Friday, October 31, 2008
Yesterday we posted a quick round-up of the various voter-suppression schemes being pushed by Republicans in swing states around the country. And after looking at the list, one thing quickly becomes clear: most of the efforts have failed.
There's no one grand unifying theory for why that's true.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
According to reports out of top Chinese mainstream news outlets, the RAND Corporation recently presented a shocking proposal to the Pentagon in which it lobbied for a war to be started with a major foreign power in an attempt to stimulate the American economy and prevent a recession.
A fierce debate has now ensued in China about who that foreign power may be, with China itself as well as Russia and even Japan suspected to be the targets of aggression.
The reports cite French media news sources as having uncovered the proposal, in which RAND suggested that the $700 billion dollars that has been earmarked to bailout Wall Street and failing banks instead be used to finance a new war which would in turn re-invigorate the flagging stock markets.
The RAND Corporation is a notoriously powerful NGO with deep ties to the U.S. military-industrial complex as well as interlocking connections with the Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie foundations.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
“The authorities can do things at the border that they could never do to citizens and residents inside our country under the Constitution,” said Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. “Yet the government is asserting that some of these powers extend as far as 100 miles inside the actual border. It is a classic example of law enforcement powers expanding far beyond their proper boundaries – in this case, literally.”
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
At least three voters encountered the problem when casting their early ballot on Saturday morning. Franklin Boroughs says he intended to vote for Republican but rather the computer had checked the Democratic candidate instead.
by Hannah Strange
John McCain paid $175,000 of campaign money to a Republican operative accused of massive voter registration fraud in several states, it has emerged.
As the McCain camp attempts to tie Barack Obama to claims of registration irregularities by the activist group ACORN, campaign finance records detailing the payment to the firm of Nathan Sproul, investigated several times for fraud, threatens to derail that argument.
The documents show that a joint committee of the McCain-Palin campaign, the Republican National Committee and the California Republican Party, made the payment to Lincoln Strategy, of which Mr Sproul is the managing partner, for the purposes of "voter registration".
Mr Sproul has been investigated on numerous occasions for preventing Democrats from voting, destroying registration forms and leading efforts to get Ralph Nader on ballots to leach the Democratic vote.
Read more click here
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
David and Patricia Earnhardt Report Their Problems During Early Voting in Nashville
Obama Vote Won't Register, Then Flips to Other Candidate, as Similarly Reported Recently in WV...
Now comes the vote-flipping on touch-screen machines in Davidson County (Nashville), TN where early voting has also begun. This time, the problems occurred for David and Patricia Earnhardt, the director and executive producer of the award-winning election integrity documentary, Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections which details the history of problems with electronic voting across the nation and some of the whistleblowers and EI advocates who've helped to bring the matter to light. [Disclosure: The BRAD BLOG is prominently featured in the film.]
The Earnhardts' story of what happened to them last Friday when, among other things, Patricia's attempt to vote for Obama on the ES&S touch-screen wouldn't register at all, and at one point, with a poll-worker trying to help, had actually registered a vote for Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney --- five rows away from Obama on the screen --- follows below.
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Friday, October 17, 2008
Sacramento— Over the next three weeks, members of the public are invited to give input on the water quality certification process for the dams along the Klamath River. The State Water Board will hold a series of meetings near the Klamath (and in Sacramento) to gather public input for an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) related to relicensing of the hydroelectric dams. Technically, the EIR relates to the 401 Water Quality Certification of Klamath Hydroelectric Project (KHP). The project is owned by PacifiCorp.
Date and Time
October 20, 2008
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Six Rivers National Forest
1330 Bayshore Way
October 20, 2008
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Yurok Tribe Headquarters
190 Klamath Blvd.
Klamath, CA 95548
October 21, 2008
noon – 2 p.m.
Karuk Community Center 39051 State Hwy. 96
Orleans, CA 95556
-----------------------------------State Water Resources Control BoardOffice of Public AffairsPhone: 916.341.5254Fax: 916.341.5252Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, October 13, 2008
The Department of Veterans Affairs presumes that specific disabilities diagnosed in certain veterans were caused by their military service. The VA does this because of the unique circumstances of their military service. If one of these conditions is diagnosed in a veteran in one of these groups, VA presumes that the circumstances of his/her service caused the condition, and disability compensation can be awarded. DIC education and CHAMPVA for spouses of veterans rated 100% or surviving souses late-veterans that died from discussed medical problems
What Conditions are “Presumed” to be caused by their Military Service?
Veterans in the groups identified below: Entitlement to disability compensation may be presumed under the circumstances described and for the conditions listed.
Veterans within one year of release from active duty: Individuals diagnosed with chronic diseases (such as arthritis, diabetes, or hypertension) are encouraged to apply for disability compensation.
Veterans with 90 plus days of active duty and suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)/Lou Gehrig's disease.
Veterans deployed to the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations from August 2, 1990, to July 31, 1991: Individuals diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)/Lou Gehrig's disease is encouraged to apply for disability compensation.
Prisoners of War
(Exposed to Ionizing Radiation)
Gulf War Veterans
(1) Imprisoned for any length of time, and disability at least 10 percent disabling:
· any of the anxiety states
· dysthymic disorder
· organic residuals of frostbite
· post-traumatic osteoarthritis
· heart disease or hypertensive vascular disease and their complications
· stroke and its residuals
(2) Imprisoned for at least 30 days, and disability at least 10 percent disabling:
· chronic dysentery
· malnutrition (including optic atrophy)
· any other nutritional deficiency
· irritable bowel syndrome
· peptic ulcer disease
· peripheral neuropathy
· cirrhosis of the liver
Served in the Republic of Vietnam between 1/9/62 and 5/7/75:
· chloracne or other acneform disease similar to chloracne*
· porphyria cutanea tarda*
· soft-tissue sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi's sarcoma or mesothelioma)
· Hodgkin's disease
· multiple myeloma
· respiratory cancers (lung, bronchus, larynx, trachea)
· non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
· prostate cancer
· acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy*
· type 2 diabetes
· chronic lymphocytic leukemia
*Must become manifest to a degree of 10 percent or more within a year after the last date on which the veteran was exposed to an herbicide agent during active military, naval, or air service.
Participated in atmospheric nuclear testing; occupied or was a POW in Hiroshima or Nagasaki; service before 2/1/92 at a diffusion plant in Paducah, KY, Portsmouth, OH, or Oak Ridge, TN; or service before 1/1/74 at Amchitka Island, AK:
· all forms of leukemia (except for chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
· cancer of the thyroid, breast, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, bile ducts, gall bladder, salivary gland, urinary tract (renal pelves, ureter, urinary bladder and urethra), brain, bone, lung, colon, ovary
· bronchiolo-alveolar carcinoma
· multiple myeloma
· lymphomas (other than Hodgkin's disease)
· primary liver cancer (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated)
Served in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations during the Gulf War with condition at least 10 percent disabling by 12/31/11. Included are medically unexplained chronic multi-symptom illnesses defined by a cluster of signs or symptoms that have existed for six months or more, such as:
· chronic fatigue syndrome
· irritable bowel syndrome
· any diagnosed or undiagnosed illness that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs determines warrants a presumption of service connection
Signs or symptoms of an undiagnosed illness include: fatigue, skin symptoms, headaches, muscle pain, joint pain, neurological symptoms, respiratory symptoms, sleep disturbance, GI symptoms, cardiovascular symptoms, weight loss, menstrual disorders
For more Information, contact the County of Humboldt Veterans Service office at 445-7341
Or the VA @ 1-800-827-1000
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I am a liberal considering running for office on a one issue platform. Abortion. I will run as pro-life and answer no other questions. I will pander to the Christian right for their votes and then do what George Bush did and ignore those dumb people that think that war, torture, financial collapse, education, healthcare and big government are of no concern. Just abortion. A one issue platform. I will probably win.
Now I ask my blog readers...
What should I run for?
People that want to take rights away from Californian's have spent over 20 million dollars on T.V. and Radio ads. Proposition 8 will ammend the California constitution to remove rights granted to Californians. A new poll shows that the campaign is winning the hearts of homophobes all over California. KPIX, San Francisco's CBS television affiliate says their new poll shows prop. 8 winning by 47% to 43%.
KGOE is even running "Yes on Prop. 8" ads. We run all political ads weather we agree with the position or not.
In opposition to the proposition is a U-Tube video called Gender Auditors is available at:http://www.couragecampaign.org/NoOnProp8
If the No on Prop.8 people want to make a buy on KGOE, we will gladly take their money.
I am against this proposition on the grounds that the constitution is designed to spell out what powers are granted to the state, leaving all other rights and powers to the people. Amending the constitution to take away rights from people is the wrong thing to do.
The big lie is that churches are at risk of loosing their tax exempt status. They violate their tax exempt status if they fund political campaigns or tell people how to vote from the pulpit.
Do we want the Muslims, Catholics, Mormons, Baptists, Satanists or Jews funding political campaigns and telling their followers how to vote? I pray not!