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March 5, 2020

for elizabeth warren
posted by soe 1:18 am

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January 20, 2020

monday morning music: ‘a dream’
posted by soe 1:49 am

“A Dream” by Common and Will.i.am.

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January 19, 2020

seems obvious
posted by soe 1:27 am

Seems Obvious

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July 21, 2019

50th anniversary of apollo 11
posted by soe 1:26 am

Most of you probably know today was the 50th anniversary of the first human to walk on the moon. Some of you may have seen that to celebrate the Smithsonian Institution opted to do a projection of the Apollo 11 on the Washington Monument.

I went down tonight for the last showing of the film at 11:30 p.m. and hung out with thousands of other people (late night owls unite!) to watch in the heat (the heat index was still well over 90 at that hour). Here are some of the images from the event (mouse over the image to get the controls or click on the picture to go see them larger on Flickr):

Apollo 11: Go for the Moon

Kudos to everyone involved in the production and execution!

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October 5, 2018

final few hours
posted by soe 6:07 pm


As I was writing this post, Manchin confirmed he’ll be voting for Kavanaugh. While I won’t rule out a last-minute change of heart, particularly from those swing folks, I’m not going to count on it.

However… this still holds true:

This is your final opportunity to call your senators to ask them to vote against confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Even if you know how your senators are voting, call and them them you support them or call them and tell them to change their minds. They are using calls (or a lack of them) as talking points.

The Senate switchboard is (202) 224-3121. Call in the middle of the night tonight if you don’t like talking to real people and leave a voicemail.

As Elizabeth Warren said last night, “I am angry and I own my anger.” We will survive this because we are strong together and we believe and support each other. We will water the roots of political dissent with the tears of our disappointments and our fears and our exhaustion. But we will also then channel our rage and our secret, desperate hopes for the next generation and volunteer and donate and show up between now and the November elections and between then and the 2020 presidential election. We will not stop. We are a force of fucking nature and I am so proud to fight beside you.

I’ll see you on the other side.

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August 13, 2018

posted by soe 1:55 am


D.C. has been a stressful place to live for the past couple weeks. As the calendar flipped over from July to August, locals suddenly realized that today’s date was awfully close. We’d all known for a couple months that the bigots and bullies who’d protested in Charlottesville last year and who killed a young woman there in an act of terrorism had requested and been granted a permit to protest here. We knew there were counter protests planned. But somehow as August arrived, the stress of that knowledge ratcheted up a hundredfold.

Last weekend, I mulled what my own plans were. D.C. has a very large Black population, among others, and I worried that Nazis would target them in some way. I couldn’t stop the Nazis from coming, I figured; that was their protected First Amendment right. But I figured I could be there to make sure they understood they were unwelcome and to make my neighbors know that their human rights were not superseded by what’s written in our Constitution.

I’m not going to lie. I was nervous. Everyone was nervous. Last weekend’s rallies in Portland did little to allay our fears. It didn’t sound like it had been handled particularly well.

Many locals fled the city, like they would on a long weekend when tourists are likely to annoy. Others declared they weren’t going to go anywhere near downtown in an effort to stay clear of both the protestors and the counter-protestors. There were protests on the Mall and adjacent to the White House, which is where the white supremacists would be in.

Rudi and I opted to join the group who would be by the White House, wanting to make it clear to the Nazis that they were not welcome in our city. And apparently the Nazis got the memo, because only two dozen of them ended up showing up, while thousands of us came out to meet them, to say that their hate would be given no quarter in our city.

I did not have to find out today if I would be brave enough to step between a Nazi and another person, and I am glad. But I showed up believing that might be expected of me, and that was enough this time.

I will sleep well tonight.

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