Great Texas Pee-In – March 7, 8:00am, Capitol Extension, E1.036, Austin (updated location!)

Transgender bathroom sign: We Don't Care

The Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs has scheduled a hearing on the Texas “Bathroom Bill” (SB 6).

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Room E1.036
(Senate Finance Room)
Capitol Extension
Austin, Texas

I have visions of great crowds of people lining up to pee in the “wrong” bathrooms!!

Of course, if you can’t do that, you CAN contact your senator and the committee members and tell them what a great waste of time (not to mention invasion of privacy) this is. This post has contact info.

Pee on!!

Note: Post edited on 3/3/17, as the Committee changed the location of the

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Texas “Bathroom Bill” referred to committee

Transgender bathroom sign: We Don't Care

Texas SB6, the Texas “bathroom bill,” has been referred to the Senate State Affairs Committee. No date for a hearing has yet been set.

The Committee contact information, if you care to badger them, is:

Senate Committee on State Affairs (C570)
Clerk: Addison Reagan
Phone: (512) 463-0380
Room: SHB 380

Committee members are:

Chair: Sen. Joan Huffman
Vice Chair: Sen. Bryan Hughes

Members: Sen. Brian Birdwell
Sen. Brandon Creighton
Sen. Craig Estes
Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Sen. Jane Nelson
Sen. Charles Schwertner
Sen. Judith Zaffirini

Links go to the senators’ respective individual pages, which contains their individual contact info and …

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Texas “Bathroom Bill” – Go Pee in the “Wrong” Bathroom!

So…

They are planning to introduce one of those “bathroom bills” in the Texas Legislature. The bill number is SB 6. You can read it here.

Here is what I think should happen:

On the day the committee is holding a hearing on the bill, everyone should show up at the state capitol, and line up to pee in the “wrong” bathroom. Thousands and thousands of people. All going into the “wrong” bathroom to take a leak.

If I were in Austin, I would organize it. But I’m not, so I need help to spread it around and get …

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Ho Votato “No”

A week after I voted in the U.S. presidential election, I sent in my ballot for the Italian Constitutional Referendum, which is taking place on December 4th.

I voted “no.”

The referendum is a rather complex beast which I suspect a lot of Italians who live in Italy don’t altogether understand, let alone those of us Italians by blood who live elsewhere. It is billed by its proponents as a series of reforms intended to make the Italian government more stable and efficient. That’s an admirable goal, especially in a country like Italy, where the bureaucracy often moves at slower …

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Double-neck Guitar Project, Part 1 – Will It Work?

Here is a little toy/project I picked up on eBay last week. I’ve been wanting to try one of these for a long time, and I finally found one at a bargain-basement price.

Actually, I’ve sold this guy to pay for most of it. So it’s going to turn out to be an even better bargain. I’m trading a guitar that sort of duplicates what I already have for something unique and different.

I’ve never built anything like this before, so it’s going to be an adventure.

This is, in fact, not the kit I originally ordered. To make things …

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I Can Now Vote in Italian Elections

An additional privilege of the recognition of my Italian citizenship is that I now have the right to vote in Italian national elections. I can vote for representatives to the Italian Parliament, and I can also vote in national referenda. This is sort of like absentee voting in the U.S., but with a major twist.

A U.S. citizen living out of the country can vote for federal-level officials — president, vice-president, U.S. senator, and U.S. congressperson. But that person votes in their U.S. voting district (that is, the last place the person lived in the U.S.), their votes are commingled …

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