VOTER INTIMIDATION THE NEW YORK TIMES DOESN'T COVER
Today's lead editorial in the New York Times scathingly attacks Republicans
for "purging" voter rolls of people likely to vote Democratic. Their
examples are not very impressive (unless you agree with the editorial in which
case they're great) and the term "purge" is not accurate, as my wife (who
works in voter registration) told me this morning.
But, hey, this is the New York Times so they must be right. Right?
In any event, now that the Times has taken care of "purges", maybe it can put
up a story or two about voter intimidation by Obama supporters against
Maybe it can mention the Manhattan woman whose McCain sign was pulled out of
her hand and was then beaten with the stick it was attached to.
Or the Michigan pizza parlor owner - a staunch Obama supporter
- who is giving away free pizza to people who bring in McCain signs.
This has caused numerous signs to be stolen from private property - as the
owner surely knew would happen.
Or possibly it might talk about the Florida McCain supporter whose home was
shot up, as reported by Channel 6 news in Orlando:
Republican HQ Manager's Home Shot Up
Over McCain Signs
'Democrats Far More
Aggressive in Seminole County,' Victim Says
POSTED: 11:26 pm EDT October
UPDATED: 8:44 am EDT October
LONGWOOD, Fla. -- The home of a Central Florida Republican
headquarters manager was shot up and damaged over his support of Sen. John
McCain, the man told police. Rog Coverely said several pellets
pierced his Longwood home. Coverely showed several spiderwebbed-holes in the
front windows of his home. The Republican manager said he is
convinced he was targeted because of new McCain signs he added around his
"All I can tell you is this, I have a very good relationship with
my neighbors," Coverely said. "I mow my lawn. The only thing that has changed
is I have two McCain signs in my front yard." Coverely said he has taken about 300
calls concerning stolen or vandalized McCain signs in the area. "It says this campaign is getting
vicious," Coverely said. Coverely said it appears Democrats are
becoming more aggressive in the county. "I wouldn't say slipping but I would say
the Democrats have become far more aggressive in Seminole County because it is
such a heavy Republican area," Coverely said. Local 6 has learned that the attorney
general's office is getting involved in area investigation and has asked to
see police reports of sign vandalism and theft.
Last week, everyone who watches or reads about presidential politics had to
have been made aware that someone in a McCain crowd yelled "kill him" when
Barack Obama's name was mentioned.
The story turned out to be palpably false. The FBI conducted numerous
interviews, including people standing where the reporter was, and no one except
that reporter heard any such thing. But it is now indelibly imprinted
in our minds, isn't it?
By contrast, real incident after real incident, even
violent ones such as a beating and a shooting, are ignored by virtually all of
those same media. Certainly by the New York Times.
After all, they can't have stories like that muddying the waters. It
might hurt Saint Barack.
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them
WOULD SARAH PALIN (D-AK) BE ATTACKED THIS WAY?
Here, from Steve Gilbert of www.sweetness-light.com, is one of the
most incredible attacks on Sarah Palin that you will find (and that is one
Here is a all too typical lie from CNNs
preposterously named Truth Squad, via YouTube:
Governor Palins statement in question is [at 35
seconds into the clip]:
I do have more executive experience than Barack
Obama does. You know he had served for his 300 days before he became a
Hilariously, CNN goes on to quibble about how many
days Mr. Obama has actually served in the US Senate. And they claim it was more
than 300 days.
We asked the Secretary Of The Senate how many
days the Senate was in session between [the date Obama was sworn in as a
Senator and when he filed to run for the Presidency]. The answers: 304
But Senators also work when the Senate is not in
session. If you count all of Obamas time as a Senator before he announced his
candidacy for President that adds up to 768
And the Truth Squads verdict on this is:
Mrs. Palin does not give credit to Obama for the
work he did while the Senate was not in session
This is would be hilarious if it were not (so)
Of course Mr. Obamas number of days in the Senate
was not quite the point of Mrs. Palins oft-repeated observation that she has
more executiveexperience than he does.
Indeed, no matter how many days Mr. Obama has
served in the US Senate, Mrs. Palins statement is still undeniably true.
Since being one of a hundred Senators affords you
no executive experience whatsoever no matter how many days you have
In fact, Governor Palin has more executive
experience than Senator Byrd. (Not counting Byrds executive experience as a
Grand Kleagle in the Ku Klux Klan, of course.)
Alas, so much for CNNs Truth Squad.
(But isnt irony ironic?)
I once saw a movie from the 1950's or early 60's in which a teenaged girl
comes home just before 3AM and is confronted by her irate father. He is
demanding where she was "until 3 in the morning" and every time he says it she
triumphantly says "It was 2:45".
Moviegoers either laughed or were enraged. Being a kid, I laughed - though I suspect that
if my parents, raising my then-teenage sister, had seen
it they would have been enraged. In either case, the gag was that
she deflected the issue by raising an entirely irrelevant technicality.
I don't often remember this movie, but this CNN attack on Ms. Palin brought
it right back to me.
Then they wonder why people call them biased.
THE BEATING OF A YOUNG FEMALE MCCAIN WORKER
I am posting the following story because it is being reported by WTAE-TV
Pittsburgh and will be in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tomorrow.
I want to wait one full day to see if the young lady's account holds
up. Because if it does - or if it turns out to be a hoax - it almost
certainly will have a material effect on the presidential election.
Woman Attacked, Letter Scratched Into
Woman Robbed With Knife At
POSTED: 4:03 pm EDT October 23,
UPDATED: 8:24 pm EDT October 23,
PITTSBURGH -- A 20-year-old woman who was robbed at an ATM in
Bloomfield was also maimed by her attacker, apparently because of her
political views, Pittsburgh police said.
According to WTAE's news exchange partners at
the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Ashley Todd, of College Station, Texas, was
using an ATM at Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street just before 9 p.m. Wednesday
when a man approached her and put a knife to her throat.
Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said the robber
took $60 from Todd, then became angry when he saw a McCain bumper sticker on
the victim's car. The attacker then punched and kicked the victim, before
using the knife to scratch the letter "B" into her face, Richard said.
The Tribune-Review reported that Todd, who isn't
familiar with the area, drove to a friend's house and together the pair
located the Citizens Bank ATM at Liberty and Pearl where the attack happened
and called police.
Todd declined to comment to the Tribune-Review.
Friends said she is in Pittsburgh volunteering for the McCain-Palin campaign.
Richard said the woman refused medical treatment
after the assault, which happened outside the view of the bank's surveillance
The robber is described as a dark-skinned black
man, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 200 pounds with a medium build, short black hair
and brown eyes. The man was wearing dark colored jeans, a black undershirt and
The Obama-Biden campaign released a statement,
commenting on the attack. The statement said, "Our thoughts and prayers are
with the young woman for her to make a speedy recovery, and we hope that the
person who perpetrated this crime is swiftly apprehended and brought to
The McCain-Palin campaign also released a
statement saying, "The McCain campaign is aware of the incident involving one
of its volunteers. Out of respect, the campaign won't be commenting. The
campaign also confirms that Senator McCain and Governor Palin have both spoken
to the woman."
If you would like to see a picture of the beaten woman's face and a video of
the story, click
At present, I don't have a reason to doubt the veracity of this
young woman's account. Maybe I never will. But it has been
my experience that stories like this often change dramatically after the initial
reports (think Duke Lacrosse).
If it is true, I expect that it will affect a great many votes in (and out
of) Pennsylvania. Sadly, it will do so by adding an element of racial fear
that will damage Barack Obama's candidacy.
Let me say in strongest terms that I wish to God this were not so.
Barack Obama did not attack this young girl nor did any other person, Black or
otherwise, except the perpetrator. But that doesn't change the
reality of how something like this plays to the voting population.
If it is a hoax, I expect that it will also affect a great many
votes. It will shred John McCain's credibility to a lot of people and
probably lose him so many votes that whatever chance he had to win
Pennsylvania will disappear.
Let me say in strongest terms that I wish this were not so. If it
is a hoax, John McCain did not perpetrate it. Only the young lady
and anyone she might have been conspiring with. But that doesn't change the
reality of how something like this plays to the voting population.
As you can see, there is nothing good that can come out of this. And no
matter what the truth turns out to be, I expect it to be a huge issue in the
election - one that transcends speeches, ads and campaign promises.
I'll talk about it again tomorrow or Saturday, once we have a
more certain idea of what really happened.
UPDATE: It turns out that the young woman has
confessed it is a hoax. She made it up (I wonder how she got the facial
beating....maybe she'll favor us with an explanation at some point).
If John McCain is very lucky, the sudden, significant turnaround in murtha's
district will overcome the damage she may well have caused him.
Of course, there is also a possibility that she was never a McCain supporter
in the first place, and this is a different kind of set-up.
I can't wait for the next chapter.......and with less than two weeks to
election day, neither can Mr. Obama or Mr. McCain.
SOMETHING TO DO WHILE VISITING GRANNY.........
Barack Obama is eventually going to be heading to Hawaii so he can see his
ailing 86 year old grandmother (yes, this is the one he accused of making racist
remarks and acting like a "typical White person").
Since he will be in his alleged home state, I have an idea for something he
can do when granny is sleeping. Maybe the following piece will give you an
idea of what it is. Please pay special attention to the last paragraph,
which I have put in bold print:
Lawsuits Starting Across the
Nation Proceeding to Avert Potential Constitutional Crisis, Possible Civil
Unrest, and Confidence in Elections; Lawsuits are being filed in Eight States
Seeking to Require Barack Obama to Provide Certification of Birth in U.S. or Be
Removed as Presidential Candidate on State Ballots.
WA. 10/22/2008 Lawsuits in eight states as of this writing Hawaii,
Washington, California, Florida, Georgia. Pennsylvania, New York and
Connecticut, are seeking judicial authority to force the certifying or
decertifying of Senator Barack Obamas qualification to run as a candidate for
President as a natural born U.S. citizen. Previously, two lawsuits have failed
to force the certifying documents from Obama.
Bergs months-long lawsuit in Federal Court in Philadelphia reached a dramatic
plateau yesterday as Mr. Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC)
failed to respond to the court that Mr. Obama is not a natural born U.S. citizen
and therefore not qualified to run for office of President of the U.S. They
admitted to Obamas non-qualification by their failure to respond to a 30-day
court ordered discovery in which Obama and the DNC were ordered to answer a
petition by Berg. Berg is a lifelong Democrat in the Pennsylvania Democratic
Party who has sought to ratchet up the legal pressure as Obama and the DNC has
continually delayed providing certifying documentation of Obamas birth, which
he claims to have been in Hawaii.
A lawsuit in Honolulu in the First
District Court is seeking a court-order to open Obamas secret birth records.
Obama has thus far neglected a Freedom of Information request for the records at
two hospitals in Hawaii. Lawsuits in Washington and Georgia are seeking state
Superior Courts to force the states Secretary of State, as the chief state
elections officer, to perform their state constitutional duties to require
original certifying birth records from Mr. Obama that would verify his birth in
Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution reads: "No
Person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States at the
time of the adoption of this constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of
President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not
have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen years a
resident within the United States."
There are numerous allegations to Obamas claim of natural birth
in the U.S. on the web and in the media, all raising suspicion and doubt as to
Obamas actual place of birth and qualification to run for president. Some of
the assertions to which Obama admitted on Bergs suit are: he was born in
Mombassa, Kenya in 1961 while his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was married to
Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan; when his mother, divorced from Obama Sr, moved to
Indonesia and married Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian, Obama was adopted by Soetoro
and became an Indonesian citizen; while in Indonesia, Obama had his name changed
to Barry Soetoro; Obama traveled to Pakistan in 1981 under an Indonesian
passport when Pakistan was a no travel zone for Americans; Obama had admitted
to receiving illegal contributions in his campaign for president. Additionally,
there is an allegation that Obamas Kenyan grandmother claims that Obama was
born in Kenya; Muammar Gadhafi, leader of Libya, has publicly claimed that Obama
was born in Kenya and studied in Muslim schools in Indonesia. Obama has also
admitted to hold citizenship in another country (the U.S. Constitution forbids
Non-partisan and independent reviews and examinations of Obamas
birth certificate as shown on his official website has evidence of tampering and
in any case does not list any of the points of information commonly found which
would make it traceable and verifiable such as hospital, doctor, size weight,
foot prints etc.
Interestingly, all these state lawsuits would be dropped if Mr.
Obama would simply provide the requested documents supporting his claim of being
born in Hawaii.
Is there a problem here?
I don't know and I'm not saying there is. But I do know that simply
requesting, getting and showing a legitimate Hawaiian birth certificate
should end the issue. And, instead, Mr. Obama has not done so and has
ignored every legal attempt to get him to.
I don't know what it costs to get a birth certificate in
Hawaii, but it's a pretty good bet that the dollar amount is less than the cost
of an army of lawyers fighting to prevent us from seeing it.
Common sense tells me that if Mr. Obama is fighting to suppress his birth
certificate instead of just getting it, showing it to us and settling the issue,
there is something he does not want us to know about.
And common sense also tells me that if there is a problem with Mr. Obama's
legal status to run for President, and we find out about it AFTER he is elected,
there will be impossibly disastrous consequences. Every action he will
have taken as president, every bill signed, every treaty agreed to, will become
null and void.
This is no joke. This affects our ability to function as a country.
According to Hawaiian law, the only person who can request and receive Barack
Obama's birth certificate is Mr. Obama himself. You and I cannot get it,
only he can.
So I ask Mr. Obama to take a few minutes to call the appropriate bureau
of records and get the birth certificate. Then show it to us so that
we can laugh at this lunatic accusation.
Or don't do so and give us reason to suspect it is not a lunatic
accusation at all.
Here is an eye-opening report by Scott Johnson of www.powerlineblog.com, on how
Barack Obama is managing to take in all that money. I urge you to read it
and tell your friends:
We've previously noted the
gusher of illegal campaign contributions flowing into the Obama campaign from
contributors such as "Doodad Pro" and "Good Will." More recently, incidents have
been reported in which people have seen credit card charges surface suggesting
they donated to Barack Obama when they did not. Matthew Mosk and Sarah Cohen noted one such incident earlier this week:
Now comes the story of Mary T. Biskup, of
Manchester, Missouri. Biskup got a call recently from the Obama campaign,
which was trying to figure out why she donated $174,800 to the campaign --
well over the contribution limit of $2,300.
The answer she gave them was simple. "That's an
Is the Obama campaign knowingly receiving illegal
contributions? Yesterday one of our readers reported the results of an
experiment he conducted:
I've read recent reports of the Obama campaign
receiving donations from dubious names and foreign locales and it got me
wondering: How is this possible?
I run a small Internet business and
when I process credit cards I'm required to make sure the name on the card
exactly matches the name of the customer making the purchase. Also, the
purchaser's address must match that of the cardholders. If these don't match,
then the payment isn't approved. Period. So how is it possible that the Obama
campaign could receive donations from fictional people and places? Well, I
decided to do a little experiment. I went to the Obama campaign website and
entered the following:
Name: John Galt Address: 1957 Ayn Rand
Lane City: Galts Gulch State: CO Zip: 99999
Then I checked the
box next to $15 and entered my actual credit card number and expiration date
(it didn't ask for the 3-didgit code on the back of the card) and it took me
to the next page and... "Your donation has been processed. Thank you for your
This simply should not, and could not, happen in any
business or any campaign that is honestly trying to vet it's donors. Also, I
don't see how this could possibly happen without the collusion of the credit
card companies. They simply wouldn't allow any business to process,
potentially, hundreds of millions in credit card transactions where the name
on the card doesn't match the purchasers name.
In short, with the
system set up as it is by the Obama camp, an individual could donate unlimited
amounts of money by simply making up fake names and addresses. And Obama is
doing his best to facilitate this fraud. This is truly
Our reader was not yet done. He tried the
experiment on the McCain site: "I tried the exact same thing at the McCain site
and it didn't allow the transaction." He then repeated the experiment at the
I went back to the Obama site and made three
additional donations using the names Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and Bill
Ayers, all with different addresses. All the transactions went through using
the same credit card. I saved screenshots of the transactions.
Our reader reports, incidentally, that he was
using his MasterCard for the contributions. We submit this report in the spirit
of inquiry and would especially appreciate hearing from readers who can
illuminate how credit card procedures might (or might not) allow this to
UPDATE: Readers have replicated the experiment
reported in this post. We will have to revisit the issue tonight or tomorrow and
appreciate any information you can provide in the meantime.
CLARIFICATION: Many readers point out that the
Obama campaign would exercise some control over the security level required to
verify small dollar transactions and that no collusion with the card issuer or
bank is therefore required. Mark Steyn elaborates here. Mark
explains the question of security settings and then adds:
As the Powerline reader has noted, if "John
Galt" of "Ayn Rand Lane" attempts a contribution at the McCain campaign, it
gets rejected. Which is just as well. If the Republican candidate's website
were intentionally set up to facilitate fraudulent donations, it would be on
the front page of The New York Times. But, as it's King Barack the Spreader,
we can rest assured the crack investigative units will be too preoccupied with
Governor Palin's shoes over the next two weeks.
It is a point that needs making and that could be
made every day.
The stench emanating from Mr. Obama's campaign is so foul it is almost
unbearable. Yet mainstream media don't seem to smell it at all.
How come? Try to guess.
YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP (CONT.)
I hope this needs no explanation from me...because I'd be hard-pressed to
Woman arrested for killing
virtual reality husband
-- A 43-year-old Japanese woman
whose sudden divorce in a virtual game world made her so angry that she killed
her online husband's digital persona has been arrested on suspicion of
hacking, police said Thursday.
The woman, who is jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer
and manipulating electronic data, used his identification and password to log
onto popular interactive game "Maple Story" to carry out the virtual murder in
mid-May, a police official in northern Sapporo said on condition of anonymity,
citing department policy.
"I was suddenly divorced,
without a word of warning. That made me so angry," the official quoted her as
telling investigators and admitting the allegations.
The woman had not plotted any
revenge in the real world, the official said.
She has not yet been formally
charged, but if convicted could face a prison term of up to five years or a
fine up to $5,000.
Players in "Maple Story" raise
and manipulate digital images called "avatars" that represent themselves,
while engaging in relationships, social activities and fighting against
monsters and other obstacles.
woman used login information she got from the 33-year-old office worker when
their characters were happily married, and killed the character. The man
complained to police when he discovered that his beloved online avatar was
The woman was arrested
Wednesday and was taken across the country, traveling 620 miles from her home
in southern Miyazaki to be detained in Sapporo, where the man lives, the
Will a virtual judge put her avatar in a virtual jail for virtually the rest
of her life too?
I'd call that a virtual certainty. After all, the
victim was "hacked" to death, wasn't he?
ARE MURTHA'S DAYS NUMBERED?
I didn't think I would be writing this. I assumed the people of john
murtha's western Pennsylvania district would re-elect him to an 18th term, if
for no other reason out of simple inertia. But that might not be
Mike Wereschagin and David M. Brown TRIBUNE-REVIEW Thursday, October 23, 2008
Two veteran warriors battling to represent
the 12th Congressional District appear locked in the closest race in the
district in years.
Democratic Rep. John Murtha leads retired
Army Lt. Col. William Russell by a little more than 4 percentage points,
within the Susquehanna Poll's 4.9-point margin of error. The poll of 400
likely voters was conducted for the Tribune-Review on Tuesday, amid uproar
over Murtha's statement that some of his constituents are racist.
Murtha, 76, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran, apologized for the
racism remark, saying he meant to say that skin color is a factor in the
battle for the presidency between Obama and Republican John McCain. Trying
to add context to his remarks, Murtha later said many in Western
Pennsylvania were "rednecks" several years ago.
Russell, 46, a Republican who served in the
Iraq war, jumped on the remarks. McCain, in a campaign stop Tuesday in
Moon, said he "could not disagree with those critics more," without
mentioning Murtha by name.
About 54 percent of voters among those
polled say it's time for someone else to represent them in Congress. About
35 percent say Murtha deserves to be re-elected.
Murtha's last few challengers didn't come
close to toppling him. He won by more than 20 percentage points in 2006
against Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey. He was unopposed in
This year, according to the poll, it's
"This is clearly a winnable race for
Russell," Lee said.
Russell's campaign welcomed the poll
"In the beginning, we were facing an
impossible task. A little later on, we were looking way up the mountain.
Now, it looks like the summit is in sight," said Steve Clark, Russell's
"We not only disagree with the poll, but we
find its results ridiculous," said Matthew Mazonkey, a spokesman for
Murtha's campaign. "Congressman Murtha has a clear record of working
tirelessly for Western Pennsylvania, and his efforts have created tens of
thousands of local jobs."
Obama leads McCain by about 5 percentage
points in Murtha's district, which stretches from Cambria County southwest
through Washington County, according to the poll. Even if Obama maintains
that lead, it's unlikely his coattails would be much help to Murtha, who
has to win on his own, Lee said.
moved to Johnstown within the past year. He said he decided to run
after Murtha's 2006 statement that a Pentagon investigation into the
deaths of Iraqi civilians in Haditha would show that Marines "killed
innocent civilians in cold blood."
Russell repeatedly has criticized
Murtha for not apologizing for the remark after seven of the eight Marines
charged in the killings were cleared of wrongdoing.
Murtha has stood fast, saying his
blunt language brought critical improvement to how American troops engage
Iraqis. "We're no longer just breaking down doors," Murtha said.
Officials, including a two-star general,
conducting the investigation and the Naval Criminal Investigation Service
"came up with the same conclusion I did," Murtha said.
Murtha said he has empathy with U.S.
soldiers in Iraq, noting that three of his brothers served in the Marine
Corps and he was a Marine for 37 years.
"Listen, they've gone through hell. ... I
understand the pressure that's on them," Murtha said.
Russell has raised a lot of money for a
first-time candidate -- $2.5 million, compared to $2.1 million raised by
Murtha, according to Federal Election Commission reports through Sept. 30.
On Oct. 1, the Murtha campaign had $590,995, and Russell showed $333,413
in the bank.
Many residents in the district are upset
with Congress for passing a $700 billion economic recovery package in an
effort to stabilize the nation's financial market, Russell said. Murtha
supported the legislation.
"The bailout, the way it was produced, ended
up a bad bill," Russell said.
"The average person here who has been paying
their mortgage or have paid off their house, are being asked to foot the
bill for all these people -- whether it is the bank or the speculator or
the person who bought beyond their means -- and people are very unhappy
about that," Russell said.
Murtha said he voted for the bill because
top economic officials said something had to be done to keep the economy
from spiraling into deeper trouble.
calls the 8 marines cold blooded killers without any trial or any
evidence. And now, after 7 of the 8 are exonerated and the 8th is still
pending but likely to be exonerated as well, his reaction is not an apology
or an acknowledgement he was wrong, but an idiotic, hubris-filled comment that
he stopped OTHER people from acting the way the Haditha 8 did (or, more
accurately, as they didn't, since no one has been convicted of doing anything
So William Russell is in the game, with a realistic
shot at unseating murtha. And all it took was murtha's scandalous
judgment about the Haditha marines, followed by calling his consituents racists,
followed by a semi-apology, followed by him then calling them rednecks.
Is THAT enough for voters to dump this human compost heap? We'll find
out on November 4th.
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