Election Day 2009 – How I Voted and Why

Today is Election day across the country. Here in Texas, we’re not electing any high profile offices like Congressman, Senator, Governor, etc. As a result, I fear most people don’t even realize there is an election today. It has been my opinion for some time now that these “smaller” and more local elections are really the more important ones to participate in, because they usually involve issues that closer impact our daily lives.

Today’s election is no exception. On the ballot today are 11 proposals for ammendments to the Texas state constitution. These are the result of the most recent legislative session down in Austin this past spring. As my final effort to encourage you to go vote today, I will share how I voted this morning, and why I voted that way.

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Freedom of Speech OK Unless Talking Politics

Ok, so the guy that created the Hillary Clinton 1984 video that’s on YouTube revealed himeself.  Since he works for a consulting service that the Obama campaign uses, he was promptly fired.  What bothers me most about this is the fact that people are acting like this was the correct thing to do.  The article even speculates whether the Obama campaign did enough to distance itself from this video.

We are a country that’s proud of our freedom of speech.  YouTube is probably one of the best examples of this expression. Anyone with a video camera and an internet connection can send a message to the world.  You can say anything you like, and if everything lines up just right, your video could be seen by millions of people.  That’s power in the hands of individuals. This is what America is supposed to be all about.

But if you post something about a political candidate, people start questioning.

  • Who made this?
  • Who paid for it?
  • How much did it cost?
  • Can they say that?
  • Is this fair?

My question is, why do we restrict the very speech that the first ammendment was written to protect?  It’s not just the culture and the media.  There are laws.  Remember campain finance reform?  529 organizations?  Why should you have to register as a 529 to talk publicly about a political campaign?  Maybe it’s just me, but this whole thing seems hypocritical and, quite frankly, stupid.

Soviet Russia, Comming to an America Near You

America… What a country! In America, you watch TV. In Soviet Russia, TV watches you!

The MPAA is trying to push a bill through Congress that would require anyone with a home theater to register with them. The home theater equipment will have devices that can determine information about the audience watching and report back to the KGB MPAA.

What makes a home theater? According to the MPAA, a home theater is any home with:

  • A television larger than 29″ with stereo sound
  • At least 2 comfortable chairs or a couch or futon

Here’s the magic quote from the article:

“Just because you buy a DVD to watch at home doesn’t give you the right to invite friends over to watch it too. That’s a violation of copyright and denies us the revenue that would be generated from DVD sales to your friends,” said [MPAA head] Glickman. “Ideally we expect each viewer to have their own copy of the DVD, but we realize that isn’t always feasible. The registration fee is a fair compromise.

Pay attention to the government! They obviously don’t trust you, why should you trust them?

Source: http://www.bbspot.com/News/2006/11/home-theater-regulations.html [Mirror]