Friday, June 08, 2007



My internet connectivity is for shit this morning, so I can't navigate Yahoo! News or at all. And more importantly, my brain hurts. Mental exhaustion. I wish I could dig deep and come up with something original, thoughtful, funny, or interesting. But I can't -- my brain is offering nada. I can't even muster it up to go find a Youtube clip, or a link to another blog. Ain't happening this morning. I have been working my ass off.


I mean it. I'm standing as I type this. You try sitting with no ass.

Hopefully next week'll free up a few brain cells.

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Anonymous wfta said...

Hey, I’ve had brain power to spare and share all week. I have even been reading Stevens’s The Man with the Blue Guitar poolside in the evenings. I will pinch hit for you by copying the letter I sent to the Chronicle yesterday in response to a statement made by our chicken shit lieutenant governor to the effect that “thousands and thousands” of non-citizens are voting in Texas elections. I would venture something about the canonization of I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, but the political right, but I don’t write well through apoplexy.

In Lt. Governor Dewhurst’s opinion, cited in the May 30 Chronicle, we need photographic voter identification to thwart thousands of non-citizens casting ballots in Texas elections.

When I registered to vote in this state I wrote my signature on the registration document which is on file with Harris County. I carry a voter registration certificate issued by Harris County which also bears my signature. Each time I go to vote, a poll worker confirms that the name I give is that of a registered voter and before I vote, I sign next to my name on the roll of registered voters.

The manner in which I write my signature is unique. The bank, the credit card company, the merchant who accepts my signed check or receipt, the Social Security Administration, my insurer, my employer, even the U.S. Postal Service are satisfied that my signature is proof positive of my identity.

If Mr. Dewhurst is convinced that someone has cast a fraudulent ballot, he has all the evidence he needs in the form of signatures to pursue a prosecution. The feeblest assistant district attorney could not fail to win a conviction. Otherwise he should stop making unsubstantiated allegations of rampant illegal voting aimed only at demonizing the political opposition. The country is sufficiently polarized without another cheap rhetorical stunt.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous wfta said...

Oops. Should read " the political right..."

11:27 AM  
Blogger Smitty said...

For all the fighting I've been doing on the immigration issue and voting here in boiled it down perfectly wfta. I love the letter...and how easy. No kidding! Everything else in my life is satisfied with my signature as proof.

Cool, cool, cool. May I plagiarize?

11:33 AM  
Blogger George said...

Hey, if you take away their cheap rhetorical stunts, what would the right have?

12:45 PM  
Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

Hey blogging aint easy Mike. Try walking around barefoot and make fists with your toes. That should get the creative juices flowing.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous The Clown said...





4:15 PM  
Anonymous John Royal said...

Hey, how'd you get so may readers from Texas?

And WFTA, I like how the only known proof of voter fraud here in Texas in this decade was to the benefit of a Republican state rep. So, if it's gonna stop people from voting for Republicans...



Maybe this whole ID thing ain't such a bad idea.

But that's only if it stops Republicans from voting.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It must be bad, Mike at a loss for words. This could signal the end of the world. Just kidding, I've been running on empty lately too. I think I will go find a YouTube video, I have the energy for that I think.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Comandante Agí said...

I think this bug is going around. Kvatch is taking a break. I've been thinking about taking a siesta as well. Anyways, it's just about summer and it's time to get out and enjoy life.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Dwilkers said...

WFTA do you ever post at the Chron blogs? I just wonder because I kinda sorta stole part of your name over there. I've been posting under 'Waiting for the Alien Spaceship'. All I post on there is the Astros Fan Blog though.

In any case, I had written a long post about how dumb that letter is, but instead I'll just ask, with all that focus on your signature and whatnot, why don't you just tell us how your SIGNATURE - in and of itself - demonstrates that you are a legitimate voter?

Obviously, it doesn't.

And I, as anyone else in Texas with a valid mailing address, could register to vote regardless of whether I was a legitimate voter or not - even a hundred times if I could come up with 100 valid mailing addresses at which to receive the voter cards.

And if you think CC companies or banks actually check signatures you are, simply put, incorrect. I *routinely* sign CC slips and checks on my wife's exclusive CC and bank accounts and have done so for years and have NEVER had one rejected.

In short, that signature means about as much as the harpoon guy's little drawing of a whale as his mark in Moby Dick. It means absolutely nothing at all.

It doesn't seem that difficult to me for people in this country to agree that only actual, legal, legitimate voters vote in elections. Anyone arguing otherwise would, it seems to me, be engaging in 'feeble' 'cheap rhetorical stunt(s)'.

And furthermore how could anyone be focused on illegal voters when the frickin Astros suck so heavily? To say nothing of the travails of our dear Paris Hilton.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

the frickin Astros suck so heavily

This is what happens when a 41 year-old is your leadoff hitter. Nothing good can come of that.

7:27 AM  
Anonymous wfta said...


I haven’t looked at the Chronicle blogs. The nom de plume is not copyrighted so help yourself to a little intelligence by association.

Had I registered to vote more than once, my signature(s) would in fact provide the evidence that I had done so and a graphologist would be able to demonstrate it to a judge or jury.

If Dewhurst or anyone else thinks that illegal votes are being cast, he should make a specific allegation and let law enforcement do its business. Otherwise it amounts to one of two things: 1) an attempt to disenfranchise and/or intimidate certain categories of citizens, or 2) an effort to motivate and distract nit-wits like you.

10:44 AM  

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