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Connecting The Dots


   "Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything"
-Joseph Stalin
 
  On election night 2004, George W. Bush's campaign analyst Karen Hughes sat the president down to give him the bad news: he had lost the election, big time. Exit polls were clear. John Kerry was winning by a landslide. "Bush took the news stoically," reported the Associated Press.
   Meanwhile, Democratic campaign staffers were so confident of victory that they began to prepare for the transition to the White House, according to the Wall Street Journal. The first wave of exit polls showed Kerry well ahead in virtually every contested state, including the three most important ones:
Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio. Staffers even began to brief the press on how Kerry had won, citing his three convincing debate victories.
   Then the computers took over, changing fact to fiction. Seemingly, millions of Democrats had changed their minds in the voting booth and then lied to the exit pollsters. More likely, it had something to do with the thousands of reported voting machine "irregularities," all of which favored Bush. Republican consultant and Fox News analyst Dick Morris wrote an article for The Hill, concluding, "This was no mere mistake. Exit polls cannot be as wrong across the board as they were on election night. I suspect foul play." Kerry mysteriously conceded even before all the votes were counted.
    A Russian parliamentarian who was part of an international monitoring team, said he was "shocked" by the
U.S. election procedures.  The Interfax news agency quoted State Duma deputy Aleksei Ostrovsky:  "In my opinion there are possibilities to forge the election results and these possibilities are caused by serious, as we see it, violations of the electoral law."
   Questioning the
U.S. push for a new election in the Ukraine, Russian president Vladamir Putin asked, "Need I remind you of how elections were held in the United States?"
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   President Bush's approval rating at the start of his second term is 49%, according to the New York Times, well below any other re-elected president, including Richard Nixon.  Presidents Eisenhower, Regan and Clinton all had approval ratings of at least 59%.  In his Inaugural Address, Bush never used the words
Iraq, Afghanistan Bin Laden or human rights.
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   In
San Diego, Republican Mayor Dick Murphy defeated Democratic write-in candidate Donna Frye by 2108 votes after more than 5500 ballots were disqualified because voters who wrote in Ms. Frye's name had failed to darken the box next to it.  So much for voter intent.  An appeal is pending.                                                    
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    In the election campaign, Republicans called John Kerry everything from coward to traitor because he had opposed the Vietnam War. In his autobiography, "A Charge To Keep: My Journey To The White House," President Bush describes his own flip-flopping on Vietnam: "My inclination was to support the government and the war until proven wrong and that only came later as I realized we could not explain the mission, had no exit strategy and did not seem to be fighting to win."  Sound familiar?
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    In the current issue of New Yorker magazine, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh contends that
U.S. troops have been conducting military operations in Iran since last Summer. No one in the Bush Administration has denied it and lately W's spokesmen have been mentioning Syria.  This follows exactly the 1997 PNAC blueprint which describes conquering Iraq, Iran and Syria in that order.  Probably just a coincidence.
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   The Defense Department's advisory board recently reported that the
U.S. has "lost the battle for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people."  Soon after, a 500-lb. bomb mistakenly was dropped on the wrong house, killing at least 14 (more) innocent civilians, adding to the estimate of at least 100,000 killed so far.
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   On the holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King,  Bush remarked in a speech that "the teachings of Jesus stand in eternal judgement of oppression, failing to mention that both Jesus and Dr. King were proponents of non-violence.  The president recently remarked that he wants the Supreme Court to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed on public buildings, especially court houses.  Presumably, this includes "Thou shalt not kill."  As governor of
Texas, Bush executed more prisoners than any governor in U.S. history.   While Republicans were tripping over themselves to praise Dr. King, no one mentioned that there is not a single black Republican in the Senate or the House of Representatives.  As consolation, the president probably will name Clarence Thomas to replace Renquist as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, angering blacks, whites and all devotees of rational thinking.
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    The Republican Party has admitted sending mass mailings to residents of
Arkansas and West Virginia warning that "liberals seek to ban the Bible."  An editorial in the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette asked, "Holy Moley!  Who concocts this gibberish?" There was no immediate response from Carl Rove.
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   A British Company said recently it was releasing a video game re-creating the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Glasgow-based firm, Traffic" called the video an "educational docu-game," adding it was "determined to promote (it) respectfully," according to the Associated Press.  The game, which allows you to shoot at the president from the Texas School Book Depository (three shots) but not the Grassy Knoll, includes a "blood-splatter" option. God save the Queen.

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