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According to the ER, it was Rob Arkley who released the e-mail. To them anyway.

Here it is. Decide for yourself whether it’s adequate.

Dear Larry,

I owe you an apology. Last night was neither the time nor the place for me to bring up how your words and deeds have caused great hurt to my family, specifically my daughters. It was impulsive of me. Unfortunately, when I am impulsive, I tend to be single minded (loud) and empathic (louder). I am counting on you as a father and as a political veteran to understand and accept this apology.

I will not belabor the point that I was trying to make to you last night. As you know, I am more than willing to face the slings and arrows that come my way, especially here in Eureka. It is hard for me to express the pain and outrage that I feel when my wife and daughters are needlessly brought in, as you did. I obviously need to adopt a different and better approach when trying to convey to others why I think that it is unfair that my wife and daughters need to suffer because of this.

Again, my apologies for last night.


Larry Glass responded to the ER as follows:

Glass confirmed by e-mail that he originally received Arkley’s letter on Sept. 6. He said it isn’t a “real apology.”

“It should say, ‘I’m sorry I … 1. physically attacked you twice. 2. I’m sorry I disrespected you by calling you ‘nothing’ and a ‘liar.’ 3. I’m sorry I threatened to destroy you if you didn’t vote for my project. 4. I’m sorry I threatened to destroy your business. 5. I’m sorry I paid to have you followed. 6. I’m sorry I threatened to sue you.’ I feel a real and complete apology would offer some promise of behavior modification for the future. Anyone can plainly see it doesn’t contain any of these. I am still waiting.”

Then Glazer, the new PR guy, reiterated the previous denials of any physical aspect to the confrontation. So far, the only eye-witnesses who have chimed in are Glass, Gans, and one anonymous witness.

I do have to make a few comments. Larry didn’t bring Arkley’s wife and kids into the fight. But they’re in it now. And while it is clearly an apology, when you’re apologizing for inappropriate behavior, you don’t try to justify it. You just apologize. And Larry is right, there is no promise to refrain from similar behavior in the future. He’s almost suggesting that he has no control over it.

But it is an apology. Where to go from here?

Addendum: The TS has a little more detail.

Glass said he found it important that the same day Arkley sent the apology, Gans told The Eureka Reporter — which is owned by Arkley — that Glass was acting like a “publicity-seeking politician.” ”You have to weigh that in context with the lack-of-apology apology,” Glass said.

That is certainly odd.

Glass said the topic of Arkley’s daughters didn’t come up until about halfway through Arkley’s “tirade,” and then Arkley only made a passing reference to them. ”He mentioned it, but it was certainly not the paramount thing that he was talking about,” Glass said.

And then Glazer continues the counter-attack.

The conversation at the Avalon, Glazer said, centered around Glass’ treatment of Arkley’s daughters. First, Glazer said, Glass distributed anti-Arkleyville stickers and T-shirts at his shop, then was insensitive when Arkley’s daughters came to talk to him about it. He said Arkley accused Glass of being a liar because Glass said he would stop carrying the anti-Arkleyville paraphernalia but didn’t for several weeks.


Glazer also asked why Glass didn’t distribute the e-mail to local media after receiving it, called Glass’ citing the e-mail’s accompanying disclaimer as playing a game and accused Glass of misleading the local media by not owning up to having received the e-mail.

”It’s bewildering and somewhat appalling,” Glazer said. “It gives that odor that it’s all about politics and manipulating the media.”

If anyone’s manipulating the media, Glass said it is not him.

I’m off to a mediation seminar in the Bay Area. I’m not sure when I’ll be online. But I’ll try to throw something together here and then.

Enjoy your week.

Photo source.

Yet another blogger not on my list – Capdiamont has apparently scooped everybody.

According to Capdiamont Glass was waiting for clearance from the city attorney. Glass also confirmed that he’d posted the boilerplate wording on Heraldo’s blog.

Not much else to tell right now.

In fulfilling my mission as Zionist-minion sent here by AIPAC to destroy John Campbell and Pacific Lumber, I’m posting the following missive from my masters in Tel Aviv.


(ANSAmed) – MILAN, AUGUST 27 – Poor in hydrocarbons but with remarkable solar radiation, Israel is at the forefront of the development and application of mirrors for the production of solar energy, a segment which already allows the country to save 3% of the combustible imports. According to the reports of Italian economic daily Il Sole 24 Ore, Israel, after having reduced the costs of solar energy production by using a particularly fine film over which the photovoltaic cells are situated, is studying systems which would be capable of concentrating 1,500 volts of solar radiation over a new small plate. The system comprises a parabolic mirror with a surface of some 100 square metres, a result of a research of Sde Boker carried out in the Negev Desert by Professor David Faiman. Currently a local company is seeking to create an industrial prototype, the first step to commercialization. (ANSAmed).

Seriously though, this could be a big deal in the development of alternative energy. Israel has already spent funds developing small versions such as the one pictured above and discussed in this article which is also the photo source.

Addendum: And as long as I’m singing Israel’s praises, here’s a great Nation article on a very progressive paper in Israel.

In Israel, spirited debate was once a cultural imperative. Now it is a rare, if precious, resource, as is Ha’aretz and its emphatic liberal consciousness. Though Palestinian suicide bombers and Hezbollah rocket attacks have all but muted Israel’s high-decibel, hydra-headed politics, there is Ha’aretz, arousing and provoking with its pro-peace apostasy. Not only does the paper challenge its readers; it makes money doing it. The depth, passion and wit of its reporting recalls the best of the long-extinguished Washington Star or Britain’s once-sassy Independent. The paper routinely scoops its larger rivals, the tabloids Yediot Ahronot and Ma’ariv, particularly when it comes to US-Israeli relations, and it is the closest thing the Middle East has to an indispensable read. (It is also the only major Israeli daily with an editorial page; in June Yediot Ahronot dropped its editorial section and, like Ma’ariv, now restricts itself to signed opinion pieces.) Ha’aretz‘s opposition to Israel’s most controversial policies–the occupation of the West Bank and the incarceration of Gaza behind a fortified wall, the systematic discrimination against Israel’s Arab citizenry, last year’s war in Lebanon–makes it a life raft for anyone who despairs of the Jewish state’s rightward lurch but who is too afraid to criticize it openly for fear of being tarred as an anti-Semite, an appeaser of terrorists or a self-hating Jew.

Of course, they support Israel’s right to exist, which is an abomination in some peoples’ eyes.

Adding to the short list of Mendo blogs I have to link to, let me introduce to you Shankar Wolfananda. I’ll let him speak for himself.

I have just decided to start a blog on a whim. I would like to focus on local issues in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties, world affairs, the Indian Subcontinent, Spiritual Growth, World Travel and Adventure and what ever else comes to mind.

I currently live in Ukiah California. I am 27 years old and employed as a social worker.

I would like this blog to act as a forum for people with similar and conflicting world views to debate, share, and commune.

His latest post is about Buddhist protests in Burma.

Andy S. brought my attention to this website, Arabs for Israel, dedicated to Arabs and Muslims who support the right if Israel to exist. The principles are as follows:

We are Arabs and Moslems who believe:

  • We can support Israel and still support the Palestinian people. Supporting one does not cancel support for the other.
  • We can support the State of Israel and the Jewish religion and still treasure our Arab and Islamic culture.
  • There are many Jews and Israelis who freely express compassion and support for the Palestinians. We Arabs also express reciprocal compassion and support.
  • The existence of the State of Israel is a fact that we accept.
  • Israel is a legitimate state that is not a threat but an asset in the Middle East.
  • Every major World religion has a center of gravity. Islam has Mecca, and Judaism certainly deserves its presence in Israel and Jerusalem.
  • Diversity is a virtue not only in the USA, but would be beneficial around the world. We support a diverse Middle East with protection for human rights, respect and equality under the law to all minorities, including Jews and Christians.
  • Palestinians have several options but are deprived from exercising them because of their leadership, the Arab League and surrounding Arab and Moslem countries who have other goals besides seeing Palestinians live in harmony with Israel.
  • If Palestinians want democracy they can start practicing it now.
  • It will benefit Arabs to end the boycott of Israel.
  • We can resolve our conflicts using non-violent means. Sending our young people on suicide/homicide missions as a form of Jihad is a distortion of Islam. We can do better.
  • We are appalled by the horrific act of terror against the USA on 9/11/2001.
  • It will be better for Arabs when the Arab media ends the incitement and misinformation that result in Arab street rage and violence. We support the Arab media providing coverage of ways that people of all religions are and can live together in harmony.
  • We are eager to see major reformation in how Islam is taught and channeled to bring out the best in Moslems and contribute to the uplifting of the human spirit and advancement of civilization.
  • We believe in freedom to choose or change one’s Religion.
  • We cherish and acknowledge the beauty and contributions of the Middle East culture, but recognize that the Arab/Moslem world is in desperate need of constructive self-criticism and reform.
  • We seek dialogue with Israel. We invite you to join us on a path of love.

I’ll see what I can find in terms of background on the group later. It probably gets slammed by both sides. I can relate.

Addendum: Here’s a video of a couple of their representatives, one of whom is founder Nonie Darwish.

Second Addendum: Well, the group is pretty one-dimensional. I expected it to be pro-Israel, because, well, that’s in the name of the website. But there’s little nuance in the articles, although this one is kind of interesting. It doesn’t blame the Palestinians, but rather “Arab meddling” for the perpetual crisis, with an interesting perspective on the history.

Still, it’s an interesting political development. Let’s see how they play into other reconciliation efforts.

Third Addendum: I was hoping the organization would be more focused on gestures like this one.

He was in New York speaking at Columbia University. At this point I only know what’s in this article and what has been posted in threads below.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad questioned the official version of the Sept. 11 attacks and defended the right to cast doubt on the Holocaust in a tense appearance Monday at Columbia University, whose president accused the hard-line leader of behaving like “a petty and cruel dictator.”Ahmadinejad smiled at first but appeared increasingly agitated, decrying the “insults” and “unfriendly treatment.” Columbia President Lee Bollinger and audience members took him to task over Iran’s human-rights record and foreign policy, as well as Ahmadinejad’s statements denying the Holocaust and calling for the disappearance of Israel.

Mark has e-mailed something to me. I’ll review it and comment later.

I will credit him for one thing – not isolating himself and staying composed. It would be nice if he stopped beating, jailing, and killing his opponents at home.

Addendum: Here’s a video clip link from Mark. I don’t have the software here at work, but I’ll watch it at home. It’s probably on Youtube by now as well.

Second Addendum: From the UK Guardian: “What Michel Foucault and Jean-Paul Sartre have to teach us about how to respond to President Ahmadinejad’s US visit.”

Third Addendum: Here’s the Youtube of part of Bollinger’s opening remarks. Meanwhile, the Columbia Dean says that he would have invited Hitler to speak under similar circumstances. All about the right not just to speak, but to hear.

Fourth Addendum: There is mitigating context to the “Israel should disappear” comment. It’s not calling for somebody to destroy Israel, but sort of suggesting that “like the Soviet Union” it will fall from its own lack of viability. From Wikipedia:

On December 12, 2006, Ahmadinejad addressed the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust, and made comments about the future of Israel. He said, “Israel is about to crash. This is God’s promise and the wish of all the world’s nations.” He continued, “Everyone must know that just as the U.S.S.R. disappeared, this will also be the fate of the Zionist regime, and humanity will be free.”

However, the “wiped off the map” quote is a little more troubling, though the translation of that phrase is in dispute. Juan Cole believes, again, it was not about physical destruction, but about hoping the regime would “collapse.”

Rose has the docket info and link.

So now, unless the panel or one of the parties requests oral argument, it’s we wait. Well, we wait anyway, but you know what I mean.

As previously discussed and as Redway residents are aware, the Post Office boxes are closed to the box holders after 8:30 p.m. on weekdays, and after 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, meaning for instance that when I couldn’t get to the post office before noon on the Saturday of Labor Day, I had to wait until Tuesday to get my mail. For those of us who actually work for a living and have kids who need meals and have to be put to bed, the new policy is a hardship.

But that’s not what I’m whining about today.

Normally, if I’ve gotten my Netflix movies into the mail by pick-up time in Redway it it’s gotten to the warehouse in San Jose by Monday, or Tuesday in the event of a holiday. There is a sign on the Redway slots which request that you place your Netflix movie into the “local” slot rather than the “out of town” slot, something which I did dutifully for a couple of weeks. But in both of those weeks the movie did not make it to San Jose by Monday, which means it did not leave Redway until Monday. The movie didn’t make it until Wednesday meaning I didn’t get the new movie until Friday.

So I experimented. For two weeks in a row I have placed my movies in the “out of town” box. Last week my movie made it by Monday, and I just confirmed the same for this week.

I’m more than happy to accommodate the local Post Office workers so that their jobs are easier. But in return I would request that they do me the courtesy of making sure my mail gets out on time.


Meanwhile, it looks like the Fortuna Post Office is upsetting at least one of its customers with what the individual thinks might be an ADA violation.

Does Fortuna have home delivery? Because I’m thinking that Redway residents should start demanding it.

An interesting read from Media Matters essentially suggesting what we all know – the media fawns over a uniform.

Did that voice inside you say, “I’ve heard it all before”?

In August, Sidney Blumenthal noted similarities between Gen. David Petraeus and former Secretary of State Colin Powell:

As Gen. David Petraeus prepares to deliver his report in September on the “surge” in Iraq, he is elevated into the ultimate reliable source, just as former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s sterling reputation was exploited for his delivery of the case for invasion before the United Nations Security Council on Feb. 5, 2003, a date that will live in mendacity, for every statement he made was later revealed to be false; Powell regretted publicly that it was an everlasting “blot” on his good name. … He was Petraeus before Petraeus, the good soldier before the good soldier, window-dressing before window-dressing.

As Blumenthal observed, Powell, like Petraeus, enjoyed a “sterling reputation” that was used to enhance the credibility of his case and to discourage scrutiny.

It is impossible to overstate just how thoroughly the vast majority of the media bought what Powell was selling. Without pausing to examine his claims or the credibility of his evidence, they declared his U.N. address a home run. The media’s swift and fawning reaction to Powell’s speech is one of the true low points in their coverage of the Bush administration and the Iraq war — and that is no small feat.

I remember Powell’s presentation well. It was much later reported that he was angry about having to present it, screaming at his handlers the night before. In one of those precious twists of irony, Powell’s people requested that the Picasso painting Guernica on the UN’s wall be covered up for the presentation. And even as the European press was already fact-checking and would be taking his story apart within hours of its delivery, the American media were reporting a “slam dunk.”

As the French ambassador was delivering the rebuttal, CNN’s Paula Zahn, who had been talking to some Hoover Institute flak, tuned in just long enough to realize he wasn’t going to tow the line. She donned her patented grimace of disgust and asked rhetorically, “didn’t he listen to what General Powell said?”

Again the American media is dropping the ball, after years of profuse apologies for dropping it in exactly the same way before the war.

The image comes from Juan Cole’s site.


September 2007