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I was in a hotel in Ukiah yesterday morning having one of those bland waffles you make in the confusing iron thing you have to flip around in the breakfast room and preparing for Court when this press conference came on. I wasn’t paying much attention especially when Governor Scott came to the microphone to give the usual vacuous “thoughts and prayers” speech. And then this gentleman – Broward County Superintendent of Schools – stepped up. You see Scott with the obligatory smile as Superintendent Runcie talks about grief counseling services and all. And then Runcie brings up gun control. Watch Scott flinch!

No, it’s not “too early” to discuss gun control. It’s too effing late!


13 Indictments.

I know, I know – “no evidence of collusion.”  Let’s just say there was no collusion, and that’s really wishful thinking; but let’s say that.   The question few conservatives will address:  Why did Putin and the Russian oligarchy want Trump in power so badly that they went to this extent?

But go on.  “No collusion and no obstruction…. No collusion and no obstruction…. No collusion…”

And just hope that Mueller is still “fishing” and doesn’t already have goods.

Chuck Rogers and I will catch up with national politics on All Things Reconsidered this Thursday evening at 7:00. Probably DACA will figure prominently in the discussion, as well as the proposed budget with cuts to social programs and the bloating of the military budget. But who knows what will happen in two days?


I guess it’s supposed to upset me or something.  I’m told that this performance actually breaks Sharia law, but Muslims all bad so there you are.

This article is a couple of months old, but I just read it.  

We need a revived Voters Rights Act, but it’s going to be awhile.

Thursday Night Talk’s programming this month is dedicated to Black History Month (as Dick Gregory noted, isn’t it ironic that we give it the shortest and coldest month of the year?). My guest will be Professor Ryan Emenaker to discuss the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the 1968 Civil Rights Act with specific focus on the successes and shortcomings of Title VIII,the Fair Housing Act. 7:00 p.m. this Thursday evening.
Ryan Emenaker is a professor of political science at College of the Redwoods and a PhD candidate at Brown University. His research focuses on judicial politics and constitutional law. He has written numerous pieces on the history and role of the Supreme Court including an article on why the Supreme Court should uphold the Voting Rights Act, which appeared on SCOTUSblog, the premier news and research site on the Supreme Court.
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Notable Laytonville local Susy Barsotti announced her bid for Third District supervisor this weekend, joining former Third District supervisor John Pinches, Willits community activist Cyndee Logan, and Willits school teacher John Haschak as candidates in the north county race. Barsotti is a resident of the Hog Farm at Black Oak Ranch and is known locally for her work producing events such as the annual Kate Wolf Festival, Earthdance, and the Pignic. She announced her candidacy on Facebook saying, “I’m throwing my tiara into the ring for Mendocino County 3rd District Supervisor. What the heck.”

So far four candidates are competing for the seat currently occupied by Supervisor Georgeanne Croskey in the Third District. Croskey was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in May 2016 to replace Tom Woodhouse after his resignation, and she will be moving out of the county after the election. At least three candidates are currently running for the Fifth District, including Albion resident Chris Skyhawk, Albion Fire Chief Ted Williams, and Alan Rodier.


Comes from the Mendocino Voice.

“a) Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior and FBI officials.”
Good thing the memo was not executed under penalty of perjury.
  1.  That the Australian Intelligence revelations about George Papadopoulos actually initiated the Russia investigation;
  2. That Steele was so freaked out about what he learned that he was “desperate” to have Trump investigated and so gave his information over to the FBI rather than those who hired him; and
  3. That the FISA courts renewed the warrant four times.

What we know from beyond the memo:

  1.  That Nunes has omitted massive context and and key facts;
  2.  That Nunes misconstrued McCabe’s testimony;
  3.  That nothing in the dossier has been debunked while much of it has been corroborated;
  4.  That Trump was really disappointed in the memo and probably should watch less   Fox News;
  5.  That Carter Page actually bragged about being the Kremlin’s “adviser”;
  6.  That the FBI did in fact inform the judges of potential bias on Steele’s part, whether it came before or after the investigation; and
  7.  That everything in the Dossier is probably accurate.

The largest increase in military spending in history.  Ridiculous tax breaks like 90 percent for the rich.

About a trillion dollars, representing an 84 percent increase from last year’s borrowing. 

Now, I wouldn’t complain.  I’m not all that concerned about deficits.  They come and go with economic cycles and usually decrease with increases in revenue-generating transactions.  But this is so ridiculous it may actually impact bond markets.   But more importantly, where are the deficit hawks?  I guess deficits aren’t an issue when one party has complete power over three branches of government.


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