The Hill We Climb – 2021 Inaugural Poem by Amanda Gorman, January 20, 2021 – ‘The Past We Step Into and How We Repair It’

I first listened to Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural Poem via radio broadcast on KPFA, but her gorgeous, unforgettable work is equally wondrous to watch or to read, as you prefer. You may do either or both below. Gorman perfectly captured a moment in the history of our “nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished” and an…

A New, Progressive Petaluma City Council Meets & the Argus-Courier Misinformation Begins

Updated 1/12/21: This piece has been updated to clarify that the $3.2 million referred to below was a reduction in the cost of land to be sold by landowner Lomas to Danco, the Meridian developer. – RR.   If you are unwilling or unable to read beyond the headlines there is a good chance you’re…

Joint Meeting of the Petaluma City Council and Climate Action Commission Today, Monday, Jan. 11, 2020 at 6 pm

Join the community of Petaluma this evening at 6 pm for a joint meeting of the Petaluma City Council and Climate Action Commission. You can find the agenda for this meeting here and also on the City of Petaluma website. All public meetings continue to take place remotely, via Zoom. You can observe and participate via…

War is a Racket by Gen. Smedley D. Butler Published in Book Form, January 1935

In the autumn of 1933, General Smedley M. Butler, a Quaker, and at the time the most decorated Marine Corps officer in U.S. history, launched a lecture series, crossing the country speaking about the inherently unjust nature of warfare and the demands of U.S. capitalist class to profit from it. The lectures proved so popular…

New Petaluma City Council Convenes This Evening – January 4, 2020 at 6:45 pm

A new Petaluma City Council convenes this evening, Monday, January 4, 2020, with the public session scheduled to begin at 6:45 pm. You can view the evening’s agenda here. This meeting will occur remotely, as has been the case since the beginning of the coronavirus in March of 2020 per state and county orders. You…

Jan. 3, 1891: After Wounded Knee Massacre, L. Frank Baum Called for Total Annihilation of Native Americans

It was one hundred thirty years ago today, on January 3, 1891, that L. Frank Baum published an editorial in the aftermath of the Wounded Knee Massacre that called for the total annihilation of the Native American population. Baum would, nine years later, write The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Read on for Baum’s editorial in the…

Petaluma City Council Leaves the Fear and Loathing of the 2020 Campaign Trail Behind 

Pair of unanimous votes mark an unusually harmonious end to the divisiveness, instant outrage, and hyperbole of the 2020 campaign The campaign for three seats on the city council over, the current council emphatically approves the Haas house renovation & Petaluma’s Recology contract – a major labor victory   Miller-Kearney era on Petaluma City Council concludes…

Dear White People – Shopping in the Vicinity of People of Color in Petaluma

Petaluma Latinx couple unjustly labeled kidnappers Over eighty activists and supporters (by the Argus-Courier reporter Kathryn Palmer’s count), as well as journalists from several Bay Area media outlets gathered at the Michael’s arts and crafts store in Petaluma on Friday, December 18 for a press conference in support of Sadie and Eddie Martinez and their…

About Those Recommendations from the Community Forum on Racism & Interactions with the Petaluma Police Department

Here are those four recommendations from the July 18-19, 2020 Community Forum on Racism & Interactions with the Petaluma Police Department. These recommendations still await a response from the City of Petaluma and the Petaluma Police Department. The full September 2020 report of the forum can be found in pdf form here. The forum was…

Dear White People: A Dress to ImPress Conference – Come Experience Racial Profiling, 2 pm Friday December 18 @ Michael’s in Petaluma

It comes as no surprise to those on the receiving end of racial indifference, injustice, and inequality that racial profiling is alive and prevalent in Petaluma, California. Here’s an event coming up at 2 pm today, Friday, December 18, 2020, at the Michael’s store at 1359 N. McDowell Blvd. to discuss the latest incident of…

Coup D’Etats May Be French, but the New Booboisie are Native to the USA

Is it true that coup d’etats arise exclusively from that particular region of France? Which would mean that Donald J. Trump’s doomed attempt to remain in the White House after January 20, 2021 was just another attempted putsch. It seems to me there’s an entirely understandable reluctance on the part of Americans to use such…

Dec. 16, 2005: NYT Publishes ‘Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts’ – 14 Month Late

The story that might have altered the outcome of the 2004 U.S. Bush/Kerry presidential race. It was fifteen years ago, on December 16, 2005 that the New York Times first published a report revealing that President George W. Bush had, in 2002, authorized a program allowing the National Security Agency to secretly and illegally spy…

Twelve Years Ago Today: Iraqi Journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi Displayed Appropriate Media Etiquette to George W. Bush

Some moments in media history should never be forgotten. Twelve years ago today, December 14, 2008, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi became a heroic figure to Iraqis and countless others around the world when he stood up during a Baghdad press conference and threw both of his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush. Neither hit…

Pentagon Budget Could be Cut in Half, Former Secretaries of Defense Stated in 1989

Sure Could Use that Peace Dividend Now Thirty three years ago the front page of the New York Times featured a stunning report on the possibility of a complete reorientation of the U.S. economy away from war, toward peace. It was all the more remarkable as it was neither written by nor about peace activists…

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…