Friday, March 31, 2006

Ann Coulter Given 30 Days to Explain Vote Fraud Felony Allegation!


From Brad Blog

Palm Beach, FL Election Supervisor May Refer Charges to State Attorney if GOP Pundit/Propagandist Fails to Prove She Didn't Lie About Residency...
UPDATED: Property Records Show an 'Ann H Coulter' Owns a $1.8 Million House on Seabreeze Ave. in Palm Beach

You'll recall that in February the Palm Beach Post reported that "conservative" extremist Ann Coulter may have committed a vote fraud felony by signing someone else's address to her registration form in Florida and then voting in the wrong precinct -- a crime which, if convicted, could earn her three years behind bars.

(It's been pointed out to us that such bars would have to be very close together to keep her from simply slithering through them to escape...Though even at that, we're not sure there is steel strong enough to keep her from being able to chew her way to freedom. But we digress.)

A few days after the story originally broke, Coulter claimed publicly she didn't even live in Palm Beach where she reportedly committed the crime. The Post reporter who broke the story, Jose Lambiet, quickly replied that he had hard evidence that she does, in fact, live in Palm Beach (next door to town councilman Bill Brooks on Seabreeze Ave.) and he characterized Coulter's denial as "absolutely a bold-faced lie."

Yesterday the Palm Beach Post offered still more "skinny" on the latest in the Ann Coulter Voter Fraud Felony Scandal. Her denials about being a Palm Beach resident is about to be tested -- first by the Palm Beach County Election Supervisor Arthur Anderson, and then perhaps by the Florida State Attorney to whom the entire matter may be referred.

Coulter's now got 30 days to 'splain herself, according to Lambiet in the Post. Please read on...

This time, claiming she doesn't even live here — as GOP pundit Ann Coulter has been doing on this spring's college speaking tour when she's questioned about her February election meltdown on Palm Beach — isn't going to cut it.

Palm Beach County's elections supervisor has given the right wing's unofficial mouthpiece 30 days to explain why she voted in the wrong precinct.

In a registered letter scheduled to be sent to her this week, Coulter is asked to "clarify certain information as to her legal residence," elections boss Arthur Anderson said.

"We want to give her a chance," Anderson said. "She needs to tell us where she really lives."

Or else? He could refer the case to State Attorney Barry Krischer for criminal charges, Anderson said.

The letter, however, may be headed to the wrong house.

The bestselling author, whose The New Ann Coulter comes out in June, owns a homestead on Seabreeze Avenue, near Worth Ave. Yet, the missive is being sent to the Indian Road home of Realtor Suzanne Frisbie. Coulter claimed in official elections documents to be living there, which Frisbie denied last month.

"We have to send the registered letter to her address in our records," explained Charmaine Kelly, elections chief deputy. "If it comes back unsigned, we'll deal with that."

In his official incident report released last week, poll worker Jim Whited wrote that Coulter tried to vote in the Feb. 7 town council election at Bethesda-by-the-Sea, the right place for a Seabreeze resident. Coulter left in a hurry when, Whited said, he asked her to correct the record. Later she cast her ballot at the St. Edward's precinct, where real Indian Road residents go.

Coulter, a constitutional lawyer who relentlessly made fun of Palm Beach County voters after the botched 2000 presidential election, couldn't be reached for comment.
It's also been mentioned to us that Coulter could well be registered (illegally) to vote in New York and/or Connecticut as well as Florida. Anyone looking into that? We don't have time for the moment, but we're always happy to hear from erstwhile citizen investigators and/or tipsters who may have additional information on that.

With all of the despicably cynical GOP operatives out there trying to trick Americans into believing this country has an epidemic of Voter Fraud (it doesn't...but Election Fraud is an entirely different matter) it would certainly be impressive to see one of those snake-oil men (yes, I'm talking to you, ACVR) aggressively pursue the truth about their heroine hate-monger Coulter and her alleged Voting Fraud.

We fear, however, she may be neither dark enough nor "Democrat" enough for such creeps to spend their well-funded time on.

UPDATE: A DU commenter points us towards the Palm Beach Property Appraisers Public Access system which shows an "Ann H Coulter" who purchased a $1.8 million dollar property on Seabreeze Ave. in Palm Beach in March of 2005. Complete public info here.

UPDATE 3/31/06: Coulter's alleged Voter Fraud earns her Buzzflash's Hypocrite of the Week Award! Congratulations Ann!

Afghanistan: Cut From Different Cloth - Burqas and Beliefs

The other day on PBS they had a program on called Afghanistan: Cut From Different Cloth - Burqas and Beliefs (2005)

We are always being told how the US liberated the Afghan women from the burka, and how much for the positive things have changed. This film was done in 2005 -- long after the invasion and subsequent invasion of Iraq. The major character is a young woman who is 28-- same age as an Afghan girl who is educated ( only 5% of Afghan women are educated ), has worked with Doctors without Borders, etc. It goes into how things really have not changed -- except who is in charge.

The 2 parts that caught my attention were these:

Women are not allowed to have ANY contact with men or boys. They can meet at family functions but the women are relegated to the back rooms. If a girl is caught seeing a boy -- it becomes a family disgrace. The family normally will kill the daughter -- not the boy -- only the daughter because she has embarrassed the family. The sister of the young Afghan lady was asked if she felt her family would do an honor killing if she was to be found with a boy. She laughed and said YES. The American girl said -- no really -- seriously -- do you think your family would kill you. The sister got very serious and said yes -- the young American was totally shocked at the answer.

The second attention getter was in talking with an Afghan activist. She talked about how 30+ years ago women worked in every job a man did. They were treated with respect and had rights. She said that the government -- Taliban -- has removed those memories by systematic killing, and regression in the laws to where women have lost all the rights they had years earlier and there is NO memory of what women did do or have. So due to the closed society that women are forced to live in they have no idea that in the past Afghan women were relatively free.

That last one really caught my attention -- because as a woman who fought hard to break a lot of anti- women barriers over the years I have watched the government under those in charge slowly remove the rights of women -- ever so slowly but in itself they are being removed. I hope that every one of you will tell the young women in your lives they must continue to be vigilant and never ever forget what we of the 50's, 60's and 70's fought for.

Never say Never -- It has happened elsewhere.

~Sandy

Sandy wrote to the filmmakers and got this reply:


> Sandy,
> thank you for taking a moment to contact us about our
> documentary film.
> my husband, cliff, and my step-daughter serena did
> this as a labor of love for all the wonderful women we
> have met in afghanistan.
> we want to keep world attention going to the fact that
> women are NOT equal and NOT able to enjoy their
> constitutionaol rights.
>
> thanks for watching and i hope you can help spread the
> word about the real situation for women that our own
> government is downplaying.
>
> olga shalygin orloff
>

Black America's Infatuation With Butch Men Up in Heels


By Jasmyne Cannick
February 24, 2006


While images of Black men dressed as woman have become a popular part of Black American culture in entertainment, does the success of the Black actor who plays a role in drag depend on that actor's heterosexism in real life?

True story.

I was in a theatre in a predominately Black part of town and there was a poster for Madea's Family Reunion up in the lobby of the theatre. Several Black women who looked to be in their 40s and 50s had gathered around the poster and were remarking how they were going to see the film when it came out. Just then a Black transgendered female walked through the lobby and one of the women remarked to her girlfriends, "Look girl, a he-she," and they all started giggling like teenagers.

On more than one occasion Black America has rushed to the box office to see Black men dressed in drag and with the national release of Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Black audiences will again embrace the idea of a man playing a female role on screen.

On more than one occasion Black America has rushed to the box office to see Black men dressed in drag and with the national release of Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Black audiences will again embrace the idea of a man playing a female role on screen.

When Tyler Perry debuted his character Madea Simmons, a 68 year-old witty gun toting grandmother from the hood, his biggest audience was Black Christian evangelicals. In fact, it was Black Christians that launched him to where he is today, packing in and filling up theatre after theatre as he toured around the nation with his plays. With a spiritual message included in all of his productions, Perry allowed Black Christians to feel good after seeing him prance around the stage dressed as woman.

But before Madea, there was Andre Charles, better known as RuPaul. In the early 90's, RuPaul gained fame and success with his single "Supermodel (You Better Work)" a tribute to the divas of the fashion. The single placed in the top 30 on the Billboard Pop Charts and the music video was nominated for Best Dance Video at the 1994 MTV video music awards. Through the years, RuPaul has appeared in various movies and music specials. He was honored as in 1999 with the Vito Russo Entertainer of the Year Award at The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards for challenging the limits and breaking boundaries in becoming an openly gay individual who has achieved excellence in the field of entertainment and furthering his visibility and understanding of the community through his work. Still, RuPaul's fame and acceptance has come from mostly white audiences, even though he is a Black entertainer.

So why is it that Black audiences can embrace a man playing a female role on the silver screen, but still have problems with real life Madea's in their own communities and families?

Transgender is an umbrella term used to describe people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth, including but not limited to transsexuals and cross dressers.

In the Black community, very little attention is focused on the transgender community. Common practice is to group transgenders with gay men, even though they are their own community within an already marginalized group.

Even in the gay rights movement, transgender issues have been pushed to the bottom of the list for fear that Americans, who are barely able to deal with the idea of marriage between gay and lesbian couples, could even begin to understand the issues plaguing the transgender community.

Madea is a man dressed as a female, plain and simple. No matter how many feel good religious messages Tyler Perry feeds his audiences, Black Christians are embracing cross dressing as a form of entertainment, which is not problematic, except for the fact that Black Christians are known for their homophobic views towards anything remotely gay.

But what if Tyler Perry were gay? Would Madea continue to be as popular among Black churchgoers? Probably not. At least with his assumed heterosexuality, Christians can rest at ease that they are not supporting anything gay because after all, it is just a role. RuPaul, while a great performer, was openly gay and therefore never found the wide spread acceptance and fame that Madea has. Famed actor Wesley Snipes gave us Noxeema Jackson in the 1995 film To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar. While heterosexual himself, Snipes' character was flamboyantly gay. Martin Lawrence first introduced us to Big Momma in 2000 and was so successful that's he's back with a sequel. He too is heterosexual. And who could forget "Men on Film" on In Living Color, featuring Damon Wayans and David Allen Grier who played the very gay film critics Blaine Edwards and Antoine Merriweather. Again, both Wayans and Grier are heterosexual and went on to do great things after the end of the series.

Blacks have no problem with cross dressing and transgenderism as a form of entertainment. It's only after the lights go off and the camera stops rolling that it becomes an issue if the dress and heels are still on.

Soup's On!


[courtesy of Kristen]

Baghdad Burning-River Bend March 28

But it also brings to light other worrisome issues. The situation is so bad on the security front that the top two ministries in charge of protecting Iraqi civilians cannot trust each other. The Ministry of Defense can’t even trust its own personnel, unless they are “accompanied by American coalition forces”


Go read River Bend.

Semper Fi

The March to Redeem the Soul of America

Hi Peace Action Texas folks and friends,

The March to Redeem the Soul of America is an event you won't want to miss! It goes from April 1st- 16th, and you can join in whichever days work for you. I'm happy to say that Peace Action Texas is among the organizers, which include Consumers for Peace, Dallas NAACP, the Dallas Peace Center, Crawford Peace House, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The list of endorsers and participants is growing. Cindy Sheehan will be joining in along the way, going into Crawford for the
Easter weekend. A schedule follows.

Please bring gear to be fairly self-sufficient - good walking shoes, a hat, water, snacks, a backpack and sleeping bag, etc.

Donations will gratefully be accepted online at www.marchtoredeem.org.
Hopefully, people will bring water, etc. to the group as they walk as well. Here's our press release, which is also attached. Please join in as you're able. Come join us!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Mar. 30, 2006
Contacts - March info: Valley Reed (214) 288-8935
valley.reed@earthlink.net
ExxonMobil info: Nick Mottern (914) 806 -6179 nickmottern@earthlink.net


APRIL TEXAS PEACE MARCH, ENDORSED BY CINDY SHEEHAN, HOWARD ZINN. GROUPS WILL CALL ON EXXONMOBIL TO "RETURN" $7 BILLION IN WAR PROFITS

A two-week march to the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, starting April 1, that will call for an end to the Iraq War and immediate withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq - endorsed by peace worker Cindy Sheehan and historian Howard Zinn - will also call on ExxonMobil Corporation to spend $7 billion of its record $36 billion 2005 profit to alleviate war suffering and to compensate thousands more who have documented harm from its operations.

Ms. Sheehan and Mr. Zinn are among a list of endorsers of the march that includes: independent journalist Dahr Jamail; Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly; Michael Letwin, co-convener of New York City Labor Against the War; author Norman Solomon; Sundiata Xian Tellem, co-chair of the Green Party of the U.S. Black Caucus; David Swanson, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org; Tim Carpenter, National Director of
Progressive Democrats of America; and Global Exchange. The march is being organized by the Dallas Peace Center, Peace Action Texas, Crawford Peace House, ConsumersforPeace.org and is endorsed also by the Southern Christian Leadership Council and the Dallas NAACP. (A complete list of endorsers appears below.)

The call for ExxonMobil to spend $7 billion on meeting war-related and business-related human needs is based on the increasingly widely-held view that the conditions created by the Iraq War have contributed significantly to the dramatic profits of ExxonMobil and other major oil companies since the occupation began in 2003. For example, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and colleague, Linda Blimes, writing on the cost of the Iraq War, note that the war has had a major
inflationary impact on oil prices, which in turn, has meant that "Profits of oil companies have increased enormously."

Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, responding to an inquiry from ConsumersforPeace.org, estimates that as much as 20 percent of ExxonMobil's record $36 billion 2005 profit, or about $7 billion, is "a ball park number" for what can be considered war profits for the oil giant. This is an estimate of the amount of profit that is essentially unearned and is traceable to oil prices that have been inflated because (1) the Iraq War has severely depressed Iraq oil production, and (2) there are fears that the Iraq War may spread, possibly affecting oil production in Iran and Saudi Arabia.

ConsumersforPeace.org is promoting the ExxonMobil War Boycott, which seeks immediate withdrawal of all U.S. forces and mercenaries from Iraq, reparations for Iraq, impeachment of George W. Bush and prosecution of U.S. officials for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Iraq.

"ExxonMobil has made at least $7 billion extra in 2005 because of the invasion and occupation of Iraq," said Nick Mottern, director of ConsumersforPeace.org. "This is unearned money, taken from consumers, and it needs to be returned to society," he continued. "We propose that ExxonMobil write checks to private organizations for relief in Iraq, for war-related injuries of U.S. veterans and to compensate people in the U.S. and elsewhere who have been harmed by ExxonMobil operations."
The beneficiaries would include residents of Beaumont and Baytown, Texas, living near ExxonMobil refineries who have experienced severe health problems, according to Mottern.

ConsumersforPeace.org is developing a list of potential recipients for the $7 billion.

"War profiteering is unacceptable in any war," said Mottern, "and it is particularly despicable when it is done by the nation's largest oil company during an illegal war that has so much suffering and has so much to do with oil."

On April 4, in Waxahachie, Texas, the march will commemorate the 38th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is also the date in 2004 when Ms. Sheehan's son was killed in Iraq; his body was returned to her on Palm Sunday.

SCHEDULE FOR THE MARCH

April 1 - 10 a.m. Press conference at ExxonMobil headquarters in Irving, Texas, 5959 Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, Texas - then march to the Trinity River.

A partial list of those appearing at the press conference:

State Rep. Lon Burnam – Ft. Worth
Rev. Peter Johnson - Dallas civil rights leader
Rev. Roy Malveaux, Beaumont, Texas
Valley Reed, chief organizer, March to Redeem Campaign
Maureen Haver, Jumpstart Ford Campaign
Nick Mottern, Director, ConsumersforPeace.org

April 2 - 2:30 p.m. Press conference in front of Dallas County Courthouse and Jail, then take DART to Dallas VA Hospital.
4:30 p.m. Rally at Dallas VA Hospital.
April 3 - 10 a.m. March south to Red Oak.
April 4 - 10 a.m. March south to Waxahachie.
7 p.m. Vigil in Waxahachie commemorating the assassination of Dr. King.
April 5 - 10 a.m. March south to Italy, Texas
April 6 - 10 a.m. March south to Carl's Corner.
8 p.m. Performances by musicians and dancers.
April 7 - 10 a.m. March south to Hillsboro, then southwest to Aquilla
Lake.
April 8 - 10 a.m. March to Aquilla.
April 9 - 10 a.m. March to Gholson.
April 10 -10 a.m. March to Lacy Lake View.
April 11 -10 a.m. March to Waco.
April 12 -10 a.m. March to Waco Lake.
April 13 -10 a.m. March to Crawford for the celebration of the 3rd
Anniversary of the founding of the Crawford Peace House.

ENDORSERS

Annie and Buddy Spell, Louisiana peace activists (Annie is president of
the Greater Covington, LA branch of the NAACP.)
Anthony Arnove, author - "Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal"; co-editor with Howard Zinn - "Voices of a People's History of the U.S."
Arden Buck, Mountain Forum for Peace, Nederland, CO
Beth K. Lamont, Humanist Chaplain, NGO Rep. to the United Nations for the American Humanist Society.
Charles Jenks, Chair, Advisory Board, Traprock Peace Center, Deerfield, MA
Cindy Sheehan, Co-founder, Gold Star Families for Peace
Crawford Peace House
Dahr Jamail, independent journalist who spent 8+ months reporting from occupied Iraq
Dallas County Young Democrats
Dallas NAACP
Dallas Peace Center
Democrats.com
David Swanson, Co-founder, AfterDowningStreet.org
Dennis Kyne, Gulf War veteran, activist and author of "Support the Truth"
Dirk Adriaensens, Coordinator, SOS Iraq and member of the Executive Committee of the Brussells Tribunal, Belgium
Don Debar, correspondent, WBAI, New York, NY
Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, National Coordinating Committee - Campus Antiwar Network
Eric Ruder, reporter, Socialist Worker newspaper
Gabriele Zamparini, journalist/filmmaker living in London; co-editor of www.catsdream.com
Global Exchange
Howard Zinn, historian, playwright and activist; author of "A People's History of the United States" and co-editor of "Voices of a People's History of the U.S."
Jacob Flowers, Director, MidSouth Peace and Justice Center
Judy Linehan, Military Families Speak Out
Jumpstart Ford Campaign, a joint effort of Global Exchange, the Rainforest Action Network and the Ruckus Society
Kathy Kelly, Nobel Peace Prize nominee; Co-founder Voices for Creative Non-Violence
Karen Burke, Campus Antiwar Movement to End the Occupation, Austin, TX
Karen Hadden, Austin, TX
Lindsey German, Convener, Stop the War Coalition (UK)
Michael Letwin, Co-convener, New York City Labor Against the War
Mike Corwin, International Socialist Organization, Austin, TX
Nick Mottern, Director, ConsumersforPeace.org
Nada Khader, Executive Director, WESPAC Foundation, White Plains, NY
Norman Solomon, author: "War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death"
Paola Pisi, professor of religious studies (Italy) and editor of http://www.uruknet.info
Peace Action Texas
Phil Gasper, Chair, Department of Philosophy & Religion, Nortre Dame de Namur University; Professors for Peace
Sharon Smith, author of "Women and Socialism: Essays on Women's Liberation"
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Sonya Sofia, Rainbow organization
Stan Goff, Master sergeant, retired, U.S. Army
Sundiata Xian Tellem, Co-chair, Green Party of the United States Black Caucus; former chair, Green Party of Dallas County
Sunny Miller, Executive Director, Traprock Peace Center, Deerfield, MA
Texans for Peace
Thomas F. Barton, Publisher, GI Special
Tim Baer, Director, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition
Tim Carpenter, National Director, Progressive Democrats of America
Valley Reed, Chief organizer, March to Redeem Campaign
Ward Reilly, SE National Contact, Vietnam Veterans Against the War; Veterans for Peace, Baton Rouge, LA

Affiliations are for identification purposes only.

Karen Hadden
Peace Action Texas Co-Chair
[thx K9mutt]


 


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