In hand to read


Tammy Bruce’s book The New American Revolution : Using the Power of the Individual to Save Our Nation from Extremists. Not ‘officially’ out yet until tomorrow, but I pre-ordered from and received my copy a day early. Looking fwd to reading it.

I gave a ‘pre-review’ of this book as well as gave an endorsement of Tammy’s culture warrior credentials back in early August. Heck, I didn’t even have to read it at that time to know it would be good :) But I’m sure I’ll be posting another mini-review after I’ve read it as well. Tammy is THE culture warrior to have on your side. As I’ve stated before, I think the culture war is the second biggest battle we have going right now next to the war on terror and we need to be armed for it. Tammy is the one of the suppliers of the ‘weaponry’: in this case, knowledge.

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Ghost voters in Detroit?


Gives new meaning to the term ‘absentee ballot’:

Absentee ballots tainted?
Some Detroit voters are incapacitated, without valid addresses, raising question of mayoral election’s fairness.

Detroit News investigation raises serious questions about the handling of absentee ballots under Detroit City Clerk Jackie Currie as the city prepares to choose a mayor, City Council and school board Nov. 8.

Currie has been accused of irregular election practices in several lawsuits, and a review of election results, property records and databases of registered voters uncovered procedures that experts and other election officials described as questionable.

Among findings by News reporters were ballots cast by people registered to vote at abandoned and long-demolished buildings; a master voter list with 380,000 incorrect names and addresses — including people who have died or moved out of the city; and a practice of hand-delivering ballots from senior citizens and disabled voters that were filled out in private meetings with Currie’s paid election workers.

If the mayoral race came down to a close vote demanding a recount of absentee ballots, the result could be chaotic.

But the most poignant findings were stories from those in nursing homes who had recently voted absentee.

Among them is Charles B. Allen, a resident at the Passion Caring Home for the Elderly who stared blankly one day last week when asked to name the mayor of Detroit. He’s never heard of Kwame Kilpatrick and can’t recall whether he voted in August.

“I just don’t know,” Allen said. Six years ago, a Wayne County probate judge declared the 87-year-old legally incapacitated due to dementia and Alzheimer’s.

But according to city records, he voted in the August primary by absentee ballot.

This is serious business. If all this is verified, Jackie Currie is in big trouble.

Update: Gateway Pundit has more. So does Michelle.

Fired up!


I swear, the more I read about Joe Wilson, and the more I hear him talk, the more fired up I get over the whole affaire de Plame. He’s is repeating his call for Karl Rove to be fired:

WASHINGTON – Presidential adviser Karl Rove should be fired for his role in the CIA leak, the husband of the agent whose cover was exposed told NBC’s “Today” show on Monday.

“I think the president should fire him … these are firing offenses” Joe Wilson, a former U.S. ambassador, said of Rove.


Rove is a “party to the compromise of national security of this country” Wilson alleged. Rove was not indicted Friday but was told that he remains under investigation.

Wilson also welcomed Libby’s indictment, saying it showed that “no man is above the law” in the United States.

Wilson contends that his wife’s identity was deliberately revealed by the Bush administration to get back at him for publicly challenging U.S. prewar intelligence on Iraq.

Wilson added that “we have received threats” over their allegations and have had to change their phone listing as a result.

Uh huh! It’s all about YOU, isn’t it Joe? If it isn’t one grand conspiracy to get you it’s another. GMADB!

More: Check my archives (scroll) for other discussions about Plamegate.

Does Alito have the votes to get confirmed?


Polipundit says yes.

Glenn Reynolds discusses an Alito case regarding abortion and spousal notification that is already garnering a lot of attention . Jason Smith takes us back in time to a paper he wrote on this very topic back in 1998: In the Name of the Father: Recognition of Men’s Reproductive Rights – a major must-read.

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Bush will pick Alito for Supreme Court


To be officially announced this morning at 8:

WASHINGTON – President Bush is nominating Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, The Associated Press has learned, choosing a long-time federal judge embraced by judicial conservatives to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Bush plans to announce the nomination at 8 a.m. EST, officials said.

The choice likely will mend a rift in the Republican Party caused by his failed nomination of Harriet Miers.


While Alito is expected to win praise from Bush’s allies on the right, Democrats have served notice that his nomination would spark a partisan brawl. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Sunday that Alito’s nomination would “create a lot of problems.”

Unlike Miers, who has never been a judge, Alito, a 55-year-old jurist from New Jersey, has been a strong conservative voice on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since former President George H.W. Bush seated him there in 1990.

So consistently conservative, Alito has been dubbed “Scalito” or “Scalia-lite” by some lawyers because his judicial philosophy invites comparisons to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. But while Scalia is outspoken and is known to badger lawyers, Alito is polite, reserved and even-tempered.

Trick or treat … ;)

Reposting this link from last night’s speculation post:

Nicknamed “Scalito” for views resembling those of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito Jr. is a favorite son of the political right. Appointed in 1990 by George H.W. Bush to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Alito has earned a reputation for intellectual rigor and polite but frequent dissent in a court that has been historically liberal. His mettle, as well as a personable demeanor and ties to former Republican administrations, has long had observers buzzing about his potential rise to the high court. “Sam Alito is in my mind the strongest candidate on the list” says Pepperdine law Prof. Douglas Kmiec. “I know them all . . . but I think Sam is a standout because he’s a judge’s judge. He approaches cases with impartiality and open-mindedness.”

John Hawkins at Right Wing News surveyed a group of bloggers (including yours truly) to find out who their top choices would be. Alito made the number 4 spot.

Patterico: “… he is a careful judge and an adherent to the rule of law and a limited role for the courts.”

Michelle Malkin has a link roundup of blogger reax.

Matt Margolis has started the Coalition to Confirm Alito.

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