BREITBART BIG GOVERNMENT “VIDEO: MACHINE SWITCHES VOTES from REPUBLICAN to DEMOCRAT IN IL” by JOEL B. POLLAK
Video: Machine Switches Votes from Republican to Democrat in IL
Video has emerged from Illinois of a “calibration error” that causes voting machines to switch votes from Republican to Democrat. The video, posted on YouTube, purportedly shows voting machines in the public library in Moline, IL registering votes as Democrat when the Republican is clearly the intended choice.
Several voters in Rock Island County have already claimed publicly about similar problems with local voting machines in early voting. One local voter, Christina Kirk, told local NBC News affiliate KWQC 6 last week: “When I went to cast my vote and touch the screen for my Republican candidate, the Democrat candidate was the one that would pop up with my x, even though I pressed the Republican candidate.”
The YouTube footage is the first visual report of the alleged problem with the voting machines. The error appears to occur when the voter’s finger is slightly off center in the Republican box, which appears below the Democrat box. It is apparently still possible to vote for the Republican candidate, and it is possible for a vigilant voter to correct the mistake and vote again, but a voter in a hurry might easily register a mistaken vote for the Democrat by mistake and fail to notice. The problem seems to recur throughout the ticket of races. (No test involving a voter trying to choose the Democratic candidate and selecting the Republican instead is shown.)
Former Rep. Bobby Schilling, who is running for his former seat in a district redrawn by Democrats after 2010, has held a press conference to tell reporters he that has heard many similar complaints throughout the county. The complaints mirror those of voters in Cook County, on the other side of the state, where GOP state representative candidate Jim Moynihan tried to vote for himself and the machine cast his vote for his opponent.
The Cook County Clerk’s office told non-profit monitor Illinois Watchdog that the voting machine experienced a “calibration error” that “improperly assigned” Moynihan’s vote. A similar calibration error seems to be at issue in Rock Island County. Schilling claimed last week to have received “17 calls of people saying the exact same thing.”
Senior Editor-at-Large Joel B. Pollak edits Breitbart California and is the author of the new ebook, Wacko Birds: The Fall (and Rise) of the Tea Party, available for Amazon Kindle.
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Colorado Democrat Says Women Can’t Be Trusted With Guns, Backers Fail To Rebuke
While debating a bill on the Colorado house floor that would ban all firearms from Colorado university campuses, freshman lawmaker Joe Salazar (D-Thorton) suggested female college students should not have guns …
Colorado Rep. Joe Salazar’s Unacceptable Non-Apology
If you haven’t already seen it, here’s Colorado Democrat Rep. Joe Salazar telling women they’re incapable of determining when there is or isn’t a threat against them:
And here’s his “apology,” courtesy of KDVR:
“I’m sorry if I offended anyone. That was absolutely not my intention,” Salazar said. “We were having a public policy debate on whether or not guns makes people safer on campus. I don’t believe they do. That was the point I was trying to make. If anyone thinks I’m not sensitive to the dangers women face, they’re wrong.
In classic liberal fashion, Salazar hasn’t apologized for his offensive claim that women can’t tell whether or not they’re in danger of being raped. Instead, he’s apologized that you were too stupid to understand him.
But what’s equally disturbing is Salazar’s claim he doesn’t “believe” guns make campuses safer. The data is readily available. Colleges are required to report their crime statistics to the FBI in a uniform report that is publicly available. If Salazar weren’t blindfolding himself to the world and blasting the party line at 120 decibels, five minutes of research would have shown him that sex offenses at Colorado State University fell off a cliff in the wake of the 2003 concealed carry law.
Originally posted at ErikSoderstrom.com as “Rep. Joe Salazar’s Unacceptable Non-Apology“
DOOFUS PRESIDENT is at it again–the same ol’ song and dance!
Reload: Second Amendment Rallies Highlight Conservative Potential in Obama’s Second Term
The conservative movement should aim high. Its long-term political goal should be to achieve what Republicans never have done, and Democrats have enjoyed several times: a filibuster-proof majority. The only way to restore the nation’s original constitutional vision, and to renew its rapid economic growth and global leadership, is to push those changes through. The left is not shy about coveting such power; neither should we be.
Pursuing that political goal means moving beyond the political realm, and laying the cultural foundations for a conservative revival. And doing so begins with listening–understanding the nation we are becoming, finding new sources of inspiration in our present as well as our past. Our task is to find the best ideas and best narratives, and amplify them using the best new media–in which we must invest, and innovate.
In the medium term, the task of conservatism is to resist the changes that Barack Obama and the Democrats seek to impose on our society. We must understand that Obama is not looking for compromise. He is seeking to change the boundaries of what is politically possible, even though much of what he wishes to do is only desired by a small minority of the American people. He must be stopped–and he can be stopped.
The key is unity. Obama’s strategy since losing the 2010 midterm elections has been to divide Republicans. And he has succeeded in doing so, several times, on fiscal issues. But when the party is united in opposition, the President cannot win. Republicans have often been maligned as the “party of no,” but it is precisely to say “no” that Republicans were elected. The key is finding the issues on which the party can say “no” in unison.
On some issues, “no” can be absolute. No to tax hikes, which were only passed under duress in the “fiscal cliff” fiasco. No to new stimulus spending, which Obama continues to demand. No to foreign aid to governments that treat the United States as an enemy.
On other issues, “no” should be combined with “unless”–clear conditions that articulate GOP priorities, and that highlight the deficiencies of the president and his party.
So, for example, no debt ceiling increase unless the Senate passes a budget–and no budget that does not aim at eventual balance, through cuts and entitlement reform. No immigration reform without border security and law enforcement. No new background checks for guns until Obama comes clean on his own gun-running in Fast and Furious. No steps on climate change–such as a carbon tax–without matching reductions in the payroll tax.
Republicans cannot govern from one house, nor is Obama interested in co-governing in the way the Framers intended. But Republicans can oppose from one house, and even both at times, effectively as well as constructively, if they choose to fight from positions on which conservatives and moderates are united. That is the key to holding the House through the end of Obama’s second term–and perhaps, winning the Senate in 2014.
One final element is missing, and that is leadership. The country lacks it, badly, and the conservative movement has failed to provide leadership that lasts. Too often, our discussion of leadership is reduced to handicapping presidential candidates, who are then targeted and tarnished by the media, one by one. Leadership is far bigger than that: it is a quality to be cultivated among activists at every level–not just those running for public office.
The most important thing to learn from Obama’s perpetual campaigns is the effort and energy they devote to training individual leaders, who function as a movement not only outside the election season but outside the Democratic Party.
The Tea Party revealed the potential for similar–and better–organizing among conservatives, and hinted at the immense creative potential that remains largely untapped. There is no time to waste.
- Will You Celebrate or Mourn Obama’s Inauguration? (papundits.wordpress.com)
- Obama’s Post-Partisan Promise Mellows Amid First Term Gridlock (huffingtonpost.com)
- Wake Up, Socially Liberal Fiscal Conservatives (nationalreview.com)
- How Liberal is President Obama? (outsidethebeltway.com)
- New Tone… CBS Political Director Tells Obama to “Go for the Throat” and “Pulverize” Republicans (thegatewaypundit.com)
- House Republicans back away from fiscal clash with Obama – Reuters (reuters.com)
- 10th Amendment Time (animusturbare.wordpress.com)
- Will Obama Ruin the Economy to Ruin the Republicans? – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
Democrats boo vote to restore ‘God’
Chairman rams through platform change to jeers, shaking fists
Published: 5 days ago
Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte today booed, jeered and shook their fists when the chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, declared that an amendment to the party’s platform that restored a mention of God had been adopted.
After the first vote, which sounded like a dead heat between the yes and no votes, he said, “In the opinion of the … Let me do that again.”
The second vote sounded the same, and Villaraigosa looked offstage for help and advice.
A woman came up behind him and said, “Let them do what they’re going to do.”
On the third vote, Villaraigosa was prepared and stated that in his opinion, two-thirds of the voters said “aye,” apparently without considering the volume of the voice vote.
Shaking fists and jeers erupted before he could finish speaking.
The platform of the party drew nationwide astonishment just a day earlier when it removed a reference to God and a declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.
The amendment, proposed by former Gov. Ted Strickland, chief of the platform committee, restored the notation that Americans were encouraged to reach their “God-given potential.”
It also recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Strickland didn’t offer an explanation for why God and Jerusalem were removed, explaining only that “our belief in God is central to our American story” and “the president recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and our party’s platform should as well.”
However, Obama’s position on Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has been a point of contention. White House spokesman Jay Carney pointedly refused to state that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital when confronted by White House reporters, including WND’s Les Kinsolving.
Radio host Michael Savage said the scenario could be the turning point in the 2012 presidential campaign.
“This is a big moment,” Savage said. “America is disgusted with this party of atheists and America haters.”
David Brody reported on the Brody File in CBN: “This has become a disaster for the Democrats and a boon to the Romney campaign. The DNC has now added God back into their platform language after originally taking it out. They have also added language back in that says Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. When they tried to change the language on the convention floor, there were boos! Oy-Gevalt.”
He said notwithstanding any corrections the Democrats have tried to make, the Romney campaign “can now argue that the Democrats don’t know what they believe on two very important topics. They can also argue that the Democrats only did this because of the pushback. That’s true.”
Romney told Fox News: “It’s a very sad say when we have our best friend in the Middle East … for us at a stage like this to take an action of that nature, to cease calling Jerusalem the capital of Israel, this is a very troubling development.”
He also said the Democrats’ initial decision to remove “God” from its 2012 platform “suggests a party which is increasingly out of touch with the mainstream of American people. I think this party is veering further and further away to an extreme wing that Americans don’t recognize it.”
The AP described the Democrats as “embarrassed” over the issue and explained that the language resurrected simply said: “We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”
Several Democrats said the attempt to fix the platform was a mistake. Noor Ul-Hasan, a Muslim from Salt Lake City, told AP: “There are people who don’t believe in God and you have to respect that as well.”
Another delegate from Utah, Angela Urrea, told AP: “The majority spoke last night. We shouldn’t be declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel.”
CBS New York said of the president before today’s reversal: “Obama handed the Republicans a new avenue of attack on a silver platter when he supported a Democratic Party platform change that does not state that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.”
The platform previously was adopted with the statement, “We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth – the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.”
GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan told Fox News, “I guess I would just put the onus and the burden on them to explain why they did all this, the purges of God.”
At U.S. News, Peter Roff accompanied his commentary with a cartoon of a car carrying a “What Would Jesus do?” bumper sticker. But “Jesus” is crossed out and “Obama” written in.
“There are no doubt other examples but the message is clear,” he wrote. “One candidate, Romney, stands for the proposition that religious freedom is paramount to American liberty. The other, Barack Obama, seems to believe it is subservient to the desires of the state. For most of us, this would seem to be the more important issue upon which to base a vote for president.”
WND has full coverage of the DNC with these stories and columns:
- DNC chairman declares Jerusalem the capital of Israel despite delegates’ disapproval (VIDEO) (EndtheLie.com)
- UPDATE: Amendment adds Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, vote destroys democratic traditions (gatesofcity.wordpress.com)
- The Democrats’ Love/Hate Relationship with God (thecynicalchristian.blogspot.com)
- Sure Obama surrendered again on Palestine, but will he benefit? (windowintopalestine.blogspot.com)
- Antonio Villaraigosa plays Democrat empty suit to Clint Eastwood’s GOP empty chair (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Dem delegates, leaders struggle to explain floor fight over God, Jerusalem platform change (foxnews.com)
- Tim Cavanaugh on Antonio Villaraigosa’s Disastrous National Debut (txwclp.org)
- Rising Muslim-Democrat Furor Over Obama’s Jerusalem Flip-Flop Platform Vote: (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- Embarrassed DNC Leaders Wedge God, Jerusalem Back Into Platform to Chorus of Boos (conservativeread.com)
- Clinton: Wonk-in-Chief (theyouthcaucus.wordpress.com)