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obama’s Relentless Attacks On Our Military – Let’s Review Military Voting Rights

March 7, 2013 2 comments

TWG: Let’s just set aside for now the relentless attacks on Military pay, healthcare, benefits, deployments by this horrid regime, not to mention obama-napolitano designating our returning Veterans as DOMESTIC TERRORISTS  Take a look at how the obama regime has attacked voting rights for our Military troops.  It makes me physically ill whenever I see Veterans supporting this regime.  They are TRAITORS, spitting on the face of each and every Veteran who has ever served this once great Nation.  TRAITORS.  Not knowing what you’re supporting (IGNORANT APATHY) is no longer an acceptable excuse.

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“Senate panel halts proposal for overseas military to vote electronically”

News from Kentucky.

“Military and Overseas Voters in 2012″

A Pew Data Dispatch. As I’ve argued in The Voting Wars, we have to do much more to enfranchise our overseas military personnel—especially with problems with voter registration (registration rates are very low).

“17 Computer Scientists: Invest More in Military Internet Voting; Letter: Internet voting only option for military “to achieve first class voter status””

The National Defense Committee has issued this press release. See also this statement.

“Pentagon unit pushed email voting for troops despite security concerns”

“Active-duty service members disenfranchised by Fla. voter purge”

CBS News: “Tampa-area resident and Navy captain Peter Kehring has spent more than 30 years in the U.S. military. But due to Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott’s recent purge of voter rolls, Kehring will not be able to cast a vote on Election Day, reports Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP….And he’s not alone: Kehring is among 30 active and reserve service members in the Tampa area who have contacted the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office, according to WTSP.”

This is the danger of voter purges just before the election—false positives which disenfranchise eligible voters.  Voter cleanup needs to happen in the off-season.   Better yet, we need to rationalize and nationalize registration for federal elections.

“Ohio Military and Overseas Voting”

“Senator: Defense Department Not Complying With Election Law”

This item appears at The Weekly Standard.

“Panetta wants proof voting offices are working”

“Romney campaign sues over absentee ballots in Wisconsin”

CS Monitor: “The Mitt Romney campaign has filed a federal lawsuit in Wisconsin seeking a five-day extension for absentee voters overseas and in the military.”

“Officials want late absentee ballots counted”

LANSING, Mich. (AP)Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Attorney General Bill Schuette want clerks in two dozen Michigan communities to extend the counting deadline for absentee ballots sent to residents overseas and in the military.

Eric Eversole Respond to Bob Carey on Military Voting Issues

Following up on this post, Eric Eversole sends along these thoughts:

The point that must not be forgotten is that the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) failed to provide military voters the assistance required under federal law.  The most recent allegations are an attempt to deflect criticism from FVAP’s failures and cloud the real problem of low military voter participation rates.

Contrary to Mr. Carey’s claims, the Military Voter Protection Project (MVP Project) considered whether to include “automatically” generated absentee ballot requests in our analysis of the 2008 election data.  Under federal law, as it stood in 2008, states were required to send out absentee ballots to military and overseas voters for two federal election cycles.  In other words, if a military voter requested an absentee ballot for the 2006 federal election, the state not only had to send absentee ballots for the 2006 election cycle, it also automatically send absentee ballots for the 2008 federal elections as well.

Federal law subsequently changed in 2009, but we decided to include automatic absentee ballots in our analysis for two reasons.  First, they were still valid absentee ballot requests for the 2008 election.  Second, a vast majority of these ballots were cast and counted.  This latter fact is evidenced by the 2008 post-election report by the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), where nearly two-thirds of these ballots were received by the voter and were returned to the local election official to be counted.

For us, it came down to this:  if you are trying to gauge the number of potential participants in an election, why would you exclude valid absentee ballot requests, especially when a vast majority of those ballots were returned and counted?  Regardless of the source, they represent thousands of real military and overseas voters that participated in the 2008 election.  Now, they represent thousands of military and overseas voters that may not be able to participate in the upcoming election.

Nor should anyone buy the false claim that military and overseas voting is actually up in 2012.  That claim can only be made by ignoring the 231,000 automatic absentee ballots that were sent out and the 150,000 that were returned to local election officials to be counted.  It makes no sense to exclude these ballots unless you were trying to understate actual participation rates in 2008.

If you look at the number of military and overseas ballots that were counted in 2008, it shows you how far we must go in the coming weeks to meet 2008 totals.  Take Florida, for example:  in 2008, the state counted 95,014 absentee ballots from military and overseas voters.  Yet, as of September 22nd, the state had sent only 65,173 absentee ballots to these voters.

The same holds true for Virginia.  In 2008, Virginia counted 28,816 military and overseas ballots in the presidential election, but has sent out only 12,292 for this year’s election as of September 22, 2012.  It doesn’t take much to figure out that it will be difficult to meet the 2008 participation levels, even if every single ballot is returned and counted.

The more interesting discussion is not whether the number of absentee ballots will be down this year, but how much of the decrease can be blamed on FVAP, and most importantly, how we ensure that our military voters are not disenfranchised in this election.  Some commentators have pointed to the reduction in overseas deployments and a reduction in activated National Guard members, as an excuse for reduced absentee ballot requests.  Others have pointed to the removal of the automatic absentee ballot requests from federal law and how that may have impacted participation.

These factors, however, do not overcome FVAP’s failure to implement a key provision of the MOVE Act—one that would have created a more systematic basis for allowing military voters to register and request an absentee ballot.  That process was supposed to be governed by the National Voter Registration Act or “Motor Voter.”

As many in the election community have long known, Motor Voter has played a critical role in helping all Americans, especially those in underrepresented communities, to participate in our elections.  When Congress passed the MOVE Act in 2009, it determined that military members should be entitled to the same benefits when the check into a new duty station.  Yet, that didn’t happen.

FVAP and the Pentagon’s failure to implement this requirement must be the central point in this discussion.  If we are going to improve the participation rates by military voters, they need a more systematic process to register and request an absentee ballot.  Until that occurs, our military members will continue to be one of the most disenfranchised groups in the United States.

“Ex-DoD Official Says Voter Group’s Numbers Wrong”

Important report from Military.com: “According to Carey, the problem is not the Pentagon and it’s not flagging voter interest, but MVPP’s analysis. MVPP either missed or ignored the fact that under the law in effect for 2008, election officials were required to send out thousands more ballots than were actually requested. At the time, the law mandated that absentee ballots be sent out to those who submitted a current ballot application and also to anyone who had applied for an absentee ballot in the prior election, 2006. That was bound to create a significant spike in the number of ballots mailed out, according to Carey. Trouble is, some of it was illusory.”

I suspect we will hear a response from Eric Eversole to this, although he did not respond to Military.com’s request for an interview.

Republicans Allege Obama Admin. Not Doing Enough to Help Military Voters

“Romney seeks extended deadline for overseas voters, including in Michigan”

AP: “Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign has sent letters to election officials in Wisconsin, Mississippi and Vermont demanding that the deadline for receiving ballots from military and overseas voters be extended.”

“Military ballot requests down in key battleground states”

“GOP-backed military coalition drops veil: Obama seeks to ‘undermine the rights of military voters’”

“Absentee Ballot Applications Down by Nearly Half in NC “

Michael McDonald: “The number of absentee ballot applications is down by nearly half from 2008. In 2008, election officials had received 37,539 applications compared to 20,695 in 2012, or 45 percent fewer applications. The number of applications from registered Republicans is down more than Democrats, which are also down. The percentage of registered Republicans declined by 55 percent while the percentage of registered Democrats declined 35 percent. Thus registered Republicans composed 51 percent of the earliest absentee ballot applications in 2008 and 42 percent in 2012. These numbers appear to confirm a report from Chapman University finding military absentee ballot applications are down from 2008.”

“Sen. Cornyn criticizes lack of voter assistance services to military overseas”

“New IG Report Sets Off Debate About MOVE Act Implementation”

“Report: Half of military bases lack voting facility”

The Washington Times reports.  My earlier coverage (including a link to the IG report) is here.

“Pentagon Report Finds Military Voting Efforts Underfunded, Ineffective”

TPM: “The Pentagon’s inspector general said in a report issued Tuesday that the federal government’s efforts to assist military voters under the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act aren’t working thanks to underfunding and ineffective outreach to younger military personnel. Under the MOVE Act, every military installation that isn’t in a war zone is required to establish a voting assistance office. But the Department of Defense inspector general tried contacting every one of those offices and wasn’t able to contact half. The Air Force was the worst offender. The inspector was only able to contact 29 out of 74 offices.”

As I argue in The Voting Wars, the single biggest change we need to make for military voters is getting these voters registered.

“Ohio Ordered to Restore Weekend Early Voting in Judge’s Ruling”

“Why South Carolina Wants To Ban Student IDs At The Polls But Is Just Fine With Military IDs”

This is important.

“Evaluating the Expat Factor”

“Give Military Voters Extra Consideration”

This letter to the editor (responding to my recent oped) appears in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“Report says fewer in military register to vote; Absentee ballot requests from military members and spouses are alarmingly low this election year, a voter advocacy group says.”

“Republicans Plot Assault On Iowa Caucuses On Military Voter Issue”

Fascinating BuzzFeed report. And I’ve long agreed that military disenfranchisement and other issues are a reason to kill the caucuses.

Retired Military ID OK in PA

In this earlier post, a reader suggested that a military ID for a retiree which says “indefinite” would not be usable to vote under PA’s voter id law.  I asked whether this was correct.

Thanks to a reader who points me to this PA website which says in listing acceptable documents: “An unexpired U.S. military ID – active duty and retired military (a military or veteran’s ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents’ ID must contain an expiration date and must not be expired.”

Thanks for the information, and good news.

“Military voters as political pawns”

I have written this cover piece for the Sunday San Diego Union-Tribune opinion section. It begins:

It’s the election season, and the battle for the presidency and control of Congress is being fought not just through voter registration drives, endless campaign ads, and stadium rallies, but also in courts across America. Litigation over election rules has become increasingly commonplace since the disputed 2000 election in Florida, which led to the United States Supreme Court choosing George W. Bush over Al Gore. And as in 2000, the question of military voters and military ballots is back in the media and legal spotlight, with Republicans unfairly accusing Democrats of being anti-military.

A federal district court in Ohio will soon decide the Obama campaign’s challenge to an unusual Ohio law. The law allows military voters and overseas voters, but no other voters, the right to cast an in-person ballot in the three days before Election Day. Democrats argue that this law is unconstitutional because it “requires election officials to turn most Ohio voters, including veterans, firefighters, police officers, nurses, small business owners and countless other citizens, away from open voting locations, while admitting military and nonmilitary overseas voters and their families who are physically present in Ohio and able to vote in person.”

Another snippet:

The claim that Democrats were trying to undermine the military vote was especially ironic. The only significant federal election legislation to pass out of Congress since 2002 was the MOVE Act, a bill championed by Democrats to extend military voting rights. Overseas military voter turnout is abysmal, and the MOVE Act was a small step in the right direction by requiring states to get ballots to military voters on time. Still, Republicans have repeatedly criticized the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice for not implementing the MOVE Act aggressively enough against states which have sought waivers from its provisions.

Perhaps the Democrats are willing to fight about military ballots this time because of how they got burned in the Florida 2000 dispute. As I detail in my new book, “The Voting Wars,”; during the recounts of the ballots lawyers for Gore had been fighting against the counting of overseas ballots which did not have a postmark showing a foreign mailing before Election Day. When Republicans got wind of this, they accused Democrats of being anti-military. Democrats asked vice-presidential candidate Joe Lieberman to put the controversy to rest, but he said on the NBC news program “Meet the Press” that military ballots received by county canvassing boards should be given the benefit of the doubt.

Military Voters and Pa. Voter ID

A reader sends along the following thoughts:

While I firmly believe the Voter ID initiatives by several states are politically aimed at voter suppression among blacks and other minorities,I found myself being able to identify personally with the effects as explained by a Pennsylvania Congressman on the PBS News Hour the day the decision was handed down by the Commonwealth Judge. If the Congressman was correct in his explanation, one affected category of voter affected was military retirees. He explained that in Pa. all Picture IDs, Driver’s Licenses or Military IDs have to be current and reflect an expiration date. As military retiree, my military ID Card does not have an expiration date. It simply says Indefinite since I’m a retiree. It seems Pa. will not accept the Military ID Card of a retired serviceperson. My spouse’s military ID card does currently reflect an expiration date. Under current regulations however when she turns 75 she has to get a final ID Card that will reflect Indefinite just like mine. So if we were residents of Pa. and had become too old and infirm to drive, neither of us could use the military ID. True we would be able to get some sort of picture ID from the Motor Vehicle Registration offices but you get the gist. I’m sure the adverse impact of this law is worse for the minorities and I don’t know the total numbers of older military retirees that this affects but if it’s more than one it’s too damned many. I also wonder if other states have made similar decisions.

Is this correct under PA law?  Anyone too infirm to drive would likely be entitled to an absentee ballot, which is one way to deal with this problem.

Must-Read Ned Foley Post on Husted Early Voting Decision, Military Voting Case, and Pa Voter ID Case

Ned Foley has a must-read post, Analyzing a “Voting Wars” Trifecta.

Here’s a taste on each of the three areas Ned covers.

On Husted’s uniform voting requirement: “But one can reasonably question whether Husted’s new directive upholds the standard of fair-minded, nonpartisan election administration that Husted has repeatedly professed that he wishes to follow. The uniformity that Husted has now required precludes any in-person voting on Saturdays and Sunday during the five-week period that Ohio’s statutory law provides for early voting. Is that a position that a nonpartisan Director of Elections, who is neither Republican nor Democrat, would take?”

On Democrats’ suit involving early voting period and the military: “In my judgment, the better position is that even though the Anderson/Burdick/Crawford test is not the same as the “rational basis” test, the State ought to be credited with whatever policy justifications can be offered to justify a non-exclusionary regulation of the voting process. Perhaps it is the fact that I served as Ohio’s State Solicitor for two years (while on leave from Ohio State’s law school), but I don’t think federal constitutional law should trip up a State just because the State used an arguably faulty legislative process for adopting a substantive rule that would be undeniably valid using a different legislative process. Instead, except when strict scrutiny properly applies, the respect that States as sovereign governments in our federalist system deserve requires (in my view) that they should be given the benefit of the doubt, so that their legislation is sustained under federal constitutional law whenever there is a reasonable policy argument available to sustain it.”

On yesterday’s decision on Pa’s voter id. challenge: “I think the court there was justified in refusing to invalidate the law in its entirety, just as the U.S. Supreme Court was justified in Crawford in refusing to invalidate Indiana’s voter ID law in its entirety. The simple point is that the photo ID requirement in both cases is not a burden for the many voters who already possess the required photo ID, and as to these voters there is no reason to prohibit election officials from applying the requirement to present that form of ID when they vote. To be sure, there may be no great necessity in the State’s insistence that these voters show a photo ID, rather than some other form (like a bank statement or utility bill), but given the absence of a burden as to these voters, the State should be permitted to have its way. After all, the obligation to show a photo ID might have some minimally deterrent effect against ineligible voting, and given no harm to voters who already have this form of ID, the balance tips in the State’s favor. (As a policy matter, I would prefer an alternative voter ID requirement, but suboptimal policy does not render a law unconstitutional.)”

Read Ned!

“Campaigns spar over Ohio election law”

AP: “It doesn’t take much to start a political spat in Ohio, where jockeying for every presidential vote is practically blood sport. The latest pits President Barack Obama’s campaign against groups representing military voters, an uncomfortable place for the commander in chief.”

The hearing on the preliminary injunction was today, and the judge said he would take some time before ruling.

I will have more to say on this dispute in a piece to appear soon.

“Commentary: Protect votes of servicemen”

Jocelyn Benson in the Detroit News: “When Michigan’s sons and daughters, husbands and wives put aside their safety to protect ours and serve in the military, it’s our responsibility to ensure that they can exercise their right to vote. Dealing with a deployment is stressful and nerve-wracking for any military family. I know — I am an army wife, and my husband is currently serving in Afghanistan. As we juggle all of the responsibilities of military life, the last thing our service members and their families need is an added struggle of trying to get their ballots in time to vote.”

“Fact check: Obama not trying to curb military early voting”

Factcheck.org reports.

A Walk-Back on Walk-Back on Military Voting?

Following up on this post, see the Obama campaign statement appended as an update to this BuzzFeed story:

UPDATE: Adam Fetcher, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, sent BuzzFeed the following statement:

“It is not correct that the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party have shifted the position taken in the case brought in Ohio to protect early voting for the vast majority of the state’s voters over the last three days before the general election.

We fully support accommodations for the military, such as the Uniformed Overseas and Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act that President Obama signed into law. We also believe it is arbitrary for the state to open the polls for the weekend and Monday before the general election but to turn away most Ohio citizens who seek to cast their vote during this period. We support the right of the military and overseas voters to vote then, and we support the right of all other Ohio voters to take advantage of this same opportunity. In short, everyone should have equal opportunity to come in on election day – or during the days leading up to it at open polling locations – and cast a vote.

It is important to note that Ohio voters have successfully qualified a referendum on the ballot to stop the legislature from enacting a series of limitations on voting, including early voting for all citizens during the last three days before the general election. After the referendum was approved for the November ballot, the state’s legislative leadership claimed it would repeal this early voting restriction. But the General Assembly then proceeded to re-enact it – in direct disregard of the will of the voters.

As the case before the court makes entirely clear, this case is aimed at arbitrary exclusion. It is about restoring rights, not taking them away.”

“Commission: Only Ohio Distinguishes Military, Civilian Early Voters”

BuzzFeed: “Ohio’s nonpartisan Legislative Service Commission finds that no states set the broad distinction that Ohio law does for early in-person voting — and only two states draw any legal distinction. Husted had it wrong.”

Mazur: Should We Have VIP Lanes for Military Voters?

Here is a guest post from Prof. Diane Mazur:

Should We Have VIP Lanes for Military Voters?

The Obama campaign has challenged an Ohio law that extends the early voting period for members of the military, but not for civilians.  The focus is on the three days right before Election Day.  Under the new law, service members stationed in Ohio can continue to vote in person on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before the election, but civilians can cast early votes only through Friday.  When the Obama campaign asked a federal court to open the full early voting period to all voters, Mitt Romney accused the President of trying to undermine military voting rights.

Republicans said the lawsuit questioned whether it was constitutional to ever make accommodations for military voters.  This characterization is inaccurate, and silly.  There is a long history of accommodation for military and overseas citizens to vote by absentee ballot (for example, the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act), and this is a settled understanding.

The Ohio law is the first, as far as I know, to grant extra voting privileges to service members voting in person, not by absentee ballot.  The Obama campaign is not arguing that service members are never entitled to accommodation based on the unpredictable circumstances of their assignments, but only that it is arbitrary to hold “military-only” voting days when all voters are physically present and able to vote in person.  If the election offices are going to be open, we should let everyone in the door.  The Republican Party has offered no reason why Ohio needs “military-only” voting booths for in-person voting.  The law does not address any specific burden or difficulty in voting, such as the rare service member who might be deployed without notice away from Ohio at the last minute, too late to register to vote by absentee.  The law privileges all Ohio service members for no reason other than being in uniform.

If you follow the statements of the military groups and Republican representatives closely, you’ll see that they glide back and forth between references to absentee and in-person voting, realizing that their in-person arguments are without precedent and without justification.  News reports ought to make clear that this is a giant leap beyond any other kind of military voting accommodation, and one that has nothing to do with the needs of the military.

It is all too easy to win arguments by accusing others of disrespecting the military.  What really disrespects the military, however, is using service members as a wedge for political advantage and setting military and civilian communities against one another.  This is, unfortunately, the sorry legacy of the 2000 presidential election.  We have created a generation of service members who firmly believe the false myth that military people were disenfranchised in 2000 when they attempted to vote from overseas, and they remain suspicious today.  The opposite was in fact true, that Florida elections officials were bullied into accepting ballots that were voted after the election, lest they be accused of being anti-military.  We’re still paying for those reckless arguments today in terms of poorer civil-military relations.  [For more, see A More Perfect Military: How the Constitution Can Make Our Military Stronger (Oxford University Press, 2010) (Chapter 11, “A Cautionary Tale About Military Voting”) and The Bullying of America (4 Election Law Journal 105 (2005)).]

The Ohio debate is more of the same all over again.  It reminds me of the classic science fiction novel Starship Troopers, a story about a future society in which residents could qualify to become citizens, and to vote, only by serving in the military.  The motivation behind the Ohio law granting “military only” voting days comes uncomfortably close to that vision.  The idea that we should afford greater accommodations of convenience to service members because they are somehow more deserving of the right to vote than the rest of America does great damage to military professionalism.  It’s important to protect the right to vote for all Americans, whether they serve in the military or not, and military professionals would agree.

Diane Mazur is a former Air Force officer and Professor of Law at the University of Florida

“Obama Campaign Opens Can of Worms with Ohio Early Voting Lawsuit”

National Journal reports.

“Romney Camp Still Won’t Say If Vets, Firefighters, Cops Deserve Early Voting Rights”

TPM reports.

“Early Voting Lawsuit In Ohio Draws Ire From Romney Campaign”

Must-listen Pam Fessler report for NPR.

“Early Voting in Ohio”

David Firestone: “If Mr. Romney truly cared about the ‘fundamental right to vote,’ he would support it for everyone, even those who might not support him.”

“Military Groups’ Argument About Obama Voting Lawsuit “Extremely Misleading,” Prof Says

Prof. Diane Mazur knows more about military voting rights than anyone else I know.  Read her interview with Buzzfeed.

Mazur’s ELJ piece on military voting in Florida 2000 was essential to my retelling of the Florida story in chapter 1 of The Voting Wars.

“Axelrod: Military Voters Should Get Special Consideration In Voting”

BuzzFeed: “Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod gave voice to a careful walk-back by the Obama campaign over its challenge to an Ohio early voting law….In their initial filing, the Obama campaign argued that it was arbitrary for military voters to be able to submit ballots during the three-day period but not non-military voters. But now they appear to be shifting their defense of the lawsuit, telling BuzzFeed that what is arbitrary is not the difference between military voters and ordinary civilians, but that the Ohio voters could vote in the three-day period before the election in 2008 but cannot in 2012.”

If that’s the argument, what’s the relevance of the military voter period?

“Romney: Obama lawsuit seeks to ‘undermine’ military voters”

The LA Times reports.

“Axelrod: Team Romney launching ‘shameful’ attack on voting rights lawsuit”

CNN reports.

“Obama, Democrats suing to block military voting in Ohio? Update: No”

This item appears at Hot Air.

Obama Campaign Responds to Romney on Military Voters in Ohio

See this statement (via TPM).

“Mitt Romney: We Must Defend The Rights Of Military Voters”

Press release:

Mitt Romney Press | August 4, 2012
Boston, MA

United States

Mitt Romney today made the following statement on early voting privileges for military servicemen and women in Ohio:

“President Obama’s lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women early voting privileges during the state’s early voting period is an outrage. The brave men and women of our military make tremendous sacrifices to protect and defend our freedoms, and we should do everything we can to protect their fundamental right to vote. I stand with the fifteen military groups that are defending the rights of military voters, and if I’m entrusted to be the commander-in-chief, I’ll work to protect the voting rights of our military, not undermine them.”

My earlier coverage is here and here.  Note the relief sought in the Obama campaign complaint is all about getting early voting extended for all Ohio voters, and nothing about taking away early voting rights of military voters:

“The Right’s New Lie: Obama Suing to Keep Soldiers from Voting”

This diary entry by JR appears on Daily Kos.  My earlier coverage of this controversy is here.

“Obama campaign Ohio suit irks military groups”

AP: “Fifteen military groups are opposing a federal lawsuit in Ohio brought by President Barack Obama’s campaign because they say it could threaten voter protections afforded to service members, such as the extended time they have to cast a ballot.”

I expect Republicans to use this suit to paint Obama as anti-military.  In fact, I think the purpose of the suit is to extend the benefits in voting given to military voters in Ohio to all Ohio voters.

UPDATE: That didn’t take long.

SEE my more recent post on this issue, with a link to the complaint, here.

Smoke a Joint, Get an ObamaPass, Sell a Gun to a Joint Smoker, Go To Jail


TWG: This article touches on some of the concerns I’ve shared over the past few years with regard to the MMJ (Medical Marijuana) participants, our Veterans and gun control. The MMJ scheme and the PTSD scheme are DISARMAMENT on a massive scale.  The pot  smokers just don’t understand the fact that they are choosing to be legally stoned rather than legally armed.   This has nothing whatsoever to do with my own personal beliefs on the issue of MMJ.  It has to do with the fact that I don’t like watching people being systematically disarmed by diabolical, deceitful “people”, unbeknownst to them.  If you’re a MMj cardholder, don’t even THINK about legally owning, carrying, using a firearm the rest of your life.

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Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- Sell a gun to someone who smokes a joint, get 20 years in jail

It’s Looney Toons on Capitol Hill.

Everyone’s heard about the “red herring” Feinstein Gun Ban, which “red state Democrats” will vote down in order to pretend they’re “pro-gun.”

But the bigger danger is that Obama will sign “non-controversial” gun control which is just as dangerous, but no one but us is talking about.

Take the gun licensure bill which anti-gunners are trying to dub the “gun trafficking bill.” In the Senate, the bill is S. 54, and was introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) — although it appears that it could have been drafted by an intern.

 

 

Artifical Sweeteners in our MILK! America’s Food Supply – Systematically Poisoned


TWG: Pretty soon we won’t have anything to eat that’s not poisoned, unless we grow it or raise it ourselves.  Of course, the fascists on thrones in DC don’t want us feeding ourselves and they’re working diligently to make it illegal for us to do so.  We hear every day about private gardeners being attacked and harassed in some way by the food nazis. “No, you can’t give that zucchini to your neighbor” and “The 800lbs of venison you donated to the food bank will be destroyed.”   “You milked you own cow? Hand it over for confiscation.”  “Cheese? Has it been “processed” through a government sanctioned facility? No? Hand it over for confiscation, you stupid peasant.”

Soon, If you want milk or beef that’s not poisoned, you’re going to have to get a cow or goat.  That cow or goat has, of course, been genetically “modified” by a herd of Rockefeller funded Frankenfood freaks in Montana,  it’s been fed “genetically modified” grains and feed, and given massive amounts of questionable drugs provided by the mad scientists at big government pharma.  Of course, the fascists on thrones will make owning a cow next to impossible. After all, cow farts cause global wars, death, mass destruction and Joe Biden’s bad breath.   And let’s not forget the aborted fetus “tissue”  PepsiCo uses for “Flavor Enhancement”.  Apparently, Americans have developed a taste for slaughtered babies.  I don’t consume soda and many of the other trash “food” products they manufacture, but I do miss their Tostitos.

American Citizens are being systematically poisoned and dumbed down by our very own Government. No wonder we have so many glassy eyed idiots voting for, AND FIGHTING FOR,  their own enslavement and demise.

Our Veterans returning from the Middle East are being gobbled up before they even step foot back on US Soil.  Labeled with the PTSD scheme, drugged up and DISARMED. Stripped of their rights and crapped on by the obama regime.

Our children are being labeled on a MASSIVE scale with the “ADHD” scheme, drugged up and DISARMED FOR LIFE. Don’t even THINK about buying, owning, carrying or using a gun if you’re one of the millions of today’s youth who’ve been sucking at the teat of big government pharma your entire pitiful, mind-altered life.  Would you like to join the military? FORGET IT.  The government has determined that the drugs THEY GAVE YOU have made you tainted meat and your brain has been rendered inept.   Move to the welfare line, you stupid, USELESS EATER.

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Artificial Sweeteners in Milk?

By Lisa Collier Cool
Feb 28, 2013

Got diet milk? In a highly controversial move, the dairy industry wants to market artificially sweetened milk—without any special label to alert consumers.

In a petition filed with the FDA, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) seek to change the definition of “milk” so that chemical sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose can be used as optional ingredients not listed on the product label….

CONTINUE READING: http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/artificial-sweeteners-milk

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SOS – Special Operations Speaks

October 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Special Operations Speaks

From this group’s website

MISSION STATEMENT of Special Operations Speaks:

We, as veterans, legatees, and supporters of the Special Operations communities of all the Armed Forces, have noted with dismay and deep alarm the recent stream of highly damaging leaks of information about various aspects of America’s shadow war in the overall War on Terror.  Our principles are the same as when we were in active service — Duty, Honor, Country.

Our goals are:

  • To emphasize the pressing need for the nation and its representatives to understand the value of our Constitution and actively support a return to its application in all phases of government;
  • To illuminate the failed operational security environment of the Administration and to provide the public with accurate information about these repeated releases of highly classified information;
  • To restore accountability in government and with it the trust in our government that We The People deserve and demand.

Military Voting: obama DOES NOT WANT OUR MILITARY TO VOTE

October 14, 2012 1 comment

[TWG The obama regime continues to stick it to our Veterans. Hard to believe there are so many TRAITOR Veterans still supporting this marxist regime after all they’ve done to screw them over.  ANY Veteran who supports obama is a MARXIST, a TRAITOR and a DISGRACE.]

 

States blasted for late absentee ballots

 

By Karen Jowers – Staff writer
Posted : Friday Oct 12, 2012 14:58:27 EDT

A group of key lawmakers want assurances from the Defense and Justice departments that the rights of military and overseas citizens who vote absentee will be protected in the Nov. 6 elections.

“We are concerned that, absent prompt and effective remedial action, some men and women in uniform will be deprived of the 45-day window to vote guaranteed” by the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, stated an Oct. 11 letter signed by Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee; Rep. Daniel E. Lungren, R-Calif., chairman of the House Administration Committee; and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Meanwhile, Justice Department officials have filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont alleging election officials violated the law by not sending out absentee ballots soon enough for military and overseas voters — the latest in a string of complaints filed this year against states for that reason.

The lawmakers’ letter cited reports that jurisdictions in Vermont, Michigan, Mississippi and Wisconsin had failed to mail absentee ballots to service members by the Sept. 22, 2012, deadline established by the MOVE Act. That date, 45 days before the Nov. 6 elections, is designed to give military members and their family members who vote by absentee ballot — either within the U.S. or overseas — as well as U.S. citizens living overseas a reasonable time window to receive and return their ballots.

To fix the problem, the congressmen stated, these jurisdictions should extend the deadline for accepting military and overseas ballots by the same number of days as the ballots were mailed late.

“While implementation and enforcement of the MOVE Act appear on course as an improvement over the poor performance we saw in the 2010 elections, we are concerned about the currently reported shortcomings,” the congressmen wrote. “If any element of local, state or federal government does not abide by the MOVE Act, the result should not ever be the disenfranchisement of any member of the armed services.”

The congressmen asked both departments about their policies for verifying that jurisdictions have sent out ballots, and when they became aware that jurisdictions in those four states had not mailed their ballots until after Sept. 22. They also asked for information about actions to remedy the MOVE Act violations.

Enforcement of the MOVE Act is a Justice Department.

On Oct. 11, the same day the letter was sent, Justice officials filed a lawsuit against Vermont and its secretary of state, who is in charge of elections, alleging that at least 191 absentee ballots — 21 percent of the 894 absentee ballot requests received — were mailed after Sept. 22, based on reports provided by state election officials to Justice. The ballots were transmitted between Sept. 24 and Oct. 2.

Vermont held a primary election on Aug. 28, among the latest in the country, and the results were disputed, according to the Justice Department complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for Vermont. The Vermont Superior Court in Washington County ordered a recount, and the winner was declared on Sept. 18. The ballot was not finalized until Sept. 20.

Lawsuits also were filed earlier this year against Michigan and Wisconsin, alleging election officials had failed to mail absentee ballots at least 45 days before their primaries. The lawsuits required the states to closely monitor their election officials and provide reports to Justice to ensure that the ballots were sent out on time for the Nov. 6 elections.

The congressmen also asked Defense Department officials whether they have established installation voting assistance offices at every installation where they are required. It is the service branches’ responsibility to establish these offices, according to defense policy. A recent DoD Inspector General report stated the IG office was unable to contact installation voting assistance offices at almost half of all military installations.

 

Source: Air Force Times

Yet ANOTHER Veteran Detained, Declared ‘Mentally Defective,’ Has Guns Seized By Obama’s Nazi Squads

August 27, 2012 3 comments

News of similar case emerges day after release of Brandon Raub

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
Friday, August 24, 2012

Just a day after Brandon Raub was released following his incarceration in a psychiatric ward over political Facebook posts, news has emerged of a similar case involving a veteran who had his guns seized after being labeled a “mental defective’ and faces being committed by a judge.

Radio host Steve Quayle was sent news of an Army combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient in west central Ohio who was the victim of a police raid on the evening of August 22nd during which Miami County Ohio Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant to seize the man’s firearms for the “safety of the defendant and the general public,” according to the warrant.

The veteran, who is currently unnamed, had his guns taken because he was adjudged to be mentally incompetent, despite the fact that his previous VA psychiatric evaluations were all clear, he is not on medication, and he had no criminal record. The man appears to be a respected member of the community – he works for a Christian company and his father is a police officer and a pastor.

“The person is under adjudication of mental incompetence, has been adjudicated as a mental defective, has been committed to a mental institution, has been found by a court to be a mentally ill person subject to hospitalization by court order, or is an involuntary patient other than one who is a patient only for purposes of observation. As used in this division, “mentally ill person subject to hospitalization by court order” and “patient” have the same meanings as in section 5122.01 of the Revised Code,” states the warrant.

Amongst the items confiscated were a .45 caliber pistol, one .380 caliber pistol, a 12 gauge shotgun, two AR-15 rifles, a stripped AR-15 lower receiver, as well as a hunting knife.

“In addition to the confiscations, the deputies attempted to question my friend and his fiancée,” states the email sent to Quayle by the man’s friend. “I didn’t get specific details on the questions asked. They refused to answer any questions without an attorney present. When my friend stated, “This is bullshit,” one of the deputy detectives remarked, “Look man, I’m just doing my job.”

 

 

The veteran now faces “an evaluation of mental competency” with a judge who will decide whether he should be committed to a state psychiatric ward. If any more weapons are found on the man’s property in the interim he will have committed a felony and will face a jail sentence.

Since the veteran is active in the so-called truth movement or patriot community, it is assumed that his involvement in this field is part of the reason why he has been targeted for psychiatric evaluation.

“Unlike Brandon Raub’s case, however, the state of Ohio won’t allow law enforcement to involuntarily commit a person unless there is an immediate need to do so, such as holding a gun to their head or another person’s head,” states the email. “Ohio law requires a judge to make the decision on having a person evaluated for mental illness. Of course, you’re then evaluated by a state-appointed psych, and that isn’t exactly going to play out in your favor. Had my friend lived in Virginia, he may be sitting in a metal hospital (prison) right now. Or worse.”

The veteran’s lawyer has already filed motions attempting to discover who asked the judge to sign the search warrant and for what reason he was declared mentally defective.

Earlier this year, we reported on a similar case involving David Sarti, one of the participants in the National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Prepper show. Sarti visited his doctor complaining of chest pains, only to have the doctor later commit him to a psychiatric ward and alert authorities, before Sarti was declared “mentally defective” and put on an FBI list that stripped him of his second amendment rights.

Brandon Raub, a former veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, was also involuntarily detained for psychiatric questioning last week by authorities in Virginia’s Chesterfield County for leaving anti-establishment messages on Facebook which questioned the official story behind 9/11 and referred to corruption within the U.S. government. Raub also posted song lyrics on a private message board.

The FBI claimed Raub’s posts were “terrorist in nature” and yet within a week Raub was ordered to be released by a judge who found that the original petition for his detention contained no facts whatsoever on the reason for his incarceration.

Raub’s lawyer John Whitehead revealed that shortly before his release, psychiatrists had threatened to forcibly medicate Raub in order to “brainwash” him.

Whitehead warned that there were 20,000 recent cases in Virginia alone of people being snatched from their homes having been declared mentally defective by the state with virtually no due process whatsoever and with the victim having committed no crime.

Critics have made comparisons to the infamous psikhushka psychiatric prisons in the former Soviet Union where dissidents were sent to be isolated, brainwashed, and have their political ideas discredited amongst the general public.

Given the fact that the Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly demonized veterans as likely domestic terrorists, it’s clear that former servicemen are being targeted as part of an effort to chill free speech and discourage other veterans from being politically active.

Source

UPDATE: Veteran Marine Brandon Raub RELEASED By OUTRAGED Judge!!!

August 24, 2012 3 comments

[TWG: Well, it seems not ALL of our justices are obama-loving fascists.  Glad they released this man, but please don’t forget what they’ve done. This is not over, by a long shot.  Keep a VERY close eye on your State legislature as they try to manipulate the local laws that stopped them in this particular case.. You can bet the vermin are very busy today trying to figure out a way they can do this to us all and get away with it.  You can read my previous post about this HERE  The Honorable Judge in this case should be thanked, and those responsible for putting this brave and honorable Veteran Marine in this situation should be punished.  By the way…… this is precisely one of the reasons why I deleted my fakebook account.  Not only did they receive “stimulus money” from the marxist regime, they’ve aligned themselves with them and have managed to change privacy policies in order to enable this sort of thing.  Zuckerman and the facebook corporation are in bed with the enemies of this Nation. They’ve got a debt to pay for all that “stimulus money” they stuffed into their pockets.]

by: Cheryl K. Chumley
Thursday, August 23, 2012
 
A former Marine who was forced into a psychiatric ward for anti-government Facebook postings has been freed from the hospital by a Virginia circuit court ruling handed down Thursday.Judge Allan Sharrett dismissed the case against Brandon Raub, 26, who had been detained by government officials in Richmond, Va., and transferred to a VA hospital in Salem, Va. The judge called the petition to continue Raub’s forced detention “so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy.”John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, the civil rights firm that defended Mr. Raub, called the verdict pleasant surprise to a “bizarre” case that seemed more in line with a police state than free America.Read more: http://times247.com/articles/32virginia-veteran-raub-freed-from-psychiatric-ward7#ixzz24TAR3qmS
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