Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Mar 5, 2008


● Citizen Reports from the Front Lines

● Ohio: Central count systems do not count ballots at the polling places, but instead transport all ballots to a central location for counting. The transportation phase is perhaps the single riskiest phase in the entire election, especially when there is no record of the count BEFORE the ballots are transported.

● Reports Emerge of Diebold Failures in Montgomery County, Ohio. '40-50 People in Line...4 of 8 Machines Not Working...Poll Workers Didn't Offer Paper Ballots...Get Rid of These Diebold Machines and Get Something That Works!,' Declares one Buckeye Voter. Switch to Paper Ballots Reportedly Going 'Exceptionally Well' in Cuyahoga (Cleveland), So Far, According to New Election Director...

● L.A. County Registrar Chooses to Disenfranchise 12,000 Voters in Final 'Double Bubble' Ballot Tally. But the Good News: Provisional Ballots, Newly Discovered as Uncounted, as Reported by The BRAD BLOG on Friday, Were Ultimately Hand! Joint Legislative Hearing on 'Double Bubble' and Other Super Tuesday Problems to be Held on Friday in Los Angeles...

● Link to daily voting news stories, from around the country...

● Rep. Heather Wilson Accused of Felony Vote-Buying in New Mexico; Reporter Quits After News Director Scrubs Story. Republican Delegate Convention Attendees Paid by Wilson Senate Campaign, According to Report Sourced by Three Eye-Witnesses, Removed from Website After Complaints to Station by Wilson Memo From News Director to Reporter: 'Don't you think if there was anything to it the bloggers would have picked this up?'



● CBS: Estimated Democratic Delegate Scorecard

● Former Kerry primary chief: Clinton nomination 'impossible, really'

● CLINTON SCORES WINS IN TEXAS, OH. Obama wins Vermont; 'irregularities' cited in Texas

● Mental health crisis in N.O.

● Iraq okays deals with oil giants. Big winners: Shell, Exxon, Chevron expected to score Iraqi crude oil. (bd: I'm SURE the Iraqi people want this! Should read: "Puppet Iraqi govt hands over nationalized oil to big U.S. oil giants!").

● Vt. towns approve Bush-Cheney 'indictment' . Symbolic measure calls for arrest of president, VP, if they visit towns

● Bush Is Set to Endorse John McCain Today


Democracy NOW! DISH channels 9410 & 9415, DirecTV channel 275:

Iran Contra 2.0: How the Bush Admin Lied to Congress and Armed Fatah to Provoke Palestinian Civil War Aiming to Overthrow Hamas

In its latest issue, Vanity Fair reports that the White House tried to organize the armed overthrow of the Hamas-led goverment after Hamas swept Palestinian elections two years ago. According to the article, the Bush administration lied to Congress and boosted military support for rival Palestinian faction Fatah in the aim of provoking a Palestinian civil war they thought Hamas would lose. Vanity Fair dubbed the episode “Iran Contra 2.0”—a reference to the Reagan administration”s funding of Nicaraguan Contras by covertly selling arms to Iran. We speak with David Rose, the journalist who broke the story.

DN! transcript or DN! video


Election time means "terror alert" time!

● March Madness: Homeland Security Issues Warning on Sports Arenas

● Crimes by Homeland Security agents stir alert

● The Bush administration periodically put the USA on high alert for terrorist attacks even though then-Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge argued there was only flimsy evidence to justify raising the threat level, Ridge now says

● Toying With Terror Alerts?

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