November 2004 Wayback

Virginia in the news again

Some 13 year old boy in Virginia Beach somehow managed to get a stripper to come to an abandonded house and tried to force her to dance for him at gunpoint. Here are the Fark comments for this story.

Turn Your Back on Bush

Link here. Seems that the administration has done a good job of stopping protests, weeding out people with signs or t-shirts from rallys and staff appearances. Is this the only way that Americans can actually voice their displeasure to our President?

How to Steal Wi-Fi

Slate story

Liquid Freedom

This article has a very good idea of starting an Iraqi National Oil fund like the Alaskan Oil Fund that pays out part of oil profits to each citizen. The author, Lynny Glenn, states that by establishing this fund, the United States would stand in stark contrast to Hussein’s regime’s practice of hoarding oil profits. Starting the fund would squelch any talk of the US trying to steal Iraqi oil, and would provide each of Iraq’s citizens with a steady income worth hundreds of dollars a year in a country where the average annual income is $1500. It would also establish the legitimacy of the Iraqi government.

I think this idea is great and should be talked about. Tell as many people that you know and help get this idea off the ground.

More election fraud news

First thing in this morning and what do I see? House Dems Seek Election Inquiry 
Wired also has a nice running collection on Machine Politics

E-voting gains a foothold at polling places in the U.S. and abroad, despite fears that the technology is flawed and votes easily manipulated. Is the voting booth still sacred? Does your vote still count?

Surprise at lack of media attention to possible electronic ballot machine fraud

From Salon:

Mark Crispin Miller is a media critic, professor of communications at New York University, and author, most recently, of “Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order.”
First of all, this election was definitely rigged. I have no doubt about it. It’s a statistical impossibility that Bush got 8 million more votes than he got last time. In 2000, he got 15 million votes from right-wing Christians, and there are approximately 19 million of them in the country. They were eager to get the other 4 million. That was pretty much Karl Rove’s strategy to get Bush elected.

But given Bush’s low popularity ratings and the enormous number of new voters — who skewed Democratic — there is no way in the world that Bush got 8 million more votes this time. I think it had a lot to do with the electronic voting machines. Those machines are completely untrustworthy, and that’s why the Republicans use them. Then there’s the fact that the immediate claim of Ohio was not contested by the news media — when Andrew Card came out and claimed the state, not only were the votes in Ohio not counted, they weren’t even all cast.

I would have to hear a much stronger argument for the authenticity, or I should say the veracity, of this popular vote for Bush before I’m willing to believe it. If someone can prove to me that it happened, that Bush somehow pulled 8 million magic votes out of a hat, OK, I’ll accept it. I’m an independent, not a Democrat, and I’m not living in denial.

And that’s not even talking about Florida, which is about as Democratic a state as Guatemala used to be. The news media is obliged to make the Republicans account for all these votes, and account for the way they were counted. Simply to embrace this result as definitive is irrational. But there is every reason to question it … I find it beyond belief that the press in this formerly democratic country would not have made the integrity of the electoral system a front page, top-of-the-line story for the last three years. I worked and worked and worked to get that story into the media, and no one touched it until your guy did.

I actually got invited to a Kerry fundraiser so I could talk to him about it. I raised the issue directly with him and with Teresa. Teresa was really indignant and really concerned, but Kerry just looked down at me — he’s about 9 feet tall — and I could tell it just didn’t register. It set off all his conspiracy-theory alarms and he just wasn’t listening.

Talk to anyone from a real democracy — from Canada or any European country or India. They are staggered to discover that 80 percent of our touch-screen electronic voting machines have no paper trail and are manufactured by companies owned by Bush Republicans. But there is very little sense of outrage here. Americans for a host of reasons have become alienated from the spirit of the Bill of Rights and that should not be tolerated.

And there’s more. How to rig an election.
Optical scan questions in Florida
BlackBoxVoting has been disclosing the insecurities of the electronic voting machines for well over 6 months now, and their opinion is that fraud occured, the scope of which is simply not known.

Black Box Voting has taken the position that fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines. We base this on hard evidence, documents obtained in public records requests, inside information, and other data indicative of manipulation of electronic voting systems. What we do not know is the specific scope of the fraud. We are working now to compile the proof, based not on soft evidence — red flags, exit polls — but core documents obtained by Black Box Voting in the most massive Freedom of Information action in history.

I’ll add more to this after I get home.

Election day

November 12, 2004

Liquid Freedom

This article has a very good idea of starting an Iraqi National Oil fund like the Alaskan Oil Fund that pays out part of oil profits to each citizen. The author, Lynny Glenn, states that by establishing this fund, the United States would stand in stark contrast to Hussein’s regime’s practice of hoarding oil profits. Starting the fund would squelch any talk of the US trying to steal Iraqi oil, and would provide each of Iraq’s citizens with a steady income worth hundreds of dollars a year in a country where the average annual income is $1500. It would also establish the legitimacy of the Iraqi government.

I think this idea is great and should be talked about. Tell as many people that you know and help get this idea off the ground.

Posted by Michael at 10:29 AM
Comments (0)

November 06, 2004

Nader pushing for recount in New Hampshire

Anyone who thinks that there is nothing wrong with the Chief Executive of Diebold being on record saying that he would deliver the Ohio vote to Bush should look at what’s happening now. Reports are in all over the country of irregularities and problems with the vote. Now Nader is pushing for a recount in New Hampshire to audit the paper trail. Why? It’s not as if the change is going to be so great that Nader could win the state. Republicans will be less likely to stonewall this seeming as how Kerry already won the state and that’s not likely to change. The reason is that if there is any significant differences in the numbers it will highlight the serious problem with our voting machines and call into question the results of the entire country.

Posted by Michael at 11:53 AM
Comments (0)

More election fraud news

First thing in this morning and what do I see? House Dems Seek Election Inquiry 
Wired also has a nice running collection on Machine Politics

E-voting gains a foothold at polling places in the U.S. and abroad, despite fears that the technology is flawed and votes easily manipulated. Is the voting booth still sacred? Does your vote still count?

Posted by Michael at 10:52 AM
Comments (0)

November 04, 2004

Surprise at lack of media attention to possible electronic ballot machine fraud

From Salon:

Mark Crispin Miller is a media critic, professor of communications at New York University, and author, most recently, of “Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order.”
First of all, this election was definitely rigged. I have no doubt about it. It’s a statistical impossibility that Bush got 8 million more votes than he got last time. In 2000, he got 15 million votes from right-wing Christians, and there are approximately 19 million of them in the country. They were eager to get the other 4 million. That was pretty much Karl Rove’s strategy to get Bush elected.

But given Bush’s low popularity ratings and the enormous number of new voters — who skewed Democratic — there is no way in the world that Bush got 8 million more votes this time. I think it had a lot to do with the electronic voting machines. Those machines are completely untrustworthy, and that’s why the Republicans use them. Then there’s the fact that the immediate claim of Ohio was not contested by the news media — when Andrew Card came out and claimed the state, not only were the votes in Ohio not counted, they weren’t even all cast.

I would have to hear a much stronger argument for the authenticity, or I should say the veracity, of this popular vote for Bush before I’m willing to believe it. If someone can prove to me that it happened, that Bush somehow pulled 8 million magic votes out of a hat, OK, I’ll accept it. I’m an independent, not a Democrat, and I’m not living in denial.

And that’s not even talking about Florida, which is about as Democratic a state as Guatemala used to be. The news media is obliged to make the Republicans account for all these votes, and account for the way they were counted. Simply to embrace this result as definitive is irrational. But there is every reason to question it … I find it beyond belief that the press in this formerly democratic country would not have made the integrity of the electoral system a front page, top-of-the-line story for the last three years. I worked and worked and worked to get that story into the media, and no one touched it until your guy did.

I actually got invited to a Kerry fundraiser so I could talk to him about it. I raised the issue directly with him and with Teresa. Teresa was really indignant and really concerned, but Kerry just looked down at me — he’s about 9 feet tall — and I could tell it just didn’t register. It set off all his conspiracy-theory alarms and he just wasn’t listening.

Talk to anyone from a real democracy — from Canada or any European country or India. They are staggered to discover that 80 percent of our touch-screen electronic voting machines have no paper trail and are manufactured by companies owned by Bush Republicans. But there is very little sense of outrage here. Americans for a host of reasons have become alienated from the spirit of the Bill of Rights and that should not be tolerated.

And there’s more. How to rig an election.
Optical scan questions in Florida
BlackBoxVoting has been disclosing the insecurities of the electronic voting machines for well over 6 months now, and their opinion is that fraud occured, the scope of which is simply not known.

Black Box Voting has taken the position that fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines. We base this on hard evidence, documents obtained in public records requests, inside information, and other data indicative of manipulation of electronic voting systems. What we do not know is the specific scope of the fraud. We are working now to compile the proof, based not on soft evidence — red flags, exit polls — but core documents obtained by Black Box Voting in the most massive Freedom of Information action in history.

I’ll add more to this after I get home.

Posted by Michael at 06:02 PM
Comments (0)

November 02, 2004

Election day

I read this quote from troutfishing on MeFi

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance, I hope, to see a push for putting the Ten Commandments in every school and government building, banning all abortions, reducing birth control ed. to a “just say no” mantra, targetting gays with hate speech and discriminatory legislation, pissing on the poor, exploiting the National Guard, levelling a few more Mideast nations, running up the national debt a few more trillion…… ( just for a start ) appointing Supreme Court justice who feel that all law flow from the Bible ( specifically the Old Testament )……..all go down in crashing ruins with a resounding rout of GW Bush, with a Kerry victory.

That pretty much says it for me.

November 2004 archive

[this is an archive post from our old database. Any links pointing back to daHIFI.net are probably broken.]

November 12, 2004

Liquid Freedom

This article has a very good idea of starting an Iraqi National Oil fund like the Alaskan Oil Fund that pays out part of oil profits to each citizen. The author, Lynny Glenn, states that by establishing this fund, the United States would stand in stark contrast to Hussein’s regime’s practice of hoarding oil profits. Starting the fund would squelch any talk of the US trying to steal Iraqi oil, and would provide each of Iraq’s citizens with a steady income worth hundreds of dollars a year in a country where the average annual income is $1500. It would also establish the legitimacy of the Iraqi government.

I think this idea is great and should be talked about. Tell as many people that you know and help get this idea off the ground.

Posted by Michael at 10:29 AM
Comments (0)

November 06, 2004

Nader pushing for recount in New Hampshire

Anyone who thinks that there is nothing wrong with the Chief Executive of Diebold being on record saying that he would deliver the Ohio vote to Bush should look at what’s happening now. Reports are in all over the country of irregularities and problems with the vote. Now Nader is pushing for a recount in New Hampshire to audit the paper trail. Why? It’s not as if the change is going to be so great that Nader could win the state. Republicans will be less likely to stonewall this seeming as how Kerry already won the state and that’s not likely to change. The reason is that if there is any significant differences in the numbers it will highlight the serious problem with our voting machines and call into question the results of the entire country.

Posted by Michael at 11:53 AM
Comments (0)

More election fraud news

First thing in this morning and what do I see? House Dems Seek Election Inquiry 
Wired also has a nice running collection on Machine Politics

E-voting gains a foothold at polling places in the U.S. and abroad, despite fears that the technology is flawed and votes easily manipulated. Is the voting booth still sacred? Does your vote still count?

Posted by Michael at 10:52 AM
Comments (0)

November 04, 2004

Surprise at lack of media attention to possible electronic ballot machine fraud

From Salon:

Mark Crispin Miller is a media critic, professor of communications at New York University, and author, most recently, of “Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order.”
First of all, this election was definitely rigged. I have no doubt about it. It’s a statistical impossibility that Bush got 8 million more votes than he got last time. In 2000, he got 15 million votes from right-wing Christians, and there are approximately 19 million of them in the country. They were eager to get the other 4 million. That was pretty much Karl Rove’s strategy to get Bush elected.

But given Bush’s low popularity ratings and the enormous number of new voters — who skewed Democratic — there is no way in the world that Bush got 8 million more votes this time. I think it had a lot to do with the electronic voting machines. Those machines are completely untrustworthy, and that’s why the Republicans use them. Then there’s the fact that the immediate claim of Ohio was not contested by the news media — when Andrew Card came out and claimed the state, not only were the votes in Ohio not counted, they weren’t even all cast.

I would have to hear a much stronger argument for the authenticity, or I should say the veracity, of this popular vote for Bush before I’m willing to believe it. If someone can prove to me that it happened, that Bush somehow pulled 8 million magic votes out of a hat, OK, I’ll accept it. I’m an independent, not a Democrat, and I’m not living in denial.

And that’s not even talking about Florida, which is about as Democratic a state as Guatemala used to be. The news media is obliged to make the Republicans account for all these votes, and account for the way they were counted. Simply to embrace this result as definitive is irrational. But there is every reason to question it … I find it beyond belief that the press in this formerly democratic country would not have made the integrity of the electoral system a front page, top-of-the-line story for the last three years. I worked and worked and worked to get that story into the media, and no one touched it until your guy did.

I actually got invited to a Kerry fundraiser so I could talk to him about it. I raised the issue directly with him and with Teresa. Teresa was really indignant and really concerned, but Kerry just looked down at me — he’s about 9 feet tall — and I could tell it just didn’t register. It set off all his conspiracy-theory alarms and he just wasn’t listening.

Talk to anyone from a real democracy — from Canada or any European country or India. They are staggered to discover that 80 percent of our touch-screen electronic voting machines have no paper trail and are manufactured by companies owned by Bush Republicans. But there is very little sense of outrage here. Americans for a host of reasons have become alienated from the spirit of the Bill of Rights and that should not be tolerated.

And there’s more. How to rig an election.
Optical scan questions in Florida
BlackBoxVoting has been disclosing the insecurities of the electronic voting machines for well over 6 months now, and their opinion is that fraud occured, the scope of which is simply not known.

Black Box Voting has taken the position that fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines. We base this on hard evidence, documents obtained in public records requests, inside information, and other data indicative of manipulation of electronic voting systems. What we do not know is the specific scope of the fraud. We are working now to compile the proof, based not on soft evidence — red flags, exit polls — but core documents obtained by Black Box Voting in the most massive Freedom of Information action in history.

I’ll add more to this after I get home.

Posted by Michael at 06:02 PM
Comments (0)

November 02, 2004

Election day

I read this quote from troutfishing on MeFi

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance, I hope, to see a push for putting the Ten Commandments in every school and government building, banning all abortions, reducing birth control ed. to a “just say no” mantra, targetting gays with hate speech and discriminatory legislation, pissing on the poor, exploiting the National Guard, levelling a few more Mideast nations, running up the national debt a few more trillion…… ( just for a start ) appointing Supreme Court justice who feel that all law flow from the Bible ( specifically the Old Testament )……..all go down in crashing ruins with a resounding rout of GW Bush, with a Kerry victory.

That pretty much says it for me.Posted by Michael at 06:46 PM
Comments (0)

November 01, 2004

Last minute thoughts

Seems that for the last 70 years, the last Redskins home game before the election has predicted the winner of the presidental race. I can only hope that this synchronicity holds firm this time.

Here’s a scary article about the draft that I came across today. If it is to be believed, Bush and Co. are not merely trying to make Iraq a bastion of Freedom, but apparently want to take over Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Sudan and Somalia as well.

Again, if the Bush II administration has been this bad in their first four years just think how bad they could be in the next four.

“To my knowledge, in the time I have served as secretary of defense, the idea of reinstating the draft has never been debated, endorsed, discussed, theorized, pondered or even whispered by anyone in the Bush administration.” – Donald Rumsfeld

Never even pondered, eh? Like I believe that.

Posted by Michael at 12:07 AM
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