Archive for October, 2008

Update/foot in mouth: Prop 3

These new hospitals will not only be available to kids whose parents have excellent health benefits. I was not aware of this (probably because I don’t have kids). Children’s hospitals provide uncompensated care to eligible poor kids. The text states,

“…the burden of providing uncompensated care and the increasing costs of health care seriously impair our children’s hospitals’ ability to modernize and expand their facilties.”

So on that note, it’s a worthy cause and it comes down to money. According to the LAO, the initial $980 million borrowed will amount to $2 billion with interest.


Propositions: A Voters Guide or Voters! A Proposition Guide

People keep asking me how I am going to vote on the propositions. Did you know in Nevada they call them “state questions?” Isn’t that quaint?

1a – SAFE, RELIABLE HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER TRAIN BOND ACT. Jenn Wu changed my mind on this one with her comparison to BART. While people were skeptical, I cannot imagine a Bay Area without BART. It continues to efficiently transport and suck tax dollars out of us to this day.

2 – STANDARDS FOR CONFINING FARM ANIMALS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. At first I was going to vote no because I don’t like the idea of animals being abused in another state any more than I like the idea of them being abused here. I also feel that since consumers are free to buy any eggs they wish, they don’t really care, so why mandate it? But last week I realized that I simply cannot in good conscience vote against anything that tries to improve conditions for production animals. Through highly efficient suffering, animals bear the weight of what I consider articially low prices for shit like eggs anyway. The people that work in these industries do as well. I know this does nothing to prevent exploitation-eggs from being shipped in from elsewhere. I still don’t care. Just gonna vote with my heart. It happens to the best of us.

3 – CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BOND ACT. GRANT PROGRAM. INITIATIVE STATUTE. There are too many children in this state who wouldn’t even have access to these hospitals because they lack sufficient healthcare. What kind of kid gets to go to a state of the art facility with the latest technology when they are very sick? A kid whose parents have excellent health benefits. No thanks. They can just continue going to Stanford or UCLA or UCSF for now. Till we figure this out.

4 – WAITING PERIOD AND PARENTAL NOTIFICATION BEFORE TERMINATION OF MINOR’S PREGNANCY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Unlike the last 50,000 times this has been on the ballot, it doesn’t demand parental consent anymore, which I suppose is more palatable to the masses. Obviously this gets a fatass no vote. The same group that opposed AB 1511 (a bill that funded informational materials for parents who need help discussing the birds & bees with their kids) last year on grounds that the government should not mandate familial communication is wholeheartedly behind this bill. Hypocrisy aside, what scares me the most is a murky statute of limitations to bring civil suite against doctors who violate the consent process. Smacks TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law, which is way more effective at stopping abortion than actually trying to stop abortion. Just regulate the shit out of providers and clinics, and open the door for massive malpractice suits and what do you get? Dramatically reduced access to abortion, which is the next best thing to making it illegal again.

5 – NONVIOLENT DRUG OFFENSES. SENTENCING, PAROLE AND REHABILITATION. INITIATIVE STATUTE. No. I absolutely will not stand for reducing parole for meth dealers. I fucking hate meth and tweakers! I’m not trying to create a conspiracy theory or anything, but where were Props 5 & 36 when there was an epidemic of crack dealers, who typically aren’t white people? Just sayin. I also don’t think that shitty outpatient, Prop 36 style rehab is all that effective for hardcore drug users. It sounds so hardline but people with addictions need to see real consequences before they stop. Our prisons are not overcrowded with your Mission friends who do coke on Wednesday nights, or your friend who got caught with a pipe in his car. Most nonviolent drug offenders do not go to jail on a first offense.

6 – POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT FUNDING. CRIMINAL PENALTIES AND LAWS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Never ever ever vote for anything that mandates spending! That is why we are in a budget crisis! Remember Prop 49, that alluring promise of after school programs? Well it mandated spending for them. And now we must spend $550 million a year on after school programs, no matter how much those same kids desperately need healthcare or textbooks or housing. We probably could’ve freed up some of that money for law enforcement in recent years, and then maybe they wouldn’t have to ask for a mandated spending formula of their own.

7 – RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION. INITIATIVE STATUTE. I’m staying away from this. I haven’t decided yet.


9 – CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. VICTIMS’ RIGHTS. PAROLE. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE. I’m not too knowledgeable on this subject, but apparently victims already have some say in the parole process. This just doesn’t seem to be a pressing matter and it will undoubtedly cost money so no.

10 – ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES AND RENEWABLE ENERGY. BONDS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. If T. Boone Pickens wants people to start driving cars that require fuel his company produces, he should write those rebate checks himself. Why the fuck do we have to pay for it and then buy his gas? Yuppies don’t need help buying hybrids. Besides, everybody in the know knows the coolest method of transportation is a bike. Give me a rebate on a bike, asshole. If only Clean Energy produced glucose and leg movement. We’d be subsidizing rebates on pedaling and walking right now.

11 – REDISTRICTING. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE. Thank you baby jesus. Next up is publicly financed campaigns.

12 – VETERANS’ BOND ACT OF 2008. There is already money available for stated purposes. It is unnecessary. Besides, if McCain wins, veterans will enjoy unprecedented government monies as he freezes spending in every other sector besides the military. Especially if your definition of “military” is “Blackwater.”

obama’s informercial! as seen on tv! but wait! there’s more!

did anyone notice the first woman’s familys’ “snacks?” she opened the fridge and started pointing out everyone’s shelves. that shit consisted of a dozen eggs, smuckers grape jam and a bottle of tapatio. i guess times is rough! “mom, can i have a smuckers and tapatio sandwich?” “no you have to make it last a week!”

and that couple with the rheumatoid arthritis…i was alright until i saw the man, who had to crawl out of retirement to make ends meet for his gnarled-paw wife, pin on a walmart nametag. it broke my heart like seeing someone kick a dog. you can vow to be as loving as humanly possible to every animal you meet from that point on but people still kick dogs and now you know it.

honestly, i was a bit put off at this cast of characters. i didn’t make beef top ramen, microwave two egg rolls and crack a tsing tao for mortals, you know.

right after the infomercial i switched to msnbc for live coverage of the obama/clinton rally in florida. one of the highlights of his speech was the comment about doctors, nurses, teachers and firefighters doing well. when they do well, we all do well. he got that from bill. and i couldn’t agree more.

i used to scan financial programs for a living. something that always struck me as scary were the quarterly profits. they would always go something like:

[INSERT LARGE COMPANY HERE] fell short of analysts’ expectations for the third quarter by [INSERT RIDICULOUSLY LOW NUMBER THAT BASICALLY AMOUNTS TO 2 FUCKING CENTS A SHARE HERE] percent. [LARGE COMPANY] has stated they will cut [INSERT SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT HERE] jobs.

now, let’s just say this company was…intel. intel’s mythical shareholders are fucking pissed because they lost 2 cents a share this quarter. shareholders are like reverse lobbyists in this way. political action committees give money and expect results. shareholders lose money and expect results. so intel announces it’s gonna cut 1,500 jobs.

this happens over and over again. it grows exponentially. because the more people who lose their jobs or see their pensions revoked, the less they will spend. and a company like intel depends on consumers purchasing the computers that contain their processors. they are now contributing to their own future shoddy earnings that in turn will prompt them to cut more jobs/costs because their fucking shareholders are spoiled, demanding little brats. and when things get shitty enough (as they’ve been lately), those shareholders will just start selling their stock. they will finally experience the fear and uncertainty that have been plaguing the workforce all along.

i believe “top heavy” is a far more accurate description than “trickle down.” catering to the investor class does not work. even when times are good, they do not give back. this theory can now be laid to rest. under the wise tutellage of bush, we metaphorically wrote it a blank check, and now we are writing it an even bigger fucking actual check. something like $700 billion, an amount so large it’s basically imaginary. fucking awesome.

after the rally tonight, tom delay basically called obama a socialist and a communist. first of all, i’ll refrain from ridiculing his credibility (and by doing so, smugly allude to his lack of credibility). but anyway, even if obama was a socialist, what’s the alternative? things go the way they are and we’ll be looking at something far worse. like bread lines and riots and angry proletariat uprisings. i prefer the term interventionist.

SNL mock michelle obama?

Pat Buchanan wonders, what if SNL mocked Michelle Obama? Why haven’t they? A reverse racist liberal media conspiracy, perhaps?

why on earth’s name would SNL mock michelle obama? as far as i know, she hasn’t done anything stupid or ridiculous yet. she hasn’t spent $150,000 on clothing and makeup (in fact, she’s rocked H&M- a huge plus in my book). she hasn’t misquoted and/or misunderstood a myriad of facts on a national platform. she hasn’t tried to can elected officials on behalf of scorned family members. she hasn’t charged the state of illinois for nights spent at home.

the list of things worthy of mockery michelle obama has not done will continue when palin gets her own show on fox news and michelle becomes a quietly dignified first lady and role model.

as far as i know, michelle obama has been an associate at a top-tier law firm, broken fundraising records as executive director of a non-profit, and scaled back on promising administrative positions to be a mother. after she worked/scholarshipped her way through princeton and harvard.

alright i admit that was the readers’ digest condensed version. she’s also articulate, likeable, warm, and possesses awesome politico-wife fashion sense (sorry, but i will just never get over that H&M dress. that store makes me dizzy with anticipation of sensible yet hipsteresque nights on the town. i mean, have you seen their like, 70 jackets for fall? jaysus).

so, pat buchanan…what exactly should SNL mock michelle obama for? my friend, you are an ambulance chaser.

yes on 8 resorts to extortion

Leaders of the campaign to outlaw same-sex marriage in California made an offer to businesses that have given money to the state’s largest gay-rights group: Give us money or we’ll publicly identify you as opponents of traditional unions.

Certified letters from the group this week asked companies to withdraw their support of Equality California, a nonprofit organization that is helping lead the campaign against Proposition 8.

“Make a donation of a like amount to which will help us correct this error,” reads the letter. “Were you to elect not to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage. … The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to but have given to Equality California will be published.”

This is utter insanity. I love how they write, “it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage.” Uh yeah, fucking DUH. That’s typically what happens during elections: people donate to and vote for the things they support, and they do not donate to nor vote for the things they are against.

Why so desperate? There are more than enough feebleminded rubes who will be at the polls on November 4th, ready to radically alter the progression of civil rights based on a fable about a man and a woman in a garden with a talking snake. Perhaps Protect Marriage got wind of the $10 donation I made to Equality California on Tuesday.

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