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October 24th, 2008
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Things that are not OK
The anti-gay crowd behind California's most contentious ballot measure, Proposition 8, is already lying in their all-out fear campaign. Now it just got a whole lot uglier:
Donors who gave money to the No on Prop 8 campaign say they received blackmail letters demanding money, and the Yes on 8 campaign now says the letters were sent by their employees.

The letter from Yes on 8 came by certified mail, demanding at least $10,000. ...

The letter says if Jim doesn't give an equal donation to Yes on 8, the name of his company will be published. It reads in part, "It is only fair for Proposition 8 supporters to know which companies and organizations oppose traditional marriage."
What I'd like to say about this is unsuitable for publication. So instead I'll say this:

Donate. Whatever you can, even if it's only a few dollars. I pulled some cash from my floundering investments and gave $50.

Blackmail is simply beyond the pale, all the more so when it exposes the true face of a campaign that allegedly claims to be about "values." Make Yes on 8's evil actions hurt. Send them crawling back under their rocks.

Educate yourself. Talk to your California friends and family. If you live in California, talk to neighbors and coworkers.

This is the single most critical issue facing California voters. Polls are within the margin of error. Make a difference.

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From:mouser
Date:October 24th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
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The letter from Yes on 8 came by certified mail, demanding at least $10,000

So, they sent a certified mail so the FBI knows who was blackmailing them and attempting some type of voter coercion (can't remember the name of the crime...)
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From:baxil
Date:October 24th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Sadly, what they're blackmailing the business owners with isn't actually illegal. And not even necessarily false; the companies have given money to No on 8, and saying so isn't libelous.

That doesn't make it any more defensible. They're basically saying "Give us money or we will broadcast things that hurt your business." Whether targeting donors to political campaigns is defensible is an argument worth having; but when you add extortion into the mix, it is flatly not ok.
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From:targaff
Date:October 24th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
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They're basically saying "Give us money or we will broadcast things that hurt your business."

Maybe it's just me, but saying "give us money or we will advertise the fact that you are fair and equanimious" is a good reason not to comply.
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From:baxil
Date:October 24th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
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This particular business is in one of the more right-wing areas in the state. And it's implied they're in real estate, which is a really, really fragile field right now. History will prove them right, but it's not much consolation if business falls off as a result of a campaign designed to tear away their conservative customers.
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From:baphnedia
Date:October 25th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
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This is why it pays for business to stay out of politics. More personally, this is why I don't involve my business in politics. Political opinions, in this day and age, are as much an asset as a liability. It all depends on how the political card gets played, or gets sent straight to the graveyard.

Mmmm the 'magic' of business...
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From:roaminrob
Date:October 25th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
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My business is just getting started, and I look forward to having enough weight one day to throw it around a bit in political arenas.

Nobody should ever be afraid of the consequences of standing up for what's right.
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From:baphnedia
Date:October 25th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
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Oh, I agree - personally there is nothing wrong for standing up for what is right. I only refer to the separation of politics and business: not one's rights as a person. :)
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From:natetg
Date:October 27th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)

At Least One of the Businesses

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Went on the news saying, we got this letter, and it was so bad, the Yes on 8 people we talked to said it was fake at first.
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From:baxil
Date:October 24th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.
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From:kevynjacobs
Date:October 24th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
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WHOA!

That's some P.S.! I can see why you put it in cypher.
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From:necama
Date:October 24th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
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I think Bax is the only person with Tourette's in ROT-13. :-)
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From:baxil
Date:October 24th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
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Sometimes you've gotta vent.

...

... Um, I mean, what P.S.? Cypher? I know nothing! I sneezed and whacked the keyboard at random a bit. Must have forgotten to delete it from the post.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 27th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
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Gesundheit. If the sneeze was so hard the keyboard felt it... it needs a 'gesundheit'. :)
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From:wy
Date:October 24th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that's fucked up.
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From:baphnedia
Date:October 24th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
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With your permission, I'd like to xpost this over at Paradice... :p
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From:baxil
Date:October 24th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
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Spread it as far as possible.
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From:lienne
Date:October 25th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
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I was going to ask if I can link this post in my journal, but I think I can take that as a yes. Nevertheless, here's a heads-up just in case.
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From:baphnedia
Date:October 25th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
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http://www.paradice.net/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=7091#7091

Of course, the most suitable place I have for it is the POOP group... but it's better than nothing... :p
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From:joysweeper
Date:October 25th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
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... What? What?

I guess the definition of values has changed since I was in elementary school. *sigh* That's classy. Some people suck.
From:antwondotcom
Date:October 26th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
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Was going to go ahead and toss in my contribution on Monday, but went ahead and did so now. So there you go.
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From:walks_far
Date:November 2nd, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
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It's shit like this that makes me glad I no longer life in California.
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