Short Ribs and Random Thoughts Oct 17 2017

It should be clear to any intelligent voter that our Fake President did not win the election because of Russia interference, but because he has been the only candidate in history to go into the election with 100% name recognition. If he continues his course, he will also be the first President in history to inflict a major loss of health benefits on the people in our society who are least able to sustain them.  He should be ashamed, but he is incapable of shame.   Three weeks after the hurricane, 30% of Puerto Rico has no clean water and 85% of the people have no electricity but he wants to be praised while he pitches paper towels to the peasants like a damn Marie Antoinette.  Work hard, Bob Mueller, work hard.

THE FIRES- everyone has a fire story. Two of my cousins in Santa Rosa are back home but still may have to leave because of air quality.  My other cousin sold his home in Fountaingrove last  year.  It has burned to the ground. There is nothing more upsetting than seeing a family home destroyed, except for the loss of life.

SOME FUN GUN STATS-from TIME.  There are 265 million guns in the US. These are owned by 35% of the population.  94% of all voters support background checks for all gun buyers. 57% believe guns are too easy to buy and only 35% think more Americans owning guns will make Americans safer. Finally, 30% of gun OWNERS support stricter gun laws.

DID YOU HEAR about the fire in Redding that was caused by a spark from a golf cart??? Something ELSE to worry about!  And what about the bozo who’s been aiming lasers at aircraft from “somewhere east of McKinleyville”?  Of COURSE it would be a bozo from MackTown!  Of COURSE!  Hope they catch him soon.  It’s obviously a “him.”  It always  is.

THE BALLOT- I know that people have fought and bled and died to preserve our right to vote, but isn’t  this going a little too far?  I live in Cutten.  I got a ballot giving me a choice of two people for CR trustee, a sheet of instructions (!), and  a “Mail Ballot Voter Receipt” that is mostly blank plus a return envelope to which YOU are supposed to attach a stamp. I would be that most of these get tossed  in the trash and never returned. There has to be a better, less wasteful was to do this.

I WILL ASK the same question to ATT customers that I ask to Facebook users and people who still deal with Wells Fargo- WHY ARE YOU STILL DOING THAT?

The long awaited and much anticipated Mity Nice Bakery – in the old HCAR building on 7th- has apparently changed their name to the Fat Cat Bakery, which is a improvement.  Mity Nice sounded too much like MICE.   Let’s hope for their early opening.   Let’s hope also that someone does something about the building NEXT to it which has to be The Worst Building In Eureka.  It it’s not, tell me which is.

The Stuf’d Potato- I thought a October-fest visit  would be appropriate but we got off to a false start because THEIR WEBSITE IS INCORRECT.  They are only open from 4pm-  NO lunch service at all anymore.  They have a Early Bird menu (not on the website) which basically echoes the dinner menu without soup/salad. I had the Jaegerschnitzel ( pork cutlet with a mushroom sauce) and it was well-prepared.  The only vegetables they had were that red cabbage I don’t like and carrots, which I don’t like either.  The potatoes come in kind of a ball, a little gummy but tasty. The veal was fine but the standout was their mushroom and bacon soup. It was outstanding and I would  go back just for that. HERE’s a link to their website but I would call to confirm before making that long trek to Broadway.  It’s an attractive and comfortable restaurant in a strip mall. Your grandmother will love it. 

Have you heard the Mexicans’ nickname for Trump? TWITLER!  I love it.

THIS JUST IN- Trump plays golf while our soldiers; bodies land at Langley,  lies that Obama didn’t meet the bodies of the troops. There is NO limit to his evil. 



October! Best month ever!   I love October.

KENNEDY FIELD- This has got to be the feel-good story of the year.  My intrepid neighbors made their feelings known and, at least for now, the hideous scheme to relocate the City corporation yard to the ball field across from the Zoo is on hold. Kudos to those who took the lead on this.  I’ve driven past that field for twenty years and never knew it was called Kennedy Field.

HOBBY LOBBY- the right-wing Christian-owned store opened in Redding this week, with a staff of 80!!   It’s supposed to be like a MIchael’s on steroids. This was the company that wouldn’t provide contraceptive care in its health plan. Bring me a plastic Jesus if you go.

HAVE YOU BEEN EQUIFAXED??  I got an email from Equifax telling me my data MAY have been breached and asking me to fill out a form including my FULL SSN.  I’ve decided to ignore it. I don’t need their monitoring to keep track of my two credit cards. I’ve been there before.  When I was working for the State, we all got hacked and they told us to notify the three credit agencies and get copies of our credit reports.  THAT was a revelation. All the credit reports could have qualified for the Pulitzer prize for Fiction but Equifax was the craziest. The showed me as having several charge accounts at Dayton-Hudson, a store in Minneapolis.   I’ve never been to Minneapolis  except passing through on the train. They would only correct errors one at a time!  You had to keep calling and calling.  Someday when I have absolutely nothing else to do,  I will worry about my credit reports.

FAREWELL CARPATHIAN!!!  What a horrible development!   I’ve dragged three or four people to Carpathian shows .  They were wonderful !  I never figured out whether he/she /it was male or female.  Child molestation is a tragedy whenever it happens, or is even alleged.   There is no good outcome.

THOSE BAGS OF HERSHEY’S HALLOWE’EN FUN-SIZE BARS have settled into a  price of 2/$7 IF you can find them.  Don’t pay any more. If you see them cheaper,  let us know. Hershey’s has started including the vile Twix in their bags. Twix just doesn’t cut it.  I discovered Skittles this past year.  They’re good!

MURPHY’S TO THE RESCUE-  I am an almost daily visitor to the Cutten Murphy’s.  Last week I apparently got separated from my wallet there.  I didn’t even know it till I got a call at 11pm from Joseph letting me know they had my wallet and it looked like everything was there. Everything was and  the Murphy’s staff has my eternal gratitude.  Support your local markets!

SI NEWHOUSE died the other day. He was in his ‘nineties and most of you have probably never heard of him but his family’s wealth and  patience have kept The New Yorker afloat for many years while other magazines bit the dust.  I literally learned to read from The New Yorker,  hanging in my aunt’s madrone tree in Mill Valley.  Well, that and Little Lulu comics. SUPPORT THE BEST MAGAZINE IN THE WORLD.   $99 for print AND digital if you get in on a promotion.

“PUERTO RICO’S DEBT MUST BE WIPED OUT” says our Fake President, who obviously has no plan to do so.  Maybe he’s so dumb he thinks territories can just file bankruptcy like he did.  Four times.

GOODBYE COLUMBUS?  When I was growing up, Columbus Day was  a day to honor our Italian citizens, not a glorification of the oppression of Native Americans. Outside  New York and SF, I guess no one has parades any more but I hope the holiday survives. We need an October holiday and why not have a Native Peoples’ Day during another month?

TEA FOR THE TILLERSON-  Overnight the most useless Secretary of State in history has secured his everlasting fame. For the record,  Tillerson is not accused of calling Trump a “moron”.  The exact term was “fucking moron”,  which sounds about right.  Trump, who seems to think he can govern by tweeting, is about to lose another Cabinet secretary to join those who have already proven themselves too corrupt or stupid to serve in government and those who have or are going to quit out of frustration with the man-child in the White House.

THE SPOOKS ON HARRISON-  That wonderful family across from the Immanuel Church has their display up again,  eight spooks dancing around in a circle  This year they have an addition,  a ghoulish “Last Supper” display. Thank you. folks!  If you see any outstanding Hallowe’en displays, let us know. We’ll spread the word.


Weed Woes in Siskiyou, Too

We’re not alone in dealing with the  results of illegal grows.  Siskiyou, with its tiny population, is not equipped to deal  with  what’s happening to it.  My sister and her husband lived in Etna for several years. They declared it was the only place they’d ever seen that actively DISCOURAGED  businesses.  (My brother in law has a cabinet shop.) 

Read about it HERE.