January 16, 2010

Danny Glover Needs to STFU

There is a very good reason why actors are handed scripts that they must memorize and then faithfully recite back to the camera. Because when they open their pieholes and try to utter a cogent thought that has not been prepared in advance for them by someone who actually has a functional neuron, very bad things happen. That is the reason why Danny Glover has verbally soiled himself.

Thus Sprake Zaradouchebag:

"When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I'm sayin'?"

No ... no we don't, not at all.
(Skip to the 1:00 mark for the beginning of Glover's verbal defecation.)

The devastation in Haiti is the result of a sudden shift in the earth's tectonic plates.

Momma Gaia did not have a screaming migraine because of something that did or didn't happen in Copenhagen.

The following diagram will illustrate the location of hundreds of earthquakes that define the tectonic plates. Notice how the Caribbean Sea is involved in a plate that comes out of the north area of the South American continent like a horn and stops just short of Cuba.

And that is what happened to Haiti.

Not this...

Links to Make a Difference

Good morning, Goomba Nation.

A couple of things are on my mind this weekend. I know you all are following the incredible developments in the Massachusetts special election for the U.S. Senate. The coverage across the blogosphere -- including that by Sig here -- has been excellent and most informative.

In a way, Scott Brown's remarkable candidacy has already been a victory for conservatives and freedom-lovers everywhere. But there remains a great opportunity to push Scott Brown over the top and -- dare I say it -- seat a conservative Republican senator from Massachusetts. Let your mind wrap around that thought for a minute. Now, think how a Brown victory might affect the health care "reform" debacle going on right now, as well as the rest of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi agenda.

If you haven't given money or volunteered to help in some way, I'd like to encourage you to do so. If you have a New England accent (ahem), perhaps you could make calls for Scott Brown.

As for me, I gave via National Republican Trust PAC. They fight hard and do the heavy lifting where the weak-kneed and cowering may not tread. Here is the link to National Republican Trust.

Of course, you can also help out directly via the Brown for Senate site.

Finally, I'd be remiss without mentioning the devastation going on in Haiti. Of course, we can talk about why and how (there are lots of ideas theories -- some crazy -- floating around) Haiti was in such bad shape even before the quake. But in the end, as Americans we are truly blessed. Let's thank God for our blessings here. If you feel so inclined, maybe you can donate to many of the fine organizations who are part of the Haiti relief effort.

As for me, I went with the American Red Cross.

Have a great weekend. Thank God for ... our health, our families, our homes and myriad conveniences, our nation and our freedom.

This is still the greatest, most generous, awe-inspiring, always-surprising nation in history.

Talk to you soon.

Stand in awe of such men

Hat tip tip Rhod

There's something about a love song...

There's something about a love song that grabs me by the neck. Add to it a World War, worried women, brave men and the dream of a happy reunion and I try to hold back tears. These were our parents. These were our barbers, neighbors and teachers. These are my heroes.

Unlike the President of the United States, I always stand and place my hand over my heart in salute to these people and the flag under which many of them fell.

January 15, 2010

Garden Tools Not Included

In my previous post we discussed the actions of the current Massachusetts Attorney General and Democratic candidate for Senator, Martha Coakley, in neglecting to prosecute a vicious child molestation case in a timely fashion. In my rush to judgement, I labelled Ms. Coakley as an incompetent person.

Gentle Reader, I was wrong, tragically mistaken, in my hasty assessment of her character. I crave your indulgence as I present to you my new appraisal. Martha Coakley is a corrupt, political ass kissing, child molester protecting, miserable excuse for a human being. Her ovaries should be removed with a rusty garden trowel because, until now, I never thought that any woman could sink to her level in order to accommodate political ambition. Whatever motherly instincts this woman ever possessed have been completely suborned to her need for self promotion at the expense of society's most vulnerable and defenseless asset, our children.

In Part Two of Big Government's continuing evisceration of Coakley's political career, we now find out why she refused to prosecute Somerset Police Officer Keith Winfield who sexually molested his 23 month old niece with a hot curling iron.

Debauched Curling Iron Sadist/Rapist Keith Winfield

Hair Dresser From Hell

Now serving a life sentence in MA Prison System

But that's just the start of this sordid tale, the rape did not end there - the physical rape perhaps - but the rape of the Massachusetts penal code began as soon as Coakley found out that the suspect (I'll omit the invective trembling to burst forth from my lips) was the son of a major political donor to her campaign for MA Attorney General.

Big Government cites an email from the brother of the lawyer (Larry Frisoli - now deceased) who represented the family of the victim. In this email, Frank J. Frisoli states that:

Coakley refused to prosecute Winfield because his father, a former union representative to the Regional Council of Carpenters Union, was actively assisting her campaign for Attorney General. To my knowledge Coakley has never denied that Winfield's father was helping her campaign.

In fact, Larry Frisoli was so incensed by Coakley's inaction that he ran against her for the Office of Attorney General.

As I was quoted in the Globe article, the reason my brother ran against Martha Coakley for Attorney General of Massachusetts in 2006 was because he believed that her office was refusing to prosecute a Somerville police officer who raped and brutalized his 2-year-old niece. My brother believed that Martha Coakley was delaying action against the rapist because the father of the rapist was a union representative who was getting union endorsements and donations to the Coakley for Attorney General campaign. My brother, as attorney for the mother of the victim, was frustrated by the fact that Coakley, the Middlesex County District Attorney, was refusing to indict the rapist despite the fact that the evidence ultimately used to convict him had been supplied by Larry to her office months ago. By December 1, 2005, the district attorney's office had received all critical documentation ultimately used to indict and convict this rapist but it appeared no action was being taken to prosecute.

Coakley is in the same league as Ted Kennedy. Ted's depravity was based between his legs and fueled by his addiction to alcohol. Coakley's depravity is based between her ears and fueled by naked ambition. A pox on them both.

UPDATE: Her own internal polls are showing that Coakley is down by 5 points. Pray that the SEIU thugs are rendered harmless and support Scott Brown's campaign.

Let's get ready to Rumble

Beware: SEIU’s Purple Army marches on Massachusetts

By Michelle Malkin

They’ve dumped nearly a $1 million of rank-and-file dues into Martha Antoinette Coakley’s coffers.

They “pulled out all the stops” before the primary and they’ll be throwing all their ground troops into the Bay State over the weekend.

We know how the SEIU thugs operate. I told you in Culture of Corruption about Andy Stern’s organizational motto:
“[W]e prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power.”

Be prepared for Democrat cheating in every election everywhere

George Soros eyes Secretaries of State

The American Spectator

History's most notorious Georgian-turned-Russian, the politically astute Joseph Stalin once remarked, "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

The lesson has not been lost on the increasingly notorious Hungarian-cum-American George Soros.

A group backed by Soros is gearing up to steal the 2012 election for President Obama and congressional Democrats by installing left-wing Democrats as secretaries of state across the nation. From such posts, secretaries of state can help tilt the electoral playing field.

This is, of course, the same Soros, the same hyperpolitical left-wing philanthropist who makes no secret of his intention to destroy capitalism. In an interview with Der Spiegel last year, Soros said European-style socialism "is exactly what we need now. I am against market fundamentalism. I think this propaganda that government involvement is always bad has been very successful -- but also very harmful to our society."

The vehicle for this planned hijacking of democracy is a below-the-radar non-federal "527" group called the Secretary of State Project. The entity can accept unlimited financial contributions and doesn't have to disclose them publicly until well after the election.

It was revealed during a panel discussion at the Democratic Party's convention last year that the Democracy Alliance, a financial clearinghouse created by Soros and Progressive insurance magnate Peter B. Lewis, approved the Secretary of State Project as a grantee. The Democracy Alliance aspires to create a permanent political infrastructure of nonprofits, think tanks, media outlets, leadership schools, and activist groups -- a kind of "vast left-wing conspiracy" to compete with the conservative movement. It has brokered more than $100 million in grants to liberal nonprofits, including ACORN.

The latest fundraising appeal from the SoS Project warns:

In the 2000 and 2004 elections, we saw the results of extreme Republican tactics to intimidate voters and steal the presidential election -- the disastrous presidency of George W. Bush. Today, we watch as Republicans go to even greater extremes -- even carrying guns to town hall meetings. If they are willing to go to such extremes now, how far will they go on November 6, 2012 to steal the election from President Barack Obama?

At the top of the SoS Project's slate of candidates for state-level secretary of state positions in 2010 is Minnesota's radically left-wing Mark Ritchie, a former community organizer whose cavalier attitude toward electoral fraud and whose shamelessly partisan conduct during the recount process cleared the way for Al Franken to steal last year's U.S. Senate election from then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.). Ritchie was first elected Minnesota secretary of state in 2006. Franken and Obama, by the way, were endorsed last year by ACORN Votes, ACORN's federal political action committee.

In 2006, the Minnesota ACORN PAC endorsed Ritchie, a longtime ACORN ally, and donated to his campaign. According to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, contributors to Ritchie's campaign included liberal philanthropists Soros, Drummond Pike, and Deborah Rappaport, along with veteran community organizer Heather Booth, a Saul Alinsky disciple who co-founded the Midwest Academy, a radical ACORN clone that breeds Marxist agitators. One article on Ritchie's 2006 campaign website brags about the fine work ACORN did in Florida to pass a constitutional amendment to raise that state's minimum wage.

The 2010 slate also includes California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, whom the group describes as "one of the most progressive Secretaries of State in the nation." Bowen was endorsed in her previous run by California ACORN PAC.

SoS Project is also endorsing Jocelyn Benson, candidate for secretary of state in Michigan, whom it lauds as an "[e]lection law scholar and community organizer."

Benson is a candidate ACORN would love. The bio SoS Project provides credits Benson with running a 2004 "voter protection campaign in 21 states, deploying 17,000 trained election law lawyers." Last year in Michigan, she helped to lead the fight to stop the Republican secretary of state "from disenfranchising voters who were victims of home foreclosures."

Assuming the desperately mismanaged Michigan continues to exist through Election Day next year, count on the desperately evil ACORN endorsing Benson.

To the Secretary of State Project, Republican secretaries of state are always Snidely Whiplashes trying to undermine progressive Dudley Do-Rights. SoS claims to advance "election protection" but only backs Democrats, religiously believe that right-leaning secretaries of state helped the GOP steal the presidential elections in Florida in 2000 (Katherine Harris) and in Ohio in 2004 (Ken Blackwell).

Harris in particular is presented as the poster child for GOP election-stealing and vote suppression as the left tries to keep alive its fantasy that George W. Bush stole the 2000 election in Florida with the creative collaboration of Bull Connor, the Ku Klux Klan, Diebold, Blackwater, and the CIA.

The secretary of state candidates the group endorses all sing the same familiar song about electoral integrity issues that we routinely hear from ACORN: Voter fraud is largely a myth, vote suppression is used widely by Republicans, cleansing the dead and fictional characters from voter rolls should be avoided until embarrassing media reports emerge, and anyone who demands that a voter produce photo identification before pulling the lever is a racist, democracy-hating fascist.

The group was co-founded in July 2006 by James Rucker, formerly director of grassroots mobilization for Political Action and Civic Action. Rucker is also a co-founder of Color of Change, a race-baiting left-wing hate group.

Its website claims, "A modest political investment in electing clean candidates to critical Secretary of State offices is an efficient way to protect the election." Indeed. Political observers know that a relatively small amount of money can help swing a little-watched race for a state office few people understand or care about.

The strategic targeting of the SoS Project yielded astounding results in 2008 and 2006.

In 2008, SoS Project-backed Democrats Linda McCulloch (Montana), Natalie Tennant (West Virginia), Robin Carnahan (Missouri), and Kate Brown (Oregon) won their races. Only Carnahan was an incumbent. The Center for Public Integrity reported that the group performed this electoral feat in the 2008 election cycle with a mere $280,000.

In 2006, along with Minnesota's Ritchie, SoS Project-endorsed Jennifer Brunner (Ohio), who defied federal law last year by refusing to take steps to verify 200,000 questionable voter registrations, trounced her opponent, 55% to 41%. Democrats supported by the group also won that year in New Mexico, Nevada, and Iowa. The group claims it spent about $500,000 in that election cycle.

Talk about return on investment! Stalin would be impressed.


Comment of the day:

Arby said...

Let’s see:

1)Count the ballots

2)Discover you’re behind in voting

3)Demand a recount

4)Recount ballots

5)Discover you’re still behind in voting

6)Find a bag of “missing” ballots and have them counted. Act surprised when the vast majority of them are in your favor.

7)Go to court

8)Parse the rules in every and any way possible to throw out ballots unfavorable to your campaign and count votes favorable to your campaign. Convince the judge to rule in your favor.

9)Complain to the media that you are only trying to insure that every vote is counted and that there are no disenfranchised voters. Do not bother to account for the disenfranchisement of the voters whose ballots have been discarded. Don’t worry, the media won’t bring up that thorny issue.

10)Repeat steps 1-9 until you get a count in your favor.

11)Declare victory.

12)Go to court to defend your case after the real winner of the election attempts to stop you from stealing the election.

13)Complain to the media that your opponent can only win by suing, that he is trying to use the judiciary to steal an election and disenfranchise voters.

14)Get sworn into office.

Do I clearly understand how to be a Democrat, or am I missing something?

The Party of Lawyers


The Democratic Party has become the Lawyers’Party.
Barack Obama is a lawyer.
Michelle Obama is a lawyer.
Hillary Clinton is a lawyer.
Bill Clinton is a lawyer.
John Edwards is a lawyer.
Elizabeth Edwards is a lawyer.

Every Democrat nominee since 1984 went to law school
(although Gore did not graduate).
Every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except
for Lloyd Bentsen, went to law school.
Look at leaders of the Democrat Party in Congress:

Harry Reid is a lawyer.
Nancy Pelosi is a lawyer.

The Republican Party is different.
President Bush is a businessman.
Vice President Cheney is a businessman.

The leaders of the Republican Revolution:
Newt Gingrich was a history professor.
Tom Delay was an exterminator. Dick Armey was an economist.

House Minority Leader Boehner was a plastic manufacturer.
The former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a heart

Who was the last Republican president who was a lawyer? Gerald Ford, who left office 31 years ago and who barely won the Republican nomination as a sitting president, running against Ronald Reagan in 1976.

The Republican Party is made up of real people doing real work, who are often the targets of lawyers.

The Democrat Party is made up of lawyers. Democrats mock and scorn men who create wealth, like Bush and Cheney, or who heal the sick, like Frist, or who immerse themselves in history, like Gingrich.

The Lawyers’ Party sees these sorts of people, who provide goods and services that people want, as the enemies of America . And, so we have seen the procession of official enemies, in the eyes of the Lawyers’ Party, grow.

Against whom do Hillary and Obama rail? Pharmaceutical companies, oil companies, hospitals, manufacturers, fast food restaurant chains, large retail businesses, bankers, and anyone producing anything of value in our nation.

This is the natural consequence of viewing everything through the eyes of lawyers. Lawyers solve problems by successfully representing their clients, in this case the American people. Lawyers seek to have new laws passed, they seek to win lawsuits, they press appellate courts to overturn precedent, and lawyers always parse language to favor their side.

Confined to the narrow practice of law, that is fine. But it is an awful way to govern a great nation. When politicians as lawyers begin to view some Americans as clients and other Americans as opposing parties, then the role of the legal system in our life becomes all-consuming. Some Americans become “adverse parties” of our very government. We are not all litigants in some vast social class-action suit.

We are citizens of a republic that promises us a great deal of freedom from laws, from courts, and from lawyers.

Today, we are drowning in laws; we are contorted by judicial decisions; we are driven to distraction by omnipresent lawyers in all parts of our once private lives. America has a place for laws and lawyers, but that place is modest and reasonable, not vast and unchecked.. When the most important decision for our next president is whom he will appoint to the Supreme Court, the role of lawyers and the law in America is too big.

When lawyers use criminal prosecution as a continuation of politics by other means, as happened in the lynching of Scooter Libby and Tom Delay, then the power of lawyers in America is too great. When House Democrats sue America in order to hamstring our efforts to learn what our enemies are planning to do to us, then the role of litigation in America has become crushing.

We cannot expect the Lawyers’ Party to provide real change, real reform or real hope in America Most Americans know that a republic in which every major government action must be blessed by nine unelected judges is not what Washington intended in 1789. Most Americans grasp that we cannot fight a war when ACLU lawsuits snap at the heels of our defenders.. Most Americans intuit that more lawyers and judges will not restore declining moral values or spark the spirit of enterprise in our economy.

Perhaps Americans will understand that change cannot be brought to our nation by those lawyers who already largely dictate American society and business. Perhaps Americans will see that hope does not come from the mouths of lawyers but from personal dreams nourished by hard work. Perhaps Americans will embrace the truth that more lawyers with more power will only make our problems worse.

The United States has 5% of the world’s population and 66% of the world’s lawyers! Tort (Legal) reform legislation has been introduced in congress several times in the last several years to limit punitive damages in ridiculous lawsuits such as “spilling hot coffee on yourself and suing the establishment that sold it to you” and also to limit punitive damages in huge medical malpractice lawsuits. This legislation has continually been blocked from even being voted on by the Democrat Party. When you see that 97% of the political contributions from the American Trial Lawyers Association goes to the Democrat Party, then you realize who is responsible for our medical and product costs being so high! ...No tort reform for healthcare? And We wonder WHY???

January 14, 2010

Sense And Sensitivities

Hello? Hello?
This thing on?

My first post on GNN - little nervous here.

The State of Massachusetts is suffering from a malaise common to many areas of the nation that share oceanfront property - democratitis. On both the East and Left Coasts this infection has left millions of voters utterly dependant on government and totally oblivious to the character deficiencies of their elected representatives. And no wonder. If you can vote for the likes of Ted Kennedy for decades, your political sensitivity phaser must be set on "Stun Until Dumb." That means you are in perfect condition to vote for Martha Coakley.

While Martha Coakley's slime trail is not as long and wide as that of her recently departed, though still marinating, comrade-in-charms, she compensates magnificently for her lack of licentiousness and depravity with an exceptional streak of incompetence.

Our friends at BigJournalism are likewise impressed with her single- and simple minded devotion to stupidity and willingness to ignore facts - an unbeatable combination in any democratic candidate for Senator.

In researching the ever-intensifying Massachusetts Senate race between Democrat Martha Coakley and her Republican challenger Scott Brown, it only takes a few keystrokes to unearth her ongoing history of questionable judgment and puzzling prosecutorial decisions. Even though the election has been effectively nationalized, with some polls showing the underdog Brown within two points or so of the colorless Coakley, she remains largely unknown outside New England.

So as a public service to the voters of the Bay State, during the run-up to the special election on Jan. 19, Big Journalism will be offering some of the Martha’s Greatest Hits, so that they can fully make up their minds whether she would make a suitable successor to the late Edward Moore Kennedy – who, as you recall, began his illustrious career by being expelled from Harvard for cheating, went on to drown Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick, and then turned to a life of drinking and debauchery, including the infamous “waitress sandwich” with soon-to-be-retired Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, before attempting to inflict “universal health care” on the country shortly before his death last year.

This article on Ted "Wear Your Seatbelt" Kennedy's death pretty well sums it all up, Martha has some incredibly huge shoes to fill. Treachery, lies and treason on the level of Massachusetts' two Senators - Kerry and Kennedy - is not something you can just walk into. There's years of practice and accompanying media enabling that must go hand in hand for a truly memorable political career such as these giants.

We can’t condemn liberalism itself on the strength of Kennedy’s character. It’s only a coincidence that the man who left Miss Kopechne to tap, tap, tap against the Oldsmobile window while he apparently tried to establish an alibi and otherwise cover his ass also spent a lifetime promoting policies that have endangered our freedoms, harmed our economy and damaged the lives of the poor people they were presumably intended to help.

We know she'll try as hard as she can; as a matter of fact, she has hit the ground stumbling running.

1. October 2005: The curling-iron toddler rape case. Coakley brings no charges, then lets the rapist out on no bail.

“I’ve been a cop for over 26 years and this is one of the most — if not the most — horrific cases I’ve ever seen.” Police Detective Sgt. Barry Campbell

Even in a place like Boston, which has seen its share of horrific sex crimes in recent years, such as the Jeffrey Curley rape and murder in 1997, this was particularly unsettling.

[...]One of the attorneys who had represented the family of Jeffrey Curley was so outraged at Coakley’s inaction in the Winfield case that he challenged Coakley in her run for A.G. in 2006, but lost.

After Coakley’s foot-dragging, Winfield eventually was found guilty on all four charges of the August 2006 indictment: two counts of rape of a child with force, one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury. He was sentenced to two life terms.

So let’s be clear: Martha Coakley failed to take action against a man who molested his own niece, a child, with a curling iron until her hand was finally forced by the victim’s mother.

I've investigated sex crimes. I cannot for the life of me understand how a prosecutor could let this case sit for as long as she did and let her successor put this scum away. I've seen prosecutors chaffing at the bit for far less. Hell, in my office I've watched female ADA's pitch themselves for the "Queen of Mean" as they slam sex offenders with maximum bail and maximum sentences. They do everything but try to castrate the SOB on the witness stand with a butter knife. But Coakley ROR's this pervert? Obviously she was just going through the paces as District Attorney on her way to something else. She had no feel, no passion for the job.

This is only the first in a series of Coakley hits. I'll keep you posted.

From the corner at the NRO

Coakley Internals Show Her at +2: 'May Be Too Far Gone'

[Daniel Foster]
Independent journalist Steve Kornacki said just a week ago that Scott Brown didn't have a chance. In a
post today in which he reverses course on that prediction, Kornacki has quite the juicy tidbit:

Coakley's internal poll last night, I've been told, showed her barely ahead, 46 to 44 percent. The momentum clearly favors Brown, and one very smart Massachusetts Democrat I know told me this morning that "this may be too far gone to recover."

Tyranny's Watchmen

The Obama Administration is hoping for a prolongation of their Congressional super majority because unwinding freedoms that Americans have enjoyed for two centuries is difficult to accomplish in two years. It doesn't stop them from trying.

The "stability police" blog posting (scroll down to Nickie's previous blog post) is the latest take on what was supposed to be ACORN's role in crushing dissent by freedom loving Americans' reaction to the government's contingency. Thanks to two brave young Americans ( the ACORN seed didn't take root the way it was supposed to. It doesn't mean that the Barack Hussein Obama Administration decided to pack up and go home. They simply need another way to create, "a civilian defense force, larger and better funded than the military".

That force, proposed by Obama, has only one enemy - YOU. The police do a very good job protecting you but they don't consider YOU their enemy.

America doesn't need a national police force. There is a REASON why we don't have one. There is a reason why the military is prohibited from engaging in police actions in the constituted United States. Why do you think this is the case?

Consolidation of police power in America to do this very thing is impossible because the jurisdictional mandates don't allow it. Additionally, many American police officers could be classified as "terrorists" based on the Janet Napolitano definition that is familiar to us at this point. Therefore, they are politically unreliable. What that means is that they are unlikely to fire into crowds of men, women and children carrying the Stars and Stripes, protesting the ObamaNation.

I urge you to use all means at your disposal to prevent the formation of this sort of "contingency force" for the purpose of "bringing stability" within the nation. Tyranny requires a ground game to function.

Quite frankly, I'm not the sort of person who sees a conspiracy in a cloudy day. If you read what I've written in the past, you'll see that I try to see the best in people and give them the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, we seem to getting well beyond the point where we can see a benign motive in anything that this Administration or this Congress does.

The American people have an instinctive distrust of Obama and the band of misfits who swept into office last year. Firearms and ammunition that were purchased over the past year in record amounts have more to do with national insecurity with what freedoms we have left than they do with "stockpiling hunting supplies".

Those of you who read the GNN blog (thanks Nickie for being a virtuous leader) are among those who are concerned about the march of tyranny in the guise of "protecting you". You always need to ask who you need protection FROM.

Opposing a national police force, conceived as a measure toward "stability" is a step toward opposing tyranny.

Democrats can be expected to use every filthy political to prevent citizens from having an honest vote

UH-OH: Massachusetts Sec. of State Has History of Playing Games With Absentee Ballots

Posted at Yid With Lid

The latest polls show the race for Massachusetts Senator is too close to call. Looking at the history of the state's entrenched Democratic political machine, if Republican Scott Brown wins, he better win big, as the Massachusetts Secretary of State has been known to play fast and loose with absentee ballots. In 2008 was found to have violated the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act passed in 2002, in which he failed to report and collect the number sent and the number returned of absentee ballots from overseas Military personnel registered to vote in Massachusetts. After an investigation by the US Justice Department, a settlement was reached to force Galvin to comply with the law.
The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with Massachusetts Secretary of State William Francis Galvin, to remedy violations of the Uniformed Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). UOCAVA is designed to ensure that uniformed military members and overseas citizens can effectively participate in federal elections. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through its Secretary of State, is responsible for collecting and reporting the number of military voters and overseas citizens who are sent ballots, who return ballots, and who have the ballots successfully cast in each federal general election. Massachusetts has failed to fulfill this important legal obligation since UOCAVA was enacted in 2002.

"Accurate and complete information about whether our uniformed service members and overseas citizens are being given an effective opportunity to have their votes counted is essential to our democratic system of government," said Grace Chung Becker, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. "Without it, Congress and the public cannot determine whether states are fulfilling their obligations to let uniform
ed service members and overseas citizens fully participate in our elections.
As military absentee ballots tend to be more Republican than others, it is not to the advantage of Gavin's Democratic party to count the ballots of those who are overseas sacrificing themselves to protect his family.

Apparently Galvin has had a cynical change of heart. As Michael Graham reported in the Boston Herald:
In what must be a new low, even for Massachusetts, Secretary of State Bill Galvin told the Herald the election will not be considered complete by his office until Jan. 29, when 10 days have been allowed for absentee and military ballots to arrive. That’s 10 extra days for Senate liberals to shove ObamaCare down an unwilling electorate’s throat - and about eight days longer than it took Rep. Niki Tsongas to get sworn in after her special election victory.

What makes Galvin’s play so repugnant is that the U.S. Department of Justice had to threaten to sue him to get him to comply with federal laws protecting the voting rights of military members abroad. For years, Galvin ignored these ballots - and the soldiers, airmen and Marines who cast them - and now he’s prepared to use them to deny the will of the people if, by some miracle, Scott Brown wins.

I would not be shocked if the Massachusetts Democratic party has some ACORN workers in an office right now filling out absentee ballots with different pen colors, or different hand writing.

Scott Brown should be very concerned, if he wins by a squeaker, a few thousand hundred absentee ballots could turn it the other way, or if his margin is too big to fraudulently give it to his opponent, Galvin could (as he hinted to the Boston Herald) delay certifying the election until Obamacare is passed.

January 13, 2010

Sarah Palin: 'Backwoods Barbie" or Crazy like a Fox?

James Hudnall at Big Journalism brings us this...

When the news broke yesterday that Sarah Palin had signed on as a Fox News contributor an awful shrinking feeling in the groin must have hit the execs at the network’s competitors. While the old media continues to try to paint her as a crazed redneck, the fact of her ascendancy as a serious power player is now an inescapable fact. Her autobiography, Going Rogue is a publishing phenomenon, having sold 2.7 million copies as of December 1 of 2009. It’s one of just four political memoirs to sell more than a million copies.

This from — as the left frames the narrative — a failed vice-presidential candidate who didn’t even finish her first term in office as governor of Alaska. The old media and its enablers have tried in vain to discredit, demonize and disenfranchise the woman only to make her stronger. Yet still they hammer away at her relentlessly.

In the new book that has evey tongue in Washington wagging, Game Change, by political writers John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, it’s claimed that some McCain staffers who worked directly with Palin began to worry that she could be “mentally unstable.” This claim has been trumpeted by left-wing bloggers and the usual suspects in the press, desperate to keep up the Palin-bashing so they can ignore Obama’s increasingly evident failures.

Some are even crowing at the news that Palin has joined Fox. They see it as a train wreck in the making. Yet, every time they write her political obituary, Palin has consistently shown them to be wrong. If anything, her hiring by Roger Ailes will be another feather in a cap that must be looking like a chief’s headdress by now. Fox not only has higher ratings and higher earnings than all the cable news channels combined, their numbers are growing while the others wither into irrelevance. No wonder the shrieks of impotent rage are so shrill over at places like MSNBC.

The old media fails to understand why Palin and Fox resonate with the public so strongly. That’s because they’re connecting in ways that the MSM cannot. Palin speaks to middle Americans in a voice they don’t hear from others from the Beltway and the usual media outlets. Fox provides a balance the others often fail to even attempt. The old media can’t understand that people see through the fictions and spin that’s been handed down as gospel for so long. The MSM no longer has a monopoly on dissemination. It’s fast becoming a relic as dated as Harry Reid’s dialogue.

Fox shows that once again, they understand the importance of reaching their audience and giving them what they want. People don’t want stale propaganda or second-hand gossip. And they’re tired of the usual faces shoveling out the talking points of the day while patting themselves on the back for their wisdom.


Special Announcement: Daisy Cutter Named Head Coach at Tennessee

Sorry, I have been busy.

I took it with the proviso that I will resign when Muschamp is promoted to succeed Mack Brown at Texas. Complicated contract, but I got the legal trainin' to pull it off.

Special Introduction

Some of you are aware that I will be pursuing a religious calling and will have a little less time to devote to this blog that I so enjoy. My plan for the future of this site was to create a site where someone will be able to sample the most literate, the silliest, the angriest, the most knowledgeable - well, let be put it this way... The Goomba News Network now offers some of the very best blog personalities on the Internets.

DC is my blog brother. We have seen the worldwide web grow to be the global phenomenon it is today. DC's original blog, the ill-fated Uncle D's Kartoon Kastle made its debut in 1979. He is a true online pioneer.

Rhod is my blogging hero. Woe to anyone who attempts to challenge this American's encyclopedic knowledge or test his patience. He is a passionate Patriot, a generous and learned New Englander.

Opus #6 is the most energetic presence on the Internet. She specializes in snagging the hottest stories in the news and presenting them to the world before your local newspaper has even begun to warm up the printing presses.

LL is a dark and mysterious character. As a member of Goomba's Justice Society of America, LL has one great super power... Political Insight. When LL shares his point of view on any issue, take the time to read it carefully. He has a startling record of accuracy.

Toaster 802 is one of our newest members and yet another representative of New England. He's rough around the edges. He's mean as a wounded wolverine and not afraid to take on the enemies of Liberty and Freedom.

sig94 was hard to corral. It took a bonus and multi-year offer to get this cynical and poetic ex-cop to fill a cubicle at GNN headquarters. Look forward to this guy's observations as we enter America's Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn of discontent.

This is a talented crew, and I give thanks they're on our side!

SEIU takes over Coakley campaign

(Boston Globe)

A major national union supporting Democrat Martha Coakley is taking out a massive TV ad buy that slams her Republican rival, Scott Brown, for his positions on abortion and climate change.

The ad taken out by the Service Employees International Union, will begin airing statewide tomorrow. The buy size is $685,000, one of the largest of the election.

“Before you vote for Senate, here’s a few things you should know about Scott Brown,” says a narrator in the 30-second spot. The narrator then says he “has repeatedly opposed a woman’s right to choose” and he “expresses skepticism that climate change is being caused by humans.”

“No wonder Brown’s campaign is being supported by the same extremist group that backs Sarah Palin,” the narrator says. “Martha Coakley for Senate. Massachusetts values.”

The ad shows Brown, in black and white, talking in slow motion before switching at the end to a quicker pace and color photo of Coakley.

It marks another negative ad in a Jan. 19 special election that is garnering widespread national attention. Coakley last night took out an ad that went after Brown along the same line of attack.

Brown’s daughters this afternoon called on her to take it down and run a more positive campaign.

January 12, 2010

Here come the "Stability Police". You knew it was just a mater of time!

Posted at Yid With a Lid

This has to be the scariest thing I have read in a very long time. The Rand Corporation was asked by the US Army to prepare a report recommending whether or not the US Needed a National Stability Police force. Basically a call for American "Brown Shirts". Rand's answer was a resounding yes.

Our analysis clearly indicates that the United States needs an SPF or some other way to accomplish the SPF mission. Stability operations have become an inescapable reality of U.S. foreign policy. Establishing security with soldiers and police is critical because it is difficult to achieve other objectives—such as rebuilding political and economic systems—without it.

The cost of not fixing this gap is significant. The United States will continue to expe
rience major challenges in stability operations if it does not have this policing capacity. These challenges include creating the ability to establish basic law and order, as well as defeat or deter criminal organizations, terrorists, and insurgents. In some cases, allied countries may be able to fill this gap. Allies did this effectively in Bosnia and Kosovo, both of which were successful in establishing security. In other cases, the United States may not be able to count on allied support. The United States should not depend on allies to supply these capabilities, because doing so would limit U.S. freedom of action on the international stage. Consequently, the United States should seriously consider building a high-end police capacity.
The report recommends that these police would not only have a role in foreign lands but also in the United States:
The ability of SPF personnel to act in a law –– enforcement capacity while in the United States. One important aspect of the return on investment from an SPF option is what SPF personnel do when not deployed. Given that an SPF will be deployed one out of every three years at most for active duty options and one out of six for reserve options, whether its members can perform law enforcement functions and so contribute to domestic tranquility and homeland defense when not deployed will have a major impact on whether an option is cost-effective. Two categories of options—military units and contractors—cannot do so under current statutes and regulations.
In particular, for the MP option to be as cost-effective as possible, relief from the Posse Comitatus Act [which forbids the US Army from being used in law enforcement in the United States] would be required to permit its members to perform domestic law enforcement functions. The issue of contractors performing law enforcement functions is moot (our only “contracting” option does not consider a standing contract force, but rather one hired as needed) and would probably be insurmountable if it was not. Furthermore, as noted in our DOTMLPF discussion, working as police officers would greatly contribute to the state of training and readiness of SPF personnel. MPs can do this on military installations, but contract personnel would not so act at all.
The report goes on to say that this Stability Police Force should be placed under the US Marshal Service because that will make it easier for it to have domestic US responsibilities.
Given that it is unlikely that MPs would be permitted to perform civilian policing tasks in the United States, the USMS, despite its capacity and management shortfalls, is the agency best suited to take on the SPF mission under the assumptions of this study. Placing the SPF in the USMS would place it where its members can develop the needed skills under the hybrid staffing option. Furthermore, the USMS has the broadest law enforcement mandate of any U.S. law enforcement agency and many of the required skills, though it would need to increase its capacity significantly. Furthermore,the Department of Justice stands at the center of the rule-of-law effort, with lead roles in policing, judiciary, and corrections efforts.
I wonder what kind of Domestic Role the Stability Police can have, controlling Tea Parties? "Fixing" Fox News? A national police under the control of this or any president will do nothing less than signal the end of freedom in the United States.

Click here to read the rest and view the Rand document

Hey Obama, Who's Freddy?

Is it possible? Did we miss one? With all the Marxists dug out from the very public -- yet very opaque -- story of President Barack Obama's life, could there be room for one more, hiding in plain sight on page 24 of Dreams from My Father?
A Japanese-American man who called himself Freddy and ran a small market near our house would save us the choicest cuts of aku for sashimi and give me rice candy with edible wrappers.
Who's Freddy?

I nominate the late Wilfred Mitsuji Oka, former proprietor of the Corner Liquor Store in Honolulu's Chinatown.

Friends may protest that the late Mr. Oka went by "Mits," not Freddy -- but Obama disguised the names of many of the people depicted in his book. For instance, the "Frank" in Dreams from My Father is card-carrying Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis, who mentored the young Obama in Honolulu for several years after Obama's return from Indonesia and until Obama left Hawaii to attend Occidental College in Los Angeles.

In addition to being "a Japanese-American man [who] ran a small market near [Obama's] house," Oka was sports editor of the Honolulu Record -- a weekly newspaper published by the ILWU (Longshoremen's Union) from 1948 to 1958. Frank Marshall Davis authored a column called "Frank-ly Speaking." The Record's editor was Communist ex-spy Koji Ariyoshi.

Ariyoshi, ILWU President Jack Hall, and five other Communists charged with Smith Act violations became known as the "Honolulu Seven"-- convicted in 1953 of advocating the overthrow of the United States government by force and violence. Mits Oka was identified, along with Davis, as a Communist, and he was among the "reluctant 39" -- individuals who refused to testify before April, 1950 House Un-American Activities Committee hearings on Communist influence in the ILWU in Hawaii.

Charged with contempt of Congress, Mits Oka and the other reluctant witnesses were acquitted in January, 1951 -- but not before Oka's stance got him booted out of his position as Hawaii Democratic Party Central Committee Secretary and replaced by some guy named Dan Inouye.

The Honolulu Seven convictions were overturned in January 1958 after the U.S. Supreme Court's 1957 Yates decision recognized the legality of "advocacy and teaching of forcible overthrow as an abstract principle" and held that the Smith Act could prohibit only "advocacy and teaching of concrete action for the forcible overthrow of the Government." With its editor and his comrades safe, the Honolulu Record folded just six months later.

Because the U.S. and Soviet Union were allies during WWII, Ariyoshi had been able to join U.S. military intelligence from Manzanar War Relocation Camp in 1942 as an open Communist. As an intelligence officer, Ariyoshi was assigned as U.S. liaison to Mao Zedong's forces in Yenan, China during 1944 and 1945. He worked personally with Mao, Chou En-lai, and other top Chinese Communists -- a story he recounts in his memoir, From Kona to Yenan.

Immediately after the war, Ariyoshi worked in China and then New York City with accused "Amerasia" spy John S. Service and Ed Rohrbough -- who would become business manager of the Honolulu Record -- in an effort to steer U.S. policy towards the Reds and against the Nationalists. Rohrbough had edited a U.S. Office of War Information newspaper in Fukien, China during the war.

As advertised in the Record, the Corner Liquor Store was located at 1042 Bethel Street, at the corner of Hotel Street. Oka's store stayed at that address until plans arose to redevelop his block into the Chinatown Gateway Plaza apartment tower. But he didn't move far. In 1970, the Corner Liquor Store relocated to 1024 Nuuanu -- one block away from the Bethel location. In 1977 -- two years before Obama left Honolulu -- Oka would move around the corner to 15 N. King St. In addition to the business listing for the Corner Liquor Store, the Oahu telephone books each year carried personal telephone listings for Oka at his store's address.

All of these locations are about one and a half miles from the Punahou Circle apartment Obama shared with his grandparents Stanley and Madelyn Dunham at 1617 S Beretania St.

Now it gets interesting.

Still "too young to know that I needed a race," as he describes himself in Dreams, Obama was sent back from Indonesia in 1969 or '70. Gramps Stanley Dunham began a bizarre project which involved introducing Obama to Frank Marshall Davis and making secret visits to Chinatown's disreputable Smith Street bars -- located one block away from Oka's Corner Liquor Store. Obama describes the "excitement" of these visits in Dreams, page 77-78:

"Don't tell your grandmother," he would say with a wink, and we'd walk past hard-faced, soft-bodied streetwalkers into a small, dark bar with a jukebox and a couple of pool tables. Nobody seemed to mind that Gramps was the only white man in the place, or that I was the only eleven-or twelve year old. Some of the men leaning across the bar would wave at us, and the bartender, a big, light skinned woman with bare, fleshy arms, would bring a Scotch for Gramps and a Coke for me. If nobody else was playing at the tables, Gramps would spot me a few balls and teach me the game, but usually I would sit at the bar, my legs dangling from the high stool, blowing bubbles into my drink and looking at the pornographic art on the walls -- the phosphorescent women on animal skins, the Disney characters in compromising positions. If he was around, a man named Rodney with a wide-brimmed hat would stop by to say hello. ..."

Frank Marshall Davis too, described adventures on Smith Street at "The Green Goose," a bar "operated by one of my friends." Group sex and voyeurism at the Green Goose fill two pages in his pseudonymous porno book, Sex Rebel: Black (Memoirs of a Gash Gourmet), published just before Obama returned from Indonesia.

Returning from Hawaii in 1948, Communist Party leader Paul Robeson encouraged Frank and his then-wife Helen Davis to relocate from Chicago. Historian John Tidwell writes in Davis's memoir, Livin' the Blues:

For [Robeson,] Hawaii contained a veritable "lesson in racial matters to be learned[,]" one that could "speed democracy in the United States," if Hawaii were to be admitted to the Union as a state."

In his Honolulu Record columns, Davis worked to convince anybody who would listen that hapa Hawaii really was a segregated society. He derided Hawaii's black "racial exiles" who escaped the mainland and were able to forget about race while achieving personal success.

The Communist ex-spy Ariyoshi died of cancer in 1976 after helping found the U.H. Manoa Ethnic Studies Department -- the source of the Akaka Bill and lesser efforts to divide Hawaii into dependent "communities" to be "organized" in order to utilize artificially created divisions as an excuse for Hawaiian political operators to grab power, land, and money.

Oka, who passed away in July, 2009 at the age of 97, also remained politically active nearly to the end. Oka in 2003 backed "Downwind Productions," a Honolulu website and media enterprise based on the historical relativist model, teaching that "[o]ur thousand stories replace their history." Just as Obama decided that he "needed a race," Downwind requires visitors to choose a race in order to enter its "Historic Waikiki" website through portals labeled "kanaka maoli," "kamaaina," or "haole".

Below the portals is a quote from Italian Communist Party co-founder Antonio Gramsci. While Obama's associates seem to have written their memoirs at the end of their lives, Gramsci sums up Obama's likely motivation in writing two memoirs before living his life (emphasis added):
[T]he consciousness of what one really is ... is "knowing thyself" as a product of the historical process to date which has deposited in you an infinity of traces, without leaving an inventory. It is therefore imperative at the outset to compile such an inventory