Article published Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Lucas County voting begins Election Day with problems at the polls
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Voting so far on new touch-screen machines has not been quite as seamless as local board of elections officials had hoped.
Lucas County Board of Elections director Jill Kelly said some voters left the precincts this morning without voting because the machines were not up and running. She urged people who had problems to return and cast their ballots.
Bush Picks Alito for Supreme Court
By RON FOURNIER, AP Political Writer
President Bush, stung by the rejection of his first choice, will nominate conservative judge Samuel Alito to replace moderate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in a bid to reshape the Supreme Court and mollify his political base, officials said Monday.
The choice was likely to spark a political brawl. Unlike the nomination of Harriet Miers, which was derailed by Bush’s conservative allies, Alito faces opposition from liberal Democrats.
Bush planned to announce the nomination at 8 a.m. EST. Wasting no time, the White House arranged for Alito to go to the Capitol after the announcement.
The schedule called for Senate Majority Leader Bill First to greet him and accompany the nominee to the Capitol Rotunda to go to the coffin of the late civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.
The Myth of The Pro-War, Pro-Bush Military Shattered in New Poll
TIM WHITMIRE News Observer (North Carolina) October 29, 2005
The shocking results from a new poll show that support among the military for President George W. Bush and his catastrophic failure in Iraq is nearly the same as the civilian population. According to the Associated Press, pollster Hunter Bacot said, “We see that those most involved in the Iraq situation, the military, are not so different from the general public after all and share the same concerns about Iraq. Conventional wisdom might suggest that the military would be more supportive of Bush in Iraq, but that simply isn’t the case if you look at the numbers.” Let’s see if the press covers this huge development.
Bid for More Home Heating Aid Fails in Senate
Thursday, October 27, 2005; A02
The Senate decided yesterday the money was not there for a substantial spending boost for the federal home heating program, deflecting arguments that soaring energy prices could force the poor to choose between heat and food this winter.
Senators voted 54 to 43 in favor of a proposal to boost the fiscal 2006 budget for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program from $2.2 billion to $5.1 billion. A 60-vote majority was needed to approve new spending not coupled with equivalent spending cuts.
Northern senators who pushed for increased spending for the program, led by Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), argued that low-income families would be particularly hurt by the surge in fuel costs.
Powerful Government Accounting Office report confirms key 2004 stolen election findings
by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
October 26, 2005
As a legal noose appears to be tightening around the Bush/Cheney/Rove inner circle, a shocking government report shows the floor under the legitimacy of their alleged election to the White House is crumbling.
The latest critical confirmation of key indicators that the election of 2004 was stolen comes in an extremely powerful, penetrating report from the General Accounting Office that has gotten virtually no mainstream media coverage.
The government’s lead investigative agency is known for its general incorruptibility and its through, in-depth analyses. Its concurrence with assertions widely dismissed as “conspiracy theories” adds crucial new weight to the case that Team Bush has no legitimate business being in the White House.
Oh, My Ohio: Noe Indicted in Bush/Cheney ’04 Money-Laundering Scheme!
Dirty, Dirty, Little Ohio Begins to Come Apart at the Seams…
Along with the rest of the disgraced Republican Party…
Just in from the Toledo-Blade. One of the top GOP moneymen for Bush/Cheney in Ohio, and for Republicans nationwide, joins the ignominious ranks in the ever-swelling Republican “Culture of Corruption”.
From Allan G.:
Mark, not sure if you were aware of the work of ‘TruthIsAll’ over at Democratic Underground;
“The analysis of exit polls and documented fraud in this election began on the Internet. A number of academics posted detailed work showing the near-impossible odds of Bush overcoming deficits in the state exit polls and the National Exit Polls. Much of this analysis comes from “TruthIsAll” (TIA), a poster on emocraticUnderground.Com. TIA has a background and several degrees in applied mathematics. Using various elements of the national and state exit polls and other data sources, he produces results that are thorough, detailed, sober and compelling. He shows ALL data and calculations, while encouraging others to check his math. Only once did he make a minor math error, after asking DUers to check his calculation of probability that at least 16 states would deviate beyond their exit poll margin of error and go for Bush. The answer turned out to be one in 19 trillion! The debates on DemocraticUnderground’s “2004: Election Results and Discussion” forum are legendary and have attracted observers from all over the Net.”
It’s pretty compelling, here is the bulk of his posts collected;
TRUTHISALL: THE 2004 ELECTION COLLECTION
If you have some colleagues who are intensely math-savvy, and haven’t jumped on the Fraud bandwagon because they need to see some numbers, here they are.
Miers Is Asked About Role in ’98 Campaign
By Charles Babington and Amy Goldstein
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, October 22, 2005; A10
Senators are asking Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers to provide more information about her role as a lawyer for President Bush’s 1998 Texas gubernatorial campaign, for which her firm was paid $140,000.
In answering a Judiciary Committee questionnaire this week, Miers mentioned her legal roles in Bush’s first gubernatorial campaign, in 1994, and in his 2000 campaign for president. But she did not mention the 1998 gubernatorial reelection campaign, for which her firm was paid far more than the $7,000 it received in 1994, according to a review of campaign records by the Associated Press.
The questionnaire asked Miers to describe “services rendered, whether compensated or not, to any political party, election committee or transition team.” The committee’s Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on Wednesday asked Miers to provide more information on several items, including her “political activities.”
From R. Miller:
As a single mom without a drop of oil in the tank (and it’s pretty chilly already here in rainy Boston) I would like to know if we are still paying DICK CHENEY’S utility bill?
I haven’t forgotten that the sneering fatcat pawned his electric bill off on the Navy, with Republican Congressional approval, the minute he squatted in the Vice Presidential mansion, back in 2001. Now with record prices for fuel these rethuglicans are cutting aid for needy families who can barely afford the basic necessities.
Has the media forgotten? Is there any way to find out if we the people are still paying Cheney’s electric bill? If the Republicans are so into cutting government subsidy of utilities and so into personal responsibility, shouldn’t Dick be footing his own bill?
Senate again blocks heating aid for poor families
October 21, 2005
WASHINGTON — For the second time this month, the Senate voted against putting more money into a program that helps low-income families meet home heating costs.
Senators who opposed the $3.1 billion in emergency money for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program said the aid would be dealt with as part of a larger emergency spending bill that Congress probably will consider soon.
But advocates said that with the weather turning cold in northern states and energy prices soaring, there was no time to delay. Many families, said Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), a sponsor of the measure, face a stark choice — ”to heat or to eat.”
From Carolyn Kay:
I can’t tell you how to evaluate the truth of this story, as WorldNetDaily has, in the past, been a willing participant in the right-wing cabal’s takeover of our government. [It’s owned by ultra-rghtist Richard Mellon Scaife.-MCM] We know that Bush got special treatment to get into the Guard, that he got special treatment after he quit showing up for duty, and that the records were sanitized after he became governor. But in the past, the right wing has done its best to discredit those stories. What I don’t know is why WorldNetDaily is now willing to trash Bush, whether this story is true or not. But it’s an interesting development.
Miers panel to hear ‘explosive testimony’?
Gag order lifted for ex-lottery boss claiming Miers kept ‘lid’ on Bush Guard controversy
Posted: October 21, 2005
Released from a gag order, Larry Littwin – the controversial former director of the Texas Lottery under Harriet Miers – is free to appear at the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearings to give “potentially explosive” testimony damaging both to President Bush and his nominee, according to WND columnist Jerome Corsi.
As WorldNetDaily has reported, Littwin allegedly was fired by Miers because he wanted to investigate improper political influence-buying by lobbyists for GTECH, the firm contracted to run the lottery.
Corsi believes that Littwin, according to an examination of hundreds of contemporary Texas newspaper accounts, will be able to establish under oath that the GTECH contract was preserved on a no-bid basis by then-chairwoman of the Lottery Commission Miers in order to “keep the lid on” the National Guard controversy involving then-Gov. Bush.
The lobbyists included Ben Barnes, the former Texas lieutenant governor who claims he pulled strings to get Bush into the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.
Lots more really good stuff at MakeThemAccountable.com.