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Mendocino County Today: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

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SLIGHTLY COOLER and moister than normal conditions are expected to continue for the interior through tomorrow, especially in smoke filled valleys. A deep marine layer will keep the coast cool and mostly cloudy, with some scattered afternoon clearing. Drier and warmer weather is expected for interior areas late in the week. (NWS)

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AT LAST TUESDAY’S Supervisors meeting, County Employees Union rep Patrick Hickey told the Board that they still do not have the information from the County to engage in good faith negotiations:

“We’ve been waiting since November for a variety of information requests,” he said. “And the county continues to drag its heels, has failed to present the information that we’ve needed to analyze the budget…we did finally get a dribble of information from the county last week in our negotiations. They provided a small portion of the information requested regarding the more than 402 unfilled vacant positions in the county…based on the limited amount of information provided, it’s clear that there is certainly funding available to provide county employees with a reasonable COLA to address the current high level of inflation. Based on the current budget, a lot more attention is being paid to taking care of the buildings, rather than taking care of the employees. Some of those projects are not imminent or urgent and certainly can be postponed and that money can be rededicated to COLAs…there’s a sizable amount of money set aside to buy new vehicles. The County has a large number of vehicles that are not even used on a regular basis, that are just sitting in parking lots, getting old.”

We presume that the “small portion” Hickey is referring to is the list of funded vacancies that the County released last week. Hickey is right that useful as it is, that list is only a small part of the staffing and finance picture. There has been no explanation why most general fund departments are on or close to budget while they are maintaining significant vacancy rates. 

In addition, we’ve heard several reports that the County has several under-used buildings, some of which are the result of the ongoing vacancies. Others due to various staffing changes and outside contracts. Back in 2011, lead by Supervisors Pinches and McCowen, the County inventoried their buildings and consolidated some offices and sold some empty buildlings to help shore up the budget in those lean years post-the Great Recession and accompanying layoffs. It’s past time for that exercise to be updated along with the vehicle utilization review that Mr. Hickey mentioned. But we don’t see anyone on this current board that is even interested in the subject, much less pushing for it like Pinches and McCowen did back in 2011.

(Mark Scaramella)

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Looking West Down Little Lake Street, Mendocino, 1959

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ED NOTES

CULTURE CRITIC: INFOWARS WILL RAGE ON: “Is this the end of Alex Jones?” wonders Ben Sixsmith at Spectator World. “Having confidently declared that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax and that the parents of the dead victims were actors,” the bombastic radio host just lost a lawsuit and is “ordered to pay almost $50 million,” with “more trials ahead.” Truth was never the 9/11 conspiracy theorist’s strong point: “This is a man who hawked a brand of toothpaste as a cure for Covid.” But progressives are wrong “to believe that to slay the monster of Alex Jones is to slay the monster of populist cynicism towards mainstream institutions.” People “raving about jet fuel and steel beams did not engender as much cynicism as the invasion of Iraq.” Jones “did not create the world we live in. He exploited it.”

LAST WEEK, a lead story in the Press Democrat featured the pathetic soul pictured here as a “sexually violent predator” paroled to Boyes Hot Springs. The headline suggested that the 62-year-old would be rampaging through the neighborhood children, not mentioning until deep in the story that she’s “of limited intelligence,” the euphemism for mentally retarded, and that it was her husband who had molested the unsupervised children of drug-addicted young women in the couple’s Santa Rosa apartment complex. This lady is about as dangerous as a bag of marshmallows. Of course the PD just had to run her photo with its inflammatory non-story.

LOCAL MEDIA also seem to have whipped up so much emotion in the sordid Edward Two Feathers Steele case, that he’s been charged with murder, brandishing one of his maniacal booking photos in confirmation. “That guy? Who would turn over children to him?” The facts of the awful matter, though, insofar as they’re known, indicate that Steele simply walked off, probably in a drug haze, and left his two children in the 90-degree heat of the Ukiah railroad tracks, which is more like manslaughter than a deliberate murder by an obviously unfit father.

Steele, Arellano

WE DON’T like to think about it, but there are millions of children being raised by versions of Steele and Ms. Aralleno. Used to be that the impoverished could simply deposit the children they were unable to properly care for at an orphanage where they would be raised in safe conditions. There are lots of fond memoirs by men and women raised in the pre-Children’s Protective Services orphanages, which flourished everywhere in the land up through the early 1960s, one of them on the Westside of Ukiah called the Albertinum presided over by an order of nuns. Kevin Starr, the well-known California historian was partly raised at the Albertinum. 

ORPHANAGES were supplanted by… well, uh… supplanted by psychologists, medication, poorly educated social workers, and people who should not have been responsible for the welfare of children, a mercenary system feasting ever since on the children of the poor. An alienating rung in the dependent child system, an unstable, expensive system infamous for producing criminals and another generation of dependents.

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE, Mr. Wizard? The very first time a child comes to the attention of the authorities he should be removed permanently from his parents and either put up for adoption or placed with a fairly compensated family who promises to raise him as their own. Or versions thereof. Steele and Aralleno should never again have custody of their surviving son.

A LETTER in last week’s ICO says a witch hunt at Point Arena High School has gotten a popular principal named Marty Wilkes fired. The reason alleged is that Wilkes either quoted or referenced a “racist” author during his speech at graduation. No one we can find will reveal who the forbidden author is or Mr. Wilkes side of the story. If he sees this the mighty AVA would like to talk to him.

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THE OKOLONA (MISSISSIPPI) GANG

Blanchard, Brown, Collins, Judd, Wallace

On Friday, August 5, 2022, at approximately 8:56pm, CHP was notified of a shooting victim in the area of US 101 and West Road. The victim’s Ford Expedition was struck by gunfire and disabled. The victim was not injured and reported that three subjects ran from his vehicle after the shooting. It was determined that the victim and the occupants, along with a Cadillac Escalade, had been at a location in Willits prior to the shooting. An altercation ensued and the two vehicles fled the location and were followed by several other vehicles. One of the occupants of a pursuing vehicle discharged a firearm. The Expedition was then struck by gunfire and became disabled, blocking the number 2 lane of US 101, southbound. The victim remained with the vehicle while the three occupants fled in a westbound direction. The Escalade also fled the area. The Escalade was later located in Hopland on a tow truck. 

Two subjects (Wallace and Blanchard) associated with the Escalade were located and found to each be in possession of a handgun. They were also found to be in possession of a large amount of processed marijuana and US currency. The three subjects who fled the Expedition were later located in the area of Uva Drive. The three subjects (Collins, Judd and Brown) were transported to the CHP office for questioning. All 5 subjects were arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail, in Ukiah, Fortụnately nobody was struck by gunfire. CHP is currently working with the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office to identify the shooting suspect. The investigation is ongoing and several leads are being pursued. Any information is regards to this incident can be directed to the Ukiah CHP Office at (707) 467-4420.

(CHP Presser)

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ON LINE COMMENT OF THE DAY

Human trash comes in all colors. And the trash needs to be taken out - or at least recycled or composted! Here’s a different story of a black man in Mendocino County… Guy is driving north on the highway near Laytonville in a rental car. CHP is driving the opposite direction and gets a look at him (maybe not notice of skin color, maybe it was just profiling because it’s a rental car?) And the CHP pulls a u-turn and pulls him over. Relentless questioning leads to a search of the car over the black man’s objections. No drugs of any kind are found but there is a bunch of cash, about $150,000. They arrest him for the cash and take him down to Ukiah to the jail. Down in Ukiah he is arraigned on the felony charge of having over $100,000 in cash. The reported amount is about $110,000. Hmmm….. About $40,000 in cash is missing. Hmmm… Do you think this would have happened to a white guy driving north in a rental car? Anyways, this guy from another part of the country was coming north to look at land offers and of course he thought he could get even a better deal if he brought cash because yes it does work that way. He also has documentation of where all the money came from and it was not drug deals. So we should all expect yet another major lawsuit against the Mendocino County sheriff’s department and a huge payout for the violation of this guy’s civil rights. And the citizens of Mendocino County will pay for it just like they’ve paid for all of the other police corruption… And the lying stealing police officers will be allowed to continue in their jobs and they will continue to do the same thing. Because black people are bad? No. Because all the police are corrupt? No. Some black people are terrible gangsters and some police officers are corrupt liars… And we need to get rid of those assholes. No skin color involved - just extremely unacceptable behavior.

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Laura Nelson Heeser, 1900

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OF COURSE WE HAVE PLANNING…

The Staff Report(s) and Agenda for August 18, 2022, is posted on the department website at: mendocinocounty.org/government/planning-building-services/meeting-agendas/planning-commission

Please contact staff with any questions.

Sincerely,

Brooke Larsen, Commission Services Supervisor, Mendocino County Planning and Building

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Fort Bragg Millsite Sunset (photo by Marc Tenzel)

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HUCKLEBERRIES, Five comments (Coast Chatline)

[1] No huckleberries this year? I'm in Little River, a mile from ocean. I notice my wild huckleberry bushes have no berries — zero, zilch. nada — this year. Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon or is it just my little corner of the world? There were no blossoms or small berries earlier either, so I know the birds and wildlife didn't just eat the green berries.

[2] Same here a mile up Albion Ridge.

[3] Bushes often produce less berries after an abundant year.

[4] Not an expert on Blueberries, but we did have some late frosts and I am wondering if that may have affected flowering and pollination.

[5] I've just checked the huck bush on the property here and only one small bush is barren but the others are about half filled with berries and they're just beginning to ripen. Come September, I may gather about a gallon of sorted berries. They're of a good size. (Last year they were very small and a bit tart.) So I hope they'll make for some good preserves.

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Ella and Charlie Ford, 1860

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IN 1890S, HOPS WERE KING CROP AROUND MENDOCINO AND SONOMA COUNTIES

by Arthur Dawson

Hopland, a small community on Highway 101, is located in Mendocino County just north of the Sonoma County line.

When the local post office took the name in 1891, it was a testament to the success of an experimental hop farm, the first in the area, established by L.F. Long two decades earlier. By 1890, the Ukiah Daily Journal reported that hops cultivation was so widespread and lucrative that it had become “the first of farm products” in the county. The Journal “assumed that hop-yards will always remain among the chief industries of our section.” And that held true for many years — there were hop yards all over Mendocino and Sonoma counties.

Back then hops were king.

Hops have been key to flavoring and preserving beer for more than a millennium. Though probably originating in China, their first appearance in the historical record is from eighth century Germany. Hops are related to cannabis and share some of its aromatic qualities. Grown on tall trellises, the hop ‘bines,’ produce flowers, called cones, which are harvested and dried.

The basic beer recipe has four ingredients — water, malted grain (usually barley), hops and yeast. In the brewing process, the wort (liquid containing the malt), is boiled with the hops before yeast is added to start fermentation. Hops comes in two main types: bittering and aromatic. The type used depends on the beer being made. India Pale Ales or IPAs, rely on bittering hops for their flavor.

Originally brewed in the 19th century, IPAs were designed to survive the voyage to the British colony of India. By the time they got to their destination, the beers were still drinkable. The bitterness from the hops acted as a preservative.

Harvested from August through September, hops is a quintessential summer crop.

Before automobiles, road trips and modern vacations, thousands of San Franciscans and their families spent working vacations picking hops. Grandmothers watched toddlers and made meals for the workers. Older kids filled sandbags and dammed creeks to make swimming holes. People gathered around campfires in the evenings to share stories and music. Many families credited seasonal hop-picking with helping them survive the Great Depression.

But things soon changed.

When Florian Dauenhauer, from Santa Rosa, invented a mechanical hop-picking machine, armies of pickers were no longer needed. The public taste was shifting toward milder, less hoppy brews. And fertilizer made from surplus World War II bombs created conditions for the spread of downy mildew, a fatal plant disease. By the 1950s the hop industry had shifted north and Sonoma County’s last harvest was in 1961. The name “Hopland” became an anachronism.

But few things disappear forever. In 1983 the Mendocino Brewing Company opened the first brew pub in the state — serving food along with its own beer — in Hopland. Like Long’s 19th-century hop yard, that experimental business was so successful that the idea quickly spread far and wide. And with it the demand for hops. Given the millions of dollars generated by the release of a single Triple IPA, and our history of hop growing, we can justly claim the title of ‘The California Beer Country’ or even the ‘Beer Flag Republic.’

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CATCH OF THE DAY, August 8, 2022

Alvarez, Anderson, Delaguila

ANTONIO ALVAREZ, South Gate/Ukiah. DUI, suspended license.

JEFFREY ANDERSON, Lucerne/Ukiah. DUI.

EDGAR DELAGUILA-PEREZ, Willits. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

Dominguez, Jackson, Quinliven

GERMAN DOMINGUEZ-GALINDO, Lakeport/Ukiah. DUI causing bodily injury.

JAY JACKSON, Willits. County parole violation.

JENINE QUINLIVEN, Ukiah. Controlled substance.

Rios, Sanchez, Turney

SWEETMOLLY RIOS-ADKINS, Eureka/Ukiah. Failure to appear.

SAMUEL SANCHEZ, Ukiah. Protective order violation, parole violation. (Frequent flyer.)

MELISSIA TURNEY, Clearlake/Ukiah. Protective order violation.

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Red Sun and Ship, by Wassily Kandinsky, 1925

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UKRAINE, MONDAY, AUGUST 8TH

The US announced $4.5 billion in additional direct budgetary support to Ukraine and $1 billion more in military aid drawn from existing Pentagon inventory.

Russia told diplomats it’s ready to welcome international monitors at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which the International Atomic Energy Agency said was at risk of a “nuclear disaster” after it was shelled last week.

Ukraine’s sea port of Pivdennyi said the first cargo ship left its waters since Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion as commodity shipments from the war-torn country kick into higher gear. 

Key Developments

Russia Invites Nuclear Monitors to Visit Shelled Ukrainian Plant

Grain Corridors Still Need Ships to Ease Food Crisis

Sanctions May Freeze Veon’s Network Rollout in Russia, CEO Says

Turkish Banks Are Adopting Russian Payments System, Erdogan Says

Russian Weapon Systems Rely Heavily on Foreign Tech, Report Says

On the Ground

The Russian military pushed further into settlements to the northwest and southwest of Donetsk and continued efforts to break Ukrainian defensive lines along the Avdiivka-Donetsk city line of contact, the Institute for the Study of War said. Kremlin forces unsuccessfully attempted to advance east of the city of Mykolaiv. Ukraine said it hit two bridges in the southern Kherson region -- now occupied by Russia -- that serve as important crossings for Russian supplies, military spokeswoman Natalia Humenyuk said. Ukrainian troops also destroyed several Russian munition depots, she said without elaborating.

— Bloomberg

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GLOBAL WEIRDING

Editor: 

When I was a child, the thermometer hit 117 degrees once; my father said it was likely the hottest day we’d ever experience. If only! “Global weirding” is unpredictable, but it’s hot. Red hot. In May, parts of India hit 121 degrees Fahrenheit. Birds dropped from the air. Human activity became impossible. More people die when temperatures rise, sometimes even if they have air conditioning and abundant water. Heat messes with our systems.

Don’t stop reading. It’s upsetting; we’d all like to enjoy our summers. But extreme heat is happening in Oregon as well as in the global South. Experts agree we have little time to slow, let alone reverse, climate change.

We must leave fossil fuels in the ground, greatly accelerate clean energy use and capture way more carbon. We must prioritize the global South and low-income communities to invest in climate justice. And we must defend fair and free elections, so our government listens and acts.

Please urge President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency, whether or not Congress passes his important Inflation Reduction Act, which funds critical climate solutions. I shudder to think of the roastings my great-nephew will suffer if we don’t pull together fast. Now. Urgently.

Leah Halper

Sonoma

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF FAMILY SEPARATION

by Caitlin Dickerson

As a therapist for children who are being processed through the American immigration system, Cynthia Quintana has a routine that she repeats each time she meets a new patient in her office in Grand Rapids, Michigan: She calls the parents or closest relatives to let them know the child is safe and well cared for, and provides 24-hour contact information.

This process usually plays out within hours of when the children arrive. Most are teens who have memorized or written down their relatives’ phone numbers in notebooks they carried with them across the border. By the time of that initial call, their families are typically worried, waiting anxiously for news after having—in an act of desperation—sent their children into another country alone in pursuit of safety and the hope of a future.

But in the summer of 2017, Quintana encountered a curious case. A 3-year-old Guatemalan boy with a toothy smile and bowl-cut black hair sat down at her desk. He was far too little to have made the journey on his own. He had no phone numbers with him, and when she asked where he was headed or whom he’d been with, the boy stared back blankly. Quintana scoured his file for more information but found nothing. She asked for help from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer, who came back several days later with something unusual: information indicating that the boy’s father was in federal custody.

At their next session, the boy squirmed in his chair as Quintana dialed the detention center, getting his father on the line. At first the dad was quiet, she told me. “Finally we said, ‘Your child is here. He can hear you. You can speak now.’ And you could just tell that his voice was breaking—he couldn’t.”

The boy cried out for his father. Suddenly, both of them were screaming and sobbing so loudly that several of Quintana’s colleagues ran to her office.

Eventually, the man calmed down enough to address Quintana directly. “I’m so sorry, who are you? Where is my child? They came in the middle of the night and took him,” he said. “What do I tell his mother?”…

theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/09/trump-administration-family-separation-policy-immigration/670604/

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Sigmund Freud with his sons, Ernst and Martin, both of whom fought in WWI with the Austro-Hungarian Army

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HEY, JOE, DON’T GIVE IT A GO

by Maureen Dowd

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a cautionary tale.

She missed the moment to leave the stage, ignoring friendly nudges from Democrats and entreaties from Obama allies. She fell in love with her late-in-life image as a hip cultural icon: “Notorious RBG,” the octogenarian cancer survivor who could hold 30-second planks. She thought she was the indispensable person, and that ended in disaster. Her death opened the door to the most conservative court in nearly a century. Her successor, a religious zealot straight out of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is erasing Justice Ginsburg’s achievements on women’s rights.

The timing of your exit can determine your place in the history books.

This is something Joe Biden should keep in mind as he is riding the crest of success. His inner circle, irritated by stories about concerns over his age and unpopularity, will say this winning streak gives Biden the impetus to run again.

The opposite is true. It should give him the confidence to leave, secure in the knowledge that he has made his mark.

With the help of Chuck and Nancy, President Biden has had a cascade of legislative accomplishments on tech manufacturing, guns, infrastructure — and hopefully soon, climate and prescription drugs — that validate his promises when he ran. These are genuine achievements that Democrats have been chasing for decades, and they will affect generations to come. On Monday, from the balcony off the Blue Room, he crowed about the drone-killing of the evil Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaeda’s top leader, who helped plan the 9/11 massacres. On Friday, he came out again to brag about surprising job numbers.

Defying all expectations, the president has changed the narrative. Before, the riff was that he was too old-school and reliant on his cross-party relationships in the Senate. Now old-school is cool. The old dude in the aviators has shown he can get things done, often with bipartisan support.

But this is the moment for Biden to decide if all of this is fuel for a reelection campaign, when he will be 81 (82 on Inauguration Day), or a legacy on which to rest.

He could leave on a high, knowing that he has delivered on his promises for progress and restored decency to the White House. He did serve as a balm to the bombastic Donald Trump. Over the next two years he could get more of what he wants and then step aside. It would be self-effacing and patriotic, a stark contrast to the self-absorbed and treasonous Trump.

He offered himself up as an escape from Trump and Trumpism, a way to help us get our bearings after the thuggish and hallucinatory reign of a con man. Then he and his team got carried away and began unrealistically casting him as an FDR with a grand vision to remake the social contract. Biden’s mission was not to be a visionary but to be a calming force for a country desperately in need of calming, and a bridge to the next generation. So he’s a logical one-termer, and that keeps him true to his high-minded point: What does the country really need?

The country really needs to dodge a comeback by Trump or the rise of the odious Ron DeSantis. There is a growing sense in the Democratic Party and in America that this will require new blood. If the president made his plans clear now, it would give Democrats a chance to sort through their meh field and leave time for a fresh, inspiring candidate to emerge.

Usually, being a lame duck weakens you. But in Biden’s case, it could strengthen him. We live in a Washington where people too often put power over principle. So many Republicans have behaved grotesquely out of fear that Trump will turn on them. So the act of leaving could elevate Biden, freeing him from typical reelection pressures, so he and his team could do what they thought was right rather than what was politically expedient.

It would also take steam out of what are certain to be Republican attempts to impeach him should they regain the House and make him less of a target for their nasty attacks on his age and abilities. The next two years could be hellish, with Republicans tearing Biden down and refusing to do anything that could be seen as benefiting him.

Biden’s advisers think if you just ignore the age question, it will go away. But it is already a hot topic in focus groups and an undercurrent in Democratic circles, as lawmakers are pressed to answer whether they think Biden should run again or not. (Axios has started a running tally.)

These are dangerous times — with inflation hurting us, weather killing us, the Ukraine war grinding, China tensions boiling, women’s rights on the line, and election deniers at CPAC, where Viktor Orban spews fascist bile to a wildly enthusiastic audience. It might be best to have a president unshackled from the usual political restraints.

(New York Times)

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CHE GUEVARA’S BRAND OF MARXISM

by Jonah Raskin

The subtitle for this book, “Writings on Politics and Revolution,” might have been “Writings on Imperialism and Revolution.” Why?  Because for Che, imperialism was a world wide economic and political system. It fostered unequal development, created have and have-not nations, ensured a stark division between countryside and city, and triggered class warfare between the bourgeoisie on one hand, and workers and peasants on the other. For Che, genuine revolutions aimed to destroy that all-encompassing system.

The Che Guevara Reader (437 pages, $22.95) is the most recent book from Seven Stories Press to offer Guevara’s writings. I have reviewed several of them for Counterpunch and the Anderson Valley Advertiser, including The Motorcycle Diaries, Congo Diary and I Embrace You With All My Revolutionary Fervor: Letters 1947-1967, which serves as a kind of autobiography.

Che aimed to be “the new man” and wanted others to join him. Jean-Paul Sartre, the French existentialist, anti-Fascist and supporter of third world revolutions, though Che mostly succeded. “I believe that the man was not only an intellectual but also the most complete human being of our age,” Sartre said. “As a fighter and as a man, as a theoretician who was able to further the cause of revolution by drawing his theories from his personal experience in battle.”

To read Che’s writings, is to view him on the road toward becoming the new man and yet not arriving at his destination. As he noted, citizens of the twentieth century were all “children” of their environments. No matter how much they tried to break free if it, they were still formed by the order they aimed to overthrow. Che was a child of the old order.

The Reader is divided into four parts: “The Cuban Revolutionary War,” ”The Cuba Years, 1959-1964,” “International Solidarity” and “Letters,” some already published in “I Embrace You.” Imperialism and revolution are two of the main themes that Che returned to repeatedly in the interviews, speeches, letters and also in his talks that were broadcast to the entire nation on Cuban TV. Yes, he appreciated the power of TV and made ample use of it.

A Leninist who argued, as did Lenin himself, that imperialism was “the highest stage of capitalism,” Che saw that system through the eyes of a Latin American and as a guerrilla warrior who tangled directly with the agents of the American empire in the mountains of Cuba and Bolivia and the jungles of the Congo. Like Lenin, he lived much of his life away from his native land. Che died at 39, Lenin at 53.

“Imperialism has learned the lessons of Cuba well,” Che writes in “Cuba: Historical exception or vanguard in the anticolonial struggle?” He adds, “If the Cuban liberation was difficult…the new battles awaiting the people in other parts of Latin America will be infinitely more difficult.” The story of Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil and Bolivia seem to validate his prediction, though Che inspired revolutions all across the continent in the decades after his death.

In the essay, “Notes for the Study of the Cuban Revolution” (1960), Che writes, “one should be a ‘Marxist’ with the same naturalness with which one is a ‘Newtonian” in physics or a ‘Pasteurian.” He goes on to explain that “one can point to certain mistakes of Marx as a thinker and as an investigator of the social doctrines and of the capitalist system in which he lived.” Che argues that Marx and Engels were wrong about Bolivia, Mexicans and “certain theories of race and nationality.”

Some orthodox Marxists will not readily accept Che’s perspective. By the same token, some admirers of Che will be unwilling to find flaws in his writing and thinking. When it comes to questions of race and gender, Che has little to say of significance, though occasionally he makes an insightful observation. “Our hotels—Havana’s great hotels, which were built by foreign companies—did not allow Blacks to sleep here, because the tourists from other countries did not like Blacks,” he writes. (Even while he hated the foreign companies he couldn’t help but admire the “great hotels.”)

In the same essay, he adds, “A woman did not have anything approaching equal rights. She was discriminated against.” For the most part, Che writes about male workers and male soldiers, though he does say that if imperialism is to be defeated, women and children will have to join the struggle. When he writes about women he tends to think of them as “wives,” not as mothers, sisters and daughters. Of course, he was close to his own mother, his two wives and his daughters.

There may be surprises in store for readers in this volume. In “Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War,” Che describes a story by the American author, socialist and social Darwinian, Jack London, which he read and remembered vividly when, in 1956, the soldiers of the dictator Fulgencio Batista ambushed and nearly killed all the guerrillas. Che imagined his own death and connected it to London’s short story, “To Build a Fire.” He noted that this moment was “our baptism of fire.”

On another occasion, Che ordered one of the guerrillas under his command to shoot and kill a puppy in their midst who was barking so loudly that he threatened to reveal their hiding place. He did so with a heart and a touch of remorse.

Che is insightful on the proletarianization of the Cuban peasantry, the differences between a guerrilla and a bandit, the virtues of state capitalism in Russia in the 1920s and why revolutionaries should support the idea of “peaceful co-existence” in the 1960s.

After my review of Che’s Motorcycle Diaries was published I received emails denouncing Che as a murderer and an assassin. One doesn’t see signs of Che’s murderous ways that in The Reader. In the essay, “Tactics and Strategy of the Latin American Revolution,” Che explains that to get to socialism “rivers of blood will flow.” He’s not against revolutionary violence, though he does condemn the use of torture by guerrilas. “Our great virtue,” he writes in the essay “The Cuban Revolution’s Influence in Latin America” (1962) “is that we have never engaged in torture or other similar terrible behavior…Everybody would find out about abuses and other bad things if there were any, no matter how secretly and far from the public eye they were carried out.” He’s not opposed to torture on moral grounds, but rather because if carried out and publicized it would harm the cause.

The Reader is the most scholarly of the Che books published by Seven Stories. It offers a chronology of Che’s life, which began in 1928 and ended in 1967, a bibliography of all of his writings and many speeches, including a long list of articles he wrote in 1960 that were published under the pseudonym “Sharpshooter.” I wish that The Reader could have offered Che’s article, “Nixon, Eisenhower, Hagerty and other Warnings.” There is also a ten-page glossary with capsule biographies of figures like Jacobo Arbenz and brief descriptions of key places like the “The Bay of Pigs.” The “Introduction” by David Deutschmann, who also edited The Fidel Castro Reader, tends to be pure hagiography.

If I were to recommend one of Che’s books to readers who want an introduction to his bold ideas, dialectical thinking and his concise yet expressive style, I would recommend The Reader.  The translations from Spanish to English are excellent and the variety of topics make it appealing. If you want to be inspired, read “Create two, three, many Vietnams,” his “Message to the Tricontinental” in April 1967, six months before he was killed by Bolivian soldiers directed by the CIA.

Yes, that piece is nearly all bravado, but it comes from the heart. “Whenever death may surprise us, let it be welcome if our battle cry has reached even one receptive ear, if another hand reaches out to take up our arms, and others come forward to join in our funeral dirge with the rattling of machine guns and with new criers of battle and victory.”

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TRUMP SAYS FBI CONDUCTED SEARCH AT HIS MAR-A-LAGO ESTATE

by Eric Tucker & Michael Balsamo

The FBI searched Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to his Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said Monday, a move that represents a dramatic and unprecedented escalation of law enforcement scrutiny of the former president.

Trump, disclosing the search in a lengthy statement, asserted that agents had opened up a safe at his home and described their work as an “unannounced raid” that he likened to “prosecutorial misconduct.”

The search intensifies the months-long probe into how classified documents ended up in more than a dozen boxes located at Mar-a-Lago earlier this year. It occurs amid a separate grand jury investigation into efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and adds to the potential legal peril for Trump as he lays the groundwork for another run.

Familiar battle lines, forged during a a four-year presidency shadowed by FBI and congressional investigations, quickly took shape again Monday night. Trump and his allies sought to cast the search as a weaponization of the criminal justice system and a Democratic-driven effort to keep him from winning another term in 2024 — even though the Biden White House said it had no prior knowledge of it, and the current FBI director, Christopher Wray, was appointed by Trump five years ago and served as a high-ranking official in a Republican-led Justice Department.

“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump wrote. “Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.”

“After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” Trump said in his statement.

Justice Department spokesperson Dena Iverson declined to comment on the search, including about whether Attorney General Merrick Garland had personally authorized it.

Trump did not elaborate on the basis for the search, but the Justice Department has been investigating the potential mishandling of classified information after the National Archives and Records Administration said it had retrieved from Mar-a-Lago 15 boxes of records containing classified information earlier this year. The National Archives said Trump should have turned over that material upon leaving office, and it asked the Justice Department to investigate.

There are multiple federal laws governing the handling of classified records and sensitive government documents, including statutes that make it a crime to remove such material and retain it at an unauthorized location. Though a search warrant does not suggest that criminal charges are near or even expected, federal officials looking to obtain one must first demonstrate to a judge that they have probable cause that a crime occurred.

Two people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said the search happened earlier Monday and was related to the records probe. Agents were also looking to see if Trump had additional presidential records or any classified documents at the estate.

Trump has previously maintained that presidential records were turned over “in an ordinary and routine process.” His son Eric said on Fox News on Monday night that he had spent the day with his father and that the search happened because “the National Archives wanted to corroborate whether or not Donald Trump had any documents in his possession.”

Asked how the documents ended up at Mar-a-Lago, Eric Trump said the boxes were among items that got moved out of the White House during “six hours” on Inauguration Day, as the Bidens prepared to move into the building.

“My father always kept press clippings,” Eric Trump said. “He had boxes, when he moved out of the White House.”

Trump emerged from Trump Tower in New York City shortly before 8 p.m. and waved to bystanders before being driven away in an SUV.

In his first public remarks since news of the search surfaced, Trump made no mention of it during a tele-town hall on behalf of Leora Levy, the Connecticut Republican he has endorsed in Tuesday’s U.S. Senate primary to pick a general election opponent against Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Trump gave his public backing to Levy late last week, calling her on Monday the best pick “to replace Connecticut’s joke of a senator.”

But in a social media post Monday night, he was much more unguarded, calling the search a “weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024.”

Other Republicans echoed that message. GOP National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel denouncing the search as “outrageous” and said it was a reason for voters to turn out in November.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican who is considered a potential 2024 presidential candidate, said in a statement on Twitter that it was “an escalation in the weaponization” of U.S. government agencies. Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader, said in a tweet that the Justice Department “has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization” and said that if Republicans win control of the U.S. House, they will investigate the department.

That Trump would become entangled in a probe into the handling of classified information is all the more striking given how he tried during the 2016 presidential election to exploit an FBI investigation into his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, over whether she mishandled classified information via a private email server she used as secretary of state. Then-FBI Director James Comey concluded that Clinton had sent and received classified information but the FBI did not recommend criminal charges because it determined that Clinton had not intended to break the law.

Trump lambasted that decision and then stepped up its criticism of the FBI as agents began investigating whether his campaign had colluded with Russia to tip the 2016 election. He fired Comey during that probe, and though he appointed Wray months later, he repeatedly criticized him too as president.

Thomas Schwartz, a Vanderbilt University history professor who studies and writes about the presidency, said there is no precedent for a former president facing an FBI raid -- even going back to Watergate. President Richard Nixon wasn’t allowed to take tapes or other materials from the White House when he resigned in 1974, Schwartz noted, and many of his papers remained in Washington for years before being transferred to his presidential library in California.

“This is different and it is a sign of how unique the Trump period was,” said Schwartz, author of “Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography.” “How his behavior was so unusual.”

The probe is hardly the only legal headache confronting Trump. A separate investigation related to efforts by Trump and his allies to undo the results of the 2020 presidential election — which led to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol — has also been intensifying in Washington. Several former White House officials have received grand jury subpoenas.

And a district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, is investigating whether Trump and his close associates sought to interfere in that state's election, which was won by Democrat Joe Biden.

(AP)



AP: Hoards of angry Donald Trump supporters descended on his Mar-a-Lago home last night shortly after it emerged that the FBI had searched the ex-president's estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to the Florida residence. Trump, disclosing the search in a lengthy statement, claimed that agents had opened up a safe at his home and described their work as an 'unannounced raid' that he called 'prosecutorial misconduct.' He accused the FBI of a double standard, claiming the bureau 'allowed' Hillary Clinton to 'acid wash' 33,000 emails from her time as Secretary of State. Those in his camp said the raid was a clear attempt to thwart a potential 2024 Presidential run. Trump has not formally announced any campaign but speculation that he will run again is rife. It was compounded by his appearance at C-Pac this weekend. Last night, his supporters held pro-Trump signs, including ones for a presumptive 2024 campaign and even one for Trump's previous campaign with former Vice President Mike Pence's name crossed out. One was publicly identifying as a member of the far right Proud Boys. The raid on Trump's home intensifies the months-long probe into how classified documents ended up in more than a dozen boxes located at Mar-a-Lago earlier this year. 

27 Comments

  1. George Hollister August 9, 2022

    “WE DON’T like to think about it, but there are millions of children being raised by versions of Steele and Ms. Aralleno.”

    I agree, and suspect that our perverse welfare system is what it is because there is money to be made by the county in growing it, instead of fostering responsible behavior, and providing vulnerable children a chance to succeed. The result represents a significant downside of our socialist state. And the financial workings remain hidden because no one wants to look at this part of our county budget.

  2. Chuck Artigues August 9, 2022

    There were plenty of huckleberries on my bushes, until the robins and chipmunks came along and gobbled them all up. Just letting you know, it’s all part of the process.

    • Chuck Dunbar August 9, 2022

      Here just south of Fort Bragg and one mile inland, a very sad crop of blueberries on our 12 plants. Had a great crop last year, this year maybe 5% of last year. We had a cold spring, saw hardly any pollinators, hoping next year will be better.

  3. Stephen Rosenthal August 9, 2022

    Tom Brady is unquestionably great, but Joe Montana will be the GOAT until another quarterback comes along, goes to 5 Super Bowls and wins them all. Highly unlikely.

  4. Eric Sunswheat August 9, 2022

    RE: they’re known, indicate that Steele simply walked off, probably in a drug haze, and left his two children in the 90-degree heat of the Ukiah railroad tracks, which is more like manslaughter than a deliberate murder by an obviously unfit father. (Ed Notes)

    ->. Possibly over charged without merit, in typical bleed and plead strategy by District Attorneys, too lazy to bring a case to trial, resorting to shock and awe trauma and reduced pleas by hapless defendants, so prosecutors can leave early in the day for a round of golf or to relax with their lawn drinks.

  5. Kirk Vodopals August 9, 2022

    No huckleberries? My apricot tree is barren (as opposed to last year when the tree practically fell over from fruit), but my asian pears, as usual are flourishing. Blueberries are scarce, but that’s probably because I don’t water them enough. Peaches seem fairly abundant. Raspberries were ok, second crop coming on. Tomatoes are late. Cucumbers are doing well. The cycle continues

  6. Kirk Vodopals August 9, 2022

    Alex Jones losing a lawsuit? Mar-a-Doucho raided? This means nothing to the millions of twits who support these asswipes. It actually bolsters their support as they buy Covid-fighting toothpaste and Stop the Steal hats. I’d be willing to bet a substantial sum of my homemade pickles that the FBI raid will yield nothing. And I bet I could get a MAGA-nut to agree with me that Trump orchestrated the raid himself to whip up support.
    Maybe Nancy concocted this scheme on her flight back from Taiwan?

    • George Hollister August 9, 2022

      Though it begs the question, how come the AG didn’t investigate HRC? Certainly much to investigate there. How about the long dragged out investigation of government involvement in the “Russian Collusion”? Or how about Hunter Biden, and dad? Trump had classified material? Seems that classified material was extremely important.

      The current AG is demonstrating himself to be unfit for the job, and certainly unfit for the US Supreme Court.

  7. Jim Armstrong August 9, 2022

    Plum, pear and blackberry crops quite light.

    Is it really a felony to possess over $100,000 in cash?

  8. Marshall Newman August 9, 2022

    My tomato crop is awful this year, partly because western San Francisco has been uncommonly cool and partly because a couple of my starts did not thrive. However, lettuce and kale both have produced abundant harvests.

  9. Marshall Newman August 9, 2022

    Donald Trump’s home was not “raided.” He was served a search warrant – one issued by the court to aid in an investigation – for specific items thought to be on the premises and a search was conducted for those items.

    Lots of far right “dog whistles” in that Trump statement, all purely intentional.

    • George Hollister August 9, 2022

      Fair enough. And the Capital riot wasn’t an insurrection, either.

      • Marshall Newman August 9, 2022

        The Capitol riot of January 6 was – without question – an insurrection, which is defined as “A violent uprising against an authority or government.”

        • George Dorner August 10, 2022

          Insurrection? Riot? Does the label placed on mass violence change events?

  10. Marmon August 9, 2022

    RE: UNPRECEDENTED RAID

    “I share the deep concern of millions of Americans over the unprecedented search of the personal residence of President Trump. No former President of the United States has ever been subject to a raid of their personal residence in American history.”

    -Mike Pence

    Marmon

    • Marmon August 9, 2022

      The FBI didn’t raid Mar-a-Lago because they think they’ve got something on Trump; they raided Mar-a-Lago because they’re afraid Trump has something on them.

      Marmon

      • Bruce Anderson August 9, 2022

        Dream on, Harvest Moon. If the warrant was issued for political reasons, and I would say there’s at least half a chance it was, the Democrats have handed Trump another four years. But I don’t think they’d dare pull a Banana Republic move like that, although we seem to be about halfway there.

        • Marmon August 9, 2022

          Attention Democrats and RINOS: Don’t celebrate.

          Marmon

          • Chuck Dunbar August 9, 2022

            Lots and lots of drama on this issue, thanks mostly to Trump and his ever-present claims of victimization. Someone is always doing him wrong, and he’s such a stand-up, honest, honorable and loyal citizen. We shall see what the facts of this matter are as they are revealed. All the rest is just a lot of Trumpist hoopla, always meant to distract and shift blame away from the bufoon himself.

            • George Hollister August 9, 2022

              Trump is a victim, of his own non-stop mouth, and disengaged brain. The mouth got him impeached, twice. But mouth aside, what is going on now is, yes, banana republic style politics, and hopefully the next president can put an end to it, and not try to one up. The Hunter Biden scandal would provide a reason to continue on. Circumstantial evidence suggests the President was directly involved with that one. And, of course, HRC did much worse.

              • Chuck Dunbar August 9, 2022

                Nonsense, mostly, George. Here we are in current times, and Trump is (or has been over the last several years on-stage in a number of national and state legal or pre-legal troubles. This one apparently earned a warrant from a federal judge. We still do not know many details, and you are leaping ahead without the crucial facts, just speculating.
                As to banana republic-style actions, read in the current New Yorker about Trump and “his” generals, and the crazy shit he wanted them to do, mostly without much luck as they had the intelligence and honor to say no. They knew he was basically nuts, and they made many efforts to keep him within the boundaries of sensible, legal, and honorable norms. They helped the country survive him.

                • Chuck Dunbar August 9, 2022

                  Here’s one example from the article on Trump and his generals:

                  “It turned out that the generals had rules, standards, and expertise, not blind loyalty. The President’s loud complaint to John Kelly one day was typical: ‘You fucking generals, why can’t you be like the German generals?’
                  ‘Which generals?’ Kelly asked.
                  ‘The German generals in World War II,’ Trump responded.
                  ‘You do know that they tried to kill Hitler three times and almost pulled it off?’ Kelly said.
                  But, of course, Trump did not know that. ‘No, no, no, they were totally loyal to him,’ the President replied. In his version of history, the generals of the Third Reich had been completely subservient to Hitler; this was the model he wanted for his military. Kelly told Trump that there were no such American generals, but the President was determined to test the proposition.”

                  “Inside the War Between Trump and His Generals,” The New Yorker, Glasser and Baker, 8/8/22

          • pca67 August 9, 2022

            What, are you gonna get your gun and start a Civil War Marm?? Go for it dude. 😂

            • Marshall Newman August 9, 2022

              Won’t happen. He is all hat and no cattle.

  11. Marmon August 9, 2022

    J Edgar Hoover’s oversteps: Why FBI directors are forbidden from getting cozy with presidents

    “…when John F. Kennedy became president in 1961, Hoover’s relationship with the president faced a challenge. JFK’s brother, Robert Kennedy, was made attorney general. Given JFK’s close relationship with his brother, Hoover could no longer bypass his boss and deal directly with the president, as he so often did in the past. Not seeing eye to eye with the Kennedys, Hoover cut back on volunteering political intelligence reports to the White House. Instead, he only responded to requests, while collecting information on JFK’s extramarital affairs.

    By contrast, President Lyndon Johnson had a voracious appetite for FBI political intelligence reports. Under his presidency, the FBI became a direct vehicle for servicing the president’s political interests. LBJ issued an executive order exempting Hoover from mandatory retirement at the time, when the FBI director reached age 70. Owing his job to LBJ, Hoover designated a top FBI official, FBI Assistant Director Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, as the official FBI liaison to the president.

    The FBI monitored the Democratic National Convention at LBJ’s request. When Johnson’s aide, Walter Jenkins, was caught soliciting gay sex in a YMCA, Deke DeLoach worked directly with the president in dealing with the backlash.”

    https://theconversation.com/j-edgar-hoovers-oversteps-why-fbi-directors-are-forbidden-from-getting-cozy-with-presidents-78896

    Marmon

  12. Margot Lane August 9, 2022

    Your ammo depot photo reminds me of the metro station in Barcelona. Instead of ammo they sold BOOKS in a vending machines similar to your photo. And not just any books, GOOD books too.

    • Marco McClean August 10, 2022

      It wasn’t that long ago that grocery stores had a whole book and magazine aisle, with separate sections for the different subjects. Science-fiction paperbacks were a top item. There was a wedge-shaped grocery store on Clear Lake that was more of a bookstore with groceries in it than the other way around.

      One of my best lost-track-of-time-reading experiences was when I was, I think, 12, and my family had a booth selling cans of peanuts in the Roseville Farmers’ Market/Fleamarket and auction yards. I wandered off past the waterbed booths and the paintings on black velvet booths and bootleg cassette tape booths and all the rest, the other-planet-slum-like wet and steaming plywood toilet closet alley, and so on, and found a book on the rack in a regular grocery store at the edge of the place. It was The Beast Master by Andre Norton, about a downtrodden telepathic Navajo and his genetically enhanced pet animals. As I recall, he had a weasel and a tiger (or a wolf, maybe) and a hawk. I sat on the floor to read that and the world vanished, and when I finished the book it was late, the lights in the store were on and it was dim outside. Everything was closing down. I went back to our booth. My stepbrother Craig (R.I.P.) was there, waiting in case I came back, while everyone else was out searching for me because they thought I had been kidnapped or stuffed in a hole. “Mom’s gonna kill you,” Craig said.

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