Posts Tagged ‘Voting’

The Naming II

Current vote tallies are as follows.

An Leargaidh The Slopes    2 Votes
An Dun Hill Fort   2 Votes
Monadh Liath Grey Mountains  1 vote
Cair Ceann Tulaich  Fort of the hillock 1 Vote

And lets not forget an honorary mention for Caisleán Critter 

Don’t forget to check here for the full list.

Vote tallies will end the morning of Saturday April 20th.

As for me? I’m trying to maintain decorum. Of course inside I’m screaming.  5 and a half hours and it will be all over.

So here’s something to set the mood. Caoineadh Cu Chlainn, probably one of the prettiest songs I know of, as performed by Bill Whelan and played on a Uilleann Pipe.

The Disfranchisement of the American Citizen

Once upon a time the dream of immigrants was American Citizenship.

I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God

However, one city, one state at a time, that is rapidly becoming unnecessary. Furthermore those of us whom actually are citizens are paying the price of the disenfranchisement, as well as the price tag of the benefits of not being an American citizen.

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A Major Victory for Georgia…

I have just heard about this story, apparently the state of Georgia has been in courts for over 2 years fighting for the right to verify voters’ identity, as well as their citizenship.  This is awesome to me, here’s the whole story:

Ga. Voter Checks System OK’d

ATLANTA (AP) The Justice Department has given Georgia approval to again verify voters’ identity and citizenship, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced on Monday. Federal officials have precleared a modified new program designed to confirm that prospective voters are U.S. citizens. The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division had repeatedly rejected similar versions of the Georgia program.
It has been mired in legal challenges since 2008, which Republican supporters argue has opened the state’s elections up to possible fraud.Kemp, a Republican, had filed a lawsuit two months ago to push the voting check system through, arguing the Justice Department was “playing politics” by refusing to approve the initiative.On Monday, Kemp suggested that lawsuit had forced the Justice Department’s hand.“When we filed the lawsuit, I was criticized by some because they believed it would be too time-consuming and expensive,” Kemp said.

“After the litigation was filed, it took less than two months for the DOJ to consent to preclearance of the verification process.”
Both sides have now filed a joint request to dismiss the lawsuit.In their legal filing, Justice Department officials made clear that the state had modified its plan so that it finally passed muster with the federal Voting Rights Act.Officials with the Justice Department had no additional comment.  A spokesman for Kemp said Monday that the changes impact the pool of would-be voters the checks apply to.  The original proposal included first-time voter registration applicants who send in their forms by mail.  It also applied to already-registered voters who seek to change a key piece of identifying information, like a name, Matt Carrothers said.  The modified plan that won DOJ approval includes all first-time voter registration applicants, including those seeking to register in person. It eliminates those who’ve already registered but are seeking to make changes, Carrothers said.  The state checks new voters against information in databases held by the Georgia Department of Driver Services or Social Security Administration.Justice Department lawyers had earlier argued the program was flawed and subjected minority voters to heightened scrutiny.  Under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, Georgia and other states with a history of discriminatory voting practices must preclear any changes to election rules with the Justice Department or through the federal courts.  The program was implemented in 2007 and came under scrutiny in the 2008 election after it raised questions about the citizenship of some 4,500 would-be voters.  After a challenge was filed by voting rights groups in the weeks leading up to the 2008 elections, a federal three-judge panel said the state must seek Justice Department preclearance under the Voting Rights Act.  The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division rejected the checks in May and October of last year.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Spending my Thanksgiving night enjoying wine. pic.twitter.com/ccfZ…

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    Halloween Witcher
    art by Nastya Kulakovskaya

    Candy as Yennefer
    Anna as Ciri
    Torie as Triss
    photo by me

    10/31/17

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    Tejuino a local traditional Guadalajara cocktail. Tastes like a liquid corn tortilla

    10/25/17

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    Another custom cocktail from LLaura of Hyatt Andares of Guadalajara
    This is a berry, mescal and vodka blend!

    10/17/17

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