Archive for October 18th, 2005

Coulda Been Worse…

The Kenosha Kid’s link to The Aspen Institute by reference to Scooter Libby’s letter to Judy Miller about the aspens turning in clusters made me consider that at least he didn’t say “larches”…

3 comments October 18th, 2005 at 11:37pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Wankers,Weirdness

American-Style Democracy Comes To Ohiraq

I guess this is just what happens when you put Republicans in charge of democracy…

Iraqi election officials said Monday that they were investigating “unusually high” vote totals in 12 Shiite and Kurdish provinces, where as many as 99 percent of the voters were reported to have cast ballots in favor of Iraq’s new constitution. The investigation raised the possibility that the results of the referendum could be called into question.

In a statement on Monday evening, the Independent Election Commission of Iraq said the results of the referendum on Saturday would have to be delayed “a few days” because the apparently high number of “yes” votes required election workers to “recheck, compare and audit” the results.

The statement made no mention of the possibility of fraud, but said results were being re-examined to comply with internationally accepted standards. Election officials say that under those standards, voting procedures should be re-examined anytime a candidate or a ballot question got more than 90 percent of the vote.

Members of the commission declined to give any details. But one official with knowledge of the balloting said the 12 provinces where the “yes” votes exceeded 90 percent all had populations that were majority Shiite or Kurdish. Leaders from those communities strongly endorsed the proposed constitution.

(snip)

“When you find consistently very, very high numbers, then that is cause for further checking,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Anything over 90 percent either way usually leads to further investigation.”

(snip)

Some Sunni leaders said the lopsided votes suggested fraud. Mishaan al-Jubouri, a National Assembly member and Sunni leader, said he favored a thorough investigation.

The Shiite and Kurdish political parties in power “were filling out forms and stuffing them into boxes,” he said in an interview. “They were also voting in the names of those who hadn’t come to vote.”

Mr. Jubouri said that monitors in several southern provinces, for example, reported modest voter turnout in their polling centers, but that after the polls closed, officials released overall turnout figures there that appeared to be extraordinarily high. They included results from the predominantly Shiite provinces of Najaf, Karbala and Wasit, he said.

Some centers did not even have 20 or 30 percent voter turnout, he said.

“This gives an impression that the process wasn’t transparent,” he added.

Iraqi Secretary of State Khalid al-Blaqwell could not be reached for comment.

If they’re committing election fraud to secure 33% of the vote, that’s pretty damn pathetic, although maybe they’re just trying to make it look more like a mandate…

I also suspect that I am not the only who thinks 33% is an awfully low bar for ratifying the entire foundation of a government. How can you have a “democratic” government based on a constitution that 65% of the electorate voted against? My gut feeling is that the 33% threshold was based on calculations of attainability rather than legitimacy.

October 18th, 2005 at 09:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Elections,Iraq,Wankers

This Isn’t Surreal At All…

Citizen Wookiee!

Best known as the furry Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, 7-foot-3 British actor Peter Mayhew is now a U.S. citizen. Mayhew softly recited the oath to become a naturalized American Monday, with his raised right hand trembling slightly.

(snip)

The former English hospital worker said he decided to seek American citizenship when he got married “to a Texan lady.” Mayhew and his wife wed six years ago. His wife, Angelique, was beside him, with a drawing depicting Chewbacca, a background of the American flag and Union Jack and the words “Citizen Wookiee.”

“Well it was a natural thing being married to a Texan,” said Mayhew… “I wanted to become an American because Texas is an integral part of America, its lifestyle.”

(snip)

His film career was launched in 1977 when he played the role of the Minotaur in “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.” He had been working as an orderly at London’s King’s College Hospital when he was featured in a newspaper article about men with large feet, which caught the eye of the movie’s producers.

Well. I can’t really add anything to that…

(If Wookiees live in Texas, you must acquit!)

October 18th, 2005 at 08:42am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Movies,Weirdness

More Spam Poetry

I think I’m getting addicted to this stuff…

Today’s offering is entitled:

Are you struggling with finances?
We will have you out of debt fast.

salmon hides under rock floats to sea grinds
sand dust broom pan pot lid on bowl put in
cereal for morning kid eats lucky charms has
marshmellow center like a twinky cup cakes.

NoMorePlease
paint red on doghouse put number for fido
in front mail man carries envelope dog bone
for pooch happy skittles in tummy can put two
in bowl hilary pretty girl texas toast syrup pancake.

*snaps fingers appreciatively*

1 comment October 18th, 2005 at 01:14am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Spamoptikon


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