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Hacking Diebold voting machines
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Lock the Vote!

dieboldOkay, raise your hand if the moment you  heard "electronic voting machine" a chill did not run down your spine. It certainly did mine.

From almost the beginning it was clear that these things would be easily manipulated, made to be hacked, in fact. In 2005 computer programmer Clinton Curtis testified before Congress that he was hired to write code that would secretly alter the vote count. Is it any wonder the Bush administration made the country's switch to electronic voting such a priority?

Now the good lads at Argonne National Lab's Vulnerability Assessment Team show us how these voting machines can be altered with a mere $10 worth of parts, $25 if you want to wreck democracy by remote control. I've embedded their how-to demonstration in the Video Vault, below but don't expect Star Wars as it's just two capable engineers being very precise about these Machiavellian devices. It's still fascinating. And aggravating.

The state with the answer to this problem is Oregon, which employs a mail-in vote system. You get a paper trail, signature verification, and it results in an 87% participation rate by registered voters. The average national rate in2008 was 68%. That's win-win-win as far as I'm concerned, boys and girls.


governor paul lapageMeanwhile, Republican legislators are working feverishly to make it harder to vote. In Maine, for instance, the Governor, Paul LePage, signed a bill eliminating same-day voter registration. This is made even more remarkable by the fact that seven sitting Maine congressmen, three senators, and the governor himself all used same-day voter registration in the past. Nice work, dickheads.


mitt romneyThis cartooning thing is a perplexing preoccupation. I occasionally get notes from readers who insist that they prefer my "funny" comics to my more political creations. And yet, you want to know which of my comics is currently making the Bandwidth-O-Meter spin like Michelle Bachmann's eyeballs? This one. And it's been sucking zillions of eyeballs for more than two weeks. Who knew there was a pent-up desire to ridicule Mitt Romney. I mean, the man pretty much accomplishes that all on his own.


Note: Yes, I added a couple of panels to today's comic, many hours after initial upload. I felt it just needed a little more oomph. So, oomphy enough for ya?



Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #90 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(90) 9-28-2011: In a way the GOP has found a way to employ more Americans as they've proposed a bill that would force authorities to deport undocumented immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence and come to them for help. This means more cook, maid, field-hand, and day-care jobs for honest Americans.

NOTE: As a result of an unexpected wave of enthusiasm the Republican Job Creation update now has its own web site. It will remain on the RP but a web site of its own will raise its visibility on the 'net as we progress towards the critical 2012 elections. And I thank you for your support.


Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? They're cooking the numbers to make it appear that Mr. Obamas jobs bill would cost $200k per job. Silly lyin'-ass Foxies.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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Woman: Wow! It says here that Diebold electronic voting machines can be hacked with just $10 worth of parts!

Man: Whoop-de-fucking-do.

Woman: I‘m glad you took that so calmly, because it looks like someone's hacked your Facebook account.

Man: Release the hounds.

Woman: Release the what?

Man: Uh... nothing.