Excuses for Not Voting for Decades

The Diebold Demon.

  • Bad dog! Bad! Bad!
  • Chadophobia.
  • Too fucking stoned.

  • Mistook ballots for SAT exams.
  • Trying to avoid jury duty.
  • Slept through it.
  • American Idol doesn’t count?
  • Didn’t want to become pawn in Tim Russert’s evil game.
  • Candidates didn’t meet auction minimum on eBay.
  • Didn’t expect to be running for California governor in 2010.
Meg Whitman: I focused on family instead of voting [AP]

A deep and abiding love for democracy that made it impossible for me to vote for any candidate who might turn out to be less than perfect.

I blame the lack of perfect candidates.

Who knew that a self centered egomaniac would act like a self centered egomaniac?

like it matters*

*see: florida 2004

California is a breeding ground for political wackos. Probably, no one will beat former Gov. Moonbeam in his second run for the office — even SFL’s beloved Mayor Goodhair.

The only good Republican is a Republican that doesn’t vote.

Have you guys seen this?

Apparently democracy isn’t good enough.

Trying to avoid jury duty.

found way to do both. I am registered at my permanent residence which happens to be not where I live and vote absentee. jury duty things are sent back unopened/wrong address.

@Dodgerblue: When Gov. Moonbeam is the best option on the Dem side for just about any statewide office, something is profoundly wrong.
Speaking of Mayor McDreamy, did you see his Missus had a cameo in the premiere of the horrific trainwreck of a NBC teevee show, Trauma? All filmed here in EssEff, so we watched just to spot the scenes and neighborhoods and laugh at how you apparently have to drive an ambulance through Chinatown and North Beach when going from the Bay Bridge to SF General (note: you don’t). Mrs. Newsom’s cameo consisted of her playing a woman with a broken arm due to a multi-car pile up on 280 – caused by a douchebag in a Beemer texting which was funny and true-to-life – who had an odd Australian accent and was flown by helicopter to the hospital while little kids were bleeding on the side of the highway. All incredibly odd and bad, the show actually crossed into farce within the first five minutes with the horrible acting.

@SanFranLefty: I love spotting stuff like that. After I got back from Rome, I was watching European Vacation and laughing at the ridiculously circuitous route the chase scene took so they could capture shots of various sites.

About this Whitman chick, does CA not have a vote by mail option? I haven’t set foot in a voting booth in years which means I also haven’t missed an election. They automatically send me the ballots for everything from school district bonds on up.

@SanFranLefty: @Jamie bar the door: Every movie filmed in Chicago is required to show someone driving down Lake Shore Drive just north of the city (i.e. lake on one side, skyline on the other) and also under the El, whether or not that makes sense with the plot.

@SanFranLefty: @Dodgerblue:

See, I think you guys underestimate Newsom’s chances. I really do. He is a slippery bastard with a knack for pulling things together at the last minute.

I’d prefer Moonbeam myself-marginally. Wasn’t he one of the proponents of Prop 13? Or did he just sign it? I am having trouble remembering because I was, like, 10 at the time.

@Jamie bar the door: I think you can send an absentee back by mail. However, I never did this because when I lived in the state, both my polling places were a block away from my house or apartment.

(Now? I get to Oregon, get my voter card, and realize all voting’s by mail.)

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: @SanFranLefty: @Dodgerblue:

Would rather see Mayor Goodhair than Gov. Moonbeam Redux, but with the obvious fact that no governor will be able to do ANYTHING until that nasty 2/3 requirement for a budget vote or tax increase is gone plus Newsom’s eight little words from the same-sex marriage bit, I suspect it’s Brown in a walk.

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: Dude, he married teh gheyz. He’s from San Francisco. Those two facts would kill him in the general. Jerry’s got the SoCal vote sewn up for the primary, especially now that LA’s Mayor McSteamy dropped out. Plus Newsom is incompetent and he lost his Svengali recently.

I’d prefer Campbell over Moonbeam on a head-to-head in the general, but I don’t see how pro-choice pro-gay marriage libertarian Tom is going to beat two billionaires in the GOP primary, especially with one of them pandering to the Jeebus freaks and Orange County Republicans.

@Jamie bar the door: You can totally vote by mail here. You have to request it each time, though.

@SanFranLefty: I’m on some “permanent absentee” program, which in practice is just like Oregon. No reminders necessary — everything just shows up in my mailbox.

@nojo: Really? Maybe Sandy Eggo County has its shit together more than SF Elections Dept.

@SanFranLefty: I gotta say I love how you call Newsom “Mayor McDreamy” and Villaraigosa “Mayor McSteamy.” Even though I freaking hate Grey’s Anatomy.

Antonio is too busy finding his next local news anchor girlfriend to run for governor.

@flippin eck: Wasn’t it under the L that the famous car-crash/pile-up scene was in Blues Brothers? I have a videogame that features car crashing as its major mode, with a scenario that looks almost (but not quite) like the setting from the Blues Brothers.

@Signal to Noise: I’ve never watched the show, but I think the names capture the vacuousness of both of them. I don’t call Newsom Mayor Goodhair like Dodger, because the only Goodhair for me is Rick “Governor Goodhair” Perry, as dubbed by the late great Molly.

@SanFranLefty: “Mayor Loose Zipper” doesn’t distinguish between your guy and my guy.

@SanFranLefty: @Dodgerblue: I always called Villaraigosa “Mayor TV”, not only to mark his life as “Tony Villar” before he realized he could pander more by really embracing the inner Latino, but because the bum was doing a live interview with at least one channel every frickin’ day for at least two months after he got elected.

@IanJ: Yep. Under the El tracks and also on subterranean Lower Wacker (a setting also used in the recent Batman movies). But Blues Brothers gets a pass, as does Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, because both movies are essentially about Chicago. The ones that irritate me are the cheesy rom-coms that inappropriately shoehorn in the settings just to prove how Chicago they are. I’m sure you can relate–I can’t think of any Seattle-based movies that don’t incorporate Pike Place Market at some point.

@Signal to Noise: Good one, especially given his taste in mistresses.

@SanFranLefty: I have $50 riding on a bet with a friend that Mayor TV will wind up with this recent addition to the L.A. TV news market before his term runs out. These train wrecks were made for one another.

@SanFranLefty, Jamie, Flippin’: Terminator 4 (an absolute POS) features a chase scene in which protagonist is chased by Terminators on a stretch of road just south of Albuquerque and then cuts to a bridge way the hell up in the northern part of the state (near where Juliette Lewis took a whiz in Natural Born Killers). Jarring if you know the places.

BTW, the first site is near where the giant Terminator attacked the rebels at the old gas station in the desert. We saw the last summer set on the way to a metal concert at a venue south of ABQ.

And, finally, where protagonists look out to Skynet HQ in San Fran, they are actually looking from the perspective of one looking south at where a tributary of the Rio Grande joins the main river south of Taos, NM, which would put San Fran not too far from Abiquiu NM, where Georgia O’Keefe lived and painted in the last years of her life.

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: Nope, Brown was very against Prop 13. He was the quintessential 70’s California commie. Can you imagine where we’d be right now if solar power, wind power, organic farming and all those crazy California ideas of the 70’s had actually taken hold? Sigh.

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