Friday, February 28, 2003

OHIO FALLS PREY TO ELECTRONIC VOTING

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the secretary of state's office will negotiate and award contracts for new voting equipment in the state's 88 counties.

The article indicates that J. Kenneth Blackwell favors voting machines produced by Diebold Inc., an Ohio based company, although a spokesman for Blackwell calls it an unfair characterization.

Diebold Inc. produces voting machines that leave no paper trail, in effect leaving the vote vulnerable to the honesty of the programmers. Touchscreen voting machines have recently come under fire, as Baltimore based VoteHere is being sued by a worker for being fired shortly before he was able to blow the whistle on this company.

For more information on Diebold, scroll down this article to find out who the corporate officers hand out their campaign contributions to.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS

Q Sir, how big and exactly what kind of sacrifices will be asked of the U.S. troops, their families, the American public should you decide to go to war?

THE PRESIDENT: Any time you put a troop into harm's way, that in itself is a sacrifice. First of all -- and that's why war is my last choice. That's why I've said all along I would hope that the world would come together to convince Saddam to make the decision to disarm.

Perhaps the biggest risk in the theater, if we were to commit our troops, is Saddam, himself. He shows no regard for human life in his own country. After all, he's gassed them, he's used the weapons of mass destruction on his own people that he now claims he doesn't have. He tortures people. He brutalizes them. He could care less about human condition inside of Iraq.

And so I think one of the biggest dangers we face -- if we go to war -- is how he treats innocent life. And it is important for the Iraqi leadership and Iraqi generals to clearly understand that if they take innocent life, if they destroy infrastructure, they will be held to account as war criminals.

Monday, February 24, 2003

IS THERE A PAYCHECK IN IT FOR US?

Country music star Johnny Paycheck passed away February 18th. A native of Greenfield, Ohio, Paycheck's death didn't go unnoticed by the office of Ohio Governor Bob Taft. Brian K. Hicks, who works as the chief of staff for Taft, honored Paycheck's memory by saying, "Too bad about Paycheck. Did he leave the state any money?"

They'll miss you, old buddy. Actually, they'll miss the taxes you paid, but at a time like this, who's quibbling?