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ONCEMORE1 - Votes for Republicans switched to Democrats in Moline - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
This goes well beyond the "hanging chad" debacle, this is a deliberate effort to weight the results in favor of the Democrats. The size of the target on a touchscreen is easily manipulated so that if the D spot is half or most of the screen and the R spot is a tiny area of the actual "sweet spot", the results are controlled by the administrator and not the voter-------who just "happens" to be…
ONCEMORE1 - Mid-America Port Authority pledged $1.3 million from Illinois - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
If there was a chance in Hell your Third-Party candidate might actually win, I'd be right there with you, but you have to face the fact there ISN"T. Why is it that the typical Third Party frontrunner, usually Libertarian, shares many ideals with the Republican Party, siphons votes away from the Republicans and even receives support from the DNC and Unions to do so? The folly in…
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Jarosch above inadvertently elucidated the reason why minimum wage is BAD. He says people would leave his store to work somewhere with higher wage....but when everybody pays minimum wage there are no other high-paying jobs. If you get rid of minimum wage businesses would pay what people are willing to work for and wages would vary...some up...some down...and overall employment would increase.
Realist79 - Strawman: We\'re Looking at 2012 All Over Again...... - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Who wants to be a part of anything negative? That's exactly why people don't care about who is elected. Because no matter who is in charge, people will bash them on here, on Fox News, on MSNBC and everywhere else. The worst thing that can happen to the average voter is to hear nothing but a one sided opinion.
qfingers - Strawman: We\'re Looking at 2012 All Over Again...... - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Your "take a picture' idea isn't bad...except all the voting authorities would want lots of $$ to implement it. Though we might be getting close to having a website (like Facebook) who's already doing facial recognition and could offer a "recognize" function that you could put in surrounding zip codes or such and look for a match.

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Convicted Oak Park-based "huckster" made false claims about a best-selling book he wrote

From Associated Press:

Prosecutors seeking 10 years in prison for TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau for bilking consumers via widely broadcast infomercials say he's an "uncontrollable huckster."

Defense attorneys say the government goes too far in its portrayal of Trudeau, and he should get less than two years behind bars for a November criminal contempt conviction.

In their scathing, 41-page filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago this week, federal prosecutors suggest the 50-year-old Trudeau would likely even seek to cheat his fellow prison inmates, adding, "He appears capable of nothing else."

"(Trudeau) is an unrepentant, untiring and uncontrollable huckster who has defrauded the unsuspecting for thirty years," it says. It adds, "(He) preys upon the sick who want to be made healthy, the poor who want to become rich."

In a response filed Tuesday, Trudeau's attorneys said the prosecution's characterizations were "overblown and unfair."

"Contrary to the view of Trudeau advanced by the government, he is a man who has consistently displayed kindness, generosity, concern for others," the filing said.

Jurors convicted Trudeau in November of violating a court order barring him from making false claims about his best-selling book "The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About."

Trudeau aired infomercials touting the book at least 32,000 times, in violation of the court order; in all, he sold more than 850,000 books, generating $39 million in revenue and at least 5 million in profit, according to the federal document, filed Monday.

In an earlier defense filing, Trudeau argues that even if more than 850,000 books were sold through allegedly fraudulent infomercials, it can only be said that 67 buyers were defrauded because that's how many complained to the consumer protection agencies.

The defense filing Tuesday argues that, regardless, the harm to any one person would have been less than the cost of the book, so under $30. Therefore, it goes on, no one can contend that the "defendant's actions shattered lives and ruined economic security."

The government argues Trudeau has not only refused to pay a $37 million judgment in a related civil case, but has bragged about his defiance. While Trudeau has repeatedly insisted he was broke and was not capable of paying, prosecutors say records show that, during the periods Trudeau claimed to have little to no spare money, he spent lavishly, including $4,000 on draperies.

Trudeau, who lives in Oak Brook, a Chicago suburb, is jailed as he awaits sentencing on March 17.

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