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Friday, April 21, 2006

What if? What if Karl Rove really does own and operate all the electronic voting machines? If a "conspiracy theory" turns out to be reality, was it really only a theory to begin with? Or was it foresight?

Very few believe Bush and company were lying about the need for an Iraq war. Now most know he was. It wasn't a theory. There was enough information around for all who would see to know it was reality.

Now, there is a lot of information that indicates that the Republicans have rigged not only the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, but enough of the 2002 elections to win their majorities.

What if they are even better at it now in 2006. If it is not a theory but reality, will the Democrats ever win another election? What will the Republicans do with the power to win any election that they want to win?

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Where was Pamela Willeford at the time of the shooting?

Where was her husband?

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Friday, December 23, 2005

Mr. Cheney's Imperial Presidency - New York Times

Today's editorial seems optimistic too. I could have gone there first.

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A Junior Aide Had a Big Role in Terror Policy - New York Times:

"While Mr. Yoo has become almost famous for some of his writings - the refutation of both his academic and government work has become almost a cottage industry among more liberal legal scholars and human rights lawyers - much less is known about how he came to wield the remarkable influence he had after Sept. 11 on issues related to terrorism."

It could turn out that this is another example of the Bush administration hiring and taking the advice of and adopting policies written by an incompetent.

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Chalabi’s defeat puts U.S. friends in quandary - Conflict in Iraq -

Also feels like good news.

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Postponing Debate, Congress Extends Terror Law 5 Weeks - New York Times: "But extending the Patriot Act provided the real drama. Under the measure passed on Thursday, the deadline to reauthorize the Patriot Act moved, from Dec. 31 to Feb. 3, timing that could prove a problem for the White House.

It means that a debate on the law would be in full swing at the same time the Senate starts an inquiry into a secret spying program authorized by President Bush and run by the National Security Agency to monitor international phone calls and international e-mail messages of people in the United States.

Lawmakers on both sides of the issue say the measure and the spying program are inextricably intertwined."

I am wary about being optimistic. But it sure feels like good news.

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Hotline On Call: Diebold's Crack Up (?)

"Within the past few weeks:

1. The election supervisor for the county encompassing Tallahassee, FL saw voting results hacked before his eyes. He decertified Diebold. Jeb Bush noticed and wants a full review of Florida's voting machines.

2. Diebold chief Wally O'Dell -- he of 'deliver the election' to Bush fame -- resigns.

3. CA refuses to certify Deibold yet, reversing a reversal.

4. St. Louis Co., MO decertifies Diebold machines.

5. North Carolina is apparently about to do the same."

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THE BRAD BLOG: "Amidst Intense Last-Minute Drama, St. Louis County Rejects Diebold!":

"The City's decision occurred even after Diebold's machines were exposed as completely insecure in a so-called 'hack test' in Leon County, Florida that resulted in the tally of a test election being completely reversed. A few days later Volusia County, Florida decided against Diebold, and shortly thereafter the State of California 'punted' the issue, for now, back to the Feds, stating there were 'unresolved significant security concerns' with Diebold's voting machines. The California decision, though not yet definitive, is undoubtedly one of the biggest blows for Diebold, since it is regarded by the company as America's largest 'voting market.'"

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Thursday, December 22, 2005 - Wiretap Furor Widens Republican Divide

Only the Republicans can stop these guys. Perhaps, this is the beginning.

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See what a current incompetent has to say about it. The NSA guy.


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Officials Fault Case Bush Cited - Los Angeles Times

More details are becoming public. Law enforcement authorities had enough information to apprehend the perpetrators of 9/11. They failed to act.

The incompetence of this administration, for which FEMA's Michael Brown has become the poster boy, was evident from the beginning.

Instead of replacing incompetents with competents, this administration adds additional layers of incompetence. And conintuously lies to cover it all up.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Daily Background

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Spy Court Judge Quits In Protest Robertson indicated privately to colleagues in recent conversations that he was concerned that information gained from warrantless NSA surveillance could have then been used to obtain FISA warrants. FISA court Presiding Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who had been briefed on the spying program by the administration, raised the same concern in 2004 and insisted that the Justice Department certify in writing that it was not occurring.

"They just don't know if the product of wiretaps were used for FISA warrants -- to kind of cleanse the information," said one source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the classified nature of the FISA warrants. "What I've heard some of the judges say is they feel they've participated in a Potemkin court."

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Well, I see it is over a year, since I posted. A long disappointing year for an optimistic liberal.

And conditions have only worsened.

At the beginning of the year, I bet two of my friends that Bush would not finish out his term of office.

The most likely scenario is impeachment, but there is at least one other obvious possibility.

I read on the financial pages that an inverted yield curve is forming for interest rates. I also read that an inverted yield curve has preceded every recession in the past 40 years.

Bush's falling popularity in the polls is leading the econonic downturn.
When both fall, they will fall fast and hard.

It will be hard times for everyone.

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Friday, June 25, 2004

Well, it does not look like he will be impeached, but it seems that finally the voters are beginning to get it.
(June 24, 2004 -- 06:17 PM EDT // link // print)
Good news from the provinces. A very recent (June 21-23) ARG poll of likely voters in Ohio has Kerry ahead by 6 (49-43), even with Nader in the mix. (He has an identical 6 point lead (50-44) when Nader is not included.) Polls taken in the last month or so have tended to show Bush ahead in this key state, so this is welcome news for the Kerry campaign.

Especially good news is Kerry's wide 15 point lead among independents (53-38). That's up from a 5 point Kerry lead in May. In Ohio, independents very much hold the balance since the numbers of Republican and Democratic voters in presidential elections are roughly equal and tend to be roughly equally polarized in favor of their candidate. In 2000, Bush won the state by 4 points and independents by 15 points. If Kerry can maintain anything like his current lead among Ohio's independents, Bush will be toast in the state.

Another June 21-23 ARG poll has Kerry ahead by a point (47-46) among likely voters in Florida; two points if Nader is not included (48-46). The key here is again independent voters--in 2000, Gore and Bush were dead-even among these voters in Florida. In this ARG poll, Kerry leads Bush by 13 among independents (51-38), up from a 7 point lead in May.

Finally, Kerry leads a Kerry-Bush matchup 49-43 in a just-released Quinnipiac University poll of Pennsylvania registered voters. In their late May poll, Kerry led by only 3 in this matchup. Again, independents are swinging Kerry's way, giving him a healthy 19 point lead (55-36). Pennsylvania independents also give Bush a stunningly low approval rating: 34 percent approval to 64 percent disapproval.
-- Ruy Teixeira

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Sunday, September 28, 2003

On the Wilson/Plane affair.

The next question might be: "What did the President know and when did he know it?"

Remember that one. I think I already hear the beat of distant impeachment drums.

If it's not this thing, it will be another. He is toast.

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Saturday, September 20, 2003

Conservatives believe that the reason poor people are poor is because they do not strive hard enough. A saying I heard nails the feeling, "There are bootstraps everywhere."

Liberals believe that the reason poor people are poor is that they were "born in the wrong zipcode" (a Twilight Zone episode).

My rich (right zipcode) acquaintances are pleased that David Brooks is now with the NYTimes (more balance, you see). Now all the liberal readers can read a column like today's that reinforces their views.

But liberals know that the reason that the role models have changed in the 'hood is not because the 'hood has changed from that of Augie Marsh, it is because America has changed to that of the Bushies.

The "possibilities of America" that were "wide" for Augie Marsh are increasingly only available to the "zipcode" set.

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Thursday, September 18, 2003

War is good for the ratings.

Not only have Bush's ratings gone down since the war, but also, so have Dan Rather's.

War gets good ratings. Dan Rather's job is secure AND he can't schedule a war.

However, Bush's job is not totally secure, and.....

The nature of tv is to repeat what has been successful.

So we can look for another war in the spring.

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Sunday, August 03, 2003

Floyd Norris gives a straightforward take on Poindexter's betting scheme. Starting with the question that first struck me, "Why was the government needed to get this market going?"

Because "The existing place to make such bets,, is an Irish market that can be traded by anyone with a credit card and an Internet connection. There are no market makers, just traders online around the world. "

Indeed. I did not know it existed but I am not surprised.

Morality and politics aside, Norris points out why this just was not a good idea in terms of how one goes about setting up betting proposition.

He also points out (what seemed obvious to me) that terrorists would not act like "insiders" and just give away their plans.

A related article points out that "Few people on Wall Street appear to believe that the markets can actually predict external events. "The consensus is wrong sometimes," said John Manley, a senior equity strategist with Smith Barney's global private client group. "It doesn't predict the future."

I know analysts that can demonstrate that not only is the consensus wrong sometimes, but it is wrong so often that it is best to use the consensus as a contrary indicator and bet the other way.

I believe that. It is neither pessimism nor cynicism. When everyone says the economy is bound to get better, well ....I believe the econcomy will get worse.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003

I could not remember a more stunning article then yesterday's about this:Pentagon Scraps Online Terror Futures Market

"The Pentagon on Tuesday scrapped a planned online futures market that aimed to get information on Middle East events by letting investors bet on the probability of wars, terrorist attacks and assassinations."

It is not so much the subject matter, which sounds like it comes from the brain of the lunatic fringe of our society rather than the Federal government, but it is about: why in the world would the Federal Government get involved in the bookmaking business?

And on the internet to boot.

The questions seem to rush to mind. Not to mention the jokes. Legality of betting/gambling. Muscling in on the wiseguys' bookmaking business. Muscling in on the stock exchanges business.

It really boggled my mind. And my imagination.

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