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"On January 5, 2005 Representative John Conyers of Michigan, the
ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, released
Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio. The report
was the result of a five-week investigation by the committee’s
Democrats, who reviewed thousands of complaints of fraud,
malfeasance, or incompetence surrounding the election in Ohio,
and further thousands of complaints that poured in by phone and
email as word of the inquiry spread. The congressional
researchers were assisted by volunteers in Ohio who held public
hearings in Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, and Cincinnati, and
questioned more than two hundred witnesses. (Although they were
invited, Republicans chose not to join in the inquiry.)
Preserving Democracy describes three phases of Republican
chicanery: the run-up to the election, the election itself, and
the post-election cover-up. The wrongs exposed are not mere
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Conyers trod carefully when the report came out, insisting that
the crimes did not affect the outcome of the race (a point he
had to make, he told me, “just to get a hearing”), his report
does “raise grave doubts regarding whether it can be said that
the Ohio electors selected on December 13, 2004, were chosen in
a manner that conforms to Ohio law, let alone Federal
requirements and constitutional standards.” The report cites
“massive and unprecedented voter irregularities and anomalies”
throughout the state—wrongs, moreover, that were hardly random
accidents. “In many cases,” the report says, “these
irregularities were caused by intentional misconduct and illegal
behavior, much of it involving Secretary of State J. Kenneth
Blackwell, the co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio."
For twenty five years, Mary Mapes has been an award-winning
television producer and reporter—the last fifteen of them for
CBS News, principally for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather
and 60 Minutes. She had the bedrock of respect of her peers—in
the last year alone, she broke the story of the Abu Ghraib
prison tortures (which won CBS The Peabody Award) and the
existence of Strom Thurmond's illegitimate bi-racial daughter
Essie Mae Washington. But it was Dan Rather's lightning rod of a
story on George W. Bush's National Guard Service that brought
Mapes into an unwanted limelight. The firestorm that followed
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stepping down from his anchor chair a year early, but to an
unprecedented "internal" inquiry into the story—chaired by
former Reagan Attorney General Richard Thornburgh.
Peopled with an historic and colorful cast of characters—from
Karl Rove to Summer Redstone to John Kerry to Col. Bobby
Hodges—this groundbreaking book about how the news is made (and
unmade) will make news when it appears this fall. But this, it
turns out, is only part of the story. Mapes talks for the first
time about the riveting behind-the-scenes action at CBS during
this frenzied period and exposes some of the largest political
and social controversies that have broken in this new age of
“If members of the general public read this book, or even
portions of it, they will be appalled. To the uninitiated
reader, the accounts of what goes on behind the scenes at major
news organizations are shocking.” - Publisher’s Weekly; See
"The three largest local phone
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The four biggest cellular phone companies have 64 percent of the
wireless market. The five largest cable companies pipe
programming to 74 percent of the cable subscribers nationwide.
Those findings come from the Center for Public Integrity’s
unprecedented examination of the telecommunications industry,
the centerpiece of which is a first-of-its-kind, 65,000 record,
searchable database containing ownership information on
virtually every radio station, television station, cable
television system and telephone company in America."
Center for Public Integrity, Well Connected web site.
"...The Issue is Whether we Want to Live in a Free
Society or Whether we Want to Live Under What Amounts to a form of
Self-Imposed Totalitarianism, with the Bewildered Herd Marginalized,
Directed Elsewhere, Terrified, Screaming Patriotic Slogans, Fearing for
Their Lives, and Admiring with Awe the Leader who Saved them from
Destruction, While the Educated Masses Goose-Step on Command and Repeat
the Slogans They're Supposed to Repeat and the Society Deteriorates at
Home. We End Up Serving as a Mercenary Enforcer State, Hoping That others
are Going to Pay Us to Smash Up the World." - From:
Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda, by Noam
Chomsky, Seven Stories Press, 10/2002
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And one morning all that was burning,
one morning the bonfires
leapt out of the earth
devouring human beings
and from then on fire,
gunpowder from then on,
and from then on blood.
Bandits with planes and Moors,
bandits with finger-rings and duchesses,
bandits with black friars spattering blessings
came through the sky to kill children
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without fuss, like children's blood.
Jackals that the jackals would despise
stones that the dry thistle would bite on and spit out,
vipers that the vipers would abominate.
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see my dead house,
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