From the Chris Pirillo Blog:
Just when you thought Gnomedex couldn’t get any better, Senator John Edwards signs on as our Keynote. The senator is a long-standing supporter of technology - including podcasting and blogging. Every year, we wonder how we’re going to top ourselves. When conversations started with Senator John Edwards’ office, they were intrigued and enthralled with our approach to content! Sentator Edwards will quickly turn his time over to the Gnomedex audience, fielding questions and fostering discussion over how technology could and should play a role in our world. This is fantastic! I’m sure you’ll agree, no matter your political persuasion. This is a tremendous opportunity to have your voice heard. Does anybody know any political bloggers out there? I don’t know any…
Hmm, I know more than a few political bloggers who are regulars to OlyBlog.Net, so I thought I'd put this here. Tickets still available for the Cove area, see Gnomedex 6.0 to register.
DAY 1 IN SUPPORT OF LT. WATADA AT FORT LEWIS -
Today I started a vigil at Ft. Lewis in support of Lt. Ehren Watata which I hope will grow over time.
I drove down to Exit 119 at the Dupont-Steilacoom Road and parked my car. I then walked back along the railroad tracks to the main gate at Exit 120. There between the Highway overpass and the entrance to the fort (outside the fence) I stood along the road for about 45 minutes with my sign and flag in hand.
My sign said, "Lt. Watada: Upholding the Constitution and moral integrity in the U.S." on one side and "Refusing to fight in an illegal war takes courage" on the other side. The second side had a picture of Watata attached. I received some long, long looks, a few middle fingers, a few thumbs up, a few honks, but mainly just the long, long looks. The traffic was non-stop there.
After 45 minutes, the MPs came along and said I had to leave because I was on Ft. Lewis property. My map indicated otherwise, and I said I was on Pierce County property. I moved over to an entry ramp to the highway. That wasn't good enough for them. But I refused to leave. I thought I was not on Ft. Lewis and they were interfering with my First Amendment Rights. Eventually there were about 7 or 8 MPs and they confronted me. I started swearing at them. (Sometimes I can be a bit rebellious and anti-authoritarian.) They dragged me down, put a choke hold on me (funny how frantic one can get when the air supply is cut off for a while), and hand cuffed me. I was told by the staff sergeant in charge that they would drop me off by my car. Instead another MP took me the opposite direction to the Madigan exit.
So I walked back along the railroad track to my car. On the way back I noticed they had kept my wallet. So when I got back to my car, I drove back to the visitors' center at the Exit 120 gate and told one of the cops there that the MPs still had my wallet. They called the MPs, and they dropped it off after about 20 minutes.
I'm interested in peoples opinion of the idea that homosexuality is a naturally occuring event in our species for the purpose of population control. There are other species on the planet that simply stop breeding once they become overpopulated, could it be the same for us? I know that there have been queer people since the beginning of time, but this theory intrigued me.
I want to end by saying this: to be called "the rose in a pumpkin patch" to me, would be the greatest compliment ever. Or, for that matter, the pumpkin in a rose garden.
I wasn't sure how many folks read the PI, but I figured some of you may enjoy this article.
By MICHAEL HONEY
Lost in the media frenzy over the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, First Lt. Ehren Watada, of Fort Lewis, opened another front in the conflict over President Bush's war of choice in Iraq. At a news conference in Tacoma a few hours before al-Zarqawi's death, Watada announced his refusal of orders to deploy to Iraq on grounds that the war is illegal as well as immoral.
"An order to take part in an illegal war is illegal in itself," he said. "I felt it was my obligation as a leader to speak out against the willful misconduct at the highest level of the chain of command."
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