Media in Trouble: All the news thats UNfit to print!: Fraud Schmaud? Is the "Liberal Media" Reaching, or are They Onto Something?

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Sunday, November 07, 2004

Fraud Schmaud? Is the "Liberal Media" Reaching, or are They Onto Something?

At first I dismissed it as a conspiracy theory that the far left was reaching for. I thought we are all in denial about why we lost and there are 3.5 million more voters on the evil doer’s side than ours. I started doubting whether or not people were sane. My jaded self was coming to grips with how many people voted against their interests.

Then I ran across stories of voter fraud which had some foreshadowing in this years news cycle. With things I highlighted in this blog I figured we would be in for a treat come Election Day for yet another disputed and unfair and certainly unfree election. As Election Day neared there were challengers allowed at polling places from both parties.

I wondered how many calls had come into the "My Vote" hotlines determined to document voter fraud occurring in this country. NBC’s voter fraud hotline has not yet released and hard numbers, yet from Florida alone had at least 11,000 calls on Election Day. With a possible 500,000 calls from Michigan up to and including Election Day. Something unthinkable in any other democracy. Look at the stink that election fraud caused in Afghanistan. Not to mention that they are in another country at least we knew about it. And they are just getting started. However, that was a true landslide and our election was not.

55 million people voted for the alternative and that is far from being a landslide in an unprecedented electoral turnout on all fronts and sides. It truly was the most important election of our lives and we blew it.

However, I voted on a machine. One I didn’t really trust but since the absentee ballot that I ordered was so damned complicated I was forced by my own stupidity to vote on a machine that gave me no real confidence my vote was going to be counted or that it was actually who I voted for.

In any case I began to read as usual and noticed that the left was putting out articles claiming voter fraud in Florida and Ohio. Two places where I think everyone was shocked by the outcome. I noticed on some of these websites were crying bloody murder that the exit polls used to call so many elections in other democracies were so wrong this time.

Focused more still on the fact that they were mostly wrong on swing states such as Ohio and Florida I began to wonder. Here are just a few links to articles that would either peak your interest or encourage your dismissal of left wing conspiracy theories:

Thom Hartmann wrote in his article about some of the problems in Florida:

“In Baker County, for example, with 12,887 registered voters, 69.3% of them Democrats and 24.3% of them Republicans, the vote was only 2,180 for Kerry and 7,738 for Bush, the opposite of what is seen everywhere else in the country where registered Democrats largely voted for Kerry.
In Dixie County, with 4,988 registered voters, 77.5% of them Democrats and a mere 15% registered as Republicans, only 1,959 people voted for Kerry, but 4,433 voted for Bush.
The pattern repeats over and over again - but only in the counties where optical scanners were used. Franklin County, 77.3% registered Democrats, went 58.5% for Bush. Holmes County, 72.7% registered Democrats, went 77.25% for Bush.”

Don’t doubt it trusty readers. The get out the vote effort was strong on the democratic side and I was part of it. Not only that but the fact that these GOTV efforts are not some phony two bit canvassing operations. They are well studied and well organized to target communities that are indeed in favor of the democrats while bolstering their efforts in swing communities.

It seems the GOP rather than intimidating voters pushed of course for an electronic system that had already been shown to fail in the 2000 election and pushed for a less controllable system issued by a corporation.

Once we corporatize the vote in this country there will no longer be free and fair elections. We have seen this happen already to ex Senator Max Cleland. Where the e-voting machines were found to have a patch named “Rob Georgia.”

Even Democrat hater Dick Morris called the networks on this whacky exit poll information. He too believed the numbers in those states. The problems began with the optical scan voting machine numbers started rolling in.

Bev Harris was at the forefront of the debacle in Florida in 2000. She pointed out all the problems with voter intimidation, optical scan machines, and butterfly ballots. All the electoral inconsistencies this country faces at the polls. Skepticism became intrigue. I woke up this morning and in Wired Magazine (a respectable publication that actually knows a little something about computers) broke the story that I had read about on Friday.

After Bev Harris had filed the largest Freedom of Information claim in the History of the United States, indeed 3 Congressmen from Michigan, Florida, and New York have written to the General Accounting Office looking into some of the claims voters had made in Ohio and Florida.
Bev Harris demonstrated on Tina Brown’s Topic A show on NBC that election results are fed to a Windows based computer. While the software that runs the information is secure, its security is undermined by it being run on a PC.

While the results of this election are more than likely going to be unaffected by this inquiry and investigation; it is a black mark on our democracy that this investigation actually hasn’t occurred or is more than likely going to be suppressed by the government agencies.
However, it is even more of a smear of our “free democracy” that this investigation must even occur. Ladies and Gentleman this is worse that Pete Rose betting on baseball.

It is aspiring or current members of Your Government betting on YOUR COUNTRY.

Your Freedoms. The only freedom in complete control of our hands.

Or have we that already let that one go.