Archive for July, 2007

Obama on the Move

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

One thing I thought we’d see with this never ending primary cycle was the bursting of the inevitability bubble.

Talk to any Democrat, and chances are they are not convinced of the inevitability of anything. We, as people who have bottomed out and gotten a dose of common sense generally do, take very little for granted. We don’t subscribe to the mantra that if you say something enough times, why golly gee, it must be true.

The inevitability of Hillary was something the wingers like, because it rallies their base nicely, but I never had a conversation with a Dem who said it. Certainly she has her supporters, but she’s got mechanized support, not the voices of the many. Not necessarily the roots, but the average Dem who will go in on Primary day and vote for the one they like the best.

The Machine is nice for raising money, but the net money is more telling. This is where Obama is kicking ass. He has broader appeal to Joe/Jane America. When they send $25 bucks to a candidate because they believe that person is best, that’s $25 bucks that could have been a movie, or school shoes, or a dental co-pay. It represents more than belief, it represents a small sacrifice.

There’s a new round of polls out on Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Obama is on the move.

Clinton 30 (-2 vs. last poll in June)
Edwards 21 (-8)
Obama 15 (+2)
Richardson 13 (+8)
Undecided 15 (+1)

Giuliani 22 (+4 vs. last poll in June)
Romney 21 (-4)
McCain 17 (+4)
F. Thompson 13 (-1)
Gingrich 4 (-1)
Undecided 15 (+1)

New Hampshire
Obama 31 (+6 vs. last poll in June)
Clinton 31 (-3)
Edwards 14 (+3)
Richardson 7 (+1)
Undecided 13 (+2)

Giuliani 27 (+8 vs. last poll in June)
Romney 26 (-1)
F. Thompson 13 (+3)
McCain 10 (-11)
Undecided 13 (-1)

South Carolina
Obama 33 (+12 vs. last poll in June)
Clinton 29 (-8)
Edwards 18 (-4)
Undecided 12 (+1)

Giuliani 28 (+6 vs. last poll in June)
F. Thompson 27 (+8)
McCain 10 (-13)
Gingrich 7 (+1)
Romney 7 (-1)
Undecided 13 (-1)

Is this anymore inevitable than Hillary being a shoo-in? Nope, and I think Obama would be the first to say so. This is, however, a snapshot of right now, and my two cents is that Hillary is just starting to see her horserace. She’d better saddle up.

California’s Electronic Voting Systems Easily Hackable

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

One of the reasons I helped elect Debra Bowen as California’s Secretary of State in 2006 was because of her promise to carefully look into the security and reliability of the myriad electronic voting systems deployed across this state. Having heard about security problems, and having been witness to malfunctioning machines myself, I was not at all comfortable with the assurances of elections officials when they said the electronic systems were perfectly fine.

Well, a newly released report from the Secretary of State’s office has found that four of the systems in use are not secure from hacking at all. In fact, security seems to have been an afterthought (if a thought at all) to the system makers- in this case, Diebold, Sequoia, Hart InterCivic, and ES&S.

Now I’ll grant you that the teams doing the research had access to a lot of company information about the systems and a lot of time to work things out, but others have shown how Diebold’s system could be hacked, and they weren’t given any system info from the company. And frankly, there’s a lot of time between elections- so would be hackers and election hucksters could likely prepare and be ready to alter any election they feel like where electronic voting systems are deployed.

The report (released late last week) is now being assailed by the companies that make them and the counties that purchased them as being “unrealistic, worst-case scenario” testing, but as I explained above, that really isn’t the case for a motivated hacker. And frankly, the rush to install electronic voting systems nationwide following the 2000 elections speaks of too many greased palms and too little due diligence.

Secretary Bowen now must take the obvious next step and decertify these systems, despite the wasted expense to taxpayers. Perhaps some counties can use the study to show they deserve a refund on the falsely represented systems.

Can someone remind me again why we moved away from paper and ink?

<tag> electronic+voting+systems, California+voting+machines, Debra+Bowen, Diebold+fraud, election+fraud, hacked+voting+machines </tag>

No Proof? No Fraud!- Ohio 2004 Presidential Election Records Destroyed In Violation Of Federal Law

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

We’re all at least a little familiar with the claims of election fraud irregularities in Ohio during the 2004 presidential election. Well, despite a federal law ordering the voting records be preserved, in 56 of Ohio’s 88 counties, ballots and election records have been “accidentally destroyed.”

Accidentally destroyed? That’s about as believable as Scooter Libby and Alberto Gonzales memory lapses. But also about as expected from today’s Republican party.

Two-thirds of Ohio counties have destroyed or lost their 2004 presidential ballots and related election records, according to letters from county election officials to the Ohio Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner.

The lost records violate Ohio law, which states federal election records must be kept for 22 months after Election Day, and a U.S. District Court order issued last September that the 2004 ballots be preserved while the court hears a civil rights lawsuit alleging voter suppression of African-American voters in Columbus.

“On the one hand, people will now say you can’t prove the fraud,” said Cliff Arnebeck, a Columbus attorney representing the King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association, which filed voter suppression suit, “but the rule of law says that when evidence is destroyed it creates a presumption that the people who destroyed evidence did so because it would have proved the contention of the other side.”

I guess as long as the president and his administration continue to demonstrate their willful disregard for the rule of law, and as long as the congress and courts do nothing to stop them, the rest of the Republican party feels safe to follow suit. Welcome to the new America, land of the creeps and home of the knaves.

<tag> election+fraud, Ohio+2004+election,, Republican+Party+corruption </tag>

GOP Shying away from CNN YouTube debate

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Color me unsurprised. I can’t think of much to be gained by taking questions from voters who give the current administration a 25% approval rating. There’s plenty of fodder for the question mill, and damn few of them are easy lobs that candidates can use to spring into canned talking point speeches. Paul and McCain accepted. The rest?  


The fact that the GOP candidates don’t want to answer the voters says a lot. Mostly, that all their platitudes about how much they care for the Average Joe is unadulterated bull. They aren’t running for you, folks.  

Now, if YouTube took videos from corporations…

[tag]Paul, McCain, GOP, CNN, YouTube, Debate, No-show, Politics, Election, 2008[/tag]

So You Want Fast, Do Ya?

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Hey BIOphytes, word on the street is you like it fast. Naturally, since we love you guys, if it’s fast you want, it’s fast you get. The BIOsphere is upgrading to a dedicated server. This means no more annoying CPU notices, the page WILL be found, and comments won’t disappear into thin air. Grrr. That happened to me yesterday, so I know from where I speak.

All the BIOsites will be offline starting Friday night, and part of Saturday. They may come back one at a time, or all at once, but when they do, it’ll be fast. REAL fast. Hang onto your hats, and keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times.

See ya on the other side.
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