Friday, November 12, 2004

Historical Perspective:
It Was About "Values" After All

This is a very revealing graphic that we first saw at the blog what is this nonsense???. It gives you some food for thought and demonstrates that, the more things change, the more they stay the same:

Monday, November 08, 2004

Video: "We Had a Dream" - A Tribute

I produced a video over the weekend as a tribute to the many thousands of volunteers who gave so much during this campaign. Their efforts and dedication really moved me, and although I did my part as a volunteer and fundraiser, it always felt like I could have done more.

Being a visual person, I find it easier to express my feelings in this fashion. I don't think I could write enough to express how I felt after Kerry's concession. I hope this video really conveys the message, I hope you enjoy it, and please wait for the dedicatory at the end of the video.

Use any of these mirror sites to view the video (your'll need Macromedia Flash player)

We Had A Dream

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NOTE: we need additional mirror sites to spread this tribute. If you have a website, web space, or know of someone who could host this animation, please let me know.
I'll send you the files so you could host it too. The more the merrier!

Thank you.

PS: Mirror links had to be disabled after hosts were the subject of attacks and personal threats received from a bunch of cowardly extremists.

PSS: Just for the record, this video was produced under Fair Law protection (U.S. Copyright Law Title 17 U.S.C.) Fair use covers usage of copyrighted material for most non-profit, creative, free speech and political statements. It also covers the use of copyrighted material as long as it is non-profit, educational, or even meant as a parody.

MSNBC Covers Election Fraud

Amazingly enough, there are still some journalists with guts asking the right questions. Keith Olbermann just reported in MSNBC some serious incidents in the voting recount in both Ohio and Florida. In some precincts with an overwhelming number of registered Democrats (80 or 88%), Bush won by a landslide. This incidence only occurred in those precincts where they used Diebold voting machines.

With the exception of these counties, exit polls reflected the will of the voters within the margin or error.

You can see the report here (Windows Media format):
(Link courtesy of Democratic Underground)

This needs to be investigated further. It is outrageous.

Friday, November 05, 2004

A Few Thoughts on the Electoral Campaign

Only three points I want to make:
  1. Yes, we must recognize that with all of Kerry's values and the fact that he was an excellent candidate, it all went to hell when they decided to do EXACTLY WHAT THE AL GORE CAMPAIGN DID: they took the high road and refused to fight back the lies and smears of the rightwingers. They allowed the Swift Boat fuckers to run amok almost the entire Summer spreading their Nixonian filth, and the Dems didn't start fighting until it was WAY too late.

    We will never win if we keep "taking the high road" and pretending that "dirty politics are beneath us." They beat us by playing dirty all the time. We better learn to play dirty or we are doomed.

  2. When the Democrats had an opportunity to fight back, they pulled lots of punches to appear "moderate." They were scared shitless to be tarnished as "radical," or "angry," or to be associated to Michael Moore, etc. This was, once again, a gross mistake. The Clinton team had a few bulldogs that they promptly sicced on the opposition and the media whenever it was time to counterattack. Carville was notorious for this. The Clinton team had a motto: "if they hit you, you hit back twice as hard." They won two elections by wide margins. They knew the game.

    As posted above, Bush is the worst president in US history. There was plenty of material to use to smash his image and his team of Rovian elves. The Kerry team didn't even scratch the surface, for heaven's sake!

  3. Not just the left in general, but the Democratic Party in particular need to start BEATING THE MEDIA HORSE, and to do it mercilessly. Democrats have been too nice to the media whores for too long, and they have adopted a pusillanimous attitude toward them even in the face of their most outrageous transgressions of ethics and fairness. Someone told me the Democratic campaign people were very afraid to put the media against us. Bullcrap, I say!

    The Republicans didn't turn the media into this cowed right-wing machine by being "nice." For two decades the Republicans have been crying foul, sending letters, attacking the media with accusations of "liberal bias," RELENTLESSLY, until the media got cowed and cornered. They rigged the refs, as Eric Alterman says, and now the media are afraid of looking even slightly liberal.

    Republicans didn't get to this point by playing nice, by playing clean, or by being "reasonable." The right-wing attacked, attacked, attacked relentlessly for two decades until the media went their way. They used letters to the editors, calls to programs, emails to media outlets. They never let down.
We better take a page from the wingnut book, or we will always be the opposition party.

IQ and Voting Patterns

This study says it all:

Comparison of average IQ and voting patterns

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

What I have learned this election... so far

Just a few things:

But apparently, getting consensual oral sex is the subject for impeachment and outrage for years and years to come.

Just a quick reminder about the Supreme Court

There are at least 3 supreme court justices retiring, and depending on Chief Justice Rehnquist's health, it could be 4.

The justices that have spoken of retirement are Stevens, O'Connor, and Ginsburg.

If Bush wins, he will appoint all four and the chief justice. And this will lead to a majority of conservatives in the bench, 7/2.

Chief Justice Scalia, anyone?

And meet your new SC justices: Ted Olson, Miguel Estrada and Priscilla Owen. How do you like the new guys deciding the next 20 years of American law?

Say goodbye to Affirmative Action, Roe v. Wade, minimum wage, Social Security, Miranda Rights, separation of church & state, funding for science, and condoms. Say hello to Patriot Act II, mandatory prayer in schools, social services provided by Evangelical churches, "creation science" in the curriculum, and the Ten Commandments in the courts.

Have pleasant dreams...

Update: Bush 246 - Kerry 216

Colorado for Bush. Maine, Oregon, Minnesota for Kerry.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Update: Bush 238 - Kerry 188

Montana, Idaho and the Dakotas called for Bush.

Florida looks positively re-stolen. When you have Diebold machines, you don't have to worry much about which way Florida would go...

Update: Bush 200 - Kerry 188

They just called California for Kerry, which adds 55 seats to the Democratic candidate.

Florida looks re-stolen. I wonder if they will conduct a study of electronic voting machines there; I'm sure they'll find funny coincidences.

Well, it seems like Zogby's projections were off, like all projections since the 2000 elections (we knew that already).

Still counting Ohio and many other states. This may be along night.

Final Zogby Prediction: Kerry in a Landslide

Boy oh boy!!!!

Zogby International's 2004 Predictions

(as of Nov. 2, 2004 5:00pm)

2004 Presidential Election

Electoral Votes:





Too Close To Call

Nevada (5)

Too Close To Call

Colorado (9)

Again, FOR THE RECORD: this is just an exit poll prediction, and as we remember from the last time around, this may mean nothing after all is said and done. Take it with a grain a salt, but hope it is accurate.Still, as the previous election taught us, we should NOT trust these projections until a week from now... at least!

First Exit Polls

Exit polls from MyDD.com (via Atrios) are in!
Here's what we have so far:

Kerry 45 48 42 60 52 51 51 50 58 52 49 57
Bush 55 51 57 40 48 48 47 48 40 43 49 41

Again, just some preliminary exit polls. If this trend continues, it's KERRY BY A LANDSLIDE!



Good luck!

Monday, November 01, 2004

Latest: Zogby calling it for Kerry!!!

Zogby's prediction:

Bush: 247

Kerry: 264

Tie: Florida (27)


PS: Earlier, CNN gave Kerry 47 to 43 in Florida early votes.

Visualize victory! We are almost there!

PSS: Zogby has changed his prediction this morning, Nov. 2, and has both candidates tied!

Election Advise

As the dirty tricks and Republican shenanigans to disenfranchise voters increase, here are a few recommendations to keep in mind tomorrow when you head for the voting booth:Good luck!!!

TV Alert: Sundance Channel

For those of you with cable:

The Sundance Channel is broadcasting tonight several movies that you (or any of you undecided friends) may want to check out.

Some of them are just extraordinary. This is the list:

7:00pm Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election

8:00pm Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War

9:00pm Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties

10:10pm Bush's Brain

Check local listings for channel and times in your area.

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