September 19th, 2008

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Government interference -

I wish I could describe the light outside my window this morning.  It is a mix of pink and deep, dark blue, that now lightens a bit.  It is complex as it hits the trees on the hill, offering a russet of fall to the green.  Oh, some of the trees on the hill are standing out in the greatest relief.  Obviously, each morning is different, but this one stretches with increasing clarity.  

I woke thinking of my mother, who died three years, seven months and one day ago
I continue to embody her strength and will.  My sense is that we dwell in our mother, and then emerge and find our way and then when they die, embody them, carry them.  We switch womb roles.

Hillary Clinton has something important to say this morning and thanks to Zebulen, I am going to try a new trick.   I go back and forth now to read his email.   Though the article is titled Blocking Care for Women, it sounds like Bush's latest painful trick could affect others, like those with AIDS.  It is not what we want the government to be doing with our money and with its legislation.

Op-Ed Contributor

Blocking Care for Women

Published: September 18, 2008

LAST month, the Bush administration launched the latest salvo in its eight-year campaign to undermine women’s rights and women’s health by placing ideology ahead of science: a proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services that would govern family planning. It would require that any health care entity that receives federal financing — whether it’s a physician in private practice, a hospital or a state government — certify in writing that none of its employees are required to assist in any way with medical services they find objectionable.

Laws that have been on the books for some 30 years already allow doctors to refuse to perform abortions. The new rule would go further, ensuring that all employees and volunteers for health care entities can refuse to aid in providing any treatment they object to, which could include not only abortion and sterilization but also contraception.

Health and Human Services estimates that the rule, which would affect nearly 600,000 hospitals, clinics and other health care providers, would cost $44.5 million a year to administer. Astonishingly, the department does not even address the real cost to patients who might be refused access to these critical services. Women patients, who look to their health care providers as an unbiased source of medical information, might not even know they were being deprived of advice about their options or denied access to care.


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Practice makes perfect!!

That was so fun, I'm going to try it again with Paul Krugman, who offers a solution to the crisis, an expensive one, and a solution.  Hillary is involved in this one too.  It is hard not to want to gag when we know that Sarah Palin is tutored for sound bites while Hillary actually knows what is going on.

I'm glad to know there is a solution, albeit an expensive one.  Okay, here goes, again.

Op-Ed Columnist

Crisis Endgame

Published: September 18, 2008

On Sunday, Henry Paulson, the Treasury secretary, tried to draw a line in the sand against further bailouts of failing financial institutions; four days later, faced with a crisis spinning out of control, much of Washington appears to have decided that government isn’t the problem, it’s the solution. The unthinkable — a government buyout of much of the private sector’s bad debt — has become the inevitable.

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Spread these words!!!

The words of RFK Jr. are with me as I realize how much we have to do to counteract what began with Reagan and now we have the tool.  We have this, the internet, blogs, connection.

This comes from the brother-in-law of a dear friend.  I feel a little fragile putting it on here, but it is the truth and we need to get it out there.  I am not posting the picture as I don't see it as relevant in the moment to these words that we must observe.  I have always thought Alaskan women must be special, men, too. I always had a hankering to move that way, though Sarah Palin has poisoned that dream for me.  Here are the words from a true Alaskan.   It begins with the words from my friend's brother-in-law.

This photo is the Kilcher Family Homestead Cabin. Following is a  fascinating narrative from Mairiis Kilcher, an old friend of ours whose family homesteaded in Homer, Alaska before there was a road. Mairiis has always been a role model to me. She's tough and gritty as well as sensitive, artistic and politically astute. Extraordinary as she is she's not unlike many other Alaskan women. Alaskan women truly are a different breed. Read on and thank you Mairiis.

I am a 66 year old , Alaska born ,pioneer woman. Sarah Palin does not represent my values and my beliefs, nor those of countless Alaska women, who have also hunted, fished, raised families , and cared for a disabled family member while earning a living . I come from a large homesteading family and grew up in a one room log cabin with 7 brothers and sisters. We hunted and fished, out of necessity, not for recreation. My father was one of the 55 writers of the Alaska Stare Constituion and a former State Senator. My niece is the singer, Jewel. . I operate a small farm and run a small tourist business, while my husband drives school bus. I am the only woman member of the Fox River Cattlemen's Association. I am a songwriter, folksinger, stone carver, and wildlife photographer. I have worked in the salmon and crab canneries as a girl, on road construction crews, have gone to college , travelled overseas, raised a family, and have a child with special needs. Most of the Alaska women I know--whether captains of their own fishing boats, or business owners or artists or executives or doctors or secretaries or just plain moms,--we all share the same passion for bettering our communities, for protecting our environment and educating our children to be wise stewards of the earth. Sarah does not speak for us! She has done nothing in her less than 2 years as governor to help the women of this state. .

If there is going to be a woman in high office, it should be someone who was not just pulled out of a hat for political purposes to distract the public from the really important issues via their media hype and focus on her good looks and down home hockey mom appeal. We need someone who has worked hard, state by state, to earn their right to be nominated . We deserve someone who has put in time in the world arena, who knows how to work with many different kinds of people, someone who can relate to large cities as well as small farm towns, someone familiar with black neighborhoods or immigrant border towns, who can unify rather than polarize. Someone who understand the ways of the world beyond Alaska's borders! Someone who would only use war as a last resort. We love Alaska, we are strong , independent, thinking and capable Alaskan women who do not base our vote on gender, race or religion, but on the issues. In no way, does Sarah reflect our views or share our concerns, and we are insulted that the McCain propaganda machine is making it sound as if we are all supportive of her. They are using her, to distract us all from McCain's lack of personal appeal and same old same old political rhetoric. They are trying to make the bridge from nowhere into their own idea, when in fact is was the democrats in Alaska who were against it most. They make her come across like some kind of heroine, a glamour figure, a role model for American women. NOT!

We abhor her stance against protecting Alaska from Global Warming, she shows no concern for the threat it poses to Polar Bears and countless first Alaskans who depend on the sea mammals for their very lives.

We ask: Why is no one making a big deal about the fact that Palin opposed the ALaska Clean Water Initiative (proposition 4)--which would have imposed tighter restrictions on large scale mining operations?

We ask: what has she done for women in our state? What has she done for health care in our state.? Nothing . I am at this moment too broke to afford even a pair of drugstore reading glasses, let alone expensive designer Sarah Palin glasses!

We ask: Why aren't the news media talking about of the fact that Alaska passed a law to legalize same day shooting of wolves and bears from an airplane as a means of "predator" control--so the likes of Sarah Palin can shoot more moose? Why are not more people outraged that our woman governor could tolerate such barbarism? What kind of woman enjoys or tolerates killing for sport in the first place? Is that being pro-life? What kind of message does that send the world ?

We ask: Why is no one making headlines out of the fact that she supports development of the biggest open pit gold mines Pebble Mine--a Canadian, not a U.S. company) ) in the world--which would sit right at the headwaters of the biggest SALMON fishery in the world , destroying thousands of square acres of pristine wilderness for the greedy few with the potential to pollute Alaska's waters with toxic waste? And she calls herself a fisherman, and a champion of the fishing industry?

Not all Alaskans support drilling in ANWR, and I am one of them. Lets find new ways to make energy, or more efficient cars. I want my Alaskan parks and refuges left wild and unscarred for the benefit of my grandchildren. Enough Alaskan wilderness has been ruined already by rampant logging, drilling, mining and over fishing! All Sarah Palin wants to to do is drill, baby , drill.

Most terrifying of all, do we really want a self described PIT BULL as our next vice president, (and , God forbid, president) Do we really want a gun toting , shoot from the lip, in your face, religious extremist who believes God is on her side? I thought we were fighting a war against those kinds of guys!!.

Who can we contact to bring our concerns to the attention of the American public before it is too late? Will the Obama campaign contact us and invite us to speak out around the Nation, so we can tell the world we are insulted and ashamed to be associated with Sarah Palin? Call me, I am ready and willing to go..


 Mairiis Kilcher , Homer, Alaska

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Let's hear it for Mark Morford -

White women, no way

Once pro-Obama, but now swoon for McPalin? Who the hell are you?

Friday, September 19, 2008


Every white woman I know is positively horrified.

Wait, that's not exactly true. It's more accurate to say that every thoughtful or liberal or intuitive or open-minded white woman I know worth her vagina monologue and her self-determination and two centuries of nonstop striving for equal rights and sexual freedom and exhaustive patriarchal unshackling is right now openly horrified, appalled at what the addition of shrill PTA hockey-mom Sarah Palin seems to have done for the soggy, comatose McCain campaign -- that is, make it not merely remotely interesting and melodramatic, but aggressively hostile to, well, to all intelligent women everywhere.

Truly, among women in the know and especially among those who fought so hard to bring Hillary Clinton to the brink of history, nausea and a general recoiling appear to be the universal reactions to Palin's sudden presence on the national stage, stemming straight from the idea that there's even a slight chance in hell such an antagonistic, anti-female politico could be within a 72-year-old heartbeat of becoming the most powerful and iconic woman of all time.
They say: You've got to be kidding me. They say: This is what we get? This could be our historic role model? Two hundred years (OK, more like 2000) of struggle, only to have this nasty caricature of femininity try to hijack and mock and undermine it all?

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Financial leadership -

It now appears that all the issues of the campaign may fall away and everything boil down to who can lead us out of the worst financial crisis since the depression.

I place my bet on Obama-Biden.   McCain has been part of the creation of this, justified it from his seven or more homes.

Palin has her nose in the business of CA.   She asked our governor Schwarzenegger to veto legislation that would impose a fee on shipping containers processed at California's major ports, a fee that will fund pollution mitigation.
   She threatens that if the fee is imposed, Alaska may not do business with CA ports.  Oh, I thought we were a country, not countries.  I think CA contributes a heck of a lot to the good ole US of A, and if anyone would benefit from secession it is probably us, not Alaska.  People need fresh fruits, vegetables, almonds, music, computers and movies.   So, the California Air Resources Board estimates that "3, 740 deaths a year are directly attributed to diesel pollution emanating from the ports."   According to the SF Chronicle, revenue from the user fee will be used to "improve the infrastructure that moves containers to and from the ports reducing the polution generated by the movement of containers to and from the ports."

So, 3,740 deaths a year can be prevented by levying a fee on containers that come in and out of CA.   Oh, heck, let's use that money to have a war instead.