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The biggest irony of the race is that Republicans claim to hate Senator Diane Feinstein, but ultimately will vote to save her ass because her opponent is more liberal.  De Leon will collect the majority of Democratic votes.  Republicans and independents will vote for Feinstein.

I don’t hold much hope, but the movement is in de Leon’s favor at the moment.  If only there was more than a week left!

Seriously, he intends to ignore the Constitution and the Civil War and just order it away.

Maybe the stacked Supreme Court will allow him to do it.  We will find out if a dictatorship is in the making.

Chemical agents ruled out?  Seriously?

Is it composed of plasma?

I did once erroneously predict a landslide.  I’m predicting one here.

Anyone disagree?

My last letter of the campaign season as I’ve used up all my letters in all the papers for Measure K stuff.  I wanted to comment on the Eureka City Council races.  Of course I support Leslie, Natalie, Kim, and Susan.


All sorts of coverage on two of the three hate incidents, but two elderly African Americans were killed in a hate crime earlier in the week.


She is an incredible woman!

We are honored to be part of the “Community” element of the weeklong Campus and Community Dialogue on Race this week at HSU. I’m going to catch as many of these events as I can!

Marianne: One Immigrant’s Journey is being screened in-between “Cultural Appropriation Versus Appreciation” with Tania Cubas and Deema Hindawi at 11 am to 11:50, and “Say Her Name!”: Poetry of Witness and Resistance, with Dr. Raina J. Leon from 2 to 3 pm — all at the Goodwin Forum, Nelson Hall East 102. Looking forward to Monday’s events! — with Marianne Pennekamp, Joy Hardin and Peter Pennekamp at Goodwin Forum, Nelson Hall East 102, HSU.


Article from the Jewish magazine Forward.

The marchers at Charlottesville were by no means ambiguous about their hatred for Jews. Why is it difficult to see anti-Semitism when neo-Nazis march to chants of “Jews will not replace us”? In the aftermath of today’s shooting, hopefully we will see a greater recognition of the danger Jews face from growing far-right extremism – and more investment in efforts to protect us.

Of course, when the federal government is controlled entirely by the Republican Party, including figures who display a terrifying level of comfort with and rhetorical support for white nationalism, the bulk of soul-searching should come on the right. Fighting terrorism requires acknowledging where it comes from. During the Obama Administration, conservative critics attacked President Obama for a perceived refusal to acknowledge Islamic extremism as a motivating factor in violent terrorism. Now, the Trump Administration and significant elements of the Republican Party are engaged in an actual refusal to acknowledge the violent terror emerging from the “alt-right”.

Fighting terrorism does require hardening potential targets through the use of armed guards and better security, but it also requires an acknowledgment of the source of the problem. Over the last decade, there has been a concerning refusal to acknowledge homegrown right-wing extremism as a dangerous threat comparable or perhaps greater than attackers from abroad.


The names of the victims:

Joyce Feinberg, 75
Rich Gotfried, 65
Rose Malinger, 97(Holocaust survivor)
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66

Cecil Rosenthal, 59(brothers)
David Rosenthal, 54

Bernice Simon, 84(married couple)
Sylvan Simon, 86

Daniel Stein, 71
Melvin Wax, 88
Irving Youngner, 69

Tree of Life Synagogue, October 27, 2018


Josh Marshal summarizes it well.

Week So Far

Wednesday: Armed man in Kentucky tries and fails to enter black church. Instead goes to local Kroger and shoots and kills two African-Americans. Later tells white man who confronts him, “Whites don’t kill other whites.”

Friday: Serial mail bomber is arrested by the FBI after sending at least 13 mail bombs to Americans targeted by President Trump.

Saturday: Gunman storms Pittsburgh Synagogue and kills at least eight people.


October 2018