Jul 30, 2007

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FBI, IRS search home of Sen. Ted Stevens

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service on Monday searched the home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, an official said.

Investigators arrived at the Republican senator's home in Girdwood shortly before 2:30 p.m. Alaska time, said Dave Heller, FBI assistant special agent.

Heller said he could not comment on the nature of the investigation, but suggested "Senator Stevens might freeze his assets off in Alaska and D.C."

The Justice Department has been looking into the seven-term senator's relationship with a wealthy contractor as part of a public corruption investigation. <more>

Graft and corruption does not discriminate based on age, race, gender or political party - just say "No, thank you!"

"...freeze his assets off." Good one, Dave! Randall, why don't you write me zingers like that? ;)

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Blogger jan said...

Wonder how long they will take to comb threw all that and get back to us.

7:10 PM  
Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

These guys are in our government because??

Better not be too long Jan;) I think the American people have waited long enough for these guys to be stopped.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous celeste aida said...

Jan, most of the Sunday stuff is my blogging. I'll be more respectful of other swimmers in the pjf pool and quit spashing so much.

Stop crying. If you were my baby I'd check to see why you were crying. Something pricking you? Soiled nappie? Hungry? Or do you want to be picked up and need comforting?

ROFLMAO, love that pic!

Ciao Bella

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Celeste Aida said...


Politics is all about keeping the family business going. I worked briefly as a lobbyist in DC,for Shandwick Public Affairs on the estate tax, so-called "death tax."

My family, in the USA, is in construction, a small business, relatively.

The Senators may be more interested in keeping their seats, preventing interference from above, so they can hang onto their fiefdoms.

8:15 PM  
Anonymous paying attentions said...

Someone mentioned today it feels like there isn't really a clear set of laws in our country anymore. A young law enforcement student with good grades said this. Its funny many of the kids understand what's going on, but people twice their age are still catching on. I blame the media-the kids are online, getting their news taking their laptops and such everywhere. Shame on the msm Editors reading this site (we know you do!) tomorrows consumers are already doubting you.

Jan with Goonzo still in charge of LE, prez boosh at the wheel and crazies cheney's new battery, I know just how that baby feels!

8:16 PM  
Blogger jan said...

I like the way the looks like it pounds it's fist and kicks it's feet.


8:22 PM  
Anonymous baby steps... said...


I clicked the photo. Nada.

How do you get the baby to pound and kick?

8:31 PM  
Blogger jan said...

You have to imagine it, silly. ;}

8:34 PM  
Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

C. A.

I have always worked for gov or non-profit sector...'lobbying' I have done is on behalf of victims, children and veterans of the Iraq war.
Soo much fun dealing with politicians who prefer to work with the kind of lobbying you did and not the kind I bring! LOL I'm the "downer", cause man- they just wanna make money and some friends on the Hill. Visit the DC Madame now and then...

Before I knew them, I assumed they were much smarter. It was after the meetings I realized what we had to work with!

My patience has run out working with these morons, but its happened before, huh blogmaster;D

I tire of this present goon squad still having power...and my back hurts!

8:37 PM  
Anonymous I've gone to look for America said...


Even though Tom Petty says, "you don't have to live like a refugee..."

I'm easily misled. "ah have always depended on the kindness of strangers..." Blanche Du Bois, Tennesee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire.

English is a second language for me. I don't think in English. Actuallly, 3rd or 4th depending on how you count.

I'm a refugee. Refugee camp. Came to America for 1st grade. Taught by foreign nuns, traveled.

Celeste Aida

8:50 PM  
Anonymous buena notti said...


Your work is noble.

Lobbyists as a group are shallow and lazy. Gold-diggers.

Individually, many are perverts.

Celeste Aida

9:01 PM  
Anonymous what do you see said...

Analyst Says 'Last Supper' Holds Secret

Claims Leonardo Da Vinci Hid Images in Famous Painting

9:04 PM  
Anonymous look @ him, are u surprised said...

Speaking of gold diggers

Vanity Fair: Giuliani's wife 'princess who wants to be queen'

9:20 PM  
Anonymous sacred soduku said...

Symbolically, "The Last Supper" tableau has Jesus, the apostles, and Judas, with a bag, presumably the money he just got for selling out Jesus.

Mathematically, I see the apostles arranged in threes. I see a triangle in the figure of Jesus.

Computer guy should do a pattern analysis of the painting, only because it is Da Vinci. He was not a frivolous person.

Celeste Aida < fluffy

9:45 PM  
Anonymous ghoulianis queen b said...

He joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan in 1988 after three years as a litigation associate at the New York law firm, Christy & Viener. What month in 1988? just curious;)

Interesting observations celeste a and since I'm not-I'm wondering what a mathematician sees looking at those

9:52 PM  
Blogger airJackie said...

Randall is a man of few words. He is the best at what he does " NO Comment". Now the more someone talks the more questions and spin takes place. Randall should teach others how to handle the press. We need more lawyers like Randall Samborn.

Case in point Randall handled the Libby and Black cases as both DOJ cases were winners with his help.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous 3 rabbis = 7 1/2 opinions said...

9:52 Ghoul,

I'm not a mathematician, either.

The answer you get, depends on who you ask.

Perhaps Da Vinci had the so-called "theory of everything" aka
"unified field theory." That would really, really upset Stephen Hawking.

No evidence Da Vinci even knew partical physics existed. Although, the Greeks did have an inkling. So who can tell.

Celeste Aida < could live at the Vatican Archives, wearing Jane Austin's white cap of spinsterhood, but not until my parents leave me.

Celeste Aida

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Perle connected to Black or not? Perle looks corrupt and shady, how come I keep seeing his name connected to Black's?

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Fitz's must investigate this said...

Florida voting chief aims to block hackers
Florida's top elections chief has found Diebold's voting machines could be compromised easily by hackers and is demanding a quick fix.
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The study by Florida State University found that, despite recent software fixes, an ‘‘adversary'' could use a pre-programmed computer card to swap one candidate's votes for another or create a "ballot-stuffing attack'' that multiplies votes for a candidate or issue.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Computer hackers can change election results on certain voting machines used in 25 Florida counties and not leave a trace, according to Florida's secretary of state, who has given Diebold Election Systems until Aug. 17 to fix the problem or lose the right to operate in the state.

A new study by Florida State University found that, despite recent software fixes, an ''adversary'' could use a preprogrammed computer card to swap one candidate's votes for another's or create a ''ballot-stuffing attack'' that multiplies votes for a candidate or issue on Diebold's optical-scan voting machines.

The decision Tuesday by Secretary of State Kurt Browning to study Diebold comes nearly two years after the state and the company were told of the problem, which they all but denied. Now, Diebold says the problem will be fixed.

Browning credited the company for its openness, but he's taking no chances.

''There's a new secretary in town,'' said Browning. ``We kind of categorize this . . . as a pretty major issue. It showed you could go in and manipulate the system and the key word is to do it undetected.''


Browning said his office is examining security issues for all voting-machine vendors, including Elections Systems & Software machines, which Miami-Dade and Broward use.

The heightened software tests are taking place as the voting machine companies seek state approval for new voting systems.

If Diebold fails to fix the software, counties will likely have to find a new vendor by the 2008 general election.

A new state law requires that, by next year, all counties must use paper-trail-style machines and all but scrap the ATM-style touch-screen voting machines used by the major urban counties. Monroe County uses Diebold systems.

A Diebold spokesman, Mark Radke, said the company is ''enhancing everything'' based on the findings by FSU's Security and Assurance in Information Technology team. ''There'll be no risk whatsoever to voters,'' he said. ``These are not major enhancements.''

The company had made similar assurances in late 2005 after Leon County Election Supervisor Ion Sancho allowed a Finnish computer scientist named Harri Hursti unfettered access to the voting systems to see if they could be compromised.

Hursti found that votes could be changed without leaving much of a trace.

At the time, then-Gov. Jeb Bush's secretary of state, David Mann, said he wasn't concerned and, along with Diebold, dismissed the Hursti study as unrealistic because it didn't take place in a real-world elections environment.

Radke noted that Hursti declined an offer from California elections officials to repeat his Leon County study.

Browning, appointed this year by Gov. Charlie Crist, said he couldn't ignore the results.


In addition to requiring the software upgrade, Browning plans to ask elections supervisors to have a uniform security policy to ensure a chain of custody for elections equipment that would show who touched what elections system and when.

Browning's examination was vindication for Sancho, but the nonpartisan election supervisor said it's just a first step. He said the contested 2006 congressional race in Sarasota that ultimately helped lead to the demise of touch-screen voting machines in Florida still exposed a big wound in Florida's elections systems: Their software is run and owned by private companies.

''The larger issue in my mind is: Since we've all been asleep at the wheel, there maybe should have been more effective tests on the machines than we've run,'' Sancho said. ``So there's a lot we still don't know about.''

8:15 PM  

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