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Latin Diary Entries - week 1
So I have to write diary entries in Latin for a composition class, and I figured I might as well put them up here.    They start with newer and go to older.  Enjoy as much as you are able!

Dies Solis Kal. Februarius

hodie, surrexi et mea vestimenta lavī.    telephonō matrem meam vocavi et ei fabulam mei tergi narravi. illam vocare assuetudini mihi ab Ortō Longumpratō gubernanti est, sed multīs diebus hebdomadis illae in Ortō Longumpratō non fui. tum apud me Simonus et Katarina et ego portfolia eruditionis comparavimus.


Dies Saturni pr. Kal. Februarius

heri, in “Pasta e Basta” cum Simonō, Ashleā, et Beniaminō cenam edī. miserissima eram, nam, ut scis, infirma sum. post cenam, domum redii et statim dormiebam. die Saturnō, ire ad prandium Sericum, nomine “dim sum”, assuetudini nobis est (nos ego, Simonus, Beniaminus, et Rachel sumus), sed hodie non illuc iimus quod sedēre in autoraedā multum tempus me dolet. magis, iimus ad Stabula et mihi deliciae fuit!


Dies Veneris a.d. III Kal. Februarius

heri, cecedi et horam non surgere poteram. tandem correpsi ad telephonum et meam amicam Christinam vocavi. rursus ire in cameram exigentiae debui. mihi habere bonos amicos placet, nam nuper mihi uti eis necesse est.  Simonus me ad medicum tergorum portavit. mane rursus ad medicum tergorum iī, sed hodie gubernare possum. quod aegra sum, mea vita otiosa est.


Dies Mercurii a.d. V Kal. Februarius

ecce! diem navis! laeta sum, quod meum tergum fractum est. me magne dolet, sed iam medicinam habeo. et haec medicina optima (et fortis) est. hodie in lecto manebo et recuperabo. tristis sum quod mea salus semper mala est; aegra semper sum. sed adhoc vivo et hoc bonum nuntium est!

You go girl
President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dekota vows to build a Planned Parenthood on the tribal land in protest of the stupid, horrifying laws being passed in that state.

"The President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Cecilia Fire Thunder, was incensed. A former nurse and healthcare giver she was very angry that a state body made up mostly of white males, would make such a stupid law against women.

“To me, it is now a question of sovereignty,” she said to me last week. “I will personally establish a Planned Parenthood clinic on my own land which is within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation where the State of South Dakota has absolutely no jurisdiction.” "

Watch Pres Bush MOST AWESOME definition of how tribal sovereignty should be viewed today

Illegal Domestic Spy Program
It's been a while since I've asked you guys to write your senators (and I know you're all just waiting for my next 'issue'). Here's the deal: On Monday, Democratic Senator Russ Feingold introduced legislation to censure the President for breaking the law by creating a secret domestic spying program. This week Republican Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado, in an interview with Fox News radio, said in response to Feingold's action that he has "time and time again [sided] with the terrorists".
This is what I wroteCollapse )

Mail John Cornyn
Mail Kay Bailey Hutchison

In Sherman. Plus Patriot Action!
Leo's still dead, which is sad, but the Patriot Act isn't, which is just as bad.

KB Hutchison and J Cornyn must be so sick of meCollapse )

So contact Hutchison and Cornyn to tell them what a bad idea renewing the "Patriot" act is.

Oh yeah, I'm in Sherman now.
mood: hopefulhopeful

HB 1212 - Parental Consent
Texas currently has a parental notification law, but Rep Phil King has introduced a bill to change that to parental consent. It was on the calendar for today, but was struck because of a point of order. The Calendars Committee is meeting at 11 tonight, so I wouldn't be surprised to see HB 1212 back soon. I went by Rep Larry Phillips office today to drop off some info I got together about parental consent laws and 1212 in general. I went to the State Affairs Committee meeting about this bill and took notes. Ha. Here's my comment on

"HB 1212 forces undue burden (and therefore violates constitutional rights) on young women because it 1) limits access to the legal system by introducing venue restrictions 2) changes the burden of proof for judicial bypass to "clear and convincing" from "preponderance of evidence" and 3) lengthens time given for judicial bypass from 2 business days to 5 business days.

This increase in time length also threatens the health of young women. The American Medical Association says parental consent laws "increase the gestational age at which the induced pregnancy termination occurs, thereby also increasing the risk associated with the procedure."

The public reporting of any judicial bypass (including the judge, the decision, the date, county name, and county of residence of the applicant) will encourage violence against judges (especially with the history of violence in the anti-abortion movement) and will encourage speculation in small communities of who applied for judicial bypass and increase harassment of the suspected young women. In the case of public reporting, if not threatened by violence, judges will undoubtedly be threatened by politics during election time for doing something the law *stipulates* they *must* do if it is determined to be in the best interests of the minor. Judges should not be punished for doing to right thing.

The following organizations oppose parental consent laws:
American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the American Medical Women's Association."

Rep Larry Phillips
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0297
District Phone: (903) 891-7297

In the end, I don't believe any laws can be passed to make families loving and stable. HB 1212 will hurt young women raised in abusive (physically, emotionally or sexually) households. It will not help reduce the rate of teen pregnancy. Call Larry Phillip's office and let them know.

Austin Election Results and Smoking Ban Info
City Council Races:
Place 1: Lee Leffingwell (whom we all love dearly) 62.35%
Place 4: Betty Dunkerley (whom Kathryn loves dearly) 63.51%
Place 3... four very qualified people ran for this race and there will be a run off between Margot Clarke and Jennifer Kim. The results are:
Jennifer Kim - 27.25%
Margot Clarke - 40.36%
Mandy Dealey - 11.20%
Gregg Knaupe - 21.29%

Smoking Ban: Passed, 51.83% for, 48.17% against
Expanding ACC coverage: Passed, 79.40% for, 20.60% against

Ahh, the Smoking Ban. Besides the place 3 race for City Council, this was probably the most controversial issue during this election. It will ban smoking in all bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and billiard halls by Sept 1 and prohibit smoking within 15 ft of any public building entrances. Bingo parlors, any 'fraternal' organizations (not public), and restaurants with restricted permits can still allow smoking.

I supported the smoking ban. It was also supported by the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society, Central Texas Oncology Nursing Society, Travis County Medical Society, University Democrats and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

A vote against the smoking ban is a vote against Lance Armstrong!! (j/k guys, I know lots of people who would actually love to vote against Lance Armstrong... like Patrick) Sara Hickman, who is a popular musician in Austin although I don't know how popular she is in other cities, also supports the ban. Not that that's a good reason to support it (always remember celebrities are just as stupid as normal people), it's just interesting.

Second-hand smoke causes 35,000 to 40,000 deaths per year from heart disease in adults who are not current smokers and about 3,000 lung cancer deaths annually in otherwise healthy nonsmokers. In Travis County, 115 people die every year as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke. Yes, the ban infringes upon people's rights to smoke in public places. Yes, people smoking in public places infringes upon the right for everyone to have clean air. Which right is more important: clean air for everyone or carcinagens proven to be fatal and addictive?

Against: (yes, a little late, I understand... whatever)
Election Results:

I keep writing to Senator Cornyn... maybe I have a secret crush!
The Daily Show and the fact that the nomination of Justice Owens is out of committee (10-8 vote along party lines) inspired me.  If I suspect people aren't reading it, I'm going to take out the LJcut and *then* you'll be sorry!

Another letter to John CornynCollapse )

I'm also planning on printing it out to send to Senator Cornyn and to some Dem's offices to let them know that there are people in contact with Cornyn about the filibuster.  If you would like to steal one sentence, one paragraph, or the entire body of my letter to send to John Cornyn... I give you my permission!! It's ok to just send one or two sentences expressing your opinion.  </p>

HJR 6 - Legislating hate and bigotry in Texas
Tomorrow the House will hear and vote on HJR 6, which proposes "a constitutional amendment providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman."

Feel free to call Representative Larry Phillips tomorrow (before 10am) and let him know that hate is not a Texas value.

His Austin number:
(512) 463-0297
His district office in Sherman:
(903) 891-7297

Or look up other reps here:

Homosexuals as foster parents

Larry Phillips voted for the amendment to Senate Bill 6 to ban gay, lesbian and bisexuals from being foster parents.

Text of the AmendmentCollapse )

What I wrote to Representative PhillipsCollapse )

Find out how other Reps voted here
Contact Larry Phillips here

Lucid dreaming / Door fondling
In Egyptian Civ class today we watched a little film with a goofy man talking about the Book of the Dead. He said the Egyptians used the Book of the Dead as a way to focus concentration so that they would be able to proceed through the journey to get to the afterlife. The Book of the Dead makes many mentions of 'magicians' (malliteration!!) who were thought to be very smart, have great wisdom and a strong will.

He went on to say that many cultures have similar such rituals. He mentioned one (I think it was Tibetan) that had ways in which to focus concentration in order to have lucid dreams. One was that every time one went through a door, one would stop for a split second and think "Am I dreaming?" He said people think this is generally silly and that if having lucid dreams were that easy, everyone would be fondling doors. But the first day he tried it, he went to sleep and when he started dreaming he stopped and thought "Am I dreaming? ... Yeah, I am!"

So all day, I've been going through doors and stopping to think "Am I dreaming?" which has earned me a few odd looks. It's a very surreal sensation to have to persistently question reality... normally I just go around assuming I'm awake. :) So I've come up with a few reasons this might work:

1. Have you ever noticed how many doors you go through each day? A large portion of your day will be spent thinking "Am I dreaming?". Because your dream state reflects your real day, it will be only natural for at sometime in your dream for you to ask the same question. I think part of this relies on really thinking about the question every time you ask it, not just saying "Am I dreaming? Of course not!" Plus the oddness of it all probably increases the chance that your subconscious will put it in a dream.

2. Doors are highly symbolic. So are dreams! I think that doors were chosen because of their symbolism and the high chance they will show up in a dream, even if one doesn't remember it. If doors become associated in one's mind as a "consciousness" checkpoint, if one sees one in a dream it will become a portal to lucid dreaming.

Reasons it just might not work...

1. Have you ever noticed how many doors you go through each day? It's really hard to remember to question reality at each one. I forgot to do it all between lunch and Latin. And it gets kinda old fast. And really, people do look at you funny. I can only imagine it looks as if I stepped through the door, thought about something I forgot, and then decided it didn't matter if I had it or not. And sometimes I look at my hands like they will tell me all the answers. Which is kinda strange.

2. The guy in the movie was really goofy. Off. Odd. CRAZY. But it was funny hearing him talk about the Masons and his father. And good ol' Hippopotamus Sandal from the Book of the Dead. But yeah... off his rocker.

I've also been thinking all day of objects other than doors that this might work for. And... not come up with much. So if you'd like to try an experiment with lucid dreaming, fondle doors for a day and tell me how it went!

Also... this post is a prime example of how to mix up third and second person impersonal expressions.

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