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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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?

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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Short Ribs and Random Thoughts

Though I’d call our short takes this week “short ribs”. This county, like Napoleon’s army, lives on its stomach.

Eating Out:   we had out of town company and ended up unexpectedly in two  Asian places I hadn’t tried.  The A&J Ichiban had had some so-so reviews but we found it delightful.  I didn’t take notes but the food was fine. Good service, too. Will definitely be back.  The other was the Siam Orchid, tucked behind the lock shop at 4th and V Streets.   The shrimp curry was so good I took the sauce home in a little box. Again, we will return.

Dumping on Uber- seems to be the new cottage industry. I don’t CARE what happens to  their goofy CEO, I don’t CARE what happens to anyone there, I just want to  salute their magnificent software that AWAYS  WORKS. My friend got a ride to ACV the morning he left, no hassles. Like Obamacare,  now that we’re used to it, it won’t go away. Hopefully.

Old Town Sac- There are plans to our a lot of money into ti to make OTS a destination “such as Beale Street or the French Quarter”.  Well, Beale Street is nothing special but I’d sure like to see them do something with Old Sac.  Some former Disney Imagineers are apparently involved.  Read about it HERE.

Kushner’s Middle East Mess and Other Distractions of the Trump Era

Jared Kushner, Presidential son-in-law and Minister of Everything, has been charged by his lazy father-in-law with running the government. He is not particularly suited for this. Trump has selected the worst tinpot dictators on the planet as his role models,  hence the assignments of his famdamly to jobs which other  Presidents took seriously. Now Ivanka is ensconced in a White House office where she states she “stays out of politics”.  Stays out of the old man’s way, is more like it.  OUR GOVERNMENT IS SERIOUSLY DYSFUNCTIONAL due to empty positions not filled,  policies dropped without backup and confusion of roles.  

Six months into his term, Trump has not signed into law a single statute except for the change in the VA law that supposedly makes it easier to fire VA executives. Big whoop. Don doesn’t understand management.  That’s why he thinks all you have to do to solve your problems is to fire someone. He’ll probably leave the White House without having learned any different. He’s such a poor salesman that there will be no health care bill, nor any other major piece of legislation.  Those Executive Orders that he signs with great pomp and ceremony have no weight.  He minces around showing off his signature as if he’s just learned to write,  flashing these specious “orders” like (as somebody said) “a damn Price is Right girl”   Just remember, his aim is to distract. Mueller and company are on his track  and are looking into his Russian money ties.  

The NYT tells it best. Read about it HERE