I'd Love to Change the World...tell me where there's sanity?!

hint: it's not found in the compulsive behavior that reelects criminals.

Media Change Project?

This is a proposal for getting off our asses and doing something, exactly how to do it i'm unsure. but lemme lay it out for ya.

rough draft of my media project idea, presented to a friend via email:

how to demonstrate to the avg jane/joe that their perceptions are reprogrammed on an on-command basis.

i've been digesting a media project that i think you probably would have excellent insight for its information. basically my thesis is that we've gotten here by way of the magnificent stimulus conditioning machine that is tuned to keeping our consumption reflex appropriately oriented. alot of my thinking on so many things comes out of an integration of my biology background with an intimate knowledge of how people come to accept what remains their status quo, such as in dysfunctional family conditioning. intellectually we all KNOW in words and concepts the mediawhores shape our society to be a collective-consciousness with a certain vein running through it. but it's only the likes of you and i who understand the intuitive-emotional backdrop to that KNOWLEDGE, that repetitive conditioning forces make us accept the inevitable as inevitable. we can be smart conceptually and know the ideas, but it's the intuitive-emotive forces that make us accept them as our rulers.

the media project is to somehow demonstrate on a mass scale how we are continually, regularly conditioned to be the america that we are currently. the idea is a Paid-To-View project that over two to four weeks participants are paid to watch a 15 to 30 minute program every day designed creatively to be interesting, perhaps informative, but having an underlying propaganda message that's hammered home implicitly. following the program, the participants are tested for the various messages true and false that have been conditioned into them over that month and the resulting farce message demonstrated to have been successfully hammered home amidst whatever else of true nature had also been implanted by that conditioning. i'd hope the demonstration to the avg jane/joe that they've absorbed the "expletive deleted" embedded in their daily ration would be something that would motivate them to seek to change the magnificent consumption-conditioning machine.

walk down any suburban street between 6 and 10 pm every night and look for those windows that don't have a blue glow lighting them up. how much of america do you think is routinely tuned into the consumer-conditioning machine?

a project to be underwritten by george soros and friends?!

first, lemme tell ya where i'm coming from. probably anyone that's read threads that include a cumulative 10 of my posts have seen my favorite reference,

...Poll found that 42% of those surveyed thought the former Iraqi leader was involved in the attacks on New York City and Washington. In response to another question, 32% said they thought Saddam had personally planned them.

The same poll in June showed that 56% of all Republicans said they thought Saddam was involved with the 9/11 attacks. In the latest poll that number actually climbs, to 62%.

The independent commission that investigated 9/11 concluded in June that there was "no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qaeda cooperated...


the preface of which includes the most important line of our time:

it became ever more apparent that the media still have their work cut out for them on this issue.
>> this tells ya where i'm coming from <<>>we are literally the product of our media.

Beneficial Effects of TV >>

>>Undermines Family Life

  1. Time per day that TV is on in an average US home: 7 hours, 40 minutes
  2. Amount of television that the average American watches per day: over 4 hours
  3. Time spent daily with screen media for U.S. children age six and under: about 2 hours
  4. Percentage of US families with children age 0-6 with at least one television: 99
  5. Percentage of US households with 3 or more TVs (2003): 50
  6. Percentage of parents who say that if they have something important to do, it is likely that they will use the TV to occupy their child: 45
  7. Percentage of Americans who always or often watch television while eating dinner: 40
  8. Percentage of Americans who say they watch too much TV: 49

>>Promotes Violence

  1. Number of violent acts the average American child sees on TV by age 18: 200,000
  2. Number of murders witnessed by children on television by the age 18: 16,000
  3. Percentage of youth violence directly attributable to TV viewing: 10
  4. Percentage of Hollywood executives who believe there is a link between TV violence and real violence: 80
  5. Percentage of children polled who said they felt “upset” or “scared” by violence on television: 91

>>Squelches Political Awareness

  1. Money spent on ads for the major presidential candidates between June 1, 2000 and September 13: $63 million
  2. Money spent on issue ads between January 1, 1999 and August 30, 2000: over $342 million
  3. Percentage of those which were attack ads: 61
  4. Amount of time broadcasters must provide to candidates free of charge under the 1996 Telecommunications Act: 0
  5. Value of public airwaves allocated to broadcasters at no cost under the 1996 Telecommunications Act: $70 billion
  6. Amount spent on lobbying by TV broadcasters and the National Association of Broadcasters in 1996: $4 million
  7. Number of network news stories about the environment in 1990: 377; 1996: 113
  8. Percentage of Americans who can name The Three Stooges: 59
  9. Percentage of Americans who can name three Supreme Court Justices: 17



Ohio SOS Kenneth Blackwell JINSA member: PNAC + AEI by 1 degree?

I thought it an interesting observation to note the presence of J. Kenneth Blackwell in the following list.

The bold-faced entries are signers of PNAC letters, publications, or statements of principle on matters related to Middle East related policy. Alternatively, I've indicated membership in both PNAC and AEI, or AEI alone explicitly where appropriate and according to the lists i'd constructed previously from sites of those organizations:

AEI: http://beyondcomfortablynumb.blogspot.com/2005/01/aei-members-summer-2003.html

PNAC: http://beyondcomfortablynumb.blogspot.com/2005/01/pnac-members-summer-2003.html

David P. Steinmann, Chairman
Sheriff Kevin Beary, Orange County, Fla.
Deputy Chief Michael Berkow, LAPD
J. Kenneth Blackwell
Hon. Beau Boulter
Dr. Stephen D. Bryen
Lt. Gen. Anthony Burshnick, USAF (Ret.)
Rep. Eric Cantor
Lt. Gen. Paul Cerjan, USA (Ret.)
Gen. James B. Davis, USAF (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Lee Downer, USAF (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Robert D. Eaglet, USAF (Ret.)
Adm. Leon Edney, USN (Ret.)
Amb. Harvey Feldman
Gen. John Foss, USA (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Thomas Griffin, USA (Ret.)
Hon. Frank Hoeber
Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY)
Adm. David Jeremiah, USN (Ret.)
Adm. Jerome Johnson, USN (Ret.)
Phyllis Kaminsky
Amb. Max M. Kampelman
V. Adm. Bernard Kauderer, USN (Ret.)
Hon. Jack Kemp
Dr. Jeane J. Kirkpatrick PNAC + AEI
Michael Ledeen AEI
V. Adm. Anthony A. Less, USN (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Jarvis Lynch, USMC (Ret.)
Sen. Connie Mack
Lt. Gen. Charles May, USAF (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Frederick McCorkle, USMC (Ret.)
Hon. Dave McCurdy
Maj. Gen. William C. Moore USA (Ret.)
Joshua Muravchik PNAC + AEI
Maj. Gen. Robert B. Patterson, USAF (Ret.)
V. Adm. James B. Perkins III, USN (Ret.)
Hon. Richard Perle PNAC + AEI
Amb. Peter R. Rosenblatt
R. Adm. Norman Saunders, USCG (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow, USA (Ret.)
R. Adm. Sumner Shapiro, USN (Ret.)
Prof. David Sidorsky
Gen. Lawrence A. Skantze, USAF (Ret.)
Hon. Stephen Solarz
Lt. Gen. Ted Stroup, USA (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Larry Taylor, USMCR (Ret.)
Kenneth Timmerman
Jacques Torczyner
Adm. Carlisle Trost, USN (Ret.)
Gen. Louis Wagner, USA (Ret.)
Hon. R. James Woolsey

The list above comes from membership in JINSA, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs:


JINSA has a Two-Fold Mandate:


1. To educate the American public about the importance of an effective U.S. defense capability so that our vital interests as Americans can be safeguarded; and

2. To inform the American defense and foreign affairs community about the important role Israel can and does play in bolstering democratic interests in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

So, bottomline, Kenneth Blackwell is not only the Ohio SOS but is clearly closely aligned with members of an organization populated by principals of PNAC/AEI who have been and are the drivers of American foreign policy under this administration!

You'd think there's no motivation to ensure the vote happens in Ohio as some folks might want to direct it, huh?


Nominate John Conyers for Michiganian of the Year

Will you do something nice for John Conyers?

Edited on Sat Jan-22-05 06:02 PM by proudbluestater

The Detroit News is having it's annual Michiganian of the Year nominating period. Would you all be so kind as to nominate our great friend, John Conyers, Jr. for this honor? There are a fair number of people picked each year, and the awards come out in a special section of the paper. John continues to work towards free and fair elections, even now.

Here is the email address: features@detnews.com

Please note, neither Detroit paper bothered to cover the good work John has done in conjunction with the Tin Foil Hat Brigade concerning election fraud. It would be a good chance to give the News a piece of your mind for their lack of coverage. Remember, the Detroit papers DID manage to print a story about John's alleged failure to distribute free turkeys to the underpriveleged, but couldn't be bothered to cover a stolen election. (I think the turkey story was false, or some mix up occurred.)

Here's some more info about John Conyers, Jr. from his bio page.

Having entered the House of Representatives in 1964, Mr. Conyers is the second most senior member in the House of Representatives and was elected by his congressional colleagues to lead the Democratic side of the pivotal House Committee on the Judiciary. In addition to its oversight of the Department of Justice (including the FBI) and the Federal Courts, the Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over copyright, constitutional, consumer protection, and civil rights issues. Congressman Conyers was also a member of the Judiciary Committee in its 1974 hearings on the Watergate impeachment scandal and played a prominent role in the recent impeachment process, giving him the distinction as the only Judiciary Committee Member to have served on both panels.

Congressman Conyers is also one of the 13 founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and is considered the Dean of that group. Formed in 1969, the CBC was founded to strengthen African-American law makers ability to address the legislative concerns of Black and minority citizens.

In Mr. Conyers' 35 years in Congress, some of his major accomplishments include: the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the Motor Voter Bill of 1993, the Martin Luther King Holiday Act of 1983, the Alcohol Warning Label Act of 1988, the Jazz Preservation Act of 1987, and was the driving force behind the Help America Vote Act of 2002.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=104 x2992237


Why is there so much Democrat bashing going on here lately?

The question has recently been pondered at CommonGroundCommonSense, Why is there so much Democrat bashing going on here lately?

sometimes my knee jerk reflexes more rapidly than others -

i skimmed through most of the posts on this thread trying to get a sense of where sentiment lies. the theme, "people are whacking on dems, why?! it's wasted energy, be positive, look forward, etc" is pretty clear and reasonable under normal circumstances.

but G4A seems to have a sense that is something like my own (as i've gleaned from posts here and other threads). they were hired to represent us in bidding for national leadership and failed.

i think many of us saw this election as the most important in a long time and, for one, i feel it was the most important of my lifetime, perhaps for a century. why?! the answer provides the basis for my whacking on dems. why was this the most important election in a lifetime?

because it validates the direction the country has taken after the inflection point established under the CONs after they stole 2000 and then used 911 as the point of departure to take us down the raod they've been planning since at least 1997 with the formation of PNAC.

there are many issues that factor into this and perhaps it's an impossible thing to approach or to accomplish once the titanic hits the iceberg. but our leaders seem to have failed to recognize that the stage crew has already changed the set, that the sky painted on the backdrop is a very different color, and half of the actors are now working from an entirely different script than are our opposing protagonists.

it's a different world and our leadership MUST realize that our lockstep-unified opposition is playing by an entirely different set of rules that it our guys not only fail to recognize but often seem to be complicit in by playing by those rules!

in emergency situations you typically see progression from:

  • initial stunning and shock to
  • immediate first aid and triage through
  • search and rescue to
  • recovery and cleanup.

since Nov. 2, so many of us have been involved in first aid/rescue while it seemed our leadership -- starting with kerry's concession on Nov. 3 -- had already moved on to 2006 election considerations. it was as though they gave it up on Nov. 3.

flapping out there in the whipping wind, us conspiracy theorists -- conspiracy theory cause our leaders couldn't seem/didn't want to get the bought media to pick up the story so that mainstream america never heard it so that it remained the obscure conspiracy theory for never having been publicly investigated cause our supposed leaders didn't freaking lead or support -- were forced to rely on parties other than the Democrats to push the issues.

and so on Jan. 6, after massive effort by so many of us and a few heroic Dems, Conyers and Tubbs Jones, Sen. Boxer took a lone stand to contest the election and the resulting debate captured the essence. thus enabled, the lockstepper GOP perpetrated the single voice shouting 'conspiracy theory'.

up to that day where the fuck were our Dem leaders when we needed -- oh yeah! leadership, money, resources, etc., to push what still should have been efforts at first aid/rescue?!?!

it was Nader, Cobb, and Badnarik in front of the search and rescue effort!! just exactly where were the Dems in the most important election of my lifetime?!

as i said, many other factors underlie my whacking on the Dems and at times, i've even posted my consideration of possible answers to this question. but as we go to inaugurate this team of crazed idiots this week, you have a sense of why i'm whacking on our 'leadership'.


CNN thinks THIS is news?!

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PNAC Members - Summer 2003

Partial List of PNAC Contributors or Members as of Summer, 2003 derived by extraction from html or by transcription from pdf publications related to ME policy at the Project for a New American Century.

Morton Abramowitz
Elliot Abrams
Gordon Adams
Ken Adelman
Richard V. Allen
Mark A. Anderson
Richard L. Armitage
Ron Asmus
Ronald Asmus
Andrew Y. Au
Gary Bauer
Jeffrey Bell
William J. Bennett
Jeffrey Bergner
Robert L. Bernstein
John R. Bolton
Max Boot
Ellen Bork
Rudy Boshwitz
William F. Buckley Jr.
Jeb Bush
Frank Carlucci
Linda Chavez
Dick Cheney
Steven C. Clemons
Eliot A. Cohen
Seth Cropsey
Ivo H. Daalder
Helle Dale
Midge Decter
James Dobbins
Paula Dobriansky
Thomas Donnelly
Nicholas Eberstadt
Robert Edgar
Amitai Etzioni
Lee Feinstein
Edwin J. Feulner Jr.
Steve Forbes
Hillel Fradkin
Aaron Friedberg
Francis Fukuyama
Frank Gaffney
Peter Galbraith
Jeffrey Gedmin
Sam Gejdenson
Robert S. Gelbard
Reuel Marc Gerecht
Merle Goldman
Philip Gordon
Daniel Goure
Charles Hill
Fred C. Ikle
Martin S. Indyk
Bruce P. Jackson
Eli S. Jacobs
Michael Joyce
Donald Kagan
Robert Kagan
Max M. Kampelman
Adrian Karatnycky
Penn Kemble
Craig Kennedy
Zalmay Khalilzad
Jeane Kirkpatrick
Harold Hongju Koh
Charles Krauthammer
William Kristol
John Lehman
Lewis E. Lehrman
I. Lewis Libby
Tod Lindberg
James Lindsay
Bette Bao Lord
Rich Lowry
Connie Mack
Christopher Makins
Mary Beth Markey
Will Marshall
Clifford May
Daniel McKivergan
Edwin Meese III
Joshua Muravchik
Michael O'Hanlon
Martin Peretz
Richard Perle
Daniel Pipes
Danielle Pletka
Norman Podhoretz
John Edward Porter
Dan Quayle
Peter W. Rodman
Stephen P. Rosen
Dennis Ross
Henry S. Rowen
Donald Rumsfeld
Randy Scheunemann
Gary Schmitt
William Schneider Jr.
Sin-Ming Shaw
Richard H. Shultz
Paul Simon
Walter Slocombe
Henry Sokolski
Stephen J. Solarz
Helmut Sonnenfeldt
James B. Steinberg
Leonard Sussman
John J. Sweeney
Dick Thornburgh
John Tkacik
Arthur Waldron
Malcolm Wallop
James Webb
Vin Weber
George Weigel
Caspar Weinberger
Paul Weyrich
Leon Wieseltier
Chris Williams
Jennifer Windsor
Marshall Wittmann
Paul Wolfowitz
R. James Woolsey
Larry Wortzel
Robert B. Zoellick

AEI Members - Summer 2003

Partial List of Members or Affiliates of the American Enterprise Institute taken from online sources available during Summer 2003.

Gautam Adhikari
Joseph Antos
Leon Aron
Claude E. Barfield
Roger Bate
Walter Berns
Douglas J. Besharov
Karlyn H. Bowman
John E. Calfee
Charles W. Calomiris
Elizabeth L. Cheney
Lynne V. Cheney
Christopher DeMuth
Thomas Donnelly
Nicholas Eberstadt
Eric M. Engen
Mark Falcoff
J. Michael Finger
David Frum
Reuel Marc Gerecht
Newt Gingrich
James K. Glassman
Robert A. Goldwin
Michael S. Greve
Robert W. Hahn
Kevin A. Hassett
Steven F. Hayward
Robert B. Helms
Frederick M. Hess
R. Glenn Hubbard
Leon R. Kass M.D.
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick
Marvin H. Kosters
Irving Kristol
Randall S. Kroszner
Desmond Lachman
Michael A. Ledeen
James R. Lilley
Lawrence B. Lindsey
John R. Lott Jr.
John H. Makin
Allan H. Meltzer
Joshua Muravchik
Charles Murray
Michael Novak
Norman J. Ornstein
Richard Perle
Danielle Pletka
Sarath Rajapatirana
Sally Satel M.D.
William Schneider
Joel Schwartz
J. Gregory Sidak
Radek Sikorski
Christina Hoff Sommers
Samuel Thernstrom
Fred Thompson
Peter J. Wallison
Scott Wallsten
Ben J. Wattenberg
John Yoo
Karl Zinsmeister

Carlyle Group Members - Summer 2003

Parial List of Carlyle Group Team Members taken from online sources during Summer, 2003.

Kenneth S. Abramowitz
Tamotsu Adachi
Daniel F. Akerson
Kenneth Albolote
Hafiz Ali
Mark L. Alter
Harry L. Alverson
Alexander S. Arkin
Leslie L. Armitage
Haruyasu Asakura
Henry P. Aszklar Jr.
James A. Attwood Jr.
Guido Audagna
Joaquin Avila
Gregor P. B”hm
Adolfo Babatz
Dayne Baird
James A. Baker III
Creighton P. Barker
John D. Barker
Wa‰l O. Bayazid
Gregory A. Beard
Dan Bellissimo
Greg S. Bennett
Aaron Benway
Gesualdo Di Bernardo
Brian A. Bernasek
Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss
Sameer Bhargava
Gary A. Bleiberg
Gary E. Block
Matthew P. Boyer
Paul B. Brady
W. Lane Britain
Robert D. Brown
Timothy J. Bruning
Jay Hun Bu
Gregory S. Buchanan
Mehmet I. Budak
Lars U. Buttler
Jonathan M. Bylin
Frank C. Carlucci
Lee H. Carson
Allen L. Cashion
Claudio Catania
Kandasamy Chandrasekar
Xavier Chevreux
Diane Choa
Fernando Chueca
Andrew J. Chung
Peter J. Clare
Daniel J. Clarke
Brooke B. Coburn
Veronique Cochais-Widmer
Benoit Colas
Jonathan E. Colby
Steven Colder
Kristen M. Colston
Elena Coluccelli
Michael J. Connelly
William E. Conway Jr.
Daniel W. Cummings
Oussama Daher
W. Robert Dahl
Bruno Mourgue d'Algue
David B. Daniel
Daniel A. D'Aniello
Richard G. Darman
Agnes Defix
Kimberly Delancey
Laure Delplanque
Marc A. Demumieux
Jim H. Derryberry
Pierre-Olivier Desplanches
Philip B. Dolan
Adam A. Duarte
Robert J. Dunn
Campbell R. Dyer
Robert Easton
Eric J. Edell
Thomas F. Ellis III
Pedro de Esteban
B. Edward Ewing
Franck Fal‚zan
F. Mark Fariborz
Russell C. Farscht
Eric Fellhauer
Janine Feng
Jeffrey W. Ferguson
Charles S. Field
Francis A. Finelli
Christopher Finn
Wilfred A. Finnegan
Jaclyn G. Fitts
David J. FitzGerald
Rodrigo Fonseca
Patricia Fontaine
Leonie Foong
Thomas Fouss‚
Mark A. Frantz
Ian Fujiyama
Jacques V. Galante
JP Gan
Thomas P. Garrigan
Michael D. Gershenson
Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
Helen H. Gim
Claudio Giuliano
Alan S. Goldfarb
Kristina W. Gordon
Anand U. Gowda
Robert E. Grady
Glori Holzman Graziano
Alexander D. Greene
Gene G. Greiner
Ronald M. Grobeck
Andrew M. Gu
Haroun van H”vell
Steven Ham
Benno Hank
John Hanlon
Wolfgang Hanrieder
John F. Harris
Ryan A. Harris
Christa Hassanein
Parker Hayden
Brian W. Hayhurst
Sean He
Leo Helmers
Ted Hobart
Christopher J. Hodges
Robert Hodges
Michael Hoffman
Markus Hofmann
Allan M. Holt
Tony Jansz
Karthic Jayaraman
D. Scott Jenkins
Praveen R. Jeyarajah
Walter Jin
E. Bartow Jones
Hayden R. Jones
Nigel W. Jones
Tyson Kane
Mbago Kaniki
Shoney Katz
Florian Kawohl
Thomas C. Keene
William E. Kennard
Samir C. Khiroya
James Y. Kim
Michael ByungJu Kim
Yong Hyun Kim
SangWook Kim
Suyi Kim
Megumi Kiyozuka
Susan Lee Ko
Jay Koh
Teck C. Kong
Saim U. Korlu
Kent Kresa
Kuo Chuan (KC) Kung
David G. Kupperman
John Il Kwun
Anupam Ladha
John Lancaster
Edoardo Lanzavecchia
Pierre F. Lapeyre Jr.
Joshua W. Larson
Vladimir Lasocki
Gregory S. Ledford
Jason H. Lee
David M. Leuschen
Arthur Levitt
Duncan Lewis
Eric Liaw
Christopher S. Lippman
Joseph E. Lipscomb
Sean O. Low
Marilyn Lucas
Yi Luo
Rachel L. Lupiani
John Major Right Honorable
Luca Malighetti
Edward Man
Zeina J. Mansour
Alexis Martineau
Masato Marumo
Edward J. Mathias
Thomas B. Mayrhofer
Wulf Meinel
Eliot Merrill
Jean-Pierre Millet
Maki Mitsui
Shary Moalemzadeh
Jeffrey D. Moelis
Nazo Moosa
Alicia Morga
Barbara Murphy
Matthew D. Murray
Pier Felice Murtas
Hiroaki Nakai
Brian D. Nelsen
Todd Newnam
Christina Shieu-yeing Ng
Gregory M. Nikodem
Georg Nolting-Hauff
Guido Funes Nova
Douglas G. Nyhoff
Josh B. Ofstein
Arturo Olvera
Janegail Orringer
Javier Osa
Gregory T. O'Shea
Stephen D. Owens
Linda Pace
Adam J. Palmer
Mario Pardo
Sang Pil (Philip) Park
Andrew J. Park
Thaddeus A. Paul
Filippo Penatti
Olivier Petreschi
Jrgen Pinker
Barbara Polito
Jerome H. Powell
K.V. (Ramki) Ramakrishna
D. Justin Ramsey
Thomas M. Ray
Jamieson Reigle
Agnes Riban
James Rice
James S. Riepe Jr.
Rufus H. Rivers
Bruce E. Rosenblum
Steve Rosengarten
Roberto De Rossi
Charles O. Rossotti
Daniel F. Rourke
David M. Rubenstein
Michael Ruggles
Heiner Rutt
Paulina Rychenkova
Masatomo Sakairi
Edward V. Samek
Eric E. Sasson
Roy Schaham
Jamie E. Schmidt
Mark J. Schoenfeld
Leigh Ann Schomburg
Dennis Schulze
Michael C. Schuster
David S. Schwarz
Ryan M. Schwarz
Mark P. Serrano
Bhavin B. Shah
Nicholas Shao
Donald D. Sheets
James C. Shevlet Jr.
Ryoko Shimokawa
Andy Shinn
Adrian M. Siew
Catherine Simoni
Kanwaljit Singh
Eric B. Slaim
Douglas J. Speckmann
Charles R. Steel
Michael D. Stewart
Alexander H. Strassburger
Robert G. Stuckey
Martin W. Sumner
Luis T‚llez
Steven C. Tagtmeier
Daisuke Takatsuki
Junji Tanaka
Koichiro Taniyama
Reiji Terasaka
Andrei Terekhov
Allan C. Thygesen
Takaomi Tomioka
Arthur S. Torrey
Hideyuki Tozawa
Alexander G. Troup
Wayne Wen-Tsui Tsou
David T. W. Tung
Christopher W. Ullman
Miguel Valenzuela
Alex Wagenberg
Elliot J. Wagner
Michael Wand
Andrew W. Ward
Stephanie Warnke
Claudius Bud) E. Watts IV
David M. Waxman
R. Brent Whisenant
Raymond A. Whiteman
Bradley L. Whitman
G. Douglas Wiley II
Dominik Winau
Elaine H. Wong
Kazuhiro Yamada
Xiang-Dong (X.D.) Yang
Alex S. Ying
Jong-Ha James Yoon
Glenn A. Youngkin
Jonathan Zafrani
Gregory M. Zeluck
Tingting Zhong
Michael J. Zupon


Election 2004: Historic Electoral Vote Contest Took Balls

When the Nation needed its best men, only two women qualifed.
- Thank you Barbara Boxer and Stephanie Tubbs Jones!!!

video clip of press conference and Q&A via C-Span:

John Conyers for President in 2008

Senator Barbara Boxer's Statement On Her Objection to the Certification Of Ohio's Electoral Votes

January 6, 2005 Barbara Boxer: "For most of us in the Senate and the House, we have spent our lives fighting for things we believe in – always fighting to make our nation better. We have fought for social justice. We have fought for economic justice. We have fought for environmental justice. We have fought for criminal justice. Now we must add a new fight – the fight for electoral justice."

"Every citizen of this country who is registered to vote should be guaranteed that their vote matters, that their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth of their community, their vote has as much weight as the vote of any Senator, any Congressperson, any President, any cabinet member, or any CEO of any Fortune 500 Corporation.

I am sure that every one of my colleagues – Democrat, Republican, and Independent – agrees with that statement. That in the voting booth, every one is equal.

So now it seems to me that under the Constitution of the United States, which guarantees the right to vote, we must ask:

Why did voters in Ohio wait hours in the rain to vote? Why were voters at Kenyan College, for example, made to wait in line until nearly 4 a.m. to vote because there were only two machines for 1300 voters?

Why did poor and predominantly African-American communities have disproportionately long waits?

Why in Franklin County did election officials only use 2,798 machines when they said they needed 5,000? Why did they hold back 68 machines in warehouses? Why were 42 of those machines in predominantly African-American districts?

Why did, in Columbus area alone, an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 voters leave polling places, out of frustration, without having voted? How many more never bothered to vote after they heard about this?

Why is it when 638 people voted at a precinct in Franklin County, a voting machine awarded 4,258 extra votes to George Bush. Thankfully, they fixed it – but how many other votes did the computers get wrong?

Why did Franklin County officials reduce the number of electronic voting machines in downtown precincts, while adding them in the suburbs? This also led to long lines.

In Cleveland, why were there thousands of provisional ballots disqualified after poll workers gave faulty instructions to voters?

Because of this, and voting irregularities in so many other places, I am joining with Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones to cast the light of truth on a flawed system which must be fixed now.

Our democracy is the centerpiece of who we are as a nation. And it is the fondest hope of all Americans that we can help bring democracy to every corner of the world.

As we try to do that, and as we are shedding the blood of our military to this end, we must realize that we lose so much credibility when our own electoral system needs so much improvement.

Yet, in the past four years, this Congress has not done everything it should to give confidence to all of our people their votes matter.After passing the Help America Vote Act, nothing more was done.

A year ago, Senators Graham, Clinton and I introduced legislation that would have required that electronic voting systems provide a paper record to verify a vote. That paper trail would be stored in a secure ballot box and invaluable in case of a recount.

There is no reason why the Senate should not have taken up and passed that bill. At the very least, a hearing should have been held. But it never happened.

Before I close, I want to thank my colleague from the House, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

Her letter to me asking for my intervention was substantive and compelling.

As I wrote to her, I was particularly moved by her point that it is virtually impossible to get official House consideration of the whole issue of election reform, including these irregularities.

The Congresswoman has tremendous respect in her state of Ohio, which is at the center of this fight.

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones was a judge for 10 years. She was a prosecutor for 8 years. She was inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002.

I am proud to stand with her in filing this objection.

"U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer sent the following letter to Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones on January 5, 2005

January 6, 2005

The Honorable Stephanie Tubbs Jones
1009 Longworth H.O.B.
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative Tubbs Jones:

I am in receipt of your letter that spelled out concerns about the election irregularities in Ohio during the November 2004 election.

The fact that you are from Ohio and that you are a former judge gives great weight and much credibility to the points you cited and to your plea that these issues be addressed by the Congress.

I was particularly moved by your point that it is virtually impossible to get official House consideration of the whole issue of election reform, including these irregularities.

I have concluded that objecting to the electoral votes from Ohio is the only immediate way to bring these issues to light by allowing you to have a two-hour debate to let the American people know the facts surrounding Ohio’s election.

I will therefore join you in your objection to the certification of Ohio’s electoral votes. Attached is my signature on a copy of your written objection.


Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

- boxer.senate.gov


Stephanie Tubbs Jones: I Object
Author: Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Published on Jan 7, 2005, 07:27

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, along with Senator Barbara Boxer (CA), entered a formal objection to the certification of the State of Ohio's Electoral Votes. Her prepared floor statement, in part, was as follows:

"I, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a representative from Ohio, and Ms. Boxer, a Senator from California, object to the counting of the electoral votes of the State of Ohio on the ground that they were not, under all of the known circumstances, regularly given.

"I, thank God, that I have a Senator joining me in this objection. I appreciate Senator Boxer's willingness to listen to the plight of hundreds and even thousands of Ohio voters that for a variety of reasons were denied the right to vote. Unfortunately objecting to the electoral votes from Ohio is the only immediate avenue to bring these issues to light.

"While some have called our cause foolish I can assure you that my parents, Mary and Andrew Tubbs did not raise any fools and as a lawyer, former judge and prosecutor, I am duty bound to follow the law and apply the law to the facts as I find them.

"It is on behalf of those millions of Americans who believe in and value our democratic process and the right to vote that I put forth this objection today. If they are willing stand at the polls for countless hours in the rain as many did in Ohio, then I can surely stand up for them here in the halls of Congress.

"This objection does not have at its root the hope or even the hint of overturning or challenging the victory of the President; but it is a necessary, timely and appropriate opportunity to review and remedy the most precious process in our democracy."

"I raise this objection neither to put the nation in the turmoil of a proposed overturned election nor to provide cannon fodder or partisan demagoguery for my fellow Republican Members of Congress.

"I raise this objection because I am convinced that we as a body must conduct a formal and legitimate debate about election irregularities. I raise this objection to debate the process and protect the integrity of the true will of the people.

"Again, I thank Senator Boxer for joining me in this objection to the counting of Ohio's electoral votes due to the considerable number of voting irregularities that transpired in my home state.

"There are serious allegations in two lawsuits pending in Ohio that debate the constitutionality of the denial of provisional ballots to voters (The Sandusky County Democratic Party v. J. Kenneth Blackwell) and Ohio's vote recount (Yost v. David Cobb, et al.). These legitimate questions brought forward by the lawsuits, which go to the core of our voting and Democratic process, should be resolved before Ohio's electoral votes are certified.

"Moreover, as you are aware, advancing legislative initiatives is more challenging when you are in the minority party in Congress. However, this challenge is multiplied when you are in the minority in the House of Representatives because of House rules, compared to Senate rules.

"Voting irregularities were an issue after the 2000 presidential election, when Democratic House initiatives relating to election reform were not considered.

"Therefore, in order to prevent our voices from being kept silent, it is imperative that we object to the counting of Ohio's electoral votes and debate the issue of Ohio's voting improprieties.

"There are just over 1 million registered voters in Cuyahoga County - which of course includes the Greater Cleveland area and the 11th Congressional District which I represent. Registration increased approximately 10 percent.

"The beauty of the 2004 election was that more people were fully prepared to exercise their right to vote - however on Election Day hundreds and even thousands of individuals went to the voting polls and were denied the opportunity to have their vote count.

"In my own county where citizen volunteers put forth a Herculean effort to register, educate, mobilize and protect the vote there were people who experienced irregularities.

"Poor and minority communities had disproportionately long waits - 4 to 5 hours waits were widespread. Election Protection Coalition testified that more than half of the complaints about long lines they received “came from Columbus and Cleveland where a huge proportion of the state’s Democratic voters live. One entire polling place in Cuyahoga County (Greater Cleveland) had to “shut down” at 9:25 a.m. on Election Day because there were no working machines.

"Cuyahoga County had an overall provisional ballot rejection rate of 32 percent. Rejection rates for provisional ballots in African American precincts/wards in Cleveland, Ohio averaged 37 percent and ranged as high as 51 percent.

"Thousands of partisan challengers - concentrated in Cuyahoga County’s minority and Democratic communities - effectively served to intimidate voters and confuse poll workers. There were both inconsistent and illegal requests for photo identification.

"There were problems with absentee ballots including incorrect information provided to voters by the Secretary of State and, consequently, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections telling voters they could not vote in their precinct – effectively disenfranchising hundreds and more likely thousands of voters.

"This objection points out the inadequacy of a great election system which permits 50 Secretary's of State to administer a federal election and impose so many different state laws regulating the election.

"In Ohio, the Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell who served as Co-Chair of the Bush re-election campaign, issued a bizarre series of directives in the days preceding the 2004 Presidential election that created tremendous confusion among voters in Cuyahoga County and across the state of Ohio.

"For example; on September 7, 2004, Secretary Blackwell issued a directive to local boards of elections mandating rejection of voter registration forms based on their paperweight – 80lb text weight. Mr. Blackwell’s issuance of this directive – which he ultimately reversed by September 28, 2004 - resulted in serious confusion and chaos among the counties and voters.

"My objection points to the need to implement across this nation standards that apply to all states. We need to enact legislation that will:

  • Allow all voters to vote early - so that obligations of employment and family will not interfere with the ability to cast a vote.
  • Establish a national holiday - Election Day to bring attention to the importance of the vote.
  • Require those who work in the voting booth to be fairly compensated, adequately educated and sufficiently supported such that the job importance will be elevated.
  • That will provide equipment - whether it is the traditional punch card or the more modern electronic machines that are properly calibrated, fully tested for accuracy and provide a paper trial to ensure a verifiable audit of every vote.

"What happened in Ohio may well have been repeated in counties across this country. Yet that is no excuse for us to push the irregularities behind us and go on with the business of the day. These incidents are a call for us to clean up, clear up and implement policies and procedures that will protect each citizen's precious right to vote.

"If in fact we see it is our obligation to secure democracy around the world to monitor and oversee free and fair elections in other countries surely we must ensure, protect and guarantee the right to vote right here at home."