Common Sense Returns to Dover

The Panda’s Thumb reports that in yesterday’s election, all eight incumbent Dover Area School Board members have been voted out of office. The eight incoming members ran on the Dover CARES ticket, which among other things advocates taking intelligent design back out of the science curriculum.

So while Kansas is returning science education to the Dark Ages, at least common sense seems to be prevailing in Dover, Pennsylvania.

The War on Terror (as viewed from the Bourne shell)


The good news: I correctly predicted who would win 49 out of the 50 states in this presidential election.

The bad news: my prediction that Kerry would win Ohio wasn’t one of those 49.

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You Make The Call 2004

It’s November 1, the last day of non-election-related-chaos we’re going to have for at least a week. Time to predict what’s going to happen!

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Quote of the Week #12

I don’t care who does the voting, as long as I get to do the nominating.

– Boss Tweed

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Reality Distortion Field 2004

Bush supporters are unable to fathom why anybody in their right mind would vote for Kerry. Kerry supporters are unable to fathom why anybody in their rightmind would vote for Bush. How can this be true?

A new study from the University of Maryland may help shed some light on this issue: The Separate Realities of Bush and Kerry Supporters. It finds that the two groups have fundamentally different beliefs about the facts surrounding matters like the Iraq War and the United States’ international standing.

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Voting, Florida Style

Think we won’t see another election-night debacle in Florida come November 2? Think again.

A few frightening excerpts from the article:

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Justice Department Censors Supreme Court Quote

From The Memory Hole:

Ostensibly, [the Justice Department] would use their powers of censorship only to remove material that truly could jeopardize US operations. But in reality, what did they do? They blacked out a quotation from a Supreme Court decision:

“The danger to political dissent is acute where the Government attempts to act under so vague a concept as the power to protect ‘domestic security.’ Given the difficulty of defining the domestic security interest, the danger of abuse in acting to protect that interest becomes apparent.”

The mind reels at such a blatant abuse of power (and at the sheer chutzpah of using national security as an excuse to censor a quotation about using national security as an excuse to stifle dissent).

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Diebold: Why even pretend to tabulate election results correctly?


Issue: Manipulation technique found in the Diebold central tabulator — 1,000 of these systems are in place, and they count up to two million votes at a time.

By entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location, a second set of votes is created. This set of votes can be changed, so that it no longer matches the correct votes. The voting system will then read the totals from the bogus vote set. It takes only seconds to change the votes, and to date not a single location in the U.S. has implemented security measures to fully mitigate the risks.

This program is not “stupidity” or sloppiness. It was designed and tested over a series of a dozen version adjustments.

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Predictions for the Republican National Convention

As I’m sure everyone in New York is painfully aware, this week is the Republican National Convention. What can we expect to happen there?

[Disclaimer: what follows is satire and/or hyperbole. I hope.]

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