SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS Dec 28 2018

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After-Christmas thoughts: A couple of weeks ago I was happy, figuring the next two years would go by fast. I had forgotten that we have the most vile individual in the universe ensconced in the White House . Not only does the man have no decency, he has no knowledge, no common sense, no manners, no class, no respect for his office or for our allies, no ability to govern, and increasingly he is just unhinged. Plus the government is shut down. What kind of idiot travels to a war zone and tells the troops they’re only there because the US is being played for a sucker? Trump does not know the difference between LEADERSHIP and “being a sucker” because he has never been a leader, only a boss. There’s a big difference but I doubt he’ll ever figure it out. I can’t wait two years. Right now I’m watching him tell the troops that HE just got them their annual COLA adjustment. They know better but listened to his bullshit respectfully, which is more than he deserves. I’m sick of his screeching. Back to impeachment mode. Oh, and he managed to get the government shut down AGAINl  What a genius.

THE WORLD’S BEST RESTAURANT? Not Humboldt Bay Bistro? According to a survey, it’s a place in Strasbourg. The menu is HERE. BTW a Euro is worth about $1.15.

WordPress has unleashed a new version, apparently mandatory, which has a whole different system for managing paragraphs and blocks. I hate it; you will too since it’s causing a lot of awkwardness. Apologies in advance.

Do you know Mary, The Tamale Lady? She’s good person to know around Christmas. I used to buy her tamales years ago but lost track of her after I retired. We had her cater a party last week and her tamales are still killer. We had the pork chile verde and the vegan (made with yams) and the vegan ones were a revelation. I loved them and I’m not even vegan. She makes about ten different kinds and can be reached at 445-3654, and delivers within Eureka.. You can thank me later.

Speaking of food, we traveled to Fields Landing recently to check out the Boathouse. The Boathouse and a Post Office are pretty much the only buildings there but I’ve always been fascinated by such a small “town” and I had an aunt and uncle who lived there for a couple of years back so long ago they didn’t have street addresses. The Boathouse is a pleasant place with a cheery server. Two of us ordered the fish and chips and the third person ordered their “DLT”, which is a BLT with DUCK bacon. It was okay. But disaster struck with the fish and chips which were entirely too salty! The excess salt was apparently in the breading because the fries were okay. I took most of mine home and checked later and they were just too salty. Seemed like a nice place to stop in for a beer. Outside we ran into a young guy with three French bulldogs, and yes, he said he’s a breeder. Frenchies are those pug-like dogs with bat ears. Available in Fields Landing!

BANH MI REVISITED: I tried another one of those wonderful sandwiches from the Lao Market and discovered that they vary wildly in terms of the amount of jalapeños added to each sandwich. The first one I had had four times the amount that the next one did. These are great sandwiches and it’s worth picking it apart to calibrate your preferences. Highly recommended.

I knew SOMEONE had to be watching 90 DAY FIANCEÉ  besides me. The current crop of mismatched couples can’t hold a candle to the Clueless Mohammed and the Hideous Daniele, but they’re pretty bad. The current crop of losers includes a computer tech who lives with his mother and numerous cats in Vegas and drives a car with no A/C who is engaged to a harpy from Brazil who picks fights with his friends and relatives. The author of this piece from Salon is obviously not a regular viewer, and the piece does not do justice to the awfulness of the situations, but some binge-viewing is in order for those of you who wish a New Year’s dose of schadenfreude. Currently airing on Sundays at 8pm on TLC. Check Salon’s take HERE

NOW back to the REAL “fake news”, which DOES exist. A recent example is HERE. 

The WAPO’s Eugene Robinson summarizes the Trump problem HERE. And the WAPO’S Phil Rucker sets forth the problem HERE.  We are, indeed, in deep kimchi. Happy New Year!

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING as the media devours the Mueller Report-APRIL 21 2019

Happy Easter, everyone!  My least favorite holiday is going to be sunny, anyway

...and I’m stuck at home waiting for a grocery delivery with one eye on the TV. Speaking of food, after Barr dropped the Mueller report on Wednesday night, he dined at the popular TOSCA. Inviting menu, but no low-cal choices for our portly AG. Strict cancellation policy, too. Read about it HERE.

WHAT? You haven’t made it through all the 400 pages? It’s going to take me awhile. I’m going to send for it from Amazon. Seems fitting. I’m old enough to remember how we all carried that blue paperback around for weeks in 1998 when we had our last Special Counsel crisis. That one was a lot more fun to read, what with all the sex, and the hideous characters (remember Linda Tripp?) and so forth. For the nonce, I will not overwhelm you with analysis. I think this should marinate for a few days. At least the damn report is now available, and all the spin from Barr cannot change it. If you need a link to the report, it’s HERE.

For one of the juicier links, hold on. Trump’s fury at Don McGahn for- horrors!- obeying the law is set forth in the WAPO HERE.

Our snarling President’s contempt for the rule of law is further illustrated by his remarkable assertion, on Meet the Press, that there is nothing wrong with accepting oppo research from our country’s greatest enemy. How low COULD they go? I hope we don’t have to go thru another election to find out. Will impeachment be necessary? I’m for whatever gets him out the fastest.

On to cheerier news, the Times picked up on the weird resignation letter that Allen McCloskey sent to the HCCDC with some weird pictures attached and some weird assertions included, especially the part about .a “hidden fund”. Having been involved in the HCDCC for a number of years, I can assure you there is no more over-regulated area of life than campaign finance law and the notion of an off-the -books slush fund is ludicrous.

I’m also puzzled as to why a lot of opposition to Rex Bohn is surfacing. Rex has been saying dumb things for years! Why only now is anyone noticing? Is there a candidate out there who’s willing to take him on? Step up, sir or madam. Love to see it.

HARBOR GROUP MEETS WED APRIL 24 in SAMOA

From the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group:

“It works for the Port of Coos Bay. Why not for the Port of Humboldt Bay?”

Eureka– The topic for the April 24 Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group monthly luncheon will be “Why is the Port of Coos Bay an active, working port, and not the Port of Humboldt Bay?”

The Port of Coos Bay is an international port, where maritime and rail commerce thrives amidst the beauty of Oregon’s South Coast. Every year, more than 1.5 million tons of cargo move through the Coos Bay harbor and over 10,000 tons of seafood are landed at the harbor’s marina. That is not the scenario for the Port of Humboldt Bay, which has conditions very similar to Coos Bay. The reasons why it is working for Coos Bay and not Humboldt Bay will be explored during the luncheon.

The Port of Humboldt Bay is critically underutilized. In exploring why, it is underutilized, we will compare the Port’s conditions of those of Coos Bay and the ports of Oakland and Portland.

The Harbor Working Group’s luncheon program continues to be focused on “The Development of the Port of Humboldt Bay as an International Seaport.” Last year, the presentations were directed to envisioning our Harbor as an international seaport. This year, the programs are dedicated to learning what can be done—and what is being done—to make it happen.

Attend the luncheon and stay informed about our Harbor and the plans and efforts for developing the Port of Humboldt Bay as an international seaport.
The luncheon is scheduled to be held at the Samoa Cookhouse Wednesday, April 24. The luncheon is a “no host” event. Lunch starts being served at noon; and the presentation starts around 12:30.

Meatloaf will be served for lunch at $16 and soup and salad is available for $12.  Please RSVP at 707-441-1974 or charles.bean@yahoo.com.

 

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, April 14 2019

WARNING: THIS iS A GAME OF THRONES-FREE ZONE

TAX DAY edition! Let’s begin by dissecting one of the lies
Out Fake President pushed last week. Read about it HERE.

And anyone who isn’t nervous about having a President who screeches at every opportunity that any one who DARES to investigate him is guilty of TREASON,   well, you should be.  Here’s a piece from Salon explaining WHY Trump is so terrified of  showing his tax returns.  Hint: It has to do with money laundering.  Read it HERE.  

Here’s some news for all of us concerned about  healthcare  in the local area.  Jim Wood has changed his position on nurse practitioners .  Read about it HERE.

FAREWELL TO THE NCRA-  and I’m still pissed. The only thing that stands between us and a world-class tourist attraction  is the approximately $1B it would cost to build an environmentally correct railroad through the Eel River Valley, but that will never be, now. I’m so grateful I had the chance to ride the train down to San Rafael when it was still running.  All those tunnels!  I will never forget it. RIP our railroad.

High heels for a good cause?-   Thanks to  Professor Kathleen Corbett for writing in the Times-Standard what many of us have been thinking. Is is really that funny  to see men mincing around in shoes that WOMEN haven’t worn for years??  We love the Soroptimists, but they need a new schtick. 

Is Julian Assange a journalist?  Not any more than I am, but he deserves props for his tenaciousness.  I guess.  Here’s Tim O’Brien’s take,  right HERE.

ALL HAIL THE IVANHOE! I recently had dinner for the first time at what is billed as Humboldt’s oldest restaurant, the venerable Ivanhoe in Ferndale. I wasn’t expecting much, but I was surprised. Despite the antique surroundings, the feeling of the place is totally contemporary, the staff is sharp and helpful and the choice of half- or full- entreés is VERY useful. I had the half-portion of the chicken piccata and it was more than enough. It came with a side of penne pasta with a light tomato sauce and the two sauces set each other off well. I don’t remember the caesar salad, so it must have been good. The drinks were well-made and the bar was lively, so I wouldn’t worry about being early to dinner. You’ll be entertained. The Ivanhoe is ALMOST worth the drive to Ferndale, and for me that’s saying a lot since I prefer short drives, in Eureka.

BTW, the reason we were in Ferndale was to see a wonderful show at the Ferndale Rep, the Leiber-Stoller revue Smokey Joe’s Café. I’d kinda forgotten about the Ferndale Rep–I think the last time I was actually inside it they were still showing movies- but they are the real deal and it was a wonderful show. If they bring it back, go. Two weeks later, I still can’t get Spanish Harlem out of my head.

The LA TIMES LIVES, and is doing critical reporting despite premature announcements of its demise. Here’s a good writeup of how the paper is surviving in the post-newspaper age right HERE

THE ALLEN McCLOSKEY MESS- I will confess I was about 30 seconds this side of writing a check to him and I’m sure glad I didn’t. I don’t know what the rules are for getting a donation back if the campaign crashes and burns, but I’m sure they’re complicated. Thank God for Ryan Burns of LOCO whose interview raised many unanswerable questions. So now we’re stuck with NO ONE declared for running against Rex Bohn, who makes stupid racist comments unworthy of a 12-year old AND HAS ALREADY SERVED TWO TERMS. The deadline for declaring your candidacy is to run is August of NEXT year so start saving your pennies and hitting up your friends. Last I heard it costs about $200K to run a viable campaign for BOS, but maybe we could hear from someone with firsthand knowledge. Matthew?

THE REST OF THE REST- I promised to include a review of the REST of the 18? 19? hopefuls who are running for the Democratic nomination but there’s no hope. They’re multiplying like mice or rabbits. Uncle Joe is still dithering, which at this point is unwise. Eric Swalwell, our neighbor from the East Bay, is having to split that base with Kamala. In another year. he would be the walkaway winner. Cory Booker is having a hard time getting traction. Jay Insley seems like a nice guy. I think I’ll leave the big list to CNN and you can read it HERE.

I know none of you will admit to watching it, but 90-Day Fianceé is returning to TLC soon and those of you who missed any of the drama can catch up soon. I Tivo it. I apparently missed the big scene on which clueless Cole finally dumped his Brazilian gold-digger bride but I’m sure they’ll rerun it. She was unbelievable.

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SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, April 7 2019

Idle musings- what are the best meals in Humboldt County? Here’s my list: 1) the fish and chips at Loco Fish in Eureka (haven’t tried the Arcata location), 2) the Chino sandwich at Pasta Luego in Arcata  3) the  lox benedict  breakfast at the Benbow Inn  4) the gyros at  the Kabob Café in Valley West and 5) the chowder AND fish & chips at the Vista del Mar in Eureka.  Honorable mention:  the  linguini pescadores at the Bella Italia in Eureka, and also anything at the Stuf’d Potato.  We can’t seem to do anything right up here, but boy do we eat good!  Your nominations welcome.

While we’re talking about food, have you ever heard of John’s Grill in San Francisco? I LIVED there for several years in the ‘Eighties and I never heard of the place. It’s on Ellis Street. Isn’t that the Tenderloin? Anyway, the place is so hot these days that Eric Swalwell and Cory Booker BOTH had fundraisers there on the same day last week. The menu is HERE and I guess I’ll have to check it out when I get down there. The prices aren’t too bad, at least for lunch.

OUR FAKE PRESIDENT continues his fact-free odyssey. Read an account of his family’s roots HERE.

I’m declaring a moratorium on any comments on the Mueller report until such time as we can actually READ it. Also I’d like to present you with a side-by-side comparison of Bill Barr and the Blue Meanie from the Yellow Submarine but my WordPress skills aren’t up to it. AND I have nothing to say about the Allen McCloskey mess except that the Democrats had better come up with a new candidate in District One. Rex has had two terms. It’s not supposed to be a lifetime job.

Just designed to make you feel old: as of Friday, Colin Powell was 82.

THE REST OF THE HERD: How many people are running for the Democratic nomination? The President’s behavior has grown SO erratic, his screeching so irrational, that he has already conceded the 2020 election by his craziness. He throws out positions, then changes before sundown. Clearly, he is not a serious candidate for re-election. So, who’s next?

JOE BIDEN: has weathered the accusations of half a dozen women who say- several years after the fact – that they felt “uncomfortable” because of his touch-feely behavior. There was a book back in the ‘Sixties by Eric Berne called Games People Play. One game is called “Museum”. The player sits on his grievances for years, then springs his accusations on his unsuspecting victims, who can’t even remember the original incident. I don’t have much respect for people who play Museum. I respect people who speak up for themselves at a time when it would actually be useful. Biden may be the front-runner but he IS 78, and he’ll need a helluva running mate to overcome that. I hope he finds one. I wouldn’t have a problem in the world voting for Uncle Joe. Especially now that the polls show he’s the candidate Trump fears the most .

KAMALA – hasn’t made any mistakes so far. That’s amazing.

ELIZABETH WARREN- Has made LOTS of mistakes, some in the distant past like the stupid claim to NA heritage. She’s got some great ideas, but I don’t think she’ll recover.

AMY KLOBUCHAR: is FORMIDABLE! I am impressed with her, whether or not she torments her staff. She’s definitely on my shortlist.

KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND- is impressive but I’m still pissed off at her for her leading role in driving Al Franken from the Senate, for which she has recently expressed regret. A little late. Franken’s wit and savvy would have been welcome in the fight against Trump and his minions.

MAYOR PETE: His last name is pronounced “BOODASUCH” or “BOODASICH” depending who you ask and when HE says it, it goes by so fast you still can’t figure it out. Watch for him! He’s the only gay candidate to make an impression that I can, he’s cute as a bug and well-spoken. Maybe a bit on the young side. I could vote for him.

BETO O’ROURKE- is a superlative campaigner who still doesn’t seem to have an agenda. He’s an awesome speaker, on a par with Bill Clinton. I wish he could be bottled and just brought out for rallies.

CORY BOOKER- breaks my heart. Such a good candidate, but I’m afraid he’ll be trampled in the crowd. But he’s still young. Same for Julian Castro and Eric Swalwell, also Jay Inslee. Clearly, the Democrats have an embarrassment of riches this time around.

AND BERNIE SANDERS- I voted for him in the 2016 primary and if he can pull off winning the nomination, I’ll happily vote for him. He grows on you.

THE REST OF THE REST: or the “Why Are they Running? ” crowd. As I am typing this, a senator from Ohio named Tim Ryan is announcing his run. Why? He’s the most boring speaker I’ve heard in a long time, nothing new. He has the potential to be the Mike Pence of the left, boring and antiseptic. Howard Schultz has a repulsive personality, Mike Bloomberg needs to stay out. There are are now SEVENTEEN democrats running for the nomination and I’m not sure that includes Biden. We’ll deal with Swalwell, Hickenlooper, Delaney etc next time. Or not.