Late Night Reads: Florida shows Justice Dept the hand….Open Thread

Good evening, feeling like a zombie about now, but not one that is in the mood for some KFH…Kentucky Fried Human. I have a few links for you tonight, so let’s get to them.

Walker is still being investigated…right? Talk of Higher Office Swirls Around Wisconsin’s Scott Walker

Two years ago, Gov. Scott Walker was a county executive, little known outside the Milwaukee area. By Tuesday night, after surviving a bitterly fought recall election, he was taking congratulatory calls from some of the top names in Republican politics, including Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate; Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union; and Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, who leads the Republican Governors Association.

Mr. Walker, who held a meeting of his cabinet on Wednesday, said he planned to focus, postelection, on Wisconsin’s problems. Elsewhere, though, some other Republicans were raising his name as a future contender for higher office. A presidential hopeful in four years? One to consider on the list of vice-presidential possibilities? Between his uncompromising stance on cutting pension benefits and collective bargaining rights for public workers and then his contentious fight to hold onto his job, Mr. Walker has catapulted into the national spotlight.

“Overnight, he is going to be the No. 1 conservative going forward if he wants to play that role,” said Richard Viguerie, the conservative direct-mail pioneer, who noted that the recall election had likely left Mr. Walker, who raised more than $30 million to keep his job, with a large, useful database of national donors. “Since the time that Ronald Reagan left the national stage, many have auditioned for the spot, but they all come up short. Scott Walker moves into that vacuum.”

Please, someone bash my brain in…and end it before the real asshole GOP Apocalypse hits.

Oh wait, what is this? Hmmmm, Florida tells Justice Department that state’s purge of noncitizen voters is legit.

A defiant Gov. Rick Scott refused to back off of a controversial effort to purge non-citizens from voter rolls and instead demanded Wednesday that the Justice Department tell his administration how to clean up the rolls to “protect the integrity of elections and ensure that eligible voters have their votes counted.”

The Justice Department had given Scott’s administration until Wednesday to respond to its request that it drop the non-citizen voter purge or face further action. Late Wednesday, Secretary of State Ken Detzner responded in a four-page letter with questions of his own, telling the Justice Department’s Voting Rights Division chief, T. Christian Herren Jr., to reply by Monday.


Detzner said the process is legal and blamed the problematic purge on the federal government, for failing to grant the state access to the Department of Homeland Security’s Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements, or SAVE database. That database that has more up-to-date information regarding citizenship than the driver license records the state relied upon, Detzner said.

For at least nine months, Homeland Security has ignored requests from the state to gain access to SAVE. Detzner accused the Obama Administration of stalling so that purge would violate the 90-day restriction. “This hardly seems like an approach designed to protect the integrity of elections and ensure that eligible voters have their votes counted,” Detzner wrote.

On Friday the American Civil Liberties Union and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law notified Detzner that they intended to sue unless the state drops the voter purge.

Tomorrow is Friday, if my zombie brain is working correctly. Let’s see what happens.

I also find this bit of information interesting: Jury heavy with Penn Staters picked to hear child sex abuse case against ex-assistant coach

Do you think they will remain bias to the case, or will the victims become victims again.

There is also this: Alarming Assaults On Women In Egypt’s Tahrir

Her screams were not drowned out by the clamor of the crazed mob of nearly 200 men around her. An endless number of hands reached toward the woman in the red shirt in an assault scene that lasted less than 15 minutes but felt more like an hour.

She was pushed by the sea of men for about a block into a side street from Tahrir Square. Many of the men were trying to break up the frenzy, but it was impossible to tell who was helping and who was assaulting. Pushed against the wall, the unknown woman’s head finally disappeared. Her screams grew fainter, then stopped. Her slender tall frame had clearly given way. She apparently had passed out.

The helping hands finally splashed the attackers with bottles of water to chase them away.

The assault late Tuesday was witnessed by an Associated Press reporter who was almost overwhelmed by the crowd herself and had to be pulled to safety by men who ferried her out of the melee in an open Jeep.

Reports of assaults on women in Tahrir, the epicenter of the uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down last year, have been on the rise with a new round of mass protests to denounce a mixed verdict against the ousted leader and his sons in a trial last week.

The late Tuesday assault was the last straw for many. Protesters and activists met Wednesday to organize a campaign to prevent sexual harassment in the square. They recognize it is part of a bigger social problem that has largely gone unpunished in Egypt. But the phenomenon is trampling on their dream of creating in Tahrir a micro-model of a state that respects civil liberties and civic responsibility, which they had hoped would emerge after Mubarak’s ouster.

Alright, that is all folks…goodnight!


19 Comments on “Late Night Reads: Florida shows Justice Dept the hand….Open Thread”

  1. I have no idea what you all have been talking about today. But if any of these links up top are repeats, I am sorry. Now, before I drop, y’all have a good night.

    • Oh, daughter is feeling a little better, but what a night we had. I am hoping we don’t have a repeat tonight. Falling asleep as I type this, ciao.

      • dakinikat says:

        Ah, take care … I have the opposite problem. I had to leave a message with Doctor Daughter that included her middle name saying call, dammit!

        She’s applying for fellowships and moving in with her husband and delivering babies and I’m just on the sidelines now. Enjoy it while you can. I know that sounds bizarre but it’s a short brief, shining time when you’re everything to them.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        “Enjoy it while you can. I know that sounds bizarre but it’s a short brief, shining time when you’re everything to them.”

        How true!!!! I went from being Wonder Woman to the Invisible Woman overnight, it was quite an adjustment in the beginning. But that’s life and I regularly remind myself that everything is temporary and no matter how good it is, or how bad it is, nothing lasts forever.

      • RalphB says:

        Letting go of your children is the hardest part of being a parent. Was for me anyway and I still struggle with it at times.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Now that I’m older, I’m glad my mom hasn’t let go of me.

        • LOL I hear ya, my grandmother still has a hold on my mom, and Nana has been dead for almost two years. In our family, the mother daughter bond is very strong.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    I’m pretty sure tomorrow is Thursday, JJ. You really are exhausted. I was thinking you’d take the night off, so I wrote another Romney post. I scheduled it for later once I saw yours.

  3. RalphB says:

    If memory serves, all 67 Florida election supervisors had stopped doing the purge and some had even restored people to their roles. That was before the governor said anything and I hope they don’t start up again. I think the decision is theirs at this time.