Voting Time Standardization

There is a bill in the Wisconsin Legislature to standardize the voting hours for early voting in Wisconsin. In recent elections, the heavily liberal areas of Milwaukee and Madison have had much longer early voting hours, including weekends, where most of the out-state areas, that tend to lean conservative, don’t have the budget to keep the extended hours that the urban areas can.

As can be expected from their playbook, the democrats are calling this racist, and an effort to suppress the urban vote.

What would the democrats be saying if things were reversed, and the out-state constituents had the longer voting hours? If you have elections, everyone should have an equal opportunity to vote.

It is natural and reasonable to impose a uniform set of hours to vote in. It is done every election day. If any limit on voting hours is an attempt to disenfranchise  voters, then we can’t close polls. Ever. If I forgot to vote Tuesday, why can’t I come in on Wednesday? Or Thursday…

For all the talk about voter disenfranchisement, the reverse is true as well. A person that is not given a fair chance to vote is disenfranchised, not the one who can’t vote at the non-standard time that they want to. And while this is not specifically about voter fraud, every fraudulent vote is a legitimate voter disenfranchised.

We need fair laws, that give everyone a fair and reasonable chance to vote, not a system that allows people in favored areas to vote any time they want.

Defending Hillary

It doesn’t happen often, but in this case I completely agree with Hillary Clinton. She is drawing fire after comparing Russia’s moves in Ukraine to “protect” people there to what Hitler did at the beginning of World War II.

The fact of the matter is, that is exactly what Hitler did, especially in the occupation of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia. Time will tell whether Putin continues to the point of annexing some or all of Ukraine, but the excuse is one we have seen before. I am not saying Putin is the same as Hitler, or as evil as Hitler, but he at least seems to be using one of the tactics Hitler used.

Unfortunately, Hitler and the Nazis are seen as being worse than is possible to ever see again, and so any comparison seems overblown. The fact is that as bad as the Nazis were, they were humans, and other humans can be just as warped and evil as they were. And they can use the same tactics, etc. By refusing to accept this, we refuse to learn from history. And by refusing to learn from history, we risk repeating it.

A Tale of Two Bills

This week, Wisconsin assembly majority leader Bill Kramer was ousted due to allegedly groping one woman, and “verbally abusing” another. The Republican caucus voted unanimously to remove him.

Contrast that with another Bill, Bill Clinton. There were numerous allegations of sexual assault against Clinton, from groping to outright rape, and yet he remains a Democrat hero. Not one Democrat voted guilty in the Senate impeachment trial.

Tell me again who is fighting some “war on women?”

Who’s Really the Racist Here?

Eric Holder is now trying to get 11 states to lift their restrictions on felons voting. Because it is somehow racist.

This is the same guy that claims voter ID laws are racist.

And that punishing students for WHAT THEY DO is racist.

Conservatives think that the same laws should apply to everyone. Commit a felony, you can’t vote. Want to vote? Show an ID so we can ensure that everyone’s vote is counted, rather than being nullified by someone cheating.

Eric Holder and the Democrats seem to think that minorities can’t figure out the voting laws, can’t figure out photo IDs, and apparently can’t stop committing felonies.

You can’t tell me that level of low expectation isn’t racist.

But Remember, There is no Voter Fraud

A Milwaukee man was convicted on charges of voting twice in the 2012 Presidential election. It gets worse, he pleaded guilty illegally to voting 5 other times.

The left likes to claim any effort to restrict voter fraud is really trying to disenfranchise voters. Every illegitimate vote this guy cast disenfranchised a voter. Every fraudulent vote is a legitimate vote canceled.

I don’t know who this guy voted for, but it is funny it is always the Democrats trying to stop efforts to prevent cheating.

Kudos to Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson made a step to buck the rising tide of antisemitism in the world and stepped down as an “ambassador” for Oxfam International after the organization raised a stink about her association with Sodastream. Seriously. Apparently one does not simply advertise for companies based in Israel. At least not if one wants to be in with the ever tolerant left.

Two Lessons From the Walker State of the State “Scandal”

For those who missed it, the latest flap involving Scott Walker is that one of they people he featured in his state of the state speech as a success in his job creation efforts had a lengthy criminal record, including sexual assault and other felonies. Mary “No Platform” Burke was quick to say “I would make sure I’m vetting people I’m holding up as great examples of successes in Wisconsin.”

Walker’s office say that the man was not vetted due to his late addition to the program and that they assumed the company that referred him would not have recommended someone that didn’t have a clean past.

Two lessons from this:

One: Walker’s staff needs to do their job. Even if the company that recommended him knew of his past, Walker’s office probably dealt with the public relations or similar department, and something like this would be a very private HR record. Letting this kind of thing slip through is inexcusable, especially since Wisconsin court records are so easily available anyone could have figured this out in 2 minutes.

Two: Yet again, the Democrats show their hypocrisy. One of the top planks in the platform seems to be releasing criminals and making sure that nothing bad happens to them. If anything, this is what the Democrats want: people with a criminal record to be able to have them magically disappear and be held against them no longer.

Yes, Walker’s team needs to better vet people they associate with the governor, but it the democrats are so appalled that someone with this kind of record could be a job success story, maybe they shouldn’t spend so much time making it easy for convicted felons to get jobs no matter what. Or maybe they aren’t that appalled, just hypocrites.

I Know How I Feel

Tam is not sure how to feel about a number of internet “posters” on the “Armed Mommy” Facebook page, which say things like “Don’t be fooled by that sweet smile… She’ll shoot you dead if you mess with her family,” “I don’t call 911so there won’t be anyone to save you if you break into my house,” and “My gun is loaded with Christmas cheer… in case you had plans to break in this year.” Other than the last one not making much sense, I load my guns with lead, not Christmas cheer, I can identify, and don’t really have a problem with them. I obviously support self defense, and don’t have a problem with spreading the word. I think things like Oleg Volk’s work has done a lot of great work to illustrate the problems with gun control and disarming law abiding citizens.

Things change quite a bit when you get to things like “How do I feel about gun control? Break into my house one night and find out!”and “Don’t mess with me… because I’ve been dyin’ to try this baby out.”

Sorry, but you should never be “dyin'” to “try out” a gun on another human being. And don’t break into my house, I’ll happily tell you how I feel about gun control. Self defense, and the decision to take another person’s life, are not something to be taken lightly.

As George Zimmerman found out, even a justified shooting comes with a lot of legal baggage, and things could have gone even worse for him. What I have heard from people who have been in the situation also indicates it usually comes with a lot of emotional trouble, as well. As much as I prefer being able to defend myself, I would prefer even more to use situational awareness and other preventative measures to not have to.

This also is probably not a helpful image to be projecting to people that are not sure about self defense and gun ownership.

Furthermore, for me, as a Christian, I am commanded to love my neighbors, enemies, basically everyone. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t shoot someone in self defense; that is entirely about staying alive myself, and not about how I feel towards the attacker. But I can’t rejoice in, look forward to, etc. the idea of killing someone, no matter how much they “deserve” it. Maybe it seems like a small distinction, but I don’t believe it is.

Yes I have and carry guns. And I really, deeply, hope that I am never in the situation to use one in self defense.