If there was any doubt before, this seals it
As usual, I'll be quite glad when the election's over. This time around, it's the "porn" that we're getting in the mail about Measure 50 that's getting tiresome. In the last few days, we've gotten some Philip Morris money and some R.J. Reynolds money, both dumped like the contents of a stinking ashtray into our mailbox. Two different mailers. These guys will spare no expense to preserve their right to kill people through addiction.
The first "No on 50" missive was a letter in an envelope with a Salem return address traceable to the lobbyist who's putting together the anti- campaign -- not the first time. But it was signed by someone who identified herself as the owner of something called "Peppers Deli":
So what the heck is "Peppers Deli," and where the heck is it? No clue from the mailing itself, but our friends in the blogosphere are all over this. It's a little joint somewhere in beautiful downtown Lebanon, Oregon. No doubt equipped with video poker and an ample supply of cancer sticks. Here it is on Google Maps. Don't forget to stop in for a Slim Jim the next time you're down that way.
The bloggers also have Carolyn's home address in Keizer, but we're not going there.
Anyway, of all the hit pieces we've gotten from the tobacco companies about Measure 50, this one was actually the least misleading. Instead of the fake scare about the supposedly catastrophic assault on the state constitution, at least we got a reasonable version of that general argument, along with some others. They're totally unconvincing, of course, but Carolyn seems like a reasonable person.
That said, after being pounded by this Joe Camel propaganda for weeks now, I've never been more resolute about a ballot measure, and that's saying a lot. Smokes are bad, and we ought to tax them heavily and use the money for whatever the government needs it for. Kids' health insurance, fixing potholes, state troopers' pensions -- I could care less. Just do it.
If you got the same letter and you'd like to respond, here as a public service is Carolyn's contact information:
2752 S Santiam Hwy.
Lebanon, OR 97355
Drop old "CC" a note, or give her a call. I'm sure she wants to hear from you.
Then yesterday comes another one. This one is right out of the Department of Redundancy Department, because we got pretty much the exact same thing, and blogged about it, a while back. But what I love about this one is the exquisite mindscrew that can come only from conscience-deprived minds like those who spout tobacco company p.r. Look hard at the image that's lurking behind the words on the cover of this flyer:
What the Dickens is that round thing in the back there, in the dim blue ink? Some sort of seal, as if it this document is being issued by some sort of official entity -- or any entity at all, other than the tobacco companies? What does it say around the outside of that circle? "Oregon Taxpayers to Stop the Measure 50 Tax Hike." Who is that, and who's paying for all their literature?
And check out the center of the "seal." What in the world is that? Some sort of courthouse, and what? Evergreen trees, because this is Oregon? And mountains? What is this supposed to be signifying? That there's some sort of court, or public agency, or church that's behind the "no on 50" movement?
Oh, and Abraham Lincoln -- he was in the last one, and here he is again!!!
What in blazes is this doing here? Did Lincoln smoke? Or is it just that he's the most respected lawyer in U.S. history? And a Republican?
People, in case you've you've never seen it before, this is the work of the devil. Save your soul and vote yes on 50.