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.

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, March 31, 2019

Your Fake President seems to be galloping off in all directions after the Barr letter. Does anyone suppose he actually READ it? Or that he will digest the FULL Mueller report? Or that his new attack on Obamacare will actually include a “replace” in the “repeal and replace” formula?   An early reaction from Axios is HERE.

And another thing. Not to be ghoulish, but 74 year-old Rudy Giuliani tripped outside Bistro Bis Tuesday and had to be helped up. Of course HE has good healthcare.

WAITING FOR MUELLER- or at least his report. Is part of the GOP’s strategy to delay it for long enough that most people will lose interest in the storm of craziness that Our Fake President is so good at creating? Get ready for full-on craziness now that he thinks he’s got cover. The REAL Trump is about to take the stage, the one who doesn’t mind throwing 20 million people or more off healthcare. He doesn’t care.

Budget Travel is raving about two lodging choices in Redding. One is the Sheraton near the Sundial Bridge and the other is the Thunderbird Lodge, a remodeled motel downtown. I need to get over there more often. I guess.

The Golden Gate Bridge car toll is set to go up to $9.75 by 2023. Read about it HERE.

LAST DAY FOR BAGELS on sale at Los Bagels. I went there Friday at 2pm and they were totally out.

SHORT EDITION THIS WEEK since nothing of note is coming down until we get Muellers’ report. Next time we’ll continue to review The Rest Of The Herd.