At the time I first saw this
article, I'd not heard of the Justice Party. Sally wondered if it
was yet another stalking horse for the evil white supremacists.
Then I found out that they have also collected about 181
signatures in California, not much of the way towards the
98,000ish they need to get a ballot line here. More recently Gerry
said that Rocky Anderson is trying to get on the Presidential
Ballot, and the Justice Party is his chosen vehicle. Mississippi
is the first because all a Party has to do to get on the ballot
there is "be organized", whatever that means. I'm still wondering
why the former Mayor of Salt Lake City is running for President as
a third party candidate. Do they know something in Utah that we
These two books fascinate me in
their differences and similarities and what that says about us.
Kurt Vonnegut (Mark's father) was forced onto the global stage by
his writing. Growing up behind the scenes on that, Mark's ideas of
reality weren't quite what works for adults now, as he found out
in the course of the book. John Harter was a bit younger than Kurt
Vonnegut, but still the same generation. He negotiated on behalf
of the US Govt. on commodity issues, and the kids eye view of that
was where I opened my eyes. I'm younger than Mark by quite a bit,
but still our generations are very similar. Obscure as the Eden
Express is, it's a wildly successful book compared to Pieces of
History, which is very obscure.
remember two States having elections where the question was
"should we recall the Governor?" In California Gray Davis
got replaced with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In Wisconsin
nothing changed. That Wisconsin election happened the same
day California had our primary this year.
On vacation I went to the Green
Party Convention in Baltimore, MD. Turns out that hurrying out the
door on my way eastbound I forgot my reading glasses. That made
reading on the outbound leg difficult. After I left Baltimore I
stopped at my brother's house. Brandy's mother heard me
complaining about my eyes and gave me this pair of reading
glasses. I made good use of them on the way home, absorbing a
large percentage of Jared Diamond's Collapse. I'm going to have
reading glasses with me most of the time from now on.
That coin is the first Chickasaw
quarter I've seen. I got it in my change at the farmers market
about twelve hours after I got home.
Katie told me the
stories behind each of these coins as she gave them to me. The 50
ore Sverige is the Swedish fifty cent piece. It once had a cash
value of about seven cents. She had accidentally brought it home
with her from her trip there a decade ago or something like that.
She'd taken it back to spend this trip, but when she tried the
shop keeper told her "these aren't legal tender anymore." She gave
me the other Swedish coin so I could have a legal Swedish change
experience with my "illegal" one. The Espana coin was a Euro she
got in Germany. The Danish coin is worth a bicycle at the public
bicycle racks. You put the coin in the vending machine and it
releases the bicycle. You return the bicycle to any public rack in
Copenhagen and it gives you the coin. Anybody with one of these in
Copenhagen has all the access to bicycling capability they need.
This was the first 2012 coin I found
in my change, midway through October when my sample ballot was
fresh. I still think it's funny that I had no choice but to vote
for a Democrat for State Senator. Good thing one of the choices
was Sally Lieber!
Gordon only had to gather 50
signatures, I'm not sure why he found it hard. San Francisco
occasionally elects somebody with write in votes, but it's VERY
UNUSUAL. Gordon didn't win. I see stories like this one and Gary
Johnson, this years Libertarian Party Presidential candidate as
signs that maybe the Republican Party is starting to figure out
that maybe the walls around their "ivory tower" are just a little
bit too good at keeping others out. For sure the Libertarians took
a step up by having a former State Governor as their Candidate.