Florida Pilot

A compendium of random thoughts from a former Washington Beltway insider who is now having a lot more fun flying small airplanes in Central Florida.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

dope smoking at moveon?

After almost a month, the folks at moveon still haven't figured out that their guy lost big. Here is an example of how lame their operation is:

"We're all hearing the stories and wondering what's true and what isn't. But at least two cases of serious problems are accepted beyond doubt:
In Broward County, Florida, electronic voting machines counted backwards: as more people voted, the official vote count went down. [1]"

1. Broward Machines Count Backward, Palm Beach Post, November 5, 2004

And if you look at the underlying story in the Palm Beach Post, it indicates that there was a problem when tallies in an individual precinct got over 32,000 for a particular item. Now, at moveon, perhaps 32,000 is a number that is somehow associated with Karl Rove, the generic devil and whipping boy of the liberals these days. A more thoughtful and careful read of this story suggests that the mystery number is most probably 32,768 which happens to be the largest integer which can be stored in 16 bits of data. In most cases, if you add to such a number, it doesn't count down but starts over again from 1 -- a little bit of thinking takes all the mystery out of it.

But nothing that happened or didn't happen in Broward County (where the elections are run by democrats) had any effect on the presidential race or, for that matter, was not fairly easy to understand.

The American people responded to four years of hearing the democrats whine and complain about having the election of 2000 stolen from them by re-electing George W. Bush by a margin so substantial that even John (cry-baby) Kerry and 10,000 lawyers decided it was not worth challenging.


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