Thursday, November 18, 2004

Election Watch Continued!

More Electoral improbabilities.

It's a pretty detailed overview of the various charges, including some pretty curious statistical issues:

How do we know the fix was in? Keefer says the total number of respondents at 9 p.m. was well over 13,000 and at 1:36 a.m. it had risen less than 3 percent – to 13,531 total respondents. Given the small increase in respondents, this 5 percent swing to Bush is mathematically impossible. In Florida, at 8:40 p.m., exit polls showed a near dead heat but the final exit poll update at 1:01 a.m. gave Bush a 4 percent lead. This swing was mathematically impossible, because there were only 16 more respondents in the final tally than in the earlier one...
There were thousands of complaints about Florida voting. Broward County electronic voting machines counted up to 32,500 and then started counting backward. This glitch, which existed in the 2002 election but was never fixed, overturned the exit-poll-predicted results of a gambling referendum. In several Florida counties, early-morning voters reported ballot boxes that already had an unusually large quantity of ballots in them. In Florida and five other states, according to Canada's Globe and Mail, "the wrong candidate appeared on their touch-screen machine's checkout screen" after the person had voted.

Crazy talk, yes?

But, as the article ends, "Election results are not final until electors vote on Dec. 12. There is still time to find the truth."

Not that i expect any change in the outcome. I'm guessing that even if it comes out that there was massive, intentional fraud that totally altered the outcome of the election the Republicans will still be able to find enough electors to put Bush into office.

Either that or something ridiculous would happen.

So in a way, it would perhaps be better if this didn't happen until post-election. Sure, we'd get four more years of Bush. But i'm guessing the Republican Party would be mostly destroyed after that.

Of course, all of that depends on whether or not something actually did go wrong; something that is at this point still impossible to predict for certain, despite the overwhelming suggestions that it did.

Anyway. If someone out there runs into any people going "The extremists are the fringe in the Republican Party!" then i would say you should invite that person to stand up to the Republicans majority and say that. But they had better be prepared to join Specter in his now-mandatory daily grovelling sessions. A little bird whispered into my ear that he's forced to wear a leash and leather, too.

"Everything that you're discussing is information you're not supposed to have," barked Pentecostal minister Robert G. Upton when asked about the off-the-record briefing his delegation received on March 25. Details of that meeting appear in a confidential memo signed by Upton and obtained by the Voice.

The ever-incomparable Daily Howler gives a review of Clinton's books. It's not as bad as the media says it is. At least, as long as you aren't an idiot-for-hire. For another example, take a look at how the media, that paragon of informativeness, carefully avoids any mention of the fact that Rice has a problem with the truth. Or perhaps that's too subtle for you? Maybe some reports of how Sinclair started up an explicitly pro-Bush, anti-Democrat show (though it is purportedly non-partisan)?

Orcinus discusses "Healing America".

Now for some Coulterisms!

...Thinking back on my relationship with Ann [Coulter] now, it's dismaying to realize how a certain kind of politics can corrupt every aspect of your life. As with my later relationship with Laura Ingraham, Ann and I never had a serious conversation about politics, or anything else. Instead, we smoked, drank to excess--Ann seemed to live on nothing but chardonnay and cigarettes--and vented our anger and cruelty by hurling all manner of epithets at liberals and the disadvantaged among us. We both eschewed subtlety. To Ann, my "nutty/slutty" line [which was used to virtually libel Anita Hill when she claimed then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her] was a stroke of genius. Our only disagreement was over abortion: Ann called me a "baby-killer."

...She soon grew bored with life [in Washington] and moved on to become a television pundit, where she crafted a niche for herself as a "poster girl for the militia crowd", as New York magazine put it. In her television appearances, Ann regularly labeled Clinton as "crazy," "like a serial killer," "creepier and slimier than Kennedy," "a horny hick," and "white trash." "I think it is a rational question for Americans to ask whether their president is insane," she declared. "I just want to get rid of him." To Ann, Hillar Clinton was a "prostitute." In a CNN segment on the dragging death of James Byrd, an African American man, in Texas, Ann fumed, "There is a constitutional right to hate." She eventually left her job as a commentator on MSNBC after telling a disabled Vietnam vet in a debate, "People like you caused us to lose the war." I never did figure out what Ann was really mad at.
--David Brock in Blinded by the Right, page 180-181

I hope i don't have to point out that Ann Coulter has just recently called all Democrats racists for bringing up legitimate questions about Condolezza Rice's qualifications. Talk about double standard.

And of course: i've updated my game documents a bit. Warning: it's up to 440KB now.


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