Monthly Archives: December 2020

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…