Tax season is here, and I just did mine. Along the way I came across a table of the tax rates for 2002 and 2003, illustrating the Bush tax cut in action:
Like many Californians, I voted today. I knew something was up
when instead of handing me a ballot, I found a smart card in my hand. Turning around, there they were: the new voting
machines, little touchscreen terminals with small privacy flaps on
Going through the touchscreens was clearer than finding the tiny numbered punch holes on the old style ballots. At the end there was a summary screen showing how I had voted. I had left some votes blank and it told me, giving me an opportunity to go back. I was much more certain that I had expressed my intentions correctly then I ever had been with the punch ballot.
But I am far less certain that my vote is being recorded correctly. In the end all I have is glowing screen. Before I had a physical token, the punch ballot, that could be reviewed by me before submission, counted and recounted by machine and by hand. Now I have nothing. We will never know if my vote was recorded properly.
Let's get the voting process back to the stone age, where it belongs. We'll put the votes on stone tablets. Rock the vote.
One Monday, San Jose Judge Leslie Nichols
rejected the suit brought by Elaine Evans against the
San Jose Redevelopment
Agency (SJRA) in an attempt to stop it's
Initiative (SNI) activities. I
attended the first half of the arguments in Superior Court on Monday
morning. The heart of the case was whether Evans had properly
sought to bring her concerns to the redevelopment board. In the
end the city prevailed on that point, but not before I heard a few
interesting bits along the way, including:
Kenneth Starr simply cannot resist slinging legal mud at whoever
threatens his idea of American Corporate Dominion Under God. Now
he has inserted
himself into the Supreme Court case of Newdow vs. The Pledge of
Allegiance, and his contribution is that Newdow is a bad dad, and
doesn't have standing to litigate. Apparently Linda Tripp has not
recorded any confessions of anyone going down on Newdow yet,
though. Give her time.
Left out of all this is the real issue: what it the real constitutional meaning of the First and Fourteenth Amendments when applied to state funded education? This was tackled succinctly by the 9th Circuit Court in it's decision. Scan down to section D: Establishment Clause, for the real meat. It's a straightforward application of the Lemon test, which has served the court well in these issues when it has the nerve to use it.