Cold spaghetti is all the time I've had time to cook lately. And by cook I mean taking the plastic wrap off the pot before I put it on the table in front of the kids. I'm kidding. I feed my kids real food. I'm the one eating the cold spaghetti.
It's been a crowded month. Apparently every school event involving my children was scheduled to happen in May. For me, of course, there were the primaries to lose. You'll be surprised to find out that it can take the same amount of time to lose an election as it does to win one. Who knew? In the case of Casey, it took a lot of time avoiding the primary in order to win it, which he did masterfully. The avoiding that is.
With no legislation in place to mandate a voter-verified paper ballot and a proper audit of the election results, most of PA voted on unverifiable and unsecure voting machines. The reviews from the corporate media are in. Predictably, since no machine sprung to life and killed actual voters, the electronic systems were routinely describedin the corporate media as effective or even in once case "swell." The gaping security hole in Diebold's TSX, which was used in sixteen Pennsylvania counties was largely ignored. The failures of machines all over the state were written off as glitches. It fell to me, Cassandra that I am, to remind anyone who cared to read what I write over at the PhillyBurbs site that even if we can set the hundreds of "glitches" and stunning programming weaknesses aside, we really have no idea how the machines that did work performed because we haven't audited those results and we have no means to do so.
Democracy is on the march, people. Speaking of which, I wrote about Haiti for the American Street. Even though nobody thought to fly me down for Preval's inauguration, which happened on Sunday, I'm not holding any grudges. I'll keep trying to figure out what's going on down there.
The Haitian elections got a ton of well-deserved press but, with the election of Preval, a true reformer, the story of what comes next is going to be even bigger. After the nightmare coup and disastrous rule of Latortue, universally acknowledged as a puppet of the governments that sponsored the removal of Aristide, Haiti has a real shot at strong leadership from Renee Preval. He's had this job before so it will be hard for his enemies to cast him as inept should he displease them by refusing to rebuild Haiti on the already strained backs of the poor.
For my part, I'm absolutely fascinated to watch him navigate the very dangerous waters he's found himself in. And despite being a Cassandra, I'm enough of an idealist to think that he can find a way to get to that middle ground he so clearly seeks and maintain his ideals of social and economic justice. It would be a miracle if he can accomplish that but if there's anywhere due for a miracle, it's Haiti.