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Friday, Nov. 12, 2004
Shell Game

Second entry for the day. Yeah, yeah, I know. Ruining my reputation and all that rot!

I find it very interesting that there have been new (or nearly new - this is the first I've heard of them) allegations of the election being fixed. I mentioned how simple it would be to tamper with election results, and in fact I believed that it was fixed from the word go. I found a site that agrees with me, and have seen allusions to some nebulous governmental entity that's suppressing the information. No real proof, from what I can tell, though. There's a web site here (http://www.blackboxvoting.org/) that claims to have hard proof of tampering. I didn't see anything more than vague stuff along the lines of "friend-of-a-friend," at least with regard to the November election. I'll go back and see if there's something I missed. Though their allegations are pretty much the same thing I was told - that breaking into the voting tabulation servers and altering results was so elementary that it's not funny. I have to give credit here to fuzzmom, who first pointed out the Black Box Voting site.

On a more tangible level, our local elections officials finished counting today. This is something to which I personally can testify. We're talking nearly two weeks after the election. The results won't be canvassed until next week sometime.

Umm... Hell-LO? Two weeks to count three thousand some-odd early and provisional ballots in a local election? I realize that there's a verification process involved, but this is really beyond the scope of reason. If I could find something tangible, evidence of tampering, I'd run it in a heartbeat and get it out to every independent reporter I could find. I'd forward to the Associated Press - I'm disinclined to think the AP would step away from a story of that magnitude even if it came down as a mandate from the White House.

I'm very, very glad it's Friday night. I'm at the point of meltdown and will hopefully have the luxury of sleeping in tomorrow. It'll probably depend on Granddaughter, who, when I'm home, would rather spend most of her time with me instead of with her mommy.

It's been a very long, very rough week. I only worked half a day today. When my alarm went off this morning I rolled over and glared it into silence. Either that or my fever melted it into submission. Either way, I didn't go in until lunchtime and accomplished precious little after I got there. I finished up a couple of minor projects, set up an interview for first-thing Monday morning, and got through the afternoon news. I figured that's about as good as anyone could've asked for today, all things considered.

I'm going to call it a night, in fact, and curl up in bed while it's still possible. Here's hoping for the impossible... a quiet weekend!

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )