Posts Tagged ‘defeat’

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Last week, we wrapped up our case against Kris Kobach and his efforts to suppress voting in his home state of Kansas. Kobach attempted to defend his restrictions on voter registration with claims of rampant voter fraud. He failed spectacularly – we disproved every one of Kobach’s bogus statistics about noncitizen voting. Here are some highlights:

Tweet - For years, Kris Kobach has relied heavily on a statistic that 18,000 non-citizens have registered to vote in Kansas. The @ACLU's @dale_e_ho just disproved that number in federal court.

Citing fraudulent, paper-thin evidence, Kobach built his case on the lie that 18,000 noncitizens registered to vote in Kansas. But in the courtroom, Kobach could only identify 18 noncitizens – out of 1.8 million voters – who have successfully registered to vote over the past two decades. And only five of them ever cast a ballot. For those five illegal voters, Kobach was willing to sacrifice the voting rights of more than 35,000 Kansans, who were blocked from registering to vote.

Tweet - Stricker answers why he's part of this case: 'I don't think the average Kansas citizen should have to sue the secretary of state tp get registered to vote' #ksleg #ACLUvKobach.

You don’t need to read between the lines to know what this case was all about: suppressing the vote for young voters and low-income people, and demonizing people of color as illegitimate invaders of our political process. That became crystal clear when one of Kobach’s key witnesses admitted to flagging “foreign”-sounding names as part of his work to identify potential noncitizens on the voter rolls.

Tweet: ACLU asks Richman whether he would code the name 'Carlos Murguia' as foreign? Richman: Probably I would code it as foreign. ACLU: Carlos Murguia is a federal judge who sits in this courthouse. Richman says he didn't know that. #ACLUvKobach #ACLUvKansas.

Of the 35,000 disenfranchised Kansas voters, almost half were under the age of 30.One 15-year-old future voter had this to say about why the Kobach trial was so important:

Tweet: This 15-year-old missed school and braved serious winds to watch #ACLUvKobach and stand up for the right to vote. About half of the more than 35,000 people blocked from voting by Kobach's law were under the age of 30. We can't let our future leaders be disenfranchised.

It’s like I said in the courtroom – enforcing Kobach’s law is like taking a bazooka to a fly.It’s fitting that his whole case unraveled so quickly – the day after the trial, the judge even held a hearing on whether to hold Kobach in contempt of court. We’ll soon find out her verdict. But until then, let’s keep our eyes on this issue – in all the ways we can.

Tweet: Please, for the love of all that is good and right, let HBO make a miniseries about the #ACLUvKobach trial.



Kremlin, Russian Military Declare the End of Islamic State Group in Syria


AFGHAN-WAR-01Long after anyone can remember what is happening in Afghanistan, the US suddenly rolled up its war machine under cover of the Christmas break, picked up its bombs and went home. They’ll leave 13k “adviser” types, the variety who were scurrying out of Viet Nam from the roof of the embassy in 1975, tossing their helicopters into the sea.

There doesn’t seem to have been any “Al Qaeda” in the country for as long as anyone can remember, and Bin Laden, a special guest of the PAKISTANIS next door, is also dead. The loose ends of 9/11 were neatly wrapped up, tortured into silence, and the treasonous frothing ghouls who let it happen remain protected from justice. In a world of laws and justice American high officials would be sitting at war crimes trials and likely tried for aiding and abetting in the September 11th attacks to achieve their dream of a “New American Century.”

But it’s all myth all the time, all propaganda, all framing and the exploitation of the general public’s ignorance. Where to begin when your audience is worse than ignorant; they believe demonstrable falsehoods, by the plane load? And they are conditioned to reject any challenges to their pseudo-religious mythology.

The United States and NATO formally ended their war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 invasion that unseated the Taliban regime following the Sept. 11 attacks.

The symbolic ceremony marked the end of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force, which will transition to a supporting role with 13,500 soldiers, most of them American, starting Jan. 1.


Still refuses to rule out strike when asked directly.