READER COMMENTS ON
"Hoyer-Holt HR811 'Compromise' Pushed Forward - Secretly - in House"
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COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 10:52 am PT...
So those who make the bills are not as responsive to some in the movement as they are to others in the movement?
Is that what you are saying?
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 11:01 am PT...
So this is a little preview of how our Congress will be treating us, the people, when the b/c administration passes the baton to the next administration, and the baton includes the unimpeached, unsanctioned lawbreaking of the b/c administration. This is the REAL reason our representatives do not want to impeach b/c. They want the same keys to the kingdom that jingle today in cheney/rove's pockets.
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 11:05 am PT...
How truly despicable. Time to clean house.
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 11:08 am PT...
Looks to me like People For The AIPACian Way want to count our votes for us
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 11:28 am PT...
Why, I wonder, are any Dems so enamored of the electronic voting systems, especially when they're shown to be hackable?
SoS Bowen's report ought to put a permanent quick end to any idea of ever using those machines again.
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 11:37 am PT...
Why is everyone so uptight?
The Iraqi parliament is facing voting problems too, and they just closed up shop and went on vacation.
They figured there has been enough voting already, time to go chill (Snow Job says it is 130 degrees you know) and talk to the lobbyists at Haliburton's Headquarters now in Dubai.
The lobbyists are located in the Jack Abramoff memorial building across from the Cheney building just south of Margaritaville.
Chill and celebrate the purple finger of fate for heaven's sake.
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 11:46 am PT...
I saw that Dredd, what a downer for our troops over there, who do those Iraqis think they are anyway...our congress?
COMMENT #8 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 11:50 am PT...
You're right that Bowen's report confirms what we knew: that the machines are absolutely not secure. However, it also gave us a new fact to wrestle with. Not a single machine tested meets the accessibility requirements set in law in 2002.
That raises some questions, doesn't it?
Why did the E.A.C. certify them, if they are illegal?
Why continue to use them, if they are illegal?
Why is the adoption of DRE voting based on the premise of accessibility, when they are not, in fact, accessible?
If it is true, as reports like Bowen's suggest, that the disabled community is being used as nothing more than an excuse to force DRE voting machines, that would be reprehensible, indeed.
No, that isn't at all what I said.
COMMENT #9 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 1:49 pm PT...
This needs to be blogged far and wide. FAR AND WIDE. Make them suffer the consequences of these reprehensible acts. The democracy of the United States and the wider world depends on it. Double-faced politicians such as Nancy Pelosi and Rush Holt, wolves-in-sheep's-clothing traitors against democracy, need to be booted out of office for participating in undermining the democracy of the world's only "democratic" superpower. One truly gets sick of people giving a "liberal" public image, yet turning out to be spineless mealy-mouthed corporate whores in reality.
COMMENT #10 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 2:00 pm PT...
PFAW called me on Saturday to solicit financial support and I politely told the solicitor how I couldn't support PFAW because of their recent stand on HR 811. I told her how HR811 enshrines secret electronic vote tallies and enables vote tampering with just shreds of paper for recounts, but only when legally mandated by threshold conditions that can be circumvented with wins that are narrowly decisive by design. This woman, a likable person, did not know who set these policies within the organization. I urged her to get educated on the issue and then to lobby from within the organization. She said she would note my reason for declining to support.
Ralph Neas must take the blame for pushing this disastrous legislation.
Is Ralph Neas a sleeper cell for the entrenched elite? Is Mr. Neas selling out our Democracy for some chump change from the shadows? How do the good people in the PFAW defend this hijacking? The PFAW Board of Directors must be alerted, and if they are in on it, then the membership of PFAW must be alerted and they must yank this non-profit back into the hands of the people.
In the past PFAW has been good on many issues, but Ralph Neas and whoever supports him internally must be reined in and either educated or rebuked.
COMMENT #11 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 2:11 pm PT...
COMMENT #12 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 2:39 pm PT...
It's your prerogative to conclude whatever you like.
Some might conclude that it calls into question the integrity and motives of our elected officials when they operate only in secret, and communicate strictly via a P/R firm. Some might also conclude that it is inappropriate for a group like PFAW to act as said P/R firm.
Did you know that, before Sen. Clinton's "Count Every Vote Act of 2005" even had a bill number, it's text was already available for download on PFAW's website? It was just "file 493" back then, when PFAW was apparently writing it. Perhaps we will find the newly compromised Hoyer/Holt there as well.
This raises the question as to who is actually writing our laws. If the legislators we elect are not the ones legislating, that would seriously undermine the consent of We the People to be governed. And that's a dangerous thing with which to meddle.
Kindly stop your attempts at misdirection.
This is a bigger issue than simply who has the most airtime.
COMMENT #13 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 3:29 pm PT...
It is time to understand that the fascists who took over in 2000 have no intention of leaving --- for one thing that would be too dangerous for them because as long as they are in power they can deflect and otherwise stop investigations of their crimes. While they've put in place contingency "executive directives" that give them dictatorial powers if, say, they do another 9/11, they'd rather not go that route. They'd rather keep the sheeple asleep and imagining that they live in a "democracy." To this end they must maintain the election theft apparatus --- which brings us to Rush Holt, Pelosi, and Hoyer, severely compromised politicians all. Whether they've been told their families will die in "accidents," or they themselves will be "suicided," matters not, their actions tell the story.
There is one simple, amazingly inexpensive (probably free if the public was asked to donate toward it), and 100% secure system of vote counting --- and this system is used wherever actual elections, and not "elections," take place. That system is HAND COUNTED PAPER BALLOTS. There is a tremendous track record with this system showing that it is virtually impossible to steal more than a few votes here and there and absolutely impossible to get away with stealing an election like the Repugs did in 2002, 2004, and 2006. Anyone, in government or out who says we can't have that here, or that we can't get it passed in time for the 2008 election is, in my opinion, part of the nascent dictatorship coming to America. Keep this in mind as you listen to "pundits" discussing which of the (only) two options we will get 1) the disasterous Holt bill, or 2) the present vote-stealing machines without "upgrades." The third option is simply count the F-ing votes --- like they do in Canada and other countries where votes are ACTUALLY counted and not compiled by corporate insiders who build, own, or control the vote-stealing machines.
COMMENT #14 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 5:02 pm PT...
Some might conclude that it calls into question the integrity and motives of our elected officials when they operate only in secret
I don't know anyone who operates more in secret than The Dick, his lackey preznit blush, or his other lackey Wierd Al g of the Department of
Justice Just Us. Do you?
You also said:
This raises the question as to who is actually writing our laws.
You may think so, but I do not. I know that the
White What House has been writing our laws, running the aforesaid DOJ, and in general fucking up everything.
But many of us are waking up to that and I would suggest that you do likewise.
Now lets get back to Secrecy In Government and your apparent belief that it is Hoyer and Pelosi who are doing it. Yeah, that's the ticket.
My God man, have you no decency to include The Dick Cheney, Rove, Bush, Snow Job, Snottie McClelland, Scooter, Dusty Foggo (and the others who are professionals) into this?
PS: have you kidnapped Brad? If so what is the ransom?
COMMENT #15 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 5:28 pm PT...
Wow, another faithful, unswerving, simple, fundamental, and wrong supporter of the Stalin mythology (read the whole thread).
Stalin used a paper ballot system (he was BC ... before computers). Only the hyper-"faithful" still believe in the perfect election system from "heaven".
You stopped at the wrong planet ... this is earth ... but your innocence or naivete is noted.
When we are all free from the toxins that are in power, that stuff that corrupts those exposed to power, we will no longer have to say "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely".
Until then, happy audit trails to you.
COMMENT #16 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 5:51 pm PT...
By your own example, one apparently achieves this coveted state of awareness through obtuse distractions, attempts to discredit others, and almost-clever catch phrases.
I admit some fascination with watching you emulate those that you claim to oppose.
But I'll leave you to your trolling, Dredd.
COMMENT #17 [Permalink]
said on 7/30/2007 @ 10:55 pm PT...
If any blame is to be placed, lay the blame on our adversaries the Voting System Vendors.
The founding members of the Voter Verified Paper Ballot Movement agree that the results of the Holt Hoyer HR 811 compromise is "to little to Late "in Washington.
We the people do not stand a chance with the well funded Vendor controlled Lobby which has Usurped our years of work.
After the California's SOSs "Top to Bottom" review, the Vendors no longer can lie to the public about DRE Security issues.
Decertification of the Vendor's DREs is the only legitimate path Election officials can Take, unless they are on the Take.
The Citizens of Florida feel more & more disenfranchised with upcoming Federal HAVA Legislation.
Federal Law is being written by the Corporations, just like the Vendors were allowed to do in Florida under Jeb Bush.
Money does the talking for the Voting System Vendors in Washington. Where's the People's Voice?
Why do Corporations and their Vendor Lobbyists have more say than Citizens?
Corporations do not have the right to Vote. Corporations need to get out of the Citizen's Elections.
If ER Activist want to solve these proprietary issues in our Elections?
Then Banning proprietary source code is a Band aid, not a fix.
To fix Corporate corruption within our political system means the following will take the rest of our lives;
"We must return Elections to the Citizens by stopping privatization of Government, Abramnoff Lobbyists and the abuses of power political parties bring to this volatile mix."
PS. Now Florida's recent Victories in the State Senate are at stake.
Contact: William F. Faulkner, MBA
Verified Voting of Florida - VerifiedVoting.ORG - Florida's State Rep.
FalconCam@MSN.com - (850) 458-2497
COMMENT #18 [Permalink]
said on 7/31/2007 @ 1:51 am PT...
I'm having a hard time seeing what exactly the area of disagreement between Dredd and the others here. Dredd doesn't seem to be advocating electronic voting, and has a long history of opposing it. If I understand his meaning --- correct me if I'm wrong --- he's saying that when the system is structurally compromised, top to bottom, all elections, paper or not, can be corrupted and, historically, have been, e.g. under Stalin.
Caging and variations of minority repression have certainly affected votes in the US, even with older non-electronic voting systems, such as those in Florida before HAVA (Help Rig American Votes Act)in year 2000, when a vile America-hating fascist was elected president. Does Dredd disagree that electronic voting facilitates the vote-rigging progress? So far, reading his previous posts, it doesn't look that way. So, what areas does he dispute and what is everybody arguing about.
Presently the entire United States Government needs to be cleansed of the vermin infestation of corporate pimps and their dishonest politician-whores (such as Rush Holt, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, and Bill Frist). Only a handful of politicians have integrity, moral fortitude, competence, intelligence, and intellectual honesty, including Debra Bowen and Denis Kucinich.
First, it is imperative to flush the vile infected apparatus of whores and pimps (aka corporate lobbyists) out of the US government, then prosecute the US media with existing anti-trust laws, so that they can't continue to promote fascism by aiding and abetting anti-American lawbreakers in gov't.
COMMENT #19 [Permalink]
said on 7/31/2007 @ 3:48 am PT...
If you can stand it, you should probably go back and read more carefully, Adam.