Knight Of The Mind

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Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Habitat For Asininity II: Carter On Florida's Election Process

Jimmy Carter has once more graced us with his charm and wit. He has recently concluded that Florida's voting procedures do not meet international standards. He, of course, had no problem certifying the recent electoral theft of Hugo Chavez, so I figured Jimmah Dumb-Dumb was just joshin' us for a couple of laughs.

No, he's dead-on serious. He's also mean-spirited, partisan and nasty. Here, he shares his innermost thoughts on the Florida election process.

He accused Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood, a Republican, of trying to get the name of independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader included on the state ballot, knowing he might divert Democrat votes.

She also may have known Ralph Nader was a declared Presidential Candidate who was lawfully gathering signatures to put his name on the ballot. This would mean that if he got enough signatures to qualify, he was on the ballot whether Jimmah liked it or not.

He also said: "A fumbling attempt has been made recently to disqualify 22,000 African Americans (likely Democrats), but only 61 Hispanics (likely Republicans), as alleged felons."
Mr Carter said Florida Governor Jeb Bush - brother of the president - had "taken no steps to correct these departures from principles of fair and equal treatment or to prevent them in the future".

They are either felons or not. There is no "alleged felon" status. When the State of Florida checks a record and finds a felony conviction, that individual loses the right to vote period. Short of attempting to strong-arm the executive branch of the Florida State Government into pretending this law doesn't exist, Jeb Bush has no say in whether felons vote or not.

"It is unconscionable to perpetuate fraudulent or biased electoral practices in any nation," he added.

Agreed. This is why anyone who believes Hugo Chavez was not cheating in the most recent election in Venezuala needs to be far, far away from the control levers of any electoral process that seeks fairness or impartiality. Jimmy Carter was voted into ignominious retirement back in 1980. He has nothing new to offer except the same tired bile. Go away, Jimmy Carter. Aruba beckons.

"Reciprocals"

As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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