FAMILY & FRIENDS OF LT. WATADA
For Immediate Release: June 22, 2006
Contact: David Solnit (510) 967-7377, Cindy Sousa (206) 734-5040
FIRST U.S. ARMY OFFICER LT. WATADA REFUSES ILLEGAL WAR DEPLOYMENT TODAY
Ft. Lewis, WA-- First Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada refused orders today to deploy to Iraq as his Stryker Brigade began deployment. He reported to duty at 2:00 a.m. at Ft Lewis, WA, and refused orders to move to the adjacent McChord Air Force Base to prepare to fly to Iraq. Lt. Watada believes that the war and occupation in Iraq are illegal, and thus participation in the war is also illegal. Lt. Watada's attorney Eric Seitz said, "This morning Lt. Watada has been restricted to base without any actual charges or proper process. By placing a complete gag order on Lt. Watada, the military has again shown that their first concern is silencing Lt. Watada's speech in opposition to the illegal war in Iraq. We will immediately challenge these highly questionable and improper restrictions."
I'm not sure how many folks avoid the Olympian, so I'm going to post this in it's entirety to keep folks from having to go to that site, I will post the link though just in case. I did not write this article, I am simply quoting the online paper.
Hotel standoff ends with suicide
Tumwater man was suspect in attack of officer
A Tumwater man shot himself in a downtown Olympia hotel room Wednesday as he spoke on his cell phone with a police detective who was trying to get him to surrender.
Jason A. Harper, 35, committed suicide about 11 a.m. in the Ramada Inn Governor House.
Investigators had been searching for Harper after a traffic stop early Saturday morning, in which police said he punched a Lacey police officer. His previous crimes were limited to drunken driving arrests.
"It was a sad situation," said Lacey police Lt. Phil Comstock, a crisis negotiator who was talking to Harper when he killed himself.
Go here to find out what you can do (be sure to read the updates to the post).
We are FOR S. 2917, WITHOUT AMENDMENT (the Snowe/Dorgan bill).
Doing, what we do here kind of, but to create "buzz" for a real etate company.
Don't get me wrong, I love it when business folks blog. But, it should be to bring more understanding and create conversation about what they already do, not build some kind of fakey online local community to build "buzz."
From a company called Blogging Systems:
And from TC Blogs themselves:
Here at Blogging Systems, we’ve recently released two new community blogs...
The Doug Burger Team out of Thurston County, Washington is also hosting a community blog site. Thurston County Blogs just went live this past Friday. Doug just hosted a presentation on Tuesday to introduce the concept to Thurston County organizations. Doug’s hope is that Thurston County Blogs becomes the premier destination site for community news and information.
"This gives our community some real juice- we're in the greater
area and we have a great community with great hardworking people, but it's not like we have beaches to sell," he said. If people can go to a Web site where they see some energy and vitality to the community, they may be more attracted to the area. Cleveland
"It's a mix of all sorts of parts of the community," Crockett said. "You'll see Chambers of Commerce in there, the Business Journal, a day spa is in there and there's a section on sports and what's happening."
Olympia's historic Bigelow House Museum is looking for volunteers to help with a number of projects. Currently there is a need for gardeners and tour guides for the 2006 season.If you're interested, contact the director:
Open Sat-Sun 12-4pm
[via email from olyblogger Rob Whitlock who just sailed from Hawaii to Seattle]
Hello from Olympia!
I recently returned from a sailing voyage. I posted some pictures on line and thought you might be interested in seeing them. Here are links:
Hoping all is well,