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The California Recall
First Peter Ueberroth spammed me for his ill fated campaign. Now Arianna Huffington is spamming me. Sorry to be filling up a blog that should be full of silly stories and geekishness with politics, but some things just get to me!
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Charlie Brown for Congress? What an asshole!
I'm pretty sure that at some point, my email address has been associated with my registration on the voter rolls because I've had a number of candidates email me for their campaign in my district, which, along with calling my phone number and leaving automated messages, makes my selection process easier by letting me remove them from contention...

But it's hard to not vote for somebody when their spam list isn't even properly constructed, such that they are spamming people who don't even live in their district.
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Death to the Eat-My-Vote machines
So the repercussions of the California decertification of the easy-to-tamper-with voting machines have hit...
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The election
For the first time in years, I''ve been actually happy to vote for president.
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Why I like paper ballots
Have you ever considered that perhaps a voting system should be called a "life-critical" system?
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John McCain and the Internet: A dumb idea
Back in the primaries, McCain enlisted the services of spammers. I got some badly targeted emails that were clearly oriented towards military veterans... and the email address for the person I think he thought he had wasn't a veteran, nor am I. I filled out the form on his website and said that I was planning on voting for anybody but him. Clearly nobody read those forms, because I got a few emails to the address I gave there, too. Calling somebody part of the "McCain Community" is about as offensive as overusing the phrase "My friends". I am neither.
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McCain spams. Poorly
Is it too much to ask that a potential president not be of the same moral character as people who sell herbal penis enlargement pills over the Internet?
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I voted... on paper
So the rumors are true. Santa Clara county voting workers are NOT going to tell you that you have the option of voting on paper. And, they give people who voted on paper a different sticker than the people who voted on a eat-my-vote machine. Oh yeah, and they also only have about a hundered paper ballots, so if too many people ask, they WILL run out of them. There's a single paper-voting area in the corner of the polling place, as opposed to four eat-my-vote machines.
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Why politicians should not spam (or even come close)
So I've gotten into some flamewars with folks about spammer politicians with people who don't seem to grasp points until they've gotten hit on the head. So I figure I'll write a nice post on the subject and make it sound reasonable and not have to bother finding new and clever ways to call them an idiot...
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A very topical book for right now: The Stainless Steel Rat for President
Right now, you should go to your library or go to amazon.com and get this book. It's very topical and you''ll probably spend a bunch of time in the next two months laughing over how you are reminded of the scenes instead of crying because you hate both candidates...
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