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  1. Gary Kleppe commented on Jim Morin about 11 hours ago

    I think this is what’s known as “damning with faint praise.”

  2. Gary Kleppe commented on Jack Ohman about 24 hours ago

    Reality has a well-known liberal bias.

  3. Gary Kleppe commented on Jim Morin 2 days ago

    I guess the point Gresch thinks he’s making is that I lock my house up even though I haven’t personally had anyone try to break in. That much is true.

    However, there’s objective evidence that home burglaries are a problem. While my house hasn’t been broken into, others have. The same is not true of voter impersonation.

    A better analogy would be if I managed an apartment building. Let’s suppose I started demanding that all tenants must have a key to get into the front door in addition to the one for their individual rooms even though I could produce no evidence that such double security produced any better results. Let’s also say that I arranged that such keys are expensive, take time to obtain, and are only available during work hours, and only at locations that certain types of persons would frequent, e.g. you could get them at gun shows but not on college campuses. I know I’m straining the analogy, but if I did all of this it would be pretty obvious that my real motive was to persuade certain classes of renters to move out.

  4. Gary Kleppe commented on Jim Morin 2 days ago

    What does this have to do with anything?

  5. Gary Kleppe commented on Jim Morin 3 days ago

    It doesn’t matter whether she did vote six times. Six votes is not enough to swing an election. What’s more, she did have ID, so if there was a crime there then the rules that Republicans want to impose wouldn’t have stopped her.

    So once again, let’s see any example of voter fraud that ID requirements would have prevented, and that occurred in sufficient numbers to possibly influence the outcome of an election.

  6. Gary Kleppe commented on Jim Morin 3 days ago

    The AZ example, if true — if the only witness was a Republican Party chair, I wouldn’t bet the rent on it — is an instance of vote counting fraud, not voter fraud. ID laws would do nothing to prevent it. (The computerized voting that got ushered in by the Bush administration will make this kind of fraud undetectable. So look on the bright side.)

    Breitbart is (or was) a known liar and con artist, so not even going to look at the second link. Even if what they allege is true, six votes wouldn’t swing anything.

  7. Gary Kleppe commented on Jim Morin 3 days ago

    Show us any example, any one will do, where when IDs weren’t required, evidence of voter fraud occurred in numbers large enough that it could’ve possibly affected the outcome of an election.

    Yes, I’ll wait.

  8. Gary Kleppe commented on John Deering 7 days ago

    Bringing in side issues that don’t really negate the point made is obfuscation. The Republicans cut the budget. These cuts hampered the ability of the CDC to manage Ebola. If you want to dispute either of these points, it would be relevant to the debate. Saying “But Obama did it toooooo!” is not.

    I had criticized the Republicans for demanding spending cuts and then using those cuts to score political points. Since I’ve never demanded spending cuts (except as regards the military budget and other forms of welfare for rich people) I fail to see how I’m doing the same thing. Maybe what you don’t get is that I’m not Obama and don’t necessarily agree with or approve of everything he does.

  9. Gary Kleppe commented on John Deering 8 days ago

    It’s Republicans who for decades have been campaigning in favor of across-the-board spending cuts. No matter how much you obfuscate, that fact remains. I can’t speak for Obama, but personally I favor massive cuts for the Pentagon and other forms of corporate welfare, not for any human services.

  10. Gary Kleppe commented on John Deering 8 days ago

    They don’t dispute that Republicans cut the budget and they don’t dispute that this hampered the ability of CDC to operate. All they say is that Obama also cut the budget.

    So, here again we have a standard Republican tactic: Scream “*CUT THE BUDGET!!!!!*” at the top of your lungs. Then when somebody you don’t like does cut the budget, condemn him for it in order to score political points.