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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 09:15 AM
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Roger Ebert on "Free for All"-now clear enough that it may have been stolen
Free for All


/ / / October 2, 2008

by Roger Ebert

I'm getting tired of being angry about the 2004 Presidential election. It is now clear enough that it may have been stolen. The vote totals in Ohio are particularly suspect. Florida in 2000 you know all about. But did you ever seriously focus on Ohio 2004?

You perhaps have vague memories of a controversy about polling machines. And confused voters. And how the chairman of George Bush's Ohio campaign was the Secretary of State, in charge of overseeing the election. And how the state awarded a $100 million contract for voting machines to Diebold, whose chairman attended a strategy session at Bush's Texas ranch, hosted a $1,000-a-plate dinner for Bush in his mansion, and told the press he would do whatever he could to ensure that Bush won Ohio.

You may have missed some details. Such as, that Kenneth Blackwell, the GOP Secretary of State/Campaign Manager decreed (1) that a vote not cast in your precinct would not be counted; (2) that all precinct lines be redrawn; (3) that the new precincts would be explained on the Secretary/Chairman's web site, which unfortunately was six months behind in being updated. Some voters actually found their way to the right place, such as a school gym, but didn't know that as many as four precincts were voting there, so that mathematically three of four were in the wrong lines and voted in the wrong precinct. Of course the Republicans efficiently informed their mailing and e-mail list members of correct voting sites.

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http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AI...



If you haven't seen this film yet, it's not only informative but highly entertaining! The director appeared at a preview in Columbus. The film was very well received.


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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 09:26 AM
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1. well, there is only one way to stop this: accountability
as long as the thieves see this as a college fraternity prank, it will keep on happening.
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 10:00 AM
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3. Yeah, politics is only a game anyway,
so what's it matter who wins, there's always next time. :sarcasm:
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 11:50 AM
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8. yes, if we had a recount or impeachment
we would not have had the Iraq War or the current bailout of the banks Bush pushed to deregulate in 2003.

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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 10:37 AM
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14. If only
... had the system been set up to protect our votes none of those things would have happened. Hopefully we will change all that and restore democracy.
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Mike Nelson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 09:29 AM
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2. Thumbs Up!
strange, but I didn't care for much of his movie reviews... oh, well!
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 11:43 AM
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7. the movie was done in a sort of Michael Moore style. I think the humor helped
people get through this painful history. As someone who lived through this first hand and has seen multiple movies on the subject, I think this one can reach a broader audience.
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Mr_Jefferson_24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 10:19 AM
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4. K&R.
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dhpgetsit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 11:23 AM
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5. Ohio 2004 was rigged at many levels
There was an aggressive voter caging operation going on. The distribution of voting equipment was designed to make it harder to vote in predominately Democratic precincts. The machines were clearly tampered with or rigged in some cases.

Some of us have been screaming about it ever since, but almost nothing has really been done about it.

Now we have the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division actually doing a 12 month tour of duty WITHIN THE UNITED STATES??? Posse Comitatus has been suspended and a very ugly chapter in our nation's history could be unfolding.

I'm not really trying to scare everyone, but we must not allow this election be stolen like the last two were! This has to be an absolute landslide! Get out the vote! Vote as if your life depends on it!
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 11:33 AM
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6. WATCH IT FREE HERE:
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jtrockville Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 05:27 PM
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11. I contributed $4.95 to download the mp4. I plan to watch it tonight.
What a fabulous way to distribute a flick!
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 04:33 PM
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9. K&R. (nt)
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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 05:25 PM
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10. Woo hoo! Someone in the mainstream gets it! nt
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FlyingSquirrel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 08:21 PM
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12. k/r
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OakCliffDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-08 06:13 AM
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13. Kick
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