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Friday, June 30, 2006



Friday Cat Blogging

Guess Who?

































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2:14:57 AM    



Don't Leave Home Without Your Condom-On

Completely safe? Lab Tested for Your Safety On Mice!


Condoms aren't that hard to use; any flight attendant would be happy to demonstrate. But for men who just can't seem to learn, here's an infomercial for the Condom-On. "Using technology developed by NASA for the Mars Lander, the Condom-On has been aerodynamically optimized in wind tunnels to prevent air drag and ensure that your condom arrives at its destination ASAP," says the Web site. There. Problem solved.

Via Boing Boing.

But Joshua Davis, who created it, says "I actually think this could be a viable product but I don't have any background in manufacturing so I decided to just shoot the commercial and put the site up."

Let's hope he's less serious about the "i-Cut Home Circumcision device" he's also hawking. That really looks dangerous.

Bonus: we're not naming names, but viewers may recognize a certain golden-voiced jazz moonlighter and Wired Magazine senior editor in the ad.


Link to website, direct link to video.





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1:59:24 AM    


Wednesday, June 28, 2006



Ecstasy Commercial

A parody commercial for Ecstasy by Mad TV.






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2:20:17 AM    



Scientists OK Gore's Movie For Accuracy

The best thing about Global Warming is it's one beautiful day followed by another, until you die of thirst, (or the poisons that are causing the problem).

WASHINGTON - The nation's top climate scientists are giving "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's documentary on global warming, 5 stars for accuracy.

The former vice president's movie — replete with the prospect of a flooded New York City, an inundated Florida, more and nastier hurricanes, worsening droughts, retreating glaciers and disappearing ice sheets — mostly got the science right, said all 19 climate scientists who had seen the movie or read the book and answered questions from The Associated Press.

The AP contacted more than 100 top climate researchers by e-mail and phone for their opinion. Among those contacted were vocal skeptics of climate change theory. Most scientists had not seen the movie, which is in limited release, or read the book.

But those who have seen it had the same general impression: Gore conveyed the science correctly; the world is getting hotter and it is a manmade catastrophe-in-the-making caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

"Excellent," said William Schlesinger, dean of the Nicholas School of Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University. "He got all the important material and got it right."

Robert Corell, chairman of the worldwide Arctic Climate Impact Assessment group of scientists, read the book and saw Gore give the slideshow presentation that is woven throughout the documentary.

"I sat there and I'm amazed at how thorough and accurate," Corell said. "After the presentation I said, `Al, I'm absolutely blown away. There's a lot of details you could get wrong.' ... I could find no error."

Gore, in an interview with the AP, said he wasn't surprised "because I took a lot of care to try to make sure the science was right."

The tiny errors scientists found weren't a big deal, "far, far fewer and less significant than the shortcoming in speeches by the typical politician explaining an issue," said Michael MacCracken, who used to be in charge of the nation's global warming effects program and is now chief scientist at the Climate Institute in Washington.

One concern was about the connection between hurricanes and global warming. That is a subject of a heated debate in the science community. Gore cited five recent scientific studies to support his view.

"I thought the use of imagery from Hurricane Katrina was inappropriate and unnecessary in this regard, as there are plenty of disturbing impacts associated with global warming for which there is much greater scientific consensus," said Brian Soden, a University of Miami professor of meteorology and oceanography.

Some scientists said Gore confused his ice sheets when he said the effect of the Clean Air Act is noticeable in the Antarctic ice core; it is the Greenland ice core. Others thought Gore oversimplified the causal-link between the key greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and rising temperatures.

While some nonscientists could be depressed by the dire disaster-laden warmer world scenario that Gore laid out, one top researcher thought it was too optimistic. Tom Wigley, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, thought the former vice president sugarcoated the problem by saying that with already-available technologies and changes in habit — such as changing light bulbs — the world could help slow or stop global warming.

While more than 1 million people have seen the movie since it opened in May, that does not include Washington's top science decision makers.

President Bush said he won't see it. The heads of the 
Environmental Protection Agency
and
NASA
haven't seen it, and the president's science adviser said the movie is on his to-see list.

"They are quite literally afraid to know the truth," Gore said. "Because if you accept the truth of what the scientific community is saying, it gives you a moral imperative to start to rein in the 70 million tons of global warming pollution that human civilization is putting into the atmosphere every day."

As far as the movie's entertainment value, Scripps Institution geosciences professor Jeff Severinghaus summed it up: "My wife fell asleep. Of course, I was on the edge of my chair."



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2:07:57 AM    


Tuesday, June 27, 2006



New 'Murtha Lied' Website Posts 'Hateful' eMails

A new Website devoted to the "lies" of Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman Jack Murtha went live a few days early in order to post "hateful" emails sent by readers of liberal blogs that were tipped off early and had already begun digging into the site's background.

Although the original url for the Website was to be www.murthalied.com, a few days ago, one of the site's founders, retired Navy Captain Larry Bailey, purchased a new url at BootMurtha.com. Bailey served as president of Vietnam Veterans For The Truth, which attacked 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate Senator John Kerry's military record, on the heels of the more well-known Swift Boat Veterans For Truth.

In 2004, the term "swift boating" entered the modern lexicon, which the online community encyclopedia Wikipedia defines as "an ad hominem attack against a public figure, coordinated by an independent or pseudo-independent group, usually resulting in a benefit to an established political force."

"Specifically, this form of attack is controversial, easily repeatable, and difficult to verify or disprove because it is generally based on personal feelings or recollections," Wikipedia continues.

Last November, Murtha authored a resolution to pull the troops out of Iraq, and the Republican Party quickly turned on the conservative pro-military Democrat, who retired as a decorated colonel in the Marines. The Republicans put together their own resolution, which varied from Murtha's, in order to "embarrass" Democrats into voting for it.

At the time, Kerry warned those on the right not to attempt to "swift boat" Murtha.

"I won't stand for the swift-boating of Jack Murtha," said Kerry. "There is no sterner stuff than the backbone and courage that defines Jack Murtha's character and conscience."

According to Bailey, "Murtha Lied" will be devoted to recent statements made by the Congressman regarding Iraq, and, in particular, the alleged massacre at Haditha.

"At the moment we don't know enough about Murtha's service record to say much of anything about it," Bailey said.

Murtha and Haditha

Murtha upset many on the right when he claimed that there was a Haditha "cover-up," and some called him a liar since there was an ongoing investigation. However, a formal military investigation wasn't launched until March after Time magazine had begun investigating it.

"There was no firefight," Murtha said in a televised news conference back in May. "There was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood."

To this day, the official Marine statement on the killings still claims that a Marine and fifteen civilians were killed by a roadside bomb blast, even though death certificates, leaked reports and pictures indicate that most of the victims - close to two dozen and some just young children - were shot at close range in the head.

Expose those involved

Sean-Paul Kelley, editor of The Agonist, a community blog online since September of 2002, was one of the first to "track down and investigate and expose those involved in this enterprise," with the help of his readers and fellow bloggers.

Kelley's post They're Gonna Swiftboat Murtha contained an email address and picture for Amanda P. Doss, the site's manager, along with information about her past work and connections.

"The person who set up the site is one Amanda P. Doss, and a quick google search turns up this site: www.operationstreetcorner.com, which is a wonderful site, as Billy found out, dedicated to: 'The Vietnam Veterans' Grassroots Campaign Against John Kerry and Jane Fonda, traitors to our country,'" wrote Kelley.

Earlier today, Doss fired back by posting some of the emails she received which she characterized as "hateful and even threatening."

"I would like to share some of hateful and even threatening emails I have recently received due to these blogs, before this website was even created," Doss wrote. "Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, please feel free to email these 'sweethearts' and let them know how proud of them you are for the way they represent the Democratic party."

"Interesting that a political whore would pick a name like streetcorner'. I've wonder who you'll be doing on the corner," wrote one emailer.

"You vile 'swiftboaters' (translation: idiot cowards and despicable liars) will get your asses kicked all over the media this time, you are the lowest form of human beings there could possibly be, and on top of that YOU are just plain ugly," wrote another. "Please crawl under a rock and die."

Liberal bloggers respond

"I don't regret putting her email address in my post because her email address was widely available," Sean-Paul Kelley said. "What I regret was that people used her email to send her nasty comments instead of trying to engage her in a substantive debate."

In fact, personal information about someone connected to Doss was posted by one Agonist reader, and Kelley immediately deleted it.

Taylor Marsh, a blogger and author who hosted a radio show called "The Antidote to Right Wing Talk" ("now on hiatus" according to Marsh's Website bio), also has done some digging into "Murtha Lied."

"...Republicans like their soldiers serving, silent and standing for photo ops, not talking back," Marsh wrote at her blog. "When a vet speaks out he's targeted. Murtha is just the latest."

Jack Murtha is asking for an exit strategy from this administration. Something that should have been done *before* we invaded Iraq. Jack Murtha wants our troops equipped with the best body armor. Jack Murtha visits the soldiers at Walter Reed every week. The people attacking this man of honor are fools.


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1:29:31 AM    


Sunday, June 25, 2006



Bring 'em Home!
Bruce Springsteen & The Seeger Sessions Band Bring 'em Home

Bush says Bring 'em ON, but we say Bring 'em Home NOW




Giving voice to the majority of Americans who now support the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, "Bring Them Home Now!" has created a $.39 cent postage (Real US Postage!).

The stamp features the symbol of the growing "Bring 'Em Home Now!" movement  - a yellow ribbon transposed over a peace sign - providing millions of Americans with a unique way to let everyone know where they stand: Love the troops. Hate the war.

Use the "Bring 'Em Home Now!" stamp to both mourn the loss of over 2500 US soldiers and help spread the word that supporting our troops and fighting to bring them home are one and the same. At the same time you'll be raising money for veterans groups.

All proceeds from the sale of the stamps (as well as t-shirts, buttons & stickers featuring the popular "Bring 'Em Home Now!" designs) benefit citizen groups working hard to end the war and bring our troops safely home, including Military Families Speak Out , Gold Star Families for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Veterans for Peace.


By participating, you proudly say: "I support the troops. Let's bring them home now! And let's take care of them when they get here."



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1:40:09 AM    


Saturday, June 24, 2006



AT&T Rewrites its Privacy Policy

Is there even a limit to the amount of abuse the average american phone customer is willing to take from telcos?













AT&T has a new privacy policy, and if you are its customer you have no choice but to accept it.

The new policy says that AT&T -- not customers -- owns customers' confidential info and can use it "to protect its legitimate business interests, safeguard others, or respond to legal process."

The policy also indicates that AT&T will track the viewing habits of customers of its new video service -- something that cable and satellite providers are prohibited from doing.

Moreover, AT&T (formerly known as SBC) is requiring customers to agree to its updated privacy policy as a condition for service -- a new move that legal experts say will reduce customers' recourse for any future data sharing with government authorities or others. All personal data is valuable and routinely sold for marketing purposes. This just looks like AT&T finally caught on to that fact and wants to be the one making the money from it. I doubt there's anything anyone can do to make them stop doing this. It's just too profitable.

The annoying part about this is it's hard to poison their database. I routinely misstate my income in various places where it's requested. Declining to give information isn't as effective as giving corrupt information. However, if they're tracking what you're watching, it's hard to have it register something else and not register what you're watching.

The interesting part is that they're doing something that cable and satellite companies aren't allowed to do. I have to wonder if there's some regulatory agency that should be pressured into reviewing AT&T's circumvention of their rules.

UPDATE:  We hear all the time about Hillary's stand on the War.  Last week Hillary introduced what I think should be a primary plank of the the Democratic Party: A Privacy Bill Of Rights.  Indeed, I think this is the most fertile territory out there to gain some disaffected Republican voters and put some of the mountain west in our electoral quiver. It’s smart politics.  We are building a police state and I firmly believe that, politics aside, if you build it they will use it.

That all this has been done by the alleged libertarian small government Republicans is no surprise to me. They have always been about big bucks and authoritarianism over all else.  Democrats have an opportunity to craft a real message of American independence if they choose to take it - and it might just be the way to beat back the fear factor a little bit, which I think people are getting tired of.



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2:33:23 AM    


Friday, June 23, 2006



An Inconvenient Truth -  Trailer




The most terrifying movie of the summer. You owe it to the planet to see the truth.  Yes! The most important action we can take to slow global warming is to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases. Governments, individuals, and businesses can all help.

Governments can adopt a range of options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including

  • increasing energy efficiency standards
  • encouraging the use of renewable energy sources (such as wind and solar power)
  • eliminating subsidies that encourage the use of coal and oil by making them artificially cheap
  • protecting and restoring forests, which serve as important storehouses of carbon

Individuals can reduce the need for fossil fuels and often save money by

  • driving less and driving more fuel-efficient and less-polluting cars
  • using energy-efficient appliances
  • insulating homes
  • using less electricity in general

Businesses can increase efficiency and save substantial sums by doing the same things on a larger scale. And utilities can avoid building expensive new power plants by encouraging and helping customers to adopt efficiency measures.  Do your part.



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11:06:57 PM    


Thursday, June 22, 2006



Their Lives Are More Than Just A Number

Ava Lowery: Their Lives Are More Than Just A Number


It's interesting how Ava's video commands a dignity and respect which is completely lacking in the Bush administration and the GOP.

Ava's work is what the truth looks like.


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11:18:45 PM    



Another Peak At The Dark Side

After 9/11, Vice President Richard Cheney seized the initiative. He pushed to expand executive power, transform America's intelligence agencies and bring the war on terror to Iraq. But first he had to take on George Tenet's CIA for control over intelligence.

If you want to know why the Republicans target PBS's funding, last night's "The Dark Side" is an example. It's the reason Americans should thank our lucky stars that we have it. Last night's program is just another reminder of what can happen when mortal men think they are above the Constitution and are willing to risk it all to control the government. We know the story, at least most of it, but it's startling all the same.

The relationship between Cheney and Rumsfeld started in the Ford administration. It's a fascinating tale I happened to watch and live through, but suffice it to say that between the two of them they changed the face of that Administration, while solidifying their own power, which they re-enacted during George W. Bush's presidency. They are joined in philosophy by what FRONTLINE calls a belief in the "primacy of military power." It's what I believe finally morphed into Bush’s doctrine of preemption after 9/11. That tragedy became their launching pad for a policy dreamed up long ago.

It's called "The Dark Side," and takes its title from a quote by Vice President Cheney in the wake of 9/11. Cheney said that the CIA, the Pentagon and other intelligence-gathering U.S. forces would have to "work from the dark side" to glean information and combat and defeat terrorism.

The 90-minute "Dark Side" documentary begins grippingly, with recordings of a 911 call from the World Trade Center. It then shifts quickly to detail Cheney's actions and orders on that day. For instance, Cheney ordered that hijacked commercial airliners be shot down before reaching the terrorists' targets.

The documentary traces Cheney's political history and background, a record that goes all the way back to the Nixon administration, where Cheney worked for Rumsfeld as a young intern. Simply by underlining in red the names of Cheney loyalists on the organizational flow chart of the George W. Bush administration, "The Dark Side" shows how deep Cheney's influence stretches.

According to "Frontline," when Cheney and others in the Bush White House pushed for an early connection between 9/11 and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, they were told bluntly, by the CIA and others, that the U.S. strike was the work of Afghanistan-based Al Qaeda.

"Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick," says one CIA official, dismissively. Yet when no link to Hussein could be found, Cheney established a different intelligence-seeking division, run by old friends at the Pentagon, to keep looking.

From this point on, "Dark Side" touches on lots of familiar, volatile subjects and names: weapons of mass destruction and Scooter Libby, yellowcake and Valerie Plame, Curveball and Mohamed Atta.

It's a complicated narrative, but Kirk tells it clearly. He makes it seem irrefutable that the battle to link 9/11 with Iraq eventually pitted Rumsfeld and Cheney, who backed that position, against former CIA Director George Tenet and others, who found no facts to support it.

The book on this subject continues to be written. With "The Dark Side," though, we're treated to the latest, and most impressively thorough, chapter.

What is especially upsetting about the omissions by these white male members of the corporate state's military industrial complex is that it comes as congressional member after member, newscast after newscast is detailing the ever-growing, nonstop, needless horrific violence our citizen soldiers are suffering in Iraq.



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1:41:59 AM    


Wednesday, June 21, 2006



It's Time To Change The Course, We Want To Stay

Cut and Run - you bet: we're gonna CUT the crap and RUN this operation like it should have been all along.

An Iraqi defense ministry official said that the bodies of Menchaca and Tucker showed signs of being tortured and that the men were "killed in a barbaric way." The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of five insurgent groups led by al-Qaida in Iraq, suggested in a Web statement that the men had been beheaded. The statement could not be authenticated.

"It's very upsetting to me that they would give you details of the torture, of the beheading," said Mario Vasquez, Menchaca's uncle.

Menchaca's mother, Maria Vasquez, answered her door in Brownsville early Tuesday sobbing and unable to speak. She issued a statement written in Spanish that said, "I am against the war and I feel very hurt by what has happened to my son."

"The news is going to be heartbreaking for my family," Ken MacKenzie, uncle of Army Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, told NBC's "Today" show. "Because the U.S. government did not have a plan in place, my nephew has paid for it with his life," he said. Missing Soldier's Uncle Criticizes U.S.



President Bush said this on Monday: "There will be no early withdrawal as long as we run the Congress and occupy the White House." Got political ego? At least we know the Republicans' priorities. Saving political face.

The Democrats are united on the most important aspect of all: we all want to change course on Iraq.

Stay the Course, or Cut and run - Why not Change the Course, before this Titanic hits the Iceberg?

Republicans want to sit and watch. That's the Republican plan. Sit and watch (see update) until 2009, but passing the buck won't get the job done.

"Cut and run" may be cute and catchy, but some slogan to smear Democratic leaders doesn't help our troops or the Iraqi people.

It's time for a referendum on the Republican "leadership" on Iraq. Democratic Senators John Kerry and Russ Feingold have joined together to demand it. Levin and Reed have another way, but all Democrats want a change in course. Even Joe Biden is demanding no permanent bases in Iraq.

Bush and the Republicans say "stay the course," but offer no course on which we can build. American troops in limbo, living a life of no way out or through is not a course, it is a suicide mission for warriors. We've got the dead, the wounded and critically maimed to prove it.

Kerry's got it right, "lie and die" is how he described Republicans. If you've got a better one, let's hear it.

In terms of domestic politics, this isn't that complicated. President Bush wants to stay in Iraq for at least three more years. Members of his party in Congress agree with him. They don't have a plan. That's where to make this argument because very few people in this country think we should keep our troops there for another three years with our current policy.

He doesn't have a plan for what to do in Iraq so he wants to keep troops there for the rest of his presidency. That's his plan: stay long enough that it becomes someone else's problem.

We have nothing to gain from staying. Saddam is gone and there are no WMDs in Iraq. All we're doing now is catching bullets as Shi'ites and Sunnis kill each other. The story of Iraq may one day have a happy ending, but it doesn't have anything to do with us anymore. Staying is the only way to guarantee we keep losing and our soldiers keep dying.



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Monday, June 19, 2006



Simple Organic Living

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. ...Leo Tolstoy

I want to 'Tip my Hat' to B. Shilliday
Left Of Center for posting this "must see" video by Woody
Harrelson. I'm reposting it to include the text of the poem being narrated.


Woody's Commentary from Voice Yourself tranforming the world together

Since I was a kid I felt this need to play a role in helping Mother Earth. At the age of 12, I wrote a 50-page report (that wasn’t supposed to be more than 5 pages) on threatened wildlife and realized clearly that my Mother was being continually and forcibly raped by giant corporations intent on profit.

It’s ironic that the never-ending quest for wealth has brought such destruction to Mother Nature because the desire for money is basically a desire for happiness. But true happiness lies in nature we relax and unwind and finally realize we are just on a hamster wheel. Just walking down a tree lined street in a busy city immediately calms me. Let’s face it peace is the key to happiness. I can’t be peaceful unless I’m relaxed and I can’t do any of it unless I’m doing yoga, but I digress (I used to want to change my middle name from Tracy to Tangential because I can never follow a straight line. I prefer to get lost in getting lost I tend to have the best experiences. But back to the thread)

I see the ongoing destruction of all that is natural and want to make a difference. Our mission at Voice Yourself is to connect you with others, to share information about alternatives biodiesel, sustainable clothing companies (i.e. hemp, organic cotton and bamboo) and to get clean and natural cleansers into your hands and homes this is only the beginning. Our small, extended family will spread out across the world like good music. Thank you for contributing to the dream that we know exists. Our time is now.

See Thoughts From Within Video

THOUGHTS FROM WITHIN (Woody speaks out)

I sometimes feel like an alien creature

for which there is no earthly explanation

Sure I have human form

walking erect and opposing digits,

but my mind is upside down.

I feel like a run-on sentence

in a punctuation crazy world.

and I see the world around me

like a mad collective dream.


An endless stream of people

move like ants from the freeway

cell phones, pc's, and digital displays

"In Money We Trust,"

we'll find happiness

the prevailing attitude;

like a genetically modified irradiated Big Mac

is somehow symbolic of food.


Morality is legislated

prisons over-populated

religion is incorporated

the profit-motive has permeated all activity

we pay our government to let us park on the street

And war is the biggest money-maker of all

we all know missile envy only comes from being small.


Politicians and prostitutes

are comfortable together

I wonder if they talk about the strange change in the weather.

This government was founded by, of, and for the people

but everybody feels it

like a giant open sore

they don't represent us anymore

And blaming the President for the country's woes

is like yelling at a puppet

for the way it sings

Who's the man behind the curtain pulling the strings?


A billion people sitting watching their TV

in the room that they call living

but as for me

I see living as loving

and since there is no loving room

I sit on the grass under a tree

dreaming of the way things used to be

Pre-Industrial Revolution

which of course is before the rivers and oceans, and skies were polluted


before Parkinson's, and mad cows

and all the convoluted cacophony of bad ideas

like skyscrapers, and tree paper, and earth rapers

like Monsanto and Dupont had their way

as they continue to today.


This was Pre-us

back when the buffalo roamed

and the Indian's home

was the forest, and God was nature

and heaven was here and now

Can you imagine clean water, food, and air

living in community with animals and people who care?


Do you dare to feel responsible for every dollar you lay down

are you going to make the rich man richer

or are you going to stand your ground

You say you want a revolution

a communal evolution

to be a part of the solution

maybe I'll be seeing you around.



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Saturday, June 17, 2006



Have You Heard About The NAFTA Super Highway?

Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn.




Once complete, the new road will allow containers from the Far East to enter the United States through the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas, bypassing the Longshoreman’s Union in the process. The Mexican trucks, without the involvement of the Teamsters Union, will drive on what will be the nation’s most modern highway straight into the heart of America. The Mexican trucks will cross border in FAST lanes, checked only electronically by the new “SENTRI” system. The first customs stop will be a Mexican customs office in Kansas City, their new Smart Port complex, a facility being built for Mexico at a cost of $3 million to the U.S. taxpayers in Kansas City.

As incredible as this plan may seem to some readers, the first Trans-Texas Corridor segment of the NAFTA Super Highway is ready to begin construction next year. Various U.S. government agencies, dozens of state agencies, and scores of private NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have been working behind the scenes to create the NAFTA Super Highway, despite the lack of comment on the plan by President Bush. The American public is largely asleep to this key piece of the coming “North American Union” that government planners in the new trilateral region of United States, Canada and Mexico are about to drive into reality.

Just examine the following websites to get a feel for the magnitude of NAFTA Super Highway planning that has been going on without any new congressional legislation directly authorizing the construction of the planned international corridor through the center of the country.

NASCO, the North America SuperCorridor Coalition Inc., is a "non-profit organization dedicated to developing the world's first international, integrated and secure, multi-modal transportation system along the International Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor to improve both the trade competitiveness and quality of life in North America." Where does that sentence say anything about the USA? Still, NASCO has received $2.5 million in earmarks from the U.S. Department of Transportation to plan the NAFTA Super Highway as a 10-lane limited-access road (five lanes in each direction) plus passenger and freight rail lines running alongside pipelines laid for oil and natural gas. One glance at the map of the NAFTA Super Highway on the front page of the NASCO website will make clear that the design is to connect Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. into one transportation system.

Kansas City SmartPort Inc. is an "investor based organization supported by the public and private sector" to create the key hub on the NAFTA Super Highway. At the Kansas City SmartPort, the containers from the Far East can be transferred to trucks going east and west, dramatically reducing the ground transportation time dropping the containers off in Los Angeles or Long Beach involves for most of the country. A brochure on the SmartPort website describes the plan in glowing terms: "For those who live in Kansas City, the idea of receiving containers nonstop from the Far East by way of Mexico may sound unlikely, but later this month that seemingly far-fetched notion will become a reality."

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is overseeing the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) as the first leg of the NAFTA Super Highway. A 4,000-page environmental impact statement has already been completed and public hearings are scheduled for five weeks, beginning next month, in July 2006. The billions involved will be provided by a foreign company, Cintra Concessions de Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A. of Spain. As a consequence, the TTC will be privately operated, leased to the Cintra consortium to be operated as a toll-road.

None of this would be possible without the extensive work being done by the U.S. Department of Commerce working groups charged with implementing by new regulations the Strategic and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP. The SPP agreement was reached between President Bush, President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin during their March 2005 summit meeting in Waco, Texas. The Bush administration plan is to create a North American Union along the model of the European Union, put in place by administrative regulations and departmental working groups under the SPP umbrella.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is actively working on a Free and Secure Trade program that would create special lanes to allow trucks from Mexico to cross the U.S. border with minimal electronic inspection, reducing the U.S. border with Mexico to no more than a speed-bump for authorized Mexican trucks entering the country.

On June 7, 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Department of Transportation v. Public Citizen ruled in favor of the Bush administration's argument that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration lacked the authority to exercise environmental controls to prevent Mexican trucks from openly operating in the U.S. under NAFTA. This ruling was key in the Bush administration's determination to open U.S. borders to Mexican trucks under the trade agreement. Had the Supreme Court decided otherwise, the NAFTA Super Corridor project would have suffered a setback.

I continue to argue that a "follow the money" strategy must be utilized to understand why President Bush has refused to close our border with Mexico, pushing instead for "comprehensive immigration reform" legislation that would allow the vast majority of illegal immigrants now in the U.S. to remain under a "guest worker" or "pathway to citizenship" provision. The underlying agenda of the Bush administration seems to be to create a NAFTA-plus environment in which workers, trade and capital will be allowed to flow unimpeded within the trilateral North American community consisting of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

A good reason Bush does not want to secure the border with Mexico may be that the administration is trying to create express lanes for Mexican trucks to bring containers with cheap Far East goods into the heart of the U.S., all without the involvement of any U.S. union workers on the docks or in the trucks. 


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1:44:13 AM    


Friday, June 16, 2006



Bush's Favorite Democrat's Campaign Ad

That is so ridiculous. Everyone in Connecticut should vote for Lamont.



But back to Turdblossom. He's going to bat for Holy Joe:

"The Internet for the Left of the Democratic Party has served as a way to mobilize hate and anger — hate and anger, first and foremost, at this President and Conservatives, but then also at people within their own party whom they consider to be less than completely loyal to this very narrow, very out-of-the-mainstream, very far Left-wing ideology that they tend to represent."

Seems pretty clear to me — Rove thinks it's a travesty that we're encouraging a challenger to Holy Joe. Lieberman has also agreed to debate Ned Lamont, which seems to indicate he's not planning to bolt the party before July 6 anyway. Since he's collected the prestigious endorsement of Bill O'Reilly you have to wonder at the wisdom of this - what will he do without all his Republican pals to back him up?

So, let me get this straight - the point of the add is that (1)Lamont agrees with the republicans 80% of the time and (2)Lamont wants to vote for Lieberman.

Did Lieberman just release an add claiming that he's really, deep down, basically a republican? Because Democrats and Republicans don't agree that often - sometimes, sure, but not 80% of the time.



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Thursday, June 15, 2006



Words Are Power

People from all over this country and all over the world have called on Bush to end this war in Iraq. We share this sentiment and stand in solidarity with antiwar activists in this and other countries. We believe that the war in Iraq is wrong and immoral. We believe that the war in Irag weakens this country. We cry out against the innocents who have been slaughtered and the soldiers dead and wounded.

Please visit the other sites below to see a tour of antiwar photos. This is the voice and the cry of those who oppose this war, those who stand against oppression and stand for justice. Please stand with us and call for an end NOW!

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11:44:17 PM    


Wednesday, June 14, 2006



FDA to Sen. Grassley: Go Home



Sen. Charles Grassley, R-IA, was sent home empty-handed today by federal health officials who refused the powerful Republican access to information on a controversial drug approved by the FDA.

"I smell a cover-up," Sen. Grassley said as he emerged from the headquarters of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Grassley has been investigating why FDA officials approved the sale of the antibiotic Ketek even after the government learned safety tests on the drug had been forged.  Grassley wanted to speak with the FDA investigator who uncovered the fraud.

According to an FDA document obtained by ABC News, there have been reports of four deaths and 35 liver failures or serious injuries among people taking the drug, which is used to treat bronchitis and other respiratory infections.

"I can say without a doubt that this drug should have been withdrawn," Grassley told ABC News.

The study with the forged test results was conducted at a former weight loss clinic in Gadsden, Alabama.  Dr. Maria Anne Kirkman-Campbell is serving five years in prison for falsifying safety test results on Ketek.

A former nurse, Michelle Snedeker, told ABC News she was ordered to forge documents and report data on people who had not even been given Ketek. The doctor was paid $400 for each of the 407 subjects that she enrolled for the study.

The maker of Ketek, Sanofi-Aventis, says "the benefit of Ketek outweighs any known risk." Along with the FDA, the company insists Ketek is safe, based on tests that were done in Europe.

The FDA would not comment on Sen. Grassley's investigation but says there are no plans to take Ketek off the market, despite the recent death and injury reports.

An FDA spokesman said the agency was considering the addition of a warning label on the outside package of the prescription drug.

I've always believed that a person should be an active participant in any healthcare they receive. Understand any illness, and research all that you can, especially any medications that you might have to take.

It also occurs to me what an invaluable tool the internet can be for such information. A 'google' search and you can find the information on the doctor who's in prison for falsifying the safety test results on Ketek, and take any concerns to your doctor.

And it occurs to me as well that if net neutrality is not protected, will this information still be available? I certainly don't think the FDA is going to start labeling certain drugs with the warning that they may cause sudden irreversible death if taken as directed.



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11:22:44 PM    



NSA Wiretaps Reveals Most People Pay Too Much For Long Distance
From The Onion

FORT MEADE, MD—The director of the National Security Agency announced at a press conference Tuesday that the ongoing phone surveillance of Cincinnati resident Greg Wyckham has yielded "overwhelming and incontrovertible" evidence that the 37-year-old high-school teacher and married father of three is wasting money on a long-distance plan that does not suit his calling needs.

According to Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, Wyckham, who caught the attention of authorities in July 2004 when he placed a call to his first wife, has spent an average of $75 a month on long distance, "when he could have been saving as much as $30 per billing period."

Alexander cited additional examples of Wyckham's reckless long-distance use, which included a late-afternoon call to his mother in Colorado last spring and several March 2005 calls to old college friends to plan a summer mini-reunion. In January, a lengthy conversation with his cousin in California cost nearly $10.

"We have stacks of logs showing phone calls placed on weekdays before 9 p.m., as well as calls made with flagrant disregard for the per-minute rate," Alexander said. "In addition, not once did Mr. Wyckham ask his out-of-state friends and family members with the same long-distance carrier to join him in a money-saving service plan."

Added Alexander: "Bear in mind that this is a man who earns only $43,220 a year. With both a Dodge minivan in desperate need of repair and the upcoming vasectomy to pay for, he should be more concerned about these expenses."

NSA analyst Lawrence Reinhard, who headed the team conducting the wiretapping, said Wyckham has several cost-cutting plans to choose from.

"If Mr. Wyckham switched to a residential unlimited plan, such as the AT&T Unlimited Plus Plan, he'd be able to make all his long-distance calls for one low monthly fee of just $29.95," Reinhard said. "He'd be able to take $20 off his bill in calls to his ex-girlfriend in Washington, DC alone."

Reinhard also recommended that Wyckham consider switching his long-distance service over to Verizon, his cellular phone carrier. "In addition to their competitive rates, Verizon is now offering a special discount on long-distance night and weekend calls to their cell-phone subscribers," Reinhard said. "But only for a limited time."

Although the Wyckham eavesdropping was a closely guarded operation, Alexander revealed that the NSA considered asking the CIA and British intelligence to directly intervene in April after Wyckham accepted a collect call from his 16-year-old son Jeremy, studying in London as part of a foreign-exchange program.

"The collect call concerned us," Alexander said. "There is no reason why an American traveling abroad should not be equipped with an international calling card, which can be purchased cheaply in corner stores everywhere."

Added Alexander: "If Wyckham simply joined the Family Share Plan, he would not only save money himself, but also for his wife Shelly, Jeremy, the twins, Ashley and Courtney, and, if he were reasonably discreet, teacher's aide Janet Molina, with whom he's having an extramarital affair."

Alexander said it is difficult for the NSA to keep its operations secret when Wyckham and other Americans do not take advantage of potentially enormous savings with a good long-distance plan.

"With companies like Skype and Vonage providing inexpensive Internet phone service, high long-distance bills are a senseless waste," Alexander said. "Sometimes an agent wishes he could physically emerge from the phone receiver and shake some sense into these citizens, but that technology is at least 10 years away."



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1:57:35 AM    


Monday, June 12, 2006



Spending Like A Drunken-Sailor Costs Everyone

It's stranger than fiction, a tale bizarre beyond belief: The Army that helped conquer Iraq in three weeks doesn't have enough cash to keep the lights on at Fort Sam Houston.

Last week the Appropriation Committees of the House and Senate reached a deal on the supplemental appropriations bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The new bill is expected to make it to the floor this week for debate and is expected to pass. Originally there was a provision in this bill to ban any of the money being spent on permanent bases in Iraq, a provision which was silently removed by the Republicans.

Congressional Republicans killed a provision in an Iraq war funding bill that would have put the United States on record against the permanent basing of U.S. military facilities in that country, a lawmaker and congressional aides said on Friday.

The $94.5 billion emergency spending bill, which includes $65.8 billion to continue waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is expected to be approved by Congress next week and sent to President George W. Bush for signing into law.

As originally passed by the House of Representatives, the Pentagon would have been prohibited from spending any of the funds for entering into a military basing rights agreement with Iraq.

While this is already a horrible move by Republicans, things get worse. Today we learn that Bush is planning on keeping a force of about 50,000 troops in Iraq for years to come.

So we are seeing that Bush’s misadventure of removing Saddam is going to cost us even more money, but what impact will this have on the US and the Middle East?

Whenever a Democrat speaks out against the Iraq war, the right wing pundits and politicians are quick to jump on the same talking point of "what kind of message is this sending to our enemies?" Now that question is more important than ever and must be used against the Republicans. "What kind of message is building permanent bases in Iraq and retaining a troop level of 50,000 for years to come going to send?" This could provide to be a key recruiting tool for al Qaeda and provide great propaganda. What we have done is made Osama’s preaching’s of Wahhabism (a branch of Sunni beliefs) come to life.

So not only are we facing a new recruiting tool for al Qaeda, handed to him on a silver platter by the Republicans, but we are also facing a crisis mode in our military bases here at home. This is beyond belief that the richest nation in the world can not afford to keep the lights on at its own military bases. But wait – it gets even worse. That supplemental appropriations bill I started this article talking about – well it doesn’t look like that is going to even help out that much:

Fort Sam is grappling with a $26 million budget shortfall partly because of congressional wrangling over a measure to fund wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But problems at Fort Sam and many of the Army’s 179 posts worldwide won’t be over even if Congress approves a $94.5 billion supplemental appropriations bill next week as expected.

The war, rising military health care costs and Pentagon efforts to transform the armed services will make sure of that.

[SNIP]

He (spokesman Ned Christensen) said the Pentagon is asking Congress for $722 million in supplemental funding for posts worldwide. Of that, IMA’s southwest region would get $105 million, Fort Sam spokesman Phil Reidinger said.

So that $65.8 billion earmarked for military spending that was past last week isn’t even enough – now we need more money just to keep the lights on at our military bases? Now we must ask how much building a military base in Iraq will cost and if we did not spend money on that would we be able to keep our bases here at home running.

This is what we get for allowing an incoherent narcissistic messianic venal helium-head into the White House. He’s bankrupting the nation in every way possible — including the moral.



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Sunday, June 11, 2006



Music

Foo Fighters: Times Like These




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5:37:22 PM    



Olbermann smacks Coulter

Keith Olbermann of Countdown calls Coulter out.





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5:23:27 PM    


Thursday, June 08, 2006



Friday Cat Blogging

Who needs a mouse?





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12:10:00 PM    


Monday, June 05, 2006



Politics of the Altar

GOP leaders are putting gay marriage back on the agenda. Will voters respond?


"A constitutional amendment should never be undertaken lightly -- yet to defend marriage, our nation has no other choice."

--President George W. Bush, radio address, July 10, 2004

"Unfortunately, activist judges and some local officials have made an aggressive attempt to redefine marriage in recent years."

--President George W. Bush, radio address, June 3, 2006

2006 was supposed to be the election when the Noise Machine trotted out illegal immigration as its new Wedge Issue of the Year. That didn't turn you so well, but you know: The classics never go out of style.

Where would the GOP be if it didn't have gay men to run against?

This is more an attack on the courts than it is anything else. The whole protection of marriage crap just happens to make a nice little wedge for these closeted homophobes. Every little thing this group has done has always had the undertones of seizing the courts. Bring it on George! Just as much as your ilk have exploited single anti abortion issue crazies, this too will rally a new Democratic base against writing descrimination into the Constitution.


Sophisticated political issues are a feeble substitute for the manufactured decadence of flags, fags and fetuses. It's kinda like sweeps week, sans the new episodes, series and specials.

Though Bush himself has publicly embraced the amendment, he never seemed to care enough to press the matter. One of his old friends told NEWSWEEK that same-sex marriage barely registers on the president's moral radar. "I think it was purely political. I don't think he gives a s--t about it. He never talks about this stuff," said the friend, who requested anonymity to discuss his private conversations with Bush. White House aides, who also declined to be identified, insist that the president does care about banning gay marriage. They say Monday's events with amendment supporters—Bush will also meet privately with a small group—have been in the works "for weeks" and aren't just a sop to conservatives.

Whatever the political maneuvering, it's the courts that could make the next move. Last week New York's highest court heard arguments that the state must allow gay couples to wed. A similar case in New Jersey was argued in February. Decisions could come later this summer. At the same time, judges recently struck down 2004 bans from Georgia, Ohio and Nebraska. "It's just a matter of time before the other shoe falls," says Family Research Council president Tony Perkins. "This is not an issue you can take a pass on." For politicians and activists, that may be true. But average voters might do exactly that.


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11:50:46 PM    



Colbert Tells Knox Grads: Get Your Own TV Show


At the close of his commencement speech before 250 graduates (and 4000 others) at tiny Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. on Saturday, satirist Stephen Colbert left them with a piece of advice: Get your own TV show. "It pays well," he observed, "the hours are great and you have fans. Eventually, some nice people will give you an honorary degree for doing jack squat."

This advice could be crucial, for earlier he had observed: "I don't know if they've told you what's been happening in the world while you've been matriculating. The world is waiting for you people with a club....They are playing for KEEPS out there, folks."

Colbert, who slipped in and out of his rightwing blowhard TV persona on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” received an overwhelmingly positive response compared with the mixed reaction at the recent White House Correspondents Dinner. Afterward, students presented him with a purple “Veritasiness Tour” t-shirt (which translates, very roughly, as "truthiness").

He had opened his speech with: "My name is Stephen Colbert, but I actually play someone on television named Stephen Colbert, who looks like me, and talks like me, but who says things with a straight face he doesn't mean."

In that vein, Colbert considered the immigration debate: "It’s time for illegal immigrants to go — right after they finish (building) those walls." People keep saying immigrants built America, "but here's the thing, it's built now. I think it was finished in the '70s sometime. From this point it's only a touch-up and repair job."

His suggestions for securing the U.S.-Mexico border went beyond walls to include moats, fiery moats and fiery moats with fire-proof crocodiles.

He added that the border with Canada also has to be secure so Canadians cannot bring their "skunky beer" into the country. He backed English as the official language of the United States — "God wrote (the Bible) in English for a reason: So it could be taught in our public schools."

Noting the college was founded by abolitionists, Colbert came out against slavery. "I just hope the mainstream media gives me credit for the stand I’ve taken today," he said.

Recently picked as one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine, Colbert quipped: "If you do the math, there are 6.5 billion people in the world. That means that today I am here representing 65 million people. That's as big as some countries. What country has about 65 million people? Iran? Iran has 65 million people. So, for all intents and purposes, I'm here representing Iran today. Don't shoot."

Colbert, 42, graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston 20 years ago. He said that instead of a diploma on his commencement day, he got a scrap of paper, which informed him he had an incomplete in one class. He said he happily waved it in the photos with his parents that day. At the next graduation, half a year later, he didn’t receive his diploma because of a library fine, he claimed.

He closed his speech on an apparently semi-serious note, urging the grads to learn how to say "yes." He noted that saying yes will sometimes get them in trouble or make them look like a fool. But he added: "Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don't learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blinder, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.

"Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. Yes is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.

"And that's The Word."


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Saturday, June 03, 2006



You Can't Cheat An Honest Man

Throughout his reaming by the Nigerian scammers, Worley was presented with reason after reason for flipping off the thieves. He rationalized bad checks and ignored respelled/misspelled names while constantly shelling out LOTS of money to an ever changing roster of players. And he did all of this in the year 2006 when the Nigerian e-mail scam has been a punch line to jokes for several years.

If you have email, then you've no doubt seen the spam from some foreign dignitary who needs your help getting some money out of his country. He'll share it with you, just so long as you "help" with some upfront costs.

It's a transparent con, which we've all received far too often, and which we all delete immediately after it hits our inbox. Well, maybe not all. Meet John Worley — decorated Vietnam veteran, ordained minister, Christian psychotherapist, and in one awful case of misjudgment, mark.

Worley scrolled through his in-box and opened an e-mail, addressed to "CEO/Owner." The writer said that his name was Captain Joshua Mbote, and he offered an awkwardly phrased proposition: "With regards to your trustworthiness and reliability, I decided to seek your assistance in transferring some money out of South Africa into your country, for onward dispatch and investment." Mbote explained that he had been chief of security for the Congolese President Laurent Kabila, who had secretly sent him to South Africa to buy weapons for a force of elite bodyguards. But Kabila had been assassinated before Mbote could complete the mission. "I quickly decided to stop all negotiations and divert the funds to my personal use, as it was a golden opportunity, and I could not return to my country due to my loyalty to the government of Laurent Kabila," Mbote wrote. Now Mbote had fifty-five million American dollars, in cash, and he needed a discreet partner with an overseas bank account. That partner, of course, would be richly rewarded. […]

Still, Worley, faced with an e-mail that would, according to federal authorities, eventually lead him to join a gang of Nigerian criminals seeking to defraud U.S. banks, didn't hesitate. A few minutes after receiving Mbote's entreaty, he replied, "I can help and I am interested."

Needless to say, this was not the right response.

It's a remarkable, albeit depressing, story. If you've ever wondered what happens to the poor victim of one of these cons, you'll have to read this article. It's stunning.

"American culture is uniquely prone to the 'too good to miss' fallacy. 'Opportunity' is our favorite word. What may seem reckless and feckless and hapless to people in many parts of the world seems a justifiable risk to Americans."



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Friday, June 02, 2006



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Was The 2004 Election Hacked?

Electronic Voting Machines are a RED HERRING and "a paper receipt" is the FAKE solution that they are planning the same way HAVA was the fake soltion to election fraud.

A PAPER BALLOT, COUNTED BY HAND BY NON-PARTISANS, AND TOTALS TABULATED AT THE LOCAL LEVEL is the only safe solution.


The RFK, Jr. article in Rolling Stone, Was the 2004 Election Stolen? is up in its entirety. It's very long, well-sourced and completely depressing piece on how our democracy has been trashed.

You cannot come away without at seeing how Ohio Secretary of State (and now gubernatorial candidate) Ken Blackwell is just f*cking evil. Katherine Harris is small potatoes compared to what Patriot Pastor-sponsored homobigot Blackwell did to toss the election to Dear Leader, disenfranchising thousands upon thousands of voters with registration hurdles, law-breaking, and simply not putting enough machines to accommodate voters in select areas. You know, the precincts that wouldn’t swing for the Chimperor.


The MSM is especially bad at covering stories that are math intensive and deal with probability issues (polls vs results, changes in voting patterns, etc), or with arcania like hacking, encryption, and computer security. RFK clearly emphasizes the *visible* vote manipulation.

What troubles me is that the electronic voting machines and tablulators are, according to computer experts, laughably hackable. All I have to do is run a virus check on my computer, or look at my "junk" e-mail box to know that if a system is vulnerable, someone will take advantage of that weakness. So I have to assume that the likelihood these systems have already been hacked is high.

What we have here is means, motive, and prior history on the part of the Republican party. And until recently, a "What me worry?" MSM. Let's hope that RFK Jr's article opens up this can of worms and shakes it all over the national table.

Suburban Gerrilla - How they stole the 2004 election

In its official postmortem report issued two months after the election, Edison/Mitofsky was unable to identify any flaw in its methodology — so the pollsters, in essence, invented one for the electorate. According to Mitofsky, Bush partisans were simply disinclined to talk to exit pollsters on November 2nd(34) — displaying a heretofore unknown and undocumented aversion that skewed the polls in Kerry’s favor by a margin of 6.5 percent nationwide.(35)

Industry peers didn't buy it. John Zogby, one of the nation’s leading pollsters, told me that Mitofsky's "reluctant responder" hypothesis is "preposterous."(36) Even Mitofsky, in his official report, underscored the hollowness of his theory: "It is difficult to pinpoint precisely the reasons that, in general, Kerry voters were more likely to participate in the exit polls than Bush voters."(37)

Now, thanks to careful examination of Mitofsky's own data by Freeman and a team of eight researchers, we can say conclusively that the theory is dead wrong. In fact it was Democrats, not Republicans, who were more disinclined to answer pollsters' questions on Election Day. In Bush strongholds, Freeman and the other researchers found that fifty-six percent of voters completed the exit survey - compared to only fifty-three percent in Kerry strongholds.(38) "The data presented to support the claim not only fails to substantiate it," observes Freeman, "but actually contradicts it."

What's more, Freeman found, the greatest disparities between exit polls and the official vote count came in Republican strongholds. In precincts where Bush received at least eighty percent of the vote, the exit polls were off by an average of ten percent. By contrast, in precincts where Kerry dominated by eighty percent or more, the exit polls were accurate to within three tenths of one percent — a pattern that suggests Republican election officials stuffed the ballot box in Bush country.(39)

"When you look at the numbers, there is a tremendous amount of data that supports the supposition of election fraud," concludes Freeman. "The discrepancies are higher in battleground states, higher where there were Republican governors, higher in states with greater proportions of African-American communities and higher in states where there were the most Election Day complaints. All these are strong indicators of fraud — and yet this supposition has been utterly ignored by the press and, oddly, by the Democratic Party."

The evidence is especially strong in Ohio. In January, a team of mathematicians from the National Election Data Archive, a nonpartisan watchdog group, compared the state's exit polls against the certified vote count in each of the forty-nine precincts polled by Edison/Mitofsky. In twenty-two of those precincts - nearly half of those polled - they discovered results that differed widely from the official tally. Once again - against all odds - the widespread discrepancies were stacked massively in Bush's favor: In only two of the suspect twenty-two precincts did the disparity benefit Kerry. The wildest discrepancy came from the precinct Mitofsky numbered "27," in order to protect the anonymity of those surveyed. According to the exit poll, Kerry should have received sixty-seven percent of the vote in this precinct. Yet the certified tally gave him only thirty-eight percent. The statistical odds against such a variance are just shy of one in 3 billion.(40)

Such results, according to the archive, provide "virtually irrefutable evidence of vote miscount." The discrepancies, the experts add, "are consistent with the hypothesis that Kerry would have won Ohio's electoral votes if Ohio's official vote counts had accurately reflected voter intent."(41)  According to Ron Baiman, vice president of the archive and a public policy analyst at Loyola University in Chicago, "No rigorous statistical explanation" can explain the "completely nonrandom" disparities that almost uniformly benefited Bush. The final results, he adds, are "completely consistent with election fraud - specifically vote shifting."

In a sidebar editorial to today's exposé on what Robert F. Kennedy suggests was a stolen 2004 Presidential Election in Rolling Stone a call is made for an official investigation into the Electronic Voting Machine scam.

Sub-titled "Electronic voting machines pose a grave threat to democracy," the editorial details one confirmed problem after another with Electronic Voting Machines (most of which we've been reporting here at The BRAD BLOG for the past two years). Included are details on how Diebold scammed their way into Ohio and helped push the Help America Vote Act through congress in 2002 (as we originally reported our own exposé here.)

"Enough." the RS editorial concludes, "Only a complete investigation by federal authorities can determine the full extent of any bribery and vote rigging that has taken place. The public must be assured that the power to count the votes - and to recount them, if necessary - will not be ceded to for-profit corporations with a vested interest in superseding the will of the people. America's elections are the most fundamental element of our democracy - not a market to be privatized by companies like Diebold."



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