Syndicated Tribune Media Services columnist Bob Koehler bumps up our serious concernsuntransparent, and still-uncounted (by anything but a hackable Diebold computer, and a company with an executive criminal past, to say the least) New Hampshire Primary election results, from “blogger conspiracy theory” to mainstream media concern.
By Robert C. Koehler
Tribune Media Services
As the breathless sports coverage of the presidential primaries bursts around me this morning, I’m doing my best to resist surrendering to the contrived drama about “comeback kids” and the flying shrapnel of numbers and hold onto my troubled skepticism about the electoral process, or at least most of it.
First of all, before we get too enthusiastic about feminist solidarity or wax knowingly about New Hampshire Democrats’ traditional soft-heartedness toward the Clinton family, let’s ponder yet again the possibility of tainted results, which is such an unfun prospect most of the media can’t bear to remember that all the problems we’ve had with electronic voting machines — and Diebold machines in particular, which dominate New Hampshire polling places — remain unsolved.
Problems which have existed at least since 2004, and which persist, leaving any election results in doubt.
Did the Hillary campaign really defy the pollsters? She had been trailing Barack Obama by 13 percentage points, 42 to 29, in a recent Zogby poll, as election watchdog Brad Friedman pointed out. And the weekend’s “rapturous packed rallies for Mr. Obama,” as the New York Times put it, “suggested Mrs. Clinton was in dire shape.”
So when she emerged from the Tuesday primary with an 8,000-vote and 3-percentage-point victory over Obama, perhaps — considering the notorious unreliability, not to mention hackability, of Diebold machines — the media might have hoisted a few red flags in the coverage, rather than immediately chalk the results up to Clinton’s tears and voter unpredictability. (Oh, if only more reporters considered red flags patriotic.)
Our MSM, so in love with the feel-good and comeback kid stories, they are apparently willing to ignore the unreliability of Diebold machines, and any possible tampering with our election process.
The fact is, whatever actually happened in New Hampshire voting booths on Tuesday, our elections are horrifically insecure. For instance, Bev Harris, of the highly respected voting watchdog organization Black Box Voting, recently wrote that the Diebold 1.94w optical scan machines used in some 55 percent of New Hampshire precincts (representing more than 80 percent of the state’s voters) are “the exact same make, model and version hacked in the Black Box Voting project in Leon County (Florida)” a few years ago. They haven’t been upgraded; the security problems haven’t been fixed.
National, or at least media, denial about this situation doesn’t say much for the strength of our democracy.
Read the rest of Koehler’s column here.
Sadly, you already know much of the real story about The Real Rudy. That he chose to put his anti-terrorist command center in the only spot in New York City that had been hit by terrorists before, against the advice of every professional and his own people, because The World Trade Center was more convenient for him.
Furthermore, you’re aware that his inaction in updating the radios used by firefighters who perished that day borders on the criminal. He knew the radios didn’t work at least 8 years before that day, and when he finally chose to replace them, did so in grand Bushian style with a no-bid contract for radios that didn’t work.
Yet, these were not even the worst aspects of Giuliani’s 9/11 record. He completed this triumvirate of tragically inept behavior by ignoring the health of the very heroes who toiled day and night at Ground Zero after the attack. Nothing I could tell you here could prepare you for what you’re about to watch–once healthy human beings now suffering from a range of illnesses that are a direct result of a toxic brew they inhaled in downtown Manhattan, while Rudy was telling them everything was safe and sound from his perch at Yankee Stadium and they were spending sleepless nights trying to save lives (often not wearing respirators because The Giuliani Adminstration ignored that federal requirement).
This is the Real Rudy Giuliani. A man who wants to be President and has 9/11 Tourette’s Syndrome. Well, every time he heartlessly utters that simple phrase to try and help his flagging political career, let’s make sure people shake their heads in disgust, because they know the true story of Rudy Giuliani the 9/11 failure.
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Borowitz Report (SATIRE):
Launches ‘Sniffling Tour’ Before SuperDuper Tuesday
Saying that she has learned valuable lessons from her victory in the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) today announced that she was scheduling an official crying jag for the eve of the South Carolina primary on January 26.
Speaking to reporters in Las Vegas this morning, her eyes noticeably watery, Mrs. Clinton said that her election eve crying jag would be scheduled for 4 PM EST on January 25.
But the newly lachrymose junior senator from New York indicated that her South Carolinian waterworks would only be one stop on an ambitious tear-drenched campaign schedule leading up to SuperDuper Tuesday on February 5, an itinerary which she and her aides are calling her “Sniffling Tour.”
“I’m going to be crying so much you’re going to think I’m Anderson Cooper,” she wept.
But even as Mrs. Clinton said that “this election is a crying game, and I’m in it to win it,” some political observers wondered if the New York senator would be able to cry at will as often as her punishing schedule demands.
According to strategist Mark Penn, a trusted group of campaign aides would have the job of inducing tears from Mrs. Clinton by “saying mean things to her” before every appearance.
Additionally, Mr. Penn says, Mrs. Clinton has a secret weapon in her latest endeavor, former president Bill Clinton: “No one can make Hillary cry like Bill can.”
Elsewhere, denying reports that he was scaling back his presidential campaign, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said that he was making “a major media buy at Kinko’s.”
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Paul Jamiol, Jamiol’s World
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jane Hambleton has dubbed herself the “meanest mom on the planet.”
After finding alcohol in her son’s car, she decided to sell the car and share her 19-year-old’s misdeed with everyone — by placing an ad in the local newspaper.
The ad reads: “OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don’t love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet.”
Hambleton has heard from people besides interested buyers since recently placing the ad in The Des Moines Register.
The 48-year-old from Fort Dodge says she has fielded more than 70 telephone calls from emergency room technicians, nurses, school counselors and even a Georgia man who wanted to congratulate her.
I love this woman.
Read the rest of the article here.
Bill Richardson will announce Thursday that he will drop his bid for the Democrat nomination for President.
Gov Richardson came in 4th in both Iowa and New Hampshire.
UPDATE: Bill Richardson’s campaign is denying this report.
The Bomb in the Shadows: Proliferation, Corruption and the Way of the World by Chris Floyd.
Chris ties in Bush and BCCI scandal into this story of Sibel’s:
This week, the Sunday Times lifted the lid on one of the most important stories of the last quarter-century: how American officials sold nuclear arms technology to illegal proliferators — including ideological allies of al Qaeda — in return for bribes and other inducements. This widespread corruption has been protected from exposure by the highest levels of the U.S. government, which has gone to enormous lengths to protect the truth from coming out. The entire planet has been put at grave risk by the greed — and geopolitical gamesmanship — that lies behind this criminal enterprise, which actually is even more extensive, and goes back further in time, than the newspaper’s remarkable revelations.
The Sunday Times story is based on the evidence provided by former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, who has been subjected to an unprecedented campaign of state-enforced muzzling by the Bush Administration since she first tried to speak out about the corrupt connections between American officials and foreign agents she discovered when reviewing transcripts associated with the 9/11 investigation. As even the leaders of the whitewashing 9/11 Commission themselves now admit, that investigation was deliberately sabotaged by the Bush Administration – in part to cover up the nuclear proliferation network that has directly or indirectly enriched so many in the American elite over the past decades – including the sitting president of the United States, George W. Bush.
More recent articles and posts:
via: Breitbart TV
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards accused the United States on Wednesday of fabricating video and audio released by the Pentagon that shows Iranian boats confronting U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf. A Pentagon official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he understood that the audio portion of the tape includes the threat radioed by one of the Iranian vessels to blow up the US ships.He said the video consists mainly of long shots of Iranian vessels in the water, but also captures the sounds of ship horns and communications in the bridge of the US ships.
The Pentagon charged Monday that five armed Iranian speedboats approached the USS Port Royal, the USS Hopper and the USS Ingraham at high speeds in international waters as they transited the Strait of Hormuz Sunday morning at 0400 GMT.A US defense official, who asked not to be identified, quoted the Iranian radio transmission as saying: “I’m coming at you and you will blow up in a couple of minutes. “Pentagon officials said the Iranians also dropped white floating boxes into the path of the Ingraham, a guided missile frigate which passed by them without incident.
I heard this on CNN yesterday for the first time. The thing that struck me odd is why was the threat spoken in English, and not just English, but perfect English (no accent..). It sounds more like a young man trying to make his voice sound deeper but not quite able to sound foreign. Especially listen to the last couple of words. I really find it strange that this would happen right before Bush leaves for a meeting with Israel where he will be briefed on options for an Iran strike.
And finally, I can’t help wondering would Iran would even do something that stupid?
Something about this isn’t right..
UPDATE: More on this from The Huffington Post
via: Bangor Daily News
Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud has called for impeachment hearings into the conduct of Vice President Dick Cheney.
Michaud, who represents Maine’s 2nd District, expressed his position in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers of Michigan last month. In it, Michaud charged that there was “no doubt” that the Bush administration had “dangerously expanded the scope of executive authority” and flouted “the constitutionally defined separation of powers.”
Michaud said that serious allegations had been raised against the vice president regarding his role in providing “mischaracterizing information” in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq five years ago as well as the nuclear weapons capabilities of Iran.
He also cited the political retaliation against former CIA officer Valerie Plame, the abuse of detainees in contravention of the Geneva Convention and the illegal wiretapping of American citizens as other reasons for moving forward with hearings. Michaud referred to a recent poll which indicated that 70 percent of the American public believed that Cheney had abused his power.
The list of members of Congress supporting impeachment is growing, and there is still reason to hope.
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Matt Davies, NY Journal News
via: The NY Times
Some Free Speech On Mayor’s WordsMayor Rudolph W. Giuliani discussed his philosophy of what freedom means in a democracy yesterday at a forum on urban crime, and his remarks left a civil libertarian puzzled and worried.The Mayor, a former United States Attorney in Manhattan, said New Yorkers were inclined to “see only the oppressive side of authority.”
“What we don’t see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be,“ he said at the forum, sponsored by The New York Post. “Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.”
Asked later about his remarks, Mr. Giuliani said governmental authorities in American society had fallen into disrepute in the last 30 years. He said anarchy would result if everyone were allowed to behave exactly as he wanted and cited Oliver Wendell Holmes’s adage that freedom of expression does not include shouting ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater.
Norman Siegel, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said he was “floored” by the Mayor’s definition.
“Order is an element of freedom,” Mr. Siegel said. “But to put the emphasis on order rather than on a just and fair society is inverting the meaning and significance of freedom.”
Anyone else out there as alarmed as I am?
via: Raw Story
I know the writers are still on strike, but this was a great interview Jon has with John Frum of the AEI. (Frum is a former speech writer for GW who is now advising Giuliani).
Best lines: (Jon) ” My brain’s not on strike brother’! ” and “I have president Homer!”
What happened last night? Why were the polls that had Obama winning by 13% (according to Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby New Hampshire Tracking Poll) the day before the election really that far off? Why were Hillary Clinton’s numbers the only ones that got a big bump, while all the rest of the numbers pretty much matched the polls?
Brad Friedman of BradBlog had an interesting post last night raising the question of how the polls could be so far off, and had some interesting questions and insights. It was especially interesting to me after last night viewing the DVD “Uncounted – - the new math of American elections“, a documentary that looks at election fraud and voter disenfranchisement in our elections since 2000. It was a stunning documentary, and frankly, I cried throughout the entire thing. I had great difficulty going to sleep last night. A couple months ago I watched the excellent documentary called “Hacking Democracy“, with that one impacting me in a big way, but this one for some reason hit me harder.
I think the worst part for me is the fact that I no longer trust our voting system. I question every result. I don’t know if anything happened last night or not. Worse yet, I don’t know if we have any way of finding out if something DID happen to swing the results. There are forces at play that have a lot riding on the outcome of our elections, and with this privatizing of our system of voting (the machines), that lack of any paper trail or receipt and way to verify the results, and nobody being allowed to look into the source codes being used, the system is entirely vulnerable to abuse, and frankly, our election is at risk of being hijacked in an invisible and insidious way – completely out of the view of the American people. Anyone questioning the results would just be accused of ‘sour grapes’ or being a ‘conspiracy theorist’. It is clear by many investigations and experts looking into the last two presidential elections that votes were messed with in a big way, with experts pointing out the simplicity and ease with being able to do it. We are still using the same machines that still have no way to know if your vote was counted, or counted correctly. And, this going into another presidential election.
I don’t know what happened or didn’t happen. I will say that again. I am only saying that I have alarm bells going off in my head. I have questions and I really hope this gets looked at. Because, if these machines start flipping votes in the primaries, our presidential election hasn’t got a chance in hell of reflecting the will of the American people.
The post from BradBlog this morning raises some questions and red flags for me. Brad Friedman includes a number of charts and polls along with his own observations and questions. If you get an opportunity to read this please do. Its our democracy at risk, and these are valid questions.
Other Pre-Election Numbers, For Republicans and Rest of Dems, Nearly Dead on the Money…I’m not sure why Obama would have conceded so soon, given the virtually inexplicable turn of events in New Hampshire tonight.What’s going on here? Before proceeding, I recommend you read the third section of the post I just ran an hour or so ago, concerning the way the ballots are counted in New Hampshire, largely on Diebold optical-scan voting systems, wholly controlled and programmed by a very very bad company named LHS Associates.Those Diebold op-scan machines are the exact same ones that were hacked in the HBO documentary, Hacking Democracy. See the previous report, as I recommend, which also includes a video of that hack, and footage of the guy who runs LHS Associates.That said, the the pre-election pollster’s numbers (NOTE: that’s not Exit Polls, but Pre-Election Polls!) were dead-on, for the most part, on the Republican side, as well as on the Democratic side. Except in the do-or-die (for Hillary) Clinton v. Obama race. I’m watching MSNBC right now, and they all seem to agree that the results, for the moment, defy explanation.I concur.
After the charts, he says:
They were all not just wrong, but wildly wrong. But only for the Clinton/Obama race.
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Steve Sack, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
The race to the Democratic nomination is undecided, still. Hillary Clinton has, quite unexpectedly, after the poll numbers we’ve read in the run-up to the New Hampshire primaries, won in New Hampshire. Accordingly the European media are celebrating the “comeback kid” across the board. And John McCain, too, when it comes to that, but the Republican race, again, is not making the headlines. Republican primaries are still reported on almost as an afterthought.
The Guardian: Clinton fights back to take New Hampshire
The Independent: Surprise win for Clinton the comeback kid
The Telegraph: Hillary Clinton stages comeback in New Hampshire
Der Spiegel: The reinvention of Hillary Clinton
What is common ground? The victory of Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primaries has surprised the very people, who have hyped Barack Obama’s Iowa triumph into some kind of revolution, me included. Hillary Clinton seems to have won over the women of New Hampshire and traditional Democrats. Barack Obama’s supporters are likely younger and he has a strong performance when it comes to independent voters. But there are still 17% votes for John Edwards, 5% for Bill Richardson and 1% for Dennis Kucinich. A closer look reveals that her “tearful moment” may have been a turning point, when the Hillary campaign became Hillary the person. Much more important could be the fact, that Hillary Clinton has taken up the “change” mantra, as have all the other candidates and has succeeded in combining “change” and “experience” in the minds of the voters.
The next steps ahead are South Carolina and Nevada and after that “Super Tuesday” should bring a clearer picture. Money is playing a bigger role now, too, because the campaigning goes national. And for Hillary Clinton, money is sure no problem.
And as an afterthought here, too. The media is still waiting for Rudy Giuliani. McCain’s victory has been dubbed a “comeback” as much as Hillary Clinton’s. The lack of support from the party establishment for John McCain, makes it unlikel, that he will be the candidate. The Republican race is still open, but Mitt Romney has, again, not delivered.
“Europeanview” wishes you all a good and healthy day, enjoy the pundits’ egg on their collective faces and take care!
Hillary Clinton revealed today the turning point which helped to resurrect her presidential campaign and stall the seemingly unstoppable bandwagon of her rival Barack Obama.
She described the incident in a New Hampshire diner when she almost broke into tears as a “wonderful moment” that allowed voters to “get a sense of why I do what I do”.
Barack Obama’s speech in New Hampshire after the polls closed is inspiring. He speaks of hope and unity which is so needed at this time in our nation.