-Did you vote for Sean Hannity?  He wasn’t on the ballot, was he?  Yet,  several reliable sources have reported that because Our Fake President has fired or alienated so many sources of wisdom he is getting NO INPUT into his governance except from FOX TV pundits.  When you elect a President whose only successful occupation was as a TV host,  that’s what you get.  You get Hannity, Jeanne Pirro and Lou Dobbs.

KAVANAUGH- the saga drags on.  There are  a dozen reasons for not confirming this child of privilege, the fact that he’s a harasser is just one more. The entire value of his nomination is that it thrusts into the limelight the piggish actions of Grassley and the rest of the GOP establishment.  Hurry, midterms. Hopefully,  we will see women voters out in force.

PUMPKINS- for some reason, I’m really ready for Hallowe’en this year.  I’ve already got a big pile of candy on the DR table.  I always put two or three pumpkins by the  front gate. I let them sit there till they’re rotten, then I can scrape them into a garage bag. One year I woke up the morning after Hallowe’en to find someone had heaved them all into the middle of the street and I had to clean them up.  I know who did it, too.  I can’t recall his name but he lived in one of the cottages across the street and I think he was a dealer of some kind.  He came to a bad end.  So don’t mess with the pumpkins.

LOCAL ELECTIONS- I never think that elections are REAL until my sample ballot shows up.  I called the elections office and they said that they’d be mailed this week.  I don’t get to vote  for much this time, but that doesn’t stop me from having opinions.   FWIW, I’d vote for Natalie and Kim,  also for Richard Marks again for Harbor Commission. I am amazed that Marian Brady is running against him.  Her credibility will go poof once word gets around that she is backing the looney East-West railroad scheme.  Marian is a good woman, it’s a shame.  She obviously wants to hold another office.  I would vote for Susan Seaman for Mayor.  I have worked with her  briefly and I know her to be pleasant and  competent.  In Ward One I would vote for Hailey Lamb. She’s young but at least she’s a Democrat.  Caroline Brooks is unknown to me but her husband, John Chaffin,  is a very nice guy.  Anthony Mantova is a right-winger product of Hillsdale College. I can’t see him gaining any traction locally. IF anyone want’s to revisit John Fullerton’s behavior from last election, Google my post from December 2014.   He has about as much chance of getting elected as I do, and I’m not running.




– Weird Phone Calls: I got a call supposedly from Apple ordering me to call 877 252 7540. When I googled the number, it came up as a scam. I wonder if they even USE phones at Apple?   I also got a robocall, supposedly from United Healthcare, telling me to call but the recording was so bad I couldn’t understand it. When I called the number on the back of my card, the rep said it was a scam.  Just sayin’.

IS Chic-Fil-A coming to Mt Shasta Mall??? Lots of rumors from the Searchlight-Record. Like THIS.

This will be a dilemma  for CFA fanatics like me.   NO,  it is not okay to drive two hours for a sandwich!  Is it?

OUR NO-CLASS PRESIDENT continues to distinguish himself by trashing the victims of last years’ Hurricane so he can aggrandize himself.  Thank God he’ll be gone soon.   Meanwhile the damage from Florence is still being assessed.  We stayed a couple of days in New Bern few years ago in a B&B beautifully appointed and preserved. The proprietors  were Christians and wanted  us to pray before breakfast. We cheerfully complied.  I hope those prayers did them some good.  New Bern is a beautiful little town which contains the oldest school house in the US, from the 1600’s. Prayers for all the victims.

IS BRETT KAVANAUGH A RAPIST or a would-be rapist?  I don’t know and I’m not sure I care. I don’t have much respect for  people who sit on grievances for years and then bring them forth, but it’s not politically correct these days to question them.  I hope he’s rejected  for his weasel testimony,  not for  this last-minute character question.

THE BENBOW EFFECT-  For the last few years, my family has been having its summer reunion at the Benbow.  We skipped last year because of the big construction project and were eager to see how the place looked.  The new construction has been done so artfully it’s unobtrusive.  You could walk right past the new entrance.  But they haven ruined anything, only enhanced. I asked for an ADA room and was placed in the new 4th floor, where the rooms have been constructed out of what used to be offices. The bathroom was huge! We were apprehensive because there had been a rash of negative Yelp reviews  I swear to God, I can’t figure out why.  The service was snappy and the food was  better than ever. We were there during the week and there were no weddings or the like going on but the eight of us gave the staff a workout.  The youngster who adjusted our cooler was from Serbia. We loved the  lox benedict and of course the salmon was good.  We love going down during Christmas.  For $12 you get a world-class lunch and you’ll feel like a millionaire for a couple of days.  Works for me, anyway.