Arizona governor defends new immigration law

From CNN:

The new immigration law, implemented last month, allows police officers to check the residency status of anyone who is being investigated for a crime or possible legal infraction if there is reasonable suspicion the person is an illegal resident. Critics, including Holder, have said the law will promote racial profiling.

So police officers now can, on suspicion of a crime, and on suspicion that you are not a citizen, request your proof of citizenship.  They should just be made to get a green-card tattoo on the wrist to make them easier to spot, and easier to keep an eye on.

And what, pray tell, is “reasonable suspicion”?  And how does this not lead to racial profiling?

I suppose this is OK if you can prove to me that there are no racist police officers.

But here’s a question: When does repeatedly having to show your green-card to paranoid racist cops become harassment?  What recourse would you have then?

Monbiot on the IMF and the current financial crisis

But there was one country – at the time the world’s biggest creditor – in which his proposal was less welcome. The head of the US delegation at Bretton Woods, Harry Dexter White, responded to Lord Keynes’s idea thus: “We have been perfectly adamant on that point. We have taken the position of absolutely no”

Can you guess which country that was? I'll give you a clue: the same country that has veto power in the UN also has veto power in the IMF…

Read the full article here.

Monbiot on US political ignorance

Ignorant politicians are elected by ignorant people. US education, like the US health system, is notorious for its failures. In the most powerful nation on earth, one adult in five believes the sun revolves around the earth; only 26% accept that evolution takes place by means of natural selection; two-thirds of young adults are unable to find Iraq on a map; two-thirds of US voters cannot name the three branches of government; the maths skills of 15 year-olds in the US are ranked 24th out of the 29 countries of the OECD.

Full article here. A very good read.

If Obama is assassinated ….

… it proves that America generates fear of the world, from it's fear of its own people.

The fact that there are assassination fears shows that American's are afraid of themselves – meaning that those who hate Obama are feared by those who like him and what he stands for.

People tend to project their own values onto others by expecting from them no better than they expect from themselves.

If they are afraid that someone will pop Obama, its not hard to understand why they are afraid of Mexicans and Europeans.

It's almost like they're saying:
“We can protect you from the evils that we tricked you into believing”.

Did you know….

  1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.
    • http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/042804Landes/042804landes.html
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diebold
    • http://www.essvote.com/HTML/about/about.html
  2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.
    • http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0916-04.htm
    • http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/042804Landes/042804landes.html
  3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.
    • http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/private_company.html
    • http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/042804Landes/042804landes.html
  4. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was “committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year.”
    • http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/07/28/sunday/main632436.shtml
    • http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1647886
  5. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be Chairman of ES&S. He became Senator in a surprise upset, with votes counted by ES&S machines.
    • http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2004/03/03_200.html
    • http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/031004Fitrakis/031004fitrakis.html
  6. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, long-connected with the Bush family, was recently caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the Senate Ethics Committee.
    • http://www.blackboxvoting.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=26
    • http://www.hillnews.com/news/012903/hagel.aspx
    • http://www.onlisareinsradar.com/archives/000896.php
  7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush's vice-presidential candidates.
    • http://www.businessweek.com/2000/00_28/b3689130.htm
    • http://theindependent.com/stories/052700/new_hagel27.html
  8. Kenneth Blackwell co-chaired George Bush's Ohio election campaign. As Ohio's Secretary of State, he left no stone unturned to surpress the democratic vote.
    • http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/113004Y.shtml#1
    • http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2004/894
    • http://67.15.90.110/article.pl?sid=04/10/29/1414219
  9. Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in by voters.
    • http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0225-05.htm
    • http://www.itworld.com/Tech/2987/041020evotestates/pfindex.html
  10. Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.
    • http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0225-05.htm
    • http://www.diebold.com/solutions/default.htm
  11. Exit polls are usually excellent predictors of election results. Reputable analyses could not find an explanation of the discrepancy between exit polls and results of the 2004 presidential election.
    • http://ucdata.berkeley.edu/
    • http://www.buzzflash.com/alerts/04/11/Unexplained_exit_poll_discrep_v00l.pdf
    • http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/23/international/europe/23ukraine.html?ex=1102245800&ei=1&en=3a3c24b7e64fe49
  12. A Diebold subsidiary employed five convicted felons as senior managers and developers. These people helped write the central compiler computer code that counted 50% of the votes in 30 states.
    • http://www.wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,61640,00.html
    • http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/10/301469.shtml
  13. Jeff Dean, senior programmer on Diebold's central compiler code, was convicted of 23 counts of felony theft in the first degree.
    • http://www.chuckherrin.com/HackthevoteFAQ.htm#how
    • http://www.blackboxvoting.org/bbv_chapter-8.pdf
  14. Jeff Dean served jail time for planting back doors in his client's accounting software and using a “high degree of sophistication” to evade detection over a period of two years.
    • http://www.chuckherrin.com/HackthevoteFAQ.htm#how
    • http://www.blackboxvoting.org/bbv_chapter-8.pdf
  15. None of the international election observers were allowed in the polls in Ohio.
    • http://www.globalexchange.org/update/press/2638.html
    • http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/10/26/loc_elexoh.html
  16. California banned the use of Diebold machines because the security was so bad. Despite Diebold's claims that the audit logs could not be hacked, hacking was easily accomplished.
    • (See the movie here with the chimp .)
    • http://wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,63298,00.html
    • http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4874190
  17. ALL — not some — but ALL of the voting machine errors detected and reported in Florida went in favor of Bush or Republican candidates.
    • http://www.wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,65757,00.html
    • http://www.yuricareport.com/ElectionAftermath04/ThreeResearchStudiesBushIsOut.htm
    • http://www.rise4news.net/extravotes.html
    • http://www.ilcaonline.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=950
    • http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00227.htm
  18. Serious voting anomalies in Florida — again always favoring Bush– have been mathematically demonstrated and experts are recommending further investigation.
    • http://www.yuricareport.com/ElectionAftermath04/ThreeResearchStudiesBushIsOut.htm
    • http://www.computerworld.com/governmenttopics/government/policy/story/0,10801,97614,00.html
    • http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/tens_of_thousands.html
    • http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1106-30.htm
    • http://www.consortiumnews.com/2004/110904.html
    • http://uscountvotes.org/

Based on a list compiled by Angry Girl – http://nightweed.com/usavotefacts.html

“Christopher Cass”, an early recipient of the foregoing list, replied with the following:
Were American's Votes Deliberately Miscounted? If this was done, it means, quite literally, that we are no longer living in a democracy. When I read the list a few days ago, some of the allegations just seemed too preposterous to believe. Like:
“Jeff Dean, senior programmer on Diebold's central compiler code…served jail time for planting back doors in his client's accounting software and using a 'high degree of sophistication' to evade detection over a period of 2 years.”
I tracked down the author of the list, who graciously responded with a list of references for each allegation. I checked out this Jeff Dean thing in particular. It didn't take long to get to this:
According to the findings of fact in case no. 89-1-04034-1 (Washington State):
“…Defendant's thefts occurred over a 2 1/2 year period of time, there were multiple incidents, more than the standard range can account for, the actual monetary loss was substantially greater than typical for the offense, the crimes and their cover-up involved a high degree of sophistication and planning in the use and alteration of records in the computerized accounting system that defendant maintained for the victim, and the defendant used his position of trust and fiduciary responsibility as a computer systems and accounting consultant for the victim to facilitate the commission of the offenses.”

Another one of the references led to a detailed account of the double database technique pioneered by Mr. Dean to enable electronically tabulated votes give a false total while still presenting accurate details in case of spot audits.

In combination with the constellation of undisputed circumstantial evidence and open conflicts of interest, these last details are just too damning to ignore.