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Mendocino County Today: Monday, Dec 7, 2015

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ANOTHER INCH OF RAIN fell yesterday, bringing Boonville's season total up to 5.08 inches. Yet another storm is expected to arrive late Tuesday night, and deliver a couple inches between then and Friday. With the soil now being fairly saturated, we should start seeing more active runoff in the ditches. The bigger question then becomes: how long will it take before the Navarro River is able to breach its sandbar and reach the ocean once again?

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by Malcolm Macdonald

A 2013 article in declared that “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result,” had become the most overworked cliché in journalism and public speaking. So when Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) Chief executive Officer Bob Edwards stepped to the podium at the December 3rd MCDH Board meeting to introduce a strategic plan aimed at passage of a parcel tax the first words out of his mouth were … You guessed it.

One might reasonably expect that Edwards could grasp the obvious irony of promoting a seemingly identical parcel tax to a hospital district full of voters who rejected a similar scheme less than a decade ago. Edwards doesn't appear to be overly aware of messy things like irony when they can be replaced by full speed ahead chutzpah and snake oil salesmanship.

In some sense that's part of the job of a CEO, painting lipstick on a pig. So an Emergency Room (ER) loss of $1.7 million last year for Edwards becomes just the ticket we need to sell the parcel tax to voters. From Edwards' point of view the parcel tax will help offset ER deficits. He stated, "We believe MCDH has a fundamental purpose to save lives and provide emergency care access to every person in our community.

"We believe we hold a special duty and consider it a privilege to pave the way for our neighbors to live, survive, and enjoy a quality of life by having access to life saving technologies via the access to our emergency department.

"We exist to preserve the Coastal uniqueness we have come to love, by helping those in our emergency room extend their life when accidents or illness tries to get in the way."

The flip side of this approach is the simple fact that Mendocino Coast District Hospital's ER lost $1.7 million last year. In addition, the ER has been so slow in serving patients at times that there are noticeable numbers of people simply getting up and walking out of the ER. Why would voters vote to fund such a loser?

Edwards would tell you that ERs generally are deficit departments in hospitals. The CEO's goal is to make MCDH "the best Critical Access Hospital in California." The next line in Edwards' Power Point presentation to the MCDH Board read, "We exist to make a positive difference in patients' lives through excellent care."

In other parts of the Board meeting and in more detail in the MCDH Finance Committee meeting of December 1st, Edwards acknowledged a $250,000 gift from the Hospital Foundation to go toward rectifying long overdue problems with the nurse call system. When the donation came up at the Board meeting, Chair Sean Hogan declared that when he was a patient at MCDH he bypassed the problem by using his cell phone to call the hospital's main phone line, then requesting the nurse's station nearest his room, so that he could have a nurse render the assistance he needed.

At the more lightly attended Finance Committee meeting Edwards admitted that in addition to the nurse call system MCDH also has another million dollars worth of maintenance issues. The most serious issues involve correctly ventilating the operating room and a faulty automatic transfer switching device. The hospital has a final deadline as of the end of December to get the operating room fully functional. Problems with operating room ventilation have existed at least since 2010 when the Joint Commission Accreditation Quality Report noted the OR issue. Very little has been done to rectify the problem until very recently. Part of the OR is being cordoned off by closing a door and employing a special fan in hopes that the combination will achieve adequate enough air exchange in one section of the OR to pass inspection. Of course, the relevance of air exchange in an operating room is that the proper exchange of air helps prevent infections.

It is noteworthy that at more than one public meeting CEO Edwards has implied, if not directly stated, that this year's Joint Commission Accreditation Quality Check proved the hospital had no problems with patient care. What the Joint Commission Report actually states is a re-accreditation for the Home Health Department and the Laboratory (respectively garnering re-accreditation in October and April of 2015). A close inspection of the Joint Commission Report finds that MCDH, as a Critical Access Hospital, is still relying on an accreditation dated August of 2013. In other words, as of the first weeks of December, 2015, the critical access hospital known as Mendocino Coast District Hospital has not been re-accredited as a whole yet.

Edwards' presentation did not dodge a couple of other troubling aspects in MCDH's operations. The CEO acknowledged that, "physician recruitment and retention is an ongoing issue."

At the Dec. 1st Finance Committee meeting Edwards trumpeted the prospective arrival of a new orthopedist next May. Edwards attempted to equate that arrival to a two million dollar moneymaker for the hospital. Statistics generally would prove that true except for the annoying fact that the new orthopedist is merely replacing a retiring orthopod and there will most likely be a four month gap between the retirement and the arrival of the new doctor. Using Edwards' own mathematical logic, those four months could mean a loss of a third of 2016 orthopedic earnings ($6000,000-$700,000).

Edwards has a distinct habit of talking from both sides of his mouth during public speaking. He claimed something akin to a partnership with MCDH's employees union, citing the union's willingness to work through this fiscal year with no raises whatsoever. Astute readers may remember that the AVA reported on the negotiations between MCDH and its union earlier this summer: "The idea to continue under the old contract for one more year [with no pay increase] came from the union. The bigger story lies in what the hospital administration [CEO Edwards] had previously offered the employees union. According to a source familiar with the situation, initially MCDH offered a proposed contract that would have “trashed” the health insurance benefits of the employees, greatly increasing what employees would have to pay out of pocket for less coverage in order to maintain any health benefits whatsoever.

"The union flatly refused that offer. Next, MCDH apparently attempted a divide and conquer strategy by offering the hospital's nurses, lab technicians, and X-ray techs a 10% raise. The flip side of that offer: every MCDH employee below the nurse and tech salary level would end up paying for their own insurance." Not exactly amicable negotiations.

Not everything at MCDH is downcast. Brand new Chief Financial Officer Wade Sturgeon and his staff found hundreds of thousands of dollars lost in "Bad Debt" and turned it into a tidy profit for the month of November. However, that appears to be a one-time only windfall and without the sharp number crunching MCDH would have suffered an approximate $200,000 loss for the month.

In some quarters part of the blame for the financial problems that sent MCDH into bankruptcy (a judge just signed off on MCDH's exit from bankruptcy in November) was placed on lackadaisical management by past CEOs like Ray Hino.

Mr. Hino recently hired on to shepherd the opening of Sonoma West Medical Center in Sebastopol. Sonoma West is essentially situated in the old Palm Drive Hospital footprint. Just over a decade ago, western Sonoma County voters approved a parcel tax to support Palm Drive. The hospital went bankrupt for a second time in April 2014 (the first was in 2007) and closed its doors. However, taxpayers in the hospital district are continuing to pay an annual parcel tax to the tune of $155 per parcel. Mendocino Coast voters might want to consider the ramifications of that potential irony.

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MANY PEOPLE THINK the primary causes of Coast Hospital’s financial woes are overpaid administrators, costly contracts with doctors, high cost of employee health insurance, too many uninsured patients, and perhaps poor billing practices.

ALL OF THE ABOVE are factors, certainly. But the more crucial and less obvious cost-drivers are the bond payments from the 1996 multi-million dollar remodel that was supposed to provide a seismic upgrade-retrofit but didn’t; insurance company and government caps on reimbursement rates; the high cost of hospital equipment and their upgrades and software. The high cost of  pharmaceuticals. Malpractice insurance. Expansions into high-tech medical specialties for which there are not enough patients on the Coast to justify. Too small a patient volume to get price breaks on supplies and equipment.

WE DON'T KNOW the actual numbers because the finances of any modern hospital are very opaque, to put it gently.

WE ALSO FIND it ironic that the Coast Hospital employees can’t figure out a way to buy the bulk of their healthcare services directly from the Hospital where they work — instead of requiring their employer — the Hospital — to pay exorbitant health insurance premiums to the usual insurance company suspects.

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A READER WRITES re the late Jack Hayward: "I might be mistaken but several years back didn’t you publish a weekly pseudo-stream-of-consciousness column in the AVA by Hayward under the byline “the Rooster”? I could tell by three weeks into it (and so could you, I gather) that they were not the insightful free form musings of a Kerouac or Ginsberg ( a generation of beat artists Hayward claimed kinship with) but merely the random and chaotic activations of meth saturated neurons. 
Anyone who knows something about the history of the Rainbow commune will probably concede that Hayward was a phony, a long-haired poseur, a racketeer in bohemian facade who would’ve been at home in 1920’s Chicago.
 May he repent in the paisley purgatory."

PS. “…I recall that during the last month of her reign as news director at KZYX Annie Esposito interviewed Hayward for his recollections and insights re. the ‘back to the land’ movement in Anderson Valley, and related topics concerning his participation in the ‘peace & love & back to the land’ movement, etc.

It was a sincere attempt (on her part) at probing for the ‘raison d’être’ of the whole thing.

The most frequent and forceful answers he gave were: everyone was ‘fucked.’ Alan Ginsberg was ‘fucked.’ Lawrence Ferlngetti was ‘fucked.’ Everyone who had any kind of utopian vision was ‘fucked,’ and etc…

Actually, the bright-eyed utopians who moved with him to ‘Rainbow’ were the real ‘fucked,’ for he was a Bohemian garbed grifter who simply saw his bright-eyed brethren (and sisteren) as marks to be exploited.

Every idealistic movement will attract bloodsuckers who take advantage of the moment. Let’s not delude ourselves that these swine don’t exist.”

I WOULDN'T be that hard on him, but he was indeed a difficult person who exhausted all his friends and, so far as I know, his entire family. I saw him fairly often before he disappeared into the Northwest. Jack seemed down to me and Jimmy Humble as just about the last people who would deal with him at all. He was clearly speeding, and often incoherent, and sad and isolated, not the place one wants to be in one's Golden Years. The last time I saw him in a more or less functional state was at the Rainbow property as it was being converted to vineyard. Susan Faludi, of all people, was with me. She was curious about Rainbow and the hippie phenomenon as it played out here at Ground Zero, hip bop a rebop. Jack, instantly in monologue mode, lay on his back on a big bed in a rambling structure that the vineyard monolith has probably since bulldozed. Outside, the old Rainbow had been desert-ified. We walked through about six inches of earth pulverized-to-dust to reach Jack's front door, where he commenced a long spiel on the general theme of walking lightly on the earth. I remember exchanging several eye rolls with Ms. F. On the way back to my house we remarked on the spectacular disconnect between people who said they were doing one thing but, in the end, did another. Myself, as an extremely uptight, rigidly puritanical, judgmental white male, I never had any first hand experience with Rainbow, naked piles and days passed in dope hazes being of zero appeal to me. Hippies generally annoyed me as deadbeats and, mostly, silly willies. And willettes. And despite a lot of rad talk they were Clintonian libs on their most lucid days. The scene was sex and drugs. Period. And pot ag. I mos def did not approve of their child rearing practices. I mean, what does a kid need? Structure and safety. Communes, that one certainly, provided the opposite, which probably accounts for a large preponderance of the children of chaos doing a 180 from their irresponsible parents, marching off in their suits and ties to careers in Free Enterprise as soon as they got away from whatever longhaired molesto was theoretically in charge of the feral flock of little ones. The famous actress, Winona Ryder, spent part of her formative years at Rainbow. It would be interesting to hear what she has to say on the experience.

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Take my advice

Don't listen to me

It ain't paradise

But it used to be

There was a time

When the river was wide

And the water

came running down

To the rising tide

But the wooden ships

Were just a hippie dream

Just a hippie dream.


Don't bat an eye

Don't waste a word

Don't mention nothin'

That could go unheard

'Cause the tie-dye sails

Are the screamin' sheets

And the dusty trail

Leads to blood in the streets

And the wooden ships

Are a hippie dream

Capsized in excess

If you know what I mean.


Just because

it's over for you

Don't mean

it's over for me

It's a victory for the heart

Every time the music starts

So please

don't kill the machine

Don't kill the machine

Don't kill the machine.


Another flower child

goes to seed

In an ether-filled

room of meat-hooks

It's so ugly

So ugly.

— Neil Young

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jason Warren
jason Warren

IF YOU'VE WONDERED where ace Mendo prosecutor Paul Sequeira has been, he's been north in HumCo putting away a free range psycho named Jason Warren. Warren murdered a woman who was trying to help him. Prior to that he ran over three women out for a morning walk, killing one of them. He was out of jail when he did that one, and in jail for a knife assault on a cab driver and another guy. Why he was loose at all remains a big question.

"WARREN showed no signs of remorse as the verdicts were read. He sat with his elbows on the defense table, shoulders hunched forward as the court clerk read one guilty verdict after another," the Lost Coast Post reported.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY doesn't have a prosecutor capable of putting this guy away?

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THE LATEST EXERCISE in self-delusion from The Press Democrat, annotated by the Boonville newspaper as a public service.


After months of consideration and discussions with readers about possible changes to The Press Democrat, the new format will debut in your newspaper on Wednesday.

(We can't wait to see what you've done with 'our' newspaper.)

Many of you took the time to participate in reader panels or give us details about your news preferences in a survey that brought in an astonishing 1,600 responses.

(1600 responses in a circulation area of roughly two million is not astonishing.)

You told us that the newspaper is a part of your daily ritual, a trusted information source and, above all, valued for its range and quality of local news.

(We told you no such thing. Ritual? Maybe, for elderly shut-ins, but 'trusted information source'? 'Range and quality'? Wrong twice. If you were a quality and trusted paper you wouldn't have to pander like this, as you well know.)

To reflect that (clinical delusion), we are reconfiguring the newspaper to put local news first — literally. It will be played with prominence (sic) on the front page and then continue in the first section of the newspaper, where you will also find state news.

(In other words, same old, same old.)

The second section will be dedicated to national and world news, because you told us that while you can get this news from other sources you do not want us to become a provincial newspaper that overlooks the larger global context.

(Please. Stay provincial. You don't have the smarts for the big pic.)

When important national and international news breaks, it will be reflected on the front page.

(O hell yea. We all go to the PD for breaking news.)

The second section will showcase the rest of that news from the wider world, with a focus on analysis and perspective pieces that add dimension to the headlines.

(Syndicated hacks from the NYT seraglio and mega-feeb Pete Golis? Are you kidding?)

In the second section, there will be a consistent home for the features, advice columns and puzzles that now float throughout the paper — something else you told us you wanted.

(Very big among the three children who read the PD.)

Finally, you made it clear that you valued favorite national columnists for providing points of view that transform mere news into a deeper understanding and so they will continue on our opinion pages.

(Yes! We all need more E. J. Dionne and David Brooks, Christ save us all.) 

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Five hours South of Mendocino (but still on the Coast) is the Pescadero Hoop Dreams Small School Basketball Tournament.  Like many small school tournaments, it started with more public than private schools but now is dominated by privates.   The Potter Valley Tournament, The Redwood Classic and and the now defunct Geyserville Tournament all fall into this group.  The reason for this is not the topic for this writing.

By winning Hoop Dreams this past weekend, Mendocino made history in many ways.  Being so far away, only 9 players and 9 devote Mendocino fans were able to watch live as the Cardinals made this history.  They watched as 16 teams played for 3 days in the  small rural town of Pescadero, probably bigger, but  not looking much bigger, than Comptche.

The  2015 Hoop Dream teams I’ll mention below will be unfamiliar to most in Mendo, but, will sound familiar to small school fans who follow local tournaments.

Mendo  entered with the private schools of The Kirby School,  SF Christian, Archbishop Hanna, Orinda Academy, Contra Costa Christian, Harker and Stevenson. The Point Arena girls team was there, and the hosts Pescadero High School.

I will spare you the details of our games which can be seen on MSP and Max Preps and get right to the history:

  1. The last public school team to make the finals and win Hoop Dreams was 2006.
  2. This is the first known victory of Mendocino over a private school in the semi-finals or finals of any tournament, ever.
  3. I know of no victories of Mendocino boys varsity in any tournament except a Redwood Classic victory more than 40 years ago when that tournament was still mostly public.  (Danny Doubiago and Chip Defer played on that team. That team probably won other tournaments)

I felt the entire town of Pescadero was behind us as a small public school, like them, ran the table.  Thank you Casey, Dee and Dave, Ellen  and everyone else who make the Pescadero Hoops Dreams continue.

Jim Young, Mendocino

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CATCH OF THE DAY, December 6, 2015

Anderegg, Harrison, Huggins
Anderegg, Harrison, Huggins

JAMES ANDEREGG, Fort Bragg. Domestic battery.

KAYLA HARRISON, Willits. Possession of more than an ounce of pot.

JASON HUGGINS, Laytonville. Possession of more than an ounce of pot.

Jones, Kanavle, Lucas
Jones, Kanavle, Lucas


DANIELLE KANAVLE, Fort Bragg. Petty theft.

JESSIE LUCAS, Ukiah. Possession of meth for sale, meth sale, suspended license.

Mack, McMurphy, Moody
Mack, McMurphy, Moody

GERALD MACK, Ukiah. Drunk in public.

JEROME MCMURPHY, Ukiah. Parole violation. (Frequent flyer.)

TIFFANY MOODY, Calpella. Petty theft, probation revocation.

Nelson, Sanchez, Saucedo
Nelson, Sanchez, Saucedo

THERON NELSON, Fort Bragg. Domestic assault, assault with deadly weapon not a gun, court order violation.

LUCIANO SANCHEZ, Ukiah. Petty theft, drunk in public.

JUAN SAUCEDO, Philo. Under influence and Possession of controlled substance, DUI-suspended license.

Stark, Strazi, Tate
Stark, Strazi, Tate

ERIK STARK, Ukiah. Domestic assault.

RICHARD STRAZI, Fort Bragg. Failure to appear, probation revocation.

KIMBERLY TATE, Willits. Possession of more than an ounce of pot.

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by Charlotte Lytton

A new study finds that people who love bullshit inspirational quotes have lower intelligence and more "conspiratorial ideations." Sounds about right.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Stars can't shine without darkness. A goal without a plan is just a wish.

Feeling inspired? Well, perhaps you shouldn't be, because those who post motivational quotes on social media have been found to display lower levels of intelligence than those who are more discerning over such “profound” messages.

"On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit," a study undertaken at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, surveyed nearly 300 students on their reactions to so-called meaningful statements, which were in fact syntactically sound but quasi-nonsensical lines made up of buzzwords. They were asked to rate each statement on its level of profundity on a scale of one to five.

"Bullshit, in contrast to mere nonsense, is something that implies but does not contain adequate meaning or truth," the paper explains. It takes its meaning of the word from Harry Frankfurt's 2005 work "On Bullshit," which defines it as something engineered to impress yet requiring no direct concern for the truth. "It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. Producing bullshit requires no such conviction," he wrote.

In this particular study, participants' personality traits were also analyzed in order to create a clear picture of those who were most likely to be impressed by motivational quotes.

"More analytic individuals should be more likely to detect the need for additional scrutiny when exposed to pseudo-profound bullshit," the researchers posit. For those who scored highly on the profundity levels of buzzword-filled sayings, researchers detected lower numerative and cognitive abilities, as well as lower general intelligence levels. The bullshit-lovers were also found to have more "conspiratorial ideations" than those unimpressed by such statements, as well as lesser ability in verbal fluidity and being reflective.

The paper, which uses the word "bullshit" more than 200 times, addresses Twitter's role in the surge of online meaninglessness. It cites a Deepak Chopra tweet—which reads, "Attention and intention are the mechanics of example"—to reinforce its claims.

"The vagueness...indicates that it may have been constructed to impress upon the reader some sense of profundity at the expense of a clear exposition of truth."

"Bullshit is not only common, it is popular," note the researchers of Chopra's appeal (that line is, in fact, a more meaningful tweet from The New Yorker's Maria Konnikova). Indeed, Chopra has amassed more than 20 New York Times Bestsellers and over 2.5 million Twitter followers. The latter site's stringent 140 character limit is key to the proliferation of such "woo-woo nonsense" posts, as having to shrink down statements is a surefire way of reducing the quality and clarity of meaning.

Given the popularity of inspirational quote groups on the likes of Facebook (one such page has more than 3 million likes, and numerous others have accrued hundreds of thousands), their spread is proliferating rapidly, and nonsense, by proxy, is doing so just as quickly.

Frankfurt purports that "one of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share." Perhaps inspirational quotes plastered across social media are just the most prevalent 21st-century expression of our culture's defining quality.

(Courtesy, the Daily Beast)

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To the Editor:

This subject very upsetting to me. Why would we build tiny houses to put the homeless in? This will likely encourage more homeless to come into our community, and we already have an over-abundance of them now. Do you really think they will take care of these tiny houses? They don’t now, they throw their garbage in our rivers, leave garbage strewn everywhere, they defecate anywhere they want and where I live in Calpella, the homeless living in the riverbed are always fighting and screaming and the Sheriff has to be called out to take care of it. How do these homeless people pay to stay in these tiny houses? Do we give them free food also? Free appliances, free sheets and blankets, etc. Who even came up with this plan? Did you ever stop to think what a great opportunity this would be for our seniors to have these tiny houses? We have quite a few seniors who can barely pay for their rent, with little left for food, clothing and misc. Seniors should have been thought of first, at the top of the list, we need to take care of our own seniors; after all they gave to this community, the homeless did not contribute to our town.

What’s really confusing to me is that at one point the police and Sheriff asked the community to not give anything to the homeless, they put up flyers and also in the paper, they even put an article in the paper about a homeless couple that panhandled in front of CVS and other establishments and were thrown in jail continuously, only to be let out so they could start over again.

I personally do not feel this project was thought out in the right way. I am not concerned about the homeless, most of them like living the way they do. My concern is the seniors and the handicapped. Have you given consideration to the homeless bringing in drugs and alcohol into these tiny houses? These items are a part of the homeless community. You may have to put a police officer into one of these houses to keep peace. These tiny houses for the homeless is one very big stupid mistake and a waste of good money, just to put a roof over their heads when what we really want is for them to pack their bags and get the heck out of Dodge.

Oh yes, when you do leave please take your dogs with you instead of abandoning them to the streets and leaving this problem to our animal control shelter to either try to find a home for them or to dispose of them. These are my opinions only and if anyone wants to dispute what I have to say, feel free to do that, but I could not let one more day go by without writing this letter.

Linda Warden, Ukiah

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Barack Obama has vowed that the United States will overcome a new phase of the terror trying to "poison the minds" of people around the world, as he sought to reassure Americans rocked by the attacks in Paris and California.

The US president's speech on Sunday, in a rare Oval Office address, followed Wednesday's shooting in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people and wounded 21.

Husband and wife Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik carried out the attack and authorities say Malik had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) and its leader in a Facebook post.

"I know that after so much war, many Americans are asking whether we are confronted by a cancer that has no immediate cure," Mr. Obama said, speaking in his West Wing office. "The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it."

Mr. Obama said in his 13-minute address that while there was no evidence the California killers were directed by a terror network overseas or part of a broader plot, "the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization".

The president's decision to speak from the Oval Office in US prime time reflected the White House's concern that his message on the recent attacks has not broken through, particularly in the midst of a heated presidential campaign.

Yet the speech is likely to leave his critics unsatisfied. He announced no significant shift in US strategy and offered no new policy prescriptions for defeating IS, underscoring both his confidence in his current approach and the lack of easy options for countering the extremist group.

Mr. Obama did call for co-operation between private companies and law enforcement to ensure potential attackers cannot use technology to evade detection. He also urged Congress to pass new force authorization for military actions under way against IS in Iraq and Syria, and also to approve legislation to stop guns from being sold to people prohibited from flying on planes in the US for terrorist concerns.

He implored Americans to not turn against Muslims at home, saying IS was driven by a desire to spark a war between the West and Islam, but called on Muslims in the US and around the world to take up the cause of fighting extremism.

The spread of radical Islam into American communities, he said, was "a real problem that Muslims must confront without excuse".

The president's most specific policy announcement was to order the departments of state and homeland security to review the fiance visa program that Malik used to enter the US.

In his remarks, Mr. Obama referred to a visa waiver program that Congress is also reviewing, but the White House later clarified he meant the fiance program.

He also reiterated his call for broader gun control legislation, saying no matter how effective law enforcement and intelligence agencies were, they could not identify every would-be shooter. He called it a matter of national security to prevent potential killers from getting guns.

"What we can do, and must do, is make it harder for them to kill," he said.

But Mr. Obama stands little chance of getting the Republican-led Congress to agree to any gun control measures.

On Thursday, the Senate rejected legislation barring people suspected by the government of being terrorists from purchasing firearms. Gun rights advocates say such a ban would violate the rights of people who have not been convicted of crimes.

Congress also has been unable to agree any plan to authorize more force against IS and the administration's proposal has languished since February.

Mr. Obama repeated his long-standing opposition to an American-led ground war in the Middle East and made no mention of the more aggressive action others have suggested, including a enforcing a no-fly zone and safe corridors in Syria.

"Our success won't depend on tough talk, or abandoning our values or giving in to fear," he said. "Instead, we will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless."

The president's critics — and increasingly, some members of his own party — have questioned his strategy.

Hours before he spoke, Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state and the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said the US was "not winning" the fight against IS.

Mr. Obama has insisted that IS is contained in Iraq and Syria, but the group has set its sights elsewhere in the world, launching attacks in Lebanon and Turkey and downing a Russia airliner over Egypt.

The November 13 attacks in Paris marked the group's most aggressive actions in Europe, a coordinated effort that left 130 people dead and wounded hundreds more.

Last week, the terror threat drew even closer for Americans when Malik, 29, originally from Pakistan, and her 28-year-old American-born husband launched an attack on an office party lunch in San Bernardino.

The FBI is investigating the massacre as a terrorist attack that, if proved, would be the deadliest by Islamic extremists on American soil since September 11 2001.

A Facebook official said Malik's post pledging allegiance to IS came about the time the couple stormed the San Bernardino centre.

Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush were not impressed with the speech.

Florida senator Mr. Rubio said people were growing scared because "we have a president who is completely overwhelmed" by the terrorist threat.

He told Fox News that he heard nothing new in the speech except a call for gun control, which would make no difference and Mr. Obama may have made things worse, rather than better.

Former Florida governor Mr. Bush said: "Obama has finally been forced to abandon the political fantasy he has perpetuated for years that the threat of terrorism was receding."

(Courtesy, London Independent Press Association)

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by Myriah Towner

The richest 20 Americans, with a combined net worth of $732billion, are as wealthy as half of the U.S. population, according to a new study.

Findings showed that the country's 20 wealthiest people, which includes Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, now own more wealth than the bottom half of the population combined or 152 million people.

The study by the Institute for Policy Studies also found that America's wealthiest 400, with a combined net worth of $2.34trillion, own more wealth than that of a staggering 194 million people — the bottom 61% of the country combined.

Among the 20 wealthiest Americans are eight founders of corporations, nine heirs, two investors and a casino mogul.

The list includes Gates of Microsoft, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and four Waltons who are heirs of Wal-Mart.

The report, which was published on Tuesday, also found that instead of resembling a pyramid, America's wealth distribution now resembles the shape of Seattle's Space Needle.

'The bulge at the top of our wealth “space needle” reflects America’s wealthiest 0.1 per cent, the top one-thousandth of our population, an estimated 115,000 households with a net worth starting at $20million,' the study said.

'This group owns more than 20 per cent of U.S. household wealth, up from 7 per cent in the 1970s.'

It added: 'The higher up you go up our contemporary wealth ladder, the greater the imbalance.'

Co-authors of Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us, Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie, have proposed policy interventions to help close this growing, extreme wealth gap.

One suggested solution is to close 'wealth escape routes' including offshore tax havens and private trusts.

'Wealthy individuals are moving quickly to shift wealth into offshore tax havens and bury it in private trusts, avoiding accountability and taxation every step of the way,' the study said.

A second proposed solution is to implement policies that will reduce concentrated wealth such as 'seriously taxing our wealthiest households'.

They suggest to invest those founds to expand wealth-building opportunities across the economy.

According to the study, the median American family has a net worth of $81,000.

Findings in the study also showed that America's wealthiest 100 households own about as much wealth as the nation's entire African-American population combined.

The study also reported that there are only two African Americans among the Forbes 400, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Smith, and only five Latinos including Jorge Perez, Arturo Moreno and three members of the Santo Domingo family.

(Courtesy, the Daily Mail Online)

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Here's my latest video comic strip:

Thanks again,

Scott M. Peterson, Mendocino

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Sunday, December 6 - TEAM LAKE COUNTY Hour / WHAT'S NEXT? on KPFZ

Dear Friends,

Getting some wind under our wings for the takeoff of KPFZ’s new programming on Sunday afternoons . . . tomorrow we’ll hear from Vance Taylor, director of the California Governor’s Office of Access & Functional Needs:

And we’ll be joined by the founder of Portlight Strategies, in South Carolina:

Portlight provides immediate replacement of durable medical goods to help transitioning evacuees during disaster management events.  Their representative, Susan Pniewski, was here for several weeks helping survivors in both Lake and Calaveras Counties, and she facilitated this opportunity to learn from the masters.  Their website provides some excellent resources, which are added to our outreach and advocacy toolbox (and, for those who are serious activists, some excellent presentations).

Guest Studio Engineer “Q” will be our ringmaster, and we’ll take requests for information after the first half hour.  KPFZ, 88.1 FM, streaming live from (“” or “live365”) — see you on the radio!

— Betsy Cawn

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As some of you are considering your yearly charity I want to ask you not to overlook the Caretaker’s Garden. I want to remind you that we are a (very) non-profit healing center and ministry. We have been serving our community, of which 80% live in financial poverty, for ten years. We provide many services for the sick, injured, grieving, homeless and troubled in the Anderson Valley and beyond. We provide health education, counseling, organic and wild crafted herbs, herbal medicines, and classes. We offer rituals for the seasons and rites of passage, and a beautiful, open and welcoming garden sanctuary. We have recently added a hot tub for therapy, classes in natural healing, and thanks to our newest Holistic Healer, Diana Graue, our community now has access to acupuncture, astrology readings, and quality bodywork.

Let’s face it, all of us know community members that are afflicted with cancer, mental or spiritual health issues, physical injury, or other debilitating conditions. What you may not know is how many of them receive services from us. Rarely when one is in a position like that do they have any money. I always offer my healing services at no cost and our very high-quality medicines at-cost to those in need. Can you help to pay for someone’s medicine or therapy this year?

Thank you for considering us on your gift list this year. All donations are always gratefully and graciously accepted. 100% of your donations go to the care of your community. We are only as strong and healthy as the weakest among us. May health and happiness flow through your lives as the mighty Navarro flows once again through our redwoods.

Wendy Read
Holistic Healer and Minister
P.O. Box 802, Boonville CA 95415
(707) 895-9074

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by Dan Bacher

HR 2898, an agribusiness-backed “drought relief” bill that would strip environmental protections for Central Valley salmon and steelhead and Delta smelt, is back for the third time, according to an action alert from Restore the Delta (RTD).

"Despite the efforts of Central Valley House Republicans to push the bill through, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer have spoken out against the bill," RTD said.

Senator Barbara Boxer released this statement: "It is outrageous that Congressman McCarthy is making a last-minute attempt to place a complicated and unvetted water bill that impacts millions of Californians on the omnibus at the 11th hour."

Senator Dianne Feinstein released the following statement on the bill: “I understand that late Thursday night a drought bill was proposed as an addition to the omnibus. I am told it was proposed in my name, which I did not approve. This is regrettable, not only because I believe we remain close to an agreement on a broader bill, but also because it stands in opposition to my desire to do a bill in an open and public manner."

Senator Feinstein then  issued another statement Friday afternoon:

“I want to set the record straight. To imply that the federal or state governments have signed off on a water bill is patently false. While we have reached agreement on major provisions, there are others that we do not have agreement on at this time.

“I spoke with Leader McCarthy and clearly said that we had to have sign-off on the bill from the federal and state governments, and that was the process we were undergoing.

“To pass any bill out of the Senate, it must be supported by both California senators. Senator Boxer has urged an open process and the sign-off of both the federal and state governments, which is a very reasonable request. It is my intention to finish this process and submit the bill for regular order.

Restore the Delta urged people to call Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein to thank and remind them to protect the Delta in future drought negotiations.

Tell them: "Thank for you for NOT agreeing to a bad drought bill for the Delta (HR 2898). In future drought negotiations, please continue to protect and save the San Francisco Bay-Delta."

Senator Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 Click to Tweet RTD’s message to @SenFeinstein:

Senator Barbara Boxer: (202) 224-3553 Click to Tweet RTD’s message to @SenatorBoxer:

Call Congressman Kevin McCarthy and tell him this simple message: "The San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary must be protected. It is on the verge of collapse."

Rep. Kevin McCarthy: (202) 225-2915 Click to Tweet RTD’s message to Rep. McCarthy:

For the link to the Restore the Delta action alert, go to:…

An editorial in the San Jose Mercury News on December 2, "Drought relief held hostage to trashing the Delta," slammed HR 2898. The San Jose Mercury News wrote, "Central Valley Republicans want to strip out essential environmental protections for the Delta to quench Big Ag's thirst for more water for questionable orchard crops such as almonds and pistachios." (

While Governor Jerry Brown has mandated that California urban users cut back on their water use by 25 percent, agribusiness has actually planted 150,000 neew acres of almond trees during the drought:

In July of this year, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of RTD, pointed out the threat posed by H.R. 2898 (Valadao), an odious bill “would maximize water exports from the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary and further weaken regulations for endangered fish species.”

"Today, Delta communities face invasive plant species and toxic algal blooms as a result of inadequate flow," said Barrigan-Parrilla. "HR 2898 does nothing to help with drought relief for 55 of California’s 58 counties. It does nothing but shift public health and wealth to private hands through water transfers. HR 2898 is not in the interest of taxpayers and the general public, it is the same old water grab for industrial mega-growers.”

Section 202 of SB 1894 will mandate killing of fish!

While Boxer and Feinstein's opposition to HR 2898 is appreciated, there is also an alarming provision in Feinstein's SB 1894, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015, that fishing groups are strongly opposing.

"Included in the bill is an alarming mandate that requires the eradication of the so-called 'invasive'striped bass, largemouth, smallmouth, crappie and catfish from the Sacramento Delta," said Mike Everts, recreational angler. "This provision, if enacted, would also drastically affect the already dramatically declining numbers of striped bass in the San Francisco Bay."

"This requirement to eradicate striped bass, largemouth, smallmouth, crappie from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in SB 1894, section 202, MUST be removed," he stated.

These species are being made the scapegoats for the demise of Central Valley salmon and Delta smelt when in fact the state and federal export pumping facilities in the South Delta pumps are the largest non-discriminate predator in the estuary, according to Everts.

Everts is urging everybody concerned about the fisheries of the S.F.Bay-Delta Estuary to sign the petition posted on by Bobby Barrack, fishing guide, and join the fight HERE:

"Purposely hidden in section 202 of the 147 page bill is the mandate for the eradication of 'non native species'  in the delta and its tributaries to include largemouth, smallmouth, striped bass, crappie and catfish," said Barrack. "The inclusion of these species in this bill MUST be removed. They are being made the scapegoats for the demise of the salmon and Delta Smelt when in fact the pumps are the largest non discriminate predator in the Delta."

"This eradication mandate will decimate the natural balance that has existed for 140 years, while doing NOTHING for the drought which is what the bill is supposed to address. It will sterilize sport fishing on the California Delta, as well as adversely affect many businesses that rely on income directly generated from Delta fishing, i.e., bait and tackle stores, hotels, restaurants, tackle manufacturers etc."

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Send your camel to bed

Shadows paintin' our faces

Traces of romance in our heads


Heaven's holdin' a half-moon

Shinin' just for us

Let's slip off to a sand dune

Real soon and kick up a little dust


Come on, Cactus is our friend

He'll point out the way

Come on, till the evenin' ends

Till the evenin' ends


You don't have to answer

There's no need to speak

I'll be your belly dancer

Prancer and you can be my sheik


I know your daddy's a sultan

A nomad known to all

With fifty girls to attend him, they all send him

Jump at his beck and call


But you won't need no harem, honey

When I'm by your side

And you won't need no camel, no no

When I take you for a ride


Come on, Cactus is our friend

He'll point out the way

Come on, till the evenin' ends

Till the evenin' ends


Midnight at the oasis

Send your camel to bed

Shadows paintin' our faces

Traces of romance in our heads


Oh, come on

Oh come on

Oh, yeah

Oh, yeah

— David Nichtern

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KMEC Radio, 105.1 FM, in Ukiah, CA, presents a special edition show on Monday, December 7, 2015, at 1 p.m., Pacific Time, with guest Coleen Rowley. Rowley is the former FBI agent and division counsel who was named the 2002 Time Magazine "Person of the Year".


John Sakowicz and Sid Cooperrider host.


  1. Bill Pilgrim December 7, 2015

    re: Bullshit.

    Everything stays the same, only more so.

    • debrakeipp December 8, 2015

      Remember the bumper sticker: “Bushllit”?

  2. Harvey Reading December 7, 2015

    Why do people still listen to liars like Obama? Remember “hope and change”? You can automatically disbelieve everything he says. We are being conned to the highest degree I have ever seen in my lifetime, by governments and by business interests. And, we’re falling for it all, just like the authoritarian, hierarchical monkey species that we are. You have a much greater chance of being killed or maimed in a traffic accident here in the land o’ exceptionals than of being being killed or maimed by a “terrorist”, that is, by someone created by murderous U.S. foreign “policy”.

  3. james marmon December 7, 2015

    RE: Tiny Houses

    It has been thought out Ms. Warden, but it is just another back room deal to help Ms. Schraeder of RCS in her empire building. John McCowen is falling all over himself to get this million dollar grant to her.

    She claims she’s going to operate the village on donations, but I suspect the County will become the primary donor.

    Ms. Schraeder is not happy with just providing foster care for children, she wants it all. I just wonder why everyone believes she is our only hope to solve all our social problems.

    Making her the primary social service provider for Mental-cino County will only stifle true creativity. We already have a serious problem where a small group of people are making all the plans and decisions anyway.

    Mendocino County once employed Master level social workers who were educated and experienced in solving these types of problems, but they were marginalized so badly that it led to a mass exodus from the area.

    Master level social workers like myself, who came to live in Ukiah and share their knowledge were not allowed to voice any opinions. I had years of experience not only in child welfare, but also in substance abuse counseling, mental health, and working with the homeless. The County went so far as to make up policies and an eventual restraining order to keep me from voicing my opinions, I can’t even send a email to the Board of Supervisors without risking going to jail. This is America right? Not for me.

    This tiny house project will most likely house clients cherry picked by the Scrhaeders. Unless the facility adopts the “Housing First” model it will not serve as any real relief for the County.

    Anyone who truly understands the homeless knows that substance abuse and mental health issues are exacerbated by being homeless. Getting clean and sober or improving you mental health while your living under a bridge isn’t the best treatment milieu.

    This type of housing may be a cute little project, but I don’t see it as a problem solver for the County. It is only temporary housing, and unless the County does something about finding these people permanent housing and jobs, they will cycle back to the streets.

    If I was the public, I would want to see their plans first before building this thing. I would want to know exactly who they plan to house and what services will be provided to the those occupants. There are all many different types of homelessness in the County. We need to pin them down and get some answers. Unless it is designed to address chronic homelessness, it will not help. It will only create more dependency on our community and cost tax payers millions.

    “The combination of challenges faced by individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness includes complex health conditions, poor access to coordinated care services, prolonged time living on the streets, in shelters, and in and out of institutional settings, leads to worsening health conditions, premature mortality, and represents costs to the public that do not result in a decrease in homelessness.”

    “The solution to chronic homelessness is an intervention known as permanent supportive housing, which combines affordable housing and a tailored package of supportive services that help people achieve housing stability, connection to care, and improved health and social outcomes.”

    The tiny houses will only provide tiny relief, its nothing more than a band aide. A nice apartment complex with centralized supportive services would be more useful. Oregon has used the permanent supportive housing model for years, and with great success.

    “Permanent supportive housing is defined as permanent, affordable housing with comprehensive supportive services for people who are chronically homeless and with disabilities or other substantial barriers to housing stability. Permanent supportive housing is an intensive model of housing and services designed to serve chronically homeless individuals and families who cannot retain stable housing without tightly linked support services, and who can not successfully utilize the clinical services they need to stabilize their lives without having housing.”

    So far, the tiny house project appears to be just another temporary shelter.

    • james marmon December 7, 2015

      “Permanent supportive housing is a successful, cost-effective combination of affordable housing and supportive services that help people lead more stable, productive lives. People who live in Permanent Supportive Housing sign leases and pay rent just like their neighbors. PSH works well for people who face the most complex challenges such as individuals and families that have very low incomes and serious persistent issues that may include substance abuse, mental illness, HIV/Aids, and may also be homeless or at risk of homelessness. Permanent Supportive Housing comes with a vast array of supportive services including medical and wellness, mental health, substance use management and recovery, vocational and employment, money management, intensive case management, life skills, and tenant advocacy.”

      “There is evidence of superior outcomes for Permanent Supportive Housing services based on the ‘Housing First’ concept. Several studies indicate that when PSH services are present, there is a: reduction in one’s time spent homeless; housing stability and behavior health outcomes for high need families are increased; improvements in mental health and substance abuse recovery occur; and, improvements in health outcomes for those living with HIV/AIDS occur. Housing retention rates for some of the most disabled PSH tenants are between 75-85%.”

  4. Jim Updegraff December 7, 2015

    RE: Tiny houses. Ms Warden is making similar comments to what I wrote a couple of weeks ago. It is just another scheme to avoid dealing with a critical problem. A lot of these people are zombies that have fried their brains on booze or drugs and need to be in a controlled medical facility on a permanent basis.

  5. Jim Updegraff December 7, 2015

    Bullshit: the world is turning into one big pile of dung.

    • LouisBedrock December 7, 2015


      I hate to say this, but you’re starting to sound like Harvey Reading or Louis Bedrock.

  6. LouisBedrock December 7, 2015

    The War Against Those Who Don’t Celebrate Christmas has begun.
    I went to the supermarket this weekend and was assaulted by “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer”, “Winter Wonderland”, “On the 53rd Night of Christmas”, and all those other banal tributes to Christmas that Eric Bergeson complains about so eloquently in a 2010 AVA article:

    The Church moved the celebration of Christmas to December 25th in the fourth century because it wanted Christmas to coincide with the popular Pagan holiday, Natal solis invicti—The birth of the unconquered sun. No one has a clue about the date Jesus was born or can prove he actually existed

    The legacy of this decision afflicts pagans and infidels to this day: hideous decorations with the concomitant waste of electricity, and the appalling music on hears in stores, in bars, and in restaurants are just two manifestations of this plague.

    If one has the audacity to complain, he is called a grinch, a soldier in the War Against Christmas, an atheist—which I’m proud of being, or much, much worse.

    The Hanukkah music that now accompanies the Christmas music is just as appalling.

    I don’t want to spoil anyone’s celebration of the mythical birth of their god or of a rebellion that was gleefully suppressed by the Romans, but can you keep it out of my face?

    Hail nothing, full of nothing, nothing be with you.

    • LouisBedrock December 7, 2015

      Or was the rebellion crushed by Hezbollah? Syria?
      God’s chosen people have been through a lot, poor babies.
      I lose track of all their setbacks.

      • Harvey Reading December 7, 2015

        Depicting themselves as “god’s chosen” is simply a delusion they dreamed up. They weren’t the first, nor the last. How can anyone be the chosen of something that doesn’t exist? The Southern Baptists and other fundies take issue, too. They consider that THEY are god’s chosen, and that anyone who doesn’t accept their interpretation of a bunch of hokum, dreamed up by humans, will burn for eternity. They look on Jesus as a prince of peace, though he condemned to hell for eternity those who commit the crime on non-belief. Aint religion grand?

  7. james marmon December 7, 2015

    United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.

    “Chronic homelessness cannot be ended if people with the highest needs are excluded from or screened out of housing. Research shows that people can achieve housing stability regardless of their time spent experiencing homelessness, experience with mental health or substance abuse, past income and credit history, or prior housing or criminal history, especially when supportive services are in place to help people with these barriers. Communities can adopt a Housing First approach in their permanent supportive housing, as well as at a community-wide level. USICH’s Housing First Checklist can help communities identify what steps are needed to adopt Housing First. HUD’s brief on Housing First provides more information on how to implement Housing First in permanent supportive housing.”

    • james marmon December 7, 2015

      He said many of the details, such as how the residents would be approved and supervised, and whether they will be allowed to have animals or consume both drugs and alcohol, will be worked out later.

      “The priority now is getting the land and the houses first,” he said. “I’ll vote for anything that helps the marginalized, and I hope my colleagues will be willing to vote for the Tiny House project as well.”

      John McCowen

      Mr. McCowen, any project that leaves the worst of the worst homeless is not any kind of a solution. These people create the largest drain on our local community (hospitalizations and Incarcerations).

      Your cute little project is nothing more than just another handout, and not the hand up they really need. People seeking shelter in these little homes are technically still homeless and will certainly continue to be counted as still homeless by our social service department and their stakeholders when they come to the though to feed each year.

      And you (Mr. McCowen) with your big smile will gladly fork over millions and millions of dollars more to support this endless cycle of stupidity. If you really want to help the marginalized, then help them, find out what the program is really going to look like before you jump on this deal.

      If it is just “shuffling seats on the Titanic” we don’t need it.

      • james marmon December 7, 2015

        “Summers has hit on a philosophy that’s gaining traction with homeless advocates: The “housing first” approach, which says homeless individuals and families should first be given permanent rental housing, followed by treatment or other services they might need. Traditionally, social service agencies have focused on providing temporary shelter and treatment for addictions or other problems, with permanent housing only coming if they made headway. As of January, America had about 578,000 people experiencing homelessness, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.”

        “The housing-first approach has been shown to save money when compared with the more traditional model for dealing with homelessness. The cost of providing an apartment and social work for Utah’s housing-first clients is about $11,000 per year, while the cost for people living on the streets is $17,000 annually because of hospital visits and jail costs, according to the Los Angeles Times.”

        As for Summers’ tiny house idea, at least one homeless advocate says it has merit.

        “I love the overall concept,” Mark Redmond, executive director of Spectrum Youth & Family Services, a Burlington, Vermont-based nonprofit that helps homeless and at-risk youths. “The whole housing-first approach married to tiny houses make sense.”

  8. Jim Updegraff December 7, 2015

    And Happy Holidays to you. Lew, that is my response to anyone who says Happy Christmas to me. If they comment, I just say I don’t celebrate pagan holidays.

    • LouisBedrock December 7, 2015

      To you and yours, Jim, I unabashedly and unapologetically, wish a very happy Christmas.

      • LouisBedrock December 7, 2015

        or Happy Holidays, if you prefer.

  9. Alice Chouteau December 7, 2015

    I agree with Wardens comments today, on the Tiny House Project for the homeless. The top priority here on the coast must be providing more affordable housing for our working people, those who are elderly but cannot afford ever to retire, and younger people working two or three of the low wage jobs aavailable, just to barely survive.
    Along with ‘supportive’, programs for transients, there should also be employment listings, so this group can gain experiencing working and contributing, to get a grasp on give and take, not just the Take. A work for food program for the able-bodied would be a good beginning if this population is ever to become contributing members of society.
    The victim of the recent horrendous rape in Fort Bragg, was apparently a homeless minor, in serious need of a protective facility for the mentally challenged, as she was described in police bookings The rapist, a transient from Tennessee, is now being housed rent-free in our county jail.
    A. Chouteau

    • james marmon December 7, 2015

      Running the homeless out of town is not going to improve any of the social issues you mentioned above. We all know what’s drawing these people here, its the ganja. What should we expect to happen in a county who is world renown for its fine wines and herb.

      These people are byproducts of our local economy. We’ve made billions of dollars off of people from all over the world who smoked our herb and drank our wine, and now we’re complaining that a couple hundred pot heads and drunks chose to migrate directly to the source.

      “You reap what you sew,” Mental-cino. We helped create this mess for many other communities whose young people have been destroyed by the devil weed, so now we need to suck up and pay our dues. From what I know about the law, they’re here legally and have every right to make this their home just as you and I do. A couple hundred more drunks or pot heads is not going to kill us, I hope. Just think about it, some of these people may eventually become big growers and/or dealers and bring the county millions of more dollars in revenues.

      Many of them came to us with that very dream, and quite a few of them have realized that dream and are now successful. Its a free country isn’t it.

      Oh, I forgot, no one grows for profit in Mental-cino, sorry about that Mr. Eyster.

      • BB Grace December 8, 2015

        Who suggested running the homeless out of town?

        A. Chouteau is saying that Mendocino should provide housing. How did you get “chasing the homeless out” in their post?

        Because social services refuses to serve substance abusers, the exact people tax payers want off the street, social services placed a girl on the streets to be unprotected and brutally raped. Social services will blame the girl. “She refused to stop drugs”. While that is a shame, that is NO reason to not find a young woman shelter.

        I think Mendocino would THRIVE if the social services racket was run out of town, as Macdonald reported last month when ALL the mental health board, the supervisors, the social services walk around a homeless man and his dog, not one offering water, food, better shelter. Not one!

        I’d like to propose to you why most trimmigrants come here, what the dream really is..

        Long long ago there was a band beyond description, like Jahova’s favorite choir, some called it a religion, Dr. Joseph Campbell called it the “last tribe”, some called it Shakedown Street, others, The Zoo, but generally it was known as “The Parking Lot” where some erroneously labeled it “socialism”, because what it really was is anachism, NO government, instead there was rock med, wharf rats, and kind brothers and sisters who helped each other.

        Everytime I see an old Dead tour shirt I think, “Someone looking for a miracle”. I do not think, “Someone looking for government job because they can’t do the math to get a corporate job, or they got busted long ago and now they have a government job that sucks so they become passive aggressive assholes who love nothing more than having a reason to bring the militant FORCES of the County and State upon the poor traveler who wants to “Live simply so others may simply live”.

        And what’s worse, is all these government workers who are involved in the marijuana trade. They rotate through here as if the State has a new pension program.. Go to Mendocino, work your crappy government job and grow pot. Seems the only ones who are really protected have government jobs.

        Meanwhile, Marijuana wars have been occupying the Sierra for decades. Between the assult armed growers littering the rivers and forests, you name it government organization is suited up in armored with helicopters, all terraine vehicles and their assult weapons. It never stops. Mendocino escaped the war and privatized prisons only to get the social services that don’t work racket.

        Something else… it’s not the old timers of mendocino who are wanting to build prisons and put their grandkids in courts for forced medication.. Its the social workers who have established a CLASSIST society, as if they are better than their clients, as they host fundraisers their clients can’t afford to attend.

        I think Mendocino would do much better if it ended the occupation of social workers and services. The churches and fraternal organizations don’t cost taxes and serve EVERYONE rather than the discriminating social services that enabled a brutal rape because they do NOT serve those in need. They serve themselves.

        Social workers size people up, as you do here page after page, how can you make a profit off the poorest people? That’s really all social workers do besides ruin the lives of “clients”.

        • LouisBedrock December 8, 2015

          You omitted the connection between social workers and the UFOs which carry aliens from the third planet of Proxima Centauri, Kizabi.

          These aliens have brainwashed the social workers into being instruments of the aliens’ campaign to subject all trimmigrants to anal probes.

          • BB Grace December 8, 2015

            How could I omit what I did not know?

            Did you know that one in 4 Americans believes the world is flat?

            This one’s for You Mr. Bedrock because the presenter reminds me of Josephus Flavius and you, and I think you’ll really really like his anti-war song at the end.

        • james marmon December 8, 2015

          I take offense in you calling all these people social workers. Outside of Mr. P, none of them have been to a school of social work and obtained a degree from one. I have both my bachelor’s and master’s in social work.

          The National Association of Social Workers have been years trying to stop CPS workers from being referred to as Social workers.

          I especially take issue with Mental-cino County. Most their worker have barely a high school education and yet they are call themselves social workers.

          • BB Grace December 8, 2015

            What should I call the County, Contracted, and State employees hired as social workers? Geeze I’m asking a guy who calls Mendocino “Mental-cino”, which ironically is exactly what these social services in making of Mendocino.

          • james marmon December 8, 2015

            Social Worker Title Protection

            AB 252 failed to pass in 2014 due to strong opposition from the California Welfare Directors association. The NASW is not giving up. So fare we have achieved title protection in 37 States.

            The growing number of families and children with complex needs, combined with the extensive documentation and reporting requirements of some noble, but unfunded and under-funded federal mandates, such as the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) of 1974, unintentionally led state and county social service providers to substitute or eliminate educational requirements for caseworkers. This has provided them with the ability to handle the large workloads and inadequate resources by having the flexibility to fill vacancies with individuals who do not have a social work education.

            Many private organizations and public agencies, such as child welfare and adult protective services agencies, continue to refer to, classify, or both refer to and classify caseworkers as social workers, leading the public to believe they are receiving services from a professional social worker – someone with a degree from a CSWE accredited school of social work. Clients should be guaranteed that their service provider with the job title “social worker” has the extensive training and education that comes with a degree in social work. This bill protects the public from misrepresentation by ensuring only social workers have the right to represent themselves as social workers.

          • james marmon December 8, 2015

            “NASW strongly recommends and supports a title protection law that will protect consumers from receiving sub-standard services from people calling themselves Social Workers who do not meet the stringent educational or professional practice requirements of social workers. Workers lacking professional educational backgrounds or licenses increase the danger to consumers of unqualified, unethical and improper practice of Social Work.”


  10. Jim Updegraff December 7, 2015

    Please Lew, we both know Jesus’ mother trip to Bethlehem was allegorical and written so the Gospel writer could show the prophesy in Isiah was true. Jesus was born in Nazareth There was no census. Romans did a census to identify the value of the property in the census area for tax purposes.

    • LouisBedrock December 8, 2015

      …“Jesus the Nazorean/Nazarene” first denoted a sectarian label, reflecting the Nazorean sect(s) catalogued by various Jewish, Christian, and Muslim heresiologists, notably including the still-living Mandaean (Nasorean) sect of Iraq. Jesus was considered to be a member, or at least a pious Jew of that type (Nasoreans were itinerant carpenters, among other things). It was only later, once a higher Christology had begun to feel uneasy with notions such as Jesus receiving instruction from John the Baptist or even from village tutors, that some preferred to understand “Nazarene” to mean “of Nazareth.

      See Robert Price, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING SON OF MAN, pp53-54

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