Saturday, November 01, 2008

Voting Malfunction

My wife and I went downtown to vote yesterday. Tuesday is a busy day for me and I wanted to be sure I got a chance to vote. My wife had no problem getting a ballot. However, the clerk told me that they had received a notice from another county that I had re-registered in that county. I had certainly done no such thing though.

A supervisor was brought over and he reviewed my voting history and accepted my story that I had not moved to another county. I was then given my ballot. I wonder though what the outcome would have been had I waited until election day and been one of hundreds standing in a long line to cast my ballot. I probably would have received a provisional ballot, but would it have been rejected down at election headquarters if I was not there to tell my story????

In the back of my mind, I of course wonder if this is the work of some Karl Rove wannabe and whether I am one instance of something that has been done a larger scale to again keep liberals from voting.

I think Tuesday is going to be a nightmare. Just look at the 8 hour lines already forming for people to vote ahead of schedule. Get ready for a long night!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Sarah Palin: Socialist!!!!

Well, if this ain't the pot calling the kettle black....Shocking!!!

Sarah Palin, who has lately taken to calling Obama "Barack the Wealth Spreader," seems to be something of a suspect character herself. She is, at the very least, a fellow-traveler of what might be called socialism with an Alaskan face. The state that she governs has no income or sales tax. Instead, it imposes huge levies on the oil companies that lease its oil fields. The proceeds finance the government's activities and enable it to issue a four-figure annual check to every man, woman, and child in the state. One of the reasons Palin has been a popular governor is that she added an extra twelve hundred dollars to this year's check, bringing the per-person total to $3,269. A few weeks before she was nominated for Vice-President, she told a visiting journalist-Philip Gourevitch, of this magazine-that "we're set up, unlike other states in the union, where it's collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs."

Another Letter to Editor

Let's see if the Bee will print it before election day.....

Dear Editor:
I intend to vote for the candidate who seems least likely to allow city hall to be used for any more disgraceful christian hatefests, such as the recent mob gathering to call for an end to gay marriage. All that was lacking from this frenzied affair were torches and pitchforks.
We need a mayor who will tell these folks that city property has better uses than to serve as a launching pad for religious hatred among the citizens of Fresno.

Jeff Eisinger

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Assholes Stole Our "No on 8" Sign Last Night

Marge heard a noise out front around 1:30 this morning and then a car driving off in a hurry. When I got up later to go out and get the paper, our "No on 8" sign was gone. As we live on a quiet street, traveled mostly by the people who live on it, we were probably victimized by one of our neighbors...probably one of owners of the many "Yes on 8" signs that pollute our street with the message of hate dressed up as Christian love.

While I am sure this type of vandalism goes on with people of all political persuasions, it sure seems to me, from news reports, etc., that it is mostly done by people supporting conservative causes. I suppose that they are under some delusion that stealing is what Jesus would do.

This type of behavior illustrates the one core truth of social conservatives: they simply cannot resist meddling in other people's lives! If they believe in slavery, they happily use the bible to compel everyone to accept it. If they don't believe in interracial marriage, they of course use the bible to justify keeping anyone else from doing it. If they do not believe in abortion, they use the bible to keep anyone else from getting one, regardless of the circumstance. If they would not marry someone of their own gender, they use the bible to justify outlawing gay marriage for everyone. If they do not believe in evolution, they use the bible to pressure schools to teach "creation science" to everyone. If they don't believe in drinking alcohol, they use the bible to justify changing the constitution so nobody can drink it.

Anybody see that the Islamic fundamentalists we are supposed to be so afraid of do the same damn thing??

Well, if the dipshit who stole our sign can read, I would like him/her to know that their act of theft will simply result in more money for the "No on 8" campaign, as I am going to go down to the "No on 8" headquarters and pay for another sign. I guess the joke is on you, scumbag!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Another Letter The Bee Won't Print

Dear Editor:
I just finished laughing at Michael Der Manouel's lastest article wherein he channels Victor Hanson and blames all the world's ills on Democrats. This time, his canard is that small business will essentially cease to exist in America when Obama is elected next month.
His ridiculousness aside, I keep wondering how this broken record gets so much free editorial space in the Bee. Can it really be just because he is the chairman of the Lincoln Club of Fresno? I took a look at the club's website and was interested to see that memberships basically begin at $1000 and go up to $10,000. Essentially, this is a group of Fresno's conservative business elite who want nothing more than to shift taxes away from themselves as much as possible. Does anyone even know how many members the group has?
Why not have a regular column from a business person who thinks a little more progressively? It would be refreshing to hear from someone who can talk about something other than cutting taxes on the rich and eliminating business regulation. Better yet, how about an ongoing column from a common working person who can talk about what it is like not to be able to afford health care for your kids or how it feels to face old age when your employer chose not to fund your retirement plan?
Like the fictitious Joe the plumber, Mr. Der Manouel has had his fifteen minutes. Lets move on.

Jeffrey W. Eisinger

I guess the paper does not like haveing its editorial selections criticized!