A Bird’s Eye View #512 – 13th September, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…
Let’s start this week with another in our series, ’This Trump Thing,’ or as it had been known previously for nearly 250 years up – The U.S. Presidency… It is still baffling that Republican Senator John McCain tolerates Donald Trump in any capacity—at all—after then-candidate Trump assaulted McCain’s military record in Vietnam. The president, after all, once described avoiding sexually transmitted diseases in 1970s New York as his “personal Vietnam,” and secured five draft deferments to ensure he never had to contend with the actual struggle. However, recently, McCain called for “regular order” in Congress as it resumed its business after Labor Day. But more than that, McCain didn’t mince words about the president the body is forced to contend with: “That has never been truer than today, when Congress must govern with a president who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct. We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities. We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people. We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation.”
This is an astounding rebuke of a sitting president from a senator of his own party, perhaps unprecedented in recent history. McCain is essentially saying that the president does not know how the government functions or how a president—or really, an adult human being—is required to conduct themselves. Even more, he pinpoints a crucial issue with Trump: that because he has no understanding or regard for the Constitution or the functions of democratic government, he believes the federal government is organized like the Trump Organization. Forget checks and balances—he thinks the senators are his regional managers and the congressmen are his sales reps…

Let’s move on to the Turkey Vulture’s update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… Latest business hours updates… In Boonville, The Q and Aquarelle, formerly Aquarelle Cafe and Wine Bar, has a ‘Santa Maria BBQ’ menu, featuring ribs and chicken, added to their previous favorites. New hours for the Fall are 4-8pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday… The Redwood Drive-In just keeps on doing what they do, with reliable hours that everyone can remember and rely on (6am-8pm every day!) – don’t forget to try the donuts… Stone and Embers in The Madrones, south of Philo, is open from Noon to 8pm five days in succession, Thursday to Monday – now that’s keeping it simple and easy to remember, for customers and owners alike!… Finally, down in the Deep End, The Bewildered Pig is open Thursday-Saturday from 5.30-9pm, and then on Sundays it’s brunch from 11am-2.30pm followed by dinner from 5.30-9pm as usual. You can check out all of their “insane!” offerings on their well-maintained Facebook page… And that’s it for now… Meanwhile, I encourage you all to eat, drink, and be merry at one of the above establishments whenever you can – remember ‘eating out is fun’…
Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #544 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have two visits to the Valley this month. They will be here tomorrow, Thursday, September 14, and again on September 28, from 2-4pm at the Anderson Valley Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo. To avoid a line perhaps turn up at around 3pm – you will definitely be seen. New customers and their pets are always welcome and previous visitors should be aware that they can call 462-8833 and the vets will bring your pet’s charts with them – making this an even better service than it already is!… #545 – The Anderson Valley Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Situated in The Little Red Schoolhouse next to the Elementary School on A.V. Way, visiting the Museum is a perfect thing to do in the Valley when you have a couple of hours to spare on a weekend afternoon. It is not without reason that it is generally regarded as ‘The Best Little Museum in the West’…  #546 – I believe that the Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, September 19. Phone 463-4694 for confirmation. They are usually here on alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at each of these places and times: Navarro Store 9am (for just 30 minutes before heading out to Comptche); the Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm.… #547 – The Boonville Farmers’ Market continues each Saturday from 9.30am-noon, at the Boonville Hotel parking lot generously donated each week by community-spirited hotelier, J Schmitt. For more information, call Cindy at 895-2949…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors and charges $7 for Non-seniors… Tomorrow, Thursday, September 14, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Beef Stew followed by Cherry Dump Cake… Then, next Tuesday, September 19, the lunch will feature Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Wendy’s Oatmeal Bars for dessert. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal – it maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week!… And remember – ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there…

I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a sheep… So, until we talk again: be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; please remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave pets in your vehicle for any amount of time; think good thoughts; ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too… Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey”… Sometimes poking, often stroking, and almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture…
p.s. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <turkeyvulture9@gmail.com>
p.p.s. Keep on wagging that tail, Fred… Hi, Silver Swan – behaving yourself? Hopefully not!… Keep up the good work, Round-eyed Robin.

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