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Political Transcript 3
5/2/2005 8:56:45 PM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

My continued talks (negotiations?) with my Republican writer friend from Texas. Featuring election banter.
Subj: Todd
Date: 10/27/2004 11:43:31 PM Eastern Standard Time
To: Silverdew7

Hey Frank,

Well, the big day is almost here and I don't mean Thanksgiving,lol. Have you voted yet? Don't laugh, wel, you can laugh....I did a write in vote and voted for Spongebob Squarepants for Prez. I figured that if I had to vote between two idiots then I might as well pick an idiot that's a figment of someone's imagination, besides that way I can be neutral, like Switzerland. Bush has screwed up and if he screws up some more I don't want to be blamed for voting for him. I think Kerry is a two faced liar...but I still think he's a nice guy,lol. Regardless of what either of us have formed an opinion about this I think it's a good possibility that Bush will win. But, where Republicans are accused of trying to steal the election in 2000 i think it will be the democrats turn to take the blame. There are several reasons why I think the Dems have a reason to steal it:

#1. A democratic politician is more desperate. A republican politician thinks, "I'm doing a service for this country, if I lose i'll go back to my legal practice , job as a C.E.O or be a professor" whereas a democrat thinks , "This is my career. A republican wants to take my career. I've got to win! I've got to win! I've got to win! I've been a politican my whole life, I don't know how to do anything else. I've got to win!"

#2. Hollywood /Kerry Campaign has been calling this election: "An Important Election"....translate that to "We've got to win or we're dead meat". If you notice Hollywood and the Kerry Campaign have been acting as if the world is going to explode or something if they don't get in. It's almost like they are panicking and they should be because where is the democratic party if Kerry loses? The answer to that one is 2008 it's almost guaranteed that Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Howard Dean will all vie for the Presidency when they start running for the Democratic nomination in 2007 or 2008. James Carville said and I quote: "Whoever loses this election, their party will become unhinged."

#3. Already democrats have pulled some dastardly deeds. They've beat up every Republican headquarters chairman from Portland, Maine to Seattle , Washington but you won't hear any media person announce that. In Seattle, the AFL-CIO teamsters dragged the chairman of the Republican Headquarters of that city. They practically dragged him out of the building and then knocked him onto the floor in front of the door of his building. Then they picked him up and slammed his head repeatedly onto the glass of the door to the building until he passed up and beat him up while he was unconscious. The AFL CIO is teamster /union affiliated which basically means they are democrats.

This whole thing is getting ridiculous. Do we have to go thru 4 years of whoever is President so elections will stop being 50-50?



p.s.--How's it going in your neck of the woods?

Subj: Re: Todd
Date: 10/28/2004
File: D:\America Online 8.0\misc\temp\NYT-op.ZIP (305988 bytes) DL Time (52000 bps): < 2 minutes

Hey Todd,

Still in the afterglow of my hometown team sweeping the World Series. Ah, I can remember the '86 series...I remember exactly where I was when Bill Buckner let the ball go through his I was at a CVS pharmacy, and they had a tv on with the game behind the counter, and everyone was in shock. It was quite a scene.

Okay, I'd like to thank you for voting for Spongebob. One less vote for Bush is always a good all we have to do is multiply that by As for Kerry and matter how good you are, it's a hazard of the trade, in my opinion, and everyone who is successful does it to some extent. I'm attaching an article from the New York Times which helps to illustrate this. You don't have to read it if you don't want to, of course.

Things in my neck of the woods are okay. Work continues, as it always does. How are things going for you?


Subj: Todd
Date: 11/4/2004 5:50:32 PM Eastern Standard Time
To: Silverdew7

Hey Frank,

Some election, huh? That was surprising, didn't expect that to happen. There is a rumor going on around that Hillary Clinton will run against Rudy Giuliani in 2008, what do you think?
Have you got much snow yet in New York? Colorado got a bunch last week. Your predictions for the next 4 years for this administration,lol? The interesting thing about this election was in Illinois, no one was going to beat Barack Obama no matter what. He's just too charismatic and has too much promise. I'm Republican and think that. But my advice to you and other Democrats would be, there is hope, it's just you have to wait out the 4 years of this presidency. By Hope I mean, you should count on the likes of McCain, Schwarzeneggar, Giuliani, and other moderates for bills you want passed because it's my personal belief that the moderate Republicans and Democrats are the ones that'll make the most difference in this country in the upcoming years. Bush , in my opinion, and his administration are the last of the "vast right wing conspiracy".

Anyway, what are you up to? I got a call from my friend Lori yesterday and she said, "Todd, great news. MTV wants to produce our talk show. They really,really want to do it. It'll be filmed in New York City". So I'm excited ,lol. It's kind of a Jay Leno like format. It could be up and ready by May. Definitely in 2005.


Subj: Re: Todd
Date: 11/4/2004

Hey Todd,

Breaks my heart to see Bush win another four years. You'd think that an unpopular war and a bad economy would be enough to oust an incumbent. I guess, in these high moral days, it's worse to have sex with an intern than to flush the country down the crapper. Go figure.

No snow here yet, though there has been a little "frost on the pumpkin" (and I don't mean that as a euphemism for my advancing CNY gets some hit or miss winters, and I hope (in keeping with politics) this year is a miss.

Ah, another mention of some sort of big production, eh? Well, it could very well happen, and I'd be happy for you if it did, but as a general rule, wait to get paid before proclaiming you have the It's just so much more tactful and face-saving that way, though it may be a "live and learn" characteristic (and sometimes it's best not even to mention things with which you are currently engaged until those things actually prove to be successful—no one wants to see a guy with XFL credentials on his resume, for example).

Hope the above map didn't offend. It was passed along to me, and it gave me a chuckle, so I thought it might do the same for you.


Subj: Re: Todd
Date: 11/5/2004 12:06:37 AM Eastern Standard Time
To: Silverdew7


#1. I loved the map, it made me laugh. (yes, Republicans have a sense of humor too,lol)

#2. Sorry for the bragging about the show but I couldn't help it. I'm just so excited. I knew you didn't want to hear it until I had it in fruition but I couldn't help it this time. I know, when someone tells you something like this and it doesn't happen they think you're lying or something. Either that or it just seems that way.

#3. It's not that bad. At least he's not Nixon,lol. Bush is supposed to do a rearranging of duties. Maybe Rumsfeld will be demoted to window washer, jk. Mark my words: These 4 years will be a kinder gentler administration. But if it isn't, then know the war is out of his hands. Because if the draft gets reinstated then we know Bush is dealing with a runaway train with this whole Iraq/Terorism mess.


Subj: Re: Todd
Date: 11/5/2004

Hey Todd,

Remember the Texas governor before Bush? Ann Richards, I think. (Might she have been a Democrat?) Anyway, she said of GWB, "Poor George. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth." It just makes me wonder how one guy with a life of entitlement can get the reins of power for eight years (after his daddy had the reins of power) and somehow we dare still call this a democracy and not a monarchy.

If Jeb Bush ever becomes president I'm either going to move out of the country or try to cecede my house from the union.

Glad you got a chuckle from the map.


Subj: Fwd: Todd
Date: 11/6/2004 4:07:05 AM Eastern Standard Time
To: Silverdew7


First of all, don't leave this country because of one person. This is the United States of America, despite its faults you will not find a better country on this whole planet. That's the fact, Jack....Ryan,lol. And I don't mean the putz that was married to Jeri Ryan.

Secondly, yes I had a totally unbiased gut reactional chuckle out of that. It was hilarious. I showed it to my father and even he laughed and he's a total right wing republican. So me being an moderate is an intentional offense to my dad.

Thirdly, and most importantly, Jeb Bush will never become President. He looks like a dentist for crying out loud!!!! He looks like my dentist,lol. Heck, he even looks like my cousin,lol. He's too corny. I wouldn't vote for him.

In fact, here are my democrat and republican choices for Presidential hopefuls in 2008:

Republicans: Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Liz Dole, Colin Powell, Oliver North (just kidding, but had to throw a Reaganite in there).

Democrats: John Kerry, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Tom Daschle (what else does he have to do), Nancy Pelosi, and Richard Gephardt.

Most likely matchup: Giuliani vs. Hillary Clinton.

And to sum up a few things:

#1. Texans are no dumb asses. If I was a dumb ass would you be talking to me? I'm not a dumb ass, and it shows. Sorry for the cursing but I just hate it when people like Bill Maher and other Hollywood elites reduce Texans and other southerners to a stereotype. That's just cruel.

#2. This is not a democracy . The founder created this country as a Republic, maybe a Democratic - Republic but it's still a Republic. That means we each get an equal yet important vote, the big shot politicians are elected by us and their is limited government rule.

#3. Personally, I think it would be a mistake for you to go to Canada. I think Canada is on some kind of government decline which will force us to take the country over and turn it into another state or states in 15 or 20 years. Quebec is trying to succeed from the rest of Canada, I don't know why but that's never a good sign.

#4. This is not a political opinion so bear with me and try not to take it as so: But I saw the voter count for each individual county in this country and it doesn't look good for Democrats. First of all, the bulk of votes for Kerry came from cities such as NY, Boston, San Francisco, L.A,etc. I have nothing against these cities but when you figure that that most of the nation isn't composed of large/enourmous metropolitan cities who vote for Kerry or any other Democrat then that's where you have a problem. You see from what I could tell about 75% of the counties in America voted for Bush, if this trend continues you are going to see a gradual decline of the Democratic party to a point where it'll be the equivalent of the green party one day or worse having to become a totally new party like with the Whig Party in the 19th Century.

I'll send you a link showing what I mean right after this email. Also, Anne Richards is a Democrat. She basically lost to him on two counts during the Governor's race. First he was a owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, that would make any sports fan want to vote for a guy running for governor. Plus, the Robin Hood plan in Texas didn't seem to work like she thought it would. It was a disaster. Basically what it was is you take money from rich school districts and give it to poor school districts but that ended up hurting everyone because the rich and middle class districts were starting to become like the poor districts because so much money from those districts were given to the poor districts. I want to help poor districts as much as the next person but when you steal from another district to help the districts of your constituencies then that's when you start making people mad. Steal and Politician don't go together too well.

Your Republican but Humanitarian Friend,


Subj: Re: Todd
Date: 11/10/2004

In a message dated 11/6/2004 4:07:05 AM Eastern Standard Time, FilmFictionmaker writes:

I saw the voter count for each individual county in this country and it doesn't look good for Democrats.

Hey Todd,

There's an interesting article regarding the vote counts, and I'm pasting it below.


Published on Saturday, November 6, 2004 by
Evidence Mounts That The Vote Was Hacked
by Thom Hartmann

When I spoke with Jeff Fisher this morning (Saturday, November 06,
2004), the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 16th District said he was waiting for the FBI to show
up. Fisher has evidence, he says, not only that the Florida election
was hacked, but of who hacked it and how. And not just this year, he
said, but that these same people had previously hacked the Democratic
primary race in 2002 so that Jeb Bush would not have to run against
Janet Reno, who presented a real threat to Jeb, but instead against
Bill McBride, who Jeb beat.

"It was practice for a national effort," Fisher told me.

And some believe evidence is accumulating that the national effort
happened on November 2, 2004.

The State of Florida, for example, publishes a county-by-county record
of votes cast and people registered to vote by party affiliation. Net
denizen Kathy Dopp compiled the official state information into a
table, available at, and
noticed something startling.

While the heavily scrutinized touch-screen voting machines seemed to
produce results in which the registered Democrat/Republican ratios
largely matched the Kerry/Bush vote, in Florida's counties using
results from optically scanned paper ballots - fed into a central
tabulator PC and thus vulnerable to hacking – the results seem to
contain substantial anomalies.

In Baker County, for example, with 12,887 registered voters, 69.3% of
them Democrats and 24.3% of them Republicans, the vote was only 2,180
for Kerry and 7,738 for Bush, the opposite of what is seen everywhere
else in the country where registered Democrats largely voted for

In Dixie County, with 4,988 registered voters, 77.5% of them Democrats
and a mere 15% registered as Republicans, only 1,959 people voted for
Kerry, but 4,433 voted for Bush.

The pattern repeats over and over again - but only in the counties
where optical scanners were used. Franklin County, 77.3% registered
Democrats, went 58.5% for Bush. Holmes County, 72.7% registered
Democrats, went 77.25% for Bush.

Yet in the touch-screen counties, where investigators may have been
more vigorously looking for such anomalies, high percentages of
registered Democrats generally equaled high percentages of votes for
Kerry. (I had earlier reported that county size was a variable – this
turns out not to be the case. Just the use of touch-screens versus
optical scanners.)

More visual analysis of the results can be seen at http://us, and Note the trend line – the
only variable that determines a swing toward Bush was the use of
optical scan machines.

One possible explanation for this is the "Dixiecrat" theory, that in
Florida white voters (particularly the rural ones) have been
registered as Democrats for years, but voting Republican since Reagan.
Looking at the 2000 statistics, also available on Dopp's site, there
are similar anomalies, although the trends are not as strong as in
2004. But some suggest the 2000 election may have been questionable in
Florida, too.

One of the people involved in Dopp's analysis noted that it may be
possible to determine the validity of the "rural Democrat" theory by
comparing Florida's white rural counties to those of Pennsylvania,
another swing state but one that went for Kerry, as the exit polls
there predicted. Interestingly, the Pennsylvania analysis, available
at, doesn't show the
same kind of swings as does Florida, lending credence to the
possibility of problems in Florida.

Even more significantly, Dopp had first run the analysis while
filtering out smaller (rural) counties, and still found that the only
variable that accounted for a swing toward Republican voting was the
use of optical-scan machines, whereas counties with touch-screen
machines generally didn't swing - regardless of size.

Others offer similar insights, based on other data. A professor at the
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, noted that in Florida the vote
to raise the minimum wage was approved by 72%, although Kerry got 48%.
"The correlation between voting for the minimum wage increase and
voting for Kerry isn't likely to be perfect," he noted, "but one would
normally expect that the gap - of 1.5 million votes - to be far
smaller than it was."

While all of this may or may not be evidence of vote tampering, it
again brings the nation back to the question of why several states
using electronic voting machines or scanners programmed by private,
for-profit corporations and often connected to modems produced votes
inconsistent with exit poll numbers.

Those exit poll results have been a problem for reporters ever since
Election Day.

Election night, I'd been doing live election coverage for WDEV, one of
the radio stations that carries my syndicated show, and, just after
midnight, during the 12:20 a.m. Associated Press Radio News feed, I
was startled to hear the reporter detail how Karen Hughes had earlier
sat George W. Bush down to inform him that he'd lost the election. The
exit polls were clear: Kerry was winning in a landslide. "Bush took
the news stoically," noted the AP report.

But then the computers reported something different. In several pivotal

Conservatives see a conspiracy here: They think the exit polls were rigged.

Dick Morris, the infamous political consultant to the first Clinton
campaign who became a Republican consultant and Fox News regular,
wrote an article for The Hill, the publication read by every political
junkie in Washington, DC, in which he made a couple of brilliant

"Exit Polls are almost never wrong," Morris wrote. "They eliminate the
two major potential fallacies in survey research by correctly
separating actual voters from those who pretend they will cast ballots
but never do and by substituting actual observation for guesswork in
judging the relative turnout of different parts of the state."

He added: "So, according to ABC-TVs exit polls, for example, Kerry was
slated to carry Florida, Ohio, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and Iowa,
all of which Bush carried. The only swing state the network had going
to Bush was West Virginia, which the president won by 10 points."

Yet a few hours after the exit polls were showing a clear Kerry sweep,
as the computerized vote numbers began to come in from the various
states the election was called for Bush.

How could this happen?

On the CNBC TV show "Topic A With Tina Brown," several months ago,
Howard Dean had filled in for Tina Brown as guest host. His guest was
Bev Harris, the Seattle grandmother who started
from her living room. Bev pointed out that regardless of how votes
were tabulated (other than hand counts, only done in odd places like
small towns in Vermont), the real "counting" is done by computers. Be
they Diebold Opti-Scan machines, which read paper ballots filled in by
pencil or ink in the voter's hand, or the scanners that read punch
cards, or the machines that simply record a touch of the screen, in
all cases the final tally is sent to a "central tabulator" machine.

That central tabulator computer is a Windows-based PC.

"In a voting system," Harris explained to Dean on national television,
"you have all the different voting machines at all the different
polling places, sometimes, as in a county like mine, there's a
thousand polling places in a single county. All those machines feed
into the one machine so it can add up all the votes. So, of course, if
you were going to do something you shouldn't to a voting machine,
would it be more convenient to do it to each of the 4000 machines, or
just come in here and deal with all of them at once?"

Dean nodded in rhetorical agreement, and Harris continued. "What
surprises people is that the central tabulator is just a PC, like what
you and I use. It's just a regular computer."

"So," Dean said, "anybody who can hack into a PC can hack into a
central tabulator?"

Harris nodded affirmation, and pointed out how Diebold uses a program
called GEMS, which fills the screen of the PC and effectively turns it
into the central tabulator system. "This is the official program that
the County Supervisor sees," she said, pointing to a PC that was
sitting between them loaded with Diebold's software.

Bev then had Dean open the GEMS program to see the results of a test
election. They went to the screen titled "Election Summary Report" and
waited a moment while the PC "adds up all the votes from all the
various precincts," and then saw that in this faux election Howard
Dean had 1000 votes, Lex Luthor had 500, and Tiger Woods had none.
Dean was winning.

"Of course, you can't tamper with this software," Harris noted.
Diebold wrote a pretty good program.

But, it's running on a Windows PC.

So Harris had Dean close the Diebold GEMS software, go back to the
normal Windows PC desktop, click on the "My Computer" icon, choose
"Local Disk C:," open the folder titled GEMS, and open the sub-folder
"LocalDB" which, Harris noted, "stands for local database, that's
where they keep the votes." Harris then had Dean double-click on a
file in that folder titled "Central Tabulator Votes," which caused the
PC to open the vote count in a database program like Excel.

In the "Sum of the Candidates" row of numbers, she found that in one
precinct Dean had received 800 votes and Lex Luthor had gotten 400.

"Let's just flip those," Harris said, as Dean cut and pasted the
numbers from one cell into the other. "And," she added magnanimously,
"let's give 100 votes to Tiger."

They closed the database, went back into the official GEMS software
"the legitimate way, you're the county supervisor and you're checking
on the progress of your election."

As the screen displayed the official voter tabulation, Harris said,
"And you can see now that Howard Dean has only 500 votes, Lex Luthor
has 900, and Tiger Woods has 100." Dean, the winner, was now the

Harris sat up a bit straighter, smiled, and said, "We just edited an
election, and it took us 90 seconds."

On live national television. (You can see the clip on And they had left no tracks whatsoever, Harris
said, noting that it would be nearly impossible for the election
software – or a County election official - to know that the vote
database had been altered.

Which brings us back to Morris and those pesky exit polls that had
Karen Hughes telling George W. Bush that he'd lost the election in a

Morris's conspiracy theory is that the exit polls "were sabotage" to
cause people in the western states to not bother voting for Bush,
since the networks would call the election based on the exit polls for
Kerry. But the networks didn't do that, and had never intended to.

According to congressional candidate Fisher, it makes far more sense
that the exit polls were right - they weren't done on Diebold PCs -
and that the vote itself was hacked.

And not only for the presidential candidate - Jeff Fisher thinks this
hit him and pretty much every other Democratic candidate for national
office in the most-hacked swing states.

So far, the only national "mainstream" media to come close to this
story was Keith Olbermann on his show Friday night, November 5th, when
he noted that it was curious that all the voting machine
irregularities so far uncovered seem to favor Bush. In the meantime,
the Washington Post and other media are now going through
single-bullet-theory-like contortions to explain how the exit polls
had failed.

But I agree with Fox's Dick Morris on this one, at least in large
part. Wrapping up his story for The Hill, Morris wrote in his final
paragraph, "This was no mere mistake. Exit polls cannot be as wrong
across the board as they were on election night. I suspect foul play."

Subj: Re: Todd
Date: 11/10/2004 8:20:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
To: Silverdew7

That's still speculative. No real proof. Why didn't they bring this up during November 2nd, 3rd or 4th? Also, I highly believe that Bush is clueless on what his underlings are doing. In other words, it is very,very,very possible they are rigging this election behind his back if it has been rigged. Remember the scene from the Untouchables:

Ness: "Where do you get this information?"
Malone: "That's the second rule of law enforcement: If you don't want to get in trouble don't tell the boss"

I don't think people from the Kerry or Bush camps told them anything underhanded they had done if it was done.


Subj: Re: Todd
Date: 11/12/2004

Hi Todd,

That point you made is so true, and I totally agree. Those people would not be doing their jobs properly if they volunteered all their sneaky tactics to their bosses. The object is to win at almost any cost, short of assassination and other things which cannot be obfuscated before the public's eyes. It was also a great Sean Connery quote you used from The Untouchables! Years ago I did a screenplay that was partly a parody of that movie.

The president must remain clueless to certain inner workings of his regime. Unless he throws a tantrum, locks everyone in a room and demands to know every rotten thing they've done for him...and even then they probably would whisper sweet nothings in his ear. Also, it's unlikely a president would even want to know the gory details. It's hard to picture an American who cares about something more than "winning". The mess in Iraq seems to come to mind easily here. We launch a continued attack on Veteran's Day that gets a bunch of soldiers killed, and later that night network tv broadcasts Saving Private Ryan almost as an apéritif.

It makes you think.


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