Short Ribs and Random Thoughts Aug 14 2017

Our Fake President can’t bring himself to condemn the racists in Charlottesville but can’t stop running his mouth re: North Korea. He needs to SHUT UP. Meanwhile, for the grown ups……

HIGH-SPEED RAIL- ain’t it comforting to know that they now have HSR in Inner Mongolia while California is still arguing over the Central Valley routes? They’ll have it in Fiji before Trump delivers on his great “infrastructure” initiative.

RESTAURANT  ROULETTE- Everyone’s abuzz this morning over the news that the China Buffet is closed for a few days due to sanitary deficiencies. Haven’t been there in a while although in the past I counted on them for dependable takeout, and even used them to cater parties. I hope they’re back online soon.  The also-closed  Gonsea, on the other hand, was a mediocre place I didn’t miss.  The good news is that the Gonsea has been purchased by the owner of A& J Ichiban and will reopen under the name “OISHII”, which is Japanese for “delicious”. Sounds good.

MORE RESTAURANT STUFF- I posted this on Yelp yesterday re: ESMERALDA’S

“We went yesterday (a Friday) to check out the $1 tacos. I’d only eaten there once before. Service was prompt and cheery. The deal is you have to order TEN tacos to get the $1 price but you can take them home if you don’t finish them. I wasn’t crazy about the idea of taking home leftover tacos with all the mess that that would entail so I was pleasantly surprised to see that the tacos were tiny! Even smaller than the normal “street taco”. There were several choices. We both had chicken and carnitas . The carnitas was great- good char! And the chicken was good but not the standout that the carnitas tacos were. I had NO PROBLEM finishing off five tacos . Our bill was $13 because I ordered a Mexican Coke. The Taco special runs from 130 to 4pm and again in the evening, I THINK from 8 to 9 but you’d better call. We will definitely be back!”

NEXTDOOR- those of you who are active on NextDoor have been seeing real estate ads that weren’t there before. We’ve been wondering how NextDoor was ever going to make any money. Guess this is how.  Read about it HERE
 
WHY CAN’T TRUMP CONDEMN WHITE NATIONALISM? He runs his mouth to condemn John McCain for being captured, Gold Star families and our European allies but can’t say an unpleasant word against the alt-right hoodlums or, God forbid, against  Vladimir Putin. He doesn’t have it in him to disavow his racist supporters and it looks like he never will. He started to read an acceptable statement but decided to wing it  and spoil it all by throwing in  the idea that there was violence  “on many sides”.  There was not. He’s making it easy for Mike Pence to look good.
 
PRIMAL DECOR- I needed an ear piercing redone but I hate the Mall so much I went online for more options and found out that this place is not far from me,  on Myrtle Avenue. It was a good experience and the staff were very professional. I was the only person in sight without a lot of tats and piercings but they were very welcoming and I would recommend them.  More fun than the Mall !!
 
I-NEED-TO-GET-OUT-MORE-DEPT- As I was leaving said Mall  after my annual visit to BBB  I saw a bunch of objects in the row closest to the street that  looked like hitching posts. Did you know the Mall has electric car chargers??  Good for them!!
 
The ECLIPSE-  From here, you have to drive to Eugene or thereabouts to get the full effect. I was still living in Hawaii in 1991 when we had a full eclipse over there.  It was around 10 or 11 in the morning and the Shipyard didn’t let people off their jobs lightly (something about preparedness)  but I found myself with about 500 of my colleagues up on top of the Supply Building hoping that the roof would hold.  It did.
 
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Our Fake President Wants A Real War

Unable to govern, he wants to spend the next seven years running for office, in  a “Groundhog Day” -like nightmare. He wants to endlessly relive past triumphs when he needs to move on. His short attention span and his profound ignorance are apparent in the stilted phrases he parrots without knowing what he’s reading from the teleprompter. 

Did you catch his body language?  Hugging himself so tightly it’s a wonder he could speak?  Repeating the apocalyptic ‘fury” language so beloved by Steve Bannon and the other right-wing freaks now inhabiting the White House,  he has no understanding of history or statecraft.  Will the grownups take over?  Will the Congress and the Joint Chiefs start working around him? Will he finish his term as a useless appendage?  That may be the BEST outcome.

Will his ignorance and klutziness result in the biggest power on earth destroying one of the poorest countries on earth ?  Is there no cleverness, or invention or strategy short of nuclear war to protect us?? Trump has always been a bully. America cannot afford to let him act out his fantasies.

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Short Ribs and Random Thoughts July 31 2017

We missed a week due to a near-nervous breakdown I experienced from the dual evils of having my TIVO go out again so I could only watch TV in the kitchen and, concurrently, a totally unrelated mishap involving my computer KEYBOARD which stopped functioning. The emails kept coming in but I couldn’t delete them or respond. Wonderful Cory from Cornerstone Computers fixed the keyboard in about a minute but it took Suddenlink SIX DAYS to fix the TIVO. I heard from four other people in the area that theirs was out too but S’link hates the term “outage”.

-You want loyalty? Get a dog.  Here’s POLITICO’S  read on Trump’s record on loyalty. Read it HERE.

-Have I railed  lately about the Zoo charging $100 to attend the Zootini?  I cant recall how much it was last year but I bought tickets for myself and a friend and didn’t think twice about it so it couldn’t have been that much. I  understand the  canopy will be expensive but sheese!  I was on the Zoo board when they were deciding whether to charge admission at all.  Those were the days!  Look for them to propose a big hike in admission fees. Well, I propose it’s time for the rest of the County, not just Eureka, to bear the cost of this REGIONAL tourist attraction.

-If Jeff Sessions isn’t the LEAST impressive person the in Federal government,  I don’t know who is.  There are counter clerks at Six Rivers Forest with more presence and composure. There are TSA baggage inspectors at the airport who inspire more confidence. But NO ONE including Jeff Sessions should be humiliated in the way Trump is humiliating him. Is he a masochist? We already know what Trump is…….BTW I hear that if you Google “Scaramucci divorce” you get some interesting stuff. 

-BTW if you listened carefully, Trump’s announcement on firing Priebus/Hiring Kelly reflected his thinking perfectly.  He referred to Kelly as a “Star”, reflecting his belief that he’s still a reality TV star, and referred to Priebus as “a good man”, meant to be damning with faint praise.  IF he ever figures out that he’s supposed to be the President of the United States, he’ll realize that “a good man” in government is ten times more valuable than a “star”. 

-What is the idea behind the stupid Sam Jackson commercials where he’s singing “Let’s Stay Together”? HE CAN’T SING!!!  Was that the whole point, to show that there are Black guys that cant sing?  We already knew that.

-Will Kid Rock run for  President? Swear to God he’s more qualified than Don the Con. The Kid (Robert Richie) even has a similar bio.  Both were  born into wealth (the Kid’s father owned several auto dealerships) and, like Trump, he borrowed money from the old man to start his career ($7500 to record an album). He’s not been known to file serial bankruptcies like Trump so he probably knows more about business  and government. He’s not quite as crazy as Ted Nugent, says he supports gay marriage. Maybe he’ll  reconcile with Pamela Anderson so she can be our First Lady. No crazier than what’s going on now.

-ANOTHER BOS SCREWUP- Ain’t it wonderful to hear that, 12 years after entering into a consent agreement, the County is finally going to abide by the ADA?  This County is very anti-ADA,  a function of poor education. Jason Singleton was either hounded out of town or left for greener pastures so I don’t know who you go to to file an ADA suit. There are several prominent businesses in flagrant violation  that need to be sued.  This is the same BOS, more or less, that brought us the 12-year GPU update and who hired an incompetent as Public Defender.  We STILL don’t know why he was hired. Everyone on the BOS, with the exception of Mike Wilson,  has had at least  one term already. ALL of them should move on when their current term ends.  It’s not supposed to be a lifetime job!

Just one more thought- who would you want next to you  in a foxhole,   Donald Trump or John McCain?  I thought so.

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One Eighth Of The Way Through The Trump Presidency

The past six months have demonstrated that the poor judgment of those voters who elevated Don the Con to the Presidency definitely had consequences.  We are stuck with a President who has no moral compass, no positions, no philosophy, who doesn’t seem to know the difference between reality and fantasy,  who blames everyone else for his failures,  and who appears to have been hypnotized or lobotomized by Vladimir Putin. Why else would he CONTINUE to deny that the Russians hacked our elections and, worse, refuse to take any actions to prevent it from happening again in 2018?

His miserable performance re: the GOP healthcare attempt shows that The Great Dealmaker wouldn’t know a great deal if he hit one in the road. Other Presidents get off their butts and make phone calls. Donnie whines and golfs.

Add to this the fact that this is the most SECRETIVE Presidency ever. What was he doing meeting alone with Russian officials in the Oval Office? He seems to like situations where only the Russians can keep records of what was said.  He’s met with Putin for three hours (including the G20 dinner) and the American people have NO IDEA what was said. Sad!

Finally, Trump fatigue has set in. His 37% or whatever it is support has topped out and  is subsiding. People are tired of the lies, the  hysteria,  the  shifting stories,  the endless corruption,  his untalented relatives occupying positions for which they have no qualifications, his laziness in filling Federal positions and his delusion that sending out Tweets is an acceptable substitute for real government.  Eventually,  he will render himself irrelevant. Congress and everyone else will just start working around him, ignoring him when they can.  If he survives the  Russia inquiry he will live out the remainder of his term barricaded  in the White House, watching Fox News and blaming everyone else for his poor performance. That’s about all he’s good for, besides kissing up to our enemies.  Essentially, we have no President.

Had enough? So have I.

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