Riley here. Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of attending the Tea Party forum and it was a doozy.
Video, accusations of corruptions, and Vincent Buys singing. How could things go wrong?
Riley here. Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of attending the Tea Party forum and it was a doozy.
Video, accusations of corruptions, and Vincent Buys singing. How could things go wrong?
Citizen Journalist • Member since Aug 10, 2009
Riley Sweeney, raised in the Pacific Northwest, moved to Bellingham during the Bush years, worked on a cross-section of political campaigns during the Obama years, and then fled to the [...]
Neither innocence nor guilt will add much to our understanding of the deaths of these two men.7 comments, most recent 1 week ago
Authors find that their method produces estimates of unconfirmed cases consistent with an announcement by the CDC that there are ten times more cases than reported.
With his modelling skills David Swanson continues to keep us apprised of the COVID-19 spread in Whatcom County and its likely trajectory.5 comments, most recent 5 months ago
What to expect with COVID hospitalizations in Whatcom County and a preview of the hospitalization situation in other counties in Washington.13 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Updated: Immediate action needed to avoid overwhelming peak of COVID-19 cases by April 25th in Whatcom County12 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Alex Ramel was chosen today by votes of three county councils to a vacated seat on the state Legislature.
MADA (Make America Dinner Again) Invites You to Dinner… Across the Aisle
Sage Jones responds to Dick Conoboy’s article on Chanan Suarez who is a candidate for Bellingham City Council. Suarez is running for the 5th Ward seat against Lisa Anderson.1 comment, most recent 10 months ago
Electoral Perspective from a long-time neighborhood advocate8 comments, most recent 10 months ago
Donations tell a far different story. Grass roots/local support is weak.
Today marks 50 years since I returned home to the U.S., from Vietnam.4 comments, most recent 11 months ago
An unexpected resignation by one of the top administrators in Bellingham city government
Unprincipled Whatcom County State Senator Doug Ericksen is urged to resign. Britt and Riordan first broke the news of his Cambodia hijinks on NW Citizen.8 comments, most recent 1 year ago
We need immediate action to save the canaries in our coal mine, the Southern Resident Orca and Salmon. Take down obsolete salmon-blocking dams before it’s too late.7 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Rud Browne’s antics during the selection of Liz Lovelett for state Senator was only the latest weird act during his first year of his second term on the Whatcom County Council.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Myopic leadership in the NFL is the problem.
The goal of this article is to highlight a few amazing scientific discoveries in the hopes that it will motivate us to create an economy based on science instead of war.3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Jim Peterson knows what it’s like to be homeless. He’s grateful to be on the other side now. But he won’t rest until every homeless person in our community is housed.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Perception Clashes with Reality on the Prime Minister’s Latest Gambol to India6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The road gets rocky for the selfie-obsessed prime minister10 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
Based on available evidence, it looks like Ericksen was using his surplus campaign account to help cover travel expenses incurred in connection with his involvement in the Trump regime.2 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Social Media exchanges among politically polarized groups often deteriorate into personal attacks, smear campaigns and verbal abuse.9 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Our North Carolina literary correspondent provides us with perspectives on our contemporary world from the pages of literature.1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
Former Whatcom County Councilmember Kershner asserts that Satpal Sidhu is unfit for public office.15 comments, most recent 3 years ago
We need to pay more attention to the wage side of housing affordability.1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
A continuation of the conversation about neighborhood character and infill proposals.19 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Rental inspections have been taking place in Happy Valley. Results similar to York and Sehome Neighborhoods
84% of the respondents to the 2017 Bellingham Residential Survey are homeowners. What?2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Ken Imus died at age 90 this past week. He envisioned the historic Fairhaven village 45 years ago and pursued saving the historic buildings.
Bob Keller has died this Sunday evening. Professor at Fairhaven College, key participant in many environmental and community efforts, he deserves our recognition.2 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Satpal Sidhu will run for the new Foothills District of Whatcom County this November in his re-election effort to the Whatcom County Council.
Stephanie Kountouros, talk show host on local community radio station KMRE, will receive the 2016 Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism Award.
Over at the Latte Republic, Elisabeth Britt examines State Senator Doug Ericksen’s attendance in Olympia and compares that to state laws.
First they came for the Muslims and I did not speak out…1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
Michael Riordan guest writes about state senators Doug Ericksen and Don Benton being appointed by President Trump to bring his changes to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.5 comments, most recent 3 years ago
How much have we ceded our rights in the workplace? David Ellerman tells us…a lot!9 comments, most recent 3 years ago
A brief essay, an homage, to people of the country. Country People.2 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Ken Mann has an election hangover.
A dire prediction of the Trump presidency, one that hopefully will not come true. But if he does as he promised, as history suggests, then he may repeat history.
The National Football League has an image problem: drugs, violence against women, and an epidemic of permanent brain damage among its players leap to mind. Just when it looked like [...]
“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. [...]
Over 2,000 volunteers have just built a new playground in six days. We do a photo story.1 comment, most recent 4 years ago
This veteran, Chris Brown, deserves our deep thanks for his achievement with Growing Veterans as Executive Director, a post that he has left. He will continue as President of the non-profit, helping veterans with combat trauma.3 comments, most recent 4 years ago
The Coast Guard has levied $30,000 in fines on two Bellingham climate activists. They will fight to have the fines dropped.16 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Harriet Spanel was many years our representative in the state legislature and served Whatcom County and Bellingham very well.4 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Talib Kweli played the Wild Buffalo a couple evenings ago and Ralph Schwartz was there. He writes a very personal take on the evening.2 comments, most recent 4 years ago
What the campaign styles of local politicians Pete Kremen and Carl Weimer tell us about presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders4 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Christopher Brown guest writes how traditional communal warrior reintegration practices could help our returning combat veterans.
Lois Garlick has died. For many decades, she and George served as environmental stewards and leaders in preserving wildlife and nature.2 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Add your thoughts and remembrances. Robyn du Pre` was a stalwart and true environmental advocate for Bellingham and Whatcom County. She died this week.9 comments, most recent 5 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
Updated Nov 12. Howard Harris, the founder of the Bellingham silent peace vigil at the Federal Building in Bellingham, has died. He and Rosemary were leaders in our local peace movement.
Ferndale’s most famous landmark is frequently commented on and is often in the news. Here is their side of the story.4 comments, most recent 6 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 6 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 6 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
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
Paul deArmond is remembered by his sister Claire. He was a Republican-at-Large.2 comments, most recent 7 years ago
The Gristle in today’s Cascadia Weekly is devoted to a tribute to Paul de Armond. Tim Johnson gets it right.
Well known political writer has died.5 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Riley Sweeney has posted a great video clip of Sen. Doug Ericksen flouting rules and legal procedures at a Senate hearing in Olympia.
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
Hoss Unplugged, November 30 will Honk the York Neighborhood’s Tonk
Riley patiently explains to the Whatcom Excavator what a flowchart should look like
Riley gathers quotes, video footage and pictures from the recent tea party forum1 comment, most recent 8 years ago
Latest from the Political Junkie on a variety of subjects7 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Riley interviews Clayton Petree about his view of Downtown Bellingham6 comments, most recent 9 years ago
It says it all in the title3 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Bill Servais died suddenly. A short testimony by his brother.17 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Riley Sweeney briefly discusses faith3 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Riley Sweeney and his brother, Devlin, take a look at the 2012 Republican Candidates
Riley Sweeney examines facts vs beliefs and comprehensive sex education4 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Riley Sweeney makes the case for investing and supporting local campaign managers4 comments, most recent 9 years ago
John Powers died yesterday. Ted expresses his remembrance.
Riley Sweeney discusses the discomfort of religious and cultural differences among friends1 comment, most recent 10 years ago
The Creation of The Whatcom Museum and the Restoration of Bellingham’s 1892 City Hall1 comment, most recent 10 years ago
Local elder, Nita Clothier, talks with Kamalla Rose Kaur about growing up in a logging camp
Local concert celebrates Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday–and the efforts of one man to see him awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.2 comments, most recent 10 years ago
Holiday Album 2009 - mixing conversations and prose, Charles Dickens quotes, with history provided by the National Museum of Women’s History.
1. “I will honour Christmas in my heart,
What a difficult time to be the (new to this region) president of Western Washington University. In his autumn address to faculty and staff, Bruce Shepard laments, “While we came through the ye
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
Dr. Linda Allen takes the long way home to Bellingham once again as she tours the nooks and crannies of Washington State in 2010 with a multi-media presentation called “Here’s to the Women!” I
The people behind Bellingham’s colorful history matter - just like it matters that Pierre Charles L’Enfant designed Washington DC and that Thomas Jefferson created the University of Virginia. Visit th4 comments, most recent 11 years ago
Our friend had found two acres at the foot of Sehome Hill, one a little fir-clad knoll, the other a level acre of meadow and garden.7 comments, most recent 10 years ago
This article was originally posted on September 7, 2008, shortly after John McCain announced he had chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. The negative responses emanating
Interim Editor’s Note: Hi. John Servais, the esteemed publisher, will be back from vacation soon and I had very little to do while appointed interim editor of Northwest Citizen in his absence9 comments, most recent 11 years ago
A few days ago, our community lost two young people to a tragic accident. A boating accident in Bellingham Bay. Yet we know almost nothing about them and the facts surrounding this accident.3 comments, most recent 11 years ago
“At present, we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it gross domestic product.” So says renowned entrepreneur and visionary Paul Hawken at his May 3rd commenc1 comment, most recent 11 years ago
I really pity Horizon Bank’s CEO Rich Jacobson. His predecessor, Laury Evans, sure left him a bad hand to play. Not only is Mr. Jacobson faced with the same loan portfolio problems plaguing mo2 comments, most recent 11 years ago
When Mayor Pike ran for office, he convinced me and thousands of others that he was truly concerned about the issues that impact those who call Bellingham home. In particular, I believed he would do12 comments, most recent 11 years ago
Editor note. Barney died Thursday, Dec 25. He strongly deserves tribute for his public service. Bob Aegerter provides a brief look at his life. Bob was the architect for WWU and worked with Barney1 comment, 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
In April, 1908, the farmers just northeast of Bellingham - along and north of the current Mt. Baker Highway - organized their own Grange. The highway was not there then, but that is the area. The Gr
Something about Bellingham’s poverty brings out the worst, even in the best of us.
The Kulshan Land Trust ushered it’s presence into Happy Valley with the development
Below is a link to an opinion piece in today’s Los Angeles Times. It is written by a liberal - obviously a Democrat - and one who has supported the Clintons all these years. I also have supported th1 comment, most recent 12 years ago
Juan Cole continues to provide a knowledgeable look at Bhutto’s killing and the Pakistan situation. His column today explains how the government is being discredited regarding their claims of how she
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
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
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
Western Washington University administrators - starting with President Karen Morse - have been abusing their power for years. Below is an example. This article first appeared in slightly different for
Do we Americans believe in human rights? Do we believe that “all” are equal and have rights as our Declaration of Independence says we believe - or only citizens of the United States? Wednesday this w
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
Dan Pike gave a great short speech to a packed city council chamber after he was sworn in as our mayor. It is posted on the City of Bellingham website as a pdf file.
Dan said he has five tasks
This from Lois Garlick
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
And thank you. Your support in my campaign for County Executive was tremendous. I had no comprehension
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
Who is Royce Buckingham - and why does he think he needs to prevent democratic processes from taking place? This guy - a lawyer in the Prosecuting Attorney’s office - is one of three members of the Ca
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
V - Stan Snapp - Don’t ask me why Servais hasn’t endorsed Stan Snapp. Here’s a guy that has worked his way up and tirelessly served his community, who has broad popular support and plent
Seth Fleetwood has endorsed Dan Pike for Mayor of Bellingham. We have all been wondering if and who Seth would endorse. He also ran for mayor and had a strong showing in the August primary. Today he a
Podcasts of last night’s forum will be posted online by KGMI about noon tomorrow. I will post links here when they go up. Meanwhile, you might check Sam Taylor’s posted as it happened blog of the foru
For what they are worth, or not worth, today I am posting my preferences or endorsements for candidates. I describe myself as a progressive and those who know me consider me very liberal and a tree hu
Lois Garlick has a 4-minute video on YouTube that is worth every voter watching. Please spread the word. I am strongly backing Lois for Whatcom County Executive. Many say she is too old. Well, Pete Kr
John Watts has posted a good response on his HamsterTalk to Mitch Friedman’s guest opinion piece in yesterday’s Whatcom Independent. Since Mitch had a kind word for John in the piece, it is nice to se
Full firehouse for the candidate forum this evening in Fairhaven. Some candidates are starting to ask trap-and-poison questions while some others are showing a fine respect for each other. Terry Borne
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
Let us be glad our Whatcom County Sheriff, Bill Elfo, is a fellow who has common sense and is not afraid to think. When I was publisher of the Whatcom Independent I got to know him a bit. We have a go
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
Tom Pratum has a letter in the current issue of the Cascadia Weekly on page 4 that pretty much demolishes the ‘facts’ in Dan McShane’s letter of last week. No letter of correction from McShane. Pratum
Rather than answer several emails individually, this post will clarify a couple things. First, why is yesterday’s post by John Watts that I praised any different from his late July post that I critici
The letter by Dan McShane in the current issue of the Weekly has a few errors in it regarding how Dan voted and such. He wrote the letter to defend his actions on the county council regarding Sudden V
A sunny Sunday and an interesting time listening to a local politician show how to get on both sides of every issue and not ever be accountable for his own actions.
Terry Bornemann spent an hou
A morning comment or two on the election and then time to enjoy the long weekend. No pretension to any real insights. Just a bit on what most of us are noticing and reliable insiders - political junki
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
New city of Bellingham website? (link disabled Mon morn) Sure looks like it. Check it out. I wouldn’t want to lie.
– Late Sun night. Does the city read this site? Bet your bibby they do. The n
He offered to fax the two-page job description of the PR guy to me. I told him I had no fax but if he could leave a copy with his receptionist then I could stop by later in the day and get it. He said
Lois is a single person, with much experience and ability, who has chosen to run against the powerful and entrenched and secretive county executive, Pete Kremen. She decided on her own to file and cha
Lois Garlick has her campaign kick-off reception this Wednesday afternoon at the Roeder Home. All are invited. All, including other candidates, supporters, political insiders - whether you intend to c
Politically savvy folks from the left, center and right are endorsing Dan Pike for mayor. Imagine the Bellingham Herald, Tim Johnson of the Cascadia Weekly and myself of NwCitizen all agreeing on Pike
The Whatcom Independent forum last night was a success - a very enjoyable and meaningful event for all - candidates, live audience and radio listeners. For the first and probably only time, all seven
An apology from John Watts for the political smear he posted on his new blog. However, in his apology, he spends a sentence trying to make his smear stick - and fails as he gets his one fact wrong. He
Don Keenan has responded. He sent an excerpt from an email he sent early in July to those supporting his candidacy, including John Watts.
Some thoughts after the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum last night at the Municipal Court building at Girard and C Street. 7 to 8 pm, all 11 city council candidates. 8 to 9 pm, the 5 to 7 mayo
Forums. On Wednesday evening, the forum will - gasp - have all city candidates speak and answer questions. But not the County primary candidates. What a loss. This will make for a very long and over-s
Tried phoning the White House to weigh in with my comment that Bush shows no respect for the rule of law by commuting Libby’s sentence. After a minute of ringing and no answer, I hung up. Sent an emai
In a nutshell; “Keep me out of jail or I talk.” So they paid the price. The fall guy is Libby. The criminals - for releasing the name of a CIA undercover agent - are Bush and Cheney. All Libby did was
We notice Rick Larsen is one of the members of Congress who refuse to release their earmark requests for the Federal Budget. Earmarks, pork or legislatively directed spending requests - he will not ev
Our Whatcom County Council this evening discussed taking long-range planning back from the Executive and putting it under the control of the Council. Barb Brenner and Carl Weimer brought the question
Smoking guns are fun to find. The Bush mob has been caught holding one. The White House claims Karl Rove and Bush did not direct the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fire U.S. Attorneys and replace the
Armed Service veterans are twice as likely to commit suicide as civilians. Just another intangible cost of the insane war in Iraq. (It applies to all male vets from all our recent wars.) Counting just
Last-hour filings for political office on Friday afternoon are always fun to observe. Today, four candidates came in to file between 4:06 and 4:26 pm - with the cutoff time of 4:30. No commercial new
Evan will complete his week-long vigil at the old Federal Building in downtown Bellingham tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm - during the normal weekly peace vigil. During his week there, he has brought many
Check the website about his vigil. He is demonstrating while wearing his Army uniform - and he has every constitutional right to do so. But I predict the military will try and intimidate him. More and
Rick Larsen voted for further war spending today - with no timelines. No surprise. He has been a war supporter all along. Let’s start now to find a true Democratic candidate or Independent or anti-war
Gene Knutson is pulling out of his bid for mayor of Bellingham. In an email notice, Gene said “It is with much sadness and a very heavy heart that I have to leave the Mayors race because of ongoing ba
Our invisible Congressman, Rick Larsen, has finally had his way with that pesky protester, Ellen Murphy. In order to ensure his privacy from prying constituents, Larsen had the local constabulary haul
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? email@example.com Yes, we will b
Note on below article:
Below is a report on some shenanigans by Whatcom County employees and our Whatcom County Court system. On Wednesday, I went to the courthouse to attend a 2 pm hearing for a r
This from Juan Cole - on Tuesday. Lest we forget the trauma we are foisting on the world.
blockquote>21 Shiites from McCain’s Market Killed
3 US Troops Killed Massive Truck Bomb at Kirkuk<b
At the Ellen Murphy hearing yesterday virtually nothing happened and it lasted about a minute. Ellen’s attorney, Joe Pemberton, told judge Lev that in light of the changes in the charges by the city t
I’m informed that the court did allow the change of times on the arrest warrants at the Motion Hearing last Monday. This information was not in the court file I was given to look at. So it seems judg
Rick Larsen’s attitude towards those citizens who are against the war in Iraq is exposed. In the case against Ellen Murphy by US Rep. Rick Larsen and the city of Bellingham, here is a statement from t
The person on the Bench in Bellingham’s Municipal Court said today (Monday, Mar 26) that citizens have no right to be heard by our public officials, that participation in democracy is voting and no mo
The Bush administration’s calculated transformation of the US into a police state. The Washington Post prints a letter from one of the thousands in our midst who have lost some of their rights but can
So - what is going on at the Blue Canyon, down at the south end of Lake Whatcom? Who is Stephen Scott and who is Rita Foley and why have the responsible County departments allowed a creek to be clear
The Ellen Murphy trial took an unexpected turn today, (Thursday, March 15).
The House of Representatives legal council today filed a multi-page Motion to Quash the subpoena requiring Rep. Rick Larsen to appear in Bellingham Court on March 20.
Congressman Rick Larsen has (so far) successfully avoided the process server who is waiting to hand him a subpoena to appear in the trial of war protester Ellen Murphy of Bellingham.
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
Ellen Murphy’s court date has been changed. Her jury trial will be on Tuesday, March 20 ( not Feb 27 as posted below last week). It was changed - after being set by the Muni Court at the earlie
City of Bellingham prosecutor was forced to dismiss the October 20, 2006 trespassing charge against Ellen Murphy in Municipal Court today. Ellen will still stand trial on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 9 am bef
Today we have three corrections that apply to the Feb 6 post below. The corrections are important but do not change the thrust of the article - and indeed put even more of an accusation against Congre
Ellen Murphy has the courage to practice classic civil protest - to publicly bring her questions about the Iraq war to Rick Larsen, our US Congress Representative. And for daring to do that, it appear
OK, my Democratic Party friends. Deal with this - like Barney Frank would not. He shouted down a Senator who dared to reveal this on the Senate floor. The hypocrisy stinks. If this is the lily-pure 10
3,000 service persons killed in Iraq? Oh we are beyond that - up to 3,002 this morning - and could climb past 4,000 this year if we ‘stay the course’. More telling for me is we are approaching 50,000
Milton Friedman died at 94 years of age last week. Friedman was the maverick economist who implemented monetarist policies beginning with the administrations of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. As
Protesting and dissent is no longer supervised by the police. It is actively escalated to violence, punished and prosecuted. This snippet is about a fellow rotting in jail as the result of his journal
The war in Iraq is widely regarded to have been the “hot button” issue of the last election. I don’t buy it. Americans seem to like a good fight. After all, we get into a lot of them. The problem with
Bellingham’s new, old mayor, Tim Douglas, got off to a great running start at his new job by dealing quickly and firmly with an important issue that threatened to embarrass the City forever - the form
Nope. I didn’t make it up. It’s from the subtitle of a book by Steve Bhaerman, under the pen name Swami Beyondananda. I have to admire the guy. At least he can laugh about it. But Americans should do
My name is Tip Johnson. The usual editor of this publication has asked me to fill in for a bit while he is busy with other matters. Some of you have already written, following h
George Will is a respected conservative columnist - and I invite you to read his current column in Newsweek. It is two pages - not long - and please read to the last two-word sentence. You know George
Free Rick Larsen is a new website by anti-war activists in Bellingham. These are serious citizens whom Rick has dissed and ignored. One has even been banned from his office for the rest of her life. T
Did Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad shoot and wound Margot in Bellingham back in 2002? NwCitizen raised this question in October 2002 and Bellingham Police Chief Randy Carroll laughed at the su
State Supreme Court Justice - vote for Susan Owens. Keep her on the court. She has done a good job, respecting our rights and writing opinions supported by the other judges. Her opponent, Steph
These are listed in general order of the importance I think they deserve. As a senior citizen now, and with a lifetime of deep involvement in politics (not deep, but I even shook hands with JFK) I hav
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
As Republicans try to prove the Democrats sprung the Foley scandal as an ‘October Surprise’, it is fun to actually learn how it all started. Check out the website for CREW - Citizens for Responsibilit
Right wingnuts - Drudge, Gingrich and others - are saying the Democrats want Republican House leader Hastert to resign so as to enhance Democratic House candidates in the November election. You know,
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
So - it seems top Republican Congressmen also lie about having sex with interns - er, pages. I ask you - what is worse - exploiting a person over 21 - legally impossible - or a boy of 16? Seems the to
and what political gaming is being played to best position a candidate for the big election in the fall of 2007? I will be doing my best to sort this out for you over the next few weeks.
Bellingham Mayor Mark Asmundson submitted his resignation today, effective Nov 1. My my. He continues an old corrupt practice of Whatcom County - resigning a year before his last term is up - at elect
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
So Mel Gibson is a racist - and his denials of being anti-Jewish with his film “The Passion of Christ” are quite false. Many claim it provides a very anti-semitic slant - and now we know why. Mel spen
Diego Garcia is small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Today it is a major US military base - and has no other inhabitants. But 40 years ago it was not ours and had a couple thousand inhabita
from the polls this November. And let the Democrats take over Congress. My wishful thinking? Not at all. Rather the wish and hope of Richard Viguerie, one of the most prominent and influential conserv
The Army announced it will court marshal a Colonel Jordan for torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. His immediate boss, a Colonel Pappas will testify against him with immunity from prosec
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
Draft Dodger Dick Cheney wants to continue sending young Americans to death in Iraq. And being maimed - and being mentally unstable the rest of their lives. Dick didn’t want to go to Viet Nam to fight
2,000 US military persons have been killed on the battlefields of Iraq since the March 2003 bombing and invasion. What is more horrifying is over 15,000 have been wounded. And tens of th
“It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces – the institution of our government most capable of massive logistical opera
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
Very. How childish and petty? Very. How uncaring in supporting our soldiers? Very. How incompetent and wasting of lives and money while not paying attention to the basics of war? Very.
Apparently my name is on Larsen’s black list. He has replied to some others on his vote for the bankruptcy bill - but only, as he writes, because they support him. He explains that only 25 people emai