Monday, December 29, 2008

December 29, 2008

Well the year is almost over! It's been a tough one. Probably the toughest so far and there's been some heavy ones back there.

I've been working out with my daughter almost every day and also working on brochures, and thinking of ideas for the new Raza Unida website. Hopefully this second week off helps out.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays 08

Things are challenging but good. I have lots of optimism for the future. My children are great, my wife is too!

I started working out with light weights again this week. Haven't done a ton of walking but it has been generally more comfortable. I'll keep it up.

I also noticed that a logo I did for Chicana-Chicano Studies at UNM was actually put on a book! I'll have to look up the logo to see if I still have it and post it. I'll also check which books it was used on.

It wasn't my favorite logo - but the office liked it at the time!

Keep Lefting and Lifting!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Happy Holidays

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Had a good lunch with my bro and my son. The hard part is dealing with the disconnect my hito seems to be having. I'll be working on it. He's been abandoned by lots of folks, mostly because I think it is just too hard to hang in there with him.

I'll have to figure out something for him and for me.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

DEP Amber


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Worth Seeing Again!


Monday, December 15, 2008

Size 10 Shoe!

Have a great week!!!

I think this reporter did what some people may have thought about. So much for being welcomed as "liberators."


Friday, December 12, 2008

Bettie Page Passes On

Bettie Page passed on. I know this is outside of my normal post, but Bettie's image permeates so much of US culture. She was out of the public for a long time and returned in the 1990s. She was 85.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Another Proud Father Moment

I am getting ready to remove the old Raza Unida website which went up on 1/1/98 and put up a new one. First I didn't realize how many things we had worked on. Second, it is just a trip thinking of how many people have come through the organization to move on to other things.
Got lots of work to do! New site will be up after xmas.


Letter to

I wrote a letter to

Here is the text:

Essentially my vision for the country is of family. A family that cares for each other. One that sees that caring requiring responsibility to act, and to act with strength.

I see a country rich enough that no one should be working for a living and still having to deal with below-poverty-wages. I see a country where corporations do not charge people in order to keep them from attaining health care. I see a country where fairness rules and everyone has access enough to run for office if they choose, and the ability for voter choice to have many options in finding someone that truly represents their interests.

I envision an America where everyone pays their fair share of taxes for the benefits we expect. I envision an America where everyone has the opportunity for a quality education. I envision an America where unions are supported in organizing for workers' rights.

I look forward to a society where government lives up to its moral responsibilities in serving all and reducing the inequalities that cause so many illnesses. I look forward to a society where all neighborhoods have adequate resources so they can be healthy and safe. I look forward to poison-free communities.

My vision is that government lives up to its responsibilities in order that those of us who are not elected officials know our voices will have impact. My vision is that government is moral and eliminates the barriers to participation at all levels. My vision is that government is caring, responsible and strong enough to serve everyone, including the homeless family, the recent immigrants, and those struggling to make ends meet.



I have a great job, but there are always people who seem lost no matter how many times you give them information.

I stress myself out a lot, but it has to be a drag to not be able to roll with punches!

Been reading more Lakoff and it seems like it is making more and more sense. I was resistant to the whole idea of family models and all that way back in the beginning. But now I am a "framing" addict. I'll be out of town starting on Friday. If I can, I will blog.


Monday, December 01, 2008


Still working through a lot of the pain and tightness in my body. Didn't make it to work out this week and that was a drag. I'll be out of town next week. Hopefully I can get some walking in and maybe still get online to post.

There was a story on NPR saying that the Bush administration privatized more of government than any other administration. On top of that there is little to no oversight, so there is no proof that anything is being done worse or better than government could do it. There is no proof as to how many workers are doing it, what they are being paid or any of that. There are actually more contractors than government employees in Iraq!

To me this seems like a giant redistribution of tax dollars to no-bid contractors. It is also a redistribution of government. We are no longer being governed by almost democratically elected individuals accountable to us, that responsibility has been redistributed, outsourced actually, to private contractors who we don't know anything about.

I'll have to write more on that later.



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