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As I said in the thread below, I haven’t heard much of the debate.  I’ve now read a couple of reports.  Looks like Rubio “won,” Bush “lost” and the CNBC panel asked lame questions and lost control of the debate.

I’ll try to catch up and comment more later.

EstelleAt Persimmon’s in Red.way at 3:30 p.m. on November 5 she will announce her intent to run for re-election for the election scheduled for June 7, 2016.

As always, this is an equal opportunity blog when it comes to election campaign related notices.  Any candidate for any office need only contact me with campaign event notices and they will be published.

As well he should have been.

But again, if a video hadn’t been posted to the Internet, would he still be throwing kids around classrooms?

Unfortunately there are always idiots with access to airwaves who will justify against the obvious.  And probably she was acting like a punk, which deserves measures – you know, like detention?  Maybe suspension?  But “noncompliance” does not justify throwing a girl across the room.  Nothing short of the girl attacking him with a knife justifies throwing her across the room.

This from Marc Cooper of Nation Magazine:

“When I went to junior high school in mid-city Los Angeles in the early 1960’s there were NO police or security on a campus of 3200 students. One day for some great felony, like improperly putting a gym towel in its retainer, the SS Oberfuhrer gym teacher sentenced me to one swat from a paddle. When I was taken to the Vice-Principal’s office for my punishment, I refused it. The administrators got all bent out of shape and called my mom to campus. She came in from her bowling league puffing on a Viceroy and told the school in no uncertain terms that, policy or not, they were not to touch me unless they wished to test their policies in court. The school saved face by backing down and sending me home for the rest of the day which was great by me! And I did not come from some wealthy, entitled educated family. Just a civilized one that did not believe in inflicting violence on children. We now take it for granted with cops crawling over just about every campus. This joker in SC was really off the wall. I don’t care what the student did… apparently her biggest crime was not getting out of her seat. The entitled folks here are the rent-a-bozos in uniforms who act with impunity.”

There are defenses of this officer on the Internets – claiming he’s not a racist. Well, maybe not. Maybe he’s just an asshole. I don’t know what that mitigates.

ClintonSeriously, I actually think there is a little bit of an issue about using private email for what should be public record and the potential for security risks, but we’ve learned nothing we didn’t already know.  The FBI investigation is pending, but I don’t think it’s going to turn up much for Republican political purposes.

Scanning the Google news there are no takeaway lines from Hillary Clinton except this one.  All the headlines are about the babble from the committee.  And they can’t go on the meme of transparency when they shut down a motion to open up to the public the deposition transcript they keep referring to.  The event has now been investigated more than 911 or other embassy attacks which were much more deadly and much bigger questions of competence.

We have sworn testimony which establishes that she did email Rosenthal, that she did endorse, even push, the Libya intervention which ousted the Ghaddaffy regime, and even established that, yes, she was Secretary of State in 2011 and 2012 – in case we weren’t sure about that.

And all she had to do was sit there.

It doesn’t even qualify as a circus.  Four people died in a tragedy which maybe could have been avoided, but this is really just pathetic even as witch hunts go.  The questioning was disjointed and unfocused, even as fishing expeditions go.  It’s like they weren’t even prepared.  Had nothing.  Still have nothing except millions and millions spent on what two of their own have admitted was politically motivated.  They were reduced to stupid sh– whining, as in when one rep accused her of seizing the limelight for the success of Libya for her own gain.

They’ve all but handed her the Presidency.  Of the Presidential candidates only Ben Carson (who’s completely out of touch) and Jeb Bush (who has nothing to lose at this point) have dared get their names into the news in association with this.

Really, her only threat at this point is Sanders, who had better articulate a vision – it’s not enough to rant about what’s wrong.  He’s got to offer some hope.  In retrospect, he was right to stay above this fray.  And if he’s only going to attack on policy, then he needs to do so now.  This is a good start.

Local conservative activist Liana Simpson will join me on Thursday Night Talk on KHSU this week to offer a more conservative voice in discussion about the Presidential race (as the field continues to narrow). Looking forward to a spirited discussion about what the campaigns should be discussing; what the media should be demanding of the candidates; predictions, etc. Thursday night at 7:00.

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INMIn Canada, the Conservative Party just lost after nine years in power and this analysis suggests that a significant factor was his treatment of First Nation. Perhaps Idle No More deserves some credit in bringing attention to all of the Canadian voters and was an important part of bringing Harper down. I don’t know enough about the election to evaluate the argument one way or another – Democracy Now can be kind of dogmatic – but it’s certainly worthy of discussion. Let’s also hope the Liberals do better. Kind of bummed that the New Democrats fared so poorly, but I think many Canadian voters just wanted to be rid of Harper and didn’t want to take any chances with a split vote, even in a Parliamentary system.

Democracy Now report on Canadian Election.

And here’s a more general analysis of the election.  I will say that despite the NDP decline I find it refreshing that he is going to “deficit spend” to reinvigorate the economy and rebuild infrastructure.  Someone who understands economics and is open about what he will do, which makes no sense to the “balanced budget” ideology embraced even by our own “liberals.”

Holly Carter will join me to discuss the recent politics around Planned Parenthood and their potential impact on women.  For part of the time we will also have  Heather Saunders Estes, President and CEO, of Planned Parenthood Northern California to provide some background and context.  Join us at 7:00 p.m. on KMUD.


Long overdue.

It’s a basic equation folks.  People poop.  It’s not a question of whether, but a question of where.

I know, “it’ll only encourage them to stay,” because like these guys in Tucson are reading this post right now and saying to each other, “Wow!  They’re going to have a free bathroom in Garberville!  I’m hitch-hiking up there right now!”

You can donate to the fund here, where the photo comes from.

Garberville Square

Before we completely abandon Columbus day, let’s consider some other aspects of the history, particularly of the holiday itself. For instance, do you know that the holiday itself was first pushed in response to the lynching of 11 Sicilian immigrants who had been found innocent of murder in court? It was an effort to change the images of Italian-Americans. Yes, they chose the wrong hero. But there’s more to consider. Read this excellent article.

The following portrait is of an incident Spanish genocide against the population of present-day Haiti and Dominican Republic, as illustrated by Bartolome de las Casas.

Spanish Genocide

Some Mendo coast activists taking the initiative – getting great response from tourists and locals alike.  Took this in the town of Mendocino this afternoon.



October 2015