Finally a Toll That Makes Sense, But Is Not Complete

There has been some rumbling recently about a sane toll. The proposals are for the tolls to be placed at the Virginia/North Carolina border. The beauty of this location is that the tolls would target interstate drivers, probably crossing for travel rather than work. It evens has a discount for those travelling to their work. This reprt from the AP:

Virginia and North Carolina officials are working on a plan to collect tolls from motorists on interstates 95 and 85 near the state line south of Richmond, Va.

We see through the muddied waters, Charles Taylor

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White House and GOP have systematically dismantled public trust in government

By Grant Millin
December 20, 2005 6:00 am

“People should look at what we do, not who we are.” — U.S. Rep. Roy Blount (R-Mo.), House Majority Whip.

U.S. Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.) pleaded guilty to graft shortly after Thanksgiving, tearfully admitting he took $2.4 million in bribes mostly from defense contractors. He could get up to 10 years in prison on federal bribery, fraud and tax evasion charges.

Year in review

We are what we choose

In the roiling ocean of international politics, George W. Bush was a tsunami of bad choices in 2005. The continuing war on Iraq. The abuses of power. The torture. John Bolton. Michael Brown. Harriet Miers. ScAlito. The lying. The spying. And worse. If our nation ever carried the mantle of moral leadership, we have surely lost it by now.

Which is not to say there aren’t benefits to living under the constant gaze of Dear Leader. Safer at home. Fighting them over there so we won’t have to fight them here. Freedom on the march. Mission accomplished. Yeah, right. The Bush cabal has replaced reality with rhetoric on every front. Words without wisdom, policies without promise, and ruinous debt as far as we can imagine.

Diebold Removes Itself From Competition In North Carolina

Diebold announced yesterday that they were dropping out of consideration for selling voting machines to North Carolina counties, citing their inability to meet the current transparency standards required by the State. Their claim is that they cannot reveal all of their code because some is owned by a third party; however, the company has never shown an effort to get the third-parties to allow release of the code to the State.

The decision of Diebold leaves only one company vying to sell equiptment in the state, Electronic Systems and Software. Now Counties are trying to get the laws changed. From the Durham Herald Sun:

Bad News for Challengers to Diebold Certification

Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand has ruled against the EFF in its bid to stop Diebold and others from selling voting equiptment in the state. The challengers had claimed that the certification of the firms was illegal because the firms were not willing to follow the transparency laws of the state. Oh well, there are always appeals.

Background here. Story here.

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