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October 31, 2010

Senator Reid has a DREAM

Filed under: Politics — Ken @ 10:45 am

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In full campaign mode, Senator Harry Reid has promised to put the perennial DREAM Act up for an up or down vote during the up-coming so-called ‘Lame Duck’ session of congress, no matter the outcome of this election. On the surface, this looks like simple pandering to garner support from Latino voters in Nevada, but if you consider what is actual promise is, you realize he’s not tying support of the DREAM Act to his re-election, in fact, if he is to be believed, the results of the election are immaterial to consideration of the DREAM Act, so, in effect, Senator Harry Reid appears to be trying to suppress Latino votes!

Could it be that Senator Reid is learning that the Nevada Latino vote is breaking for his opponent, the grandmother of a Mexican-American grandchild, and not for the rich white guy who lives in the Ritz-Carlton in Washington D.C. And has repeatedly FAILED to bring the DREAM Act up for a vote?

Senator Reid recently tried to insert the DREAM Act and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a defense bill – his efforts were blocked by Republicans and some Democrats that felt these issues were too important to be slipped through the Congress through procedural ploys.

Source: The Blaze

October 29, 2010

I am an American!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ken @ 12:10 am


Stumbled across this tonight, thought I would share it. The link below takes you to the Ad Council’s web site, to a page that includes :30 and 1:00 long “I am am American!” PSA that started after 9/11 – enjoy!

Link: http://www.adcouncil.org/default.aspx?id=141

October 28, 2010

See, loans ARE available

Filed under: Five Days in October,Politics — Ken @ 10:00 am


How, in these tough economic times, can an organization with no actual product and hard assets worth less than $14M secure over $32M in loans? Well, it seems all you need is a donor list you can sell and to be the party of the sitting President. The DNC and DCCC together borrowed over $32M from Bank of America (who got $45 Billion in TARP funds, which it quickly paid back, raising the question did they really need the bailout in the first place), just two days after they changed their privacy policy to allow them to sell their donor lists (including names & addresses collected when their privacy policy said they would not sell donor information – how’s that for ‘change’?).

If you go to the DNC’s website and click on “Privacy Policy” you’ll see, on the bottom of the page, under the heading “What Personal Information Do We Share With Third Parties?” the following:

in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, reorganization, acquisition, asset sale or in any other situation where personal information may be disclosed or transferred as one of the assets of the DNC.

The most interesting stat I saw was that the total of both loans (DNC & DCCC) exceeds the total of ALL small business loans Bank of America made in 2009 and 2010 (so far)!

Seems collateral is nice when applying for a loan, but apparently connections are better…

Read all about it at Pajama Media

October 27, 2010

Sarah Palin E-Mail Hacker

Filed under: Five Days in October — Ken @ 9:36 pm

David Kernell
David Kernell, the hacker that went into Sara Palin’s Yahoo email account in the weeks before the 2008 Presidential Election has been convicted, and is facing sentencing on November 12th. His convictions are for of misdemeanor computer intrusion and a felony count of obstruction of justice, offenses that carry penalties of 15-21 months jail time and up to $250,000 in fines (the Government is asking for him to get 18 months in jail). Kernell’s attorney is pressing for a sentence of “time served,” based on the following argument:

In a motion filed with the court (.pdf) this week, his attorney asserted that although his client might have deleted evidence, this should be balanced against the fact that he didn’t destroy the computer entirely or get rid of it.

“The proof showed that Mr. Kernell very quickly took actions that resulted in the evidence being preserved,” defense attorney Wade Davies wrote. He also said that his client’s behavior was an “aberration” from his normal conduct and that the “public humiliation, trial and felony conviction” his client had endured were enough to deter him from future crimes.

“General deterrence has been achieved in this case by educating the public that accessing another’s e-mail account is conduct that violates federal law,” Davies wrote.

Got that? If his client were really trying to delete evidence, he would have gotten rid of the computer or destroy it… Let’s call this the “Pity please, my client is not good at destroying evidence” defense.

Source: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/10/kernell-probation/

Joy Behar

Filed under: media — Ken @ 7:19 pm

Our friends over at TheBlaze.com have alerted me to Joy Behar‘s latest demonstration of class and logic on The View, the ABC daytime gab-fest.

I have a couple of questions for Joy: How do you know who picked the flowers you got (many flowers are picked in foreign countries and shipped in overnight) – how do you know the pickers were illegal? Second, Unless the pickers are legal citizens residing in Nevada, they CAN’T vote in the Nevada Senate Race Sharron Angle is in (you do understand that the flowers were arranged and delivered from NYC, NOT Nevada, right Joy?)?

Were I Sharron Angle, I would have gone a step further and used the $150K raised on-line to make an ad buy in Nevada during The View.

I hope Sharron Angle keeps pushing Joy’s Bronx-proud buttons right up to the election, causing Joy to continue to meltdown and get Ms. Angle’s message out nationally.

Prove it Ed

Filed under: media,Politics — Ken @ 7:14 am


While some outlets willonly give you a minute or two of Ed Schultz’s tirades, I’ll give you the entire segment in all it’s spittle-covered, hand-waving twelve minutes. Of all the questions Ed raises, I just have one – you claim the Republicans “endorse” this violence – prove it Ed. You wouldn’t make such a statement without any supporting evidence would you?

Oh, and Ed wondered aloud what Glenn Beck’s reaction would if an Obama supporter stomped the head of a Tea Party Supporter – will this do Ed:

And on this subject Glenn Beck said:

October 26, 2010

The Chicago Way

Filed under: Politics — Ken @ 10:35 pm

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Over in Illinois they have a new system for requesting “vote by mail” ballots, but it seems the Democrats are pushing the system, and by trying to make sure things go smoothly, they appear to be causing some problems.

As I understand it, first the voters completes an application form requesting a vote-by-mail ballot, and that form goes to the county clerk, which send the voter a ballot, which the voter fills out and returns to the county clerk ASAP. The intention is that the vote-by-mail forms are opened and counted on election night in the precinct the voter is registered in.

Sounds simple, but the Illinois Democratic Coordinated Campaign (ILDCC) has inserted itself into the process, and there are some issues which may lead to voter disenfranchisement – improperly filled-in forms, overwhelming the system at the last-minute, and the curious issue that has the completed vote-by-mail requests returned by the voters to the ILDCC, who in turn passes them on to the proper county clerk. We’ll get to that last one in a minute, but it seems that the automated system that generated the request forms the ILDCC sent out put some erroneous information on the applications (birth date is mentioned in the video report linked above), which may or may not render the request invalid. It is up to the voter to ensure the form is correct before mailing it out. Another issue is that the ILDCC is still dropping off hundreds, if not thousands of initial requests daily, and the deadline for the ballots to be mailed out is Thursday – they may not be able to process all the submitted ballot requests by the end of Thursday, possibly leaving an untold number of voters waiting for vote-by-mail ballots that will never arrive.

But that last issue is the most curious – for some reason the ILDCC has put their PO Box as the return address for the vote-by-mail request forms, why would they do this? They claim it is “so that we can help ensure folks get their ballot on time and that we know who is voting.” What? Why does the ILDCC need to “know who is voting”?

The ILDCC sent out 404,000 vote-by-mail requests for this election, so the potential for problems is immense.

But then again, what could possibly go wrong?

Voters who were expecting vote-by-mail ballots can still vote in-person, if:

  • the voter submits to the election judges their absentee ballot, or a portion of the ballot for cancellation;
  • the voter fills out an affidavit stating that they never received the absentee ballot;
  • or the voter fills out an affidavit stating they completed and returned an absentee ballot and the election authority did not receive it.

Source: Who May Vote By Absentee Ballot?

October 25, 2010

Bill Whittle

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ken @ 10:48 am


I’ve just started watching these nine (so far) videos from Bill Whittle, from out in California. I was introduced to Bill’s work by a link that was sent to me to the above video, What We Believe, Part 3: Wealth Creation. It looks good, and he’s got some others on his YouTube channel, the Bill Whittle Channel.

An A for Effort

Filed under: Five Days in October,Politics,Uncategorized — Ken @ 10:27 am

Sharron Angle on NV Primary night, 2010

I haven’t had a chance to formulate a follow-up to this article from the Reno News & Review yet – but one is coming. For now, why not go take a look and see if you can find the failures in this article on Sharron Angle’s church and it’s view of Mormonism…

Here are the three tweets I sent to Marc Mabinder and Jon Ralston, the sources of the tweet that alerted me to this article:

@RalstonFlash @marcambinder Seriously Pastor Reed is Angle’s PREV pastor, NOT current, based on your own linked article http://bit.ly/avsYoN

@RalstonFlash @marcambinder Any chance you culled through 300 yrs of documents to uncover ‘truth’ during Rev. Wright kerfuffle? Probably not

@RalstonFlash @marcambinder It’s interesting how 95% agreement of Christian principles became 95% of Christians agree on EVERYTHING…

I find it hard to believe this reporter has worked on this since June, only now, four months later getting into shape, ready for publication.

More to come…

October 24, 2010

Left of the Dial

Filed under: media — Ken @ 11:50 pm

I just got my copy of “Left of the Dial”, a documentary about the first few fit-full months of the now-defunct “answer to conservative talk radio” Air America.

Of course, the smug, condescending attitude is fun to watch, but the best moments come when the “network” decides to go all in to cover the “obvious” defeat President George W. Bush is about to get, only to find they have committed their entire schedule to covering George W. Bush’s re-election!

The dejection in Janeane Garofalo’s face is priceless, and Randi Rhodes proudly declaring “she refuses to believe…” – well, it is a delight to watch.

It most likely is available on Netflix, I bought my copy as a discounted brand-new DVD for under $10 shipped from an Amazon affiliate.

Check it out, I think you’ll find a delightful hour and a half…

Here is a link to the movie trailer.

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