Saturday, June 10, 2006

More on Coulter
Here are two more things on the Coulter spat. First, a former 9-11 commissioner levels some criticism: ["9/11 Commissioner Criticizes Coulter"] and this, about possible vote fraud: ["Coulter lines up heavy hitter"]. Vote fraud? Ann Coulter? No, really?
The latter is worth printing in its entirety:
What? Ted Olson wasn't available?
Conservative pundit and best-selling political writer Ann Coulter has hired a white-glove, White House-connected law firm to fight allegations she voted illegally in February's Town of Palm Beach election.
And the attorney from the Miami-based Kenny Nachwalter firm is no stranger to Palm Beach voting. Marcos Jimenez - who was, along with the more famous Olson, one of the lead attorneys who fought for George W. Bush's side in the 2000 presidential election snafu here - was assigned to Coulter.
Jimenez, by the way, also knows a thing or two about criminals. Appointed by Bush as U.S. attorney for the southern district of Florida in 2002, Jimenez was charged with going after terrorists, drug dealers and wayward union bosses. Jimenez returned to private practice last year.
"Mr. Jimenez asked us to send him all the correspondence we sent Ms. Coulter," deputy dlections chief Charmaine Kelly said.
A poll worker reported to his supervisors that he saw Coulter try to vote in the precinct closest to her Palm Beach home. But when she was told the address on her voter's registration was elsewhere, Coulter ran out instead of correcting it and ended up voting in a precinct that wasn't hers. Knowingly voting in the wrong precinct
in Florida is a felony.
Elections Supervisor Arthur Anderson gave Coulter until April 30 to explain what happened, but she has yet to answer his registered letters. Now with Jimenez, Kelly said, officials will wait "a few more weeks" before starting a procedure that could strip Coulter of her right to vote here and refer the case to State Attorney Barry Krischer for possible prosecution.
Coulter couldn't be reached and Jimenez didn't return calls.
"Well, well, well, if it isn't ole Englepuke ..." A felony, eh? Wow. That would mean she might end up in a women's prison and probably as someone's bitch ... oops, I shouldn't say that, that would be uncivil ...

The revenge of Michael Brown continues: I don't read Editor & Publisher in the print form but I do try and check out their Web site as much as I can. Here are two recent interesting items from it. First, the reason you want to always save your emails: ["Heckuva E-mail, Brownie: Releases Bush 'Scapegoat' Message"]. Now, this is leadership, huh?:
"This was the text of the email message to Brown read on the air: 'I did hear of one reference to you, at the Cabinet meeting yesterday. I wasn't there but I heard someone commented that the press was sure beating up on Mike Brown, to which the President replied, 'I'd rather they beat up on him than me or Chertoff.'"
Jeez, so much for the great job he was doing, eh?

And then there is this: ["Goldman Lifts Tribune Rating, Says Odds 'High' for Restructuring"]. This is why things are so bad in the newspaper industry. Well, it's one of the reasons. There are others. But let's stick to this one. The "news" isn't a business. It can't be predicted or controlled. It is its own free-flowing choatic entity. You can make money on it, sure. But, it is irresponsible to destroy the news just to make more money from it. You can't decimate the staff of a newspaper and then expect your product to survive. It just doesn't work that way.

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