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Arrest in VA: GOP Voter Reg Scandal Widens
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ALL TOGETHER: ROVE, SPROUL, KOCHS, RNC
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Drop Out, Tune In, Think for Yourself...
[UPDATED WITH SPECIAL GUEST LIST!]
By Brad Friedman on 4/5/2006 12:07pm PT  

I'll be sitting in as Guest Host for the good Peter B. on KRXA 540am up in Monterey, CA (and syndicated on several other affiliates) this Thursday from 3p-6p PT (6p-9p ET).

If you're not nearby, you can listen in online right here. Let's see if we can overload their servers :-) --- And give us a shout to say hey at 888-KRXA-540. Let's see if we can break their phone lines.

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Kick-ass guests now lined up for Thursday's show!...

+ This Modern World cartoonist and blogger, TOM TOMORROW!
+ Emery County, UT County Clerk/Hero BRUCE FUNK (Diebold's latest scapegoat!)
+ PLUS: The legendary ED ASNER! Yup, Lou Grant his own bad self!

And Much Much More! Spread the word! Tune in!

UPDATE 4/8/06: Audio archives from the show now here...

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Says Congresswoman 'Jumps to False Conclusions', Says Supporters 'Weren't Even There' --- Just Before Proclaiming, 'She Punched a Cop!'
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By Brad Friedman on 4/4/2006 2:48pm PT  


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"She punched a cop! She punched...a cop!" said Sean Hannity on last night's Hannity & Colmes without any actual evidence for the charge and before any trial --- something he accuses many others of doing. But only when the alleged perp is a Republican, of course.

That was just after he accused "people who weren't even there" of turning this into a racial incident.

The guest, a former LAPD Detective who refused to play along with Hannity, pointed out that she's a 6 term Congresswoman and acknowledged that it's the Capitol Hill Police's job to recognize her. To which Hannity lied, "Yeah, but she was gone for like 5 years in there."

Needless to say, Hannity, as always, was wrong. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) was swiftboated and defeated by a Republican effort during her 2002 Democratic primary after she dared to ask out loud: "What did this Administration know and when did it know it?" concerning the events of 9/11. (A clip which Hannity played again during the segment last night for no apparent reason other than to keep the swiftboating alive --- he followed the clip by saying, without a hint of irony, "It seems that there's a proclivity here to jump to false conclusions, amongst Cynthia McKinney in particular.")

Anyway, McKinney was not in Congress from 2002 through 2004 when she was re-elected. Hardly the "5 years," as quoted by Hannity to try and back up the Capitol Hill Police (who recently admitted they "screwed up" while dealing with another such "security incident" involving a well known person who shouldn't have been hassled in the first place.) McKinney has been back in Congress now for a full year and half since being re-elected.

Ya know, we'll see how it all plays out as things move forward, but it occurs to us that Cynthia McKinney has a security disagreement with a cop who, all agree, didn't get hurt. A warrant is sought for her arrest and Fox "News" (and the rest of the media) can't get enough of it.

George W. Bush, on the other hand, has a security disagreement with an entire sovereign nation and starts a full blown war because of it. More than 2,500 American citizens are now dead, scores of thousands wounded and many more Iraqis than that have been killed because it. Nobody issues a warrant for the arrest of George W. Bush and Fox "News" and rest of the media couldn't give a damn about any of it.

That's what we call Fair and Balanced.

One thing we know --- McKinney's black and a woman and a Democrat and none of those things could possibly have had anything do with any of this.

(Thanks David Edwards for the video.)

IRONY ALERT UPDATE: "DeLay Says He'll File Ethics Complaint Against McKinney"... (Thanks Kat!)

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Also, Firmware Found to be Buggy on Their Electronic Voting Machines as Well
ES&S To Face Tough Questions From County Elections Board, Others States Need to be Notified of the Problems! [NOW UPDATED]
By John Gideon on 4/4/2006 12:09pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon, VotersUnite.Org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

Summit County has recently had problems with failed memory cards as related by The BRAD BLOG on March 9 and March 10. As reported at the time, as many as 30% of the cards completely failed initial testing in the county. A few days later, corresponding tests in North Carolina found more than 1000 of the cards failed. The memory cards, amongst other things, store the vote tabulations from elections.

New tests now in Summit County have also revealed additional failures on both memory cards, and the voting machines "firmware" as well.

Today the Akron Beacon Journal has revealed that Summit County has discovered 28 more bad cards in a batch of what was supposed to be good cards as sent to them by ES&S specifically to replace the previous bad ones.

The Beacon-Journal reports:

In testing throughout March, the computer memory cards inside the scanners experienced high failure rates. The county has 525 cards, one for every precinct and 50 extras.

ES&S officials blamed faulty batteries in the cards for the problems, but even after batteries were replaced, dozens of cards continued to fail.

Eventually, continued testing resulted in the county's obtaining 525 memory cards that supposedly worked properly and that were approved by state inspectors as well. But company officials working in Summit County have since discovered 28 new problem cards.

Board of Elections officials, however, discovered the newest batch of problem memory cards by accident.

Elections Board Deputy Director Marijean Donofrio said board staff members were looking for memory cards that are used to demonstrate the new equipment for the public, and happened upon a box of cards that were banded together.

When she asked about the cards, Donofrio said she was told they had either low or dead batteries or problems reading back data that had been programmed onto them.

ES&S officials then told the county that the company would replace all 349 cards from the batch that included the 28 new problem cards. All were manufactured by the Vikant Corp., an ES&S subcontractor.

The Beacon-Journal is also now reporting that ES&S has found a problem with the firmware --- the software which is embedded into the system's hardware --- on their touch-screen machines that are used in counties across Ohio and across the country. ES&S is currently in 41 of Ohio's 88 counties.

Other states and counties who use ES&S should be made aware of the problems, since ES&S does not seem to be doing so.

On the firmware issue, the Beacon-Journal reports...

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Based in Ohio, Diebold's E-Voting Systems Only One Said by Blackwell to 'Meet Federal and State Standards' (Which They Don't)
41 of 88 Counties in Ohio Added New Diebold Systems Last Year
By Brad Friedman on 4/3/2006 10:49pm PT  

According to a late report from AP tonight, Ohio's Sec. of State (and Co-Chair of the Bush/Cheney '04 Re-Election Committee) J. Kenneth Blackwell, "accidentally invested" in Diebold last year...

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ­ Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell revealed Monday he accidentally invested in shares of voting-machine manufacturer Diebold Inc. last year, a period when he was sued by other manufacturers over contracts that Diebold was up for.
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Blackwell has said the Diebold machines are the only electronic machines to meet federal and state standards under the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

The "discovery" (that he owns shares in Diebold, not that Diebold is the only company to meet HAVA standards --- which they don't) occurred during some ethics filings as the Governor's race, in which Blackwell is a candidate, heats up in the Buckeye State...

Bob Paduchik, a spokesman for Attorney General Jim Petro, Blackwell's rival in the GOP primary, called for further investigation "considering Ken Blackwell's history with Diebold."

Democrats weren't buying Blackwell's explanation. "If he can't manage to know what's in his checkbook, why would the people of Ohio want to trust this man with the state's checkbook?" said Brian Rothenberg, spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party.

According to a Rasumussen poll released on Friday, Blackwell currently trails the likely Democratic nominee for Governor, Rep. Ted Strickland by a 10 point margin of 50% to 40%.

Strickland beats Petro as well in a face-to-face match-up by even more: 47% to 34%.

Strickland appears to be widening the gap against both of them. But count no chickens yet. This is, after all, Ohio.

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(A Day Late, So One BONUS Toon Included for Free!)
By Brad Friedman on 4/3/2006 5:58pm PT  

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But No Such Outrage About the Ownership of the RIGHTWING Voting Machine Companies...
What a surprise.
By Brad Friedman on 4/3/2006 3:04pm PT  

More subpoenas seem to be on the way for voting machine company officials, this time in Illinois where it looks like the city aldermen in Chicago, according to the Sun-Times are none-too-happy to be forced to continue payments to Sequoia Voting Systems who ran such a disastrous primary on new electronic machines across the state just a few weeks ago.

A similar battle has been underway in Texas where officials have been trying to avoid payment to ES&S for the primary disaster down there on March 7th, just two weeks before the Illinois debacle.

In the meantime, the hypocrisy of the Right Wing continues vis a vis Electronic Voting Machines and their newly discovered concerns, as we reported late last week, about a Venezuelan company, possibly tied to Hugo Chavez, controlling the Sequoia company, and thus having an unknown and troubling amount of concern over American elections.

As in the wingnut piece we pointed to last week, Richard Brand in the Miami Herald (via right-leaning RealClearPolitics.com) is horrified that a company tied to Chavez may be having undue influence over American elections.

Not a word in Brand's piece about the influence over American elections by partisan companies, run by partisan executives, such as Diebold, ES&S, Hart InterCivic and others who are given carte blanche to use secret, uninspected software to count almost every citizen's vote in the country by now.

So, again, while we're happy to see concern --- no matter where it comes from --- about the little-noticed watershed change in our electoral system which now allows private companies to control the most sacred element of our democracy, with virtually zero checks, balances or public oversight, it's incredibly hypocritical (even by wingnut standards), to turn a blind eye to the Rightwing influence over all the other companies who have even more control over more of American votes.

We'd hope that the concerns about Chavez would suddenly help these guys realize what the hell has been going on here. We're concerned about any private corporation having such influence over our elections. But, in typical Rightwing blinders-on fashion, it's only votes that are perceived to be questionable because they might have undue influence from the Left that seems to concern these folks.

What a pity. But hardly a surprise.

To underscore that irony/hypocrisy, take a look at this concern of Brand's about a recent Venezualan elections run on machines made by Smartmatic, the company which now owns Sequoia (and be sure you're sitting down when you read it)...

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D.C. Capitol Police Seeking Arrest Warrant At This Time...
By David Edwards on 4/3/2006 12:16pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards of Veredictum.com


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At a press conference today in Atalanta, Black lawmakers, clergy and activist gathered to declare their continued support for Representative Cynthia McKinney.

McKinney has been accused of "assaulting" a Capitol Police officer. The officer, not recognizing the congresswoman, grabbed McKinney "in an innapproiate way" as she was entering the Capitol Builing. Upon being touched, McKinney apparently touched the officer in return with a mobile phone.

Republican lawmakers and other GOP operatives are now using the issue to "swiftboat" Represenatitive McKinney. As always, the corporate media gladly forsakes important news to participate in the right-wing echo chamber.

As of today, the D.C. Capitol Police confirm that the incident has been referred to the U.S. Attorney's office but would not say if a warrant has been issued for McKinney's arrest.

UPDATE: AP reports that D.C. Capitol Police have requested permission from Federal Prosecutors to issue an arrest warrant for Cynthia McKinney.

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By David Edwards on 4/3/2006 8:21am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards of Veredictum.com


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Senator Russ Feingold steps over the right-wing talking points in Sunday's interview with Chris Wallace on Fox.

As Wallace sets up each Bush Administraion strawman, Feingold knocks it down with the simple truth. The President should not be allowed to break the law.

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By Brad Friedman on 4/2/2006 11:51pm PT  

This is freakin' brilliant: "Chevy's 'Make Your Own Tahoe Commercial' idea not exactly going as planned".

Too funny.

(Hat tip to Huff Po...and another BRAD BLOG reader who tried to point me to these earlier, but whose name I've forgotten. With apologies.)

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A Victory for Free Speech Progressives! Finally!
PLUS: Peter B. Collins Also Rises in Phoenix!
By Brad Friedman on 4/2/2006 6:15pm PT  

After being suddenly tossed off the air to make room for yet another religious station in Arizona, Air America Phoenix has found a new home and begins a new broadcast day at Midnight tonight!

They will now be heard at KPHX 1480 AM in Phoenix, or via aaphx.com on the web! Congrats folks! And welcome back! Arizona needs ya now more than ever!

And thanks to all of those BRAD BLOG readers who answered our calls for action in support of AAR Phoenix over the last month or two! It's nice to win one every now and again, huh?

But more good news for progressives in Phoenix, as the smartest man on radio, Peter B. Collins, will begin airing out there as well (on a different station, I believe) beginning the week after next. And judging by his brilliant regular Friday afternoon guest (5:20p PT), I'd say Phoenix is in for an embarrasment of Progressive riches! UPDATE: Peter B. contacts us to say he'll be on KPHX as well! His show will air on tape delay at 10p-1a Mon-Fri!

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By Brad Friedman on 4/2/2006 1:58pm PT  

Having a problem with some users not being able to comment as being told they are "Banned". Trying to figure out and fix the problem now. Apologies for whatever reason it's occuring...Hope to have it taken care of shortly.

UPDATE: Fixed? If you had previously not been able to post a comment this morning, please try and post one here to see if we've gotten the problem fixed. If you still can't post, please let me know. Thanks!

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It would appear he is...
By David Edwards on 3/31/2006 1:49pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards of Veredictum.com


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In this video, Senator Lindsey Graham questions John Dean and Bruce Fein at today's Censure Hearing. Besides being argumentative and contrary, it's difficult to make much sense out of the Senator's hostility.

Steve Soto of The Left Coaster has this to say about Senator Graham's performance:

If any of you want to see how ignorant Lindsey Graham is about American history, and how willing he is to explain away Bush's lawbreaking in the NSA spying debacle, watch C-SPAN's coverage tonight of him getting slapped around by John Dean at today's hearing on Feingold's censure resolution. In the short audio clip that Randi Rhodes just played on her Air America show, it was all Dean could do to keep from yelling out "Senator, you are a fucking moron" as he corrected Graham's distortions and ignorance about Watergate.

I've lost any remaining respect I had for the bootlicking, buffoonish Graham after this. I sure hope his parents didn't pay for that pathetic education, because if they did, they need to demand a refund.

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But They Still Have Trouble With That Whole 'Fact Thing'...
By Brad Friedman on 3/31/2006 1:36pm PT  

Meanwhile meanwhile... The Wingnuts have discovered they too should be concerned about hackable Electronic Voting Machines, as we find in this article posted yesterday over at RedState blog --- the site co-founded by serial plagiarist and disgraced former Washington Post blogger (for three days anyway) Ben Domenech --- concerning new ownership of Sequoia by Venezuelan firm Smartmatic.

Apparently, the writer is concerned about Electronic Voting Machines only now that he's realized Smartmatic may be owned or controlled or unduly influenced by one Hugo Chavez. He goes so far as to quote these words by another blogger in his article:

It is extremely worrying indeed that a company with connections to the Hugo Chavez regime has been selected to run elections in a county of Chicago and given carte blanche to operate in the USA and other countries.

While we're glad to see the Wingnuts suddenly giving a damn about Electronic Voting --- now that they're concerned about their own ox being gored by a company which may have left-leaning ownership --- we're hardly surprised that the anonymous blogger who calls him or herself "AcademicElephant" (we'll presume it's a "he") didn't seem to have such concerns about another Voting Machine Company with "connections to the George W. Bush regime [being] selected to run elections" all over our country in 2004 during one of the most contentious elections in our country's history.

But of more concern for the moment, now that Mr. Elephant has suddenly decided to be worried about such important matters as a transparent and accountable democracy, he sadly exhibits the all-too-familiar Wingnut tendency of having a problem with that whole pesky "fact thing".

By way of example, Mr. Elephant decides right off the bat to use some of the same tired old misleading propaganda in one of his early grafs...

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By David Edwards on 3/31/2006 10:14am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards of Veredictum.com


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UPDATE FROM BRAD: Glenn Greewald over at Crooks & Liars had a great find which he posted today in time for Feingold himself to pick up on and mention during today's hearings (video clip here). Here's the crux of Greenwald's post...

According to this July 25, 1969 article from Time Magazine, which was reporting on public fears over new surveillance powers given to the Administration by the Congress, Nixon's Attorney General John Mitchell told Americans they had nothing to worry about:

During his presidential campaign, Richard Nixon said that he would take full advantage of the new law-a promise that raised fears of a massive invasion of privacy. To calm those fears, the Administration last week issued what amounted to an official statement on the subject.

In his first news conference since becoming the President's chief legal officer, Attorney General John N. Mitchell pointedly announced that the incidence of wiretapping by federal law enforcement agencies had gone down, not up, during the first six months of Republican rule. Mitchell refused to disclose any figures, but he indicated that the number was far lower than most people might think. "Any citizen of this United States who is not involved in some illegal activity," he added, "has nothing to fear whatsoever."

Because all of this was before FISA, the Nixon Administration was able to exercise their eavesdropping powers on Americans in secret, without any oversight of any kind --- just like the Bush Administration has been doing even in the face of FISA. We all know how well that worked out. It was the shocking abuses of those powers by not just the Nixon Administration, but by the Kennedy and Johnson Justice Departments as well --- all which were revealed only as part of the Church Committee's investigation --- that led to the enactment of FISA, since the country no longer trusted political officials to exercise eavesdropping powers on Americans in secret and with no oversight.

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By David Edwards on 3/31/2006 9:51am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards of Veredictum.com

"This is 'Alice in Wonderland' gone amuck."


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