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The Importance of Understanding Polls, Lying 101

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The second poll that caught my eye was on the webpage for Sean "The prostitute" Hannity. Now, I know, we should not expect anything less than subterfuge from Hannity but the absolute hubris of this poll is quite telling about why people who follow him are so clueless about what is really going on. A screenshot and write up about this poll can be found here:

Once again, the question is quite fair:

"What issue is most important to you this election season?"

Fair enough, let's see the choices Hannity insulted his viewers with:

A) War on Terror
B) Economy
C) Foley Scandal
D) Other

As the writer on the blog opined... what's missing? Oh that's right, the number one issue according to any real poll that has been conducted, the Iraq War. This poll is designed for one thing only, to generate an overwhelming answer to option number one, "The War on Terror." Why? So Sean can then go and sell it on his radio and TV shows. So he can pretend that the number one issue heading into the elections is not the Iraq War, but the illusionary war on terror. Not surprisingly, 83% of his respondents chose the war on terror. This is the creation of false talking points. This is Lying 101 and no one is a more astute professor on the subject of lying, then Professor Hannity.

America knows better now. You must understand that 95% of mainstream media are owned by less than 10 companies, all of which have a vested interest in keeping the status quo. They will be assaulting you for the next two weeks. They will be showing you polls which are based on dubious methods and presenting it to you as fact. They will do whatever they can to convince you to vote GOP this November. They hope you forget about the economy, which the average American realizes is a sham. They hope you forget the Iraq War and how we were lied into it, lied through it, and are repeatedly told things are rosy as our kids come home in boxes we are not even allowed to see a picture of. They hope you forget about Afghanistan and how the Taliban is back in charge and opium production is higher now than before we invaded. They hope you forget that they left behind the no child left behind funding, rendering it useless, as our kids continue to be the last option for funding. They hope you forget the party of ethics have brought you Tom Delay, Mark Foley, Dennis Hastert, Tony "naughty emails" Snow, Duke Cunningham, Jack Abramoff, and countless other scandals. They hope you forget the malicious outing of a CIA covert operative for political payback and Scooter Libby. They hope you forget the Downing Street Memos. They hope you forget that tax cuts for the rich and their gloating over tying the raise in the minimum wage to the repeal of the Estate Tax on the billionaires of this country. They hope you forget the WMD, the mushroom clouds, WMD, the greeted as liberators, WMD, the Iraq oil will pay for the war, WMD, the stay the course, WMD, the war on Islamic Extremism, WMD, the last throes of the insurgency, WMD, mission accomplished, WMD, bring em on!, WMD, Osama bin Hiding and of course... WMD. They hope you forget the elimination of congressional oversight and the blank check this rubber stamp congress has given the president in his power grab to consolidate all power into the executive branch of government. They hope you forget torture as a national policy and the elimination of Habeas Corpus. They hope you forget the illegal wiretapping of American citizens. They hope you forget the appointment in 2000 and the stolen election in 2004. They hope you forget the over 800 laws they have allowed the president to ignore with signing statements.

They are mistaken. We will not forget this November. In two weeks America will rush to the polls to exorcise the demons of the Republican Party that have possessed our national discourse for five years now. This will be referendum on the Iraq War, the failed economy, and the levels of corruption unheard of at any point in American history. It will be a wake up call for a party that was given total power and squandered it away for million dollar back-room deals and a willingness to screw the average American for political expediency. Short if another Diebold miracle, the 800 pound elephant in the voting booth that so few are willing to really talk about, America will return to checks and balances, congressional oversight, and the notion that the truth, still matters to us.

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Anthony Wade, a contributing writer to, is dedicated to educating the populace to the lies and abuses of the government. He is a 46-year-old independent writer from New York with political commentary articles seen on multiple (more...)

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Curiously, this administration uses the same tacti... by Jim Prues on Wednesday, Oct 25, 2006 at 9:27:52 AM
Hi Anthony, Well, we voted absentee yesterday. ... by Aimee on Wednesday, Oct 25, 2006 at 10:27:06 AM
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