Draft? Nawwwww!

If you want to see why so many young people are fired up about the issue of the draft -- why so many Americans are so fired up this election -- you must take a look at this stream of Congressman Tim Ryan's passionate speech in Congress about the Bush Administration, the Iraq War and the possibility of a draft.

9/11 "black boxes" found?

This Philadelphia Dailey News article claims that 3 of the 4 black boxes of the planes that flew into the WTC were recovered. The Article by Will Bunch says, in part:
Both the independent 9/11 Commission and federal authorities continue to insist that none of the four devices - a cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR) from the two planes - were ever found in the wreckage.

But New York City firefighter Nicholas DeMasi has written in a recent book -- self-published by several Ground Zero workers -- that he escorted federal agents on an all-terrain vehicle in October 2001 and helped them locate three of the four.

His account is supported by a volunteer, Mike Bellone, whose efforts at Ground Zero have been chronicled in the New York Times and elsewhere. Bellone said assisted DeMasi and the agents and that saw a device that resembling a “black box” in the back of the firefighter’s ATV.

This is one of the aggravations of the internet. Is this really true? Only time will tell. And even the, we can never know for sure?


This is amazing. If this is true, why suppress the information? Even if the boxes were damaged, why say they were not found?

The Pennsylvania boxes were found.
Well, that is the question, isn't it? What could be so dangerous for the public to know? I have no idea if the boxes could survive such an inferno. But I do know that there is a lot about the workings of our government we the public are not told. This looks like another one for the x-files.

a pea hits her in the neck

Big Brother is watching ... and reading blogs, as anniesj discovered. She offers a word to the wise. [slashdot]

Has your computer ever crashed?

Verified Voting:


Technologists warn that electronic voting machines are flawed. They say we should "trust but verify." Others disagree. For example Florida's Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Theresa LePore counters technologists' analysis of electronic voting machine flaws with her claim: "It's just a bunch of lies." But Broward County is now unable to comply with Florida law because of the flaws technologists, Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL), and many others have pointed out!

Many people are very troubled by the use of uncertified software in recent California elections. Many are concerned about the backgrounds of some programmers and managers who control the secret voting machine software.

Our primary concern is the threat that unverifiable electronic voting poses to elections in the United States. We have been concerned that without a paper record verified by the voter, there would be no way of knowing whether votes were recorded accurately and no way to do a meaningful recount if one is necessary.

Now we are seeing these predicted problems occurring in real elections. We are seeing election results that will remain forever in dispute because an audit was impossible. We are seeing that electronic miscounts of votes is no longer a theory - it's a fact.

What if the miscounts we know of are only the tip of an undetected iceberg of electronic miscounts? They might be. We have no way of knowing.

Let's pass H.R.2239/S.2437.

Verify your vote

Today's advice from media girl: bookmark this site right now. Elections always have had their ragged edges, but now, in this tight election (or so they tell us), we the people can do something about it.

A Hole in the Heart

The New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman writes, in "A Hole in the Heart":

American politics is so polarized today that there is no center, only sides. Israeli politics has become divided nearly to the point of civil war. In the Arab-Muslim world, where the moderate center was always a fragile flower, the political moderates are on the defensive everywhere, and moderate Muslim spiritual leaders seem almost nonexistent....

...The Bush-Cheney team bears a big responsibility for this hole because it nakedly exploited 9/11 to push a far-right Republican agenda, domestically and globally, for which it had no mandate. When U.S. policy makes such a profound lurch to the right, when we start exporting fear instead of hope, the whole center of gravity of the world is affected. Countries reposition themselves in relation to us.....

...When the world liked Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, America had more power in the world. When much of the world detests George Bush, America has less power. People do not want to be seen standing next to us. It doesn't mean we should run our foreign policy as a popularity contest, but it does mean that leading is not just about making decisions - it's also the ability to communicate, follow through and persuade.

Read the whole column.

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