The signature petitions are in for the expanded gambling proposal in Nebraska.
Like the death penalty petition, they had to get X number to put it on the November ballot. You may have seen them in places like around the CWS collecting signatures.
But now that they’ve been turned in, reportedly a LARGE number of signatures are being disqualified.
Why? Because they’re fake? Because they’re not from Nebraska? Because they’re underage?
No, because the signer didn’t add the date.
That is the word on the street, as it were.
Now, in past signature petition efforts, this seemingly innocuous deviation was ignored. Why? Because the signatures still have to have a notary stamp accompanying them. So that shows the signatures were gathered WITHIN the timeframe of the process. Not before and not after.
And the question now is, what was the standard used on previous petitions and what is it for THIS one?
Is a date required for gambling signatures, but not for death penalty signatures?
Is there a different standard?
Have the rules changed?
We will wait to see the results on this issue.
Retired Brigadier General Don Bacon recently responded to Brad Ashford regarding the dustup about the Khizr Khan speech.
He said, in part:
“I have been to 10 homes to inform families of the loss of their loved ones. I have seen the pain, suffering, and cost firsthand. There are few who can truly understand the sacrifice of Gold Star families, for they have given more than most to protect this country. For this, we owe them our heartfelt gratitude and the unconditional support of the nation.
Mr. Trump’s comments were inappropriate and unacceptable.
Mrs. Clinton has habitually lied for sixteen months regarding her classified emails and did so again last Sunday. She lacks integrity and Ashford should step down as her Nebraska Presidential Campaign Co-Chair.”
Trump said that Kahn shouldn’t attack him and tell him that he hasn’t read the Constitution. OK, fine. He could have just stayed out of it, but he was attacked politically, so that’s his deal.
And then he went a step further and said…
“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
On that point, Bacon is correct, “inappropriate and unacceptable.” Trump shouldn’t have questioned whether a Gold Star mother was simply grieving and unable to speak.
But that statement is the totality of what he said “attacking” the Gold Star mother, while he was attacked as well.
Now Hillary has said that the Benghazi Gold Star Mothers are lying when they say she told them the attacks were caused by a video.
She has stood by that, and says the Benghazi mothers “Are wrong. Absolutely wrong.”
Yet that stands.
And you’ll find ZERO outrage by the press (and of course the Democrats) about that statement.
There is an interesting column by Kurt Schlicter that discusses this phenomena.
He calls it the “Liberals’ Fake Outrage Cliches”.
“You know, for a conservative there’s not much to like about Trump, there are two things to love. The first is that he’s not Hillary Clinton. The second is that he just doesn’t care what liberals say.”
He goes on…
“The thing is, I’m not voting for Donald Trump to be my pal. I’m voting for him not to be Hillary. I’m going to vote for the imperfect vessel instead of the overflowing chamber pot.
I don’t care if Trump’s mean. I don’t care if he scandalizes the tender sensitivities of the fey and the fainthearted. I don’t care if he sacrifices golden retriever puppies to Baal by moonlight on an altar on the rooftop of his tacky Manhattan high-rise.
I don’t care if Trump’s a bad person because I know that Hillary Clinton is a worse person, and that she would be unrestrained in power and pose a significant chance of plunging this country into violence. Compared to what that malignant Chavez wanna-be has in mind, electing the jerk seems the best way to avoid the kind of civil conflict that would give the fussy Trump foes something to really sob about.
And if you think that makes me “despicable” or lack “honor” or whatever else you want to offer to try to shame me into smoothing the way for Hillary’s coronation, well, I got something that you can repudiate.
The problem with Republicans is that for too long our elite cared what liberals said. “Oh no! They called us sexist! They called us racist!” It’s like at some level they wondered, “Could it be true? Could Mitt Romney actually be the moral equivalent of David Duke? I mean, Democrats certainly wouldn’t imply that with absolutely no basis in fact.” But not Trump and his voters. They see the lies and give precisely zero damns.
The libs called George W. Bush “Chimpy McBu$hiltlerburton” and he took it. McCain felt morally obligated to nod along as they flayed him – hell, just this week he pivoted back to his classic Maverick Blue Falcon mode with his pompous pseudo-outrage at Trump for refusing to bend over, thank the libs, and ask, “May I have another?”
Even Romney refused to go bareknuckle with that lying sack of president of ours. So it’s kind of refreshing when Trump wears the lies and faux outrage of his enemies as proudly as a Latin American generalissimo wears his medals.”
“The voters are done with this hypocritical crap. We’re not voting for Trump to be our buddy. We’re voting for him to deny insider elitist libfascist Hillary the presidency until a conservative can come along who has the ability to connect with normal voters and the stones to fight. We’ve seen their lies and we just don’t care anymore. Our next candidate better understand that the game has changed and that we’re playing by the Dems’ rules now. If he or she does, then maybe this crummy year won’t be a total loss.”
I still remember an Election day about 20 years ago, washing my hands in a public bathroom. Two custodians were in changing the trashcans and one said to the other, “You vote today?” And the other said, “Nah! I say, F**K ‘em!”
And that was an Election Day between what the media today would call two “electable” candidates.
Of course back then, ONE of the candidates was described as an old angry man who would have set the country back generations with his catastrophic Supreme Court nominations and economic plans that would destroy the economy.
The other was the Democrat.
Ah, how times have changed!
But I did think about the angry guy, probably in his 50s, who declared that he would SHOW THEM by just NOT voting! Ha! They want his vote? They can suck it!
And I think the same thing about those who are declaring that they hate BOTH candidates this election. And to show it, they’ll just not vote for either of the top two!
Which is fine.
But one of them is going to win.
ONE OF THEM will be in the White House.
Now you can claim that you’re wiping your hands of the whole thing. But you still have to live here (unless you’re a part of that select group of Supreme Court Justices moving to New Zealand).
If Hillary wins she isn’t going to pay attention to the the “anti-Trump” voters who sat on their hands. She will declare victory, thank her adoring fans, and march forward with her agenda.
This election is not about “telling our children what kind of candidates we want.”
That was for the primaries. And some chose to sit out the primaries.
The November election is between Trump and Hillary.
You can choose to help put one in, or keep one out.
Telling them to “F” themselves, plus $1.75, will get you a small coffee at Starbucks.