Friday, December 30, 2011

Hiding Out In Fullerton

I have been off the Internet for the holiday as I was visiting mom who has none.  I hope everyone had as good a Christmas as we did.  Here are some pix of my hometown.


Former Southern Pacific Railroad Station, now an Old Spaghetti Factory


Old Santa Fe Passanger Terminal, now Amtrak Fullerton
 I'll be back in Humboldt for New Years Eve!  2012 is almost here!

Monday, December 19, 2011

When I Was Young, Americans Couldn't Be Held Without Charges Or Trials

Constitution Free Zone
Way back, before 9/11 changed everything, people in this country had certain rights.  They were spelled out in the Bill of Rights and and the Constitution. A government of and by the people, through law guaranteed all US Citizens the right to know what they were accused of, a trial with a jury of their peers the right to an attorney and other rights. 

Since 9/11 we saw our law makers pass the Patriot Act without really reading it.  There was an Anthrax scare going on during congressional debate over the Patriot Act so no one wanted take the time.  Our so called leaders sold us down the river and traded a perceived safety for our freedoms.  The Patriot Act dramatically altered the way this country does business. Since then we have tortured people, made others disappear through "extraordinary rendition", allowed the president to assassinate US Citizens abroad, started a war without being provoked, and all of this for safety.  We are no longer free. Most of us still think we are free but we are mistaken. 

The National Defense Authorization Act which has passed both houses of congress and only needs the signature of President Obama will seal the deal. He had threatened to veto the legislation because of a provision by Sen. Diane Feinstein that would exempt US Citizens from the indefinite detention.  He seems to have found a way around that and says he will now sign it.

With Obama's signature, they can hunt us down, lock us up without charges and keep us locked up indefinitely. They have been doing this to enemy combatants under the Patriot Act but have kept those locked up off shore at Guantanamo Bay because of US laws on the main land. 

Both California Senators Boxer and Feinstein voted for the NDAA.  Our north coast Representative Congressman Mike Thompson voted against.  The militarization of our police forces and this constant eroding of our rights has changed this country.  That soaring eagle is now chained and shackled.  Most of congress should be fired for voting for this.  See how they voted.

Senator Al Franken said:
“These provisions are inconsistent with the liberties and freedoms that are at the core of the system our Founders established,” .  “And while I did in fact vote for an earlier version of the legislation, I did so with the hope that the final version would be significantly improved. That didn’t happen, and so I could not support the final bill.”

See a story from the Huffington Post that better explains the way it all went down.

The videos
A US Senator's response
http://youtu.be/sJhYhGoNLuo

Anonymous reaction
http://youtu.be/h3XD7wuX4_E

Jesse Ventura on the unfolding police state
http://youtu.be/6Dys3xE2Bnk

Now doesn't all of that just make you feel safer?




Friday, December 16, 2011

Walmart, With Me It's Personal



Finally, we don't have to live like individuals anymore. We in Eureka can now all live like a third of the rest of the country. No longer will we need to think about where to buy low quality merchandise. It will now all be at the same place. In Eureka's Bayshore Mall at one store.

As the years unfold you will forget about all of those mom and pop shops or franchise chains where you used to get everything from ammo, milk, bicycles, clothes, food, pet supplies, appliances, tires, computers, baby stuff, cosmetics, ear plugs, paint, pharmaceuticals, ladders, TV trays, DVD movies, toys, books, nails, chewing gum, 5 hour energy, BB guns, laundry detergent, toilet paper, shoes, games, gardening supplies, tools, antifreeze, oil, dinner plates, mirrors, patio furniture, fish for tanks and eating, pesticides, art supplies, bedding, bath supplies, pool and pond supplies, live plants, BBQ's and Smokers, Beer, alcohol, bandages, spices, candles, picture frames, tents, sleeping bags, entertainment centers, Xbox, Wii, Play station, backpacks, electronics, office supplies, lighting, generators, heating and cooling, jewelry, flooring, mattresses, musical instruments, hot tubs, saunas, cell phones, cameras, car care maintenance, exercise & fitness, fishing, marine, golf, hunting, vitamins, wedding & party supplies, hair care, janitorial supplies, school supplies, fragrances, shaving supplies, vision care, gift registry, and all of it from China when possible.

If I sound like I am not thrilled about this new wonder in Eureka it is because it means the likely end of many businesses that provide these products or services. Before Walmart opened in Redding, my aunt got a job working there. Her job was to call around to all of the other businesses in the Redding area and get prices of the goods above so that Walmart would be sure to sell them for less. After about a year when many businesses there folded due to this, Walmart stopped hiring and made my aunt and others do more and more as people quit or got fired. The job became unbearable and so she also quit but was not replaced and people in her department had to do more and more in less time with fewer people. The pay was low and so was the morale.

During the same time frame, I had a pretty good job working at a company called Sandy's Fast N' Fresh, that invented hot food and beverages at 7/11 stores.  Walmart moved into the business nation wide and eventually bought the company I worked for and closed it down. Not because they were not making good profits but because they knew they could make more. My supervisor couldn't take the fact that he was no longer needed and freaked out. Gus put a gun to his head and blew it off. He was about my age then and felt that he couldn't live on the $7.50 an hour pay offered to the new guys. We weren't even offered jobs with the new company. They replaced 3 people on a local truck that did service to the stores to assure that product was rotated and only ordered when needed with 2 guys on a truck at just above minimum wage that just dropped shrink wrapped palates into the parking lots in the middle of the night. One guy would drive the truck to Southern California from Merced Ca. while the other one slept. They would both unload and the first driver would sleep on the way home. They weren't paid for sleeping and were super efficient. I haven't eaten a sandwich or burrito in a 7/11, am/pm or stop and go since then. No one is really code dating this stuff anymore except the franchisee of the store. We know how self policing works out. The company which was a division of Walmart was spun off and sold about 10 years ago but the damage was done.

I don't like that Walmart has moved into Eureka one bit. I moved about as far away from the company as I could get without leaving this country. I still wanted to live somewhere that other people lived and Eureka was about it for real towns. Now the virus has spread to Eureka. I'm sure that our little local economy is not ready to give up one third of it's retail business but that is what is about to happen.

In my opinion, Walmart is the worst possible business that could have moved into a dead mall. It will become the mall and one day the mall will become the tax base to Eureka. When that happens even people in the TV, radio and newspaper business will mostly go out of business because these smaller business that will go away are what keep the local media alive. Walmart only buys one ad and they do it on National TV or radio not local.

People wonder why I am so upset about the way homeless people are treated in this county. It is because many of us are one bad decision like this away from becoming the working poor or homeless.
I think that in the next few years there will be a lot of available commercial real estate in this county. Thankfully we still have the underground economy and the feds have shown that they aren't about to let Walmart sell our main export. I'll see you all in the underground. Walmart will probably sell the scissors at below cost.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sacramento Garbage Co. Moves To TexasTo Avoid Taxes

Another California born company has made the move to Texas  to avoid paying their fair share.


The CEO of Waste Connections garbage company founded in Sacramento is moving his company to Texas. He says California has the highest tax burden of any state that they do business in. He said that the housing collapse in the Sacramento area is hard on his employees and so he is moving 95 percent of his workers to Texas.
The garbage will stay in California where other companies that want to do business here will get to divide up the work and contracts.
Every time a company leaves California a window of opportunity for smaller businesses opens up. Recently, Carls Jr. announced that they were considering a move to Texas for some of the same reasons.  Although they got their start from the hard work of people in California like my dad, they are now too good for us and seek the shelter of a state that favors business over people and their health.  Look up Texas environmental standards. Here's another link about the differences Texas has to offer over the other states.
Consider that In-n-out Burger started in California and is still family owned.  They recently opened two locations in Texas and have caused traffic jams from people trying to get away from other Texas food seeking a Double Double and fries. They pay their employees more on average than Carl's Jr., have a better reputation and are always busy.
San Francisco just announced that the minimum wage there would go to $10.24 per hour starting in January 2012.
 This will undoubtedly make more companies leave San Francisco and go to the plains or deserts where they won't have to compete with quality, freshness, happy cows and higher taxes.  Does this mean that you will get to rent a conference room in San Francisco for any where near the cost of one in Dallas? No way. San Francisco doesn't have a problem filling rooms or renting space. They don't have high unemployment either. It is the red counties inland that are the worst jobs creators. Even there in those inland California red counties, you don't see the right wing radio stations leaving because they can't sell advertising.  If they could get a signal to reach Fresno  and Sacramento from Nevada they would but geography is what is is.

Should California aim low? Heck no!

We should do our best to stop losing business in this state but in many cases the decisions from businesses are really more ideological or greed driven than practicality.  Some of these businesses are moving to a low wage and low rent state.  That's where they want to be.  Unlike the garbage company that just plain out doesn't want to do business in California, most businesses that move will still want to sell stuff to Californians.  We should be aware of our local businesses and support them,  even when they are highly successful and known world wide.  Likewise we should recognize those that have jumped ship and find locals to fill that void.  It is in our own best interest as Californians.  Maybe one day we will be so successful that we can lower taxes, but until then, we can't compete in a race to the bottom.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Jack In The Box Closed Again

The price of their tacos was recently raised by an entire half cent per taco.  This bold move however was unable to stave off an overlooked or far too long put off maintenance project.  This has happened twice before.  The last time occurred just after a bankruptcy by the franchisee.  A poster to to this blog said it was because the store was inspected by corporate and received a 37 out of 100 for safety and food violations see Ace said... in the comments section.  I can't verify that but it is likely that this "closed for maintenance" closure has nothing to do with maintenance.

For what ever the reason, for the third time since the franchise entered the Eureka Ca. market, Jack in the Box has closed for maintenance.  Although the tacos are cheap (what could possibly be in a 50 cent taco), there are many items on the menu that the company makes money on. They also serve breakfast all day long. I worked the graveyard shift for a few years and can appreciate that. I am doing my best to eat less fast food as I learn what they put into their ingredients. I still like the mystery tacos though and treat them like sausage.  I don't want to know too much but I don't want to make them a staple of my diet either.

So what has closed down the clown that talks tough against other fast food giants in his commercials? It is the food? Filth? Taxes? The mob? Maintenance? Something just silly?
I'm sure someone will chime in and give us the skinny on this exciting fast food horror story.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Long Lines?


I encountered some long lines while out doing some Christmas shopping today. Fortunately for me they weren't at the cash registers.

Here are some links to fun videow about the subject of chemtrails.




http://youtu.be/lGkYxdkjfxE

Not good enough?  Here is one from the History Channel:
http://youtu.be/rUG-yOet3pA

Free Horse Drawn Wagon Rides Today In Trinidad. Tomorrow is Light Up The Night For The Library

Susan Morton working out her two Belgian draft horses before today's free wagon rides around Trinidad on the Redwood Express.  Rides go from 2 till 4 pm today.

Tomorrow is Light Up The Night For The Library which goes from 2 to 6 pm and will include many festivities including more wagon rides from 2 to 4.

Tomorrows celebration is a benefit for the Trinidad Library Building Fund.  Admission is $10 dollars general, $5 seniors and students and $15 for families.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Eureka Police Sweep Homeless Camps In Near Freezing Temperatures

Here is the press release from EPD:

On the morning of 12/07/11, investigators with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) conducted an enforcement sweep of transient camps located in the greenbelt along the south end of Broadway.  This included behind K-Mart and the greenbelt/marshland areas west of Broadway from the 3300-4300 blocks (from Lithia Dodge to the Bayshore Mall).  The sweep was in response to on-going complaints the department has received from businesses and citizens concerning problems associated with the illegal campers in these areas.  These complaints include illegal dumping/trash disposal, trespassing, breaking and entering, vandalism (holes cut in fences etc.), thefts from vehicles, aggressive panhandling, disturbances/fights, and alcohol/drug abuse. 
During the week prior to the sweep, officers posted warning notices advising the subjects to vacate their illegal camps.   EPD’s Homeless Liaison, Pamlyn Millsap, also accompanied officers during the sweep and offered “linkage and referral” services to those who were contacted.  This included giving the individuals information about the local resources and services available to them. 
A total of approximately 28 individuals were contacted at numerous illegal camps, 4 of whom were arrested or cited (repeat offenders previously cited or warned).  The remainder were given warnings and instructed to remove their camps/belongings. *Large amounts of scattered and piled trash were located in the vicinity of these camps. Another clean-up crew is scheduled to come through the area in the near future. 

The 3 individuals cited and released were each given Notices to Appear for illegal camping and trash dumping (one was also cited for a dog registration violation). 

The subject arrested, William Dee Love (age 36), was taken into custody in the greenbelt area west of the 4300 block of Broadway for possession of methamphetamine (½ gram) and illegal camping. 

*John Shelter of the Northcoast Resource Center runs a volunteer clean-up program called “New Directions,” which frequently works with the City of Eureka/EPD in cleaning-up these camps.  When I last spoke with him in August of this year, he estimated that over the past 1 ½ years New Directions has removed approximately 128,000 pounds (64 tons) of trash from the marshland areas within the City of Eureka.


L.A. Calls For End To 'Corporate Personhood', Will Arcata Or Your Town Be Next?

By a vote of 11 to 0 the city council in Los Angeles voted to end corporate personhood.  What does that mean?
It is non binding but is a first step in defining what people are and what they are not.
 
Flag from Humboldt Herald
This is what the 99% movement has brought us.  A change in dialogue.  No longer do we only hear that we will have to do with less and less while the 1 percent gets a tax break.  Because of the Occupy movement, we, (or the majority of us) are starting to figure out there are more of us than there are are of them which makes us relevant. They have known this all along.  They force us to fund our cops, courts and prisons over our own health education and  welfare.  The 1 percent has told us that it is for our protection. We are starting to see that it is for their protection. 
 
If the people in this country figure out that the government belongs to them and is made up by them before it is too late, we can make a difference with an amendment to end corporate personhood.  The problem is, the International Monetary Fund and world financial institutions are threatening the sovereignty of countries in Europe if those countries want any funding what so ever that is not paid for by reducing spending.  Even here in the US, private entities are being given powers to take over sovereign townships and municipalities.
 
Congressman Keith Ellison has proposed an amendment in the US House to the US Constitution.
Minnesota Public Radio said:
Called the "Get Corporate Money Out of Politics" amendment, the measure would overturn the 2009 Citizens United Supreme Court decision by declaring that corporations do not have the same free speech rights as individuals and would give Congress and the states the power to regulate how companies get involved in politics.
 
Former Arcata City Council member, Dave Meserve,  wrote his own proposed ordinance that pretty much sums it up.

Proposed Ordinance for the City of Arcata (or your city)

We hold these truths to be self evident:
...
Corporations are not people.
Money is not speech.

Be it therefore ordained that:

To the full extent possible under federal law, and with the long-term goal of changing any federal laws that may oppose this ordinance,

Within the City of Arcata, CA, corporations shall not have the rights of "Persons" or "The People," as enumerated by the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. Only living, breathing human beings shall have such rights.

Be it also ordained that:

Within the City of Arcata, CA, money shall not be considered to be speech, as protected under the First Amendment.

Be it further resolved that:

The people of the City of Arcata, CA support amending the U.S. Constitution to establish that:
1. Corporations are not natural persons and are not entitled to constitutional rights, and
2. Money is not speech.
 
 
Public opinion is changing about this stuff and now is the time to address these issues.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Clear Channel to Replace Green960, San Francisco's Only AM Progressive Talk Station, With Glenn Beck, Other RWers as Election Year Begins


The only progressive AM radio talk station, Green960-KKGN, in one of the nation's most liberal cities, San Francisco, is being taken off the AM dial by radio behemoth Clear Channel Communications, Inc. --- a media conglomerate now owned by Mitt Romney's Bain Capital, LLC --- at the beginning of the 2012 Presidential election year.
Adding insult to injury for progressives in the Bay Area, the 960 slot on the dial is being replaced by Clear Channel with the likes of Glenn Beck, Fox News Radio's John Gibson and other radical Rightwing talkers, according to a press release  issued by the media giant last week, touting, in somewhat Orwellian terms, their "goal of expanding talk radio in San Francisco."
"We saw the opportunity to expand our footprint in this crucial arena as we head into an election year and a population increasingly engaged in local, state, and national events and activism," says Clear Channel's San Francisco Director of Operations Don Parker in the release.

One bright side for progressives in San Francisco, the popular Randi Rhodes, who is syndicated nationally by Premiere (Clear Channel's syndication arm) will continue in her current live Noon to 3p PT slot on the new KNEW-960. She'll also remain in the same live slot in the progressive line up on the HD2 band, though few are likely to hear her there, as very few Americans actually own an HD radio receiver.
Rhodes tells The BRAD BLOG there could be a potential upside to the format change which will leave her progressive voice, as well as Bill Press' in the pre-dawn hours, sprinkled in among the far Rightwingers…

Friday, December 2, 2011

KGO In San Francisco To Go All News Format Fires Most On Air Staff

Radio station KGO AM 810 fired most of it's on air staff today.  Brian Copeland and Ronn Owens will remain for now.  Syndicated talk show host Karel who also does weekends at KGO made the announcement on his week day show today.  Karel was fired from KGO a few years back for cursing Joe the plumber on the air while in the bathroom on a break. The board op was at fault for not turning off his clip on mic and Karel was hired back at KGO a few months back.  But back to today, Karel says he doesn't know if he will have a job there after this weekend.  He is currently heard in Eureka on KGOE from 3 to 5 pm doing his week day show that is also heard in San Luis Obispo. Spokane, Atlanta, Monterey, New Jersey and growing. His week day show may be his only gig after this weekend. 

KGO used to be a part of the ABC Radio Network which was bought in 2007 by Citadel which sold it to Cumulus this year.   

Earlier this week we learned that the Green 960 progressive talker in San Francisco is losing it's signal to a different format and being moved to the groups side digital channel that can only be heard on new digital radios than almost no one has.  That will be the only place in the nations largest liberal population to hear the likes of Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Ed Schults, Mike Malloy and other names found on KGOE AM 1480 here in Eureka.  This makes KGOE Eureka the only progressive AM talk station in California north of Monterey
Here is a good story from the Oakland Tribune

PG&E Fined 38-Million Dollars For 2008 Gas Line Explosion

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company must pay $38 million for safety violations in connection with a Christmas Eve 2008 explosion and fire in northern California, officials said.
The penalty is the largest safety violation fine for a utility in California history, said Andrew Kotch, spokesman for the California Public Utilities Commission.
The fine was larger than the $26 million recommended to an administrative law judge, but the judge imposed the bigger fine, which was approved Thursday by the commission, officials said.
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Hundreds of OccupyLA Demonstrators Still Held

Brad Blog Exclusive:

Arrestees kept on buses for hours, forced to urinate self, deprived of water, medical aid or legal assistance...
LAPD Officer Captured on Video Pointing Gun at
Citizen Journalist 'OakFoShow' at OccupyLA Raid

Much of the good will and plaudits earned by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for their "minimal use of force" tactics employed to clear OccupyLA demonstrators from City Hall Park earlier this week has been quickly squandered in the hours and days since. The BRAD BLOG has learned that hundreds of peaceful arrestees were kept in often deplorable conditions in the hours following their apprehension.
According to new interviews with some of the arrestees following their release, men and women alike were held without charges for hours on end, forced to urinate in their seats on a holding bus while handcuffed, cut off from attorneys, medical supplies and drinking water, and locked away with punitively high bails while being deprived of both humane and Constitutional rights.
At this hour, almost three full days since their arrest at the OccupyLA encampment in front of Los Angeles City Hall, more than 200 of the peaceful demonstrators detained by LAPD in the evening on Tuesday and early morning hours on Wednesday --- many of them who were not even participating in the Occupation --- are still being held in jail pending $5,000 bail for their misdemeanor detentions, as detailed by radio station KPCC. Approximately fifty people have been released, some after posting bail, others for medical reasons.
KPCC went on to report that on Thursday, only 19 of those people had yet to be charged. The City Attorney's office said that, depending on the charge, some would face bail as high as $20,000.
This morning, Los Angeles Times reported that most of the 19 who were allowed to appear in L.A. County Superior Court Thursday, were released without bail, but on the "condition that they not return to the City Hall area, where the protesters had camped." The Times went on to note that most of those still held without being charged have no criminal record...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

More Arrests At Occupy Eureka

Below is a release I got from P.A.R.C. tonight. Caution, the font gets pretty big.

In the latest show of complete lawlessness and blatant disregard for the Constitutional Rights of the Citizens of Humboldt County, the Eureka Police Department has once again raided the Occupy Eureka site and stolen both the Information Booth and the Scott Olsen Social Center. In addition to this robbery, they have also kidnapped 2 of our Comrades - Kimberly Starr and Stanton Woods are now being held in the Humboldt County Jail despite the fact that they were doing nothing other than exercising their First Amendment Right to speak and hand out literature in a public place. The EPD is trying to claim that Kim Starr was in violation of a court order when she handed out fliers. At the court proceedings to which the EPD were referring, Judge Cissna EXPLICITLY, on the record, said that she was free to speak and hand out papers on the sidewalk. They claim that she further violated orders by erecting the Scott Olsen Center (which was not blocking the sidewalk or in any other way impeding foot traffic and was only there to protect the information table from the weather and as a gathering place for Occupiers and conversations) even though she never even touched any part of it.

DEMAND THE RELEASE OF KIM STARR AND STANTON WOODS. Don't allow the Paul Gallegos and the Humboldt County Jail to keep these activists locked up. Remind them that Penal Code 825 requires them to bring Kim and Stan in front of a judge (for arraignment) "without unnecessary delay, and, in any event, within 48 hours after his or her arrest."

DEMAND THE RETURN OF OUR STOLEN LITERATURE, BANNERS, AND SUPPLIES!!
Call and email the Eureka Police Department, Property Officer Erin McBride mhtml:{D5A20625-9BC6-40A9-88A7-D17CA13E0F33}mid://00000039/!x-usc:mailto:emcbride@ci.eureka.ca.gov, and Temp. Chief Murl Harpham mhtml:{D5A20625-9BC6-40A9-88A7-D17CA13E0F33}mid://00000039/!x-usc:mailto:mharpham@ci.eureka.ca.gov


INSIST THE POLICE RESPECT OUR RIGHT TO PROTEST, STOP ABUSING US & STOP VIOLATING CIVIL RIGHTS


HUMBOLDT SHERIFF'S DEPT.: 707.445.7251
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: 707.445.7411 and 707.267.4400 (you can also text this one!)
BOARD OF SUPES: 707.476.2396 jrsmith, cclendenen, mlovelace, vbass, rsundberg @co.humboldt.ca.us
EUREKA CITY COUNCIL: 707.441.4144 fjager, mbrady, latkins, mnewman,mciarabellini, lmadsen, cityclerk @ci.eureka.ca.gov



Monday, November 28, 2011

Occupy Wall St. - The Music

Miley Cyrus-It's A Liberty Walk!
http://youtu.be/Ovs0fpFgeqw

Third Eye Blind-If There Ever Was A Time
http://youtu.be/0gf45vXByCg

Branden Carter-Blood Money
http://youtu.be/n52957kl76Y

David Crosby & Graham Nash-What Are Their Names?
http://youtu.be/WfU2nP8uyUs

Andrew Goff-Who Pooped And Peed On The Bank?
Lyrics, Sheet Music and Audio of the Song

There are a lot more at you tube.  I have a new respect for Miley Cyrus.  She has grown up.

Senate Bill Would Allow US Military To Police Your Town And Indefinite Detention

From the ACLU

Senators need to hear from you, on whether you think your front yard is part of a “battlefield” and if any president can send the military anywhere in the world to imprison civilians without charge or trial.

The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. Even Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) raised his concerns about the NDAA detention provisions during last night’s Republican debate. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself.

The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.

The senators pushing the indefinite detention proposal have made their goals very clear that they want an okay for a worldwide military battlefield, that even extends to your hometown. That is an extreme position that will forever change our country.
Now is the time to stop this bad idea. Please urge your senators to vote YES on the Udall Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Foreclosed Homeowners Re-Occupy Their Homes

By Zaineb Mohammed

Excerpt from story:
SAN FRANCISCO – Carolyn Gage was evicted from her foreclosed home in January. Earlier this month, she moved back in.
When Gage initially left about 10 months ago, she took some personal items with her, but left most of the furniture and continued paying for some utilities.
“It didn’t feel right for me to move. I just left my things because I knew I was going to return to them eventually,” she said.
She had to re-activate a few utilities when she returned, like the water, but found the process fairly easy.
Walking back into the house was an emotional moment for Gage, but a joyous one.
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Blessing Of The Fleet -Happy Thanksgiving


http://youtu.be/zlpl6wFphTU
Above is video of a native prayer at this mornings blessing of the fleet in Trinidad.

Below is my turkey.  I had to wake up at 4 am to put it into the smoker.  The recipe involves apples, onions, pepper, season salt, garlic, butter and cola.  I used throwback Pepsi because I didn't want HFCS and the throwback stuff has real sugar.  You can also use the Mexican versions of coke etc.  The recipe calls for pecan on the smoke and I have never smoked anything with pecan nor have I ever used a cola in a recipe. It smells great and is just about 2 or 3 hours away from being dinner.

And finally, a link to Arlo Guthrie singing Alice's Restaurant
Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Big Red Feast

Every year that I have worked at the radio station, Rollin at Big Red down the hall cooks a turkey.  It has become a day before Thanksgiving tradition of sorts around here.  He sometimes will deep fry the bird and other years he smokes it. The only lousy one was when he tried to microwave one a few years ago. 



This year, JB and Rollin got together and fried and smoked a turkey and even fried some pork and beef.  JB made some pies and it was a feast in studio C.

High Tide


Some minor flooding was reported in King Salmon which sits right about sea level.  Billboards along US 101 sit in the water at high tide today.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Students Pepper Sprayed For Their Safety

A link to a Common Dreams story about yesterday's US Davis Police pepper spraying students for the students safety.

http://youtu.be/BjnR7xET7Uo

Update: Video of UC Davis Chancellor walking to her car after the pepper spray incident. The silence is deafening.

Open Letter from Occupy Eureka to Humboldt Supes and Eureka City Council


To: Members of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors
Members of the Eureka City Council

Date: November 18, 2011

... Re: Protests in Humboldt County and the City of Eureka

Greetings. As the elected mediator for Occupy Eureka, I am submitting this letter to notify you that the members of Occupy Eureka, by vote at their November 16, 2011 and November 17, 2011 General Assemblies, have asked me to respectfully request that the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors (the “County”) and the Eureka City Council (the “City”) publicly discuss and respond to the following requests for discussion and action regarding the ongoing Occupy Eureka protest and the fencing (the “Fencing”) currently in place on the Humboldt County Courthouse lawn (the “Lawn”). In addition, I have been asked to write this letter with the hope that the rules and regulations regarding future protests and other items specifically outlined be examined, clarified, discussed and revised as needed.

Specifically, the items for which examination, clarification, public discussion and revision are requested are as follows:
1. Whether the Fencing can be removed.
2. Whether the City or the Board has any objection to a 24/7 presence on the Lawn for the purpose of peaceful protesting and exercise of Constitutional rights and, if so, why.
3. Whether camping on the Lawn may be allowed for protestors and, if not, why.
4. Whether camping on the Lawn may be allowed for those who do not have homes and, if not, what options the City and County have in place for those who do not have housing and whether or not those provisions, if any, are adequate.
5. What are the rules currently in place applicable to protests in the City and County?
6. What are the rules currently in place in the City and County regarding camping in their respective jurisdictions?
7. What are the existing policies or directives of the City and County regarding how their respective law enforcement agencies are asked to handle alleged violations of law by protestors in their respective jurisdictions?
8. Are there any restrictions regarding the use of, or policies supporting the confiscation of, educational materials, and any structure erected to protect same against the elements at any protest within the jurisdiction of either the City or County?
9. What restrictions exist regarding the distribution and/or consumption of food, and any structure erected to protect same against the elements, at any protest within the jurisdiction of either the City or County.
10. Are there any existing requirements for the engagement in a protest, including any permit that may be required and the process for obtaining same?
11. Are there any existing requirements for the distribution of food to the needy in either the City or County?
12. Whether the City and/or County will grant permission to Occupy Eureka to hold an event on Thanksgiving Day to provide food and support to those in need.
13. Whether the City and County can direct the appropriate law enforcement agencies in their jurisdictions to provide an itemized list of those items confiscated in the past month from protestors on the Lawn that identifies what items are available for release, which are not, and the reasons for any item not being returned as well as clarification of exactly how and when those items that may be retrieved will be accomplished.
14. Whether the City and the County will consider adopting an ordinance similar to that adopted in Santa Rosa regarding the allowance of camping at protests.
15. Whether it is possible to get public bathrooms in Humboldt County and/or a porta potty at the protest.

Please note that each request being made herein is being made individually. In other words, if there is some reason it is problematic to respond to any particular item, the request would be that the objection be stated and a discussion ensue regarding how the issue can be reframed to enable discussion, but that discussion continue on other issues. In addition, it would be appreciated if time could be reserved at any future public meeting to add other items that may have been inadvertently omitted.

Finally, it is respectfully requested that a public meeting be set with all due speed. It would be appreciated if an initial meeting could be arranged prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned with any questions you may have or with specific requests regarding anything that can be done to speed this process along. Thank you so very much for your anticipated attention to these matters.

Respectfully Submitted,


Laura J. Cutler
 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day Of Action Focused On Crumbling Infrastructure

Day Of Action Focused On Crumbling Infrastructure
On Thursday close to 300 communities will draw attention to the bad bridges, roads, and other crumbling infrastructure and to put it into their words:
 
In big cities, suburbs, and small towns, we are declaring an economic emergency at the very places that can put America back to work: our crumbling bridges, understaffed schools, and other sites that represent a failed economy.
 
Local action at Eureka Slough Bridge, on Hwy 101 North at 2 pm.

Private Prison Charges Inmates $5 A Minute For Phone Calls While They Work For $1 A Day

By Amanda Peterson Beadle posted from ThinkProgress Justice on Nov 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

http://www.nationofchange.org/
Last year the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest private prison company, received $74 million of taxpayers’ money to run immigration detention centers. Their largest facility in Lumpkin, Georgia, receives $200 a night for each of the 2,000 detainees it holds, and rakes in yearly profits between $35 million and $50 million.
Prisoners held in this remote facility depend on the prison’s phones to communicate with their lawyers and loved ones. Exploiting inmates’ need, CCA charges detainees here $5 per minute to make phone calls. Yet the prison only pays inmates who work at the facility $1 a day. At that rate, it would take five days to pay for just one minute.
See video and read more

For those that say that the private sector can do things better let this be a lesson.  They don't know how to pick a phone company.  Forget magic jack and vonage, even AT&T could  save you 75 to 90 percent on those calls. They would even throw in free cell phones (pun intended) and make a killing.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Challenge To Eureka Police Chief Harpham

From his facebook Mark Sailors said:
Yesterday on KMUD police Chief Harpham claimed no batons were used during the raid on the Occupy Eureka protesters, and claimed he would pay 1000 dollars out of his own pocket for proof. The video footage I submitted to KIEM news clearly shows police using a baton on a protester, and the accompanying still photo clearly show the Chief standing over the scene.
The supposed incident takes place in the first minute of the video.  The larger the screen, the easier it is to see. Watch for yourself at the link below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkNt2zE3qJA

Mark Sailors told me on the radio that he doesn't like being called a liar, and who does?  I think Mr. Sailors is correct about the video, what do you think?  Does Chief Harpham owe Mark 1,000 dollars?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Occupy Wall St. In New York Being Evicted By Large Police Force

November 15, 2011
1:15am
For Immediate Release


Eviction of Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square Underway

Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park), home of Occupy Wall Street for the past two months and birthplace of the 99% movement that has spread across the country and around the world, is presently being evicted by a large police force.

Press should get to the park immediately.

More information to follow.

Here is a link to live video and blog.

This is from MSNBC
NBC, msnbc.com and news services
updated 7 minutes ago2011-11-15T07:04:45
  • Hundreds of police officers, some in riot gear, descended on Zuccotti Park after midnight Tuesday in a surprise sweep.
There were 12 arrests by about 2 a.m. ET., NBC New York reported.
The police operation comes just two days ahead of a massive planned demonstration Thursday marking the movement's two-month anniversary.
Police handed out letters to protesters ordering them to temporarily evacuate the park. Police said the eviction will improve health conditions.
Campers were ordered to remove all their tents. Police claimed it was a health issue.
Protesters were told they may be allowed to return to the...
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Later today from RawStory:
“Occupy Wall Street” protesters weren’t the only group who had a difficult morning thanks to NYPD’s actions in Zuccotti Park.
A number of reporters complained of a media blackout from covering the morning raid. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly confirmed that several journalists were arrested by authorities.

B of A Making Money Off The Unemployed

Excerpt from Think Progress
Late last month, a national backlash forced Bank of America to abandon its plan to charge customers $5 a month to use their debit cards. But Huffington Post reports that the corporation has quietly been mining other sources of fees, preying on its most vulnerable customers to rake in millions in revenue:

Shawana Busby does not seem like the sort of customer who would be at the center of a major bank’s business plan. Out of work for much of the last three years, she depends upon a $264-a-week unemployment check from the state of South Carolina. But the state has contracted with Bank of America to administer its unemployment benefits, and Busby has frequently found herself incurring bank fees to get her money.

To withdraw her benefits, Busby, 33, uses a Bank of America prepaid debit card on which the state deposits her funds…Busby visits the ATMs in her area and begrudgingly accepts the fees, which reach as high as five dollars per transaction. She estimates that she has paid at least $350 in fees to tap her unemployment benefits. [...]

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Local Tea Party Takes On Occupy Eureka

Thanks to John for sharing this on his facebook.  It is a letter to the Humboldt Tea Party Patriots.

ATTENTION ALL HTPP MEMBERS;
As most of you know, there has been an ongoing demonstration at the Humboldt
County Court House by a group calling itself “Occupy Humboldt”. They have been
... breaking county and city ordinances in regards to unlawful camping, urinating on
building walls and defecating at the entrances of businesses. They have been
removed by police from the court house lawn, only to return, tearing down
temporary fences erected by the County to protect the grounds and are illegally
camping again as of this writing. They have also tried to wrest the microphone
from a member of the news media while being asked questions. On the 11th of
November, Veteran’s Day, they hauled down the American flag flying at the Court
House. There have also been death threats to some members of the news media.
So far, the Humboldt County and Eureka City governments have done very little to
uphold local ordinances. They took an oath to uphold the California State and
U.S. Government Constitutions. To do nothing only shows a weakness on the part
of the governing body which emboldens the law breaker.
I invite you to join us at the Humboldt County Supervisor’s meeting at the County
Court House on November 15th to participate in the public comment period at
1:30 P.M. and the public comment period which is held shortly after the start of
the Eureka City Council meeting beginning at 6 P.M., also on the 15th, at Eureka
City Hall located at 6th and K Streets. Even if you do not want to verbalize, your
presence would be appreciated. If you can’t make the afternoon meeting
because of work commitments, you have another chance in the evening.
This is your County and City. We cannot allow lawlessness to rule. See you on the
15th!! Encourage your Veteran friends and members of other patriotic
organizations to also participate. Insist on protecting our rights as law abiding
and tax paying citizens.
Fred Nelson, HTPP Chair

600 Police Officers Take Down Tents In Oakland - 50 Police Officers Take Down Tents Eureka Ca.

Oakland Mayor's top legal aid resigned last night and joined the Occupy Oakland movement. This morning, 600 officers were used to take down some tents.

In Northern California, Eureka used some 50 officers to remove about a dozen tents and people that were in them this morning according to reports. Lost Coast Outpost has good coverage today.

SF Gate had this:
(11-14) 09:47 PST EUREKA -- Police in Eureka arrested 31 adults and one juvenile early this morning when they cleared out the Occupy Eureka camp for the second time in as many weeks.
The early morning raid on camp outside of the Humboldt County Courthouse was largely peaceful, except for one person who threw a chunk of asphalt at police, said Eureka police Sgt. Stephen Watson.
Police arrested 13 people when they cleared out the camp early last week, but many of the protesters returned as soon as they were released, Watson said.
"That time was more of a warning," he said. "This time around the department went with, well, a little more stern disposition."
But protesters said they didn't get a warning and were roughed up by police.
"Pain compliance techniques, including the use of nunchaku-like devices, were used on non-violent, cooperative demonstrators and their cries for help could be heard from across the street," according to an e-mail from the Occupy Eureka group.
Police walked the 32 arrested people around the corner to the county jail, which is part of the courthouse. They will be held until they post bail, Watson said.
The district attorney has agreed to prosecute participants for unlawful lodging and other charges, Watson said. Confiscated tents and other supplies will likely be held as evidence until court proceedings are complete.
County officials will probably erect a semi-permanent fence around the courthouse lawn to keep protesters from returning, he said.
"We had a lot of complaints from residents, from businesses and from the county," he said.

The North Coast Journal has before and after pictures.

Elsewhere:
At least 25 heavily armed commandos arrest eight at ‘Occupy Chapel Hill’

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Veterans Day Events In Humboldt

The Times-Standard has a list of events submitted by it's readers of Veterans Day Events Today.

Thanks to all Vets for your service.


Here is a link to a video from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
http://youtu.be/xN2W429x_oA

One Last Humboldt Festival With Rooster McClintock

 
You should be at Burning Bush! Friday through Sunday. Dean Creek resort. Redway, Ca. Your last chance to attend a festival in 2011. 11/11/11-11/13/11. Not just any festival. Propane combustion. Sexy fire dancers and silk performances. Live music. Lots of meat and PBR on the menu. And SAMBA! And Rooster McClintock! Come to Humboldt's hippy redneck burn. Or regret you didn't for the year of 2012...

Thanks to Jeff Musgrave and his facebook for the heads up on one of the last big shin digs of the year.

Just Another Upside Down Car

Just north of Harris St. or the Bayshore Mall on US 101, a car sits on it's roof in the north bound lanes at 9:30 am this morning.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Occupy Eureka Back By Popular Demand

After 13 people were arrested at Occupy Eureka this morning and all of their camping gear was dumped in Coopers Gulch, they came back.  The 13 got out of jail and the orange plastic fence put around the grassy area of the Humboldt County Court House was pulled up and deposited in front of the glass doors of the 5th St. entrance to the court.

The crowd which grew from being joined by the 2 Arcata Occupy groups was a bit rowdy tonight and even blocked traffic once to the point that someone almost got run over.  The Eureka Police came after that and about a dozen of them held up on two corners across the street. 

Andrew Goff of the North Coast Journal has been tweeting and said in one tweet:
Andrew Goff

EPD officer informs me they have no plans on removing protesters. "We're just trying to keep the road clear." Camping=no. Protesting=cool.
Follow Andrew Here

EPD In riot gear in front of US Bank that was made famous from the song Who Pooped and Peed on the Bank

Here is a link to a you tube video I shot.
Here is one with more chanting.

Occupy Eureka Raided By EPD This Morning

http://youtu.be/7JH8E9bH8I4

SOLIDARITY MARCH FROM ARCATA PLAZA TO EUREKA MUNICIPAL COURTHOUSE. MEET AT THE PLAZA @ 3:00. SHUT DOWN THE 101 SOUTH. SOLIDARITY!
Occupy Humboldt and Occupy Arcata are joining together in a solidarity march for Occupy Eureka TODAY. HSU will be marching from the campus at 2:45 to meet up with occupy arcata. We will attempt to March to Occupy Eureka.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Eureka/267238049976322 or http://urlet.com/stapled.pluton

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Chinook


Driving by the airport in McKinleyville today I saw a Boeing CH-series Chinook helicopter doing maneuvers over the tarmac.  Sometimes they just hovered in place and then slowly forward and backwards.  They never went above about 50 or 60 feet while I was watching them.  I have always been fascinated by these helicopters because of the double rotor design. 

I can't say who was operating the helicopter but maybe the Coast Guard, which has a station at the airport, was taking it for a test drive.  Logging companies also use these helicopters because they have the ability to lift up to 28-thousand pounds and can go where no truck can go.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

NBA Lockout Got You Jonesin'?

For Sal and the rest of you jonesin', locked out, no basketball watchin' mo fo's, cuz I loves my Cheech and Chong.

http://youtu.be/JIbp5C-5WXM

Don't read this, click on the http thing above!

EPD Looking For Boat Burglars

The Eureka Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at the Woodley Island Marina on August 11th, 2011. A commercial fishing vessel parked on Dock “B” was burglarized. The vessel captured the suspect on a security camera. The Eureka Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Services would like any citizen who recognizes the suspect in the attached photograph to contact Senior Detective Ron Harpham at 707-441-4305.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Brent The Tower Guy

300 feet above Humboldt Bay Ca. and US 101, Brent Case the "Tower Guy" changes the light bulbs on the KGOE 1480 AM radio tower at the foot of Humboldt Hill.


The one photo just above was taken by Henry Hoff through his spotting scope.
From start to finnish he had all 8 bulbs changed and was off the tower in about 40 minutes. 


Nuclear Waste Water Fukusima From A Drone

G.W. Bush On Explosives At WTC

US Senator Joe Liberman, WTC 7 Did Not Occur