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September 30, 2003
What you should know

Via SeetheForest, a few unpalatable items about those who run the fraud-inviting electronic balloting machines.

The technology had a trial run in the 2002 midterm elections. In Georgia, serviced by new Diebold systems, a popular Democratic governor and senator were both unseated in what the media called "amazing" upsets, with results showing vote swings of up to 16 percent from the last pre-ballot polls. In computerized Minnesota, former Vice President Walter Mondale -- a replacement for popular incumbent Paul Wellstone, who died days before the vote -- was also defeated in a large last-second vote swing. Convenient "glitches" in Florida saw an untold number of votes intended for the Democratic candidate registering instead for Governor Jeb "L'il Brother" Bush. A Florida Democrat who lost a similarly "glitched" local election went to court to have the computers examined -- but the case was thrown out by a judge who ruled that the innards of America's voting machines are the "trade secrets" of the private companies who make them.

Coming soon to an election near you, folks. You might want to consider making a little protest before we're reorganized as a repressive theocracy. Especially those of you who have been making fun of France for the past few months, because you're sure going to be embarrassed if they wind up having to come over here and liberate us.

Body and Soul has some good links.

If this kind of thing is actually true, then the whole Bush family is crookeder than I thought, and I already had a fairly low opinion of them.

Via Cursor, a perspective on the Iraq situation. And then there's more here.

And a report that Cheney is as dangerous, venal, and extremist as some of us have been hinting. Actually, these reports are showing up in more and more places, which is good.

And TomPaine breaks this as "new" news, but many of us saw it happening quite a while ago. The biggest problem I have with giving tax dollars to "faith-based" charities is that they tend to lack the organization, oversight, and accountability built in to other systems. I mean, look at the results of Bush's decision to give tax money to faith-based organizations in Texas.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:21 AM


Comments

The Bush family can't possibly be crookeder than I think they are, because I've always thought they were crooked. :)

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at October 1, 2003 07:59 AM

Well, yeah, but isn't it amazing how much better pater looks now that Sonny Boy is out, apparently without a leash and keeping some very bad company.

Posted by: Anne at October 2, 2003 12:22 PM