But that’s the only fun for a bit. Gonna start things off with a quote from the freep.com:
Barack Obama’s legal team wants a special prosecutor to determine whether partisan politics is at play in a reported though unconfirmed Justice Department investigation of a voter registration effort which has been the target of numerous complaints of late, including one in Michigan.
With the election just over two weeks away, Bob Bauer, Obama’s chief lawyer, said in a conference call with reporters this afternoon that he is asking U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey to to hand over to special prosecutor Nora Dannehy any probe into what Bauer called “bogus claims of vote fraud” that mirror concerns raised by Republicans two years ago.
In light of the allegations against ACORN, and that Barack Obama has something to do with ACORN, It seems to me that this might look like a tit for tat situation. It might seem that way, but I’m not sure that it is. The Republicans have pulled this kind of thing before. Numerous complaints about Acorn prior to an election in several states, fairly widely publicized in a few key states, meant to suppress Democratic voting. How suppress one parties vote and not both? By Implication. By making it known that the people investigated are democrats(like Acorn), have worked with democrats(Like Acorn). It makes it clear to people that ANY registration from ACORN is bad, and that anyone who registered with ACORN isn’t really registered, hence holding down voter turnout, and since most, if not all of those who register through ACORN are democrats, it acts as a vote suppressor.
And if you look at where the allegations are coming up, it is in battleground states. Ohio. Florida. North Carolina. New Mexico. Nevada. The Republicans have tried this before. The difference here? The Democrats here are willing to fight them on it, whereas before there was just a lot of hand wringing and talking like this—> ”Well, that the republicans for ya”. Good to see the Dems have finally grown some cajones on this subject.
Yes ACORN has some bad ummm…Acorns, but most are law abiding hard working people who work to turn non voters to voters and helps get people to the polls. Nothing wrong with that. The stupid does stick out with them tho. Mickey Mouse being put on the voter rolls. Tony Romo and the entire Dallas Cowboys team placed on the rolls in one town. Did they think no one would look? did they think no one would notice? That’s the problem with Acorn. You have to pay people more if you want them to give a shit and do a good job….that and not hire idiots who think they can get away with stupidity like that, and actually care about their civic duty.
There are Voter fraud cases out there on the other side of the political fence as well. A group called YPM (Young Political Majors) has been out canvassing in California and other places. Nothing wrong with that. But what they do is Underhanded in a way that ACORN cannot touch in terms of it’s audacity. Claim to have a petition for people to sign up for a child molestation law. When you sign, what you are signing though, is not a petition, but you are registering for the Republican party. 46 People who had there party changed were called by the Los Angeles Times, and 80% of them say they were misled into it.
This tactic was also used by YPM in 2004 in Florida on over 200 people
There are investigations going on in Florida and Massachusetts of this organization, and there is a pending civil case in Arizona involving YPM. YPM Says that the California Sec. of state has conducted multiple spot checks and told his firm it is doing nothing improper. The Sec. of State’s office however says it does not give the OK to voter registration groups.
The Moral of this Story? I want a Pop-Tart. And life would be easier if everyone who was over 18 was just automatically made eligible to vote without having to sign up for anything. It would alleviate a whole lot of bullshit. I don’t need to hear about ACORN or YPM or Mickey Mouse the Florida fucking voter or any other weak ass bullshit.
OK! That’s Done! Time for a Video!
You’ve probably seen bits and pieces of this video on the news today. The Al Smith Dinner, featuring the comedy Stylings of John McCain and Barack Obama. Here’s the whole damned thing. All 47 minutes of it. From C-Span. :
That’s it for Me! Later!
Today’s Nuggets,by George Carlin, Via Wikiquote: They’re gonna get government off your back, but they’re gonna tell you how to live your sex life. And let me ask you this, how would they know anything about that? Have you ever looked at any of these people? No wonder they’re afraid of their bodies, just look at them. Don’t you find it mildly ironic that most people who are against abortion are people you wouldn’t wanna fuck in the first place?
Here’s another question I have. How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelet? Are we so much better than chickens all of a sudden? When did this happen; that we passed chickens in goodness? Name six ways we’re better than chickens. [brief pause] See, nobody can do it! You know why? ‘Cause chickens are decent people. You don’t see chickens hanging around in drug gangs, do you? No. You don’t see a chicken strapping some guy into a chair and hooking up his nuts to a car battery, do you? When’s the last chicken you heard about came home from work and beat the shit out of his hen, huh? Doesn’t happen… ’cause chickens are decent people.