Saturday, October 29, 2005

Free Mammograms















A guy was giving free mammograms at the halloween party I was at last night - very generous of him don't you think?

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Dolphin Dog Pic

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Hurricane Wilma

















Wow! The most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded? Mother nature is pissed!!!

Looks like I'll be I might be donating again...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

North Korea Business Trip

Every now and then I like to check out North Korea's web site, mostly for comedy relief. Is anyone interested in the business trip to North Korea they are promoting? Didn't think so. You know, for communist propoganda, this site really sucks! You hear that Kim Jong-il?

California Republican Voter Guide

I only disagree with two... 73 & 78

Republican Voter Guide

California Democratic Voter Guide

Below is from cadem.org
I only agree on two of them...73 & 78
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Propositions

Six No / Two Yes:
The Official California Democratic Party Positions on the Ballot Props

Х   VOTE NO on Proposition 73
Termination of Minor's Pregnancy. Waiting Period and Parental Notification. Proposition 73 just the latest attempt by right-wing conservatives to take away a woman's right to choose. Instead of creating another law that would increase the health risk of teenagers, we should focus our energy on preventing teen pregnancy. Prop. 73 unwisely tries to legislate family communication and unrealistically expects teenagers to navigate through a cumbersome and confusing judicial process. Vote No on Proposition 73 and let our daughters have the freedom, privacy, and choice to make their own decision. For more information: Campaign for Teen Safety.
FAQ: (html |  pdf)

Х  VOTE NO on Proposition 74
Public School Teachers. Waiting Period for Permanent Status. Proposition 74 does NOTHING to help improve public education. Currently, we have a system in place that allows a school to dismiss a teacher they find to be deficient during their first two years of service without a hearing. In fact, every local school has a system in place to deal with struggling teachers. In a time when we should be encouraging young adults to choose a career in teaching, Prop. 74 will hurt those recruitment efforts by not affording due process to those in the teaching profession who do so much for California's children. For more information: California Federation of Teachers; California Teachers Association.
FAQ: (html |  pdf)

Х    VOTE NO on Proposition 75
Public Employee Union Dues. Proposition 75 would silence the voice of working men and women. Prop. 75 would let Big Business spend freely, while public sector unions would be silenced and in turn shut out from participating in the political process. Vote No on Proposition 75 and protect the voice of advocates who want decent funding for schools, better quality health care and higher standards for public safety. For more information: No on Prop 75 Committee.
FAQ: (html |  pdf)

Х   VOTE NO on Proposition 76
School Funding. State Spending. Proposition 76 is an Arnold Schwarzenegger power grab that gives him the power to bypass the legislature and make cuts to the budget without any oversight or public approval. Prop. 76 does not protect education funding and it would reduce long-term Prop. 98 school spending by $4 billion per year. Under Prop. 76, local governments could lose hundreds of millions of dollars for police, firefighters, health care and social service programs. Vote No on Proposition 76 and protect those vital services that make our communities a better place to live. For more information: California Teachers Association.
FAQ: (html |  pdf)

Х   VOTE NO on Proposition 77
Reapportionment. Proposition 77 is a flawed redistricting initiative that requires no public input, has no accountability provision, is unfair to those most underrepresented, and quite frankly doesn't make any sense. Prop. 77 will put the process of redistricting into the hands of retired judges who would not be required to take public input and who are not accountable to the voters. Furthermore, Prop. 77 is flawed because it would require these judges to use census data that is six to eight years old, which would hurt those most underrepresented. For more information: No On Proposition 77 Committee.
FAQ: (html |  pdf)

Х    VOTE NO on Proposition 78
Prescription Drugs. Discounts. Proposition 78 is sponsored by all the major pharmaceutical companies…need we say more? Prop. 78 is nothing more than a smokescreen to make it seem as if the pharmaceutical companies suddenly want to give drug discounts. Prop. 78 is a toothless initiative because it doesn't mandate pharmaceutical companies to comply with any state negotiated discounts and there is no accountability provision to ensure meaningful discounts. Prop. 78 limits who is allowed to participate and doesn't provide discounts to those who need it most: the uninsured. For more information: Health Access California.
FAQ: (html |  pdf)

   VOTE YES on Proposition 79
Cheaper Prescription Drugs For Californians Act. State-Negotiated Rebates. Unlike Prop. 78, Proposition 79 will provide real prescription drug discounts to those who need it most. Prop. 79 will establish a pharmacy assistance program to help businesses, small employer purchasing pools and labor organization health and welfare funds, among others, receive the same pharmacy discounts and rebates from drug makers. Pharmaceutical companies would be held accountable by a state advisory board that would review access to, and the pricing of, prescription drugs under the program. Real problems need real solutions, vote Yes on Prop. 79. For more information: Health Access California.
FAQ: (html |  pdf)

    VOTE YES on Proposition 80
Affordable Electricity & Preventing Blackouts Act. Proposition 80 will establish an energy policy for California that guarantees that the lights stay on, protects ratepayers from the market manipulation of private energy companies, "greens" our energy portfolio by increasing environmentally clean and sustainable renewable energy sources, assures that utility industry personnel are well trained, and repeals the failed electricity deregulation scheme that exposed Californians to blackouts and cost ratepayers billions of dollars. For more information: The Utility Reform Network (TURN).
FAQ: (html |  pdf)

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Todd's Voter Guide

Proposition 73

I'm really not sure where I stand on this one (details pasted below). I lean towards no. I guess this proposition depends on whether or not you believe minors are capable of making an abortion decision without the consent of their parent. My gut feeling is that if you are old enough to conceive, you are also old enough to decide how to deal with it.
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OFFICIAL TITLE AND SUMMARY
Prepared by the Attorney General
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PROPOSITION 73

WAITING PERIOD AND PARENTAL NOTIFICATION BEFORE TERMINATION OF MINOR'S PREGNANCY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.
  • Amends California Constitution, prohibiting abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor's parent/legal guardian, except in medical emergency or with parental waiver.
  • Defines abortion as causing "death of the unborn child, a child conceived but not yet born."
  • Permits minor to obtain court order waiving notice based on clear, convincing evidence of minor's maturity or best interests.
  • Mandates various reporting requirements.
  • Authorizes monetary damages against physicians for violation.
  • Requires minor's consent to abortion, with certain exceptions.
  • Permits judicial relief if minor's consent coerced.

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE ANALYST'S ESTIMATE OF NET STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT FISCAL IMPACT:

  • Potential unknown net state costs of several million dollars annually for health and social services programs, the courts, and state administration combined.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Internet Suicide

I came across an interesting debate about censoring search engine results for suicide-related searches. I don't think Google etc.. should censor results, but providing free search ads or links to suicide prevention websites might be a good idea.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Libertarian Voter Guide

From The Libertarian Party of California site

I don't know where I stand exactly on all the propositions, but at first glance I agree with several of these...

November Ballot - Voter Guidelines


November ballot measures:

Proposition 73. -- no position
http://www.voterguide.ss.ca.gov/prop73/title_summary.shtml

Proposition 74 -- YES
http://www.voterguide.ss.ca.gov/prop74/title_summary.shtml

Proposition 75 -- YES
http://www.voterguide.ss.ca.gov/prop75/title_summary.shtml

Proposition 76 -- YES
http://www.voterguide.ss.ca.gov/prop76/title_summary.shtml

Proposition 77 -- YES
http://www.voterguide.ss.ca.gov/prop77/title_summary.shtml

Proposition 78 -- NO
http://www.voterguide.ss.ca.gov/prop78/title_summary.shtml

Proposition 79 -- NO
http://www.voterguide.ss.ca.gov/prop79/title_summary.shtml

Proposition 80 -- NO
http://www.voterguide.ss.ca.gov/prop80/title_summary.shtml

72,000 Feet

Do you ever wake up one day and think: I wish my house was almost 20,000 ft bigger than the white house!

He did

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Honda dog

Check out this “wow” concept from Honda – made for dogs. Does this seem a little crazy?

Monday, October 03, 2005

harriet miers

maybe the bush family has been planning this stealth pick since the 80’s… bush sr might have a remote control to her brain and can control her court decisions from his lazy-boy back at the ranch… seriously

 

manchurian candidate?