Friday, August 30, 2013

Panhandle Politics

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Your lucky I'm even doing this one because I soon may be dropping coverage of all the divisive wedge issues pushed forth by the AmeriKan jewsmedia. I think it is time to get back to the basics of this blog: 9/11 truth, covering the wars, and calling out war criminals. That's not to say I may have posts on other items and topics like Wall Street banks looting practices and schemes; however, they will not be a focus of this blog. 

I also do not want to waste time on shit-fooley politics in a land of rigged elections and a corrupt political $y$tem.

"Racial vote suppression alleged in close Fla. election; Five blacks file complaint vs. white city clerk" by Brendan Farrington |  Associated Press, August 09, 2013

SOPCHOPPY, Fla. — A small Florida Panhandle town is at the center of an investigation into charges that the white city clerk suppressed the black vote in an election where the black mayor lost by a single vote and a black city commissioner was ousted.

Both losing candidates and three black voters have filed complaints, now being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, that City Clerk Jackie Lawhon made it more difficult for blacks to cast ballots by questioning their residency.

The candidates also allege that Lawhon abandoned her duty to remain neutral and actively campaigned for the three whites on the ballot.

‘‘If the allegations that we have are 100 percent accurate, then this election was literally stolen from us and I really feel like there should be another election,’’ said Anginita Rosier, who lost her seat on the commission by 26 votes.

Lawhon, who has served in her position since being appointed more than three decades ago, referred calls to city attorney Dan Cox. He would not comment on the specifics of the complaints but said, ‘‘I don’t think that anything was done that was out of line.’’

The allegations were made about two weeks before the US Supreme Court ruling in June that gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. That provision required several states and other jurisdictions, mostly in the South, to get federal approval before changing election procedures; opponents said that requirement was outdated because of the nation’s racial progress since the 1960s.

Preventing anyone from voting because of race remains illegal under state and federal law. But if the claims in this Southern town of fewer than 500 people are substantiated, activists are likely to seize on the case as an example of how racial discrimination at the polls has not been eradicated — and why protections like those overturned by the Supreme Court should remain in place.

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Also see:

Holder presses Texas to clear voting law changes
Justice Department sues Texas over voter ID law
Yes, mess with Texas

It's a general rule of thumb to oppose the Globe on anything, in other words, if they are for it, you are against it; if they are against it, you should be for it. Regardless of your view on this matter, I just find it distasteful that the Boston Globe would lecture Texas about anything. And I'm a citizen of Massachushitts.

‘‘The League of Women Voters is on a really high alert regarding the situation,’’ said state chapter president Deirdre Macnab. ‘‘These kinds of situations should make it clear to all Americans how important it is for Congress to act definitively and quickly to ensure with confidence that the rights of all voters are protected in both big cities and small towns across America.’’

I do feel it would mean something were it not for the rigged results.


Sopchoppy is on the edge of a national forest about 35 miles southwest of Tallahassee. Whites outnumber blacks about 3 to 1.

Then why is there a big surprise that whites won? Not that we are monolithic as the Globe would have you believe about women and immigrants.

Other than cars zipping along US 319 that leads to the Gulf Coast beaches, little traffic passes by the kudzu-draped utility lines. Sopchoppy has one grocery store, two gas stations, and seven churches.

Several people approached outside the grocery store said they voted but said they did not know of any problems. Even the black former mayor, Colleen Skipper-Mitchell, declined to answer questions.

Five candidates ran for three seats on the city commission. The top three vote-getters were the winners. Eddie Evans received 89 votes, Nathan Lewis 75, and Glenn Rudd 66. There were 65 ballots cast for Skipper-Mitchell and 40 for Rosier. Voters could select up to three candidates....

But while absentee ballots spiked, they did so among both whites and blacks....

Then what is the problem?


It's time to get off the Globe.