Good morning, all.
1 The Public Interest Legal Foundation, a conservative non-profit public interest group that focuses particularly on voting issues, claims to have data suggesting that Hillary Clinton’s narrow win in New Hampshire in the 2016 election—about 2,700 votes gave her the state—may have been achieved by fraud. A study showed that more than 6,000 voters in New Hampshire had used the state’s same-day voter registration procedures to register and vote. The current New Hampshire speaker of the House, Shawn Jasper, sought and obtained data about what happened to these 6,000 “new” New Hampshire voters who showed up on Election Day. Most of them are no longer in the Granite State. Only 1,014 have ever obtained New Hampshire driver’s licenses. Of the 5,526 voters who have not, just 3% have registered a vehicle in New Hampshire. 70% of the same-day registrants used out-of-state photo ID to vote in the 2016 presidential election in New Hampshire and to utilize same-day registration.
All of which suggests that it would be prudent if a group other than a right-wing advocacy organization did an unbiased and objective study. Since Democrats won several top races last year along thin margins, notably Maggie Hassan defeating Kelly Ayotte in the U.S. Senate race by 1,017 votes, some Republicans are claiming that out-of-state voters illegitimately tilted the election. Of course, for all anyone knows, the same-day voters may have voted Republican. The episode does compel three conclusions:
- Same day registration is a recipe for chicanery. I am suspicious of any elected official or activist who supports it.
- The Democratic/ mainstream media cant that there is no voter fraud is incredible on its face, and manifestly dishonest.
- The nation’s lack of eager, objective investigators without partisan agendas is crippling. I don’t believe what conservative sources and pundits conclude about the New Hampshire vote, and I find the lack of interest the liberal national mainstream news media seems to have in the story— on Google, I see New Hampshire sources and conservative sources like Breitbart, BizPac, Fox and the Washington Times—gives the story more credibility, not less.
2. For those who are still having trouble accepting that the DACA was an illegal measure as executed by President Obama, I highly recommend the article by Constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley, who explains why he regarded it as “a flagrantly legislative act by President Barack Obama.” So did I, but he’s a legal scholar and I’m just a lawyer. From an ethics perspective, my area of expertise, I’m still disturbed at the attitude of the supporters of this Obama’s end-around the Constitution (and others). which can be summarized as, “Let’s see if we can get away with it, because we like the results.” It translates into “the ends justifies the means,” and epitomizes the drift of the Left toward totalitarian methods and philosophy.
3. I thought over 4000 words about the Boston Red Sox sign-stealing scandal was more than sufficient, but more information has trickled in since:
- Dustin Pedroia, the de facto Red Sox captain and revered as a player who plays the game “right,” Told ESPN that he didn’t see why the electronic sign-stealing was a big deal. “It’s part of the game. Our adjustment to that stuff is: Go out to the mound and change the signs,” he said. “It’s been around a long, long time. We were doing that at Douglass Junior High School [in Woodland, California], where I played. So, I don’t think this should be news to everybody.” My guess is that this is the general attitude among the players on all the teams, who take the attitude that the game within the game has always involved coming up with devious ways to steal signs, and whether it is by Apple Watch or other. more prosaic means doesn’t matter. “Everybody does it,” in other words, and also, “Everybody’s going to keep doing it, too.”
When Red Sox player Jackie Bradley, Jr. hit a home run on Wednesday, he pointed to his wrist. I have to say, I thought it was funny…
- After I found out that MLB allowed iPads as an exception to its “no tech in the dugout” rule because it had a promotional deal with Apple, I learned that the iPads aren’t allowed to be connected to the internet. What? Someone on the radio said yesterday that this is like handing out guns to gang members but telling them that they can’t buy bullets.
As with most MLB scandals, this one is in part the result of management greed and stupidity.
- I should have included this in the original post: to some extent, I blame the New England Patriots and Boston’s fawning, ethics-free football fans. They are ethics corrupters. The city’s idolizing of Brady, who has the most infuriating smug smirk perpetually plastered on his face, and his coach, cheaters both, has created a culture in the city’s sports that might well have been a tipping point for the Red Sox. At least the NFL punished Brady hard. It looks like the Sox will be receiving minimal penalties.
“A lot of us don’t get no food stamps. We don’t get no help from the government. We lost everything we have.”
—Marina Robles, Houston-based illegal immigrant. (The Post, of course, used the cover-term “undocumented.”
Yes, Marina, this is what happens when you are in someone else’s country illegally. You take your chances. Your indignation is unjustified, and your sense of entitlement is offensive.
5. Cross DACA with the post on Hillary’s new “everyone is to blame but me” book, and you the revelation, from CNN, that in 2014 Hillary told Christiane Amanpour this regarding children who cross the border illegally (the bolding is mine):
AMANPOUR: Should they be able to stay here? It’s safer.
CLINTON: Well — it may be safer but that’s not the answer. I do not —
AMANPOUR: Should they be sent back?
CLINTON: Well, first of all, we have to provide the best emergency care we can provide. We have children 5 and 6 years old who have come up from Central America. We need to do more to provide border security in southern Mexico.
AMANPOUR: So, you’re saying they should be sent back now?
CLINTON: Well, they should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are, because there are concerns whether all of them should be sent back. But I think all of them who can be should be reunited with their families. And just as Vice President Biden is arguing today in Central America, we’ve got to do more. I started this when I was secretary to deal with the violence in this region to deal with border security.
But we have so to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay. So, we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.
During the campaign, however, Clinton was a full-throated DACA advocate, and neither the evil Bernie nor any debate moderators (like CNN’s) ever brought up her earlier hard line, nor was it presented to viewers by CNN to let them know that on this issue, like so many others, Clinton’s position depended on who she was taking to, and when.
Unethical, incompetent and biased journalism.
So why is this clip suddenly surfacing again now? Conservative cynics believe it is because Hillary is making a nuisance of herself with her finger-pointing campaign, so now the Democrats and their captive news media want to discredit her.
Sounds about right to me.
Does anyone have a better theory?