Wednesday, January 7, 2009
2009- A time for new beginnings.
We all like to look at a new year as a time to "start over" or change some of our old bad habits. But even though I may receive the tag of being a pessimist, I am very doubtful that we will see a change in the way the political "machine" is run here in Minnesota. I was listening to Sean Hannity yesterday and one of his guests described the situation with our Senate race as something that will most likely be figured out quickly because "there is too much good in the Minnesota Political system". I literally almost fell out of my chair when I heard that. It was at that moment that I decided to start this blog. For too long I thought that one voice really couldn't make that much difference. But as I look around at ALL of the local and National media outlets, there are fewer and fewer out there that are not controlled by the advertisers of their shows. When you look at the big names out there (Rush, Hannity, etc) they have really gotten soft on those in our OWN party who are dragging us down and have really moved away from exposing the TRUTH for fear of loosing some of their advertising dollars. Well- I don't have any advertisers, so look out!
I couldn't believe it when I heard someone say on a National radio show that there is too much good in the Minnesota political system. The notion of "Minnesota Nice" in no way applies to our political scene. There are plenty of good people in our great State who that phrase applies well to. But I strongly believe that our political system here in Minnesota is quickly moving to be one of the most corrupt in the entire United States of America. Take for example our Senate Race. When the initial ballots were counted, Coleman had 1,211,590 (all numbers are directly from the Minnesota Secretary of States web site at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/docs/recount_summary_with_ab.pdf) and Franken had 1,211,375. Thats a difference of only 215 votes. Now the fact that this particular race was this close is a subject for another day. But the real stinky part comes with the final recount totals. After you figure in all the challenged ballots, the ballots that mysteriously "showed up" (which all just happened to favor Mr. Franken) and the absentee ballots, the change in the final count is staggering. The final count was 1,212,206 for Coleman (thats a gain of 616) which would have easily won it for Coleman. But Franken had a total of 1,212,431 (thats a gain of 1,056) votes gained which is unprecedented in the history of Minnesota politics. Really when you look at the number of votes gained by each man, it's a number that should make you sit up and take notice. How do that many votes get mistakenly counted or left out of any election? But that question aside, the process of the recount has some glaring red flags that are waving high for all to see; but aside from a few local media outlets (Jason Lewis) not too many in our local news agencies are touching this with a 10 foot pole. they are just reporting the results nad not the fraud that is being perpetrated against the people of Minnesota. We now have the distinct honor of having more ballots cast than we had people sign in to vote back on November 4th. How does this happen and why is the canvasing board being allowed to get away with what it's doing?
Under Minnesota law, any ballot that is damaged during election night must be taken by an election judge, set aside and a new ballot is supposed to be created and marked as "Duplicate" and then turned in. But it is now looking like some of those election officials failed to mark the duplicate ballots as such, allowing them to be mixed in with the rest of the ballots; creating 2 ballots for 1 voter. 25 Minnesota precincts now have more ballots than voters who signed in that night. Some estimates show that Mr. Franken gained an extra 80-100 votes through this. Minnesota State Supreme Court Justice G. Barry Anderson (who is also a member of the canvasing board) acknowledges that "very likely there was a double counting". So how in the world is the canvasing board allowing those votes to be counted saying that "it lacks the authority to question local officials". Well- I have the authority and I am questioning them. I am a citizen of the State of Minnesota and the people who I elect to office are failing me miserably. But it's the people who I don't vote for who are the ones who are now perpetrating crimes (yes- I said CRIMES) in this recount process. Jason Lewis has talked about this on his show multiple times, but it needs to be addressed with a larger microscope. Al Franknen's campaign said that a Hennepin County precinct "lost" 133 votes because the hand recount showed fewer ballots than machine votes recorded on 11-4. There is the distinct possibility that Election Judges may have run some ballots through the machines twice which would account for the extra machine ballot totals. But yet the canvasing board choose to go with the number of machine ballots from election night even though they had the ballots in hand and there was absolutely no evidence of any ballots being lost. This gave Al another 46 votes. Meanwhile across the river in Ramsey County, the same problem occurs. There were 177 more ballots in hand than there were machine votes from 11-4. So since the canvasing board choose to go with the machine totals from election night in Hennepin county, they must go with the machine totals in Ramsey County from election night, right? WRONG! In this case, the same canvasing board with the same members on it that elected to go with the machine ballots from 11-4 in Hennepin County choose to go with the ballots in hand from 11-4 in Ramsey County. This gave Al 37 more votes. The kicker in this particular case though is that by going with the ballots in hand in Ramsey County, they now have more ballots than voters in that precinct! So wouldn't you think that even though they are trying to push Franken through, they would see this and say "uh-oh! We cant do this here because we will end up with more ballots than voters"! Nope. They either aren't bright enough to figure it out, or (this is what I think is happening unfortunately) they think that WE are too stupid to figure out what they did. Well guess what Canvasing Board- we figured it out! How is it that Al Franken benefited both times from the Canvasing Boards inconsistencies? The discrepancies here are literally statistically impossible.
And then there is our very "non-biased" Secretary of State; Mark Ritchie. If this guy were any more obvious in who he is supporting, he would have been Al's running mate if a Senator could have one! Al's campaign was screaming that some absentee ballots were rejected erroneously by local election officials. So Ritchie asked the counties to review the absentee ballots and submit a list of those that they thought should not have been rejected. The Franken heavy counties did that immediately; sending in 1,350 ballots into Mr. Ritchie's office. The Coleman heavy counties were still in the process of going through those ballots when Mr. Ritchie decided to hammer through the ones that were already submitted without waiting for the Coleman counties to come in. He did this even though Norm Coleman had a request in to the State Supreme Court (who ultimately ruled against him which is another travesty!) to standardize on the absentee review. So why did Mark Ritchie do this when he very clearly should have been waiting for ALL the counties to have their ballots in question in to him and while he should have waited on the Supreme Count ruling on it to come down? I think the answer is very obvious, and it's that Franken is Ritchie's Candidate and he wants him in the Senate. Another "eye brow raiser" here is that there are members of the State Supreme Court that are on the canvasing board also. So why would they make a ruling from the Court that would cause what they did on the Canvasing Board to look to be incorrect? We must ask ourselves that question as Colemans law suit moves into the court system, and will eventually end up in the same Minnesota Supreme Court with the Justices that were on the canvasing board. They will again try to rule in a way that makes what they did on the Canvasing Board look right. Coleman needs to take this suit to the US Supreme Court as quickly as he can.
Every single challenge and recount that has happened in this process has come out favoring Al Franken. Now I try to be as non-partisan as I can be in these issues. There is a ton of corruption on both sides of the isle; which I will be detaining in the months and years to come. But the complete lack of integrity is staunch in this election process in Minnesota. The majority of officials that were involved in the recount process (the Canvasing Board and Mark Ritchie) are such ultra-Liberals that they cant help but try to bend this election toward Al Franken. Common- how in the world would Stuart Smalley get elected to the United States Senate otherwise!!?? How in the world did the Canvasing Board certify Al Franken as the winner of this election when there is still so much obvious inconsistency present? There is no way that they will EVER have any credibility in any election process in Minnesota again. The same goes for Mark Ritchie as well. I am not the biggest Norm Coleman supporter in the world, and to be quite honest I almost marked the box by Dean Barkley as Norm was just wrong on so many issues over the last few years. But I realized that a vote for Barkley would ultimately be a vote for Franken, and unfortunately I was dead on. Dean seemed like a great candidate with views that were almost all dead on. Unfortunately the Independence party has never been a viable party. If they were, I would have voted that way in a heart beat this year. Dean did quite well though gaining 437,505 (or 15.15% of the vote) votes on election night. But I have to think that so many of those votes were fed up Republicans that couldn't vote for Norm again but would die before voting for Franken. So they voted for Dean. I believe if Dean Barkley was not on the ballot and there was only Coleman and Franken, Coleman would have crushed Al. But I don't like living in the "what if" world. But it does bring up a valid argument that the Republican party has not offered a solid Conservative candidate for far too many election cycles now. Republican voters must get back to their Conservative roots, oust the clowns that are representing us in both the Minnesota House and the US Congress (and dare I say the current President also) and replace them with men and women who hold strong and true to their Conservative, free market values.
There is something criminal going on with this election, and I am going to get to the bottom of it. I love some of our local talk radio personalities, but they simply report on whats going on. They don't have the time to dig into whats really happening. The exception ot that rule is again; Jason Lewis. Mr. Lewis really knows how to break down what is happening, and takes shots at both sides of the aisle. He is one of the few that goes beyond the story and shows people why things are happening. He has been a true advocate for getting out the truth behind the mischievous happenings of this Senate race and the recount. I like to promote people who are advocates of the truth, and Jason Lewis is definately one of them. If you are in the Twin Cities market, make sure to tune into him Monday through friday from 4pm-7pm on 100.3. (Shameless plug is now over! ;) But I have grown impatient waiting for more people to start uncovering the truth behind whats going on in Minnesota politics today. The problem is I think what I find out might deliver a blow to both sides of the aisle. I would most definitely like to see the number of registered voters by county versus the number of votes that were taken in by county on November 4th. People who don't think that ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) had a huge influence on this election and brought many many fraudulent votes into our system are sadly mistaken. Look at their conviction record. ACORN will tell you that they have never been convicted of any voter fraud; just their workers have been. That's a laugh! So even though there have been many ACORN workers convicted of fraud, we are supposed to let ACORN off the hook because they helped bring those people to justice? Steve Kest (the Executive Director of ACORN) must think that we are the most gullible people in the world if we are going to believe that. And to be blunt, if you think ACORN doesn't have a presence here in Minnesota and influenced our vote here, you're blind. If you think that they can have as many convictions as they do in as many states as they do, and somehow they are a fine, upstanding group here in Minnesota, then you my friend are part of the problem! There had to be a big influence by ACORN here, and I will get to the bottom of that too.
Well, I hope this gives you a little taste as to what this blog will bring you over the coming months. I have truly had enough of the government in this State thinking that we work for them and that they can just do whatever they want. The truth is that they work for us, and we need to get off our rear ends, get engaged in the process and take our State back. Another big issue that I will tackle here is the issue of taxes. That is getting way ot of control in this State also. It's time to wake up and let them know that enough is enough and the truth needs to be exposed. The sad part is that most of the truth that needs to come out is right in front of our noses. People are just choosing not to see it.
Have a great rest evening!
Posted by Paul Zunker at 5:39 PM