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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:28 PM
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Chris Floyd on the election: it was "gamed"
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 09:30 PM by Minstrel Boy
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by Chris Floyd
Moscow Times, Nov 12


We said it here over and over, going back to 2003: If the U.S. presidential election was close enough to be gamed, it damn sure would be gamed. And the chunks of evidence now rolling in -- like so many cracked shells of fact in a high tide of pompous drivel -- increasingly indicate that millions of votes were indeed monkeyed with on the way to amassing George W. Bush's teeny-tiny one percent majority last week.

It seems we were all a bit too quick to concede the reality of Li'l Pretzel's "mandate." For example, in county after county, state after state, unprecedented discrepancies between the exit polls and the final result turned up -- in areas that used electronic voting, that is, usually without a recountable paper trail. In almost every such case, exit poll leads for John Kerry -- sometimes very substantial leads, beyond the realm of statistical error -- were converted in the end to narrow victories for Bush. Yet strangely enough, in those areas that relied on paper ballots -- utterly tangible records of voter intent -- the exit polls and final counts were in virtual lockstep. Of course, for decades exit polls have been phenomenonally successful in gauging the actual electoral outcome -- until the advent of national elections involving Bush and his political puppeteer, Karl Rove.

There was also the wild imbalance between party identification in voter registration and the actual vote in key counties across the nation, particularly in Florida. In the latter, counties where Democrats comprise more than 70 percent of the voters suddenly showed Bush winning 50, 60, even 70 percent of the total. In Calhoun County, for example, an 82 percent Democratic registration somehow morphed into a 63 percent Bush vote. To be sure, an incumbent in wartime, running on a campaign of wild fearmongering and deliberately stoked (or is it stroked?) sexual panic might peel away a few of the other party's voters. Yet every single measure of the electorate this year showed that partisanship was extraordinarily high and remarkably solid: Only a sliver of party-identified voters crossed the line to vote for the other side. So where did they come from, these astounding registration reversals that produced, in discrete packets here and there, hundreds of thousands of extra Bush votes that no one had expected?

We've often spoken here of the fact that more than one-third of all American votes were counted this year on machines owned, programmed, installed -- and in some cases even inspected -- by private companies whose bosses are major Bush financial donors and campaign officials. Some of the main players in the virtual-vote game were originally bankrolled by a single Bushist tycoon, Howard Ahmanson, who spent decades pushing "Christian Reconstructionism" -- i.e., complete theocratic rule of society and government by Christian mullahs who advocate, among other delights, death by stoning for homosexuals. Studies by leading scientists at Stanford, Johns Hopkins and other bastions of the "reality-based community" showed that these corporate e-vote systems are eminently -- even laughably -- hackable, either from the inside, by the Bushist companies themselves, or from the outside, by, say, "information warfare" specialists at the CIA or Pentagon, as investigative journalist Robert Parry notes. Nor would this hackery require placing gremlins in the thousands of voting machines operated by the Bushist firms; the final tabulations are actually made by a handful of central computers drawing together totals from outlying precincts, as analyst Thom Hartmann reports. Thus one little aptly placed "worm" could poison the well of an entire state.

more:
http://context.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/11/12/12...



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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:51 PM
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1. Chris Floyd is always ahead of the curve. I certainly enjoy reading his
words. He is usually spot on as well...just way earlier and a thousand times more ethical than the US WH shills.
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teryang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:53 PM
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2. I like Floyds conclusion
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 09:54 PM by teryang
"We'll never know."

"...An election forever tainted by doubt, smeared with vicious sleaze and contempt for democracy..."

Just the way the corporate fascists like it.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:05 PM
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3. The "oh-it's-so-close" polls ALLOWED it to be gamed
I said it them..I say it now..

There is NO way that people supported *² in the numbers that the polls said..

In order for the fix to happen, it HAD to be close.. :(
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ShaneGR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:18 PM
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4. The problem is that he DIDNT RESEARCH HIS STORY!!!!!
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 10:20 PM by ShaneGR
He mentions, prominantly, the story of Calhoun County Florida, which according to him went to Bush by this amazing figure of 63% even though 83% of the people there are registered Dems. Well guess what? In 2000 it was actually worse! Bush won with 1575 votes to Gores 836.

http://election.dos.state.fl.us/elections/resultsarchiv...

Calhoun County is a VERY rural area on the Panhandle. It's almost completely undeveloped. Its population is aging, and a large number of them registered as Democrats when they were young, but haven't voted for a Dem since Reagan.

Hell, Bob Dole beat Clinton by 300 votes in Calhoun County.
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