Monthly Harbor Lunch on Thursday at the Cookhouse!

The Harbor Group is holding its monthly luncheon Thursday! Call to reserve your place. Meatloaf!!

CBP’s Role in International Seaports

EUREKA– Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group (HBHWG) welcomes, John Prince, Customs and Border Protection Federal Officer, Department of Homeland Security.  

Prince will provide an outline of the processes of an active seaport, focusing on what is required to import or export federally. Following Mr. Prince’s presentation, he will field questions!

This forum is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28th, at Samoa Cookhouse from 12:30 to 1 p.m., with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Meatloaf will be served for lunch at $16 and soup and salad is available for $12.  To RSVP please contact 707-441-1974 or email:  Charles.Bean@Yahoo.com

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS Feb 19 2018

HOW DUMB IS TRUMP? Does he really believe the FBI exists in a single room and can only do one thing at a time? Now he’s claiming the Russia investigation kept the FBI from checking out the Florida shooter. He probably doesn’t know that the FBI has over 30K employees.  Shouldn’t have skipped those briefings, Don.  Keep it up, Don.   You’re not as smart as you think you are.

FEDERAL TAX FORMS-  I’ve been wondering where they were.  Now the County website says they’ll be here in ‘Late February.”  So hang tight. Or hang loose. I’ve never figured out which you re supposed to say.

INTERESTING STATS:  Broward County FL has ONE (1) high school counselor for each 462 students.

MOMMAS DONT LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE TRUCK DRIVERS-  For years , employment counselors could count on Swift or someone always being in the market for truck drivers.  No more! “More than 3.7 million Americans make a living behind the wheel and 3.1 million of those jobs are at risk”, according to Tim Dickinson’s article in the Jan 11 issue.   Self-driving cars are safer and more reliable than human-driven.  Trump,   of course,  wants to cut the DOL retraining budget.  And as usual, the Chinese are ‘way ahead of us.

Speaking of transportation, according to the New York Times, that city’s partially completed Second Avenue subway is costing SIX TIMES MORE than a similar line extension in Paris. WHY????  Don’t blame the unions.  Their unions are ferocious compared with ours.

THE ROB PORTER MESS-  is probably just an indicator of how sloppy and mismanaged our White House is.  Porter had to abuse BOTH his ex-wives AND a girlfriend?  People with hair like that are always either vampires or  Mormons. 130 people without security  clearances? Obama would have been run out of town on a rail.

WATCHING THE OLYMPICS-  a distraction for which we’re all grateful. I like the Winter Olympics better than the Summer because I will never, ever, do anything even remotely like that. I tried to ice skate once.  Once.

ADS I LOVE-  I love the ad with the Ray Charles music.  Who could resist that? And i love the ad with Butch the coonhound who doesn’t like his owner’s new boyfriend.  Well done!

THE BRISTOL ROSE CAFE  is closed  by the heath department.  This is a place I have never visited.   Tried to eat there once but turned away because the whole place was empty and it was just too creepy. The Eureka Inn is such a jewel but I’m afraid the current owner has neither the cash nor the expertise to run the place,  What a shame!!!

So here we are on Presidents’ Day, with the worst President EVER in the White House. He’s gross, egomaniacal, wouldn’t  know empathy if he hit it in the road, ignorant, crass and came up with a budget plan so bad his own staff is ashamed of it. Read over the indictment and know that better days are coming.

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SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS Feb 10 2017- Our Fake President Wants Tanks On The Streets

WE WERE OFFLINE for a couple of days.  Google told me to change my password and everything stopped working. Thanks to wonderful Cory from Cornerstone Computers, we’re back in business. 

SPACEX- What a pleasure to have some good news! That was really fun!! I take back everything  I said about  Elon  being a  goofball.  Still not too sold on those flamethrowers, though.

TRUMP WANTS A PARADE to honor him and his glory.  He’s looking more like Mussolini every day. And the cretins in the White House who enable him should burn in the deepest circle of Hell..  I didn’t used to believe in Hell, but a year of Trump is changing my mind.

NEW AT COSTCO- a wonderful snack food from British Columbia called InnoFood Coconut Clusters.  They’re NOT overwhelmingly sweet or cocoanut flavored and  ARE organic, gluten-free wheat-free etc.  You can’ t stop eating them. In the freezer, they are now selling BB GO dumplings that you microwave in a plastic tray.  Darn good.

CURMUDGEON CORNER-  When did “drop the mike” become a thing? I was a Broadcasting student at San Francisco State and have a whole 2 units of Audio Studies under my belt and I can tell you, any of us who had dropped a mike would have been escorted out of class.  We got to work with the old classic broadcast mikes, the ribbon mikes on a stand. They would have killed us. Mikes must be cheaper nowadays.  But they’re not any better.

AND ANOTHER THING-  While we’re talking about annoying commercials, what about those Farmers ads–“WE ARE FARMERS! DUM DE DUM DE DUM DUM DUM”  that sound like they’re sung by the Russian Army Chorus.  Then they show Asian people following JK Simmons around an insurance museum. What a horrible idea!  Someone should set them free.  Does anyone actually buy insurance because of these ads?  Do women,  who control most families’ pursestrings?  I doubt it.

CARTER PAGES’ HAT-  Carter Page,  the goofball who loves being in front of the the  camera and may be looking at jail time for his excessive friendliness with the Rooskies,  has one thing going for him: THAT HAT.  It’s like someone took a deerstalker hat and cut some of it off. Remember the old vaudeville song,  “Where did you get that hat boy? Where did you get that hat?  I must have one like that!”  I want one. I don’t want to WEAR it, I just want one.   BTW. I goggled “Carter Page’s  Hat” and got a site showing him wearing a RED hat, not what I would want at all.

ARE YOU STILL ON FACEBOOK? WHY????  You like having your every keystroke sold to merchandisers?  Too lazy to make/keep REAL friends so you settle for the FB version? Too lazy to keep up with the news so you settle for someone  else’s news feed?  Make your own news feed! Are you aware that FB sold ads to the Russians during the 2016 campaign? I have a FB account which I use when I have NO other way of reaching people but I’m limiting myself to five minutes a day, most of which goes to “I Remember In Eureka When…”

According to POLITICO,  Tony V is now within 2 points of Gavin Loathesome in the gubernatorial polls.  And Tom Steyer is hiring 50- that’s FIFTY- campaign workers.

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Chiang Studying Cannabis Banking Options

From the Sacramento Business News

The state of California is looking for a consultant to develop a public bank to service the state’s legal cannabis industry.

California State Treasurer John Chiang today announced the move with the state’s Attorney General’s Office to begin a “methodical and disciplined evaluation structured as a two-part feasibility study.”

The study will answer questions about costs, benefits, risks and legal and regulatory issues, according to a press release from Chiang’s office.

With the passage of Proposition 64 two years ago, California moved to legalize the recreational use of marijuana on Jan. 1 this year. However, under federal law, marijuana is still illegal, so banks, credit unions and brokerages — all of which have federal oversight — are at risk of losing their licenses to operate if they take money associated with cannabis.

Chiang is concerned that so much money is stuck in cash, posing a potential danger to the cannabis industry and also to state offices that have to collect taxes from the industry.

Some of the details the consultants will consider are a public bank’s need for capital, deposit insurance and access to the banking system.

“We want California to get the most bang for its buck. So today I am issuing a Request for Information, or RFI, to get the expert help we need to establish the scope of our feasibility study,” Chiang said in a teleconference.

“I want to conclude by saying that California — and other states — will need to lead when it comes to bringing the cannabis industry out of the shadows so that it can be properly regulated to prevent sales to minors, to protect the public’s health and safety, and ensure cannabis businesses behave as legitimate, tax-paying members of our economy,” he said.

Chiang went on to say that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the federal government’s position “crystal clear” earlier this month when he said he would end Obama-era cannabis guidelines “that essentially remove cannabis from the list of federal drug enforcement priorities.”