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From the Jackson campaign:

Humboldt Builders Exchange Endorses Allison Jackson for DA

The Board of Directors of the Humboldt Builders Exchange has unanimously endorsed Allison Jackson for Humboldt County District Attorney.

“The board believes that Allison’s proven record as a prosecutor, along with her work as an award-winning child protective advocate uniquely qualifies Allison to bring about the needed changes to the DA’s Office,” said Humboldt Builders Executive Director Charlene McCombs.

“We’re confident that Allison can take on and be a strong administrator to manage the DA’s Office.”

The Humboldt Builders Exchange represents more than 300 local businesses and more than 4,000 employees.

The Humboldt Builders Exchange endorsement is the latest of several key endorsements, which include the Humboldt Deputy Sheriffs’ Organization, the Humboldt County Correctional Peace Officers Association AFSCME Local 1684 and the Fortuna Police Officer’s Association. Jackson, a partner at the Eureka-based Harland Law Firm, has worked since 2004 representing clients in civil litigation, land-use, employment and other areas of law. Jackson has worked in the Humboldt, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara county district attorney offices.

For more information about DA candidate Allison Jackson, visit her Web site at

In yet another in a long string of rulings watering down Miranda and other search and seizure related rights, the conservative majority of SCOTUS has ruled that you have to speak up if you want to stay quiet.

SCOTUS had already ruled that you have to specifically request an attorney in order to invoke Sixth Amendment rights.  If you invoke your Sixth Amendment rights, they can’t just leave  you and come back to harass you later.  Therefor, if you are arrested from here on out, to cover all bases, you should say something along these lines:

I hereby invoke my Fifth and Sixth Amendment Rights to silence and legal counsel.  I will not speak to you until I have consulted an attorney.

After that, you only have to answer booking questions.  But make sure you are clear.

I still haven’t had the time to catch up with the story behind what was a horrific event over the weekend, but here’s some coverage.

From The Nation:

This one is about lack of satisfaction in Obama’s response.

Netanyahu canceled a meeting with Obama to fly home to deal with the fallout.

Turkey is comparing the incident to 9/11.

An article on one of the Americans involved.

Israel’s press conference on the subject claiming they found weapons on the flotilla, and that they were shot at first.

The Israeli account of the incident.

The videos came from the Israeli government link.  If anybody has anything from a more neutral source, please let me know.

Addendum: Here is the most reasonable piece on the incident I’ve come across, or so it appears to me since I pretty much agree with the analysis.  I think in Israel’s case I’m reminded of the old peace movement saying, “when your only tool is a hammer, you see every problem as a nail.”

Second addendum: Some statements from flotilla survivors.

Third addendum: Here’s a CBS story on the topic.


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