Monday, October 30, 2006

Machina - She Take Me Vote and Run Venezuela-Style !

The NY Times is finally reporting something reported since early 2005: a close tie between the regime of Hugo Chavez and the Smartmatic voting machines being used in many US elections.

This story was explored in considerable detail by Alekzander Boyd - a Venezuelan expatriate.

One of the things he discussed was the rather close tie between ex-President Jimmy Carter and Hugo Chavez.

"The USAID, IFES, Carter Center, CNE and Smartmatic connection In June 1998, the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela contracted the International Foundation for Election Systems IFES to renew and make recommendations regarding proposals for an automated voting system in Venezuela [21, page 29 ].

IFES has been awarded (award number AEP-I-00-00-00007-00) an "indefinite quantity contract" (IQC) by USAID with the following purpose: "To support the transition to, and consolidation of, democratic governments through which citizens choose their leaders and participate in all levels of political decision-making, particularly in transition and sustainable development countries" [22, page 30 ].

According to Carter Center's America's Programme director Jennifer McCoy "President Carter had traveled several times to Venezuela, including monitoring the 1998 and 2000 elections, and he and President Chavez built a very good personal relationship" [23].

Such warm relationship may have come about due to the fact that the Carter Center is the sole subcontractor of IFES for the aforementioned purpose. "

The machines were used - unsuccessfully-in Chicago in 2005.

Incidentally, I've read a LOT of criticism ( which seems well-warranted) of the Diebold machines ,but can't help wondering how much of that criticism was generated by the Smartmatic/Sequoia operation.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Too Many Headstones this Halloween !

Driving through the neighborhood today, I noticed some of the Halloween decorations on nearby lawns.

One neighbor had little handmade wooden "tombstones" -painted sort of gray-white,with messages printed on them in black ink ; eg: "My name is Fred. I'm dead."

I thought (very briefly) of putting markers on my lawn...only they would look like military gravestones , and the messages would be different.

We died yesterday because the Media wanted to publicize Abu Ghraib !

We died today because Terrorists watch TV too !

We'll die tomorrow because The Times likes to publish secrets !

We'll die later on because certain politicians encouraged the Enemy !

As I say, I thought about it briefly ,but decided against it .

Much, much, MUCH too scarey !!!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Mark Foley Saga

A gay Congressman named Mark Foley
Sent out some Emails unholy :

Sent suggestions outrageous
To handsome young Pages –

His motives, it seems
Were quite lowly.

With Elections just short weeks away
Leading Democrats shouted : “Hooray !”

They grew almost violent,
But Barney Frank remained silent:

For a change he had
Nothing to say !

House Republicans all sang the blues:
As the Media tightened the screws:

CNN was restrained –
(The reporters looked pained)

ABC was as bad
As Fox News !