Watercooler 12/15/16;More Votes Than Voters In Detroit; Small Town Forced To Remove Cross;Gun Grabbing Movie Can't Hit Target

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Michigan’s Recount Has Turned Up Excess Votes In 37% Of Detroit’s Precincts

Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during last month’s presidential election, according to Wayne County records prepared at the request of The Detroit News.

Detailed reports from the office of Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett show optical scanners at 248 of the city’s 662 precincts, or 37 percent, tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books. Voting irregularities in Detroit have spurred plans for an audit by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office, Elections Director Chris Thomas

The problems were the worst in Detroit, where discrepancies meant officials couldn’t recount votes in 392 precincts, or nearly 60 percent. And two-thirds of those precincts had too many votes.

—The Detroit News

Personally I am waiting to hear how Russian hacking disappeared ballots and added voters in Detroit. What’s galling is that while we are chasing non existent threats, the real problems with our election system remain unaddressed. We need Voter ID laws, proper cross referencing of the election rolls, and reasonable steps to assure that those voting actually can. It’s long past time to fight for this.


Small Indiana Town Bullied By ACLU  Into Taking Cross Off Christmas Tree

“It is with regret and sadness that the Knightstown Town Council has had the cross removed from the Christmas tree on the town square and is expected to approve a resolution at the next council meeting stating they will not return the cross to the tree,” the town council announced in a statement.

The council said the decision was based on advice from its legal counsel and the worry over payments should the council lose in court, Fox 59 reported.

Dozens gathered at the display on Sunday to pray they would be able to keep the cross, RTV6 reported.

The lawsuit claimed plaintiff and Knightstown resident Joseph Tompkins was “forced to come into unwelcome contact” with the display, causing him “irreparable harm.”

Tompkins said in the suit that he didn’t want his tax dollars used to light and maintain the cross.

—FoxNews

No the lawsuit had nothing to do with Mr. Tompkins or any irreparable harm that would be done to him. There is no doubt that there are people that would have just given him the few dollars of his tax money that went towards celebrating the holiday. This was about the ACLU being able to leverage the judicial and bring this town to it’s knees.  They managed to prove that the people in a little town in America are not equal before the law and the constitution belongs to those that can afford to make it work for them.


Gun Control Propaganda Film “Mrs. Sloane” Flops Big Time

Miss Sloane, the gun control thriller starring Jessica Chastain, over the weekend posted one of the worst performances of the past 35 years for a movie in wide release.

The movie pulled in $1,167 on average at the 1,648 theaters across the country it was shown in. It made $1,922,300, meaning it was the 11th-highest grossing movie in the country. It is number 79 on Box Office Mojo’s list of Worst Opening Weekend by Per-Theater Average since 1982.

That means Miss Sloane earned less money per theater than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Shaun the Sheep Movie, Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace, and Gigli.

—Freebeacon

There’s a pleasant sense of schadenfreude in knowing that the people who made this movie have said goodbye to a large amount of money they will never see again, that the next time it will be harder to raise the money, harder to get it into theaters, and they will waste more of their time and effort on an ever less effective strategy.


Quote of the Day

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

–Abraham Lincoln


That’s it for the Watercooler today, as always it’s an open thread.