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Partisanship and ´Voting Rights´
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto

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Posted By:BamaMan, 8/20/2013 4:13:08 PM

Another day, another wrongheaded attack on Shelby v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. But this one contains a bit of a surprise. Writing at Slate, Richard Hasen begins by fundamentally misstating the court´s finding: "Substituting their own judgment for that of Congress, the five justices in the Shelby County majority expressed confidence that the act´s ´preclearance´ provision was no longer necessary, and that there would be ample other tools to fight discrimination in voting." In fact, the court let stand the automatic preclearance provision, known as Section 5. Section 4, which

      


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Partisanship and ´Voting Rights´
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 8/20/2013 4:13:08 PM     Post Reply
Another day, another wrongheaded attack on Shelby v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. But this one contains a bit of a surprise. Writing at Slate, Richard Hasen begins by fundamentally misstating the court´s finding: "Substituting their own judgment for that of Congress, the five justices in the Shelby County majority expressed confidence that the act´s ´preclearance´ provision was no longer necessary, and that there would be ample other tools to fight discrimination in voting." In fact, the court let stand the automatic preclearance provision, known as Section 5. Section 4, which

   

 

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Does the IRS target
tax cheats in red states?
Birmingham News [AL], by John Archibald    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 5/22/2013 5:51:04 PM     Post Reply
We know about the IRS and the Tea Party. But is there politics in IRS prosecutions? Do IRS agents zero in on red states more than blue? Residents in Montgomery, in the red heart of a red state in the Middle District of Alabama, are 3½ times as likely to have tax cases referred to federal prosecutors than the average Joe in Anytown, USA, according to AL.com analysis of 2012 federal records gathered and maintained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse in Syracuse, NY. In Mobile´s Southern District of Alabama, odds of an IRS referral are 2¾ what you´ll find

A Crisis of Authority
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 5/20/2013 4:16:03 PM     Post Reply
Democracy is in peril: That is an emerging theme of the liberal left´s response to the Obama scandals. The argument misses the point, no doubt deliberately. What we are witnessing now is not a crisis of democracy but a crisis of authority. The administrative state, in thrall to a decadent cultural elite, has lost the consent of the governed. "After a week of scandal obsession during which the nation´s capital and the media virtually ignored the problems most voters care about--jobs, incomes, growth, opportunity, education--it´s worth asking if there is something especially flawed about our democracy,"

President Asterisk
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 5/17/2013 4:21:44 PM     Post Reply
No one can deny that Barack Obama is a highly skilled politician, at least by the measure of election outcomes. His record is undefeated, save for an ill-advised 2000 primary challenge to an entrenched incumbent congressman. His 2008 presidential victory, after a fraction of a term in the U.S. Senate, was especially dazzling. It disproved those who said that Hillary Clinton was invincible, that a left-wing Democrat couldn´t win, and that America wasn´t ready for a black president. No one can deny that Lance Armstrong and Mark McGwire were highly skilled athletes.

Nuts to Nutter
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 3/19/2013 4:52:43 PM     Post Reply
Let´s dispense with the free-speech question first. In a letter to the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission, Mayor Michael Nutter writes: (Snip) The only correct answer to Nutter´s query is "Nuts!" The question isn´t even a close one: A magazine article obviously cannot be the "equivalent of ´[falsely] shouting "fire!" in a crowded theater,´ " which by the way is the laziest cliché in all of constitutional law. Nor does the essay in question, published in the March issue of Philadelphia magazine, run afoul of any of the First Amendment´s limited and narrow exceptions: libel, invasion of privacy,

Follow the Minnie
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 3/4/2013 4:18:55 PM     Post Reply
Last week Bob Woodward had this to say in a CNN interview: "I think if Barack Obama knew that was part of the communication´s strategy--let´s hope it´s not a strategy, that it´s a tactic that somebody´s employed--and said, look, we don´t go around trying to say to reporters, ´If you, in an honest way, present something we don´t like, that, you know, you´re going to regret this.´ And just--it´s Mickey Mouse." Woodward just might have uncovered the biggest scandal since Watergate. And now the Associated Press´s Liz Sidoti has blown the story wide open.

   

 

  


 
Other People´s Children
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 1/16/2013 5:24:48 PM     Post Reply
A combative new 4½-minute ad from the National Rifle Association has drawn the attention of the White House, which "slammed the NRA as ´cowardly´ " for having, in the New York Daily News´s words, "dragged President Obama´s daughters into the raging debate over gun control by placing them in a controversial commercial": Spokesman Jay Carney said the NRA crossed the line when the group referenced Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, in a spot calling the commander-in-chief an "elitist hypocrite" because his girls get armed Secret Service protection.

It's Jejune in October
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 10/26/2012 4:34:41 PM     Post Reply
Lena Dunham lost her innocence when she voted for Barack Obama, or so the 26-year-old actress-directrix claims in a creepy new ad for the campaign. "Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody," Dunham--no relation to Stanley Ann, as far as we know--tells the camera. "You want to do it with a great guy." She plays off that ambiguous antecedent for a wearisome 63 seconds. Her own "first time," she explains, was in 2008, with Obama, "someone who really cares about and understands women. . . . My first time voting was amazing. It was this line in the sand:

Blame Early and Blame Often
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 10/25/2012 4:09:14 PM     Post Reply
"What's welling up in America's ruling Democrats is not yet a full-throated scream of desperation," observes commentator Neil Macdonald, who is Canadian and therefore a neutral observer. "But as Samuel Johnson famously remarked, the prospect of being hanged in a fortnight concentrates the mind wonderfully." True, as Macdonald says, "for the most part, Barack Obama's supporters are still clutching the cloak." Mitt Romney is only slightly ahead in most national polls, Obama clings to a slender lead in Ohio (though Josh Jordan argues at National Review Online that those polls seem to overrepresent Obama supporters who say they've already voted),

Insane Anglo Warlord
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 10/23/2012 4:46:33 PM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney missed a golden opportunity during last night's debate. "The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back," Barack Obama said. The perfect comeback would have been: "Oh yeah? Well, the ocean called, and they're running outta ships!" True, Romney delivered a version of this zinger, but much later. His timing was all wrong. Oh well, maybe Romney can arrange another meeting with the president and get it right this time. We understand Obama will be in Ohio.

The 'Obamaphone Lady'
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 10/1/2012 4:19:03 PM     Post Reply
This columnist both laughed and cringed at the "Obamaphone Lady" video that last week got wide play on YouTube, with boosts from Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh. It's one of a series of interviews someone using the handle RealFreedom1776 shot outside a Mitt Romney appearance in Bedford, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb. The Service Employees International Union was staging a protest against the Romney rally. The Obamaphone Lady, who as far as we know hasn't been otherwise identified, is a middle-aged black woman with a loud, gravelly voice.

   

 

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