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More about Milwaukee's "voter fraud"

I am Larry B. and I am from Milwaukee. The R. wingers got wind in their sails over these ridiculous voter fraud issues over the course of several past elections and it was our own fault for providing said wind.

During a certain Clinton race a semi-well known and wealthy Democratic female activist was noticed handing out cigarettes to various very poor people as part of her own campaigning efforts. The local R. Wing press howled. During another race local Democratic activists in a county just south of Milwaukee stupidly handed out either rolls of nickels or just nickels at a group home for individuals not quite in complete control of their faculties, but registered voters nonetheless. The press enjoyed a field day. In 2004 a Marquette student claimed to have voted several times, presumably for Democratic candidates. Also in 2004 there could have been several improperly cast ballots, out of tens of thousands, in Milwaukee. The Repubicans bit on these absurdities as absolute proof of voter fraud and their radio and press noise machines continue to run with the story today.

In Milwaukee a left-leaning letter to the editor is invariably chopped up to create the impression of a flaming socialist-liberal Abbie Hoffman type. I’ve stopped submitting.

Keep up the good work
Larry B.

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More about Milwaukee

From Laura Flanders:

I was in Milwaukee last week when this happened and the ironic thing about even this piece of reporting is that it gives too much credit to the city:

The city just wanted to know how many people voted and couldn’t believe its own computer records because of what it described as a programming error.

NOt true. The only reason the city’s recounting is because the local paper didn’t believe the vote counts. It was the Journal Sentinel that sounded the alarm, forcing a recount.

The other area of attack coming from the governor’s office this year has been on vote registrars. After young kids in North Milwaukee turned out 14,000 voters in 04 (more than the entire margin of Kerry’s victory in the state) suddenly registrars are required to sign up for training, attend a training on a certain day, get qualified, etc etc., and of course, turn in those forms within a second or two of receiving them. Like that.

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Trying to keep Bush/Cheney out of jail

Reclaiming The Issues: “Keep George Out Of Jail”
by Thom Hartmann

The Republicans are trying to keep George W. Bush out of jail. So far, the media and the Democrats haven’t done much to stop them.

On the surface, it seems the Republicans are having a debate about “wiretapping terrorists” and “harsh interrogation of prisoners.” These frames about the current “rebellion” by McCain, Graham, Warner, et al, are today embraced by both the Republican Party and the mainstream media.

But the real issue is whether Republicans in Congress will trade the principles of democracy and the rule of law to keep George W. Bush and several of his colleagues out of jail, or whether they’ll uphold the rule of law and American democracy while abandoning him to face the consequences of his illegal acts.

On June 29, 2006, in the Hamden Case, the US Supreme Court ruled that Donald Rumsfeld and the Bush Administration had violated the Geneva Convention and other international treaties with regard to the treatment and prosecution of detainees in the so-called “war on terror.”

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Today Milwaukee, tomorrow the world

Here is an excellent analysis of the Republicans’ projective strategy, of which
we’ll see a great deal if the GOP should lose the House or Senate in November.
It is the Swift-Boat Move Supreme: The perpetrators of election fraud accuse
their victims of election fraud, and the press goes right along with it.

Friends, please do all you can to spread the word about this tactic (although in
certain cases it is not a tactic but a symptom of malignant paranoia). There’s
lots of news right now about the unreliability of DRE machines, and that’s
encouraging–but if the issue is just those machines per se, and not the
fact of conscious, systematic fraud, the perps will sieze that issue too, and
things will then get even worse. So please make clear to everyone you know,
and anyone you feel inclined to contact, that the problem here is not
“lax standards” or “incompetence” or “faulty programs” or whatever,
but a deliberate strategy of national disenfranchisement.

We’re talking here about one party’s drive to terminate American democracy
(abetted by the other party, which does nothing to explain and thereby remedy
the situation). In other words, the problem is not technical but civic in the largest, most important sense.

MCM

Counting Votes
by Joel McNally

Perhaps never before in history have votes been counted so carefully without even bothering to look at which candidate received those votes.

Having faced unfounded Republican charges of vote fraud in the past, Milwaukee just completed a massive hand recounting of ballots to determine exactly how many votes were cast in last week’s primary.

It turns out that about 46,500 Milwaukee voters cast ballots in last week’s primary election, not 80,000 as the city previously reported.

The amazing thing is that despite originally being off by nearly 34,000 votes, the city’s laborious recount of all the ballots didn’t even bother to check to see whether any of the vote totals for individual candidates also may have been miscounted.

The city just wanted to know how many people voted and couldn’t believe its own computer records because of what it described as a programming error.

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RFK Jr.'s new article!

Rollingstone.com
Back to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — Will The Next Election Be Hacked?
Will The Next Election Be Hacked?

Fresh disasters at the polls — and new evidence from an industry insider — prove that electronic voting machines can’t be trusted

ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.

>>Read Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?” in the June 15th, 2006, issue of “Rolling Stone,” his investigation into how Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted — enough to have put John Kerry in the White House.

The debacle of the 2000 presidential election made it all too apparent to most Americans that our electoral system is broken. And private-sector entrepreneurs were quick to offer a fix: Touch-screen voting machines, promised the industry and its lobbyists, would make voting as easy and reliable as withdrawing cash from an ATM. Congress, always ready with funds for needy industries, swiftly authorized $3.9 billion to upgrade the nation’s election systems – with much of the money devoted to installing electronic voting machines in each of America’s 180,000 precincts. But as midterm elections approach this November, electronic voting machines are making things worse instead of better. Studies have demonstrated that hackers can easily rig the technology to fix an election – and across the country this year, faulty equipment and lax security have repeatedly undermined election primaries. In Tarrant County, Texas, electronic machines counted some ballots as many as six times, recording 100,000 more votes than were actually cast. In San Diego, poll workers took machines home for unsupervised “sleepovers” before the vote, leaving the equipment vulnerable to tampering. And in Ohio – where, as I recently reported in “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?” [RS 1002], dirty tricks may have cost John Kerry the presidency – a government report uncovered large and unexplained discrepancies in vote totals recorded by machines in Cuyahoga County.

Even worse, many electronic machines don’t produce a paper record that can be recounted when equipment malfunctions – an omission that practically invites malicious tampering. “Every board of election has staff members with the technological ability to fix an election,” Ion Sancho, an election supervisor in Leon County, Florida, told me. “Even one corrupt staffer can throw an election. Without paper records, it could happen under my nose and there is no way I’d ever find out about it. With a few key people in the right places, it would be possible to throw a presidential election.”
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The latest word from Maryland

From Mary Kiraly:

Things are happening very quickly here. The
Washington Post has lots of coverage, new reporters
writing daily… they must be devoting a great deal of
staff to this.

The Post is leading with the story that Gov. Ehrlich
is suggesting that he may call a Special Session of
the Legislature to put a paper ballot in place for
November. The Democratic Speaker of the House and the
State Senate President, also a Democrat, are saying
that it will never happen, that they should be working
to “fix the current system.”

Two young reporters, Ann E. Marimow and Christian
Davenport, who had been covering the story in the
Metro Section, co-share the by line.

Meanwhile, two of the state’s largest counties, Prince
Georges and Montgomery (D.C. suburbs), continue to
count votes. PG County is still trying to account for
missing memory cards from Tuesday night. They have
been opening locked machines to look for them. Some
in secure bags have been found mingled with other
memory cards, whose data had been uploaded. In
Montgomery Co., the slow Provisional vote canvas
continues. I have been there for two days of the
count. It is absolutely inspiring to see the care
that is being taken to preserve and count every
voter’s effort to cast a ballot. And there were
reports, Primary night, that some voters had been
forced to find scraps of papers that night to write
down the names of the candidates they wanted to vote
for, when the precinct ran out of Provisional ballots.
No Provisional envelopes have been found with those
yet, as far as I know.

State Elections Administrator Linda Lamone was nearly
speechless in a TV clip I saw this morning. That is
not the normal situation. She was forced to appear
before Maryland’s State Board of Public Works
yesterday. Comptroller William Donald Shaffer, now in
his 80s and known for his inappropriate statements,
evidently would not let go of the one question he
wanted her to answer.

Mark Radke, Diebold’s spokesperson, and a former
staffer for (D) Barbara Mikulski, apparently in
Annapolis full-time these days, has had a tough job
trying to preserve the Maryland account. The scandal
that was the Primary election continues to evolve.

All of this has left a Congressional District 4 race
outcome up in the air. In that race, incumbent (D) Al
Wynn, who has a record of voting like a “Lieberman
Republican,” angered his constituents by supporting the
Iraq War. He has won by strong majorities in the
past; but had a virtual tied outcome against an
articulate opponent, Donna Edwards. District 4
straddles Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties, with
the majority in PG Co. Both candidates are African
American and Prince Georges County is the only
majority African American County in the country.

Keep in mind the Maryland slogan: America in
Miniature. Lots to talk about going into November.

Mary

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Ehrlich would end e-voting in Maryland

Ehrlich would end electronic voting
Special session weighed, but major overhaul probably not feasible; elections administrator grilled over failure of machines in primaries
By Melissa Harris
Sun reporter
Originally published September 21, 2006

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. wants to scrap the electronic voter check-in system that crashed repeatedly during its debut in last week’s primary and is considering whether to summon the General Assembly to Annapolis before the Nov. 7 election to do so.

“We literally cannot afford to see take place the events that took place on primary day,” Ehrlich said yesterday during a meeting of the state Board of Public Works, where he grilled Linda H. Lamone, Maryland’s embattled elections chief, over voting problems. “We were lucky during the primary that there was low turnout.”

A spokesman for the governor said later that Ehrlich would like to replace the check-in machines, known as e-poll books, and also possibly use paper ballots that are counted by optical scanning equipment instead of the state’s electronic touch-screen voting machines.
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Bobby's back in Rolling Stone!

EXCLUSIVE: NEW RFK JR. ARTICLE ON DIEBOLD IN FRIDAY’S ROLLING STONE!
BRAD BLOG SOURCES, STORIES COVERED EXTENSIVELY

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who filed a landmark article last June in Rolling Stone concerning evidence of a stolen 2004 Presidential Election in Ohio, is set to rock the country again in tomorrow’s Rolling Stone, The BRAD BLOG can now report.

Through interviews with a number of BRAD BLOG insider sources over the past several months, Kennedy, along with co-writer Dick Russell will expose a plethora of new details in the scandalous overtaking of our public election system by private companies such Diebold, ES&S, Sequoia and others…

We worked with Kennedy and Russell on this story during its development and will have EXCLUSIVE details and excerpts here shortly…

DEVELOPING

MORE SHORTLY AT: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=3506

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Not a bad idea

From Kitty Overton:

… I don’t read her very often, but I definitely agree with her here:

“…nothing the pope has ever said comes even close to matching the vitriol, extremism and hatred that pour out of the mouths of radical imams and fanatical clerics every day, all across Europe and the Muslim world, almost none of which ever provokes any Western response at all. And maybe it’s time that it should: When Saudi Arabia publishes textbooks commanding good Wahhabi Muslims to “hate” Christians, Jews and non-Wahhabi Muslims, for example, why shouldn’t the Vatican, the Southern Baptists, Britain’s chief rabbi and the Council on American-Islamic Relations all condemn them — simultaneously?

Maybe it’s a pipe dream: The day when the White House and Greenpeace can issue a joint statement is surely distant indeed. But if stray comments by Western leaders — not to mention Western films, books, cartoons, traditions and values — are going to inspire regular violence, I don’t feel that it’s asking too much for the West to quit saying sorry and unite, occasionally, in its own defense. The fanatics attacking the pope already limit the right to free speech among their own followers. I don’t see why we should allow them to limit our right to free speech, too.”

Read the whole thing here.

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Thank Sen. Warner for defying Christo-fascist pressure

September 21, 2006
Sen. Warner attacked for opposing military proselytizing
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Dear Secular Coalition activist,

In an attempt to allow unimpeded proselytizing by military chaplains,
Christian nationalists (those who seek to turn our secular government
into a Christian nation) are haranguing Senator John Warner (R-VA).
They have made personal comments about his own religious beliefs in
numerous e-mails seeking inclusion of a House-passed (Senate-stopped)
amendment allowing military chaplains to “pray according to their
dictates” in a Department of Defense spending bill.

In order to allow full testimony on the issue of military
proselytizing, the Senator suggested that a separate bill be
considered in the next Congress. It is important that he receive
thanks and support from around the nation for opposing the chaplain
amendment to the DoD bill. We hope you will contact him soon.

For more information about this issue, including a sample letter for
Senator Warner, please visit our Web site:

http://www.secular.org/activism/warner06.html

Best regards,
Lori Lipman Brown, Director

The Secular Coalition for America
http://secular.org

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The Secular Coalition for America lobbies the U.S. Congress on behalf
of nontheistic Americans. Our mission is to increase the visibility
and respectability of nontheistic viewpoints in the United States and
to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as
the best guarantee of freedom for all.