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Yeah, About That
Various people sent me mail saying that it is awfully fishy that the exit polls and final results were substantially different in some places. I hope someone will follow this up and actually do a careful analysis. Does anyone know of a Website containing all the exit poll data? If we go to computerized voting without a paper trail and the machines can be set up to cheat, that is the end of our democracy. Switching 5 votes per machine is probably all it would take to throw an election and nobody would ever see it unless someone compares the computer totals and exit polls.
That's right folks - have the exit polls ever been wrong? It's not like the exit polls were wrong across the board meaning that the amount of people involved would have made secrecy virtually impossible. Nah, it's not like that.
Yes Sir, Arafat
Joel Rosenberg give his take on the Arafat situation at his new blog. Rosenberg is the author of 'The Last Jihad' and it's sequel 'The Last Days'. Interesting that the story line for the latter novel starts with the assassination of Arafat. Here's part of his post:
The freshly reelected President Bush may soon face a new crisis in the Middle East: the death of Yasser Arafat and a bloody battle of succession that could further destabilize an already war-torn Middle East.
That's the hook, now go read the whole thing.
And if you're wondering just why his opinion matters?
As a communications strategist, he has worked for some of the most influential and provocative leaders in the U.S. and Israel, including Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Scott Ott - Editor-in-Chief at scrappleface - will be on WAEB's morning show during the 9 o'clock hour.
Just thought you might want to know.
Yeah, I'm exhausted. It seems like I've only had four hours sleep the past few nights. Only four hours. I should have had four more hours than the four I had. That way I would have had eight hours sleep. Eight hours would have been better then just four.
And this election was brought to you by the number 4, the letter W, and one big elephant.
9:32 - Florida - Bush
11:30 - Texas - Bush
11:46 - New Mexico - Bush
12:44 - Ohio - Bush
And with Ohio, we call the election.
George W. Bush
[At the same time as Beck. So there.]
1:24 - Thune
1:30 - Iowa - Bush
I feel Ohio will go clearly to Bush, Florida will go clearly to someone - they can't afford a repeat of the last election. But Pennsylvania? If the ghost of Florida 2000 lives, it's in Pennsylvania. First disenfranchised absentee ballots. Now poll watchers find an estimated 2000 votes already cast before the polls opened. This year, the keystone state may very well be the center of attention.
The Kerry Campaign says reports of votes already on machines are 'false.'
Oh, right. Clears things up for me.
"Father, give us not the President we deserve;
give us not the President we want;
but give us the President we need."
History may call it the most important election of our generation. It may be seen as the election that effected the next hundred years of our nation. And at the time, no one realized it. The 2000 election.
If God could give us the leader we needed - before we had any idea of why we would need him - He can do that again today. For we may not, even now, understand what we are going to need.
Vote once - Pray often.
In light of today's events, Spurgeon's 'Morning & Evening' devotion for this morning is quite appropriate:
"I am the Lord, I change not."
It is well for us that, amidst all the variableness of life, there is One whom change cannot affect; One whose heart can never alter, and on whose brow mutability can make no furrows. All things else have changed--all things are changing. The sun itself grows dim with age; the world is waxing old; the folding up of the worn-out vesture has commenced; the heavens and earth must soon pass away; they shall perish, they shall wax old as doth a garment; but there is One who only hath immortality, of whose years there is no end, and in whose person there is no change. The delight which the mariner feels, when, after having been tossed about for many a day, he steps again upon the solid shore, is the satisfaction of a Christian when, amidst all the changes of this troublous life, he rests the foot of his faith upon this truth--"I am the Lord, I change not."
The stability which the anchor gives the ship when it has at last obtained a hold-fast, is like that which the Christian's hope affords him when it fixes itself upon this glorious truth. With God "is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." What ever His attributes were of old, they are now; His power, His wisdom, His justice, His truth, are alike unchanged. He has ever been the refuge of His people, their stronghold in the day of trouble, and He is their sure Helper still. He is unchanged in His love. He has loved His people with "an everlasting love"; He loves them now as much as ever He did, and when all earthly things shall have melted in the last conflagration, His love will still wear the dew of its youth. Precious is the assurance that He changes not! The wheel of providence revolves, but its axle is eternal love.
"Death and change are busy ever,
Man decays, and ages move;
But His mercy waneth never;
God is wisdom, God is love."
The Princess Bride - Special Electors Edition Cast:
Westley - George W. Bush
Prince Humperdinck - John Kerry
Count Tyrone Rugen - George Soros
Vizzini - Terry Mcauliffe
Inigo Montoya - Zell Miller
Fezzik - Arnold
Shrieking Eels - moveon.org
The Impressive Clergyman - Dan Rather
ROUS - 60 Minutes Staff & New York Times
The Albino - Michael Moore
Miracle Max - John Edwards
The Ancient Booer - Teresa Heinz (Kerry)
Princess Buttercup - America
No, Times Left?
"Is the New York Times a Liberal Newspaper?" That was the provocative title of Times' Public Editor Daniel Okrent's July 25 column. Okrent's answer to his own question was equally stimulating: "Of course it is."