Monday, January 31, 2005

McDonalds Wants You To F*ck Its Sandwiches

This stuff never gets old. Nothing is better than when a giant company makes an attempt to be cool with their marketing, only to do something that is completely moronic causing the very audience it is chasing to mock them. One of my favorite examples of this is a Wal-Mart commercial I saw some weeks back that contained a fake family made up of some wildly talented African American actors who were working hard to show us that not only do black people shop at Wal-Mart, but it is very cool to do so. In an attempt to gain some street cred, the Bentonville company has one of the actors use the line "Wal-Mart has everything I need. No diggity." I am not making this up.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

really, he does have a point

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Bush press conference -- THE UNTOLD STORY

Bush has always had a whiff unhinged-ness about him, but lately he's just acting plain weird. As if he's bored. Going thru the motions. We've been surprised that he's held so many press conference -- I would assert that his attitude is that, "what the hell -- I can get up in front of you people and say whatever I want and you can't do anything about it. Na na-na na na-na.

And it really bugs me that the press ignores this dimension of covering the White House. It's not editorializing to give the audience eyes so they may see.




Just reading the text of Bush's press conferences you'd notice he's not right in the head. Watching him participate in a press conference, it's painful how daffy he is. How can anyone ignore the Dr. Suess-y meter he puts on the text his speechwriter hands him -- as if the only way he can "dissect" it is to sound-it-out and read it like a childrens' story. It's truly found art:

Terrorists in that
country

have declared war against
democracy

and thereby declared war
against the Iraqi people
themselves.

Yet the elections will go forward. (repeat to next verse)
Yet the elections will go forward.
Yet the elections will go forward.
Yet the elections will go forward.

Millions of Iraqi voters will show their bravery,
their love of country
and their desire to live in
freedom.

Across the world,
freedom has deadly
enemies.

Yet across the world
freedom has great and growing
momentum.

And there have been enormous sacrifices
made by some of our citizens
in the spread of
freedom.

Yet the elections will go forward. (repeat to next verse)
Yet the elections will go forward.
Yet the elections will go forward.
Yet the elections will go forward.




This isn't a press conference -- it's interpretive dance.
It has no...
meaning.

And what of all those graduates of expensive East Coast journalism schools -- the Press Corps. What pussies they are sitting there with Bush insinuating he can run background checks on them, and bribe them -- how come they still write about him like he's the greatest thing since ball point pens. He's got them all bought off -- he has to. Even so, how much is your dignity worth (it's only your dignity, suck it).

There's so much subtext in his *live* appearances. Did you know he had another moment of "let me finish," when no one was interrupting him. I'd like to see a close-up of the back of Cheney-suit. He can't string together a sentence to save his life, and when he's not yammering or floundering he's spouting off about "I firmly planted the flag of Democracy." That worries me. It sounds like a little boy who has finally cleaned his plate. "Look Mommy, I firmly planted the peas of Democracy in my belly." Yummy.

When asked (for the umpteen millionth time) if he were willing to admits "mistakes" (like lying) in the run-up to the war, he lamely tries to change the subject to "Dr. Rice," until he is brusquely pressed by the reporter: "No reaction to the lying?"
BUSH: "is that your question?"

As if the reporter is going back down.

REPORTER: nod yet
BUSH: "The answer is no. Next question."

Bee-oach! I'd expect better manners from any of my narcissistic, immature ex-bosses. The key to being a *successful* ego-maniac is to conceal your contempt for your bottoms. Not so for the boy prez. He lets it all hang out.

I find that so jarring. Like the part in the Matrix where a rip appears in the illusion of reality and we all realize we are all really naked, packed in Jello and being sucked on by some giant space crab. Is there anyone left who hasn't "turned" yet? Is there anyone left who is not a Smith Clone?


Bush's 2005 budget slashes Veterans benefits to cut taxes for the rich

Conventional wisdom has it that military families support Bush with fervor. I've never thought this to be the case, given Bush's wussy behavior during the Vietnam war and the Republican smear machine unleashed on Kerry during the election. If they weren't mad as hell yet, they will be upon hearing what Pentagon official David Chu thinks about our vets. He says in the Wall Street Journal (1-25-05) he says supporting the vets with healthcare, pensions, VA housing, education and job training is "hurtful to national security." Yep, you read that right. Forget Bush's happy talk about the "supporting the troops," where the rubber meets the road he hates you guys.




Bush is proposing cutting BILLIONS from veterans programs. He is proposing CLOSING VA hospitals (as if the wait for care isn't long enough already.)

Of course, we'll never know how many soldiers actually voted for Bush or Kerry because the numbers just "don't exist." It seems there is no requirement for the military to report the military vote. After a good deal of networking (thanks, DU!), I was able to dig up the numbers from New Jersey -- 875 for Kerry, to 360 for Bush (more than 2 to 1 against Bush).



My sense is that the military smells a rat.

They've already been screwed with the Stop-Loss Program. Then we hear about the Try One Program, where young men and women thought they were signing up for a trial period and were promised the opportunity to leave if it didn't suit them after a year. Surprise! Grab a hunk of metal and get back in that Humvee -- we have to keep these roads safe for Halliburton to fleece and bribe their way through the war.

NOW, oh my god I can't believe this -- NOW, Bush has proposed n his 2005 budget (leaked, of course, b/c you know he "doesn't negotiate with the press) to SLASH veteran's health, education and housing benefits. He is going to "balance the budget" (i.e. find the money to send to Halliburton) on the GRAVES of young men and women young and idealistic and economically disadvantaged enough to join up.

It might seem politically-retarded that the Republicans would embark on screwing the troops -- but hey, they are drunk with "political capital." So drunk, in fact, that the House leadership recently stripped New Jersey Rep. Christopher Smith of his chairmanship of the Veterans Affairs Committee for pushing "so aggressively for veterans benefits that he at times threatened to oppose their spending plans, and President Bush's, "unless more retiree benefits were included."

See those links in the sidebar -- the ones that say "email Senators" and "email Representatives?" Use them. This is horrific.

Have a look at who we are talking about. Below are just a few men who have left behind orphans and widows and grieving families who will not have even close to the benefit to what they are entitled to for their great sacrifice.




Francis C. Obaji
Obaji died Jan. 17, 2005, in the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq.
Age: 21 Hometown: Queens Village, N.Y.
Died: 01/17/2005
Service: Army Rank: Pfc.
Unit: Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, New York, N.Y.




Brian A. Mack
Mack died Jan. 13, 2005, in Mosul, Iraq, when his military vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device.
Age: 36 Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
Died: 01/13/2005
Service: Army Rank: Sgt. 1st Class
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.



Robert W. Sweeney III
Sweeney died Jan. 10, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit their military vehicle.
Age: 22 Hometown: Pineville, La.
Died: 01/10/2005
Service: Army Rank: Sgt.
Unit: Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Infantry Brigade, Lake Charles, La.


Christopher J. Babin
Babin died Jan. 6, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, with six of his fellow soldiers when an improvised explosive device struck their Bradley fighting vehicle.
Age: 27 Hometown: Houma, La.
Died: 01/06/2005
Service: Army Rank: Sgt.
Unit: Army National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Lafayette, La.




Kurt J. Comeaux
Comeaux died Jan. 6, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, with six of his fellow soldiers when an improvised explosive device struck their Bradley fighting vehicle.
Age: 34 Hometown: Raceland, La.
Died: 01/06/2005
Service: Army Rank: Sgt. 1st Class
Unit: Army National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Lafayette, La.



Huey P. L. Fassbender
Fassbender died Jan. 6, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, with six of his fellow soldiers when an improvised explosive device struck their Bradley fighting vehicle.
Age: 24 Hometown: LaPlace, La.
Died: 01/06/2005
Service: Army Rank: Spc.
Unit: Army National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Lafayette, La.




Armand L. Frickey
Frickey died Jan. 6, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, with six of his fellow soldiers when an improvised explosive device struck their Bradley fighting vehicle.
Age: 20 Hometown: Houma, La.
Died: 01/06/2005
Service: Army Rank: Spc.
Unit: Army National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Lafayette, La.




Alain L. Kamolvathin
Kamolvathin died Jan. 16, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq.
Age: 21 Hometown: Blairstown, N.J.
Died: 01/06/2005
Service: Army Rank: Spc.
Unit: Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, New York, N.Y.




Jeremy W. McHalffey
McHalffey died Jan. 4, 2005, in Taji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive devise detonated near their military vehicle.
Age: 28 Hometown: Mabelvale, Ark.
Died: 01/04/2005
Service: Army Rank: Spc.
Unit: Army National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade, Little Rock, Ark.


Why stop here?

What exactly is going on Iraq. What did these men die for?



Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Biggest welfare queen of them all -- Wal-Mart

The Mountain Empire is getting another Wal-Mart. Congratulations!

But can you afford it?

Wal-Mart is more expensive than you may think. On average, a 200-person Wal-Mart store results in a cost to the federal taxpayers of $420,750 per year. That's $2,103 per employee. These public costs include free and reduced lunches for the kids of Wally World employees; Section 8 housing assistance; federal tax credits and deductions for low-income families, and federal contributions to health insurance programs of low-income children.

The federal government subsidizes Wal-Mart's unfair labor practices. This doesn't include all the local tax breaks the company gets. Or the development your property taxes pay for in the form of roads and utilities.

Wal-Mart is also in a heap of trouble for hiring illegal aliens to clean the stores at night and LOCKING THEM IN THE STORES until sunrise. Add to this the well known class-action sex-discrimination lawsuit, and the fact that Wal-Mart lobbies heavily against raising the minimum wage. Is it any wonder their employee turnover rate is 44 percent! This from the world's largest retailer. They have to hire 600,000 people every year just to maintain their current size. They really ought to be ashamed -- and if you shop there, you ought to be ashamed as well.

But, enjoy that new Wal-Mart. The next time you pass the greeter on your way in, you might hand them a dollar so they can afford to get some lunch.

Is it any surprise then, that Wal-Mart is heavily in the business of fundraising for Republicans. Last year Wal-Mart contributed $1.34 million to their friends on the right who are eager to take the cash in exchange for votes on keeping their labor practices firmly rooted in pre-industrial standards.

Contrast this with Costco.

Starting pay at Costco is $10 an hour and employees enjoy generous health benefits. The highest average wage of a Wal-Mart employee is still lower than the LOWEST wage at Costco. At Costco, one in 6 employees is represented by a union. And SURPRISE! Turnover is among the lowest retail. Costco contributes exclusively to Democrats. When you shop at Costco you are putting money in the hands of nice people who are doing everything to help their employees have a decent life.

And guess what! Costco is slaying Wal-Mart in terms of profits. Same-store sales at Costco rose 10 percent last year compared to Wal-Mart's measley 2.4 percent.

Just goes to show, doing the right thing really pays off!

Sunday, January 23, 2005

poem I liked

Something I've done at the JC Library was get us involved with the September Project, started by some librarians at Seattle Public and U. Wash. They're endevouring to hold some kind of event at public libraries every 9/11 to counterweight that whole "Day of Fire" shtick. This year it was a showing of the documentary "Poetry in Wartime." We had a pretty nice little turnout and rather interesting discussion afterward. I still get their newsletter, and the other day it had this rather great poem in't. Enjoy.

The Poem in Time of War

Sherman Pearl

should wake the city shouting EXTRA! EXTRA!
then whisper the story behind the story
like a conspirator.It should be short, stirring
as the president's call to arms;
soft enough for a flag at half-mast;
strong enough to stiffen the bereaved;
spacious enough to serve as a body bag.

The poem should carry the news that men
die miserably for lack of.It is
a brief on behalf of the living, a paper megaphone
for the voices of the dead.It must be
the world's last will and testament, a listing
of what will be left.It steals from forebears:
Sassoon's doomed diary and Auden's call to love.

The poem would be a prescription for healing
but who could read such a scrawl?...or a bandage
over the wounds, except that blood
tends to obliterate words.
Maybe all the war poems could be sewn together
into a vast thick quilt we'd pull around
our shoulders; might warm us on nights like this.


Don't Look Down!

We have done gone high tech and got one of them counter things after 2 1/2 years of posting. And links! We have links now!

I feel like Steve Martin in "The Jerk" when he found out his name was in the phone book.... "things are gonna start happening now!"

Good job Brook, should we email you link suggestions?

RNC registers bushcheated.com domain in 2003!

this is amazing, the RNC squatted on the "bushcheated.com" domain more than a YEAR BEFORE the election!
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Phone: 202-863-8670

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URGENT! Tell Sensenbrenner to hold Conyers' hearings!

Click on the link above for background info. From the Blue Lemur interview:

Larisa: Do you expect the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee to fully support the investigation?

Conyers: I don’t expect them to fully support it. All I have to do is persuade chairman Sensenbrenner that it is in all of our best interests and that he support it because he can unilaterally grant the hearings. I don’t need all of their support. Now we are moving forward on this. We are urging people to visit our Web site and recommend changes that we might want to consider that have come out of their experiences, good bad or indifferent in the Nov. 2 2004 election… This survey will give us another avenue at looking [into] this election, with the intent to improve the next election.

Larisa: So essentially this past election is considered over, even if your investigation should bear fruit and [the survey and investigation] is for moving forward?

Conyers: I would not say it is over because if there are criminal violations they can be prosecuted still.

_________________________________


Here's the full text of a letter sent on January 20th, 2005 from the Ranking Minority Member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, John T. Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) to Warren Mitofsky, the chief exit-pollster for the National Election Pool, a consortium of television and print media. Many experts are now questioning the accuracy and candor of a recent report from Mitofksy's polling firm, Mitofsky International, which attempts to explain large discrepancies between the firm's exit-polling on Election Day and the "actual" vote tallies reported by precincts around the nation on November 2nd, 2005.


Warren Mitofsky
Mitofsky International

Larry Rosin
President
Edison Media Research


Dear Mr. Mitofsky and Mr. Rosin:

I have reviewed the internal report you issued yesterday concerning your exit polling in the 2004 election, and, unfortunately, it has not caused my concerns and questions regarding the significant discrepancies between your polling data and the final electoral results to diminish.

In particular, I would note that there are a number of concerns with the explanations you posited in your internal report that do not credibly account for the unprecedented five point differential between your exit polls and the reported results. As I am sure you know, Professor Steven F. Freeman of the University of Pennsylvania has determined that such a differential was of a less than 1 in a 1000 likelihood -- virtually impossible as a statistical matter.

To be frank, blaming such factors as distance restrictions on polling places, weather conditions, the age of exit poll workers, and the fact that multiple precincts were contained at the same polling place, as your report does, does not come close to explaining why the exit polls overstated support for the Kerry/Edwards ticket in 26 states and support for the Bush/Cheney ticket in only 4 states.
Many of the factors you point to appear to merely be random characteristics of the election and your exit-polling, rather than quantifiable and justifiable explanations. Nor can I believe that the massive discrepancies can credibly be written off to eagerness of Kerry voters to participate in the exit polls.

As a result, I would like to reiterate my request to receive the actual raw exit poll data that you obtained. I would also like to obtain copies of all internal deliberations, memos and other materials of your employees and consultants concerning or seeking to explain the discrepancies. To the extent you have concerns regarding releasing propriety information, I am willing to work with you to either receive this information on a confidential basis, or alternatively to bring in a neutral, outside expert to review these materials.

The stakes for our democracy are simply too high for us to allow this matter to pass without a serious and substantive review of the exit poll data. While the election is over, there is significant bipartisan sentiment in Congress and around the nation for voting reform. A complete and full release of the exit poll information will therefore not only help to resolve lingering doubts regarding irregularities in the 2004 election, it will also go a long way towards helping Congress understand how to best craft these reforms. I am hopeful that the media companies that contract for your services will also understand and support the importance of providing full, complete, and transparent information in this matter.

I would appreciate your responding to my office through my Judiciary Committee staff, Perry Apelbaum and Ted Kalo, 2142 Rayburn House Office Building (tel. 202-225-6504, fax 202-225-4423), by January 27th. Thank you.

Sincerely,

John T. Conyers, Jr.
Ranking Member
House Judiciary Committee

cc: Hon. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. Chairman, House Judiciary Committee


Write or call F. James Sensenbrenner, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and tell him to hold the hearings on the 2004 election requested by Conyers!

contact info:
e-mail: sensenbrenner@mail.house.gov
Fax: (202) 225-3190

Outside the Milwaukee Metro calling area, call toll-free HOTLINE number: 1-800-242-1119.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Bush inaugural made me sick!

Bush inaugural made me sick!

Fittingly, I was puking Thursday and therefore unable to enjoy the coronation live, as it happened. I had a horrible migraine and while I was able to stave off a trip to the ER, I did have to see my GP and pain specialist. Funny thing, at both offices it was remarked to me that they were having an "epidemic" of migraines among patients and office workers. They said it was the weather, but I think it's just as likely we had a mass reaction to the political climate. Speaking for myself, I can say for certain that on *good* days, the Chimpster makes me ill. It doesn't seem too much of a stretch, that on his day of declaring himself world savior, vast populations of the world would wake vomiting and feeling as if a straight razor were embedded in their forehead.

So, I've been catching up on the inaugural events, reading B's speech -- checking the news, and I'm struck by a couple of things:

First, the over-the-top spending binge Bush went on for his party is obnoxious. We are at war. We have kids over in Iraq fighting and dying a losing battle without adequate armor. There is no sign of peace. There is basically "NO EXPECTATION for elections, as the Iraqi "voters" don't even know who their candidates are yet. I guess it's classified like the number of American soldiers injured in battle.

Perhaps the most aggregious affront to decency, is the fact that Bush refused to pick up the bill for security during his party, saddling the District of Columbia with the 11.9 million dollar costs that they are going to have to swipe from other homeland security project. For the record, DC has no meaningful representation in Congress, and voted 90 percent for Kerry in the so-called election. Also for the record, this is the FIRST TIME a president has refused to reimburse the District for inaugural expenses.

The next most eye-popping tidbit of the day was Chimpy's speech itself. Is he not first president to use an inaugural address to threaten the rest of the world with "ending tyranny?" Who does he think he is -- ending tyranny in the world? Can't you just imagine how this must sound to Sudan?

The speech was bizarre by any standard, but the disorienting mix of folksy clichés with overwrought attempts at historical-sounding language made it sound like Napoleon as read by Maurice Sendak. My favorite example of this is about a third of the way into the speech he proclaims: "Liberty will come to those who love it." What about the people of Darfur? They must be freedom-haters.

In his attempt to sound solemn and dignified, he came off like he was reading My Pet Goat to a really, really big class of second-graders. Using "The Day Of Fire" as a reference to nine-fucking-eleven has such a transparent biblical tone to it that we are left to wonder if his personality isn't further splintering from the goof-ball frat guy, to born-again alkie, to now a psycho Captain Amerikkka. "After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet, years of repose, years of sabbatical -- and then there came a day of fire." Eyes widen. Children cry. I picture him waving his arms on the Day of Fire line -- like "and then there was a BIG BEAR!"

In the bit about years of quiet/repose/sabbatical, Bush refers to the years of peace and prosperity of the Clinton administration. I don't recommend literary deconstruction of this -- you'll just bump your head, it's not deep enough for analysis. He probably just liked the way the word 'sabbatical' is vaguely Islamic. We are supposed to nod in agreement that had we been on "sabbatical" during Clinton's years of peace and prosperity, and somehow thank Bush for his attention to tyranny while he "clears brush" down in Crawford, ignoring the PDB that said Bin Laden Determined To Strike Within U.S. I find this choice of words curious for someone who has spent NEARLY A THIRD (27 percent) of their presidency on vacation. At only three years in office -- presiding over the largest act of terrorism in history, and engaged in TWO wars, George had already taken as many "personal days" as Clinton did in his entire tenure over eight years of quiet, repose and sabbatical.

You have to admit that he got the WORDS right in his speech -- now is indeed the time to face down tyranny -- but it's Bush's tyranny the world is worried about.

Last I checked this was a deeply divided nation in terms of belief. Yet, Bush declares: "America's vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our Founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of Heaven and earth."

We disagree on abortion; on the war; hell -- we even bitterly disagree on whether Bush was elected fairly the first or second time. Gingerly, Bush leaps from the proclamation of a fake shared belief, to stating that now this is our MISSION in the world (more religious language); to bring American-style democracy to Fallujas-in-waiting across the globe. It should be no surprise his message was received with suspicion everywhere in the world except for the United States. Ironically enough, Americans were being pepper-sprayed and arrested while Bush was heard to say: "...rights must be more than the grudging concessions of dictators; they are secured by FREE DISSENT and the participation of the governed."

Now for the crux: "In America's ideal of freedom, the public interest depends on private character -- on integrity, and tolerance toward others, and the rule of conscience in our own lives. Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self." In addition to being a shameless tautology, this statement is patently anti-American. Bush has drawn a circle around private character as being in the public interest. He is claiming providence over our private character and our conscience as fundamental to; imperative for; indispensable to; compelling -- our PUBLIC INTEREST. Where is this in the Constitution? This sounds much more like communism than democracy -- that each individual must be highly governed in support of the government. I'm glad he said it, though -- in the same way that when I ever broke up with somebody and I said that ONE THING that cuts to the bone (it's the sex; it's your mommy-issues, I don't like fishing THAT much).

What is he setting us up for? Are we soon going to have to pass morality tests in order to retain citizenship?

Oh, that brings me to me last point.

After making his big noise about rights and freedom, Bush asserts: "We will encourage reform in other governments by making clear that success in our relations will require the decent treatment of their own people." What is he's talking about? Abu Ghraib? Gitmo?

Bush has invented a new class of people. There used to be "Criminals" and "Prisoners Of War." Both groups have RIGHTS either granted by the United States Constitution or the Geneva Convention. The people incarcerated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Gitmo (and Lord knows where else) have been declared a THIRD kind of individual. Criminals have the right to face their accuser; the right to produce evidence in their defense; and have the assumption of innocence until proven guilty. Prisoners of War have even more rights, and for good reason. The Geneva Convention spells out how POW's are to be treated and UP UNTIL BUSH it was taken to heart because we don't want OUR SOLDIERS mistreated when they are taken prisoner.

Bush and our soon-to-be new attorney general Alberto "Gonzo" Gonzalez have created a THIRD category of individual -- the Enemy Combatant. Enemy Combatants have NO rights. They can be held FOR LIFE without facing an accuser or having evidence presented against them. Every time you see an American contractor beheaded on CNN you have Bush to thank. Until "enemy combatants" are treated like the POWs that they are, we are put men and women serving in Iraq targets for public beheading in response to our treatment of our prisoners. Think about that the next time you cut through the VA.

The hypocrisy in Bush's speech is numbing, but we have to confront it head on. We have to take notice and bear witness to his crimes against those who can't speak for themselves whether they are enemy combatants, blue states or simply non-capitalist interests. I think we all know what his game is. The time for self-satisfied cynicism is "way done past."

This is what I want you to do. If you are at all sickened by the shit you see going on in this administration you need to pick a battle. Any battle. Reproductive rights, the war, veterans support, education -- it doesn't matter. Pick something that is up your alley and write emails to your senators and representatives. Talk amongst yourselves. Make some noise. But don't let this moment pass.

Dangerous times call for extra effort. We could afford to sit back and enjoy our "quiet, repose and sabbatical" during the Clinton years. Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their party.

(on the subject of dogs) meet Sparky Relleva

he came for a visit a while back. we re-named him Gwom-Gwom. he's a good boy!


Trouble trouble



just had to post this of my dog Trouble. he's has a rough week -- been to the ER and the vet hospital. seems he got into some pharmaceuticals. how'd he get into the people drugs you ask? mommy had a migraine and puked a pharmacy in her waste basket. Trouble says, "mmm -- puke." i was on MY way to the ER when i got dizzy and (luckily for me) finally slept. i woke to find one wasted little dog! poor guy.

funny thing is, since this happened, he's been trolling the waste baskets for more drugs! let this be a lesson to all of you -- puke is highly addictive to dogs.

Friday, January 21, 2005

new v.p.

DIO RAWWWWWWKS



Fish found with human face




A fish that has a pattern resembling a human face on its body was found in a pond in Chongju, South Korea, according to a Local 6 News report.

The news of a fish with a human face spread to South Korea through the Internet after a Japanese sports tabloid reported on the unusual fish.

A South Korean newspaper then carried an article about the fish in South Korea.

The fish is the result of artificial insemination between a carp and ayu sweetfish.


As the fish grew larger, the design on the fish reportedly changed to look more like the face of a human being.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

How Quickly Life Can Change

Some of you may be aware that quite a few months ago, my loving Husband, who was a strong, decent man, became addicted to crack cocaine. For those not familiar with the nature of this drug, it's destruction starts immediately, and very few are immune to the instant addiction. My Husband went from being an upstanding business owner, wonderful provider (not just for his family, but for many people), and a fantastic loving parent, to almost completely non-functional and weak in a way that almost defies description.
James had emphysema, and was not a well man on his best days, but he had a few good years ahead of him provided he took care of himself and his health. We separated in early October, because his drug use made him unpredictable, and a crack addict/alcoholic has no business around a child. I couldn't handle him, and had to let him move on and embrace the lifestyle that had taken him over. There was nothing I or anyone else could do.
Last night, James passed away in his sleep. His immune system was destroyed by his addictions, and he had pnuemonia on top of his already terribly compromised lungs.
I'm posting this, with several things in mind...first, as a reminder to all to always let your loved ones know that they are loved, because it can be gone in the blink of an eye...second...do all that you can to ensure that no one you love ever touches this drug...and third, to ask that all on this forum will please pray/think good thoughts/send positive energy toward me and my little girl at this time. Also, I want to thank Brook for being supportive when I informed her of what was happening in our lives.
All of us at one time or another take for granted the blessings in our lives. I would give anything for just one hour with the man I married. I never thought I would be a widow at 39.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

it's the FASCISM, stupid

A have a friend who calls frequently to argue politics. He never states a position, he just says something inflammatory and then *plays devil's advocate.* It's usually fun until he says something outrageous like, "maybe some people shouldn't vote." This particular call came while I was watching the Election Fraud debates on C-Span live as they happened.

So, at the close of that obnoxious call, he beseeches me to take this test:



http://www.self-gov.org/quiz.html


It's called "The World's Smallest Political Self-Quiz." If you've been alive for the last 15 years, you've probably already seen it and taken it a few times. Libertarians and Gun Nuts love The World's Smallest Political Quiz because it's so simple even they can understand it. I came out Liberal (70/social 30/economic) -- no surprise there. The numbers show that I lean further to the left on social issues (sex) than I do on economic issues (taxes). It's like reading your political horoscope -- so vague, it's meaningless.

I think he wanted me to take the test because he figured if only I KNEW what being liberal means, I would repent my silly ways.

You'd have to be John Ashcroft not to score liberal on the social questions on this test, but what really chaps my thighs about this quiz is it totally disregards the fact that we participate in a civilized world. That's right folks. All government isn't ALL bad. It's pulled my ass out a sling a couple of times. I really appreciate the fact that it's there to pull other people's ass out of their slings. I would rather that my taxes support WIC and food stamps, health care, and education. I don't trust business or christians to do this. I certainly don't want my children to be taught by them. Forget what would Jesus do. What would Horatio Alger do? It's not only anti-Chrisitan, it's anti-American. And it sucks that language so coarse is required to even talk about this. Anti-American -- what is this? the 50s?

And this doesn't even touch my anger at this quiz.

Maybe we could wring some kind of meaning out such a lame metric during times of peace and prosperity, aka the Clinton Years. But "we live in a post-September 11 world, folks." Everything is different now.

Hitler didn't take over Germany by force. The Reichstag Fire changed everything.

Below are the 14 Characteristics of Fascism according to Dr. Lawrence Britt writing about the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile), in Free Inquiry Magazine. Britt found 14 common elements.

He calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. You're welcome.

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

6. Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed .

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

A humble suggestion

This blog needs a list of links to other relevant blogs and sites.

Friday, January 14, 2005

imagine -- same thing 2 different ways

John Lennon's famous anti-ass song has been re-Imagined in 2 different ways. Click below for A Perfect Circle Video and the partyparty's mashup with George Bush on vocals.

A Perfect Circle video

Bush's mashup

don't you fucking look at me!

So, the square object attached underneath Bush's badly tailored jacket is not a transmitter -- it's nitrous, as he's apparently channeling Frank Booth now.

Performers in the conornation parade have been informed "not to look the President (sic) in the eyes as they pass the throne."

Don't you fucking look at him.

I guess it makes him nervous. He might get jiggy. He might have the SS shoot you. He might think you are trying to steel his soul. Like a cat. Or a cougar. He needs that soul, btw -- it's worth a lot I hear. At least 50 million for this party alone. and that's just from contributers. That doesn't include all the tax money being spent on security.

During WWII, Roosevelt retired to the White House for his second inauguration to have a dinner of cold chicken. But since Sepetember 11 -- EVERYTHING has changed. Junior has WORKED HARD. It's been HARD WORK fighting democracy around the world. It's hard work finding anyone still greedy and stupid enough to pass Chimpy's loyalty test in order to be on his cabinet. Just about the only people left are mobsters (Kerik) or Nazi sympathizers (Chertoff).

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

check out my new tshirt (not my boobs)

click on link to get your own!



There's a new front in the battle for abortion rights – the literal front, that is, of a T-shirt designed by writer and feminist activist Jennifer Baumgardner that proclaims "I had an abortion." The shirt, initially for sale on Planned Parenthood's national web site and now available on Clamor magazine's web site, has generated controversy among not only the anti-abortion community but also pro-choice feminists.

Inspired in part by the bold irreverence of second-wave feminists, who circulated a petition proclaiming the fact of their own abortions and published it in the first issue of Ms., Baumgardner created the T-shirt in order to remove the stigma that relegates those who have had an abortion to shame and silence. The shirt is one component of a multipart project Baumgardner conceived to draw attention to women's experiences of abortion. Other elements of the project include a film that will debut at the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in January, featuring interviews with women who have had abortions; a guidebook to busting through the gridlock on the abortion debate, with a photo essay by Tara Todras-Whitehill, that will be published by Akashic Books; and the creation and distribution of resource cards that help women locate abortion services and obtain post-abortion counseling.

Only the shirt, however, has become a phenomenon. Because of its public nature, the tee has sparked a national response that neither Baumgardner nor Planned Parenthood anticipated.

"The shirt was always the least significant part of the project," Baumgardner says, explaining that she printed 500 shirts, mailing some to influential feminists and selling the rest at last April's March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C. Soon afterward, Planned Parenthood offered to carry the shirt on their web site to "remind everyone that abortion policy affects real people," according to Gloria Feldt, president of the organization. When the Drudge Report posted a photograph of the shirt on its opening page, however, what a Planned Parenthood media representative termed a "media tsunami" soon followed.


click here for further discussion:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=103&topic_id=96878&mesg_id=96878

Monday, January 10, 2005

Things I am pissed off about today

If a relatively unknown commentator like Armstrong Williams is worth a quarter of a million dollars, you gotta wonder what the journalistic whores at Fox news are getting paid by the White House. In light of this payment, I ask the conservatives of the country, should we impeach if the “President” violated 2 different federal laws by paying Williams? And if Bush was didn't know this bribery going on, shouldn’t he have? Who is in charge down there? If the last election was about morals, then why are we allowing bribers to stay in office?

A final note, today CBS purged 4 persons in connection to Rathergate. Now that this is behind us, can someone tell me where in the fuck that coward was in 1972?

Friday, January 07, 2005

And I have never even met Jennfer! So don't blame me!

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Split

By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES - Hollywood glamour couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston (news) have split, Pitt's longtime publicist confirmed Friday.

"We would like to announce that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate," the couple said in a joint statement released by Pitt's publicist Cindy Guagenti. "For those who follow these sorts of things, we would like to explain that our separation is not the result of any speculation reported by the tabloid media. This decision is the result of much thoughtful consideration."

--- Don't even think about dragging me into this Britney!

-bill

HANDMAID TALE ALERT: have a miscarriage, go to jail

Imagine the following scenario:

You are at home alone at 8:00 on a Friday night.  You are 8 weeks pregnant.  You are excited about the pregnancy, but being cautious, you haven’t told anyone about it yet except your partner, your best friend, your parents, and your doctor. 

All of a sudden, you begin to experience heavy cramping.  Bleeding ensues.  You realize with shock and sadness that you are probably experiencing a miscarriage.  You leave a message with your doctor’s service.  The on-call doctor calls back, offers sympathies, and advises taking pain medication or going to the hospital if the bleeding gets worse. She offers you the next available appointment for a follow-up exam - Monday at 3PM.  You accept. You are overwhelmed with grief and surprised by the intensity of physical pain involved. You call your partner and ask him to come home from his “boys night out”, sparing him the reason over the phone.  You call your best friend.  She offers to come over immediately and make you cocoa.  You cry. 

You decide not to tell your parents yet; let them sleep through the night before delivering the terrible news.  Your partner comes home and you break the sad news to him.  He holds you on the couch and you both cry together.  Your best friend comes over with cocoa.  You cry some more.  Over the next few hours, you suffer pain, cramping, and intermittent bleeding.  Exhausted, you finally fall asleep in your partner’s arms around 4 AM.  You sleep until noon, and then gird yourself for the difficult call to your parents, who were so eagerly anticipating their first grandchild.

Guess what?  You just earned yourself up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.  Why?  Because you failed to call the cops and report your miscarriage within 12 hours.

True?  Not yet.  But if Delegate John Cosgrove (R-78) has his way, HB1677 will become law in a few short months, and this scenario will be reality for many women in Virginia. 

Incredulous?  Outraged?  there's more... go to
http://www.democracyforvirginia.com/

for more info...

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Things are tough all over!

I know many of our readers have been concerned with how to make ends meet in these tough economic times, and now we get good news from the government! Last year, before going out of sessions, Congress managed to pass itself a raise, so now they are taking home even more of your hard earned tax dollars! This will be an economic boon for anyone that knows them under the trickled on theory of economics, for instance, you may expect our own Senator Frist to invest even more money into a chain of hospitals that has a history of performing late term abortions on teenage girls.

This economic stimulus package was passed last year, but was not signed into law by "President" Bush until after the election. Under the 27th amendment, it could not take effect until a new congress is seated (interesting side note for history buffs, the 27th amendment was actually part of the original 12 amendments written by James Madison as part of the Bill of Rights, but did not get a sufficient number of States to sign off on it until the Clinton administration, when it became the most recent amendment to the Constitution.) So, had Bush not signed off on it between the November election and when Congress comes into new session in January, Congress could not have gotten this raise for themselves and we all would have suffered! Thank goodness we have a "President" so concerned with our financial well being!

Saturday, January 01, 2005

The Case for Fraud in Ohio Election 2004

Sending this on to Senators, members of Congress, media...
Easy-to-read & share pdf file at < http://www.bpac.info >.

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The Case for Fraud in Ohio Election 2004 (Outline)

I. Voter Suppression
A. Overly Restrictive Registration Requirements
B. Incompetence in Processing Registrations
C. Challenges to New Registrants on Insufficient Grounds
D. Misinformation About Voting Status/Location/Date
E. Voter Intimidation
F. Voting Machine Shortages/Malfunctions
G. Overly Restrictive Rules & Incorrect Procedure Regarding Provisional Ballots
H. Poorly Designed Absentee Ballots Caused Voters to Mark Incorrect Candidate

II. Access to Voting Systems Before Election Violates Protocol

III. A Third-Rate Burglary in Toledo

IV. Suspect Results
A. Registration Irregularities
B. Exceptionally High Voter Turnout
C. More Votes than Voters
D. Exceptionally High Rates of Undervotes
E. High Rate of Overvotes Due to Ballots Pre-Punched for Bush?
F. The Kerry/Connally Discrepancy
G. Discrepancy between Exit Polls & Tabulated Votes

V. Restricting Citizen Observation & Access to Public Documents
A. Warren County Lockdown
B. Restricting Citizen Access to Election Records

VI. What Went Wrong with the Recounts/Investigation of Vote Irregularities
A. Chain of Custody of Voting Machines & Materials Violated
B. Failure to Follow Established Procedures for Recounts
C. Failure to Allow Recount Observers to Fully Examine Materials
D. Secretary of State Blackwell has Failed to Answer Questions

VII. Recount Reveals Significant Problems

VIII. Methods of Election Fraud
A. Stuffing the Ballot Box
B. Touchscreen voting machines appear to have been set to “Bush” as Default
C. Computers pre-programmed to ‘adjust’ vote count in Bush’s favor?
D. Tampering with the Tabulators: Evidence of Hacking in Real-Time?

IX. Additional Observations
A. Irregular/Impossible Changes in Exit Polls over time on Election Night

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I. Voter Suppression

A. Overly Restrictive Registration Requirements. According to Representative John Conyer’s letter to Kenneth Blackwell (12/2), Blackwell’s 9/7/04 directive to reject voter registration forms not printed on white, uncoated paper of not less than 80 lb text weight resulted in many valid voter registration forms being rejected. While Blackwell reversed this directive, he did not do so until 9/28/04. Not all counties were informed when the directive was reversed – some were advised of the change by the news media.

B. Incompetence in Processing Registrations. Moss v. Bush alleges that in the Cleveland Area (Cuyahoga County), the Board of Elections botched the registrations of more than 10,000 voters, preventing them from voting.

C. Challenges to New Registrants on Insufficient Grounds. Statewide, about 35,000 new voters had their registration challenged, apparently by the Ohio State Republican Party. In Summit County, four elderly residents were asked by a member of the local Republican Party to fill out and sign 976 registration challenges for people on a list. The names on the list were those of new registrants who had been sent registered mail by the Republican Party. Delivery was attempted only once, and if the person was not home, or refused the mail, they were placed on the list. This attempt at suppression impacted many long-time residents of Summit County including a veteran and an immigrant (“I came to this country because this is a great country…“). The Summit County Board of Elections dismissed all 976 challenges after hearing the testimony of just a few people so accused. The four people who signed the challenges may be prosecuted.

D. Misinformation About Voting Status/Location/Date. Civil rights violations in Ohio were egregious. In Lake County, voters received a memo on bogus Board of Elections letterhead informing voters who registered through Democratic and NAACP drives they could not vote. In the Cincinnati area, African American voters received letters on official-looking letterhead, phone calls, and ‘door-hangers’ that directed them to the wrong precinct on Election Day. African American voters received letters on stolen NAACP letterhead claiming that because of the expected high turnout, Republicans were asked to vote on Tuesday Nov. 2 and all other parties were being asked to vote on Thursday, November 4. In the Cleveland and Columbus areas, voters received calls incorrectly informing them their polling place had been changed.

E. Voter Intimidation. According to the Ohio Free Press, a team of 25 men calling themselves the "Texas Strike Force" positioned themselves at a hotel across the street from Republican Party headquarters in Franklin County, Ohio (Columbus), and proceeded to make intimidating phone calls to likely Democratic voters, "targeting people recently in the prison system." The Texans' rooms were reportedly paid for by the Ohio Republican Party. A "hotel worker heard one caller threaten a likely voter with being reported to the FBI and returning to jail if he voted" — a crime if committed by an individual, but a much more serious act if engaged in by the entire interstate flying squad and any Republican group that paid, accommodated or sent them on their felonious mission. Local law enforcement was called.

F. Voting Machine Shortages/Malfunctions

Columbus Area (Franklin County): According to Representative John Conyer’s letter to Kenneth Blackwell (12/2), throughout predominately Democratic areas in Ohio on election day, there were reports of long lines caused by inadequate numbers of voting machines. The Franklin County voting machine allocation report states that 2,741 voting machines were placed “By Close of Polls” on Election Day. The County’s records reveal that they had 2,866 “machines available” on Election Day. At least 125 machines remained unused, even though the Board of Election’s Director Matt Damschroder (former Executive Director of the Franklin County Republican Party) admitted on 11/19 that 77 machines malfunctioned during the day. In some precincts there were fewer voting machines on Election Day than there had been during the spring primary. Additionally, it appears that in a number of locations, polling places were moved from large locations, such as gyms, where voters could comfortably wait inside to vote to smaller locations where voters were required to wait in the rain.

An analysis by Tim Lohrentz estimates that at least 22,000 Franklin County voters were disenfranchised due to the long lines and lack of voting machines, including over 15,000 voters from heavily Democratic (> 60%) precincts. Of the 217 precincts where there were fewer voting machines in 2004 than in 2000, 184 (85%) were Democratic. (A pdf file of the report is here: http://www.indybay.org/news/2004/12/1708672.php ).

The Free Press has obtained a list of all voting machines assigned in Franklin County, including serial numbers. The list contains at least 42 machines originally assigned to predominantly African-American and inner city wards that voted 80% for Kerry, and where voters waited in line for three hours and more on Election Day. These 42 machines were blacked out on the list, raising the question of whether these were among the 68 machines the Franklin County Board of Elections has admitted holding back in the warehouse despite obvious shortages at certain polling places. Affidavits from poll workers confirm that numerous requests for more machines were made throughout election day, but that few if any were delivered.

Toledo Area: Lucas County Election Director Paula Hicks-Hudson said the Diebold optical scan machines jammed during testing in the weeks before the election. Jammed or inoperable machines were reported throughout the city. Moss v. Bush alleges that there was discriminatory assignment of more voting machines to precincts with a majority of white voters than to precincts that had a majority of African American voters.

Cincinnati and Mount Vernon Areas: Moss v. Bush alleges that in Hamilton and Knox Counties there was a discriminatory assignment of more voting machines to precincts with a majority of white voters than to precincts that had a majority of African-American voters.

Youngstown Area: There were voting machine errors in Mahoning County when 20 to 30 ES&S iVotronic machines need to be recalibrated throughout the voting process due, in part, to reports of votes for Kerry appearing as votes for Bush.

G. Overly Restrictive Rules & Incorrect Procedure Regarding Provisional Ballots

Cincinnati Area: Across the state of Ohio voters could cast a provisional ballot, which was counted only if they were in their home precinct. According to Representative John Conyer’s letter to Kenneth Blackwell (12/2), in Hamilton County, officials have carried this problematic and controversial directive to a ludicrous extreme: they are refusing to count provisional ballots cast at the correct polling place if they were cast at the wrong table in that polling place. A Green Party recount observer learned that approximately 400 of the Hamilton County provisional ballots were rejected because they were cast at the wrong table (precinct) in the right polling place.

Cleveland Area: Moss v. Bush alleges that in Cuyahoga County there was an effective denial of the right to cast a provisional ballot and have that ballot counted. About 1/3 of the provisional ballots cast (8,099 ballots) have been incorrectly ruled invalid because they voter allegedly wasn’t registered or voted in the wrong precinct. In 2000, about 17% were ruled invalid.

Stark County: Moss v. Bush alleges that in Stark County there was an effective denial of the right to cast a provisional ballot and have that ballot counted. The Election Board rejected provisional ballots cast at the wrong precinct in the right polling place. In earlier elections, a vote cast in Stark County in the wrong precinct at the right polling location would be counted.

H. Poorly Designed Absentee Ballots Led Voters to Mark Incorrect Candidate. Moss v. Bush alleges that in the Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) and Columbus (Franklin County) areas there were voting machine errors with respect to absentee ballots. Like the infamous “butterfly ballots” in the 2000 Presidential Election, arrows on the absentee ballots did not align with the correct punch hole. On information and belief, this led to voters casting a vote for a candidate other than the candidate they intended to support.

II. Access to Voting Systems Before Election Violates Protocol

Auglaize County. In a letter dated Oct. 21, 2004, Ken Nuss, former deputy director of the County Board of Elections, claimed that Joe McGinnis, a former employee of ES&S, the company that provides voting systems in Auglaize County, had access to and used the main computer that is used to create the ballot and compile election results. Mr. McGinnis’ access to and use of the main computer was a violation of county board of elections protocol. After calling attention to this irregularity in the voting system, Mr. Nuss was suspended and then resigned.

III. A Third-Rate Burglary in Toledo

An article appeared in the Toledo Blade on October 13, 2004. Written by Robin Erb, it included the following: “Thieves shattered a side window overnight at Lucas County Democratic headquarters in Toledo, stealing computers with sensitive campaign information and jeopardizing the party's ability to deliver crucial votes on Election Day.

Among the data on the stolen computer of the party's office manager were: e-mails discussing campaign strategy, candidates' schedules, financial information, and phone numbers of party members, candidates, donors, and volunteers. Also taken were computers belonging to a Lucas County Commissioner and to a Texas attorney working with the Kerry campaign to ensure election security.

At Democratic headquarters, officials stopped short of publicly blaming partisan politics, but at the same time, they all but ruled out run-of-the-mill criminals. Two other computers, holding less sensitive information, were untouched, as were a petty cash box that usually holds $80 to $100, televisions, portable radios, and other electronics. Moreover, other offices inside the building, 1817 Madison Avenue, were not entered. Files, papers, and pamphlets remained in neat piles, and campaign signs leaned, apparently undisturbed, against a wall.”

Thus, the burglary gave the thieves exclusive possession of two months’ worth of Democratic voter canvass records. It may have allowed them to target specific wards and precincts for voter suppression operations, and left the Democrats unable to prevent it.

IV. Suspect Results

A. Registration Irregularities According to Representative John Conyers’ letter to J. Kenneth Blackwell (12/2), there appears to be an extraordinarily high level of voter registration in Perry County: 91%. A substantial number of these voters have never voted and have no signature on file. An extraordinarily large number of these voters are listed as having registered in 1977. In fact, 3,100 voters apparently registered in Perry County on November 8, 1977.

B. Exceptionally High Voter Turnout. According to Representative John Conyers’ letter to J. Kenneth Blackwell (12/2), in Miami County (Concord Southwest precinct) voter turnout was a highly suspect and improbable 98.55%. The certified result showed 520 votes for Bush and 157 for Kerry. This statistically improbable turnout has all but 10 of the 689 registered voters casting their ballots on Election Day. A preliminary canvas by The Free Press of less than half the precinct found 25 registered voters admitting they had not voted. In nearby Concord South precinct, there was a highly improbable 94.27% voter turnout. Miami County election results indicated that 18,615 votes came in after 100% of the precincts had reported. It is statistically suspicious that the extra votes came in at essentially the same percentage for candidates Bush and Kerry both before and after the 18,615 votes were counted Senator Kerry had received 10,724 votes (33.92%) of the vote after 100% of the precincts had reported. After the additional 18,615 votes were added, his percentage remained 33.92%.

C. More Votes than Voters

(1) Discrepancies Between Number of Registered Voters & Number of Votes in Franklin County: According to Representative John Conyers’ letter to Kenneth Blackwell (12/2), a computerized voting machine in Ward 1B in the Gahanna precinct of Franklin County recorded a total of 4,258 votes for President Bush and 260 votes for John Kerry. However, there are only 800 registered voters in the Gahanna precinct. A computer glitch results in recording 3,893 extra votes for Bush. Fortunately, this glitch was caught and the numbers were adjusted to show President Bush’s true vote count at 365 votes to Senator Kerry’s 260 votes.

(2) Discrepancies Between Number of Pollbook Signatures & Number of Votes

Perry County: According to Representative John Conyers’ letter to Kenneth Blackwell (12/2), the sign-in books in Reading S precinct show that fewer than 400 total votes were cast in that precinct. Yet, the precinct’s official tallies indicate that 489 votes were cast. Monroe Township, Precinct AAV has 226 voter signatures in the poll books and reports 393 votes were cast. In W Lexington G AB, 350 voters are registered. Yet, 343 votes have been reported. Perry County BOE has since issued a correction: Only 217 votes were cast for either Kerry or Bush. The BOE explanation is that some votes were initially counted twice. Representative Conyers’ letter notes that it is highly improbable that every ballot was counted twice.

Michael Kolman, attorney for Bill Crane (Democratic Party Candidate for Perry County Auditor), checked county voting records and alleges the number of votes cast exceeded the number of people who signed the books in at least 11 of 46 precincts. Approximately 90 voters did not sign in at one precinct, according to Kolman. At another precinct, 21 people who voted by absentee ballot also signed the signature books.

Youngstown (Trumbull County): A careful review of nearly 200 precincts in Trumbull County by Dr. Werner Lange revealed a considerable discrepancy between the number of certified absentee votes and the number of registered absentee voters identified in the poll books. The poll books are to contain not only the name of every registered voter, but also clearly identify who voted (either by regular, absentee or provisional means) and who did not. The Trumbull County investigation showed some 650 more absentee votes than there were absentee voters identified in the poll books examined. If the absentee vote inflation rate there were consistent statewide, then over 63,000 votes were up for grabs in Ohio. A case filed in mid-November with the Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas challenging the validity of this official denial of access to public records has not even been given a hearing date, let alone a ruling, from Judge Peter Kontos (as of 12/24/04).

D. Exceptionally High Rates of Undervotes

Cleveland Area: According to Representative John Conyer’s letter to Kenneth Blackwell (12/2), post election canvassing revealed that many ballots were cast without any valid selection for president. For example, two precincts had an undervote rate of 25% each – accounting for nearly 16,000 voters who stood in line to vote, but purportedly declined to vote for president. This is in stark contrast to the 2% of undervoting county-wide. Disturbingly, predominantly Democratic precincts had 75% more undervotes than those that were predominantly Republican.

E. High Rate of Overvotes Due to Ballots Pre-Punched for Bush? The unusually high number of Ohio votes discarded for double-punching remains unexplained. A possible reason was shared at a 3-hour public hearing on vote irregularities in Mahoning Valley held on December 21: A voter from Cuyahoga County stated that she inspected her paper ballot prior to voting and was shocked to notice that it was pre-punched for Bush. She also noticed another ballot had the same tampering problem.

An estimated 93,000 ballots were spoiled across Ohio (either an undervote or an overvote). The graphic below, created by Joe Knapp, reveals that in the Cleveland area over 150 precincts in which Kerry led Bush had more than 3% ballot spoilage, while fewer than 10 precincts in which Bush led Kerry had more than 3% ballot spoilage.


F. The Kerry/Connally Discrepancy. According to Representative John Conyer’s letter to Kenneth Blackwell (12/2), in Butler County, a Democratic Candidate for State Supreme Court, C. Ellen Connally received 59,532 votes. In contrast, the Kerry-Edwards ticket received only 54,185 votes, 5,000 less than the Supreme Court candidate. Additionally, the victorious Republican candidate for State Supreme Court received approximately 40,000 less votes than the Bush-Cheney ticket.

Moss v. Bush indicates that there were 36 Ohio counties where Connally’s margin was 1,000 votes or more better than Kerry’s unofficial results. Virtually all of these counties use voting systems by ES&S (16) or Triad (18). Both companies have ties with some members of the Republican Party. I believe that the Kerry/Connally discrepancy is the basis of Moss v. Bush claim that at least 130,656 votes cast for the Kerry-Edwards ticket were deducted from their vote tally and added to those actually cast for Bush-Cheney. After deducting 130,656 from the certified result for Bush-Cheney and adding 130,656 to the Kerry-Edwards ticket, the true result is that Kerry-Edwards ticket won Ohio by at least 142,537 votes.

G. Discrepancy between Exit Polls & Tabulated Votes. Exit poll data for Ohio showed Kerry would win 52.1% of the Ohio Presidential vote (shown on CNN up until about 1:30 a.m. on November 3rd). The actual certified result shows Kerry winning 48.7% of the Ohio vote. There difference between exit poll predictions and the certified actual Kerry share of the Presidential vote is 3.4%. According to standard statistical analysis, assuming a random exit poll sample and an honest vote count, there is a probability of roughly one in a thousand (0.0012) that this certified election result would occur. This implies that there is a 999/1000 chance that the Ohio exit poll result is either not based on a random sample of that the election itself was not honest. The probability that a pollster with the experience, reputation, and ability of Warren Mitosfky would not be able to draw a random sample is vanishly small.


V. Restricting Citizen Observation & Access to Public Documents

A. Warren County Lockdown: According to Representative John Conyer’s letter to Kenneth Blackwell (12/2), on election night, Warren County locked down its administration building and barred reporters from observing the counting. When that decision was questioned, County officials claimed they were responding to a terrorist threat that ranked “10” on a scale of 1 to 10, and that this information was received from an FBI agent. Despite repeated requests, County officials have declined to name that agent, however, and the FBI has stated that they have no information about a terror threat in Warren County.

B. Restricting Citizen Access to Election Records

Moss v. Bush alleges that J. Kenneth Blackwell, using his official powers as Secretary of State, ordered all 88 boards of election to prevent public inspection of polls books until after certification of the vote on December 6, 2004.

Greene County (Xenia, Ohio): On Friday December 10, two certified volunteers for the Ohio Recount team, Joan Quinn and Eve Roberson were hand-copying voter discrepancies from precinct voting books received directly from Carole Garman, Director, Greene County Board of Elections. Upon requesting copies of precinct records from predominantly minority precincts, Ms. Garman contacted Secretary of State Blackwell’s office. She spoke to Pat Wolfe, Election Administrator who told Ms. Garman to assert that all voter records for the State of Ohio were “locked down” and that they are “not considered public records.” Quinn and Roberson asked specifically for the legal authority authorizing Mr. Blackwell to “lock down” public records. Garman stated that it was the Secretary of State’s decision. As the volunteer team continued recording information from the precinct records in question, Garman entered the room and stated she was withdrawing permission to inspect or copy any voting records at the Board of Elections. Garman then physically removed the precinct book from Ms. Roberson’s hands. They later requested the records again from Garman’s office, which was again denied.

VI. What Went Wrong with the Recounts/Investigation of Vote Irregularities

A. Chain of Custody of Voting Machines & Materials Violated

(1) Fulton & Henry Counties: In a letter to Brett A. Rapp of Triad (12/23) Congressman Conyers indicated that officials in Fulton and Henry counties confirmed that Triad had remote access to tabulating computers controlled by the Boards of Elections. Officials stated “your company did not come into the Board of Election to adjust the tabulation software, because it could be, and had been done remotely”. Congressman Conyers asked whether Triad used their remote access to inquire how machine votes would be counted in order to instruct the board how to manipulate the 3% hand count to avoid a county-wide hand count.

(2) Hocking County: Sharole Eaton, Deputy Director of the Hocking County Board of Elections, filed an affidavit on 12/13/04 indicating that a Triad technician (Michael) had visited her office at about 12:30 PM on Friday, December 10th (prior to the recount).

In the affidavit, Ms. Easton indicates that the technician stated that the computer was not coming up, that the battery had gone dead.

“He said that he could put a patch on it and fix it. He took apart both that computer and a spare…. He worked on the computer until about 3:00 PM and then asked me which precinct and the number of the precinct we were going to count. I told him, Good Hope 1 # 17. He went back into the tabulation room. Shortly after that he (illegible) stated that the computer was ready for the recount and told us not to turn the computer off so it would charge up.”

“Michael gave us instructions on how to explain the rotation, what the tests mean, etc. He advised Lisa and I on how to post a "cheat sheet" on the wall so that only the board members and staff would know about it and what the codes meant so the count would come out perfect and we wouldn't have to do a full hand recount of the county. He left about 5:00 PM.”

(3) Lucas County: Catherine L. Buchanan gave sworn testimony on 12/14 that Diebold OptiScan machines were being re-programmed. The re-programming involves deleting information from the memory cards in the central tabulating machine.

(4) Mercer County: A recount observer reported the following: A Triad technician had been at the BOE the day prior to the recount. The technician was also there during the recount. The tech reported that he had disassembled the tabulator at 7:30 on the morning of the recount. He said he’d replaced a box containing a switch, and then made a remark that he didn’t have anything to do with the software, that he’s just a hardware technician.

(5) In Van Wert County the Green Party recount observer reported: "When asked if Triad had serviced the machine, the deputy director and a board member stated that they had serviced the machine over the phone via modem on December 9th."

(6) Hardin County: An observer, Cathy from the Democrats, reported she had seen Brandon the day before alone with the tabulators testing the machines.

(7) Shelby County: Kay E. Baker, Director of the Shelby County Board of Elections, indicated in a letter to Harvey Wasserman of Columbus, Ohio that “tabulator test decks were discarded after election…” The destruction of these test decks appears to be a violation of state law.

(8) In Allen and Champaign recount observers noted that ballots were not stored securely, some ballots were stored in open containers, others were stored in tin containers with neither seal nor lock.

(9) In Clermont County one recount observer noticed that on some ballots, there was a sticker, the Kerry vote was covered with a sticker. No one could explain these stickers. Later other witnesses noticed stickers on other ballots.

(10) Coshocton County: The recount observer noted that ballots had been handled prior to the recount. Witness P. stated that a board employee informed her that "a few precincts" had been already counted prior to the start of the recount, not in the presence of witnesses. Witness, Patricia Stout, stated that "one of the precincts I observed was already separated into Republicans, Democrats and Other. It was clear that this pile had been counted."

(11) Cuyahoga County: As reported by a recount observer: "...In response to the question "How are the ballots in order?” Jacqui Maiden's response was “How they come out of the machine." Anomalies were found. Almost all of the witnesses that I spoke with felt that the ballots were not in random order, that they had been previously sorted. There would be long runs of votes for only one candidate and then long runs for another, which seemed statistically improbable to most.”

B. Failure to Follow Established Procedures for Recounts

Recount procedure in Ohio: An initial hand recount of 3% of the ballots cast in each county is to be followed by machine tabulation of those same ballots. This portion of the procedure allows for examination and observation of the tabulating equipment. If the 3% hand recount exactly matches the machine tabulation then the remainder of the county’s ballots are to be recounted by machine and, if the hand count did not match, a second hand recount would follow. If the second hand recount matched the machine tabulation, then the remainder of the ballots were to be recounted by machine. If, however, the second hand recount did not match the machine tabulation there was to be a 100% hand recount of the county’s ballots.

(1) Non-Random Selection of Precincts

The "volunteer manual" that the Green Party observers received says "the board must randomly select whole precincts whose total equals at least 3% of the total vote." Ideal random selection of precincts occurred in Gallia County: The name of each precinct was put on a slip of paper, the slips were put into a hat and drawn one at a time until a sufficient number of precincts had been drawn that made up 3% of the county-wide vote. The precincts selected for the recount were, however, not randomly selected for over 80 out of the 88 counties.

The Boards of Election in most Ohio counties, however, pre-selected the precinct(s) that would be hand counted several days before the count. Thus employees and, in some cases, the voting machine company technicians, knew in advance the precincts that would be hand counted. In almost all cases in which observers requested that precincts be selected randomly at the beginning of the recount they were denied. In Allen County, Mr. Keith Cunningham, Director of the Board of Elections, explained that it would take considerably longer to carry out the recount if there were a random selection process employed.

In many counties precincts selected were chosen based on size. In Greene County, three precincts were chosen (31, 224, and 442), one for each counting team, that were approximately the same size and that were the right size to add up to the required 3% minimum for hand recount. It was pointed out by those familiar with the population of the precincts that the choices seemed to be very calculated based on ease of recount.

In Cuyahoga County, precinct selection was done on the basis of only choosing precincts with 550 or more votes in a cross-section of areas (one East side, one West side, one affluent, one non-affluent). According to Professor Cyrus Taylor (Case Western Reserve University), this selection criterion meant that only 8% of all precincts qualified for having their ballots closely examined in the hand recount, and that the "small fraction of precincts are not reflective of the county as a whole. Overall, the qualifying precincts have significantly higher proportion of votes for Bush than for Kerry, yet the county voted for Kerry by a 2:1 margin…. The vast majority of precincts have less than 550 ballots cast. It is thus possible in principle to fiddle with the returns from most of the county without fear that they would be checked in the hand recount of 3% of the returns."

In Hocking County the Board decided to only consider the precincts in which the vote totals for Bush and Kerry were similar. The Green Party observer objected, stating that selecting a precinct without a large difference in totals wasn't a random selection. The Board did not change their selection method.

(2) Refusal to Conduct 100% Hand Recounts

In Fairfield, Greene, and Huron Counties a full recount should have been ordered when the second hand count of the 3% sample did not match the machine vote totals. In Greene and Huron Counties additional hand counts were completed until the results matched the machine totals. In Fairfield County, when the hand recount did not match the machine totals, the BOE asked the recount observers if they would waive their right to a 100% hand recount. The observers indicated that they would not, that the law was very clear, they would now have to perform a mandatory hand count of the entire county. Based on what county officials said was a recommendation from Secretary Blackwell's office, however, the recount was "suspended" until they could get a new machine from the vendor.

C. Failure to Allow Recount Observers to Fully Examine Materials

(1) Allen County: Recount observers requested, but were not permitted to inspect the voter registration books and were told that they would not allowed to view absentee or provisional ballots until January 10, 2005.

(2) Auglaize County: Observers were not allowed to see the absentee ballots. A witness inquired as to the capability of the DRE to print an image of the ballots as cast. When the witness then requested that images representing 3% of the ballots cast be printed the Director of the Board of Elections denied the request.

(3) Champaign County: Observers requested access to the signature books, the poll books, the late or voided absentee ballots (envelopes), and the rejected provisional ballots. They were denied access to everything but the poll books for 2 precincts.

(4) Licking County: The Board of Elections decided that the recount teams would not be allowed to inspect the voting machines and their ballot assemblies to insure correct rotation of candidate names. Neither were they allowed to check rejected provisional ballots to determine if denials were justified.

D. Secretary of State Blackwell has Failed to Answer Questions

(1) SOS Blackwell did not respond to any of the 34 questions asked of him by Congressman John Conyers, in a letter dated 12/8. SOS Blackwell replied that he would respond to any inquires by the GAO, but not the Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee.

(2) An AP article dated Monday, December 27th indicated that Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell has requested a protective order to prevent him from being interviewed as part of a court challenge of the presidential vote.

VII. Recount Reveals Significant Problems

A. Cuyahoga County: A recount observer reports that witnesses were able to look at the signature books of 60 different precincts, including those from the 3% selected for the hand recount and 26 other precincts of concern. They were looking to make sure that the number of signatures in a precinct matched the number of ballots cast in that precinct. In many cases they did not.

B. In Coshocton County, according to the Green Party observer, signature book examination conducted by the witnesses for the Democratic candidate looked at two different precincts, with BOE personnel recounting Jefferson Twp. Precinct. Discrepancy appeared to indicate a pattern of a 7-8% loss of votes for the Democratic candidate. Continued review and examination was thorough and resulted in some contentious debate centered around the degree of scrutiny. .

C. In Coshocton County over 1,000 votes were ‘found’ between the date on which the election was certified and the completion of the hand recount. Departing from standard procedure, Coshocton County volunteered to do a 100% hand recount. The observers present at the recount were given, at the beginning of the recount, a sheet showing vote totals that was apparently printed on December 10, 2004. The vote totals on this sheet differed from the vote totals certified by Secretary of State Blackwell on December 6th and they differed from the results of the 100% hand recount. The Green Party observer has suggested that some precincts must have been recounted by hand prior to the official recount to yield the totals shown on the sheet they were given at the beginning of the recount (printed on 12/10/04). (Data provided in "The Case for Ohio Election Fraud" at ).

VIII. Methods of Election Fraud

A. Stuffing the Ballot Box:

The unusually high number of Ohio votes discarded for double-punching remains unexplained. A possible reason was shared at a 3-hour public hearing on vote irregularities in Mahoning Valley held on December 21: A voter from Cuyahoga County stated that she inspected her paper ballot prior to voting and was shocked to notice that it was pre-punched for Bush. She also noticed another ballot had the same tampering problem. If the voter selected Bush then the ballot would be cast for Bush. If the voter selected any other candidate, the ballot would become an ‘overvote’ counted for no one.

B. Touchscreen voting systems (DRE’s) appear to have been set to “Bush” as default

Ohio counties using direct record (touchscreen) voting machines include Auglaize, Franklin, Knox, Lake, Mahoning, Pickaway, and Ross.

A December 15 article in The Washington Post reported that Jeanne White, a manager of the Buckeye Review, an African-American newspaper in NE Ohio, pushed the button for Kerry and watched her vote jump to the Bush column. “We’ve never seen anything like this before” Mark Munroe, Chairman of the Mahoning County Board of Election is quoted as saying in the November 3rd edition of The Vindicator. Munroe confirmed that vote switching problems occurred in at least 16 precincts and involved some 20 to 30 ES&S machines that “needed to be recalibrated during the voting process because some votes for a candidate were being counted for that candidate’s opponent”.

Professor Victoria Lovegren of Case Western Reserve University, an expert in computer programming, cast very serious doubt on the validity of the Ohio vote recorded by any BOE using these electronic devices at the Mahoning Valley public hearing on 12/21. “One pattern that has been documented based on the experience of voters in Florida, New Mexico, Ohio, and elsewhere (especially in swing states) is the machines appear to have been set with a default to Bush. Then if the voter successfully punched the ballot for another candidate, Bush was replaced by that candidate.” The exact number of votes incorrectly counted for Bush instead of Kerry by such means is unknown.

Moss v. Bush alleges, on information and belief, that these undetected operating instructions were only operational on November 2, 2004. On information and belief, the logic and accuracy tests of the DRE machines did not include setting the system date of the machine forward to November 2, 2004, to test what would happen to the machine in actual operation on November 2 and 3, 2004. Without such a test, it would have been very difficult to detect the effect of unauthorized operating instructions inserted into the software. On information and belief, some or all of the unauthorized operating instructions were pre-set to delete themselves a given amount of time after the election.

C. Computers pre-programmed to ‘adjust’ vote count in Bush’s favor?

Miami County Tallies. According to Representative John Conyer’s letter to Kenneth Blackwell (12/2), in Miami County, with 100% of the precincts reporting on 11/3 President Bush had received 20,807 votes, or 65.80% of the vote, and Senator Kerry had received 10,724 votes, or 33.92% of the vote. Miami reported 31,620 voters. Inexplicably, nearly 19,000 new ballots were added after all precincts reported, boosting President Bush’s vote count to 33,039 or 65.77%, while Senator Kerry’s vote percentage stayed exactly the same at 33.92%.

One plausible explanation for this result is that the counters or tabulating computers were ‘set’ to deliver an approximate percentage of the vote to certain candidates, irregardless of the actual votes cast.

D. Tampering with the Tabulators: Evidence of Hacking in Real-Time?

Moss v. Bush alleges that while one of these means of changing the legitimate result to a fraudulent result includes gaining physical or electronic access to the tabulating machines and systems, there are many ways to gain access to the voting and vote tabulating systems. In certain circumstances (for example when there is a modem attached to a vote tabulating computer or when a vote tabulating computer has a wireless access port), the person(s) who was actually changed the vote totals did not need physical access to the computer. Electronic access can be obtained from almost anywhere in the world under the right circumstances. By accessing the spreadsheet which contains the results in a central tabulating computer, one change the votes actually received by one or more candidates in a race, leaving the total votes cast in the race unchanged, and erasing or falsifying the electronic audit trail which could show the access to the computer and the spreadsheet.

Impossible Deviations in Votes for Cobb/Kerry on Election Night. The impossible vote tallies for Cobb that appeared and disappeared in Hamilton, Lake, and Lucas Counties on election night may indicate tampering with tabulators. If this does not indicate tampering, then it does indicate elections run with exceptional sloppiness and error.

Lucas County: On election night, the Ohio Secretary of State’s website showed that with 6.06% of Lucas County’s precincts reporting, 1,917 votes had been cast George W. Bush; 0 for John F. Kerry; and 4,685 for David Cobb. The Ohio Secretary of State’s website now shows, (with 100% of precincts having reported) 85,405 votes for George W. Bush; 128,874 for John Kerry; and 8 for David Cobb. (Images provided in "The Case for Ohio Election Fraud at ).

Hamilton County: On election night, the Ohio Secretary of State’s website showed that with 11.25% of Hamilton County’s precincts reporting, 34,804 votes had been cast George W. Bush; 39,541 for John F. Kerry; and 39,541 for David Cobb. The Ohio Secretary of State’s website now shows, (with 100% of precincts having reported) 215,639 votes for George W. Bush; 190,956 for John Kerry; and 66 for David Cobb. (Images provided in "The Case for Ohio Election Fraud at ).

Lake County: On election night, total votes for Cobb went from 0 to 14,883, which was, at the time it appeared, identical to the total for Kerry. Those totals remained in place until 8:35cst, when the Cobb total went back to 0 and the Kerry totals went to 42,191. Cobb's total at certification is 8. (No image).

IX. Additional Observations

A. Irregular/Impossible Changes in Exit Polls over time on Election Night

Ohio state exit polls reported by CNN at 12:21 a.m. show Kerry leading Bush by 4%. The number of voters polled = 1,963. At 1:41 a.m. Bush was reported to be leading Kerry by 2.5%. The problem? Only 57 more voters were included in the 1:41 a.m. poll results. Fifty-seven voters (2.8% of 2,020 voters) cannot change an exit poll result by 6.5%. (Images provided in "The Case for Ohio Election Fraud at ).

Please note that none of the results reported by the media were “raw.” Before releasing any results to the media, the National Election Poll (NEP) would have already ‘adjusted’ the polls to take into account the fact that, although the precincts polled were selected randomly, the sample was still stratified.

Also note that this year the number of polls conducted in swing states were doubled in comparison with past elections to increase the likelihood of obtaining an accurate result. There are 88 counties in Ohio and there were over 50 exit polls conducted on 11/2/2004.

What could explain the change in exit poll results from 12:21 a.m. to 1:41 a.m.? As explained on the NEP website, this year in order to ‘improve the accuracy’ of the exit poll results, the final ‘exit poll results’ were based on both the exit polls and the tabulated votes. The results of the exit polls after 1:41 a.m. were thus contaminated with data from tabulated votes. Of course, the exit poll and tabulated results matched when the final exit polls results were reported. If the vote totals were fraudulent then so were the final exit poll results.

Appendix: Key Actors in Ohio Investigations/Law Suits

A. Presidential Candidates David Cobb and Michael Badnarik. Within a few days after the election, citizens who wanted a recount, and believed that only candidates could request a recount, contacted the third party candidates to ask them to request the recount. I know this because I was one of the citizens who contacted them. I received a reply from Michael Badnarik’s campaign manager indicating that they could not possibly pay for a recount. Recounting Ohio would cost more than they had raised and spent on Badnarik’s entire campaign. I suggested that they ask for donations, that citizens would send money to pay for the recount. They sent an email requesting for donations and about $150,000 was raised in four days. Over 6,000 people contributed. Most donations were $50 or less.

B. The National Ballot Integrity Project has allied itself with Help American Recount to support the ongoing work. The National Ballot Integrity Project lists among its allies: MoveOn.Org, Democracy for America, Common Cause, Verified Voting Foundation, Black Box Voting, True Majority, Working Assets, Rock The Vote, People for the American Way, Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights, Interfaith Communities United for Justice & Peace, and Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.

C. Attorney and Chairman of Legal Affairs Committee of Common Cause Ohio, Clifford Arnebeck, filed a lawsuit with the Ohio Supreme Court to overturn the election results. The suit, Moss v. Bush, was filed on behalf of the citizens of Ohio. The citizen named in the suit, Reverend Bill Moss, is the Executive Vice President of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

D. The Ohio Democratic Party intervened as a plaintiff in a case filed in federal court against J. Kenneth Blackwell. The complaint, filed by Audrey J. Schering, alleges that Kenneth Blackwell failed in his mandatory statutory duty to provide directives to each of the eighty-eight county Boards of Election in Ohio to assure uniform and consistent counting of the provisional ballots. The case is based largely on Bush v. Gore (2000), 531 U.S. 98.

E. Senator John Kerry and his representatives. On December 23rd , representatives of John Kerry filed a request for expedited discovery regarding Triad Systems voting machines, as well as a motion for a preservation order to protect any and all discovery and preserve any evidence on this matter in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

F. People For the American Way Foundation filed a lawsuit on November 24 seeking to overturn arbitrary rules that led election officials in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) not to count one third, or more than 8,000, of the provisional ballots cast on November 2nd. The percentage of provisional ballots rejected this year is almost twice the percentage thrown out in 2000. PFAW Foundation's legal team is asking that election officials check the provisional ballots against voter registration cards, not electronic voting lists that are known to contain errors. The lawsuit also requests remedies for voters affected by poll workers who did not notify them of their correct polling place.