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Jury deliberations begin in John Edwards case
Link fixed @ 16:05
Posted by: ryuge || 05/18/2012 10:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Broken URL.
Posted by: gromky || 05/18/2012 13:30 Comments || Top||

#2  What are the odds of convicting the "two-Americas, $400 haircut" Edwards?
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/18/2012 14:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Link fixed, thanks for the heads up, Gromky.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/18/2012 16:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Any man hoarding hair care products spend a night in the box...
Posted by: tu3031 || 05/18/2012 17:31 Comments || Top||

#5  tu - LOL
Posted by: Frank G || 05/18/2012 20:45 Comments || Top||

#6  I can see the jury deliberations: "Ewwww. What a despicable asshole!" "And he's a lawyer" "OK, we covered that already" "Ewwwwww".

The guy that should also be in the dock is Jahn Karry™ for picking this scab as VP. Why is his judgement and ethics not in question?
Posted by: Frank G || 05/18/2012 20:48 Comments || Top||

#7  Any man hoarding hair care products spend a night in the box...

Does that include my pomade?
Posted by: Ulysses Everett McGill || 05/18/2012 20:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Especially Pomade
Posted by: Frank G || 05/18/2012 22:37 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Born in Kenya, Raised in Indonesia and Hawaii
Click the link to read the article, which begins with this disclaimer:
Note from Senior Management:

Andrew Breitbart was never a "Birther," and Breitbart News is a site that has never advocated the narrative of "Birtherism." In fact, Andrew believed, as we do, that President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961.

Yet Andrew also believed that the complicit mainstream media had refused to examine President Obama's ideological past, or the carefully crafted persona he and his advisers had constructed for him.

It is for that reason that we launched "The Vetting," an ongoing series in which we explore the ideological background of President Obama (and other presidential candidates)--not to re-litigate 2008, but because ideas and actions have consequences.

It is also in that spirit that we discovered, and now present, the booklet described below--one that includes a marketing pitch for a forthcoming book by a then-young, otherwise unknown former president of the Harvard Law Review.

It is evidence--not of the President's foreign origin, but that Barack Obama's public persona has perhaps been presented differently at different times.

Note from Rantburg management: we also are not Birthers. Unless and until convincing, verifiable, conclusive evidence is offered, we believe that Mr. Obama was born in Hawaii.

We also believe that he's been a terrible president, and that that is sufficient justification to remove him this November.

Our editorial policy is unchanged: anything at all that supports the 'birther' nonsense will be removed immediately.
Posted by: gorb || 05/18/2012 15:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [525 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dang. Here's the link.
Posted by: gorb || 05/18/2012 15:44 Comments || Top||

#2  I think he was playing up his Kenya roots for 'cred. Now that he needs to downplay that it is rearing its head like an ugly zit.

Ha-Ha, dumbass. Ha-Ha.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/18/2012 16:47 Comments || Top||

#3  I think he was playing up his Kenya roots for 'cred['].

He'd get into Harvard without an african muslim daddy?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/18/2012 16:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Its like saying the Village People are 1/6 Cherokee, much more interesting than, say, fatherless mixed race son of hipster kansas girl.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/18/2012 17:52 Comments || Top||

#5  Ouch
Posted by: john frum || 05/18/2012 18:54 Comments || Top||

#6  he's also apparently partially Cherokee. Liz Warren notes he has high cheekbones. Liberal Phrenology lowered
Posted by: Frank G || 05/18/2012 20:45 Comments || Top||

#7  Creds? You want creds? How about Sherrif Joe for some creds?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2012 21:33 Comments || Top||

#8  They key talking point here is: Fundamental dishonesty, and willingness to lie and use deciet about something as basic as where he was born. He claimed Kenya then, claims Hawaii now. One way or another he is lying about a fundamental part of who he is - and that uncovers even more about who he really is: a manipulative man who will do and say anything to get what he wants, be it money or power. Any Obama supporter MUST be confronted with this established fact: Obama lied about something as fundamental as his birth. Why do you trust him after seeing this, and his horrible performance in office?
Posted by: OldSpook || 05/18/2012 22:00 Comments || Top||

#9  One way or another he is lying about a fundamental part of who he is

Exactly, Old Spook.

And it shouldn't take old spook training to see it either.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/18/2012 22:13 Comments || Top||

#10  Why do you trust him after seeing this, and his horrible performance in office?

An important part of any con game is marks who *want* to believe. Even after the con has been exposed, the best marks still believe.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/18/2012 22:26 Comments || Top||

#11  Now I'll be up all night thinking up a decent match for "Born in _______, Moved to _______ King Putt...."
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 05/18/2012 23:00 Comments || Top||


Name That Party - Alleged Voter Fraud and Extortion
Apparently one Daniel Salinas, Mayor-elect of a small New Mexico town has been arrested on charges of extortion and voter fraud in conjunction with his election to that office. What is interesting is that today's AP article appearing in Fox News and an earlier (april 9) AP article some 600 words long fail to note his political affiliation.
It is hard to do a search for Democratic corruption when the only time a party is mentioned is when it is a Republican.
That's precisely the idea...
Posted by: crosspatch || 05/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [536 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When the default is so well known they only need to name the party in the rare instances the default criminals are not involved.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 05/18/2012 1:00 Comments || Top||

#2  In this case, its less party and a far more 'good old boy'-clan-blood thingy. It has the flavor and markings of the PRI tradition from across the border rather than something you'd link with an Illinois, New Jersey, or Massachusetts machine. Think Juarez with Spanglish.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/18/2012 7:42 Comments || Top||

#3  #2 In this case, its less party and a far more 'good old boy'-clan-blood thingy....Posted by Procopius2k

And voter fraud in Illinois is different how ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2012 8:22 Comments || Top||

#4  better English
Posted by: Frank G || 05/18/2012 8:38 Comments || Top||

#5  I'll have to give you that one Frank.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2012 9:07 Comments || Top||

#6  Yeah, far less registrations of Bobby O'Neil, Jan Walkowski, and Jamal Sufi on the rolls. Seems the vast number of the names have a very distinct linguistic heritage. Not quite multicultural as you'd find much further north which usually includes some sort of dealing between 'interest groups' for their piece of the action. The competition for graft and looting resources is far less. Of course, being New Mexico there are less resources to pillage go around so they have a tendency to keep it in the 'family' and among friends of the 'family'. See patron-peon abstract at cite. For a lot in the local population, they're not interested in the ritual of democratic voting as much as affirmation of the existing social arrangement. It's all personal rather than something dealing with efficient and honest government.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/18/2012 9:32 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm hoping the Pubs take off the gloves in the Presidential election. If Romney is unwilling, then I hope the PACS go after the first gay-lebian, black, Hispanic, Jewish, Muslim, Cherokee victims-everywhere President for all the $hit he has wrought upon us.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/18/2012 14:25 Comments || Top||

#8  Land of Enchantment.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/18/2012 14:58 Comments || Top||

#9  Do a "not" search. If "corrupt" and NOT "Repub", should turn up most.
Posted by: mojo || 05/18/2012 15:34 Comments || Top||

#10  g(r)omgoru, technically that's the official state motto. Locals sometimes use the unofficial motto - Home of the flea, Land of the plague.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/18/2012 16:34 Comments || Top||

#11  Now slow down P2k, I lived in New Mexico for 6 year---some of my fondest memories are of that place.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/18/2012 16:49 Comments || Top||

#12  Adovada..yummmmm.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/18/2012 18:12 Comments || Top||


-Election 2012
Picture of Obama and his Ex
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2012 19:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [396 views] Top|| File under:


30,000 Deceased Voters Removed From Michigan Rolls

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson (R) appears to be doing a bang up job since taking office and has eliminated some 30,000 deceased voters from Michigan's voter rolls.

An audit of voting records over the period from 2008 to 2011 showed that more than 1300 deceased voters had cast ballots over the audit period though an official quoted in the source article said "in every instance where it appears a deceased person or incarcerated person voted and local records were available, a clerical error was established as the reason for the situation."
whatever that means.
In any case, it is good to see Michigan joining several other states in getting their voter rolls cleaned up in preparation for the 2012 vote. It promises to be a much cleaner election in many states this year.
Posted by: crosspatch || 05/18/2012 00:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Leave them there as bait and jug anyone who votes in their name until they can cough up $10,000 or 1000 legitimate signatures for the "Show Your ID To Vote" proposition.
Posted by: gorb || 05/18/2012 3:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Have registered voter roles in Cook County suddenly swollen?

Just asking.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2012 4:41 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm sure all those who voted for JFK in 1960 are still available for 2012, Besoeker.

I assume "clerical error" was supposed to rule out a systematic, machine-organized, corrupt conspiracy to add however many votes it takes to win.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/18/2012 6:21 Comments || Top||

#4  It would be interesting to know how long the dead voters had been in that state...
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/18/2012 6:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Thanks Bobby. I'm sure a Bourbon Street prostitute enjoys more social credibility than a member of the Cook County Board of Election Commissioners.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2012 8:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Well, Cook County's in Illinois, so even for a dead voter, that's some trick!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/18/2012 8:55 Comments || Top||

#7  I've received correspondence from Dems regarding issues I did not contact them about and just received a phone call soliciting Dem campaign donations--I took the opportunity to express how I really felt! ;D
Posted by: Omoluque Hapsburg8162 || 05/18/2012 9:41 Comments || Top||

#8  I recall recently hearing they have 50K or more dead on the rolls in Florida.
Posted by: OldSpook || 05/18/2012 11:28 Comments || Top||

#9  And about 10 percent of the voter registrations are 'questionable' in New Mexico as well.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/18/2012 12:00 Comments || Top||

#10  Each state should dump its registration database after every presidential election and start over with a clean slate. That, and voter ID laws would make ACORN's job much harder and more expensive.
Posted by: Iblis || 05/18/2012 12:21 Comments || Top||

#11  I am afraid that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/18/2012 12:54 Comments || Top||

#12  The thing to be wary of is the "Secretary of State Project" that is designed to elect "progressives" into the office of Secretary of State in the various states of the union. In practically every case of which I am aware, the states where massive cleanup of voter rolls happens are states where a Republican Secretary of State has replaced a Democrat. The election of Al Frankin in Minnesota was an example of how much damage a partisan Secretary of State can do when it was shown that ballots cast by dead people were greater than the margin of victory yet the votes by the dead were allowed to stand.

Democrats appear to be using voter fraud as a fundamental election tactic and need to secure the office of "Secretary of State" in order to enable that strategy.

I will NEVER vote for a Democrat for office of Secretary of State.
Posted by: crosspatch || 05/18/2012 14:14 Comments || Top||

#13  I saw a vid clip of Obama on The View (can't stand the chattering magpies except for Elizabeth Hasselbeck). Barbara Walters asked if Obama was worried about winning or some such question as that. Obama flashed briefly what seemed like anger and said with too much certainty: "I am going to win." 20,000 voters here, 30,000, 10% there and you have large-scale voter fraud that might swing an election.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/18/2012 14:36 Comments || Top||

#14  American are pretty smart, actually. If you removed the dead from the voter rolls, there would be no democrat party. MOAR Please!
Posted by: newc || 05/18/2012 16:01 Comments || Top||

#15  First they came for the dead...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/18/2012 16:34 Comments || Top||

#16  I will NEVER vote for a Democrat for office of Secretary of State.

Given the events of the last few years, I will vote for a Democrat no more forever.

Worth noting is that Michigan is one of the states where you need a picture ID to vote.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/18/2012 22:35 Comments || Top||



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