Archive for October, 2006

The left consistently claims voter fraud and voter disenfranchisement when they loose an election. It happened in 2000, 2002, & in 2004. The left also adamantly objects to national and state initiatives to reduce if not eliminate voter fraud. It is amazing that those on the left consider voters being required to prove their eligibility to vote is a greater threat to democracy than those who vote illegally. I would guess that is because those who vote illegally generally favor democrats. 

Here is this from the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Steven T. Vermilye was a home inspector and general contractor who grew up in Westchester County, went to college in Texas and settled in New Paltz in 1971.

David S. Stairs was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and came to the mid-Hudson Valley in 1927, where as a 16-year-old he pounded hot rivets into the New York Central Railroad at Croton-Harmon and then spent 45 years working his way up through Texaco’s research center in Glenham.

Betty L. Johnson came from a small town in Virginia and moved to Beacon when she was 17, raised eight children while boxing duct tape at Tuck Tape and working in the kitchen at the Castle Point veterans hospital.

The three mid-Hudson Valley residents had little in common during their lives, but share one thing now: They all have records of casting a vote after they had died. 

The three instances above are attributed to clerical errors not voter fraud, however the potential for voter fraud is there and amazingly enough the instances of dead people casting a ballot favors Democrats by a 4-1 margin.. I live in New York City, and know that this is a Democrat dominated liberal state but the split is certainly not 80% – 20%.

The new statewide database of registered voters contains as many as 77,000 dead people on its rolls, and as many as 2,600 of them have cast votes from the grave, according to a Poughkeepsie Journal computer-assisted analysis.

The Journal’s analysis is the first to examine the potential for errors and fraud in NewYork’s three-month-old database. It matched names, dates of birth and ZIP codes in the state’s database of 11.7 million voter registration records against the same information in the Social Security Administration’s “Death Master File,” a database of 77 million records of deaths dating to 1937.

Among the Journal’s findings:

  • The Journal identified dead people on the voter rolls in all 62 counties and people in as many as 45 counties who had votes recorded after they had died.
  • One address in the Bronx was listed as the home for as many as 191 registered voters who had died. The address is 5901 Palisade Ave., site of the Hebrew Home for the Aged.

  • Democrats who cast votes after they died outnumbered Republicans by more than a 4-to-1 margin. The reason: Most of them came from Democrat-dominated New York City, where higher population produced more matches.

  • With new revelations earlier this month about ACORN’s registration drive practices and its results, it is evident that Democrat affiliated groups are attempting to effect election results by less than honest if not criminal means.  ACORN is registering voters in 17 States for 2006 midterm elections.  Here are some of the examples that have many questioning ACORN and their registration practices.

    • Philadelphia’s municipal voter registration office has rejected about 3,000 cards submitted by ACORN.

    • In Ohio, election officials in three of the state’s largest counties have cited problems with hundreds of voter registration cards. ACORN is accused of submitting cards with nonexistent addresses, forged signatures and, in one case, for someone who died seven years ago.

    • Denver County election officials forwarded about 200 cards to the secretary of state’s office after finding similar handwriting on signatures. The Denver Election Commission says it’s been unsuccessful in working with ACORN to reduce problems with voter registration cards. Colorado officials had investigated similar concerns about the group’s registration cards two years ago.

    • Hundreds of fraudulent voter address changes have been submitted to St. Louis County election officials by ACORN, the activist group that has been criticized for its voter sign-up work elsewhere in the nation.

    This report from the NY Times has people concerned about electronic voting machines:

    The federal government is investigating the takeover last year of a leading American manufacturer of electronic voting systems by a small software company that has been linked to the leftist Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chávez.

    The inquiry is focusing on the Venezuelan owners of the software company, the Smartmatic Corporation, and is trying to determine whether the government in Caracas has any control or influence over the firm’s operations, government officials and others familiar with the investigation said.

    Democrats will likely be claiming voter suppression and other voter irregularities next Tuesday and Wednesday, citing low voter turn out as evidence of that vote suppression campaign. Yet the New York Times on Sunday wrote this article; Remember to Vote, Hope It Counts. When decidedly left wing News Papers are insinuating to their readers that votes will not count why are they surprised when people don’t show up at the polls?  

    The Bottom line is that we as a nation must have a voting system that we have faith in. It seems absolutely reasonable to me to require photo ID to be presented when voting, it seems just as reasonable to me to provide a paper record of that vote (similar to an ATM receipt).  Voter Rolls with 77,000 dead people doesn’t do an awful lot to instill confidence in the voting system either.

    Some others blogging on voting…

    Hang Right Politics with Even in Death Some N.Y. Voters Still Vote and Other Musings

    TCS Daily with Trust, But No Way to Verify?

    Project Valour-IT
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    What were his grades in school again?

    HT Michelle Malkin

    Others Blogging:

    Hang Right Politics with LATEST INSULT TO OUR SERVICEMEN FROM JOHN KERRY

    Project Valour-IT
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    BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea has agreed to return to stalled six-party talks on ending its nuclear programmes after holding an informal meeting with the United States and China in Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

    The three countries had agreed to resume talks at a time convenient for all six parties in the near future, the ministry said on its Web site. The other three countries are South Korea, Japan and Russia.

    That was the good news… The bad News is that China also announced that it has no intention to enforce UNSC Sanctions on North Korea. (Sanctions that China Voted for). This statement provides North Korea with a green light to continue to pursue its nuclear weapons program with impunity. It also gives Iran a good indicator of how UNSC sanctions may be imposed or in this case ignored in its own Nuclear Weapons program.

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    Project Valour-IT is a Charity that provides voice activated Laptops to the servicemen & women who have sacraficed far more for our country than anyone could have expected. Click on the pic to the left to read more about the milblogg campaign in support of this worthwhile effort or click here to contribute. All Donations are Tax Deductable.  I will be running this a the bottom of each post through Veterans Day.

    Smuggling Ring Busted in Arizona 

    More than 40 people were arrested Monday in connection with a family-run smuggling ring that brought hundreds of illegal immigrants into the country, officials said.

    The 44 arrests came after a two-year investigation into the ring, which operated out of the southern Arizona town of Bowie, officials said. Many of those arrested are American citizens, officials said. Eleven more suspects, including at least five Mexican nationals, remained at large Monday.

    The ring recruited young women to smuggle migrants’ infants through ports of entry, posing as their mothers, while the parents were smuggled through the desert separately, said John Lewis, the FBI special agent in charge in Arizona.

    The operation smuggled people from Mexico into the U.S. for more than 10 years – most from Mexico, but also from El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, Lewis said.

    This is certainly good news, but with each group we do catch there are many more out there doing the same thing. More often than not smuggling drugs and potential terrorists as well as illegal aliens.  Our congressional representatives must make border security a top priority.

    **This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let Brian know at what level you would like to participate.   

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    I found this interview in Salem Oregon’s Statesman Journal.  For those of us who had not heard of Mr. Ludwick before, he is the founder and leader of an organizaton called Oregonians for Immigration Reform.   This is a Grass Roots organization about 800 strong of American Citizens of every political and ethnic persuasion. Their common bond is curbing the flood of illegal aliens into this country. As an organization they are critical of the enforcement policies of both the Clinton and Bush administrations relative to illegal immigration. They recognize that both our national and local governments, including our State legislature and other local governmental bodies, have a role to play in enforcing our immigration laws and a responsibility to fix a broken immigration system.

    Without any further ramblings by me, Here is the Interview… by Thelma Guerrero of the Statesman Journal

    Jim Ludwick just might be the busiest man in the Willamette Valley.

    Most days, Ludwick, the president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, is up at 6 a.m. checking on his horses, placing calls to politicians in the nation’s Capitol, sending e-mail alerts and connecting via the Internet with other organized and budding groups opposed to illegal immigration.

    His 800-member group is one of an ever-growing base of organizations that have become a powerful voice at the grass- roots level in towns and cities throughout the nation.

    Their critics have called them racists, a label that Ludwick rejects.

    However, there’s no disputing that their strong anti-illegal-immigration stance has connected with people who say they are frustrated about the federal government’s failure to enforce immigration laws.

    Recently, Ludwick took a break to talk about himself and his group.

    Q: Did you launch Oregonians for Immigration Reform?

    A: Yes, in January 2000.

    Q: Why did you start the group?

    A: It was clear that immigration was absolutely out of control. At that point, no one knew exactly how many illegal aliens were in the country. But I did know that the previous decade, ending the 1990s, according to the Census Bureau, we had an increase of 30 million people in the United States, and 69 percent of that was due to immigration. Now, up to 90 percent of our population growth is due to immigration.

    Q: So is your group against immigration, period?

    A: No, we’re against illegal immigration.

    Q: Why?

    A: I, and most Americans, believe that this huge population increase, fueled primarily by immigration, has terrible negative effects on us, environmentally, socially, fiscally and politically. For me, it’s a terrible legacy to leave my children and grandchildren.

    Q: What prompted you to act on the issue?

    A: I believed the federal government was doing absolutely nothing about illegal immigration. It would be hard for anyone to refute that the primary job of our government is to protect our borders and sovereignty. Everything else they do is secondary to that. And they have failed miserably. They’ve not done their job.

    Q: What is your group’s goal?

    A: What we want is to get back to legal immigration at our traditional levels of 200,000 to 300,000 a year. We feel legal immigration is important. It renews us as a nation, it gives us new ideas and we should have that type of freedom to allow new people to come here, but at traditional levels.

    Q: Are you saying the nation should have a quota as to the number of people allowed into the United States?

    A: Yes. We should set a limit.

    Q: Is your group in favor of barring immigration by people from particular nations?

    A: Immigration policy should be based upon what’s in the best interest of the United States, not what’s in the best interest of Mexico or Russia or China. The government should consider how immigration benefits us as a nation.

    Q: Do you believe in an open border system?

    A: There are people who want that, but it would be terrible. A nation is defined, in a sense, by its borders. If you don’t have borders, then you don’t have a nation.

    Q: It’s been said we need to secure our borders so as to deter terrorists. Do you really believe terrorists will cross through the U.S.-Mexico border?

    A: I think the potential is there.

    Q: What should be done about employers who hire undocumented workers?

    A: They should be fined heavily.

    Q: Should they face criminal charges?

    A: Like any law, there should be stages. If somebody does it and it’s inadvertent, maybe there’s a small fine. If somebody does it purposely, there’s a larger fine. If they commit repeated offenses, there should be a huge fine and maybe jail time. Also, if when an employer files a tax return for business expenses, if one of his employees has a mismatched Social Security number, the employer should not be able to claim that as a tax deduction. If he can’t do that, it would reduce the desirability of hiring people who are in the country illegally.

    Q: Do people who are opposed to illegal immigration feel threatened by illegal immigrants?

    A: I think both sides feel threatened. A lot of people that call me say they see the country being changed into a third-world country, where their values and language are no longer the norm. The cultural things that they felt were real important are now in the past. And I think the other side feels threatened because groups like us are speaking out and are going to deprive them of the ability to live in the United States.

    Q: In your opinion, do illegal immigrants pose a threat?

    A: Well, sure. I mean, threat in the sense that, you double our population, the threat is a debased natural environment, social order is going to be not like it is now, schools are going to be overcrowded, the criminal-justice system is overwhelmed, methamphetamine, all those things are tied to immigration as we see it right now. I think those are legitimate threats to people.

    Q: Are you opposed to people speaking a foreign language, like Spanish?

    A: No. I just don’t believe it should be forced on people in the school system. I think everyone should learn English because if you don’t, you’re going to not be successful. Right now, across the United States, 60 percent of ESL students don’t even graduate from high school. What future do they have? I think we have created a permanent underclass of people in the United States who don’t speak English very well.

    Q: What is your ancestry?

    A: My mom came from Wales, and my dad’s parents from Germany.

    Q: When did they come here?

    A: My dad was born here. My mother was born in Wales and came in the 1930s.

    Q: Did she come here legally?

    A: Actually, they almost all had to then. They really checked you. Not only did you have to be approved, you also had to prove that you would not be a public charge. It was very stringent back then.

    Q: Do you speak a foreign language?

    A: No. When I was a small boy, my grandmother used to take me to Welsh classes.

    Q: How do you respond to critics who say your group is racist?

    A: I ignore them because I know what it is. It’s a tactic designed to stifle discussion. I know in my heart what I am. I know what our organization is about, and we’re not that way.

    Q: What do you say to critics who liken your group to the Ku Klux Klan?

    A: The only people who say that to me are white guys and socialists.

    Q: Do you support military policies that allow illegal immigrants who have become legal residents a quick path to citizenship?

    A: No. While I have great respect for anybody who serves in the military, I think that’s a breakdown of the rule of law.

    Q: Are you in favor of a policy that would include a guest-worker program?

    A: I think the guest-worker program is a misnomer, particularly the way that it’s framed. I’m not so sure we even need a guest-worker program because we can mechanize.

    Q: What type of security system would you like to see at the border?

    A: Because of the situation that we have, 10 to 20 million people illegally in the country, we need to have a fence along the whole border.

    Q: Have you ever thought about running for political office?

    A: I don’t think I could ever be elected. I’m too opinionated and I don’t have money to run for office. I think what I’m doing right now is very important. I’m part of a group that’s bringing the issue of illegal immigration to the forefront.

    **This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let Brian know at what level you would like to participate.  

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    From Voice of America 

    U.S. General Burwell Bell said Monday in Seoul, that North Korea’s nuclear weapons test on October 9 probably will not be the last.

    “I can only surmise that since they’ve tested one, that we would see some time in the future yet again another test of a nuclear device,” he said. “I hope that that is not the case.”

    Bell commands about 28,000 U.S. military personnel who are in South Korea under a mutual defense treaty enacted after the 1950-1953 Korean War. Bell briefed reporters Monday on recent high-level talks between South Korea and the United States.

    North Korea says it needs a nuclear arsenal to deter U.S. aggression. Washington has said it has no intention of attacking the North. Bell said Monday the alliance’s “business” is to deter North Korea – and if deterrence fails, to defeat it – but not to launch a first strike.

    “The notion of Combined Forces Command developing pre-emptive strike plans – as has been reported in some news media – is simply not the case,” he said.

    From The International Herald Tribune 

    TEHRAN, IranPresident Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that Iran would make an “appropriate and firm response” to any sanctions imposed U.N. Security Council because of the country’s nuclear program.

    The Iranian nation will respond to restrictive activities with an appropriate and firm response,” Ahmadinejad said without elaboration. “Efforts by the big powers will only incite anger and hatred.”

    Ahmadinejad made the comments to a large crowd on the southern outskirts of Tehran as key Security Council members are deliberating a draft European resolution that would impose sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

    So our choice is to endure Iranian anger and hatred with nukes or Iranian anger and hatred without nukes???
    This is a tough choice?

    Interesting that they would only do this the week before an election.  Do they have permission from the families of the servicemembers to use those funerals as a blatant political statement. If so the families it seems to me have shamelessly cheapened the military member’s service & sacrafice to his country.  If the NYT does not have permission to use the photos in this way, then those families should own the paper..     

    From Drudge 

    NYT SETS PHOTO ESSAY FOR PAGE ONE MONDAY: Burials of soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery nearly every day over the last week… Developing…

    Update: The NYT has the Photo Essay on their web site… I will not put the link here since I refuse to use the sacrafice many of our servicemembers have made in a political statement.  which is exactly what the NYT is doing.

    Also check out Michelle Malkin’s post on News paper circulation… ‘One newspaper beats the trend’ … Here is a hint… It is NOT the New York Times….   It’s blatant one sided activism is one of the reasons circulation for the Paper of Treason has been in steady decline.

    Others Blogging:

    Hang Right Politics, Freedom Eden has EXPLOITING THE FALLEN, and Dinocrat has The NYT’s curious photo essay

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    KHAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani troops backed by helicopters firing missiles destroyed an al-Qaida-linked training facility in a northwestern tribal area near the Afghan border Monday, killing “many” militants, officials said.

    The pre-dawn attack targeted a religious school – known as a madrassa – holding 70-80 militants in a village near the town of Khar, the main town in the Bajur tribal district, said army spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan.

    Sultan said the facility was destroyed but it was not immediately clear how many people had been killed.

    The attack came two days after 5,000 pro-Taliban tribesmen held an anti-American rally in Damadola, a Bajur-area village close to the site of an alleged U.S. missile attack that killed several al-Qaida members and civilians in January.

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    I think I was out of town when this story broke, but why has it not received more air time and discussion? Since Teddy Kennedy and the Democrats view Bush as as great a threat to their idea of national security (which seems to be surrender) than they did Regan you have to wonder if Teddy has been corresponding with Ahmadinajad and other Jihadists.. We do know that Ahmadinajad has been looking for a pen pal.     

    (CNSNews.com) – The antipathy that congressional Democrats have today toward President George W. Bush is reminiscent of their distrust of President Ronald Reagan during the Cold War, a political science professor says.

    “We see some of the same sentiments today, in that some Democrats see the Republican president as being a threat and the true obstacle to peace, instead of seeing our enemies as the true danger,” said Paul Kengor, a political science professor at Grove City College and the author of new book, “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism.”

    In his book, which came out this week, Kengor focuses on a KGB letter written at the height of the Cold War that shows that Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) offered to assist Soviet leaders in formulating a public relations strategy to counter President Reagan’s foreign policy and to complicate his re-election efforts.

    The letter, dated May 14, 1983, was sent from the head of the KGB to Yuri Andropov, who was then General Secretary of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party.

    In his letter, KGB head Viktor Chebrikov offered Andropov his interpretation of Kennedy’s offer. Former U.S. Sen. John Tunney (D-Calif.) had traveled to Moscow on behalf of Kennedy to seek out a partnership with Andropov and other Soviet officials, Kengor claims in his book.

    HT To Sticky Notes

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