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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

July, 2005

 

July Letters
By Submission from Readers

Bad Boy Governor
It's very disappointing that Governor Schwarzenegger has so much difficulty dealing with people who are not moved by his celebrity status. It is a waste of the state's money do hold a special election so he can attack unions that represent so many of California's citizens.
If he's truly interested in a positive discussion of improving education, he shouldn't be antagonizing those who are in the classroom.
Judith Schwartz
Palo Alto

Corporate Political Crap
Since when is it fair play to ask two opposing sides to come to a playing field under conditions that are clearly unequal?
If there were a clause in the upcoming Initiative that required all corporations to get written permission from their share holders before making a political donation, I could give some credence to the proposition to have labor unions get written permission from their members before making a political donation.
As the Initiative is written now it's like asking 2 teams to play football with different rules. One team can field a team of 11 players, fully equipped while the other team is limited to 4 players with no equipment.
Under anybody's rules, that's not fair play.
Anne Smith
Berkeley

Democrats Self Destruct
Once upon a time there were a lot of union guys in the Democrat party. They even set the tone. They knew that elections were not philosophy seminars at Harvard and Princeton, but brawls in which a limited number of slogans were shouted to rally the faithful. If such a politician were asked how he would react if his wife were raped, he'd shout "I'd kill the bastard!" They'd not fret about how "bastards" might feel hearing this word. And they'd not natter on about rape statistics, as the effete Dukakis did. Or cry about insults to his wife as the effete Muskie once did.
The Republicans won the last election by finding kernels of the truth as they saw it, shooting out forceful sound bytes, i.e., talking points, and getting every Republican in the universe repeating them until they became conventional wisdom, easily recalled and repeated.
Howard Dean understands this technique and began to implement it when he said De Lay was probably going to jail. Or that Republicans all look alike and never did a day of honest, hard work. But, how did the precious politically correct intellectuals who now hold power in the Democrat party respond? Did they all say, "Yeah, Howard's right. De Lay's probably going to jail?" Did they carp about the inactivity of the House Ethics Committee? No, Ferraro, Pelosi and others are getting the "message" to Howard.
In other words the Dem leaders are rejecting the very rhetorical strategy responsible for much of the Republican victory in the last election. The message Pelosi and others will pass to Howard is the Kerry rhetorical legacy writ large. Be a polite, effete loser!!!
Republican commentators are having a field day.
Eugene Gibas
Appleton

Miller Responds To Sheldon
My quotation ( May, LETTERS) was from Albert Einstein's 1948 letter to the editor of the New York Times, a full-page add also signed by 28 prominent American Jews as a warning to Americans that the political thrust of the Israeli government was fascist.
The Jabotinskyites , largely Ashkinazy Jews, who, having migrated to what was then Palestine, and, marching to the fascist theme drove the British from their Palestinian Mandate by repeated acts of terrorism. Begin, a confirmed terrorist himself, was Israel's Prime Minister when Einstein's letter was written.
Like the Nazis under Hitler, Israel threatened and then occupied her neighbors: Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza. To match the Nazi "Superior Aryan Race, Zionists preach: " God's Chosen People." Hitler's promise that the German Gods granted his people ' Lebensrum " matches the Jew's promise that Abraham' promised the Jews "Eretz Israel". The Nazis had their "concentration camps" for 3-4 years. ..The Palestinians, forced by Israel's terrorism into "refugee camps" over half a century ago, are still there.
Mussolini noted: " The first stage of fascism should more appropriately be called "Corporatism" because it is the merger of the state and corporate enterprise. "
President Eisenhower warned Americans of the " Military-Industrial Complex". Just so, Israel's ongoing military- industrial expansionism places her second only to the United States in arms production and sales, as well as military expansionism in the Mideast.
On another issue: Arafat rejected Rabin's "generous offer" following the Camp David meeting simply because, despite repeated lies in the US media, rather than a" generous 97%," the Palestinians would have been left with a measly 17 % of their promised territory, and this tiny fraction, confined in three bantastans, was to be permanently encircled by Israeli military checkpoints, making a Palestinian State impossible. The "Oslo Accords' which Sharon rejected and the PA could not accept, purposely left all major disputes between the parties unsettled.
On another point: Rather then departing Lebanon, as Sheldon states, Israel still occupies Lebanon's Shebaa Farms region where she steals water from Jordan Rived tributaries. Hezbullah, a largely social-service organization represented by 7 seats in the Lebanese legislature, and whose militant wing kicked the Israeli army out of Lebanon in 2000, will remain armed until Israel ceases her military threats in the region.
As for the political situation on campus at Columbia University in New York City, despite Sheldon's comments, and Jewish bru ha ha in the media about "anti-Semitism" and "anti-Israel attitudes" in the classroom, Columbia's students, including many Jews, are supporting their faculty. Investigation by a University committee turned up absolutely no evidence that the staff was out of line in either their class discussions or lectures.
A recent survey of attitudes toward Israel among graduate students in several Universities across the US offersÉ".a picture of increasing sympathy for the Palestinian cause and blame on the Jewish State for the lack of peace."
(www. [email protected] June 2005)
Edward W. Miller, MD
Coastal Post

Good News From Bolinas Fire
Thank you so much for the excellent article on the Bolinas Firehouse and Clinic project. Our fund raising has picked up some great momentum; we are now at the $4 million mark and just today received word we're getting $20,000 from the SF Foundation. You will begin to see activity around the station soon, as we are getting ready to move into temporary facilities.
Anne Sands
Bolinas Fire Board President

Fixed Election?
Defense Secretary Rumsfield doesn't like the outcome of the Iranian elections where the winning candidate won in a landslide getting 60% of the vote. Rumsfield called it a mock election complaining that the 8 candidates they had to choose from were somehow fixed.
Here in the USA we don't have 8 candidates to choose from. We have only 2 which are chosen by political insiders. We had Skull and Bones man Bush vs. Skull and Bones man Kerry, with the electronic voting machines under the control of the Republican party. Bush won the previous election only because the Republican controlled Supreme Court stopped the vote count and illegally declared Bush the winner. This election was won by rigging voting machines in Florida to swap the totals in Democrat dominated counties in Florida.
So it seems to me that we are hardly in a position to criticize the outcome of Iran's elections. But Rummy would have to make that claim because he is moving to invade Iran next. Who would have thought we would see the day when Iran had freer elections than America?
Marc Perkel
San Francisco, CA.

Choose Your War Carefully
The United States has thousands of nuclear warheads and a surveillance system that can beam on a satellite to read the print off of a dime and yet can't find a 6 1/2 foot guy named Osama bin Laden riding on a donkey in Afghanistan.
Instead, President Bush took out his frustration and revenge by warring with Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein who had nothing to do with bringing down the Twin Towers in New York City.
Unfortunately, the illegal invasion of Iraq revealed to the world the shortage of troops in the U. S. army. Until now other nations believed we were the leader and defender of peace and freedom in the world with our supposedly superior power. Got nukes and sophisticated weaponry but don't dare use 'em.
The war has destroyed the illusion of superiority by revealing that we are down to fighting in Iraq with National Guard and reservists. Bookkeepers, truck drivers and anyone available are the "grunts" that have been thrown into the fray. Many young people no longer have the patriotic zeal to sign up in the regular army just to ride up and down in unprotected humvees for no reason but to get blown up on an airport road in Baghdad.
This unnecessary war should be a lesson that governments should choose their wars very carefully so they don't devalue the worthiness of their cause.
It is time for Bush to look for a door marked EMERGENCY EXIT, TAKE IT, and bring the troops home.
David A. Whelan
Forest Knolls

Support The Unions At The Chronicle
On July 1, 2005 the union contracts at the San Francisco Chronicle a Hearst Corporation Newspaper will expire. At 12 noon on Monday July 11, 2005 there will be a rally in San Francisco at 925 Mission Street at the corner of 5th and Mission to show support for the unions at the San Francisco Chronicle. Over the past 2 years Web Pressmen and Prepress Workers' Union No. 4 has been trying to get management to sit down at the bargaining table to no avail.
The San Francisco Chronicle a Hearst Corporation Newspaper hired Frank Vega a.k.a. Darth Vega at the beginning of this year to replace President and Publisher Steve Falk. Vega comes from the Detroit Free Press a Gannett/Knight Ridder Corporation Newspaper. He was one of the main architects in setting up the STRIKE at the Detroit Free Press which lasted 6 years.
One of his claims to shame was having military type helicopters airlift papers past the picket lines to distribution centers where they were picked up for delivery. Since his arrival there have been surveillance cameras installed in all pressrooms, bullet proof vests have been bought for the teamsters, he hired Vance Guards which he used in Detroit to replace current guards, locks are being changed along with telephone lines, and the delivery truck parking lot exit and entrance at the Union City Plant are being reconstructed to a more secure area.
Now after hiring the hired gun management expects the unions to roll over and sign contracts before the July 1 expiration date, I don't think so. Lets send a message to the Hearst Corporation that this isn't Detroit and that the people of the San Francisco Bay Area do not take kindly to union busting. In 1995 we sent the notorious union busting Law Firm of King & Ballow packing and we can do the same with Vega, unless he wants to change his EVIL ways!!!
Bruce Carlton
San Francisco Web Pressmen & Prepress Workers' Union No. 4
Outreach Member
[email protected]

LOWE LETTERS

What's Wrong With The Media?
What's wrong with the media? Howard Dean tells it like it is - GOP, the Christian Party - and catches flak for it. More correctly he should have said the GOP is the White Christian Party and mentioned that 40% of those who voted for Bush last year don't believe in evolution. Dean needs to stand by what he said. The Republican Party has been hijacked by fundamentalist and evangelical extremists and all the media can do is yawn.
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Schwarzenegger's Special Election Is Real Special
There is nothing altruistic about Governor Schwarzenegger's special election and it will do nothing to help working families or residents of California. Schwarzenegger's special election is about increasing GOP power in California. This election is about power and politics, stupid.
At his election proclamation speech Arnold said California is destined to have $22 billion deficits, higher car taxes and the threat of bankruptcy if we don't follow his lead. Now the special election has turned on Proposition 13 as he warns elderly homeowners they could lose their houses to taxes if Democrats and union leaders get their way in the fall. This seems to be straight out of the Bush-Rove playbook. Scaring little old ladies, Arnold basing his campaign on fearmongering, is there anything more pathetic?
Republicans are giddy with anticipation over the prospect of a special election. Democrats and Californians need to wake up and see this for what it is.
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Misleading America
War, what's it all about? First, the war in Iraq has nothing to do with the war on terrorism at home; to associate it with the phrase "war on terror" is to accept the administration's false claims that the Iraq war was linked to the Sept. 11 attacks. Second, Bush, Cheney and the administration lied to and misled America into the Middle East war. Lied to Congress, lied to the American public.
Intelligence was prefabricated to fit Bush's desire to go to war with the result that U.S. soldiers will continue to be maimed and killed, based on intentional deceit perpetrated in the White House. Today, the war in Iraq is short on troops, short on cash and sinking further and further into a quagmire of ethnic divisions and religious rivalries.
The White House is completely divorced from reality, living in its own little spin world, seeming to get war directions from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. And the question remains, what drove the Bush administration to war in Iraq?
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Faith Based Reality
Thirty Killed as insurgents step up Baghdad attacks. Civilians and police keep dying and President Bush keeps putting a happy face on the constant carnage in Iraq. It must be faith-based logic.
Ron Lowe
Nevada City

Kudos On Miller's Light Rail Article
I just picked up my first copy of the Coastal Post and was really quite surprised to find such clear-headed commentary in a free circulation journal. Edward Miller's article articulates the policy we should all share at a time when our country is engaged in a war over petroleum. I will be eagerly looking forward to reading your next issue.
Bryan Denbecke
http://www.geocities.com/metromphalos/SkyTrain

Dear Red States, We're Leaving
We're ticked off at the way you've treated California, and we've decided we're leaving.
We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us.
In case you aren't aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California.
To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get Elliot Spitzer. You get Ken Lay.
We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Opry Land. We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss. We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue; you get to make the red states pay their fair share.
Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms.
Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq, and hope that the WMDs turn up, but we're not willing to spend our resources in Bush's Quagmire.
With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80 percent of the country's fresh water, more than 90 percent of the pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation's fresh fruit, 95 percent of America's quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners) 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy League and Seven Sister schools, plus Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.
With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of the tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.
We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.
Additionally, 38 percent of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62 percent believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent say that evolution is only a theory, 53 percent that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61 percent of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.
By the way, we're taking the good pot, too. You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico.
Author Unknown in New California
submitted by Janet Schlitt
Pt. Reyes Station











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