Sunday, April 30, 2017

Signing online petitions and pledges are a good start, but more action must be taken.

I have pinned this post so it doesn't move off. Will add new and other info as I come across it.

Pledging to register as a Muslim if the government forces through a registry or signing online petitions protesting Planned Parenthood defunding is a good thing to show you stand with others, but that should only be the first step in the fight to protect our rights as US citizens and human beings.

The next step to take is to find out who your representatives in Congress are and then start hammering them with phone calls, emails and actual physical letters on a daily basis. We NEED to have our voices heard and congress critters only pay attention to direct contact from their constituents.

Here is a list of some sites that will help. VoteSpotters will show how your congress critter voted on something and you can let them know what you think of their vote via email or calling. Countable shows all the up coming issues and bills. Again you can email or call. The 65 has sample scripts to help you with your phone calls if you (like me) have problems thinking what to say:

Countable.us
VoteSpotter
The 65

US Senators on Muslim Ban shows how your congress critter is reacting to Trumps Muslim ban. Hopefully it will be regularly updated to show who has broken their silence and who hasn't.

Join groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), donate money if you can. Even a couple dollars will go a long way if thousands donate a couple dollars each. If you can't afford to donate, boost their signals by sharing tweets and Facebook posts on your feeds.

Participate in peaceful protest marches if you can. Don't feel guilty if you can not make one due to life circumstances or have mobility issues. If you have mobility issues contact march organizers to see if they are accessible for everyone. If not, see what they need that you can help with. Having a group of people who can help organize and get the word out helps a great deal.

It may all seem very overwhelming, here is a very good article on out to join in the protests, but not wear yourself out or burn out: How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind: Self-Care Lessons for the Resistance


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Free Speech and Milo Y.

For starters, lets study this comic carefully, it explains the concept of free speech most eloquently:


So some people are boo hooing that Milo had his book contract canceled and was dis-invited to a big shindig and are claiming his free speech rights were violated. Oh get a grip! No such thing happened. He is just facing the consequences of his speech and those consequences are perfectly legal under the Constitution. These are private organizations who have told him to fribble off and go elsewhere.

Now, if the US government swooped in and arrested him for what he says and writes, then his rights to free speech are being trampled. At that point even I would stand up and protest that his rights were violated, even tho I think he is a slimy waste of DNA and waster of oxygen. Because, if we allow the government to suppress someone's free speech rights, where will they stop?

But I, like everyone else have the right to not have to listen to him. He can take a soap box and stand on a corner int he park and proclaim his beliefs and thoughts all he wants. We don't have to listen to him. We also have the right to rebut him if we think he is wrong.

If he wants his book published I am pretty sure there is a publisher out there who shares the same world views as he does and will gladly print his book (tho why he doesn't just self publish like most people are nowadays I don't know). But no publisher is obligated to publish the work of someone who they find will ruin the reputation of their company if they do so.

Likewise, no conference or group is obligated to give him a platform to speak.

I am going to make a minor language quibble here. People are calling him a pedophile because he advocates men having sex with boys as young as 13 years old. That however is wrong, a pedophile is someone who wants sex with prepubescent children, i.e. younger than 13 years old who haven't hit puberty yet. What he is advocating is pederasty, having sex with children who have reached puberty.

Yes it is a minor quibble on the use of words. Heck, I am guilty of using the wrong words for things, tho I try and correct myself when I can. But regardless, Milo is still a slimy waste of space who who hasn't had his free speech rights violated and we still have the right to tell him to attempt an airborne indecent assault at a perambulating, perforated pastry.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Kitties on catnip

A couple videos from the other night when I spiked the kitty scratch box with a LOT of catnip:



Monday, February 06, 2017

Hopefully this week will be better.

Last week wasn't bad, I think I found a decent balance between dealing with political stuff and making sure I don't burn out. Nice thing about not having cable anymore is we are finding a ton of fun movies to watch (and a ton of really bad movies we take bets on how long we will last before turning them off LOL).

Here is a pic I got of Napoleon the weekend previous. He thought he was going to bring lunch inside:


Needless to say, he was sadly mistaken, tho it did take a while to finally get rid of the thing.

Made my very first phone call to one of my congressional reps (Michael Crapo) to tell him to vote no on Betsy DeVos. Called first thing my time on Friday, so just after 6 am. Had the script from thesixtyfive.org in front of me, made some changes to it in my mind and made the call.

Forgot, was calling the Washington DC office and they had been open for 3 hours. I got a live human being. I was expecting voice mail. Needless to say my pathological stage fright kicked in and I seriously stumbled thru what little my brain would let me say. Thankfully the young man on the other end was very understanding and reassuring and said he would pass on my message.

Should have called his Boise office, I would have gotten voice mail and I wouldn't have sounded like a bunny looking back at a very hungry hawk.

But I did it. Someone said in response when I posted about it elsewhere that when you have the introverts picking up the phones and calling, you have really fucked up!

I am also writing a script for myself that should let me make future phone calls with not so much trouble. I made a call to the DC about Bannon being appointed to the NEC. That one I got voicemail (called on Saturday) and that went a heck of a lot better. So just have to practice, practice and practice some more for these phone calls.

I also use their contact forms on the congressional websites also, just to make sure.





Sunday, January 22, 2017

Women's March on the Palouse

It was a wonderful day yesterday for the Women's March. The sun came out and there were approximately 2600 people from the Palouse at the march. I am a wreck today, tho I didn't march. The romping thru the snow and across the ice (even with Yaktrax I HIGHLY recommend them or similarproducts if you have to deal with ice on a regular basis). I foresee a serious soak in the tub today.

Here is a link to some of the over 1000 photos I took yesterday:

Women's March on the Palouse

Thursday, January 12, 2017

BRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Got up this morning to -4F temps and sunshine. TO COLD!!! But pretty:






Going to be fun when the snow melts from the snow the plow piled up on the end of the lawn.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cutting the cord

This last month we ditched our satellite dish. So no cable, no satellite. I don't really miss it at all.

Granted I do miss my Expedition Unknowns and watching the guys from American Pickers find hidden gems in junk. But when we figured out how much we were paying for so few shows, the cord got snipped.

I did go thru a week of withdrawal tho, I so miss my Mark Peterson in the mornings, along with the rest of the gang on Good Morning Northwest on KXLY. But I follow them on Twitter and Facebook, watch when they live stream in the morning (a bit more on that in a minute) when they have one and catch a lot of the stories they broadcast on their website later. Same with the other Spokane news stations.

So instead we have a Roku that lets us stream Acorn TV, Netflix and Amazon. Also can watch YouTube and listen to Pandora. There are a ton of free channels, you do get commercials (and in some cases the same 3 commercials, over and over and over and over and over.....) but we've found some gems on a couple of the black and white channels where they run big blocks of old commercials from the 50s and 60s. They are great.

Between the 3 we are watching a lot of shows. Granted there are some we can't get right now (come on Netflix, put Babylon 5 back on streaming!), but with so much to watch we are patient. If there is a movie we simply have to see that isn't free on Netflix or Amazon I can usually get the DVD thru the library and watch it that way. Plus we have a few hundred DVDs we burned of movies and shows that we need to catalog and get into some order so we can find it (for which I have an idea, just need binders and DVD sheet pockets).

We also ditched Sprint and switched to AT&T. Hubby spent a week talking with all the providers and got us a decent deal from AT&T that included new phones. Now granted, I was not happy with giving up my Samsung Galaxy S5, it has been a wonderful phone, but we couldn't transfer it, so I now have a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S7 that has been pretty nice so far. Camera is not as big as my old one (12MP over the 16MP), but the photos look great and the photo editing software that comes with it is nice. So I can live with it.

But the really cool thing is I can broadcast stuff on my phone onto the TV via the Roku. So when I find videos and what not I want to watch, I can do that. My desktop computer has no sound at the moment (sound components puked), so I just beam what I want to watch to the TV and I get to see it on the big screen with 5.1 sound :D Which is really nice when I watch the live stream stuff from my morning news show.



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A pain in the ass, literally!

Finally get in to see my doctor yesterday about the BP meds he put me on and to find out the results of the x-ray on my tailbone. My BP is back down to normal for me, I really think the rise in numbers is from the accident. Body is still stressed. Unfortunately a cough I picked up seems to be caused by the meds, so he is switching me to a different medication.

No cracks or breaks in my tailbone. It is however riddled with arthritis.

SIGH!!!!!!

So now I've got an arthritic butt, tail bone at least. Apparently trauma such as a car being driven over a bone like that can trigger arthritis, so I have to live with it. Definitely will be doubling down on anti-inflammatories such as turmeric and sweet potatoes. My turmeric should be about ready to harvest so I can get more tincture going and a couple more roots planted to grow for the next year.

Snowing again. Still snowing. At least the temps are warmer for a couple days. Should have a couple days of no snow, then snow again. I am so tired of snow at the moment.

Napoleon was totally adorable yesterday:


He actually curled up in myy lap a couple times this last weekend. I think he is discovering that he gets pets and scritches when he does. Now I just need to figure out how to turn his "attack mommy's hands and shred them" button off.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Almost called in spa today

Hehehehehe!

Hit the spa after the pool for 5 minutes or so and the water temp was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO perfect I really didn't want to get out. Would have loved to soak for an hour or so more.

Was actually warm outside when I got up this morning, a whole 12F! Today is about the last day of the really cold. Temps are going up to the 20s and 30s, but that also means more snow on the way. Luckily I have a well stocked pantry and freezer, so we are good for warm hearty meals. In fact, I have a slow cooker of chili simmering away today.

I browned the burger last night and then set it aside while I sauteed the onion, red bell peppers, a generous amount of garlic, some green chilies, chili powder, and cumin. Oh the house smelled yummy last night. Hubby was wondering about chili for dinner last night, but since the beans hadn't been soaked I told him he had to wait.

Got the beans soaked overnight (red kidney and pinto beans) and tossed everything into the slow cooker this morning. SOOOO looking forward to dinner tonight. Not too mention leftovers chili for the next several days.