employment numbers would look like in the absence of the stimulus and in a different regulatory environment, and I question whether such a study could reliably be performed. Republicans like to rely on old Obama administration estimate of what unemployment would be with and without the stimulus program. It’s fair to do so from a political standpoint. But these estimates, and the arguments based on them, should not be confused with serious economic analysis.

In the absence of a reliable analysis, I revert to my view that a president’s policies have little impact on short-term economic health. To me, then, the main cause of our current weak economic climate is to be found in deeper trends, including those underway when Bush left office.

But this doesn’t mean that Bush bears much responsibility for our economic woes. The 2008 recession was closely related to the collapse of the housing market. The best analyses I’ve seen of the recession, and of the housing market collapse, come from Stanford economist John Taylor. He has cited two main culprits: excessively low interest rates and the provision by banks, under political pressure, of home loans to people who couldn’t afford to pay them back.

Bush did not set interest rates; that was Fed’s work. And Bush bears little responsibility for the crusade, carried out for years, to make sure low income folks could buy homes. That crusade was led by liberal Democrats, as one would expect given that low income folks are a core part of the liberal base.

The Bush administration, in fact, warned about the mischief that was emanating from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. To be sure, Bush and congressional Republicans should have done more. But the Republicans never had the votes to roll back the liberal Democrats’ affordable housing agenda. Attempting to do so would have led to charges of racial insensitivity, and worse, with no policy payoff at the end of the day.

And foremost among those hurling this charge surely would have been Sen. Barack Obama.

In fact, Obama’s commitment to coercing banks into making loans to poor credit risk individuals goes way back. This was a core element of the community organizing movement in the early 1990s. ACORN used to stage sit-ins and other coercive action directed at Chicago banks that had the audacity to confine their loans to those who were very likely to repay them. As Stanley Kurtz has noted, Obama was recruited by Chicago’s ACORN to run training sessions in “direct action.”

So I have little sympathy for Obama when he frets that he’s being blamed for a mess that Republicans left him. The president did inherit a mess. But he was also present at its creation, and his Party brought it to fruition. Let’s call this poetic justice. Or the chickens coming home to roost.

Powerlineblog can always be counted on to provide good and measured reporting on the issues of the day, and if you haven’t bookmarked it yet then please do so and read it daily.

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Rolling Stone Unleashes Voter Disenfranchisement Propaganda


I have to hand it Ari Berman of the Rolling Stone.  He has written either one of the greatest  parodies of all time, or one of the best hyperbolic propaganda pieces that I have seen in some time.  He follows the regressive meme that any effort to prevent voter fraud is an attempt to prevent Democrats from voting.  Here are some excerpts…

As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign to suppress the elements of the Democratic vote that elected Barack Obama in 2008. Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting, a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots.

That’s just nicely crafted.  He weaves in all the victim/client groups of the regressives, and ties it quite nicely to examples of true voter disfranchisement.

All told, a dozen states have approved new obstacles to voting. Kansas and Alabama now require would-be voters to provide proof of citizenship before registering. Florida and Texas made it harder for groups like the League of Women Voters to register new voters. Maine repealed Election Day voter registration, which had been on the books since 1973. Five states – Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia – cut short their early voting periods. Florida and Iowa barred all ex-felons from the polls, disenfranchising thousands of previously eligible voters. And six states controlled by Republican governors and legislatures – Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin – will require voters to produce a government-issued ID before casting ballots. More than 10 percent of U.S. citizens lack such identification, and the numbers are even higher among constituencies that traditionally lean Democratic – including 18 percent of young voters and 25 percent of African-Americans.

Again, well crafted.  Complete nonsense, but well written nonsense.  I almost makes one forget that any legal citizen can get legal ID. And, it does almost make you fail to ask the question, “what does it say about your political party when it is overwhelmingly favored by convicted felons?”

To hear Republicans tell it, they are waging a virtuous campaign to crack down on rampant voter fraud – a curious position for a party that managed to seize control of the White House in 2000 despite having lost the popular vote. After taking power, the Bush administration declared war on voter fraud, making it a “top priority” for federal prosecutors. In 2006, the Justice Department fired two U.S. attorneys who refused to pursue trumped-up cases of voter fraud in New Mexico and Washington, and Karl Rove called illegal voting “an enormous and growing problem.” In parts of America, he told the Republican National Lawyers Association, “we are beginning to look like we have elections like those run in countries where the guys in charge are colonels in mirrored sunglasses.” According to the GOP, community organizers like ACORN were actively recruiting armies of fake voters to misrepresent themselves at the polls and cast illegal ballots for the Democrats.

This is simply brilliant!  Total nonsense, given all of the convictions over the last several years. But very well put together.   I would strongly encourage you to read the entire article.  It is several pages long, but well worth the read.  He;s wrong on pretty much every point, but he does such a job twisting and ignoring facts, that it is no wonder that some will never come to grips with election fraud-no matter the evidence.

And, just in case you might actually be swayed by Berman’s well crafted unreality, here are a sampling of the CH 2.0 coverage of election fraud…

Mind you, this just goes back a year, and I was covering voting irregularities prior to that.

While I do actually appreciate Berman’s skill, and really hope that that he was writing a parody, he does neatly summarize the narrative that we will be facing.  The regressives are going to defend their electoral activities, and they will consult their play-book to do so.   For this issue, they will use the ancient leftist technique of taking the reasonable precautions to protect our electoral system, and re-framing it as  civil rights issues.  And, of course, all actual evidence of said fraud will be either ignored or dismissed, no matter how many are caught and convicted.  We will also have to accept the fact that no matter the evidence, the useful idiots will never believe it.  They’ve been conditioned to ignore reality, and no amount of reality will convince them.

We’ll just have to keep on plugging away the problem, and citing evidence all the way.  The useful idiots are lost, many others are not.

And I intend on doing just that.


Group Formerly Known as ACORN "Alinsky's" the Wrong Bank


Well friends, the name has changed, but the idiocy (useful and otherwise) remains the same.  If you recall, this blog, among many others, reported that ACORN wasn’t going away.  Instead, their local operations were re-branding, often in the same offices, and with the same staff.  In other words, they were making it more difficult to track their operations, as each would be it’s own entity.  Obviously, it’s a lot harder to track dozens, if not hundreds, or little ACORNS, than one big, centrally controlled one.

However, that name change didn’t cure the stupid, because one “group formerly known as ACORN” went to protest a bank.  However, there was one rather big problem…

They trashed the wrong bank!  

Nobody ever said all the criminal street thugs at ACORN were bright.

The left-wing astroturfers of ACORN’s new front group in California, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), were behind a garbage-dumping stunt at a branch of Wells Fargo bank in San Jose, Calif.

The video cannot be embedded, but is available here.

News reports consistently depict the players as angry homeowners who spontaneously erupted in a spasm of righteous indignation.

As if.

These “homeowners” were reportedly unhappy about the upkeep at a foreclosed property they thought Wells Fargo was responsible for so they decided to dump uncollected garbage at the bank. The problem is that while Wells Fargo is listed as a trustee for the property, it is actually owned by Bank of America, a longtime ACORN ally. (In recent years Bank of America Charitable Foundation Inc. has given $5 million to the mortgage bubble generators at ACORN Housing Corp.)

Well, the name has changed, but the organizations formerly known as ACORN are going to be a well spring of future posts.


Blog Focus: Left Leaning Group Pressures HUD to Increase Bad Mortgages


I had caught a glimpse of this story the other day, but rjjrdq, being the fine blogger that he is, posted it before me. So, let’s do a Blog Focus, and see where the evidence leads.

Companies Targeted for Avoiding Risky Borrowers

I’ve said before that you can expect an explosion of ethno based politics as engineered demographics is forced on the United States. Here’s a grenade to give you a little taste of what’s coming.

A group calling themselves the National Community Reinvestment Coalition filed a complaint with HUD, charging that some lenders were denying mortgages to those with credit scores that qualify them under HUD guidelines. Some lenders were only handing out loans to those with credit scores of 600+, while HUD only requires a minimum of 580 to qualify. If this proves to be the case, the NCRC would technically be in the right for filing the complaint. The Obama regime has promised to make it right.

One of the companies, Nationstar Mortgage LLC, is run by former Fannie Mae chief exec Daniel Mudd. He was booted out a few years ago when the Obama regime took over the burning building that the Democrats had set ablaze. If anybody understands the consequences of loaning money to those that can’t pay it back, it would be Mudd. If he is guilty of this, he clearly feels that the consequences of being caught don’t outweigh the risks of actually loaning the money to realistically unqualified borrowers.

This complaint was not filed on behalf of all who may have possibly been denied a loan.

The NCRC said the lenders were only providing mortgages to borrowers with credit scores higher than the 580 minimum required by the FHA, a move it said disproportionately affects African-Americans and Latinos.

Apparently, the NCRC feels this would only impact people of color. No surprise, considering what this ACORNian group is about.

NCRC has grown to an association of more than 600 community-based organizations that promote access to basic banking services including credit and savings, to create and sustain affordable housing, job development and vibrant communities for America’s working families.

Yes, they are a community based organization. So is ACORN. They twist the arms of banks to give credit to those that realistically aren’t qualified. So does ACORN. They have the support of the Obama regime. So does…you get the picture.

The guidelines these companies are accused of violating are the ones that Democrats put in place. They are responsible for the explosion of Fannie Mae, and apparently haven’t learned a thing. Those with lower credit scores-regardless of ethnicity, are the lion’s share of defaults. Even with HUD insurance guarantees, these companies still engage in mortgage backed security schemes. Any default, insured or not is bad news. What I think of those MBS’ is another post. I will say I don’t like them.

Although everybody is wrong in this case, you can’t provide justice for one group without discriminating against another in general. In order to provide an opportunity for those with otherwise unacceptable credit scores to obtain mortgages, the government is discriminating against the companies who make those loans. They are being forced to do business with those they otherwise wouldn’t, and it has nothing to do with race or ethnicity. It has to do with money. This isn’t the only example of how wealth redistribution in the form of political correctness is damaging this country.

I’ve been on this case for some time now. For a time-line, take a look at the “The Democrats Caused The Housing Crisis!” page.

For me, it’s clear that the CRA was a massive piece of Cloward-Piven. By combining the Alinsky Method with government regulation, community organizers were able to get millions of essentially bad mortgages written. While they didn’t pressure directly for all of them, the pressure that they did bring to bear was a significant factor in the rise in sub-prime mortgages. Banks knew that they were stuck between community organizations from below, and the Government from above.

Of course, the banks tried to make them profitable, and attempted to minimize the risk by spreading them out via MBS. However, when so many of the mortgages failed, nothing could stop the cascading failure that resulted.

The community organizations also got an additional benefit. They could pressure banks into making these crappy loans. Then, when the mortgages went unpaid (predictably), and the bank forclosed, they could protest the banks for making the loans that they pressured them into making in the first place. They simple labeled it as “predatory lending.”

So, is it failed social engineering, or was it Cloward-Piven? I, personally, have a difficult time believing that everyone on the left thought that this would actually work. I think people closer to the top knew what would happen, and they were happy to use community organizations as their foot soldiers to make it all come to fruition. Of course, they are reloading, and going at it again. They are using the hopes of the poor, as well as class warfare and race, to justify more and more of what caused the recession in the first place.

It’s clear that this, if not stopped, is only going to reload the gun that caused the current economic mayhem. But, then again, think about what the left was able to do with the resulting economic crisis? It really gave Barak Obama something to run with. It was the justification for TARP, the Porkulus, financial reform, Cash for Clunkers…the list goes on an on. For the most part, each of the items I mentioned did not actually change or reform anything, but only gave the government more and more power. After all, our “progressives” never want a crisis to go to waste.


Conservative Hideout Election Night Coverage: Update 12


The CH 2.0 is the place for election night coverage.   We have the shoutbox in the sidebar, and I’ll be live-blogging tonight.  So stop by tonight, and participate in the coverage.  We’ll get started around 9-9:30, and I’ll update this post with relevant information before and during the returns.

NOTE:  Live Chat is in the shoutbox, which can be found in the sidebar.

For a musical introduction, here is a video to set the tone for the evening…

Update # 1:

We have EXCLUSIVE footage of the Democrat GOTV effort.

You can always count of the CH 2.0 to bring you this type of exclusive footage!

Update # 2:

According to the Daily Caller, both MSNBC and CNN are projecting a win for Rand Paul in Kentucky.

Good news folks!  Congratulations, Senator Paul!

Also, Fox has another projection:

Sen. Dan Coats in Indiana scored the first GOP Senate pick-up of the night, beating Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth for the seat left by retiring Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh.

That’s two of ten!

Update #3:

According to Daily Caller, ACORN has declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Bertha Lewis, the potty-mouthed chief organizer of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) announced today that her group has filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition.

Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code provides for the liquidation of the estate of an indebted individual or corporate entity. This is different from Chapter 11 which often provides debtors with temporary protection from their creditors while they reorganize their affairs.

Despite the group’s exhaustively documented 40-year track record of corruption and lawbreaking, Lewis blamed the demise of the organization on its conservative critics.

In a statement posted on the group’s website, Lewis claimed ACORN was the victim of its own “highly effective strategies” that succeeded in “catching the attention of right-wing media and its proponents.”

ACORN was subjected to a “barrage of unmitigated accusations,” but even as the “extremists” attacking it “increased their radicalism, we continued to make a difference for families in each and every corner of our nation.”

To Lewis, conservatives are living embodiments of pure evil. In a convoluted speech earlier this year to a Young Democratic Socialists meeting, she called the Tea Party a “bowel movement” and seemed to suggest a violent race war was in America’s future.

Hours after ACORN announced its bankruptcy filing today, former ACORN national board member Marcel Reid said that ACORN leaders only have themselves to blame. Reid was also the final chairwoman of ACORN’s Washington, D.C. chapter.

OK folks, we’ve heard this before.  ACORN claimed that they were dissolving back in the spring, and then, in the last few weeks, we find that they are still in operation.  Then, almost conveniently, after we start paying attention again, they now do this?  Sounds fishy to me.

Something tells me that they are simply going to re-emerge with a different name, and make twice as sure that they are not caught again.  Let’s face it, they’re not upset that they committed crimes, they’re sorry that that were caught.

They’ll be back at it soon.

Update #4:

Fox is projecting the Marco Rubio has won against Crist and Meeks.

That’s another one!

Update #5:

Fox has a report about possible voter fraud in Minnesota.

Minnesota officials are investigating a citizen’s allegations that mentally disabled voters in one county were coached by their attendants to cast their ballots for specific candidates, a county attorney told FoxNews.com.

Montgomery Jensen, a voter in Crow Wing County, says he and his wife saw a group of mentally incapacitated individuals ushered through the voting process by mental health staff, who told some of the group who they should vote for and, in some cases, filled out ballots on their behalf, according to an affidavit filed with the county attorney’s office on Monday, a copy of which was obtained by FoxNews.com.

I’ve heard of this before, with mentally retarded, mentally ill, and seniors in nursing home.  It’s nothing new, but it is good that Fox put a spotlight on it.

Update #6:

Larry has passed on that Blanche Lincoln has been defeated.  Fox has the coverage.

The GOP so far has picked up two Senate seats from Democrats and held down a number of others, giving no ground as they look for big gains Tuesday night. The latest victory came in Arkansas, where GOP Rep. John Boozman trounced Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln, denying her a third term in Congress. Lincoln’s vote for the president’s health care overhaul was considered a turning point for the senator’s popularity.

Also, Christine O’Donnell lost her bid for the Senate.  Not surprising, but she did take up Democratic resources that could have been used in other races.

That would put us up 3-4 out of the ten needed in the Senate.  So far, so good.

Update #7:  9:30 PM

As for PA, Toomey and Corbett (GOP) are down, but so are Carney and Kanjorski (Douchnozzles).

Steve at America’s Watchtower has New Hampshire results at his place.

Update #8: 9:46


One of the most embarrassing Congresscritters ever, Alan Grayson, has lost…

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson has been ousted after earning notoriety in his single term for harsh rhetoric that included accusing Republicans of wanting sick people to “die quickly.”

With 78 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Daniel Webster had 56 percent of the vote to Grayson’s 38 in their central Florida district around Orlando on Tuesday. Webster is one of Florida’s most experienced Republican politicians, with 28 years in the Florida Legislature.

I have to admit taking this news with some glee.  Grayson was an embarrassment to the entire country, if not the human race.

More from the Black Panther Situation in Philly…

H/T: Big Government

Update 9: 10:20 PM

The GOP just elected the fist southern Republican since the Civil War!

South Carolina Republican Tim Scott made history Tuesday night by becoming the first African-American Republican to be elected to Congress from the Deep South since Reconstruction and the first African-American Republican congressman since J.C. Watts in 2003.

Elected to South Carolina’s First District — a coastal area running from Charleston to Myrtle Beach — Scott is a veritable Tea Party representative, not only receiving endorsements from Sarah Palin and Tea Party activists, but also telling The Daily Caller in July that he was more inclined to join the Tea Party Caucus than the Congressional Black Caucus.

Running on a platform of fiscal restraint, repeal of the health care law, low taxes, and smaller government, Scott’s message won the day.

“Voters are more interested in your issues than in any other characteristic,” Scott told a Newsweek in June.

“Nonetheless, the ability of South Carolina’s white Republicans to get behind a black candidate, even a conservative one, may strike some political observers as remarkable, particularly because South Carolina is arguably the most unlikely of all Southern states to host such a racial breakthrough,” wrote Newsweek’s Ben Adler.

Despite the incredulity of Newsweek, the district where the Civil War commenced elected one of the 14 black Republicans seeking House seats this year.

Not too bad for a bunch of raaaaacists!  Congratulations, Congressman Scott!

Paul Kanjorski lost to Lou Barletta.  Kanjorski has earned my wrath a few months ago!

Update #10: 11:25 PM EST

The WSJ, via Newsbusters, reports some interesting exit poll data.

Preliminary exit polls showed that the party lost ground in Tuesday’s midterm elections among women, middle-income workers, whites, seniors and independent voters.

Driving the shift to the GOP: broad anxiety over the economy, as well as skepticism of big government and opposition to signature Democratic Party policy achievements, such as President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package and the health-care overhaul.

The GOP better do some things to keep these people.

Update 11:  12:09 AM EST

Here are some links from our friends…

America’s Watchtower:

Frank Guinta wins in New Hampshire!

New Hampshire Republicans may win 20 State Senate seats!

Mind Numbed Robot:

Election Night 2010 – Begin the Begin

Motor City Times:

Get Ready For The Onslaught: “We Are Too Political Polarized”

The Daley Gator:

DaleyGator DaleyThought: Election night!

The Classic Liberal:

European Union President Herman van Rompuy Global Governance (VIDEO)

End of Liberty


Update 12: 12:24 AM EST

Bachmann Destroys Matthews!

She didn’t let Matthews take her off message.  They laughed at her, but they didn’t realize that they joke was on them.

More linkies:

King Shamus

The Current

I think that’s about it for me.  I’m going to be turning in now.


Voter Fraud: Unraveling the Progressive Puzzle


As time wears on, we are seeing more and more of the Democrat/”progressive” voter fraud machine exposed.  We’re seeing hypocrisy, electioneering, the “Secretary of State Project,” fake registrations, and now, claims of intimidation.  So let’s take a look at all the factors, in context, and see where it all leads us.

For starters, the Other McCain has an excellent analysis.

It is one of pet conceits of liberal Democrats that the long-established practice of having poll-watchers — party volunteers who are assigned to polling places to ensure that no vote fraud occurs — amounts to “voter intimidation” intended to “suppress” minority voting.

Vote fraud is a crime that Democrats practice habitually, routinely, as a matter of historic tradition, and which is made possible by the overwhelming dominance of the Democratic Party in urban districts. It is in such precincts that the electoral franchise is customarily extended to tombstones and vacant lots.

That about nails it, but, there is always more to the machinations of our left, especially when it comes to elections.  When an entire group is so devoted to socialism, and particularly adherents of Saul Alinsky, you must assume that the ends will justify the means, and those means will be blatant, and often extreme.  So, let’s line it all up and see where the dominoes fall…

Fake Voter Registrations:

God only knows how long the Democrats have been doing this, but it has either accelerated, or we have gotten better at detecting it.  At any rate, we now know that fake voter registrations have been turned in by the tens of thousands in just the last several months.    We also know that the organizations formerly known as ACORN were very efficient at this, and part of their downfall was in their workers getting caught, tried, and convicted of it.  We also know that ACORN has split up into its regional affiliates, and have simply changed their names.  It is unknown as to whether or not these “organizations formerly known as ACORN” have continued this practice.

For more on this, here are some quotes from John Fund via the Politico…

Perhaps the clearest look at how fraudulent registrations can be converted into votes comes from Wisconsin. Earlier this year, the Milwaukee Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit released a stunning 67-page report detailing an “illegal organized attempt to influence the outcome” of the 2004 presidential election.

The Milwaukee police report explained just how easy it is to cast an illegal vote without ever being detected., “Michael A. Smith can become Mike Smith, M.A. Smith, or Mickey Smith, depending on the person reviewing the Same Day registration card, and unless a specific allegation is made against one of those name variants, the new name would just be added to the overall database. Even if the new system were capable of discerning the differences in recorded names, the finding would not be discovered until after any multiple ballots had been cast and recorded.” Indeed, the task force found that 1,100 registration cards filled in by voters were declared invalid or untraceable by election officials.

Another way that fraudulent registrations can be converted into illegal votes is when groups like ACORN either purposely or recklessly sign up visitors from out-of-state or felons who are ineligible to vote. The New York Daily News reported in August, 2004 on how some 46,000 New Yorkers are registered to vote in both the city and Florida, what it called a “shocking finding” because it “found that between 400 and 1,000 registered voters have voted twice in at least one election, a federal offense punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine,” and noted that “efforts to prevent people from registering in more than one state rely mostly on the honor system.”

Last month, the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reported that some 5,000 felons who do not have the right to vote have apparently voted in recent elections in Florida. Their illegal registrations turned into actual votes. The Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post had similar findings in May 2001 on the presidential election held the year previously. Reporters have found that that the number of illegal felon registrations that were cast that year was greater than the number of valid voters dropped from the voter rolls and thus blocked from voting. The Florida presidential vote — and the presidency — was decided in 2000 by only 537 votes.

So, it is VERY possible that people will vote based on these false registrations.  Secondly, it HAS happened before.

Refusing to Enforce Motor Voter:

As I discussed in my original post on voter fraud last month, AG Holder has made it known that his office will NOT be enforcing all of Motor Voter.  In particular, the DOJ is refusing to enforce the provisions that require states to purge dead, or otherwise unqualified voters from the rolls.  So, not only are tens of thousands of illegal registrations coming in, other invalid registrations do no have to be removed.  And, if someone happens to vote “on behalf” of the dead, or felons and illegals cast ballots, how will we know?

The answer is simple…. we’re not supposed to!

Claiming Intimidation When Exposure is Imminent:

Let’s pretend that you’re going to send a bunch of people out to vote for your candidate.  These folks have been registered illegally.  Maybe they are here illegally.  Maybe they are felons.  Maybe they like to vote-A LOT.  At any rate, you don’t want the outside world to know that you aim to rig an election.  But you have a problem.  There are folks watching the polls, and they might catch you.

Solution?  Accuse them of a crime before they catch you!

If they say “hi” to someone?  Intimidation!

If they ask a question?  Intimidation!

If they catch a candidate electioneering?  Intimidation!

If they merely exist?  Intimidation!

This is already happening.  In Harris County TX, True the Vote has been accused of just that, and the problem was investigated and resolved before the lefty bloggers could push it.  Speaking of which, here is coverage from TPMuckraker.

Earlier this week, the Harris County (Texas) Democratic Party forwarded 14 complaints about poll watchers during early voting in the county, including allegations of voter intimidation, to the Harris County Clerk. But the County Clerk’s office, run by a Republican, says they looked into the allegations and found nothing wrong.

“We investigated it, we talked to everybody there at the different locations, and they basically said it didn’t happen,” said Hector DeLeon, a spokesman for the County Clerk.

He said the office takes each allegation seriously. But their investigations consisted solely of calling up the polling locations where the incidents allegedly occurred to ask poll workers if there was anything wrong.

“A call is placed to the location, and we talked to folks who were working at the location, and in Texas, the presiding judge actually represents one party and the alternate judge represents the other party, so both of those folks — both sides in general — were spoken to, and what they reported is that what was being alleged did not occur,” DeLeon told TPMMuckraker. (emphasis mine)

Note that even the Democratic judge agreed that nothing happened.  However, that won’t stop the left form lying about it.  You can safely bet that these claims will be made at every possible occasion, and will be loud as well as persistent.  They’ll try to get ahead of any actual evidence of fraud.  Doing so smears the other side, and also attempts to taint any evidence that is eventually found.

Remember kids; any attempt to prevent voter fraud is raaaaactist!

The Secretary of State Project:

As we’ve covered in the past, George Soros has helped to fund a campaign to have as many “progressive” secretaries of state as possible.  Their function is to certify elections at the state level.  So, if there is evidence of fraud, the “progressive” Secretary of State can quickly certify the election, and no matter what is eventually found, it’s over.

That is what is said to have happened during the 2008 election in Minnesota, which gave Al Franken a seat in the US Senate.  Here is another excerpt from John Fund.

Ever since Mr. Franken was declared the victor, the conservative watchdog group Minnesota Majority has combed through records comparing lists of those who voted with criminal rap sheets. It found that at least 341 convicted felons voted in Minneapolis’s Hennepin County, the state’s largest, and another 52 voted illegally in St. Paul’s Ramsey County, the state’s second largest. Dan McGrath, head of Minnesota Majority, says that only conclusive matches were included in the group’s totals. The number of felons voting in those two counties alone exceeds Mr. Franken’s victory margin.

“We aren’t trying to change the result of the last election. That legally can’t be done,” Mr. McGrath told Fox News. “We are just trying to make sure the integrity of the next election isn’t compromised.”

Minnesota Majority says it has been “stonewalled” by Hennepin County officials to whom it presented its findings. But in neighboring Ramsey County, Phil Carruthers of the local District Attorney’s office says he takes the charges “very seriously” and found that Minnesota Majority “had done a good job in their review.” His office has asked for 15 investigators to be hired to pursue the information. “So far we have charged 28 people with felonies, have 17 more under review and have 182 cases still open,” he said. “And there is a good chance we may match or even exceed [Minnesota Majority’s] numbers.”

Minnesota Majority’s Mr. McGrath says Minnesota Secretary of State Dan Ritchie, a Democrat elected in 2006 with the support of the discredited voter registration group ACORN, has been derelict in his duties. “It is the job of the secretary of state to flag felons on the voter rolls so local election workers can challenge them. In 90% of the cases, the felon records were not flagged.” (emphasis added)

So, it would appear that Mr. Ritchie performed as intended.

Let’s wrap this up.  “Progressive” organizations overwhelm the system with thousands of fake registrations, and as evidence has shown, some of these do eventually vote.  Also, there is no longer any legal pressure from Washington to purge rolls of any ineligible voters.  Then, any attempt to expose or stop these practices are attacked as “voter intimidation, suppression,” and, of course raaaaacism!   At the finish, there can be a “progressive” Sec. of State to certify the election no matter what is exposed.

I’ve been preaching lately that in any close race, the Republicans will lose due to fraud.  What I documented in this post  is why I say that.  As of this moment, I fear for Pat Toomey, Sharon Angle, and Meg Whitman.  They are in close races, and if it comes within a few thousand, or few hundred votes, the Democrats will win.  Of course, that’s why we have to vote, and help out if necessary.  In all honesty, I hope I’m wrong.

So, while all is conjecture on my part (as well as on the part of others), there is documented evidence that each and every one of these items have occurred at some level.  As such, we have a much better idea of how the “progressive” fraud machine works, and by all accounts, there are going to be MANY more people watching the polls this time. That is what is going to make this election all the more explosive and challenging.    While the Alinsky Method’s playbook is powerful, it is also thin and predictable. So, as recent events have shown us, when the Alinskyite is pressed, they seem to crank up the intensity, and become more shrill, irrational, as well as potentially violent.  In other words, Alinsky has a powerful punch, but a glass jaw.   If Conservatives, Libertarians, and other concerned citizens expose them, they will fall apart, just as ACORN did-under their weight of their own deceit.


True the Vote: Voter Fraud Revisited


Exactly one month ago.  We discussed the voter registration fraud in Texas. It was truly on a massive scale, with 23,207 fake registrations turned it.  With the upcoming election, I thought it might be good to revisit this, and take a look at who helped expose this fraud.  First, kindly take a look at this video from True the Vote.

Since I published the last story, there have been more developments.  For example, several days after the first story broke, a fire destroyed the voting machines for Harris Country!  Here is some coverage from KENS5.

So, to say that this is looking fishy is an understatement.  It’ll be interesting to see the final determination of the investigation.

I know that there are people out there that claim that this isn’t an issue.  Some will say that it’s being brought up so minorities will be barred from voting.  To address this, here are some excerpts from  Politico, by John Fund.

Anita MonCrief, an ACORN whistle-blower who worked for both it and its Project Vote registration affiliate from 2005 until early this year, agrees. “It’s ludicrous to say that fake registrations can’t become fraudulent votes,” she told me. “I assure you that if you can get them on the rolls you can get them to vote, especially using absentee ballots.” MonCrief, a 29-year old University of Alabama graduate who wanted to become part of the civil rights movement, worked as a strategic consultant for ACORN as well as a development associate with Project Vote and sat in on meetings with the national staffs of both groups. She has given me documents that back up many of her statements, including one that indicates that the goal of ACORN’s New Mexico affiliate was that only 40 percent of its submitted registrations had to be valid.

MonCrief also told me that some ACORN affiliates had a conscious strategy of flooding voter registration offices with suspect last-minute forms in part to create confusion and chaos that would make it more likely suspect voters would be allowed to cast ballots by overworked officials. Nate Toller, who worked on ACORN registration drives and headed an ACORN campaign against Wal-Mart in California until 2006, agrees. “There’s no quality control on purpose, no checks and balances,” he told me.

There are already documented examples of fraudulent registrations being converted into fraudulent votes in Ohio, where ACORN and other groups were active. Darrell Nash, an ACORN registration worker, submitted an illegal form for himself and then cast a paper ballot during the state’s “early voting” period.

If you will remember, MonCrief raised quite a stir by coming foreword with claims of fraud.  She was later sued by ACORN.  So much for whistleblowers.

Many are concerned that other fraudulent votes could be cast in Ohio.

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner admits that some 200,000 newly registered Ohio voters have been flagged by her office because their names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, and/or Social Security numbers don’t match other state or federal records. She is refusing to release the information on those registrants to county election boards that have requested them for the purpose of running further checks. Ms. Brunner was elected in 2006 with the support of ACORN, and indeed her campaign consultant that year was Karyn Gillette, who happened to be MonCrief’s immediate superior at ACORN’s Project Vote.

“I’d be very suspicious of what is going on in Ohio,” MonCrief told me.

This shows just how diabolical the Soros “Secretary of State Project actually is.  All they need is a good “progressive” in that vital position, and all sorts of dirty business can go on unchecked.  I’m not saying that Brunner is part of that.  It’s just of vital importance to point out.

Other states provide other examples. Marybeth Brehany of Sioux City, Iowa, filed a sworn affidavit stating that she has discovered that several individuals unknown to her had registered to vote at her address. One of them, a David Loepp, had already requested and received an absentee ballot at his new address in, of all places, Rome, Italy. A 2005 Tennessee state Senate race was voided after evidence of voting by felons, nonresidents and the deceased who had been registered illegally. A Washington State Superior Court judge found that the state’s 2004 gubernatorial race, which Democrat Christine Gregoire won by 133 votes, had included at least 1,678 illegal votes.

I think you get the idea.  There is rampant voter fraud in the US.  It’s coming from all over the country, and Fund himself cites some other examples in his article.

There is a simple solution for most of these issues.  Each state can demand that a state ID be shown in order to vote.  However, the left vehemently opposes this, playing the race card every time that the topic is introduced.  Ironically, the same left that has repeatedly advocated for a national ID, refuses to allow state ID’s to be used as a means to protect the integrity of elections.  That leads to the question, do they know about the fraud, and seek to protect it?

H/T: Gateway Pundit


ACORN: The Reports of Their Death Were Greatly Exaggerated


Well, we knew that anyway.  Hence, my tendency to refer to them as the “organizations formerly known as ACORN.”  The fact is this, ACORN ”officially” disbanded, but what they really did is break up into their local affiliates, changed their names, and basically put a new sign on the door.

While the names have been changed, the song remains the same.  It seems that elements of the former ACORN have been accused of some illegal activities.  For more on the accusations, here is some excerpts from Matthew Vadum at Big Government.

Citing massive irregularities and gross taxpayer funding abuses, federal investigators are recommending that government funding for ACORN’s still operating housing affiliate be cut off immediately.

The Sept. 21 report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Inspector General found that ACORN Housing, which changed its name earlier this year to Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHC), may have concealed fraud by destroying or failing to produce records.

ACORN violated federal rules on how grants are to be used. The group charged the government salary costs for employees after they were terminated, the report said, and violated federal procurement standards.

The report suggested ACORN corruptly funneled taxpayer dollars to its affiliates and engaged in money laundering. ACORN has taken in more than $19 million in housing counseling grants since 1995 from HUD. NeighborWorks, a congressionally chartered nonprofit, gave ACORN $25.9 million. ACORN Housing has received more than $27.3 million from other federal and non-federal sources, the report said.

The report urged HUD to force ACORN Housing to improve its record-keeping and recommended the ACORN affiliate be placed on “inactive” status while it “initiates corrective actions to address the exceptions and recommendations in this report.”

“Any organization that applies for and accepts taxpayer dollars has a responsibility to act consistently with federal law,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). “It doesn’t matter if it’s ten dollars or ten thousand dollars, there is no acceptable amount of abuse or mismanagement that the federal government should tolerate when it comes to the taxpayer’s dollars.”

This sounds like the same old ACORN to me.  Destroying record, shoddy record keeping, and questionable financial reports. This is all very similar what we have heard before.

Most reporters uncritically accepted ACORN’s false claim to have shut down earlier this year despite abundant evidence to the contrary. ACORN said it dissolved its national structure on April Fool’s Day, yet the group continues to operate out of its headquarters in Brooklyn. Two weeks after the alleged shutdown Chief Organizer Bertha Lewis sent out a fundraising letter boasting that “ACORN is alive because you are alive and still fighting for justice.” Lawyer Arthur Z. Schwartz is still representing ACORN. He sent a letter June 9 to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) demanding changes to a report on his client.

Both ACORN operative Nathan Henderson-James and ACORN hagiographer John Atlas have admitted the shuttering of the ACORN network is a sham. Issa’s investigators also reported that Lewis has been busy consolidating and hoarding ACORN’s assets. ACORN reportedly has $10 million in property and $20 million in cash in 800 bank accounts. Like grifters who adopt new aliases in order to keep duping victims, ACORN chapters in 13 states and the District of Columbia have incorporated themselves under new names. Many of the “new” re-branded groups have the same employees and board members and addresses as the old ACORN chapters.

So, as I had discussed months ago, ACORN is really still ACORN.  They’re simply operating under different names; making it difficult to monitor them.  It’s easy to track one organization, as opposed to many.  It seemed to me then, and this only confirms it, that ACORN split so they could continue doing what they were always doing, but making themselves more difficult to investigate.  And even if some branches are caught, or even disbanded, the others would escape the taint.  Then, the offending branches would simply reorganize again, under yet another name.  Continuing the same actions.  All others could then say, “That’s not us, it was those other people that did all those bad things!”

We have to remember that for Alinskyites, the ends justify the means.  When ACORN’s activities were exposed, I think they simple moved to hide them, not correct them.  I see no indication that anything was made right.  As time wears on; I think we’ll see more and more reports like this.


Progressive States Network: Distorting the Electoral Process?


In my first post on the Progressive States Network, I went over their Board of Directors, and showed that they are a far-left, if not quasi-Marxist organization.  In coordination with John, owner of The Current, who wrote about the National Popular Vote, I’m going to address some of the PSN’s election initiatives.

First up, is Vote by Mail.  Here are some details from their own website:

Vote by Mail: Vote by Mail is now an option in five states (California, Colorado, Montana, Hawaii, and New Jersey) and has been increasingly popular with voters. California and Colorado have seen the greatest usage with almost a third of California voters voting by mail in November 2008, and an astounding 71% of Colorado voters doing so. Key arguments in favor include:

  • Vote by Mail Helps Increase Turnout: For many voters going to the polling place on election day is difficult, either for work or family reasons. Vote by Mail is the obvious, low-cost solution for giving such voters the flexibility they need to participate in our elections. Allowing voters the option to vote by mail for every election gives them a flexible path to the ballot box, without which they might not participate.
  • Vote by Mail Gives Voters a Choice: In the 21st century, we have the ability to give all voters a choice in how they cast their ballots. There are many voters who can make it to the polls, but who prefer to vote by mail either for convenience or because they like having time to fill out their ballots in the comfort of their home. However, under current practice in some states the mail ballot option requires voters to have one of a few narrow reasons (an “excuse”) for not voting at the polls; and in all but five states, voters must reapply for a mail ballot every election.
  • Vote by Mail Reduces Election Day Chaos and Costs: Vote by mail also helps make sure that no one is prevented from voting on election day by long lines. Colorado residents reaped this benefit in the last presidential election with a smooth election that contrasted sharply with the previous election without vote by mail. In that election some Denver voters waited in lines that lasted half a day or more.

They put a very nice wrapper around this idea.  It does sound very nice, doesn’t it?  However, as I have looked at the PSN, it became obvious that one has to look at what they DON’T say.  In this scenario, they discuss nothing of preventing fraud, or how the integrity of the vote will be maintained.

For example, we know that the organizations formerly know as ACORN, and similar groups, sign up thousands of fake voters with every registration drive.  This is still happening, as it recently was recently exposed in Houston.  If there are fake registrations, might there be fake mail in ballots with return addresses being vacant lots, or places that are not residences?  Now, a supporter of this will probably say that these can be checked.  However, this is the same Cloward-Piven that was ACORN’s voter registration fraud.  The idea is to overwhelm the system with false registrations, making it impossible to verify them all.  With untold thousands of ballots being cast by mail, there could be no possibly way to verify all of them.  I think that the results are predictable.  In my opinion, this is a means to facilitate fraud.

The PSN also supports the National Popular Vote:

National Popular Vote: NPV garners the support of greater than two-thirds of voters in the 30+ states where it has been polled. The bill has now passed in five states (MarylandNew JerseyHawaii, Illinois and, most recently, Washington) with a total of 61 electoral votes, almost a quarter of the total needed for NPV to go into effect. Voters typically support NPV at about 75%, including healthy majorities of Republican voters. Polls in individual states show consistent support as well, with voters supporting it in a range from 68% to 81%. The following messages help address some of the myths and misunderstandings about the consequences of NPV:

  • The Winner Should Win: Emphasize the primary reasons why NPV has such broad support – because every vote should count equally, and the candidate with the most votes should win the election. These are the principles that we respect for our local, state and congressional elections and they should hold for the Presidential election as well.
  • Making Every State a Battleground State Will Increase Turnout: Average turnout in the 15 most competitive Presidential states was 6% higher than in the rest of the states for the 2008 general election, so NPV will help expand turnout.
  • NPV is a Civil Rights Issue: Civil rights has drifted out of the national dialogue as the battlegrounds have shifted away from states with high percentages of minority voters. For example, just 21% of African Americans and 18% of Latinos live in the twelve closest battleground states from 2004. NPV assures that all groups and their issues get equal attention. This is why the NAACP and African-American and Latino legislator organizations support NPV.
  • NPV Helps Small and Rural States: Despite myths otherwise, by leveling the playing field, NPV forces candidates to concentrate on all constituencies, states and populations, rather than disproportionately spending time in a few larger winner-take-all mega-states. In addition, because 12 of the 13 small states are spectators, they actually constitute the most ignored groups of states.
  • NPV Avoids Disputed Close Presidential Elections: Because a very close result is more likely among a smaller group of voters, the possibility of a Florida 2000 style electoral meltdown is much less likely under NPV. Put another way, because the margin of victory nationwide is much larger than it is in individual states, NPV elections are less susceptible to problems than essentially 50 state races.

This issue has been much discussed over the last couple months.  So I will not cover the objections to this.  Steve, at America’s Watchtower, Kristen, at Kristen’s Mishmash, and John from the Current, have all expertly covered this topic.  My analysis will take a different direction.

Again, my take deals with what the PSN does not say.  The NPV moves us, as a nation,  closer to a Democracy.  While I know that many would think that is a wonderful development, it is clearly not.  The PSN fails (deliberately) to recognize that the United States is a Constitutional Republic.  While there are components of Democracy to our system of government, there are built in protections against mob rule.  There are checks and balances built into all of our systems.  For background, consider this from Thomas Jefferson:

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”

There is truth to this statement.  If we went purely by popular vote, there might be still slave states.  We might have never had civil rights legislation of any kind.  Popular rule is mob rule.

For even more, let’s take a look at this from Alexander Tyler.

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.” (Emphasis added)

Let’s take a look at this idea a bit more closely.  Do we not have 50% of the population that pays no federal income tax?  Does a segment of that 50% receive the Earned Income Tax Credit…for income that was NOT earned?  How many of that 50% owe their housing, medical care, food, and other essentials to the government?  Out of that segment, how many will vote against their own benefits?  Or, will they vote for the “progressive” that promises them even more?

Then, take a look at the move to make more and more people dependent on government benefits? Using unemployment expansion, ObamaCare, and other programs, the current administration seeks to make more and more of the population dependent on the government for their basic needs.  This has the effect of turning more and more Americans into dependent classes, and therefore, permanent “progressive” voters.

If you want proof, how many times have the Democrats said one, if not all, of the following at election time?

  • The Republicans are going to take your Social Security!
  • The Republicans are going to take your Medicare!
  • The Republicans are going to take your Schools!
  • The Republicans are going to starve the children!
  • The Republicans are going to freeze the elderly!
  • The Republicans are going to make granny eat Alpo to afford her medication!
  • The Republicans want the poor to die.

It’s a work right now.  And by bringing us closer to a Democracy, they know they can enslave enough of the population to achieve insurmountable levels of power.

Again, it’s all about what they haven’t said.

Another initiative that the PSN supports is National Voter Compliance Act:

National Voter Registration Act Compliance: NVRA compliance has been re-implemented by public assistance agencies in five states (North Carolina, Michigan, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Missouri). The messages to expand these successes include:

  • NVRA Compliance Increases Registration: The reward has been substantial, and in some cases dramatic, increases in voter registrations obtained. Missouri has obtained the most impressive turn-around, with a 2600% increase in registrations collected from public assistance agencies after reforms were implemented.
  • NVRA Compliance Assures Equal Opportunities to Register: The National Voter Registration Act was enacted with the understanding that opportunities to register to vote must be equally available to all. But racial and socio-economic gaps in the electorate will persist so long as public assistance agencies fail to offer voter registration to their low-income clients. Such individuals, who are less likely to own a motor vehicle, must have a chance to register to vote at public assistance offices as others do at departments of motor vehicles.
  • NVRA Compliance Addresses Racial and Economic Disparities in Registration: Recent U.S. Census data confirms the racial, ethnic and class bias of the electorate: 73.5 percent of non-Hispanic whites were registered to vote in 2008, as compared to 69.7 percent of blacks, 59.4 percent of Latinos, and 55.9 percent of Asian Americans. Only 65 percent of adult citizens in households making less than $25,000 a year were registered to vote in 2008, as compared to 85 percent of those in households making $100,000. Effective voter registration programs at public assistance agencies are powerful tools for reducing these disparities and bringing more voices into the democratic process.

Again, the presentation is quite nicely worded, but the key is in what they DO NOT say. As I discussed in my recent post on voter fraud, AG Holder has decided to not enforce the part of Motor Voter that dictates that voter rolls be purged of dead or ineligible voters.  The PSN does not mention this either.  Then again, even if they did, Holder’s inaction might well be replicated at the state level as well.  In my opinion, again, this could be a means to facilitate fraud, as there is no apparent means to provide oversight to the voter registration and verification process.

Also missing is the checks for actual citizenship in the PSN’s description.  In many states, illegal aliens are receiving welfare benefits.  If they are signing up for benefits, are they also being registered to vote?  Again, with the systems for monitoring voter registration in most areas being deficient at best, who is to say that there aren’t illegal immigrants voting?  Again, the PSN doesn’t seem to care for the integrity of the election, they simply want to register as many people as possible.

They should want to do that, as I have repeatedly mentioned, the breakdown for political demographics is as follows:




The “progressives” cannot count on the Moderates, they switch from time to time, and they’re currently trending to the right.  With these numbers, it is impossible for them to maintain any kind of majority over time.  As we’ve seen with the current administration and Congress, once their agenda becomes clear, and the results of their actions come to pass, the electorate recognizes the stench, and votes accordingly.  By (potentially) creating fake voters out of thin air, they might be able to make some gains to avoid a rout, or create a victory.

Now, let’s add one other fly into this ointment.  In the post on voter fraud, I mentioned the Soros funded Secretary of State project.  No, I’m not talking about Hillary Clinton’s current job.  The Secretary of State, at the state level, is charged with certifying elections.  Soros, and his minions, are intent on making sure that as many of them as possible are “progressives.”

Considering that several people on the PSN Board come from other Soros-funded organizations, might they be coordinating?  Let’s consider that for a moment…

Imagine this hypothetical situation based on what I’ve discussed.  In my scenario, there are tens of thousands of fake voters, illegal immigrants, and otherwise ineligible voters mailing in ballots.  There is no way to check them all, as the system is overwhelmed (Cloward-Piven).  Also, there has been no effort to remove fake, dead, or ineligible voters from the rolls.  Massive fraud changes the result of the vote.  Then, the “progressive” Secretary of State will certify that election no matter what is exposed, and the “progressive” candidate wins.

As for this topic, the PSN seems to be able to create a very pretty picture of their intent. However, if you look at what they aren’t saying, and what is, or could be done, a different picture emerges.  At every stage of the process, we MUST realize that “progressives,” like any other totalitarian form; will always misrepresent themselves to achieve their long term control agendas.  The ends justify the means, and they are very free and loose with the means.  Just as reminder; remember how ObamaCare was going to reduce costs?  Remember how the porkulus was going to create all these jobs, and keep unemployment below 8%?  Remember how there were no taxes in ObamaCare?  Remember how ObamaCare wasn’t going to fund abortions?  I could write a book on all of the lies, all told to advance an agenda that they knew we wouldn’t like.

In other words, if a “progressive” tells you that “fish live in the sea,” you might want to check, just to make sure.


It’s Time to Discuss Voter Fraud


It’s not lost on anyone that the upcoming midterms are perhaps the most important in the history of this nation.  Given that level of importance, it is definitely time to discuss voter fraud.  It’s been said that, in certain parts of the US, that a GOP candidate being up one or two points will lose due to voter fraud.

Why would folks say that?  Well, the evidence is voluminous.  For example, we know that members of ACORN were convicted of voter registration fraud.  We know that Al Franken won with the felon vote.  The list can go on and on.  However, this development seals the deal for me.  For background on what AG Holder is up to (or not up to), take a look at this from Pajamas Media.

Motor Voter struck an important balance — it sought to increase voter registration, as well as ensure voter integrity. Welfare offices and motor vehicle offices became voter registration centers. But the law also required states to conduct list maintenance to ensure ineligible names don’t pollute the voting rolls. Dead people, ineligible felons, and people who moved away must be removed from the rolls by state election officials.

The attorney general was given the power to enforce both provisions of Motor Voter, yet Eric Holder is only interested in enforcing one. This attorney general simply won’t do his job and enforce the list integrity requirements.

The decision of the Holder DOJ to ignore the integrity provisions of Section 8 is deliberate and corrupt. In November 2009, political appointee Julie Fernandes told the entire assembled DOJ Voting Section that the Obama administration would not enforce the list maintenance provisions of Section 8. Section 8 “doesn’t have anything to do with increasing minority turnout,” Fernandes said. “We don’t have any interest in enforcing that part of the law.” End of story.

So, liberal groups register thousands of invalid voters all over the country, and the DOJ refuses to enforce the rules that state that ineligible voters be removed from the rolls.

The results?

Every two years, states must report to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) information about their voter rolls. The latest report is troubling. South Dakota, Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Indiana report in excess of a dozen counties with more registered voters than living people old enough to vote. Having more voters than living humans tells you something is wrong. In West Virginia, one county reported 113% of the voting age population was registered to vote. Baltimore, Maryland, reported 104% of voting age citizens on the rolls. Iowa and North Carolina also reported counties with more voters than living citizens of voting age.

So, we have more voters than eligible people?  How very interesting.  There’s no chance of fraud with that, is there?

Then, we have the Soros funded Secretary of State project. Since Secretaries of State certify election results, having “progressives” in those positions would go far in terms of covering up the fact that Mickey Mouse voted for the Democrat 3500 times, wouldn’t it?

Did I mention that the Secretary of State Project also has received money from ACORN?

Each of these factors, individually, is fishy.  But, as usual, when you look at them all together, a plan emerges.  It would seem that they are covering all the bases.  They have the registrations being faked.  They are refusing to remove invalid voters, and they are putting sympathetic people in place to rule in their favor no matter what fraud is perpetrated.

Then, on top of all this, is  the fact that the Democrats will accuse the GOP of voter suppression.  They do it in almost every election.  In other words, the GOP might try to prevent unregistered people from voting, or might they find some absentee ballots submitted by Donald Duck and Buzz Lightyear.  The result? Cover up the fraud by attacking the messenger.  Then again, it has nothing to do with what the Republicans actually do.  The Democrats throw that out at every election to take the focus off of what they are doing.  It’s the classic, “accuse your enemy of doing what you are doing.”

This past January, I had hypothesized about how the Democrats might try to use fraud to prevent the election of Scott Brown. I had also recommended a plan of action.  At the time, I had made my suggestion too late to be of use for that election.  However, there are several weeks before the midterms so there is time to coordinate an effort.

We know that the dead will vote. Democrat allied organizations might fill up buses or vans and take voters from polling place to polling place, and fake absentee ballots will arrive in a flood.  All of these activities have been documented in the past.  The problem is that there has been little documented evidence, or no will to pursue said evidence.   I think technology now allows us to change both.

So, I started thinking about how to prevent and/or expose those.  The dead are dead, and those voting in their name aren’t really going to be easily identifiable, so that’s kind of out.  Fake absentee ballots, unless a poll worker is able to expose them, are out of our reach.  That leaves us with being able to address people being transported from place to place.  We’ve all heard about it before; groups being picked up by the Dems or an allied group, and being driven from polling place to polling place, voting at each.

Here’s my idea:

  • Patriots can volunteer to watch polling places.  The local Tea Party group can coordinate these efforts.  Folks can go in shifts.
  • Each volunteer should have a fully charged cell phone, a digital camera (preferably a video camera).  Take extra batteries, discs, memory…whatever will be needed to monitor the polling place for several hours.
  • Watch for vehicles carrying multiple people that enter the polling place.  If possible, take pics or video of the people, noting clothing, or anything that make the people stand out.  If possible, get the license plate of the vehicle.
  • Stay at a distance that allows you to get clear images, but not so close that you are too obvious.  Remember that the SEIU and other groups might have people there too.  They will attempt to interfere if they notice you.  For extra coverage, a second person at a different angle might have opportunities to get pictures.  If you take a second person.  Do not communicate, and do not arrive together.  Communicate by cell, and be at a distance from each other.
  • If you see something suspicious, take your pictures or video, and contact the others.  Then, they can track if the same vehicle or voters arrive at other polling places.  DO NOT INTERVENE!!!  We mean to catch them in the act, and expose it to the world.  If you approach a group of “voters,” you will be accused of voter intimidation.  Hell, they might beat you half to death, and accuse you of voter intimidation.  Always remember that they are reality optional, and their ends always justify their means.  Don’t give them anything to lie about.  The left and their media lap dogs will pick up on it, and it will take the focus off the fact that they were (possibly) committing voter fraud.
  • Of course, record any incidents of any side attempting to intimidate or harass voters.
  • Do NOT report any suspicious activity to the authorities until you have uploaded AND distributed your images or video.  We definitely can’t trust federal authorities.  State and local authorities are iffy at best. When you get home, or if you have a wi-fi connection on site,  send the images to as many people as you can.  Do the same with video.  Have people get any video evidence up on YouTube.  Download and save the videos if you are able.  That way, they can be uploaded again if anyone tries to “scrub” them.

What does everyone think?  Is this doable, or is there something else folks can do?  Suggestions are welcome.  Also, if you think these ideas have merit, spread them around.


Voter Fraud Alert: ACORN Members Plead Guilty, Funny Business in Texas


I was going to start discussing voter fraud next month, as it seems to be a “progressive” tradition.  However, the news beat me to it, so here are a couple related stories.

First up, more nuts have fallen from the ACORN tree.

A former employee of an embattled community organizing group pleaded guilty Tuesday to voter fraud in connection with the 2008 presidential election.

Maria Miles, 37, of Milwaukee, admitted to submitting multiple voter registration applications for some people and to scheming with other Association of Community Organization for Reform workers to sign people up several times in an effort to meet the organization’s voter registration quotas.

Miles faces up to 3 ½ years in prison at her sentencing before Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Richard Sankovitz on Oct. 15.

So, all of those things that ACORN said was not happening, obviously have happened.  These folks wouldn’t be pleading guilty if the government didn’t have to goods to get a conviction.  I also find it interesting the ACORN put these people up to this, and then threw them under the bus after they were caught.

I guess that should be a lesson to other “volunteers.”

The other story is a bit more current, at least in terms of the alleged fraud.  Texas Watchdog has the story.

Two Texas activist groups, Houston Votes and Texans Together Education Fund, were accused Tuesday of an organized voter fraud campaign by Harris County Voter Registrar Leo Vasquez, who likened the groups to the now-discredited ACORN.

“The integrity of the voting rolls in Harris County, Texas, appears to be under an organized and systematic attack by the group operating under the name Houston Votes,” Vasquez said at a 2 p.m. press conference at his office, where he also released copies of applications in some of the most egregious cases.

Houston Votes is the get-out-the-vote arm of the Texans Together Education Fund.

“Evidence shows that the Houston Votes and Texans Together organization are conspiring on a pattern of falsification of government documents, supporting perjury in a deliberate effort to overburden our processing system,” he said.

The story is balanced.  The other side does blast Mr. Vasquez.  I wonder if they’ll call him a racist?

Texans Together head Fred Lewis said that he has worked with Vasquez to clear up any discrepancies until recently.

“He is a liar and a political hack,” Lewis said. “We are going to the Justice Department to make sure he doesn’t make a mockery of the voting process.”

Lewis and several others from his group seeking to help register voters attended classes offered by Vasquez’ office. The group took more than 50,000 voter registration forms, Vasquez said.

But “after observing consistent and repeated patterns of apparently fraudulent or excessively sloppy work,” Vasquez and his deputies called Lewis and other group members into the office for a conference. The parties went over the troubling elements of the registrations.

Among the problems were multiple applications for one voter, some registered voters being signed up again and voters who claimed to have no Texas ID, driver’s license or Social Security card.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  A group gets caught submitting THOUSANDS of faulty voter registrations, and then cry foul when they are caught.

The more you get into the story, the more interesting it gets.  Apparently there are some connections to other organizations here as well.

Sean Caddle, the director of Houston Votes, admitted that there may have been “mistakes made” by his vote gathering team, but said Houston Votes did nothing wrong and called it a legitimate program.

After Caddle was shown examples of Houston Votes workers registering one name – Carmella Bellazer – with the same date of birth six times on the same day, he said  “that probably would be a clear case of fraud.”

Caddle is a former Service Employees International Union worker from New Jersey and also recently worked in Colorado as part of a voter registration effort there linked to the effort that turned the Centennial State from a solid red state to a Democratic stronghold.

So, I wonder how much of a connection the purple people beaters have to this effort, or, does it just show the ideology of Houston Votes (again and again).

And, it seems that a Tea Party group helped expose the fraud.

Catherine Engelbrecht, the leader of the King Street Patriots, said she became interested in digging into voter fraud after working the polls in November and seeing the potential for fraud.

“That set things into motion,” she said. “It stood to reason where the was smoke there was fire. It didn’t seem the process was tight at all.”

In the coming months, she and hundreds of other volunteers decided to start digging into public records and the group’s True the Vote initiative was born.

“We’re just digging it up and passing it to the proper authorities,” Engelbrecht said.

Good for them.  I think they do have to realize that they will be targeted for exposing this.  It’s the pattern for the left-punish those that expose them.

So, the stage is being set for November.  I think it’s safe to assume that all over the US, little “Community Organizations” are likely signing up thousands of fake or duplicate voter registrations.  While we know that this is Cloward-Piven for the electoral process, I also have to question how many of these “people” will actually vote?

I’ll be covering this a bit more in the coming weeks.


Judicial Watch Uncovers Evidence of ACORN Voter Fraud


We’ve suspected that ACORN was up to more than just thuggery, voter registration fraud, and promoting tax evasion/child prostitution.  Now, there seems to be evidence of just that.  Judicial Watch has uncovered some documents from FBI interviews with ACORN employees.  The Daily Caller has covered the story.  I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the MSM to do the same.

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.”

Another report indicates an employee told the investigator, that ACORN “[t]old employees not to talk to the FBI.” The FBI is “‘trying to intimidate you.’”

So, ACORN was doing what we theorized all along; voter fraud, people voting multiple times, and people voting that should not be voting at all.

Will we see investigations from the DOJ?  Will the MSM ever mention this?  Will the President’s previous association with ACORN become an issue?  Again, holding one’s breath while waiting for any of these things will result in adverse effects on your health.


ACORN's Bertha Lewis in Her Own Words


I found this on YouTube and let me tell you after watching it I came to the conclusion that if you had any doubts about which side of the political ideological fence ACORN is standing, this should clear things up.  This is a video clip of Bertha Lewis, CEO of ACORN, speaking at the winter conference of the young democratic socialists on March 25, 2010.  First off, I find it quite disturbing that people like this actually live in a Republic that was founded on the principles of liberty and freedom.  I respect their right to spew their garbage, but let’s be fair and call it like it is; ACORN is a radical organization with extreme views.

The MSM, with little to no evidence, would have all of us believe that the Tea Party protests are part of some type of rightwing extremist movement.  And yet they seem to just give a free pass on this little speech from the CEO of one of the most controversial organizations in America.  This is not surprising, but it is very sad and pathetic.  Oh how things might be different if the MSM actually did their jobs as the watchdogs of the Republic.  Well I guess that leaves it to us to get the word out.

The sound quality isn’t the best, but you’ll definitely get the picture.

After watching this I couldn’t help but think about how she delivered this speech.  I mean it almost sounded cult like, talking about how some unseen force is coming after them.  She told her audience that this will be a time for the socialist movement that will dwarf the McCarthy era and the internments of World War II.  Talk about paranoid.  It actually seeped from her.  And what about her racist remarks.  Wow, it’s absolutely mind boggling how she can get away with these comments about immigration and white people.  Try to imagine if a Tea Partier made some of the statements she made during a Tea Party conference.  The MSM would tear the entire movement to pieces.  And to think, our tax dollars fund this organization that she wants all the little socialists in the room to build even bigger.

So I ask you, how can good people of good character stand for this in America?  I mean they’re not even hiding the fact that they’re socialists with a radical agenda.  It’s beyond me how we can allow an organization like ACORN which clearly has no respect for our Constitution or diversity to be funded by our money.  Maybe each of us should email our elected representatives this link and ask them how an organization this radical and extreme deserves our tax dollars.  This is what we’re up against folks and we had better wake up.

Oh yea did you notice how classy she was when she referred to the Tea Party movement as a bowel movement.  Way to go Bertha, alienate 25 percent of the people with one stupid statement.  She’s the gift that just keeps on giving.

Here endeth the rant.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post: The Current


"Please. Do go on!"


Today I received a wonderful invitation from my Congressman, Russ Carnahan. He wants me to attend a “telephone town-hall”. Hah! Get outta here. What the hell is a “telephone town-hall”? The best I can tell it is just another way to keep me as a nameless no count, some kind of virtual meeting where I “virtually” don’t matter. Sure Russ. I would love to sit on hold while you talk down to me yet again of your freakish liberal agenda.

The last time this jerk was in town Kenneth Gladney got mugged by SEIU members outside Russ’s town hall. He filled the meeting with invitees from SEIU and ACORN and then locked and guarded the doors to his real constituents. Like most politicians these days they think they are astute and we are the ignorant masses. Well, this ignorant mass is listened out. “But do go on!”

I am even bored of the constant appeals for money from all of these newly formed groups claiming to represent me. For one price they will mail my “Priority” letter or hand deliver it to my congressman’s office. Duh! All my communications to my government are treated with equal indifference. Still many Americans fear that we will lose a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people”. I propose that that has already happened. The question is not whether we have lost it but rather how to get it back. With a President like Obama and a Congress of like minded elitists we can assume nothing but the worst.

To my recollection neither he nor his congress has represented “We the People” since taking office. Is that taxation without representation? Anyway, I think it is totally possible for Americans to retake their government. In my thinking we must no longer trust their words but must hold them accountable for their actions and not in a beholding way. We need to become “Soup Nazis” for government change. “You vote for O’bully-Care no reelection for you. Get out. Don’t come back.” (said in my best soup nazi accent) Perhaps that is language they can understand.

But be prepared for the long haul. Barack O’Bully and his gangster goons know how to wait us out. They have prepared their whole lives to seize the power they now behold and they will not go gently. As for me I’m for a one-term, biggest loser, shamefully remembered Barack Hussein Obama. He came seeking to destroy the American way and tasted the bile of an indignant people. May his legacy be that of the Sh.. he stirred.


Can the Massachusetts Miracle be Stolen?


The latest polling data suggests that Tuesday’s Election is close…very close.   According to Hot Air, even Coakley’s internal poll shows Brown in the lead.

A couple of late polls in the Senate race in Massachusetts indicate that Scott Brown continues to lead Martha Coakley and is positioned for a game-changing upset in the special election.  According to a Coakley campaign internal poll, not much has changed since the beginning of the week:

Other polls are showing the race nearly too close to call.  This causes me some concerns over the typical Democratic tactics in close races.  Namely, that they are going to engage in voter fraud to pull out a win.  The dead will vote, Democrat allied organizations  might fill up buses or vans and take voters from poll to poll, and fake absentee ballots will arrive in a flood.

So, I started thinking about how to prevent and/or expose those.  The dead are dead, and those voting in their name aren’t really going to be identifiable, so that’s kind of out.  Fake absentee ballots, unless a poll worker is able to expose them, are out of our reach.  That leaves us with being able to address people being transported from place to place.  We’ve all heard about it before; groups being picked up by the Dems or an allied group, and being driven from polling place to polling place, voting at each.

Here’s my idea:

1.  Patriots can volunteer to watch polling places.  The local Tea Party group can coordinate these efforts.  Folks can go in shifts.

2.  Each volunteer should have a fully charged cell phone, a digital camera (preferably a video camera).  Take extra batteries, discs, memory…whatever will be needed to monitor the polling place for several hours.

3.  Watch for vehicles carrying multiple people that enter the polling place.  If possible, take pics or video of the people, noting clothing, or anything that make the people stand out.  If possible, get the license plate of the vehicle.

4.  Stay at a distance that allows you to get clear images, but not so close that you are too obvious.  Remember that the SEIU and other groups might have people there too.  They will attempt to interfere if they notice you.  For extra coverage, a second person at a different angle might have opportunities to get pictures.

5.  If you see something suspicious, take your pictures or video, and contact the others.  Then, they can track if the same vehicle or voters arrive at other polling places.  DO NOT INTERVENE!!!  We mean to catch them in the act.  If you approach a group of voters, you will be accused of voter intimidation.  The left and their media lap dogs will pick up on it, and it will take the focus off the fact that they were (possibly) committing voter fraud.

6.  Of course, record any incidents of the other side attempting to intimidate or harass other voters.

What does everyone think?  Is this doable, or is there something else folks can do?  It’s an open thread.  Run with it!

In the meantime…SUPPORT SCOTT BROWN!!!


MSM Bailout?


The MSM is dying.  It’s been happening for some time.  The Internet, changing habits, and alternate news sources have all taken its toll on media (print in particular).  This has gotten attention from Washington, and the latest foray into bailing out the MSM has come from Henry Waxman, as discussed here at Accuracy in Media.

Rep. Henry Waxman trekked from Capitol Hill to Federal Trade Commission headquarters today to deliver a message to journalists and news consumers: All of you need to reach a consensus about working with the government in order to bail out the struggling news industry.

The California Democrat, who chairs the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, didn’t say it quite so bluntly, but his point was clear. “Government’s going to have to be involved, in one way or the other,” to save journalism from an ongoing “market failure” that will only worsen without intervention, Waxman said.

This is frightening.  While we already know that the MSM is in the tank with the left, actually giving government influence via bailout money will complete the farce.  “They wouldn’t abuse it,” you say?  Well, ask the executives at the banks that received bailouts, or the CEO of GM, or Chrysler’s creditors.  They’re not hard to find, just look under the bus!   Government assistance comes with strings attached.  It always has, and it always will.  If the media takes money from the government, there WILL be content “advise” given, and it will be followed!  It’s happening already, funding makes it a ironclad deal!

“Congress should adopt legislation that would provide substantial additional resources” to fund public-service media, said Mark MacCarthy, a communications professor in the culture and technology program at Georgetown University. He said Waxman “gave us the path to legislative success in that area.”

Several speakers likened government intervention in the media market to past instances of federal funding for publicly valuable services, such as public safety, education and libraries.

“As a civil society, we don’t trust the open market or the free market” to provide such valuable services, said Jon McTaggart, the senior vice president and chief operating officer of American Media Group, and neither should the media be allowed to suffer because of market forces.

Translation: We don’t trust the people to consume the media that we want.  They keep listening to Rush Limbaugh and watching Fox News.  They’re finding out too much!  Make it stop!!!

Seriously though.  “…don’t trust the free market??”  Or, is it just that when the people choose, they are turning away from the MSM in droves?  This is typical liberal condescension when it comes to the public, and part fear.  CNN & MSNBC, in particular, have ratings problems; newspapers around the country are closing or laying off workers.  However, talk radio has never been stronger, and FOX now has ratings far in excess of their all of their competition…COMBINED!

Is the technology and changing society challenging the MSM, or is it the content?  I would say both.  Print is dead, when you can get a story on line in 15 seconds versus waiting until the next day for news that is hours old, what are you going to choose?

Then, I believe the content is a significant factor.  To take a closer look, let’s examine this from NewsMax.

NEW YORK — More bad news for journalists: The percentage of people who believe their work is inaccurate and biased continues to grow.

Nearly two-thirds _ 63 percent _ of Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press believe that news stories are often inaccurate. That’s a flip from when Pew first asked that question in 1985, when 34 percent of respondents believed stories were frequently inaccurate.

Pew also found that 74 percent of respondents believe stories tend to favor one side of an issue over another, up from 66 percent two years ago.

Those trends tend to go hand in hand, said Andrew Kohut, the Pew center’s director.

“If people believe that news reports are often biased, they will say they’re inaccurate,” he said.

The slippage in attitudes toward the press primarily comes from Democrats. Republicans have long been critical of the news media, and now Democrats are joining them. Most Democrats (59 percent) say that news reports are often inaccurate, compared with 43 percent two years ago, Pew said.

Partisan attitudes toward cable news networks have hardened in the past two years, just as many of their programs become more overtly partisan.

Nearly three-quarters of Republicans surveyed (72 percent) view Fox News Channel positively, with 43 percent of Democrats feeling that way, Pew said. CNN had the opposite results: 75 percent of Democrats view the network favorably, while 44 percent of Republicans do. MSNBC, which has become more overtly liberal in primetime over the past year, has 60 percent approval from Democrats, with only 34 percent from Republicans.

So, as this trend continues to grow, the MSM loses even more readers and viewers.  I think that this is the free market at work.  People are viewing the MSM as increasingly biased, and they are turning the page or changing the channel.  I find it most interesting that the greatest shift in opinion against the MSM is coming from the Democrats.  I’d love to see some more in-depth analysis into what these Democrats believe politically.  I would have a difficult time believing that the hard left is among this shifting population.  At the same time, I would venture to guess that these shifting Democrats are moderates.

Where are these viewers going?  Well, the segments of the media that are growing are talk radio and FOX.  If that is the case, are these alienated Democrats finding a whole new world of stories that the MSM has tried to avoid?  Are they finding out about ClimateGate for the first time?  Are they finding out about Obama’s appointees and what they think and say?  Are they finding out about the rampant corruption in ACORN?  Are they seeing the thuggery of the SEIU?  Now, I’m thinking that most reasonable people, hearing about some of these issues for the first time, may have some long held beliefs challenged.  Does that serve the Democrats well?  I think the reader can come to that conclusion.

The sad thing is that the MSM could probably stop this drain.  All they would have to do is cover stories and present all sides of an issue.  They could also stop waiting for the administration to throw them some crumbs on which to report, and actually out and find the stories.  For that matter, they can read blogs and actually look into what we are saying.  After all, how many times has stuff from Verum Serum appeared on FOX?  How many times have Michelle Malkin or Andrew Beirbart broke stories, or have provided analysis?

I think one major factor prevents this; they are biased to the left, and simply don’t want to go against their beliefs.

It strikes me as if the MSM wants to have their cake, and eat it too.  They want to ignore stories, misrepresent events, openly support candidates, hurl accusations and insults at Conservatives, Independents, and Libertarians, and then have people continue to watch or read their “product?”  Why would I watch MSNBC when their on-air staff has called me a racist, redneck, teabagger, and terrorist?  Are they getting that, or are they that naive?

At the moment, the MSM still has a choice.  If they take government money, that choice will evaporate faster than their ratings.