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Thoughts on Occupy Wherever [Oct. 27th, 2011|03:49 pm]
Angela
Some of you may know that in 1989/1990, I was part of Operation Rescue. I participated in non-violent sit-ins. My reasons as a 22 year old fresh-out-of-college student seemed valid to me at the time. The fact I am no longer participating is a fair indication that I learned a lot from my experience, which included being arrested a couple of times and spending 5 days in the downtown Seattle jail. That, however, is not what I really want to write about.

To listen to the people at Occupy Wherever squall about 'police brutality against people exercising their right to peaceable assembly and freedom of speech,' you'd think it had never happened before in the history of America (except maybe to Freedom Riders and Vietnam protesters).

The Occupy protests are hurting local businesses and local individuals attempting to work. So did the Operation Rescue protests. The Occupy protesters - most of them, anyway - are purposefully non-violent. So were the Operation Rescue protesters. In fact, OR participants often signed pacts of non-violence which were kept on file by leaders. The leaders generally knew who comprised their groups, in advance. This helped them identify infiltrators and to enforce their own brand of conduct.

And when the police cracked down, sometimes they did so with violence, including breaking the arm of at least one protester who refused to move when ordered to do so: http://articles.latimes.com/1989-06-11/local/me-3216_1_anti-abortion-operation-rescue-abortion-foes

Occupy Wherever have a right to protest peaceably. They don't have a right to riot. They have a right to make their voices heard, not to throw paint or stones. They have a right to protest activities that are perfectly legal, among which is the right to get stinking rich and to use legitimate loopholes in the tax code to avoid paying taxes. I don't have to agree with their platform, but I acknowledge their right to do so.

And oh, by the way: Operation Rescue had (and has) a right to protest legal activities, peaceably. This didn't prevent them from being on the receiving end of police violence, arrest records, grinding endless court dates, fines, jail sentences, and lawsuits under the RICO act (racketeering). You don't have to like their platform, but you have to acknowledge their right to do so, because your right grows from the same root.

I'm afraid the Occupy Wherever people are going to learn these things too, the hard way. I hope none of them who celebrated (if any) when Operation Rescue people suffered those fates are now surprised when that same violence (and everything else, except probably the RICO act) is and will be used against them. I'm afraid the police make no long-term distinctions between one group of annoyances and another. And no, I do not believe that a group's just grievances are justification for perpetrating violence and for immunity from the law.

Why did I get out of Operation Rescue? The grinding court dates wore me down. But also, when I heard that Shelly Shannon had flown to Kansas City and shot George Diller, well known 3rd trimester abortion provider, and that the group I'd worked with in Portland OR had come out in support of her action as "godly violence", I was done. The whole movement was dead to me. When you start calling for or committing violence, you've lost your claim on peaceable assembly and any protection under color of law.

Good lucky, Occupy Whatever. Your experience with the police isn't new, and it isn't unique. It's happened before, and it will happen again. And I do wish you success, insofar as your goals align with those of most people in this country: to root out corruption, to return our country to its roots as a representative republic, and to ensure the continued God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our country could use a lot more of those things.
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AmberMUSH Operetta, Act II [Feb. 13th, 2011|11:17 am]
Angela
Because the thing in its entirety was just too long for Livejournal.


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The AmberMUSH Operetta, Act I, written approx 1994 [Feb. 13th, 2011|11:16 am]
Angela
The AmberMUSH Operetta, saved from a virtual hard drive! This does NOT include the songs that were cut, and I apparently no longer have them anymore. It's too bad, too, because Tiffany's 'Cobra of Amber' was among them, and it was (like so much of her other work) utterly brilliant.i have marked the names of the tunes for some of the songs, when I could remember them. But here is the rest of it, at any rate. Enjoy!

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Found a song I'd been looking for!!! [Sep. 23rd, 2010|08:23 pm]
Angela
Maybe a year ago, I posted here, looking for a song with these words in it:

La vie est dur, that much is sure, mais Dieu est bon, si bon

I certainly heard it on American radio, but I didn't know the station, the year, or even the city I lived in at the time.

Today I found it:

Billy Sprague, Contemporary Christian artist, so probably KCMS in the Seattle area. The song's title is La Vie.

Also it's available via iTunes, so I now have it. :)
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Published, at last. [Sep. 10th, 2010|04:39 pm]
Angela
http://www.cobblestone-press.com/catalog/books/piratestreasure.htm

Bear in mind please, this is ahem erotica. I dispute the claim on the website of 'multiple partners', as I know what I wrote and there wasn't any of that actually, but we'll let that slide. I finally have my very own ISBN!

Some of you may find my pen name amusing. :)
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Woops, update! [Sep. 10th, 2010|09:28 am]
Angela
My last post, as I now see, was back in January, when I posted a series of installments of a story I was writing. I'm still writing. Today my first short story gets published (I mean the kind that gets paid!). It's a racy romance, which is the easiest genre to break into. I've got a Young Adult trilogy almost completed (the story previously posted here in January, and two sequels now) though it will need heavy editing to make it ready to go. I won't get rich doing this. ;) I'm no Jim Butcher. But I'm happy today. Today I'm a published author!
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Novella: finished [Jan. 5th, 2010|11:36 pm]
Angela
Anybody want to read it? I could post it here, in bits.
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Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe EVAR [Nov. 20th, 2009|12:12 am]
Angela
Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie
(From the Prudence Penny column, Seattle Times, 1963)

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A poem I wrote, oughtta be a country-western song [Nov. 19th, 2009|08:12 pm]
Angela
Except, darn it, I wrote 6-line verses instead of 4-line ones. Won't fit into any songs *I* know. Had this problem with a marvelous faerie song I wrote too. :/

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The catch-22 of taxes and inflation [Nov. 19th, 2009|08:06 pm]
Angela
The cost of everything is going up. Therefore, both I and the government need more money to purchase the same things we bought last year for less.

However, the government needs the money so much, it will take money away from me in order to maintain itself. And I, who need more also...have less.

I would not mind so much, if the government would use that money wisely. When I hear that $6.4B in "stimulus money" was recently spent in 440 congressional districts that do not exist....I bet I could spend that money more wisely on myself and my children.

So, I have some questions:


a) were these funds actually disbursed or only allocated?

b) If those funds *were* disbursed, where are they? What bank(s) handled the funds, under whose name(s)? Can the funds be recovered?

c) when gov't says $6.4B created 30,000 jobs (@ $213K each), who are these new 6-figure earners & what do they do to earn it? (yes, I know, most of that money would have vanished into administrative costs and not gone to the actual job-holders).

d)Or, were these merely hypothetical jobs, theoretically created out of allocated but undisbursed funds, and if so should I feel hopeful?

When I hear the government mis-spent $98B last year, $47B of it on fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid payments....I want to know why I should believe it will be different tomorrow, or next year, or ten years from now if/when the government takes over medical care in this country, in the name of 'health care reform'?

I am discouraged. I do not feel hopeful. Quite the opposite, really.
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