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Tuesday, December 6, 2011 8:11 pm

Worth remembering

Filed under: Evil — Lex @ 8:11 pm

Both major political parties suck, but only one is illegally trying to keep large numbers of people from voting:

A Baltimore jury Tuesday found Paul Schurick, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.‘s campaign manager, guilty of election fraud and related charges for his role in an Election Day 2010 robocall.

The jury found Schurick guilty on all four counts, including election fraud and failing to include an Ehrlich campaign authorization line on the calls. After the verdict was read, Schurick clutched his wife, who burst into tears.

Prosecutors said the call, which was made as Democratic Gov.Martin O’Malley swept to a re-election victory, was designed to suppress black votes. …

Outside Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse in Baltimore, State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said he hopes the jury’s decision “sends a message” to political campaigns to clean up their acts.

“This type of behavior has always existed, but it seems like it’s … becoming more of a problem,” Davitt said. “We certainly respect the First Amendment, but the courts have made clear … that the First Amendment does not protect fraudulent speech. Clearly that was the case here. It wasn’t just political speech. It was fraudulent speech.”

Yup, but fraud is just how they roll.

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  1. Don’t recall you ever calling attention to the Democratic subsidirary Acorn’s sordid record of voter fraud and perjury convictions.

    Rotten Acorn:Vote Fraud Map

    Or the dismissal of the New Black Panther Party blatant voter intimidation case ( Philadelphia ) by Holder’s DOJ

    And speaking of good government in Maryland…….

    You pointed out the defendants party affiliation. How nice.
    You of course can’t take responsibility for AP’s biasbut here it is for the umpteenth hundreds of times.

    ***Former Prince George’s County, Maryland Executive Jack Johnson was sentenced today to over seven years in prison for, according to Eric Tucker at the Associated Press, “extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes during a tenure that prosecutors say was rife with greed, corruption and an unchecked pay-to-play culture.” Tucker failed to identify Johnson as a Democrat.

    The AP is not alone. A Google News Search on “Jack Johnson Prince George’s County” (not in quotes, past 24 hours, without duplicates) returned 51 items at 11:40 p.m. tonight (the first page says 152, but it’s really 51). The following number of results came back in the same search when I added the word “Democrat” (also after the jump — sordid details of Johnson’s astonishing corruption):

    Eight.

    It’s really even less than that. In at least three cases , Johnson’s upcoming sentencing was mentioned in a multiple-item roundup which didn’t tag Johnson as a Dem but contained another item about a different Dem. ****

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, December 7, 2011 1:38 pm @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  2. Fred, there was no there there in the Black Panther cases. ACORN might — might — have registered a few people improperly, but so far as is known, none of them cast votes. This was a much more serious offense, with more clearly identifiable damages, and it is part of a documented nationwide strategy by the GOP. So your comment changes the validity and/or importance of my larger point how, exactly?

    Oh, yeah: not at all.

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, December 7, 2011 3:11 pm @ 3:11 pm | Reply

    • Lex..Did you even bother to look at the Acorn map and the accompanying list of cases.? I somehow doubt it.

      You are factually challenged about The New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case.

      I dare you to watch this chilling interview and still go on making some of the embarrassing assertions/opinions you have uttered thus far

      Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, December 7, 2011 3:28 pm @ 3:28 pm | Reply

  3. “We certainly respect the First Amendment, but the courts have made clear … that the First Amendment does not protect fraudulent speech. Clearly that was the case here. It wasn’t just political speech. It was fraudulent speech.”

    State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt

    Obama’s, speech the other night was clearly fraudulent, at least if you accept the WAPO’s fact checker, Glenn Kessler, who gave it 3 Pinocchios

    “The Pinocchio Test

    The president does not need to lard his case with such suspect data. There are few independent tax analysts who have much good to say about the Bush tax cuts. But it is difficult for Obama to justify blaming those tax cuts for being mostly responsible for today’s slow job growth, especially when he wants to retain a good chunk of those tax cuts.

    To bolster his case about unfairness, the president is also relying on a suspect statistic about billionaires paying as little as 1 percent in taxes. Even if true, it is a clearly a rare event. Moreover, it is certainly surprising that the White House would rely on such a dubious, unverified source for a major presidential address.”

    Memo to DA Davitt: Convene your Grand Jury dude and indict the above lying orator.

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, December 7, 2011 7:47 pm @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  4. Fox isn’t chilling, it’s dog-whistling.

    And what the hell does Kessler’s take on Obama’s speech have to do with the point of this post? Davitt misused a metaphor. Big deal. An actual crime was committed, and the jury, despite finding the defendant a nice guy, found sufficient evidence to convict him.

    Also, to refresh your memory, I’ve caught Kessler being grossly misleading in his “fact-checking” in two separate cases. He has some problems.

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, December 7, 2011 9:36 pm @ 9:36 pm | Reply

    • So what was your larger point ? That Schurick a long time Democrat apparatchik who learned his dirty tricks working for
      William Donald Schaefer, hired on with a Republican and wasted $100,000.00 on a stupid robo call stunt.

      Schaefer has been in Democratic politics for 50 years. He served 16 years as Mayor of Baltimore and 8 years as Governor of Maryland. Schurick was an integral part of that history.

      I guess my point, as you have confirmed by poo pooing,on this thread left wing shenanigans , is that you consistently without exception overlook Democratic outrages and pounce on isolated alleged misdeeds of the GOP.

      Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, December 8, 2011 1:20 am @ 1:20 am | Reply

  5. No, Fred, I pounce on vote suppression, not party. (As you’ll recall, I’ve called on multiple occasions for Obama to be impeached for violating U.S. law regarding extrajudicial assassination of U.S. citizens.) And right now, there’s only one party involved in widespread vote suppression. If the jackboot fits, the GOP can wear it.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, December 8, 2011 9:16 am @ 9:16 am | Reply

  6. The above says there have been 7 comments . What happened to the other 2 ???

    Id Christian Adams had appeared on NBC instead of Fox would he have ben more chilling to your conscience.? His arguments were very persuasive. And Fox gave his critics side also. So there. You say without citing a source that there was no there there to the dismissal of the New Black Panther Voter intimidation case. Still bet you haven’t watched his interview.

    If you would have dug a little deeper into Schurick’s background you would have found him to be a longtime Democratic party hack. But you are so eager to pin the tail on the GOP that you appear to be blinded by this obsession.

    As for your previous disagreements with Kesslers fact checking , so what. Does Obama deserve the 3 Pinocchios in the column I linked ? Quit dodging .

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, December 8, 2011 10:27 am @ 10:27 am | Reply

  7. Re “other two,” one of them was a cut-and-paste from someone I banned a long time ago, so it got held for moderation and I spiked it. I don’t know about the other, but there are 47 items in my spam filter in the moment, so I’ll look in there.

    Fred, EVEN IF Black Panthers had been intimidating voters, while it would be wrong, it still wouldn’t hold a candle to what the GOP is up to nationwide. And while Schurick might have been a longtime Democratic hack, the fact is that he was working for a Republican when he did what he did, and a jury, while agreeing with his friends that he was a nice guy, nonetheless found him guilty.

    You’ve tried to change the subject about six different ways, but the bottom line is that one and only one party is engaged right now in a massive, nationwide criminal conspiracy to deny Americans their civil rights. And it’s the Republicans.

    Kessler’s a hack, and, no, Obama doesn’t deserve 3 Pinocchios.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, December 8, 2011 11:06 am @ 11:06 am | Reply

  8. So, Lex, how many Pinocchios does Obama’s fairness speech deserve ? One, two or none.?

    Please show me where Kessler’s pointing out one of the speech’s big lines ( below ) was made from whole cloth . You can’t.

    “Some billionaires have a tax rate as low as 1 percent — 1 percent. That is the height of unfairness.”

    ***This is a striking statistic. But the only evidence that the White House could offer for it was a clip of a conversation on Bloomberg TV, in which correspondent Gigi Stone made this assertion during a discussion about the tax strategies that the very wealthy use to avoid paying taxes. The TV clip was promoted by the left-leaning Web site Think Progress.

    Stone quoted from a Bloomberg News article last month that reported on such tax strategies, which mostly involve complicated ways to defer paying capital gains taxes. But the article never made the 1-percent claim. It also noted that the IRS had gotten more hostile to such transactions in recent years.

    An administration official conceded the White House had no actual data to back up the president’s assertion, but argued that other reports showed that some of the wealthy pay little in taxes. ***

    Amazing arrogance !!

    This speech was full of deliberate fraudulent gems.

    Five Big Lies in Obama’s Economic Fairness Speech

    “One thing is certainly true about President Obama — no matter how many times people point out the falsehoods in his speeches, he just keeps making them. Case in point: his latest “economic fairness” address.

    In that speech Tuesday, Obama once again tried to build a case for his liberal, big-spending, tax-hiking, regulatory agenda. But as with so many of his past appeals, Obama’s argument rests on a pile of untruths.”

    Your ” I have called for the impeachment of Obama ” is getting rather worn. How does it make you feel repeating that line knowing full well that you will be voting for him in 2012 ? Uaeasy or comfortable with your self deception ?

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, December 8, 2011 2:03 pm @ 2:03 pm | Reply

  9. So much bullshit in that piece, Fred, that I don’t have time to parse it all, but here are some highlights:

    — Reagan’s tax cuts did NOT lead to a “historic two-decade economic boom.” They led to an uneven recovery, followed in 1990 by another recession. What led to the boom was the ’93 tax deal, which signaled to the bond market that the U.S. had finally gotten quasi-serious about deficits, thus leading to lower interest rates. That said, that tax deal and the Internet gave us not a boom so much as a tech-stock bubble, which popped right on schedule when the first round of venture-capital funding ran out in 2000.

    — Obama’s spending hikes did not significantly contribute to the deficit for more than about 18 months. The deficit is the product of, in order of importance, the Bush tax cuts, the recession and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And when you have a recession caused by slack consumer demand, deficit spending is the correct remedy. Our problem isn’t that we’re doing it, it’s that we’re not doing enough of it and not spending it on capital investments that will produce future prosperity.

    — Regulatory oversight was indeed weak during the Bush years; numbers of regs are meaningless if the regs aren’t enforced. And from the environment to banking, regs manifestly were not enforced. Also, there’s solid research showing that while regulations do cost money, they save far more than they cost. Air-quality regulations alone make up many times their cost in health-care savings.

    There’s more, but you wouldn’t believe me anyway.

    And, yes, while I have called for Obama’s impeachment, I will vote for him ahead of any Republican candidate now running. As bad as Obama is, all the Republicans are worse — science-denying medievalists who are guaranteed to make things worse, not better. Huntsman is the only one who’s not completely batshit, and even he thinks making women second-class citizens is somehow OK.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, December 8, 2011 2:16 pm @ 2:16 pm | Reply

  10. Systemic fraud and just the tip of the iceberg. Done in some cases with TP money

    State Year Details
    AR 1998 A contractor with ACORN-affiliated Project Vote was arrested for falsifying about 400 voter registration cards.
    CO 2005 Two ex-ACORN employees were convicted in Denver of perjury for submitting false voter registrations.
    2004 An ACORN employee admitted to forging signatures and registering three of her friends to vote 40 times.
    CT 2008 The New York Post reported that ACORN submitted a voter registration card for a 7-year-old Bridgeport girl. Another 8,000 cards from the same city will be scrutinized for possible fraud.
    FL 2009 In September, 11 ACORN workers were accused of forging voter registration applications in Miami-Dade County during the last election. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state attorney’s office scoured hundreds of suspicious applications provided by ACORN and found 197 of 260 contained personal ID information that did not match any living person.
    2008 Election officials in Brevard County have given prosecutors more than 23 suspect registrations from ACORN. The state’s Division of Elections is also investigating complaints in Orange and Broward Counties.
    2004 A Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesman said ACORN was “singled out” among suspected voter registration groups for a 2004 wage initiative because it was “the common thread” in the agency’s fraud investigations.
    IN 2008 Election officials in Indiana have thrown out more than 4,000 ACORN-submitted voter registrations after finding they had identical handwriting and included the names of many deceased Indianans, and even the name of a fast food restaurant.
    MI 2008 Clerks in Detroit found a “sizeable number of duplicate and fraudulent [voter] applications” from the Michigan branch of ACORN. Those applications have been turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s office for investigation.
    2004 The Detroit Free Press reported that “overzealous or unscrupulous campaign workers in several Michigan counties are under investigation for voter-registration fraud, suspected of attempting to register nonexistent people or forging applications for already-registered voters.” ACORN-affiliate Project Vote was one of two groups suspected of turning in the documents.
    MO 2008 Nearly 400 ACORN-submitted registrations in Kansas City have been rejected due to duplication or fake information.
    2007 Four ACORN employees were indicted in Kansas City for charges including identity theft and filing false registrations during the 2006 election.
    2006 Eight ACORN employees in St. Louis were indicted on federal election fraud charges. Each of the eight faces up to five years in prison for forging signatures and submitting false information.
    2003 Of 5,379 voter registration cards ACORN submitted in St. Louis, only 2,013 of those appeared to be valid. At least 1,000 are believed to be attempts to register voters illegally.
    MN 2004 During a traffic stop, police found more than 300 voter registration cards in the trunk of a former ACORN employee, who had violated a legal requirements that registration cards be submitted to the Secretary of State within 10 days of being filled out and signed.
    NC 2008 County elections officials have sent suspicious voter registration applications to the state Board of Elections. Many of the applications had similar or identical names, but with different addresses or dates of birth.
    2004 North Carolina officials investigated ACORN for submitting fake voter registration cards.
    NM 2008 Prosecutors are investigating more than 1,100 ACORN-submitted voter registration cards after a county clerk found them to be fraudulent. Many of the cards included duplicate names and slightly altered personal information.
    2005 Four ACORN employees submitted as many as 3,000 potentially fraudulent signatures on the group’s Albuquerque ballot initiative. A local sheriff added: “It’s safe to say the forgery was widespread.”
    2004 An ACORN employee registered a 13-year-old boy to vote. Citing this and other examples, New Mexico State Representative Joe Thompson stated that ACORN was “manufacturing voters” throughout New Mexico.
    NV 2009 Nevada authorities indicted ACORN on 26 counts of voter registration fraud and 13 counts of illegally compensating canvassers. ACORN provided a bonus compensation program called “Blackjack” or “21+” for any canvasser who registered more than 20 voters per shift, which is illegal under Nevada law.
    2008 Nevada state authorities raided ACORN’s Las Vegas headquarters as part of a task force investigation of election fraud. Fraudulent registrations included players from the Dallas Cowboys.
    OH 2008 ACORN activists gave Ohio residents cash and cigarettes in exchange for filling out voter registration card, according to the New York Post. Some voters claim to have registered dozens of times, and one man says he signed up on 72 cards.
    2007 A man in Reynoldsburg was indicted on two felony counts of illegal voting and false registration, after being registered by ACORN to vote in two separate counties.
    2004 A grand jury indicted a Columbus ACORN worker for submitting a false signature and false voter registration form. In Franklin County, two ACORN workers submitted what the director of the board of election supervisors called “blatantly false” forms. In Cuyahoga County, ACORN and its affiliate Project Vote submitted registration cards that had the highest rate of errors for any voter registration group.
    PA 2009 Seven ACORN workers in the Pittsburgh area were indicted for submitting falsified voter registration forms. Six of the seven were also indicted for registering voters under an illegal quota system.
    2008 State election officials have thrown out 57,435 voter registrations, the majority of which were submitted by ACORN. The registrations were thrown out after officials found “clearly fraudulent” signatures, vacant lots listed as addresses, and other signs of fraud.
    2008 An ACORN employee in West Reading, PA, was sentenced to up to 23 months in prison for identity theft and tampering with records. A second ACORN worker pleaded not guilty to the same charges and is free on $10,000 bail.
    2004 Reading’s Director of Elections received calls from numerous individuals complaining that ACORN employees deliberately put inaccurate information on their voter registration forms. The Berks County director of elections said voter fraud was “absolutely out of hand,” and added: “Not only do we have unintentional duplication of voter registration but we have blatant duplicate voter registrations.” The Berks County deputy director of elections added that ACORN was under investigation by the Department of Justice.
    TX 2008 In Harris County, nearly 10,000 ACORN-submitted registrations were found to be invalid, including many with clearly fraudulent addresses or other personal information.
    2008 ACORN turned in the voter registration form of David Young, who told reporters “The signature is not my signature. It’s not even close.” His social security number and date of birth were also incorrect.
    VA 2005 In 2005, the Virginia State Board of Elections admonished Project Vote and ACORN for turning in a significant number of faulty voter registrations. An audit revealed that 83% of sampled registrations that were rejected for carrying false or questionable information were submitted by Project Vote. Many of these registrations carried social security numbers that exist for other people, listed non-existent or commercial addresses, or were for convicted felons in violation of state and federal election law.

    In a letter to ACORN, the State Board of Elections reported that 56% of the voter registration applications ACORN turned in were ineligible. Further, a full 35% were not submitted in a timely manner, as required by law. The State Board of Elections also commented on what appeared to be evidence of intentional voter fraud. “Additionally,” they wrote, “information appears to have been altered on some applications where information given by the applicant in one color ink has been scratched through and re-entered in another color ink. Any alteration of a voter registration application is a Class 5 Felony in accordance with § 24.2-1009 of the Code of Virginia.”
    WA 2007 Three ACORN employees pleaded guilty, and four more were charged, in the worst case of voter registration fraud in Washington state history. More than 2,000 fraudulent voter registration cards were submitted by the group during a voter registration drive.
    WI 2008 At least 33,000 ACORN-submitted registrations in Milwaukee have been called into question after it was found that the organizations had been using felons as registration workers, in violation of state election rules. Two people involved in the ongoing Wisconsin voter fraud investigation have been charged with felonies.
    2004 The district attorney’s office investigated seven voter registration applications Project Vote employees filed in the names of people who said the group never contacted them. Former Project Vote employee Robert Marquise Blakely told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he had not met with any of the people whose voter registration applications he signed, “an apparent violation of state law,” according to the paper.

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, December 8, 2011 4:02 pm @ 4:02 pm | Reply

  11. Fred, there’s a lot of “called into question” there but not so much actual, documented vote fraud, which is the great Republican outcry.

    Meanwhile, tens of thousands of real, live Americans have had their rights violated in violation of Title 18 of the U.S. Code by organized, systematic effort by and on behalf of the Republican Party. That’s the subject you keep trying to change, and it is not going away.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, December 8, 2011 4:23 pm @ 4:23 pm | Reply

    • Tens of thosands .. sheesh . Remember the hazard of fraudulent speech , Lex.

      And not here in Greensboro elections unless the conservatives flattened the tires of the buses of PACs which were hauling the uninformed bloc voting lemmings to the polls

      Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, December 8, 2011 4:39 pm @ 4:39 pm | Reply

  12. And yet again, you try to change the subject.

    Also, if voting while being an uninformed lemming were a crime, a solid plurality of creationism-believing Americans would be doing time.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, December 8, 2011 4:44 pm @ 4:44 pm | Reply

    • Good Grief Charlie Brown !!

      Merry Christmas anyway

      Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, December 8, 2011 4:46 pm @ 4:46 pm | Reply

  13. Back to that lying speech for a sec

    SNL

    Above off topic but funny

    Reader Comment

    The speech also indicated, to me, that Obama does not understand that the vast majority of medium-and-large business CEOs have only a small ownership stake in their company. The example of Intel, for example, is a poor one: Intel’s CEO may personally feel grateful to the U.S., but the vast majority of Intel owners want a safe and growing dividend and stable long-term growth.

    In other words: their CEO would not be long for the position if he started re-allocating their ownership stake in ways that are more about benefitting the U.S. than Intel.

    While Obama’s words are a form of demagoguery, I can’t help but feel it also shows a deep misunderstanding about how business and CEOs in most situations operate – as caretakers of others’ assets.

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, December 8, 2011 5:20 pm @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  14. Voter suppression BS

    From Nation Mag:

    ***[ Tomorrow Attorney General Eric Holder will gave a major speech on voting rights at the LBJ presidential library in Austin. According to the library, “Holder will discuss the importance of ensuring equal access to the ballot box and strengthening America’s long tradition of expanding the franchise.”

    Holder’s speech could not come at a more critical time. Over the last year we’ve witnessed an unprecedented GOP war on voting, with a dozen Republican governors and state legislators passing laws to restrict voter registration drives, require birth certificates to register to vote, curtail early voting, mandate government-issued photo IDs to cast a ballot and disenfranchise ex-felons who’ve served their time. …

    On Saturday, in conjunction with UN Human Rights Day, thousands of activists and concerned citizens in New York City held a march and rally to protest these restrictive new laws. …

    “The march on Saturday was an indication that Americans will not go backwards,” said Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project. “We will keep up the momentum to end voter suppression by taking to the streets, to the legislatures and to the courts. We won’t be silenced by those who want to undermine democracy.”

    The Advancement Project has helped gather 120,000 signatures asking the Justice Department “to oppose any discriminatory laws that will disenfranchise voters.” The Justice Department has that authority under the Voting Rights Act.] ***

    Hinderaker Comments:

    So you can see how this will all come together. The Democrats will use their constituent organizations to whip up a frenzy of opposition to “voter suppression,” while DOJ launches, or threatens to launch, legal challenges to selected state statutes. This will energize the Democrats’ base by pretending that Republicans are trying to disenfranchise voters. It also may succeed in increasing the illegal votes that Democrats rely on at the margins of close elections.

    Democrats want felons to vote, because an overwhelming majority of them will vote Democratic. They want illegal aliens to vote for the same reason. And they want loyal Democrats to vote more than once where they are able to do so. Where there is no voter security, these abuses will increase. So, either through legal rulings or through intimidation, the Democrats want to disable the states from protecting the integrity of the ballot box. It appears that Obama’s politicized Department of Justice will be in the forefront of this effort.

    I can’t find any reference to Holder’s visit on the LBJ Library’s web site, but the library is releasing a Voting Rights Act Media Kit tomorrow. That’s probably not a coincidence.

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Tuesday, December 13, 2011 3:01 pm @ 3:01 pm | Reply

  15. Yeah, because when I want a reality-based take on the world, John Hinderaker is the first guy I turn to.

    The Republicans’ efforts aren’t just something the Democrats pretended up. They’re real. Google is your friend.

    Democrats want felons to vote WHO HAVE SERVED THEIR TIME AND HAD THEIR CITIZENSHIP RESTORED. That was almost universally the custom outside the 11 states of the old Confederacy. But I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, December 13, 2011 3:09 pm @ 3:09 pm | Reply

  16. I think you have expressed an opinion that voter ID laws are a bad thing.

    This story from Politico about a Ubion Election and an NLRB decision contains good news for South Carolina.

    But also buried in the piece is an exquisite photo.

    Priceless

    Yes sir, no fraud in Union elections. And dats de trute

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Tuesday, December 13, 2011 3:46 pm @ 3:46 pm | Reply


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