Fortunate Farmer and Hellraiser, Jeffrey S. Schultz July 15, 1952 – November 15, 2020

These bodies we occupy don’t last forever, as the loss of Mendocino County teacher, activist, and extraordinary friend, Jef Schultz this week has vividly reminded me. When I met Jef and his partner in all things, Ellen Buechner, nearly a decade ago, he was already on a Great to Be Alive tour after a difficult…

Murdered on November 16, 1989, The Martyred Jesuits of San Salvador Massacre Find a Semblance of Justice in 2020

The sun had not yet risen on November 16, 1989 when a group of Salvadoran Army soldiers surrounded the Pastoral Center of the University of Central America in San Salvador, and began pounding upon the doors and windows. They yelled for the Jesuit priests sleeping inside to come out. One of the priests appeared on…

‘Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter’ – Chinua Achebe Would be 90 Today

To many of those with an interest in Africa and the tragic consequences of the colonization of that continent by Europeans, the work of Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, who would have been 90 years old today, has been a revelation. In my own case, I was not exposed to, nor did I seek out, the…

First Meeting of the League of Nations, November 15, 1920

From the World Beyond War Peace Almanac. November 15. On this date in 1920 the first permanent parliament of the world, the League of Nations, met in Geneva. The concept of collective security was new, a product of the horrors of the First World War. Respect for the integrity and independence of all the members, and how…

A Gallery of the Grotesque – Coup D’États and Gruesome Views at the End of Trump, Courtesy of Mr. Fish

While we debate the question of whether the blatantly undemocratic and authoritarian maneuverings of President Donald J.Trump to stay in power qualify as an attempted coup d’etat, here at the Raucous Rooster we’re busily preparing to focus on other things besides the failed administration of our sociopathic narcissist and reality tv star in the White…

‘Now is the time to resist’ – A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority First Published 53 Years Ago

Fifty-three years ago, the October 12, 1967 edition of the New York Review of Books published “A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority” as part of antiwar activists’ efforts to support draft resistance in opposition to the war in Vietnam. Over 20,000 people signed it, including academics, clergymen, and writers. It urged “that every free man…

Vote Trump Out – Message from Noam Chomsky to Swing State Voters

Here is the A Message to the Swing States video from Noam Chomsky and the Roots Action gang, which concluded yesterday’s Raucous Rooster PSA, The Perils of Low-Information Voters & Garbage People – A Raucous Rooster Public Service Announcement. It can also be viewed here. The embedded video failed to appear in the post email sent to subscribers. We apologize for the error, which was entirely editorial’s fault. – RR

The Perils of Low-Information Voters and Garbage People – A Raucous Rooster Public Service Announcement

Campaign 2020 – Vote Trump Out Petaluma, Sonoma County, California This message is addressed to Biden Harris voters, but may be of interest to anyone with a stake in the November 3, 2020 election. First, thank you so much for committing to vote Biden Harris! That is huge! I have never seen so many people…

Petaluma City Council Campaign 2020: First of Two Petaluma City Council Debates Online, Tuesday September 15 @ 5:30 pm

The Petaluma Community Relations Council (PCRC) is hosting the first of two debates amongst the candidates for Petaluma City Council, at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. According to a PCRC press release, this event will “focus on the General Plan, including Climate and Equity in Planning; and Housing, including Affordable Housing, Planning, and…

We Had Ho Chi Minh on a Silver Platter in 1945 – How Truman Admin Anticommunism Led the U.S. to Ignore its own Intel and Embark on the Disastrous Indochina Wars

U.S. concluded Ho Chi Minh was a Vietnamese nationalist first and foremost, who used the U.S. Declaration of Independence as a model. Ho did not yet see the Soviet Union as a willing or able ally U.S. assurances to the Philippines that it would gain its independence after the end of WW2 encouraged the Vietnamese…

75th Anniversary of the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence

“All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” This immortal statement was made in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America in 1776. In a broader sense, this means: All the peoples on the earth…

Pat Buchanan’s Speech Sounded Better in the Original German – Molly Ivins on the 1992 G.O.P. Convention

Still regularly seeking refuge from the present in the past, I found myself thinking about the roots of today’s GOP again, and a time when it seemed that Republicans were already beginning to get a little wacky and out of touch with the American people, the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas. Who better…

America Never Was America to Me – Langston Hughes Saw Trump Coming in 1936

Hughes – the Promise of America was Meaningless Unless Universal Langston Hughes saw Trump coming at least as early as 1936, with the publication of his poem, Let America Be America again. I have journalist Paul Rosenberg to thank for reminding me. As the racist, overgrown child and tv con man who currently occupies the…

In a Time of Criminal Power, Daniel Berrigan Was Branded a Peace Criminal by War Criminals – August 4, 1970 Sermon

Fifty years ago, on Sunday, August 3, 1970, the Reverend Daniel J. Berrigan stepped up to the pulpit of the United Methodist Church of Germantown, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and gave the sermon below. Berrigan, a Jesuit, pacifist, and dedicated anti-Vietnam War activist, was also a fugitive at the time as a member of the Catonsville…

LBJ Used a Gulf of Tonkin Attack That Never Happened to Escalate the War in Vietnam – Excerpt from Dan Ellsberg’s Secrets

First Full Day at the Pentagon for Ellsberg is a Memorable One 56 years ago, on August 4, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson used an attack on U.S. warships that never happened to justify “retaliation,” and the massive expansion of the U.S. war effort against North Vietnam. Squadron commander James Stockdale was one of the U.S.…

Centennial of A Test of the News – NYT Russia Coverage ‘Nothing Short of A Disaster’

It was a century ago that the New York Times first developed its dismal reputation for getting so much about Russia completely wrong.  Interestingly, this occurred within the timeframe that it became widely accepted as the ‘newspaper man’s newspaper’, George Seldes noted in his 1935 classic, Freedom of the Press.  For the August 4, 1920…

Bitches Get Stuff Done – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Gives Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) a Civics Lesson

But They Shouldn’t Have to Put Up with This Crap The long and painful descent of the Republican party has certainly been a marvel to behold. I recently wrote about this after discovering Henry Fairlie’s warning of the party’s impending devolution at the dawn of the Reagan Revolution. Fairlie detected a distinct eau de fascism…

Dawn of the New Booboisie – Reagan Found His Groove in Detroit in 1980 & Took the Anti-Tax Revolt Nationwide

Note from the editor: ‘Booboisie’ is a term coined by that legendarily discourteous American journalist, H.L. Mencken, which he used to refer to those prone to willful ignorance and stupid mistakes.- RR Forty years ago, as the sun rose, illuminating the gleaming skyrises of the Detroit, Michigan riverfront on the third week of July, 1980,…

A Modest Proposal on Behalf of Mother Earth: Bake Sales for Bombers Until the Pentagon Cleans Up its Messes

From the Editor – a modest proposal in honor of this week’s 50th International Mother Earth Day, as we shelter-in-place. First, we kick COVID-19 of course, if Trump gets out of they way – otherwise I suppose we lance that gruesome boil at the ballot box in November – but the moment we have that under…

100 Years Ago Today the U.S. Invasion of Russia Ended

It was on April 23, 1920 that General William S. Graves and the last of his remaining staff departed Vladivostok by boat, bound for the United States. Most of the 8,000 troops under his command in Vladivostok had left Russia weeks earlier, on April 1, an occasion the New York Times acknowledged briefly in its…

Setting the Paper Cities of Japan Aflame – 75 Years Later, the Great Tokyo Air Raid of March 10, 1945 Remains the Deadliest Six Hours in History

While the 1945 U.S. attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs justifiably loom large in histories of the previous century, the firebombing of Tokyo five months earlier was so brutally efficient a killer of human beings that the commander of the operation, General Curtis E. LeMay, could exclaim with pride that “we scorched and…

Want Insight Into the Passage of 1978’s Prop 13? Read Proposition 13 = Catch 22 by Arthur Blaustein, Nov 1978 Harper’s Magazine

With a measure to reform 1978’s Proposition 13 headed for the upcoming November 2020 ballot, the California Chamber of Commerce and everyone whipped into an anti-tax frenzy ever since have wasted no time spreading lies and misinformation about the proposed measure from the get-go. The measure does not adversely affect residential homeowners. Period. Anyone who…

Monday January 13 Special IOLERO meeting on the killing of Petaluma Resident David Ward, 6 pm

Notice of this important meeting regarding the November 27, 2019 killing of Petaluma resident David Ward by Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies just arrived from Santa Rosa activist and community organizer Susan Lamont, former director of the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County. Susan’s message is below, followed by the public notice from the county.…

The 2019 National Heirloom Exposition is Happening Through Thursday Sept. 12

Greetings from the Raucous Rooster’s abode at an undisclosed Oak Hill henhouse, for which we have been scrambling to pay the bankers. It’s a certainty that no-one is completely insulated from the rising costs of housing in the North Bay, not even the chicks we’re famous for in Petaluma. Lots more to come as we…

Dredge the River: Welcome the Army Corps of Engineers to Petaluma Friday, August 2, 9:45 am at Petaluma Yacht Club, End of C Street

According to an urgent message we received from Petaluma Mayor Teresa Barrett, the locale to welcome the Army Corps of Engineers to Petaluma and present them with our Dredge Pledge petitions has been changed “due to the low tide and the high silt” to the Petaluma Yacht Club at the end of C Street, Friday,…

End Corporate Sponsored Environmental Racism in Petaluma – Shame on Safeway! Fossil Fuels Need to Remain in the Ground

It remains a shock to many of us that it is still possible to build a new gasoline station in 2019, when we really should have already stopped burning the stuff if we wish for humanity and other living creatures to survive on Planet Earth. That we would allow one to be constructed across the…

Kremlin-Supported: How the Experts at New Knowledge Manufacture Fictitious Russians for an Eager Corporate Media and Retain their Credibility

New Knowledge, the social media “information integrity” firm chosen by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to write its official report on Russian social media interference in the 2016 U.S. election, was recently revealed by separate investigations of the New York Times and Washington Post to also be in the business of manufacturing fictitious Russian online…

Bubbles & Bonbons for Bounty at the Hotel Petaluma, A Valentines Day Benefit for Petaluma Bounty and a Resilient Local Foodshed

Petaluma Bounty is one of a handful of extraordinary, unique non profit organizations in Petaluma that provide so many services of exceptional public benefit that they’ve become indispensable to the community. Bounty’s a favorite, as they’ve been helping to build out the community’s sharing economy and a more resilient foodshed for better than thirteen years…

U.S. Empire and the Destruction of Cambodia: Fifty Years Ago This Week Nixon & Kissinger Planned one of the Largest Bombing Campaigns in the History of Warfare

Fifty years ago this week newly elected President Richard Nixon and his National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger, began planning a massive, secret carpet-bombing campaign over the nation of Cambodia using American B-52s, each carrying approximately thirty tons of bombs. Flying at an elevation of 30,000 feet, using unguided bombs, the campaign was guaranteed to cause…

Beware the Crazies: Lies, Elliott Abrams, and the ‘Fabulous Achievement’ of More Violence in Latin America

Having brought chaos to all of the Middle East, a bipartisan effort to topple the Venezuelan government adds a war criminal and ex-con with a fondness for violence to the team The U.S. empire can’t persist indefinitely without the guidance, supervision, and intervention of dedicated true believers in the enterprise, so perhaps I should not…

Time to Break the Silence on Palestine

This extraordinary piece from The New Jim Crow author Michelle Alexander may wind up a significant milestone in the effort to force the world to respect the human rights of Palestinians. For more on the controversy raised by Alexander’s piece, read this from legal scholar Marjorie Cohn.  – RR. Martin Luther King Jr. courageously spoke…

Time to Phase Out Fossil Fuels and Build the Green Economy

In news that was generally overlooked amidst the 24/7 coverage of President Trump’s government shutdown, over 600 environmental groups published an open letter on January 10 called on the 116th Congress for “visionary and affirmative legislation action” to address the looming climate emergency now. The organizers of the letter, Friends of the Earth (FOE), called for…

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019: Truth and Reconciliation Committee Calls for a New Investigation Into the Assassinations of King, The Kennedys & Malcolm X

From David Talbot, founder of Salon.com and author of The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, comes this announcement via Facebook on January 20, 2019: So here’s the historic statement by over 60 prominent Americans that I’ve been promising to announce. This group — which includes family members…

First Thing on Petaluma’s Agenda: Respond to the Climate Emergency – Mayor Barrett

The Drawdown Downtown at Petaluma’s Bank Hub – Join the Local Response to the Climate Emergency, February 13 at the Bank Hub It requires some effort to miss the bad news about human-induced climate emergency we face completely. Whether it’s roads melting and “biblical-scale” mass animal deaths in the latest Australian heat wave; the news that the…

Fear & Loathing, but Questionable Dynamic Foresight on the Petaluma Campaign Trail, 2018

Though we were unable to spend much time covering the 2018 Petaluma election campaign, we do feel obliged to touch upon it briefly before moving on to the 2020 electoral cycle already underway. It was, after all, the end of a significant era in Petaluma politics and culture, and the birth of an exciting new…

White Noise – MSNBC’s Birth as the All-Monica, All the Time Network – from the American Journalism Review Archives, 1999

H/T to Matt Taibbi for sharing this gem by former NPR ombudsman Alicia C. Shepard, published in the American Journalism Review in January of 1999, which illuminates the quest for ratings and profit that drove the nonstop coverage of the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky affair on fledgling news channels MSNBC and Fox News. Writing in late…

How MSNBC Went From Monicagate to Russiagate – Matt Taibbi

An excerpt from Matt Taibbi’s new book, Hate, Inc. People forget that MSNBC, before it found its current niche as an anti-Trump network, was just a conventionally crappy news organization. In his new book Hate Inc., Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi critiques a corporate press which has achieved higher ratings and profits via nonstop promotion…

Petaluma Grapples with Growth: The Revolt Against Suburban Sprawl – from the L.A. Times Archives, 1988

Here’s an interesting news item on Petaluma history from the L.A. Times archives, published thirty years ago, in April of 1988. Prior to initiating controls on its growth with a one-year moratorium on new housing starts in 1971, Petaluma city officials projected its population would be 60,000 by 1988, according to the Times’s Jeffrey Perlman,…

The Suspicions of Laymen Have Never Been Answered by the Press – George Seldes

The suspicions of laymen have never been answered by the press. Newspapers, upholding the right of criticism as a road to freedom, oppose all criticism of themselves….like kings, [they] pretend they can do no wrong. I wish they were right. – Journalist and George Seldes, writing in Freedom of the Press in early 1935. By…

Safeway Gas Project’s BAAQMD Permit ‘No Longer Complies with Current Law’ – Sierra Club

The Sonoma County chapter of the Sierra Club last week mailed a letter to the Petaluma City Council that suggested the Safeway gas station project on its September 17 agenda should, at a minimum, be delayed so that a formal Environmental Impact Report could be developed due to the possible invalidity of its 2013 Bay Area Air Quality Management District permit under current law. Visit Oppose Petaluma Safeway Gas for more information on this project.

Take the Gas or Else – If Corporations are People, What Manner of Citizen is Petaluma Safeway?

Corporation repeatedly threatens litigation to compel the City of Petaluma to permit construction of a glaring environmental injustice next to a preschool for the purpose of corporate profit City Council on the verge of approving an exclusive gift to Safeway and its corporate parent, Cerberus Capital Management Bauer and Wolpert stand up for the Petaluma…

Vietnamese Declaration of Independence – September 2, 1945

On September 2, 1945 over half a million people gathered in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh Square to hear Ho Chi Minh proclaim Vietnam’s independence, during which he cited the inspiration of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of the Rights of Man that emerged from the French Revolution. The text of Ho Chi Minh’s…