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Sunday, January 29th, 2017
10:31 pm - BWI Protest Against Muslim Refugee and Immigrant Ban
Back from the Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) protest, and very tired and late for bed, but very glad I went and made my own sign this time. This was another high-spirited and peaceful protest of about 2000 people, with a nice split level effect, and shrubberies, too. I will post many more pics, along with the Annapolis rally from last week another day, hopefully; that's if Trump would just slow down wth the horridness a little so I'm not going to five more protests by next weekend . . .

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And thank you to [personal profile] lbilover for the lovely icon.

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1:55 pm - Airport Protests to support Immigrants and Refugees
Here's a list of airport protests around the US, UK and Canada to combat the Muslim ban and support Immigrants and refugees:

http://getgroundgame.com/airportprotests.html

I'm going to try to go to the one at BWI this evening.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
10:29 pm - More Women's March Annapolis Pics
Here are more pics from Saturday's Women's March in Annapolis.

Adults and kids in purple and pussy hats and doggies heading down to the gathering spot at the city docks:

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Saturday, January 21st, 2017
10:51 pm - Women's March Annapolis
I went to the Women's March in Annapolis, MD today. Annapolis is the state capital situated on the Chesapeake Bay. There were also marches in Maryland today in Baltimore, Frederick, and Ocean City. They only announced the Annapolis March last week, so it was impressive that we had 1,600 people attending our wee march.

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People gathered at the City Dock at 11am. At about 11:15 we started marching across Market Square by the docks and then up West St to the State Building where we had a short rally. I couldn't hear or see the speakers. It all ended before 1 pm. Along the way I heard someone along the side complaining about us and then her companion next to her say, "Now you know if things were reversed, you'd be marching . . ." (-:

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Friday, January 20th, 2017
10:52 pm - A small and passing thing . . .
Just to let us know that the Shadow is a passing thing, this bright cardinal was kind enough to let me get within a couple of feet as I kept snapping shots of him today down by the lake on my walk break:

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Obviously, he wanted all of you to see him and remember . . . there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.


I had the good fortune to have the wonderful company and awesome conversation of [personal profile] ithiliana and [livejournal.com profile] aprilkat during dinner tonight. I was supposed to go with them tomorrow to the Women's March on DC, but it's a little too big for me, and I'm anxious about the press of crowds, Metro hi jinx, and, you know, bathroom access, and just being wrecked, so I've opted to go to the smaller local march in Annapolis tomorrow. And seeing the bay there will be the opposite of stress. I didn't get out to the bay once last year, so tomorrow I can combine civic activism and self-care in one trip. \o/

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
10:31 pm - Tossing our mortarboards into the air
OK, that helped. It did.

Professor-In-Chief Obama just gave us his best commencement speech and is sending us graduates out into the cruel, cruel world.

Where was Sasha though?

Sooooo it's looking more likely than ever that Trump might be impeached sooner than later. Four years of putting up with Pence . . . will that be more bearable . . . maybe--I dunno. All the health in the world to RBG, please.

May it be 2 years of an obstructionist minority Democratic Congress followed in 2018 with an effective Democratic majority. Thursdays I can make my phone calls . . .

I need some new SNL skits.

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
10:24 pm - To the Professor!
Happy Birthday to Professor Tolkien! Thank you for the worlds you created that we love to dream and play in. In his honor, I bring you some tree spam.

First, a mallorn:
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Pics of a beech from November. The Professor would be happy to know this beech is in the woods behind the Catholic church on my way down to the lake.

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Monday, January 2nd, 2017
11:06 pm - Happy Birthday, Ny!
A very happy birthday to sweet [livejournal.com profile] browngirl!!! This calls for some lovely mermaid spam!!!

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Sunday, January 1st, 2017
9:37 pm - Howard Shore article
There's an interesting retrospective article on Howard Shore in the Washington Post today I thought some of you might enjoy. I did not know he started out doing music for SNL.

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Saturday, December 31st, 2016
11:37 pm - Adequate New Year!!!
Good riddance to 2016!!! *eyes 2017 suspiciously* 2017, behave yourself. We are ALL keeping an eye on you, every damned minute. 2017, you got no where to go but up. The bar is so very low. Surprise us pleasantly, ok?

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As you can see Tuxie is really excited about New Years Eve. This is how we're partying here.

I wouldn't have gotten through 2016 without you my dear friends here. Thank you. <3 <3 <3

Happy New Year to you!!! May 2017 go easy on us all.

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10:12 pm - Memoriam to General Leia and Carrie Fisher
I couldn't do a memorial post to Carrie Fisher earlier this week due to LJ shenanigans and I'm still feeling the need, so here it is. I'm just so sad to see her go so young with so much left to write and act and enjoy. Besides looking forward to seeing her play General Leia some more, and I know we already have her filmed for the next film, I read The Guardian newspaper and was looking forward to seeing her agony aunt column. Looking through pics of her, it really looked like she was becoming more and more comfortable with herself over the last few years and I wish she got to enjoy more of the fruits of her long, hard slog through mental illness to come into her own.

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I came to take for granted what her iconic role as Princess Leia meant to me back when I was 15, as for so many young women of my generation.

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
6:48 pm - Birthday Wishes!
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] gabi_fics!!! May your birthday be as fun and full of love as when the bunch of us went around the lake together this spring!

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*hugs*

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Thursday, December 8th, 2016
6:43 pm - Happy Fooder1 Birthday!!!
A very happy birthday to the most excellent Fooder1 [personal profile] baranduin!!! I hope you are spending a relaxing evening with warm Harry floof, and even Harry himself, and wonderful birthday treats. :-D

Moo and Tuxie would like to send their greetings--take it away, you two:

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Moo: Happy Birthday, Baranduin!!! I woke up from my nap just to say that. You should be honored. Hey, King of the Mountain! You going to wish Baranduin a happy birthday?

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Friday, November 25th, 2016
4:41 pm - Election Integrity Yay!!!
Wisconsin Election Board just received the Green Party's petition for a recount!!! Whew--I was getting worried--not 20 minutes to go! And the funding is up over $5.1 million now. Yay!!! Thank you so much for your bravery, Jill Stein! Now we have to hope that Wisconsin courts or legislature can't and won't block it in any way.

And Trump hasn't twitted his displeasure because he doesn't want this news to be the top most talked about headline news for days, allowing the idea that he might have stolen the election to become mainstream. And this happening right after the NYT got him to disavow his most rambunctious Nazi followers--darn, what bad timing for him! :-P

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Thursday, November 24th, 2016
8:24 pm - Happy T-Day and Happy Election Audits!
Happy Thanksgiving Day! I hope all who celebrate are having a good one. And to those who don't, OK, you can have a good day too. I'm so grateful to have all my friends here--I'm not sure how you all fit yourselves into my tiny macbook air, but I'm glad you did. <3

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Another October pic I took by the lake.

I had a yummy T-Day meal with [personal profile] zlabya and her DH and her BF. I made my signature salad, and she made a yummy chicken, sweet potato casserole, and apple crisp. Excellent company to hang out with.

Auditing the Vote

If you missed the news, Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for US President started raising funds yesterday to audit and recount the votes in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Best comment ever reported as seen on twitter by [livejournal.com profile] ambree40: lanyard @lanyardigan 8h8 hours ago: Please, God: like Gollum, let Jill Stein have a totally unforeseen and critical purpose. :-D

I contributed yesterday and watching it grow has been so exciting--they're up to $4.3 million and counting. Go here if you want to contribute or just watch the donations flood in.

A decade back I was following the voting integrity push, belonged to Common Cause, and presented a paper to Congresspeople involved in the movement. When I canvassed for John Kerry down in Florida on election weekend, I listened to poll workers who saw voting machines flip their votes from Kerry to Bush.

We've made great strides in creating a paper trail in many districts in this country to check these problems, but paper backup ballots don't do any good if you never audit and take a look at them. It's just a gigantic green flag to hackers, Russian gov't connected or from anywhere, if they know we're not verifying the optical scanners by checking some of the paper ballots. We should be auditing a sampling of ballots in every state before we announce the count, and we should get used to not having instant gratification and wait a week or 3 before announcing a winner, as grueling as it would have felt to do that this year.

So, without getting my hopes too high that they will find something that will overturn the horrid results of this election (but seeing that Trump has a pattern of doing the things he accuses others of and Bannon is involved with data-mining operations, how could we not check this out), the recount here is just a needed thing to ensure the integrity of the vote. As long as we're having elections close enough that one side wins the electors and the other side the popular vote, vote audits should be made an automatic procedure through legislation. We're doing a good thing here, whatever the outcome of the recount.

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
11:13 pm - Dept of Justice Investigation of Vote Problems in WI, PA, Michigan
I know this is a return to the denial and bargaining phase of grief, but a bunch of sites are picking up this story now, and whether or not it is a hoax, making the phone call is worth a shot. The count is so close in these states, and they haven't finished Michigan's count yet. Right now at 11pm ET the 202 number is busy, but you can get right through to the 1-800 number--I got through immediately--maybe it is easier to connect late in the evening and off hours and read the script below:

Please take one minute and call/email the DOJ -Department of Justice- : 1-800-253-3931 (press 5) or 202-353-1555 (leave message)

email: voting.section@usdoj.gov

"My name is [first last name], I'm calling from [city],[state] to respectfully request you pursue an investigation into voter suppression, Russian collusion and FBI interference with the 2016 presidential election. Please issue an injunction until a thorough investigation can take place."


The point is to provide the DOJ with numbers so they can say X number of Americans want an injunction. Short, sweet, polite does the trick.

Thank you to [personal profile] ithiliana

Here's an article on the issue.

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Sunday, November 20th, 2016
9:02 pm - Happy Birthday, Cali_se!
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] cali_se!!! I hope it's the beginning of a year full of magic for you!!!

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Greenbelt Lake, late October.

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6:10 pm - Happy Birthday, Mererid!
I'm so sorry this is a day late post, hon, but I wanted to wish a very happy birthday to my dearest friend [personal profile] mererid!!! I hope the birthday dinner was excellent and you're having a good Sunday. I still have many pics from my trip out there last February that I haven't posted yet, so here's a couple:

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Sabino Canyon in the Catalina Mountains, northeast Tucson.


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A little barrel cactus in Tucson Desert Museum Park.

*many hugs* <3

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12:19 am - FRAUDSTER ELECT
Fraudster Elect--Fraudster Elect--Fraudster Elect--Fraudster Elect--Fraudster Elect--Fraudster Elect

What the cast of Hamilton said to Pence last night was fabulous and well done and beautiful, and all over the front pages of all the news outlets, but why, oh why has mention of the fact that our President Elect just paid a settlement of $25 million for fraud and stealing millions from hopeful US victims already disappeared from the front page and headlines of the Washington Post?

PRESIDENT ELECT TRUMP COMMITTED FRAUD. FRAUDSTER ELECT TRUMP. His lawyer's spin that he would have won if he fought it is bogus--a settlement is acceptance that he is guilty as charged.

We must not allow the facts to be buried, and this one needs to be highlighted as his conflict of interests are investigated and he tries to take the US and the whole world for a ride.

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Friday, November 18th, 2016
6:02 pm - Hopeful things in the political morass the US got itself into
George Takei is wonderful, as usual, and writes the definitive op-ed on why what Trump backer Chris Higbie said was so evil. I'm also impressed and fangrrling Megyn Kelly, whose interview with Higbie is linked in Takei's essay, for not letting that comment slip by and highlighting it with the full loathing it deserves and that even any Fox News lover will get. There's a reason Trump tried to take her down, and he failed because she stood up to him, and she's being fabulous and making some changes in Fox News and what their viewers are exposed to. We'll see where she goes from here, but I'm glad to see her on our side for the present and that gives me hope.

I'm also glad Higbie went there and connected the Muslim registry plan with internment camps for us so we didn't have to--thank you, Higbie!!! This gives Dems and civil liberties advocates much more leverage to defeat Trump's plans to make Muslim Americans second class citizens. So go ahead, keep working with loose tongued bigots--make our day.

What Trump is doing with setting his cabinet is not going to fly when he is dealing with Congress and has to learn to share power with the other boys and girls, and that's when things will get really interesting. I'm hopeful it will go about as well as how he's run his businesses. And I am really hoping for big time buyer's remorse in 2018 from the mostly white minority of the public that voted for him and the Republicans he may or may not work with. When the buyer's remorse sets in, I expect they will start taking note of the disgusting things Trump and his minions are saying a little more, not a lot, but a little.

Also, I don't think the argument will really fly, but here's a petition urging the appointment of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court you can sign. I really wish people were in the streets protesting in the spring when McConnell made clear the Republicans would block any appointment the President made, no matter how far to the right he bended--it would have been a more useful time than now, but any time is a start.

So I'm more hopeful on the political front today and I've got a Tuxie curled up next to me, took a beautiful walk around the lake, and will join a friend to see a local band play around the corner this evening. Yay Froday, my dears! <3

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