Two weeks ago, a group of Serbian expat academics in the UK posted a scathing and detailed critique
of the Ph.D. dissertation of Serbian Minister of Internal Affairs, Nebojša Stefanović
, alleging plagiarism and academic fraud. The authors claimed that the "procurement of dubious academic degrees ... is a serious problem in the Serbian system of higher education" and promised to "to continue to examine suspicious doctoral and masters dissertations belonging to other public figures in Serbia." The reaction has not been uneventful:
An opposition provincial official in a hotly contested election has threatened to arrest international election observers
monitoring for fraud and voter intimidation. In an area with a rich history of secessionist fervor
, ballot box stuffing
, and repeated infringements
on the voting rights and representation
of ethnic minorities, this pronouncement is certainly controversial. Rogue vigilantes
, organized in this province, are expected to deploy to polling sites across the nation, causing alarm
. It is not a chaotic contest in a fledgling democracy. It is Texas, the United States. Previously
. [more inside]
Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?
"A whistleblower claims that over the past two decades, the agency has destroyed records of thousands of investigations, whitewashing the files of some of the nation's worst financial criminals."
After weeks of fake primaries
, fraudulent mailers
, special interest moneybombs
, and last-minute attempts at voter suppression
, Wisconsinites went to the polls yesterday in an unprecedented
round of six recall elections targeted mainly at Republican state senators for their support of Governor Scott Walker's controversial union-busting agenda
. Five of the six races were called by Tuesday evening, with Democrats taking two of the three they'd need to regain control of the state senate. The lone holdout? A dead heat between incumbent Alberta Darling and challenger Sandy Pasch in District 8 -- the very same district that saw suspicious vote-counting
by conservative Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus unexpectedly tip the balance
towards Walker ally David Prosser late in the crucial state supreme court race this past April
. The protracted count and late-night shift toward Darling coupled with Nickolaus's questionable history
soon prompted Democratic officials to make accusations of fraud
). Control of the senate now lies in the defense of two Democratic seats up for recall next week and the possible wooing of GOP Senator Dale Schultz
, the only Republican to vote against Walker's bill. Walker himself will be eligible for recall next spring
. [more inside]
For the past year and a half, Daily Kos
has been running weekly polls from the respected polling firm, Research 2000.
Earlier this month, former Daily Kos diarist
Nate Silver of Five Thirty Eight published a rating of pollsters
that placed R2k near the bottom, leading Markos to fire R2K
Today, Markos alleges that R2K committed fraud
, publishing a study of their results
by independent statisticians. He promises to sue
The Curious Case of Alex Latifi
. "We don’t care if Latifi is innocent. Our goal is to put him out of business." Feds knock; a business is lost
: all charges dropped years after the company was charged with violating U.S. export law by sending to China classified drawings of an Army Black Hawk helicopter part and falsifying related tests. "It appears that the principal offense
committed by the defendant, Alex Latifi, was breathing while being of Middle Eastern extraction.” [more inside]
A veeeery interesting article in Rolling Stone magazine,
described by these words: Block the Vote, Will the GOP's campaign to deter new voters and discard Democratic ballots determine the next president?
The article is signed by R.F.Kennedy Jr. and G. Palast
A manual for electoral apocalypse
in America. Quite a bit's been written both on MeFi
and other places about how bad Diebold machines are. Rolling Stone wrote an article about election fraud in 2004 that was discussed here
on MeFi. Tonight, Ars posted a very
thorough, very clear article about how we are completely screwed if we do not enact expensive, fundamental changes in how we handle elections in America. It's too late to do anything about the elections in a couple weeks, but perhaps steps can be taken to fix things before 2008...
Baghdad is calm, except it's neither.
So this guy Howard Kaloogian
is running for Congress in California, and he supports the troops. Thinks they're making all sorts of progress that simply isn't reported by the evil lib'rul mainstream media, so he went to see Baghdad for himself, and posted a picture
of a calm Baghdad street - See? No terrorists here!
Except that certain sleuthing types
found something awfully fishy about that photo...
Becoming what you hate : Nathan Sproul, case study in moral relativism on the Religious Right
"former head of the Arizona Republican Party and of the Arizona Christian Coalition....Sproul is connected with the Republican National Committee-funded voter registration organization, Voters' Outreach of America Inc." - Sproul's firm is accused of fraud and the destruction of voter registration forms
. He also failed to pay his workers and his office rent. Rick Perlstein, in the Village Voice, comments on the Sproul scandal : "Both sides are not equally bad, and any reporters who don't recognize that conservatism's very core has become shot through with a culture of mendacity should turn in their press badge.....
It used to be that we could count on the conscience of conservatives to protect our democratic institutions."
"No voting rights for YOU......boy!"- Florida's illegal purges of voter rolls to continue for 3rd national election? Election head resigns.
While Florida refuses to release the "purge lists" to CNN
, "The head of Florida's elections division resigned Monday amid reports he was feeling political heat over a push to purge thousands of suspected felons from the state's voter rolls." (Tallahassee Sun-Sentinel) " there has been little action
(and worse, really) on Florida's agreement to reinstate illegally purged voters to Florida voting rolls
that resulted from an NAACP lawsuit over the 2000 election ["Many voters said their votes didn't count or they were turned away from polls due to mistakes on voter lists, busy telephone lines at election headquarters, punch-card voting machine foul-ups and other problems...Statewide, the largest numbers of voting problems were found in precincts with high proportions of black and elderly voters."
The NYT editorially acknowledged
the scandal on February 15, 2004.]
On May 21, 2002, Ashcroft's Justice Department began a suit against Florida counties "for purging Black voters from voter rolls and other violations of civil rights"
Now, four years after the 2000 election, illegally "purged" Florida voters will not be notified until it is "too late to have their rights restored for this election
- or are turned away on Election Day", reports the Tampa Tribune. "The vast majority of them are black and would be likely to vote Democratic."
It's difficult for convicted felons to regain the right to vote in Florida
, but many on the "purge" lists were not (in 2000) and still are not felons at all. [ note : Greg Palast
- busy of late - must be most credited with blowing this story wide open. See here here
St. Louis Sees Specter of Vote Fraud.
Chicago hands over the title of Most Vote-Rigged City in America. Remember the Election Day lawsuit that Democrats filed in St. Louis to illegally extend voting hours (which was successful for 45 minutes)? Turns out the chief plaintiff was dead. And that's only one anecdote from this story. Will meaningful election reform ever be allowed in this country, when it would mean closing all the loopholes that are routinely used to rig the results? (NYTimes
link, registration required)
Election fraud in Haiti? I can't believe it!
Imagine that...they don't seem to want the US telling them what to do. How novel. Well, I'm sure our compassionate President will respond by feeling their pain, and of course, causing more of it with our laser-guided bombs and the like.
Didn't we put Aristede there in the first place? Man, it ain't like the old days, when the US would stand by its tyrant, now is it? (Sorry, but I must obey my Uncle Joe
, and I always thought of sarcasm as linguistic bran anyway.)