It takes a big columnist to admit he was wrong — and especially to remind everyone about his errant predictions. A couple weeks ago I predicted San Francisco voters would turn down Mayor Willie Brown’s bond initiative to build a new stadium for the 49ers — in large part due to the fallout over the scandalous birthday held by the initiative’s campaign coordinator, Jack David.. Well, I was wrong — sort of.

Indeed, by the narrowest of margins, the initiative was approved last Tuesday, despite trailing badly in the polls just days before the vote. So what happened?

Well, there is growing evidence that extensive voter fraud played a role. Polls opened earlier than the law allowed. They stay open later. Suspect votes were cast. State Sen. Quentin Kopp, an independent elected official opposed to the initiative cites at least 10 major irregularities that he is investigating.

The more one hears about this election the stranger it sounds. The Examiner published a story yesterday extolling the way Brown personally hired convicted drug offenders at $500 a week as precinct coordinators. When you have that kind of money to throw around, stealing an election is not that difficult.

And make no mistake, this election was stolen — by perhaps the only unindicted politician in America as slick as the current occupant of the White House.

What will come of it? Probably nothing. And that’s scary — not just for residents of San Francisco. Because voter fraud is a growing plague in American society. No matter what your own political persuasion, any objective look at the contested Louisiana Senate race and the congressional election that unseated Orange County’s Bob Dornan last year show systematic abuses, often using illegally taxpayer dollars to swing votes.

But you don’t have to look any further than last year’s presidential race to see the way once-unthinkably illegal foreign contributions were accepted by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee — and perhaps the Republicans as well.

How can we even debate “campaign finance reform” with a straight face when existing the laws are violated so frequently and so blatantly.

The unreported news in China

Readers of WorldNetDaily were among the few Americans to learn of what should have been breathtaking news on the front pages of every newspaper in the country last week. I refer to the incredible suppression of freedom and human rights taking place right now in China.

While there was minimal coverage of the reaction to this in Hong Kong, where 55,000 people defied Beijing in a memorial of the Tiananmen Square slaughter, there was virtually no other coverage of the news that China will be closing 300 newspapers throughout the country in the next few weeks. Remember, these are papers that are already heavily self-censored. But that isn’t enough for the totalitarians in Beijing. Nothing but total control of the flow of information to the people will satisfy this bunch of fascist thugs.

Can we at least expect to hear an outcry from the international journalistic establishment? Don’t hold your breath.

Persecution of Christians

In the next few weeks and months, the debate over Most Favored Nation status for China will intensify.

But Nov. 16 may be the ultimate turning point in the way the world views repression in China. That’s the day human rights advocates have set as an international day of prayer for the suffering, persecuted church — and Beijing, at least in terms of numbers, is by far the world’s biggest offender.

There are more active, sincere believers in Christianity in China today than there are in the United States or western Europe. Yet, these Christians face unspeakable persecution for simply practicing their faith.

While the Christian church in the west has been asleep at the wheel on this issue, there are growing signs that is changing. Some major ministries, such as Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and some activist groups, like Gary Bauer’s Family Research Council, are moving this issue front and center. btl

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