Get Out Yer Crying Towels

Supreme Court, without dissent, per curiam, smacks down Ohio GOP suit to force a voter registration purge three weeks before an election.  Stay of order granted, TRO vacated, have a nice day.

Hey, Geezerplex: not to give you unsolicited advice or nothing, but I wouldn’t go with angry. Solemn and resigned is the better way to go.

[Note well that further shenanigans are certainly afoot. But, say what needs to be said: EPIC WIN.]


Supremes didn’t interpret HAVA, just said Ohio GOP had no standing to sue under the statute. Who knows – GOP might try to get DOJ involved.



blogenfreude: Jurisdictional issues RAWK. But the next step is some low-level hack in Columbus, who gets this kicked upstairs to the regional Ohio Court of Appeals, then the Ohio Supreme Court, then to the Supremes, and perhaps back down again. This could end up very badly. What if the purge is ordered, say, the Friday before the damn election? Holy Christ — that would be horrendous.

You know, in Bush v. Gore, the Supremes found that there needed to be certainty. But, of course, the decision was non-precedential. So there’s that.

You don’t need Article III standing if you believe that the Constitution is only a piece of paper.

More afoot, Greg Palast’s website:

Don’t worry about Mickey Mouse or ACORN stealing the election. According to an investigative report out today in Rolling Stone magazine, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast, after a year-long investigation, reveal a systematic program of “GOP vote tampering” on a massive scale.

– Republican Secretaries of State of swing-state Colorado have quietly purged one in six names from their voter rolls.

Over several months, the GOP politicos in Colorado stonewalled every attempt by Rolling Stone to get an answer to the massive purge – ten times the average state’s rate of removal.

– While Obama dreams of riding to the White House on a wave of new voters, more then 2.7 million have had their registrations REJECTED under new procedures signed into law by George Bush.
Kennedy, a voting rights lawyer, charges this is a resurgence of ‘Jim Crow’ tactics to wrongly block Black and Hispanic voters.

– A fired US prosecutor levels new charges – accusing leaders of his own party, Republicans, with criminal acts in an attempt to block legal voters as “fraudulent.”

– Digging through government records, the Kennedy-Palast team discovered that, in 2004, a GOP scheme called “caging” ultimately took away the rights of 1.1 million voters. The Rolling Stone duo predict that, this November 4, it will be far worse.

There’s more:

– Since the last presidential race, “States used dubious ‘list management’ rules to scrub at least 10 million voters from their rolls.”

Among those was Paul Maez of Las Vegas, New Mexico – a victim of an unreported but devastating purge of voters in that state that left as many as one in nine Democrats without a vote. For Maez, the state’s purging his registration was particularly shocking – he’s the county elections supervisor.

The Kennedy-Palast revelations go far beyond the sum of questionably purged voters recently reported by the New York Times.

“Republican operatives – the party’s elite commandos of bare-knuckle politics,” report Kennedy and Palast, under the cover of fighting fraudulent voting, are “systematically disenfranchis[ing] Democrats.”

The investigators level a deadly serious charge:

“If Democrats are to win the 2008 election, they must not simply beat McCain at the polls – they must beat him by a margin that exceeds the level of GOP vote tampering.”

@nojo: Firfox isn’t liking Stinque again. I’ll switch to Safari for the time being, but I heart my little fox.


Yeah, why does it do that? I love the fox too, but every once in a while- site no workee.

@Prommie: Palast’s credibility with me took a huge dive when I heard his BBC report on Mrs RML’s hometown of Las Vegas NM on Air America one night. His descriptions and understanding of the situation and conditions were so off that it was offensive – parachute journalism at its worst.

Ugh, I was sort of sick to my stomach this morning about the whole ACORN thing. And this actually doesn’t make me feel better.

you know this topic makes me particularly crazed. (my chad is still dangling in dade county)
if the fucking machines are rigged and the low level maintence people overseeing them are too, then, as bill murray says, IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER.
“states use dubious list management rules” how dubious? what patterns emerged from the purged? glad bobby’s on it, but it’s all a felini movie if the votes don’t get counted properly. and they don’t. we’d be better off dipping our fingers in ink for accuracy.
i think the polls are rigged too. when that old meat puss wins, we’ll be screaming foul and go for the blood of diebold. who’s watching them now, btw. anyone know? anyone? and that’s only one method in the acme catalogue arsenal of election stealing.

barry needs to start saying “beep beep” “beep beep”

@baked: Wylie E (on a ACME rocket!) and the Road Runner will be on New Mexico’s Rose Parade float. We had aliens last year.

@JNOV: @Tommmcatt Yet Again: I’m guessing stylesheet issues. Browser compatibility problems are the bane of a webmaster’s existence.

loved the last line of the article. yep, nothing makes you feel young and chipper like someone calling your everyday reference points “nostalgic”.

@JNOV: Other site/admin observations: no comment roll on the home page, only after opening a post (Explorer Paleolithic at work behind a massive firewall). And was there ever a tips line? I tried sending something to tipsATstinque and got spanked with an undeliverable.

In other news, David Brooks appears to have found his magic. He’s just not ready to admit it, yet.

@nabisco: Do nojo at stinque – that should work

(Nojo intervention: We don’t have a general tips address, but send stuff to me and I can forward it on.)

@nabisco: I haven’t decided yet whether to set up a tips address, since that’s a spam magnet. (We do have an internal address for inter-editor communication, but I want to keep that private.) For now, just shoot messages to me.

@homofascist: Thanks for editing – I would have thought I was losing my mind.

@JNOV: @Tommmcatt Yet Again: Site no workee on occasion because I haven’t yet compiled Posting Tips for our above-the-whatever crew. In particular, if you embed a YouTube clip the wrong way, Bad Things Happen. We’re still in rushed-launch mode until I can catch up with some chores.

@homofascist: You are, but that’s a separate issue.

@homofascist: “Do [insert name] at Stinque” sounds like buttsex code to me.

Desperation growing. More GOP voting hijinx: Pa. GOP sues ACORN; Palin tries to use ACORN as mud against Unicorn; etc., etc. This will be the talking point on Sunday morning, if Colin Powell doesn’t come out with an endorsement of Black Eagle on that day (please oh please oh please).

And if hasn’t been posted already, here’s Geezer’s 2006 ACORN speech:

@homofascist: I plan on doing nojo on a bed of roses. (Did I say that outloud?)

@rptrcub: Your Georgian law firm bombardier (really, spellcheck? bombardier?) accidentally blew himself up, according to MSNBC. He was a 70-something guy, but I don’t know what his beef was.

@JNOV: “Light fuse, get away.” At age 70, looks like he had a bit of a problem with the second part.

Having watched two debates in the company of my lovely fellow Chicago compatriots, once on MSNBC without squigglies, and once on CNN with squigglies, I find it hard to disagree with Nate Silver that the squigglies are way too much fun to watch, and indeed most likely affect responses in a weird, disproportionate way. (On the other hand, it made it bearable to watch this last debate at all, so…)

I do, however disagree with this statement: The dial-testing groups may also be paying too much attention to the debate to mimic real-world conditions … they’re sitting there in a room with absolutely nothing else to do but watch the debate and twiddle their knobs.

Speak for your own self, and your own “knob,” Mr. Silver!

@JNOV: According to the local paper — which is doing a pretty good job of staying on top of the story, compared to the Atlanta or Chattanooga papers — the DA said the man, Lloyd Cantrell, “had a grudge against the legal system.”

Say what you want about major metros v. new media but local papers are still where it’s at in smaller towns.

What confuses me is that one of the victims was taken to a burn unit in Augusta, Ga., (almost in SC) rather than Chattanooga’s Erlanger center, which is closer. Atlanta’s Grady — no. Go.

@redmanlaw: I am ashamed to write that I lolled a lot at your comment.

@rptrcub: I’m checking to investimigate the court docket, if they have an electronic version there. And indeed they do. This guy is in the court records as far back as 1971 and apparently owned a lot of property at one time.

@rptrcub: MSNBC didn’t even mention the victims. So sad. Burns are probably the most horrific injuries, and the recovery is long and painful.

@rptrcub: I love how we have such a rich and diverse group here, and I especially love how we provide links to local papers and other sources that I wouldn’t normally read. I love this place.

@JNOV: See the picture of Travis Barker’s hand on defamer.

@rptrcub: Lloyd Cantrell, “had a grudge against the legal system.”

Meh. Who doesn’t?

@redmanlaw: Shoulda bought a faster scooter.

CB: Except at the end of this movie, McCain whispers “Bud Light” before croaking.

@Bionic Bee-yotch:
i had the same thought. didn’t everyone?
a grudge against the legal system? what a shocker!
i’d love to see that as a defence.
only in my dreams and on boston legal.

@redmanlaw: Did you see the fist on my blog? I think it’s from a Metallica album, but I’m not sure.

@JNOV: It’s from “St. Anger”, the most hated and poorly recieved of all their albums except for “Re-Load”. Of course, there’s a lot that I love about it. It’s brutal, angry, and confused on an extremely personal level and pushes their work and sound forward without giving a fuck. Fans hate the clangy industrial drum sound (I’m good with it) and the lack of guitar solos. I somethink that Kirk Hammet goes a little heavy on the wah-wah, anyway. There is some heavy riffage and blast beat/classic hardcore/punk drumming on this one.

You can google up or youtube a lot of the best songs from St. Anger (and read the lyrics, too). My favorites, in descending order, are: The Unnamed Feeling, Some Kind of Monster, Frantic, and St. Anger. They did an acoustic version of All Within My Hands , plus I’m Only Happy When it Rains by Garbage, at this year’s Bridge School Concert in tha Bay Area (Shoreline, I think, where I saw the Nevilles once). In contrast, the new CD, Death Magnetic, is a throwback for fans who want them to play only Master of Puppets and And Justice for All style material forever. I do like it, but it is a retreat to safer and more popular ground for them.

On the floor next Thursday form them with Down (feat. Phil Anselmo from Pantera and Hank Williams III) and The Sword, a new Austin metal band that I don’t know a lot about. The one song I’ve read is really cool, sort of like Isis after a few cups of coffee.

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