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By John Gideon on 8/21/2006 4:41pm PT  

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

Early voting started in Florida today. Tomorrow is primary election day in Alaska and Wyoming / It looks like officials in Auglaize Co. Ohio may have some problems responding to a new law suit that was filed today. They are accused, in part, of artificially swelling the voter rolls just to get a bigger piece of the HAVA funds pie./ Zogby will release a new poll tomorrow that shows that 92% of Americans Oppose Secret Vote Counting...

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By John Gideon on 8/20/2006 4:24pm PT  

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

Franklin Co. Ohio is planning on putting the results from each of their voting machines on-line for anyone to see. This will happen after all vote counting takes place and after the final canvass. They are also asking the County BoE for funds to do an independent hand-count of the paper ballots. Is this another attempt to discredit the vvpat and will Election Sciences Institute (ESI) do that hand-count? / ...

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A Compendium of Clips From The Past Week of Interesting Times, featuring All The News That Fits...
(other than stories about the alleged London terror plot, war in Iraq, war in Afghanistan, political corruption, domestic and foreign policy, election integrity and so on, and on and on and on ...)
By Winter Patriot on 8/20/2006 5:45am PT  

Guest Blogged by Winter Patriot

Your cold and humble blogger presents an assortment of clips from the war in Lebanon --- and on the home front --- since last weekend.

(And NO, I don't expect you to remember this, because some of it happened before they arrested what's-his-name? ... you know ... the guy who claims he ... um ... well ... you know what I mean, don't you?)

Saturday, August 12, 2006

BBC: Bush links Hezbollah and 'plot'

"The terrorists attempt to bring down airplanes full of innocent men, women, and children," Mr Bush said.

"They kill civilians and American servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they deliberately hide behind civilians in Lebanon. They are seeking to spread their totalitarian ideology."
...
US officials say that if the plan had not been foiled, the subsequent attacks would have been the worst since those on Washington and New York on 11 September 2001.

Since the 2001 attacks, Mr Bush has said that the US is engaged in a global war on terror.

He says that as well as intelligence efforts to foil terror plots against US civilians, the ongoing military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq are part of that same battle, as is Israel's conflict with Lebanon.

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By John Gideon on 8/19/2006 4:46pm PT  

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

"There's a lot to be concerned about here," said Maryland Gov. Ehrlich recently about the state's Diebold TS voting machines. "I think the system is fabulous," said Linda Lamone, administrator for the state Board of Elections. "It's probably the most secure system in the country." / "Is it even possible to ensure the trustworthiness of the hardware and software in a voting system? My opinion is no," said David Dill, a professor of computer science at Stanford University and a critic of electronic voting. / "Basically, all election officials say, 'We're as pure as the driven snow, and nobody has ever cheated,' " said John Washburn, a Milwaukee software analyst. "It's the same as if you're a bank and you say, 'OK, I'm going to assume that my tellers will never steal money from the till.' "...

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By Winter Patriot on 8/19/2006 2:20am PT  

Guest Blogged by Winter Patriot

Still breathless after my appearance on the Peter B. Collins show
I might not be able to write much over the next day or two
The most recent open thread is a few days old
And it's not getting any younger
So ... here you go:

It's Open Thread Blogging At Its Best

Down By The BRAD BLOG
Down by the sea
On the green and yellow blog, baby
That's where I'll be ...

Oops! I almost forgot: I've got something musical for you to read. It's from the New York Times and the headline is kind of preposterous, but it's worth reading anyway. You can find it here ... or if that doesn't work, click here.

PS: I've got one more cold photo for you, here.

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By John Gideon on 8/18/2006 5:49pm PT  

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

A recount was done in Georgia and, guess what? The results on the Diebold TS machines were the same the second time they were run-off as the first. It goes to show that computer memory does not change all by itself. That is all it proves because no one knows that these were really the people's votes; only the machines. / The ACLU filed a lawsuit in Missouri against the state's VoterID law. / Was the ESI/Cuyahoga Co. report just a sham to make the voter verified paper audit trail printers look as bad as possible? If so, some seem to believe that. ...

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We talked about what Peter calls 'the liquid bombers', and al-Q'aeda, and had a great chat --- as the MP3 files will attest!
By Winter Patriot on 8/18/2006 3:28pm PT  

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If you've never heard a nearly frozen voice coming out of your radio --- or better yet, coming out of a series of tubes --- your chance is coming soon.

Your humble and very cold blogger will be speaking with Peter B. Collins this afternoon, beginning at 5pm Pacific time (that's 8 Eastern, 7 Central, 6 Mountain, and so on). I'll be filling in for Brad (who usually visits with Peter on Friday afternoons) and talking about "the thwarted alleged British-Pakistani simultaneous airline bombing plot".

I've written four articles for The BRAD BLOG about this alleged plot since last Thursday; here are the links in case you missed them the first time:

  • Thursday, August 10:
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    Peter's shows are archived, so if you can't catch us live you will be able to do so later. I'll keep you posted on that. But if you can join us live, we'd love to hear from you. Give us a call at 888-5PeterB ... that's 888-573-8372. And have a good question ready! ;-)

    UPDATE: An audio record of my talk with Peter is now available online. In consideration of those readers with slow connections, I've broken the segment up into three files. Each is about 6 megabytes and plays for about 6 minutes. I hope you'll be able to download them without difficulty; I'll check the comments thread in case anyone has trouble.

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    They're looking for a few facts about electronic voting, Diebold, and such
    Do we have any we can share?
    By Winter Patriot on 8/18/2006 7:53am PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Regular BRAD BLOG readers will remember reading about Election Science Institute (ESI) and the report they prepared on the May 2 primary in Cuyahoga (Cleveland) County, because John Gideon blogged about it on Wednesday.

    Also on Wednesday, at the Columbus Dispatch, Public Affairs reporter Mark Niquette and Senior editor Joe Hallett wrote about it too: Cleveland study questions accuracy of Diebold voting machines.

    We have a few excerpts below the fold. We also have another piece, written by Mr. Niquette, which appeared on the front page of the Dispatch on Thursday, and in which the Dispatch asked for comments from readers.

    I think Mr. Niquette and Mr. Hallett and their colleagues should hear from 6 or 7 green-and-yellow bloggers.

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    An overview of the most recent fallout from the thwarted alleged British-Pakistani simultaneous airplane bombing plot
    ALSO: Have our British friends gone Mad?
    By Winter Patriot on 8/18/2006 4:46am PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    I did quite a bit of reading yesterday (British time) and I want to share some of the highlights (and lowlights) with you.

    On the British news scene, everyone seemed to have new and different revelations, all from unnamed sources, and all presented in a manner which (if you'll pardon my French) exuded an aroma reminiscent of a seafood market.

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    ... because, of course, it's not who votes that counts: it's who counts the votes ...
    Report mentions Ken Blackwell, Katherine Harris and their obvious conflicts of interest --- Will anyone notice? We hope so!!
    By Winter Patriot on 8/17/2006 11:29pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Jill Lawrence, writing in USA TODAY, looks at some hotly-contested races for positions that were once largely ignored: Top vote counter becomes prize job...

    The political battle for control of the federal government has opened up a new front: the obscure but vital state offices that determine who votes and how those votes are counted.

    The state post of Secretary of State was a backwater until 2000, when Florida's Katherine Harris became a central figure in the presidential recount controversy. Now national Democratic groups and White House prospects, unhappy about Harris' decisions and those of Republican Kenneth Blackwell in Ohio two years ago, are pouring resources into contests for the job.
    ...
    Secretaries of State control most voting regulations and influence state purchases of voting machines. Looking ahead to 2008, Democrats say they want people they trust in those offices.

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    Administration Gets Stay Of Execution, Pending Appeal; Meanwhile They're Trying To Pass A New Law To Make It Legal
    But The Tricky Little Question Never Mentioned In Today's News Has Not Escaped This Nearly Frozen Blogger
    By Winter Patriot on 8/17/2006 10:55pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Today (Thursday), in Detroit, a federal judge ruled that the illegal covert spying program put in place by the Bush administration is unconstitutional and ordered the administration to stop it immediately. But the administration has given every possible indication of its unwillingness to comply.

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    By John Gideon on 8/17/2006 5:01pm PT  

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

    The big news today is still the ESI report on Cuyahoga Co. Ohio. Diebold claims the only flaws are in ESIs report. Democrats are asking for a complete investigation. Even the Republican candidate for SoS is asking for a complete inventory of Blackwell's office. / A press conference was held in Arizona yesterday with Congressmen Holt and Grijalva discussing future legislation on voting rights and vote administration / There may be a recount in the Nevada Republican 2nd Congressional District primary. It will be interesting to see how this turns out especially because the winning candidate is the SoS so the recount would be against him. ...

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    Meet John Bonifaz: a true patriot who has made a big difference already
    He could do even more if he had a little bit of help
    By Winter Patriot on 8/16/2006 6:21pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    The next Ned Lamont is just across the Connecticut border in Massachusetts, where voting rights leader John Bonifaz is similarly taking on the Democratic Party establishment in his grassroots campaign for Secretary of State. Bonifaz, a Democrat who sued George Bush on the eve of the Iraq war on behalf of soldiers, families of soldiers and members of Congress trying to prevent the illegal invasion, squares off against the incumbent, Bill Galvin, on September 19.

    But the Lamont connection runs even deeper. Bill Hillsman, the media guru who produced the winning ads for Lamont and Paul Wellstone, is eager to jump into the race on the Bonifaz campaign, which could be the final ingredient that puts John over the top. What John needs now is the financial support to make the Hillsman addition a reality --- and if he can raise $25,000 by August 23, it will happen.

    Meeting this goal would lead to Hillsman joining the campaign through the primary and the production of ads that would be used on the air, on the web and as tools for further fundraising success. Please go to John’s web site today to help make this winning combination possible. Your contribution is vital. We must support Democrats who stand up against entrenched interests and stand up for our rights as voters.

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    Scientific Report Commissioned by County says Numbers Don't Match Up: 'The current election system, if left unchanged, contains significant threats'
    OH Sec. of State's Response: 'The machines work. There is nothing wrong with the machines.'
    By John Gideon on 8/16/2006 5:22pm PT  

    Guest Blogged by John Gideon

    Tonight Lou revisits the world of electronic voting in Ohio, where the evidence points to voting machine problems, but the vendors, especially Diebold, and the state want everyone to believe that the poll and election workers are just too dumb to do the work and all of the problems are their fault. For more on this story see the recent BRAD BLOG article regarding the Cuyahoga County investigation.

    Here's a quick sample from the text transcript:

    PILGRIM: The report found the machine's four sources of vote totals, individual ballots, paper trail summary, election archives, and the memory cards, did not all match up. The totals were all different.

    The report concludes, "These shortcomings merit urgent attention. Relying on the system in its present state should be viewed as a calculated risk."

    But the secretary of state of Ohio, Kenneth Blackwell, is still in denial. His office saying today, "The machines work. There is nothing wrong with the machines."

    That is not what the report concludes.


    Video in Streaming Flash format...
    Video in Windows Media format...

    The text-transcript of tonight's segment on Lou Dobbs Tonight follows in full...

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    By John Gideon on 8/16/2006 5:08pm PT  

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

    Nearly 10 percent of Cuyahoga County's official ballots in the May 2 primary were "destroyed, blank, illegible, missing, taped together or otherwise compromised," according to a group hired by the county to investigate. But even when the paper receipts were legible in the May 2 primary, more than three-quarters of them listed vote tallies that did not match the electronic record in the touch-screen machines. ...

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