One week

We’re a week away from the election. In a number of states, including Missouri, people have already voted. In Missouri, it absentee voting. The other states have early voting, a scheme by democrats to make vote fraud easier.

Easier? How?

It’s simple. Most county clerks really don’t do a passable job. For them it’s best to just ease along, not making any waves. When people register to vote, they don’t cross check to see if the person is already registered with another name. For instance, I, like most Americans, that three names. Let’s make up one, John Thomas Roberts. Mr Roberts could be registered as John Roberts, Tom Roberts, John T. Roberts, J. Thomas Roberts at 123 Main Street. If the clerk mistypes the address, some of those entries could be at 123 Main Street, others at 124 Main Street—and everyone version would be registered as a real voters. Mr. Roberts could, therefore, vote four times—more if he voted early and then showed up at the polls as well. You see, most county clerks never cross-check, nor remove early voters from the poll registry. Mr. Roberts could, theoretically, vote eight times.

In areas in Kansas City, St. Louis, and other liberal bastions across the state, the local poll judges wouldn’t be able to stop them. In times past, some judges were blocked from the polls, or intimidated by thugs. Kansas City’s past history in the last decades has had both.

Polling station with paper ballots

Can we eliminate vote fraud? No, not completely. What we can do, however, is make vote fraud much more difficult. First, require voting by paper ballots. In my county, we mark our choices in black ink on the ballot and then it is scanned and read. Fool proof? No. If the ballot is improperly marked it could be misread. The scanner can have basic logic to reject ballots that have no votes, two votes for the same office, or marks outside of the selection box. But, if there is a question later on the vote count, those paper ballots are still available for a real person to check.

What else can be done? Photo Voter-ID, using a photo taken at the time of registration. Liberal claims to the contrary, if a photo ID is required to cash a check, there is no reason why a photo-ID can’t be required to vote. All claims to the contrary are just tactics by liberals to preserve their ability for vote fraud.

What else? Eliminate early voting. The democrat adage, “Vote early, vote often,” is real. Should we eliminate absentee voting? No, there are legitimate reasons for absentee voting. Citizens in the military, deployed  outside the country or based in other states, retain their right to vote and to have their votes counted. There are mechanisms in place for the military to vote. There are also legitimate reason why others, not in the military, cannot be present to vote at their polls. But, in those cases, the absentee voter should present and sign an affidavit attesting to their reason for not voting at their home polling station, such as travel or illness to name two.

Our Republic is based on the fundamental right of its citizens who meet the established requirements for a voter. That means that aliens, non-citizens, whether here legally or illegally, do NOT vote. The democrats want those illegal votes, it dilutes the votes of citizens and the democrats believe those illegal votes can be bought. The legality of voting is irrelevant to them. Voting is nothing more than a means for them to gain and retain power. If they thought they could get away with it, and if we don’t fight them, one day our right to vote and have it counted, will be no more.

This election appears to be leading to a ‘Pub victory in many areas of the country and in Missouri. Let’s work with our legislators, local and national, in the 2015 session to pass, and override vetos, for some real voter security—paper ballots, audits of the voting rolls and insuring they are clean, passing Photo-IDs for registration and voting, and putting some real teeth in penalties for vote fraud. In many instances, vote fraud is only a misdemeanor. Vote fraud should be a felony with a long prison term and heavy fines.

The United States is a republic, not a democracy nor a mobocracy. We must have the tools to insure it remains a republic. Else, we will have not a republic, not a democracy, but the rule of elites of a single party—just like the old USSR.

Random Items from the News

There are a number of topics that have appeared today. Locally, Kansas is about to present a bill that would require proof of citizenship for acquiring a driver’s license and to register to vote and would require a photo-ID to vote.  Typically, dems are already screaming racism

Missouri already requires such proof for driver’s licenses but not for voter registration.  Why is that? Proof of citizenship is required to get a Missouri driver’s license when no such proof is required to register and vote?  Does not compute! 


This week gas prices in near KC popped over the $3/gal barrier.  It happened just as I was looking at some used SUVs to replace my little runabout.  The pundits are saying that the increase is due to market nervousness over the events in Libya and the mid-east.  Perhaps.  But I do know that if we’d opened up ANWR and promoted drilling here in the lower 48 a decade ago, there’s be no gas crises for US.

Alaska Governor Parnell has taken Palin’s mantra of “Drill, Baby, drill!”       

Now Can We Drill In Alaska?

Gov. Sean Parnell picks up where Gov. Sarah Palin left off. AP

Gov. Sean Parnell picks up where Gov. Sarah Palin left off. AP View Enlarged Image
Energy Policy: Alaska’s governor attacks President Obama’s hostility to oil states and warns that ever-higher oil prices will doom economic recovery. The polar bears are doing fine. The American economy is not.
He didn’t say “drill, baby, drill” in so many words, but the point made by Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, Sarah Palin’s successor, in a speech at the National Press Club was the same.
“This is the moment our government must re-examine its ‘no new wells’ policy when it comes to oil exploration and development here at home,” Parnell said in a speech in which he declared the Obama administration “openly hostile” to oil-producing states.
As we have noted, the administration’s mindless pursuit of green energy at all costs is coupled with an unwillingness to put downward pressure on oil prices by increasing domestic supply, leaving the U.S. perilously dependent on Iran, Libya, Venezuela and the rest.

Industry reports indicate that an estimated 2 trillion barrels of oil lie untouched in Wyoming and the surrounding states. That’s about 3 times the oil currently available in Saudi Arabia and their neighboring countries.  There is a similar amount of oil in ANWR in Alaska’s North Slope.  There is no reason, other than the opposition from dems and their eco-wacko supporters, that gas is now running over $3/gal at the pump.  Critics said a decade ago that it’d take five years for oil from those sites to be productive.  If we’d started then, oil would have been flowing FIVE YEARS AGO!



Want to cut spending and reduce the size of government?  Just cutting agency and departmental duplication would save several hundreds of Billions of dollars.

From The Wall Street Journal…

A report from the nonpartisan GAO, to be released Tuesday, compiles a list of redundant and potentially ineffective federal programs, and it could serve as a template for lawmakers in both parties as they move to cut federal spending and consolidate programs to reduce the deficit. Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.), who pushed for the report, estimated it identifies between $100 billion and $200 billion in duplicative spending. The GAO didn’t put a specific figure on the spending overlap.
The GAO examined numerous federal agencies, including the departments of defense, agriculture and housing and urban development, and pointed to instances where different arms of the government should be coordinating or consolidating efforts to save taxpayers’ money.
The agency found 82 federal programs to improve teacher quality; 80 to help disadvantaged people with transportation; 47 for job training and employment; and 56 to help people understand finances, according to a draft of the report reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

I’d also suggest that some cabinet level departments—like Education, DHS, HHS be eliminated in their entirety. It’d be a good start.