Links for 12-19-2011

  • There were several notable endorsements for Governor Rick Perry today: Lori Ziganto at CafeMom, Mike Flynn at Big Government, Ace at Ace of Spades HQ, and Aaron Gardner, Ben Howe, Moe Lane, Steve Maley, Dan McLaughlin, Neil Stevens, and Russ Vought at RedState. I agree with a lot of what Lori Ziganto is looking for in a presidential candidate, and the RedState article is very well written.

  • Texas Democrats found their sacrificial lamb for the U.S. Senate race.

  • Former Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams filed to run in Texas’ 25th Congressional District, a seat currently held by far-left Democrat Lloyd Doggett. This filing assumes that the Congressional map drawn by the federal district court in San Antonio holds. I’d be very happy if Williams represented me in Congress — I’m just hoping it’s according to the map drawn by the Texas legislature, not a federal court.

  • Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch provides more details on apparent coordination between the White House and Project Vote on voter registration lawsuits.

  • Attorney General Eric Holder is now asserting that he’s being widely criticized (for Operation Fast and Furious and other DoJ screw-ups) because he’s black.

  • It appears that North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue’s staff has been obtaining Bureau of Labor Statistics data before it’s published and writing press releases to spin the numbers. Unfortunately for them this is likely a violation of federal law. There’s some good investigative journalism here.

  • Queen Nancy Pelosi repeatedly included one of her husband’s business partners (William Hambrecht of WR Hambrecht + Co.) in Congressional meetings and forums and advanced at least one bill that would have benefitted one of their investments. The new laws being discussed that would restrict members of Congress from trading stocks using inside information don’t address relationships like this one.

  • Less than 24 hours elapsed between the last U.S. soldier leaving Iraq and the Iraqi government falling apart, including allegations of torture and attempts to form autonomous regions within the country.

Links for 12-18-2011

Links for 12-16-2011

  • South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley won the Republican primary with a lot of help from Tea Party supporters, help she initially garnered by speaking at the 2009 RedState Gathering. She went on to speak at the 2010 event and hosted the 2011 event in Charleston. Today she endorsed Mitt Romney for president and recorded a robo-call for his campaign. I understand that Romney endorsed her for governor early on and that his PAC donated money to her campaign, but her action today will cost her the Tea Party support that delivered her to the Governor’s office. It won’t be too long before she finds out whether it was worth it.

  • In 2008 Michele Bachmann delivered a gushing introduction for Newt Gingrich during the Republican National Convention. Today Bachmann’s South Carolina campaign (such as it is) is spreading the rumor that Gingrich is buying Tea Party support in the state. This woman and her campaign have a serious problem with the truth.

  • Han Chinese students at a railway engineering vocational school in Chengdu attacked a dormitory housing Tibetan students, sending an unspecified number of them to the hospital.

Links for 12-15-2011

  • After the last debate Mitt Romney told supporters that he experienced “austerity” while working as a Mormon missionary in France. It turns out the building where he lived during most of his time in France was a “palace” that was until recently the embassy of the United Arab Emirates. The building is currently valued at $12M. The second article goes on to thoroughly debunk Romney’s other claims about his time as a missionary.

  • Iowahawk on his home state: “…any sentient being still alive in this dump envies the dead.” Here’s the article by Stephen Bloom that Iowahawk is parodying.

  • USA Today is offering a “candidate match game” that will probably do more to help you select a Republican presidential candidate than watching a debate on TV. This new video from Bill Whittle might reassure you it’s worth sticking with the Republicans, even if you can’t find a candidate you like.

  • A few more articles on vote fraud appeared today. True the Vote posted a video of the speeches from Tuesday’s rally in Austin; the press release accompanying the video notes that to attend the Eric Holder speech at the LBJ Library that day, you had to show a photo ID at the door. Larry Thornberry writes that Democrat charges that voter ID laws are a form of minority vote suppression are a preview of the 2012 campaign, which will be “built on little more than attempting to gin up racial and social class resentments.” Michael A. Walsh strikes a similar tone and notes that, contrary to Democrat claims, vote fraud actually happens.

  • The Department of Justice and the UK police are tracking down the source of the Climategate emails: “I have learned that last week DOJ sent a search-and-seizure letter to the host of three climate-change ‘skeptic’ blogs. Last night, UK police raided a blogger’s home and removed computers and equipment.”

Links for 12-14-2011

  • The Washington Examiner endorsed Romney, calling him “the only Republican who can beat Obama.” National Review excluded Gingrich and said only Romney, Santorum, and Huntsman deserve consideration. Given that Santorum and Huntsman are polling so poorly, that’s effectively a Romney endorsement, which isn’t surprising given that they endorsed him in 2008. It’s still disappointing. My subscription will lapse.

  • Gary Johnson is pulling out of the Republican presidential race and will run as a Libertarian.

  • Iraq can’t defend its own airspace, so after the U.S. withdraws it should easier for Israel to attack Iran.

  • The Chinese village of Wukan is in open revolt against the government. This won’t end well.

True the Vote Rally in Austin

Late this afternoon I attended a True the Vote rally outside the LBJ Library on the University of Texas at Austin campus. It was timed just before a speech at the library by Attorney General Eric Holder, and around 200 people attended:

Crowd at the True the Vote rally

The first speaker was J. Christian Adams, who worked in the Department of Justice’s voting rights division before quitting over the Obama administration’s politicization of the agency and the dismissal of the New Black Panthers case in Philadelphia. He now blogs at PJ Media and he has written an excellent book entitled Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department. I managed to miss most of his talk (I was stuck in traffic), but I did catch him looking like a lawyer with a Blackberry:

J. Christian Adams

Adams helpfully wrote an account of the rally. Adams’ piece predicted that New York Times reporter Charlie Savage would write a puff piece on Eric Holder’s speech in Austin this evening, and, sure enough, it appeared.

Update: Adams was Tweeting — his handle is @electionlawctr.

The other speakers included Adryana Boyne, who runs VOCES Action, a 501(c)(4) organization that promotes awareness of conservative issues to Latinos:

Adryana Boyne

Anita MonCrief, who blew the whistle on ACORN’s Project Vote, also spoke:

Anita MonCrief

MonCrief took Congress to task for failing to investigate the connections between the Obama White House and the ACORN offshoots that are suing states over voter ID laws.

Update: Here’s a YouTube clip of Anita MonCrief’s speech. J. Christian Adams published an article at Big Government on the day after the True the Vote rally that describes documents provided to Judicial Watch in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. Here’s a quote: “Project Vote appears to be directing DOJ resources toward particular states; is having meetings with DOJ staff; and is even recommending lawyers to work in the Justice Department Voting Section that will oversee the 2012 presidential election… The documents also appear to show that Project Vote receives special access to, and meetings with, DOJ officials. So do other voter fraud-deniers, such as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Tova Wang at Demos; and the Brennan Center for Justice.”

George Rodriguez, who heads the San Antonio Tea Party spoke:

George Rodriguez

Rev. C. L. Bryant delivered a powerful speech that literally echoed off the surrounding buildings:

Rev. C. L. Bryant

Incidentally, Ginni Thomas conducted a great interview with Rev. Bryant that’s worth watching.

The founder of True the Vote, Catherine Englebrecht, closed out the rally with a call for people to participate in the election process to help keep them fair and clean, a virtue of the voter ID laws that the Obama administration opposes:

Catherine Englebrecht

Local Austin television stations were at the LBL Library in advance of Holder’s speech:

Media at the LBJ Library

Not surprisingly the media didn’t demonstrate much interest in the True the Vote rally, but YNN Austin did interview people who attended. Their article also includes the full prepared text of Holder’s speech.

Links for 12-13-2011