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Inside NPR

17 Nov
Racked by James O’Keefe’s video exposing NPR fundraising executives using anti-Semitism to raise funds from Islamic theocrats, National Public Radio nevertheless found time to join in DC yuppie ‘crats gentrifying displacement of lower and working class black neighborhoods, by moving from 6th and Massachusetts NW to a gleaming new LEED building with 330,000 square feet for its 680 DC (out of a worldwide total of 800 odd) employees.

When almost all of your staff is in one town, can you really say All Things Considered with a straight face?  I guess it depends on what the meaning of “things” is?

Some lecture from the NPR docent in a studio:

How to commit voter fraud on your summer vacation

29 Aug
It’s rather obvious that voter fraud is common in the United States.

Libertarians are of course not surprised that democracy is corrupted.  Democracy, as opposed to constitutional rule of law, is inherently self-contradictory.  “Majorities” can vote to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of people, like those convicted of violating drug prohibition laws.  Such disenfranchisement is also clearly discriminatory (in the case of drug laws disproportionately disenfranchising blacks and men).  Modern “democracy” also tends to crony corporatism, with the ruling class buying votes and bribing donors with money stolen from tax serfs, and suppressing opposition organizing with IRS and other regulatory agency intimidation.

Outright voter fraud almost certainly decides some elections in closely contested jurisdictions, like “Senator” Stuart Smiley’s win  by only a few hundred votes in Minnesota, where the hijinks included bags full of uncounted ballots in the trunk of an election official’s car.  Or those Pennsylvania counties where election observors were ejected from polling places, or Boston precincts where over 100% of the voters voted.

It’s a bipartisan game, with Democrats doing most of it and a  Republican occasionally pitching in.  But why shouldn’t we make it multi-partisan?  The Democrats do it to steal elections when the polling is too close; but Libertarians could do it just for pranksterish fun, or to get your vote total over the minimums to get past the ballot access hurdles Demopublicans have used for decades to make you waste your entire campaign budget just collecting signatures to get on the ballot.  Here’s how!

As you know, no one is ever asked for an ID in America to vote.  (Of course as every college student knows, obtaining a fake ID is no problem anyway.)  All you need to do to vote is to know a name and know what address it is registered at, and request a ballot at the precinct where that name is registered, or an absentee ballot in advance.  You may also be able to register fictional or dead people at your own address.

Here’s one easy way to not use your own address though.  (After all you may want to run for office so you don’t want a scandal.  And you don’t want to be charged with a crime.)  Thanks to Obama and the Keynesians in both parties, there are scads of abandoned homes, foreclosures, sometimes for sale, with addresses and mailboxes.  Pick one, maybe in an adjacent county or state.  Maybe one having an election in a year when your own jurisdiction is not.  For example this year there are elections in Virginia and New Jersey.  If you live in West Virginia, Tennessee, Delaware or New York, you could register to vote at an empty house — abandoned, for sale, foreclosed on — and just drive by and pick up the voter registration card when it arrives a week or two later in the otherwise unused mailbox.  And then, if you want to vote early, pick up the absentee ballot in the same way.  States don’t check to see if you (or someone with the same name) is registered in another jurisdiction.  In our experience they don’t even inform your previous state’s board of elections of your new registration in another state even when you move, re-register, and tell them where you used to vote and ask that they do so.  Of course for the more upscale voter, you may also use the address of the beach house or mountain cabin where you take your vacation.  Just register by mail or online a few days before you arrive, and then get your voter registration card or absentee ballot in the mail while you are on vacation.

So why not vote for the Libertarians in New Jersey and Virginia, even if you don’t live there?  The Democrats do it every year.  You aren’t fully enfranchised unless you are as engaged as they are.

The Wonkers get excited about the prospect of censoring opponents

8 Mar


money to burnJames O’Keefe—the blonde bombshell who set the conservative world of hidden-camera YouTube movies ablaze—has just agreed to a $100,000 settlement to calm down the unjustly fired (and weirdly litigious about it) ACORN employee Juan Carlos Vera. According to a copy of the deal, obtained late last night by your wonkettes and viewable after the jump, O’Keefe has also agreed to ink an 11-word non-apology apology, that sources close to reality are calling “insincere” and “suuuuuuuch bullshit.”
According to the final 5-page agreement, signed by O’Keefe and his legal counsel Mike Madigan this past Tuesday, the boy detective now publicly “regrets any pain suffered by Mr. Vera or his family.” O’Keefe and his counsel have also consented to fork over the $100,000 within 30 business days of the settlement agreement’s being signed.
For the benefit of readers who are neither bitter and aggrieved former ACORN employees nor forum moderators at Democratic Underground, a short summary: ACORN was a community organizing group that became the locus of phantasmically baroque conspiracy theorizing in the build-up to the 2008 presidential election, first by the usual sad idiots, but inevitably by the seemingly rational journalists who must cover the sad idiots to pay their mortgages. ACORN attracted this negative attention, in part, because of its large and effective voter registration drives, which enfranchised record numbers of minority and low-income voters, who are demographically likely to vote for Democratic Party candidates. The sad idiots believed there was a collusion scheme between ACORN and a former employee of the group, who happened to be that year’s Democratic Presidential candidate: a ferocious IRA terrorist-sympathizer named Barrance Hussein O’Malley. In reality, ACORN’s decades-long campaigns to raise the minimum wage and their battles against predatory lenders had simply invited the animus of powerful business interests—who fund the media activities of sad idiots and rule the planet for like-minded reptilianoid pedophile Illuminatus from the 4th Dimension.
Juan Carlos Vera worked at the National City offices of ACORN in California.
In 2009, two twenty-something conservative activists, James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, hoped to expose criminal malfeasance at ACORN by filming Vera without his consent, themselves violating section 632 of the California penal code in the process. Vera sued both parties over this and the wild misrepresentation of his activities in the edited version of the undercover video, posted online. (Giles settled with Vera and his attorneys this summer.) The episode is a quintessential example of a wholly original term, which we have just coined: journalistic malpractice.
But wait! “Those goldurned trial lawyers!” literally ALL OF YOU are swearing. “James is an honest man! He’s the president of a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to modern-day muckraking! What kinda carpetbagging shakedown is this?!?!”
Well, counterintuitively, this is a shakedown of all the delusional pensioners, mom-and-pop charitable givers and deranged millionaire philanthropists who have given to James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas and continue to donate.
Since at least the spring of 2011, Veritas has contracted its fundraising efforts to the direct-mail marketing firm American Target Marketing. (atm!!! u guyz i just realized ha.) ATM’s founder and owner Richard Art Viguerie is literally on his fourth decade running the operation as an aggressively for-profit entity; it frequently nets more than half of the money raised for its nonprofit or political clients, to cover its own opaque “operational expenditures.” Even Marvin Lieberman—who employed Viguerie as an executive director of the equally sketchy student group Young Americans for Freedom in the 1960s—has gone on the record as saying Viguerie and his firm “rape the public.” Personally, your wonkettes are sick to our little stomachs awaiting the inevitable email blast from Project Veritas screaming, “We’re Under Attack! The Tort-Happy, Bloodsucking Lawyers And Liberal Media Vultures Are After Us … AGAIN!!!! Only That Money You Were Saving To Fix The Lincoln Towncar On Cinder Blocks In Your Front Yard Can SAVE AMERICA!!!! Abortion!!!”
Still, as Vera’s attorney Gene Iredale suggested to us in a telephone interview, O’Keefe’s willingness to pay this exorbitant sum is, by itself, a tacit admission of guilt. The sum is $35,000 more than James received from Andrew Breitbart for his “life rights” based on the top-shelf (derp-derp) quality of the ACORN videos in the first place. So, a limited amount of justice has been served.
It is also illuminating to know that O’Keefe and his handlers have determined that it was worth at least $100,000 to avoid publicly losing a court case, and thus further tarnishing the James O’Keefe “folk hero” fundraising brand with a guilty verdict directly related to sloppy journalism. If you do the math, this diversion of funds could have paid for two Project Veritas “investigations” on the scale of their seemingly never-ending Voter ID project last year.
Yet, while the size of the payout is revealing of O’Keefe’s perceived further utility to the conservative movement, it also leaves many pertinent questions unanswered.
Has representing James O’Keefe been the most embarrassing case for Mike Madigan since his stint on the old Clinton Whitewater investigation with Ken Starr? Or MORE embarrassing? Can Clark Hoyt, Zev Chafets and the New York Times Magazine suck a cold bag of dicks for legitimizing O’Keefe’s ACORN videos in “the paper of record” YEARS after they were discredited? What would YOU do with a $100,000 settlement?
If we were awarded a $100,000 settlement, we’d take you people out to dinner, like, at the very least.