Federal court upholds Volusia County's right NOT to go with Diebold

From the Brad Blog:

Fed Court Upholds Volusia County Decision to NOT Use Diebold Touchscreen Voting Machines
Florida County at Center of Battle Between Several Disabled Rights Groups
Emergency Appeal Filed by Group Who Received $1 Million Donation from Diebold

The BRAD BLOG has learned, a Federal District Court has ruled against the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) who had filed suit against Volusia County, Florida earlier this month to force the county to use paperless Electronic Voting Machines in the upcoming fall elections there.

The NFB has decided late in the day to file an emergency appeal to that Federal District Court decision.

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O'Reilly crows over John Carroll's ouster

From Nora Tocus:

Dr Miller: I hope you had something better to do this evening than watch Bill O’Reilly on FOX so I will summarize for you. He crowed that John Carroll, editor of the LA Times, has been forced out and says that his replacement will be required to clear the contents of the editorial page with the paper’s publisher. He also pointed out that the LA Times is owned by the Trib and clearly intended his message to be that this liberal (read: wild & crazy) paper will now be slapped into shape. I later googled and did not find any of this spin, just straight reportage of Carroll’s retirement. But if it’s true that another liberal voice has been silenced, this is appalling news. And I imagine this could mean that Michael Kinsley will soon be packing up.

Tucker Carlson's hard-on for terrorism

From Ed Rampell:

Tucker Carlson just said on his July 15 MSNBC “Situation” chat show that he likes the French because 20 years ago they blew up the Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior at Auckland Harbor, which was “a bold and beautiful thing to do.”

A photographer died in this act of state terrorism. The Rainbow Warrior was preparing to sail to French Polynesia to protest France’s nuclear testing program there. French saboteurs/secret DGSE agents (the French CIA) were convicted of manslaughter in New Zealand courts. “Democracy Now” reported on July 14 that it has recently been documented that then-French President Francois Mitterand approved this act of terrorism.

Tucker Carlson is endorsing terrorism and calling it “bold and beautiful.”

Contact MSNBC and NBC to demand that he be held accountable for publicly proclaiming his advocacy of acts of terror. Spread the word.

Teresa Chambers' whistle-blowing confirmed by top Interior official

That’s right — just as the subject line suggests, a high ranking official within the Department of the Interior has recently talked with a newspaper reporter and shared information and opinions similar to those I shared with the Washington Post in December 2003. As you know, the Washington Post article was used by my supervisors as a reason to dismiss me.

The HonestChief webmaster has included links to both articles and a look at what this DOI official has said compared to statements that were attributed to me in December 2003.

Please share this information with those you know and with your federal elected officials. Thank you for your strong commitment to stand with me as we continue through the lengthy process involved in our efforts to return me to the position of Chief of the United States Park Police.

With gratitude,

Teresa Chambers
tcchambers@honestchief.com
www.honestchief.com

Andy's torturers broke the law

From Liz Rich: My friend, Joel Pescoff wrote this comment about Andy and his torturers.

Liz,

This is very disturbing to say the least.

I also see several crimes committed. Obviously, harassment but also the act of intentionally denying that they made certain credit card charges is a Title 18 USC violation – banking fraud. If they misrepresented themselves, it is another federal violation.

I suggest getting this story in the MSM. Bob Herbert, from the Times likes to write stories that center on an individual. He may be interested.

One should also try to get law enforcement involved. If it gets in the MSM, it may be easier.

-Joel

Fox should be put down. (Who'd care?)

From R. Miller:

Beyond despicable…when will the outrage meter be blown beyond repair?

When we were attacked, Paris said “We are all Americans.”

Now, Fox News is wishing Paris were attacked and “who’d care?”

http://mediamatters.org/items/200507080005

Fox News host John Gibson stated one day before the attacks that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) “missed a golden opportunity” when it awarded the 2012 Olympic Games to London because if France had been selected to host the games, terrorists would “blow up Paris, and who cares?” Following the London attacks, Gibson reiterated that the IOC should have selected Paris instead of London because the British should “let somebody else be worried about guys with backpack bombs for a while.”

From the July 6 broadcast of Westwood One’s The Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly, guest-hosted by Gibson:

GIBSON: By the way, just wanted to tell you people, we missed — the International Olympic Committee missed a golden opportunity today. If they had picked France, if they had picked France instead of London, to hold the Olympics, it would have been the one time we could look forward to where we didn’t worry about terrorism. They’d blow up Paris, and who cares?

From the “My Word” segment of the July 7 edition of Fox News’ The Big Story With John Gibson:

GIBSON: The bombings in London: This is why I thought the Brits should let the

French have the Olympics — let somebody else be worried about guys with backpack bombs for a while.

Shouldn't it be making bigger news?

From David Corn:

Here’s more from me on Rove and the CIA leak case. And on the mystery of Time’s missing source(s).
DC

More Trouble for Rove in CIA Leak Case?
David Corn
July 7, 2005

What happened on Wednesday in Courtroom 8 at the federal district courthouse in Washington, DC, gave rise to more questions than answers about the shrouded-in-secrecy Plame/CIA leak investigation. But those questions may not be good for Karl Rove.

The most dramatic moment of the hour-plus hearing was when federal District Court Judge Thomas Hogan ordered New York Times reporter Judith Miller to jail for failing to reveal a source to special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who has been trying to find out which Bush administration officials outed undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a critic of the Bush White House. Conservative columnist Bob Novak first published the leak in a July 14, 2003 article that cited “two senior administration officials.” Three days later, Time magazine posted a piece cowritten by Cooper that noted that “government officials” had told Time about Valerie Wilson’s employment at the CIA. Miller wrote no article on this matter but apparently she talked to at least one source about it. Her decision to honor her pledge of confidentiality to her source and resist a court order might have afforded her source–whoever that might be–a measure of protection. But minutes earlier, Cooper–who had also been held in civil contempt for not cooperating with Fitzgerald–made a dramatic statement that could lead to trouble for a source he had previously protected, and that source might be Rove.

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You'd think that this would be big news

Rove-Plame: The Word from Aspen
By Arianna Huffington

How is it that the second most powerful man in America is about to take a fall and the mainstream media are largely taking a pass? Could it be that the fear of Karl Rove and this White House is so great that not even the biggest of the media big boys are willing to take them on? Does the answer to that one go without saying?

Chatter about the Rove story has come to dominate the downtime at the Aspen Institute’s five-day Ideas Festival. Whenever participants are not in sessions, they’re gathering in small groups and dissecting, analyzing, and speculating about the outcome of this surprisingly slow-breaking scandal.

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The One Very Good Reason Karl Rove Might Be Indicted
By Lawrence O’Donnell

Two years ago, when I first read the federal law protecting the identities of covert agents, my reaction was the same as everyone else who reads it — this is not an easy law to break. That’s what I said on Hardball then in my first public discussion of the outing of Valerie Plame, and that’s what I said on CNN the other night. Let’s walk through the pieces that would have to fall into place for Karl Rove to have committed a crime when he revealed Plame’s identity to Matt Cooper.

First, and most obviously, Valerie Plame had to be a covert agent when Rove exposed her to Cooper. It’s not obvious that she was. The law has a specific definition of covert agent that she might not fit — an overseas posting in the last five years, for example. But it’s hard to believe the prosecutor didn’t begin the grand jury session with a CIA witness certifying that Plame was a covert agent. If the prosecutor couldn’t establish that, why bother moving on to the next witness?

Second, Rove had to know she was a covert agent. Cooper’s article refers to Plame as “a CIA official.” Most CIA officials are not covert agents.

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Another study casting doubt on Bush's "re-election"

UIC Prof’s Statistical Analysis Casts Doubt on ’04 Election Result
July 4, 2005

By Gigi Wasz
Gazette news magazine, Chicago

A University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) professor recently issued a report calling into question the results of the 2004 presidential election.

In the 30-plus page report, Ron Baiman, PhD, of UIC’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs, along with eleven other colleagues from other prestigious universities, applied quantitative data to explain the discrepancy between exit poll projections and votes actually recorded in the November election and to understand the analysis given by Edison Media Research & Mitofsky International (E/M), the pollster of record for the national election.

E/M’s poll projections predicted a win for Democrat John Kerry by 3%, however, when votes were tallied, Republican President George W. Bush was given the win by 2.5%-the largest discrepancy in the poll’s history. In its post-election analysis and report, E/M discredited its own poll projections, claiming the official vote was not corrupted and that “Kerry voters were more amenable to completing the poll questionnaire than Bush voters.”

“Using their (E/M’s) data tables, we demonstrated that their hypothesis of outspoken Kerry supporters is implausible,” explained Baiman. “If the polls were faulty because Bush voters were shy in the presence of Kerry voters and less likely to cooperate with pollsters, the polls should be the most accurate in the precincts where Bush voters were in the overwhelming majority and where exit poll participation was also at its maximum. What we find is just the opposite. In fact, the mean exit poll discrepancy was dramatically higher in Bush strongholds than in Kerry strongholds.”

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