Mendocino County Today: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

by AVA News Service, June 19, 2017

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JUDY WAGGONER’S memorial gathering is this Saturday, 24 June, 3pm, at the redwood grove at the Navarro Store. Pastor Willie Roberts will preside at the inurnment at Evergreen Cemetery, Boonville, preceding the potluck assembly of family and friends in Navarro.

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THE RASTAFARIANS and their fans and bands arrived in Boonville in great numbers Friday and even greater numbers Saturday and Sunday. Businesses throughout Mendocino County’s most happening venue, the Anderson Valley, were packed throughout the weekend, although the restaurants noted not much of a customer increase, probably because so much food is sold inside the event. Lizbby’s Mexican restaurant in downtown Boonville arranged outdoor dining beneath a canopy in front of the restaurant, and inside dining for regulars. Saturday, with temperatures soaring, large numbers of concert goers availed themselves of the cooling and re-hydration tents. Attendance seemed up all weekend. One arrest for drunk in public, and one ugly, low-energy incident at Pic ’N Pay where a Rastafarian stood at the counter for a good twenty minutes trying to cheat Irene over a twenty dollar purchase. People in line were yelling at the oaf to get it moving, but he wouldn’t leave until his sadistic little game was completed.

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KILLER HEATWAVES ON THE RISE

Three quarters of the world’s population faces exposure to soaring temps each summer by the end of the 21st Century

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4611578/Deadly-heatwaves-affect-75-cent-planet.html

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HIGHWAY ONE COLLISION SUNDAY

James Belch age 52 of Leggett was driving a 2000 GMC northbound on Highway 1 near milepost marker 1 MEN 84.5 (near Rockport about 15 miles north of Fort Bragg) at approximately 35-40 MPH. Raeanna Baumann age 20 of Myers Flat was driving a 1998 Toyota southbound on SR-1 north of the GMC. Belch was approaching a right hand curve in the roadway when he allowed his vehicle to drift to the left and cross over the solid double yellow lines. It proceeded into the southbound lane while traveling directly towards the Toyota.

Belch

Baumann was driving through the same curve at that moment when she saw the GMC traveling directly towards her. Due to the limited space of the roadway and minimal time to react, Baumann was unable to avoid a collision with the GMC.

The front of the GMC collided into the front of her vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest within the roadway of SR-1 on their wheels.

Michael Baumann III age 1 was transported from the scene and taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

It is undetermined at this time whether the toddler was properly secured in his child seat at the time of the collision.

Belch was determined to be driving while under the influence of alcohol and placed under arrest. (CHP presser)

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A STOLEN 18-WHEELER has fouled the cleanest stretch of the South Fork of the Eel west of Laytonville near the Heath Angelo Preserve. The stolen truck collapsed the old Jacks of Heart bridge and went into the water of the creek, which flows into the South Fork. Then, doubling down on the disaster, the thieves stole a tractor to try to pull the truck out and it also went into the creek. Locals suspect tweakers working on a nearby pot plantation.

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MAJOR INJURY ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 128

(click to enlarge)

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IN OTHER NEWS from the North County, Jack Ma, a Chinese national assumed to be the richest man in the world, now owns the 18,000-acre Shamrock Ranch south of Laytonville, known to many in the county as home to a large herd of elk. On a visit to his new holdings a couple of months ago, Ma, and a heavily armed cohort of body guards and employees, managed to get themselves lost on the Shamrock, finally emerging from the trees near Dos Rios.

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LITTLE DOG SAYS, “He probably thinks I didn't see him sneak in here to sleep and take a dump in the corner of our property last night, but I snitched off Captain Fathom first thing this morning. We're hospitable to a point, but I ask you?”

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REDWOOD QUALITY MANAGEMENT, a private for-profit business, will get $15.4 million for mental health services from July 2017 to June 2018. “Item 4(r) Approval of Agreements with Redwood Quality Management Company for Specialty Mental Health Services in the Amount of $9,481,381 for Children and Youth 24 Years and Under; and $5,869,000 for Adults 25 years and Older for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18.” Redwood Quality is based in Ukiah. This sum is basically forked over for services which may or may not be rendered. We won’t know because there’s no meaningful accounting and the Supervisors just wave this big number on through.

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MENDO has agreed to pay — brace yourselves — $250K, at the exorbitant rate of $350 per hour, to an LA law firm to conduct the County’s simple, uncontested labor negotiations. “Item 4(v): Approval of Agreement with Liebert Cassidy Whitmore for an Amount up to $250,000 for the Period of July 1, 2017, Through June 30, 2018, to Provide Contract Negotiations and Employer-Employee Relations Services with the County’s Eight Bargaining Units and Other Legal Representation as Needed.” The County maintains its own office of six attorneys, plus the lead Counsel. It’s called the County Counsel’s Office, and one has to wonder why the County pays a quarter of a million dollars to an LA firm for “services” that should be rendered in-house.

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$250k FOR OUTSIDE LAWYERS?

TO: Mendocino County CEO Carmel Angelo <angeloc@mendocinocounty.org>

Re: $250,000 contract with LA lawyers to negotiate County labor contract.

Greetings from Boonville:

I hope one of you can explain why you felt it necessary to spend a quarter million dollars for outside attorneys to negotiate a basically uncontested pay raise for County employees.

Respectfully,

Bruce Anderson, AVA, Boonville

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Hello AVA,

Carmel asked me to answer you regarding the cost of the LCW agreement for 17/18.

I have attached a spreadsheet showing estimated LCW costs for the current fiscal year which ends July 30, 2017. Based on these costs, the fact that we have only negotiated and settled with three of our nine bargaining units, and that we still have three open and on-going investigations, I estimated a cost of $250,000 for the upcoming fiscal year.

Please contact me if you have any additional questions.

Heidi M. Dunham, Director
Human Resources Department
County of Mendocino
(707) 234-6600

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ED NOTE: We’ll have some comments on Ms. Dunham’s unconvincing spreadsheet tomorrow. But for the time being: It’s not reassuring or plausible.

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(BONUS LD)

LITTLE DOG GETS INTO RASTA-FEST MOOD

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PINOLEVILLE TRIBE SUED OVER FAILED HOPLAND RESTAURANT, BAR

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7099146-181/pinoleville-tribe-sued-over-failed

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CATCH OF THE DAY, June 19, 2017

Ball, Belch, Benevich

MARTIN BALL, Ukiah. Domestic battery, protective order violation, probation revocation.

JAMES BELCH, Leggett. DUI causing injury.

TRAVIS BENEVICH, Willits. Disorderly conduct-alcohol, resisting, probation revocation.

Bermudez, Eaton, Favia

IGNATIO BERMUDEZ, Los Angeles/Boonville. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

BILLY EATON, Willits. Failure to register, probation revocation.

CARL FAVIA, Fort Bragg. Touching intimate parts of another against their will.

Gillon, Hazley, Hornsby

SYLVESTER GILLON, Kissinee, Florida/Ukiah. Meth sale, pot transportation for sale.

BRODERICK HAZLEY, Tallahassee, Florida/Ukiah. Pot possession for sale, pot transportation for sale.

HEIDI HORNSBY, Ukiah. Domestic battery.

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We’ve got a more thorough drug-testing program than the NFL or MLB, which we always brag about. But we’ve still got a drug issue, though a different one than thirty years ago. And this one bothers me more than the dumbasses who got in trouble with recreational drugs.

I’m talking about performance-enhancing drugs — like steroids, human growth hormone, and so on. It’s obvious some of our players are doping. How are some guys getting older — yet thinner and fitter? How are they recovering from injuries so fast? Why the hell are they going to Germany in the off-season? I doubt it’s for the sauerkraut.

More likely it’s for the newest, hard-to-detect blood boosters and PEDs they have in Europe. Unfortunately, drug testing always seems to be a couple steps behind drug hiding. Lance Armstrong never failed a drug test. I think we want the best athletes to succeed, not the biggest, richest cheaters employing the best scientists. But I don’t know what to do about it.

George Karl in “Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection:”

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ANNE FEENEY IN MENDOCINO, JULY 2

Singer songwriter Anne Feeney is performing at the Community Center of Mendocino on July 2 at 7PM. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Feeney is the granddaughter of an intrepid mineworkers organizer, who also used music to carry the message of solidarity to working people. After two decades of community activism and regional performances at rallies, Anne took her message on the road. Since 1991 Anne has traveled to the frontlines in 40 states, Canada, Mexico, Ireland and Sweden. Her anthem “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” has been performed by Peter, Paul and Mary. Dubbed the “minister of culture” to the movements for economic and social justice and human rights, Anne is “the best labor singer in North America,” according to late, great Utah Phillips. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Brownpapertickets.com. The Community Center is located at 998 School St., behind Friendship Park. Information 937-0334, Music, videos, photos: http://annefeeney.com/press-kit/

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ON LINE COMMENT OF THE DAY

Maybe people out in the boondocks are ‘moving on’ in their own subtle, but real ways. One real positive outcome of people becoming more conscious about what they are eating is the growth of locally made foodstuffs. I’ve really seen an uptick of that trend in my area. Along with a rise in neighborhood breweries, something that hasn’t been seen in a very long time. So, I think strengthening our local communities in regards to a local economy or politically – is the way to go.

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ANARCHY

by Manuel Vicent

Translated by Louis S. Bedrock

One could live without politicians, but not without doctors; one could live without the military, but not without teachers; one could live without judges and policemen, but not without scientists; one could live without priests, but not without workers. Nevertheless, in the Merry Kingdom of Anarchy, some politicians, judges, and urban police might be able to contribute to the collective well-being as long as they passed the test of the Universal Vibrator.

The implementation of the test of The Universal Vibrator consists of applying a powerful vibration to any work, behavior, profession, ideology, or beliefs of people: anything that falls off is superfluous. Less is more.

This minimalist philosophy that the architect Mies van der Rohe infused into his buildings can be applied to any facet of society. If in the midst of a debate about the State of the Nation, Congress was submitted to the Law of the Universal Vibrator, which politician would remain on his feet to speak from that forum?

If this extremely powerful vibration was applied to the stupid and superfluous nonsense heard and read everyday in the media, which words would retain their purity and importance—and have the right to defy the beauty of silence?

If the ideology of the right or the left was submitted to the Universal Vibrator, the citizens undoubtedly would be free from fanaticism, sectarianism, and stupidity and would be prepared to elect a leader who was intelligent and honest—and who didn’t owe any favors to anyone.

Furthermore, large amounts of rubble would be shaken off from the churches, the universities, and the art world.

In the wake of this aesthetic earthquake, society would be composed of doctors, teachers, researchers, forest rangers, and cultivators of cereals and grains. They’d be assisted by a handful of traffic cops that emerged unscathed from the purifying rays of the Universal Vibrator and could form a part of the Moral Kingdom of Anarchy.

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ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE

by James Kunstler

It ain’t bragging if it’s true. I’ve said repeatedly for years that the federal government would only become more impotent, more incompetent, and more ineffectual as The Long Emergency rolled out. And here we are now, at just such a pass in history.

The process has been well underway since the beginning of the century. Even the attempts to expand its scope and reach — such as the post 9-11 addition of God-knows-how-many new intelligence services — has only produced an epic clusterfuck of cross-purposed mission creep that threatens the federal government’s existential legitimacy.

After nearly a year of investigating, the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, the DIA, DHS, et. al. haven’t been able to leak any substantial fact about “Russian collusion” with the Trump election campaign — and, considering the torrent of leaks about all manner of other collateral matters during this same period, it seems impossible to conclude that there is anything actually there besides utterly manufactured hysteria.

Now, one might imagine that this intelligence community could have manufactured some gift-wrapped facts rather than just waves of hysteria, but that’s where the incompetence and impotence comes in. They never came up with anything besides Flynn and Sessions having conversations with the Russian ambassador — as if the ambassadors are not here to have conversations with our government officials. You’d think that with all the computer graphics available these days they could concoct a cineplex-quality feature film-length recording of Donald Trump making a “great deal” to swap Kansas for Lithuania, or Jared Kushner giving piggyback rides to Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.

But all we’ve really ever gotten was a packet of emails from the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta of the Clinton campaign gloating about how nicely they fucked over Bernie Sanders — and that doesn’t exactly reflect so well on what has evolved to be the so-called “Resistance.”

The net effect of all this sound and fury is a government so paralyzed that it can’t even pass bad legislation or execute its existing (excessive) duties. That might theoretically be a good thing, except what we’re seeing are individual departments just veering off on their own, especially the military, which now operates without any civilian control. Apparently General Mattis, the Secretary of Defense, pretty much decided on his own to dispatch another 8,000 US troops to Afghanistan to move things along there in the war’s 16th year. Or did he get President Trump to look up from his Twitter screen for three seconds to explain the situation and get a nod of approval?

Perhaps you also didn’t notice the news item over the weekend that a US-led fighter plane coalition shot down a Syrian air force plane in Syrian airspace. In an earlier era that could easily be construed as an act of war. Who gave the order for that?, you have to wonder. And what will the consequences be? Reasonable people might also ask: haven’t we already made enough deadly mischief in that part of the world?

With the US military gone rogue in foreign lands, and the intelligence community off-the-reservation at home, and the Trump White House all gummed up in the tarbaby of RussiaGate, and the House and Senate lost in the shuffle, you also have to wonder what anybody is going to do about the imminent technical bankruptcy of the USA as the Treasury Department spends down its dwindling fund of remaining cash money to pay ongoing expenses — everything from agriculture subsidies to Medicare. That well is going dry in the middle of the summer, and without any resolution to the debt ceiling debate, the country will not be able to borrow more to pretend that it’s solvent.

I don’t see any indication that the House and Senate will be able to bluster their way through this. Instead, the situation will compel extraordinary new acts of financial fraud via the central banks and its cadre of Too-Big-To-Fail associates. In the event, the likely outcome will be a spectacular fall in the value of the US dollar, and perhaps consecutively, the collapse of the equity and real estate markets.

The public may not give a shit about Syria, Afghanistan, or federal dairy supports, but they’ll sure perk up and notice that their money is going worthless. I doubt they’ll be clamoring for Hillary Clinton to be installed as the first US Caesar to fix it all.

(Support Kunstler’s writing by visiting his Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/JamesHowardKunstler)

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PLANT PROPAGATION WORKSHOP

Saturday, June 24th from 10:00am to 1:00pm in the Gardens Meeting Room at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Join Naturalist and Master Gardener, Mario Abreu for a hands-on workshop and lecture on propagating local native plants, heathers, fuchsias, dahlias, and more. Learn basic techniques of seed collection and processing, cloning plants by cutting and division, and how to grow them for planting. BONUS! Each participant will construct their own mini greenhouse to grow plants provided in this workshop. Bring scissors, hand pruners, and lots of questions. Class size is limited and filling up quickly so sign up now by phoning in your payment at 707-964-4352 ext. 16 or reserve your spot in person at The Garden Store at MCBG. Class cost is $20 for members and Master Gardeners; $30 for non-members (includes Gardens admission for the day). Payment is due upon sign-up. Please note, all workshop fees are non-refundable unless the workshop has been canceled or rescheduled by the Gardens.

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ANNUAL JULY FOURTH BBQ & LAWN PARTY

Kelley House Museum, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 4. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers, Beer, Wine, and more! Dance to the music of The Mixed Nuts. Come early for the best parade seating. 45007 Albion Street, Mendocino, 937-5791 or info@kelleyhousemuseum.org

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TWO IMPORTANT WEST COAST GROUNDFISH STOCKS REBUILT

PORTLAND, OREGON – Two important West Coast groundfish stocks that were formerly overfished have now been rebuilt.

Bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish, which are managed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, were under strict rebuilding plans that have constrained West Coast fisheries for more than a decade. Bocaccio was declared overfished in 1999, and darkblotched rockfish in 2000; both were rebuilt well before their original target dates.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils that manage ocean fisheries in the United States. Altogether, the Pacific Council manages more than 100 species of groundfish.

Managing groundfish fisheries under rebuilding plans has been an immense challenge for the Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries). These plans required sharp reductions in commercial and recreational fisheries targeting groundfish, which included widespread fishing closures through the establishment of Rockfish Conservation Areas off the West Coast and other measures. Since 2003, managing overfished species through area closures such as the Rockfish Conservation Areas has helped to reduce fishing impacts and rebuild overfished groundfish species. In addition, the groundfish fleet has had to limit fishing for other more abundant species to avoid unintentional catch of the overfished stocks.

“The rebuilding strategies used to achieve this conservation success, coupled with favorable environmental conditions for groundfish productivity, have paid huge dividends in rebuilding our overfished groundfish stocks and resurrecting West Coast groundfish fisheries,” said Council Chair Herb Pollard.

The successful rebuilding of these species reflects the support and sacrifice of West Coast ports and fishermen who recognized the difficult actions and fishing cutbacks necessary to restore the stocks. The rebuilding of bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish will lead to increased harvest opportunities beginning in 2019.

“By working together, we’ve brought bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish back to where they will again be part of a sustainable West Coast groundfish fishery that creates renewed opportunity for the fishing fleet, as well as more options for seafood consumers,” said Barry Thom, Regional Administrator of NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region.

Between 1999 and 2017, ten West Coast groundfish stocks were declared overfished, as surveys documented their declining numbers. Pacific whiting, for example, was declared overfished in 2002. The Council, working with NOAA Fisheries and the fishing industry, reduced commercial harvests. Combined with strong reproduction and recruitment, the fishing cutbacks led to the rapid rebuilding of Pacific whiting by 2004. The Council and NOAA Fisheries developed rebuilding plans for the other nine overfished stocks—bocaccio, darkblotched rockfish, lingcod, canary rockfish, cowcod, Pacific ocean perch, widow rockfish, petrale sole, and yelloweye rockfish.

Lingcod was declared rebuilt in 2005, and widow rockfish in 2012. Both petrale sole and canary rockfish were declared rebuilt in 2015. Rebuilding plans remain in place for three remaining overfished species: cowcod, Pacific ocean perch, and yelloweye rockfish. New assessments for Pacific ocean perch and yelloweye rockfish will be reviewed this summer and may be adopted in September. Cowcod is expected to be rebuilt by 2019.

“The Council is a transparent, science-based, inclusive approach to fisheries management,” said Council Executive Director Chuck Tracy. “Our progress in rebuilding overfished stocks shows the effectiveness of this approach. West Coast fisheries are a model of sustainable resource management, and they will continue to provide healthy seafood, jobs, and support for coastal communities, as well as access to this resource for all Americans.”

Process

The bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish assessments were developed by scientists at NOAA Fisheries and were reviewed by the Council’s scientific advisory bodies. NOAA Fisheries confirmed the stocks’ status as rebuilt on June 16.

Council Role

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 for the purpose of managing fisheries 3-200 nautical miles offshore of the United States of America coastline. The Pacific Council recommends management measures for fisheries off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington.

On the Web

Pacific Fishery Management Council: http://www.pcouncil.org


Bocaccio stock assessment: http://tinyurl.com/yaycynmq


Darkblotched rockfish stock assessment: http://tinyurl.com/ybzm3ob6


NOAA Fisheries article on rockfish rebuilding: https://go.usa.gov/xNvCV

 

15 Responses to Mendocino County Today: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  1. BB Grace Reply

    June 20, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Boycott Israel Lyrics
    by Ari Lesser

    Boycott Israel, if you think that’s just
    But unless you have a double standard you must
    Also boycott the rest of the nations
    With allegations of human rights violations
    We’re not perfect but if you think we’re the worst
    First take a look at the rest of the earth
    Don’t pick and choose to pick on the Jews
    Pick up the paper and read the news

    Boycott North Korea I don’t think you’ll see a
    Country in the world that could be un-freer
    Boycott China, let’s not forget
    That they stole the whole country of Tibet
    Boycott Japan slaughtering thousands
    Of helpless innocent whales and dolphins
    Boycott Vietnam where they choose to use
    Drug addicts as slave to shell cashews
    Boycott Cambodia, grabbing up land
    Five million acres from the poor man’s hand
    Boycott Thailand for shutting the door
    And deporting refugees back to the war
    Boycott Burma, don’t let your cash slip
    Into the grip of that military dictatorship
    Boycott India, women can’t escape
    When the government officials are guilty of rape
    Boycott Pakistan, crazy country
    Where they execute people for blasphemy
    And boycott Afghanistan opium land
    Where poppy fields stand in the Taliban’s hand

    Chorus

    Boycott Syria their government’s killing
    Thousands of innocent, unarmed, civilians
    Boycott Iraq make them change the laws
    That lock up and torture people without cause
    Boycott Iran with the greatest rate
    Of execution out of every other state
    Boycott Turkey because they’ve always denied
    And lied about the Armenian Genocide
    Boycott Turkmenistan, where the only media
    That you ever see is what the president’ll feed to ya
    Boycott Uzbekistan, government’s rotten
    Enslaving children to harvest cotton
    Boycott Russia because every year
    More Muslims mysteriously disappear
    Boycott Ukraine, where the politicians
    Lock up the opposition, so there’s no competition
    Boycott Belarus, president’s got to go
    You know those elections are just for show
    And boycott Germany, cause there’s no reparation
    For murdering half the Jewish population

    Chorus

    Boycott Sudan, the Darfur genocide
    Where hundreds of thousands have already died
    Boycott Egypt and don’t let that narrow
    Minded president keep acting like Pharaoh
    Boycott Saudi Arabian oppression
    Of women getting beat up, treated like possessions
    Boycott Bahrain police brutality
    Against the Shi’ites by the Sunni Monarchy
    Boycott Yemen make them stop the obscene
    Execution of juveniles under eighteen
    Boycott Eritrea national slavery
    Where they work for free indefinitely
    Boycott the Congo, doing terrible things
    To sell blood diamond engagement rings
    Boycott Zimbabwe you’ll find all kinds
    Of torture behind those government mines
    Boycott South Africa, make them pay
    For the hundreds of women raped everyday
    Boycott Ivory Coast, sound the alarm
    There’s thousands of slaves on those cocoa farms

    Chorus

    Boycott Chile because they deny
    Abortions even if the mother will die
    And boycott Brazil where the brutal police
    Kill thousands of people to keep the peace
    Boycott Venezuela closer inspection
    Shows that the socialists stole the election
    Boycott Colombia, putting out the lights
    Of anyone who fights for union rights
    Boycott Ecuador for stealing the lands
    Of indigenous people for their corporate plans
    And boycott Costa Rica where they’ve applied
    So much pesticide, that hundreds have died
    Boycott Honduras where a journalist
    Gets shot if he writes anything like this
    Boycott Mexico in the war on drugs
    The military acts like the cartel thugs
    Boycott the USA make them pay
    For torturing people in Guantanamo bay
    And boycott Cuba, but if the government hears
    You criticize them, you’ll be locked up for years

    And boycott Israel, if you think that’s just
    But unless you have a double standard you must
    Also boycott the rest of the nations
    With allegations of human rights violations
    We’re not perfect but if you think we’re the worst
    First take a look at the rest of the earth
    Don’t pick and choose to pick on the Jews
    Pick up the paper and read the news

    • Bill Pilgrim Reply

      June 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

      It’s not the Jews, dear. It’s Zionism in all it’s wicked permutations.

      http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/israels-dirty-little-secret/

      • BB Grace Reply

        June 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

        Two decades ago I believed that. Pro-Peace/Antiwar protests changed in the 90s. I tried to book an arena I had previously booked for an event I planed to promote in LA. I was informed by the City that A.N.S.W.E.R. had contracted with the city and ALL peace/antiwar events had to go through them. They allowed me to participate as anyone who wanted to protest for peace. A.N.S.W.E.R. was a new face to me. I had enjoyed a decade of organizing events which there were many Jews, some were Zionists, but at the time I didn’t know much about Israel or Palestine at all. I was happy to see women in hijabs and appreciated A.N.S.W.E.R. bringing more and new voices to Pro-peace. A.N.S.W.E.R. protests were opposed to Israel, not war.

        “From the river to the sea…” That’s a chant calling for genocide. At the time I knew of 26 pro-peace groups being run by Jews, some who protested A.N.S.W.E.R. making Israel the issue. Some organizations folded. Some organizations like Code Pink came under attack for Medea Benjamin being a (((Jew))). Code Pink began wearing hijabs to show solidarity. A.N.S.W.E.R., which was associated with CAIR and Soros, were not interested in solidarity. I no longer believe in solidarity. And the pro-peace movement on the left went “poof” under Bush A.N.S.W.E.R. eliminated peace voices that were Jewish as it became little groups of little people standing on corners waving signs and rainbow flags to Antifa.

        Ron Paul rEVOLution had many Antiwar from Justin Raimondo subscribers, so the peace movement, as far as I’m concerned went right, and many of us who have worked took the punches, the spit, the harsh words and arrests for the left. We the nameless who have nothing but our battle scars, and now contempt from those like Bedrock and Updegraff who I’m no tar baby. They were my leaders. I loved them unconditionally, and you couldn’t tell me not, as it made me love them more. And for what? I have no kids, because the world is over populated. I didn’t marry because I was a feminist. I volunteered and donated myself into debt and read most books folks here talk about.. even had a CP subscription from the 90s, but what reward is there in scars and constant failure every election to be told it’s the Zionists fault. Really?

        One day about a decade ago I decided to find something good about Israel. I searched the internet and went through 436 articles before I found one article that impressed me. It was about how Israel had restored a number of endangered species to thriving. When it came to alternative energy and I’ll just say technology and science, Israel was so advanced I was hooked on learning more, and I have never been disappointed.

        Being pro-Israel is not anti-Palestine. To me, Pro-Palestine is opposing the Palestinian Authority, UN, and Christian organizations that project their grievances with Israel onto the Palestinian people. I find Pallywood, the original fake news, the provoking of war against Israel the part of Islam that no one who wants peace should support.

        Name me one nation in Islam better than the US. There are not any for a western woman. I’ll wear a hijab in an Islamic country out of respect as I sure don’t have the protection of women in the US government getting pictures taken with Kings. The hatred against the west is propaganda that sustains Islam with no rights for women, yet, the left is supporting Islam against a Jewish state. And it’s glorious what the Zionists have done with their land.

        The other day three IDF troops were stabbed. One a really pretty young women, 19. so Israel went through Jerusalem kicking down doors finding 350 Palestinians who were there illegally. Why were they there? Because life is so much much better in Israel. Who can blame any young person with a dream for escaping the brutal Palestinian Authority or escaping the Mexican Police Drug cartels? I don’t. I protest the Palestinian Authority treatment of their people, just as I blame Mexico for making life HELL in Mexico.

        Blaming Zionist easy. Blaming dictators and tyrants who make Islam less than great by comparison to Western culture is easy for those who have bought the Iran/Russia/Turkey we want war for kingdoms story.. and there’s a lot, and why maybe now instead of the US protesting for peace, the left is openly for civil war.

      • LouisBedrock Reply

        June 20, 2017 at 3:55 pm

        Good link, Bill. Thank you.

        https://bdsmovement.net

    • susie de castro Reply

      June 20, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      “Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans (in this case countries) defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others”

      There seems to be a lot of projection/finger pointing going around👈👉, today.

  2. james marmon Reply

    June 20, 2017 at 9:21 am

    “Redwood Quality is based in Ukiah. This sum is basically forked over for services which may or may not be rendered. We won’t know because there’s no meaningful accounting and the Supervisors just wave this big number on through.”

    One way to measure if RQMC is doing a good job is to get some numbers from the Public Guardian. The Public Guardian initiates the Court process to invoke and renew conservatorships. If we are spending less and having fewer conservatorships then she is doing a good job.

    Of course they will blame it all on Ortner because he doesn’t want anything to do with Mental-cino County anymore, clients or otherwise. I don’t blame him after that false narrative fed to the AVA succeeded in running him out of the County so that RQMC could take over after he did all the heavy lifting in this so called privatization scheme.

    But don’t pay me no attention, I’m probably the only expert around on this issue who knows exactly where to look.

    James Marmon MSW

    • james marmon Reply

      June 20, 2017 at 10:10 am

      I just watched the BOS talk about the RFP that never went out before they handed all that money over to the Schraeders for adult mental health, they plan on dealing with that, lol. Nearly a year and a half ago the Board had given direction for an RFP to go out by now but it never happened.

      ching ching ching $$$$$$

      I’m the only one who raised this issue, proof they read the AVA

      PEACE

      James

    • james marmon Reply

      June 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      In 2000, I received recognition for reducing Lake County out of County Conservatorship placements by 33 percent in less than six months. Lake County BOS was very proud of me but my colleagues were pissed because my discharged plans made them have to really work for once in their lives.

      James Marmon MSW
      Former LPS Conservatorship Case Manager
      (Lake County)

      One might say that I opened the door and let them all out.

      • james marmon Reply

        June 20, 2017 at 3:23 pm

        Cry Baby Allman is going to argue that he is being stuck with housing and treating clients that should really be the Public Guardian’s responsibility. Building a big facility is not the answer, these people have constitutional rights too.

        As CEO and Spokesman for the “Marmon Group”, we are considering a civil lawsuit.

        “Most companies and agencies that submit work requests provide prospective bidders with ample time to study the RFP before the deadline. Some companies give vendors as much as one month from the time the RFP is published before the bids are due. This allows bidders time to tinker with their bids, possibly allowing them to seek out new vendors of their own to help meet the needs of the RFP.

        Companies wishing to bid on RFPs should monitor the legal notices in local newspapers and trade magazines, and contact the purchasing departments of corporations and government agencies likely to request services and equipment. They should investigate the requirements to be added to the “bid list.” Finally, once the company has fulfilled all obligations necessary to be added to the list, the company’s leadership needs to make certain that it stays on that list.”

        https://definitions.uslegal.com/r/request-for-proposal/

  3. Bruce Anderson Reply

    June 20, 2017 at 10:12 am

    O yeah. Ortner was a great deal for the county. The real issue is government abdication of responsibility for basic social responsibilities. This responsibility is a collective one and should be paid for collectively. Of course now that the rich are exempt from proportional taxation human misery will be strictly a cash and carry business. Invest now in dependent children, a growth industry for sure.

  4. Jim Updegraff Reply

    June 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

    After the rant by BB Grace in support of Israeli Apartheid we shall go to the Giants horror story –
    Atlanta 9 Giants 0. Cueta took the loss and bull pen coughed up 7 runs – Giants had 4 hits. Giants are sinking out of sight.
    Houston 4 A’s 1. A’s were totally outmatched – only had 4 hits.

    • BB Grace Reply

      June 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Ari Lesser – Israel Apartheid Lyrics

      Artist: Ari Lesser

      Album: Tzfat Reggae

      People say Israel’s an Apartheid state
      But I can’t relate to that baseless hate
      It’s not really fair to try and compare
      A racist regime with the war on terror
      Using common sense against violence
      Israel had to build up the border fence
      And if you think that’s Apartheid it’s because
      You don’t know what Apartheid really was

      For two thousand years the Jews all roamed
      But we always called Israel our home
      Unlike the British and Dutch who came
      To South Africa where they had no claim
      They already had countries overseas
      But they wanted to expand to new colonies
      So they conquered the natives, bought and sold
      That land they stole full of diamonds and gold
      The whites united and decided to create
      South Africa, as a democratic state
      But soon they denied blacks voting rights
      So the whole government was controlled by whites
      The House and the Senate and all of the courts
      Were white so the black people got no support
      Plus the police would arrest, and beat
      Any peaceful protesters in the street
      They split everybody into four different races
      And moved them by force into separate places
      If you were Indian, black, or brown
      You had no business in a white town
      They had segregation of transportation
      Buses, bus stops, trains and train stations
      Separate ambulance, different doctor and nurse
      And the black hospitals were always worse
      Restaurants, hotels, and the public park
      Might be off limits if your skin was dark
      It was crime and you could get more than a fine
      If you crossed the line of that “Whites Only” sign
      They had separate teachers at different schools
      Black and white beaches and swimming pools
      Cafes and movies theaters wouldn’t let folks in
      Discriminating if they had the wrong color skin
      No mixed marriage, it was a criminal act
      For a white person to have sex with a black
      Apartheid went from the womb til the tomb
      Couldn’t even take dump in the same bathroom

      People say Israel’s an Apartheid state
      But I can’t relate to that baseless hate
      It’s not really fair to try and compare
      A racist regime with the war on terror
      Using common sense against violence
      Israel had to build up the border fence
      And if you think that’s Apartheid it’s because
      You don’t know what Apartheid really was

      In Israel, Apartheid is not the case
      Cause regardless of gender, religion, or race
      All Israeli citizens black, brown, and white
      Have equal social and political rights
      So the Arab Israeli Population
      Which makes up twenty percent of the nation
      Might be a minority but at least
      They can vote, unlike the rest of the Middle East
      Look at the whole region you’ll see only
      Israel is truly a democracy
      Every citizen’s right to vote is protected
      And Arab officials often get elected
      That’s an important point, let me stress it
      There’s a dozen Arabs, with seats in the Knesset
      Plus an Arab Judge on the Supreme Court
      So they don’t fall short on government support
      Everyone has access to the same schools
      The same beaches and the same swimming pools
      The same resorts and hotel guestrooms
      Same public parks and public restrooms
      The same cinemas, restaurants, and cafes
      Same trains, buses, taxis, and highways
      Same doctors, and nurses, all deliveries
      Of babies are done in the same facilities
      Arab Israeli life expectancy’s great
      Up by Twenty seven years since nineteen forty-eight
      And their infant mortality rate has declined
      From thirty-two per thousand to less than nine
      And they’re doing much better economically
      Relative to every other Arab country
      There’s no restrictions on choice of career
      They’re welcome in the military if they volunteer
      They can work and reside wherever they please
      From Eilat all the way to the sea of Galilee
      They live in the very same cities as Jews
      On the same street in the same house if the choose

      So people say Israel’s an Apartheid state
      But I can’t relate to that baseless hate
      It’s not really fair to try and compare
      A racist regime with the war on terror
      Using common sense against violence
      Israel had to build up the border fence
      And if you think that’s Apartheid it’s because
      You don’t know what Apartheid really was

      Company
      Copyright © 2017 SongLyrics

  5. Harvey Reading Reply

    June 20, 2017 at 10:36 am

    From “The Big Con”, by Clancy Sigal, in Counterpunch today:

    “We’re all Appalachia now and nobody gives a damn because, here in the Rust Belt and Trump-voting south, legislative thunder and lightning are coming down on our heads. We have no shelter from the hard rain of a trillion dollar cut in “entitlements” like Medicaid, Medicare, Assistance to Disabled Families, Food Stamps,

    Meals on Wheels hitting us suthiners in partcular and especially hard in the old coal mine valleys. I don’t like using farm language in front of the ladies. But we’re being fucked up the ass by our own people following the lead of the new President we truly love.”

    And farther down:

    “The Democrats, damn their hides, can’t help me because they too wear the same suit and ties – even the women Democrats seem to. They all belong to the same “made it” tribe and share the same indigenous language native to Washington DC you learn only if you can afford a good college.

    Way back in my grandma’s time, the Big Depression, traveling photographers like Dorothea Lange. Walker Evans and Marguerite Bourke White walked among us seeing us at our stoical worst that somehow got the government’s attention to help us in the hollows, valleys and factory towns.

    Tonight on TV I see pictures of exploding Syrian babies and Nigerian refugees drowning in the sea. TV glamour.”

    Spelling, paragraph breaks as in original.

    OK, scumbag reactionaries, let fly with your pontificating, damnable lies and then go take a ride in your Mercedes Benz… Your day is coming.

  6. John Fremont Reply

    June 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Today’s Catch inspired me to look up CARL FAVIA of Fort Bragg because he looked vaguely familiar. He doesn’t seem to exist online. What’s the story behind this perv?

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