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    The Hits Just Keep On Coming

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    You'd never know it from the mainstream press, but there's a whole lotta sh*t going down in Ohio:

    Ohio electoral fight becomes 'biggest deal since Selma' as GOP stonewalls
    by Bob Fitrakis, Steve Rosenfeld and Harvey Wasserman
    December 22, 2004

    COLUMBUS -- As Republican officials stonewall subpoenas and subvert the recount process, Rev. Jesse Jackson has pronounced Ohio's vote fraud fiasco "the biggest deal since Selma" and has called for a national rally at "the scene of the crime" in Columbus January 3.

    Another major national demonstration will follow in Washington on January 6, as Congress evaluates the Electoral College. Should at least one US Representative and one Senator challenge the electors' votes, a Constitutional crisis could ensue.

    Meanwhile, volunteer attorneys have poured into Columbus from around the US to help investigate the bitterly contested presidential vote that has allegedly given George W. Bush Ohio's electoral votes and thus a second term. A lawsuit filed at the Ohio Supreme Court charges that a fair vote count would give the state and the presidency to John Kerry rather than Bush.

    On December 21, notice of depositions were sent to President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell to appear and give testimony regarding the legal challenge of Ohio's elections results in the case Moss v Bush et al.

    But Republican Blackwell's attorney at the Secretary of State’s office told the attorneys issuing the notice of deposition and subpoena that Blackwell will not testify under oath. The Republican-controlled Attorney General's office has labeled any attempt to put Blackwell under oath, "harassment." Blackwell supervised the November 2 vote in Ohio at the same time he served as co-chair of the state's Bush-Cheney campaign.

    However, some counties like Clarmont have agreed to cooperate with the attorneys in the election challenge. On December 22, a team of attorneys descended upon the Clarmont County Board of Elections between 8:30-10:30am to pour over election day records.

    In a December 21 conference call with activists from the around the US, Jackson said he has urged Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) to stand with US Representatives who intend to challenge the Electoral College's expected approval of George W. Bush for a second term. A challenge by US Representatives in 2000 failed because no Senators would join their motion.

    Jackson says this year will be different, urging election protection activists to stay focused over the holiday season. "We can't let [the Republicans] get away with this, he told the conference call. "Do not underestimate the outrage of the people. We are a legitimate force for democracy, here and around the world."

    "We will count every vote," he said, and make sure "every vote counts."

    Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus have strongly questioned Bush's purported victory, pointing out that more than half the votes cast in Ohio and the nation were recorded on electronic voting machines owned by Republicans, with no audit trail.

    Conyers recently conducted hearings at Columbus City Hall to take testimony from Ohioans who were deprived their right to vote. Another public hearing in Mahoning Valley, at the Warren Heights and Trumball Library, documented "thousands of complaints of voting irregularities" that helped throw the vote count to Bush. Election observers have testified under oath that more than a dozen voting machines in Mahoning County regularly switched Kerry votes to Bush votes while voters watched in amazement. Some 580 more absentee voters were certified than were identified by election board officials. As in Franklin and other counties, there were also strategic machine shortages in largely Democratic precincts. The November vote, said one observer, was "the crime of the century."

    As dozens of volunteer attorneys pour into the state to help with the recount, Blackwell's stonewall has prompted widespread suspicion about what the Republicans are hiding.

    On Monday the expanded legal team issued subpoenas to top election officials in 10 counties where vote-count fraud is suspected.

    The rapid filing of subpoenas, the first step in interviewing people under oath, provoked the shrill rejection from Blackwell. Though Blackwell is a state constitutional officer, his business office is in a private building, where protesters -- including former California Congressman Dan Hamburg---have been arrested without apparent provocation.

    “They huffed and they puffed, trying to bully people around,” said attorney Peter Pectarsky, a key member of the election challenge legal team. “Now we’re fighting over discovery. We served 10 depositions. The attorney general blew a gasket. They filed a motion to stop it… We will file our response.”

    This past Friday, attorneys refiled their election challenge suit, a day after state Supreme Court dismissed it on a technicality. The challengers are trying to get a meaningful recount before the January 6 Congressional vote, while Blackwell's GOP has done all it can to stall.

    The election challenge lawsuit claims that statewide vote patterns reveal vote count fraud on a scale that incorrectly awarded the state’s majority – and the presidency – to George Bush. They are using the litigation process to document that fraud.

    For the rest: http://www.freepress.org/departments...y/19/2004/1015
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    I wonder if Mr. (I won't call him Reverend) Jackson will have time for that rally. It might take time away from affairs and creating bastard children. Oh I know, I know...pastors make mistakes... Well, my father is one and never cheated on my mom, humiliated her, and set a bad example for me, and went about business as usual.
    "They get what they vote for." PaulR

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    Nice one Dan. Thank you for your brilliant (yet irrelevant to the article) observations.

    I think in the race to create bastard children, sniff illegal substances, cheat on their spouses and overall have some of the lowest ethics and morals in the country, the Republicans have definitely won in a landslide and I think those results (for once) are actually correct!
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    Re: The Hits Just Keep On Coming

    Quote Originally Posted by Danimal
    I wonder if Mr. (I won't call him Reverend) Jackson will have time for that rally. It might take time away from affairs and creating bastard children. Oh I know, I know...pastors make mistakes... Well, my father is one and never cheated on my mom, humiliated her, and set a bad example for me, and went about business as usual.
    And this ridiculous ad hominem has what to do with the subject at hand?

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    I would bet Dan's dad has the biggest porn stash of anyone :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danimal
    I wonder if Mr. (I won't call him Reverend) Jackson will have time for that rally. It might take time away from affairs and creating bastard children. Oh I know, I know...pastors make mistakes... Well, my father is one and never cheated on my mom, humiliated her, and set a bad example for me, and went about business as usual.
    I Bet you polish your halo once a day, don't you ?

    ed

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    Don't you watch Fox? Jesse Jackson is Satan reborn. I hear Bush has a direct line to the almighty and he said that we should hang jackson from a tree. Afterall, that's where all non-Republican African Americans belong.

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    Well, since Jackson's name is in the article, and is quoted, I figured he had quite a bit to do with it. I think it's amazing that people listen to, follow, and take spiritual advice from such hypocrites. I'm not saying that my father is perfect by any means, so the porn comment is unappreciated. I just think it's crazy who people will follow. At least I know who my father is.
    "They get what they vote for." PaulR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Phoenix
    Don't you watch Fox? Jesse Jackson is Satan reborn. I hear Bush has a direct line to the almighty and he said that we should hang jackson from a tree. Afterall, that's where all non-Republican African Americans belong.
    HHmm.. I don't remember saying that.
    "They get what they vote for." PaulR

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    I know you didn't, but Fox spreads this mentality, indirectly. My point is that Bush's record is full of scandal, but being the powerful white man he is, you can't talk about it.

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