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Trump suggested it on Jimmy Kimmel tonight.  Sanders tweeted “game on.”

The stakes would be really high!  Clinton may regret refusing the debate with Sanders.  Or maybe not.  However it plays out in politics, it could be a very educational moment for the country as two very distinct ideologies collide.  Seriously, it could be huge.

Politically speaking who would benefit?  It really just depends.

Update:  Oh, it looks like Trump wasn’t serious.  Wimp.

Second update:  It looks like the Sanders people played Trump by using Kimmel to bypass Trump’s handlers.  Trump’s camp was trying to walk it back this morning.  Now Sanders is calling Trump a “chicken” so we’ll see how it plays out.  Could be the most watched debate in history!

Some Clinton supporters are worried that it’s going to be a Trump play for Bernie supporters, but Bernie will be the for business and will probably take Elizabeth Warren’s tack, which resulted in Trump losing her cool and calling her “Pocahontas.”

Final update:  Alas, Trump chickens out.

Highlights from last year:
Full set from last year:
Full set of the Brother’s Comatose:
Weekend passes are available online:
Video streaming from the Trees stage will be going on all weekend, tune into over the weekend to check it out. After 5:30pm each night we will be pulling out all the stops with a full video production crew, so folks can enjoy the last 3 acts in all its glory.

Free festival shuttle:
Running continuously from 9:00am until after the close of the festival each evening- shuttles will service the following locations.
– Redway- Majestic Center
– Garberville- Chevron
– Benbow- Festival Site (and along Benbow Dr as needed)
– Richardson Grove State Park
– Richardson Grove Family Camp & RV Park
Stops will be clearly marked and more buses have been added this year to minimize wait times at the end of the night.

Gates open at 9:30am and entertainment runs from 10am to 10pm both days. A free public shuttle is offered continuously from Redway, Garberville, Benbow, and Richardson Grove State Park. Program guides are on the streets now or check out the Summer Arts pages of for stage schedules, a digital version of the festival program guide, and more info on all the that’s in store at this special 40th anniversary celebration of the Summer Arts & Music Festival on June 4th and 5th.



I don’t know if this guy is real or putting on an act, but it’s a good shtick nonetheless.

British soldier Chris Herbert on his experience with Muslims.

He posted the following on Facebook.

Getting frustrated by some people expecting racism from me, because I got blown up.

Here it is:

Yes. A Muslim man blew me up, and I lost my leg.

A Muslim man also lost his arm that day wearing a British Uniform.

A Muslim medic was in the helicopter that took me from the field.

A Muslim surgeon performed the surgery that saved my life.

A Muslim Nurse was part of the team that helped me when I returned to the UK.

A Muslim Healthcare Assistant was part of the team that sorted out my day to day needs in rehabilitation when I was learning to walk.

A Muslim taxi driver gave me a free ride the first time I went for a beer with my Dad after I came home.

A Muslim doctor offered my Dad comfort and advice in a pub, when he didn’t know how to deal with my medicines and side effects.

Contrary to that:

A white Brit spat in my girlfriend’s face for ‘f****** a cripple when you could have me [him]’

A White Brit pushed my wheelchair away from a lift so he could use it first.

A White Brit screamed at my Dad for parking in a disabled bay when I was in the services coming home.

(Although, alot of people helped in my recovery! I dont hate white brits either! hahaha)

Point is, f*** off. I know who I dislike, and I know who I don’t. I know who I appreciate, and I know who I don’t.

If you want to hate an entire race of men and women for the actions of a few d***heads feel free, but don’t push your views on me, thinking I am an easy target because one d******** decided it was my day to die.

Blaming all Muslims for the actions of groups like Daeshe and the Taliban, is like blaming all Christians for the actions of the KKK or Westboro Baptist Church.

Get a grip of your lives, hug your family and get back to work.


Ozzie Davis’s eulogy (along with the Autobiography of Malcolm X) should be mandatory listening for high school graduation in this country.

Did my radio show on KMUD tonight and checked my mailbox for the first time in months. Found this note towards the back. I have no clue as to the topic of the referenced show. Maybe it was put into the wrong box?

In any case, I always say that I take requests so I guess I have to find an expert. I may have to remind him/her to speak audibly into the microphone….

KMUD note

All Things Reconsidered tonight – will focus on the June primaries election with phone guests TBD. We will discuss the Presidential primary and down ticket issues, Proposition 50, local races, and election procedures including the registration deadline and what you have to do to participate in the party primary of your choice.

Tonight at 7:00. Call-ins welcome.



For President – Bernie Sanders

Bernie was elected may of Burlington when I was in my senior year of high school, near the dawn of my political consciousness.  Mitterand had already been elected President in France and socialism was making a little bit of a comeback in the post-1960s era of the Reagan Revolution.  I was very active during the 1980s and so very cognizant of his political career.  About a decade after his election as Mayor, where he did an excellent job by most accounts, he was elected to Congress.  Contrary to the narrative of his detractors he has a long list of legislative accomplishments, writing some of his own bills but also amending other bills to make them more progressive.  Most famously he held out for single payer as the Affordable Healthcare Act was about to be passed.  He did not want to defeat the reform, but he negotiated hard and obtained about 12 billion for community health clinics and the right of states to enact their own single payer system instead of participating in the insurance exchanges.  He voted against the Iraq War before it was fashionable to oppose.   He’s responsible for a long list of progressive items from  mandating notice of white collar fraud awards to victims paid for by the perps themselves to subsidization of heating bills for the poor.   In the Senate he wrote and passed legislation to open up the military contractor process to public scrutiny, and to ensure that bailout money wasn’t spent to move jobs out of the U.S.

But mostly it’s what he represents that I support – a movement of social reform for which his run for Presidency is a springboard.  He has excited an army of millenials who will hopefully take a greater interest in politics – introducing to them the vital energetic of NY Jewish progressive politics which has been slowly disappearing over the years.  He is the first major candidate to raise class issues in a meaningful way in years, which is why he is drawing votes from the white working class, a group which has been leaving the Democratic Party in a slow but steady stream since 1968.  Bernie is a fulfillment of New Left politics – the first major candidate to raise the history of the US backed Iranian Coup of the 1950s which set the tone for modern Middle East politics.

The math seems pretty definitively against him at this point, but the fight for the soul of the Democratic Party in the Convention platform discussions will require delegates.   I look forward to casting the vote in June.

I think the reasons for my endorsement are best summed up in this video.


For Senate – Kamala Harris

She’s brilliant and a competent enough pol that she could one day be elected the first African-American woman President.  There are more progressive candidates, but she has a good record and is probably at about the left wing of the possible for the Senate seat.

It’s likely that she will not be facing a Republican in the November run-off but instead Loretta Sanchez who did the world a service by replacing the crazy B-1 Bob Dornan in Orange County so many years ago.   But she appears to be playing for the Republican vote at the expense of the environment and other progressive causes.  She is a Blue Dog.  However, her voting record is more progressive than her pandering would indicate.  She did vote against the Iraq War for instance.

But Harris has a pretty solid progressive record.  She did defeat Terrence Hallinan, one of my favorite political leaders of all time, to be elected SF District Attorney, but she continued his policies of prosecuting white crime, including environmental crime.  She is against the death penalty.  She was an LGBT rights advocate before it was fashionable.

She did briefly date Willie Brown.  I guess I won’t hold that against her.


For Congress  Second District – Erin Shrode

Jared Huffman is going to win barring some extremely unusual circumstances. I can live with that. He’s pretty cool.

But democracy works best when there are contested elections, and even though the opposition probably won’t win, when somebody comes to the plate who has a lot of potential as a progressive leader I want to support that person with my vote. So I’m not voting against Huffman. I just want this brilliant and passionate young woman to grow in community leadership. Hopefully she will run again, or for other offices.  Her name is Erin Shrode and you will be hearing her name in the future.  If she won, she would be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Here’s a nice Huffpo interview.


Assembly – Jim Wood

He’s fine.  I don’t support upping the smoking age to 21.  I’m fine with allowing landlords to ban medical marijuana smoking in their homes.  I support his moves to bring broadband and physicians to rural areas.  No real complaints.

He has no opponent.  That’s sad.


Second District Supervisor – no endorsement

I really like Estelle Fennell and appreciate her years of service on KMUD.  She has supported some very important community endeavors and does listen to her constituents.  Unfortunately, her views and philosophy of local economic and property development differ from mine sharply, and I’m very disappointed in the General Plan Update and a few other votes.  However, she does seem to be acting according to the prevailing ideologies and wishes of the majority of her constituents.

I also really like her challenger Bud Rogers who is a passionate and talented man with deep roots in the community.  Unfortunately I do not believe that his gifts are well-suited for the position.

I do appreciate the respectful tone of both candidates in the campaign.


Third District Supevisor – Mike Wilson

Mike is the clear progressive choice who has served the same constituency well for years on the Harbor Commission.  As a commissioner he has helped lead the district in cleaning up of four million gallons of toxic waste at the former Samoa pulp mill, promoting sustainable growth of the shellfish industry, restoring large-scale wetlands, providing more recreational access to the bay and addressing sea level rise. He will be a crucial voice for economic diversification, smart growth and environmental protection.  He has keen political savvy and despite the difficulties presented by the current Board makeup I’m hopeful that he will be able to generate some consensus around progressive issues.   And where he can’t accomplish that he will provide a crucial voice of dissent to set up for the inevitable progressive turnaround in the county as it continues to change.



Proposition 50 – No


Right now the legislature can vote to suspend a colleague for alleged corruption or dereliction of duty, but cannot deprive him/her of pay until the law mandates/allows formal expulsion.  It sounds good, but it’s a bad idea.  It doesn’t provide any real criteria for the suspension, and I question whether even a paid suspension without more due process is appropriate.  To give the majority this kind of power could have detrimental impact on representatives of limited means, who might have to leave the legislature before he/she has had a chance at defense of the allegations.

I am willing to consider well-thought means to discipline a representative based on clear process and criteria, but this just opens what passes for the process to political abuse.



I will be interviewing representatives of the coalition on Thursday Night Talk at 7:00 p.m. on KHSU.  I will contact the Forest Service to try to get a representative on the show or at least a statement – otherwise I will plan for a response at a later date.



Early Morning Blockade Disrupts Klamath Salvage Logging
Group urges Forest Service to support Karuk Alternative to the Westside Project

HD video and photos available for use at:



SEIAD VALLEY, Calif. – Hours before daybreak this morning dozens of people including Tribal youth, river advocates and forest activists blocked the road leading to the Westside salvage logging project in the Klamath National Forest. Demonstrators held banners that read Karuk Land: Karuk Plan, recited call and response chants, and testified to the timber sales’ impact on ailing salmon populations. Work was delayed for approximately four hours.

The Westside Salvage Logging Project would clear cut more than 5,700 acres on steep slopes above Klamath River tributaries and along 320 miles of roads within Klamath National Forest. Post-fire logging and hauling began in late April, before legal claims brought forth by a lawsuit led by the Karuk Tribe could be considered in court.

“The Forest Service should follow the Karuk Plan on Karuk Land. Traditional knowledge of fire helps everything stay in balance because it’s all intertwined,” said Dania Rose Colegrove of the Klamath Justice Coalition. “When you destroy the forests, you destroy the rivers.”

Unlike the Karuk Alternative, the Westside plan calls for clear cut logging on steep slopes right above several of the Klamath River’s most important salmon-bearing streams, at a time when returning salmon numbers are reaching record lows. Members of local Tribal youth councils who participated in today’s protest see Westside salvage logging as a threat to their future.

“Today I showed up and stood up for what is right for future generations,” said Lacey Jackson, a 16-year old Hoopa Tribal Youth Council member.  “My cultural and traditional livelihood is being threatened, and the way they are going about this logging is a big part of that. I will continue to stand up for me, my people and future generations.”


May 2016