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Tue May 20, 2014 at 11:28 PM PDT

We kicked Monsanto's Ass!

by madame damnable

Election night in Jackson County Oregon. One County measure 15-119 was a measure to ban the growing of GMO crops in Jackson County. We were outspent by Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer and DuPont by more than three to one. An amazing grassroots effort by citizens going door-to-door and phone banking was very successfull. Despite constant negative ads on local stations our measure passed by more than two to one. GMO crops will be banned in Jackson County, Oregon. I worked on the campaign and wrote a diary about it recently. Here is a link:http://www.dailykos.com/...

I am so happy!!!!!

Citizens with much less money beat a huge effort by multinational chemical companies. People beat big money when we do it smart and work hard.

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Jackson County, Oregon, is a largely agricultural county, home to numerous small family farms, a thriving Grower's Market system (multiple markets in multiple towns), acres of pear orchards, vineyards and many commercial seed growers. We have a ballot measure for the upcoming May 20th election that would ban the growing of certain genetically modified crops. Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont and other multinational chemical companies have donated a combined $455,000 to defeat the measure, a huge buy of commercial time in a small market like ours. Yikes!

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I met Laurel in 1975. I was 23  and she was 20. We both worked at a little Mexican restaurant in Ashland, Oregon where I cooked and she waited tables. We wore skirts made of Indian bedspreads and tiny halter tops as we glided across the floor in our Birkenstocks. Two hippy chicks!  I moved away but we visited every summer until I was finally able to move back for good. In the intervening years, we had both married, had kids, gotten divorced and remarried. We had also both become Buddhists. We had become very different women but seemed to have grown in the very same direction.

She died on Saturday, just one month after her 59th birthday.

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If Republican philosophy is so worthy, why do they have to fix the game in order to win elections? The recent Voter ID Law awaiting the Governor's signature in North Carolina is structured to restrict particular groups from registering to vote. By using demographic gerrymandering, rather than geographic gerrymandering, the law can target traditionally Democratic groups; students, minorities, the poor and the elderly more effectively than the results achieved by drawing precinct boundaries around poor or minority neighborhoods. The law is supposed to prevent voter fraud (rare) but has obviously been fashioned specifically to deny Democrats the ability to register and vote. This is both un-American and unpatriotic and as a former election official and voter registrar, something I find deeply offensive.

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So now that Spring is officially here and the daffodils are popping, it is time to celebrate with a delicious and seasonal dish that makes the most of one of Springs most lovely gifts, asparagus. Ours is just beginning to peak out of the ground so we won't have enough to pick for a week or so. But as it becomes more affordable at growers markets and at your local stores you might want to try this as either a lovely Brunch dish or a satisfying supper (that's how we usually do it). These are savory ricotta pancakes with lemon zest and scallions, layered with sauteéd asparagus and bacon and drizzled with lemon butter. Easy to leave out the bacon for vegetarians too. Very very delicious.

Update: I corrected the recipe.  1 cup (8 oz. ricotta) is correct.

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We recently drove up Interstate 5 from Los Angeles back home to Ashland. The highway passes through a vast agricultural region of rice, citrus, almonds, pistachios, beef and more. Most of these farmers and ranchers are as politically opposite to their neighbors in LA and San Francisco as is possible. It is also a showcase for big political signs placed along the road, ALL anti-government and anti-Obama.

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Each time our nation suffers through another horrifying mass shooting we are told by the NRA and their enthusiasts that ANY restrictions on gun rights is the start down the proverbial slippery slope that will end with the government taking everybody's guns away.The truth is far different. We have already slid down the slippery slope and are now lying in a crumpled heap at the bottom.

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It's Good Friday. As someone who was went to church every Sunday, attended a parochial school and was VERY Christian before I started asking tough questions, I'd like to take a look at Easter, my least favorite Christian holy day. If you are a practicing Christian you might be offended. That is not my intention. I love the teachings of Jesus. If you practice  the teachings I won't be offending you. If you buy the myths of the many early religions that got co-opted and rolled into Christianity then you might be a teeeny bit pissed. But hey! Aren't you all about forgiveness?

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Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 10:50 AM PDT

Paul Ryan's NEW Budget

by madame damnable

A spokesman for Paul Ryan was talking about how the NEW budget was different because it "broadened the Tax Base". Once more the Republicans are trying to get that lazy and shiftless 47% of non-income tax payers to pay their fair share. We keep hearing about this group of mooches and I think it's high time we took a close look at just who they are.

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So a crazy right winger walks into a diner wearing a three-cornered hat with tea bags hanging from it and an Operation Rescue T-shirt.

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Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 01:07 PM PST

Marriage Equality

by madame damnable

I know this may seem like a much discussed topic. But with the rise of Santorum (ick) and the depressing return of the discussions about birth control and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman for the purpose of raising a family, I must speak up. Even though Lord Damnable and I are in an "opposite marriage", I LOVE that term, we fall outside  of the Christian Right's definition of a proper marriage.

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Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM PST

Save the Postal Sevice!

by madame damnable

The Republicans are trying to destroy our postal service and the largest public sector union which staffs it. Most of the news stories only talk about how the postal service is obsolete because we all use email now, instead of covering the true cause of their financial trouble, a terrible bill passed by the outgoing Republican Congress of 2006. The Postal Accountability Act of 2006 was passed by a voice vote in both chambers and did several things. It restricted the Postal Services ability to raise rates and it required the postal service to pre-fund its pension system for 75 years and to pay that within a ten year period, something no other government agency or private company has ever had to do. Right now the Postal Service is getting ready to close many post offices, lay off workers and cancel Saturday mail service which will only exacerbate the problems and create lower revenues. There are now bills in both houses to remedy this situation and they need our support.

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