Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Jah Motion thread

Somebody posted the following in the Iran post.
I know this isn't germane to the post but I just noticed that there doesn't appear to be any Jah Motion shuttle buses operating to RR this year.
There were no schedules posted in the papers or any other mention.
Am I missing something here, or are the locals who want to go being encouraged to drive down to Payn'Park this year?
Got to keep those revenues up and expenses down.
Now back to your local station.....
If anybody cares why there aren't any Jah Motion shuttles please feel free to (yawn) talk about it.

Update: Apparently there are shuttles. Settled? Good.


Dissent symposium on Iran

From the Dissent website:
The editors of Dissent asked a number of distinguished commentators to respond to the following statement and questions:

For a quarter of a century, Iran has been ruled by a militant theocracy. After the shah's regime--authoritarian, brutal, and backed by the United States--was overthrown, the new regime quickly proved itself to be authoritarian, cruel, and self-warranted by Islamic fundamentalism. Reform efforts have proved chimerical, and Tehran has pursued nuclear capabilities with vigor, long deceiving the International Atomic Energy Agency and Western interlocutors about its efforts. To what extent should the character of the Iranian regime govern Western responses to its ambitions? Should Iran be considered just one state among others, seeking its legitimate self-interests? What "threat" does the current Iranian regime pose in today's world? --Eds.

Read the responses: Shlomo Avineri, Michael W. Doyle, Yitzhak Nakash, Suzanne Nossel, Anne-Marie Slaughter.
The responses are short, articulate, and diverse. I expect some posters will trot out their own views, or Noam Chomsky's, but what I'd like to see is direct responses to the views expressed by the symposium participants.


GGU bridge jump is the choice of death for middle aged white guys like me

So says the Marin County coroner.

Not me though. I'm afraid of heights.

Photo is from SF GATE.

Addendum: Wow! Two death topic posts in a row. Didn't notice that until a moment ago. I'll try to cheer it up a little with my next post.

Second Addendum: The Bay Guardian reports on a recent work death on the bridge in which the company avoided penalties on a bizarre technicality.

Monday, July 30, 2007


Triple celeb death day

Bill Walsh.

Ingmar Bergman.

Tom Snyder.

A dog who was close to someone close to me also died today.

"I don't like Mondays."

-Boomtown Rats (quoting a teenage girl who killed a lot of people on a Monday)

Sunday, July 29, 2007


Off to yet another trial

This is the most trial-laden summer of my career. One tomorrow and one next week. At least the August 13 trial case settled a couple of days ago!

So I'll be posting occasionally, but not often enough to keep tabs on cro-mag comments. I really don't want to have to put moderation on again. All I ask is for basic respect in posting, avoiding rumors without foundation, and of course no copyright violations.

Have a good week.


AIPAC and Mike Thompson

By request, from a posting in a thread below:
I assume that Eric will be doing a story on the 8-12-2007 St. Helena private fundraiser being held for Mike Thompson by AIPAC? Mike Thompson has been very public about his lack of concern over the Bush Administration's impending illegal attack against the people of Iran. It could be all of that AIPAC, Boeing, Lockheed Martin money Thompson is taking and using for who knows what, as the Republicans never put up any serious opposition to Mike Thompson at election time. The Republicans overall are pretty happy with Thompson, being that Mike Thompson is basically a Republican on most issues. There's a very interesting story with the AIPAC fundraiser that I'm sure will make its way on to this blog, one way or another. Hopefully Eric Kirk will not be too afraid to open a discussion thread on this issue. Don't worry, Eric, Mike Thompson's bark is louder than his bite. Did you see the way Thompson personally attacked a critic Walt Frazer in the Times-Standard letter to the editor section about 3 weeks ago? It made Thompson look like a real jerk. Don't be afraid to tell the truth about Mike Thompson's corrupt backroom dealings with lobbyists. The facts are what they are. Mike Thompson is on the take for millions from various shady organizations, including AIPAC, who after all was involved in that Larry Franklin spying scandal not too long ago where AIPAC helped to faciliate espionage against the Pentagon by neo-con Larry Franklin on behalf of the Israeli government. What is Mike Thompson doing having a private fundraiser with AIPAC at this time? We deserve the answer. And the answer is obvious to anyone who has read that AIPAC fundraising letter for Thompson. Attacking Iran is not only on AIPAC's agenda, it is on Mike Thompson's agenda as well. AIPAC's hush money to Thompson will no doubt help keep Thompson quiet as usual when the shit is ready to hit the foreign policy fan in Iran.
For those who don't know AIPAC stands for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. It is a formidable special interest lobby organization (rated second only to AARP, but ahead of the AFL-CIO and NRA in terms of effectiveness) which describes itself as follows:
For more than half a century, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has worked to help make Israel more secure by ensuring that American support remains strong. From a small public affairs boutique in the 1950s, AIPAC has grown into a 100,000-member national grassroots movement described by The New York Times as "the most important organization affecting America's relationship with Israel."
It was formerly named "American Zionist Committee for Public Affairs," but that was obviously much less ecumenical. The organization is controversial nonetheless for allegations of spying on the US on behalf of Israel and the scandal described at Wikipedia.
In 1992, AIPAC president David Steiner had to resign when he was tape recorded boasting about his political influence in obtaining aid for Israel. Steiner claimed that he had "met with (then Bush U.S. Secretary of State) Jim Baker and I cut a deal with him. I got, besides the $3 billion, you know they're looking for the Jewish votes, and I'll tell him whatever he wants to hear ... Besides the $10 billion in loan guarantees which was a fabulous thing, $3 billion in foreign, in military aid, and I got almost a billion dollars in other goodies that people don't even know about." Steiner also claimed to be "negotiating" with the incoming Clinton administration over who Clinton would appoint as Secretary of State and Secretary of the National Security Agency. Steiner stated that AIPAC had "a dozen people in [the Clinton] campaign, in the headquarters ... in Little Rock, and they're all going to get big jobs."[6]

Haim Katz told the Washington Times that he taped the conversation because "as someone Jewish, I am concerned when a small group has a disproportionate power. I think that hurts everyone, including Jews. If David Steiner wants to talk about the incredible, disproportionate clout AIPAC has, the public should know about it."[7]

A Zogby poll conducted in 2004 found that 61% of respondents "strongy or somewhat agree" that AIPAC should be asked to register as a foreign agent and lose its tax exempt status, while only 12% strongly or somewhat disagree that it should. [8]

Although it makes a production about support across party and ideological lines, it's policy proposals are consistently hawkish. There is a question as to how much support AIPAC holds in the Jewish Community. Unfortunately, AIPAC has been demonized by anti-semites and provides them with the opportunity to use AIPAC in place of Jews, much like "quotas" are often a code word for "niggers." From Wikipedia:
Philip Weiss wrote about what he calls the "Great Jewish Hope" in the April 23, 2007, edition of The Nation. Drawing on an interview with Mitchel Plitnick of Jewish Voice for Peace and two articles by George Soros and Nicholas Kristof, respectively, Weiss hypothesizes the founding of an alternative to AIPAC to represent the growing number of "left wing Jews [who] feel alienated from Jewish organizations that supported two disasters—The Iraq War and Israel's war on Lebanon."[32
Image of AIPAC logo is from Wikipedia. Okay, no, that one is protected. I got this one from a tin foil hat site which ties the organization to the Beast of Revelations and Nazism.

I will be monitoring this discussion closely.

Addendum: Here's a direct link to the Weiss article about an AIPAC alternative.

Saturday, July 28, 2007


The left needs help

From a Dissent article, by Norman Geras, a couple of years old.
The attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001, lit up the global landscape. Not only in these two cities, but wherever the news and the pictures reached during the first hours after the planes struck-all over the planet, therefore-there were people quickly able to make out features of the contemporary world that they had not previously taken in, or taken the measure of fully, things that challenged their earlier expectations and existing frameworks of understanding. Not, however, in one quarter. With a section of the Western left, the response was as if everything remained just as it had always been. Leave aside the callousness in much of the left's response toward the human dimension of the tragedy; but in explaining the crime of 9/11 the same thin categories that had been deployed in one conflict after another during a decade and more were instantly pressed into service. Imperialism and blowback-that was pretty much all one needed to understand what had befallen the citizens of Manhattan, the passengers on the planes, and the workers at the Pentagon, and there were accordingly people content to describe the attack as a comeuppance. The crime that so brutally illuminated the contours of the international political landscape thus revealed at the same time a frozen structure of concepts and assumptions. With the aid of it, many on the left shielded themselves from realities they didn't want to see or to assign their proper weight. In what follows I comment on some aspects of this theoretical nexus.

I begin from a short essay by Paul Berman entitled "A Friendly Drink in Time of War," which appeared in the Winter 2004 issue of Dissent. In that essay Berman offers six reasons why many on the left didn't see things his way over the war in Iraq, which he supported. Abbreviating them, and also adding a seventh to the six that he enumerates (it appears toward the end of his argument, though he doesn't include it as an "official" item with its own number), I set out those reasons: (1) George W. Bush; (2) the United States as being responsible for all the problems of the world; (3) support for anything construable as being anticolonial; (4) cultural relativism; (5) hostility to Israel; (6) a failure to take anti-Semitism seriously; and (7) lack of any genuine grasp of, or feeling for, the meaning of extreme forms of evil and oppression. As to this last point, Berman writes, "I always figured that a keen awareness of extreme oppression was the deepest trait of a left-wing heart. Mass graves, three hundred thousand missing Iraqis, a population crushed by thirty-five years of Baathist boots stomping on their faces-that is what fascism means!"
Unlike Berman, Geras has opposed the war from the beginning. This post isn't about the Iraq war. It's about the left. It's about a movement that's losing its way.

I'm working on a piece to elaborate. This is a follow-up to a previous discussion. And this one.

Prop 65 warning: I won't be censoring Stephen's posts in this thread.


Garth Epling interview

Bob has it.

There is also a press release from Carol Bruno.


Daily Kos is just like....

Okay, you know I'm not a Bill O'Reilly fan. And though I've got it linked here, I'm really not the biggest Kos forum fan either. The blog seems to be dominated by more ozone cases lately, and it gives the O'Reilly types more ammunition. The major right blogs such as Little Green Footballs avoid this with moderation, and still some of the rightward nut-cases shine through anyway. Imagine if I was to be judged by all of the posts here!

But give Kos credit. They do their homework.
No, Bill, of course that's not over the top!

In case you're keeping score, here's the Bill O'Reilly "Daily Kos is just like..." checklist.

Nice list. And it's highly convenient that rather than having to rummage through the cesspool of BillO's officially unmonitored web site, he provides the hate speech straight from his own snarling lips.

However, the fact that O'Reilly has had to dip into the Nazi well three times, shows that his repertoire of nastiness is sadly limited. Having used up the KKK, World War II opponents, and dead Italians, Bill risks being a monotonous blowhard who just repeats the same mindless crap evening after evening without the slightest bit of thought or originality. And gee, who would watch that?

I saw some of the exchange on cable news the other night. I wonder how many hits O'Reilly's rant has generated for Kos.


Cave dwellers domesticated cats

DNA reveals that humans may have domesticated cats as early as 130,000 years ago. I have to wonder how it started. Did the homo sapiens initiate the relationship, or did the cat?

Previously those who thought they knew claimed the earliest cat domestication was 9,500 years ago in Cyprus. But cats come from the Middle East, along with algebra.

What's weird to me is that if the cat was the earliest domestic animal (nothing in the article about dogs) then you would think they would be one of the most domesticated animals. But unlike dogs and livestock, they're half-wild 130 thousand years later.

Other cat trivia:

Other than Daniel's and Isaiah's lions, there is no mention of a cat in the Bible.

A cat's ear has 32 muscles.

The photo comes from the BBC article linked above.

Addendum: Here's a BBC article about the Grim Reaper cat in Rhode Island which I found after reading the posts in the thread. Man, if I see that thing anywhere near me I'm running in the other direction!

Friday, July 27, 2007


Keep watching the skies!

At family camp each year this guy brings up reel films from his old horror film classics. We set up in the lodge with all the kids bringing their sleeping bags and pillows - the event being of hippie nature we pass around bowls of popcorn flavored with brewer's yeast (known to hippies as "nutritional yeast"). We usually get a double feature. This year we started out with the very first Woody Woodpecker cartoon (which was rather bizarre actually) and an episode of Captain Marvel. The first feature was The Mummy's Curse and the second was The Thing from Another World.

My 5-year-old son didn't make it through the first. I didn't remember the mummy scaring me when I was a kid. Lon Chaney basically limps around choking people with one working arm. Any of the victims should have been able to outrun it, and well, it's obviously not hard to poke holes in those movies. But it didn't dawn on me that the younger kids might actually be able to suspend disbelief long enough to get scared. They did.

I asked my son why he was scared of the mummy, but not Godzilla. "Godzilla's just a lizard," he responded through his tears. I suspect a few factors were involved. The film was black and white, which probably gives an other worldly feel to kids not familiar with with the B&W medium, although he has seen B&W movies. The mummy is more human, and perhaps more real. You actually see the death, unlike giant monster movies where you just speculate on the number of people inside a building squashed by a giant lobster.

In any case, the guy who brings the movies is going to try to limit the first features to the giant monster movies in future years.

The second movie was one in a long string of cold war metaphors, this one being an alien melted out of an iceberg in the arctic by a scientific team. The foolhardy scientist wants to communicate with it, while the rest of the team has the street smarts to want to kill it. The scientist learns the hard way that you shouldn't trust what you don't understand, and after trying to shoot it, burn it, suffocate it, the finally manage to kill it by electrocuting it. Good thing too, because it was about to take over the world armed with a four-by-four chunk of wood! At the end the heroes broadcast a message to the world to "keep watching the skies." 1951 - three years after the Soviet nuclear bomb, but well before Sputnik.

The movie does have one odd moment. It's more flirtatious than explicitly sexual, but it's probably the first "femdom" bondage scene in a mainstream Hollywood movie unless you count Lauren Bacall with Bogart in the last scenes of The Big Sleep (but that wasn't consensual and Bogart was essentially in control throughout the scene - though curiously enough it took him about 5 minutes to ask her to untie him).

So, anyway, for those of you old enough to have watched some version of Creature Features as a kid in the 70s, or anyone else, what was your favorite 1950s science fiction movie and why? Oh, and we're excluding The Forbidden Planet (the first Shakespeare/sci fi combo) and The Day the Earth Stood Still which were legitimately good movies. Has to be cheesy.

Mine is Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, made by the same guy who did the original King Kong. It had all the requisite 50s camp with some surprising elements of sophistication - from the not-totally-evil motivations of the invading aliens to the sexual innuendos that somehow slipped by the censors of the time. Fascinating special effects. The plot is simple. Aliens need elbow room and migrate west, but the natives come up with a special gun that drops the saucers on top of the Washington landmarks in an apocalyptic battle for which the strategies of both sides eluded me.

And boy! Despite the gray areas in the alien intentions, the spiteful shooting up of the Lincoln memorial should have made any patriot's blood boil! Root causes patooie!

The poster art comes from a site called "blackhorrormovies.com" focusing on the roles of black characters in these films.

Well, I guess blackhorrormovies doesn't want us using their images. The above scene comes from theseventhvoyage.com.

Addendum: Well, I couldn't find a single flying saucer photo that didn't have the deselect gracefully function in the address. Conspiracies?


Some of you may have noticed...

I'm back on the open format for a trial period. I'm monitoring things closely. Be responsible.

Thursday, July 26, 2007


Organic Planet Festival


Contact: Matt Lang or Patty Clary

3rd Annual Organic Planet Festival Brings Community Together to Celebrate Toxic-Free Living and a Healthier World

EUREKA, CA – The 2007 Organic Planet Festival will return to Humboldt County on August 26th, offering a fun-filled and informative extravaganza featuring top-flight music, food and beverages, inspiring talks, the World's Largest Organic Salad, an eco-hip fashion show, a non-toxic kids' village with petting zoo and dozens of exhibitors!

The daylong event is hosted by Eureka-based Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) and is northern California's only organic and toxic-free festival. The event will provide a family- friendly way to share information about living healthier lives, chiefly by raising awareness about how to "get more organic" -- in food, jobs, homes and leisure -- as society advances in the 21st

Eureka Natural Foods will again be on hand to share the World’s Largest Organic Salad and the Wildberries Marketplace kids’ area and petting zoo will be bigger and better than ever. Ray’s Food Place is bringing naturopathic doctor, Dr. Steven West, N.D., to consult with festival attendees. Other major contributors include North Coast Co-Op, the Sound Shop, and Humboldt Creamery. Sixty organic and natural-product exhibitors will prove information and showcase their products.

The Festival kicks off Organic Harvest Month in September, which highlights the growing popularity of organic foods. U.S. sales of organic foods have grown more than 20 percent annually for the last seven years, with overall sales around $17 billion, according to the
Organic Consumers Association.

When it comes to ‘going organic,’ food is not the only thing to consider, however.

“The Festival is about making non-toxic and natural normal for all people,” said Patty Clary, CATs’ Program Director. “Organic and non-toxic products run the gamut from babies’ diapers to construction materials.”

Along with checking out the wares of natural and organic exhibitors, visitors to the 2007 celebration on the Waterfront in historic Eureka can listen to musicians and speakers with positive, environmentally focused messages.

Blues maestro Tommy Castro will headline the diverse music line-up. Other acts include socially conscious hip-hop by Wisdom, Jamaican reggae by Prezident Brown, and African drumming, bluegrass and zydeco performers.

Featured speakers include Lois Gibbs, who began as an environmental activist when she learned her neighborhood had been built atop a toxic dump known as Love Canal – a site laden with deadly dioxin such has been found in Humboldt Bay. Her work has earned her a Goldman Environmental Award and the Heinz Award. Joining her will be Harvard “Green Campus” coordinator Allison Rogers, who – as a Miss America contestant – introduced environmental concerns to millions, and who will speak on the “Inconvenient Truth” campaign and global

The Third Annual Organic Planet Festival will take place in Halvorsen Park at the bayside end of L Street in Eureka from 11 am to 7 pm on Sunday, August 26.

Festival admission is $7 in advance, $10 at the gate, and kids 12 and under enter free. There will be a free raffle for door prizes. The Organic Planet Festival is a program of Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) and all funds raised go directly back into supporting the growth and viability of the educational event itself, as well as helping to subsidize the low ticket price. The Organic Planet Festival is now accepting exhibitor and volunteer applications.

For more information, call 707-445-5100, email info@organicplanetfestival.org or visit http://www.organicplanetfestival.org.

Click on image to enlarge.


Doug Green's Reggae settlement proposal

There's always a grain of hope of peace as long as someone has an idea. Doug has posted the following outline of a proposal over at Reggae Warrior's site. What do you think? Something to work with?
I still believe a peace is negotiable. Try this on: PP/TD compensates MCC for their losses, TD returns the rental advance, RR compensates the MCC for equipment used in '07, RR picks an alternate date, MCC produces a smaller 5-8,000 Roots Reggae festival on their traditional weekend. RR gets their "world class" Pop Reggae/Dancehall/HipHop event. So Hum gets not one but two events to make their money (which has to be the plans of PP/TD anyway). All criminal and civil charges are dropped. Neighbors and friends can go back to being just that, neighbors and friends.
I would even suggest that the smaller festival not be limited to Reggae, but also some jazz, world beat and R&B. Just a thought after finding a stack of bumper stickers in the Redway Post Office the other evening which read "anything but Reggae."


Burgess' Mom arrested

Apparently for public intoxication.

This is posted at the request of anonymous commenter in one of the threads below - someone who apparently believes that it has some bearing on the wrongful death case. Presumably the logic flows like this: Mom was arrested so she must be a bad person. Being a bad person she was obviously a bad mom. Being a bad mom she raised a rotten kid. Being a rotten kid he therefor deserved what he got and the officer could not have been at fault.

Or something like that.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Missing boy in Nohum

Somebody just posted this in a thread below. I'll post then come back with the link.

Boy missing from So Hum campground
The Times-Standard
Posted: 9:50 am

An 8-year-old boy went missing from Albee Creek Campground in Humboldt Redwoods State Park Tuesday evening. Park rangers and Humboldt County Sheriff s Office Search and Rescue personnel went to the scene Wednesday morning to look for Ian Hansbearry of Eureka, who was last seen at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Search dogs have also been called to the scene.

Hansbearry is white, 4-feet 8-inches tall, 65 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue and yellow button-up short sleeve shirt, green shorts, black and orange Adidas tennis shoes.

Anyone with information regarding Hansbearry should contact the sheriff's office at 445-7251.

Updates will be posted throughout the day.

Addendum: Here's the link.

Update: He's been found! So reports Jennifer Savage in the thread.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


"The leftist mindset in one sentence"

My good friend Jim, who sometimes posts here as "Darth Versluys" is a conservative. He likes me, but doesn't like my politics. He e-mailed this:
http://www.washingt onpost.com/ wp-dyn/content/ article/2007/ 07/17/AR20070717 01808_pf. html

Guy gets his Hummer slashed. Acknowledged that the neighborhood is a bit posh and thus left leaning, the guy says, and I can hardly believe the implication:

"It's more liberal leaning. It's ridiculous to be driving a Hummer."

It's understood not that this guy could live his life as he saw fit, but that he should conform. It's ridiculous that this guy didn't buy the right fucking appliance.

Eric? This is you.

He's right though. It is me. I wouldn't slash anybody's tires, but those things are in-your-face obnoxious. You may have the right to own one, but I have the right to think you're a dweeble.

Call me a fascist.

The photo of the it's-all-about-me-mobile is from boston.com.


Libertarians and Democracy

In college a libertarian friend of mine asked me if I agreed with F.A. Hayek's thesis that liberty is more important than democracy. I responded that in the abstract I agreed, but as a practical matter liberty can't exist to any appreciable degree without democracy. Going back to the abstract, I added that had he asked me whether liberty was more important than justice I would have a much harder time answering.

Today I'd still opt for liberty above democracy, and perhaps even above justice. But really it's all in the definitions. I think F.A. Hayek had a more expansive definition of liberty (or perhaps more restrictive) than I. I don't even know how to quantify justice.

Anyway, this American Prospect article is illustrative of some of the more contemptuous attitudes of liberals regarding libertarians - or at least regarding econ gurus like Brian Caplan.
What happens when libertarians get together to talk about why people who disagree with them shouldn't make decisions, why democracy isn't really as important as people think, and why low voter turnout isn't a bad thing? People roll their eyes and move on, right? Actually, no. Apparently employees of government agencies, embassies, and think tanks trek down to 1000 Massachusetts Avenue to listen and be enlightened in the F. A. Hayek Auditorium.

On Tuesday, the Cato Institute sponsored a panel discussing George Mason economics professor Bryan Caplan's new book The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies (Princeton University Press, 2007). Cato Unbound managing editor Will Wilkinson moderated, Caplan gave an overview of his argument, and the Pew Research Center's Director of Survey Research Scott Keeter provided a few comments.

"If you were to ask me, I would tell you that mammals make the best pets," Wilkinson explained by way of introduction. "But if you're shopping for your seven year old daughter, you shouldn't be indifferent between a kitten and a badger." And just like we choose not to keep badgers as pets, should we also decide to remove economic policy from the domain of democratic decision-making? "If voters don't know what they're doing and support policies and politicians for silly, arbitrary, or purely emotional reasons," Wilkinson continued, "we may end up with policies that make us all worse off." Perhaps, he suggested, we should limit the scope of democracy in favor of other things: like experts, or markets, or... well, just not the unwashed masses.

A kitten and a badger. Got it. Now let's assume a can opener.

Bad joke.

The article isn't for ecumenical purposes. It's smarmy. Just like me. But if Fred and any libertarians out there want to tread the waters of dripping sarcasm for the substance, your comments are appreciated. Some of my best friends are libertarians you know.


Train issue redux

A great Town Dandy column in last week's North Coast Journal linking the local politics around the train with the politics of Marin County. Apparently the people of Marin want some details of the proposed freight line while the numbers keep shifting.



SF Mime Troupe comes to Sohum this weekend

Of course, if you're in the Bay Area sometime between now and October, you can see it for free.

Saturday, July 28th
MCC presents

The San Francisco Mime Troupe in “Making A Killing”

Doors/ Dinner/ Live Music- 6pm Curtain- 8pm
Admission is by sliding scale donation at the door. No advance tickets available. Minimum donation $20 for MCC members and $22 general. All proceeds support MCC and the annual SFMT program.

For show details visit www.sfmt.org

You can also catch the show in Ukiah tomorrow night at Todd Grove Park
Park Blvd., Ukiah google map
Music starts at 6:30pm
Ticket Info: Free (Donation)

The Mime Troupe site has a Youtube clip.

Monday, July 23, 2007


Paddling for KMUD

Click on image to enlarge.


9 am to 11 am: Youth Clinic
11 am to 12 noon: Tips from Kuldip Shodhan for Adult Players.
1 pm: Tournament play begins.

The tournament will be open to both teams of four and to individual players.
Entry fees: Spectators: $5.00 - $10.00 sliding scale
Kid's Clinic: $5.00
Member of four-person team: $25.00
Individual competitor: $30.00

Space for participants is limited. Sign up for the tournament now! Click here for the registration form . And here's a Google map so you can find your way to Curley's.

Kudos to KHUM for sponsoring an event for sometimes competing non-profit stations.


Red Hillary

In a truly original piece of political rhetoric, abortion-issue-flip-flop presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Hillary Clinton a Marxist.

From AP:
"Hillary Clinton just gave a speech the other day about her view on the economy. She said we have been an on-your-own society. She said it's time to get rid of that and replace that with shared responsibility and we're-in-it- together society," Romney told the crowd. "That's out with Adam Smith and in with Karl Marx."
Well, he's behind the times. A couple of years ago, Devvy the Dynamite Redhead tried to warn us that it's for real:
In light of the hyped speculation that Hillary Rodam Clinton is seeking the presidency in 2008, I feel the American people should be reminded on a regular basis about this woman's past. Both Hillary and Bill Clinton are devout Marxists and propagators of world communism. They disguise it very well. No self-respecting woman, regardless of her commitment to a marriage, would put up with a husband who publicly rubs her nose in his infidelity - a husband accused of rape by Juanita Broadrick. No, this is a partnership of power and anyone who underestimates Hillary Rodam Clinton does so at their own risk.
Okay, Devvy doesn't follow a train of thought very well, unless there's some connection between Marxists, rape, and infidelity. Most of the Marxists I've known are actually pretty square when it comes to sexuality. Actually pretty much anything. They tend to be meat and potatoes type of people. Chain smokers too.

However, she goes on with a very entertaining conspiracy theory linking Clinton to the Institute for Policy Studies (they started In These Times) which the redhead says promotes among other nefarious plots "Marxist art" (Ronald Reagan with vampire fangs) and pornography - culminating in the desperate plea:
Anyone who can't see that America is on the fast track to becoming a socialist or Marxist country simply must be in denial...

Now is the time for all good Americans to come to the aid of their country. We can take out country back one county at a time, but everyone must do their part.
Lest our precious bodily fluids be rendered impure.

Photo is from AP, taken by Dennis Cook.


John Conyers is ready to impeach?

Apparently he needs three more congress members. I haven't yet checked for

From the After Downing Street blog:

I was a guest today on Bree Walker's radio show. She's the progressive radio host from California who purchased Cindy Sheehan's land from her in Crawford, Texas.

Bree attended an event on Friday in San Diego at which Congressman Conyers spoke about impeachment. Her report was extremely interesting. I had already heard reports that Conyers had said: "What are we waiting for? Let's take these two guys out!" But, of course, what we're waiting for is John Conyers. Is he ready to act? It was hard to tell from that comment. In January, Conyers spoke at a huge rally on the National Mall and declared "We can fire them!" but later explained that what he meant was that we could wait for two years and Bush and Cheney's terms would end. Was this week's remark just more empty rhetoric?

It appears to be more than that. Bree Walker told me, on the air, that Conyers said that all he needs is three more Congress Members backing impeachment, and he'll move on it, even without Pelosi. I asked whether that meant specifically moving from 14 cosponsors of H Res 333 to 17, or adding 3 to the larger number of Congress Members who have spoken favorably of impeachment but not all signed onto bills. Bree said she didn't know and that Conyers had declined to take any questions.

Either way, this target of three more members seems perfectly doable. It's safe to assume, I think, that we're talking about impeaching Cheney first. But, even if Conyers is talking about Bush, the target is perfectly achievable.

Here's a John Nichols post on the subject, and the censureship alternative.

Photo is from the DSM site.

Addendum: Topless women for impeachment. And no, there aren't any photos!

Update: The pressure is on Conyers!

Sunday, July 22, 2007


Robert Robideau calls John Trudell a coward

Robideau was a co-defendant of Leonard Peltier, living in Europe. I cam across this piece in one of my Yahoo chat groups. I don't know a whole lot about the Peltier controversy to tell you the truth, so I can't take sides in this. But here's an excerpt from Robideau's piece in Heyoka Magazine. I know that Trudell has a bit of a following around here.
Although a few of those responsible for her death have been revealed, and Looking Cloud has been declared guilty, the truth still remains hidden under a blanket of deceptions and lies. There are numerous questions that cry out to be answered. Most notably, why have noted AIM members become informants for the FBI? The FBI paid Darlene Nichols Kamook Banks $47,000 to say that Leonard Peltier "bragged about killing the two agents" and made inferences targeting Leonard Peltier in the death of Anna Mae Aquash. In 2006, in reference to Kamook’s accusations, Trudell admittedly told her that "she had done the right thing.." and "…I said the only way we are going to be able to get to the bottom of this is we have to hunt them down and flush them out." What sort of deal has the FBI made with John Trudell?

It came as a big surprise to many in Indian country when Trudell, a former leader and national spokesperson of AIM, materialized as an informant for the FBI against Arlo Looking Cloud, and John Graham. An even bigger surprise came soon after Arlo Looking Cloud’s conviction, when Darlene Nichols Banks "Kamook" married BIA officer Robert Ecoffey, a thug who served under the former corrupt Pine Ridge reservation President, Dick Wilson, and who allied himself with domestic security agents of the FBI in creating the reign of terror from 1972 -1976, resulting in 60 homicides and 200 assaults against Indian people, almost all of whom were associated with AIM.

A recently uncovered FBI document, discovered through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), strongly suggests that the FBI choose not to prosecute anyone for the murder of Anna Mae for 29 years, but instead to covered up for those whom they knew were implicated in her murder, to protect an operative/informant working with them. Did their informant/provocateur retire from AIM? Clearly, the FBI’s intent to blame Peltier and keep him in prison until death became an important reason to proceed with the prosecutions. After approximately 16 years of silence, John Trudell suddenly appears as the most important federal witness and conspirator to implicate Arlo, Looking Cloud, John Graham and Leonard Peltier in the murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash.
Again, I don't know all those names, though I do know a few. I will include the notes from the activist who forwarded the link:
Bob Robideau, a museum curator from Spain, has been working with known
cops to try and set-up John Boy (Graham) for years, and has been denounced by Leonard himself for his grotesque actions to try and have yet one more Indian handed over to the FBI, through the exact same lack of evidence and manipulations used to capture him!

Robideau pimps off the Peltier name, has been tossed from the LPDC and continues to spin lies about Graham in his little self-imposed exile in Europe. He traveled to Vancouver-- ostensibly to help Peltier (without permission) and proceeded to spend the entire time trying to set up Graham as Anna Mae's killer! This man should never be given any space anywhere, though he certainly is right that Trudell seems to think if you become a big movie star it is okay to strike deals with the FBI against your own people.
Maybe those of you who are familiar with the history can read the whole article, sort it out, make up your own minds, and enlighten the rest of us. I have nothing to contribute at this point, except that 2007 should probably go down as the year of disillusionment.


I forgot to whine about it last week

So I'm whining now. This new policy of the Redway post office to lock the doors after hours is really hard on those of us who have to work for a living. I didn't get back to Redway by 11:00 yesterday morning so now I can't get to my mail until Monday.

I understand the problem with the homeless, but other offices have set up universal locks which can be opened by any P.O. box key.

In any case, maybe it's time we revisited the question of delivery to Redway homes.


Reggae conflict reaches the Bay Area media

Reggae Warrior discusses it in his latest post. The article is in the latest the East Bay Express.

RW is right. The article is slanted, whether intentionally or not. It quotes both Carol and Tom as calling for reconciliation, but reporter Eric Arnold didn't bother to contact anybody from the Mateel side.

Enough Bay Area residents will be heading up here to justify more coverage down there. Perhaps the Bay Guardian is up for the task. They're usually up for showing up their East Bay Express/SF Weekly rivals.


Tammy Faye's curtain call

Tammy Faye Messner (formerly Tammy Faye Bakker) died yesterday. I'll assume that everybody knows here history, but I'd recommend her documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye. It chronicles her rise and fall as the "fun" faction of televangelism with her ex-husband Jim Bakker, and her subsequent rebirth as cultural icon of the diva-oriented contingent of gay culture. The film also contains some interesting history of televangelism from its roots, and provides some detail for the Bakkers' run-ins with fundamentalist icons including Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.

The Bakkers were known for their flamboyance, but less so for their tolerance of homosexuals. While they did believe homosexual activities to be sinful, they saw no reason to distinguish it as a sin worthy of special attention and they invited AIDS victims onto their show to discuss various aspects of the disease - and did so without haranguing them about their "lifestyles." Falwell in particular had never appreciated their approach; anti-homosexuality being a cornerstone of the Moral Majority agenda.

I'd always given Falwell credit for being a true believer and though I thought his agenda was radically dangerous I assumed he was basically a nice person at the core. He wasn't.

I don't know the details, but somehow he ended up as trustee of the Bakker empire while fraud allegations made their rounds culminating in jail time for Jim Bakker. At one point he asked the Bakkers to put together a memo of their hopes for coming out on the other side of the scandal. They hoped for six figure salaries and included that in their memo. Falwell took the memo and made it the topic of his famous press conference in which he accused the Bakkers of hubris, slammed their tolerance of homosexuality (had nothing to do with the scandal itself, but it did reveal Falwell's obsession), and announced that the Bakkers would never run the empire again. Then Falwell went on to run the business into the ground (the amusement park which had been the number 3 tourist spot in the country never re-opened) and televangelism consolidated itself into its presently near monolithic religious right incarnation (though Falwell never could do anything about Billy Graham who rejected the Dominionist theology and any suggestion that the US was a modern day Israel).

Anyway, it behooves the secular liberal to learn the history. All televangelists aren't the same. Whatever the Bakkers' faults, Falwell essentially took them down because of their compassion. And to her credit, she did not hold on to her anger with Falwell to her deathbed, although according to the documentary Falwell never responded to her overtures of reconciliation.

Tammy Faye died after a long struggle with cancer. The photo of Tammy with her family comes from her site.

Saturday, July 21, 2007


Danco "affordable" housing on Orchard Street open for rental

They don't look as bad as I thought they would. Obviously everyone is concerned about the impact on traffic including that dubiously "improved" three way intersection between Orchard, Redway Ave., and Briceland Road. Remains to be seen whether that peninsula will prevent left turns off of Orchard. It certainly doesn't prevent left turns from Redway onto Briceland, nor the cruising of traffic in parabolic fashion from Briceland Road to Redway.

And certainly the character of the north end neighborhood at Orchard is bound to be dramatically impacted.

Redway residents will remember that "notice" was published in the Times-Standard rather than the local papers, and by the time we all knew about it the permit seemed a fait accompli. It's one of the reasons Redway later voted down the general plan proposal in which the county was going to chisel into the fire district funds with promises of community input before any significant projects were implemented. The planning commission had lost the community's trust.

All that being said, I'm certainly all for low cost rentals in our community, particularly those rentals which are immune from indoor grow displacement of actual renters. But I wonder if anybody can enlighten us on the mechanism by which low rental rates are guaranteed in this complex. Did Danco accept some grant money which locks in low rates? Are the limitations permanent?

Inquiring minds want to know.


Hanging with Unitarians and speculating on the spiritual future of Christianity

Just spent the past week in the woods east of the town of Mendocino (where The Howling was filmed) with over a hundred Unitarians. We've been attending this "family camp" for the past 5 years now and my kids get a great deal out of it. Personally, I'm happy to hike the trails, talk politics, and sit in my folding camping rocking chair reading books. I don't often attend the spiritual events.

One of my fellow campers approached me with a book written by a retired Episcopalian Bishop named John Shelby Spong - famous for his 12 thesis for the "New Reformation." They emphasize a non-theistic and humanist approach to spirituality, to which I don't have any real objections. But I have to ask - why bother to attend church? I mean, if you can convince me that attending church will prevent an endless litany of torture and pain in the afterlife, then I'll attend. But do I really need a church to pursue God as "the Ground of All Being?" I guess so if I really want to know what that phrase even means.

Isn't it enough to sit by a campfire eating smores and singing Amazing Grace to all the alternative tunes like I'd like to Teach the World to Sing and the theme song for Gilligan's Island?


I'm back

Still have the songs and chants running through my head.


Um, I mean Kumbaya.

Addendum: Thanx again to ecoshift for the excellent baby-sitting job. I decided to let the one comment through because it did have redeeming value. The other one was offensive without the redeeming value of humor.

I'll start up again with something later tonight.


Family camp and open networks

ecoshift here.... posting in Eric's stead.

For those keeping track I've only "moderated" two posts. One was actually pretty funny, but racial slurs kept it out of the comments. The other was just crude. Eric should be back in the next day or so. Maybe he'll let 'em through.

Though I can't say for sure, (not wanting to squelch all of the imaginative speculation about Eric whereabouts) my understanding is that Eric and family are merely camping this past week. Hope it wasn't too wet.

Regrettably, it looks like I've mostly missed out on an opportunity to influence the entire blogosphere with a couple of pithy posts a day.... it's been a busy week.


Now that it's Saturday morning here's something that caught my eye. Might even be a piece of good news for tech enthusiasts and cell phone users in general:

Google is offering to bid at least 4.6 billion if the FCC will offer the 700MHz bandwidth as a vehicle for an unrestricted, open-access framework in the upcoming bandwidth auction. Ever since I found that Verizon and US Cellular intentionally disabled a significant portion of the bluetooth capabilities of their motorola cellphones (actually, my motorola cell phone) in order to sell their network services I've had no particular respect for the cell networks' business model. I wish Google good luck in it's efforts. A bit of open competition couldn't hurt. If Verizon thinks it's a bad idea maybe Google is onto something. It'd sure save some money, potentially, if we could use Skype on a cell phone that would switch to local wireless network connection at the coffee shop or at home.

Sunday, July 15, 2007


I'll be gone for a week

However, the blog will not be shut down. I'm handing off the moderation to ecoshift, who may make some posts over the course of the week.

Oh, and for those of you who are concerned when a blogger announces s/he won't be home - we have somebody staying at our home. And a dog too.

I may post something in the morning before I leave.

Oh, Ed Denson will be sitting in for Thursday night's radio show. Not sure what his topic will be.

I'm not even going to be in cell phone range this time. Chow.

Saturday, July 14, 2007


Interesting items in this week's Bay Guardian

Check out this restaurant finder.


For the only-in-San-Francisco department, this letter asks sex and relationship adviser Andrea Nemerson whether it's a good idea to have sex with somebody you've broken up with and can't stand to be around.


And the SFBG editors make a good case for making SF the vanguard in the fight to preserve the public sector, although I really could care less whether the city privatizes the golf courses. But I don't understand the push to privatize the city's wireless system.


And here's a listing of the Summer of Love 40th anniversary events, including the 2B1 event on September 2 which I will attend if I don't have a trial on the third.


And I don't know why a reviewer bothers to critique a movie like Transformers for its political content, but I did enjoy the very last paragraph of the review.
This is possibly the only part of Transformers in which Bay attempts to grasp feebly at political relevance and make something other than a zoomy truck commercial. Of course, he fails miserably. If you want to enjoy this flick without guilt, you will have to ignore the whole Middle East issue. Of course, one could say the same thing about living in the United States. Maybe Bay has succeeded in pulling off some social commentary after all: welcome to the United States — ignore the Middle East stuff, but stay for the masturbation jokes and cool special effects.

And an SF ballot measure in the works to protect cars from local parking regulations and the like. Three guesses as to who's backing it.


No more hurdles for Reggae Rising

So says the Times Standard.


Some kind of bust on Redway Drive

Somebody posted something about this on one of the threads today, but it didn't register. I had to work late tonight. Just got home a short while ago. As I was turning off of Redwood Drive I saw a police vehicle parked at the Baptist Church with the lights on. As I got closer I was directed off of Redway Drive by the officer. I took the detour and came to the Redway/Birdie intersection and saw another police vehicle a few houses down.

I walked my dog a few minutes ago and heard a girl scream. It was just kids playing around, but it rattled my nerves briefly. There was some sort of party at Par and Redway - kind of a surreal to hear the music and laughing as the whole neighborhood is lit up flashing red and blue. Kind of like partying at Armageddon.

It's been a long day. Good night and good luck.

Friday, July 13, 2007


God help us! Another local blog.

Speaking of satire. Read all about the trials and tribulations of the land of Humboldtistan.

I've received several e-mails with this link. We done have some good writing talent around here!


Gallegos - can't get to the Moore decision

He's got a retrial that's going to occupy his attention and set the decision about whether to prosecute the officers until later.

I know how that goes, but it's been too long already. It needs to be moved up on his priority list.

Thursday, July 12, 2007


Old growth at Richardson Grove reportedly safe

According to Humboldt Herald Bonnie Neely announced today that no large trees will be removed.

I'm curious though, because some of the old growth are right up against the asphalt.


Reggae Riding

Fresh from my e-mail:

Tsering Alleyne and Emma Worldpeace , 2 South Fork High alumni, have formed their own Mountain Biking Team. In order to raise money for Team Lost Coast Brewery and for the South Fork High MtB Team they are putting on a Mountain Bike Fest.

Sunday August 19 Team Lost Coast presents

REGGAE RIDING A Mountain Bike Festival
Noon - Midnite
Southern Humboldt Community Park
Races for all ages and skills , Bike Clinics and Demos ,Fun Contests with Fabulous prizes. Bike Swap. Live Music begins at 5 pm Rootstock, Ishi Dube and NPK. Camping available Sunday night. Food , Drinks and Beer on sale. More info: 923-2100 or on the web @ ReggaeRiding.blogspot.com


Get well soon Cliff

KHUM DJ Cliff Berkowitz (Motown Monday) had a bicycle accident yesterday. He may miss out on hosting the Blues-by-the-Bay Festival this weekend. Wish him well.

Oh, he's also trying to make lemonade of the incident by promoting the rail-to-trail proposal we've been discussing below.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Susie Flynn for president

I was just sent this link with a request to post. I've only glimpsed at it, but she looks like a fine candidate to me.

All we have to do is revise the Article 2 of the Constitution.


Satire on the River

Reggae Warrior has made good on his promise with a blistering satirical interview with a fictional Carol Bruno. Already there are some very angry responses, including the charge that the post is designed to "inflame" (as if the conflict can be any more inflamed!). RW seems genuinely flabbergasted at the ferocity of the responses.

Actually, the piece was designed to express RW's very strong feelings on the subject and provoke public debate of what is undeniably the paramount public issue in Sohum. Satire is meant to disturb and provoke. If it doesn't, what's the point? According to literary critic Northrup Fry, "in satire, irony is militant." Or per the line in Impromptu (Alfred De Musset as depicted by Mandy Potemkin), "art doesn't apologize."

The Wikipedia entry for satire contains a section entitled "Misunderstanding of Satire."
Because satire often combines anger and humour it can be profoundly disturbing - because it is essentially ironic or sarcastic, it is often misunderstood.

Common uncomprehending responses to satire include revulsion (accusations of poor taste, or that it's "just not funny" for instance), to the idea that the satirist actually does support the ideas, policies, or people he is attacking.

For instance, at the time of its publication, many people misunderstood Swift’s purpose in "A Modest Proposal" – assuming it to be a serious recommendation of cannibalism.

Some critics of Mark Twain see Huckleberry Finn as racist and offensive while others claim it is one of the most powerful anti-racist works ever written.

Face it folks. RW's satire isn't objectionable because it inflames, nor because it is spreading some perceived falsehood. You don't like it because it disturbs you. But that's it's job. It's not something I'd write, and it doesn't reflect my views of the situation. But it doesn't have to. It's RW's views. Your objection is not his inability to express his views. It's precisely his ability that bothers you.

And to preempt the inevitable question, if something like that was written about me I'd be laughing my ass off. I'd compliment him on the work, and then I'd counter-attack, maybe try to come up with some satire of my own.

Unfortunately, this is a community that puts a premium on secrecy. We aren't used to our dirty laundry being aired. Well get over it. It's public. It's out there. It's going to stay out there for quite some time.


Spazzing out on Briceland Road

I just drove out to Briceland. About half way out there from Redway there are swerving skid marks that swing back and forth across the center line. They're at several locations. Each goes for about a quarter of a mile around blind curves. Probably kids, playing around sometime last night.

On the off chance that this post will come to the attention of the genius who made those marks, please consider that my firm has made a lot of money off that road over the years. We're doing just fine. We really don't need the money we'll make for the person you maim or kill, especially if it's me. Thank you for thinking of us though. You might also benefit the ambulance and hospital district, but the coroner - he's on salary. Don't pull him out of his bed.

Should be needless to say to the teenager or chronological adult in question, but your four-wheeler is not a toy. Grow up quickly, before you lose the opportunity.



I previously noted that Studio210 had changed its name to "the blessed fog." That was a misunderstanding. The blog is now studiotwoten and artslut is actively posting. The latest post is a review of an art show at Accident Gallery last weekend that was apparently... well, not for the kids. I'd received a very risque invitation to the event, but alas could not make it.

Probably would have passed on the strawberries actually, but to thine self be true.


My daughter wants a motorcycle

She says that she will be ready for one in September, when she turns three.

Animation courtesy of Tell J-9.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Iranian communists try to speak to Hugo Chavez in his own language

Some Iranian students have sent Chavez an open letter.

Okay, the rhetoric makes me wince - as does the grammar and spelling (hopefully the Spanish version is thrown together with a little more care). But maybe it takes the left purists in the Middle East to shake up leftists everywhere as to whether the prevailing ideologies of the Middle East are in any way progressive.

Update: Dissident students were beaten and arrested today for non-violent protests of previous arrests.


Some upcoming Mateel events

Yes, they are still open, albeit at low throttle.

Monday, July 23rd -MCC presents a Mateel Forever event with Afro Beat Legend Femi Kuti & The Positive Force at the Mateel Community Center

Doors at 8pm

$30 MCC members/ $32 adv./ $35 door

Tickets on sale now at www.inticketing.com & at the usual local outlets beginning June 29th
For info call 923-3368

And later in the month, the Mime Troupe returns:
Saturday, July 28th MCC presents

Doors/ Dinner/ Live Music- 6pm Curtain- 8pm
Admission is by sliding scale donation at the door. No advance tickets available. Minimum donation $20 for MCC members and $22 general. All proceeds support MCC and the annual SFMT program.

For show details visit www.sfmt.org


Equal time for public service announcements

Courtesy of the Eureka Reporter.

The Republican Party of Humboldt County will hold its “Red, White and Blue” dinner Thursday evening.

Steven Baric, chairperson of the California Republican Lawyers Association and member of the executive committee of the California Republican Party, will be the evening’s featured speaker. Baric will speak on voter fraud and judicial appointments.

The dinner will take place at OH’s Town House at 206 W. Sixth St., Eureka, beginning with no-host cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:45 p.m. Dinner will cost $25 per person.

To make reservations, or for more information, phone 707-227-6562.

Hey, I've got Republican readers here too you know!

OH's onion rings are the best by the way.


Boy Shane looks young!

Oh yeah. He is young.

It's Eureka vs. Columbus, Kentucky.

Monday, July 09, 2007


Michael Moore vs. Wolf Blitzer

I imagine some of you are tiring of my Sicko/Moore posts, however, everybody is raving about the theater on CNN tonight.

As I'm on dial up, I haven't seen it.

Addendum: I think the link is fixed to the blog's main page. Can't seem to link to the particular post.


Garberville's court services to be cut back even further

The loss of Judge Dominic Banduci a few years back really put Sohum into limbo in terms of priorities. After his death the Fortuna courthouse was closed and the the frequency of court held in Garberville was reduced to once a month with jury trials no longer taking place and even evictions and injunctions against harassment were moved to Eureka. The clerk's office in Garberville is only open on the day of court and they prefer that we do not file cases down here, which isn't so much a problem now that we have fax filing though it's an extra 50 bucks our clients have to swallow. We have had small claims cases and arraignments and pretrial conferences for misdemeanor cases as well as trials in traffic cases.

Last week I received a letter from the Court which read as follows:
At a meeting of the Judges last week, it was decided we would modify our procedures for conducting our criminal calendars in Garberville.

Commencing in July 2007, unless extraordinary cause is shown, if a case does not resolve at arraignment or at the first pretrial hearing (30 or 60 days after arraignment), subsequent proceedings will be scheduled (ie. trial confirmation hearing and jury trial and/or probation revocation hearings) for the coutrhouse in Eureka. This modification shall not affect infraction court trials nor post-disposition status reviews, which can continue to be calendared in Garberville.

Defense counsel are urged to bring either their clients or completed plea forms to the first pretrial hearing to facilitate and early resolution.

Over recent months the calendars in Garberville have become longer in duration. Many individuals have been compelled to wait 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or longer, before their case is called. We hope this new procedure will alleviate this problem.

Your cooperation is most appreciated. Thank you.
So, now you won't have to wait 2 to 3 hours in Garberville. You can just drive to Eureka, wait an hour, then drive back. Or you can enter a plea before you've had time to investigate the evidence against you.

I'm told that it was the court consolidation issue which allowed Roger Rodoni to beat Roy Heider back in 1996. It was my first election here and I voted for Heider, but had I known he had voted for it I would have let him hear about it. Rodoni, having made a point of the issue in his 96 campaign, will now no doubt lobby to preserve the Garberville court? Go Roger!

I miss the jury trials here and in Long Valley Court (where I tried my first case in the dome and got a full acquittal!). I've been told that it wasn't always easy to get jurors to show up around here and bailiffs actually went into local bars to recruit potential jurors. But we had no troubles in either of the cases I tried in Sohum and Legget in the late 90s.


So many blogs!

Myrtletown has taken great time and effort to locate and review all of the local blogs he could find. Apparently there are over 90 of them!

I won't have the time soon, but one of these days I'll sit down and organize links to all of the local blogs - perhaps into categories.

Can't complain about my treatment. He or she lists my blog first and says I'm a good writer! Obviously a very perceptive blogger!

Sunday, July 08, 2007


Semi-lucid dreaming and coming of age at the height of the cold war

As I've written before on this very blog I come from a long line of political activists. Early on in the Vietnam war my parents helped put together the initial organization which would eventually become the Peace and Freedom Party, though they lost interest once it was taken over by sectarians and megalomaniacs. But I do have impressions of attending peace demonstrations at Golden Gate Park and even one memory at 2 or 3 years old of a political meeting in some sort of hall with a big coffee maker which made swishing noises that made me nervous. Somebody noticed that I was bored and gave me a box of animal crackers, which was red with pictures of the actual cookies rather than the circus cage packaging with which I was more familiar. I remember at an early age thinking that bourgeois meant "stupid," as everybody seemed to use it to describe someone's arguments when they didn't like them (as a practical matter, I was probably right). I remember Holly Near concerts at Glide Memorial Church, and my father playing CCR's Willie and the Poor Boys over and over again mostly to hear Fortunate Son.

But I honestly don't think I thought much about politics until I was a teenager. Most of my younger years were spent in a relatively conservative working class community, and it wasn't good for my social life to spread the family philosophy around at school - my brother having learned a tough lesson when he spoke at school about the "capitalist" who was tearing down Playland to replace with apartments (ironically, the "capitalist" wasn't a very good one as he went bankrupt and what had been Playland was a large vacant lot for years). Although my parents didn't use language like that, he had overheard a conversation with family friends and the loss of his favorite place made an impression on him - a "radicalizing experience" if you will.

It's hard to know how much my views were shaped by my family's political/cultural milieu. I'm sure it was a huge influence, but it certainly wasn't exclusive. My parents both worked and unlike many around here who were raised without television, the thing used to baby-sit me. However, in the Bay Area we had channel 2. For years before it was taken over by Fox it put out some very innovative local programming, and played loads of movies you wouldn't find anywhere else on television, and probably won't find anywhere on television today. Several such films had huge impact on me. There was a dubbed version of Costa Gavras' State of Siege, a powerful polemic of a film about the Tupamaros Rebellion of Uruguay which at about 10 or 11 years old was my first exposure to the concept of the "death squad" and the School of the Americas, and most importantly the idea that our government could align itself with torturers.

Needless to say, my childhood nightmares were rarely about monsters or supernatural events. They were usually people hurting someone, sometimes me. The worst were such dreams about people I knew and loved. And I had a moderate amount of them. State of Siege and some other movies may have been an influence. The films of Creature Features never bothered me, not even the late film.

The worst movie in this regard was On the Beach. For those of you unfamiliar with the title, the film takes place after World War III, with the survivors all making their way to Australia to await the prevailing winds which would carry the nuclear fallout radiation and end all life on the planet. I saw this on Dialing for Dollars, alone at home with the flu. I was in the 5th grade. I was never quite the same. As bad as they were, movies like The Day After and the English counterpart Threads didn't affect me nearly as profoundly. Perhaps because they lacked the finality of On the Beach. Maybe because I was older and more immunized to their impact.

I started asking questions and reading up. I didn't obsess over it, but as I became a teenager I started to have dreams. I don't know how frequent they were, but each time World War III started in my dreams I was never quite certain whether it was a dream or the real thing. I always had the power to wake up in my dreams but each time before I did I would be delivered with the thought, "one of these times I won't be able to escape this way." Sooner or later I expected to be in that situation - a nightmare from which I couldn't wake up.

In some dreams, I had some warning. Events would be in the news as reported in my dream, or I'd be privy to some information. Other times the dream would be about something entirely different and it would strike like the Biblical "thief in the night."

The nightmares would occur at varying frequencies until the late 1980s when either I lost the fear due to the events of the time or my subconscious decided to give me a break. But I have memory of a particular dream during my time at UC Santa Cruz in the early 1980s. In the dream I was sitting on a hill on campus looking out over the Monterey Bay - something I did on a regular basis from certain spots where I'd clear my mind (plenty of those on that campus!). In my dream I'm just sitting there and everything's quiet when a mushroom cloud goes up across the water. I immediately woke up to my usual relief. But this one made me think about it for a little longer than usual, and while I was and remain skeptical of the whole Freudian concept of the subconscious, this dream leaves me an agnostic.

While I was dreaming, I wasn't expecting the mushroom cloud. I didn't think consciously about where I might expect to see one. It was about 15 minutes after I woke up, I think I was in the dorm bathroom, when I realized that the location of the mushroom cloud of my dream was right about where the Moss Landings power plant is - not an unlikely target for one of the Soviet Union's thousands of ICBMs. In the alpha state of my mind in the early morning hours, I wondered if it was somehow precognitive. In the daylight of the following day when my rational conscious mind had reasserted itself, I set the prospect aside. But I felt a deep sense of relief as the time passed.

Of course, who knows? It could still come true.

For those of you "not really into politics" who wonder why some of us are, well, I hope this answers one or two of your questions.

The photo comes from this site, which is there to remind us that hundreds of thousands of people who look very much like my adopted children experienced the nightmare from which they could not wake up.

Saturday, July 07, 2007


Insurance industry spooked by Sicko

A leaked Blue Cross internal memo tells the story.


Mom's armor too good for the few and the proud?

Today's Time-Standard headline. The mother claims that the armor she tried to send to her son is superior to the standard issue, but not officially sanctioned.

Can't be true. Certainly we're providing only the best protection for our soldiers?

Friday, July 06, 2007


Yet another example of my liberal elitism

See now, even when we're talking food - I bring up probably the most upscale food (abalone) on the planet short of that Japanese beef that comes from some island at like $500 per pound. Ekovox on the other hand is discussing canned brown bread, mac and cheese, and powdered milk!

And drive-ins too!

Addendum: But Dem. Rep. Mike Thompson isn't elitist. He kills polar bear!


Estranged leftists redux

This is to expand on an earlier point.

I'm not a big fan of the Zombie. His commentary on his photographs is often very misleading for lack of context, and he focuses on the most fringe elements while pushing them off as representative of the demos as a whole. However, we do tolerate the fringe in ways which we would never do should the subject matter of its aggression be a PC approved oppressed class.

Again he loses context with the protest art display, assuming for some reason that the event's sponsors and the visitors approve of the substance of all of the propaganda on the wall. But again, he would have the right to ask, "where's the outrage?"

The photo comes from his site linked above. Click on it to enlarge.


How to cook abalone

From the North Coast Journal:

“My mom says its sacrilege to cook it any other way than breaded and fried,” says Hart, but you have to pound it out and tenderize it first, like calamari. “Otherwise, it tastes like shoe leather.” Warner adds that you can’t season it too much, because the unique flavor will be lost. “Abalone chowder, ceviche, sushi -- they’ve done it all: But, in my opinion, fried and dipped in marinara is the best way to go.”

I agree with Mom, except that I wouldn't bother with the marina. Just dipped in egg then seasoned bread crumbs and pan-fried with a little bit of oil and some lemon. Then tossed on a thin slice of Brio's country sour.

Photo courtesy of Peltarion.


Will the "railroad dreamers" kill the Eureka-Arcata trail?

The North Coast Journal has a very detailed story. Among the many things which grabbed my attention was the analysis of the opposing coalitions:
One useful way to look at the rail-trail standoff is generationally. The most prominent people working for a Bay Trail -- Mike Wilson, Jennifer Rice, Chris Rall -- are relatively young. All of them are in their 30s, and all of them have roots in Arcata. They all went to Humboldt State. They’re all politically active. Rice was the university’s “woman of the year” when she was a student there, and was active in student government. Wilson represents the city on the Harbor District. Rall and his colleagues in Green Wheels, an organization born at HSU, are playing a larger role in debates over transportation issues.

On the other side of the aisle, the coalition backing the railroad is an odd one, made up of a number of disparate factions -- lots of government people, some industry people, some labor people, some grown men who simply never outgrew their boyish fascination with big, powerful machines. But the most important bloc behind the railroad, at least in Humboldt County, has been the up-from-hippie generation that came to power in Arcata 30-odd years ago, and which has held on to power ever since. This generation -- which includes Woolley, former state Senator Wes Chesbro and former Assemblyman Dan Hauser, who served as NCRA’s executive director for several years in the ’90s -- made its bones in the fight to protect Arcata from the impacts of a freeway bypass, and, especially, in the battle to build the Arcata Marsh, a sewage treatment facility grounded in low-impact technology that also reclaimed a big chunk of land for wildlife habitat.

More to come.

Addendum: Fred has some interesting comments on the subject.

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