Wednesday, November 17, 2004

In one country, members of an opposing political party feign disgust when a multi-million dollar, complexly orchestrated politically motivated prosecution reveals that the United States President lied about sex, he is impeached. In that same country, when a President with a congress dominated by his own party lies about reasons for going to war, and key evidence about national security, he is dogmatically defended by members of his own party and re-elected.

But in another, a leader is brought to account, for the first time in nearly two centuries, for supporting a war based on false pretenses.




Blair impeachment campaign starts


Experts say Mr Blair is not in real danger of impeachment
A campaign to use age-old powers to impeach Tony Blair for misleading the public over the Iraq war is being launched by a group of MPs on Thursday.
The power, last used in 1806, could in theory see Mr Blair charged with improper conduct in office but in practice has little chance of success.


Whether or not the impeachment succeeds, the clear sign is that Tony Blair, who led his nation into an unnecessary war, is nearing the end of his political career. May the rest of Europe take note.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Machine Error Gives Bush Extra Ohio Votes



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An error with an electronic voting system gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said.

Franklin County's unofficial results had Bush receiving 4,258 votes to Democrat John Kerry's 260 votes in a precinct in Gahanna. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct.

Bush actually received 365 votes in the precinct, Matthew Damschroder, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, told The Columbus Dispatch.

State and county election officials did not immediately respond to requests by The Associated Press for more details about the voting system and its vendor, and whether the error, if repeated elsewhere in Ohio, could have affected the outcome.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Bush: Thanks America (for taking Cheney's advice)



White House: Debt Ceiling Must Be Raised

Wed Nov 3,12:54 PM ET White House - AP


By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration announced Wednesday that it will run out of maneuvering room to manage the government's massive borrowing needs in two weeks, putting more pressure on Congress to raise the debt ceiling when it convenes for a special post-election session.



Treasury Department (news - web sites) officials announced that they will be able to conduct a scheduled series of debt auctions next week to raise $51 billion. However, an auction of four-week Treasury bills due to be completed on Nov. 18 will have to be postponed unless Congress acts before then to raise the debt ceiling.


"Due to debt limit constraints, we currently do not have the capacity to settle our four-week bill auction scheduled to settle on Nov. 18," Timothy Bitsberger, acting assistant Treasury secretary for financial markets, said in a statement.