The Disenfranchised Voter

5 September 2012, 12:27 CDT

Under the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, the Obama Department of Justice has been on a rampage against the states, hauling them into court over a range of issues.  Among the most notable attacks are against states’ voter identification laws.  Texas, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Florida, Arizona and others have been sued by the chief federal law enforcement officer – charging that requiring a photo id to cast a ballot was among other things, racist, attacking the poor, the elderly, etc.  The reality is far, far different.  Besides multiple ballots cast by single individuals and voting by people who do not live in the state they’re voting in, illegal immigrants, dead people, felons, and others not legally entitled to vote are doing so.

Never mind that the TSA requires government issued photo id to board an airplane.  As does every state for obtaining a marriage license, driving a car, purchasing alcohol, etc.  Those complaining the loudest about how Republicans are meanies trying to stop blacks and poor from voting are the Democrats – the Obama administration in particular.  Oddly, the Democratic National Convention requires a photo id to obtain credentials to access the convention.

Meanwhile, Eric Holder successfully sued the state of Ohio over early voting for burdened military – a state law specifically designed to help deployed military enjoy their right to vote.  The United States Department of Justice under the leadership of the Commander in Chief of the United States armed forces – President Barack Obama – fought and won to stop early voting accommodations for military members.  A judge more recently ruled that the early voting must be opened to everyone, that there is nothing special about being in the military.

Now comes word that the 2009 law, signed by President Obama to help military voters overseas, is severely underfunded.

The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act was passed by Congress in 2009 and signed into law by President Barack Obama and was supposed to make it easier for both soldiers deployed overseas and U.S. citizens living abroad to cast ballots back in their home states.

One of the key provisions required each military branch to create an installation voting assistance office (IVAO) for every military base outside an immediate combat zone.

But the Pentagon’s inspector general, the military’s internal watchdog, reported Tuesday it got a disappointing result when it tried to locate such voting assistance offices on each installation earlier this year.

“Results were clear. Our attempts to contact IVAOs failed about 50 percent of the time,” the inspector general reported. “We concluded the Services had not established all the IVAOs as intended by the MOVE Act because, among other issues, the funding was not available.

Wrapped up in identity politics, Obama and the left will trot out the military when they need the optics, but when it becomes more politically expedient, will hold them hostage by making sure defense spending takes a massive, unprecedented cut if Republicans don’t agree to increase social welfare spending by some arbitrary deadline.  ObamaCare?  Not for our men, women, and families in uniform.  Obama wants massive cuts to TriCare for active duty and retired military.

The left and their media lapdogs howl that Republicans and conservatives are out to suppress the poor, latino, gay, black, purple, triangle-head, and pink canary vote.  There is one group disenfranchised, whose vote is actively and quietly being suppressed by the left, the one group whose sacrifice should bring us to move heaven and earth to ensure their vote counts: those who are serving our country in uniform.  It is the least we can do for those who volunteer to make the largest sacrifice for our freedom.

Image: usmilitary.com

Obama, by the Numbers

8 August 2012, 20:42 CDT

The Obama administration and presidential campaign have long sought new lows in politics.  One notable example is around their attacks on private citizens.  One such citizen is former Democrat, turned Republican, entrepreneur Sheldon Adelson.  A recent ad by the Obama machine charges that Republicans are funded by a few uber-wealthy individuals, while Obama is simply a man of the people supported by small donors.

 

Flyover Country would humbly submit the following, er corrections, to the Obama campaign’s propaganda.

 

h/t @joelpollak, Big Government

Hilary Rosen: Fast & Furious A GOP Witchhunt

24 June 2012, 14:49 CDT

“Sarah Palin has shown a lot of backbone in the Governor’s office in Alaska and the Democrats hate it,” said [Democratic Strategist Hilary] Rosen. “So what do they do? They call for her resignation. They throw at her document requests that are impossible to respond to. They throw more and more at her to distract her from doing the things that actually the the people of Alaska hired her to do.”

Or maybe that’s not what Hilary Rosen said about the efforts of Darryl Issa and others in Congress to get to the bottom of Fast and Furious:

“Eric Holder has shown a lot of backbone in the Justice in the Justice Department and the Republicans hate it,” said Rosen. “So what do they do? They call for his resignation. They throw at him document requests that are impossible to respond to. They throw more and more at him to distract him from doing the things that actually the president and the people hired him to do.”

Suppose there wasn’t a dead border patrol agent, and quite likely a dead ATF agent.  Suppose there weren’t 300+ dead Mexican citizens, all killed by guns Eric Holder and the justice department supplied to the drug cartels.  Suppose, just for the sake of Rosen’s argument that Issa was a political hack out to get Obama — which I do not believe to be the case whatsoever — what goes around comes around, Hilary?  Let’s go back in our time machine for a moment, shall we ….

As the broadcast network evening newscasts on Friday reported on Sarah Palin’s decision to resign as Alaska’s Governor, they gave little attention to the toll taken on the Governor by the onslaught of frivolous lawsuits from her political enemies. But, by contrast, FNC gave much of the credit for Palin’s decision to these lawsuits that have tied up the Governor’s time and forced her family to spend a fortune in legal expenses.

On Friday’s Fox Report, FNC correspondent Carl Cameron informed viewers: “Those ethics complaints have all been dropped or dismissed, and yet they’ve taken a toll and she acknowledged as much earlier.” Then came a soundbite of Palin from her news conference, which was partially played on the CBS Evening News but not on ABC or NBC. Palin:

Todd and I, we’re looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills just in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn’t cost them a dime. … My staff and I spend most of our days, we’re dealing with this stuff instead of progressing our state now.

Jenny Erikson pointed out a key truism the other day, as I and many others have said, “You always know what liberals are up to by what they accuse conservatives of doing.”

“Seeking a friend…” leaves us seeking another movie

24 June 2012, 14:05 CDT

“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” looked promising.  While I’m not a huge fan of Steve Carell, the man has talent and he’s often funny in that this-shouldn’t-be-funny-why-am-I-laughing sort of way.

The basic premise of Seeking a Friend revolves around the end of the world, as one might have gathered from the title.  A huge astroid is heading for earth, and the last ditch effort failed when 12 astronauts died enroute to do who knows what to the 7-mile wide rock.  Everyone has three weeks to live, what will you do with your last 21 days?

I nearly walked out after about the first 20 minutes or so.  A morose Dodge Peterson, played by Steve Carrel, is morbid, and even more uncomfortable than Michael Scott could hope to be.  In one of the early scenes after his girlfriend leaves him, Dodge visits a friend who spends most of the time berating his wife.  At a party later, the same husband helps his 6 year old daughter down an adult beverage, telling her “ride through the burn, honey, ride through the burn.”

Keira Knightley is the narcoleptic (hyper-somniac), pot smoking hipster Penny, who suddenly realizes that all of her meaningless short-term relationships have led her to New York, an ocean away from her family back in England.  She still has “meaningless, end-of-the-world” sex with Dodge.

If the first twenty minutes wasn’t mind-numbing enough, toward the end of the film Dodge shows up on the front step of his estranged father’s (Martin Sheen) house.  The ensuing awkward and cliche “I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you son / Don’t talk about mom” is forced on the audience.  Penny watches a tender moment where dad and son are on the porch swing playing their harmonicas together, but the earlier argument was simply too unbelievable to get past.

Yes, Dodge and Penny find each other and fall in love, the ones that they were meant to be with all along, but the whole thing feels forced and one dimensional.  In the end, everyone dies.

In a bid to get the film over with and spare us additional agony, the writers provide one of the few redeeming qualities of this film. They decided that the scientists had gotten it wrong – the asteroid would arrive a week early.