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Already, the Attorney General in Texas has warned these people that their “monitoring” activities will not be permitted at polling places, and they’ll be arrested if they come within 300 feet of one. Now, Iowa is saying the same thing: you’re not welcome here.

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz warned a group of international voting monitors that they face arrest if they monitor polling locations in Iowa next week.

“My office met with two delegation representatives last week to discuss Iowa’s election process, and it was explained to them that they are not permitted at the polls,” Schultz said in a statement released Tuesday. “Iowa law is very specific about who is permitted at polling places, and there is no exception for members of this group.”

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe plans to send observers from its Office for Democratic Institutions to Iowa and other states. According to the group’s website, members have been meeting with election officials and political party workers since last month to discuss their observation plans in the United States.

Attempts to reach Thomas Rymer, spokesman for the Office of Democratic Institutions, were not successful Tuesday.

Schultz said he supports the efforts of other nations to learn about the U.S. election process, but pointed to a statute in Iowa code that limits the number of people at a particular polling place. That section of code, with few exceptions, allows poll watchers from political parties, news media and campaigns to be at polling locations.

via Secretary of state: Voting monitors face arrest in Iowa.

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An interesting story in the Daily Mail about thousands of plastic toys that fell off a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean 15 years ago. Some of them have traveled more than 17,000 miles, and will start showing up on the beaches of Britain later this year.

They were toys destined only to bob up and down in nothing bigger than a child’s bath – but so far they have floated halfway around the world. The armada of 29,000 plastic yellow ducks, blue turtles and green frogs broke free from a cargo ship 15 years ago. Since then they have travelled 17,000 miles, floating over the site where the Titanic sank, landing in Hawaii and even spending years frozen in an Arctic ice pack.

And now they are heading straight for Britain. At some point this summer they are expected to be spotted on beaches in South-West England. While the ducks are undoubtedly a loss to the bath-time fun of thousands of children, their adventures at sea have proved an invaluable aid to science.

The toys have helped researchers to chart the great ocean currents because when they are spotted bobbing on the waves they are much more likely to be reported to the authorities than the floats which scientists normally use.

And because the toys are made of durable plastic and are sealed watertight, they have been able to survive years adrift at the mercy of the elements. Boxes of the bathtime toys – made in China for the U.S. firm The First Years Inc – were washed overboard in the eastern Pacific Ocean one stormy January night in 1992 and broke open.

In the intervening time an oceanographer, Curtis Ebbesmeyer, has devoted his retirement to tracking the little yellow ducks and their friends over 17,000 miles, and it is he who has predicted that this summer they will land in the West of England. Mr Ebbesmeyer said: ‘We’re getting reports of ducks being washed up on America’s eastern seaboard.

“It is now inevitable that they will get caught up in the Atlantic currents and will turn up on English beaches.

“Cornwall and the South-West will probably get the first wave of them.”

Read more at The Daily Mail

So, it’s not really the facts that count, it’s the “general impression. WaPo’s Glenn Kessler gives Romney’s ad “four Pinnochios” despite there be no incorrect statements in it.

The Washington Post Fact Checker has declared that Mitt Romney’s television ad about Jeep production being moved overseas, which has “hurt” the “feelings” of the Obama campaign and the left, is “factually defensible” and “technically correct.”

Actually, the Fact Checker’s Glenn Kessler gave the Jeep ad four Pinocchios, somehow conveying a verdict of gross dishonesty, despite the fact that no statement in Romney’s ad is incorrect. But my headline conveys the “overall impression” of Kessler’s article–which is the standard he uses to attack Romney.

Here is the naked truth about Romney’s claims about Jeep. Romney was wrong to say, in a speech in Ohio last week, that Jeep is moving “all” production to China. That statement, even if it was just a slip, was worthy of correction.

But the Jeep ad airing in Ohio makes no such statement. It says that Chrysler, Jeep’s parent, was sold “to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China.” That is 100% correct, and has been since 2010, as Tony Lee pointed out yesterday. It is also true that “Fact checkers confirm that [Obama’s] attacks on Mitt Romney [on the auto bailout] are false” and that Romney “is supported by Lee Iacocca and the Detroit News.”

So what is the Fact Checker upset about? The “overall impression,” which is an entirely subjective judgment of whether Obama or Romney had the better of the argument about whose policy was best for the auto industry.

via Fact Check: WaPo Calls Romney Jeep Ad ‘Correct’.

Biden does an internet ad for Obama’s re-election, claiming Obama’s health care policies are in line with Catholic doctrines. He claims the values his parents taught him were no different from those of the nuns and priests that educated him. Which of those nuns and priests were pro-abortion, or were for taxpayer money funding abortions?  What a hypocrite.