(Yeah – I’m shocked, too!) :-P
That is a turnout increase of 300%. If voter ID was intended to suppress votes, it is failing as spectacularly as HealthCare.gov.
Now hers’ the SHOCKING PART!
h/t CNN !
WideShut, a British blog, enlightened me to what folks are thinking about in Merry-Ol’-England…
Specifically, Should 16 Year Olds Get The Vote?
Apparently, in the former Great Britain, one is allowed to drive, have consensual sex, join the army and get married. All at 16. Hopefully, not all in the same week. (Nothing was said about signing contracts.)
Much like the old tale, I remember being 16 and thinking my parents were idiots. At 22, I couldn’t believe how much they had learned in 6 years! And the older I get (61 is looming!) the older I think people should be to be able to marry, sign contracts, drive, have consensual sex, and yes, VOTE.
I fear, like so many of the ‘wonderful’ ideas
exported infected into the East Coast of the United States from England – ‘free’ health care, anglo-centric Islamofascism, gun control – that this, too will take hold and arrive on these shores. Complete with a host of other ‘new’ concepts which will be patently un-American, politically-correct and irresponsible to be foisted upon our republican Society.
As I’m fond of saying, “Didn’t we fight a war to get away from these @$$#0les?”
d. all of the above!
One of The President’s top advisors is an Iranian born militant progressive. His Attorney General supports the New Black Panthers. Another advisor was one of the leaders of The Weathermen, involved in bombings and killings – he is completely unrepentant for these acts. His (former) pastor of 20 years is a Black Separatist Revolutionary.
There was a time folks with these kind of credentials would have been shunned by academia and the political world. At the very least. Now they are feted. (fetid?)
From Mark Knapp…
In 1970 Davis was implicated in the an armed invasion of a Marin County, California courtroom. Judge Haley, the prosecuting assistant district attorney, and two jurors were removed from the courtroom at gun point.
Judge Harold Haley’s was blasted in the head with a sawed-off shotgun owned by Davis. She then fled using aliases and had disguised herself when she was arrested two months later in New York City.
At her 1972 trial, Davis acted as her own attorney. Thus, she could not be cross-examined. She presented a number of alibi witnesses, almost all Communist friends, who testified that she had been with them in Los Angeles playing Scrabble at the time of the Marin slaughter. Prosecution witnesses who placed her in Marin were dismissed by Davis and her fellow attorneys as being unable to accurately identify blacks – because they were white.
When Davis was acquitted many of the jurors went to her victory party!
She now has her doctorate (!), teaches at The University of California, and lectures, nationwide. For a big (capitalist) fee. I’m certain she laughs all the way to the bank, a communist, terrorist laugh.
…she recently spoke to our community at the invitation of the Federal Way Public School District, raises the issue of whether she has ever actually changed any of her views regarding violent revolution.
Did the Federal Way School District know any of this history before they invited her? Did anyone on the Board object? Has Dr. Davis ever expressed any remorse for the sorrow she brought to so many lives?
THESE are the kind of people who have wormed their way into schools, universities and governments, pushing an anti-American agenda. As Glenn Beck said, (speaking of Van Jones) First, we were on the outside, now, we are on the inside.
Making law, policy, and destroying everything in their wake.
And they are supported not just by like-minded people, but also well-meaning people, who have no understanding of the agenda they are bringing to the table. People who vote for someone out of fairness, or ‘leveling the playing field’, or even guilt – supporting the underdog.
We’re not going to change the minds of the communist, terrorist, criminal, self-serving fellow travelers of Angela Davis, Van Jones, Valerie Jarrett, and Bill Ayers.
We might be able to change the minds of people who believe things they say, though.
But, like reversing the Progressive policies of the past 100 years, it’s going to take time and patience.
There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch! - Robert A. Heinlein
This is the most basic of economics. Everything costs something.
And yet, it appears roughly half the population of The United States believes in ‘if it’s FREE, it’s for ME!’
The ‘Affordable’ Care Act? Hey, FREE health care! Food Stamps? Hey, FREE Food!
There’s even a circular route short bus system in my college town – it goes and connects all over, in a 10 square mile area, largely around older commercial and university venues. And, even one of my staunchest libertarian friends uses it. Why?
BECAUSE IT’S FREE! (The tax dollars paying for it, notwithstanding)
I, for one, have chosen NOT to use it, thinking doing so only perpetuates the myth of FREE. Of course, as my 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue gets older, and requires more maintenance (at more cost) it may become a necessity.
THEN, I can get a bicycle, and join the hoards of collegiate bike riders ignoring traffic laws, putting themselves in harm’s way, and demanding more bike paths.
Because, eventually, we WILL turn into Beijing.
Going backwards is such a great way to move forward, don’t you think?
or at the very least, Emails.
The Campaign for Liberty sent me an interesting one the other day.
Imagine if government bureaucrats could remove children from their homes without having to prove the parents were unfit or without even granting the parents due process…
Imagine if your workplace, your home, and maybe even your house of worship had to conform to international standards…
Imagine if the US Government could be hauled into an international tribunal if it cut foreign aid or domestic welfare spending…
These are real possibilities if the United States Senate ratifies the misnamed United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
If it sounds unbelievable, just take a look at what the treaty contains:
>>> Article 4(10)(a) requires that ALL American law that could affect anyone defined as disabled conform to the “standards” of the one-world socialists at the UN, while section 4(5) forces state and local governments to change their laws to please the UN;
>>> Article 4(1)(e) gives UN bureaucrats the power to make “any person, organization, or private enterprise” conform to their standards, thus allowing them to impose costly, job-killing regulations on private businesses and give international bureaucrats unprecedented authority to violate our property, association, and even free speech rights;
>>> Article 4(2) creates an entitlement to government-provided “economic, social and cultural” rights, thus creating a legal obligation for Congress to continue welfare spending;
>>> Article 4(2) also creates a legal obligation for “wealthy countries” like the United States to provide “the maximum of its available resources… where needed, within the framework of international cooperation….”
This creates an open-ended obligation for the US to provide ever-increasing levels of “foreign aid”;
>>> Article 7(2) creates a new legal “best interests of the child” standard, while Article 23(4) allows for the removal of children from their parents anytime “competent authorities” decide the government knows the best interest of the child better than parents do.
The bureaucrats do not even have to prove the parents are unfit or grant the parents any due process rights before taking their children!
Clearly, this UN Treaty is a statist’s dream come true. And a nightmare for supporters of liberty and constitutional government.
Just in case your are interested. Of course, do your own research first.
And yes, they do ask for money. I can’t afford it – perhaps you can.
I LOVE the concept of National Public Radio. This assumes it reflects the entire political spectrum, which it does not. It is not unlike the German Democratic People’s Republic. It is neither democratic, a republic, nor of the people. Just because it is so named doesn’t make it so! (see also Republican Party, Democratic Party, Social Security, free health care).
Irons in the Fire posted recently an independent analysis of an NPR series (from Powerline), with the following results:
My finding is that the series was deeply flawed and should not have been aired as it was.
The series committed five sins that violate NPR’s code of standards and ethics. They were:
1. No proof for its main allegations of wrongdoing;
2. Unfair tone in communicating these unproven allegations;
3. Factual errors, shaky anecdotes and misleading use of data by quietly switching what was being measured;
4. Incomplete reporting and lack of critical context;
5. No response from the state on many key points.
Sadly, I see much of the same with some other NPR content, as well as with so-called ‘public’ television. It’s sad that those entities can continue to obtain public funds under the guise of serving the public good. Because they have a political agenda. And it’s NOT equal time.
I’ll still sometimes listen to Click and Clack or Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me! though. But, they should be paid for privately.
Wait a minute! Didn’t the Mayor of Boston and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assure us that after the initial arrest was made, no one else was involved?
BEFORE the investigation was concluded? BEFORE the bodies were cold?
How could this be? They secretly let a Saudi Arabian person-of-interest leave, decry conspiracies and violent Islamofascist involvement, and declare ‘all done.’
What’s up with THAT?
OH, the other suspects are probably Irish Catholic Bostonian White folks. Nothing to see here, no terrorism.
Just workplace violence, like the Fort Hood shooter.
This just in – the three are friends of the surviving accused bomber, one an American citizen. Shameful!
(my apologies to The Onion)
As my regular readers know (as well as those suffering digestive distress) I surf the Internet looking for news, opinion, rights violations, and fellow libertarian travelers (to
steal borrow from), especially when the guffaw well is dry.
Today is one of those posts.
I especially like finding stuff that mocks the control freaks – the Feinstein/Bloombergs of the World. And, thankfully, we STILL have the right to do so! (as of this writing)
It occurred to me that I’d not shared a particular find with you – The People’s Cube!
They lampoon all that is Left with the World, and do it well. Apparently, the main writer is a former commie who saw the liberty, free-market light.
But, there is a serious side, as well. Go and peruse. And also be amused.
Dear Americans, these are some questions I have collected in 16 years of living in your country. Please see if you can answer them for me:
If all cultures are equal, why doesn’t UNESCO organize International Cannibalism Week festivals?
Why do those demanding “equal pay for equal work” never protest against “equal pay for little or no work”?
Why has no politician ever run on men’s issues or promised to improve the lives of males?
If all beliefs are equally valid, how come my belief in the absurdity of this maxim gets rejected by its proponents?
Ever noticed that for the past thirty years, we’ve been hearing we have less than ten years to save the planet?
Much of it is reductio ad absurdum, but funny, and pointed, regardless…
The NAACP. The Vanguard of the Rights of the
Negro, colored, , African-American, Black since when? 1909? Over 100 years of service. And thank you for much of it!
EXCEPT, in recent years, they’ve been compromised by a progressive political agenda. No longer is it about the right to vote, or work, or use the same soda fountain, water fountain or restroom. It’s about how much can we get from the government, and how much can we distort history toward this aim? And further a progressive agenda.
To wit. Weasel Zippers shares THIS with us. (Hang on to your butts!)
Why does the degenerate left worship a cop-killer? It couldn’t be based on the color of his skin, right?
Convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal has received three nominations on a web page for the “Unsung Hero” project from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The project, launched during Black History Month, allows users to highlight influential civil rights leaders in exchange for an email address and postal code.
The NAACP displays about 100 nominations, including the pro-Mumia nominations, on the website for its 2013 “Unsung Heroes” project, which asks the public for nominations, under the title, “Your Heroes.” Abu-Jamal, a former member of the Black Panther Party, was convicted for the December 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, stemming from a shootout that resulted after Abu-Jamal approached Faulkner, who had pulled over Abu-Jamal’s younger brother at a traffic stop.
This is precisely why I support the civil rights organization CORE. The Congress of Racial Equality support the true American agenda of individual liberties, gun rights, and not living on the dole. And, while I’ve not seen it anywhere in their literature, I suspect they decry the celebration of a convicted cop killer.
Check out their link on my sidebar, or above. – Oh, and FTC, they give me nothing but the knowledge many folks of all colors want to help each other in society, without the government hook.
PS – In other unrelated news, this, courtesy of Glenn Beck:
Columbia hires cop killer as adjunct professorFormer Weather Underground domestic terrorist Kathy Boudin, whose role in the murder of 2 police officers and a Brinks security guard landed her 22 years in prison, is now a prestigious professor at Columbia University. Nothing like honoring a despicable cop killer with a position to influence America’s youth. Stay classy, Columbia.MORE