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KaryninMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 10:07 AM
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Stop the Election Day cheating -- Steinback in Today's Miami Herald!!!
Please write to Robert to thank him for this story! rsteinback@herald.com Also write to the Miami Herald to thank them for printing it!
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Stop the Election Day cheating -- or it will spread further
ROBERT STEINBACK

If you bet on a race horse, and later heard about serious allegations that the winning horse may have been illegally doped to gain an advantage, would you demand an investigation?
You know the answer. It would depend on whether or not you bet on the winning horse.

That's what has made much of America so hesitant to demand accountability regarding a growing ledger of allegations that the November 2004 election was so badly tainted that one could fairly question the outcome of the biggest race of all -- the one for the Oval Office. Anyone who questions the reliability of the election is assumed to be a sour-grapes bad sport who has fallen into the thrall of aluminum-foil helmeted conspiracy theorists. And the media, ever tremulous about affirming their critics' allegations of liberal bias, would sooner remove a hot radiator cap than make a mission of investigating the anomalies.

But the anomalies were real. Many have been documented. They kept thousands in swing states from voting, and prevented thousands of ballots from being counted.

Not incidentally, most of the 2004 anomalies benefited one party.

What stands out in the analysis of 2004 voting practices in the critical state of Ohio, says Columbus State Community College professor Bob Fitrakis, ``is the asymmetrical nature of the anomalies. Virtually every single anomaly tends to favor Bush, just overwhelmingly.

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Electoral problems are hardly limited to Ohio. Brad Friedman, the proprietor of the Brad Blog website (www.BradBlog.com ), has documented mounting suspicion of the veracity and reliability of electronic voting machines used across the nation. Friedman told me he blames the reticence of the mainstream media to tackle the issue for the public's lack of fervor about what he sees as a threat to the nation's electoral integrity.
''The people who hear about the information, get it,'' he said. ``But they're just not hearing it enough, and that's because of the media".

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Until the public demands changes, we'll continue to be plagued by partisan supervisors of election who -- as in Ohio in 2004 and Florida in 2000 -- simultaneously hold high positions in a top candidate's campaign. By electronic vote-counting machines lacking proper security controls or any way to recheck the vote afterward. By voter-purging tactics and preventable Election Day obstacles that mysteriously hurt one party more than another.
There's good reason for Bush supporters and rock-ribbed Republicans to demand corrective action to prevent the anomalies that surely compromised the 2004 election: The risk that failure to curb the abuses will encourage the competition to resort to similar tactics. The last thing anyone wants is a cheater's arms race. Either you stop the cheating, or you encourage more of it.

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/columnists/ro...





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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 12:17 PM
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1. Kick-n-Recommended.nt
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 12:19 PM
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2. I sent him a long thank you and encouraged him to continue to address
this important issue.
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Stevepol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 02:26 PM
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3. Super article!! And published in the belly of the beast.
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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 03:23 PM
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4. K and R He quotes BRAD!!! This is MSM, folks! Please kick this article
Edited on Wed Mar-15-06 03:24 PM by Amaryllis
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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 05:46 PM
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KaryninMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 05:56 PM
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6. Kick it back up please- this is an important article!!
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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:20 PM
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7. kick
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:51 PM
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8. K&R. I thanked him, and thank you, KaryninMiami! (nt)
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KaryninMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 07:31 PM
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9. Thanks back fo you too! (and thanks to Robert Steinback)
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philb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 08:09 PM
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10. Some documentation on fraud and manipulation in Florida election
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Land Shark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 01:33 AM
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11. I hear a week ago there were a WHOLE BUNCH of people writing
to another Miami Herald reporter,,,,, who apparently says he passed the messages on to others,,,,, and VOILA!

lesson learned: write to reporters. Easy to say that you've been waiting for some coverage on X, wondering when the issue might be covered (ever so objectively, of course)
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Fiendish Thingy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 12:15 PM
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12. kick!
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