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Wednesday, March 30th, 2005
2:04 pm
[mizcrank]
Eliminate holidays to cut state budget
In California:

Schwarzenegger has proposed eliminating two of 13 state holidays to cut costs, although he has not said which ones. Some suspect Cesar Chavez Day will be a target, because it is the most recent state holiday, added by Gov. Gray Davis in 2000.

If you could pick one to drop, which would it be. You may also state your reasons in "comments".

Poll #464922 Drop a holiday

Which these state worker holidays would you eliminate to save the state money?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1(2.5%)
Presidents’ Day
2(5.0%)
Cesar Chavez Day
12(30.0%)
Memorial Day
1(2.5%)
Independence Day
2(5.0%)
Labor Day
0(0.0%)
Columbus Day
20(50.0%)
Veterans Day
0(0.0%)
Thanksgiving Day (and the day after)
1(2.5%)
Christmas Day
1(2.5%)
New Year’s Day 2006
0(0.0%)
Friday, January 28th, 2005
8:02 pm
[layla515]
The Death Penalty
I know I'm not a moderator but this community has been quiet since the presidential election and I thought this might be interesting to the members. This has been a major issue in my area lately.

Early Saturday morning, convicted serial killer Michael Ross will likely be the first person in 45 years to be put to death in Connecticut. Ross is on death row for murdering four women in the 1980s and has admitted to killing eight women in CT and NY. Ross has said he is ready to die and has chosen not to seek an appeal in the past year. His father is among those trying to stop the execution. Dan Ross says his son is not competent to decide whether he should live or die. Other groups argue that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment and therefore is unconstitutional.

Poll #427036 death penalty

What do you think?

If a jury decided this is the best punishment, then the government must follow through with that decision.
5(38.5%)
The death penalty is cruel and inhumane and should never be used -- even if the convicted person claims he/she is ready to die.
5(38.5%)
It should only be used for the most inhumane crimes and only after all legal options have been exersized.
3(23.1%)

Should Dan Ross try to intercede against his son's wishes?

Yes.
3(23.1%)
No.
6(46.2%)
I'm not sure.
4(30.8%)
Thursday, November 4th, 2004
6:08 pm
[mizcrank]
Monday, November 1st, 2004
7:21 pm
[mizcrank]
Vote for your next President.and pimp this poll!


Poll #376768 Presidential Election

Vote or Die!

Bush
63(19.8%)
Badnarik
3(0.9%)
Kerry
237(74.5%)
Nader
10(3.1%)
Other
5(1.6%)

Write in Candidate (not on the official ballot)



Polls close at 10pm PST Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Goal: 1,000 votes! Spread the word!
Saturday, October 30th, 2004
2:35 pm
[jelly_doughnut]
Beating a dead horse
It doesn't take much effort to remember back to 2000 and all the mess that went on after that election. So the newest question is...
Poll #375553 Results

Will we know who has won this election by Wednesday Nov. 3rd?

Yes
9(37.5%)
No
15(62.5%)
Thursday, October 21st, 2004
9:13 am
[jelly_doughnut]
AAAA-CHOOOOOO

Do you usually get a flu shot?

Yes
8(32.0%)
No
17(68.0%)


Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, October 5th, 2004
7:27 pm
[jelly_doughnut]
Inspired by a commercial
Blue Man Group

Are they...

Artists
19(86.4%)
Freaks
3(13.6%)


Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
9:07 pm
[jelly_doughnut]
The infidels are not in Baghdad!
Unless you have been under a rock for the past two weeks, you know that Dan Rather is under fire. If you have been under a rock, look here. So the question is...

Should Dan Rather resign?

Yes
10(55.6%)
No
8(44.4%)
Monday, September 27th, 2004
7:40 pm
[jelly_doughnut]
Presidental Election (Part 2)
The following is a list of Presidential candidates. You will notice that neither the Republican Party, nor the Democratic Party are represented. If you can't vote for President Bush, or Senator Kerry...

For whom would you vote?

Ralph Nader (Reform Party)
15(57.7%)
Michael Peroutka (Constitution Party)
2(7.7%)
David Cobb (Green Party)
3(11.5%)
Michael Badnarik (Libertarian Party)
5(19.2%)
Walt Brown (Socialist Party)
1(3.8%)
Róger Calero (Socialist Worker's Party)
0(0.0%)


Candidate names and parties were compiled from the Commonwealth of Virginia's Presidential Ballot, and a couppla more I threw in for fun. See this page for more.
Friday, September 24th, 2004
2:58 pm
[jelly_doughnut]
An easy one.
I'm sure most of us have heard about the infamous "Scott Peterson Murder Trial." So this question is really simple.
Poll #355550 Scotty Boy

Do you think Scott Peterson killed his wife and child?

Yes
21(95.5%)
No
1(4.5%)
Sunday, September 19th, 2004
3:28 pm
[jelly_doughnut]
Color Psychology
According to Fox News (yes, Fox. That link is to the actual article) Some teachers have switched to purple ink to correct student papers. They say that the traditional red ink carries too many negative connotations. Critics basically say "give me a break, the point of red ink is to make the children not want red ink anymore!" Proponents claim that it's easier on the children's emotional health. So what do you think?

Poll #352526 Red or Purple?

Red or Purple?

Red
18(64.3%)
Purple
10(35.7%)


Current Mood: chipper
Thursday, September 16th, 2004
5:16 pm
[jelly_doughnut]
A Tee Shirt Flap
I found this on tonguetied.us.

A California school district is claiming that wearing tee shirt stating one’s religious opposition to homosexuality is the equivalent of wearing one with racist epithets or Nazi swastikas, reports the Los Angeles Times. (must be registered to view the article so I didn't link it)

In a lawsuit over free speech rights, officials at Poway High School insist that 16-year-old Tyler Chase Harper had no right to wear a tee shirt reading "Homosexuality Is Shameful" and "Our School Embraced What God Has Condemned" on the day of the school’s annual pro-gay Day of Silence.

Harper has sued the school, claiming it violated his constitutional rights to free speech and free expression

Poll #351236 Tee shirt flap

Who should win the lawsuit?

The Kid. It's a free speech issue
6(28.6%)
The School. It's a hate speech issue
15(71.4%)
Wednesday, July 21st, 2004
6:43 pm
[mizcrank]
Muslim Call to Prayer
In Hamtramck, MI, there was a vote to recall a recent city council decision to allow the Muslim Call to Prayer to be broadcast throughout the city.

The call to prayer dispute arose after the Al-Islah Mosque sought permission from the City Council to follow a Muslim custom of calling out prayer times from a loudspeaker. Council members told the mosque's leaders that the call was fine and the council approved an ordinance regulating times and volume.

In May, organizers of the repeal effort said they hoped it would end the Muslim practice

You can find more info here.


Poll #324320 Muslim Call to Prayer

Repeal the Call to Prayer noise ordinance?

Yes
3(21.4%)
No
11(78.6%)
4:03 pm
[mizcrank]
Sample Voting Item
Poll #324238 If you had to vote for the Prez of the USA today...

Who would you vote for?

John Kerry
37(57.8%)
George Bush
20(31.2%)
Ralph Nader
3(4.7%)
Other
4(6.2%)

If 'other', write in your candidate.

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