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SCANDAL ABC: Defiance, Ohio and Boston, Massachusetts

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Molly, You in Danger, Girl aired April 4, 2013. Some new news and lots of talk, with people telling others who they are and what they are feeling, rather than talking about their own feelings and thoughts. Always bad for relationships.

We learn that James has had Cyrus move out because he cannot stand that Cyrus rigged a national election. Cyrus tells James all about James, not about himself. Cyrus tells James that James is distraught because he does not like what he himself has done -- that is, James lied to the Grand Jury; that he could have chosen justice, but he chose to lie and protect Cyrus; that James does not love himself because he lied about the rigging of a national election. If Cyrus knows anything about himself and what he is feeling, he keeps that to himself. James tells Cyrus about Cyrus -- that Cyrus bought James' soul by agreeing to adopt the baby.

Fitz, in relation to his and Mellie's first meeting and subsequent marriage, tells her all about his father, Big Jerry, and not about himself.

Some people on the other hand, do talk about themselves. David talks about himself to Abby when he tells her he is not sure he can love someone he does not trust. He believes she stole the memory card he had that proved the election rigging in Defiance, Ohio. She does not admit to doing so.

Susie, the wife of the murdered CIA head Osborne, really gets it right: she tells Olivia to stop telling her (Susie) what she (Susie) is feeling.


Fitz was living in Boston when his father came through and arranged for him to meet Mellie. It seems to me that it is no accident that of all the cities in the world, Scandal has Fitz living in Boston, nudging us to think about John Kerry. Is Fitz's character a composite of Bush who "won" the Ohio rigged election in 2004 and Kerry who has a home on Beacon Hill in Boston, MA and who "lost" the election?   We know that both belonged to the Skull and Bones private, secret, power elite club at Yale when they were students there, Bush Bones 1968 and Kerry Bones 1966. Here is an older description of Skull and Bones and here is a description of the newer Skull and Bones trying to be more diverse. Both men are super rich. What else do they have in common? Bush and Republicans rigged the Ohio 2004 election; theirs is a sin of commission. Kerry and Democrats were complicit in the rigging with their silence; theirs is a sin of omission.

Much has been written about the shenanigans of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio. Here are a few tidbits that I especially like.

In "Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio, Status Report of the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff," January 5, 2005, Representative John Conyers (D) of Michigan talks about voters in Ohio who had to wait in line ten hours to vote. He argues that many of the problems in Ohio were due to "intentional misconduct and illegal behavior" and that Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell played a major role. Blackwell was also co-chair of the Bush-Cheney Campaign in Ohio. Read more here.

At the time, Wally O'Dell was president, chair and CEO of Diebold Corporation and a major fund raiser for Bush.   In 100 invitations that he sent out for a $1000 a plate dinner he was holding at his mansion for the Ohio Republican campaign, he said he would help deliver Ohio's votes to Bush.

Although no Diebold touchscreens were used in Ohio in 2004, other corporations' touchscreens were: the paperless ES&S iVotronic and the paperless MicroVote DRE Infinity.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. says about the Ohio election: "Sen. John Kerry -- in a wide-ranging discussion of ROLLING STONE's investigation -- expressed concern about Republican tactics in 2004, but stopped short of saying the election was stolen." Kennedy then continues with Kerry's words, who says, "Can I [Kerry] draw a conclusion that they played tough games and clearly had an intent to reduce the level of our vote? Yes, absolutely. Can I tell you to a certainty that it made the difference in the election? I can't. There's no way for me to do that. If I could have done that, then obviously I would have found some legal recourse." The whole article is worth a read -- everything you want to know about what happened in Ohio, including the faulty electronic voting machines.

At a public forum in 2007, Andrew Meyer, an undergraduate student at the University of Florida, tried to ask Kerry why he had never asked for a full count in Ohio. He was holding Greg Palast's book "Armed Madhouse" and quoting from it said that uncounted Ohio votes   were the deciding factor in the presidential 2004 Ohio election. Watch the video to see the security culture at work, as Meyer tried to question Kerry. Meyer calls out, "Don't taze me, bro."

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