WASHINGTON North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory blasted back Monday at U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Justice Department challenging North Carolinas tough new elections law.
The lawsuit, which was filed Monday afternoon, is the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act and freed Southern states from strict federal oversight of their elections.
North Carolinas new law, which was adopted last month, scales back the period for early voting and imposes stringent voter identification requirements.
I believe the federal government action is an overreach and without merit, McCrory said at a news conference. I think its obviously influenced by national politics since the Justice Department ignores similar laws in other (Democratic-leaning) blue states.
(This) action is about far more than unwarranted voter restrictions; its really about our democracy and who we are as a nation, Holder said at a news conference, adding the the lawsuit was being filed more in sorrow than in anger.
The state legislature took extreme aggressive steps to curtail the voting rights of African-Americans, Holder said. This is an intentional attempt to break a system that was working, and it defies common sense.
Republican legislative leaders criticized the lawsuit, calling Holders statements baseless claims designed to quash the will of (North Carolina) voters.
The law was designed to improve consistency, clarity and uniformity at the polls and it brings North Carolinas election system in line with a majority of other states. We are confident it protects the right of all voters, as required by the U.S. and North Carolina Constitutions, House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said in a statement.
Somebody ought to remind the Attorney General and his boss who claims to be a "Constitutional Lawyer" (despite having never argued a constitutional case in court nor published any scholarly writings on the Constitution) that the Supreme Court has already ruled on the issue of Voter ID -- as was noted on this blog back in April of 2008 I've reproduced it below.Continue to be enlightened while reading "Eric Holder Again Seeks Overturn Of Properly Enacted Constitutional Law" Ā»
A Correct Decision In Voter ID Case
During most elections in my precinct, I run a polling place that serves about 3000 registered voters. Depending upon the election, I've had a turnout as low 8% on election day (this year's GOP runoff) to as high as 40% (2004 presidential election). And let me be honest about it -- I do not know every single registered voter in my precinct, and neither do my election clerks. Presentation of some sort of identification is a necessity for us to be sure that the person voting is the person registered.
Now Texas law allows for the presentation of the voter registration card, which lacks a picture. As per that statute, I accept it, but I always have this niggling doubt in the back of my mind -- what if this has been stolen from someone's mailbox? I believe that a state-issued photo ID would be preferrable.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that nothing in the US Constitution forbids a state from requiring one for voting purposes.
States can require voters to produce photo identification, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, upholding a Republican-inspired law that Democrats say will keep some poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots.
Twenty-five states require some form of ID, and the court's 6-3 decision rejecting a challenge to Indiana's strict voter ID law could encourage others to adopt their own measures. Oklahoma legislators said the decision should help them get a version approved.
The ruling means the ID requirement will be in effect for next week's presidential primary in Indiana, where a significant number of new voters are expected to turn out for the Democratic contest between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.
The basis for the decision is a very straightforward one, and comes from one of the members of the more liberal bloc on the Supreme Court.
"The application of the statute to the vast majority of Indiana voters is amply justified by the valid interest in protecting the integrity and reliability of the electoral process," he wrote. His opinion was joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who is normally on the right, and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who is often considered a swing vote.
The opinion left open the possibility that voters who had proof that they were adversely affected by such laws could petition the courts, but made it clear that it would be difficult for them to prevail.
In other words, the state has a legitimate interest in preventing voter fraud -- but the controlling opinion in this case allows for additional consideration of the question depending upon some showing of actual harm or disparate impact. By any stretch of all but the most fevered imagination, that is a reasonable standard to impose when one looks at a law that is neutral on its face and designed to safeguard something so fundamental as the integrity of elections.
Justices David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer dissented. Justice Souter, in an opinion joined by Justice Ginsburg, said the Indiana law, which calls for a government-issued photo identification, like a drivers license or passport, threatens to impose nontrivial burdens on the voting rights of tens of thousands of the states citizens.
The so-called "nontrivial burdens" being the acquisition of a free state-issued identification card and presenting it on election day -- or within 10 days afterwards if they do not have it on election day.
Am I insensitive to the concerns of those who brought this challenge? No, I am not -- and agree with the Washington Post that the impact of such laws should be monitored to make sure that there is in practice no undue burden placed upon the exercise of the right to vote.
On the other hand, I am not at all in sympathy with the impotent attempt of the New York Times to overrule the nation's top court in today's editorial, in which it uncritically accepts all the arguments of those who challenged the law. But even those speculative claims fall victim to one of the undeniable realities of this case -- one of the plaintiffs in the case was found to be a fraudulent voter, and this law is likely to stop even more.
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After all, refusal to even negotiate means that he is a petulant, intransigent pre-adolescent who is willing to let the government shut down rather than negotiate with elected leaders of a co-equal branch of government, constitutes a failure to govern.
Apparently Barry Hussein fancies himself a leader in the mold of this guy.
Hopefully we will have an America left worth saving after he is done.
Shaub needs to be benched. Start Yates, or start Keenum. Either way, the Houston Texans would be a better football team.
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Yet chances of being killed in a mass killing are probably no greater than being struck by lightning, according to Grant Duwe, a criminologist with the Minnesota Department of Corrections who has written a history of mass killings in America. He says mass killings peaked in 1929 and have dropped in the 2000s.
Over the past 30 years, the United States has steadily averaged about 20 mass killings each year, according to James Alan Fox, a Northeastern University criminology professor who studies such events.
The reality is that you are at greater risk of dying in a car accident -- or even being struck by lightning -- than of being the victim of some incident of mass violence.
So why does it seem like there is so much more violence? Easy -- we communicate about it more.
[John Phelps, President of the Risk Management Society] recalls the assassinations of the 1960s, the rampant hijacking of airplanes in the 1970s, the bombing of Beirut barracks and the midair destruction of a Pan Am airliner in the 1980s.
"Today, news can live in social media for a long time," Phelps says. "You didn't have cable TV news back then. So it's a different period in communication, which may make it appear to some people that the threats have increased."
We live in a 24 hour news cycle. We can get to-the-second updates from witnesses, victims and survivors of such incidents via social networking sites. The information inundates us -- and it seems like here is more happening. There is, but it is more awareness and discussion rather than more violence.
So remind the gun-grabbers and fear-mongers of that reality when the seek to limit your freedom through law or fear.
Other than the fact that there does not appear to be anything "leopardy" about this "naughty leopard".
Thats what we were told.
Consumers may have to dig a little deeper into their wallets to pay for health care in the Obamacare insurance exchanges, according to a new analysis by Avalere Health.
The study of six states suggests that consumers could face steep cost-sharing requirements like co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles layered on top of their monthly premiums.
And yet the Obama-fellating media still doesnt understand why America doesnt want ObamaCare and why Republicans want to kill it.
Because you can be certain it would be if the races were reversed.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) A man who shot four people near a Greenville Wal-Mart in June picked out his victims because they were white, according to several indictments handed down against him.
Lakim Faust had more than 100 rounds of ammunition when he started shooting at people at a law firm and a shopping center in June, authorities said.
A grand jury indicted Faust on 14 charges Monday, including four counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Faust, who is black, picked out his victims based on their race, according to the indictments. The documents didnt specify why Faust wanted to shoot white people, and police have not talked about why he picked out his targets.
If this was a white guy targeting blacks, you can be sure that it would be trumpeted as evidence of ongoing racism in America. But a black guy (especially a black guy who is also a Muslim like this killer) deciding to kill whitey just doesnt fit the narrative.
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Come on, fellow Doctor Who fans -- tell me this image didn't flash through your mind when you saw Senator Cruz holding this sign.
If Chris Wallace speaks the truth on this matter, then the identity of the sources is news to be disclosed.
Angry Republicans not Democrats sent Fox News opposition research on Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz before his appearance on a broadcast of Fox News Sunday, according to host Chris Wallace.
During his Power Panel segment, Wallace told Karl Rove he received unsolicited ammo to use against Cruz before his interview.
This has been one of the strangest weeks Ive ever had in Washington, Wallace said. As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats, but from top Republicans to hammer Cruz. Why are Republicans so angry at Ted Cruz?
Sarah Palins position is the same as mine.
Although lets be honest my view is not an objection to confidential sources. It is more an objection to allowing elected officials and party officials to hide behind a veil of anonymity as they tear down members of our own party.
President Barack Obama accused opponents of gun control of fighting to allow dangerous people to own guns in a speech on Saturday to activists at Congressional Black Caucus, promising he would revive his failed gun control efforts following recent urban shootings in Chicago and Washington D.C.s Navy Yard.
We cant rest until all of our children can go to school or walk down the street free from the fear that they will be struck down by a stray bullet, he said, citing recent shooting in Chicagos African-American districts.
What a pity that Americas first black president is taking his position on blacks and firearms from the same playbook as the KKK. Republicans, on the other hand, continue to believe that blacks should have the same rights as whites.
And as far as allowing dangerous people to own guns Im much more concerned that we allow a dangerous and un-American clown like Obama to control the guns of the US military, the guns of federal law enforcement, the guns that the is giving to al-Qaeda in Syria and the guns that Eric Holder gave to drug gangs in Mexico.
Sadly, this isn't the first time that Barack Obama has come out in favor of laws designed by white supremacists to limit the rights of African-Americans -- but then again, this is the same guy who honored a dead Kluxer as a great American.
Looks like the left-wing "funny" woman managed to get a group of black actors to be-Tom themselves for liberal Whitey.
Interestingly enough, African-Americans are reacting to the racist crud coming out of the liberal left. Take Mr. Coloin Noir -- a member of the REAL NRA.
I particularly love this section of his commentary.
Everyone in this video is guilty of promoting the idea that all young black men are criminals to be feared, because god forbid the second amendment apply to everyone, that would mean even young black men can own guns too, obviously that should scare every white person in America to vouch for more gun control!
Are there white people who dont want black people to own guns, yes, their names are Mayor Bloomberg and Diane Feinstein.
And last I checked, the NRA advocated gun rights for everyone.
Sarah Silverman spews more racism in an hour long stand up than most KKK members do in their lives, but she has the comedian plausible deniability card so, she gets away with.
Exactly true. The left-wing thrives on racial -- make that racist -- stereotypes and appeals to carry the day. The only thing that has changed from the days of the Klan is that the sheetheads of the Democrat Party now call themselves progressives -- though maybe that isn't a surprise, because "progressive" President Woodrow Wilson (the subject of a new Leonardo DeCaprio film project) segregated the federal workforce and even screened the pro-Klan film "The Birth of a Nation" in the White House.
But leave it to conservative AlfonZo Rachel to peg the matter perfectly with a reminder of the real history of the NRA (which supported arming free blacks after the Civil War) and the Democrat party (which then, as now, supported the disarmament of African-Americans because they lacked the character and self-control to be trusted with guns.
Yeah -- Sarah Silverman and Birth of a Nation's D. W. Griffin appear to be two peas in a pod, perpetrating the same racist myths.
But if you don't want to take the word of satirists, let's hear it from respected black professionals instead.
There's no need for a "Black NRA" -- it already exists in the form of America's oldest civil rights organization, the NRA itself.
In recent weeks I've kept seeing the liberal meme that Republicans -- especially Tea Party types -- are not interested in "governing" because of their unwillingness to negotiate or compromise.
So what to make of this?
On Sunday, President Barack Obama rebuffed Speaker John Boehners (R-OH) requests to come to the table and negotiate fiscal reforms in exchange for raising the countrys borrowing authority, which is projected to expire in mid-October.
I have been through this a couple times with Speaker Boehner, he said in an interview on ABCs This Week, declaring that while hes willing to negotiate further deficit reduction, What I havent been willing to negotiate, and I will not negotiate, is on the debt ceiling.
In other words, by the standard being set by the Left, Barack Obama is unwilling to govern.. I wonder how much more destruction his unwillingness to govern will inflict on America?
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Timed (I doubt coincidentally) to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the terror bombings in the Indianapolis area, Brett Kimberlin has crawled out from under his rock to silence those who speak the truth about him.
Seems like abuse of the legal process to me, but as DaTechGuy says, "discovery should be loads of fun."
Here's a joint statement on the matter from John Hoge's blog.
Convicted perjurer, drug smuggler, and bomber Brett Kimberlin has filed a Maryland lawsuit naming bloggers Aaron Walker, W. J. J. Hoge, and Robert Stacy McCain; National Bloggers Club President Ali A. Akbar; and the anonymous blogger Kimberlin Unmasked as defendants.
The defendants believe that the suit is without merit and is part of Kimberlins continued effort to use lawfare to silence journalists and bloggers who have written truthfully about Kimberlins criminal past and recent conduct. The defendants will not make any further comments until they have finished initial consultations their respective legal counsel.
McCain also has a whole string of updates regarding other folks commenting.
UPDATE II: Linked by Kathy Shaidle thanks!
UPDATE III: Linked by Da Tech Guy thanks!
UPDATE IV: The Lonely Conservative calls Brett Kimberlin evil, so maybe the Speedway Bomber will sue her for . . . accuracy.
UPDATE V: Linked by Matt Ross at Conservative Hideout thanks!
UPDATE VI: Patterico has done some research:
A search of court records reveals the complaint is for DEFAMATION, MALICIOUS PROSECUTION, HARASSMENT, STALKING, CONSPIRACY, INVASION OF PRIVACY AND INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS. It sounds like accuse the accusers on steroids, doesnt it?
It will be fascinating to see how Kimberlin tries to assert that his reputation has been damaged given that he has been convicted of setting off multiple bombs, one of which blew off a mans leg, causing him to commit suicide. Doesnt that tend to harm ones reputation quite a bit more than stuff said by bloggers on the Internet?
No comment at this time.
UPDATE VII: Headline by Zilla of the Resistance:
You forgot to mention evil.
UPDATE VIII: Welcome, Instapundit readers!
And, no, if unwanted Internet attention is your problem, trying to sue bloggers into silence is perhaps not a clever strategy. Maybe you could ask Charles Carreon about that.
UPDATE IX: Linked by Maetenloch in the AOSHQ Overnight Thread thanks! and now a Memeorandum thread.
I previously blogged about Brett Kimberlin admitting to the sabotage of military equipment and a federal lawsuit that Walker filed against him.
Kimberlin sabotaged military equipment he said so himself but then again, Kimberlin is a perjurer, so maybe he made that up.
Personally, I'm rather pleased to see THIS story pop up in a timely manner -- a full recounting of Brett Kimberlin's life of crime, wonderfully timed to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the Speedway Bombings. Here's the last part of the article, noting what happened after the authorities were unable to conclusively link Kimberlin to a murder that evidence strongly suggests he committed.
Investigators had a much stronger case against Kimberlin for the Speedway bombings, but it would take three separate trials to convict him of that crime. The first trial, in 1980, ended in a hung jury on the more serious charges, but he was found guilty of impersonating a Department of Defense security guard. That got him a 12-year sentence on top four years for the Texas drug conviction. In the second Indiana trial, in June 1981, Kimberlin was convicted only of illegal possession of explosives. The third trial took 53 days and 118 witnesses and ended with a conviction on the bombing charges on Oct. 15, 1981. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
After Kimberlin was convicted, investigators revealed to The Star more details on certain aspects of the case that had not yet come to light. Reporter Joe Gelarden, who had covered the case throughout, compiled a detailed narrative of the investigation based on information and documents provided by the investigators.
While Kimberlin was in prison, Carl DeLong committed suicide. Had his only injury been the loss of his right leg he might have adapted and moved on. But his left leg had been severely damaged too and he still carried shrapnel in his body, which kept him in constant pain as it slowly worked its way out. After 11 operations he hit a plateau physically and knew he'd never get any better than that. On Feb. 23, 1983, he closed his garage door and sat in his van with the engine running. Later that year, DeLong's wife, Sandra (who had also been injured in the bombing), won a $1.6 million judgment against Kimberlin in civil court.
Five years later, in 1988, Kimberlin vaulted himself into the national news when he claimed he'd once sold pot to Dan Quayle, then a U.S. Senator from Indiana and candidate for vice president. Quayle vehemently denied the charge and Kimberlin produced no proof beyond making the claim.
Kimberlin was paroled in 1994 after serving about 13 years of his 50-year sentence. But when he made no effort to pay the DeLong judgment his parole was revoked in 1997 and he went back to prison for about four more years, released again in 2001.
Today Kimberlin is a liberal activist who seeks to silence conservative voices for speaking the truth about public figures, including himself. Here's wishing these latest victims of his lawfare great success.
For well over a year, Syria has been in the throes of a civil war. Some 100,000 Syrians have died in that war combatants and non-combatants alike. President Obama declared there existed a bright red line in this conflict the use of chemical weapons. And last week, a year to the day after that declaration, the Assad government used such weapons against civilians, killing 1000, including children. We now face the question of how the United States will respond.
Now you folks know me I always have an opinion, usually pretty firmly held, about most everything. But this time I dont I really dont know what the right answer is in this instance. Do we attack Syria or not? If we do, what should that attack look like? If we dont, what should the non-military response be? The answers are not clear because of some serious problems before us.
To begin with, there is the issue of the use of chemical weapons themselves. We know that the Assad regime has gassed their people. But what also seems clear is that the rebels have also, at some point used chemical weapons on a smaller scale. Both sides have crossed the bright red line. How can we say punish the Syrian government without also saying punish the rebels? It makes no sense to insist that the use of these WMDs must not be tolerated and that the Syrian government must be made to pay a price for their actions without also holding the rebels accountable for similar actions. Yet here we are, about to do exactly that. That strikes me as a policy failure.
Second, the rebels themselves have some serious problems, the main one being the inclusion of substantial numbers of Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda jihadis among their number. These folks are not our friends in Syria, any more than in Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq or the skies of America on 9/11. Why on earth are we even thinking of propping up America-hating extremists? Why are we considering such a nonsensical policy? President Obamas Cairo speech notwithstanding, turning these folks our way is unlikely to happen just because we are nice to them and adjust a couple of policies to favor them. Again, the proposed policy makes no sense from where I sit.
A third consideration is the one of support and opposition. France is with us, but the UK is not. Some Arab states are with us, but Russia and Iran are supporting Syria indeed, the Russians have a major military base in Syria. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, an Obama surrogate, tells us that the president has lots of allies that she cant name, while John Kerry says that the Arabs will pay most of the cost of any US action. At the same time, the radicals are arguing that any US action is a Zionist plot. The UN is saying we cannot act without their permission. In other words, any action seems isolating and destabilizing.
But all of this could be overcome to me if someone could show me where Americas national security interest is in all of this. The war in Syria is, after all, a civil war that is unlikely to spread beyond the borders of that nation. The Syrians are incapable of attacking America itself, and does not seem poised to be a threat to American assets or allies in the region if we do not engage in a military strike. There is no strategic value to any military action, especially if it is a series of isolated bombings or missile strikes and there appears to be no intent to decapitate the Assad regime or even to wipe out Syrias WMDs (whether in the hands of the government or the rebels). So what is the purpose, besides making a statement or saving face in light of President Obamas statements?
And let me say a word about that last point Barack Hussein Obama personally or politically ought not even be a consideration here.
And that is why I reluctantly oppose President Obama on this matter. For all I want to support him (as I would any commander-in-chief ordering military action), I cant. This isnt Afghanistan, where post-9/11 exigencies made intervention appropriate. This isnt Iraq, where there was a compelling case presented for the US invasion (though in hindsight we can argue whether or not that case was as good as it seemed at the time). But this also isnt Libya, where there appeared to be no American interest at all at stake, just a sudden and unreasoned rush to war. This one seems somewhere in the middle so my opposition is soft and open to reconsideration when and if the President and his subordinates can make a persuasive case that American military action will improve the situation and be in our national interest.
Given what happened at a high school here in Houston, this high school teacher is just going to stop and contemplate the horror that happened at another high school in the area.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office has announced that a murder charge has been filed against 17-year-old Luis Alonzo Alfaro in the fatal stabbing at Spring High School on Wednesday. Alfaro admitted to the attack, authorities said.
Meanwhile, classes at Spring High are canceled for the rest of the week. Spring ISD's Karen Garrison says the school will be closed Thursday and Friday, with classes resuming on Monday morning.
"We will be upping security as well," Garrison said, declining to go into detail about what that would mean for students and faculty.
A 17-year-old student was fatally stabbed and three other students were injured there Wednesday morning.
The Sheriff's Office said the suspect pulled out a knife during an altercation, stabbed a student to death and injured three others.
The three victims were transported to local hospitals and were treated and released.
The stabbing happened in a hallway leading to the cafeteria at 7:10 a.m. on the campus at 19428 North Freeway, according to the HCSO.
Deputies said one person died at the scene, another was flown by LifeFlight medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center, and two others were taken to Houston Northwest Medical Center for treatment. On Wednesday afternoon one of those two patients was transported by ground to the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute, where they are reported to be in good condition, according to a hospital official.
Two of the victims suffered minor injuries, according to Sheriff Adrian Garcia. The deceased has been identified by multiple TV reports as Joshua Broussard, 17. The victim transported via helicopter was identified by Channel 26 as Deavean Bazile, 16, who suffered injuries to his abdomen. KTRK is also reporting that one of the two victims taken to Houston Northwest Medical Center has been treated and released. "There is some information that this may have been gang related," Garcia said, but he did not explain the information he was citing.
Garcia said there was a confrontation that escalated into a fight, then weapons were pulled out. He said that there are no metal detectors on campus and investigators have so far not found the weapons.
this provokes so many different responses from me.
The first is horror -- parents sent their child to school this morning only to have him murdered before classes ever got underway. Others were injured in a brutal attack, while still others were witnesses to the death of a classmate by violence.
The second is thankfulness -- thank God this was not my school, that these were not my kids. Thank God that this afternoon when my 80-year-old parents called I was able to say that this was not my school, nor was it even particularly close to where I teach.
The third is apprehension -- could this happen at my school? I'd like to hope not -- but absent turning the campus into a police state like one finds at an airport, is there any way to prevent such a thing? I just don't know.
And the last is sadness -- I got into my share of fights back in high school. None of them went further than a few thrown punches and a secret sense of relief on everybody's part when a teacher intervened. What has happened to our country that any sort of fight at school would turn into a case of murder?
And so I pray -- for the victim and his family, for the injured, for the students and teachers at Spring High School -- and yes, even for the killer and his family. So much harm, so much pain, so much healing needed.
It's every teacher's nightmare -- and one that I hope we never see again.
Over-acting meets over-exposure.
If your name were "Weiner" AND you had a history of multiple sex scandals AND you were seeking election to public office anyway, why on earth would you pose for this picture?
I'd think pictures with large tubular meat products would be out of the question -- and one would have someone on one's staff to advise you to stay away from situations where such pictures would be inevitable -- like a delicatessen.
After all, such a photo screams for this treatment by the media.
Anthony Weiner showed off a big Italian sausage at an Arthur Ave. Deli Saturday, agreeing to pose with the ample-sized meat on a campaign stop in the Bronx.
When the Democratic mayoral hopeful walked into Mikes Deli, owner David Greco said he whipped out the sausage right away.
Then again, there is the former congressman's campaign theme song to consider.
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