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Re: “Flag Waiving

Hey, Jim Bracco--
I'd like to thank you for several things:

1. Thanks for expressing your counter-argument. As an outspoken guy myself, I know how scary that can be sometimes.

2. Thanks for admitting that you endorse genocide. At least I think that's what you implied. Your characterization of (all?) Indians as brutal seems to be in the context of justifying the Europeans' treatment of them. [Of course, there are a couple of problems with your thinking here. First of all, not all of the hundreds of Indian nations engaged in slavery, wars of aggression etc., though some did. Secondly, if pointing out that some ethnic group has done evil things justifies exterminating them, understand that this leads to an unending cycle of genocide. The same "reasoning" would justify the genocide of all Americans, then the genocide of whoever killed us, etc. ad infinitum. But something tells me that if, e.g., the Chinese did to us what we did to the Indians, you wouldn't be keen to wave their flag.]

3. Thanks for illuminating the darkness at the heart of the American psyche by responding to my attack on genocide and slavery as if that constitutes an attack on the USA. I couldn't have put the connection more clearly myself, and you did it without even trying!

4. Thanks for giving a brief list of the sort of feel-good misconceptions that make up the myth of national righteousness, so popular in the USA as well as many other countries ("...freedom, liberty, peace and prosperity..").

There's not space here to educate you out of the patriotic mythology and into an honest understanding of American history and policy. I'd offer a reading list, but I suspect you don't want your bubble popped. So I'll content myself here with a few comments:

It's unclear why you thought my smoking weed was relevant to the discussion at all. For the record, I don't do it nowadays, but I used to. When I smoked weed, I had to be careful not to be caught by the US government, which would happily have made money by criminalizing me and jailing me, substantially ruining my life in the process. So it's ironic that you bring up the subject of weed in the context of your starry-eyed rhapsodizing about how "free" we are in this country, LOL!

The idea that you consider a freedom fighter like Sitting Bull less worthy of memorialization than a genocidal slave owner like Washington speaks volumes about your values, and what is says isn't pretty.

Note that some of your arguments are the same arguments people are offering in support of the Confederate flag. If they justify waving the one flag, they must justify waving the other.

You invoke "...our ability to surmount our deficits and advance toward our ideals." But you seem oblivious to the fact that that must start with admitting (and not justifying) our brutalities. Rationalizing them and venerating the perpetrators is a recipe for continued brutality, not a path to "surmount(ing) our deficits and advanc(ing) toward our ideals."

Posted by Dixon Wragg on 07/27/2015 at 1:37 AM

Re: “Unfair

I couldn't agree more!!!

Posted by tina.green 6 on 07/26/2015 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Flag Waiving

I have a suggestion: don’t stop at not saluting. Take it up a notch to show you really mean it: Pack your duffle bag and move your ass to the first country you find that has brought more freedom, liberty, peace and prosperity to the world.

The notion that Sitting Bull should replace Washington on Mount Rushmore is absurd.
The Indians weren’t brutal? They didn’t kill or take over other nations or own slaves? Pure pablum.

The greatness of America lies not in our innocence, but in our ability to surmount
our deficits and advance toward our ideals.

To that end 38 million Americans gave their lives to end slavery and genocide and fight
fascism and communism so you could sit in your house in Cotati and smoke weed and
write letters about how horrible the US is.

You can salute them.

Posted by jim bracco on 07/22/2015 at 1:12 AM

Re: “Flag Waiving

Thanks you for a clear, true message. I agree with you 100%

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Posted by Susanna on 07/21/2015 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Flag Waiving

Oh boy, I really mis-understood! I thought "truthiness" was Colbert's word for truth, but that was my assumption. Anyway, I do see you as truth warrior who uses logic and reasoning as your basic platform for discussion. I've always respected that, and your writing skills.

I completely missed the pun of "waiving", so thanks for enlightening me! My editor persona took over....

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Posted by Sandra Murphey on 07/17/2015 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Flag Waiving

Thanks for speaking out, Dixon... I appreciate reading your thoughts and enjoy your humor as well... Bruce Schmidt in Occidental

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Posted by Bruce Francis Schmidt on 07/16/2015 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Flag Waiving

To Sandy Murphy: I spelled it "waiving" because it's a pun.
Incidentally, I don't think "truthiness" is a good thing. I have the impression that "truthiness" means something like propaganda or convincing BS. Am I wrong?
As always, thanks for your support.

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Posted by Dixon Wragg on 07/16/2015 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Flag Waiving

Good on you Dixon! You are "truthiness" personified! Colbert would be proud! Is the spelling correct in the title? It looks odd to me.

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Posted by Sandra Murphey on 07/16/2015 at 11:43 AM

Re: “To Boldly Go

I've had the pleasure of reading a lot by D.T. Allison, and he never fails to amuse and fascinate me.

Posted by Kathy Greene Culley on 07/09/2015 at 9:12 AM

Re: “The Cost of Privilege

Dear Bohemian and Carl Patrick,
Y'all are the best in the belly of the beast ! Thanks for all you do.
And thanks for giving Carl and others like him a venue to communicate with the rest of us. Where would we be without the vision.. plus the courage, fortitude and leadership of people like Carl ? i admire his dedication and perseverance, as i know it's driven by a keen sense of compassion and justice for all, even in the face of hired guns and overwhelming odds.
i hope we can connect again one of these days, Carl, as you are an inspiration in an age easily given over to despair and isolation.
All the best to you and your family and if you have the time sometime, get in touch.
Peace, tim smith
erioorion@gmail.com

Posted by Tim Smith on 06/26/2015 at 8:57 AM

Re: “The 'Sun' Also Rises

I like the Bohemian in Marin, please keep circulating here, Good Sonoma Co news and info. PAC Sun has little of anything now.

Posted by gwpro on 05/19/2015 at 8:49 AM

Re: “The 'Sun' Also Rises

supposed to say "read" about marin, damn auto correct

Posted by marin reader on 05/16/2015 at 9:58 AM

Re: “The 'Sun' Also Rises

please keep distributing in marin! we go out and about in sonoma co as much as marin. folks here want to erect about the white north bay not just marin county. there must be other wsys to address potential concerns about competition. thanks, a kong time reader in san anselmo

Posted by marin reader on 05/16/2015 at 9:57 AM

Re: “It's High Time

Mike got back to me with the note:
Thank you so much for your note, Ken. In no way does this ban residential grows - It respects the laws that were brought forward by voters with Prop 215 (County/City ordinances spell out how many plants/dried product residents can have via local ordinances). Always willing to discuss - 916.651.4002. Thanks!

Also called me was his Chief of Staff Jason Liles who is on top of this issue. We are playing phone tag, but in the meantime with Mike's welcoming statement to me, I read thoroughly the bill at the legislative site and see that at paragraph 18108 that patients and caregivers under 215 are exempt from licensing of cultivation. The ban on residential grows is only for licensed cultivations.

I have to say this is truly representative democracy at work with Mike reaching out. Thanks Mike for you representing us in the Senate!

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Posted by fairlawken 1 on 04/30/2015 at 6:12 PM

Re: “It's High Time

Mike
If this bill outlaws growing by residents in cities and suburbs, it is going against the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 that gave CA residents access to cannabis for medical use.

18131. A licensed cultivation site shall not be located in an area zoned residential.

If residential grows are outlawed it will mean expensive medication, and many are on fixed social security income and elderly. It will cause a centralization of this herbal medicine and it will be treated as a commodity rather than natural healing available to all in need. This is the safest plant for treating anxiety, pain, seizures, and auto-immune diseases, and yet we treat this like like a poison. Oleander bush leaves are toxic and grow everywhere in residential areas. Because Nixon placed marijuana in Schedule 1, we think God said this plant is evil. No a politician misused his high office. I hope you, Mike McGuire do not abuse your office by believing like Nixon or in Nixon's abusive actions to our Nation in regard to this plant that has afforded healing and fiber since the beginning of our human species.

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Posted by fairlawken 1 on 04/30/2015 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Unite to Fight

Thank you, Michael Carnacchi, for your excellent article and fighting the good fight regarding usury laws. I just read your update in the Bohemian and wondered if you have also submitted it to the PressDemocrat, or any other publications.

No question, it's a major issue and it seems impossible how many years the usury laws are flouted. How can this be?

Note: Is this an issue Senator Elizabeth Warren has addressed in her fight with Wall St. and banks?

Much appreciation,

Marlene Alves

Posted by Marlene Alves on 03/30/2015 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Say What?

The crowd the Wine Annex sure fit that bill. Mea culpa ... it was so loud and raucous I gave up trying to listen in seconds. iPhones were flashing, people furiously texting to underscore conversation which increased in volume in direct proportion to their distance from the performers. IT'S HARD TO HEAR YOU SITTING SO CLOSE TO THE MUSIC!!!! SPEAK UP!

Jay

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Posted by Jay Gamel on 02/07/2015 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Step Up to the Mic

CHallenge accepted! ;)

Posted by Bianca May on 01/28/2015 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Fighting for a Living Wage

Thanks, Luis - you're right.
SoCo Supes say they want to fight poverty but the words "upstream investment" come up too frequently in the conversation. It's code for "A stitch in time saves nine" planning - going for prevention instead of repair.
Unfortunately it often means yet another institutional structure.
I say what's more "upstream" than our pregnant daughters and our grandchildren? If you raise my homecare wage from $11.65 an hour to $15 an hour then I can buy the kids and grandkids vitamins, raincoats, bus tickets and decent food.
Doesn't get much more "upstream" than that.
The Living Wage Ordinance could end up saving the county more money than it will be putting out. I believe it will.

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Posted by Carol Taylor on 10/01/2014 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Say No to Prop 1

Further focus for a real water solution is to immediately stop building cities and subdivisions where there isn't sufficient water available to serve the new residents. California MUST stop sending water away from its source. Californians must learn to live with the water that is available on site. We've seen what happens when water is sent hundreds of miles away, depriving the indigenous wildlife and environment of the water they need. We have to banish the idea that we can build communities without regard for where the water is going to come from.

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Posted by Alice Chan on 10/01/2014 at 6:01 PM

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