Archive for October 5, 2010

Just before I went to Blogcon I said this about Bill Hudak:

Hudak is an excellent speaker who did something that instantly made me like him. He started to run MONTHS before Scott Brown was elected and way before anyone thought the democrats were in trouble.

One of the advantages of standing up and fighting rather than tamely giving up is you get the chance to take advantage of stuff like this:

The wife of US Representative John F. Tierney is poised to plead guilty tomorrow to federal tax charges for managing a bank account that her brother allegedly used to deposit millions of dollars in illegal gambling profits he raked in from an offshore sports betting operation in Antigua.

Patrice Tierney, 59, who is married to the Salem Democrat, is charged with four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns by her brother, Robert Eremian, of St. John’s, Antigua.

Bill Hudak’s internal polls already showed Tierney below 50% (bad news for an incumbent, incredible for a dem in Massachusetts) He’s been running hard and the media has been hitting him for a while but even places like the Globe are now see trouble:

You can crow all you want about some kooky yard sign of the president in a turban or whatever but this is a bit more serious to the tune of, oh, seven million dollars. Hudak may be painted as a wing nut – and rightfully so – but he doesn’t have any immediate ties to serious law breaking like this. Keep it mind that Tierney voted against the internet gambling ban while all of this was going on.

For the Globe that’s practically an endorsement

My film of Hudak is here

If there was ever a time to kick in for him on ma-6 it’s now.

I still say at least 3 seats in this state will turn this election. The NYT thinks that’s impossible so I feel really good about it.

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Never bet against a hacker

Posted: October 5, 2010 in tech
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When my youngest was about 3 he had an annoying habit of crawling out his bedroom window and onto the roof.

We tried taping the windows, locking the windows etc. Nothing worked. Finally we had a window company come it. They brought in a window and set it up in the Kitchen, and said it was “full of wonderful safety features that children wouldn’t be able to circumvent.”

We then called Danny into the room and told him to open and get through the window. It took mere seconds for him to open and get through it. At that the salesman said: “Good luck, I can’t sell you anything.” We eventually just nailed his window shut.

I couldn’t help thinking about that when I read this story:

Last week, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics opened a new Internet-based voting system for a weeklong test period, inviting computer experts from all corners to prod its vulnerabilities in the spirit of “give it your best shot.” Well, the hackers gave it their best shot — and midday Friday, the trial period was suspended, with the board citing “usability issues brought to our attention.”

Challenging hackers to hack a system is asking for it. And with millions of dollars of patronage etc at stake do you really believe that people won’t be trying to hack such systems?

Fortunately there is a ready made solution!

memeorandum thread here

Update: Instalanche Thanks again Glenn, and while you are here check out the my latest examiner article, examine the “we don’t censor art” crowd and although you might have heard about Rep John Tierney’s wife pleading guilty of federal tax evasion, you might want to meet his republican opponent in ma-6 Bill Hudak who deserves your support.

…to figure out that Sarah Palin might be running for president in 2012.

Yeah it’s not official until it’s announced. Neither is Mitt Romney’s (nobody is calling him coy).

I’ve read the post in question and I’ve read the e-mail and everybody is making a whole not of fuss about something that looks like a whole lot of nothing to me.

Yeah someone leaked an e-mail, yeah supporters of her rivals for the nomination might be trying to hurt Palin’s chances and yeah if I’m Todd Palin I’m pissed off at his friend who dissed his wife.

But this is no more of a bombshell than the idea that you might not want to sit next to my brother after he has a large Mexican meal.

The fact that this is the top story on Memeorandum does say this: If Sarah Palin announces for the republican nomination she is the defacto front-runner. Democrats ought to be damn scared but some republican establishment types are more scared.

Why? Because she means it!

Update: Sissy Willis opines on the matter

In the 3rd district there are actually 3 candidates for that congressional seat. In addition to Marty Lamb and Jim McGovern we have an independent candidate Pat Barron.

I’m not sure I buy the 3rd party argument, but if you do his site is here.