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If I stand outside my polling place and raise my fist in defiance, will they count that as my vote for Senator Obama? Or is this going to be another polling snafu where my behavior gets me marked me down for Nader or, God forbid, Barr?


A Republican computer consultant denied under oath Monday that he knew of any GOP effort to steal the 2004 election for President [sic] Bush by rigging Ohio's vote totals, an attorney who questioned him said.

A federal judge on Friday ordered Michael Connell, whose firms had consulting contracts with Bush's campaign and with the Ohio secretary of state's office in 2004, to submit to a limited, closed-door deposition in a suit alleging schemes to fix the vote...

During 2004, Bush's campaign paid New Media Communications, which was owned by Connell, more than $806,000 to for Web services, according to Federal Election Commission records. Connell's firm also has served as a consultant to John McCain's 2008 Republican presidential campaign.


Touchscreen voting machines at the center of recent vote-flipping reports can be easily and maliciously recalibrated in the field to favor one candidate in a race, according to a report prepared by computer scientists for the state of Ohio. At issue are touchscreen machines manufactured by ES&S, 97,000 of which are in use in 20 states, including counties in the crucial swing states of Ohio and Colorado.


03 Nov 2008
The Indiana Supreme Court this afternoon let stand a Marion County judge's ruling directing poll workers on Election Day to set aside any challenged absentee ballots.

Today's ruling, in line with a lawsuit brought by the Marion County GOP, means challenges of absentee ballots based on voters' eligibility will be dealt with after Election Day. Ballots deemed valid by bipartisan teams later in the week will still be counted, but those votes won't be reflected in election results Tuesday night.


03 Nov 2008
Perhaps the most ill-timed press release of the 2008 campaign arrived shortly after 1:30 p.m. today, sent by the Republican National Committee. The release forwarded word that the California Republican Party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, in part because of a visit Sen. Barack Obama made to his dying grandmother...
Filing the complaint today now seems to have been ill-advised, if not legally, then certainly politically. Obama and his sister released a statement this afternoon announcing that their grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, died peacefully after a battle with cancer.


03 Nov 2008
There is a man-bites-dog quality to this story: the first two administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, both appointed by President Nixon in the 1970s, say they are voting Democratic this year.

"We are lifelong Republicans," write William Ruckelshaus and Russell Train in an opinion piece in the Tampa Tribune. "Yet after much thoughtful deliberation we have decided to support Barack Obama...."


04 Nov 2008
By Susan Eisenhower

For more than fifteen years, I have regularly appeared in the media as a foreign policy expert...

In February of this year I announced my support for Barack Obama. As a lifelong Republican I decided to support this Democratic contender because he has, I believe, the energy, the intellectual capability, as well as the temperament and the steadiness to lead this country during this perilous time.


Shell-shocked consumers stay away from showrooms.
GM sales down by 45%, Ford off 30%, and Toyota 23%
03 Nov 2008

A combination of plunging consumer confidence and shortage of credit is pushing auto sales to their lowest monthly levels since the early 1980s--and the automakers themselves to the financial breaking point. The U.S. Big Three automakers--General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler--reported big double-digit declines in October sales: Ford was down 30%, GM off 45%, and Chrysler down 36%... Other industry analysts expect a bigger drop to levels not seen since Ronald Reagan was in the White House.


So that is why the Democraps are concentrating like a constipated megapix on is easier to commit voter fraud than it is in Florida.


...President [sic] Bush...
Posted by: brandy | November 04, 2008 at 02:30 PM

I assume that the "[sic]" is in reference to the capitalization? You do realize that it is supposed to be capitalized?

Lesson 318.

"We are lifelong Republicans," write William Ruckelshaus and Russell Train in an opinion piece in the Tampa Tribune. "Yet after much thoughtful deliberation we have decided to support Barack Obama...."
Posted by: brandy | November 04, 2008 at 02:34 PM

I encourage ideological and ethical discussions among my students, but I don't tell my students who or what I'm voting for. Nevertheless I've had several tell me that they support Obama. They all cite as their reason, and I quote, "Because he's cool! He has a TV station!" (Gaia bless their parents) About as well-supported as your quotes of Ruckelshaus and Train. Shucks, if they're voting Obama, so am I! Eisenhower too. I mean, who cares about discussion of policy?! He has endorsements!


Sour grapes much?


Look, all I want to know is, which campaign is going to subsidize the porn fine arts?


Isn't that a Republican speciality?


Nope. Those damn repugs are always trying to legislate against sex with animals, foliage, etc. It's the libs who (rightly) spend tax money on arts such as photos of Mary, mother of the previous messiah with feces (that's faeces for you). And if we're ever going to be free to make sweet, sweet love to pelicans, it'll be the Dems that support our alternative lifestyle.

Tom Bull

That's right, stooey. The Repugs that get caught lookin' for love in all the wrong places just need to be switch hitters for the other side.


Funny thing...those repugs always end up getting kicked out of office.

It's the more tolerant left that permits that sort of thing, and won't allow it to affect a politician's candidacy.

Ron Russell

Saw them holding up the purple thumbs recently in Iraq after they had voted. Great idea to keep people from voting twice, but will purple work for the Big city Obama voters--have to use white ink there--sorry, guess that was a racist comment. Guess we need green with yellow polka dots.

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