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Bloviating Zeppelin: How I Voted

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

How I Voted

In my county, some distance away from where I work in Sacramento, Fornicalia, I've already voted by way of absentee ballot. That way I get to vote early and I get to make sure my votes are OBVIOUSLY indicated -- my absentee ballot calls for a clear and prominent filling-in, by pen, of an oval directly adjacent the choice desired. No chads. No digital nothing. Fill in the oval, make it precise, make it black. Paint it black. And trust me: my ovals are black and precise.

As opposed to so many in the DEM/MSM and Liberals who won't "own" who they are and what they are, here's how I voted in my area, my state, and the Presidential Election:

I voted for McCain/Palin. Period.


Prop 1A - High Speed Rail Bond
NO. Rail creation of any kind, particularly "high speed" rail, is expensive beyond measure. In 1908 it cost $0.75 per track foot, or $3,960 a mile. Recently, 6.3 miles of American "light rail" extension at 2007 prices costed out at about $2 billion dollars. The Union Pacific recently estimated per-mile costs of new freight at a minimum of $385 million per mile. Currently Union Pacific rail renovation projects for heavy freight over Donner Pass (the area where I live) include the replacement of 136-pound rail with 141-pound rail. That is to say, one yard of each rail equals either 136 or 141 pounds. Freight rail doesn't have to be incredibly precise; it just has to be durable and heavy. High speed rail must be precise, accurately-gauged, cambered in curves and inaccessible. It isn't just a matter of laying rail; it's a matter of purchasing brand new right-of-way for the track proper and sufficient extra right-of-way to ensure safety and inaccessability for those bent on damaging or derailing HSR. Finally, I want no further link from Southern Fornicalia to Northern Fornicalia. The Surenos can keep their gang bullshit right where it is, thank you.

Prop 2: Farm Animals
NO. As Tom McClintock writes on his blog: "Sorry, but farm animals are food, not friends. Plan on somewhat happier cows and much higher grocery bills if this one passes."

Prop 3: Hospital Bond
NO. You're about to see a trend. That is this: NO to ANY further bonds in this state. NO MORE SPENDING.

Prop 4: Parental Notification
YES. This proposition got shot down originally in 2003; it's back in 2008. Parents must give written consent before their teenaged daughters use a tanning booth or get their ears pierced. This measure simply requires parents to be notified if their daughter is having an abortion. What part of this proposition doesn't involve common sense? Oh yes, that's right: Demorats can't quite grasp the obvious concept.

Prop 5: Non-Violent Drug Offenses
NO. Enough with the "drug diversion" bullshit. Make people responsible. Make people serve their sentences. This proposition would allow criminals to use their drug offense for leniency for other non-drug-related crimes. WRONG.

Prop 6: Police and Law Enforcement Funding
NO. I'm a cop. I've been in law enforcement in one form or another since 1975. I'm Pro-Cop. But I also have to walk the walk and talk the talk. When I vote down every bond this year, I must be consistent. More spending in this state? More bonds? No damned way -- not for any issue. Period. This spending simply has to STOP.

Prop 7: Renewable Energy Subsidies
NO: Tom McClintock writes: "This will send electricity prices through the roof. It requires the most expensive energy generation to comprise 20 percent of our electricity needs. Government should get out of the way and let simple economics determine the mix of energy generation in this state." Right on, Tom.

Prop 8: Defense of Marriage Act
YES: Tom McClintock writes: "Marriage is a unique institution in which a man and a woman summon a child into the world – creating a unique tapestry of responsibilities. Our marriage laws are designed to support those responsibilities and are simply inapplicable to any other kind of relationship. Lincoln asked, “If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? The answer is four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it one.” And calling a homosexual partnership a marriage doesn’t make it one." I also say: there is a reason why a wife is called a WIFE and a husband is termed a HUSBAND.

Prop 9: Parole Reform
YES: This requires the victim to be considered when a suspect’s bail is being set or a criminal’s parole is being determined. And also victim notification.

Prop 10: Fuel Subsidies
NO: This $5 billion bond will cost taxpayers $10 billion with interest to subsidize “alternative fuel vehicles” and “renewable energy.” This bond right now? No. Not just no, but HELL no. NO MORE BONDS.

Prop 11: Redistricting
YES: As Tom McClintock writes: "This should be the all-time no brainer: voters should choose their politicians and not the other way around. This measure takes redistricting out of the hands of the legislature, removing an obvious conflict of interest." Another proposition killed in 2003 by millions of dollars provided by "special interests."

Prop 12: Veterans Bond Act
NO: Co-authored by Tom McClintock, he and I part ways on this one. It's another bond at the WRONG time. NO MORE BONDS. NO MORE SPENDING.

Regionally, I also voted DOWN a bond for my local school district. It seems they want more money because their student rolls are down. You want money when rolls are up, and you want money when rolls are down? How about you just do what I have to do: live within your means.

Tom McClintock (R)
There were two choices: Charlie Brown, the plain brown wrapper Demorat who won't own his views, and my mentor and Ideal Republican, Tom McClintock. I've sent money to Tom (twice), I've walked for Tom, I've advocated for Tom.

That's how I voted.

How about YOU?



Blogger shoprat said...

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Mon Oct 20, 05:59:00 PM PDT  
Blogger shoprat said...

Deleted the previous comment because I screwed it up.

I have made up my mind on all candidates and the state ballot proposals but we have a local ballot proposal that I am trying to figure out what the thing is talking about. I think it was written by a drunken lawyer. If you don't understand it vote NO.

Mon Oct 20, 06:05:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...



Mon Oct 20, 06:25:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Dionne said...

I love Tom McClintock's quote about the animals ;-)!

I'm researching our ballot issues and judges because I send the info out to a lot of people. Unfortunately, one of our propositions is being funded by the casinos, 9 million dollars worth. So even though I'll be voting no, there is no way it doesn't pass.

Mon Oct 20, 11:38:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Average American said...

Kudos to you BV for voting against the bond in your own profession. Sometimes principles hurt. Your choice and reason for it are commendable.

Tue Oct 21, 02:11:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bushwack said...

I think we will be very close in our votes BZ, I planned on voting for 6 due to some of the things my LOCAL PD is trying to get done...I will consider it again but I think We will differ on that one.
I agree spending must be cut, but I think LE and Education should be last to be cut, Then again I also thing the teachers Union should be abolished and start over...

Tue Oct 21, 04:44:00 AM PDT  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Joe the Plumber sealed my vote as McCain has, for the first time in my memory, has taken a stance I understand without hemming and hawing. Gov. Palin needs more cluebat application to McCain and he needs to *listen to her* and see that she knows what she is doing.

On the Representative side I have a sheep in Wolf's clothing and a wolf in sheep's clothing and I don't like either. No more D party, no more RINOs and no one that I cannot understand. I do NOT vote for a member of the R party who goes on San Fran Nan's special adventure to Syria to 'make-up' to a tyrant and dictator.

I will vote against the glad-handing big-spender on the Senate side... oh, wait, I have two of those... well, no support to the Obamarama anti-Joeites... I am unhappy with RINOs, which makes the R party a real problem for me as they like to 'cross the aisle' and not act with principle but, instead, 'compromise' on both principle and policy. Folks in the R party have to realize that his is not working some day, you know? The example will be a decade of lots of R headed up Congresses and nothing done to remove good sized chunks of government.

I will vote NO on all bonds - hey its supposed to be the next 'Great Depression'! Gov't spending made that WORSE as the economists have come to realize. Also against any changes to the societal culture - you want to change society? Don't let government into that realm.

I will be in line for voting, to see what the lines look like. I am contrarian this year as a large turn-out helps the R party and not the D party for the first time in nearly a century. Wish the R party could figure that out and change to reflect the needs and values of those in the majority and then not get complacent about it. Fooled me once, shame on you... no second chance unless you earn it which is hard, hard work.

Long lines and a cluebat for Gov. Palin to use repeatedly.... she is the woman for that job. Both of 'em.

Tue Oct 21, 05:09:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jennifer McKenzie said...

I'm voting no on ANY spending bill. But I'm voting "no" on the "Preserve Marriage initiative".
In my opinion, once the rights of any group are trampled, the rights of ALL are trampled. I watched as my right to smoke has been regulated and taxed out of existence. I quit, but it pisses me off that people started telling me how and where I could smoke.
Then, San Francisco recently attempted to start taxing "fat people", also my "peeps". Basically, SF wanted to start charging overweight people more for health care. Really? We're going to start dividing us not only by class and economics, but now pants size? Niiiiiice.
So, I've made my decision not to support any initiative that infringes any one's rights.
That means I want my gun rights protected too. Funny how the purpose of government seems to be to spend my money and divide us into small herds.
I'm tired of being pitted against other groups because of religion, economics, region or culture.
And I don't see that "message of hope" really coming from the Obama campaign.
I'm voting for McCain, but I've been rock solid about that since last year. When everyone else said he was dead in the water, I was still going to vote for him.
I'm a disenfranchised Democrat who wants her damn party back.
ANY laws about environmental regulation will be voted down by me. So, locally, there will be a few I'll be voting against.
In times like these, spending money on big government projects that don't fix our infrastructure seems like fiddling while Rome burns.

Tue Oct 21, 07:10:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Gayle said...

I haven't voted yet but I'm sure you know I'll be voting McCain/Palin. I agree with your choices, and like Average American, congratulate you for your principles, although I'm not surprised.

Tue Oct 21, 07:23:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Rivka said...

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Tue Oct 21, 11:38:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Rivka said...

I messed up my comment too..

BZ, I am proud you stood on your principles. It doesn't shock me. We need YOU in the oval office.

Honestly, I would rather have Joe the plumber in the oval office at this point. He would be much better than Obama.

Tue Oct 21, 11:41:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Jennifer: I understand your thread of being consistent with regard to freedoms. I guess we'll just agree to disagree. But you and I REALLY agree on spending, on herds and on INFRASTRUCTURE. What I DON'T see are bonds for SEWERS, WATER DESALINIZATION PLANTS, DAMS, NEW ROADS, NEW FREEWAYS, REFINERIES and ELECTRICAL GENERATION STATIONS of ALL kinds and types.


Tue Oct 21, 12:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Ranando said...

Good for you BZ.

Anytime you can vote for what you believe in is a good day in America.

Good luck in your choices.

Tue Oct 21, 05:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Prop 4: Parental Notification
YES. This proposition got shot down originally in 2003; it's back in 2008

This one had infuriated me, when it didn't pass before. Parents don't have to be notified if their daughter is having an abortion; yet aren't parents supposed to be notified by schools before they can administer cough medicine?

Tue Oct 21, 10:35:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Parents don't have to be notified if their daughter is having an abortion; yet aren't parents supposed to be notified by schools before they can administer cough medicine?"

You can spread a cold but once pregnant the spreading has pretty much been done!!!!

Wed Oct 22, 10:35:00 AM PDT  

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