Date: Nov 13th, 2004 9:57:02 am - Subscribe
FROST - OR DAVID, whoever did my background help for me - i giv ethe utmost thanks. i woke up after a long night and it was fixed. cheers to whomever is responsible.. thank you men. gooddday.
Joke of the Day~~~!
Date: Nov 12th, 2004 10:39:31 pm - Subscribe
Spinnin' in my CD player:: Jimmy Eat World - Futures
A man returning home a day early from a business trip got into a taxi at the airport. It was after midnight. While en route to his home, he asked the cabby if he would be a witness. The man suspected his wife was having an affair and he intended to catch her in the act. For $100, the cabby agreed. Quietly arriving at the house, the husband and cabby tiptoed into the bedroom. The husband switched on the lights, yanked the blanket back and there was his wife in bed with another man. The husband put a gun to the naked man's head.
The wife shouted, "Don't do it! This man has been very generous! I lied when I told you I inherited money. He paid for the Corvette I bought for you. He paid for our new cabin cruiser. He paid for our house at the lake. He paid for our country club membership, and he even pays the monthly dues!"
Shaking his head from side-to-side the husband slowly lowered the gun.
He looked over at the cab driver and said, "What would you do?"
The cabby said, "I'd cover him up with that blanket before he catches a cold."
Police Use Stun Gun on 6 year-old...
Date: Nov 12th, 2004 1:25:50 pm - Subscribe
Spinnin' in my CD player:: some whacked out shit on Fuse...
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Police used a stun gun on a 6-year-old boy in his principal's office because he was wielding a piece of glass and threatening to hurt himself, officials said Thursday.
The boy, who was not identified, was shocked with 50,000 volts on October 20 at Kelsey Pharr Elementary School.
Principal Maria Mason called 911 after the child broke a picture frame in her office and waved a piece of glass, holding a security guard back.
When two Miami-Dade County police officers and a school officer arrived, the boy had already cut himself under his eye and on his hand.
The officers talked to the boy without success. When the boy cut his own leg, one officer shocked him with a Taser and another grabbed him to prevent him from falling, police said.
He was treated and taken to a hospital, where he was committed for psychiatric evaluation.
"By using the Taser, we were able to stop the situation, stop him from hurting himself," police spokesman Juan DelCastillo told The Miami Herald.
The case was under review.
Did John Kerry Win the Election?
Date: Nov 12th, 2004 8:23:01 am - Subscribe
Spinnin' in my CD player:: nothing, Dr. Miller is about to lecture
"Kerry Won" by Greg Palast
Bush won Ohio by 136,483 votes. In the United States, about 3 percent of votes cast are voidedâ€”known as â€œspoilageâ€ in election jargonâ€”because the ballots cast are inconclusive. Drawing on what happened in Florida and studies of elections past, Palast argues that if Ohioâ€™s discarded ballots were counted, Kerry would have won the state. Today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports there are a total of 247,672 votes not counted in Ohio, if you add the 92,672 discarded votes plus the 155,000 provisional ballots. So far there's no indication that Palast's hypothesis will be tested because only the provisional ballots are being counted.
Greg Palast, contributing editor to Harper's magazine, investigated the manipulation of the vote for BBC Television's Newsnight. The documentary, "Bush Family Fortunes," based on his New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, has been released this month on DVD .
Kerry won. Here are the facts.
I know you don't want to hear it. You can't face one more hung chad. But I don't have a choice. As a journalist examining that messy sausage called American democracy, it's my job to tell you who got the most votes in the deciding states. Tuesday, in Ohio and New Mexico, it was John Kerry.
Most voters in Ohio thought they were voting for Kerry. At 1:05 a.m. Wednesday morning, CNN's exit poll showed Kerry beating Bush among Ohio women by 53 percent to 47 percent. The exit polls were later combined withâ€”and therefore contaminated byâ€”the tabulated results, ultimately becoming a mirror of the apparent actual vote. [To read about the skewing of exit polls to conform to official results, click here .] Kerry also defeated Bush among Ohio's male voters 51 percent to 49 percent. Unless a third gender voted in Ohio, Kerry took the state.
So what's going on here? Answer: the exit polls are accurate. Pollsters ask, "Who did you vote for?" Unfortunately, they don't ask the crucial, question, "Was your vote counted?" The voters don't know.
Here's why. Although the exit polls show that most voters in Ohio punched cards for Kerry-Edwards, thousands of these votes were simply not recorded. This was predictable and it was predicted. [See TomPaine.com, "An Election Spoiled Rotten," November 1.]
Once again, at the heart of the Ohio uncounted vote game are, I'm sorry to report, hanging chads and pregnant chads, plus some other ballot tricks old and new.
The election in Ohio was not decided by the voters but by something called "spoilage." Typically in the United States, about 3 percent of the vote is voided, just thrown away, not recorded. When the bobble-head boobs on the tube tell you Ohio or any state was won by 51 percent to 49 percent, don't you believe it ... it has never happened in the United States, because the total never reaches a neat 100 percent. The television totals simply subtract out the spoiled vote.
Whose Votes Are Discarded?
And not all votes spoil equally. Most of those votes, say every official report, come from African-American and minority precincts. (To learn more, click here.)
We saw this in Florida in 2000. Exit polls showed Gore with a plurality of at least 50,000, but it didn't match the official count. That's because the official, Secretary of State Katherine Harris, excluded 179,855 spoiled votes. In Florida, as in Ohio, most of these votes lost were cast on punch cards where the hole wasn't punched through completelyâ€”leaving a 'hanging chad,'â€”or was punched extra times. Whose cards were discarded? Expert statisticians investigating spoilage for the government calculated that 54 percent of the ballots thrown in the dumpster were cast by black folks. (To read the report from the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, click here .)
And here's the key: Florida is terribly typical. The majority of ballots thrown out (there will be nearly 2 million tossed out from Tuesday's election) will have been cast by African American and other minority citizens.
So here we go again. Or, here we don't go again. Because unlike last time, Democrats aren't even asking Ohio to count these cards with the not-quite-punched holes (called "undervotes" in the voting biz). Nor are they demanding we look at the "overvotes" where voter intent may be discerned.
Ohio is one of the last states in America to still use the vote-spoiling punch-card machines. And the Secretary of State of Ohio, J. Kenneth Blackwell, wrote before the election, â€œthe possibility of a close election with punch cards as the stateâ€™s primary voting device invites a Florida-like calamity.â€
But this week, Blackwell, a rabidly partisan Republican, has warmed up to the result of sticking with machines that have a habit of eating Democratic votes. When asked if he feared being this year's Katherine Harris, Blackwell noted that Ms. Fix-it's efforts landed her a seat in Congress.
Exactly how many votes were lost to spoilage this time? Blackwell's office, notably, won't say, though the law requires it be reported. Hmm. But we know that last time, the total of Ohio votes discarded reached a democracy-damaging 1.96 percent. The machines produced their typical lossâ€”that's 110,000 votesâ€”overwhelmingly Democratic.
The Impact Of Challenges
First and foremost, Kerry was had by chads. But the Democrat wasn't punched out by punch cards alone. There were also the 'challenges.' That's a polite word for the Republican Party of Ohio's use of an old Ku Klux Klan technique: the attempt to block thousands of voters of color at the polls. In Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida, the GOP laid plans for poll workers to ambush citizens under arcane lawsâ€”almost never usedâ€”allowing party-designated poll watchers to finger individual voters and demand they be denied a ballot. The Ohio courts were horrified and federal law prohibits targeting of voters where race is a factor in the challenge. But our Supreme Court was prepared to let Republicans stand in the voting booth door.
In the end, the challenges were not overwhelming, but they were there. Many apparently resulted in voters getting these funky "provisional" ballotsâ€”a kind of voting placeboâ€”which may or may not be counted. Blackwell estimates there were 175,000; Democrats say 250,000. Pick your number. But as challenges were aimed at minorities, no one doubts these are, again, overwhelmingly Democratic. Count them up, add in the spoiled punch cards (easy to tally with the human eye in a recount), and the totals begin to match the exit polls; and, golly, you've got yourself a new president. Remember, Bush won by 136,483 votes in Ohio.
Enchanted State's Enchanted Vote
Now, on to New Mexico, where a Kerry pluralityâ€”if all votes are countedâ€”is more obvious still. Before the election, in TomPaine.com, I wrote, "John Kerry is down by several thousand votes in New Mexico, though not one ballot has yet been counted."
How did that happen? It's the spoilage, stupid; and the provisional ballots.
CNN said George Bush took New Mexico by 11,620 votes. Again, the network total added up to that miraculous, and non-existent, '100 percent' of ballots cast.
New Mexico reported in the last race a spoilage rate of 2.68 percent, votes lost almost entirely in Hispanic, Native American and poor precinctsâ€”Democratic turf. From Tuesday's vote, assuming the same ballot-loss rate, we can expect to see 18,000 ballots in the spoilage bin.
Spoilage has a very Democratic look in New Mexico. Hispanic voters in the Enchanted State, who voted more than two to one for Kerry, are five times as likely to have their vote spoil as a white voter. Counting these uncounted votes would easily overtake the Bush 'plurality.'
Already, the election-bending effects of spoilage are popping up in the election stats, exactly where we'd expect them: in heavily Hispanic areas controlled by Republican elections officials. Chaves County, in the "Little Texas" area of New Mexico, has a 44 percent Hispanic population, plus African Americans and Native Americans, yet George Bush "won" there 68 percent to 31 percent.
I spoke with Chaves' Republican county clerk before the election, and he told me that this huge spoilage rate among Hispanics simply indicated that such people simply can't make up their minds on the choice of candidate for president. Oddly, these brown people drive across the desert to register their indecision in a voting booth.
Now, let's add in the effect on the New Mexico tally of provisional ballots.
"They were handing them out like candy," Albuquerque journalist Renee Blake reported of provisional ballots. About 20,000 were given out. Who got them?
Santiago Juarez who ran the "Faithful Citizenship" program for the Catholic Archdiocese in New Mexico, told me that "his" voters, poor Hispanics, whom he identified as solid Kerry supporters, were handed the iffy provisional ballots. Hispanics were given provisional ballots, rather than the countable kind "almost religiously," he said, at polling stations when there was the least question about a voter's identification. Some voters, Santiago said, were simply turned away.
Your Kerry Victory Party
So we can call Ohio and New Mexico for John Kerryâ€”if we count all the votes.
But that won't happen. Despite the Democratic Party's pledge, the leadership this time gave in to racial disenfranchisement once again. Why? No doubt, the Democrats know darn well that counting all the spoiled and provisional ballots will require the cooperation of Ohio's Secretary of State, Blackwell. He will ultimately decide which spoiled and provisional ballots get tallied. Blackwell, hankering to step into Kate Harris' political pumps, is unlikely to permit anything close to a full count. Also, Democratic leadership knows darn well the media would punish the party for demanding a full count.
What now? Kerry won, so hold your victory party. But make sure the shades are down: it may be become illegal to demand a full vote count under PATRIOT Act III.
I used to write a column for the Guardian papers in London. Several friends have asked me if I will again leave the country. In light of the failureâ€”a second timeâ€”to count all the votes, that won't be necessary. My country has left me.
my joke to share with you all tonite...
Date: Nov 11th, 2004 10:49:00 pm - Subscribe
Spinnin' in my CD player:: smalltown sleeper
A husband and wife, out enjoying a round of golf, were about to tee off on the third hole, which was lined with beautiful homes. The wife hit her shot and the ball began to slice - her shot was headed directly at a very large plate glass window. Much to her surprise, the ball smashed through the window and shattered it into a million pieces.
They felt compelled to see what damage was done and drove off to see what happened. When they peeked inside the house, they found no one there. The husband called out and no one answered. Upon further investigation, they saw a small gentleman sitting on the couch with a turban on his head.
The wife asked the man, "Do you live here?"
"No, someone just hit a ball through the window, knocked over the vase you see there, freeing me from that little bottle. I am so grateful!" he answered.
The wife asked, "Are you a genie?"
"Oh, why yes I am. In fact, I am so grateful I will grant you two wishes, and the third I will keep for myself," the man replied.
The husband and wife agreed on two wishes - one was for a scratch handicap for the husband, to which the wife readily agreed. The other was for an income of $1,000,000 per year forever.
The genie nodded his head and said, "Done!"
The genie now said, "For my wish, I would like to have my way with your wife. I have not been with a woman for many years, and after all, I made you a scratch golfer and a millionaire."
The husband and wife agreed.
After the genie and wife were finished, the genie asked the wife, "How long have you been married?"
To which she responded, "Three years."
The genie then asked, "How old is your husband?"
To which she replied, "31 years old"
Date: Nov 11th, 2004 9:20:06 pm - Subscribe
Sir David and Sir Frost - you 2 gentlemen should be proud of your 'emoblog cop,' if i may dub myself as such... i have been iming everyone on my buddy lists and telling them that they need to go to emoblog.com and sign up for an online journal or blog or whatever we call it. (cop lingo, not webmaster lingo ) excuse my internet ignorance. just wanted to tell you guys that and encourage more of you fellow lads and ladies to get out and REGISTER FOR EMOBLOG & keeo this web-community safe, fun, and active!!!! -cop
Thanks to ALL Veterans, past and present!
Date: Nov 11th, 2004 9:04:47 pm - Subscribe
this evening i had a good run at about 6:30. i then went to dinner @ Main Meal & then went to get a letter from Cara. right now i am sitting here at the house watching Hannity & Colmes on Fox News; the most Conservative news agency on public television. myself, being a liberal - actually do watch Fox News because i believe that in order to be better qualified in the vast arena of politics, it is mandate that one have an upstanding knowledge of both sides. plus, i like hannity & colmes because Alan Colmes is a liberal like myself, and i think that he balances out the show quite well. tomorrow is a full day. i have a geology lab exam that i still havent studied for and will WITHOUT A DOUBT, fail! this will probably be my first 'F' of the semester. work is going well. still doing the same old same old, although in police work - nothing ever remains the same. i still can't stop dipping & this troubles me deeply. i need prayers and help in any way i can get. but then again, everyone says - riding around in a patrol car all day can't make it easy to quit dipping when you have been doing it for the past 5 years approximately. i am still upset that Senator John Kerry lost the election to George W Bush. it troubles me likewise that the Republican party played the moral card, once again, and gained the support of the people that only care about 3 things; there guns, God, and NO gays! they hate fags, they want their guns, and they love God. however, i love the Lord with all of my heart. i have been a Christian for quite sometime and i still have liberal views. it strikes me as odd that the people that hate gays are the ones that go to church the most. if i am not mistaken, Jesus Christ loved EVERYONE... gays, lesbians, whores, fornicators, beggers, thieves, etc... he loved everyone! i just wish that the peopl that proclaim Jesus as their savior, as i do, would see everyone in the same light. this is something that bothers me. maybe i am biased because i see things differently from my long-term studies of policing and criminal justice and i see how different people and the 'bad side' of society is. i accept people for the way they are and try my best to love everyone and respect them equally, if they deserve that respect. i just have no respect for people like Bush, who play the morality card and use it to gain popularity and votes. if you can't win politically then don't bring religion into the game and use it as a crutch to win over votes! that is deplorable & unacceptable! before i close this post, we must give credit and respect at the utmost level to our veterans today, as in it is Veternas Day. this day and holiday is a highly over-looked day that should be given off to everyone in those who have served and fallen in service to our country. i just get so emotional over this it's not even funny. i love someone who takes it upon themselves to lay down their lives for this great nation that we live in. i would also like to thank my father for serving mine and his country during the Vietnam era in the United States Navy. my father is my hero and my love for him exceeds any other human being on this earth. i hope to have the family and respect that this man has among all who know him when i am older and much wiser as he is today. once again, my feloow americans serving in the war over in iraq, whether or not we support the war you are currently fighting valantly in, WE SUPPORT YOU & ALL OF YOUR DIE-HARD EFFORTS BEYOND EVERYTHING! your efforts and sacrafices are NOT in vain and if no one else recognizes this, i do and my name is Clark Tucker. you have me backing you and behind your efforts with all i am. once again men and women, THANK YOU & may God Alimghty bless you all and long live the United States of America!!!!
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