I was in Hollywood Video on the Westside the other day and it struck me that it is one of the places where we should do some education about the nazi video games that are coming out. I'm thinking about a local flyer campaign that would put these hate games into perspective for a 14 year old.
I am not into shooter games, so I'm not sure how to frame the thing. Anybody have an idea? I spoke with Meta about it last night and she thought maybe some OlyBloggers could help -- Rob Richards in particular. Any thoughts, Rob?
Let's do something to inoculate the kids in town from this hateful stuff.
This was posted under “breaking news” in the Olympian today:
"Handicapped homeless man set on fire in
SPOKANE (AP) — A homeless, wheelchair-bound man was hospitalized with extensive burns after being set afire in downtown
I’m tired of this crap. Every day I hear stories from street people about being “moved on”, verbally and even physically assaulted by pedestrians and cops, and being degraded by social workers. I’m tired of it.
Seven years ago the Olympian reported on a homeless man who had been stabbed eight times by a pack of youth. They didn’t rob him. I was one of the EMT’s who responded on the call. I remember, very clearly, the man gurgling through the blood (he had been stabbed in the throat). He said he didn’t know the kids. They had no reason to attack him. There could have been some other reason, but I was left with the impression that it had been a hate crime.
Carolyn Ho, Lt. Watada's mom wrote this open letter last night and asked for friends to pass it on:
June 22, 2006
Dear Fellow Americans,
I am the mother of Lt. Ehren Watada, an officer stationed at Ft. Lewis. He is part of a Stryker brigade unit that deployed today to Iraq. Despite an unflinching commitment to his men and to democratic ideals, he chose not to accompany his men. His decision came through much soul-searching and through research and consultation with experts across disciplines, inside and outside of the military and the government.
After weighing the evidence, he came to the conclusion that he could no longer be silent while atrocities were committed in the name of democracy. He could no longer be a tool of an administration that used deception and lies to make the case for pre-emptive war.
As a member of the armed forces, sworn to uphold the US Constitution, he refuses to blindly participate in a war of aggression, an illegal war that undermines who we are as a nation and violates international law. Implicit in his oath as an officer is the duty to disobey all unlawful orders for; to carry out these orders renders him an accomplice to a criminal act. Furthermore, to order his men to participate in a war of aggression multiplies his guilt a thousand fold. His conscience will not permit him to do so. He believes that he can best serve them by taking a stand against the war. In so doing, he demonstrates that one does not relinquish the freedom to choose what is right, even in the military, and that the freedom to choose what is right transcends the allegiance to man and institutions.
As a mother, I have evolved from fearing for his safety and for his future to the realization that there is a higher purpose to all that has transpired. My son no longer stands at the crossroads. He has chosen “the road less travelled.
Other activists, like campaign staffer Dan Stonington, carried signs that asked why taxpayers would have to pay for lawyers' fees if property owners make claims. They made their way along city sidewalks talking to voters, including Jade Sousa, a Thurston County native whose family has a farm.
"I don't know enough about it" to support or oppose it, Sousa said, clasping her half-dozing baby, Ezra, in her arms. "As someone who lives on a small farm, I'm concerned about taxes and growth, and what kind of growth we encourage."
Sousa said she would hate to see anything that encourages sprawl, which I-933 foes imply is a potential result of the measure's loosening of land-use controls.