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J. Christian Adams

J. Christian Adams is an election lawyer and former attorney in the Voting Section at the Department of Justice. He blogs about elections and the laws which affect them at www.electionlawcenter.com.


The Borg, Media Matters Division, Lies about the DOJ’s Meddling with the Amazon Kindle to Try and Smear Me

2011 April 14

Jennifer Rubin once characterized the left wing blogosphere as the Borg.  They sometimes march in robotic lockstep, a reactionary mob seeking the enemy, incapable of individual thought with one singular purpose – destroy.  Media Matters today reminds us why that characterization is on target.

I had a piece at today’s Washington Examiner describing some of the crazy policies and hires inside the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department.  For example, the DOJ hired a person from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State to – get this – protect religious liberties.  This is one of the most hostile organizations in America to organized religion.  But that’s the new normal inside this DOJ.  One of the other things that Eric Holder’s Civil Rights Division did was foul up the debut of a new model of the Amazon Kindle reader because the blind could not use it.  It did not have Braille buttons.  Byron York broke this story at the Washington Examiner and I also mentioned it in my article today, namely “DOJ stopped the debut of the Amazon Kindle because it was not in Braille.”

Summon the Borg.

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Advertising Campaign at USC Proclaims “Radical Thinkers Welcome”

2011 April 9

By now, everyone knows what is really happening on campus and in academia.  David Horowitz has exposed and publicized the radicalization of American universities.  He speaks about “how radical professors indoctrinate students” and has written a book about the same.  A giant sign hanging on the University of Southern California school for teachers tells me that his efforts are successful – for no longer are some universities hiding their radical tendencies.  Indeed, they now openly recruit “radical” students!  Higher education could have saved Mr. Horowitz a lot of work had they opened up like this decades ago.

This sign hangs on the USC Rossier School of Education.

Radicals, provocateurs, instigators, revolutionaries, all needed.  No word on whether applicants to the University of Southern California must demonstrate they know how to make Molotov Cocktails.  The rhetoric at their website echoes the sentiments in the sign:

“We prepare and develop educational leaders who are change agents.”

The school focuses on urban education.  The mission:

“is to strengthen urban education locally, nationally, and globally. Educators in urban areas face a unique set of challenges, including poverty, density, mobility and immigration, strained social conditions around housing, healthcare and crime, and cultural and linguistic diversity. Urban education takes place within many contexts including pre-kindergarten through high school, in human services, higher education, and workplace settings.”

Educating from prekindergarten, government services, through to the workplace?  What, no Telescreen provided? Keep in mind most of these “radicals” and “change agents” will be employed by a government eventually, probably with teacher collective bargaining rights.

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How Eric Holder and Barack Obama Squandered the Promise of a Post-Racial America

2011 March 31

 

A limited internal investigation into whether the people who dismissed the black panther voter intimidation case acted unethically has concluded.  No surprise, the DOJ found that DOJ did not act unethically.  This minor event was enough to create media history.  For the first time since the scandal broke, the New York Times, NPR, Associated Press and Washington Post all covered the black panther voter intimidation matter.  It seems media interest peaks when the government is to be defended – a perverse position given the historic import of the free press.

What has been most amazing to see is how the left-wing blogosphere has taken this limited and predictable finding and pounced like genuine reactionaries.  The fly has buzzed by the frog and a long tongue darts automatically.  The cat sees a mouse, and pounces.  They cannot help themselves, they cannot do otherwise.  It is like the Borg, all moving in unison, in common preprogrammed purpose. (With credit to the brilliant Jennifer Rubin).

There are a number of reasons, if I may stain that noble word, why the Left acts like this when it comes to the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation scandal.  For starters, conservatives have never had permission to speak on racial issues, and until recently, conservatives have submitted.  For decades, Republicans were particularly guilty.  Too afraid to articulate a competing philosophy on racial issues, they were content to stay silent and allow thinkers like Shelby Steele to do all of the heavy lifting.  After all, he could get away with it.

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New Conservative Film “Never Let Me Go” Asks: Do Children Have Souls?

2011 March 4

A few years back, National Review posted the “Best Conservative Movies” here.  If it were published today, “Never Let Me Go” from 2010 might top the list, or at least sneak in behind “The Lives of Others.”  It is a movie about a vile tyranny that fails to recognize the dignity of individual human life.  It is as compelling as “Schindler’s List” or Orwell’s 1984. read more…

The White Rose: An Anniversary of Three Executions

2011 February 23

Today marks an anniversary of true bravery for the cause of liberty. On February 22, 1943, Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans, and Christoph Probst were executed by guillotine in Munich, Germany. Their crimes? Anonymously distributing leaflets criticizing the German government at the University of Munich. They were members of the White Rose, an underground student group that should inspire every American who loves the cause of liberty.

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CPAC: Ascendant Tea Party, Declining Morale

2011 February 13

This year I spoke at CPAC on a panel about the Justice Department with Andy McCarthy and Hans von Spakovsky.  I had never been to CPAC or anything like it, though you’d think I was on the organizing committee if you read Media Matters.  A couple of surprises:

Catherine Englebrecht and King Street Patriots won the Reagan Award. This came as a surprise to me.  I had been working with King Street’s True the Vote Project, and David Horowitz had spoken there also.

What is King Street Patriots?  A group of Houston (TX) citizens are doing what government and political parties are failing to do – police the voter rolls to ensure election integrity.  They are holding a national summit for activists who want to do something about election integrity.

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Latino Redistricting Conference, the SEIU and the Department of Justice

2011 February 8

 

Over the weekend, a conference was held about how to leverage theVoting Rights Act to maximize Latino political power.   The conference itself was “made possible by the generous contribution of their meeting facilities by SEIU 32 BJ and donations by an anonymous member of friends of the NiLP.”  With redistricting approaching, these meetings provide energy, coordination and muscle behind efforts to maximize political spoils using the Voting Rights Act.  The participants are worthy of mention:

 

The meeting opened with remarks by Cesar Perales, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF. . . . Political scientist Angelo Falcón, President of the National Institute for Latino Policy, followed with a presentation on “Latinos and Redistricting . . . The next presentation was on “Redistricting Legal Standards and the Latino Community 2011,” by civil rights attorney Juan Cartagena, General Counsel and Vice President for Advocacy at the Community Service Society of New York. . . .  John Garcia, Redistricting Coordinator with LatinoJutice PRLDEF; Myrna Perez, Staff Attorney with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University; and Robert Berman, Deputy Chief of the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. . . . Thomasina Williams, Program Officer at The Ford Foundation, informed the meeting of the resources available on the website of the Funders Committee for Civic Participation, and resources available through the Community Census and Redistricting Institute of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. 

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A Dignified President in a Tawdry Hall

2011 January 13

Last night, President Obama delivered a pitch perfect speech in Tucson at the memorial service for the shooting victims.  It was full of measured reason.  He yanked the national discussion back to where it belongs.  “For the truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack,” he said, stating what is obvious to most Americans.

It is a shame those in the audience, and those planning the event, could not have followed the president’s lead.  While the president gave a dignified speech, he was surrounded by a tawdry and politicized atmosphere.  read more…

GOP House leadership acts fast on Black Panthers

2011 January 8

Editor’s Note: This popular post was first published on January 6 here.

Who said the new GOP majority in Congress wouldn’t act to restrain the Obama Administration?

Less than 24 hours after the start of the 112th Congress, new Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) has put Eric Holder on notice a new sheriff is in town.  Jennifer Rubin blogging at the Washington Post obtained a copy of a five page letter from Smith to Eric Holder about lawless abuses by the voting section of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

This sudden development is a very uncomfortable turn for the wrongdoers inside the DOJ, including Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes, whom Smith names in the letter, as well as Steven Rosenbaum, Loretta King and Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez.

Chairman Smith didn’t even wait 24 hours to act.  The speed of the opening salvo is bad news for Eric Holder.

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GOP House leadership acts fast on Black Panthers

2011 January 6

Who said the new GOP majority in Congress wouldn’t act to restrain the Obama Administration?

Less than 24 hours after the start of the 112th Congress, new Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) has put Eric Holder on notice a new sheriff is in town.  Jennifer Rubin blogging at the Washington Post obtained a copy of a five page letter from Smith to Eric Holder about lawless abuses by the voting section of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

This sudden development is a very uncomfortable turn for the wrongdoers inside the DOJ, including Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes, whom Smith names in the letter, as well as Steven Rosenbaum, Loretta King and Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez.

Chairman Smith didn’t even wait 24 hours to act.  The speed of the opening salvo is bad news for Eric Holder.

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Adam Serwer: Journalistic Con Artist

2011 January 5

In a previous article at Pajamas, I characterized Adam Serwer of the American Prospect as using Trotskyite tactics regarding the New Black Panther dismissal.  He uncouples facts from reality to reassemble them into whatever whimsy, or devilish aim, he might have.  As I wrote at Pajamas Media of his coverage of the Christopher Coates testimony:

“The American Prospect borrows a page from the Trotskyite playbook, figuring a personal smear is all it takes to make the story go away: ‘Coates Defends Brad Schlozman,’ screams their headline. read more…

Obama Nominee in Peril Over Terror and Military Voting Policies

2010 December 3

One of the most important federal positions in the fight against terrorism is the Deputy Attorney General (DAG).  President Obama’s nominee, James Cole, may not be confirmed before this Congress adjourns.  Predictably, a full court press is on to urgently move the nomination in the next few days.

The DAG has day to day oversight on in the war on terror.  His philosophy and attitude toward Islamic fundamentalism’s struggle against the West will have enormous influence on our safety.   Even more than the Attorney General, the DAG oversees the daily grind of protecting the nation from another terrorist attack. read more…

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