Archive for June, 2016
I suggest that any of you out there who suffer from hypertension, please be sitting down when reading this. Posner is another waste of human skin; it was a body blow to have lost Justice Antonin Scalia at this most critical time, while the likes of Posner remain in power. “X”
From Blogging Bad: Gunny G –
By Jessica Chasmar – The Washington Times – Monday, June 27, 2016 Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner sees “absolutely no value” in studying the U.S. Constitution because “eighteenth-ce…
Excerpt – “The modern push toward globalism has been actively taking place since the creation of the United Nations back in 1945. For the first few decades following the advent of the UN, globalists mostly hid and denied their efforts. Political and economic leaders seldom mentioned it in public. George H.W. Bush was the first Western leader to talk openly about a burgeoning New World Order. Since then, leaders around the world have been very open about their desire to create global government. Today, only ignoramuses or bald-faced liars deny the existence of the globalist agenda.”
THE CONTEST IS ON By Chuck Baldwin June 30, 2016 NewsWithViews.com As everyone knows, the people of Great Britain voted to secede from the European Union (EU). This was a stunning repudiation of th…
My conservative -and veteran- ally, Author of Hammerhead Combat Systems, frequently reblogs from another site, War Is Boring. While perusing a post on this site from one of Hammerhead’s links, I came across an item on American Muslims with a perspective which will definitely “rattle your cage”.
This runs counter from what we have come to expect from the Muslim community within our country; especially with Muslims in the military responsible for horrid shootings such as occurred at Ft. Hood in Texas in 2009, and in 2014.
I am posting this under commentary; the contents contained in this post are not conjecture. They will show you how refusing to confront Radical Islam for what it is, harms Muslims who -in point of fact- are just as apposed to ISIS, and their ideology as the rest of us are.
Excerpt; much more at War Is Boring
American Muslims Turn In Lots of Terrorists
What’s better than mass surveillance at catching potential attackers? People
by KEVIN KNODELL
“They know what’s going on. They know that he was bad,” presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told supporters after Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016.”
Trump was talking about the American Muslim community, which — he argued — had covered for Mateen.
“They have to cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad,” Trump doubled down. “But you know what? They didn’t turn them in. And you know what? We had death and destruction.”
But law enforcement had previously investigated Mateen. What’s more, at least one of the tips that initially led authorities to Mateen came from Mohammed Malik, a Florida entrepreneur who had attended the same mosque as Mateen.
Malik went to officials in 2014 after Mateen told him that he’d been watching videos by radical cleric Anwar Al Awlaki — videos he described as “powerful.” Malik told federal agents about the troubling interaction and suggested keeping an eye on Mateen. Malik went public with his story in The Washington Post on June 20, 2016. Federal officials have corroborated his account.
Malik is far from the first American Muslim to come forward with tips on would-be terrorists. A Duke University study from 2014 noted that, since 9/11, no fewer than 54 jihadist terror suspects or perpetrators came to authorities’ attention as a result of initial tips from members of America’s 3.3 million Muslim citizens.
Muslim informants fingered more terror suspects than bulk data-collection did in the same period of time. Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency between 2005 and 2014, boasted that mass surveillance had prevented around 10 terror plots.
Immigrants to America from predominantly Muslim countries have been very successful in their adopted country. Their presence in the United States dates back to the country’s earliest days. Muslim immigrants settled the American frontier alongside newcomers of other faiths, all looking to start new lives in the New World.
Maajid Nawaz, a British-born Muslim activist and former Islamist who now works to counter jihadist ideology, has long warned of a burgeoning radical movement — which he admits he was once part of — that threatens to marginalize pluralistic Muslims. In particular, he argues that refusing to condemn Islamist ideology in order to avoid offending Muslims actually gives radicals freedom to preach their hate.
“By shutting down the conversation of Islamist extremism, we deprive [other Muslims] of the lexicon to deploy against those who are attempting to silence their progressive efforts in their own communities,” Nawaz wrote in a column for The Daily Beast shortly after the Orlando attack. “We surrender their identity of Islam to the extremists.”
Today, I awoke to news of the incident at a Turkish airport.
Whether here at home or abroad, there is non stop violence either directly or indirectly due to
1) Societal decay
2) Forgetting the lessons of History; citizens giving up their right to defend themselves against Rogue government by way of gun control laws
3) Our own government refusing to uphold our Constitutional rights, and the continual attempts to nullify the second amendment.
This will never abate until we stand up and say NO MORE!
Among idiotic statements occurring is the notion that the “militia” is the only group that can be armed. It is the people, who make up said militia. The founders clarified this in the second amendment.
Hammerhead Combat Systems posted a video which speaks to this issue:
An older video (dated Feb 6, 2013) which I may have posted in the past, is just as appropriate in addressing the violence we experience on a daily basis:
This hits home – a vet, and law enforcement officer gives his testimony on the so-called “safe act” in 2013:
Today more than ever, I see the need for Donald Trump to be taking the oath of office for the Presidency this coming January.
I have to think most Americans have NOT “drunk the Kool aide” of multiculturalism. Any person with a wit of sanity knows that as soon as a few weeds appear, they must be uprooted before they go to seed; otherwise the problem becomes exponentially worse. The poison of multiculturalism which has spread across Europe, must never gain a majority support here.
The nightmare of immigrants who have flooded Europe, and brought the blight of Sharia with them, not only have victimized the native population, but (incredulously) have the support of many. They bought the poison of “diversity” from their government’s leftist policies, and despite all of the egregious acts perpetrated against them, many welcome this plague.
The blight that is Sharia law must NEVER gain a foothold in our courtrooms. If you are naïve enough to think this is a non issue, there is the Geller case – This from Wikipedia: [underlined sentence my emphasis]
Pamela Geller defamation case
Yerushalmi represented anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller in a $10 million defamation lawsuit filed by Omar Tarazi, the lawyer for Rifqa Bary‘s parents. Geller, while blogging about the controversy extensively given her work at the American Freedom Defense Initiative, had criticized Tarazi during the Rifqa Bary litigation, which arose after the 17-year-old Rifqa converted from Islam to Christianity and ran away from her Ohio home in the summer of 2009 to take refuge with Christian friends in Florida. Bary had alleged that her father threatened to murder her in an honor killing. The case was settled out of court with both sides claiming victory when Geller agreed to remove the posts from her blog in exchange for the case being dropped.
Above graphic is a link to the site containing a petition to stop it from being considered by our courts.
More info from Wikipedia – Ban on sharia law
“In 1791, the First Amendment was adopted. Its Establishment Clause forbade Congress (and later, the states) from passing laws which adopt a state religion or favor one religion over others.”
As noted below, the fight has already begun: [unneeded links and citation numbers removed]
“In June 2009, a family court judge in Hudson County, New Jersey denied a restraining order to a woman who testified that her husband, a Muslim, had forced her to have non-consensual sex. Judge Joseph Charles Jr. said he did not believe the man “had a criminal desire to or intent to sexually assault” his wife because he was acting in a way that was “consistent with his practices.” A state appeals court reversed his decision. Advocates of the ban in the U.S. have cited this case as an example of the need for the ban.
As of 2014 more than two dozen U.S. states have considered measures intended to restrict judges from consulting sharia law. Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, South Dakota, Tennessee, North Carolina and Alabama have “banned sharia” i.e. passed foreign law bans. In 2010 and 2011 more than two dozen states “considered measures to restrict judges from consulting Shariah, or foreign and religious laws more generally”. As of 2013 all but 16 states have considered such a law.
In November 2010, voters in Oklahoma voted overwhelmingly to approve a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to ban sharia from state courts. The law was then updated to include all foreign or religious laws. The law was challenged by an official of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. In November 2010 a federal judge ruled the law to be unconstitutional and blocked the state from putting it into effect. The court found the ban had the potential to do harm to Muslims. The invalidation of a Will and testament using sharia instructions was an example. That ruling and injunction were upheld by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on January 10, 2012.
Missouri also passed a measure banning foreign law in 2013, but Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill “because of its potential impact on international adoptions.”
The last two states to “ban sharia” were North Carolina, which prohibited state judges from considering Islamic law in family cases in 2013, and Alabama, where voters passed an Amendment to the State Constitution (72% to 28%) to “ban sharia” in 2014.”
In making this post, I had to “pathfind” a way to show a comparison of scripture side by side. It was not easy. The intent is to unite, not divide us as Christians.
As a small child, church attendance many times involved the Pastor expounding on specific passages from scripture; he would read one verse; the congregation would read back the next verse, etc. Then the sermon would be given regarding those passages. The Bible used was the King James Version.
Thus the divine word was voiced by all as one body in Christ. It was from the same text. There was a sense of unity and understanding as the passages were read, and studied in proper context; “line upon line, precept upon precept”.
(this phrase, from Isaiah 28:9&10 in itself has been taken out of context) – from grace thru faith.com:
“The Church has traditionally used this verse as an admonition against taking verses out of context. The idea is that by taking line upon line and precept upon precept, it’s easier to understand what a passage is really trying to teach us. When we fail to do this we can wind up “misquoting” God making His word say something other than what He intended. It’s also used to encourage us to study all of His word, not just our favorite parts. [amen to that – X]
It’s good advice, but the passage is really God’s sarcastic indictment against Israel’s leaders for turning His word into a list of rules, repeated endlessly to the people as if they were little children, barely able to understand. (In Hebrew the passage reads, “Sav lasav, sav lasav, kav lakav, kav lakav, like a child’s rhyme.)
Instead of teaching them that He intended for their land to be a place of rest for the weary, the leaders had taught the people to live in fear of breaking His rules. In verse 13 He tells them, in effect, that since they’ve done this to His people, He’s going to bring the Assyrians to do it to them. Shortly thereafter the Assyrians over ran the Northern Kingdom and dispersed the leaders.”
So I guess you could say that, however well-intended, the Church broke it’s own rule. We took the passage out of context.” grace thru faith.com
I’m striving to be precise and accurate; so there is no mistake as to the intention to clarify, not muddy, the importance of our need to be aligned in Him, and His word.
Among the messages given in the New Testament, is to be “likeminded” – Philippians 2:2 Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
These end times have seen Christendom terribly divided. We are hardly “of one accord”; Apostasy has made our situation that much more dire. Even well meaning Christian sites quarrel amongst themselves as to scriptures intent, instead of the one accord mentioned in Philippians.
In the Church itself, the introduction of newer Bible translations has been a source of contention; I will not attempt to be any so-called “authority” on this subject, however it grieves me no end. My opening statement was a part of how I experienced real in depth understanding of his word.
At the time, there was much controversy over an attempt to make Bible reading easier to understand; the introduction of “The Living Bible” was a mixed blessing at best. I wasn’t opposed to this publication since many folks had difficulty with the style of English used in the KJV; having His word be easier to understand would bring a greater number of people to come to know Him.
The down side was concern over accuracy, and remaining true to proper doctrine contained in the KJV; it was thought this would be compromised. Essentials such as not diminishing the divinity of Christ, and other scripture, caused a split among Christians who felt that this opened the gates to false doctrine.
My godly mother had taught me phonetics at age four. When she wasn’t putting the Dictionary in my lap, it was -I’m trying not to cry on my keyboard- showing me scripture in a very large KJV Bible which I still have.
My reading and comprehension skills were thus honed and sharpened beyond my peers. At age six, I was able to understand things such as “Wot ye not…”; (translate as “don’t you know…” Example – Romans 11:2) while it took some effort and diligence, there was always the dictionary, or a thesaurus to help me through unfamiliar terms.
Since then a plethora of different translations have emerged. I decline to quarrel among my Christian brethren over their use; though trying to follow a scripture passage being read from the pulpit is an exercise in frustration. A Pastor may be reading from the KJV, the NIV, the NASB, or any number of other versions; the congregation may be reading from just as many different versions. We ought to be following the same text when worshiping Him.
Moreover, it is counter productive to make the assertion that the KJV (my source) is the only true translation. When I finally was able to peruse a St. Joseph’s edition -a Catholic Bible- the phrase “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” is exactly what was going through my mind. (Philippians 2:12 ) What was I going to find?
What I finally had found, after 45 years on this Creation, was that the Catholics had God’s word. The phrasing may differ, but the message was the same. Tragically, unless their particular Diocese even suggests bible study, Catholic homes almost entirely, without exception, have no bible. This to the damnation of a hierarchy which puts itself above the Almighty they claim to represent.
The books omitted by the Reformation, contained in that edition, (that bible clearly stated that those books weren’t considered “divine scripture”) in no way opposed God’s word; but that is another subject altogether.
Thanks to bible gateway, the text of the Douay-Rheims can be seen, and their site permits viewing of the KJV, the Douay Rheims, -and many other versions- side by side for comparison.
Here is a side by side look at the KJV vs the NIV – courtesy of Bible Gateway:
I take exception to the NIV, the reasons are my perception of that version altering bible scripture:
King James Version (KJV)
3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
New International Version (NIV)
3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.  [a]
John 5:4 should NOT be a “footnote”.
It wasn’t deleted, but it was denigrated, by reducing it to a “footnote”
These are other examples; from a commenter on a post by Sentient Christian – [Rupert Murdoch owns the publisher of the NIV]
“Here’s a couple of verses that are deleted. Jn. 5:4 Mat. 17:21 Mat. 23:14 Luke 17:36 , 23: 17 Mat 18: 11 ( a very important verse 18:11} and too many more to mention, I’d be here all night and day. They make the verse numbers real small so they can delete them without you noticing. If you trust an NIV you’re in trouble”
Rupert Murdoch also owns Harper Collins publishing. They publish The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey. Old Rupert has got his grubby paws in everything.
This from Sentient Christian
“5. There have been over 200 new bible perVersions produced since 1881 to replace the KJV. ALL of them have failed! The only “successful” new bible versions are the ones which are owned, printed, and promoted by secular companies. For example the NIV is owned by Ruppert Murdoch, who is also the owner of FOX television network and the Satanic Bible of Anton LaVey! (Amos 3:3)”
Please recognize that Sentient Christian is only partially correct in this assertion, it remains up to US to be vigilant; YES, my reference remains the KJV. Make use of biblegateway to compare your preferred version to the King James, which has stood the test of time, and is a true, faithful translation.
I had found that the St. Joseph’s version I compared so long ago to be true; the Douay-Rheims which is on biblegateway and can be compared, side by side to the King James has, whenever I sought a comparison, been faithful as well.
Here is an example of its authenticity:
King James Version (KJV)
3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
3 In these lay a great multitude of sick, of blind, of lame, of withered; waiting for the moving of the water.
4 And an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond; and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water, was made whole, of whatsoever infirmity he lay under.
As a final note, this most powerful passage, side by side. Look at the living word, from their own Bible; kept from the Catholic faithful, in favor of their works oriented theology:
Ephesians 2:1-18 King James Version (KJV)
2 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Ephesians 2:1-18 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
2 And you, when you were dead in your offences, and sins,
2 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of this air, of the spirit that now worketh on the children of unbelief:
3 In which also we all conversed in time past, in the desires of our flesh, fulfilling the will of the flesh and of our thoughts, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest:
4 But God, (who is rich in mercy,) for his exceeding charity wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together in Christ, (by whose grace you are saved,)
6 And hath raised us up together, and hath made us sit together in the heavenly places, through Christ Jesus.
7 That he might shew in the ages to come the abundant riches of his grace, in his bounty towards us in Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, for it is the gift of God;
9 Not of works, that no man may glory.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus in good works, which God hath prepared that we should walk in them.
11 For which cause be mindful that you, being heretofore Gentiles in the flesh, who are called uncircumcision by that which is called circumcision in the flesh, made by hands;
12 That you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the conversation of Israel, and strangers to the testament, having no hope of the promise, and without God in this world.
13 But now in Christ Jesus, you, who some time were afar off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and breaking down the middle wall of partition, the enmities in his flesh:
15 Making void the law of commandments contained in decrees; that he might make the two in himself into one new man, making peace;
16 And might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, killing the enmities in himself.
17 And coming, he preached peace to you that were afar off, and peace to them that were nigh.
18 For by him we have access both in one Spirit to the Father.
Increasingly the J in DoJ, points more to jihad than to justice.
Lema Bashir was at the center of Virginia failing to mail military ballots in time in 2008. The same mistakes repeated in 2010 and United States military voters were heavily disenfranchised in 2010 because of in-actions by Bashir and DOJ throughout 2010. Disenfranchising the military vote is policy. You could make a case that bad mistakes were made in 2008 but that when those same mistakes are made and made worse in 2010 by a devout Muslim who calls Israel “northern Palestine,” I submit that it is no accident but deliberate policy.
Bashir is featured in this White House produced video about all the muslims in the executive branch. Another hard sell Obama production of those whose interests clearly diverge from proud Americans. Obama was promoting on the White House website at the same time as his crippling submission speech to the ummah in Cairo (June ’09) Notice in the video she refers to Israel as “North Palestine.” Her family comes from there and she is militantly opposed to Israel.
Of the many astounding things about this video, one is the fact that the White House allowed it to go out with the supercharged term “North Palestine.” Of course another amazing thing is what is this person doing with such a prominent role in “defending” the voting rights and strength of military voters??? Keep in mind that all through 2010, the Voting Section at DOJ had a IRAQ Navy Vet (Lt. Commander Sabatino Leo) and they refused to allow him to work on military voting cases. Holder was even asked about this omission by Senator Sessions in an oversight hearing. How does one explain the totally lackadaisical approach to military voting rights in 2010?
Previous to her seditious career at the Department of Justice, Lema Bashir was a legal adviser with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in Washington, D.C. The ADC:
- Opposes U.S. aid to Israel
- Opposes ethnic profiling of Arab Americans
- Supports Palestinian “martyrdom” campaigns in Israel
Lema Bashir, a legal adviser with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in Washington, D.C., said the group sees spikes in employment discrimination not only after events such as Sept. 11, but also when violence occurs in the Middle East, inflammatory stories appear in the media or even certain movies gain popularity.
In the years since the attacks, Bashir said, the types of complaints filed with the ADC have changed.
“The more common types of employment discrimination reported immediately after Sept. 11 were verbal and physical harassment, and termination because of race, religion or national origin,” Bashir said.
Fast forward to Barack Hussein Obama’s crusade to install devout Muslims in senior positions in his administration and all branches of government, enter Lema Bashir.
Bashir is very active in subversive, anti-American efforts:
Lema Bashir at launch of report Americans on Hold: Profiling, Citizenship, and the “War on Terror” – yes, it’s an America bashign report by the usual suspects CAIR,
In 2008, some 17,000 servicemen and servicewomen mailed home completed ballots that were never counted. The DOJ barely lifted a finger to prevent or prosecute this travesty. What will happen in 2010?
In the 2008 presidential election, 17,000 soldiers, sailors, and Marines mailed home completed ballots that were never counted.
Usually these ballots didn’t get home in time, mostly because they weren’t sent overseas early enough. One cause of this catastrophe is the Keystone Cops routine the Department of Justice Voting Section uses to enforce federal laws protecting the rights of military voters. Unfortunately, all signs point to a comic sequel in the upcoming November elections.
Congress tried to fix the problem last year by mandating that all ballots must be sent overseas at least 45 days before the election. But Military Voter Protection Project Director M. Eric Eversole has accused Justice Department officials of encouraging states to seek an exemption to the law. The law indeed grants states the right to ask the Pentagon to opt out of the law. Even worse, Eversole says the Department is telegraphing to states that it doesn’t want to pursue litigation to enforce the law.
Some voting rights are more important than others, it seems. Where have we heard this before?
Exemptions to the 45-day mailing mandate were supposed to be rare, and granted only for the most extreme emergencies. States had plenty of time to amend their laws to comply with the new 45-day window. Many states did nothing. Instead of aggressively enforcing the new protections, Justice has told states that the waiver provisions are ambiguous and encouraged waivers in numerous ways.
Senator John Cornyn, upon learning of the DOJ’s wobbly view of the new law, made it clear to the Pentagon in a recent meeting with Undersecretary Clifford Stanley that the Pentagon — which has the power to grant waivers — calls the shots. Cornyn’s message was the Pentagon should ignore any milquetoast attitudes emanating out of the Voting Section at Justice. Expect Senator Cornyn’s office to watch this issue like a hawk, which thankfully he is when it comes to military voting.
But Senator Cornyn has more reasons to worry than he knows. The investigative methods used by Justice in military voting matters are wholly inadequate. And even when the bureaucracy stumbles across violations, the Voting Section is timorous, and reluctant to aggressively litigate disenfranchisement of military voting rights.
One need only look at 2008 for proof. That year the Justice Department set up no telephone hotline for military voters to complain if they didn’t receive their ballot in time. No email address for the armed services was in use either. No outreach via military email, such as the daily “Early Bird,” took place. In fact, on the DOJ webpage devoted to military voting, all complaints are referred to the Pentagon. Naturally, after being detoured to the Pentagon, the aggrieved solider will learn the Pentagon has no enforcement power at all! Justice does.
A document filed in the military voting case of McCain v. Cunningham makes plain the disinterested enforcement system at DOJ for military voters. In 2008, the McCain campaign learned that the Commonwealth of Virginia was sending ballots out far too late for them to ever be successfully returned before the election. The campaign responded by immediately commencing a lawsuit.
Think about that: the very day before a historic election, a presidential campaign — with the distracting whirlwind of activity and bustle — was able to do what the bureaucrats at DOJ are paid to do, and didn’t: figure out Virginia was breaking federal law and file a lawsuit.
An affidavit of Voting Section attorney Lema Bashir in the case tells you all you need to know about how ineffective the DOJ investigative methods are during election season. It can be read here.
“On September 30, 2008,” Bashir notes, “I spoke with Vickie Williams” at the Virginia State Board of Elections. Williams was in charge of monitoring the mailing of military ballots. You’ll note this conversation occurred only 35 days before the election.
Until Congress stepped in last year, the statute set no mailing deadline, and DOJ was only requiring ballots to be mailed 30 days in advance. The Military Postal Service Agency had recommended 60 days, but bureaucrats inside DOJ were stuck in their ways and refused to budge from the 30-day tradition despite calls from all quarters to do so. In a rebuke to the bureaucrats, the new law now requires 45 days.
And what was the extent of the DOJ’s efforts to figure out if the thousands of Virginians serving overseas had their ballots mailed in time? On September 30, “Ms. Williams assured me that all of Virginia’s localities had sent absentee ballots to all UOCAVA voters who had requested an absentee ballot up until that date. She told me that she would send a follow-up email to [the Pentagon] with the specific dates when each locality had mailed such ballots,” the affidavit states.
Ms. Williams assured that all was well. Except it wasn’t. Actually, many ballots in Virginia were mailed overseas just a couple of weeks before the election. There was no chance they would ever be returned in time to be counted.
On Halloween 2008, the DOJ learned they had gotten a trick courtesy of the Virginia State Board of Elections when Ms. Williams called back with some bad news. She told the DOJ that her system never really could “provide the information requested” such as “the specific dates when each locality in Virginia had mailed such ballots.” Nobody actually knew what was going on — not Virginia, and obviously not the Justice Department either. The election was just four days away and the witches brew of electoral catastrophe was boiling.
One wonders what was happening from September 30 until October 31. Will the DOJ use this same broken system again in 2010? I’d suggest the DOJ look outside the bureaucracy, to the private sector, where experts on systems management exist that can fix this mess and prevent it from happening again. Turning inward to the bureaucracy for answers is likely to yield the same sorry results. But I’ll bet virtually nothing changes because a bureaucrat’s first instinct is to deny that a problem exists.
On November 3, the day before the election, the McCain campaign — unable to convince the DOJ it needed to act, and fast — filed a lawsuit to protect military voters. And not until November 14, 2008, did the DOJ do what it should have done weeks before — file papers in court to protect Virginia voters serving overseas in the military. Eventually the United States took the place of the McCain campaign and litigated the case.
Remember, this same mess played out all over the country, but the whip-smart investigative methods of the DOJ never could detect it. Seventeen thousand trashed military ballots prove it.
Amazingly, the Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) is continuing to advocate positions in the ongoing (yes, ongoing) litigation which are hostile to military voting rights. Those responsible for these disgraceful positions should be removed, or Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli should be allowed to assume management of the defense. Cuccinelli does not suffer fools gladly, particularly ones seeking to make it harder for soldiers and sailors to vote. No doubt he would settle the case immediately and agree to protect our servicemembers fully.
But the single Bashir affidavit, filed in the single military voting case arising out of the 2008 election where 17,000 military votes were trashed, tells you everything you need to know.
While our soldiers patrol dangerous frontiers in Korea and south Asia, looking hard for any signs of danger, the DOJ has a very different approach when it comes to detecting compliance by states with federal law. Airmen glued to radar screens and sailors listening hard to the sounds from towed sonar arrays have a right to expect better from bureaucrats in Washington. They put their lives on the line for us. The DOJ should do more than take the word of Vickie Williams at the Virginia SBE that all is well, all is quiet, no problems to report. And the DOJ should respond with overwhelming force when signs appear that states aren’t ready to comply with the new federal 45-day mailing mandate. Requests for waivers from the 45-day mandate should be denied. In fact, requests for waivers should trigger a DOJ investigation.
We owe these heroes no less.
I could bet against any chance I’d be standing in line to buy an airline ticket; now or in the foreseeable future. Unless He makes some very wonderful -and I might add dramatic- changes in my life, the odds of me ever needing such a ticket are about 10,000 to one.
Here is a break from the gaggle of issues we digest on a daily basis, in exchange for some benign and truly remarkable concepts in Aviation. These being conducted by brainiacs including those at NASA.