Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start today's entry with some meme-busting:

In a comprehensive study of voter fraud allegations nationwide from 2000 to 2014, number of incidents that involved someone pretending to be someone else at the polls -- the kind of fraud that voter ID laws prevent: 31

Number of ballots cast during that same 14-year period: more than 1 billion

Of the few election fraud cases brought by the U.S. Justice Department between 2002 and 2005, when U.S. attorneys were under heavy pressure to pursue such prosecutions, number that would have been addressed by a voter ID requirement: 0

During arguments over passing a South Carolina voter ID law in 2011, number of dead people alleged to have voted in the state's elections: hundreds

After painstakingly reviewing a quarter of the supposed "dead voters," number of fraudulent votes that the South Carolina Election Commission found evidence for: 0

In the four states that have held just a few elections under the strictest voter ID laws, number of votes which have reportedly been rejected for lack of an ID: 3,000

Factor by which African Americans are more likely than whites to lack ID: 3

Total number of Republicans who really care about the truth: 0.

The more I learn about this "Partnership," the less I like it.


I really just wanted to get that picture of the finger pals on the screen...

And because I'm Mr. Helpful, here's the video:

Filed under "extremely bad parenting":

I'll save you the trouble of double-checking: there are no mitigating factors in this story. Or this one:

Not only have they put up billboards attacking NCAE, they're also sending out mailers. A full-on campaign season spending spree, but not targeting a candidate or even a political party. And these same hypocrites are jumping up and down about Kay Hagan (or groups that support her) going after the Koch Brothers, who have spent millions already trying to sway our elections. Here's the mailer:

Even with Roy's gesticulating arms, my eyes keep getting drawn to that lady sitting off by herself, and wondering what her story is. Went to the park for some peace and quiet, and here's a bunch of people sitting around clapping? Or is she doing oppo research, hoping to find a card-carrying Communist in the crowd? This is going to drive me crazy, better change the subject:

As The Times reported earlier this year, the conservatives who now run the North Carolina government severely cut the budget of the state’s environment regulator and prevented it from cracking down on violations like the Dan River ash pit. “They want to have a hammer to come down on anybody who hinders developers by enforcing regulations,” said a supervisor in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “We’re scared to death to say no to anyone anymore.”

Mr. Tillis’ more authentic feelings were expressed at a Republican debate in April, when he derided the overwhelming scientific consensus in announcing that global warming is not man-made. The clear proof that humans have caused climate change was “false science,” he said, charging that liberals were “trying to use it as a Trojan horse for their energy policy — they’re trying to use it, I think, as a tool to put fear in people.”

No, I'm pretty sure stacking environmental commissions with industry people and allowing them to regulate themselves is the much more accurate Trojan Horse analogy.

On that mind-numbing pseudo-scientific point, here's your Onion:

Oh, so that's what that look is about. I thought it was a gastrointestinal problem. Huh.


Voter suppression

Isn't it amazing how the tea party nut jobs talk about their "common sense voter ID" law (which is not a voter ID law, and has nothing to do with common sense, since it "fixes" a problem that clearly does not exist), but becomes apoplectic about a real common sense law such as universal background checks for gun ownership? Yeah, one that takes tiny steps toward addressing a real problem and that enjoys support of 90% of the electorate.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Attention Art Pope

Do you want a $450 raise? Move to Mississippi. Or anywhere. We don't care. The Locked in the John Civitas Flounderation is an un-American cesspool.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014