Sarah's Prediction

I have a real easy prediction to make, easy because it is based on experience and observation. As the focus of the Neo-Nazi group, the National Socialist Movement, clears their upcoming Lansing Michigan rally, as their attention turns more fully towards their planned July rally here in Olympia, we will see an increase in smear campaign tactics used on Oly community members.

A good way to deal with this is to know what is being done. Be prepared, as much as one can be, and always....always keep a sense of humor.

Smear tactics differ from normal discourse or debate in that they do not bear upon the issues or arguments in question. A smear is a simple attempt to 'rubbish' a group or an individual and to seek to undermine their credibility.

Smears are very often distortions, half-truths or even outright lies, and are commonly unverifiable rumours; that is to smear by gossip spreading. Even when the facts behind a smear are shown to be without proper foundation the tactic is often effective because the target's reputation is tarnished before this is known.

Smears are also effective as a distraction, pulling attention away from the matter in question and onto the individual or group. The target of the smear is typically forced away from addressing the issue at hand into a rearguard action defending their reputation.

Smear tactics are considered by many to be a low, disingenous form of discourse. Nevertheless, the tactic is very common.

Smear Campaign

May Day Events


Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition celebrates

Monday, May 1st
May Day
International Workers’ Day

  • 3 pm Heritage Park (next to Capitol Lake)

    A celebration of workers, especially the ultimate workers, MOTHERS! Interactive booths, music, speakers! including WROC member, Cory Fischer-Hoffman, who will be sharing her experiences in Venezuela working with a successful campaign to recognize Mother’s Work As Work!
    “Toda madre es madre trabajadora!

Holocaust Remembrance Day in Olympia April 24

The annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Commemoration will be held on Monday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, located at the corner of 8th and Washington in downtown Olympia.

Each year, the Jewish community sets this day aside to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and pledge that “never again

Judge declares mistrial

[via omjp]

Press Release: April 12, 2006

Judge declared mistrial in trial of four peace activists in Kitsap County Court for a demonstration at the Trident nuclear submarine base.

On Wednesday afternoon, April 12, Judge Daniel Phillips in Kitsap County District Court in Port Orchard, declared a mistrial in the trial of four peace activists. The four were charged with failure to disperse.

The four were charged for a demonstration on the morning of August 8, 2005, in which 19 demonstrators blocked the highway entrance to the Bangor Trident submarine base with a long banner that stated, “We Can All Live Without Trident.

Summing up the smoking ban

From The Girl Gets Away:

Gauging from my own experience in bars, the Washington State smoking ban has been a great success. However, a situation in which most people are happy with the results of a ballot measure for which most people voted makes for a slow news day, so instead we get stories like this.

In the four months since the state banned smoking in public places, this is how the ban has affected local restaurants and bars:

    • Forced the owner of a 70-year-old Olympia cafe to put his business up for sale.
    • Helped business soar at a Northeast Seattle brew pub by attracting new customers who come for a smoke-free meal.
    • Driven away so many regulars at an Everett bar that the owner laid off two bartenders.

The effects of the ban seem to vary widely. In some upscale Seattle bars, the ban has attracted new, nonsmoking customers. But owners of some blue-collar neighborhood joints say their business has fallen by half.

Obviously, the smoking ban is an example of liberal elitists pushing their nonsmoking agenda onto blue-collar neighborhoods, trying to replace gin joints with brew pubs, and opponents of the smoking ban have the hard data to prove it.

    The overall impact on businesses statewide is difficult to judge. The state Department of Revenue said it won't be able to determine whether restaurants and bars have suffered until it gets taxpayer data for the first quarter of this year.
Oh wait. No they don’t. They’re just guessing. In the meantime, no effort should be spared in implying that this public health issue is actually a matter of class warfare.

Go Read more.

BlogHer

Where are all the women bloggers? Conferences on blogging used to ask that, if they even noticed. Not so anymore, we are all over the place and always were. Easy and fun to blog here locally on Oly Blog. 

BlogHer is a great resource for women and men are welcome also. I encourage women to set up blogs here at Oly Blog, work up their own blogs elsewhere, and join in on BlogHer. Room for everyone.

Blog on!

It's spring!

Local blogs sprouting everywhere:
  • Empires Fall: Thirteen Physicists Warn Bush of Nuclear Horrors

    Well, this is good. The Preznit needs to hear from people from all walks of life.

    I don't think the fact that some fizzists are writing him is going to have much effect on him directly, because he gets his orders from Gawd, or from Exxon, depending on whose share price is higher on any given day.

    But it's going to make him look like an ignorant, warmongering yokel.

    I don't know if that's a good thing. I'm kind of thinking it may just endear him even more to his base.

  • Peregrinate: Afterlands

    I just finished Afterlands, a wonderful novel by Steven Heighton, a poet and novelist. It’s a beautifully-written account of a disastrous expedition to the Arctic and the aftermath of those struggles in the lives of three of the participants. It weaves an incredible and true story of survival, adrift on a chunk of ice through an Arctic winter, into a brilliant imagining of those events and what they created for the survivors. The author tells the events while pulling them through a mesh of conflicts between cultures, languages, nationalisms, class, and more personal commitments.

  • Ignite Revival: Jesus Arrives!

    On Palm Sunday April 9, 2006 at 7 PM we will launch 24 hour prayer on our new church property in Olympia, WA. We will be praying for revival to ignite in Olympia and spread across the USA. We will begin posting regular reports of what the Holy Spirit is doing as we pray. We will be praying for our nation, our youth, our leaders and the pre-Christians that will be saved through our prayers. Will you commit to pray? Email igniterevival@livingwater.com to register and join us April 9th at 7 PM on the land for Orientation, Worship and Prayer!

Look up.......

..........especially if you hear crows and gulls being extra vocal. You might see a bald eagle. I saw a bald eagle soaring overhead when I was last downtown, it did not seem disturbed by all the noise crows and gulls were causing around it. Beautiful sight.

Photos & Talk

Groundview Productions now has up a new collection of photos of National Socialist Movement members here in area and nationally. Most of the photos are the photographer Dave Lynn's own fine work.

A link to a related discussion board is also on this site. The board is open to all.

Groundview Productions

War and the Media


Three talks by David Barsamian:

  • War, Propaganda and the Media: The Case of Iraq and the Middle East
    Thursday, April 27th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
    Room A, Olympia Center, 222 N. Columbia (Columbia & State, downtown Olympia)
  • Creating Alternative Media: Another World is Possible
    Thursday, April 27th, 12:00-1:30 PM
    Seminar II, D1107 The Evergreen State College
  • Media Coverage of the Vietnam and Iraq War
    Friday, April 28th, 10:00 – 12:30 PM
    Seminar II, A1107 The Evergreen State College

David Barsamian, an American radio broadcaster and writer, has been a major force in shaping alternative media. He offers insightful critiques of mainstream media’s treatment of the Iraq War and other US foreign policy. He is the founder and director of Alternative Radio, the Boulder Colorado-based syndicated weekly talk program heard on over 125 radio stations here and overseas. His interviews and articles also appear regularly in The Progressive, The Nation, and Z Magazine. Barsamian is best known for his interviews with Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, Howard Zinn, and Arundhati Roy. These interviews have appeared world-wide in print.


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