ACORN Explained

If you’re thinking something smells fishy about all the conservative hoopla over ACORN’s voter registration efforts, you’re right.  How does voter registration fraud transform into voter fraud, you might ask.  Well basically, ACORN would need to be aware of every fraudulent form that’s been submitted, the names and polling places of those false identities, and they would then have to have a network of thousands of voters nationwide whom they could readily (yet covertly) communicate this information to, so that those voters would show up to cast their fraudulent vote on election day.  Given the possible prison time anyone who actually attempted to cast a fraudulent vote would face, it seems unlikely that they could find thousands upon thousands of voters to help in this effort in the first place, much less communicate the relevant information to them.  Thus far, no one has found any evidence that ACORN possesses any of these capabilities or any plans to execute such massive voter fraud.

There are also even more nuts and bolts facts that need to be understood to fully grasp how insane the furor that’s erupted over ACORN truly is:

ACORN flags and turns in three kinds of cards, those that it can verify, those that are incomplete, and those that it flags as problematic.
It turns those in labeled in a special way and are very conservative in terms of what it flags as problematic. It has stacks of
problematic cover sheets. [...]

The Lake County Board knew about the questionable registrations today because ACORN flagged them for the board. For example, the Jimmy John’s card is one that a caller had flagged and labeled as problematic. ACORN can get that caller to talk to the press.

According to Regina Harris, the Director of Registrations for Lake County,  (Indiana) this claim checks out. “It’s certainly true. They did have three batches separated.” she told me this morning. “There was a pile they knew were good, there was some they said had missing info — like no voter ID number or a missing birthday — and another batch they called ‘suspicious.’ “

Why would ACORN submit registration forms it had deemed “suspicious”? Because under most state laws, voter registration organizations are required to turn in all the forms they receive. In a phone conversation today, ACORN press coordinator Charles Jackson confirmed that this is the case in Indiana.

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CNN Fact Checks: McCain’s mortgage plan impact to taxpayers

Sen. Obama releases a new ad that focuses on Sen. McCain’s plan for the government to buy individual mortgages.

The Statement:

An ad released Thursday, October 9, by Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign, titled “Tested,” takes aim at Sen. John McCain’s mortgage plan. “McCain would shift the burden from lenders to taxpayers, guaranteeing a loss of taxpayer money,” the ad’s narrator says. “Who wins? The same lenders that caused the crisis in the first place.”

The Facts:

The ad refers to a plan McCain announced during a debate Tuesday night in Nashville, Tennessee. “I would order the secretary of the Treasury to immediately buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new value of those homes – at the diminished value of those homes – and let people be able to … make those payments and stay in their homes,” McCain said.

On his Web site, McCain calls it “an American Homeownership Resurgence Plan.” Under his plan, the government would buy up some troubled mortgages at their full value – meaning the lenders would not take a loss. The government would then renegotiate those mortgages, so that eligible homeowners would be paying rates based on their homes’ current, reduced value.

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NY Election “Mix Up”…?

In upper state New York, hundreds of absentee ballots were sent out with the following candidates names:

John McCain

Barack Osama

That’s right. Osama.

Are you kidding me?

Sure, it only affected 1 in 13 ballots that were sent out, but what do you think the overall effect was?

Palin: Waiting For The Verdict While Lawmakers Meet Secretly

Update:  Alaska lawmakers have emerged from a private session.  See details below the fold. 

Waiting… While lawmakers meet behind closed doors to read the estimated 300 page ethics report. To avoid accusations of political bias, it was ordered by lawmakers that the report remain confidential so that they could review it and also the 1,000 pages of support documentation.

The Republican vice presidential nominee has been accused of firing a state commissioner to settle a family dispute. But the report, to be released Friday afternoon, is also expected to touch on whether Palin’s husband meddled in state affairs and whether her administration inappropriately accessed employee medical records.

The case has been dogged by accusations of political influence, particularly after the Democrat overseeing the case, Sen. Hollis French, predicted an “October surprise” for the McCain campaign.

As lawmakers filed into a meeting room in downtown Anchorage, they were greeted by Palin supporters wearing red clown noses and carrying balloons, cheering that the circus was in town.

Also, highlights from Mudflats about the anti-Palin group and the pressure they are putting on the council to make the report public.

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Where is Jack Cafferty?

Was it Jack Cafferty’s blistering attack on Sarah Palin that was an instant hit on youtube ?

or was it this comment:

They have stood by and watched their 401(k)s hemorrhage for months. They were also told all weekend by their elected leaders that a rescue plan was on the way. Their elected leaders lied. Again. In the end, politics trumped everything else. Nancy Pelosi gave a speech and that angered some house republicans, and bingo, the whole project went right down the toilet.

Now it’s the Jewish holidays and nothing will happen for a couple more days. And once again, the middle class will take it in the shorts because some Washington moron wanted to make a point. They make me tired.

Fact is: Since October 2nd, when you go to Jack Cafferty’s blog you get this message:

Jack will not be in the Situation Room Today.

When our reader “houseofroberts” asked the question a couple of days ago, I still thought Cafferty’s absence was not out of the ordinary. Personal issues, programming issues, whatever. Now, I’m not so sure.

You can ask CNN what happened to an integer and integral part of the “best political team on TV” yourself here.

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Friday weird stuff blogging

(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

It’s Friday!!  I wish I’d been at that party….

Anyhoo, I was looking at the blog stats page, and I was inspired to a post about weird stuff.  Huh?  What?  Well, it’s always been interesting to me to read the search terms that have brought people to our little blog.  Here are a few:

Not surprisingly, “us banks in trouble” is a hot topic these days — 94 views from variations on that search phrase.

I guess people are looking for laughs as well — 219 views from people looking for “political cartoons,” mostly election related searches.  Oddly enough 17 views by people looking for “political cartoons about contraception.”

For a long time, the search term “fat frog” has been bringing people to TheZoo.  No idea why.  :D

The weirdest search term over the last two days has been “big fish” — 128 views.  Cool.

Other weirdness going on in the world:

This moose is a truck-lover.

Couple has had enough — saws house in half.

Stressed out? — Smash some stuff.

And finally…

Woman shot by wood stove — not enough kindling, dammit!

Have a great/weird Friday, all!

Unadulterated Anger Is Being Unloaded At GOP Rallies

The McCain/Palin Campaign has been using slander and lies to ratchet up fear and anger from the crowds; which reflects that the Republican Party strategy is to encourage these outbursts of “hate”. This is not a precedence they want to be setting. Not only does it make the Republicans look shameful by not stopping this latest trend of comments like “off with his head”, it shows the complete disregard for how dangerous this can become.An angry mob is not a pretty site to behold. This should be about embracing the GOP policies, conservative values – not a political ploy of “guilt by association” garbage. Here is what a former McCain campaign strategist had to say about it:

John Weaver, McCain’s former top strategist, said top Republicans have a responsibility to temper this behavior.

“People need to understand, for moral reasons and the protection of our civil society, the differences with Sen. Obama are ideological, based on clear differences on policy and a lack of experience compared to Sen. McCain,” Weaver said. “And from a purely practical political vantage point, please find me a swing voter, an undecided independent, or a torn female voter that finds an angry mob mentality attractive.”

“Sen. Obama is a classic liberal with an outdated economic agenda. We should take that agenda on in a robust manner. As a party we should not and must not stand by as the small amount of haters in our society question whether he is as American as the rest of us. Shame on them and shame on us if we allow this to take hold.”

Then we have Rush Limbaugh weighing in with his callers off the wall commentary, trying to get people riled up also. Here are his comments from a recent show.

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Obama Will Win By A Landslide Says Top GOP Strategist

Ed Rollins ran Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign in 1984, so he knows a thing or two about landslides — and he’s predicting one for Barack Obama. At this point, he says the only question left to answer is whether John McCain will take the Republican Party down with him.

(H/T to Jed Report)

Meet Palin’s Extremist Political Pals

Maddow and Max Blumenthal discuss Palin And The Alaskan Secessionists

Blumenthal and Neiwart each went on separate trips to Alaska, to interview extremists Mark Chryson and Steve Stoll who helped launch Sarah Palin’s political career in Alaska. What they received in return was influence over all policy that came across her desk; as Chryson puts it “Her door was open,” says Chryson – and still is. Here is a in-depth look at the right-wing pals Sarah Palin is associated with.

On the afternoon of Sept. 24 in downtown Palmer, Alaska, as the sun began to sink behind the snowcapped mountains that flank the picturesque Mat-Su Valley, 51-year-old Mark Chryson sat for an hour on a park bench, reveling in tales of his days as chairman of the Alaska Independence Party. The stocky, gray-haired computer technician waxed nostalgic about quixotic battles to eliminate taxes, support the “traditional family” and secede from the United States.

So long as Alaska remained under the boot of the federal government, said Chryson, the AIP had to stand on guard to stymie a New World Order. He invited a Salon reporter to see a few items inside his pickup truck that were intended for his personal protection. “This here is my attack dog,” he said with a chuckle, handing the reporter an exuberant 8-pound papillon from his passenger seat. “Her name is Suzy.” Then he pulled a 9-millimeter Makarov PM pistol – once the standard-issue sidearm for Soviet cops – out of his glove compartment. “I’ve got enough weaponry to raise a small army in my basement,” he said, clutching the gun in his palm. “Then again, so do most Alaskans.” But Chryson added a message of reassurance to residents of that faraway place some Alaskans call “the 48.” “We want to go our separate ways,” he said, “but we are not going to kill you.”

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Friday Open Thread

Merchant Banker: [on phone] Hello? Ah, Mr. Victim, yes, I’m glad to say I’ve got the go-ahead to lend you the money you require, yes. Uh, we will, of course, need as security the deeds to your house, of your aunt’s house, of your second cousin’s house, of your wife’s parents’ house, and of your granny’s bungalow – and we will, in addition, need a controlling interest in your new company, uh, unrestricted access to your private bank account, the deposit into our vaults of your three children as hostages, and a full legal indemnity against any acts of embezzlement carried out by any members of our staff during the normal course of their duties.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

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