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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 05:44 AM
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27. Surely.
Edited on Mon Nov-08-10 05:52 AM by Fly by night
The "fellowships" comment referred to one of our more well-known vanity bloggers who railed incessently against the Holt bill because it wasn't perfect, thereby helping fracture the election integrity community and make the passage of a good and important bill impossible. That person is a friend of mine (and he has enjoyed at least one fellowship for his activism) but his head is way up his ass on this issue.

In delaying the TN Voter Confidence Act until 2012, the Rethugs (with the help of one scum-bag Dem (sic) legislator from Manchuria) also amended the bill as follows:

1) If enacted, only the top race in each election cycle would be audited, thereby insuring that no state legislative race would ever be examined. All other audits would be voluntary, subject to the call of the State Election Coordinator (who, now in Tennessee, is a Regent University Law School grad -- the Pat Robertson-controlled breeding ground for Christian dominionists -- who has stated publicly ad nauseum that there is no evidence anywhere that DREs are problematic).

2) The audits would not be hand-counts but simply another run through another opscan machine. The logistical difficulties (and cost) of this amendment should have been enough to prevent it. However, like everything else in the Tennessee legislature, Rethugs are taking the position that winning isn't everything, it is the ONLY thing. How better to insure that gamed elections stand than to audit our elections with the same gamed equipment we are supposedly auditing.

At this point, I have no intention of lobbying for the enactment of the amended TVCA since it would accomplish nothing to root out election fraud in Tennessee. (Even though it has been gutted, I expect that the Rethugs will reject it anyway as "unnecessary.") Besides, I have no evidence that this current pack of Rethug racists, pug-ugly jackels and Hooters girls (s)elected for our legislature were chosen legitimately through the consent of the governed. Therefore, I do not consent to acknowledge their legitimacy since they have none. That also means that I will not waste my time lobbying anymore for our Safe Access to Medical Cannabis bill. Any time spent with our legislature would be wasted time. I would much rather watch the grass grow (preferably in another cannabis-friendly state).

Thanks, BB, for your questions. I am pleased that this thread keeps being read by someone (85 more readers since last night.) I just wish there was any backbone left in the Democratic Party in Tennessee. Our leaders (sic) are falling all over themselves this weekend blaming everything (but the unverifiable machines) for our unprecedented, unexpected, and unbelievable losses in the legislature. How pluperfectly stupid can they be?

Well, on this score, I intend to hide and watch, while sharpening my own atlatl. I see the Rethug "concern" troll on this thread with that nickname hasn't returned since I asked him to identify his political affiliation. No surprise there. These thieves are cowards also.
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