Road Hazard!

This isn't "hyperlocal" but its local enough and I thought I would share it with you all. I just witnessed the most disgusting thing I think I have ever seen (and smelled) in my life. I didn't take pictures and if I had I would probably not include them because the scene was so horrible. I know there are worse things than this but this is something I personally experienced, about two hours ago. I was in a vehicle heading north on I-5 between Olympia and Tacoma, not far from Ft. Lewis. We were stalled in slow-moving traffic and a patrol car moved past us on the shoulder with lights on, so we figured there was an accident. When we got to the scene, we smelled it before we realized what was going on. This smell was horrible, like vomit and rotting flesh all rolled up into one. Rotting flesh was what it was. Big, brown chunks of rotting animal parts were strewn all over the northbound roadway. We knew what it was because there were still hooves attached to parts of it: cloven hooves like those of a cow.

Movie thread

Anybody going to "The Inconvenient Truth" showing at the inconvenient theatre this afternoon? I'm up (or down, or wherever I have to be to go to the movie). Anybody need a ride?

Watada refuses to deploy

[via omjp]

FAMILY & FRIENDS OF LT. WATADA
www.ThankYouLt.org

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."

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Local Police

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

The Olympian

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.

Link.

It's crunch time on net neutrality

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).

The dark side of Hyperlocal: "Online Communities build buzz!" and Thurston County Blogs

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:

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.

And from TC Blogs themselves:
"This gives our community some real juice- we're in the greater Cleveland 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.

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"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."

Support Your Troops.

In the last three years since the start of the Iraq War, it has become common to see anti-war protesters standing on opposing street corners from pro-war activists. Sometimes there are visible differences of clothing and hairstyles. Generally the differing worldviews, above and beyond opinions on the war, are strong enough that you can taste them.

Both sides, however, have latched onto one common slogan: “Support Our Troops!”

This slogan is bandied about on either side of the street as though the other side somehow doesn’t get it. In spite of their fervor many of the rally attendees have, no doubt, stepped over the bodies of disabled veterans while walking to the rallies.

I got a call the other day from the Ranger newspaper asking if Bread & Roses had seen any veterans from the Iraq War yet. We haven't. I had to be honest with the reporter. I told her that it takes time for troops' families to give up on them.

People come home from war totally mangled in mind, body, and spirit. In spite of all the sloganeering out there, the responsibility for the welfare of veterans ultimately falls on their families. Many, many families are unable to shoulder the responsibility. This doesn't make them bad or irresponsible, nor does it mean that they don't love their veteran. It DOES mean that taking care of a person who doesn't sleep at night, who suffers from flashbacks, who turns to alcohol for solace, and who becomes sorely irritable, even prone to fits of rage, is EXTREMELY difficult and should not fall on family alone. But it does fall on family alone, because everyone else is too busy sloganeering.

With time, the families give up. I know this because we at Bread & Roses have fed, sheltered, comforted, and advocated for veterans of every war from World War II to the Persian Gulf War. And we are criticized for it.

Veterans who suffer from PTSD often turn to alcohol or drugs to ward off bad memories, as well as to blunt their emotional response to being alienated from society. Imagine enduring the horrors of war for your nation, and then being left to rot in the gutter as a reward. You’d start drinking too.

Bigelow House Museum

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:

Edward Echtle
360-753-1215
www.BigelowHouse.org
Open Sat-Sun 12-4pm

Capitol Lake pics


I just noticed the above and another pic over on the flikr feed. Two really nice photos that I've never seen before featuring the building of Capitol Lake. Really nice. I can imagine those two guys in the background, one saying to the other "Dam... that's some nice sand and gravel you got there."

Maybe a caption contest?

Rob's Voyage

[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:

Gallery 1
Gallery 2
Gallery 3
Gallery 4
Gallery 5

Hoping all is well,

Rob

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