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Extremism fosters dysfunction. Historically, dysfunction fosters tyrany.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2012 on Vote for best candidate at Unfettered Letters
If you do, then Barack Obama is a citizen of the U.S. and a valid President. JDog, perhaps you could let me know where I could find out about a Supreme Court ruling on Obama’s citizenship. The only thing that I found was that they rejected hearing an appeal. As I recall in the 7 -1 decision of Plessy v Ferguson the Court ruled that discrimination was Constitutional, yet today it isn’t. Who here believes discrimination is a good thing? The Court makes mistakes. To believe they are infalable is moronic.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2012 on Unjust voter ID bills at Unfettered Letters
When you find something that shows that voter fraud has impeded the election process, please let me know. There is strong evedence that voter id laws will impede the election process if you are willing to critically read the whole story. LL, I don't often agree with you, but you have demonstrated that you are open minded.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
PROVED registration fraud by ACORN…… more than 1.8 million deceased people are currently registered to vote… the study also found nearly 3 million voters were registered in multiple states – LL I remember, Mickey Mouse tried to register in several states, but did Mickey actually vote? Mickey Mouse tried to register to vote in Florida this summer. Orange County elections officials rejected his application, which was stamped with the logo of the nonprofit group ACORN. – Tampa Bay Times It appears not. In fact I found no reference of Mickey voting in the last election. It seems the current system is working just fine. How many of the dead people voted? How many of the people that were registered in several states voted more than once? According to the documentation very few if any. Our good friend STY has already documented that over the last ten years the Department of Justice has secured about 100 convictions of voter fraud in this country. I asked him, and I will ask you, what percentage of the votes counted did those 100 votes represent? I’m not sure that fractions of numbers go that low. Disenfranchisement is reprehensible. The manufacturing of cause is abhorible. And those that take propaganda at face value… I’ll let you decide what they are.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
Wildman...I am referring to your constant mention of no voter fraud proof – LL You mean like; Let's look at the facts. The Justice Department under George W. Bush launched a massive, five-year investigation into voter fraud that resulted in a paltry 86 convictions across the entire country. Similarly, a three-year study conducted by Professor Lori Minnite of Barnard College showed that not only is voter fraud a very rare phenomenon, but the vast majority of cases involved people who were either ineligible to vote at all or had voted more than once in an election. Voter ID laws, which only target voter impersonation, would not have done anything to prevent these instances of fraud. – Baltimore Sun Or; The rationale for state photo ID laws is to prevent voter fraud. Yet there are no documented instances of fraud that these laws would prevent. An extensive analysis of data from all 50 states by the U.S. Justice Department found that incidents of voter fraud are exceedingly rare and were, in all cases, instances of improper voting involve registration and eligibility issues that would not be solved by voter ID laws. – Republican-led Voter Restrictions Are Rigging Democracy – Us News
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
Manufacturing an excuse to restrict voting rights of Democratic constituency groups is just the tip of the iceberg by republican legislators lead by American Legislative Exchange Council, and financed by the Koch brothers. As shown in the 8:09 posting in Useless voter ID laws, 38 states have pending legislation that would make voting more difficult for, or disenfranchise completely, minority groups, young voters, poor voters, convicted felons that have completely served their sentence, and the elderly. They are also trying to change the process of how Electors are distributed into the Electoral College in presidential elections. Each of the changes that the republicans are trying to bring about will make it easier for republican candidates to win office at the cost of democratic principles of government that this country was founded upon. For a group that claims to be the defenders of our democratic values, their actions seem to be contrary to their rhetoric. The systematic attacks on democracy are designed to virtually guarantee that republicans will have virtual control of all three branches of the federal government and impose the will of their financiers on the American public.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2012 on Unjust voter ID bills at Unfettered Letters
But if you are going to make up 21 million why not 60 million or 200 million? – zeno The real effect of voter ID laws is not to prevent fraud but to disenfranchise millions of deserving voters. Studies have shown that about 21 million Americans, or 11 percent of eligible voters, currently lack a valid photo ID. However, those percentages rise to as high as 25 percent for African-Americans, 15 percent for low-income voters, 18 percent for seniors and 20 percent for voters under 30. - Baltimore Sun 10/10/11 My good friend did his research again I see.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2012 on Unjust voter ID bills at Unfettered Letters
I would love for my good friend LL to give me a detailed account of the misinformation that I or KC Ed have spread. It’s one thing to throw out unfounded accusations. It’s another to actually have proof to back the accusation.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
The rationale for state photo ID laws is to prevent voter fraud. Yet there are no documented instances of fraud that these laws would prevent. An extensive analysis of data from all 50 states by the U.S. Justice Department found that incidents of voter fraud are exceedingly rare and were, in all cases, instances of improper voting involve registration and eligibility issues that would not be solved by voter ID laws. – Republican-led Voter Restrictions Are Rigging Democracy – Us News Voter id laws are just the tip of the iceberg of the republican strategy to impose their will on the American electorate. Led by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative advocacy group that receives funding from the billionaire Koch brothers, crafted and distributed model legislation restricting voting for lawmakers to introduce in 34 states. (US News) The purpose of the legislation is to suppress votes by groups that tend to vote for Democratic candidates, and to change the process of how the Electoral College is chosen in order to be more favorable to republican candidates. The systematic attack used by the republicans is unprecedented in modern US history. Voter id laws will inordinately impact certain groups, that tend to favor democratic candidates, stronger than other groups. 10% of all voters lack the necessary documentation to be eligible to vote under this legislation, but young people (18%) and African Americans (25%) are disproportionally impacted. Other legislation that will impact elections that is being pushed by republicans include restricting voter registration policy making it impossible for groups like the League of Women Voters to register voters, changing established law making it illegal for convicted felons to vote even after fully serving their time for the crime that they were convicted of, narrowing the early voting period of an election and ending the practice of election day voter registration. The most hideous of the strategies is legislation that has been introduced by republican law makers that would change the way the Electoral College is chosen. Under the Constitution how Electors are chosen is left up to the individual states. Traditionally, Electors have been distributed on a winner take all basis. New legislation would distribute the Electors based on election results in each Congressional District of the state. In these states, through the gerrymandering process, republicans are trying to carve out a proportionally larger number of “safe” districts where the voters tend to vote for republican candidates. Under the proposed legislation, larger more urban areas (which tend to vote for Democrats) would be represented by fewer Congressional districts. The legislation would make it easy for a republican presidential candidate to lose the popular vote of a state yet win the majority of the Electoral vote for the state. The gerrymandering process being used by political parties to control Congress is nothing new. The new republican strategy is an obvious attempt to manipulate presidential elections in their favor.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
I love my good friend. Even when he is shown to be miserably inept he claims victory and then scurries away. Sigh He tries to avoid the fact that there has never been a shred of real evidence that proves that voter fraud is a severe enough problem which needs to be fixed by legislation that denies voting rights to citizens. He acknowledges the fact that voter id legislation makes it more difficult for individuals within certain subgroups to exercise their right to vote, and in some cases disenfranchises them. Yet he justifies this fact with the argument that there is no evidence that voter turnout has been suppressed, and he believes that no one will be smart enough to see how illogical his arguments really are (I guess that’s why he claims to be smarter than you). Our system of government was specifically established to respect individual rights of the citizens. Robert Kennedy stated, during a different time in which the nation was fighting attempts by conservatives to limit voter rights, “we know that if one man's rights are denied, the rights of all others are endangered" If one person can be legally denied the right to vote, no one’s right to vote is protected.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
Then my friend tried to minimize instances of voter disenfranchisement, (By the way zeno and JDog, STY confirm several of the examples that I gave you). The nuns were aware of the id requirement before they decided to show up anyway. – My sad friend They were legal residents of the state that met the age requirements who were not allowed to vote. It does not matter whether or not they were aware of the requirement, they were denied the right to vote. The January voter was allowed to vote on a provisional ballot. – Again my sad friend Does my good friend have proof that his vote was counted? If it was not, he was still disenfranchised. It is common practice for election officials to get rid of voter “problems” by giving those voters provisional ballots. In the 2004 federal election over 35% of provisional ballots were rejected for reasons that were easily correctable according to the Department of Justice. The odds of provisional ballot rejection are much higher than with a regular ballot. We know with certainty that he was not given a regular ballot even though he he met all requirements other than the voter id requirement, and because of that he had a 1 in 3 chance that his vote was not counted. And my personal favorite. The Indiana League of Women Voters trumpeted the example of Cindy Bevington, until they realized she tried to vote in Indiana with her Florida ID (where she was registered to vote). This was not even an example that I gave so I’m confused on why it was added. But I’m not the only one confused. Cindy Bevington was not the individual registered in Florida and Indiana, she was a reporter for the Fort Wayne news paper who wrote the story about the woman. It’s ok, my good friend often gets confused. One time he posted on this board that Obama was hiding in the caves of Tora Bora during the Afghan invasion. Sigh My good friend went on to say that there is, “no consistent or statistically significant evidence that the photo ID law depressed turnout .” Saying that there is no significant evidence is an admission that voters are losing franchise in this country, and that is a dangerous road to travel especially when there is no statistically significant evidence that it is needed.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
My good good friend is truly off his game, and he used to be so much fun to toy with. Let’s see how he tries to evade the facts. He (Wild Man) did ask for proven cases of voter fraud. – My good friend trying to act smart. Actually that’s not exactly what I asked for. 8:48, 2:34, 4:49 I asked for evidence of WIDE SPREAD voter fraud, and in two of the posts I also asked for evidence that FRAUD IMPACTED AN ELECTION. My good friend’s pitiful attempt to provide proof of “wide spread” voter fraud. . federal prosecutors have secured election fraud convictions against more than 100 defendants since 2002. – My good friend who thinks everyone else is stupid 100 cases prosecuted by federal prosecutors (I’m assuming nation wide), along with 50 prosecuted in Texas over a multi-year time period. Wow, and he thinks that number is proof of significant voter fraud? What was the total number of votes that were cast during that time period? I doubt seriously those votes even made up a fraction of a percentage of the number of votes cast, and had no impact on the election. Again where is the problem that needs legislation which causes voter disenfranchisement?
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
Is my good friend zeno saying that he has evidence that what I said is wrong, or is he just spinning a story because he has no argument to rebut what is offered. If I am lying like you suggest, offer some evidence. And while you’re at it, give me proof of wide spread voter fraud. If you an offer anything other than innuendos, and (I’ll be kind) half truths I will be impressed.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
I’m sorry for intruding on your conversation with MUD, but I’m still trying to identify the problem that justifies voter disenfranchisement, and I have yet to hear any evidence that a problem exists.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
Lack of prosecution for voter fraud is not proof of fraud not existing. – My good friend that thinks everyone else is stupid That sounds like the partisan court heard no evidence that in-person voter fraud is a problem, but decided to make a decision anyway. Disenfranchisement seems not to be a problem to republicans This is not proof that fraud does exist. Even my best friend has not argued that disenfranchisement is not a natural consequence of voter id laws, he instead asked for evidence that “widespread votes were suppressed”. Since he has acknowledged that there is no evidence to support that in-person voter fraud is, or has been a problem. My question to him is, how can anyone justify disenfranchisement of a single voter when they cannot justify their own position.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
If you want references, read the posting (it's in it), or google it just like I did. Now give me any evidence of in-person wide spread voter fraud that has effected an outcome of any election.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
Show me one person who has been disenfranchised due to a voter ID requirement.- Posted by: JDog In January of 2008, an elderly voter in Indiana was turned away at the polls, despite having a bank card with a photograph, a utility bill and a phone bill. In May of 2008, also in Indiana, a dozen elderly nuns and a group of students from South Bend, Indiana were reportedly told they could not cast a regular ballot in the state’s primary because they did not government-issued IDs, such as a driver’s ID or U.S. passport. And a 97-year-old woman in Arizona who was born before birth certificates were common, never had a passport, and no longer drives, was turned away at the polls because she did not have the required ID for voting. www.civilrights.org I gave you three times mor than you asked for. Your turn
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
So as my good friend points out, there is no grounding evidence that there is a problem, but merely an opportunity. The Seventh Circuit is dominated by republican appointees. I would also like to point out in the Supreme Court decision in the appeal on the Seventh Circuit's ruling on Indiana's voter ID law in a dissenting opinion, “Indiana's law will sadly but predictably have its greatest impact on voters who are poor, elderly, belong to racial minorities, or have disabilities. Predictably, all of the conservatives on the court voted to uphold, but then again, conservatives have a long history of disenfranchisement.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
Could someone please tell me the percentage of cases in the last election, or even elections over the last ten years, of proven voter fraud. And I would like to also know the number of elections in the last ten years that were decided by instances of proven voter fraud. It is a known fact that voter id laws will disenfranchise voters. I believe that the effort is a solution to a problem that is imaginary and will result in many CITIZENS losing their voice in government. But then again, that’s what republicans want.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2012 on Useless voter ID laws at Unfettered Letters
Most people would consider the tax breaks and subsidiesgiven to corporations as corproate welfare. Last time I heard welfare was an entitlement.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2012 on Magical economic fixes at Unfettered Letters
Democrats....do your country a favor and stop the class warfare.- Posted by: Indy You have to love it when republicans use the “class warfare” talking point any time anyone questions state policy sanctioned income inequality. If you really want to see the effects of class warfare, take a look at the shrinking middle class.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2012 on Magical economic fixes at Unfettered Letters
My good friend isn’t even doing a good job of repeating his usual talking points. It truly is sad to see him not being able to make a salient argument that supports the pipeline. He usually is much more fun than this.
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2012 on Self-serving president at Unfettered Letters
My good friend of course is up to his old tricks of trying to discredit the sources rather than disproving the facts. My good friend claimed that he wanted links that talked about the rising cost of fuel in the US, which were provided to him even though he chose not to speak about them. Because he could not refute the facts he chose to change the subject. The fact is that Port Arthur is an export terminal. Valero and TransCanada have both outlined an export strategy for the oil to their investors and other refiners are positioning themselves for the same purpose. Since the terminal refinery is located in an international free trade zone, the only country that will profit from the exports is Canada. We now receive virtually all of the Canadian exports of oil. When the pipeline is built, Canada will have access to the world market with a clear plan to capture more of a share. This will cause a decrease in supply to US markets. My good friend can explain the law of supply to his audience. The fact is that Canadian oil will undercut the production of US oil. Since 2009, domestic production of oil has grown for the first time since the 1970’s. The increased production, along with the Canadian oil that is imported, has created somewhat of an oversupply here in the US. The Canadian ”sour oil” is not the same as The “sweet crude” that is produced here. Because it is much thicker and less pure, the refining process is different. As refineries refit to refine Canadian sour oil to sell on the more profitable world market, especially in Europe and South America where market forces provide long term incentives to companies in a position to take advantage of them, US capacity to refine sweet crude produced in Texas and North Dakota will decline making the refining process more expensive. This will cause a decline in domestic production, causing the US to be more dependent on imported oil. The fact is that even my good friend says that the estimates of the number of jobs this project will create is inflated and that they will not have a long term effect on US employment because they are temporary jobs, and there has been no estimate of how many Americans will receive any of these jobs. As stated before, only 11% of the jobs in previous TransCanada pipeline projects have been filled by Americans. He has nothing to say of the safety record of Keystone I, (12 oil spills in the first year of operation), (Plans to use the same Indian steel manufacturer that produced defective steel causing many of the spills). He has nothing to say about the more than 2 million people that depend on the steams and aquifer for their drinking water, including him, that this pipeline (Run by a company with a poor track record) will cross over. I believe that if my friend were less partisan he would have more questions about the economic viability of this project to US interests.
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2012 on Self-serving president at Unfettered Letters
I noticed that my good friend really had no counter arguments to defend the Keystone XL pipeline other than to provide a government estimate of possible short term jobs that might be created that “downplayed any major long-term employment boost” in this country. It’s interesting that my good friend generally has little faith in government estimates until he can make some sort of use to spin them to his benefit. Although the jobs do pay more than McDonald, an obvious reference to the jobs created in Texas by Governor Perry, the report does not say who will get the jobs. As referenced before, only 11% of the jobs created by the construction of Keystone I were filled by Americans. So to be fair to my good friend, if the trend continues the project will create between 350 to 650 new temporary construction jobs for American workers. Considering that the published intent of TransCanada is to expand it’s world market and decrease the supply of oil sold to the United States I can understand the support of republicans. This way if Romney becomes President he can oversee not only the export of high paying jobs to foreign countries, as he did at Bain Capital, he can also see that we export resources vital to national security and drive up the cost of living in this country.
Toggle Commented Feb 2, 2012 on Self-serving president at Unfettered Letters
In kansas City?
Toggle Commented Feb 2, 2012 on Outsider in KC schools at Unfettered Letters