Mendocino County Today: Thursday, May 26, 2016

by AVA News Service, May 25, 2016

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GOTTA HAND IT TO MENDOLIB. They're always hustling — not to make the County (or the country) work a little better, hustling to get people like themselves into the high paying public jobs in all of the County's public bureaucracies. Who are they? Lots of trust funders, lots of people who already hold cush jobs in city and County government. Politically? They are Bill and Hillary to their solipsistic, self-interested cores because, politically, Billary represents people exactly like them — comfortable people, people who think it's simply wonderful that Jared Huffman is our congressman, and a pair of Healdsburg nerf balls allegedly represent us at the state level. Excuse the sweeper here, but this Mendolib apparatus, like some kind of insatiable succubus, is fastened to the necks of about 70 percent of us, and whatever and whoever they support you can be sure represents more of the same times ten.

THE FOLLOWING was written by a long-time opponent of Mendolib, but reflect almost exactly our opinions.

THE VOTERS of Mendocino County are about to anoint Fort Bragg attorney Patrick Pekin as our next Superior Court Judge. How can a virtual unknown come out of nowhere and beat a better qualified and experienced attorney like Keith Faulder? The short answer is Fort Bragg attorney Steve Antler. Antler runs a cottage industry hiring himself out as a campaign manager. Antler's strategy depends on networking  Democratic Party insiders to form a solid base of coast lib and inland lib. Antler and Pekin spent a lot of time over the last year touring around the county with Antler making the introductions and getting paid for his time. Pekin's job was to mouth the usual platitudes about treating everyone fairly, while avoiding saying anything of real substance, then earnestly asking for an endorsement.

WE BELIEVE the voters have a choice between two qualified candidates. We also believe that probably half the people who endorsed Mr. Pekin did so without really knowing anything much about the guy or even whether anyone else was running for the seat vacated by Judge David Nelson. Their decision to endorse Pekin, in effect, was made in a vacuum. As it turned out, Ukiah defense attorney, and former interim District Attorney, Keith Faulder, had decided to run for judge but gallantly waited until Nelson announced his retirement before starting his campaign. By then Antler and Pekin had already circled the Mendo block several times and Pekin had a who's who of libs already in the bag.

COAST LIBS for Pekin include Antler, the inevitable Rachel Binah, Lee Edmundson, Margaret Mary O'Rourke, former Fort Bragg City Councilmember and current KZYX Board of Directors Chair Meg Courtney, Fort Bragg City Manager Linda Ruffing, disgraced former Supervisor Kendall Smith, and Jeff Tyrell, the former district rep for State Senator Noreen Evans. Inland lib is represented by Ukiah Mayor Steve Scalmanini, former Ukiah Mayor Jim Mastin, charter county proponent Robin Sunbeam, Lynda McClure, Ginger Poulson, Joe Louis Wildman and Willits City Council members Madge Strong and Jolly Holly Madrigal. (In addition to Sunbeam, Pekin is also endorsed by at least half the candidates for the Charter Commission, almost all of whom are card carrying members of coast or inland lib.)

ODDLY ENOUGH, Pekin also rounded up conservative Fort Bragg realtor Paul Clark and the equally conservative Madeleine Melo, widow of Fort Bragg forester and City Council member Jere Melo, who was murdered by Aaron Bassler. Melo was investigating reports of a trespass marijuana grow which turned out instead to be an opium poppy garden. Mrs. Melo has dedicated her life to warning others of the dangers that trespass marijuana gardens pose to woods workers and those who just enjoy going for a hike, as well as the environmental destruction of trespass marijuana grows. Why she would endorse an unknown against a man endorsed top to bottom by law enforcement, is a mystery. Pekin also gained the endorsement of Martha Barra, wife of Employer's Council stalwart Charlie Barra, and conservative Mayor Bruce Burton of Willits. We think it goes back to Pekin making the rounds before anyone knew there was another candidate in the race. Pekin himself is a blandly acceptable character with chameleon tendencies who allow others to see him as one of them.

PEKIN lost no time getting introduced to the marijuana advocacy groups. He and Faulder were both on a panel at a cannabis confab held in Willits a few months back. But Pekin got the endorsement of marijuana movement lawyers Omar Figueroa and E.D. Lehrman, both of whom were also at the Willits event. Neither is a resident of the county but Pekin and Antler no doubt think the endorsements send the right signal to the cannabis community. Faulder is well known as a very successful defense attorney, who handles a lot of marijuana cases, but he was also known as a tough prosecutor, including marijuana cases. The pot growers have no reason to think Pekin will cut them slack, but they know Faulder will not. Faulder's current status as attorney of choice for marijuana defendants is testimony to his courtroom skill, but ironically may have cost him the support of anti-weed warriors like Bruce Burton and Madeleine Melo.

PEKIN has also made much of his status as a volunteer firefighter, although we question how many calls he has really been on. Where are the photos of Pekin rushing into the burning building? Comforting the accident victim? They may exist but if they did we would probably have seen or heard about them by now. What with full time campaigning for judge for the last year, and a three year old and a pair of one year old twins at home, we doubt candidate Pekin has much time to answer the fire alarm bell. But it has been enough to get him the endorsement of about ten of the local fire chiefs, including Anderson Valley Chief Andres Avila.

PEKIN'S other claim to fame is that he has coached high school students in mock trial competition, which is admirable but hardly the deciding factor in the race for Superior Court Judge. Faulder, a married man with grown daughters, has also coached mock trial competition and serves on the Board of Directors of Project Sanctuary which provides shelter and services to victims of domestic violence. Both candidates are willing to take the time to volunteer in our community and we are willing to believe they are both nice people who enjoy the love of their wives and children. But who will make a better judge?

PEKIN'S endorsement list, in addition to being top heavy with coast and inland lib, also has some real deal killers. We have already mentioned Kendall Smith who brazenly defrauded the County out of thousands of dollars of travel reimbursement for travel she did not take. After three Grand Jury investigations found against her she still refused to pay. It took the threat of arrest and prosecution from current District Attorney David Eyster to force Smith to pay up a small fraction of what she actually stole. Pekin is also endorsed by former Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools Paul Tichinin whose only accomplishment in twenty years in office was raising his pay and taking taxpayer funded jaunts around the country. Tichinin even had the gall to ask for a retroactive pay raise after he left office.

FINALLY, Pekin is endorsed by former judges Jonathan Lehan and Kirk Gustafson. Credible reports say Lehan was fortunate to escape public charges regarding his, ahem, less than professional conduct in the workplace. Gustafson, unable to hack the rigors of a 10 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon workload, retired on stress disability saying, it was just too much. What was really too much was his dysfunctional personal life centered on a collapsing relationship to a talented but troubled woman. Lehan and Gustafson were also marginally competent at best so it is not clear why Pekin values their endorsements.

MARGINAL JUDICIAL COMPETENCE brings us back to the Honorable Clayton L. Brennan, who presides over the Ten Mile Court in Fort Bragg. Brennan, married to former Ukiah Mayor Mari Rodin at the time, was a circuit riding defense attorney, specializing in drunk driving cases. Brennan made it a point to show up in court in seven different counties to troll up enough cases to make a living. Most courts in modern day America are run on a sort of factory system with defendants serving as the raw material that gets ground into a type of sausage that sustains the defense and prosecution attorneys, investigators, expert witnesses, bailiffs, and judges. The average drunk driving defendant shows up for arraignment without an attorney and without any idea what is happening to him or her. Attorneys like Clay Brennan, with no reputation or ability to attract clients on their own, are always on hand, hoping to be appointed to represent the unfortunate defendants. Mommy Brennan was or is a federal judge. Mom's help was significant in getting Brennan his sinecure at Ten Mile.

AWARE that one of the sitting judges planned to retire, Brennan hired Steve Antler to make the introductions to coast lib and line up endorsements. Antler, as promised, and as he was paid to do, delivered coast lib for Brennan. Inland lib was no problem as Brennan was married to Ukiah Mayor Mari Rodin who easily enlisted inland lib who were eager to take up the cry that Clay needs a job. Mari had long grown tired of the extra childcare duties that fell to her while Clay made the rounds of seven counties piecing together a marginal living as a lawyer. Brennan, with the help of Antler, was an easy winner at the polls. But it quickly became apparent that Brennan was a decided underachiever when it came to understanding the law or applying it. After a series of embarrassing gaffes, Brennan was exiled to Fort Bragg where his marginal abilities generally go unnoticed.

PEKIN AND BRENNAN share a number of other similarities besides paying Steve Antler to hard wire them with coast and inland lib. Like Brennan, who was a full blown circuit rider trolling the courts, Pekin also sought clients from among a captive audience as he was assigned to represent state prison inmates. Pekin says he was selected because of his legal expertise. The fact is, he put his name on a list because he needed clients just like Brennan needed clients. Also like Brennan, Pekin seems to have plenty of time to campaign. If Pekin was the hot shot lawyer his ads say he is, he would not have time to campaign virtually full time for a solid year. Faulder, on the other hand, has to balance his time on the campaign trail with his duty to represent a full stable of clients.

FAULDER has more experience as an attorney, and his experience is broader and more varied, having been both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Faulder's full caseload alone proves his skill. We also give the edge to Faulder based on his many more years of working and living in Mendocino County. We think it is important that our local judges fully understand the on the ground experience of life in Mendocino County. Faulder is smart, capable, accomplished and has the legal and life experience that best qualify him to serve as judge. But if you like Steve Antler and think Clay Brennan is a great judge, vote for Pekin.

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MOVE OVER BOTANICAL GARDENS  —

Hospitality House's $187,049.00 For Planting Twenty Dollar Bills But Not A Carrot In Sight.

The Giving Garden grant is for to be used over three years.

This is for the garden at the Hospitality House on McPherson St.

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These are the invoices for the Giving Garden. Notice the April invoice says utilities are $1372.16 then in May they corrected it saying they overbilled $643.60. Why didn't City staffer Jennifer Owen ask about the huge increase in the utility bill? They are just rubberstamping these things and writing out checks! Also notice how the hourly rate of pay changes for the Director. Some people in Fort Bragg think that is done to balance things out.

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Notice the agreement at the following link names Jennifer Owen as Grantee. The CDBG regulations say the Grantee is to monitor ALL programs financed with CDBG monies.

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People in Fort Bragg were told there would be gardens at the Hospitality House and Transitional House also. The only thing at the transitional house was a patio.

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WHAT’S AN EOB, YOU SOB?

Dear AVA,

I enclose a scanned copy of a bill I recently received from the Ukiah Valley Medical Center, the Adventist Hospital in Ukiah. This is a bill for a routine follow-up “encounter” with a specialist after some surgery I had a couple of years ago. In the past, these simple office “encounters” (which do no good other than checking to see if there has been any recurrence of the condition I was treated for back when; there hasn't) have never exceeded $70 or $80 after Medicare coverage is accounted for. Now all of a sudden I am being billed for almost $170, more than double the charges for previous “encounters,” with mysterious add-ons labeled as either "Medicare payments" or "Medicare discounts." One of the Medicare "payments" is listed as a negative payment of about $11.

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Obviously, I don't understand the mathematics nor the reason for the mysterious Medicare add-ons, so I called the customer service number listed on the bill. After many failed attempts I finally got hold of a friendly but inarticulate young woman named Julie who listened to my question about why the Medicare payments were added and what they meant.

She immediately replied, "Oh, our bills are very hard to understand."

She then rattled off a bunch of other charges which I didn't understand and which did not appear on any statement that I have which she apparently was reading from a screen concerning my account. I asked what those numbers were and she mentioned some other Medicare acronyms I again did not understand.

Julie then told me that she didn't understand the reason for the Medicare entries and that I should call 1-800-Medicare and ask for an "EOB." She then proceeded to explain the process of asking for an "EOB" without telling me what an EOB was. Finally I interrupted her and asked what an EOB was and she replied, "Oh, sorry, that's the Explanation of Benefits."

I replied that I didn't see that I was getting any benefits at all; in fact, I was being charged extra. She did not see any humor in that remark and told me again that UVMC bills are hard to understand and the Medicare information is plugged in there by a computer program.

Notice also that the bill shows that that this was a second notice, because I had tried to get an explanation for the earlier bill but couldn't get through to their customer service representatives and therefore did not pay it.

I told Julie that I wouldn't mind paying making a partial payment along the lines of my previous payments of about $70, but that I didn't see why I should pay for charges that I don't understand and doubt apply or are computer mistakes.

Julie agreed and said that the partial payment would be fine.

I am left wondering about whether I will be denied service at Ukiah Valley Medical Center in the future if I don't make a full payment for something that I doubt is correct. Or if a partial payment will only complicate things further since I doubt that “Julie said it was ok” will stand up as a reason for partial payment in front of Judge Nadel in small claims court. Or trying to call Medicare and asking (probably another computer) for an EOB that will probably not "explain" anything but just kick the over-bill down the road.

Any advice?

Name withheld, Ukiah

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YORKVILLE BOBCAT/Chicken Eater nabbed:

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Rantala

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ON WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016, at about 9:00 AM, Kay Graves, 74, of Fort Bragg, was in her kitchen when she was confronted by a strange man standing near her in her house. The man was wearing fabric tied around the lower portion of his face to conceal his identity and demanded that Graves give him money. Graves told the suspect that she did not have any money and he replied that he needs money and demanded that she give it to him. Graves maintained that she did not have money to give him and he turned to leave. When the suspect turned Graves saw that he was holding a large black handgun at his side. The suspect walked out of Graves’ house and ran toward the east into the woods. Graves called 911 and Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies arrived and began searching the area. A Sheriff's Office canine was used to assist in the search. The investigation eventually identified nearby resident Matthew Rantala as the suspect. Rantala was arrested and the disguise that he wore during the crime was recovered, as was the handgun. The handgun was found to be a replica firearm. Rantala was subsequently lodged in the Mendocino County Jail on charges of armed robbery, residential burglary, and personal use of a deadly weapon, with bail set at $200,000.

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WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE FROM HERE

To the Editor:

Why does it feel like Mendocino County is getting left behind in the marijuana industry we helped create? I think it’s time the local police and sheriff stop preying on local marijuana growers for the money in confiscating land, homes, vehicles, cash, etc. Which is obviously what’s going on, since we hold second place in drug related confiscations in the state, first being LA County. Our dollar value of confiscations is not far behind LA County and they have multiple millions of residents, where Mendocino County only has a couple hundred thousand residents. We need to embrace the pot industry if we don’t want to get left behind, just so crooked local law officers can line their pockets with extra cash. The Mendocino County police force continues to grow by filling residents’ heads with nonsense about how they are not safe because of gang violence, we have no higher gang violence ratio than any county in California. Our gang violence is so low, we don’t even have to mix gang members with the general population in the county jail. We have enough single cells for them in our tiny jail. Why we need to spend millions on a new courthouse to sentence more people to an overpopulated outdated jail is beyond me. Sheriff Tom Allman seems very far from a hero to me, with his mental health outreach. Our county jail is full of mentally ill inmates who need help, not long prison sentences and a lock down cell to themselves for 47 out of every 48 hours at the jail. While our local sex offenders and child molesters are free to roam their very own module. Our sexual offenders and child molesters outnumber our gang members.

Which leaves me to believe we need to spend more time making sure our women and children are safe from sexual offenders who obviously have mental issues and meth addictions, and might not be doing time for offenses that probably would not have happened if our hero Allman was actually doing what he says and getting the mental health situation under control. He would probably be too busy to be raiding pot farmers and we would be passing laws and regulations to help our economy and marijuana industry flourish, which would bring millions in tax money and provide hundreds of jobs, that would help reduce our homeless population, so tourists won’t shy away from our county.

Or maybe I’m just crazy and should seek Tom’s award winning mental health outreach.

Javier Garcia, Mendocino County Jail

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CATCH OF THE DAY, May 24-25, 2016

Aguilar, Bixby, Davis

Aguilar, Bixby, Davis

FERNANDO AGUILAR, Ukiah. DUI, paraphernalia.

DONALD BIXBY III, Canoga park/Ukiah. DUI.

BRITTANY DAVIS, Ukiah. Mandatory supervision sentencing.

Diaz-Guerrero, Ella, Evans

Diaz-Guerrero, Ella, Evans

JAVIER DIAZ-GUERRERO, Covelo. Rape, contributing, controlled substance, failure to appear.

CONNOR ELLA, Santa Barbara/Ukiah. Failure to appear.

WILLIAM EVANS, Fort Bragg. Probation revocation. (Frequent flyer.)

Flowers, Guevara, Halvorsen

Flowers, Guevara, Halvorsen

DEVON FLOWERS, Poway/Willits. Pot cultivation, sale, resisting, probation revocation.

MIGUEL GUEVARA, Ukiah. Meth possession for sale, paraphernalia, leaded cane/billyclub, resisting, failure to appear, probation revocation.

NICHOLAS HALVORSEN, Fort Bragg. Probation revocation. (Frequent flyer.)

Heidinger, Hicks, Jun

Heidinger, Hicks, Jun

SCOTT HEIDINGER, Failure to appear, probation revocation.

IVORY HICKS, Ukiah. Drunk in public.

LI JUN, San Francisco. Commerical ab diving.

Mallett, Milberger, Scarberry

Mallett, Milberger, Scarberry

JANET MALLETT, Ukiah. Failure to appear.

STEPHANIE MILBERGER, Ukiah. Probation revocation.

NICHOLAS SCARBERRY, Laytonville. Meth sales.

Schleper, Schmidt, Svendsen

Schleper, Schmidt, Svendsen

BRANDY SCHLEPER, Ukiah. Controlled substance, paraphernalia.

DANA SCHMIDT, Willits. Domestic assault.

ASHLEY SVENDSEN, Willits. Probation revocation.

Taylor, Tompkins, Williams

Taylor, Tompkins, Williams

PATRICK TAYLOR, Ukiah. Resisting, probation revocation.

KELSEY TOMPKINS, Ukiah. Arson.

EDNA WILLIAMS, Ukiah. Under influence, interference with emergency personnel, probation revocation.

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ON LINE COMMENT OF THE DAY

A microscope is a wonderful tool, but it’s not very useful for making a map of the country.

America’s problems aren’t political in origin and they won’t be solved by our debauched political process. Therefore the political rumblings and eructations aren’t very relevant. They’re interesting in a cultural way, but no more relevant than the summer replacement shows on network television.

In fact, in the one truly helpful thing Donald Trump has ever done, he has demonstrated in practice that the American political process is in fact a scripted network television program.

America hasn’t “suddenly” adopted gay rights as the result of a nefarious campaign by activists. It isn’t coming from a seizure of the political and judiciary process. It’s coming because most people weren’t thinking at all about LGBTQ-Trans-Whatever people, until the Right decided to use them as a scapegoat and a scarecrow to herd the Evangelicals to the voting booth. Thus presented with a fearful threat, most Americans thought about it for the first time and realized, to their own mild surprise, that they couldn’t care less about these people who have always existed among us and whom we’ve always known and never concerned ourselves with much.

So, having thought about it a little, we’ve decided we just don’t care. America is a country based on positive freedom, meaning that you’re free to exercise your rights unless we decide you’re not; you don’t need permission first. As an example near the edge of absurdity, it hadn’t ever bothered us before that people who looked and acted like men or women and used the bathroom with people they resemble. At least in the Men’s room, which is the only place where men will always look each other in the eye, it wasn’t any issue I’ve ever been aware of in my 50 years.

So let it be with Hillary and Trump. Yes, the Democrats are going to re-create their 1968 debacle with the same sense of pre-ordained doom as if it were being written by Sophocles. A President Trump might do slightly less damage, as everyone in Congress would unite to sabotage him. A President Clinton would have at least one party in her corner, if a mortally wounded rump of a party, as she tried to sell whatever’s left in America not totally usurped by Finance and the War Party.

But no current politician is going to solve the problems they’ve so assiduously created. Indeed, the specious and fatuous concerns they present as “Issues” give away the show entirely. Not one of their “issues” are any of the things menacing America, nor posing any hope of future improvement.

As usual, life will go on and people will react and respond, and find new ways to get things done. Eventually the political elites will catch up. Better that we ignore them and refuse to give them the deference they will demand.

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THANK YOU

Editor,

The Mendocino County Animal Care Services Shelter would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful folks at the Anderson Valley Farm Supply and the Lion's Club for hosting a Mobile Adoption Event on Friday, May 20. Both organizations donated their time, plus food and drinks.

AND-- all the money collected was donated to the shelter!! With those funds, the shelter will be fully sponsoring two of our guests! Thank you so very much. We appreciate the generosity of the folks in Anderson Valley, and all over our county! Check out the shelter's official website for information about all of the shelter's great guests, our sponsorship and foster programs, and information about becoming a volunteer, at www.mendoanimalshelter.com. And thank you again to Anderson Valley Farm Supply and the Lion's Club.

MENDOCINO ANIMAL SHELTER, Ukiah

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MARY

Mary is a loving, playful girl who is obsessed with tennis balls! This girl can entertain herself for hours, but is most happy with a fetch buddy. When she's not chasing that fuzzy yellow ball, she has a mellow disposition that makes her great company. Mary is friendly with other dogs and kids, but she's not fond of cats, so a feline free home would be best. Mary is so ready to be your best friend, so come meet her today! Mary is 47 pounds and 6 years young. For the most updated information about the guests at the Ukiah Shelter, please visit the official county website at

http://www.mendoanimalshelter.com/

Padme&Mary

PADME

Padme is a 3 or 4 year old, spayed female cat, ready to go home with you today. She is a big fan of hanging out on laps and is quite affectionate and generous with her purring sweetness. Padme I was found as an abandoned stray, but was most probably socialized with people because she is so friendly. All the shelter's guests can be seen on the official Ukiah Shelter website: www.mendoanimalshelter.com

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YOUTH PROJECT RECOGNITION OF THE JIM LEVINE LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP

Mendocino County Youth Project and Mendocino Family and Youth Services have chosen the 2016 Jim Levine Legacy Scholarship Award winners. The 2016 Jim Levine Legacy Scholarship awardees are: Citlaly Correa of Anderson Valley High School, Jennifer Sanchez Villagomez of Point Arena High School, Natasha Higuera of Point Arena High School, Lauren Curlee of Point Arena High School, Frank Ortiz of Ukiah High School and Bayliee Kaser of Ukiah High School. Each graduating senior receives a $500 scholarship, to be paid directly to the university, college or trade school the student enters in the Fall of 2016, to be used for fees, books, and other school items.

The annual scholarship program, keeps the spirit that Mr. Levine brought to the Youth Project by selecting the ideal applicant who; has overcome personal difficulties, reached out to help others, is graduated in June 2016, and is focused on building a future and a career through education and or advanced technical training. The Scholarship Committee considered carefully the attributes and essays of the many high school applicants from different schools around Mendocino County. While it was felt all applicants were worthy of recognition, the committee members expressed their admiration for the hard work and dedication the award winners and their references shared in the applications.

If you are interested in making a tax deductible donation to the Jim Levine Legacy Scholarship please contact MCYP at 707-463-4915 or email reception@mcyp.org

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NEVER HILLARY. Breaking News: Hillary Audit.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/state-dept-inspector-general-report-sharply-criticizes-clinton%E2%80%99s-email-practices/ar-BBttnFT?li=BBnb7Kz

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RIGHT TO THE POINT

What Are We Waiting For?

I've run out of cool spiritual greetings, so I will get right to the point. I have paid for another week at the Zen Hostel in Gainesville, Florida.  Therefore, I am still on the eastern seaboard.  I want to perform powerfully effective tantric rituals and other appropriate activity in service to the Divine Absolute, to enhance our street protesting and general leftist dissent, in eco-defense of Mother Earth in these particularly insane times.  I have money, am healthy, much wiser at 66 years of age, not identifying with the body-mind complex because I know what I am, and to hell with the stupidity of postmodern globalized materialism.  I'm ready to leave for points north to seriously fuck with the bastards in Washington, D.C., New York City, take a break at the Earth First! RRR in Michigan late June, and then on to the bogus conventions in Clevo and Philly.  Where are my people?  What are we waiting for?

Craig Louis Stehr
May 24, 2016
Email: CraigStehr@inbox.com

47 Responses to Mendocino County Today: Thursday, May 26, 2016

  1. Susie de Castro Reply

    May 26, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Someone asked me to name one thing I liked about the last Clinton administration. I responded Al Gore, our nation’s first environmentalist,who won the Nobel Peace price. Tipper comes in as one of my favorites, too. Now, fast forward. The V.P. selection promises to put a fire in your start, guaranteed. I am hoping for Tim Kaine.

    Hillary Clinton’s vice-president: your choices
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  2. Rick Weddle Reply

    May 26, 2016 at 6:39 am

    re: our nation’s first environmentalist…

    First, let me say I think the Gores might be nice folks in spite of their privileged upbringings, they’re just not the brightest diodes on the string…

    Mr. Gore was not within miles or centuries of our ‘first environmentalist.’ And if you really want to become one with Mrs. Gore, please (please) don’t miss the hour and a half or so of Frank Zappa’s testimony before Congress re: lyrics in popular music.* Actually, even if you hated pop music, you’d have been struck by the spectacle of Mr. Zappa at the mic…immaculately groomed, perfect three-piece suit, piercing gaze, speaking to the U.S. Congress in their own ‘Congressional’ language… skinning those gasbags alive for daring to trespass on our Constitutionally specified and protected Right to Free (Free) Expression. It was a thing of great and lasting Beauty…see it today…see it frequently, and share the crap out of it.

    *look for ‘…Wives of Big Brother…’

    • Susie de Castro Reply

      May 26, 2016 at 6:48 am

      Tipper was the first politician (V.P. wife)to bring MENTAL ILLNESS/MENTAL HEALTH to the table.
      Al Gore was the first to bring GLOBAL WARMING to the attention of our nation. What’s for breakfast?

      • Lazarus Reply

        May 26, 2016 at 7:52 am

        Tipper was also the author of that “Witch Hunt” on the music business, it is of no wonder Al moved on…
        As always,
        Laz

    • LouisBedrock Reply

      May 26, 2016 at 6:58 am

      http://www.nytimes.com/1988/01/04/arts/tipper-gore-widens-war-on-rock.html

      http://www.counterpunch.org/2007/03/03/al-gore-the-origins-of-a-hypocrite/

      Gore began has supported Right to Life legislation, nuclear power, and environment destroying dams; he rejected “Vietnam Syndrome” and advocated for a more aggressive foreign policy; he’s rejected bills protecting the rights of unions or laws to curb the dissemination of guns. He’s been indifferent to the fate of endangered species when these species stand in the path of “progress”.

      His Harpy wife led a drive for censorship of popular music. She crusaded against blasphemy and vulgarity in lyrics of rock songs. “Two years after beginning a campaign against sexually explicit and violent lyrics on record albums, Tipper Gore … moderated her tone but expanded her scope to include music videos, television programming and video cassettes.”

      The Gores are the perfect matches with the Clintons. They embody triangulation, hypocrisy, and the inclination to sell out to the highest bidder. High class whores the bloody lot of them.

      • LouisBedrock Reply

        May 26, 2016 at 7:00 am

        Omit “began” in first sentence.
        Mr. Anderson, an edit button?
        Lazerus and I will gladly pay for it.

        • james marmon Reply

          May 26, 2016 at 7:52 am

          I’ll kick in.

          • Lazarus Reply

            May 26, 2016 at 7:55 am

            You obviously have my support.
            As always,
            Laz

            • LouisBedrock Reply

              May 26, 2016 at 8:14 am

              Thank you, good brothers.

    • Susie de Castro Reply

      May 26, 2016 at 7:02 am

      I do remember Frank Zappa, no make-up, short hair, mild mannered, soft spoken. Anyone who knows me, including you? knows I’m wild about music.

      ‘In August 1985, 19 record companies agreed to put “Parental Guidance: Explicit Lyrics” labels on albums to warn of explicit lyrical content’

      Wouldn’t you agree?

      • LouisBedrock Reply

        May 26, 2016 at 7:06 am

        To me, distinguida señora, it’s censorship.

        • Susie de Castro Reply

          May 26, 2016 at 7:30 am

          ADMONITION: IT’S DARK INSIDE. Warning, street below is flooded, do not enter or enter at your own risk. Drive slow, deer cross the road. Put your children in car seats for their safety and protection. That movie has adult content and may not be suitable for the under seventeen crowd. Wear sunblock. Don’t chew with your mouth open in polite company. Put your elbows down at the table. NO MONTES EN BICICLETA POR CALLES QUE TENGAN MUCHO TRÁFICO – Don’t ride your bike on crowded streets. Knock before entering…

          • LouisBedrock Reply

            May 26, 2016 at 7:48 am

            “That movie has adult content and may not be suitable for the under seventeen crowd” or “Warning: Explicit lyrics” are different from the other warnings in that what they are warning about presents no real imminent danger.

            These warnings are an attempt to restrict access to literature that one group—Mormons, Muslims, Hasidim, or Druids, finds offensive; and the group is attempting to impose their criteria for blasphemy or vulgarity upon others.

            • Susie de Castro Reply

              May 26, 2016 at 8:21 am

              I dare you to write, here, at the AVA, the titles of the albums/ songs that were designated inapprpropriate.

              • LouisBedrock Reply

                May 26, 2016 at 8:46 am

                The PMRC also released the Filthy Fifteen, a list of the 15 songs they found most objectionable:
                # Artist Song title Lyrical content

                1 Prince
                “Darling Nikki”
                Sex/Masturbation
                2 Sheena Easton
                “Sugar Walls”
                Sex
                3 Judas Priest
                “Eat Me Alive”
                Sex
                4 Vanity
                “Strap On ‘Robbie Baby'”
                Sex
                5 Mötley Crüe
                “Bastard”
                Violence/Language
                6 AC/DC
                “Let Me Put My Love Into You”
                Sex
                7 Twisted Sister
                “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
                Violence
                8 Madonna
                “Dress You Up”
                Sex
                9 W.A.S.P.
                “Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)”
                Sex/Language
                10 Def Leppard
                “High ‘n’ Dry (Saturday Night)”
                Drug and alcohol use
                11 Mercyful Fate
                “Into the Coven”
                Occult
                12 Black Sabbath
                “Trashed”
                Drug and alcohol use
                13 Mary Jane Girls
                “In My House”
                Sex
                14 Venom
                “Possessed”
                Occult
                15 Cyndi Lauper
                “She Bop”
                Sex/Masturbation

                The Parents Music Resource Center was formed by Tipper Gore and Susan Baker.

    • Mike Kalantarian Reply

      May 26, 2016 at 7:24 am

      Mr Weddle is right, this is both educational and entertaining:
      http://downlode.org/Etext/zappa.html

      • Susie de Castro Reply

        May 26, 2016 at 7:39 am

        We humanoids can look back and laugh. Remember when milk bottles were left on your front porch? Remember a time begore (Freudian slip?) moving pictures? When we get our edit button we’ll laugh and wonder how we could of existed without it?

        *News flash: TRUMP CROSSES DELEGATE THRESHOLD

      • Susie de Castro Reply

        May 26, 2016 at 8:04 am

        This is the same Mike Kalantarian who told me NOT to post videos because…
        This is the same Mike Kalantarian who told me not to make so many calls to make corrections in the ‘reply’box.

        • Mike Kalantarian Reply

          May 26, 2016 at 8:47 am

          Yep, we prefer people leave actual comments here (rather than posting music videos), and make the effort to properly compose those comments BEFORE posting them.

          • BB Grace Reply

            May 26, 2016 at 8:59 am

            Hi Mr. Kalantatarian. How about a “like” button?

            • Mike Kalantarian Reply

              May 26, 2016 at 9:04 am

              Hi BB, I will look for that (and an edit capability) for commentary.

              • BB Grace Reply

                May 26, 2016 at 9:57 am

                Thank you.

                I agree with Mr. Pilgram. With an up vote I could have spared this post to say so.

                COOL! I just edited this! HA ha

                Very cool! wow

              • LouisBedrock Reply

                May 26, 2016 at 10:13 am

                Thank you, M.K..

              • LouisBedrock Reply

                May 26, 2016 at 11:01 am

                Last comment of the day—I’ve far exceeded my quota:
                I do not like the idea of a “Like” button.

                If someone disagrees with a comment, he or she can challenge it with a comment of her own—and support her opinion with documentation.

                A “Like Button” offers a safely anonymous statement of support or rejection without any accountability.

          • Susie de Castro Reply

            May 26, 2016 at 9:48 am

            Make sure that effort includes making no mistakes BEFORE you post because if you post before you make the effort to make any mistake(s), then you’re showing you didn’t make any effort or sufficient effort to not make any mistakes, right?

          • Susie de Castro Reply

            May 26, 2016 at 9:59 am

            I am not properly composed right now, I am furious. Course asking you to stop your EDICTS won’t work. Neither does your version of edit to correct.

  3. LouisBedrock Reply

    May 26, 2016 at 7:04 am

    ¡Me cago en la leche del Espíritu Santo y la maldita puta de cinco centavos que la pario!

    That should be “Lazarus”.

    • Susie de Castro Reply

      May 26, 2016 at 7:41 am

      That should be ‘lo’.

      • LouisBedrock Reply

        May 26, 2016 at 8:12 am

        Tienes razón. Pensaba en “la leche” en lugar del “Espíritu Santo” y me equivoqué.

    • Susie de Castro Reply

      May 26, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Luis you don’t get censored at the AVA, but I do.

      • LouisBedrock Reply

        May 26, 2016 at 8:13 am

        I agree that it’s not fair.
        You’re kinder, gentler, and have a much more acceptable vocabulary en ingles así como en español.

  4. Bill Pilgrim Reply

    May 26, 2016 at 9:04 am

    …In my not so short experience…there are people who have something to say, and people who have to say something.
    Which type usually gives us something valuable to ponder?

    • Susie de Castro Reply

      May 26, 2016 at 10:00 am

      How about ‘you missed the boat’.

      • Bill Pilgrim Reply

        May 26, 2016 at 11:06 am

        …I’m trying to wrap my mind around a conundrum: whether you are a certifiable 5150, or maybe you just take too many spoonfuls of sugar to make the cannabinoid medicine go down.
        I took a lot of acid in college, too. But apparently some of us didn’t take seriously the advice of Alan Watts regarding powerful hallucinogens: “Once you get the message, hang up the phone.”
        There are cows at the door.
        Was that a bolide?
        Hold the onions, please.

        • james marmon Reply

          May 26, 2016 at 11:24 am

          I could offer her therapy.

          • james marmon Reply

            May 26, 2016 at 11:44 am

            Oops, I’m not licensed, I meant I could offer her consultation.

            James Marmon MSW
            Personal Growth Consultant.

    • mendoblather Reply

      May 26, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Susie is in the “say something” camp. Maybe Mike can figure a way to put a limit on daily comments.

  5. Susie de Castro Reply

    May 26, 2016 at 10:42 am

    re: current edit button

    Imagine this happening:

    P. Are you MichelAngelo?
    M.Why, yes, who wants to know?
    P. I’m with the company called ‘PickupARTists’here to pick up the work of art?
    M.I’m not quite ready, yet, could you come back another time?
    P.Nope. Got my orders, truck and meter are running, sir, 5 4,3,2,1…

  6. Jim Updegraff Reply

    May 26, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Talking about memories – when did the term “Senior Prom” start? I went to a four year high school in a mid-year class from January 1944 to January 1948. We has a Freshman Fling, Sophomore Hop, Junior Prom and a Senior Ball. Of Course, during the war years the Senior Ball was a very low profile activity in consideration of all the war time restrictions.

  7. Dina Polkinghorne Reply

    May 26, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    “…and serves on the Board of Directors of Project Sanctuary which provides shelter and services to victims of domestic violence…”

    To the fine folk at AVA – Project Sanctuary is what we call a “dual agency” in that we provide services to domestic violence victims and, to the point, sexual assault victims. It is true that we started out as a stand alone DV agency, but we added sexual assault support services in the 1980’s allowing us to, among other things, provide advocacy for rape victims at the ER during evidence collection exams, individual counseling for survivors, and group counseling for adults who were molested as children. Thx, Dina P, Project Sanctuary Exec Dir.

  8. Bruce McEwen Reply

    May 26, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Wull, it looks like all us little pickannies who ain’t Baptist should just go wait in the hall while ya’ all have yore prayer… What, if anything, does any of this happy horse hocky — Oops, I mean, this felicitous equine feces — have to do with my story; and why can’t you sick fucks sort out your inter-personal-psychosis on the Mendo-Today page?

  9. Betsy Cawn Reply

    May 27, 2016 at 6:05 am

    What good is “freedom of speech” if you don’t have anything meaningful to say? It’s not clear to me why some commenters rise to the small bait of low-hanging blather, nor why such palaver warrants condemnation. Easy enough to find the pith, and skip the pissing contests. Long live the AVA.

    • LouisBedrock Reply

      May 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

      I couldn’t agree with you more even though I admit to being guilty of the behavior you criticize.

      Indeed, long live the AVA.

  10. Betsy Cawn Reply

    May 27, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I am daily inspired by those of you in Mendoland keeping close watch over — and engaging in — civic matters such as “mental” health, judicial excess, city mismanagement, agricultural arrogance, forestry malpractices, water waste, and county claques. Over here in Lake County, where the opportunities to freely comment on misfeasance/malfeasance are few and far between, the AVA’s dedicated reader-writers have no idea how much their published opinions encourage our small band of outspoken but little heard observers of feudal futility. Your open exchanges of criticism are a priceless gift afforded by the generosity of the publishers — far more meaningful than any number of “likes” — without which any resistance to conformism or capitulation cannot thrive. Sound the alarums, hurl that invective, long live the AVA!

  11. BB Grace Reply

    May 27, 2016 at 7:34 am

    True Ms. Cawn; Open exchanges can be far more meaningful than any number of “likes”.

    My own second thought is that that nice things like “like” buttons can be abused and hurt others. I wouldn’t “like” that.

    Thanks for “not liking” my idea.

    Meantime, I’m big time “liking” the edit button!

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