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Romney reportedly received 0 votes in 59 Philadelphia districts

Posted on November 18th, 2012 at 17:22 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012


The 2012 Election is over, but Republicans are still trying to analyze why their candidate did not win. Mitt Romney and the entire Republican Party were confident he would have a landslide win. Instead, he lost in some districts without even a single vote. There have been reports that 59 of Philadelphia’s voting districts came up with results that showed the GOP candidate Mitt Romney received not a single vote.

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  1. This sounds impossible. Surely someone must have been impaired or confused enough to check the wrong box?

  2. That depends almost entirely upon the size of the district and the people who reside in that particular district. By district, I’m sure they don’t mean congressional district but rather voting district. If the statistic of 95% of the black vote nationwide went for Obama is accurate, then a mostly, if not entirely, black district might actually have had no votes for Romney, especially one that is relatively small in size.

  3. Gee, maybe someone rigged the Diebold voting machines? Or maybe the votes were altered on someone’s personal laptop?

  4. It is not the first time it happened. In in 2008, John McCain didn’t get a single vote in 57 precincts. Also of note, in Phili, there are 1,687 wards and 59 is only 3.5% of the total. The districts(wards) in which this happened are nearly 100% black. “Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia who has studied African American precincts, said he had occasionally seen 100 percent of the vote go for the Democratic candidate. Chicago and Atlanta each had precincts that registered no votes for Republican Sen. John McCain in 2008.” Source: http://articles.philly.com/2012-11-13/news/35069785_1_romney-supporters-mitt-romney-voter-id-law.

    But of course – Pennsylvania needs a strong voter ID law to keep these fools from voting or the very least harassing them with long delays and lines like in Florida – right? (wrong)

You Can’t Say That on the Internet

Posted on November 18th, 2012 at 13:46 by John Sinteur in category: News


Why won’t tech companies let us freely use terms that already enjoy wide circulation and legitimacy? Do they fashion themselves as our new guardians? Are they too greedy to correct their algorithms’ mistakes?

Thanks to Silicon Valley, our public life is undergoing a transformation. Accompanying this digital metamorphosis is the emergence of new, algorithmic gatekeepers, who, unlike the gatekeepers of the previous era — journalists, publishers, editors — don’t flaunt their cultural authority. They may even be unaware of it themselves, eager to deploy algorithms for fun and profit.

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  1. As Lessig said, “Code is law”.

    But, uh:

    Quaint prudishness, excessive enforcement of copyright, unneeded damage to our reputations: algorithmic gatekeeping is exacting a high toll on our public life.

    A high toll? Seriously? Yawn.

  2. Well it is the NYT, a famously febrile fount of fatuousness.

  3. @Sue: But it’s a contributed op-ed piece.

  4. @Desiato – I think it is fairly accurate. It is a subtle form of censorship and from another perspective, propaganda. Worse if these trends continue, the information component of the internet will be so diluted and so suspect, that it will be nearly useless. The result? The browseable internet will be nothing more than the browseable shopping network.

That Was Fast: Hollywood Already Browbeat The Republicans Into Retracting Report On Copyright Reform

Posted on November 18th, 2012 at 13:14 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


So, late Friday, we reported on how the Republican Study Committee (the conservative caucus of House Republicans) had put out a surprisingly awesome report about copyright reform. You can read that post to see the details. The report had been fully vetted and reviewed by the RSC before it was released. However, as soon as it was published, the MPAA and RIAA apparently went ballistic and hit the phones hard, demanding that the RSC take down the report. They succeeded. Even though the report had been fully vetted and approved by the RSC, executive director Paul S. Teller has now retracted it, sending out the following email to a wide list of folks this afternoon:

From: Teller, Paul
Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2012 04:11 PM
Subject: RSC Copyright PB

We at the RSC take pride in providing informative analysis of major policy issues and pending legislation that accounts for the range of perspectives held by RSC Members and within the conservative community. Yesterday you received a Policy Brief on copyright law that was published without adequate review within the RSC and failed to meet that standard. Copyright reform would have far-reaching impacts, so it is incredibly important that it be approached with all facts and viewpoints in hand. As the RSC’s Executive Director, I apologize and take full responsibility for this oversight. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and a meaningful Thanksgiving holiday….

Paul S. Teller
Executive Director
U.S. House Republican Study Committee

The idea that this was published “without adequate review” is silly. Stuff doesn’t just randomly appear on the RSC website. Anything being posted there has gone through the same full review process. What happened, instead, was that the entertainment industry’s lobbyists went crazy, and some in the GOP folded.

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