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Just spin the election fraud away

Remember back in the ’60’s when JFK was losing to Nixon in a close race – – and somehow, magically, a whole bunch of JFK votes just “appeared” in the middle of the night in Chicago?

Given the now-very-well-known input the M O B had in JFK’s campaign and Chicago’s notoriously squeaky clean political landscape, it’s only a snicker and a suppressed snort to suggest that somehow … just somehow … election fraud (No!) occurred.

Of course, the media lapdog reporters, dutifully doing the stories their editors want them to, can spin any such fraud right off the billiards table.

So it’s with a similar snicker and snort I read this piece by Gary Langer of ABC News on the mysterious reason that ALL the polls were so far off in New Hampshire.

Somehow … just somehow … ALL the polls were off. Way off. How could it be? ! ?

Before our memories get overrun by all the spin, think back 24 … 48 … 72 hours.

On primary day itself, the Daily Presidential Tracking Poll on the Rasmussen Poll’s own website told us “In New Hampshire, the final Rasmussen Reports poll shows Obama with a seven-point advantage over Clinton.”

The Evans-Novak Political Report, dated one day before the primary: “New Hamphire Predictions: Obama Blowout, Romney Rallying.”  A blowout!

And two days before the primary, the WMUR/CNN tracking poll in New Hampshire showed Obama at 39% with Clinton at 29%.

I listed just one article from each of the past three days — there are hundreds more, but you get the idea. Everyone from everywhere was polling Obama with at least seven points on the former first lady.

And now ABC’s Langer is telling us the polls were all wrong. Snicker. Snort. How come all the polls on the Republican side of the ballot were right on the money?  Repub polls accurate – Dem polls VERY far off.  Um, no.

I might consider Langer’s argument if it were just one or two polls that were off … but not all of them.

Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t believe for a moment that the polls were wrong. Granted, Slick Willy will wag his finger at me and insist I produce evidence, and he’ll have me — because I don’t have any. And Langer will sputter and choke as he tries to justify his job at as Director of Polling at ABC. But this primary smells to high heaven.

It smells an awful lot like Clinton’s “superior get-out-the-vote effort” (Langer’s words) was, in reality, getting votes out of thin air.

The king-makers want their leading lady at 1600, and two 2nd place finishes (especially the possibility of a 10-point deficit in New Hamphsire) was not going to put her there.  Besides, it would have been way too embarassing for their media-darling Bill, and WAY too much credibility for the junior senator from Illinois.

Engage the memory. Think back to JFK’s middle-of-the-night win with votes magically appearing in Chicago. And think back 24, 36, and 72 hours to when ALL the polls had Clinton coming in a distant second place. 

Mr. Langer can spin it however he likes (or however he’s told), but I don’t believe for a minute that the Dem polls were wrong while the Repub polls were right.  No, it’s something else that’s wrong.

Very wrong.

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It’s a great example of Dog-Wagging

The 1998 film Wag the Dog (starring Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, and Anne Heche, among others) shows how EASY it is to manipulate public opinion “via television.”

Well, you can watch the real thing happening on CNN this week with Christiane Amanpour’s “documentary” (aka propaganda piece) entitled “God’s Warriors.”

This is Dog Wagging at its best.

This is also cause to use one of my favorite acronyms, WABOS.

The propaganda in this series is obvious to any balanced-thinking individual.  (read what might be included in a balanced approach.)

In fact, I think this Dog Wagging is so powerful, it goes beyond propaganda.  I think the real questions ought to be: Why is Christiane prostituting herself in this manner? Who is she doing this for? And for what in return?

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The best quote ever

Driving home the other night I saw a bumper sticker that had the best quote ever.  It should be shouted from the mountain tops:

“Guns kill people in the same way that spoons make Rosie O’Donnell fat.”

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Jack Bauer’s dad a whore?

While being interviewed in Europe, James Cromwell, aka Farmer Hoggett in Babe and Jack Bauer’s father on 24, started going off on America.

 In an interview with the Times of London, Cromwell said

“I can’t handle living in the United States of America when I know the last two elections were rigged, and that we were denied our right to vote, where we live in a country where 32 percent of the people vote and even those people’s votes don’t count, and the people who should really have a stake, kids, don’t have any say at all – people of color, very little to say, unions, practically nothing any more … we’re losing our jobs. …”

 Where does this twaddle duck get off with this?  “We were denied our right to vote” ? ?

 Excuse me, sir, but how were you denied your right to vote?  And who is “we” ? ?

“32 percent of the people vote” and their “votes don’t count” ?

Mr. Cromwell, I don’t recall seeing any mass of people preventing the other lazy, ignorant, and/or apathetic 68% from heading down to their friendly local ballot box.

 Their votes don’t count?  HOW? If you’re implying the process of the electoral college, we ARE a constitutional republic, not a democracy, Mr. Cromwell. The electoral college, as you are well aware, was set up to protect smaller states from being run over by the larger states.  If this slips you’re mind, perhaps you’ve forgotten it and need a refresher course.

“…the people who should really have a stake, kids, don’t have any say at all…”

Again, Mr. Cromwell, this makes no sense.  KIDS don’t have a say?  I’m sure you’re aware that 18 year olds can vote.  And I’m having a hard time believing that you think a 16-year old or a 14-year old or a 12-year old (who knows where you definition of “kid” begins and ends) will understand the consequences of electing one person over another. The only issues they understand are music, clothes, text messaging, and the opposite sex. 

Could you have make an intelligent voting choice at 16, Mr. Cromwell? Does ANYONE sincerely think that?  Or would it be fair to say that such a vote would be influenced by hormones or peer pressure?

 I could go on analyzing your “position,” but I want to get to my main observation. I saved the best for last.

When you were asked in this interview why, if you feel this way, that you participate in a show that defends American values, your answer was most curious. You said:

“I am on the horns of a dilemma – I can walk away if I think it’s really bad. It’s hard to explain. It’s a job.”

The dilemma is that you love all the money you get being in that series, but you hate what the work stands for.  It’s like being a prostitute, Mr. Cromwell. That’s what’s hard to explain.  “It’s a job”??    You’re selling your values for money.

Picture yourself trying to talk a prostitute out of that lifestyle, and she responds, “I can walk away if I think it’s really bad. It’s hard to explain. It’s a job.”

It’s really not hard to explain, Mr. Cromwell – you’re simply a whore.

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