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Eric Capitol

Bittersweet Victory

Posted on 2007.11.09 at 14:45
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Rozsa - Ben Hur; Poledouris - The Hunt for Red October

I love democracy. I love the Republic. Once this crisis has abated, I will lay down the powers you have given me. --Senator Palpatine.

We won. By an overwhelming majority. We had an unheard of 48% voter turn-out, 28% of which voted early - also unheard of for this area. We received 77% of the vote.

'Cause he's on a secret mission
Headquarters just radioed in
He left his baby at the dancehall
While the band plays on
Some sweet song

Now its time to repair; close the schism which had rent the town. When asked about the division, the leader of the opposition was quoted in the paper as saying, "I make no apologies for the election. We went through the petition process and got some support for that. If it winds up being 75 to 25 percent, it wasn't as divisive as it was thought." Sounds pretty decisive to me.

And on a mission over China
The lady opens up her arms
The flowers bloom where you have placed them
And the lady smiles,
Just like mom

Keep Anna Growing has been asked to stay involved in City affairs. I think that's a nod to our effort. Soon, I'll revamp the page and decommission its original intent. I'll turn its sword into a plowshare, and use it to rebuild my town. All of us who have banded together want the same thing, we all just wield different tools.

Angels wings are icing over
McDonnell-Douglas olive drab
They bear the names of our sweethearts
And the captain smiles,
As we crash

But I no longer trust those who I fought against. Not because of what they did to my town, but because of how they did it. They lied. They cheated. And worst of all, they didn't care. People in positions of trust, and responsibility. People who call themselves men and women of God. Their actions were reprehensible.

As the dust settles though, I'm encouraged by something other than our victory. I'm encouraged by the strong, sincere, honest men and women I've met. People I fought aside. We fought with honor, and we won. Those who stood up wearing the armor of integrity outnumber those who embrace evil, and for that I'm thankful.


jaceman at 2007-11-09 22:14 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on the vote and the turn out. Best of luck in future campaigns. On that notion, will "Keep Anna Growing" continue to print BOTH English and Spanish on its' billboards?

Just curious.
ehowton at 2007-11-09 23:08 (UTC) (Link)
I hope not. I fought vehemently against that decision, but as you know, I'm not very politically minded.
jaceman at 2007-11-09 23:10 (UTC) (Link)
Si, keep it. Bueno, my bueno.

ehowton at 2007-11-10 05:44 (UTC) (Link)
Please don't misunderstand me - I grew up in Texas; around Mexicans. I love your food, I love your passion. You're a very spiritual people. You're hardworking, and generous.

What I don't want, is a drain of my resources, and preferential treatment because you're here illegally. I am NOT a fan of breaking the LAW. And that sir, I will fight until you vanish.
snapper521 at 2007-11-10 13:41 (UTC) (Link)

Spanish vs. English

I agree wholeheartedly... but I find this rather odd since I am responding to this from a Mexican computer... in a house that speaks almost entirely Spanish... *smirk*

However I agree entirely with the "drain of resources" and the "illegal" thing.

My cousin does not agree but... you'll have that I suppose; since she did marry a Mexican after all.
jaceman at 2007-11-10 14:37 (UTC) (Link)
I have as much right live here you do. Why we law need anyway. People should live where want to.

ehowton at 2007-11-10 15:00 (UTC) (Link)
I have as much right live here you do.
Over my dead body. I swore an oath to protect this land from enemies both foriegn and domestic. You just try me.

"Go back to Boston! Go back to Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out!
We are the future. You are old and tired. Go on. We have beaten
you. Leave like beaten rats. You old white people. It is your
duty to die... Through love of having children, we are going to take
over. Augustin Cebada, Brown Berets:

"They're afraid we're going to take over the governmental
institutions and other institutions. They're right. We will take
them over. We are here to stay." Richard Alatorre, Los Angeles
City Council.

"The American Southwest seems to be slowly returning to the
jurisdiction of Mexico without firing a single shot." Excelsior, the
national newspaper of Mexico:

"We have an aging white America. They are not making babies. They
are dying. The explosion is in our population... I love it. They
are shitting in their pants with fear. I love it." Professor Jose
Angel Gutierrez, University of Texas

"Remember 187-proposition to deny taxpayer funds for services to
non-citizens-was the last gasp of white America in California." Art
Torres, Chairman of the California Democratic Party.

"We are politicizing every single one of these new citizens that are
becoming citizens of this country... I gotta tell you that a lot of
people are saying, "I'm going to go out there and vote because I want
to pay them back." Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor,

"California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn't
like it should leave." Mario Obledo, California Coalition of
Hispanic Organizations and California State Secretary of Health,
Education and Welfare under Governor Jerry Brown, also awarded the
Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.

"We are practicing 'La Reconquista' in California." Jose Pescador
Osuna, Mexican Consul General.

"We need to avoid a white backlash by using codes understood by
Latinos..." Professor Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University.
jaceman at 2007-11-09 23:11 (UTC) (Link)
I don't drink, but don't mind those who do. As such, Spanish leaves a much more bitter taste in my mouth than alcohol (which leaves a pretty bitter taste in my mouth).
ehowton at 2007-11-10 05:49 (UTC) (Link)
Texas has more tacos per capita than Missouri. Think on that.
jaceman at 2007-11-10 14:34 (UTC) (Link)
That means a whole lot more Sanchez's running around. I'll stay here with cardinal baseball and blue hockey, thank you very much.
ehowton at 2007-11-10 15:01 (UTC) (Link)
Normally, I'd agree. But in Texas we're also allowed to shoot them, for sport.
photogoot at 2007-11-10 02:46 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! It has been great watching all this unfold.
ehowton at 2007-11-10 05:48 (UTC) (Link)
Its been exhausting, and tiresome, and exhilarating, and monotonous. We won, but at what cost? Don't get me wrong - I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. I'm just saddened that it had to be this way to begin with.

Sometimes superior men end up in public service. What I've learned, however, is that most often, those who pretend to serve, are serving instead their own interests. It should be illegal.
photogoot at 2007-11-10 13:10 (UTC) (Link)
An efficient and valuable man does what he can, whether the community pay him for it or not. The inefficient offer their inefficiency to the highest bidder, and are forever expecting to be put in office.

~Henry David Thoreau
ehowton at 2007-11-10 15:07 (UTC) (Link)
Excellent quote! I'd not heard that one before, but very well said. How do you come up with these poignant and applicable quotes? I'm also a fan of his contemporary, Emerson.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-10 14:53 (UTC) (Link)
ose who pretend to serve, are serving instead their own interests.
Did you ever find yourself contemplating if you were doing this during the campaign?
ehowton at 2007-11-10 15:22 (UTC) (Link)
Never. And the 77% proves it. You have to understand the reasons this happened. Sales tax from BW&L was a boon to this town, and we're enjoying things like infrastructure because of it, especially helpful as it coincided with the immediate cessation of new home sales. Let's call this GOOD FOR THE CITY. Suppose [secular religious persons who happen to be in positions of power] who are morally opposed to the sale of alcohol and choose to impose their values by infringing on our personal liberty by removing this revenue. Let's call this BAD FOR THE CITY.

Even if I agreed that the crime rate would increase (it won't, that was proven a lie), property values would go down (they won't, that was proven a lie), or sexually-oriented business would follow (they don't, that was proven a lie) - removing that revenue IS STILL BAD FOR THE CITY. Agreed?

Ergo, at no point did I think I was pushing a personal agenda. Unless you consider keeping my property tax low, my child in a good public school, and roads on which to drive, personal. And as those things benefit everyone in the community, I am absolved of that insinuation.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-10 15:25 (UTC) (Link)
My comment was not an accusation, it was an inquiry. I was more focused on the angle of not wanting to drive to another town for booze Snake Oil.
ehowton at 2007-11-10 15:30 (UTC) (Link)
For me to personally get involved in it, that was certainly a benefit. Like I told people, "I like to drink." We had non-drinkers who supported us, as well a a prominent Baptist minister. Why would a Baptist minister support this cause? As stated, sir, because it was GOOD FOR THE CITY.

Here's another thing - we vote in BW&L and several very nice million-dollar stores open up. Two years later, we're going to ask them to leave? Not only is that rude, but a group of us found that attitude moralistically wrong. So who's morals are more important, and why?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-10 16:53 (UTC) (Link)
Not only is that rude, but a group of us found that attitude moralistically wrong.
Indeed, Sir! Indeed.
snapper521 at 2007-11-10 13:37 (UTC) (Link)


Hi Eric -
:-) I'm glad to hear that you won the election/battle. :-) But disappointed to hear that the ones who were trying to abolish the alcohol sales in Anna were doing it under the pretense of being "Christians". *frowns* It always seems like those who are doing things such as that, think that if they do it under the name of "god" that it will make it "all better". When actually all they are doing is proving the saying that Christians are judgmental, lying, cheating, hypocritical, (pigs).

Since I am on here in the morning for once... I hope that you have a very very good day. :-) Especially since it's Saturday... and last I knew you get Sat. off. :-)

Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-10 14:55 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Won

Since I am on here in the morning for once.
You have me to thank for that. Go read my post.
snapper521 at 2007-11-11 03:18 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Won

Actually my [currently] favorite friend... I do not have you to thank for that since I didn't even realize you had called until I went into my "room" to get my phone... At 11. You see... I crashed on the couch and did not sleep in my room last night.

Megan (sister) was complaining that she was cold, so I thought perhaps if I wasn't in the bed with her (creating pockets of air which can be quite cold) that she wouldn't be as cold as when I was in the bed. So yeah... kind of odd center logic but I think it worked... somewhat. She won't admit it, mostly because she didn't sleep well ANYWAY but... yeah :-) I made my attempt at being nice to my sister for once...


I got up early because of Lydia. She came down at 6:30 to wake us up informing us that she was awake so we should be too! :-P Man... gotta love 4yr old logic sometimes...

Anyway :-P I'll catch you laters
ehowton at 2007-11-10 15:25 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Won

Thank you ma'am. Unfortunately, I do have to work tomorrow...
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ehowton at 2007-11-12 18:24 (UTC) (Link)
Does that mean that you're coming to the party???
leonardii at 2007-11-12 06:44 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds more like "Return Of The Jedi" than "Attack Of The Clones."

But do be mindful of "Revenge Of The Sith."

Congrats on your win. I'm exhausted because of the way you simply sound exhausted.

And I like your Baptist minister. Good guy... putting the community first. Good guy.

You are all good guys. It's got to feel good being honest and a winner.

As for the sore losers... fuck the fucking fuckers! Good advice from a friend of mine.
ehowton at 2007-11-12 18:27 (UTC) (Link)
Indeed sir. Indeed.
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