That is funny. :D My Dad liked that but he called me to tell me he loved Kat's "Kat's Korner: Cher and the too far gone 70s" and to make sure and not forget to include a link to it tonight. No problem.
The mid-term elections are almost (finally) upon us. In my state, I'm voting for Green's Jill Stein for governor and Rick Purcell for Lt. Governor. I don't live in Michigan. If I did, I'd be voting for John Anthony La Pietra.
La Pietra for
Fairer, Better Elections
Secretary of State * Green Party
News Release: October 24, 2010
La Pietra Kicks Off Effort to Help Voters Get
a Fair Chance to Know About Write-In Candidates
Five Counties Have Responded Over the Weekend
After Friday's Deadline for Filing Paperwork
He's already working on a survey to see if voting conditions are good enough statewide, and fair to voters from precinct to precinct. Now John Anthony La Pietra, the ’s candidate for Secretary of State, has kicked off an effort to make elections fairer and better for candidates and voters.
4pm on Friday, October 22 was the deadline for anyone who wanted to be an official write-in candidate to file a Declaration of Intent form. On , November 2, each precinct will have a list of write-in candidates who filed the paperwork. If you write in someone's name, but they're not on that list as a declared write-in for that office, the write-in vote won't count. (The rest of your ballot won't be affected.)
But under the current administration’s interpretation, the names on those lists aren’t available to voters at the polls. The list isn’t posted next to that that's always up on the wall, as you might expect it to be.
And if you ask the election inspectors at your , they’re not allowed to tell you who's running as a write-in. You'd have to go to your local clerk’s office and ask there. “And who gets out of line to go do that?” John asks rhetorically.
John believes this is unfair to those candidates -- and it’s unfair to deny voters information about all of their choices. So he’s doing something about it.
Right after the filing deadline, he sent a Freedom of Information Act request to all 83 county clerks and to the Bureau of Elections in Lansing. He asked for computer files of their lists of declared write-in candidates they are required by law (MCL 168.737a) to prepare.
All the information he gets back -- names, offices, and contact information -- will be compiled in one big list and posted on his campaign Website, at
The page will also have links to information on how to contact the county clerks and the counties. That way, John says, citizens can thank the offices that have provided write-in lists, and make their own inquiries to the ones that haven't yet.
If any write-in candidates want more of their basic campaign contact information posted too, John will add that to his overall list. "I'm not trying to promote anyone's views -- I just want to make sure we the voters can see for ourselves."
A Good Start May Show Willingness
to Change Current State-Level Policy
Five counties have already sent John at least some response. He welcomes this good start -- both for itself and because it suggests election officials nearer the grassroots are willing to accept a change from the current state policy.
“Michigan’s elections need to be fairer and better for everyone,” John argues. “Especially the voters -- we’re who elections are for. And if our top elections officials are denying us public information about legitimate candidates at precisely the time when we could use it, that’s bad and unfair for everyone.
“It’s a clear example of protecting established parties and interests against even the possibility of having to recognize a . And that’s the exact opposite of what an election is supposed to be -- the voice of the people, a chance for us to express what we want our government to be.”
For more information on John’s other ideas for non-partisan administration of fairer, better elections for the people, read his “discussion paper” on that subject at
A copy of John's FOIA request for the lists of write-in candidates is posted at
Okay, let's talk Third. Along with Dallas, the following worked on the latest edition of Third.
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
And here's what we came up with:
Now to the WikiLeaks news today. This is the most shocking report I could find. It's from Press TV:
American forces decapitated an Iraqi last year on the order of their higher-up, show recently-exposed US military documents.
The troops operated under the command of an unnamed US major, who had been involved in the rape of an Iraqi female, showed one such document posted on the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
The incident took place after the victim, the brother of the raped female, reportedly killed a military official in reprisal for the indecent assault.
To enable the May incident in the city of Haditha of the western Iraq province of Al Anbar, the major said he was undertaking the transfer of two prisoners, including the victim.
Where was Barack? He was president. Who was supposed to providing oversight?
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"