edit to add: I knew Ellen Fletcher only slightly; Terry and I spoke to her at a Stanford game, at the bike racks, a year ago fall. The artwork above is by a PAUSD student, on display near Council chambers, I had sampled generally a few weeks prior.
Meanwhile I had wanted to post somewhere herein, although I am thinking of shuttering “Svayambh-PA: Or, the New Residentialist Platform” and going back to posting on politics at “Plastic Alto” something about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Once again, as in 2009, I believe I am the only candidate who referenced the war, or war dead, and the possible link between those expenditures and our supposed budget problems (I claim are exaggerated) here. I have been carrying in my wallet a little clip, from New York Times, if Ellen and her loved ones will excuse the segue (I mentioned the 7,000 American dead at the editorial roundtable with Mario Dianda, Liz Kniss, Greg Schmid, Marc Berman and Patrick Burt):
Names of the Dead
The Department of Defense has identified 2,133 American service members who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations. It confirmed the death of the following American recently:
BUTTRY, Brandon L., 19, Pfc., Army; Shenandoah, Iowa; Second Infantry Division.
(According to an article I found out of Nebraska, Private Buttry is survived by his parents and 12 siblings. Services are November 15, in Iowa.)