Todd Walton: Disappointment


Whilst discussing my hopes and expectations for the San Francisco Giants with Mark Scaramella, he suggested I try my hand at writing about disappointment. I just hope my attempt doesn’t disappoint him.

“Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy — the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.” Eric Hoffer

What is disappointment? The New Shorter Oxford Dictionary defines disappointment as: dejection or distress caused by the non-fulfillment of desire or expectation. Substitute the word suffering for distress and we land smack dab at the outset of Buddhist philosophy. The First Noble Truth (and I have yet to read a satisfactory explanation of why the Four Noble Truths are noble rather than big or unavoidable or groovy) is that life is suffering. I recently read an article in a Buddhist magazine suggesting that suffering might not be the most accurate translation of the Sanskrit word Buddha purportedly used. The article suggested that annoying might be a more accurate translation. And in some texts the First Noble Truth is stated as: Life is full of suffering (though not necessarily completely full, which would allow for the occasional pizza, chocolate bar, or delightful flirtation).

But seriously folks, the Second Noble Truth states that the cause (or origin) of suffering is attachment. If we can learn not to be attached to things and people and baseball teams winning the World Series, or even just to being alive, then our suffering will lessen and might even disappear entirely.

Every day is Halloween in the Empire: The Democratic/Republican Zombie Apocalypse

“When you say ‘It’s all good’ what you really mean is ‘I don’t care.'”

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Thanks to Gail Jonas

Because, at this time of the year, we take pleasure in being frightened, let’s shuffle through the US Empire’s House of Horrors. On our tour, we cringe before: Brain-eating zombies of exponential destruction; soul-sucking vampires of eternal self-justification; right-wing, talk show demons whose wrathful voices rage into empty air; road-rage werewolves; hungry ghosts shuffling the aisles of supermarkets, convenience stores, corporate restaurant franchises and the food courts of shopping malls; and, running on a continuous video loop, The Fat, Mindless Blob That Ate the Planet.

The US mass media is rife with imagery of vampires, werewolves, zombies and other symbols of suppressed rage, insatiable craving and submerged terror. These narratives, resonate with the warnings implicit in nightmares, reveal the culture’s tormented soul. By foisting imagery so arresting that it cannot be ignored, nightmares break through the ego’s wall of denial; their disturbing imagery can be read as a wakeup call from the psyche that augurs warning and insists upon change.

On a cultural level, a profusion of nightmare imagery warns: paradigm shift or perish. Accordingly, the hack-scripted B-movie of the current political system could be titled… Duopoly Of The Dead: The Democratic/ Republican Zombie Apocalypse. By their almost exclusive devotion to maintaining the status quo, these hulking, putrefying parties of the undead shamble through public life . . . risen from the mouldering grave

Dear Wendy, Please return my underwears…


[This is a response to Wendy Roberts asking a neighbor to return her campaign sign, then when asked to produce evidence he took it, denied that she had accused him of taking it… -DS]

Dear Wendy Roberts,

While it’s still fashionable to pick on you, I wanted to get in a few more driveling snivels. Because what you did is preposterous and offensive. Wendy Roberts, please return my underwears immediately, no questions asked. The ones with the frog pattern are mysteriously ill-fitting, and I want them returned. I don’t think it’s appropriate for you to sneak into my mansion between the hours of two and three in the morning two nights ago and not only purloin my favourite underwears, but also unfold all the other ones. I had them laid out in the specific orderly order that I like to wear throughout the week, and it’s very disturbing to me when that careful arrangement is disrupted.

I’m not accusing you of breaking into my mansion and stealing my private property; I’m just saying that it’s not appropriate for you to do that. Also, I’m having trouble finding my purple striped toe socks… well at least the left one. The right one I already lost in 1998, but also, I suppose it makes it harder to find such things when they are both completely fictional.

Speaking of works of fiction, I got this slick and greasy mailer from you in my PERSONAL PRIVATE mailbox. How did you even get my address? Will you stop stalking me?! Only friends are supposed to know my boxular coordinates, and usually my mail consists of missives scrawled on both sides of a balsa wood model airplane, or a letter written entirely in runic with a picture of an egg with an eye. Those sorts of things I treasure, but this… your pitiful attempt

Sorry, Wendy. Money can’t buy you love… (Updated)

Fifth District, Mendocino County

[Wendy Roberts’ last-minute mud hits the fan… -DS]

Trick or Treat this Halloween deteriorated into a bitter Trick pulled by one candidate, who in a sign of desperation dropped a “nasty, negative hit piece” on her opponent in the last week of the campaign because her Republican, paid, professional consultant told her she was behind in the polls.

Wendy Roberts threw everything but the kitchen sink at Dan Hamburg this week in expensive, slick mailers and half page print ads where Roberts’ wolf in sheep’s clothing costume was clearly revealed to voters, who now know how low she is willing to stoop.

In the 30 years I have lived in this county, I have never seen such a scurrilous, vindictive attack against a candidate and neighbor in our small community, who himself ran only positive campaign ads.

The real Treat will come, however, for Mendocino County citizens when Dan Hamburg, a well-respected leader in our community, who has worked for the betterment of the County for some 40 years, representing us both on the Board of Supervisors as well as in Congress, is elected Supervisor on Nov. 2.


Marylyn Motherbear Scott: Speak clearly. Vote for Dan Hamburg!

Fifth District Mendocino

Everyone wants to enjoy life. That’s one of the reasons we live in Mendocino County. Relatively, we are a small community, nonetheless noticed on a larger map. Why? Simply because we have spoken clearly with our voting voice. We have a strong model of being green, being organic, voting down GMO’s, building up Farmer’s Markets, and caring for our citizenry. We are in a lineage of old time ranchers and farmers, hippies nee neo-pioneers, artists, and small business entrepreneurs. Both the heritage and the promise — a creative individualism that runs deeply and proudly through our county’s esprit de corps and esprit de force.

When I look back to consider why I came here, it was the land pure and simple, the clean water, the clear air, the good earth, the Back to the Land Movement, the neo-pioneering lifestyle that was a part of it. Translation? Do It Yourself — grow your gardens, build your houses, teach your children well. A growing awareness. We are a treasured part of the Garden that is Mendocino County. Our part? We need political leaders who will keep us in good tilth, to help our gardens grow, to support independent means of survival, one that finds the means of support for a vibrant community, one that helps itself and has enough and some to share.

Changes are inevitable. The change we now face is more critical than ever before. In District Five, we have an opportunity to elect an experienced representative to the Supervisor’s Chambers, one who will work toward keeping our county healthy and independent, a reflection of its inhabitants. Dan Hamburg proved himself as a responsible and accessible Supervisor and Congressional representative. We need what Dan has to offer.

Michael Laybourn: Vote Yes on Prop 19


The AVA, UDJ, Dianne Feinstein and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce all agree: Vote no on Prop 19. The AVA voters guide says until pot is legalized at the federal level, state initiatives like this one merely add to the enforcement confusion already prevalent at the local level.

Uh, so what? We have to lead the way as usual. It is a start in the right direction.

The so called “large-scale interests positioning themselves to further dominate the marijuana business” will get taxed and controlled better. Legalization would be a step towards similar laws that beer or wine have, but controlled better than now.

“Some kind of basic regulation will always be necessary to protect people, especially young people, from themselves.” It is written in the law that you have to be 21 –  just like having a beer. And I might not need to be protected from myself.

It is true though. The feds continue a failed drug war, costing billions and not working. Legalization would be a beginning to fix this American problem. The real problem. Americans seem to resist learning from history. Prohibition does not work. It creates crime. A black market appears and criminals take advantage of it. Prices go up and the problems that we don’t like — cartels, water stealing, trashing the environment and violence occurs. The exact same thing happened with alcohol prohibition. Prohibition does not work.

“Since the founding of the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1973, 15 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana. That is more people than live in California’s 25 largest cities – millions more than live in Ohio, Pennsylvania or Illinois. The DEA has led an aggressive national law enforcement effort that results in a marijuana arrest every 38 seconds, propelling the U.S. to become

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Hamburg/Roberts Debate on KZYX 10/26/10 Now Available

The KZYX Norman de Vall hosted District 5 candidates show from 10/26 is online as MP3 files.  They’ve been rendered in approximately half hour segments. Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested in hearing a pretty freewheeling exchange between the 5th District Supervisor candidates, call in interrogators and show host Norman de Vall…