Patterico's Pontifications


Voter Suppression?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:17 pm

According to this TPMmuckraker post, some people consider this phone message, left with numerous voters in Camden, N.J., to be an attempt at voter suppression:

Voters alert! Please note that it is a federal crime to be paid for a vote. I repeat, it is a crime. If you or your neighbor have been offered payment, please report it immediately to the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 856-757-5026.

(It turns out that the U.S. Attorney’s office was not behind the calls, despite an earlier claim to that effect by the Philadelphia Enquirer.)

So if people know it’s illegal to be paid for a vote, that will cause legitimate voters to stay away from the polls??

Can someone explain the logic to me?

Howard Dean and the DNC Reap The Whirlwind

Filed under: Politics — Justin Levine @ 2:34 pm

[posted by Justin Levine] 

First the DNC tries to legally threaten a poster to the Free Republic website – claiming that the poster defamed DNC chairman Howard Dean.

Next thing ya know, Howard Dean and the DNC are being sued for defamation and discrimination by a former employee – claiming among other things that Dean discriminates against gays and violated the “D.C. Human Rights Act”.   [Hat-tip: CourthouseNews]

One word: Karma.

Quote of the Month

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:03 am

“He screwed with the wrong guy, he really did.”

Teachers Terrorize Sixth Graders

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:54 am

Can you imagine sending your kids back to school after something like this?

Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables.

The mock attack Thursday night was intended as a learning experience and lasted five minutes during the weeklong trip to a state park, said Scales Elementary School Assistant Principal Don Bartch, who led the trip.

“We got together and discussed what we would have done in a real situation,” he said.

“The children were in that room in the dark, begging for their lives, because they thought there was someone with a gun after them,” said Brandy Cole, whose son went on the trip.

Some parents said they were upset by the staff’s poor judgment in light of the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech that left 33 students and professors dead, including the gunman.


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