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Monday, December 22, 2008
More on the Connell Death

Well, the fruitloops are off to the races. Larisa writes at OpEd News:

White House consultant who rigged 2004 election dies suspiciously

So much for her not being a conspiracy nutbar. One of the commenters over there chips in with this bit of fruitcakery:

The list of the conveniently dead and 'suicided' of those who threaten the fascist empire grows by the day.

Someone really should do a thorough project absent any partisan politics of just how many people who have met their premature demise over the last few decades.

They have, it was called the Clinton Death List and it was nutty. I'm sure there's a Bush Death List out there as well.

Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman check in with their usual caution:

Michael Connell, the crucial techno- lynch pin in the theft of the 2004 election, and much more, is dead at the age of 45. His unnatural, suspicious death raises serious questions about the corruption of the American electoral process that now may never be answered.

Unnatural? And note that this detail raises some suspicions about Larissa the Loon's claim that he was a "source" for her:

Connell recently wrote the following in his New Media Communications newsletter, regarding Barack Obama's election: "In our 230 year history, our democracy has suffered worse fates. It's just that none come to mind right now."

Anybody who wrote that would not likely be furnishing information to Raw Story, which is a fruitcake lefty site. Fitrakis is still harping on the idiotic exit polls:

At 12:20 am on the night of the 2004 election exit polls and initial vote counts showed John Kerry the clear winner of Ohio's presidential campaign. The Buckeye State's 20 electoral votes would have given Kerry the presidency.

But from then until around 2am, the flow of information mysteriously ceased. After that, the vote count shifted dramatically to George W. Bush, ultimately giving him a second term. In the end there was a 6.7 percent diversion---in Bush's favor---between highly professional, nationally funded exit polls and the final official vote count as tabulated by Blackwell and Connell.

Never mind that the exit pollsters themselves admitted they got it wrong.

Like all conspiracy loons, Fitrakis overemphasizes the unlikeliness of the crash:

An accomplished pilot, flying in unremarkable weather...

But the Akron Beacon Journal gets an expert opinion:

Charles Starkey, a former Navy pilot and director of safety for a Cleveland-area private jet company, said Friday night's cloud cover and misty, cold conditions presented challenges for even the most experienced pilots.

In a 30-minute time frame around the crash, the weather deteriorated quickly as visibility around the airport diminished from nine miles to a little over one mile with a low ceiling.

In such cases, pilots typically are forced to rely on the plane's instruments rather than their own vision, which can contribute to crashes, Starkey said.

There are reports of the usual "warnings":

Without getting into specific details, 19 Action News reporter Blake Renault reported Sunday evening that 45-year-old Republican operative and experienced pilot had been warned not to fly his plane in the days before the crash.

"Connell...was apparently told by a close friend not to fly his plane because his plane might be sabotaged," Renault said. "And twice in the last two months Connell, who is an experienced pilot, cancelled two flights because of suspicious problems with his plane."

The "close friend" goes unnamed, of course.

Let me add here my sympathies to the Connell family. He sounds like a fine man and he leaves behind a wife and four children, and does not deserve to be maligned by conspiracy nutters after his death as the man "who rigged [the] 2004 election".

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