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By John Gideon on 2/3/2006 6:21pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

VoteTrustUSA has provided us an excellent article on effective testing of election software. We also have an article on HR-4666, the House bill to slow up the implementation of HAVA. Is the state of Florida manipulating the certification of AutoMARK to ensure it is not used in the state? (February 3, 1959 "The Day The Music Died")...

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By John Gideon on 2/2/2006 4:55pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

In Vanderburgh County, IN voters were forced to stand in long lines in Nov. 2004 and some walked away in frustration. The county council has been investigating prior to spending the money to buy more machines. They've now found that 46 machines were left in storage rather than to be used. PA has begun the legislative actions to keep voters from voting. On the national scene HR-550 has picked up another co-sponsor and new legislation that will slow down HAVA has been filed....

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More votes than voters! We can't make this shit up!
By Brad Friedman on 2/2/2006 10:56am PT  

Too perfect...

The headline at RAW STORY right now:

First vote to replace DeLay flops; More votes than voters

Yes. Not kidding!

UPDATE: This just in from AP, perhaps explaining the voting irregularities [emphasis added]...

WASHINGTON (AP) Republican officials say Rep. John Boehner of Ohio chosen House majority leader.

Seriously.

FURTHER UPDATE: Even Kos (who won't talk about Election Fraud in 2004) gets the irony here. Says, "House GOP conducts elections like Florida 2000"

LATE UPDATE: Josh Marshall has a few more deets...

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By John Gideon on 2/1/2006 5:46pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

There may finally be some progress made in Maricopa County, AZ where the FBI has stepped in and subpoenaed to get control of the ballots from Nov. 2004. These ballots may show if there was massive election fraud or voting machine failure. A vvpat bill has been proposed for the GA Senate. Congressman Fitzpatrick (PA) has filed a new bill, HR-4666, that will allow states until Nov. 2006 to comply fully with HAVA without penalty. This bill has bi-partisan support. I also need to clarify a statement I made in the preamble to yesterday's DVN; I reported that Vote-PAD had gotten a favorable opinion from the DoJ. In fact, the DoJ did not give an opinion one way or another they just made it clear that they saw nothing to stop Wisconsin from using it....

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State Announces Approval of Disabled-Accessible Voting Device After 'Considerable Time' Spent Examining Matter with DoJ Attorneys!
Paper-Ballot Voting Solution Seen as Inexpensive, Secure Alternative to Faulty, Unreliable Touch-Screen Voting Machines...
By Brad Friedman on 2/1/2006 5:34pm PT  

Vote-PAD, the simple plastic and paper voting device meant to assist voters with disabilities and provide a countable paper ballot as an alternative to the expensive, insecure, un-recountable, hackable Electronic Voting Machines made by companies such as Diebold and ES&S, has just been approved for use by the state of Wisconsin!

According to a just-issued press release (posted in full at the bottom of this item), Vote-PAD, which derives it's name from "Voting-on-Paper Assistive Device", is announcing that the Wisconsin State Elections Board has approved the device for use in the state after conferring with attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Recently we reported on the Vote-PAD, describing it as a simple, non-electronic voting device that "could save American democracy." The company had just announced their first contract with Yolo County, California at the time. The new announcement by Wisconsin represents the first full state to announce their approval of the Vote-PAD device for use by disabled voters.

The Wisconsin announcement notably includes information on clearance for use of the device after consultations with attorneys in the "Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice," according to an email obtained by The BRAD BLOG. The email was written by the executive director of Wisconsin's State Elections Board, and will likely kick national interest in Vote-PAD into high gear...

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Expert Report Said Tabulating Machines Were 'Improperly Calibrated', But Only Examination of Ballots Can Explain Mysterious Appearance of 439 Ballots During Recount of LD20 Race!
By John Gideon on 2/1/2006 4:39pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon

As we reported in January the Maricopa County, AZ elections officials and county attorney have done all they can do to keep anyone from looking at the ballots from the Nov. 2004 District 20 race. As you may recall, the matter came into question after a recount in a Republican Primary race revealed 439 ballots magically appearing and which resulted in the final results of the election being changed. The county has even gone to the lengths of refusing subpoenas from a State Senate committee to provide the ballots, even after an expert was brought in to examine the voting machinery and found the optical scan counters completely out of calibration. The expert said that examination of the ballots was the only way to determine what had actually happened.

Today The Arizona Republic announced that the FBI has now stepped in and provided a court ordered subpoena for those ballots.

The paper reports:

County Treasurer David Schweikert refused to release them, saying he needed a valid court order before he would relinquish control.

On Tuesday, he got one.

"We were just elated," Schweikert said of the moment his secretary called him to say that there were FBI agents waiting for him in his office. "I know it sounds odd to be elated to receive a subpoena, but it was what we'd all been asking for."

It seems odd that Schweikert would refuse to obey a subpoena from the state legislature and then be delighted when he got a subpoena for the same thing from the FBI. We are just going to have to continue to watch this extraordinary case and see where the twisted road continues to lead us.

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200,000 Families Displaced, 1300 Dead, 3200 Missing, 6 Sentences in the State of the Union...
By Brad Friedman on 2/1/2006 3:42pm PT  


-- Hundreds of thousands of American families have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

-- 1,300 Americans are so-far counted amongst the dead.

-- 3,200 Americans are still wholly unaccounted for as of 1/19/06.

-- 6 sentences were devoted to the matter by George W. Bush at the tail end of last night's State of the Union address.

"Compassionate Conservatism" at work.

Heckuva job, Bushie.

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By Brad Friedman on 2/1/2006 12:34pm PT  

ReddHedd at FireDogLake has more on which "Freedom of Speech" is allowable in America these days and which "Freedom of Speech" isn't.

Our minute-by-minute coverage of events last night as they happened is here. Our discussion of the unequal treatment Sheehan was given compared to a Republican Congressman's wife last night is here.

UPDATE: Capitol Cops admit they "Screwed up"! Charges to be dropped!

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By Brad Friedman on 1/31/2006 8:12pm PT  

Velvet Revolution's rolling billboards rolled out tonight.

Please help the effort to keep rolling, and with more banners, by donating here...

To see what was on the other side of the billboard, click here...

We can report that the truck was pulled over by Capitol Police at least 3 times in the first hour it was rolling. Turns out, they've got no good reason to ticket it however. Freedom of speech wins...for a few hours anyway...

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Once-Reputable Cable News Channel Continues its 'Fair and Balanced' Lurch to the even Harder Right...
By Brad Friedman on 1/31/2006 4:15pm PT  

According to TVNewser, CNN plans to continue their "Liberal" ways by featuring 3 "Conservative" analysts/Bushies and just one countering voice.

From Media Matters' coverage:

According to the weblog TVNewser, CNN's January 31 coverage of President Bush's State of the Union address will feature three conservative commentators but only one progessive commentator. The January 31 TVNewser post, which detailed the State of the Union "coverage plans" for the major cable and broadcast news networks, indicated that CNN will feature former Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, former Bush administration official Victoria Clarke, and former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK). Democratic strategist Paul Begala is the only progressive commentator scheduled to appear on CNN, according to TVNewser.

CNN has recently come under criticism for their continued lurch to the far right as they've hired both Bennett and Watts as a "analysts", and contracted with Right Wingnut/Radio Personality Glenn Beck to provide him with his own primetime show on the formerly-reputable-ish CNN Headline News channel.

...CONTACT...
CNN
Phone: 404-827-1500

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Jim Cramer on Diebold: 'A House of Pain'
By Brad Friedman on 1/31/2006 3:33pm PT  


"That company is just not for me. ... I think it's a House of Pain"
-- Mad Money's Jim Cramer on Diebold, Inc., 1/12/06

Today we begin to seem more evidence of that pain as Diebold, the unAmerican mega-corporation that believes in privatizing our public elections, and keeping the results of those elections as their own "trade secret", had their quarterly earnings call today.

AP reported on their announced "76% decline in fourth-quarter earnings". What a shame.

You can listen to the audio from the 4th quarter conference call here. I haven't had time to listen yet as I'm climbing a mountain of things I'm working on and catching up with. If you listen to it, and hear anything notable, please let me know!

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By Brad Friedman on 1/30/2006 4:20pm PT  

Samuel Alito owes a debt of gratitude to the following Democrats who have allowed his confirmation to proceed to a vote tomorrow, virtually guaranteeing that he'll become the next new Justice of the Supreme Court where he will sit for decades.

What you owe the following people, we'll leave for you to determine...

Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carper (D-DE)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dorgan(D-ND)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)

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Fourth Quarter '05 Earns Them Largest Profit EVER for a U.S. Company!
By Brad Friedman on 1/30/2006 3:30pm PT  

Who says America isn't a great nation?!

From AP...

Exxon Mobil Corp. posted record profits for any U.S. company on Monday $10.71 billion for the fourth quarter and $36.13 billion for the year as the world's biggest publicly traded oil company benefited from high oil and natural-gas prices and solid demand for refined products.

Keep pumpin' America! And be happy about it!

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Open Thread to Take Your Country Back!
[UPDATED] Cloture Passes, Filibuster Fails...72 to 25
By Brad Friedman on 1/30/2006 11:05am PT  

UPDATE: Only 25 Senators voted to continue the debate over Sam Alito by voting NO on "Cloture". Thus, the filibuster ends, and Samuel Alito will likely be confirmed tomorrow morning in time for King George to shove him up America's ass in time for the State of the Union speech tomorrow night. Bless all of you patriots who care about our country and were willing to fight for it no matter the outcome. In particular, thanks to The Young Turks for setting an example of what a "noble cause" actually looks like. Still busy in large part today, but I'll try to post a list soon of those Senators who deserve the support of nobody in America ever again. History will not forget them. Shame.

.....

Unfortunately, I've got some pre-scheduled appointments throughout the day, which is going to make it difficult for me to cover the play-by-play of the attempted filibuster of Alito. So please feel free to use comments in this thread to Be the Media today, while I do my best to come in and out.

If ever there was a time for Dems to step up and fight for this country, to draw a line in the sand against George W. Bush's extremist takeover of the government and his hatred of American Values it is now!

Keep listening to The Young Turks who continue to filibuster on air. You can watch their live video feed here. Live audio feeds are here and here.

At this hour (1:58p ET), C-SPAN lists the tally of announced intentions for Alito Confirmation as YES: 57 NO: 35. The vote for "Cloture" (ending of the debate, and thus ending the filibuster) is scheduled for 4:30p ET. It takes 60 YES votes by Republicans and turncoat Democrats to end the filibuster.

Keep calling Senators constantly to share your opinions if you care about the future of this country and feel that George W. Bush does not deserve unrestrained Executive powers! Phone numbers are available here.

Add any other thoughts or info you have here in comments...

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By Brad Friedman on 1/29/2006 3:17pm PT  

This toon ran today, but is a flashback from 2004 as I recall. Unfortunately, it's still as appropriate today as it was then...

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