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Saturday, October 29, 2005

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The ability to find humor in even the most appalling situations is one way to help keep an overall healthy mental perspective, a defense stimulus necessary for those in the law enforcement & medical fields at being overwhelmed by anger, rage & shock, however well justified.

In politics, such laughable strains of the absurd are so much easier to find, blatantly naked in the glare of even a half-way look into the recent past

In a case that some have called a showdown over voting rights, a U.S. appeals court yesterday upheld an injunction barring the state of Georgia from enforcing a law requiring citizens to get government-issued photo identification in order to vote......The ruling allows thousands of Georgians who do not have government-issued identification, such as driver's licenses and passports, to vote in the Nov. 8 municipal elections without obtaining a special digital identification card, which costs $20 for five years. In prior elections, Georgians could use any one of 17 types of identification that show the person's name and address, including a driver's license, utility bill, bank statement or a paycheck, to gain access to a voting booth.

Pretty straightforward, it's nothing more than a GOP attempted end run around the vote-heavy areas more likely to stick with the Dems rather than giving the GOP a shot politically

But where's the humor, where's the laughter shown by a despicable attempt to dilute the strength of the dem vote?

Well, judge for yourselves

Under the Georgia law, residents would need to produce original birth certificates and other documents to get the new digital identification card. The cards could only be obtained at Department of Motor Vehicles offices......Liberal critics compiled statistics showing that far more white residents owned cars than African Americans. The law, they argued, gave an unfair advantage to white people while placing a burden on those who are black.

Now, how did Georgia try to ensure that EVERYONE could register easily at any DMV in the state?

Well,. the state DMV underwent an interestingly timed overhaul, which resulted in, well, read the punchline

After the reorganization, there were no DMV offices in Atlanta, a city with a wide black majority. The closest station is at least nine miles away. Fewer than 60 of the state's 159 counties have DMV offices.

Yes, even though I've never been to Georgia, I find it interesting that the state's largest city now has NO DMV's anywhere within the city limits, meaning all those drivers now have to pollute the countryside getting to the now easier to find-as those offices aren't cluttering up every city block now-DMV's..

Did the state run any impact studies before enhancing the DMV experience for those it said needed documents to vote?

Which, brings us to the last of the punchlines, in which Georgia shows just how far it's willing to go to ensure the Voting Rights Act isn't violated

State officials countered that they were providing a single vehicle, known as the GLOW bus, to traverse the state, providing applications and licenses to those with the proper documents. Critics expressed disbelief that one bus could accommodate the needs of so many potential voters.

Ahh, yes, that GOP outreach to minority voters will undoubtedly sprout wings of gold in ushering a new political paradigm one the bus has crossed the state

2 Comments:

  • I just can't find anything funny about this at all. The underlying racism of the country was so evident after Katrina hit. And now this! I'm really disgusted.

    It's no wonder that Pres Bush has a 2% approval rating in the black community.

    By Anonymous Susan, at 3:14 PM  

  • I live in a southern area that is mainly tri-racial. While there are racists here, as there are everywhere, I have not seen much in the way of it in all my, ermm, 30- something years. Sure you hear snide comments sometimes, but it's rare that a neighbour needs help and doesn't get it because of his skin colour.

    This crap comes from the elected idiots. The lowly regular folks, for the most part, dont play the race cards. It's all politics, and the poor real people pay the price. In this case having to get to the moved DMV offices.

    By Anonymous Steph, at 7:55 PM  

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