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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Harrisment

“Anyone remember Katherine Harris? She’s the one who called the election in Florida back in 2000 for Fearless Leader. Practically the psychopomp for the Administration. Maybe this will ring a bell.”

“Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris announced the certified totals Sunday night, after a deadline for counties to submit amended returns from hand recounts passed at 5 p.m. The final tally, according to Harris, was 2,912,790 votes for Bush; 2,912,253 for Gore.
‘Accordingly, on behalf of the state Election Canvassing Commission and in accordance with the laws of the state of Florida, I hereby declare Governor George W. Bush the winner of Florida's 25 electoral votes for the president of the United States,’ Harris said.
Florida's electoral votes would give Bush, the Republican candidate, one more than the 270 needed to win the presidency in the Electoral College. Gore, the Democratic candidate, holds a total of 255 electoral votes.
Earlier, Harris rejected a request for an extension by Palm Beach County, where the canvassing board said it had less than 1,000 ballots left in a manual recount. The outcomes in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Nassau counties are expected to form the core of Gore's contest. Lieberman said Harris' decision ignored hundreds of votes and thousands of hours of labor by election workers.
‘This evening, the secretary of state of Florida has decided to certify what by any reasonable standard is an incomplete and inaccurate count of the votes cast by the state of Florida,’ Lieberman said.”
-CNN, November 27, 2000

“Or maybe this..”

“Harris served as co-chairwoman of the Bush presidential campaign in Florida as well as a member of the State Board of Canvassers. During the protracted elections process, some voters charged that blacks and others in Florida were systematically deprived of their right to vote, a point of focus for the civil rights panel.”
-CNN, January 12, 2001

“Well, she is running for the Senate. Who would have thought that she would get embroiled in another scandal?”

“U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris said she doesn't plan to drop out of the Senate race, a statement she made as rumors swirled Wednesday that she would end the campaign because of ties to a company involved in bribery scandal.

‘I am out there. We are running hard. We think we have great momentum,’ Harris said in a telephone interview. She is the only major Republican in the race to unseat Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.
Speculation was heavy in Washington and Florida that her association with a defense contractor, MZM Inc., that prosecutors say illegally funneled thousands of dollars to her 2004 House campaign would force her out of the race. Harris has said she didn't knowingly do anything wrong.”
-Associated Press, March 8, 2006

“She claims that she was unaware that the donations were illegal. I believe her. After all, this is the woman who gave us ‘Celestial Drops’. She obviously isn’t all that aware of the world around her.”

“Florida's citrus crop contributes billions of dollars to the state's economy, so when that industry is threatened, anything that might help is considered. Back in 2001, when citrus canker was blighting the crop and threatening to reduce that vital source of revenue, an interesting — if not quite scientific — alternative was considered.
Katherine Harris, then Florida's secretary of state — and now a member of the U.S. House of Representatives — ordered a study in which, according to an article by Jim Stratton in the Orlando Sentinel, ‘researchers worked with a rabbi and a cardiologist to test ‘Celestial Drops,' promoted as a canker inhibitor because of its ‘improved fractal design,' ‘infinite levels of order,' and ‘high energy and low entropy.'’
The study determined that the product tested was, basically, water that had apparently been blessed according to the principles of Kabbalic mysticism, ‘chang[ing] its molecular structure and imbu[ing] it with supernatural healing powers.’"
-MSNBC, November 15, 2005

“She does however to have the courage and foresight to see through the shallow lies that Donald Rumsfeld warned us about the other day and tell us the real story about what is going on in Iraq.”

“Just back from Iraq, US Representative Katherine Harris brought her Senate campaign to Pensacola, an area of the state that's dominated by the military.

She told small groups that the United States is succeeding in the war and troops don't want to be brought home yet.”
-Associated Press, February 12, 2006

“Yep. She’s on top of everything.”

“An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and more than one in four say the troops should leave immediately, a new Le Moyne College/Zogby International survey shows.”
-Zogby International, February 28, 2006


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