Friday, October 31, 2008

In McCain's backyard: A message from the Obama campaign

I had to write you to share some news you may not have heard.

The Arizona Republic is now reporting that a series of new polls show us "neck and neck" with John McCain in Arizona. According to the Republic, Senator McCain is "struggling in his own backyard."

Arizona is his home state. He should have a comfortable lead with voters who've known him for nearly three decades. That says all you need to know about the strength of Barack's message and the grassroots movement we've built.

With Election Day just 5 days away, this surge of support for Barack couldn't come at a better time. But we have to act immediately to take advantage.

Sign up right now to join our grassroots effort. Help turn out voters any time between now and Election Day, November 4th.

In response to the news, John McCain is now blanketing Arizona -- his own home state -- with negative and misleading "robocalls" to voters.

It's a desperate move, but we need to respond and keep our momentum going. If enough of you take the time to get involved and do your part, we could pull a real upset.

The way to do that is to talk to Arizonans face to face, and let them know the importance of their vote in this election. But we've only got 5 days left to do it.

Supporters like you have put us within striking distance. Now it's time to pull off what no one expected.

Sign up and join in the final push to make history in this election:

We've got a real chance now, but we can't do this without you.



Jon Carson
National Field Director
Obama for America

Shame on you America!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wanjala and Akinyi families raise bail. Finally.

The families of former MP Raphael Wanjala and his lover Joyce Akinyi have finally raised the money required to bail the two out of an Indian jail. But it may take another 10 days to secure their release from Tihar Prison in New Delhi where they have been languishing for 22 days.

The families raised Sh1.560,000 to bail them out of India’s second largest jail. Mr Wanjala is the former Budalang’i MP, while his girlfriend is a Nairobi businesswoman at the centre of a property wrangle with her estranged Nigerian husband Antony Chinedu.

The hitch has to do with a holiday in India as most government offices are closed. The Diwali holiday runs for five days and many Indians often extend the celebrations, which began on Tuesday, for another five days. The Kenyan high commissioner in New Delhi, Mr Festus Kaberia, confirmed that he had received sufficient money.

In India, any cash worth more than $5,000 (Sh375,000) has to be declared.

“I received the money on Monday night, a bit too late for official business. We will have to wait for the courts to reconvene. Meanwhile, Wanjala and Akinyi are still in custody,” said Mr Kaberia by telephone from New Delhi.

Mr James Wanjala, a brother of the former MP and Mr Ojiambo Obada, the family spokesman, said the family had raised the money without any help from friends or his party, Ford-Kenya. Mr Wanjala and Ms Akinyi were arrested early this month at New Delhi airport with more than $100,000, the equivalent of Sh7.59 million in cash. In India, any cash worth more than $5,000 (Sh375,000) has to be declared. According to India’s Telegraph, New Delhi’s revenue intelligence department and the narcotics bureau are investigating if the money was to be spent on drugs. The authorities said the two refused to disclose their mission, more than 10 days after they were arrested. "They have refused to give the names and addresses of people they were to meet and stay with in Delhi," the paper quoted an official.

Mr Wanjala, a former Water and Irrigation assistant minister, and Ms Akinyi had travelled from Uganda via Dubai on an Emirates EK-514 flight. Ms Akinyi travelled under a different name, and officials at Tihar Prison told the newspaper Akinyi travelled on a passport with the names Ochieng’ Teressa. New Delhi’s Revenue Intelligence Department was alerted about the arrests while the Narcotics Bureau is also busy investigating whether large sum of money had been meant for purchasing drugs, according to a Delhi newspaper that reported the arrests.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ferrari threaten to quit F1

Ferrari has warned that they could quit formula one if the sport's governing body continues with its plans to slash costs. The famous Italian team, which has been in formula one since its inauguration in 1950, sent a firm signal to the FIA president, Max Mosley, that his idea of introducing so-called standard engines into the sport would take away their raison d'être for competing in motor racing.

Last week the Ferrari team sporting director, Stefano Domenicali, and Toyota's formula one vice-president, John Howett, met Mosley to discuss the issue of cost-cutting, which would also help the smaller teams survive. But the issue of standard engines has pushed them too far. Ferrari, in a statement released following a board meeting on Monday, said they "fully agreed with the need for a substantial and necessary reduction of costs".

But the Italian firm said it had "major reservations" over any proposals that would lead to teams using the same engines: "It would deprive formula one of its whole reason for existing, which is based on competition and technological development. If these elements were to become obsolete, our administrative council [board] reserves the right, after consultation with its partners, to evaluate whether we remain committed to the discipline [of formula one]."

· Standard engines part of Mosley's cost-cutting exercise
· Ferrari believe a move to standardised engines would negate their reason for existing in formula one

Ferrari have been historically closely aligned with the FIA and the sport's commercial rights holder, Bernie Ecclestone, and it will not have escaped Mosley's attention that they are one of the few formula one teams who have, in the past, successfully forced the governing body to back down from rule changes with which they disapproved. At the end of 1986 Ferrari forced the FIA to abandon plans to ban V12 engines in favour of V10s.

Howett echoed Ferrari's sentiments yesterday, and said any decision to quit would be down to the company's board in Japan. "I don't think any of the manufacturers want a homogenised engine," said Howett. Mercedes, Honda, Renault and BMW are the other four manufacturers currently involved in formula one, and it is understood they are of the same mind.

ATF disrupts skinhead plot to assassinate Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal agents have broken up a plot by two neo-Nazi skinheads to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 102 black people, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said Monday.

In court records unsealed Monday, federal agents said they disrupted plans to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high school in a murder spree that was to begin in Tennessee. Agents said the skinheads did not identify the school by name. Jim Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of ATF's Nashville field office, said the two men planned to shoot 88 black people and decapitate another 14. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community. The men also sought to go on a national killing spree, with Obama as its final target, Cavanaugh told The Associated Press. "They said that would be their last, final act _ that they would attempt to kill Sen. Obama," Cavanaugh said. "They didn't believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying."

An Obama spokeswoman traveling with the senator in Pennsylvania had no immediate comment.

The men, Paul Schlesselman 18, of West Helena, Ark., and Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., are being held without bond. Agents seized a rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and three pistols from the men when they were arrested. Authorities alleged the two men were preparing to break into a gun shop to steal more. Attorney Joe Byrd, who has been hired to represent Cowart, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.

Paul Schlesselman, left, and Daniel Cowart said they planned to kill more than 100 African-Americans.

Cowart and Schlesselman are charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, conspiring to steal firearms from a federally licensed gun dealer, and threatening a candidate for president. The investigation is continuing, and more charges are possible, Cavanaugh said.

Travel tips for my countrymen set for The Hague

A group of my countrymen
will at some time in the near future (believed to be any time from December 14) be journeying to the distant shores of the North Sea. They will be spending some time in a city the locals call Den Haag, a city of half a million Dutchmen. It will be an epic journey and I thought I should contribute to making it memorable, especially if there is a risk of their separation from wider society.

May I confess that I am not widely travelled in the Netherlands although, like millions of other travellers, I have transited through Amsterdam International Airport at Schipol. My knowledge of that country is, I am afraid, not much wider than glimpses of windmills caught over racks of pornography at the Duty Free. One of my earliest memories of Europe is coming in to land over canals and white barns with windmills atop. I was very impressed by the extent of canaling, especially one where the canal was on top a road and railway line. To my African eyes, a boat on top of a train was as incongruous a sight as a lion mounting an elephant. Well, for purposes other than dinner. Most of the Netherlands is borrowed from the North Sea and I think the sea has made a few attempts to take it back. The Dutch are very good at fighting back with dykes, pumps and canals.

There are many myths about the Netherlands. Where other cultures rush to greet a new born with myrrh, gold and frankincense, it is generally believed that when a baby is born in the Netherlands, a bottle of milk is shoved into its fist, a snort of cocaine is made available and a roll of bhang stuck behind its ear, just in case the mood catches the baby that way. Of course the Red Light district of Amsterdam, with its window shopping amenities where business women in the flesh trade parade behind well-lit glass in various stages of disrobe, is a model of disrepute for many cities around the world.

So how does one keep this important appointment?

I have had long consultations with Mr Google and his son Google Earth. Their advice is this: Take a direct flight out of Jomo Kenyatta to Schipol. Rent a car and take the A-5 due south-west and out of the airport. Proceed past the Kruisweg-A5 interchange and get on to the E19. Stick with it past Alkemade, Leiderdop, turn right after Leidschendam on to the A12, exit the motorway after the Movenpick Hotel, Voorbug, take the first left, then the first right, drive right in and ask for a venerable gentleman by the name of Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

Your destination is the biggest Dutch city on the North Sea, so if you arrive with a day or so on hand, you can squeeze in a little beach time. That depends, of course, on whether you want to spend time by the freezing sea. Your new home is a boring city, a little like Dodoma, without much of a night life. If you are used to partying, then you will find it quiet. It is the seat of government, though Amsterdam is the capital city, and this is where you will find Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, but since this is not a State visit, her Majesty will be quite far from your mind. I think from this point on, all of our countrymen who are likely to take a trip to the North Sea should observe a couple of common sense precautions.

First, if your toenail is growing inwards, get a quack near your village to pull it out. Don’t go to your celebrity doctor in Manhattan. You might be picked off the tarmac.

Secondly, make a habit of carrying an overnight bag with warm underwear in it, just in case you are taken unexpectedly. Before you are settled in and thermal longjohns are obtained, you may have frozen.

Thirdly, live each day as if it were your last. Visit the places you love most, the ones that in your heart speak to you as the representation of your motherland. For those who journey to the North Sea may not come back. After various processes of a legal nature, countries might offer to host you for the rest of your life. They might even request, while you are their valued guest, that you wear their leg irons.

Finally, to keep up your morale, brief a couple of your village fans to come and populate the Waving Bay when you jet out. This is the traditional Kenyan way of dealing with people who are travelling to the North Sea. I don’t know whether you should go there with a close friend, particularly one in the legal business. Slobodan Milosevich went there on his own, see what happened to him. When people commit crimes against humanity, it is often in the expectation that they will not be caught and punished.

In the light of this impending trip, going forward, I think it might be wise not to commit crimes against humanity at all, whether in “self-defence”, an attempt to “overturn the verdict of an unfair election” or to right “historical injustices". Den Haag, by the way, is also known as The Hague, a place where the International Criminal Court is to be found and where the most cruel people are taken for trial.

Mr Moreno-Ocampo is the prosecutor.

Monday, October 27, 2008


I know people don't like this subject. But we must confront it, right now, with our eyes open to prevent total chaos and, more importantly, total heartache from happening on November 4th.

ES&S iVotronics touch screens have already been observed now in four completely separate States, flipping the votes, in the early voting that has taken place to date. Eye-witness reports of repeated, consistent flipping of votes (from Obama to McCain naturally) has already occurred in the States of: West Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, and Texas that have had early voting. Missouri, of course, is a key background State in McCain's electoral vote math.

These are not "glitches".
This is also not the result of just "one faulty machine".
How about some straight-talk:

Fact: This is not a "glitch".
Fact: This is not a one machine problem.
Fact: This is not a one State problem.
Fact: This is not a one Election problem.
Fact: This is neither a "theory", nor speculation. It's real.
Fact: The Democratic candidate is getting their (would be) votes systematically stolen.

It's been the ES&S iVotronic touch-screen machines that have failed, flipping votes from one candidate to another not chosen by the voter. In virtually every instance, it's been an attempted Democratic vote, that has flipped to a Republican, or been flipped another party (third party candidate).

These are the exact same machines that lost 18,000 votes in Democratic-leaning Sarasota County in the 2006 U.S. House Race for Katherine Harris' old seat. The Democrat, Christine Jennings, was declared the loser to Republican Vern Buchanan (whose own wife had trouble voting for him that day), by just 369 votes. 18,000 votes were lost (not even counted).

These machines should be taken out of service now, impounded and quarantined immediately, and every voter needs to demand, and be given, a paper ballot where these machines are currently being used.

The most recent report from Texas early voting:

At least two Palo Pinto County residents say they experienced early voting problems when the touch-screen voting machines they used kept switching their straight-party vote from Democratic to Republican.

"When I cast an early vote [Wednesday] at Palo Pinto County Courthouse, my vote was switched from Democrat to Republican right in front of my face - twice!" reported Lona Jones, a Precinct 1 county resident.

Intending to vote straight party on the Democratic ticket, Jones said she was surprised Wednesday when the electronic voting machine "on the left as you face the machines" in the courthouse basement asked her if she wanted to cast her vote for a straight Republican ticket.

Thinking she had pushed the wrong button the first time the machine "came up Republican," Jones said she repeated her intended straight-party vote.

"The second time I was sure to just touch the Democratic button," she said, further reporting that the machine responded to her selection, "'Do you want to change your Republican straight ticket vote to a Democratic vote?' I pressed, 'Yes,' then it came back up and it was a total Republican ticket again."

"One of the ladies told me, 'These machines don't work well' and, 'These machines give us problems.' I told her I not only didn't want to use that machine, [indicating the problematic first machine], I didn't want anyone using that machine."

Teresa Crosier, an alternate election judge and office manager of the Palo Pinto County Democratic Headquarters, called Jones to remind her to vote early.

"She told me she had already voted and had problems," said Crosier. "She told me her story and I told her I had the same problem Wednesday morning."

Like Jones, Crosier tried to cast a straight party Democratic vote at the courthouse annex, "and it came up straight party, Republican party."

Crosier recognized her election trainer, who was helping to monitor the polls, and called him over. "We went back through the process and it did it again," she said of the third.

Who here knows people at the Obama Campaign Headquarters and can alert them and their legal staff about these problems? Neither the Obama Campaign nor the DNC has taken any preemptive action to educate the public about this, or prevent it from happening to begin with (i.e., demanding that these machines be taken out of service).

So, just what do you expect thern will happen when the avalanche of tens of millions of voters across the Country turn out on November 4th and try to vote?

More reports coming in from Missouri:

Just wanted to let you know that Missourians for Honest Elections is in the process of confirming five separate reports of vote flipping --- from Democrat to Republican --- on the iVotronic machines that are the only means the Board of Elections is providing for in-person absentee voting at its headquarters in Maplewood [St. Louis County, MO].
--Cynthia Richards

Somebody please alert the Obama Campaign Managers about this!
There is still time to take action before November 4th and avoid the chaos and corrupted official voting results that will occur here.

We let them do this in 2004.
We cannot let them do this yet again in 2008.

For the full report, see: iVotronics Touch Screens FLIP your votes

From the mouths of babes