Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Prairie View High School Student Killed in Car Accident

Brighton, Colorado police are investigating a deadly accident, which occurred Tuesday morning.

A vehicle driving southbound on Highway 85, lost control as it neared 144th Avenue.

After rolling multiple times and landing on the median, it finally came to a stop.

One of the passengers was declared dead on the scene, another was airlifted to the hospital, and the other two were sent by ambulance.

All four are students at Prairie View High School.

Election Coverage and Voter Intimidation Reporting

If my analysis and commentary hasn't influenced your decision yet, it likely is not going to.

So, it's time for casting votes, awaiting results, tracking exit polls,and looking for shenanigans from those who wish to suppress or influence voting in illegal, unethical or not-so-nice means.

So, while we watch the results come in from various sources including Watchdog.com and other Franklin Center affiliated media outlets, let's also keep an eye out and help report any suspicious activity.

This is not meant to be directed at any single party or candidate. However, there have been several incidents of intimidation, suppression, fraud, and manipulation already reported.

First, there was a mural of one of the candidates painted on the wall of a polling station. That was a violation of state and federal campaign and electioneering laws. A judge ordered the polling station to cover up the mural or risk being unsanctioned. Reports are that the mural was covered up, but not very effectively.

In Ohio and Pennsylvania we've seen reports of the the Black Panther Party up to the same tricks they pulled in 2008 and 2010. They intimidated (and removed by force some of) the GOP-affiliated election station volunteers. After a few hours, a judge intervened and ordered the polling stations to allow the workers to return. Who knows how much damage was done in the interim.

In Houston, TX, alleged Black Panther affiliated members of the NAACP took over a polling station in Sheila Jackson-Lee's district. They passed out water while openly campaigning for candidates. They even allegedly harassed and made intimidating actions/statements towards those who seemed not in favor of their candidates. A legal suit has been filed.

In San Antonio, TX, at a polling location that is also an elementary school, there was open campaigning for a local proposition for raising the city sales tax in order to hire more pre-k teachers. The plan is to hire more teachers at an average of $70k a year in salary and benefits, then force parents to send their kids to the government schools' pre-k programs. The claim is that districts that will be bolstered by the tax increase will generate more students. However, there are programs available in those areas. For one reason or another, parents are not sending their kids there. Increasing taxes will not change that fact. All it will do is give more money to the union and create more union members. The polling place, being a school, has a lot of biased literature on the bill but had nothing providing the actual proposal, in full, with amendments.

At that same school, sign posters and campaign volunteers stayed outside of the perimeter. However, most signs for conservative candidates were damaged, defaced, or removed. Some were removed because they had been defaced with words not meant for the eyes of school-aged children.

I attempted to do a little exit-polling. I asked people if they voted. I asked if they had to present proof of identity. I asked if there was anything "hinky" or "suspicious". Most people were not interested in talking and would not even answer the "did you vote?" question. My intent was not to determine election results. There are plenty of people doing that already. I just wanted to know if the state election laws that require a photo ID were being enforced and how effectively.

Those who did answer all stated the same. They attempted to show their IDs and were categorically told not to do so. That raised eyebrows. I informed those people that they could report the violation to 855-444-6100. 

Breitbart.com is reporting numerous claims of intimidation, fraud, and other suspicious activity. In one of their reports, they found that an organization that was helping to register voters had shredded the applications of those who were registering "Republican". Their source even provided pictures. 

Other people have reported on Twitter other incidents of potential fraud. One individual attempted to vote and was told he voted two hours prior. He had not yet voted. Another went to vote and was told she had voted absentee. She never requested an absentee ballot and definitely had not received one.

Are these things more frequent these days? Most likely not. More people are just more aware. The age of new media and social media has enabled these incidents to be more publicized more rapidly. That is a positive occurrence as it will likely deter crimes that went unreported in the past.

It's your vote. Don't let somebody make it less valuable by cheating.

For live election coverage, please visit P-G Matuszak's Mental Aikido. Three different live stream election coverage options are available on the Election 2012 Live Stream Coverage tab

Texas Police Looking for Missing 16 Year Old

Texas police are looking for missing Alicia Moore, who is sixteen years old.

Alicia was last seen Friday afternoon, getting off the bus in Greenville, Texas.

She is described as five foot one, ninety-seven pounds, medium length black hair, black eyes, and braces.

At the time she was last seen, she was wearing a white shirt with a black undershirt, a green jacket, pink headband and black glasses.

She was carrying an orange backpack with black straps with the letters "SFA" on it.

Anyone with information should call the Greenville police at 903-457-2900.

Three Israeli Soldiers Wounded in Firefight

Three Israeli soldiers were wounded when militants attacked their position.

The soldiers were guarding the border with Gaza, near Kibbutz Nirim, when a bomb exploded and shots were fired at them.

They repulsed their attackers, but no word has come of casualties on the other side.

Two of them were treated, for their wounds, on site, whilst one was helicoptered to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva.

Fresno Shooting Leaves 3 Dead, 2 Wounded

A shooting at a chicken plant in Fresno, California left three people dead, on Tuesday, and another two injured.

The shooter, apparently an employee, came to work, and after being there for awhile pulled out a gun, and started shooting.

He was found dead at the scene, due to what is believed to be a self inflicted gunshot.

Two of his victims have died, while the other two are in critical condition.

Police found nothing at the shooter's home, and are trying to figure out what set off the shooting.

1 Dead After North Carolina Hospital Fire

Early Tuesday, firefighters were called to Durham Regional Hospital for an explosion.

One patient was killed and three employees were injured, at the North Carolina facility.

Firefighters eventually declared that there had been no explosion, simply a fire.

The hospital's fire sprinkler system was successful in putting the fire out.

Water damage was excessive on the sixth floor, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

30 Deaths From Meningitis

The death toll from meningitis has now reached thirty people.

419 cases, in nineteen states, have been reported, with ten of those being joint infections.

Meningitis can take forty-two days to surface, leading to the still growing epidemic.
Wednesday will make the forty-two days since the recall occurred, meaning that should be the last day any new cases are seen.

All of the illnesses and deaths were caused by a contamination in anti inflammatory steroid shots, most of which were given via the spine.

Seventy-six locations, in twenty-three states, were sent the shots, which were given to as many as fourteen thousand people.

New England Compounding Center made the shots, and has complied completely with government officials who are conducting the investigation.

Officials are investigating at least two other drugs, made by NECC, for possibilities that they too may have been contaminated.

Things are only getting worse for the company, and now the government, as evidence comes out that they had been under investigation, for issues in their processing, since 2002.

Their sister company, Ameridose LLC, which has the same owners, voluntarily recalled all of their products.

Election May Bring On Wave of Lawsuits

The US Presidential election has already spurred a couple dozen lawsuits over the past six months.  These particular lawsuits have revolved around photo ID requirements and limited poll hours. However, a new torrent of litigation, beginning on election day, is looming over who gets to vote and which ballots will be counted.

Voter rights advocates and attorneys may initially head to court to try to keep polls open longer because of the breakdown of machinery and/or to make up for Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath.  They may also challenge partisan poll watching.  This is according to Edward Foley, a law professor at Ohio State University. And, Bloomberg reports Democrats in Florida, on Sunday, sought to extend early voting hours and in Ohio last minute provisional ballot restrictions are being contested.

The most voluminous onslaught of litigation, would probably come after Election Day and could be reminiscent of 2000, when it fell to the courts to determine the next US President. The states most likely to be involved in this sort of legal action are Virginia, Ohio and Florida, according to Jocelyn Benson, a professor of law at Wayne State University and director of the Michigan Center for Law and Administration. “Provisional ballots could very likely be the hanging chads of 2012,” Benson said. “The battle over provisional ballots will take center stage where any election is close and a significant number of such ballots have been cast.”

The fallout from Hurricane Sandy may end up being the catalyst for multiple lawsuits. Voters and their advocates might sue to extend voting hours in states where loss of power or other issues limited access to the polls. Federal law dictates that votes cast after regular hours are considered provisional ballots, and in a close election lawsuits challenging the extension may follow.

A court could determine that the extension was not appropriate. In that case, “these provisional votes won’t be counted,” says Steven Huefner, also a law professor at Ohio State University. And, Foley has said that litigation over provisional ballots may “bump up” against deadlines for resolution of the presidential election. He added that electors meet on December 17, by law, and these disputes have to be settled prior to that date.

Virginia could potentially erupt into a hotbed of election litigation if the margin between Romney and Obama is close. This could occur because Virginia passed a new voter ID law and may rely more heavily on provisional ballots than in the past. “Because Virginia is populated enough that its electoral votes matter, if there is a problem, Virginia could be litigated tremendously,” says Michael Dimino, a law professor at Widener University in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Additionally, voter fraud could very well be an issue. Consider the fact that the 2000 presidential race was determined as based on only 537 votes. Therefore, it is not difficult to envision situations in which some might be tempted to engage in election fraud, particularly in such a close presidential race. The left has steadfastly denied that voter fraud presents a major problem in this election but The Heritage Foundation and others have documented its existence.

And then there are the poll watchers. “In Michigan, and elsewhere there’s a heightened concern about people who might show up on Election Day challenging people’s right to vote,” Benson said. “There will be a lot of attorneys on hand for both parties, prepared to react to any potential problems.”
So, challenges to poll watchers, who are often seen as illegally interfering with voter access and intimidating voters, could ensue.

Incidentally, the presidential election isn’t the only one in which lawsuits may arise. They could also emerge from ballot initiatives and congressional seats in multiple states, including the Senate election in Missouri.

This is not an exhaustive list of the various in which legal battles that could arise from this election.  Just know that the battle may not end on Election Day.

Cross-posted on RedState & Red Pill Report