Issue 10 – November 2004

Current Affairs Essay
Was the Presidential Election Between Bush And Kerry Rigged? by J. F. Miglio
Recommended Reads
Wingbeat  By Marilyn Meredith
Crossing the Rubicon  By Michael Ruppert
The American Reichstag  By Kamyar Arasteh
When Leslie Left  By Jennifer Rankins
Not Guilty Every Time  By Charles C. Hagan Jr.
Rebirth of a Realist  By David Truskoff
Caso English to Italian Dictionary  By Adolph Caso
The Freedom Stairs  By Marilyn Weymouth Seguin
The Joy Ladder  By Chris Penney
Samuel's Sugar Baby  By Octavia Ruben Simien
When the Cold Maker Comes  By Beth Tigner
The Wall  By J.E. Hall
Singing an Epic of Peace  By Walter E. Harris III
Other People's Money   By Nomi Prins
A Consequence of Greed  By Jack Eadon
Tinker's Christmas  By Sandra J. Cropsey
American Zen:A Gathering of Poets  Edited by McNiece & Smith
Wagner, Descending  By Irving Warner
All She Ever Wanted  By T.L. Cooper
Centauri III  By George L. Griggs
When the Tiger Weeps  By Mike O'Connor
The Love Word  By Betty Buchsbaum
In Neck Deep  By Jay Zimmerman
Court Quest  By Joy Conrad
Your Neighbor Went to War  By B. Diggs Brown Jr.
Whispers  By Chester Aaron
A Fistful of Thorns  By Michael A. Crane

Recommended Reads
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By Marilyn Meredith
Mystery involving “the wingbeat of an owl-a harbinger of danger; suspicious newcomers and a hidden marijuana farm… and death.”…Read Review

Crossing the Rubicon
By Michael Ruppert
Shocking look at “The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil.”

The American Reichstag
By Kamyar Arasteh
“A Psychopolitical Analysis of 9/11 and Its Aftermath.”

When Leslie Left
By Jennifer Rankins
Compelling story of domestic abuse “when love goes brutally wrong.”

Not Guilty Every Time
By Charles C. Hagan Jr.
An attorney’s view of “what it is like to try real cases in front of real juries.”

Rebirth of a Realist
By David Truskoff
Memoir of a progressive American’s view of U.S. social and political events in 20th century.

Caso English to Italian Dictionary
By Adolph Caso
Comprehensive book of English to Italian vocabulary and definitions.

The Freedom Stairs
By Marilyn Weymouth Seguin
The story of Adam Lowry Rankin, Underground Railroad Conductor.

The Joy Ladder
By Chris Penney
(Self Help)
“An irreverent guide to living a joyous life.”

Samuel’s Sugar Baby
Octavia Ruben Simien
Compelling story of “a black man living in a white world and how he survived in both.”

When the Cold Maker Comes
By Beth Tigner
A provocative romance between a white girl and a Blackfoot Indian brave.

The Wall
By J.E. Hall

While driving through Kansas, an ordinary man encounters an extraordinary being called “The Keeper.”

Singing an Epic of Peace
By Walter E. Harris III
“A modern epic poem that encourages respect for various cultures.”


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Was the Presidential
Election Between Bush
And Kerry Rigged?

“It’s not who votes that counts. It’s who counts the votes.”
— Joseph Stalin

By J. F. Miglio

In my last column, “Top Ten Reasons Why Kerry Will Defeat Bush,” I predicted that John Kerry would win the presidential election by four or five percentage points– as long as the election was “legitimate.” As it turns out, more and more reports are coming in from various sources that the election was not legitimate, that once again it was rigged.

The modus operandi this time was similar to the 2000 presidential election, but this time it also had a more insidious component: computerized voting machines that have no paper trail.

Last year, when I first heard that states and counties across the country were actually in the process of buying computerized vote counting machines without a paper trail, I thought it was a joke. Surely, no one would be stupid enough or gullible enough or even corrupt enough to go for this idea.

At the time, progressive operatives, like Greg Palast ( and Bev Harris (, warned the public that the companies that manufactured these paperless vote-counting machines, specifically Diebold and ES & S, were closely affiliated with the Republican Party. In fact, as has been widely reported, the CEO of Diebold, Walden O’Dell, actually wrote in a campaign letter that he was “committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year.”

Naturally, I assumed that once Democratic Party operatives became aware of this story, they would be all over it like a cheap suit and immediately bring legal action against these companies. In addition, I thought they would bring it to the public’s attention and make it a campaign issue.

Unfortunately, only Robert Wexler (D-FL) and a few other Democrats brought legal action against the companies that sold these machines, and the Democratic National Committee never made the issue a cause celebre. It goes without saying that the mainstream news media gave the stories little attention and even less analysis.

When I realized that nothing serious was being done, I began to panic. But when I heard Kerry proclaim that “every vote would be counted” and that he had “10,000 lawyers” ready to pounce on any state or precinct that tried to throw the election, I assumed he had taken the paperless voting boxes into account and had either neutralized them in some way, or at very least, stood ready to challenge their validity if he lost the election.

As it turns out, he did neither. Which begs the question: Why did Kerry and the Democrats stand around with their dicks in their hands when these Republican-owned companies were selling their paperless, easily hacked, computerized voting machines to state governments across the country? And why did Kerry concede so quickly to Bush before all the votes were counted and before all the accounts of voter “irregularities” were checked? (As of this writing Bev Harris is pushing for a recount in Ohio.)

I wish I knew the answer to these questions, and I believe the truth will eventually come out. In the meantime, Kerry certainly has some explaining to do to all the poor saps who “worked their hearts out” for him during the election. In addition, it is more than a little ironic that the former war hero, who told his troops that he was “reporting for duty,” gave up the fight just as easily as Al Gore did in the last election. The horror… the horror.

And speaking of the last election, I remember watching a television interview with Mary Matalin, one of George W. Bush’s key advisors, on the eve of the 2000 presidential election. The interview was very telling at the time, and even more so in light of what has happened in the current election.

During the interview, when Matalin was apprised by one of the network news shows that it was declaring Al Gore the winner in Florida based on the most recent exit polls, she looked stunned and said, “That can’t be right!” Call me cynical, but it was as if she knew something everyone else didn’t, i.e., the fix was in and there had to be a mistake. Later in the evening, she was redeemed when “Fix News” said the exit polls were wrong and called the election for her boy Bush.

Of course for decades pollsters have always maintained that exit polls, which question people after they vote, are the most accurate, the “gold standard” of polls. Even sleazy political whore Dick Morris admitted as much during a recent interview with neo-fascist phone-sex addict, Bill O’Reilly.

In fact, on the day of the election, almost all the pundits and news hounds were predicting a victory for Kerry, once again, because the exit polls were going against Bush in all the battleground states. Even right-wing pretty boy Tucker Carlson called the election for Kerry. In addition, the Boston Red Sox had swept the Yanks and had broken the Bambino curse, and the Green Bay Packers had beaten the Washington Redskins, two clear omens that Kerry would win.

The Democrats were ecstatic, and were doing everything but breaking out the bottles of Dom Perignon to celebrate. Praise the Lord! They intoned. The evil idiot prince and his gang of badfellas were finally going to get what they deserved.

And then what happened? Toward the end of the day, the poll numbers miraculously flipped from Kerry to Bush. Divine intervention? Or was it a little prestidigitation on the computerized voting machines! Whatever the case, Fix News immediately called Ohio for Bush– just as it did in the last election. The other news organizations were a little more cautious and waited until the next morning to make the same call.…Read More

Recommended Reads

If you are an independent or small press publisher and would like to submit your books for consideration to” Recommended Reads,” click here.

Other People’s Money
By Nomi Prins
“A Wall Street insider’s view of the boom economy legacy: fraud, class-action lawsuits, bankruptcies and the search for real reform.”

A Consequence of Greed
By Jack Eadon
Well-crafted story about a corporate trouble-shooter who uncovers a ten-year-old murder covered up by locals.

Tinker’s Christmas
By Sandra J. Cropsey
(Children’s Fiction)
Delightful story of a young elf who is trying to find his place in the world

American Zen:
A Gathering of Poets

Edited by McNiece & Smith
Insightful contemporary anthology of American Zen poets.

Wagner, Descending
By Irving Warner.
“Tall tale as big, brawling, uncompromising, outrageous, angry, funny, and outrageous as its ultra-obese protagonist.”

All She Ever Wanted
By T.L. Cooper
Provocative first novel that explores racism, friendship and family.

Centauri III
By George L. Griggs
(Science Fiction)
Well-written story about the struggles and discoveries of a spaceship crew after they are marooned on newly discovered planet called Centauri III.

When the Tiger Weeps
By Mike O’Connor
Collection of prose and poetry on the theme of the individual’s triumph of heart over sword, and spirit over mortality.

The Love Word
By Betty Buchsbaum
Collection of poetry that reveals the “strangeness and intimacy of our relationships with each other.”

In Neck Deep
Jay Zimmerman
Unusual coming-of-age memoir about a young man passionate about fishing.

Court Quest
By Joy Conrad
Inspirational book for women squash players and others into sports, training, and life changes.

Your Neighbor Went to War
By B. Diggs Brown Jr.
Uncompromising inside account of the war or terrorism by a U.S. Army Special Forces Captain.

By Chester Aaron
Revealing story about the “dark underbelly of campus politics in a searing tale of date-rape and administration cover-up.”

A Fistful of Thorns
By Michael A. Crane
Exciting tale of the Old West that focuses on the relationship between Doc Holliday and Katie Elder, the prostitute who became his partner.


Recommended Classics

The Last Days of Socrates
By Plato

The original guru of Western Civilization offers his final words of wisdom on truth and goodness.…Read About

The Prince
By Niccolo Machiavelli

The world’s most famous study of power politics.…Read About

The Manchurian Candidate
By Richard Condon

The original thriller about brainwashing and political intrigue.…Read About

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Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.


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• The “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”
• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays
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• National listener supported news and information.
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• Greg One-man army of investigative journalism.
• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays
• Tom Alternative news and essays
• Mother Alternative and environmental news
• Liberalism Resurgent: Wealth of information on liberalism & politics
• The Foundation for Taxpayers & Consumer Rights: Loads of information about social and consumer issues
• A compendium of TV news lies
• In the Spotlight: Unsettling information about the voting process in America
• The Rest of Story: Alternative news on the media
• Judicial Watch: Legal watchdog information
• The Center for Public Integrity: Public service journalism
• People for the American Way

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