Notice the very artful parsing of words from Peter Hoekstra (R-Supine):
WASHINGTON â€” A high-ranking Republican lashed out at President Bush on Sunday, suggesting that the White House may have broken the law by failing to inform Congress of a "major" intelligence program and other undercover activities.
By "a" we mean "at least one" ...
And by "other" we mean, well, what do we mean? Read below the fold...
North Korea again, with Nick Burns filling in for Secretary Rice.
Chris Wallace got right to the point; are Russia and China going to back us on sanctions against North Korea? Wallace wanted a yes or no answer.
He didn't get it.
I must say I began to feel sorry for Amb. Burns, stuck explaining an impotent policy that has gone on now, for years, without accomplishing anything, as if that policy was something new and wonderful, that, with enough time and determination, will work to rein in North Korea. There was a real pathos leaching out from that wall of words. Read below the fold...
So, who does Pravda on the Potomac hire to write an Op-Ed full of sage advice to Calderon and Obrador? Who is their Go-To Guy? Drumroll, please:
Benjamin L. Ginsberg, a partner at Patton Boggs, [who] served as national counsel to the Bush-Cheney campaigns in [Florida] 2000 and [Ohio] 2004.
Somehow, I have the feeling WaPo is sending a very strong signal about the direction their coverage of the Mexican election is going to take. Read below the fold...
In the 27 years since Superman: The Movie, much has changed about "the American way." Much has changed in the comics and the TV portrayals of the Man of Steel, too. Maybe it's time for a hero who stands for "truth, justice, and all that stuff" instead of "the American way." Discuss. Read below the fold...
North Korea got the star treatment on NBC today - pictures of marching soldiers, of missiles blasting from launch pads, Kim Jung Il being Kim Jung Il, with Timmeh's voiceover asking, can this man be stopped?
Over hyped? Definitely.
Over half the show was spent with Russert badgering Ambassador Nick Burns, the number three guy at State, to almost no avail.
Interesting to consider why Condi didn't deem it important enough for her to be on any of the Sunday programs. Trying to minimize? Definitely.
Will we get sanctions out of the UN, asked Russert? Read below the fold...
The headline for today's installment would have to be something like: ...
"Lively Political Discourse Dead In America, Democratic Governance, The Life Of The Mind To Follow, Sooner Rather Than Later."
Okay, so I'm not a headline writer. Read below the fold...
In Mexico, there is a form of recount where voting tally sheets are compared to the actual ballots. It's like comparing your shipping manifest to what's actually in the packing case. This form of recount has already been undertaken in some states, When you look at the real votes, what happened? Did the errors favor the conservative?
Do heads of departments like the NSA get sworn in, as in hand-on-the-Bible-and-take-an-oath sworn in? Or does some flunky just show them to their office and take them around to indicate where the cafeteria and the nearest men's room is? If there's a preserve-protect-and-defend-the-Constitution rule in effect, which being as this is the "National Security" Agency and all would seem like a good idea, it looks like we may need one of those stand-down time-outs for review of the pertinent operating rules:
Congress shall make no law...abridging...the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Thirteen anti-war activists were given citations Saturday for protesting outside the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade. Read below the fold...
And it's a very familiar stink.
We've got it all. The rush to declare a victor before the votes are counted, the partisan software company--and voting software that's proven to be hackable. (Read on for how. You'll never guess what the password was!)
Al Giordano in NarcoNews:
Suspicions about computer-generated fraud â€“ rooted, in part, in the fact that IFEâ€™s computer systems were partly designed by companies and partners of CalderÃ³nâ€™s brother-in-law Diego Hildebrando Zavala â€“ have been raised anew by the statistical anomalies and inconsistencies both in the PREP counts and hard counts claimed by the IFE, particularly the lack of fluctuation in Madrazoâ€™s hard count tally at the very moments when a radical shift occurred from Obrador to CalderÃ³n.
(Note that a full, manual recount is the only antidote for computer fraud.)
But wait, there's more:
And the fact that IFE chairman Ugalde rushed, at 4 p.m. Thursday, to declare a winner without having transparently reported the region-by-region and state-by-state results (at press time, IFE still has not published them) smells as rotten as the legal fact that Ugalde is not empowered by any law to declare a winner but that he inexplicably did so anyway: that task belongs, legally, to the judicial branch of government, the Trife tribunal.
Ugaldeâ€™s illegal hurry suggests motive to literally play fast and loose with the facts, as he has done.
So, in Ugalde, at last we have our Katherine Harris! And our James Baker...
Here's a little information on Diego Hildebrando Zavala. From The Mex Files:
Those contracts may have been perfectly legitimate -- there aren't that many Mexican data service companies, and Hildebrando SA de CV (and Meta Data, controlled by Diego Zavala ) are two of the few large companies that do this kind of work. STILL... Diego Zavala was denying any contracts existed, and was threatening a civil suit against AMLO for "moral damage" (basically, slander) until someone dug them up in the public record.
Of course they're legitimate. That's why Zavala denied they existed!
UPDATE The software has already been hacked. And guess how? This only gets better! Mex Files:
It's slightly embarrassing. IFE, (Instituto Federal Electoral) deservedly is respected world-wide, and just today, was held up as an example of their north of the border friends of how to run a clean election. Unfortunately, the admiring articles in the U.S. press appeared the same day the Institute had to admit that PANistas had "somehow" gotten ahold of voter registration data. Of course, they're saying it's minor, though denuncias have already been filed.Read below the fold...