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Subject: Recount Ohio
Dear BuzzFlash readers,
Like you, I have been appalled by the results of the election of 2004
and the media's coverage of it.
I read yesterday the Washington Post and New York Times "discrediting"
blogs' theories of election fraud, hacking and misrepresentations.
I am a former editor and reporter, a Kerry true believer and an American
interested in fairness. I know, how the media frames stories can be
biased, but this was ridiculous. First it is a non-story to them,
almost not covered. Then it becomes a story in the negative, only
as a blanket denial. Not "was the election hacked" but "don't
believe blogs that say it was."
It is obvious that few media outlets want to discuss the 2004 election
as anything but a clear, legal mandate. It wasn't a mandate, it isn't
clear what happened in Ohio, Florida and New Mexico, and while I am
not convinced of fraud, I know that there is enough history to demand
a full accounting while there is still time.
We rallied too late for 2000. We watched, angry but seemingly powerless.
We are not powerless now.
Yesterday I learned that a recount movement in Ohio is lacking only
the funds. The price, huge for an individual, $10 per polling place,
$110,000 total, is a tiny price for us to pay collectively to get
a true sense of what happened in Ohio. Hopefully BuzzFlash will add
in the information as to how and where to fund this project.
There's a lot in Ohio that needs looking into. Warren County's lock
down in the name of Homeland Security. Extra votes recording. Under
votes. Provisionals. Diebold.
Please understand I don't want this done to bring Sen. Kerry to office
(yes that would be wonderful and faith restoring). I want this done
for the sake of justice, and so that we can proceed from here with
a better system of voting. The worst crime possible is if we are sitting
here again in 2008 not able to check the legitimacy of computer voting,
not able to outlaw hanging chad machines, not able to address the
issue of new Jeb Crow voting measures to suppress black vote.
Plus, on an up note, if we get a recount done, the media has to cover
it. It will be an event, "Recount Demanded," rather than
a story about opinion dismissing theory.
We don't have much time. We don't have a lot of help. But we still
have the opportunity: let's get an Ohio recount.
New York City
[BuzzFlash Note: Here's one good resource: Ohio
Recount to be Pursued by Citizen's Group (Washington Dispatch).]
I believe G. Bush did not get all those votes that these Republicans
said he received. The exit polls didn't make a mistake. G. Bush was
scared on the day of the election. When the Republicans found out
J. Kerry was winning they switched the outcome quickly. I don't trust
Republicans and this Bush white house.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Economic Benefits to Arctic Thaw
I say that if there are so many economic benefits to the thaw, let's
thaw Texas and the South. I think we can get multiple benefits from
that. This morning I heard someone discussing these "benefits"
on the tv, and nearly threw the damn thing out the window! Doesn't
ANYONE in this administration think about the irreparable harm not
only to the environment, but to the animal kingdom (of which we are
a part) ? Is all anyone in this administration can think about money????
What kind of result will have an impact on these morons?
Subject: I just did some math
While looking at this article, 47
State Exit Poll Analysis Confirms Swing Anomaly (Scoop.com),
linked to on BuzzFlash, I did some simple math. The data shows an Ohio
exit poll at 7:32 PM with 47.9% Bush and 52.1% Kerry. Assuming that
"#Resp" is short for "number of respondents" that
means 940 had voted for Bush and 1023 for Kerry. Then there is the 1:41
AM entry with Bush 50.9% and Kerry 48.6% of 2020 respondents which works
out to 1028 for Bush and 981 for Kerry. 42 FEWER THAN THE PREVIOUS NUMBER!!
Someone should explain this.
"This is but a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago."
Box of Rain
Music by Phil Lesh, Lyrics by Robert Hunter
Subject: Fw: Mr. Exit Poll
I just sent this letter to Tom Brokaw at email@example.com, and Tim Russert
Tim and Tom,
Next time you collude with Bush to HACK the Vote----remember to let
Exit in on it, you know that great truth teller Mr. Exit Poll. He
almost's always tells the truth. The whole truth and nothing but!
He didn't get a billion dollar war profiteering, no bid contract from
"Besides all those lucrative U.S. defense contracts, .... GE
has snagged $450 million of orders in Iraq alone in 2003, and an apparent
$3 billion more over the next few years."
Every time an Arab baby gets blown to spitereens with Napalm, is that
another 1000 dollars in your bank account? Must really suck to be
you guys. You know, the whole sleeping at night thing! Million dollar
bank accounts, but can't sleep at night--uh.
I think I would rather sleep at night.
I'll make it short. Wouldn't want to interfere with you guys' trip
to the bank, as I understand a few more Arab babies got totally incinerated
with Napalm today. So chi-ch$ng, chi-ch$ng.
Subject: What ELSE is "quaint" and "obsolete"?
Maybe I'm obsessed, but I woke up thinking about Alberto Gonzales. (Must
have been having one HELL of a nightmare!) But I wonder: if Gonzales
considers the Geneva Convention rules "quaint" and "obsolete,"
doesn't believe he should have included mitigating circumstances in
his briefs to then-governor Bush on clemency recommendations for death
row inmates, bestows power on the President to define anyone -- including
you and me -- as outside the protection of our legal system, and concocts
his own extremist definition of torture ("death, organ failure,"
etc.), what will he do as Attorney General? What else will he declare
"quaint" and "obsolete"??
My best guess: the Bill of Rights. I see Rove's brain at work again:
(1) Bush's concession speech sounded (falsely) inclusive (though it
was soon modified to include only "those who share our goals"
-- but who was listening to the qualification? Certainly not red America)
AND his very (suspiciously) quick pick of Gonzales suggests a plan to
ram this nomination through the Senate. Dissenters will be accused of
being anti-Hispanic. Bullshit. (Or "Bushit.")
I hope our Democratic Senators see through this ruse and have the guts
to oppose this nomination while the filibuster option still exists.
If we think (and I'm sure most of us do) the Patriot (sic) Act was bad,
wait till you see the contortions a much brighter, more verbally adept
AG than Ashcroft can work on our Constitution.
Barb in Athens, GA
Subject: message from a "red" state
After reading many BuzzFlash articles and links that are taking a delight
in trashing the "red" states that voted for Bush, I certainly
appreciate the humor, but there's a lot of angry Democrats out there
that are forgetting one fact: a majority of the "red" states'
election results were actually quite close.
I'm from Arkansas, a "red" state. I do not...
a) own a gun or hunt
b) listen to country music (I hate it)
c) watch or have any interest whatsoever in NASCAR, chewing tobacco
or any other Southern stereotyped activity
I am a Democrat, have always voted Democrat and I hate George W. Bush,
his cronies and what they've done to our nation. Furthermore, I think
the election was rigged months ago. We didn't have a chance with a President
and pals as corrupt and evil as the ones we now have in charge.
I ask you "blue" state people to please bear in mind that
the election was close and there are millions of "blue" voters
To issue stereotypical condemnations of the states that went to Bush
is lowering ourselves to the same mentality as the far right itself
herding its flocks out to "protect marriage." Funny how the
states that hollered "marriage" the most have the highest
divorce rates, but that's another story.
We must figure out a way to convince people that their jobs and any
hopes for peace are the real issues. We failed to connect, short and
simple and we must find a candidate who can get out and relate to all
people in the tradition of F.D.R. and Clinton if we hope to ever get
the White House back. And you'll need us Democrats that live out here
"Jesusland" to get the job done, so be careful when you slam
Subject: Gonzales has committed a felony
Molly Ivins said in a column a few years ago that when George Bush,
as governor, was called to serve on a jury, he was 'excused' by telling
the judge that he may have to pardon the defendant someday. Since this
is actually an argument that belongs exclusively to the discussions
within the Texas legislature when it decided to allow the governor to
serve, it wasn't OK for this to be a good excuse. It was not legal for
the judge to, in effect, dispose of a Texas state law.
However what Mr. Gonzales and Governor Bush actually did was plan, and
then carry out the concealing from the judge of a very relevant and
material fact in the case at hand, a drunk driving case: Bush had a
drunk driving conviction. He used the irrelevant excuse to hide it from
the public. It is definitely not legal to hide something like this from
If the law that applies to everyone else, that you must state in open
court any connections you may have to cases like the one, such as a
conviction, then Bush and Gonzales committed conspiracy to commit a
misdemeanor, which is a very much alive felony.
Why doesn't anyone care about this? If it happened to Clinton, Gore,
or Kerry, they would be horsewhipped in the public square.
Subject: Registration Documents
just a little question from the UK .... why do you need to put your
political affiliation on any registration documents?
Surely no unbiased system would require such an obvious vehicle of record
to be able to manipulate votes one way or another.
Further, if votes made by electronic methods are open to abuse using
a closed source code why is it not realised that postal votes overseen
by all parties would give the more accurate and least challenged method
of casting each vote?
I know which one I would choose if there was an option on which system
you were allowed to use.
Just a thought
Subject: NYT Article
The exit polls and the vote count yield a different winner. Clearly,
one of them is inaccurate. So, is it so wrong to try to figure out which?
The media and right-wing attack on the efficacy of the historically
accurate exit polls is a good indicator that something is amiss.
"It becomes a snowball of hearsay," said Matthew Damschroder,
the director of elections in Columbus, Ohio, where an electronic voting
machine malfunctioned in one precinct and allotted some 4,000 votes
to President Bush, kicking off its own flurry of Web speculation.
That particular problem was unusual and remains unexplained, but it
was caught and corrected, Mr. Damschroder said.
Fraud Theories, Spread by Blogs, Are Quickly Buried (NY Times,
What’s unusual is that it was caught and corrected!
"The 'facts' that are being circulated on the Internet," the study
concluded, "appear to be selectively chosen to make the point."
You mean like the “facts” about Iraq and WMD????
Is the media biased? How many times did they show the “Dean Scream”
and how many times did they show that GWB misspoke (lied) during the
debates about having said previously that he was not that concerned
about OBL? These people lie with impunity and are never held to account
for their malfeasance.
Subject: Rov's Hideous Hispanic Hoax: The Bush surge
There was no Latino Bush surge in any poll. It's an invention contained
within the fetid mind of Karl Rove and is being treated as gospel by
the Bush League Media: Here's A Zogby Poll of Latinos. See a surge?
The exit pollsters saw no surge, until they adjusted their numbers to
bow down to Gang Bush.
show most Latino voters favor Kerry (Knight Ridder/Zogby)
Subject: Very Dirty
work at Philly polls (Online Journal)
This is a must read.
The GOP actually paid alcoholic and drug addict blacks in Philly to
essentially rat out and screw their own people by contesting voters.
In at least one case, one of the guys the Republicans came up with to
serve as voter challengers was on crack while attempting to do this
There is something truly repulsive and dishonorable about preying on
the lowest of the low, and the weakest of the weak, to get them to betray
their own race and their communities, in exchange for a lousy quick
$100 to cage their next fix, or shot of Johnny Walker (or Night Train,
as the case may be).
Subject: Did Bush Win Cleanly?
There is a lot of evidence of massive voter fraud in the last election.
But people seem to think that Bush won by a margin bigger than the amount
of fraud that he might have committed.
To me - if someone has to cheat to win, and then they win - they can't
come back at the end and claim they won fairly because they would have
won anyway if they hadn't cheated. To me the cheating always taints
the results and undermines the legitimacy of the cheater. But that's
my moral values - and other people have different moral values than
San Francisco, CA.
Subject: Liberal TV
Dear Fellow BuzzFlashers,
I often read the mailbag, but have only e-mailed once before. I've
noticed a lot of mail recently has been about the lack of a liberal
tv channel, I have found one on direct tv-it's called Link TV on channel
375. While it is mostly documentaries, it does carry Amy Goodman's Democracy
Now! and various news reporting from the middle east on its Mosaic program.
Perhaps with more viewers and financial help, it could become the voice
we're searching for. Anyway, check it out-it is a good starting point.
Avid BuzzFlash reader
Subject: The real scoop on exit polling
I have done exit polling for ABC NEWS in three other elections, but
not this one. The methodology used in past elections, I must assume
still the same, precludes any of the excuse scenarios promoted by media.
The chattiness, the fear of telling pollsters for whom they voted...BUNK!
There was a sampling pattern...perhaps every 15th voter that exited
the polls for a time period. Maybe between 9 and 10 am, then between
12 and 2 PM, etc. Each person was given a clipboard and was asked to
take part in the exit poll and then to place their completed exit poll
into a ballot box. They took the survey privately and placed the "ballot"
INTO A BOX SO WE DID NOT KNOW WHO VOTED FOR WHOM!
It was very rare when someone wouldn't participate. Actually, more
people wanted to take part than were eligible. I had to turn people
down who wanted to vote in exit poll by saying that it was only the
"15th person exiting the polls who was eligible"...not just
anyone. At a designated time we were to leave polling place and tabulate
the votes and then call the results into a central tabulation number.
I would read off the number of ballots, the number of votes per candidate,
the reasons people voted for whom and the demographics of each voter
as they had specified. In almost all cases every category was filled
out. Most people liked the attention and were happy to do survey. This
procedure was repeated throughout the day and I called in the numbers
about three times in that day.
I can't believe that the exit polls could have been that wrong......Sounds
way too suspicious if you ask me.
Subject: The Limbaugh Anti-Truth Meter on electronic balloting fraud
By accident, and I do mean accident, I stumbled across Rush Limbaugh’s
screed on the radio today, and, wonders behold, he had a woman on who
was debunking the idea that votes could be reprogrammed or changed in
electronic ballot machines. The phraseology they were using sounded
like they were reading verbatim off stories on the BuzzFlash homepage.
From my limited experience of listening to Limbaugh I am always sure
that the truth is the categorical opposite of whatever his “expert-shill
du jour” vociferously proclaims. I think it is telling that he feels
compelled to justify these “Democratic sour grapes election theft delusions”
with a rebuttal.
As always, thank you for your defense of what is left of our democracy,
Subject: mailbag...and etc....lost elections...lies
To those of you who think we are blaming the victim...I am not. I am
the men who ran for the democratic ticket because, for sure they have
and more money than I do...I can scream my head off...but, no one will
hear me...I know
this, from the past four years.
To Joann D...discussing the loss of health care in Tennessee....the
home of none other
than Bill Frist..of the Columbia Medical Centers (Frists)...the entire
family owns practically
all of Nashville, even though they were caught with their hands in the
Medicare till, and even though Nashville, for all intents and purposes
is a democratic town (The Frist family
got a slap on the hand and a stiff fine...and went on their merry way).
Now, this is very important to me...for any of you who remember the
situation 25 years ago...when Carter was president?
One of the hostages was from the St. Louis Area...he was on a local
talk show today and was very open about the fact that this country passed
up the opportunity to stop terrorism then. He confirmed the rumor that
we have always heard...when after 444 days, they finally were freed
with Carter's negotiations.....They took off...Rocky Seickman (the man,
who is now in his forties, married Jill Ditch, the little girl who met
him at the plane and lives in So. County with their three children)
admitted, that after they were airborne they breathed a sigh of relief
and immediately sunk!....They were taken back to the tarmac...and the
Algerian pilot told them they would be sitting on the tarmac for another
25 minutes...until the inauguration of Ronald Reagan took place. After
that, they were taken out...so Carter would not get credit!!!
Over the years I have heard this rumor...but, if you tell anyone...they
look at you like
you are nuts. This idiocy has been going on for at least 25 years...and
it is not going to stop. Rocky thinks that we lost our ability to stem
terrorism right at that moment. It is
so disgusting to me to even find this out...I have been gracious enough
to give Reagan
a pass, just because he wasn't as blood thirsty as Bush...but, now,
nothing...not a damned thing. They do whatever they want...and with
our tax dollars, right in front of our noses!!!
PS: The only thing that will stop the politicians now is if we all
either retire, stop
working, or go on a permanent tax holiday...if they do not get money
will have nothing...Course, Bush...will still use the credit card!!!!!!!!!!!
Subject: we need a blue media
Hi! Thanks for your articles of encouragement! I really needed the lift.
One of the things I learned from this election is that a majority of
talk radio and all of cable news is red media. By that I mean they cover
stories in a way that the red state people will approve and they parrot
their values and opinions. They also act as attack dogs against any
candidates of the blue state people.
We need Blue Media--and something more than AIR America Radio. We need
a Blue version of FOX News, CNN, and MSNBC. Kerry was always answering
a negative that the Red media would repeat over and over and over. The
Swift Boat idiots got lots of free air time on these networks while
the Bush National Guard Story got minimal play. If we could pool our
resources and start a Blue Media Network in New York or New Jersey that
covers the stories from our viewpoint I think that would be a beginning.
The Red Media would be forced to cover or answer the news that any Blue
Network covered because it would be out there.
Does this sound like a good idea to you? Do you think someone like
George Soros would be
willing to start such a news network? I hope you can pass this idea
on to others like
yourself who might be interested in starting such a network. Perhaps
moveon.org can help raise money for this. I'm poor but I would be willing
to contribute a small amount. I gave 150 dollars to the Kerry campaign.
That's not much but if you get a million of us to contribute it will
Thanks for all you have done and I will keep the faith!
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