….who IS clearly crazy. Read the whole thing HERE.
WHEN I WROTE the last edition, I was still in despair at the idea of having to put up with Trump and his minions for four more years. Now, as any people have pointed out , we just need to win the midterms, then impeach. I feel better.
TRUMP AT THE IMMIGRATION MEETING- Our Fake President’s handlers apparently wanted to showcase his maturity and knowledge after the revelations from the Michael Wolff book. Did you see his body language? Arms folded protectively in front of him. I’ve never sat through a meeting with someone in such a defensive posture, have you ? Then at the end he throws the whole issue back to EVERYONE ELSE, saying he’ll sign anything. What leadership! If we get any changes in immigration, it won’t be due to Trump, although he’ll take credit. BTW, what’s all the hate for “CHAIN MIGRATION”? It’s called keeping families together.
OPRAH FOR PRESIDENT- WORST IDEA EVER!!!! Just what we need! Another TV star! Let’s nip this one in the bud fast. If she’s so hot to get into politics, let he serve a term in the Senate. That’ll cure her .
NANCY PELOSI’S SON Paul Jr., apparently a dingbat, hung with Trump at Mar-A-Lago over New Year’s. Now I can ignore the incessant begging letters from her.
I GOT A CALL the other night while watching TV and didn’t jump to answer it. It turned out to be Assemblymember Jim Wood, calling about the HCCDC endorsement . Wood has run afoul of SINGLE PAYER and I guess there are those who don’t want to support him because they don’t think he’s strong enough on, but it would help if we had a better bill to support. I’m okay with giving Jim another term.
WINTER SOUP ALERT: Last week in the NCJ, that wonderful woman, Janice Fumiko Cahilll, published a trio of soup recipes of which the “Rough and Ready Borscht” turned out to be life-altering. I had never bought a beet before! Only takes a couple of hours to make. You’ll thank her. https://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/winter-simmer/Content
The WAPO carries Our Fake President’s brags about his mental prowess. Sorry, no link -they sent this by email- but here, below, is a partial readout. Since when do REALLY smart people have to TELL everyone how smart they are? Isn’t that pretty much disqualifying?
President Trump lashed out again at a new book that suggests top White House aides fear that he is unfit for the job, calling the book “a work of fiction” and declaring that libel laws are too weak.
“It’s a disgrace that he can do something like this,” Trump said of the book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” by New York media writer Michael Wolff. “Libel laws are very weak in this country. If they were stronger, hopefully, you would not have something like that happen.”
Trump’s remarks, during which he referred to Wolff as a “fraud,” came during a brief news conference at Camp David where he is meeting with Republican leaders to plot the GOP agenda for 2018.
In a tweetstorm Saturday morning ahead of the news conference, the president called himself a “very stable genius” and called being “really smart” one of his greatest assets. Trump cited his career in business and reality television and his victory in last year’s election as evidence of his mental prowess. And he again lashed out at the ongoing special counsel investigation into his campaign’s contacts with Russian operatives, calling suggestions that he colluded with Moscow a “total hoax on the American public.”
Trump’s outburst came a day after the public release of the book by Wolff, who said he spent time in the West Wing interviewing top aides, as well as Trump. Wolff said he spent a total of three hours talking with Trump during the campaign and after Trump became president, but White House aides said Wolff spoke to Trump only once by phone for about five to seven minutes after he assumed office
Wolff paints the picture of a president who is unfit for the job and aides who come to fear Trump is not capable of, or interested in, processing information and making important decisions. Late Friday, Trump blasted Wolff as a “total loser,” and the president mocked his former campaign chairman and former White House adviser, Stephen K. Bannon, who was a key source for the book. Bannon criticized other aides and Trump’s son, calling a meeting at Trump Tower last year between Donald Jr. and a Russian lawyer “treasonous.”
Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!
White House aides have mounted an all-out attack on the book since it was first reported on Wednesday, calling it “fiction” and a “complete fantasy.” And Trump’s lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to Wolff and his publisher demanding they not release the book. But the publisher, Henry Holt, moved up the release date from later this month to Friday amid the publicity, and hard copies were quickly sold out in the Washington area.
At Camp David, Trump said Wolff, who has said he has a relationship with Trump, “does not know me at all.”
“By the way, he did not interview me,” Trump said, though he then said Wolff interviewed him once “a long time ago” for a magazine story. Asked by a reporter why he felt the need to defend himself on Twitter, Trump listed his accomplishments, saying, among other things: “I went to the best colleges, or college.” Trump spent two years at Fordham University before completing his education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of business.
Trump also criticized Wolff’s past reporting, including a book about News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch.
White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly spoke briefly to reporters at Camp David. He had not seen Trump’s tweets and, when a reporter showed them to him, he responded, “Okay.” Then he said Trump posted the tweets in order to circumvent the media “filter” on reporting on Wolff’s book — even though Trump praised the media for questioning some of Wolff’s reporting techniques.
Here’s a sample from SALON.
Good Wednesday afternoon. THE WOLFF BOOK — WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE … “Trump Tower meeting with Russians ‘treasonous’, Bannon says in explosive book,” by the Guardian’s David Smith: “Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as ‘treasonous’ and ‘unpatriotic’, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian. Bannon, speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: ‘They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.’ …
“The meeting was revealed by the New York Times in July last year, prompting Trump Jr to say no consequential material was produced. Soon after, Wolff writes, Bannon remarked mockingly: ‘The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers. … Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s***, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.’ …
“Bannon has criticised Trump’s decision to fire Comey. In Wolff’s book, obtained by the Guardian ahead of publication from a bookseller in New England, he suggests White House hopes for a quick end to the Mueller investigation are gravely misplaced. ‘You realise where this is going,’ he is quoted as saying. ‘This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to f***ing Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.'” http://bit.ly/2E1NUPj
— The Drudge headline: “Bannon Turns” … HOW WILL TRUMP REACT to Bannon going after his child and son in law?
— HMM … ! … NBC’S PETER ALEXANDER (@PeterAlexander): SIREN: ‘Steve Bannon was certain that after the (July 2016 Trump Tower) meeting, Trump, Jr. had taken the participants to see his father,’ per excerpts from new Michael Wolff book, ‘Fire & Fury.’ Trump has claimed he was unaware any meeting with Russians took place.” … (@PeterAlexander): “NEW: Here’s the Bannon quote regarding the July 2016 Trump Tower meeting: ‘The chance that Don Jr. did not walk these Jumos up to his father’s office of the 26th floor is zero,’ per “Fire & Fury.” (pg. 255)”.
MORE FROM WOLFF in NEW YORK MAG — “Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Be President: One year ago: the plan to lose, and the administration’s shocked first days”: “Shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night, when the unexpected trend — Trump might actually win — seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears — and not of joy. … There was, in the space of little more than an hour, in Steve Bannon’s not unamused observation, a befuddled Trump morphing into a disbelieving Trump and then into a horrified Trump. But still to come was the final transformation: Suddenly, Donald Trump became a man who believed that he deserved to be, and was wholly capable of being, the president of the United States.”
AND DETAILS ON THE FIRST DAYS: “Trump did not enjoy his own inauguration. He was angry that A-level stars had snubbed the event, disgruntled with the accommodations at Blair House, and visibly fighting with his wife, who seemed on the verge of tears. Throughout the day, he wore what some around him had taken to calling his golf face: angry and pissed off, shoulders hunched, arms swinging, brow furled, lips pursed.
“The first senior staffer to enter the White House that day was Bannon. On the inauguration march, he had grabbed 32-year-old Katie Walsh, the newly appointed deputy chief of staff, and together they had peeled off to inspect the now-vacant West Wing. The carpet had been shampooed, but little else had changed. It was a warren of tiny offices in need of paint, the décor something like an admissions office at a public university. Bannon claimed the nondescript office across from the much grander chief of staff’s suite and immediately requisitioned the whiteboards on which he intended to chart the first 100 days of the Trump administration. He also began moving furniture out. The point was to leave no room for anyone to sit. Limit discussion. Limit debate. This was war. Plus more on Rupert Murdoch calling Trump a “f***ing idiot”, Bannon’s meeting with Roger Ailes, Trump’s lunch with Mika and Joe, Ivanka musing running for president, the White House power struggles and more http://nym.ag/2E265V4
— Part of the excerpt says Trump questioned who John Boehner was. But Trump has tweeted about Boehner on multiple occasions, and Jake and James Hohmann reported back in 2013 that the pair had golfed together. http://politi.co/2ERM4Sj ALSO: Boehner has been in touch with this White House.
That’s how bad it’s gotten in Cupertino. Unbelievable! I wasn’t even going to run this story but I can’ t resist. Read about it HERE.
Here’s an account of what a Sinclair-owned station looks like. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, but I don’t have time to watch North Coast News. Are they here yet? From the Huffpost- read it HERE
Gubernatorial candidate Chiang staying in the single -payer lane despite lack of specifics. Toward the end of this brief piece you’ll see why State employees love John Chiang.
Read it HERE
A major piece from the New York Times. How did we get here? This is the piece everyone’s talking about. DEFINITELY WORTH READING.
Read it HERE.
As always, thinking only of himself, our Fake President tell his staff he WANTS the government to shut down. With friends like him….
The WAPO has the story. Read it HERE.
As of this writing the GOP is forcing through a ‘Tax cut” of which none of them understand the consequences. This is government? Our Fake President is on TV gloating about destroying two national monuments while playing to his ignorant base who APPLAUD him. His hatred for Obama is more than irrational, but what else is new.
FOR THE RECORD: Number of times I have watched Matt Lauer on TV: 0
SPEAKING of TV: Is Brian Williams the only man on TV who has not been accused of harassing someone? I really resented him when he first started on MSNBC but now I’m used to him. It’s time for someone to put up a website with the names of men who HAVEN’T been accused of harassment. Be easier to keep track of.
WEDNESDAY DEC 13 from 330pm to 630pm at Eureka Safeway, drop off your donations for Food For People and say hi to State Sen Mike McGuire. A toofer!
Dontcha love the ads for KFC in Sunday’s Parade? It must be cheaper to deluge us with useless ads than to target their advertising. Looks like Brookings is the closest. Another Christmas without KFC!
IRRITATION AT THE SZECHUAN- My out-of-town guest and I were both tired of turkey by Saturday so we went to the Szechuan Garden in Arcata to fortify ourselves with soup dumplings ( “juicy pork dumplings” on the menu). The restaurant appeared to be empty except for us, but the layout is such that you can’t really tell who’s there. The only other thing I order there is the Black Pepper Beef, ($10.50) which is a lot better than it sounds. My friend ordered the Human Beef, (also $10.50) which involved broccoli. Everything was fine until they brought the check. At the bottom of the check they’re now printing a “Tips Suggestion” with tips at 15%, 20% and 25% all figured out for you. That’s kind of pushy for a restaurant that delivers all your food at once and never checks back with you. Plus their “suggested tips” is calculated on the TOTAL of the order, part of which was takeout. I’m still a fan, but a grumpy one.
GOLDEN HARVEST- hadn’t been in a while and was devastated to find that my favorite, the Blue Scramble, had disappeared from the menu. Not to fear, however. The kitchen is still making it and it’s just as delicious as ever. Love their biscuits!.
NEED A CALENDAR? Visit Jacoby’s Storehouse, check out their beautiful tree and visit the offices of the Mad River Union whose 2017 calendar is both beautiful and useful, not to mention free. If you don’t subscribe to the MRU, you should! It’s a good paper. Support your local journalism! Also in the Jacoby is Pasta Luego, where you can buy fresh bucatini, that tubular pasta you can never find. I cooked mine last night. Screwed up the sauce but the pasta was fine. They close at four and they run out of things, especially the sandwiches, so don’t wait till 230 like I did.
JERRY COLIVAS passed recently. Among his many accomplishments, he was principal at Eureka High School. I heard him at a Historical Society meeting explain how his father came from Greece to Eureka. He had arrived in New York, penniless, and somehow made it to the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Speaking not a word of English, he looked at the posted steamship schedules and the only word he could recognize was “EUREKA”. He pointed at the sign, and the rest is history. Talk about a life well lived! Godspeed, Dr Colivas.
Sorry to hear that AutoDesk, the CAD makers, are laying off 1200 tech workers in San Rafael and SF. That’s 13% of the workforce. When I worked in HR, Autodesk was considered a model employer, not the least because they let the employees bring their dogs to work.