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At some point, we have to get down to defining what constitutes a principle and what constitutes violating a principle.  These hate laws could not exist except that those who push them can't tell the difference between a strongly held spiritual principle and just something they don't want to do.  I contend that baking a cake, arranging flowers, and delivering a cup of coffee to a customer's table are not principles.  They are jobs, or activities associated with jobs.  

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Some people wonder if this is a legitimate indictment. I believe it is.

Rick Perry was defunding the office of an elected official unless that elected official resigned. That elected official was of the opposing party. Rick Perry would then appoint a replacement with someone of his OWN party, who would not be elected (and in fact, would be his personal henchman). One thing I haven't heard anybody say: The voice of the people would be silenced by the power of the purse, and any governor could use it against any public official or department he chooses.

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I confess from the start that my mind goes in strange places and makes odd connections.  This diary is about one of the oddest of the connections.  I was watching MSNBC last night, hearing about the militarization of our police forces and for some reason I thought of Russ.

Russ was a camp counsellor when I was a CIT (Counsellor in training) at camp back in 1971.  Russ was in charge of the CITs.  He was a remarkable man.  An AFA graduate, he was smart, polished, sensible, practical, even tempered, even handed, sensitive ... I always wished I could be like Russ, but as a female that was unthinkable back then.  I certainly wanted to raise boys that would be like him.  I did not have a crush on Russ, he was in a league way beyond that.  He was close to perfect.  Except ... he had been in a war zone known as Viet Nam, and was recipient of purple hearts and a silver cross.  He had seen battle.  He was suffering from what was then called Battle Fatigue, or Shell Shock.  Today we would call it PTSD.  He had seen and lived through too much.  And this is what made me think of him  as I watched events transpire in Ferguson.

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Jumping off on Onomastic's fine diary here, (if you haven't read it, her diary is well worth it and well deserving of its place on the rec list. )I thought I would see if we could start a planning session or a movement or something.  You see, it has often burned my buttons when people would line up OVERNIGHT to buy JUNK on Black Friday, but would refuse to wait in line to vote.  With all that has happened in SCOTUS and Congress these past few years, I submit that we should be more determined to vote this election than to get that low priced outdated television.  What do you think?

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I wrote this poem three years ago for our Indigo Kalliope. I am repeating it in the wake of the Hobby Lobby ruling.  We know that it isn't a deep concern for the fetus that drives the owners of Hobby Lobby and their ilk.  It isn't deep concern for the life and well being of these unborn.  It is about controlling others, in particular, women.  

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Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 10:49 AM PST

Wealth Addiction

by Im a frayed knot

I have long suspected that the wealthy are suffering from an addiction not unlike hoarding.  Today, there is an essay, written by one who should know, who not only confirms that wealth addiction is real, but describes what it is like.  The essay is worth a read, not just once, but repeatedly, as it explains that which seemed impossible to understand.

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Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 10:18 AM PST

Another shooting

by Im a frayed knot

Another shooting. That makes one a day reported nationally for how long? How is it that the NRA thinks that this is OK? And all the shootings that get reported nationally are in colleges or upscale areas. How many have happened that don't get reported, in places like Chicago and Philadelphia projects? Have we killed an entire town worth of people since Newtown? Enough people to populate a city? When is enough enough?

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The Tea Party did their magic to make A&E concede to the duckies and unsuspend papa duck.  I am outraged that they would concede, and outraged that this nation would glorify somebody who promulgates such hateful views against our gay and AA friends.  It occurred to me that we ought to do what we can to let A&E (AND Crackerbarrel) know that this is unacceptable to a large segment of the population.  SO I did a search to see who the advertisers for A&E are.  

Well, it appears that the tea party was doing a campaign to force A&E to bring them back (surprise).  Lookie what I found after the squiggle:

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The opponents of renewable energy are prepared to spare no expense in destroying solar energy before it can get started.  These opponents are bankrolled by the likes of oil companies, utilities and the Koch brothers.  These opponents want to control our energy, our financial structure and our people.  Solar energy (and wind energy and other types of renewables) interfere with that.  

We received an email from vote solar.org today that is telling us of a way to fight back.  Its contents are, in full, below the Great Orange Squiggly.

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We got solar panels on our house over the summer.  We did this for two reasons.  One, I am no longer employed, and we felt that for the future, energy prices were going to go up to the point that we could no longer afford to heat and cool our home.  Two, we are extremely concerned about the planet and climate change.  So we tried to do our part.  Now there is a move afoot to penalize people who get solar.  

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Mike Rogers spent his time grilling Kathleen Sibelius about testing.  He wanted to know why there had been no end to end testing.  He would not let her explain about the regression testing going on.  Mike Rogers, in trying to seem web smart proved to be web stupid.

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Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 07:40 AM PDT

Architecting Obamacare 101

by Im a frayed knot

Over a year ago, I was talking to a friend of mine who is involved in setting up a health care exchange in Colorado.  I told him that if the system is not architected properly, it will be a disaster, and if it is deployed with a poor architecture it is pain we will have to live with for a long time.  If it is architected properly, it will be a crazy success and will be a system we are happy to live with for a long time.  I offered to architect it free as part of my doctoral program, but was turned down.  Today, on the Chuck Todd show (I know, but in this case they were right), the failure of the first few weeks of exchanges lay in the architecture of the system.  

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