ISIS is, as we speak, attacking the Kurds who live in the Syrian town of Kobane, near Syria's border with Turkey; some 12,000 civilians may be massacred. And the U.N.'s envoy to Syria has urged the Turkish government to permit Kurdish fighters inside Turkey to cross into Syria to help out their brethren in Kobane. Hence Just Foreign Policy joins with MoveOn to help you tell our government to pressure Turkey to help the Kurds of Kobane. In doing so, you wouldn't call for more air strikes, or more American soldiers on the ground in Syria, or putting our troops under the supervision of the U.N.; you would call for one Middle Eastern nation to act to help another, which is really what we ought to be doing, rather than blowing up as much crap as possible. And I wouldn't worry about whether we'll accidentally strengthen the position of Turkish President Erdogan, because, truth be known, he has pretty much all the power in that nation anyway, and the only thing that would bring him down (or make him adhere to the people's will more directly) is concerted, sustained action by the Turkish people, which we've supported before.
Meanwhile, in Georgia, some 40,000 voter registration applications submitted by the October 6 deadline remain unprocessed, and early voting in that state begins today. And Georgia's Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, said that he had received six separate complaints, from six separate counties, about the massive voter registration drive conducted by the New Georgia Project; turns out the number he received about the New Georgia Project was rather closer to one than six, which apparently justified a massive investigation, which found 25 allegedly fraudulent applications out of 85,000. And that justifies sitting on at least 40,000 voter registration applications? Ultimately, Mr. Kemp's job is to process these applications, and if he's sitting on them, one has every reason to suspect that he knows he's not going to find too many real problems with them. I mean, what else could he be afraid of? Hence both Color of Change and People for the American Way help you tell Mr. Kemp to do his job and process the remaining voter registration applications received in due time. It's a shame you have to tell anyone to do their job, but these are, as they say, interesting times.