FREELANCE LAW ENFORCEMENT  12:23 pm November 6, 2012

Pennsylvania Reports Voter Intimidation From … REPUBLICANS?!?

by Rich Abdill

"Sorry I had a fight in the middle of your Black Panther party."So you know that huge terrifying black man we told you about, who is harassing old white ladies by opening the door for them? That’s called “voter intimidation,” and it’s practiced by minorities and the United Nations and tricky Democrats, because they don’t want to play by the rules, they can’t help it, they’re just awful people.

Far more awful, for example, than the upstanding Republicans of Allegheny County, Pa., who are so patriotic they showed up to polling places this morning to enforce laws that don’t even exist!

What’s all this about, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review?

An Allegheny County judge on Tuesday issued an order to halt electioneering outside a polling location in Homestead.

County officials received a complaint shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday that Republicans outside a polling location on Maple Street in Homestead were stopping people outside the polls and asking for identification.

Wait, you mean strangers can’t just show up places and demand identification from people? I’m sorry, I thought this was America. They’re only trying to help! In Pennsylvania, they need photo IDs to vote, right?

voters need not show identification for this year’s election.

Ohh. So they’re just outside, scaring people away, because they don’t want them to vote, in the name of liberty. Buncha nice folks, they are, over there on Maple Street. WAY nicer than those other people, who show up with their berets and slam-dunking and leather gloves, to make sure people get to vote. Those guys are the worst.

[Tribune-Review via ThinkProgress]

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WVUer21 November 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Always glad to see my hometown make the news!

Callyson November 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Go Stillers! (Pittsburgh native here, living in LA now but still loyal to the hometown.)

Also, did you see this gem from the Post-Gazette? Mittens is so confident of getting the PA vote that he is hiding from voters!

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is scheduled to arrive at the Pittsburgh International Airport for his final stop of the campaign this afternoon, but supporters of the former Massachusetts governor hoping to catch a glimpse of him might be disappointed because his appearance will not be public.
Mr. Romney is scheduled to arrive at 3:20 p.m. at Atlantic Aviation Services and his arrival is only open to members of the press. From there, he will be whisked away in a motorcade.
His campaign declined to say where he was going.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighbo

ChillBill November 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

But they were White, right?

OneDollarJuana November 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

And their shirts: brown.

WhatTheHolyHeck November 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Why do UPS drivers hate America?

Naked_Bunny November 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

They see a lot of it.

Designer_Rants November 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

So many parcels… of hate.

MittBorg November 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Well, that makes sense. Familiarity breeds contempt, right?

mayor_quimby November 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Did you mean White is Right? Because, yes.

MittBorg November 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

The voters? Or the votees?

Lascauxcaveman November 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

They'd better be careful. Some of those voters they're trying to card may be packing 2nd Amendment remedies with them.

Designer_Rants November 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Surveyor's Marks Libel!!!!!!1111111

Esteev November 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

bra-VO!

RomneysLogCabin November 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Jesus fuck. What's next? Cavity searches?

BadKitty904 November 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I assume the Republicans' next move will be to burn the Reichstag…

sewollef November 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Except you know what Marx said about repeating history, right?

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”

Esteev November 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

You know who else quotes Marx?

HogeyeGrex November 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Too late.

I kid. Sort of.

OneDollarJuana November 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

In Germany, of course. Following in the footsteps of their dear Decider by invading the wrong country.

Katydid November 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Bill Kristol libel!

nounverb911 November 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Lindsey Graham might enjoy that.

actor212 November 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

DENTISTRY IS THEFT!

ChrisM2011 November 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

DON'T give them any ideas… *clenches buttocks*

Terry November 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

DNA analysis to prove northern European ancestry.

Generation[redacted] November 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Thank you for specifying northern. We don't want this country to become like Greece!

Terry November 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Or anywhere around the Mediterranean or, God forbid, the Irish.

SavageDrummer November 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Reacharounds for Justice!

Not_So_Much November 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm

This report needs way more tasing and pepper spray from those that were harassed.

bikerlaureate November 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

And way more arrests of the harassers.

Wadisay November 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I hope the Dems send Mr T to Fairfax County, VA.

elviouslyqueer November 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Your move, Arizona.

FlipFlopFuck November 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

The Pittsburgh Stealers.

freakishlywrong November 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Dear Republicans, We don't want your country back.

BadKitty904 November 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Especially after defeating it in 1945…

pinkocommi November 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Republicans are dicks. Republicans are asaholes. You can't explain it

freakishlywrong November 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

There's a joke in here about dicks going in to assholes, dicks coming out of assholes. Who can explain it?

actor212 November 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Sure you can!

The P-E-N-I-S goes in the anus, see, and…

Loch_Nessosaur November 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

That's going to be one of those things that ranks right up there with Bush getting the shoe thrown at him.

Fairtackle November 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Not enough black panther to go around.

ph7 November 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Today, we are all Black Panthers, muthafucka

StillGoinGreen November 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I looked it up in my official "Whitey Wannabe a Black Panther" manual, and it is "Muhfuckah".

actor212 November 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Of course, the GOP has it that Dems tried to de-certify a bunch of kind old ladies…(Rich, check out Memeorandum, specifically Butt Rocket)

smellyal8tr November 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Interestingly, those asking for ID were unwilling to provide their own dental records…well, they really didn't need to, since they only had the one tooth and all…

nounverb911 November 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Ver are your papers?

actor212 November 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm
RufusTFirefly November 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Uh, all I got is this pipe, man.

freakishlywrong November 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

$10,000 bet they were demanding to see birf certificates.

AlterNewt November 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Probably just a misunderstanding.

actor212 November 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Republicans to minorities: "Papers, please!"

Do they not see the irony?

Loch_Nessosaur November 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Why do you think they've been screaming voter intimidation/fraud for the last few months. They were just letting us know what they planned to do.

Designer_Rants November 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Dangit, now we can't say they didn't warn us.

RedneckMuslin November 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Has Romney forfeited yet? Has anybody heard anything?

weejee November 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Rumor has it Willard has booked the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman for his concession speech.

gullywompr November 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Gasp.

Boojum November 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

White people intimidating voters? Unpossible!

SorosBot November 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

So this is why Mittens suddenly thinks he has a shot at winning Pennsylvania!

Dr. Nick Riviera November 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I'm so freaked out right now. If I didn't have an exam in Equine nutrition tomorrow I'd take some happy pills wake up Friday to see how things turned out. Instead I find myself freaking out about the fact that Romney is winning this sample size of 3 voters.

Cicada November 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I say we institute a rhythm test for the next election. If you can't do the electric slide, you clearly don't deserve to vote.

Dr. Nick Riviera November 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

If you don't say "mayo" is your favorite topping, you can't vote. If you have never shopped at Eddie Bauer, you can't vote. If you are a reasonable dancer, you can't vote.

BadKitty904 November 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I hope the patriotic Pennsylvanian voters "stood their ground" – in all possible senses…

vulpes82 November 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm

This is so unexpected. REPUBLICANS intimidating VOTERS! Unbelievable! I do believe I have the vapors! Someone fetch my smelling salts and fainting couch forthwith!

Jerri November 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

If I get through today without throwing up (before I drink a shitload of booze after work tonight that is), it will be a fucking Christmas miracle.

DocChaos November 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm

My wife is so fired up she was hoping for someone to challenge her right to vote so she could cockpunch them. I told her that living in the Liberaltown neighborhood of Liberal City in the State of Solid Blue that it was probably not going to happen. She'll get over it.

BadKitty904 November 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Still, she gets a gold star for the thought… :0)

fuflans November 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

this is EXACTLY me. (rahm's old district in chicago AND i voted two weeks ago.)

i am going out in a little while just to see if i can find some bagger trouble somewhere.

BadKitty904 November 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Give 'em hell!

Designer_Rants November 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

LOL, I can see you putting on your studded black leather jacket and your boots with the knife that sticks out of the toe.

emmelemm November 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

the Liberaltown neighborhood of Liberal City in the State of Solid Blue

We must be neighbors! The view is lovely from here.

Actually, we're not neighbors because I'm in an all-mail ballot state, so there's simply no outlet for voter suppression or cockpunching voter suppressors.

IceCreamEmpress November 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I'm the same way. Here in Cambridge, MA I will never get to have my Norma Rae moment.

DemmeFatale November 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

She and I should join up with Dust Bowl and kick some ass!

ElPinche November 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm

All of you are reverse racists!!!!11!!

Designer_Rants November 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

We learned it from Obama!

ElPinche November 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

"I learned it from you dad!! I LEARNED IT FROM YOU!!"

SayItWithWookies November 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I guess they're protecting democracy the same way they protected marriage — by leaving it to the drooling, incompetent hypocrites.

PsycWench November 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I guess standing outside the polling areas asking people to pay their poll taxes in cash wasn't exactly legal either.

Chow Yun Flat November 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

But at least it makes sense from a criminal perspective–you get some money and it is a lot easier than selling sub-prime mortgages or breaking into houses.

Naked_Bunny November 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

But selling sub-prime mortgages and breaking into houses aren't illegal (for banks).

Generation[redacted] November 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

As long as you studied for your citizenship test, you'll be okay!

YouBetcha November 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

They are lucky I am not in PA. I would not have reacted in a civilized manner if someone was doing that outside of my polling place. I'm not above making a grown man cry sad, shameful tears.

Biel_ze_Bubba November 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Yeah, a broken nose does hurt quite a bit.

YasserArraFeck November 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm

A smack to the 'nads would certainly make me tear up

hagajim November 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Instead to telling them to get lost they should throw their asses in jail – for a year or two. Why not, we toss people in jail for way less. Send a message of sorts to not screw with the voting process.

Biel_ze_Bubba November 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Four years and a day … just to be sure they don't do it again.

PeaceWithHonor November 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Homestead? As in the Homestead Strike? Aw, poor rethugs miss their Pinkertons.

Beowoof November 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Republicans are afraid of non-existent Democratic voter fraud, merely because they know it would get in the way of their elaborate plans to conduct voter fraud and intimidation.

BadKitty904 November 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

A pretty obvious case of "Guilty speaks first."

YasserArraFeck November 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Didn't want any Dems horning in on their action

sewollef November 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Calm down you bunch of whine babies.

They've already apologised if anyone was offended.

SorosBot November 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

And yep, I've checked the headlines over at a few of the wingnuttiest sites and it's all "NEW BLACK PANTHERS!!". All because of one guy, just standing there. They really are losing their minds.

smellypossum November 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Snark off: Vote rigging, voting machine tampering, voter intimidatoin ALL should be considered treason as the goal of the tampering process is to install a regime not elected by the people.

Choosing leaders to serve is an essential right and responsibility of citizens in the US. Impeding that right is a violation of civil rights. Anyone making ANY attempt to restrict that right should be arrested and put on trial for treason.

fucking ignorant inbred crackers…

And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIOPw0Ewj4Q

Loch_Nessosaur November 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

This is also the reason why the Republicans have be screaming about the commies and the Soviet Union, they're just practicing.

neiltheblaze November 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

If this stuff happened in Venezuela or Burkina Faso we'd be all superior, tut-tutting about banana republics and Third World dictatorships.

BadKitty904 November 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Truly. Once again, the GOP has managed to shame America before the entire world.

BoroPrimorac November 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

The voting machines in Venezuela have a digital thumb print reader and their national IDs serve as voter registration cards. It is us who are backwards when it comes to elections.

doloras November 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Yeah, but Venezuela is a COMMIE DICTATORSHIP because the people elected a Prez that the 1% don't like.

LesBontemps November 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

This comment deleted because PsycWench was four minutes faster to the keyboard.

ttommyunger November 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

It's always more challenging after the all the low-hanging fruit has been picked. Go for it, you've got a good one in you, I know it.

Chow Yun Flat November 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

The exchange between the Rethug harassers and the voters should be:

Rethug: If you are going to vote I need to see some identification.

Voter: Are you a police officer?

Rethug: No, but…

Voter: Fuck You, Asshole.

Biel_ze_Bubba November 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Followed by, "Officer, please remove this asshole."

FakaktaSouth November 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Who the fuck do these people think they are, freedom fighters in charge of everyone all the time? I hate hate hate people like this, it makes me want to, um, vote all over them. But I already did that, so now I feel like swinging.

I had to show ID twice today, once at the polling place and once to the nice police man who thought I was texting while driving – for once I was not and he let me go.

prommie November 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

And I am sure you were the high point of that cops day and he is on the radio now talking about the hottie he pulled over.

Biel_ze_Bubba November 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

"For once"???

Bumper sticker you need to see:

****HONK IF YOU LOVE JESUS****
TEXT IF YOU WANT TO MEET HIM

BoroPrimorac November 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

That's just an excuse to check you out from up close. My girlfriend gets stopped so often for no apparent reason that she's thinking about buying a hijab.

ttommyunger November 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

You're prolly lucky that "Driving While Texting" is not an offense.

viennawoods13 November 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Heh. It is up here.

Goonemeritus November 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Simple rules for voting, if confronted outside a polling place by anyone a simple FUCK YOU is the traditional response.

4TheTurnstiles November 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Meanwhile in Pennsylvania…
http://jezebel.com/5958108/oh-lovely-at-least-one

cousinitt November 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

What a bunch of acorns.

ElPinche November 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

OT: Free new Walnuts avatar pic :
http://i.imgur.com/CrYSa.jpg

Nostrildamus November 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Put 'er there, Lindsey!

Katydid November 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

When fascism comes to America….&etc.

fuflans November 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

i bet this was my aunt and uncle.

cognachas4paws November 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

According to Fox, these people are the real patriots and really, isn't disenfranchising voters what America is all about?

An_Outhouse November 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I posted this on an earlier thread but it appears a number of rightards are butt hurt because their 'poll watchers/workers' were ordered away from the poll locations in Philadelphis. Poor butt hurt ass holes.
http://twitchy.com/2012/11/06/gop-inspectors-repo

cousinitt November 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

That black panther pic is priceless.

lingin November 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

It doesn't take too long to get to the racism in the comments. As a former Philly (and now suburban Philly voter) I wonder how many of these identified GOP Poll inspectors are state certified and how many are just loony right-wingers who just showed up to intimidate.

Biel_ze_Bubba November 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Those would be the ones demanding photo IDs from voters on the sidewalk? Fuck them… you don't need an ID to vote in PA.

imissopus November 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Pittsburghers, help me out because it has been many years since I was in your fine city, but is not Homestead a majority-blah neighborhood?

Designer_Rants November 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Img & title text Extreme Win, Mr. Abdill.

Eve8Apples November 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Isn't this your invitation to drop your pants and offer to dangle your "identification" in the mouth of the tea bagger?

cheetojeebus November 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

tea bagger : scrotum holster

Biel_ze_Bubba November 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Those fucking GOP assholes really have turned the vote in PA into a circus. We can only hope that Obama supporters are so pissed off that they'll have more stamina and determination than the teatards who created the mess.

Naked_Bunny November 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

These are the same people who are butthurt about UN election observers.

Limeylizzie November 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I saw some scary people outside a polling place in NYC
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13152388@N00/8161693

An_Outhouse November 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

You'll want to report that True the Vote. They have real live people waiting for your phone call. Info here:
http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2012/11/06/officer-p

Limeylizzie November 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Those kids were so adorable, I asked them if they were for Mitt Romney and they looked appalled!

Limeylizzie November 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

The West Village's version of the New Black Panthers. http://www.flickr.com/photos/13152388@N00/8161721

Naked_Bunny November 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I see someone in the background ordering a gang hit. That's what gangs do, right? With phones. *whispers* Black gangs.

An_Outhouse November 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

SCARY!!!!!

sayprettyplease November 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Center City Philly aok!!

dinkybossetti November 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Oh, how I wanted my commonwealth to not make this kind of news today! I voted first thing this morning, and aside from the fact that only people with last names starting with A through L appear to be voting, everything was fine at my polling place outside Philadelphia.

Esteev November 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Thank you, Wonkette, for keeping me sane. While this may be Election Day, my patience is wearing thin. Facebook is a sewer. Already got into an argument about the scary beret wearing Blahhhs and, not surprisingly, those who disagree with the Black Panther Poll Party are the same that want voter ID laws.

The irony hurts oh so much…

AddHomonym November 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Yinz better not ask us for ID 'n'at or I'll make sure yinz get taken dahntahn! Go Stillers!

Yellerdawg November 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I remember back in the bad old days when everyone in my town voted in the courthouse. On primary day, both parties had tables in the center foyer, then Democrats went down the left hallway and Republicans down the right hall to mark their ballots (no kidding). The halls were still being traversed by people doing business in the courthouse while all that was going on. Never once did I get out without more than one person walking behind me and commenting "I didn't know we had any Democrats in this county.", or "They still let Democrats in here?" I was never particularly intimidated, just amazed at people's audacity.

Wilcoxyz November 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

How much does the Front of the Line pass cost? Or do you just show your 1040.

Maman November 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

There was a gentleman this morning at the polling place asking if he needed to show id to vote. I said, "No, this is still America". people laughed.

Close_Read November 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I love how it says, ''voters need not show identification for THIS year’s election.'

Just wait, Pennsylvania. Just wait.

MosesInvests November 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Papieren, bitte!

AddHomonym November 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Nein. Scheren!

ttommyunger November 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

As a young cop in KCMo I stopped to check out a car with a man sleeping in it on the Highway. When I finally got him awake and out of the vehicle, I asked him for I. D. I guess his name was Dick, 'cause that's what he produced without a word.

tigernole November 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Republicans do this and it is deemed that they are only ensuring that the voting process is not tainted by ineligible voters and patriotic or some other hooha, Dems do this and it is voter intimidation, unpatriotic and treasonous.

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