31 October 2008

Scary Tidbits for Halloween

Sarah Palin this morning during a radio interview, via ABC:

If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations, then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.

Uh, isn't it the First Amendment that guarantees the media the right to call out a politician for negative campaigning - or anything else, for that matter? I will be SO glad to have an intelligent president in office soon.

Speaking of making things up as you go along, why is it that Republicans refuse to believe the truth when it nearly slaps them in the face?

Democrat: "Polls say that Obama is up by XYZ points in ABC state."
Republican: "If you actually believe that sort of thing."

Democrat: "No, he's not muslim. He's been a Christian all his life."
Republican: "That's not what I heard."

Democrat: "Go to the Obama website and look at his position on the issues."
Republican: "That's all lies."

Republican: "We are gonna win this one!"
Democrat: "HUH?"

And there is a little voter suppression going on down in Georgia. It seems that Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) announced that she would be sending letters to 4,770 registered voters that they would possibly have to cast "challenge ballots" that won't be counted on election day.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that:

The letter from Handel’s office tells the voters that if they appear at their polling place with the issue still unresolved, they will be given a "challenge" ballot —- a paper version of the ballot that appears on electronic voting machines. The ballot will not be included in the precinct’s vote totals, Handel said.

Any voter can challenge another’s qualifications to cast a ballot by notifying a precinct poll manager, Handel said. That voter then would be given a challenge ballot and would have to go before the election board.

At that point, it seems, the responsibility would fall completely on the voter to prove that they are eligible, even though they are already registered. Georgia has a huge minority population, and statistics show that these are people who typically vote Democrat. Currently, according to the polls, Obama and McCain have a statistical tie in Georgia. There's your motivation.

This challenge of qualification of any other voter can also include challenging the citizenship of other voters. With the growing hispanic population, how long do you think it will take for some redneck to call out someone that "looks like a wetback." Haven't we done this before? That old turn-in-your-neighbor-for-un-American-activities thing, all over again.


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