From POLITICO, here’s a portrait of the California senator. Read it HERE.

For my part, I’m impressed with Harris, but not committed. I have a sentimental spot for Uncle Joe, for one. We have SO many choices! One I am NOT enthusiastic about is Tulsi Gabbard. She has a sketchy history of being involved in a cult on the Big Island and doesn’t seem to be a team player. Beto O’Roarke turned me off mightily with that Instagram or whatever it was of him getting his teeth cleaned..NO!!


OUR FAKE PRESIDENT AND HIS FAKE BORDER CRISIS. WHO could have believed  that  ONE ignorant, demented person could wreak such havoc on so many innocent lives?  And his “let’em eat cake”  attitude is getting old really fast. From the New Yorker,  Jeffrey Toobin’s take on the legalities of the shutdown  is horrifyingly pessimistic.  It’s right HERE.  And from Salon, the polls are worrying, or should  be, for Trump.    Read their take HERE. From the WAPO, the “shutdown ” is selective. Read about it HERE.  

And now it turns out that this whole “border crisis ” and the Trump-ordered government shutdown are a fake crisis intended to divert attention from the fact that Our Fake President  is being investigated as a traitor. Keep your eye on the ball.

AND it turns out Trump has been hiding the  notes from his talks with his sweetie Putin. The WAPO has the story HERE.   Ya can’t make this stuff up.  Unfortunately.

Trump’s talk on Afghanistan has our allies on edge. Check it out HERE;

HERE’s Lucian Truscott’s take on how the end will come. HE’s backing anxiety. Read about it HERE. 

BEST RESTAURANTS IN EUREKA ? Here are MY choices, in no particular order: Brick & Fire, Siam Orchid, Bella Italia, Humboldt Bay Bistro, Ichiban, the AA and the Stuf’d Potato. What are YOUR picks?

BEST RESTAURANTS in the COUNTRY? YELP rates a few restaurants kind of close to us as being in the top 100. One is a tiny Middle Eastern place in Santa Clara called Achilles that doesn’t even have a website. Another is ALSO a Middle-Eastern place in Rocklin called Wally’s Cafe, also without a website. In Roseville, they list Guy’s Café , menu HERE,

Finally, they list the Big H Deli in Fairfield, ALSO with no website. What I call “middle -Eastern”, they’re calling “Mediterranean”, probably an easier sell. And what’s up with al these places deciding that they can make do with Facebook, no website? GET OFF FACEBOOK, PEOPLE!! FB is going to be out of business soon, anyway.

Have you had the misfortune of having to deal with the world’s worst website, that of our garbage company, Recology? All I want is for my payments to be deducted automatically like my PG&E payments, my cable payments and ALL the others but NOOOO, Recology keeps sending me a paper notice and requiring me to log into their website JUST TO PAY MY BILL. I just had my fourth conversation with their office staff . This time they couldn’t even get the damn website to work and advised me to call back. They say they have constant complaints. HOW did these guys get the franchise?? Is there NO local company that could handle this??? Next time it comes up for bid I hope they have some competition.


From the New York Times Jan 3:

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION … PARALLEL REALITY — @EricLiptonNYT: “As of Thursday, DOD will be run by a former senior Boeing executive. EPA is run by a former coal lobbyist. HHS is run by a former pharmaceutical lobbyist. And Interior will be run by a former oil-industry lobbyist. Welcome to 2019.”

HAPPY NEW YEAR halfway through the Trump term. If Vladimir Putin doesn’t have Our Fake President on a leash, how to explain our current mess.? Our country and our allies are in disarray, and we are being governed by a thug who lives in a world of “suckers” and “rats”.

From the WAPO, a good writeup of Our Fake President’s continuing-and -never-improving ignorance of foreign affairs. Check it out HERE

Have you heard about the proposal to lower the bar exam score required to pass the California bar? Lower it??? They ought to be RAISING it! This was put forth by some law schools whose graduates weren’t passing, poor babies. Maybe the law schools should do a better job. California and New York have historically been tough bars, and that’s the way I like it. You want an easy bar exam, take it in Texas.

How about that Wells Fargo, busted AGAIN, this time for charging their customers for unwanted mortgage insurance. This time, they’re only being fined $575M. I will ask again WHY DOES ANYONE DO BUSINESS WITH WELLS FARGO? Because you like the little stagecoach picture on the checks???? I’ll skip this week’s Facebook scandals except to ask again WHY IS ANYONE STILL ON FACEBOOK? If you don’t know how to use email ask a kid. Actually, the kids have already abandoned FB in favor of Snapchat or god knows what.

CHRISTMAS TREES- I was alarmed to see only three days after Christmas, an ad showing people already recycling their trees! Who does that? Why so fast?? I don’t take mine down til Jan 6 at the earliest! I actually don’t take mine down at all. I MOVE it a couple of feet back into the other plants and turn off the lights. You don’t even notice it. Works for us.

I don’t have anything more to say about the Women’s March to add tp all the commentary about PC gone amok. I wish the organizers had followed MY favorite maxim: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.



After-Christmas thoughts: A couple of weeks ago I was happy, figuring the next two years would go by fast. I had forgotten that we have the most vile individual in the universe ensconced in the White House . Not only does the man have no decency, he has no knowledge, no common sense, no manners, no class, no respect for his office or for our allies, no ability to govern, and increasingly he is just unhinged. Plus the government is shut down. What kind of idiot travels to a war zone and tells the troops they’re only there because the US is being played for a sucker? Trump does not know the difference between LEADERSHIP and “being a sucker” because he has never been a leader, only a boss. There’s a big difference but I doubt he’ll ever figure it out. I can’t wait two years. Right now I’m watching him tell the troops that HE just got them their annual COLA adjustment. They know better but listened to his bullshit respectfully, which is more than he deserves. I’m sick of his screeching. Back to impeachment mode. Oh, and he managed to get the government shut down AGAINl  What a genius.

THE WORLD’S BEST RESTAURANT? Not Humboldt Bay Bistro? According to a survey, it’s a place in Strasbourg. The menu is HERE. BTW a Euro is worth about $1.15.

WordPress has unleashed a new version, apparently mandatory, which has a whole different system for managing paragraphs and blocks. I hate it; you will too since it’s causing a lot of awkwardness. Apologies in advance.

Do you know Mary, The Tamale Lady? She’s good person to know around Christmas. I used to buy her tamales years ago but lost track of her after I retired. We had her cater a party last week and her tamales are still killer. We had the pork chile verde and the vegan (made with yams) and the vegan ones were a revelation. I loved them and I’m not even vegan. She makes about ten different kinds and can be reached at 445-3654, and delivers within Eureka.. You can thank me later.

Speaking of food, we traveled to Fields Landing recently to check out the Boathouse. The Boathouse and a Post Office are pretty much the only buildings there but I’ve always been fascinated by such a small “town” and I had an aunt and uncle who lived there for a couple of years back so long ago they didn’t have street addresses. The Boathouse is a pleasant place with a cheery server. Two of us ordered the fish and chips and the third person ordered their “DLT”, which is a BLT with DUCK bacon. It was okay. But disaster struck with the fish and chips which were entirely too salty! The excess salt was apparently in the breading because the fries were okay. I took most of mine home and checked later and they were just too salty. Seemed like a nice place to stop in for a beer. Outside we ran into a young guy with three French bulldogs, and yes, he said he’s a breeder. Frenchies are those pug-like dogs with bat ears. Available in Fields Landing!

BANH MI REVISITED: I tried another one of those wonderful sandwiches from the Lao Market and discovered that they vary wildly in terms of the amount of jalapeños added to each sandwich. The first one I had had four times the amount that the next one did. These are great sandwiches and it’s worth picking it apart to calibrate your preferences. Highly recommended.

I knew SOMEONE had to be watching 90 DAY FIANCEÉ  besides me. The current crop of mismatched couples can’t hold a candle to the Clueless Mohammed and the Hideous Daniele, but they’re pretty bad. The current crop of losers includes a computer tech who lives with his mother and numerous cats in Vegas and drives a car with no A/C who is engaged to a harpy from Brazil who picks fights with his friends and relatives. The author of this piece from Salon is obviously not a regular viewer, and the piece does not do justice to the awfulness of the situations, but some binge-viewing is in order for those of you who wish a New Year’s dose of schadenfreude. Currently airing on Sundays at 8pm on TLC. Check Salon’s take HERE

NOW back to the REAL “fake news”, which DOES exist. A recent example is HERE. 

The WAPO’s Eugene Robinson summarizes the Trump problem HERE. And the WAPO’S Phil Rucker sets forth the problem HERE.  We are, indeed, in deep kimchi. Happy New Year!