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Posted by Charles II on August 19, 2008

Mark Crispin Miller did a segment on Thom Hartmann in which he brings to attention a GOP whistleblower Stephen Spoonamore who alleges that the GOP has been stealing elections since 2000. Speaking specifically of Diebold, he says:

S – They allow it…they let us work on their cash machines, but no, they won’t let anybody see their software.
I – Any thoughts as to why?
S – Cause they’re stealing elections.
I – How can you say that and what are the vulnerabilities that you’re just surmising?
S – I’m not surmising it, I have a very strong understanding of statistical analysis. The way we actually find credit card fraud – here’s a horrible fact that people are not gonna wanna know. About two and a half percent of the transactions on the global credit card network happening right now are fraudulent. Two and a half percent. That’s a statistic that we are constantly battling with. When a fraud group, when a group that is doing a particular credit card scam moves into an area and begins working actively to fraud cards, we start to see statistics rise above the background level then we send in work, figure out who it is and try to break out the gang. Statistical analysis of one or two percentage points is how all computer hacking is detected. If you look at the case of Chambliss, that’s ridiculous, the man was not elected. He lost that election by 5 points. Max Cleland won, they flipped the votes. Clear as day. Everybody was shocked by it. There’s been numerous vote flips by this point. I do not believe George Bush won. I believe Kerry won, and I’m a member of the GOP. But I want to make it clear, we need to live in a place where your election is actually reflected in the vote. I want my candidate to win, but if my candidate loses, I care a lot more about the process than I care about the victory.

Another interesting bit, this regarding Cliff Arnebeck and the other members of the Ohio resistance is this:

We have learned from attorneys that the Chambers of Commerce, both US and state, have a political arm that works closely with Karl Rove to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the purpose of manipulating elections. That money is used to create fake front organizations as so-called “advocacy groups” to attack candidates who are not “pro-business.” The advocacy group donors are exempted from disclosure.

You can see the allegations of Arnebeck, Fitrakis et al. A key person of interest is Mike Connell, allegedly a rabid pro-lifer and Karl Rove protege who has been put in charge of congressional IT.

See also Mark’s blog here

Posted in 2008, election theft, Karl Rove | 7 Comments »

If Somebody Posts Facts In Context, Does That Person’s Bias Render These Facts Untrue?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 19, 2008

When I showed some passages from a London Times story to some people I know, it was immediately and forever discounted because (drum roll) it came from someone (*cough*Booman*cough*) who allegedly is a big fat evil Hillary-hater.

Well, I’ve checked through a few of the previous posts by this alleged big fat evil Hillary-hater, and you can call me a bad self-hating woman, but I just don’t see that he hated or hates Hillary, at least not to an extent that seriously interferes with his critical judgment. What I did find (along with a prescient post that predicted her ultimate rejection by most primary voters in favor of candidates more strongly opposed to our continued presence in Iraq, and a very recent post that criticized Maureen Dowd for yet another bizarre attack on the Clintons) was that, in his latest post, he is echoing and fleshing out something that Joe Conason had hinted at in his Salon column last week — which is to say, that Hillary Clinton is being monstrously ill-advised, if not outright used and abused, by those who are her close advisors.

Here’s some of what Joe Conason had to say last week:
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Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, distractions, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Republicans | 3 Comments »

Just Give It Up, Ace

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 19, 2008

The aptly-named Orson Swindle was recently hauled out to be a “witness” to “prove” the truth of Reverse Ace John McCain’s “cross in the dirt” story — you know, the one that sounds suspiciously like an event recounted in Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, and which McCain, despite having addressed his life as a POW at length in articles written as early as 1973, didn’t bother to mention until 1999?

Well, Andrew Sullivan notes that as recently as the spring of this year, Mr. Swindle was singing a different tune. From The Politico’s April 4, 2008 edition:

“I don’t recall us talking specifically about our faith,” says Orson Swindle, one of McCain’s closest friends and a fellow POW. “We talked about our friends, families, our resistance posture, and that our country didn’t seem to have the will to win.”

Belief in a higher power helped them survive the routine torture and daily indignities, Swindle says. “It would help us endure what we had to endure. But we knew God wasn’t going to come down and wave a magic wand.”

Just give it up, Ace. Not even the magic incantation of Noun+Verb+POW is going to get you past this one. The reporters you feed barbecued ribs at one of your eight houses may not understand the intricacies of your lies on other subjects, but this is simple enough for even them to comprehend.

Posted in 2008, Corporate Christianity, John McCain, liars, Professional Christians, Republicans acting badly, Vietnam | Comments Off on Just Give It Up, Ace

Russia: US Arms Seized From Georgian Troops

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 19, 2008

Take this with the same amount of salt that you would anything coming from the mouth of a Bush official:

MOSCOW (AFP)–Russian forces have seized a “large arsenal” of U.S.-made weapons in the western Georgian city of Senaki including hundreds of assault rifles, a military spokesman said Friday.

“In Senaki, we seized a large arsenal of weapons including 664 U.S.-made M-16 rifles” and a number of M-40 sniper rifles, General Anatoly Nogovitsyn told a news conference in Moscow. “There were 1,728 weapons total.”

Again, make of that what you will.

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Why Did The FBI Destroy That Anthrax Sample Without Testing It?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 19, 2008

Rather strange, don’t you think?*

And why, if they allegedly had Ivins tagged as the killer back in 2005, were they still working on ruining the life of Steven Hatfill?

*Link fixed now.

Posted in abuse of power, fascism, FBI, terrorism | 5 Comments »

Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 19, 2008

McCain just lost Colorado. Then again, it was either that or lose his home state.

180.000 troops plus 180,000 mercenaries = $1 trillion worth of mess. And that’s aside from the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis.

— Looks like the “more Democrats” part of the equation will soon be achieved. Now it’s time to look at the “better Democrats” part.

— John McCain’s “cross in the dirt” story, which he started telling around 1999, is suspiciously similar to a tale told by Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his The Gulag Archipelago.

Posted in 2008, BushCo malfeasance, Democrats, Iraq war, John McCain, Republicans | Comments Off on Tuesday Morning News Roundup

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