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Talk about a revolving door!

Obviously the right decision, but seriously, if you’re a conservative public figure with any kind of gravitas or political capital would you spend it in this administration?

This from Renee Saucedo looking for book donations to the newly created Multi-Cultural & Diversity Center at CR. Specifically she is looking for books which speak to the experience of marginalized communities, including people of color, ethnic minorities, LGBT, and women. Fiction and non-fiction desired.

Hello Friends,

As many of you know, College of the Redwoods will open a new Multi Cultural & Diversity Center at the Eureka campus by this Fall. We’re very excited that the College will more effectively serve and support its underrepresented student communities!

One service we’d like to offer all students is a library of books and publications related to oppressed communities’ histories, cultures, and struggles. Do you have books that you’d like to give away related to these themes?

Please let me know, and I’ll arrange a pick-up. Or, please feel free to mail books to me at the address below.

Thank you!
Renee Saucedo
Director of Multi-Cultural & Diversity Center
College of the Redwoods
7351 Tompkins Hill Rd. #SS102
Eureka, CA 95501-9300
Direct: (707) 476-4137


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I really didn’t think McCain would stand up as he was present for that goofy presser Lindsay Graham held where he called the bill a “disaster” but said he would vote for it anyway.  All of the sudden McCain had a bout of sanity.

Addendum:  While the three maverick Republicans deserve credit for their political courage, some others deserve recognition as well.

I’m not obsessed with tradition and decorum in politics. I don’t obsess when an official swears in a moment of frustration. But I really don’t need to hear a senior aide talking about how another aide “sucks his own cock.” It’s not funny. It’s not clever. It’s not “plain talking.” It’s unoriginal pandering and it’s already old.

According to the LA Times pot producers have generated 5 to 12 times what California can consume.


The McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee won’t talk about racism because, so far, the majority have determined that racism is not in the purview of the committee.   The Mad River Union reports and includes the following rules which determine the topics of discussion.

I’ve bolded the portion I believe puts racism within the purview – specifically racism and the associated problems are directly issues of “public health, safety, (and) welfare.”  Anti-discrimination and civil rights laws tend to be held within “public welfare” context, and at the federal level is justified by the spending for general welfare provision and the Commerce Clause.

The McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee is tasked with gathering input from the community and providing advice on matters which relate to services which are or may be provided to the McKinleyville Community Planning Area by the county or other local government agencies. The advice to be provided by the MMAC includes but is not limited to advice on matters of public health, safety, welfare, public works, public financing and proposed annexations that may affect the local area covered by the MMAC. The MMAC is not intended to address countywide matters unless those matters have a localized impact within the area mapped on Figure 1 [which is basically a map of McKinleyville] and described as the territorial jurisdiction of the MMAC.

A secondary responsibility of the MMAC is to review, comment and provide advisory recommendations to the Planning Commission, and the Board of Supervisors on proposed zoning amendments, and General Plan petitions and amendments located within the McKinleyville Planning Area related to conformance with the McKinleyville Community Plan. The MMAC will also discuss and provide input on long-range planning issues.

The rules also spell out what the committee is not allowed to do:

The MMAC will not review, comment and provide advisory recommendations on the subdivisions, conditional use permits, special permits, coastal development permits or variances unless they are part of a larger project which also includes a General Plan Amendment or Zone Reclassification. The MMAC will make recommendations on proposed zoning, General Plan petitions and amendments, but is not a decision-making body. The MMAC will not have authority to make, set, provide interpretation of or enforce county ordinances, policies or laws.

From the article:

“Tucker said he does not know whether there is a serious problem with racism in McKinleyville, or whether it’s a  perception problem. ” 

Well, it’s definitely a perception problem now!

These two This American Life episodes will probably tell you more about the political climate than all the reading in the world – particularly as it pertains to racism against immigrants. They’re not easy listening, but they’ve galvanized my feelings about where I’m going to put my energy right now, and my spare time.
These are the transcripts, but I strongly recommend you click through to the podcasts.
In my view every anti-racist progressive should listen to both in their entirety, and very closely.

Kym Kemp has them.

Seriously, looking at these guys – what is going through their heads that lets them think they are entitled to what they are taking?  They don’t look like they’re starving.


  1.  Obamacare repeal and replace?
  2.  Beginning the construction of the southern wall with Mexico paying for it?
  3.  Draining the swamp of Goldman Sachs and other finance industry hacks?
  4.  Renegotiating NAFTA?
  5.  Banning all Muslim entry into the US?
  6.  Unifying and leading the Republican Party?
  7.  Grand bipartisan “out of the box” legislation on anything?
  8.  Sending Hillary Clinton to jail?
  9.  Anything besides cranking out a slew of incoherent executive orders the most significant of which don’t hold up in court?



Due to life/family issues I’ve had to travel US 101 to and from the Bay Area often as of late, and I’m a little burned out on the extensive construction.  Seriously, between Marin County and Eureka you’re hard pressed to find a 20 mile stretch where there isn’t a lane closed with reduced speed limits.  Once you hit Mendocino it seems like it’s every ten miles.  I think in total it added about 45 minutes to my last trip, granted about half of it was being stopped at the slide.

I’ve never seen it like this before, and we’ve had much rougher winters.  The necessity for some of them is pretty clear, but I wonder if it’s truly necessary for all of them to be taking place at once.  Knowing that most of the work is contracted out to private outfits, tThe cynical side of my brain wonders if someone in office or power somewhere doesn’t owe his buddies a few too many favors.


July 2017