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Obama Campaign Office Closed

The Houston Obama for America Office has now been shut down
after Project Veritas video releases voter fraud investigation.

James O’Keefe, the citizen journalist best known for his investigation into the unsavory practices by ACORN employees, has been investigating voter registration fraud and the ability to cheat in American elections. He began by visiting registration locations in multiple states and attempting to register Tim Tebow and Tom Brady. In one case, a Project Veritas undercover journalist successfully received a ballot in Eric Holder’s name.

The latest string of videos exposes Obama for America and DNC staff and volunteers encouraging voter fraud. In the first video released October 10, Regional Field Director of Houston OFA headquarters Stephanie Caballero provides an undercover journalist with the paperwork necessary to vote absentee in Florida even though the reporter has indicated she will also vote in Texas. Caballero was fired within days of the video’s release.

The Houston OFA office has now been closed, according to local news reports.

In the second video released by Project Veritas, O’Keefe shows a pattern of behavior at OFA offices throughout the country that encourages illegal election practices and highlights the story of a woman who is able to vote in both Minnesota and Florida, despite repeated attempts to be removed from the Florida rolls.

O’Keefe has suggested that there may be more videos in the coming weeks. Online news sources such as The Daily Caller, Michelle Malkin, Media Matters and others have weighed in on the videos. Will your local news station cover the story? Is your state involved? Why is there a culture of cheating throughout the Obama campaign staff? Will your congressperson or senator respond to these videos? With only a few weeks until the November 6th election, will this critical investigation have an impact on the outcome?

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Conservative Pacifists in the Culture War

What the Occupy DC movement failed to accomplish last November, Americans for Prosperity did quite nicely on their own last Friday. You may recall last winter when the AFP held its “Defending the American Dream” summit in downtown DC, those rollicking, goodtime Occupiers tried to storm the convention center so they could harass attendees and disrupt the conference.

That Occupy effort failed. Now that the freebies have run out, there were no Occupiers at this year’s conference. But that didn’t prevent AFP organizers from disrupting their own event.

The showcase for Friday’s session was the “Hands Off My Health Care” rally with featured speaker Cong. Paul Ryan. Shuttle buses were scheduled to take conference attendees to Capitol Hill.

I was part of a large group that waited outside the hotel for almost an hour. During that time tour buses, double–decker buses, jitneys, large vans and even Metro buses all rolled tantalizingly by, but no shuttle. Staffers informed us there was a problem— obviously — but not to worry, the rally was being delayed until we could arrive.

When shuttles finally materialized, we quickly boarded and slowly made our way to Union Station. Inside the parking garage we were told the bus would be returning to the hotel, because the rally was over.

So I have no insight on the current intensity of opposition to Obamacare, the size of the rally crowd or chances for repeal.

Fortunately the day was not a complete loss. During one panel guerrilla videographer James O’Keefe was asked what he thought was the greatest problem confronting conservatives. His answer was both pithy and pertinent: “Conservatives lack (a vulgar word for courage).”

Chick–fil–A President Dan Cathy proves O’Keefe’s point. A mere two days after conservative Americans made it a point to eat at his restaurants on appreciation day, Cathy canceled his scheduled speech in Prince William County. And he canceled every other public appearance scheduled for 2012.

That’s a fine how–do–you–do to all the customers who waited in line and helped set a one–day sales record so that Cathy and his company would know they are not alone in their struggle to uphold Biblical tradition in the face of a hostile culture.

Instead of publicly thanking them and continuing to conduct his business and professional life in a confident and visible manner, Cathy flees inside the bunker.

There are times in life, commerce and politics when you just have to buckle up and ride it out. And who would have thought that alleged squish Mitt Romney would provide a sterling example of just that.

Romney released two years worth of tax returns to braying Democrats and media (although I repeat myself) and said that was it.

Naturally, the failure to completely drop his drawers whipped the opposition into a frenzy. Democrat apparatchiks speculate on what’s Romney’s hiding. The media echoes the speculation. Sen. Harry Reid (D–Demented) escalates by claiming Romney hasn’t paid taxes for ten years.

Even the Weekly Standard and respected conservative columnists have surrendered and said it would be better if Romney released all his tax returns and ended the controversy.

But that would just be the beginning of the controversy and Romney knows it.

Frankly, Romney’s steely refusal to give in to the mob speaks well of his character and makes me a little more optimistic regarding his administration.

On the other hand Cathy’s ignominious retreat sends two harmful messages. The first is mom–and–pop conservatives are wasting their time when they try to resist the decline and decay of secular commercial culture. They will get little, if any positive reinforcement from the businesses they try to support and they will be either ignored or attacked by media and cultural elites.

The second message tells homosexual activists, other libertines and the left that they are winning the culture war. All that is necessary for final victory is to continue the pressure until the resistance of Middle America collapses once and for all.

Conservative leaders need to start leading. Conservatives in the House of Representatives should to stop ducking confrontation with an administration that ignores the law. Conservative business leaders are either going to have to start fighting back or acknowledge the fact they’ve made a career of exploiting the decline of American culture. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Tom Coburn (R–OK) and Rush can’t do it all.

Without leadership the majority of everyday American conservatives are going to leave the field to the leftists with disastrous consequences for the future. For as the Apostle Paul wrote in 1st Corinthians 14:8 “…If the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?”

Franklin Center:Training Citizen Watchdogs

This past weekend I had the privilege to attend a Citizen Watchdog training event in San Diego. The event was hosted by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.  Integrity…now there’s a word that seems to have long ago lost it’s place in public politics. The Franklin Center seeks to bring integrity in politics back into fashion by training up ordinary citizens to keep an eye on their local and state governments and hold them accountable for their actions.

A bevy of experienced journalists and activists relayed invaluable information in the battle to hold elected officials accountable to the citizenry. Mary Ellen Beatty is the Director of Citizen outreach at the Frankin Center. She says it’s all about the public’s right to know. “I think its easiest to hide waste, fraud, abuse and corruption at the local level because no one is watching. We don’t have reporters who cover local stories anymore…we want citizens to rise up and be the eyes and ears…taking advantage of public records and open meetings and empowering each other with information.”

Todd Shepherd of completecolorado.com showed attendees how to request public information and documents with relative ease. He admitted that he has broken many stories over the year simply by requesting the work emails of public officials, which is legal under the law in most states. Shepherd did caution that public information laws do vary from state to state and it was important to be informed as to what your rights are as a citizen requesting information.

The blogger panel included Jon Fleischman of FlashReport.org, a blog and news aggregate site aimed at California politics. Jenny Erikson of Cafe Mom also spoke about being a mom blogger and learning how to balance political activism with family life.

with Jenny Erikson of Cafe Mom

 

The keynote speaker was James O’Keefe, a name familiar to many conservatives. O’Keefe discussed the process behind his now infamous ACORN videos. He also encouraged participants to be bold in their pursuit of the truth and to not fear criticism from hostile parties, saying “This is the right time in history to actually take a role in events that are bigger than yourself. O’Keefe also confirmed that yes, that was indeed his grandmother’s chinchilla coat he used while posing as a pimp in his ACORN stings.

With James O’Keefe, photo by Mike Munzing

I spoke with Franklin Center Managing Editor Will Swaim about the importance of learning what Franklin staff like to refer to as “information activism”. He says it is the job of every citizen to watchful and vigilant. “Our government, our entire structure of government is predicated on citizen involvement and citizen awareness. It’s the reason that the only American industry that is enshrined in the Bill of Rights is the press, freedom of the press, the freedom of the public to inquire and assemble and what we’re trying to do is to give ordinary citizens the tools they need in order to hold their government accountable.”

Indeed, there was an overflow of valuable information in that vein. The Franklin Center is so committed to arming as many people as possible with these tools they have planned to hold more citizen watchdog trainings across the country through summer. Many people I spoke with after the event said they were leaving feeling empowered and positive. Veteran Greg Hallick said he was motivated to start working. “I’ve learned some messaging, techniques,processing, resources that I can go to for more information. I am going to be holding some feet to the fire.”

The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity holds these events at low cost to the public, in order to encourage maximum attendance. If you care to support their mission, log on to franklincenterhq.org to donate and/or find out more about how you can help.

The part of James O'Keefe's video that no one is talking about

James O’Keefe’s latest video – in which several election officials in New Hampshire handed out ballots for dead people – has a lot of people talking about the issue of requiring photo ID at polling places.  But for me, it immediately brings up a different question.

Why should it be illegal to videotape public officials?

When some local politicians in New Hampshire found out that election officials had been handing out ballots for voters who were already dead, they were outraged… with O’Keefe!

For example, look at the reaction of Nashua City Clerk Paul Bergeron:

“They recorded it without election officials’ knowledge, which apears to be a violation of our New Hampshire wiretapping codes, and some of these are out of state residents, so I don’t know if violations of wiretapping or ID theft could hold up in court, but if they crossed state lines to commit these crimes, it may be a federal crime as well. This is serious; we won’t tolerate voter fraud, regardless of what the intent might be,” Bergeron said.

“If these are New Hampshire residents they should lose their right to vote forever, in addition to fines or imprisonment. I take it seriously, and people shouldn’t dismiss this as just a harmless stunt; it’s not,” Bergeron said.

Wow – this guy takes fraud really seriously!  Any time fraud happens he’s pounding his desk demanding that something be done about it.  Except that, I haven’t been able to find one quote from him expressing even the slightest concern about how easy it was for someone to walk into a polling place and get a fraudulent ballot.

If that seems inconsistent, it is.  And a quick look at the Nashua web site will tell you exactly why Bergeron is furious about the undercover video that was taken… but reluctant to talk about how vulnerable this election was to fraud:

[The City Clerk’s Office] conducts all local, state and national elections…

So Bergeron isn’t really angry that someone allegedly broke a random law about videotaping public officials.  He’s angry because someone is spotlighting the fact that he didn’t do enough to ensure the integrity of this election.

Now that his ineffectiveness is getting publicity, rather than take responsibility, Bergeron is attacking James O’Keefe – plain and simple.

Another politician who’s outraged and demanding that O’Keefe and his associates be “prosecuted to the full extent of the law” is New Hampshire Governor John Lynch.  Why?  Last year he vetoed a bill that would have required a person to show photo ID in order to vote.  In hindsight, maybe Lynch is realizing that that wasn’t the best decision.

In reality, neither of these guys are genuinely outraged by this voter fraud.  Their reaction can be explained with three letters: C-Y-A.  That’s all it is.  They are angry that someone is drawing attention to their ineptitude so they are lashing out at the person doing it.

This perfectly demonstrates why we as citizens need to be legally able to videotape our public officials.  Unfortunately, this type of reaction is common when someone in a position of authority is challenged because people in power will often do whatever they need to do to hold on to that power.

Our elected officials have a lot more resources at their disposal than the average citizen and can even use their position in government to retaliate against anyone who exposes their shortcomings. Because of the enormous power that comes simply from being in government, we as citizens need to have the most powerful defense available to us – video tape.

But this is about much more than just defending ourselves from being persecuted by out of control politicians.  Video is also by far the most effective way for individuals to create change in the policies of government.  In fact, O’Keefe’s video has already prompted an investigation.

As New Hampshire’s unfortunately named Assistant Attorney General explained:

According to the Union Leader, state Associate Attorney General Richard Head said his office became aware of the effort on Election Day and began investigating immediately.

“That investigation is ongoing,” he said. “Based on the information received on Election Day and the information on the video, we are undertaking a comprehensive review of voting procedures with the Secretary of State.”

Now do you think O’Keefe would have gotten an immediate reaction like that if he had obtained ballots for dead people and then written an article about it?

What if he had interviewed election officials and written about that?

How about if he had written a letter to the Attorney General?

Of course not.  If he had used any or even all of those methods there is no way that Richard Head would already be reviewing the voting procedures.  That is the power of video.

It all comes down to the balance of power between the people and the government – and right now the scales are tipped way too far in favor of the government.  Because of that, videotaping public officials is a tool that we must have at our disposal if we are going have any chance of properly holding our government accountable.

Live Free or Die- Either Way,Vote: O'Keefe Exposes Voter Fraud

A few days ago I authored a post about the insanity of the Department of Justice and the NAACP as they prepared to bring suit against South Carolina in protest of recent voter i.d. laws enacted there.  South Carolina officials feel requiring citizens to present identification at the polls would cut down on voter fraud.  The DOJ and NAACP felt it was a direct attack on minorities whom, as we know, are wandering around all over this fair land without a clue who they are.   They even went so far as to approach the United Nations to send officials to monitor our elections and root out racism at the polls.  Of course we on the right understand that this is nothing more than a ploy to continue to allow Democrats to perpetrate voter fraud in order to win elections.  Their base is unions, dead people and illegal aliens.  How can a ghost vote if they have to present i.d. first? Its bad business for Democrats.  The argument against voter i.d. reaches into the same tired, old racist bag of tricks, and often includes the defense that fraud like this almost never happens.  It’s a right-wing nutjob fantasy.

Enter James O’keefe and his Project Veritas.  You may remember Mr. O’Keefe as the worst pimp ever (seriously, they bought that get-up?)  who exposed Planned Parenthood and ACORN corruption.  This time O’Keefe and his partners infiltrate the New Hampshire primary election process and use the names of deceased voters to procure ballots at dozens of voting locations across the state on primary Tuesday. The goal was to prove the ease with which one could defraud a voting system which requires no idea.  With the exception of one astute poll volunteer who knew the deceased, O’Keefe and crew were given ballots at every location.  One volunteer tried to explain that voter fraud would not be an issue because once a person voted, their name would be crossed off the list and no one could vote under that name again…in that location anyway.  Project Veritas operatives approached dozens of seperate polls using the same names of deceased voters and were given a ballot every time.  Watch the video here. Project Veritas also posts full, unedited video at their site.  O’Keefe has been accused in the past of “selective editing”.  It seems hard to “edit” footage into falsly showing an ACORN worker conspiring to cover up child prostitution, but whatever.  O’Keefe has his bases covered.  Every video is edited to some extent for time purposes, but if you are the suspicious type you can watch it all at the website.

 

If it was so incredibly simple to defraud the voter system in New Hampshire, does it not stand to reason that other states without i.d. laws and even larger populations may have an even bigger issue with fraud?  Perhaps Ben Jealous and the NAACP should take some of this footage to the U.N. as well.  If they are indeed so worried about the state of free and fair elections in the FREEST and FAIREST nation on earth, they should surely want the U.N. election monitors to be aware of this outrageous fraud.

Kudos to O’Keefe and crew for their work here.  This should be shared everywhere, and with every Democrat who swears requiring identification to vote is not only racist, but provides no help in preventing fraud. We know their real reasons behind blocking voter i.d. laws – as they say in New Hampshire: live free or die. Either way, Democrats will take your vote(s).

Crossposted at kiradavis.net

Blame It On Pandora

In class a couple weeks ago, we read the myth of Pandora to the students because they showed the holy grail of teaching (interest), in the subject.  As it was being read I was struck by many questions. Since suffering existed even when it was imprisoned in Pandora’s box, did people feel it still? Was it that humankind now had a name for the phenomenon? Was it simply human knowledge and understanding that sprung fourth much like the story of the apple in Genesis? I believe it is so. The curse the story speaks of is simply knowledge.  The curse is no curse, for what you don’t know, what you don’t see, and what you refuse to admit can hurt you, and everyone around you. Zeus was not angry at Pandora for opening the box, because he knew she had been given all the gifts of the gods. Eventually, her compassion was used against her by the contents of the box and she was tricked into opening it.

That is not the only way to look at the story.  Pandora can easily be blamed for the evils released upon man, even though she neither made them nor stored them so haphazardly. She’s the silly person who asked too many questions, the curious cat, the sinful and dangerous eve. It’s a simple and trite way to see it, but unfortunately also valid- valid enough that the construct has been used by the U.S. left since President Obama won the office of the Presidency. The plan is simple, put reality in a box and blame Pandora when she opens it.

The curious case of Representative Anthony Weiner is a good start. At the start of the saga was an extraordinarily inappropriate tweet sent from his Twitter account with an accompanying picture. He claimed shortly after through another tweet he was hacked. His evasive and immature behavior after, as well as his refusal to call for an investigation and his hiring of a lawyer were obvious signs of guilt but many chose to believe his story anyway. To rationalize their belief, they went straight after Pandora. The Pandoras in our first case being, an anonymous tweeter who captured the tweet and Andrew Breitbart, of course, who else? Mr. Breitbart was accused of hacking the Representative’s account and posting the picture. No actual evidence ever existed to support that theory, except for more theories.  When Representative Weiner finally admitted to what happened and more, many well-known people who believed Representative Weiner’s initial claim and accused others of severe federal crimes could hardly even muster a sardonic and backhanded apology. For good reason, they didn’t want to know the truth, they were angry at Pandora for opening the box. Yet another box remains, the fact that his behavior showed a quick and sociopathic tendency to lie and infer guilt onto others to protect himself, a lack of morality and an extreme capacity for stupidity. This box is being opened, and you can already hear Jeanine Garofalo baying at the light shed. In her herd, nobody likes Pandora.

The young James O’Keefe is another example. He created those undercover videos of Planned Parenthood, Acorn and other organizations. A youthful firebrand who has made some mistakes in his process, he was instantaneously attacked. While Planned Parenthood continued on even though the video shows clearly an instantaneous and un-questioning support for criminals of the worst kind, the kind of support that is reflective of active policy. If those people cared, they would have had the local Police Department waiting outside the door to arrest what they thought was a child pimp. They wouldn’t wait a couple of hours and contact the Department of Justice (our most liberal D.O.J. in history). According to the left wing the story was more about James O’Keefe, for the purposes of directing attention away from what happened and on to the narrative that anyone who is right on the spectrum is a bad person.

Representative Darrell Issa is another key example. Issa has been working hard to uncover information on project “Fast and Furious”, which pumped illegal weapons into the Mexican Cartels to “track” them, even though there was no plan of action to track them. Whether created out of shear stupidity or for political reasons, we don’t know yet. Multiple people have been killed with the guns willfully allowed to the cartels. The media, after ignoring the story for around a year, have finally started to report on it. Yet again, the focus of the mainstream media, was on Darrell Issa. A full out attack was enacted by liberal propaganda websites going after his criminal record when he was younger. He was convicted of a weapons charge and was charged with auto-theft, but that charge was dropped. This all happened in the early 70’s. Issa’s criminal past is important, at election time, but I find it odd that people wish for that to be the story while we have Americans getting murdered by weapons the government purposely flowed to the cartels. It really is “Iran Contra” on steroids. Darrell Issa became another Pandora ripe for attack for that reason.

There is a new Pandora just recently created through our Debt Ceiling battle in the legislative branch. Throughout the battle the left claimed that if the debt ceiling was not raised they would be downgraded. When the downgrade was made by Standard and Poor’s, the left chose to attack the rating agency. Even though none of the suggestions given by the agency were used. Oddly enough while claiming Standard and Poor’s is wrong the left is blaming the downgrade on the Tea party. Standard and Poor’s simply gave their opinion, which is their job, but that opinion based on the reality of the situation opened another box the left needs to be ignored.

Politics of personal destruction, blame it on Pandora. Thought terminating cliché,Ignoratio elenchi and red herrings are the weaponry being used. You have to see it to defeat it. Support all Pandoras regardless of what they uncover. If you have an issue with it go after the information, not the person. We cannot fall into the rut the left has lived in. You need to try to love those you disagree with, never try to do what the left has done to Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and anyone who confronts them or threatens them. Bring it to the battlefield of ideas, ignore the middle school clique mentality.