Thursday, October 28, 2004
Already Looking Past the Election
In today's Washington Post, Richard Cohen has fired the first shot--and perhaps set the stage for the liberal left's future endeavors. [LOGIN: email@example.com PW: fedup]
"I do not write the headlines for my columns. Someone else does. But if I were to write the headline for this one, it would be "Impeach George Bush." Of course, I realize there's no chance Congress would impeach the president at this point or under almost any circumstance. It somehow reserves its outrage for lying about sex under oath and not, as now seems clear, the making of war under false pretenses."
Lying under oath to a grand jury is against the law. Period. No matter what the issue.
"Say what you will about Bill Clinton, no one died in the White House pantry."
No, but as a result of his philandering and pandering, 3000 died on September 11, Mr. Cohen. Apparently you've forgotten that inconvenient little fact.
"The same cannot be said in the larger sense about George Bush. Well over 1,000 Americans and countless more Iraqis have died because the president insisted on going to war. I know I should grieve for the Iraqi dead as much as I do the Americans, but I simply don't. It is the Americans -- those names I read almost every day, the hometowns, the lives I conjure up for them, the hideous moments of death -- who would make up every one of my articles of impeachment. I would read every name from the well of the House."
But would you read the names of the dead at the first WTC bombing, Mr. Cohen? Or the Kobar Towers bombing? Or the USS Cole bombing? Or any other terrorist attack that Bill Clinton ignored, thus leading to the ultimate attack on September 11th? I doubt you remember those dead Americans.
"I do not hold George Bush accountable for believing Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. I have talked with senior administration officials who opposed the war and they, too, thought Hussein had chemical and biological weapons -- but not nuclear ones. By the time Bush had firmly decided to go to war, all in Washington knew Hussein's nuclear weapons program consisted of a wish. Even Vice President Cheney had to know that, but the truth does not matter to him. In a long career as a Cold Warrior, he morphed into the enemy: The end justifies the means."
And how many times, Mr. Cohen, have you and your cohorts "morphed" the 2000 election into the lie of "Bush was selected not elected?" How many times have you preached the false gospel of the "disenfranchised voters" of Florida? You knew (and still know) that is nothing more than a base lie, yet if Gore had won his challenge--had truly "stolen" the election from Bush--you would have gleefully toasted his illicit victory with your Democrat cronies as you all chorused "the end justifies the means."
"In his forthcoming book on the Crusades, "Fighting for Christendom," Christopher Tyerman of Oxford University argues, "There existed no strategic or material interest for the knights of the west" to invade the Muslim east and try to wrest Jerusalem from Islam. "Consequently, the Christian wars of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in the Near East provide startling testimony to the power of ideas."
Contrary to Tyeman's arguments, 11th through 13th century rulers were well aware of the deadly menace of the Islamic hordes. Rulers as diverse as Genghis Khan (whose rage was kindled against Muslims when the Persians--or Iranians as we know them now--executed his emissaries) to Vlad of Wallachia (whose habit of impaling his beaten Islamic foes had much to do with holding the Ottoman Empire at bay) fought back the insidious tide of Muslim conquest.
Yes, it was indeed a war of ideas--and we of the 21st century can thank them for recognizing the oppressive evil lurking in the bowels of militant Islam. They had one goal. And that goal hasn't changed in nearly 1500 years. Destroy Western civilization.
"I cite this book for a reason. You will remember that early on Bush referred to the war against terrorism as a "crusade." The word, though, was too freighted with Christian-Muslim conflict, and Bush quickly backed down. But, really, he was speaking the truth. Just as the original Crusades were a form of mass madness, so was this one when it was extended to Iraq. It came, as did the original one, out of the bonnet of a leader: Bush this time, Pope Urban II in 1095 -- and it swept everything before it. Congress lent its approval and so, significantly, did the media (myself included). The failure of leadership was across the board. The events of Sept. 11 were as emotionally wrenching to us as the Muslim capture of Jerusalem was to medieval Christians."
I frankly don't care if I upset a few dozen "moderate" Muslims. We are in the midst of a Crusade. A Crusade of ideas--right versus wrong--that will write the future history of the world. And you'd better pray, Mr. Cohen, to whatever/whichever God/Goddess/Supreme Being you choose, that we win. If we don't, you will be one of the first to vanish in the tidal wave of Islamic "tolerance."
"My peripatetic colleague Dana Milbank recently reported on a poll showing that 72 percent of Bush's supporters believe Iraq did in fact possess weapons of mass destruction and that 75 percent believed Hussein gave al Qaeda "substantial support." These beliefs are false, in contradiction of the facts, and even Bush, when pressed, has admitted that. But these beliefs did not arise out of nowhere. They are a direct consequence of the administration's repeated lies -- lies of commission, such as Cheney's statements, and lies of omission, the appalling failure to correct wrongly held views.
Saddam did have weapons of mass destruction because he used them on his own people. And you know that yourself, so spare us more revisionist history-making. It has also been well-documented that Saddam Hussein gave substantial financial support to terrorists, from al Qaeda to the Palestinians. You must have the ability to search LexisNexis for such information even though a quick free tour through Google will give you the same response. It is your beliefs that are false, Mr. Cohen, and rely far more on blind faith than those who believe in WMD and financial incentives.
"Not since the Spanish-American War has the United States gone off to war so casually, so half-cocked and so ineptly. The sinking of the Maine, the casus belli for that dustup, has been replaced by missing weapons of mass destruction, and the Hearst and Pulitzer presses are now talk radio and Fox News Channel. Everything has changed. Nothing has changed. Still, though, we mourn the dead, look away from the wounded and maimed, and wonder what it was all about. We embarked, truly and regrettably, on a crusade."
Everything has changed, and that's what is really bothering you, isn't it? You are no longer the only game in town. Competition--that ugliest of all words to your sort--has reared its reprehensible conservative head. You are losing the battle. The dead you mourn, the wounded and maimed you look away from are the liars, the plagiarizers, the truth-twisters who once had their poison pens sunk deep into the psyche of American readers. Some of us have merely had our suspicions confirmed. Others, however--too many others for your comfort--have had the scales stripped from their eyes and are seeing clearly for the first time in years.
"Yet from Bush comes not a bleep of regret, not to mention apology. It is all "steady as she goes" -- although we have lost our bearings and we no longer know our destination. (Don't tell me it's a democratic Middle East.) If the man were commanding a ship, he would be relieved of command. If he were the CEO of some big company, the board would offer him a golden parachute -- and force him to jump. But in government, it's the people who make those decisions. We get our chance on Tuesday."
There is no cause for regret nor need for apologies. It is you who have lost your bearings in the ocean of moral relativism. You who have allowed yourself to be swamped with mindless hatred of George W. Bush. And in the midst of that blood-red sea of hate, you still believe you can throw any carrion of a lie on our hook and we will blithely reel it in, ignorant of the rank stench billowing around us.
You and your ilk have spent too many years attempting to pirate the ship of state. On Tuesday we will have our chance to make the lot of you walk the plank.
The Uncorked Bottle
Alex at The Wandering Mind left a comment asking if it was possible to "…ever put the genie back in the bottle."
I doubt it. First the nation has had eight years to learn 1) you can get away with anything as long as you or your surrogates can out-shout your accuser, and 2) if you're near-charming and say you're sorry (trembling lip optional) people will forgive and (more importantly) forget.
But the real answer is provided by Stanley Kurtz over at NRO's The Corner.
"The fact that a candidate who called America’s soldiers war criminals and threw away his metals could get this close shows that something has changed for the worse. And the reason is that even cultural leaders like the owner and publisher of The New York Times were once radical antiwar activists. Recall that after his second arrest for anti-war protests, Pinch Sulzberger was asked by his father what his son called, “the dumbest question I ever heard in my life:” “If a young American soldier comes upon a young North Vietnamese soldier, which one do you want to see get shot?” The younger Sulzberger answered, “I would want to see the American get shot. It’s the other guy’s country.” The reason John Kerry and his “global test” have even a ghost of a chance in this election is because Sulzberger and the folks who thought like him are now in charge of the media–and much of the rest of our culture." [Emphasis mine.]
Our best hope is that today's conservative-leaning teens hold to their beliefs through their college years and begin making new bottles to hold the genie. It took the Isralites forty years of wandering the the wilderness before the last of their defeatists died away. I can only hope we learn our lessons more quickly.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Less Than 1,000 Words
For all those who hold the seriously mistaken belief the Electoral College should be altered or abolished… Get the picture now?
How the people voted. (And remember, Gore won the popular vote.)
2000 Electoral College Results.
Do you really want your future decided by those elitest population enclaves?
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
And One More Time…
UPDATE: I neglected to include this link to an October 21 Powerpundit post (from an original post by Powerline):
"At the same time, [PA Governor Ed] Rendell [former head of the DNC] is making sure that prisoners are assisted and hand-held so that they can send in absentee ballots from prison. " [Emphasis mine]
As I just mentioned in my last post and in this one, Democrats are intent on supressing the military overseas vote.
"With all eyes on Pennsylvania, all eyes are increasingly on [Governor Ed] Rendell's handling of the military vote. Angry emails are beginning to circulate regarding Rendell's opposition to extending the deadline for military ballots, and radio talk show hosts are urging listeners to take action."
As reported by the AP:
"The men and women who are most affected by who becomes commander in chief, their vote is going to be denied," said state Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester. "If 73 percent of these votes were coming in for John Kerry, she (U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane, a Clinton appointee), would rule the other way and so would Ed Rendell."
Rendell, you recall, is the former head of the DNC. [Insert standard comment about smacking an ass between the eyes with a two-by-four.]
How Democrats Make it Harder to Vote
World Magazine Blog is reporting actual evidence of how the Democrats almost stole the 2000 election. And the Marine Corps Colonel referenced is advising his people to take a day of leave to make sure their vote counts.
"In a recent edition of the Marine Corps Times (subscription required), Col. Dave Lowry, active duty serving at the Army Reserve Command at Fort McPherson, Ga., warned other military personnel of the problems with voting by absentee ballot. During the 2000 election he sent his absentee ballot to Florida via UPS and had documented proof that it arrived before the deadline on Election Day. But then he learned his and thousands of others' votes had not been counted. Instead, the ballots were stamped with "received nine days after" the election.
"Lowry said he believes officials set aside the absentee ballots, most sent through regular mail, because there is no tracking system for general mail. It took more than three years for Lowry to get his vote counted, and now he urges people to bypass absentee voting and take a day of leave to make sure their vote counts:
Monday, October 25, 2004
We Need to Make it Harder To Vote
…not easier. If we don't, we will rapidly descend those last few inches to the "bread and circuses" mentality that brought down the Roman Empire.
When the Founding Fathers established the election process--which was amended any number of times over the years--they realized one simple fact: the basic nature of all animals (including human animals) is to look out for Number One. If candidate A offers free bread while candidate B does not--even if there is no reason for free bread--human nature is to take the goodies and run with no thought for the future. To phrase it more simply--humans are sinful.
To avoid wild swings in the voting process, the Electoral College was established. I've read some opinions it was because the "elite" landowners in control didn't trust the average citizen. Perhaps. More likely they knew the average citizen too well and, without a vested interest in the country, they feared voters would indeed succumb to "bread and circuses." They were right, weren't they?
So only male landowners over 21 years of age were eligible, but even then they put a leash on the more populated eastern cities with the Electoral College that weighed the vote of one heavily settled area against two or three more thinly settled areas combined. It still works today, thank God, or President Gore would be running for reelection.
But it should be more difficult to cast any vote--for dogcatcher or president--in the United States. Here's a half-dozen suggestions. I'm sure you can come up with more.
1. No current picture ID when you go to the polls, no vote. Period.
2. No motor voter registration. You must present yourself--and your ID--at the registrar's office. If you're an immigrant, you must present your naturalization papers as well.
3. No registration drives sponsored and paid for by [fill-in-the-name-of-your-favorite-527-organization]. If possible, an area could be set up by the registrar's office at the various DMV offices to accept registration forms.
4. Card stock paper, #2 pencil, and fill-in-the-square ballots only. I'm not a fan of any type of mechanical voting machines for a whole host of reasons. Like slot machines, they can be rigged whether we want to admit it or not. And it's just too bad if it takes longer to tabulate to results, ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and all you other MSM types. It'll learn ya' to keep your mouths' shut! (Obvious exceptions would be made for those severely challenged persons unable to handle a pencil.) If polling hours need to be extended to accommodate delays, well, maybe that should be done too.
5. Ballots printed in English and Braille only. If you can't read the name of the candidate (and no matter what language you speak you should be able to recognize the name and number of your favorite) you're out of luck. If you can't read the endless description of "voter initiatives" included on many ballots, you shouldn't be voting on them.
6. No surrogates to pick up/fill out absentee ballots except in very rare cases. If a personal visit is necessary, one official designee from each major party must be present. Patients in nursing homes, other convalescent centers and hospitals, and the medically-certified home-bound should be the only ones permitted to "vote early." If you care about an election you should care enough to make it your business to get to the polls.
I'd like to add property owners and business owners only be permitted to vote--although that's just a pipe dream. The voting age should also be raised back to 21 so pop tarts and gansta' rappers would be taken out of the mix, but that does present a difficulty with the military vote. I believe if you're old enough to fight for the country you should be permitted to vote for your Commander in Chief.
So what are your suggestions? No fair saying "disqualify" Democrats or Republicans or any other political party.
Look Who's Talking
Er…blogging for Bush over at Truth Laid Bear. All sorts of Heroes for Bush. From Washington, Lincoln, Patton, and Churchill to Indiana Jones and Yoda; from Hamlet and Henry V to Kirk and Spock; from Buffy and Angel to Herman Munster, Alf, and the Tick; from Rin Tin Tin to Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
Lots of great posts to keep readers amused.
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Color Me Underwhelmed
Whizbang has the news about this story, the "breaking scandal" the blogosphere has been waiting for. Frankly, I think it has more wiggle room than a fat lady's muumuu.
"U.N. ambassadors from several nations are disputing assertions by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry that he met for hours with all members of the U.N. Security Council just a week before voting in October 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq.
"An investigation by The Washington Times reveals that while the candidate did talk for an unspecified period to at least a few members of the panel, no such meeting, as described by Mr. Kerry on a number of occasions over the past year, ever occurred.
"This president hasn't listened. I went to meet with the members of the Security Council in the week before we voted. I went to New York. I talked to all of them, to find out how serious they were about really holding Saddam Hussein accountable," Mr. Kerry said of the Iraqi dictator."
Okay, so he didn't talk with all of them together , but he did talk with them at some point prior to the war. With the World Series being front and center for many people, this isn't going to move any percentage points in Bush's direction.
Newly Registered Voters Helping Kerry
I mentioned previously how the Democrats are picking up the absentee ballots of early voters in Florida. That leads me to wonder about this story. (Found via The Free Republic.)
"A surge of newly registered voters has helped Democrat John Kerry regain momentum in the presidential race in Florida, where he has pulled even or just slightly ahead of President Bush, according to a statewide poll less than two weeks before the election.
Kerry has rebounded in Florida and other key electoral states since falling behind Bush in the aftermath of the Republican National Convention early last month. The momentum now is shifting almost daily, however, leaving the two candidates in a statistical dead heat on their way to a suspenseful finish.
"Interviews with some of those surveyed indicate that new voters, who have registered in record numbers this year, are giving Kerry his best chance for ousting the incumbent president. One big question on Election Day, Nov. 2, is whether these newcomers will show up at their polling places.
The big question?--are they real or are they Memorex?
The Discerning Texan has some stories of registation fraud in Ohio and voter intimidation in Florida which is quite serious. More serious is the apparent non presence of the local GOP organizations to counter the behavior.
"The Florida media are picking up on the stories of voter intimidation at early polling places I mentioned a few days ago. They specifically confirm the "Danny DeVito Block The (Bush) Vote" rally in the doorway of a polling place.
"Unfortunately my Florida source says the GOP is still outnumbered and outgunned. The GOP has county, state and national party organizations. Florida couldn't be a more important state. Why aren't they confronting every one of these crowds of Kerry thugs with court orders and cops?
But there is some good news from Ohio.
"A federal appeals court ruled Saturday that provisional ballots Ohio voters cast outside their own precincts should not be counted, throwing out a lower-court decision that said such ballots are valid as long as they are cast in the correct county.
"The ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals supports an order issued by Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell. Democrats contend the Republican official's rules are too restrictive and allege they are intended to suppress the vote.
The Democrat attempts at fraud and disenfranchisement in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are exactly why we have the Electoral College. I was talking with a friend the other day about it, and he mentioned his niece was associated with the Pew Institute. He claimed they were studying the possibility of the Electoral College being eliminated in the near future. (If Bush wins by another narrow margin we will see those arguments resurface yet again.) It won't happen, at least while this election cycle is still fresh in everyone's minds. You will never see two-thirds of the country turn over their power to places like Hollywood, New York, Palm Beach, and Chicago.
Lots of speculation, especially over at RedState.org, about the "breaking news story" that will turn Kerrites into scrambled eggs.
Stay tuned for Monday morning, folks. A story will break that the Kerry campaign will have to respond to. Call it another chapter in the story of John Kerry making stuff up. And while RedStaters didn't write a single word of it -- I'm proud to say that some folks involved in this site (and at least one other blogger) certainly pointed in the right direction.
I personally would like it to be hard evidence that John and/or Teresa Kerry received oil vouchers from Saddam in the UN Oil-For-Food scam.
Hey, a body can dream, can't they?
Thursday, October 21, 2004
2,500, 1,300, and 2,300
Remember those numbers.
Saying it could do more harm than good, a federal judge last night denied a Bush administration request to force Pennsylvania counties to send new absentee ballots to thousands of oversees voters and to count the results up to two weeks after Election Day. [Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org PW: realcities]
2,500, 1,300, and 2,300. Those are the minimum number of "invalid" absentee ballots sent to overseas U.S. citizens including numerous soldiers now serving in Iraq. If Bush loses Pennsylvania by less than 6,100 you can trace the reason directly to those missing votes--and those disenfranchised voters.
Actually, it's believed over 26,000 incorrect ballots were sent. They all included the name of Ralph Nader who was ultimately tossed off the ballot after the absentee ballots were mailed. Now Pennsylvania can't seem to find a way to get new one to those stationed overseas, and undoubtedly the Democrats will demand any "incorrect" ballots returned must be thrown out.
"In all, counties have sent about 26,700 absentee ballots to Pennsylvanians living abroad or serving in the military overseas. But it was unclear, even among top election officials, how many of these voters received ballots with Nader as a candidate.
"Montgomery County sent 2,500 such ballots, Allegheny 1,300, and Philadelphia at least 2,300, testimony showed."
Of course, they aren't very important votes.
"Philadelphia lawyer Mark Aronchick, a special election-law expert hired by the Rendell administration, called the number "a theoretically tiny universe of people."
So were the "disenfranchised voters" in Florida. Oh--wait--there were no disenfranchised voters in Flordia. Besides, there are more important issues to be attented to.
"If the court required a new ballot, county election officials would be hard-pressed to comply, state lawyers argued. To do so, they would have to sacrifice time and resources needed to meet other demands, such as processing the crush of new voter-registration forms that this tight presidential contest has generated.
"When overseas voters are weighed against that potential pool, "the scales don't even come close," Aronchick said. [Emphasis mine.]
Legitimate overseas voters--many of them soldiers--count less than all those new, possibly fraudulent, voters signed up by the Democrats. That potential pool--of Kerry votes--cannot possibly be overlooked.
2,500 + 1,300 + 2,300.
I hope our lawyers are ready.
Hope for the Future
Teens want Bush re-elected. At least until those liberal college professors get their hands on them…
"American teens have spoken, and they want George W. Bush for president. Nearly 1.4 million teens voted in the nation's largest mock election, and the Republican incumbent wound up with 393 electoral votes and 55 percent of the total votes cast.
"Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry received 145 electoral votes, far short of the 270 electoral votes needed to win a presidential election. Kerry received 45 percent of the total votes, while five percent of teens selected the third-party option, though no third-party presidential hopefuls managed to pick up any electoral votes.
"In an exit poll taken after making their pick for president, teens weighed in on the issues most important to them. A majority of respondents-- 44 percent-- said that the war in Iraq was the most important issue facing the candidates today. The economy was the first priority in the minds of 22 percent of teens, followed by education (14 percent), national security (12 percent) and health care (8 percent)
Found via Instapundit.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Kids Vote the Darndest Way
More bad news for the Kerry campers--from the children.
Bush Wins Scholastic Poll [52% to 47%]
"Since 1940, Scholastic Classroom Magazines have given students the opportunity to cast their vote for president in the Scholastic Election Poll (online voting was added in 2000). In every election, but two, the outcome of the Scholastic Election Poll mirrored the outcome of the general election. The exceptions were in 1948 when students chose Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S. Truman and in 1960 when more students voted for Richard M. Nixon than John F. Kennedy. In 2000, student voters chose George W. Bush, mirroring the Electoral College result but not the result of the popular vote."
Although the Nixon/Kennedy election is listed as an "execption," most political history scholars recognize Nixon actually did win that election only to have it stolen by Kennedy with help from the Chicago political machine.
Over the years, the Democrats have learned. Today they are prepared to blackmail the country if John Kerry doesn’t win with threats of endless legal action from coast to coast. And they have no qualms about announcing it publicly.
"Sen. John Kerry has a simple strategy if the presidential race is in doubt on Nov. 3, the day after the election: Do not repeat Al Gore's mistakes.
"Unlike the former vice president, who lost a recount fight and the 2000 election, Kerry will be quick to declare victory on election night and begin defending it. He also will be prepared to name a national security team before knowing whether he's secured the presidency."
Hopefully Republicans have a counter plan. Any suggestions?
Found via NRO The Corner.
UPDATE: Nickelodeon disagrees. Kerry wins 57% to 43%.
"Kids Have Correctly Picked Winner of the General Election for Last Four Presidential Campaigns Through Net's National Poll Where Kids Pick Their Choice For President. Nick Encourages Kids to Motivate Parents to Vote on Nov. 2 with 'Nag The Vote' Campaign."
Has Nick been online since 1988? Wow. Of course, if my kids started "nagging" me, Nickelodeon would be permanently blocked and they'd go back to reading.
No indication of how SpongeBob Squarepants voted.
Monday, October 18, 2004
No Provision for Provisional Ballots
The Florida Supreme Court gets one right. They unanimously ruled against a union-filed lawsuit that demanded provisional ballots must be counted no matter where they are cast. The AFL-CIO had brought the suit, claiming the new (since the 2000 election) rule disenfranchised voters. [Login: email@example.com PW: bogus1]
With the election less than a month away, the Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit demanding that all provisional ballots be counted regardless of where they are cast.
According to the Flordia Supremes, if you cast your ballot at the wrong precinct you are not entitled to have your vote counted merely because you got lost on the way to the polls. Frankly, if you're too stupid to figure out where you're going, I don't want you within ten miles of a voting booth.
Found via Rush Limbaugh transcripts.
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Democrats Collecting Early Votes in Florida
In an earlier post I mentioned an email I received about the DNC's Early Vote Campaign and wondered how easy it would be for Democrat operatives to stuff the ballot box. Shortly after that post, the page the link in the email cited had vanished. (No, I’m not attributing that event to my post.)
I found it suspicious, but some people thought the email was an ordinary "get-out-the-vote" encouragement. I still find it suspicious, especially in view of this report at Drudge.
As early voting begins Monday in the sunburn state of Florida controversy has already developed around a Democratic National Committee/Kerry-Edwards election manual.
The election manual titled -- "FLORIDA VICTORY 2004" -obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT, advocates an apparent unlawful "BALLOT PICKUP" drive by campaign volunteers.
The DNC Kerry/Edwards manual states:
"In Florida, it is legal to handle ballots. This means it is possible for the campaign to canvass base neighborhoods, pick up completed ballots and deliver them to Early Vote locations. We will incorporate these deliveries into our Early Vote canvassing program."
But Florida State election law - as detailed at [the Absentee Voting page] is in sharp contrast and conflicts with the Dem plan.
"A designee may pick up an absentee ballot for a voter on election day or 4 days before election day. A designee may only pick up two absentee ballots per election, other than his or her own ballot or ballots for members of his or her immediate family. Designees must have written authorization from the voter, present a picture I.D. and sign an affidavit. Candidates may pick up absentee ballots only for members of their immediate family."
It is not clear as this transmits, if any Dem operatives have yet collected ballots. A legal challenge will be filed to stop any action, top Republican sources tell DRUDGE.
Dem officials point to difference between blank and completed ballots.
[Blank ballots? Blank ballots except for a signature perhaps? ]
The exhaustive how-to FLORIDA VICTORY 2004 manual runs 26 pages with an 18 page appendix. It is signed by the DNC, Kerry Edwards, Florida Democrat Party, Kerry Edwards Campaign Chair, Florida Victory 2004, Florida AFL-CIO, Florida Education Association, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and Florida SEIU.
Early votes. "Provisional" votes that have been described as "…ballots for people who show up to vote but can't prove they're registered…that potentially will be counted later, like absentee ballots." Apparently the only way W's re-election will be considered legitimate is for him to achieve a 3-1 victory. Even then the RNC will probably need teams of lawyers ready to go in every state.
The PDF file outlining the DNC Election Day Manual "preemptive strike" instructions that Drudge had linked to has disappeared. But fortunately Rush Limbaugh read it aloud and I found parts of it posted in the October 14, 2004 show transcript.
"Look, I've got a page from it right here, and this is Kerry-Edwards Colorado Election Day Manual, November 2004.
"Democratic National Committee, www.Democrats.org: "If no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet, launch a preemptive strike, particularly well suited to states in which these techniques have been tried in the past…
"Issue a press release reviewing public tactics used in the past in your area or state, quoting party minority civil rights leadership as denouncing tactics that discourage people from voting.
"Prime minority leadership to discuss the issue in the media. Provide talking points to them. Place stories in which minority leadership expresses concern about the threat of intimidation tactics.
"Warn local newspapers not to accept advertising that is not properly disclaimed or that contains false warnings about voting requirements and/or about what will happen at the polls."
"That is just one page of this 66-page document."
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Vote Democrat and Die
Not long ago Michele at A Small Victory wrote an amusing piece about the rough and tumble way those of us born pre-1990 grew up--and marveled how all of us survived in the BC era without being planted in our graves. BC as in Before Clinton, of course. (Sorry. I can't locate the link and for some reason can't access her archives at the moment.)
The one thing she didn't mention, however, was the growing pathological fear of GERMS. We are becoming obsessed with GERMS. The advertising industry is in overdrive marketing their cleaning products with scaremongering over GERMS. We can no longer wipe a counter or clean a bathroom by touching a cloth or sponge lest we come in contact with GERMS. Our clothes aren't pure unless soaked in bleach to rid them of GERMS. Our carpets must be professionally cleaned to fight GERMS. Forget about radical Muslims or suicide bombers--the real terrorists are GERMS.
As a result, emergency rooms and doctors' offices are crammed with parents clutching sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and wheezing children, demanding a magic potion to fight the cold and flu GERMS. Somewhere we have forgotten the simple fact--kids are going to get colds. Period.
Now the flu season is coming and we are seeing near-riots over the shortage of flu vaccines. Colds and the flu are both viral infections and every time we catch one or the other, we develop natural immunities. But they have to run their course. All we can do is try to alleviate the symptoms early and let our bodies fight the infection.
People with a cold or flu are at their most contagious in the early stages, before their bodies' defenses have begun to beat the infection. As one medical website says:
"There are more cases of colds and flu in the winter months not because the cold makes our bodies more prone to infections but because people tend to spend more time together indoors. Viruses get trapped in the moist humid air - an ideal environment for them to thrive in. They are then breathed in, spreading easily from person to person."
So, by sealing ourselves into airtight homes, winter and summer, we're actually increasing the chances of illness.
But our war on GERMS and other airborne irritants doesn't seem to be going well.
"The rate of asthma among children five to 14 years of age increased 74% between 1980 and 1994; the rate of asthma among preschool children increased 160%."
Now what major campaign as been waged since the 80s? The war against tobacco. Tobacco smoke was allegedly causing no end of problems for children and now some places have bans on smoking in your own cars and homes. CA claims 82% of children now live in smoke-free environments.
So--if tobacco smoke, whether from a cigarette, cigar, or pipe, caused so many problems, why has the asthma and allergy rate increased so drastically? The WHO itself did a study of the effects of second-hand smoke, and suppressed their own findings when they showed there was no data to prove the adverse effects claimed.
Our children are living a hermetically sealed, self-esteem driven, insult-free lives, yet they are still getting sicker and sicker--mentally, emotionally, and physically. And now we are facing THE FLU.
Worse, we are facing flu vaccine shortages so serious the problem was brought up at last Wednesday's debate.
"SCHIEFFER: New question, Mr. President, to you. We are talking about protecting ourselves from the unexpected, but the flu season is suddenly upon us. Flu kills thousands of people every year. Suddenly we find ourselves with a severe shortage of flu vaccine. How did that happen?
"BUSH: Bob, we relied upon a company out of England to provide about half of the flu vaccines for the United States citizen, and it turned out that the vaccine they were producing was contaminated. And so we took the right action and didn't allow contaminated medicine into our country. We're working with Canada to hopefully -- that they'll produce a -- help us realize the vaccine necessary to make sure our citizens have got flu vaccinations during this upcoming season."
Why are we relying upon a company out of England--or Canada--to provide our vaccines? Look no further than Hillary Clinton's Vaccines for Children program.
From a 2003 report:
"The panel of doctors and economists issuing a report on vaccines last week identified as a fundamental cause of the problem the fact that the government purchases 55 percent of the childhood vaccine market at forced discount prices. The result has been "declining financial incentives to develop and produce vaccines."
"The root of this government role goes back to August 1993, when Congress passed Clinton's Vaccines for Children program. The plan, promoted by the Children's Defense Fund, was to use federal power to ensure universal immunization. So the government agreed to purchase a third of the national vaccine supply (the President and Mrs. Clinton had pushed for 100 percent) at a forced discount of half price, then distribute it to doctors to deliver to the poor and the un- and under-insured. As a result:
"Where 30 years ago, 25 companies produced vaccines for the U.S. market., today only five remain, and there is only one producer for a number of critical shots.
"Recent years have brought shortages of numerous vaccines, including those for whooping cough, diphtheria and chicken pox."
Democrats just do not understand free anything, unless it's a handout from a government controlled by them. Free Will. Free Speech. Free Markets. When you remove the incentive of profit for production, nothing will be produced. That lesson is as old as the original Massachusetts Plymouth Colony. William Bradford figured it out in the 1620s when his people were dying from starvation and lack of proper housing.
"The experience that we had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years...that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing – as if they were wiser than God… “[That experience]…was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children without any recompense...that was thought injustice."
The eventual results of his capitalistic, free market experiment?
"This had very good success, for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."
For forty years the Democrats have preached "… that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing…" It hasn't. And if Bradford could figure it out after only a few years, you would think Democrats could manage after four decades.
It isn't about making Americans "happy and flourishing." It's all about power, manipulation, and fear.
Vote Democrat--and die.
Friday, October 15, 2004
Waiting for the Other Shoe
It's October, with just over two weeks remaining before the election, and a young radical's fancy naturally turns toward--exposés. In record numbers apparently.
"Whether the critiques come from principled whistleblowers or from people with partisan axes to grind, they are coming in unprecedented numbers, indicating that bureaucrats and other insiders have become more willing to go out on a limb to criticize the White House and agencies headed by political appointees than they may have been in the past."
"As the election approaches, controversial assertions have been mounting."
If there are legitimate problems, they need to be made public. But I'm suspicious that the upswing in "leaks" seem to be coming from environmental and civil rights organizations.
Whatever the motivation, I wonder how many were encourage by Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers infamy, the articles he wrote and interviews he gave earlier in the year. He was referring to the Iraqi War, but his words could be for any and all leakers.
"Exposing governmental lies carries a heavy personal risk, even in our democracies. But that risk can be worthwhile when a war's-worth of lives is at stake."
With the constant threat of an exposé lurking in the shadows, I'm beginning to feel like a child playing "Button, Button, Who's Got the Button."
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Princes of Thieves
I haven't been blogging much lately for a number of reasons, one of which is I do get weary of commenting on the same stories/issues over and over and over.
So, in light of today's Drudge Report information, I'll merely link to something I posted last July.
"A 66-page mobilization plan to be issued by the Kerry/Edwards campaign and the Democratic National Committee states: "If no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet, launch a 'pre-emptive strike.'"
The Democrats think they have a winning strategy to thwart the will of the people. But as I mentioned earlier, Republicans now have their own intimidation hotline (posted at the top of this blog) and I hope to God we use it !
The Democrats intend to win by hook or by crook--mostly by crook. Here's what I posted about how they tried to do it in 2000.
"You get me within 100 votes and I can steal any election"
Think that's an idle threat? Then let me remind you of this article originally published November 13, 2000.
"What's happening in Florida is exactly the game plan laid out to me by an attorney who represented the Democrats in a recount in California where they stole a seat from us," former California Assemblyman Pat Nolan told WorldNetDaily .
"[Bob] Haueter was, at that time, chief of staff for Nolan, and it was he who first contacted attorney Tim Downs, who readily admitted the Democratic strategy and even described the tactics to Nolan. [Emphasis mine .]
"When I first called him and explained to him who I was and why I was calling, he chuckled and said, 'I wondered when you guys would get around to calling me,'" Haueter said, adding that Downs told him -- "'I've taken several seats from you across the United States.'"
"Downs told me, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, 'You get me within 100 votes and I can steal any election,'" Haueter [said].
"Nolan subsequently hired Downs and "brought him out to train my staff in the techniques they [Democrats] were using" so they could protect themselves against future election-fraud victimization, Nolan said.
Nolan and Haueter said Downs described three basic tactics:
"The first rule is, you keep counting until you're ahead. And if that doesn't put you ahead, you recount, re-recount -- you keep counting until you're ahead. If you're behind, then you've got nothing to lose."
Second, Nolan said, "the more times those ballots are handled, the more chance there is that chads will break loose" and hence disqualify the ballot.
Third, he said, "the minute you're ahead, you stop and declare yourself the victor."
"After that, you don't want the ballots handled any more," Nolan said, "because some of the chads for your candidate might break loose. While you're behind it doesn't matter, but if you're ahead and more break off or become disqualified for your candidate, that's a bad thing."
A favorite tactic, said Nolan, is to ask election officials for ballots, "allegedly so they can look at it more closely." When operatives do, often they will bend or crinkle ballots covertly in an effort to break another chad loose and thus have the ballot thrown out.
"This whole process sounds like exactly what is going on in Florida," Nolan said. "And the more times those ballots are handled, the more chances are you'll break some of them [chads] loose."
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Follow the Money
Especially when it's being doled out by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. ACORN. You remember ACORN don't you? They're the people bragging about how they will take the Democrat Party away from Kerry if he is elected.
"But the morning of Nov. 3, we're going to start organizing to take the party away from him,"
Naturally ACORN is claiming they, too, were scammed in this particular voter fraud exposé. But they are uber liberals. And they need to put in their puppet so they have the proper power strings to pull. So how many of those bogus names and addresses reached the local activists who might take advantage of all those "extra" votes--just in case it's a close election.
"Most of the fraud has come from registration drives, where people at grocery stores or on the streets ask you to sign up. 9News has learned many workers have re-registered voters multiple times by changing or making up information about them. 9News has documented 719 cases of potentially fraudulent forms at county election offices show fraudulent names, addresses, social security numbers or dates of birth in Denver, Douglas, Adams, Boulder and Lake counties. Information from other counties is still coming in.
"Some voter registration application forms are completely bogus. Others belong to legitimate voters, who have had one or two facts changed that could affect their registration when they show up at the polls November 2nd. Tom Stanislawski registered to vote six years ago. But this summer, someone signed him up again and changed his party affiliation. "My concern would be I'd walk in November 2nd and be unable to vote," he said.
"Some of the registration drive workers earn $2 per application or about $10 an hour. One woman admitted to forging three people's names on about 40 voter registration applications. Kym Cason says she was helping her boyfriend earn more money from a get-out-the-vote organization called ACORN or Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. ACORN works with low or moderate-income families on housing issues. Cason said her extra registrations earned her boyfriend $50.
"Gerald Obi says workers pressured him to keep registering to vote so they too could earn extra cash. When asked how many times he had registered this year, Obi said, "about 35 times."
Well, well, well. Voter fraud is really plain old ordinary greed. Everyone is just out for a buck. How Republican .
In reality, on election day we could have who knows how many people walking into who knows how many polling places with fraudulent voter information, and casting who knows how many votes.
UPDATE: Guess the NAACP is getting into the act now.
Report Voter Intimidation Now
Republicans now have their own hotline for reporting Democrat-inspired intimidation. It's about time we began fighting back. Call the police first, then 1-888-303-7125. Be sure to take that number with you on election day.
"Below is the text of a letter sent by Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign Chairman Governor Marc Racicot to AFL-CIO President John Sweeney via fax at 10:15 a.m. today. The letter asks Sweeney to put an end to protest activities that have led to injuries, property damage, vandalism and voter intimidation at Bush-Cheney '04 and Republican Party offices around the country."
"Protests by your organization come on the heels of several other incidents at Bush-Cheney '04 offices around the country, including a break-in at our Seattle office where laptop computers were stolen from the Washington State Bush-Cheney ’04 executive director and the state Republican Party 72-hour director. Just last night [October 10] in Canton, Ohio, a Bush-Cheney '04 staffer was forced to lock herself in an office while another break-in was in progress."
If you'd like to tell Mr. Sweeney how you feel--a pre-stamped postcard will do--here's his address:
815 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
Found via Free Republic.
Monday, October 11, 2004
Coalition of the Bribed…
"…more than 19,500 Miami-Dade residents have applied to FEMA for financial help with temporary housing, repairs, medical bills and other expenses they claim were brought on by Frances, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Sunday. As of Friday, FEMA had approved 9,801 of the claims for a total of $21.5 million.
"In Indian River County, hard hit by Frances and Jeanne with more than 49,000 houses damaged or destroyed, just under 14,000 residents had received $20.5 million in FEMA help through Friday, $1 million less than Miami-Dade."
Wonder if they'll be able to fill out their ballots as easily as their FEMA requests.
Heart of Darkness
For any "moderate" Democrat or "undecided" voter leaning toward supporting John Kerry, I suggest they read this article first.
"With Bush vanquished, the Democrats' internal battles will begin.
"We're going to celebrate with John Kerry the night of Nov. 2. But the morning of Nov. 3, we're going to start organizing to take the party away from him, because we have serious disagreements about what the party should stand for and where this country needs to go," said one activist at the "What We Stand For" conference, Bertha Lewis, co-chair of the Working Families Party in New York state and a leader in the grassroots antipoverty group, ACORN." [Emphasis mine.]
So when you walk into that voting booth on November 2, remember--the socialist/communists/anarchists are waiting…
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Another Hurricane Aimed at Florida
I guess John J. Miller at NRO's The Corner didn't get the same DNC email I did.
"It's bad enough that on Election Day we're going to have to deal with these "provisional ballots" -- i.e., ballots for people who show up to vote but can't prove they're registered casting "provisional ballots" that potentially will be counted later, like absentee ballots. Now the AFL-CIO is in court to argue that the provisional ballots of people who show up at the wrong precinct must be counted. This is a recipe for chaos, which, of course, is exactly what the Left wants to produce. How long before there's a lawsuit claiming that people don't even have to leave their homes on Election Day to have their preferences read into the political process? Anyway, here's a Miami Herald article on the madness." [emphasis mine]
The Miami Herald article says:
With the election less than a month away, the Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit demanding that all provisional ballots be counted regardless of where they are cast.
And we all know which way that Florida Supreme Court swings, don't we?
"But a lawyer for the state's election supervisors predicted widespread turmoil on Election Day if the court orders counties to count all provisional ballots. Ron Labasky, who represents the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, said nothing would stop special interest groups from telling voters to go out and demand a provisional ballot at any precinct instead of using the touch-screen voting machines used in 15 counties, including Broward and Miami-Dade."
A whirlwind of "provisional ballots" would turn the election into a nightmare that would make Hurricane Frances seem like a light drizzle.
This is one instance where I believe the Feds should step in--as in passing a law stating only U.S. citizens with legal picture ID be permitted to vote. (For non-drivers, the DMV in most states will provide a picture ID for just a few bucks.) I don't care if you manage the corner convenience store and your kid goes to local schools--if you're an illegal and/or a non-citizen you don't vote. Period. End of story.
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Smile When You Vote That Way, Pardner
NOTE 10/7: Professor Bainbridge has what Glenn Reynolds calls a "thug-o-rama" round up. Democrats are, of course, outraged at the violence. I'm outraged these collected stories aren't leading the national news.
Considering the vitriol being spread by Kerry & Co., and other Democrat operatives, including the MSM, I'm surprised it's taken this long for the party of universal peace and understanding to descend to these depths. But now that it has, my greatest concern it that it will accelerate until it becomes a widespread danger. Hopefully 2nd Amendment-supporting Republicans won't find it necessary to show that support openly on their way to the polls--in self defense.
September 2, 2004
"A shot was fired at the Republican Party headquarters in Huntington Thursday night, while two dozen supporters of George W. Bush watched him accept his party's nomination on television."
September 29, 2004
"Enough of the burning Bush and enough of the Avon [CO] chain saw massacre. Vandals trespassing on his property to chainsaw the middle out of Republican campaign signs spurred landowner Magnus Lindholm Wednesday to offer a $5,000 reward for information leading the arrest of those responsible.
"Earlier this week, somebody chain-sawed the middle out of two Bush signs on his property in Avon at the William Post Boulevard exit on Interstate 70. A “Bush/Cheney ’04” campaign sign was burned in Wolcott."
October 1, 2004
"Madison [WI] homeowners are livid after vandals defaced their homes. Someone burned an 8-foot-by-8-foot Nazi swastika on a home's lawn near where Bush-Cheney signs were posted. The vandals used grass killer to spray the symbol… "Several nearby homes were vandalized -- all were within a two-block radius…
"Homeowners are angry, but resolute in what they plan to do next. "I just cannot believe that someone would take the liberty to do this," said homeowner Rob Schaeffer. "We're appalled that someone would choose to destroy our property because they don't believe in our political views. My signs are going right back in the yard. This is my property. We live here. We have rights."
"Police are investigating the criminal damage and told the homeowner it will be investigated as a hate crime, which carries stiffer penalties."
October 5, 2004
"An unknown gunman fired several shots into the Bearden, Tenn., Bush-Cheney campaign office Tuesday,"
Madison WI story found via Instapundit.
UPDATE: Art Green at Conservative Eyes just posted information about another incident in Orlando, FL.
"A group of protestors stormed and then ransacked a Bush-Cheney headquarters building in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, according to Local 6 News."
UPDATE 2: The Discerning Texan has a great picture of upbeat, positive Kerry supporters enjoying themselves--as they invade and vandalize Bush HQ in Milwaukee. Remind me again--these are the people who want us to get out of Iraq because we're imperialistic invaders ? They're worried about John Ashcroft crushing dissent ?! I vote we institute a limited draft--every one of the people pictured here should be immediately inducted and shipped to Fallujah.
Monday, October 04, 2004
I kept trying to figure out how someone who registered twice--once as themselves and once as a dead/fictitious person--could actually get away with showing up at the polls and voting without getting caught. Part of my problem was that I have lived most of my life in relatively small cities and communitites where everyone was at least acquainted with one another and the odds of meeting up with someone you knew were great.
Then I received this e-mail from the Democrat Party.
"Are you ready to elect John Kerry and John Edwards? Can't wait to defeat George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? Then do it now! You can vote today. Just like in 2000, this year's presidential election could be decided by just a few votes in a handful of hotly contested states. The potential impact of votes cast in September and October is huge. That's why early voting is so important."
Vote early--vote often. Yeah, we get the message.
"Many states allow you to vote early by absentee ballot or even in person. Voting now means you don't have to worry about getting to the polls on Election Day, when a busy day at the office or a child home with a cold might stand in your way. It's a great way to make sure your vote is counted. And you can learn how at the DNC's Early Vote Center: http://www.democrats.org/evc/
"You can request your ballot or find out if your district offers in-person early voting. We've also included answers to common questions, and provided contact information for your local election office. By voting early, you'll miss standing in line at the polls. But there's no chance you'll miss voting on Election Day."
Or--it frees you to spend Election Day gadding about town to other polling sites, casting your votes at random.
Perhaps I am unduly suspicious--and I am admittedly not in the frame of mind to trust anyone these days, much less a Democrat--but this seems to be a perfect set up for massive voter fraud
Hmmm--surprisingly--or perhaps not--that URL no longer goes anywhere.
Friday, October 01, 2004
The consensus seems to be a draw or a slight edge to Kerry. Maybe. On the side-by-side screen shots he resembled a reanimated cadaver, which I suppose is better than looking like an Oompa Loompa…
Pundits say Kerry has a better debating style, made organized, detailed arguments. So? We've already seen what happened to our country--and the world--after eight years of a glib, gifted-at-debating, policy-wonker President.
Kerry's handlers should really work on that pointing-finger habit. Whenever I saw The Finger come out, all I could think of was Bill Clinton, jabbing his digit at the American people while saying "I did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky."
But the ultimate near-hurl experience?… Kerry and Teresa trying to imiate Gore and Tipper in "The Kiss."