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Four things to think about the 2016 Thurston County commission races (2014 all over again, sort of)

Olympia Time - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 6:23pm
Over the past couple of years, I've been rolling over how an independent candidate with conservative values was elected in a usually safe Democratic county. Bud Blake's win in 2014 over Karen Valenzuela took a lot of folks by surprise, so a double repeat of that victory for the other two commission seats by Gary Edwards and John Hutchings was supposed to be preventable.

I was thinking that a larger electorate in a presidential year and more awareness of the nuances of an independent campaign would help seal a Democratic win. Anyway, that didn't happen. Let's look at how.

1. Just like 2014, it was a matter of beating the typical Republican

In 2014, Blake was able to beat a typical Republican in every precinct, from the most conservative to the most liberal. In most of these districts, even the very most liberal, there was a layer of voters that would not for a Republican in a down ballot race (attorney general, lieutenant governor) but would vote for an independent against a  Democrat in the county commission race.

 
2. Unlike 2014, core Olympia liberals did not abandon the ballot 

Something I noticed later was that if you looked at 2014 results in terms of turnout, the closer you got to Budd Inlet, the more likely you were to not fill out your ballot when it came to the county commission race. While these lost voters would not turned the campaign to Valenzuela then, it made it practically certain she would lose. Countywide, dependable liberal neighborhoods in Olympia need to turn out for Democrats to win.


While there was a geographically based drop off in voting, it seemed to have happened not in the home base of the more liberal candidates, but in the in-between area of the two camps. In the map of above, higher turnout for the county commission races are darker. So, in my reading, the lighter placemarks are mostly in either politically stratified neighborhoods around south county (Republicans and conservatives) and Budd Inlet (liberals and Democrats). Both camps did a good job getting their base to vote. And, the suburban tweeners stayed home. Well, we all stayed home. It's vote by mail.

3. BONUS: Kelsey Hulse did not improve her mark from the primary

If you take just the precincts that were involved in the Hulse Edwards primary back in August (commissioner primaries are just in the district they represent), she did just a percentage worse. Which isn't bad. Standing pat in the more conservative east district (Yelm to the eastern portions of Lacey) isn't a bad strategy for a liberal candidate.

And, of course, since I have place information for these precincts, here's a map of where she did better.



The darker the pins, the better Hulse did compared to her primary finish.

Looks like a lot of nothing to me. Not that there wasn't some moving around, there certainly were some places that she did better in (and worse in) November to August. But, I don't think it makes geographic sense to me. I'm mostly sharing it because I want to see if anyone else sees a pattern I don't.

4. SUPER BONUS: Hulse did better than Cooper in Olympia

From the brand spanking new Green Pages (which makes it a super special bonus), Steve Salmi writes:
One could argue that this occurred because Edwards was the tougher opponent — but only outside the liberal Democratic stronghold of Olympia. By the same token, one might suggest that Hulse’s campaign materials did a better job than Cooper’s of energizing liberals. This, in turn, may have partially been because Hulse raised roughly $74,000, a good $12,000 more than Cooper, according to the Public Disclosure Commission. One might also wonder whether a robocall that attacked Cooper had an impact. But again the question arises: Why did he outpoll Hulse everywhere else except for Olympia — particularly if the robocalls targeted south county residents? Perhaps other factors may be at play. For example, did Hulse more aggressively doorbell in Olympia because, unlike Cooper, she needed to introduce herself to a core voter base?

Your Local National Leaders

Mojourner Truth - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 10:22am
Brian Cladoosby*
America has elected its Drumpf, just as Weimar elected its Schicklgruber,** leaving many of us in a bind: Do we abide by the process? Do we accept a haranguer who hastens our  descent from international beacon of freedom to a dumb mob? Or, do we break the laws and smash the pipelines by whatever means necessary, risking another kind of dumb mob?

Maybe the answer, or at least an answer, to escaping the mobs is to look to the tribes.

Most Americans are unaware that they live on ground ceded or sold (or just stolen) from tribes that still exist. More than 550 tribes are sovereign nations, many with treaties that just happen to be supreme law of the land in the US. They are not subject to other states or even some kinds of interference from the federal government. Their own councils decide their own laws.

It's not that tribes offer some sort of arcane legal end run, or that they are some sort of haven where we could seek asylum. It's not that tribes have so much casino money that they've got political power over the rest of us, and I have no pretexts that tribes bludgeoned by our nation for centuries are all in peak condition, utterly unaffected by generations of enforced poverty and assimilation. It's not that tribal governments are always wise and never corrupt any more than tribal people are noble savages.

But it is that tribes, at least where I live and in many places I read about, are emerging as nations with talented leaders and strong visions for the future. Fawn Sharp (below), chair of the Quinault Nation on the Olympic Coast, is a national leader in addressing climate change. Beginning at home, she has worked hard to save the environment and look at how humanity as a whole can deal with climate change.

Billy Frank Jr. with Fawn SharpWhere I live, the Squaxin, Nisqually, and Chehalis Tribes are my closest neighbors; the first two ceded the land where I live in the Treaty of Medicine Creek. All three tribes and dozens of others in what is now Washington State are active in funding projects that keep the salmon viable for all fishermen, environmental restoration projects that benefit the entire public, and public health programs that reach beyond the rez.

More fundamentally, tribes are places where the leadership has ties to the land and people that have never existed in US politics. When you serve on a council responsible for governing the small remnant of land where 500 generations of your ancestors lived, you may not feel so free to shift with the latest political winds. When your constituents include an extended family made not just of cousins and aunties, but salmon and eagles, you tend to look at the health of the whole instead of the profit of an individual. When you serve a nation that measures in the hundreds or thousands, accountability is much more immediate--it's hard to have elites who never touch the earth, who can escape the angry auntie forever.

Brian Cladoosby, pictured at the sop of this post, has risen as a leader of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, of Puget Sound tribes, and for a few years now as President of the National Congress of American Indians. But he still participates in his community. He fought the dentists lobby to bring free dental care to his tribe. He's opposing petro-trains that pollute Swinomish lands and waters and cut the community off from the rescue squad. And he's working with a broad coalition of tribes to address pollution and climate change on national and global scales.

At Standing Rock, a less formally governed tribal super-nation has emerged. Hundreds of tribes have converged to join with the Great Sioux Nation to try and stop an oil pipeline, a great black snake that many of them have known for generations would get out of control and poison the water. Maybe because it's rooted in a particular piece of land, this encampment is more focused and ultimately more powerful than the Occupy camps of a few years ago. Maybe it's because the environmental struggle, and specifically the fight to keep oil and coal in the ground, is at once globally imperative and locally relevant. The Water Protectors are leading a non-violent and deeply revolutionary movement, and this time it's not the white career environmentalists calling the shots.

Meanwhile, back on what's left of the Reservation, Councils are mulling over what the Trump Presidency could mean. He fought dirty with certain tribes when trying to protect his Atlantic City casino interests, and he may well have animosity toward Native Americans in general for their apparent congeniality with Obama, Bernie, and Hillary. The GOP congress is inclined to cut spending, so the already watered-down federal gravy train will likely deliver even less in the future.

But then again, the Republican hatred of big government and desire for local control could result in tribes having a greater say on federal lands, especially where they neighbor reservations. Sure, the Right would prefer to just privatize everything, but tribes have long histories and deep experience with land disputes and federal courts, where they are sometimes astoundingly successful (even if it takes decades to translate into real life benefits). Many tribes have already been working with federal land managers on cooperative management of everything from huckleberry patches to wildfire response. So even if President Trump wishes to dismantle the US, tribal precedents and politicking and organization may just cut him off at the pass.

Wherever you are, find your local tribe. Learn whose land you're on, and whose descendants are protecting it. Get to know them, and what they do in your community. Visit their community, and support it. Work together to protect your part of the earth as they always have, with an eye toward generations yet unborn. Join your local sovereign nation in spirit, and our American Nation will benefit.


* My apologies to Swinomish Tribal Chairman for placing his photo next to my rant, but as a public figure this kind of thing will happen from time to time, and he's not the kind of guy to unleash a 3AM tweet-war against me, so here goes.

** Adolf Hitler's dad changed the family surname from Schicklgruber. The Donald's grand-dad anglicized Drumpf to Trump.

Not So Secret Anymore – Shop for the Holidays at Paulie G’s Pool Hall

Thurston Talk - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 6:00am

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Paulie and Trish Girard, co-owners of Paulie G’s Pool Hall and Deli, have claimed for years that they are Olympia’s best-kept secret. This likely was true in the past. They quietly opened their new business about five years ago in an obscure location on Olympia’s eastside. And they simply have relied on word of mouth […]

Learn to Save a Life with Pacific First Aid Training

Thurston Talk - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 6:00am

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Autumn brings celebrations but—all too often—also a spike in medical emergencies. Emergency room doctors warn that “While medical emergencies occur throughout the year, the winter season and its related overindulgence [are] a pivotal time for preventing emergencies by listening to our bodies.” “People can sometimes confuse a serious heart condition with acid reflux or heartburn—especially […]

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Lacey Launches Clean Kids

Thurston Talk - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 6:00am

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Thinking back to the days when our four children were young, I remember the never-ending stream of laundry overflowing from our old-fashioned laundry chute. Yes, I admit I grumbled about having to do all that laundry. Now as I learn about the Clean Kids project, I realize being able to send our kids off to […]

Iyad Burnat - Nonviolent Resistance in Bil'in, Palestine

OlyBlog Home Page - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 3:13am
Event:  Tue, 11/22/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm



 

Iyad Burnat, a leader of the Bil'in Popular Committee in Palestine, comes to Olympia this week to share his new book Bil'in and the Nonviolent Resistance.

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Locavore Mercantile Showcases Local Artistic Talent in Time for Holiday Shopping

Thurston Talk - Sat, 11/19/2016 - 6:00am

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Locavore. You’ve probably heard the term in pop culture by now. It generally refers to someone who is enthusiastic about local food, usually grown within a 100-mile radius of consumption. Locavore Mercantile shopkeeper Beth Mathews encourages shoppers to see the term a little more broadly. In this case, the new “pop-up” holiday shop, which houses […]

Holiday Food Made Easier

Thurston Talk - Sat, 11/19/2016 - 6:00am

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Are you or someone you know vegan? Gluten-free? Paleo? Avoiding added sugars? Low-carb? Gracious. We come together with family and friends through the holidays to share meals. There are as many eating styles as people. It’s not necessary or even possible to please everyone, but is possible to offer wonderful, healthy food. It is even […]

Date Night in Olympia is More than Leaving the Kids at Home

Thurston Talk - Sat, 11/19/2016 - 6:00am

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Years ago, date nights were wildly anticipated in our house. Our three children looked forward to a night without their parents, eating pizza on the couch, and bribing the babysitter to let them stay up late watching television. For me, date night meant putting on a pretty dress and even dabbing a bit of perfume […]

Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton’s 2017 Calendar Helps Dogs Find Homes

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 2:18pm

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Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Adopt-A-Pet has created a fun 2017 Alumni Calendar of wonderful dogs adopted from their shelter. It features 25 gorgeous photos by professional photographer and shelter volunteer, Sherry Simon. Calendars are available at several businesses in the area, including the shelter, and can be purchased online with a small shipping fee […]

Andrew Zimmern and Ligia Karazawa Help Raise $1.1M for Scholarships at Saint Martin’s Gala

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 2:09pm

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Submitted by Saint Martin’s University For the second year in a row, generous friends, alumni and supporters helped Saint Martin’s University raise more than $1 million for student scholarships at the Saint Martin’s Gala. Held Saturday, Nov. 5, on the University campus in Lacey, this year’s Gala featured three-time James Beard-award-winning TV personality chef Andrew […]

Preventing the Spread of Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 2:00pm

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Submitted by Thurston County Public Health This time of year, we tend to see an increase in the number of people diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Pertussis is a highly-contagious respiratory illness that spreads when a person with the disease coughs or sneezes. One person with pertussis can infect between 12 and […]

Olympia Rail Blockade Over, Proppant Train Leaves Port of Olympia

Janine's Little Hollywood - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 9:57am


Above: An early morning raid on the rail blockade camp in Olympia at about 4:30 a.m. The train, carrying several cars of ceramic proppants left Olympia at 7:00 a.m. 
By Janine Gateswww.janineslittlehollywood.blogspot.com
While protesters screamed “Water is Life!” the rail blockade of a Union Pacific train in downtown Olympia was cleared by law enforcement in an early morning raid on the camp Friday morning. 
The train tried to leave last Friday with a shipment of ceramic proppants destined for North Dakota, to be used in hydraulic fracking.
The raid began at about 4:00 a.m. and was in full swing by about 4:30 a.m. with protesters drumming and chanting. Women were screaming.
Little Hollywood posted a 13 minute video of the raid on Facebook early Friday morning. Go to https://www.facebook.com/janine.gates12 or search Janine Gates Olympia to see it. 
Little Hollywood is still trying to determine if there were any injuries to protesters or law enforcement, and more. More information and videos will be posted as soon as possible. 

City of Olympia city manager Steve Hall was on the scene during the raid and said the city assisted Burlington Northern Police and State Patrol in removing the protesters and establishing the perimeter around the scene. 
Regarding the protesters, Hall he saw them confronting Union Pacific workers and block traffic. He said one of them jumped on the back of one of the vehicles. Citing safety concerns of having the protesters near the cleanup action, city police were actively pushing them from the scene.
Above: City of Olympia police and other law enforcement hold the line on the railroad tracks on Jefferson Street. This photo was taken at about 5:46 a.m.
Meanwhile, other protesters, about 20, continued to walk down the tracks, and turned over a Dumpster onto the tracks near Fish Tale Ale. About 17 police officers waited in formation, allowing rail workers to clear the tracks at the camp, and used two flash bang grenades to move the protesters north.
Above: Police put out fire set by protesters on Jefferson Street near the Olympia Dance Center.
Protesters then continued to run north and turn over trash cans and lit several on fire. Police put them out and the protesters ran up to the intersection on State Street, then ran west on State Street.
Above: Washington State Patrol escorts the train off Port of Olympia property and out of Olympia.
The train horn blew and the train came down the tracks escorted by many Washington State Patrol officers. 
At one point, as it was moving up the tracks between 4th and 5th Streets, a woman on the other side of the tracks directly in front of Little Hollywood ran in front of the train. A police officer was there and said, “Oh, no you don’t,” and held her back. Little Hollywood was filming at the time.
Little Hollywood encountered the perimeter of police tape on Legion Way and ran east on Legion Way and around buildings to get to 8thAvenue to see the train continue out of Olympia.
Above: As seen on Union Street, the train leaves Olympia at 7:00 a.m. for North Dakota, carrying ceramic proppants used in hydraulic fracking to allow for oil extraction. 
On 8th Avenue at the railroad tracks, Sky Myers of Olympia screamed at the train as it left, and State Patrol officers walked back in a group on the tracks towards Jefferson Street.
One of them said, “Now what?”
According to a city press release issued at 9:16 a.m., four individuals were arrested by Union Pacific Railroad Police. City of Olympia police arrested eight individuals for misdemeanor crimes that occurred within city jurisdiction as a result of the event.
Another source says that four are currently in the Thurston County Jail, and eight are in the Olympia City Jail at this time. 

Update at 10:11 a.m. - City of Olympia Lt. Paul Lower says there were no injuries that he knows of, to law enforcement and the protesters they have in custody. Also, a correction was made to the time the raid began. Lt. Lower says it started at 4:00 a.m.
For more photos and information about the rail blockade, ceramic proppants, the Port of Olympia, and more, go to www.janineslittlehollywood.blogspot.comand type key words into the search button.

Estuarium Announces First Annual SSEA Stories Contest

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 9:06am

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  Submitted by the South Sound Estuary Association The Estuarium, in downtown Olympia, is holding a short story contest for writers of all ages.  Contest winners will have the opportunity to have their story read alongside artist and writer Nikki McClure, at the Estuarium’s Turn of the Tides festival, December 17. Stories must be 2,500 […]

TOGETHER! Organization Needs Help Supporting Teens

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 9:02am

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Submitted by TOGETHER! The local nonprofit, TOGETHER!, operates a drop-in center for youth at Evergreen Village Community Center in West Olympia.  As a hub for children and families to access concrete supports, bond with healthy mentors, get academic tutoring and much more, the Center serves as a lifeline for many residents. Due to limited funding, […]

Sew, a Needle Pulling Thread with Nadine Bozeman

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 6:00am

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Nadine Bozeman is known as the singing seamstress. She works as both a full-time music teacher at Jefferson Middle School and runs the Sweet Francis Sewing Company. Chatting with her reveals a graceful combination of confidence and humility. While she has spent years bettering her skills as a musician and crafter, she also acknowledges that […]

Glass Not a Pane at Lacey Glass at Home

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 6:00am

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Whether looking through windows, skylights, or shower doors it is likely that you are peering to the other side of a glass and project of Lacey Glass at Home. The locally owned and operated glass company has been installing residential windows, mirrors and shower doors since 1980 when Phil Zeutenhorst started Lacey Glass. Fast forward […]

Olympia Rail Blockade Negotiations Underway, Law Enforcement Meet at Port

Janine's Little Hollywood - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 9:59pm

Above: The Olympia rail blockade of Union Pacific tracks, as seen Thursday morning, started last Friday afternoon. Port of Olympia Commissioner E.J. Zita, City of Olympia councilmember Nathaniel Jones, and members of Olympia Stand met on Wednesday to discuss a peaceful resolution.
Law Enforcement Meeting Held At Port Office

State Legislator Writes “Economic Terrorism” Bill 

By Janine Gateswww.janineslittlehollywood.blogspot.com
The rail blockade of a Union Pacific train currently on Port of Olympia property in downtown Olympia continued into its seventh evening on Thursday. 

The train tried to leave last Friday with a shipment of ceramic proppants destined for North Dakota, to be used in hydraulic fracking.

The Olympia Stand blockade may be the longest disruption of a fossil fuel industry shipment in state history.

Negotiations to peacefully end the rail blockade are underway, but time may be running out for protesters. 

On Thursday afternoon, a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement meeting was held at port administrative offices. About 20 officers were present. No port personnel was present, nor allowed at the meeting.

Port of Olympia Commissioner E.J. Zita issued a statement to media Thursday evening:
“Yesterday, people from Olympia Stand met with liaisons from the City of Olympia (Nathaniel Jones) and the Port of Olympia (myself). We discussed how we could work together toward a peaceful resolution of the fracking train blockade. My top priority is the safety of everyone involved, and I think Nathaniel agrees. I will not presume to speak for Olympia Stand or the Port of Olympia.
Councilmember Jones has proposed a way forward, which Olympia Stand may consider, and which Port Commissioners need to discuss.
The soonest that the three Port Commissioners can meet to discuss this is next Monday, due to travel and family commitments. Port Commissioners are then scheduled to discuss cooperating with the City's proposal for a peaceful resolution.

Meanwhile, I hope that no law enforcement action will be taken against Olympia Stand.
Zita told Little Hollywood Thursday evening that she chanced upon the meeting, and was nicely, but firmly escorted out. She said she has no information about law enforcement plans.
“Economic Terrorism” Bill Proposed
Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen, a Republican legislator from the 42nd District representing Whatcom County, issued a press release Wednesday saying he has prepared a bill for next year’s legislative session that would create a new crime of “economic terrorism.”

Ericksen says Washington needs to take a firm stand against illegal protests that block transportation and commerce, cause property damage, threaten jobs and put public safety at risk. 
Whatcom County has seen its own share of recent blockades and protests. 

Over 150 activists blocked an oil train in Anacortes in May as part of the Break Free coalition, and in August, a BNSF coal train was blocked by Deep Green Resistance Seattle members for 12 hours. 

According to the Bellingham Herald, trains were delayed three hours on Tuesday by Bellingham protesters, who left at sundown. The newspaper reported that officers in riot gear used pepper spray and in one instance, a stun gun was used against protesters who refused to leave.
“I haven’t seen Senator Ericksen’s proposed language but it appears that he lacks a basic understanding of the First Amendment and the role of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in an open and democratic society,” Neil M. Fox, National Lawyers Guild of Seattle, told Little Hollywood Thursday evening. 
“Senator Ericksen’s suggested legislation makes me fear what is coming down the road once Donald Trump becomes president,” he added. 
The bill would create a class C felony when protests aimed at causing economic disruption jeopardize human life and property. It would not apply in cases of lawful and protected activities, such as strikes and picketing.
The penalties would apply not just to participants but also to those who fund, organize, sponsor or otherwise encourage others to commit acts of economic terrorism. Accomplices may be required to pay restitution up to triple the amount of economic damage.
The actual bill language is not posted on Ericksen’s website. Ericksen is chair of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee.
For more photos and information about the Olympia rail blockade, the Port of Olympia, ceramic proppants, and more, go to http://janineslittlehollywood.blogspot.com and type key words into the search button.

Jason Sobottka paintings at Tacoma Community College

South Sound Arts - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:21pm

Adventures Through the AnthropocenePublished in the Weekly Volcano, Nov. 17, 2016 “Kevlar Wolves,” painting by Jason Sobottka, photo by Gabi ClaytonJason Sobottka is a fascinating painter. It’s tempting to label his paintings fantasy art, but that would be too easy. There are fantasy elements aplenty, but there is much more to it than that. He paints fantasy creatures and mythological creatures, and he paints common animals such as dogs, rabbits, and deer in fantasy settings. More importantly, he combines many of these, often within a single painting or in some instances within a single animal. He places his creatures in the Anthropocene (defined as relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment) and calls his show Adventures Through the Anthropocene.  The images he creates and his style of painting may not be unique in and of themselves, but in combination they are as inventive and as unusual as anything you’re likely to see. It is like Jackson Pollock with his drip paintings. He wasn’t the only one to do it, or even the first, but nobody did it with such consummate skill and passion as he did. So it is with Sobottka.And it is not just the strange creatures. Many artists who grew up reading graphic novels and watching sci-fi movies invent strange creatures (I have no idea how young or old Sobottka is or to what degree he might have been influenced by sci-fi and fantasy). But few other artists create their fantasy images with such skill or with such a variety of ways of painting — an intermingling of geometric patterns, cartoon line drawings, realistically rendered figures, flat shapes and colors, smooth modeling and heavy impasto, plus spray paint, glitter and pasted-on googly eyes.  A few examples:“Elkotaur Blessing” depicts a man with a deer head and tattoos of cartoon figures on his body. He is seen from chest up. He has two antlers. One of them is normal and is rendered realistically, the other is pink and painted flat with glitter.“Deer Spirit with Pitcher Plants,” acrylic, oil and glitter on canvas, pictures a seated nude female figure seen head to toe. She has the head of a deer and is holding an assault rifle.“Elkataur with Tattoos” is like “Elkataur Blessing” except the man’s body is seen from head to foot and there are googly eyes glued onto much of the image.“Kevlar Wolves” pictures six fierce running wolves drawn and painted in a variety of styles. Some are realistic; some are line drawings; one is a head only that fades into the background; and one is a flat white silhouette. Throughout the background and partially overlapping the wolves are geometric patterns and architectural forms.“Anti-poaching Intervention,” acrylic and screen print on canvas, depicts two rhinos with machine guns mounted on their backs with transparent circular collars around their necks. One of them has a blue and purple polka dot body.Adventures Through the Anthropocene is a fun show. To me, the visual elements of line, shape, color and texture and the way they blend, merge, contrast and complement each other is even more fascinating than the fantasy creatures.Jason Sobottka Adventures Through the Anthropocene, noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, through Dec. 16, Tacoma Community College, Building 5A, entrance off South 12th Street between Pearl and Mildred, Tacoma, visitor parking in Lot G. 



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I-873 - Washington for Good Policing

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 7:30am
Event:  Sun, 11/20/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

A gathering for those who want to make a change...

Washington state has the most regressive laws in the United States regarding the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers. Under the current law, it is impossible to prosecute a law enforcement officer in a use of deadly force crime.

I-873 removes these eight words from current code: "without malice and with a good faith belief". It doesn't make it easy to prosecute an officer who shoots someone in a deadly force incident; it only makes it possible.

The deadline for signatures for this initiative is December 30 -- and it currently has very minimal presence in Thurston County. This is a place where we can make a difference.

Come learn about this initiative and how you can help gather signatures --perhaps at events you're already planning on attending.

The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia

I-873 website: http://www.w4gp.com/tags/i_873

For more information, contact rachelb33@msn.com or call 360.890.7813

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