Tuesday, September 07, 2004


As small business owners we went to the ATM the other night to deposit ourmeager profits from a few days sales, and the ATM asked us if we wanted a receipt for our transcation; giving us the option of English or Spainish. One of my business partners chose Spainish. We received a receipt for our deposit. My business partner commented that it was ridiculous that we could get a receipt for a bank deposit, but voting machines wouldn't give you a hard copy of your vote. The three members of our collective present at the time laughed. A couple of days later, another member of our collective, upon making a deposit, noticed that the company that made the ATM was Diebold, the same company that makes the voting machines and the computers that count the votes.
So I started tabulating some of the info that I remembered hearing about Diebold in the last couple of years. Things like Walden O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc., campaigning for Bush in Ohio, and stating in a letter that he is, "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." Or Mr. O'Dell organizing $1000 a plate fund raisers for Bush, and promising to raise $100,000 for Republican war chests.
Friends, if we have another Florida this year, it may just be time to think long and hard on the words of Thomas Jefferson : "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

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