Betreff: January 5 Newsletter - I want my country back
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Datum: Wed, 5 Jan 2005 19:26:12 +0100

Once again, here it is, free of charge, direct to the Capitol Switchboard:
Several Congressmen including some from Florida are calling for an investigation of the vote machine fraud in Ohio, Florida, and New Mexico along with other irregularities before voting to approve electors from those states on Wednesday of this week.  
 They need one Senator to also contest the electors to get the investigation.  Senator Nelson of Florida is the most obvious.   Everyone contact his local and Washington office tomorrow and ask that he insist on the vote machine fraud being investigated before voting to approve the electors.   
 888-671-4091 Florida residents only.   Others use the Capitol Switchboard # above.


George Bush and the return of Little Black Sambo
     By Jane Stillwater
     Remember Goodman, Schwerner and Cheney -- and the Civil Rights Summer of 1964?  How brave we all were back then as we worked hand in hand for a new world of hope and justice and harmony where "colored people" would be allowed to vote.
     It's 40 years later and "colored people" are still being systematically deprived of their right to vote -- only this time on such a grand scale that it would cause even Martin Luther King's jaw to drop.
     I marched in Montgomery.
     I was at Malcolm X's funeral.
     I taught in freedom schools, I picketed, I marched.  And for every white person like me out on the line, there were at least five "Negroes" risking their lives to have the right to vote.
     Now, 40 years later, George Bush is doing every single thing he can think of to resurrect Jim Crow, Stephen Fetchet and Little Black Sambo.
     In predominantly African-American precincts in Florida and Ohio in November 2004,  absentee ballots were lost, people were intimidated, voting machines were not provided, legitimate voters were "purged" from voting lists, people were instructed to vote on the wrong day, provisional ballots were "lost," votes disappeared and even dead people were allowed to vote as long as they voted for George W. Bush.
     I don't know how African-Americans feel about being placed once again at the back of the bus but I know how I feel.  I am totally pissed off!
     In 1964, civil rights worker James Cheney was lynched because he tried to help secure Black people's right to vote.  His battered body was found at the bottom of a river in Mississippi in the summer of 1964.
     James Cheney died in order to protect EVERY American's right to vote.
     Now there is a new Cheney in town -- a ruthless man who wants to turn back the clock to the bad old days of bigotry, racism and Jim Crow.  Dick Cheney should be ashamed for trying to steal the souls of Black folk.
     "I have a dream where a man will be judged by the content of his character and not by the color of his skin," said Martin Luther King.  And to the bigoted hateful corrupt men in the White House today who are once again stealing the African-American vote, I have this to say:  We stopped this kind of criminal behavior once and we'll stop it again. 
     "We SHALL overcome."
From Zogby:  Pattern of Republican Intentionality Casts New Doubt on Bush Ohio Win.  Jesse Jackson demands Ohio presidential recount, blasts GOP election officials and says Kerry supports the process.
From Vee Brown: Greg Palast on the 'Apartheid Ballot Counting System in America'
Contest the vote at
From Granny Bee:  What if your bank told you they have some good news for you?  That they’re going to save themselves some money by not giving you a receipt on your ATM withdrawals any more.  And they’re going to save even more money by reporting to you monthly only the balance in your account, not the individual transactions that show how they reached that balance?  Would you trust them?  Or would you run lickety-split to another bank?  But that’s exactly what the companies who make voting machines are telling us.
From Dennis Kucinich: "Whatever Happened To Peace On Earth?"
From Sula and the We Do Not Concede Coalition: Tens of thousands of voting irregularities have been documented in Ohio, Florida, New Mexico, Indiana, North Carolina, Washington, Nevada, Texas and many others states!  Is THIS What A Democracy Looks Like?  Is THIS How a Democracy Works?  View/Download Video Footage of Voter Suppression in Ohio Election 2004

Sign the protest petition:

Thanks to "Peter Johnson"

Copy and paste one block of five fax-email addresses into the 'To' field of your email message. Then send it to the Senators.  You are only allowed 5 per day and  we are running out of time so select your five and send five to three friends. Ask them to do likewise.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


From Jane Stillwater:  It took Bush FOUR DAYS to even comment on the tsunami disaster, the worst natural disaster in history.  Is Bush ignoring this because it happened to Asians?  AND Bush promised $15 billion in relief to Africa for the AIDS tragedy.  How much of that has been delivered?  Zero, zip, nada.  Meanwhile 2,000 people A WEEK die of AIDS in Zimbabwe alone, most of them women and children.  Is Bush ignoring this because it happened to Africans?  35 million Americans live below the poverty line, most of them children.  Is Bush ignoring this because it happened to children?  If you aren't a millionaire, Bush doesn't care about you.  Get over it.   

Wear an orange scarf:  To protest election fraud -- and to symbolize our Dubya in an orange jump suit!  Accessorize!

From Jane's friend, Philip: I was there in '64 passing thru the south on our way from San Francisco to Atlanta.  After we crossed the Mississippi we had State Trooper escorts to the next town/city where local police or sheriffs deputies would ride our bumper......... They were eerie days......  [And Bush wants them back!                                            
From Global Black News:  Emergency Leadership Summit Creates Action AgendaTo Deal with New York City's 50% Black Male Unemployment  "If you are not shocked by that number then you are brain dead. There is no constituency - Black, white, male, female - that should be unemployed at the rate of 50% except for retirees."

On Iraq Trip, John Kerry to Skip Election Finale

When Congress meets in a special joint session Thursday, January 6th, 
to count electoral ballots from the presidential race, Sen. John F. Kerry 
will be noticeably absent, thousands of miles away on a fact-finding trip
So why did we waste our time and money on this frat boy?  He is now like bu$h...  AWOL.
Kerry can be contacted via this link:
How can it be controversial to remind people that voting is a civil right? -- A Letter to Clear Channel CEO John Hogan


After reading Jesse Jackson's piece at

I sent the following message to my senators and a similar message to  my representative.

Please stand up for honesty and integrity in our deeply flawed electoral process by joining Rep. Conyers in objecting to the Ohio electoral vote count.  As I understand it, if any senator lends his voice to this call, there will have to be an investigation.  I hope my senators will be at the vanguard of demanding that this bastion of democracy really is a democracy. 

Professionally conducted exit polls simply are not that wrong. Properly conducted poll are not magic, they're science.  It astonishes me that people are more willing to trust unverified and clearly distorted voting results over good science.  When the two don't agree, the scientific evidence deserves to be valued over hackable black box

My own belief is that the main difference between the 2000 and 2004 elections is that the Republican operatives made sure they stole it big enough that the losers would be intimidated into rolling over.  I could be wrong.  But rather than wondering about it, why not find out?

J David Morris

Tuesday, January 4th, 2005

Dear Members of the U.S. Senate,

Welcome back! The 109th session of Congress has just begun. I'm watching you on C-SPAN right now and you all look so snap-happy and clean-faced. It's like the first day of school all over again, isn't it?

I have a favor to ask of you. Something isn't right with the vote from Ohio. Seems a lot of people didn't get to vote. And those who did, thousands of theirs weren't counted.

Does that seem right to you? I'm just asking. Forget about partisan politics for a moment and ask yourself if there is a more basic right, in a democracy, than the right of the people to vote AND have ALL their votes counted.

Now, I know a lot of you wish this little problem of Ohio would just go away. And many of you who wish this are Democrats. You just want to move on (no pun intended!). I can't say I blame you. It's rough to lose two elections in a row when the first one you actually won and the second one you should have won. And it seems this time around, about 3 million more Americans preferred to continue the war in Iraq and give the rich more tax breaks than those who didn't. No sense living in denial about that.

But something isn't right in Ohio and more than a dozen members of the House of Representatives believe it is worth investigating.

So on Thursday at 1:00pm, Rep. John Conyers of Detroit will rise and object to the vote count in Ohio. According to the laws of this land, he will not be allowed to speak unless at least one of you -- one member of the United States Senate --  agrees to let him have the floor.

A very embarrassing moment during the last session of Congress occurred in the first week when none of you would allow the members of Congress who were black to have the floor to object to the Florida vote count. Remember that? You thought no one would ever notice, didn't you? You certainly lucked out that night when the networks decided not to show how you shut down every single member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

No such luck this year. Everyone now knows about that moment of shame. Thank you? You’re welcome.

But this Thursday, at 1:00pm, you will have a chance to redeem yourself.

Congressman Conyers and a dozen other members of Congress have some serious questions about how the Republican secretary of state in Ohio (who was also the state’s co-chair of Bush’s reelection campaign) conducted the election on November 2. The list of possible offenses of how voters were denied access to the polls and how over a hundred thousand of their votes have yet to be counted is more than worthy of your consideration. It may not change the outcome, but you have a supreme responsibility to make sure that EVERY vote is counted. Who amongst you would disagree with that?

If you would like to read more about the specific charges, I ask that you read these two links: “Senators Should Object to Ohio Vote” —by Jesse Jackson and “Ten Preliminary Reasons Why the Bush Vote Does Not Compute, and Why Congress Must Investigate Rather Than Certify the Electoral College”. I am asking everyone on my mailing list to send you a letter joining me in this call to you to do your job and investigate what happened before you certify the vote.

It only takes one member of the House and one member of the Senate to stop the acceptance of the Electoral College vote and force a legitimate debate and investigation. Do you know why this provision is set in stone in our nation’s laws? I mean, why would we allow just two officials in a body of 535 members to throw a wrench into the works? The law exists because nothing is more sacred than the integrity of the ballot box and if there is ANY possibility of fraud or incompetence, then it MUST be addressed. Because if we don't have the vote, what are we left with?

C'mon Senators! Especially you Democrats. Here is your one shining moment of courage. Will you allow the gavel to come down on our black members of Congress once again? Or will you stand up for their right to object?

We will all be watching.


Michael Moore

From Almira:  20 voting facts you should know:  1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies:  Diebold and ES&S.

2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.

3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.
4. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."

5. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be chairman of ES&S. He became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.
6. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, long-connected with the Bush family, was recently caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the Senate Ethics Committee.

7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush's
vice-presidential candidates.<br />

8. ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the U.S. and counts almost 60% of all U.S. votes.
9. Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in by voters.
10. Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.

11. Diebold is based in Ohio.

12. Diebold employed 5 convicted felons as senior managers and developers to help write the central compiler computer code that counted 50% of the votes in 30 states.,2645,61640,00.html

13. Jeff Dean, Diebold's Senior Vice-President and senior programmer on Diebold's central compiler code, was convicted of 23 counts of felony theft in the first degree.

14. Diebold Senior Vice-President Jeff Dean was convicted of planting back doors in his software and using a "high degree of sophistication" to evade detection over a period of 2 years.

15. None of the international election observers were allowed in the polls in Ohio.

16. California banned the use of Diebold machines because the security was so bad. Despite Diebold's claims that the audit logs could not be hacked, a chimpanzee was able to do it! (See the movie here

17. 30% of all U.S. votes are carried out on unverifiable touch screen voting machines with no paper trail.
18. All -- not some -- but all the voting machine errors detected and reported in Florida went in favor of Bush or Republican candidates.,2645,65757,00.html

19. The governor of the state of Florida, Jeb Bush, is the President's brother.

20. Serious voting anomalies in Florida -- again always favoring Bush -- have been mathematically demonstrated and experts are recommending further investigation.

Robert Scheer: Backing Gonzales Is Backing Torture 1/5,0,989235,print.column



Sign the Declaration Against American Torture

Hearings on the appointment of Alberto Gonzales to attorney general of the United States will begin this Thursday, January 6. Serious questions still remain regarding Gonzales' apparent advocacy of torture as a legitimate practice by American soldiers, government agents and contractors.

ActForChange has teamed up with True Majority, MoveOn, Faithful America, Sojourners and Win Without War to call on Alberto Gonzales, nominee for chief law enforcement officer of the United States, members of the U.S. Senate, and other responsible government officials, to sign a Declaration Against Torture, unequivocally renouncing all forms of torture and abuse as instruments of American policy.

The Attorney General is charged with protecting the civil liberties of every American, and the American public must be assured that the person who holds the job is up to that task.

Click here to read the complete Declaration Against Torture and to take action!

Please forward this newsletter to your friends and help spread the word about this important campaign!

Bush Coronation

From: Grandma Mari-- Isn't there something immoral about celebrating and spending all this money when so many are suffering in Asia, Iraq and from the Florida hurricanes?   Who was that dude in Rome?  Ah yes Nero!   The Grave Dancers and Texas Cocaine Fratboy are at it again.
From: Jan- -  All except for his "coronation" is irrelevant for the "Frat Boy".   I hear Maggie is busy constructing his "coronation suit" - "Blazing Orange"
From: Maggie - - Actually I am debating between blazing orange & the conventional black and white prison stripes!    




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