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Stillwater is a freelance writer who hates injustice and corruption in any form but especially injustice and corruption paid for by American taxpayers. She has recently published a book entitled, "Bring Your Own Flak Jacket: Helpful Tips For Touring Today's Middle East". According to Ms. Stillwater, "It's a fabulous and entertaining book. I loved writing it. And I hope that you will love reading it too." It's available at http://www.amazon.com/Bring-Your-Own-Flak-Jacket/dp/0978615719 or you can special order it at any independent bookstore.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Grilled: My experience at the Israeli border
if they had actually let me go on to Bethlehem, I would have been totally won over by them and maybe even re-thought my currently-low opinion of Israeli war-mongering, human-rights violating, bullying, neo-colonialism and general tyrannical behavior. If I had actually wanted to spend time with haters, I coulda just stayed back home in America.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 Thanksgiving at Standing Rock
Thank goodness for the Standing Rock Sioux. Like it or not, they are protecting us. They are standing in place instead of us. They are bravely standing in front of a hurricane of climate-death and are doing it in our name. And all we do to thank them is to pay for the militarized police's tear gas, dogs and bullets that attack them.
(2 comments) Sunday, April 5, 2009 Taliban for Dummies: Learning from American & Soviet mistakes in Afghanistan
I wasn't sure what was going on in Afghanistan so I asked my friend Pietro Calogero to spell it all out. So here it is: "The Taliban for Dummies". Bottom line? Most of this mess was caused by the US in the first place but the USSR helped. What can we learn from both countries' mistakes? That the Taliban is not now in a position to take over Afghanistan but if things get worse for the average Afghan, they may have a shot.
(8 comments) Monday, March 30, 2009 Bazookas, flintlocks & concealibility: The handgun's role in the coming hard times
Were our Founding Fathers considering the concealability factor when they wrote the Second Amendment? Did they even have anything to conceal back then? How could Mae West have concealed a flintlock for instance? And what was Justice Scalia THINKING when he called a flintlock a concealed weapon? And are people buying guns because the dollar is tanking? And what about Oakland? And other gun-control questions...
Thursday, March 26, 2009 The Glen Park neighborhood: Small-town San Francisco at its best
When we drove over to San Francisco, we discovered the Glen Park area -- a small town within a big city. So I wrote a story about our day in Glen Park. I feel guilty about writing about a sweet sunny day in SF when the rest of the world is falling apart, but look at this article as one journalist's R-and-R.
(2 comments) Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Note to self: Politico.com was at Obama's press conference and I wasn't....
Obama had all kinds of right-wingers there -- he probably even thought about inviting Rush Limbaugh. But was OpEd News represented? Or supporters of single-payer healthcare? Or ME? "Get over it, Jane." No one is INTERESTED in inviting us -- even though we elected Obama.
(26 comments) Sunday, March 22, 2009 Israel's dilemma: How to calculate the risks of getting un-Chosen
How far can the "Chosen" government of Israel go before it starts pushing God's buttons? Home demolitions, white phosphorus bombs, genocide, land-grabs, a 1000% rise in hate crimes against Israeli Arabs? I -- and probably God too -- expect more of Israel than one would expect of, say, Somalia or Rwanda because Israel is a civilized country and Israelis should know better.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 The special "Ugly Betty" issue of my housing co-op's newsletter
Willamena Slater isn't the only one getting a government bailout. The board members on my housing project appear to be getting one too. What would Ugly Betty do? And our long-overdue re-hab just got put off for the eighth year. We may be reduced to growing cash crops in order to survive. Hmmm. What IS the largest cash crop in California right now?
(4 comments) Monday, March 16, 2009 Tearing down historic Jerusalem: Urban removal hits the Holy Land too
When I was desperate and six months pregnant, Bill Tatum took me under his wing, and together him and a ragtag group of misfits saved the Lower East Side from certain destruction back in 1965 -- and are't you glad that we did. Now another Lower East Side is facing demolition -- East Jerusalem. Let's save this historic Arab-Christian-Palestinian area too -- where Christ once walked and taught. And we'll be glad that we did.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Springtime for Obama and Afghanistan
Bush had his "Springtime in Afghanistan" and it failed because of too many Congessional Dittoheads and too much pork. And now Obama is having his springtime too. But if Obama is determined to send more troops into that Afghan sinkhole, then here are some suggestions on how to make the best use of them. Put this in your BlackBerry, Mr. President!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 Drunks on horseback in Puerto Vallarta: One last fling before economic reality sets in?
Hard to describe a drunken horseback ride in PV if you are neither drunk or on a horse -- but I try. And is the recession hurting the PV hotels? I spent the night in one to find out. And is John McCain REALLY complaining about too much Obama pork? Where was McCain when the Bush Dittoheads in Congress were handing out pork by the barrel to contractors in Iraq?
Friday, March 6, 2009 Doors of Perception: My tour of a hallucinogenic plant nursery in Mexico
Because I'm an idealist and am always trying to save the world, I thought that taking some hallucinogenic plants here in Puerto Vallarta might help me get a jump on more ideas of how to do it -- and so I toured Rick's nursery showcase of datura, iboga, ayahuasca, etc. Rick said that it wasn't the right season to harvest the plants -- but I'm still trying to save the world! (It's always the right time for that.)
(1 comments) Tuesday, March 3, 2009 Time & money well spent: A Huichol healing ceremony & the beach at Yelapa
If you want to spend your money on something truly meaningful, I recommend use it to buy you time on the beach in Yelapa or to have a Huichol shaman do a spiritual cleansing ceremony on you. This is a MUCH better use of $$$ than spending 44 trillion dollars on stupid and useless weapons of war.
(2 comments) Saturday, February 28, 2009 "No on 8" goes south of the border: Gays in Puerto Vallarta
I'm down here in Puerto Vallarta in time for the "Miss Gay Puerto Vallarta" coronation. I would like to link this with California's "No of 8" campaign (gay unions are legal in some Mexican states) but CA is probably looking more for a June Cleaver marries June Cleaver image. And today I'm going to a Quincea˝era too -- and eating lots of pie from Yelapa and buying lots of tacos from street vendors too. And it's WARM down here!
(3 comments) Wednesday, February 25, 2009 My day in court against the DoD: Everyone was wearing black suits but me....
I finally got my day in court against the DoD. Speaking before the judge, I was a nervous wreck. But what were the results of the hearing? An order to mediate with the DoD. But at least the judge didn't throw my case out -- and I did refrain from running around the courtroom screaming "Attica! Attica!" That's a definite plus.
(3 comments) Tuesday, February 24, 2009 Hate crimes in Galilee? Land-grabs in Bethlehem? Oy vey!
If you defaced a religious place in New York or Amsterdam, you would be in Big Trouble. But do it in Galilee and you are given a pass. And if you steal land in Bethlehem, the civilized world apparently considers that cute. "Boys will be boys". It may have been cute 62 years ago but Israel's getting too old for that. It's time for Israel to finally grow up! PS: Go see "Waltz with Bashir". It will haunt you -- but in a good way.
(6 comments) Sunday, February 22, 2009 $28.5 billion reasons to legalize drugs in America....
I'm trying to justify going off to Puerto Vallarta. I know! I'll go write about drug cartels. There are none in PV but it sounds nice. Did you know that $28.5 billion per year go from Americans to Mexican drug dealers? If we legalized marijuana, that money could stay home -- plus growing it here might help to green up the place. But in the meantime me & my daughter Ashley are off to PV to do, er, research...
Thursday, February 19, 2009 Form 95: How Congress replaced "meaningful access to justice" with a form
Here's an update on my court case with the DoD. First they dragged me kicking & screaming into federal court & now they want me to fill out the notorious Form 95 instead. Will Form 95 work? I sent Nancy Drew down to New Orleans to investigate if it worked for Katrina victims. Probably not. Congress took away our right to gain "meaningful access" to the court system & gave us From 95 instead. Forget about Drew! We need Kafka.
(27 comments) Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Nobody gets it: We don't NEED the economy to grow!
We're always being told that the health of America's economy depends on the rate of its growth. That's crazy. Like the hair and fingernails of a dead person, we still expect America's economy to keep on growing -- even in its coffin. And the same is true of our mega-banks, growing outside of FDIC rules governing the little banks. What we need is not a side-show-freak economy and banking system -- but s system that works.
Sunday, February 15, 2009 "Burma Days": My grand adventure in Myanmar
It took me FOREVER to type up this report on my trip to Burma -- but here it is. I want to encourage tourism to Burma by telling you what it is like there and hopefully making you want to get on the next jet plane out to Rangoon.