Category Archives: Election 2005

The California Love and Puppies Act [Open Thread]

Reaction of the poll worker when I turned in my card: “That was fast!” I didn’t really know how to respond to that. I did at least take time to read the names of the propositions to make sure I wasn’t accidentally voting against some previously-unknown initiative that was slipped in between 74 and 75 and guaranteed love and puppies for all, or something.
Ask Darth how I voted!
And now, a music review:
The Rosebuds: Birds Make Good Neighbors: Here’s another album I’ve really enjoyed lately; I’m always up for some good indie-pop. These songs manage to be fun while covering some dark and angsty topics. The first track is called “Hold Hands & Fight” which is a pretty good hint of the themes of the album. My favorite song here is “Leaves Do Fall”: the lyrics are very evocative and the music is perfectly matched to the mood of the song. They have some more tracks for download at their website, apparently full songs and not just samples.
In other news, according to Amazon A Feast for Crows is shipping. I had meant to have finished Woken Furies by now so I wouldn’t have to decide which to read first… Dammit.

2005 Election Endorsements

We have an election tomorrow in California, with eight ballot initiatives. Needless to say, I am doing appropriate research beforehand:

This blog endorses a “no” vote on propositions 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, and 78. I’m also leaning towards “no” on the remaining two, 79 and 80, although they seem like good ideas in principle: I’m skeptical of deciding complex policy by ballot initiative.
Mark Kleiman has a good summary of the ballot at his blog. As he points out (in the “details here” link), Proposition 77 leads to urban voters being underrepresented; this should be seen as part of the GOP’s nationwide program to redistrict states in their favor (as in Texas and Colorado) rather than as some sort of attempt at fairness and anti-gerrymandering.
Here’s Brad DeLong’s take along with excerpts from other commenters. And here’s Kevin Drum’s explanation of why he always votes “no”, a stance that becomes more and more appealing to me every year.
As usual, attempts to change my mind are welcome. Those of you not in California may be content to point and laugh at our ridiculous governor instead.