A reminder – Clif Clendenen will be holding an event at Beginnings tomorrow evening beginning at 6 p.m. Despite what the initial posters said, the event is free. Lot’s of food. Music (including Steel Toed Slippers). Fun for the whole family. All are welcome regardless of campaign affiliation or endorsement.

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Cristina Bauss will sub in for me on All Things Reconsidered tonight. I believe the topic will be Richardson Grove.

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CNN spent a couple of hours on yesterday’s 5th anniversary of the war asking “was the war worth fighting?” The mainstream media framing leaves me cold often, but on this occasion I was ready to toss the television out the window (unfortunately, it’s not mine). The question is not whether it’s “worth” anything. The question is whether we have the right to attack a country which is no threat to us, however bad the regime may be – unless perhaps we are attempting to prevent genocide. But the genocide took place 20 years ago while he remained an ally against Iran.

The conclusion? Well, if you take Wolf Blitzer and company to heart, it’s not about the mistakes of the past. It’s about what McCain will do in the future. The initial war support wasn’t an error in judgment because “everybody” made the same mistake – except Obama of course, but his stand doesn’t count because he wasn’t yet in the Senate.

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I am of course with my family in Monterey. I have fond memories, but as I’ve said previously, it’s no Santa Cruz.

Monterey’s alternative newspaper readers chose Starbucks as the county’s number one coffee house. Did I mention that Monterey is not Santa Cruz? Their number one bookstore is Borders.

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Oddly enough, the seafood selection at Shopsmart in Redway is far superior to most anything I found today as I was hunting for wild caught shrimp. I finally found a specialty store in Monterey proper named Sea Harvest where the selection was maybe slightly better than Redway’s. More evidence we live in a blessed place.

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The parking meters in Monterey are electronic. They reset when you move your car. I wonder how long it took for that technology to pay for itself. Also annoying is the fact that the machines only accept quarters.

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I’ve shut down the comments in the last Reggae thread. I don’t have time to clean it up.

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Yours to the revolution.

Extra points to the first poster who can name the American novelist who used to sign off his letters that way. No, it wasn’t Steinbeck.