So I went ahead and downloaded a copy of the ballot for my district today. I try to do this every year so I can tell who I'm voting for and figure out for whom I would like to elect. Obviously we've got a presidential race, along with quite a few local big-money races, as evidenced by the irritating volume of advertising going on. But what about the rest of them? And did you know there's a proposal for an amendment to the State Constitution?
I'm pretty sure everyone has made a decision about the Presidential race. Barack Obama and Joe Biden seem to represent rational argument and a hopeful future — with the caveat that Obama is as new to Washington as John F. Kennedy was. John McCain and Sarah Palin stand by their maverick, wildcard approach to change — with the caveat that McCain may change his platform once elected just as he did when he became the Republican Party candidate, and he selected a vice presidential running-mate who (as best as I can tell) is approximately as qualified as I (or anyone) is to be lead the United States.
Anyway, here's a breakdown of the other candidates that I'll be voting for:
State Supreme Court Justice, 7th Judicial district (vote for two)
Joanne M. Winslow (Democrat, Independence)
Paul M. Riordan (Democrat, Independence)
Robert Lunn (Republican, Conservative)
Elma Ann Bellini (Republican, Conservative)
Representative in Congress, 28th District
Louise M. Slaughter (Democrat, Independence, Working Families)
David W. Crimmen (Republican, Conservative)
State Senator, 56th district
Richard A. Dollinger (Democrat, Working Families)
Joseph E. Robach (Republican, Independence, Conservative)
Member of Assembly, 131st District
Susan V. John (Democrat, Working Families)
Jeffery R. Morrow (Republican)
Rafael Colon (Independence)
County Court Judge
Frank P. Geraci, Jr. (Democrat, Independence, Conservative, Working Families)
Family Court Judge
Joan S. Kohout (Democrat, Independence, Conservative, Working Families)
Gail A. Donofrio (Republican, Independence, Conservative, Working Families)
Amendment to Article 5, section 6 of the Constitution, in relation to additional civil service credit for members of the armed forces of the United States
The proposed amendment would eliminate the requirement that veterans who were disabled in the actual performance of duty in any war be receiving disability payments from the United States Veterans Administration in order to qualify for additional points on a civil service examination for appointment or promotion. Under the proposed amendment, the disability must only be certified to exist by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The proposed amendment would also update the reference to the "United States Veterans Administration" to instead refer to the "United States Department of Veterans Affairs" to reflect current federal government structure. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
In the 131st District Assembly race, three candidates are competing. The 500 results of a Google search for the candidates was so dominated by incumbent Susan John that I opted to search for the challengers, but even that search did a poor job of narrowing the results as "Rafael Colon" appeared often in results unrelated to the 131st District. Anyway, Project Vote Smart offered a fact-sheet style "biography" of Susan V. John, but no useful information on Raphael Colon nor Jeffery R. Morrow. So … I just shrug at this one — Susan John has not been on my radar as doing a bad job or anything.
And then there's the New York peculiarity of voting for County Clerks — in my mind, a position that should simply be appointed as part of the cabinet of the County Executive. Thomas M. Hasman is running against incumbent Cheryl Dinolfo. You'd think this would be the perfect kind of job anyone could be appointed to as a favor [and I'll be damned that I can't remember the term for that kind of "payback" job …] because it just involves moving information around, keeping things organized, and making sure the government is accessible to the people.
But still there are huge problems with the Monroe County Clerk's office. In an October 27, 2008 article on RochesterTurning, author "stlo7" points out that it's not just the thousands of social security numbers posted on the Monroe County website [that's right: publicly available and ripe for picking for identity theft], but now it's erroneously reporting people as criminals. Dinolfo is proving herself totally incompetent, while Hasman has a fully stocked resume for the position: "background in computer security and records management with the National Security Council,"[Rochester Turning, October 28, 2008], and "experience in information-technology security, records management, and administration — including several years in the White House during the Clinton administration"[City Newspaper, October, 2008]. Anecdotally, I recently needed to have a mortgage company clear up a title search problem on my house, and when the person I spoke with looked to the Monroe County website to find some forms, she commented that it was one of the worst organized county government websites she'd ever seen. Monroe County is dysfunctional enough, but we can at least fix the Clerk's office — and hopefully foster some positive changes.
In a more bloggerly mode, I thought I'd just post a quick link to Why I'm voting for Barak [sic] Obama … and I hope you will too. Reason 5: The Sacredness of Life by Brian D. McLaren. He's [apparently] a Christian who opposes abortion, but argues that we should work toward effective means of reducing the number of abortions by eliminating some of the key reasons people get them. Further, he goes on to say that overturning Roe v. Wade will not be effective for it will revert to state-control of abortion laws, of which he estimates that 16 states will ban abortion, netting a maximum possible reduction of the number of abortions in those states — about 10% of the national total. And that doesn't count the possibility of crossing state lines to get a legal abortion.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is Geva Comedy Improv's Five Minutes of Fear Film Festival featuring short films in the horror genre. Later — at 10:30 p.m. — is their regularly-scheduled improvisational show titled Friday Night Face-Off, and then tomorrow night at 10:30 it's their Improvised Zombie Movie.
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Land of the Dead starting at 8 p.m. The Eastman House Calendar makes this sound so inviting: "The fourth and most politically savvy of [writer-director George A. Romero's] gory and satirical cycle of flesh-eating zombie movies shows us a world almost completely taken over by the ghouls. A group of rich Americans (led by Dennis Hopper) have protected themselves from the living dead in a heavily guarded luxury high-rise. Outside, other survivors with presumably less money scavenge for the wealthy amidst the increasingly intelligent and organized zombie population."
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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Frontrunners starting at 5 p.m. this afternoon and again at 8 p.m. It's a documentary about the "race for class president at Stuyvesant" in New York City where candidates "utilize primaries, televised debates, and newspaper endorsements to win over their fellow classmates' votes."
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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Photographer, His Wife, and Her Lover starting at 8 p.m. Eastman House's calendar has this titillating description: "Photographer O. Winston Link, whose work is currently on view at George Eastman House, took elegant black-and-white nighttime photographs of the last of the great American steam locomotives. When he was 73, Link married 48-year-old Conchita Mendoza, who soon after began selling off original prints of Link's photographs for considerable profit while becoming sexually entangled with another man, all without the artist's knowledge."
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This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity.
Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.)
It's also not to be confused with
or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator.
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, October 30, 2008 (Thu, Oct 30, 2008, 10/30/2008, or 10/30/08) Friday, October 31, 2008 (Fri, Oct 31, 2008, 10/31/2008, or 10/31/08) Saturday, November 1, 2008 (Sat, Nov 1, 2008, 11/1/2008, or 11/1/08) Sunday, November 2, 2008 (Sun, Nov 2, 2008, 11/2/2008, or 11/2/08) Monday, November 3, 2008 (Mon, Nov 3, 2008, 11/3/2008, or 11/3/08) Tuesday, November 4, 2008 (Tue, Nov 4, 2008, 11/4/2008, or 11/4/08) and Wednesday, November 5, 2008 (Wed, Nov 5, 2008, 11/5/2008, or 11/5/08).
indicates an event that's a preferred pick of the day ... probably something worth checking out.
indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre of the indicated event.
links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.