Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hainging out with J.B. Mathers, Tag and The Super Fan

News and Sports guy J.B. Mathers takes his sports talk show on the road twice a week. On Mondays, they do the show from Six Rivers Brewery in Mckinleyville. Tonight is Thursday and that means a live broadcast from Big Pete's (New York Style) Pizzeria in Arcata.

Pictured from left to right are Tag Wotherspoon, Gary Batini (Super Fan), J.B. Mathers and Coach Robert Miranda, currently coaching Ferndale Baseball but open for suggestions.
The show usually runs for an hour and a half and includes interviews, local and national sports talk, girls, beer and pizza. Sometimes the show time moves to accommodate games. This is the case tonight as we wait for the H.S.U. Lady Jacks post season softball game to end. You can normally catch the show at 4pm, Mondays and Thursdays on AM 1340.
Learn more about J.B.'s world at
It's after six and we are still waiting for the show to begin. That's where the beer and pizza enter the picture.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Tea Bags!

There is another "Tea Bag Party" or protest a brewin'. May Day 5-1-09. It all starts at 11:00am at 1624 E. St. in Eureka. That's where you can pick up your signs. From there you will march to Assemblyman Chesbro's and State Senator Wiggins' office on 7th and E. streets. From there it will go to Old Town ending at Congressman Mike Thompson's' office at 317 3rd street.

This rally is going to focus on the special election coming up on May 19th. They are urging a no vote on propositions 1-A through 1-F.

Proposition 1-A is to set up a rainy day fund for the state to draw upon during budget shortfalls.
This seems to make sense to me. Our state has a budget the size of a large country but it can't print it's own money. Current law requires extra tax money to be returned to us tax payers, a good idea until we are short and have to come up with the cash at the last minute. This sounds like the Conservative thing to do rather than borrowing money and paying interest on it.

If tea bagging isn't your thing, you can make a difference at the Planning Commission meeting on April 30th, at the Supervisors Chambers, 825 5th st. or if the crowd is too large, at the Eureka High School Gym at 1915 J st. Eureka. Do you want urban sprawl or growth that focuses more in infill development? Let them know!

Dave Meserve on Laura Ingram Show Tomorrow

The voice behind Measures F and J, the Arcata and Eureka Youth Protection Acts says he will be on the Laura Ingram Show tomorrow 4-29-09 at about 10:30 Pacific to discuss the measures and the fight with the feds over passage of the two measures. Both ban military recruitment to anyone under the age of 18 without parental consent.
The Laura Ingram Show is aired locally in a delay from 9 am to Noon on right wing radio station KWSW 790 am.
This will give Dave a large, right wing audience to enlighten.
Photo from North Coast Journal.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday Night On The Beach At Sunset

On the beach, just feet from the mouth of the Little River south of Moonstone.
I caught some folks enjoying the beach tonight mixing fire and water.

It looked like they were having a good time.
Here's to the weekend!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Free Movie, If You Can Handle It!

I just watched Alex Jones' latest movie called "The Obama Deception". I was turned off by the title and thought it should be called something more like "The Great Banking Deception". All in all I thought it was worth seeing by anyone. I have a couple of problems with the movie. One, Alex doesn't always have a lot of reference to back up his arguments. Another was the short section on global warming. I think the science is on the side of things getting warmer, but is it just sun spots?

With that said, make up your mind and watch it for free if you like at the link below.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Humboldt Creamery files for bankruptcy

According to tomorrows Times-Standard.

Humboldt Creamery has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in San Francisco today.

X Marks the Spot

Not sure why but strange flight patterns over Eureka today.

I took these pictures just before noon 4-21-09.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Another beautiful day in Trinidad

Hope you enjoyed the weekend. Godwit Days was going on all over the county. It usually rains for the birding event but this weekend was perfect for wildlife viewing and picture taking.
Anyone that ended up in Trinidad on Saturday would have seen things looking like this photo. More sun was available on Sunday along with a few contrails.
I thought the photo would make a nice screen saver so if anyone wants to copy it for that purpose, you have my permission.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fox News’s ‘coverage’ of tea parties: 23 segments, 73 on-air promos in eight days.

Think posted this yesterday.

As ThinkProgress has documented, Fox News has aggressively promoted today’s conservative, anti-Obama tea parties. A Media Matters analysis found that Fox dedicated 23 separate segments to the tea parties between April 6 and April 13; it aired at least 73 in-show and commercial promotions for the parties as well. Of all the Fox programs, Neil Cavuto’s “Your World” dedicated the most time to the tea parties:
See Media Matters’s full findings, including an analysis of Fox’s weekend programs, here.

If anyone really wants to protest, there will be a demonstration at Rep. Mike Thompson's office on 3rd street in Old Town Eureka on Friday 4-17-09, from 11am till at least 1pm. People are asked to bring questions including the subject of war, CIA rendition, FISA or any other question you want to direct to your congressman.
The event is sponsored by Communities For Justice and Peace.
P.O. Box 1052, Eureka Ca. 95502

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tax Protest in Eureka Today!

Hundreds of revolting tax payers came out in force today.

I find it hard to believe that all of these people attended the Tea Party at the Humboldt County Court House. Do any of them think that their federal taxes will be going up next year?
If they make less than 250-thousand dollars after deductions, they will be getting a tax break.
None the less, most of them seemed very patriotic but didn't fully understand what the Boston Tea Party was all about.
Here's some info from Thom Hartmann writing over at

Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 by
The Real Boston Tea Party was an Anti-Corporate Revolt
by Thom Hartmann
CNBC Correspondent Rick Santelli called for a "Chicago Tea Party" on Feb 19th in protesting President Obama's plan to help homeowners in trouble. Santelli's call was answered by the right-wing group FreedomWorks, which funds campaigns promoting big business interests, and is the opposite of what the real Boston Tea Party was. FreedomWorks was funded in 2004 by Dick Armey (former Republican House Majority leader & lobbyist); consolidated Citizens for a Sound Economy, funded by the Koch family; and Empower America, a lobbying firm, that had fought against healthcare and minimum-wage efforts while hailing deregulation.
Anti-tax "tea party" organizers are delivering one million tea bags to a Washington, D.C., park Wednesday morning - to promote protests across the country by people they say are fed up with high taxes and excess spending.
The real Boston Tea Party was a protest against huge corporate tax cuts for the British East India Company, the largest trans-national corporation then in existence. This corporate tax cut threatened to decimate small Colonial businesses by helping the BEIC pull a Wal-Mart against small entrepreneurial tea shops, and individuals began a revolt that kicked-off a series of events that ended in the creation of The United States of America.
They covered their faces, massed in the streets, and destroyed the property of a giant global corporation. Declaring an end to global trade run by the East India Company that was destroying local economies, this small, masked minority started a revolution with an act of rebellion later called the Boston Tea Party.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

9/11 Commission Counsel: Government Agreed to Lie About 9/11

New book from man tasked by government to help investigate attacks unveils how “official story is almost entirely untrue”

Paul Joseph WatsonPrison Planet.comTuesday, April 14, 2009
The senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission - John Farmer - says that the government agreed not to tell the truth about 9/11, echoing the assertions of fellow 9/11 Commission members who concluded that the Pentagon were engaged in deliberate deception about their response to the attack.
Farmer served as Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission (officially known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States), and is also a former New Jersey Attorney General.
Farmer’s book about his experiences working for the Commission is entitled The Ground Truth: The Story Behind America’s Defense on 9/11, and is set to be released in September.
The book unveils how “the public had been seriously misled about what occurred during the morning of the attacks,” and Farmer himself states that “at some level of the government, at some point in time…there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened.”

Only the very naive would dispute that an agreement not to tell the truth is an agreement to lie. Farmer’s contention is that the government agreed to create a phony official version of events to cover-up the real story behind 9/11.

More CEOs received pay hikes than cuts in 2008.

This is from
According to a new AFL-CIO survey of 946 companies, last year, 480 executives received pay raises, while 463 received pay cuts. Furthermore, the “median CEO salary rose 7 percent in 2008. CEO perks at the companies surveyed also went up, nearly 13 percent to an average value of $336,246, according to the survey. Of CEOs whose compensation increased, the average was $5.4 million, including salary, bonuses and stock options.” Today, the AFL-CIO also launched a new Executive PayWatch site.
Wow the Clinton Administration sure did a lot for CEO pay according to this chart.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Dobson concedes that the far right has ‘lost’ the culture war.

Posted on Easter Sunday
In a farewell address to the staff of Focus on the Family, James Dobson conceded that evangelical conservatives had lost most of the recent so-called “culture war” battles. Attributing the right’s recent failures to the “internet” and the election of Bill Clinton, Dobson said, “Humanly speaking, we can say that we have lost.” He added that the nation is now “absolutely awash in evil“:

Trinidad Easter Bunny?

What appeared to be the Easter Bunny was spotted just off the road on Trinidad Head.
Actually, there were two of them but only one was willing to pose for me.
Happy Easter everybody!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Google Helping Local Transit?

Referring to to Humboldt County:
They have one of the best fare box return ratios of any rural transit system in California.
See Trillium Solutions blog

Public Input on Off Shore Drilling on the West Coast

The following is an excerpt from the Humboldt Herald is guest blogged by Jim Ferguson.

On Thursday, April 16, 2009, the U.S. Department of Interior will be holding a public hearing on the opening of the outer continental shelf (OSC) to oil and natural gas exploration and production. This hearing, the only one scheduled for the west coast, will be at the University of California-San Francisco’s Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California beginning at 9:00 a.m.

If you can't attend, see Humboldt Herald for other ways to have input.

Photo courtesy of :

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Paper Companies Add Diesel To Process To Get 8-Billion Dollars in Subsidies

Thanks to an obscure tax provision, the United States government stands to pay out as much as $8 billion this year to the ten largest paper companies. And get this: even though the money comes from a transportation bill whose manifest intent was to reduce dependence on fossil fuel, paper mills are adding diesel fuel to a process that requires none in order to qualify for the tax credit. In other words, we are paying the industry--handsomely--to use more fossil fuel. "Which is," as a Goldman Sachs report archly noted, the "opposite of what lawmakers likely had in mind when the tax credit was established."

If we are subsidising the paper companies, could we also tell them to reduce the cost of paper to newspapers to help keep them going as part of the fourth branch of government?

The bigger question is why in the world are we letting paper companies put diesel in their process when we are finally getting rid of the chlorine process?

Photo from

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Monday Could Be Last Chance To Comment On Housing Element

From Humboldt Herald:
Monday, April 6 is your last chance to submit written comments on the Housing Element of the General Plan Update.
The Planning Commission’s final decision — including whether to allow the hot button issue of Inclusionary Zoning — may be decided at its April 16 meeting.

Great Weather For A Garden Party

Last Sunday was beautiful but windy. April 5th was outstanding weather for the Trinidad North Coast Garden Event. Heck, it was nice enough to do just about anything if it involved the outdoors.
Why not end it with a bite to eat at the Eatery.