Congressional Democrats Introduce an Ambitious New Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act | The Nation

I apologize for the number of press articles….I am re-doing my War Room, as my daughter has called the den, and it is more daunting than I had anticipated…..I promise to be back soon with more original stuff……please bear with me……

After the landslide win the GOP had in 2010 they set about trying to re-write the act of voting….and for the most part have been very successful…….they hid the attack on voting rights under the guise of Voter IDs and went in through the back door once they got that approval from an uneducated electorate…….

And then SCOTUS help the GOP with iots gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 2 years ago……

Noe the Dems have found a backbone and is trying to overturn what the Court has done……

But will they be successful?  thoughts?

 

Congressional Democrats Introduce an Ambitious New Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act | The Nation.

Can Polls Predict The Next President?

As the 2016 election approaches we have hour to hour polls…..the media needs them so they can talk like they have some sort of crystal ball……these polls are useless!

But let’s say that polls could be used to predict the next president……I think if they were we would have a surprise come next November…..

If voting took place today, and if he could make the journey from the Death Star, Darth Vader might just be named the next president of the United States. He’d have a better chance than any of the real-life candidates at least, according to an amusing new poll from the Washington Post. The Terminator and the shark from Jaws also sit higher in net favorability rankings—based on positive ratings minus the negative ones from recent traditional polls (for the real candidates) as well as 1,000 Google users who answered questions over the weekend (for the fictional ones)—than any of the actual candidates. Bernie Sanders is the only one of the candidates to have a favorable score, though 62% of poll respondents didn’t give an opinion on the senator because they didn’t know much about him.

Sanders is followed by Marco Rubio, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Rand Paul, and Scott Walker. Walker fared only slightly better than Voldemort, the noseless villain from Harry Potter, who in turn outranks Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, Chris Christie, and Donald Trump, in that order. Trump, who 71% viewed unfavorably, scored a negative 56, far worse than Christie’s negative 26. A CNN poll last week found potential voters have the most unfavorable impression of Clinton since 2001, with many doubting whether she is honest and trustworthy. The same poll found Rubio and Bush lead a tight pack, including Huckabee, Walker, Cruz, Paul, and Ben Carson, on the Republican side.

Vader for president!  Oh God….is Cheney running?

Bernie is the only candidate that has a positive poll number (go figure)…..maybe that should be the story for the media……but unfortunately it will not.

Polls are as worthless as tits on a boar….their only purpose is to give the lazy pundits something to talk about without having to do the leg work…….it is easier than thinking.

How To Judge a Political Candidate by Justin Raimondo — Antiwar.com

2015 and the election of a lifetime is here…….a year is nothing in political time…….

Who ya gonna vote for next November?

Most Americans will vote for the candidate that is most closest to the voters one issue that they are passionate about…….instead of learning about the candidate on ALL levels the voter will pick ONE issue and vote for the person that holds that issue to heart.

The best thing to do is learn everything you can about the candidates……or don’t bitch when your candidate gets his/her ass kicked in the polls.

If you need a reference on picking a candidate to support then maybe this will help……

 

How To Judge a Political Candidate by Justin Raimondo — Antiwar.com.

Free And Fair Elections

2016 and yes Gertrude we have another election and it has turned into my unofficial day of elections……why not talk about the election process.

We hear all the time about this group or that bitching about the elections in some form or another…..either it is rigged for minorities or the guys are buying their wins……but all of this is just fodder for the media.

Elections may be in worse shape than even you can imagine…….

We have a group that is suppose to oversee the elections to be sure that they are fair and free……the Federal Election Commission.  This commission oversees the elections to be sure that NO federal laws are broken…..many to include me think that they are not doing a good job……we can place a lot of blame on Citizen United ruling…………what is most humorous is that the head of the FEC does not think so either……..

Sure, people moan about political kingmaking, the soaring cost of campaigns, and the money bombs both sidesare dropping, but when the person doing the moaning is the chairwoman of the federal body set up to regulate money in politics, one tends to take notice. “The likelihood of the laws being enforced is slim,” Federal Election Commission Chair Ann Ravel tells the New York Times, speaking of the 2016 election. “I never want to give up, but I’m not under any illusions. People think the FEC is dysfunctional. It’s worse than dysfunctional.” The body is made up of three Democrats and three Republicans, notes the Times, describing the state of affairs thusly: “Some commissioners are barely on speaking terms, cross-aisle negotiations are infrequent, and with no consensus on which rules to enforce, the caseload against violators has plummeted.”

“It’s the Wild West out there in some ways,” says one campaign finance lawyer. Part of the issue: Presidential aspirants (looking at you, Martin O’Malley and Jeb Bush) are legitimately raising millions outside the FEC’s purview by simple virtue of not having declared their candidacies. It’s worth noting, however, that Ravel’s complaint appears to be a Democratic one: Republicans see little issue with how the FEC is functioning, notes the Times, with one commissioner saying, “Congress set this place up to gridlock. The democracy isn’t collapsing around us.” Adds another: “We’re not interested in going after people unless the law is fairly clear, and we’re not willing to take the law beyond where it’s written,” while Democrats tend to see the law “more broadly.”

Sadly…..we may never see a fair and free election ever again…..that is until the voter wakes up from their comatose condition and truly want a free and fair election……and thanx to the media that will not happen in my lifetime.

Thoughts?

Just Dying To Vote

Remember a couple of years ago there was a huge push for voter ID, especially in Red States …..of course there were added parts to the bills that went a long way to limiting the votes by poor people….there was the normal political babble about all the dead people that were voting in large numbers………

Then there is the red state of Indiana……that has made it official…the dead can vote……..

Just because your heart’s not beating shouldn’t mean your vote doesn’t count, according to lawmakers in Indiana. The House Elections Committee in the state is considering changing a law that nullifies absentee ballots cast by voters who die before Election Day, reports the AP. Rep. Matt Pierce told the committee he was moved by the situation of former US Rep. Frank McCloskey, who made a point of casting an absentee ballot while battling cancer but died days before Election Day in 2003. McCloskey knew the value of a vote: After a recount following the 1984 election, the Democrat was declared the winner by just four votes.

But while the proposal might sound odd, it would actually give dead Hoosiers the same voting rights as most other dead Americans. According to the Bloomington Herald-Times, Indiana is one of only three states with a “dead voter” law, which requires county clerks to check absentee ballots for recent deaths and has been blamed for election night delays. At a legislative forum last month, state Rep. Peggy Mayfield, a Republican, recalls that when she was serving as a county clerk, a man woke up from a coma and wanted to vote. He was given an absentee ballot but died the day before Election Day. “It’s sad,” says Mayfield, who isn’t opposed to changing the law.

Whatcha think?  Thumbs up…..or thumbs down?

Henry A. Giroux | The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy

There are many here in the US that see the demise of democracy, as we like to call it,…..both on the Left and Right are predicting the end of democracy…..

I have been bitching about this for many years…..I blame it on the laziness of the American voter…..this article addresses those concerns and explains it where we all can understand this complex situation…..

 

Henry A. Giroux | The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy.