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Did Bush Beat 250 Million to 1 Odds? 

On Aug. 5, the South's largest newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, printed this about the 2000 election: Florida "officials purged about 8,000 names from the voter rolls, saying they were removing ex-felons. . .Most of the names on the list turned out to have been guilty of misdemeanors, which do not affect the right to vote." The newspaper seemed perplexed that Democrats would "cry foul" at such a deed.

There are four facts worth noting:

• The press, after the 2000 election, ignored the voter purge in Florida and obsessed on the "hanging chad" issue. Only the BBC and CL sister paper the Weekly Planet in Tampa gave serious attention to the purge story.

• The actual number of wrongly deleted voters was in excess of 50,000. Where the Atlanta newspaper got 8,000 is a mystery.

• The misdemeanors were only one problem. Others included many people purged for crimes committed in 2008 and other future dates (hello, Minority Report), for similarities in names with convicted felons, and the like.

• The BBC concluded that Gore would have had a net increase of 20,000 votes had the 54,000 wrongly disenfranchised citizens voted.

Democracy has been savaged in Florida and Ohio, giving a group of radicals victories they don't deserve. And here's more.

Dennis Loo, a professor at the University of California, recently completed a study which found that in 2004 Bush received as much as 300 percent of registered Republican votes in some counties, compared to the 85 percent he got in 2000, Bush managed that outcome despite no increase in Democrats crossing over and a slide in support from independents.

Loo also questioned how Kerry won exit polls but lost the election. A report on Loo's study conducted by Peter Phillips, director of Project Censored, found that, "It was only in precincts where there were no paper trails on the voting machines that the exit polls ended up being different from the final count." University of Pennsylvania statistician Steve Freeman analyzed the exit polls of the swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida and concluded that the odds of the exit polls being as far off as they were are 250 million to 1. Scared yet?

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