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Vote!

The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.

Abraham Lincoln

The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson colour of it should creep into his vote…The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes.

G. K. Chesterton

The Adminstration’s two cardinal sins: dishonesty and incompetence

350 tons of “the most powerful and brisant of the military high explosives” was left unguarded by Bush and the US Occupying force after we took Iraq. While the US government looked the other way (or didn’t look at all), it all disappeared. Where did it go? Well, “it’s still in Iraq, and this is the most likely primary source of the explosives which have been used to blow up Humvees and in all the deadly car bomb attacks since the Occupation began.”. Talking Points Memo points out that ” it puts the consequences of the administration’s incompetent management of the war and occupation in a whole new light.”

One administration official told Nelson, “This is the stuff the bad guys have been using to kill our troops, so you can’t ignore the political implications of this, and you would be correct to suspect that politics, or the fear of politics, played a major role in delaying the release of this information.”

(In addition to being used to blow up our unarmored Humvees — only about 10% of the approx 14,000 in Iraq are armored — this particular type of explosive is used the “explosives in triggering devices for nuclear weapons”. Isn’t that super?)

“The administration has known about this for at least a year. But they’ve gone to great lengths to hide the facts both from monitoring organizations like the IAEA but also, by extension, from the American public.”

As another administration source told Nelson, “What the hell were WE doing in the year and a half from the time we knew the stuff was gone, is obviously a huge question, and you can imagine why no one [in the Administration] wants to face up to it, certainly not before the election.”

I wonder what other stories are being suppressed?

www.freedom.gov – The official face of US “Gov”ernment Freedom? Pathetic :(

Ya know, I’m not exactly sure how I stumbled on this site, but all of a sudden I find myself at http://www.freedom.gov. To be honest, it’s 100% embarrassing. It’s pathetic. It’s shameful. It’s outdated. It’s one of the worst possible manifestations of stale online content.

First of all, no offense to Iraq, but when I go to my government’s #1 site for “freedom”, I’d like to see some phrase besides “Victory in Iraq”.

Second, the first link on the page is “Why America Is Safer”. This is one of the three seemingly top “main statements” of the site. Since when does “Safer” have really anything to do with “Freedom”? What happened to “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”?

Below these “main statements”, is a section of news headlines. Again, I’m not sure why the news section of our country’s Freedom website it titled “News – Iraq Updates”, but it is. In any event, the most recent headline is “Civilization vs. Trivia”. I’m not sure what that headline means, and after reading the first I’m not sure either:

Last week, the carnivore Saddam Hussein faced the world in the docket. There was none of the usual Middle East barbarity. The mass murderer was not hooded and then beheaded on tape, in the manner of al Qaeda. Civilization has come to Iraq.

Wait a minute! “Usual Middle East barbarity”? What the #### is that? That’s our number one statement on the Middle East on our FREEDOM website. … Today I watched our armed service men plead guilty to hooding Iraqi citizens.

The second headline has the patriotic and inspiring title “‘Your bloods will be the river of hope for us’”. If you have any idea what that means, let me know. Almost too funny to report: Instead of linking to the article, it links to the first 50 of 792 words. Yep, the rest isn’t free. Not only is it not free, but it’s a Canadian newspaper that you can buy it from. I’m not even sure what joke to use. :( I guess neither free not American is important on OUR government
s OFFICIAL FREEDOM WEBSITE!

Not only does none of this make sense, but the newest article is from July 9th 2004. Three others are from this July. Apparently there was no freedom in June… or May… or April. I guess Uncle Sam had to go all the way back to March 19th for any other freedom-related news. But it gets worse — before that, no freedom for five months, until on October 11, 2003, “A Gift From God’ Renews a Village”.

I”m not really 100% pro-propagande, but shit, throw us a bone!

A must read:

If I could write well, I’d have written this: http://www.salon.com/opinion/blumenthal/2004/10/20/election/.

I’m not going to do the call-outs this time, so just go read it yourself.

Kerry Winning, Part 1: Electoral College

Everybody knows the race for President is close. Looking back over the last few months, it’s pretty much always been close. Or at least it seems that way.

I don’t fully understand the seemingly outdated Electoral College system, but it’s the only one that matters. Happily, Kerry has been having success in this area, and getting comfortable above the 270-vote threshold.

Looking at available Electoral projections from May 24th through today, October 19th – (143 days of data) – Kerry has lead in electorial votes exactly 100 times, or 69.9% of the time.

Over that same period, Kerry has gone above 300 a whopping 49 times, while Bush has only managed that level of success a sorry,-you’re-going-back-to-Texas 9 times. Kerry has surpassed 320 electoral votes 19 times, while Bush has only fooled that many people three times.

Unlike the popular vote outcomes which in 2000 Gore won by more than a half-million votes, the Electoral College number matters. To win the Presidency you need at least 270 Electoral College Votes (EVs).

Unfortunately for Bush, he has only reached that magic number 39 times in this campaign, while Kerry is comfortable in that world, having spend over three months there (92 days).

Open question: when will we do away with the Electoral College? Isn’t it time that American’s votes actually directly counted?

Kerry has peaked at 327 projected electorial votes eight times, while Bush has only managed to reach those heights twice.

Hard Working George

Hard Working George — it’s hard work.



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