Saturday, November 5, 2016
Back in the early 2000's the idea of a blog was just whiff in the virtual air. We didn't set sail on the good ship with our blog http://plasticforever.blogspot.com/ until 2005. It would have made a good post in 2002 when we found a battered ballot box lid on Kehoe Beach. We were still raw (and still are) from W's suspect ascendancy to the White House. So, when found a battered ballot box lid on Kehoe, instead of a blog post we created the Cast Your Vote Away poster. We'd suffered the debacle of the 2000 election. Disaster! We'd gone through the election of a president by a right wing dominated Supreme Court. Would Al Gore have gone to Iraq? Would 9/11 have even happened? Would we even be talking as if Climate Change were a hoax perpetrated by the Politburo in Beijing? T.S. Eliot has a thing or two to say in The Four Quartets:
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
But to what purpose
Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves
I do not know.
So as we approach this 2016 hog trough of an election, and "Voter Fraud" is an internet meme, we reprise our adventure brought to you by a local news source SFist.
The story about the ballot box lid we found washed up onto Kehoe Beach in 2001 is in the news today in the SFist. As evidence of a rigged election it is remembered as one of the greatest San Francisco voter fraud cases.
San Francisco Chronicle January 7, 2002 Scavenged Ballot Box Lids haunt SF Elections
Arts and Healing Network 2004 Arts and the Vote
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