Friday, September 06, 2013

The Usual Gang Of Anonymous Right Wing Dimwits Continues The Lies On Voter Suppression

My wife Lynn, who's been a poll worker for the Carthage precinct past the five years and a registered voter here in Moore County since 1992, has a letter in the Pilot this week explaining why she's not doing it any more.

The usual gang of right wing fuckwits has showed up in the comments, anonymously attacking her (and me as well, although I'm used to it), and asserting the usual Rethuglican  claptrap about how "it's not a big hassle, why don't you stop whining, and (the biggest lie of all), we need to stop rampant voter fraud."

But even their own leaders are admitting it's not about fraud at all:

"The reduction in the number of days allowed for early voting is particularly important because early voting plays a major role in Obama's ground game. The Democrats carried most states that allow many days of early voting, and Obama's national field director admitted, shortly before last year's election, that "early voting is giving us a solid lead in the battleground states that will decide this election."
" I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban—read African-American—voter-turnout machine.”
"Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he attended various meetings, beginning in 2009, at which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours.
“The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told The Post. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only. … ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’ ” Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.

“They never came in to see me and tell me we had a (voter) fraud issue,” Greer said. “It’s all a marketing ploy.”
So it's not voter fraud they're mad at...they just know more early voters (and African Americans) vote Democrat. I mean, you can't really keep denying it when your party's own officials admit that it's not about voter fraud, it's about suppressing traditionally Democratic voters.
Well, I guess you can. If you're a pathological liar.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Yeah, Good Luck With That One

Florida Man Invokes 'Bush Doctrine' To Justify Shooting Neighbors | TPM LiveWire

Woodward’s attorneys argue that an attack could have been expected based on the words of his neighbors. They go on to mention the “Bush Doctrine,” a concept that justifies a pre-emptive attack based on the need to defend from a threat.

After all, we don't want the smoking gun to be...a smoking gun. Or something like that. 

Well, as a colleague once said, as a lawyer, you can't just stand there and shrug and go, "Eh, I got nothin'," no matter how much you may feel like it. 

Marketing: Joe Quinn Is Doing It Wrong

So this guy's called my office a couple of times, identifying himself as "Joe Quinn" and claiming to be a potential DWI client. When Lynn asks him if he'd like to make an appointment, he gets rude to her and says he'll only talk to me (mistake #1, as Lynn is also my wife).

The area code on the message looks a little odd, so I check and see it's a NYC number. Then Lynn Googles it and finds out that not only is the guy trying to sell space on his crappy "legal referral website", there are multiple other testimonials from people talking about how he's been rude to other attorneys' staffs and lied about being a potential client. 

Marketing: Joe Quinn is doing it wrong.