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by Bev Harris
Colorado has some of the most shocking local election administrators in the nation. This long-standing problem is reaching broader public awareness through an unseemly situation in tiny Saguache County.
COLORADO CLERKS ASSOCIATION
The Colorado Clerks Association (supported by taxpayer dollars) has come out publicly AGAINST the most basic principles of democratic self-governance, claiming that they, and they alone have the right to examine ballots. They have now attempted to rebuff even the Secretary of State from a ballot examination.
Unlike other states (California, for example), the Colorado Clerks argue that their clerks association is private. They hold secret meetings and correspond secretly, claiming that the public does not have the right to attend or review what they do.
"The Colorado County Clerks Association is a secret private group that circumvents Colorado's Sunshine Laws, uses paid lobbyists, refuses public observers at their meetings, may be diverting public resources to their own needs, and develops government policy behind closed doors with no opportunity for public debate," writes Al Kolwicz of the Colorado Voters Group.
THE PUBLIC HAS AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO INSPECT THE BALLOTS
For self-governance to work, the public must be able to see and authenticate four things:
- Who can vote (the voter list)
- Who did vote
- Chain of custody
- The count
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler has now come out with a strong statement against concealing ballots from the public:
"Is election integrity better served through open, public scrutiny that holds election officials accountable? Or are we better served when local officials deny the public access to election materials?
"As Secretary of State, last month I held a Saguache town hall meeting to discuss the 2010 election for country commissioner and clerk and recorder. My office had planned to publicly review the ballots...unfortunately, the Saguache clerk and recorder denied my access to the ballots, thus triggering a lawsuit under the Colorado election code...
"The public will be invited to watch every step. Unfortunately, my plans have provoked fierce opposition from election administrators. I'm both surprised and disappointed.
"First, the surprise. Clerk Myers publicly promised to make ballots available for public review -- if my office approved. But once I took her at her word, she quickly backtracked, denying public review and also obstructing my statutory authority to review the election.
This isn't just about the rights of a Secretary of State to review. This is about PUBLIC rights, as the Secretary of State notes:
"Both Myers and others [ie, the head of the Colorado Clerks Association] claim that my review will cause public harm, create confusion, and erode voter privacy. This is silly. Ballots are anonymous, and we can easily deal with the rare ballot that has someone's name on it. Don't just take my word for it. Last year, El Paso County invited members of the public to review voted ballots -- just like others throughout the country. And it worked. There was no loss of secrecy, no confusion, and no harm.
"Bluntly stated, there is no 'high priesthood of ballot guardianship.' Just like the secretary of state, clerks are elected officials who must operate under rules of public accountability and public scrutiny."
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by Bev Harris
I've been buried in e-mails, phone calls and urgent cries for help regarding the strange saga of the Wisconsin Spring 2011 Supreme Court race. Early results separated David T. Prosser Jr. from Joanne Kloppenburg by just a hair, in a controversial high profile race characterized by polarized commentary on both right and left. Then the surprise late entry of 14,326 Brookfield votes tipped the race to Prosser and out of reach of a recount. Barely.
If the late Brookfield votes just coincidentally blocked a state-paid recount, scrutiny is appropriate. I wanted to know the exact number of votes needed for that magic recount number.
In his attack against Donald Trump’s strategy of luring extreme right wing voters to back his possible run for president, Matthews claimed there was no difference between “Birthers” on the right and “Truthers’ on the left.
Bullcrap, Chris. Sheer, unadulterated bullcrap.
First, and foremost, the 9/11 Truth Movement is neither uninformed nor political. It is comprised of people around the globe - from every spectrum of political thought - who refuse to accept the unsubstantiated and seriously flawed official account of the events of 9/11, and who have raised legitimate questions about that account.
Second, those who have spent years seeking TRUTH, are not making accusations about “George Bush blowing up the World Trade Center,” as Matthews suggests. They are raising questions, requesting an impartial inquiry, and challenging a litany of myths that purport to explain the events before, during and after the attack of 9/11.
Third, the “9/11 Truth Movement” is comprised of millions of intelligent people who believe it is their right to question their government, and who have taken the time to examine the huge amount of evidence that throws a huge cloud over the official narrative offered by an administration that had blatantly lied them into an illegal, immoral and murderous war.
The movement is also supported by thousands of the most educated and accredited people, anywhere. They include in part: architects, engineers, statesmen and women, pilots and aviation experts, firefighters, law enforcement personnel, physicists, chemists, media professionals, 9/11 families and survivors, military personnel, and medical professionals.
They are not, by any stretch of the imagination, conspiracy theorists or crazies bent on mischief or propaganda. Bear in mind, Mr. Matthews, that the only conspiracy theory that has been put before the American people and the rest of the world involves a story about 19 young men with box cutters who managed, somehow, under the tutelage of a man living in a cave in Afghanistan, to outwit and outmaneuver the most sophisticated and advanced defense system in history.
And, of course, that same conspiracy theory insists that a THIRD building in the Trade Center Complex – Tower 7 – came down later in the afternoon of that fateful day, in the exact same planned demolition style of Towers 1 and 2, without having been hit by a a plane. Yeah, right.
But, MOST IMPORTANT, is an undeniable fact that makes any comparison between Truthers and Birthers both insulting and preposterous:
There is not a single case on record where a 9/11 Truther examined the increasing pile of evidence brought forth by scientists, engineers an others – then denounced the movement and became a champion of the official story of the attacks.
On the contrary, thousands upon thousands of people who truly believed what they were told by the Bush administration, looked at the evidence, listened to the questions that were raised, and became the skeptics and questioners who wanted to know the TRUTH about the worst attack on the United States in history.
No one can say that about Birthers. No one. Not even Chris Matthews.
Matthews himself acknowledged that no amount of evidence changes the mind of those who really believe that Barak Obama was born somewhere in Africa. The operative word here is ‘evidence.’
If Matthews had contrasted the two groups rather than compare them, he would have exhibited some element of journalistic integrity. He would have pointed out that the Birthers IGNORE evidence, whereas TRUTHERS want media and the government to STOP IGNORING evidence.
It is painfully clear that Chris Matthews has never investigated the work of the 9/11 Truth Movement, and has no clue as to their work or their purpose. It is his job as a journalist to inform his viewers on issues he takes the trouble to research.
He did nothing of the sort.
As a result, we at TvNewsLIES.org challenge Chris Matthews to do his job more professionally, and look at the EVIDENCE that motivates Truthers to plead for a fair hearing rather than dismissal.
You would think that the only nation to actually learn first hand about the potential horrors of nuclear power would be insightful enough to realize that nuclear energy and life on Earth cannot coincide. You would think that the nation that suffered not once, but twice from the direct results of nuclear energy unleashed by human technology, would be first to understand the risks associated with this unnecessary evil.
Of course money trumps logic, so the profits made by the nuclear energy industry speak louder than the combined experience of the victims of the premier example of what happens when a society's technology advances faster than it's intelligence.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances……
Contemplating the words of the First Amendment to the US Constitution, that imperfect yet powerful piece of parchment that ostensibly bestows all humans in the US with a set of basic rights enshrined and protected by the legal system, demands that we ask ourselves if we are going to continue apathetically allowing corporations and plutocrats to wrest those rights from us.
This evening, Chris Matthews interviewed the mad pastor Terry Jones on MSNBC's Hard Ball. This pious man of the cloth plans to burn copies of the Qur'an in a ceremony in Gainesville, Florida, to commemorate the attacks of 9/11. Not surprisingly, Jones was treated as if he were a rational, respectable guest, - and given air time to promote his filth about Islam. In a month so dominated by Muslim-bashing, a most deferential Chris Matthews managed to add insult to injury and promote the kind of misinformation and bigotry that has taken hold of this country. This was not Hard Ball at its best by a long shot. It was fawning, subdued Soft Ball at its worst.
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