June 4, 2013

Ohio: Wide open for voter fraud last year

Filed under: Ohio Politics,Privacy/ID Theft,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:10 pm

This column went up at Watchdog.org with minor edits earlier this afternoon.

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Recent news out of Florida demonstrates just how vulnerable Ohio was to voter fraud in last year’s general election.

In the Sunshine State’s Miami-Dade County, the chief of staff of Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia “abruptly resigned Friday after being implicated in a sophisticated scheme to manipulate last year’s primary elections by submitting hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests.” Garcia’s staff chief “took responsibility for the plot.” Investigators also raided the homes of another Garcia employee and a former campaign aide.

Incredibly, on Saturday, Garcia, while expressing anger at his underlings’ conduct, described the enterprise as an “ill-conceived” but “well-intentioned attempt to maximize voter turnout.”
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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (060413)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:06 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

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RIP, Frank Lautenberg. Condolences to family and friends. I pray that his meeting with his Maker goes well.

Press writeups on his legacy are focusing on his two major “accomplishments”:

The liberal Democratic senator from New Jersey left his mark on the everyday lives of millions of Americans, whether they know it or not. In the 1980s, he was a driving force behind the laws that banned smoking on most U.S. flights and made 21 the drinking age in all 50 states.

… He was the author of a 1984 law that threatened to withhold federal highway money from states that did not adopt a drinking age of 21, a measure that passed amid rising alarm over drunken driving. At the time, some states allowed people as young as 18 to drink.

By 1988, every state was in compliance with the law, which has been widely credited with reducing highway deaths.

In other words, he used the threat of withholding federal money to accomplish with brute force what the states didn’t want to do. There is no coherent argument why the drinking age shouldn’t be 18; the idea that we send 18-20 year-olds into battle but won’t let them legally drink is a cruel, hypocritical joke. The connection between the 21 drinking age and reduced vehicle deaths is tenuous at best.

He also forced airlines to do what they believed their passengers didn’t want them to do.

In other words, Lautenberg’s legacy is one of advancing statism and reducing freedom.

Positivity: Pope unites Church with global Holy Hour

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jun 3, 2013 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis united churches from all world dioceses yesterday when he presided Eucharistic Adoration in Rome to mark the feast day of Corpus Christi.

He led the prayer, which consists of adoring the body of Christ, for worldwide Catholics who gathered in churches and cathedrals.

The pontiff presided the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ in front of thousands of people inside Saint Peter’s Basilica from 5 to 6 p.m. Rome time.

“In the feast of Corpus Christi we are called to worship the Lord, to adore the Lord in the presence of the Eucharist,” Father Charles Rochas told Vatican Radio June 2.

“Being invited by the Pope to adore the Blessed Sacrament is a strong and powerful way for all of us to stay focused on the center of our faith, the essential part of the Christian Faith, meeting the Lord himself,” said the priest who belongs to the diocese of Lyons, France. …

Go here for the rest of the story.