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"'Daily Voting News' For April 14, 2006"
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COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
said on 4/15/2006 @ 5:16 am PT...
Thanks John, for posting this everyday.
This Daily list is absolutely invaluable, and the "Train Wreck" piece and the continuing listing of stories that deal with the "Wreck" is a clever and user friendly way to get the message out.
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
said on 4/15/2006 @ 6:47 am PT...
Like Shannon Williford #1 says:
We all like the train wreck analogy you came up with. And Brad liked the train wreck thread (link here) and cited to it in a recent post of his (link here).
I have been mentioning, in the context of a train wreck, that the engineers/conductors are tasked with the responsibility to see that a train wreck does not occur.
And remembering for a moment the train wreck movies, once again the analogy fits because for two hours on these train wreck movies the wreck is coming and the movie tends to turn on what will be done (or not done) to avoid the disaster.
I have been trying to point out that in the upcoming election train wreck, it is avoidable, however, like in the movie "Titanic", the powers that be are hush, hush, and are minimizing the potential for the disaster.
"Its a conspiracy theory" will be heard by election officials right down to the wire. In that frame of mind, which we could call "The Silence of the Goats", the disaster is certain. As is the finger pointing and blame gaming. It reeks.
The Goats want to point to "The Silence of the Lambs", i.e. blame the voters, and avoid blaming themselves and the election machine companies.
The Silence of the Goats is, in my opinion, the greatest wrong. And it is with us even as we speak.
The cause of the train wreck and therefore the responsibility lies with election officialdom.
Of the 3000 some-odd counties in the US, we have heard from and discussed only a tiny percentage. Yet they are all using the same small number of election machines that have been mass produced by the same companies and universally utilized.
What is so loud is The Silence of the Goats who are not saying anything, who are not reporting what the Ion Sanchos are reporting.
Isn't that the big story? The cover-up, the willful complacency, the desire to avoid a problem, the madness to ride the train into catastrophe without saying anything?
As I said in the train wreck thread, we have the Italian elections for a mirror (link here).
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
said on 4/15/2006 @ 7:57 am PT...
Great post, Dredd. We in Europe have been watching Italy with a blend of fascination, dread (OK, trepidation if you'd rather, namewise), and utter amusement. Time will tell as to whether the burlesque one has the bucks to hire a big enough "security force" to keep the Italian army and police from physically removing him. It should serve as a cautionary tale for all Americans. And btw, I laud you for the entrancing new polemic/literary style
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 4/15/2006 @ 11:57 am PT...
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12321730/ The article in the entirety just click on the above link!!!!
WASHINGTON - A batch of 278 e-mails between lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a Bush administration official show a highly inappropriate relationship where gifts and business interests mixed freely and frequently, federal prosecutors said Friday.
What I want to see is the emails between Abramoff and Jeb Bush in regards to the theft of the elections of 2000 and 2004!!!!
The prosecutors hope to use the e-mails in the criminal case against David Safavian, who is accused of lying and obstruction of justice in connection with investigations of an Abramoff-sponsored golf outing to Scotland in August 2002.
The e-mails show that Abramoff and Safavian, then chief of staff at the General Services Administration, were in frequent contact, played golf often and traded workplace gossip. Abramoff showered Safavian with offers of meals, invitations to parties as well as the trip to the fabled St. Andrew's golf course in Scotland.
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
said on 4/18/2006 @ 12:43 pm PT...
Speaking of Wrecks - this morning, just as I was pulling into my parking space at work, Stephanie Miller played a recording of Bush introducing his new Budget Director and expounding on how he was going to spend the Taxpayers money wisely!
I busted up laughing so hard I almost drove through the lobby!