Day of support for Lt. Watada

Today was the National Day of Action to Stand Up with Lt. Ehren Watada. It is said that events were held around the country to show support for the first commissioned officer to openly refuse orders to deploy to Iraq. I haven't actually read the news yet on how the rest of the country did.

The carpool operation from Olympia to Ft. Lewis was massive. 15 minutes before we were set to leave, we already had dozens of people waiting for rides, with only one car going. Before long, another car showed up, and another, and two more, and more, and more. Olympia came out in force.

The vigil was on the bridge at Exit 119, over I-5. This was not the notoriously renamed "Freedom Bridge." We arrived at 3:30, a half hour before the scheduled starting time, and the demonstration was already in full swing. Several of our people were on the bridge holding signs, a mixture of "Resist illegal war" and "No Iraq war."

First Amendment includes "duty to listen"

Posted Monday night on Olympian comments, in response to Sunday's editorial:

"Just as the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees a free press, it also gives the neo-Nazi group the right to peaceful assembly and free speech.

But no one is obligated to listen to its message."

The First Amendment gives us the right to speak, and it also incurs a duty to listen, and/or to NOT interfere with the rights of others to listen.

Free speech only exists if the speaker can speak, and the audience can listen, without interference from others--whether those "others" are the government or from the mob.

Will some try to infringe on our rights on the 3rd? And will the Olympian report on the true tyrants in America--the self-righteous on both the Left and the Right?

Food for thought, that bit about the "duty to listen". Maybe we should amend the Bill of Rights to include a "right to be compassionately and open-mindedly listened to".

Initiative 360 "Corporate Personhood"

Below is the final draft.  I now need to make a petition sheet.  I was noticing that the estate tax petition going around has a graphic of a tombstone.  People these days seem more inclined to attempt comprehending pictures more than words.  Is there an Olyblogger savvy enough to make a graphic of some individual people underscored by "John Q. Public" standing next to a giant super person with that Walmart happy face for a head?  Any other suggestions?  I now have full authorization to start gathering signatures, so it needs to be this week.  Thanks for any help you might be able to offer. 

Assigned Number: 360
Filed: 06/07/2006

Mr. Jackson E. Millikan
1216 Conger Ave NW
Olympia, WA 98502
Phone: (360) 888-2335

Ballot Title
Initiative Measure No. 360 concerns the definition of the term “person” in state law.

This measure would amend the statutory definition of “person” to exclude corporations or companies, and provide that references in state laws to persons shall apply to individual human beings or human communities only. Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would enact a new statute reading, “Washington state laws, rules, and protections concerning a person, persons, or people shall be applicable to an individual human being or a human community only.” It would also amend the statutory definition of the term “person” to read, “The term ‘person’ may be construed to include the United States, this state, or any state or territory, or non-profit affinity group, but never a corporation or company.”

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Port Comissioners' meetings

I don't know why city administrative meetings have a reputation of being not worth attending. Granted, I've only gone to a few, but every one has been an emboldening, radicalizing experience.

The first such meeting was a Port Commissioners' meeting in November 2004. This was less than a week after the very first person tore the very first hole in the fence in protest of the wartime military shipments that had restarted earlier that year. When the hole was torn in the fence, the USS Cape Intrepid pulled up moorings and took off, leaving half of its cargo there on the port. We had forced the ship to leave early. Official statements issued by the port refused to acknowledge any such pre-emptive departure had happened.

Tearing Down Posters

So, we have been attempting to plaster the town with flyers. I, Myself, put up over 40 yesterday downtown... and ALL of them  have been taken down. Other folks have been experiencing the same phenomenon. So, what do we do? Keep flyering until we run out or we tire them out? Or, find another way? Leave flyers on cars, canvas parking lots?

Any suggestions????


Hey folks at the BROHO - Remember Weds!

Weds. night - THIS Weds. night - is the first night of the Ralph's Picket at Ralph's from 5-7pm. And Please also remember that you and other protestors will be able to swill at happy hour prices ALL NIGHT LONG at the BroHo on Weds. Night. SO, PLEASE show up at Ralph's, fight the good fight, swill at will and tell all your friends why they should double invest in the coop!

Blessings - wishing I was at the Broho tonight... but writing a paper instead.

Bro. The. Rhood.

I have a pack of caimans that I've been starving for weeks. Weeks! Can you imagine how hungry they are? The choice is pretty simple, actually: come down to the Broho and engage in wild and edifying discussion with your fellow OlyBlogsters, or get eaten by caimans. Maybe it's just me, maybe I'm just eccentric... but this one seems like a no-brainer to me. I guess it would literally be a no-brainer if I had zombie caimans. I'll work on that for next week.
In other news: do fantastical online threats yield action? Stay tuned.

Community Service for the NSM

My theory is that NSM members simply need something different to do. Since they universally display confusion about what they believe is garbage: they see garbage everywhere even where it is not, plus they then dump garbage all over the place in the form of hate flyers.........I figure the best community service for them would involve garbage training.

Often the best training is experiential. So I propose that the NSM contribute to our community by picking up litter downtown. At first their labor will correct a previous wrong of their own litter bug habits, then eventually their labor will bring them into the plus side of service.

To assist we need only point out useful garbage bags, gloves, and cans. As an incentive I suggest that we photograph and praise happy NSM trash team members and display accordingly, to encourage others to follow in their helpful footsteps.


How to get involved

From the Olympian:

Counteracting hate

Here are some things that South Sound residents can do to support cultural diversity and educate themselves about hate groups:


Attend two panel discussions on "Gender and Sexuality" and "Poverty and Racism," sponsored by the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, at 7 p.m. June 29 at the Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia.

See the documentary film "Not in Our Town" on TCTV, cable channel 22, at noon June 27 and 1 p.m. July 1.

Watch "Affirming Diversity & Equality for All" on the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation's monthly television program, which airs Mondays at 1:

30 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 p.m. through July 31 on TCTV, cable channel 22.

Lock it Up

The City of Olympia Police Department has a web page for their current news and notifications. Currently they have a reminder to lock up those vehicles. Vehicle break-ins/prowls are continuing to be a problem, especially in the northeast section of Oly.

In this heat it can be easy to forget to lock cars up. Lock it up and don't keep valued stuff in the vehicle.
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