Here is a photo of my little porch garden. It was taken back in July at the beginning. There are now tomatos, tons of basil and the cukes have all flowered.

On a similar yet different note. The weather has turned blustery cool overcast and rainy the last few days. I’m lovin it.

My new toy to play with this week is my samsung e105 color flip phone. I got a data cable for it and some software that allows me to download pics, ringtones and my addressbook (outlook). The cable is for the wrong model so I’m bringing it back to radioshack today. I can’t wait to get the RIGHT cable to start playing with sounds and stuff.

I had an interesting weekend. There was a bunch of things that I haven’t completely digested yet. We finally got rain, almost 3/4 of an inch in one day. My porch flooded a bit, but hey I didn’t have to water teh cukes or tomatos. LABlogs posed an interesting survey, here is the link LABlogSurvey for those interested in reading it. They often have cool things. Whenever I jones for LA, I’ll visit them and read some of the more LA-centric journals.

Off of OutOutBlogSpot

Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Found this disgusting story on the NY Times site yesterday. I guess since the bogus felony list isn’t going to work this time in keeping away black voters in Florida, they’re using intimidation as a tactic. It’s absolutely shameful.

Suppress the Vote?
By BOB HERBERT
August 16, 2004

The big story out of Florida over the weekend was the tragic devastation caused by Hurricane Charley. But there’s another story from Florida that deserves our attention.

State police officers have gone into the homes of elderly black voters in Orlando and interrogated them as part of an odd “investigation” that has frightened many voters, intimidated elderly volunteers and thrown a chill over efforts to get out the black vote in November.

The officers, from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which reports to Gov. Jeb Bush, say they are investigating allegations of voter fraud that came up during the Orlando mayoral election in March.

Officials refused to discuss details of the investigation, other than to say that absentee ballots are involved. They said they had no idea when the investigation might end, and acknowledged that it may continue right through the presidential election.

“We did a preliminary inquiry into those allegations and then we concluded that there was enough evidence to follow through with a full criminal investigation,” said Geo Morales, a spokesman for the Department of Law Enforcement.

The state police officers, armed and in plain clothes, have questioned dozens of voters in their homes. Some of those questioned have been volunteers in get-out-the-vote campaigns.

I asked Mr. Morales in a telephone conversation to tell me what criminal activity had taken place.

“I can’t talk about that,” he said.

I asked if all the people interrogated were black.

“Well, mainly it was a black neighborhood we were looking at – yes,” he said.

He also said, “Most of them were elderly.”

When I asked why, he said, “That’s just the people we selected out of a random sample to interview.”

Back in the bad old days, some decades ago, when Southern whites used every imaginable form of chicanery to prevent blacks from voting, blacks often fought back by creating voters leagues, which were organizations that helped to register, educate and encourage black voters. It became a tradition that continues in many places, including Florida, today.

Not surprisingly, many of the elderly black voters who found themselves face to face with state police officers in Orlando are members of the Orlando League of Voters, which has been very successful in mobilizing the city’s black vote.

The president of the Orlando League of Voters is Ezzie Thomas, who is 73 years old. With his demonstrated ability to deliver the black vote in Orlando, Mr. Thomas is a tempting target for supporters of George W. Bush in a state in which the black vote may well spell the difference between victory and defeat.

The vile smell of voter suppression is all over this so-called investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Joseph Egan, an Orlando lawyer who represents Mr. Thomas, said: “The Voters League has workers who go into the community to do voter registration, drive people to the polls and help with absentee ballots. They are elderly women mostly. They get paid like $100 for four or five months’ work, just to offset things like the cost of their gas. They see this political activity as an important contribution to their community. Some of the people in the community had never cast a ballot until the league came to their door and encouraged them to vote.”

Now, said Mr. Egan, the fear generated by state police officers going into people’s homes as part of an ongoing criminal investigation related to voting is threatening to undo much of the good work of the league. He said, “One woman asked me, ‘Am I going to go to jail now because I voted by absentee ballot?’ ”

According to Mr. Egan, “People who have voted by absentee ballot for years are refusing to allow campaign workers to come to their homes. And volunteers who have participated for years in assisting people, particularly the elderly or handicapped, are scared and don’t want to risk a criminal investigation.”

Florida is a state that’s very much in play in the presidential election, with some polls showing John Kerry in the lead. A heavy-handed state police investigation that throws a blanket of fear over thousands of black voters can only help President Bush.

The long and ugly tradition of suppressing the black vote is alive and thriving in the Sunshine State.

Work went really well today. I had a real stumper of a technical problem (involving Databases) that I had taken on awhile back. Together with another person at work we were able to resolve the users problem, this made me very happy. Also, I had an article published for our Intranet which is really cool as well.

I suprised my dad today. I am bringing him out here to spend some time. I know how much he loves it here (and Nana)) to but unfortunately he can’t move out here, so visiting often is the next best thing. He’ll be coming out around the middle of September and staying for a bit over a week. I’ll be at work most of that time, however, he’s been here before so he can come and go as he pleases. He’ll have plenty to entertain himself with I’m sure.

Tomorrow I have to go in for a mammogram and sonicgram, I have a lump in my left chest. I’ve had it for some time however its gotten bigger recently and my doctor would like to know what it is. We both think its just a cyst but its better to have it checked out than to not. If it is then I will have it drained at a later time.

Your Name: Ken Saunders
Your Date of Birth: 01/01/1964
Your Question or Information: guide me now

Past

Othel – Material possessions and protection of those possessions, inheritance (can be genetic traits inherited from elders).

Present

Lagaz – Intuition, imagination, success in studies, creativity, vitality and passion (especially for women).

Future

Eihwaz – Banishing magick, removal of obstacles and delays, invoking foresight, clearing up hidden issues and situations.

Cast the runes here:
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by [info]brindy

its really interesting to me how sometimes a passing though (with intention) can so quickly turn into an actuality. As an example, I was writing in my paper journal tonight when a card from quite a few years ago feel out. The card was writtten by some folks that helped me to grow sprirtually back when I was a in my early 20’s. I have wanted to reconnect with them for sometime now but never was able to find there address. Well I did a quick google search and low and behold I’m sitting here now writing this after having written them a “hi/hello” email. I know it may seem simple to some but its just always made me so happy when I get to see thought translate into actuality.

sometimes I can be such a numbnuts. This is like the second time in a row I’ve overpaid bills. This wouldn’t be so bad, but I’ve cut us short on liquid cash until I get paid on the 20th. We have everything we need, food smokes for mike, and the bills are all paid. I just hate when I do that.

it’s 11pm and still its 76 degrees here in Seattle. I am longing for the Fall to get here or at least for the warmer weather to go away. I went out last Saturday, it was a lot of fun. Mike didn’t go with me for a change which was different. I met some friends and made some new ones too. I like that I meet people that I get together with outside of the bar scene, and I find it unfortunate that the majority of people I meet I meet there. I guess if I involved myself with social groups that interested me I meet folks I’m just not as motivated to do that. My Tivo recorded wigstock along with a bunch of other things. I hungout and watched those tonight. I’m just playing catchup with LJ before I head to bed. Work has been pretty slow lately, no big projects and few tickets have been coming in. They’ve loaded S up with responsibilitys, she does a really good job with them from what I can tell. E has been there long enough (4+ years) that he knows what to do to keep himself busy. I on the otherhand, grab whatever tickets come in, maek my rounds to make sure everyone is taken care of and read technical journals inbetween. Public sector jobs aren’t like private sector ones in so many ways. There is so much less pressure to do or at least look like your doing then there si in Private sector jobs. I’m going to post this as I’m concurrently installing SP2 for WinXP on one of my machines. So much of doing good tech is being incredibly patient.