‘Communism for Kids” indeed, why not “Fascism for Kids”?

Here is an article from Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal about a new children’s book. It is hard for us to believe a significant publisher would put its stamp on this, even in todays culture: We offer some alternative educational links for the little darlings and an educational graphic or two.  DLH  Heritage article by Jarrett Stepman:

Communism for Kids’ Turns Deadly Ideology Into a Fairy Tale 

In order to make the deadliest ideology of the 20th century palatable to young Americans, “Communism for Kids” is coming to a bookstore near you.

This newly released book from MIT Press “proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism.”

The death toll from communist regimes in the 20th century is well-documented. One study found that more people were killed under communism than homicide and genocide combined, and only 9 million more people were killed in World War I and World War II combined than under governments of this ideology.

Another study showed how the mass killings of civilians by their own governments took an immediate nosedive after the collapse of the Soviet Union and international communism.

According to the Amazon synopsis, the book weaves a fairy tale of “jealous princesses, fancy swords, displaced peasants, mean bosses, and tired workers.”

It is bewildering why MIT Press would publish a book that cutesies up the political creed that gave the world Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, and many more of the world’s most prolific mass murderers. None of these brutal dictators are mentioned in the book, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

Communism seemingly gets a pass to be reimagined as a sweet fable while it’s inconceivable that a book called “Fascism for Kids” would ever be printed by a reputable publisher.

Marion Smith of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation wrote, according to The Washington Free Beacon:

While I can imagine a book so titled that would make a valuable contribution to a reader’s understanding of the truth about communism, the book MIT Press published is not it. ‘Communism for Kids’ whitewashes and infantilizes ideas that, when put into action, have cost more than 100 million lives.

This odd attempt to get kids into communism is unlikely to spawn a new generation of true believers on its own, but it does highlight the growing problem for younger Americans who are generally clueless about even recent history.

As The Daily Signal previously reported, a study from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation found that millennials, in particular, are stunningly ignorant about what occurred under the Soviet Union and other communist regimes just a generation ago.

One-third of millennials surveyed actually believe that more people were killed under former President George W. Bush than under Soviet dictator Stalin.

If one truly wants to teach young Americans what communism is really about, it would be better to hand them a copy of the classic “Animal Farm,” by George Orwell.

The book is an allegory—using farm animals as stand-ins—about the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia a century ago. The revolutionary promise of “all animals are equal” is used to overthrow farmers, but quickly turns into a new, even more oppressive tyranny under animal overlords

A reign of forced labor, intimidation, and terror puts the animals under the thumb of their new masters—their ideals used to prop up an all-powerful regime. The refashioned creed becomes “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” In the end, human, or rather “animal,” nature proved to be more powerful than any ideology.
As the Roman poet Horace once said: “You can drive out nature with a pitchfork, but she will ever hurry back.”

This lesson from Orwell would be a much better way to teach young people about destructive ideology than a fanciful account of how “true” communism—minus the mean authoritarian stuff and mass murder—would be truly grand.
Under communism, tyranny is a feature, not a bug.

We propose these educative items: You Tube videos are just a few minutes in length:

And for the slightly more sophisticated, Milton Friedman:

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Certifiable A**h**es

Mental health experts say President is ‘paranoid and delusional’

“We, the undersigned mental health professionals… believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States. Dr Gartner started an online petition earlier this year on calling for Mr Trump to be removed from office, which claims that he is “psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President”. The petition has so far garnered more than 41,000 signatures.”

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So there you have it! “Mental Health Experts” have “determined” that President Trump is not “fit to lead” the United States of America.

So, the hell with voters…what do they know?

I’ve had extensive experience with “mental health experts”. I cannot say that it was an experience that persuades me that the profession has the “expertise” they are so anxious to claim. Those I have had close interaction with, over many years, were generally well meaning, professionally “qualified” and acted in a proper professional manner.

Unfortunately, all their sincerest efforts over those many years proved to be ineffective and occasionally ill-advised, even though extended with the best of intentions. All their best efforts ultimately ended in tragic failure.

Psychiatry, psychology, and the full spectrum of mental health “science” does not provide the answers its practitioners want the public to believe they have.

At best, in my opinion, “mental health” is a developing science and at this point is less a science than an “art”.

For these people to arrogantly suggest that they are the ultimate authority regarding Donald Trump’s mental ability to lead this nation at this time is absurd…and dangerously stupid!   Below are commentaries suggesting what these clowns have ignored about Trump’s predecessor, suggesting they see their normalcy through political lenses.

DLH

http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/is-obama-a-psychopath/

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/11/17/ben-stein-obama-has-a-real-strong-hatred-of-america/

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/08/who-made-america-hate-again.php

http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/obamas-anti-trump-quest-to-crush-america/

http://thefederalist.com/2016/07/14/how-obama-has-bitterly-divided-america/

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Educate, enlighten, entertain the masses, be published here

Over the several years you’ve been fortunate enough to have read the wisdom we’ve graciously put forth, 🙂 it has been noted that few readers wish to share their thoughts and feelings. Perhaps that is a characteristic of the conservative mind. If so, it is for the most part an admirable one.

Others save their wisdom for Facebook banter with friends.  We would be pleased to be graced with our readers’ take on issues of the day otherwise posted their or on other blog sites.  If it is a new subject for the day to our site  it may take some introductory comments.

However, we believe there comes an occasion which cries out for some reaction by good people when the dark forces of liberalism go over the edge in telling America how they really feel about their fellow citizens.

We have one such occasion. The Huffington Post is, as most of our readers know, one of the more leftwing blogs.

The “HuffPost” often has contributors who are willing to share their most honest…and vilest…views, especially those directed at conservatives or just ordinary Americans who still ‘cling’ to traditional American values.

One such contributor recently appeared…briefly…on the HuffPost blog. His comments were perhaps the nastiest, most provocative to come along in some time. While the views expressed were not all that out of the mainstream of radical left thought it is unusual that they are expressed so openly to the general population.

We wanted to share this with our readers and we really want to invite your comments. This should be disturbing to all Americans whether you were a Trump voter or not.

This is what the left thinks of you and your fellow citizens. If you don’t live in Los Angeles or New York or San Francisco, or some other large city liberal enclave, then “hell with you!”, literally.

According to this contributor you probably voted for Trump and like that certified nut job, congressperson Maxine Waters…‘well, who the hell are you?’

Even the HuffPost knew that their contributor’s comments were over the top, so they quickly removed them from the site.

But not in time. Here are excerpts:

“In fact,” Call noted, “the majority of states where Trump supporters continue to wear their red “MAGA” (Make American Great Again) caps and give a solid thumbs up to the putrid dumpster fire of an administration he’s been running so far don’t contain a single town where a ‘radical Islamic terrorist’ would even stop to take a s**t in a Walmart bathroom, let alone one that a crazed North Korean leader would want to nuke into oblivion.“

(Note: Would those ‘single towns’ include Davenport, Des Moines, Kansas City, Moline…?”)

“…Trump supporters “are the people who deserve to have their towns annihilated. These people are who actually deserve to die in a war that they’ll line up to support. Not my ass. I have a lot to live for. They’ve already decided that they don’t.”

Any comments, readers?


DLH

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Hernandez finale “Driver, follow that ambulance!”

CASEY ANTHONY’S FORMER ATTORNEY ON THE TRAIL OF A BIG PAYDAY?

“Driver, follow that ambulance!”

CASEY ANTHONY’S FORMER ATTORNEY ON THE TRAIL OF A BIG PAYDAY?

JOSE BAEZ (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH JOAN BAEZ), THAT LOVABLE LITTLE LEGAL BEAGLE, WE’RE GUESSING, IS ON TO SOMETHING THIS TIME.

REPRESENTING THE FAMILY OF FORMER NFL STAR, CONVICTED KILLER, AND ALL AROUND NICE GUY, AARON HERNANDEZ, WHO TOOK HIS OWN LIFE LAST WEEK, MR. BAEZ HAS DEMANDED THAT HERNANDEZ’S BRAIN BE TURNED OVER TO THE FAMILY SO THAT IT CAN BE “DONATED” TO BOSTON UNIVERSITY TO DETERMINE IF THE FORMER NEW ENGLAND PATRIOT SUFFERED FROM TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

NOW YOU UNDERSTAND, BAEZ’S ONLY INTEREST IN DOING SO IS TO ADVANCE THE SCIENCE INTO CAUSES OF “chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)”.

ACCORDING TO THE DAILY MAIL STORY, “Baez believes Hernandez may have been suffering from CTE caused by head injuries received during his football days.” (WOW! IT PROBABLY HASN’T OCCURRED TO BAEZ OR THE HERNANDEZ FAMILY BUT, IF SO, IT COULD BE THE BASIS FOR A GIGANTIC LAWSUIT!)

BUT THEN, THE ATTORNEY APPARENTLY BELIEVES MANY THINGS, ALSO ACCORDING TO THE DAILY MAIL: “Hernandez’s attorney Jose Baez is claiming that he and the family believe that the former football star was murdered, and did not commit suicide.” (OH MY! IF SO, COULD THAT BE A BASIS FOR A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE STATE’S CORRECTIONAL ESTABLISHMENT FOR “WRONGFUL DEATH”?, ‘CRUEL AND UNUSUAL’?, OR WHATEVER. YOU ‘SPOSE MR. BAEZ REALIZES THAT?)
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You can read all about this story, if you want to, here:

EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Hernandez left behind a handwritten suicide note for his gay jailhouse LOVER – who is now on suicide watch – and two more for his fiancée and four-year-old daughter

  • Investigators found three handwritten notes in Aaron Hernandez’s cell next to a Bible that was open to John 3:16
  • One of the notes was to fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, who was seen leaving her mother’s Connecticut home Thursday
  • The second note was to his four-year-old daughter Avielle
    And sources close to the investigation tell DailyMail.com that the third letter was written to the former football star’s gay prison lover
  • That unidentified man is currently under ‘eyeball to eyeball’ suicide watch
    Shayanna and Aaron grew up in the same neighborhood and had known each other since elementary school
  • They became engaged in October 2012, while she was pregnant, and she took his last name following his murder conviction three years later
  • DailyMail.com has learned from a well-placed source that Hernandez was planning his suicide for weeks and gave away personal belongings to inmates
  • He covered the floor of his cell in soap so that he if he lost his nerve he wouldn’t be able to save himself
  • The three handwritten notes discovered in the cell where Aaron Hernandez hanged himself were written to his fiancée, his daughter and his gay jailhouse lover.
  • Two of the notes were written to Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and the couple’s four-year-old daughter Avielle. Both were seen leaving her mother’s Connecticut home Thursday.
  • Sources close to the investigation tell DailyMail.com that the third letter was written to Hernandez’s gay prison lover, who has not been identified but was believed to be the last person Hernandez spoke to before he took his own life.

Excerpt above, more to story here


DLH

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As always two sides . . . and what say you America

Forgive the use of two of O’Reilly’s trademark sign-off lines.

Keeping in mind that O’Reilly has “vociferously denied all of the accusations made against him” . . .

Here’s the Daily Beast “report” on O’Reilly.

Choking, Harassing, and Loofahs: Women’s Allegations Against Bill O’Reilly Piled Up for Years Before His Demise

A confluence of advertiser boycotts and newly unearthed sexual-harassment cases brought him down—but his troubling alleged behavior towards women has gone on for decades.

If it is accurate it is devastatingly disappointing. It is, however, the Daily Beast and the lawyer who has led this latest attack on O’Reilly, Lisa Bloom, is after all, Gloria Allred’s daughter.

Put the entire cast of characters together (i.e.. Andrea Tantaros, Wendy Walsh, FNC, Ailes, progressive media, et al) and the only conclusion I can come to, with great caution, deep concern, immense doubt…is that I would have to see first hand the “evidence” to decide whether O’Reilly is a total, irredeemable a–hole, or that this is one of the most disturbing, well-financed, all out smear campaigns in media history…all aimed at taking out leading conservative icons, pro-Trumpers, anti-leftist radicals, etc and it’s only the beginning (If the latter, the left will be emboldened as never before to go after more high visibility conservatives).

And then, here’s another facet of this whole pathetic story…a commentary on how badly shattered our culture is and the hypocrisy of so many with influence (the media and corporate world).   It is by Jeffrey Lord writing at American Spectator where he asks : Will those sponsors defund Clinton Foundation?

Sponsors Ditch Bill O’Reilly, Partner With Bill Clinton

DLH

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Well at least his voters didn’t waste much money on him

But Becks call to waste a vote on him (to hurt Trump) implies some serious responsibility

This is the guy that Glenn Beck practically ran a media campaign for which had as a goal to give the election to Hillary. But, of course, Beck had the highest moral reasons for doing so.

Maybe he can pay off McMullin’s debt. It would be the “moral” thing to do

‘Never Trump’ Candidate Unable To Pay Off Massive Campaign Debt

By the way, speaking of candidates from Utah (even if  by way of Michigan and Massachusetts)  . . .

Orrin Hatch says he would consider not running for 8th term if Mitt Romney gets in Senate race

Romney has not ruled it out and his son is considering a run from Governor of Utah. In the same article Evan McMullin is also said to be considering a Senate run, even challenging Hatch.

DLH

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Also wondering about Rachel Maddow’s wolf whistles

The ones she gives that is

Who’s next? Hannity? Tucker Carlson? Maybe the left is feeling really almighty…will it go after Rush…again?!

Fox News Confirms That Bill O’Reilly Won’t Return to Air

OMG!!!! He called her “hot chocolate”! Ohhh…the humanity!

Latest in the “Get O’Reilly” saga is the lady who comes forward to recount her “terrible ordeal” at the hands of BillO’Reilly…called “hot chocolate, a subject of “leers”, and of being “grunted at like a wild boar”. How much $ you figure that’s worth to “settle”?

Never a big fan of Bill O’Reilly, but found his show both entertaining and informative and became a fairly regular viewer. What seems to be happening to the #1 Fox host is now rather…no, make that… very, frightening.

I don’t know the merits of all, most, or even some of the various accusations being thrown at him but it is obvious it is a well-funded, extensively orchestrated effort to remove a major pro-Trump, relatively conservative, generally even-handed, and very popular political/entertainment figure from the public stage.

If some of these “revelations” are indeed serious cases of sexual harassment and assault are true, Mr. O’Reilly should suffer the consequences.

However, based on some of the latest “charges”, there is some basis for doubt about both the factual basis for the charges as well as the true motivation behind press barrage against him.

It is starting to resemble more of a public lynching (hopefully that doesn’t offend the usual easily offended) than a sober investigation of possible wrong-doing.

Anyone recall the similar press and leftist “women’s rights” groups’ reaction to the David Letterman revelations of his sexual relationships with members of his show’s staff? That one ended up with Letterman acknowledging he had, “apologizing” to his wife, and his ratings going up, while the guy who revealed the sordid mess including allegations of harassment and exploitation wound up convicted of extortion. Those “righteous” women’s groups uttered not a peep and even appear to have approved, Letterman being a good, solid leftist progressive.

And Bill Clinton? Oh, let’s not rehash all that.

There is now no concern on the part of the progressive entertainment industry or “women’s rights” groups over a “rush to judgement” in the O’Reilly case.

If the most popular Fox host “settled” potential lawsuits, he is most certainly guilty in their view…case closed.

Of course Fox’s and O’Reilly’s “deep pockets” could never be a consideration in his being a rich target and a great prospect for a big payoff to avoid a protracted and damaging court case which may or may not have any merit. No. Certainly not!

If indeed, it is over for Mr. O’Reilly, watch which leading conservative talk show host the left will go after next…or maybe the entire Fox network will be next. Then the Murdoch boys may rue their role in this episode.      DLH

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Pathetic corporate wimps

Some 50 to 70 companies dropped sponsorship of Bill O’Reilly’s FoxNews show because of allegations of sexual harassment and ‘assault’.

Fox drops the #1 cable show because…well, who knows?

With today’s corporate cowards, why wait for proof; if the left says it , it must be true…or so what if it’s not!?

WHAT THE HELL IS IT WITH TODAY’S CORPORATE CHIEFTAINS?

They obviously don’t give a damn what half of their potential customer base thinks

Where are the stockholders when one or two “social justice” or LGBTQ-supporting members of a company’s board “take over’ the company.

We’ve seen the effects, sometimes devastating, on companies which decide they want to be political activists; often as the result of the efforts of one or a few board members or of the CEO. Pepsico and Target are two which come to mind.

Target established itself as one of the dumbest major corporations in America when it decided to inject itself into one of the most controversial debates in the country at the time.

There were many of us ordinary Americans aghast at the self-righteous stupidity of that big retailer when, for no apparent rational reason it decided that it would be, I guess, pleasing to Barack Obama and the gay and lesbian movement to jump, not feet first, but nose first into the “bathroom issue”.

That did not turn out well. So much so that the CEO felt compelled to announce, like Sargent Schultz, he “knew nothing about it”. (this link is a great commentary on the whole nutty Target mess. Oh, and for the record, I don’t enter a Target since their announcement broke. I just don’t wish to buy anything from people who are this arrogant and stupid.

And then there’s Pepsico. Now that’s a dream outfit. It’s run by a CEO whose head size has surely expanded to heroic proportions because of all the ink received about her courage and overall wonderfulness. Yes. It’s a “she”…unless otherwise “self-identifying”.

But this is the ‘lady’, Indra Nooyi, who hasn’t met a “social justice” or liberal issue she doesn’t like…”love” more appropriately.

She, too, couldn’t wait to jump into the transgender “bathroom issue”

And, Oh Boy! Was she an anti-Trumpert. This poor Indian lady was not only distraught over Trump’s election but OMG! she was heartbroken over the grief her employees suffered over such an injustice! How she went on about how she had to “comfort” her employees who cried over Trump’s election:

“Our employees were all crying,” she said. “And the question that they’re asking, especially those who are not white, ‘Are we safe?’ Women are asking, ‘Are we safe?’ LGBT people are asking, ‘Are we safe?’ I never thought I would have to answer those questions.”

Is it necessary to note that I don’t buy Pepsi at any restaurant who peddles it? I always advise the waitperson when I ask for “diet Coke” and they ask if “Diet Pepsi is Ok”? that a) No. It’s not OK, and ,  b)”tell your manager it’s thus costing the restaurant $2 to $2.75 as a result and the % tip is thus reduced. But I’m only one customer so I guess it doesn’t matter”.

But that brings me to my favorite…Capital One. I’ve used their credit card for a number of years; I’ve been very satisfied with their service. I’ve felt they manage their business pretty well.

But, unfortunately we must now part company. They, too, have taken their place among America’s dumbest, most arrogant corporate entities…thanks to Samuel L. Jackson.

Now this guy is also something else. Inexplicably Capital One some time ago decided that this is the guy they want as the face of their company…THE guy that would sell their product/service.

Samuel is featured in commercials for Capital One.

If you don’t own a television set, or have only just returned from an extended vacation in the Hindu Kush, you may not have seen one of Samuel L.’s top notch commercials for Capital One:

He’s the guy often dressed “to the nines” in the latest very trendy suit, 2 sizes too small, all in black, looking as menacing as his character in Pulp Fiction reminding you how utterly without redeeming social value you are because you don’t carry a Capital One card in “your wallet”, and seeming to suggest that since you don’t you may not want to run into him on a dark street.

And this is the face of Capital One, Modern Progressivism, and the Democratic Party!

Now, why would I want to have him in my wallet?       DLH

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Iowa Legislature passes restrictions on abortions after 20 weeks

Nibbling at Roe v Wade / Doe v Bolton

  • It is practical and proven legislation given the state of the courts and unforced weakness of elected legislatures.  But the legislators excuse of  “our hands are tied” rather than pursuing more is not an entirely exculpatory excuse given the power legislatures could constitutionally exercise over courts (remove or limit jurisdiction for one thing).  Legislators hide behind robes as well.
  • Each of us was the same unique genetic being from the first spark of our life’s continuum, self-directed, separate member of the human family, busy being born, later, busy dying.  Let’s go back for more.

Text of the 20 week restrictions follows.  Vote in Iowa Senate for the 20 week “feticide”  bill was 30 for and 20 opposed,  The party breakdown in the Senate is 29 Republicans and one anti-Trump conservative and 20 Democrats.  All Republicans voted for it (along with  Sen. Johnson the usually conservative independent ).  All Democrats opposed it. The bill as it came over from the House was supported by all but one Republican, Rep. Maxwell, of Gibson. All Democrat House members opposed protecting unborn babies half-way through pregnancy. The Democrats are the party of abortion/ dead babies (and inextricably, inflicting those deaths in the most hideous of ways).

The Des Moines Register article posted last night regarding the text of SF 471 is inaccurate, to wit as per the DMR: “But it does not include exemptions . . .  for pregnancies in which a genetic anomaly makes life after birth impossible.”  Read the bill DMR.   The exemption extends to 24 weeks. The DMR does not answer as to whether it would bother with a “but” in its reportage on whether murder statues exempt chopping up babies gravely injured in the process of being born or whose disability is only discovered subsequent to birth. The logic of death is relentless.  And of neo-natal distress is the concern, the DMR also does not “but” about the excruciating pain of being ripped apart inutero via  “D and E” abortion, the method of choice for late-term abortions.        R Mall

SF 471 (LSB 1206SV (7) 87)

SENATE FILE 471

BY  COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES

(SUCCESSOR TO SF 53)
(As Amended and Passed by the Senate 2017-03-14)
A BILL FOR
An Act relating to feticide, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:

Section 1.  Section 707.7, Code 2017, is amended to read as follows:
   707.7  Feticide.
   1.  Any person who intentionally terminates a human pregnancy, with the knowledge and voluntary consent of the pregnant person, after the end of the second trimester of the pregnancy reaches twenty weeks postfertilization or the fetus achieves viability, whichever occurs earlier, where death of the fetus results, commits feticide. Feticide is a class “C” felony.
   2.  Any person who attempts to intentionally terminate a human pregnancy, with the knowledge and voluntary consent of the pregnant person, after the end of the second trimester of the pregnancy reaches twenty weeks postfertilization or the fetus achieves viability, whichever occurs earlier, where death of the fetus does not result, commits attempted feticide. Attempted feticide is a class “D” felony.
   3.  Any person who terminates a human pregnancy, with the knowledge and voluntary consent of the pregnant person, who is not a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery under the provisions of chapter 148, commits a class “C” felony.
   4.  a.  This section shall not apply to the termination of a human pregnancy performed by a physician licensed in this state to practice medicine or surgery or osteopathic medicine or surgery when in the best clinical judgment of the physician the termination is performed to preserve the life or health of the pregnant person or of the fetus or to avert a serious risk to the pregnant person of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, and every reasonable medical effort not inconsistent with preserving the life of the pregnant person is made to preserve the life of a viable fetus.
   b.  This section shall not apply to the termination of a human pregnancy between twenty and twenty-four weeks postfertilization performed by a physician licensed in this state to practice medicine or surgery or osteopathic medicine or surgery, when in the best clinical judgment of the physician the human pregnancy has a fetal anomaly incompatible with life. For the purposes of this paragraph “b”, “fetal anomaly incompatible with life” means a fetal condition diagnosed in utero that, if the pregnancy results in a live birth, will with reasonable certainty result in the death of the child or will result in requiring the provision of life-sustaining procedures as defined in section 144A.2 to the child after the child’s birth and for the duration of the child’s life.
Sec. 2.  EFFECTIVE UPON ENACTMENT.  This Act, being deemed of immediate importance,

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Scott County Auditor on notice – clean up your act

  • Counties in 11 states with more registered than eligible voters could face lawsuit
  • Two counties in Iowa make the list — Scott and Johnson
  • Scott County Auditor:  “I am absolutely opposed to voter ID”
  • Related commentary to come, including True the Vote activities in Iowa

Judicial Watch Press release:

We Warn 11 States to Clean Voter Registration Lists or Face a Lawsuit

We’re already hearing rumblings in the press about the mid-term elections in less than two years.  These important elections should be free and fair. The first step is cleaning up the notoriously inflated voter registration rolls.

In that regard, JW has stepped up to the plate, sending notice-of-violation letters threatening to sue counties in 11 states where the number of registered voters exceeds the number of voting-age citizens, as calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011-2015 American Community Survey.

We note in the letters that this is “strong circumstantial evidence that these … counties are not conducting reasonable voter registration record maintenance as mandated under the [National Voter Registration Act] NVRA.” Both the federal NVRA and the Help America Vote Act require states to take reasonable steps to maintain accurate voting rolls.
The 11 states are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee.  (More warning letters may be sent out to additional states.)  The states have 90 days after receiving the letters to address the problem and provide us with documentation showing that they have conducted a “statewide effort to conduct a program that reasonably ensures the lists of eligible voters are accurate.”  We informed the states that should they fail to take action to correct violations of Section 8 of the NVRA within 90 days, we would file suit.

Section 8 of the NVRA requires states to make a reasonable effort to remove the names of ineligible voters from official lists due to “the death of the registrant” or “a change in the residence of the registrant,” and requires states to ensure noncitizens are not registered to vote.

Based on our review of Election Assistance Commission (EAC) data, the more recent U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey and the states’ voter registration records, Judicial Watch found the following counties have more total registered voters than citizens over 18 eligible to vote:

Alabama: Choctaw, Conecuh, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Washington, Wilcox.

Florida: Clay, Flagler, Okaloosa, Osceola, Santa Rosa, St. Johns.

Georgia: Bryan, Columbia, DeKalb, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Lee, Marion, McIntosh, Oconee.

Illinois: Alexander, Bureau, Cass, Clark, Crawford, DuPage, Franklin, Grundy, Hardin, Henderson, Jefferson, Jersey, Massac, McHenry, Mercer, Monroe, Pulaski, Rock Island, Sangamon, Scott, Union, Wabash, Washington, White.

Iowa: Scott, Johnson.

Kentucky: Anderson, Bath, Boone, Breathitt, Caldwell, Carlisle, Cumberland, Fulton, Gallatin, Greenup, Hancock, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, Livingston, Magoffin, McCracken, Menifee, Mercer, Monroe, Oldham, Powell, Russell, Scott, Spencer, Trigg, Trimble, Wolfe, Woodford.

Maryland: Montgomery.

New Jersey: Essex, Somerset.

New York: Nassau.

North Carolina: Buncombe, Camden, Chatham, Cherokee, Clay, Dare, Durham, Guilford, Madison, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Orange, Union, Watauga, Yancey.

Tennessee: Williamson.

In our notice-of-violation letters, we warn that the failure to maintain accurate, up-to-date voter registration lists “required by federal law and by the expectations of [state] citizens” will “undermine public confidence in the electoral process.”

We asked the states to “conduct or implement a systematic, uniform, nondiscriminatory program to remove from the list of eligible voters the names of persons who have become ineligible to vote by reason of a change of residence, death or a disqualifying criminal conviction.” The states are also asked to remove from voter registration lists “noncitizens who have registered to vote unlawfully.”

As part of our commitment to enforcement of election integrity laws, we struck a legal victory for clean voter rolls in Indiana, forcing the state to clean up its voter registration lists and overhaul its list-maintenance procedures. We also recently filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of our existing agreement with Ohio to ensure that its voter rolls are up-to-date.  This case is still pending before the high court.

Robert Popper, director of Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project, is lead attorney on this case. Popper was formerly deputy chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.

He well knows that dirty election rolls mean dirty elections.

To be clear:  these 11 states face possible Judicial Watch lawsuits to compel them to follow the law and take reasonable steps to clean up their voting rolls of dead, moved, and non-citizen voters.


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