July 28,  2004  Wednesday

Lost Record of Vote in '02 Florida Race Raises '04 Concern

New York Times - July 28, 2004

MIAMI, July 27 - Almost all the electronic records from the first widespread use of touch-screen voting in Miami-Dade County have been lost, stoking concerns that the machines are unreliable as the presidential election draws near….


Touch-screen voting challenged in hearing
Palm Beach Post, FL - 7-28-04
TALLAHASSEE -- Critics of touch-screen voting went to an administrative-law judge Tuesday, claiming that state elections officials' unwillingness to allow manual recounts of touch-screen voting machines violates Florida law....
Fear of Fraud
New York Times, NY - Jul 27, 2004
By PAUL KRUGMAN. It's election night, and early returns suggest trouble for the incumbent. Then, mysteriously, the vote count stops ...

I wonder how many states will have their recounts stopped in Election 2004? Besides Florida.

"According to a poll in Time magazine, 53 percent of people say it's time for someone else to be president. The other 47 percent said they were happy with Dick Cheney."  Jay Leno


The-World-Is-A-Safer-Place-Without-Saddam News


"It's now being reported that John Edwards' younger brother, Wesley, turned himself in to the state of Colorado for a warrant relating to a 1993 DUI arrest ... This proves Edwards is presidential. Have you noticed that most presidents have embarrassing brothers? Bill Clinton had Roger Clinton; Jimmy Carter had his brother, Billy Carter. You know the embarrassing brother in the Bush family? George."  Jay Leno

Disturbing News


Ode to Ann Coulter
There once was a wingnut named Ann,
With one USA Today fan.

The rest is here:


Republican Shenanigans


Cheney this

With increasing pressure on the FCC to step up its role as censor, finding language that appropriately communicates the depths of one’s feeling (especially when speaking on the record or within earshot of the press) while remaining within the bounds of propriety has become difficult. As a public-spirited move, I am recommending to my fellow elected officials — and to others engaged in public controversies — a semantic solution to this dilemma: use the word "Cheney" where discretion is required in the expression of frustration, anger or extreme derision.

Here are some examples of how this would work.

• Go Cheney yourself.

• How the Cheney would I know?

• Cheney you.

• I don’t give a flying Cheney.

• Who the Cheney do you think you are?

In some cases, substitution of Cheney for its synonym would be particularly appropriate. For example:

• George Bush sure has Cheneyed up the situation in Iraq.

• The Bush administration’s position is that it is none of our Cheneying business who helped formulate its pro-oil energy policy.

• In some cases, Halliburton seems to be Cheneying the American taxpayer.

Vice-President Cheney himself said after using the blunter word that it made him feel better. It makes me feel better to suggest a way of expressing the same sentiments while paying appropriate tribute to the vice president’s role in our society.

"Isn't that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?" -- Sen. Rick Santorum

Good News


Bush-Prison-Torture News


News conference about the fall from the bicycle:

Reporter: Mr. President, were you hurt when you fell from the bicycle?
We are currently putting together a panel to look into
whether there was, in fact, a bicycle involved. We have reports from
British intelligence that Iraqi agents were working with al Qaeda operatives to
sabotage a bicycle.

Sir, are you saying that there was a conspiracy to cause
you to fall off of a bicycle?
No one said that I fell from a bicycle. This is
information put out by my partisan opponents in an effort to return them to
power. And, as we all know, that is all they want -- a return to power.

So, you think that the Democrats are spreading rumors to
make you look bad?
No one has said that the Democrats are involved in this
matter whatsowhatever. I think this is just another example of the "elite
fancypants liberal media" trying to put words in my mouth in an effort
to promote the radical left's agenda.

Mr. President, we seem to be having a problem getting any
facts about this incident.
Dick Cheney:
Well then, go f*** yourself, asshole!

 Biz/Tech  News

The New York Daily News is reporting that Martha may surprise everyone and just show up to jail this week. How embarrassing for her cellmates. Imagine being told, 'Martha Stewart is going to be here in five minutes.' 'Omigosh, the place is a mess. We've got to straighten everything up. Martha Stewart's coming!' Jay Leno

Bush filming new ads on ranch
San Mateo Daily Journal, CA - 7-28-04
By Liz Sidoti, AP. BOSTON — President Bush, taking a break from the campaign trail during the Democratic convention, will tape ...


I decided that I just love the crazy little Texas gunslinger who was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple. He has become my image of the perfect American. So forget it, all you dirty commies, hippies and peaceniks. I'm moving over to the other side, and I advise you all to get a job.  Martin Freed - Fairbanks resident

Kerry/Edwards News

Democratic Convention News

"You wouldn't want to have a beer with John, because John is not a beer drinker. He doesn't drink much period, he's boring that way." --Teresa Heinz Kerry, asked whether her husband is the kind of guy you'd like to have a beer with

Odd News

"Great moment for Teresa Heinz Kerry. She won a swearing contest with a sailor." David Lettermen

A sculpture on the site of the Sand Sculptures Festival of Blankenberge, Belgium. (BELGA/Yves Boucau)