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There’s a great article over at Breitbart.com today HERE that makes some very good points about why John McCain lost the Presidential race in 2008.  Namely, that Steve Schmidt, McCain’s race manager, was too self-absorbed and inexperienced to run such a campaign; NOT that Sarah Palin was any kind of liability to the ticket.

The article further implies that the trashing of Sarah Palin that continues today is primarily due to Steve Schmidt’s friends and minions trying to salvage his lifetime losing streak.

The 42 year-old New Jersey native’s campaign experience started with work for four failed state and national races during his mid to late twenties—ranging from the Kentucky Attorney General’s race in 1995 to working as Communication Director for Lamar Alexander’s 2000 presidential bid. He also managed failed Lt. Governor and Senatorial bids in California in 1998. (more…)

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Quick! How many felons can you spot in this picture?

Quick! How many felons can you spot in this picture?

Okay – so if you lose your lease on a building, you’d pack up and move, right? Take everything out and leave?

Well, you’d be surprised how often people don’t do that. My parents used to own a house that had three apartments in it, and the crap those folks left in the apartments was astonishing. Furniture, mementos, food, appliances, pets — everything you can imagine.

So apparently when ACORN lost their lease, they left some computers — with some incriminating evidence onboard:

A Republican state legislator released documents Tuesday which he says show the community-organizing group ACORN focused on helping Democrats in three legislative races in the November 2008 election and had developed a game plan to “take power” in Oklahoma within five years.

The documents, which include legislative district maps and various forms, were recovered from computers abandoned by ACORN workers in Oklahoma City, said Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City. Also found was a script apparently used in Houston to go door-to-door to encourage voters to vote for Barack Obama in November 2008.

Yup– totally “nonpartisan” organization — suuurrrre.

“They say they’re not political, but one of the sub-directories was called political action plans,” Reynolds said. “It was their political plans to take over key targeted races in Oklahoma City to show how powerful they are.”

Mike Reynolds said he was contacted in late summer 2008 by people who had leased office space near SW 25 and Robinson Avenue to ACORN. He was told the group had stopped paying the lease. Reynolds said he bought two computers for which passwords were found in desks.

Good computer security there. Brilliant, geniuses!

Reynolds, who said he had been busy with legislative matters the past several months, said about 1,600 documents are on the computers. Some of them have nothing to do with Oklahoma and deal with other states.

Great — a multi-state conspiracy. RICO, anyone?

obama-acornHe said he has converted nearly 60 into a document format that can be viewed by most computer users; he’s posted them on a Web site, which he said is not yet available to the public. His intent “is to dispel the idea that ACORN wasn’t a political organization,” Reynolds said. “That’s all they were about was politics.”

Reynolds said computer files show who composed them. Jones said several show the files were created on a computer at state Democratic Party headquarters.

Which somehow doesn’t surprise me at all, really.

The released documents also include what appears to be a form letter on Oklahoma City ACORN stationery asking the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to expedite the processing of immigrant citizen applications. State Sen. Andrew Rice’s name is on the bottom of the letter; his signature is not. Rice, D-Oklahoma City, said Tuesday he didn’t write the letter and never worked with anyone from ACORN.

Which also doesn’t surprise me — his signature wouldn’t be on the document if it was stored as an MS Word or Wordperfect document. And in fairness to the the State Senator, it’s possible they typed it up and presented it to him for his signature without his knowledge or consent.

However, I’d sure as heck check with the INS to see if they’ve received any letters from the State Senator reading anything remotely like that letter.

Big Texas Hat Tip: Clyde at the Examiner

~Johnny~

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Gateway Pundit has the astonishing, but hardly surprising, story:

obama-acornOne of Barack Obama’s first big “community organizer” jobs involved ACORN in 1992. Obama also trained ACORN employees. He represented ACORN in court. Obama worked with and protested with ACORN. His campaign donated $800,000 to ACORN this year for voter registration efforts.
And, ACORN even canvassed for Obama this year.

Now we hear this…
The New York Times had killed a story in October that would have shown a close link between ACORN, Project Vote and the Obama campaign. The Bulletin reported:

A lawyer involved with legal action against Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) told a House Judiciary subcommittee on March 19 The New York Times had killed a story in October that would have shown a close link between ACORN, Project Vote and the Obama campaign because it would have been a “a game changer.”

A former worker, Anita Moncrief, told Ms. Heidelbaugh last October, during the state committee’s litigation against ACORN, she had been a “confidential informant for several months to The New York Times reporter, Stephanie Strom.”  Ms. Strom had written several stories based on information Ms. Moncrief had given her.

During her testimony, Ms. Heidelbaugh said Ms. Moncrief had told her The New York Times articles stopped when she revealed that the Obama presidential campaign had sent its maxed-out donor list to ACORN’s Washington, D.C. office. . . to “reach out to the maxed-out donors and solicit donations from them for Get Out the Vote efforts to be run by ACORN.”

times_masthead“Upon learning this information and receiving the list of donors from the Obama campaign, Ms. Strom reported to Ms. Moncrief that her editors at The New York Times wanted her to kill the story because, and I quote, “it was a game changer.”’

U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., the ranking Republican on the committee, said the interactions between the Obama campaign and ACORN . .  could possibly violate federal election law, and “ACORN has a pattern of getting in trouble for violating federal election laws.”

He also voiced criticism of The New York Times.

“If true, The New York Times is showing once again that it is a not an impartial observer of the political scene,” he said. “If they want to be a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party, they should put Barack Obama approves of this in their newspaper.”

…Two facts are certain. First: the New York Times had the ACORN-Obama story via Moncrief’s long term relationship with Strom; and second: they did not run it. They may deny that their refusal to run the story was not politically motivated. But they will also find it hard to defend what is news today, was also not news back in October.

ny-times-titanicAnd, perhaps the most damning of all — the New York Times was well-aware that

  1. this, in their own words, “was a game-changer;”
  2. that it would potentially alter the outcome of an election,
  3. AND that this was an action that was potentially illegal from a group with a history of doing illegal things, and that
  4. it was something that would almost certainly boost their circulation at a time the newspaper itself was having substantial financial difficulty.

So here’s my Exit Question: If the New York Times Spikes a story ofelection influencing, does that not mean they are colluding with the New York Times, even if indirectly, to throw an American Election?

Does that not make this a conspiracy between the New York Times and ACORN?

And does that not make both organizations liable assets to be seized under the RICO Act?

Don’t hold your breath waiting for THAT investigation . . .

~~JD~~

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Found this over at The Wall Street journal Online; which also has an excellent analysis of the monkey business currently in progress in the Minnesota Senate Recount. See if you can figure out which part of these paragraphs has me MOST in a lather:

After 2004, the Evergreen Freedom Foundation produced a 42-page report offering a dozen solutions. While a few were implemented, most were simply ignored by officials content to cross their fingers and hope the next close election is in someone else’s jurisdiction.

Some reforms are simply educational and cultural; others are fundamental and essential. Election officials need to understand current federal and state laws and regulations governing the entire election process, including recounts. Those responsible for elections must also inculcate a culture of compliance among election staff, including temporary staff hired at election time.

angry_al_frankenFrom the moment they are printed, ballots should be isolated and guarded and their chain of custody recorded. Officials with rule-making authority are responsible for establishing processes that clarify how ballots are to be handled, stored, counted, and, if necessary, recounted.

Most important to maintaining and increasing public faith in elections is improving openness, especially leveraging Internet technology to make anyone a potential election observer. The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s project to put all 6,700 contested ballots in the Senate race on the Web, so people can compare their own judgments to those of the canvassing board, is but one example. Election officials who have nothing to hide should be putting as much as possible online as quickly as possible.

Citizens and the media might also take a closer look at some of the individuals and organizations involved in monkeying with and even overturning elections. Both Mr. Franken and Ms. Gregoire were endorsed by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — Acorn — a group under investigation in several states for suspected voter registration chicanery.

Did you figure out what has me upset about this snippet?  It’s the highlighted sections.  Few (if any) of the Evergreen Foundations reforms were implemented?  Ballots do NOT currently have a Chain of Custody??  There is NO “culture of compliance” among ballot workers???

And ACORN has a project to elect liberal Secretaries of State — who oversee ballot recounts???  (Oops, sorry, that part is back at the article.)  A fascinating little article it is, that will strip away and preconceptions you might have about fairness in elections.  Go, read already.

~~JD~~

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Politico.com had this little snippet on the 23rd when nobody was paying attention to the news.  An appropriate news item for the 145th anniversary of Texas’ joining the Union today:

Lone Star State To Pick Up 3 Seats

texas_kTexas will lose some influence in Washington when President George W. Bush leaves the White House, but a new study finds that the Lone Star state will be the big winner in the upcoming congressional reapportionment.

The study, from the firm Election Data Services, projects that Texas will pick up three seats in Congress. Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Utah would gain one seat each. Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania would each lose one.

The new study’s findings highlight trends that have been in place for the last two decades: Population growth has been stagnating in the Northeast and the Midwest and surging in the Southwest and through much of the South.

The projections offer a glimmer of hope for congressional Republicans, battered after losing 51 House seats in the last two election cycles. Of the eight states it says are likely to lose seats, seven will be represented by majority-Democratic delegations at the beginning of the 111th Congress. Meanwhile, three of the six fast-growing states have majority GOP delegations — and President Bush won all six states in both 2000 and 2004.

Based on the additional EDS extrapolations, three more states — Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri — could each lose a House seat, and Ohio could lose a second one.

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On the flip side, some states have made great gains over the last two years that could help them in the decennial redistricting. Louisiana was the only state to lose residents after Hurricane Katrina hit, and many observers expected it would end up losing one of its seven House seats. But over the last two years, Louisiana has seen a population surge, with many residents returning home. That trend may be enough for the state to keep all its House seats.

Two other states — Washington and Oregon — have seen faster growth over the last two years than in the first half of the decade; each is on the cusp of gaining a House seat as well. Both states currently have Democratic governors and Democratic state legislatures, making it likely any new seats would benefit Democrats.

And Iowa, one of the slowest-growing states in the country, suddenly experienced a surge in growth over the last two years, but it still probably comes too late to prevent the Hawkeye State from losing one of its five House seats.

The firm also concluded that California is at risk of losing a House seat for the first time since it gained statehood in 1850.

Some quick thoughts:

Picking Up Seats are Texas (3-R), Arizona (R) , Florida (D), Georgia (R), Nevada (D) and Utah (R).  These are all Southern and Western states with low taxes and good economies.  That’s a total of +6 Rep and +2 Dem seats gained.

Losing Seats are Iowa (D), Louisiana (R), Massachusetts (D), Michigan (D), New Jersey (D), New York (D), Ohio (D) and Pennsylvania (D).  These are all Northern states — many in the Rust Belt or industrialized northeast, with high taxes and poor economies.  They have a total of -1 Rep and -7 Dem seats lost.

Probable Gains: Washington and Oregon (D).  While Oregon is a long-time Democrat state, Washington is a recent convert from the (R) column, and Governor Christine Gregoire hasn’t had time to destroy Washington’s economy yet.

Probable Losses: California, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio could lose a second one. (D)  Missouri (R).  Again, midwestern states in the rust belt except for California, which hasn’t had a decent Republican Governor since Ronald Reagan.  Schwarzeneggar has bankrupted California’s economy by compromising with Democraps there.

Grand Total: +5 Republican House Seats, -5 Democrat House Seats Definite.

As Many As +4 Republican House Seats, -7 Democrat House Seats Probably.

People vote with their feet.  I think this is a test-case for the new Obama Economy to come in the next few years.Watch the South and West pick up even more seats as the economy worsens – and watch Republicans make greater gains in these states.  Remember, most of these population shift occurred during the “boom economy” of the nine years previous to the market crash if this year.

~~JD~~

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Yahoo News this morning:

scotusWASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth.

The court did not comment on its order Monday rejecting the call by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick, N.J., to intervene in the presidential election. Donofrio says that since Obama had dual nationality at birth — his mother was American and his Kenyan father at the time was a British subject — he cannot possibly be a “natural born citizen,” one of the requirements the Constitution lists for eligibility to be president.

Donofrio also contends that two other candidates, Republican John McCain and Socialist Workers candidate Roger Calero, also are not natural-born citizens and thus ineligible to be president.

At least one other appeal over Obama’s citizenship remains at the court. Philip J. Berg of Lafayette Hill, Pa., argues that Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii as Obama says and the Hawaii secretary of state has confirmed. Berg says Obama also may be a citizen of Indonesia, where he lived as a boy. Federal courts in Pennsylvania have dismissed Berg’s lawsuit.

Donofrio’s lawsuit was the weakest of the approximately 20 suits pending in the 2008 election. Berg’s, however, is the strongest of the  suits. Not only does Berg have legal standing with the PA courts, his suit does not seek to invalidate the election — simply produce the original Birth Certificate to determine eligibility.

So there’s more than a little hope still. However, if the SCOTUS decides to just say”we’ve already dealt with this” they can dismiss Berg’s suit without hearing it as well. So, that’s not good.

Joseph Farah at Worldnet Daily still has questions; simple questions, really:

farah071This is important constitutionally beyond proving mere citizenship. The Constitution requires presidents to be “natural born” Americans – meaning born within the United States. In Hawaii circa 1961, it was possible – even routine – to register foreign births.

If, as some evidence strongly suggests, including the testimony of two Obama relatives to WND senior staff writer Jerome Corsi who say they were present when he was born in Mombasa, Kenya, in 1961, he was born abroad and merely registered in Hawaii, that would slam-dunk disqualify him from serving – unless, like John McCain, both his parents were U.S. citizens. Since Obama’s autobiography also states that his mother was a minor and his father a citizen of Kenya, only the production of actual hospital records on a long-form birth certificate can provide the necessary information.

Do you have doubts about Obama’s eligibility to serve as president because of his mysterious birth? Sign WND’s petition calling on all controlling legal authorities to seek the long-form birth certificate that will answer the questions and to release the information publicly to quell all suspicions.

Does dotting every “i” and crossing every “t” when it comes to constitutional eligibility questions for the highest office in the land warrant being characterized as a “tin-foil hat conspiracist” as some of the self-proclaimed truth-detector sites on the Internet suggest?

I don’t think so.

And I’m not afraid of being called derogatory names for defending the Constitution’s literal meaning and clear standards for eligibility for office.

I know where George W. Bush was born – Grace-New Haven Community Hospital in Connecticut.

I know where Bill Clinton was born – the Julia Chester Hospital in Hope, Ark.

I even know Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin.

Why is there so much secrecy about the birthplace of Barack Hussein Obama Jr.?

Try to find any reference to a hospital associated with Obama’s birth. The only one you will find anywhere is the Coast Provincial Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya, where his African relatives claim to have been present when he arrived.

I wonder if they will install a plaque there?

That would be pretty embarrassing.

In fact, it will be pretty embarrassing to America if we install a president Jan. 20 and later find out he was ineligible under Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution.

pamela3Barack Obama can end this controversy by doing something he should have done a long time ago – especially as a presidential wannabe pledged to more open government. He should release his long-form birth certificate. If he doesn’t do it, we need to make sure some controlling legal authority does before he is sworn in as president.

Pamela Geller at ATLAS SHRUGS has a great roundup on this; as well as a statement of intent:

But hey, I say keep filing those lawsuits. One of ’em is going to stick. And for now? All I can say is, he’s not my President. And he can expect from me the same respect and decorum that President Bush got from the Democraps and the lefascists for the past 8 years.

This is going to be fun.

Indeed. I’m looking forward to the protest marches myself.

~~JD~~

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Gateway Pundit dutifully reports the Supreme Court takes up the obama Birth Certificate issue tomorrow:

Those familiar with the case say his “real” birth certificate authenticated by Snopes and Factcheck actually has 2007 borders and doesn’t list the hospital, doctor or place of birth:

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The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Friday whether to take up a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship, a continuation of a New Jersey case embraced by some opponents of Obama’s election.

The meeting of justices will coincide with a vigil by the filer’s supporters in Washington on the steps of the nation’s highest court.

Earth Frisk has more background on this story. According to the report, hospitals in Hawaii have no record of Obama being born or his mother ever being there.

Previously:
Dr. Alan Keyes Sues Barack Obama Over Eligibility

Will they do anything?  I’m “tempering my expectations” — but I’d be very pleased if they did.  Really, this is exactly the kind of thing the Supreme Court was designed to handle.

~~JD~~

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