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Posted in <3, Save Dollhouse, Saving Dollhouse with tags , , , on October 29, 2010 by toresimonsen

I wrote the scripts for Eliza Dushku. I love her and they were meant as a gift to her. I asked her to marry me. She did not say no, but she did not say yes.

The attempt to save Dollhouse, for Eliza Dushku, failed.

I tried every method I knew or could think of to try to save Dollhouse. I tried everything from handing out fliers and collecting signature petitions to internet organizing. I tried to get help from a lot of people. Some people were willing to help save Dollhouse, while others were very reluctant.

Room 202 Meeting Room

The effort to express my love required enormous sacrifices. Losing my car was only the beginning. I lost many friends and even ended relationships with family members. I found myself railroaded in mental health facilities and without support from allies. Love is madness. This simple fact was understood and accepted thousands of years ago. Even in the Illiad, Homer wrote, “O immortal madness, why do you have this craving to seduce me?” Today, this is lost on us.

I became homeless. In some respects, this was a good thing. I have a better sense of who is my friend and who will be there when I need them. I also have a better sense of my capabilities.

Many people did support me. Some of these people, I have been able to thank. Others, I have not been able to thank, in part because they have supported me in ways I do not know. Do not think I do not appreciate that.

I was disappointed by the recent judicial decision in the legal challenge I brought. It is not the first time a judicial decision has not gone my way. However, it left me unable to justify the continued investment in my bar membership. In other years, I found a way to justify continuing to pay my dues, despite the lack of financial return. I no longer feel that such an investment is justified.

In any event, I did what I could do.

This is not the first time I have failed in a campaign.

This is not the first time my legal opinions have been ignored.

Still, I cannot help but feel the arrow of every regret. An effort like this recalls every failure and shortcoming of one’s entire life. I found myself haunted by the ghost of every mistake I ever made. Nevertheless, I pressed on.

I tested the limits of freedom and love and discovered there was not enough of either of them.

There remains the question of what to do next. For me, at this point, love is simply out of the question. Love asks, “What are you willing to give?” I gave everything, so I have nothing left to give. There are so many beautiful and intelligent women worth appreciating, but none that I can love. Consolation, but not love. I find myself exhausted. November is coming.

I will also take a break from blogging. I find the experience invites too many negative elements into it. (I know, dear Krishna, that where there’s fire there’s smoke, but I need to breathe.)

I find myself without inspiration and simply continue to do things in a rather joyless manner. My scripts sit behind glass.

Joss Whedon Autographed Unofficial Script from Comic-con

Posted in <3, Save Dollhouse, Saving Dollhouse with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2010 by toresimonsen

Here is a photograph of the Joss Whedon autographed unofficial 4th script. The scripts were written by me for Eliza Dushku.

My goal is to save Dollhouse.

Posted in Dollhouse and censorship, Dollhouse and homeless, Save Dollhouse, Saving Dollhouse with tags , , , , on April 28, 2010 by toresimonsen

I attended the Minnesota House committee meeting at Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. There was extensive testimony, much from institutional players, about the proposed changes to the MFIP funding and more.

I am homeless. I am not receiving GA, but I took the opportunity to testify. I focused on the deprivations of fundamental rights and censorship threats to democracy.

You can watch my testimony here.

I am uploading the video to Dailymotion.

I mentioned my interaction with other political figures, specifically Rep. Tim Walz and Gubenetorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Those stories can be found on my post on unconventional politics.

As I summarized in my testimony, my goal is to save Dollhouse.

Please help save Dollhouse.

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Please sign the Twitition.

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PLEASE!!!! Let other people know about the efforts to save the show.

MFIP Cuts? GA safe for now.

Posted in Dollhouse and homeless, Dollhouse and Jobs, Save Dollhouse, Saving Dollhouse on April 26, 2010 by toresimonsen

As regular readers know, I am not currently on GA. In my case, it does not seem necessary.

I found out today that the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee released its proposed budget. I heard about this by chance while at Central Lutheran Church. There was a table with flyers. I picked one up.

I decided to head over to the capital. Getting there was not easy. I had to pay for a bus fare to get to the capital. I am not sure how many people in a similar situation will be able to get to the capital. The Basillica would not provide tokens to get to the capital and there did not appear to be any coordinated effort to get people from Minneapolis there. For example, the organizers from Stand Together Minnesota focused on outreach at drop-in centers in St. Paul.

There are some budget cuts coming. At the time being, the current budget proposes no cuts to the $203 general assistance program. In a somewhat unusual move, the cuts are being made to the MFIP program which supports families.

The MFIP program is being impacted. The current proposal is to cut $9.5 million from MFIP. The eligibility requirements for MFIP have been reduced to 110% from 115% (so you must be poorer to qualify). There is also a reduction in asset values. Cars can only be valued up to $7,500. The old limit was $15,000.

A handful of people wearing supportive stickers regarding MFIP were walking around the capital.

Public testimony on the proposed cuts is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. at the capital tomorrow.

As for me, I spent most of my time to try to conduct outreach to save Dollhouse. I handed out materials to various people at the capital about Dollhouse.

Galen Robinson talks unallotment at Drinking Liberally

Posted in Dollhouse and homeless, Save Dollhouse, Saving Dollhouse with tags , , , on April 10, 2010 by toresimonsen

At Drinking Liberally, the guest speaker was legal aid lawyer Galen Robinson. Galen Robinson recently argued the unallotment case before the Supreme Court.

Legal aid lawyers filed a class action on behalf of poor people who would be harmed by cuts to specific programs through Governor Tim Pawlenty’s use of unallotment. The lawyers filed a class action on behalf of the poor who would be irreparable harmed by reductions in government assistance. Unlike my case, Galen’s case has proceeded very rapidly.

Galen Robinson emphasized the importance of access to justice, the separation of powers, and the irreparable harm that would flow from unconstitutional actions.

Galen also talked about an increasingly polarized political system in which people are no longer talking to each other and the difficulties this causes. Galen was concerned that politicians are not making tough decisions, but were sidestepping these hard choices. One such example, was the use of unallotment.

Galen also spoke about the difficulty of forcing courts to come to terms with constitutional questions. According to Galen, courts try to find ways not to address these issues.

Galen Robinson acknowledged the help he received from amicus briefs as well as other lawyers. What began as a lonely quest, eventually snowballed into a huge coalition of legal forces aimed at challenging the governor’s use of the unallotment provision.

A decision in the case is expected soon. Here is a series of videos about his speech at Drinking Liberally. The equipment I am using is not ideal for coverage of these events. It is what I have to work with. (Hey, I’m a homeless blogger- what do you expect?)

Youtube forced me to break the video into 7 seperate parts- 10 minute cap.

Part 1.

Part 2.

Part 3.

Part 4.

Part 5.

Part 6.

Part 7.

Please let people know about the efforts to save the show.

Sign the e-petition.


Save Dollhouse by signing the TNT petition online to save Dollhouse.

Send emails.


Save Dollhouse by sending TNT EMAILS to save Dollhouse.

Sign the Twitition.

The twitition to save Dollhouse is here!

Please let other people know about the efforts to save the show.

This is What Democracy Looks Like.

Posted in <3, Dollhouse and censorship, Save Dollhouse, Saving Dollhouse with tags , , , on April 7, 2010 by toresimonsen

As a homeless blogger conducting outreach to save Dollhouse for Eliza Dushku today, I believe I ran into Ralph Reed at the Minneapolis Convention center. (Media reports place Ralph Reed at the event). The Sarah Palin Michelle Bachmann rally was going on at the convention center along with the NCEA event. I was trying to conduct outreach to save the television show Dollhouse and asking everyone for their support. Outside, I also spoke with protestors to save Dollhouse.

(The other person has been tenatively identified as John Helmberger, CEO of the Minnesota Family Council.)

Take a look at the video and decide for yourself.

Please let people know about the efforts to save the show.

Sign the e-petition.


Save Dollhouse by signing the TNT petition online to save Dollhouse.

Send emails.


Save Dollhouse by sending TNT EMAILS to save Dollhouse.

Sign the Twitition.

The twitition to save Dollhouse is here!

Please let other people know about the efforts to save the show.

Wish

Posted in <3, Dollhouse and homeless, Save Dollhouse, Saving Dollhouse on April 1, 2010 by toresimonsen

I love Eliza. I’ve said it before- many many many times.

I put together a short video request for help.

Please let people know about the efforts to save the show. (The good news is that the episode Epitaph One was nominated for a Hugo Award. Ironically, it was an unaired episode.) It is definitely worth watching.

Sign the e-petition.


Save Dollhouse by signing the TNT petition online to save Dollhouse.

Send emails.


Save Dollhouse by sending TNT EMAILS to save Dollhouse.

Sign the Twitition.

The twitition to save Dollhouse is here!

Please let other people know about the efforts to save the show.