Nov. 12, 2004

Why I Love Unverifiable Voting Machines, by the Prez

How I Stole Your Election by George W. Bush The first thing I did to steal your election was to make friends with ALL the manufacturers and code-verifyers of the Electronic Voting Machines. They were really nice, especially Diebold who gave me $600,000 for my campaign. Wow, thanks dude! Next, I had my attack dog, Karl Rove, convince these companies to either alter the vote totals on the central tabulator machines (simple PCs running windows using Remote Access Server -- RAS), or reprogram (via a downloadable software patch) the voting machines themselves so that they would give the advantage to ME! Isn't America great?!? A little money and some religious zealotry goes a looooong, loooong way. Oh, the religious zealotry thing? That's just a cover. I'm not really a Christian -- or at least I don't act like one. Anyway, I digress. Did you ever hear the media complaining about how inaccurate the exit polls were in prior elections? No. That's because they basically ARE accurate. But this election, the exit polls showed Kerry WAY ahead. No problem. My buddies rigged the machines (and all they needed to do was rig it in one state, Ohio, but they took care of at least Florida for me too) not only to make me squeak by in the important battleground states, like Florida and Ohio, but they also made sure that when I did get a state that I was expected to win, the margin was HUGE so that my "popular" vote would make it look like I had a mandate. So let's recap how the popular vote thing worked again. Let's say we didn't want it to look suspicious by taking states that Kerry really would have won (except for Ohio and Florida, gotta take those! heh heh). So we let him win there, but in order once again to boost the "popular" vote (I put that in quotes because as you know, I'm not REALLY popular), we bring my vote tallies RIGHT UP NEXT to Kerry's, to jack up the "popular" vote as much as possible, even if I didn't win the state. Then, with states like North Carolina, we know we're going to steal the state anyway (at least according to what the exit polls were telling everyone.... and according to the long, long lines of new voters were telling everyone ... because we all know most of those people were voting for Kerry, not the status quo), so we just jack the crap out of the vote total to REALLY stuff a crapload of "popular" votes in my pocket. You see, this way I can get on the TV and declare that I have a "mandate" and that I'm going to "cash in" on my political "capital" (which I don't really have of course, but we made it look that way). Here's a nice chart to show you what I mean. Take special note of how the electronic voting machine totals compare to the paper ballot totals. And see what I mean about North Carolina? Look folks, if you really want me out of office, first you're going to have to impeach me. But you know what, if you don't have verifiable paper trails at the polls like these folks recommend ( ), and if you don't take these voting machines out of the hands of private companies that are aligned with one end of the political spectrum, then I'm gonna just continue to hose you (and then my brother Jeb will be president too cause we're into this dynasty thing, kind of like my buddies the Saudis... ain't it cool?!?). Also, in 2006, we're going to steal about five more senate seats, and then we'll have the "super-majority". That means the Democrats can't do that confounded fillerbs... fillas.... fillbusters.... CRAP, well, they can't get in the darn way any more and we can pass ANY laws we want about ANYTHING and put whoever we want on the Supreme court. Ha ha, then you're REALLY screwed. So if you don't fix this mess (I mean great system) in two years and have a verifiable voting system nationwide, America is MINE!!!!! (and Jeb's and my daddy's and Cheney's and Rove's... hey, we could even pass a law saying I could be president for FOUR MORE YEARS after 2008! That would be SOOO cool!) Anyway, I digress once again. And that pesky Bev Harris. Man I wish she would go away. If too many of you contribute to her cause, I might just get in trouble so KNOCK IT OFF!! I've said it before and I'll say it again, "Fool me once.....", oh CRAP,I forgot again. Well how about this? "This would be a heck of lot easier if this was [grammar incorrect] a dictatorship.... just so long as I'm the dictator. Heh, heh." Well, sorry to say folks, but I got my way. What are you gonna do about it, huh? Bring it on!!! "Sincerely" Yours, "President" George W. Bush P.S. Pass it on! I dare ya.

Nov. 11, 2004

Exposing Karl Rove

Exposing Karl Rove By Wayne Madsen 11-2-2 He's America's Joseph Goebbels. As a 21-year old Young Republican in Texas, Karl Rove not only pimped for Richard Nixon's chief political dirty tricks strategist Donald Segretti but soon caught the eye of the incoming Republican National Committee Chairman, George H. W. Bush. Rove's dirty tricks on behalf of Nixon's 1972 campaign catapulted Rove onto the national stage. From his Eagle's Nest in the West Wing of the White House, Rove now directs a formidable political dirty tricks operation and disinformation mill. Continued.....

Is the U.S. Committing War Crimes in Iraq? -- Interviews Available

----- Original Message ----- From: Institute for Public Accuracy To: ; ; Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 11:35 AM Subject: Is the U.S. Committing War Crimes in Iraq? -- Interviews Available Institute for Public Accuracy 915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045 (202) 347-0020 * * ___________________________________________________ Tuesday, November 9, 2004 Is the U.S. Committing War Crimes in Iraq? Interviews Available MARJORIE COHN, (858) 484-2387, (858) 204-3565,, Professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and author of the article "Aggressive War: Supreme International Crime," Cohn said today: "Between 10,000 and 15,000 U.S. troops with warplanes and artillery have begun to invade the Iraqi city of Fallujah. To 'soften up' the rebels, American forces dropped five 500-pound bombs on 'insurgent targets.' The Americans destroyed the Nazzal Emergency Hospital in the center of town. They stormed and occupied the Fallujah General Hospital, and have not agreed to allow doctors and ambulances to go inside the main part of the city to help the wounded, in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions...." MICHAEL MANDEL, (416) 736-5039,, Mandel is a professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada and author of the book "How America Gets Away With Murder: Illegal Wars, Collateral Damage and Crimes Against Humanity." He said today: According to international law, America's war on Iraq constitutes the supreme international crime. If the Nuremberg Tribunal were reconstituted tomorrow, the president and his whole administration would stand charged. ... The full-scale assault on a major population center like Fallujah, coming more than a year and a half into the war, only proves its madness and criminality." CONN HALLINAN, (510) 843-5116, , Hallinan is a policy analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus and a lecturer in journalism at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He said today: "On Oct. 8, U.S. fighter bombers carried out what the Pentagon called a 'precision strike' against 'terrorist leaders' in Fallujah, a sprawling city of 300,000 west of Baghdad. For the past two months Fallujah has been the target of a bombing campaign. According to the New York Times, the attack wounded 17 people, nine of whom were women and children. The victims were apparently from a wedding party that had just dispersed. The Times went on to quote a 'senior Pentagon official' who said, 'We know what the strike was supposed to hit and we hit it. If a wedding party was going on, well, it was in concert with a meeting of a top Zarqawi lieutenant.' ......... But according to Article 50 of the [Geneva] Conventions, 'The presence within the civilian population of individuals who do not come within the definition of civilians does not deprive the population of its civilian character.' In short, the attack violated the [Geneva] Conventions. ... 'Pentagon official' also told the Times: 'If there are civilians dying in connection with these attacks, and with the destruction, the locals at some point have to make a decision. Do they want to harbor the insurgents and suffer the consequences that come with that?' In other words, terrify the civilian population into cooperating, a strategy that Article 51 [of the Geneva Conventions] explicitly forbids: 'Acts or threats of violence, the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population, are prohibited.'" For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy: Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167 ==

CBC News: U.S. forces battle into Fallujah's core

Last Updated Tue, 09 Nov 2004 21:39:43 EST FALLUJAH, IRAQ - U.S. and Iraqi troops pushed through to Fallujah's centre Tuesday afternoon, fighting intense street battles and searching house to house on the second day of an all-out assault." Continued..........

Government of the Stupid, By the Stupid and For the Stupid

Capitol Hill Blue: Government of the Stupid, By the Stupid and For the Stupid: "Government of the Stupid, By the Stupid and For the Stupid By DOUG THOMPSON Oct 20, 2004, 05:41 If the surge in voter registrations can be trusted, the turnout for the Presidential elections on November 2 may be the highest in history. That's the good news. The bad news is that most of the people who go into the voting booth will be casting an uninformed vote based on belief in skewed information from biased sources." Continued..... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I wish I'd written this GW

Ashcroft's Reign of Terror Comes to an End

Capitol Hill Blue: Ashcroft's Reign of Terror Comes to an End: "Ashcroft's Reign of Terror Comes to an End By DOUG THOMPSON Nov 10, 2004, 06:58 From the time he took the oath of office as Attorney General of the United States, John Ashcroft declared war on the Constitution and freedom as we know it in the United States. President George W. Bush capitulated to the rabid, right-wing of the Republican Party by appointing Ashcroft, a bible-thumping zealot from Missouri who holds a narrow, ultra-conservative moralistic view of the world. Ashcroft showed his true colors from day one, ordering drapes for nude statues in the Justice Building of Washington. His prudishness came as no surprise for long-time Ashcroft watchers. As Missouri attorney general, Ashcroft often put his own extremist beliefs over the law, threatening to prosecute business who opened on Sunday even after a statewide voter referendum overturned the state's archaic 'blue laws' that forced retail establishments to close on the Seventh Day." Continued...... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ One down, 4 more to go........

Capitol Hill Blue: Hiding Behind a Wall of Secrecy

Capitol Hill Blue: Hiding Behind a Wall of Secrecy: "Hiding Behind a Wall of Secrecy By LINDA SEEBACH Nov 8, 2004, 06:23 Email this article Printer friendly page A coalition of journalism groups is very concerned that the bill establishing a national intelligence director will emerge from a conference committee with provisions that would make it harder to expose government misconduct as well as making the nation safer. Given the tendency of officials to try to restrict public access to information that makes them look bad, the former outcome is unfortunately more likely than the latter." Continued....... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Of course they will. They're already doing everthing they can to hide their ineptitude under the "National Security" rug. GW

Nov. 9, 2004

Wrestling with a Gorilla

AlterNet: Election 2004: Wrestling with a Gorilla It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired." – Robert Strauss I've been working on digesting the results of the election. Mark Moford of the San Francisco Chronicle gave perhaps the best description of how I am feeling: "It simply boggles the mind: we've already had four years of some of the most appalling and abusive foreign and domestic policy in American history, some of the most well-documented atrocities ever wrought on the American populace and it's all combined with the biggest and most violently botched and grossly mismanaged war since Vietnam, and much of the nation still insists in living in a giant vat of utter blind faith, still insists on believing the man in the White House couldn't possibly be treating them like a dog treats a fire hydrant." excerpted: Perhaps the best indicator of what a now-unfettered Bush is going to be like over the next four years came during his Thursday press conference. Associated Press reporter Terence Hunt opened the questioning with a three-part query. Bush responded to his questions by saying, "Now that I've got the will of the people at my back, I'm going to start enforcing the one-question rule. That was three." When another reporter dared to ask a multi-pronged question, Bush's response was, "Again, he violated the one-question rule right off the bat. Obviously you didn't listen to the will of the people." In other words, journalists, sit down and shut up. continued........ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is frightening. The man seems to think that he has been granted all moral authority and the indusputable certainty that whatever he himself even *thinks* is right.And that this authority has been granted by God himself. I see the birth of a psychopath.

Aljazeera.Net - 'Scores of civilians' killed in Falluja

Aljazeera.Net - 'Scores of civilians' killed in Falluja: "Scores of civilians' killed in Falluja Tuesday 09 November 2004, 23:53 Makka Time, 20:53 GMT Residents say scores of civilians have been killed Muhammad Abbud said he watched his nine-year-old son bleed to death at their Falluja home, unable to take him to hospital as fighting raged in the streets and bombs rained down on the Iraqi city. In the midst of a US onslaught and hemmed in by a round-the-clock curfew, he said he had little choice but to bury his eldest son, Ghaith, in the garden. 'My son got shrapnel in his stomach when our house was hit at dawn, but we couldn't take him for treatment,' said Abbud, a teacher. 'We buried him in the garden because it was too dangerous to go out. We did not know how long the fighting would last.'" Continued...

Nov. 8, 2004

Live Body Counts at Guantanamo

The US currently holds about 600 prisoners in Guantanamo, of whom 367 have been identified by a Washington Post research editor. They have a list of their names, countries, and release status at: I am astounded at the clarity of the message given by the counts of these prisoners by country. Here is the list of 29 countries (plus 2 unknowns) below. Feel free to check my count. Afghanistan 44 Algeria 8 Australia 2 Bahrain 6 Belgium 1 Canada 2 Denmark 1 Egypt 2 France 7 Iraq 1 Jordan 5 Kuwait 13 Libya 1 Maldives 1 Mauritania 1 Morocco 14 Pakistan 60 Russia 8 Saudi Arabia 90 Spain 1 Sudan 4 Sweden 1 Tajikistan 3 Tunisia 6 Turkey 10 Uganda 1 United Kingdom 9 United States 1 Unknown 2 Yemen 62

Florida electronic voting machine problem

I'm a brand new mostly-lurker here, and thought you all might like to see something that a good friend of mine sent me today (Sunday). He's been volunteering with ACT in NH all fall, and has contacts around the country in the volunteer community. This is a firsthand report from some volunteers on the ground in Florida on Election Day. Not a good sign of a fair and democratic election that is supposed to accurately reflect what the electorate wants..... dayle ----- Original Message ----- Subject: Fw: Election day in One Florida county More FYI--from Donna who lives in FL. From: Ingrid This was passed on to me by a very reliable source: This is one of many reports that I have seen. It is a first hand volunteer account of their Florida experience. A forwarded report on Florida by the following: Libby Anker Ryan Centner Jill Greenlee Rachel Van Sickle-Ward Spurred by the unwillingness of the broadcast media to report voting problems during the 2004 election race, we want to alert our friends, family and colleagues to the widespread voter suppression and disenfranchisement that occurred in Broward County, Florida. We staffed the emergency hotline for the Kerry Campaign Headquarters in Broward County from late October through the election. All of us were devastated by the margin of Bush's win in Florida, particularly since polls predicted the race would be extremely close. Many of the calls to our hotline were from voters who had pressed the Kerry button on their electronic voting screen, only to have Bush light up as the candidate they had chosen. In some cases, this would happen repeatedly until about the 5th or 6th time the voter pressed Kerry and eventually his name would light up. In other cases, the voters pushed Kerry but were later asked to confirm their Bush vote. We had calls about a road block, put up by the police at 7am on Nov. 2, which blocked road access to two precinct locations in majority lack districts. There was no justification for the road block no accident or crime scene or construction. Many of our calls dealt with voter suppression, or manipulation, of the Haitian population occurrences which seem too numerous, and their targets too indefensible, as primarily poor, first-time-voter, Creole-speaking refugees, to be anything but systemic. In one example, a voter whose hands were bandaged could not press the touch-screen himself; he asked the nonpartisan election official to press Kerry for him, but the election official pressed Bush and sent his vote immediately into the machine. Many, many others were denied the right to vote and were not given provisional ballots, while others were refused assistance at the polls, even though provisional ballots and voter assistance are legal rights. Others were told they had already voted and were turned away, although they had never voted previously. This latter experience was a complaint not isolated to Haitians but also included other surprised voters with no recourse except their word against that of the supervisor of Elections. We spoke with hundreds of voters who were certain they had registered to vote in the past 6 months, well before the October 18 deadline, but were not on the rolls. And those were just the people who had the information to contact us. The local paper, citing the Supervisor of Elections office as its source, told all people voting by absentee ballot that they could turn in ballots by hand to any of its seven offices by 5pm on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Every single one of those offices except one was closed on Tuesday. We had numerous calls from voters on Nov. 2 whose precincts had closed, yet the Supervisor of Elections office had given voters no notification of the closure, and no notification of where to go to vote. Thousands of people were likely disenfranchised because of inexcusable mishaps such as this. We had many calls from people who had been harassed by poll workers, who were turned away without being allowed the right to vote provisionally (another breech of voter rights). Other people were turned away because the address on their driver's license did not match the address on their voter registration card; again, this is in direct violation of election law. All of these problems do not even take into account the 58,000 absentee ballots that had been "lost" by the Supervisor of Elections, in perhaps the most Democratic county in the state, disenfranchising thousands of people who were disabled, out of the country, or elderly and unable get to the polls. These events, and many others, have been documented and also reported to lawyers, but we fear they will not get the attention they deserve. This is what we witnessed in just one county. We believe that these voting irregularities raise serious concerns about the legitimacy of the results in Florida, and more broadly, about the health of democracy in this country. Please circulate this widely. --

War Crime American commanders regarded the reports as inflated, but it was impossible to determine independently how many civilians had been killed. The hospital was selected as an early target because the American military believed that it was the source of rumors about heavy casualties. "It's a center of propaganda," a senior American officer said Sunday.

Nov. 7, 2004

Why are corporations counting votes?

Exit Polls Right, Tallies Wrong? By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet. Posted November 5, 2004. The rallying cry of the emerging "honest vote" movement must become: Get Corporations Out of Our Vote! [Excerpt] The hot story in the blogosphere is that the "erroneous" exit polls that showed Kerry carrying Florida and Ohio (among other states) weren't erroneous at all รข€“ it was the numbers produced by paperless voting machines that were wrong, and Kerry actually won. As more and more analysis is done of what may (or may not) be the most massive election fraud in the history of the world, however, it's critical that we keep the largest issue at the forefront at all time: Why are We The People allowing private, for-profit corporations, answerable only to their officers and boards of directors, and loyal only to agendas and politicians that will enhance their profitability, to handle our votes? Continued.....