Wednesday Battleground Open Comments

It seems that Battleground Texas may have some battles other than changing Texas blue. James O’Keefe’s videos have spawned some legal problems for the movement.

If you haven’t seen the video in question, here it is:

It shows BT workers violating election laws by illegally copying personal information from voter registration forms. They are prohibited from doing this – but since when have election laws ever stopped a Democrat?

Maybe now…Dewhurst is demanding action, and BT is now under legal scrutiny.

Shortly after Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst demanded action by the Texas Secretary of State and Attorney General’s offices, Bexar County District Attorney Susan D. Reed was handed three official voter registration complaints as a result of Battleground Texas’ (BGTX) campaign activities late Friday.

And Abbott is being a class act, and following ethics laws.

Given the statistical likelihood that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will face State Senator Wendy Davis in the 2014 General Election, the sitting AG opted to recuse himself from any official investigation into potentially illegal campaign tactics carried out by his opponent’s field support team.

So Battleground Texas is facing legal issues. Not that they care much. They’d rather blame their problems on the messenger. Kind of like crying “Look over there! SQUIRREL!”

Since the initial revelation of San Antonio-based field operatives for BGTX were caught on camera allegedly conspiring to commit violations of the Texas Election Code by harvesting “confidential” voter data, Battleground Texas’ tone and response has hardly changed. A spokesperson for the political outfit continued to personally attack Project Veritas Founder James O’Keefe without direct refutation of the charges.

“The allegations are based on footage by admitted criminal James O’Keefe whose partisan Republican antics of doctoring videos are well known,” Ellis Brachman, claimed. Brachman added that Battleground Texas’ legal team was currently working on a response to “expos[ing] these claims as utterly without foundation in Texas law.”

This could get fun, folks. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen anyone hoisted on their own petard.

This Argument We’ve Been Having…

Andrew Klavan at Pajamas Media:

Just to let you know where I stand emotionally, here’s a true story. The first time I made a speech before a Tea Party crowd, I felt as if I were floating two feet off the ground. I respected, admired and agreed with the Tea Partiers so completely, that my heart rose up and I began to believe that despite the Obama debacle, the country would ultimately be fine. As I was leaving the rally, I got a call from a friend asking me to come by for a drink with a couple of the highest-ranking Republicans in Washington. It was me and them, having a glass together, eye to eye. By the time I left that gathering, I was so depressed by the establishment GOP’s blindness and philosophical corruption I could barely see straight. I phoned Andrew Breitbart for moral support. “I’ve just had a drink with [blank] and [blank],” I began. And he responded immediately, “Are they ***holes or what?”

All my sympathies, in other words, are with the Tea Party. And I would truly love to see the RINOs skewered on their own horns.

And yet…  In general, Tea Party candidates tend to do well in congressional races where small, homogenous districts are in play. In Senate races where you need votes across an entire state, a primary victory for someone like Christine O’Donnell or Todd Akin may briefly fill the conservative heart with joy, but the loss of a Senate seat that could have been won is simply too high a price to pay for that momentary triumph.

There are, at the time of posting, 360 comments and they cover just about everything.  I recommend perusing them.  It’s the national conversation of the Right.

We Weren’t Invaders. We’re Cousins!

Now be quiet and go make me some pemmican.

The characteristic fluting of the stone weapons serve as archeological evidence that the boy, who died some 12,600 years ago, came from the Clovis culture. It was one of the earliest New World groups, disappearing mysteriously a few centuries after the child’s burial in present day Montana. From the summit of a hill towering over the burial site near the Yellowstone River, the boy’s Ice Age contemporaries could monitor their hunting grounds for mammoth and bison.

Now a team of scientists led by the Danish geneticist Eske Willerslev has analyzed the boy’s origins and discovered that he descends from a Siberian tribe with roots tracing back to Europe. Some of the boy’s ancestors are likely even to have lived in present-day Germany.

Their findings go even further: More than 80 percent of all native peoples in the Americas — from the Alaska’s Aleuts to the Maya of Yucatan to the Aymaras along the Andes — are descended from Montana boy’s lineage.


There is still a glimmer of hope for America.

According to the fine people at the American Veterinary Medicine Association, dogs are the preferred pet among a plurality of pet owners. However, according to this chart, the CCL’s are making it up in volume:

companion pets

The chart implies that there are approx 69 million pet doggies out there, but almost 76 million cats.

The chart also implies that there is a very significant number of cat hoarders, since the average per household is more that the necessary threshold.

This outfit is also a little bit puzzling since, as you can see above, horses are considered a companion animal. And as you can see below, fish, gerbils, guinea pigs, and hamsters are exotic somehow.

exotic pets

I’ll leave with this: