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A Vast Political Misfortune
Or Why Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is Correct in His Assessment
of the Late 2004 Election (which was sadly murdered by the G.O.P.,
may it rest in peace). And Why Salon.coms Article Attacking Kennedy is Wrong.
By Katherine Yurica
June 11, 2006
Updated June 15, 2006 to clarify that the Leadership Institute's
Congressional Advisory Board document shows only Republicans are members.
It has been reported that Lysenko, the Soviet biologist, made
the following demonstration during a lecture: he put a flea on his desk and
said, "Jump!" Presently the flea jumped. He then removed the flea's hind legs
and said, "Jump!" again. This time the flea did not jump. "Observe,
gentlemen," said Lysenko: "This proves that when you remove the flea's hind
legs, its hearing is impaired.
If one is an old Ent, one does not like to be hasty. However, circumstances have a way of forcing themselves upon us and occasionally we are called upon to analyze something minutely, which nowadays goes against the grain, in as much as thinking, itself, is out of style. This latter fact is lamentable, but let us not tarry on it. Instead, let us go forward, analytically speaking.
On June 3, 2006 Farhad Manjoo, a 27 year old writer for Salon.com, penned a denunciation of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.s article, Was the 2004 Election Stolen? published by Rolling Stone. Mr. Manjoo mentioned that many major studies and analyses of the 2004 election existed, and then lamented that those studies were followed by legions of activists, academics, bloggers and others whove devoted their post-Nov. 2 lives to unearthing every morsel of data that might suggest the vote was rigged.
You can easily note that Mr. Manjoo and Salon.com are not in a generous mood in their essay. The very best of his ungracious statements is this one: If you do read Kennedys article, be prepared to machete your way through numerous errors of interpretation and his deliberate omission of key bits of data. Oh dear, Mr. Manjoos words are so, so violentso uncharitable to the innocent sentences as well as to the guilty ones, if there are in fact any guilty ones at all. For starting with Mr. Manjoos very first assertion, which I admit was so convincing on the surface that the Yurica Report posted a warning to its readers to drive by with caution when reading and slow down to a crawl when passing Mr. Kennedys powerful imagery.
Alas, Mr. Manjoo and Salon.com make the mistake of holding Mr. Kennedy to the literal meaning of words and quotes, much like critics of the Bible do, but just as metaphors are not meant to be taken literally by the poets who penned them, statistics are not meant to be taken literally either. Numbers are metaphors that need interpretation (a fact Mr. Manjoo admits, but transgresses when he asks us to anoint him: the Grand Interpreter!)
Here is how Mr. Manjoo opens his attack:
The first salient omission comes in paragraph 5, when Kennedy writes, In what may be the single most astounding fact from the election, one in every four Ohio citizens who registered to vote in 2004 showed up at the polls only to discover that they were not listed on the rolls, thanks to GOP efforts to stem the unprecedented flood of Democrats eager to cast ballots. To back up that assertion, Kennedy cites Democracy at Risk, the report the democrats released last June.
That report does indeed point out that many people26 percentwho first registered in 2004 did not find their names on the voter rolls at polling places. What Kennedy doesnt say, though, is that the same study found no significant difference in the share of Kerry voters and Bush voters who came to the polls and didnt find their names listed. The Democrats report says that 4.2 percent of Kerry voters were forced to cast a provisional ballot and that 4.1 percent of Bush voters were made to do the samea stat that lowers the heat on Kennedys claim of astounding partisanship.
That looks very much to be game, set, and match! In fact, we at the Yurica Report initially thought Mr. Manjoo had presented a credible thump to Mr. Kennedys efforts. (We apologize for our hasty leap.)
The problem here is Mr. Manjoo does not understand the functional application of intentional suppression techniques taught by specialists and leaders of the Republican Party, and in particular, Morton Blackwells Leadership Institute (a non-profit tax exempt organization.) In fact, it was Salon.coms important article My Right-wing Degree by Jeff Horowitz that first alerted Americans to the GOP school that teaches classes on How to Suppress the Vote (without getting thrown in prison of course!) Horowitz calls the classes mock election-rigging. (See the list of Republican Senators and Representatives who sit on the Congressional Advisory Board to the Institute by clicking here. Although the list of 109, including one dead man, is called Bi-Partisan all the individuals listed are Republicans.)
Now gather round and I will explain why Mr. Manjoos point is, alas, without the slightest bit of merit! Its not his fault or even the Democratic National Committees fault, they arent focused on nefarious ways to suppress the votethey are honest sweet, sincere naïve people who love Democracy! So lets you and I enter the criminal mind for a few minutes just this once:
Suppose we are dealing with the smallest county in America. Actually, lets make up one for simplicitys sake. Lets say it has 1,500 people living in it and only one polling place. Before the election, Republicans outnumbered Democrats by a fairly comfortable margin, so the GOP controlled all the elective offices in the county, including the Election Directors position. Lets say that there were 500 registered Republicans and 400 registered Democrats. But prior to the election, the Democrats got the brilliant idea to go out and register more Democrats, which of course forced the Republicans to do the same. The Voters Registration Drive caught on. The Republicans gained 100 new Republican registrations, but somehow, the Democrats managed to gain 215 newly registered voters. Now that brought the total to 600 Republicans versus 615 Democrats, a fact known to the Republican election board. For the first time in fifteen years, the Democrats had the potential to out vote the Republicans. But the Republicans werent worried. And this was especially true because Charlie Browns son had attended the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia and obtained a degree in suppressing the vote. So what did the Republicans do?
Charlie Browns son advised the election board to do what Ken Blackwell did so successfully in Ohio: force twenty-five percent of the newly registered Republicans and Democrats to vote provisionally (then never count their votes). That twenty-five percent sounds drastically harmful to the Republicans doesnt it? But in fact, thats all our little hypothetical county need do. Take a look at the statistics:
600 voters 615 voters
Taking 25% of 100 is 25.
Taking 25% of 215 is 54 (rounded off)
600 less 25 = 575 for the Republicans
615 less 54 = 561 for the Democrats
Voila! The playing field has been tipped in favor of the Republicans! It was unethical. (Legal only because its difficult to prove anything) but the real beauty of it is this: it doesnt even look like they cheated because as Mr. Manjoo points out, the Republicans were treated exactly like the Democrats, a fact that lowers the heat on Kennedys claim of partisanship.
Now if our tiny hypothetical county does everything else J. Kenneth Blackwell did in 2004 in Ohio (since as Secretary of State for Ohio he was the official in charge of the election as well as being the co-chair of President Bushs re-election committee, and as a leading Christian of Ohio, has made every effort to impose a religious ethics and character guide upon the good folks of Ohio), Charlie Browns son would advise the election officials in our hypothetical county to: move the voting locations just before election day and redraw the boundaries of precincts, make a rule that all new registrations had to be on 80 lb. paper, defy court orders halting caging, purge the voting lists, bring in a Strike Force from Texas to intimidate potential voters, restrict the number of voting machines used so that citizens in African American communities would have to wait in line to vote for hours, create chaos on election day, and finally misplace most of the new Democratic registrations coming in and by all means, challenge a huge percent of all African Americans right to vote! After doing such evil, be sure that Farhad Manjoo of Salon.com, the American media, and even the Democratic National Committee will defend to their deaths that the election wasnt rigged! With friends like that, rigged elections will become the normnot the exception.
And with friends like that, American democracy is dying from a cancer spread by the infection-ridden-hands of sick physicians masquerading as defenders of our American ideals.
Katherine Yurica is a news intelligence analyst. She was educated at East Los Angeles College, the University of Southern California and the USC school of law. She worked as a consultant for Los Angeles County and as a news correspondent for Christianity Today plus as a freelance investigative reporter. She is the author of three books. She is also the publisher of the Yurica Report.
Also Katherine and her mother, Kelly Leosis (who served as an election judge and inspector for twelve years for three precincts in the state of Washington for her county) designed and created voting systems for their community and investigated election fraud.
Katherine has also designed a universal Make-Your-Own-Voter-Receipt for the coming elections that anyone can duplicate and pass around. Click here. See also Katherine's articles on voting fraud: "Ohio Vote Fraud Battle Heats Up," and "Votergate 2004."
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Was the 2004 Election Stolen?
Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in
Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted --
enough to have put John Kerry in the White House.
BY ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR
Like many Americans, I spent the evening of the 2004
election watching the returns on television and wondering
how the exit polls, which predicted an overwhelming victory
for John Kerry, had gotten it so wrong. By midnight, the
official tallies showed a decisive lead for George Bush --
and the next day, lacking enough legal evidence to
contest the results, Kerry conceded.
"No" Says Farhad Manjoo:
To date, dozens of experts, both independently and as
part of several research panels, have spent countless
hours examining 2004's presidential election, especially
the race in Ohio. Many of them have concluded that the
election there strains conventional notions of what a
democracy ought to look like; very little about that
race was fair, clean or competent.
A key source for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
responds to criticism of his analysis of the 2004 election
By Steven F. Freeman
Jun. 12, 2006 | Because Robert F Kennedy Jr.
based much of the discussion in his Rolling Stone
article on interviews with me and on a close
reading of my new book, coauthored with Joel
Bleifuss, "Was the 2004 Presidential Election
Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official
Count," and because Kennedy cites in his thorough
footnotes many of the same key sources we worked
from, I feel compelled to address directly several
statements that Farhad Manjoo makes about the
exit polls, both in his original Salon article and
in his response to Kennedy's response to that
article -- statements that are either incorrect or
based on misunderstandings about exit polls
and the 2004 results.
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religious moral code claimed to be a shared
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