Tally Briggs / Actress at Large


                ~ tis bitter cold,

                                and I am sick at heart.

                                                 Act I, scene I

CNN - You're FIRED.  So are you Reuter's.  7-2?
What are they talking about????
Every other news service I have checked, the Los Angeles Times, New York
Times, MSNBC.Com, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, ABCNEWS.com,
The Denver Post, and many others.  But to get a clear rundown on what angle CNN
may have been spinning, I had to go to the BBC's website:

When the ruling was released at 2205 (0305 GMT Wednesday), seven of the nine
justices had agreed to overturn the Florida Supreme Court's decision to restart the counts.
They ruled there had been constitutional problems with the move, because there was no
standard way to treat the hand recounting, and therefore unequal treatment of different papers.

But the court's margin shrunk to 5-4 in deciding what to do about it, the majority voting there
was no time for further recounts before the Electoral College met. The case was formally
handed back to Florida, but the BBC's Washington correspondent Paul Reynolds says that
in practice there is no time or legal room for the court to act. The presidential process is
now expected to move out of the courts and into the electoral college, which meets in
state capitals across the country on Monday to select the next president.

The US Supreme Court  FIVE are also fired (the wimpy majority who've been bought off).
Too bad no one buys ad time with them.

I love that The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg  said "I dissent"
without adding the pussy-ish 'respectfully'.  You GO girl!

And Justice Breyer:  "This history may help to explain why I think it not
only legally wrong, but also most unfortunate, for the Court simply to have
terminated the Florida recount," Justice Breyer said. He said the time problem
that Florida faced was "in significant part, a problem of the Court's own making."

The recount was moving ahead in an "orderly fashion," Justice Breyer said,
when "this court improvidently entered a stay." He said: "As a result, we will never
know whether the recount could have been completed."

There was no need for the court to have involved itself in the election dispute this time,
he said, adding: "Above all, in this highly politicized matter, the appearance of a split decision
runs the risk of undermining the public's confidence in the court itself. That confidence is a
public treasure. It has been built slowly over many years, some of which were marked by a
Civil War and the tragedy of segregation. It is a vitally necessary ingredient of any successful
effort to protect basic liberty and, indeed, the rule of law itself.  We do risk a self-inflicted
wound," Justice Breyer said, "a wound that may harm not just the court, but the nation."

And the BRILLIANT:  Justice John Paul Stevens said the court's action "can
only lend credence to the most cynical appraisal of the work of judges
throughout the land."  His dissenting opinion, also signed by Justices
Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, added: "It is confidence in the men and
women who administer the judicial system that is the true backbone of the
rule of law. Time will one day heal the wound to that confidence that will
be inflicted by today's decision. One thing, however, is certain. Although
we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this
year's Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear.
It is the nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law."

Well said.

But will get reported??  CNN, I'm done.
It used to be an honest source for unbiased journalism.  But then Ted sold it.
Ted, who'd you sell it TO, a front for the Bush/Baker clan?

This morning on my hellacious drive to work, Bean of  the brilliant Kevin & Bean
morning show on KROQ radio said, "The republicans basically sat on the ball and
ran out the clock."  Everyone agreed it was a cowardly way to win.  So true.

Then on my local NPR station, KCRW, I heard some smug republican blathering
on about how "The people have spoken.  They want Bush's policies on Education,
and Social Security and Tax cuts, etc... So it's time we all get behind him & move on."
(He gets a full period in the penalty box for that one.)

Uhm... noooo.
The people, the MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE voted for GORE.  In Florida as well,
and if justice isn't obstructed that will be proven sooner or later, not withstanding all the
rest of the 2000 BUSH VOTE FIX OF FLORIDA.  And all of your smugness won't
EVER change the facts.  EVER.  The more they refuse to answer straight questions
about honest counting, and true facts, the more power hungry and transparent they become.

I have more respect for Gore now than I ever have.  Everyone's true colors are coming out.
The PEOPLE aren't as stupid and gulible as Bush Co wants them to be.
We see right through all the repub-rubbish.

Gore reminds me of that great line in Superman
"I'm here to fight for Truth, Justice, and The American Way!"
I know you are baby!
We're still all right behind you, no matter what.

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