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Elective Amnesia: Why does George W. Bush get a free ride?

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana

George Bush lost the 2000 election by half a million votes.  When the state of Florida wanted to recount votes, Bush operatives disrupted the disreputable Florida elections commissions that held the key to a fair count.  But there was no point. Lists of felons from the Governor Bush Texas government were used to knock 50,000 legally registered voters off the Florida voting lists.  Many of whom were minority voters.  Turnout in Florida was very high.  Without that preemptive strike, there would have been no recount necessary.  Bush would have lost Florida outright.  The 2000 election was stolen. (Image)

Bush got in and immediately planned an invasion of Iraq, the greatest foreign policy disaster in the history of the country.  The true cost is over three trillion dollars.

Commander in chief Bush presided over a profound command failure leading up to 9/11by failing to acknowledge overwhelming intelligence evidence of a plot to attack U.S. skyscrapers with airplanes.  The military command was so disarrayed; the U.S. Air Force could only mount a few fighters in defense and they arrived late.

Bush took Clinton era deregulation and allowed Wall Street to set up a big casino scam that brought the economy and many of the people to their knees financially.

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Election Fraud, November 6 – Watch for Vote Flipping and Fixed Exit Polls

Michael Collins

Bloody Sunday

(Washington, DC) Our elections are officially privatized.  They are hidden from our view by design.

On November 6, your votes will be cast and tallied on voting machines manufactured and serviced by private companies.  The computerized voting machines run on software that is closely held as a trade secret by these companies.  Our elections officials are barred from examining the most important aspects of the software.  Why?  Because those same officials signed away our right to open access and inspection of the voting systems that tell us who won and who lost each and every election.  (Image: WikiCommons)

This is the most profound election fraud imaginable.  It affects every citizen, all 311 million of us. Read More

Rigged Elections for Romney?

By Michael Collins

A group of independent researchers caught a pattern of apparent vote flipping during the 2012 Republican primaries that consistently favored Mitt Romney. A form of election fraud, vote flipping occurs when votes are changed from one candidate to another or several others during electronic voting and vote tabulation.  (Image:  Dean  Terry)

Vote flipping is difficult to detect because the vote totals remain the same for each precinct. In one of several possible scenarios, an instruction is given to a precinct level voting machine or to a county-level central tabulator. The corrupted totals from precincts are sent from county election officials to state elections board and published as final results. (Primary documents for this article: Republican Primary Election 2012 Results: Amazing Statistical Anomalies, August 13, 2012 and 2008/2012 Election Anomalies, Results, Analysis and Concerns, September 2012). Read More

Electoral politics crushes anti-establishment networks of Ron Paul & Wisconsin uprising reframed as #WIrecall. What now, lolcats

Government is the Entertainment Division of the military-industrial complex.
— attributed to Frank Zappa

The ugly realities of modern electoral politics in America hit home this week with two body blows to self-styled anti-authoritarian political networks: The Ron Paul movement finally hit the brick wall as Rand Paul (R-KY Coal Mines) endorsed Mitt Romney (R-Rich Mormon Mafia) — utterly shocking & depressing tons of semi-libertarian Republicans along with the entire conservative side of the “Truther” and/or “Liberty” movements.

Days earlier, the Wisconsin recall election against Gov. Scott Walker (R-Petulance) turned in uglier-than-expected numbers as likely thousands of Wisconsinites were stripped of their Constitutional right to vote through ridiculous new regulations — and of course a bunch of shady electronic voting machines run from a company in a suburban St. Cloud strip mall. Fox News flacks and nasty Gloria Borger/Sarah Palin types cackled that the unruly, rebellious hordes had been licked for good. Now, the Paulistas and the rebellious Cheesehead hordes must ask: what’s next?!

Perhaps these movements never had too much in common, though you could find some overlapping supporters. Probably the biggest difference is the Liberty types are pretty darn hostile to mainstream unions while the #OccupyCapitol (which the Dems transmuted into #WIrecall) clearly ended up with unions as its main hub. But they shared a hostility to the party hierarchies, business as usual, and to some extent the elite financial/War Machine domestic & international complexes, which has triggered the financial/austerity crisis by sucking out trillions of dollars.

The anarchist strain in Wisconsin, buttressed mainly by the IWW, complemented the non-interventionist libertarian one that’s been rolling since about 2007 — it showed that the new politics that people are actively hunting for is certainly not statist or socialist in the traditional sense.

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The Rule Of Law And Other Niceties

So the Teabaggers ran a platform of adhering to the Constitution, of obeying its precepts and ideals, and of resisting judicial activism and big government.

So they got that working for them, I guess…

Miller is asking a judge to prevent the state from making a judgment on a voter’s intention. Alaska’s election law calls for write-in ballots to have the oval filled in and either the candidate’s last name or name as it appears on the official declaration of candidacy written in.

But Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell, who is responsible for Alaska elections, has said he will accept minor misspellings of Murkowski’s name if the “voter intent” is clear.

Voter intent goes to the heart of Bush v. Gore, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ultimately declared George W. Bush the winner of the 2000 presidential contest after a lengthy — and nasty — recount in Florida. Miller’s complaint cites the case by name.

The high court ruled that the Florida Supreme Court violated the Constitution’s equal protection clause by failing to adopt uniform standards for determining voter intent.

OK, so far he’s in the clear. After all, if the SCOTUS suggested that a fair and objective standard be applied to counting votes to determine voter intent and that makes sense. Otherwise, both sides would fight over votes where the intent was less than clear.

However, here’s where Miller is being very liberal in his application of “Bush v. Gore”: “Our consideration is limited to the present circumstances, for the problem of equal protection in election processes generally presents many complexities.

*A-Hem*!

In other words, the Court has made it abidingly clear that “Bush v. Gore” was so hastily decided that none of it should be applied to any circumstance beyond that one instance!

Miller’s correct for trying, but here’s the laughable part. As a Teabagger candidate, Miller is directly in conflict with his entire party’s platform of respect for conservatism, respect for the law, and as minimal application of that law as possible.

Legally, he’s on solid ground. After all…and I wish Al Gore had done this…it is wholly appropriate to use any legal means necessary to obtain an elective office in a winner-takes-all environment. Politically, he’s relying on the short-term memory of voters.

Considering his boss, Sarah Palin, couldn’t even identify the case when she was a candidate for Vice President in 2008, he’s likely on safe ground there, as well. Too, it’s not like he’s the Democrat (or even Murkowski) trying to slide one under the door.

But this ought to be noted for the record that Joe Miller is a lying thieving weasel trying to burn the voters of Alaska out of their elective and collective voice. he ought to be jailed!

"Proving Election Fraud" by Richard Charnin (TruthIsAll)

By Michael Collins

Stock deals are rigged for insiders. Big money runs Congress. And we’ve gone to war based on a series of calculated lies.

Are you willing to accept the fact that our elections are subject to the same type of corruption?

If you are, then Proving Election Fraud by Richard Charnin pulls back the curtain and exposes the pattern of election fraud over the past four decades. It’s not a mystery when your look at the numbers and check them against multiple public sources. The information is all there – if the experts care to look.

Charnin is the widely known internet poster using the name TruthIsAll. He was the first to discover the glaring discrepancies in the 2004 election results shortly after the polls closed. His internet posts on the mathematical impossibility of a Bush victory were critical in fueling the doubts about that election and those that followed.
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A tale of two companies

Leah and I went to see Michael Moore’s movie about Capitalism last night in Austin. As you might expect, the movie will not be showing in small town Texas. Attending the show became worthy of a story in and of itself. We arrived late but were able to park near the entrance to the 14 screen theater complex because there were almost no cars in the parking lot. A single security guard stood in front of the facility; he looked to be a bored off-duty policeman earning a few bucks on the side. A sign at the ticket booth said, buy tickets inside.

All but one set of doors at the entrance were locked. Two employees stood behind the refreshment counter. One sold us tickets and then moved over to sell us popcorn and a soft drink. Between the cost of admission and our refreshments the toll came to $37.

We went into the theater to discover the entire place contained only five people. And it wasn’t just Moore’s movie that had failed to draw a crowd; the whole place was deserted. Of course it was a Monday night, but nevertheless… We’re talking a movie complex valued around 10 million bucks or so, right off of Interstate-35 on a piece of prime Austin real estate, and it’s empty.

The movie was a mixed bag. Moore, like so many others of left-leaning orientation does a good job in identifying the evils in this world. But I think part of the point that he’d have us to believe””that capitalism is the real culprit””and that somehow good honest American citizens are the innocent victims here doesn’t ring true to me.

As we were leaving the theater I began thinking about this company I had watched grow during my life. The company instituted a profit sharing plan that guaranteed a decent retirement for anyone that stayed with the company; they provided health insurance, paid decent wages, stressed company loyalty, going both ways, up and down the ladder. They favored well-made American made products.

Then I thought about this other company. This company paid horrible wages, moved people from full time jobs into part time status to avoid having to provide worker benefits. Cut-throat product acquisition teams beat producers out of potential profits to the fraction of a penny and scoured the world for the cheapest prices available without concern over the conditions under which products were created or the compensation that workers received for their labor.

Both companies are the product of capitalism. In fact these two companies are one and the same: Wal-Mart, before and after Sam Walton’s death.

I also think back to people of my generation, of the period in the sixties and early seventies, the awakening period, Strauss and Howe would call it. I remember back-to-earth hippie drop-outs I knew, smoking grass, getting back to nature, caring for the environment, eschewing the drive to make more money, be rich and the idea of surrounding themselves with creature comforts and trappings of wealth. Others that weren’t hippies still weren’t worried about jobs or overly concerned about how they’d make money. They listened to music and sought ways to enjoy life. They weren’t driven.

I remember revisiting these people in the 80’s. The hair was cut and styled, the hippy clothes were now business suits; they now carried brief cases. They’d moved to suburbs, had big new houses and a couple of brand new cars. They’d given up pot for cocaine and coffee, perhaps pharmaceuticals as well so they could sleep at night, and they were on the point for ways to make money any and every way possible. They had joined the establishment they once railed against.

For those of you just a few years younger than I, you missed seeing these changes. You came of age during the unraveling. Take my word for it. Something happened and we the people, virtually all of us, made a turn for the worse. I don’t know why or how, I just know it happened.

Capitalism is by design a system that entails unequal wealth distribution, but when people are compassionate, the effects of capitalism can and are mitigated by charity and good will. Socialism, in theory, seems the fairer way of dividing wealth, but in real practice can be and is corrupted by those of bad intent. Someone has to be in charge of the distribution of wealth; privilege and favor can and will be sold by corrupt officials. I tend to believe socialism disincentivises people, but that’s not the point of this article.

Problems with each of these systems begin with the individual. But individuals are not immune to the prevailing tides of an era. The hyperindividualism of the 80’s and the 90’s combined with a loss of social conscience destroyed this nation, and other nations as well, some which call themselves socialist. The wave affected people from three eras, those of the silent generation, boomers and Gen-Xers. Boomers probably deserve credit as the worst of the worst, but that’s just because Gen-Xers didn’t have the opportunities we did due to the stage of life they happened to be in when the unraveling began. They hadn’t yet achieved positions of power and control.

Laying all the blame on capitalism oversimplifies the condition and the state of affairs we now encounter. Notice I did not say problem, because problems entail solutions and we have no solutions for the ills that beset us.

You can’t vote it away. You can’t tweak the rules. We didn’t follow the rules we had and we won’t follow the new rules until we reap what we have sown and come to understand the consequences of the choices we have made.

A period of crisis is upon us and will be for a number of years to come. It is going to hurt like hell. It may kill a bunch of us. But the crisis is the cure.

Accept it and learn from it. Or die a fool. That choice is yours.

Computer scientists reveal new voting machine hack successfully changed votes

A team of computer scientists at University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan and Princeton University announced a new way to electronically steal votes Monday.

”œWe wanted to find if a real criminal could do this, starting from scratch, with no access to source code or other closely guarded technical information,” the announcer begins. ”œWe faced several challenges: getting a voting machine, figuring out how it works, discovering a weakness, overcoming the machine’s security features and constructing attack software.”

”œIn the end we found that it is possible to undetectably change votes and that such an attack takes a lot less time and money than one might expect,” the announcer said.

A Princeton professor was able to acquire five voting machines for just $82 that had been resold on a government surplus website. The acquired machines were originally sold by Sequoia Voting Systems. Read More

Republican IT consultant subpoenaed in case alleging tampering with 2004 election

A high-level Republican consultant has been subpoenaed in a case regarding alleged tampering with the 2004 election.

Michael L. Connell was served with a subpoena in Ohio on Sept. 22 in a case alleging that vote-tampering during the 2004 presidential election resulted in civil rights violations. Connell, president of GovTech Solutions and New Media Communications, is a website designer and IT professional who created a website for Ohio’s secretary of state that presented the results of the 2004 election in real time as they were tabulated.

At the time, Ohio’s Secretary of State, Kenneth J. Blackwell, was also chairman of Bush-Cheney 2004 reelection effort in Ohio. Read More

The Empire Strikes Back: Sarah Palin's Speech

September 4, 2008

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: SARAH PALIN’S SPEECH

John Chuckman

I’ve reassessed my view of Sarah Palin.

My first thought about her usefulness to John McCain was that she would be a draw for disaffected Hillary supporters in a close race, but then all I knew about Sarah was that she characterized herself as a soccer, or hockey, mom.

But already I’ve learned more about her than I ever would have wanted to know, and her simple, original description of herself proves disingenuous at best, and there is the proverbial snowball’s chance in hell of her appealing to Hillary supporters.

A dizzying jumble of images and anecdotes now clutters the Internet. There’s a picture of her in a bikini, with an American flag motif no less, holding a rifle, with a loony grin, poolside. There’s another picture in a black leather mini-skirt, high platform shoes, satiny blouse with revealing décolletage, standing at a bar with a wine glass. There’s the head-shot of her looking through the sight of a military weapon, a la Thatcher in her tank. Then there are the many carefully-posed pictures of her dressed demurely in family groupings, sentimental pictures as familiar to me as her flat Midwestern accent, a holdover from Idaho in her case, which just happens to be America’s favourite refuge for survivalists, private militias, and Aryan lunatics.

Then there are her statements about the bloody, illegal invasion of Iraq being ”œGod’s will.” How would she know that? Because George Bush told her? Or does God personally whisper in her ear? If it’s God, I wonder when He (Sarah being a fundamentalist, it could not possibly be a She) takes the opportunity of speaking to her? When she’s poolside in a bikini, toting a gun, or dressed and scurrying out the door with the clan for Sunday school?

She supported Pat Buchanan, poster boy for everything that is wrong with America, in his Junior Brown Shirt march for the presidency in 2000. Before that, she was a card-carrying member of the Alaska Independence party, not exactly in keeping with Stars-and-Stripes bikinis, but definitely consistent with erratic behavior. There were denials about the Independence party, but the records are there, as is her signature.

She has five children, including her most recent, sadly afflicted with Down syndrome. In this day of certainty through tests, it does seem irresponsible to have such a child, which likely will be dependent on family and society for its entire life. Yes, her behaviour is consistent with her views on abortion ”“ about which she once claimed she would not have an abortion even for a raped daughter ”“ but is it sensible? Does such a decision reflect sound, realistic judgment? Our world today is full of such complex situations and judgments, not a world of simplistic rights or wrongs.

She is against gay marriage, against abortion, and against just about anything else you can find in the ”œanti” repertoire of religious predators along the lines of Jimmy Swaggert or Jerry Falwell. If she accepts war and mass killing as God’s will, why does she not extend that thinking to gay marriage or tests which help us prevent tragic outcomes from pregnancy?

She’s not much more consistent in her other behaviour and thinking. She’s big on commandments and rules, but that did not stop her from trying to have her brother-in-law dismissed from his job in the state police. Nor did it prevent her hacking into an opponent’s computer to get information to secure her election as mayor. And respect for proper procedures did not cause her a moment’s concern when she used paid lobbyists to land pork-barrel projects for her town.

Sarah is almost an American cartoon character, Daffy Duck waving his wings and flapping his beak madly off in all directions.

Her acceptance speech at the convention was certainly competently delivered, but what did it say? It was literally a set of one-liners, Rush Limbaugh barking away on the radio, without any sense of purpose or direction stated other than winning the election and ”œserving the people.” God, I would hate to be tasked with listing all the monstrous crimes committed in the name of ”œserving the people,” almost as many, surely, as those covered by ”œGod’s will” in history.

Actually, there’s very little that is new about Sarah Palin. I’ve seen this act before. In tone and substance and attitude, Sarah is Newt Gingrich in drag. But then Newt was almost as irreligious as John McCain. Sarah, though, has a big fat hunk of old Bob Jones tossed in ”“ after all, in the heady ”˜60s, the old man had guards with automatic weapons at the gates of Bob Jones’ University – and that brings us to one of her main purposes in this campaign.

Sarah is there to speak to the born-again crowd, people who do not actually trust John McCain as being sympathetic to their views, and with good reason. Born-agains are roughly a fifth of the American population, and the Republicans never can win without their support. So we’ve gone from having the nuttier class of fundamentalists burrowing into every corner of America’s government under George Bush, affecting even the language used in literature at the Grand Canyon, to having one of their own placed ”œa heartbeat away” from the presidency, and this by a man whose heartbeat just might not last his term.

PC World: U. S. Presidential Election Can Be Hacked

PC World Apr 10, 2008
U. S. Presidential Election Can Be Hacked
by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

This year, the U. S. will pick a new president using electronic voting machines that can be hacked, security experts said Thursday at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

As the November election approaches, the question before officials is not how to fix known bugs in their e-voting systems, but rather, how best to check them for fraud, said David Wagner, an associate professor with the University of California, Berkeley’s computer science department.

Wagner was part of the team that audited California’s voting systems during the state’s review of electronic voting, and the problems his team found affect counties across the U. S. “The three systems we looked at are three of the most widely used around the nation,” he said during an e-voting panel discussion at the show. “They’re going to be using them in the 2008 elections; they’re still going to have the same vulnerabilities we found.”

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Cuyahoga's Election Day count complete

At 5:14 a.m. Wednesday, a ballot out of Parma’s Precinct 2E slid through an optical scanner at the Cuyahoga County Board of Election.

With that, Election Day came to a close in Cleveland.

Elections workers counted the 406,450th – and final – vote of the day nearly 10 hours after most of the county’s polls closed. A nasty winter storm and a court ruling keeping 20 precincts open until 9 p.m. complicated the night.

Some ballots didn’t reach the central counting site until after 1 a.m., when officials said three trucks still awaited unloading.

But overall, the count went smoothly – especially compared to recent elections in the county. More than 165 workers processed the ballots in efficient fashion. The first ballots arrived to cheers at 9:44 p.m. It took more than seven hours to complete the task. Read More

Where’s My Rebate Check?

For the second time in his presidency George Bush has had to provide an ”œeconomic stimulus” to the failing economy. When will these clowns get it? These short-term band-aids will not fix a broken economy. These rebate checks are just a way for the politicians in Washington to be able to accept their checks from the lobbyists without guilt. The truth is just like the last rebates they will do little to rescue an economy that has inherent flaws. Rather than do the hard work needed to create a working economy, the Washingtonians have opted for a symbolic gesture designed to appease the masses in time for the fall elections. It is a win/win for both parties and a loss for the American public.

The economic research on effective stimulus is quite clear on this point: there is a greater bang-for-the-buck from rebates targeted at lower-income households than higher-income ones. As the Congressional Budget Office put it in a recent report:[PDF] “Lower-income households are more likely to be credit constrained and more likely to be among those with the highest propensity to spend.

Therefore, policies aimed at lower-income households tend to have greater stimulative effects.” Given the well-documented increase in income inequality in recent years, excluding low-income households from the rebate also fails on the criterion of fairness. EPI

Rather than deal with the rampant corporate greed that has fed this recession, it is easier to hand out a few hundred dollars in hush money to the electorate while the fleecing continues. Let’s compare the ”œstimulus package” being offered up by Washington with the profit package that the corporations have been enjoying the last 8 years.

Since 2001, he noted, overall corporate profits have doubled, to more than $1 trillion. Contributors to that gain include a cumulative $440 billion increase in investment, a $375 billion expansion of budget deficits and a $140 billion decline in household savings. The only negative during the period was a $405 billion widening of the trade deficit. NY Times

The proposed stimulus package totals 150 billion dollars while the corporate profits are over a trillion dollars, is it just me or is there a small discrepancy here? Are we to believe that a $600 check is going to off-set the unprecedented growth of wealth and profiteering that is taking place in America today? The increase in the price of gasoline alone amounts to more than what is being offered the American public. Many economists believe that one of the main problems with our economy is the lack of savings, so what are we suppose to do with our rebate checks? Go out and spend them to generate more profits for the corporations. Why not just continue to give the money directly to the corporations and avoid the middle-man? So remember when those checks start to arrive in May or June you will be counted on to be a good little American and go out spend that money. Go buy yourself something nice, you really deserve it. Maybe it will help you to forget how truly bad the recession is and how worse it is going to get. Maybe it will help you to forget all your fellow Americans who are being evicted from their homes or who are still patrolling the streets of Iraq. Maybe it will help you forget all those millions of Americans who were forgotten in the negotiations; the unemployed, the food stamp recipients, and the seniors.

Yeah $600 is a pretty small price to pay for silence. I know it’s hard to say no to free money, but this money isn’t free. It will be directly added to the budget deficit which is currently hovering around 9 trillion dollars, so what’s another 100 billion? Our economy needs help, but not these onetime symbolic gestures. The time has come to make some much needed changes that will require making some difficult decisions. I just don’t see the political will or the populist surge to make it happen. So we will take our checks and continue to ignore the giant elephant in the room until there is a total collapse and then everyone will wonder what happened? What happened was that our infinitely expanding economy finally reached the limits of greed and corruption and rammed into the glass wall.

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. – Josh Billings

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