Archive for November 2008

Did you say witch hunt? Seriously??

File under: “PEOPLE UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT”

http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/1403369.html

Many Mormons believe they are being unfairly targeted and compare the anti-Mormon sentiment to a witch hunt.

“This is not fair – a lot of people wanted this passed, not just Mormons,” said Lynnette Black of Sacramento who rallied in support of Eckern in front of Music Circus last week. “We (church members) worked hard and within the law. It’s very hard to see this attitude toward Mormons.”

West, spokeswoman for the church, said the Mormons were part of a coalition that supported the ballot measure.

“We’re only 2 percent of the population,” West said. “We feel we’re getting too much credit.”

IRONY ALERT!! WOOP! WOOP! WOOP!

They wanted to unfairly discriminate against a minority class of citizenry, now they don’t feel like it’s fair to be the TARGET of that kind of sentiment?

The REALLY ironic thing here is that while prop 8 will likely be overturned in the courts, the self-selection and identification of these people as homophobic hate mongers will last forever.

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Prop 8, this ain’t over yet

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My brother in law Justin just sent this to me. It’s a No-on-8 rally in LA that went on.

cnn says

Chetry: It’s very interesting the grounds for which they are challenging. At least in one of these lawsuits they said that it was a constitutional revision rather than an amendment. And that means it would need two-thirds approval of the House in the legislature. So do we think it could go to the state house in California as well as being fought in the courts?

Hostin: I really think this is going to be a legal issue. I think this is going to go before the California Supreme Court. And we already know as you mentioned that there are three cases pending before the California Supreme Court. And what is interesting to note is that it’s the very same court that allowed these marriages in the first place.

The one comforting thought I had when I contemplated the passage of this legitimized bigotry and hatred was that there’s no freakin’ way it would stand up in court.

In my opinion, the best thing we could do for the state is amend the campaign finance laws to abolish out of state funding entirely for state ballot propositions. That would keep big businesses and evil rich people out of my state’s politics.

It cost the church members $35M+ to pass this, and forced an equal amount of wasted dollars on trying to fight this stupidity. What an amazing waste of money. What could we have done with $70M+ dollars instead? how about help get people on the streets some help? Maybe bolster early childhood education? How about k12 teacher retention programs? How about maybe just sticking that money right back in your wallet for a rainy day instead?

Wasted wasted wasted money. Down the tubes. And for what? What does the church get out of this? That’s one hell of a weird recruiting campaign. I don’t know who their target market was for this. Nobody I’d want to congregate with, that’s for damn sure.

The Specials sang a great song, it goes like this:

If you have a racist friend
Now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end

If you are a racist or a bigot, you are not my friend.

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about that vetting process

Fox news doing it’s own post-mortem of Sarah Palin and dishing dirt. This would be the first time I’ve heard something actually fair and balanced from Fox news entertainment. thanks milk and cookies

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Uh… No.

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One thin line

How to fill out these stupid optical scan paper forms. Seriously, how lame is this system if it needs you to use ONE THIN LINE. Is it really that fragile that if I scrub a few darker lines in to connect the dots it will not accept my vote?

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Anyway, this is how you apparently MUST fill out your ballot. Once again, I will wear my “I VOTED” sticker and wish it said “I VOTED, WAS IT COUNTED?”

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prop 10: uhhhhh No.

Prop 10 is largely funded by energy companies. It seeks to buy billions in bonds of offer rebates to consumers who buy compressed natural gas cars (CNG). And a few other things, but this looks to be the meat of the proposition.

Let the market decide. With my NO vote on prop 10, I’m telling T. Boone Pickens this: Bring your products to market on speculation that we’ll find CNG desirable and play the traditional risk-reward game. Prop 10 seems to stack the deck in t. boone pickens’ favor at the expense of billions in debt for my state.

If t boone. pickens really wants me to buy his compressed natural gas, maybe he should think about offering me an incentive to buy into his system in the form of a subsidy from his own extraordinarily deep pockets. The fuel I’ll end up buying will more than repay the cost of a subsidy, long-term.

I actually do want to buy a CNG car, so I would absolutely welcome T. Boone Pickens to pony up some speculative cash and put a couple of CNG gas stations in San Jose. I think there’s one at the friggin’ airport, but that’s too far to fill up on a regular basis.

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Be prepared, Stay in line

Your vote matters, be prepared to wait to vote for hours if necessary. Bring a fully juiced iPod and wait in line, don’t leave. VOTE.


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