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Archive for October 22nd, 2007

Riverbend posts

Posted by Charles II on October 22, 2007

Thanks to Swopa at Needlenose, I learn of River’s latest:

Syria is a beautiful country- at least I think it is. I say “I think” because while I perceive it to be beautiful, I sometimes wonder if I mistake safety, security and normalcy for ‘beauty’.

Posted in Riverbend | 2 Comments »

Learn how the cat wakes you up in the morning…

Posted by Charles II on October 22, 2007

…over at Shrimplate’s place.

Posted in Just for fun | 2 Comments »

The Object Lesson

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 22, 2007

Per Harper’s:  Mistah Kurtz’ commenters are more interesting than he is — and they all hate his blog.

That kinda sums up the difference between the Celebrity Press Corps (of which Kurtz is a high-ranking member) and the progressive side of the blogosphere.

Posted in blogs and blogging, media, Media machine, mediawhores | Comments Off on The Object Lesson

Deporting Dissent

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 22, 2007

Kyle says it better than I can:

When anti-migrant advocates speak up, they get called racists. When pro-migrant advocates speak up, they get deported. Is there even a contest?

Tam Tran bravely testified before Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s panel (D-CA) and was covered on the front page of USA Today. Three days later, her family was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Who is Tam Tran? A woman without a country:

The family has a long and complicated history. Tuan Ngoc Tran had faced persecution in his native Vietnam due to his anti-communist activates and managed to escape, becoming a “boat person” and eventually ending up in Germany after being rescued at sea. Both Tam Tran and her brother, Thien, 21 were then born in Germany. The family moved to the USA when Tran was 6 and began going through the process of applying for asylum.

When they lost their asylum case the Trans volunteered to go back to Germany, but the German government refused to issue them travel documents. Although born in Germany, both Tan and Thien are not considered German citizens. Being technically “stateless”, Tran told the Congressional subcommittee in May that she writes “the world” when asked her citizenship on official papers.

Unable to go back to either Vietnam or Germany, the Trans were granted “withholding of removal” status by the government in 2001 that allowed them to stay until the government could figure out what to do with them. It required them to continue to report to immigration officials annually to obtain their work permits….just as they’ve done every year for the last 18 years. In the US today there are 324,000 people who have been ordered deported, yet have no country to accept them.

The DREAM Act, which is set to come to the floor of Congress any day now (the exact date is being kept mum to keep off-balance the same violent thugs who swarmed and stalked Graeme Frost and his family) would go a long way towards remedying the Tran family’s plight.

Posted in evil, immigration, WTF? | Comments Off on Deporting Dissent

Ohio Election Officials: The Dog ate my Ballots

Posted by Charles II on October 22, 2007

Michael Collins, Scoop (via SC):

The Judge then ordered that the ballots be turned over to the new Secretary of State, Democrat Jennifer Brunner on April 7, 2007. Brunner sent a request out for the ballot evidence two days later

When the Ohio Secretary of State sent requests for delivery of the ballots, 56 of Ohio’s 88 counties replied that they no longer had some or all of the ballots requested. Only 41 bothered to provide an explanatory letter as to the missing ballots. Fifteen counties offered no reason at all for noncompliance

Holmes Co. “The shelf on which the 2004 General Election Ballots were sitting on collapsed and the box containing some of those ballots fell and crushed the coffee pot and stand. There was a full pot of coffee and broken glass strewn throughout the ballots. Those ballots were destroyed later in the morning, as they were saturated and covered in glass.”

Ashtabula Co. “Unfortunately, the actual ballot cards were inadvertently discarded and destroyed by the Ashtabula County Board of Elections just prior to the receipt by the Board of Judge Marbley’s Order and subsequent directive to your office.”

Clermont Co. “no one remembers specifically discarding the ballots.”

Brown Co. Some ballots “were not intentionally destroyed.”

Guernsey Co. Unvoted ballots “were destroyed in error due to the county maintenance worker.”

Allen Co. had a “migrating water” problem that flooded their vault holding the ballots. This caused them to be “compromised by water damage and subsequently destroyed.” The dry ballots were also lost when a contractor threw them out

Hamilton Co. “(unvoted precinct ballots) were inadvertently shredded between January 19th and 26th of ‘06 in an effort to make room for the new Hart voting system.

Cuyahoga Co. was unable to determine how many unvoted ballots it had in its possession.

Posted in election theft, obstruction of justice | 3 Comments »

Health Care Is A Right

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 22, 2007

Al says it, I believe it, that settles it.

(h/t to CMike, frequent MR commenter, for the link.)

Posted in Al Gore, big money, capitalism as cancer, children, Good Causes, health care, health issues | 4 Comments »

McKay: IG May Prosecute Gonzales

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 22, 2007

From the Seattle Spokesman-Review:

 The U.S. Inspector General may recommend criminal prosecution of departed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at the conclusion of an investigation, possibly as early as next month, the fired former U.S. attorney for Western Washington told a Spokane audience Friday.

His refusal to open a federal criminal investigation into voter fraud allegations in Gov. Chris Gregoire’s razor-thin victory over Republican challenger Dino Rossi in 2004 may be the reason he was fired, John McKay told the Federal Bar Association.

We can but hope!

Posted in abuse of power, Alberto Gonzales, anti-Americanism, Attorney General, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, corruption, cronies | 1 Comment »

David Vitter’s Job Is Suddenly Less Secure

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 22, 2007


As expected, Piyush “Bobby” Jindal won the election for governor of Louisiana, assisted for the most part by the deliberate efforts to keep black residents of New Orleans — who voted strongly Democratic — from returning to their homes after Hurricane Katrina.

One person who is probably not happy about this is Diaper Dave Vitter, the most prominent phone number in Debra Jeane “DC Madam” Palfrey’s little black book.

So long as a Democrat is governor, and can appoint a fellow Democrat to succeed Vitter, the national Republican Party won’t be pushing Vitter to leave.  But once a Republican is sworn in, which will happen in a few months, then Vitter is every bit as endangered as is his fellow Republican Senator Larry “Wide Stance” Craig of Idaho — a state which (you guessed it!) already has a Republican governor.

Meanwhile, the race is on to fill the congressional seat vacated by Jindal.  Gilda Reed is our gal.

Posted in 2008, corruption, David Vitter, Debra Jean Palfrey, family values, Larry Craig | Comments Off on David Vitter’s Job Is Suddenly Less Secure

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