SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS June 5 2018

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING- The vile creature who inhabits the Oval Office is opining that he can pardon himself of his crimes.   If that were true, Nixon would have figured it out, wouldn’t he have? Tricky Dick was a statesman compared to the belligerent ignoramus elected by malcontent voters in 2016. This thug is isolating us from our allies, has no interest in governing, only in self-aggrandizement, lies incessantly about all matters great and small, shows more loyalty to Russia and China than to the US, vilifies loyal civil servants while sheltering abominations like Scott Pruitt, and his judicial appointments have largely been rejected as completely unqualified,  like most of his cabinet.  As ignorant as he is, his greater sin is arrogance and contempt of government in general.  I haven’t even mentioned his flagrant racism which causes him to treat the Puerto Ricans as if they are subhiman. t the  Most monstrously, he is separating  thousands of children from their parents while piously claiming  to be a champion of family values. Now the Great Negotiator,  who runs for cover whenever he is confronted with REAL negotiations, (remember the Obamacare debate?) is headed for Singapore, where he will again make a fool of himself. I don’t blame Melania for going into hiding. I’d be ashamed, too.

IT’S ELECTION DAY and I assume that you,  like all intelligent voters, have voted by mail. It’s been so long since I showed up at a precinct I wouldn’t know how to act. I have often repeated my mantra that NO ONE SHOULD GET MORE THAN TWO TERMS.  right now I’d put my money on Madrone  but in the 4th District, the Democrats have stupidly run two good candidates.  We’ll have to do better than that, won’t we?

TOM WOLFE and PHILIP ROTH-   two masters of literature died in the past few days and both were brilliant at depicting How We Live Now.  I had his Tangerine Flake etc book n that big paperback edition and I wish i still had it. My favorite Phillip Roth moment (can’t recall which book it was) was his taking  in his parents to a fancy New York restaurant and his father tells the waiter,  “Bring me a piece of fish. And make sure it’s hot”.  Sounds like my family.

TOO MUCH MEXICAN?  The City of Eureka  is oversupplied with Mexican restaurants. The Tres Chiles whatever that replaced the Marie Callendars has already been shut down briefly  by the health inspectors, is too expensive for Eureka, and had an empty parking lot when I went by during the afternoon.  They’re apparently trying to be a Mexican dinner house,  for which there’s not much demand locally.  For folks here, “casual” means “cheap” or should.  There are a few such places in SF.  Anyone remember the La Barca Room on Lombard? They were there for fifty years, closed down in 2012.  Eureka needs a Korean place,  a Greek place, and how about a REAL deli that corns its own beef?  When Tres Chiles bites the dust, who will replace them? I MISS Marie Callendars.  I never ate in the restaurant but I used to buy their quiches all the time.

HARBOR GROUP LUNCHEON WEDNESDAY, MAY 30

From the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group:

“Plans for the Eureka Forest Products Dock”

EUREKA— Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group (HBHWG) will present Tracy Craig, who will 


The luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, May 30th, at the Samoa Cookhouse.  The luncheon is a “no host” event. Lunch starts being served at noon; and the presentation starts around 12:30.
speak on behalf of PGE and address their prior ownership of the land and the extensive clean-up 100 + years later; Rich Graham the General Manager of Schmidbauer Lumber will speak about their intended use of the dock; Joel Guynup, the President of Eureka Forest Products will be present to answer any questions.  As trustee, of the Guynup Trusts Gayle C. Guynup will be available to provide some history of the dock.

This presentation is the fourth in a series on “The Development of the Port of Humboldt Bay as an International Seaport.”  The next few Luncheons will continue to be dedicated to envisioning our Harbor as an international seaport.

Fried Chicken 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

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SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS FEB 27 2018- WORST IDEA EVER FROM THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER

GUNS-  It must have taken Our Fake President at least 25 seconds to come up with the idea of reviving that old saw about “the only antidote to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,”    That’s only correct if you see guns as a solution, not the problem. Of course, Don doesn’t DO his own thinking – he has Wayne La Pierre whispering in his ear and he gets the rest of his agenda from Sean Hannity. I wonder how he can keep a straight face claiming that HE would have stormed the school without a weapon.  Of course, of course.

“The SNAKE”-  I was VERY surprised to hear that the writer of that damn “snake” song was Oscar Brown Jr!   He was a fixture of the folk scene in the ’60’s but the song was covered by several other people.   I remember hearing it  on top-40 radio and thinking it was Ray Stevens.  (This was  around the time of “Ahab The Arab”.)  His two daughters have been complaining on TV about the misappropriation so  why don’t they just SUE the bastard?

The Olympics-  ran out of interesting sports before they ran out of broadcast  time.  That must be why we were subjected to several hours of CURLING  which has got to be the most useless waste of ice, time, whatever.

Things you don’t know about me:  1) I do not text, nor respond to texts    2) I have never eaten a Big Mac.

Humboldt County is in big trouble-  Our child welfare system is inadequate and we don’t have enough doctors. Please keep this in mind when examining the candidates for Supervisor this Fall.

WHY CAN’T JARED GET A CLEARANCE???   Jared Kushner, who doesn’t have a security clearance after a year and a half of hanging around the White House devouring the daily brief that the President can’t be bothered with,  IS A BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT  from that ill-advised purchase of 666 5th Avenue  His note is coming due in a few months. Who will bail him out??  The Russians?  The Chinese? What a mess!

LOCAL BOZOS DEPARTMENT-  did you see the Times-Standard yesterday?.  A part-time teacher in Fortuna  (thankfully retired) claims he was packing a pistol while subbing in Fortuna !   Can he be prosecuted at this point? I hope so!!!

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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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