Wednesday, July 05, 2006


The initial count in Mexico's Presidential election had Calderon beating Lopez Obrador by 1 percent.

Claims of fraud led to the "discovery" of over 2.5 million votes that went uncounted which apparently leaned toward Lopez Obrador and reduced Calderon's lead in the preliminary account from 1 percent to .6 of 1 percent.

The recount currently under way has Lopez Obrador up by 2.2 percent with 75% of the precincts counted.

Regardless of who the Mexicans select for their new President, let's hope for a credible result.

UPDATE: Wow!!! Watching the election results trickle in is better than a Mexican soap opera ... as of 9:21 pst, Lopez Obrador's lead has shrunk to .98 of a percentage point with 92.3 of the precincts counted.

UPDATE NO. 2: 10:07 pm pst - the lead is down to .77 with 93.67 reporting. That is a huge swing --- a .21 switch in the now massive totals after only an additional 1.37 percent of precincts being counted.

UPDATE NO. 3: With 99.5 of precincys reporting, Calderon has passed Lopez Obrador and leads by .44 percent. An amazing swing of a full percent in the last 5 percent of reporting precincts.


  • Fuck Beanland, read this McStupid:

    The news out of Iraq today is bad -- a car bomber killed 12 and wounded 41 this morning -- but a Newsweek reporter says the underlying story may be worse. In an interview with Foreign Policy, Rod Nordland, the magazine's chief foreign correspondent and former Baghdad bureau chief, says that conditions in Iraq are "much worse" than they're described in the U.S. press.

    The reason? The Bush administration does a "great job of managing the news," and the military has begun to crack down on embedded reporters who might otherwise offer a clear assessment of facts on the ground. "Before a journalist is allowed to go on an embed now, [the military] check[s] the work you have done previously," Nordland says. "They want to know your slant on a story -- they use the word 'slant' -- what you intend to write, and what you have written from embed trips before. If they don't like what you have done before, they refuse to take you. There are cases where individual reporters have been blacklisted because the military wasn't happy with the work they had done on embed."

    Still, Nordland says that reporters "get out among the Iraqi public a whole lot more than almost any American official, certainly more than military officials do." And he says that there's only so much the administration and the military can do to hide the reality that Iraqis are facing. "It is certainly hard to hide the fact that in the third year of this war, Iraqis are only getting electricity for about 5 to 10 percent of the day," Nordland says. "Living conditions have gotten so much worse, violence is at an even higher tempo, and the country is on the verge of civil war. The administration has been successful to the extent that most Americans are not aware of just how dire it is and how little progress has been made. They keep talking about how the Iraqi army is doing much better and taking over responsibilities, but for the most part that's not true."

    By Anonymous Rolly, at 11:33 AM  

  • Hey rolly, you mean we have not turned the corner in Iraq?!? Lets hope the city of Baghdad completly falls in about thre months from now.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:47 PM  

  • "Burn, baby burn" I hope fucking Bagdad burns to the ground, below the ground, all the way to hell and yonder--just a large cinder pit. Rolly


    I also hope that Mexico goes right along.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:58 PM  

  • Along with Baghdad and Mexico, I am hoping Katherine Harris: That cold hearted bitch, "rejecter of my overtures", rejecter of my amour" also joins in the ash pile.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:01 PM  

  • as his first post demonstrates, rolly obviously just learned how to cut and paste on the computer

    By Anonymous fuckrolly, at 4:06 PM  

  • who ru rooting for macswain?

    surely not that librel wacko, obrador....

    if so, tell us why

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:09 PM  

  • Rolly:

    You write of Katherine Harris:

    "That cold hearted bitch, 'rejecter of my overtures', rejecter of my amour'"

    What happened? Did that picture of her which you took into the bathroom talk back to you?

    By Anonymous just wondrun, at 7:12 PM  

  • Anon,

    I have no preference between Obrador or Calderon ... each are problematic in their own ways and yet neither seems so problematic or offensive as for me to voice a strong opinion. Let the Mexican people choose who is in their best interest.

    My interest is more in watching elections closely to confirm that true democracy is, in fact, taking place. Here there was the oddity of the 2.5 million votes not being initially counted (which thankfully was corrected) but since I've yet to see any strong evidence of vote fraud. I'll be watching to see if Obrador has a legitimate beef or is just disgruntled as a result of the narrow loss.

    By Blogger Macswain, at 11:32 PM  

  • obrador is just another whiny gore

    why can't you libs admit it when u lose?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:23 PM  

  • Macswain:

    You write :"My interest is more in watching elections closely to confirm that true democracy is, in fact, taking place."

    What a load of crap! Your interest is in rooting for the left. There's no way in hell you would have made this post if it looked liked the conservative was the one who got cheated.

    Give us a break. At least admit your biases. We've all got them.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:01 PM  

  • Wrong.

    While Calderon may be a conservative in Mexico, I understand that, in US terms, he is more like a mainstream Democrat than a Pat Robertson, Grover Norquist or George Bush conservative.

    I don't know enough about their actual policy preferences to have an opinion between the two.

    I wouldn't have to write a post about election fraud if a conservative got cheated because the American media - which has truly shown a bias regarding this election - would be all over covering that.

    By Blogger Macswain, at 9:52 AM  

  • Macswain:

    Caught dead to rights with logic and reason. What do you say? "oops, got me"?

    Naw. Change the question. Blame the liberal media.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:05 PM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:18 AM  

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