SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, September 8 2019

FOURTEEN MONTHS TO GO BEFORE TRUMP GETS HIS COMEUPPANCE-OR NOT.  Now he’s CREATING  the Fake News:  FROM BRIAN STELTER IN THE WAPO:

The president spread false info during an emergency situation three times in one day. Then insisted he was right when he was corrected. And he’s still swearing he was right and suggesting news outlets should apologize to him. I believe this example of Trump’s reality distortion field is so egregious that it will be recorded in history books…

FROM GEN MATTIS’ MEMOIR: (in the WAPO)  “If you haven’t read hundreds of books, you are functionally illiterate, and you will be incompetent, because your personal experiences alone aren’t broad enough to sustain you,” Jim Mattis writes in his new memoir, which came out yesterday. “Any commander who claims he is ‘too busy to read’ is going to fill body bags with his troops as he learns the hard way.”

The commander in chief has repeatedly said that he’s too busy to read. “I never have. I’m always busy doing a lot. Now I’m more busy, I guess, than ever before,” President Trump told The Washington Post in 2016.

We haven’t reviewed restaurants lately because we’ve been eating at home a lot.  We’ve had TWO excellent meals at the Ivanhoe and a forgettable meal at the Hana. Not a bad meal,  just totally forgettable.

Enjoy this beautiful Fall weather!

HERE IT IS! THE CLIFF’S NOTES VERSION OF MICHAEL WOLFF’S “SEIGE”

His first book,” Fire and Fury”, chronicled the first year of the Trump era, his second, the second year up thru the 2018 midterm. Good gossip. Enjoy!

The main source for  this book is one Steven K. Bannon.  Gahn,  Cobb, Sekulow ran into problems trying  to function as Trump’s attorneys early on.  They had to tell him what he wanted to hear. A dozen  first-rate law firms turned Trump down,  didn’t want to represent him.   Bannon’s legal fees amounted to $2M the first year.  Larry Summers’ wife hated Bannon so much she wouldn’t let him in the house, even for meetings.

Trump wanted to fire his lawyers (Dowd, Cobb) and started shopping for someone else.  He had dinner with Alan Dershowitz who offered to represent him for $1M up front.  Trump never got back to him.  Giuliani,  in the midst of a miserable third marriage, would do anything to get out of the house and offered to work for free. At one point Trump wanted to name Giuliani to the Supreme Court. Bannon described him as “demented and drinks too much’.

Michael Cohen was  literally a bagman, having been described by Sam Nunberg as  having bags of cash for dealing with women and other off-the-books problems. Melania’s parents are ensconced in a house in Maryland where Melania herself spends most of her time.  Trump is hostile to his son Barron because he needs to be the tallest person in the room and Barron is going to be taller.

It was Jared Kushner who put the idea into Trump’s head that he could get a Nobel Prize (just like Obama!) if peace were made with North Korea.   Trump likes one-on -one meetings, loathes meetings where he’s in a crowd.  Afraid of being ganged up on.

Bannon likes to take credit for Brexit. The only British Trump met alone with on his trip was the Queen,  the kids were left out. The Russians also interfered in the French elections on behalf  of Mme. LePen.  What happened in Helsinki?  Description of Trump returning from his mysterious  no-notes meeting with Putin “looking like a ghost”.

When Trump has guests for lunch at Bedminster, he serves hot dogs.  Not the good ones. ether- Nathan’s.  He carries Oscar Meyer lunchmeat around in his pockets.  MBS,  Jared’s best buddy who ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi,, is a coke addict who plays video games  for days on end. In the Fall of 2017 Trump told many people that Nicky Haley had given him a blow job.  No one believed him.

The disastrous mid-term elections of 2018, came and went without significant help from the White House. Sean Hannity told Bannon,    regarding Trump’s mood swings, tbat the President seemed “totally fucking crazy”. Over the 2017 Holidays,  he may or may not have stayed behind  while sending Melania off to Florida because he was  “banging” a young intern.  By February, even Lou Dobbs was referring to the President as “delusional.”

THE FOREGOING  IS NOT A SYNOPSIS.  It’s just a few snippets from the book, which you should certainly read. Available from Eureka Books and Amazon.

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS- Sept 2 2019

From POLITICO:  “Do you know the difference between Donald Trump and Greenland? Greenland is not for sale.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, one of several Dems to invoke Trump coveting the Danish territory.

And ALSO from POLITICO:

TWEET OF THE DAY: Rep. Eric Swalwell @EricSwalwell on AG Barr booking a holiday party at a Trump property: “Impeach him. Impeach every lawless Trump official. They don’t care and never will until held accountable. This is a smash & grab presidency. We are not helpless: tell every Member of Congress.”

BERNIE THE CRANK? Dems in town for DNC packed in John’s Grill, the 111-year old bistro that’s become a go-to for pols in San Francisco. Owner John Konstin tells POLITICO he hosted a full house, including a big party with Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, all led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was “pure class.”

— Says Konstin: “It was all very nice, except for cranky Bernie.” The Vermont senator (who ordered lobster bisque, an heirloom tomato salad and a Diet Coke) arrived for dinner with about 15 of his team — but “he didn’t want to shake hands, he didn’t want a picture,” Konstin reports. And there was no campaign face, either, apparently: “He wasn’t nice to any of the staff,” says the veteran restaurateur. The “rude and cranky” 2020 candidate did have an impact, Konstin says. “He lost my vote.

Surely it is not a coincidence that the two most noticeable PYRAMIDs in the North State are both for sale- the Transamerica Tower and Sacramento’s Ziggurat. I’ll take the Zig.

Farewell to summer? To me, the best months of the year are September and October. Enjoy your long weekend!

HARBOR GROUP TO MEET WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28

From the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group:

Dredging Humboldt Bay Harbor

Eureka—The Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group (HBHWG) presents Commissioner Larry Doss, District 1 and Commissioner Pat Higgins, District 5 of the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation & Conservation District.

The Commissioners will share information on the current Dredging permitting plans and discussion on utilization of the dredged material in a safe manner to protect our local environment. Following their presentations there will be a panel discussion with Commissioner Pat Higgins, Captain Tod Reincke of Reincke Marine Fabrication, and one other from the Environmental point of view.

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.

Fried Chicken 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.