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(coss'-ter-mong'-ger) n. a hawker of fruit
or vegetables. [from costard a type of apple + monger
The Ladykillers :)
In this film, Slapstick
becomes a dark, demonic,
(Unflattering) Things About Ronald Reagan
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||Sending a Message to Steny
Friday, we played a small role in a nationwide
event. We were part of a small-but-dedicated group of Medical
who protested at the local offices of our congressman, Steny
Hoyer. This protest was one of nearly 135 such protests staged
at the home offices of congress-people who voted against Medical
Marijuana last year.
The protests were organized by a coalition of three of the
most prominent drug-law
reform organizations working today: NORML,
MPP, and DPA.
And they did a great job of organizing things too! We were supplied
with a big stack of attention grabbing handouts, customized for
our region's representative, which looked like this on the front:
the back it said "The Hinchey-Rohrabacher
amendment would protect patients" and went on to give
several good reasons why all members of congress should support
this legislation, which would prevent the federal government
from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. (The whole
card is available online as a PDF.)
Even though Steny Hoyer is a democrat and supposedly a liberal,
and even though his constituents support the medical use of marijuana
by up to 80%, and even though our state has a law allowing it,
and even though the whole point of the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment
is to protect states like ours with such laws, Steny Hoyer voted
I've voted for Steny Hoyer many times over the years, but
I was very disappointed to learn that this is how he's representing
me. If my leader is going to vote against Medical Marijuana,
then I'm going to vote against him.
After waving our signs and offering flyers to passersby and
making speeches to each other, we set our signs aside and went
upstairs to Steny's office, but oddly enough, not only was he
not there, no one on his staff was there either.
Here's a group photo of our cheerful band of protesters, which
I took myself using my camera's timer:
contact your local representative and ask them to vote YES on
the Hinchey-Rohrbacher (Hinch-ee-Roy-bocker) Amendment. You can
a quick easy email from NORML's website, and check out this
PDF document from the DPA website to see if your representative
voted for or against this medical marijuana amendment last year.
Or you can call them -- it's easy through the U.S. Representative
toll-free Capitol Switchboard at 1-800-839-5276. This goes up
for vote again this summer.
Thanks for helping us try to make the world a better place!
Let's see, what else is going on this week?
is very soon and we still have a lot to do to get ready
- Alison passed the Wilderness First Aid class she took this
weekend (a certification she needs for her job this summer at
- The first sample EAC
decks arrived and they look awesome!
- I've been working on some new Secret Projects but of course
since they're secret I can't talk about them (in fact, forget
I mentioned it)
- I've been reading The Subtle Knife (but I had to ask
Kristin to hide it from me again because I was spending so much
time just reading...)
a great week! See You at Origins!
||"The torture scandal is a public problem
because American interrogators and jailors represent the public
they serve. Citizens of a democracy should not be comforted or
assuaged by blaming a few 'aberrant agents' if torture is systemic
and routine. The public is responsible for stopping, protesting
and preventing torture. If we fail, we risk the specter George
Orwell cautioned against in 1984: 'If you want a picture of the
future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face-forever.'" -- Lisa Hajjar, "Torture
and the Politics of Denial"
||Amsterdam is a city of bicycles. Everywhere you look, you
see people riding by on bicycles, yet in my whole month there,
I never saw anyone wearing a bike helmet. (After posting last week's photo I got emails asking
why I wasn't wearing a helmet... but there just weren't any available!)
||Amsterdam's population used to be in a serious
decline, reaching an all-time low in 1982, just when they started
tolerating cannabis sales in "coffeeshops." Since then,
more and more people have been moving there... gee, I wonder
why? (Now, some are complaining about "drug tourism"
but it seems to me tourist dollars are still dollars (or euros,
I should say)...)