Republican voter suppression rationales: Why “voter integrity” is nonsense.

Another piece on the ‘necessity’ to stem the rampant voter fraud (that is sarcasm, in case you missed it)…….and excellent piece by Mr. Bouie….

Please let me know what you think…..

 

Republican voter suppression rationales: Why “voter integrity” is nonsense..

No, You Can’t Vote: The GOP and Their “15% Solution”

I understand voter fraud…..what I cannot understand is how limiting voting hours or early voting or registration or…..will stop voter fraud……

I ran across this piece the other day and thought it made some good points……whatcha think?

 

No, You Can’t Vote: The GOP and Their “15% Solution”.

Debunking The Republican Lies – The Ronald Reagan Edition – ‘GOP Panics As Audio Emerges Proving Their Hero Reagan Would Oppose Current GOP Policies’

What can I say….EXCELLENT!

The Last Of The Millenniums

ronald reagan

“The profits of corporations have doubled, while workers’ wages have increased by only one quarter. In other words, profits have gone up four times as much as wages. And the small increase workers did receive was eaten up by rising prices, which also bored into their savings.”

“High prices have not been caused by higher wages, but by bigger and bigger profits. The Republican promises sounded pretty good in 1946. But what has happened since then? Since the 80th Congress took over? Prices have climbed to the highest level in history, although the death of the OPA was supposed to bring prices down through ‘the natural process of free competition.’”

“Labor has been handcuffed by the vicious Taft-Hartley law. Social Security benefits have been snatched away from almost a million workers by the Gerhardt bill.

“Fair employment practices, which had worked so well during wartime, have been abandoned.”

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New Torture Theater

Remember about 8 or 9 years ago the raging debate on water boarding and torture in general?  It raged on and on….many opinions and many theories…..some even went so far as to protest the technique……I bring this up because a couple of weeks ago I gave a lecture at the local Jr. College on international relations……we talked about Middle East Peace…..and Ukraine and one student brought up this torture document that all are raving about….. I let the class go back and forth stopping and asking a question here and there and t\let them continue to debate….after about a half hour I brought it to a halt……

I told them that it was good to see the lively exchanges…which it was….I finally asked the entire class…….have any of you ever been tortured?  Of course, none had but a few tried to use some bullying as a torture….did not fly……they all stared at me for a moment before I said……

“Try It Then We Will Talk”!

I then went on to tell them that without first hand knowledge of what is involved and the physical aspects of the technique they have an opinion but it is a worthless opinion.

I bring this up because we are having the debate all over again……and as usual it is not about the technique…it is about the politics of the report……

SCOTUS Flinches

By now you have formed your opinion on the latest ruling by our bought and paid for supreme court…..but while you were listening to Bill or Joe or Wolf they quietly refused other rulings that could have been landmark…..really?  What would those be?

Thank you for asking….let me throw the stuff the cowards would not touch……

The Supreme Court quietly made a bunch of headlines today, mainly by rejecting potentially explosive cases. Here’s a roundup of the day’s (in)action:

  • Gay rights: The court announced that it would not take up the highly charged case that began when a New Mexico wedding photographer refused to do the honors for a same-sex commitment ceremony, Politico reports. New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that this amounted to illegal discrimination. That ruling will now stand in New Mexico, but only in New Mexico.
  • NSA: The justices declined a conservative lawyer’s unusual request that it bypass the usual appeals process and immediately take up a case arguing that the NSA’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records violated the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search and seizure, the AP reports. A lower court had agreed with the lawyer that the program was “almost certainly” unconstitutional.
  • Campaign finance: After last week’s ruling, reform advocates are likely happy that the court decided not to take up a challenge to the 100-year-old rules banning direct contributions from corporations to candidates. Iowa Right to Life had asked the court to rule that corporations had the same free speech rights as individuals, the AP explains.

As is customary, the Court offered no commentary on any of the decisions.

Apparently there is NO money in ruling on these issues…..with the exception of the campaign finance….they avoided that one because of the fuss they raised with the one ruling last week……..they will most likely see it again under the guise of another precedent…….watch for it!