These two should be working together -- instead, they fight. Why can't everybody get along?
Keith Olbermann accuses Bev Harris of not 'doing anybody any favors', failing to show for interviews, and refusing to share voter fraud evidence. Now, in response Bev accuses Olbermann of telling 'untruth', canceling interviews, and lieing about requests for evidence. Oy.
Something's fishy here, a failure to communicate, yes, but something more. Someone at MSNBC must have fed Olbermann this info -- the canceling, the refusing to share evidence. I mean, obviously Keith isn't making all these calls -- that's what interns and production assistants are for. Something's amiss.
Either Bev's an evil villain in a do-good Gramma suit, or Olbermann's been given false info. I think the latter. Either way, this should get interesting.
OLBERMANN: I’ve been avoiding this topic for four weeks
now, but given what I understand are a lot of dropped jaws around the
blogosphere, I think I better spill this.
I don’t think Bev Harris of Black Box Voting is doing anybody any favors.
Florida election officials are willing to say goodbye to Election Day in favor of an 11-day 'election season'. The new system would eliminate the use of precincts, replacing them with 'super-voting sites'. This aspect of the reform is great -- the elimination of precincts would deal with all the redistricting problems that too many voters run into on election Day.
Florida's election supervisors, impressed
by the success of early voting, proposed dramatic reforms Tuesday that
would eliminate Election Day, replace it with an 11-day election season
and do away with precincts.
The association of the state's 67 chief elections officials voted in
concept at its annual winter meeting in Orlando to informally present
the idea to the Legislature and to start rallying support for what its
members concede would be a sea change in how Floridians vote.
''I think the voters spoke loud and clear in the general election of
2004 that they want other options than to be limited to 12 hours on a
Tuesday to vote,'' said Bill Cowles, Orange County supervisor of
elections and president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors
of Elections. ``We should seize upon the opportunity in 2005 to make
the changes so we can try it in 2006.''
This past election season marked the first time that Florida used
early voting across the state and it was a proven success, as some
voters waited in line for hours in order to cast their ballot ahead of
Election supervisors say the experience showed them they could move
away from the traditional Election Day and a precinct structure many
believe is outdated. Instead of hundreds of precincts in a county, for
example, voters could go to any of a few super-voting sites equipped
with enough machines and personnel to keep lines at a minimum. [Miami Herald]
Kos thinks the idea "pretty darn good" and I agree it's a step in the right direction, but voter reform needs to start with transparency. It's the only way to reintroduce any integrity to our voting system. Paper ballots are the constitutional right and we need to start from there.
The verdict's in; Merriam-Webster name's 'blog' the top word of 2004. That's right, 'blog' -- not 'network', not 'news', not 'CNN' -- B-L-O-G.
Freed from the constraints that govern traditional print and
broadcast news organizations, blogs spread gossip while also serving as
an outlet for people increasingly disenchanted with mainstream media. [CNN]
Bev Harris has filed another lawsuit, this time against Palm Beach County, Florida, "naming Teresa LaPore as defendant, citing her for failure to comply with the Black Box Voting public records request of Nov. 2, 2004". [BBV]
NY Daily news Columnist, Jaun Gonzalez, scolds the U.S. media for focusing on Ukraine voter fraud when fraud is widespread and apparent right here in the States. [NY Daily News]
"An attorney for a political advocacy group on Wednesday plans to file a
"contest of election." The request requires a single Supreme Court
justice to either let the election stand, declare another winner or
throw the whole thing out." [AP]
Rev. Jesse Jackson, who supports a Supreme Court intervention and full Congressional investigation into the Ohio election explains, "This is about the integrity of the vote. This is
not about the Kerry campaign". [AP]
"I frankly felt like the reception we
received on the way in from the airport was very warm and hospitable,
and I want to thank the Canadian people who came out to wave - with all
five fingers." [G.W. via AP]
The truth is -- Bush's first visit to Canada since his Presidency was met by a barrage of
thousands of protesters, each armed with signs asking the President to "please leave" calling him an "assassin" and "war criminal". Hardly a "warm and hospitable" welcome.
In 2003, Bush imposed a ban on beef imports from Canada, all for a lone case of mad cow syndrome attributed to a piece of Alberta beef. Prime Minister Martin made a not-so-subtle reminder during Bush's Canadian visit to lift the ban, serving the President Alberta beef for dinner.
A human rights group has filed German war crime charges against U.S.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld with allegations of systemic
torture at Abu Ghraib prison. [AFP, Reuters] The Red Cross has reported abuse at Guantanamo Bay, calling interrogation procedures, "tantamount to torture". [AFP, NYT] Meanwhile, Chilean President Ricardo Lagos says torture in Chile was the "policy". [Reuters] Chilean torture victims claim life pensions aren't enough, they "want a memorial to the victims and a monument with the motto never again torture in Chile". [BBC]
Just when yesterday's White house press briefing was turning out the usual sycophantic handjobfest, First Lady of the Press, Helen Thomas demands, "Why are we killing people in Iraq? There are many men, women
and children being killed there. I mean, what is the reason we are
there, killing people, continuing. It's outrageous."