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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

My Ballot in the 28th Congressional District, 56th State Senate District, and 131st State Assembly District
by Jason Olshefsky at 3:56 pm (1 comment)

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)
  • County Clerk
    • Thomas M. Hasman (Democrat, Working Families)
    • Cheryl Dinolfo (Republican, Independence, Conservative)

and "Proposal Number One, An Amendment"

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?

The race I knew the least about was the 7th Judicial District for the State Supreme Court — an important race indeed and I'm glad to not be blind-sided by it. I was comforted by a September 30, 2008 Democrat and Chronicle article which outlined the positions of the four candidates: they all appear to be suitably qualified and respectful of the power and responsibility they would hold. The Democrat and Chronicle endorses Robert Lunn and Elma Ann Bellini, and Joanne M. Winslow was the subject of a favorable article at the Gay Alliance of the Genessee Valley website. My detailed (but imperfect) search on Google didn't yield any other primary sources, although a website called MPNow offered a bland but favorable article on Paul M. Riordan from the Brighton-Pittsford Post, and an article from the Daily Messenger summarizing the candidates.

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.

Don't forget to vote, damn it!

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Vote Obama to … Stop Abortions???
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:17 pm (1 comment)

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.

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Top Pick In the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), Andrew Cross will discuss The Middle of Nowhere — The Center of Everywhere starting at 6 p.m. (He created the exhibition Passing Time: Recent Video which is on display in Museum). [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.), David Pollack will discuss The Craftiest Art: Japanese Surimono Prints. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Halloween starting at 8 p.m. A classic where a "faceless psychopath" murders a house full of teenagers. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Everthus the DeadbeatsMySpace link, WalriMySpace link, and The Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome BellsMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Halloween

Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at the clock tower near The Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (Library Road, #39 on River Campus Map.) to The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) at 6 p.m. and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6 p.m. is the opening reception for Bushwacked, "political art exhibit curated by Keven AtomsMySpace link" at The Method LabMySpace link (650 South Ave., formerly Condé Photography). [source: City Newspaper]

Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is hosting a Literary Costume Party and Halloween Open Mic hosted by Gregory Gerard and Sonia Livingston starting at 7 p.m. Costumes required. (!) [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) at 7 p.m., Carvin Eison will be screening an excerpt from his new film, Shadows of the Lynching Tree and leading a discussion on "the lingering effects of lethal racial violence inherited from the era of lynching". [source: Baobab website]

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link'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. [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman School Symphony Orchestra starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick 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." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

RedLine Zydeco will be at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting 40 Rod Lightning, a fantastic deadpan satire of a gospel rock band from The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link, and The Stone BelieverMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight probably starting around 7 p.m. at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) is the Subversive Komedy Fest. [source: the proverbial grapevine]


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JayceLand Pick This morning at 8 a.m. at Webster Thomas High School (800 Five Mile Line Rd., Webster) is a robotics competition titled The Rah Cha Cha Ruckus. [source: RocWiki calendar]

Today at 9 a.m. at Lake Riley Lodge in Cobb's Hill Park (Norton Dr., softball diamonds near 490) is the Pumpkins in the Park 5K run/walk to benefit The Tony Jordan Youth Sports Foundation. [source: City Hall press release]

This afternoon at 4 p.m. at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is The 5th Annual Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

JayceLand Pick 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." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a Youth Voices Community Dialogue Series discussion titled Civic Engagement in the Digital Age. [source: Baobab website]

JayceLand Pick Family Funktion and the Sitar JamsMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at High FidelityMySpace link (170 East Ave., formerly Milestones) is great medium-tempo progressive rock band SirsyGarageBand link, More Than MeGarageBand linkMySpace link, 28NGarageBand linkMySpace link, and From These EyesMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is great black-and-white checkered-print dreamland synth-pop duo Yip YipMySpace link, The Big DigitsMySpace link, BEV-BEVERLYMySpace link, Bob E. Kocktapus, and DJ KribsMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is really great, tight, current punk-rock from 5 Watt BulbMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [21+]


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Daylight Saving Time Ends — Set your clock back one hour from 2:00 a.m. daylight saving time to 1:00 a.m. standard time in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

JayceLand Pick Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is The Bop Shop Fall Record Show at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square). [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

Today from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Six Pockets (716 Ridge Rd. E.) is a Benefit for Kate Silverman with a bunch of Rochester's acoustic and rock-and-roll performers. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Today at 2 p.m., Colleen Piccone will discuss A Sculpture Gallery by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema in a What's Up Lecture at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Today at 3 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Eric Weaver, Sue Sotack, and Susan Havens will lead a workshop titled Understanding Mental Illness. [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) at 7 p.m., Matt McCormickMySpace link will be on hand to introduce and discuss his films in a program titled From Tugboats to Polar Bears: Short films by Matt McCormick. His films include a variety of topics from The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal to a music video for The ShinsMySpace link. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Horse FeathersMySpace link, and ambitiously experimental acoustic rocker Gregory PaulGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is A Viking FuneralMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Shotgun PartyMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

Bored? Why not check out 1980's DJ night at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Election Day

This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

JayceLand Pick At today's Books Sandwiched-In program in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Sanford Shapiro will review Theodore "Ted" Sorensen's Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is an Election Party [and notably pro-Obama] with music by Paradigm Shift. [source: Abilene website]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Godless Girl starting at 8 p.m. about the leader of a group of teenaged atheists who battles with the Christian-supporting class president — and both are sent to a tough reform school. Live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The HomosexualsMySpace link, and good high-energy punk-rock from The GrievantsMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick This evening at 7 p.m., John Feodorov will discuss his paintings in an Artist Lecture in the auditorium at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.). Check out an image of his work titled Initiation on the event's listing. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick 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." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is angry-sounding medium-rock from The GhostwriterMySpace link, and good white-boy blues from The White DevilsMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Poor People United meets tonight and every Wednesday at 7 at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Every Wednesday starting at Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.) at 7 p.m. is the Rochester Cruisers Wednesday Night Cruise (for bicyclists). [source: the proverbial grapevine]

There's an Open Mic for Acoustic Music at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight around 8. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is an Open Mic with The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Abeline website]

Open-Mic Comedy at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

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