November 8, 2004
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: more evidence of stolen
I, too, thought it suspicious that the exit poll numbers were so far off from the "actual" results. What so many of us have feared regarding the different avenues to yet another stolen election have apparently come true.
I also wondered about this: throughout election day we read/heard about near record turnout, and yet at the end of it all, no more people voted this time than in the previous presidential election?! NOT LIKELY!
What the HELL are we to do? I already
contacted Michael Moore and John Kerry via
Keep up the fight & may we corner the quarry!
Subject: How many US Soldiers have DIED IN IRAQ?
I heard a report today on AirAmerica: The Majority Report with hosts Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder. Artists Sally Marr and Peter Dudar are the makers of "Arlington West," a documentary about Americans killed in Iraq. They join hosts Sam Seder and Janeane Garofalo to talk about their documentary and the war in Iraq.
The report I heard [November 5] was a U.S. Soldier says that there are 3 times as many US deaths in Iraq than currently reported. There are over 3,000 U.S. Dead... and he said for every dead soldier (3,000) there are 20 people who have lost arms and legs (3,000 X 20 = 60,000).
Please share this information.
Subject: This is how the shrub treats his friends
Remember when, on election night, one of the rethuglicans at the white house thanked Lancaster County, PA for their unwavering support? It seems rethugs outnumber democrats here 2 to 1. Well, the day after the election the headline here in Lancaster was “Bush Wins Second Term.” The very next day the headline was “450 Lose Jobs” as Armstrong World closes two plants and outsources the jobs overseas. Boy that didn’t take long, did it? I certainly hope all those 450 idiots and their families enjoy being some of the very first to enjoy the “Bush kiss of death.” Not one of them better complain to me EVER!
A BuzzFlash Reader
I do not any longer beleive that this was just a weak presidential candidate...or the right wing's bashing of that candidate...I think it was a plan from the beginning. After reading Geraldine Vaccaro's e-mail.....I really lost it...I have heard the same kinds of things about Ohio...so...of course there is nothing us, the lowly voter, can do. If the big wigs of the democratic party do not investigate...nothing will ever be done...and in 2008...just might as well give it to the republican right off....
If we never fight...we will never really know.
Stalin's words were never more true....'those who cast the votes decide nothing...those who count the votes, decide everything'...it is becoming more and more true. Suzy..in this mailbag...who lost her son in an accident...and felt the worst pain ever....I can tell you the death of a loved one in a useless, senseless war does hurt like that. My brother died in Vietnam...and when this war started...and my grandaughter went...I was so against it that my sons thought maybe I should not go to the ceremony, fearing I might storm the stage and yell obscenities! Silly people. I am too intimidated for anything like that. But, they loved the war...and she did too, until she came home. She was lucky...she was in an engineering battalion...and did not start getting any action, until just before she came home. I think she saw a lot that we will never know...but, of course, now, she will likely go back. All reservists are...they will take all now...because we have no military anymore.
I heard a large number of reservists being called back are refusing to go. I also heard that two different 55 year old retirees have been recalled...to Iraq..to fight! I was so sad with the woman who did the commercial for Kerry...the woman who did not care what she looked like...she was crying...and so sad, because her son had been killed...and she watched Bush at the Press dinner...making fun and looking for the WMD...so unfeeling, such an evil man.!!!!
No, it is not that we did not try to remove this evil man from office...we did...and we went out in numbers to do it...we worked at campaign headquarters...we spent hours there, time we did not have...but thought it would get Bush out of office, we literally worked our combined asses off....for naught!
Who knows...maybe Zogby was a part of it...maybe it was all to throw us off track so they could re-program the computers.
It is very strange that in each election...the winning came down to one or two states.
Florida and Ohio...and who would have thought that a midwestern state like Ohio would be a part of it...but, it was!!!!
We must face the fact...now, that if the higher ups with pull, do not do anything we will never solve it and there is no use voting anymore.
I don't think...as I said...this is going to be set right, until
someone investigates and
really gets down to the meat of it. If we cannot find any changes
made in the diebold
machines...or if someone does not come forward and outlaw them...go
back to the hanging chads...at least we know someone is stealing
(even just write in the name of the candidate). There are always
those who would cheat, even then, but it might be harder. I know
bit about computers. If someone was paid to come in, in the wee
small hours of the morning...when no one was watching...and re-program...makes
Right now, I am in a state of mind, to never, ever take part...wasted my time in campaigning for another person who will not stand up and fight.!!! Gore gave in, and Kerry gave in...if they know that it is not worth the fight...why should we be so ulcer ridden over it...Forget it...and when someone bitches about the state of the world...give 'em that look! They will know!
Shirley St. Louis
Subject: Mail Bag: Bush Coup #2 in the United States of Orwell
Please, please, please !
There are NO conclusions or inferences that can be drawn from the alleged popular vote count. Just because our hackers weren't as good as their hackers and henchmen, doesn't mean that there was a "majority" or "mandate" of any sort.
American politics has entered a new era, and it will be up to YOU to determine the battlefield, the tactics, and the objectives. We cannot allow voting to continue to be a charade.
Support blackboxvoting.org with the FOIA work they are doing.
Buzz reader on the coast
Subject: What do we do next?
I've spent some time mulling through the post-game play analysis and am astonished at what I'm reading. Calls for mass changes in the Democratic party. More "values" orientation. More liberal. Redefine this. Redefine that. Well, I'm here to tell you, there's nothing wrong with our message. We just don't convey it effectively.
One could look at the people of the red states and assume that they all are anti-choice, anti-human rights, pro-war mongering folks blind to the compassion and tolerance that we all embrace so ardently. Its simply not true. Granted there are extremists, but for the most part, we are all very similar.
Most Americans would not condemn a woman to die if aborting her fetus was the only way to save her life. Most Americans would not force a woman to carry to fruition a pregnancy that was the result of rape or incest. Most Americans would not be comfortable with hundreds of thousands of civilian causalities in the name of "liberation." Most Americans would support a truly progressive tax system that included taxing the ultra wealthy rather that dumping the bulk of the burden on the middle and upper middle class. Most Americans would not agree with a soaring national debt. Most Americans would favor social support to help their fellow citizens in need of a "leg up." Most Americans would welcome a national healthcare system.
So, if this is true, why do Democrats keep getting defeated? It's because we've let the Republicans control "the truth."
Who would you have voted for if you believed that Saddam directed the attack on the world trade center and one candidate wanted to hold him accountable and the other didn't? Who would you have voted for if you believed that the rich and corporations paid their fair share of taxes and that you as an average American were actually getting the "average" refund? Who would you have voted for if you absolutely believed that John Kerry would have banned the bible or that he would have demanded graphic teaching about gay sex in public schools?
Our problem is that we've underestimated the power of lies retold. Remember how Al Gore invented the internet? How Saddam was responsible for 9/11? Nuclear weapon in Iraq? John Kerry voted to rush to war and then didn't support our troops. He was the most liberal Senator ever born. We look at these intentional fabrications and assume that any idiot could figure it out. Obviously, some of them didn't.
Unlike most of us, the average American voter doesn't spend time delving into the deeper story. First impressions and sound bites rule the day. We need to respond quickly and viscerally to innuendo and misstatements. We can't let the lies snowball so large that they won't melt until the summer sun returns. We also need to speak in terms that are accessible to everyone. How much is a trillion dollars anyway? Its enough to give one million of your closest friends each a million dollars.
We don't need to change our direction or message. We need to change how it is delivered and, for its own sake, we need to defend the truth. When we do that optimism, happiness and love will trump fear. Until then, fear and lies will always be victorious.
Michael G. Hoyt
Subject: Faith-Based vs. Reality-Based
DEM= reality-based policy, faith-based campaigns
GOP= faith-based policy, reality-based campaigns
Democrats pride themselves on reality-based policies. They want to govern based on what is true, not based on what they want to believe.
When Dems go to campaign, they rely on the faith that the electorate simply MUST believe as they do. Even when the data says the contrary, Dems run elections based on what they want to believe is true about Americans, especially in the Midwest.
Republican voters believe in faith-based policies. They could care less what is demonstrably true based on the evidence.
GOP leadership, on the other hand, is extremely pragmatic about analyzing the American electorate. They base their strategy on the numbers. They take apart the voting public like an engineer.
Policy decides how we do things, but elections decide whose policy.
Democrats refuse to admit that from Florida to Montana, voters do not "in their hearts" believe as we do in Bos-Wash. We read our little web sites and analyze data and pore over blogs and read the New York Times Magazine, and send each other little emails
(like this one) and then get pissed out of our minds when Joe NASCAR in Dog Lick, Missouri doesn't see things the way we do.
Karl Rove, who is at this point Cardinal Richelieu and Lee Atwater reborn in one man, does not particularly care for Christian evangelism, but he can read a goddamn map. So he wins. Every time.
So, when are Democrats going to get reality-based
about the nature of politics?
Subject: Getting the Attention of the media and the public.
President Johnson was done in by the protests against his Administration during the Vietnam War, and Nixon was only too willing to bail out. What we need are massive protests starting at the inauguration. This will start the call for getting our troops out of Iraq. It will also damage Bush and the Republicans. Furthermore it is the only legitimate was to address the fact that Bush is ruining this country. The protests should not be violent.
Subject: The Idiocy of it All
Well looks like the Repugnicans have done it again! Millions of us are either underemployed or unemployed, yet more people are being injured/killed in this unending war and that's cool with the Bushies. Take me for example. I could be a very productive businessman, social worker or some other professional. But nope, I'm just sitting here in my apartment, typing on my computer and reading incoming email. On the one hand that's perfectly fine with me, because I get to read BuzzFlash. But can we just give these idiots the boot? Thanks for continuing to be there to bring us the news so we can eventually turn Bush in.
a loyal BuzzFlash fan
Subject: More circumstantial Evidence Bush stole the election
Polling Report.Com issued an analysis of 154 races where an incumbent faced a challenger.
Its conclusion: In the overwhelming number of cases, the incumbent received around 12% of the undecided vote, the challenger 82%. Applying this rule to the final Bush-Kerry polls where undecided voters were not pressed by an interviewer to fess up as to which candidate they were leaning toward, we find the following projected final results:
Fox: Kerry 52%, Bush 47%, Nader 1%.
Harris Interactive: Kerry 51.5%, Bush 47 .5%, Nader 1%.
TIPP: Bush 50%, Kerry 49%, Nader 1%.
Democracy Corps: Kerry 51%, Bush 48%, Nader 1%.
NBC News: Kerry 50% Bush 49%, Nader 1%.
Economist/YouGov.Com: Kerry 53%, Bush 46% Nader 1%.
American Research Group: Kerry 50%, Bush 49%, Nader 1%.
The poll of polls derived from using the 80% incumbent rule leads to a projected final vote of Kerry 50.9%, Bush 48.1%, Nader 1%.
The Consortium Exit poll projected popular vote outcome at 9 EDT was, you guessed it, Kerry 51%, Bush 48%, Nader 1%.
What a coincidence! As journalist Greg Palast has noted, the spoilage rate of African American votes and various GOP intimidation practices put Kerry in a million vote deficit before the game began. If these votes were allowed to be counted the final result would have been: Kerry 51.8%, Bush 47.3%, Nader 1%.
The AP vote count recorded Bush at 51%, Kerry 48%, Nader 1% from a total pool of 116 million votes. The E-Voting machines were very busy Election Night and every "glitch" favored Team Bush. Some folks have all the luck.
Subject: Bush cheated, please read! Bait and Switch
With the media paying closest attention to Ohio on the evening of and the day after the election, Florida was little more then an afterthought. According to the polls, Bush won Florida handily, by 5% or nearly 400,000 votes. With that big of a margin, Florida was void of post-election controversy.
Bush’s big Florida victory was a vast improvement on the official Florida 2000 result that was virtually 50%-50% and even more so on the actual 2000 result which Gore probably won by as many as 5%. Why, after the fiasco in 2000, the media didn’t find it the least bit odd that Florida shifted towards Bush by such a large margin is troubling, but not unexpected. Most of the same tricks (otherwise known as criminal acts) that brother Jeb pulled in 2000 were repeated this year. Once again Governor Jeb screwed around with absentee and provisional ballots, purge lists, voter intimidation, and God knows what else.
There is also the fact that Florida used touch-screen computer voting machines. For those interested in detailed facts and history (warning, it is very troubling) check out the web site http://blackboxvoting.com/. For those that do not have the time, let me just point out several important facts about these machines:
1. There is no paper receipt, so there is no way to confirm that the votes are all counted, or all counted correctly.
2. Election officials cannot check the machines for malfunctions; only the programmers know what the computers will truly be doing.
3. Of the small handful of companies that produce these machines, their CEOs are all strong Bush supporters.
4. To give one example from 2000, one voting district had subtracted thousands of Al Gore votes that had already been counted. Think about that, votes that were in the machine one minute were gone the next.
If the media had taken a little time to closely analyze the results of Florida’s 2004 results and compared them to the 2000 results, they would have found some incredibly unlikely statistics. These statistics are not from a left wing or progressive source, like Michael Moore or moveon.org. Instead they are from CNN, the Miami Herald, the official State of Florida, and the official individual Florida county web sites.
These statistics illustrate either extremely poor luck for the John Kerry campaign, or are evidence of misconduct on behalf of the Bush campaign. For example, after the disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of black voters in 2000, along with the strong efforts to mobilize black voters for those supporting John Kerry, one would think that the turnout of black voters would have risen greatly and leaned towards the democrat. However, while the state of Florida had an additional 1,408,974 (a 23.8% increase) voters turn out for this election, including 448,247 additional Latino votes (a 68.8% increase), there were 8,588 LESS black votes (a 1% decrease) this year from 2000.
Considering the tens of thousands of black voters disenfranchised last time, that number is even more staggering. While fewer blacks apparently came out to vote, those that did helped Bush. Where Al Gore carried 93% of the black vote in Florida in 2000, Kerry only received 86% this year. If the media truly believes that fewer blacks voted in Florida this year, and that Bush managed to increase his black vote by 7%, then God help us. After all, why wouldn’t blacks support Bush? Who cares that when his brother produced another felon voter purge list this year, that the people on this list were overwhelming black, with virtually no Hispanics? Even though statistically, Hispanics commit roughly the same amount of felonies as blacks in Florida.
The black vote is not the only source of unbelievable statistics from Florida this year. Like the rest of the country, Kerry dominated in the populated areas while Bush won the rural, redneck vote. Whereas Bush won dozens of Florida counties made up of several thousand hillbillies each, Kerry won nearly every large county. Looking at the statistics for those counties will make you shake your head in disbelief.
With 7,331,505 total votes in Florida this year, eight counties (Broward, Leon, Palm Beach, Alachua, Miami-Dade, Orange, and Volusia) accounted for nearly 3 million votes, and were all won by Kerry. Except for Orange County, all were a landslide. A look at total votes, registered voters, and voter turnout (the percentage of registered voters that actually voted) shows that these counties, like the blacks, did not care as much about this election.
While the total vote increased in Florida by 23.8% from 2000, those counties combined increased by only 15.3%. If you take out Orange County, which Kerry barely won, the increase drops to 12.5%. While those statistics are unlikely on their own, they become totally unbelievable when compared to registered voters. Those counties, when including Orange, increased registered voters from 2000 at a greater pace then the rest of Florida. Even without Orange County, the increase of those counties is less then 1% less then the rest of Florida.
If these statistics are true, and this is what the official numbers say, then that would mean voter turnout in those counties was ridiculously lower then the rest of the state. Does anyone really think that Palm Beach would be more apathetic then the rest of the state considering what happened to them in 2000? They were home to the butterfly ballots. They were the ones who cast thousands of votes for Pat Buchanan and didn’t know it. Yet, while voter turnout increased by 1.3% in Florida from 2000, Palm Beach voter turnout decreased by 8.1%. In fact, according to the official numbers, they were the only county that actually decreased (by 8,161 votes) the amount of voters from 2000. How important is Palm Beach to democrats? Kerry won the county by almost 100,000 votes.
The bottom line is this. If the black vote, and the vote in counties like Palm Beach were consistent with their percentages in 2000, then Kerry would have won Florida, and thus the election. The Bush team should be commended for pulling a successful bait and switch on the media and the public for having everyone pay attention to Ohio, while stealing the victory in Florida. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that anyone in the media (outside of those considered radical, and not always taken seriously) will bring this to America’s attention.
A BuzzFlash Reader
With our tremendous effort to get out the vote, backed by the exit polls in Ohio, it seemed that John Kerry and John Edwards won the election as did Al Gore in 2000. There is a movement growing to see if in fact Kerry did win. I am sending you web sites that bolster this movement and ask you to send this to your friends (with hyperlinks if possible). If John Kerry did win and the election was stolen again, then we must act to protect our Democracy.
A BuzzFlash Reader
On your Ken Blackwell article.
I live in Toledo, OH and got a computerized phone call voice message from Ken Blackwell.
He introduced himself as the secretary of state and went on to warn about how marriage was in danger and that marriage must be preserved and how to vote on the issue. The tone of the message was an attempt to elicit fear.
I think this is even more outlandish than speaking at a church about the topic.
I called the local democratic office about this, about whether he was allowed to use his office and title in this manner, but did not hear back from them.
Let me know if you need any other details about this.
George A. Pizza
[BuzzFlash Note: We're told it's legal...it's certainly not ethical.
Subject: Shades of Nuremberg
If 11 states had voted to ban racial or religious intermarriage, the outcry would have been tremendous, yet 11 states DID vote to ban "Gay" marriage. At least one state voted additionally to deny ANY legitimacy, including partnership rights of inheritance, child custody and hospital visitation to Gay relationships.
This is an obscenity and it has nothing to do with "morality." There was a time when our beloved Bible was used to justify slavery. We no longer stone people for adultery or for not observing the Sabbath. There is a reason our Founders referred to "Divine Providence" and not specifically to any one religious tradition or tract. Although our Constitution permitted slavery, the Founders deliberately skirted around language specifically justifying it while deliberately including language saying that "all men are created equal."
In a truly just world, and in striving for a truly just world, we must reach out for the most inclusive definition of justice; a definition that excludes no one. That is why our definition of "all men" now includes "all men" AND "all WOMEN." In a truly just world, our Gay brothers and sisters would also have the same rights as the rest of us.
As depressed as I am by the election results, I can't begin to imagine the sorrow in the Gay community. For this reason, I intend to join LAMBDA Legal at www.lambdalegal.org and I urge other straight people to do the same.
True democrats support the rights of the minorities and the disenfranchised among us: We support Native American Rights, civil rights for the African-American community and all people of color and we support the sacred and inalienable right of Gay Americans to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: voter issues
Dear Senator McCain:
One of the things I always like about you is that you seem to think voters have a right to have their vote count. You don't seem to automatically shut our voices down, claiming someone is a sore loser, just because he/she can read U.S.A. Today, about thousands of extra votes being given to Bush in Ohio, and hear from many voters in New Mexico about similar problems. If you believe in democracy and you want people to have a vote that actually counts and you don't want them fooled by letting thousands of voters press the name "Kerry" all day, while the confirmation "Bush" keeps coming up on the screen, then you will help investigate this problem.
This happened in at least two states, New Mexico, and Ohio. We want a real democracy, not a dictatorship which pretends to be a democracy in order to pacify the people. We don't want a kingdom. You know that the CEO of Diebold said he would deliver Ohio to Bush, and he did. I want you to investigate this problem, and if this election was stolen, I want Bush impeached.
You voted to impeach Clinton, and you can do it for Bush. Believe me, it will help your political future. Nobody is going to vote against you for President, which you are obviously running for, just because you tell the truth. I insist that you fight to get rid of these machines and get something like Ruth Ann Minner has in Delaware, a German machine, that is tamper proof.
This black box voting is not going to fool us. Stop letting these thugs think they are fooling us at the voting booth. Just exactly how long do you think we are going to put up with this theft, and tolerate someone demeaning our right to vote by calling us sore losers? How long do you actually think we will take it?
My taxes pay your salary. I have heard that as a teacher, and I know you can take it from me as a Senator. It is part of being a public servant. Do something if you are really the person of integrity I think you are.
Subject:The WWW is the vehicle for the true freedom of speech!!
Have you noticed lately the increase in the traffic of Right-Wingers calling for AOL and other Chat Rooms and Message Boards to be shut down immediately?? It is never so clear how important this medium is to "The Freedom of Speech," especially during this present time of Propaganda in the Traditional Mass Media in the US today. The www has become a primary vehicle to provide Americans with a true Freedom of Speech and the ability to conveniently and quickly obtain more information on which to make critical judgments!!
I was in a chat room today and at least four times a person said that these liberals will be losing their voice soon because the President will be cooling down or restricting the use of the web for News and other left wing purposes!! This competition has been the salvation of America's ability to fight the powerful brainwashing visited upon us by the "War Time Media of One Voice," The Rove-Bush version of reality.
You have to go the www and read papers in other nations to get a good look at what is going on right here in our own US of A! The media and Rove-Bushites made the long lines and long waits in Election 2004 look as if all was well, the people were happy and this was the way to voting with dignity!! How did the public go for this crapola propaganda? Good spin and good leading of public perception of a bad thing made to look good!!!
This is what we are seeing as so many right-wingers on the www are crying to have AOL and other Chat Rooms and Message Boards close down quickly. This is the "Free Press" that will make lies difficult. WE intend to fight this in every way possible. Someone will hear us!!!
J. Alva Scruggs
Subject: To the evangelicals:
The evangelical community has crossed the line. Support for the war in Iraq at a cost of 100,000 lives to date (according to the prestigious British medical journal Lancet) is not a Pro Life position. Many babies, children, pregnant mothers, grandmothers and grandfathers lie among the fallen.
The evangelical community is on the record and in direct violation of Jesus’ central message as represented in Matthew 22:36-40, Mark 12:29-31, in Luke 10:27, and John 13: 34-35. By their fruits ye shall know them. Faith without works is dead.
Pride goeth before the fall and is the first of the seven deadly sins. Greed is another. What about coveting thy neighbor’s oil? We are told you can't worship God and mammon. Oil my friends is mammon.
Actions speak louder than words, as Christ is my witness. Hear O Israel, the Lord thy God, the Lord is ONE.
A voice from the wilderness,
Subject: Election Fraud
Now let me get this straight....we let 34,000,000 votes be cast and tabulated on machines that are inspection proof, verification proof, easily sabotaged, and privately owned by extremely political men...and somehow we think that they WON'T cheat...?
Listen, the majority of Americans will cheat on a pop quiz, their taxes, their weight, age, etc.etc.etc...and somehow when the BIGGEST prize in the world is at stake, we allow the opportunity to commit fraud on the grandest scale of all, and expect them NOT to take it......Wow...what naivete....
The best definition of integrity that I have come across is: "How you behave when nobody's watching." DO we honestly expect these political operatives who profess to be acting upon a "mandate from God" to exhibit honesty, integrity and honour?
Is there anything in their history that would lead us to believe in their integrity?
As an old Arabic saying goes,"Trust in God, but tie up your Camel." We trusted in God, but let the Camel run free...!
These guys stole the election in 2000 and accredited their success to God's hand. ...sheesh...so by that logic, I could rob a bank, and if successful, write it off to God watching over me...!
As my Dad used to say,"When a Salesman says 'Trust Me'...run like hell and hold onto your checkbook."
So when a pseudo-religious man says "God speaks through me...I do His will...and he ONLY speaks through me," again Run like hell.....!
I believe it was Jesus who said, "By your actions shall ye be judged."...so forget the rhetoric, the false prophets, the pious men masquerading as Holy Men...and for our sakes...TIE UP THE BLOODY CAMEL...!
Geoff in Austin
Subject: Open Letter to George Soros
Truth told will carry the day. Truth told is the most powerful weapon known to mankind. It is common knowledge that you control what people think if you control the information they have to think with.
Information is now controlled by those who would lead us to slit our own throats. Jim Jones could never have imagined such power to make the unsuspecting volunteer to swallow their own poison. Door to door, grassroots communication will not in and of itself change very many people's minds. But Truth told, reliably and with integrity, can transform the very world we live in.
Mr. Soros, in the name of all that is true and right about our assaulted Constitution, will you help? Without your money and commitment, I fear all other efforts will amount to a sound and a fury signifying nothing.
With the deepest and most sincere respect,
Subject: The instructional life of Dorothy Thompson
During this time I would like to give credit to Dorothy Thompson who was one of the first prominent woman journalists who actually reported from Germany after the fascists had taken over. During these dark days as America seems to lurch closer to Fascism I think her words are relevant.
Getting at the core of what fascism is Thompson wrote:
On the eve of a big election Thompson wrote:
On Hitler's plan Thompson says:
Thompson was later put out of Germany for not being as respectful to Hitler as was expected. She wrote:
In 1936 Thompson feared that Roosevelt's government was turning dictatorial in the United States, and she wrote:
I think Dorothy Thompson didn't give enough credit to the role religion plays in American life but she was an incredibly smart brave woman and we could learn a lot from her today.
Wow. I didn't realize how many democrats switched their votes to Bush in that battleground state of Florida. The switch is almost an exact opposite Democrat/Republican ratio in each of these cases. That's great for the president. These counties all used the optical scan ballots. Also what's great for the president, the surprising lack of third-party votes. And voter turnout for these counties were in the mid-70 percent range. There were a lot of new voters. Also, look here and see the sea change of heart for the registered democrats voting for the president. And NO registered Republican percentages changed for the negative.
Wow, that's great news for the president.
BuzzFlashers, help me out on the math. Let's look at one county and see if we can make the numbers add up. Holmes county has 72.70 percent Dem and 21.30 percent Repubs and 6 percent Ind registered voters before the election. They voted 21.81 percent for Kerry, 77.25 percent for Bush and this leaves .94 percent for other. The voter turnout was 75.6 percent.
Let's say ALL 24.4 percent of the voters who DIDN'T turn out were democrats. That puts the registered Dem numbers at 48.3 percent left to vote. Now, let's say 5.04 percentage points of the Ind. votes all went to Bush. None of them stayed home. The other .94 percent voted for Ind. candidates, none went to the Dems. That brings the registered
Republican vote to 26.34 pre-election Registered voters. 48.3 plus 26.34 equals 74.64
of the vote. So, this means, if every Republican registered to vote and showed up and five-sixths of every Independent voted for Bush as ALL of them showed up as well, 25 percent of Democrats switched their votes.
Once again, help me out on the math. I think I screwed up. What percentage of democrats would have to have switched their votes if ALL republicans showed up and voted and five-sixths of Indies voted for Bush with all of the voters NOT showing up being registered democrats?
In any event, Holmes county, which just last week was Kerry country, is overwhelmingly a Bush county today.
And that is good news for the president. But bad news for our democracy.
Subject: Democratic answer to the draft issue
It seems to me we have an easy solution for our children of draft age to avoid going to Iraq. All of our kids can claim they choose to be gay (after all, according to them, it is a choice). Since it's don't ask, don't tell, they just can tell. What are they going to do, make them prove they are gay? If all the people who voted for Kerry went along with this, then the people who voted this president in, are going to have to be the ones to go fight his war. Either that, or they might have to take another look at the gay issue.
While coming out of a Kerry rally, we had young Bush people running up into our faces yelling four more years. I didn't want to get into a fight but I would like to know why they don't prove their support for him by signing up. And just out of curiosity, did any recruiters go to the Bush rallies to sign up people? If not, they should have. It's their war, let them fight it.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: DIEBOLD HACKS ITS OWN?
DID DIEBOLD 'HACK' INTO ITS OWN SYSTEM ON ELECTION DAY? AND TARGET THE CENTRAL COMPUTERS (CENTRAL VOTE COUNTING SERVERS or TABULATORS) COUNTING (OR ..MANIPULATING) OUR VOTES? THIS OF COURSE IS JUST AN ASSUMPTION ON MY PART ..... :) Keep reading .....
1. Bev Harris web site, blackboxvoting.org reported the Day before the election ( Nov 1) that someone may have tried to 'Hack' into our computer voting system ..... she warned all precincts to 'unplug' all machines (modems) to not corrupt the vote ..... My thoughts were maybe this wasn't some foreign entity trying to manipulate our vote ..... BUT MORE SINISTER MAYBE IT WAS KARL ROVE .... TESTING HIS SYSTEM FOR THE NEXT DAY ....? OF COURSE THAT TOO IS JUST ANOTHER ASSUMPTION ON MY PART ..... :) .....
2. Tonight Nov 4th Bev Harris at blackboxvoting.org is reporting ....INDEED ..... THE BIGGEST VOTER FRAUD in our Country's history took place on Nov 2nd. SHE HAS HARD EVIDENCE, AND IS ATTEMPTING TO OBTAIN MORE THROUGH THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, BUT SHE NEEDS ALL OUR SUPPORT, VOLUNTEERS FAR AND WIDE. SHE NEEDS EXPERIENCED COMPUTER TECHS, LAWYERS AND EVEN EVERYDAY FOOT SOLDIERS and $..... I encourage any and everyone to log into blackboxvoting.org and help out anyway you can !! Where the hell are all those Lawyers John Kerry and the volunteers Michael Moore had out there a few days ago? Quit your sulking and at least see what blackboxvoting.org has to say !!! Fe Fi Fo Fum ..... I smell a reason to impeach someone !!!! :)
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE OF THE NEWS ..... (or just more assumptions of mine ..... pure speculation ya know) ....
3. There was that 'hour or so' Nov 2nd when things changed dramatically, which I just can't seem to get out of my head. I believe it was somewhere between 3 to 5 PM out here on the west coast. Kerry leading in exit polls of Ohio and Florida by 2% and trending ahead by more. Zogby called the election for Kerry 311 Electoral votes to 213 or so for Bush. In the beginning of this same time span CNN, MSNBC... (Fox excluded) were actually asking people like Howard Dean if he and others would accept a post in John Kerry's cabinet etc ... etc.... republican reporter pundits were doing the same expecting the inevitable ....
Then a report of Karl Rove running back and forth to his 'war room' and the White house, ON THE CELL PHONE WITH SOMEONE ....... DIEBOLD? At the same time Rudy Giuliani suddenly appears out of nowhere on MSNBC, some head of the Republican re-election committee is on CNN .... FOX, CBS, etc... seemed to be getting inundated with DAMAGE CONTROL BUSHITES LIKE A PACK OF WOLVES TRYING TO REFUTE WHAT WAS ACTUALLY TAKING PLACE IN THE REAL WORLD.
They all stated republicans were being underrepresented in the exit polls by 3%. Huh? HOW THE HELL WOULD THEY KNOW? And they went on to say Bush would win Ohio and Florida!!
Then Bingo like someone hit a light switch (DIEBOLD HACKERS WHEN ROVE GAVE THE SIGNAL?) .... Bush amazingly went ahead in Ohio and Florida never to be caught again by Kerry supporters, even though historically Democrats have VOTED IN MUCH LARGER NUMBERS LATER IN THE DAY THAN REPUBLICANS, LIKE 2 TO 1 !!!! Huh?
All of the above observance took place in it seemed like an hour's time, no more than two. Man, I wish I had a tape of just those two hours of each network's coverage .... it was so obviously PRE SCRIPTED by the Republicans. And was it just coincidence that final popular vote came out as a 3% difference ... ? Or were they all just having a psychic moment much earlier .... ? hmmmmm? Just to get phone recording of ROVE'S cell phone conversations, communications in that time frame would be priceless too......
4. Statistics of the final stated vote counts in Ohio 2004... should be investigated with each county's actual population breakdown and the ability for these 'stats' to have actually taken place on election day. In other words and in example, I saw a report that Delaware County had an increase of 43% more votes for President Bush than he received in the same county than in the year 2000! That seemed on the surface a bit much for a Bush 'Rural America' county. It's like showing up to an address given, and it turns out to be an 'open field' when you get to where this Mansion is supposed to be! I mean did the adult population of that county really increase that much in four years ... did they ALL vote for Bush? Huh? I think an overall ground campaign investigation of Ohio should be conducted with the final stats we are given, however suspect.... including Warren County up 34% in votes for Bush from 2000. Union County up 31% in votes for Bush from 2000. Pickaway County up 26% in votes for Bush from 2000 .... Also two true signs of possible COMPUTER HACKING gave themselves away in Franklin County, and Perry County, and those two stories are all over the net today Nov 5th.
5. As for Florida ....... how sloppy can a Fraud actually get? .... most of their problems seem to be caused by 'stand alone' computers without the modem transmissions hacked while transferring data to the tabulators, at least that's what the stats indicate. The software in the voting machines themselves is blatantly corrupt! The stupid things just put out a desired or pre determined result. Did anyone think blogger dogs wouldn't go to those stats and say what the f ......... FRAUD !!!
I'd bet Ohio was a Hacking problem, and Florida just proved Jeb's an idiot. Assumptions .... on early observations.
..... Democracy is not based in trust .... but dis-trust...... of the government. We cannot just let this go, as some would just tell us to heal, and move on forward. What's done is done. What we should have learned etc... etc... This all reminds me of when Paul Krugman was writing in his columns way back in 2000 about the Bush Administration Policies being, for a better word ......... 'corrupt' .... The reaction of course was that Krugman was too over the top about the Bush administration. But many another author out there has since proven to have hit the nail on the head concerning the present administration way before the rest of us got a clue. And many a book I am sure will be written when the facts however hard to get are learned about the 2004 blackboxvoting Presidential Election.
Note : The company 'Elections Systems Software' might be involved with Diebold on this, again just another assumption on my part ....
Keep the Faith ..... :) We gotta fight on.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Wakulla County Florida
Some extra numbers for you guys.
Wakulla County Florida electoral patterns are very curious, indeed:
For US Senator:
Martinez (Republican): 5.240 votes
Castor (Democrat): 6.048
Bush-Cheney (Republican): 6.777 votes
Kerry-Edwards (Democrat): 4.896 votes
A shift of + 1.500 votes for a national candidate in any country and an actual loss of -1.300 votes for the challenger of the opposite party can't be explained by electoral trends.
Let's say that this county does not use machines of any kind and explore the possibility of witnessing a violent opinion shift at the local level versus the national level. The magnitude of this particular shift is a mathematical earthquake, a case study if you will. My numbers came from the official Florida State Department site.