It’s Primary Election Day here in California, and for the very first time in my life, I am starting to feel the whole “What difference does it make” feeling that so many have expressed to me through the years. For as long as I could vote, I have always said that every persons vote matters. Even here in California, where Party line voting and lack of critical thinking skills have so eroded the electorate that there is no chance that competent and capable people will be elected. Instead we get criminals and con-men, drunks and ballot initiatives that always do exactly the opposite of whatever they say they will do. Why bother anymore?
The first time I ever voted I was on leave at home in Ogden, Utah, and I went to the polls in my uniform. It was November of 1982, and I was ever so proud of what I was doing. I cannot recall a single issue or candidate on that ballot, but I felt like I was doing my duty as both citizen and servant. I missed the 1984 election, but I comforted myself with the idea that I was underwater and sleeping between the missiles that made certain such elections were possible. The OOD steered a course that let us pick up Armed Forces Radio, and for the only time when I was onboard, I used the ships entertainment system to listen to the returns live as we cruised the Pacific, maintaining our watch. Read the rest of this entry
“Virtue in a republic is a most simple thing: it is a love of the republic; it is a sensation, and not a consequence of acquired knowledge: a sensation that may be felt by the meanest as well as by the highest person in the state.” – Monteesquieu
For the second time in two years, Modesto voters – at least the ones who bothered to show up yesterday – have rejected Der Mayor’s call for higher taxes and more spending. This time the measure got thumped, 56-44. Already Der Mayor has begun with the veiled threats and innuendo that this time he really means that there will be slashing and cutting retaliations. At least until he buddies in the MPOA and Fire Unions tell him to stop. Perhaps the most telling line from the article is the last one, in which candidates claim that voters were telling them that they simply do not trust City Hall with the money.
That is not likely to change even with three new Council Members being elected yesterday (Kristi Au You, Mani Grewal and Doug Ridenour), as most of the new comers are seen as “insiders,” likely to buddy up with Unions and developers over voters. Whether that actually happens or not remains to be seen. But the fact is that the Council of the last four years – and even before that – has given voters all over the area reason after reason to not trust them. Read the rest of this entry
Like most people, I got my first of two “OFFICIAL VOTER INFORMATION GUIDE,” otherwise known as “the voter guide.” Unlike most registered California voters, I actually started reading mine and learned some pretty amazing things. For example, did you know that 440,000 Americans DIE every year from “preventable medical errors?” And did you know that “law enforcement” supports making theft of a gun a misdemeanor crime? So what does it say about the “Official Voter Information Guide” when all you get is the text of the initiatives (which pretty much nobody has the time to read) and a couple of propaganda pieces from each side telling that the other side is lying? Do you find the Voter Guide any help to you at all?
Attorney General Kamala Harris says that there is no way, no how that SHE WILL BECOME ATTORNEY GENERAL of the United States. “Never believe anything until it has been officially denied,” is what the Honorable James Hacker would have said in reply…
A whole lot of people are very upset over the ATTORNEY’S REQUESTS FOR PRIVATE INFORMATION about Glendon and Irina Engert, the locksmith who was killed in the Chrysler Avenue incident. n the surface of things, I agree that it looks very nekultunry, invasive and of questionable legal value. But, you need to ask yourself one question: Why is this even in a lawsuit to begin with if the County – with your tax dollars – was ready to settle the day after the funeral? When you know that answer, you’ll see why these questions are not only not out of line, but in your best interests.
The City of Modesto is upset that a downtown BUSINESS HAS DECIDED TO PACK UP AND MOVE to McHenry Village. Here’s a thought, maybe the City should put more thought into how it treats downtown businesses ( am speaking here of the economic impact of a Super Kart race) and incentivize them being downtown for some reason other than “it was convenient for City Hall staff” to have them right there.
The British papers are reporting that ERIC HOLDER QUIT DUE TO HIS HEALTH. If that is true, the SCOTUS scenario may not be in play.