November 2004 Archives
Draft coming, students told --Reinstatement of the draft is imminent, war correspondent and author Christopher Hedges told a crowd of more than 120 students and residents yesterday at Manhattanville College. "We are losing the war in Iraq very badly, but the Bush administration will not walk away from the debacle without trying to reoccupy huge swaths of the territory they have lost," Hedges said. While working for The New York Times, he covered fighting in Central America, the Balkans and the Middle East, including Iraq during the first Gulf War.
Madonna calls for US troops to leave Iraq --US pop star Madonna made a rare foray into politics, calling for her home country to withdraw its troops from Iraq during an interview with British radio. "I just don't want American troops to be in Iraq, period," she said on BBC Radio.
Missing Antiaircraft Missiles Alarm Aides --Several thousand shoulder-fired missiles -- the kind that could be used to shoot down aircraft -- are missing in Iraq, and their disappearance has prompted U.S. military and intelligence analysts to increase sharply their estimate of the number of such weapons that may be at large, administration officials said yesterday.
Government to Appeal Ruling That Halts Guantanamo Proceeding --The government is appealing a Nov. 8 federal judge's ruling that brought a halt to a military commission hearing in a war- crimes trial against an enemy combatant being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Judge Says Detainees' Trials Are Unlawful --Ruling Is Setback For Bush Policy --The special trials established to determine the guilt or innocence of prisoners at the U.S. military prison in Cuba are unlawful and cannot continue in their current form, a federal judge ruled yesterday. In a setback for the Bush dictatorship, U.S. District Judge James Robertson found that detainees at the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may be prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions and therefore entitled to the protections of international and military law -- which the government has declined to grant them.
CIA Official Challenges Agency on Terrorism Defying orders to halt his public criticism, the author and former chief of the Bin Laden unit outlines failures in combating Al Qaeda. --A senior CIA counter-terrorism official has defied orders to stop publicly criticizing the U.S. government's response to Al Qaeda, complaining that no one has been held accountable for failures that helped lead to the Sept. 11 attacks and warning that uncorrected management problems continue to put Americans at risk.
CIA Officer Criticizes Agency's Handling of Bin Laden --One of the most senior intelligence officers in the CIA's Osama bin Laden unit said yesterday that fewer experienced officers are assigned to defeating the al Qaeda leader and his followers now than there were on Sept. 11, 2001.
A Hidden Story Behind Sept. 11? One Man's Ad Campaign Says So --Recently, James W. Walter, a millionaire from Santa Barbara, Calif., has taken a growing interest in the investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks. "It just isn't possible that 19 screw-ups with box cutters pulled this whole thing off," Mr. Walter said in a telephone interview Friday as he traveled from Florida to California by train. He has traveled by train since Sept. 11, 2001, he said, because he has been too scared to fly. "We've never gotten solid answers on why Tower 7 collapsed when it was two full blocks away from where the planes hit," he said. "We've also never received an answer for how such a large plane left such a small hole in the side of the Pentagon."
Terror Financing Fines Fall After 9/11 --Despite the Bush regime's pledge to battle terrorist financing, the government's average penalty against companies doing business with countries listed as terrorist-sponsoring states fell sharply after the Sept. 11 attacks, an Associated Press analysis of federal records shows.
Falwell Plans for 'Evangelical Revolution' --Seeking to take advantage of the momentum from an election where moral values proved important to voters, the Rev. Jerry Falwell announced Tuesday he has formed a new coalition to guide an "evangelical revolution."
Ashcroft Resigns As Attorney General --US Attorney General John Ashcroft has resigned from his post, as has Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. Their resignations are the first of several likely changes in the make-up of George Bush's cabinet following his election victory last week. Mr Bush has accepted both resignations.
Bush to give Supreme Court ultra-conservative edge --Dictator George W. Bush's election victory has won him the right to give the US Supreme Court, which plays a key social role, a much stronger conservative leaning. Experts say Bush will appoint judges close to his own point of view in any dispute over some of the country's most prominent social questions.
Mega Bulimia Alert!! Bush Considers Clarence Thomas For Chief Justice --Dictator Bush has launched an internal review of the pros and cons of nominating Supreme Court inJustice Clarence Thomas as the chief justice if ailing William Rehnquist retires, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. A top White House source familiar with Bush's thinking explains the review of Thomas as chief justice is one of several options currently under serious consideration. But Thomas is Bush's personal favorite to take the position, the source claims.
Druggists refuse to give out pill --Mississippi enacted a sweeping statute that went into effect in July that allows health care providers, including pharmacists, to not participate in procedures that go against their conscience. South Dakota and Arkansas already had laws that protect a pharmacist's right to refuse to dispense medicines. Ten other states considered similar bills this year...
Howard Dean considering bid to chair Democratic Party --Former presidential candidate Howard Dean is considering a bid to become chairman of the national Democratic Party. Steve Grossman, himself a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Dean had told him he was thinking about it.
CLG Exclusive: Kicking the Donkey --Why the Democrats lost the national elections, and how we can avoid a repeat performance --by Edward Lachowicz "In the end, the Democratic Party must review whether it wants to continue pandering to the right, and causing the loss of Democratic seats as well as those of moderate Republicans, or if it wants to pander to the left, and staunch the bleeding of disaffected Democratic voters to third parties, as well as to the apathy column. There is no middle anymore. There is no place of compromise between the parties. There is only one or the other... My effort to counter the problems of the Democrats is to convince Howard Dean to make another run for the presidency."
Draft Dean for President --We endorse the Draft Dean for President Petition to Governor Howard Dean, M.D..
Howard Dean's daughter involved in highway crash --The daughter of former Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean and four other young women were sent to the hospital Sunday after their sport utility vehicle rolled over on Interstate 91, state police said. Anne Dean, 20, was treated and released from Yale-New Haven Hospital (CT), said a hospital spokeswoman, who would not describe the nature of any of the women's injuries.
Kerry may run again in 2008, says brother [?!?] Senator John Kerry is not done yet. Kerry plans to remain a major force on the political scene. Aides say that he will be assessing the feasibility of running again in 2008.
Please send your positive comments to Elizabeth Edwards (on Wednesday she was diagnosed with breast cancer) via www.prayersforelizabeth.org. Messages will be approved in cycles in order to stop Freepers (nasty Republican trolls) from flooding the site with nasty posts, etc.. Messages will be passed on to Elizabeth and Sen. Edwards.
G.O.P. Plans to Give Environment Rules a Free-Market Tilt --With the 'elections' over, Congress and the Bush dictatorship are moving ahead with ambitious environmental agendas that include revamping signature laws on air pollution and endangered species and reviving a moribund energy bill that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration.
Bush Looking Anew for Alaska Oil Drilling --Republican gains in the Senate could give Dictator Bush his best chance yet to achieve his No. 1 energy priority — opening an oil-rich but environmentally sensitive Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling.
Study Says Polar Bears Could Face Extinction --Global warming could cause polar bears to go extinct by the end of the century by eroding the sea ice that sustains them, according to the most comprehensive international assessment ever done of Arctic climate change.
On The Front Lines in Florida --statement by five people who staffed the emergency hotline for the Kerry Campaign Headquarters in Broward County (FL) from late October through the election --"Many of the calls to our hotline were from voters who had pressed the 'Kerry' button on their electronic voting screen, only to have 'Bush' light up as the candidate they had chosen. In some cases, this would happen repeatedly until about the 5th or 6th time the voter pressed 'Kerry' and eventually his name would light up. In other cases, the voters pushed 'Kerry' but were later asked to confirm their 'Bush' vote."
Historic vote count is over (FL) Broward County won't send a final, certified vote to the state until next Friday, when military and overseas absentee ballots are tallied, but the rest of the counting is finally done. ...Voters also must be in the proper precinct for a provisional ballot to be counted. If the voter should have been allowed to vote, the provisional ballot counts. If not, it is thrown out. The office did not track the total number of provisional ballots received or the total number that were rejected, said Gisela Salas, Broward Deputy Supervisor of Elections. They will know the total count of rejected ballots when they send letters to all those who cast them, Salas said. ''I think we threw out a ton,'' said Broward County Mayor Ilene Lieberman, who served on the three-member canvassing board.
Computer glitch still baffles county clerk LaPORTE, IN --The day after a two-and-a-half-hour delay in counting ballots due to a glitch in a computer program, LaPorte County election officials are still trying to figure out what happened. "Maybe there was a power surge," LaPorte County Clerk Lynne Spevak said. "Something zapped it." At about 7 p.m. Tuesday, it was noticed that the first two or three printouts from individual precinct reports all listed an identical number of voters. Each precinct was listed as having 300 registered voters. That means the total number of voters for the county would be 22,200, although there are actually more than 79,000 registered voters.
Election Protection Report from New Mexico --Report from New Mexico "One voter reported a serious error with the touchscreen voting machine. He voted a straight Democratic ticket, but his presidential vote registered for Nader rather than Kerry. He complained to a poll worker, who said that she could not correct the error, and pushed his VOTE button for him. I have his name and phone number on file... At the end of the day, we waited until the poll workers posted Presidential vote results on the precinct door. In an area that was expected to vote heavily Democratic, Kerry only had a plurality of 12 votes."
ES&S Operative Had Access to Ohio Ballot Computer --In a letter dated Oct. 21, Ken Nuss, former deputy director of the Auglaize County Board of Elections, claimed that Joe McGinnis, a former employee of Election Systems and Software (ES&S), the company that provides the voting system in Auglaize County, was on the main computer that is used to create the ballot and compile election results, which would go against election protocol. Nuss claimed in the letter that McGinnis was allowed to use the computer the weekend of Oct. 16. Nuss, who resigned from his job Oct. 21 after being suspended for a day, was responsible for overseeing the computerized programming of election software, according to his job description. His resignation is effective Nov. 11.
"I was tipped off by a person very high up in TV that the news has been locked down tight, and there will be no TV coverage of the real problems with voting on Nov. 2. Even the journalists are pretty horrified. My source said they've also been forbidden to talk about it even on their own time, and he was calling from somewhere else. He was trying to figure out how to get the real news out on vote fraud. This is a person I've worked with off and on for nearly two years, and the voice was so somber it really bothered me." --Bev Harris, blackboxvoting.org
Nov. 7, 2004: Freedom of Information requests at http://www.blackboxvoting.org have unearthed two Ciber certification reports indicating that security and 'tamperability' was NOT TESTED and that several state elections directors, a secretary of state, and computer consultant Dr. Britain Williams signed off on the report anyway, certifying it.
to CLG, Nov. 6, 2004:
Footprints of Electoral Fraud: The November 2 Exit Poll Scam --by Michael Keefer "...[H]ow do we know the fix was in? Because the exit poll data also included the total number of respondents. At 9:00 p.m. EST, this number was well over 13,000; by 1:36 a.m. EST on November 3 it had risen by less than 3 percent, to a final total of 13, 531 respondents—but with a corresponding swing of 5 percent from Kerry to Bush in voters’ reports of their choices. Given the increase in respondents, a swing of this size is a mathematical impossibility. The same pattern is evident in the exit polls of two key swing states, Ohio and Florida."
House Dems ask GAO to investigate voting machines [It has began] (post by lawnorder on dailykos.com)
Honorable David M. Walker
Dear Mr. Walker:
Alone in Ohio, officials cited homeland security --Warren's vote tally walled off --Citing concerns about potential terrorism [?!!?], Warren County officials locked down the county administration building on election night and blocked anyone from observing the vote count as the nation awaited Ohio's returns. County officials say they took the action Tuesday night for homeland security, although state elections officials said they didn't know of any other Ohio county that closed off its elections board. Media organizations protested, saying it violated the law and the public's rights. The Warren results, delayed for hours because of long lines that extended voting past the scheduled close of polls, were part of the last tallies that helped clinch Dictator Bush's re-selection. [The only *terrorists* are Karl 'Goebbels' Rove and the Bush regime, who have stolen a *second* election!!!]
Ohio Whitewash --Basic report from Columbus From a lawyer who was in there in Ohio. --by Ray Beckerman "I worked for 3 days, including Election Day, on the statewide voter protection hotline run by the Ohio Democratic Party in Columbus, Ohio. I am writing this because the media is inexplicably whitewashing what happened in Ohio, and Kerry's concession was likewise inexplicable. Hundreds of thousands of people were disenfranchised in Ohio. People waited on line for as long as 10 hours. It appears to have only happened in Democratic-leaning precincts, principally (a) precincts where many African Americans lived, and (b) precincts near colleges... Touch screen voting machines in Youngstown OH were registering 'George W. Bush' when people pressed 'John F. Kerry' ALL DAY LONG. This was reported immediately after the polls opened, and reported over and over again throughout the day, and yet the bogus machines were inexplicably kept in use THROUGHOUT THE DAY."
Glitch [Rove's Brownshirts] gave Bush extra votes in Ohio --Rove's Brownshirts ['An error with an electronic voting system'] gave Dictator Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said. Franklin County's unofficial results had Bush receiving 4,258 votes to Democrat John Kerry's 260 votes in a precinct in Gahanna. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct. Bush actually received 365 votes in the precinct, Matthew Damschroder, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, told The Columbus Dispatch.
"We're ready, we're on the field and we're armed," Mark Weaver, Ohio GOP lawyer [Remember, Weaver, that can cut both ways...] 20 Crucial Electoral Votes May Be Stuck in Limbo -- Clear Winner Could Take Weeks to Determine --Ohio emerged as the key battleground late yesterday, as the race for president narrowed to depend heavily on the outcome of balloting that will not be known for as many as three weeks and could be the focus of intense litigation. With 20 electoral votes and an estimated 5.8 million voters swarming the polls, the blue-collar bastion turned out to be as closely fought as many Democrats and Republicans had predicted. ... Mark Weaver, a lawyer for the Ohio GOP, said the party also filed a federal lawsuit in Cincinnati asking for uniform standards in counting provisional ballots... "We're ready, we're on the field and we're armed," Weaver said.
Oops! More fuzzy math in Ohio... Franklin County, Ohio --A total of 638 votes were cast in the precinct: Bush received 4258 of them, Kerry got 260. See page 23 of the 'Unofficial Abstract of Votes - General Election - November 2, 2004, Franklin County, Ohio Offices.' UPDATE! November 5, 2004: [A new link for the information in now on their site, different from the original.] contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Email GOP Ohio Secretary of State, J. Kenneth Blackwell's office: email@example.com. Oh. Be sure to call Blackwell, too: 614-466-3910. [Update, November 8: Page 23 is back, and the original link works again.]
Surprising Pattern of Florida's Election Results --Expected votes would normally vary from the actual votes due to increased voter turnout or other factors. What seems very odd in these numbers is that the increase in actual votes from expected votes has a striking pattern of being so much higher for Republicans than that for Democrats in counties using optical scan voting machines.
Palm Beach County Logs 88,000 More Votes Than Voters --According to the official election results posted on the Palm Beach County election website, 542,835 ballots were cast for a presidential candidate while only 454,427 voters turned out for the election (including absentee). This leaves a discrepancy of 88,408 votes cast for the presidential candidates. Palm Beach County's supervisor of elections is Theresa LeGOPWhorePore. Other election oddities occurred throughout Florida with some counties registering a 400% increase in expected voter turnout among Republicans while Democrats supposedly experienced a -60% decline in expected support within certain counties. The 50+ counties experiencing the high percentage fluctuations in expected turnout used optical scan 'voting' machines on November 2nd. Update: Palm Beach County has updated their numbers and added 91,802 absentee ballots and 1,041 provisional ballots. The vote totals for president increased by 1,543.
Exit polls match results where paper ballots were used --An *amazing* set of graphs, indicating a near match of the exit polls to actual results in states where paper ballots were used. In states where electronic 'voting' was implemented, exit polling was off by a country mile.
House Dems Seek Election Inquiry --Three congressmen sent a letter to the General Accounting Office on Friday requesting an investigation into irregularities with voting machines used in Tuesday's elections. The congressmen, Democratic members of the House of Representatives from Florida, New York and Michigan, cited a number of incidents that came to light in the days after the 'election.' ...There were also problems with machines that counted absentee ballots in Florida. Software made by Election Systems & Software began subtracting votes when totals surpassed 32,000.
Evidence Mounts That The Vote Was Hacked --by Thom Hartmann --"[Florida counties] In Baker County, for example, with 12,887 registered voters, 69.3% of them Democrats and 24.3% of them Republicans, the vote was only 2,180 for Kerry and 7,738 for Bush, the opposite of what is seen everywhere else in the country where registered Democrats largely voted for Kerry. In Dixie County, with 4,988 registered voters, 77.5% of them Democrats and a mere 15% registered as Republicans, only 1,959 people voted for Kerry, but 4,433 voted for Bush. The pattern repeats over and over again - but only in the counties where optical scanners were used. Franklin County, 77.3% registered Democrats, went 58.5% for Bush. Holmes County, 72.7% registered Democrats, went 77.25% for Bush."
Unmatched Security Planned for Inaugural Military Muscle, High-Tech Screening Are Features of First Swearing --An unprecedented level of security will frame Dictator Bush's second inauguration, with officials planning to use thousands of police from across the country, new screening technology for inaugural guests and a military contingent that could include a combat brigade of up to 4,000 troops.
US strikes raze Falluja hospital --A hospital has been razed to the ground in one of the heaviest US air raids in the Iraqi city of Falluja. Witnesses said only the facade remained of the small Nazzal Emergency Hospital in the centre of the city. There are no reports on casualties.
U.S. Bombs Falluja, Rebels Strike in Samarra, Ramadi --U.S. forces poised to assault Falluja bombarded the rebel stronghold on Saturday, while insurgents launched deadly attacks that killed 34 people in Samarra, another city in Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland.
U.S. Warplanes Pound Targets in Fallujah --U.S. warplanes pounded Fallujah late Friday in what residents called the strongest attacks in months, as more than 10,000 American soldiers and Marines massed for an expected assault. Iraq's prime minister warned the "window is closing" to avert an offensive.
Insurgents Kill More Than 50 Across Iraq --Facing a major assault in Fallujah, insurgents struck back with coordinated attacks on police installations using suicide car bombs, mortars and rocket attacks, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 60, including nearly two dozen Americans.
Militants kill 21 Iraq police --At least 21 policemen have been killed in an attack on a police station in the western Iraqi province of al-Anbar. Several dozen attackers stormed the police station in Haditha, 200km (120 miles) west of Baghdad, police say.
U.S. closes Syrian embassy --The U.S. has closed its embassy in Damascus on Thursday for security reasons, the mission said in a website statement.
Call to kill terrorists 'in the name of the Lord' sparks outcry --If American troops kill Osama bin Laden, a Southern Baptist ethicist insists it should be "in the name of justice," not "in the name of the Lord" as televangelist Jerry Falwell suggests. And a prominent Texas Baptist said using God's name as motivation for killing "defames Christianity." In a televised debate on CNN, Falwell said Dictator Bush should "blow them (the terrorists) all away in the name of the Lord."
Bush Terror Point Man Quits After Botched Report --Dictator Bush's point man for international terrorism policy has quit several months after botching a major report, the most well-known figure known to have resigned since Bush's re-selection. Cofer Black, the State Department's coordinator for counterterrorism, caused an embarrassment this year when the Bush regime had to revise a faulty report he oversaw that had been used to argue Bush was winning the war on terrorism.
US defies protests to poison Afghan poppies --The US is preparing to destroy Afghanistan's opium poppy crop from the air next spring, before it can be harvested, brushing aside objections from aid agencies... Hundreds of private security contractors and pilots will be hired to spray herbicides from low-flying aircraft.
Wisconsin school district to allow theories other than evolution --The Grantsburg School District has approved a policy that would allow theories other than evolution to be taught in the classroom. Wisconsin law mandates that evolution be taught, but school districts are free to create their own curricular standards, which do not have to be consistent with the state's model, said Joe Donovan, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Instruction.
Texas OKs Textbooks That Define Marriage --The Texas Board of Education approved new health textbooks after the publishers gave in to last-minute pressure from some board members to define marriage as a "lifelong union" between a man and woman.
Alabama measure to remove segregation-era language losing --An effort to rid Alabama's Constitution of segregation-era language appeared to be losing by the narrowest of margins Wednesday after critics raised concerns that it could lead to a court-ordered tax increase for public schools. "When you give the voters all the facts, they make sound decisions," said John Giles, state president of the Christian Coalition [and Reichwing whackjob], which fought the measure.
Bush rewards pharmaceutical terrorists: U.S. to Buy 75M Doses of Anthrax Vaccine --The government said Thursday it is purchasing 75 million doses of a new generation anthrax vaccine under an $877.5 million contract the first awarded through a federal program to develop and stockpile 'antidotes' to biological and chemical weapons. [Yeah, right. The antidote is to get rid of the Bush dictatorship.]
Netscape/CNN site calls Bush an a--hole! --The very citizen journalists who very nearly pushed John Kerry into the White House have continued with their stellar work, uncovering a shocking photo naming policy on a shared Netscape/CNN site. Citizen journalists traveling to this page discovered a dubious name for the file of the photo showing a lovable Laura Bush holding her ape-faced hubby. Until late last night, the photo was unpleasantly called asshole.jpg. It has now been changed to the more innocuous georgelaura135.jpg. The old photo page now chucks up an error message.
Special **** Me, Karl Rove! Edition
note: I worked several hours per day, seven days per week, for the
last three years on the CLG website, newsletter, and Yahoo egroups.
My days got longer and longer as the Bush dictatorship got more and
more egregious... so much fascism, so little time... If John Kerry wins
(and the Bush regime allows him to assume the presidency), the CLG will
(of course) be reporting the news, organizing and reporting actions,
as we have always done. In that event, it will sure be nice to finally
refer to the president *as* the president, without the [sic]!
Love, ...and VICTORY!!
Quote of the day: "Opponents had held a lead of about 1,000 votes until the batch of votes from Broward 'fell out of the sky.'" --Rep. Randy Johnson, Florida Republican and chair of No Casinos
Kerry won. Here's the facts. (tompaine.com) Bush won Ohio by 136,483 votes. Typically in the United States, about 3 percent of votes cast are voided—known as "spoilage" in election jargon—because the ballots cast are inconclusive. Drawing on what happened in Florida and studies of elections past, Palast argues that if Ohio’s discarded ballots were counted, Kerry would have won the state. Today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports there are a total of 247,672 votes not counted in Ohio, if you add the 92,672 discarded votes plus the 155,000 provisional ballots. So far there's no indication that Palast's hypothesis will be tested because only the provisional ballots are being counted. --by Greg Palast "Most voters in Ohio thought they were voting for Kerry. CNN's exit poll showed Kerry beating Bush among Ohio women by 53 percent to 47 percent. Kerry also defeated Bush among Ohio's male voters 51 percent to 49 percent. Unless a third gender voted in Ohio, Kerry took the state. So what's going on here? Answer: the exit polls are accurate. Pollsters ask, 'Who did you vote for?' Unfortunately, they don't ask the crucial, question, 'Was your vote counted?'"
Carteret 'loses' 4,530 votes --Forget the old adage. Every vote doesn’t count in Carteret County. After candidates and voters awaited Tuesday’s election results for more than five hours after polls closed, the County Board of Elections announced a major computer problem that wiped out 4,530 of the 7,537 early votes cast at the elections office, an error admitted by the system’s manufacturer. While the company told the county the unit used for early voting could store up to 10,500 votes, it could only handle 3,005. But there were 7,537 early votes cast Oct. 14-30.
Computer May Have "Lost" 4,500 N.C. Votes --More than 4,500 votes may be "lost" in one North Carolina county because officials believed a computer that stored ballots electronically could hold more data than it did. Scattered other problems may change results in local races around the state. [Why are the problems limited to 'local' ones???]
Broward Vote-Counting Blunder Changes Amendment Result (FL) The Broward County Elections Department has egg on its face today after a computer glitch misreported a key amendment race, according to Local 10 political reporter Michael Putney. Broward County Mayor Ilene Lieberman says voting counting error is an "embarrassing mistake." Amendment 4, which would allow Miami-Dade and Broward counties to hold a future election to decide if slot machines should be allowed at racetracks, was thought to be tied. But now that a computer glitch for machines counting absentee ballots has been exposed, it turns out the amendment passed.
Slots measure for S. Fla. tracks wins approval --A proposal that opens the door to slot machines at race tracks and jai alai frontons in South Florida won approval Thursday, avoiding a possible recount after elections officials in Broward County discovered thousands of absentee votes that were ignored by a programming error. Opponents had held a lead of about 1,000 votes until the batch of votes from Broward "fell out of the sky,'' said Rep. Randy Johnson, a central Florida Republican who chairs No Casinos.
Ohio Stolen (blog entry, gnn.tv) 2004-11-03 16:26:30 "Greg Palast and Randi Rhodes reported today that the state of Ohio was stolen by the Republicans in election 2004. Ohio was the critical state that tipped the balance, giving the presidency to Bush. Turns out one County in Ohio, equipped with Diebold electronic voting machines, reported NEGATIVE 25,000 votes. Wha?!? That’s what at least one election official in Ohio said. The votes from that County are lost. Not counted. GONE!"
Fixed - The Stealing of Another Election (Democraticunderground.com) --by EarlG --Kerry winning Exit Polls --"FRAUD LOOKS PROBABLE --SoCalDem has done a statistical analysis... ...on several swing states, and EVERY STATE that has EVoting but no paper trails has an unexplained advantage for Bush of around +5% when comparing exit polls to actual results. In EVERY STATE that has paper audit trails on their EVoting, the exit poll results match the actual results reported within the margin of error. So, we have MATCHING RESULTS for exit polls vs. voting with audits vs. A 5% unexplained advantage for Bush without audits."
Exit Poll Director Claims Exit Polling Was Accurate --The exit polling was correct, maintains Joe Lenski of Edison Media Research, which conducted Tuesday's exit poll with Mitofsky International for the National Election Pool, a consortium of the major television networks and the Associated Press. "No wrong projections [of winners] were made; the projections were spot on," he said. "The members used this data with sophistication and understanding of what data can and cannot be used for."
Quote of the day: "With a bigger majority, we can do even more exciting things," said House Majority leader Tom DeLay, a Republican [and corrupt Reichwing whackjob] from Texas.
Be careful what you wish for... Some Bush Supporters Say They Anticipate a 'Revolution' --Exulting in their electoral 'victories' [thefts], Dictator Bush's conservative supporters immediately turned to staking out mandates for an ambitious agenda of long-cherished goals, including privatizing Social Security, banning same-sex marriage, remaking the Supreme Court and overturning the court's decisions in support of abortion rights. "Now comes the revolution," Richard Viguerie, the dean of conservative direct mail, told about a dozen fellow movement stalwarts gathered around a television here, tallying up their Senate seats in the earliest hours of the morning. [Oh, Richard, you have no idea how right you are!!]
The Choice is Clear: Give Up or Get Up --by Carol Schiffler "...[D]espite the fact that many of us are disappointed – perhaps, devastated – the choice before us is clear: give up or get up... This weekend, today, and every day, put your fears and grief behind you and renew your love affair with peace and social justice. Participate…not just with words, but with action and courage... Giving up is not an option."
I earned campaign capital, now I'll spend it: Bush [Spend *this*] --Claiming a broad popular mandate, US Dictator George W Bush vowed today to battle terrorism, win back allies divided over Iraq, and push ahead at home with controversial tax cuts and pension reforms. "Let me put it to you this way: I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it," he told reporters in his first news conference since stealing ['winning'] a second four year term.
Dictator Bush poised to destroy Social Security: Bush: Will Reform [destroying] Social Security System Now --Dictator Bush said on Thursday he planned to start work immediately on reforming [destroying] America's ailing Social Security retirement system and predicted a long slog ahead.
Mis-ministration pressures Congress to raise debt ceiling --The Bush regime said yesterday it will run out of maneuvering room to manage the government's massive borrowing needs in two weeks, putting more pressure on Congress to raise the debt ceiling when it convenes for a special post-election session.
Bush 'wins,' pledges to press anti-[pro]terror war --Dictator Bush has stolen another election and pledged to "fight this war on [of] terror with every resource of our national power."
Ashcroft likely to leave post --Attorney General John AshKKKroft is likely to leave his post before the start of Dictator Bush's second term, senior aides said Thursday.
Powell set to go in Bush reshuffle --US Dictator George W Bush's re-selection could herald a new look for his regime, with expectations that he will reshuffle his cabinet while maintaining enough continuity to tackle his priorities: Iraq and the war on terror. The biggest change could be in his diplomatic team, with Secretary of State Colin Powell, 67, widely tipped to leave his post.
Three Black Watch troops killed in suicide attack --An Iraqi suicide bomber killed three soldiers from the Black Watch regiment, and their interpreter, at a vehicle checkpoint close to Baghdad yesterday. Eight more soldiers were injured. "This is all Blair's fault," said Margaret Gardner. "I have a lot of friends who have boys in the army and they are all worried sick. They should have been coming home, fighting an illegal war just to make George Bush look good."
'We're all waiting for the knock on the door' --Not for the first time the families of the Black Watch were last night counting the cost of the war in Iraq amid an overwhelming feeling of grief and anger.
Massacre looms in Fallujah following the US election --by James Cogan "The re[s]election of the Bush administration is expected to be followed in short order by a massive US military push into the Iraqi city of Fallujah. The attack will be the spearhead of a broader offensive to bring 22 rebellious Iraqi cities and towns—including Fallujah, Ramadi, Samarra, Baquaba, Kut and the densely populated Shiite suburb of Sadr City in Baghdad—under US control by the end of the year. The aim is to drown in blood the mass opposition among the Iraqi people to the occupation and clear the way for sham elections in January in which only pro-US parties will be permitted to participate."
Bush will now celebrate by putting Falluja to the torch --The world is fated to four more years of brutal confrontation --by Robin Cook "They will now celebrate their election victory by putting Falluja to the torch... Now the world is fated to four more years of confrontation, which will widen rather than narrow the gulf between the west and the east. It is ironic, given that terrorism played such a central role in the election, but Osama bin Laden must be as gratified as Dick Cheney that George Bush is back."
Iraq Gunmen Seize Second American in Week --Gunmen kidnapped a Lebanese-American businessman -- the second U.S. citizen seized this week in Baghdad -- and videotape Wednesday showed the beheadings of three Iraqi National Guardsmen and an Iraqi officer.
US fighter jet fires on school --A National Guard F-16 fighter jet on a night training mission strafed a New Jersey elementary school with 25 rounds of ammunition, authorities said. [Insert 'f*cking morons' comment here.]
LI voters make left turn --With an influx of immigrants and residents moving in from urban areas, experts say, the historical trend for Long Islanders to vote overwhelmingly for Republican presidents has been broken in recent elections. ...Long Island is now home to two Democratic county executives, and several Democratic supervisors.
Democrats rout prominent GOP incumbents in Nassau judicial races --Democrats surged to victories in Nassau's judicial races in Tuesday's election, clearing out three incumbent Republican judges from the County Court bench, clinching Family and District court spots and nearly seizing an Islandwide State Supreme Court slot.
Elizabeth Edwards Has Breast Cancer --Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards, was diagnosed with breast cancer the day her husband and Sen. John Kerry conceded the presidential race. [Our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery are with Elizabeth Edwards and her family.]
[To CLGers: Please write: firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to volunteer to help Lori Price answer some email, etc.. Thank you!!]
John Kerry: "I promise you, the day will come, when your work and your ballots will change the world." [Yes, even Kerry knows the election was stolen...]
John Edwards: 'Your cause will always be our cause.' [Contrast an American hero such as Edwards like that to the piece of Halliburton garbage, Dick Cheney.]
AP, NBC News: Senator Kerry has conceded the 'election' to Dictator Bush. [Editor's note: Thank you so much for all of your supportive emails. I am behind on correspondence, but I want to make a general statement of appreciation. --Lori Price]
Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards, speaking for the Kerry/Edwards campaign, told a crowd of supporters in Boston that the Kerry/Edwards team would wait until all the votes are counted before deciding whether to concede the election or claim victory. Remarks by Senator John Edwards (D-NC) Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate --Boston, Massachusetts -- 2:28 A.M. EST, Wednesday, November 3, 2004 "John Kerry and I made a promise to the American people that in this election, every vote would count and every vote would be counted," Edwards said. "Tonight, we care keeping our word, and we will fight for every vote. You deserve no less."
CNN projects Kerry wins Michigan's 17 Electoral College votes.
MSNBC: Dictator Bush prepared to declare victory *without* concession call from Kerry, or final tallies received!!
Statement from the Kerry campaign: "The vote count in Ohio has not been completed. There are more than 250,000 remaining votes to be counted. We believe when they are, John Kerry will win Ohio."
CNN: Broken machines and a delay in opening absentee ballots will delay Iowa reporting its final count in the presidential election, state election officials said.
Through chicanery, lies, deception, polling intimidators (Brownshirts), Swift Boat Liars for Rove, Diebold, touch screen 'voting' machines, Kenneth Blackwell, Wally O'Dell, Therese LeGOPWhorePore, Dictator Bush now has 269 electoral votes, according to MSNBC. Why did exit polling indicate a Kerry victory? The same reason that exit polling indicated a Gore victory, in 2000: because Gore won. Another Bush coup d'etat is underway...
Kerry wins key battleground of Pennsylvania --Fewer problems than expected amid reports of heavy turnout --NBC News projects that Sen. John Kerry has won Pennsylvania.
The Bush dictatorship is flaming the *second* coup d'etat, by whining that Florida's 'exit polling' does not 'match' the actual votes!! The Bush campaign is 'predicting' they will win Florida and Ohio.. why, what do they know that we don't?????? Some people have not even *voted* yet in Ohio.
Baghdad car bomb kills 12 Iraqis --Car bombs have killed at least a dozen people in Baghdad and another major city as pressure mounts on Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi to avert a full-scale US attack on the insurgent stronghold city of Falluja.
A powder keg of political anxiety — Broward County Florida's politics is going from ugly to much uglier --Broward County, like much of Florida, is a powder keg of political anxiety. At one intersection in Fort Lauderdale last week, Bush supporters in passing cars screamed obscenities at women with Kerry-Edwards signs while Kerry backers gave the finger to men with Bush-Cheney signs. Should today’s result produce a questionable margin of victory for Bush in Florida, four years of repressed Democratic frustration could erupt in violent protest or acts of civil disobedience, observers said. [Well, it will erupt in: The Grand Refusal!!]
Bush Brownshirts attack journalist: Deputy tackles, arrests journalist for photographing voters --A widely published investigative journalist was tackled, punched and arrested Sunday afternoon by a Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy who tried to confiscate his camera outside the elections supervisor's headquarters. About 600 people were standing in line waiting to vote early when James S. Henry was charged with disorderly conduct for taking photos of waiting voters about 3:30 p.m. outside the main elections office on Military Trail near West Palm Beach. A sheriff's spokesman and a county attorney later said the deputy was enforcing a newly enacted rule from Elections Supervisor Theresa LeGOPWhorePore prohibiting reporters from interviewing or photographing voters lined up outside the polls. [Yes, a new fascist Florida law, implemented to facilitate another coup d'etat by the GOP.]
Building evacuated so Jeb Bush's Brownshirts can tamper with election software: Fla. State Elections Office Evacuated --A suspicious package was reported Monday in the building that houses Florida's Division of Elections, and employees were kept out while the building was searched.
Report from St. Petersburg, Florida, Nov. 1, 2004: So I was listening to these two poll watchers talk - the woman seemed extremely cynical, but it was hard to tell whether she was Dem or GOP. She was telling her newly arrived table companion about what happens to the voting machines when the polls close at the early voting sites. Apparently they close the things up and then someone puts them in their car and drives them to Clearwater, which is a good 45 minutes away. Presumably this is to plug it into whatever it is that transmits the votes to Tallahassee, but from what she was saying, for 45 minutes, those machines are in the possession of a single person, with no one watching to make sure that the machines aren't tampered with en route. --Carol Schiffler, St. Petersburg, FL [Note: Carol is the CLG Actions Chair.]
GOP denies watchers' goal is to snag polls (Palm Beach County, FL) Amid national accusations from Democrats that Republicans will try to intimidate voters at the polls on Election Day by challenging their registrations, local GOP poll watchers insist they have no such plans. Republicans have about 380 poll watchers (intimidators) in the county. Democrats have more than 1,300, including 166 lawyers. The watchers (intimidators), who registered with the elections office last month, are allowed inside polling places.
Republicans lose 11th-hour suit challenging Broward voter rolls --With less than 12 hours before the polls open, Republicans laid the groundwork for a possible legal challenge to the presidential election with an eleventh-hour lawsuit questioning the accuracy of the voting rolls in Broward County, the most heavily Democratic county in Florida. In an emergency court hearing that ended at 8:30 tonight, Broward County Circuit Judge David Krathen ruled that the suit was groundless and he didn't want to "micromanage the election.'' [Oh. I thought the Bush dictatorship didn't *like* 'trial lawyers' and 'frivolous lawsuits.' It looks like Karl Rove is certainly fond of them!!]
Post office will take last-minute ballots (FL) Prompted by a late mailing of absentee ballots from the Palm Beach County Elections Office, the U.S. Postal Service will set up a curbside operation tonight to collect ballots and deliver them in time for Tuesday's election. Postal employees will be outside the main county post office at 3200 Summit Blvd. in suburban West Palm Beach until 9 p.m. — that office's normal weeknight closing time — to collect ballots, spokesman Joseph Breckenridge said Sunday.
Mega coup alert!! AP Will Be Sole Source of Vote Count --News organizations will be relying on The Associated Press for a quick and accurate [?!?] count of votes cast in Tuesday's elections, from top of the ticket races like president, Senate and governor, down through state legislature.
An Election Spoiled Rotten --It's not even Election Day yet, and the Kerry-Edwards campaign is already down by a almost a million votes. That's because, in important states like Ohio, Florida and New Mexico, voter names have been systematically removed from the rolls and absentee ballots have been overlooked—overwhelmingly in minority areas, like Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, where Hispanic voters have a 500 percent greater chance of their vote being "spoiled." Investigative journalist Greg Palast reports on the trashing of the election. "John Kerry is down by several thousand votes in New Mexico, though not one ballot has yet been counted. He's also losing big time in Colorado and Ohio; and he's way down in Florida, though the votes won't be totaled until Tuesday night. Through a combination of sophisticated vote rustling—ethnic cleansing of voter rolls, absentee ballots gone AWOL, machines that 'spoil' votes—John Kerry begins with a nationwide deficit that could easily exceed one million votes."
Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell
Bush Brownshirts busy in South Dakota: Daschle sues Thune in federal court --Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle sued his opponent, John Thune, and the GOP in federal court tonight, asking a judge to stop what Democrats call intimidation of Native American voters in Tuesday's election. In a complaint filed late this afternoon, Daschle asked U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Piersol to keep 200 Republican monitors from engaging in a list of activities at polling places across South Dakota, including writing down license plate numbers and taking notes.
Rove Brownshirts busy in Wisconsin: Wisconsin Republicans question another 37,000 Milwaukee addresses --The state Republican party is questioning another 37,180 addresses of people registered to vote in the city along with the more than 5,600 it already had flagged last week. The party is demanding city officials require identification from all of those voters Tuesday or it is prepared to have volunteers challenge each individual at the polls.
Rove Brownshirts even busier in Wisconsin: Several of our pro-choice supporters alerted us that they received pre-recorded telephone calls, purportedly from NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, urging them to vote for George W. Bush because of his anti-reproductive health policies. NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin did not make these calls. We are trying to determine the scope and origin of these illegal activities. NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin is working to elect a pro-choice president, John Kerry. If you received a call like this, please save the message, document as much as possible, and contact us immediately at 608.213.4502 or email@example.com.
Rove terror team busy in battleground states: Misleading Calls Made to Michigan Voters --Some Michigan voters have received phone calls falsely claiming that Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry would make gay marriage legal, Kerry's Michigan campaign said Monday.
Rove Brownshirts busy in Ohio: Court OKs Party Challengers [GOP Intimidators] at Ohio Polls --A federal appeals court has cleared the way for challengers [GOP intimidators] to be present at polling places in Ohio, ruling early Tuesday that their presence on Election Day is allowed under state law. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to grant emergency stays of two federal judges' orders Monday that barred political parties' voter challengers in Ohio. The judges also consolidated the two cases. [Democrats, bring your hammers!! Do NOT let the Reichwing whackjobs intimidate you at the polls!!!]
Rebuffing G.O.P., 2 Judges Bar Challengers at Polls in Ohio --In a double blow to the Republicans on the final day of campaigning in the presidential race, two federal judges today barred challengers representing any political party from polling places in Ohio during Tuesday's election. In a similar case, United States District Judge John R. Adams of Akron said poll workers should be the ones who determine if voters are eligible. The state Republican Party had challenged 35,000 registrations because mail to those addresses came back undelivered. Democrats said the Republicans were trying to keep the poor and minorities, who move more often, from voting. [Another GOP frivolous lawsuit!! Note: This decision was overruled early Tuesday morning, see above item.]
Judges Bar Party Challengers at Ohio Polls --Two federal judges on Monday barred parties from posting challengers at polling places throughout Ohio, saying poll workers, not outsiders, should determine voter eligibility. State Republicans planned to appeal. An order by U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott of Cincinnati found that the application of Ohio's statute allowing challengers at polling places was unconstitutional. In a similar case, U.S. District Judge John Adams of Akron said poll workers are the ones to determine if voters are eligible.
Judge Bars Challengers From Polling Places --A federal judge in Cincinnati today barred political party challengers at polling places throughout Ohio. In another legal setback for Republicans, U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott ruled that the presence of challengers inexperienced in the electoral process would impede voting on Tuesday.
Challenged Voters Speak Out --Two University of Toledo psychology professors believe challenges to their voter registrations just days before the election are politically motivated.
Tight Race May Cause Recount --If Ohio's presidential vote is as close as polls predict, the result may not be known for two weeks. It may be longer if there's a recount.
6 News Groups Sue Ohio Elections Chief --Six national news organizations filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking additional access at the polls on Election Day. ABC, CNN, CBS, Fox News, NBC and The Associated Press sued Ohio Secretary of State [and Reichwing whackjob] Kenneth Blackwell over a policy that would prevent exit polling within 100 feet of a voting place.
Oil Down $2, Speculators Bet on Kerry Win -- Oil prices fell heavily on Monday, taking U.S. crude below $50 on speculation that a U.S. election win for Senator John Kerry could ease the geopolitical friction that helped fuel this year's record-breaking rally.
Kerry tops Bush in virtual vote --Democratic challenger John Kerry has won a landslide victory over Dictator George W. Bush in a global sample of the world's opinion on the race for the White House. More than 113,000 people from 119 countries made their choice at www.globalvote2004.org, handing Kerry a crushing win with 77 percent of the vote, a spokesman for the Web site said on Monday.
John Kerry Promises Young People The Truth, Talks Eminem At Campaign Stop (mtv.com) "Gideon Yago: ...Yago: Last time we talked, in March, you said that it's important to listen to hip-hop because it gives you a sense of what's going on in the street. Have you heard the new Eminem song that's been out? Kerry: You know, I heard Eminem on 'Saturday Night Live' last night. I heard the song that he did. I don't know if that's part of his new [album] or not. I liked it. But that's the only thing that I've heard in the last weeks. I'm on the trail. I'm campaigning every day."
Monster's [Rove's] Deadly Warning to 'Red' States --Bush bin Laden warned in his October Surprise video that he will be closely monitoring the state-by-state election returns in tomorrow's presidential race — and will spare any state that votes against pResident Bush from being attacked, according to a new analysis of his statement. [LOL, if it wasn't so pathetic. Karl Rove will say/do *anything* to steal the election for Dictator Bush, again.]
CLG's strategy in case of stolen elections: Part 1, The Ballot, The Bullet, and the Grand Refusal --by Michael Rectenwald, CLG Founder and Chair "...[A] postponed election, or the playing the fear factor for low voter turnout, are acts of terrorism in themselves. We are already being attacked. This warning is yet another in a series of attacks on our rights, on our democratic system, on our freedom, and on our self-determination." July 13, 2004
CLG's strategy in case of stolen elections: Part 2, The Revolution Will Be Webcast! --by Michael Rectenwald, CLG Founder and Chair "What are the TRIGGERS, what 'election' events will trigger the Grand Refusal? The following list is by no means exhaustive. The Bush regime may very well alter their approach to stealing the election this time. But, this is a list that will guide us... The Real Revolution was against the people and the Constitution and took place in 2000 and continues to this day." July 21, 2004
US is losing Iraq war: Powell --Secretary of State Colin Powell has privately confided to friends in recent weeks that the Iraqi insurgents are winning the war, Salon.com quoted Newsweek as having reported. The insurgents have succeeded in infiltrating Iraqi forces "from top to bottom," a senior Iraqi official told Newsweek in its Monday’s issue, "from decision making to the lower levels". [Now, since Bush has inextricably tied the W-ar in Iraq to the 'war on [of] terror,' this must also mean that we are losing the 'war on [of] terror.' Remember, regime change begins at home...]
Heavy Clashes in Ramadi as U.S. Troop Buildup Begins --U.S. forces battled rebels in Ramadi and pounded Falluja on Monday, but there was no sign that an all-out American-led offensive to retake the insurgent-held cities had begun on the eve of the U.S. presidential election.
Bush Brownshirts busy in Ramadi: Freelance cameraman killed in Iraq --A freelance television cameraman has been killed while filming the fighting between U-S troops and Iraqi rebels.
Baghdad deputy killed as Falluja battle looms --Gunmen assassinated the deputy governor of Baghdad yesterday, a day after Iraq's US-backed interim Prime Minister spoke of an imminent military showdown with rebels in the western city of Falluja.
First female soldier dies in Iraq --The first British female soldier to die during military operations in Iraq has been named by the Ministry of Defence.
US man among six kidnapped in Baghdad --A US citizen, an Asian and four Iraqis working for a Saudi company were kidnapped at gunpoint from their offices in Baghdad today, officials said, adding to a swollen cast of hostages in Iraq.
US soldier killed in Afghanistan --An American soldier has been killed and two others wounded when their patrol was attacked by "enemy forces" in south-eastern Afghanistan, a US Army spokesman said.
U.S. Prepares to Activate Missile Defense System --The Pentagon is set to declare operational soon a multibillion dollar system intended to defend America from attack by ballistic missiles, but which critics say will not work. Critics have strong doubts about the project, a descendant of the "Star Wars" shield idea envisioned by President Ronald Ray-gun in the 1980s that even the Pentagon admits will have only rudimentary capabilities initially.
Disagreement Over Detainees' Legal Rights Simmers --From the moment the Bush regime decided to use the naval base here as a prison colony for accused 'terrorists,' policy makers were determined to keep everything that went on here beyond the reach of United States courts...
The CIA's Disappeared (The Washington Post) "While blaming the crimes at Abu Ghraib on a small group of low-ranking soldiers, the White House, the Pentagon and the CIA have fought to preserve the exceptional and sometimes secret policies that allow U.S. personnel to violate the Geneva Conventions and other laws governing the handling and interrogation of foreign detainees. Under those policies, practices at odds with basic American values continue -- even if there are no sensational photos to document them. The latest example concerns 'ghost prisoners,' suspects captured in Iraq and Afghanistan who are interrogated by the CIA in secret locations, sometimes outside those countries, and whose identities and locations are withheld from relatives, the International Red Cross and even Congress. For all practical purposes, they have 'disappeared,' like the domestic detainees of some notorious dictatorships. The first official Army investigation into the abuses at Abu Ghraib called this practice 'deceptive, contrary to Army doctrine and in violation of international law.' Yet, according to reporting by The Post's Dana Priest, the CIA subsequently transported as many as a dozen more 'ghost detainees' out of Iraq to interrogate them in its secret prisons."
C.I.A. Chief Seeks Change in Inspector's 9/11 Report --The director of central intelligence (and Bush troll) has asked the C.I.A.'s inspector general to modify a draft report on the Sept. 11 attacks to avoid drawing conclusions about whether individual C.I.A. officers should be held accountable for any failures, Congressional and intelligence officials said Monday.
Day of the Dead: The Haunting of the White House --by Cynthia McKinney and Catherine Austin Fitts "Something is rising from the ashes of September 11: the spectre of questions that will haunt our country until answered. Months after the release of the official 9/11 Commission Report - even as Congress moves to implement its proposals for a radical centralization of security forces - growing numbers of Americans are doubting their own government's account of what really happened on September 11, and how... Last week, the New York City office of Eliot Spitzer received a citizens' complaint to open a legal inquiry into crimes still unsolved, more than three years later. So begins the haunting of the White House."
Oops! Better stop funding Rudy Giuliani's useless 'anthrax-cleaning,' no-bid, multi-million dollar Homeland Suckyourity contracts and implement some actual security measures! Nuclear Device Stolen From Truck at Norfolk Wal-Mart Recovered at Pawn Shop --A device containing radioactive material was discovered Friday in a Virginia Beach pawnshop, almost two weeks after it was stolen from a truck while its driver went shopping at a Norfolk Wal-Mart, federal authorities said.
U.S. Faces Record Borrowing Requirement --The federal government, running record budget deficits over the past two years, is projecting that it will have to borrow a record $147 billion in the first three months of 2005, the Treasury Department announced Monday.
States Are Battling Against Wal-Mart Over Health Care --More than a million former and current female Wal-Mart employees are part of a sex discrimination lawsuit that the company is fighting. Now, Wal-Mart finds itself under attack for what critics see as its miserly approach to employee health care, which they say is forcing too many of its workers and their families into state insurance programs or making them rely on charity care by hospitals.
Serratia has dark history in region (SF) Army test in 1950 may have changed microbial ecology --Serratia is a bacterium that some doctors and residents of the Bay Area have been familiar with for many years. In 1950, government officials believed that serratia did not cause disease. That belief was later used as a justification for a secret post-World War II Army experiment that became a notorious disaster tale about the microbe. The Army used serratia to test whether enemy agents could launch a biological warfare attack on a port city such as San Francisco from a location miles offshore. For six days in late September 1950, a small military vessel near San Francisco sprayed a huge cloud of serratia particles into the air while the weather favored dispersal. Then the Army went looking to find out where it landed. [Morons. Too bad it didn't land on their f*cking heads.]
377 tons small part of absent Iraq explosives --Missing prewar stockpiles may total 250,000 tons [Oops!!] --From the deserts of the south and west to the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq is awash in weapons sites — some large, others small; some guarded, others not. Even after the U.S. military secured some 400,000 tons of munitions, as many as 250,000 tons remain unaccounted for.
Report on unguarded weapons 'ignored' --A human rights group disclosed yesterday that it had told US forces of unguarded weapons in an Iraqi military college without anything being done.
GIs Lack Armor, Radios, Bullets --U.S. Has $400 Billion Defense Budget (CBS) "Correspondent Steve Kroft talks to a general, soldiers in Iraq, and their families at home about a lack of armored vehicles, field radios, night vision goggles, and even ammunition - especially for the National Guard and reserve units that now make up more than 40 percent of U.S. troops. In this report, Kroft also talks to Sen. John McCain about how pork-barrel politics have shortchanged troops on the ground."
Key US army official slams Bush over Halliburton Iraq contracts --One of the US Army's top procurement officers yesterday called the Bush regime's grant of multibillion-dollar contracts to oil services giant Halliburton "the worst case of contracting abuse she has ever seen".
Gunmen Kill Deputy Governor of Baghdad --Gunmen killed the deputy governor of Baghdad on his way to work on Monday, Iraqi officials said. Hatim Kamil was assassinated in a drive-by shooting this morning, said Baghdad Governor Ali al-Haidari.
American attack on Fallujah looms as 63 are killed in Iraq's weekend of clashes --A final assault on the rebel city of Fallujah appeared imminent yesterday after Iyad Allawi, Iraq's interim Prime Minister, said chances of a peaceful solution had virtually ended and warned of civilian casualties.
Bush policies spur Iraqi rebel resistance, say 500 national security experts --by Jim Lobe "The Bush administration’s failure to accept advice on Iraq from its military and foreign service officers has led to policies that have fuelled the insurgency against U.S.-led forces in the occupied nation, says a letter signed by some 500 national security specialists."
Is "Zarqawi" Another Black-Op? --by John Doraemi "The Bush administration has attributed the bulk of the Iraqi resistance to a character named 'Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi.' There are many people asking the legitimate question, does Zarqawi even exist? Given the credibility of Bush and company – the people who brought us phantom weapons of mass destruction, false links between Saddam and bin Laden, forged uranium documents, and a stack of other untruths – there is little reason to accept Bush’s super-boogeyman on faith alone. As pointed out in the Asia Times (Oct. 15, 2004): 'Not a single source, anywhere, claims to have actually seen 'Zarqawi' since late 2001 in Afghanistan. Ask the Pentagon. Ask the CIA. Ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation. No one, on the record, is able to independently verify that 'Zarqawi' actually exists.'"
Arafat Does Not Suffer Life-Threatening Condition, Says Abu Rudeina --President Yasser Arafat's media advisor, Nabli Abu Rudeina, said on Sunday that the President did not suffer from leukemia or any other life-threatening disease.
Free Hicks; arrest the actual terrorists (Bush, Cheney) I'm teetering on edge of sanity: Hicks --Australian 'terrorist' suspect David Hicks is on the brink of insanity, suffering severe mood swings and not able to comprehend reality. Hicks believes he will be left permanently scarred from his detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he is accused of fighting with Taliban forces in Afghanistan against US and coalition forces.
Uruguayans Elect First Leftist President --Tabare Vazquez, a cancer specialist and former mayor of the capital, won Uruguay's presidential election, becoming the nation's first leftist leader and strengthening a regional shift toward left-leaning governments. Vazquez has promised moderate policies with an emphasis on helping the poor. [Awesome!!!]
Kerry's man tells PM: mind your manners --An adviser to the Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry has criticised [Reichwing whackjob] John Howard for publicly wishing for victory for George Bush in this week's election. The Prime Minister last week said of the US pResident: "I hope he wins."
Nearly 2 Million Vote Early in Florida --More than 1.8 million Floridians have cast their ballots through early or absentee voting -- nearly 2 1/2 times the number of people who voted early in 2000. Polling places were packed Saturday as people continued to stream in to vote early, with some localities reporting lines several hundred deep and waits up to four hours.
Now They're Registered, Now They're Not --Election Officials Express Dismay at Extent of Misinformation, Variety of Tricks Targeting Voters --Registered voters who have been somehow unregistered. Democrats who suddenly find they've been re-registered as Republicans. A flier announcing that Election Day has been extended through Wednesday... Last week in Allegheny County, election officials received a flurry of phone calls about fliers handed out at a Pittsburgh area mall and mailed to an unknown number of homes. The flier, distributed on bogus but official-looking stationery with a county letterhead, told voters that "due to immense voter turnout expected on Tuesday," the election had been extended. Republicans should vote Tuesday, Nov. 2, it said -- and Democrats on Wednesday. A criminal investigation has been launched.
Florida Leads States for Voter Complaints -Hotline --Voters in the battleground state of Florida have called in the most complaints over missing absentee ballots, long voting lines and other problems, a group running a hotline said on Sunday.
from CLG reader (October 31, 2004)
GOP Gerrymanderers Earn Their Stripes --by Margie Burns "Local strong-arm tactics, with media acquiescence in writing off Texas as a 'red state,' may jeopardize the voting process in Texas elections... Republican strong-arm tactics over the past two years, however, combined with a deeply unpopular war in Iraq and worsening economic conditions for the most vulnerable and the middle class, have not exactly enhanced GOP registration."
Pendulum swings to Kerry landslide --Forget all the too close to call analysis, Australian psephologist Malcolm Mackerras says the US election will be a Kerry-slide. "My key prediction was this: 'On Monday, December 20, 2004, the Electoral College will meet and 327 votes will be cast for John Kerry and 211 for George W. Bush.'"
Young Mobile Voters Pick Kerry Over Bush, 55% to 40%, Rock the Vote/Zogby Poll Reveals: National Text-Message Poll Breaks New Ground --Polling firm Zogby International and partner Rock the Vote found Massachusetts Senator John Kerry leading Dictator Bush 55% to 40% among 18-29 year-old likely voters in their first joint Rock the Vote Mobile political poll, conducted exclusively on mobile phones October 27 through 30, 2004.
Kerry keeps Fla. lead --A poll shows desire for change on the increase. For the second day in a row Saturday, John Kerry was holding onto a narrow 49-47 percent lead in Florida over George Bush, according to The Palm Beach Post/Reuters/Zogby International poll. In the state's U.S. Senate race, Democrat Betty Castor not only kept her lead over Republican Mel Martinez for a second consecutive day but slightly expanded it Saturday. In the volatile presidential contest, Kerry on Saturday took the lead in six of 10 closely watched states where Zogby has been polling since Oct. 22, a flop from Bush's 6-4 lead Friday.
Kerry edges ahead in Iowa with boost from early voters --Twenty-seven percent of Iowa adults surveyed said they had already voted. Kerry leads Bush, 52 percent to 41 percent, among that group of early-bird voters.
Poll gives Kerry slight edge in New Jersey --Sen. John Kerry is apparently ahead of Dictator Bush among likely voters in New Jersey, with the Massachusetts Democrat holding a 45 percent to 38 percent edge in a poll released yesterday.
Dow winds blow in favour of Kerry --Investors and traders lean to the Republicans, but the Dow is sending a signal that George W. Bush is going to lose office. Since 1904, the incumbent has failed to win re-election if the Dow falls by 0.5 per cent or more in October. This October, the Dow has fallen 0.52 per cent.
Redskins loss may signal Kerry victory --The rule goes if the Redskins lose or tie, the incumbent party loses the election... Professional pollsters may scoff, but the rule has been correct in every election since Franklin Roosevelt won in 1932 (although a Washington Post story contradicted that claim yesterday, stating its run started in 1936). The probability of 18 elections in a row being decided this way is estimated to be one in 260 million. A two-point conversion sealed the Green Bay Packers' victory, 28-14. Under the Redskins rule, that means Kerry will win the election.
Chris Heinz Calls Bush a Cokehead <g> John Kerry's stepson, Chris Heinz, 31, displayed his mother Teresa's tone at a recent campaign event with a group of Wharton students. Philadelphia magazine reports: "Heinz accused Kerry's opponents - 'our enemies' - of making the race dirty. 'We didn't start out with negative ads calling George Bush a cokehead,' he said, before adding, 'I'll do it now.'
Gag me with a chainsaw: Bush wins boost from [Rove's] terror tape · Candidates battle over bin Laden video · Early poll move to Bush --George W Bush moved yesterday to seize the political advantage after Bush bin Laden's extraordinary intervention in the US presidential election on Friday night.
The winner is... US conservatism --The Democrats face an awesome task in Tuesday's elections but, for the country's good, they must win --by Will Hutton "Even if Kerry manages to win, American conservatism will remain the most dynamic component in American political life. Although a Kerry victory (for which I hope) is conceivable, it is already clear that the race is so tight that the Republicans will retain their grip on the House of Representatives - with little prospect of an early reversal. ...In short, a Kerry victory would only be the end of the beginning; for the Democrats to move the US even marginally from its current hardening right-wing trajectory, the long-term task is the rebuilding and sustaining of the liberal coalition that they held from Roosevelt's New Deal to the end of the 1960s - and which will allow them to challenge what is now a Republican legislative dominance."
Man charged with threatening Cheney makes initial court appearance --A man charged with threatening the life of Vice pResident Dick Cheney during a campaign visit appeared Sunday in federal court, where a judge ordered him jailed until a bond hearing later in the week. Shoup is accused of calling 911 Friday morning and telling dispatchers he had turned his van into a bomb and planned to try and kill Cheney by crashing the vehicle into the Lansing venue where the vice pResident was to speak.
More GOP family values: Fortney admits indecent exposure --Republican candidate arrested three times in 1980s --District 45 Republican candidate Alan Fortney of Conway admitted Thursday that he has been arrested three times for exposing himself to children.
WHO Calls Summit to Address Flu Pandemic --The World Health Organization has called an unprecedented summit meeting next week of flu vaccine makers and nations to expand plans for dealing with the growing threat of a flu pandemic.
World Unprepared for Avian Flu, Experts Warn --Dr. Klaus Stohr, influenza coordinator for the World Health Organization, believes the world is overdue for a pandemic that could kill millions, and he believes the H5N1 virus now killing off tens of millions of birds in Asia is the most likely source. So far the H5N1 flu has infected 44 people and killed 32 of them, Stohr said. Other studies presented to the conference show the virus has not yet acquired the ability to move from human to human. Once it does, experts agree, it could spread quickly and kill millions.
Top Officer Objected to Halliburton Deal --The Army extended a Halliburton Co. troop support contract over the objections of a top contracting officer, even contending — and then withdrawing — a claim that U.S. forces faced an emergency if the company didn't get the extra work. Contracting official Bunnatine Greenhouse wrote a top general this month in questioning the extended troop support contract in the Balkans. Greenhouse has had problems with the $2 billion contract at least since January 2002, when she wrote, "There is little or no incentive for the contractor to reduce or keep cost down."
Ending the Fantasy --It's hard to game the election with all the conflicting polls. But the signs are pointing to a big turnout and a Kerry win --by Eleanor Clift "It's still heresy to say it, but Americans were safer when Saddam was in power. He guarded his high-grade-weapons sites, and just days before the U.S. invasion, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency had monitored the site, warning the Bush administration about the potential danger... With more than two thirds of the undecided voters saying the country is on the wrong track, Kerry should win."
U.S. left ammo site unguarded --Six months after the fall of Baghdad, a vast Iraqi weapons depot with tens of thousands of artillery rounds and other explosives remained unguarded, according to two U.S. aid workers.
Witnesses say Iraqi forces fired on civilians, leaving dozens killed or injured --Witnesses said Saturday that Iraqi forces opened fire on six vehicles, including three minibuses, after a 'U.S. convoy came under attack' in a central Iraqi town south of Baghdad, killing or injuring more than a dozen people.
9 U.S. Marines killed in blast near Fallujah --Nine Marines were killed and nine others were wounded in a car-bomb ambush near the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah on Saturday, in the deadliest single attack on U.S. forces in nearly nine months. Another car bombing killed at least seven Iraqis outside the Baghdad offices of an Arabic news network.
Officials Find Decapitated Body in Iraq --Iraqi officials found the decapitated body of what appeared to be a young Asian male wrapped in an American flag in Baghdad on Saturday.
Mega Bulimia Alert!! Cheney Touts Iraq War's 'Brilliance' -- Vice pResident Dick Cheney said Friday the invasion of Iraq will go down in history, along with the war in Afghanistan, for its "brilliance." [Uh, which aspect? The beheadings? The 350 tons of missing explosives? The daily suicide bombings? The Abu Ghraib torture? Which part, Whackball?]
Revealed: Blair's secret mission to woo Kerry --Bush's poodle, Tony Blair, has sent one of his closest advisers on a secret peace mission to mend relations with John Kerry, the United States presidential challenger, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. News of the confidential meeting comes as the campaign enters its final 48 hours, with the candidates running neck and neck. Mr Blair is concerned that he will appear isolated if George Bush loses in Tuesday's poll, because of his support for the Iraq war.
Cherie Blair lambasts Bush over human rights --Cherie Blair has criticised the policies of the US Dictator George W Bush, attacking his stance on terrorist prisoners and gay rights. She attacked the manner in which the White House has dealt with the human rights of UK citizens detained at the US-run Camp X-Ray prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba...
Judge orders a halt to military's forced anti-anthrax shots --FDA held to have wrongly OKd vaccine --The Defense Department must immediately stop inoculating soldiers with anthrax vaccine, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the Food and Drug Administration acted improperly when it approved the experimental injections for general use.
Cronkite: Rove likely set up bin Laden tape CNN LARRY KING LIVE --Bin Laden Releases New Videotape Aired October 29, 2004 - 21:00 ET (transcript) LARRY KING, HOST: OK, Walter. What do you make of this? [a new Osama bin Laden tape addressing the American people, released October 29, 2004] ...WALTER CRONKITE, FMR. CBS NEWS ANCHOR: What we just heard. So now the question is basically right now, how will this affect the election? And I have a feeling that it could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I'm a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing. The advantage to the Republican side is to get rid of, as a principal subject of the campaigns right now, get rid of the whole problem of the al Qaqaa explosive dump. Right now, that, the last couple of days, has, I think, upset the Republican campaign. [Note: Bush sycophant, useless Larry King, did not ask a follow-up to Cronkite's astounding assertion.]
Part of US September 11 commission report has not been released: report --The US Justice Department has reportedly not released a final chapter of the September 11 commission's report related to conflicting accounts of efforts to track and chase the jets hijacked that day, and is unlikely to do so before Tuesday's presidential vote.
NASA photo analyst: Bush wore a device during debate --Physicist says imaging techniques prove the pResident's bulge was not caused by wrinkled clothing. --by Kevin Berger "George W. Bush tried to laugh off the bulge... Dr. Robert M. Nelson, however, was not laughing. He knew the president [sic] was not telling the truth. And Nelson is neither conspiracy theorist nor midnight blogger. He's a senior research scientist for NASA and for Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and an international authority on image analysis..."
Minnesota Poll: Kerry takes 49%-41% lead over Bush --Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry has opened up a lead over Dictator Bush in Minnesota, a state where the presidential race has for months been considered too close to call.
More than 1.8 million cast their ballots early in Florida --More than 1.8 million Floridians have cast their ballots through early or absentee voting -- nearly 2½ times the number of people who voted early in 2000. At a mall in Broward County, Patti Bryant voted at 1:25 p.m. _ 3 hours, 55 minutes after she got in line. "We have to make a change. This election is key,'' she said.
Kerry Ahead of Bush in Florida --For the first time this week, U.S. Sen. John Kerry on Friday pulled ahead of pResident Bush in Florida, according to a poll that has been tracking voter opinion in 10 key states. ...Pollster John Zogby said that at this stage, incumbent Bush shouldn't be struggling in key states where 131 electoral votes are at stake. Bush's struggles, he said, are Kerry's gains. Undecided voters historically break toward the challenger at the end of a campaign, he said. That's why he said he has no compunction about calling the race for Kerry. "It's a hunch," said Zogby, who is known for his unconventional methods. "I'm looking at the president[sic]'s numbers as an incumbent, and they're not good."
Voters claim abuse of electoral rolls Students say they were conned into registering twice --by Greg Palast "An Observer investigation in the United States has uncovered widespread allegations of electoral abuse, many of them going uninvestigated despite complaints of what would appear to be criminal attempts to manipulate voter lists. The allegations, which come just two days before Americans go to the polls in one of the most tightly contested elections in a generation, threaten to plunge Tuesday's count into a legal minefield and overshadow even the elections [coup] of 2000."
Republicans Pressed To Halt Voter-Suppression Efforts --by Jim Lobe "With political analysts agreeing that voter turnout, especially of minority and youth voters, will likely determine the outcome of next Tuesday’s presidential election, civil and human rights groups are pressing the Republican National Committee (RNC) to call off plans aimed at discouraging people from casting ballots."
Ohio Lawmakers Call for Secretary of State Blackwell to Resign (democracrynow.org) "As a federal judge in Ohio temporarily blocks the GOP from challenging the voting rights of 35,000 people ahead of the election, we go to Ohio to speak with State Sen. Teresa Fedor, one of the lawmakers leading the calls for Ohio Secretary of State (R - Coupmeister) Ken Blackwell to resign."
Calif. Dems File FCC Complaint on GOP Ads --A gift of free air time to GOP candidates [?!?] from a Fresno-area broadcaster drew challenges on several fronts Thursday, as Democrats tried to stop the ads from running in key areas before Tuesday's election.
Colo. Teacher Kicks Student for GOP Shirt --A part-time college instructor has apologized for kicking a student because he was wearing a Republican shirt. Fort Lewis College student Mark O'Donnell said he was showing people his College Republicans sweat shirt, which said "Work for us now ... or work for us later," when Maria Spero kicked him in the leg at an off-campus restaurant. [Was the apology issued because she should have done *a lot more* than just kick him?]
IRS says it may quash NAACP's tax status --Political speech puts rights group's exemption at risk --The Internal Revenue Service has threatened to revoke the NAACP's tax-exempt status because the group's chairman, Julian Bond, "condemned the administration policies of George W. Bush" during a speech this summer, according to documents the civil rights group provided.
Honk to Fire Bush! --This is a call to everyone in the United States to honk at 12 AM and 6 PM your local time, every day from now to Election-day to Fire the Bush Administration!
BoSox Hailed As Heroes by Estimated 3.2M --Confetti rained down and the "Hallelujah Chorus" resounded through city streets Saturday as grateful fans embraced the World Series champion Boston Red Sox during a jubilant parade that even went afloat on the Charles River. An estimated 3.2 million people packed the 7-mile parade route on a raw autumn day with spitting rain, standing in dense crowds, hanging from windows and cheering from rooftops.
AP: DOD Warned About Halliburton Contracts --The Pentagon extended a Halliburton Co. contract for 11 months beyond its expiration despite warnings that the company was "out of control" in its work providing troop support in the Balkans, government memos showed. "There is little or no incentive for the contractor to reduce or keep cost down," senior Army contracting officer Bunnatine Greenhouse wrote her bosses in January 2002 after a review of Halliburton's performance.
As Iraq 'Elections' Near, Pentagon Extends Tours of Duty for About 6,500 U.S. Soldiers --The Pentagon has ordered about 6,500 soldiers in Iraq to extend their tours, the first step the military has taken to increase its combat power there in preparation for the January 'elections,' senior Defense Department officials said Friday.
U.S. forces ready attacks on Iraqi rebels --U.S. marines are preparing for a "decisive" assault on the Iraqi cities of Falluja and Ramadi to crush Sunni Muslim insurgents and Arab militants behind suicide bombings and beheadings of hostages. "We are gearing up for a major operation," Brigadier General Denis Hajlik told reporters at a base near Falluja on Friday. "If we do so, it will be decisive and we will whack them."
Suicide car bomber kills U.S. soldier in Iraq --A suicide car bomber killed a U.S. soldier and wounded another near the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, the U.S. military said on Saturday.
Black Watch soldier dies in Iraq crash --A soldier from the Black Watch regiment has died in an accident in Iraq as the troops moved towards positions near Baghdad to free up U.S. units for an expected offensive against rebel-held Falluja.
Body Resembling Japanese Hostage Found --A body resembling a Japanese hostage held by Islamic militants has been found in Iraq, the government announced Saturday, and officials were expected to fly the body to Kuwait or Qatar for positive identification.
US troops refused requests to protect explosives store --Al-Qaqa'a, the Iraqi military complex from which 350 tons of explosives disappeared, was looted after US troops left the area refusing requests to protect the site, Iraqi witnesses say.
Blair accused of using intelligence for PR --Britain's former deputy chief of defence intelligence yesterday accused Tony Blair of misusing intelligence terminology to describe the threat from Saddam Hussein before the attack on Iraq.
Reichwing Media Prepping Us For Coup 2004: Another Wait Feared In Knowing the Winner --After four years of legislation, technology upgrades and other reforms aimed at avoiding a repeat of the 2000 coup ['hotly contested 2000 elections'], a growing number of government officials and voting experts are preparing for the unthinkable. Americans may not know who won the presidential race on Tuesday night. Again. ...Yesterday, in hotly contested Pennsylvania, Gov. Edward G. Rendell (D) agreed to a seven-day extension to settle a federal lawsuit in that state after initially resisting the idea. As a result, military ballots there may be received through Nov. 10. Republican officials are considering a new lawsuit to push back that extension further.
Bush Seeks Limit to Suits Over Voting Rights --Regime lawyers argue that only the Justice Department, not the voters, may sue to enforce provisions in the Help America Vote Act. Bush dictatorship lawyers argued in three closely contested states last week that only the Justice Department, and not voters themselves, may sue to enforce the voting rights set out in the Help America Vote Act, which was passed in the aftermath of the disputed 2000 election.
GOP Challenging Voter Registrations --Civil Rights Groups Accuse Republicans of Trying to Disenfranchise Minorities --Republicans yesterday continued to challenge the validity of tens of thousands of voter registrations in Ohio and other key states in the presidential election while a coalition of civil rights and labor groups sued the GOP, claiming the Republican efforts were aimed at removing eligible minority voters from the rolls. After initially saying he would not contest a Wednesday ruling halting the challenges, Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell (R) worked with other election officials [Rove made a phone call] who asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati to allow GOP challenges to 35,000 voters from mostly urban and minority areas to proceed before the election. Also yesterday, Republicans in Wisconsin attempted to challenge the registrations of 5,600 voters in Milwaukee but were turned down in a unanimous decision by the city's bipartisan election board. Join us in stopping the 2004 coup!! Contact: ChallengeWithHammers@legitgov.org. ***Sign up*** firstname.lastname@example.org
BBC report sparks Florida vote storm -- British Broadcasting Corporation report has unleashed a political storm over suggestions that the Bush campaign in Florida may be planning to disrupt voting in the state's black neighborhoods.
Soldiers' Votes Could Decide Election --With so many troops fighting in the Middle East, members of the military could play a huge role in deciding the next commander-in-chief in this dead-heat presidential contest. But Democrats and Republicans alike fear that 'reforms' enacted by Congress after 2000 have not fixed the problems associated with overseas voting.
Fire Forces Edwards Plane Back to Airport --Sen. John Edwards' campaign plane was forced to return to the Raleigh airport Friday night after a battery in the press cabin caught fire about five minutes after takeoff.
Election Day Terror Drills --Cheney In Command? --by Michael Kane "EMERGENCY REPORT! October 29, 2004 --A plan may be afoot to induce a national terror threat on Election Day to lower voter turn out and steal the election for Bush once again, but this time in a different manner. At least three states have WMD/Terrorism Incident drills scheduled for Tuesday, November 2, 2004 – Election Day. As of May 8, 2001, Dick Cheney was placed in charge of managing all domestic preparedness related to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). It is likely that Cheney will be managing all of the Election Day WMD/Terrorism Incident drills across the country."
Solution? Read and forward the following essays to the media!! CLG's strategy in case of stolen elections: Part 1, The Ballot, The Bullet, and the Grand Refusal --by Michael Rectenwald, CLG Founder and Chair "...[A] postponed election, or the playing the fear factor for low voter turnout, are acts of terrorism in themselves. We are already being attacked. This warning is yet another in a series of attacks on our rights, on our democratic system, on our freedom, and on our self-determination." July 13, 2004.
CLG's strategy in case of stolen elections: Part 2, The Revolution Will Be Webcast! --by Michael Rectenwald, CLG Founder and Chair "What are the TRIGGERS, what 'election' events will trigger the Grand Refusal? The following list is by no means exhaustive. The Bush regime may very well alter their approach to stealing the election this time. But, this is a list that will guide us... The Real Revolution was against the people and the Constitution and took place in 2000 and continues to this day." July 21, 2004
Ramsey Clark launches online reporting system for election fraud. "If widespread voter interference or vote fraud is traceable to high officials, it will be an important element in the impeachment struggle." - - Ramsey Clark (impeachbush.org) "We will take eyewitness reports and other testimony of election-day misconduct to the House Judiciary Committee for review and action. The House Judiciary Committee is the appropriate legislative body to initiate the impeachment process."
Men Arrested For Landing 'Go Kerry' Balloon In Central Park --Two men were taken into custody on Friday after illegally [?!?] landing a hot-air in Central Park, police said. The balloon was emblazoned with a "Go Kerry" sign, an apparent reference to presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry.
Clinton Stumps for Kerry in Nevada --2,500 Cheer Ex-President In Swing-State Appearance --"We love you! We love you!" a group of women screamed, drowning out Bill Clinton's opening lines for hundreds of people around them. The Comeback Kid had come to Las Vegas for his first solo campaign appearance in a swing state since his quadruple-bypass heart surgery, a compliment the crowd of 2,500 was determined to return.
Yale's Student Newspaper Endorses Kerry --Yale's undergraduate student newspaper on Friday chose one alumnus over another in the race for the White House, endorsing John Kerry.
Kerry Campaign Blows Up At Faux, Threatens to Throw Faux Off Plane, Backs Off --KERRY CAMP OBJECTS TO 4:00pm FOX NEWS SEGMENT: ALAN COLMES: "It's not like he [Osama bin Laden] had a Kerry-Edward bumper sticker in his cave." NEIL CAVUTO: "But he's all but doing that, isn't he? I thought I saw a button." KERRY CAMP ASKS FOR RETRACTION, DOES NOT GET ONE… JOHN SASSO BLOWS UP AT FOX PRODUCER ON PLANE: "Is that the one? Is that her? I want her off the plane tomorrow. I'm not kidding." COMM. DIR. STEPHANIE CUTTER BACKTRACKS: "He [Sasso] was wrong to say that. We jumped all over him for it."
Edwards Assails Character of Bush, Cheney --Sen. John Edwards used the FBI's investigation of Halliburton to assail the characters of Dictator Bush and Vice pResident Dick Cheney, saying on Friday: "Nothing speaks louder about their values and what they stand for than Halliburton.'' "There is one thing you can be sure of: Halliburton's free ride will continue if George Bush and Dick Cheney get four more years. But if John Kerry's elected, it will stop and it will stop immediately,'' the Democratic vice presidential candidate vowed.
Bush Campaign to Recut Doctored Ad --Bush's campaign acknowledged Thursday that it had doctored a photograph used in a television commercial to remove the pResident and the podium where he was standing. The campaign said the ad will be re-edited and reshipped to TV stations.
Bush Campaign Drops 'Still the One' --The Bush campaign abruptly stopped using the 1970's hit "Still the One" at campaign rallies Friday after the songwriter, no fan of the pResident, claimed the Republicans never got permission. John Hall, a former Democratic county legislator in upstate New York, co-wrote the song and recorded it with his band Orleans in 1976. He complained on Friday morning about the campaign playing the song at Bush's events.
Rove's freelancer, Osama bin Laden, releases his 'October Surprise' videotape in order to change the dialog from discussion about the 350 tons of munitions in Iraq that Bush allowed to go missing to the topic of 'security.' But, we see through Rove-Laden's plans, and will NOT allow the Reichwing to hijack this issue and another election!!
Bin Laden Says Americans' Security Threatened by Bush --Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, said in a videotape that pResident George W. Bush's policies remain a threat to the security of Muslims and another strike is possible.
Al-Jazeera Airs Videotape by Bin Laden --Osama bin Laden, reading a statement to the American people in a new videotape aired Friday, directly admitted for the first time that he ordered the Sept. 11 attacks and said "the best way to avoid another Manhattan'' was to stop threatening Muslims' security.
Al-Jazeera broadcasts new bin Laden tape --Neither Bush nor Kerry can protect U.S., he says --Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in a videotape broadcast Friday on Al-Jazeera television, claims full responsibility for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States and warns Americans that "your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al-Qaida. Your security is in your own hands."
Part of 9/11 Report Remains Unreleased; An Inquiry Is Begun --One last chapter of the investigation by the Sept. 11 commission, a supplement completed more than two months ago, has not yet been made public by the Justice Department, and officials say it is unlikely to be released before the presidential election, even though that had been a major goal of deadlines set for the panel.
--by Eminem lyrics
Breaking, CLG exclusive!! 00:45, Saturday, October 30, 2004 --Huge police bustup of Timesup! environmental group gathering on Houston Street in Soho, New York. The Timesup! group was holding a Halloween 'revelry rebellion' on Houston Street. The police are trying to break it up. Approximately 75 cops with twelve police cars, three police vans, and an unmarked police car disguised as a taxi, have appeared near Milano's Bar on Houston Street, between Mulberry and Mott Streets. An undercover policewoman emerged from the (undercover) taxicab. She was wearing a white football jersey with number 26 on it, with the name 'Portis' on the back of her jersey. There are four arrests, thus far. Officer 'Portis' seems to be coordinating the police efforts. The van is holding the people under arrest, and is remaining on-site... The police are talking with the occupants. The door to the van has shut... The police van, with 'arrestees,' has just departed. Numerous spectators have gathered on the opposite side of the street. Houston Street is blocked in the Eastbound direction. No link, story provided *live* on the scene by a New York CLGer!!
Big Arctic Perils Seen in Warming --A comprehensive four-year study of warming in the Arctic shows that heat-trapping gases from tailpipes and smokestacks around the world are contributing to profound environmental changes, including sharp retreats of glaciers and sea ice, thawing of permafrost and shifts in the weather, the oceans and the atmosphere. [Someone needs to tell the Idiot Usurper that global warming exists...]
Feds looked into human mad cow cases in NY --Federal officials have investigated 20 cases for possible human mad cow disease in the last 10 years in New York, where state officials currently are looking into a cluster of five cases of a related disease, United Press International has learned.
NY Attorney General's Office Accepts Unprecedented Citizens' Complaint Demanding Criminal Inquiry into 9/11 Crimes --U.S. Newswire/ --"On behalf of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Chief Investigator William Casey today accepted a Complaint and Petition from a group of New York City citizens including 9/11 family members, survivors and a Ground Zero triage physician. The Complaint demands that the AG open a criminal inquiry and/or grand jury investigation into the many still unsolved crimes of September 11, 2001 over which he has jurisdiction."
FBI investigates how Iraq contracts were given to Halliburton --The FBI has begun investigating whether the Pentagon broke the law in awarding contracts in Iraq to Dick Cheney's former company Halliburton.
FBI probes Halliburton's Pentagon contracts --The FBI has begun investigating whether the Pentagon improperly awarded no-bid contracts to Halliburton Co., seeking an interview with a top Army contracting officer and collecting documents from several government offices. The line of inquiry expands an earlier FBI investigation into whether Halliburton overcharged taxpayers for fuel in Iraq, and it elevates to a criminal matter the election-year question of whether the Bush regime showed favoritism to Vice pResident Dick Cheney's 'former' company.
Halliburton loses $1.5 million in US property --It's not just missing explosives that have US military officials searching high and low in Iraq. They're also trying to figure out how the giant reconstruction contractor Halliburton misplaced millions of dollars in government trucks, generators, computers and, strangely, a port-a-potty.
Things Get Ugly At Early Voting Locations --The election is growing close, and the heat is on -- especially in South Florida, where thousands of absentee ballots are missing, and now there are claims of voter intimidation. Thursday, South Florida Republicans and Democrats traded charges of voter intimidation at early voting locations. Teams of out-of-town lawyers are here, and already charges are flying that these so-called legal observers are over-stepping their bounds. [We will put them back *in* their bounds!! We will *not* be intimidated... Warning to all Reichwing maggots: intimidate voters at your own risk. We are recruiting local residents in Ohio, Florida and elsewhere to counter these Reichwing, SS-style actions. Join us in stopping the 2004 coup!! Contact: ChallengeWithHammers@legitgov.org. ***Sign up*** email@example.com
100,000 Iraqi civilians dead, says study --About 100,000 Iraqi civilians - half of them women and children - have died in Iraq since the invasion, mostly as a result of airstrikes by occupation forces, according to the first reliable study of the death toll from Iraqi and US public health experts.
100,000 Excess Iraqi Deaths Since War-Study --Deaths of Iraqis have soared to 100,000 above normal since the Iraq war mainly due violence and many of the victims have been women and children, public health experts from the United States said Thursday.
Video Shows G.I.'s at Weapon Cache --A videotape made by a television crew with American troops when they opened bunkers at a sprawling Iraqi munitions complex south of Baghdad shows a huge supply of explosives still there nine days after the fall of Saddam Hussein, apparently including some sealed earlier by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS video may be linked to missing explosives in Iraq --A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS crew in Iraq shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein was in the area where tons of explosives disappeared, and may have videotaped some of those weapons. Using GPS technology and talking with members of the 101st Airborne Division, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has determined the crew embedded with the troops may have been on the southern edge of the Al Qaqaa installation, where the ammunition disappeared. The news crew was based just south of Al Qaqaa, and drove two or three miles north of there with soldiers on April 18, 2003. During that trip, members of the 101st Airborne Division showed the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS news crew bunker after bunker of material labelled "explosives."
Russian Ministry Denies Russia Helped Move Iraq Arms --Russian troops didn't help remove munitions from the al Qaqaa weapons facility in Iraq before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of the country, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.
Russia Denies Involvement in Iraq Weapons --Russia angrily denied allegations Thursday that Russian forces had smuggled a cache of high explosives out of Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion in March 2003. Defense Ministry spokesman Vyacheslav Sedov dismissed the allegations as "absurd" and "ridiculous."
Kidnappers Demand Foreign Troops Quit Iraq --Militants piled more pressure on Washington's military allies in Iraq on Thursday, seizing a Polish woman and holding a Japanese man under threat of death.
U.S. reservists sue feds to block deployment to Iraq --When U.S. Army reservist Jay Ferriola filed suit against the federal government Friday, the 31-year-old combat veteran joined the ranks of a newly emerging military contingency of reservists who are resisting deployment to Iraq on grounds they've already fulfilled their obligations to the armed forces.
Allawi blames US for recruit massacre --Iraq's interim Prime Minister has blamed the US-led military in Iraq for the slaying of 49 unarmed army recruits and three drivers on Saturday.
Exclusive: Bush Wanted To Invade Iraq If Elected in 2000 --by Russ Baker -- "Two years before the September 11 attacks, presidential candidate George W. Bush was already talking privately about the political benefits of attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer, who held many conversations with then-Texas Governor Bush in preparation for a planned autobiography. 'He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999,' said author and journalist Mickey Herskowitz.' 'It was on his mind. He said to me: 'One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.' And he said, 'My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.'..."
Howard is Bush's slave: Bashir --Australian Prime Minister John Howard was US pResident George W Bush's slave, the alleged spiritual leader of terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah said today.
Ex-Guantanamo Detainees from Britain Sue Rumsfeld --Four British ex-inmates of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay sued Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and others on Wednesday saying they were tortured in violation of U.S. and international law.
Mega Barf Rove Alert!! ABC News Gives Attack Threat Tape to FBI, CIA --ABC News has asked U.S. security officials to examine a videotape it obtained in Pakistan of an English-speaking man threatening a massive attack on the United States in retaliation for its war against al Qaeda, the network said on Wednesday.
Bush Web Site Bars Overseas Visitors --The Bush-Cheney reselection campaign has barred people outside the United States from viewing its Web site following an electronic attack that took down the campaign's Internet address for six hours last week, according to computer security experts. [Take the site down, permanently!!]
NAACP claims it's facing IRS Investigation after Bush bashing. --The Internal Revenue Service has threatened to revoke the NAACP's tax-exempt status because the group's chairman, Julian Bond, "condemned the administration policies of George W. Bush" during a speech this summer, the Washington Post is planning to report in an election weekend splash.
Policing Is Aggressive at Bush Events --Tickets to Bush events, distributed by the Republican Party, go only to those who volunteer or donate to the party or, in some cases, sign an endorsement of the GOP ticket and provide names and addresses. Party workers police the crowds for signs of Kerry supporters, who are frequently evicted. Critics also have raised questions about the role of the Secret Service, which has cordoned off broad areas around campaign events in the name of security and has, according to some complainants, played a role in arresting or removing law-abiding protesters.
"I cast my vote for president. I voted for Kerry and a check mark for Bush appeared." Some Early Voters Say Machines Mark Incorrect Choices (NM) Kim Griffith voted on Thursday— over and over and over. She's among the people in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties who say they have had trouble with early voting equipment... She went to Valle Del Norte Community Center in Albuquerque, planning to vote for John Kerry. "I pushed his name, but a green check mark appeared before President [sic] Bush's name," she said... She again tried to vote for Kerry, but the screen again said she had voted for Bush. The third time, the screen agreed that her vote should go to Kerry. She faced the same problem repeatedly as she filled out the rest of the ballot. On one item, "I had to vote five or six times," she said. Michael Cadigan, president of the Albuquerque City Council, had a similar experience when he voted at City Hall. "I cast my vote for president. I voted for Kerry and a check mark for Bush appeared," he said.
Florida Big Ballot Mystery! --58,000 ballots may have gone missing --Local 10 has received many phone calls from viewers in Broward County who say they have not received the absentee ballots –- and the news from the elections office doesn't sound good. Local 10 has learned that many as many as 58,000 ballots that were supposed to mailed out on Oct. 7 and 8 could be missing.
Long lines, busy signals [not to mention, 58,000 missing ballots] fuel voting frustration in Broward (FL - of course) The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office pointed a finger at the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday for nearly 60,000 missing absentee ballots, but took the blame for having a phone system that was being overwhelmed by calls from frustrated voters. While the post office denied responsibility for the missing ballots, Broward County commissioners, anxious to avoid another coup d'etat ['failed election'], offered to send county employees to help with the phones.
The GOP's Shameful Vote Strategy --by Harold Meyerson "With Election Day almost upon us, it's not clear whether President [sic] Bush is running a campaign or plotting a[nother] coup d'etat. By all accounts, Republicans are spending these last precious days devoting nearly as much energy to suppressing the Democratic vote as they are to mobilizing their own... Today's Republicans have elevated vote suppression from a dirty secret to a public norm."
E-voting off to rocky start in some states Problems so far are characterized as minor, despite possible voter disenfranchisement --With less than a week still to go before the presidential election, dozens of voters in Florida may have already been disenfranchised as a result of technical glitches in the computers supporting the state's early voting process. Since early voting began on Oct. 18 in Florida and in at least seven other key states, voters have reported hundreds of problems to the Election Incident Reporting System, an online database founded by grass-roots voter organizations, including the Verified Voting Foundation and Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.
Judge Tosses Fla. E-Voting Paper Trail Suit --Florida does not need to create a paper record for touch-screen voting machines in case recounts are needed in tight races, a federal judge ruled Monday, upholding the state's emergency rule that set standards for e-voting recounts.
E-vote vendors to submit software for safekeeping --But critics say the vendor move won't guarantee integrity of system --With less than a week to go before the presidential election and concerns still lingering about the integrity and security of the software used by tens of thousands of electronic voting machines, five voting machine makers agreed to submit their software to the National Software Reference Library (NSRL) for safekeeping, federal officials said yesterday.
Man Accused of Trying to Run Down Harris --A man was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of trying to run down Rep. KKKatherine Harris and a group of supporters with his car. Witnesses gave the car's license plate number to police, and they tracked it to Barry M. Seltzer, 46. He came to the police station early Wednesday and complained to officers that Harris' supporters had impeded traffic. "I intimidated them with my car," Seltzer told police. "I was exercising my political expression."
Two CLG Actions to Stop Election Theft 2004!
G.O.P. Bid to Challenge Voters at Polls in Key State --Republican
Party officials in Ohio took formal steps yesterday to place thousands
of recruits inside polling places on Election Day to challenge
the qualifications of voters
they suspect are not eligible to cast ballots...
Election Protection -- 1-866-OUR-VOTE --toll-free Election Protection Voters' Hotline.
"I come from Florida where you and others participated in what I call the United States coup d'état. We need to make sure that it does not happen again. Over and over again, after the election, when you stole the election, you came back here and said get over it." --Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), July 15, 2004, statement to House floor, later stricken from the record
Dumb show --by Charlie Brooker "On November 2, the entire civilised world will be praying, praying Bush loses. And Sod's law dictates he'll probably win, thereby disproving the existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us.
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