Thursday, November 30, 2006

Iraq is Over, Mr. President.

A Declaration of (Semi-Autonomous) Independence (Sort Of)
November 9, 2006

"The firing of Rumsfeld is a harbinger. The President stood before the American people less than two weeks ago and assured us that the Secretary of Defense would be there when he left office. How can we now believe him when he says that he is committed to further efforts to bring about a tolerable conclusion to our mission in Iraq?... If he has already decided to leave Iraq short of any outcome that could be considered advantageous to American interests, then every day that passes, every life lost, is a wasted effort in a losing cause and he should bring our people home now. "

Let’s just end this debacled War in Iraq today. The War was unjustified in the first place, the people of Iraq are rebelling against our occupation. Therefore in my eyes there is absolutely ZERO reasons for a single USA troop to remain in the free and sovereign country of Iraq.

Saddam Hussein is gone. That is a positive note to end this war.

And what next? Take the $90 Billion that would have been spent in Iraq just next year alone put it into Social Security, and creating a National Healthcare Program not just for seniors, but for all Americans (Hint at the future agenda of Checks & Balances).

"Whats up my Nigga"

Consigning the 'N' Word to Personal History

"As some African-American leaders call for a boycott of the racial epithet known as the 'N' word, Pendarvis Harshaw of Youth Radio starts a campaign of his own. (NPR)"

Discussion is open on the use of the “N” word. I never have and dislike hearing my brothers use it. I see a time of blacks moving into power in the United States. What purpose for advancing our people will be served by having the next generation of CEO’s referring to one another as “niggas”?

This is a habit of the African American community that should be shed, in my humble opinion.

deaf Students want a “say”

"In his first interview since student protests locked down the nation's only college for the deaf and hearing-impaired, the outgoing president of Gallaudet University decried the "divisive" tone of the demonstrations, and expressed disappointment at the outcome.

"It seemed to be against something instead of a protest for a reason or a cause," I. King Jordan said Wednesday. "It was against an individual, and that's why it was so divisive."
The protests ended with Gallaudet's decision to nullify the appointment of Jane Fernandes as the school's next president.

Among the students' complaints: Jordan groomed Fernandes as his successor, making the selection process less than open.
Jordan said he disagrees with that view.

"I'm very proud that I was her mentor," Jordan said. "She was an outstanding prospect and she was very highly qualified to be a president. I regret she wasn't given the chance."
In a wide-ranging discussion led by Neal Conan, Jordan also discussed his legacy as the first deaf president of the institution and touched on issues facing the deaf community today, including technological advancements such as cochlear implants and digital hearing aids."

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Christians & Global Warming

Checks & Balances Blog has recently joined Christian Bloggers. We are happy to be in the mix.

The question now is if Christians are emphatic about being political involved, what issues they should focus upon. I do not believe the Christian communities’ political interest lies in being involved in personal & private health matters such the case of Terro Schiavo.

Our interest and the integrity of our faith would be best served by taking up Global Warming. One cannot ignore that God placed man on Earth to take care of what he created. Adam placed in the Garden of Eden was to be a steward of and have dominion over the planet.

Please notice the simplicity of this illustration. Adam was placed in a garden where it was God’s intention for man to reside for eternity.

What do I mean by “integrity of our faith”. Churches walk a thin line when getting involved in politics. And when many yes Churches teamed up to attempt to prevent a husband, Michale Schaivo, from making the health decisions for his wife a line was crossed the Church should have gotten involved with. I specifically write of this matter because many churches were involved and the U.S. Congress wrongly moved to interfere. It must never be forgotten.

There however is no wrong to be found in a clear mission given by God, of being a steward of the earth.

God, the creator did not call for the destruction of his beloved Earth by men.

There is a tangible force pressuring us Christians to not buy this global warming talk. In the United States of America there has been a tidal wave of capitalists ideas that hold that the making of profits is more important that such things as fair market pricing and sustainable development. Just look at the Oil Industry.

Such capitalistic vies I cannot support. A balance must be found. Blindly developing, seeking growth and maximizing profits with no ‘moral control’ are not the Christian way.

Just my humble opinion.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Correction! The Sarasota Election was certified on Monday. Time for a revolt!

I find it ethically and legally troubling if in fact the 18,000 under votes in Sarasota County-Florida were (by a reasonable majority) Democratic votes.

I have refrained from posting and even removed comments on this blog that alluded to baseless left wing conspiracy theories in regards to this specific election, however it seems there is empirical justification to not only question this election but: to scrutinize Election Supervisor Kathy Dent, investigate the source code of all Sarasota County voting machines, and investigate possible election fraud coordinated by the campaign of Vern Buchanan.

If the numbers show these under votes belonged to the Democrats certification of this election must be halted. How can the State of Florida, the Courts, and the Supervisor of Elections allow for such Electoral debauchery to occur?

Kathy Dent has stated publicly that “if a voter felt there was a problem with there vote they should have spoken then”. This is absurd when the issue at hand is technological, source code, tabulating, and programming. If it is true that this voting technology that was rapidly sold to the voting public in which Kathy Dent supports and Jeb Bush supports.

If this technology is so truly more efficient then why can’t all the voters (Republican & Democrat) see an independently verified audit before this election between Christine Jennings and Vern Buchanan is certified?

The owners of these voting machines say their source code is trade secret. Which means companies within the USA are profiteering from the election process which breeds corruption and tampering.

I see it like this; voting machine source code belongs to the People.

Kathy Dent & Jeb Bush there is no faith in these electronic voting systems. Lets bring back paper.

Orlando Sentinel, November 22, 2006
Analysis: Ballots favored Dems

Sarasota's 'undervotes' were examined in 5 state races.

Jim StrattonSentinel Staff WriterNovember 22, 2006

The group of nearly 18,000 voters that registered no choice in Sarasota's disputed congressional election solidly backed Democratic candidates in all five of Florida's statewide races, an Orlando Sentinel analysis of ballot data shows.Among these voters, even the weakest Democrat -- agriculture-commissioner candidate Eric Copeland -- outpaced a much-better-known Republican incumbent by 551 votes.The trend, which continues up the ticket to the race for governor and U.S. Senate, suggests that if votes were truly cast and lost -- as Democrat Christine Jennings maintains -- they were votes that likely cost her the congressional election.Republican Vern Buchanan's 369-vote victory was certified by state officials Monday. His camp says that, although people may have skipped the race -- intentionally or not -- there is no evidence that votes went missing.But the results of the Sentinel analysis, two experts said, warrant additional investigation."Wow," University of Virginia political analyst Larry Sabato said. "That's very suggestive -- I'd even say strongly suggestive -- that if there had been votes recorded, she [Jennings] would have won that House seat."David Dill, an electronic-voting expert at Stanford University, put it this way: "It seems to establish with certainty that more Democrats are represented in those undervoted ballots."The Sentinel reviewed records of 17,846 touch-screen ballots that included no vote in the tightly contested 13th District congressional race to determine whom voters selected in other major races.The analysis of the so-called "undervotes" examined the races for U.S. Senate, governor, attorney general, chief financial officer and agriculture commissioner.The results showed that the undervoted ballots skewed Democratic in all of those races, even in the three races in which the county as a whole went Republican.In the governor's race, for example, Republican Charlie Crist won handily in Sarasota, easily beating Democrat Jim Davis. But on the undervoted ballots, Davis finished ahead by almost 7 percentage points.In the agriculture commissioner's race, Republican Charles Bronson beat Copeland by a double-digit margin among all voters. But on the undervoted ballots, Copeland won by about 3 percentage points.Some questions remainThe analysis does not -- and cannot -- reveal why no congressional choice was recorded on the ballots. It also cannot determine which candidate any single voter might have selected had he or she made a choice.But the strong performance of other Democrats indicates Jennings would have found a sizable number of supporters within the group."If votes were actually lost," Dill said, "it appears those votes would have favored the Democrat."About 15 percent of ballots cast on Sarasota's touch-screen machines registered no choice in the bitterly fought congressional race. That percentage was about six times greater than the undervote in the rest of the House district, which spreads into four other counties.Since Election Day, dozens -- if not hundreds -- of voters have reported problems at the polls. Some say their vote for Jennings never registered after they touched her name. Others say they never saw the congressional race on the machine's screen.The Jennings campaign argues that only a machine malfunction can account for the high number of undervotes in the congressional race.Her experts claim that because Jennings won in Sarasota by a 52 percent-to-47 percent margin -- the only county she carried -- she would have picked up the bulk of any votes that were lost. Those votes, they say, would have been enough to defeat Buchanan.On Monday, Jennings filed a lawsuit in Tallahassee seeking to reverse the results or hold a new election.Buchanan's camp says that undervotes may simply be voters exercising their choice not to make a selection in a race.His supporters say two recounts have confirmed Buchanan's victory, and neither found a problem with the voting machines.The Republican's experts acknowledge that some people may have missed the race because of a poor ballot design, but that problem, they say, would have affected all voters equally.A representative from the Buchanan campaign was not available late Tuesday to comment on the Sentinel analysis. But earlier this week, Republicans said Jennings was attempting to accomplish in court what she couldn't do at the polls."Christine Jennings is once again allowing her own personal ambitions and the radical political agendas of liberal third-party groups to hijack the democratic process," GOP state Chairwoman Carole Jean Jordan said. "The votes have now been counted three times, once on Election Day and twice since then in state-mandated recounts; yet Christine Jennings will not step forward and do what is right for the voters of the 13th Congressional District, which is to concede."A Jennings spokesman said the results of the Sentinel analysis are consistent with what the Democrats have been saying all along."That reflects what we've seen anecdotally," David Kochman said. "The overwhelming majority of reports of voters having problems say they were trying to vote for Christine Jennings. It's nearly unanimous."

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Let us Give Thanks this Holiday Season.

Pray & give thanks as much as you eat.

Luke 17: 11-19

And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go Shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

Ten were healed but only one thanked Jesus. It only takes a moment to offer thanks for the least and greatest of things.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Democrats Retake USA House of Reps.

The projected make up of the House is 193 DEMS 155 REP

Checks & Balances Blog 2006 Election Predictions

Voter turnout will be approximately 55%
There will be an I increase in the overall numbers voting Democrat, but also an increase in Right Conservatives voting party line. The libertarians may take a small but significant vote from the GOP especially in races like Florida’s campaign for Governor.

Democrats will win the U.S. House by a small margin.

Republicans will retain the Senate

More to come on specific Hot races…(these are predictions only)

The Florida Governor’s Race
Charlie Crist

Florida's Senate Race
Bill Nelson

U.S. Congressional District 13

Alex Sink

It is Official. Democrats have won back the United States House of Representatives!!!