June 2, 2006

Rigging the Vote

Filed under: humor, philadelphia, politics — ted @ 4:35 pm

As if making up for its lackluster showing yesterday, the Internet is full of glory today.

First and foremost, there's a bombshell of an article in Rolling Stone, written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

After carefully examining the evidence, I've become convinced that the president's party mounted a massive, coordinated campaign to subvert the will of the people in 2004. Across the country, Republican election officials and party stalwarts employed a wide range of illegal and unethical tactics to fix the election.

His answer, as you can see, is more or less yes, and he provides piles of evidence and speculation to support his claim. Focusing on Ohio, Kennedy demonstrates how the actions of Kenneth Blackwell, at once both Ohio's secretary of state and the co-chair of President Bush's re-election committee, and others led to a statistically absurd divergence between exit poll and actual results, thousands of voters in Democratic districts being denied the opportuinity to vote, and even outright tampering and fraud.

Whether or not you will be convinced by the essay or not, you should most certainly read the entire thing — the case builds and gets more impressive as it nears its end. Then, if you still want more, read "None Dare Call It Stolen" from last September's Harper's.

Now onto other matters.

I think this is too funny: Woman Hit By Lightning While Praying. [Boing Boing]

This too:

Here's more great examples of Divine Vinyl. [Purgatorio]

Soon, you might be able to find a parking spot with your cell phone and then pay for it with your credit card online. When I read things like this and think about using the actual technology, I get goosebumps. [Wired]

Two great Philadelphia related rants today:

Some dude, in the Craigslist rants & raves section, put up a post entitled: Why do Women "give it up" to guys (SEX) so easily ? The first sentence reads thusly:

Does anyone tell the truth or "keep it real" on CL ?

It gets worse. Should be fun watching the responses to this one.

Jim Ryan, a local actor, was really upset when Inky reviewer Toby Zinman totally ripped into a show in which he performed, so he started a blog: We Love Toby! The title is ironic:

Dear Toby,

For years, I've heard about your wicked mean streak. It's hard to set foot in any local theater without hearing your name cursed for your bitter, non-constructive reviews. Until today, I had not personally encountered any of this. Believe me when I say that I did not expect great reviews for Closer Than Ever – it's a fluffy little review intended for patrons less theatrically sophisticated than yourself. I was flabbergasted, however at your incredibly harsh, patently false and totally unnecessary blanket remarks about the singers. They reflect your inability to use nuance and good taste in describing a show that you have personal disdain for. I welcome criticism, but you lash out with the sharp tongue of a failed actress gossiping in the rafters.

The whole blog makes for a great read.


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