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November 20th, 2003
Fairytales

I am tired of the fairytales being told by the Bush administration, so I think I’ll start borrowing the claim/fact sidebars from Common Dreams. I hope that people will realize that this administration has done nothing but lie to the American people.

CLAIM: “The tradition of free speech exercised with enthusiasm is alive and well here in London. We have that at home too. They now have that right in Baghdad as well.”
- President Bush, 11/19/03 [Source]

FACT: “As criticism of his authority appeared in Iraqi media, occupying authority chief L. Paul Bremer III placed controls on Iraqi Media Network content and clamped down on the independent media in Iraq, closing down some Iraqi-run newspapers and radio and television stations.”
- American Prospect, 10/1/03 [Source]

FACT: “American soldiers handcuffed and firmly wrapped masking tape around an Iraqi man’s mouth after they arrested him for speaking out against occupation troops. Asked why the man had been arrested and put into the back of a Humvee vehicle on Tahrir Square, the commanding officer told Reuters at the scene: ‘This man has been detained for making anti-coalition statements.’ He refused to say what the man said.”
- Reuters, 11/11/03 [Source]

FACT: The British government is spending $9 million to keep Bush away from protestors.
- Washington Post, 11/19/03 [Source]

Posted by Claire at 08:36 AM | Politics | Comments (2) | Tweet This Post

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November 17th, 2003
Unhappy Ending

Back in July, I posted a story about a man in Linn County who had been released from prison, and who was being housed in a tent. (Read it here.)

Well, the Oregonian had a story about what happened to the man once the weather got cold (read it here.) He got pneumonia and spent eight days in the hospital.

I still think that putting this guy in a tent was a stupid idea. It just makes the point that some kind of state-sponsored transitional housing is needed in each county to give parolees and other recently released prisoners the hand up they need to become productive citizens again. It’s not pampering, it’s realizing that people need a place to live or they are much more likely to re-offend again. People re-offend because they can’t get a job (no one will hire them), or they can’t find a place to live (no one will rent to them, or they have no money because they can’t get a job), so they commit a crime to be sent back to prison (where they’re at fed and housed). Wouldn’t it be better (and cheaper!) to set these people on the path to productivity?

Okay, some folks will reoffend anyway. But I think (and programs that have tried this approach have shown) that people are more likely to stay out of trouble if they have a little help upon their release from prison.

And it’s totally unacceptable to expect anyone to spend an Oregon winter in a tent. It’s not okay for the homeless (that’s another rant) and it’s not okay for parolees.

Posted by Claire at 08:54 AM | Rant | Comments (2) | Tweet This Post

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November 16th, 2003
PETA

Reason number #193874 I’m changing my business name: mistaken identities when boycotts are involved.

I have been contacted twice this week by consumers telling me they are boycotting my business (www.soapdreams.com) because I am a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) sponsor. This is completely incorrect. My business has NEVER been a sponsor of PETA, because I personally find their advertising to be degrading to women (and to fat people, for that matter). The business with almost the same name as mine (the “s” on the end of Dreams being the key here) IS a PETA sponsor, and I am getting the wrath that should be directed at them.

This upsets me because I’m struggling to make it as it is. I don’t need a misplaced boycott to screw things up for my business even more.

So, I’m mad. Just one more reason to change my business name.

For the record, I do firmly support animal welfare causes, and actively promote them when I can. I just don’t support advertising campaigns that degrade human beings. PETA should find ways to achieve their goals without sacrificing human rights for animal rights.

Posted by Claire at 06:34 PM | Rant | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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November 15th, 2003
Stich n’ Bitch

I have decided I really want this book, called “Stitch N’ Bitch,” by Debbie Stoeller. I skimmed it at Powells, and it looks like a fun book. I could use a good “how-to” guide in print. Incidentally, Debbie Stoeller also has a weblog: Knit Happens. (Of course she has a weblog. Everyone and their cat has a weblog, right?)

The market was okay today. I hope it isn’t too cold tomorrow. I had to sit in front of my newly acquired space heater in order to thaw out today.

Posted by Claire at 09:26 PM | Yarn Addiction | Comments (3) | Tweet This Post

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November 13th, 2003
Tired

I was going to link to, and rant on how awful the stupid No Child Left Untested, err, Behind act is, and how it is not much more than a tool for destroying public schools, but I won’t. I’m tired, and feeling totally blue, and just not up to my usual rant-y standards.

I’ve suffered from too much coldness lately. DH made a hero of himself by putting a space heater under my desk… Now I just have to manage to separate myself from it in order to go to bed…

Posted by Claire at 11:42 PM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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