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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:59 PM
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(LOL!!!) VOTER TURNOUT: Of an estimated 240,000 Iraqis eligible to vote
in the USA, 25,946 actually registered.

Watch Allawi end up with 25,946 votes :D :D :D

THE RESULTS: Tallying of the paper ballots starts Tuesday and should be finished by Feb. 3 at the latest. Election officials in Iraq will announce the results.

http://www.adn.com/24hour/nation/story/2061411p-1011524...

LOOKIT that MARCHING FREEDOM! rotfl!!!

bush, you SUCK.


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oldtime dfl_er Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:01 PM
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1. either that or he'll get 18181 votes!
what a joke!
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catmandu57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:02 PM
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2. They're actually using paper?
I would have thought that here they'de roll out the bbv and rack up 18,181 votes in each precinct.
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:03 PM
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3. Not 25,946
It will be something closer to 30,000 to 40,000.
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edbermac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:03 PM
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4. 240,000? I didn't know there were that many Iraqis left alive there...
Thank you GWB, the REAL Butcher of Bahgdad...
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:07 PM
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8. these are Iraqi living in the US
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cthrumatrix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:03 PM
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5. exit polls clearly favor Allawi - moral values (Faux Report)
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:12 PM
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11. Terrorist-CarBomber Allawi, "moral values"...
yep sounds about right. And I do mean RIGHT. :D
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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:04 PM
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6. So if 50% of the 10.5% of eleigible voters vote for Puppet Allawi...
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 01:04 PM by Bush_Eats_Beef
...will it be considered a "mandate?"

:evilgrin:

USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

:party: :party: :party: :party: :party: :party: :party: :party: :party: :party: :party: :party: :party: :party:
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:06 PM
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7. Only 25,946 will vote, but Allawi will get
30,000 votes. They're pumping Iraqis full of shit right now to get them to the polls-"we are winning the war against the insurgents". Also saying 70% of Iraqis will vote.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:14 PM
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12. 70% is impossible.
54% aren't even having voting. (The "just 4 provinces")

50% of Iraqis are kids.

Love that bushmath. :D
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DistantWind88 Donating Member (695 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:20 PM
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15. Are they counting the votes in King County?
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:34 PM
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18. Don't forget Poland
You know how it upsets Stupidhead when you do that!
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fob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:08 PM
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9. Allawi isn't the current President of Iraq though, what is the guy's name
that is? Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer (I looked it up)

Is HE running?

Allawi is the current Prime Minister, I think he would want to stay in that job and let someone else be the first sitting duck, I mean president of post-bush*-fuck-up Iraq.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:15 PM
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13. Yes he's running. Allawi isn't on the ballot so TECHNICALLY he can't win
anything.

This is gonna be real interesting. :D
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fob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:18 PM
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14. Oh. If he's TECHNICALLY unable to win, then I stand corrected and
predict 96.5% of the "vote" goes his way.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:24 PM
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16. I'm down in the betting pool at 96.4%
:D :D :D
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TomClash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:10 PM
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10. Shouldn't the American Dauphin be able to choose his foreign vassals?
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ContraBass Black Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:32 PM
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17. Regardless of what happens,
MSM will show us pictures of Iraqis smiling as they slip ballots into boxes. The Administration will declare victory, and America will forget about the whole thing the next day.
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iverglas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:40 PM
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19. and in Canada ...
http://www.680news.com/news/national/article.jsp?conten...

"We are extending our operation in an effort to provide Iraqi voters with as much access to our centres as possible," Peter Erben, director of the project, said in Geneva.

About 25,000 Iraqis in Canada are eligible to vote, according to the 2001 Statistics Canada census, although officials say that number may be slightly low. As of Friday, 4,815 Iraqi-Canadians registered at the five voting centres, located in the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa and Calgary.

"We expect to more than double those numbers in the coming days, weather notwithstanding," Ian Smith, head of the Canadian branch of the International Organization for Migration's out-of-country voting program, told a news conference at the Vaughan facility.

Moments later, a family was seen strolling through knee-high snow to register. ...

Frankly, I would not be surprised if the Iraqis in Canada whom I knew well back in the early 1980s (say a dozen) did register to vote. They were Shi'ite, and their politics were peculiar. They were a little too close to the Iranian rgime for my taste (and I was evidently a little to close to the Iranian opposition for theirs). They had fled Saddam Hussein, but they did not strike me as particularly politically sophisticated.

With respect to Iraqis in the US, I would expect that many opposed Saddam Hussein for reasons having little to do with freedom and democracy, just as many Iranians who oppose the rgime there (e.g. supporters of the former Shah and what he stood for) are not exactly liberal/progressive/democratic. Many Iraqis in the US could be expected to be no more committed to liberty and democracy in Iraq than any of the millions of USAmericans they live among who voted for Bush. And, from the safety of the US, they're free to impose their views on the folks back home.

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Magari Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:23 PM
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20. TED KOPPEL COPS OUT!!!
Subject: TED KOPPEL COPS OUT!!!
Message:

Do you really want to know why most Iraqis in the US are NOT voting in this "sham" election?

Last night I attended ABC's so-called Town-Hall Meeting hosted by Ted Koppel on NIGHTLINE. The article below is an e-mail that I sent to ABC News regarding the event, INCLUDING comments regarding what the TV viewers did NOT see or hear during the commercial breaks. Please circulate this widely and, by all means, do feel free to leave my name on it, because I have decided to go public in my attacks on this administration and on the mainstream media.

________________________________________________________________

Thank you for putting my name on the list of "participants" in the so-called Town Meeting special on Nightline. However, I must confess that this edition of Nightline fell far below my expectations. To be more precise, my faith in ABC News and Ted Koppel was totally shattered tonight.

Unlike the first Town Hall broadcast in 2003, which featured an honest look at the situation at that time and involved REAL discussion and debate on the issues involved, today's Town Hall Meeting on Iraq was not only NOT an open and honest look at the issues involved but, moreover, appeared to be an unabashed effort to justify this administration's policies on Iraq. And, what is even more reprehensible, one which was based on propagandistic rhetoric and fallacious reasoning in arguing in favor of our continued military presence in that country.

The above was clearly evidenced both in the selection of the panelists involved in the interview AND in the selection of those members of the audience who were permitted to make statements and ask questions, most of whom were military personnel and families who, for the most part, propagandized in favor of our continuing military presence in Iraq and in favor of this administration's strategy to "promote democracy" through the use of military force. In fact, with the exception of two mild regrets expressed concerning this administration's policies on Iraq and the one strong condemnation issued by Senator Schakowsky, NO opportunities were provided to members of the general audience to voice opposing viewpoints. And what is even more reprehensible were the leading questions and "reframing" of answers by Ted Koppel in response to the few "participants" who dared to question, even mildly, our presence in Iraq, one such case in point being that of the young man who was seriously wounded in Iraq who was quite obviously not happy about the situation of the military in Iraq but who was pressured into saying that we should remain in Iraq.

And, if that were not enough, NO attention at all was given to the views of the Iraqi people themself nor of the large number of Muslims and other individuals from the Middle East who were present in the audience. In fact, not a single ONE had been selected to speak on their behalf! It was only after it was loudly brought to the attention of Koppel that none of them were being permitted to express their views, that he granted a token Iraqi exile and US Military SUPPORTER a few seconds only to spew forth propaganda about how grateful ALL the Iraqis are for our military presence there and how much they want us to stay, which most of us know by now is nothing more than deliberate disinformation!!!!

In case ABC, perchance, was not aware, the people sitting in the back half of that auditorium were not at all happy about not being allowed to express their views, especially those Iraqis who clearly did not agree with the spin that Koppel and his "participants" were putting on the topic. In fact, it appears that, although we were all asked to write down questions that we would like to ask, the entire exercise was obviously a sham since the real participants who did get to express their views had apparently all been pre-selected.

The only conclusion that I can draw from what I witnessed at that "town-hall" meeting is that ABC News and/or Ted Koppel has sold out like the rest of the mainstream news media. Town-hall meetings are supposed to be examples of democracy in action at the GRASSROOTS level and that meeting tonight was clearly anything but that. For me, and for many other ordinary, but extremely concerned, viewers in America, ABC News and Nightline represented the only remaining hope for honest news coverage on mainstream television. In fact, as I mentioned in my last e-mail, I have been a long-time supporter of ABC News and especially of Nightline, which has been the only mainstream TV news coverage, apart from PBS, that I have been watching since 911. However, I have now lost faith even in ABC and, above all, in Ted Koppel, whom I earlier considered to be the most outstanding TV news commentator in this country.

Anyway, I suppose now that I will have to limit my TV news coverage to PBS, and will otherwise have to rely upon NPR and C-SPAN radio, as well as on the foreign written press, since I have neither cable nor satellite television.

In closing, I cannot begin to convey to you the disappointment and disillusionment that I and many other participants in and viewers of that Town-Hall Meeting hosted by Nightline felt tonight. In short, we felt totally betrayed. I sincerely hope that you will convey our regrets to Ted Koppel and to those in charge of programming news specials on ABC.

Again, thank you for your time and consideration.


Chris Tennant
UN Consultant and former Programme Officer
Middle East/North Africa Region


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