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Mendocino County Today: Monday, Feb 19, 2018

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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.

Morning Paw Prints

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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!

Robyn McCallister

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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.

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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?’ ”

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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


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Hensley 2018

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…"

Hensley 2009

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.

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"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.

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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.

(SF Chronicle)

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(Photo by Judy Valadao)

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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.”

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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)

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CATCH OF THE DAY, February 18, 2018

Arnold, Beaudry, Bernabe

SHANNON ARNOLD, Santa Barbara/Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol, probation revocation. (Frequent flyer.)


EDUARDO BERNABE, Rohnert Park/Redwood Valley. Paraphernalia, probation revocation.

Burgess, Gibney, Gonzalez

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.

Gott, Hensley, Nava-Franco

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.

Perez-Valdivias, Ponts, Ricci

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.

Saavedra, Still, Valladarez

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.

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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


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FLAWS IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY SYSTEM for Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Triggered a State Investigation. Here's What's Changing As a Result.

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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.

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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.”

(SF Chronicle)

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(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

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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.

Jerry Philbrick




  1. Judy February 19, 2018

    I only take credit for the photo…not the spelling of “Botanical”

    • George Hollister February 19, 2018

      The photo is perfect, as is the spelling.

      • Judy February 19, 2018

        Thank you George…and thank you guys for removing the extra “N”

        • AVA News Service Post author | February 19, 2018

          You’re welcome, Judy. And thanks to you and all the other contributors who help weave this tapestry.

  2. james marmon February 19, 2018


    The Florida shooter was a foster child raised by a single adoptive mother. Why blame the gun?

    I actually blame the Clinton’s Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA) that took Title IV-E funding away from “Family Preservation” and put it in the hands of child traffickers.

    Before that I blame the feminist movement and/or drugs for disintegration of the family.

    Because of the millions of children who were made victims of all the above we can expect more monsters like the young man in Florida, 20 years worth of them, they are finally coming to age.

    Hopefully Presidents Trump signing the Family First Preventive Services Act, things will start to reverse.

    James Marmon MSW

    • james marmon February 19, 2018

      An oldie, but goodie

      ASFA: An Assault on Family Preservation

      “It is often said that American child welfare policy operates like a pendulum. It swings from expressing the predominant objective of keeping troubled families together to making protection of children from parental harm its top priority. Family preservation and child safety are treated as two opposing ends of the spectrum of child welfare concerns. These shifts have not been based on any real changes in rates of child maltreatment. They are often responses to highly publicized incidents of abuse by parents or by the system and to the political currents surrounding child welfare debates. “Watching federal policy develop in the field of child abuse and neglect over the past two decades has been like watching the sunrise in Barrow, Alaska in late November!” proclaimed one expert. “Federal and state political action over the last several decades could be characterized as being symbolic rather than substantive, reactive and punitive rather than proactive and supportive (of either children or adults).”

    • james marmon February 19, 2018

      ENOUGH of women who don’t want to stay home and raise their children. If you don’t want to raise them, don’t have them, keep your legs crossed until you know the man means business. Real feminist don’t allow themselves to be seduced and become victims. And enough of women allowing themselves to get pregnant just to trap a man.

      Like Eric said yesterday, a man thinks he’s getting laid when in fact he’s really getting fucked.


    • Bruce Anderson February 19, 2018

      Easy, Suzy. All gentlemen here at the ava, gallants every one of them.

      • Harvey Reading February 19, 2018

        Re: “The Bible could be the original self-help book, and the only one you’ll need.”

        No thanks. I’ll take good novels. They make more sense than anything contained in either “testament”. And at least with novels, you know who the author is.

        Re: Schultz cartoon

        One of the very few over the years that I found amusing.

        • Harvey Reading February 19, 2018

          Oh, I forgot:

          Re: Philbrick

          The mighty men of Comptche: a farce to reckoned with. Who on earth would have any desire to kill a relative of his anyway? A drug dealer?

        • Harvey Reading February 19, 2018

          How did my comments get where they are? Did I push a wrong button?

      • Harvey Reading February 19, 2018

        When do we get to see more pictures of the pretty lady who was supposedly Trump’s girlfriend for a while? What was her name? Storm Cloud? Red Dawn? She was so wholesome looking, and I bet she uses birth control, too, and probably has oodles of natural orgasms, too!

        This comment WAS meant to appear in response to that of Mr. Anderson!

      • George Hollister February 19, 2018

        Bruce, you are speaking for yourself.

    • BB Grace February 19, 2018

      When it comes to blame Mr. Marmon, Nikolas Cruz admitted that HE pre meditated and then murdered 17 people.

      The debate over the Second Amendment are red herring. What did the US get with alcohol prohibition? How is the war on drugs doing? Anyone who thinks gun prohibition is a solution is insane (Rita May Brown’s book, “Sudden Death” gave her protagonist Jane Fulton the sentence, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”)

      I challenge those who believe that gun control is the solution to put a sign on your property: “No Guns”. They won’t. Why? They know they would be setting themselves up against a PERSON who would take advantage of their advertised abandonment of self protection.

      Why are schools targets? Those seeking to cause harm know schools to be unarmed, ungated, unfenced and easy targets.

      In Florida the Baker Act is being reviewed because Nikolas Cruz left a trail of red flags the authorities, FBI, Mental Health Services, local Police, Sheriff, Social Media all received prior to Cruz’s assault.

      Here in CA we hear the term 5150 which refers to the Baker Act:

      The problem with the Baker Act is that it turns people into tokens used by departments to collect government funds and grants. That’s why we see Mr. Hensley’s mug repeatedly. Is the perpetual arrest of Mr. Hensley cost free? No. Nikolas Cruz was in the “system”. The system is NOT working for Cruz, Hensley, or we the people who want solutions.

      Are State Hospitals the solution? No.

      I have no doubt President Reagan, I did not support or vote for Reagan, closed state mental health institutions because the crimes committed against humanity behind closed doors was too great for the Federal Government to defend.

      The Stepping Up Inniative is a solution.

      I’m with President Trump 100%; This isn’t about guns. It’s about giving those who work in the system: Judges, Law and Order, doctors, nurses, social workers, families and individuals the resources they need and the public the means to hold them accountable.

  3. George Hollister February 19, 2018

    in the world of news that makes no sense:

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — A Russian athlete who won a bronze medal in curling at the Winter Olympics here has failed a preliminary doping test,

    • Bruce Anderson February 19, 2018

      The mystery being why a low energy sport like curling would require a chemical boost. On the subject of sports, the woman who murdered the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game yesterday should be ashamed of herself, but in a time of No Shame it’s just one more exhibitionistic insult, not to any false notion of jingoistic patriotism but to everyone who was trapped into watching it.

  4. james marmon February 19, 2018

    Anderson, I have 3 sick dogs, coughing, it appears they have the dog flu. Keep an eye on L.D., but I suppose you already had him vaccinated.

    Flu vaccination being considered – for pets – as ‘dog flu’ is reported near San Jose

    “Vaccinations have not been widely recommended, but that may change if cases continue to increase, said Monterey-based veterinarian Margaret Finaly, who called the disease “very contagious.”

    • james marmon February 19, 2018

      I’m giving them low doses of robitussin dm and children’s Tylenol, they still have a good appetite and don’t appear to be lethargic, just a bad cough.

  5. Bruce Anderson February 19, 2018

    Marmon. Maybe your dogs have bad vibes-itis from all your Trump rants. Your local history comments are actually interesting. Change the subject and watch your dogs perk up!

    • Jeff Costello February 19, 2018

      The Trump lovers appear to still believe he’s going to do something wonderful. I still recall the campaign rally speech where he said “You’re all going to get very rich.” There really is a sucker born every minute.

      • BB Grace February 19, 2018

        President Trump has done many great things Mr. Costello, tax cuts, ending TPP, getting NATO nations to build their own militaries and not depend on the USA, ditto for the UN. He has given freedom to Christian voices and ended thousands of unconstitutional executive orders. He beat HRC, is purging the deep state and draining the swamp.

        I don’t recall a campaign rally where he said you are all going to be very rich. Can you show me?

        When I was a tween I recall playing “Dream Date”. Personally I liked “Dud”, but you’re not supposed to admit that you like “Dud” so I didn’t, I just wasn’t into the game but being that was what we were playing I played.

        One of my playmates said, “I want to live in a mansion when I get married”. I responded, “That’s too much to have to clean for me” She said, “You don’t have to clean the mansion. That’s what servants are for.” I replied, “I don’t want to have to spend my time telling servants what to clean, that’s work too”.

        With money comes one hell of a lot of responsibility, WAY too much, and why so many talented people who know how to make millions don’t bother making beyond retirement. President Trump’s lifestyle does not reflect my dreams and desires, and honestly I don’t know any Trump supporters who want the chains of responsibility as he has.

      • Jeff Costello February 19, 2018

        No, I don’t have access or the interest to research it. I saw the clip, heard him say it. If BB thinks the tax cuts are wonderful, she must have the wealth to prove it. He drained the swamp right into the white house. But believers are believers, end of story. To anyone here – did you ever call childhood friends “playmates?” Trump appeals to a certain form of snobbery.

        • BB Grace February 19, 2018

          Don’t confuse respect for snobbery Mr. Costello. I don’t trust people call me by my first name without my permission. Just an form of self protection from those who call you by your first name and lie to your face. Only corporations call me by my first name and that goes in the trash.

          Growing up in the USN was like being raised by a one parent as my Dad was on tour and we moved (transferred) every 30 months. One doesn’t get the opportunity to say, “Oh I knew them since kindergarten”. My parents invited their friends who had children to visit and visa versa. My parents had been invited over to some of their friends who had children and we play a few games and maybe see them at a BBQ or if the kids are in activities we are in, we see more of them. Kids you like become pen pals until they don’t.

          There was one playmate whose Dad had built her the neatest playhouse and she served me ritz crackers and cheese whiz. When I got my first apartment I bought ritz crackers and cheese whiz. I’ll never remember her name, but I will never forget the shear happiness she gave me as a hostess.

  6. Mike Williams February 19, 2018

    How does one apply for all the benefits that prisoners are getting?

    I did not know that political correctness was worse than cancer. You can learn so much on these pages!

    • Harvey Reading February 19, 2018

      Of course. Reading the brilliance here is so much better than what you’d learn with the help of an encyclopedia or an Internet search.

  7. Dave Smith February 19, 2018

    Re: Random Acts of Kindness

    Anne Herbert (born 1950), an old friend of mine, was raised in Ohio and wrote mostly in California

    Herbert used to be an assistant editor of CoEvolution Quarterly, a precursor to the Whole Earth Review and Whole Earth Catalog. She coined the phrases, “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” and “Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.” Her book Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty was published in 2016 by New Village Press.

    An article in the December 1991 issue of Glamour about the history of the “random kindness” phrase described Herbert as “tall, blonde, and forty” and as living in Marin County, California.

    Anne Herbert died December 18, 2015 in Alameda, CA.

  8. james marmon February 19, 2018

    I really like Nikolas Cruz’s attorney’s guts. She’s going to expose the whole sick Children’s System of Care, schools, mental health, and foster care. I hope the DA doesn’t plea bargain. Nikolas is alive for some reason, and only God knows why, at least for the time being. Hopefully the rest of the nation will soon know why as well. We finally caught one alive that may be willing to talk and educate us.

    Too bad the good sheriff, Eyster, and Lynda Thompson hushed up the Talen Barton case, there were answers to be had there about our own sick Children’s System of Care.

    James Marmon MSW
    Former Mental Health Specialist/School Social Worker/ Child Welfare Worker

    • james marmon February 19, 2018

      Florida child welfare system under-performing for foster kids, study finds

      “Child welfare in Florida was privatized by state lawmakers over a period of several years through 2005. The DCF contracts with 17 different “lead” agencies to manage and run foster placement and case management in 20 districts known as circuits across the state. Lead agencies subcontract with other local care providers.”

      Where’s the money Camille?

    • james marmon February 19, 2018

      In one newspaper article our good sheriff stated he didn’t want the Talen Barton incident to scare off prospective foster parents.

      No, why warn them?

      “Barton had lived in Mendocino County for five years prior to the murders, and was a 2014 graduate of Laytonville High School. He apparently lived in Eureka briefly between 2014 and 2015 and worked at Ramone’s Bakery and Cafe.”

      In several other articles a Mendocino County Probation Officer tried to warn the Palmeri’s about Talen.

      • james marmon February 19, 2018

        Laytonville murder suspect’s psychological assessment reveals hatred for victims

        “A juvenile probation officer at that time noted in a report the concerns of “Talen’s emotional balance and his risk of becoming a danger to others.”

        The Norvell-Palmieri family was even informed by the same probation officer that it wasn’t a good idea to take Barton in.”

  9. Eric Sunswheat February 19, 2018

    “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,..”

    Response. Frisky Bruce, it’s a a billionaire pharmaceutical research statement bias. Don’t be fooled as health care and insurance executives put on the squeeze. Give us studies that show the body brain loading of increasing aluminum toxicity, from the rapidly rising numbers of California childhood vaccines and lifetime treatment schedule, along with cooking in aluminum kitchenware available for sale, and the links to autism and dementia. If not, perhaps do the L.D dance side step jig, and bark, if you are not willing to have your child injected with the ‘Jim Jones kool aid’ brain creativity diminishing aluminum, then perhaps you should be charged with child neglect, and offspring put into foster care, as one storyline to further promote controversy obfuscation.

    From the web – “Desperate to lower your cholesterol? FORGET statins…THIS everyday food could CURE you. HIGH cholesterol affects thousands of people in the UK – and many people don’t know they could be suffering. However experts have said people could add more garlic – a vital ingredient in thousands of British dishes – to their diet in a bid to boost health.

  10. George Hollister February 19, 2018

    “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 real subject of discussion in Michelangelo’s “fresco” is God residing in the human brain. Adam with a navel, in itself, is not controversial, in my opinion. Neither is his more interesting inference. But we like to make it so.

  11. michael turner February 19, 2018

    The surname Philbrick apparently comes from an old Scandanavian word meaning “board” or “plank”.

    So in future you can say , “that guy Jerry is as dumb as a philbrick.”

  12. Jim Updegraff February 19, 2018

    An interesting article in the Sacramento Bee February 18th – “Lead paint ruling puts home values at risk across state” – article is a must read for AVA readers if your home was built before 1981. As a result of lawsuit your house could be a “public nuisance” if it has lead based paint.

    • Lazarus February 19, 2018

      Houses with lead based paint have been an issue for decades. Ask any painter, they have to drape, tape and secure the area as much as possible before they prep for a new job is allowed.
      I was at the Press Club in SF, 444 Post with a friend years ago, a woman had just checked in and she told us the desk had warned her about the dreaded leaded paint…Seems the ceiling was pealing and they didn’t want her to ingest any while sleeping.
      As always,

    • Eric Sunswheat February 19, 2018

      Housing within 500 feet of major freeways, often are suppose to have sophisticated recirculating filtered air systems, to protect against auto pollution, but most are poorly maintained if at all, against significant disease, including cancer, dementia, and autism. See articles on LA, and the science that affects roadside dwellers and habitual commuters. Put you car air system on recirculate and run the air conditioner, is the advice. Left unwritten is to carry oxygen bottles…

  13. Jim Updegraff February 19, 2018

    Thax Laz but under the lawsuit you could be subject to criminal liability, eminent domain, foreclosure, special taxes to resolve the nuisance,orders to vacate or demolish, loss of tax deductions, and mandatory disclosure on real estate transactions, and addresses entered into a public database public database Bruce, how many houses in Anderson Valley do you think might be affected by the lawsuit?

    • Lazarus February 19, 2018

      In Willits pre 81 must be at least 75%, probably more…that said most have likely been repainted several times since 1981. Enforcing that in the Mendo will be very interesting…
      As always,

  14. Bruce Anderson February 19, 2018

    Shucks, Jim, I have no idea. It’s never been an issue around here so far as I’m aware.

    • Eric Sunswheat February 19, 2018

      Lead paint on old housing has been long an issue, including the peeling of lead paint contaminating yards that children play in and eat dirt. Garden vegetables can also be contaminated by the legacy pollution. Particular concern is for old heavily traveled leased gasoline roadways. Depending on speed of traffic, the lead spewing out tail pipes, would either spread in chunks closeby, or migrate further in fine mist. Think State Street in Ukiah and other early roads. The problem persists, unless recognized and cleaned up, or paved over.

    • George Hollister February 19, 2018

      I believe the general landowner consensus in Boonville, and Comptche as well, is all structures are post 1981, even those built prior. Or at least none were painted before 1981.

  15. Jim Updegraff February 19, 2018

    Bruce, In Sacto it will hit the low income areas the hardest. I assume it will also hit your low income areas the hardest.

  16. chuck dunbar February 19, 2018

    Regarding Second Amendment rights and their limits:

    From bigthink: “The Supreme Court Ruling on the 2nd Amendment Did Not Grant an Unlimited Right to Own Guns”

       “Have you read the 2008 Supreme Court decision that gives all Americans the right to own guns? Probably not. I hadn’t, until the other day, when I was stunned to find that the decision is hardly the blanket protection for gun ownership that the National Rifle Association and adamant gun rights people claim. Nor is it the sweeping defeat that those who want gun control lament. Reading it, in fact, offers some real hope that a reasonable middle ground may be possible as America gropes in these polarized times for a solution to gun violence that protects the rights of gun owners and public safety.” 
         “…But even though the 5-4 majority ruling (in District of Columbia v. Heller) makes an intellectual end run around the language of the Second Amendment to get to their ruling, they very clearly state that society (government, convened to collectively protect us from what we can’t protect ourselves from as individuals) has the right to, and legitimate interest in controlling gun ownership, in several specific ways.”
        “On pp. 54 and 55, the majority opinion, written by conservative bastion Justice Antonin Scalia, states:”  ‘Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited…’ It is ‘…not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.’
    ‘Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.’
     ‘We also recognize another important limitation on the right to keep and carry arms. Miller (an earlier case) said, as we have explained, that the sorts of weapons protected were those “in common use at the time”. We think that limitation is fairly supported by the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of ‘dangerous and unusual weapons.’  
    “The court even recognizes a long-standing judicial precedent” ‘…to consider… prohibitions on carrying concealed weapons.’
              “That language refers to many of the gun control ideas being discussed now. Prohibitions on carrying ‘dangerous and unusual weapons’ certainly might apply to assault rifles. Ammunition clips that hold 100 bullets…30…even 10, are hardly ‘usual’, certainly not for self-defense, or hunting.”
              “..’conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.’ might include requiring that everybody who wants to own a gun has to get a permit, and have a background check, conditions and qualifications that already pertain to purchases through gun stores, but not through private gun shows.”
           “…’laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings.’ That certainly seems to challenge the NRA’s idea that more guns in schools is a good idea.”
                 “And perhaps most striking, the majority ruling in Heller specifically leaves open the question of whether the public has a right to carry ‘concealed weapons’, a bedrock claim of gun rights advocates.
                 “Despite these critical qualifications, gun rights advocates say they are protected by the 2008 Supreme Court ruling, yet selectively ignore the many ways the court allows for some forms of gun control…”

    • BB Grace February 19, 2018

      Can you show me the gun right advocates on the right that think the Second Amendment protects them from State gun laws requiring registration, certification and license? That’s news to me.

  17. BB Grace February 19, 2018

    No one is blaming the mentally ill Ms. de Castro. Your facts don’t fly:

    Last year President Trump claimed 20 vets a day were committing suicide and he wanted it stopped.

    The VA research, which I posted on the AVA the other day, shows a direct correlation to pharmaceutical use (abuse is also a concern) and violence.

    I’m sure children are a great source of intelligence and reason, but I for one am not impressed by those who “employ” children for their agenda fabricating opportunity out of tragedy.

    • james marmon February 19, 2018

      Our 16 and 17-year-olds are still children. They will assume adulthood’s heavy burdens soon enough. In the meantime, let kids be kids until that time comes. Adults exploiting children to push their political agenda’s should be taken to Jerry Philbrick’s house for a visit and then left there.


    • BB Grace February 19, 2018

      I think the young people do a very good job representing the adults on the left in many ways.

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