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MSNBC's Bashir: Florida Voter 'Purge' One That 'Stalin Would Admire';
News Buster.com ^ | May 30, 2012 | Ken Shepherd

Posted on 05/30/2012 3:31:07 PM PDT by Kaslin

Comparing conservatives to Hitler is old-and-busted. The new hotness, if you ask Martin Bashir, is comparing them to Stalin.

A few months ago, you may recall, Bashir compared Rick Santorum to the long-dead Soviet dictator. Now it's the state of Florida, more specifically, the conservative Republican Rick Scott, who is getting the honors. "Why is the Sunshine State in the midst of a purge that even Josef Stalin would admire?" Bashir rhetorically asked on the way out to an ad break on today's program. The "purge," by the way, is one admitted by a Democratic official in Broward County, Florida, to be "very, very microscopic" in nature. [video follows page break]

Coming back from commercial, Bashir teamed up with Democratic strategist Julian Epstein and liberal Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson to slam the Florida governor as setting out to disenfranchise Democratic voters. Bashir also had conservative columnist S.E. Cupp on for reaction, but he refused to allow her to make her points, cutting her off mid-sentence as she charged that President Obama was "desperate" to retain minority voters by hyping allegations of voter disenfranchisement.

Bashir and company ran with a Miami Herald story that spotlighted a 91-year-old World War II veteran who was sent a letter by Broward County (Fla.) officials that questioned whether he was eligible to vote. Bill Internicola, who was awarded the Bronze Star for his bravery in battle, "one of many innocent victims in Gov. Rick Scott's purge meant to reduce voter rolls in advance of November elections," Bashir insisted.

But a review of the Herald article itself makes abundantly clear the "purge" is anything but. Only 2600 notices were sent to voters who were believed to be noncitizens erroneously on the voter rolls. That amounts to a puny 0.023 percent of the state's 11,323,464 currently-registered voters (see Florida Division of Elections website here).

Bashir Video

Initially, according to the Miami Herald, the state had flagged some 180,000 potential noncitizens, but confirmed the citizenship disposition of all but 2,600. Even if the full 180,000 had been served notices, that would have been just 1.59 percent of voters put in danger of being unable to vote, again, hardly "purge" territory.

What's more, persons receiving those notices, "have 30 days from the receipt of the letter to provide documentation of citizenship or they will be removed from the rolls." A true "purge" would be automatic and without avenue for appeal, which this is not.

What's more, for his part, Mr. Internicola has actually proven his citizenship, but as the Herald reports, there was reason for the state to have been suspicious in the first place. It turns out he lied about his year of birth many decades ago when first getting his driver's license:

Broward voting records show that Internicola registered in 1991 and has been a frequent voter — including the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections — and in at least a couple of municipal elections. He’s a lifelong Democrat.

Internicola admitted to one discrepancy in records. He says he was born in 1921, though he said his drivers’ license indicates 1919. The reason: in his youth he wanted to start driving early so “I bent the truth a little bit.”

So when your birth date on voter rolls doesn't match your birth date on the state's driver's license files, you can expect that there's reason for state officials to be suspicious, no? Of course, Internicola's having lied about his age was not mentioned by Bashir, who practically made it sound like Gov. Scott was personally jonesing to disenfranchise a nonagenarian war hero.

And while Bashir and company were hard at work denouncing the "purge" as a partisan effort, even Democrats on the ground in south Florida admit that the effort was "microscopic" in nature, hardly a grand-scale effort to disenfranchise Democratic-leaning voters (emphasis mine):

Broward Party’s Democratic chairman Mitch Ceasar said the number on the county’s list — 259 among more than 1 million registered voters in Broward“is very very microscopic.” But he questioned the action led by Scott’s administration.



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The entire title is: MSNBC's Bashir: Florida Voter 'Purge' One That 'Stalin Would Admire'; But 'Purge' Amounts to Just 0.02% of Fla. Voters
1 posted on 05/30/2012 3:31:14 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

“Internicola admitted to one discrepancy in records. He says he was born in 1921, though he said his drivers’ license indicates 1919. The reason: in his youth he wanted to start driving early so “I bent the truth a little bit.””

Think that’s all Roger Clemons has to say to get acquitted?


2 posted on 05/30/2012 3:33:40 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Kaslin

Stalin was a Marxist, just like Bashir.


3 posted on 05/30/2012 3:36:33 PM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: Kaslin

Purge everyone in Dade County.


4 posted on 05/30/2012 3:36:58 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Kaslin
The pinkos are crazed. People wouldn’t give e them a second thought if they didn't have teachers and college professors across America confusing youngsters into being unable to distinguish their nonsense for what it is.
5 posted on 05/30/2012 3:37:59 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kaslin
"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."
6 posted on 05/30/2012 3:39:04 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: Kaslin
I'll betcha’ all of MSNBC’s viewers agreed with Bashir whole heartedly.... And yes, I mean all three of them.
7 posted on 05/30/2012 3:39:19 PM PDT by Bullish
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To: Kaslin

To show you how much I care I’d like to buy you dinner at a southern diner serving pork ribs and chops.

Eat up buddy, it’s on me.


8 posted on 05/30/2012 3:39:43 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
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To: Kaslin

the ‘purge’ focused on getting the dead off the voting roll

the dems protested, claiming minorities were impacted more... but that was obviously laughable

so now they’re onto this

whatever.

sorry dems, this time you’ll only get ONE vote per LIVING person RESIDING in Florida.

and if we can help it, you’ll have to show an ID


9 posted on 05/30/2012 3:40:34 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Kaslin
A purge that Stalin would be proud of would have Bashir and his ilk disappear and spend the rest of their days in a work camp, if they were lucky.
10 posted on 05/30/2012 3:44:47 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: jdsteel

If Santorum and Rick Scott were indeed like Stalin, Bashir would campaign for them.


11 posted on 05/30/2012 3:44:47 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Brilliant point.


12 posted on 05/30/2012 3:50:22 PM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: Kaslin
They are only purging the Potemkin voters.
13 posted on 05/30/2012 3:56:30 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Kaslin

What the heck is wrong with these people???? Yikes!


14 posted on 05/30/2012 3:59:09 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory.” Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Kaslin

He hung around with Whitney and Michael a little too much, methinks. lay the crack pipe down and step away, Bashir.


15 posted on 05/30/2012 4:12:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Kaslin

That is high praise from anyone on MSDNC.

Pray for America


16 posted on 05/30/2012 4:15:58 PM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: Kaslin
The new hotness, if you ask Martin Bashir, is comparing them to Stalin.

But Stalin was a Communist, so isn't that red-baiting and McCarthyism, which to liberals is the worst sort of sin?

17 posted on 05/30/2012 4:20:26 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: BenLurkin

Colleges and universities have been hazardous to the Republic for decades, but no one cares.

We certainly don’t demand anything on the subject from our candidates. Never heard a constituent/voter even bring it up, write an editorial about it, or see it on anyone’s agenda (certainly on no candidate’s agenda).

An occasional cotton ball is tossed, however infrequently, about getting rid of the Dept of Education, but most of us have learned to smirk now when hearing that whopper.

The mind is a terrible thing to waste, but we have been in the business of wasting them for decades, still are, and always will be as we trundle even our own off to the dens for more of the same for generations.

We wonder what happened to our country, and there are more of the same on the way. They graduated this month actually.


18 posted on 05/30/2012 4:38:29 PM PDT by RitaOK (I DID vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: Fiji Hill

No kidding! These Folks just ain’t Right, but We already knew that :)


19 posted on 05/30/2012 4:39:42 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: Kaslin

Co-incidentally, Josef Stalin was still a registered Democrat in Dade County.


20 posted on 05/30/2012 4:55:42 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Bullish

You are so right! I had a x-relative post this crap on FB. He believes all this crap that MSNBC pushes. I posted this article and told him not to believe everything he sees on TV or reads. (His frame of reference is Huff-Puff Post and MSNBC, that should tell you how much of a lib he is.) I will never change his mind, but I do take heart when I poke at him.


21 posted on 05/30/2012 4:58:48 PM PDT by marygam (#Hurry November 2012, we might not make it#)
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To: All

Stalin and voter fraud....both believe that even the dead have something to contribute.


22 posted on 05/30/2012 5:23:52 PM PDT by ak267
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To: Kaslin

Democratic strategist Julian Epstein claimed just this month on ‘Cashin’ In’ that Barney Frank tried to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but was stopped by President Bush!
Talk about alternative universe!


23 posted on 05/30/2012 6:08:54 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: marygam

It’s amazing how well the leftist brainwashing has worked on so many otherwise good people. They will vote themselves right into slavery if enough of us don’t stand up against them.


24 posted on 05/30/2012 6:32:10 PM PDT by Bullish
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To: Kaslin

It is interesting that nobody seems to be bothered by the fact that any effort to purge voter rolls AUTOMATICALLY penalizes rats more that pubs.......it is taken for granted that they are doing the cheating.


25 posted on 05/30/2012 7:10:56 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Hope springs eternal - maybe the Bucs will break .500 this year)
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To: Kaslin

From the corrupt Holder telling black pastors to illegally break their IRS code for pastors by raising dough and begging for votes for Dems et al, to MN not wanting voterpicID because libs do not like it to this nonsense if Fla. where felons, the dead, the moved , illegals should all be purged from the rolls, the leftist MSM, Dems in general simply love voter fraud via registrars, absentees, stuffing the military from voting to finding or losing ballots to black walking around monies. It is sickening and every Pub guv and every Pub state leg. should push their own voter ID for state et al elections. And if the Pubs ever win the WH and all of Congress, make sure a real picvoterID card is a necessity to vote. And drop motor voter, same day reg-voting which all allow fraud. Absentee ballots are not that hot for honesty either.


26 posted on 05/30/2012 8:43:36 PM PDT by phillyfanatic
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To: Fiji Hill

Indeed. The libs consider “red-baiting” a far greater atrocity than the Stalnist purges or Mao’s Cultural Revolution.


27 posted on 05/30/2012 11:25:54 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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