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Election Fraud

This is going to be one of those stories that I intend to talk about on the radio show.

Lots of people have been covering this, but I missed any MSM coverage. However, it appears that a majority (by a large amount) of election fraud and voter intimidation was done by Democrats and liberal operatives. The American Center for Voting Rights, a non-partisan 501c3 did the report. If they have any biases, I couldn’t find it. The entire report is here.

The report also found that a law enforcement task force found “clear evidence of fraud in the Nov. 2 election in Milwaukee” that included hundreds of felons, voters that voted twice, and even thousands more ballots that were cast than actual voters recorded as having voted in the city.

The task force also found multiple indictments and convictions of ACORN workers for voter registration fraud in several states.

Five cities – Philadelphia, Pa.; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Seattle, Wash.; St. Louis, Mo. or East St. Louis, Ill.; and Cleveland, Ohio – were identified as “election fraud ‘hot spots’ which require additional immediate attention prior to the 2006 elections.”

Hmmm…Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Washington, Missouri, Illinois… All but one of those states was a swing state.

ACORN, an activist group that is basically socialist, was one of the most active groups is perpetrating fraud. I emailed the Minnesota chapterlooking for some comment as to why their organization was involved in so many instances of vater fraud, and if they support disenfrachising democracy in this country, we’ll see if they respond.

Also, the scariest part of the report are some of the statistics from page 68, the report on Wisconsin. They report that 4,609 votes in Milwauke alone were fraudulent. Remember, Wisconsin went to Kerry by only 11,384 votes. Thus, already 40% of Kerry’s margin of victory is fraudulent. Remember, that’s in Milwauke alone. Green Bay and Madison, if they had similiar problems, would easily put that number past the margin of victory.

More on this…

Update (10pm CST)

It appears that I was wrong, there is a case to be made that the group that produced this report isn’t “fair and balanced”

Captain Ed:

I still haven’t seen much about where ACVR gets its funding. I have seen plenty about how Mark F. “Thor” Hearne worked on the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2000 and 2004. But the other signatory to the report is Brian A. Lunde, who by this description hardly appears to be a right-wing idealogue:

Brian A. Lunde (1976) served as national field director for Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign, as executive director of the Kentucky Democratic Party and as executive director for the Democratic National Committee before becoming a partner in Lunde & Burger, a political consulting and government relations firm in McLean, Va.

This description also includes Lunde’s former DNC board membership as his background. Also here. Here, too. Lunde shows up attached to Helping Americans Vote on this site. His only campaign contribution in the past four years went to Congressman Mike Ross (D-AR). And for those wondering if Lunde went from Ted Kennedy to Pat Buchanan, here’s a tidbit from this past May:

Meanwhile, a federal grand jury reportedly has subpoenaed the records of two other lobbyists — Brian Lunde and George Burger — hired for $50,000 by Scanlon to win Democratic support for the amendment. Proponents of the amendment had wanted it attached to an election-revision bill that Dodd had sponsored in the Senate.

The two Democrats, Brian Lunde and George Burger, in turn are said to have paid $10,000 to a third lobbyist linked to Dodd, Lottie Shackelford, to secure the senator’s support for the single-sentence rider that would have unshuttered the casino closed by Texas authorities.

It appears that the report, at least, has some bipartisan credentials, even if the Democrat has some lobbying baggage. (More on Lunde can be found on this Google search.) It doesn’t mean that it’s completely unbiased, but it doesn’t appear to be the fraud that some commenters claim it to be, either. (h/t: John R.)

The biggest thing missing here is that not one of the critics of this report are actually critiquing the report. They are not challenging the findings of the report, they are only attacking the messenger.

It is fine to check the background of any organization. It is okay to want to know where their funding is coming from. Once you have that information, it may even give you reason to be skeptical. However, all of that has nothing to do with the validity of the organization’s findings.

There is a good illustration of this fallacy:

A man is changing a flat tire on his car near a mental hospital. As he’s almost finished, he knocks the five lug nuts that hold the wheel to the car down a drain. A man in the hospital sees this and suggests that the car owner take on lug nut from each of the other three wheels. That should attach the wheel with enough strength to last until he can stop by a store and buy more. The man asked the mental patient

“How did you ever come up with that?”

“Just becuase I’m in a mental hospital doesn’t mean I’m stupid, just crazy”

Same thing here, I read the report. It’s findings matched those that I have noted in my blogs and in research before. The report is well documented with lots of actual evidence and paperwork attached. From what I can tell, it’s accurate.

Show me please where it’s not…

Summer Daily Column

Eminent Domain

Random Link o’ the Day:


Taste of China

711 W. Saint Germain Street.
St Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 255-1868

Taste of China is a decent sized restaurant in downtown St. Cloud that was about half a block away from our KNSI studio. I had just talked Tony into actually eating at a real restaurant, instead of the fast food that is his normal faire.

Personally, while I have no objections philosophically to chain restaurants, in practice their food is crap. If I’m going to spend money on food, I’ll spend it in a locally owned restaurant. Typically the food is better, the atmosphere is better, and you’re supporting some entrepeneur close to home.

Taste of China really isn’t all that special. It’s the same type of food you’ll find at any Chinese place. We had Beef Lo Mein and Sweet and Sour Chicken. Both were good, their Lo Mein is thicker and a bit fatty. I liked it, but again, it was nothing special.

The service is pretty good, you get free refills and they take credit cards. They have comfortable seating. It’s a solid place.

Solid is pretty much what Tony and I needed that day, nothing special, no surprises, just something solid. Their prices were also reasonable.

No complaints. If you’re in St. Cloud, the downtown area, and you need Chinese, try Taste of China, they’re open 7 days a week until 10pm.

Saint Cloud restaurants

Marty Andrade from Race to the Right here,

Every week after our Sunday show, Tony Garcia and I go out to a random eatery in St. Cloud for a post radio cool down.

Then, we judge the eatery. I do the writing, should be fun.

If you have suggestions for places to try (NO CHAINS) leave them in the comments section or send an email to me at marty dot andrade at gmail dot com (Also the email is in my profile)

My latest column available here