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This polling shows that the American voters are waking up to the fact that voter id laws and GOP attempts to restrict voting are not due to concerns about fraud but are due to the GOP's desire to steal elections http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/are-americans-souring-voting-restrictions
As Republicans have pushed for voter ID in states across the country, they’ve been emboldened by polls showing such laws are popular with voters. But new research—conducted partly in Ohio, still the most pivotal presidential swing state—suggests that when it comes to making voting harder, the tide of public opinion may be turning.
We need to continue making noise about GOP attempts to steal elections. The American public is slowly beginning to realize that the GOP is not concerned about voter fraud but that these laws are designed to steal elections.
Back when the Texas voter id law was passed, there was polling that showed a high level of support. It appears that these numbers can be driven down by hard work and getting the word out.
Posted by Gothmog | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 07:01 PM (3 replies)
The Texas law is designed to discourage voting and to make it as difficult as possible to vote. The Alabama law is still bad but has some provisions that make it easier to vote. http://txredistricting.org/post/79312624147/the-striking-contrast-between-voter-id-laws-in-texas Here are the striking differences between the two laws.
•In Texas, student IDs are not acceptable forms of ID for voting. In Alabama, an ID from any public or private college or university in the state can be used.
There is no voter fraud in either Texas or Alabama and so the only reason for the more restrictive provisions of the Texas law is to make it more difficult to vote. When repugs try to tell you that the Texas voter id law is necessary to stop fraud please tell them that there are less restrictive alternatives. BTW, most of the alternatives were proposed by Texas democrats back in 2011 but were rejected by the Texas GOP because the Texas GOP was only interested in making it harder to vote
Posted by Gothmog | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 06:56 PM (1 replies)
I love this Salon article on Paul Ryan. http://www.salon.com/2014/03/13/paul_ryans_worthless_attempt_to_save_face_why_hes_still_an_overrated_fraud/ I have never been impressed with Paul Ryan and overrated fraud is one of the nicest things that you can say about him. Here are some good parts from the article
Ryan denied that Wednesday night. “This has nothing to do whatsoever with race. It never even occurred to me. This has nothing to do with race whatsoever.” On Thursday morning, he issued a statement saying he regretted being “inarticulate” in trying to make his point.
Ryan is both overrated and an idiot. His budgets are true jokes. If you took one of Ryan's budgets to an investment banker, he would laugh at you
Posted by Gothmog | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 05:40 PM (8 replies)
Jindal is an idiot who believes that he has the power to cast demons out of people. Jindal's latest stupidity was to attempt to raise doubts about President Obama's intelligence http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bobby-jindal-obama-intelligence
Juanita Jean found Jindal's comments to be amusing http://www.juanitajean.com/2014/03/10/frontiers-of-ignorance/
Bobby Jindal, Louisiana’s Governor, is once more not happy with President Obama.
Jindal's questioning of President Obama's intelligence is really sad given that he has no solution. Juanita Jean is in good form today
Posted by Gothmog | Mon Mar 10, 2014, 02:14 PM (2 replies)
I know Greg Abbott and he is a weak speaker. Greg was a toxic tort litigator who relied on beating victims with procedural tricks and not on winning verdicts in jury trials. Last week, Goodhair gave an enthusiastic speech that lacked substance but was well delivered. Greg is not capable of giving this type of speech and is a far weaker campaigner compared to Goodhair.
Juanita Jean had some fun discussing the reaction to Goodhair's CPAC performance http://www.juanitajean.com/2014/03/09/houston-sets-the-bar-loooooow/
Actual article in the Houston Chronicle.
Goodhair is an idiot but he can read a speech well. Greg lacks this ability and so far has been running a very weak campaign. The stupidity with Ted Nugent is just one example of the mistakes that Greg is making on the campaign trail. I am hoping that Greg continues this performance.
Posted by Gothmog | Mon Mar 10, 2014, 01:20 PM (0 replies)
My family has been raising bearded collies for a while. Two of our bearded collies were in the Shaggy Dog movie with Tim Allen (they had 6 dogs trained to do the tricks when Allen was in dog form). I had to say goodbye to my beardie yesterday. He was 15 years old which is a good age for beardie. My dog had a major scare back in May of last year and we put him on nsaids and pain killers. My dog was alert and active until the very end. He had been slipping on the tile some that week and he was laying down when we left for election duty. When we came back from being election judges, my dog could not walk and we knew it was time. Everyone in the family got to say goodbye and I even flew my middle child down from law school in Iowa for the day to be with my dog at the end. I picked up my middle child at the airport at 4 and we were at the vets by 5 in time to say goodbye and be present when the drugs were administered. My daughter caught a plane at 8 this morning and made her afternoon classes.
When my dog was on the show circuit, he was the number 4 or 5 dog for that breed and could have gone to Westminster. My dog had a herding title and enjoyed moving sheep. If you get a chance, you need to watch a herding trial or competition. Beardies are beautiful when they herd compared to border collies who act like wolves when they move the sheep. Beardies bounce when they herd sheep and it is beautiful to watch. It is joy watching these dogs do what they were bred to do.
Until the very end, my dog was active and enjoyed bossing my youngest around. My youngest was 7 when Spencer came to live with us and Spencer considered her to be a puppy who needed to be supervised.
Posted by Gothmog | Thu Mar 6, 2014, 08:46 PM (58 replies)
There is a SWAT situation that shut down a key Democratic precinct in Fort Bend County. http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Armed-man-in-Houston-home-holding-SWAT-team-at-bay-5287880.php?cmpid=hpbn. We think that they will extend voting hours. Right now, voters can get to the polling location
Posted by Gothmog | Tue Mar 4, 2014, 03:31 PM (2 replies)
Stockman is threatening to put anyone who posts his mug shot in jail. Juanita Jean did not back down in the face of Stockman's amusing threat http://www.juanitajean.com/2014/03/03/id-be-willing-to-do-it-but-now-im-scared/
Most of you know that Texas Congressfool Steve Stockman is running against Senator John Cornyn for the highly undistinguished honor of being the Republican nominee for Senate in Texas.
I love Juanita Jean
Posted by Gothmog | Mon Mar 3, 2014, 03:56 PM (17 replies)
My youngest child is going to be the democratic election judge for my precinct on Tuesday. Normally it is the democrats who have problems getting enough judges. Today the republican election judge for my precinct canceled. I have a great relationship with my county election administrator and so he ask me to be the GOP election judge on Tuesday. The election administrator calls this being a republican for a day. In the interests of good relations with the election office, I will be the judge for this primary.
My daughter and I have already voted in the democratic primary. This could be fun. As a practical matter an election judge can not influence a voter without breaking the law. You take an oath just before the polls open.
Posted by Gothmog | Fri Feb 28, 2014, 06:28 PM (13 replies)
Dan Patrick is an idiot http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/dan-patrick-gay-marriage-typo
Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick (R) accidentally endorsed same-sex marriage in a tweet on Wednesday.
He only wants to prevent one type of gay marriage.
Posted by Gothmog | Wed Feb 26, 2014, 04:03 PM (5 replies)