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Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Light posting because of family member's recent surgery.  

All's well.

But here's a mind-boggling admission by a con regarding the REAL reason for their crusade to suppress the Democratic vote:

Conservatives Are Finally Admitting What Voter Suppression Laws Are All About —By Kevin Drum| Mon Aug. 26, 2013 10:55 AM PDT 163 

North Carolina's new voter ID law is ostensibly designed to reduce voter fraud. That's the official story, anyway. But if that's the case, why did North Carolina also pass a whole bunch of other voting restrictions, including limits on early voting? Phyllis Schlafly, the doyen of right-wing crankery, explains that the reason was simple: "Early voting plays a major role in Obama's ground game....[It] is an essential component of the Democrats' get-out-the-vote campaign." 

Steve Benen comments: Have you ever heard a political figure accidentally read stage direction, unaware that it's not supposed to repeated out loud? 

This is what Schlafly's published column reminds me of. For North Carolina Republicans, the state's new voter-suppression measures are ostensibly legitimate — GOP officials are simply worried about non-existent fraud. 

The response from Democrats and voting-rights advocates is multi-faceted, but emphasizes that some of these measures, including restrictions on early voting, have nothing whatsoever to do with fraud prevention and everything to do with a partisan agenda. 

And then there's Phyllis Schlafly, writing a piece for publication effectively saying Democrats are entirely right — North Carolina had to dramatically cut early voting because it's not good for Republicans. 

 Remember, Schlafly's piece wasn't intended as criticism; this is her defense of voter suppression in North Carolina. Proponents of voting rights are arguing, "This is a blatantly partisan scheme intended to rig elections," to which Schlafly is effectively responding, "I know, isn't it great?"

Hey!  If you can't beat the Democrats at the ballot box, you can always get your conservative state government to pass laws to restrict their voting and CHEAT!

It's a conservative value!


George Whyte said...

It's obvious why the cons are trying to suppress the vote.

Malcolm Bondon said...

Now that someone on the right has admitted the rationale for voter restrictions, it'll be interesting to see how other conservatives continue to defend these laws.

Shaw Kenawe said...


In addition to suppressing the vote in North Carolina, take a look at what else N.Car.'s government is doing.

Isn't North Carolina part of the Christian south? And didn't their Savior feed the poor and tell his followers that "whatever you do for the least of mine, you do for me?"

Sounds to me like the government in that state, (and by extension its population, since the government is elected by a majority of North Carolinians), it actively anti-Jesus Christ!

They've rejected their own Savior's message!

Jerry Critter said...

Voter fraud is the reason the GOP gives for voter ID laws. But voter fraud is not a problem. Therefore, either the GOP is stupid, or they are pushing voter ID laws for a different reason.

If they were serious about fraud, they would be going after ELECTION fraud, not voter fraud.

Rational Nation USA said...

I'm on board with that as well Jerry. But I'm not a republican "Stupid" or otherwise.

Duckys here said...

Just when I thought Schafly wasn't good for anything.


Jerry Critter said...

I am not calling you a republican although I suspect your views are closer to republican than democratic.

Rational Nation USA said...

Actually, if you look closely you will find I am a fiscal consevative, social libertarian, and actually have grown to despise the republican party and democratic party almost equally. I leave it to you to identify the tip

BB-Idaho said...

"..thought Schafly wasn't good for anything." Her son Andy started
Conservapedia, adding to the humor side of the far right.

My Conservative Vomit said...

“The Butler” Movie.... You can imagine the Hollywood elitist fat cats snickering to each other at drugged out cocktail parties that they planned to cast Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan in the over rated, bad, stupid, propagandizing movie "The Butler". It isn't that they couldn't find any other actress, it seemed that they planned all along to be a big joke and they thought conservative Americans and Vietnam Vets would just take the insult without comment. Guess what happened? Americans rallied together and the joke backfired. As for that Fat Racist Oprah, who lied about portraying a saleswomen in Switzerland as a Raciest only to promote and publicize her dumb ass movie, nothing shames this cretin. This is what racist’s do.
And as for Jane Fonda, we should never stop talking about a traitor even if you racist left wing fucks worship them.
Hopefully It will to die a quick death and go right to the bootlegged Chinese video hustlers.

Rational Nation USA said...

I agree with you on one point, it was it questionable judgememt casting JF in the bit role of NR..

For the balance of your ignorant and thus ridiculous tirade, it doesn't deserve the dignity of a response.

skudrunner said...

The Butler will be nominated for an Academy and will win more than one. This is the politically correct thing to do.

Ginger said...

RN has always professed to be a Randian. That is not a Libertarian, Democrat, or Republican. But RN has stated that he has voted Republican for decades. Apparently that's where he finds Randian thought best exampled. His despise for the Republicans is transparent. Reading his blog, I find no despise for Republicans, but plenty for Democrats. He blames "both sides" being ignorant of the facts. All the while writing posts praising McCain, Palin, and West among other Republicans. If I have misstated, then it is RN who has misled me.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Ginger (or whoever you really are),

You're wrong. You obviously don't read RN's blog. He has criticized GOPers many, many times

I'll let this comment stand for now so that RN can rebut your incorrect statements, but if you come back and continue to use my blog to trash RN, you will be deleted.

Shaw Kenawe said...

skud, just because you don't like a movie, that doesn't mean it has no merits.

You're obviously prejudiced against a story written from an African-American's point of view, something with which you have absolutely no experience. Zip. Nada. None.

Your real reasons for disliking this film are quite evident.

skudrunner said...


I didn't pass judgement on the film because I have not seen it so your criticism of what I posted is incorrect.

Just like when the Nobel committee gave the prize to someone who had no accomplishments, the academy will give the movie an award because it is the "right thing to do".

FreeThinke said...

Contrarian antagonists
____ care rarely for what’s true.
They’re far more eager to denounce,
–––– so here is what they do.
Their purpose is to denigrate,
-––––– belittle and defame.
Their wish is to humiliate
–––– in hopes of fixing blame.
The truth too easily is lost
–––– in battles of this kind.
Hectoring and badgering
––––– abuse the human mind.
Instead of curiosity
––––– we often find expression
Of little but indulgence
––––– of a passion for aggression.
When avidness appears
––––– to open Vitriol’s loose spigot,
The one who twists and turns the tap
–––– is apt to be a bigot.

~ Buggs Bunnie

Shaw Kenawe said...

"skudrunner said...
The Butler will be nominated for an Academy and will win more than one. This is the politically correct thing to do."

"skudrunner said...

I didn't pass judgement on the film because I have not seen it so your criticism of what I posted is incorrect...the academy will give the movie an award because it is the "right thing to do"."

No. Sorry, skud. If you didn't see the film, how can you possibly know that any award it gets is strictly political correctness or the right thing to do?

You're making that judgement without having seen the film, and that judgement is wallowing in prejudice and resentment.

Don't you ever think about what you write?

Shaw Kenawe said...

To the "Ginger" who keeps sending in comments.

Give it up. Your campaign to malign RN will not find a home here.

Rational Nation USA said...

@ Ginger the Troll... I appreciate your giving me even more notoriety than I already have among you radical and forgive me delusional fringe partisans.

In short, my understanding of Randian philosophy, which in case you don't know is called Objectivism, is from reading and studying her many nonfictional as well as fictional writings over many years, rereading most many times, writings that personified her individualism and her strong and correct belief in the moral and ethical superiority of capitalism over socialism and Communism. I haven't either the time nor interest to go into further explanation.

Have I voted republican, yes I have. I have also voted democrat, and libertarian. I was the Vice Chair of the Republican Town Committee where I once lived. Today, and for the past 8 years I have been a fiscal conservative and a social libertarian, therefore I register simply as a conservative. Only half accurate I know but what does it matter? Labels only get in the way, right? I left the Republican Party because of its militaristic, anti civil right, and extreme narrow-mindedness. What has happened to the Republican Party since the early days of the 60’s has been a remarkable thing to watch indeed. More could be said but this should suffice.

Reason knows no political identity, it is what it is. Or as Ayn Ran would say A is A, therefore it cannot be B. But perhaps that is above you Ginger the Troll. As Shaw, the “Wicked” has stated, you obviously don’t read my blog or the liberal/progressive blogs I visit and comment on, or else you suffer from a reading comprehension disability. I “call a spade a spade” or more politically correct perhaps “I call em as I see em”, and I spare no party, ideology or partisan from my views.

In general the VAST majority of my posts on John McCain, Sarah Palin, and Colonel West have been less than complimentary. Bur none of these individual are stupid and yes all of them have taken positions that I have shown support for. So what? If not being a partisan closed eyed Sheeple is a crime of which I am guilty I willingly and PROUDLY plead guilty.

Finally, if you have been misled then it is either your reading comprehension disability or ignorance. I am in no position to judge which it is so I’ll leave that up to you to determine.

Anonymous said...

A fellow possessed of Veracity
Often indulged in Loquacity
His expressions of Theory
Made his hearers grow weary
For he confused prolix with Sagacity.

Adelaide Zigeuner-Schwartz

George Whyte said...

"you know, we all know how bad the Klan was and how awful racism was for that period of American history, but why do people want to keep perpetuating it? It was such an angry, ugly movie.." --a conservative on the internet

Good question. Why do cons want to keep perpetuating racism. Too bad a movie that includes recent history makes the cons so uncomfortable with how this country treated its minorities. No one like to look in the mirror and see her own hideous reflection, least of the the bigots.

"We used to SHOOT A PERSON who was on a killing spree. But nooooooooooooooo...we have to spend millions on trials, keeping him alive, feeding him..." ---a conservative on the internet

There you go, our "law and order" cons. You know, the ones who talk about President Obama shredding the constitution? But so how they yearn for outlaw vigilante justice -- just shoot the perp and be done with it? Nooooooooo that's not shitting on the constitution, not when THEY wish for it.

The cons who promote this muck are mixed up, ignorant, and wholly anti-American.

But don't tell them, they're too busy blaming other people for their stupidity.

Duckys here said...

Or as Ayn Ran would say A is A, therefore it cannot be B. But perhaps that is above you Ginger the Troll.

Please, RN, tautologies aren't above anyone.