Tonight’s CNBC GOP debate – Open Thread

Good grief. Talk about being out of the loop. I have been so immersed into Occupy Wall Street refutations that I did not even know there was a debate between GOP candidates tonight (in Rochester, Michigan, at Oakland University).  It is just now starting – broadcast on CNBC – and the focus of the debate is the economy.  CNBC is both broadcasting it and liveblogging it.  Looking for an online link to post for those with no access to a TV right now.

Frankly, the state of the GOP presidential race has made me too depressed for words.  I’m hoping I’ll wake up next week and find out the last several weeks have just been a really bad nightmare!

Update – 8:10 PM: Doesn’t look like the debate is being live-streamed. Darn it.

 

Department of Injustice: diluting a citizen’s vote

**Posted by Phineas

"...but some animals are more equal than others"

Found this post by Christian Adams over at the Election Law Center: the Department of Justice wants illegal and legal non-citizens counted as part of redistricting:

In the City of Irving case, the Department of Justice has asked for permission to make oral arguments that illegal aliens and noncitizens should be counted for state and local redistricting purposes. As reported earlier at ELC, this position has the effect of diluting the legislative power of American citizens and shifting power to noncitizens and illegal aliens. In areas with high citizenship, 100,000 citizens (for example) would have one legislator. In contrast, areas with high illegal alien populations (say 20,000 illegal aliens, 10,000 green card holders and 70,000 citizens) would also get a single legislator.

ELC’s earlier discussion of vote-dilution is here. In essence, since districts must be of equal size in terms of population, that means a district with 100,000 people who are all citizens will receive less representation than a district of 100,000 people, only 70,000 of whom are legal citizens and 30,000 are illegal aliens or legal (non-citizen) residents. Apparently the courts require counting all people for House races, but haven’t spoken about state and local races.

This is clearly an attempt by DoJ to extend its power over states’ and localities’ ability to draw their own electoral districts. This is already done in some parts of the country under the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts, but those laws are meant to protect the rights of citizens to a fair vote. Justice’s argument in Texas is an effort to dilute citizen’s votes.

Like Operation Fast and Furious, it is a perverse inversion of what the Department of Justice is supposed to be doing.

On reflection, DoJ’s push to count non-citizens seems to be an effort to create more “minority-majority” districts, many of which would likely turn into safe seats for the Democratic Party, which is nearly moribund at the state level in Texas. The DoJ is using a racial spoils system to favor one party by diluting the votes of some citizens.

And that stinks.

RELATED: I recently reviewed Adams’ new book, “Injustice: exposing the racial agenda of the Obama Justice Department”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Hypocrisy, thy name is #OccupyOakland

**Posted by Phineas

A scene from Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, at the Occupy Oakland General Assembly:

Speaker: “Corporations are evil!”

Chanting masses of free thinking drones: “Corporations are evil!”

Speaker: “Banks are the enemy!”

Chanting masses of free-thinking drones: “Banks are the enemy!”

Speaker: “Cancel all student debt! Redistribute wealth now!”

Chanting masses of free-thinking drones: “Cancel all student debt! Redistribute wealth now!”

Speaker: “What do we want?”

Chanting masses of free-thinking drones: “Revolution!”

(Chanting masses of free-thinking drones show their approval with up-twinkles.)

Enter Occupier in Che shirt, unwashed. He takes the Speaker aside:

Occupier: “Dude! You know how much cash I have in my pack? Twenty grand! Want me to redistribute it?”

Speaker: “Are you nuts? You know how many crooks are out there? Stick it in the bank, where it will be safe.”

Occupier (Looks nervously at the crowd): “What about the 99%?”

Speaker: “Gimme a minute.”

He turns to the crowd, who eagerly await their next free-thinking chant-in-unison, and raises his bullhorn:

Speaker: “Down with the corporate fat cats”

Chanting masses of free-thinking drones: “Down with the corporate fat cats”

Speaker: “What do we want?”

Chanting masses of free-thinking drones: “Revolu…”

Speaker (cutting in): “A 3% CD with a 12-month term! Free checking! And No ATM fees!!”

Chanting masses of free-thinking drones (not missing a beat): “A 3% CD with a 12-month term! Free checking! And No ATM fees!!”

Speaker: “Are you with me?”

Fade to black, as the Speaker basks in the up-twinkles

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)