Monday, July 25, 2016

Meet The Ingalls

Any Little House on the Prairie fans out there? Count me as one. In fact, I thought all of Michael Landon's shows were fantastic. For Little House fans, I stumbled onto this slide show of pictures of the real Ingalls, including the kids The picture on the left is of the real Charles and Caroline Ingalls. I'll have to admit Michael Landon is much easier on the eyes. There's also some narrative included of where the Ingalls lived and their circumstances. It put me in Little House heaven (not to be confused with Landon's Highway To Heaven). Addendum: Hmmmm??? I just realized something's missing: No picture of Nellie Olsen, the girl we all love to hate?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

New Toilet Paper Holder

I actually don't know how new this is, but I love it. Talk about reinventing the wheel, or making a better mousetrap. It's a toilet paper holder you can set on the floor in front of you, or wherever might be most convenient. Funny, cause the wife and I were just discussing how the toilet paper holders in many hotels and motels are often out of reach while you're sitting on the pot. They're either further than an arm's reach away from the toilet, or off behind you at an angle that makes it difficult to turn and get some paper. She went shopping yesterday and came home with this thing that acts as toilet paper storage in the body, with a thing on top to put a roll on for easy access. I LOVE IT! Haven't had a chance to use it yet but I'm sure you'll all be on the edge of your {toilet] seats wondering how well it works.

Solar Eclipse: August 21

Earth/Sky News reports well have a solar eclipse next month. The first one since 1991. Whether we'll be able to see it from here, I'm not sure, but looks like it will be close. Let's think ahead for eclipse activities. I was thinking we could all hold hands in the street and sing kumbaya, or maybe this would be the perfect time for human sacrifices?

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Republicans Claim Delegate Votes Changed

I haven't heard any of this from mainstream media as we did with the Democratic Convention and Sanders, but some Republicans are apparently claiming their votes at the Republican convention were changed to Trump despite their original vote, according to Think Progress. I'll have to admit I can believe this sort of thing going on with Democrats, but not Republicans. As one local Republican told me, "We believe in the system too much".Probably to a fault, I would think.

Koch Brothers Backing Clinton?

It appears the famous Koch brothers have pulled their support from a Republican senatorial candidate after that candidate expressed support for Donald Trump. They're now sending their money to Clinton. This article from The Guardian explains the tangled web of financial support in the race.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Planks and Partisanship

The Libertarian Republic web site points out Republicans don't mind Democrat positions and platforms when they come from a Republican. They point to Ivanka Trump's speech calling for gender wage equality which brought applause from convention delegates: "Ivanka Trump used debunked liberal stats and talking points to make a case for the federal government mandating “wage equality.” She talked about the supposed “gender wage gap” and how her father was going to fix it. Whereas Republicans traditionally oppose government wage controls and are usually quick to point out that the “gender wage gap” is not supported by evidence, last night the GOP sheep bleated and cheered for heavy-handed, top-down, liberal economic policies." One of the fellows at the Libertarian National Facebook page suggested earlier this morning if Trump delivered a Clinton speech he'd likely have gotten a standing ovation. I suspect he's right. That's how partisanship works much of the time. No concern for issues, just the party and its people.

Reason Looks At Trump's Speech

And the writer isn't too positive about it; "The essence of that argument is that America is unsafe and decline, and that as a result it should be cut off from the world, plunged into fear, and managed by a simple-minded strongman whose ego and bluster know no limits. This was the argument that Trump made last night. It is his pitch for the presidency."

Antiwar.com Looks At Trump Speech

Antiwar dot com seems a little more impressed with Trump's speech than I am. They even quote him from the New York Times on civil liberties, something I don't recall him addressing last night. In fact, I figured that was likely the last thing on his mind: “I think right now when it comes to civil liberties, our country has a lot of problems, and I think it’s very hard for us to get involved in other countries when we don’t know what we are doing and we can’t see straight in our own country. We have tremendous problems when you have policemen being shot in the streets, when you have riots, when you have Ferguson. When you have Baltimore. When you have all of the things that are happening in this country – we have other problems, and I think we have to focus on those problems. When the world looks at how bad the United States is, and then we go and talk about civil liberties, I don’t think we’re a very good messenger.” Not bad, especially for him.

The Trump Speech

No, I hadn't actually planned on watching it. After all, what's the point in listening to a carefully scripted speech? Okay, I suppose there is some entertainment value. But I laid down on the couch yesterday evening to watch the Channel 3 News- the local stuff. I quickly fell asleep only to wake up some time later to find Donald Trump yelling at me. I figured what the heck. Probably not much else on and, since a friend in Redding seems a die hard Trump supporter, maybe I could find a few things to change her mind. I wasn't impressed, although I nearly always enjoy a good speaker no matter what side of the aisle they're from. Libertarian though I may be, I didn't mind his anti- immigrant rants. It's probably about time someone brought that up. I did notice one thing: During the entire speech he never mentioned freedom or liberty once. And it wasn't just me. After the speech was over, one of the news folk/commentators that were covering the speech pointed out those used to be key words used by right wing candidates regularly during campaign speeches but they were noticeably absent from Trump's speech. I might consider that Trump left them out deliberately as those on the left find the concepts of liberty, and probably even the word, frightening, but I don't think he's sophisticated enough to think that deeply into it. Besides, when has Trump ever seemed to be concerned about alienating anyone with what he says? I did see the omission as a sign of his mindset, though, which suggests he wouldn't be any more mindful, if at all, about preserving American freedom than Clinton. There's no doubt of that. As I see it, Trump is pretty much like Clinton: He's in it for himself just as she is for herself.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sidestepping The Law?

A well written and hard- hitting letter to the editor in the Willits News discusses evidence commonly used against many of us by police and prosecutors nowadays: "The American public tend to believe that drug sniffing dogs, DNA evidence, fingerprints, hair sample comparisons and the testimony of a police officer are highly accurate forms of evidence used to establish the guilt of someone accused of a crime. Wrong."

N.C. Journal on Guns In Eureka

Maybe it's just me but I'm somewhat bothered by the tone of Thadeus Greenson's article in the North Coast Journal today. He writes about what is the supposed increase in guns confiscated by police in Eureka. Chief Mills is quoted and it reads to me as if Mills is bothered by the number of guns in town, too.But, maybe it's just me? I've wondered for some time when we'd start hearing complaints of the number of guns in the city and county, with the influx of people moving here from Southern California. As for me, it's one of the things I liked about Humboldt when I moved here up in the '70s: Live and let live and lots of guns. I didn't see a lot of guns, but heard of them through locals I met. I got into the gun thing myself after a bit at one point owning over 40, many of which I sold when I realized it was silly cluttering up my house with guns that I would likely never shoot. Yep, 40 guns, but no harm done. As is the case with most up here who own lots of guns- no harm done. I've always wondered when we'd start hearing cries for more local gun laws from all these SoCal immigrants? Hard to say if that's Greenson's intent with his story or if he just needed something to write about this week. In any case, there's tons of guns up here and not really much violence because of it, despite the spin Greenson tries to put on it and, as the Daily Sheeple points out, the places that suffer the most violence from firearms are the ones with the strictest gun laws. We don't need any new local gun laws, another one of those things where if it ain't broke, don't try and fix it.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Freddy: Political Ignoramus?

I was laying on my living room couch yesterday watching M.A.S.H. An in- law, who shall remain nameless, but considers himself politically astute pops his head in my front door, looks at the TV and asks what I'm watching- himself probably never having watched M.A.S.H before. I told him I was watching MASH. He gets an incredulous look on his face and asks, "You're not watching the Republican convention?". I reply "No, why would I?" (and thinking about it, I have to wonder why he wasn't?). He goes on to say I could get a look at our next president. I tell him I'm not voting for Trump but voting for Gary Johnson. Mr. politically astute looks puzzled and asks who Gary Johnson is, asking something like "Is he a third?". I say Yes and the guy tucks his tail between his legs and leaves. I really feel he's the norm among most voters: Sees things as us vs. them or Red vs. Blue and can't comprehend anything other than that. Forgive me for not playing that game.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Eureka Voting: Ward or At Large

Thanks for the tip on how to zoom in my browser on the Lost Coast Outpost web site, except it didn't quite work. It did get me to think outside the box and try a different browser, though, and I got the site up fine using Google Chrome. Nice, since I got to read Matt Owen's Matt In The Middle column which I always enjoy. Today Matt looks at both sides of the debate of Ward vs At Large voting, a subject that seems to always be brought up by those from The Left. At least the last two times this being brought up by councilgal Linda Atkins, if memory serves me correct. I've gotten the impression lefties like to push ward voting because they like to divide people into groups but, whatever. I don't see any problem with the way we vote in Eureka now. As I always say, if it works, don't try and fix it.

Lost Coast Outpost Site Problems?

Anyone else having problems viewing the Lost Coast Outpost web site? Since I've been back, whenever I go there all I get is a miniature version of it, so small I can't read what's on it. I e-mailed Hank Sims yesterday and he seemed unaware of any problems with it. Regardless. That's one of my favorite, must visit, sites and it bums me not to be able to read it. Is it just me?

Medical MJ Track and Trace= BS

Not sure why news of a proposal to track and trace medical marijuana in the county pisses me off. After all, it should come as no surprise that politicians and bureaucrats want to get involved in the marijuana industry. I guess I'm annoyed because it seems to be yet another solution in search of a problem. What's the problem this is supposed to solve? They can't just let the marijuana industry do its own thing as it has so successfully so far. Nope. Some in government just have to get their fair share of it. So what will this track and trace accomplish. According to KIEM-TV it will " ... create a brand of Humboldt County medical cannabis, it will inspire local growers to enter the legal medical cannabis business." "The crop will be given a traceable stamp, created by SICPA, which is coded with tons of information like its strain, and where it came from. Each link in the chain before the product were to get to a patient, will scan all of this information to create an effective tracking process. The patient can then use the stamp's QR code with their smart phone in order to verify that their product is legitimate." This seems totally unnecessary to me. I'll admit to not being in the marijuana loop, but I haven't even heard a whisper of complaints regarding people being defrauded by whatever kind of marijuana they thought they were buying. I've never heard any of the pot smokers I know express concerns about what they were getting- again, a solution in search of a problem. And so it goes with Humboldt. I guess that shows we're no different than the rest of the state or country in that regard: Government first. What works later.