Poll is open for voting: find it below Olympia weather on right side of page.
The low-tides this week are bringing out students, some incredible sealife and a little wonder, which makes me a slightly concerned about what the caimen and nutria might do.
Anyways, while you're out exploring, and being very careful with the little wonderous lives, keep a watch on your back. While John Dodge quite sagely advocates taking care of our beach by not running on it, I think that if you are being chased by caimen or nutria that it might be forgiven.
NORTHPORT, New York (AP) -- Two high school seniors picked quotations from Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf" to appear under their high school yearbook pictures, prompting school officials to apologize.
The quotes were picked by Christopher Koulermos and Philip Compton, both 18. Koulermos' read "Strength lies not in defense, but in attack." Compton chose "The great masses of people ... will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one."
"It's our responsibility and we failed miserably," said Northport High School principal Irene McLaughlin. "The fact that the book went out in the form it did was a grave mistake on our part."
Shouldn't the ACLU be rushing to defend these two?
Now ready for adoption is Jeff Schoep (pronounced "Scoop"), Commander of the National Socialist Movement. Quite a bit of information is available on this Nazi, google search will bring up more, both past and recent. (10/2008 edit - dead email address removed)
A brief account of the public comment at Monday's meeting of the Port Commissioners at the GA building - June 12 2006 5:30-7:00PM
Sorry if I butcher the spellings of anyone's name. I went from my notes only, and forgot to photograph the sign-in sheets. (old reporter's trick)
The Port Commissioners held a meeting on Monday in the General Administration Auditorium, on the Capitol Campus. The GA building houses the Capitol Campus Detatchment of the Washington State Patrol, and is known for an especially bad 1950's mosaic of Paul Bunyon and nuclear power in the foyer.
The meeting started at 5:30PM, and I was late - about 10 minutes late. I had been delayed at my store (while shopping for a pie) because I had to take OPD officer Greg Brown's photograph for my web page. The argument which ensued ate some of the time I had planned to spend in my car.
As I walked into the GA Auditorium, Banana Cream pie in hand, the commissioners fidgeted and stared. Would they be the first to taste the pie? They wondered and stared at the package, safely parked on the floor just in front of my feet.
The agenda had been moving at a lightning pace, and I only had a few minutes to survey the room and see that I had not shown up alone. Thirty One people had signed into the guest log; many more staff and longshoremen also filled the hall. Somewhere near ten fully dressed WSP officers stalked the edges of the crowd, also wondering who would first taste the creamy banana pie at my feet. Everyone loves a pie.
Art West spoke, and I forgot to take notes. Oops! I pulled out of my proctological self exam and turned over the meeting agenda packet - thankfully, the Commission staff decided that one sided copies were sufficient for the 30+ pages of minutes and agenda contained in the packet. Cool - I had note paper. I pulled out my pen and got down to it.
Jeff Brigham spoke, and pointed out that the "mob" of young people who self-appointed themselves to hold the Port responsible for its part in the war in Iraq had not been elected; he argued that the election of Paul Telford (33,000 votes, 25% of the registered voters in Thurston County) and Steve Pottle (43,000 votes, 33% of the voters of Thurston County) had proven that the people of Thurston County wanted the war, and were happy with the military's illegal use of our port. He forgot that no one ran in opposition to either candidate on a clear antiwar message, and thus voters who might have turned out in that election were not actually given a choice.
This bit from Mr. White about Olympia is interesting:
That said, I think your opposition is a lot less diverse than you believe it to be. Really, you're sort of a monolith of destruction and hate -- phony, Jewish "diversity" -- where ideas are all the same but the trivial surface things -- like how many piercings you have or how you wear your dreadlocks -- are "diverse".
So let me see if I can break it down. The republicans are in trouble, that's argueable I suppose so let me rephrase - the republicans feel like they're in trouble, especially with their base, hard right fundamentalist christians. The president has had them discontent for a while now. What better way to gain back the support of the true believers? Talk about gay marriage. Better yet, talk about a constitutional amendment banning it. So that's what they've done, and that's where we're at. Once again having the tired, lame, sorry-ass(pardon my german) debate about gay marriage.
I'd like to start this debate by laying out my thoughts on this topic, the framing of the first two I'm pilfering from Jon Stewart.
This is a debate not about love, or family values, it is a debate about whether homosexuality is a part of the human condition or just some strange fetish.
The "slippery slope into poligamy" argument is shit (I'm not even german!), poligamy is a choice, homosexuality is a natural occurance in human beings, kind of like being left handed, or stupid. Some people say that this is about marriage being a more important institution in America than say, voting. If you allow anybody to marry anybody you dilute that sacred institution. I want to know how. Haven't straight people diluted it enough? If you talk to homosexuals (wear a face mask so they don't suck your soul out of your mouth, they do that) who want to get married, it's for all of the same things that people will state they want to protect by keeping the gays from marrying.