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The old way of communicating with Congresscritters, through the mail, was pretty slow, and slightly asymmetric: the distal end didn't (still doesn't) have to pay postage. But a letter doesn't cost that much to send, and the investment of time was a greater cost. The new way, inevitably through a web form with anti-spam and anti-not-constituent protections has not improved the slow response time, and is even more asymmetric.
This just in from my Congressman, an e-mail "letter" in response to... how am I supposed to remember? (That email form doesn't save what you put into it, doesn't send you a courtesy copy in the auto-acknowledgement, and of course the response from the Congressperson, should there be one, doesn't reiterate anything you say.) That's why I put my letter on my blog last month, subject "Obamacare," a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act.
Of course Rep. Mike Simpson agress that the ACA needs improvement, and of course he didn't respond to my point, that we need the Republicans to stop the theater and sabotage and start pulling their weight, but he did address my question of what he was going to do.
He has cosponsored the House version of the Delay Until Fully Functional Act of 2013, by golly. It and Marco Rubio's Senate Bill 1592 have garned zero Democratic co-sponsors, and govtrack.us gives a sorry prognosis: 20% chance of the Senate bill being passed (sounds high), and just 1% chance of the House bill getting past committee, 0% chance of being enacted. But the funny (not ha ha) part of Simpson's letter is the opening salvo:
"As you well know, the initial implementation of Obamacare, particularly the rollout of the federal exchange website, has been an abject failure. Even many of the most ardent supporters of the law have admitted that the administration should receive an 'F' for their performance as the law has been rolled out."
I'm not an "ardent supporter" by any means (let's talk about scrapping the ridiculous insurance industry kludge and job security plan and implementing single payer, shall we?), and no question the rollout had its problems. But "abject failure"? Not quite that bad, actually, and here on December 10, three weeks after I sent you an email, and a month and a half after the symbolic Senate Bill and House Resolution were introduced and D.O.A., quite a few of the problems have been addressed. Still lots more work to do, but zero help from H.R.3359 or S.1592.
You want to give out grades for performance, really? The very best grade the 113th Congress could get is "incomplete," but even that would require some showing of an intention to make up the missing work. There is no possible grade other than "F" to apply to its work.
I wouldn't bring that subject up, if I were you.
A remarkable cross-cultural connection in the realm of "holiday giving," beautifully captured in a blog moment: Oh Little Town of Guijing Village.
"Into this village wandered not Maji, but 4 French, 1 Singaporean, 2 Germans, 2 Canadian, 2 Hong Kong, 4 mainland Chinese, and 1 American with 4 inkjet printers*, 2 coffee machines, 4 walkie talkies, 1 reporter from NPR, 15 bowls of wontons and a partridge in a pear tree."
And what better byline to report on it than @LOLGOP, on The National Memo, Rand Paul to Detroit: You're being punished because you don't worship the rich. Ok, that's not literally what he said, but pretty close to it. He dropped a lot of soundbites during his day in the 'hood, doing "black outreach" for the GOP. Electablog has some fascinating coverage of the day, including the parts of his talk promoting colorblind justice, adhering to the rule of law, and reforming drug laws (hear, hear) at a venue where the bouncers demanded non-existent "tickets" to select the audience.
What's wrong with politics today is "cronyism," Paul said. Capitalism is the most democratic institution we have: "you vote every day." And yeah, some of us are more equal than others in that system. But that's ok, you should feel good about that.
In a city where "Republicans have probably been getting less than 10% of the vote" (the ballot votes, not the store-bought votes) he thinks "our vote potential is only upwards" with the right message. Ha ha. Don't ask for money, people, ask for lower taxes and less regulation! You should keep more of your money, so you can vote more often.
"The president plays this sort of thing of envy and he says to us, 'You should not like the rich people, you should punish the rich people.' I say no, reward them. They create the jobs. That’s who we work for. Anybody here work for a poor person?"
Ha ha ha!
"So you want rich people to have more money so YOU can have more money."
Anybody here work for a poor person?
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky?
David Lightman's account of the Washington D.C. World War II memorial closure as case study for the government shutdown as an interesting wrap, of sorts, on the political theater two months gone from the nightly news.
He says "both major parties share the blame for the breakdown, in the House of Representatives and the Senate," and the bottom line is:
"The infrastructure built up in the Congress to handle its most basic job — appropriating the money to run the government — no longer works."
In late July, with the tedious detail of actually doing their jobs weighing upon them, and oh, so many amendments...
House Speaker John Boehner explained, “We had 50 amendments yet to consider in that (transportation) bill. Considering everything else that we’ve got going on this week, (we) decided that … finishing that bill in September was the right step.”
Which was a crazy bad judgment. Can't work in August, wha? And in September, nothing got finished, except for the old fiscal year, on the 30th.
About half the House Republicans have been in office only since 2010. None has ever worked in a Congress that passed into law any appropriations bills, let alone a majority or all of them.
“They’ve never seen regular order,” [Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal] Rogers (R-KY) said. “They don’t know what it is.”
Hadn't come across the word "Roubaix" in recent memory, but it's French, obviously, and here I see that it's a commune (like a township in the U.S.) near the border with Belgium. East of Dunkirk, NW of Lille, W of Brussels, that sort of thing. It's also the finish of the Paris-Roubaix cycling classic, "one of the most prestigious events on the cycling calendar" according to Wikipedia. Something to do with bicycling.
Nice name for a small business in Cochrane, Alberta then, tucked between Calgary and the Rocky Mountain parks: Café Roubaix Bicycles, started as "a small town bicycle repair business running out of a garage" and expanded to custom wheel building, and "a store front in which high quality bicycles and parts would be offered in a boutique setting."
Oh, and the U.S. giant Specialized liked that French name too and put it on a line of their bicycles and claimed a trademark on it. Before Dan Richter did up there in Canada, eh.
If I say "Roubaix" are you confused about a French commune, a road race, a ridiculously expensive line of bikes from Specialized and a small bike shop and wheel builder in Canada? Of course you aren't. But Specialized says it's "simply defending its legally owned trademark." It doesn't sound to me like they have much of a case. The connection between bicycles and Roubaix is what Specialized usurped; a bike shop is not a bicycle, and neither are custom wheels to be confused with frames.
But Specialized can afford a legal battle, and Dan Richter can't: his lawyer "thinks they have a good case to make, but the fight could cost upwards of $150,000 in legal fees, a price too steep for his small company."
Back when I ran a small bike shop, Specialized was relatively unknown, but an up and comer. I thought it was a cool brand, made in America and all. One of their early bike designs is in the Smithsonian! They made it big: annual revenue estimated at half a billion dollars, and a Wikipedia page with a litigation section.
I think Specialized should man up and let Dan Richter do his business under the name he chose. News coverage and social media have turned up a lot of people who think likewise.
The acronym for the American Legislative Exchange Council would also serve nicely for "Applying Legislation to Enrich Corporations." Idaho's local ALEC tool and "educational charity," the Idaho Freedom Foundation and its headman Wayne Hoffman, started the anti-pension propaganda campaign at least 4 years ago, complaining about the state "forcing taxpayers to subsidize employee retirement programs."
Then there's the problem of forcing taxpayers to subsidize employee health insurance, along with employee housing costs and groceries. Why don't they just run the state with volunteers? I'm sure Hoffman would be happy to help. He's happy to have his supposedly independent "news" outlet, the Idaho Reporter run anti-pension opinions, just coincidentally congruent with his thinking.
Idaho's state public pension system is small potatoes compared to the big fish to fry, in places like Illinois, Detroit and Chicago. Dean Baker notes that pension theft is taking class warfare to the next level. In some places, it's been a long time coming, with government officials making deliberate choices to push funding off to future taxpayers; complexity and long-term actuarial calculations can be gamed in lots of ways.
Detroit's workers are likely to be left the biggest losers, never mind apparent protection in Michigan's constitution. Illinois' workers are next, and then Chicago's. It'll be the un-gift that keeps un-giving to retirees.
There may be some oxen gored over nepotism (item below), but culling the herd over particular matters will be a minor, pecuniary business to be sorted out in tiresome investigations and inconveniences. The meddling in affairs of state repression of dissidents is another matter. Not that we're necessarily holier than thou, but we have from time to time made a point of our publicizing how well we see other nation's faults.
Increasingly, Tibet is off the table, as described in The Economist's "Banyan" blog of Asian politics and culture ("named for a tree whose branches have sheltered great ideas"): Lip service "China seems to be winning its arguments with the West over Tibet and human rights."
"China has succeeded in shifting human rights and Tibet far down the agenda of its international relations for three reasons. One, of course, is its enormous and still fast-growing commercial clout. ... Second, alarm at China’s expanding military capacity and its assertive approach to territorial disputes is also demanding foreign attention. ... [Third] is China’s tactic of linking foreign criticism to economic and strategic issues."
And "with domestic economies in the doldrums," the importance of human rights in our foreign affairs comes after jobs, oil, nuclear weapons, terrorism, military power, illegal immigration, world hunger, strengthening the U.N. and limiting climate change. For China in particular, human rights is in a four-way tie for fourth place after debt, jobs, and trade.
That's why you haven't stumbled over the news that "over the past two years, more than 120 Tibetans have set fire to themselves in protest," nor that the winner of the 2010 Nobel peace prize, Liu Xiaobo, "remains in jail for no more than advocating peaceful, incremental political reform."
Yet another reason for the New York Times to be media non grata in China: cronies don't care for exposure of their operations. But hey, they're just reporting what federal authorities are finding about JPMorgan's "Sons and Daughters" hiring program. No euphemism there, the plan has been to hire the children of China's rulers. As for any good business program, there are business metrics:
“JPMorgan also briefly kept 'historical deal conversion' spreadsheets, according to interviews with people briefed on the investigation. In one column, JPMorgan listed job candidates; in another, the bank recorded its 'track record' for winning business from companies tied to those candidates. Other spreadsheets listed well-connected hires and the revenue JPMorgan earned from deals with private and state-owned Chinese companies linked to those hires, documents show.”
Not that it's new news, or just JPMorgan:
"For two decades, Wall Street banks have sought out China’s so-called princelings, turning family and friends of senior officials into bank employees and consultants."
But I haven't seen any other firm's business ties to former prime minister Wen Jiabao's family turned into a helpful infographic, as the NYT did last month.
Living to your 90s gives you a lot of history to cover, and various people commenting on the life and times of Nelson Mandela have remarked upon the airbrushing going on. Peter Beinart reminds us that Mandela Mandela was considered an enemy of the U.S. by many. The feeling was in some part mutual: a key lesson from his life was that "America isn't always a force for freedom." One man's "freedom fighter" is another man's "terrorist," and the Reagan administration picked the wrong side more than once, in South Africa and Central America, at least.
“[I]n Washington today, politicians and pundits breezily describe the Cold War as a struggle between the forces of freedom, backed by the U.S., and the forces of tyranny, backed by the USSR. In some places—Germany, Eastern Europe, eventually Korea—that was largely true. But in South Africa, the Cold War was something utterly different. In South Africa, for decades, American presidents backed apartheid in the name of anti-communism. Indeed, the language of the Cold War proved so morally corrupting that in 1981, Reagan, without irony, called South Africa’s monstrous regime 'essential to the free world.'”
It seems forever ago that Congress could step up and do what the President failed to, as Marc Johnson recalls,
“the intense and passionate debates in the early 1980's over whether Ronald Reagan could be pressured to impose economic sanctions on the apartheid government of South Africa. Then-Congressman Dick Cheney voted in 1985 against a resolution that called for Mandela’s release from jail and commentators from George Will to William F. Buckley defended the white South African government and condemned Mandela and his African National Congress (ANC) as just a pawn of the Soviet Union.
“After much debate the Congress in 1986 voted to do what the Reagan Administration wouldn’t and imposed economic sanctions on the apartheid government of South Africa.”
Reagan vetoed the legislation, but in spite of "pulling out all the stops," the House and then the Senate voted to override his veto, by wide margins (313-83 and 78-21).
Think Progress pushes back on the convenience of forgetting: Six Things Nelson Mandela Believed That Most People Won’t Talk About and a timeline of the right wing’s campaign to discredit and undermine Mandela.
They measure pollution in Shanghai with a scale that goes up to 500, and my Eye on Shanghai says it hit 509 today. He posted a suitably airpocalyptic photo from 1pm today. The NYT's Sinosphere blog reported on the air pollution shrouding eastern China yesterday, noting that
"the authorities in Shanghai warned children and the elderly to stay indoors Thursday as concentrations of the most harmful air pollutants exceeded 10 times the level deemed safe by the World Health Organization. ... Environmental officials blamed the poor conditions on the lack of strong winds to flush out bad air..."
Perhaps the Idaho Statesman's editorial page editor could helpfully share his wisdom with the Chinese: sure coal may be dirty, but it's the best option available so, um, suck it up.
The mystery about how the chemical weapons deal with Syria came into being doesn't detract from the remarkable success to date, and the possibility of solving a rather substantial international problem. The meme of Obama's "blunders" and "big mistakes" in Syria were all the rage in late August and early September. Do you remember? Keith Koffler, for example, itemized "serial Syria mistakes", winding up to the danger of "a world without U.S. leadership," because Obama was supposedly planning only a "limited attack."
"That is not worth doing. Any attack that fails to take out Assad or destroy his defenses is counterproductive. A limited strike will only rally sympathy for Assad and prove to the world that the United States won’t act forcefully to back up its word and support its interests, and that it lacks commitment to lead."
Going to Congress was a "big mistake," "reeking of weakness" to Tom Rogan. "It might be majestic political calculation," he wrote with utter disingenuity, "but this is terrible foreign policy."
Ben Smith and BuzzFeed staff gratuitously illustrated 9 key blunders ("So Far"), with the definitely creepy image of Vladimir Putin winking the punchline. Obama "played straight into his hands, making Assad's key patron look both relevant and responsible."
Hey, throw a dog a bone, would you? Puti still has the nuclear weapons, remember, and enough oil and gas to fuel heartburn for eastern Europe (at least) if they choke the spigot. They're also providing rides to the International Space Station. And as wonderful and exceptional as we may be, we—let alone our President—are not the only actors on the world stage.
Without looking very hard, I'm sure I could find someone complaining about the United Nations being made to look both relevant and responsible too, but here we are: U.N. offical details plans for removing Syria's chemical arms, never mind in the middle of the country's civil war.
Our exceptional indispensibility is being put to the task of dispensing the munitions, on an incredibly short timetable called for by the Sept. 27 Security Council resolution: the entire stockpile "must" be destroyed by mid-2014.
The U.S. has a lot of experience in the field, having spent twenty years destroying the majority of our own 31,500 ton arsenal at ten sites. The one I've seen, in Umatilla, Oregon, is out in the vast intermountain desert between the Cascades and the Rocky Mountains, where there is no civil war, no strife to speak of (beyond cold winter and hot summer), and hardly any people. The disposal out there took seven years, compared to the fast-track for Syria's chemicals, barely more than seven months.
Whether or not specific deadlines hold, what we aren't hearing about is more incidents of the use of these weapons, reporting about "collateral damage" from another mideast bombing campaign, or the right-wing whinging about how "weak" our President and Secretaries of State and Defense are. And who cares whether Putin has a wink or a twitch?
Update: Toward the end of the news wrap on the Newshour tonight, this:
"The international chemical weapons watchdog now says that all of Syria's unfilled chemical munitions have been destroyed. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced that it has verified that the Assad regime did indeed destroy the empty weapons. It also confirmed destruction of buildings at production facilities."
Saw somewhere that the Guardian said it's dropped about 1% of the Snowden treasure trove so far. And here on PR Watch, a batch about ALEC, our statewise corporate bill-mill. Last December, ALEC's executive director said they'd thought about setting up a backup 501(c)(4), just in case the IRS gave their (c)(3) "charity" status the stink-eye, but a spokesperson said they had "no current plans" to do so.
“Just eight days after the Bloomberg story ran, ALEC formed the 501(c)(4) "Jeffersonian Project," according to a certificate of incorporation obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy. (ALEC also failed to mention to Bloomberg that it had incorporated another 501(c)(4), "ALEC NOW" in July of 2012; that entity was dissolved earlier this year.)”
Bill Hayes sheds some interesting historical and personal light on that newly discovered body part meme that made the rounds last month in a NYT op-ed: The Secrets Inside Us.
"Open up a human body, and you will be very surprised by what you see. Nothing is as perfectly clean and clear as anatomical illustrations suggest. The body is murky. Muscles don’t neatly separate for you in order to display their various parts. What lies beneath the chiseled beauty that is a six-pack, to cite one example, is wet and messy.
"The precise point where a tendon turns to muscle, and ligament attaches to bone, isn’t always obvious. Parts are closely bound together in a body (indeed, “ligament” comes from the Latin for “to bind”), packed in tight and padded within clumps of protective fat, or bunched together with fascia, the corporeal equivalent of cellophane. You have to dig around to find what you’re looking for, and know what it is you are looking for."
Thom George is shooting up a storm during his stay in China, and sharing it with the world on his Shanghai Lens blog. The latest installment is "Chinese Street Economy," worth a visit. (The more verbose account is on another blog, Eye on Shanghai, also recommended.)
Among the things I would not have thought to do, but find very interesting to consider: using phone call "mining technology" on "more than 600,000 phone calls placed by consumers to businesses across 30 different industries from the past 12 months" and sorting them out by the state the calls came from.
The Marchex Institute did it, and found a 2-to-1 spread from most cursive (Ohio) to least (Washington). That's what you get for having a Buckeye for a mascot, I guess. Aside from the humor (and marketing) value, I found it interesting that there's a rather low incidence in what you would think would be a highly charged venue: even the Buckeye state only produced 1 in 150 customer service calls with cursing.
If you can't get enough of this sort of thing, The Atlantic picked up the story and has links to sweary heat maps, more sweary heat maps and sweary interactive maps.
All I know about Fox News is what I get from The Daily Show, which last night informed me that we're having a War on Christmas. Again! Just when you thought it was safe to go out in the snow. Yesterday, we got a card from one of the financial institutions we do business with, and I was curious to see how they'd dodge the obstacle. They're "wishing [us] peace and joy in the coming new year," with a lovely snow on bare branch with cherry blossoms theme. Nice.
Diana Butler Bass ups the ante, wondering if Fox News has declared War on Advent, or something.
“Did FOX get the wrong memo? According to ancient Christian tradition, "Christmas" is not the December shopping season in advance of Christmas Day; rather, it is Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Twelve Days following that run until early January. During most of December, Christians observe Advent, a four-week season of reflection, preparation and waiting that precedes the yearly celebration of Jesus' birth.”
"Reflection, preparation and waiting" is not easy to come by these days. Especially with a late-as-can-be Thanksgiving and omg six fewer shopping days this year.
Ron Bonjean, anti-ACA Republican strategist and talking head on the Newshour tonight, says the Republicans are "going the gamut" on their anti-marketing push. A major "digital push" from the RNC in the next 24 hours. Five oversight hearings this week in the House! That'll fix er.
"President Obama, to have an anecdote, you know, sold us a lamp, and instead now, they're saying, 'Look at this great paperweight.'"
He chortled at his funnee quip, but sadly, the Newshour does not have a laugh track, and neither Gwen Ifill nor Brad Woodhouse had any reason to be amused. Is that on the talking points script, or is this guy going rogue? "To have an anecdote" seems to be the plan to discredit any and all. If that doesn't do it, have another anecdote.
Not that this little local TV coverage tells us all we need to know, but "several new roundabouts" in a territory where the last ones got run out of town on a rail does not seem likely to end well. Personally, I like the sound of the Ada County Highway District spokesman touting a plan "to kind of change the vibe downtown" to something "friendlier": "more walkable, rideable for the cyclists, and maybe a little less auto-centric."
But that's just me. KBOI says they talked to "people" in downtown Boise, "and they didn't like the idea." Then they quoted one "person" with the usual cycle-cross:
"When someone's driving downtown and can't find any parking and they almost hit three bikers, I'm sure their opinion will change," Jacob Knutson said.
If you're focused on U.S. politics at the federal level, you might be persuaded that the Republican agenda is first, foremost, aftmost and last about do-nothing politics, obstruct, delay, and blame. But in fact, there is a quite detailed and specific agenda that will be coming to your (and my) state legislature shortly. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has plans. A lot of plans.
You can count the number of days both houses of Congress will be working this month on one hand, but from today through Friday, ALEC has a full agenda from plenary breakfasts through late night parties, afternoon workshops, and opportunities to schmooze up your favorite hard-right pols. Thursday's workshops include "Expanding Medicaid: Compassionate or Corrosive?" and "Marketing Pension Reform: Tell Stories to Move Policy Forward."
There are task forces for the "Justice Performance Project," Health and Human Services, Tax and Fiscal Policy, International Relations, Communications and Technology, and more. There are anti-ESA and anti-EPA workshops. There is an exhibition hall full of corporate and astroturf lobbying organizations, offering games and handing out swag (I have to assume, at least as good as at CPAC this year).
There will be gratuitous references to whatever holiday and patriotic theme and firearms you like, such as Will Freeland's blog post, 5 States That Can Be Thankful For Rejecting Bad Policy, which spells out the ALEC program more directly than perhaps intended:
"Despite federal gridlock, the states continue to lead the way towards fostering more competitive economies that ensure shared prosperity and the opportunity for individual citizens to seek and achieve prosperity—the American dream."
Not that Freeland is being coy about this: he references his post on America's Future Foundation (that 501(c)(3) charity "founded in 1995 by a group of liberty-minded leaders in Washington DC") from a month ago, Ideological Factions Should Fight In The States, Not D.C.
"Federal politics are perpetually gridlocked," he says to set the scene, dismissing responsibility just as casually. "Though many are quick to levy blame, few advance constructive solutions..." Excepting, of course, ALEC, and the credulous and less evenly split state legislatures.
"What is overlooked is that our national political strife is contrasted with an underlying state culture of politics that allows many states to pass bold laws and reforms, rather than gridlock perpetuating the status quo, and allowing people, firms, and capital to sort into a state with a political and policy climate suitable to their individual disposition."
Freeland wraps up by noting that "this sorting allows economic results to transcend ideology," with a transcendent factual reference... to ALEC, natch. The 6th edition of Rich States, Poor States, from Arthur Laffer (yes, that Laffer), Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams provides not so much the facts about liberal bad, conservative good as the "forward-looking" talking points along the lines of Field of Dreams. "Rigorous data analysis," don't you know, shows
"that low tax, low regulation, limited government states are leading the way in job creation and positive net migration, but citizens need not take our word for it—they can set sail for the state that best serves their individual interests."
Of course I wanted to see where my state ranks in the download found below. Performance rank of 6 and economic outlook of 7, holy Toledo, Idaho is super dooper.
This is grading on some imaginary curves. "Absolute domestic migration," which I gather is voting with one's feet, was high, went flat, then negative in 2010 and is just above nil in 2011, the last year shown. This is ranked "13," somehow. By their particular backward-looking measures—state GDP growth, migration, and non-farm payroll employment—Idaho was doing well versus the U.S as a whole, but has gone worse, still ranks high? It's because we're right-thinking. Our minimum wage is set at the federal minimum. Ranks #1! We'll do great.
In a more objective measure such as... I don't know, what about average weekly wage, reported by the BLS, Idaho is ranked #50. $692 in Idaho, compared to $984 for the U.S. average (in March 2012). Come to Idaho, and work for 30% lower wages!
That should make prosperity just right around the corner, eh?
The 5-minute slide-whipping free-for-all provides an opportunity for weird serendipity and discovery of previously undiscovered talent, but even at "free," I found my curiosity blunted by the unevenness. It doesn't need to be The Gong Show—practicing politeness is always worthwhile—but some sort of feedback mechanism seems needed. More audition and discernment by the organizers? Maybe they had that, but we didn't agree on the selections.
Tightening up to a particular (and a useful) theme strikes my fancy, and this Thursday night's 10 Big Ideas to Make Boise Greener presented by the Conservation Voters for Idaho seems like it could be just the thing.
"This Ignite style event will be full of spectacular and innovative ideas on how to make Boise one of the greenest cities in the nation! Featuring short and entertaining talks from Conservation Voters for Idaho, Boise Bike Share, Boise Urban Garden School, Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Rivers United, Idaho Sierra Club, Idaho Smart Growth, Trout Architects/Chartered, US Green Building Council, and the Treasure Valley Family YMCA."
And Payette Brewing in the house. Good ideas. Go.
One of the presenters will be my friend Liz Paul of Idaho Rivers United. I like this, from Kristin Fitz in the Facebook event promo comments:
"Once upon a time Liz was a surfer girl in the Santa Monica Bay, a banana slug at UC Santa Cruz and a nordic ski bum in Ketchum, but now Liz and her family live in the 100-year floodplain in Garden City and enjoy the Boise River year round."
Tom von Alten