Bird’s Eye View (Oct. 18, 2017)

by Turkey Vulture, October 18, 2017

Local evening dining options. This week in Boonville only. Lauren’s Restaurant sees Libby (of Libby’s Restaurant in Philo fame) as Guest Chef on Mondays from 5-9pm, Thursday-Sunday, 11.30am-2.30pm for lunch, and dinner on Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9pm. Lizbby’s, the Mexican Restaurant downtown, is open Monday to Saturday from 10am-9pm, breakfast on Saturday, closed Sunday. The Buckhorn pub and restaurant is open 10am-11pm on Sunday; 11am-11pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 11am-midnight Friday; 10am-midnight on Saturday. Dinner served to 9pm every day; brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm. Closed Tuesdays. The Boonville Hotel’s family-style, prix fixe menu is available Thursday-Monday evenings. For reservations so 895-2210. The Q & Aquarelle’s ‘Santa Maria BBQ’ menu, features ribs and chicken, and many other favorites, from 4-8pm, Friday thru’ Sunday. The Redwood Drive-In is open 6am-8pm every day! Try the donuts.

Public Service Announcements. #544. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital apologize for canceling last week’s visit the Valley due to the number of burnt pets arriving at their hospital in Ukiah following the fires. They are inundated with injured pets, so the next Valley visit is tentatively for twice in November, Thursday Nov. 2 & 16. #545. The AV Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm in The Little Red Schoolhouse next to the Elementary School on AV, — a perfect place to visit on a weekend afternoon. “The Best Little Museum in the West.” #546. The Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, October 17. Phone 463-4694 for confirmation. Usually here on alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at: Navarro Store 9am (30 minutes before heading to Comptche); the Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm. #547. The Boonville Farmers Market continues Saturdays from 9.30am-noon at the Boonville Hotel parking lot. Call Cindy at 895-2949. #548. The annual Senior Center Oktoberfest Fundraiser is Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Big Barn in Philo, next to AV Farm Supply. Happy Hour at 5pm; Dinner at 6pm. Pork sausage, Beer-steeped sauerkraut, German-style warm potato salad with onions and bacon, and dessert. Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased. Tickets are $30 for dinner and dessert, a beverage of your choice, and a $10 donation to the Senior Center. Tickets are limited so get them early from the Senior Center (895-3609), Lemons’ Market, or AV Market in Boonville.

Here’s the menu for the Senior Center lunches and dinners at the Veterans Building in Boonville. $6 donation for seniors for both lunches and dinners and $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners. Tomorrow, Thursday, October 19, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Chicken Gloria followed by Bayou Brownies. Next Tuesday, October 24, the evening meal at 6pm features Sausage Skillet with Peanut and Chocolate Bars for dessert. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. Maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week!

The Old Buzzard’s ‘Signs that the Apocalypse is Approaching.’

“There seem to be at least two core misunderstandings in the Confederate monument debate. First, there's the notion that the Confederate states seceded from the Union and then fought a Civil War for ‘states' rights.’ Of course, the ‘rights’ they sought to preserve were the rights of certain citizens to own other human beings. Second, there's the idea that tearing down monuments is erasing history. But, we don't really learn history from monuments. we use books and museums. Monuments are for honoring people, and they serve as symbols. In the case of Confederate monuments, they are statements of white supremacy in this society. Obviously it's any private citizen's free speech right to erect a monument to Robert E. Lee or raise a Confederate flag on their own property. But these symbols cannot be given pride of place in public squares, granted the authority of the state, and the tacit approval of this society as they communicate the message that one race of citizens is superior. More than that, they memorialize traitors to the United States of America who committed armed sedition to protect the institution of chattel slavery in this country, at a cost of more than 600,000 American lives. We must try to remember and learn from the whole history—particularly the worst parts. But we do not need to honor the worst with monuments in public parks and squares. Surely they belong in museums with signs alongside stating the historical facts that pertain to them. As long as they remain the symbols of white supremacy and hate groups it is a clear sign that the Apocalypse is fast approaching in this society.”

I’m outta here. I’ve got see a man about a sheep. Be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth;  remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave pets in your vehicle ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too. A final request, “Let us prey”. Sometimes poking, often stroking, and almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. Contact me through the Letters Page or at

p.p.s. On the sheep, Grace. Keep on humming, Hummingbird. Missing the Venerable Pheasant.

2 Responses to Bird’s Eye View (Oct. 18, 2017)

  1. BB Grace Reply

    October 19, 2017 at 7:17 am

    The never ending civil war continues if propaganda is an instrument of war, the White supremacist Yanks, continue to rewrite history. They won so that makes them the White supremacists who can educate the rest of us what the Confederate flag flies for (against their crony capitalist blood lust), who, where, what, when and why a confederate statue stands (because the South takes pride in losing?), and they know what it is to be Black, Mulatto, Creole, Cajun, Hispanic, Choctaw, or have a history that predates Jesus, Columbus, the Mayflower, and Washington. The Yanks are tearing down statues and burning up flags projecting their history in Main Stream Media because Yank history is FAKE NEWS. Lies!

    The South is more like the Caribbean than it is like Mexico or the US. Caribbean history tells us Muslim, which is why New Orleans is the crescent city, not because the Mississippi river wraps around New Orleans (a Yank rewrite of history), New Orleans symbol is a crescent and a star. The majority of slaves were indigenous tribes, tribes that had Black features, much like Pacific Islanders. The Yanks, not the Confederates, are who raped pillaged and destroyed Indigenous peoples in California and everywhere they go to this day.

    When the French established New Orleans, half the population was slave, the majority being Indigenous captured from all over the Caribbean. African slaves were very expensive, they were status symbols, and many found freedom in the South as one quarter of the population was freed Blacks (anyone who was not White was Black, and “Nigger”, was an indentured Slave out of the Port of Nigeria, usually White orphans). Whites have always been and will always be a minority in the South. Yanks can continue to wage war against the South by going after the Confederate flag and statues while projecting their White supremacist history, but truth is, more than half the global population knows it’s a pile of turkey droppings.

  2. LouisBedrock Reply

    October 22, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    —After the legal importation of slaves from outside the country ended in 1808, the spread of slavery into the states bordering the Gulf of Mexico would not have been possible without the enormous uprooting of people from Maryland and Virginia. Almost one million slaves, Baptist estimates, were transported to the cotton fields from the Upper South in the decades before the Civil War. …

    The sellers of slaves, Baptist insists, were not generally paternalistic owners who fell on hard times and parted reluctantly with members of their metaphorical plantation “families,” but entrepreneurs who knew an opportunity for gain when they saw one. As for the slave traders — the middlemen — they excelled at maximizing profits. They not only emphasized the labor abilities of those for sale (reinforced by humiliating public inspections of their bodies), but appealed to buyers’ salacious fantasies. In the 1830s, the term “fancy girl” began to appear in slave-trade notices to describe young women who fetched high prices because of their physical attractiveness. “Slavery’s frontier,” Baptist writes, “was a white man’s sexual playground.”

    The cotton kingdom that arose in the Deep South was incredibly brutal. Violence against Native Americans who originally owned the land, competing imperial powers like Spain and Britain and slave rebels solidified American control of the Gulf states. Violence, Baptist contends, explains the remarkable increase of labor productivity on cotton plantations. Without any technological innovations in cotton picking, output per hand rose dramatically between 1800 and 1860. …

    Planters called their method of labor control the “pushing system.” Each slave was assigned a daily picking quota, which increased steadily over time. Baptist, who feels that historians too often employ circumlocutions that obscure the horrors of slavery, prefers to call it “the ‘whipping-machine’ system.” In fact, the word we should really use, he insists, is “torture.”

    To make slaves work harder and harder, planters utilized not only incessant beating but forms of discipline familiar in our own time — sexual humiliation, bodily mutilation, even waterboarding. In the cotton kingdom, “white people inflicted torture far more often than in almost any human society that ever existed.”

    …in the 1830s Southern banks developed new financial instruments, bonds with slaves as collateral, that enabled planters to borrow enormous amounts of money to acquire new land, and how lawmakers backed these bonds with the state’s credit. A speculative bubble ensued, and when it collapsed, taxpayers were left to foot the bill. But rather than bailing out Northern and European bondholders, several states simply defaulted on their debts. Many planters fled with their slaves to Texas, until 1845 an independent republic, to avoid creditors. “Honor,” a key element in Southern notions of masculinity, went only so far.

    By the 1850s, prosperity returned to the cotton economy, and planters had no difficulty obtaining loans in financial markets. As the railroad opened new areas to cultivation and cotton output soared, slave owners saw themselves as a modern, successful part of the world capitalist economy. They claimed the right to bring their slaves into all the nation’s territories, and indeed into free states. These demands aroused intense opposition in the North, leading to Lincoln’s election, secession and civil war.

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