Saturday, May 03, 2008

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The main goal of Thursday's May Day rally was "to try to convince the City Council to pass a resolution making our city a sanctuary city for war resisters and undocumented workers," according to an e-mail to council members Monday.
But several council members say they won't consider the resolution, one day after the May Day rally became violent on the streets of Olympia, when some participants broke windows on two downtown banks and six people were arrested. Olympia resident Joshua Simpson, who sent the e-mail with the proposed resolution, said he planned to bring a group of people to Tuesday's City Council meeting to speak in favor of the measure. He said he hopes people will consider the resolution on its merits and not be distracted by Thursday's violence.
"I'm not accountable for, like, what a few individuals decide to do," Simpson said. The e-mail also was signed by Katie Olejnik and File Bohmer.

The above is from Matt Batcheldor's "Sanctuary city proposal to council could be casualty of Thursday's attacks" (The Olympian). Today the US military announced (PDF format warning): "A Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier was killed from wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device struck the soldier's vehicle during a combat patrol in eastern Baghdad at approximately 6:15 p.m. May 2."

One of the few reporters actually reporting on Iraq today is Tina Susman. From her "Military's patience wears thin at Baghdad checkpoint" (Los Angeles Times):

On a smog-choked stretch of "Route Pluto," a street haunted by snipers and bombs on the edge of Sadr City, Army Lt. Matt Vigeant was out in traffic looking for a white Opel.
A suspected Shiite Muslim extremist was expected at a funeral for one of his own, so Vigeant had set up an ad hoc roadblock in hope of nabbing him or other militants expected to be among the mourners.
He grew more frustrated with each passing car.
Frustrated that drivers were breezing through the orange traffic cones he had set up rather than slowly curling around them; frustrated that he had to yell above the belching engines and honking horns to get his soldiers' attention; frustrated that he and his men were risking their lives doing a job more likely to infuriate passers-by than yield results.

Turning to campaign news, Hillary's got another super endorsement. Elizabeth Taylor. And let's note that Elizabeth and Richard Burton were there to be counted during Vietnam and Elizabeth never told Americans they would drop to their knees and beg for socialism if they only knew what it really was. (Yes, that was a swipe at someone, a deserved swipe, who spent the previous decade making jokes about their life during that period and now seems intent on turning their present into a parody of that time period -- without even the vaguest indication of self-awareness. But Barack attracts a lot of crazies. Maybe less time should be spent slamming someone's mother -- in what played like Joan Crawford's public attack on Marilyn Monroe -- and more time spent examing one's own parenting? Or lack of it? I'll bite my tongue and leave aside Natalie Wood's joke about ___'s affair with Shelly Winter and "mommy issues.") Elizabeth Taylor's always been a class act and one of the most grounded people in the world.

Eddie e-mails asking that "Clinton: McCain Wrong to Oppose Farm Bill" ( "please, please be highlighted." He notes that his father, who votes Tuesday, told him about it and said, "Hillary gets it." His father was an undecided as late as Thursday night. So here it is and it has an audio link as well:

Sen. McCain revealed yesterday that he would veto the farm bill; Farm bill would provide farms with disaster relief, country of origin labeling, renewable energy advances
Hillary Clinton today said that Sen. John McCain was wrong to say yesterday that he would veto the 2008 farm bill as President, noting it would provide American family farms with priorities like permanent disaster relief, country of origin labeling, renewable energy advances and rural development broadband deployment.
Yesterday, McCain told an Iowa audience, "I do not support [the farm bill]. I would veto it." McCain missed votes on the Farm Bill in 2007, and in 2002 called a farm bill critical to American family farms "an appalling breach of our federal pending responsibility."
"Rural America is struggling in the face of skyrocketing energy prices, an economic downturn and rising food prices," Clinton said. "Saying no to the farm bill would be saying no to rural America."
Senator Hillary Clinton made these remarks on the importance of the farm bill at the Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner in Butte on March 4:
"This Farm Bill needs to move and the president needs to get out of the way so that we can start taking care of rural America."
Click here to listen.

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