Wednesday, December 10, 2014
It reminded me that we as protesters can make our points, organize our message and methods, in ways that are both effective and legal. We as police can respect constitutional rights of assembly and expression, all within municipal parameters.
It was, in short, an optimistic win-win.
It's even possible that there are many more protests happening like this around the country, but because of a lack of dramatic footage or exciting chaos, they don't make it to the front page (or main webpage) of mainstream media outlets. But it should be noted in this instance that I saw at least two of the major network's news folks were there with cameras and reporters.
I appreciate the skill demonstrated by both "sides" that night.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
(Some of my friends know this story, many do not:)
If you walk with me anywhere, you will notice that I always shift to be on your right side. There's a reason for that--I have a lazy ear, lazy because of my dad.
When my father served in World War II, he was a flight engineer on a B-17 doing bombing runs to take out the heavy water factories in Germany, where Hitler was working on an atomic bomb. During one of those runs, there was a sudden drop in altitude, thousands of feet in mere seconds, rupturing my father's left eardrum. He never had full hearing in that ear again.
When I was growing up in Idaho, I loved the long walks and elaborate hikes I took with my dad. We went every chance we could. I loved when we went to the airport to fly our rubber-band-powered balsa-wood airplanes. And wherever we went, Dad would always make sure I was on his right side, his "hearing" side, and I just got used to it. Wherever we went, I knew to always be to his right.
It wasn't until years later that I realized I did this with other people--moved to their right side--that I actually had *better hearing* in my own left ear compared to my right.
Today, I honor my father's service in the war, his sacrifice. He was a hero to me. And I thank all those who served heroically. #VeteransDay