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Improving Accuracy Of Voter Rolls

The goal of maintaining an accurate voter list is to prevent ineligible people from voting, prevent anyone from voting twice and, by reducing inaccuracies, speed up the voter check-in process at polling places. ncsl

To protect the integrity of our elections is making sure the voter rolls are accurate and up-to-date.

In 2005, the United States Department of Justice sued the state of Missouri, alleging nearly one-third of the state’s counties had a higher number of registered voters on their rolls than residents of voting age in the November 2004 general elections. komu

The Globe reported in 2016, “Massachusetts voter rolls list a record 4.5 million registrations, but an untold number — potentially as high as 1 million registrations — should no longer be on the books.” BostonGlobe

Eventually,  out-of-date registrations are removed but there can be a lag time of several years.

A 2012 Pew report called voter registration systems in many states inefficient and said they have failed to keep pace with technological improvements, creating inaccurate lists of registered voters.

The study estimated that about 24 million, or one in every eight, voter registrations nationwide were no longer valid or “significantly inaccurate.” That included more than 1.8 million deceased individuals listed as voters and 2.75 million people with registrations in more than one state. BostonGlobe

GAO June 2016 report stated,  “The Pew report went on to state that “outdated and inaccurate voter rolls and a heavy dependence on new voter registrations submitted by unregulated third-party groups led to troubling questions about the integrity of our elections.”

The Pew report provided recommended steps that states should take toward modernizing their voter registration systems. These recommendations included offering online registration, providing improved technology at motor vehicle offices and public aid agencies to aid in registration, and exchanging data with other states to aid in removing duplicate and invalid records and removing ineligible voters.

ERIC Electronic Registration Information Center

Founded in 2012 as a project between the states and The Pew Charitable Trusts, was organized to address the challenge of incomplete and inaccurate voter registration lists. Since shortly after ERIC’s founding, state election officials have overseen and managed the program to organize the collection, analysis, and distribution of data among member states. The organization uses automated data-matching software to produce reports for member states, with the goal of helping state and local officials maintain accurate registration lists. GAO

20 states plus Washington D.C use ERIC to keep their voter rolls accurate.

The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) is partnering up with states to help them communicate about voter registration. The idea for ERIC was born out of the Pew Research Center’s conference called “Voting in America”:

“The overall consensus was that voter registration was out of date,” ERIC’s executive director John Lindback told Business Insider. “It’s the biggest problem with elections in the United States.”

ERIC was officially formed in 2012 with seven states: Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, Utah, Virginia and Washington. ERIC collects data from the states’ voter registration databases, DMV records, the Social Security Death Index, and changes in addresses from the U.S. Postal Service. They crosscheck names with the data collected from other states, and if they find potential duplicates, ERIC notifies the states, which can then contact the person directly and ask them to update their voter registration information.

Today, ERIC’s membership has grown to 20 states, as well as Washington D.C. BusinessInsider

Video:  ERIC Introduction

Iowa Flag Burners Charged With Open Burning Without A Permit

Protesters can protest, chant, and carry signs, but they are not allowed to break laws while protesting.

A group of protesters set fire to multiple American flags on the Iowa City pedestrian mall on Thursday, setting off a scuffle and heated verbal arguments with bystanders.

The flag burning was not intended to be anti-veteran, members of the group said, but instead meant to protest racial and social injustice and U.S. imperialism, they said.

“When I see the flag, I see racial injustice,” said Paul Osgerby of Iowa City. “I see social injustice from Native American genocide to African-American slavery to failing to recognize women as citizens until the 20th century.”

Still, the actions caused a scene on the pedestrian mall across from the Old Capitol Mall, as onlookers shouted and a man in a FedEx uniform, Matt Uhrin, rushed out with a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze. Uhrin took one of the flags from protesters, scuffling with a number of protesters in the process.

Uhrin declined to comment except to say his actions were not related to his employer.  press-citizen

FedEx reviewed employee action in Iowa

Video: FedEx Driver Defends Old Glory

Two members of the group, Osgerby and Kelli Ebensberger, also of Iowa City, were charged with violating Iowa City’s public burn ordinance, a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail or a fine of up to $625.

Iowa City Police Sgt. Scott Gaarde said the two were charged because they failed to seek a permit from the fire department to burn the flags, not because of what they were burning. Iowa has a law on the books that makes it illegal to defile, cast contempt upon, satirize or deride a flag. That law, however, was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in December 2014 and state prosecutors were told not to enforce it.

“It’s not for the content of what they were burning but rather for violating the city ordinance of open burning,” Gaarde said. press-citizen

Pelosi Rips Christian Republicans: ‘They Pray In Church On Sunday And Then Prey On People The Rest Of The Week’

Nancy Pelosi and other leftist continue to wonder why the disconnect between today’s Democratic Party and voters.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi maligned traditional, hard-working Americans last week, slamming them as hypocritical oppressors.

Questioned about the disconnect that white, working-class voters feel between themselves and the Democratic Party, the California Democrat lashed out. She cast her party as righteous saviors against traditional, patriotic Americans and painted Republicans, people of faith, and pro-lifers as phonies who victimize others.

“They pray in church on Sunday and then prey on people the rest of the week,” she stated. “And while we’re doing the Lord’s work by ministering to the needs of God’s creation, they are ignoring those needs, which is to dishonor the God who made them.” LifeSiteNews

March For Life 2017


The 2017 March for Life has a theme this year of “The Power of One.”

 

From Video:  We believe that one person, one check, one prayer can make a huge difference.

Video:  Investing Hope: The Power of One

Hundreds of thousands of jubilant pro-lifers are filling Washington’s streets for Friday’s March for Life, buoyed by the prospect of pro-life gains under the Trump administration.

The 44th annual March for Life comes at the end of a momentous week in which Trump restored the ban on US funding of foreign pro-abortion groups, Congress voted to permanently ban taxpayer funding of abortion domestically, and Trump signaled his intention to nominate a pro-life justice to the Supreme Court next week.

Moreover, news broke Thursday that Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the March, the first time in the event’s history a vice president will speak. Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager and now Counselor to the President, is also scheduled to speak.

“With the Trump administration having done nothing but laudable things on the pro-life front so far, there’s incredible enthusiasm and encouragement” in the run-up to the March, says Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League.  LifeSiteNews

President Trump

Trump will send prepared remarks to be read at the March for Life rally.

President Trump’s remarks will follow two occasions on which Trump criticized the mainstream media for his lack of coverage of the pro-life event despite over half a million people attending. LifeNews

MUIR: Could you hear them from the White House?

TRUMP: No, I couldn’t hear them. The crowds were large, but you will have a large crowd on Friday, too, which is mostly pro-life people. You’re going to have a lot of people coming on Friday. And I will say this, and I didn’t realize this. But I was told. You will have a very large crowd of people. I don’t know as large or larger. Some people said it will be larger. Pro-life people and they say the press doesn’t cover them.

MUIR: I don’t want to compare crowd sizes again. I – I—I–

TRUMP: No, you should—But let me just tell you. What you do say is that the press doesn’t cover them.

In the transcript of the interview, ABC censors President Trump slamming media for not covering March for Life.  ABC website transcript.

Guess what? This entire exchange is simply omitted from the ABC transcript.

Is it a clerical oversight? Did they not like seeing powdered and blow-dried empty suit that runs their news operation stuttering away? Did it interfere with their narrative about Trump? Did they, in short, intentionally cut it? I don’t know anything more than that, but the omission seems to make Donald Trump’s point about March for Life coverage in a much stronger way than Trump did. In other words, that they’re so committed to not covering the size of the March they couldn’t even let this point stand on their website. RedState

Vice President Mike Pence will speak at March for Life, the first vice president ever to address the pro-life event in person.

Vice President Mike Pence will rally alongside pro-life marchers in Washington Friday — marking the first time someone from the executive branch will appear at the annual gathering.

“We are very pleased to welcome Vice President Mike Pence to speak at this year’s March for Life. His appearance marks a historic moment for the pro-life movement as Vice President Pence will be the first Vice President or President to speak at the March for Life,” March for Life President Jeanne Mancini. NYPost

Support And Opposition Of US Embassy Relocation To Jerusalem

Video:  Jerusalem: 4000 Years in 5 Minutes

Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital.  Currently, no country has its embassy in Jerusalem.

President Trump is not the first President to promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem in line with the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which was passed by Congress in 1995. But every president since has signed a national-security waiver suspending the act, arguing that Jerusalem’s status will be determined only after a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Economist

Thanks to a law signed by Bill Clinton, Trump will face a decision on whether to move the embassy within his first six months in office. The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 mandates that the U.S. Embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem or risk a massive cut in State Department funding, but allows the president to postpone the move for reasons of national security.

Since the law’s passage, successive presidents have issued such a waiver every six months. The most recent one, signed by Obama on Dec. 1, expires in May 2017, meaning it will be up to Trump to decide the embassy’s fate. Politico

Christians – Support

Aside from its centrality to Jewish history, and its role as Israel’s capital, Jerusalem is also a holy place for many Bible-reading Christians. As such, prominent pro-Israel Christian organizations are lining up to express their support for President Donald Trump’s campaign vow to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and to hold the president accountable for his words.

Susan Michael, the US director for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), said Christians already understand that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and would like to see the American government follow suit. In fact, the ICEJ has had its own “unofficial” embassy in Jerusalem since 1980, a point that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted in his 2016 Christmas address.

“Hundreds of millions of Christians around the world understand from their Bible the spiritual significance of Jerusalem to the Jewish people, and that it was established as the capital of Israel some 3,000 years ago by King David,” Michael told JNS.org, adding that Christians “believe the spiritual law of blessing established in Genesis 12 that God will bless those who bless the Jewish people.” Algemeiner

Political

“A U.S. administration would be seriously harming its potential role, as it has historically played, as a so-called ‘honest broker’ between the Israelis and the Arabs,” said Edward Djerejian, the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and ambassador to Israel under the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations. Politico

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer was an original co-sponsor on the Jerusalem Embassy Act and has expressed support for relocating the embassy.

“Senator Schumer has long supported moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and has called on both Democratic and Republican Presidents to make this happen,” Matt House, Schumer’s spokesman, told Politico in an email.

EU – Opposes

European Union foreign ministers opposed any plan to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and warned that it could ratchet up tensions with the Arab world.

“It is very important for us all to refrain from unilateral actions, especially those that can have serious consequences in large sectors of public opinion in large parts of the world,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters after chairing their talks in Brussels.

“We hope that there can be reflection on consequences of any move that is taken,” she said. Mogherini declined to say what consequences could be considered as no formal decision has been made to move the embassy. USNews

Muslim Nations and Allies – Oppose

Reasons (and others) we can expect that NO Muslim nation will agree with President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  Continue reading Support And Opposition Of US Embassy Relocation To Jerusalem

The Cost Of Illegal Immigration

The influx of nearly 11 million illegal immigrants — mostly low-skilled adults and their children:

  • Undermines respect for the law.
  • Strain resources in public schools and for other social services.
  • Drives down wages and increases unemployment, especially for America’s lowest-paid workers.
  • Cost taxpayers of the U.S. over $113 billion [2013] in state spending – housing, food, healthcare, incarceration, education…

Wondering how illegal immigration is affecting your state and pocket book?

State-by-state infographics on the cost of illegal immigration. Most of the amounts are from 3 to 5 years ago, today’s cost would be higher.

Top image is California from FAIR

San Francisco Has The Lowest Percentage Of Children Of Any Major U.S. City

“Everybody talks about children being our future,” said Norman Yee, a member of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. “If you have no children around, what’s our future?” NYTimes

Since the 1960s the number of children in San Francisco has gradually declined.

Raising children is on the agenda for Daisy Yeung, a high school science teacher, and Slin Lee, a software engineer. But just not in San Francisco. “When we imagine having kids, we think of somewhere else,” Mr. Lee said. “It’s starting to feel like a no­kids type of city.” NYTimes

Today San Francisco has the lowest percentage of children of any of the largest 100 cities in America, according to census data.

As an urban renaissance has swept through major American cities in recent decades, San Francisco’s population has risen to historical highs and a forest of skyscraping condominiums has replaced tumbledown warehouses and abandoned wharves.

At the same time, the share of children in San Francisco fell to 13 percent, low even compared with another expensive city, New York, with 21 percent. Chicago, 23 percent of the population is under 18 years old, which is also the overall average across the United States. NYTimes

Demographic and Poverty Trends in San Francisco sfhsa

San Francisco population of dogs is roughly the same number of children.

“Sometimes I’ll be walking through the city and I’ll see a child and think, ‘Hey, wait a second. What are you doing here?’” said Courtney Nam, who works downtown at a tech start­up. “You don’t really see that many kids.”

There is one statistic that the city’s natives have heard too many times. San Francisco, population 865,000, has roughly the same number of dogs as children: 120,000. In many areas of the city, pet grooming shops seem more common than schools. NYTimes

There are a number of factors for the decline: public schools, high housing cost, tech culture, homosexual population, and worldview.

In an interview last year, Peter Thiel, the billionaire Silicon Valley investor and a co­founder of PayPal, described San Francisco as “structurally hostile to families.” Prohibitive housing costs are not the only reason there are relatively few children. A public school system of uneven quality, the attractiveness of the

Prohibitive housing costs are not the only reason there are relatively few children. A public school system of uneven quality, the attractiveness of the less foggy suburbs to families, and the large number of gay men and women, many of them childless, have all played roles in the decline in the number of children, which  began with white flight from the city in the 1970s. The tech boom now reinforces the notion that San Francisco is a place for the young, single and rich.  NYTimes

A cultural and worldview shift is shown in San Francisco with the decline of children in the population.  A secular worldview that redefines the family and human sexuality – marriage, sex, and reproduction.

 

Under Cover Of Night, Syrian Wounded Seek Help From Israel

Nearly every night Syrian wounded come to the Golan Heights in Israel seeking medical help.  Coming into Israel challenge their perceptions about the Jewish state.

It happens nearly every night. After dark, the Syrian wounded come to known locations on the Israel-Syria front in the Golan Heights, driven by desperation to seek help from an enemy army.

Israeli soldiers on lookout or patrol spot them waiting by the fence and whisk them away to a rear position where army medics soon arrive, according to army officials operating in the Golan Heights.

Israel refuses to accept refugees fleeing the nearly six-year conflict in Syria, a country with which it remains technically at war. But it has allowed in more than 2,600 Syrians for medical care…

One man, his legs pierced by shrapnel, survived a bomb attack in his village in which 23 people were killed.

“In the past we used to know Israel as our enemy. That’s what the regime used to tell us,” he said. “When we came to Israel we changed our minds, there is no enmity between us.

“In the end we discovered that our regime is the enemy of us all,” he said, referring to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.  Reuters

Video: Under the Cover of Night, Syrians Seek Help From Israel

Trump Administration Fires Four Top State Department Officials

Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary for management, left those in Benghazi hanging in the wind.

Two senior administration officials said Thursday that the Trump administration told four top State Department management officials that their services were no longer needed as part of an effort to “clean house” at Foggy Bottom.

Patrick Kennedy, who served for nine years as the undersecretary for management, Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Joyce Anne Barr, and Ambassador Gentry Smith and Ambassador Gentry Smith, director of the Office for Foreign Missions, were sent letters by the White House that their service was no longer required, the sources told CNN.

All four, career officers serving in positions appointed by the President, submitted letters of resignation per tradition at the beginning of a new administration. CNN

Dallas Teacher Shoots Water Pistol At Trump Image, Screams ‘Die!’

Dallas high school art teacher Payal Modi was recorded screaming “Die” as she fired a water pistol at a projection on a whiteboard of President Trump inaugural address.  Payal posted the video on her Instagram account.

Unprofessional behavior + she filmed it + she posted it to her Instagram account = Insane!

Her behavior is unprofessional and unacceptable.  If students were in that classroom, that is especially appalling!

The incident appears to take place in a classroom, but it’s unclear whether students were present.

According to Townhall.com, the teacher originally had posted the video on Instagram with the captions “Watching the #inauguration in my classroom like…. #no #stop #denial #squirtgun #hypocrisy #powerless #saveusall #teachthembetter #atleastitsfriday”.” It’s since been deleted but saved versions of it are available YouTube and Twitter…

Voices in the background of the video during the last couple of seconds sound like students, though the video does not show anyone but the teacher.  TheCollegeFix

Video:  Teacher Fires Water Gun At Projection Of President Trump

This teacher has been suspended and is under investigation by the school district.

Dallas ISD‘s statement:

“Today, we were made aware of a social media posting being circulated involving a teacher at W. H. Adamson High School. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave and the district has opened an investigation. This is a personnel matter and, as such, we cannot comment.”

Queen’s Chaplain Resigns Over Glasgow Cathedral Koran Reading

Parts of the Koran read from the pulpit in Glasgow Cathedral on the Feast of the Epiphany:

34 That is Jesus, the son of Mary — the word of truth about which they are in dispute.
35 It is not [befitting] for Allah to take a son; exalted is He! When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is.
36 [Jesus said], “And indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path.”

These extra Ayah teach two clear things. First, Jesus is not the son of God and is not divine. Second, Jesus should not be worshipped. These are the two doctrines that were proclaimed from the pulpit in Glasgow Cathedral on the Feast of the Epiphany, the celebration of Jesus being revealed to the nations.VirtualOnline

The Rev Gavin Ashenden resigned as Queen’s chaplain after he defended the faith by speaking up about the Koran reading at Glasgow Cathedral.

He said that he had to make a choice between the “important honour” of continuing in the role of royal chaplain, and having the ability to speak out on matters he felt strongly about…

“I am fairly clear in my own mind that my duty to my conscience, to my order, to my understanding of Christianity and my vocation is that I am supposed to be speaking out in the public space on behalf of the Christ I serve.”

A chaplain to the Queen has resigned after publicly criticising a church that allowed a Koran reading during its service as part of an interfaith project.

The Rev Gavin Ashenden, who until this week was one of the 33 special chaplains to the Queen, said the reading was “a fairly serious error” and one which he had a duty to speak out about.

“There are things we should not tolerate because they are destructive,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme.“I don’t accept the rather feeble accusation that intolerance is a bad thing.”

During a service at St Mary’s Episcopal in Glasgow earlier this month to mark the feast of the Epiphany, there was a reading of a passage from the Koran which said that Jesus was not the son of God. Telegraph

U.S. State Department Freezes Palestinian Aid Funds

Obama’s last minute aid of $221 million to the PA has been frozen by the Trump State Department.

On Friday, just before leaving office, Obama and then-Secretary of state John Kerry released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority.

Senior State Department officials have announced their intention to postpone the decision until a new Secretary of State is appointed. If the transfer fits with Trump’s policies, the money will be given to the PA.

Texas Congresswoman Kay Granger said on Tuesday night, “I worked to make sure that no American taxpayer dollars would fund the Palestinian Authority unless very strict conditions were met.

“While none of these funds will go to the Palestinian Authority because of those conditions, they will go to programs in the Palestinian territories that were still under review by Congress. The Obama Administration’s decision to release these funds was inappropriate.” INN