Friday, November 03, 2006

But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.

How I voted...

(Not that anyone cares)

Ballot Initiatives

I'm personally not much of a fan of the initiative system which has strayed far and wide from it's progressive roots. It's simply too easy in Oregon to get an initiative on the ballot and the potential for mischief just too great. I particulary have a problem with amending the state constitution by ballot and vote against measures I might be more inclined to support if they take a marker to the state constitution. The initiative system needs a fix.

With that in mind I voted "yes" on only Measure 42 this year which prohibits the use of credit ratings in determining insurance rates. The measure has a lot going against it- Bill Sizemore is it's chief petitioner for example - but in the end I was unswayed by the arguments of insurance companies that there is a correlation between bad credit and bad driving.

The ballot initiatives are always that little asterisk to election evening that can take the wind out of the high I get out of big wins by candidates I support. This year the biggest threat we face is Measure 48 which puts a Colorado style TABOR law in place in Oregon. Real potential for damage if that passes.


It will come as no surprise that I'll voted to re-elect Democratic Governor Ted Kulongoski. Kulongoski's been a mediocre Governor but Oregon could do much worse. That "worse" goes by the name Ron Saxton.

On other lines I voted straight Democratic candidate for probably the first time in my life. I just went down the ticket and checked the names with a "d" next to them. If they were non-partisan positions such as judges I'd write a "d" next to the candidate that had a democratic-sounding name and vote for them.


I have some videos, quotes and stuff planned to post Monday that pretty much sums up my current feelings about the state of America and the importance of this election. As always I look at our system of elections - with the peaceful transfer of power - with awe and reverance. But mixed in with that this year is a certain amount of dread of the "waiting for the other shoe to drop" variety. The time has long since passed to put some sort of accountability on the people in power and my faith in the willingness of the American people to demonstrate the revolutionary roots that founded this nation in facing down power is just about extinguished.

If the Democrats win at least the House I will be drinking champaigne. If they take the Senate I'll get something a little better than Cooks to drink.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Who ever thought a little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?

Poor Ann Coulter. You work hard clawing your way to the top of the pile of conservative nabobs and establishing yourself as the go-to gal whenever the networks need a right-wing venomous harpy on to counter balance their moderate-right venomous harpy and it all comes collapsing down because you make the teensy mistake of voting in the wrong precinct.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Conservative columnist Ann Coulter has refused to cooperate in an investigation into whether she voted in the wrong precinct, so the case will probably be turned over to prosecutors, Palm Beach County's elections chief said Wednesday.

Knowingly voting in the wrong precinct is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

Just went over to Google to check out the news. There are currently 959 stories about the Kerry gaffe.

I hope to hell this blows over soon. I don't have much more hair left to pull out over non-stories the conservative shills shove down our collective throats every election cycle.

We need no urging to hate humans.

Are you digging this Bush risks rallying Dems storyline as much as I am? It's as if they think there's a good portion of Democratic voters who either weren't going to vote this coming Tuesday or were going to vote for a Republican representative until they suddenly were reminded they didn't like George Bush.

The Bush presidency has been like a paper cut that hasn't been allowed to heal for five years and has had lemon juice poured on it daily. It's not something that's just going to slip the mind of Dems and progressives.

Monday, October 30, 2006