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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-05 12:28 AM
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Election Reform, Fraud, & Related News TUESDAY, 09/06/05

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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-05 12:30 AM
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1. CA: Bob Fitrakis, OH Freedom Advocate, Interviewed in LA
This is a primer on the Ohio Election 2004 by one of the strongest proponents of honest elections in America.


The political scientist and newspaper editor on how, in plain view, the Ohio presidential election was rigged


CityBeat: Are you alleging in your book that Blackwell threw the election to Bush?

Bob Fitrakis: I think thats what all the evidence points towards. This parallels Katherine Harris in Florida in 2000. Its as though Karl Rove, whos always pushed the edges of the political system and the law, realized that the key person to getting reelected is having the secretary of state in your corner. Blackwell really was engaged in activities that made papers like The Columbus Dispatch, which hasnt endorsed a Democrat since Woodrow Wilson, question his behavior.

Did Blackwell break the law?

Well, in an all-Republican state, where every state official, including the attorney general, is a Republican, I dont know what he would have had to do to break the law . His daily activities seemed to me to be violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and again, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It seemed that, routinely, he was violating due process and equal protection. The problem is, who was going to prosecute? Especially a secretary of state who is very c

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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-05 12:32 AM
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2. Web Site: Lynn Landes, Voting Expert, Article on Paper Ballots
Edited on Tue Sep-06-05 12:33 AM by autorank
Lynn Landes has been investigating election fraud all along. She has the ultimate solution, paper ballots, a several day voting process for all to join, and public counting. Wow, what a concept!

Paper Ballots and Hand Counts ONLY
(no machines, no audits, no absentees, no early voting)

By Lynn Landes (6/23/05)

This is not a conspiracy theory. It's a hard fact. A handful of Republican-owned and foreign corporations completely control America's voting system. And the Democrats are letting them get away with it. Incredibly, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) approved of Internet voting in the Arizona Democratic Primary in 2000. And current Democratic National Committee chair, Howard Dean, along with fellow presidential candidate Wesley Clark, supported Internet voting in the Michigan Primary 2004, over the objections of other presidential candidates.

Instead of demanding paper ballots and hand counts, the DNC, Democratic legislators, and many voting rights activists are proposing ballot printers, spot audits, and early voting. These are not the answer. They will not give the voting process integrity, security, or legitimacy.

It's not just political races at risk. The expanding use of the Internet to elect the leaders of our civic associations, business groups, and labor organizations, threatens the very fabric of our society. In the spring of 2003,, an Internet voting company, was purchased by Osan, Ltd., a group of Saudi investors. has about 600 customers who use its Internet voting service, including the DNC, the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union, the Sierra Club, and the Florida Bar.

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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-05 12:33 AM
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3. "Scoop": Lynn Landes Outlines the Consequenses of Stolen Elections
Its Landes Again, this time in Scoop Independent Media she projects the consequences of stolen elections.

American Meltdown - Get Ready For Next Un-Natural Disaster

By Lynn Landes (

America is in a meltdown. And the world is watching. We are a nation of haves and have-nots governed by lunatics and liars. I don't know if Bush and his neocon friends are completely incompetent, criminally insane, or just really, really evil. Whatever the case, I'm afraid that another un-natural disaster, worse than Katrina or 9/11, is just around the corner.

According to published reports, the Bush Administration has developed plans to nuke Iran back to the Stone Age, an act which could take a large part of the region with it. Many observers believe that Bush wants to invoke Marshall Law here as well. Rumor has it that Bush will use a 'staged' nuclear attack on the U.S. as pretext for his pillage. It will be an inside job, but blamed on Iran. State-sponsored terrorism against a nation's own citizens is a familiar ruse. Most people won't have a clue, thanks to our criminally-complicit corporate news media.

To succeed with such as plan, Bush would need to hold the American public under tighter control than ever before. To that end, much has been done. America is already a corporately-controlled nation. During elections, domestic and foreign corporations electronically process over 80% of all voters' ballots with no meaningful oversight or transparency possible. Corporations own most of the news media and telecommunications. A private Internet (Global Information Grid, or GIG) is currently under construction for use by the military and government only. So, the public Internet could be shut down easily. Meanwhile, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reduced bandwidth for ham (shortwave) radio operators, further restricting low-cost public communications.

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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-05 12:35 AM
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4. OH: Democrats Go After the "Big Enabler", OH A.G. Petro
Well, they don't aim low. If Petro is exposed and "rolls over" then that gets us the whole story from Ohio. The Truth Is All we want.

Dems Turn Scandal Focus Toward Petro

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The heat in Gov. Bob Taft's office has been turned down a little.

Now, Statehouse Democrats have their sights on the Republican who wants to replace Taft next year - Attorney General Jim Petro.

For months, Democrats in the Ohio House and Senate have ravaged Taft over the investment scandal that has been emerging since April. But in the last two weeks, they have found plenty to fire at Petro, one of three statewide officeholders seeking the GOP nomination next year, along with Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell and Auditor Betty Montgomery.

Petro has noticed.

"It's not my favorite position to be in," Petro said last week.


This time, the state has lost at least $300 million in investments made by the Bureau of Workers' Compensation, the state insurance program for on-the-job injuries. Taft has been convicted and fined $4,000 for failing to report gifts that included free golf outings.

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Gloria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-05 12:35 AM
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5. Psychological Resistance to Facing Election Fraud--MUST READ
Delineates all the psychological aspects leading toward acceptance...or heroism (that's us!)

The Silence of the Scams:

Psychological Resistance to Facing Election Fraud

Diane Perlman, Ph.D.,

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

April 20, 2005

Few Americans know about the historic event that happened on January 6, 2005, the official date for counting electoral votes. For the first time since 1877, congressmembers challenged the electoral count. Representative Stephanie Tubbs-Jones of Ohio, accompanied by the lone senator, Barbara Boxer of California, led the challenge to the Ohio vote count. Although massive fraud was reported around the country, only Ohio was officially cited.

It is curious that an issue so profound and consequential is barely on the radar screens of most Americans, especially those who supported Kerry.

Though we are not certain of the actual outcome, statistically impossible discrepancies exist between results of exit polls and official counts in counties without paper trails. Also documented are patterns of anecdotes about corrupted procedures and accounts of strange behaviors, phenomena and illegal interventions in Ohio, New Mexico, Florida, Pennsylvania and other places. Many say there is fraud in every election, but there was far more in 2004 than in any previous year, and if the errors were random, about half would go in Kerry's favor. Virtually all went in Bush's favor.

But rather than demanding a thorough investigation, the many Americans seem eager to forget the incidents and put the election behind them, thus implicitly supporting such corruption. In my conversations, I observed that white, US born males were more emphatic about accepting the outcome and the futility of challenging it, while others were more willing to recognize being dominated and open to questioning what happened. White males may be more susceptible to obeying patriarchal authority, and the fish does not know it is swimming in the water. This difference was reflected in Congress. Women and members of the Congressional Black Caucus were most active. Representative John Conyers lead the investigation and press conferences, and women, Stephanie Tubbs Jones in the House and Barbara Boxer in the Senate led the historical challenge.


The Courageous Minority

The reactions listed above are completely natural. Carl Jung said that consciousness is a work against nature. To go against the collective tide of ignorance, conformity and cowardice is a work against nature taken on by the courageous few. This collective, archetypal drama described by Jung was popularized by Joseph Campbell in The Hero's Journey. The Hero is the one who is willing to take on challenges that most people fear. According to Jung, the hero archetype represents the progressive force in society.

The people I have witnessed working intensely to investigate and challenge voter fraud have a particular psychological profile. They are courageous and willing to face pain and fear. They call up their strength to challenge authority, as our lives, our freedom and democracy depend on it. They are unable to deny what is going on or remain silent. They are heroes in our mythical, archetypal Hero's journey, willing to face the dragons that are guarding our "National Treasure."

They are acknowledged in a piece by William Rivers Pitt called "Heroes" on Pitt quotes Bob Dylan: "I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom."

Only by facing the pain can we transcend it. Consciousness is the first step. Action is an antidote to depression. It would be a sign of health, freedom, and conscious evolution if more people could muster up the courage to face the painful truth of what is happening in our country and support the great work of those courageous souls--who are not nuts or conspiracy theorists, but evolved, conscious, healthy leaders taking personal risks and sacrifices to elevate our democracy, restore our integrity and ultimately to increase our security on the world stage ... if we let them.

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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-05 12:38 AM
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6. Philippines: Arroyo Survives Impeachment Vote--Charges Linger
They may have lost the vote in the Congress but at least they got a vote on impeaching the President, Arroyo, for election fraud. Oh, theres just a tape of her putting in the fix when she was behind. But, well, they control the legislature. So what, these folks fought and theyre not giving up.

Arroyo survives impeachment vote
Opposition vows to maintain campaign

Tuesday, September 6, 2005; Posted: 12:11 a.m. EDT (04:11 GMT)

MANILA, Philippines (Reuters) -- The Philippine opposition conceded defeat on Tuesday in a vote on whether to impeach President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, but said it would keep up its campaign to unseat her through the courts and in the streets.

With over half the 236 lower house votes cast, only 31 lawmakers had voted to impeach Arroyo over allegations of electoral fraud and graft, leaving the opposition well short of the 79 it needed to send Arroyo to a Senate trial.

"We may have lost, we may have not gotten the 79 signatures, this does not mean that Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has won," lower house opposition leader Francis Escudero said in a speech.

"The search for truth is not yet over, the president and her allies will be haunted by the accusations ... it will hound her wherever she may go."

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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-05 12:41 AM
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7. LA: The citizens of New Orleans, Led by Andrew Jackson, Win Battle
Edited on Tue Sep-06-05 12:48 AM by autorank
Here you go, we did it, beat the British. What is their major malfunction. The damn war was over anyway and they'd torched our Capitol, to the disgust of the world I might add. Well the "rag tag" army representing all stripes of New Orleans society defeated the Imperialists and they never came back to attack America again!

Andrew Jackson, Blacks and Whites Fighting Together, Save New Orleans from the British

In late 1814 New Orleans was home to a population of French, Spanish, African, Anglo and Creole peoples dedicated to pursuing economic opportunism and the joys of life. It also occupied a strategic place on the map. Located just 100 miles upstream from the mouth of the Mississippi River, the Crescent City offered a tempting prize to a British military still buoyant over the burning of Washington, D.C.,


Meanwhile, the British armada scattered a makeshift American fleet in Lake Borgne, a shallow arm of the Gulf of Mexico east of New Orleans, and evaluated their options. Two British officers, disguised as Spanish fishermen, discovered an unguarded waterway, Bayou Bienvenue, that provided access to the east bank of the Mississippi River barely nine miles downstream from New Orleans. On December 23 the British vanguard poled its way through a maze of sluggish streams and traversed marshy land to emerge unchallenged an easy day's march from their goal.


Gentlemen, the British are below, we must fight them tonight," the general declared. He quickly launched a nighttime surprise attack that, although tactically a draw, gained valuable time for the outnumbered Americans. Startled by their opponents' boldness, the British decided to defer their advance toward New Orleans until all their troops could be brought in from the fleet


Never has a more polyglot army fought under the Stars and Stripes than did Jackson's force at the Battle of New Orleans. In addition to his regular U.S. Army units, Jackson counted on dandy New Orleans militia, a sizable contingent of black former Haitian slaves fighting as free men of color, Kentucky and Tennessee frontiersmen armed with deadly long rifles and a colorful band of outlaws led by Jean Lafitte, whose men Jackson had once disdained as "hellish banditti." This hodgepodge of 4,000 soldiers, crammed behind narrow fortifications, faced more than twice their number..


Pakenham's assault was doomed from the beginning. His men made perfect targets as they marched precisely across a quarter mile of open ground.

Jackson's victory had saved New Orleans

It's hard to overestimate the importance of the battle in American history. It secured the Louisiana Purchase. In terms of American nationalism, it gave people a sense - you know, the outcome of this battle and the outcome of the war has been called a second American Revolution, a kind of a feeling of having decisively defeated the former Mother country.

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garybeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-05 10:59 AM
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8. kick
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-05 11:26 AM
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9. GA: New voting law sparks lawsuit, racial tension

New voting law sparks lawsuit, racial tension

September 6, 2005

Chicago Sun-Times


ATLANTA -- Opponents of a new Georgia law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls are planning a federal court lawsuit challenging the measure, which they fear will lower voter turnout.

Under the bill, polling stations would no longer accept forms of voter identification like Social Security cards, birth certificates or utility bills.

A news conference to discuss the lawsuit is set for today, said state Rep. Tyrone Brooks.

Under the Voting Rights Act, Georgia and other states with a history of suppressing minority voting must get federal permission to change their voting laws.

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byronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-05 07:26 PM
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10. This thread is hopping. Center of the Universe.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-05 11:26 PM
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11. Great! Recommended... and here's a book recommendation.
"Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau" by Martha Ward (New Orleans)
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freedomfries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-07-05 07:01 AM
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12. KICK
thanks for another great thread autorank!
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