Monday, January 16, 2017

Women's March On Washington Not Just For Women Or Washington

On Saturday January 21st, those of us in the Charlotte NC area that wish we could be at the Women's March on Washington DC but can't will be at the local version of the march.

Why are we marching? Because on January 20th, we're going to see a culmination and a sort of validation of social trends toward bigotry, bullying, scapegoating, and revisionism in the inauguration of tRump.

The people he's putting in power along with him and the people who follow them regardless of what they do (or worse, because of what they do) need to be reminded that the rest of us aren't going to give up and shut up. We're not going to sit quietly with out hands in our laps and let that crowd make the cultural shift they're driving the national new normal. And the people who are feeling seriously under threat right now need to know that they aren't just walking targets for their misplaced fear and anger.

If you're in the Concord/Kannapolis general area and want a ride, let me know. You can call or text me if you have the number, or email me here, or tag me via Miles' FB page. I'll work out times to meet/pick up when I have an idea of how many peeps are going.

It's called the Women's march because it started as a grass roots protest against tRump's treatment of women and the ongoing NeoCon effort to roll back gains in women's right to be counted as people. But equality for so many groups is under threat from the incoming administration and the people that are supporting it; we need to make it an all for one, one for all thing. Come be counted with us, not just as a supporter of women's rights, but as a supporter of common humanity.

Meme A Day, or Solid Exit Plan

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tilikum, Not Just Black & White

Sedna, Arnakuagsak, Mother of the Sea, receive your son Tilikum with honor, and please let his next life be much, much happier. (wish goes out)

We'll probably never know with certainty what he meant by some of his behavior. Many animals I've worked with have no real awareness of how big or strong they are compared to a human, and frankly, I have days when I feel like banging people's heads on the wall myself. So I can't judge someone I can't even talk to.

We do know that the way orcas in captivity are kept, even those whose lives have depended on human intervention and rescue measures and who have led us to greater ability to help, has to be reevaluated and changed. Tilikum has been a huge catalyst for that to happen.

May orcas and humans both profit in knowledge and action by that, and make any portion of his life that was troubling for him not be in vain.

I have no right or place to speak for Dawn Brancheau, but I'm willing to venture that she wouldn't have a problem with me wishing for them both that spirit to spirit, the obstacles of language and speech won't matter any more. If either of you can make us wiser about those that have no words we can hear clearly yet, send it on down the line. Fair journeying to all of you.

Monday, January 2, 2017

So You Bought An AR-15 From A Nine Year Old For $20?

How slagging stupid do you have to be?

These are not my people . . . .

 "No charges will be brought against the 9-year-old since police believe this is an isolated incident. “We do not believe this juvenile is connected with any selling of firearms other than this incident", Major Keith Eury said."

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  well goddamn, son, ya think??! Bless your heart, if for no other reason than that shur thang, dealers sell AR-15s for $20 all day long . . . .

Sorry, I just couldn't come up with a shorter, catchier, or more encompassing headline that really expressed sufficient overall WTAFness . . . . fracking hell, I live here . . . .

On the flip side, I'm feeling pretty good about the last three or four acts of dumbass I committed now . . .

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Propane & Coffee For Standing Rock

My friend Sam Flippo of the University of Virginia is using her job and network resources and GoFundMe to send support for Oceti Sakowin Camp, the main gathering for the Standing Rock Sioux and others who are meeting the heinously harsh Dakota winter head on to keep protesting DAPL.

They have some students on site at the camp, and Sam's info was that one of the best efforts she could make was to round up fuel for the camp. Give the link a visit for more details, and other fundraiser links that all go to help out the protest.

If we can't send ourselves, can we send some of our dollars in our place? A little bit of money goes a long way when it gangs up with other money, and you can make a big difference just with the spare change you can dig out of the sofa or the dryer lint trap. Do eet!