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Marilee J. Layman

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04:11 pm: Better Today
I took acetaminophen yesterday (logged it) and feel much better today. In fact, I just dustmopped the condo. I figure if I do this on the off-week, it won't be so cathair-bunnyish by the time Lucilla comes.

Karl Schroeder has released Ventus, his first novel, electronically via a Creative Commons license (seen via Andy Wheeler on Comicmix). I loved this book and have been reading the others. If you haven't read his books, here's a cheap way to check one out.

I may not be able to vote for state delegate in November. The incumbent, Jackson Miller, is a bigot of the first water. However, the Democratic challenger, Jeanette Rishell, is only slightly less paranoid about illegal immigrants. I understand she wants to win, and being paranoid about illegal immigrants is probably the only way to win this seat, but I wasn't expecting the recording I got on my cellphone today: "I'm telling all my friends about how Jackson Miller has dropped the ball on illlegal immigrants and has been lining his own pockets! From Jeanette Rishell for Delegate." I'm beginning to think there's not much difference between them.

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From:stevendj
Date:September 18th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Third-party candidate/write-in? Announcing you're disgusted with both major party candidates is more useful than not voting.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 18th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Now that LaRouche is gone, we don't normally have third-party candidates here. I'll have to think of someone to write in. It'll be hard -- this is a very conservative area.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 18th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
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You know, Rishell actually came to the door maybe a month ago and I asked her about illegal immigrants and she told me she belonged to the local Unitarian Universalist church. So when she asked me to commit to vote for her, I said I'd think about it. That gave me a bad enough feeling -- now there's this recording.
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From:bibliofile
Date:September 18th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
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I asked her about illegal immigrants and she told me she belonged to the local Unitarian Universalist church.
That's a very odd way not to answer your question.

Today I learned that undocumented students can apply to public colleges & universities without worrying about being reported to INS (at least in some states, including mine). They're not going to get any federal financial aid, but that's hardly surprising. However, because their parents can't document their state residency, they also have to pay non-resident tuition.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 18th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Well, UU folk are expected to be more liberal. I think she was saying "I'm a liberal" without actually answering.

If a school gets federal money, they're required to let undocumented students attend. The county around my city had tried to put in a law against that.
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From:pameladean
Date:September 18th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
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Where is she on other issues? If she's only a bigot on one, and he is a bigot on all, she's still better.

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From:mjlayman
Date:September 18th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
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They say the same kind of things on education, although she is in favor of using existing overcrowding laws instead of making new laws for that.
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