Wednesday, May 14, 2008

State Blogger Corps

The official list of state blogs covering the convention from the floor has been announced!

SquareState has the story.

No Rest for the Awake - Minagahet Chamorro

Will be covering everything from Denver!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


It's been a busy bit of time for me. I have gotten engaged. Pretty cool.
But with the Guam caucus coming up, I can't let the blog go silent, so I will start off with an introduction to Mugen Tasogare. I always feel a bit invasive when I read someone's journal, but for some reason I found this touching and I wanted to share...
English is just boring. Read, listen to Dr. Thomas talk, answer questions, get stamped. Evey once in a while she'll cry. It's kind of sad, but, you know. Today it was

She loved him all her life
and when she thought he might die
she tied her wrist to his at night
so that his pulse would not flutter
away from her suddenly
and leave her stranded
-Lynne Alvarez

I really like the poem too, but I don't know. She didn't cry last time she read it to class, and she has to read it to all of her English classes. Does she cry every time?
We're supposed to write poetry, but I'm not really sure what to write. I've never been very good at anything, so it's taken me all day and I still haven't really thought of anything.

Sign Language was a little different from usual. We drew pictures of signs that were symbolic. I drew a boat, which wasn't my idea, and I didn't even draw it. Once again. Lack of any skill. I still liked Ariel's better, even though she drew both mine and her's.
Oh, and I learned "Tokau" or however you spell it. Chamorro. It means "You're going to get it," or "You're in trouble now!" I think. It's nice to learn a few words in that class, because my grandpa doesn't actually speak the language anymore, he just understands what's being said if it's slow enough. He hasn't lived on Guam for how many years?

U.S. History has a lot of dumb people.

My own evening was spent at Drinking Liberally in Denver. Jason Rosenberg was in town and he and I had the opportunity to talk about this small window in time when bloggers imagine into being a history that the Convention can choose to be a part of creating, or merely stand by and watch as the bloggers create their own history. By this time next cycle, blogs will be something different, and perhaps more mature and settled; traditional, perhaps.

This is the dynamic moment of inventing. I hope the DNCC learns to embrace it, but I don't see how they can rebuild the sort of knowledge about the landscape in time with someone new and really understand and foster the space needed to take the leap forward.

I am willing to be surprised. They have a smart team over there, and I am not saying tokau yet. Besides, this was always something we were going to have to ignite for ourselves. We'll crash that gate if we have to, but imagine what other purposes we could put that energy to if the gate opened wide and fulfilled it's promise. One way or another, this will be the year for change.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Go Guam!

One of the rare uses of the Guam tag was spotted over at DailyKos tonight, and as a bonus it is convention related...

BlueCollarElitist writes:
Forget Washington (though it's where I'm now a delegate for Sen. Obama), forget Nebraska--and Louisiana, too.

The real news for Mr. Obama is coming soon!!!

And, no, it's not Puerto Rico. It's Guam. The brief snippet from the AP article is below:

Cultural and economic considerations drive Obama's expectations. His campaign projects him winning primaries in Oregon and Vermont, which have a big share of upper-income voters, while getting clobbered in more rural West Virginia and Kentucky. The campaign also projects Clinton winning in heavily Hispanic areas, and Obama to take multi-ethnic Guam....

Read the whole diary at Dkos, and while you are there check out the Guam shout-out by DHinMI:
As people try to wrap their heads around the nuances and weird quirks of the Democratic Party's process for determining our Presidential nominee, something that will probably begin to raise some eyebrows and prompt some discussion is that our next president could be chosen by people whose votes for president aren't counted in the electoral college. That's right, the Democratic nominee for President could be determined by the votes of delegates from the US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Puerto Rico.

Brown-Waite Refuses To Apologize

Think Progress
Last week, Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) issued a press release attacking the proposed economic stimulus bill in the House. She complained that it would send “hundreds of millions of dollars” to “foreign citizens,” including “residents of Puerto Rico and territories like Guam.” Residents of Guam were declared American citizens in 1900 while Puerto Ricans were granted citizenship in 1917.

In her response to the criticism, however, Brown-Waite “fueled the controversy” by getting more facts wrong about Puerto Rico and the stimulus plan:

In her rebuttal, Brown-Waite fueled the controversy by incorrectly stating that it would be the Puerto Rican government — not its constituents — that would get the $1 billion stimulus package.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Super Tuesday

Not much to report today just this:

Jason Rosenberg and the DNCC have gone their separate ways.

To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal ...
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance ...
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to lose and a time to seek;
a time to rend and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Washington Post kicks Guam tourism in the groin

The Washington Post has a few stories this week from Guam. They must have someone on staff who wanted a paid vacation.

This one from today takes the edge off of my desire to visit the Island.

Guam Braces for Peaceful Military Incursion
Buildup on U.S. Island Brings Fear of Change, Demand for Funds

By Blaine Harden Washington Post Foreign Service Friday, January 25, 2008

HAGATNA, Guam — People on this faraway island — a U.S. territory 7,824 miles west of Los Angeles — delight in calling Guam the “tip of the spear” for its role defending U.S. interests in the Far East.

Although the island is typhoon-plagued and earthquake-prone, cursed with bad traffic, unable to cope with its own garbage and overrun with invasive tree snakes that have eaten nearly all the birds, the Guamanians aren’t just blowing smoke.

The Pentagon has chosen Guam, a quirkily American place that marries the beauty of Bali with the banality of Kmart, as the prime location in the western Pacific for projecting U.S. military muscle.

It doesn't get any more rosy as the story continues, but it does throw a bit of light on a situation I have read about on some of the local blogs:

“We can’t help but boom,” said Jeff Pleadwell, who owns Jeff’s Pirates Cove, a beach hamburger joint, and expects his business to prosper. “But the island is going to change radically. Everyone is scared — of how the Marines will behave. We also worry that life inside the base will be first-world, while outside the fence it is going to be third-world.”

All in all, the Marine move is giving many Guamanians — an extraordinarily patriotic people who fight and die in U.S. wars at rates much higher than on the mainland — a serious case of the jitters.

The Washington Post has a log-in between you and the story, but I found a blogger who is not so careful about fair use copyright provisions as I am, so it is not my fault if you read the full story here.