Tagged: California

Here's How I'm Voting Tomorrow

I try to do a post here for every election. This time, I'm actually on top of things enough to not have to do it ipso facto. So, without further ado, here's how I'm voting for the Statewide issues in California. If you really want to know who I'm voting for Mayor of Alameda, you can ask. As always, I am using my scoring method of scouring websites and using the excellent follow the money site (especially useful for ballot propositions. If I can't decide based on those materials, the tie breaker is to do the opposite of the Howard...

California Republicans Disenfranchising Themselves

The Secretary of State of California pretty much has one job. She runs the State's elections. So, you might consider it a problem that the Republican candidate, Damon Dunn, has voted exactly once in his 33 years on the planet. Dunn, who (in a great quote from the article) "says he's wealthy", is a tailor made candidate (young, Republican, African-American) except for this inconvenient not participating in elections business. In fact, if you are scoring at home, this means that almost every major Republican candidate in California has not been bothered to vote in almost any elections during their lifetimes....

I Can't Believe Cheney Didn't Think Of This…

For a man who can't even properly pronounce the State he governs, Governor Schwarzenegger can be quite articulate. Recently, he went through a great deal of trouble to release a statement on why he was not signing a non-descript bill, AB 1176, relating to the Port of San Francisco. The bill was put forth by Democrat Tom Ammiano, who, when Arnold showed up at a Democratic fund raiser, stormed out, suggesting Arnold could (and I quote) "kiss my gay ass." So, perhaps there was some bad blood there. Bad blood that seemed to seep it's way into the Governor's message....

Academics: Not Just Better Than You, But "World Class" Better Than You

Read this open letter from the faculty of the University of California at San Diego, and weep.  Not for the University, or the faculty, but for the taxpayers and citizens of the state of California. A few thoughts: The tenured faculty also weep, WEEP!, at the thought of taking a five percent pay cut at their tenured, guaranteed-for-life jobs. Not for themselves, but for the people of the State, which risks losing a "world class" university system.  A system whose world-classness includes the University of California at San Diego (which I've barely heard of, but what do I know?), but...

California: The "Purity Of Essence" State

Since the 1940s, it has been fashionable among right-thinking, scientifically inclined people of the left to point out a certain unseemly fascination among folks on the extreme right with fluoridation of the water supply. As sensible people know, fluoride is certainly a dangerous chemical, but on the scale it's used in municipal water it's a positive health benefit, allowing Americans to enjoy nice smiles into ripe old age while our cousins in the Old World spit their rotted teeth into the denture glass.  The joke reached its height with Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, in which the anticommunist General Jack D....

What If They Held An Election & Noone Came?

Record low turnout is expected for tomorrow's elections in California. The main items on the bill are a coterie of linked budget proposals that are supported by almost no one except the Governator & Legislature. This is a confusing election for me, because I don't like any of the Propositions, but the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is also against them, and I default to doing the opposite of their recommendations. It's like Kirk trying to destroy a super computer… So, let's take a look at the items on the ballot and see if I can talk myself into any of...

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Captain Scorned

If, as Tip O'Neill said, all politics is local, it must be equally true that all politics is idiotic.  At least, if all local politics is like that of the Jurupa Unified School District in Riverside California, where board trustee Noreen Considine, excuse me, Captain Noreen Considine, is threatening to sue the District. Her complaint?  That board members refer to her as "Trustee Considine" rather than as "Captain Considine":

No Free Range Gays

I have some real questions about my State. We affirmed the rights of chickens, cows and pigs, and codified discrimination against human beings into our Constitution. Now that's a mixed message…

So, Anything Important Happening Tomorrow?

Every election, I toss up my thoughts on how I am going to vote, and try to point out some little tidbits that may interest you (especially when it comes to California's assinine proposition system.) This time we have a hotly contested (in other states) Presidential election, 2 dueling energy propositions, one attempt to write discrimination into the State Constitution, a beautiful FU to Shrub and several really random ballot propositions that still have me wondering how I should vote. Let's work this out together, shall we?

My Enemy, My Funder

Consider this the teaser for my annual "What's on the Ballot" feature. Proposition 8 is an attempt to have the State Constitution amended to say that marriage is only between a man and woman. It has been a pretty brutal campaign with tons of out of state money coming in on both sides. Most of the pro Prop 8 funding has come from big churches and the Mormons. A surprising amount of the No on 8 money has come from businesses, which I find fascinating. Gay marriage has reached a point that Comcast, PG&E and Time Warner will support it....

Sometimes, The Jokes Just Write Themselves…

How better to celebrate my 100th post on this forum than mockery of poetry? It turns out that the Bay Area is a hotbed of Poet Laureates. In fact 57% of the honored poets are in the Bay Area. Heck, my little Island town has one. Metropolis like Dublin and Benecia have official poets. What is up with this?