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30 September 2005 @ 02:20 pm
Aw, crapshaith. Now I can't kidnap Becky and marry her really quick while Mike isn't looking. Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoes gay marriage bill.*

"This bill simply adds confusion to a constitutional issue," Schwarzenegger wrote. "If the ban of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, this bill is not necessary. If the ban is constitutional, this bill is ineffective."


For fear of sounding terribly cliché, I had a gut feeling it was going to turn out like this. Although "the Governator" started rightly pissing me off at the beginning of his term by immediately cutting funds to community colleges like the one I was attending at the time, I can't say that I completely loathe him. The attitude in my community was that we needed anyone but Gray Davis in 2003, and that's what we picked. Just about anyone. (According to the San Francisco Chronicle, more Californians were registering to vote for the recall election than were registered in '02 when Gray Davis won re-election, but far fewer were Democrats.) This 'anyone' happened to take on cyborgs in films. Maybe we'll come to be needing anyone but Schwarzenegger by next election, though I don't pretend to know. (I'm thinking of the sketchy past Presidential election when we supposedly needed anyone but Bush II, but I don't really need to get all riled up about that again. It's been beaten into the ground.)

In any case, I'm finding it interesting how many people feel like they can form any opinion(s) whatsoever on this topic without even being registered to vote - sadly, folks in my age bracket. This process takes about two minutes or less to do. Either let go a moment to put your efforts into making a difference round here, or shut the hell up.

*link found through rpeate.
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Vennie Kocsisspit_venom on September 30th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
aren't republicans lovely?
Brandybrandelyn on October 1st, 2005 12:08 am (UTC)

As I've told my mother, I'm determined to find a good Republican. I'm not about disliking an entire party just because they seem to be the complete opposite of mine.

Perhaps these "good Republicans" aren't even in office. Which leads me to wonder about how things operate in this country yet again.
Sushi Boyisushi on September 30th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
Guess I won't be wearing my white dress anytime soon *snicker...* me wearing white at anytime... ::chokes::
Brandy: fabricationbrandelyn on October 1st, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)

You probably would, just to entertain the idea. Even though we all know you would be better off wearing a rosy red. ;p
Sushi Boyisushi on October 1st, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
That means your bridesmaid color is peach :O
Brandy: jubilationbrandelyn on October 2nd, 2005 09:02 am (UTC)

I'd like that very much, actually.
Donkazujin on September 30th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
I think the main reason right now, that gay marriage is illegal is because insurance companies don't want to give gay couples the same benefits as married couples, because they'll lose money.

Personally I think gay people should have the right to marry, but I also don't think people should get more rights just for being gay. I don't agree with the gay life style choice, but they're already going to do it anyway, so I don't see what the big deal is.

I like arnold. I think he should be president.
dot dot dot: brain hurtsagentelrond on September 30th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
They wouldn't be getting MORE rights! They'd be getting rights that straight people take for granted!
Dork Central: CANDY!shortyneisius on September 30th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
Excellently said!
Brandy: frustrationbrandelyn on October 1st, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)

I like Arnold, too. In the film True Lies, anyway. For some reason, if we'd only unmask all the bullshit, I'd say he'd really be in the right kinda place. But I really don't think he's up for being in this sort of leadership position.

Here are some more bills he's vetoed, courtesy of reading today's issue of local newspaper The Daily Breeze:

  • A bill that would increase the minimum wage by $1/hr to $7.75 over the next two years (but for some reason I could've sworn it had recently been raised to $7.10 before I'd left for Nevada)

  • A bill that would have imposed stiff financial penalties on employers who are found to be paying equally qualified employees at different rates.

  • A bill that would have banned the use of the nickname 'Redskins' for school teams and mascots. The governor said decisions about team names should be made by local officials. (This I actually agree with.)

  • A bill that would have forced employers and insurers who take injured employees to court before paying out workers' comp benefits to pay a penalty.

  • Things that Schwarzenegger passed:

  • A bill that returns millions of dollars in sales taxes from jet fuel to communities that host airports. (I'm a stone's throw from LAX, just about.)

  • A bill that that requires home buyers to be specifically notified before an agreement is signed about all property taxes pending.

  • There were a couple more pertaining to making sure sexual orientation was protected against discrimination (as far as business establishments and school programmes were concerned), but in light of the big fat bill he didn't pass... need I really go into detail?

    It's all a corporate matter of concern with Schwarzenegger, if you ask me. But I don't think anyone did.
    dot dot dot: politicsagentelrond on September 30th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
    And nice political analysis. I'm so proud. :-D
    Brandybrandelyn on September 30th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)


    I suppose it was going to come out one way or the other. My political opinions usually lie dormant simply because I do not like the idea of conflicting emotions between people. But to not bring it out would be denying that philosophical part of me as well. And we both know I can't do that. :p
    Rhianonymousjanissaryjames on September 30th, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
    Be careful with the governator. He's about as moderate as republicons get anymore, but if you're not careful you'll get snaked. No reason Cali should stay red once he's out of office.

    Out here in Kansas, it's pretty simple. We go to the polls and spit in the wind every election- not much else to do. It's overwhelmingly republican, at every level. Farmers really like politicians who have no interest in their welfare, I guess.
    Hoshti Goshtas: proud socialistrpeate on October 1st, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
    Gray Davis was a fine governor shafted through abuse off a process designed to remove criminals, comparable to impeachment. He not only committed no crime, he saved us from being far worse off than we would have been had crooks like former governor Davis, Bill Simon, or Arnold (i.e., most Republicans) been in office instead. Now things are worse than they ever were under Davis, because we have a governor who blames all the State's problems, as he did in a television advertisement last night, on labor unions. Yeah, those evil LABOR UNIONS! Always FIGHTING FOR OUR RIGHTS AND STUFF! They've got to go. I know someone who knew and worked with Governor Davis personally. Governor Davis was not, was never California's problem.
    Brandy: calculationbrandelyn on October 1st, 2005 12:42 am (UTC)

    Davis did some very admirable things, I'll admit. Most of it I was too young to notice in hindsight - I think I was closing out my first college year when Schwarzenegger burst onto the scene.
    Hoshti Goshtasrpeate on October 1st, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
    OMG. Never mind.
    Brandybrandelyn on October 1st, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)

    I could consult you further when I've learned more about California politics. I originally added you God-knows-how-long ago because I liked your photography. But you (among others) have piqued my curiosity.

    I've still got a long way to go, haven't I?
    Hoshti Goshtasrpeate on October 1st, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
    Just know that Davis was not the problem, and that snce he was shafted, not only have the problems not been solved, we've gained more--the chief one being the new chief.
    Brandybrandelyn on October 1st, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)

    I'm aware. This is why I changed the tone of that particular sentence calling Davis out. But I do know there was a massive local anti-Davis moment before the recall election... here anyway. I can't remember the reason(s) why, if there were any. I suppose that was passed onto me for a time.
    Hoshti Goshtasrpeate on October 1st, 2005 01:27 am (UTC)
    Of course there was a massive anti-Davis movement, because the Public is still dumb enough to be deceived by Republican lies.
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    Brandybrandelyn on October 2nd, 2005 09:01 am (UTC)

    Wait, what? You had plastic surgery, or am I missing something here?
    lassmirandalassmiranda on October 2nd, 2005 08:59 am (UTC)
    I'd like to add you, can I?:-)
    Brandy: salutationbrandelyn on October 2nd, 2005 09:02 am (UTC)

    I don't see why not.
    Hazelkatrinasolo on October 2nd, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
    ::sigh:: I really hate that man. If it comforts you at all (i'm sure it won't) i didn't even vote for the stupid recall, much less Arrrrr-nold.