Friday, June 02, 2006

Only a complete investigation...

* oh goodie. terrorism funding is in the news again. oh boy. can everyone please not use the $/person in NYC vs Wyoming metric? it drives me mad. similarly, the idea that the spending is going to redstates for political reasons is also absurd. that is all. thank you.

* here's the RollingStone Kennedy article on evoting ( i havent read it yet). brad has the details of the sidebar editorial:
""Enough." the RS editorial concludes, "Only a complete investigation by federal authorities can determine the full extent of any bribery and vote rigging that has taken place. The public must be assured that the power to count the votes -- and to recount them, if necessary -- will not be ceded to for-profit corporations with a vested interest in superseding the will of the people. America's elections are the most fundamental element of our democracy -- not a market to be privatized by companies like Diebold.""


Don said...

When anyone starts on about chances for Democrat gains, or taking one or both houses of Congress in November, this is the stuff I think of: the RS article, Mark Crispin Miller's book, Palast's articles, most of what you see on BradBlog. It's all quietly terrifying because it's there, it's documented, and it gets no mainstream news media play. 2000 was a scam, 2004 was an outright robbery, and no one realizes not only is the silver missing, but the bastards took the alarm system too.

From a recent NY Mag interview with Al Gore:

Does he, like many Democrats, think the [2000] election was stolen?

Gore pauses a long time and stares into the middle distance. “There may come a time when I speak on that,” Gore says, “but it’s not now; I need more time to frame it carefully if I do.” Gore sighs. “In our system, there’s no intermediate step between a definitive Supreme Court decision and violent revolution.”

He knows exactly what's going on. He knows the forces that are at work.

Some are looking forward to November's results with hope.

I'm trying to be hopeful, but can't help a growing dread.

lukery said...

don - im scared too. gores' " violent revolution" comment is an INCREDIBLE step.

i reluctantly realised that this was our 'best' chance back in 20003

kudos to brad for keeping this issue on the front-burner

Don said...

And more Palast

noise said...

Some folks on the left don't like to talk about it, but there is the very important issue of Democratic politicians pretending that voting fraud is a conspiracy theory.

It's tempting to buy into the frame that Republicans suck and are preventing the Dems from riding in to save the day. The truth is that both parties suck really bad (though the Repubs are worse). IMO, Kerry tanked the election. That whole campaign was garbage. He was playing nice with a guy who lied to start an invasion and sat on his ass in a classroom while US citizens were dying.

The best theory I've heard (to explain why the Democratic party hasn't gone nuts over Diebold) is that the DLC is in cahoots with the same crowd that is manipulating elections. Not the RNC but the neocon crowd or whatever faction is supporting the neocon agenda.

Don said...


considering we've seen 2 or 3 recent stories on NeoCons 'returning to the roots', Bush continually doing things lately to prompt Cons and NeoCons to throw him under the bus, not to mention Murdoch shmoozing Hillary, I think it's fair to wonder if there's a script behind the power shifts. Throw in the Euston manifesto, pro-war "left" and you've got a party!

lukery said...

Noise - you are right about Dems being in the tank as well. the media too.

the problem is that if we can't believe in the Dems, we have nuthin to believe in... and then we get to Gore's 'violent revolution'

as to the DLC being in cahoots with the neocons - sibel points to the girladi article which is about the perma-gov types - and she often notes that her story is a bi-partisan one - with people on the take from both sides.

don: "I think it's fair to wonder if there's a script behind the power shifts"
to the extent this is true, then faces might changes, but the story won't. same as it ever was...

Kathleen said...

Time to destroy the 2 party system.

lukery said...

perhaps it;s time to destroy the entire system...