Maybe EmX advocates here need to get out their Legos:
Since I'm one of those irritating people who just doesn't feel it's a holiday until I've put a Santa hat on the dog... here's a little Christmas dog fun (thanks to Kylie B. the dogcatcher, who calls this an example of what you can do with positive dog training).
I'm guessing they didn't use real glass ornaments â€” those can be dangerous to dogs who chomp down thinking they are a nice safe ball.
1. Simon's Cat has a new book!
2. Simon's Cat has a (rather weird) app for iPhone/Touch. (I've downloaded this, but we haven't tried it yet. I think we might need a musician for it, but I do look forward the cat singing back ... )
3. Simon's Cat has a new video! It seems to be the first half of a 2-parter, and I don't like it as much as the others, but still, it's new!
Here it is:
4. Simon's Cat artist, er, Simon (Tofield), talked with the BBC about his book. This is where I learned that cats are called "moggies" in the UK, which made me think of Mogget in Garth Nix's most splendid Old Kingdom books. Um, and that is all I have to say about Simon's Cat for the moment. Laters!
Two UO students have won prizes in a short video contest for college students.
Rebecca Purice won a $3,000 first prize for a video about the First Place Family Center in Eugene and a homeless single dad. Here's the video:
Lorie Anne Acio of the UO won third for a video about a Special Olympics coach and also an honorable mention for another film about a ministry for homeless kids.
The Christophers is a non-profit that "uses the mass media to encourage individuals to use their God-given abilities to change the world for the better."
The 12-lane freeway bridge urban sprawl proponents are pushing in Portland isn't in Eugene, but the $4-billion project threatens to suck all the transportation funding out of the entire state and local Congressman Peter DeFazio could play a key role in killing it.
Columbia River Crossing (CRC) opponents have produced a series of clear, quick videos on the freeway project. Here's an overview:
Here's an explanation of how the $4-billion expenditure will just create more sprawl, traffic, unlivable neighborhoods and global warming pollution:
Here's a look at greener, cheaper alternatives:
So how does DeFazio fit in to all this? DeFazio chairs a powerful House transportation subcommittee that may be key to funding the huge freeway bridge. A careful politician, DeFazio hasn't explicitly opposed a project that the state's powerful development and construction industries (and their unions) are backing. But DeFazio told Willamette Week this spring:
"I have said from Day One, they should think small. And they have been thinking really big and really expensive. And I am not sure how that project moves forward and how they will fund it. I have raised concerns throughout the processâ€”keep the price down. You can't solve all your problems with one project."
The folks in Portland have less pull with DeFazio than his constituents here who can tell their representative what they think online.
An anti-logging protester has filed an intent to sue the city, alleging police falsely arrested, jailed and injured him and violated his free speech rights.
According to a press release, Josh Schlossberg and his attorney Lauren Regan of the Civil liberties Defense Center, filed a tort claim notice this month regarding the March 13, 2009 incident.
The press release says Schlossberg was legally distributing brochures from a public sidewalk in front of Umpqua Bank in downtown Eugene. Schlossberg was informing bank customers of the "irresponsible logging and harmful pesticide practices" of Umpqua's chairman of the board, Allyn Ford.
The press release alleges that EPD officer Bill Solesbee unlawfully ordered Schlossberg to leave the sidewalk and give him his video camera. When he refused the press release alleges, "Solesbee charged Schlossberg, wrenched his arm behind his back, forced him to the ground where Schlossberg hit his head, and proceeded to place a knee on Schlossberg's previously injured neck, while handcuffing and arresting him."
The press release says Schlossberg filed a complaint with the police, but the Chief dismissed it.
The case is one of several recent incidents in which sidewalk protesters have alleged that police violated their free speech rights. Ian Van Ornum alleged Solesbee and other officers used excessive force at an anti-pesticide protest last spring. Video showed police Tasered Van Ornum twice in the back as he lay face down on the sidewalk with one or both arms behind his back.
In another recent incident, an officer arrested a man for leafleting outside a church. The unlawful charges were later dropped and the officer reprimanded.
"By utilizing a militarized presence, heavy-handed tactics, Tasers, and unjustifiable arrests against nonviolent citizens, law enforcement is attempting to scare people into silence and apathy," Regan states. "This case will determine whether the citizens of Eugene still have the constitutional right to lawfully convey thoughts and ideas to their fellow citizens in public forums-a quintessential principle of our democracy."
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