SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, Feb 1, 2020

SUPER BOWL EDITION

(From POLITICO) TRUMP to Secretary of State MIKE POMPEO, about berating and cursing at an NPR reporter: “That reporter couldn’t have done too good a job on you yesterday. I think you did a good job on her, actually.”    And the War on Media continues…..

(from POLITICO)   Over on Fox, Lou Dobbs ruthlessly attacked Bolton. He said he told Bolton months ago to “go to hell.” Dobbs referred to Bolton as a “turncoat.” And he called him a “petty snarling Lilliputian.” Mediaite has some of the video here… “Petty snarling  lilliputan?”   I wanted that title!

AND HERE’S THE BEST PART: Dersh and the GOP now claim that Trump can do ANYTHING HE WANTS and still not warrant impeachment. Go figure. Read the New Yorker’s account HERE.

The Senate portion of the hearings has been too dull to watch. The GOP trotted out their stable of second-rate lawyers. Is Pat Cippilone the most boring ever? And it turns out he’s a liar to boot. The Democrats had some losers, too, like that woman from Texas couldn’t even read her copy correctly. Not ready for prime time. (She cleaned up her act on Thursday.) At this point it’s pretty clear that the GOP will bring off an acquittal but it’s also clear that a LOT of people have watched. Which is not good for the GOP.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS CLOSING- Everyone in Eureka has been upset over the number of restaurants that have closed lately- the Vienna Bistro (Stuf’d Potato), Mazzotti’s Eureka, Roy’s, the Hana etc. WHY ARE NOT THE CHAMBER AND THE SBDC WORKING TOGETHER TO MATCH UP THE EMPTY VENUES WITH WILLING ENTREPRENEURS?? Is the City Council doing anything? We are rolling out the carpet for corporate robbers while LOCAL restaurants are dying on the vine! Does this seem right to you?

I HATE FOOTBALL but I’ll use it as an escape from politics, not by watching it but as background noise while gathering my tax files. Last year we watched the Puppy Bowl. Some folks do Fantasy Football. I do Fantasy Dinner Party. So far my requested guests would include Colin Kaepernick, Lil Nas X, Andrew Yang and John Bolton. Maybe Fiona Hill, too. You??

Enjoy your weekend. Today is February!

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, JAN 26, 2020

THE PRESIDENT tweeting at 8:20 a.m.: “Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man. He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!” Everyone send me your lists immediately of the crimes committed by A Schiff. Aren’t you proud of your President?

From NPR’s interview vetweem Mary Louse Keelu and Mike Pompeo:

At the conclusion of the interview, Kelly said she was asked to follow an aide who led her (without a recording device) to Pompeo’s private living room. Kelly described what happened next: “He shouted at me for about same amount of time as the interview itself had lasted.” Kelly said Pompeo, using profanity, asked her, “Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?”
According to Kelly, Pompeo then questioned whether she could find Ukraine on a map. Kelly said when she replied affirmatively, Pompeo “called out for aides to bring us a map of the world.” Kelly explained, “I pointed to Ukraine. He put the map away.” According to Kelly, Pompeo said before leaving the room, “People will hear about this.” He was right about that…


POMPEO AND TRUMP are two of a kind, both are crooks who live i a world of rats and snitches.

I’m sorry, i just heard about Kobe and I can’t finish this . Say a little prayer and have a nice day with your family.

HARBOR GROUP TO MEET WEDNESDAY, JAN 29

From the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group: 

Port of Humboldt Bay, yes…but what about the rest of the Bay?

Eureka–The Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group’s monthly luncheon will host Bob Gearheart, emeritus professor of environmental engineering at Humboldt State University Wednesday, January 29.  Dr. Gearheart is involved with Arcata’s Marsh that serves as a sewage treatment plant, a recreation area, and a wildlife sanctuary and aquaculture project.

The Working Group’s monthly lunch program has been focused on the development of the Port of Humboldt Bay as an international seaport. During 2018, the presentations were directed to envisioning the Harbor as an international seaport. Last year in 2019, the presentations were dedicated to learning what can be done to make it happen.  This year the presentations will be dedicated to advance making it happen…except for this month’s presentation that will be about the part of the Bay outside the Harbor’s immediate Port area.

During the past 120 years Humboldt Bay’s shoreline has been developed for industrial, commercial, agricultural, and residential uses significantly decreasing the size of the Bay.  It is believed that before development began the Bay covered 27,000 acres.  Reclamation projects reduced the Bay to 17,000 acres.

Dr. Gearheart will be presenting current thoughts as to what the issues are—the challenges and opportunities—related to the “other part” of the Bay.

Meatloaf will be on the menu for this month’s luncheon. The Group’s luncheons are held on the last Wednesday of each month.  The luncheon is a “no host” event at $16, and soup and salad is available for $12.  Lunch starts being served at noon; and the presentation starts around 12:30.

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, Jan 19 2020

BEST LINE OF THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE — Warren: “Look at the men on this stage. Collectively, they have lost ten elections. The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they’ve been in are the women. Amy and me.”

– PELOSI RIPS FACEBOOK: “The Facebook business model is strictly to make money. They don’t care about the impact on children. They don’t care about truth. … All they want are their tax cuts and no antitrust action against them. And they schmooze this administration in that regard. … I think that what they have said very blatantly, very clearly that they intend to be accomplices for misleading the American people, with money from God knows where.”

WILL SOMEONE PLEASE give John Kasich a talk show? He obviously wants it and probably deserves it;. While we’re at it, take care of the MOOCH, (Anthony Scaramucci) too! He’s a flake, but always has something interesting to say.

While we’re at it, did you all see Tom Steyer manipulate himself between Bernie and Liz when they were snarling at each other during the debate? He’s apparently a master babysitter, which is what these debates require. A peacemaker! Tom Steyer for Secretary of State!

I will SERIOUSLY miss The Vienna Bistro, formerly the Stuf’d Potato. They were one of the two or three best restaurants in town and we’ve lost too many of them. Happy retirement, Helga, and thanks for the memories.

MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH FAKE NEWS- or I should say, unmistakably fake news. SA couple of days ago a friend showed me his phone which was carrying a Yahoo News story about the Iranians posting a huge reward for Trump’s head. I didn’t think it sounded real so I started Googling and sure enough it was quickly taken down. BE VIGILANT! We are headed into the dirtiest election in history. 288 days to go!

I ALMOST FEEL SORRY FOR TRUMP. He doesn’t have the intellectual capacity to understand the charges against him so he is reduced to bleating repeatedly about his “perfect” phone call and the “hoax” of which he is a victim. Does he even know that a “hoax” is something that isn’t true? That the 24 indictments left over from Mueller time are REAL and he may soon be sharing a cell block with his fixer, Michael Cohen? He is like an animal locked up in the dark with only sycophants and second-raters in his side. (Check out his legal team- with the exception of Alan Dershowitz there’s not a first -rate mind among them, and Dersh has already excused himself from the heavy lifting. BTW, Michael Wolff ‘s book, Seige, describes Trump summoning AD to the White House, where he inquired if AD would represent him. AD informed Trump that his fee was $1M up front, whereupon he never heard back again. Like all bums, Trump never plays with his own money. ) This man has wreaked so much havoc upon the government that the employees of the National Archives blurred out the anti-Trump signs from photos of the first Me Too march. We are losing our reality and our history because of this big baby. Thanks to Trump and his forsaken buddy Lev Parnas, the people really have to ask, who has more credibility, the President of the United States or a two-bit Russian gangster.? I predict Rudy Giuliani will end up with a prison sentence. Deservedly.

ENJOY THE WEEKEND!