Monday, December 17, 2007

Diebold Thieves

by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman

Ohio's Secretary of State announced this morning that a $1.9 million official study shows that "critical security failures" are embedded throughout the voting systems in the state that decided the 2004 election. Those failures, she says, "could impact the integrity of elections in the Buckeye State." They have rendered Ohio's vote counts "vulnerable" to manipulation and theft by "fairly simple techniques."

Indeed, she says, "the tools needed to compromise an accurate vote count could be as simple as tampering with the paper audit trail connector or using a magnet and a personal digital assistant."

In other words, Ohio's top election official has finally confirmed that the 2004 election could have been easily stolen.

Brunner's stunning findings apply to electronic voting machines used in 58 of Ohio's 88 counties, in addition to scanning devices and central tabulators used on paper ballots in much of the rest of the state.

Brunner is calling for widespread changes to the way Ohio casts and counts its ballots. Her announcement follows moves by California Secretary of State Deborah Bowen to disqualify electronic voting machines in the nation's biggest state.

In tandem, these two reports add a critical state-based dimension to the growing mountain of evidence that the US electoral system is rife with insecurities. Reports from the Brennan Center, the Carter-Baker Commission, the Government Accountability Office, the Conyers Committee Task Force Report, Princeton University and others have offered differing perspectives that add up to the same conclusion.

Coming in the state that decided the 2004 election for George W. Bush, Brunner's confirmation of the electoral system's vulnerabilities adds huge new weight to the charge that the Buckeye State's vote count was stolen.

@ Smirking Chimp

Too bad we did not have this info back then, none of the chimps BS would be happening. It just shows the extent of the interference put forth to ensure the fascist of choice got elected, not OUR choice of course. J. Kenneth Blackwell was the force behind the crimes and has been playing dodgeball ever since.

Geez I hate these people. Circumventing elections to place the Chimp into the highest office of the land should be a damn good reason to kick their butts to the curb, doncha think?



Carey said...

Hey, elf. You need to skim Greg Palast's book Armed Madhouse.

We're fucked, so fucked. The name of the game now is how to not count votes. The liberals and blacks still think their voter registration drives are successful. Yes they are! Voter ID rules will now stop their ballots from being counted. Absolutely.

micki said...

I know we all have some negative story about dealing with a bank. But...think about this. Banks can count money better than we count votes.

We have more trust that our bank is a more accurate "counting house" than our elections are.

The American Bankers Association reports that electronic banking "misplaces" just $500 for every ONE MILLION DOLLARS BANKS HANDLE. But, they usually find it through independent audits, customer verification (paper receipts), and transparency.

In elections we lose one ballot for every 50 cast. And those votes are PERMAMENTLY lost!

Something is very, very rotten here!

micki said...

Voter ID rules are designed to keep people from voting.


Carey said...

Yup Micki. Morning lass.

Absolutely, voter ID is a Republican ploy. They turned 9/11 to their advantage. How many Mexicans do you know who scheme to vote two and three times. Not a one.

Here's my Christmas wish list. I've had it for about a year now.

Edwards as the sleeper candidate. Hillary and Obama battle it out to the bitter end and kill off each other's votes. Particularly in Iowa where the caucus is totally strange.

If y'all remember I painted that scenario a long while ago. It's becoming kind of true.

Second choices really, really count in this one. Edwards is the second choice of mostly all in Iowa.

Den and Micki, I want this one. We all want this one cuz we all know what's ahead. It's time. Pray hard for us to propel a good, winning candidate.

I'm off to the toe doctor. I'll tell you all about what really happened later. Not fungus, well a little. All me and my stupidity.

I ran my toe into the ground with an ill-fitting shoe. Widows make bad decisions. It's true. I so needed to relieve the stress of grief through exercise I didn't care. The grief is so overwhelming.

Carey said...


Ssssh. While Cheney slept the intelligence agencies banded together and flipped him off to the max.

I don't believe Cheney's going to get his way afterall. What do you think?

º¿carol said...

Consumer Reports rated Dyson:

March '07 #16

October '07 #11

micki said...

Well, Consumer Reports is reliable but not always!

Bill wanted a GPS (men and their toys!) before we went to Montana. (I told him I knew the way, even witout a map, to no avail.)

Anyway, the GPS that Consumer Reports rated as a best buy, numero uno, etc. was so baaaaaaaad, that if we had relied on it, we'd have ended up in Timbuktu, instead of Glacer National Park!

That was item was returned!

micki said...

While Cheney slept the intelligence agencies banded together and flipped him off to the max.

Carey, the cabal has made several back-up Cheneys. When when pops off and dies, they bring out a ringer.

Sometimes I really think that. :-)

MICKI said...


save energy and help the planet said...

Hajji --- Thank clothesline rather than dryer.

Oh yes, you'll need an auxillary as well: clothes pins

Spin Cycle said...

I still have honest-to-goodness wooden clothes pins. A collectible? Or antique? :-)

DEN said...

Iowa first lady, Mari Culver endorsed John Edwards.

Iowa means something why?

Capitol of Podunk USA

Carey said...


Iowa means something, period. Cannot tell you why completely, but witness Howard Dean's immediate demise. Iowa IS the heartland.

Joe Trippi could talk to you at length about it, couln't he?


Carey, the cabal has made several back-up Cheneys. When when pops off and dies, they bring out a ringer.

It's really quite eerie how they're so damn organized. All that energy focused on robbing and killing off people in essense.

Carey said...

David's revealing how clever he truly is with all his nicknames.

I use the clothesline to dry all the time. I'm in San Diego. It's easy here. Also, for the immediate time being, I have a backyard.

Carey said...


Signed the petition on telecom immunity.

God, I hate everything sometimes. How dare they?

Hajji said...

Spin and Save,

Thanks for the suggestion.

We do dry our sweaters and delicates on lines, but IN the laundry room!

Outside here, everything gets coated in a very fine red clay dust... worse with the drought, now...oh, and the goats, donkey and dogs like to run off with outside hanging things too.

I'm fencing off a new garden area this year. If things go right I'll use part of it as a drying area/partial sun area. Fencing out the animals is essential!


Gerald said...



In Afghanistan and Iraq about 5000 soldiers killed, 35000 maimed, and 60000 suffer from PTSD!!!

26% of our veterans from Vietnam through the Iraq war are homeless.

We are doing a great job spreading our democracy. Good job, Georgie!!!

Gerald said...

The Nazi Party has several backup Cheneys and backup Bushs.

Give it some thought! We will always have a Cheney or a Bush in the White House.

Our nightmares will never end!!!

The ecosphere thanks you said...

Hajji --- In China, all the new flats are constructed with a southern exposure drying room (according to a post on Real Climate from China).

Gerald said...

We must reevaluate our relationship with Israel

Alan said...

I still have honest-to-goodness wooden clothes pins. A collectible? Or antique? :-)

Naw, they're neither one. I got a bag of new ones awhile back. They make better clips than chip clips (for your opened cheetos/potato chip, etc bags).

Gerald said...

In threatening the world with war because America opted for once to embrace fact instead of fiction, Israel, sadly, has become like a cornered beast, lashing out at any and all it perceives to threaten its security interests. The current Israeli definition of what constitutes its security interests is so broad as to preclude any difference of opinion. Israel's shameless invocations of the Holocaust to defend its actions not only shames the memory of those murdered over 60 years ago, but ironically dilutes the impact of that memory by linking it with current policies that are cruel and intolerant. The message of Holocaust remembrance should be "never again," not just in terms of the persecution of Jews, but in terms of man's inhumanity to man. The birth of the Israeli state, as imperfect and controversial as it was, served as a foundation for the pursuit of tolerance. However, Israel's current policies, rooted in ethnic and religious hatred, are the antithesis of tolerance.

Israel at present can have no friends, because Israel does not know how to be a friend. Driven by xenophobic paranoia and historical grievances, Israel is embarked on a path that can only lead to death and destruction. This is a path the United States should not tread. I have always taken the position that Israel is a friend of the United States, and that friends should always stand up for one another, even in difficult times. I have also noted that, to quote a phrase well known in America, friends don't let friends drive drunk, and that for some time now Israel has been drunk on arrogance and power. As a friend, I have believed the best course of action for the United States to take would be that which helped remove the keys from the ignition of the policy vehicle Israel is steering toward the edge of the abyss. Now it seems our old friend is holding a pistol to our head, demanding that we stop interfering with the vehicle's operation and preventing us from getting out of the car. This is not the action of a friend, and it can no longer be tolerated.

It is time for what those who are familiar with dependency issues would term an intervention. Like a child too long spoiled by an inattentive parent, Israel has grown accustomed to American largess, to the point that it is addicted to an American aid package that is largely responsible for keeping the Israeli economy afloat. This aid must be reconsidered in its entirety. The day of the free ride must come to an end. The United States must redefine its national security priorities in the Middle East and position Israel accordingly. At the very least, American aid must be linked to Israeli behavior modification. The standards America applies to other nations around the world when it comes to receiving aid must likewise apply to Israel.

Let there be no doubt: Israel and its considerable lobby of supporters here in America will scream bloody murder if their aid is trimmed in any fashion. But in the greater interest of what will best benefit the security interests of the United States, and indeed the Middle East and the entire world, the grip Israel has on American policymaking must come to an end. It is up to the American people to make this change, first and foremost by recognizing that a real problem exists in American-Israeli relations, then by electing officials to Congress who will deal responsibly with these problems based not on the behind-the-scenes lobbying of Israel and its proxies, but rather the legitimate interests of the United States.

If Israel decides it wants to be our friend, then it will change its behavior accordingly. Absent this, America has no choice but to declare its independence from a relationship that has destroyed our credibility around the world and drags us dangerously down the path toward another irresponsible military misadventure in the Middle East. If, in the future, Israel desires to reestablish a relationship with the United States built upon the principles of mutual trust and benefit, then so be it. Such a relationship is something I could embrace without hesitation. But one thing is certain: no such friendship can truly exist under the conditions and terms that are in place today, and for that reason the entirety of the American-Israeli relationship must be reexamined.


Gerald said...

When the weather presents itself, my wife always hangs the clothes outside. She has both wooden and plastic clothespins. She likes the clothes to be sun and air dried.

Fortunately for our family we are not Nazis and so our clothes do not have that certain stench to them. Neighbors will not be forced out of their homes.

We live surrounded by Nazi infestations of maggots who dried their clothes indoors. This indoor drying of clothes helps us to breathe.

David B. Benson said...

Amazingly, now Giggles & Bloviators has decided that I am signed in afterall. So I'll not post this as now i've seen everthing:

Norway plans world's first ship tunnel

micki said...

A song dedicated to HAJJI!

Bill Grogin's Goat

(a repeat song)

Bill Grogin's goat
Was feeling fine
Ate three red shirts
Right off the line
Bill took a stick
Gave him a whack
And tied him to
The railroad track.
A speeding train
Was drawing nigh
Bill Grogin's Goat
Was doomed to die.
He moaned and groaned
And grieved in pain
Coughed up the shirts
Flagged down the train.

David B. Benson said...

We may soon all be eating shirts:

IHT: Global food supply is dwindling rapidly, UN agency warns

Hajji said...



My goats like cotton fabric...ANY color will do!

They don't usually seem to chow down on synthetics, though Ezzy's been known to nibble on a little polarfleece from time to time!

Oh, yeah...and she likes to eat the nylon net "cup holders" out of folding camp chairs...

I've lost a drink or two, dropping them RIGHT THROUGH!

I swear...she laughs at us as much as we laugh at her!


David B. Benson said...

My sister used to have rabbits to which she gave names such as


micki said...

My rabbit's name was Stew.

micki said...

Your goats sound like gourmands.

Puleeeze! No synthetics for me!

Do they eat organic cotton shirts? :-))

Carey said...

No, my goodness David and Micki. Ha. Let's not beat around the bush, dear rabbit friends. You're gonna be dinner someday.

Ay chihuahua, it's traffic-logged out there. Can't go anywhere without a jam. It's Christmas. Play the car stereo and relax. It took longer than a half-hour to get up my mountain. Normally a two-minute drive.

Carey said...

Micki or Carol,

Please Goggle "giada recipes" and choose the Today show one.

Look at the 'red pepper cheesecake dip' one. What'da think?

How do I make this without a springform? I don't, do I? I would handle this privately, but I can't forward the recipe.

David B. Benson said...

Hic, hack, hoc.


Carey said...

David's been in the pantry folks. Last time I saw him....well, you know.

DEN said...

Hajji, you have some serious wildlife there, well not really wild I guess, but serious.

I had a goat.....once,

I had a mule.....once

No space anymore, critters take up space.

Space critters

º¿carol said...

I just now looked at the recipe. I don't know what to tell you. How about you make it in a cake dish and when it's done you just dig it out?

Oh, heck, I don't know.

micki said...

Speaking of hic, hack, hoc.

Dr. Benson would stop off at a bar for a hazelnut daiquiri on a regular basis, just after the sun went over the yardarm.

The bartender knew of his habit, and would have the drink waiting at precisely 5:03 PM.

One afternoon, the bartender was dismayed to find that he was out of hazelnut extract. Thinking quickly, he threw together a daiquiri made with hickory nuts and set it on the bar. Dr. Benson came in at his regular time, took one sip of the drink and exclaimed, "This isn't a hazelnut daiquiri!"

"No it isn't", replied the bartender, "it's a hickory daiquiri, Doc."

micki said...

Do you have a quiche pan? The type that has the removable bottom? If so, just put a parchment paper on the bottom and thoroughly butter the paper and the sides of the pan....and proceed.

If you don't have a quiche pan....then....

If you need to bake this cheesecake now, without using a springform pan, I would use an 8” or 9” cake pan lined with parchment paper and also greased (buttered) to be able to remove the cake. It is very hard to substitute for a springform pan.

PS Good quality waxed paper that's buttered would work, too, if you don't have parchment paper.

That cheesecake sounds de-lish!

Carey said...

Thanks for the tips. I'm going to try it somehow. If it turns out messy, it's just for the immediate family. We're messy people.

Well, Lord knows I am. Brandon too. He considers it his obligation.

I loved your joke, Micki. That's something my father would tell. Really. He adored punning around.

My, I bet we've all been on the phone with old friends. It's that time of year. They're coming out of the woodworks.

Hajji said...

1+ hr with sister #2... 1+ hr with sister #1... 45 minutes with Mom...

IM-ing with the baby sister...

I don't EVER yak on the phone for long, but... it is past time, apparently.

Getting the ducks in a row (actually, GEESE would work better) for some post-Christmas traveling to the Ohio and Wabash Valleys...



Hajji said...

Speaking of traveling...anybody familiar with southern Wisconsin?

There's a writer...Michael Perry, in a town called "New Auburn"...

Wrote a book "Population 485, Meeting your neighbors one Alarm at a time."

It is about his life as an EMT and Volunteer Firefighter, poet and farmhand. I thought I might have him autograph a copy for Spanky and another for Karl.

There's the secondary fantasy of mentioning that he's the guy I'd want to write the story of Karl and Spanky over the past 5 years, it a story was to be written?

"Population 485" is a GREAT Jill's mom sent me...along with "Dog Years" by Mark Doty...another poet/writer who Perry actually quotes in HIS book...Bobo's brain doesn't work too well, but her ability to make connections that go straight to the heart...well she's got THAT.

"Dog Years" is a poignant autobiographical collection of stories regarding caring for sick and old pets AND the grieving after their loss as well as the loses of our human partners.

I'm not a crier...nothing wrong with it, but I just don't. Well, I mean I WASN't before "Dog Years".

Doty really hit home way too much right on the tail of Boozer's death...and other losses.

Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time

Dog Years: A Memoir
by Mark Doty

DEN said...

Hajji, go here for the location of New Auburn.

DEN said...

Up in my neck of the woods ya know.

Hey speaking of Minn, anybody hear from Jeanne lately?


Hajji said...


So much for SOUTHERN Wisconsin...

Oh, well...I've ALWAYS wanted to see Eau Claire...and the twin cities aren't too far...

I'm thinkin LATE spring...that probably gets up there some time, 1st week of July?


DEN said...

July is good, August too, better be out by September tho.

Hajji said...

In Maine the first week of July is "end of blackfly" season...the second is 1st Mud Season...the Third is "Summer"...and the last is 2nd Black Fly season...August is pre-2nd mud season...September is "Goddamned Leaf Peepah Season"...

This bottle of wine isn't gonna finish itSElf! I've got a fire to crash in front of!


DEN said...

I'll second ZZZZZZZZZ that!

Alan said...

Hey speaking of Minn, anybody hear from Jeanne lately?

Yep. Said her divorce is final and I told her 'congrats'. Then I said I'm assuming you are glad to get it over with... and she confirmed that with a nice note.
I never tell her to hurry 'back' to us, but we all wish she would, and I'm pretty sure she knows that.

micki said...

Well, it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings, but at least Harry Reid did something right today:

Dear micki,

Majority Leader Harry Reid just pulled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act from the floor of the Senate, only moments ago.

What does this mean?

Well, first, it will come back up again in January after the recess. We'll continue the fight against ANY bill that includes retroactive immunity.

As Chris Dodd just said on the floor, "If it's not [stripped], I'll be back here engaging in this very same effort."

Second, this is what leadership that delivers results look like. It's been a while, but you saw it on display all day on the floor of the Senate.

A leader who stands on principle. And a leader who can turn that principle into results.

Finally, this is evidence of what grassroots advocacy along with real leadership can accomplish.

We'll keep up the fight in the White House, and I'm sure you'll be there right by Chris Dodd's side the entire way.

We'll have updates all night at if you want to drop by and share your thoughts or send a message to Senator Dodd.

They can hear us now,

Tim Tagaris
Proud to work for Chris Dodd for President

P.S. I am sure Senator Dodd will want to thank you as well, so keep an eye out in your email box tomorrow.

micki said...

Go, Chris Dodd!