Thursday, October 26, 2006

2006 Ballot Propositions for Arizona

Every two years it seems we get a whole bunch of ballot propositions to vote against. I would say a new set but it seems like we always get the Recommendation from teh commision on salaries for elected state officials asking for a 50% raise. For some reason that one never passes. I wish someone would do that for me. Oh, wait, no I don't. I wish someone would recommend a small, reasonable raise for me because that would actually be accepted.

OK, if you saw this in the first few days it was up, good for you. But I'm changing how I'm doing this. I'm just gonna give the number, name and how I'm voting for all 19. Then I'm gonna add comments on the ones I have good comments on. I'd like that to, eventually, cover them all but since there's only just over a week until the election I doubt that's gonna happen. This is mainly for my own purposes, anyway, so that I know how I'm gonna vote.

The 100s- The first 8 all include ammendments to the Arizona Constitution.

  • Prop 100 - Relating to bailable offenses
    • I'm voting NO

  • Prop 101 - Relating to property tax levies
    • I'm voting YES

  • Prop 102 - Relating to standing in civil actions
    • I'm voting NO

  • Prop 103 - Relating to English as the official language
    • I'm voting NO

  • Prop 104 - Relating to municipal debt
    • I'm voting NO. Well, I'm leaning that way, at least.

  • Prop 105 - Relating to state trust land
    • I'm voting NO

  • Prop 106 - Relating to state trust land
    • I'm voting... well, I don't know but I'm leaning towards NO

  • Prop 107 - Relating to marriage
    • I'm voting NO

    The 200s- The next 8 are initiative petitions

  • Prop 200 - Relating to voter rewards
    • This establishes a $1,000,000 prize to be awarded to a randomly selected person that voted. The first (and only) FOR argument found in the link above is priceless.
    • I'm voting NO

  • Prop 201 - Relating to smoking
    • "Proposition 201 would prohibit smoking in all public places and places of employment, except as provided by the proposition.... Proposition 201 would not prohibit or repeal more restrictive city, town or county law"
    • The exceptions: Retail tobacco stores that are physically separated and independently ventilated, Veterans and fraternal clubs when they are not open to the public, Hotel rooms designated as smoking rooms, Outdoor patios.
    • See the similar Prop 206 below for more.
    • I'm voting... well, I don't know. Maybe no?

  • Prop 202 - Relating to minimum wage
    • I don't hate the minimum wage but I don't see a reason for increasing it over 30%.
    • This prop also sets up a cost of living increase every January 1... which is something I could get behind. [Edit: See next newer post... OR wait a minute this is a bad idea.]
    • I'm voting NO

  • Prop 203 - Relating to early childhood education
    • Funding early childhood education is good, right? Funding early childhood education by increasing the tax on a pack of smokes from $1.18 to $1.98 is ridiculous. It's not that I smoke, it's more that I find picking on legal addicts to be, well, childish.
    • I'm voting NO

  • Prop 204 - Relating to farm animals
    • From the above link: "Beginning January 1, 2013, Proposition 204 would amend the Arizona criminal code to make it a class 1 misdemeanor to tether or confine a pig during pregnancy or a calf raised for veal on a farm for all or the majority of a day in a manner that prevents the animal from lying down and fully extending its limbs or turning around freely." There are also exceptions (such as during transportation, slaughter or lawful scientific or agricultural research.)
    • The arguments for and against section is one of those interesting bits of American election fun that you can't get elsewhere. Reading silly comments online isn't quite the same thing; these folks are trying to be serious.
    • Here is the structure of most every AGAINST argument " It's a sad day when out-of-state , anti-meat , anti-science based interest groups can come to Arizona from back East to push their cruel and inhumane agenda on Arizona's farm families. They paid petition signature gatherers to spread false-hoods and distort modern, humane and science-based agricultural practices."
    • The AGAINST arguments don't explain why pregnant pigs need to be tightly confined; it's all "you can't tell me what to do!" nonsense.
    • I'm voting YES.

  • Prop 205 - Relating to voting by mail
    • I'm voting NO

  • Prop 206 - Relating to smoking
    • Prop 206 does much the same as 201 but has an additional exception - Bars, including parts of restaurants, hotels and other establishments that sell alcoholic beverages and are physically separated with a separate ventilation system - and would "would preempt all city, town and county laws relating to smoking in bars and retail tobacco stores"
    • Also I need to google "Arizona Non-Smoker Protection Committee" because they paid for pretty much every FOR argument you see. That sort of thing disturbs me.
    • I'm voting... well, I don't know. Maybe no?

  • Prop 207 - Relating to eminent domain
    • I'm voting NO

    The 300s- The final 3 are recommendations from some government agency or group or who knows what.

  • Prop 300 - Relating to public program eligibility
    • I'm voting NO

  • Prop 301 - Relating to probation for methamphetamine offenses
    • I'm voting NO

  • Prop 302 - Relating to legislators' salaries
    • Again, give me a choice for rasing salaries from $24,000 to say $27,000 or a plan for slowly raising salaries to $36,000 over a 10-20 year period and I'll vote yes.
    • I'm voting NO

    Wednesday, October 25, 2006

    Ladytron at the Clubhouse

    I forgot to check the normal indicators internets to guage the popularity of Ladytron and was shocked to find the Clubhouse packed and it looked like a goodly number of people got turned away. I bought my ticket earlier when I bought my Magnolila Electric Co ticket and honestly that is the only reason I went otherwise I would've stayed home and watched the Tigers not play so well. And rest. And maybe do some laundry. Shit, it's 9. That means I gotta start a load.

    Anyway CSS opened and most people were rather indifferent. Ladytron played a set that was a good 75 minutes long and then after a short break they played another 3 songs.

    They were good, I liked the show.

    Also I find it saddening that shows like this are the kind of shows most people go to... that is this concert experience is nowhere near as cool when it's too packed to move or go near the bar or get a water and you have to wait 45 minutes to get in and another long line for merch and all. 640 folks went away experiencing that concert (and another hundred or so maybe went away pissed not being able to get in) whereas for the Joggers/Oxford Collapse show I saw on Monday 45 people had a great show with plenty of room and all.

    I don't know the answer other than being better at choosing where a band should play and promotors/venues/whoever working together and being flexible and having many options. And free snowcones for everyone.

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    Friday, October 20, 2006

    Two Gallants at the Casbah

    I saw Two Gallants at the Casbah last night. We got going from Phoenix a little lazily and got there just as the first band, Trainwreck Riders, a country rock band, were starting. They sounded pretty damned good. Then we went a couple blocks away to another bar for food because we hadn't time to eat. We missed Langhorne Slim but got back in plenty of time for Two Gallants.

    They didn't talk about Houston at all though for the last song by Trainwreck Riders when Adam and Tyson came up and played with them (harmonica and slide guitar, respectively) one of the members of TR put out a shirt that said "Free Tyson Vogel."

    Two Gallants were dead on, Adam sounded great tonight. They didn't play most of the songs I was really hoping for but I did get "Nothing To You" and "Age of Assassins" and, really, they don't have bad songs so I can't complain about the setlist. The crowd was of a good size and countenance, singing along a lot and not talking too much. The Casbah is a small place, about 250 capacity... though that probably includes the back room with the pool tables and video games and maybe even the outside patio.

    Anyway, yeah, it was great stuff.

    Steady Rollin'
    Las Cruces Jail
    Long Summer Day
    "high heels and mace"
    "red wine"
    "not mine"
    Nothing To You
    Crow Jane
    Age of Assassins
    [second encore]
    My Madonna

    The encore breaks were really short; Age of Assassins was clearly a planned encore, My Madonna seemed more real, in response to the crowd (and people yelling for that song.) Last night I was thinking it was only 2 non-album songs but I guess I'm wrong.

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    Wednesday, October 04, 2006

    Magnolia Electric Co at the Clubhouse ==> Cinemechanica at the Modified

    I just saw Magnolia Electric Co at the Clubhouse and then Cinemechanica at Modified. Two totally different shows, both fantastic.

    Jason brought out what looked like a setlist but upon further inspection turned out to be a list of all their songs. Well, almost. It included stuff from the 2003 album with an owl on it but nothing earlier (i.e. the stuff that is clearly Songs: Ohia material) as far as I could tell. Almost their entire setlist was from the album release a week and a half ago, though not "Don't Fade On Me" which was the one I had heard going in.

    Someone yelled out "The Last 3 Humans Words" which is on the live album Trials and Errors recorded in 2003 and released in 2005. Jason's response: "Has it been that long since we've been through here?" Someone else yelled out for "Hard to Love a Man" and Jason responded "Ain't that the truth." The crowd was kinda quiet other than that (and clapping and such.) About 2/3 of the way through thier 40 minute set they played "Montgomery" from the new one which segued into "The Dark Don't Hide It" which is the only think they played which was released as of 2 weeks ago. Still quite wonderful, though.

    Then I left, not sticking around for Jose Gonzalez (the headliner and the reason I was scared it would sell out), to see Cinemechnica. Such a good idea.

    They are from Athens and they have two thunderingly powerful drummers (for most songs), two angular/mathy guitarists and a bassist. And several of the songs are long, I almost want to say venturing into post-rock territory but that seems misleading, their songs are not epic, there is no quiet build or lazy scrawl, this is pretty much all rocking and shredding. They played 30-35 and were glorious.

    Go see them. Seriously.

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    Monday, October 02, 2006

    Silversun Pickups and Viva Voce at the Modified

    I just saw Silversun Pickups and Viva Voce.

    LetDownRight opened, they are local. They were OK.

    Silversun Pickups were ridiculous. They played all of the songs from that WOXY set and a few others. About 35-40 minutes in all.

    Viva Voce were next. They were good too. They dedicated "Believer" to Dave Matthews for some unknown reason. They dedicated "From the Devil Himself" to me because they asked who had been to their last show at the Modified and I was the only one that responded (AFAIK) and also I was right up front and center.

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