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No Vote Fraud Here. Move Along, Comrades…

In Civil Liberties, Communism, Constitutional Rights, Corruption, Democracy, Politics, Republican on January 26, 2007 at 8:35 pm

From LP blog

2004 Libertarian Recount Conclusion

There have been several recent media reports about the somewhat exciting conclusion of recount operations in Ohio.
Richard Winger of Ballot Access News wrapped it all up quite well

After the November 2004 election, the presidential nominees of the Green Party and the Libertarian Party jointly requested a recount of the presidential vote in New Mexico and in Ohio.

Both states had relatively nominal fees for requesting a recount. But elections officials in both states were determined to thwart the requests. In New Mexico, the state retroactively increased the fee ten-fold and a lower court said that was OK. The two candidates couldn’t afford the $1,400,000 new fee for the recount, so they dropped their request, and the voting-counting machines were then reprogrammed so that any recount would be impossible. Later, on May 16, 2006, the New Mexico Supreme Court said the two candidates should have received the recount they had requested after all, but, of course, by then it was too late.

In Ohio, the recount supposedly went ahead. Under the law, a few precincts were supposedly to be randomly chosen. A hand count of these randomly-chosen precincts was then to be compared with the machine total. If they matched, no further recount in that county was needed. On January 24, a jury convicted two Ohio elections officials of rigging the recount. Instead of randomly choosing precincts, they first identified a few precincts in which the hand-count and the machine-count matched. Then they claimed that those precincts had been the randomly-chosen ones; and since totals matched, no further recount of other precincts was needed. As in New Mexico, it is too late to do anything about it.

Posted by Stephen Gordon at January 26, 2007 10:06 AM


Coffee Talk with a Compliant Brother

In Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Corruption, Crime, Democracy, Drug War, Humor, Libertarian, Personal Responsibility, Politics, Republican, Socialism, War on January 26, 2007 at 4:10 pm

“Sometimes we should just accept things the way they have been and understand that we should sacrifice some of our personal liberties to benefit our nation and this war against terror”.

The paraphrased quote above came from my older brother earlier this new year as I sat down on his porch after a cozy cup of caffeinated coffee and taking hits from a social disease I suffer from called smoking. We were in a debate over the rantings of Keith Olberman directed at his attack on our current administration regarding the lifting of Habeas Corpus and the new founded state of dictatorship our current administration has enacted.

My brother was raised the same as I was, in a Reagan Republican household who thought the Republicans can do no wrong. Now the differences between us are found in our talents: He is a musician, and a damn good one at that. He can rip out lyrics and blur his hands on the neck of any guitar i have ever seen him on, all the while busting out cords that are more sonorous than I have to say the best of them. He would frequent clubs and studios throughout the greater Southern California and simply do what he does best, play. He took himself further than most who have no name and has played with names that went on to sell themselves out for a price, something he never did. I can play a stereo quite well.

Now my brothers argument regarding Habeas Corpus and the new dictatorial powers our current administration have is that their hands are tied to do anything necessary to stop some foreigner from blowing us up on our home soil. He believes that in order for us to continue down our path of freedom we should have to exercise our freedoms by giving some of them up, as did the Japanese Americans during WWII and the nation during the MacCarthy period. All of these we should take into consideration since 9/11.

Another point which he made was that we as a nation have not grown but declined in our way of thinking regarding searches and seizures, whether it be detained while the police search your valuables, your home or your person. His statement is one we have heard throughout the later half of the 20th century “if you’re not doing or hiding anything, whats the problem?”. He truly believes that our police should have the right to do as they please and pull over, walk into, browse and demand on site without a judge. He also feels that giving up these rights are justifiable and will not be abused. Yet he is a Reagan Republican through and through. Read the rest of this entry »

Fuck Da Eagles or FCC?

In Censorship, Civil Liberties, Humor on January 26, 2007 at 6:16 am

uckdaeagles21.jpgYou all know that I am a hardcore Saints fan. I was recently in Jackson Hole skiing and made sure to be off the -30 degrees mountain in time for the Saints’ game against Philly. Anil and I were trying to sneak smokes on the balcony between plays when we saw the most profane thing. The camera zoomed in on a cheering Saints fan who was wearing a “Fuck Da Eagles” shirt.

Ok, not profane for us- we both caught it and laughed. We were sure it said fuck but wine made us wonder if it really said “pluck”. I told Anil that I know my city and it does not censor itself.

Lo and behold new evidence. Fuck it must be. Will the FCC get involved?? Probably not. NOLA hasn’t the government on her side, but she does have Saints.

FTR, I believe the Saints later lost to the Giants due to weather. Weather related losses hit New Orleanians hard, and then we come back winners. Superbowl 2008 will be a NOLA gift!

originally at ideasfromfreeminds