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Is Clint Curtis for real?

Filed under: — site admin @ 11:37 pm

The noise level concerning Clint Curtis has become fairly daunting since the story broke Monday. In brief, the title at BradBlog tells the short version of the story: “Programmer Built Vote Rigging Prototype at Republican Congressman’s Request!” It’s quite a tale indeed.

This story comes on the heels of ex-NSA employee Wayne Madsen’s revelation of a $29 million check that paid for a vote-rigging operation, paid for from an offshore account and funded by Enron and Saudi money. Too much of the story is so far-fetched that Keith Olberman has largely dismissed it, and for seemingly good reasons.

Well, both of these fellows have been hitting a variety of radio programs, which is good because it allows us to listen to them and try to draw our own conclusions.

On Nov 28, KPFT interviewed Madsen. And today, Dec 8, Curtis made appearances on the Thom Hartmann show and Air America Radio’s Unfiltered program. The Hartmann program is archived here (scroll down to Dec 8, the interview is right at the beginning of Thom’s first hour) and the Unfiltered interview is at CrooksAndLiers.com.

Listening to Curtis, he seems rather convinced (and convincing) about this story, and claims to have turned his former employer in on other charges. He has placed a copy of a similar vote-rigging program at http://www.justaflyonthewall.com

I’ll leave it up to you the reader, and ongoing investigations, to determine if either of these stories hold water.

These are interesting times, aren’t they?


Governor Schwarzenegger is considering calling a special election.

Filed under: — site admin @ 8:12 am

This story, regretably, speaks for itself…

Schwarzenegger and his political team are considering a ballot measure that would change the way legislative districts are drawn – taking that power out of the hands of legislators themselves, and giving it to an outside body, like the courts.

“We had over 150 elections in this state. Not one incumbent lost,” said California Republican Chairman Duf Sundheim. “That’s ridiculous. We really have to change the system so that there’s competition – so that when people go to the ballot box, just like when they had a decision between John Kerry (news - web sites) and George Bush (news - web sites), they have a decision about who’s going to represent them in Sacramento.”

The fact is both Republican and Democratic incumbents are safe under the current plan because their district lines are drawn to protect them. But Democratic State Chairman Art Torres says there are already recourses if someone doesn’t like the current system.

“You have a checks and balances in the courts and anyone can file a lawsuit,” said Torres.

And the Democrats go farther, saying the governor is just trying to thwart the will of the voters.

“I think at the end of the day you’ll find that there are checks and balances, but if you want to do a Texas-style reapportionment the way Delay did, then be honest about it and just go out and do the power grab and let the people decide if its right or not,” said Torres.

While he’s at it, the governor may also ask voters to put limits on state spending, and cut down on the state’s bureaucracy – two things he was unable to get from the legislature as well.

“You know there was more turnover in Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)’s Iraq (news - web sites) than there was in the California Legislature last year,” said Sundheim. “And while I’m not recommending we use Saddam’s way of changing who is in power, it’s something we have to seriously look at.”


News from Ohio

Filed under: — site admin @ 12:53 pm

It looks like the Glibs will be able to go to court, and could get the recount started earlier than the state wants, according to a ruling today. (Story here)

WASHINGTON – December 2 – A federal judge today declined to extend a temporary restraining order against Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb, Libertarian
Michael Badnarik and their legal counsel, the National Voting Rights Institute, which had been preventing them from seeking a recount of the presidential vote in Delaware County, Ohio. The judge set a hearing for Friday at 2:30 p.m., at the U.S. Courthouse in Columbus, Ohio to consider the matter further.

Also, Cliff Arnebeck, Counsel in Lawsuit Challenging Presidential Election in Ohio was interviewed this morning on CSPAN. He seems fairly convinced that evidence exists to contest the outcome of the Ohio election. Video here.


Bush: When Even the Good News is Bad

Filed under: — site admin @ 11:43 am

This story, in which the author interviews Sy Hersch, points out the way things will be done in DC for then next four years. Besides being a good read, Hersch tells us:

“The good side - and I promise you I’m not selling uppers - is that there will be direct attacks on the Supreme Court, a change in the filibuster rules, it’s going to be down and dirty, a complete hoe-down, but there won’t be anything subtle,” Hersh said. “It’s all going to be out in the open.”

Reading this made me think about the new rule passed by House Speaker Hastert:

In scuttling major intelligence legislation that he, the president and most lawmakers supported, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert last week enunciated a policy in which Congress will pass bills only if most House Republicans back them, regardless of how many Democrats favor them.

That’s pretty telling about how things are going to go this year. It also makes me think about the efforts to pass HR2239 for the last couple of years, which would have delivered a paper trail for the elecronic voting machines. With 157 cosponsors, 7 (or so) of which were Republicans, this bill SHOULD have been AT LEAST allowed to get to the House Floor for debate and a vote. But Robert Ney (OH-R) kept the bill locked up in the House Administration Committee and refused to allow the bill to see the light of day.

The combination of all this tells me that any efforts to pass legislation will require SIGNIFICANT bipartisan support. Which takes me to my main point. Our work is going to need to be framed in a manner to gain support from a wide range of political perspectives, or it will be very difficult to gain passage in Congress.

But before you march off to pass activate folks who want to pass legislation that fixes our election system, you need to first know what Thom Hartmann has to say about recent election results domestically, and internationally.

Work smart…

Call to scrap Romania poll result

Filed under: — site admin @ 9:57 am

First there were questions about the US election, followed by the (US sponsored?) situation in the Ukraine. Today it turns out that there are concerns about the Romanian election. According to this story suspicion has “focused on the introduction of a computerised electoral roll system for voters. “

Is this a spreading flu or something?

Romania’s opposition leader has called for the results of presidential and parliamentary elections to be annulled amid claims of voter fraud.

Traian Basescu, who heads the centre-right Justice and Truth Alliance, alleged that election authorities handed extra votes to his opponent.

With most votes counted, Mr Basescu’s party trailed Adrian Nastase’s Social Democrats by around 470,000 votes.

European election observers on Monday expressed concern over possible fraud.

Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Basescu said that malpractice at Romania’s Central Election Bureau gave around 160,000 extra votes to Mr Nastase, the current Romanian prime minister.

The challenger, who is currently mayor of Bucharest, also repeated claims made over the weekend that government supporters had been bussed between multiple voting stations in an organised fraud.


Skepticism spawns broad effort to push voting reform

Filed under: — site admin @ 9:51 pm

The San Francisco Chronicle covered concerns over election irregularities and concerns today, on the front page.

The 2004 election – arguably the most scrutinized ever held in the United States – has spotlighted problems with the voting process that are decades old and long overlooked.

Voter intimidation, disenfranchisement, fairness, partisanship of election officials and several other issues are getting the most attention in Ohio, where two lawsuits were filed Friday contesting the counting of provisional ballots and the overall results. But it is citizen groups and individual voters rather than political candidates or parties that are demanding that the problems be addressed.

This lack of trust in the voting system, experts say, has spawned a dynamic voting reform movement with citizens inspecting the election process at nearly every level.

More here