This piece actually was written on Thursday, and posted at http://www.upsaid.com/jazzolog/ as have a number of essays I've written these past few years. I set up this Log because I joined to post to another guy's. So here goes~~~
Beginning is not only a kind of action, it is also a frame of mind, a kind of work, an attitude, a consciousness.
Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.
Bowing is a very serious practice. You should be prepared to bow, even in your last moment. Even though it is impossible to get ride of our self-centered desires, we have to do it. Our true nature wants us to.
In this case, we need George Washington to be crossing into Delaware County, Ohio. I'm dashing off this entry I'm afraid, while considering I really should stay home from work today to research more thoroughly what's going on in my state currently. Let's see how I can order these events and stories for your convenience.
My last major message had to do with a judge in Delaware County putting a restraining order on the vote recount there. My concern was if the Boards of Election in the other 87 Ohio counties followed this example, the Green and Libertarian parties would have to challenge each one of them in court, which of course would put them both into bankruptcy quick. The Greens took Judge Whitney, the Republican judge who gave the order, to federal court and were preparing for that struggle---which court previously has given Ohio Secretary of State Blackwell a clear road in everthing he's wanted. So is it all over? Yesterday, the Washington Post is reporting, the Democratic Party finally has made its move. The Kerry/Edwards legal representative in Ohio has filed, with Whitney apparently, to join the suit to remove the restraining order and proceed with the recount. I don't think this means Kerry is requesting recount too, at this point anyway, but don't go away. Here are links regarding the Democratic involvement~~~
A snide-looking picture of Judge Whitney is at this blog, with the writer's take on his honor's character and ongoing developments~~~
The individual Ohio counties now have completed their tallying of votes, and that includes those pesky provisional votes, and sent off their certified OK to Blackwell. After he certifies that work, almost certainly for Bush, the recount begins. The LA Times is carrying the Associated Press story...but notice that last sentence~~~
In case you can't bring it up, it reads, "Carlo LoParo, a spokesman for Blackwell's office, said there would be no available breakdown of how many provisionals went to Bush and how many to Kerry." How's that again? They won't tell us who got how many among the provisionals? What's the deal on that? Must we fight for every scrap of information on this election? Carlo LoParo is the guy Blackwell sends out to talk whenever he has something he doesn't want to be questioned about. I did a Google search on Carlo, and I must say this is the first public figure on whom I've tried to find any info at all and come up with zero. No bio available, except "Blackwell's spokesman."
There are several reviews of the Ohio situation online and in the media now. If you want to get caught up or send on something about all this, these are good~~~
Dan Tokaji is associate professor at the college of law at Ohio State, with specialty in election law. His blog moved yesterday to join the college's website, and here he provides a rundown on what's happening as of December 1st~~~
He also has a featured essay at Findlaw.com on all the things he finds wrong with the election system in our country at the moment. He urges us to address these before we try voting again~~~
Moritz' main news page links us to all the filings in Ohio contesting the process of election here~~~
The Nation, who bummed me out by giving up the fight almost as quickly as Kerry appeared to, is starting to pay attention to our struggle...and provides a good review as they play catchup too~~~
For a look at the new hot site on the Internet and a link to VotersUnite, try this one~~~
All of which brings us to Jesse Jackson and the weekend. It's not going to be quiet in Columbus. I wish Jesse had as much luck in this country as he does when he goes to Africa or the Middle East to straighten out some foreign policy disaster. But here he comes with a rally on Saturday, and he's bringing Greg Palast with him! Bob Fitrakis will be talking and stirring everybody up, as perhaps also will be Ian Solomon, the associate dean at Yale Law. It's all here at this crucial Ohio site if you want to come~~~
Reverend Jackson's view on the fishiness of Ohio was in the Chicago Sun-Times the other day~~~
And to finish off, an editorial yesterday from the Cincinnati Post~~~
OK, I gotta go to work. Anybody checked whether Steven Freeman has put out Part II of his Exit Poll study? I'll see if I can find it during my lunch hour.