Monthly Archives: May 2016

Trump Says He Has Donated Money From Veterans Fundraiser In January

“I have never received such bad publicity for doing such a good job.”

Posted in Conservative thoughts, Politics

Open thread for night owls: American Indians challenge repressive voting laws

Laura McCauley at Common Dreams writes—Ahead of Election, Native Americans Rise Up Against Repressive Voting Laws:

An in-depth report published by Reuters on Tuesday highlights revisions to a North Dakota law that “eliminated a provision that had allowed people without proper identification…to vote if they were recognized by a poll worker or if they signed an affidavit swearing to their identity.” 

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In that state, which holds its Democratic primary on June 7, American Indian and Alaska Native peoples comprise the largest minority—just over five percent compared to less than one percent of the national household population, according to the state census (pdf). 

As many tribal IDs don’t include addresses, nor can those living on impoverished reservations afford to pay for updated identification, these restrictions “disproportionately burden Native American voters in North Dakota,” argues a lawsuit (pdf) filed in January by the nonprofit Native American Rights Fund (NARF). [...]

NARF is expected to file a motion by June 30 requesting that the court invalidate the changes to the ID law ahead of November’s election, Reuters reports, as the state’s growing Native American population may have the ability to “tip the balance” in key races.

“The Native American vote is not big enough to flip a safe Republican state such as North Dakota into the Democrat column in this year’s presidential election,” notes Reuters, “but Native Americans are a growing proportion of the population and a majority in some counties where increased voter turn-out in recent years has tipped the balance in some congressional races.”

Indeed, since the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled key provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in 2013, native groups have flagged voting-related problems in 17 states via litigation or tribal diplomacy with local officials, according to a recent survey by Indian Country Today Media Network (ICTMN). [...]

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2006Cheers: Wednesday:

If I may be so bold as to suggest that yesterday’s news sucked …

Wall Street tanked (again), over a thousand more U.S. troops are going into Iraq to help Bush turn more corners, the Pentagon admits the insurgency is going to get worse, Afghanistan is falling apart, the death toll from the Indonesian earthquake is up to nearly six thousand, consumer confidence dropped in May, they didn’t find Jimmy Hoffa (dammit…he’s still got my watch), home foreclosures are on the rise, there’s an investigation underway regarding a massacre of civilians in Iraq by our guys, a major car company is recalling a million vehicles because of faulty steering wheels (enjoy your commute this morning, Toyota owners), the Supreme Court squished federal whistleblowers under its thumb, a brick nearly went through our TV when Bill O’Reilly accused Jack Murtha last night of wanting to “cut and run,” plus…

One year after her disappearance, Natalie Holloway astonishingly remains the #1 story in the media universe (now that American Idol has temporarily moved off the front page).

And if that wasn’t bad enough, now we learn that global warming is going to cause a worldwide outbreak of mutant poison ivy.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up weekend news. GOP eats their Trump sandwiches, even as his insanity mounts. Has he destroyed the interview as a journalistic tool? ICYMI: another mass shooting. How have Dem contests actually ended in the superdelegate era?

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Posted in Liberal Thoughts

Libertarian Presidential Candidate: ‘I Agree With’ Sanders On ’73 Percent’ Of The Issues

“Look, 73 percent of what Bernie says I agree with.”

Posted in Conservative thoughts, Politics

Trump Foils Hillary’s Veterans Trap

Trump played by his rules and turned his news conference into an attack on the media which is be music to the ears of Trump supporters and will drown out the Hillary criticism. This is one of the successful techniques that Trump uses to continually dominate the new coverage. It is part of the reason Trump refuses to change his campaign style that so many find offensive, unpresidential and unacceptable for a presidential candidate.

The post Trump Foils Hillary’s Veterans Trap appeared first on RedState.

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Greg Gutfeld Unloads On Katie Couric for Edits In Gun Documentary: ‘She Got Caught’

“It was done to make her look smart and them dumb.”

Posted in Conservative thoughts

Game of Thrones 6.6 recap: ‘Blood of my Blood’

One of the biggest rules in writing is simply this: Deliver on your promises.

If you open with a chapter that reads like Raymond Chandler, readers are going to be understandably upset if the remainder of the book comes off like Agatha Christie. If you march a character up into the Himalaya in the hopes of encountering mystical knowledge, it’s all right for them to fail, but that failure itself has to deliver knowledge of a different sort. You can take the readers along on any sort of trip you like, so long as you don’t waste their time or mislead them.

Yes, sure, Mr. Chekhov, I promise that I will use that gun I waved around in the first act. But it goes beyond that. When I use it, I promise you that it will mean something.

Of course, when you have a work as large and rich in both characters and settings as A Game of Thrones, not every item has significance. Not every beggar is bound to show up later on the Night’s Watch. Not every line is laden with double-meaning and portent. Not every roadside preacher we pass is going to play a key role (though, actually…). Sometimes a sword is just a sword.

On the other hand, sometimes that sword carries a famous name and is made out of super-duper metal by people long dead and the camera just can’t stop pointing at it. Viewers tend to take these things as hints that This Is Important. They start waiting for the shot.

Which is why this week’s Game of Thrones was a wee bit worrisome. 

Posted in Liberal Thoughts

Outlaw Hero Puts This Awesome Message about Trump on a Texas Traffic Sign

Early morning commuters in Dallas had a good laugh Tuesday morning after an unknown hacker/hero/professional tamperer decided to take control of several TXDOT electronic construction signs.

The post Outlaw Hero Puts This Awesome Message about Trump on a Texas Traffic Sign appeared first on RedState.

Posted in Uncategorized

Who’s Up Next?

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), an early endorser of Mr Trump, gets grilled about whether he’d launch racist attacks on a federal judge like the man he’s supporting for President. Collins tells Wolf Blitzer he wouldn’t but he still thinks Trump is awesome. …

Posted in Liberal Thoughts

Cincinnati Police Department Investigating Parents Of Child Who Fell Into Gorilla Exhibit

A spokesperson for the Cincinnati Police Department their probe is consistent with department policy and pertains to “the actions of the parents/family that led up to the incident.”

Posted in Conservative thoughts

A Visit to Ground Zero of ISIS’ Genocide in Iraq

SINJAR, Iraq—This town in northern Iraq was home to more than 88,000 civilians in 2013. Today, there are none left living here. As The Daily… Read More

The post A Visit to Ground Zero of ISIS’ Genocide in Iraq appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Posted in Constitutuional Issues