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September 26, 2007


Is there anything, anything at all that the Dems will stand up for??? Guess not.

In the survey sent around by Jane and Matt the other day about what to do about recalcitrant Dems, I suggested they set up a separate page at ActBlue to specifically highlight primary challengers to unreliable Dems. I really really hope they do that. As it is, ActBlue doesn't mention who their candidates are running against. This would be useful for those of us hopelessly unable to commit the national electoral map to memory.

On a day that has brought us both the Lieberman-Kyl amendment and the von Spakovsky nomination, I have no hope at all of anything improving until 2009 at the earliest, and quite possibly 2013. What a grim state of affairs.

Kagro X - i listened to the hearing this morning and your quotes from the hill report is just what i heard. very depressing, and it did seem that there may have been a bit of pre-hearing negotiations.

Rollover Beethoven and tell the Democrats the news.

Well, I have learned CampaignLegalCenter is libertarian, kind of liberal-lite. For what it is worth, though one of their directors willing has followed a trail of tears confining von Spakovsky's repressive politics. G.Hebert published that last week.

slip. were that it were only a mistake rather than the installation of a tool that will cause them harm? Or have they a deal to make up for the appearance of utter stupidity? The end of a government and the environment it would create has been recorded before. Those histories are unique and may not be exemplary to our situation today. How do the subjective and the objective see the end of our constitutional form of government? It does appear to have been a done deal now. We that may still remember when Goldwater would have come out of his chair to kill someone suggesting that someone else could not speak their mind openly.
Have we have become accepting of the end of the world as we know it? Would anyone believe me if I told you about 2007 in 1998? or 2001? There is no indication at this time, for a future in a world with law. I think they hit on the final solution yesterday when Greenspan danced around admitting his personal knowledge of war crimes committed by invading and purloining the resources of a sovereign nation.
What surprises me most is those conservatives, the real ones, that aren't joining to call for criminal punishment of our government. there is something quite wrong when such a large segment of the population wakes up to reality, and says nothing.

TPM has Obama coming out strong against von Sp. http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/004303.php
wonder why now rather than before committee decided?
posturing now that his objection is likely meaningless?
I'll give him credit for being the first nominee to recognize it as something to wake up about, but day late, dollar short.

Maybe this is gonna be the big opportunity for Dems to stand up and take down a nominee on the floor....
Maybe Rex Grossman will lead the Bears to the Superbowl this year....

You may have heard of the Leadership Forum on Civil Rights; link to their two page letter to DiFi last week in opposition to von Spakovsky. Also consider this foreshadowing of the mischief von Spakovsky would get to oversee at FEC, an area which is his expertise, bureaucratic denial of access to vote by low income persons; how to do this? why, by enforcement of HAVA voter list databases. The voter ID ploy sweeping Dixie and a few rockribbed other states operates by a different mechanism in the penumbra of the election: it relies on courts for justification. Every time one of these elections cases gets to the CA supreme court, I shudder, because the chief justice in CA has a record of subtly undermining voter rights when there is leeway in caselaw to tilt the scales temporarily toward the 'conservative' end of the spectrum; fortunately, however, CA has a robust and bright new voting oversight official to ameliorate this pre-election politics. The candidate she defeated in November 2006 was already on the Republican bandwagon to use voter database lists to disqualify anyone who had a typo in their id, like say, if your name is Margaret but your Celtic ancestral traditionalist forebears bequeathed a naming to you whereby your parents simply refer to you as Marcy. Sorry no such numba, no such fone.

Brad Friedman is predicting Scotus' decision in the IN voter ID case will institutionalize this form of vote suppression. Meanwhile, he links to McClatchy's excellent Gordon's latest report on several states that are institutionalizing voter caging von Spakovsky style.

the HAVA voter list purges are actually quite an interesting story.
I am the person who evaluated the voter roles for the caging lists in Jacksonville, Florida for the 2 articles at epluribusmedia in june.

Duval County purges the lists every 2 years, as required by Florida Law under HAVA. I was concerned that HAVA would just be a federally mandated "caging scheme." In Florida, they use postal forwarding address lists to trim the voter rolls. No vote x 2 cycles plus a hit on the postal list or returned mail gets you removed from Duval County rolls under HAVA.

I have the name, race, voting history and party affiliation of every voter in Jacksonville purged in 2005 and 2007, as well as the current voter list. The purges in 2005 and 2007 were MORE white and LESS democratic than the Duval county voter population, and I suspect this is a middle class bias from people who actually fill out address change cards when they move. At the same time purges for felonies were clearly biased racially and by party affiliation.

The caveat is that this is one county's lists which I was able to get for free. Other Florida counties charge a fee.
Other states might use different list maintenance criteria, but at least for Duval County Florida, where I was convinced the GOP would be scheming to use HAVA, there was no race or party bias that was clearly evident with the GOP 2004 caging list.

I would like to write up the analysis, but since it doesn't really show a bias that would stir up progressives, I have not yet.


thanks for raising this issue here.

spakovsky's nomination

is an abomination

of the first magnitude.

here is my (slightly) earlier comment at TPM in brackets:

[orionATL wrote on September 26, 2007 8:49 PM:

this is simply a fix,

las vegas style, harry reid style.

nelson agreed to act for reid.

feinstein oked "whatever",

being the doddering old fool she is.

spakovsky gets thru


reid has a hand picked member among spakovsky's cohort of four. a person he (reid) wants on the commission.

when reid appeared, unnecessarily, before the feinstein subcommittee, he fulsomely praised his nevada opposite, sen. engle(?).

he remarked how sen engle had placed his (reid's) nominee's name in play.

and he remarked how he and sen engle now had a very amicable relationship.

harry reid, the new joe lieberman.


so reid fixed the whole deal so his personal nominee would be on the commission, even if spakovsky was there too.

and he had the help of ben nelson and diane feinstein.

it's time to clean the augean stables of the u.s. congress -

of democrats as well as republicans

to whom personal deals are more important than this country's future.

all old farts in the game way too long!!]

and here is my comment - connected to the above -

on an e'wheel column about justice clarence thomas,

a comment made with thoughts of the very courageous justice thurgood marshall in my mind:

[my god,

the man has a heart and a soul.

who would have guessed?

i like carroll county, va., one of my son played football against kids there. it's quiet and rural and the kkk there would almost certainly have been the lowest of the low in income and (lack of) education in the county - the attention seeking skinheads of the south.


with respect to both past and contemporary american history


the sophistical arguments virgina put before scotus which lithwick reported,

does anyone who knows american southern history doubt that the kkk is, and has always been,

a terrorist organization?

besides the multitude of terrorized blacks,

those "others" thomas was talking about?

they were the whites in any community who were raised with, worked with, and trusted blacks,

but who would have been shunned, beaten, or had their homes, barns, or stores burned down if they had challenged the rural thugs of the KKK,

the south's anticipation of the south african state security police that dogged, tortured, and killed the anc.

there's a lesson here for this country about terrorism and how to deal with it.

unfortunately for our society,

the national republican party has learned and taken what it wants from that history -

intimidation, sly legal exclusions, systematic abuse of state power, histrionic patriotism, empty respect for home and marriage, and exuberant militarism.

a government for middle-class skinheads.

we can't fight these home-grown terrorists -

the american right wing/republican party -

until we confront them openly and confront them en masse,

with the support of the government.

that's what happened in the mid- to late-1960's

and that's what needs to happen when the next president takes office in january, 2009.

but no reconciliation commission.

just charges, trials, and jail terms for the guilty.

i'd start with hans von spakovsky, brad schlossman, and k-k-karl rove.]

Posted by: orionATL | September 21, 2007 at 20:39

jesus christ this is fucking depressing. It just doesn't get better than this - a majority in both houses, 65% of the country strongly backing you, a 28% - worse than nixon - president pushing a VERY unpopular war... we should be getting everything we want. We should be running the table, and still, we're getting our ass kicked! amazing.

fucking depressing.

Hey, and in case you forget us getting our ass kicked yesterday; you can have a brand new reminder tomorrow! Aren't we fortunate?

I am so angry at Ben Nelson. I called and wrote to him on this. So freakin' depressing.

Here's some good news, for a change of pace:

-- The Dems did get enough Republicans to back both the college-money bill (which Bush has signed already) and the Matthew Shepard bill (which has a filibuster-proof margin) to get them passed.

-- The Dems passed SCHIP and while Bush will of course veto it, he's getting massive flak therefor, flak that will stick to the GOPers wanting to get re-elected next year.

-- Oh, and there's been another ruling from a Federal Court judge declaring the "PATRIOT" Act unconstitutional, three weeks after the ACLU won a ruling that deep-sixes "National Security Letters".

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