Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Legal Beagle: 14 Pages of Democracy, in reply to izogi,

    The vulgar vote men...

    Aren't there meant to be party scrutineers during the counts to catch this sort of thing, or does that not always happen at the smaller polling places?

    I just read a great article on LBJ's 1948 election in Texas ( New Yorker, Jan 29, 1990 ) - how he spread lies and bought votes, allegedly with Brown and Root's money (Brown & Root became KBR a division of Halliburton), how the various counties/fiefdom bosses basically kept scrutineers away, stuffed ballot boxes, and whatever else it took...

    from one source:

    Johnson had it a little easier, as his symbiotic relationship with Brown & Root occurred before campaign finance laws required candidates to reveal the sources of their funding. Indeed, by Johnson's own admission, according to his biographer Ronnie Dugger, much of the money he got from Brown & Root came in cash. In return, Johnson steered lucrative federal contracts to the company. Those contracts helped Brown & Root become a global construction powerhouse that today employs 20,000 people and operates in more than 100 countries.

    "It was a totally corrupt relationship and it benefited both of them enormously," says Dugger, the author of The Politician: The Life and Times of Lyndon Johnson. "Brown & Root got rich, and Johnson got power and riches." Without Brown & Root's money, Johnson wouldn't have won (or rather, been able to steal) the 1948 race for U.S. Senate. "That was the turning point. He wouldn't have been in the running without Brown & Root's money and airplanes. And the 1948 election allowed Lyndon to become president," said Dugger, who is currently running for the Green Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate in New York.

    and from wikipedia:

    The runoff count took a week. The Democratic State Central Committee (not the State of Texas, because the matter was a party primary) handled the count, and it finally announced that Johnson had won by 87 votes. By a majority of one member (29-28) the committee voted to certify Johnson's nomination, with the last vote cast on Johnson's behalf by Temple, Texas, publisher Frank W. Mayborn, who rushed back to Texas from a business trip in Nashville, Tennessee.

    There were many allegations of fraud on both sides. Thus one writer alleges that Johnson's campaign manager, future Texas governor John B. Connally, was connected with 202 ballots in Precinct 13 in Jim Wells County that had curiously been cast in alphabetical order and just at the close of polling, with all of the people whose names appeared on the ballots being dead on election day. Robert Caro argued in his 1989 book that Johnson had stolen the election in Jim Wells County and other counties in South Texas, as well as rigging 10,000 ballots in Bexar County alone. A judge, Luis Salas, said in 1977 that he had certified 202 fraudulent ballots for Johnson.

    my emphasis

    Those were the days, eh?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5476 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The music I listened to,


    I remember listening to this…
    I remember Chris filming it at our place
    (well his and Barbara’s, I just flatted there)
    I think those may even be my sheets on the
    lounge walls (no expense spared at Studio Hakanoa!)
    I remember all those young folk, Tex and Ged, too…
    I just didn’t remember that I was in it, albeit briefly!
    …accidental immortality!

    Thanks Mysterex

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5476 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Dear Labour Caucus, in reply to WH,

    Going Busch...

    if I had Max and Maurice alone in a room I'd do something unspeakable

    makes me think of those other bad boys Max and Moritz


    House...
    I've been swearing in the MPs myself today:
    That Bast**d John Key
    F**kin' Bill English
    Bl**dy Nicky Wagner
    etc...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5476 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It was a munted year, in reply to Roger,

    ‘main trunk sewer’

    Like Taumarunui on the main trunk...
    </coat>

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5476 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Colour is the new black, in reply to Richard Aston,

    light, as a feather...

    but looking at that peacock for too long
    and I can feel an altered state coming on.

    a (re)calibration of life...


    the you're so vane dept...

    feather : any of the flat appendages growing from a bird's skin and forming its plumage, consisting of a partly hollow horny shaft fringed with vanes of barbs.

    sounds remarkably like cocksmen of all species...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5476 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Colour is the new black, in reply to Richard Aston,

    Fan antics...

    what on earth drives that kind
    of “Look at me!” display.

    Lookame mate
    me meat
    we meet
    mate me
    strike a pose
    strike a chord
    in accord
    harmonics
    vibration
    a tone
    big resonancy,
    the sound of colour
    creates a space
    patterns perceived
    pulchritude
    pooling
    pulling
    pulsing
    coruscating
    on thin eyes

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5476 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It was a munted year, in reply to Islander,

    what else can we do?

    We can remember, come election time we can agitate and remind.
    I doubt we can guilt the man into leaving.
    He seems to have a Roger Douglas-like sense of entitlement!
    Though most of the letters in today’s Press are strongly
    against this pay rise, and only one comment I saw on their
    website supported it – I have little faith in the silent majority
    of this rapidly degenerating wild west (ok east) city…

    …and to be honest, leaving Chchch is high on the agenda…
    the place and council, coupled with getting Nicky Wagner
    as my elected MP is just too depressing to think about…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5476 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It was a munted year, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Marryatt was not a success when he had a similar position with the Hamilton City Council.

    But I note he still got huge yearly pay rises there as well, the last one being after his contract renewal, just 3 months before he jumped ship to Chchch. What galls me most is that he has had these over the top pay increases here regularly and yet he still tried to get a directorship on one of the council's companies and then it turns out he's coining it as a director of the CCC's new insurance company, (Civic Assurance), which has placed council staff in an invidious position over the decision, while he ostensibly recuses himself from any decisions to do with it, including the recent decision to help bail it out I'd imagine.
    You'd think when you are paying some tosser, who still has his home in Hamilton, half a million bucks to run your city, you could demand they don't work for anyone else!

    I'd also like to know how much the CCC is paying their Auckland law firm for all the advice they must be getting at the moment, seems they must be paying an Israeli PR company as well - I'm expecting early morning bulldozers to appear to destroy these hillside houses to save the citizens from themselves
    (just like they did with the St Albans pool)
    </grrrr>

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5476 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Coming Up For Air, in reply to ChrisW,

    tapeworm or earworm…

    Dunsandel is much more notable
    for its dog dosing strip.*

    Plus the excellent human dosing spot…
    The Dunsandel Store

    do stop for a great nosh if you are passing through…
    .
    .

    *’By the dog dosing strip at Dunsandel’
    Song written by Ken Avery
    By the dog dosing strip at Dunsandel I fell in love with you
    My dog was a bit hard to handle and yours was a bit that way too.
    I bought in my terrier to get him fixed up
    And the more was the merrier when you bought your pup.
    By the dog dosing strip at Dunsandel I fell in love with you

    By the dog dosing strip at Dunsandel I fell in love with you
    By the same little strip at Dunsandel the dogs got so romantic too.
    I knew at a glance it was canine romance when the terrier’s breath
    Came in short pants.
    By the dog dosing strip at Dunsandel I fell in love with you

    By the dog dosing strip at Dunsandel I’m going to make you mine.
    By the dog dosing strip at Dunsandel we’ll be tasting the sweet bread and wine.
    As the dogs gave a lead just for you and for me,when they both started singing a chained melody.
    By the dog dosing strip at Dunsandel I fell in love with you

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5476 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It was a munted year, in reply to Craig Young,

    Don't be addict...*

    Prime Monster’s phantom ‘recovery'...

    Cut off a limb and still feel the pain...

    *We got a jonkey on our back...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5476 posts Report Reply

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