Buying Venezuelan Gas Locally

I thought all of the Citgo's in town were gone but today I went to the 7-eleven by SPSCC and filled up my car with Venezuelan Citgo gas.

To find the closest Citgo to you:

Read Jeff Cohen's report on his visit to Venezuela.

Disc golfers heard

From the Olympian:

OLYMPIA - Local disc golf enthusiasts took another step forward to have a course in the area, so they don't have to travel to Fort Steilacoom to play.

Nearly 45 disc golfers and supporters came to the public meeting held at the Olympia Center Monday night, to hear and discuss the possible future of a disc golf facility in Olympia.

"We found out that the city of Olympia really didn't know there was a such an activity and people were interested in this," said Rick Hoonan, president of the South Puget Sound Disc Golf Association. "We would like to have a partnership with the city."

Cooling off

Looks like we might be past the hottest bit. From the Olympian:

A steady push of marine air flowing onshore along the Washington coast should keep the thermometer below 90 degrees today, finally, according to National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle.

The temperature in South Sound hit 95 degrees Monday, marking the fourth straight day of 90-degree-plus temperatures. But if today's forecast holds true, the record number of days in a row over 90 degrees in Olympia is safe for now. Today's forecast is for the mid- to low 80s.

Interestingly, it wasn't only the high temperature that was elevated:

When it cooled off to 69 degrees Saturday in Olympia, the all-time high minimum temperature for a single day was shattered by 7 degrees, according to the weather service. The old minimum high temperature of 62 degrees happened Aug. 1, 1949; July 28, 1958; and June 29, 1978.

7 degrees seems like a pretty radical jump, doesn't it?

The Wise Tree

Does anyone know the history of this tree?

It lives on Water Street between, I think 19th and 20th.   The tree has a wise face attached about 8 feet up, and at it's feet is a little shrine.  A natural cave created by the tree's growth.  The shrine contains many interesting icons and trinkets, that have actually begun to escape. They are outside the tree cave as well.  The objects in the shrine move and change from time to time. I always like to stop and see what is different. Today there was a circular piece of wood with a little design and painted red. it was attached with a screw. Mostly the objects are placed about.

So, what's the story? Does anyone know? How long as it been there? Who started the wise man and his shrine?

Lebanon, Israel, Palestine ...and the US role

Over 380 Lebanese, 100 Palestinians, and 30 Israelis have been killed in the recent Mideast escalation. Over half a million Lebanese civilians have been dispossessed, and billions of dollars of civil infrastructure have been destroyed. What information are we not getting from the media that is essential to understanding the situation? And how is the US directly contributing to the conflict?

Join us for a discussion with James Yee, Therese Saliba, Basil Shadid, and Simona Sharoni.

James (Yusuf) Yee is a former US Army Muslim Chaplain with a Masters degree in International Relations.
Therese Saliba is a Lebanese-American professor of Middle Eastern studies at The Evergreen State College.
Basil Shadid is a local business owner of Lebanese and Syrian descent who has family in southern Lebanon and Beirut.
Simona Sharoni is an Israeli- American professor of peace and conflict studies at The Evergreen State College.

Sponsored by the Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace, Olympians for Middle East Peace and the Olympia–Rafah Sister City Project.

Lakefair photography

Click picture for slideshow.

Thanks Yelley!

More Lakefair slideshows here and here.

Carpool to the Co-op

Need a ride to the Co-op?  Live near Ralph's or Bayview?  Plan B Oly is organizing carpools for carless boycotters.  Carpools will circulate between Ralph's and the Co-op on Thursdays from 5 - 7 p.m.  We have not yet scheduled the carpool leaving from Bayview. If you want to get in on this, email 

Yee detained without explanation

Former Army Chaplain James Yee was held for questioning for 2 hrs. with no explanation given. From

Yee said his drive to Canada from his home in Olympia, Wash., to see a Cirque du Soleil performance in Vancouver, British Columbia, was his first trip outside of the United States since he was honorably discharged from the Army in 2005.

"I think sometimes, 'Is this the way my life is going to be forever?'" Yee said, who has worked since leaving the Army as a public speaker talking about religious freedom and American values.

The West Point graduate who converted to Islam in 1991 said his experience in Cuba taught him that he can just be picked up and put in jail.

Several things may have drawn customs officials to his attention when he was stopped at the border.

First was his passport, which Yee said had a stamp from Lebanon among a number of other international ports. Second was the Muslim religious items he carries with him, including a Quran and a prayer rug and cap. Third was a Muslim religious document.

A fatwa, or Islamic religious ruling, against terrorism and extremism was in his vehicle when it was searched. "I hope they read it very thoroughly," Yee said.

He said a copy of an article entitled "My American Jihad" about a Harvard commencement speech by a Muslim against terrorism was also in his car at the time.

"Maybe these things raised eyebrows, even though this is all against terrorism," Yee said.

Calling all Formerly Homeless

I was a little suprised when, in a previous thread, another olyblogger outed themselves as formerly homeless.  Come to think of it, this shouldn't have been much of a suprise.  There are a WHOLE LOT of people out there who've been homeless.  I can recall a lot of conversations, while petition gathering or fundraising for B&R etc, in which someone has said, "Yeah, I slept in my car for a year.  That sucked, and I really feel for the folks that are out there now."

This got me to thinking, wouldn't it be really valuable to get people together who've been homeless at some point in life?  I'd like to do this.

We could meet for:

1. Mutual aid and support.
2. To share stories and validate the experiences of one another, as well as the experiences of those currently experiencing homelessness.
3. To build a community of support for one another and for those currently experiencing homelessness.
4. To educate the public about homelessness and poverty.
5. To celebrate our lives!

SO, if you've been homeless, whether you camped, slept in a shelter, slept in your car or van, or couch-surfed, REPLY ON THIS THREAD!  (or if you like, email me at )

NY Times Article on Lt. Ehren Watada

Officer Faces Court-Martial
“Simply put, I am wholeheartedly opposed to the continued war in Iraq, the deception used to wage this war, and the lawlessness that has pervaded every aspect of our civilian leadership,” Lieutenant Watada wrote.
“He was a good officer, always very professional,” said one of the officers, Capt. Scott Hulin. “I personally disagree with his opinion and his stance against the war. But I personally support his stand as a man, to be able to do what his heart is telling him.”

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