Who gets the last lol?
The right are often wrong
the people on the right often like to paint themselves as the party
with the high moral values, I often find it interesting that the
facts don't back the claim up.
Lets look at divorce rates. The right goes on and on about the 'sanctity of marriage' and how granting gay couples the right to marry and lead a loving life, will somehow bring on the apocalypse. Yet when we look at Divorce rates in our country we find an interesting thing. Which of the 50 states do you think has the lowest divorce rate? If you would believe the Republicans, it must be a red state. because they are so interested in marriage and its sanctity right? Wrong. The state with the lowest divorce rate of all 50 states is..... drum roll please......
That's right. The epicenter of the gay marriage movement is also the state with the lowest divorce rate in the nation. Think thats just some coincidence? I don't think so. 9 of the 10 lowest divorce rates are blue states. So where are the highest divorce rates? You guessed it. 10 of the top 10 are red states. Do you see the irony here? The bible belt seems to be having sanctity issues.
But lets continue. How about teen pregnancy? For sure the moral values of the republicans have taught their populations that abstinence is the only way. For sure this is working in the youth. Right? Right?
Wrong. 10 of the top 10 highest teen pregnancy states are red. Heck the top 15 are red. So much for moral values right? But hey it makes for a good sound bite, and to the Republicans, that is all that matters.
just got very interesting in Ohio.
While the Kerry campaign is certainly keeping an eye on the situation in Ohio, it seems some laywers are getting some real results. A great Daily Kos diary (note this page now takes quote a while to load, so I have put most of the information here) alerted me to an interview on C-Span today where my new hero, Cliff Arnebeck (bio), an attorney for Alliance for Democracy, who is going to file a suit sometime between Friday and Monday. They only have until Monday to recount and finish this up because, under federal law, December 13 is when the members of the Electoral College cast their votes.
This might be why why Blackwell keeps delaying the certification of Ohio's vote. Mr Blackwell is playing a dual role as Ohios Secretary of State (and thus its chief electoral official) and as Co-Chairman of the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign there. As Jessie Jackson puts it "We need to investigate, coordinate, litigate, recount and recuse," he said, referring to the legitimacy of the Ohio vote. "Mr. Blackwell cannot be both the owner of the team and the umpire." Blackwell has gotten some unwanted attention on this issue. Just recently Conyers and other House Judiciary Democrats asked Blackwell to explain alleged Ohio election Irregularities. (PDF) This document is a MUST READ for anyone interested in preserving Democracy. Pass it on to everyone you know. They are asking him to explain the following:
I digress. Back to Mr. Arnebeck....
What Arnebeck is doing here is important. He is not demanding a recount. He is saying that he HAS EVIDENCE that the election result in Ohio is wrong. Let that sink in. Evidence of fraud that could overturn the election results. This is big. Mr. Arnebeck claims that he has proof that the Ohio election result is actually the opposite of what has been reported. His proof will show that Kerry won 51% of the vote in Ohio.
Listen for yourself. Go to www.cspan.org under "Recent Programs" and click on "Washington Journal Entire Program (12/02/04)", if you cant find it there try this:
Open Real Player, go to open location, and put in this URL:
Now I just tried it and the servers over there are being hit hard so here is the relevant bit from a transcript:
The old bait and switch. Smells like Rove to me.
Please forward this information LIBERALY!
Big hat tip to LawStudent over at DailyKos.
Robin Baneth's $100,00 challenge
I will send a $1,000 cashier's check to the first election official, politician, statistician, professor, broadcast journalist, blogger, editor, vote machine manufacturer, programmer, anyone who can convince me of the superiority of non-paper trail voting to paper-trail voting. I challenge you, READER; You, Keith Olbermann; YOU my right-wing brother in Utah; YOU, Jim Baker, YOU, Tom Delay; YOU, David Corn; YOU, Bill O'Reilly; YOU, Katherine Blackwell. You and you and you and YOU. Knock this battery off my shoulder. Don't worry, I have overdraft protection.
Please explain to me why no paper-trail machines are superior to paper balloting? No matter how this gets spun, you know what ... we are still talking about the fallibility and tinkerability and FINANCIAL COST of machines. Why was vote tabulation not the major issue in the 60s, 70s, etc. that it is today? We have gone backwards, prehistoric even. A single machine error can turn an election, can a single paper balloting error do this? Maybe dead people voting can, but it takes work. The solution seems obvious so I am putting my money where my fool heart is. My stomach is in knots and I cannot sleep. My reasons are two-fold: 1) I WANT to give you my money so I can feel good about this election, and 2) Republicans seem to understand this over wimpy liberal therapy sessions.
I have ZERO confidence in this last election. I am not the only one. I am digging in my family history to prove I have Ukrainian blood. Damn, those people make me proud. Prove I should trust OUR system....
Canada (the country with no voting controversy) votes with paper ballots and they find out their results two hours after the polls close. We use machines and we get Corn's patronizing article and Blackwell's stonewalling. On and on and on. I now see Palm Beach, Florida now creatively proposes to stretch out the whole process as a cheaper solution to fixing the machine situation we are supposedly all fo heavily invested in Isn't this called early voting? Wow, creative geniuses they are. Idiots. Here's an idea, let's get rid of most of the machines and all Warren County, Ohio and Palm Beach County, Florida election officials while we are at it. What are the drawbacks? NONE. Unless I lose my challenge. I will keep you posted.
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Would a paper trail kill anyone? This honor system no longer deserves the benefit of the doubt. 57,000 reports to the GAO? Tossed out poll tapes in Volusia County, Florida? This same county registered -16,022 (that's right negative) votes for Gore. A media lockout in Warren County, Ohio? THESE ARE FACTS. NOT CONJECTURE, FACTS. Forget that every irregularity favors one candidate over an other, I won't get into the stats and strange mathematical anomalies that just seem to muddy a picture that is very clear to me. If you win I will fax all our congresspeople to "SAVE THE MACHINES with your arguments."
Please stop defending the insanity. I defy anyone to justify that no paper trail is better than a paper trail. Did you know Diebold makes ATMs? You know, those ATMS that print receipts?
Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
4. Supremacy of the Military
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
5. Rampant Sexism
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.
6. Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes the media are directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media are indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in wartime, is very common.
7. Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
9. Corporate Power is Protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
14. Fraudulent Elections
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
If you get a chill reading this then you should read more. Here is where I found it.
received this from a credible source today:
This is from John Schmidhauser former Congressman (D. IA). Who now lives in Carpinteria CA.
On Friday I received a phone call from a good friend who works at CBS - I've known her for years and she is a producer for some of the news programs, one well known one in particular. She tipped me off that the news media is in a "lock-down" and that there is to be no TV coverage of the real problems with voting on Nov. 2nd. She said similar "lock-down orders" had come down last year after the invasion of Iraq, but this is far worse - far scarier.
She said the majority of their journalists at CBS and elsewhere in NYC are pretty horrified - every one is worried about their jobs and retribution Dan Rather style or worse. My source said they've also been forbidden to talk about it even on their own time but she was pissed and her journalistic and moral integrity as what she considers to be a government watchdog requires her to speak out, even if covertly, and she therefore asked me to "spread" the word...She said that journalism and the truth is at stake. She said another friend of hers, a producer at MSNBC, said that an anchor by the name of Keith Olbermann had brought it up on his show on Friday eve and the axe came down. He's at least fighting back and talking about it on his "Blog", but she said that people there are worried that he's going to be fired by higher ups.
She said at this point the only way that the "real news" was going to be known is if the people started talking about it and made a big enough stink about it to our elected officials, the FEC, and "noise" to the international media, that our own media won't have any choice but to cover it. The only place you'll see this talked about right now is on the internet and on AirAmericaRadio.
People and Agencies to Contact regarding this matter:
Just got back in town
Hope you all had a great thanksgiving! I will resume posting now that I am back home. Got a bit of cathcing up to do. Ill start you all off with this loveley piece:
So if "life is so complex and elaborate that some greater wisdom has to be behind it", then God must have created nano-technology as well? How about fiber optics? Doesn't the same logic apply?
Heck I could find a "small group of scientists" with real degrees who will swear up and down that the moon landing was faked. Maybe we should be teaching that in schools as well.
There is not even ONE public university teaches Creationism as a valid scientific fact.
to get the mainstream media to cover election fraud
The answer it seems was easy all along. Just make sure the election fraud happens in another country. Thats right, even as ongoing investigations continue on our own election, an event ignored by the media, major headlines were made all over the country today regarding alleged election fraud in the Ukraine.
Man, I wish I lived in the Ukraine where they make sure the votes are counted and raise bloody hell when there is suspicion of fraud. The sense of power felt by the 100,000 people who headed towards the parliment in a massive protest must have been amazing. I will never know that feeling because I live in the united states. You see here our headlines are dominated by important issues. Like when programs that should be showing two teams of men beating the crap out of each-other for entertainment is rudely interrupted by a woman's bare back. The outrage!
While our media here ignores massive election fraud in the greatest
super power on earth, they jump all over themselves in an attempt
to cover the election fraud in the Ukraine.
As I read the articles I felt like I felt like I was taking crazy pills. The papers spoke of a candidate who early in the day showed a huge lead in exit polls. Only to be defeated later in the evening as the votes were counted. Cries of election fraud sprung forth soon after.
Sound familiar? For a second there I thought the media had re-inserted their collective balls and I was reading about our election right here at home. Alas it was not so. If your itching to read mainstream news about election fraud, outside out country of course.... You have many stories to chose from.
Hey you guys! Look over HERE! We friggin could use a lil' help!
I want my Democracy back
One wonders if the 'media' will pick up on this? Will this be the one that finally gets some air time? The media can't ignore reality forever.
It is about time!
Keith Olbermann is back on the ball on his countdwn show on MSNBC as well as on hi blog. This installment covers such things as this interesting, and telling, quote from John Kerry:
For those of us NOT paying attention to the behind the ecenes efforts, that quote might seem strange. Read between the lines. The fat lady is in the green room.
Olbermann continues to be the only journalist covering this story. Go give him some love.
Hat tip to Joel
Highly-charged, jam-packed hearings held here in Columbus have cast serious doubt on the true outcome of the presidential election.
On Saturday, November 13, and Monday, November 15, the Ohio Election Protection Coalitions public hearings in Columbus solicited extensive sworn first-person testimony from 32 of Ohio voters, precinct judges, poll workers, legal observers, party challengers. An additional 66 people provided written affidavits of election irregularities. The unavoidable conclusion is that this year's election in Ohio was deeply flawed, that thousands of Ohioans were denied their right to vote, and that the ultimate vote count is very much in doubt.
Most importantly, the testimony has revealed a widespread and concerted effort on the part of Republican Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell to deny primarily African-American and young voters the right to cast their ballots within a reasonable time. By depriving precincts of adequate numbers of functioning voting machines, Blackwell created waits of three to eleven hours, driving tens of thousands of likely Democratic voters away from the polls and very likely affecting the outcome of the Ohio vote count, which in turn decided the national election.
Section two of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution reads, in paraphrase, as follows: "But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof, is denied to any of the inhabitants of such state, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such state." In other words, if a state can't manage to run a fair election, that state loses Senators or Congresspeople....... snip
snip .... Nationally, there were more than 1,100 incidents of electronic voting machine malfunctions. In Broward County, Florida, election workers were shocked to discover that their shiny new machines were counting backwards. "Tallies should go up as more votes are counted," according to the news story. "That's simple math. But in some races, the numbers had gone down. Officials found the software used in Broward can handle only 32,000 votes per precinct. After that, the system starts counting backward."
In Franklin County, Ohio, voting machines gave Bush 3,893 extra votes in one precinct alone. "Franklin County's unofficial results gave Bush 4,258 votes to Democratic challenger John Kerry's 260 votes in Precinct 1B," according to the news story. "Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct. Matthew Damschroder, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, said Bush received 365 votes there. The other 13 voters who cast ballots either voted for other candidates or did not vote for president."
In Craven County, North Carolina, a software error on the electronic voting machines awarded Bush 11,283 extra votes. "The Elections Systems and Software equipment," according to the news story, "had downloaded voting information from nine of the county's 26 precincts and as the absentee ballots were added, the precinct totals were added a second time. An override, like those occurring when one attempts to save a computer file that already exists, is supposed to prevent double counting, but did not function correctly."
There is more
A top-ranking official with Democratic Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign told North County News last week that although unlikely, there is a recount effort being waged that could unseat Republican President George W. Bush.
"We have 17,000 lawyers working on this, and the grassroots accountability couldn't be any higher - no (irregularity) will go unchecked. Period," Kerry spokesman David Wade said.
A verbal firestorm erupted last week between an area supporter of independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader and Wade after the Kerry spokesman derided Nader for creating a "phony wedge issue between progressives."
Nader has been calling on Kerry and his vice presidential running mate, Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, to, in his words, "follow through on their post-election promise to the American people to make sure every vote counts, starting in Ohio."
So much for moral values
Washington -- House Republicans adopted a rule change Wednesday that would allow their powerful majority leader, Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, to keep his post if he is indicted on state corruption charges stemming from a fund-raising scandal that has already involved three of his associates.
Democrats led by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco -- who was unanimously re-elected to her post Wednesday -- assailed the Republican action as hypocritical and arrogant.
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The original rule was adopted by Republicans in 1993 when they were the minority party attacking the Democratic-controlled leadership as corrupt and arrogant. The rule required House GOP leaders to step aside if indicted for a crime that could bring a sentence of at least two years in state or federal prison.
"Republicans have reached a new low. It is absolutely mind-boggling that as their first order of business following the elections, House Republicans have lowered the ethical standards for their leaders."
So the rule is created by Republican to help aust a Democrat and then retracted when it would apply to a Republican. Moral values my ass.
Berkeley once again ahead of the game
My home town is making me proud:
A research team at UC Berkeley will report that irregularities associated with electronic voting machines may have awarded 130,000 - 260,000 or more excess votes to President George W. Bush in Florida in the 2004 presidential election. The study shows an unexplained discrepancy between votes for President Bush in counties where electronic voting machines were used versus counties using traditional voting methods. Discrepancies this large or larger rarely arise by chance -- the probability is less than 0.1 percent. The research team, led by Professor Michael Hout, will formally disclose results of the study at the press conference.
Link to the report
The analysis -- which hasn't been formally peer-reviewed, but was examined by seven professors -- showed a discrepancy in the number of votes Bush received in counties that used the touch-screen machines and counties that used other types of voting equipment. The researchers examined numerous variables that might have affected the vote outcome. These included the number of voters, their median income, racial and age makeup and the change in voter turnout between the 2000 and 2004 elections. Using this information, they examined election results for the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates in the state in 1996, 2000 and 2004 to see how support for those candidates and parties measured over eight years in Florida's 67 counties.
They discovered that in the 15 counties using touch-screen voting systems, the number of votes granted to Bush far exceeded the number of votes Bush should have received -- given all of the other variables -- while the number of votes that Bush received in counties using other types of voting equipment lined up perfectly with what the variables would have predicted for those counties.
The total number of excessive votes ranged between 130,000 and 260,000, depending on what kind of problem caused the excess votes. The counties most affected by the anomaly were heavily Democratic.
Sociology professor Michael Hout, who chairs the university's graduate Sociology and Demography group, said the chance for such a discrepancy to occur was less than 1 in 1,000.
"No matter how many factors and variables we took into consideration, the significant correlation in the votes for President Bush and electronic voting cannot be explained," he said in a statement. "There is just a trivial probability of evidence like this appearing in a population where the true difference is zero -- less than once in a thousand chances."
Thanks to Joel for the link
Here are some pieces of what this fellow has to say. It is quite shocking. He easily hacked into the Diebold system.
I got involved with this because I have been against the adoption of these voting systems for years. It's a dumb-ass idea to implement them this way - our votes are too important. I wouldn't trust my Bank with computer systems this insecure; Hell, I wouldn't keep recipes on a system this insecure. When I saw all of the documentation regarding Diebold and their heavy partisan leanings, and then when the results came flooding in with a clear Bush victory when I seriously expected Kerry to win, I put two and two together. I am, by trade, a professional White-Hat Hacker, so I know how easily "secure" systems can be breached, especially by insiders.
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What I found truly shocked me, and made me physically ill. That's what is documented on the other page. It IS that bad. I personally don't have conclusive evidence that voter fraud was perpetrated, but I can tell you as an Information Security professional that it would have been very, very easy to do. If I had to choose between someone conspiring with exit poll workers nationwide or someone changing values in an Access Database as the cause of the difference between the poll numbers and the "actual" results, I'll go with the easier, more effective option every time. Why choose the hard way when it's more trouble and you're less likely to succeed? Again, I'm staying clear of making specific allegations - I'll leave that to the activists who are gathering data - but I would be much more surprised if the election weren't hacked than to find out that it was.
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Why do I call Diebold partisan and unethical, you ask? How's this:
"I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president." - Walden O'Dell, Diebold's CEO in a fundraising letter to Republicans, Fall 2003. O'Dell and other Diebold Senior Executives are Republican "Pioneers", which is the designation you get when you raise over $100,000. His brother is President of ES&S, the #2 vote machine maker, and is also a "Pioneer". Is that partisan enough for you? Well, what about calling them unethical?
Check this out - No less than 5 of Diebold's developers are convicted felons, including Senior Vice President Jeff Dean, and topping the list are his twenty-three counts of felony Theft in the First Degree. According to the findings of fact in case no. 89-1-04034-1.
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To sum up, he was convicted of 23 felony counts of theft from by - get this - planting back doors in his software and using a "high degree of sophistication" to evade detection. Do you trust computer systems designed by this man? Is trust important in electronic voting systems?
found this over at Kos
Bev Harris is on the f%@king job!
While we all sit here and discuss how sad it is we lost the election, there are people out there in the trenches doing the work that could change the course of history. People this is HUGE! Bev Harris from Blackboxvoting.org is the definition of patriot! Here is what she just posed on the Democratic Underground Message board:
Dueling lawyers, election officials gnashing teeth, Votergate.tv film crew catching it all.
Here's what happened so far:
Friday Black Box Voting investigators Andy Stephenson and Kathleen Wynne popped in to ask for some records. They were rebuffed by an elections official named Denise. Bev Harris called on the cell phone from investigations in downstate Florida, and told Volusia County Elections Supervisor Deanie Lowe that Black Box Voting would be in to pick up our Nov. 2 Freedom of Information request, or would file for a hand recount. "No, Bev, please don't do that!" she exclaimed. But this is the way it has to be, folks. We didn't back down.
Monday Bev, Andy and Kathleen came in with a film crew and asked for the FOIA request. Deanie Lowe gave it to us with a smile, but I noticed that one item, the polling place tapes, were not copies of the real ones, but instead were new printouts, done on Nov. 15, and not signed by anyone.
I asked to see the real ones, and they told us for "privacy" reasons we can't have copies of the signed ones. I insisted on at least viewing them (although refusing to give us copies of the signatures is not legally defensible, according to our attorney). They said the real ones were in the County Elections warehouse. It was quittin' time and we arranged to come back this morning to review them.
Lana Hires, an employee who gained some notoriety in a Diebold memo, where she asked for an explanation of minus 16,022 votes for Gore, so she wouldn't have to stand there "looking dumb" when the auditor came in, was particularly unhappy about seeing us in the office. She vigorously shook her head when Deanie Lowe suggested we go to the warehouse.
Kathleen Wynne and I showed up at the warehouse at 8:15 this morning. There was Lana Hires looking especially gruff, yet surprised. She ordered us out. Well, we couldn't see why because there she was, with a couple other people, handling the original poll tapes. You know, the ones with the signatures on them. We stepped out and they promptly shut the door behind us.
There was a trash bag on the porch outside the door. I looked into it and what do you know, but there were poll tapes in there. They came out and glared at us. We drove away a small bit, and then videotaped the license plates of the two vehicles marked 'City Council' member. Others came out to glare and soon all doors were slammed.
So, we went and parked behind a bus to see what they would do next. They pulled out some large pylons, which blocked the door. I decided to go look at the garbage some more. Kathleen videotaped this. A man came out and I immediately wrote a public records request for the contents of the garbage bag, which also contained ballots -- real ones, but not filled out.
A brief tug of war occurred, tearing the garbage bag open. We then looked through it, as Pete looked on. He was quite friendly.
We collected various poll tapes and other information and asked if they could copy it for us, for our public records request. "You won't be going anywhere," said Pete. "The deputy is on his way."
Yes, not one but two police cars came up and then two county elections officials, and we all stood around discussing the merits of my public records request.
They finally let us go, about the time our film crew arrived, and we all trooped off to the elections office. There, the plot thickened.
We began to compare the special printouts given to us with the signed polling tapes from election night. Lo and behold, some were missing. We also found some that didn't match. In fact, in one location, precinct 215, an African-American precinct, the votes were off by hundreds, in favor of George W. Bush and other Republicans.
Hmm. Which was right? Our polling tape, specially printed on Nov. 15, without signatures, or theirs, printed on Nov. 2, with up to 8 signatures per tape?
Well, then it became even more interesting. Lana Hires took it upon herself to box up some items from an office, which appeared to contain -- you guessed it -- polling place tapes. She took them to the back of the building and disappeared.
Then, voting integrity advocates from Volusia and Broward, decided now would be a good time to go through the trash at the elections office. Lo and behold, they found all kinds of memos and some polling place tapes, fresh from Volusia elections office.
So, we compared these with the Nov. 2 signed ones and the "special' ones from Nov. 15 given to us, unsigned, and we found several of the MISSING poll tapes. There they were: In the garbage.
So, Kathleen went to the car and got the polling place tapes we had pulled from the warehouse garbage. My my my. There were not only discrepancies, but a polling place tape that was signed by six officials.
This was a bit disturbing, since the employees there told us that bag was destined for the shredder.
By now, a county lawyer had appeared on the scene, suddenly threatening to charge us extra for the time we took looking at the real stuff they had withheld from us in our FOIA. Other lawyers appeared, phoned, people had meetings, Lana glowered at everyone, and someone shut the door in the office holding the GEMS server.
Andy then went to get the GEMS server locked down. He also got the memory cards locked down and secured, much to the dismay of Lana. They were scattered around unsecured in any way before that.
We then all agreed to convene tomorrow morning, to further audit, discuss the hand count that Black Box Voting will require of Volusia County, and of course, it is time to talk about contesting the election in Volusia.
Bev Harris Executive Director Black Box Voting
Together with Andy, and Kathleen. xxxooo
Wow... Just wow....
Ohio To Go Through Statewide Vote Recount After All
A statewide recount of the presidential vote appears inevitable after a pair of third-party candidates said they have collected enough money to pay for it.
The recount would be conducted after the election results are certified in early December.
Libertarian Michael Badnarik and the Green Party's David Cobb said on Monday they raised more than $150,000 in four days, mostly in small contributions.
Ohio law requires payment of $10 per precinct for a recount, or $113,600 statewide.
Badnarik and Cobb said they aren't trying to overturn President Bush's 136,000-vote victory in Ohio, but just want to ensure that all votes were counted properly in the face of concerns about Election Day irregularities.
"Our bottom line is to stand up for the integrity of the voting process because the voting process is the heart of the democratic process," said Blair Bobier, spokesman for Cobb.
Bobier said it will be worth the price to ensure the final outcome can be trusted.
Carlo LoParo, spokesman for Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, said the actual cost to county election boards combined will be about $1.5 million.
Pinellas ballot box sat ignored in office
Pinellas elections supervisor Deborah Clark will ask the state for permission to change the county's official results.
The unmarked brown box sat unnoticed in the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections office until Monday, two weeks after the election, when an employee cleaning a desk stumbled upon it.
Inside were 268 uncounted absentee ballots.
Its good to be Condi
Lets see, she presided over the biggest national security lapse in history, she lied to the 911 commission under oath, she lied about Saddam's nuclear capability, right before the election, when the preznit was telling us we were about to be attacked our national security advisor was... wait for it...... stumping for Bush's re-election.
Looks like its promotion time!
Condoleezza Rice, who will be named as Colin L. Powell's replacement as early as today, has forged an extraordinarily close relationship with President Bush. But, paradoxically, many experts consider her one of the weakest national security advisers in recent history in terms of managing interagency conflicts.
Welcome to the 3rd world. In the years leading up to 911 many people in the CIA had been warning the white house about the dangers of a terrorist attack on US soil. These same CIA agents also warned the (s)elected president of the dangers involved in invading Iraq. Well it seems like it is time to reward them for good behavior. Bush is firing them all.
CIA plans to purge its agency
Sources say White House has ordered new chief to eliminate officers who were disloyal to Bush
Washington - The White House has ordered the new CIA director, Porter Goss, to purge the agency of officers believed to have been disloyal to President George W. Bush or of leaking damaging information to the media about the conduct of the Iraq war and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to knowledgeable sources.
This is worse than it seems at first. "Disloyalty" here is the act of disagreeing. And since Bush and his cronies were wrong and/or lying about damn near everything in the run-up to the Iraq war, this means that everyone who actually did their job is in jeopardy of losing it. Which will leave only sycophants, incompetents, and those who've learned to play the game behind. And you can be pretty certain that Bush is gonna hear -- and act on -- whatever faith-based apocalyptic nonsense he wants in the next couple of years.
What that does to American security in the next couple of years... let's just say it could be very, very loud.
This is not freaking believable. When I first saw an article about purges in the intelligence community, I (naively) thought it was a purge of those responsible for intelligence failures. My mistake. The story which follows is not unique, only we are used to hearing about it after military coups in countries whose names many of us are not entirely sure how to pronounce. But this is happening right here. I am not one easily given to hyperbole, and I have avoided words like "junta" in the past, but does this sound like the behavior of a democratically elected leader of a free nation?
I think the low down is, if you were in the CIA and you did a good job, your fired.
(Warning: foul language used to make legitimate points)
Thanks to Joel for the link
Did you hear the fat lady sing?
No. You did not. That is because this election is not over. And I can prove it faster than you can say "tinfoil hat".
Folks, it's not over. I don't think the Kerry folks think it's over either. If I'm right, and if it comes out the way I think it might, it will be the greatest stealth campaign in the history of the world, quite frankly.
Let's pull it together. Right now, it's 286-252 in favor of Bush. Ohio has not even begun to count the provisional ballots. There are 155,000 or so. Ohio has a history of provisional ballots, based on state law. In 2000, 90% of the ballots counted, and of those I understand that 90% were for Gore. Applying that standard to the 155,000 would give Kerry 125,550 additional votes, and Bush 13,950. That would narrow the margin from 132,000 (the 136,000 figure includes the now-infamous Gahanna 4,000 vote error in Franklin County) down to about 24,600. Originally, this was why Kerry conceded; he just couldn't get it done on the provisional ballots alone.
Ahh, but now there's a new development. A recount (or an "audit," as one diary called it). Fine. Whatever, call it what you want. But Kerry couldn't ask for it, because he'd be called a sore loser, Al Gore with a Brahmin accent. The lawyers are there, they're sniffing around, they're ready to deal with the shenanigans. But (here's the great part) it's not Kerry's recount. The media is treating the Cobb/Badnarik recount request as a joke, but it's not. If the recount is held, the first thing elections officials have to do is dust off the 93,000 undervotes on punch cards (dear God, not again)....
Again, look at the history. Traditionally, 90% count, and the split is about 4-1 for Democrats -- undervotes are almost exclusively from poor and/or minority areas. Take 93,000, 90% is 83,700. 80% of that is 66,960 for Kerry, with 16,740 for Bush. That 24,600 vote Bush lead after the provisionals now goes to . . . . fanfare, please . . . . ladies and gentlemen, I give you the 44th President of the United States, John Kerry, by a 25,660 vote margin in Ohio.
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I think that one of the reasons that Bush has been accepting a lot of Cabinet resignations now, rather than in January, is to create an inevitability in the minds of the public and the media that this is a done deal. No one in the media is dealing with the analysis I set forth herein, which is not my own analysis, but simply a mathematical exercise gleaned from what little public information is out there. The media went home on 11/3, and other than a few smirking "conspiracy" stories since, has not really addressed the final counting of votes in Ohio or elsewhere. Bush's lead in New Mexico has been cut from 14,000 to less than 6,000, and they're still counting.
Repeat after me: it ain't over til they count the votes. Which means it ain't over. Will Kerry win? No idea. Can he win? Yes.
UPDATE: Recount in Ohio A Sure Thing; Green Party Campaign Raises $150,000 in 4 Days, Shifts Gears to Phase II
WASHINGTON -- November 15 -- There will be a recount of the presidential vote in Ohio.
On Thursday, David Cobb, the Green Partys 2004 presidential candidate, announced his intention to seek a recount of the vote in Ohio. Since the required fee for a statewide recount is $113,600, the only question was whether that money could be raised in time to meet the filing deadline. That question has been answered.
Are voting machines partisan?
the voting errors in Ohio and Florida have benefited Republicans.
We know that the people who make this equipment are long time supporters
of the republican party.
We know that they refuse to implement security measures.
We know that ATM machines on the street have more securty than these voting machines.
We know that when you buy a pair of shoes online, there is more advanced security measures in place, than there is when you cast your vote for president.
We know they have fought hard to prevent adding a paper trail.
We know they refuse to let anyone see the source code.
We know that there were a large numbers of errors in this years election, all stemming from the use of the equipment.
We know that all these errors have benefited republicans. Sometimes actually reversing the counts so that in a county that is 75% Democratic, a 75% Republican vote is tallied in the computer.
We also know that one way to detect these discrepancies is to look at exit polls.
We know the exit polls this year were showing a Kerry win by a large margin. (PDF file)
We know that just today the GOP has begun an effort to do away with exit polling all together.
Connect the friggin' dots people.
am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the
president next year." - Walden O'Dell, chief executive
of Diebold Inc.
This is why we need to do hand recounts wherever it is possible to do so. Because when the recount is done by hand, the Democrats win.
Case in point:
(AP) -- A hand recount of ballots cast using optical scanning technology gave a Democrat enough extra votes to bump a Republican from victory in a county commissioner's race.
The erroneous tally was caused when the Fidlar Election Co. scanning system recorded straight-Democratic Party votes as votes for Libertarians in southeastern Indiana's Franklin County.
The recount Thursday pushed Democrat Carroll Lanning from fifth to third in the three-seat commissioners race, while Republican Roy Hall fell to fifth.
Democrats had suspected a glitch after preliminary election results included a Libertarian congressional candidate winning 7.7 percent of the vote in Franklin County, more than four times better than he did across the entire district.
It is worth noting that the faulty machine in this case was sold by Fidlar, but was made by Dieblod.
If you are like me, you read all this and you ask yourself, "where the hell is Kerry on all this?" Well don't worry. He is on the ball. You should read this.
many by now have heard, the exit polls in our recent debacle.. I
mean, election, showed a strong Kerry win. The exit polls however
did not match up with the final election results. Oddly enough in
all the areas where there was electronic voting equipment in use,
the exit polls don't match the computer tallies. In areas using
paper ballots, the exit polls match just fine. If you were to cheat
using electronic voting machines in an election, the exit polls
would be the one obstacle in your way. This is because they would
not match up with the numbers in the computer.
If you want to know more about the exit polls check this out. (PDF file)
In a related story, the GOP has now begun its attempt to do away with exit polling all together.
Here is a teaser:
After early exit polls in Tuesday's election inaccurately suggested that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry would trounce President Bush, Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is recommending that major news organizations pull the plug on the prognostications.
In remarks Thursday at the National Press Club, Mr. Gillespie said he is among those who were stunned by exit poll reports, which leaked widely on the Internet. "I would encourage the media to abandon exit surveys on Election Day and do what we do in the political profession -- look at the precincts and the turnout, see who's turning out to vote,; Mr. Gillespie said. "Don't build a model that you try to, you know, build your own thoughts into of what you expect it to be."
Mr. Gillespie conceded that the exit polls weren't reported directly by major news organizations themselves. "But with the Internet today, we're kidding ourselves, aren't we, to think that everybody in America doesn't know what the exit data is showing?" he said.
But why would they want to do that? That would make it very easy to cheat.
My friends deep thoughts about the election
I, for One, Welcome Our New Republican Overlords
I'm beginning to think that all of us who voted for Kerry just have a bad attitude. Maybe they're right - we are "nattering nabobs of negativity"**. Well, I'm going to change my tune, here are things I'm looking forward to from another 4 years of our beloved President:
1. By cleverly melding the Bible with the U.S. Constitution, civics classes & Sunday school can be integrated, saving time for teaching more important subjects like "Creationism Science" and "A Preschooler's Guide to Modern Urban and Desert Combat."
2. Admit it, having Iraq and Iran side by side on the map was really confusing. (Hell, til about say 1991, you couldn't remember which was which anyway.) In 4 years or so, no problem: Say "Hello" to Haliburtistan!
3. Sure, it will probably disrupt our global food supply leading to starvation & wars, and yeah, it will definitely result in even more mass extinctions, but global warming could bring us a warmer, more tropical San Francisco! (& probably more hurricanes bashing %$^&*ing Florida)
There is much more. Check out the deepblog
Made many changes to the store
Now that the election has ended certain designs have been removed. To make up for it I have added a few new options including these two oval stickers as well as a T-shirt design that is more appropriate now, than ever.
Hard work indeed....
File this one under "cool ideas I wish I had thought of"
I uploaded one. It is on this page.
Yes world, we are sorry :-(
Thanks to Bob for the link.
Ashcroft Resigns From Bush Cabinet
Attorney General John Ashcroft, a favorite of conservatives, and Commerce Secretary Don Evans, one of President Bush's closest friends, resigned Tuesday, the first members of the Cabinet to leave as Bush heads from re-election into his second term.
Keith Oberman round two
has only just begun. His
blog mentions he has gotten over 6,000 e-mails of support.
Did you send him one? Good times. So Oberman will continue to bring
this story into the light, and I will continue to document said
bringing. If you missed the first bit of coverage you can read my
lil' blurb or you can watch it online.
Watch it here. Watch it there. Watch it everywhere. (for now these are all windows media player files)
Thank you Keith, Mr. Spinus-Intactus, for having the cajones to go where no jounalist has gone before.
Don't let the TV fool you. Pundits are on TV constantly talking about the huge swath of red on the electoral map. Don't buy it. Remember that many of those red states were won by small margins. Remember the population difference as well. Most heavily populated states went blue. But like Obama said, this is not about red states, nor is it about blue states. We are a purple country baby. The most accurate map I've seen, adjusting for population density and percentage vote, county-by-county.is this one:
For a larger version click here
For information on how it was created click here
Hat tip to Joel for passing this on
Oberman takes a stand
Last night Mr. Oberman became the only journalist to take a stand on a very important issue. There have been wide spread report of voting irregularities and Oberman blew the roof off the story with an amazing piece on his 'Cowntdown' segment of MSNBC's news coverage. The transcript to the entire bit is available online but here is a few snippits to wet your pallet:
The newspaper reports that Warren County emergency services director Frank Young had recommended the walling off of the vote count based on information received from the Department of Homeland Security .. After some negotiating, reporters were finally admitted to that building around midnight. They were kept in the lobby. The counting went on unobserved two floors above them. Warren Countys polls were among the last in Ohio to close, thus among the last to report and thus among the votes that clinched the state and the election for President Bush.
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Ohio, whose 20 electoral votes were based on a margin of 2 percent in the vote, has other problems tonight. The state reports 92,000 presidential votes did not count. Ranging from votes improperly cast to votes improperly counted. And in Cuyahoga County, that is greater Cleveland, the official records of 29 different voting precincts show more votes than registered voters to a total of 93,000 extra votes in that county alone.
As an example, in Fairview Park, 12 miles west of Cleveland, 13,342 voters were registered. 18,472 votes were cast. None of this even addresses the story we told you about last week in the town of Gahanna outside Columbus, Ohio. There in a district with just 800 voters, a voting machine added 3,893 votes to Mr. Bushs total.
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And the Ohio numbers are straightforward compared to Florida. Their county totals in Tuesdays election might be attributable largely to largely Democratic districts suddenly switching sides and all voting for Mr. Bush at the same time, except that the 29 counties in which that happened were among the 52 in the state that tallied their votes using paper ballots that were optically scanned by machines produced by the Diebold Corporation, the Sequoia Company or Elections Systems and Software. All this data here is from the office of Floridas secretary of state.
- Baker County, Florida, on the Georgia border for instance.
69 percent of voter registered Democrats. 24 percent Republicans. Yet President Bush got 7,738. And Senator Kerry, just 2,180.
- In Holmes County, in the panhandle, seven Democrats for every two Republicans in the district. Bush beat Kerry 6,410 to 1,810.
- In Dixie County, 77.5 percent registered Democrats, Bush 4,433, Kerry 1,959.
- Lafayette County, 83 percent Democratic, Bush, 2,460. Kerry, 845.
- In Liberty County, Bristol, Florida, 88 percent of registered voters there are Democrat. 8 percent Republican. Bush, 1,927. Kerry, 1,070.
Five examples in 29 counties with decided Democratic margins that suddenly voted overwhelmingly for Mr. Bush. In Florida counties where optical scanning of paper ballots was not used, no such violent swings were reported. Counties with heavy Democratic registration voted Democratic, counties with heavy Republican registration voted Republican. And then theres one wild card to add to the Florida mixture. While the state voted for Mr. Bush and 29 Democratic counties became Republican strongholds, one extremely liberal state ballot proposition passed overwhelmingly.
As you can see, one again there are strange things amiss in Florida. What Oberman discussed is only the tip of this iceberg. There were 12 counties in florida that registered MORE VOTES CAST than there were voters to cast them.
Collier: 943 more votes than voters
Duval: 357 more votes than voters
Glades: 742 more votes than voters
Highlands: 7495 more votes than voters
Lake: 187 more votes than voters
Leon: 85 more votes than voters
Miami-Dade: 51979 more votes than voters
Okaloosa: 222 more votes than voters
Orange: 1648 more votes than voters
Osceola: 18589 more votes than voters
Palm Beach: 90774 more votes than voters
Volusia: 19306 more votes than voters
also reported counties that turned out more votes than there
were registered voters. Cuyahoga counties were all over the map, with
many simply impossible scenerios as
you can see here.
Hopefully the medias greed for a good story will get them to follow Oberman's footsteps and start talking about this issue on air. After all, it's only the integrity of our Democratic process we are talking about....
Film maker Michael Moore signed up thousands of people to try to document voter suppression and intimidation in battleground states. The film crews concentrated in neighborhoods where the population was mostly African American, who tend to vote Democratic. Here is a short sample of the footage that was taken. This is not leaked Michael Moore footage. As far as we know he has no plans to make a film with it. This was created by the Ohio volunteers on their own and the material belongs to them. Anyone wishing to use the original footage will be able to license it from the individuals who shot it.
The reason you do not recognize THIS, is because it has been a long time since we have seen anything like it. Yes a rare breed of journalist has risen from the deep to rear its righteous head on MSNBC. I am of course talking about the rare species of news reporter called "journalis-spinal-intactis". What makes this species so important? Well for one it does something different than other journalists. That is to say -- it does its job. I know. Rare indeed. Be sure to check out Keith Olbermann on MSNBC and read his Blog. You can even give him some love. Reward good behavior.
This from the DNC blog...
"Let's start by doing at least 1 thing constructive today. Go over to Democratic Underground Forums, General Discussion, then Keith Olberman thread. Keith Olberman (CNN in afternoon) is trying to investigate election voter fraud, but allegedly MSNBC "brass" are trying to "lock him down". He was going to feature this today & tomorrow to start.
Send him & MSNBC messages NOW."
Further more Bev Harris also made this comment which seems to show the media is indeed not willing to touch this issue:
"I was tipped off by a person very high up in TV that the news has been locked down tight, and there will be no TV coverage of the real problems with voting on Nov. 2. Even the journalists are pretty horrified. My source said they've also been forbidden to talk about it even on their own time, and he was calling from somewhere else. He was trying to figure out how to get the real news out on vote fraud.This is a person I've worked with off and on for nearly two years, and the voice was so somber it really bothered me." - Bev Harris
You've Come A Long Way, Slavery
Thank you Adam, and Amie for passing this on to me
Computer voting woes
I have a HUGE list of links to stories of trouble with computer voting. Just today I have added about 15. I am keeping them all on the Diebold page of this site.
I was asked to write a piece for The London News Review
Remember when we lived in a Democracy?
Man, those were the days.
Whatever happened to this country I love so much? What went wrong? How can so many people have voted for this dirt bag (my apologies to bags of dirt everywhere)? It boggles my mind. Seriously, my brain hurts contemplating this.
I had such high hopes that on Tuesday, we, the people, would make Bush the first one term president to have never been elected. No such luck. If what happened in 2000 was a coup -- and it seems everyone in the world realizes this except the people of the United States -- then what does that make the 2004 election? Did we willingly oppress ourselves? Did we just ask to be spanked for another four years? Why yes we did....
The computer ate my vote
Machine Error Gives Bush Extra Ohio Votes ..Yahoo News
An error with an electronic voting system gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said Franklin County's unofficial results had Bush receiving 4,258 votes to Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites)'s 260 votes in a precinct in Gahanna. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct. Bush's total should have been recorded as 365.
Bush won the state by more than 136,000 votes, according to unofficial results, and Kerry conceded the election on Wednesday after saying that 155,000 provisional ballots yet to be counted in Ohio would not change the result.
now for something completely different
We already know how the election turned out. I see the results on the faces around me. Like a bad hang over the dread is ever present. But I digress. Let me look at a different angle. Lets look at how the youth voted.
The map is provided by Music for America shows a very different picture than what we saw on election day. With the highest turnout in 30 years, today's youth voted in encouraging numbers for change. So if what I am feeling like today is an election hangover, the youth out there are the remedy. The days of the Republican ruling party are numbered.
Special thanks to Eminem and P-Diddy, who led massive efforts to wake up our youngsters.
Live free. Diebold.
(Diebold is pronounced "Dee-bold")
There are a lot of people right now talking about Diebold. I have been screaming about this issue for so long it pains me. I will let the many - other - sites - who - are - tackling - this - issue do it for now, but let me just say this:
The BIGGEST mistake Democrats could possibly make, is to think that the Republicans would not do this.
They have proven time and time again to not play by the rules. Didn't we learn that in 2000? Didn't Osama just pop up and tell the country we live under a regime? We live in a dictatorship, most of us are just too dim to realize this yet.
Now back to being positive... A poem my mom sent me:
Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.
Assuming Bush gets New Mexico and Iowa, he will have gotten the lowest percentage of electoral votes (54%) of any incumbent running for reelection since Wilson. If those two states should swing Kerry's way (NM might), it'll be even lower.
Hey I will take any good news I can find at this point....
Round 2 *Ding*
Ok so we continue to fight. Fine. Another 4 year round of fighting for the good of this country. We fought for the last 4 years and I can fight 4 more. But what are we fighting now? Bush? Conservatism? What shape does our new foe take? Fighting Bush starts to make less sense. He can't be re-elected. Do we still oppose him? Of course. But we need to focus on issues. If Bush tries to outlaw abortion - we fight that. When he institutes the draft - we fight that. When he tries to change the constitution to ban gay marriage - we fight that.
I shudder to think of what the world thinks of us at this point. (Thanks for the link Michael).
Bush will continue to screw us and we will continue to resist said screw-age. But we need to focus on issues. We need to sell liberal ideals to the country. We need to get this country to realize that the Republican party has abandoned them. Gone is the fiscal responibillity. Gone is compassionate conservatism. We need to get people to see that the true compassion lies with the left. That Democrats in the past have been the ones to fix this countries financial woes, not Republicans. It seems (seems or is? I am not so sure... *cough* DIEBOLD *cough*) as of this moment we, the progressives, are outnumbered. We need to retake the concept of being liberal. We need to own it. We need to remove the taint that the right has placed on being liberal. How do we do that? That seems to be one of many questions.
I get some comfort in knowing that we tried to do the right thing. In my heart of hearts I know that Democrats were on the right side. I feel good knowing that half of this country has their eyes open. This is not a republican country. It is not a Democratic country. It is not red, nor is it blue. We seem to be purple. There is hope.
So we continue to fight the restrictions the Bush regime puts on us. If chances to impeach arise we jump (not holding my breath on that score though). As much as I like to hear Bush 'reach out' to Democrats, I don't buy that for a second. He is not our new leader. He is the same old walking tragedy he has always been. We know his policies and his thought process. I am not about to think he will suddenly act like he gives a crap. I expect more of the same.
But the years of the "Clinton excuse" are gone. No longer can he blame the economy on Clinton. He is in effect inheriting his own economy. The war, and how it unfolds is all him. Now Bush inherits his own mess and all excuses are gone. The economy sadly will continue it's limp to recovery. The never ending war will continue to be waged. But this time Bush... It's all on you man.
Good luck with that.
A FRESH START
First just let me say I am (almost) done feeling depressed. It is now time to move forward. There is work to do. All election related posts have been moved to the archives. The sad collection of vote fraud and voter intimidation links have been moved to either the election page or the diebold page. It was just too depressing to keep on this page.
This is a fresh start. I have no doubt bush will start new horrors that we the people must face. So with that in mind I encourage everyone to buck up and batten down the hatches. This thing has only just begun. The democratic party has only been alive and seriously kicking for a few years. We now have 4 years to perfect our efforts. To strengthen our foundation. And let me tell you, we HAVE a STRONG foundation! We as a party, no, as a movement are stronger than ever. We will build on that base. We will move forward.
Thanks to all the people who have made this page a regular visit. I am touched when I watch the counter log in hundreds, sometimes thousands of hits in a day. These numbers are nothing compared to the larger blogs but hey, I am just a kid in Berkeley doing my thing. Your visits mean a lot to me.
Having said that, if there is anyone who is interested in bloggin here, I am interested in expanding this site. if you have read my posts, and feel that your opinion would compliment this place please let me know. It requires some time and patience and having a finger on the pulse of breaking stories. But I want help. I want to expand this site as well as relieve the burden of running this tiny ship all by my lonesome. So if you have wanted to blog, but never had a site or the experience to set one up, please join me. There is room for a few of us I am sure.
If you are interested let me know.
And with that let us begin a new cycle:
White House: Debt Ceiling Must Be Raised (Thanks for the link Jen)
The Bush administration announced Wednesday that it will run out of maneuvering room to manage the government's massive borrowing needs in two weeks, putting more pressure on Congress to raise the debt ceiling when it convenes for a special post-election session.
Treasury Department (news - web sites) officials announced that they will be able to conduct a scheduled series of debt auctions next week to raise $51 billion. However, an auction of four-week Treasury bills due to be completed on Nov. 18 will have to be postponed unless Congress acts before then to raise the debt ceiling.
...and so it begins....
E-mailed this to me....
... and I got a good laugh. So Since few hundred people who seem to check this site daily might also need a laugh I will share it with you:
So, I was standing in line at the BofA earlier today when I overheard a fellow say:
"I want to wire transfer fifty thousand dollars to a bank in Canada"
I know how ya feel brother
Thanks for that Mo....
Evidence of massive shenanigens in OH and FL
Note that the web pages that have the proof (links within below post) are all being taken off line at the same time. This is seriously suspicious.
This is required reading (From Dailykos):
And so is this diary I wrote last night
saddens me greatly to report that the voters in Florida and Ohio are staggeringly
dishonest. They appear to have uniquely lied to the exit pollsters yesterday,
unlike the honest citizens of every other state. This seems the only rational
explanation for the very big discrepancy between (the original) exit poll results
and the outcomes of their (reported) votes.
It is sad when the citizens of such fine states cannot be relied on to accurately report their votes. It is a good thing that Diebold is there to report their votes for them.
The assertion by pundits/Bushies that exit polling was 'way off', and thus, exit polls, which showed an easy Kerry victory in both Ohio and Florida, were incorrectly skewed and did not represent the electorate, is completely bogus. If that were so why are the networks CHANGING the numbers AFTER the fact?
This is disproved in minutes by simply noting the entire rest of the suite of exit polls conducted by AP and distributed to the news media. View here:
AP exit polls [This link no longer works, which may indicate that they are covering their tracks.]
Notice, if you will, that states with a narrow or wide Bush margin of victory NOT called Ohio or Florida, project perfectly. Missouri leans to Bush in exit polls, and leaned to him in the vote. Tennessee likewise was favorable to Bush in exit polls, and it showed in the final results with a clear Bush margin of victory. Pick a state, any state, there is not one single exit poll off by more than a few percentage points in any semi-competitive race. Not one.
Except 2. Ohio and Florida, the latter of which has already been "awarded" to Bush, and the former, which appears to nearly be a lock for him as he is up 3 percentage points with 80 percent of the electorate tallied. George Bush's win in each of these 2 states is nowhere near what exit polls suggest. In Ohio, Kerry had a small but noticeable lead with both male and female voters, a rare thing for him as males have tended to favor Bush in this election by a small margin. Likewise, independent voters clearly broke for Kerry, by a 21 percent margin, 60-39. This is not anywhere near the result we are seeing now, and along with Florida, whom I will get to in a moment, it is a clear and blatant sign of voter fraud. I don't use that most dangerous of "F" words lightly, but I must call a wolf a wolf and a sheep a sheep, and this whole setup stinks like Karl Rove after he's ran 15 feet.
. . . While Mr. Kerry had 6 percent less support from his party than Mr. Bush did, he scored among woman yet again (54 percent of Florida's electorate) by a 52-48 margin, small but important, while losing men (46 percent of the electorate) 47-52, essentially the same margin. Independents, however, broke heavily for John Kerry, favoring him a staggering 60-38 over Mr. Bush. At the very least, this would suggest a very close race, and certainly not the lopsided blowout it turned out to be.
As Joe Pesci once said, "Something is fishy in Florida."
Ohio too, Joe. Ohio too.
Another analysis of the data also indicates that there is a significant imbalance between the exit polls and the results. Here is exit polling for Florida (3,824,794 votes for Kerry & Bush)
Male: 52/47 Kerry 46%
Female: 52/48 Kerry 54%
Dem: 86/13 Kerry 38%
Rep: 92/7 Bush 39%
Ind: 60/38 Kerry 23%
3,824,794 votes for Kerry & Bush
2065388 Women (54% of total)
1759405 Men (46% of total)
Bush leads male vote by 5% of M = 87970
Kerry leads female vote by 4% of M = 82615
That means Bush is ahead by just 5355 votes in exit polling in FL.
6PM exits Vote Result
Kerry Bush Kerry Bush Difference
PA 53 46 51 49 -2.5
FL 51 49 47 52 -3.5
NC 48 52 43 56 -4.5
OH 51 49 49 51 -2
MO 46 54 46 54 0
AR 47 53 45 54 -1.5
MI 51 47 51 48 -0.5
NM 50 49 49 50 -1
LA 43 56 42 57 -1
CO 48 51 46 53 -2
AZ 45 55 44 55 -0.5
MN 54 44 51 48 -3.5
WI 52 47 50 49 -2
IA 49 49 49 50 -0.5
Another odd thing is that there are more Reps then Dems in Florida by 1%, which is not expected. Either there are more voting Republicans in FL than Democrats, a first and not matching known statistics, or more Republicans were exit polled than Democrats. If the exit poll is off by just 1% that's a difference of 382479 more voters who are Democracts.
The results being posted however show Bush ahead 326,000 actual votes. This is simply not possible from the exit polling numbers. Even skewed for a 5% higher Republican vs. Democrat turnout from 2000, it doesn't add up.
When you add this to the stories about the changed exit polls in the middle of the night after polls had long closed, there appears to be some dishonesty somewhere. It's a good thing that EarlG at DU was farsighted enough to do a screencapture [ this link has gone dead... it was up last night The Democratic Underground Message board that had the screen captures, the PROOF, on it has been down all morning. Not sure what is going on. Someone is covering their tracks I think] of the earlier posted exit polls for comparison.
Now the interesting comparison for statistical wonks out there will be the exit polls in counties with old fashioned voting in OH and FL against counties with blackbox voting. If our fellow citizens who lied to the exit pollsters are highly concentrated not just in Ohio and Florida but in counties with Diebold machines, then we will know something truly worth knowing. It will also be interesting to compare the recorded numbers of voters in these districts as reported by the election observers with the recorded votes.
I'd hate to think ill of so many fellow citizens . . .
Exit polls showed Kerry winning. Exit polls turned out to be similar to vote returns in locations where electronic voting was not used. The CEO of the company that makes the software told Republicans in Ohio at a recent fund-raising letter that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."
Need more evidence?
Oh and this is just dandy
am in my happy place.
Flowers and sunshine.....
Obama / Clinton '08
just changed their Ohio exit poll page
The exit polls were showing a kerry lead. Then what happened?
been showing the following all night:
Kerry up 2 amnog men, up 6 among women.
At 1:41am they changed the results to favor Bush:
Now Kerry is suddenly down 5 among men, tied among women...
The media is trying to steal this for Bush.
you look at the MSNBC exit polls, Kerry won both females and males in Ohio.
He also won the national popular vote in the exit polls.
I've watch repeatedly how the Bush camp were dejected when they saw the exit polls and were relieved when the actual vote was tabulated.
Are we to believe that people lied to the pollsters, or were the exit polls that pathetically off? Think about it. These exit polls are the one thing the republicans CAN'T HAVE if they want to sell us a Bush win. The exit polls we saw in FL and OH DO NOT match what we are seeing. The media has been caught CHANGING these numbers in battleground states AFTER THE FACT!
I hope the Kerry camp is loaded for bear right now. I'm pissed off!!!!
NBC just reported that Collier county's votes from their electronic vote screens doesn't match the number of voters who voted. Canvassing board thinks it may be a software glitch. Don't know whether it's just specific. People are still in line in Florida as well.
Tv is trying to tell me that youth didn't vote. I don't believe that for one second. Telling me the 20-34 ge bracket voted LESS than in the 2000 election. Think about that. I don't but it.
Electronic voting machines malfunctioning in every state they are in use
Among the election snafus around the country, voters in 39 states reported problems with e-voting machines, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Verified Voting Foundation. That's every single state that uses electronic voting machines, including swing states, such as Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.
One unanticipated glitch: Voters didn't always accept the backup plan when voting machines failed. When offered paper ballots as an alternative, some voters refused to use them, saying they'd come back when the computers were up again, said Matt Zimmerman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation on a conference call from Miami with reporters. "Voters seem to find the backup ballots suspect."
In South Florida, the EFF and Verified Voting Foundation had several reports of voters choosing one candidate - and finding that another one had been selected on the screen. In Palm Beach county, some voters trying to cast their ballots found that the answers had been pre-selected before they ever voted.
Florida hasn't seen anything like the voting problems it did in 2000, according to our correspondent Farhad Manjoo there. But the 2004 election's e-voting machine breakdowns exacerbated the long wait times in some counties, according to Zimmerman.
But New Orleans holds the dubious honor of being "the worst voting situation in the country with electronic voting," according to Cindy Cohn, also of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. So many machines didn't work there that election protection attorneys have filed suit to demand that the polls be held open later.
Bush wins OK, IN, AL, TN, GA, KY and WV.
Kerry wins IL, VT, ME, MA, CT, NJ, DE, MD, DC.
The battlegrounds are all too close to call.
</grain of salt>
As the polls close in the east....
Bush wins Indiana.
Bush wins Kentucky.
Kerry wins Vermont.
Isakson (R) wins GA Senate seat.
Here are the most recent exit polls, to be taken with a grain of salt....
.. .Kerry ...Bush PA .. 53 .. . 46
FL ... 51 .. . 49
NC ...48 .. . 52
OH ...51 .. . 49
MO...46 .. . 54
AK .. 47 .. . 53
MI ...51 .. . 47
NM .. 50 .. . 49
LA ...43 .. . 56
CO .. 48 .. . 51
AZ ...45 .. . 55
MN .. 54 .. . 44
WI ...52 .. . 47
IA ... 49 .. . 49
Mat Drudge (drudge report) is a goober.
Poor Drudge (right wing gossip monger) is blowing a gasket looking at the exit polls. I almost feel sorry for him.... Almost....
I will be watching these 3 states very close
If kerry can get 2 out of 3, we got this thing in the bag
what it's worth
Zogby just made his official prediciton
Zogby's 5:00PM Prediction: 311 Kerry - 213 Bush
got back from voting (california)
Seemed like a good turn out. Lots of youth in black hoodies Moshing the vote. Watch the news tonight and look for people waiting in line to vote wearing black hoodies like in the Eminem video. The idea was born at Dailykos last week and word spread fast.
They had Diebold (boooo hissss) machines where I voted and so I asked for a paper ballot. About half the folks were using paper ballots.
I am feeling good!
Exit polling round 2 *DING*
NV CO NC PA OH FL MI
Kerry 48 46 49 54 50 50 51 50 51
Bush 50 53 51 45 49 49 47 48 46
scare tactics go into overdrive
Charleston County election officials cautioned South Carolinians on Friday to steer clear of a fake letter that threatens the arrest of voters who have outstanding parking tickets or have failed to pay child support.... The one-page letter poses as a message from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The Rev. Joe Darby, vice president of the state NAACP chapter, said he received the letter at his home in Charleston. It had Columbia postmark with no return address. He said the letter was an attempt to scare minorities from voting Tuesday because the author of the message assumes black people are in trouble with the law. "This is old South Carolina politics," said Darby. "I don't think anybody will fall for this."
Last minute effort by republicans to scare new voters Republicans have placed thousands of automated calls to newly registered voters, warning them that if they vote Democratic that there will be a draft. Kerry Campaign has the audio if you are curious.
Early exit polling numbers.
AZ CO LA PA OH FL MI NM MN WI IA NH Kerry 45 48 42 60 52 51 51 50 58 52 49 57 Bush 55 51 57 40 48 48 47 48 40 43 49 41
Remember, early exit polling is often not very precise. Last year they early exit polls favored Bush.
experience with a 'challenger'...
I live in a working class neighborhood of one of the smaller midwestern battleground states... understand our town was historically 'all white'. But like much of America, the demographics are changing and our neighborhood is one of the areas where this is most readily 'observable'...
I guess it is not a coincidence then that for the first time in MY memory we have 'challengers' at the polling places... Here is my my account of the 'interaction' I had with him...
intimidation in Virginia
"I ended up at the door to the voting room standing beside a GREAT BIG MAN (much bigger than me), who was wearing a shirt that side "Kerry is a Traitor" in BIG letters on the back, and some obsenities about Kerry on the front. He wore a Veteran's cap with pins. He also wore a U.S. State Department Government ID (name/photo) around his neck, and held a U.S. State Department jacket on his arm so you could see the Government emblem. I looked at the U.S. State Department ID, and wrote down the man's name. He told me that I better vote for bush*. I told him that I would vote for anyone I wanted to. He told me that he was a U.S. State Department Employee, and that he better not see me again in the City of Alexandria. He also claimed that Kerry voters were traitors, and that they'll hear from his boss."
calls for quick end to election deadlock
President George W. Bush expressed concern that a decisive result to the US election must be quickly announced as he voted, publicly confident of securing a new four-year term. "My hope, of course, is this election ends tonight," said Bush who had to wait 36 tense days before being declared winner of the 2000 election as Republicans and Democrats battled over the result in Florida. "I think it's very important for it to end tonight.
How to CHALLENGE THE CHALLENGERS
In Ohio and Pennsylvania, the law allows ONLY "qualified electors" to serve as challengers. My guess is the same kind of law applies everywhere.
The Sixth District Court of Appeals in Ohio overturned a Federal Court ruling requiring provisional ballots to be counted even if they were cast in the wrong precinct. They based that decision on a reading of a qualified voter being one who is registered in the proper precinct. Make sure these people LIVE IN THE PRECINCT, and if they do, force these scum to OPERATE IN THE SUNSHINE by demanding their name and address, and then LETTING YOUR NEIGHBORS KNOW WHO IS TRYING TO SUPPRESS THEIR VOTE.
Federal judge rules South Dakota Republicans and Thune campaign workers must stop trying to intimidate voters on Indian reservations in the state. Specifically, folks from the Thune camp may not write down license plate numbers of Indian voters or follow them home from the polling places.
In Michigan, phony phone calls using homophobia to suppress the black vote and others telling people to go to the wrong polling places. And the polling place shenanigans are happening in Ohio too. All according to the Detroit Free Press.
Get the champaign on ice
Sick of flash animations yet?
No? Good. Because this is one of the best I have seen. Check it out and pass it to your friends.
The final projection
electoral-vote.com is experiencing massive traffic today, so just in case you could not get to the site here is the final projection for the electoral vote:
So this is what hope feels like......
Hooray for our side!
Two federal judges deny voter challenges at polls
A federal judge issued an order early Monday barring political party challengers from polling places throughout Ohio during Tuesday's election.
U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott found that the application of Ohio's statute allowing challengers at polling places is unconstitutional.
She said the presence of challengers inexperienced in the electoral process questioning voters about their eligibility would impede voting.
Dlott ruled on a lawsuit by a black Cincinnati couple who said Republican plans to deploy challengers to largely black precincts in Hamilton County was meant to intimidate and block black voters.
On November 2nd, Democracy is on the ballot
So just a day after Osama (who?) pops back up to bitchslap Bush and remind us all that we live under a dictatorship, but were just too stupid to figure that out, we get this chilling example of just how fair the Rethugs want this election to be....
White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, September 1, 2004 ''It struck me as I was speaking to people in Bangor, Maine, that this president sees America as we think about a 10-year-old child," Card said. ''I know as a parent I would sacrifice all for my children." "...The comment underscored an argument put forth some by political pundits, such as MSNBC talk-show host Chris Matthews, that the Republican Party has cast itself as the ''daddy party." : "There there, little voters, Papa Ashcroft and Daddy Bush will sort out those nasty little vote fraud disputes." - Bush Adm. sues to give Ashcroft authority over voting disputes under the HAVA Act. "...would reverse decades of precedent..... Since the civil rights era of the 1960s, individuals have gone to federal court to enforce their right to vote.....in legal briefs filed in connection with cases in Ohio, Michigan and Florida, the administration's lawyers argue that the new law gives Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft the exclusive power to bring lawsuits to enforce its provisions."
are checking the column on the left for all the new stories of voter intimidation
and fraud right?
You are telling your friends right? We are not going to get fooled this time right?
LONDON (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed in violence since the U.S.-led invasion last year, American public health experts have calculated in a report that estimates there were 100,000 "excess deaths" in 18 months.The rise in the death rate was mainly due to violence and much of it was caused by U.S. air strikes on towns and cities. "Making conservative assumptions, we think that about 100,000 excess deaths, or more have happened since the 2003 invasion of Iraq (news - web sites)," said Les Roberts of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in a report published online by The Lancet medical journal. "The use of air power in areas with lots of civilians appears to be killing a lot of women and children," Roberts told Reuters. The report came just days before the U.S. presidential election in which the Iraq war has been a major issue. Mortality was already high in Iraq before the war because of United Nations (news - web sites) sanctions blocking food and medical imports but the researchers described what they found as shocking.
is sickening. That we could think this war was anything but a travesty of epic
3,000 americans died on 911. We were attacked for no reason and boy were we pissed. So we fought back. Our hearts were in the fight and people were willing to die for this cause. Our country, for a moment was united in the effort to make those responsible for attacking us on our soil with no justification, pay!
The taliban had to go.
Now we are in iraq. Wrong fucking war.
100,000 dead civilians in Iraq. Compare that to 3,000.
Why do you think the 'insurgents' are fighting our troops?
You think they don't love their country? Weren't they ALSO attacked for no reason? You think average Iraqi citizens aren't JUST as united as we were?
You think those 100,00 dead have not touched the population and encouraged them to fight?
Think about it. Iraq was also attacked for NO REASON. They also are also FIGHTING BACK. Their hearts too are in this. They too are willing to die for their cause.
Why do Americans have the audacity to think we have a copyright on patriotism?
what are we doing in iraq anyway?
I'm George Bush and I will censor this message
Making sense of the GOP's efforts to suppress the minority votes
The vote suppression tactics I have been talking about here (and in the column to the left) are very easy to understand once you supply the context. And Kevin Drum supplies just that in his Washington Monthly piece:
THE MINORITY VOTE
Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio has just finished a survey of 12 battleground states and finds Bush and Kerry tied with 47% of the vote apiece. But when he weights for minority turnout based on the 2000 exit polls, Kerry is ahead 49.2%-45.7%. And when he further updates the weighting to take into account the most recent census results, Kerry is ahead 49.9%-44.7%.
As Fabrizio blandly puts it, "It is clear that minority turnout is a wildcard in this race and represents a huge upside for Sen. Kerry and a considerable challenge for the President's campaign." More accurately, if Fabrizio is right -- that Kerry is ahead by 5% overall in the battleground states -- Kerry is a sure winner on November 2.
Suddenly the Bush campaign's obsession with challenging voters in minority neighborhoods makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? Their own internal polling is probably telling the same thing that Fabrizio's poll says: unless they somehow manage to keep the minority vote down, they're doomed.
The nine most important reasons to vote for Kerry
From Bob Harris:
Salon reports that, despite most media accounts, Rehnquist may be gravely ill:
Numerous medical studies only mention tracheotomy -- in which surgeons cut a hole into a patient's windpipe to aid breathing -- as a treatment for a rare form of thyroid cancer called anaplastic carcinoma. According to the University of Virginia Health Center, "anaplastic carcinoma is an extremely serious and aggressive thyroid cancer which often results in the death of the patient within several months of diagnosis."
And from the Los Angeles Times:
The most dangerous form is anaplastic... "one of the most malignant types of cancer known to humans," said Dr. Yuri Nikiforov, a pathologist and thyroid expert at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine... Fatality rates top 95 percent in the first year after diagnosis...
A tracheotomy indicates that the tumor threatened to obstruct Rehnquist's windpipe, and that the tumor is fast-growing, according to several outside thyroid specialists. "At his age, having had a tracheotomy, the first thing that comes to mind is... anaplastic thyroid cancer," said Dr. Peter Singer, chief of clinical endocrinology at USC's Keck School of Medicine.
Make no mistake: we are likely about to decide the balance of the Supreme Court for a generation.
John Paul Stevens, age 84. Cancer survivor.
William Rehnquist, age 80. Currently hospitalized for thyroid cancer.
Sandra Day O'Connor, age 74. Cancer survivor.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, age 71. Cancer survivor.
Antonin Scalia, age 68
Anthony Kennedy, age 68
Stephen Breyer, age 66
David Souter, age 65
Clarence Thomas, age 56
Thomas is below conventional retirement age. And while Bush has played
coy about whom he would appoint, his record is clear.
Charles Pickering, for example, has been consistently hostile to civil rights and voting rights issues while siding with cross-burners (literally) and advocating increased enforcement of Mississippi's laws making interracial marriage a crime.
Bush announced his appointment, in defiance of Congress while they were recessed, on the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.
Bush's other recess appointment that weekend was Alabama's William Pryor, who has called Roe v. Wade "the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history" -- even when pressed to consider the Plessy v. Ferguson separate-but-equal ruling or the Dred Scott black-have-no-rights-at-all decision.
Spend a little time researching Pickering and Pryor. Please don't take my word for it. Google around. See what Bush really considers important in his judges.
And don't lose sight of the wink-at-his-base symbolism involved: Bush appointed these two horrific nutjobs... on the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. You can almost hear him snickering.
Fortunately, because Pickering and Pryor were end-run recess appointments, they expire at the end of the year. We're not stuck with them forever... yet.
But make no mistake. Giving George W. Bush another shot at one, two, or three seats on this court would change the course of civil rights, voting rights, women's rights, and every issue most Americans dear for a generation.
Not a big Eminem fan, but what he has done with this new rap song is powerful. This is in effect a free anti-Bush ad that millions of today's youths will be seeing on MTV. The message is great and the animation (by folks over at GNN) is awesome. This message getting out to this demographic is a HUGE plus for our side.
See the video here
Heres a sample of the lyrics:
Now this is our final hour; let me be the voice and your strength, and your choice. Let me simplify the rhyme, just to amplify the noise. Try to amplify, times it, and multiply it by sixteen million people, all equal at this high pitch.
Maybe we can reach al-Qaida through my speech. Let the president answer our anarchy. Strap him with AK-47. Let him go fight his own war, let him impress daddy that way. No more blood for oil, we got our own battles to fight on our soil. No more psychological warfare to trick us to thinking that we ain't loyal if we don't serve our own country; we're patronizing a hero. Look in his eyes, it's all lies. The stars and stripes? They've been swiped, washed out and wiped, and replaced with his own face. Mosh now or die.
If I get sniped tonight, you'll know why: Cause I told you to fight!
Come along, follow me as I lead through the darkness, as I provide just enough spark that we need to proceed. Carry on, give me hope, give me strength, come with me and I won't steer you wrong. Put your faith and your trust as I guide us through the fog, till the light at the end of the tunnel. We gon fight, we gon charge, we gon stomp, we gon march through the swamp; we gon mosh through the marsh, take us right through the doors. Come on!
And as we proceed to mosh through this desert storm in these closing statements If they should argue, let us beg to differ as we set aside our differences, and assemble our own army to disarm this weapon of mass destruction that we call our president, for the present and mosh for the future of our next generation, to speak and be heard Mr. President? Mr. Senator?
The republicans will do anything to with the election - Except get the most votes
George Bush repeatedly talks about the need to spread freedom around the world. However, here at home, his own campaign has engaged in a nationwide effort to keep people from casting votes. Across the country, in important swing state after important swing state, Republicans want to reduce the number of people who vote in the upcoming election:
Colorado, they do not want you to vote.
In Florida, they do not want you to vote.
In Minnesota, the do not want you to vote.
In Nevada, they do not want you to vote.
In Ohio, they do not want you to vote.
In Oregon, they do not want you to vote.
In Pennsylvania, they do not want you to vote.
In West Virginia, they do not want you to vote.
In Wisconsin, they do not want you to vote.
By contrast, Democrats have worked tirelessly to register as many new voters as possible and increase national participation in the political process nationwide. In state after state, Democrats have registered tens of thousands more new voters than Republicans. One party wants you to vote; one party does not. This is something voters need to know.
380 tons of peaches and cream
If you would believe Bush, our country is peaches and cream. He claims we are safer since we invaded Iraq. He claims the war there is going swimmingly. He claimed mission accomplished. Well today the story is out that when we invaded we failed to secure 380 TOND of highly explosive materials. And now they are gone. Just to put this in perspective, 1 pound of this can, and has been used to take down an airplane. One pound. 380 TONS of this stuff went missing. As we invaded and our troops set out to secure the oil fields, these explosives faded into the hands of the insurgents. Did we hear about it? Did the bafoons in the white house try to track this stuff down? Of course not. Because it is election time. And we are safer. And Iraq is peaches and cream.
Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in Iraq
The Iraqi interim government has warned the United States and international nuclear inspectors that nearly 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives - used to demolish buildings, make missile warheads and detonate nuclear weapons - are missing from one of Iraq's most sensitive former military installations.
The huge facility, called Al Qaqaa, was supposed to be under American military control but is now a no man's land, still picked over by looters as recently as Sunday. United Nations weapons inspectors had monitored the explosives for many years, but White House and Pentagon officials acknowledge that the explosives vanished sometime after the American-led invasion last year.
The White House said President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, was informed within the past month that the explosives were missing. It is unclear whether President Bush was informed.
is unclear whether President Bush was informed"
Im going to go out here on a limb and say, as a general rule it is a safe bet to say our president is uninformed. This shows HUGE amounts of incompetence in our leaders. They are running their entire campaign based on safety and security. They have the cajones to tell voters Kerry will make us more vulnerable to a terrorist attack.
YOUR ELECTION INTEGRITY MONITOR T-SHIRTS
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Orlando Sentinel Endorses Kerry!
Our position: The Bush presidency has disappointed us on almost all counts.
Four years ago, the Orlando Sentinel endorsed Republican George W. Bush for president based on our trust in him to unite America. We expected him to forge bipartisan solutions to problems while keeping this nation secure and fiscally sound.
This president has utterly failed to fulfill our expectations. We turn now to his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, with the belief that he is more likely to meet the hopes we once held for Mr. Bush.
Our choice was not dictated by partisanship. Already this election season, the Sentinel has endorsed Republican Mel Martinez for the U.S. Senate and four U.S. House Republicans. In 2002, we backed Republican Gov. Jeb Bush for re-election, repeating our endorsement of four years earlier. Indeed, it has been 40 years since the Sentinel endorsed a Democrat -- Lyndon Johnson -- for president.
But we cannot forget what we wrote in endorsing Mr. Bush in 2000: "The nation needs a leader who can bring people together, who can stand firm on principle but knows the art of compromise." Four years later, Mr. Bush presides over a bitterly divided Congress and nation. The unity following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- the president's finest hour -- is a memory now. Mr. Bush's inflexibility has deepened the divide.
Got a few new items in the store.
You can still get an order in time to wear to the polls. Check out the new design.
Then come back here and check up on all the republican efforts to stop Democrats from voting. Read the story below and the stories in the left column. I will be adding more as they come in.
Its official. This election is a debacle. And it has only just begun...
The Rethuglicans are up to seriously dirty tricks in Ohio. This is the same shit these people pulled in Dade County four years ago. They are up to it in all the swing states. The growing list (in the left colum lower on this page) of voter fraud, and intimidation links is already a sad testimate to that. Republicans should be ashamed of the reports we are hearing from these battleground states. This article in Time is unbelievable.
Full article: Big G.O.P. Bid to Challenge Voters at Polls in Key State (times requires regestration so this link goes to the Dailykos copy)
Republican Party officials in Ohio took formal steps yesterday to place thousands of recruits inside polling places on Election Day to challenge the qualifications of voters they suspect are not eligible to cast ballots.
Party officials say their effort is necessary to guard against fraud arising from aggressive moves by the Democrats to register tens of thousands of new voters in Ohio, seen as one of the most pivotal battlegrounds in the Nov. 2 elections.
Election officials in other swing states, from Arizona to Wisconsin and Florida, say they are bracing for similar efforts by Republicans to challenge new voters at polling places, reflecting months of disputes over voting procedures and the anticipation of an election as close as the one in 2000.
- snip -
The Democrats, who tend to benefit more than Republicans from large turnouts, said they had registered more than 2,000 recruits to try to protect legitimate voters rather than weed out ineligible ones.
Republican officials said they had no intention of disrupting voting but were concerned about the possibility of fraud involving thousands of newly registered Democrats.
"The organized left's efforts to, quote unquote, register voters - I call them ringers - have created these problems," said James P. Trakas, a Republican co-chairman in Cuyahoga County.
Read the rest. Pass it on...
Let me be very plain. The Rethugs HAVE to win Ohio. They have to. They know that Democrats have had a HUGE drive for new voters. Many believe that a large portion of newly registered voters will be Democratic. All the polls you see, the ones that show such a tight race, NONE of them include these new voters. The intent here by Republicans is to *slow the voting process down* and hopefully get people to turn away from the lines.
"Our concern is Republicans will be challenging in large numbers for the purpose of slowing down voting, because challenging takes a long time,'' said David Sullivan, the voter protection coordinator for the national Democratic Party in Ohio. "And creating long lines causes our people to leave without voting.''
In Cuyahoga County alone, which includes the heavily Democratic neighborhoods of Cleveland, the Republican Party submitted more than 14,000 names of voters for county election officials to scrutinize for possible irregularities. The party said it had registered more than 1,400 people to challenge voters in that county.
They will be challanging as many as they can. This is beyond low. This is beyond dirty. This is shameful.
People voting in these areas should be very aware of the possibillity that they will be challenged when they attempt to vote. be aware that there is only a few things that they can challenge you on
Ohio election officials said that by state law, the parties' challengers would have to show "reasonable" justification for doubting the qualifications of a voter before asking a poll worker to question that person. And, the officials said, challenges could be made on four main grounds: whether the voter is a citizen, is at least 18, is a resident of the county and has lived in Ohio for the previous 30 days
If you are in battleground states tell others in line. Prepare people. Bring ID. Bring several forms of ID. Bring things that prove you have lived in the area for over 30 days. AND BRING A VIDEO CAMERA. This behavior can backfire. People know in their hearts that this is wrong. Can they try to disrupt the elections? Yes, but then they will be doing the very thing that they warn us that the terrorists would like to do. Some Republicans will see this. Some won't. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Some of the other tactics we have heard about include:
1. Democrat registrations thrown out (by now an old story- NM, PA, OR, OH)
2. Democrats receiving calls telling them their polling place has changed when in fact it hasn't (Ohio)
3. Republicans in charge of election procedures attempting to actually change polling places at the last minute (Pennsylvania).
4. Republicans attempting to prevent enough Ballots from being available on election day in Democratic areas (Minnesota)
5. People collecting absentee ballots from the elderly in Democratic areas and never turning them in (Florida)
6. Republicans prohibiting the recount of electronic vote logs (Florida)
7. Republicans in charge of election procedures not providing enough early polling places in Democratic areas (Florida)
8. Providing a tailored list of Felons who are kept from voting (Florida - old story, I know, but has the list actually been verifiably changed?)
The one good thing I can take away from all this, is the fact that this shows pure desperation. I think they are worried about a kerry landslide...
Here is the entire article as well as a good discussion on how to help out
Our own October surprise
what we do.
The CIA is hiding a report that names names for Bush's failure on 9/11. Been on the news & pundit shows recently.
A great way to stir shit up is to call your Democratic congressperson, if you have one, and beg them to make a huge fuss out of releasing the report before the election.
It's a no win situation for them, if they withhold it, they look like they're hiding something which they are. If they do release it then Chimpy is toast.
Call your congressperson right now! Stop reading CL for a moment and call them or email them.
And PLEASE email this to everyone you know and have THEM call or write, too.
Look up your Senator here:
Look up your Representative here:
The CIA is withholding a report that Congress demanded over two years ago and which is said to have been finished in the summer.
The Bush campaign is engineering the burial of this report before the election.
I would like to strongly urge you to make a big public fuss that is sure to get on the evening news and the pundit shows, a fuss demanding the release of this report before the election.
If they do not release it, the country will realize that the GOP machine is hiding vital facts from them in order to affect the election.
If they do release it, we voters will know whom the CIA holds responsible for 9/11
If you are doing some door to door action, and need some fact filled flyers to hand out to people please use these links.
The computer ate my vote
Already we are hearing about many cases of computer voting problems. I have been talking about this for a year. This will be a huge issue if we are not careful. If you live in California know that you can request a paper ballot when you sign in at the polls. In the column to the left (below the video downloads) I am collecting stories of voter intimidation, election fraud, computer troubles and every other possible way the GOP can try to stop us from exercisingour right to vote.
the elections approach I am changing this front page a bit.
Some of the information located on other pages of this site will be moved to the front in an attempt to get the most vital information to the most people. So take a look around to see what is new. Check out the 'Bush Record' to the right. Check out the sadly growing collection of vote suppression and vote fraud links below and to the left. Some new charts and graphs are up front as well. Pass this information around. Because when you have all the facts, you tend to vote Democratic. Oh yeah and you can all stop squinting. I made the text bigger.
If you have some facts or figures or links that you feel are vital e-mail them to me.
Breaking News! Delay gets served!
Here is the AP report
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R) was subpoenaed in Houston to an October 25, 2004 deposition concerning his role in the controversial dispute between Democratic Legislators and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) during last year's redistricting struggle. Texas State Representative Lon Burnam (D--Fort Worth) subpoenaed DeLay in his ongoing lawsuit challenging DPS's use of public funds to achieve political ends and for its destruction of documents following the exodus of Democratic Legislators from the State to prevent a quorum in a redistricting effort that Democrats claim was illegal.
Burnam's subpoena of DeLay comes just days after the Republican House Majority Leader was officially rebuked by the House Ethics Committee for his inappropriate use of government resources in an effort to track down and arrest House Democrats--including Burnam--who went to Ardmore to block redistricting efforts of the Texas Republicans.
Burnam's lawsuit alleges that the DPS destroyed documents regarding their efforts to apprehend the Legislators and that DPS had no lawful authority to arrest Democratic members who went to Ardmore. A number of high ranking DPS officials have given their depositions, as has Burnam in the case. An Austin Appeals Court recently held that Burnam's case on the open records issue could go forward.
"Questions have been raised about Majority Leader DeLay's role in directing both DPS and Homeland Security personnel in the use of the state and federal funds in the search for House Democrats. We believe these funds were improperly used for political gain and House Majority Leader DeLay should be required to testify about his role in the matter," said Fort Worth lawyer, Art Brender, who together with Austin lawyer Catherine Mauzy represents Burnam in the case.
"I believe DeLay's testimony is especially important in light of the Supreme Court's recent decision ordering a reconsideration of the redistricting plan to determine whether it was overly partisan," Burnam said. This Monday, October 18, 2004, the United States Supreme Court reversed the three judge lower federal court ruling that upheld the Republican drawn congressional lines and remanded the matter back to that court in light of the Supreme Court's ruling in a similar case in Pennsylvania.
The rest is here
94 Reasons NOT to vote for Bush
Here are the first 10. The rest are here
1. Former President Bill Clinton briefing President-elect Bush on security issues in December 2000: "I think you will find that by far your biggest threat is Bin Ladin and the al Qaeda. One of the great regrets of my presidency is that I didn't get him [Bin Ladin] for you, because I tried to." Source: Testimony by Clinton, published in the 9/11 Commission Report
2. Upon taking office, Bush proposed cutting more than $500 million in counterterrorism funding from the Justice Department. Source: "Condi gets a reality check," Center for American Progress, April 8, 2004
3. On Sept. 10, 2001, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft rejected an appeal from the FBI for more money to fight terrorism in the 2002 budget. Source: Toronto Star, April 13, 2004
4. On Sept. 11, 2001, national security advisor Condoleezza Rice planned to deliver a speech about national security that made no mention of Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda or Islamic fundamentalists. Source: CNN.com, April 1, 2004
5. National security advisor Condoleezza Rice: "The title of the [Aug. 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing] was, 'Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States." Source: Testimony before the 9/11 Commission, April 8, 2004
6. George W. Bush, April 11, 2004: "The P.D.B. was no indication of a terrorist threat." Source: The New York Times, April 12, 2004
7. On July 24, 2001, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stopped flying on commercial jets and started traveling only on chartered government planes. When asked about the change, Ashcroft cited a "threat assessment" by the FBI. Source: The Village Voice, April 13, 2004
8. In the week after Sept. 11, 2001, at least eight planes carried 140 passengers out of the country. Many of the passengers were Saudi Arabian royalty, while about 24 of them were members of the bin Laden family. One of the flights, on Sept. 13, took off from Tampa to Lexington, Ky. The White House denied that the flight ever took place, but records produced in June under a Freedom of Information Act request prove that it did. Sources: The Boston Globe, April 11, 2004; St. Petersburg Times, June 9, 2004
9. An agency of the Treasury Department assigned to blocking the financial resources of terrorists has five times as many agents investigating Cuban embargo violations than it does tracking Osama bin Laden. Source: Associated Press, April 29, 2004
10. In April, the State Department announced that terrorism incidents worldwide had dropped from 198 in 2002 to 190 in 2003. In June the State Department announced that it had made a mistake, and that terrorism incidents had actually risen, from 205 in 2002 to 208 in 2003. Source: The New York Times, June 23, 2004
The other 84 reasons are here
Kerry in a LANDSLIDE
- visualize it -
This is a wholesale rip from a post over at Dailykos.
sick of the fake confidence from the wing-nuts. And those meaningless
national polls (many of which Kerry has tied up). We need to start making
it part of our mindset AND our discussions with everyone (including fellow Dems)
that our boy is winning. We need to BELIEVE! And we need America
to BELIEVE! And, of course, the numbers back it up.
We have the momentum right now in the state polls, so lets use it! In fact, we have emerging evidence that we may have a Kerry landslide on our hands.
Let's breed the momentum! Make people start expecting a Kerry landslide! Let the Dems know they need to get out and vote for the winner! Let the undecideds know that if they back Kerry, they back a winner!
Kerry is winning Ohio
Kerry is tied up and surging in Florida
Kerry is building on his lead in Pennsylvania
Kerry is CRUISING in New Hampshire
Kerry is up with momentum in Iowa
Kerry is up with the big mo in Wisconsin
Kerry is CRUSHING Bush in Minnesota
Kerry is CRUSHING Bush in Michigan
Kerry is CRUSHING Bush in Oregon
Kerry is CRUSHING Bush in Washington
this is just with the states where Kerry is up. I'm setting aside the
RED states where he's in striking distance in latest polling (like AR, VA, NC,
CO, NV, WV - all of which have one or more polls showing Kerry w/in 5 points)
Thread in the emerging stories that major newspapers (including many that backed Bush in 2000) and prominent Republicans are backing Kerry (or snubbing Bush) ! It's part of the tidal wave!
Read the rest here including all the specifics on recent poll numbers
UPDATE: this is from MyDD
Electoral-Vote.com Kerry 284, Bush 247, 7 tied (October 19)
2.004k.com Kerry 289, Bush 232, 17 tied (October 19)
Race 2004.com Kerry 218, Bush 205, 115 too close to call (October 19)
Sam Wang: Kerry 300, Bush 238 (October 19)
Rassmussen 16-State Kerry 48.8, Bush 46.1 (October 19)
Slate Kerry 284, Bush 254 (October 19)
MyDD Kerry 316, Bush 222 (October 19)
Get hyped! We are going to win this! (as long as the votes get counted anyway...)
Is Bush losing his base?
Pat Robertson, the man who just may represent the farthest right portion of the GOP, met with Bush and warned him about the situation in Iraq. This is the man who just this January was saying "I think George Bush is going to win in a cake walk."
Well he should know, what with him and God being all cozy and what not. God tells him that Bush is going to win, did God also tell him to pass on to Bush his concern about the troop casualties?
The Lord has just blessed him," Robertson said of Bush. "I mean, he could make terrible mistakes and comes out of it. It doesn't make any difference what he does, good or bad, God picks him up because he's a man of prayer and God's blessing him."
Well Pat is whistling a different tune now as this CNN article shows
"And I warned him about this war. I had deep misgivings about this war, deep misgivings. And I was trying to say, 'Mr. President, you had better prepare the American people for casualties.' "
Robertson said the president then told him, "Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties."
Robertson, the televangelist who sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, said he wishes Bush would admit to mistakes made.
"I mean, the Lord told me it was going to be A, a disaster, and B, messy," Robertson said. "I warned him about casualties."
More than 1,100 U.S. troops have died in Iraq and another 8,000 troops have been wounded in the ongoing campaign, with the casualty toll significantly increasing in the last six months as the insurgency there has deepened.
would do well to take note of this little exhange because it represents something
very important. Bush has hijacked the Republican party. and some republicans
are letting him know. If Pat Robertson is showing his misgivings about Iraq
then we have a situation here! This is a chance to take some air out of Bush's
base. There is a great DNC comercial in this if someone cas the footage of the
exchange. Lets use this to knock W out of the ring! Because God, Pat and all
of us are right. Iraq is FUBAR, and Bush has to go.
How many more deaths?
Here is a transcript of the Pat Robertson CNN interview
Oh, and reward CNN for good behavior
Is Bush hiding a report that shows his administration was negligent in preventing 911?
The 9/11 Secret in the CIA's Back Pocket
The agency is withholding a damning report that points at senior officials.
It is shocking: The Bush administration is suppressing a CIA report on 9/11 until after the election, and this one names names. Although the report by the inspector general's office of the CIA was completed in June, it has not been made available to the congressional intelligence committees that mandated the study almost two years ago.
"It is infuriating that a report which shows that high-level people were not doing their jobs in a satisfactory manner before 9/11 is being suppressed," an intelligence official who has read the report told me, adding that "the report is potentially very embarrassing for the administration, because it makes it look like they weren't interested in terrorism before 9/11, or in holding people in the government responsible afterward."
When I asked about the report, Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice), ranking Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, said she and committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) sent a letter 14 days ago asking for it to be delivered. "We believe that the CIA has been told not to distribute the report," she said. "We are very concerned."
According to the intelligence official, who spoke to me on condition of anonymity, release of the report, which represents an exhaustive 17-month investigation by an 11-member team within the agency, has been "stalled." First by acting CIA Director John McLaughlin and now by Porter J. Goss, the former Republican House member (and chairman of the Intelligence Committee) who recently was appointed CIA chief by President Bush.
The official stressed that the report was more blunt and more specific than the earlier bipartisan reports produced by the Bush-appointed Sept. 11 commission and Congress.
is serious stuff.
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Or read the rest here
STREAMING VIDEO OF GOING UPRIVER: THE LONG WAR OF JOHN KERRY
Know any swing voters? If so send them this. They will no longer be so confused.
GOP: Suppress the vote
Here we go again. 2 weeks until the election and already problems in Florida have begun.
Problems Crop Up in Fla. Early Voting
In Palm Beach County, the center of the madness during the recount four years ago, a Democratic state legislator said she wasn't given a complete absentee ballot when she asked to opt for paper instead of the electronic touch-screen machines. Several voting sites in Broward County had problems with laptops connected to elections headquarters. And a brief computer system crash in Orange County paralyzed voting in Orlando and its immediate suburbs. A steady flow turned out Monday morning at more than a dozen sites in Palm Beach County. Patrick Flanagan, who went to the county's election headquarters to cast his ballot, said he voted early because he wanted to avoid the long lines expected on Election Day. He said he's voted on the touch-screen machines once before, and both times have gone "very smoothly." "I'm a computer-phobe, and it seemed easy enough to me," said Flanagan, who added that he had no concerns about his vote being counted. Steve Perez, 44, said he went early to cast a "protest vote" for Ralph Nader (news - web sites). "What's important is that you vote. I didn't want to get in all the hoopla with all the turnout in Election Day," said Perez, a substitute teacher.
Computer problems reported at Broward early voting sites
Problems were being reported at nine of 14 early voting sites in Broward County on Monday morning.
Gisela Salas, of the Broward Elections Office, said workers were having problems with a live database connection that is used to verify that a voter is properly registered. ...
Voters at several sites said poll workers told them the problems started 20 minutes to 30 minutes after the early polling stations opened at 8:30 a.m. The stations close at 6 p.m.
At the Tamarac branch public library, where voting stopped after the computer glitch, Sally Zwanger, a poll watcher for the Kerry campaign, claimed the problems reflected on the inability of Gov. Jeb Bush's administration to fix voting problems left over from the 2000 election.
"The worst thing to hear was, 'I support Kerry, but I can't wait in this line,'" she said. "We are having a repeat of 2000, and it's only in Florida that this could happen. This administration would do anything to ensure that he [Bush] stays in office."Problems Crop Up in Fla. Early Voting
With memories of 2000 and the state's bitter fight over ballots still fresh, Floridians began casting votes Monday and within an hour problems cropped up.
In Palm Beach County, the center of the madness during the recount four years ago, a Democratic state legislator said she wasn't given a complete absentee ballot when she asked to opt for paper instead of the electronic touch-screen machines. And in Orange County, the touch-screen system briefly crashed, paralyzing voting in Orlando and its immediate suburbs.
A steady flow had turned out Monday morning at more than a dozen sites in Palm Beach County. Patrick Flanagan, who went to the county's election headquarters to cast his ballot, said he voted early because he wanted to avoid the long lines expected on Election Day. He said he's voted on the touch-screen machines once before, and both times have gone "very smoothly."
"I'm a computer-phobe, and it seemed easy enough to me," said Flanagan, who added that he had no concerns about his vote being counted.
Also coming out of the polls on Monday, Steve Perez, 44, said he came early to cast a "protest vote" for Ralph Nader.
"What's important is that you vote. I didn't want to get in all the hoopla with all the turnout in Election Day," said Perez, a substitute teacher.
State Rep. Shelley Vana was not so happy. She said the paper absentee ballot she was given at a Palm Beach County site was missing one of its two pages, including the proposed amendments to the state constitution. She said election workers were indifferent when she pointed out the oversight.
Looks like there is trouble in Ohio as well. Funny how these 'mistakes' all happen in swing states
Kerry left off some absentee ballots
Some absentee ballots distributed to Hamilton County voters do not include the name of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, local election officials confirmed today.
"The tragic thing is that even though I think we will have a very fair and accurate count here, this will cause people to question the accuracy of our operation."
"It's unfortunate it happened," Williams said. "But I don't think there's any reason for people to worry about the accuracy of the election."
Same dirty tactics, different Election.....