Sunday, January 20, 2008

Fruit Trees

My wife discusses our experience at our first Urban Harvest fruit tree sale yesterday. I wasn't sure what to expect after driving into Houston at 8am in 40-degree weather after a hard rain so that we could stand in line for another hour. Once the gate opened at 9am, it was basically a land rush. If you didn't have a plan by then, you were toast. We were told to keep an eye on our wagons and our plants. We heard folks complaining about stolen plants. In the end, we ended up with a fair haul. A persimmon, a Cloud Pomegranate, two muscadine grape vines, and a banana fig tree.
Thousands march for Life in San Francisco

This annual event has grown considerably over the years, in spite of the tolerant city council of San Francisco having deemed the city a "pro-choice" zone, telling marchers (many of whom are long time SF residents) to beat it.

"If you don't like abortion, then don't have one!"

That's got to be one of the silliest counter arguments I've ever heard. Well, "if you don't like slavery, don't own a slave!" I don't protest abortion for me. I protest it for women and children harmed, abused, murdered, lied to, oppressed. As a survivor, I protest it for those of my generation whom I will never be able to call friends.

My wife's parents were involved with the march for life again this year. Gerald of the ClosedCafeteria blog has some good shots here and here.

The San Francisco Chronicle has an initial article about the event. Slightly biased, though. I've heard estimates that this year that well over 25,000 were there (not 10,000 as the Chronicle estimates). But the pictures are very telling. Just to juxtapose one of Gerald's with one of the Chronicle's:

When a man steals to satisfy hunger, we may safely conclude that there is something wrong in society - so when a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is an evidence that either by education or circumstances she has been greatly wronged.
-Mattie Brinkerhoff, early American Feminist, published in The Revolution, 4(9):138-9 September 2, 1869.


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