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Friday
Sep172004

Black Conservatives on "Voter Suppression"

Project 21 is calling claims of voter suppression by the NAACP, People for the American Way and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights a "smear-and-fear" campaign.



The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, run by its uber-leftist chairman, Mary Frances Berry, is holding a formal meeting on "barriers to the ballot box" September 17.



Says a Commission press release on the briefing:

Recent allegations [of barriers to the ballot box] include events in Florida, where many elderly black voters have been reportedly intimidated by police officers investigating alleged absentee voting fraud; in Texas, where students at the predominately black Prairie View A&M University were threatened with arrest by the local district attorney, who erroneously suggested they were not eligible to vote in the county in which the school was located; South Dakota, where some Native American poll workers and voters asserted that voting fraud investigations were racially motivated and only served to intimidate and discourage Indian voters; and in Chicago, where problems with voter identification and provisional balloting implementation reportedly had racial implications.
Says Project 21's Kevin Martin:
The same forces we saw in 2000 - those speaking of a concerted effort to disfranchise minorities - are once again making ridiculous allegations to make up for their lack of substance. They speak of voter suppression and intimidation, but they say nothing about the lax voter registration and identification rules that could lead to voter fraud.
For more, go here.

Thursday
Sep162004

No Clownish Fluffball Enterprise

From Michelle Malkin's Love Letter to the Blogosphere today:

From This episode is also a powerful rebuke of the MSM's Wonkette-ization of the blogosphere--which enabled Old Media types to take comfort in gossip blogger Ana Marie Cox's bosom and minimize blogging as a clownish fluffball enterprise. They'll still visit her site for an occasional fix of penis jokes and fabricated rumors, but she'll no longer be in their daily must-reads, where she has been replaced by bloggers of substance who don't need to go slumming to command deserved attention from newsrooms across the country.
I recommend all of it.

Thursday
Sep162004

Congratulations to Sean

Congratulations to Sean at the Everything I Know Is Wrong blog for receiving 50,000 visitors to his blog.



Sean just happened to check his Sitemeter just as his webometer hit 50,000.



Everything I Know Is Wrong and Captain's Quarters were two of the very first blogs I read regularly when I first started paying serious attention to the blogosphere in 2003, and I have continued to visit each of them nearly every day since.

Thursday
Sep162004

Viacom's Responsibility

Peter Flaherty of the National Legal and Policy Center has a piece on the American Spectator website today saying it is time for Viacom board of directors, which has legal and moral responsibility for the actions of its subsidiary CBS, to get directly involved in setting the CBS scandal to rights.



The National Legal and Policy Center has placed on its website a list of contact addresses not only for CBS, but for individual members of the Viacom board of directors.



The members of Viacom's board include members of the cabinets of former Presidents Clinton and Carter and the president of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. The complete list is here.

Thursday
Sep162004

Leave the U.N.

It is past time for the U.S. to leave the United Nations.

Thursday
Sep162004

Rush Limbaugh's Storm

This wonderful short essay pays blunt tribute to Rush Limbaugh.

Thursday
Sep162004

Well And Truly Broken

This says exactly what I think about Dan Rather's comments as reported the Washington Post today.

Wednesday
Sep152004

Ingraham v.  O'Reilly

Congratulations to talk host Laura Ingraham, who gave Fox's Bill O'Reilly a much-deserved earful on his program tonight.



Laura did her homework and she didn't back down. O'Reilly tried a few tricks (such as telling her he didn't regard her as as right-wing as Rush Limbaugh -- he mistakenly thought it was a compliment), but Laura wasn't buying any of it.



Fox will run the O'Reilly Factor three more times between now and dawn. If I find a transcript or a copy online I'll post it here.

Wednesday
Sep152004

Just Kidding

It is amazing to me that satellite pictures of the United States seem to include state border lines.

Tuesday
Sep142004

No Jews or Christians Allowed

Can this possibly be legal?



Hat tip to Little Red Blog.



Addendum: I just telephoned Six Flags Great Adventure in NJ. I asked if what I had heard was true, that I must be a Muslim to be eligible to visit the park this Friday. I was told that the park is closed on Fridays. Seeing the loophole, I asked: "So the park is not open this Friday?" The Six Flags employee hesitated a second and then told me the park would be open this Friday, having been reserved by and for the use of a private group.



As it was after 9 PM when I called I was speaking to security personnel rather than to personnel in executive offices. If someone else has the full scoop on this I'd love to know it and will link to it if it is online, but if no one does I will call Six Flags tomorrow and ask them for their side of the story, and then post what I learn here.



Addendum #2 dated 9/15: WorldNetDaily is now reporting that Six Flags says the park will not be used exclusively by Muslim groups on Friday and that one of the Muslim organizations is backing off claims that the park will be "exclusively for Muslims" on Friday. The details in the WorldNet Daily story don't conform to what I was told by security personnel when I called Six Flags, but World Net Daily's source is the vice president of public relations for Six Flags, so unless other evidence surfaces, I'm going to assume she knows what she is talking about.



So, as the story stands now, there will be no religious test for entry into the theme park this Friday.

Tuesday
Sep142004

Dementia and Voting

The Washington Post expresses page one concern that people with dementia are voting.



Says the Post:

While many states have laws governing who is eligible to vote, attempts to disenfranchise voters with dementia could face constitutional challenge.
Change the could in that sentence to would -- if necessary, I'd challenge such a move myself.



There is absolutely no way doctors and caregivers can judge who is capable of making an informed decision. If a person can't vote -- literally can no longer understand how to physically cast the vote -- that's one thing, because that is an objective standard not determined by the judgement of a third party, but no third party should be able to take away someone's citizenship rights based on a medical opinion.



But taking the vote away from people who can't even pass one of Jay Leno's sidewalk civics tests, now that's a voting reform I can get behind.



Addendum: One of my must-read blogs, The Commons at Paulie World, rightly (in my view) corrects the Post's use of language in the quote above. I was glad to read the correction, because weak editing by big-budget, prestigious and (to be blunt) often self-important news publications is one of my pet peeves.

Tuesday
Sep142004

BatDad

People are laughing about Batman at Buckingham Palace, but the campaign for enhanced fathers' custody rights in Britain is apparently quite a huge issue.



More here.

Monday
Sep132004

What If

I had a fun experience today that I hope happens to many other bloggers.



I was reading a thoughtful essay about the author's perceived change in the quality of Andrew Sullivan's blog on the What If? blog today and, to my surprise, found at the end of the essay a compliment of this blog. Thanks, Peggy!



In a much more serious vein, What If? has posted a haunting 9/11 pictorial remembrance essay. Brace yourself before you click the link.

Monday
Sep132004

Helping Autistic Kids

The Strengthen The Good project for this month is The Brent Woodall Foundation For Exceptional Children.



Even if you have no plans to donate to this charity, I urge you to go to the Strengthen the Good webpage and read the moving story of how and why it came to be created.



The Brent Woodall Foundation For Exceptional Children helps children with autism, a neurological/learning disorder of varying severity. Autistic children greatly benefit from specialized educational techniques. The Brent Woodall Foundation For Exceptional Children, in addition to serving children directly, helps teach parents how to raise autistic children to their true potential.

Monday
Sep132004

NAACP Backs Down

Blogger and Project 21 member Michael King is reporting on his Ramblings' Journal blog that NAACP CEO Kweisi Mfume is going to "apologize personally" for an incident in which the national NAACP reportedly pressured the Ohio NAACP to rescind a speaking invitation to U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige.



Mfume denies, however, that the national NAACP played any role in the matter.



Project 21 condemned the snub of Paige on Friday.

Monday
Sep132004

Care Packages

I recommend this touching update on the story of soldier Chad Drake of the 1st Cavalry Division, killed in action last Monday.



Spc. Drake's family was harassed by a pro-oppression rally in Dallas two days after this death.



We've been recommending that an appropriate response to this might be to send a care package and/or a thank you note to the 1st Cavalry Division, now posted in Baghdad.

Sunday
Sep122004

Blogger Jammies!

I definitely agree with Bear: It is time to develop this year's hottest Christmas gift -- Blogger jammies! (OK, maybe not hottest in all circles, but I bet they would sell well in Minnesota.)



Says Jonathan Klein of CBS on bloggers: "A guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas."



Let make sure some of these jammies are pink nighties, so when people in jammies are running rings around his well-dressed ace reporters, Jonny will recall that not all bloggers are guys.



We had concluded that the one thing upon which CBS News remains absolutely reliable was its adherence to political correctness.



Guess we were wrong.



Addendum:: Reader Mark writes in to suggest that young female bloggers, particularly those too young to know what a Selectric is, might like to wear something modelled on this rather than nighties. Nice try, Mark!

Saturday
Sep112004

Holiday Shuffle

An interesting idea. I believe I agree with it.

Saturday
Sep112004

Attention CBS...

...this is what research looks like.

Saturday
Sep112004

Sometimes, It Is Handy to Be Old

When bloggers talk about the likelihood that the Texas National Guard bought "extra balls" for their "Selectrics," does anyone under thirty have any clue what the bloggers are talking about?



My question sheds no light on the forged vs. not forged issue (sorry!), but I'm wondering anyway.