State of the Blog

I love OlyBlog. I love it a million-eighteen-and-a-half. And some of the stuff that's been posted lately makes me feel icky. I'm not normally a "feelings" kinda gal, but that's the best way I can describe it. I count on this blog as a place where I can engage in civil conversation with people, whether or not I agree with them.
I love some of the interactions that have come out of it. Never in a million years would I have sat and shared a drink with Norm at the Brotherhood--there's almost no way we would have met other than this blog. A couple that I met through the blog is getting married; my mother, the priest, has a friend who's also a priest. He's the officiant at their wedding. Only on OlyBlog, I tell ya.
I have kind of a NIMBY thing about it--when I want to be a jerk, and engage in entrenched ideological warfare without understanding or resolution, I go to the Olympian website and read the comments there. I know that's not really fair to the Olympian, but at least I can come back to OlyBlog and truly appreciate the level of maturity here. Vive la difference!
The advantage that we have here is that we can knock it around at the individual level without being lumped as "lefties" or "righties". We can have nuances of opinion, respectfully disagree, and find common ground. This is increasingly rare, and I for one vow to protect and defend this valuable resource.

An Inconvenient Theater

I have been eager to see Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth." I was a little surprised that the distributors didn't find a venue to show it in Olympia as part of the initial release because this progressive community could be counted on to turn out.  I think it's a perfect movie to use as a fundraiser for local environmental causes and agencies, but I think it's on the commercial distribution track right now and so, it's showing at the Martin Village Stadium 16.  I have never been in these theaters.  They strike me as sort of like McDonalds for films, but I really want to see this movie, so I am thinking maybe we would like to set a showing time and day and invite all our friends, the blogs, the nutria, the caimans, anything that can scrape up the $8 ticket price (I have no idea what a ticket at Martin Village actually costs, I am guessing $8) and watch a film that will probably make us squirm in our comfy seats. 

I am also willing to offer a few "scholarships" (I will buy your tickets) for folks who are on fixed incomes, student incomes, no incomes.  The paralegal business that Marylea and I operate is currently making a few dollars, so I think it's time to spend a little money on advertising - hence, Quick Paralegal Services LLC, will pick up some of the Gate! Please excuse the state of our webpage. I crashed it a while back and I business has been too busy for me to want to spend any time generating more of a web presence for now. 

I am thinking about the 5:10 showing on Thursday, June 22nd.  Any interest? 

Clean that Smear


Time to break out the cleaning products and get to work, the Nazi Smear Campaign against Olympia is in progress.

How to deal with a smear?

  • Identify it  ("Yep, that's a smear, right there.")
  • Don't let it stick  (The NSM is practicing the art of "keep throwing the smear over and over again until it sticks" - don't let them get away with it.)
  • Wash, rinse, repeat  (Truth, civility, and cooperation all work wonders.)
  • Prevent further mess  (Keep your mind independent and always check directly with the person targeted before assuming anything.)

Triple Trouble Tour to support Oly Postal Workers


The Triple Trouble Tour

...featuring hell-raising singer Anne Feeney, satirical sharp-shooter Dave Lippman, and singing C.I.A. agent George Shrub

WHEN: Friday, June 30th, 7:30 pm


COST: $10 general, $5 low income

WHY: Presented by Olympia Local, American Postal Workers Union, to kick-off the “Keep the Mail in Olympia!” letter-writing campaign to the Postal Rate Commission. For more info: http://www.lunewsviews.com/Olympia 

DESCRIPTION:

 
The Triple Trouble Tour, a fair and balanced brew of satire and songs to stir the soul, features these unbalanced performers:
 
Anne Feeney has lived her life on the frontlines, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable with songs like “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?”
 
Dave Lippman is fired up about weapons of mass distraction, SUVs, and wars to defend SUVs. Lippman has just filed suit in Miami against the FBI and Miami Police for violation of his civil liberties at the Free Trade Area of the Americas demonstrations in 2003. See http://davelippman.com/suit.html

The world’s only known singing CIA agent, George Shrub, will be provided equal time to present the hidden charms of torture, conquest and lies.

"Lippman is a national treasure," --  L.A. Herald-Examiner. "Viciously funny" -- The Guardian.

"Anne Feeney is the best labor singer in North America..." -- Utah Phillips
 
Visit http://davelippman.com and http://annefeeney.com for audio and video samples of the show.

grrlcott meeting notes

quick notes while my brain is still fresh...these are exceptionally rough -- anyone else who was there, pls. comment!

issue is that Ralph's pharmacy (at my around-the-corner grocery store) won't stock Plan B. plan is to picket, to organize a boycott, at least thru the month of July. with pledges. I'll be setting up the website. (but of course)

picketing will start June 28-30. we'll have a booth at the unity in the community (anti-nazi) event on July 2, and then picketing again that evening. (note: give away condoms at protest?)

also, organizers (planboly@hotmail.com) are looking for volunteers to make complaints to the pharmacy board (?) because of legal implications.

everybody is to contact everybody they know about it.

Broho's boppin'

Calling the caiman host. No Tune Stranglers tonight, but good tunes, nonetheless. See you down here.

Not in Our Town

Not in Our Town:  The documentary film will air on TCTV, cable channel 22, at 8 p.m. Thursday, noon June 27 and 1 p.m. July 1.

Looking for Olympia beer Collectibles

I am looking for new places to find Olympia beer collectibles. It seems like it just keeps getting harder to find those great Oly beer collectibles. I found a great place in the Homespun antique mall in tumwater across from Costco, olyitsthewater.com Does anyone no any other stores with a good selection of Olympia beer stuff?

About the Tacoma Sanctuary

I am currently volunteering at the First United Methodist Church in Tacoma, the church which has opened its doors to active duty soldiers and sailors who morally object to serving in the occupation of Iraq.

We just got a call from an acquaintance of the church, saying that right wing radio station KVI is talking about us. Apparently, KVI has reported that the military has posted two MPs to stand guard outside the church to make sure no soldiers enter.

If KVI has indeed reported this,

This is absolutely not the case. There are no MPs, or anyone, standing guard outside the church. It would be illegal for the military to post guards here, in a civilian setting. Soldiers break no laws by entering these doors. Even if they intend to accept the offer of sanctuary, they only break the law if and when they fail to report to duty. Furthermore, there are any number of reasons why an active duty soldier might enter the church that have nothing to do with the sanctuary. They may seek a marriage, or may request to speak to their pastor. Using such intimidationary tacitcs would be in violation of the guarantees to free speech and peaceful assembly that are inherent in the writing of the constitution.

This is a deliberate and underhanded lie on the part of KVI, intended to scare away people who are considering applying for sanctuary.

Celebration of Dictators

[via olyunity]

I was very impressed with your adopt a Nazi idea and it hit home again how humor is such a great tool for change.

So with that in mind I came up with this idea.  

I say we should call for a celebration of dictators! Come dressed as your choice of tyrant.

Like the day of the dead. Even have a prize for the best of show.

Caligula, Stalin, Mao, there will be plenty of little Hitler's showing up but not so many of the others listed below.

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