Thursday, November 30, 2006

About Those Christmas Cards For The ACLU

Crossposted from Stop The ACLU

Its that time of the year again. The time when the intolerant grinches like the ACLU start trying to fill their stockings with your tax dollars in their attempts to secularize Christmas. The ACLU try their best to deny their attacks on Christmas. They call those defending Christmas the well organized extremists out to make a buck in the guise of defending Christmas. This is of course false. The Alliance Defense Fund, just like last year, are offering their services to defend Christmas completely FREE!

However, the lies continue again this year as the ACLU denies their attacks on Christmas. However, their actions speak louder than their words.

Already the ACLU have began their attacks. They have already been successful in bullying the Berkley City Council into moving their Christmas nativity scene off public property. This, despite the fact that the display also included other religious and secular elements including a Star of David, Christmas trees, a Santa Claus figure, a Santa’s Mailbox, and a “Seasons Greetings” sign.

In their latest attempt to censor Christmas they have sued the Wilson County School System outside of Nashville, TN. because their Christmas program includes "Christian themes and songs."

The plaintiffs and the ACLU allege that several kindergarten students role-played a nativity scene of the birth of Jesus—and had the audacity to sing “Away in the Manger” and “Joy to the World.” According to the ACLU, these songs are exclusively Christian in nature because they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and are, therefore, inappropriate.


The ACLJ is defending the school in this case.

The ADF has a long list of attacks on Christmas from the ACLU and its allies dating back from 2002 to the present.

Yes, its that time of the year again. The season that I get bombarded with emails encouraging people to waste their money on a stamp for a Christmas card wishing the ACLU a merry Christmas. Don't get me wrong. I understand the sentitment behind the whole thing. I was all on board last year. If you really want them to have a Merry Christmas, or just feel like throwing your money away I won't discourage it. It will be about as effective as barking at the moon. Your Christmas cheer will be tossed in the mail room shredder and never reach any those you intended to send a message to.

I propose that your money could be spent in a much more efficient manner. Save the money you would throw away on the stamp for a message destined to fall on deaf ears. There are many organizations out there fighting to protect Christmas and the expression of its true meaning. Why not take the money you would be throwing away on a noble yet ineffective gesture, and put it to real use as a gift to the organization of your choice that is out there fighting the ACLU?

Sign the ACLJ's Petition here. Contribute Here.

See the Alliance Defense Fund's educational on your rights here. Contribute Here.

See the Liberty Counsel's free legal memorandum here (pdf). Contribute Here.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

GIULIANI As Hitler: Know Him By His Enemies!

According to "Al" AP (lol), "Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani ... filed papers to create the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Exploratory Committee, Inc." This is going to bring out the anti-Giuliani crowd, big time, which is the subject of John Podhoretz' latest column, THE BEST ENEMIES, linked here from the NY POST. An excerpt:

THE negative line on Rudy Giuliani's presidential bid is that he's too
liberal for Republicans. When GOP voters find out he has a record of being
pro-choice and has supported domestic-partnership rights for homosexuals, the
line goes, their favorable opinion of Giuliani will take a nosedive.

But there are other things most Republicans don't know about Giuliani - and
when they find out some of those, chance are their fondness for him will grow.
And for that boost, it appears, Rudy will have only his enemies to thank.

The Post's David Seifman reported yesterday that some New York lefties are
seriously considering an effort to attack Rudy in the manner that the Swift Boat
Veterans for Truth attacked John Kerry in 2004 - to reveal the "unvarnished
truth" about his mayoralty and deflate his status as an American hero.

Among those Seifman cites is
Norman
Siegel,
the Rudy-era head of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Siegel said he "represents
some families of 9/11 victims who he says 'have lots of questions in regard to
what Giuliani did' and are prepared to express their concerns." And he wants
America to know about Rudy's run-ins with New York City's "civil rights"
community, which sued him and City Hall on a constant basis during his time as
mayor.

I won't go into the specifics; this paper, this columnist and everybody
else in New York covered them exhaustively for years. But Siegel did say his
group won 23 out of 27 lawsuits brought against the Giuliani administration for
First Amendment violations. What he didn't bring up is the 30 attempts to use
the courts to dismantle Rudy's efforts to use zoning laws to rid family
neighborhoods of porn shops - every one of which failed.


Podhoretz hits the nail on the head. Those of us from the NYC area know well how Mayor Giuliani was demonized, and I do not exaggerate to say it was worse than what President Bush has endured. He countered it better, becoming a celebrity in his own right, doing cameos on some sitcoms, as well as appearing on SNL in drag. He also fought the good fight, and got results that people could see.

Some of you may not believe how bad it was, so here are some quotes from Robert Lederman, the artist who has created a gallery of Giuliani as Hitler paintings:

Is Giuliani Really Like Hitler? (source)

...That Giuliani has not created concentration camps as yet is hardly a
refutation of this analogy. The constantly expanding New York prison system now
filled beyond capacity with non-violent minority prisoners could be compared to
a concentration camp.

...Like Hitler, Mayor Giuliani is an outright enemy of free speech.
According to a 4/13/99 Newsday article, Mayor Giuliani has just won a Thomas
Jefferson Center for Protection of Free Expression lifetime achievement award
for having done "grievous harm" to free expression.

...Hitler, like Mayor Giuliani, was highly regarded and had many supporters
and admirers in the U.S. Expert administrators from around the world visited
Germany as they now visit New York City to view for themselves the cleansing of
"undesirables" that Hitler in his time and Giuliani today have accomplished and
to implement it in their own cities.


Here are links to a few of Lederman's "Giuliani as Hitler" images:

Arrest Them All
Enemy of Art
Gestapo Guiliani
Jailiani
Police State

Rudy's been married three times, and has Bernie Kerik, his disgraced former employee (in both public and private sectors), hanging around his neck. He lived with a gay couple, during his second divorce. These are talking points which will become familiar, if he runs. All this in addition to the "Nazi" attacks cited above, regarding his "civil rights" record. It's funny that those critics never count the thousands of people who have not been deprived of their right to life because his actions. The number of murders in NYC started dropping after he came into office, from 2,420 in 1993, to 960 in 2001. It has continued to drop under Mayor Bloomberg (who will NOT be running for president, BTW).

Mr. Podhoretz wraps it up nicely, from a NY conservative's perspective:

On issue after issue of concern to America's conservatives - the misuse of
the welfare system, the destructive effects of bilingual education, the
disastrous misuse of public monies by municipal unions, the need for tax cuts,
the essential requirement of supporting the city's police against unjust attack
as they risked their lives to secure civil peace - Rudy fought.

He fought The New York Times and the liberal establishment - and gave them
no quarter. They despised him - and the relentlessness of their expressed
displeasure only seemed to push him to greater action.

Conservatives nationwide don't know any of this. But thanks to Norm Siegel
and others, they may hear about it from exactly the sorts of people whose
loathing of Rudy will enhance his stature and burnish his credentials.

Rudy's appeal to GOP primary voters can and will go beyond his peerless
handling of 9/11 and his brilliant record on crime. Voters will learn that he
was a liberal-slayer.

Norm Siegel doesn't dislike Rudy because he's pro-abortion and pro-gay
rights. He dislikes Rudy because he thinks Rudy is an evil right-winger; that's
why the Times hated him too.

By his enemies shall ye know him. One of the reasons conservatives like
Rudy is that they believe he is one of them. Liberal attacks on him may convince
many of them that this is even truer than they thought.

One reason they mistrust John McCain, despite his mostly sterling
conservative voting record, is that they sense he isn't one of them at all.
Certainly, the more he campaigned for the presidency in 2000, the less he did
seem like one of them.

So here's the conundrum for 2008: Do social conservatives vote for the
conservative they just don't feel is truly a conservative, or the moderate whom
they correctly sense is actually a dyed-in-the-wool right-winger?


If Rudy Giuliani runs, he's got my vote.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Democrats Out To Fulfill ACLU Agenda

Crossposted from Stop the ACLU

When the Democrats had their victory in the elections the ACLU cheered! So did our enemies.

Leading up to the elections the ACLU did not hide the fact that they wanted the
Democrats in charge. The ACLU have a lot to cheer about. They know that the
liberal left will help them further their agenda. We are already seeing it
happen. The Democrats are the ACLU's best vehicle towards shaping America into
their vision.

The ACLU rely on activist liberal judges as their avenue of enacting their
goals. It violated its own policy in order to stymie the nomination of William Rehnquist to the Supreme Court.
It led the fight to defeat the confirmation of Robert Bork. It fought against
John Roberts, and fought hard to keep Samuel Alito from
joining the Supreme Court. They definitely have a preference for what type of
judges they want on the Supreme Court. No doubt, one of their strongholds is
having one of their own on the bench. With the current rumors on John Paul Steven's
health
, I'm sure they are thrilled with Schumer's latest proclaimation.

More than the inability to influence Iraq policy or the President’s
tax cuts, Chuck Schumer says that the single greatest failure of the Democrats
as an opposition party was allowing Samuel Alito to join the Supreme Court.

“Judges are the most important,” said Mr. Schumer, who orchestrated the
implausible Democratic takeover of the Senate last week. “One more justice would
have made it a 5-4 conservative, hard-right majority for a long time. That won’t
happen.”


Schumer seems to be on a roll too.

The ACLU have much more to cheer about. When it comes to the war on terror the
ACLU consistently choose the wrong side. Despite recent polls indicating that
most Americans do not feel civil liberties have been harmed by the war on terror, they have made a mantra over over the NSA surveillance program. They have
called on their Democrat friends in Congress to shut down any attempt by the lame duck Congress to
pass legislation that would further this program. They have reason to cheer
once again as the Democrats have every intention to
block NSA legislation.
The Democrats have the ACLU talking points down pat.

There are a lot of bad bills that the Republicans may try to ram
through, but here’s the worst of the worst - a bill to legalize the President’s
warrantless wiretapping program. The White House is desperate to enact this
bill, which allows the government to spy on American citizens, on American soil,
without a warrant.

If we want to show people that we have what it takes to govern, we need to start proving ourselves right now, from day one.

Proving ourselves means standing up for Democratic values, and stopping the
worn-out Republican agenda that Americans just rejected at the
polls.


The ACLU expressed outrage when
President Bush signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 allowing us to
harshly interrogate captured terrorists. Now that the doors of Congress have
been opened up to the ACLU's buddies in CAIR, the ACLU have more
reason to cheer. Sen. Patrick Leahy is drafting a bill to undo portions of
the new law in an effort to create habeas corpus rights for enemy combatants.

The ACLU has opposed searches of all kinds whether they are profiled, random, or
across the board. I'm sure they are applauding the recent words of Pelosi, our new Speaker of the House.
Read in full at Sweetness and Light.

"Since September 11th, many Muslim Americans have been subjected to
searches at airports and other locations based upon their religion and national
origin, without any credible information linking individuals to criminal
conduct," Pelosi continued. "Racial and religious profiling is fundamentally
un-American and we must make it illegal.


Rumsfeld's resignation was not enough for the far left at the ACLU. They smelled blood and wanted more. They applauded but called for an immediate
investigation into direlection of duty.

The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded Donald Rumsfeld’s
resignation from his post as Defense Secretary, and called on Congress to
investigate the gross abuse of power committed under his watch.

“Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation is a step in the right direction,” said Anthony
D. Romero, ACLU Executive Director. “Rumsfeld is responsible for the torture and
abuse of detainees in U. S. military custody and must be held accountable for
the failures that occurred on his watch. He has placed the blame on junior
military members and has been nothing but derelict in his duty. Congress must
initiate an immediate and exhaustive investigation into his six-year-long record of unlawful activity, violations of the rule of law and
complicity in the executive branch abuse of power.”


No wonder the ACLU cheered the Democrat victory. They have much to be happy
about. The ACLU rode into town on the back of the donkeys. While things have
changed in their favor, the reality of the treat we face has not. It is more
important now than ever for the Republicans, despite being the minority, step up
to the plate and fight against this far left agenda.

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

ACLU Cheers Election Results

Crossposted from
Stop The ACLU


So, America voted for change? They should be careful what they ask for because
they will get it. For those that voted or stayed home in order to send the
Republicans a message on election day...congratulations! Your all important
"lesson" will now backfire in your face. You just cut off your nose to spite
your face. Not only have you helped to give both Houses over to the left, put
Nancy Pelosi in as the Speaker of the House, and completely destroyed any chance of getting a Constitutionalist majority
in the Supreme Court, but groups like the ACLU seem to think this election was a mandate for their
insanities.
Look, you can't say we didn't warn
you.


Yesterday voters nationwide rejected candidates who failed to uphold
civil liberties and rejected ballot initiatives that undermine fundamental
freedoms of all Americans.

"American voters have reinvigorated our system of checks and balances essential
to stopping the abuse of power," said Anthony D. Romero, American Civil
Liberties Union Executive Director. "Voters finally had enough of the 109th
Congress that repeatedly rubber-stamped legislation that violates our basic
rights. Voters also rejected many state ballot initiatives designed to restrict
civil liberties and meddle in our personal lives. The 110th Congress should take
note - voters rejected political scare tactics and government power grabs in
favor of civil liberties and policies that keep us safe and free."


Ah, the old "Safe
and Free" banner!
Since when did the ACLU care about us being "safe"? So
now the ACLU is promoting itself as a champion of both safety for our citizens
and of freedom. What a joke! When 9-11 occurred what measures did the ACLU take
to ensure our safety? None, zip, nada. This organization has done nothing to
ensure our safety; in fact it has chosen to sue our government on behalf of
terrorists outside of their legal jurisdiction while they were
located in prisons on foreign soil.

They have since then demanded that the government release and make public top secret security information
regarding not only the activities of our military, but also that of our intelligence forces. They have also initiated one lawsuit after another against the government to stop the searching of
individuals for security purposes in mass transit situations, and to stop the
government from detaining and questioning or interrogating individuals who have
ties or contact with known terrorist individuals and organizations. That is
just naming their actions off the top of my head. The fact is that the ACLU is making America less safe.

If what the ACLU means by political scare tactics are the warnings about the NSA surveillance program being
put into jeopardy and other liberal techniques of surrender and stupidity then I must disagree. Perhaps the
American people fell for the scare tactics of groups like the ACLU. It isn't a
scare tactic to state the truth about the threats we face from our enemies, and
the threats still remain. The beat goes on.

In several congressional races voters rejected the strategy to paint
national security as a polarizing issue. In Ohio, incumbent Senator Mike DeWine
was defeated. DeWine sponsored legislation that condoned the president's
warrantless wiretapping program.


Looks like that is exactly what the ACLU is saying. America voted against
effectively listening in our enemies plotting to destroy us. "Safe and Free"
once again. Pundits and talking heads take note...it wasn't about Iraq, the
ACLU say it was civil liberties stupid!

As a non-partisan organization, the ACLU takes no official position
in any race for elected office.


....except when they want to. Then they take out full page political ads opposing candidates that
they do not like. They didn't hide the fact they wanted a Democratic
controlled Senate to kill the NSA program.


"The American people have spoken," said Caroline Fredrickson,
Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. "The lame-duck session
should not be used to ram through proposals that the American people have
clearly rejected. The rule of law has been seriously compromised over the past
five years, and lawmakers must now seek to reaffirm our commitment to
fundamental freedoms."


Oh, that isn't the message you meant to send by staying home and pouting over
overspending and the lack of immigration reform? Well, that is the message the left received as you
handed them the power to speak on behalf of the majority. Their beloved ACLU
says you clearly rejected the kind of proposals they wouldn't like. You wanted
immigration reform? Ha! You just kissed that goodbye to hell. Say hello to
amnesty.

As Ace says so
simply:


"Punishing" politicians doesn't make sense when you wind up enacting
the very policies that caused you to want to lash out in the first
place.


Sure, the GOP are to blame for their many mistakes but the reaction to that
was up to the individual voters at the end of the day. It looks like some
Conservatives decided to punish themselves by punishing the GOP. The left's
voting I can understand. What doesn't make sense to me that so many were
willing to shoot themselves in the foot by empowering and emboldening the very
party that will make sure the policies they were protesting continue and the ones they want will never happen. Well, the
fight continues and now it we just have to fight that much harder.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Americans Endorse Democrats: Terrorists Hopes Fulfilled!

World Net Daily interviewed senior terrorist leaders who say they hope Americans sweep the Democrats into power because of the party's position on withdrawing from Iraq, a move, as they see it, that ensures victory for the worldwide Islamic resistance. Excerpt:

They rejected statements from some prominent Democrats in the U.S. that a
withdrawal from Iraq would end the insurgency, explaining an evacuation would
prove resistance works and would compel jihadists to continue fighting until
America is destroyed.

They said a withdrawal would also embolden their own terror groups to
enhance "resistance" against Israel.

"Of course Americans should vote Democrat," Jihad Jaara, a senior member of
the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group and the infamous leader of the 2002
siege of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, told WND.

Muhammad Saadi, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad in the northern West Bank
town of Jenin, said the Democrats' talk of withdrawal from Iraq makes him feel
"proud."

Abu Abdullah, a leader of Hamas' military wing in the Gaza Strip, said the
policy of withdrawal "proves the strategy of the resistance is the right
strategy against the occupation."

Abu Ayman, an Islamic Jihad leader in Jenin, said he is "emboldened" by
those in America who compare the war in Iraq to Vietnam.

"[The mujahedeen fighters] brought the Americans to speak for the first
time seriously and sincerely that Iraq is becoming a new Vietnam and that they
should fix a schedule for their withdrawal from Iraq," boasted Abu
Ayman.

The terror leaders spoke as the debate regarding the future of America's
war in Iraq has perhaps become the central theme of midterm elections, with most
Democrats urging a timetable for withdrawal and Republicans mostly advocating
staying the course in Iraq.

In a recent interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi, stated, "The jihadists (are) in Iraq. But that doesn't mean we stay
there. They'll stay there as long as we're there."

WND read Pelosi's remarks to the terror leaders, who unanimously rejected
her contention an American withdrawal would end the insurgency.

Islamic Jihad's Saadi, laughing, stated, "There is no chance that the
resistance will stop."
Jihad Jaara said an American withdrawal would "mark
the beginning of the collapse of this tyrant empire (America)."

"Therefore, a victory in Iraq would be a greater defeat for America than in
Vietnam."

While the terror leaders each independently urged American citizens to vote
for Democratic candidates, not all believed the Democrats would actually carry
out a withdrawal from Iraq.

Saadi stated, "Unfortunately I think those who are speaking about a
withdrawal will not do so when they are in power and these promises will remain
electoral slogans. It is not enough to withdraw from Iraq. They must withdraw
from Afghanistan and from every Arab and Muslim land they occupy or have
bases."


So there it is. Terrorist leaders endorsed Democrats, as did a majority of American voters. Full story linked above.

The NY Republican Massacre 2006: POST MORTEM

Alas, all of my NYS Republican Massacre 2006 predictions have come to pass. Hillary, Spitzer, Cuomo, and Hevesi have prevailed, in a Democrat sweep. Here's the breakdown:

Senate: Hillary(D) 66.63%, Spencer(R) 31.30%
Governor: Spitzer(D) 69.12% Faso(R) 29.05%


These were expected numbers, with Hillary said to be leaving coat-tails around the state. I'm not sure how Spitzer feels about that report. The Attorney General and Comptroller races provide some valuable insights.

Cuomo beat Pirro 57.56% - 40.04% in the AG race, while Hevesi beat Callahan 56.54% - 39.23% for Comptroller. This shows that corruption was overlooked by the voters in NY, taking a back seat to partisanship. Notice that Pirro got a higher percentage than Callahan, and the Attorney General's race should be more sensitive to scandal allegations.

However, as I noted in my last NYRM 2006 post (pt. 5), Hevesi is gone, buried in scandal. The election result only confirms that the Dems will pick his replacement, probably NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson. Pirro should not be charged with any crime, but the people who leaked the federal wiretap of her conversation with Bernie Kerik should be found, and prosecuted; that was a demonstrable federal offense. I don't have high hopes for that to happen, though.

Excerpt from pt. 2: "I wish she had stayed in the Senate race, to be honest. All of the stuff they could throw at her about her hubby Al would be deflected by comparisons to Bill's philandering and impeachment, as well as Hillary's own scandals (Rose law firm billing records, cattlegate, etc...). It might not be as big an issue." I believe that she would have done better against Hillary than Spencer did, though still losing.

Governor Spitzer is the big dog on the block, now. If he honestly tries to fulfill his promises to "clean up" Albany, I will support him. If he makes the slightest dent in that cauldron of corruption, I'll be surprised.

Excerpt from pt 1: "The Republican Party in NY is a joke."

Previous NY Republican Massacre posts:

A Series on GRAFFITI POLITTI: The New York Republican Massacre 2006

The New York Rebublican Massacre 2006, Pt. 1: HILLARY VS. WHO?

The New York Republican Massacre 2006, Pt.2: PIRRO VS. CUOMO

The New York Republican Massacre 2006, Pt. 3 Teflon Hevesi Vs. Callahan

The New York Republican Massacre 2006, Pt. 4: FASO'S FUTILE FIGHT AGAINST SPITZER'S CORONATION

The NY Republican Massacre 2006, Pt. 5: Hevesi Gone, Democrats Still Win

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Thursday, November 02, 2006

ACORN Accused of Voter Fraud Again, MSM Silent Again

After some searching, I found some background on the ACORN voter fraud scandals. ACORN stands for "The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now," a liberal group that represents "low to moderate income people." They have a group on Gather, owned by someone named ACORN ! (he/she uses the space and exclamation point, as my buddy BRUCE ! does.), as well. Links to both ACORNS are provided, so you can see the good things they do.

This post focuses on the pattern of voter fraud allegations against this group. Charges were not only dismissed, but defamation charges were brought against a disgruntled ex-ACORN employee in a Miami case from 2004.
The Volokh Conspiracy blog documented it in detail at the time . This still leaves accusations of fraud in 2004 in Ohio, Minnesota, North Carolina and Virginia, and in 2003 in Missouri. I haven't found out much about the resolution of those cases, except that in Missouri,

"No one appears to have been prosecuted in that case, although (the prosecutor's) office has obtained convictions regarding fraudulent
voter-registration cards turned in by people working for other, now-defunct groups."


Currently, they are again in trouble in St. Louis, with allegations of

"at least 1,492 'potentially fraudulent' voter registration cards - including three from dead people and one from a 16-year-old - among the thousands pouring in before today's voter registration deadline for the Nov. 7 election...The (St. Louis Election) board says all the questionable cards were turned in by one group - the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, commonly known as ACORN." (source-StLouisToday)

There is more, from the Associated Press (via
Belleville News Democrat: also see Legal Soap Box' similar, but fuller report accredited to Andrew Welsh-huggins , Associated Press Writer, dated 10/02, or a day earlier than Belleville's edited version. ) :


"Philadelphia's municipal voter registration office has rejected about
3,000 cards submitted by ACORN -- the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- since April because of missing information or invalid addresses.

Denver County election officials forwarded about 200 cards to the secretary of state's office after finding similar handwriting on signatures.

Ohio prosecutors are looking at almost 400 cards that the Franklin County elections board says included already registered voters or listed the wrong address.

In Ohio, election officials in three of the state's largest counties have
cited problems with hundreds of voter registration cards. ACORN is accused of submitting cards with nonexistent addresses, forged signatures and, in one case, for someone who died seven years ago."


I not only see a pattern of voter fraud here, I see a pattern of public officials' mis(or mal)feasance in prosecuting this organized effort to disenfranchise legitimate voters, and the democratic process. ACORN seems to stay just below the radar of the MSM, and wider public exposure.They cloak themselves in the vestments of a "do-good" organization, but they are not. I found some info on the '04 lawsuits, as well as some other critical info, on Wikipedia, which I consider a semi credible source. Scroll down to the bottom of the wiki entry for the "criticism" section.

Voter fraud is a serious problem, and public officials have a hard time proving it on an organized level. They prosecute some individuals, but groups that sponsor and employ them get off scott-free, from what I can see. If ACORN is sponsoring voter fraud nationwide, at the grass roots level, they need to be brought to justice.

Tell me that if a conservative organization (the NRA, for example) was accused of these offenses, it wouldn't be a huge, and on-going headline story right up to election day. The media would be looking into who was behind this corruption. Unkown people in the NRA leadership would become household names, associated with Republican corruption. Their every contact with Bush administration officials, or Republicans from the hill would be exhaustively reported, and investigated.

...Please excuse my liberal fantasy. The reality is that Claire McCaskill may end up not benefiting from ACORN's efforts, since they got caught before election day. No-one will prosecute ACORN, and no-one wants to look at the links between ACORN and the McCaskill campaign, except the
Gateway Pundit , who has video and some info, which points to the Missouri Democratic Party.

Either way, ACORN claims to be a "non-partisan" group, which is a joke, to be frank. If, like the ACLU, they have tax-exempt status based on that claim, they should be re-evaluated, investigated, and ultimately regurgitated from that status! (I used to be a Jesse Jackson fan, in the '80's!)

The biggest disgrace is the lack of MSM coverage; the only link I found to a TV network was a story fron a
local ABC station , reporting that ACORN was cleared of the charges in Miami.

ACLU Seeks Non-Discrimination For Illegal Aliens In The Workplace

Crossposted from Stop The ACLU

I was going to talk about the dishonest argument the ACLU made in its attack on Hazelton, PA for trying to crackdown on illegal immigration problems. They argued that it was not the
place of small communities to create laws fashioned to their own unique problems
on illegal immigration, but the Federal government's responsibility. Of course
this argument does not reflect the ACLU's true beliefs on the topic. If the
Federal government created a similar law as Hazelton the ACLU would find a
different argument to oppose it. The argument was, however, good enough to
convince a Clinton appointed judge to temporarily block their ordinances.

I was going to show the ACLU's real agenda for illegal immigrant. Well, they
just showed a lot of it themselves in press release.

ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union, the National Employment Law
Project and the Transnational Legal Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania
School of Law today filed a petition urging the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights to find the United States in violation of its universal human
rights obligations by failing to protect millions of undocumented workers from
exploitation and discrimination in the workplace.


The ACLU is basing its argument on stating the United States has violated a
vague International Human Rights Treaty signed in 1948 called the AMERICAN
DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF MAN
. This treaty states that,
"Every person has the right to work, under proper conditions, and to follow his vocation freely,
insofar as existing conditions of employment permit." As I said, the treaty is
vague. Nowhere in the treaty does it define what proper conditions are, however
another section does state that the duty of every person to obey the law of the
country in which he may be.

Current
immigration law
provides criminal sanctions for employers who hire illegal
aliens. In other words it is a crime to hire an illegal alien...period. The
ACLU tries to hide this fact by omitting the word "illegal" and replacing it
with "undocumented". Illegal aliens are criminals and hiring a criminal to work
is a crime also. In essence the ACLU is attempting to grant the same rights and
benefits that a law abiding citizen enjoys to international criminals.

“The most poorly paid and least desirable jobs in the United States
are filled by undocumented immigrants, yet the government increasingly limits the safeguards available to this population, leaving
them vulnerable to exploitation and workplace discrimination,” said Claudia
Flores, an attorney with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project. “The United States
government has an obligation under universal human rights norms to protect
vulnerable populations, such as immigrant women, and has failed in this regard.”

Undocumented immigrants make up nearly five percent of the U.S. labor force.
However, employment and labor protections under state laws have been either
eliminated or severely limited for undocumented workers in some states. These
include such basic workplace protections as freedom from workplace
discrimination and entitlement to hold an employer responsible for a workplace
injury.


The ACLU ignores the fact that these "undocumented workers" don't have a right
to work here in the first place, and that those hiring them are breaking the
law. The United States can not enforce or provide protections for criminals in the work place. They can't even enforce laws against hiring them in
the first place. If any illegal immigrant is being exploited it is from an
employer that is providing them with much more of an opportunity than they could
ever find in their own country and at the expense of American jobs and law. The
real way to stop the exploitation is to stop the illegal hiring.

“International human rights law requires the United States to apply
its workplace protections equally and without discrimination based on
immigration status. We bring this petition to cast a global spotlight on the
U.S. government’s poor human rights record in protecting undocumented workers
from discrimination and to demand accountability from states and the federal
government, all of whom are obligated to protect and defend human rights,” said
Chandra Bhatnagar, a staff attorney with the ACLU Human Rights
Program.


What a load of bull! The ACLU goes on to list the individuals on their petition
which includes illegals that want handouts for injuries in jobs they acquired illegally
instead of accepting the responsibility they knowingly took upon themselves by
breaking our laws.

The ACLU fights every effort the U.S. attempts to
secure its borders and enforce illegal immigration laws. Their hostility towards the Minutemen's efforts to enforce the border is all too telling. They align themselves with open border advocates and even help illegals get into the country.

The head of the ACLU is also an adviser to the IFC and of course,
ACLU is among the most important and dangerous members of the open borders combine, using
its considerable resources in support of causes that will encourage illegal
aliens to enter the US and facilitate their remaining here: granting them
drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens, granting instate tuition to illegals,
welfare and free health care etc. The ACLU has even opposed rules to speed the
deportation of illegals convicted of violent felonies.


Front Page Magazine has a lot on this issue. Here is more on the ACLU's opposition to fighting the illegal immigration
problem.


The ACLU has opposed any Department of Justice plan to fingerprint
and track immigrants and foreign visitors to the United States. “The ACLU has
long opposed immigrant registration laws, saying that they treat immigrant
populations as a separate and quasi-criminal element of society and that they
create an easy avenue for surveillance of those who may hold unpopular beliefs,” read a press release, “The
fingerprinting and tracking proposal is only the latest Bush Administration
action targeted at Muslims and people of Middle Eastern descent since September
11. Other discriminatory measures have included round-ups, dragnet questioning,
the detention of more than a thousand young men and the targeting of Middle
Eastern communities for heightened enforcement of minor immigration law
violations.”[20] The ACLU also opposes the use of immigration law violations as
the means for holding or deporting suspects with ties to terrorism, and the use
of secret or classified evidence in deportation hearings.


The ACLU is attempting to circumvent our current laws with a vague international
treaty all in the name of granting criminals rights and benefits at the expense
of law abiding Americans. If you think that illegal immigration is a problem
now, just imagine how it will increase if the ACLU is successful. In the
process the ACLU is threatening our very sovereignty.

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