Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Oregon voters agree with legislature, pass ballot measures. This revenue had been put in the budget and was only referred to the voters by the business lobby. But the high tech companies took no position, they seem to have strange need for a well educated workforce, something that is missed by Nike, Safeway, Columbia Sportswear.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
There has never once been a marginalized group that has won recognition and rights by sitting back and waiting politely for it to happen. There has never once been a marginalized group that has won recognition and rights by doing anything other than speaking out, organizing, making itself visible and vocal. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
So you'll have to forgive us if we take the accusations of our offensive, dogmatic, in-your-face extremism with something of a grain of salt. You'll have to forgive us if we listen to the concerned advice from believers about how our confrontational tactics are alienating people and we need to dial it back...and respond by giving it the horse laugh, and continuing to do what we've so successfullybeen doing. You'll have to forgive us if we treat the attempts to quiet us down as attempts to shut us up.
Read the whole thing here.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Chinese Movie night at the Confucius Institute. No Thieves Under Heaven. Great film, had me laughing all the way thru. Glad I didn't see this before my train ride in China. I'd have been alot more nervous about thieves! The country bumpkin doesn't believe in thieves, and hollers out at the train station, "Are there any thieves here?" So of course the train is full of lone pickpockets, a couple working in tandem, a gang of thieves, armed robbers, and the police. The bumpkin, named Root, a Chinese language pun on the word stupid (ben), has his money stolen several times, saved by the good hearted thieves, by the police, back-and-forth. Hen Hao!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Lost a chicken last night. My own fault, as when we came in last night from visiting Amy & Brian's new baby Cedar, it was pouring and I was starving, and went right inside instead of putting the chickens in their box. Margo heard skwawking at three in morning and went out to chase off the raccoon with a stick. The raccoon let go of the one hen which Margo captured and put in the pen, one missing, and one headless chicken still guarded by the raccoon when Margo came back to investigate. It looked so cute. And sheepish, "I didn't want to kill your chicken."