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Wow, ex-Reagan Treasury staffer on "empty chair."

Not like he's holding anything back:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/09/05/republicans-cross-the-rubicon/

Includes a new take on what Clint may have been saying, for real:

[div class ="excerpt"]One would also have thought that NPR and its pundits would have found Clint Eastwood’s speech a fascinating topic of discussion. Eastwood had a Republican National Committee approved speech, but discarded it. Instead, Eastwood stood beside an empty chair and pretended to be talking to Obama, but it could just as well have been Romney in the chair. By pretending to be talking to Obama, Eastwood made his points without eliciting boos from the Republican audience.

Not many in the Republican audience caught on, but there were some stony faces when Eastwood said “I haven’t cried that hard since I found out that there are 23 million unemployed people in this country.” More stony Republican faces when Eastwood showed his opposition to the Iraq and Afghan wars and asks the chair, “why don’t you just bring them [the troops] home tomorrow morning?” Those who thought he was digging at Obama cheered; those who realized he was criticizing hardline Republican positions were displeased.

But NPR and the US media in general are uncomfortable with such real news as a political party being told off by one of its heroes and a political party sufficiently stupid to repeat Barry Goldwater’s mistake. The establishment might complain. The money might dry up or employees be fired for permitting such a story to be aired. The Democrats lost their independent financing when jobs offshoring destroyed the unions. There are no longer countervailing powers to Wall Street and the corporations, which have been endowed by the Republican US Supreme Court with First Amendment rights to purchase US elections and placed in charge of the US Treasury, the regulatory agencies and the Federal Reserve.

Actually, there's a theory out there, that "The Chair" was....

...Clint's way of openly spouting off to BOTH candidates, and generally
mouthing off about what's really wrong with the country, no matter which
candidate ends up winning.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/09/05/republicans-cross-the-rubicon/

Interesting reading, anyway, whether or not you accept that premise.

What if Jesus had been a Republican?

Posted inside another thread, already, but it deserves its own:

http://www.alternet.org/belief/what-if-jesus-had-been-republican?paging=off

My favorite of the three:

(excerpt)

The Rich and Therefore Blessed Young Man

1. As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to him and knelt before him, and asked, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 2. And Jesus said to him, “What have you done so far?” 3. And he said to Him, “Well I was born into a wealthy family, got into a good school in Galilee because my parents donated a few thousand talents for a building with a nice reed roof, and now I have a high-paying job in the Roman treasury managing risk.” 4. Looking at him, Jesus felt an admiration for him, and said to him, “Blessed are you! For you are not far from being independently wealthy.” And the man was happy. Then Jesus said, “But there is one thing you lack: A bigger house in a gated community in Tiberias. Buy that and you will have a treasure indeed. And make sure you get a stone countertop for the kitchen. Those are really nice.” The disciples were amazed...

Nah, the lesson here is that NFL stands for "Not For Long"

Johnson had looked good in his comeback.
A couple of his teammates thought so too.
They had his back even if it meant standing
up to the coach. And the Commissioner.

I've been watching the show because Coach
Philbin is the new head coach for the Dolphins
and I've always liked the guy. He's not one of
those a-holes with a bulging vein in his forehead.

But you could tell he was really upset. Don't
know if it shows in your clip, but his left hand
does this little dance on his own knee. If the
cameras weren't turned on, they might have
had an entirely different conversation.

Twenty or 30 or 40 years ago ("What would
Vince have done," is what we ask in Wisconsin),
the game had room for misbehaving star wide
receivers. Lombardi put up with a lot from some
of his.

But for me, this was "Reality TeeVee" versus
the Game of Football and these days, because
of all the royalties and money involved, it's No
Contest.

You can see the same thing with the judge's
recent "non-ruling" on Jonathan Vilma's legal
challenge. The judge was clearly on Vilma's
side but made no ruling. It might not have made
any difference if there's no "jurisdiction" -- or if
there's so much money on one side, and so
little on the other (by comparison) that it
makes sense to ask them to work it out on
their own. (Off camera.)

The Head Coaches, the Star Players, the
average players, they all might as well be
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Strutting their
game with a small "s", at a petty pace, until
the next face fills the screen.

You're right, this is exactly what they do

Even when there is no specific source, or any "damaging story" to be discredited.

Screaming bloody murder is step 1, then it's on to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisoning_the_well

Step back to look at the candidacy of Romney, period.

Nobody likes him, not even Republicans.
He's a terrible candidate.
That should be it, period, end of discussion.

But when anyone criticizes anything he's done, or second-guesses his viability as a
candidate at all, what comes back is that tsunami of PR and BS about "the failed
Presidency of Ba......and..... yadda, yadda, yadda ...... jobs, .... the economy...
and... jobs."

It's not just a tactic, it's what their whole strategy is based on.

Oops.

Didn't mean to step on your toes, or cross whatever line you suppose I crossed.

Nickolaus didn't 'overtly' eff with anything. An 'adjustment' needed to be made to the
vote tabulation for the primary, because Nickolaus had ignored earlier instructions to
consolidate vote totals according to congressional apportionment.

That's what it said in this morning's paper, anyway.

No argument that Nickolaus is a partisan flunky who's abused her authority as
County Clerk.....

But my reason for posting what I did wasn't to try and over-analyze what happened
in that April primary, or what may or may not happen with the "consultants" investigation
of Nickolaus.

Electronic voting has been abandoned in most of Europe for a reason. Machines very
similar to those we continue to use were sold for their junk scrap value just last week, in
Ireland. Switzerland manages to get their hand count of paper ballots in national elections
completed in six hours.

It would be wrong -- in so many ways -- to keep ignoring that larger "process" question,
or to let Nickolaus serve as a scapegoat and assume getting 'the bitch charged with a
fucking crime' will even contribute to raising awareness on the issue of election integrity.

The only way to do that is to insist on an open, bi-partisan hand count of paper ballots
that were tabulated by optical scanners. Every time there's an opportunity to do so.
That's what these folks are working for:

http://wisconsinwave.org/

I'm disappointed -- crushed, even -- that it all strikes you as run-away conspiracy thinking.
But it's even more disappointing to see odd math totals coming up, so many times, in
election after election, when people try to do the numbers on "who won, why" after the
fact, and it's one head scratcher after another. And there's no larger public outcry, or
support in the media, to try and get away from the reliance on faith-based voting.

Just because very few people have any idea how voting machines work, or how wrong it
is to trust any microprocessor that's made to be networked. People just assume they're
like ATM's but they're not. They don't cost nearly as much, don't give you a paper receipt
or verification, and have completely unnecessary design flaws, like the Command Central
machines that come with an extra eProm and are totally opaque, when it comes to recounts.


OMG

So it's now "normal" to expect vote bags can be torn open, for no apparent reason?

,,,,,Thinking of moving, to some galaxy "far, far away."

Or I don't know where.

That is a freakin' huge decision.

And I had a few hopes still kindling, that the "paper audit" of the recall election,
mandated by law and the G.A.B., could still turn up something of significance.

This was what I was thinking:

www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=147209

[div class="excerpt]The state of Wisconsin's General Accountability Board has a procedure in
place for a "random draw procedure for voting system audit." I think it's
supposed to take place within a two-week window following the certification
date.

I could find a link here:

http://gab.wi.gov/node/1409

That page actually describes what was in place for the September primary election in
2010 (couldn't find a link to this year's, it may not exist on that state agency's
website), but it's basically a two-step process. A "random" sampling of several
different types of voting machines is selected for a paper-counted audit, with
steps in place to make sure that "at least 5 reporting units" will be selected to
test each of the different types of voting machines used in Wisconsin. So that
the audit actually checks the reliability or accuracy of all of the different
manufacturers' models. Then, when the audit list is complete, the county clerks
in each of the "randomly selected" reporting units are notified, and they perform
the audits locally. For the September primary in 2010, the web page reports that
"...Each municipal and county clerk selected shall be contacted by the close of
business on Wednesday, November 3, 2010."

So there are maybe still a few weeks left before that audit process begins.

But here's the kicker, this is the line on the web page that says how voting
machines will be picked for the paper audit:

"The staff shall use the random number generator in Excel to select 250 reporting units for audit by local election officials."





That's it. Nothing about any precautions to make sure that the (networked?)
PC on which the copy of Excel has been installed isn't, itself, subject to any
possible intrusion.

In this case, when we've already had people named and indicted for a "secret
wireless network" that was installed within 20 feet of Scott Walker's office, while
he was County Executive (that some people think was installed to allow 'unofficial'
partisan work and campaigning while they were also on the clock for state-paid
official job responsibilities), it might not be inconceivable that someone could
insist a few extra precautions are taken. (A judge, somewhere, I don't know.)

The circumstances of the 2011 recount for the State Supreme Court election
were also somewhat unusual, when bags full of ballots were discovered unsealed,
busted open and otherwise compromised.

With some of the Governor's top aides already named and indicted in the criminal
John Doe investigation....

...and last Sunday's largest circulation daily having taken note of the following:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/dominance-in-rural-areas-ensured-walkers-win-h85ptpl-159315385.html

.....consider the swing nature of the 11-county Wausau TV market in north-central Wisconsin. Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle won the Wausau market by 11 points in 2006. Democrat Barack Obama won it by 12 in 2008. Then Republican Walker won it by 12 points in 2010 and by 18 points in 2012.

Consider the Green Bay market. Obama carried it by seven in 2008 and Walker carried it by 23 in 2012.

Consider the La Crosse-Eau Claire market. Obama carried it by 19 points in 2008 and Walker carried it by nine points in 2012....

...Many of the same outstate counties Obama carried by single or double digits in 2008, Walker ran away with in 2012.

The fact that Walker won them by such unusual margins is clearly an encouraging sign for Republicans in November.

By the same token, Walker's performance in outstate Wisconsin was so exceptional it may be hard for other Republicans to duplicate.

One of the hardest things to know about elections is: When does something pretty unusual constitute a trend? And when is it just something pretty unusual?




Would it be possible to insist that instead of using some PC in a state office building somewhere -- that's almost certainly connected to other PC's in the state network, and other PC's beyond that network's firewall (?), the "random" audit is made truly random?

Get a brand new PC, never connected to the web or a network, and use the copy of Excel that's ever so

...c a r e f u l l y...

installed on it to generate 100 separate lists of the required 250 'reporting units.'

Print them and pick one of those 100 lists at random, and then go through the required steps. With as many
civilian, volunteer watchers as the law permits -- from both parties.

Using a machine that's simply available, in some state office somewhere -- and known to how many people as the "official audit PC" -- completely defeats the purpose of holding a random audit.

It would be the digital equivalent of going to a casino to place bets where you know that almost anyone, at any time, could wire up an invisible magnet to the roulette wheel. Or to use a more common analogy, like buying meat or deli items at a grocery where the person behind the counter has an invisible, electric thumb that could be applied to the scale. At any time.

If enough people get behind the idea, maybe we could make it happen. If every paper ballot that's hand counted exactly matches the machine-tabulated results in every reporting unit, it'll simply quiet all the talk about vote rigging. We can go on with politics as usual for the November election. Talk about messaging, and how to connect with all those out-state, Northeast voters who gave up on the Democrats in the recall. (Did they really? The anecdotal stories I heard had people out-state who were paid 100 bucks a pop to put huge Walker signs in their front yards actually intending to vote for Tom Barrett.)

It would really be a good way to separate and answer two distinct, unrelated questions. Question 1.) "What happened in the minds of voters that caused them to view the election as a choice, in the way that they did." and Question 2.) "Was the vote tabulation recorded by all the electronic voting machines -- that have been discontinued and banned in so many other countries (the U.K., Holland, & Germany among them) -- accurate and reliable?"

PS -- With the exception of one question I can think of -- "Why didn't Russ Feingold want to run against Walker?" -- many of the questions that were raised up-thread have been discussed in the Wisconsin forum here at D.U., and also at bradblog and Thom Hartmann's blog. In case anyone wants to go ahead and do some note-taking and research, before writing up a good, concise bullet-point petition.

(That is, assuming it's worth going through with that small amount of extra time and effort; if there's no chance that there could have been back-tampering with bags of ballots, to make machine tabulations match the paper count.)

...Posting all of the above to add that it's completely beside the point to attempt anything like that on a touchscreen voting machine. Any audit should attempt to exclude all voting appliances that don't leave behind a paper trail.

It's possible that there are already GAB rules (or guidelines?) in place that specify Wisconsin is supposed to use only optical-scan units, or other voting means that will leave evidence of actual voter intent, for the purposes of recounts or audit checks. I don't know where I saw that, but it could be an important point to bring up. Also to ask if those rules or guidelines were violated by the "new lamps for old" swap of 3,000 brand new DRE "Command Central" voting machines for 1,500 pre-owned optical scanning units.




Right on, brother.

I was going to put this up as a new post, but I'll send it to you as a reply in this thread....

....It's late for me, I'm wore out and there's been a lot going on lately so it's really enough for me to just get
a validation from one person tonight.....

I happen to have this one really good, honest friend who happens to be an elderly white Republican
male. There's so much we have in common but just so happens he's the dude filling my inbox with
forwarded viral e-mails. (Long story.)

This is what I got tonight, in an e-mail with "civics lesson" in the subject line:


A black kid asks his dad, "Dad, what's democracy?"
(Wait...the kid doesn't know his Dad...let's start over....)


A black kid asks his mom, "Mama, what's a democracy?"
"Well, son, that's when whites work every day so we can get all our welfare benefits!"

"But mama, don't the white people get pissed off about that?"
"Sure they do, but that's called racism!"


So I said to him:

If you find that sort of jape to be so amusing, the number of teeth in your mouth and your IQ are very likely in a neck-and-neck race for numerical ascendancy. But I'm putting my money on those biting, incisive "choppers."













By the way, I.......

......Bought my MEGABUS tickets for Bastille Day weekend.

It's highly probable that at least one or two of my traveling companions -- of whatever
race or ethnicity -- will look like one of the above photos, but who cares?

Why is it even necessary to make sport of the misfortune of others, except as a
poor, stop-gap reassurance that one's own station in life is still "higher" than
some other poor unfortunate's?

The sixteen dollar and fifty cent fare -- both ways, 700 miles and including the full
fifty cent cost of the "reservation fee" -- is one more 'proof' that sometimes, when
society makes economic choices that benefit all, everyone benefits.

Take "single-payer" health care for instance. All for one, and one for all. The
only losers in this country, if that's ever instituted, will be the insurance company
CEO's and mandarins who have been paying themselves irrationally high bonuses
and salaries for denying coverage (including dental insurance) to those who need
it most.

But of course, those are the same people funding these self-defeating, mean-
spirited and ugly emails you keep forwarding to me.

Like a pigeon in a Skinner Box, trained to respond to an electronic tingle that
explodes with neural rewards within that very minimal cranial space.

.....PS,

Hey, on top of that.....

To be honest, 1StrongBlackMan, I'm really a "brotha-in-law."

Except for the possibility that some serious genetic testing might turn up an
'unexpected' result from a profile of my mitochondrial data -- it's possible
there's some Ottomans in there -- from the Cenk Uygur tribe, the dudes
that ran over my ancestral turf and mixed up the DNA heritage:



,,,,,,my best claim to the "user_name" MoJoWork'N is that for most holidays
and special days in the last couple of decades, I've been enjoying more sweet
potato pie and greens than burek or cevapce. But that's another long story.





There may be a window of opportunity.

The date for certification of the June 5th election is the 23rd.

The state of Wisconsin's General Accountability Board has a procedure in
place for a "random draw procedure for voting system audit." I think it's
supposed to take place within a two-week window following the certification
date.

I could find a link here:

http://gab.wi.gov/node/1409

That page actually describes what was in place for the September primary election in
2010 (couldn't find a link to this year's, it may not exist on that state agency's
website), but it's basically a two-step process. A "random" sampling of several
different types of voting machines is selected for a paper-counted audit, with
steps in place to make sure that "at least 5 reporting units" will be selected to
test each of the different types of voting machines used in Wisconsin. So that
the audit actually checks the reliability or accuracy of all of the different
manufacturers' models. Then, when the audit list is complete, the county clerks
in each of the "randomly selected" reporting units are notified, and they perform
the audits locally. For the September primary in 2010, the web page reports that
"...Each municipal and county clerk selected shall be contacted by the close of
business on Wednesday, November 3, 2010."

So there are maybe still a few weeks left before that audit process begins.

But here's the kicker, this is the line on the web page that says how voting
machines will be picked for the paper audit:

"The staff shall use the random number generator in Excel to select 250 reporting units for audit by local election officials."


That's it. Nothing about any precautions to make sure that the (networked?)
PC on which the copy of Excel has been installed isn't, itself, subject to any
possible intrusion.

In this case, when we've already had people named and indicted for a "secret
wireless network" that was installed within 20 feet of Scott Walker's office, while
he was County Executive (that some people think was installed to allow 'unofficial'
partisan work and campaigning while they were also on the clock for state-paid
official job responsibilities), it might not be inconceivable that someone could
insist a few extra precautions are taken. (A judge, somewhere, I don't know.)

The circumstances of the 2011 recount for the State Supreme Court election
were also somewhat unusual, when bags full of ballots were discovered unsealed,
busted open and otherwise compromised.

With some of the Governor's top aides already named and indicted in the criminal
John Doe investigation....

...and last Sunday's largest circulation daily having taken note of the following:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/dominance-in-rural-areas-ensured-walkers-win-h85ptpl-159315385.html

.....consider the swing nature of the 11-county Wausau TV market in north-central Wisconsin. Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle won the Wausau market by 11 points in 2006. Democrat Barack Obama won it by 12 in 2008. Then Republican Walker won it by 12 points in 2010 and by 18 points in 2012.

Consider the Green Bay market. Obama carried it by seven in 2008 and Walker carried it by 23 in 2012.

Consider the La Crosse-Eau Claire market. Obama carried it by 19 points in 2008 and Walker carried it by nine points in 2012....

...Many of the same outstate counties Obama carried by single or double digits in 2008, Walker ran away with in 2012.

The fact that Walker won them by such unusual margins is clearly an encouraging sign for Republicans in November.

By the same token, Walker's performance in outstate Wisconsin was so exceptional it may be hard for other Republicans to duplicate.

One of the hardest things to know about elections is: When does something pretty unusual constitute a trend? And when is it just something pretty unusual?


Would it be possible to insist that instead of using some PC in a state office building somewhere -- that's almost certainly connected to other PC's in the state network, and other PC's beyond that network's firewall (?), the "random" audit is made truly random?

Get a brand new PC, never connected to the web or a network, and use the copy of Excel that's ever so

...c a r e f u l l y...

installed on it to generate 100 separate lists of the required 250 'reporting units.'

Pick one of those at random, and then go through the required steps.

Using a machine that's simply available, in some state office somewhere -- and known to how many people as the "official audit PC" -- completely defeats the purpose of holding a random audit. It would be the digital equivalent of going to a casino to place bets where you know that almost anyone, at any time, could wire up an invisible magnet to the roulette wheel. Or to use a more common analogy, like buying meat or deli items at a grocery where the person behind the counter has an invisible, electric thumb that could be applied to the scale. At any time.

If enough people get behind the idea, maybe we could make it happen. If every paper ballot that's hand counted exactly matches the machine-tabulated results in every reporting unit, it'll simply quiet all the talk about vote rigging. We can go on with politics as usual for the November election. Talk about messaging, and how to connect with all those out-state, Northeast voters who gave up on the Democrats in the recall. (Did they really? The anecdotal stories I heard had people out-state who were paid 100 bucks a pop to put huge Walker signs in their front yards actually intending to vote for Tom Barrett.)

It would really be a good way to separate and answer two distinct, unrelated questions. Question 1.) "What happened in the minds of voters that caused them to view the election as a choice, in the way that they did." and Question 2.) "Was the vote tabulation recorded by all the electronic voting machines -- that have been discontinued and banned in so many other countries (the U.K., Holland, & Germany among them) -- accurate and reliable?"

PS -- With the exception of one question I can think of -- "Why didn't Russ Feingold want to run against Walker?" -- many of the questions that were raised up-thread have been discussed in the Wisconsin forum here at D.U., and also at bradblog and Thom Hartmann's blog. In case anyone wants to go ahead and do some note-taking and research, before writing up a good, concise bullet-point petition.

(That is, assuming it's worth going through with that small amount of extra time and effort; if there's no chance that there could have been back-tampering with bags of ballots, to make machine tabulations match the paper count.)

The comments following the post bradblog video have a few more details

For anyone scratching their heads, wanting to read more:

Additional text and links at Bradblog.com

The most startling bit of news (for me) was the "arabian nights" New-for-Old deal
made by 46 Wisconsin county clerks. I don't have the details on the sequence of
events, or when they were all selected, purchased and installed but a bargain was
made between a small, 2 or 3-person company in St. Cloud, Minnesota, "Command Central,"
a distributor for "Dominion Systems," Canada, which had earlier swallowed up the
predecessor corporate entities, "ES&S" and "Sequoia Voting Systems," and those
county clerks.

Meet-command-central-the-people-in-charge-of-wisconsin-voting-machines/

reference pertinent details about the history of those earlier
companies' participation in our election process, here:

http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2007/2585



... "Command Central" made a deal to swap 3,000 brand-spanking-new touchscreen voting
machines for 1,500 used optical scan voting machines, with those 46 Wisconsin counties. Both
types of election apparatus are eminently 'hackable' but the touchscreen equipment has
the additional advantage that it leaves no paper trail. We all remember the recount for
the Kloppenberg-Prosser Supreme Court election, where all those busted open and unsealed
bags of paper ballots left such an untidy spectacle. That all took place in May of 2011.
The Wisconsin county clerks' conference was held in June, and by July, 2011 those brand new "Command
Central" touchscreen machines were in place in Fox Point (wards 1 - 4) for the epic Sandy
Pasch & Alberta Darling State Senate recall race.

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Alberta_Darling_recall,_Wisconsin_State_Senate_%282011%29

A few folks were scratching their heads over the results of that one, too. For one thing, the new
machines came equipped with two ePROMs's (programmable read-only memory) that stores
the machine software. There's one ePROM for "testing functions" and another for actual "election
functions," like tabulating votes. That's still how those units are configured, apparently.

In any event, it's probably worth noting that at that annual Wisconsin county clerks conference
in Ladysmith, in June of last year, the chairperson of the Legislation Committee was Waukesha
County's Kathy Nickolaus.

From the Meet-Command-Central Link:

....{The} meeting featured a break-out session entitled, “Mastering Tough Questions from News Media, Directors and Other Audiences”:

Whether it’s a news event, a hostile public hearing or a difficult internal meeting, the knowledge and skills gained in this class will increase our ability and confidence to succeed as mastering the tough questions everyone fears. By understanding the anatomy of ‘tough questions’ you will gain power of them. Learn response techniques and model answers that you can apply to any situation.


Al Guyant, president of Guyant and Associates, a training firm specializing in human communications, conducted the session. Guyant has prepared clients for 60 Minutes, Dateline and other “tough question” formats... ...Another break-out session was scheduled specifically to spend time with the election vendors: Command Central and Dominion. Command Central was represented by Vice President Aaron Storbeck.


In an interview with Barb With from the Wisconsin Citizens Media Co-op, Aaron Storbeck admitted that all software programming for the vote tabulation process was done by one person, his step-mother, Barb Wahl. Ms. Wahl, the investigators at the Wisconsin Citizens Media Co-op found, had previously been discharged from a position as data administrator for another company, ACS Enterprise Solutions, for repeatedly refusing to take a mandatory online ethics exam that required "an employee... to read workplace scenarios and answer questions about ethical workplace behavior."

According to John Washburn, an election integrity investigator and professional software tester, who has filed multiple requests for information and open records with the State of Wisconsin's General Accountability Board (now within the purview of the Walker administration), the agreement by which the 46 county clerks agreed to accept the new 3,000 touchscreen voting machines for the used 1,500 optical scanner paper-trail voting machines, "violates the statutes issued by the GAB for State approved system as described on the Government Accountability Board’s website that requires the inclusion of an Optech Insight Scanner."

So, with all that in mind, there's no reason at all anyone should have the slightest reason to doubt that our election process in Wisconsin is conducted following responsible and transparent procedures and processes. None of the people who are employed by the voting machine companies or the state of Wisconsin or individual counties has anything to hide. Unlike the effort to "verify the recall" when whole battalions of tea party volunteers were able to download and attempt to cross-check signatures and addresses on recall petitions -- we all know how many fictitious names, cartoon characters and anonymous, ordinary, poor and middle class people signed those -- the fact that this race was considered:

  • too close to call (despite the over-reliance on land lines over cell phones, in some polls, and other skewed survey techniques)

  • the most recent percentage shifts clearly trended towards the Democrats, and

  • there was near-record turnout in most all the Democratic Party's known precinct strongholds


should have made some difference. But on election day none of that apparently had any effect at all.

FAUX News was able to "project that Walker would survive the recall" at 2:08 pm, the middle of the afternoon on June 5th, election day.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1675322440001/fox-news-projects-wisconsins-walker-will-survive-recall/

And it was all over after that. (With who knows how many people discouraged from turning out to vote, after work, with the news of that announcement.)

Nothing to see here, move along.....







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