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Primary Smell: Vote Machine Scandal Brewing - The Winning Ticket: Hillary and Diebold in 2008
Saturday, 12 January 2008 09:06

by Mike Whitney

Something doesn't ring true about Hillary's “upset” victory in the New Hampshire primary. It just doesn't pass the smell test. All the exit polls showed Clinton trailing Obama by significant margins. In fact, in the Gallup Poll taken just days before the election, "Crocodile tears" Hillary was down by a whopping 13 points.

Her “turnaround” was not only unexpected, but downright shocking. The results for the rest of the candidates — excluding Clinton and Obama — were all within the margin of error. Clinton was the only anomaly. Surprise, surprise.

“Its not who votes that counts. Its who counts the votes.”
- Joseph Stalin

If this election had been conducted in any other country in the world, the Bush administration would have immediately dispatched an independent team of election observers and demanded a recount. But not in the good old USA, where stealing elections is replacing baseball as the national pastime. Would it surprise you to know that (according to Black Box Voting) the Marketing and Sales Director of the company that tallies the votes (LHS) “was arrested, indicted, and pleaded guilty to "sale / CND" and sentenced to 12 months in the Rockingham County Correctional facility, and fined $2000.” That would be LHS Sales Director Mr. Ken Hajjar. Here's an excerpt from Bev Harris's Black Box Voting web site:

“The Diebold ballot printing plant at the time we got records on the overages (that is, more ballots than needed for election; MW) was being run by a convicted felon who had spent four years in prison on a narcotics trafficking charge. No, not New Hampshire's voting machine programming exec Ken Hajjar, who cut a plea deal in 1990 for his role in cocaine distribution. This was another convicted felon, John Elder, who ran the Diebold ballot printing plant; he's now an elections consultant.”

Still feel confident about the election results?

Then why not spend 5 minutes perusing this you-tube demonstration that shows how anyone with a screwdriver and a brain the size of a walnut can transform a 'humiliating defeat' into a miraculous Clintonesque “comeback”.

The you-tube video also shows LHS's owner defending the dubious record of his optical scanning hardware in court. The reader can decide for himself whether we're dealing with a man of impeccable integrity or another flannel-mouth opportunist who has enriched himself at the expense of our basic democratic institutions.

Bradblog's Dori Smith reports that Sales Director “Hajjar totes memory cards around in the trunk of his car and defends the practice of swapping out memory cards during the middle of elections.” Nice touch, eh?

Smith also adds this revealing tidbit:

* "Other LHS staff members we spoke with, including Mike Carlson and Tom Burge, provided similar comments. They said they would open machines up during an election and swap memory cards as needed. This is illegal under Connecticut law and Deputy Secretary Mara told us she has since informed LHS that such actions were in violation of Connecticut election laws.”


* "So what's all the fuss? I'll just slip this little card in the slot and — Lookee here — Hillary's a winner; just like I figured.”

Activist Nancy Tobi provides a great summary of the back-room machinations in her article “Democracy for New Hampshire” which came out the day after the primary:

* “81% of New Hampshire ballots are counted in secret by a private corporation named Diebold Election Systems (now known as "Premier"). The elections run on these machines are programmed by one company, LHS Associates, based in Methuen, MA. We know nothing about the people programming these machines, and we know even less about LHS Associates. We know even less about the secret vote counting software used to tabulate 81% of our ballots. People like to say "but we use paper ballots! They can always be counted by hand!"

But they're not. They're counted by Diebold. Only a candidate can request a hand recount, and most never do so. And a rigged election can easily become a rigged recount, as we learned in Ohio 2004, where two election officials were convicted of rigging their recount. (Is it just a funny coincidence that Diebold spokesman is named Mr. Riggall?)

We need to get the count right on election night. Right now, nobody in New Hampshire, except the programmers at LHS Associates and Diebold Election Systems, knows if we are getting it right or wrong.”

Good job, Nancy.

Does it seem to you, dear reader, that we could save the taxpayer a lot of money and trouble by just returning to the “old system” of letting 9 judges on the Supreme Court chose our leaders? Why do we continue with this pointless sham?

Look, our elections are being run by corporations that have an obvious stake in the outcome. There's a heap of money involved and nothing is left to chance. The media's job is to make us feel like we have a choice. We don't.

The only reason the farce continues is because the ruling elite believe that perception management is the cheapest way to control the bewildered herd. And, of course, they're right. Pulling a lever every 4 years is a type of political empowerment. It makes us feel like we're part of the decision-making process, which makes it easier to accept the “shittier and shittier paying jobs”, the curtailed civil liberties and the endless wars. (Thanks George Carlin)

This year we can choose from a slate of 8 candidates; all of whom are members of the secretive Council on Foreign Relations; and all of whom are wholly committed to the off-shoring of businesses, the outsourcing of jobs, the expansion of police-state powers, and the obscene enlargement the already over-bloated War Machine. The only exceptions are Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich who are treated like pariahs by the establishment media.

As for Hillary; she won nothing. The results are completely bogus. Her weepy performance before the balloting was orchestrated to create a credible narrative to explain the fraudulent shifting of votes away from Obama. It was exactly the same trick that Karl Rove played in 2004, when he had the entire corporate media standing behind his cockamamie story that 3 or 4 million fundamentalists — who had never voted before in a general election — suddenly poured down from the mountains to cast their ballot for their champion, George Bush.

This absurd narrative was spouted from every media-soapbox in the nation until it was generally accepted as fact. The media then proceeded to quash any investigation of the massive voter fraud which took place across the country (particularly in Ohio) while discrediting critics as conspiracy theorists.

“Conspiracy theorists?”

Is it a conspiracy to think that the same guys who abduct foreign nationals off the streets of cities around the world and take them to black sites — where their eyes are gouged out and their finger nails ripped off — would get squeamish over something as trivial as ballot stuffing?

Get real!

Clinton's tearful antics were right out of Karl Rove's “Dirty Tricks Playbook”. Chapter one: Invent a believable storyline, run it through the Propaganda Ministry (the media) and stick with it no matter how ridiculous it sounds.

I carry no brief for Obama or Clinton and I don't see any substantial difference between either of them. They are both water carriers for their far-right constituents. It is the system that's important. And the system is broken.

The primary was stolen. End of story. Now, it's our move.

 
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president said:

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Here you can vote our new president. Stop believing the statistic you see on television. Let`s make our own vote. Below you have informations about all the candidates . Choose the president that will change your live from 2008. http://presidentofamerica.blogspot.com/
 
January 12, 2008
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CHCH said:

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simple statistics
Agreed, and I can prove it:

Clinton gets more votes only from Diebold machines in districts where Obama was polling higher than average, after adjusting for the influence of each district's population on Hillary's votes (using total votes cast as a proxy for population), and for the influence of how many votes Obama got in each district (since Hillary & Obama tend to trade-off).

This is exactly what you'd expect if Diebold vote counts were manipulated only in district where Obama looked strongest.

The difference is statistically significant (p=.013), and you can replicate it - use this table of the NH democratic primary results.
http://spreadsheets.google.com...i1WM_DSfZQ

Now, regress CLINTON on total @ of votes, OBAMA, the diebold variable, and the interaction of the latter two [their product]: and you'll see the interaction is statistically significant, F(1,235)=6.26, p=.013).
 
January 12, 2008
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Geoffroe said:

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Resort to their tactics?
Why not just rig the votes ourselves. It is the people that have the power and ultimately make the decisions. President Bush isn't programming the voting stations himself, that's for sure.
 
January 12, 2008
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Michael G. said:

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Iron my shirt?
Who is credulous enough to believe that the two hecklers who garnered so much last-minute media attention and sympathy for Hillary in new Hampshire by demanding that she "Iron my shirt!" like Marianne Pernold-Young, the 64-year-old Democratic Party operative who asked her, "How do you do it?" thus providing Sen. Clinton with the perfect opportunity to humanize herself for the voters at a crucial moment, were anything other than plants?

The Clinton campaign had already been caught planting questions at a Veterans Day town hall meeting in Iowa, yet few if any MSM reporters have expressed any skepticism about the "Iron my shirt!" stunt or the soft-ball question asked by Pernold-Young.

This while Bill castigates the MSM letting Obama foist a "fairy tale" on the American people! There's enough truth in that charge to go a long way in the direction of obscuring the cheap tricks his wife is playing on the voters.

Sadly, referring to the MSM news organizations as a "Propaganda Ministry" is no exaggeration.

Keep up the good work, Mike!

 
January 12, 2008
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BLACKS/ AFRICAN AMERICANS said:

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BLACKS/ AFRICAN AMERICANS VOTING FOR HILLARY CLINTON
BLACKS/ AFRICAN AMERICANS VOTING FOR HILLARY CLINTON.
I happen to like Hillary but as a Black/African American woman I will never vote for a white women over a black man. This is why:
1- As a Corporate American black woman and Business Owner in the USA, I have never been fairly promoted or recognized fairly by a white woman. I’ve been better qualified than many and white women have enviously overlook me, however asking or demanding me to train or assist her/ them with my knowledge and network????????
2- I have never been hired by a white woman unless she was directed to do so; and if I was hired I was Greatly cold-bloodedly sabotage during the process.
3- In corporate American there is a huge amount of Rank pulling to say the least against the blacks.
4- As Hillary is an 'Idol' to many of which the bible ten commandments warns us of idols. but like I was saying Hillary is a great person and she will always be working to do better anyway- So being the president will not be a big deal.

CAN YOU AMAGINGE and you wasn’t born yesterday how white women would treat black women if Hillary was in office??? THINK ABOUT IT... White women are for themselves, then their white men, then OUR BLACK MEN (NEED I GO INTO DETAILS).

White women are INTIMIDATED BY SMART, ATTRACTIVE, STRONG BLACK WOMEN and will ALWAYS RESENT THEM and be JEALOUS OF THEM.....

JUST SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT. We all know this is not ULTIMATELY intended to happen as such but when a group of people get control things CHANGE and sometimes for the worst.

So, to all you Blacks who love Hillary think about what is stated here. She is a great person, but just like them--- WHEN THE SH*T HIT THE FAN THEY PULL RANKS AND SUPPORT THERE OWN.

WHEN ARE WE GOING TO STOP BEING DICTATED TO AND DICTATE FOR OURSELVES THIS IS THE TIME TO GIVE OUR ANCESTORS WHAT WAS COLD-BLOODEDLY SABOTAGED AWAY FROM THEM BACK.

WHITES HAVE HAD THERE TIME NOW IT IS OURS. LOOK AROUND THEY ARE TAKING OVER OUR LIVES, CULTURE- BIG LIPS, BIG ASSES IMPLANTS- TANNING IS A BILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS- OUR MUSIC- OUR DANCING………………..

YOU REMEMBER WHEN THEY HATED US FOR THIS AND WHEN THEY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST US BECAUSE OF THIS??????

AND YOU KNOW WHAT---- EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE TRYING TO BLEND THEY STILL DON’T LIKE US ENOUGH TO BE 100% FAIR AND NON-DISCRIMINATORY TOWARDS US.

THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO THEY ARE!!!!!!!!

AMERICA IS SUPPOSED TO BE A LAND OF LAWS AND LOOK HOW THEY SUPPORTED BUSH AND CHANEY BREAKING LAWS OVER AND OVER AGAIN-- AND WILL SAY THEY DONE NO WRONG. When the democrats do win, then they will decide it’s time to follow the laws they wrote. Talk about flip flop.
 
January 13, 2008
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