Although ID is very easy to obtain, I start feeling like a racist bringing my ID to voting station.
See? It's not insulting to my intelligence that your beloved government thinks I am incapable to get ID card. Does your beloved "government trusts me with my choice? May be it shouldn't?
Gov. Snyder has offered a 30% discount to Flint residents on the poisoned water he is delivering to their taps. The discount will end whenever the water gets cleaned up.
Somebody buying today, almost twice the average volume. Who wouldn't buy down here. Pretty cheap considering housing continues to improve. With this volatility, Darts will be up. Print money, buy back shares, print more money, buy back more shares.
The pacifists are going to pay big time at the polls for their political correctness.
Many Americans are low-info but not this clueless.. Look at the amazing record
breaking Republican turnout in Iowa this week ~ Motivated !
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government officials fought on Wednesday over who was to blame for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, at a combative congressional hearing that also pitted Democrats against Republicans.
Joel Beauvais, acting water chief for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said Michigan officials ignored federal advice to treat Flint water for corrosion-causing elements last year and delayed for months before telling the public about the health risks of lead-contaminated water.
"What happened in Flint was avoidable and never should have happened," Beauvais said.
EPA's Midwest regional office urged Michigan's environmental agency to address the lack of corrosion control in Flint's water, "but was met with resistance," Beauvais told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "The delays in implementing the actions needed to treat the drinking water and in informing the public of ongoing health risks raise very serious concerns."
yup, EPA sure did their part to ruin the day in Flint.
..teamwork to repair the damage !
Flint, Mich., residents have a new concern on top of lead in their drinking water: Some mortgage lenders say home buyers must prove there is no contamination at a property or they won’t make a loan for its purchase.
Local real-estate agents and lenders worry the new restriction could be another punch in the gut to the city’s housing market, which has long suffered from economic distress after the departure of major auto industry employers.
“The tragedy is an already depressed community is now likely to see housing values plummet not only because of the hazardous water, but because folks cannot obtain financing,” said Daniel Jacobs, an executive with Michigan Mutual, which recently issued a notice to its employees requiring that homes pass a water test before it will make a loan.
Similar notices have been sent out by other lenders, while some major banks, including Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of America Corp. , said obtaining a loan could be difficult if a home doesn’t have potable water.
At issue, lenders say, is how to interpret government mortgage guidelines. The Federal Housing Administration, which backs loans to less-creditworthy borrowers, states that a home must have “a continuing and sufficient supply of safe and potable water.” An FHA spokesman said the agency plans to put out a document soon to address lenders questions on the situation. So far, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the largest backers of mortgages, haven’t changed their loan requirements in Flint.
92-Year-Old Who Once Faced Literacy Tests Sues North Carolina Over New Wave Of Voter Suppression
BY NICOLE FLATOW ON AUGUST 13, 2013 AT 5:19 PM
When Rosanell Eaton was 21 years old and living in segregated North Carolina, she became one of the first African Americans in her county registered to vote, after successfully completing a literacy test that required her to recite the preamble to the Constitution. But now, at 92 years old, she faces new obstacles under the voter suppression law signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) Monday. For one thing, she may not qualify for the voter ID card required under the new law, because the name on her birth certificate is different from the name on her driver’s license and voter registration card. Reconciling this difference will be a costly and time-consuming administrative endeavor. For another, she has participated in early voting since it was instituted in the state. Now, it’s been cut back a week.
She is one of several individuals who, along with civil rights groups, are already suing the state for what may be the most restrictive voting law in the nation. Other restrictive new provisions in the law include the elimination of same-day registration and early registration for high schoolers in advance of their 18th birthday, and prohibiting certain kinds of voter registration drives that tend to register low-income and minority voters.
Eaton participated in Moral Monday protests in North Carolina before the law passed, expressing opposition with fellow North Carolinians to a raft of new state conservative policies that would hurt the poor, women, minorities, and the environment. During one Moral Monday event, her daughter Armenta told ThinkProgress on her behalf, “She thought things were smooth sailing. She’s seen the good, bad, and the ugly. Now she’s seeing the ugly again. She fought for civil rights, she was a civil rights worker, and now she sees that it’s going backward.
Top GOP Senator Says Voting Rights Act Should Be Held Hostage To Protect Voter ID
By Ian Millhiser on Jul 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding how to reinstate provisions of the Voting Rights Act that were recently struck down by the Supreme Court, a top Republican senator indicated that the price of restoring the Act will be creating a special protection for certain state laws that could prevent thousands of minority citizens from casting a ballot. In his opening statement at the hearing, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said that any legislative fix to the Supreme Court’s decision “should not threaten common-sense measures to ensure the integrity of voting, such as constitutional voter identification laws.”
This statement builds upon a prior statement Grassley made shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision. In June, Grassley said that, while he is “open to looking at ways to address the issues addressed in the court’s decision,” he also believed that the Justice Department misused the Voting Rights Act when it blocked voter ID laws. His comment today, which occurred in the context of a list of limits he believes Congress must be cognizant of if it reinstates the Act, is his strongest statement to date indicating that he believes the new law must contain a carve out ensuring that voter ID laws will not be blocked, no matter how severe their impact on minority voters.
In reality, voter ID laws are anything but common sense. Although Grassley claims that they are necessary to preserve voter “integrity” — i.e. to prevent people from showing up at the polls and pretending to be someone else — in-person voter fraud is virtually non-existent. Indeed, one study found that just 0.0023 percent of votes are the product of such fraud. Thus, a person is more likely to be struck by lightning than to commit fraud at the polls.
Michigan emails show officials knew of Flint water disease risk
Thu Feb 4, 2016 | 3:27 PM EST
(Reuters) - Emails between Michigan state officials show they knew about an uptick in Legionnaires disease and that it could be linked to problems with Flint water many months before Governor Rick Snyder said he received information of the outbreak.
Snyder said in January that he had just learned about the rise in Legionnaires cases. However, emails obtained by the liberal group Progress Michigan and released to reporters on Thursday show Snyder's principal adviser, Harvey Hollins, was made aware of the outbreak and a possible link to the use of Flint River water last March.
Flint, a city near Detroit, was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched the source of its tap water from Detroit's system to the Flint River in April.
The city switched back last October after tests found high levels of lead in blood samples taken from children. The more corrosive water from the river leached more lead from the city pipes than Detroit water did. Lead is a toxic agent that can damage the nervous system.
..fine, lets compare radical Christianity to radical Islam ?
So why are you always silent on the religion that keeps producing the world's most violent behavior ?
..that's pretty telling, my friend.
DENVER, Colorado — During a panel on voter ID laws, the Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky declared at the Colorado Conservative Political Action Conference that voters who are facing disenfranchisement should really be thankful for new, discriminatory voter ID laws being introduced by conservatives across the country:
VON SPAKOVSKY: Getting the very few people who don’t have an ID an ID is very easy. And in fact, we should be happy that people have to get an id like that. Why? Because you cannot function in today’s society without an id. And anyone who doesn’t have one, we’re doing them a favor. We are helping them to get identification they will then need to do all kinds of things. Like if they want to apply for public systems or welfare, you need an ID. You want to do all kinds of other things, you need an ID.
His comments on the number of people without government-issued identification are false. The non-partisan Brennan Center for Justice at New York University has published an exhaustive study which shows that 11 percent of all eligible voters nationally don’t have a government-issued photo id. That figure climbs dramatically for college students, seniors, minorities and low-income voters.
Von Spakovsky has a long history of voter suppression dating back to his time as a George W. Bush appointee to the Federal Election Commission, where, according to the Washington Post, he used “every opportunity he had over four years in the Justice Department to make it difficult for voters — poor, minority and Democratic — to go to the polls.”
Now from his perch at the far-right Heritage Foundation, he and fellow conservatives have spent the last few years promoting new voter ID laws in states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in an attempt to solve the country’s non-existent voter fraud problem. Since 2000, there has been about one case of voter impersonation per every 15 million votes cast.That’s compared to an estimated 21 million eligible voters who don’t have