Prior to 2013, the Voting Rights Act required federal oversight of changes to election laws in areas where voter disenfranchisement had historically been a significant problem. One of those places was Maricopa County in Arizona. However, after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act three years ago, Maricopa County officials were free to make whatever changes they wanted. One of the changes they made was to reduce the number of polling sites from the 200 they opened for the presidential primary in 2008 to just 60 in the primary held there this week. This meant that there was one polling location for every 21,000 voters.…Read more ›
Category: Things That Make You Go Hmmm
This is truly an outrage
The Tampa Bay Times teamed with The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN to create an exhaustively-researched list of the fifty worst charities in the country. What you’ll read in the Times‘ reporting and CNN’s reporting will blow your mind.
From the Times:
Cancer Fund of America sent it when he was diagnosed with lung cancer six years ago. Smith had called the charity for help.
“It was filled with paper plates, cups, napkins and kids’ toys,” the 67-year-old Knoxville, Tenn., resident said.…
Fox News pundits Lou Dobbs, Erick Erickson, and Juan Williams blame working women for … pretty much everything
Gentlemen, the 1950s called and they'd like their chauvinistic worldview backThe dissolution of society around us. The disintegration of marriage. Something going terribly wrong in American society. Minority communities torn apart. American society torn apart. A catastrophic issue. The loss of a generation. The undermining of our social order. What is it that's causing this societal conflagration? According to Fox News commentators Lou Dobbs, Juan Williams, Erick Erickson, and Doug Schoen, it's the fact that, in 40% of American households with children, women are the primary wage earner. Who knew that women earning more than men would have such a corrosive impact on the very fabric of our American society? Nobody except these sexist swine. Details after the jump. Read more ›
Michigan GOP responds to sensible gun control proposals with bills to make enforcing federal laws a felony
What's next? Secession?Since the Newtown Massacre, there have been thousands of additional gun-related deaths in this country. It stimulated a national debate with a heighted push for sensible gun regulation. In response to this debate, Michigan Republicans have introduced legislation that would make it a felony to enforce any federal laws that attempt to regulate gun ownership. Details after the jump. Read more ›
This gon' get ugly, kidz...A group of internet gun fetishists and survivalists known as "The Citadel" [insert dramatic sound effect] have purchased 20 acres of a mountaintop in Idaho with plans to purchase thousands more and are planning on building a walled compound to house 3,500-7,000 gun worshipping families. The requirements for acceptance into this community include demonstrating proficiency with the rifle of your choice by hitting a man-sized steel target at 100 yards with open sights at the Citadel range, demonstrating proficiency with a handgun of choice by hitting a man-sized steel target at 25 yards with open sights at the Citadel range, and that every able-bodied Patriot of age within the Citadel maintain one AR15 variant in 5.56mm NATO, at least 5 magazines and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Not only do you have to love guns, you have to be armed whenever you go into the City Center. That's their law. It's pretty easy to see where this is going to end up. Follow me over the jump for all the insanity you could ever hope to read about. Read more ›
Ah, geez...I got an hysterical inanity from the Tea Party of West Michigan this morning, a group whose website tagline is still the comically and grammatically incorrect "Influence policy, effect elections, protect the Constitution." In it, the author warns about the potential for violence from union members. Details after the jump. Read more ›
Seriously. Just. One. Day.
Anne and I are spending the Thanksgiving holiday in St. Louis and, last night, we were returning from our dinner and celebrating at around 11:45. We drove by the West County Center, a huge shopping mall anchored by one of the biggest Macy’s I’ve ever seen. Traffic was backed up to get into the mall and the parking lots surrounding the immense shopping complex were packed with drivers circling to find an open spot. The doors to the store entrances that we could see as we passed by the orgy of materialism were blocked by people wrapped in blankets, obsessed shoppers who had obviously been there for hours.…Read more ›
"He who votes decides nothing; he who counts the votes decides everything" - Joseph StalinLast March in Wellington, Florida, City Council candidate Al Paglia was declared the winner only to learn later that the voting machines used to tally the vote had reversed his votes with his opponent's and he was subsequently informed he had actually NOT been elected. More on this and other voting machine-related news after the jump. Read more ›
For a long time now I've predicted that Mitt Romney would slowly lose his mind, much like John McCain did in 2008. It's simply not possible to tell so many lies and to take so many conflicting positions to appease so many disparate groups and not go bonkers. The cracks have been appearing for awhile now but his freakout during the recent attacks on American embassies in Libya and Egypt really revealed a meltdown process in full progress.
It's not like it was a particularly astonishing act of prognostication, of course. What I didn't predict, however, is that the person closest to Mitt Romney would publicly express the same concern herself. But, this week, Ann Romney did just that.
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friends wives like these...
Two months from May 17th? Eh?
There’s something very odd about the question asked at the Romney fundraiser that was secretly filmed without Romney’s knowledge.
In the video, an obvious Ayn Rand devotee asks, “For the past three years, all everybody’s been told is, “don’t worry, we’ll take care of you.” How are you going to do it, in two months before the elections to convince everybody ‘you’ve got to take care of yourself’?”.
Now, according to David Corn at Mother Jones, that event took place “at the Boca Raton home of controversial private equity manager Marc Leder on May 17”.…Read more ›
New show will focus on one topic exclusively
In a move certain to send shockwaves throughout cable news, liberal commentator and former ESPN, MSNBC and Current TV host Keith Olbermann has announced that he is joining Fox News to host a new nightly show at 5 PM. The program, tentatively titled “Gored”, will be entirely focused on criticizing former Vice-President and current Current TV head Al Gore.
Olbermann was terminated by Current on Friday over creative differences in the direction of the channel’s news department.
“We’ve always admired Mr. Olbermann’s bombast,” said Fox News’ Vice-President Samuel Salmon. “And when we found out that he was interested in doing a show that would consistently and exclusively attack Al Gore, we decided that we had to get him on the air ASAP.”
The show will replace The Five and begin airing April 1, 2012.…Read more ›