Aspie with Attitude

Sure, I'm just another Southern Recovering Alcoholic NPR- and Sweet-Tea Addicted Comic Mom with Asperger's in the SFV, but I can tell you now that I don't necessarily fit the stereotype.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

REAL ID Rebellion

Most Americans have no idea what the sinister Department of Homeland Security is planning for us. And why should they? What has mainstream media been saying about the REAL ID, a national ID card that will be required for you to board a plane and receive merely the benign "papers please" treatment. Without REAL ID, you'll probably be strip-searched, or close to it. The government says that this, of course, will make us safer. People agree; people tend not to think to much and we've been conditioned, through government schools and mainstream media, to believe that what the government says is true. Lately, however, some states have been waking up. And I must say that I am proud to live in one that is beginning a huge rebellion regarding the REAL ID. Here's part of an e-mail from Steven Vincent, who is a real freedom fighter. We CAN stop the REAL ID!

From Steven Vincent:
By the way, have YOU called your state legislators and told them to oppose Real ID yet? If not, what are you waiting for? The resolution against Real ID is going before the Assembly in less than a month! The legislature is back in session on Monday, so it’s the perfect time to ring their phones for Freedom!

ACTION ITEMS
1. WRITE TO YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS: Online
a) Go to http://www.legislature.ca.gov/
b) On the right, go to “Bill Search”, enter AJR 51, then select the Resolution
c) Click “Comment”, select “Support” and enter your comments

2. CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS: By Mail and Phone, Fax and Email
a) Go to: http://www.legislature.ca.gov/port-zipsearch.html,
enter your zip code
b) Send a paper mail letter and make a personal phone call to each of the legislators
c) Click on the name of each legislator to go to their office web page
d) Find the fax and email of each legislator and send a fax and email.

3. PRECINCT WALK THE PETITION TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE:
Walk door to door and get signatures while spreading the Freedom Message.

4. TABLE THE PETITION:
Supermarkets, post offices, street fairs…get signatures and spread the Message!

5. PHONE BANKING:
--Join us at the Grassroots LA office to call voters and raise awareness and get them to do the above!
--Participate in “Operation Call4Freedom” remote phone banking (more to follow on this)

6. GET OTHERS TO DO THE SAME:
--Your meetup, friends, family…
--Call in to radio shows and talk about it…
--Spread this all over the internet...post and forward!

7. GO TO SACRAMENTO TO ATTEND THE HEARINGS ON THE RESOLUTION:
--We’ll let you know when and where…

8. PLEASE BEGIN BY MAILING AND FAXING THE SPONSOR OF THE RESOLUTION TO THANK HIM!
ASSEMBLYMEMBER PEDRO NAVA
35TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0035
Fax: (916) 319-2135

PLEASE DO THIS TODAY
9. TO BE ON THE CALIFORNIA REAL ID ACTION TEAM, PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL [FreedomMessage@sbcglobal.net]
Send your telephone number, email address and city/town

10. EMAIL MARK LERNER
--Request his information packet: mrklrnr@aol.com
--Make a donation to his legislative lobbying efforts: http://stoprealidcoalition.blogspot.com/

Your Friend in Freedom,
Steven Vincent
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This article suggests that the feds may soon require the REAL ID to buy medicine:

Stewart Baker, the assistant director for policy at Homeland Security and a longtime needler of privacy groups, suggested on Wednesday that the federal law could be tweaked to require controversial REAL ID identification cards, according to News.com. Federal rules -- such as those requiring identification to enter federal buildings or to board a plane without being patted down -- are the hammer in the government's efforts to make recalictrant states comply with the government's rules for standardizing driver's licenses.

But this beautiful article, courtesy of Lew Rockwell's site, states that California is beginning a true rebellion. I wish I could say the same for North Carolina!

In a Tuesday letter to Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff, the head of California's DMV said that while California had already applied for and gotten an extension on the Real ID deadline, it wasn't actually committing to complying with Real ID rules by 2010. That's when states who ask for extension have to begin issuing driver's licenses and state IDs that comply with the federal rules.

The REAL ID monster can be stopped!

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Problem With The Public Schools

You can't please everyone. -Brian, Monty Python's Life of Brian

But of course, the government schools really try, don't they? This latest move, in Minnesota, banned, yes banned, smells from government schools. I'm a pretty smell-oriented person, being accused often, as I am, of smelling like patchouli. In fact, I heard once a smell expert, and evidently those guys exist, who said that one reason there is so much divorce is because we have disconnected ourselves from smells. Whereas our ancestors would have been attracted to, or repulsed by, certain people's smells, people cover their smells so much these days that it's hard to know whom you're supposed to be with. Smell is one of those things that we hardly notice sometimes, and yet, it's from our reptilian brain, a very early and important sense. I also heard, from the same smell expert, that if a mother and child spend five minutes together after birth, they will remember each other's smell for the rest of their lives. That's why my mother's smell was so very familiar when I found her; and it's probably why no matter how much I loved the people I grew up with, their smell never seemed quite right to me.

In Minnesota, the government is trying to eradicate people's smells. You may think, after reading the previous paragraph, that I'm all for a law that would try to make people revert to their natural smells, but I'm not. In fact, I'm not for many laws at all, but especially those that try to regulate such a personal thing as smell. If you want to smell like a gay guy from the eighties, I say go for it! Nay, nay, saith the Minnesota schools:

A Minnesota lawmaker proposed a bill Monday urging a fragrance-free educational campaign to discourage students from dousing themselves in scents that aggravate classmates with asthma and other health problems.

As Jeff Foxworthy would say, "If I'm lyin', I'm dyin'" It could have been worse:

Rep. Karen Clark, a Democrat, first proposed banning fragrances in Minneapolis schools, one of the state's largest school districts. The bill she introduced Monday scales that back to an awareness campaign in Minneapolis and in other districts that volunteer. The campaign could include letters to parents, fact sheets, signs in schools, e-mail and Web sites.

Read the whole story for yourself
and you'll see why I distrust most elected officials.

Oh, and I have a better idea than banning scents in the public schools; let's ban the public schools!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Adoptress Sheryl Crow, Pretending to be a Mom

Look, I mean no harm to Sheryl Crow per se, and, bless her heart, I know that she survived breast cancer. Here's to her survival! I dearly loved "All I Wanna Do is Have Some Fun" and I thought a lot of Sheryl Crow. Until she took someone else's baby and pretended it's her own. My semi-crush on her was then over. How could she possibly do this?!? Since she took this child from his mother, I've seen Crow in all kinds of pictures, all calling her the "mother," when she is not. Yesterday, in Parade: America's Fabian Socialist magazine, I saw a picture of her with Willie Nelson, of all people, showing off her newly acquired child. Willie was smiling.

With 40 potential adopters waiting for each adoptable newborn, I can hardly rejoice that Crow added to the demand for newborns. I've yet to see her mention the child's natural mother, which is not surprising. I guess that possession is truly 9/10ths of the law, as the saying goes.