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Mendocino County Today: Friday, February 14, 2014

THE BOMB SCARE Wednesday at the venerable Broiler Steak House in Redwood Valley — lots of emergency services people striding around looking serious as hell but no bomb — reminded me of an excellent Brit television series from the last 1970s called Danger UXB. England was bombed daily for a year during World War Two. (We get hit once and commence a series of wars in the Middle East that our great grandchildren will be fighting, a series of wars that creates terrorists a lot faster than we can kill them.) Anyway, during the London Blitz, lots of bombs didn't detonate. The British army designated a special squad to defuse the things as the Germans steadily made the things more fiendishly complicated to disarm. The film, based on a book by one of the real squad leaders, is very well done right down to the technical details. Fascinating stuff.


HOUSE FIRES are never happy occasions, but the one Wednesday evening on Airport Road, Fort Bragg, spared the human occupants but killed two of their three dogs. A quick response by the Fort Bragg Fired Department spared the home from total extinction. Unbeknownst to the residents, the fire started about 7pm in a bedroom Wednesday evening, totally engulfing that part of the house. Fast action by the volunteers saved much of the building although it was heavily damaged by smoke and water.


ON-LINE COMMENT OF THE DAY: “Froot Loops, man. Froot Loops. There's your gateway drug. Think about it. Froot? Loops? They are all the same flavor! Leaves kids wanting more...MORE!!!”



It ought to be lovely to be old

to be full of the peace that comes of experience

and wrinkled ripe fulfilment.

The wrinkled smile of completeness that follows a life

lived undaunted and unsoured with accepted lies

they would ripen like apples, and be scented like pippins

in their old age.

Soothing, old people should be, like apples

when one is tired of love.

Fragrant like yellowing leaves, and dim with the soft

stillness and satisfaction of autumn.

And a girl should say:

It must be wonderful to live and grow old.

Look at my mother, how rich and still she is!

And a young man should think: By Jove

my father has faced all weathers, but it's been a life!

— David Herbert Lawrence



Former marine protected area science co-chair pleads guilty to embezzlement charge

by Dan Bacher

On June 6, 2012, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted regulations for alleged “marine protected areas” on the North Coast, completing a controversial network of MPAs in California’s open coastal waters from Mexico to the Oregon state line created under the privately funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative.

State officials and representatives of corporate “environmental” NGOs engaged in a flurry of boasting about these so-called “science-based” “Yosemites of the Sea” and “underwater parks.”

“This is a great day for California’s ocean and coastal resources,” gushed Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, a strong supporter of the MLPA Initiative, as well as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels. “As promised, we have completed the nation’s first statewide open coast system of marine protected areas, strengthening California’s ongoing commitment to conserve marine life for future generations.”

The news release from the Department of Fish and Wildlife touted the network of so-called “marine protected areas” created under the MLPA Initiative as “the first in the United States to be designed from the ground up as a science-based network, rather than a patchwork of independent protected areas without specific goals and objectives.”

Unfortunately, Laird, the Department and corporate “environmentalists” failed to mention the alarming fact that Del Norte District Attorney Jon Alexander on February 23, 2012 had arrested Ron LeValley, the Co-Chair of the MLPA Initiative “Science Advisory Team” for the North Coast that created the alleged “science- based” marine protected areas, on a $1 million warrant. The warrant accused him of burglary and embezzlement of Yurok Tribe money and conspiracy to commit a crime in collaboration with Roland Raymond, Yurok Tribe Forestry Chair.

The District Attorney later dropped the charges to allow federal authorities to pursue the charges against Raymond and LeValley. Then the U.S. Attorney on October 11, 2013 formally charged Ron LeValley of Little River, Mendocino County, with “conspiracy to commit embezzlement and theft from an Indian Tribal Organization” in a scheme with Roland Raymond, Yurok Tribe Forestry Director.

On February 11, this case moved one step closer to resolution when LeValley, of Mad River Biologists, pled guilty to a single federal charge of conspiring to embezzle nearly $1 million in federal funds from the Yurok Tribe.

Court documents reveal that LeValley conspired with Roland Raymond to embezzle the funds through a complex scheme of fake and inflated invoices and payments for spotted owl surveys that LeValley and his organization never performed.

Matt Mais, spokesman for the Yurok Tribe, the largest Indian Tribe in California, confirmed LeValley’s guilty plea in the scheme that proceeded between 2007 and 2010. The Tribe declined comment on the case at this time.

In January, a judge sentenced Raymond to serve 36 months in federal prison for his role in the embezzlement scheme. Raymond pleaded guilty to the single conspiracy charge.

LeValley is scheduled for sentencing on May 20, 2014. The terms of his plea agreement had not been made public as of the afternoon of February 11, according to the North Coast Journal. (http:// pleads-guilty-in-yurok-embezzlement-case)

For details on the complex embezzlement scheme, go to my article:

The link to the indictment is available at:

Yurok Tribe, fishermen outraged by embezzlement scam

The Yurok Tribe, fishing groups and grassroots environmentalists were outraged by the embezzlement scheme from the moment it was uncovered.

On February 14, 2012, the Yurok Tribal Council, in a letter to Tribal Members expressed “great disappointment and outrage” over “serious allegations of theft of Tribal resources” by two biologists and the former Yurok Forestry Department Director after the embezzlement was discovered. (

The letter informed Tribal members that, as part of the internal investigation, the Tribe would institute a series of measures including the hiring of a Controller and Auditor General; the hiring of an Accounting Fraud Examiner; and the implementation of an independent review of its fiscal and associated procedures.

“The Tribal Council understands the outrage that we all may feel as the victims of these alleged crimes,” said Thomas O’Rourke, Chairman of the Yurok Tribe, in the letter. “The Tribe will provide more information shortly and will continue to insure that these alleged crimes that are subject to the fullest prosecution under the law.”

Many North Coast residents believe the charges against LeValley call into question the legitimacy of the “science” used to close vast areas of the North Coast to fishing and gathering under the MLPA Initiative — while doing nothing to stop pollution, fracking, oil drilling, wind and wave energy projects, military testing and all human impacts on the ocean other than fishing and gathering.

“I would like to know how the state of California is going to revise the science advice LeValley provided for the North Coast MLPA Initiative process, based on him filing false documents,” said Jim Martin, West Coast Regional Director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA).

He suggested forming a “truth and reconciliation commission” to unravel “what really happened” in the MLPA Initiative.

MLPA Initiative science is 'incomplete and terminally flawed,' according to Tribes

The validity of the science employed by the MLPA Initiative Science Advisory Team under LeValley’s leadership becomes even more suspect when one considers that LeValley and the Team repeatedly and inexplicably refused to allow the Yurok Tribe to present their scientific studies regarding “marine protected areas.”

The Tribe exposed the questionable science of the MLPA Initiative in a statement on June 6, 2012 that questioned the “protection” provided in the so-called “marine protected areas, showing how two species, Pacific eulachon and mussels would be “summarily mismanaged.” (http://

“Under the MLPA each marine species is assigned a certain level of protection,” according to the Tribe. “Species like mussels are given a low level of protection, which in MLPA-speak, translates to more regulation.

“To date, there has been no scientific data submitted suggesting that mussels on the North Coast are in any sort of danger or are overharvested. In fact, it's just the opposite. The readily available quantitative survey data collected over decades by North Coast experts shows there is quite an abundance of mussels in this sparsely populated study region,” the Tribe continued.

“Fish like Pacific eulachon, also known as candle fish, are given a high level of protection, or in other words, their harvest is not limited by the proposed regulations. Eulachon are near extinction and listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act,” the Tribe stated.

“Both of these marine species are essential and critical to the cultural survival of northern California tribes,” said Thomas O'Rourke, Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “However, under the proposed regulations they would be summarily mismanaged. It's examples like these that compel our concerns.”

The Tribe said it attempted on numerous occasions to address the scientific inadequacies with the MLPA science developed under the Schwarzenegger administration by adding “more robust protocols” into the equation, but was denied every time.

For example, the MLPA Science Advisory Team Co-Chaired by LeValley in August 2010 turned down a request by the Tribe to make a presentation to the panel. Among other data, the Tribe was going to present data of test results from other marine reserves regarding mussels

The Northern California Tribal Chairman's Association, including the Chairs of the Elk Valley Rancheria, Hoopa Valley Tribe, Karuk Tribe, Smith River Rancheria, Trinidad Rancheria, and Yurok Tribe, documented in a letter how the science behind the MLPA Initiative developed by Schwarzenegger's Science Advisory Team is “incomplete and terminally flawed.” ( MLPA-Initiative-based-on-incomplete-and-terminally-flawed-science.php)

On the day of the historic direct action protest by a coalition of over 50 Tribes and their allies in Fort Bragg in July 2010, Frankie Joe Myers, Yurok Tribal member and Coastal Justice Coalition activist, exposed the refusal to incorporate Tribal science that underlies the “science” of the MLPA process.

“The whole process is inherently flawed by institutionalized racism,” said Myers. “It doesn't recognize Tribes as political entities, or Tribal biologists as legitimate scientists.” (http://

Wouldn't it have been prudent for the Natural Resources Agency and Department of Fish and Wildlife to have postponed the implementation of the alleged North Coast “marine protected areas” until this case had been resolved in the courts — and when the legitimacy of the “science” of the MLPA Initiative was already facing severe criticism from respected Tribal scientists?



Move Over Academy

by Ralph Nader

The annual Academy Awards Gala, viewed by one billion people worldwide, is scheduled for the evening of March 2, 2014. Motion pictures and the people who act in and produce them are center stage. Apart from the documentaries, this is a glittering evening of “make-believe” and “make business.”

Now suppose our country had another Academy Awards Gala for citizen heroes – those tiny numbers of Americans who are working successfully fulltime in nonprofit groups to advance access to justice, general operations of our faltering democratic society, and the health, safety, and economic well-being of all citizens. .

This must sound unexciting in comparison with the intensity of the world of film. Until you see what these unsung people do in your local communities, your state, and your country. Then let’s see if you think what my choice of civic heroes do every day isn’t exciting. They are selected because they work in groups associated either directly or indirectly with me over the course of several decades.

1. Clarence Ditlow, director of the Center for Auto Safety and an engineer and lawyer. Mr. Ditlow has forced the auto companies to recall millions of defective motor vehicles, has brought auto companies to justice on many occasions in courts of law, and puts out volumes of information to inform elected representatives and the public about the need for stronger federal regulation of the resisting auto industry.

2. Jamie Love, director of Knowledge Ecology International. As a mere high school graduate, he stunned specialists with the brilliance of his written analysis of energy subjects in Alaska. Mr. Love has been on the move all over the world challenging the tax-subsidized, highly profitable drug companies to stop gouging millions of patient-victims with “pay or die” marketing schemes. Big Pharma endured a rare defeat when Mr. Love convinced Ministers of Health and Dr. Yusuf Hamied, head of India’s CIPLA Pharmaceutical, in 2001 to break the $10,000 per patient per year drug treatment for AIDS and bring the cost down to $300 per year (

3. Dr. Michael Jacobson was a young PhD student in biochemistry at MIT when I interviewed him for a position with us. I told him we were looking for long-termers. He nodded. Nearly forty-five years later, Dr. Jacobson, having started the Center for Science in the Public Interest, has done more than anyone to document and brightly publicize enjoyable nutritional diets with less salt, sugar and fat. His Center knows how to communicate. Nutrition Action goes to 90,000 subscribers. He sends messages to your stomach in order to stimulate your mind.

4. Al Fritsch, another scientist PhD, joined us at the same time as did Michael Jacobson. He didn’t spend much time in Washington before he returned to his home region of Appalachia where he started the Appalachia Center for Science in the Public Interest. Applied science and technology, as if people mattered most, was his credo. He pioneered simple, old and new ways – for example, to preserve the land and forest, make the drinking water safe, and grow more food – that he conveyed to local people of all ages who then became community scientists innovating themselves.

5. Lois Gibbs started as a mother and housewife until she saw what the chemicals seeping through the ground of their middle-income housing project in Niagara Falls were doing to residents, especially children. She then became unstoppable, moving from protesting for a cleanup to starting theCenter for Health, Environment and Justice in 1981 with chapters and activists all over the country taking on and often winning the battle against the silent violence of reckless industries.

6. Dr. Sidney Wolfe founded with me the Health Research Group of Public Citizen. Do you want to see what a small group of half a dozen people can accomplish in getting rid of hundreds of prescription and over the counter drugs “that don’t work?” Or do you want to learn how Dr. Wolfe has kept the Food and Drug Administration’s feet to the fire and held many doctors accountable to professional standards? Or how about investigating scores of harmful conditions bred by the avarice or incompetence of the medical/hospital/drug industry complex (

7. Joan Claybrook, went from heading our immense Congress project, that issued magazine-sized profiles of every member of Congress going for re-election in 1972, to running the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for President Jimmy Carter, and then to the presidency of Public Citizen for nearly thirty years without missing a beat. The auto companies called her “the Dragon Lady.” A fixture on Capitol Hill, she roared down the corridors on behalf of safety protections for millions of Americans.

8. Karen Ferguson started, a few years out of Harvard Law School, with my help the Pension Rights Center (PRC) in 1976. Karen and her staff dedicated themselves completely to being a watchdog of Congress, the Department of Labor, and a myriad of corporations, proposing legislative and regulatory changes and responding to the growing crisis of declining or looted traditional pensions for millions of workers. One of the biggest economic injustices in our economy is the loss or shredding of defined benefit pensions which either aren’t being replaced or are replaced by exploitable 401(k)s. Trillions of dollars and millions of families are affected – luckily, the PRC and Ms. Ferguson are there year in and year out.

9. Robert Fellmeth in 1970 brought hundreds of eager law students from Harvard and other law schools to work with us. In a short time he authored or co-authored three large books, then went to California to become a prosecutor, then combined a career as law professor, litigator and leading public advocate for children through his Children’s Advocacy Institute. No one can ever outwork or out-produce Fellmeth. His example has prompted his associates to coin the word “Fellmethian.” His emphasis on children – protection, legislation, lawsuits, exposes, and a unique annual California Children’s Budget only provide a glimmer of this creative civic giant’s prodigious successes.

10. Robert Vaughn, when in his mid-twenties, chose our project on the federal civil servants. His work became a book titled The Spoiled System (1975). Over forty years later he teaches at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., is an expert on civil servant law and is the world’s leading authority on whistle-blowing in dozens of countries (see The Successes and Failures of Whistleblower Laws, Edward Elgar, 2012). He has inspired hundreds of law students in treating law as justice and practicing along that pathway.

11. John Richard, has worked with us since 1979 becoming a peerless networker and adviser for citizen groups, their leaders and staff on all kinds of subjects. In his thirty-five years, he has participated in more gatherings and action meetings on more topics than anyone. This has nourished the wisdom of his assistance to scores of civic advocates who seek his help. Mr. Richard avoids taking any credit but his daily low-key pushing forward of the train of justice speaks for itself.

These people of significance, and many more stalwarts who labor in the vineyards of a better life for all Americans, receive far less public attention than cartoon characters, misbehaving entertainers and athletes, and carousing politicians.

The more difficult, despairing, and overburdened are the livelihoods of millions of hard-pressed Americans, the more they spend time becoming spectators of mass entertainment and sports as a distraction and relief from their painful and desperate situations.

A drama-filled activist award night for civic courage and creativity will inspire millions of viewers to try their hand at operating the levers of power for the good of our society. And what is more dramatic than real life struggles and successes for justice against the bullies, the greedhounds and the authoritarians who presently make up the few who rule the many?

Dare it be said that the more people immerse themselves in learning about these heroics, the more compelling will be their civic interest and passion. Certainly there is more meaning to their daily lives than watching “make-believe” or someone putting a ball in a hoop or into the ground.

Where is the enlightened billionaire who can launch such a televised national activist awards evening for the greatest work of humans on Earth – which is advancing justice?

(Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer and author of Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us! He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, published by AK Press. Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition.)



‘Sparkle, Shirley!’

by Clancy Sigal

It’s said that Shirley Temple is responsible for one of Graham Greene’s least good but most Catholic novels, The Power & The Glory. In the late 1930s an impoverished Greene, scrounging for rent money, became the film critic of a small London-based cineaste magazine Night and Day. He was a pretty good reviewer. He was also brave and careless with language in an England where even today it’s almost impossible for a defendant in a libel action to win. (Which is why the Catholic writer Evelyn Waugh’s son Auberon called the English libel law a “crooks’ charter” where accusers don’t even pay tax on their winnings.)

Poor Graham went to see Shirley Temple in Wee Winnie Winkle and wrote a review with his cock not his brain. “Miss Shirley Temple’s …infancy is her disguise, her appeal is more secret and more adult… In Captain January she wore trousers with the mature suggestiveness of a Dietrich: her neat and well-developed rump twisted in the tap-dance: her eyes had a sidelong searching coquetry. Now in Wee Willie Winkie, wearing short kilts, she is completely totsy. Watch…the way she measures a man with agile studio eyes, with dimpled depravity….” Oh yes, dimpled depravity.

Actually, it’s a great review pointing to the fetishization of little girls to feed the lascivious appetites of “middleaged men and clergymen” drooling over this “fancy little piece”. Considering what today’s music videos, fashion industry, TV and movies do to prepubescent girl children, you might see Greene’s review as prophetic.

That’s not how the Lord Chief Justice saw it in the inevitable libel trial when 20th Century Fox and Shirley’s folks sued Greene and Night and Day. Of course he lost, liable for damages, and the Little Cinema Magazine That Could promptly folded. Fleeing the scandal and unable to fork over, Greene embarked on his lifelong habit of world travels, ending in Mexico which gave him the raw material for a novel about a whiskey priest who acquires holiness under torture by a socialist Mexican policeman. Greene, himself highly (and flagrantly) sexualized and a leftwing only-half-believing Catholic, would never again write so badly, but you can’t blame Shirley for that.

As a movie addicted balcony-bug kid I joined my gang when we ran to the toilets every time a Shirley Temple movie showed on the screen. Yuk, how embarrassing. Even then I suspect that we pre-adolescents somehow sensed not was all kosher with how the studio smacked its lips over darling little Shirley.

A pity, because now that I have a chance to see her films again on Turner Classics I can appreciate what a superb tap dancer she was, wiggling her fanny and all; and how overpowering was her infectious good cheer at a time when, God knows, our folks needed it.

Somehow, unlike other child stars, she survived her parents, a racist-sexist studio system and the pressure of being “America’s Darling” to become a remarkable, dignified grownup, mature and level-headed, commonsensical and courageous in medical adversity. Yes she was also a hawkish Republican married for 55 years to the same ultra-Republican guy. She went into public life with subdued panache and seriousness of purpose, and was a terrific ambassador in Ghana, whose revolutionary leaders at first rejected her, and to Vaclev Havel’s Czech velvet revolution where she played it cool and constructively.

Her domineering and money-grubbing mother used to command on the movie set, “Sparkle, Shirley!” And she sparkled all the way through to her very last days.

(Clancy Sigal is a screenwriter and novelist. His latest book is Hemingway Lives.)



How Long Does this Stupid, Insane Situation Go On?

Warmest spiritual greetings, I just posted a simple message on the Washington D.C. Independent Media Center newswire, saying that Jamie “Bork” Loughner and I (Craig Louis Stehr), are available to come to Washington D.C. and participate on the frontlines of dissent, in terms of peace & justice/radical environmentalism. I stated in my posting that only the enemy would not appreciate both of us being there, and I asked that my brief message remain on the newswire, for networking sake. I stated in my posting that I understand that there are some very confused people in Washington D.C. who do not want me to post messages of this type on the DC IMC; however, the alternative of doing nothing is ridiculous. My posting of this afternoon on the DC IMC was almost immediately removed. So I ask you, how long does this stupid, insane situation go on? I am ready to leave New Orleans and go to Washington D.C. Bork is also interested in going to D.C., but will need extensive support due to her very difficult medical condition. I am seeking money for my basic travel needs, and beyond that I am seeking indoor accomodations in Washington D.C. What else, right? Once more I ask you, how long does this stupid, insane situation go on? Please reply in a manner that suggests that you are not a postmodern American consumer automaton; that way I will know that I am not receiving messages from the enemy. P.S. Please go ahead and forward this email message out to your entire mailing list. I want you to do it...I really want you to do it!! And by the way, the spiritual absolute reality thanks you. Not sure? Ask her! ;-) Craig Louis Stehr Telephone messages: (504) 302-9951 Email: Snail mail: c/o Jamie “Bork” Loughner 333 Socrates Street, New Orleans, LA 70114 Blog:



Family Fun event engages with world of plants

by Roberta Werdinger

The Grace Hudson Museum's next Family Fun at the Museum event, “The World of Plants,” will take place on Saturday, February 22 at 1 pm, with a full afternoon devoted to transforming natural materials into mythical creations. Participants will be invited to craft their very own fairy houses out of simple natural materials. They will also be able to create natural decorative sculpture using clay along with native plants. Original, expressive art pieces are sure to result. Finally, they will be edified and entertained by local storyteller Hari Meyers, whose tales include recitations of classical myths.

This might be the perfect time to visit the Museum's current exhibit, “Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy.” This collection of digitally enhanced high-resolution images of the plant specimens Muir collected on his extended travels is the perfect inspiration for those who aspire to engage with the world of plants.

Enrollment in the workshop is free with Museum admission and includes all materials. Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register call the Museum at 467-2836. The Family Fun at the Museum program is made possible with a grant from the Rotary Foundation.

The Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House is at 431 S. Main St. in Ukiah. The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm and from 12 to 4:30 pm on Sunday. General admission is $4, $10 per family, $3 for students and seniors, and free to members or on the first Friday of the month. For more information please go to



Transient Under Stairwell — Caller in the 700 block of South State Street reported at 5:53 a.m. Monday that a transient was sleeping under the stairwell. An officer responded and the person left upon request.

Fight — Caller at Ukiah High School reported at 7:59 a.m. Monday that students were fighting. An officer responded, cited the students and released them to their parents.

Threats — Caller in the 500 block of South Orchard Avenue reported at 9:23 a.m. Monday that a transient threatened him while being asked to leave. An officer responded and advised the man about his behavior and camping in the city. Your behavior, sir, is offensive, and you can't sleep in this lady's front yard.

Rats From Neighbor's House — Caller in the 300 block of North Main Street asked to speak to an officer at 9:57 a.m. Monday about rats from his neighbor's getting into his house. And stop them rat now, officer.

Graffiti — Caller in the 1200 block of Elm Street reported at 10:22 a.m. Monday finding graffiti “all over Vinewood Park.” An officer responded and took a report.

Items Stolen From Vehicle — Caller in the 400 block of South School Street reported at 12:03 p.m. Monday that a weedeater and vehicle winch were stolen from a truck parked in the business' lot.

Bird Bath Stolen — Caller in the 300 block of Clara Avenue reported at 1:14 p.m. Monday that a family member stole her antique bird bath. An officer responded but no prosecution was desired.

Room Not Rented — Caller in the 700 block of South State Street reported at 4:38 p.m. Monday that she gave someone money to rent a room and they never came back. An officer advised her.

Transient Under Stairwell — Caller in the 100 block of Rupe Street reported at 5:40 p.m. Monday that three women broke her windshield with a bat. An officer responded and took a report. Er, where's the transient in this episode?

Burglary — Caller in the 500 block of North State Street reported at 10:27 p.m. Monday that a vehicle was burglarized. An officer responded and took a report.

Drug Possession — An officer contacted a suspicious person on the 700 block of Waugh Lane at 11:14 p.m. Monday and arrested Elijah Nelson, 27, of Ukiah on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.


  1. Harvey Reading February 14, 2014

    Re: David Herbert Lawrence poem: just goes to show, bullshit has been around for a long, long time. The guy could have gotten a job with AARP, I’m sure, and a high-paying one to boot.

    Old age is simply deterioration. It is NOT anything to envy, or to look forward to. You go around with the same brain — at least roughly, since it deteriorates, too, the same thought patterns you’ve always had, but the body fails. Believe me, I’m there. And, I do not appreciate shit like what Lawrence peddled.

  2. Jeff Costello February 15, 2014

    Lenny Bruce: “What SHOULD be is never what IS.” The Lawrence poem speaks of what he thinks should be, not what is. But indeed, it is still worthy of Hallmark.

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