Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Donald Trump: Election Is 'Total Sham And A Travesty,' Suggests 'Revolution' Is Necessary

Donald Trump is not happy with President Barack Obama's successful campaign for a second term.

The real estate mogul and reality show host took to Twitter to express his displeasure, launching into a screed against the Electoral College and broader Democratic process.

Steve Schmidt, Former McCain Adviser: Time For GOP Leaders To Reject 'Extreme Statements'

Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist and former campaign adviser to Sen. John McCain, tore into GOP leadership in the wake of President Barack Obama's victory on Tuesday, urging them to speak out more aggressively against the most extreme voices in the party.

Appearing on MSNBC, Schmidt referenced a recent Twitter tirade by Donald Trump as evidence that something needs to be done about toning down the rhetoric from certain elements of the GOP.

Tammy Baldwin Election Results: Democrat Becomes First Openly Gay Senator

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) beat Republican Tommy Thompson for Wisconsin's open U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, becoming the nation's first openly gay senator.

"I am honored and humbled and grateful, and I am ready to get to work -- ready to stand with Barack Obama, and ready to fight for Wisconsin's middle class," said Baldwin to raucous cheers at her victory party.

True The Vote Barred From Ohio Polling Stations

The right-wing group True The Vote has been prohibited from monitoring elections in voting stations around Columbus, Ohio, and may soon find itself under investigation for fraud, the Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday.

The Houston-based group, which is dedicated to challenging the legitimacy of voters it considers suspect, had its status as an official vote monitor denied in Franklin County, after the necessary number of candidates to assign poll observers withdrew their support for the group, according to the Dispatch.

Peter Bos, Legendary, Inc. CEO, Attaches Ballot Urging Romney Vote To Employees' Paychecks

Would you like your paycheck with a side of political opinion?

That's what employees of real estate developer Legendary, Inc. got last week when they found a copy of CEO Peter Bos' filled-out election ballot attached to their paychecks, according to Bos also included a two-page letter telling workers that the election is about “selecting people that can determine the direction for the USA" -- and based on his ballot, that means Mitt Romney.

Pennsylvania Voting Machine Switches Vote From Barack Obama To Mitt Romney

A Pennsylvania voting machine was taken out of service on Election Day 2012 after it was filmed switching a vote for President Barack Obama to one for his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, NBC News has confirmed.

Mother Jones reported that the machine was recalibrated and returned to service.

"There was a single complaint, so they recalibrated the machine, did a test run, and put it back online. We've had no complaints since then," Mathew Keeler, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of State, told Mother Jones.

Fresno Shooting: Reports Of Mass Shooting At Apple Valley Farms Plant In Central California

A mass shooting reportedly rattled the premises of the Apple Valley Farms plant in Fresno, Calif., on Tuesday morning. Fox News has reported that at least eight people have been shot.

USA Today reported that two have been confirmed dead.

The gunman was identified as Lawrence Jones, 42, of Fresno, according to the Fresno Bee.

The incident occurred around 8:30 a.m. and dozens of Fresno police officers are on the scene.

Harper to approve CNOOC, Petronas deals after revising rules: Moody’s

Stephen Harper will approve the two foreign state-owned enterprises’ bids to buy Canadian energy companies after revising the rules, according to Moody’s Investors Services.

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s pro-business and pro-energy stance makes both the CNOOC and Petronas deals likely to pass under revised foreign ownership guidelines,” the rating’s agency said in a report.

PBO won't issue analysis on Ottawa's finances, blames government secrecy

OTTAWA - Canada's budget watchdog will not issue a mid-year report on the Harper government's finances, citing lack of co-operation from the vast majority of departments.

Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page posted a partial analysis on the government's $5.2 billion spending cuts plan Tuesday, but said a complete report that would be useful to parliamentarians is impossible because he just hasn't been given enough information.

Legalize or criminalize? Canada and the U.S. taking different paths on drug policy

Today, Canada and the U.S. are taking very different paths in drug policy, and not in the way you would probably expect.

In Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, citizens will be voting on ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana. In Canada, we are taking backward steps and are enacting mandatory minimum sentences for many drug offenses.

Bertschi expected to announce bid for federal Liberal leadership Wednesday

PARLIAMENT HILL—Ottawa lawyer and former federal Liberal election candidate David Bertschi is entering the federal party’s leadership race, with a campaign kickoff Wednesday evening in Ottawa Orleans, the riding he hopes to win in the next federal election.

Mr. Bertschi, who has been sounding out support for months and takes on Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Calgary Centre, Alta.) on a campaign website pre-launch post, is one several Liberals from outside the party’s Parliamentary caucus expected to announce their candidacies as the Nov. 14 date for the contest’s official start nears.

Most cuts hitting services, says budget watchdog

Kevin Page, the parliamentary budget officer, says the vast majority of spending cuts announced in last March's budget will have a direct impact on programs delivered by the federal government.

This finding contrasts with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's statement that the budget savings of $5.2 billion would affect mainly what he called "the back office."