The numbers don't lie

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;



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.



Bush paid Miers firm big bucks in '98 campaign

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.”

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Are we still paying Cheney's heating bills?

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.”

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Miers helped "keep the lid on" Bush's military history

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


Patrick Fitzgerald's new website


Powell on Cheney's role in Plamegate

More Grist for the TreasonGate Rumor Mill


Note: This is an e-mail circulating around Capitol Hill that was forwarded to us by a source wishing to remain anonymous (no, not Scooter Libby, for God’s sake). We can only offer it up as rumor and speculation, but it certainly is interesting rumor and speculation at that! Much of it is consistent with other corroborating leaks, except for two bombshell points: that Colin Powell spilled the beans on Cheney, and that Cheney’s lawyer is negotiating with the U.S. Prosecutor’s office.

Here it is, exactly as BuzzFlash received it:

“below, some extremely sensitive information about the impending conclusion of the valerie plame investigations. the sources include two senior members of senate and key staffers; counsel for individuals that have been called before the grand jury; and two journalists taking a lead position in investigating the case. the following represents a composite of the information from those sources.

plamegate coming to conclusion. the investigation has focused mostly closely on vice president cheney and his staff, as well as us ambassador to the un (and former undersecretary of state for arms control) john bolton and his staff. we are told that eight indictments have already prepared, with the possibility of another ten. these indictments include senior white house staff, most notably vice president cheney’s chief of staff scooter libby, fred flights (special assistant to john bolton), and–very surprisingly–national security adviser steve hadley. apparently, libby and hadley have both been told by their lawyers to expect indictments. the indictment of senior bush political advisor karl rove seems highly probable.

most critically, a plea bargain process has evidently been opened with vice president cheney’s lawyer. that does not mean that an indictment is coming. but i’ve some critical background around the issue.

in the past several days, former secretary of state colin powell had a meeting with senator john mccain (R-AZ), primarily about the mccain-sponsored amendment on inserting a rider prohibiting torture onto the us defense budget (a bill which powell has himself been lobbying heavily for, against objections of president bush).

during the meeting, powell recounted to the senator that he had traveled on air force one with bush and cheney, and brought to their attention a classified memorandum about the issue of whether there was indeed a transaction inolving niger and yellow cake uranium. the document included ambassador joe wilson’s involvement and identified his wife, valerie plame, as a covert agent. the memorandum further stated that this information was secret. powell told mccain that he showed that memo only to two people–president and vice president. according to powell, cheney fixated on the wilson/plame connection, and plame’s status.

powell testified about this exchange in great length to the grand jury investigating the plame case. according to sources close to the case, powell appeared convinced that the vice president played a focal role in disclosing plame’s undercover status.

in his conversation with mccain, powell felt that–at a minimum–there would be a serious shakeup at national security council as a consequence. in particular, vice president cheney would no longer hold a pivotal role in us national security affairs. powell apparently did not discuss the potential of a cheney resignation.

lead prosecutor patrick fitzgerald has apparently been looking at the precedent of formerly indicted nixon vice president spiro agnew. this shows the likely path, because addressing executive immunity and privilege questions would necessarily begin start with a plea-bargain deal that would entail a resignation.
this is all likely to occur within the next week. 28 october (next friday) is the last day of the grand jury, and no requests have been made to extend their session. the investigator is expecting to wrap up by then.

there are enormous implication for what would be the biggest white house shakeup since the iran-contra scandal in the reagan era. president bush’s approval rating at 39% has already led to a significant decrease in policy efficacy with key legislators in congress (which i’ve already discussed at length elsewhere). i’ll spin out the broader policy implications when i have some time to write at greater length, but i wanted to get this out immediately.

one interesting point though–it is worth noting that a parade of senior republican senators have evidently been privately pushing mccain to lobby to be cheney’s replacement. senator lindsey graham (R-SC) has also been mentioned. meanwhile, the white house has already been developing countermeasures–notably including senior white house officials privately voicing president bush’s disappointment in karl rove’s involvement in the case, calling it ‘misconduct.’ an urgent search for a rove replacement is already underway.”


Halliburton's slaves


Halliburton unit is tapping pipeline of illicit
workers for U.S. military jobs in war zone

IRAQ — American tax dollars and the wartime needs of the U.S. military are fueling an illicit pipeline of cheap foreign labor, mainly impoverished Asians who often deceived, exploited and put in harm’s way in Iraq with little protection.

Tens of thousands of foreign workers, often from impoverished Asian nations, make up the civilian service in Iraq. But, many of these workers, hired by contractor KBR (subsidiary of Halliburton), are lured to Iraq with false promises of a safe job in Kuwait or Jordan, work for as little as $1.56 an hour (well below the pay of an American employee), and are treated like second-class citizens.

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Rove's War Double DVD Set – TBTM Fundraiser

THE ENTIRE PLAMEGATE CHRONOLOGY! GET THE WHOLE STORY BEHIND THE INDICTMENTS COMING DOWN FROM FITZGERALD! and their Hollywood Award winning director/producer Symbolman is proud to present the Definitive Chronology of the Rove/Plamegate outing in DVD format, “Roves War.”

After more than a year of research, filtering through hundreds of hours of footage and blogs, the “Rove’s War” double DVD set weighs in at 150+ minutes of Red Meat for those that want to know exactly where, when, what and who pulled treasonous crimes – as we shred media propaganda and rumors, and expose the Truth.

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What's going down in California

From: “Norma”
Subject: CA: The “Special” Election FYI

Begin forwarded message:

From: Jackie Goldberg
Subject: The “Special” Election

Hi everyone-There are only four weeks to go until the
so-called “special” election. And the big worry is
that only reactionary people will vote! I can tell
you for a fact, that this may be one of the more
important California elections in recent years.

You see, the corporate take-over of California is what
is being proposed. Several of the Governor’s
measures, all sponsored and paid for by members of the
corporate elite of California and the United States
have several goals. First and foremost they do NOT
want to be bothered having to work with the pesky
legislature. So, they propose something they call
“Live within your means.” This measure makes the
Governor a King where matters of money are concerned.
It also trashes the Prop. 98 guarantee for Public
Education. What that means is that the Governor can
unilaterally determine how to cut the budget if the
legislature cannot get a 2/3 vote to do so. And that
means that the Republicans will NEVER vote for a
budget if there is a Republican Governor who will be
able to cut anything he wants, however he wants,
without the approval of the legislature. It means
that the legislature is irrelevant to the budget

Regardless of what you feel about the current
Governor, it is not hard to believe that at some time,
some Governor will slash health care, human services,
and public education because he/she needs no one to
approve. Checks and balances were set into the
California constitution to prevent one-man rule. This
election could overturn this.

Then, of course there is the redrawing of district
election lines. No state uses retired judges. In
fact almost all of them do it the way we in California
currently do it. That is the legislature, with the
signature of the Governor, writes a plan every ten
years. Both sides have to agree. When they cannot
agree, a lawsuit puts it into court, and then an
active judge will make the changes necessary to make
it fair. Think about retired judges. Currently
almost all of them are going to be Anglo males,
largely drawn from the men appointed by Governors
Wilson and Deukmejian. This does not sound
“non-partisan” to me.

All in all, it is just a power grab. Even the
so-called Prop. 78 “drug savings” measure is paid for
by the biggest pharmaceutical companies and would be
entirely voluntary on their part. The real savings to
consumers would come from Prop. 79 and the drug
companies are spending millions to stop this good

This ballot has something to hate for everyone. One
proposition tries to kill off the voice of public
employee unions by making it harder to get an OK from
members to use money collected to lobby or support
candidates. Another tells a young person who wants to
teach that they will have absolutely NO job protection
for five years! No other job in the state is treated
like that. Talented young people with about $100,000
in debt from five years training at a University will
not likely choose teaching because of this

And of course, no assault on our rights would be
complete with an attempt to limit a woman’s right to
choose. So here is how I am going to vote:

Prop. 73 NO Prop. 75 NO Prop. 77 NO
Prop. 74 NO Prop. 76 NO Prop. 78 NO

That is six big NO’s on the November 8th ballot.
There are actually two good measures and they are, of
course, at the very end. They are Prop. 79 YES; and
Prop. 80 YES.

I am voting YES on Prop. 79, because it would require
the drug companies to negotiate a real deal with the
state of California that would cover Medi-Cal
recipients, and the savings would also be passed on to
all Californians in lowering the drug costs for them
as well. And Prop. 80, I am voting YES because it
would re-regulate electricity in California so we
don’t end up with blackouts and with the gaming of our
system by Texas Oil and Gas, and Electric company
traders like Enron, etc.

So, be sure to vote on Tuesday Novebmer 8th! Vote
absentee, or go to the polls. But VOTE! If we fail
to show up, those who want corporate rule will win by
default. This is why they wanted a $50 million
special election. They knew there was no urgency.
They want this vote because they believe we won’t go
to the polls and a very small minority of reactionary
voters will be able to carry the vote on these
draconian measures.

If you want more detail on these measures, go to the
website: There you will find
background info, and a printable voting guide to send
to your family and friends, and co-workers. Remember,
friends don’t let friends neglect their civic duty.
Especially when so much is at stake.

If you would like to hear more in person, I am having
a community meeting at Logan Elementary School on
October 27th, Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. And if
you want to help defeat these measures, call SEIU
Local 347, at (323) 712-1779 to join me in walking
precincts. Or you can phone voters by calling (213)
381-5611 ext. 40 and ask for Norma Lopez. I’ll see
you there too.

Warmest regards, as always,



Remember If you can not attend the community meeting has information on all of the
initiatives and a downloadable voters guide in english
and soon in spanish as well! The
“Special” Election is on Tuesday November 8th!


Leslie Savan's new book!

Hi everyone,

After too many years in the making, my book on pop language, Slam Dunks and No-Brainers, has just been been published, and the time has come for me to shamelessly promote it. I’m doing some NYC and New Jersey events, listed below. I also threw in a few book tour events in the Bay Area and Chicago, in case you or any friends of yours are out there.

Meanwhile, you can buy the book on Amazon (uh, duh):


Weds. Oct. 19–between 7:30-8 a.m.?
The Today Show– a segment on pop language
(The times and the segment itself are up in the air, but I taped it last week.)

Mon. Oct. 24, 8:30 p.m.
I’ll be on the hot new Mark Jacobson Show, a “live talkshow” at Mo Pitkins’ House of Satisfaction
34 Ave. A
(free, I think)

Weds. Nov. 2, 7-9 p.m.
reading at KGB Bar
Nonfiction Readers Series
85 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 505 3360

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7:30-9 p.m.
Talk and book signing
South Orange Library
65 Scotland Rd.
South Orange, NJ 07079

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2-4 p.m.
Book signing
Goldfinch Books
97A Baker St.
Maplewood, NJ

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2-4 p.m.
Book signing
Town Book Store
255 East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ
(908) 233-3535

Bay Area:

Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 pm
Capitola Book Cafe
1475 41st Avenue
Capitola, CA.
(near Santa Cruz)

Thursday, October 20, 12:30 pm
Stacey’s Bookstore
581 Market St.
San Francisco

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th St.