November 2000 Flashback

FOX News reports:

Wisconsin Supreme Court Election: Computer Error Could Swing 7,000 votes to GOP candidate

How conveeeeeeenient.


And, of course, this particular snafu is from Waukesha (WAH keh shah) County, home to just about the loopiest conservatives in the Upper Midwest (apart from Shelley Bachmann, yah?) that you can find.

Noted: if the town missing the votes were a Madison burb or, mebbie, the oddly-named city of Superior, the teabaggers would set something on fire. But the fuck-up helps them. So no rioting. Which is nice.

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That way, it’s easier to shit on you.

Meanwhile, forget about the debate over the gheyz getting married, recent poll finds that close to half of registered Republicans in Mississippi think interracial marriage should be illegal. The survey didn’t ask how many thought slavery should still be legal.

@SanFranLefty: 137% according to a recent dumFux Nooz pole.

To be fair… sort of… my parents (especially mom) would agree with that statement (marriage not slavery) only if it pertained to her idiot kids.

Anyone have any desire to help me challenge an unconstitutional law? I mean BIG TIME unconstitutional. Lemme know if you’re bored.

Think Progress provides links to information about the Waukesha County election official (clearly a GOPer) who has gathered into her own office (for “security reasons”) all vote counting and vote storage functions, the records kept there on stand-alone computers. Kathy Nicklaus, a name that should live in infamy.

Aw, c’mon. No one wants to be the next Pam Karlan? I’ll post deets in the sandbox.

@lynnlightfoot: Lord.

Whoa. What the fuck? If the fed gov’t shuts down, Congress. still. gets. paid? Assholes!

Get this – no guns sales during a government shutdown. The way it works is that you fill out the Form 4473, gun shop dude dials up the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (which should be a weekend and not a federal agency) and does an instant background check. If it’s clear, you can walk out the door with new heat (takes me a week for some reason). Anyway, government shutdown = no ATF employees = no new gun sales until further notice.

Eat it, suckas. I got mine, and I got some new magazines today, too.

@JNOV is like, FUCK!: You know I’m in.

@redmanlaw: BWA-hahahahahahahahahahaha! Irony. We Haz It
This is all part of the Kenyan Mooslem Unicorn’s plan to keep teabaggers from getting their guns.

@lynnlightfoot: What do her boobs and eyes look like? And is she pestorking Jeb Bush?

And where is Flying Chainsaw on a night like this with yet another election melting before our eyes?

“I Have Sex”

Awesome defense of Planned Parenthood by college students.

@SanFranLefty: Sweet.

Oh, Benedick!

Fatty was less than impressed and only gave it a mild glance and noncommittal grunt before going back to playing Angry Birds.

As it’s been several weeks since we’ve had a John Edwards update, The National Enquirer has provided a tale about the disgraced politician telling friends he’d rather commit suicide than face a trial over campaign finance violations connected to his payments to Rielle Hunter.

– jezebel via gawker

So how should Johnny the Boss Man go out? Fast or slow? Neat or messy?

@SanFranLefty: Forgive me, Lefty. I am planning a trip to Malaysia and listening to an 8 minute version of BOC’s Don’t Fear the Reaper that has two guitar solos savaging an intriguing minor mode. I don’t fear apocalypse. I just don’t have time for it now.

@FlyingChainSaw: I recommend adding some Slayer to the mix: World Painted Blood, Angel of Death, Mandatory Suicide, etc.

I can’t actually hear inside of stuff like that. It’s too loud and the sound stage is so upfront. BOC is closer to fusion groups in listening experience, especially if you isolate the solo guitar. Dharma is not Dimeola but he has some stories to tell. Last place I saw them was a basement venue in a club that hosts a lot of folk acts and you could hear yourself talk.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Depends. If it’s a private sale as when Mrs RML bought my .22 LR semi auto rifle for me as a present from a the back of a friend’s truck, no background check is required. But if XYZ Gun Shop shows up at the county fairgrounds gun show with excess inventory, you go through los feds.

@FlyingChainSaw: Okay, anytime I hear a person mention Malaysia, I flash back to the movie Zoolander. Are you going for the Derelicte fashion show?

@redmanlaw: He should stop being a selfish, snivelling coward and remember that he has children to consider. And yet again, poor Cate.

Great Orange Satan:

In WI, a recount at state-expense is triggered if an election is within .5% if the candidate requests it, and we have a fully verifiable paper trail to audit election results. That means in this election with approximately 740k for Kloppenburg and 739k for Prosser, the vote gets recounted at state-expense if the election is within ~7400 votes.

So the last 2 days the WI-GOP has been scrambling trying to figure out how they can still get Prosser into office. What was the result of their brain-storming? Add a few extra votes in a friendly area (Waukesha), and call it a clerical error. But in order to steal the election, they NEED to be able to keep a recount from occurring, because a recount would expose their attempted fraud to the light of day.

Yes, that is a convenient number, but bear in mind that the WSJ was out of the gate Wednesday with vote-fraud charges. I’d step back and wait for the dust to settle. Especially since (alas, can’t find the link) there was a suggestion that Waukesha was notably undercounted Tuesday night.

@nojo: When I saw “Great Orange Satan” I thought you were talking about Boehner.

@SanFranLefty: It’s an older expression, as politics go. And I think we’ve settled on Agent Orange for Boehner.

Ah, here we go. Nate Silver dives in on the Waukesha turnout question:

Nevertheless, if you want to allege that there’s a conspiracy afoot, the statistical evidence tends to work against you. Waukesha County’s revised turnout figures are pretty normal for Waukesha County, a wealthy, white suburban county that usually votes at high rates, whereas its original figures were at the low end of reasonable expectations, given the way the rest of the state voted.

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