Texas attorney general warns UN poll watchers to keep their distance
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot sent a letter Tuesdsay warning United Nations-affiliated poll watchers that they do not have jurisdiction in the state and will, therefore, be criminally prosecuted if they attempt to interfere at Texas polling locations on Nov. 6.
The letter, addressed to Ambassador Daan Everts, came in response to the announcement that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will deploy scores of election monitors to the U.S. in an effort to monitor conservative groups for voter suppression or intimidation. (RELATED: United Nations organization set to monitor US polling places on Election Day)
“Groups and individuals from outside the United States are not allowed to influence or interfere with the election process in Texas,” wrote Abbot. “This State has robust election laws that were carefully crafted to protect the integrity of our election system. The Texas Election Code governs anyone who participates in Texas elections—including representatives of the OSCE.”
In compliance with the code, U.N. poll watchers will be barred from entering polling places and must keep a distance of a minimum of 100 feet from a polling place’s entrance.
Abbot pointed out numerous concerns surrounding the decision to send monitors. The U.N.-affiliate reportedly met with Project Vote, an organization closely affiliated with the now-defunct group ACORN, that has filed lawsuits challenging Texas voter registration laws.
While that lawsuit was rejected by a federal appeals court in September, Project Vote sent a letter to OSCE requesting they send international poll watchers to specifically monitor U.S. states, like Texas, that have recently enacted voter ID laws. Liberal organizations such as the ACLU and NAACP also made this request to the UN-affiliate, additionally citing Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida and Ohio.
“The OSCE may be entitled to its opinions about Voter ID laws, but your opinion is legally irrelevant in the United States, where the Supreme Court has already determined that Voter ID laws are constitutional,” states Abbot.
Abbot also highlighted that “it remains unclear exactly what [OSCE] monitoring is intended to achieve, or precisely what tactics [OSCE] will use to achieve the proposed monitoring.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry took to Twitter to show solidarity with state officials, tweeting, “No UN monitors/inspectors will be part of any TX election process.”
Read it all HERE.
(question: why can’t the United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, do the same?)
Springfield’s budget director says the city is out of options to be reimbursed for expenses associated with hosting then-Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign stop in the fall of 2008.
“Short of suing the campaign, which isn’t really going to do anything — it would drag on forever — there’s really nothing we can do,” said Bill McCarty. “We’ve tried.”
Obama introduced his running mate, Joe Biden, at the Old State Capitol in August 2008. About 160 police officers and nine civilians helped provide protection for Obama’s visit, according to an invoice from the city.
Obama’s presidential campaign was sent a bill for $68,139, but still owes $55,457.
The city has tried for years to collect.
(another city/town that obama and his campaign has stiffed! The man and his regime just refuse to pay their bills!)
Talk about wearing your politics on your sleeve. An elitist clique of fashion designers has banded together to raise money for celebrity-in-chief Barack Obama and browbeat their customers into supporting him. Even worse, the Beautiful People who dress the Powerful People are putting increased pressure on conservatives to stay out of the business altogether.
Out: Haute couture. In: Hate couture.
In February, high-dollar bag-makers, cosmetics gurus and clothiers offered their services to help fill Obama’s campaign coffers. Nearly two dozen gurus billed their enterprise as “Runway to Win: A Project by Fashion Designers in Support of the Obama Victory Fund.” Campaign finance experts questioned whether employees of the corporate participants were truly “volunteering” their time in accordance with federal law. But of course, no Obama administration lawyers have bothered to enforce the rules.
A “custom backpack” with the “Obama rising sun logo” designed by model Chanel Iman goes for $65. A teeny-tiny baby onesie with “OBAMA” in bright red and blue letters goes for $65. A hideous Monique Pean cotton and hemp scarf with Obama’s face splattered on it went for $95. Diane von Furstenberg pitched in two $85 tote bags and has grown more strident about her partisan agenda as Election Day nears. At a fashion event in her New York Meatpacking District store last month, she yelled at clients: “Everyone here better be a Democrat; no Republicans!”
Furthermore, von Furstenberg vented, “This is not a Republican party, just so you know! This is a non-Republican audience.” The crowd cheered as she urged everyone to rush home to watch her Democratic idol’s convention speech. But when conservative consumers protested on Twitter the next few nights, von Furstenberg tweeted: “I love and respect all Americans…Democrats and Republicans…love Diane.”
“All Americans,” except for Ann Romney, that is. When the designer learned last week that the GOP candidate’s wife had worn one of her famous wrap dresses at a recent campaign rally in Florida, the company had a hissy fit. “(W)e’re actually not quite sure how Ann obtained the dress,” horrified public relations staffers told left-wing Buzzfeed.com.
Accustomed to comping pieces to first lady Michelle Obama and other favored lib celebs, von Furstenberg’s team couldn’t wrap their heads around the idea that most women who are fortunate enough to afford their products spend their own money to purchase them. She bought it? Mon diet!
DVF Inc. then frantically distanced themselves from Mrs. Romney — and idiotically alienated half of American women.
While the president and first lady have ratcheted up their class warfare rhetoric against the Romneys, the Obama campaign has basked in the 1 percent glow of fashionistas woefully out of touch with middle America. British-born Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, a top Obama campaign finance bundler, is aggressively spearheading Runway to Win. She’s held multiple million-dollar fundraisers for Obama in Hollywood, New York, London and Paris — and has raked in the fourth highest amount for the White House.
In return, she snagged two coveted invitations to fancy-schmancy White House State Dinners in January 2011 and March 2012. Wintour’s $40,000-per-plate dinners are adorned with A-list celebs. She rubbed her nose in hurting families’ faces by starring in a swanky campaign video filmed at her tony townhouse — which was released the same day the Labor Department released a miserable May unemployment report.
New Yorkers are now buzzing about Wintour intimidating designers into spurning Republican women. “The fashion industry is predominantly on the left,” fashion publicist Lee Everett of LaunchPad PR told FoxNews.com, “noting that many brands and designers fear being associated with the GOP.”
A political code of silence among conservatives in the business is de rigueur. But Everett sensibly lamented the industry’s writing off of “the other ’50 percent’ of the country. For the sake of the fashion industry, it should remain apolitical.”
Young New York City designer Bradley Scott also spoke up against ideological “persecution” in his industry. “It’s really offensive for me, as a designer, to be issued an unveiled threat by someone who could exert an enormous amount of influence over my customers, store buyers and magazine editors,” he told me on Tuesday. “I for one want absolutely nothing to do with this attack on women. This pressure upon designers should offend every woman in this country, not just the conservatives.”
After four years of failed Hope and Change, Americans are finally realizing that the emperor of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. has no clothes. After Election Day, the demagoguing Democratic doyennes of Seventh Ave. may well find themselves out of style, too. Bigotry never wears well.
Mom Found ‘Guilty’ By Court After Refusing TSA Pat Down On Daughter
Woman put on probation for standing up to security theater procedures
A woman who stood up to TSA screeners and refused to allow them to grope her or her 14 year old daughter has been found guilty of “disorderly conduct” and sentenced to one year of probation by a court in Tennessee.
Back in July 2011, Andrea Fornella Abbott of Clarksville, was arrested by Nashville airport authorities for expressing outrage at the TSA procedures.
A police report stated that Abbott would not allow her daughter to be “touched inappropriately” or have her “crotch grabbed”. Abbott also refused to submit to a full body scan, saying that she did not want her or her daughters’ naked bodies revealed by the scanner.
The report noted that she attempted to take cell phone video of the incident but was prevented from doing so by the TSA screeners.
When police were called to the scene, Abbott reportedly cursed at them and referred to the TSA screeners as pedophiles, leading to her arrest.
The Associated Press reports that the prosecution argued that Abbott’s behavior “prevented others from carrying out their lawful activities,” and held up two security lines for thirty minutes.
“You can speak your mind, but you can’t do it in an illegal manner,’ said Assistant District Attorney Megan King, adding “What the defendant did was a crime.”
The defense argued that Abbot was exercising her right to free speech. “Telling a police officer your opinion, even in strong language, to me that’s a First Amendment right,” Abbot’s attorney Brent Horst told reporters.
Abbott herself admitted that she may have cursed at police officers, but considered the exchange to be a “normal conversation” regarding the inappropriate nature of pat-downs on children.
Horst presented surveillance video of the incident, and claimed that Abbot was the one being yelled at by police. Although the video had no audio, it showed that other passengers were walking around Abbot and the police officers, and that security lines were still moving.
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