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Re: “Waves of Sound

Will this exhibit be held again?

Posted by Bt on 08/04/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: July 30, 2014

Gaza is controlled completely, like the West Bank, because it is totally surrounded by Israel. Israel could not be imposing the kind of chokehold it has on Gaza if it were not surrounding, if its military were not surrounding Gaza, and not just on the territory, but also on the air, on the sea. No one there can make a move without coming into contact with the Israeli IDF, you know, outside this imprisoned area where Gazans live.
What if the situation were reversed, and the Jewish population were locked into, were told, "Here, you have less than 2 percent of Palestine, so now behave. No more resistance. And let us deal with the rest"? Is there any Jew who would have said this is a reasonable proposition, that we cease our resistance, we cease our effort to establish a Jewish state, at least on one-half of Palestine, which is authorized by the U.N.?
"Hamas is no more a 'terror organisation' ... than the Zionist movement was during its struggle for a Jewish homeland. In the late 1930s and 1940s, parties within the Zionist movement resorted to terrorist activities for strategic reasons." The fact is that Israel had, pre-state—in its pre-state stage, several terrorist groups that did exactly what Hamas does today."
Henry Siegman

ISA.1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Ted Rudow III, MA

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Posted by Ted Rudow III on 08/01/2014 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Dylan Covers London

Jack London dealt with accusations of plagiarism, too.

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Posted by jumprightin on 08/01/2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Dylan Covers London

It's only words, the dictionary is full of them, pick some.
"cave dweller" really?
I bet if you ran all of John Grisham or Stephen King's books through the right computer, they stole it all from Bob Dylan.
Somebody's got way to much time on their hands.
"Steal a little, and they put you in jail. Steal a lot, and they make you king." Bob Dylan

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Posted by Michael Maxwell on 07/31/2014 at 10:51 AM

Re: “New Deal at Graton Casino

HA. Wait until the employees see the sticker shock of the union dues and the phone calls that do not get returned when they have an issue. They voted in the union but there is no contract. Meaning they have no idea what they voted for. As a current union member at the Petaluma Sheraton, I can say that Wei-Ling Huber is a very bad leader who calls dues paying members racist if they oppose or question her. They have just been charged by thge NLRB with violating fair labor practice for not informing members of their Beck Rights, a civil right that allows members to not pay for the unions political contributions and activities not related to member representation. This results in a 70% reduction in union dues. See the Facebook page - Petaluma Sheraton Employees Association page for more details.

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Posted by Ken Krall on 07/31/2014 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Dylan Covers London

Dylanologists, amateur and professional, might do well to check out a new line of song plagiarism from Dylan to Old Crow Medicine Show. They might first check out John Prine's "Muehlenberg County song,( "Daddy won't you take me... Mr. Peabody's coal train done hauled it away." Supposedly Dylan's manager gave it to Old Crow, who now have their second hit with a Dylan rewrite. The questions are: What did Dylan send them? What year did John Prine write his great song? Old Crow definitely have released a song with a different chorus but the write overs from Prine's to Dylan's lyrics are mighty thin. The protagonist in Sweet Amarillo comes down from the "Mesabi Iron ore range" in place of "... by the Green River where Paradise lay"where John Prine's singer wishes to return, world's largest coal shovel or not!
Give them both a listen and hear how the timing and placement of phrases and tune in each overlaps and dovetails between the two songs.

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Posted by Joey Connolly on 07/30/2014 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: July 30, 2014

Every Nation Has a Right and Duty to Protect Its Citizens

So May Taylor thinks citizens of the world's only Jewish State should passively wait for the Palestinian Arabs to kill them via rocket attacks and kidnappings? I don't.

On June 12, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas members. The Israeli government began an intensive search. That same day, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups renewed rocket attacks, followed by attempted infiltration through tunnels.

Hamas has been committing a double war crime – intentionally targeting civilian centers in Israel and intentionally placing its weapons in civilian neighborhoods in Gaza.

On June 15, Israel struck terrorist targets in Gaza. On June 30, in the West Bank town of Hebron – where the first Hebrews, Abraham and Sarah, are buried – the murdered bodies of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel were found.

Norman Solomon (Bohemian “Rhapsodies & Rants 7/23-29,14) criticizes the Israeli Government for searching for the perpetrators and destroying rocket launchers. Mae Taylor piles on the criticism. In a “morally skewed universe,” Solomon calls terrorists “party activists” and implies that Israel has the approval of The New York Times and the U.S. Government to “Kill more.”

Actually, the Palestinian unity government still receives U.S. funding. The “moderate” Palestinian Authority -- Hamas’s partner in a unity government -- celebrated the kidnappings in its official publication (http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=11706).

"Moderate" Fatah promises "to turn Tel Aviv into a ball of fire" (http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=12198)

Hamas TV broadcast a sermon, "it is Muslim destiny to exterminate the Jews" (http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=12218)

Ms. Taylor complains about schools in Gaza being hit by Israel. The third UN school in Gaza was found to be storing rockets (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/07/29/THIRD-Rocket-Arsenal-Found-At-UN-School-In-Gaza)

Jewish “settlements” in Gaza go back to at least 145 B.C.E. There has been an almost continual Jewish presence until 2005, when Israel gave up all of Gaza. Since then, Arab terrorists have launched more than 10,000 rockets (including the Iranian Fajr-5) and nearly 5000 mortars into Israel from Gaza, killing 65 Israelis, wounding almost 5000 and traumatizing thousands.

Tons of humanitarian goods are transferred from Israel to Gaza, despite these ongoing attacks. Israel’s responses are proceeded by leaflets, phone calls and other means to warn civilians to evacuate targeted buildings. A recent analysis found 82% of reported Gaza “civilian” fatalities were male; 45% age 18-28. (http://www.israellycool.com/2014/07/20/analysis-of-gazans-killed-so-far-in-operation-protective-edge/) Civilians? Hmm?

Jews have lived in the land of Israel continually in an independent state or under the rule of others since the return from Egypt. “Zionism” is the 2000 year old Jewish aspiration of a re-established independent Jewish state in their ancient homeland.

There was no sizable Arab presence in the land until the Muslim invasions, about 1800 years after the return of the Jews.

Despite these stronger Jewish claims to the land, Jews have been willing to “share” the territory with the Arabs. But the Arab and Muslim response has been disproportionate in words and violence.

In 2012, Hamas representative Fathi Hamad said, "For the Palestinian people death became an industry…. We desire death as you desire life."

By protecting it’s citizens – the first responsibility of any government – Israel chooses life.

What is so controversial about that?

Ben Winkler
Santa Rosa

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Posted by Ben on 07/30/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “No Peeking

Ooops.

That should be (four) Agreed [s]...

Posted by CatsGotYourMouse on 07/28/2014 at 5:06 PM

Re: “No Peeking

To the above 4 commenters:

Agreed. Agreed. Agree. Agree. And for this commenter: AGREED!

Posted by CatsGotYourMouse on 07/28/2014 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: July 23, 2014

The Solomon Screed
Norman, it's even worse than you thought. Rep. Huffman, who defeated you soundly in the Democratic primary, was actually a co-sponsor of the resolution supporting Israel, and, head held high, appeared recently at a rally in support of Israel's actions at Temple Emanuel in San Francisco.
Why do liberals like Rep. Huffman, and even the Progressive Caucus, who joined in the Congressional "seal of approval", and the sainted New York Times, never a great friend of the Zionist state or its leaders, see things so differently from you?
Could it be that they realize that the regrettable death of civilians in Gaza is the fault of the terrorist group Hamas, which the Gazans mistakenly elected to lead them, and whose recipe for victory is to "desire death more than you value life", as a member was once quoted as saying. Apparently they believe that firing missiles from apartment complexes and storing weapons in mosques and schools is the best way of helping their charges achieve immortality. It is not the Israelis, or the U.S., that places little value on human life, but Hamas, which for years has timed its rocket attacks on Sderot to coincide with the beginning and end of the school day, hoping to kill Israeli children on their way to and from school. The U.S. supplies Israel with weapons to defend themselves against this murderous group, and, to all accounts they are doing it with as much respect for the lives of civilians at the target sites as they can. Using building supplies that Israel allowed through its blockade for humanitarian purposes, Hamas has built a huge network of deep tunnels underneath Gaza for storing weapons and hiding Hamas leaders from Israeli bombs. No civilians are allowed in these tunnels. Hamas wants the Gaza population to remain in place as collateral damage for Israeli attacks, to be waved in front of the sensationalistic international press and for the convenience of propagandists like you.
You had your moment in the spotlight. Now have the grace to retire into obscurity, neither with a bang nor a whimper.
Jeffrey Sheff
Santa Rosa

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Posted by Jeffrey Sheff on 07/25/2014 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Of Water and Wine

Pat…the sprinklers going 24/7 DO happen….and there is no one to call, I tried! The Ag Commissioner, the County, there is no one monitoring winery OVERUSE of water. This drought is very serious and likely to get worse. It's time we start charging growers that take water directly from our rivers and streams…right now they get it for free with no one monitoring how much they are taking! It really pisses me off when people living in the "wine bubble" try to put the blame on residents who have a tiny patch of lawn or a veggie garden. The jobs and money argument also falls flat. The time for using greed as an excuse to harm our environment is over! Water is a public trust resource-it belongs to the public-not the private (and often corporate) wineries that profit from it.

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Posted by Daisy on 07/25/2014 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Bigger & Better

Had an amazing oceanic dinner there recently: oysters, soft shell crab, sole, and briny martinis. They did Poseidon proud!

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Posted by Blanconada on 07/24/2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Chewy Tea

I love that place great for the whole family

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Posted by Nicholas Oellein on 07/24/2014 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Of Water and Wine

I don't know where Daisy is seeing sprinklers on in vineyards 24/7. It DOES NOT HAPPEN! If she is really seeing this she should notify someone. I think that you better take a look around and see which of your neighbors are irrigating their yards and watering lawns that are only for looks. The farmers are continuously using the newest technology to monitor their water use and to conserve. Keep in mind that this is an agricultural community. Yes, wine grapes are the main crop and the wine industry is directly related to a minimum of 55,000 employees in Sonoma County. I think that you should also note that the Russian River is a Managed Water System. If there were no reservoirs the river would be dry right now and the people that would be most affected are the ones that get their water from the municipalities that use the most water, to irrigate landscape.

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Posted by Pat on 07/23/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Of Water and Wine

More oversight is needed on wine water use! Around Healdsburg we're seeing overhead sprinklers in vineyards on 24/7 for days at a time. Not all growers are conserving! Check out this trailer for a film due out next month: Russian River, All Rivers. https://vimeo.com/101429442 It will delve into the facts of the wine industries water use in the North Bay area.

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Posted by Daisy on 07/23/2014 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Sexual Healing

Boo-hoo, the poor men don't get their sex anymore. Funny how nobody cares about women's sex "needs." Whatever.

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Posted by Bree on 07/20/2014 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Return of the Pie Man

so where do find this pizza joint?

Posted by frankie on 07/20/2014 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Full Speed Ahead

Right now tech support if your system has line problems..

Posted by Brad Pipal on 07/18/2014 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Take It Outside

Napa Porchfest is the best (and the first) in the West! Thank you for this sweet article. Permit me to correct a couple of things in it:
The idea got rolling not during a comparison of regional architecture, but after a Facebook post on Jan. 11, 2011, about the proposed Porchfest in Somerville, Mass. — one of many in the East inspired by the original Ithaca Porchfest. Facebook users can see it at http://on.fb.me/Wc9xXg.
I commented that Napa didn't have enough porches, but was quickly corrected by friend and architect Juliana Inman, a city council member (now vice-mayor) and boardmember of a local preservation trust, who pointed out the city's many historic neighborhoods where porches are everywhere.
Music-loving Thea Witsil of Wildcat Vintage Clothing was the other person who jumped in right away to say "Let's do it here!"
We were soon joined by other community members including Rachael Clark, Mark Lucas of the Napa Bicycle Coalition and innkeeper Jamie Cherry; I wish I could list everyone.
Napa Porchfest was the first I ever attended and I still think it's the best, but this year I finally got to enjoy the Somerville fest that also started in 2011 and inspired all of us in Napa.

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Posted by Louisa Hufstader on 07/16/2014 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Knocked Out

Claudia, you fuckwit: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140712/articles/140719859

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Posted by Greg Lorincz on 07/13/2014 at 12:22 PM

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