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a half-open thread begging for some group participation
By Winter Patriot on 7/8/2005 3:12pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

I have a couple of questions for everyone: When did you start reading the Brad Blog? and Why did you keep coming back?

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By Winter Patriot on 7/8/2005 3:03pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

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By Winter Patriot on 7/8/2005 3:02pm PT  

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By Brad Friedman on 7/8/2005 9:30am PT  

Andy Stephenson lost his fight with cancer last night. He was a great fighter but, apparently, this was one he couldn't win.

I only recently got to know Andy over the past year, but he instantly became a friend. As if I'd known him my whole life. I know there are thousands out there who feel the same about him.

He was a great supporter of this blog, of The BRAD SHOW (he helped us get our first show on the air, and appeared as a guest that night) and was one of the original advisors at Velvet Revolution.

His loss is a tremendous blow to the Election Reform movement, and to America.

He will be missed...but he will never forgotten.

Godspeed, Andy...

UPDATE 7/11/05:

  • Just before he passed, Seattle Weekly outlined Andy's battle against cancer and the despicable folks that challenged the credulity of his illness even while he was under the knife and fighting for his life.
  • Seattle Weekly's article on Andy's passing. Including information about the memorial for Andy to be held at Town Hall in Seattle at 1119 Eighth Ave., on Saturday, July 16, at 2 p.m.
  • Some moving words of tribute to Andy by William Rivers Pitt.
  • Some well placed rage from William Rivers Pitt on the loathsome Freeper ghouls who helped push Andy into his grave.
  • Attorney Paul Lehto, who, with Andy, was part of our original "Divestiture for Democracy" campaign team at VelvetRevolution.us, eulogizes and rages as well.
  • The BRAD SHOW tribute to Andy [MP3] from last Saturday night's show. (Last half-hour of the MP3 file)
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    The Klepto-Plutocracy at War
    by Chris Floyd
    By Chris Floyd on 7/7/2005 7:33pm PT  

    (A guest post in honor and support of BradBlog from American journalist Chris Floyd, columnist for The Moscow Times and perpetrator of the blog "Empire Burlesque".)

    Between October 2003 and July 2004, almost $9 billion went missing from the accounts of the Iraqi "interim government." Despite investigations by Congress, the Pentagon, the General Accountability Office, the International Advisory and Monitoring Board and the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, no one knows exactly where the money went.

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    By Brad Friedman on 7/7/2005 4:07pm PT  

    Received this moments ago from our friend Tony Trupiano of The Tony Show who received it himself via Email just moments after going off the air and thus was not able to run it. He tells The BRAD BLOG that he considers his source for this to be "golden"...

    Just spoke to a Senate press secretary who said Republicans on the Judiciary Committee let them know that they should be prepared for Rehnquist to make a statement sometime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. tomorrow morning and not to schedule anything during that time. Please be advised.

    This report seems to sync up with a report just out at RAW STORY which independently confirms the "tomorrow between 10 and 11 am" timeline, as well as with Bob Novak's column this morning which reported that "Rehnquist also will announce his retirement before the week is over."

    UPDATE 7/8/05: No retirement announced as of 11am ET today. RAW STORY has more...

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    And the Bush Administration Continues to Lie About It...
    By Brad Friedman on 7/7/2005 12:42pm PT  

    As London erupts, and Bush tells us "the war on terror goes on", Eric Brewer, BTCNews.com's man in the White House has a timely posting today on the Administration's continued fudging of numbers in their Terrorism Reports.

    The number of terror incidents continue to rise, even as the Administration attempts to downplay, fudge, obfuscate the numbers in various statements and annual reports wherever possible.

    According to Brewer...

    The U.S. government's National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) announced this week that the number of worldwide terrorist attacks that occurred in 2004 was 3,192. This number is almost five times higher than the figure of 651 "significant" attacks that NCTC released on April 27 of this year, after the administration received widespread criticism for attempting to hide a major increase in terrorist incidents by dropping the data from the State Department's 2004 report on global terrorism.

    Brewer's fine analysis goes on to point out that virtually all of the numbers reported by the Government, completely leave out incidents from Iraq and Afghanistan despite Bush's continued assertion that these countries are now the "central front in the War on Terror"...

    The number of attacks and deaths for 2004 would be even higher if complete data from the "central front in the War on Terror" were included in the administration's terrorism statistics. The NCTC figures do not include attacks on U.S. troops fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. If they did, the number of deaths in 2004 would be 958 higher, for a total of 4,150, and the number of attacks, at an average of 40 per day in Iraq alone, would be about 14,600 higher, yielding an incredible 17,800.

    Need more evidence that you are being lied to and manipulated in this "War on Terror"?

    Brewer reports on a new analytical tool available from the "Terrorism Knowledge Base" run by Oklahoma City-based non-profit National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism which is, as Brewer points out, funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

    Brewer used the tool to create a graph of Terror Incidents from 1995 to 2004. Compare the years when those pesky "Liberals" who, according to Rove, were fighting terrorism by "prepar[ing] indictments and offer[ing] therapy and understanding for our attackers," versus the great success of those "Conservatives" and their new "catastrophically successful" approach...

    "The war on terror goes on..."

    (Brewer, BTCNews.com's blogger/White House correspondent, was interviewed several weeks ago on The BRAD SHOW along with BTC's blogmaster Weldon Berger. The archive of that interview is available here in MP3 format.)

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    Court Order Delivered at Dramatic Board of Elections Meeting as Eaton Supporters Rally
    ALSO: A Republican Board Member Admits Fundraising Work Done on BoE Property
    By Brad Friedman on 7/6/2005 1:42pm PT  

    Hocking County, Ohio's recount whistleblower, Sherole Eaton --- who was recently fired without explanation in the wake of having reported on a voting company employee tampering with the hard-drive of a central tabulating computer and offering "cheat-sheets" prior to the recount of the November 2004 Presidential Election --- received some support yesterday from both a Court Order and several dozen backers at a dramatic Board of Elections meeting.

    Attorney Cliff Arnebeck, one of the attorneys who filed a case in Ohio to have the November Election results set aside due to evidence of fraud, served County Board of Elections officials with a court order mandating Eaton not be replaced until further court orders are issued.

    "Yesterday was the first of what I hope are many victories for Sherole," Karla VanBibber told us via Email earlier today. VanBibber, who is Sherole's niece attended the meeting, and described the moment when Arnebeck arrived with the court order: "The expressions on the board members faces when given the court injunction was priceless."

    VanBibber also gave us her take on the reactions from the Board Members in the face of questions from supporters about Eaton's dismissal, which she says is illegal under Ohio law. "Their sputtering and faultering and lying was unbelievable," she said. "It's amazing how the arrogance we see in the Bush administrations has filtered down to the local level as it has."

    Apparently, they won't be giving up the fight for Eaton, who is recovering from recent brain surgery, but attended the hearing "in apparently good spirits and seemingly good health - full of energy and zeal and very appreciative of the support," according to Evan Davis's detailed account of the meeting at Ray Beckerman's blog.

    Said VanBibber, "We knocked them down a few notches yesterday, we won't give up until they're on their knees and Sherole has her job back."

    Eaton's firing, and her dramatic appearance at another recent Board of Election hearing, just two days surgery, was covered in this previous BRAD BLOG report.

    Hocking County's Logan Daily News also had a report today on yesterday's meeting. "[Sherole] was so happy this morning when she received her paper," VanBibber said, "she came over and was so excited and for the first time in awhile was optomistic."

    Logan Daily News described Arnebeck's dramatic appearance at the meeting...

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    By Brad Friedman on 7/6/2005 12:15pm PT  

    We've said it before...and say it almost everytime we speak anywhere publicly in fact...but if you need any more proof that the actions of one person can make a difference, allow us to offer just a few more recent examples of the actions taken by just a few of the good BRAD BLOGGERS out there.

    We're sure we could offer loads of similar examples from several score more of you, but these two folks have jumped out of late and we're happy to add to the noise they've already made.

    Last week, a frequent BRAD BLOG commenter (whose name we'll leave out, since we didn't get express permission to mention it --- they can take credit for here in comments if they are so inclined) made a bit of news after sending a letter of complaint to the Tennessee Department of Health complaining about Sen. Bill Frist's videotaped (and incorrect) "diagnosis" of Terri Schiavo a few months back.

    The letter, apparently, has triggered a review of Frist's actions, according to the return letter received from the Director of Investigations for Health Related Boards.

    All we can say is: Well done!

    And another BRAD BLOG commenter, Sheila Leavitt, has been bravely making noise for quite a while. She seems to have little fear when it comes to speaking out rather publicly and for that alone (sadly enough) she deserves a round of applause in this chilling day and age.

    That's her on the right as photographed by AFP on the day Conyers was delivering the Downing Street letter to the White House.

    Today, Sheila made the news again as she was featured in a great Boston Herald column.

    We're not certain, but it may be her car that caught the attention of the Herald reporter :-)

    In an email exchange we had today, Sheila told us, "My medium is cardboard, just as yours is words in the computer. Each of us only needs to do what we do best, and do it with love and persistence, don't you think? Eventually, maybe things will get better."

    Yes, we think maybe eventually it will.

    Since the Herald site is subscription only, here's a few more grafs than usual from today's article on Sheila, some of the thugs she's faced down in the course of bravely speaking out, and, of course...a must-see EXCLUSIVE BRAD BLOG photograph of...Sheila's car...

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    By Brad Friedman on 7/6/2005 12:01pm PT  

    Just in from AP...Time Magazine's Matt Cooper looks to be ready to talk.

    Cooper told U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan that he would now cooperate with a federal prosecutor's investigation because his source gave him specific authority to discuss their conversation. "I am prepared to testify. I will comply" with the court's order, Cooper told Hogan.
    ...
    "I went to bed ready to accept the sanctions" for not testifying, Cooper said. But he told the judge that not long before his early afternoon appearance, he had received "in somewhat dramatic fashion" a direct personal communication from his source freeing him from his commitment to keep the source's identity secret.
    ...
    Cooper said he had been told earlier that his source had signed a general waiver of confidentiality but that he did not trust such waivers because he thought they had been gained from executive branch employees under duress. He told the court that he needed not a general waiver but a specific waiver from his source, which he did not get until Wednesday.
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    And Ney and Rohrabacher and Blunt and LoBiondo and Doolittle...
    And Perhaps a Crack Exposed in the Previously Mighty Congressional Dam of Legal Obstruction?
    By Brad Friedman on 7/5/2005 10:19pm PT  

    New York Times gets back into the reporting game with two stories in one day on Trouble in Tom Delay Land.

    In a short piece by Philip Shenon, it's reported that the U.S. House Resources Committee has asked the Dept. of Justice to widen their criminal investigation into Jack Abramoff, the "Washington lobbyist whose ties to Tom DeLay, the House Republican leader, and other prominent lawmakers are the subject of inquiries throughout the government."

    The request, sent in a letter last week, according to the Times, "cited a flurry of accusations of wrongdoing involving Mr. Abramoff's multimillion-dollar lobbying on behalf of the Northern Mariana Islands, a small American commonwealth in the Pacific."

    What we find most notable here is that a House Committee, all of which are headed by Republicans, has finally taken any kind of proactive stance in any of the myriad criminal corruption scandals now rocking Capitol Hill (or at least percolating just below the surface, even if they haven't shown up "in person" yet in the Committee Hearing rooms --- basement broom-closet hearings held by Democrats notwithstanding.)

    It is, as the Times points out, "the first known request by a Congressional committee for prosecutors to review accusations of criminal conduct in the lobbying activities of Mr. Abramoff, who was one of the most powerful and best-paid Republican lobbyists in Washington."

    We'll not bother to ask "what took you so long", but rather take heart in that action of some sort may finally be beginning.

    As to how the Northern Marianias and Abramoff will all come back to bite delay, Shenon explains...

    A copy of the letter was provided to The New York Times by the office of Representative George Miller, a California Democrat who is a member of the Resources Committee and who has led efforts in Congress to try to improve labor conditions in the Northern Marianas.

    Mr. Miller, who has been calling for months for the committee to investigate Mr. Abramoff and his lobbying for the islands, said in an interview that Mr. DeLay should be worried by the possibility of a criminal investigation of Mr. Abramoff's activities on behalf of the Northern Marianas.

    "I wouldn't be comfortable if I were him," Mr. Miller said of Mr. DeLay. "Clearly we're talking about a close relationship with Abramoff." He said Mr. DeLay had been instrumental in blocking Congressional efforts to end labor abuses in the islands.

    ...But that's not all the Times has today on Abramoff/Delay!...

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    By Brad Friedman on 7/5/2005 2:04pm PT  

    In an open letter to John Tanner, Chief of the Voting Section of the Dept. of Justice, Bob Fitrakis of the Columbus Free Press responds to the unrequested and blatant whitewash "report" that the DoJ published last week on disenfranchisement (or a lack thereof, as the the DoJ "report" characterized it) in Franklin County, OH.

    Fitrakis has been on the ground since Day 1 (and before) in Ohio, and knows whereof he speaks.

    The more one looks at the outrageous "report" from the DoJ, the clearer it becomes what a despicable obfuscation that particular piece of propaganda was meant to be. For our money, the DoJ "report" represents perhaps one of the most chilling set of tea-leaves we've seen so far as an indication of just how cooked this DoJ now is, and to what lengths they are prepared to go in order to mislead the American public and media away from the truth.

    We're not particularly prone to hyperbole, but we find this small indication of what the DoJ is now made of to be particularly troubling. Anyway, read Fitrakis' rebuttal to get a sense of how outrageous that "report" actually was...

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    Another Friendly Reminder for the '6 or 7'
    By Winter Patriot on 7/4/2005 1:02pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    The following important message has just arrived from our friend Steve, and I encourage you to read it carefully.

    Happy 4th of July to the REAL American patriots --- those who love our country enough to question its “leadership” and the direction in which that “leadership” is taking our great nation.

    I guess that's enough proselytizing, so let's move on to the matters at hand. We have a new, updated flyer for The First Annual Brad Blog Blogathon & Fundraiser. The Word version of this document can be copied or downloaded HERE. We also have a JPEG version (courtesy of Torqued) for the Word doc. challenged among us. {SEE UPDATE BELOW! --- WP} As the rest of you can see, we've filled out our roster of “live” and “non-live” (but not dead) guest bloggers. We will also be posting a schedule of the times of the “live” guest appearances in the next day or so.

    We should AGAIN remind you that we need you to ACTIVELY DISSEMINATE THE ANNOUNCEMENT FLYER TO FRIENDS, WEB/BLOG SITES, MESSAGE BOARDS, E-MAIL ADDRESSES, NEWSPAPERS, RADIO STATIONS (anyone with connections to Air America, Thom Hartmann, etc.?) and anywhere else you can think of (kind of like The Whispering Campaign).

    We also remind you to PLEASE e-mail GOOD digital images of any artistic endeavor that you have made and are willing to donate for a silent raffle (or you could get from someone else- e.g., friend, local art shop/studio, etc.). I regret to say that, so far, we have but ONE (count ‘em, ONE) pledge (no images yet) of such an artistic contribution for our raffle. This does NOT have to be fine art. Anything you think might sell would be great! You should e-mail these images to BradBlogathonFundraiser@yahoo.com. We would also appreciate a suggested value/price and estimated size and weight. During the Blogathon, these images will be posted at a site that will be linkable when the auction for the particular item is announced on Brad Blog and opened for bids. We will have to set a minimum bid for the object to be purchased in order to provide a reasonable profit for the fundraiser AND to cover the cost of delivery of the object to the winning bidder, which we would pay. This will necessitate that the raffle donations not be so large or so heavy as to be prohibitively expensive to deliver to the recipient. If the item is not bid upon or does not receive its minimum bid, it will be retained by the donor (unless Brad wants it and you are willing to send it to him!).

    The previously mentioned efforts (DISSEMINATE THE FLYER AND CONTRIBUTE ITEMS/SEND IMAGES FOR THE SILENT RAFFLES) are ways for people to contribute to the success of the Blogathon Fundraiser, whether or not they can contribute financially. Please get behind this for a worthy cause……BRAD!

    See you at the Blogathon (and bring a friend!)

    [Signed]
    One of The Brad Blog 6 or 7 Squad

    {UPDATE July 5th by WP}: Here is a full list of the flyers now available:
    in MS-Word format
    in HTML form
    as a JPEG image
    another place to get the JPEG image
    Thanks to Torqued for all these extra goodies and of course thanks to Steve as well ...

    IT'S YOUR TURN NOW!! Chat this up; tell all your friends; link to these flyers wherever you can; print and copy and plaster them all over the place {but not on cars! that's dangerous and annoying and in some places it's illegal} ... anything else you can think of.

    ALSO: If you have any other good ideas about how to publicize the BLOGATHON, please don't keep them to yourself. Consider the rest of us. We want to know! Thanks as always.

    Now let's get moving!

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    By Brad Friedman on 7/4/2005 2:47am PT  
    IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

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