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Illegal Jose Antonio Vargas organizing a film festival – centering on immigrants – in Iowa before caucuses

“Journalist” and now “filmmaker” Jose Antonio Vargas is an illegal, gay, Filipino American who was born in the Philippines and raised in the US since the age of 12. He is the founder of Define American, a nonprofit organization intended to open up dialogue about the criteria people use to determine who is an American. He has said: “I am an American. I just don’t have the right papers.”
He’s also a racist. He believes he’s above the law of the land. Which is why democrats and Hollyweird love him.

Illegal Jose Antonio Vargas

Illegal Jose Antonio Vargas

The Hollywood Reporter has a fluff piece about how Vargas and Hollyweird filmmakers are trying to bring illegal immigration to the forefront of the next presidential election by organizing a last-minute film festival in the Hawkeye State.
Vargas’ Define American Film Festival will open on January 21 in with the Oscar-nominated film A Better Life. The film’s director Chris Weitz will be in attendance along with Demián Bichir (who appears in the cop-hater‘s movie, The Hateful Eight), who was nominated for best actor for playing an undocumented illegal worker.
Various movies will be screened. After each film, the filmmakers, immigration experts, cast members and local journalists will hold a panel discussion. That should be an intellectual gabfest!
“We think of the Define American Film Festival as an essential way to humanize a very political and partisan issue of immigration, and an opportunity to celebrate immigrants in Iowa, documented and undocumented illegal,” Vargas told The Hollywood Reporter. “All eyes will be in Iowa because of the caucuses and there’s no better place to host our inaugural film festival than in Des Moines.”
And in true victimhood fashion, Vargas said, “When I listen to the candidates, it’s hard to believe they are talking about actual human beings. It’s like they’re talking about insects. It’s very inhumane.” (Sounds like he’s describing Planned Parenthood.)
Christ Weitz/AP Photo

Christ Weitz/AP Photo

And here’s the real reason for the film festival: they all despise Donald Trump. Weitz told THR that he hopes the festival will provide a humanizing counterpoint to the GOP’s campaign rhetoric, which has veered sharply to the right since Donald Trump entered the race describing undocumented Mexican newcomers as “rapists” and “thieves” and vowing to construct a wall along the United States’ southern border. Weitz’ Twitter timeline if full of anti-Trump tweets.
And after all of his rhetoric on Trump, Weitz states, “There is room for all kinds of opinions on immigration. The solution will be achieved on both sides of the aisle, but the first step has to be in viewing immigrants as human beings. When you watch a film, it’s very hard to view that person on the screen as ‘the other.’ A film is an empathy machine.

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Dead people vote in South Carolina

Since when did the United States of America become some Third World country rife with voting irregularities, aka fraud?
In election after election, Democrats committed plentiful voter fraud:

  • In April 2011, ACORN pled guilty to voter registration fraud in Las Vegas in the 2008 elections.
  • The signatures of dozens, if not hundreds, of northern Indiana residents were faked on petitions used to place Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the ballot during the 2008 Indiana primary. The fake petition pages passed through the county voter registration office on days when the Republican head of the office was absent.
  • In Wisconsin’s spring election on April 5, 2011, Florida SEIU organizer Clarence Haynes, along with two other out-of-state-SEIU organizers, voted using the address of a Residence Inn in Glendale.

In April 2011, a study found that one in seven counties in Illinois had more voters on the electoral rolls than the number of adult residents tallied by the U.S. Census.
More recently, there was alleged voter fraud in Iowa’s GOP caucuses on January 3. At a minimum, there were voting “irregularities” because weeks after Mitt Romney had been declared the winner (by a thin margin of 8 votes), the Iowa GOP announced that, oops, it turns out that Rick Santorum actually won, beating Romney by 34 votes.
Now, South Carolina’s attorney general has notified the U.S. Justice Department of potential voter fraud in the state’s past elections.

Zombie voters of South Carolina

WTOC reports, January 21, 2012, that in a letter to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles, dated Jan. 19, 2012, SC Attorney General Alan Wilson says an analysis by the Department of Motor Vehicles found 953 ballots cast by voters listed as dead. In 71% of those cases, ballots were cast between 2 to 76 months after the people had died. That means the dead people managed to “vote” up to 6 1/3 years after their death.

The letter doesn’t say in which elections the ballots were cast.
Hmmm. I wonder if the dead also voted in the recent GOP primary in South Carolina?
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With friends like McCain, who needs….

The day after the Iowa caucuses made Mitt Romney the GOP frontrunner by a razor-thin margin of 8 votes, that 2008 loser and RINO named John McCain — who recently gave Americans a new law that makes it legal for our government to indefinitely detain us without charge or trial — gave his coveted [snark, snark] endorsement to Romney.

McCain is the leader of the Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee that approved SB 1867, with its detention without trial of U.S. citizens (Sec. 1031). That bill was signed by Obama on the last day of 2011 and is now law, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.
Yours truly (and Rush Limbaugh too!) thought at the time that McCain isn’t doing Mitt any favor with his endorsement, but I never thought our cynicism would be proven right so quickly.
Yesterday, at a Mitt Romney campaign event in South Carolina, McCain said:

“I am confident, with the leadership and the backing of the American people, President Obama will turn this country around.” (see video here)

Rob Groce of the Charleston Democrat Examiner observes that McCain’s gaffe was:

A Freudian error of sorts, apparently, but don’t forget that these guys don’t exactly have a loving relationship. McCain’s verbal gaffe might just have been revenge.

In June 2008, before the general election, Romney more or less told media he thought Obama could do a better job than McCain in the White House. “I frankly don’t think that Sen. McCain, despite his service and his length of experience, that that’s going to be able to stand up to the message that Barack Obama has brought forward.”

And here’s what McCain thought about Mitt back in 2008!

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InTrade predicts Romney wins Iowa

InTrade, which calls itself “The World’s Leading Prediction Market,” is predicting a Mitt Romney win in the Iowa caucuses today.
Intrade is a prediction market that allows you to make predictions on the outcome of hundreds of real-world events. Prediction markets find the probability of something happening – a predefined, uncertain future event. Intrade is a platform where you make predictions by buying and selling shares on the outcome of real-world events. These events are always defined on Intrade as a YES/NO proposition.
Here are its predictions:

  • Mitt Romney: 53.4% chance of winning
  • Ron Paul: 25.9%
  • Rick Santorum: 20.1%
  • Newt Gingrich: 0.6%
  • Rick Perry: 0.3%
  • Michele Bachmann: 0.2%
  • Jon Huntsman: 0.1%
  • Herman Cain: 0.1%
  • Tim Pawlenty: 0.1%
  • Sarah Palin: 0.1%
  • Any other individual: 0.1%


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Final Iowa Poll Before Tuesday's Caucuses

From Des Moines Register, 7:30 pm, Dec. 31, 2011:
Mitt Romney tops the latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll in the closing days before the Iowa caucuses, but Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are poised within striking distance.
The poll, conducted Tuesday through Friday, shows:

Mitt Romney: 24%

Ron Paul: 22%

Rick Santorum: 15%

Newt Gingrich: 12%

Rick Perry: 11%

Michele Bachmann: 7%

But the four-day results don’t reflect just how quickly momentum is shifting in a race that has remained highly fluid for months. If the final two days of polling are considered separately, Santorum rises to second place, with 21%, pushing Paul to third, at 18%. Romney remains the same, at 24%.
“Momentum’s name is Rick Santorum,” said the Register’s pollster, J. Ann Selzer.
Another sign of the race’s volatility: 41% of likely caucusgoers say they could still be persuaded to change their minds.
Selzer & Co. of Des Moines conducted the poll of 602 likely Republican caucusgoers, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. In the final two days of polling, 302 likely caucusgoers were interviewed, with a margin of error of plus or minus 5.6 percentage points.
The first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, which take place Tuesday evening, kick off voting in the presidential nominating process. The Iowa Poll, a Register exclusive since 1943, is a much-watched indicator of how candidates are faring in the leadoff caucus state.

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The Mormon Church's Stance on Abortion

As the days dwindle to a few before next Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses, GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s flip-flop record on abortion is the subject of a recent burst of text messages received by Iowans.
Since Romney is not just a Mormon but a former pastor (“lay clergy”) and ward bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the LDS’ position on abortion should therefore govern his stance on abortion.
Fellowship of the Minds’ co-founder Joan (“Joandarc”) grew up in Salt Lake City and is more knowledgeable about the Mormon faith than I am. The following is from her research into the LDS Church’s official stance on abortion.

According to the book, When Mormons Call, published by Catholic Answers, pages 54 and 55, the actual position of Mormonism on this subject is as follows:

Abortion: Compare the [LDS] church’s statement in its 1988 handbook, Gospel Principles, with that of the 1992 edition: 

1988 edition:  There is no excuse for abortion unless the life of the mother is seriously threatened (241).

1992 edition:  There is seldom any excuse for abortion.  The only exceptions are when — 1. Pregnancy has resulted from incest or rape; 2.  The life of the woman is in jeopardy in the opinion of competent medical authority; or 3.  The fetus is known, by competent medical authority, to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth.  (251).

Prior to the 1992 printing, the Mormon church permitted abortion if the mother’s life were seriously threatened.  While appearing stringent, this is a pro-abortion stand.  It permitted the killing of the innocent unborn child to “save” the life of the mother–a situation that medical science has rendered virtually nonexistent and which sound moral theology has always rejected as “doing evil that goood may come.”

The more recent Mormon position is of course the “politically correct” one.  Since church policy is determined by divine revelation, apparently God has loosened His law.
Ask your Mormon acquaintances about a “fetus.”  Chances are, they’ll quote (correctly) leaders’ statements referring to the unborn “child” and innocent “human baby.”  Then ask them about their church’s position on abortion.  They’ll probably say, “We’re pro-life,” or “Only in the case of the mother’s life.”  Then point out the true Mormon position and ask them to justify it.  How can the church be so “pro-life” yet permit the killing of an “innocent child” in so many cases?”

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Mitt Romney and Abortion

With the Iowa caucuses just days away, GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s flip-flop record on abortion is once again being questioned.
Alex Moe reports for NBC, Dec 27, 2011, that Republicans in Iowa received a text message to their cell phones questioning Romney’s anti-abortion credentials. Upon calling the 515 area-code number the text message lists, an automated message on the other end includes hearing Romney’s answer during a debate when he ran for U.S. Senate 17 years ago.

An unidentified man’s voice says as the automated message begins:
“Mitt Romney on life. [Romney’s voice is heard next, a recording from an Oct. 25, 1994 Massachusetts senate debate:] As a nation, we recognize the right of all people to believe as they want and not to impose our beliefs on other people. I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years that we should sustain and support it. And I sustain and support that law and the right of a women to make that choice.”
Here is video from C-Span from that ’94 Massachusetts Senate debate where the response from Romney originates. Neither the text message nor the automated message gives any indication who sent or paid for the messages.
In 2005, however, Romney changed his position from supporting abortion rights to opposing them.
Romney Communications Director Gail Gitcho responded to the text messages that abortion is the one substantial issue Romney has admitted he has changed his position. He is now pro-life — a position on which he is not going to change.
Mitt Romney is a Mormon — a former pastor (“lay clergy”) and ward bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The LDS’ position on abortion should therefore govern his stance on abortion. For that, please see Joan’s post, “The Mormon Church’s Stance on Abortion.”
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