Sunday, October 31, 2010

Floats Like A Butterfly, Corners Like An Oil Tanker

Ok, to be fair, the road is one of the oldest in the county and isn't properly banked. I was traveling down Westhaven Dr. southbound just before Luftenholtz Creek and saw this Cadillac hanging off the edge of the road this afternoon.

Somebody put some cones up to warn traffic of the precariously parked car ahead.

Road Construction, I Had To Wash The Car With Goo Gone

I live near Trinidad and for the last few weeks I have had to drive through road construction on US 101.  The Mad River Bridge project and resurfacing between Trinidad and Little River means that I have driven through a lot of wet asphalt. 

I looked at my car today and thought damn, it looks like the speeder in Star Wars.  It had streaks down the side of what used to be a grey silver sedan.

I got the usual bucket, carwash soap and brush on a stick.  It glided right over the brown streaks of oily asphalt goo.  I thought to myself, how am I going to get this stuff off of my car?

Then I remembered Goo Gone!  It says it removes asphalt right on the bottle.  It can't be good for the paint but it did remove the stubborn goo from the entire lower half of my car and it's rims.  If anybody has any better suggestions on how to get this crap off of a car, please tell.  I'm not the only one that has driven through this crap everyday.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Jerry Brown Lets Meg Whitman Make His Case For His Re-Election

When I registered to vote back in 1979, I chose to be a Democrat because of Jerry Brown.
Meg Whitman and I have something in common besides the hair cut.  Meg and the Tea Party want to take the country back to a time when Jerry Brown was Governor of California and so do I.

Eureka Protest Against Expansion of NavyTraining Range Complex

If the video doesn't load, click link below.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Trinidad Public Restrooms and Wasetwater Facility Almost Complete.

Your Stimulus Funds at work!

Near the Pier in Trinidad is an almost complete project that includes a wastewater treatment plant and new public restrooms.

In a town with a working pier and lots of tourists, this was needed and evidently shovel ready as it's almost done now.

Here's what a PDF from the Department of Fish and Game says:

Harbor Restroom Project - Clean Beaches

The wastewater system for Trinidad Harbor suffered from deferred maintenance at the time
Trinidad Rancheria purchased the Harbor in 2000. The existing on-site septic system is old and
deteriorating and the leach field system has a history of failure. Leach field problems will likely
recur unless the existing primary treatment facilities are replaced with advanced treatment.

Additionally, portable chemical toilets are currently being used due to the lack of a public
restroom facility. The adjacent beaches are often used as an alternative to the chemical toilets.

An existing storage shed will be replaced with a public restroom/janitorial storage area. To
accommodate the larger restroom building footprint and the sewage treatment plant, the bank to
the south of the proposed building location will be stabilized using a concrete retaining wall. The
restrooms will be ADA-compliant and all appliances will be automatic and hands free. The
existing wastewater treatment facilities and leach field will be replaced. The project will be
effective in addressing surfacing effluent at the Harbor leach field and use of the beach as a
toilet because of lack of public restroom facilities. Project effectiveness can be demonstrated by
the improvement of the bacterial quality of near shore ocean water, by the removal of portable
toilets, and by the reduction in the use of the beach as a restroom.

Construction will begin in early 2010. This project is part of an overall program of water quality improvement in Trinidad
Harbor initiated by Trinidad Rancheria and the City of Trinidad. This project is funded through
the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Clean Beaches Initiative and a SWRCB
Clean Water State Revolving Fund ARRA Financing Agreement.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

They Say There Used To Be A Fox Farm Around Here

This guy makes his round regularly.  He posed for me in my driveway  for a while tonight and didn't mind the Maglight.

Just down the road from me is Fox Farm Road.  There once was a real fox farm there.  The farm is gone but not the foxes.

2.2" Inches of Rain in 7 hours

Between 10:30 am and 5:30 pm today, we measure 2.2" inches of rain about a mile south of Trinidad. Just had some thunder overhead but I didn't catch that on the camera.

This downpour was at about 5:10 pm today.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Navy Proposes Warfare Training Range in Pacific Northwest

By Amber Jamieson

Click here to sign the Petition to Stop the Navy:

The Navy has proposed to increase its warfare training operations off of the Pacific Northwest. The 134 thousand nautical mile warfare training zone is being called the Northwest Training Range Complex, which is actually part of a much larger project that encompasses the entire coastline of the United States and its territories including the Pacific, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Proposed warfare testing includes but is not limited to: gunnery exercises, bombing missions, missile and torpedo firing, underwater detonations, research and testing, vessel sinking, undersea warfare training range exercises, mid and high frequency sonar experiments. Both land and ocean exercises will use planes, drones, rockets, and sonic booms. The Navy has also proposed the use of hundreds of toxic chemicals like lead, mercury, cadmium, tungsten, and red and white phosphorus.

The Environmental Impact Statement includes inadequate mitigation measures such as "establishing marine mammal safety zones around each vessel using sonar, and using Navy observers to shut down sonar operations if marine mammals are seen within these designated safety zones." Ironically, the Navy has also published another document stating that estimated shipboard visual monitoring for marine mammals - the most commonly employed sonar mitigation measure - is only effective 9% of the time.

Sonar is extremely dangerous to marine mammals such as whales, dolphins and porpoises. These animals rely on their own sonar for food, navigation, mating and when high frequency sonar like the Navy is proposing to use reaches these mammals, they can be severely affected. Sonar has a huge impact on marine life anything from frying fish eggs, disorienting marine mammals causing them to be stranded, to permanently damaging their ears. Additionally, underwater explosions and mining fields, which are being proposed would result in instant death for these creatures.

A navy report in 2000 said that sixteen whales from at least three species- including two minke whales-stranded.over 150 miles of shoreline along the northern channels of the Bahamas. The beachings occurred within 24 hours of Navy ships using mid-frequency sonar in those same channels.

On March 3, 2009, 192 whales and seven dolphins had beached themselves in Australia (left). Twenty days later, on March 23, 2009 officials were trying to discover why 80 long-finned pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins became stranded after a mass beaching at Hamelin Bay in Western Australia. Also on March 23, 2009 a 30 foot juvenile grey whale washed up at Camel Rock Beach (below, note the gash wound on her nose). Another whale was found that same day a few miles up the coast at College Cove Beach.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! The Final EIR was released September 10, 2010, and according to the Navy's project contact person Kimberly Kler, all comments will continue to be forwarded to the decision-making body until the Record of Decision is filed, which is expected in late October.

GET INVOLVED: Contact the Navy's representative Kimberley Kler at 360-396-0927, and demand an extension for additional comments on the several thousand page document. You can write to your local newspapers to get more media attention, contact your congressional representatives*, board of supervisors, and other elected officials and make the case that these operations are unnecessary and would cause an undetermined amount of harm to marine life on our coast. You may leave a comment on the Final EIR here:

Click here to sign the Petition to Stop the Navy:

More info:
In Humboldt County contact Mike Thompson here:

Generator, check. Gas, check. Extension cords, check. Flashlight and batteries, check.

The first major storm of the season is upon us and Eureka is expecting 2 inches of rain and lots of wind.

This means 4 inches in Trinidad and likely that the power will go out. The TV is plugged into a UPS so it won't blow up with a power surge. Giants baseball is on the tv plugged into a UPS.

I  have two giant steaks getting ready to go on the BBQ. Yes I BBQ in the rain. Its Humboldt County, that's the way we roll here.

I wish I could say that we were as prepared at work. Our UPS died there and everything is plugged directly into the wall. I hope everything stays on. This is the kind of storm that usually causes havoc even with a UPS. We'll have to wait and see.

Just a reminder to everyone in Humboldt to get things in order just incase. Charge the cell phone, find the candles and if you're on a well, have some extra water on hand.
The rivers are all basically empty so we shouldn't have any real flooding but small streams and culverts are likely to overflow and some streets may become unpassable. Just be prepared

Friday, October 22, 2010

Vets’ group: 92 percent of ‘D’ or ‘F’ grades on supporting troops go to Republicans

A new report by a leading veterans group has awarded grades to members of Congress based on their support of veterans issues. One party failed miserably.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) gave out 154 D and F grades. 142 of those went to Republicans and 12 to Democrats -- meaning that 92 percent of the D and F grades went to members of the GOP.
Of the 94 congressmen that received A or A+ grades, 91 are Democrats and three are Republicans.
Read More if you dare.

A Couple Of Cheap Shots

Ha ha, you probably thought by the title that this was political.
These are two pictures I took yesterday. 
This was my street in the morning.  Lots of fog.
It looks a bit like the road to heaven.  It actually is, Westhaven that is.
This is the plane that my dad came in on 11 hours late due to the fog.

I didn't know what to expect when I took the picture but it turned out kind of cool anyway. I would call it questionable photography due to all the question marks in the light trails.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Illinois Sheriff, Tom Dart Says Out of 350 Foreclosures Only 17 Have Proper Paperwork. Refuses To Carry Out Evictions.

"Yet, one sheriff is not waiting for the big banks to correct their own behavior or for the government to step in and set things right. Cook County, Illinois Sheriff Tom Dart recently assembled a team to investigate the foreclosures in his area. His team found that out of 350 cases reviewed, “only 17 of them had the proper paperwork.” Following the investigation, Dart announced Monday that he would be halting all evictions of homeowners — a step he took two years ago at the height of the financial crisis — and would not take part in any foreclosures unless the banks could provide the documentation to prove that the evictions were legitimate and legal:"
Read more at ThinkProgress.

I wonder how many evictions in Humboldt County are being done with the proper paperwork?
Maybe Rose knows?  She seems to be an expert on courts and law enforcement. Rose, is our sheriff being as diligent?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dozens of Law Professors Support California Proposition to Legalize Marijuana

"For decades, our country has pursued a wasteful and ineffective policy of marijuana prohibition. As with alcohol prohibition, this approach has failed to control marijuana, and left its trade in the hands of an unregulated and increasingly violent black market. At the same time, marijuana prohibition has clogged California’s courts alone with tens of thousands of non-violent marijuana offenders each year. Yet marijuana remains as available as ever, with teens reporting that it is easier for them to buy than alcohol across the country.

Proposition 19 would remove criminal penalties for private use and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana by adults and allow California localities to adopt—if they choose—measures to regulate commerce in marijuana. Passage of Proposition 19 would be an important next step toward adopting an approach more grounded in reason, for California and beyond."
Read More

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

‘US’ Chamber Of Commerce Hosts Seminars With Chinese Gov Officials To Teach American Firms How To Outsource

It would seem that the US Chamber of Commerce is more interested in commerce abroad than a strong US economy. They are funneling money into our elections and they won't say where the money is coming from.

Now there is this story that shows they are even working closely with the Communist Chinese to move our jobs to China. The Chamber has shown that they are an enemy of labor in this country. For those that would like the US to have jobs and the tax base that goes along with those jobs, I have one suggestion. Encourage companies to withdraw from the US Chamber of Commerce. Defund those that would take your job away. Do not support those that would meddle in our elections without being held accountable.

Stop feeding the beast that is helping to destroy us.

Oh yeah, here's the story.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


First of all Rose, you don't have to yell in all caps.  That just not cool.
Her question would seem to be directed at our local District Attorney since that's what her blog, "Watch Paul" is all about.

I have the answer here since she isn't taking comments on her blog, she just gives them these days.

According to Marymount College here in California, you file a lawsuit.

Or in the case of Tea Party Candidate Christine O'Donnell running for Senate in Delaware, you just pad your resume' and the liberal media says you did and the voters will decide if you are a witch or actually went to a particular college.

AZ sheriff Joe Arpaio ordered to fix ‘unconscionable’ jail conditions

This story is an example of why you need to know your rights.  Sometimes law enforcement goes too far.  In this case, people detained before trial were treated like crap.  This is a big win for the ACLU and people being held in Arizona before trial.  It will also help convicted inmates that were held in violation of their constitutional rights.
The Sheriff's Office of Maricopa County has also been accused of surveying potential political rivals.

"Deputy Chief Frank Munnell alleges that the department's number-two officer, Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott, used the department's anti-corruption unit to spy on political rivals," Raw Story reported in September.

Read the whole story at RawStory

Know Your Rights Training This Saturday



Saturday October 16th 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Do you know what to do if you’re stopped by the police? Do your children?

Are you tired of your rights being violated?

This workshop focuses on the law "on the street” — what your rights are and how cops try to trick you out of them. We want to share strategies to survive police encounters.
Hosted by Redwood Curtain CopWatch
The training will be in EUREKA at PARC [Peoples' Action For Rights and Community].

Hosted by Redwood Curtain Copwatch
In Q Street Alley between 2nd and 3rd Street Eureka.
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Saturday, October 16th.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Finally, Fresh Hot Pizza In Trinidad

Between the Chevron station and Murphy's Market sits The Catch Cafe'.  They feature half pound, Humboldt Grass Fed Beef hamburgers and everything from eggplant parm grinders  and chili fries to local fresh rockfish n' chips ( when available). 

Tonight I stopped there because I had heard they bought a pizza oven and were selling pizza.  Until now, the closest pizza to Trinidad was at Smug's in McKinleyville.  Pizza was something that existed somewhere else unless you did Pappa Murphy's or made it yourself.

I ordered a 10" pepperoni and black olives and it was fantastic!  According to the menue they make their own mozzarella cheese.

They are going to be open 6 nights a week until 10 pm!  Traditionally they have been closed on Monday but are thinking maybe they will close Tuesday since practically everything else is also closed on Monday.

They have really limited inside seating but have a nice patio to enjoy in good weather.

They deliver all the way to McKinleyville for an extra charge or you can eat it there or take out. 

The Catch Cafe'
355 Main Street
Trinidad Ca. 95570

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Jack Black Is Back And He Is Spreading Lies

The Mis-Informant - with Jack Black as Nathan Spewman

Oregon county decriminalizes heroin, meth, cocaine and shoplifting, among others

It's crunch-time for many municipalities across the United States, but for one county in Oregon, that means a little more than in most.

The district attorney in Multnomah County, the state's most populous area with over 710,000 residents, announced recently that it can no longer prosecute dozens of crimes thanks to an ever-shrinking budget.

DA Runoff Candidates’ Debate on Civil Liberties Tonight

Tuesday, October 12 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location Access Humboldt Channel 12
1915 J Street
Eureka, CA

Created By Redwood Aclu

The Redwood Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union announces the

Runoff Candidates' Debate on Civil Liberties for both remaining candidates for District Attorney of Humboldt County, to be held on Tuesday, October 12th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on live television -- Access Humboldt Channel 12 -- out of the Community Media Center studio at Eureka High School.

This debate will be held before a televised audience and in coope...ration with independent producers working with Access Humboldt it will also be aired several times on public access Channels 11 & 12 and will likewise be available for later viewing on-line.

The debate will be moderated by Redwood ACLU chair Greg Allen, and shall be staffed by other members of the Board of Directors of the Redwood ACLU, although any persons who have made any sort of campaign contribution or endorsement of any of the candidates in this year's election are excluded from involvement.

“We’re anticipating a lively debate where we really dig deep into the justice system here in Humboldt County,” Allen said.
Read More
Thanks to Charles at the Sentinel for this.

Monday, October 11, 2010

In case You Missed It

I mentioned the great sunset tonight at the grocery store and Cheri the teller said she didn't get to see it. Luckily I got a picture and told her I would put it up on the blog.
Here it is for everyone else that missed it.
Sun setting over Camel Rock just north of Moonstone Beach Ca.

Last Weekend To Go To The Drive-in

As we head into Fall, the only drive-in movie theater on the North Coast is winding down for the season. Reds Crescent Drive-in just north of Crescent City will show The Expendables and Going the distance. Show times are 7:35 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. After this weekend, it closes for the season.

If you go, take U.S. Highway 101 north. Exit Elk Valley Cross Road, the next left after the Highway 199 turn off going north out of Crescent City. The drive-in is about a mile west of 101 on Elk Valley Cross Road..

They don't have a web site but their phone number is 707-464-1813

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Judge declares MLPAI is public, not private

By FRANK HARTZELL Staff Writer -The Mendocino Beacon.

"In a victory for advocates of transparent government, a Sacramento judge ruled last Friday that Marine Life Protection Act Initiative bodies are state agencies that cannot deny lawful requests for public records.

"The Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) and the Science Advisory Team (SAT) do not appear to be private' entities, or bodies that are independent from state government in any real sense. Indeed, they are creations of law and of the actions of state agencies," Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette ruled.

Marlette ordered the two MLPAI boards to release requested records within 10 days to plaintiff Robert C. Fletcher, a sport fishing activist from San Diego. The lawsuit was paid for by sportfishing organizations.In a victory for advocates of transparent government, a Sacramento judge ruled last Friday that Marine Life Protection Act Initiative bodies are state agencies that cannot deny lawful requests for public records".

Read more

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Keet TV Presents First of 11 Candidate Forums Tonight

Watch you're favorite candidates battle it out on Keet TV's must see candidate forums starting tonight on Humboldts public television station channel HD 13-1.

Tonight at 7:30 pm will feature the Eureka Mayor race with Frank J. Jager and Peter LaVallee.

Tomorrow, October 7th, also at 7:30 pm will be the  Humboldt County District Attorney race with D.A. Paull Gallegos and Allison Jackson.

See all the forums at the Keet website.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Humboldt Prosecutor Named in Misconduct Database

Bill at Highboltage found this about Worth Dikeman.

Government Ala Carte

The recent story of a family in Tennessee that forgot to pay their fire subscription and the private fire department let it burn to the ground, spraying the edges with their hoses brings this whole thing up.
Some people say that the person got what they deserved. They didn't pay the monthly 75-dollar fee that month.

Why would a county want to have such a system? What happens when 4 or 5 houses didn't pay their fee? Does the department let a whole block go up in flames? What are the repercussions of that type of thinking?

The County will loose the property taxes of the person that used to live there. You have a blighted burnt wreck in the neighborhood and that can't be good for the property values. Taxes are based on property values. All because somebody didn't pay 75-dollars on time.

On Keith Olberman tonight, it was said that neighbors tried to pay the fire men and offered 500 to 5-thousand dollars if they would just put out the fire.

What has me a bit worried is this kind of thinking is spreading. The idea of a competent local government being able to provide services such as roads, street lights, sanitation, water, courts, law enforcement, paramedics, buses, airports, water ports, libraries, and fire departments. (I left out a ton of stuff) is under attack.

In a tea party run world, all of these things and more including Social Security and Medicare, would be outsourced to the point of confusion unless the companies that ran such things had a monopoly with no competitors.
This works well for big business. Since business does such a good job safeguarding us on their own providing us with tainted chicken eggs, leaky oil wells and polluted fishing grounds, a banking system out of control, their newly found Supreme Court sanctioned ability to spend as much money as they want on TV, radio and newspapers to influence our elections. Some of this money is coming from businesses outside of the US including companies owned in part by foreign governments.

While this is good for big business, it is  not good for the United States of America. We can't make our own ammunition any more. We have outsourced our ability to defend ourselves as a country. The Chinese make the chips that go into out missiles, jets and guidance systems. They are leaving us in the wind as we buy the stuff they make and send our jobs overseas.

I think that some tea partiers and I agree that the US should back out of some treaties like NAFTA and CAFTA and take a serious look at our relationship with the WTO.

Our big business has been dumping cheap corn and other big agra grown crops in Mexico and putting their small farms out of business. They in turn, come here looking for work. But we just sent them our manufacturing jobs. Yes but since then, many of those jobs have been sent to cheaper countries and there aren't enough left to make a dent in the unemployment in Mexico.

We can outsource where it makes sense.
But parting out the government is not in the best interest of the general population.
The things that don't make sense are the commons. The things that we all own collectively. The parks, the air, water, streets, courts,  the air waves, our right of ways, our ability to come together as communities and say that we all own this. There will be a shared fee to protect and maintain these treasures that are all of ours and we will call that fee a tax.
The rest will be  done by volunteers.
That's how we do things here in Humboldt.

US Senator Joe Liberman, WTC 7 Did Not Occur