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Author of A MARGIN OF ERROR: BALLOTS OF STRAW, featured in "Small Press Bookwatch" - Politics is a tough career, with more knives in backs than a backstabbing convention. "A Margin of Error: Ballots of Straw" is a political thriller following Cady Palmer as she attempts to stand up for what she believes in the face of a corrupt governor and his deep reaching network. Not knowing who to trust, Cady submerges herself in the webs of deceit where her next mistake may be her last. "A Margin of Error" is an exciting read. --Midwest Book Review
Lani Brown draws on personal experience as an election official for this suspense novel.
OpEdNews goes to Washington. Truth, action, and the American way.
A CHANGE REACTION of events & information that individually spoken would carry little weight, together create an e-swell of factual, relevant information presented & maintained in worldwide news repositories, such as OpEdNews. When Voter Action.org filed its complaint with the U.S. DOJ, it carried OpEdNews & a parade of e-references big & small, emphasizing the importance of taking a stand on issues & joining voices.
Saturday, April 10, 2010(3 comments)
Obama's Student Loan Reform: Education, the key to the American Dream
Education is the true key to the American Dream. Student loans may be a godsend. But payin' 'em off ain't easy. One year later, $200+ per month in payments and the student loan debt holds steady at its original value. Obama's Student Loan Reforms will eliminate botchaucracy of the private lenders, will increase tax credits, but . . . could you make them retroactive?
Healthcare Reform? What Do You Care?
Are you retired military, employed with benefits, on Medicare, a healthy empty nester, or simply healthy? Then just maybe healthcare works for you. You and many other Americans may be doing just fine, thank you very much. And the government should stay out of your life and out of your wallet. But do you really believe healthcare works in this country? Can you believe starting over will achieve better or bipartisan results?
Saturday, November 7, 2009
EACs Disappointing Election "Glitch" -- We can't fix the voting machines, so let's blame the ballots.
A new glitch in the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and Holt Bill/HR 811 and the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC). We can't fix the voting machines, so let's tinker with states that count their votes by hand. Now they too must use ballots that are machine countable -- that is if the machines could count. But here in reality, voting machines are still broken, as are the election laws that mock our votes.
Sunday, November 1, 2009(17 comments)
Sequoia: Open Software Can't Count Votes & Elections Still Won't Work
Sequoia Voting Systems discloses source code for their upcoming Frontier Election System. Does it matter? Yes. Will it make a difference to the outcome of the next big election bamboozle? No. Even if every election vendor followed suit, elections would still produce invalid results.
Sunday, October 18, 2009(8 comments)
2,261,000 Stolen Votes & Counting. ES&S: “A time bomb waiting to go off.”
Numbers don't lie. Voting machines do. Evidence points to ES&S voting machines losing nearly 25% of the votes . . . in once race alone. With 22,619 flawed voting machines . . . How many hot races & issues on your ballot? Did you check them all before ES&S took your votes away? . . . Every election, every race, every vote cast & counted on ES&S equipment is suspect . . . ES&S: Wrong for our votes. Wrong for our country.
Should Health Insurance be Mandatory? You're Only 20 or 30, Why?
Should we object to laws requiring people to pay for health insurance when they can afford it? Take a look at Josh. He's twenty-seven years old, his life is in shambles and he can't imagine his way out of debt. All because of one quick trip to the hospital. Perhaps Josh could be your son. Perhaps he could be you. But the havoc incurred by not owning health insurance is staggering.
Healthcare works just fine the way it is. Is that what YOU think? Harry and Louise, then and now.
Are you 40, 45, 50-plus? Do you believe healthcare works just fine the way it is? Then take a look at Harry & Louise. That's what they said--yesterday when they were young. Today they're clawing up the downhill slide as the cost of meds sucks the life out of their wallets. What's the real cost to stay "healthy" & active once your clock starts ticking? An inside story of Harry & Louise. Don't look now but the bills are comin'.
Saturday, June 20, 2009(4 comments)
What don't Americans have in common with Iran?
What don't Americans have in common with Iran? One picture is worth hundreds of thousands of votes . . . uh . . . words. Today, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched during their fifth day of protests to demand fair elections in Iran. While here in the U.S. we can rest assured our election systems are finally working. Right? . . . Wrong.
Sunday, June 7, 2009(2 comments)
Who's minding your mom? And who's STEALING her DRUGS? The next generation of elder abuse.
Drug addiction: The next generation of elder abuse. As an aging population checks in to assisted living and nursing homes, they entrust their lives and wellbeing to the very professionals who now steal their drugs. A life and death problem for the addict, but an insidious problem for the aged and the caregivers confronted with prescribed drugs that don't work.
Another moose caught in the headlights: New ethics complaint against Sarah Palin.
Kick that pitbull while she's down. Will another Republican Darling bite the dust... sand... SNOW? A new ethics complaint filed against Sarah Palin invokes comparisons of Palin with another Republican Darling, former Secretary of State Katherine Harris. Dark hair, lipstick, ambition, ethics... failing upwards, and both were used badly. They may have much in common after all.
SysTest Labs: Why it matters to you as a voter, as a conpiracy.
Dubious victor in botched election hired SysTest to "prove" voting machines didn't scrap 18K votes. SysTest, the same company that certified the machines first place.
SysTest, it matters. If you vote, SysTest could be responsible for ensuring your vote counts ... or not. An unsettling stream of election failures on ES&S DREs, just 1 of 15 vendors tested by SysTest casts more doubt on our already troubled elections.
Friday, October 31, 2008(1 comments)
Election Conspiracy at the Moosylvania Gazette
The Moosylvania Gazette theory of election conspiracy and why it's easier to believe all that vote fraud ruckus is just more fodder from the lunatic fringe of poor losers wasting taxpayers' money than it is to consider the possibilities of a big bad voting conspiracy.
Thursday, October 23, 2008(4 comments)
Conspiracy, coincidence, or skullduggery?
When is a coincidence too much of a coincidence to be one? One tilted election? Two? Four? And how many players constitute conspiracy? Connell, George W., Jeb, Hagel, Harris, Mortham, Feeney, ES&S, Ohio, Florida... McCain... 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006. All within one degree of separation. Consider also ES&S, liable for failures in 34 states, tallied 50% of the votes in the last four major U.S. elections. Coincidence? You decide.
The "He Did It / She Did It" Business Model for Elections
Advocates of paper ballot technology are "fuddy-duddy, itchy-witchy thinking, nervous Nelly, skittish souls over 40." Exciting e-debate elicits another look at the "he did it / she did it" business model. No matter the voting method, until we develop sound business practices, and standards for recognizing flawed election results that insist on prompt corrective action, we cannot ensure all votes will be counted correctly.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
GAO D-13: Voters with Secret Decoder Rings Get Votes Counted
Catawampus touch screens remain high on the list as one cause of 18,000 lost votes in Sarasota's District 13. After waiting over a year for a comprehensive evaluation of calibration on Sarasota's ES&S iVotronics DRE/touch screens, it appears none will be forthcoming.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
GAO Sarasota D-13: Blood on the floor, bullet in the head, where did that smoking gun go?
GAO. Not the machines? Then what? Logic, reason, numbers tell a different story. If we are to accept a finding that machines were not the cause of Sarasota's missing 18K votes, then do we also assume 89K Florida voters across the state walked up to the iVotronic touchscreens & decided not to vote for Atty General? Or do we observe the blood on the floor, the bullet in the head & perhaps wonder, where did that smoking gun go?
How to steal an election...How do we stop it?
One voter, one vote...every time. Our election process is broken. It's not just the voting machines or the paper trail. We must go back to business basics, consider the whole problem before grabbing for perfect solutions. This article responds to Nancy Tobi's 9/09/07 comprehensive coverage of Bruce O'Dell's NH testimony.