READER COMMENTS ON
"New Report on Election Reform Dead on Arrival"
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COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
said on 6/7/2005 @ 4:53 pm PT...
One thing neocons cannot grasp, evidently, is the concept of conflict of interest.
Perhaps they are so self-righteous that they think people should realize how un-biased they are?
You got it correct Brad ... its stinkin thinkin.
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
said on 6/7/2005 @ 5:38 pm PT...
They are filled with total confidence that the Mainstream Media won't take a second look (and rightly so) thus concealing their chicanery from public view.
Bah!!! Booooo!!! Hisssss!!!
A good article this would make for Mr. Calame.
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
Robert Lockwood Mills
said on 6/7/2005 @ 6:11 pm PT...
Chickens are missing from a farmer's coop. He asks the fox who had been guarding the coop, "What happened to my chickens?" The fox replies, "They got away."
The farmer says, "I thought you were guarding them. Did you eat them?" The fox replies, "That sounds like a conspiracy theory from the Internet."
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 6/7/2005 @ 6:13 pm PT...
How depressing that there will still be electronic voting machines with no papertrail in the next presidential election. That means the next election will be fixed again. And, for now on we will have Republican presidents. I have to laugh everytime I see an article about how Bush's poll numbers are down and how it might effect the Republican majority in Congress, etc. The Republicans are safe in the White House, Congress and Senate as long as we have Diebold and company. There will never be a Democratic president again if the MSM doesn't catch on to the illegality of the vote-flipping software in these machines. I'm still waiting for an explosive "Deep Throat" reporter to expose to the MSM the vote rigging that went on in the last election...and how Karl Rove was the mastermind....and that Bush knew and approved of everything that went on.
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
True Blue Liberal
said on 6/7/2005 @ 6:39 pm PT...
"Hey," Karl sez, "they're all momentarily distracted by the Downing Street Memo, let's fix the electoral system."
Unbefuckinglievable. Actually, I wish it was unbelievable. It's just sad. It's sad that the "news" media are ignoring all these stories for the sake of Michael Jackson, the Runaway Bride, and the missing blonde of the week.
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
said on 6/7/2005 @ 6:46 pm PT...
I suspect that one of the reasons the "Deep Throat" story came out was so that some 'true blue' Repubs, like Buchanan, could say loud and clear, 'that anybody like that should be found dead in a ditch somewhere', just to make it clear to anyone today who is considering 'ratting' that it wouldn't be worth it.
On the voting machines scandal the elected Dems don't seem to have figured it out or at least they haven't gotten the 'deep throat' whistleblower they're looking for. Getting the Mitovsky exit polls information would certainly help. Is there no way to force that out in the open?
Maybe it just takes some long hard slogging through the courts to get raw information and to charge individuals with a multitude of crimes before it will become a story the MSM might cover.
Still, for it to be tied back to Repubs would probably take a couple of whistleblowers yelling loudly.
Then...if only Sibel Edmonds could be given immunity from prosecution...
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
said on 6/7/2005 @ 7:15 pm PT...
Thanks to Constant #103 at Conyers' blog for this link:
Your Worst Nightmare
Emergency Preparedness against the "Universal Adversary"
by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research Canada
7 June 2005
A recent Report of the Homeland Security Council entitled Planning Scenarios describes in minute detail, the Bush administration's preparations in the case of a terrorist attack by an outside enemy called the Universal Adversary (UA).
The Universal Adversary, is identified in the scenarios as an abstract entity used for the purposes of simulation. Yet upon more careful examination, this Universal Adversary is by no means illusory. It includes the following categories of potential "conspirators":
"foreign [Islamic] terrorists" ,
"domestic radical groups", [antiwar and civil rights groups]
"state sponsored adversaries" ["rogue states", "unstable nations"]
"disgruntled employees" [labor and union activists].
COMMENT #8 [Permalink]
said on 6/7/2005 @ 7:48 pm PT...
re #7 If this looks too scary to be true, then your Truth Meter needs an adjustment, but your Scare Meter is working just fine.
COMMENT #9 [Permalink]
said on 6/8/2005 @ 8:10 am PT...
We can't have public source code for voting machines because of Diebold's privacy rights, but the government can look deeply into our health and financial records without a court order and without probable cause.
That is if several congressmen have their way (link here).
This great neocon onslaught is out in the open fascism and we need to continue to expose it. But they are moving on the blogs that do not support their propaganda, and the neocon blogs will be cheering them on.
COMMENT #10 [Permalink]
said on 6/8/2005 @ 10:23 am PT...
I hope you'll attend the conference, Brad.
Also, the report itself specifically states the following, which would seem impossible without access to code:
Issue: Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail
21. That guidelines be developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through the EAC, for a scientifically sound, independently verifiable audit trail for direct record
electronic (DRE) voting systems and that such guidelines not restricted to contemporaneous paper replica but also include guidelines for electronic, audio, video or other media to provide verification of the integrity of recording and tabulating votes.
COMMENT #11 [Permalink]
said on 6/8/2005 @ 11:37 am PT...
I don't understand why anyone would be against a paper trail. Diebold wants money, and they'd get it to fix their dumbass original machines. What's the problem?
COMMENT #12 [Permalink]
said on 6/8/2005 @ 11:54 am PT...
Jami - they couldn't cheat so blatantly if we had a receipt. LOL. What other reason could there possibly be?
COMMENT #13 [Permalink]
Alex in Los Angeles
said on 6/8/2005 @ 4:46 pm PT...
Connie McCormick is so out of her job. :angry: :angry:
How do we remove the Elections Commissioner in Los Angeles County anyway?
It is absolutely useless to have such a crony of the election machine companies in charge of our elections. The people of LA County have let this gone on long enough and she needs to leave, NOW.
Note, the City of LA has their own election commissioner and in the last Mayoral election we didn't us any machines at all, not even the ink-a-vote system. You simply took a ballot and marked circles next to candidates.
What a concept? The name of the candidate right next to the checkbox for that candidate. No need for a machine of anykind to mark your ballot.
Seriously, why the hell do we need those scantron type ballots anyway? After you vote how do you know that the marks on the scantron correspond to the candidate you want?!?!?!?!
Connie McCormick has got to go. The City of LA knew how to have a clear, straightforward ballot. That is what we need countywide. :hehe:
COMMENT #14 [Permalink]
said on 6/8/2005 @ 9:40 pm PT...
Simply change the title of the report to "How to Fix Elections" and it's correct.