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Considering how long this Election season has gone on and how agitated many people have become over something said or done by the Politicians from both parties it's a wonder more people aren't diagnosed with mental exhaustion. Hopefully when it's all over we'll be able to get back to disliking each other over more mundane things but I doubt it.Considering how long this Election season has gone on and how agitated many people... more
Obama, Mitt, white dudes with two first names... I know what you're thinking: After the "Romney Gone Wild" video in which the Republican presidential candidate might as well have sucker punched a handicapped child, are the elections even relevant anymore? Well for the next 3 minutes and 20 seconds they will be. As someone who sheds a crocodile tear every time she votes for the lesser of two evils, I am always left thinking of the biggest evil of all: our broke-ass political system.
Written, produced, directed, and edited by Francesca Fiorentini
Camera by Patricio Guillamón
Follow her on twitter @franifioObama, Mitt, white dudes with two first names... I know what you're thinking:... more
Citizen To Citizen - Thousands of Volunteers Needed in PA to Help Voters Get Photo ID for 2012 ElectionIn Bucks County, PA, where Gen. George Washington crossed the Delaware River, a grassroots group called Citizen To Citizen is alarmed. The state is not helping to locate 25,000 local registered voters or almost one million across Pennsylvania who need photo ID cards to vote in 2012. Volunteer now - 500 should come forward for Bucks County and 1,000's should join in across PA or these votes will be lost. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-230-3579.In Bucks County, PA, where Gen. George Washington crossed the Delaware River, a... more
The clock's ticking
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/08/gop-election-theft-and-motivating.html#axzz24B18KfDuThe clock's ticking... more
Watch this video to ensure you know how to register to vote and what to bring with you to the voting booth!
In 2011, Florida made some important changes to its voting laws. Ever Floridian needs to understand these changes particularly African Americans, Latinos, young voters, and women. These changes address how civic groups register people to vote, who is eligible to vote and when people can vote.
http://NCLR.org/registerWatch this video to ensure you know how to register to vote and what to bring with you... more
Low Information Voters Moving To Canada Because Of SCOTUS Decision On Affordable Healthcare Act. Yeah!Photo From This Site: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baby-Boomers-and-Seniors-against-Re-Election-of-Barack-Obama/291803560876800?sk=info
Low Information Voters... Critical Thinking? Not for these folks, as long as there are entities like Fox News, Religious Dogma and Rush Limbaugh to tell them WHAT TO THINK, the rationalizing will go on and on. thinkingblue
Low Information Voter
One who votes based on information gleaned from other low information voters, rumors, viral emails, and FOX "News". (Let us not forget the biggest LOW INFORMATION VOTER, Rush Limbaugh - but his LOW INFORMATION is for his listening audience only, you know the Ditto Heads... HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE IS DOING, ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK)
Low Information Voters are skewing the electorate in favor of the corporatocracy because they don't have the curiousity or ability to research facts for themselves. Low Information Voters will vote against labor unions, in spite of the fact that the labor unions are responsible for getting them the 40 hour work week, decent wages, employer provided health insurance, vacations, lunch hours, and breaks, among other things. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=low+information+voter
So many of the Fox viewers wish to move to Canada because they are angry at the Affordable Healthcare Act, which was passed by SCOTUS, well maybe they ought to reconsider and move to Costa Rica along with Rush Limbaugh... GOOD RIDDANCE to stupidity! thinkingblue
The Voices Of Reason On Health Care ReformPhoto From This Site:... more
Corrupt Judge David P. Kreider now taints the 2012 election process from his base in "Gator Country"UPDATES:
(11/05/2012) http://current.com/technology/93952291_gatorgait-update-keepandshare-com-engages-in-unnecessary-censorship-and-in-doing-so-the-company-in-effect-aids-the-criminal-co-conspirators.htm , and
This pertains to public corruption that has extended to the 2012 election process. It once again involves Florida. The public should be aware.
The above webpage is constantly updated as new developments arise. It is the gateway to some serious corruption and a major cover-up attempt.
FYI, this matter also relates to the “Gibson Case” and the matter has grown to the point that the resultant scandal now involves several people. Some of those involved are as follows:
David P. Kreider, Alachua County Court Judge (see http://circuit8.org/kreider )
Martha Ann Lott, Ex - Chief Judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida (see http://circuit8.org/lott ) [Embattled Martha Lott resigned from her chief judge post subsequent to becoming embroiled in this scandal which has started to implode; her resignation was announced on 04/09/2012 and was reported to have gone into effect on 04/05/2012.]
*For information about Martha Lott’s resignation see
-"The Gainesville Sun” article dated 04/09/2012 at http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120409/ARTICLES/120409606
-8th Judicial Circuit of Florida official press release dated 04/10/2012 at https://circuit8.org/web/news/4-10-12%20Chief%20Judge%20Roundtree.pdf
Spencer Mann, Chief Investigator for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida’s State Attorney’s Office (see http://sao8.org/Chief%20Investigator.htm )
J.K. “Buddy” Irby, Alachua County Clerk (& Clerk of Court) / Clerk of the Circuit Court for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida (see http://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/Clerk/Pages/Clerk.aspx/ )
William “Bill” Cervone, State Attorney for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida (see http://sao8.org/ABOUT%20WILLIAM%20CERVONE.htm )
Denise R. Ferrero, Alachua County Court Administrative Judge (see http://circuit8.org/ferrero )
Ted McFetridge, Court Administrator for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida (see http://circuit8.org/court-administrator )
Robert Roundtree, Chief Judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida (see http://circuit8.org/roundtree )[he replaced Martha Lott in April 2012 upon her resignation]
Pam Carpenter, Alachua County Supervisor of Elections (see http://www.myfloridaelections.com/fsasedir.php?detail=Y&County=Alachua )
Paula M. DeLaney, Chair of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (see http://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/BOCC/Profiles/Pages/Delaney.aspx )
Polly Cheshire, Alachua County Court Program Specialist
Everything stated here and at the above referenced "source webpage" is true and supported by two irrefutable reports and extensive corroborating evidence that is in the possession of agencies, including those within Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit (and the Chief Judge’s office and Chief Investigator Spencer Mann of the State Attorney's Office). The comprehensive reports and evidence span a total of more than 100 pages and in-depthly detail criminal activities carried out under the color of law by criminal/judge David P. Kreider and various other co-conspirators. As indicated above, serious corruption and a major cover-up attempt is in play.
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California - which has a budget crisis (that when scaled) is equal to or greater than the country's - has a bipartisan "supercommittee" called the Think Long Committee to generate ideas for how to get the state out of the mess it's in. That's not a bad idea. Undoubtedly, someone should be thinking long.California - which has a budget crisis (that when scaled) is equal to or greater than... more
In March, Campus Progress revealed that ALEC played a major role in the spate of “voter ID” legislation that President Clinton and many others have identified as extremely racist and the most abominable efforts toward disenfranchisement since the Jim Crow laws.
Campus Progress and other progressive organizations are working to expose the real story behind ALEC and its members, but the most inspiring tales come from local efforts like one in New Orleans. On Aug. 5, the Student Labor Action Project at Louisiana State University is coordinating with other activists from the area to protest at the group’s plush, exorbitant annual summit in an effort to hold them accountable for their actions. http://tinyurl.com/4xrmvarIn March, Campus Progress revealed that ALEC played a major role in the spate of... more
Ohio State Rep. Robert Mecklenborg, the sponsor of a controversial voter ID bill who was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence with Viagra in his system and a stripper in his car, resigned his position over the weekend.
The latest blow against the GOP representative came last week when it was learned that four days after he was charged with DUI, Mecklenborg signed a driver's-license application in Ohio saying that he did not have any outstanding vehicle citations. Mecklenborg, 59, had an expired driver's license when he was pulled over by an Indiana state trooper April 23.
http://tinyurl.com/3hft3saOhio State Rep. Robert Mecklenborg, the sponsor of a controversial voter ID bill who... more
While I do not know what millions upon millions of Americans think about the current status of our political system, I personally have had it. I am tired of the political strategists, pundits, politicians who have no chance of being elected president, Democrats and Republicans, people who so easily refer to the states in which voters reside as red, blue, or in some cases, purple. As a matter of fact, the last time I checked my own political ideology and party affiliation, no color of any sort was associated with my being an American first.
I see our current political system in disarray and the only way I see America moving forward under either President Obama or the next President of the United States will depend on whether we, the American voters, demand that civility be put back into our politics. So, in an attempt to help put civility back into our politics and further my desire to change politics as usual in America, I have developed a simple guide to help voters like myself. This guide is intended to help others how to become knowledgeable of different political ideologies and includes some basic tools that can be used achieve a greater awareness and understanding of them.
Absent anyone else to my knowledge who is attempting to do I am attempting to do here, it is my hope that my efforts will serve as a catalyst to further discussions on this extremely import issue. After all, America can only be as great as the people who ultimately elect their politicians to represent their interests at the local, state, and federal levels.
And it is my belief that our individual political ideology is based on our respect for the political ideology of others regardless of party affiliation, civil discourse, a willingness to work together across party lines in the best interest of America and its people, and ultimately, exercising the lost art of legislative compromise.
I welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions that will help me further develop this guide. To view my "Guide to Political Awareness and Understanding," please visit http://philsview.wordpress.comWhile I do not know what millions upon millions of Americans think about the current... more
There’s No Voter Insurrection — Americans Are Poorer, Unemployed, and Not Fired Up About Politics « SpeakEasyIt is in the nature of the 24-hour news cycle to dissect each and
every vote, poll and throwaway comment, searching for meaning like an
ancient seer rummaging through bird innards or a boom time stock
trader decrypting Alan Greenspan’s every word. Joe Sestak’s victory
over war (or Trojan) horse Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania’s Democratic
primary is just such an event, launching a thousand prognostications,
talking heads chomping at the bit to control the spin. Combined with
Tea Partier Rand Paul’s win in Kentucky, Arkansan Blanche Lincoln
getting forced into a runoff, and Utah GOP Senator Bennett’s primary
loss, a narrative is coalescing: the American electorate–as amorphous
a thing as the much mythologized “Arab street”–are in an
The New York Times Matt Bai well summarized the conventional wisdom:
“Voter insurrection has gone as mainstream as Miley Cyrus,
and to the extent that the parties in Washington take comfort in the
false notion that all this chaos is fleeting, they will fail to
internalize the more enduring lessons of Tuesday’s
For Bai, the lessons are clear: outsider candidates are now better
poised to topple the mighty; less identification with the two major
parties leaves primaries vulnerable to energetic ideologues; and a
resurgent outside-the-Beltway sentiment threatens all that was sacred.
But if Philadelphia is any indicator, Bai and others largely miss the
bigger point: most Americans are back to their well-deserved cynicism
towards politics. They’re poorer and unemployed and aren’t really that
fired up about anything.
In Philly, almost no one voted. As usual. People (especially Specter
supporters like Governor Ed Rendell) blamed the rain. But Tuesday’s
turnout was on par with other years. Just about 2 out of 10 registered
Democrats bothered to show up, and it really wasn’t that rainy. The
Obama phenomenon–what Discovery Channel host Sarah Palin likes to
call “that hopey, changey stuff”–was a blip. Obama took over the Wall
Street bailout and two wars, while rolling out a diminutive stimulus
package that barely staunched runaway job loss.
I voted for Sestak. Despite his profoundly uncharismatic delivery on
the stump, I didn’t think Specter could be trusted. But almost no one
in Philly, and throughout the entire Keystone State, gave a damn. And
that’s the story the media isn’t telling. Reporters are biased towards
finding a narrative, and towards trumpeting change instead of trying
to explain persistent continuity. We also tend to assume that other
people think about politics as much as we do.
Sometimes news isn’t new. Indeed, some of the most troubling things
about this country are very, very old. The Tea Party, for instance,
has never been that much of a mystery. Why did we need a New York
Times poll to tell us that this was the same old far right? It’s
not breaking news because it’s the same old story. But it bears
repeating.It is in the nature of the 24-hour news cycle to dissect each and every vote, poll... more
In the studio, Saleha Ali interviews Dave Bowden from the Institute of Ideas on their 21 pledges for progress 2010 campaign. The IoI proposes 21 pledges to put to your MP from open borders to an end to booze bans. The charity WORLDwrite is backing their campaign to re-enfranchise the electorate by putting big issues back on the agenda not sound bites or voting for the sake of it.In the studio, Saleha Ali interviews Dave Bowden from the Institute of Ideas on their... more
Overseas election monitors and international observers receive training in spotting voter fraud and corruption to safeguard democracy. Tools and techniques include colour charts, tweezers, chains and padlocks as well as assertiveness training.Overseas election monitors and international observers receive training in spotting... more
Sylvia Pankhurst fought for the right to vote with a capital “V”. She believed in social transformation and supported the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Statues of her mother Emmeline Pankhurst and a plaque commemorating her sister Christabel Pankhurst feature outside the Houses of Parliament but where is Sylvia? This taster of a film in the making suggests Sylvia is a woman worth remembering. There are numerous opportunities to get involved in the development of this film. If you are interested, do drop us a line.Sylvia Pankhurst fought for the right to vote with a capital “V”. She... more
In a cafe in East London, prospective MPs including Diane Abbott are given the third degree. Volunteer Naomi Lamb remains unconvinced and says she is not going to vote. The Conservative Mayoral candidate for Hackney, Andrew Boff puts the boot in and tells Naomi to at least vote against him. Diane Abbott argues that blacks in South Africa and suffragettes died for the right to vote and says that those who do not vote are letting the middle ground win. Spiked’s Brendan O’Neill argues this amounts to blackmail and contempt for the public. The suffragettes and black activists fought for the right to vote to bring about social change he points out, not to elect this lot. What do you think?In a cafe in East London, prospective MPs including Diane Abbott are given the third... more
Sylvia Pankhurst fought for the right to vote with a capital “V” as she believed in social transformation not just the ballot box. Statues of her mother Emmeline Pankhurst and a plaque commemorating her sister Christabel Pankhurst feature outside the Houses of Parliament but where is Sylvia? This taster of a film in the making suggests Sylvia is a woman worth remembering. There are numerous opportunities to get involved in the development of this film. If you are interested, do drop us a line.Sylvia Pankhurst fought for the right to vote with a capital “V” as she... more
On the streets of East London, volunteers take the public seriously, investigate preferences and whether voting is considered a duty. The responses are salutary.On the streets of East London, volunteers take the public seriously, investigate... more
FRANKFORT — A former Clay County precinct worker testified Friday that top election officers in the county taught her how to change people's choices on voting machines to steal votes in the May 2006 primary.
Wanda White testified that Clerk Freddy Thompson — the county's chief election officer — helped show her how to manipulate voting machines along with Charles Wayne Jones, the Democratic election commissioner.
The scheme involved duping people to walk away from the voting computer before they had finished their selections, then changing their choices, said White, the Democratic judge in a precinct in Manchester.
White said she stole more than 100 votes that election.
"It was easy done," she said.
White said she also went into the booth with people who had sold their vote to make sure they cast ballots for the candidates who had paid.
White testified Friday in the continuing trial of eight Clay County residents who allegedly took part in a scheme to rig elections over several years.
Those charged are former Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle; former county school Superintendent Douglas Adams; Thompson, who is still clerk; Jones; William Stivers, a former election officer; Magistrate Stanley Bowling; and William "Bart" Morris and his wife, Debra.
The eight have strongly denied the charges and say witnesses against them have lied to help themselves. Most witnesses so far have been convicted felons who would like to get their sentences cut.
White, who is in her early 40s, said she agreed to help the FBI in return for not being charged. That deal requires her to testify truthfully, she said.
Defense attorneys haven't yet cross-examined White.
White said Maricle, then the circuit judge for Clay, Jackson and Leslie counties, asked her to switch her registration from Republican to Democrat and serve as an officer in a Manchester precinct in the 2006 primary.
Maricle's son-in-law, Phillip Mobley, planned to run for property valuation administrator that year. Her understanding was that Maricle wanted her to work inside the polling place to help rig the election for Mobley, White said.
The vote-buyers took advantage of some confusion caused by new voting machines the county had that year, White said.
The machines had a "Vote" button that people could push to review their choices, then a second button they had to push to record the choices and finish voting.
At Maricle's direction, she went to Stivers, who taught her about distracting voters so they would leave the machine after pushing the review button, but before they'd recorded their choices, White said.
Thompson and Jones used a voting machine to show her and Charles "Dobber" Weaver how to change votes, White said.
White said they did that at the clerk's office after legitimate training for all election workers. She and Weaver stayed late to learn how to manipulate the machines, White said.
Weaver, then the Manchester fire chief, was the Republican judge in the precinct where White was the Democratic judge in May 2006.
White said that even though she and Weaver were of opposite parties, they worked together on Election Day.
She would strike up conversations with people she knew, White said, ushering them away from the voting machine while Weaver slipped in to change votes, or changing votes herself when Weaver got someone to step away too early.
White said the two other officers at the precinct — Manchester lawyer Carl Anthony Short and Lucy Marcum, the sister of then-Jailer Charles Marcum — were aware of the fraud.
The alleged scheme also involved buying votes, White said.
Bowling identified people who would sell their votes that year, while the Morrises and others took part in paying people, White said.
Mobley won the election. At a celebration at his house that night, Maricle told her, "You could've done no better," White said.
Several witnesses have testified that it was customary in Clay County for slates of candidates to join together and pool their money in a unified vote-buying effort.
White said the slate Mobley was on in 2006 — the one she was to work for — included judge-executive candidate Carl "Crawdad" Sizemore; Tommy Harmon, who was running for magistrate; Kevin Johnson, who was running for sheriff; and Circuit Clerk James Phillips, who was seeking re-election.
White did not testify that she saw any of those candidates put in cash for vote-buying.
She did say, however, that she was aware of a number of people putting up cash to buy votes in earlier elections, including Jennings B. White, who was clerk two terms; Judge-Executive James Garrison; and Barbara White Colter, who served several terms as state representative.
Colter lost in 2002. When she tried a comeback in 2004, she borrowed $20,000 from Kennon and Wanda White to buy votes, Wanda White said.
Colter repaid the money before the election, which she lost, White said.FRANKFORT — A former Clay County precinct worker testified Friday that top... more