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Billionaires & Ballot Bandits
by Greg Palast
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If you're not sick and outraged and ready to vomit, then don't talk to me.
When I see a cruel bucket of garbage and winky-winky racism and bullshit and venom like Paul Ryan talk to America like he's some kind of Boy Scout, I want a gun, or a TV network where I can tell the truth or a giant washing machine to dunk America and rinse off the crud of lies and pure manipulative evil that they're feeding us.
But I don't like guns, I don't have a TV network, I just have this: A book.
It's called Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps.
An investigation of Karl Rove, the Koch Gang and their billionaire Buck-Buddies. The guys who bought Ryan.
It's the most important bullet I've ever fired.
I watch these smug jerks at the Republican Convention and I'm ill ... because I know something they won't tell you on CNN or CBS, let alone Fox. And here's the facts, ma'am:
In 2008, no fewer than 2,706,275 ballots were castand never counted.
It didn't make a difference then, but it will make a difference now.
And, in 2008, no fewer than 3,195,539 legal voters were denied the right to vote. Told to get the hell out of the polling station.
Add it up. That's at least 5,901,814 legitimate votes and voters tossed out of the count.
So God Bless America. By the way, these numbers are from the raw data supplied to me by the US Elections Assistance Commission.
It's official. It's in your face. It's sick. It's unreported.
I cry. I scream. I retch. Then I make jokes but I give you the inside info on the Koch Brothers ("Target 67C" as federal prosecutors called Charles Koch) that will make your eyes pop.
Fact: The 2012 election's been stolen. Already. Stolen by billionaires who've created data bases called "Themis" (the Kochs own that) and "DataTrust" (Karl Rove's satanic machine).
The election has not been stolen from Barack Obama it's been stolen from you. From We the People who march to the polls believing America is still a democracy, the land of the Brave, home of The Free, and that our votes count.
The Rove-bots and the monsters behind the data bases have figured out how to fiddle, finagle and ultimately throw your vote in the garbage.
America is on the line. ON THE LINE. I have two kids and God forbid if I stand here silent with my hands in my pockets whistling at my shoes.
How did a sick little monster like Paul Ryan end up on the Republican ticket? Follow the money. The big sugar daddy behind Ryan, his donor Numero Uno, is Paul "The Vulture" Singer. Singer's the guy who started the Romney super-PAC "Restore Our Future" and he's funded Ryan up the Wazoo.
Why? Because Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton told a federal court that Singer The Vulture is a "threat to the entire financial system" of the planet. And now Singer wants their bloodand your dead carcass.
Frankly, I don't care, as Shakespeare said, if Obama's campaign "farts or flies." I do care if a billionaire can steal the votes of Black soldiers just so he can make another billion.
So I want, I demand, I insist, that you order a copy of the exposé on The Vulture and Romney's billionaires (and Obama's, too): Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps.
With a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., "The Hostile Takeover of America". RFK is as outraged as I am but a lot calmer.
And inside it, there's a 48-page comic book by Ted Rall because every cartoon is worth a thousand bullets.
Don't be fooled again. This election is about a bunch of madly dangerous financiers "The Vulture," the "Ice Man," and guys so evil they don't even have nicknames -- who can't tolerate the idea that Americans have a right to choose our leaders, our destinies.
You want to know who owns your ballot? Then get the book right now by ordering it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Indiebound. Or go and pound the counter at your local bookstore and tell them that instead of another Yoga Diet Cookbook you want a HAND GRENADE MADE OUT OF TRUTH: Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.
Alternatively, make a donation and get a signed copy.
[Whichever way you choose to get it, your dollar goes to support the Palast Investigative Fund. I am donating all my proceeds to the fund.]
Can a book make a difference? Can't say. But I know this: Ballot Bandits are cowards, are cockroaches. When we turn on the lights, they run run run away.
Do this now. Get the info ammo and pass it on to your friends and mailing lists.
And for my terrible language, I apologize.
Palast's brand new book Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps, will be out on September 18. You can pre-order Billionaires & Ballot Bandits from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Indie Bound. Author's proceeds from the book go to the not-for-profit Palast Investigative Fund for reporting on voter protection issues.
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Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Armed Madhouse and Vultures' Picnic.
Colonels in Mirrored Sunglasses
Excerpt: Billionaires & Ballot Bandits
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Chapter One: Colonels in Mirrored Sunglasses
Here are the facts, ma'am: In the 2008 election, no less than:
767,023 provisional ballots were cast and not counted;
1,451,116 ballots were "spoiled," not counted;
488,136 absentee ballots were mailed in, but not counted.
Add it up: in the last presidential election, no less than 2,706,275 ballots were castand never counted. I have not included a quarter million (251,936) provisional ballots counted only in part (that is, for some offices). That's the official number I've calculated from the records of the US Election Assistance Commission. Approximately three million votes flushed away are ugly enough. But it gets worse. In addition to the roughly three million ballots cast and not counted, no less than:
2,383,587 would-be voters had their registrations rejected;
491,952 voters already registered were wrongly purged from the rolls; and
320,000 properly registered voters were simply turned away from the polls when they tried to vote, mostly for not having IDs acceptable to a poll worker.
Add it up again and total grows to no less than 5,901,814 legitimate votes and voters tossed out of the count. Let's call it the Missing Six Million. Karl Rove, when he was senior advisor to President George W. Bush, summed it up perfectly:
"We are beginning to look like we have elections like those run in countries where the guys in charge are, you know, colonels in mirrored sunglasses."
Rove is not complaining, he's boasting about his own accomplishments. But for strategist Rove, six million isn't enough. Through several front organizations and affiliates, Rove and his comrades have launched a campaign making brilliant use of the tactics originating from the Red Scare and the War on Terror.
Now, instead of the communist lurking under your bed or the al-Qaeda sleeper cell next door, they've created a new monster to fear, to hunt, and to destroy: the Fraudulent Voter.
There aren't any, of course. Or, to be accurate, so few you can literally count them on your fingersabout six in any yearnot six million, half a dozen jerks convicted of voting illegally. In the whole country.
But in Rove's echo chamber of fear, in the Voter-Fraud Hysteria Factory, these six become so threatening and dangerous that they will be used to take away the vote from six million. Tracking ballot-bending tricksters, figuring out how they game US elections and snatch the choice away from the electorate, that's my job, my beat for more than a decade, for the Guardian newspaper and BBC television, and in 2008, for Rolling Stone.
I started covering the election games in November 2000 when I got my hands on two computer disks from the office of Secretary of State Katherine Harris of Florida. My team cracked the computer codes and found the names of ninety-one thousand criminalsfelonsHarris listed to purge from voter rolls. We went through Harris's list name by name. We didn't find felons. But most were guilty of VWB: Voting While Black. "Purging" is one way to get rid of legal voters. There are eight more tricks, and I'll take you through each in turn. It was bad in 2000. It was worse in 2004 and 2008. But in 2012, it will be much worse. And in 2016, worse than in 2012.
"Why Obama is Likely to Lose in 2012"
"Why Obama Is Likely to Lose in 2012" is the title of a column Karl Rove wrote in the Wall Street Journal in June 2011. It's not Rove's prediction: this is his plan to make sure Obama will lose. That's fine with meif Rove prefers vanilla to chocolate, hey, it's a free country. But how Rove plans to take Obama down is contained in the subhead, and it gives me the chills...
Cartoon Killers for Romney
Greg Palast, Seven Stories Press
Friday, 07 September 2012
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Charles Manson can't vote, but Manson Inc., al-Qaeda LLC, and Putin & Co. can run negative campaign ads on the Fox network.
And maybe they have.
In ancient times, before the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United, the maximum amount you could give a candidate for president, legally, was two thousand dollars. And, until 2010, to legally donate to a candidate, you had to 1) have a first and last name, 2) be a citizen of the United States, and 3) breathe oxygen.
Then, in 2010, the US Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision (followed by a lower-court decision, SpeechNow.org v. FEC) blew the doors off the limit on secret political campaign contributions. "Unnatural" personsheadless, heartless creatures called corporationscould now spend in election campaigns. And, unlike us mere mortals, these corporate creatures are not limited to two thousand dollars.
As soon as Citizens came down, billionaires pulled out their debit cards and went on a shopping spree.
In 2012, Paul "The Vulture" Singer, a billionaire, gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the super-PAC behind Mitt Romney. So did The Vulture's buddies John Paulson (also a billionaire), Julian Robertson (billionaire), Bill Koch (billionaire). Half a dozen other rich guys also ponied up millions to Restore Our Futureincluding, of course, The Ice Man.
And a million bucks came into Restore Our Future from something called "F8 LLC." Records indicate that F8 has estimated annual revenue of only $87,000 a year. So that $1 million donation must have been a real sacrifice. The "principal" of F8 is listed as Mr. Diego Villasenor. No photo, so I looked up the F8 man in Google image search and found this:
You may recognize Mr. Villasenor, a well-known assassin. But luckily, as a cartoon, he only kills other cartoons. However, he does have a million in real cash money to blow on making Governor Romney our president.
Whether this is the real Mr. Villasenor, or if there is a real Don Diego, or if he's a Quechua Indian in Peru who believes photos will steal his soul, or if he has a soul at all, well, that just doesn't matter. What matters is the "LLC," which stands for Limited Liability Corporation. And under Citizens, the letters LLC mean F8 LLC can donate unlimited millions for political advertisementsand F8's owner's name, whether it really is Diego, his nationality, or even if he shot a man in Reno just to watch him die, is none of your damn business.
And what is Restore Our Future? Well, it is a kind of campaign Death Star that can and does emit crushing blasts of money to mutilate and destroy candidates who would oppose the electoral will of Paul "Vulture" Singer, F8, Bill Koch ($2 million donation), and the other billionaires.
In just the first couple months of 2012, Restore Our Future ran about $56 million through its cash colon to crap all over the opponents of Romney's presidential bid. (Official records showed 87.4 percent of the super- PAC's spending went into hate messages, i.e., negative ads and telephone calls.)
But why play? What do they want? And as Butch said to Sundance, "Who are these guys?"
Well, despite the name "Citizens United," not all those united are citizens. Less noted in the hubbub about corporate personhood was that the Citizens and SpeechNow decisions OK'd political spending by foreigners. Look forward to candidates funded by Zeta Gang Inc PAC. And while Charles Manson has lost his citizenship and right to vote, Citizens has restored his right to form Manson & Company Super-PAC.
The Chinese military is already positioned to support its Manchurian candidates. In fact, the Peoples Liberation Army is already incorporated in the US via its clothing line sold at WalMart called, "New Order." I kid you not.
And maybe they have. Senator John McCain has disappeared from TV screens since letting the cat out of the bag that the largest contribution to "Restore," the Romney super-PAC, likely came from China via the Sands Casino Corporation. It's been a long time since Sinatra played the Sands in Vegas. Today, its entire income comes from casino operations in Macau, China, an operation created in partnership with Communist Party apparatchiks.
But there's no sense asking about it. Mr. Villasenor isn't taking questions.
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Greg Palast's investigative reports are broadcast by BBC Television's Newsnight. His new book is Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps (7 Stories Press/Palast Investigative Fund).