Brad Blog: Wingnuts Concerned Re E-Voting- Hugo Chavez May Own Sequoia
This is kind of hilarious in a dark humor kinda way. :rofl:
Wingnuts Finally Concerned About E-Voting Since Discovering Hugo Chavez May Own Sequoia Voting Systems!But They Still Have Trouble With That Whole 'Fact Thing'... Blogged by Brad on 3/31/2006 @ 1:36pm PT...
Meanwhile meanwhile... The Wingnuts have discovered they too should be concerned about hackable Electronic Voting Machines, as we find in this article posted yesterday over at RedState blog -- the site co-founded by serial plagiarist and disgraced former Washington Post blogger (for three days anyway) Ben Domenech -- concerning new ownership of Sequoia by Venezuelan firm Smartmatic.
Apparently, the writer is concerned about Electronic Voting Machines only now that he's realized Smartmatic may be owned or controlled or unduly influenced by one Hugo Chavez. He goes so far as to quote these words by another blogger in his article:
"It is extremely worrying indeed that a company with connections to the Hugo Chavez regime has been selected to run elections in a county of Chicago and given carte blanche to operate in the USA and other countries.
While we're glad to see the Wingnuts suddenly giving a damn about Electronic Voting -- now that they're concerned about their own ox being gored by a company which may have left-leaning ownership -- we're hardly surprised that the anonymous blogger who calls him or herself "AcademicElephant" (we'll presume it's a "he") didn't seem to have such concerns about another Voting Machine Company with "connections to the George W. Bush regime selected to run elections" all over our country in 2004 during one of the most contentious elections in our country's history.
But of more concern for the moment, now that Mr. Elephant has suddenly decided to be worried about such important matters as a transparent and accountable democracy, he sadly exhibits the all-too-familiar Wingnut tendency of having a problem with that whole pesky "fact thing"...."
11. Yeah, this was reported in the Sun-Times yesterday, and I thought
gee, how wierd, that even when Chevez owns them, they still swing Republican...in one precint there were 57 votes - the Sequoia's counted only the 7 Republican votes and wouldn't retrieve the Democratic vote...they had to shut it down and retrieve the paper votes...in another county there were 50,000 votes the machines counted 150,000, but this was a race between 2 Republicans and the favored lost and is sueing.
So, I'm thinking there is something else going on here. Maybe a push back to Diebold? I figure there is going to be wierdness in all the blue states just to make sure Diebold is used. For some reason here in Wisconsin they certified Diebold, even KNOWING about all the problems and law-suits...(it's not over yet here though)
21. This is great. Again Hugo throws a wrench in the fascisti plans
for world domination, but not by counting the votes his way. If indeed Venezuela is in control of Sequoia as described then this should bring the issue of voting machine reliability to the forefront on both sides of the fence.
If I had my druthers I'd rather have Chavez in control of the voting machines than these Dominionist nuts.
23. In Venezuela, they use Sequoia but with OPEN SOURCE CODE!
Maybe Hugo can get them to bring THAT idea north (along with some other South American ideas that need to move north).
They also have hundreds of OAS and EU election monitors crawling all over their elections. Another good idea.
But I thought Sequoia is a British firm. And, last I checked, the chief peddlers of their machines were former Repub Calif Sec of State Bill Jones (just prior to Kevin Shelley) and his chief aide Alfie Charles--a nasty bit of "revolving door" employment corruption. (Shelley forbade "revolving door" employment in HIS office--another reason they hated him--he couldn't be bought).
But I just got a kind of conspiracy theory thingy going off in my head (reverse tinfoil hat, and you start receiving useful thoughts, instead of having to protect yourself from fascist reptiles). It is this: I noticed a rather dramatic discrepancy in the Calif '04 election returns, between John Kerry, who won the state by a 10% margin, and Barbara Boxer (Senate), who won the state, in the same election, by a 20% margin. Now this discrepancy might have some reasonable explanations, except that ALL of the difference between Kerry and Boxer comes in Republican districts. Go figure.
In trying to puzzle this one out, I concluded that Republican election officials must have shaved some votes from Kerry (or it was done in the central tabulators only in Repub areas, since they could count on Repub officials not to notice), BUT, if they did this to Kerry, why didn't they ALSO do it to Boxer, whose opponent was, yes, you guessed it, Bill Jones (the same). And I got to thinking: why would someone who was helping Bush pad his popular national majority, not ALSO pad Bill Jones' defeat so it didn't look so bad (even if they couldn't reverse Boxer/Jones)? Answer: If Jones had done well against Boxer, Jones would now be a rival to Schwarz. And the Bushites support Schwarz (boy, do they ever!).
You might well arsk, why didn't Jones pad his votes himself? I don't know that he didn't. He may have lost even more miserably than it appears. But it may be that he isn't so crude (as, say, Karl Rove, Cheney and that lot are), OR, the main culprit was likely Diebold GEMS tabulators, and they are a Bushite corporation. I think there are a lot more Diebold/ES&S voting machines in Calif, and certainly they have more control of central tabulation, than Sequoia. So maybe it just wasn't possible to reverse Boxer's big win with only Sequoia machines.
I'm also thinking, who stands to benefit from Diebold/ES&'S disrepute (in the immediate future anyway, before we can ban them all)? And that is Sequoia. There may be a lot of in's and out's and octopus tentacles to this story.
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