SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, March 15, 2020

IDES OF MARCH edition. Well, SCUMP had his first honest-to-God crisis this week and he wasn’t up to the task. He’s fired everyone in the White House who could have kept him on track, and the second-raters and sycophants who are left don’t know their jobs either. Before he concluded his read-from-the -teleprompter speech, his flunkies had to issue THREE corrections. Keystone cop stuff. The only thing he said with any conviction was “I don’t take any responsibility” for his administration’s screwups. That clip will be seen ad nauseum when the fall campaign begins in earnest. This is probably the end of Trump as a political figure. Will anyone miss him?

Now that no one’s eating out, it may be more difficult to come up with juicy details of dining among the great and near-great, but we’ll keep an eye out. This too shall pass. And here’s an update from the WAPO on the White House’s response to our national crisis. It won’t put you into a good mood. Read it HERE.

SCUMP and the Coronavirus

NYT’S PETER BAKER in Palm Beach, Fla.: “For Trump, Coronavirus Proves to Be an Enemy He Can’t Tweet Away”: “For a president who lives in the moment, rarely planning too far ahead, the coronavirus has proved to be a leadership challenge he was not prepared for either. The outbreak that has rattled the nation does not respond to Mr. Trump’s favorite instruments of power: It cannot be cowed by Twitter posts, it cannot be shot down by drones, it cannot be overcome by party solidarity, it cannot be overpowered by campaign rally chants.

“Mr. Trump, who is at his strongest politically when he has a human enemy to attack, has seemed less certain of how to take on an invisible killer. The role of calming natural leader is not one that has come easily as he struggles to find the balance between public reassurance and Panglossian dismissiveness. He has predicted that the virus will ‘miraculously’ disappear on its own with warmer weather, suggested a vaccine will be available soon and insisted anyone who wants to be tested can be — all overstated or inaccurate.

He has expressed an astonishing lack of knowledge while at the same time claiming to be a medical savant. He has treated the crisis as a partisan battle, wearing his red Keep America Great campaign cap to the C.D.C. and calling the governor presiding over the state with the highest death toll a ‘snake.’ He even admitted that he wanted to leave passengers stranded on a cruise ship rather than see statistics for the number of cases on American soil go up because it would look bad.” NYT

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, March 8, 2020

 

(from POLITICO): ” MARK RANDALL MEADOWS, the new White House chief of staff, has a knack for hatching plans to solve problems. The catch is, his time in Congress has seen problems at least partially of his own making: government shutdowns he egged on, health care bills he scuttled and leadership brawls that he, at least tacitly, encouraged. YOU MIGHT SAY he has sometimes played both the arsonist and the fire brigade.

“NOW, MEADOWS is entering a job where his problem-solving mettle will be put to the absolute test. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP faces a nasty trio of problems: a virus outbreak spiraling out of control, an economy that’s flagging and, all on top of that, a re-election campaign that’s getting into full swing”.

THE BOTTOM LINE: our President has NO credibility and no moral compass.  And his calling Jay Inslee a “snake” is beneath contempt. And how much class did  he show by saying he wants to keep passengers on a liner so that the higher numbers won’t reflect badly on HIM?.  Always HIM.

Big picture from the NYT:  “He  (Trump) has dealt with the coronavirus, the first external crisis of his administration, by repeating a string of falsehoods rather than delivering reassurance…”     NOTE:  IF you get scary messages about  not being in a secure place.  Just click a couple of times.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson having dinner with White House political director Brian Jack and a handful of senior HUD staffers at the Olive Garden in Falls Church, Va., on Wednesday night. Yes, the Olive Garden! No taste, no class. NO menu because I won’t bother..

Happy Spring! Only eight more months of Trump.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT THE 2020 PRIMARY SEASON

Here’s Amy Klobuchar’s “hot dish” or “Casserole” recipe.. Hot Dish suppers are legendary in Midwestern politics and the recipes tend to be a little vague. The NYT reported it this way.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 to 1/2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 Onion, small
  • 3 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 12 ounces Pepper Jack Cheese, shredded
  • 1 package Tater Tots

PREPARATION

  1. Brown the ground beef, then drain off the fat. Sauté the onions and garlic. In a large bowl, mix together beef, onions, garlic, both cans of soup, salt, and pepper. Spread evenly into the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Cover with about ½ the shredded cheese, then place tater tots in one layer over the entire pan.
  2. Bake at 450 for 30 minutes, or until tater tots are crisp. Cover with remaining cheese and bake until cheese melts.

WE MADE THIS AND WE LOVED IT! Next time I’d sub in ground pork or sausage for the GB but it was great!. Let me know how you like it.

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, March 1, 2020

ALL THE NEWS FROM FRESNO!  As reported by POLITICO, on Thursday;

SPOTTED: In Fresno all day yesterday, Trump attorney Rudy Guiliani, who hit spots like the Ovidios restaurant — we’re told to raise money for his documentary on “corruption in the Ukraine.” Why Fresno? “Lots of conservative $$,” source tells us.  HERE’s the menu. Looks pretty standrd.

Several reliable sources are reporting that Clint Eastwood has abandoned Trump in favor of Bloomberg.  Stay tuned. 

And our friend SCUMP is busily trying to disable the intelligence community so he can control the flow of information.  Read about it HERE.

Our classy President is in South Carolina as of this writing where he has no legitimate business – he’s trolling the Democratic primary. Such a gem! SCUMP has also re-nominated John Ratcliffe as DNI. He’ll probably fail this time too.

And speaking of no class, that’s exactly what the citizens of the Second District will get for a Supervisor. Now that Cliff B has been exposed as just as much of a mindless doofus as his well-financed opponent I don’t see anything to choose between them. One makes racist jokes in the middle of a big crowd, the other uses the N word in an endorsement interview with the Times-Standard. They both flunk. Guess we’re set for four more years of Rex.

The central question for our democracy is: how much damage will SCUMP do before his exit? And how willing is he to sacrifice American lives to his fantasy of competence in managing the Corona situation? Let’s see. I have two bottles of sanitizer that I brought home from my last operation. Looks like there may be shortages so I’ll have to make them last. Actually, I’m staying HOME.

Those of you who aren’t may enjoy a presentation at the Cookhouse on Wednesday. From the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working group and the THA:

This is a reminder of the Harbor Working Group and the Timber Heritage Association (THA) special luncheon presentation next Wednesday, March 4.

Randy Gustafson (of Stone Consulting) will present the recently completed Bay Rail “Feasibility Study Update and Assessment Report.”   The report addresses program and funding opportunities to enhance rail use on Humboldt Bay.  Topics will include speeder rides and rallies, pedal-powered rail cycles, and excursion trains.  He will be available after for questions.

The presentation will follow a luncheon at the Samoa Cookhouse. The luncheon is a “no host” event and will start being served at noon.  Randy’s presentation will start around 12:15. ” RSVP to CHARLES at 441 1974 .

OK guys, stay healthy. And for something to do indoors, ‘Parasite” is available on Netflix, $5.99 on Suddenlink.