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MEMO Reveals Secret US/British Plans For War On Iraq --- And PROVES BUSH LIED!!
It Was Written Long Before Bush Took His 'Case For War' To Congress!!!
By Winter Patriot on 5/3/2005 1:09pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The major media may be busy trying to find a runaway bride or drooling over lurid details of the trial of a former pop music star, but Congressman John Conyers is not about to let these vital non-issues detract attention from the most serious story of the day. It figures!!

Rep. Conyers has written an open letter to president bush asking some very pointed questions, as detailed in this piece from our friends at The Raw Story !! Conyers doesn't mess around with small-talk, either. The letter begins:

Dear Mr. President:

We write because of troubling revelations in the Sunday London Times apparently confirming that the United States and Great Britain had secretly agreed to attack Iraq in the summer of 2002, well before the invasion and before you even sought Congressional authority to engage in military action. While various individuals have asserted this to be the case before, including Paul O'Neill, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Richard Clarke, a former National Security Council official, they have been previously dismissed by your Administration. However, when this story was divulged last weekend, Prime Minister Blair's representative claimed the document contained "nothing new." If the disclosure is accurate, it raises troubling new questions regarding the legal justifications for the war as well as the integrity of your own Administration.

The remainder of the letter follows...

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GANNON / GUCKERT HITS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA AT LAST!!
TO: Carol Towarnicky, Philly News --- TAKE A BOW!!!
By Winter Patriot on 5/2/2005 9:06pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

It's out now! The Gannon/Guckert story is out in the mainstream!!

And it ain't pretty.

IF A REPORTER who doubled as a gay hooker had visited the Clinton White House nearly 200 times, think it would have made the news?

If "Jeff Gannon"/James D. Guckert had been unveiled, so to speak, as a liberal imposter who lobbed softball questions at Clinton administration press briefings, he would be as infamous as Michael Schiavo.

And if 39 of those White House visits were mysteriously unrelated to his "reporting" duties, imagine what innuendoes would be issuing forth from Planet Limbaugh. Imagine the organized phone call campaign demanding newspapers and TV stations report the story.

Thus wrote Carol Towarnicky, of the Philadelphia News, in a piece published Monday.

E-mail a quick Thank You to Carol Towarnicky.

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(...and at least twice as many since the death of the American News Media.)
By Brad Friedman on 5/2/2005 9:02pm PT  

And on we go into Year Three! Let's just hope it's as "catastrophically successful" as the first two!

A dose of reality for those who've been told that a Runaway Bride was the most newsworthy item this week.

(Seriously, I hate this shit.)

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By Brad Friedman on 5/2/2005 7:34pm PT  

Oddly enough, the Progressive Movement salutes Tom DeLay as well! Go figure!

And then there's this from the WaPo piece today which suggests this "salute" is actually a "wave goodbye" (do ya think?):

"We appreciate his strong leadership and we think he is the key to the president's agenda," says the Free Congress Foundation's Paul Weyrich, one of the host committee members for the DeLay dinner.

Oddly enough, the Progressive Movement thinks Tom DeLay is the key to Bush's agenda as well! Uh, oh...Hope "the president" doesn't lose his keys!

And as a final, "oddly enough", looks like that Paul Weyrich fella is a busy busy boy of late working overtime on damage control in support of friend, DeLay. He was quoted defending the soon-to-be outgoing House Majority Leader in WaPo's lollapalooza from yesterday covering the latest bit of foul play in which DeLay's great $upporter Jack Abramoff is found embroiled again, right next to Mr. DeLay! This time, even including a gangland style murder! And in South Florida, of all places! Oddly enough. Go figure!:

DeLay told a group of conservatives last month "that he had no idea that Abramoff was involved in this and was absolutely shocked when he found out about it," said Paul M. Weyrich, a conservative activist and longtime friend of DeLay's. "Immediately he had Abramoff called in and told him, 'I want no more dealings with you,' and I think he felt blind-sided by Abramoff, that Abramoff was aware of Tom's views on the subject and never bothered to tell him" about his stake in SunCruz.

Ah, SunCruz, Florida, Tom DeLay, Murder.

Salute!

UPDATE 5/28/05: "Conservative Salute" to Tom DeLay falls flat... An insider reports...

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BIG NAMES EVERYWHERE, including Noe and Blackwell!
By Winter Patriot on 5/2/2005 12:09pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

This might be something to keep an eye on.
AmericaBlog has the details here.

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tinues ... the rehash continues ... the rehash continues ... the rehash continues ... the rehash con
'TIS THE SEASON to DO IT AGAIN ... and AGAIN ... and AGAIN ... and AGAIN ... and AGAIN
By Winter Patriot on 5/1/2005 11:44pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

We're rolling backwards at the moment, coasting along in Retro Mode, or so it seems.
After the Best Of The Brad Show and a repost of last week's comic,
some loyal readers and listeners must be wondering:
How much worse can this get?

I just happen to know the answer
and I don't think it would be fair to leave you hangin' ...

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By Brad Friedman on 5/1/2005 3:36pm PT  

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UniLect Fails to Impress State Elections Officials!
Touch-Screen Voting Goes Down in Flames in the Keystone State!
By Brad Friedman on 4/30/2005 12:17pm PT  

(NOTE FROM BRAD: Catching up on a few items as time allows. Still mostly "off the grid" for the next several days, but jumping in when I can.)

You may recall the recent decertification of E-Voting machines made by the UniLect corporation in several Pennsylvania counties. That occured as a result of one good American citizen, Sheila Green, demanding an investigation into the Direct Electronic Response (DRE) voting machines in the state (oh, okay...Commonwealth) of Pennsylvania. The effort cost her just $450 and resulted in the decertification of PA's $1.2 million UniLect touch-screen voting machines.

The machines were decertified after the investigation, according to the Sec. of the Commonwealth's statement, because...

the System failed to sense screen touches multiple times and did not register nor record votes. The screen also "froze" and stopped accepting touches during the reexamination. The Department believes these malfunctions help explain why there were more than 10,000 instances where a vote was not counted in the three counties during the 2004 general election.

UniLect was generously allowed a chance to meet with the Department again to answer to the concerns revealed by the investigation. And now, after meeting with them, it looks like UniLect failed to meet the concerns according to a Press Release issued yesterday:

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 29 /PRNewswire/ --- Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes today issued the following statement regarding the decertification of the UniLect Patriot Direct Recording Electronic Voting System and its subsequent reexamination.

"As a result of a second reexamination of the UniLect Patriot Direct Recording Electronic Voting System, the decertification of the system that was issued on April 7, 2005 will remain in effect. In consideration of the upcoming Municipal Primary on May 17 and the interests of several parties, it was important for me to relay this decision quickly, so the Department of State can continue its work with Beaver, Greene and Mercer counties putting alternatives in place to ensure an accurate primary election. We remain committed to strong communication with the County Commissioners, and the voters in their counties so that no citizen is denied the right or opportunity to vote."

(Hat tip the good folks from VotersUnite.org for the info!)

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All Questions! No Answers!!
Watch this space for developments!
By Winter Patriot on 4/30/2005 9:15am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

I'm still in the dark about plans for this week's RAW RADIO ...
I know you are too, and some of you will be wondering ...
Hang tough, folks: I will post the schedule here as soon as I get it!

As Brad likes to say: "Developing..."

UPDATE FROM BRAD: Try as I might, I was unable to get up a new live broadcast from where I currently am this week on the road! The BRAD SHOW On the Air will return LIVE again next week from our previous On-the-Road location for one last broadcast before high-tailing it home to our (hopefully) permanent homebase broadcast center!

So, this week's BRAD SHOW will be a "Best Of..." --- yes, we've been at it for all of two weeks and already broadcasting a "Best Of..." :-) For the record, the radio gig came upon us quickly while we were on the road, and knew that we had previous obligations for this weekend which might make it difficult or impossible to get a LIVE show up and on the air. We did our best to make it happen, but just couldn't pull it off. However, if you missed any of these great hours, they will be new to you!

Tonight's "Best of The BRAD SHOW" features:

HOUR 1: Clint Curtis Interview (First BRAD SHOW hour ever! Rebroadcast from 4/16/05)
HOUR 2: Election Reformapalooza (Rebroadcast from 4/23/05)
HOUR 3: Intervew with Congressman Chris Bell, re: Tom DeLay (Rebroadcast from 4/23/05)
HOUR 4: Brad Show's Big Gay Hour! With Jim Key of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and Mike Rogers of Blogactive.com and RawStoryQ.com (Rebroadcast from 4/23/05)

Attempting to update BradShow.com right now --- where you can get to "LISTEN LIVE" links for tonight's show, but even having trouble doing that from our super-secret, on-the-road, undisclosed location! Thanks WP for keeping things up-to-date here in our "absence". Hopefully things will get easier again in a couple of weeks!

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By Winter Patriot on 4/30/2005 2:32am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

An open invitation to share your thoughts regarding David Ray Griffin's lecture, C-SPAN's coverage, the events of 9/11 themselves, the many "conspiracy theories" which have been advanced to try to explain those events, the gaping holes in the "official conspiracy theory", and/or the fact that only now --- more than three and a half years after the attacks --- is it even partially acceptable to ask serious questions about any of this on American television ...

And speaking of the "official conspiracy theory", I've recently read an article which does a great job of debunking it, and you can find a few more remarks about it, plus a link, on this page of please don't read my blog.

QUICK UPDATE: My apologies: I accidentally referred you to a piece on my blog which had a broken link. [The page I had linked to has been taken down.] I found another copy of the same essay and fixed the link in my blog page, so I invite you to try it again: or, to go straight to the essay "Debunking Conspiracy Theorists" by Gerard Holmgren, click here.

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Is This A Vicious Rumor ... Or A Gift? We'll find out soon enough!!
also: Clint Curtis story hits Philly paper?
By Winter Patriot on 4/29/2005 2:04pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

According to a comment we received on another thread, it may be time for a flashing light alert --- CSPAN is again threatening to show the lecture presented in Madison, Wisconsin, by David Ray Griffin...

This has been in the breeze for a while now. There was supposedly a prior date set for it but the broadcast was allegedly cancelled. Or postponed. Or something. Can't quite grab it by the tail ...

But in any event ... the video of Griffin's Madison lecture (which was said to be excellent) might be broadcast on CSPAN2 (the book channel), Saturday morning at 10:30. Eastern time, local time, I don't know. I wish I could tell you but I can't. Check your listings. Post your listings. My research skills seem to be on vacation and I'm in a hurry [again!] but I invite you to post whatever you've got pertaining to the lecture and the broadcast, here on this thread.

PLUS! Unconfirmed reports from trusted sources indicate that the Josh Mittledorf piece "View from Another Planet", which ran at the Free Press a couple of weeks ago, may have been published by the Philadelphia Inquirer. This is important because Mittledorf wrote about Clint Curtis:

I heard Clint Curtis talk about working in 2001 as a programmer for Yang Enterprises in Florida. He was assigned, one day, to a meeting with State Senate Speaker Tom Feeney, who asked to have a program written into the software that controls voting machines so that the totals could be manipulated without leaving a trace. Curtis, the whistleblower, is now unemployed. Feeney, the politician, is now the U.S. Representative from Florida's 24th Congressional district.

UPDATES!! with details provided by cooperative BradBlog readers...

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Tribune Public Editor Don Wycliff Steps In It. Hard.
By Brad Friedman on 4/28/2005 1:07pm PT  

Last week, an article of ours pointed to Bob Koehler's watershed column headlined "The silent scream of numbers: The 2004 election was stolen — will someone please tell the media?" as the first time such words had been uttered by someone considered to be a part of the Mainstream Media.

Koehler appeared on our radio show that weekend to discuss it (Archive of that interview in MP3).

Koehler is editor and columnist for Tribune Media Services where he published his article for any of the Tribune Media's clients to pick up and run in their papers. Few, apparently, did.

Chicago Tribune itself did not run his article, but has apparently found it fitting today to run a column which attempts to debunk his column! Without even the courtesy of running it first! (Bob's words were "debunk", we would suggest "attack" is the more appropriate description!)

Take a look at the column today by Tribune Public Editor, Don Wycliff. Be astounded or appalled. Your choice. Either way, you may wish to help educate Mr. Wycliff politely so he doesn't make quite as much of an ass out of himself in future columns.

We're still on the roll ourselves, as we will continue to be for several days at least, so virtually no time for a detailed rebuttal here. I'll leave that to you BRAD BLOGGERS instead. Though, in truth, with Wycliff pointing towards Richard Nixon (yes, Richard Nixon!) for moral guidance on the matter of how to appropriately deal with Elections in America, does one really need to say much about the crediblity of this Wycliff fellow?

...CONTACTS...
Chicago Tribune Public Editor, Don Wycliff
Tribune Media Services Editor (and American Hero), Robert Koehler

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Blogger Nick Lewis is Hot on the Trail...
By Brad Friedman on 4/27/2005 10:46am PT  

Must hit the road shortly, so just a quick link to the work of blogger Nick Lewis who has been doing some interesting investigation into some odd CNN-related occurrences on a number of well-known blogs, including The BRAD BLOG. We've been quietly keeping our eye on this story for a number of days as Lewis' work pans out and as he looks into what might be a bit of strange Guerrilla Marketing being done by CNN on blogs such as this one.

Lewis posts a follow-up to his original piece today.

More on this strange story as time allows in the coming days, but we're glad to see more and more "Investigative Bloggers" showing up to do the job of the guys who actually get paid for it! Thank you, Nick!

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By Brad Friedman on 4/27/2005 10:33am PT  

Several long-planned obligations and super-secret missions dictate that we will be in and out over the next week or more. It's unclear how much we will be able to post here during that period. Hopefully plenty, but we don't know for sure. Our stalwart crew of guest bloggers (led as usual by the intrepid Winter Patriot) will be on call to fill any notable gaps in my availability during the coming days with Open Threads and/or enlightening news items of note. Thanks both for your understanding and your continuing tireless support!

(P.S. The full Archives from last week's BRAD SHOW are now online for your listening and podcasting pleasure!)

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As Bob Fitrakis of the Columbus Free Press Pops Out Momentarily from his Book-Writing Foxhole...
By Brad Friedman on 4/27/2005 10:21am PT  

The mighty Bob Fitrakis of the Columbus Free Press --- responsible for boatloads of tremendous investigative reporting on the ground from Ohio in Election 2004 and one of the participants in the Moss v. Bush lawsuit seeking to set aside the election results in the Buckeye State --- has been mostly quiet of late while working on an upcoming book on all of the above to be published soon.

Today, however, it looks like he's unleashed quite a bit of what he hasn't been able to report on over the last several weeks while hard at work writing the historical record. His new article on the "rise of the right wing juggernaut in Ohio" sheds fresh light on several key points on the insidious Election Night machinations, and even those to this day, of Ohio's Election Viceroy, Sec. of State J. Kenneth Blackwell (also the Co-Chair of Ohio's Committee to Re-Elect Bush/Cheney '04).

Amongst the several noteworthy new items Fitrakis catches up on today is some inside skinny on the now-infamous Warren County lockdown on Election Night when an apparently phony "Homeland Security Alert" led Board of Elections officials to issue an unprecedented scheme that shut out all press and witnesses from late-night vote counting in the county's election center.

Free Press has received an insider's account of what happened that night. Here's a sample:

With the media and independent election observers "walled off," as the Cincinnati Enquirer described, the employee claims that "some ballot boxes were taken to the holding area" where they were not monitored by election officials. The Warren County employee referred to the person supervising the unauthorized warehouse as a "Republican Party hack."

The employee is concerned that it would have been easy to "stuff" the ballot boxes or that "signatures could have been forged in the unauthorized holding area."

The anonymous employee told the Free Press that testimony would be provided if subpoenaed. A list of questions that remain unanswered in Warren County was also supplied: Which precinct ballot boxes were taken to the unauthorized holding area? Were officials from the Board of Elections present in the holding area? When were the ballots taken from the holding area to the check-in tent that was erected temporarily to count ballots? If Warren County was under a state of emergency, then why weren't any metal detectors engaged? The FBI has denied that there was any homeland security threat on Election Day.

As well, in a section of the article sub-headed as "Whitewash with a black face", Fitrakis connects a few more interesting dots on the phony GOP front-group busy conning America and hoping to derail true Electoral Reform. Fitrakis ties together the "non-partisan" hoaxsters of the "American Center for Voting Rights" (ACVR) --- the group we originally exposed several weeks ago exclusively here --- with some of the other folks who testified recently at Rep. Bob Ney's hastily convened U.S. House Administrative Hearings on Electoral problems in OH...

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