SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, April 28 2019

Lots of news this week, we’ll try to bring you the highlights.  Hilary Clinton has a calm perspective on the Mueller report  that you can read right HERE. 

Philip Bump of the Washington Post,  puts Our Dear Leader in perspective HERE.  And if you were wondering whether Jared’s buddies, the Saudis,  have changed their ways, the answer is right HERE.

The BEST news all week is that the NRA is falling apart.  Read about it HERE.  The Atlantic has an interesting read about Mick Mulvaney,  right HERE.

“The past is always with us.”  The WAPO’s take on political correctness.  Remember Kate Smith?  Read about her HERE. 

We mentioned the Café Milano before as being Jared and Ivanka’s fave hangout. On Thursday the diners included Rudy Giuliani, the Larry Kudlows and Debbie Dingle. What a hot spot! HERE’s what we’re missing.

And, this from CNN: @jaketapper: “Senior administration official: this morning White House Cabinet Secretary Bill McGinley announced that all Trump administration officials are being ordered to boycott the White House Correspondents Association dinner this weekend.” … “Administration official adds that the order came from President Trump personally though staffers have been trying to talk him out of it.” What kind of President would willfully damage his own standing with the media? A dictator, maybe?

AND WHAT KIND OF PRESIDENT wouldn’t want to secure his country’s elections from cyber attacks? Hmmmmm?

Locally, how should I feel about the fact that the biggest headline in our local paper of record in months is about In and Out Burger? We’ve always been food-centric, but this is ridiculous. Don’t get your hopes up, folks! They’re not that great! I’d take Stars anytime.

While we’re at it, what kind of Congressman would try to take away free tax filing from his constituents? The same Rep. Richard Neal who seems to be so solicitous about his constituents when he gets TV time s as a member of the House Way & Mans committee. He’s a RAT! not the kind of rat Our Fake President wails about, the kind who cooperates with the Justice Dept, no a REAL Rat who screws his constituents. Read about him HERE.

Happy Passover, everyone!

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING as the media devours the Mueller Report-APRIL 21 2019

Happy Easter, everyone!  My least favorite holiday is going to be sunny, anyway

...and I’m stuck at home waiting for a grocery delivery with one eye on the TV. Speaking of food, after Barr dropped the Mueller report on Wednesday night, he dined at the popular TOSCA. Inviting menu, but no low-cal choices for our portly AG. Strict cancellation policy, too. Read about it HERE.

WHAT? You haven’t made it through all the 400 pages? It’s going to take me awhile. I’m going to send for it from Amazon. Seems fitting. I’m old enough to remember how we all carried that blue paperback around for weeks in 1998 when we had our last Special Counsel crisis. That one was a lot more fun to read, what with all the sex, and the hideous characters (remember Linda Tripp?) and so forth. For the nonce, I will not overwhelm you with analysis. I think this should marinate for a few days. At least the damn report is now available, and all the spin from Barr cannot change it. If you need a link to the report, it’s HERE.

For one of the juicier links, hold on. Trump’s fury at Don McGahn for- horrors!- obeying the law is set forth in the WAPO HERE.

Our snarling President’s contempt for the rule of law is further illustrated by his remarkable assertion, on Meet the Press, that there is nothing wrong with accepting oppo research from our country’s greatest enemy. How low COULD they go? I hope we don’t have to go thru another election to find out. Will impeachment be necessary? I’m for whatever gets him out the fastest.

On to cheerier news, the Times picked up on the weird resignation letter that Allen McCloskey sent to the HCCDC with some weird pictures attached and some weird assertions included, especially the part about .a “hidden fund”. Having been involved in the HCDCC for a number of years, I can assure you there is no more over-regulated area of life than campaign finance law and the notion of an off-the -books slush fund is ludicrous.

I’m also puzzled as to why a lot of opposition to Rex Bohn is surfacing. Rex has been saying dumb things for years! Why only now is anyone noticing? Is there a candidate out there who’s willing to take him on? Step up, sir or madam. Love to see it.

HARBOR GROUP MEETS WED APRIL 24 in SAMOA

From the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group:

“It works for the Port of Coos Bay. Why not for the Port of Humboldt Bay?”

Eureka– The topic for the April 24 Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group monthly luncheon will be “Why is the Port of Coos Bay an active, working port, and not the Port of Humboldt Bay?”

The Port of Coos Bay is an international port, where maritime and rail commerce thrives amidst the beauty of Oregon’s South Coast. Every year, more than 1.5 million tons of cargo move through the Coos Bay harbor and over 10,000 tons of seafood are landed at the harbor’s marina. That is not the scenario for the Port of Humboldt Bay, which has conditions very similar to Coos Bay. The reasons why it is working for Coos Bay and not Humboldt Bay will be explored during the luncheon.

The Port of Humboldt Bay is critically underutilized. In exploring why, it is underutilized, we will compare the Port’s conditions of those of Coos Bay and the ports of Oakland and Portland.

The Harbor Working Group’s luncheon program continues to be focused on “The Development of the Port of Humboldt Bay as an International Seaport.” Last year, the presentations were directed to envisioning our 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.

Attend the luncheon and stay informed about our Harbor and the plans and efforts for developing the Port of Humboldt Bay as an international seaport.
The luncheon is scheduled to be held at the Samoa Cookhouse Wednesday, April 24. The luncheon is a “no host” event. Lunch starts being served at noon; and the presentation starts around 12:30.

Meatloaf 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.