It’s deja vu all over again as a completely unqualified candidate could be one heartbeat away from the presidency. Say what you will about Paul Lyin’ Ryan, he’s in good shape.
The picture above and the others in Time‘s pictorial published today were taken in December of last year when the congressman from Wisconsin was named one of the magazine’s runners up for Person of the Year and show the vp-wannabe looking truly less-than-presidential. Thanks Time for sharing these pics on the day of the one and only debate between Ryan and VP Joe Biden.
Those aren’t the only completely wrong photos you can find online today. If you do a Google images search for the phrase “completely wrong” you come up with a page of pictures that would be completely wrong as the inhabitant of the White House. (Just click on the link so I don’t spoil the surprise.)
This morning on the show, I shared a recent story from FreePress.org that you need to read concerning who owns a bunch of electronic voting machines in use this election year in all 234 counties of Texas, the entire states of Hawaii and Oklahoma, half of Washington and Colorado, and certain counties in swing state Ohio where
“votes will be cast on eSlate and ePollbook machines made by Hart Intercivic. Hart Intercivic machines have famously failed in Tarrant County (Ft. Worth), adding 10,000 non-existent votes. The EVEREST study, commissioned by the Ohio secretary of state in 2007, found serious security flaws with Hart Intercivic products.
Looking beyond the well-documented Google choking laundry list of apparent fraud, failure and seeming corruption that is associated with Hart Intercivic, an ongoing Free Press investigation turned its attention to the key question of who owns the voting machine companies. The majority of the directors of Hart come from the private equity firm H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. has been heavily invested in Hart Intercivic since July 2011, just in time for the current presidential election cycle. But who is H.I.G Capital?
Out of 49 partners and directors, 48 are men, and 47 are white. Eleven of these men, including H.I.G. Founder Tony Tamer, were formerly employed at Bain and Company, and two of those men, John P. Bolduc and Douglas Berman are Romney bundlers along with former Bain and H.I.G. manager Brian Shortsleeve.
Additionally, four of these men were formerly employed at Booz Allen Hamilton. Bush family friendly Carlyle group is an owner of Booz Allen which also made voting machines for the United States military. Booz Allen was also the key subcontractor for the controversial PioneerGroundbreaker program, an NSA data mining operation that gathered information on American citizens until it was shut down and replaced with even more invasive successor programs like MATRIX and Total Information Awareness.”
Worried yet? You should be, at least a little. To be continued…
This morning on the show, I spoke with Craig Unger about his new book Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power (Note from Nicole: This is a very important book!).
That’s it for my show for the week, but I’m in for Thom Hartmann again today and tomorrow… so I’ll talk to you over there, and see you back here Monday morning, radio or not!