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Saturday, March 28, 2009
The Mudflats � In Exposing the Identity of Mudflats, Rep. Mike Doogan Exposes Himself.
The Mudflats � In Exposing the Identity of Mudflats, Rep. Mike Doogan Exposes Himself.
If I were to appear, as many of you
have, at a political rally and I were
to hold up a sign that expressed my
opinion, I don’t have to sign my name
on the bottom. And if someone wants
to come online and read my diary, they
are free to do so. And if they want
to disagree, that’s OK too.

It said in my “About” page that I choose
to remain anonymous. I didn’t tell anyone
why. I might be a state employee.
I might not want my children to get
grief at school. I might be fleeing
from an ex-partner who was abusive and
would rather he not know where I am.
My family might not want to talk to me
anymore. I might alienate my best friend.
Maybe I don’t feel like having a brick
thrown through my window. My spouse might
work for the Palin administration. Maybe
I’d just rather people not know where I
live or where I work. Or none of those
things may be true. None of my readers,
nor Mike Doogan had any idea what my personal
circumstances might be. But that didn’t seem to matter.
What appears to matter to Rep. Doogan is that
either 1) he feels that if he “outs” me, he’ll
change what I have to say, or keep me from saying
anything. 2) he gets to play mystery detective
(like in his books) and believes people will
think he’s really cool for figuring it out, or
3) he feels like getting revenge. He knows I
want to remain anonymous, so he’s going to take
it away. In any of those three scenarios, he didn’t
think it was important to get the bigger picture.

been reading up on this story for ages -
actually hours. along with many others i am
outraged by what this state representative
did to one of the best writers going. i found
mudflats during the presidential campaign
(sarah palin? who's sarah palin?). i visit
frequently because she is simply a great
writer. and as she stated so well her
reason or reasons for remaining anonymous
are hers.

i am not anonymous. i also don't get thousands
of visitors to my blog, never did, even when
i did have a handful of fans, it was never a
large number. the reason i choose not to be
anonymous is because i have a cause that is
personal. i have a history that has created
that cause. and as a writer i would like to
be known.

i haven't been writing. not for the blog.
not poems. not diary, nothing. working long
hours, lazy, what-have-you. i read constantly
and Mudflats is simply one of the best.
anonymous or not.

personally i hope she continues to blog and
rides the wave of recognition to great fortune.
she deserves it. and i hope she sues the pants
off mike doogan, who based on some comments i
have read today, could even have exposed
himself to criminal action.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
1963 Commencement
President John F. Kennedy
June 10, 1963

Some say that it is useless to speak of world peace or
world law or world disarmament - - and that it will be
useless until the leaders of the Soviet Union adopt a
more enlightened attitude. I hope they do. I believe
we can help them do it. But I also believe that we
must re-examine our own attitude - as individuals and
as a Nation - - for our attitude is as essential as
theirs. And every graduate of this school, every
thoughtful citizen who despairs of war and wishes
to bring peace, should begin by looking inward - -
by examining his own attitude toward the possibilities
of peace, toward the Soviet Union, toward the course
of the Cold War and toward freedom and peace here at home.

First: Let us examine our attitude toward peace itself.
Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many of us
think it is unreal. But that is dangerous, defeatist
belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable - -
that mankind is doomed - - that we are gripped by forces
we cannot control.

We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade - -
therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as
big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond
human beings. Man's reason and spirit have often solved
the seemingly unsolvable - - and we believe they can
do it again.

think about it. Peace. amen

Monday, March 23, 2009
United for Peace & Justice
United for Peace & Justice

Thursday, March 19, 2009
March 21st -- March on the Pentagon:
March 21st -- March on the Pentagon:
Looks like i might getting back to DC sooner
than i'd hoped.
PEACE. amen
love is the answer

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
American Civil Liberties Union
American Civil Liberties Union - Criminal Justice,
Death Penalty, Disability Rights, Drug Policy, Free Speech,
HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, Immigrants' Rights, Lesbian &
Gay Rights, National Security, Police Practices, Prisoners'
Rights, Privacy & Technology, Racial Justice, Religion &
Belief, Reproductive Freedom, Rights of the Poor, Safe and
Free, StandUp/Youth, Voting Rights, Women's Rights

Join the ACLU. Because freedom cannot protect itself.

Sunday, March 15, 2009
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online diet. you'll be glad you did.

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