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So Goes The Nation….

This movie is a "Must SEE" for any political operative or historian. The elements of the political game come
into focus so clearly.

#1 - How the argument (or political game) is played is that you exploit your opponents strengths even more than
their own weaknesses. If you tear down their strengths, there is nothing left but weakness to lean on. In this,
Kerry shot himself in the foot by being a stupid 'stooge'. His skull & Bones allegiance
[1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skull_%26_Bones] to George W. and that society made a "win-win"
proposition for either of them and government insiders, regardless of who won. When will America wake-up
and look back at a few elections and see that the same issues and platforms are on the table today as 30 years
ago (See Shirley Chisholm's documentary : Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed).

#2 – America is not about accomplishment. It is about how ‘cheaters’ cheat and cut corners. The ethics are not
“don’t do it”, they are “don’t get caught”. The naivety of the American people and the operatives that participate
in the electoral process are as stupid as they are idealistic. First of all, the main line for defense of a Republic,
such as ours, like “Plato’s Republic” lies on the foundation of propagating a mis-truth and lie that ‘Democracy”
is the form of government that we are in. That could not be further from the truth. Government runs to enrich
those running the government – not the people. Being a public Relation’s ‘word game’ frames all of the
references to party affiliations, image guises and false premise. If you twist the truth enough and say the same
thing over and over, people (thinking, intelligent people) will repeat it and mimick it like a trained parrot. The
media’s influence on daily thought and perspective is almost total in representing populace vote. Dissonance
occurs periodically, but for the most part echoes are the order of the political moment. Capturing the minds of
the masses is not difficult, few look under the covers and investigate or research information. What is readily
available becomes the “thought of the moment” and fills the [ignorant] need for information and leaves a
reflection of the “talking heads” in the mass of society as oracles and instruments of communication vehicles
geared toward passing on information – not analyzing it for veracity.

#3 – The ‘flashbacks’ are the most instrumental vehicles that show us the ‘formula’ of politics. They show the
master plan and ‘pattern’ of little ingenuity that repeats every year in political cycles and no one seems to
remember. Not only does the mindlessness of the electorate get shown up, but the collective memory of the
participants of the electorate are discouraged enough as to not repeat their efforts [and lose] learn the most
important lesson of politics; don’t waste your time acting like you care – the game is “locked up” from the
beginning already, the contest is just to give hope and idealism to the people living under the illusion of
freedom.

#4 – Like in the year 2000 stolen election, it amazes me that so few are disturbed by the involvement of the
secretaries of state, who were both republican in Florida as well as Ohio, and as soon as it looked like the
massive Democratic efforts were yielding results in the ‘ground game’ war, they begin tinkering with the rules,
creating obstacles for votes and counting methods and most of all the very disturbing pictures of masses of
votong machines that are being wheeled in after the illuminating documentary “American Blackout” &
“Hacking America”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/us/politics/06vote.html?nl=pol&emc=pol

Summary

anticipate three developments: a huge turnout,

1. a surge in Republicans voting in the Democratic primary,


2. and a large number of voters who preferred the security of a paper ballot to the
questionable technology of touch-screen machines.
3. As a result, many polling places ran out of Democratic paper ballots.
4. That led to several hundred voters in Sandusky County being turned away, claims that voters
were also disenfranchised in Cleveland, and last-minute litigation to keep certain polls open late
5. Turnout, Technology and Nature Marred Balloting in Ohio

By IAN URBINA and RANDY KENNEDY

Published: March 6, 2008

For election officials everywhere, Tuesday’s votes in Ohio and Texas were contentious and drawn-out
reminders to expect the unexpected in a year of enormous enthusiasm.

Though Ohio officials stayed on their toes in handling bomb threats, ice storms and power failures, they
were tripped up in the end by failing to anticipate three developments:

6. a huge turnout,
7. a surge in Republicans voting in the Democratic primary,
8. and a large number of voters who preferred the security of a paper ballot to the questionable
technology of touch-screen machines.
9. As a result, many polling places ran out of Democratic paper ballots. That led to several hundred voters
in Sandusky County being turned away, claims that voters were also disenfranchised in Cleveland, and
last-minute litigation to keep certain polls open late.
10. In Cleveland, where sleepy-eyed officials in Cuyahoga County stayed up until 5 a.m. trying to finalize
tallies, the lesson was that paper ballots may be more reliable and secure than touch-screen machines,
but they are a lot slower to count and transport.

Still, the state and the county fared better than they did in the 2004 general election, when voters waited
more than a month for final results, or in the 2006 primary, when it took five extra days for absentee
ballots to be hand counted.

“Compared to the last presidential election, this state has gone from intensive care to walking on
crutches,” said Ohio’s top elections official, the secretary of state, Jennifer Brunner. “By November,
we’ll be walking normally like everyone else.”

11. A different problem, also caused by heavy turnout, disrupted the occasionally raucous
Democratic caucuses in Texas on Tuesday night. At several sites, crowds were too large for the

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meeting halls where the caucuses were supposed to be held, driving many potential voters away
and leading to several intense confrontations.

In Lake Dallas, just north of Dallas, Donna Gibbs, a chairwoman for one of the area’s voting precincts,
said that caucus-goers from nine precincts were supposed to vote in a municipal building there but that
almost a thousand people arrived. As a result, many precincts were forced to convene in the building’s
parking lot, where people waited for more than two hours in chilly weather for regular primary voting to
end and the caucus to begin.

12. “People were polite at first,” Ms. Gibbs said of the various caucuses. “But after two and a half hours of
waiting, they were not.” She said that in one precinct, the crowd gave an election clerk such a hard time
that a police officer had to come over to calm everyone down.
13. Hector Nieto, a spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party, said the occasional
problem was understandable given the enormous turnout.

“But these are problems we’re O.K. having,” he said. “These are problems the Republican Party here
wishes they had.”

Doug Chapin, the director of Electionline.org, a Pew Center Web site that tracks election issues, said that
poll worker training would become crucial as November approaches, given that turnout will likely be far
higher than in previous years. He noted that the need for training was especially acute in some states,
like Ohio, that only recently switched to paper ballots from touch-screen voting machines.

“Any time you change voting technology — from electronic to paper or the other way — the move
brings a whole host of new concerns, and thus workers need to be trained to handle them,” Mr. Chapin
said. He added that election officials should realize that in each of the primaries so far, turnout had
swamped expectations. “As we go forward, election officials deciding how many ballots or machines or
poll workers to have on hand may well find the safest course to be to take the most optimistic
projections for voter turnout and plan for even more.”

Ms. Brunner, the secretary of state, said there were no confirmed reports of voters leaving the polls in
Cuyahoga County because of a lack of paper ballots, though a judge ordered several polls to stay open
late. When precincts ran out, Ms. Brunner said, voters were told to stay at the polling place while new
ones were delivered, which typically happened in about an hour.

14. The one exception, she said, was in Sandusky County, where about 300 to 400 voters were turned away
because of the lack of paper ballots, and in that county, Ms. Brunner got a court order to keep polling
places open an hour and a half later.

One of the surprises Tuesday in Ohio was the number of registered Republicans who crossed over to
vote in the Democratic primary, which election officials said was particularly obvious in usually heavy
Republican precincts. But Edward B. Foley, director of the election law project at Ohio State University,
said those crossover voters might not have been handled in accordance with state law.

15. Poll workers, he said, are supposed to challenge any voter whose eligibility they doubt based on voting
history and whether the voter was affiliated with a different party for at least two years. The law also

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requires voters in question to sign a statement verifying their desire “to be affiliated with” and to support
“the principles of the political party whose primary ballot the person desires to vote,” he said.

“In Franklin County, my impression is that there was no enforcement of this requirement,” said
Professor Foley, adding that he had heard reports from several other counties where the law apparently
was not enforced.

Ms. Brunner said that her office had sent local election officials a reminder about the rule before voting
started Tuesday.

Ian Urbina reported from Washington, and Randy Kennedy from Austin, Tex.

Exposing the GOP’s Voter Suppression Campaign


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Posted on Jun 5, 2008

AP photo / Lauren Victoria Burke


Starting early: Democratic presidential
candidate Sen. Barack Obama listens as Sen.
Charles Schumer testifies before a Judiciary
Committee hearing last June on legislation to
prevent voter fraud.
By Bill Boyarsky
- If Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, is to defeat John McCain, he’d better
get started organizing teams of election law attorneys and other specialists to guard against efforts
already underway to disenfranchise Democratic voters.
- State laws imposing strict voter identification requirements have proliferated. They will be used by
Republicans in battleground states to challenge low-income voters, usually blacks and Latinos, needed
by Obama. Nonresident college students, another part of the Obama constituency, will probably also be
challenged.

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- This means the election may have to be decided in state courtrooms and by local election boards around
the country. Scenes we remember from Florida’s 2000 election could be repeated in many places.
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- Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau, told a House committee in February
that “ ... The NAACP, as well as representatives from almost every other civil and voting rights
organization, all report an increase in the number of Americans—primarily racial and ethnic minority
Americans—who say they have been denied their constitutional right to register and vote.”
- This is called voter suppression. Republicans used it with great success in Florida in 2000 and in
Ohio four years later.
- Those contests, won by President Bush, featured shortages of voting machines in minority areas;
lost, discarded or rejected ballots; and many challenges to voter eligibility.
- In 2004, the Bush administration added to the mix by demanding prosecution of ACORN, a
grassroots group that works to register poor people to vote.
- U.S. attorneys who wouldn’t go along were fired in one of the administration’s nastier scandals.


• This year, Republican voter suppression seems to be taking a new and more sophisticated turn.
Republican-led state legislatures are adopting strict laws requiring voters to present identification
at the polls.
• In April, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s tough law, which requires government-issued
identification, such as a driver’s license, a passport, or a state or military ID card.

• Robert Barnes wrote in The Washington Post, “The ruling bodes well for other states that require
photo ID and for states that are considering doing so.”

• The Web site electionline.org reports that Florida and Georgia, in addition to Indiana, require
photo IDs. In four states, polling officials ask for—but don’t require—photo IDs.

• Eighteen states require either photo or non-photo IDs, and their requirements vary wildly. It’s
challenging to read just the summaries of these state laws on electionline.org.
1. Worse yet, most of these laws are administered by partisan state election officers and
county officials who may owe their loyalty to some local party or neigborhood political
boss—or who may simply be governed by their own prejudices or ignorance.
2. Professor Richard L. Hasen of Los Angeles’ Loyola Law School, one of the nation’s
foremost election law scholars, said in a Stanford Law Review article that 33 chief
state election officers were chosen in partisan elections. “In many ways, save
technological improvements in the casting and counting of votes, the situation is worse
than it was in 2000.
3. Election administration today is more partisan and more contentious
than it was before the public had ever heard of ‘dimpled chads,’ ”
Hasen said.
• I asked Hasen what form he thought voter suppression would take in 2008.
• He said he didn’t think we were likely to see a “mass campaign against minority
voters.” That, as the U.S. attorneys’ scandal showed, was the Republican game
plan in 2004.

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• Rather, he said, there will be “individual instances” of voter suppression. These
will take place in countless polling places, be initially judged by local election
officials, and then move up to the state chief election officers, mostly partisan,
and finally to the courts, often run by political judges. In other words,
political hacks administering incomprehensible laws.

• “The most successful way of keeping minority voting


down is [using] the law,” Hasen said.
• To counter such moves, he said, candidates needing minority votes, such as
Obama, must put field workers and election lawyers into the field to educate
voters on the complexities of their local laws.
• They must make sure voters have the required ID. [As part of the Voter
Registration Process]
• And they must be ready to go to court in an instant when someone spots a
dirty trick. “These kind of things have to happen now,” he said.
• An area of immediate concern should be the Western battleground states of
• Colorado,
• Nevada
• and New Mexico, with a total of 19 electoral votes.
• Latino voter turnout will be important there, and intensive get-out-the-vote efforts by the Obama
campaign are planned in Latino communities in those states.
• But Antonio Gonzalez, president of the Southwestern Voter Registration Education Project, told me
that anti-immigrant sentiment may hurt the turnout.

1. In Colorado, for example, he said that 15 to 20 percent of the Latino community is foreign-born, where
once it was 10 percent.
2. In New Mexico, he said, the foreign-born Latino population has risen from 5 percent a few years ago to
10 to 15 percent today.
3. Clearly, a combination of Republicans and anti-immigrant activists—sometimes the same people
—could put together a strong voter intimidation campaign targeted at Hispanics. [Why
immigration reform is not coming anytime soon – Republicans will block it at any
cost due to the demographic shift it would cause in electoral and popular votes.]

• Dirty tricks could be one of this year’s most important election stories.
• So far, it’s been too complicated and distant for a political media hooked on instant thrills.
• Only a few bloggers are on the story, such as New York University media professor Mark Crispin
Miller and journalist Brad Friedman. Loyola Law School’s Professor Hasen offers an excellent
combination of information and analysis.
• At this point, what’s more important than the coverage is that Barack Obama and his staff
hustle election specialists to the battleground states.
• There’s not much glory in nosing around a Colorado county courthouse—but that’s where
this election may be decided

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[1]The Order of Skull and Bones, once known as The Brotherhood of Death,[1] is a senior or secret society
based at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut. The society's alumni organization, which owns its
properties and oversees all the organization's activity, is known as the Russell Trust Association (R.T.A.), and is
named after one of Bones' founding members.[2] In conversation, the group is known as "Bones," and members
have been known as "Bonesmen."[citation needed]

Skull and Bones is known for its secrecy. Mid-nineteenth century Yale enjoyed the presence of freshmen,
sophomore and junior societies. Undergraduates then, with their fickle allegiances, would share the rites and
practices of their class society upon elevation within the undergraduate ranks. When seniors departed campus,
little verifiable information was left about the rites and practices of the senior or secret societies, particularly
Bones, Scroll and Key and Wolf's Head.[3] George W. Bush, in his autobiography, states "[in] My senior year I
joined Skull and Bones, a secret society, so secret, I can't say anything more."[4] When asked what it meant
that he and Bush were both Bonesmen, former presidential candidate, and current U.S. Senator from
Massachusetts, John Kerry said, "Not much because it's a secret."[5]

1) #5 – The Age old “Divide & Conquer Techniques:


2) Divide Religon on Issues: Homosexality & Abortion VS.
3) Black Vs. Brown Vs. Jews Vs. (Irish in “Gangs of New York” Surprising that the Irish had the N.Y. police,
politics and Presidency in a few generations, The mob had organized Crime and the Europeans had the
government “Tamitty Hall” Bureaucracy operations of Government operations and security. You and your
family for 3 generations must have been born here to fulfill the highest levels of Government Security and
yet the largest security, spying and espionage incidents in history have been by those same individuals. The
losses were perhaps fewer as a result of ‘nationalistic’ policy, but the losses were HUGE due to the comfort
and lack of security oversight given to those ‘trusted’ individuals

March 7, 2008
How Liberals Play Race Politics
By Patrick J. Buchanan Share Your Comments

"All is race," wrote Benjamin Disraeli, "there is no other truth."

• What Disraeli meant by race is what Winston Churchill meant when he spoke of "our island race" -- a
tribe, an ethnic group, a people unique and separate from all others.
• This tribalism is now bedeviling America and the presidential politics of this diverse nation, and roiling
its most diverse party.

• The dominant minorities in the Democratic coalition are blacks, Hispanics and Jews.
• Though Obama began this campaign with under half of the black vote, African-Americans are
now voting close to 90 percent for him. Dixiecrats called that the bloc vote.
• Ex-Goldwater Girl Hillary is now getting Goldwater's share of that vote.

African-Americans are rejecting the wife of our "first black president" -- for the real thing.
And though Latinos are similar in educational levels, incomes and political orientation to blacks, they

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seem as resistant to Barack's candidacy as white working men.

And where race and ethnic wedge-driving was thought to be the province of the Lee Atwater School of
Republican Politics, liberals have shown themselves more than adept.

• "I like the fact that his name is Barack Hussein Obama, and that his father was a Muslim," said
ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Hillary backer, in Iowa. "I think it is a tremendous asset for him ... that he
spent a little bit of time in a secular madrassa." [Mixed a racial and ethnic slur with a compliment –
that is not only a sly “back-handed compliment, it is a slick way to deliver a knife in the back while still
smiling and claim that “you all understood me incorrectly” and a “retraction or apology never cleans up
the residue of the ‘slip’.

The day of South Carolina, Bill Clinton volunteered, "Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in '84 and '88.
... Ran a good campaign." And what do Jesse and Barack have in common? [insinuation that neither will
win and BOTH are BLACK]

Portside columnist Richard Cohen was first to raise the issue of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack's
spiritual mentor, whose magazine last year declared that Louis Farrakhan "epitomized greatness."
Minister Farrakhan, Cohen reminded his readers, "has reviled Jews in a manner that brings Hitler to
mind."

Cohen's call for Obama to renounce Farrakhan was echoed by Hillary in the last debate, and she further
demanded that Barack "reject" him. A beleaguered Barack dutifully did.

This was the old one-two to the midsection. Publicizing the Wright-Farrakhan ties alarmed Jewish voters
backing Barack, while African-Americans, many of whom admire Farrakhan as a defiant black man,
saw Barack as dissing a brother on the orders of the white liberal establishment.

Last weekend, The New York Times gave page-one coverage to the Farrakhan-Wright matter and Jewish
concerns about Obama's ties to Zbigniew Brzezinski, who, said the Times helpfully, is "loathed by many
Jews."

The Times also regurgitated Barack's statement of last fall that "no one has suffered more than the
Palestinians."

On March 5, the New York Post ran a page-one story with the banner, "Shady," and subhead, "Black
Ops: Hill Ad 'Darkens' Obama." The story was based on a left-wing Website's claim that Clinton's
campaign is "darkening the tone of Barack Obama's skin in a new TV attack ad."

Post columnist Amir Taheri drove the wedge deeper between Barack and Jews. Saying Barack should be
proud of his middle name, "Hussein," Taheri then accused him of cutting Israel loose.

"In an important symbolic move designed to signal an end of the special relationship between Israel and
America,

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• Obama has become the first major presidential candidate in 25 years not to commit himself to
transferring the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."

Barack, said Taheri, is meeting the key demands of "all radical Islamist forces, Sunni and Shiite."

Usually Democrats play the ethnic card against Republicans.


Al Gore said Bush revered a Constitution that declared blacks to be three-fifths of a person.
The NAACP said Bush did not care about the dragging death of African-American James Byrd.

This time, the liberals are playing the race card on each other, and showing real proficiency.
How Liberals Play Race Politics
by Patrick J. Buchanan
Posted: 03/07/2008

#6 – Government & Business Society are so inter-locked and inter-dependant since the early 1900’s [See

Ken Burns' America: The Congress(1988) NR ]

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns directs this look at the most important and least understood
branch of American government -- the U.S. Congress. The film takes an in-depth look at the popularly elected
Legislative branch of our government and explores how it functions, outlining its past and present strengths and
weaknesses. You'll also learn about some of its famous historical figures, as well as contemporary members and
events.

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The Big Buy: How Tom DeLay Stole Congress(2006) NR

This compelling documentary, co-directed by Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck, sounds a wake-up call to
every citizen in America to remain diligent and keep a watchful eye on our government. An in-depth
examination of how one man's agenda to "completely redesign government" can involve drastic measures and
corporate power grabs, this hard-hitting film probes Texas congressman Tom DeLay's unscrupulous efforts to
bend democracy to his will.

The PR People in the Lost Chapter on Iran / Contra


Source: Consortiumnews.com, June 30, 2008

To understand how the Bush administration "could fool tens of millions of Americans, intimidate Democrats,
and transform the vaunted Washington press corps from watchdogs to lapdogs," look to the 1980s, suggests
Robert Parry. On Consortiumnews.com, Parry publishes the "lost chapter" (pdf) of the Congressional report on
the Iran-Contra scandal, which was excised in order to win "the votes of three moderate GOP senators." The
chapter details how a "public / private network set out to accomplish what a covert CIA operation in a foreign
country might attempt -- to sway the media, the Congress, and American public opinion in the direction of the
Reagan administration's policies." The chapter describes a 1983 meeting between CIA director William Casey

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and PR professionals, including Philip Morris' Bill Greener. The topic was how "to sell a 'new product' --
Central America -- by generating interest across-the-spectrum." Edelman is also mentioned as being paid
$92,000 to organize "press conferences and speaking tours by persons supporting the Contras." Another PR
firm, International Business Communications, was "awarded a secret contract for $276,186," from the State
Department's Office of Public Diplomacy for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Pentagon Working to Influence Future Movies about Iraq


Source: Los Angeles Times, July 7, 2008

The Pentagon is attempting to influence filmmakers and future movies depicting the U.S. conflict in Iraq.
Vietnam-era war movies like "Apocalypse Now" and "Born on the Fourth of July" helped stereotype Vietnam
veterans as crazy or psychologically damaged. To prevent this from happening again, the U.S. Army has
assigned a lieutenant colonel to an office in Los Angeles, given him the job of reviewing movie scripts about the
Iraq conflict and deciding which ones will get military assistance in their making. If the Army approves a script,
it means the filmmaker can gain valuable access to bases, ships, planes, tanks and Humvees, and receive advice
from the military in making the movie. In exchange for advice and access to these props, though, the filmmaker
must agree to address any "problems" the Pentagon finds with their script. If the filmmaker refuses, the
Pentagon can pull its offer. Some filmmakers view the Pentagon's script advice as a subtle form of censorship or
an attempt to spin the war. Filmmaker Paul Haggis, who wrote and directed the Iraq war movie "In the Valley of
Elah," said he believes the Army is not interested in telling honest stories about soldiers or the war. "They are
trying to put the best spin on what they are doing," he said. "Of course they want to publicize what is good. But
that doesn't mean that it is true."

War Isn't News


Source: Global Pulse, June 26, 2008

While the Iraq and Afghanistan wars rage on, consistent coverage of these conflicts is disappearing from TV
network news. Lara Logan, chief foreign correspondent for CBS News, recently vented her frustrations on "The
Daily Show," telling host Jon Stewart, "If I were to watch the news that you hear here in the United States, I
would just blow my brains out because it would drive me nuts." Almost halfway into 2008, the three major
networks' nightly newscasts have shown just 181 weekday minutes of Iraq war coverage, compared with 1,157
minutes for all of 2007. CBS News, which no longer stations a single full-time correspondent in Iraq, has
devoted the fewest minutes to the war, 51, versus 55 minutes on ABC and 74 minutes on NBC.

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