SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, August 11, 2019

A NATION IN MOURNING-

AP — “Trump vows action after shootings, but gives few details,” by AP’s Zeke Miller, Lisa Mascaro and Jonathan Lemire: “President Donald Trump on Monday condemned weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio as barbaric crimes ‘against all humanity’ and called for bipartisan cooperation to respond to an epidemic of gun violence. He blamed mental illness and video games but made no mention of more limits on sales of firearms.

TRUMP ON AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN: “There is no political appetite for that at this moment.” But polls show that over 70% of the American public approve of background checks.

TRUMP ON VIOLENCE AND RHETORIC: “I don’t think my rhetoric [contributes] at all” — he said his rhetoric “brings people together.” Yeah, right.

As usual, he is in his own universe. The good people of El Paso did not appreciate his politicizing their agony. Read about it HERE.

AND here’s another account of how our No-Empathy President deals with his public by ignoring them. Read it HERE.

ADOPTING A DOG IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY- As I write this, my new dog is nestled at my feet but it has been a heartbreaking process. The Sequoia Humane Society had some cute dogs that were small enough, but a lot of them seemed to be psychologically damaged, like the Pomeranian who pissed all over as soon as he saw us. The County shelter in McKinleyville is a much less pleasant place but the staff is very conscientious. After trundling back and forth between the two for awhile we resorted to Craig’s List and answered an ad from someone who had THREE dogs they needed to place, a lab and two pit bulls. I called about the lab, which was already taken, but the lady said she had two pit bulls and I said I ‘d like to see the younger one. Long story short, Bella has been here for a week and I cant imagine being without her. She is BEAUTIFUL- a bluenose pit with a beautiful coat who knows, “sit’, “shake” etc and has learned how to navigate our dog doors already. But there are several dogs at the County shelter who really need homes. I had my eye on “Claude”, a senior dog who is too big for me, but deserves a nice home in his old age. PLEASE give Claude or some other animal a home! You’ll never regret it.

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, August 4 2019

The Day After the Second Debate–  Here’s the take from Salon-  Read it HERE.

BEST ZINGER from Andrew Yang: “The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math.”

BALTIMORE-I was rummaging in my car the other day and found my old Fred Neil CD from college (except we had vinyl then.) “When I go to Baltimore/ Got no carpet on the floor/ Yeah I got no carpet on the floor/ When I go to Baltimore.” Baltimore, according to my cousin who spent a week there recently, is a beautiful city, and not just for the Edgar Allen Poe stuff. I agree with whoever was saying the other day that everyone should spend money in Baltimore just to stick it to Trump. Good idea!

Here’s a thought from the former Gov: QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I have chosen not to ‘go back to my country’ but stay here, live here and make a difference here. And to me, that is what makes America great.” — Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, hosting the Hollywood Foreign Press Association event this week, as reported in Deadline Hollywood. _

HOW LOW CAN HE GO DEPARTMENT: HMM — @realDonaldTrump at 7:58 a.m.: “Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!” Does anyone even remember what it was like to have a decent human being in the White House”?

LOCAL ELECTIONS- the Times-Standard reported that Austin Allison is not going to go for a second term on the Eureka City Council, due to the workload and stress of trying to keep a fulltime job while serving on the Council. I’m sorry for this but I appreciate his early decision and I hope it gives someone else a chance to put a campaign together. There is a lot of misinformation among Eureka voters about the Council- the voters on NextDoor in particular seem to think a Council seat is lucrative. HA! Let’s hope someone good steps up.

The T-S also carried Matthew Owen’s weekly piece in which he poses as being “in the middle” despite having worked for Wells Fargo until recently. I’m happy that the T-S finally started identifying him as Virginia Bass’ husband, an omission I complained about several times. The most useful aspect of his piece today is that it reminds us that NOW is the time for anyone who wants to run for Virginia’s Supervisor seat to start getting it together. I wonder if Matthew is thinking of running for it himself? That would be a hard slog. The Democrats don’t trust him and there aren’t enough Republicans around here here to fill a room. Well, maybe ONE room.

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SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, July 28, 2019

There’s a deli owner in Clayton offering to treat folks who support “Send her back’. It’s a good thing the Chronicle included a map because otherwise I wouldn’t know where Clayton was. Read it HERE.

And since no one else is asking,  has anyone ever seen our rotund Attorney General, Bill Barr, in the same room at the same time as unfunny comic Rosanne Barr?  Just asking. They’re only a wig apart.   And if you’re wondering how he keeps his girlish figure,  he’s hanging out at a place that features Burgers, Beer and Bourbon.  The menu is HERE.

AND while I’m listening to the GOP hacks grill  Director Mueller , a WWII combat vet who is enduring insinuations and insults from twerps like Jim Jordan with aplomb, I find myself wondering, WHY would a young person ever go into government service when they could make ten times the money working for a private  law firm?  AND the other thing to worry about today is that Trump has become completely unhinged,  having developed a fantasy that the Second Amendment  conveys royal powers upon the President.  No one else since 1776 has discovered this.  Isn’t  he clever?  Read about it HERE.

Mitch McConnell is receiving 90% of his re-election donations from OUTSIDE Kentucky.  Hmmmmm…

I’ve started calling Our Fake President Despicable Don  in honor of his despicable  performance before a group of HIGH SCHOOLERS .  Anyone else would have treated them to a nice little patriotic speech, but Don only knows how to express his many grievances, including tearing into The Squad . AND Despicable Don hasn’t given up his lying ways, as witnessed HERE. 

SAVE THIS/CLIP THIS:  The six biggest takeaways from Mueller’s testimony as summarized by the WAPO.   Keep them handy and read them HERE.

HARBOR GROUP MEETS ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 31

From the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group:

Aquafarming for Humboldt Bay?

Eureka, CA–“Aquafarming for Humboldt Bay” will be the topic at the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group monthly luncheon on Wednesday, July 31.
 
In February, Nordic Aquafarms Inc., through its subsidiary California Marine Investments, announced plans to build a land-based fish farm in Humboldt County to serve West Coast markets. Lynette Mullen, Nordic Aquafarm’s local Community Liaison, will be presenting an overview of the project planned for the Samoa Peninsula.
 
Nordic Aquafarms is one of the premier investors and developers in land-based aquaculture internationally, with production facilities in Norway and Denmark, and two projects under development in Maine and Humboldt County. The company is a trailblazer in the land-based fish farming industry and is supported by strong and well-established financial investors. Nordic is developing sustainable fish farming practices to deliver super fresh high-quality seafood to regional markets. The founders are committed to a low environmental impact and sustainability in every facet of the business, from setting new standards for discharge, to energy efficiency and solar power, to refusing to use GMO fish and feed.  More information about the proposed project can be found at
www.nordichumboldt.com.
 
The Harbor Working Group’s luncheons are held on the last Wednesday of each month. Their programs focus on the development of the Port of Humboldt Bay as an international seaport. Last year, the presentations were directed to envisioning the Harbor as an international seaport. This year, the programs are dedicated to learning what can be done—and what is being done—to make it happen.
 
The luncheon is a “no host” event. Lunch starts being served at noon; and the presentation starts around 12:30.
 
Roast Beef will be served for lunch at $16 and soup and salad is available for $12.  Please RSVP at 707-441-1974 or
charles.bean@yahoo.com.