Saturday, February 25, 2017

Indivisible Constituent-led Town Hall

Tonight, Dennis and I attended a very well-attended (800+ people?) town hall for our senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.  But the senators (both democrats) were not there.  They had chosen not to hold a town hall during the recess.  So, as Robert Reich suggested, the constitutents, in this case, Indiviisible North Seattle held on on their behalf.  Invited them to come.  They declined, didn't even send staff, though our congresswoman did send a staff member.  They were represented by their pictures in the chairs.

We held the town hall anyway.  Very well done, pretty rollicking actually.  I happened to see it on a twitter feed this morning.  We decided to go.  Parking looked like a problem, the bus iffy.  But they had a carpool option.  I went for it and we ended going down with some of the organizers which was actually more fun.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

John Lewis

Today Dennis and I had the opportunity to hear John Lewis, the civil rights leader and Georgia congressman speak at UW.  Very inspiring.  He appeared with his co-workers on his graphic novel "March".  Also got to hear the popular UW president Curci (sp) speak; We also enjoyed her introduction.  I realized that I had never seen or heard one of the civil rights leaders appear.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This year's chocolates

By popular request I am posting a picture of this year's chocolates from Chocolate Man.  A little late in arriving but they're here!

Monday, February 6, 2017


Matt and Ilana have a new pet!  A young (maybe 8 months old) black cat named "Minerva."  From a fostering organization that works with the Humane Society.  According to Ilana, Minerva had an excellent kitty interview with Matt, thus she's theirs.

It's color coordinated.  Their other cat is also a black cat, Voldemort, very people oriented but a bit of a bully outside.  Nicknamed Morty.  Morty is sometimes on house arrest when he's been a bad kitty.  Like catching baby bunnies or going into other people's houses to start cat fights.  Bad Kitty.

Now they have Morty and Minny which sounds rather 1950s to me.  But they match!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Resistance and a garden

The picture is Ilana and I walking in the Hawaiian Tropical Garden near Hilo in December.  Second time I had been there.  Dennis and Ilana liked seeing the Hilo side of the island.  That was early December and, since then, it's been cold cold cold in Seattle.  And we haven't even started our six month long spring.

No demonstrations this weekend but I've been diligent with my calling and writing.  Apparently calling is the way to go.  But now so many of the congressional mailboxes are full.  Nothing on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform or my congress person.  Getting it done.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Edmonds Demonstration

A young person created a Facebook event earlier today, a protest demonstration in nearby Edmonds.  I decided to go, put it on my Facebook page, my friend from dog park days wrote "really?"  I said "I dunno, why not show up and we can catch up?"  So Dennis and I went and so did my friend and we did have a great chat while waving signs.  I'm guessing 500 people were there on all four corners of a busy intersection.  This is a blue town so many many people in cars honked their horn as they went through.
In Edmonds?  Yup.
A picture from the Edmonds Beacon

And another one with Dennis in it.  He's holding a sign which I made my very own self, that said "No Ban of refugees/No Bannon on NSC

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The SS

This week my head spins.  I can only hope that the administration self-destructs.  But I'm constantly looking for a way to make a difference.  I worked on the Clinton campaign, gave money, we canvassed, I made phone calls.  Of course, my state (at least this side of it) is very blue.  So blue, that the two candidates on the ballot for congressperson were both liberal democrats.  Patty Murray (out of the Shoreline preschools, like me!) was re-elected with not much opposition.  So I've been writing and making phone calls.  Like every day.  Every day, there's something completely appalling.

I talked to Senator Murray's and Cantwell's offices and they said, the best thing to do is to write via the legislator's website.  So I've been doing that.  A lot.  Does it make a difference, I don't know.

Here's my piece for today, I don't know why the font's weird.  But that's how it starts, you take away people's citizenship (or declare them non-citizens), take away their rights, and then you abuse them.  That's how it happened in Nazi Germany

President Trump wishes to hire 10,000 immigration officers “to perform duties including interrogating, detaining, arresting and searching for people believed to be non-citizens or non-nationals.”  Will they perhaps wear brown shirts and call themselves the S. S.?  That’s how it happened in Nazi Germany; officials first stripped the Jew’s citizenship which made them ‘illegals’ and took away their rights.  Then special troops with broad powers, picked them up, and abused and deported them.  Is this what we want for America? 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Alternative facts?

Where can we go with THAT?  Not other evidence just the Trump view of the world.  I think Conway is the biggest gaslighter.  She can look straight at the interviewer, say something patently false then make you think that it's your fault that you don't accept it.  It's your problem that you think that way.  And then she goes right into the personal attack.

Hmmm, makes me think of some acting out teens and young adults that I know.  They do that to their parents all the time.  The parents buy into the bs for a long time.  But these journalists aren't buying in.  But here's the thing with this kind of manipulation.  You can't win, you can only dis-engage.  With an even bigger imbalance of power, it can be so effective...and dangerous.

In case you don't know this case.  Trump's press secretary came out yesterday and flat out told the press that more people had come to Trump's inauguration than any other and blasted the media for saying otherwise.  Then left the room.  What?  Anybody watching the coverage could see that the crowds were sparce.  So Conway comes out today and explains that Spicer didn't lie; he just gave some 'alternative facts'  Then went into the attack, "You are just being overly dramatic here."

Going further here, read this part of the Conway interview from the New York Post website.  Does this sound like emotional blackmail, redirection, manipulation to you?  This sounds so much like an argument that a parent would have with an acting out teen.  There's no way to prevail, you can only disengage.

“Why did the president ask the White House press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood? Why did he do that? It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office from day one,” Todd said.
“Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck,” Conway replied. “Our press secretary Sean Spicer gave alternative facts.”
“Alternative facts are not facts, they’re falsehoods,” he said.

“Do you think it’s a fact or not that millions of people have lost their plans or health insurance and doctors under President Obama? Do you think it’s a fact that everything we heard from these women yesterday happened on the watch of Barack Obama? He was president for eight years; Donald Trump has been here for about eight hours,” Conway said.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Womxn's March

Today Dennis and I along with my friend Mary Ann and her friend Claire joined 130,000 (by police estimates) other people in the Seattle Womxn's March.  The whole march was 3.6 miles but there were access points along the way.  Our ride dropped us off at Pine, the spot closest to the end.  A whole crowd of people gathered, when the march came we joined in and marched to the end, maybe 1 mile.  OK, pretty weenie, but we did it.  Weather was great.  Lots of people like my friend Mary Ann's sign about her granddaughters, many took pictures of it.  We got done before 1 pm and the policeman said that there were still people who hadn't left the starting point.  So then we tried to get home which took us longer than the march.  The buses were not running.  Finally I called my daughter in law Megan who graciously came and rescued us.

Very peaceful and full of good energy.  But where do we go from here?