And the rotting away of the foundations of democracy continues -- the press rotting away the informed voters by misreporting or failing to report accurately, and voter fraud demolishing any fairness or honesty in the election results (which is a death knell to democracy).
How it is that in Boston most of the precincts' turnouts are well above 100%?
Posted by JFM
Because no attention was paid to the voter registration rolls and the ballot boxes were STUFFED either electronically or with paper ballots !
When the legal uproar over voter ID's began and was upheld by courts, we knew the system would soon be failing. Meanwhile the United States Congress prepares to go on holiday. Forgive me, but I have reached the point of believing this entire process and series of events has been pre-designed and we are simply along for the ride.
In the interim I think I ended understanding how it could be that turnout was over 100 percent. Peole who had not registered for the elctions and voted.
In other words people who were unknown to the voting census and weren't required to produce an ID. In other words people who could have already voted elsewhere, who could have been bussed from another state, who could not even have been citizens or who could not even exist.
What are the Republicans waiting to contest these results? Admittedly that would not make them win in Massachusetts but it would highlight the many shadowy events who happened in the Elmection and would open the way to an impeachment in 2016 (fotr now it is not possible since the Democrats control the Senate. Not unlees some santirail elections are unvalidated.
I think it was Bright Pebbles trying to explain the UN-sanctioned(?) election observer process a month ago. And it was being argued against by the Republicans & Libertarians, who resented being treated like a banana republic (and because it seemed to be set up to focus on Republicans and ignore the endemic problems of the Democratic 'machines'.) It should be clear by now that Chavez et al have learned at the feet of the masters in the US cities, and that we could benefit from properly applied observers (though I have my doubts that such observers would/could be properly applied.)
[Washington City Paper] Tis the season for D.C.'s elected officials to gin up some goodwill by attaching their names to Thanksgiving turkey giveaways.
LL counts at least five councilmembers hosting turkey giveaways this year, including Mayor-For-Life-turned-Ward 8 Councilmember Marion The Bitch Set Me Up Barry, ... the most rapacious politician and the worst administrator, with the possible exception of Boss Tweed, ever elected to public office and then reelected and reelected when he got out of jail... No. That's not true. Boss Tweed wasn't elected to anything... whose annual giveaways almost always generate news.
As in years past, Barry is declining to say who paid for the turkeys he'll be giving away or whether those donors also have contracts with the city.
"Suppose they are," says Barry, who says city contractors shouldn't be barred from being charitable. He says he's keeping his donors secret to protect them from the media.
"You all beat up on good people for doing good things," Barry says. "I'm not ever telling." He adds that several would-be donors to his most recently campaign shied away from giving because they did not want their names printed in his campaign finance reports.
President Obama wants to go on a golf trip to Ireland, but Vice President Joe Biden doesn't want to take him. Biden recounted his conversation with the president during a pit stop in Hoboken, N.J., where he has been surveying the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
"I turned to him, I said, "Barack, now that this election's over, I'm going to Ireland," Biden told the patrons of Benny Tudino's Pizzeria, per the pool report. "You know what he said to me? He said, 'would you take me with you? I want to play golf.' I said, 'I'm not so sure. But I'm going. I'm going to see where my mother is from and my mother's father and my mother's mother.'"
Obama has played over 100 rounds of golf as president. The habit became so pronounced that Republicans turned it into a running joke, to the chagrin of a golf lobbying group.
"As we enter the final stretch of campaign season," WeAreGolf wrote to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., after his RNC speech, "we write to make a request we hope you will receive in the same spirit in which it is offered. Please reconsider your political strategy of criticizing President Obama's passion for golf."
A reply by stimulus recipient ($115 million of a $249 million grant paid out) A123 Systems to an inquiry by Republican Sens. Charles Grassley (Iowa) and John Thune (S.D.) showed the electric vehicle battery manufacturer received nearly $1 million in Recovery Act funds on the day it declared bankruptcy.
The money flow is not likely to stop.
A123 as a whole, or in pieces, is going to be sold to the court-approved buyer(s). That is likely to be either Johnson Controls, which is the lead bidder for the company's automotive business, or Wanxiang Group, which wants to buy the whole company. A123 had an agreement to transfer up to 80 percent of the company's ownership to the China-based automotive parts manufacturer over the summer, but its bankruptcy filing on Oct. 16 -- with Johnson Controls as the new automotive assets purchaser -- nullified its agreement with Wanxiang.
But before that, one of the conditions of the Chinese deal was that all of A123's government grants and tax credits remain intact after transfer of ownership. Presumably that part of the equation makes the company -- otherwise a total failure -- an attractive acquisition.
In his letter to Sens. Grassley and Thune, A123 General Counsel Eric Pyenson acknowledged as much in response to the senators' question about whether A123 still "needed" taxpayer funding with the pending influx of millions of dollars from Wanxiang (before the bankruptcy filing). Pyenson told the senators that A123's grant was not awarded based upon the company's financial needs, but instead to stimulate job creation in the alternative energy sector.
"If A123 (or a potential successor-in-interest to the Grant) needs to expand and/or update its current U.S. manufacturing capacity beyond current capacity," Pyenson wrote, "then it is possible that it may desire to take advantage of some or all of the remaining Grant funds to do so."
In other words, A123's grant is transferable to whoever purchases its assets regardless of nationality, financial condition, or public perception -- at least in the view of its top lawyer. Not only that, but the purchaser will have until the end of 2014 to spend down the grant, after the Department of Energy agreed to extend its terms by two years. A123 was originally required to use the money (and thus "stimulate" the alternative energy economy) by the end of this year. This grace was extended at about the same time DOE cut off the $529 million stimulus loan of A123's top customer, Fisker Automotive, allegedly due to its inability to meet certain milestones, which at a minimum illustrates DOE's inconsistency in grant management policies.
[CNS News] Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Friday that Congress should stop placing legal limits on the amount of money the government can borrow and effectively lift the debt limit to infinity.
On Bloomberg TV, "Political Capital" host Al Hunt asked Geithner if he believes "we ought to just eliminate the debt ceiling."
"Oh, absolutely," Geithner said.
"You do? Will you propose that?" Hunt asked.
"Well, this is something only Congress can solve," Geithner said. "Congress put it on itself. We've had 100 years of experience with it, and I think only once--last summer--did people decide to use it to threaten default on the American credit for the first time in history as a tool for political advantage. And that's not a tenable strategy."
Hunt then asked: "Is now the time to eliminate it?"
"It would have been time a long time ago to eliminate it," Geithner said. "The sooner the better."
Geithner's Treasury Department quietly warned at the end of October that the Treasury would reach current legal limit on the federal government's debt by about the end of the year.
'Tis unfortunately more evidencia that the "fiscal cliff" avoidance Confabs between the Bammer + opposition across the hall is about to SPSPEND SPEND SPEND, I.E. HOW TO EXPAND THE "FISCAL CLIFF", QE'S + DEFICITS, ETC. NOT REDUCE OR ELIMINATE THEM.
SANTA KLAUS IN 2012 JUST L-O-V-E-S HIS GREECE + JAPAN-STYLE, ETAL. EXCESSIVELY HIGH DEBT-TO-GDP RATIOS.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Friday that Congress should stop placing legal limits on the amount of money the government can borrow and effectively lift the debt limit to infinity.
Life imitating art.
Grand Moff Tarkin: [walking in with Darth Vader] The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the Council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.
Does not really matter. At some point in the debt growth chart there is a steep drop off. No one is sure if it is 18 trillion... 20 trillion???? But we all know the borrowing will stop quickly well before infinity.
[Washington Times] A House committee has launched an investigation into whether EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used an email alias to try to hide correspondence from open-government requests and her agency's own internal watchdog -- something that Republican politicians said could run afoul of the law.
The science committee has asked Ms. Jackson to turn over all information related to an email account under the name of "Richard Windsor," which is one of the aliases identified by a researcher looking into the EPA.
The committee has also asked the White House's lawyer and EPA's inspector general to look into the matter and report back by the end of this month, saying that the secret email accounts could have been used to keep key information from official watchdogs as well as the public.
EPA did not respond Friday night to a request for comment.
The researcher who uncovered the "Richard Windsor" alias email, Christopher Horner, has repeatedly battled the administration over its global warming efforts.
Earlier this year he his colleagues at the Competitive Enterprise Institute sued to demand the release of emails from "secondary" accounts from EPA, and cited a memo saying the practice began during the Clinton administration under then-administrator Carol Browner.
Mr. Horner uncovered the existence of the secret emails while researching a book, "The Liberal War on Transparency," published last month. Mr. Horner said after the book came out, two former EPA officials told him about the "Richard Windsor" email and said it was "one of the alternate email addresses she used."
He said he has also discovered some EPA employees setting up private gmail accounts using their first and last names and the word EPA as a standard formula.
[CNN] Less than two weeks after Barack Obama won his re-election campaign, protesters gathered Sunday to call on the president and his administration to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and to act on climate change.
While Republican candidate Mitt Romney said he would support construction of the 1,700-mile pipeline, for the jobs he said the pipeline would create, Obama in the past has rejected rapid approval, citing what he called the "arbitrary nature" of the deadline Republicans proposed for passage and the need for sufficient time for the State Department to gather information necessary for a project that crosses into the American border.
A 1700 mile long pipeline will create thousands of jobs for hard working men and wymin driving F-150's, but will have little immediate impact on the urban poor (leftest voting constituents), nor will it do anything for the OPEC oil sheiks.
"Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 19 where she will be hosted by Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) and participate in a series of discussions with civil society organizations on U.S. multilateral engagement,"
The second woman in the Petraeus scandal is an uncanny socialite who doggedly cultivated the DCI and Gen. John Allen, got them to write letters backing her sister in a custody case--and even jumped her way into talking with an elite para unit.
As allegations mount, Illinois politicians are standing with Jackson -- for now
Even as Democratic Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. ... Congressman-for-Life from Chicago. Reelected in 2012 without having shown his face in the halls of Congress in six months.... battles mental illness and fights allegations of a "pay to play" scheme to win a Senate seat, along with charges he allegedly used campaign funds to purchase lavish personal items, a handful of lawmakers continue to stand by his side.
Jackson, who was absent from the campaign trail, but won re-election in his congressional district with more than 60 percent of the vote, has a strong contingent of supporters left on Capitol Hill.
Fellow Democratic Illinois Rep. Danny Davis says that while Jackson faces mounting problems, it's hard to believe his long-time friend would have engaged in such behavior. Jackson is accused of purchasing a $40,000 Rolex and redecorating his home with campaign finances.
"If he were functioning not in an altered mental or emotional state, he would not have committed those acts," Davis says. "They don't seem like something that a rational Jesse Jackson would have been engaged in. That's not the person I knew."
According to CBS News, Jackson has hired well-known, white-collar defense attorney Dan Webb as he negotiates a plea deal with the government, which could force him to give up his House seat and require him to serve time in prison.
Davis is one of two Illinois lawmakers who has visited Jackson since he underwent treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and hasn't been in touch with Jackson since visiting him at his Washington, D.C., home in late October.
Davis says he remains "hopeful" Jackson can return to Congress to serve his constituents, who have grown irritated by his prolonged absence.
"Many of them are frustrated. And almost anyone would be," Davis says. "They have had such high hopes, and of course Rep. Jackson has amassed a great deal of seniority, and has won placement for very strategic committee assignments, and all of that plays into their hopes that he will be able to bring the bacon home."
While some lawmakers are supportive, they are demanding more of Jackson.
Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin has said he'd like to see Jackson come forward and lay out a plan for when he will return to serve his constituents.
"I think the situation has reached the point where he needs to come out and publicly speak, and answer some basic questions about what he's been through," Durbin told CBS News. "I'm very sympathetic to the mental illness which he's struggling with, but I also understand he has public responsibilities and obligations here."
U.S. Rep.-elect Bill Foster agrees that Jackson must speak up.
"This is something where, for a few weeks, letting someone alone to deal with these very complex problems is the right thing to do, but over time the balance shifts, and he owes it to his constituents, with an increasing urgency, to make a clear statement," Foster says.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.