Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Grand Orwellian Party in Texas Tonight over SB5 - #standwithwendy

Anyone following the SB5 battle tonight would be struck by the Orwellian tactics of the women-hating GOP.
First they declare that talking about Roe v. Wade is "not germane" to a bill on abortion.
Next they declare that talking about sonograms is "not germane" to the abortion bill.
Then they declare that two "not germane" incidents adds up to three non-germane incidents and so the filibuster is over.
Finally, they take that last few votes AFTER MIDNIGHT and claim they happened before.

This sort of stuff probably happened all the time in the old days, but we're a little better equipped to catch them now. That's why it is SO IMPORTANT to take screen captures whenever you see something.

Here's a screen capture of the official TX website on the bill. Notice how it reports the bill was passed on 9/26/2013 - Wednesday, not Tuesday.

A 2nd screen capture shows more detail - several things happening after midnight.
See http://www.flickr.com/photos/rewinn/9139612299/

But now the TX website has been fixed so those inconvenient details are gone - the dates have been ajusted to fit the fake reality the GOP is trying to impose. Funny thing though: over 100,000 Americans watched the vote on a live feed and know the GOP is lying.
All this so they can keep women from having freedom over their bodies. Was it really worth it?


EDITTED 6/26/2013 - I wish that instead of mere screen captures, I had thought to save the whole page to my harddrive - then I could re-post it to the world. Ah well, live and learn - this will not be the last time the Ministry Of Truth tries to re-write history!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Part Of Every Meal From the Garden: A Goal!

Tomato sauce, Mint, Butter-fried peas from our garden!
Subsistence farming is hard: I don't know anybody who would enjoy having to raise all their food themselves, and that would involve such massive sacrifices in food variety that it might not even be healthy.
However, a goal of raising a little bit of food is doable by anyone with a yard.
Our yard is big enough that we might be able to include a little bit of food from our garden in a meal every day, and a stretch goal would be to include a little something in every meal.
Mint in our coffee, greens in our salad, and during the growing season whatever happens to be ready can stretch our food budget and give pleasure.
Here in Seattle, we're blessed with a moderate climate so that even in the winter we can get a little chard and wintergreen; we also love to enjoy the time-shifted sunshine of canned tomatoes. Figuring it all out takes organization and experimentation, but what a fun way to enjoy wholesome, organic, locally-produced food at a very reasonable price!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Litigating The Right To Peace: A Successful Program

Martha Schmidt & Roberto Zamora
Saturday Kris and I cleaned our car, then drove to SeaTac to pick up Attorney Roberto Zamora for the CLE "Litigating the Right to Peace" that evening. Everything worked out fine. There was the usual confusion at the airport; for example, we had a UA flight number, but that wasn't shown on the "Arrivals" display; we asked around and finally learned that that flight also had another number, with another airline. Why the display didn't reflect that is a puzzle. We were also directed to two different baggage carousels, first to 9 tnen to 2 and then back to 9 again. Finally Roberto recognized me because I'd email my picture to him (although oddly enough he saw only the back of my head; I suppose there's some recognition issue with head shape or skin tone or something.) He's quite a fine conversationist; we were telling jokes within less than a minute. The three of us drove back to West Seattle and killed some time on Alki, where he could get a nice view of the city. We swapped anecdotes of Seattle and of Costa Rica, and our own pasts; all rather different and yet with enough points of commonality that we could make more jokes. Shortly after noon we met at the Husky Deli with Marti, Nandini and Val from NLG. We got sandwiches and headed for a park along the Sound, correctly figuring that Roberto had been to all sorts of restaurants in fancy places, but not too many picnics along the deep water where we could be entertained by birds instead of Muzak. Eventually Kris and I wandered off home while the rest went into the city for lecture preparations or something. I napped! Then it was off to SU/Law for the event itself and, in all humility, it went very well. When I first arrived, Marti told me that 80 people had pregistered - I though she said 18 but she insisted 80 as in EIGHT-OH - and the paperwork agreed! now that was just attorneys who registered for credit, and did not count the many nonlawyers who came also! Nearly every seat in the lecture hall filled! My role at that point was to be generally helpful as people came in circulating and chatting people up (and regretting that i hadn't brought a couple of posters to tape on the door - nonetheless, and lot of people seemed to find their way in) and then giving a brief introduction. Those Toastmaster classes sure came in handy! Roberto talked for about and hour and took questions until 9PM; it was a measure of the presentation that when the clock stuck 9 and we absolutely had to close the presentation, there were lots of questions and as the crowd moved out to the lobby for the reception, the conversational buzz never flagged. I'm looking forward to the video which Mike McCormick of Talking Stick TV was recording! The reception was also fine; constant conversation in eight or ten clusters. We went right up to closing time - when the staff politely informed us that they had to stop serving alcohol because the license was limited. People gradually filed out, still talking! The next day, Kris and I went to a brunch at the house of one of Marti's friends, and met more nice people. I gave Roberto a 1960's era book of Steinbrenner drawings of Seattle as a souvenir, because frankly he was a lot of fun and I wanted him to have a good impression of our city. All in all, the event went very well and although I have not even hinted at the substantive content (you can get that from the video I'll post when it's available) one very important benefit is that we connected with a lot of interesting people while having a good time. Let's do that more!