ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES – HACKED??

 

It is still over a year before the 2016 elections.  However, it’s time to get these electronic voting machines out of the system before then.  These machines can be easily hacked and voting results changed.

Anyone can affect the election process if they have enough money to actually make and distribute these electronic voting machines!  How one purchase was done is downright “diabolical” and too detailed to write here.  You can find those details at allvoices.com posted in 2012.

The public has no knowledge of this under-handed takeover of our election process by corporations.  We have no ability to verify election results.  Following are the results of a study by Princeton University and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs titled “Security Analysis of the DIEBOLD AccuVote-TS Voting Machine”.  This is a short synopsis of the report:  The details of the analysis are in the main body of this report.

1, Malicious software running on a single voting machine can steal votes with little risk of detection.  Even forensic examination of these records will find nothing amiss!

  1. Anyone who has physical access to a voting machine, or to a memory card that will later be inserted into a machine, can install said malicious software using a simple method that takes as little as one minute.  Poll workers and others have unsupervised access to the machines.
  2. Machines are susceptible to voting-machine viruses that can spread malicious software automatically and invisibly from machine to machine. Installing vote-stealing program on every machine it infects.

Although the analysis was of Diebold’s software, there are other companies making these machines as well.  For more information search “Electronic Voting Machines”.  The depth of the electronic voting machine problems is amazing!

These were just a few of the problems in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Elections:

  1. In the key swing state of Ohio, election monitors were overwhelmed by complaints of G.O.P. orchestrated voter suppression and fraud.  Many voting-machine “glitches” were reported including votes were flipped from Kerry to Bush.  Officials moved ballots illegally to another building and counted them out of public view with no oversight.  In one Ohio precinct, exit polls indicated that Kerry should have received 67 percent of the vote, but the “certified tally gave him only 38 percent.  The odds of such an unexpected outcome occurring only as a result of sampling error are 1 in 867,205,552.
  1. In Wisconsin in 2010, the new governor, Scott Walker was being voted on for Recall.  The 2011 race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court would be of crucial importance.  The election was ultimately decided by Waukesha county clerk, Kathy Nickolaus, who
    discovered” 14,300 votes on her computer late on Election Night.  This amount of votes handed the victory to the conservative incumbent, Justice David Prosser.
  1. In another election, voters and campaign workers reported that the ES&S touchscreen machines “flipped” votes to one candidate all day long!  Meanwhile, the absentee ballots – which were counted by hand – told a different story.  In half of the state’s forty-six counties, there was a 10 percent disparity between absentee ballots and those counted by machine.

Today there are 31 states that have Republican governors and 26 states that have Republican secretaries of state.  A couple of them, Florida and Ohio (with election fraud) put George W. Bush in the White House in 2000 and 2004.  In both states, the presidential election was decided by governors and secretaries of state in control of the voting process and final vote count.  Former Gov. Jeb Bush and his Secretary of State, Katherine Harris used computerized electronic registration fraud to eliminate tens of thousands of votes!  This election was won by G.W. Bush by less than 600 votes!  Today there are more Republican states that can do the same thing with the electronic voting machines!  For more details on the 2000 and 2004 elections search “The Stolen Presidential Elections” by Michael Parenti.

It is deplorable these machines are still being allowed in the voting system.  They need to be taken out of the system before any more elections!  Why hasn’t something been done about this after the 2000 or 2004 “rigged” elections?  Ooops!  I forgot.  Republicans were in charge then!  So, the question is “why haven’t the Democrats done something about this??” Isn’t it bad enough we have the corporations “selecting our government officials” through millions of campaign donations to anyone that will do their bidding?  Do they really need rigged electronic voting machines too??  The only voice we have in our government is our vote.  If that can be manipulated with money and electronic voting machines we have no true democracy in this country!

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BERNIE SANDERS GETS NO RESPECT! NO LAUGHING MATTER!

Of all the articles written about Bernie Sanders by “political journalists” and comments by TV show political pundits, every one of them has said he can’t win.  I haven’t read one article or heard one pundit expressing doubt that Hillary Clinton could win.  Why is that??  Hillary Clinton received “star attention” even before she announced her candidacy for president.  Bernie Sanders did not get the media attention until he drew thousands of people to his events.  Why is that?  Here we are, barely starting this presidential campaign and all bets are on Hillary!  What is it with these “mainstream” news sources?  Even the New York Times had an article that Bernie can’t win! Usually they hold opinions until much later in the campaign.  Evidently, they all refuse to “go outside the box” when it comes to political reporting!  Either that – or – they are all Hillary Clinton supporters!  I prefer to think of it as no “outside the box” thinking.

In the short time Sanders has been a candidate, he has brought up issues the American people are most concerned with.  He is sincere, forthright and pulls no punches on what needs to be done to get America back to the country it was and could be again now.  Sanders has never wavered on his principles during the entire time he has been in politics!  He has never changed his mind on one issue. He will not accept any money from corporations or billionaires for his campaign.  His funding comes from the “grass roots” of America.  What does it take to give this man some respect?  Rather than writing/saying “he can’t win, why don’t they listen to what he is saying instead of dismissing him as a viable presidential candidate??

This same group of political reporters have “fawned over Hillary” like she is already the winner!  They haven’t asked her the questions they have asked Sanders.  Why not?  They just follow her around like little “puppy dogs” hoping they get some “air time” with her!  What has happened to the state of journalism in this country?  Is there no independent thinking among them?  Some are as bad as the “politicians” who do nothing but “play it safe”!  The state of the news outlets are as bad as the state of politicians these days!  Everyone is eating the same “pabulum”!!

One of the many important issues Sanders has been talking about is Wall Street and bank regulations.  During his administration, Bill Clinton signed the bill for de-regulating these institutions!  He basically shut down the “Glass-Segal” regulations that had kept these institutions in check for years.  Has anyone asked Hillary what she would do to bring back the much needed regulations?  No!  No one has!  Bill Clinton signed the NAFTA Agreement when he was president.  This agreement sent American jobs overseas and had disastrous health effects on the workers in those countries.  Did anyone press Hillary about Obama’s TPP Agreement?  No!  No one did!  I could go on with many more issues Sanders has addressed that Hillary has avoided even answering.  The news media sure hasn’t!!

Joan Walsh, Editor at large for Salon called Sanders supporters “Deranged Clinton Haters”!  Can you get any more “biased” than this and still remain a “professional journalist”??  I have admired Walsh in the past but I have no respect for her now and will no longer read any article written by her or listen to anything she has to say!

Eugene Robinson, a respected journalist and one I still admire, gave all the reasons why Sanders could win… but… the end result was the same.  He didn’t think Sanders could win.   One of Robinson’s remarks was “Let’s hope he makes this race interesting”!!  WHAT??  I think Sanders has already made this race very interesting!!  However, let me add I am not putting Eugene Robinson in the same “class” as Joan Walsh.  Her article was venomous and insulting to Sanders and his supporters!  Robinson’s was just the opposite, he wrote fairly about Sanders and gave his opinion, nothing more.

My intention was not to use any names of writers in this article but I do so to point out not all journalists are mean spirited or “biased” like Joan Walsh.  Eugene Robinson is a good example of what a journalist should be. Give us the facts and let us decide who will win!

 

 

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN BLOWS BUGLE FOR WAR!!

 

Sen. John McCain on his “bully pulpit” in the Senate wants us to go back to a “full blown war” in the Mideast, AGAIN!!  McCain uses ISIS as his reason.  This is a senator who has seen enough wars to last a lifetime.  Yet, he refuses to admit going into the Mideast (Iraq) the first time, under the G.W. Bush presidency was a disastrous mistake with ISIS as one consequence of this war!  McCain called President Obama “delusional”!!  It appears McCain is the delusional one.  He keeps on talking like a “broken record”, repeating the same thing over and over again.  “War…War….War”!!  McCain is no longer a “viable” Senator. He should have retired a long time ago!

I used to respect McCain for “telling it like it is” but that was “many elections” ago.  He is now just another “puppet” for the Republican establishment.  Neither he nor the Republicans do anything for the American people.  All they do is put roadblocks in the way when President Obama tries to.  I no longer have any respect for McCain!

I know McCain is an old war hero and I thank him for his service to our country.  However, wars in the present are not like the wars in the past.  We cannot agree with a demand for another war just because it is being promoted by a war hero. There were many heroes in the same war McCain fought in.  Many of them were tortured as McCain was.  Many of them never returned home or had the opportunity to become a Senator and amass a fortune.  Let’s deal with the present.  The past wars are a painful reminder of the consequences of them.

These wars are promoted by the “Military Industrial Complex” for profit.  They supply the equipment needed to continue these wars.  President Eisenhower warned us of this and now it is a fact!  The fact the Joint Chief, Martin Dempsey, goes to the same Senate hearing for the sole purpose of “warning” us that Iran is still dangerous and poses a serious threat (duh!) is not a “coincidence”.  This is a concerted effort on both McCain and Dempsey’s part to promote more war!  This country is in a “vicious cycle” of being involved in the Middle East where war will not change the minds of the people in these countries.  There are generations upon generations of different religious sects that war with each other to impose their religion on the weakest sect at the moment.  We have no business being involved in any of these wars!  Any reason to do so is grandiose and “delusional”!!

AFTER THE 4th OF JULY – WHAT CHANGES??

 

We have celebrated our U.S. Independence this week-end.  We’re feeling good about our freedom and living in America. We’re full of good food and drink, watching the fireworks and sharing with friends.  Happy to have the week-end to just relax and have fun.  Right??  That’s all good.

Now…. how are we going to make this “freedom for all”?  To make the statement President Abraham Lincoln made in his Gettysburg Address of 1863 a reality??   You know.  The one in the United States Declaration of Independence that reads:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

None of us are truly free until all of us are free from racism and bigotry.  Our lives are affected by the hatred of others whether it is towards us or someone else. How did we feel when we read about the February, 2012 killing of a teenage African American, Trayvon Martin, by a “self-appointed” neighborhood watch coordinator, George Zimmerman,  in Sanford, FL?  This “neighborhood watch” program was administered by the local Police Department?  How did we feel when we read about an African American church having Bible Study when a white man joined them with the purpose of killing them?  Nine of these church members were killed. How did we feel when we read about all the African American churches being set on fire?  This is just a minute fraction of what many African Americans endure every day in this country.

There was an article written on September 10, 2014 in the publication “Mother Jones”, sub heading “Crime and Justice, Race and Ethnicity, Top Stories”.  The article’s title is “Here’s the Data That Shows Cops Kill Black People at a Higher Rate than White People. Another article dated December 8, 2014, is “Unarmed People of Color Killed by Police 1999-2014 on the web site Gawker.com.  Let me be clear.  I am not saying all police are guilty.  Most are people just doing their jobs trying to serve and protect us.  What are we going to do about those who don’t?

How do we feel when politicians blame the Muslim community every time we have a terrorist threat in our country?   As we celebrated the “freedom and pursuit of happiness for everyone” in our country, a member of the United States Congress, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said “Because if there is a threat, if there is gonna be something happening, it’s gonna come from the Muslim community.”!! This is an elected member of congress who is supposed to uphold and support the United States Declaration of Independence and Constitution!! When someone in this powerful position can get away with a “bigoted remark” such as this, there is a very serious problem in our country, whether we want to admit it or not!  According to the New York Times, since the terrorist attack on September 11th, 200l, nearly twice as many people have been killed by White Supremacists, anti-government fanatics, and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims”.  What are we going to do about this?

How does it make us feel when a member of the U.S. Congress calls our President a liar during his “State of the Union” speech to congress and the nation?  How does it make us feel when members of the U.S. Congress and citizens of our own country slander our President and tell lies about him?  How did it make us feel when we heard the Republican Majority leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said the top priority of the Republican Party is to make President Obama a one term president. This was on the very night of President Obama’s Inauguration? How does it make you feel when the Republicans obstruct everything President Obama tries to do for the American people?  What are we going to do about this?

How did we feel when Donald Trump made the terrible “racist” remarks about Mexicans?  How does it make us feel when other candidates running for the presidency of these United States remain silent about this behavior?  How does it make us feel when candidates running for the presidency of the United States do not accept the highest court in the land (U.S. Supreme Court) decision on health care or legalized marriage for the LGBT community?  Yet, these same candidates applauded this same Supreme Court when it decided to allow corporations and billionaires to give as much money as they want (without disclosure) to the candidate of their choice in elections.,

How does it make you feel when we see homeless families, hungry children and parents out of work looking for a job that doesn’t even pay the minimum wage while the Corporations and Billionaires (who have no soul) control the very people (members of congress who also have no soul) that could pass laws to help these people?

These acts of inequality do hurt us in ways we don’t even think of.  As long as all citizens of these United States are not treated equal we will never be totally free!  The more I see and read about all these citizens who do not have the “quality of life” the writers of the Declaration of Independence wrote of, I see how much work this nation, as a whole, still has to do to make things “equal”” for every citizen!  What are we going to do about it??

AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCH FIRES IT IS WHAT IT IS –

AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCH FIRES –

IT IS WHAT IT IS – PURE RACISM!

 Anyone who says the African American Church fires are nothing but coincidence are no better than those who set these fires!  The Justice department should be looking for the arsonist(s) and prosecute them.  These church burnings are more acts of on-going hatred that exists in mostly the southern states.  Racism exists in all states but to a much lesser degree than what has happened in these southern states.  As everyone is aware, it goes back to the worst time in our history when African Americans were slaves!

As I said in a previous blog, no one is born with hatred.  It is a “learned experience”, taught and passed down from generation to generation.  Until a new generation is no longer taught this hatred, it will remain.  If the white Christian community would “rally” and speak out against this hatred, show love and equality for everyone, as Jesus taught, maybe it would make a difference.  No matter how small.  It has to start in the communities where this hatred is fostered and lives.

I understand there is no simple solution to the years of racism many people in the south have been able to perpetuate without any real consequence to themselves.  This cannot continue if we are to call ourselves the “United States of America”!  Yes, the Civil Rights Act has given some help but it won’t take away the hatred.  We cannot “legislate” that. This has to be done with “people to people” working together to do what is right.  We have to stand together, as a nation to keep all African Americans from this kind of terrorism!!

 

 

 

THE ‘BOOB TWINS” – TRUMP AND CHRISTIE!

Now that Chris Christie is in the race…..We have a match!!  It will be interesting to see which one will make the most inane remarks until they are no longer relevant in the presidential race.  Not that there aren’t plenty more Republican presidential contenders that make inane and asinine remarks as well!  These two just seem to have a “special inclination” for it!  Oops!  I’m sorry.  I forgot Bobby Jindal!

When Christie talks about how important education is, anyone who reads the news knows this is the guy who fired 6,000 teachers, fought teachers unions and stripped away their pensions. This is the guy when asked by a constituent about education was told to shut up and sit down!

When Christie talks about “compromise”, remember this is the guy who would not compromise with anyone!  Not the Democrats, labor or anyone that did try to compromise with him.  This guy is a bully, has always been a bully and will always be a bully!  That’s how he leads the State of New Jersey and now he wants to lead the United States of America!

So far, Christie’s “leading” has produced an approval rating of 30% in his own state! The state ranks 7th or 8th in the national unemployment rate.  The state’s financial ratings have been downgraded many times.  Christie has no fiscal responsibility. There will always be Bridgegate, not to mention other “shady” deals in his past. There are 9,000 families from the Hurricane Sandy disaster that are still not back in their homes.  A local paper has printed lies he has told throughout his political career. Christie has spent a lot of time out of state working on his next political move, running for president will certainly exacerbate that!  It takes a true narcissist to run for the presidency of the United States with this kind of ‘leadership” record!!

I can hardly wait for the Republican debates!  I wonder who will “make the cut”!