now runs the voting machines that helped give us Team Bush. So says Michael
frackin', crying-out-loud's sake . . .
The article was a
little heady for me, so I skimmed, was choking in hysteria by the time I got
to: "Per the Miami
Herald: 'The greater threat to our nation's security comes not from Dubai
and its pro-Western government, but from Venezuela, where software engineers
with links to the leftist anti-American regime of Hugo Chavez are programming
electronic voting machines that will soon power U.S. elections'."
I'm not kidding.
Read Sneed's column.
While the Miami Herald has rarely been considered the Diogenes of modern
journalism, I'm not sure we've seen anything this extreme recently. With a
faint heart and damp brow I fear that the disinformation war has suddenly taken
on the speed of light, requiring us to probably put on our verbal combat boots
and forget sleeping for awhile.
Wonder why the
crazies are suddenly wanting to talk about voting machines. You'd think they
wouldn't dare allow the subject to be mentioned in polite company, where an
innocent might mention tests performed on the infamous Diebolds. But then, the
world gets madder by the moment. After all, this is the week when Tom DeLay
announces that he won't run for office again because he wants to protect his
supporters from Barbra Steisand (heard on Air America). Muscleman time?
frightening thing of all is that there are people out there, a few million, who
will believe that this proves what the Bush people have been trying to
tell us, that Venezuela has designs on taking over the United States.
Leigh Saavedra is a lifelong activist and
writer, former high school teacher and gifted education specialist, currently living in Austin, Texas. For the first
years of the Bush dynasty, she wrote under the name "Lisa Walsh
Thomas." She appreciates feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.