our government can be. Fox news isn’t telling you about how the US military will not allow a Belgium plane to fly to Iraq with medical equipment and medicines. Why? Oh, come on. Because Belgium opposed us in the war. So we make the Iraqis suffer.
our government can be. Fox news isn’t telling you about how the US military will not allow a Belgium plane to fly to Iraq with medical equipment and medicines. Why? Oh, come on. Because Belgium opposed us in the war. So we make the Iraqis suffer.
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John started Northwest Citizen in 1995 to inform fellow citizens of serious local political issues that the Bellingham Herald was ignoring. With the help of donors from the beginning, he has [...]
Wherein we pick our way through the evolving versions of the PeaceHealth letter/ad in Sunday’s Bellingham Herald. And cover their obsessive efforts to marginalize Dr Lin.5 comments, most recent 1 month ago
How the Seattle Times, Bellingham Herald and this site, NWCitizen, reported on the issues raised in Dr. Ming Lin’s letter to Charles Prosper, the CMO of PeaceHealth.1 comment, most recent 2 months ago
Dianne Foster expresses her thoughts and regrets as the Bellingham Herald announces the pending cancellation of Saturday newspapers.1 comment, most recent 10 months ago
Am delighted NW Citizen now has a solid future with its acquisition by a new LLC company3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
After 20 some years of owning and managing Northwest Citizen, I am retiring - and hopeful that some person or group will take ownership and go forward.7 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Sen. Doug Ericksen’s blind fealty to a deeply unpopular president and his profligate use of taxpayer funds are likely to cost him dearly as he vies to get reelected in November.8 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Dick Conoboy has written for over 10 years about Bellingham city hall not enforcing its own laws and the slow destruction of single family neighborhoods. The award is well earned.3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Saturday and Sunday, Nov 4 and 5, KMRE is hosting town hall meetings seeking ideas and help for the future of the radio station.
Truckers are protesting in three states - and the news media is pretending it is not happening.
Honesto Silva Ibarra died while toiling in Whatcom County berry fields. The Herald does not report it. The Weekly does. Oh, and Margaret Bikman is let go by the Herald.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Interviews with council candidates Roxanne Murphy, Eric Bostrum and Layton Murphy4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Doug Ericksen and Anthony Scaramucci were ill cast in the role of communications directors.
Ellen Murphy writes a requiem. The Joe Show on KBAI is being shut down. The noon every day show is the victim of a decision of large corporate media located 2,000 miles away.3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
The Aug. 1 primary is more about who shouldn’t advance than who should.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Stephanie Kountouros, talk show host on local community radio station KMRE, will receive the 2016 Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism Award.
Most - maybe all - reading this have much to be thankful for. Many may feel grief or despair because of the elections. They should not because what we have [...]
We feel it appropriate to allow this millennial to blast away at us for my articles on Trump and Hillary. These articles can be referred to a year and years from now for how well they stand up.3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
The role of the investigative journalist
Living in a left-leaning state with a top-two primary, liberal voters in Washington sometimes must look for finer shades of distinction between the candidates who make it to the general [...]
Apparently, Bellingham police are unhappy with criticism stemming from the ongoing wave of cops killing black people. One Bellingham officer, Michael de Ruiter, penned an op-ed for The Bellingham Herald [...]
“On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.” But they find out quickly enough. New Yorker cartoonist Peter Steiner captured something true about our virtual reality with this 1993 caption. [...]
The third annual deArmond dinner celebrated the work of Sandy Robson and Neah Monteiro.2 comments, most recent 4 years ago
A perspective on the our changing news system, the consequences, and the challenges for the future. With a suggestion of the solution.5 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Bellingham police are obviously trained to de-escalate armed confrontations. This is the way it should be.6 comments, most recent 4 years ago
The second annual award for Citizen Journalism will be to The Political Junkie himself who runs the Sweeney Politics blog, Riley Sweeney.3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
The Herald gave us their top 10 stories, Riley gives you his top 5
Riley does a local political comedy show1 comment, most recent 5 years ago
In the Weekly, Tim Johnson left out three words in quoting Craig Cole - and his story misleads readers. Guest article by Sandy Robson.11 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Wyoming Senators and coal honchos were in Whatcom County June 10 - to hold a news conference with select reporters.7 comments, most recent 5 years ago
A perspective by guest writer Ellen Murphy reflects on the Whatcom Watch and the threatened law suit by Craig Cole.22 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Riley posted this morning that Seth Fleetwood has decided to challenge Doug Ericksen for state senate in the 42nd District.1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
Fukushima radiation has been found 20 miles from Whatcom County farmland along the Fraser River in British Columbia.1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
The editor of the Whatcom Watch, Richard Jehn, has resigned effective today. Chalk up a victory for Craig Cole and Pacific International Terminals.8 comments, most recent 6 years ago
The full text of Craig Cole’s threatening letter of libel against the Whatcom Watch. And the emptiness of the threat.16 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Accepting the Paul deArmond award of citizen journalism on Feb 7, Wendh Harris gave this speech. We think it deserves its own post.
Craig Cole, the local contact for the proposed Cherry Point coal port has threatened the Whatcom Watch with a libel lawsuit.6 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Filing a public record request could land a citizen in jail under a proposal reflected in a Herald opinion article.2 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Super Bowl … Weed Bowl … This bud’s for you … Bong Bowl … Marijuana Bowl … whatever. It is on!1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
Riley uncovers how the Coal Industry is funding conservative candidates in Whatcom County11 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Liberal talking head Lawrence O’Donnell went into a bullying rant against a well qualified guest - and showed he’s just like O’Reilly.2 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Edward Snowden is a very courageous patriot, in the opinion of the publisher of NWCitizen.3 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Over at the Political Junkie, Riley Sweeney has a report on one criteria the Herald uses to reject letters to the editor.1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
Tuesday morning and nothing in today’s Bellingham Herald. Nor online. We provide the basics to fill in this latest omission by our “daily” newspaper.9 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Paul deArmond is remembered by his sister Claire. He was a Republican-at-Large.2 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Riley attends Tea Party training and runs afoul of Rep. Overstreet1 comment, most recent 7 years ago
It seems that for Apple products, you do not really own that hard drive… as a journalist recently discovered.2 comments, most recent 7 years ago
The Bellingham Herald article today is wrong. There is no hearing tomorrow, March 20
Wendy Harris writes about the proposed $8 million concrete bridge along the Bellingham waterfront - using Greenways funds to build.3 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Tim Johnson writes about the first recipient of the Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism award, Whatcom County writer Wendy Harris.3 comments, most recent 6 years ago
A needed correction and apology for an error in a story that has been pulled.3 comments, most recent 7 years ago
The Tunnel Creek avalanche and three skiers’ deaths last February was a confusing tragedy. Experts killed. How did it happen?
A dramatic video of yet another mudslide near Everett - and what will be coming down on coal trains. Amtrak service to Bellingham is shut down.4 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Riley talks about the Seattle Times, Newsweek and the future of Print Media
Riley patiently explains to the Whatcom Excavator what a flowchart should look like
New report suggests U.S. weather stations reporting higher temperatures because NOAA has poorly managed sensors and caused false higher readings.11 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Riley interviews judicial candidates, reviews campaign tactics, and discusses fireworks
Riley attended the Whatcom GOP Convention and reports back1 comment, most recent 8 years ago
An illegal serial Port Commission meeting should be investigated by the State Auditor, and two commissioners should be made accountable for their actions.5 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Latest from the Political Junkie on a variety of subjects7 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Decide for yourself if this blog comment, posted under my own name, should have been flagged and removed from the Bellingham Herald Online Edition.1 comment, most recent 8 years ago
Riley questions Pike’s timing, and Occupy’s choice of tactics2 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Riley has a conversation with Rick Perry2 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Please take my reader’s survey, I’m planning 2012
Wall Street protests have been ongoing for over a week - but U.S. corporate news media have been covering them up.1 comment, most recent 8 years ago
Tune in to the Political Junkie for an election night liveblog!
Riley shares what he is reading to help decide in this primary16 comments, most recent 8 years ago
The Political Junkie interviews Christina Maginnis4 comments, most recent 8 years ago
The public meeting to hear opinions about the coal port last night saw local union leader Dave Warren playing games.3 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Where Paul touches on Police reporting, where to get a good hamburger, and what is wrong with micro brews4 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Riley Sweeney outlines the three storylines defining Obama’s Re-election Campaign2 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Riley Sweeney shares video of Jay Inslee’s speech to the Whatcom Dems1 comment, most recent 9 years ago
Riley Sweeney reports on the April 15th Tea Party Rally10 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Riley Sweeney reports on April 2nd Labor Rally9 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Switches from 3rd Ward race to At Large city council seat
Riley Sweeney compiles several local writings about the County Council breaking the law1 comment, most recent 9 years ago
Egypt - just one citizen voicing his perspective on what is happening. Speaking freely.4 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Register provides reporting on local news4 comments, most recent 9 years ago
WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange faces rape charges. The facts are revealed only by foreign news media.14 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Updated Dec 3. I support WikiLeaks and their release of government documents so citizens can vote intelligently.12 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Headline and article paint U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi very badly on final day ballots are mailed. The Bellingham Herald editors print a perfect smear.5 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Am looking for a writer to rebut Jack Petree’s BIAW propaganda article the Herald saw fit to print.3 comments, most recent 9 years ago
A library card from any Whatcom County library can now be used at any library in the county5 comments, most recent 9 years ago
BP oil spill video taken on a private plane flight over the Gulf of Mexico. The spill is worse than our media are telling us.
Bellingham Herald reporting is skewed to foster desired opinions and hide facts4 comments, most recent 10 years ago
It is now acceptable to say that our governments are dysfunctional. I agree they are. The question is - why?10 comments, most recent 10 years ago
The Olympic games are disruptive to civil rights wherever they are held. This is proving true again in Vancouver.1 comment, most recent 10 years ago
NwCitizen adds new design elements to its home page. The publisher explains what and why.1 comment, most recent 10 years ago
The FTC workshop webcasts are posted and available for viewing.
FTC workshop - How will Journalism Survive the In
3 comments, most recent 10 years ago
Paul de Armond’s recent article about Leonard Zeskind’s new book, “Blood and Poli
We don’t make special offers like this very often, but if you act right now, you’ll not only continue getting free access to fresh views, news and opinion on Northwest Citizen, but you’ll also help se14 comments, most recent 10 years ago
A few of us at NwCitizen want to do some post-election analysis on how the campaigning went down. For that, we need to examine as many of the different cards and mailings as possible. If you1 comment, most recent 10 years ago
There is a lot of discussion about this time every year on hit pieces and negative campaigning. So now I have to ask the question: What is the definition of a hit piece? Part of the problem is ever14 comments, most recent 10 years ago
No surprise. The Herald has always protected Port Commissioners. The KAP scandal of 1990 is a good example. The commissioners got suckered into a multi-million dollar development scheme that2 comments, most recent 10 years ago
Our local daily newspaper, the Bellingham Herald, continues to decline in its usefulness and value to citizens and residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County. The Herald, one of the lowest cir3 comments, most recent 10 years ago
This week, McClatchy sold its Herald building to Bob Hall. McClatchy, owner of the Herald newspaper, is in deep financial trouble. The Herald decided this simple building sale was worth front4 comments, most recent 10 years ago
Just a short bit about NwCitizen this morning. A few thoughts. Nothing heavy. But some things I’d like the regular readers to know.
The idea of this ‘blog’, or whatever it is
There has been some behind the scenes controversy over Cascade Radio Groups decision to allow Ken Mann to continue to be on the air from 5pm-6pm five days a week while also being a declared candidate7 comments, most recent 11 years ago
Non news dominated the Sunday Herald. I mean news spun out of thin air by Sam Taylor and the editors of the Herald. There are tens - hundreds - of important news stories the Herald is complet7 comments, most recent 11 years ago
Dan Pike’s guest editorial in Sunday’s Herald is a direct result of an article on NwCitizen earlier this week. Indeed, on Wednesday, after the article had only been up for a couple hours, I go3 comments, most recent 11 years ago
Political commentary serves very legitimate purposes. By exposing the behind the scenes maneuvers of political operatives, it helps citizens and potential candidates to question motives and ag2 comments, most recent 11 years ago
Barry Buchanan was elected President of the Bellingham City Council yesterday. You would not know that from the Herald report by Sam Taylor. He missed the most important decision the council1 comment, most recent 11 years ago
Today, McClatchy stock is trading at 74 cents a share - down 99% in value from their high of $74.50 in 2005. McClatchy was a $5 billion company when it bought the Bellingham Herald in 2006.3 comments, most recent 11 years ago
Sam Taylor has an excellent article in today’s Bellingham Herald. There is a link at the bottom of this post directly to the article and the comments it is generating. This link may go bad in a few5 comments, most recent 11 years ago
Sep 30 addition - see bottom of article for interesting additional information about a Herald reporter relevant to this prosecution.
Dave McEachran’s prosecution of Jeffrey Ga
Crosscut in Seattle has posted an article on the closing of the Whatcom Independent. If you were a reader of the Indy then you may enjoy this article by Jon Sayer.
As one of the founders and
First off, I read the Herald thoroughly every day and have subscribed for decades. Local news is vital for us citizens. However, my criticism of the Herald is well known in this community and10 comments, most recent 11 years ago
Today’s issue of the Whatcom Independent weekly newspaper is the last issue. Started in November 2003 - almost 5 years ago - it is simply shutting down publication because it has never been able to g2 comments, most recent 11 years ago
Alan Rhodes seems to want to be like Emmett Watson, the late writer about Lesser Seattle. However, Alan seems to lack Emmett’s basic charitable view of his fellow humans. Emmett had a sense of humor2 comments, most recent 12 years ago
On other blogs are some weird misunderstandings being posted - and questions that are going unanswered. Below I try to clarify some issues about the Fairhaven Library. At next Monday’s Bellingham Ci4 comments, most recent 12 years ago
I took a little heat from one of our new councilmembers, who took issue with yesterday’s piece, “Continuing Parlor Tricks”. Therein, I used a bad choice of words, suggesting final action might
Yesterday we all received our ballots for the presidential primary election. We are expected to fill them out and mail them in by February 19. The instructions are complicated and confusing - as see
OK, we are running on the new server. And the design and programming are going well. I have cautious hope the transformed site will be running by early next week. One addition will be comments. I have
This website will be static for a couple days as we prepare for transforming it. We will be back with a new look and action. Hopefully very soon.
I’ve now heard the rumor twice. Could it finally be happening? You know, when conservative radio station owners try to construct a liberal program, it rarely works. Usually harsh and excited and outra
A new local political website is starting up - bellinghambloggers.com. No content there yet, but the aspirations are excellent. Chris Renoud wants to run the site with integrity and cre
The post referred to on this morning’s post was not - not - by Carl Weimer. It was by someone who posted what they hoped would irritate me enough to lash out at Carl - someone just trying t
Sam Taylor has an article in today’s Herald on the Bellingham City Council special session yesterday when they approved John Carter as the new city Finance Director. Sam includes some quotes from Cart
Poof. Gone. The Bellingham Herald has deleted yesterday’s front page headline story from its list of local news stories online. Yep - the other front page stories are still on the local news - but not
A racist headline in today’s Herald - but they don’t have a clue. The news is the Northwood Casino finally got their liquor permit - which they should have had long ago. But the Herald hypes the issue
It is so nice to have several websites covering local issues. The past few days I’ve just not even thought of posting and have enjoyed checking other sites. As new local voices have gone online
A quick check of the below letter to the Herald website shows 76 comments have been posted. Me thinks this partially explains why the Herald prints and posts a letter that endorses murder. The Herald
Swearing-In Ceremony next Tuesday at 4:30 pm in our Bellingham City Council Chambers for Dan Pike as mayor and Stan Snapp as council member.
Sam Taylor has scooped me on a Fairhaven sto
Is the Herald in denial? Nothing in Friday’s or today’s Herald on the screwup of ballots by the Whatcom County Auditor. For a few hours Friday their website had a very small post which minimized the s
Marian Beddill has posted a good technical description of what happened with our ballots. She uses this serious incident to explain why computerized voting has serious problems.
9 pm - A long d
Louise Bjornson got my vote. Yep, ballot is mailed. And I found myself at the moment of truth thinking that, you know, we will get at least three smart bucks on the new council and four if Bill Geyer
The candidate forum this evening was a good one. It will be much better on Btv10 as it is rebroadcast many times this month. For the live audience, the two TV cameras were really in the way. Check the
Letters not printed in the Herald that seem to meet their criteria has been an issue for years. Now, answers are coming to light explaining why some letters do not get printed. There could well be mor
The Bellingham Herald editorial today is excellent. It raises the basic questions about the newly proposed Lake Whatcom land reconveyance deal to make a park on the very steep hillsides at the south e
Tom Pratum has some good information on the proposed - and still mostly secret - Lake Whatcom land reconveyance plan. He posted it on the North Cascades Audubon Society website, which he runs. It outl
The Herald continues to sit on the letter criticizing the racist cartoon in the Sat, Sep 15 paper. Last week, editorial page editor Scott Ayers said on his blog that he was out of letters and planned
The October surprise is a week early. Today’s Herald has the carefully managed news of the land swap that John Watts alerted us to on Sep 11 - and which was then denied by the McShanes, Mitch Friedman
Scott Ayers complains in his blog this morning that he has so few letters to the editor that next Monday he may not have any to print. Yet I know of one letter he has been sitting on - not from me an
Sam Taylor, political reporter for the Herald, appears to have a new type of news feature in today’s paper. He is reporting small but important bits of campaign news in one article. This format, if co
A racist political cartoon in today’s Bellingham Herald shows very poor judgement by the editors. Or else a misunderstanding of what constitutes racism. Or, perhaps the editors are unaware of their ow
Have added a new link to a local liberal portal website - Mainstreampolitics. This is run from Whatcom County and has links to many blogs and selected online articles about the Northwest. The link is
The Herald wants to know what it can do to make elections more “interesting”. Boy, I thought I’d get three days off and then Scott Ayers writes this nonsense in today’s paper. Scott really talks down
The attacks on my credibility continue via emails. So, tis time to spend some space on the accusations and the evidence I used in my posts. On Aug 23, I posted; “Well, negative campaigning was started
The Herald does not even follow its own mandates. On Sunday, the editorial said the candidates “…must address 6 big issues.” Must. Then they sent out their own list of 8 questions to council candida
Election info online is starting to appear in addition to the candidate sites.
- Whatcom Independent - Candidate Forums - except for the one on July 12.
- Cascadia Weekly - candida
Ham Hayes has posted a well-worded response to the Herald editorial that ran in today’s paper. Ham is running for Bellingham City Council, but he speaks for all local candidates in his short and pithy
The Herald continues to ignore the political campaigns. Nary a word about candidates - and we are just three weeks from the ballots being mailed. Yesterday Scott Ayers wrote on his blog about how he d
You know, I’m really trying to not pound on the Bellingham Herald. I’ve subscribed to it for over 20 years and read it every day. It is our daily newspaper and I want it to be good. We all do. But to
Well, KGMI was fun this morning, although discussing gas prices was not the category I have the most to contribute to. After the show, one more phone call was taken from a caller who did not want to b
I’ll be on KGMI Radio Monday morning, 8 to 9 am, discussing local issues with and at the invitation of Jeffrey Lustick, the temporary host. Any suggestions on topics? firstname.lastname@example.org Yes, we will b
We have 10 candidates for that vacant 4th Ward council position.
We have eight candidates for the vacant city council position formerly held by Joan Beardsley. Eight, including three f
Front page headline this morning reads “War enters fourth year”. Sorry, it is entering the fifth year. This for their most bold headline - and probably seen by 5 or 10 people before it ran. Unfortunat
Ellen Murphy is now allowed to enter the Federal Building in Bellingham. With the court dismissal of the Oct. 20 trespass charge, the lifetime ban on entering the building was also dropped. (This took
Today’s Bellingham Herald editorial invites an answer. The editorial is good in that it reflects on past bad practices, like allowing GP to dump mercury into Bellingham Bay, and the editorial goes on
If you have arrived at this website for the first time as a result of the link posted in today’s Bellingham Herald article about branch libraries, then I welcome you and hope you return occasionally.
The new discussion site about airport issues - blinet.org - is being run by Matt Paskus. While his name is not on the site, he is very open to be identified. He lives out by the airport and - surprise
Nice little slanted piece in today’s Bellingham Herald by Sam Taylor. He says “Some in the community have clamored for (library) branches…”. Clamor. Apparently we are not requesting or petitioning o
blockquote>Saturday, October 14, 2006
Bellingham Grassroots &
Karl Rove is being exposed as pressuring Rep. Foley - the Republican who pursued teenage Congressional pages - to run for Congress one more time. Indeed, Karl apparently told Foley that if he did not
Oh, I’m sorry, that is unfair. If the facts don’t fit then make a mistake. (This post is labeled National so no conservative has to read this far and become upset - as I don’t want to hurt their relia
Now the right wing media theme is Rep. Foley is a homosexual - as if that explains pedophilia. So, would they say a rapist is just a heterosexual person? The Wall Street Journal and other right wingnu
Yes. Is there truth in what we are being told by our corporate media and the Bush administration? No. Want an example of a lie and some truths that you are not being told? Then read Juan Cole’s blog p
You can see a new link at the top of this page - to the writing of Joel Connelly, a Seattle PI columnist. His column normally appears each Mon, Wed and Friday. He should be helpful to us progressives
Learn more about this issue and why it is very important to you.
Craig Newmark of Craigslist.org tells why his efficient classified pages could be hurt by the big-mega corps.
2 pm addition -
Rick Larsen voted against a free and open Internet. Below I write he voted for it - my error. I misread what “no” meant. Our US Representative voted with the Republicans again t
the 60 Minutes piece last night with Tyler Drumheller, the CIA chief in Europe during the years we prepared to invade Iraq. He blows the Bush Administration claim that the intelligence failed Bush. He
Walls. So the Republicans - or the ruling faction - wants a wall between us and Mexico. And this is supposed to solve the problem? Well, this did not work for China nor Rome. And even 20 miles in Berl
From an AP article today:
“Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said officers might, for example, surround a bank building, check the IDs of everyone going in and out and hand out leaflets about
Got your attention? Time magazine has an article this week about our Bellingham fight over whether or not to put fluoride in our drinking water. It is worth reading.
I think putting this medici
Most agree - even W. Bush - that FEMA has botched the aid effort for New Orleans. Now we learn that Mike Brown, the director of FEMA, was fired in 2001 from his last private sector job of overseeing h
The folks trying to buy the 100-acre Fairhaven Highlands proposed development and turn it into a city park now have their own website - One Hundred Acre Wood.
New - local website that addresses
The media conference was a surprising success. Surprising because so many attended and were very focused on learning more about independent media. Over 20 people attended all the sessions I checked ou
There is an interesting media conference this Saturday, May 21, in Bellingham, that is oriented towards independent and grassroots efforts. This includes blogs, public TV and radio, small newspapers,
Well, when my sainted aunt writes asking if I’m feeling OK because nothing has been posted here, then it is time to pay attention to this blog. With over 300 people a day checking for posts, I could b
With the Bush government in high celebration of the Iraqi election, and all the TV news reporting from the Green Zone that all is going great - even though they only know what the US Army tells them -
Reading foreign news websites is a most enlightening process. We learn things and read perspectives not found in our controlled US media. Not that other media are not controlled to some extent also, b
When Al-Jazeera first went with an English version last year, they were boomed off line in the US by several never-revealed Internet companies using illegal electronic processes. The common assumption
An energetic reporter set it up - and made sure it would happen. Edward Lee Pitts, embedded with a unit going north to Iraq, saw the troops working with unarmored vehicles and saw an opportunity to ge
Israel is restarting the terrorist violence. Since Arafat died a month ago, there have been no serious Palestinian attacks - and all the world has been watching the Palestinian leaders try to organize
Well, Americans like the Bush vision and values. He is elected by a majority of the people and electors. And he has a Senate and House of Representatives that are able to carry through his programs.<b
Jon Stewart - host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central - was guest on CNN Crossfire on Friday. They thought he would be funny as well as plug his book America (The Book) A Citizen’s Guide to Democr
FoxNews.com posted fabricated Kerry quotes today - and was caught. Of course it was a “mistake” - but it had already done some harm. The reporter, Carl Cameron, is their reporter covering Kerry and he
by any political junkie from Whatcom County. Larry just barely lost to Suzanne Sinclair for Republican challenger to Rick Larsen for US Congress. You can download it from the link below, or you can go
has just opened their new website. It is refreshingly easy to read and well organized It is now listed in the right-side column. They are providing a schedule of all local events. As we stare into the
How did Bush get in the National Guard and avoid Vietnam?
Let the truth prevail. What is wrong with the Swift Boat ads that trash Kerry’s Vietnam record? Is it because they are 527 ads? No. Is
Make it disappear. Never happened. The 205th Military Brigade - the outfit running the Abu Ghraib prison - has deleted the links to pages with photos of their officers and staff goofing off in Iraq. G
The Mercury Study by the U.S. Geological Survey has been released. It is available as a PDF file.
Seems most of my conservative friends are avoiding it. But they tell me what they think of Michael Moore and they are not nice comments. They should see the movie first.
Very good documentary. The Democrats do not get off clean. The Democrats are well documented in the movie going along with Bush’s absurd war against Iraq. They are shown as mindless suits without a bi
No showing of Fahrenheit 9/11 in Bellingham this past week. Why not? Because Regal Cinema booked the rights to show it but waited to see if it was well attended. Regal controls all three movie
The initiative is ‘remove motor boats’, not ‘remove boats’ from Lake Whatcom. Our Chamber of Commerce just lies in print to achieve their goal of defeating the initiative.
ABC News has an exclusive interview with a sergeant in the 302 MI Battalion, a unit of Col Pappas 205 MI Brigade. See NwCit report below of May 4 - two weeks ago. The sergeant says there was and is a
This statement was posted on the DOD website on Saturday - and I took a computer photo of it on Sunday - to catch them if they changed it. Well, they went back and doctored it - improved it - without
Questions not being asked by the press about the abuses. At least I’ve not run across them in news reports. The reports have not gone into any more detail in three days. We see a few more photos but n
Colonel Thomas Pappas continues in command of the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade - according to today’s Baltimore Sun. He is the bastard who has the most to answer for in this whole abuse mess. A
Colonel Thomas Pappas. Why have the news media not told you about this guy? They have told us a lot about General Janis Karpinski, the commander of the military police who operated the Abu Ghraib pris
The following is from an email I received from Takhoman, the Internet news in Tacoma who first broke the story of their police chief Brame when the regular media would not touch it. Takhoman is reliab
If you want to know what is happening in Iraq then you have to read the foreign press and independent websites. The major American news media are not present where the action is and are simply sanitiz
To watch CNN today is to ask “what mass killing of Iraqis in a mosque”. Same on FoxNews. Not mentioned directly and you have to look elsewhere for details. Much talk about ‘test of wills’ and US milit
Before Wednesday, Gov. Locke will act on SB6453, the primary election bill. There has been no news on his deliberations these past two weeks. All legislators are very quiet. No press releases by the p
Today’s Bham Herald editorial is well meaning but hopelessly ignorant of the process in Olympia. Naive may be a better word to describe their editorial board. Gee, goes the editorial - the legislature
Will Gov Locke veto the ‘Top 2’ primary process and allow the Montana process to become law? Probably, but not necessarily. He may sign the entire bill - getting himself off the hook with voters - and
Dean link is moved down as his website will continue to push for change in this country. Kucinich link is at top as he needs to be heard and paid attention to. Kerry - not a great candidate and not a
Know how to stop Western Washington University from repeatedly trying to destroy the neighborhoods around it? By limiting its potential size and by starting a new university in Everett or Port Angeles
CBS said ad too controversial for Americans
Super Bowl is nice family occasion
FCC refused to speak out or monitor CBS
Ad with horse farting in woman’s face is OK
Ad with dog biting man on