YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT THOSE FAITH-BASED POLITICIANS ARE UP TO
WAYNE MADSEN REPORT - Part of the focus on the johns in the DC Madam
case, an overwhelming majority of whom are Republican political
appointees and office holders, is on particular office and residential
areas of McLean and Alexandria, Virginia, in addition to K, H, and Eye
Street lobbying and law offices in downtown Washington, DC. The net may
also ensnare two 2008 GOP presidential candidates, one declared and the
other, as yet, undeclared. WMR has also learned that some of the clients
arranged their own direct communications with Pamela Martin & Associates
employees. Some requests by clients fell into the category of aberrant
sex, including bizarre requests for urination, defecation,
sado-masochism, and acts of sodomy by certain clients, some of whom have
significant political profiles in Washington. These requests did not
technically run afoul of prostitution laws which are based on vaginal,
oral, or anal penetration by the client.
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CONTESTED FLORIDA VOTE COUNT WAS HIT BY INTERNET WORM ON ELECTIN DAY
COMPUTER WORLD - The computer database infrastructure of Sarasota
County, Fla., was attacked by a notorious Internet worm on the first day
of early voting during the 2006 election, which featured the
now-contested U.S. House race between Democrat Christine Jennings and
Republican Vern Buchanan in Florida's 13th Congressional district.
In the early afternoon hours on Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, an Internet worm
slammed into the county's database system, breaching its firewall and
overwriting the system's administrative password. The havoc brought the
county's network -- and the electronic voting system which relies on it
-- to its knees as Internet access was all but lost at voting locations
for two hours that afternoon. Voters in one of the nation's most hotly
contested Congressional elections were unable to cast ballots during the
outage, since officials were unable to verify registration data.
An incident report filed by the county explains the intrusion and
temporary havoc wrought by the virus.
According to the two-page report, a server on Sarasota County's database
system was attacked by "a variant of the SQL Slammer worm." Once
infected, as the report details, the server "sent traffic to other
database servers on the Internet, and the traffic generated by the
infected server rendered the firewall unavailable."
GREAT MOMENTS IN SCIENCE: WHY THE RACE SHOULD BE BETWEEN TOMMY THOMPSON
AND WESLEY CLARK
ERIC SCHULMAN, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA AND DANIEL DEBOWY, NEW YORK
UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE - Our 2003 algorithm for determining the
winners of United States presidential elections correctly determined the
winner of each of the 55 U.S. presidential elections between 1789 and
2004. We apply the algorithm to 44 Democratic and Republican candidates
for the 2008 U.S. presidential election and find that the Democrats have
nine tickets with electabilities greater than 150, whereas the
Republicans have five tickets with electabilities greater than 150. The
most electable ticket, with an electability of 264, has Republican
former Governor Tommy G. Thompson as the presidential candidate and
Senator Charles T. Hagel as the vice presidential candidate. The next
most electable ticket, with an electability of 260, has Democratic
retired General Wesley K. Clark as the presidential candidate and former
Vice President Albert A. Gore Jr. as the vice presidential candidate. .
We determined the electability for president and vice president of the
Democratic and Republican candidates for the 2008 U.S. presidential
election using the following formulas:
Presidential Electability = 5*(years as President) + years as U.S.
Representative + 11(years as Governor), +110 if the candidate has been a
four-star general officer in the United States Armed Forces, +110 if the
candidate has been a college or university president or chancellor, +110
if the candidate is the child of a U.S. Senator, - 110 if the candidate
has been divorced, - 110 if the candidate has been a special
prosecutor, - 110 if the candidate was the first adherent of a
particular religion (e.g., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
to be a major-party candidate for President, - 110 if the candidate was
an officer of a lobbying organization at the time of the election. . .
The most electable ticket has Republican former Governor Tommy G.
Thompson as the presidential candidate and Senator Charles T. Hagel as
the vice presidential candidate. The next most electable ticket has
Democratic retired General Wesley K. Clark as the presidential candidate
and former Vice President Albert A. Gore, Jr. as the vice presidential
candidate. We assume that major party primary voters are rational and
will understand the empirical power of our algorithm. Democratic primary
voters will therefore nominate Wesley K. Clark, Albert A. Gore Jr.,
William B. Richardson, or Christopher J. Dodd as their 2008 presidential
candidate. This candidate, being rational, will choose Albert A. Gore
Jr., Birch E. Bayh III, or Christopher J. Dodd as their vice
presidential running mate. Republican primary voters will nominate Tommy
G. Thompson, George E. Pataki, Michael D. Huckabee, or James S. Gilmore
III as their 2008 presidential candidate. This candidate, being
rational, will choose Charles T. Hagel or Richard B. Cheney as their
vice presidential running mate (whether Mr. Cheney would accept a job
that, as Vice President Nelson Rockefeller noted, "has no responsibility
and no power" is beyond the scope of this paper).
EARLY PRIMARY STATES AREN'T QUITE AVERAGE
STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, ASSOCIATED PRESS - White, rural, and homogeneous.
New Hampshire and Iowa play big roles in choosing presidential
candidates but don't look much like the rest of the country. A better
bellwether might be Illinois. It's the most "average" state, according
to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Census Bureau. Illinois
is the fifth - largest state, home to the big city Chicago, rolling
countryside in the south, and a lot of sprawling suburbs. And it has
Peoria, which, it turns out, really is a barometer of America's
preferences. Many companies continue to use the city in central Illinois
as a test market, taking literally the adage about how things play
there. . .
The AP ranked each state on how closely it matched national levels on 21
demographic factors. . . Illinois was followed by Oregon, Michigan,
Washington, and Delaware. West Virginia was the least typical state --
poorer, whiter, more rural -- followed by Mississippi, New Hampshire,
Vermont, and Kentucky.