You're never too young to voice your opinion!

I spent this afternoon participating in the anti-Bush protests here in downtown Seattle. While Bush actually spent very little time here in Washington — arriving, touring a dam, having a \$2000 a plate lunch, and then leaving, all yesterday — today’s protest was one of several organized in response to Bush’s visit.

The march along Alaskan Way

The event went quite well, from what I could tell. Starting with a rally at Myrtle Edwards Park down by the waterfront, hundreds of us marched from the park up along Alaskan Way (past all the waterfront tourist attractions and businesses) until we were right by the walkway up to the Pike Place Market, and then turned around and went back down Alaskan Way until we made it back to the park. No arrests, no confrontations, and quite a lot of honks, thumbs-up, and cheers of support from people around us.

That was it for today’s hootin’ and hollerin’ for me, though — tomorrow afternoon is Howard Dean’s stop here in Seattle. I’ll be there, along with Rick, Tim, Prairie, her sister Hope, Hope’s friend Ingrid, and 2500 or so other people. Should be a good afternoon!

A federal judge on Friday slammed Fox News’ trademark infringement lawsuit against Al Franken and his publisher Penguin Group and refused to stop the sale of the liberal satirist’s new book that pokes fun at the network and host Bill O’Reilly.

Fox charged that Franken had violated its trademarked phrase “fair and balanced” by including it on the cover of his book entitled “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them.” Fox is owned by News Corp. and Penguin is a unit of Pearson. The book went on sale on Thursday.

“There are hard cases and there are easy cases. This is an easy case,” said U.S. District Judge Denny Chin. “This case is wholly without merit both factually and legally.”

I didn’t really think that Fox stood a chance with this, but it’s good to know for sure!

I’ll probably leave the ‘Fair and balanced’ tagline on my site for a few more days, then change it to something else…

(via Dad)

Oooooooohhhhh! According to this OneRing.net story, in the two weeks before “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” opens, the extended versions of “LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring” and “LOTR: The Two Towers” will be released to theaters — and some theaters will have a day-long LOTR marathon with back-to-back screenings of all three films on Dec. 16^th^.

If that marathon showing is here at the Cinerama in Seattle, I am so going to be there.

(via /.)

I wish I’d been able to go to this event — however, while I couldn’t make it, natasha has a write-up that’s well worth reading.

Congressman Jay Inslee (D-WA) held a public panel today in Shoreline, WA, on the subject of the possible mishandling of the intelligence information that was used to lead America to war. I went, and it was too good to keep all to myself. The following are the most accurate notes I could scribble down, only a few direct quotes, but I’ve tried very hard to keep to the spirit of what was said. Again, unless there are quotes around something, this is not a transcript.

The three panelists chosen by Rep. Inslee were Ambassador Joseph Wilson, Admiral Bill Center, and Professor Brewster Denny. Read on to find out which one of these distinguished gentlemen said that he wanted to “see Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs.”

‘RonK’ also posted a writeup of the event over at The Daily Kos.

Browsing through Wil’s site today, a section of this post caught my eye.

…and Nolan said, “Jeebus!” about something. Ryan said, “Nolan! Don’t steal my word! Mom! Wil! Nolan stole my word!”

“Ryan,” I said, “Nolan didn’t steal your word. ‘Jeebus’ belongs to everyone. It’s the word that’s sweeping the nation.”

“How come you don’t say it, then?” he asked, challenging.

“Because I would rather say ‘Fuck.'” I said.

Okay, I didn’t really say that. But wouldn’t it have been cool if I did? You ever unload an F-bomb on a teenager? It’s worth it just to see that look of shock and horror that passes their face, followed by the pause where they try to decide if they can get away with cussing because you just did.

And Ryan, if you’re reading this, no. You may not.

As a rule, my family doesn’t curse much — there are far too many effective words in the english language for all sorts of circumstances to limit yourself to the standard overused four-letter vocabulary. Sure, as a teenager, I could curse up a storm with the best of them, and even now I have my moments, but it’s not a necessary component to my vocabulary.

One day while I was a teen, Mom and I were driving around Anchorage. I have no idea where we were going, what we were doing, or even how old I was, but I’d guess around 13 or 14 or so. At some point during our travels, we saw a car painted the most hideous shade of 1970’s era not-quite-advocado green.

“Wow,” I said, and pointed it out. “That’s got to be the ugliest color car I’ve ever seen!”

“Yeah,” Mom agreed. “A beautiful shade of baby shit green.”

Dead silence.

What?!?

I’d never heard Mom curse before. Up until that point, I don’t think I really knew it was possible. Mothers don’t do that! They’re sweet, and nice, and kiss skinned knees after you fall down, and tell you not to ride your bike out of the boundaries of the neighborhood — but they don’t describe cars as “baby shit green!”

Okay, maybe they do. Not often. But they do. And I’ve never, ever forgotten that.

When Sally Baron’s family wrote her obituary, they described a northern Wisconsin woman who raised six children and took care of her husband after he was crushed in a mining accident.

She had moved to Stoughton seven years ago to be closer to her children and was 71 when she died Monday after struggling to recuperate from heart surgery. Her family had come to the question of what might be a fitting tribute to her.

“My uncle asked if there was a cause,” her youngest son, Pete Baron, said.

Almost in unison, what her children decided to include in the obituary was this: “Memorials in her honor can be made to any organization working for the removal of President Bush.

(via Atrios)

Talk about a difficult decision.

I hadn’t mentioned this publicly on here yet, but last week I went down to The Mac Store in the University District and plunked down the money for a mid-range 1.8 Ghz single processor Power Mac. At the time I paid for it, the salesmen were fairly sure that they’d be receiving the machines within a few days.

As the week has gone by, though, it’s become apparent that even though Apple has started shipping the new machines, it’s something of a slow process. The current theory (which I read on a messageboard last night, though I can’t find the post now) is that Apple is shipping the low-end single-processor 1.6Ghz machines to educational institutions first, and retailers second, to be followed by midrange single-processor 1.8Ghz machines, then finally, the high-end dual-processor 2.0Ghz machines. When I called The Mac Store this morning to see if they’d had any further word on their shipment date, I was given a similar story — they’re expecting the 1.6Ghz machines “any time now”, but the 1.8Ghz machines have a much looser ship date, possibly “as late as Sept. 8th”.

So, I got to thinking. Part of the reason I ordered the midrange machine was simply impatience — word was out that Apple was on-track to ship on time (which, in all fairness, they’re doing — just not as fast as we’d all like), and I’m more than ready to move up from my current 350Mhz G3 tower. I had the money available for the midrange machine, expected it to arrive within a week, and decided to go for it. Now, however, I’ve been waiting for a week, and it’s possible (though not gauranteed) that I could be waiting for another two weeks. Given that, I turned it over in my head for a bit, and decided that as long as I’m (whimper, whine) resigning myself to waiting longer than I’d expected, I might as well wait for something really worth waiting for — and called The Mac Store and changed my payment from a full payment on the midrange machine to a (large) down payment on the top of the line machine.

So, I’m going to be waiting a bit longer — current estimations for shipping on the high end G5’s are mid to late September. But that gives me a few more weeks to scrape up the last \$600 I need, and when the time comes, I’ll have the absolute top of the line high-end dual 2Ghz G5 Power Mac sitting in my apartment. The waiting’s gonna kill me — but the final result will be more than worth it.