100 DRE machines break down in Philly!

Train Wreck in Progress as Today’s Primary Elections in PA Run Into Big Trouble…
Paper Ballots Being Passed Out, ‘We’re Dead’ Says One Official … (Who could have forseen such problems?!)
Pennsylvania is having their primary elections today and, as expected, the train wreck is underway. As reported by Philadelphia Daily News, hundreds of machines (in this case, those made by Danaher Guardian) have failed…

BREAKING NEWS: 100 voting machines broken

More than 100 voting machines are reported to be broken across the city, the Daily News has learned.

Apparently, the machines were broken when polls opened this morning — they keep spitting out the paper tape that keeps the tally of the vote. It is the largest breakdown since we started using the new voting machines.




Rotten in Denmark

Rotten in Denmark
05/11/2006 @ 2:05 pm
Filed by Nancy Goldstein – Raw Story columnist

Media critic Mark Crispin Miller has been trying to tell us that electronic touch screen voting stinks for years now — most recently with last fall’s publication of Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They’ll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them).

He has repeatedly warned us that electronic touch-screen machines are untrustworthy. They are prone to break down. They leave no paper trail. They make fraud almost impossible to detect. And they’re manufactured by private vendors with very close ties to the Republican Party, such as Diebold and ES&S. (Waldon O’Dell, the former chief executive of Diebold who was forced to step down this past winter amidst allegations of insider trading, famously told Bush supporters in a 2003 fund-raising letter that he was “committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year.”)

Miller’s theories about widespread systemic voter fraud have not always been kindly received by progressive media outlets (dismissive reviews of his book appeared on Salon and in Mother Jones). So he must have been feeling at least a momentary flush of schaudenfraude when I caught up with him earlier this month. Ohio had just held the first election in which all 88 counties used either touch-screen machines or devices that scan ballots marked by voters. And it had unfolded like a virtual show-and-tell of his key points.

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Bear this in mind when he speaks tonight

News Updates from Citizens for Legitimate Government
15 May 2006

Bush budget scraps 9,790 border patrol agents –Bush uses law’s escape clause to drop funding for new homeland security force 09 Feb 2005 Officially approved by President [sic] Bush on Dec. 17 after extensive bickering in Congress, the National Intelligence Reform Act included the requirement to add 10,000 border patrol agents in the five years beginning with 2006. Roughly 80 percent of the agents were to patrol the southern U.S. border from Texas to California… But Bush’s proposed 2006 budget, revealed Monday, funds only 210 new border agents.

Official: Thousands of troops will head to border –Bush to outline plan in Monday night Oval Office address 15 May 2006 President [sic] Bush will call for the deployment of “less than 10,000” National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to serve a “supportive role” in the mission to keep people from entering the United States illegally, a senior administration official said Monday.


ABC News, NY Times, WashPost under Federal surveillance!

Federal Source to ABC News: We Know Who You’re Calling
May 15, 2006 10:33 AM
Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report:

A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we call in an effort to root out confidential sources.

“It’s time for you to get some new cell phones, quick,” the source told us in an in-person conversation.

ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA collection of domestic phone calls.

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Bush goons aim assault rifles at protestors

Bush Motorcade Aims Assault Rifles At Protesters In Florida

Eyewitnesses are reporting that during Bush’s recent visit to Florida, protesters were shocked to see security goons and secret service aiming assault rifles at them hanging out of the window of the passing motorcade.

Should we be surprised that ordinary bill of rights exercising Americans are treated like terrorists in light of the latest revelations on the NSA spying program?

Is this Nepal or America?

Accounts provided to the Daily Kos website are reprinted below.

Narrative re: Bush’s visit to SCC on May 9, 2006 from Barbara Nicholson

We stood with about 50 others on rte 674 and when the motorcade came by there was assault rifle OUT the window pointing at ALL of us and the cars all looked like I remember seeing in the Hitler motorcades in the movies when I was a child, all boxy and black and one had the Pres seal and American flag on the sides. It was absolutely chilling! I worked the inner city for 15 years with gangs and even with kids and families of the Bloods and Crips and have never had an assault rifle pointed my way. In my 75 years I have seen many Pres motorcades and shook many pres hands and seen many pres elects and their entourage but never anything like this with the motorcycles, big black cars and rifles were just the very last straw. It wasn’t the rifle that was scary it was knowing that this madman is so insecure and scared and psychotic that this is how he must travel. AARRRRRGH! USA, Banana Republic for sure. Then to know our tax money paid for this photo op and for the fundraising luncheon at the Renaissance Club is truly the icing on the cake which will kill us all. Very depressing to say the least.

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From Ray Beckerman:

Important Action Memo from Paddy Shaffer:

Do Not Allow Ohio 2004 Election Documents to be Thrown Out!
Best regards
“Our lives begin to end the day we become
silent about things that matter.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

It's even worse than we think

NSA Whistleblower To Expose More Unlawful Activity: ‘People Are Going To Be Shocked’
CongressDaily reports that former NSA staffer Russell Tice will testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee next week that not only do employees at the agency believe the activities they are being asked to perform are unlawful, but that what has been disclosed so far is only the tip of the iceberg. Tice will tell Congress that former NSA head Gen. Michael Hayden, Bush’s nominee to be the next CIA director, oversaw more illegal activity that has yet to be disclosed:

A former intelligence officer for the National Security Agency said Thursday he plans to tell Senate staffers next week that unlawful activity occurred at the agency under the supervision of Gen. Michael Hayden beyond what has been publicly reported, while hinting that it might have involved the illegal use of space-based satellites and systems to spy on U.S. citizens.

[Tice] said he plans to tell the committee staffers the NSA conducted illegal and unconstitutional surveillance of U.S. citizens while he was there with the knowledge of Hayden. “I think the people I talk to next week are going to be shocked when I tell them what I have to tell them. It’s pretty hard to believe,” Tice said. “I hope that they’ll clean up the abuses and have some oversight into these programs, which doesn’t exist right now.”

Tice said his information is different from the Terrorist Surveillance Program that Bush acknowledged in December and from news accounts this week that the NSA has been secretly collecting phone call records of millions of Americans. “It’s an angle that you haven’t heard about yet,” he said.
He would not discuss with a reporter the details of his allegations, saying doing so would compromise classified information and put him at risk of going to jail. He said he “will not confirm or deny” if his allegations involve the illegal use of space systems and satellites.

Tice has a history for blowing the whistle on serious misconduct. He was one of the sources that revealed the administration’s warrantless domestic spying program to the New York Times.

Rove indicted!

BREAKING | Jason Leopold: Rove Informs White House He Will Be Indicted
Karl Rove told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten that he will
be indicted in the CIA leak case and will immediately resign his White House
job when the special counsel publicly announces the charges against him.


The earth is moving, friends….

Two good pieces…

Thursday, May 11, 2006
And speaking of no longer being tinfoil hat stuff……

As we head into the midterm elections, more people than ever before in the reality-based community (i.e. those who don’t get their news from the Delusionists at Fox News) believe that George W. Bush stole the 2004 election:

In the first poll of its kind,, in the second OpEdNews/Zogby People’s poll has learned that except for viewers of right wing news show, Fox News, poll respondents believe that the 2004 presidential election was stolen.

Overall, the poll found that 39% said that the 2004 election was stolen. 54% said it was legitimate. Shortly after the election, the NY Times suggested that a few fringe extremists and bloggers were concerned about the theft of the election.

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May 12, 2006
Reversing Course on Electronic Voting
Some Former Backers of Technology Seek Return to Paper Ballots, Citing Glitches, Fraud Fears

WASHINGTON — Some advocates of a 2002 law mandating upgrades of the nation’s voting machinery now worry the overhaul is making things worse.
With the 2006 midterm elections approaching, proponents of the Help America Vote Act are filing lawsuits to block some state and election officials’ efforts to comply with the act.

The Help America Vote Act called for upgrading election equipment to guard against another contested outcome such as the 2000 presidential vote. Among the flaws in balloting almost six years ago were antiquated hand-operated voting machines and punch-card ballots that were difficult to read. To redress that, members of Congress pushed for modernization, which could include touch-screen voting machines, on which ballots are cast and recorded solely electronically. At the time, the electronic voting machines were seen as a reliable contrast to the older technology.

The lawsuits — nine so far — coincide with a stampede by state and county officials to spend $3 billion allocated by Congress to help pay for upgrades. To comply with the Help America Vote Act, a number of states and dozens of counties purchased touch-screen voting machines. The deadline for spending the money is tied to each state’s 2006 primary dates.

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