Nice job, Judy! A pleasure to read your writing even if the subject makes me feel a bit bleak. Engaging!
So long sixteen, youve been quite the year
Now, with the election over, its the result that I fear
With tweets from a twit in stunning array
Trumps taken this country to my painful dismay.
How dumb can folks be
Who threw in their lot
With a guy whod brag
About grabbin a twat?
A campaign bully, a trust funded jerk
He dumbed down his message, and made it work
Ignoring history, hed make up a fact
False news they called it Fox News backed!
Marked by his disdisdishonesty
He found some appeal, he did find some backers
Like David Dukes and white Southern crackers
I still marvel how he with the mighty thin skin
Could convince even ducks that they couldnt swim
And sell real dumb fucks theory best found in comics
Case in point: trickle - down economics
Ill always remember, in a not so fond way
The revisionist drivel spawned by Kellyanne _ _ _ _ _ _
And that kiss-ass suck-up Chris Christie
He with the integrity of your average rice krispy
Explain to me how this electoral college
Lacks walls or classrooms to the best of my knowledge
Yet can validate 2nd place losers by popular vote
And turn them to winners that so get my goat?
Is this college a fraud? Is it open to folks like me too?
Or is it an illusion like the notorious Trump U
Its scary to think what was done to Al Gore
But its happened again, add one Dem more
As this year ends and Mr. Obama retires
Weary from eight years of fighting the fires
I want to thank my President, with his tested tough chin
Who weathered raw racism again and again!
To be succeeded by a new leader of the pack
The pack leader to be who told Putey to hack
Who tweets away like hes strung out on crack
Who means what he says but dont know Jack
Hes an entitled man child, thats putting it mild
He walks like a man and talks like a child
But theres more to this boy its the sum of his parts
That clouds the air like smelly old farts
When that air is polluted by more corporate profit
The water unfit because Trump thought little of it
When the country goes broke building some stupid wall
Tell me people, who ya gonna call?
With a soul which is sold through conflicts of interest
A prep school general who quite clearly pimped us,
will be deep in the swamp - with his ass nipped by gators
And when the economy flips, well all be Trump haters!
The redeeming knowledge held by each democrat
Is our Prez is still young, therell always be that
And old Don will have a sound critic, the one whos been there
The man still respected, for whom we still care
The man who came in / saved the economys ass
Who spoke with eloquence, the one who at last
Pulled us out of Iraq and stopped the damnation
Of dropping bombs on that troubled nation.
I cant wait for Barrack to lead the opposition
The public rallies are gonna be YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE!
To all GOP who ducked Clinton for this?
To Mitch McConnell
To Ted Cruz
To Chris Christie
To Kellyanne Conway
To Paul Ryan
To Trey Gowdy
To FBI Director Comey
To You Trump Sucking Lovers of guns, One per centers, Climate change deniers, Sexist misogynists and Racial bigots
You can lie to yourself that youre not the sexist, racist xenophobe that our next commander in grief is. You can also try convincing sheep that theyre really kimono dragons. But while you Trump stumpers practice your patriot tea party swagger, history will remember you for what your vote did to set this country back in 2016.
It's no different than when Ronald Reagan became president, and no worse than when GW Bush stole the job. JFK was murdered, as was his son in 1999, who was certain to be a light in the dark. That was very convenient for Hillary Clinton. Globalization is happening full blast, we're part of an increasingly captive population of indentured servants trading our lives for their paper. History is repeating itself, the cycle continues...all will be well, but it's as twisted a truth as to have said that to natives of this land 250 years ago. But all will be well for those who can keep their head together.
A generation of two parties with one agenda caused 80% of the potential voters to abstain in the 2016 presidential primaries because their choices were grim.
Whether it's an educated black liberal democrat or an ignorant, white racist republican Americans get more war, more money-corrupted elections, more public divestment, more surveillance, more incarceration, more oil dependence, more bailouts, more corporate tax breaks, and more job exports.
Fortunately, every other industrialized nation has better educated residents knowing damn-well that the U.S. government is not representative of the U.S. people.
Can't think of a single good thing? I know what you mean.
Perhaps there aren't any.
Regardless, the only 'good' thing is that the rest of the world has long suspected but now confirmed that 'mericans are some of the dumbest, meanest, ignorant, evil, racists, homophobic, sexists ass holes on the face of the planet.
Now all countries will know exactly what 'merica is really all about down to our core.
Always has been corrupt and evil.
Think no further than slaughtering Native Americans.
Always will be....but will get much worse with that psychopath in charge.
He and his minions will make Tricky Dick Nixon look like an amateur.
The white, str8 men Drumpf will appoint will have had long careers of stealing and deception. Why should they change now?
Hopefully 'merica can withstand 4 years of that ass wipe.
The Supreme Court appointments scare me the most.
If I believed in any gods I would be praying like a mad man right now. As it is....I'm going to work in my garden before my head explodes.
Good thing CA legalized pot. We're gonna need it more than ever.
I spent countless hours with Hank growing up and the Seemann family was very close to us as we shared ties to HSU and the Univ of Minnesota.
Howard and Ann always welcomed me into their home when we attended EHS, and Hank was a great soccer player and the ideal childhood friend. He was thoughtful, caring and brilliant.
Now at age 44, I can say for certainty that I have never in my life met a finer person than Hank Seemann. And clearly he met his match in Suzy. This is tragic beyind words, makes no sense and should never have happened.
I know Hank and Ann and the family will recover for the sake of the children, but no one should ever have to go thru this. It makes me think to cherish every day, every moment with friends and family alike, as none of us know what lies around the next corner.
The NCJ's periodic tenacity is the only public-interest print media in this county aside from EcoNews.
The widely ignored 2013-14 Humb. Co. Grand Jury also expressed concerns about how at-risk children are being defaulted to police officers who are untrained to handle children and have no requirement for training...add that to our community's other defaults to cops in handling victims of mental illness, drug addiction, rape, and homelessness.
How many other at-risk kids are being detained by police?
Where are they being taken?
What are the outcomes?
What are the alternatives?
"...they (media) navigate(d) through the biggest recession to ever hit this country short of the Great Depression." (JUDY HODGSON)
Surely you mean "Fire Sale".
Not one media source in this county has reported the number of home foreclosures since the crash began in 2008! Since then, few Eureka neighborhoods remain owner-occupied and our cities are grappling with record homelessness, addiction, suicide, child abuse, and youth unemployment.
I wonder how many people would start subscribing if journalists were allowed, once again, to "connect the dots", "follow the $", and focus on reporting news that's relevant to the searing issues people are facing everyday in our communities?
Instead, most Americans were hammered by 12 months of 24/7 coverage of a primary election in which 80% of potential voters abstained.
Our terrain "...makes flat land hard to come by."
Eureka's miles of gulches lends itself to a spectacular resource for trails that wouldn't simply improve the health of some of this state's least-healthy people, they would immediately increase the values of surrounding property and make it difficult for homeless families, teens and veterans to "trespass".
Humboldt County's resistance has little to do with terrain. Trails are "liberal". Period.
This is the first I've read about this trail in a long time. Looks like local media reflects the values of the locals.
Heidi gone--Bob gone---niches empty???And where are the Archives??????
"reader reading," re: Caltrans v. Richardson Grove, what are you talking about?
Has to be said: Fear vs. Hope had a very pro-GMO slant, the title alone does the real argument no justice. I also remember Heidi's article about Caltrans vs. Richardson grove, for which she wrote an editorial response to readers at large stating she couldn't comprehend the negative backlash toward what she believed to be a thoroughly impartial report of the situation, yet never really addressed the issues brought up in defense of leaving the grove alone.
Best of luck in your next endeavor, Heidi. And congratulations to all the honoree!
Now that you're retired there's no excuse to avoid the documentaries that never see the light of day. They air once before eclipsing forever. No journalistic interest, no follow-ups, and the results are tragic.
It turns out that obesity is far more complicated than we thought. It is severely impacted by the endocrine disrupters such as Biphenol-A currently circulating in everyone's blood. A major source is the receipt handed to you at the organic grocery store.
"Plastic Paradise, The Great Pacific Garden Patch" 2014:
Good editorial! Reinforces the fact that every vote matters, and that if you don't vote, you deserve what you get!
The people who supported change in Eureka worked hard in support of their cause and as a result were successful. Let's hope it does not come at a cost of future economic prosperity for the entire county. We really need to expand the transportation infrastructure which will help create good paying jobs with benefits and improve the tax base. As to the Aaron Newman discussion, The publisher makes a GOOD case on why the title of "habitual Poacher" may well hit the mark! I had not considered that aspect of the charges, but filling false affidavits under the penalty of perjury is enough to lose a elected official's credibility and the respect of their constituents.
Other than "opinions", I have yet to read more than 2 actual NCJ print articles in the last 30 years that alluded to the development industry owning local politics. I wonder how many local bartenders have heard Mr. K. Kramer proclaim how he "owns this city", (Eureka).
If local media routinely covered this issue, Mr. Sundberg might have more than one lone and powerless retiree nipping at his heels. Instead, we have 70% of eligible voters abstaining in every election.
Thank you for those 2 articles...
Judy Hodgson, Another excellent editorial. It's so important to remind us all of past actions on the part of our elected officials. There were a number of claims made in the last couple of months by Bass and Sundberg that were simply not true but an uninformed public knows no better than to buy that hooey and, apparently, enough of them did buy it and they're back in office. It now behooves us all to keep our eyes and ears open and make sure they don't get too carried away. Bass needs to be reminded that she barely won.
Thank you again, Judy Hodgson.
""right to know" thats us-the public--not always easy
"Present the facts" thats the media--not always atainable
Being up for election and responding to the public does not guarantee a wise decision. More recently, two supervisors voted to defy a court order regarding a garbage contract.
"I wondered aloud (in this publisher's column) why we — walkers, bicyclists, hikers, bird-watchers, families with strollers, people in wheelchairs — can't have a trail on that publicly-owned railroad right-of-way?"
I've often wondered why the public infrastructure has been focused on lucrative and remote, large-home subdivisions while affordable housing languishes downtown where most people live. Why is this public theft allowed to flourish until our economy collapses and we bailed them out, and why do we allow these same developer-interests to literally run every elected and appointed office? They're not trying to do that again, are they?
When the truth falls in a forest and no one hears it...did it really happen!?
While we wonder about public right-of-ways held in trust for negligible industry, or developer subsidies to build Big Homes, we can wonder about big oil subsidies to the tune of $11 per gallon of gasoline, Big Auto industry subsidies for Big Cars that are defaulting in record numbers, Big medical tests placing citizens in debt for decades, Big Finance legally tricking and trapping Americans into usurious and complex transactions from home, car and "pubic" school loans, or that Big Vacation to Vienna that requires a ton of fuel per person to see a nation sinking due to excessive burning of fossil fuel...
Honestly, do we really need to wonder about a system that subsidizes the rich to save us?
Thank you for the fascinating exchange.
You have neither the power nor the right to tell anyone "what they mean".
And then call them a "liar" after YOUR interpretation is rejected!
You are either suffering some form of megalomania or psychosis. It's truly sad how you ignore our fundamental agreement on the negative environmental impacts of homesteads and subdivisions, instead, your preference for aggressive hostility betrays an affliction, some kind of illness that is causing you to share your pain. Best of luck with that.
A person can bring up "Big Timber" and their political influence, (like in countless other rural communities where Big Corporations exercise political dominance), without bringing up the "Timber Wars" which refers to a specific era of protests. Outside of your obsession, these are not the same topic. Although you never asked, my personal conclusions about the "Timber Wars" is that clear cuts are still taking place regardless of any "reforms" they trumpeted. (NOW, you can say that I have brought up the subject of the "Timber Wars", are you happy?).
Please explain how my unscientific observations of bio-diversity collapse in the Mad River watershed are, "unfair reporting of eco-damage", and yet, your unscientific observations of "healthy" watershed conditions in Humboldt County, are "fair"?
Again, my observation conceded that biodiversity would inevitably occur from homestead development...although at a slower pace.
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