Der Speigel Summarizes Trump

….and it’s a darn good summary.

In the German newspaper *Der Spiegel,* Klaus Brinkbäumer summarizes how the rest of the world sees our “president”:

“Donald Trump has transformed the United States into a laughing stock and he is a danger to the world. He must be removed from the White House before things get even worse.

“Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn’t read. He doesn’t bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees.

“He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist, and a cheat. […] Trump has to be removed from the White House. Quickly. He is a danger to the world.”

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Short Ribs and Random Thoughts

KMart closing- Is anyone surprised? I haven’t been in there in years. Actually,  since they stopped carrying Martha Stewart dinnerware. Retail is in trouble all over the country, largely because of Amazon and other online buying. Nordstrom is closing a huge store in Washington DC. It just goes on and on.

Sinclair Broadcasting-  I guess I’m supposed to be upset about right-wing Sinclair buying up local stations but it’s hard for me to imagine that they’re going to put any money into this market and I don’t watch that awful North Coast News anyway .  If some of you could volunteer to keep me informed when you start seeing the canned propaganda they are supposedly going to unleash on us, I’d appreciate it. 

Coast Oyster in Peril- this has got to be the worst news ever. I’m an environmentalist but I’ll take oysters over eel grass anytime.  Dreadful!

Junk TV I Love–  Have you been watching A&E’s LIVE PD?  Nobody admits to watching it because you have to be brain-dead and a social reject to stay in on Friday and Saturday nights watching people being pulled over for missing tail lights but I swear it’s sort of hypnotic. Most of it is filmed at night and the lights and constant sirens sort of draw  of draw you in. It’s better than North Coast News, anyway. And did you notice that Crescent City made Beachfront Bargain Hunt?  The other night they showed a Redding couple who were looking to purchase a getaway and looked a three not-cheap places,  two on Pebble Beach Drive and one nearby .  All of them were in the close-to-$400K range, which is about $400K more than I would pay to live in that hellhole. (Our regular readers know I’m not crazy abut Crescent City). HGTV didn’t give a hint that  CC was other than a bucolic paradise. Just like when they featured King Salmon, they didn’t bother to mention the ten-year floods.  Buyer beware!

Take your daughter to work day–  Trump continues to embarrass the American people  by acting like the dictator of a banana republic.  Seating his daughter at the table with the G20 leaders was a insult.  This is what happens when you put amateurs in charge of the White House.

Upscale sushi in Palo Alto–  the famed Nobu restaurant now has a branch in downtown Palo Alto. I can’t even bear to visit PA anymore, it’s become such a bloated, trendy travesty of the  laidback college town it used to be.  I looked for a menu to post, but they don’t have one online. Obviously, it you have to ask the price, you don’t belong there. That hotel is near the coffee shop I worked in when I was a grad student.  Read HERE.  

Medi-Cal fraud has reared its ugly head in Sacramento.  Walmart too!   Read about it HERE.

Trump Chokes At the Most Mismanaged Summit Ever

Our so-called President,  who has been quick to accuse others of “choking” at critical moments,  didn’t have the cojones to confront V Putin on Russia’s hack of the DNC and God-knows-who-else. On top of that, he and Secretary of State Tillerson, who apparently got his job largely because of his acquaintance with Putin, cleverly arranged to have a critical meeting WITH NO NOTE-TAKERS ensuring that there would NOT be a contemporaneous account.  Now Kislyak is stating that Trump agreed that the Russians have nothing to apologize for.  And Trump responds with a tweet about  how great their meeting was. To make it worse, he bows to Putin’s suggestion that the  US have a joint panel with the Russians on cybersecurity. Yeah, right.

Trump took an oath to protect and defend this country.  When will he begin?

Junk TV I Love- Mohammed and Danielle on “90 Day Fiancée”

On this Fourth of July weekend it is appropriate to contemplate the plight of those who are NOT born into the Land of the Brave. A&E, which delivers the most low-rent TV around, is currently running “90 Day Fiancée- Happily Ever After”. This is a riff on their earlier series and a lot of the footage is the same but it’s so hideously awful that you literally cannot stop watching. The idea is to examine five couples who have applied for the “fiancée” visa, whereby you bring your beloved to the States and if you get married within that time, he/she is well on their way to citizenship.

Last season,  there was an interesting variety of characters. Your have the nice young couple- he from New Orleans, she from Thailand, who are foundering because she would rather be back home.  There’s the hot young actress from Colombia who is obviously going to leave her Okie husband once they get settled in Miami. There’s the Russian babe (SHE thinks she’s gorgeous) who’s miffed that her hubby lied about being rich. And, above all, there are Mohammed and Danielle, whose prolonged breakup is delicious because they’re both such dreadful people.  

Mohammed is 28, from Tunis in Tunisia,  and hot hot hot.  Danielle is 43,  from Sandusky OH and not not not.  I don’t shame anyone for their  looks, but I will shame someone for neglect. Danielle has never made the acquaintance of a comb or other grooming implements. She has three kids and told Mohammed she made a comfortable living. She’s actually heavily in debt. (They met online,  of course.) They get married in Ohio, and to the consternation of the gathered crowd, Mohammed won’t kiss the bride because it’s Ramadan. It goes downhill from there. The five of them move in together and the arguments begin. He’s upset that she isn’t wealthy.  She’s upset that he’s upset. Finally he gets his green card and two months later he takes off for Miami with a woman he met online. Danielle follows him there and the have a confrontation. She agrees to a divorce, which means he could possibly stay in the US. Later, she files an annulment  which will trigger his deportation. He moves to Port Richey but she finds him and has him served. I think she files two different annulments. Mohammed gets work as an Uber driver. Danielle buys a trailer. Life goes on. 

If you have any lingering discontentments about your life, watch 90 Day Fiancée- Happily Ever After.  You’ll feel better about yourself.

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FREE ADA Training from the County

The ADA is really pretty easy to understand, if you want to. Here’s an announcement from the County.

“No-Cost ADA Training for Contractors, Property Managers.   In an effort to help local contractors, engineers, property managers and other businesses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the County of Humboldt will be providing a free workshop on the subject in July. This workshop, led by Sally Swanson Architects, Inc., will focus on ADA Title II and III regulations related to facilities and construction. This workshop will help you understand issues, identify ADA barriers and actions to take to mitigate against future costs. Topics of the training will include: Accessories and clearances,  Adjusting door closures and automatic door openers, Aisle/corridor widths, Door maneuvering clearances, Furniture and fixtures Mounting heights/reach heights, Parking signage, striping and parking stalls, Path of travel, minor concrete work, grinding, and asphalt to include parking lots and sidewalks, Protruding objects, Ramps and stairs, Restrooms Signage Terminology. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 26 from 8:30 am to 11 am at the Sequoia Conference Center at 901 Myrtle Ave. in Eureka. If you are interested in attending this free training, please reserve your space by contacting cao@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 707-445-7266 no later than July 21. “

Well worth attending! 

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Short Ribs and Random Thoughts July 4 2017

Independence Day and our country is in the process of being wrecked by a cretin who has no wisdom, no knowledge and no shame. Happy Fourth!

Hurricane season began June 1- and continues to the end of November. But our lazy President has yet to name anyone to lead FEMA.  Do lives have to be lost before this jackass gets serious about his responsibilities???   Apparently.

The Housing Shortage- A month or so ago the AEDC sponsored a forum on our perpetual housing shortage.  I didn’t cover it in the blog because Gregg Foster and others did so very well. I just found out that a young relative in the Bay Area has just been accepted  for Section 8 housing after ELEVEN YEARS on the list. The plight of the poor and disabled in the Bay Area economy-  heck, ANY high cost area-  is real and under-reported.

Is Jeff Sessions the  LEAST impressive person in the Federal Government? There are counter clerks at Six Rivers Forest who show more wisdom and presence than he does. An Attorney General should have a memory; that should be a basic qualification.  Every response in his recent testimony was “I don’t recall”.  He looks like Howdy Doody and he sounds like Gomer Pyle. And he wants to restore the War on Weed. What a winner.

Venus Williams will likely pay a pretty penny for her car accident in Florida but the whole incident will have a good effect if it reminds people that you don’t have to be driving FAST to have a fatal accident.

Trump’s horoscope- is available  at AstroDienst. I will only make some brief observations. The first is that a “normal ” or “balanced” scope is one in which the planets are spread around the wheel, not bunched up in one place. Trump’s are bunched up in the left half of the ‘scope, which indicates a limited  point of view, or limitations in his personality. He also has Mars conjunct his ascendant which indicates belligerence. And his moon is opposite his Sun/Uranus conjunction indicating major conflicts between his inner and outer personas. His four planets in Cancer indicate a home-loving person with domestic proclivities. Let’s see how well he does on his trip later this week.

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