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Bird’s Eye View (June 6, 2018)

By the time you read this the results of yesterday’s elections will be known. Let’s hope the ‘right’ folks won.

"This Trump Thing," or as it had been known previously for nearly 250 years up until now, The US Presidency. Rudy Giuliani, formerly known as America's Mayor, ventured to Yankee Stadium this past Memorial Day weekend to celebrate his birthday. When the stadium announcer shouted him out, the 50,000 New Yorkers in attendance had a clear response. They booed. Of course, this reception for the former mayor didn't come out of nowhere. Giuliani has repeatedly embarrassed himself and brought shame to the city he once helmed since taking his place on Trump's legal team for the Russia probe.

The disgrace began well before Trump snatched THE Electoral College victory from the jaws of popular vote defeat in 2016. In March of that year, Giuliani suggested on Fox News that Hillary Clinton “could be a founding member of ISIS.” The same month, he appeared to blame President Obama for the terror attacks in Brussels. He offered a deranged speech at the Republican National Convention, howling at the crowd about Benghazi and the prospect of the US accepting Syrian refugees. “They're going to come here and kill us,” he said. “We cannot repeat the mistakes of the past."

Giuliani was one of the few Trumpists willing to publicly defend the Republican nominee's talk in the Mobile Locker Room. Giuliani suggested that “he who hasn't sinned, throw the first stone here.” Is it his contention that most people brag about grabbing women “by the pussy” without their consent? Do we all lack the moral standing to judge Trump for his blatant misogyny? Or is Giuliani just willing to say anything to once again feel the adoration of the crowd — no matter what crowd that is?

It is in some ways unfortunate. This child of East Flatbush, Brooklyn, once demonstrated a real appreciation for the story of the city of New York, the beating heart of a nation continually striving to live up to its own founding principles, and a place for anyone from anywhere in the world willing to work hard and adopt the values of this nation to come and test themselves in the great, churning cauldron of America. Now he is a modern-day Know-Nothing, working in service of the least presidential of all US Presidents because, to Rudy Giuliani, there is no fate worse than irrelevance. Sad bastard.

Public Service Announcements

#538. The Vets from the Mendo Animal Hospital will be in the Valley next on Thursday, June 28.

#539. Similarly, The Barn Sale folks have also changed their dates again. It’s not June 2&3, but Sat/Sun, June 9&10. The Barn is open from 9.30am-3pm each day.

#544. The AV Grange second Sunday Pancake Breakfast is June 10 from 8.30-11am. $5-10, kids through hungry folks, a delicious, locally-sourced breakfast.

#545. Also Sunday June 10, The AV Village presents: A Ted Talk by Judy Willett on the Village Movement: how it started, why, and what the Villages are all about. Snacks and beverages provided. 4-5.30pm at Lauren's in Boonville (enter through the side door).

#546. The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

#547. The Boonville Farmers’ Market is Saturdays 9:30am to noon at the Boonville Hotel parking lot. Call 684-4146 or contact for more info or to become a vendor.

#548. The Mendocino Bookmobile returns Tuesday, June 12 for 45 minutes at: Navarro Store 9am (for just 30 min before heading to Comptche); the Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm. 

Here is the menu for the Community lunches and dinners at the Senior Center in the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. $6 donation requested from seniors for both lunch and dinner; $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners. Tomorrow, Thursday, June 7, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Sandwiches: Ham, Roast Beef or Turkey followed by Root Beer Floats. Next Tuesday, June 12, the evening meal at 6pm featured Chicken with Kale with Triple Lemon Dessert. Second Tuesday, so Bingo at 7pm follows dinner. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal. ALL ages are welcome. 

I’m outta here. Be careful out there. Keep your windows cracked if you leave pets in your vehicle. And, “Let us prey.” Almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. Contact me through the Letters Page or at

PS. On the sheep, Grace. Keep on humming, Hummingbird. 

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