A Bird’s Eye View #517 – 25th October, 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 until now – The U.S. Presidency…
In an era of renewed political activism in major American sports leagues, Gregg Popovich has the assuredness of a seasoned veteran. The San Antonio Spurs head coach is a five-time NBA champion and a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but he has always had vision that extends beyond the game. The Wall Street Journal once explored quite wonderfully how Popovich discusses and tests his players on American history and current events, with the ultimate goal that they will be more informed and discerning citizens. He has mused openly about whether America is an empire in decline akin to Rome, and how Donald Trump seems to think the presidency is “a game show.”
So it was no surprise to see an interview with Popovich after the same Donald J. Trump produced one of the more grotesque lies in a years-long line of them Monday. Trump threw out the wild accusation that President Obama and “others” among his presidential predecessors did not call the families of American military service members killed in combat. This was not true in any way, but Trump seemed to throw it out there to see if it would stick—and to deflect attention from the fact he had not yet spoken publicly about the deaths of four Green Berets in Niger two weeks ago.
The appalling episode struck such a chord with Popovich, an Air Force veteran, that he called up Dave Zirin of The Nation magazine and insisted his comments go on the record. He did not disappoint.
“I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this president had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families are so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.”
At this point, Zirin said, he thought Popovich didn’t have the words to go forward with the conversation. But then:
“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House, unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office, and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this president should be ashamed, because they know better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”
Wow – has anyone summed up the current awful situation any better? Excellent work, Pop!…

Let’s move on to the Turkey Vulture’s update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… Last week we covered Boonville so this week let’s concentrate on the options outside the Valley’s main ‘metropolis’ (?)… 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!… And down in the Deep End, the Happy Hour at The Bewildered Pig has the Sunday brunch from 11am-2.30pm and dinner is served from 5.30-9pm Thursday-Sunday… Meanwhile, Bruxo, the brightly colored, high-end food truck roams the Valley and is tentatively at the A.V Brewery Visitor Center on Friday and Sunday, noon to 7pm; the Boonville Hotel on Wednesday, noon to 8pm; and at Balo Winery on Thursday evenings. I suggest you check their Facebook page for confirmation of these days and times… And that’s it for now – remember ‘eating out is fun’…
Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #542 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital had to cancel last week’s visit the Valley due to the number of injured pets arriving at their hospital in Ukiah following the fires. At this time, while still being inundated with such situations, they are unsure of being able to visit the Valley again this month. However, they are scheduled to visit twice in November – on Thursdays 2 and 16…#543 – It’s the annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser for the Senior Center, this coming Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Big Barn in Philo, next to the Anderson Valley Farm Supply. Happy Hour is at 5pm with Dinner to follow at 6pm. The menu features Pork sausage, Beer-steeped sauerkraut, German-style warm potato salad with onions and bacon, and dessert. Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks served. Tickets are $30, that covers dinner and dessert, a beverage of your choice, and $10 donation to the Senior Center. Tickets are limited so get them early from the A.V. Senior Center (895-3609), Lemons’ Market, or A.V. Market in Boonville… #544 – The A.V. Lending Library takes place at The Fairgrounds and is run by The Unity Club. They are open Tuesday 1.30-4.30pm and Saturday 2-4pm… #545 – The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Dump Executive Director, Mike Mannix, rewards good customers with a star but will be very harsh with anyone thinking they can leave dead animals!… #546 – The Boonville Farmers’ Market concludes its summer season on Saturday, October 28 from 9.30am-noon, at the Boonville Hotel parking lot. Starting on November 4 they will move across the street to their Winter venue at The General Store. 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, October 26, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Creamy Poblano Soup followed by Banana Cake… Then, next Tuesday, October 31, the lunch will feature Chicken with Kale and  then Berry Cream 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! 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; the hot weather is back with us so 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 – saddened but ultimately comforted in the knowledge that the old hare has safely moved to his new burrow in the sky…
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. Skylark – read any good books lately?… Hi, Silver Swan – behaving yourself? Hopefully not!… Everything cool with you, O.J.? Of course it is…

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