- Cold Wetness
- Variety Show
- Basketball Roundup
- Little Dog
- Ad Thanks
- Public Suicide
- Bible Study
- Tear Gassed
- White Punks
- Coast Hospital
- Yesterday's Catch
- Gun Madness
- Child Abuse
- Elite Democracy
- Outlaw Poster
- Medical Records
- Particle Blasters
- Political Correctness
IT FELT COLDER THAN 44 as about a tenth of an inch of cold rain and gusty winds up to around 20mph buffeted Boonville and its residents on Sunday. Isolated cold showers and a possibility of hail were expected Sunday night and into Presidents Day with lows near freezing. According to the National Weather Service: “Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Isolated showers before 10am. Mostly sunny Monday with a high near 46. North northwest wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation dropping to 20%. Monday Night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 47. North northeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Tuesday Night there’s a 20% chance of showers before 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 32.” Cold and wet and damp and breezy for the rest of the week into the weekend with occasional light rain, highs barely reaching 50 and lows near freezing.
VARIETY SHOW 2018!
It's that time of year again, where we ask you to get your act together for the 27th annual Anderson Valley Variety Show! This year the show will be on Friday and Saturday, March 9th and 10th. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 7 o'clock. We'll be sure to have tickets available at the door, and they will also be sold the week before the show at Lemon's Market in Philo and the AV Market in Boonville. There are some hot acts that will only be onstage on Friday night, so be sure to get tickets to both shows!
The most important thing for everyone to know right now is that we are still recruiting amazing and unique local acts for the show. We have a great lineup so far, but there is still some time available. If you (or your pet, or your kid) have ever wanted to strut your stuff onstage before the world's most forgiving and enthusiastic audience, now is your time to shine! Call Captain Rainbow at 895-3807 or Angela at 895-3362 to discuss rehearsal and logistics. See you all there!
NCL 3 - 2018 ROUNDUP
by Jim Young
NCL 3 2018 Boys Basketball ended up with the top 3 teams as predicted by this author. In summery, Laytonville separated themselves and went 14-0 beating 2nd place Mendocino 2 times as well as everyone else 2 times. Mendocino took 2nd place at 12-2. Point Arena was alone in 3rd having only lost to Mendo and Laytonville at 10-4. Fourth place was tied as Covelo and Boonville split their 2 games and lost all games to the top 3. Both were 7-7. Rounding out the league the at bottom was Calistoga, Potter Valley and Geyserville. The scores were not all reported, but I think Calistoga was 6th, Potter 7th and Geyserville 8th.
Heading into playoffs next week are AV-15 seed, Round Valley -15, Point Arena-11, Mendocino 3, and Laytonville -1.
On the girls side it was also Laytonville on top with a 14-0 record. This team is special and will be on top for a few years with almost no seniors. Mendocino and Calistoga split games with each other and tied for second with 11-3 records. Don’t have all the scores, but I think Point Arena was next In girl Playoffs: Mendocino drew the 12 seed, Calistoga 7, and Laytonville the 2.
Other news around the league:
It was a year to go to Covelo and remember Eddie Whipple, who passed before the season started. He coached as long as most of us would be happy to live. Thank you Eddie.
Our favorite Laytonville AD, Sue Carbery, has retired along with Coach/AD Leonard Becktol from Point Arena. Both were there for 30 years or more. Warren Galetti has returned to work in Point Arena and we all wonder when he will be seen on the bench again.
My coach of the year on the boys side goes to Josh Firks in Laytonville for finding a way to win many close games. I’ll stick with Laytonville for the girls COTY as well, as Cory James has taken a highly talented team to a level we have not seen in our league in awhile.
Predictions for next year-
Boys- The top 3 stay at the top. Laytonville and Mendocino lose more seniors than Point Arena. All have good JV teams, and are coached well. I’ll take Mendo.
Girls: As explained above: No team will come close to competing with the Laytonville girls. They will be better than they were this year. They will not only win league but may be # 1 in the North Coast Section next year. Imagine that. An NCS # one as public school. Mendocino gilrs loses their top rebounder, scorer, defender, passer and and ball handler. Yes, all the same person in Amie Gordon. They will have to fill these rolls. Calistoga loses some and keeps some. Potter Valley, Point Arena, and AV have young talent and new coaches. Look for for upsets.
LITTLE DOG SAYS, “It's Random Acts of Kindness Day, Skrag. Have a biscuit on me. He says, ‘Get outta here with that sentimental pap! Do I look like Mr. Hugs to you?’ ”
THE HAZARDS OF INATTENTION
We would like to express our deep apprecaiation for your generdonation of two ads in your paper to our 16th Annual St. Elizabeth Seton Crab Feed. It was a huge success with our largest crowd yet and over 61 raffle prizes. Your participation helps make our crab feed suchg a wonderful valley experience.
Our deepest appreciation.
John Schultz and the Parish Advsory Council Officers
LAZ OF WILLITS WRITES: "There is nothing that can be done for Charles [Hensley], he simply doesn’t matter. The AVA is the only place that has shined a light on him. Charles’s friends (if he has any) know, the authorities know, and we know, Charles is attempting suicide every day; last I knew that’s against some kind of law. If he was using a weapon to harm himself, or any other self-destructive device he would likely be in a facility, but alcohol's not treated like the deadly stuff it is. As we all know, booze kills many people every single day, either indirectly or directly.
It’s like the gun deal, we ring our hands and beat our chest in repulsion and outrage when 17 kids and adults are dead on the street. Then Trump screws some Playmate and the media unceremoniously moves on, and we follow.
There’s nothing that can be done for Charles…"
TO ME, HENSLEY serves as a living metaphor for our social collapse. Few other countries in the world would allow this man to commit suicide on the streets like this. We didn't used to permit it, either. The Hensleys of America were committed to state hospitals for long periods of time, long enough for them to sober up and maybe give life another go. Yes, a lot of Hensleys rotated in and out of hospitals, including the one at Talmage, but up through the 1960s there was a social floor that no longer exists. Whenever I hear someone exclaim about what a "caring," "progressive" place Mendocino County is, I say, "Oh yeah? How about this guy?"
IF ANYONE out there knows Hensley, knows his life story, there are lots of us who want to hear it. I had a Hensley-like uncle who disappeared into the bottle like this, but it was years before I knew enough about him to understand why, but I have two first cousins I've never met who wrote off our entire branch of family because of their mother's experience with Uncle Bob. Most families, I'm sure, can tell similar stories.
"MY SLOW MARCH through months of reading brought me to page 675 of the Old Testament, about one-third of the way to the end, and my sighs and laments caught my wife’s attention. She suggested I jump to the New Testament, which I didn’t even know my Bible contained. The difference? The New Testament is like reading People Magazine, while the Old Testament is like reading a Russian translation of a tractor manual. The New Testament is breezy (sort of) and full of illuminating parables, fascinating vignettes and scores of phrases and references that you’ve encountered thousands of times in your life. They originate right here in the New Testament. God won’t help your team win the World Series no matter how much you pray, but He might illuminate a path through dark forests while you do your time here on Earth. The Bible could be the original self-help book, and the only one you’ll need."
— Tommy Wayne Kramer
TWK might profit from R. Crumb's illustrated Book of Genesis, whose cover warns, "The first book of the Bible graphically depicted! Nothing left out. All 50 chapters. Adult supervision recommended for minors."
THERE'S FOUR CENTURIES of controversy about Michelangelo's depiction of Adam and Eve on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel where Adam is painted with a navel, raising the question of their Mom and her divinity.
The famous artist wouldn't allow priests or any other Papal rep to view the work in progress, and how he got away with shutting them out, given the times, probably meant that Michelangelo's genius made him something of a divine himself.
FEB. 20, 1968: POLICE HURLED TEAR GAS into crowds in massed formations to clear streets of pedestrians who were blocking traffic in the Haight-Ashbury hippie district. More than 90 persons were arrested. After the arrests clusters of people remained along the sidewalk, holding handkerchiefs over their noses as a heavy fog kept the tear gas fumes in the area. One youth donned a gas mask over his shoulder-length hair. Police said crowds in the area had increased during the balmy afternoon. There was the usual influx of young people and other visitors. The disturbance continued from mid-afternoon until 8:30 p.m., when police radio called in tear gas equipment. Charges against those arrested were mostly for failure to disperse, but included assault, resisting arrest and inciting a riot.
BOTANICAL GARDENS HUMMINGBIRD
(Photo by Judy Valadao)
A READER WRITES: “Wow, I almost had a rumble with a couple of hyper, skinny, young white punks (18-25 year olds? on meth?) at the gas station in North Cloverdale. All the spots were full and we were waiting when the kids backed into a parking spot in front of the store that faced a gas spot. When the truck occupying the spot left, I drove toward it and the kids exhibited anger with gestures. One got out of the car and stormed toward me as I pulled into the slot shouting that this was their spot. Too late, we were there first and had watched them pull in, but they weren't interested in facts. An emulation of our leader? Instead, their belligerence increased. For the first time in my life, I was described, out loud, as nothing but an old cunt. These kids must be taking lessons from our dear prez. Looking around at the other cars at the pump, it was easy to see no one wanted to get involved, except the brown skinned dude at the slot on the other side of mine. He got out of his car and threatened the punks who suddenly thought it best to quickly drive off. Someone brought that brown guy up to protect the innocent and old. Thank goodness the white punks didn't have guns and thank goodness for brown brothers who know how to go high when the white jerks go low! I never imagined Cloverdale as a hotbed of animosity towards old people and brown/white angst.”
ANOTHER COMMENT ON THE VALUE OF COAST HOSPITAL
Grateful For Our Coastal Hospital - Let's Save It!
Thanks to all who have discussed the proposed hospital parcel tax and why it is essential to insuring we continue to have a coastal hospital. It appears that the administrative problems and concerns are coming to a head and that could be a good thing. The board needs to be aware of these serious public concerns as they prioritize hospital funding and it appears, at least for now, that’s what they are doing.
As Linda Jupiter pointed out, the new parcel tax will be used: “to maintain local emergency room services; attract and retain high-quality doctors and nurses; maintain local 911 services; make critical repairs and upgrades to medical equipment and facilities; maintain local surgical services; and maintain local obstetric services.” Sounds like physician and CEO salaries will not be entitled to money from the new parcel tax.
$140 a year parcel tax (I believe that’s the correct figure) is such a small amount of money considering the consequences of not having local emergency care. I imagine many locals spend that much a year on lottery tickets, one trip to Costco, coffee at Starbucks, etc. It’s not a lot of money. Years ago we voted to save our libraries and I’m so glad the community rallied and realized how important that service is to our community.
I’m very grateful to our coastal hospital for the emergency care I’ve received from them which saved my life. If you or your loved ones have needed emergency care then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t needed emergency care you are fortunate, but chances are you will need those services some day. In this rural area, getting to our Fort Bragg hospital in 5 -15 - 30 minutes is quite different from what it would take to get to Willits, Santa Rosa or San Francisco. In a life-threatening emergency the time you save getting to the hospital could be the difference between whether you survive or not.
This is just a thought, but perhaps another fund could be created (from donors who have more to contribute) to provide financial assistance for those who would have difficulty paying the annual parcel tax. I would gladly pay double ($280 a year) if it meant saving our Mendocino Coast District Hospital and perhaps there are others who would offer the same. Whatever it takes, I hope people realize what an urgent issue this is and take action to save our local hospital.
Laurie York (MCN listserve)
CATCH OF THE DAY, February 18, 2018
SHANNON ARNOLD, Santa Barbara/Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol, probation revocation. (Frequent flyer.)
MICHELLE BEAUDRY, Covelo. DUI.
EDUARDO BERNABE, Rohnert Park/Redwood Valley. Paraphernalia, probation revocation.
JOELLE BURGESS, Ukiah. Under influence, probation revocation.
JUSTIN GIBNEY, Fort Bragg. Battery with serious injury, false imprisonment.
LARIZA GONZALEZ, Ukiah. DUI, suspended license, probation revocation.
CARL GOTT, Redwood Valley. Probation revocation.
CHARLES HENSLEY, Ukiah. Camping in Ukiah, disorderly conduct-alcohol, failure to appear, probation revocation. (Frequent Flyer)
JAIME NAVA-FRANCO, Ukiah. DUI, suspended license, no license.
MARTIN PEREZ-VALDIVIAS, Ukiah. Assault with deadly weapon with great bodily injury, battery with serious injury, domestic battery.
RICKY PONTS, Fort Bragg. Under influence, resisting, probation revocation.
DARBI RICCI, Ukiah. Ukiah. Controlled substance, paraphernalia, more than an ounce of pot.
JOSE SAAVEDRA, Ukiah. Domestic battery, probation revocation.
AARON STILL, Willits. Under influence, contempt of court.
RANDOLPH VALLADAREZ, Covelo. Narcotic possession, drug sale, controlled substance while in possession of loaded firearm, felon with firearm, loaded firearm in public, suspended license.
WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE?
Yet again, we learn of a horrific tragedy involving a school shooting. How can we collectively not be moved to action when such shootings have become routine? How can we possibly think that such shootings are “normal” and believe the only solution is to provide limited training at our schools to respond to these frightening and increasing events? Our children are dying, yet where is the outrage?
I challenge every single gun owner to justify their reticence in the wake of these mass killings. Your collective silence is deafening, and your collusion with the National Rifle Association to block meaningful gun control is shameful.
Together we must take action to stop this madness. Gun owners claim their right to bear arms is sacrosanct, but I must respond that our children’s right to live is supreme.
Please contact your representatives and the NRA and be a part of the solution to reform gun access now. The next child who loses his or her life may very well be your own.
Maria Grace Wilson
FLAWS IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY SYSTEM for Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Triggered a State Investigation. Here's What's Changing As a Result.
ON LINE COMMENT OF THE DAY
The USA is a democracy only insofar as the results of elections and policy making align with elite interests. By “elite interests” I mean the interests of people at the pointy end of the economic pyramid and the so-called Deep State and the managerial and administrative clerisy of the pointy-enders.
Any other result that DOESN’T align, either of an election or from legislative sausage-making, will be considered to be an affront to democracy and to democratic ideals, and an assault on the sensibilities of enlightened, educated people.
The election of Donald Trump was not supposed to happen. What was SUPPOSED to happen is the election of Hillary Clinton and her co-president husband Bill. Hill and Bill had already made the rounds of corporate America and took home truck-loads of loot. Now, I’m just a simple mule-skinner, but since when do people get a quarter million bucks for a lame 45 minute speech? Doesn’t make sense to me, does it to you? And let’s not even talk about the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One deal never mind Bill’s speech to Russian bank for which he allegedly got a cool half mil.
And so the supposition was that after getting all that money, Bill and Hill could be trusted to look after the positions of those most wealthy Americans.
But Trump was a loose cannon that said all kinds of things about the loss of industrial capacity to foreign regimes and the consequent loss of economic prospects and prosperity of a large segment of the American population, those commonly regarded as Deplorable. Can’t have that.
And so the election results had to be invalidated and overturned. How to do this? Make the accusation of Russian interference and collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. One way to give credence to the charge of Russian interference is to actually lay criminal charges.
That’s the idea behind the indictments. It does not matter one whit whether there’s any substance to the accusations or whether any of the activities were actually illegal.
The mistake is to think that Mueller investigation has anything whatever to do with the administration of justice. It does not and never will. Mueller’s task is to overturn the results of an election that the Davos People and their lackeys and their Deep State guard dogs cannot live with.
Believe yer lyin’ eyes. Most of the time things are exactly as they appear.
"WHITE PELICANS MOVIN' ON, Boysen State Park.
(Photo by Harvey Reading)
FEB. 20, 1943: JANE RUSSELL, lush lady of Howard Hughes’ current epic “The Outlaw,” may be outlawed for the duration of the picture’s run in San Francisco. That is to say, the Police Department and the district attorney’s office, fired by what they term a “burst of public indignation,” have about decided that photographic posters of Miss Russell appearing on countless billboards throughout the city constitute violation of Section 193 of the police code.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Leslie Gillen declared that the many protests came from churches, schools’ various parent-teacher groups and women’s clubs. Gillen declared no complaints have been received about the picture itself. “The movie,” he said, “has been passed by the censors, and we have no interest in it. But the posters that advertise it —” he fell into a long smoldering silence. “Our police investigation has disclosed that San Francisco children are going out of their way to embellish the “Outlaw” posters, and we feel the advertisements are definitely dangerous to the morals of our youngsters.” Gillen further explained that among other things, Section 193 prohibits the “posting ... or exhibiting on any portion of the human body that would tend to deprave the morals of an individual or would prove shocking to his sense of decency.” Against whom warrants might be issued Gillen declined to state. He likewise denied, and with considerable heat, that the city’s attitude had anything to do with promotion of the picture. District Attorney Brady termed the poster “offensive to public decency and certainly not uplifting to the morals of children.”
(For this county’s anti-vax fools)
Patients often complain that their GP spends more time typing and looking at a computer screen than listening to them. This isn’t really new: doctors have kept records of their encounters with patients since the time of Hippocrates. But changes in record-keeping practices have both reflected and enabled the development of modern scientific medicine, which is less concerned with patients and more with their diseases. Today’s doctors are taught to get a comprehensive history from each patient and to document it in a highly structured way, beginning with the complaint and the patient’s account of it, followed by the doctor’s observations and assessment of the case and, finally, the management plan, whether that is the initiation of treatment, the ordering of tests or simply a note that the patient was reassured. Recording the history isn’t just a matter of documenting a few facts: it’s part of the process of working out the case. It is also, in a way that might not be immediately obvious, creative work. The doctor’s diagnosis and the information he or she records is new intellectual property – property that can be, and is, bought and sold.
Large collections of medical records are enormously valuable. How useful they can be was made clear in 2004 when researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine were looking for evidence that might help restore confidence in the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine in the aftermath of the alarm caused by the gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield’s suggestion that the vaccine was linked to autism. They searched an earlier version of the database now known as the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, and identified 1294 children diagnosed with autism or pervasive development disorder (“cases”) and 4469 children without such a diagnosis but matched for age, gender and GP practice (“controls”). The database included the immunization records of the two groups in the years leading up to the diagnosis, and the team was able to show that the vaccination rates of cases and controls were roughly comparable. This meant it was highly unlikely that the vaccine was causing autism. The paper appeared in the Lancet and its findings were widely reported in the media as demonstrating the MMR was safe. Thousands of studies have used the CPRD or similar databases to investigate the risks and benefits of common drugs (statins, biophosphates, low-dose aspirin), or to examine the relationship between risk factors and outcomes (the way the relationship between blood pressure and cardiovascular disease plays out in different age groups, at different levels of blood pressure or in different forms of cardiac complaint, for example), or to consider whether common diseases affect distinct subgroups of patients who might benefit from different treatments.
— Paul Taylor
In San Ramon the flag criminals are treated like saints. The Board of Directors of the high school decided not to raise the flag or play the national anthem at school events, major events. The student body wanted the flag up and the national anthem but the rotten, liberal board of directors would not let them put the flag up or play the national anthem. San Ramon High School.
Political correctness is worse than Isis, worse than cancer, diabetes or heart disease. Convicts and killers and mass killers -- when there is no doubt about the guilt, the perpetrator should be hung or shot the same day and cremated or put out in the field for the buzzards not sent to jail for 20 or 30 years and make the taxpayer pay for sex changes, overnight stays with their girlfriends, TV, medical — they are treated better than the average citizen. And way better than people down in our slums or the homeless people. They have more rights than the average citizen thanks to political correctness.
The way Kim Jong Un Moonbeam Jerry Brown treats people on death row is making this country into a joke. Thanks to the rotten anti-American liberals they can't say killer to describe people who have committed a terrible crime. They have to say accused or alleged on the news. California is now a joke with the political correctness of the Democrats, and we are going to get another one just as bad as Kim Jong Un Brown. It's terrible. I can't believe it.
Anybody who kills my grandsons or granddaughters or anyone close to me, on my mother's grave I will find that person somehow and cut his throat. If you can't say that the man who kills right in front of you is a killer instead of alleged are accused — what is going on? This country is on its way down.
God bless Donald Trump.