Hello Loyal Readers,
And here we arrive, stumbling to the end of the week. Usually July is my slow month as far as readers are concerned but thanks to the guns, gays and ganja social issues triple threat, I’ve been working overtime keeping this puppy running. So let’s get back to some less explosive topics like . . .
Transporting Oil by Rail. The Washington State Council of Firefighters passed a resolution at their convention in June (part one and two here) asking Governor Inslee to do “all in his power to halt the movement of this crude by rail until the completion of his study in March 2015.”
Strong words from our state’s firefighters, I hope the increased pressure on this issue will help create some stricter safety requirements and prevent a disaster.
The Whatcom Skillshare Faire is fast approaching. This event, sponsored by Transition Whatcom at Hovander Park, will includes classes on making soap, keeping bees and even making your own tools. The idea is share these hands on skills and provide an opportunity for everyone to learn, teach and grow. You can find more information at their website here.
As part of and around the Skillshare Faire, there will be an accredited course on Permaculture design being offered and the deadline for signing up is fast approaching. Check out all the details here.
Finally, at the request of a few very kind readers, I have given the Whatcom Excavator (a local very conservative blog with anonymous writers) a pass for a while but their latest post requires a little comment. They put up a post explaining that they don’t hate “Hispanic, black, Asian, Jewish, gay, young, old, poor, or a woman” citing a recent Townhall article. The Whatcom Excavators explain their position as, “There are too many truly important things going on, to get all bigoted on someone’s hiney.”
If I were Jon Stewart, this is when I would say, “Roll tape.” Here are just a sampling of the Whatcom Excavator completely not hating on poor people, young people, professional women and that’s just what I could find while drinking my coffee this morning.
Look, I know that the Republican party recognizes the need to be more welcoming for people outside of their base - the secret meeting among local Republican donors recently centered around that exact question – but this will require more than simply saying that you no longer dislike those “other” people. Nice try, Excavator, but your archives tell a different story.
Enjoy the good weather this weekend, I’m going to be working for Sweeney Portraits photographing a wedding and, of course, attending the Pride parade so I hope you have a restful couple of days. Oh, and I almost made it through an entire Odds and Ends without posting an amusing picture of Pete Kremen. Here you go.