Saturday, October 18, 2008

Voter Registration, Elections, Fraud, Mistakes, Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

So much crap out there.
Pull on your boots before you pick up another paper.

Voter registration fraud is not the same as voter fraud, in which individuals attempt to fraudulently cast ballots. Voter registration fraud leads to inflated voter rolls, but has little effect on voter fraud.

Read it again.

Keep reading until it sinks in.

This might help.

The McCain-Palin campaign accuses ACORN, a community activist group that operates nationwide, of perpetrating "massive voter fraud." It says Obama has “long and deep” ties to the group. We find both claims to be exaggerated. But we also find Obama has understated the extent of his work with the group.

Yes, the Obama campaign "understates" the extent of his work with Acorn.

I'm an enthusiastic Obama supporter, but these last three or four weeks leading up to the election I have watched both sides of the contest get progressively ugly. I have no defense. For both sides it's now all about winning. This is another reason that politics and religion don't mix. When money and power are at cross purposes with principles, those principles will take a collective beating every time. A minority may not waver from principles (think Ralph Nader), but the main event will be all about getting votes.

Followup November 3

Read this:

National Identification Card

Know what's interesting?
Many if not most of the people complaining about "illegal immigrants" are the same ones who oppose a national ID card (while overlooking the privacy and abuse of power concerns enshrined in the Patriot Act). Go figure.

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