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2006-10-18 17:25:38.550228+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

We're having a lot of issues up for debate in the local election right now, and I have to admit that, given the current political issues, when I see some local politician's name on a sign followed by "for water board", I mostly think: "Oh hell yeah! Head down with a wet towe... uhh.. oh, never mind".

So when I saw this entry over on Sensible Erection, I laughed: US Torture Corps (YouTube video):

I've been into surfing for years. When I found out the U.S. was into waterboarding, I was like "wow, man, a skill set".

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-18 19:56:27.237762+00 by: petronius

I'm looking forward to honorary Irish Girl week next month. In Illinois counties we have this ridiculous Judicial Retention Ballot. Most judges are chosen by a combination of local bar association groups and political comittees. However, periodically the judges must go before the voters to be "retained" in office. The upshot is about 100 names at the bottom of the ballot that nobody every heard of. You could vote yes or no on each name, but if you don't fill it out they get an automatic yes. To my knowlege, nobody has ever been voted off.

The upshot is we see ads around town saying things like "Retain Honest Hjalmar as Circuit Court Judge." But what is very weird are all the female judges who married outside their ethnicity, but reclaim a bit of the Old Sod for the election. Like "Mary Bridget O'Toole Rabinowitz" or Colleen Patricia McNamara Desgupta". However, it doesn't really matter; nobody fills in all the Xs anyway.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-18 21:02:37.050513+00 by: Dan Lyke


We should be so lucky. Now's the time when we start sitting down and going through all of the ancillary materials and trying to figure out who stands for what. There are some easy calls, various people who take overt stands against single-issue issues, but voting in our household is a long fairly drawn out process.

One of the hard things for me is figuring out when I'm being railroaded by the "anti" side into voting for something. For instance, we've got a proposition (ahh, the joys of direct democracy; the good news is that we know that our legislature is doing very little...) that's supposed to support alternative energy R&D. Propositions start out with a default "no" from me, more government runs up against the libertarian bits of my soul, it's poorly written, and this feels like a "boondoggle", but the forces against it are mainly focused on the "but it'll make gas prices higher!" whine, which warrants a big "woohoo, I'm for it!" from me.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-19 14:16:52.246808+00 by: petronius

If you wanna hear about a truly bizarre referendum, listen to this.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-19 14:24:05.593388+00 by: Dan Lyke

Whoah. Whisky. Tango. Foxtrot. Over.

Yeah, there's a good idea. Make every judicial judgement subject to civil trial.

Where the heck do we find these citizens? Do we import 'em from the middle east?