How many elections…? part 3

James O’Keefe has been on the ground in North Carolina for the past week and just released a video contribution to Steve’s series wondering how many elections the Democrats will steal next week. Like Diogenes in search of an honest man, O’Keefe goes in search of someone, anyone, who will discourage illegal voting by noncitizens in North Carolina. Spoiler alert: O’Keefe had no more luck thant Diogenes (video below).

O’Keefe posts a partial transcript of the video here. At NRO, John Fund comments on the video and reports that “Noncitizens are voting.”

How Many Elections Will Democrats Steal Next Week? Part 2

As a follow up to our item the other day on the recent academic study examining the evidence of widespread voting by non-citizens, there are two stories out today.

First, Bryan Preston over at Breitbart reports on what appears to be significant voting anomalies in Maryland (where there is a surprisingly close governor’s race that has not attracted much attention outside the state):

The group, Virginia Voters Alliance, says that it compared how voters in Frederick County filled out jury duty statements compared with their voting records. The group’s investigation found that thousands of people in Frederick County who stated that they are not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms went on to cast votes in elections. Either they failed to tell the truth when they were summoned for jury duty, or they cast illegal votes. Both are crimes. The same group previously found that about 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland.

Meanwhile, the Daily Caller is all over efforts by La Raza (“the race”) to inform illegal aliens where they can successfully cast ballots without an ID:

The pro-amnesty Hispanic activist organization the National Council of La Raza helpfully promoted a Washington Post article explaining which states people can vote in without having to use a photo ID.

“Voter ID laws are at-issue across the country, with newly Republican-controlled legislatures having passed them in numerous states after the 2010 election,” explained The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. “Most states still request some form of ID, but don’t require it. Another 20 states don’t require identification. In case you’re wondering where your state is at in all of this, a helpful (sic)graphic from the Post’s graphics team.”

I’m sure Eric Holder will have the Justice Department right on this.

Burke busted

I haven’t had the stomach to watch the campaign next door in Wisconsin. I can’t think of a more deserving candidate for reelection than incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker, but my approach has been to keep my eyes closed and pray for his success. I admire his cool, his political courage, and the record he has compiled as governor while working in his fight against the goon-led effort to recall him. He has stood in there like a man against the assaults of the Democratic thugocracy. What haven’t they thrown at him? Long may he run.

In Mary Burke, the Democrats fielded a plausible candidate to run against Walker. Burke has staked her campaign on her experience as an executive of the Trek bicycle business, where she worked until 1993. It’s not only homegrown, it’s her own family’s business. Democrats specialize in the art of camouflage and Burke seemed to have the camo nailed down.

However, Burke’s resume has a two-year hole in it after she left Trek in the 1990′s. According to her, she had burned out in her position with the company and left to recharge her batteries.

Yesterday, however, I tuned into the race when M.D. Kittle reported in the Wisconsin Reporter: “Trek sources: Mary Burke’s family fired her for incompetence.” It’s a terrific story, to which WISN/Newstalk 1130 reporter Dan O’Donnell added in “Former Trek president and CEO confirms Mary Burke was fired” (audio below). Quotable quote from Tom Albers, former Trek Vice President and COO: “[S]he just couldn’t handle the position.”

Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel rushes to Burke’s rescue in “Ex-Trek execs with conservative ties say Mary Burke was forced out.” The Journal Sentinel throws a team of reporters at the story and they go into overdrive to impugn the sources quoted in the stories above. Quotable 2006 quote from Burke’s predecessor as Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce: “She’s a disaster.” Please do read the whole thing and draw your own conclusions.

One has to read deep into the Journal Sentinel story to ascertain Burke’s response. She wasn’t fired; she didn’t burn out. She just departed involuntarily when her position (reminder: in the family business) was eliminated. Cue the laugh track:

“The truth is that after getting five additional offices up and running and managing seven operations, we decided to restructure and there was no need for my position and two of the people reporting to me could directly report to people in the United States,” she said. “I was part of that decision to restructure and did that and then decided to leave.”

The dead giveaway here is the preface: “The truth is…” That’s even a bigger tell than “Frankly,…” My conclusion, the Journal Sentinel to the contrary notwithstanding, is that she was lying then (about burnout) and that she’s lying now (about her voluntary departure). She was let go.

I’m closing my eyes again until Tuesday night.

UPDATE: Via Stephen Gutowski/Washington Free Beacon, below is one of Burke’s ads featuring her experience at Trek.

Chickenshit coming home to roost

Let us recall Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s disquisition on American foreign policy in which he explicated the text of Malcolm X in his Nation of Islam phase: “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” It was Wright’s post 9/11 sermon. Thus spake Obama’s pastor (video here): “What Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Muhammad was in fact true: America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” Wright elaborated and reiterated his point:

“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.

“We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” he told his congregation.

Now in Jeffrey Goldberg’s “chickenshit” variations we have a senior Obama administration official gloating over the invulnerability of Iran’s nuclear program to Israeli attack: “It’s too late for [Netananyahu] to do anything. Two, three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it’s too late.”

The official mocks Netanyahu for letting Obama bully him into inaction on the promise, let it be recalled, that the United States would have Israel’s back. Having foolishly heeded the Obama administration wishes and perhaps even taken its word at face value, Netanyahu is now poorly positioned to do anything about a prospective deal that blesses Iran’s nuclear program. The gloating is nigh on unbelievable, but it is just America’s chickenshit coming home to roost.

H/t: AEI’s Danielle Pletka, who recalled Reverend Wright in this context.

And now for something completely different, part deux

The first half of The Big Lebowski may the funniest half-movie ever, and is certainly right up there with the other funniest half-movies of all time. Not surprisingly, the film in its entirety has generated its own cult following and annual Lebowski Fest convention.

Dude In the film Jeff Bridges plays the dissolute leading character, Jeff Lebowski (“the Dude,” photo at left). His daily attire is a bathrobe, except when he is bowling.

Shopping for a bathrobe online, not necessarily one like the Dude sports, I find that the film has even generated a Big Lebowski Dude Wig and Costume Set. The Dude Wig and Costume Set is “frequently bought together” with the bathrobe.

As a standalone, it is for the man who has everything, or for the man who needs it for the next Lebowski Fest convention. With one-day delivery, it can even be adapted for use on Halloween tomorrow. This made me laugh.

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.47.26 AMSTEVE adds: I’ve wondered sometimes whether the Coen brothers aren’t making some sly digs at modern liberalism in Lebowski.  Among other great lines is the early scene by the pool where The Dude spies Bunny’s supposed boyfriend asleep on a pool float.

Bunny: “Oh, he’s a nihilist.”

The Dude: “That must be exhausting.”

Truer words have seldom been spoken.  And don’t even get me started on the wisdom of Walter Slobchak, who is slated to make an appearance in our Week in Pictures this Saturday.

And Now For Something Completely Different

With the final week sprint to the election next week, a brief time out for some music.  Anyone remember when MTV used to broadcast music videos?  Of course, musicians need to make music videos for anyone to have anything to broadcast, so no wonder MTV now stands for “Mostly Trashy Viewing.”

About the only musicians still putting out videos with real effort is the circus act known as OK Go.  They’ve got a new one out two days ago, once again featuring remarkable choreography and camera work in one continuous shot.  I’m not much for their techno-pop style of music, but video work like this deserves a salute.  We’re going to try this on Power Line some day.  (Yeah, sure. . .)

When You’ve Lost the New York Times. . .

Even the New York Times is starting to figure out that Obama and his roving clownshow of an administration is simply in over its head.  In “Mounting Crises Raise Questions on Obama Team’s Ability to Cope,” Times reporter Mark Landler uses ventriloquist journalism to give effect to the no doubt widespread desire of Beltway Democrats for Obama to try to right his fortunes through the desperation measure of cleaning house after the election:

“There is an inflection point in every presidency, and this certainly is a logical one, if the president feels he might be better served by some replacements on his team,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

While Mr. Blumenthal said the administration had borne up well under the circumstances, the scale and complexity of the problems “would exact a toll personally and professionally on any group.”

There is little evidence that the president plans a wholesale shake-up.

Could John Kerry be on the chopping block?  One can only hope.  Take in this delicious graph from Landler:

Mr. Kerry is vocal and forceful in internal debates, officials said, but he frequently gets out of sync with the White House in his public statements. White House officials joke that he is like the astronaut played by Sandra Bullock in the movie “Gravity,” somersaulting through space, untethered to the White House.

Aides to Mr. Kerry reject that portrait, saying he dials into White House meetings from the road and is heavily involved in the policy process. A long memo he wrote on the Islamic State, they said, has become the administration’s playbook for combating the group.

What an amazingly droll piece of reporting.  “Aides to Mr. Kerry reject that portrait”?  Seriously?

But yeah, I can’t get “Sandra Bullock” and “John Kerry” in my head at the same time either.  Oh heck, maybe I can.  Just spare us the underwear please:

Kerry Spacesuit copy

Kerry Spacesuit 2 copy

Finally, there’s this conclusion from the story: “Ultimately, of course, the administration’s crisis management reflects the president.”  Good to know.