Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Ohio Secretary of State bans
using the email address & phone number
servicemembers and others provide
to ensure absentee ballots are counted!
Husted orders that when there is a problem with the ballot (e.g. the signature is hard to read) that the former practice of contacting absentee voters by email, fax or telephone be discontinued. Instead, only a first class mail letter will be sent to the voter.
Military mail can be slow, and it is unlikely to reach some servicemembers in time to fix any problem. There is no rational reason to forbid using the email addresses and phones that voters voluntarily provide when applying for absentee ballots expressly for the purpose of clearing up problems.
Now, Husted's motivation is not necessarily against our troops; he's generally interested in suppressing votes for his partisan purposes. But HE KNOWS his actions will hurt troops stationed abroad, because part 4 of his ukase directs that if someone covered by Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) is lucky enough to get that snail mail warning of a problem delivered and sends a "WTF?" email back, THEN a reply may be made by email ..... BUT NOT BEFORE!
Husted's is attack on voting will make "collateral damage" out of Ohio servicemembers.
And that's just wrong.
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Monday, October 08, 2012
|Fast, Tasty and Vegetarian!|
- It was easy. I cut a squash in half and as it baked in the oven, we made a salad based on tomatoes from the garden, red leaf lettuce, a can of garbanzos, and whatever veggies we had in the crisper. Splash on oil and balsamic vinegar, serve with wine, and you can't get much easier!
- It was vegetarian. I wasn't sure whether the yeast affected whether wine is vegetarian; in school (long ago!) I was taught there were two Kingdoms: Plants and Animals. I looked it up: Now-A-Days there are five or six kingdoms, which themselves are grouped into Empires or Domains!). Yeasts are classified in the kingdom Fungi, which is different from the kingdom Animalia. We are not habitually vegan, but a couple of veggie meals a week are good for the health AND for the pocketbook.
- It was quick. Both preparation and clean-up were fast. One disadvantage of cooking meat is that avoiding cross-contamination is a bigger deal; you have to make sure the cutting board is almost disinfected.
- It was tasty. By not overcooking the squash, and not cooking any of the other stuff, we got quite a range of flavors and textures.
- It was satisfying. We could fill ourselves up, eating as much as we wanted, and its calorie density wouldn't be enough to mess us up. Why suffer?
- It was economical. The most expensive part was the can of garbanzos, which we buy by the case. They're just so convenient!
- It comes with dessert. Peaches!
This week's Change The World Wednesday Challenge is to
This week prepare and enjoy at least one vegan meal at home. Try to use locally grown, seasonal foods and utilize cooking methods which are Eco-friendly (the right sized pot for the burner being used, crock-pots, table top appliances like toaster ovens, etc.). Serve your meal in reuseable plates and utensils ... and avoid any waste associated with the meal.
Fundamentally, this challenge was one of those things that is not to difficult to do; the challenge is in remembering to do it. We love every element of the meal, and just have to keep the possibility in mind rather than fall back into the same-old, same-old meat-and-starch.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
|Better than a mechanical dryer, and versatile!|
- It dries better than a mechanical clothes dryer. Clothes acquire a nice outdoor smell in addition to being dried.
- Organization is helpful; the line is slower than a mechanical dryer, but if you plan ahead and do laundry before you need it, that's not a factor. We do have a mechanical dryer as backup (and because sometimes you want to air-tumble some items, e.g. the cats' favorite blankets).
- Old-school wooden pins (with a metal spring) work as well or better than modern plastic pins. We won't throw away the plastic, but they break over time and we won't replace them except with wood.
- IKEA "Squidden" is a plastic gadget with eight arms (why isn't it an "octopussen"?) each of which has two clips. It dries a week of socks at once and hangs conveniently from one arm of our umbrella-style clothesline.
- Ordinary coat hangers to dry shirts hang neatly on the clothes-line's arms; when done, they go straight to the closet. This means no time wasted folding! If folding 5 shirts takes 5 minutes, that's about 250 minutes a year saved, or about half a work day.
- Primroses planted around the bottom of the clothesline never have to be mowed, are forgiving if I accidentally step on them, and look great! To make room for their roots, I poured the cement plug supporting the line a couple of inches lower than the lawn surface.
- A pleasant couples experience is hanging the laundry and taking it in together. Like playing cards or doing other chores together, it's a task-oriented activity that leaves bandwidth for conversation or for silence together.