Getting Ferguson Majority to Show Its Clout at Polls – NY Times

On West Florissant Avenue, the site of sometimes violent nighttime protests for two weeks, voter-registration tents popped up during the day and figures like the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. lectured about the power of the vote.

In this small city, which is two-thirds African-American but has mostly white elected leaders, only 12 percent of registered voters took part in the last municipal election, and political experts say black turnout was very likely lower. But now, in the wake of the killing of Mr. Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, by a white Ferguson police officer, there is a new focus on promoting the power of the vote, an attempt to revive one of the keystones of the civil rights movement.

“A lot of people just didn’t realize that the people who impact their lives every day are directly elected,” said Shiron Hagens, 41, of St. Louis, who is not part of any formal group but has spent several days registering voters in Ferguson with her mother and has pledged to come back here each Saturday. “The prosecutor — he’s elected. People didn’t know that. The City Council — they’re elected. These are the sorts of people who make decisions about hiring police chiefs. People didn’t know.”

N.A.A.C.P. leaders are creating a door-to-door voter registration effort with a jarring reminder as its theme: “Mike Brown Can’t Vote, but I Can.”

There’s apparently two rules for the politics of the Left:

Never let facts get in the way of the narrative.

And never let a drop of spilled blood go to waste when it can be leveraged to further your agenda.

Obama interrupting weekend trip to return to DC – AP
And why, you ask?
Is it to deal with the crisis in the Ukraine?
Or perhaps to meet with his security team to deal with ISIL’s killing of thousands of Christians?
Or perhaps the border crisis?
Obama will spend Saturday morning in Washington, then return to New York later in the day for the wedding of his personal chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner.

Women to GOP: Get with the times – Washington Examiner

Women think the Republican Party is “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past,” according to a new report from the Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS and American Action Network.

The report, provided exclusively to Politico, shows that women by and large are turned off by GOP policies, especially women in the Northeast and Midwest. Not only that, but policies the GOP thought would be wins for the party among women, such as support for charter schools and offering women flexibility in the workplace, were “the least popular policies among female voters,” according to Politico.

Of course they do.  I’m going to probably catch hell for saying this, but in terms of gross generalities, women don’t know shit about politics.  There are many exceptions.  If you’re a woman that regularly reads this blog, you’re obviously an exception and I love you for it.  And God knows, there’s no shortage of men in this country who are utterly clueless about politics but who have strong opinions despite that ignorance.  But I say again, in general, women don’t typically have a strong grasp of politics.  So couple that with the fact that Democrats and the media are continually bleating “Republicans hate women!”  “War on Women!”  “Republicans want to take away your birth control and eat your children!”.

Perhaps more importantly, nobody counters it with, you know, facts or reason.  Republicans, showing their ignorance of how the game is played, have reacted to these accusations by changing their policies.  That’s the logical response of a sensible, pragmatic person or entity.  “They don’t like what I’m doing, so I’ll change what I’m doing and maybe they’ll like me.”   All the while, they never understand that no matter what their politics are, these accusations will be made because it fucking works.  Regardless of the Republican platform, they will always be accused as being “intolerant, lacking in compassion and stuck in the past”.

I would suggest to Republicans that instead of being so willing to part with your ideals, start fighting fire with fire.

The Insiders: Obama and the Democrats’ problem with military voters is growing – Washington Post

President Obama is becoming increasingly alienated from our uniformed military, military households and veterans. Need proof? Look no further than the speech he gave yesterday at the American Legion’s national convention in Charlotte. The reaction was politely described as “tepid” and, by all accounts, his applause lines fell flat with the audience of veterans, especially when explaining his foreign policy objectives. Even his overtures to the audience about fixing the Department of Veterans Affairs were met with relatively muted enthusiasm.

I think the president’s speech got the worst reception of any he has given since his commencement address at West Point in May. While the commander in chief was not treated disrespectfully at West Point, his reception was decidedly cool, and the substance of the speech was slammed as well. Charles Krauthammer characterized the president’s speech as being full of “weak, leaderless, rudderless foreign policy,” and it was widely panned.

Unsurprising for two reasons.  One, the stereotype of military men being unthinking, brutish instruments of violence is utterly incorrect.  In terms of life skills and common sense, they’re some of the smartest people you’ll ever meet.  They know bullshit when they hear/smell it.  That leads us to number two:  Barack Obama is simply not a leader in any sense of the word.  He’s a fax-intellectual that’s never accomplished anything of substance in his life.  Military men are men of substance.  It’s no coincidence that with all the friends and family members I have in the military, only one has ever voted reliably for Democrats (I assume).

Of course, this goes deeper than just Obama’s historically bad Presidency.  For almost six years now, Barack Obama has quietly removed an unprecedented number of leadership personnel from the ranks.  This has gone largely unreported by the media but not by the military.  Forced integration of homosexual servicemen and now transsexual servicemen/servicewomen has been a strategic attempt to demoralize the military, and has nothing to do with noble ideals such as equality and tolerance.

The situation is especially startling when you consider that at least in terms of their rhetoric, the Republicans have been far more eager to send our troops into harm’s way.  Of course, even though the American people and media don’t follow the death toll for our troops when Obama is President, the troops do:

US Troop Deaths in Afghan War Under Obama Now Twice That Under Bush

FYI, that point was reached back in 2011.  I know this post is long, but I want to print a bit more of the original article I linked in this post because it’s important to understand why this relationship is so chilly:

And don’t forget: Former defense secretary Bob Gates revealed earlier this year that, when he served under President Obama, he felt that “there was a lot of suspicion in the White House of the military.” And members of our military are equally suspicious of President Obama. Instead of being praised by the military after obtaining the release of Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan, the president faced an onslaught of criticism. The backlash over Bergdahl’s release still lingers. In fact, there are rumors that books may be written and television movies made about the swap – and they are not likely to be flattering for President Obama.


It is worrisome how unpopular President Obama is with our military and their families and how uncomfortable he seems with military culture. At a time when the president still has to rely heavily on our military, it is troubling that he cannot seem to gain their trust or even appear to be able to relate to their challenges.


So far, this has been underreported, but with yesterday’s speech, the Democrats’ problems with the military and military families are becoming more obvious. Add this to the growing list of problems the Democrats face as we approach the 2014 elections.

IRS back-up baloney – NY Post

Some 15 months after Americans learned about the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, we still have no clue how such an abuse was allowed to happen. And every day, the story only gets murkier.

This week, for instance, a government watchdog group, Judicial Watch, said administration officials admitted that all the “missing” e-mails belonging to Lois Lerner (the woman at the heart of the scandal) had been backed up after all — as part of a practice to back up all the government’s e-mails.

No government official had said anything like that before.

As House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., describes it, these reports are another part of “what’s emerging to be just an amazing sequence of cover-up, delay, denial. ”

An administration official later denied it had said anything new to Judicial Watch and claimed the group was mischaracterizing the facts. The problem for Americans is that the government’s story has always seemed incredible — so why believe anything it says now?

There’s more: According to a sworn declaration, Lerner had two Blackberries, one of which contained all of the e-mails that would have been sent to her crashed computer.

But that Blackberry “was removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012” — even after the hard drive “crash” and months after an initial congressional inquiry. How did that happen?

Um.. on purpose?

As long as nothing is actually found, they can count on their intellectually dim supporters to dismiss the scandals as trumped up nonsense by those insane Republicans.

Imagine how bad these emails are for the Administration to go to such ridiculous (not to mention intellectually insulting to those of us with brains) lengths to hide them.

Across the Country, the Federal Government Fights For Muslim Worship Spaces – Power Line Blog

The government of the United States is suing the town of St. Anthony, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb with a population a little over 8,000, to force the town to allow development of an Islamic center in an area reserved for industrial development. It is a minor news story, but one that sheds light on broader legal and cultural trends. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:

The federal government on Wednesday sued the small north-metro city of St. Anthony, contending that its City Council violated federal law in 2012 by rejecting a proposed Islamic center. …

“An injustice has been done,” U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said at a news conference in Minneapolis. “I will not stand by while any religious group is subject to unconstitutional treatment that violates federal civil rights laws.”

Actually, DOJ happily stood by when the city previously denied a Christian group the use of the same space. Mr. Luger didn’t mention that in his pretentious announcement.

One gets lost amid all the scandals.

As I’ve mentioned before, Obama is not a Muslim.  I understand why one would think that he is, given his utter indifference to the deaths of Christians overseas and his constant fawning over Muslims of all flavors.  Valerie Jarrett however, is secretly Muslim, has several relatives living in Iran and some of them are actively involved in terrorist organizations.

How did this country let this man be President.  And why the fuck is the Federal government getting involved in a small Minneapolis Suburb?

Letting the cat out of the bag on the role of public employee unions. – Washington Examiner

Noam Scheiber makes a good case for the importance of the Wisconsin governor’s race at the New Republic. But the most interesting thing comes in what Scheiber, perhaps inadvertently, admits. Referring to the limitations on public employee union bargaining imposed by Governor Scott Walker and the Republican legislature, Scheiber writes, “He’s effectively defunded a key Democratic constituency.”

Let’s unpack that. Where do public employee unions get their money? Directly from dues paid by public employees, who in turn get that money from taxpayers. Where does that money go? Politically, almost entirely to the Democratic Party, as Scheiber admits. Public employee unions, whatever else they do, are (in almost all cases) a mechanism for mandatory taxpayer financing of one political party. Scheiber’s complaint is that Wisconsin Republicans have cut the amount of such public financing.

And this is why there’s been no limits to what the Dems will do to get rid of Walker.