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Newt is First Victim of Citizens United Decision
by Kevin_Foley
January 06, 2012 08:26 AM | 1439 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Watching Newt Gingrich getting savaged in Iowa by a withering barrage of TV and radio attack ads paid for by Mitt Romney's super PAC, I couldn't help but chuckle at the irony. Here was the self professed arch-conservative destroyed by his opponent because of a decision the five arch-conservatives on the Supreme Court made in the notorious Citizens United case.
 
The conservative justices probably never envisioned that the first high profile victim of their ruling, which made legal unlimited campaign spending by nameless, faceless corporations, unions and mega-wealthy Americans, would be the former conservative Speaker of the House and would be GOP president.
 
Gingrich's campaign was already on life support before he finished a distant fourth in Iowa, so maybe none of it really matters. I'm pretty sure all he really hoped to do was drive up his speaking fees and maybe get himself a book deal so he can go shopping at Tiffany with Callista. But I hope conservatives who cheered the Supreme Court decision were watching, because the unintended consequence of what went down in Iowa is where politics are headed in America. You can thank Justices Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas and Kennedy.
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Feds Nix Vote Suppression Law in S.C.
by Kevin_Foley
December 29, 2011 02:42 PM | 1495 views | 3 3 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
South Carolina's past came back to haunt the state last week when the Department of Justice rejected its new voter identification law, a tarted-up version of the Jim Crow era poll tax. Because of the state's history of electoral abuses aimed at minorities, South Carolina and many other jurisdictions in the South must have any new voting measures likely to affect minorities approved by the U.S. attorney general or a panel of federal judges under the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
 
Proponents insist such laws are needed to stop voting fraud...except voting fraud is virtually non-existent. After an intense investigation by the Bush Justice Department between 2002 and 2006, the government prosecuted exactly zero voting fraud cases despite 300 million ballots cast during that period.
 
When I told a conservative friend this, he went off on ACORN, which is also non-existent. "I don't understand why people have a problem getting a photo ID," whined another buddy who's a Tea Partier. Not the point, I patiently explained. In the past, you could show up at the polls with a voter registration card and sign an affidavit. Why, suddenly, is it necessary to obtain a government issued picture ID?
 
Here's a possible answer: The Justice Department told South Carolina its law was discriminatory because minority voters in the state were 20 percent less likely to have a governnment-issued photo ID.

Let's be honest, shall we? African-Americans generally don't favor Republican policies or candidates. This is reflected in the number of minorities who call themselves Republicans, just 11 percent, according to a 2009 Gallup poll. More telling is that 95 percent of African-American voters went for Barack Obama in 2008.
 
None of this is lost on the GOP-controlled state legislatures that scurried to pass strict new voter ID laws in the wake of Obama's inauguration. The goal is very simple: Place as many obstacles as possible between voting booths and those likely to cast their ballots for Democrats.
 
It's not going to stand, as the good folks in the Palmetto State learned.

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January 03, 2012
To say there's no voter fraud is an absolute lie. The Democrats have made voter fraud part and parcel of their tactics, everywhere from the smallest county in S.C. to the largest precinct in Chicago.

And just because congress passed the DEFUND ACORN ACT in 2009, that doesn't mean it's gone. It lives on, with names changed and is even getting funds from the Obama Administration in defiance of the law.

New York Communities for Change has funded the Occupy movement. New England United 4 Justice is another spinoff. According to Andrew Breitbart's Big Government blog, Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gave ACORN $461,086 last January. The funds were earmarked for ACORN Housing Corp. under HUD’s Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP), according to the government website USAspending.gov.

The administration isn’t even trying to conceal the fact that it gave this money to ACORN.

USAspending.gov identifies the recipient as “ACORN Housing Corporation Inc.” even though that nonprofit entity filed papers last year legally changing its name to Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA).

The website also provides the address of record for ACORN Housing as 1024 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana. That’s the renovated funeral home that until recently served as headquarters for ACORN’s 370-plus shady affiliates.

This means the Obama administration has given at least $540,905 in taxpayer money to ACORN last calendar year alone.

The money was given to ACORN in defiance of Public Law 111-117 which spells out in pretty clear terms that ACORN should not be funded with taxpayer monies.

Now what was that about voter fraud again?


by Kevin_Foley
December 21, 2011 11:11 AM | 1137 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Conservatives, progressives, Christians, Jews and Muslims, evangelical, agnostic, atheist, rich, middle class, poor, citizen, alien, Democrats, Republicans, independents, undecideds.
 
Sticking labels on each other has become reflexive in the first years of the 21st century and I'm as guilty as anyone else. Labels are the easy low road.
 
Looking at another person and seeing the human there is more difficult. It gets even harder when we try to see things the way others see them, to consider their particular points of view and opinions and try to understand how they were formed and what sustains them. It's nearly impossible for many of us to walk in the other person's shoes.
 
So here we are at Christmas, 2011 and I have a proposal. How about if we Americans take the more difficult high road and quit labeling each other in 2012. Let's call each other Americans and leave it at that. I always think of those graves on the bluffs overlooking the beaches of Normandy and remember that, other than a cross, Star of David or the rare crescent, you will never know who was a conservative and who was a liberal; who was rich and who was poor. They were all just Americans and they died defending what all of us hold dear.
 
I know mine is a naive wish, but Christmas always brings out the little kid in me.
 
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays, and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to All.
 
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OWS Dead? Not So Fast
by Kevin_Foley
November 28, 2011 10:38 AM | 1538 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The catalyst for Occupy Wall Street, the idea that the wealthiest Americans get all the breaks while the middle class and working poor pay for them, remains popular with voters. OWS's call for a level playing field has gained traction with voters who understand the well-to-do have become wealthy because of the rest of us, not despite the rest of us. Some 66 percent of those surveyed in a recent CNN/ORC International poll favor tax increases on wealthier Americans as well as spending cuts on domestic programs.

In an effort to cloud the core issue - the one with which most everyone agrees - the far right noise machine has been working 24-7 to cast OWS and its supporters as (mix and match any of the following) unhygienic, law breaking, Communist, anti-Semitic, fascist, drug-addled, Nazi, whining, sex-crazed, nihilist, Marxist, spoiled, lazy, disorganized, unfocused, stupid, manipulated, socialist.

None of it really matters. A year away from the 2012 elections, GOP lawmakers seem determined to whistle past this graveyard in their effort to protect their well-to-do benefactors.

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Pepper Spray: “Food Product” or Weapon?
by Kevin_Foley
November 23, 2011 02:42 PM | 2291 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
It wasn't Kent State, but it was still appalling.

A group of peaceful students protesting tuition hikes at the University of California Davis were blasted with pepper spray at close range by campus police. This horrific, violent and unprovoked attack was caught by news cameras and scores of mobile devices before instantly going viral.

Bear in mind, in the very first amendment of the United States Constitution we find our right to peaceably assemble is protected. But what happened at UC Davis was eerily reminiscent of how police deal with protesters in Iran or China.

UC Davis police claimed they felt threatened by the crowd, but looking at the video shot by a local news crew, one sees only a bunch of heavily armed and helmeted cops poking batons at kids wielding cell phone cameras and iPads. The police officers who did the spraying seemed utterly nonchalant, as though they were using Raid on pesky mosquitoes at a backyard barbecue.

In an e-mail sent to students and faculty just hours after the police assault on the protesters, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi seemed to blame the victims: “We deeply regret that many of the protestors today chose not to work with our campus staff and police to remove the encampment as requested.”

A few days later, Katehi was backpedaling as fast as she could as the public relations fallout over the scandal rocked the entireCaliforniauniversity system:

"We told the police to remove the tents or the equipment," Katehi declared. "We told them very specifically to do it peacefully, and if there were too many of them, not to do it, if the students were aggressive, not to do it. And then we told them we also do not want to have another Berkeley."

Well, she got another Berkeley, except Katehi’s happened in the digital age. The visual evidence of her police officers’ abuse is irrefutable. Now calls for her resignation are mounting. UC Davis Professor Nathan Brown’s petition demanding her removal has at least 73,000 signatures. 

“Your words express concern for the safety of our students. Your actions express no concern whatsoever for the safety of our students,” Brown wrote in an open letter. “I deduce from this discrepancy that you are not, in fact, concerned about the safety of our students. Your actions directly threaten the safety of our students.”

Chancellor Katehi’s fate remains uncertain. So far, only UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza and the two officers who pepper sprayed the protesters have been held to account. They’ve been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

The far right media, which claims to hold the Constitution in high regard, went into mitigation overdrive. Conservative blogger Jim Hoft said spraying the students was, “How to shut down a row of screeching libs in 4 easy swoops.” Fox’s Jim Starnes asked what should be done about “domestic terrorists” on college campuses.

“We don’t have the right to Monday morning quarterback the police,” Bill O’Reilly laughably pronounced. “Especially at a place like UC Davis, which is a fairly liberal campus.”

Pepper spray, observed Megyn Kelly of Fox News, is just a “food product.”

I carry pepper spray when I hike in Montanain case I’m attacked by a grizzly bear. It is an awful weapon, especially when used on humans. Maybe Kelly should sample a dose on the air, perhaps as a salad dressing.

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