Whenever I turn on the broadcast news, it is not long before I realize I am wasting my time.  What is the latest drivel or “fake news” filling up air time? Donald Trump and the Russians stole the election.  What’s the evidence? Since when do gossipers require evidence?

So is the drivel/fake news/gossip important? Yes. The Bible has much to say about the power of our words. Here is an example.

Proverbs 18:21 New King James Version (NKJV)

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.

What does that mean? Here is a translation that puts it more plainly.

Proverbs 18:21 Good News Translation (GNT)

21 What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.

The news media is partisan, and their talking heads are glib; they can also be most intimidating.  Therefore, so long as major Democratic Party politicians are willing to say the most outrageous things, the news media will happily report their accusations — as presented. They will also quite happily assume the guilt of any Republican politician who does not go along to get along.  All that seems to matter is the seriousness of the charge. The glib can talk all around the absence of evidence.

Meanwhile, because we have allowed glib gossipers to distract us, we risk neglecting real problems.  Instead of protecting ourselves from the far more likely mechanizations of our fellow citizens, we now worry endlessly about how the Russians supposedly tampered with our election system.

Not too long ago I posted EVIDENCE OF VOTER FRAUD. One commenter, a bright fellow who calls himself marmoewp, focused on the poor quality of a few statistical studies I cited.  Since the author of those studies did not have much confidence that those studies proved voter fraud, I did not waste much time defending them. Instead, I pointed to the obvious. Nobody is looking for fraud. So those pathetic studies are the best evidence we have.

If policemen made a point of looking the other way, how often do you think the police would arrest anyone? Think about it. The police would still arrest people, just not the powerful. Such policemen would arrest the victims of crime for complaining about the lack of law enforcement.

So what is the real threat? What does the evidence indicate? What question should we be asking?

Will the Democratic Party do anything for votes?

In this nation, we run our election system at the state and local level.  So let’s look here in Virginia. Before the last election, our governor, Terry McAuliffe did everything he could to put hundreds of thousands of felons back on the voter rolls (see Va. Supreme Court strikes down McAuliffe’s order on felon voting rights). He did not care whether what he was doing was unconstitutional or violated the spirit of the law.  Therefore, when the court got in his way, McAuliffe got out his autopen (Virginia’s McAuliffe to announce restoration of voting rights to 13,000 felons).

Apparently, whereas Barack Obama only has a pen and a phone, McAuliffe has an autopen and an iphone.

McAuliffe is a busy man. What is McAuliffe’s latest affront to justice? He is engaged in various coverups. Here are a few.

Stop and think about how silly we have gotten.  When we register to vote, look at how we handle the question of US citizenship.

In most places in the U.S., the question is handled solely on the honor system. When people register to vote, they check a box attesting that they are U.S. citizens. Election administrators verify identity by looking at driver’s license or Social Security numbers, for example, but under federal guidelines, they may not ask for proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or passport. (from here)

When illegal aliens have to violate our laws to get into our country, what makes us think an honor system will keep them from voting?

Let’s expand upon that first little video. Let’s consider the problem Sargent Schultz had to deal with. The longer he avoided reporting the shenanigans of Hogan’s Heroes, the more difficult it became for him to break his silence. Was Schultz on the the right side to start with? No, but it was not any special virtue that kept him from reporting on Hogan. His laziness, his greed, and finally his cowardice silenced him. What appeared to be funny was not so funny after all.

22 thoughts on “I KNOW NOTHING, NOTHING!

  1. This seems to ignore the fact that the recent cases of voter fraud in the 2016 election favored republicans, not democrats. Even the woman who will spend 8 years in prison and then deportation for making a mistake voted for a republican.


  2. Great post Tom and awesome reference to one of my favorite shows, Hogan Heroes! Sergeant Schultz’s “I see nothing” stance is the perfect analogy for our times. We live in the era of stupid but hopefully common sense is making a come back.

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    1. @Tricia

      I use to watch Hogan’s Heroes whenever I could. It was ridiculous, but funny.

      We live in the era of stupid but hopefully common sense is making a come back.

      I sure hope so.

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  3. Nobody is looking for fraud.


    In order to not run into the 3-links spam limit, I’ll just post the headlines, source and date, more than enough info to google the specific articles

    In 5-Year Effort, Scant Evidence of Voter Fraud (NYT, 2007/04/12)
    Here are nine investigations on voter fraud that found virtually nothing (WaPo, 2017/01/25)
    Voter ID Laws Target Rarely Occurring Voter Fraud (FoxNews, 2011/09/24)
    7 papers, 4 government inquiries, 2 news investigations and 1 court ruling proving voter fraud is mostly a myth (WaPo 2014/07/09)

    I recommend to not just go by the headline, or to dismiss the articles as leftist propaganda based on the news organisation, but to look at the sources underlying the articles and look into those. The “7-papers …” article at WaPo has linked many of them, so they are easy to access.

    Allow me further to quote from a compilation at heavy.com
    Donald Trump’s Voter Fraud ‘Major Investigation’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
    In its section 5:
    According to Kansas City.com, Kobach has only filed a half-dozen cases since he got the power to prosecute in July 2015. He’s only won four of those cases.
    Kobach himself also produced a 2013 study that examined 84 million votes cast in 22 states. It found that just 14 cases of duplicate voter registrations were referred for prosecution.

    The Associated Press also reports that when Texas Governor Gregg Abbott was Texas Attorney General, he also launched a voter fraud investigation in 2005. Two years later, he found no cases of people voting as another person.

    You will be aware, of course, that Kris Kobach was named as the go-to-man for voter fraud by Stephen Miller, senior adviser to President Trump.

    Soooo, Tom, could you please be so kind as to explain your definition of “nobody” to me? TIA


    1. @marmoewp

      You just prove my point. All you are trying to do is make me sound like a hysterical idiot. Yet you are ignoring the thrust of my complaint. That is what all the articles you cited do as well. Well, this is not the Wizard of Oz, but we are still not going to ignore the man behind the curtain.

      Imagine you inherit a house that is supposedly full of valuable possessions, but you don’t have an inventory of what is in it.

      You arrive at the house. There is no lock on the door. There is no security system. There is no one at the house. There are no neighbors nearby. You walk into the house. It is empty. Now what do you do? If you don’t know what was in it, how can you prove anything was stolen?

      Supposedly, voter fraud is nothing to worry about. So we don’t need voterID. We don’t need to validate the citizenship of voters. We don’t need to do much of anything except make sure the Russians don’t steal our elections. Nevertheless, we even have idiots trying to make it legal to vote over the Internet.

      Our government spends about six trillion a year. It creates innumerable laws and regulations, many of which are quite costly. Yet the same people complaining they were robbed in our last presidential election don’t think it is necessary to protect the vote. Strangely, they don’t think it necessary to make certain that only people with the right to vote can vote and that those people can only vote once. Nope. There is scant evidence of voter fraud.

      I suppose there is also scant evidence that any crime takes place. You do have a lock on your house and your car, right? When you go to the gym, do you put a lock on your locker? Have you ever stored your belongings any place you did not at least try to protect them? No? Then what is the point of having a hissy fit about this? There is scant evidence of crime, right? Isn’t everything relative? If we did not protect ourselves from crime — if we almost ignored it — would there not still be scant evidence of crime? Wouldn’t that solve the problem? Ignorance is bliss, right?

      Protecting ourselves is so inconvenient, but criminals do tend to make things that way, but the trade off for ignoring the potential for crime is worse than taking what are nothing more than reasonable precautions.

      You remember the hanging chad case that arose during the Bush/Gore presidential election. The fact of the matter is that politicians fight tooth and nail for power. They will in fact argue the most absurd thing like hanging chads in counties run by Democrats and then proceed to scrounge up all the votes they need to win. Human nature is what it is. So we have to lock up and protect anything of value. That includes our right to vote.

      Anyway, let’s imagine we put locks on the doors to the house we inherited. We install a security system. We even hire security guards to protect the house around the clock. Then we move in and bring all our valuables. Will we then find evidence of crime?

      It doesn’t work that way, does it?


      1. All you are trying to do is make me sound like a hysterical idiot. Yet you are ignoring the thrust of my complaint.
        Who is “making you sound”, if you can not be bothered for the checking the veracity and strength of your arguments? Please read on, there is common ground at the end, IMO.

        In “Evidence of voter fraud” you based your argument on articles claiming voter fraud happening on a massive scale of hundreds of thousands of illegal votes. Only after my comments you came to the conclusion those studies are not worth defending.

        In this post here you shifted your argument to “nobody is looking”, which is simply wrong.

        Only now do you shift your argument to “the system could be easily exploited in the future”, which has some merit, IMO. In the past, AFAIK double voting and voter ID fraud on a scale of even thousands has not happened, as voter roles are being crosschecked against other available information and because individual voter ID fraud and double voting are low gain high risk offences for the individual. However, I see nothing wrong with having better IDs, proof of citizenship and better voter registration rolls, per se. It will be up to you to decide, whether the benefits vs. the current system justify the costs. In Germany, for example, having an identitiy card is mandatory, These photo IDs are valid for 10 years, cost about $30 and allow you to identify yourself in banks, at car dealers, etc. and are valid travel documentation within the EU and some other countries. You are also required to register in your town of residence and keep the registration current when moving, even if you move only in town. Based on this registry, you are being sent voting cards before elections by mail to your home address. You can vote either by your handing over your voting card or by showing your ID. There are automated post-election checks for double-voting. Very low gain and high risk, if you try to go for individual voter fraud. I am quite happy with this system.

        A problem you will be facing is, that many politicians in the past and in the present have tried to abuse the fears that you profess and came up with “solutions” that did little to address the professed problem, but set up a high bar and many hoops to jump through for large parts of the population. It just so happened, that those parts of the population were also deemed unlikely to vote for said politicians offering the “solution”. Weird coincidences, don’t you think?

        Given this history, you will have my support for any program, which inhibits voter fraud, while being affordable and easily available for any qualified voter. Cheap and accessible IDs would have benefits in daily life and would prevent both voter fraud and unjustly contested votes at the box, just because your first and last name happen to match the name of a felon living 500 miles away. The latter is a point that will likely get Democrats onto your boat.


        1. @marmoewp

          Thank you for your comment and a description of how it is done in Germany.

          I was relieved to see that the whole focus of your comment thread was not “nobody is looking”. I would have been disappointed to see you continue to take a bit of hyperbole and focused on that.

          The point of the post was that it is irresponsible to ignore the possibility of voter fraud. If we don’t want illegal aliens voting in our elections, then we should verify the citizenship of voters when they register. If we don’t want dead people voting, then we should remove their names from the rolls. If we don’t want people voting twice, we should make sure people can only register once and only vote once in an election.

          Indians originally settled this country. However, because of diseases of European origin, warfare, and the fact there were not very many Indians here to start with, most of the people of the United States use to be of either Northern European or African (black) extraction. So when we started getting lots of folks coming here from south of us, it was fairly obvious. It is an open secret we now have millions of people in this country illegally from many parts of the world. How many? Given they are not suppose to be here, who really knows? Nevertheless, Democrats fight anything that might discourage these non-citizens from voting.

          Is there election fraud? Yes. How much? What sort? I don’t know. How would I?

          Consider the object of election security. It does not exist to detect fraud; it exists to prevent it.

          We have a secret vote. After people vote, unless we accurately record who voted, verify they have the right to vote, and that those people only voted once; we cannot rightly assert we have an accurate record of how people voted. That’s because we know some people, if given the opportunity, will try to cheat the system. Those people succeed only if their fraud remains undetected.

          To make my point I have tried to point out the obvious bias of politicians, the weaknesses of the system, and the fact that at least some fraud is taking place.

          On the other hand, you have to proved a negative by asserting there is scant evidence of fraud. How do you know that evidence is sufficient?

          To control nations, some people will fight bloody wars and throw their enemies in concentration camps. If such people can seize control of a nation using voter fraud, do you really believe those people won’t do that? Since you are now willing to shift the argument, apparently not.

          Are there problems with security checks? Yes. They are inconvenient and add some costs. Will some politicians try to abuse any system of security checks? Of course. However, the current problem we have in this country comes from those politicians fighting the imposition of security checks. Apparently, even requiring people to get a free photo ID is racist.


        2. On the other hand, you have to proved a negative by asserting there is scant evidence of fraud. How do you know that evidence is sufficient?

          I do not know, but I deem it very likely. We have seen several very motivated efforts to prove voter fraud to be a large scale problem. The Bush administration tried, Matt Schultz in Iowa tried, a state task force in Wisconsin tried, Kris Kobach tried in 2013, North Carolina tried. What do all of these efforts have in common? As all of these efforts were started and supported by Republican state and federal government both motivation and resources were available to finally stick it to the Democrats once and for all. They sifted through millions of votes each and found voter fraud at the scale of a few tens of votes, if that. So no, I do not consider it reasonable to be afraid of massive voter fraud by in-person fraud, be it double vote or non-citizen voting.

          It is indeed irresponsible to ignore the possibility of voter fraud. And it is even more irresponsible to blow the size of the problem out of proportion by ignoring the results of investigations into that very problem. BTW, would you consider it irresponsible to ignore voter suppression, or do you consider these efforts permissible tactics in the battle for power?


          1. @marmoewp

            Equating the requirement to have a photo ID to voter suppression is so ridiculous….

            So you have proved a negative. Let’s give the man a prize. The Nobel is real credible these days….

            We have two opposing forces, not just stiff-necked Republicans. We have politicians fighting to make it easy to vote, and we have politicians striving to maintain the credibility of the vote.

            In Maryland they just made it legal to vote early and at multiple polling locations around the state. I cringed when I heard that. Every eight years we have an election in my county where 10 different offices are up for grabs. That’s stupid, of course, but even with few offices on the ballot I cannot imagine how the idiots who thought that one up expect election officials to give everyone the right ballot. Effectively, it means no paper ballots and no paper trail. If paper ballots used, tracking them would be a logistical nightmare.

            There is nothing necessarily virtuous about making it easy to vote.


        3. Apparently, even requiring people to get a free photo ID is racist.

          You may want to look into the costs associated with obtaining a “free” photo ID.

          Click to access FullReportVoterIDJune20141.pdf

          Larger portions of African-Americans are poor compared to Whites. This means African-Americans are less likely to be able to afford free photo IDs. So while the language of the regulation is not racist, the outcome still disadvantages people of mostly one race. For at least one (ex-)GOP member such an outcome of voter ID laws is not a bug, but a feature.


          1. @marmoewp

            You think the poor people in this country are exclusively of one race?

            Everything comes at a cost. Given how often people are expected to present a photo ID, except for someone who is so poor they are homeless, not having a photo ID is more costly.

            1.Time costs involved in learning about photo voter ID requirements and how to meet them.
            2.Costs of purchasing required birth, marriage, naturalization and other certificates. In some instances, the calculations include legal fees needed to secure these documents.
            3.Costs of travel expenses to the departments of vital records and motor vehicles, and the potential cost of hiring a driver and/or vehicle.
            4. Costs of travel time and waiting time at the agencies.

            You do realize that all these thing are required to get a job?

            Frankly, if someone is not working, in all likelihood they are voting to protect their welfare benefits. The ethics of that are debatable, to say the least.


        4. You think the poor people in this country are exclusively of one race?

          Oh, another debating technique I should pick up: Claim your opponent said things that they did not. Is “Larger portions of African-Americans are poor compared to Whites” so hard to understand? Poverty rate by race in the United States:
          White: 9%
          Black: 24%
          Hispanic: 21%
          Other: 14%
          All Races: 14%
          So if you have regulations that make it harder for poor people to vote, then one in ten whites is affected, one in four blacks and one in five hispanic.

          You do realize that all these thing are required to get a job?

          Frankly, if someone is not working, in all likelihood they are voting to protect their welfare benefits. The ethics of that are debatable, to say the least.

          Be careful what you argue for, or do you not want spouses in traditional marriages to vote? After all they are “not” working, “just” taking care of the kids and the household. Anyhow, there seem to be about 11% of the US population w/o government issued photo ID. One such case is presented as an opener for this WaPo article. Later in the article you will find:
          A recent voter-ID study by political scientists at the University of California at San Diego analyzed turnout in elections between 2008 and 2012 and found “substantial drops in turnout for minorities under strict voter ID laws.”
          And it’s not as if courts have not struck down photo-ID laws before. So, who is affected according to the article:
          Many of the residents struggling to obtain a valid photo ID are elderly and poor and were born in homes rather than hospitals. As a result, birth certificates were often lost or names were misspelled in official city records
          And these clerical errors are very time-consumung and costly to resolve. Enough to make people give up on voting.


          1. @marmoewp

            I asked a question. I did not say what you said. You argued that requiring photo ID to vote is racist. That included digging up a ridiculous article about a man that Republican Party immediately disowned. A North Carolina county precinct Republican chair is not exactly a high official in the Republican Party. If that is the best you can do to prove racism…..

            I am a member of the Republican Party in the county where I live. It is rare, but we occasionally sanction members when they misrepresent the party’s position or disobey our rules. Usually, that occurs when a party member endorses a Democrat. Racism? Sexism? Religious bigotry? That stuff generally comes out of the Democratic Party as some sort of race, sex, or religious base system supposedly designed to rectify the sins of the past. Since the Democrats keep digging up their sins, I can only suppose they must be mighty proud of them.

            Is the Republican Party racist? Consider the irony of the charge, and consider the source. The heroes of the Republican Party are Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. Lincoln freed the slaves. Over the years the Republican Party has done far more for racial equality than the Democratic Party. Democrats have consistently fought for race based policies. They now call such crap affirmative action.

            Be careful what you argue for, or do you not want spouses in traditional marriages to vote? After all they are “not” working, “just” taking care of the kids and the household. Anyhow, there seem to be about 11% of the US population w/o government issued photo ID.

            If we use your statistics, then we must also assume that the people who have been most damaged by the welfare state in this country are blacks. Why? It is funny you bring up traditional marriage. Traditional marriage provides children just about the best antipoverty program there is.

            Prior to the imposition of the welfare state, blacks were more likely to be poor (Would you argue that the racism advocated by Democrats did not have a role in that?), but the black family was stable enough. Poverty does have one virtue. It can bring families closer together, but our government’s welfare programs discouraged fathers from staying with their children. Thus, the state became daddy, instead. Of course, we also have these wonderful intercity schools run by Democrats.

            Anyway, I suspect the vast majority of women participating in traditional marriages are not receiving welfare and already have photo IDs.

            Life is hard. We are born in pain. Much of our lives is devoted to avoiding pain. Then we die. We simply cannot achieve perfection. That’s why we strive for an optimum situation. If only 10 percent of potential pool of voters cannot figure out how to get a photo ID, that sounds like we are approaching an optimum. Moreover, I suspect both political parties would happily help potential voters get their photo IDs. This “problem” is not a mountain; it is a molehill.

            Would I like to do even better? How about giving our government school monopoly some competition with school choice? The best antipoverty program is a job.


  4. I realized 20 years ago that the American Republic was gone when I began teaching my illegal alien students in Spanish.

    But I never thought I’d see the day when the US government tried to over the President of the United States.

    THE Donald has uncovered a real hornets nest.

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    1. @silenceofmind

      Something of this sort happens about every four generations. When those who remember the uncovering the last great hornets nest have all passed away — when the wars with the hornets seemed to have ended — we suddenly discover a new nest. Then new generations must learn of the dangers of tolerating evil, just how much a hornet (aka sin) can sting.


      1. cCitizen,

        The Deep State goes back 100 years and is a product of Progressivism.

        The US president has been a puppet of the Deep State since World War II.

        It is during war that government finds its best, most quickly implemented opportunities for insinuating it tyrannical stranglehold.

        President Trump as a total outsider had no idea what kind of a buzz saw he was running in to.

        Until now, the Deep State has worked its way quietly and for the most part peacefully.

        President Obama will soon be exposed for spying and for financing and organizing the Deep State coup that is presently trying to get rid of THE Donald.

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        1. @silenceofmind

          I don’t know what The Donald expected, but I suspect he had and now has a clue. One thing is true about having billions of dollars. Some very nasty people will try to take that money away from you if you don’t know how to protect it. We call some of the those people politicians.


  5. Great commentary on the sad state of Journalism in the USA? The only way to watch TV news is to record and fast forward the garbage. The only way to read a newspaper is to read the comic section first and laugh. It serves to lighten the burden of reading the news reports that are easily identified to contain bias, hypocrisy, and propaganda indoctrination of special interests.

    However, every once in a great while you will hear or read a commentary that confronts reality. I believe the news media purposely allow it to happen when an editor feels a very slight pang of guilt. Sad.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.


  6. You’re quite right. No one is looking for voter fraud, and the Sergeant Schultz analogy is a good one. (“I know nothing” is all too common today in many areas…it is, unfortunately, the easy way out. )

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    1. Too many journalists engage in “pack journalism”. What they want is the “big” story. Relevant does not seem to matter. I guess they look at it this way. If everyone is talking about it, it must be relevant.

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