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Jewish World Review
Oct. 31, 2008
/ 2 Mar-Cheshvan 5769
Voting In America 2008
Election Day is almost upon us, and so many disturbing facts linger on. All of the following are actual news items gathered in the final days before the presidential election.
From The Columbus Dispatch. Tuesday, Oct. 28: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge in Ohio has ruled that counties must allow homeless voters to list park benches and other locations that aren't buildings as their addresses. U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus also ruled that provisional ballots can't be invalidated because of poll worker errors.
From CNN: Indiana's secretary of state has requested a criminal investigation into the community organizing group ACORN which is accused of submitting hundreds of bogus voter registration forms in northern Lake County. The request is based on Secretary of State Todd Rokita's preliminary examination and analysis of 1,438 questionable voter registration applications ACORN submitted in the county, which includes the city of Gary.
Rokita has stated that there is "significant, credible evidence" that ACORN violated Indiana and federal law. "This is a fraud perpetrated on all of the people of Indiana, because fraudulent registrations are the first step in diluting the voice of honest voters and rendering an inaccurate tally on Election Day," Rokita wrote in his request to state and federal law enforcement officials.
From Jackson, Mississippi: Mississippi's voter situation is a little tough to swallow. Places like Madison County have over 123% more registered voters than people over the age of 18. The first District Election Commissioner in Madison County tried to purge the rolls, which go back decades, but ran into trouble when it was discovered it takes a vote of three of the five election commissioners and the purge cannot take place within 90 days of a federal election.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is the first to admit the situation with voter registration in this state is awful. "It is terrible," he says. "Combined with the fact that we don't have voter ID in Mississippi, anybody can show up at any poll that happens to know the people who have left town or died and go vote for them."
In Galax, Virginia two people were arrested last Monday afternoon after an altercation led to five Republican campaign workers being sprayed with Mace by Obama supporters at their headquarters. Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said officers were dispatched shortly before 1 p.m. to the Galax Republican headquarters on East Grayson Street when a caller reported someone had sprayed office workers with Mace.
As reported by Newsmax last week, the Los Angeles Times refused to release a videotape showing Barack Obama attending an event in Chicago honoring a Palestinian activist who formerly served as a spokesman for Yasser Arafat. In 2003 a farewell party was held for Rashid Khalidi, who was leaving the University of Chicago to take a position at Columbia University in New York.
Obama, then an Illinois state senator, lavished praise on Khalidi at the party, which was sponsored by the Arab American Action Network. So did unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers, according to Andrew C. McCarthy, contributing editor at National Review, who disclosed Khalidi's link to "master terrorist" Arafat.
Back in April, Peter Wallsten of the Los Angeles Times wrote about the party and disclosed: "The event was videotaped, and a copy of the tape was obtained by The Times." But as the Boston Herald noted about the videotape, "The Los Angeles Times refuses to release it." McCarthy observed: "Is there just a teeny-weenie chance that this was an evening of Israel-bashing Obama would find very difficult to explain? Could it be that The Times, a pillar of the Obamedia, is covering for its guy?"
The LA Times disclosed: "At Khalidi's 2003 farewell party, one young Palestinian American recited a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel. If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, 'then you will never see a day of peace.' "One speaker likened 'Zionist settlers on the West Bank' to Osama bin Laden, saying both had been 'blinded by ideology.'"
Will we ever get to see what was on that videotape? Don't bet on it. The Los Angeles Times as of this writing is still refusing to release it - which only goes to show, yet again, that when the newspaper gods handed out journalistic ethics, the Times called in sick that day.
Yes, sir - the 2008 presidential election may be almost over, but the cheat goes on.
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