A Bird’s Eye View #521 – 22nd November, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…
Thanksgiving is upon us! My favorite holiday of the year when all you have to do is eat, drink, and be merry, and in some case make sure Uncle Fred is just napping and hasn’t actually left this mortal coil. It’s a great all-dayer – from the inevitably of Hummingbird’s Detroit Lions losing in the morning as you enjoy some medicinal Bloody Mary’s, through the scramble for the turkey leg in the early-afternoon (a scramble I rarely come up short on obviously), on through the hot turkey sandwich and pinot noir binge around 8pm, to the concluding chocolate chip ice cream and cookies blow-out with a little brandy for more medicinal purposes late at night. This is, in my humble opinion, quite possibly the most civilized day of activities that this country has yet come up with… Well done, U.S.A.!…

On to a far less edifying topic -, ’This Trump Thing,’ or as it had been known previously for nearly 250 years up until now – The U.S. Presidency… As we take stock of Donald Trump’s election a little over a year ago, in my mind, the most basic threat of Trumpism is the ‘War on Truth.’ ‘The Dictators’ Club’ of autocratic world leaders want to abolish the line between fact and fiction and truth and lie. The Putins and Erdogans come to mind. They figure if you don’t know what’s true, and you don’t think you can ever know, that pretty soon everybody will accept that democracy is no longer possible.
It’s hard not to immediately think of Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts,” or what Dan Rather and others call the “post-truth” politics of the present.
The president, certainly, has almost no regard for whether or not something is true. It is largely irrelevant, in his view, what actually happened, so long as enough people will believe his version of events. His blow-up with a Gold Star family over a condolence call last month actually began when he made the wild claim out of thin air that previous presidents did not make condolence calls. That was completely untrue, but this is basically routine at this point. Fact-checking services like Politifact have scored as much as 69 percent of what the president says as having some degree of false. An incredibly high percentage… Furthermore, his forays into history are frequently disastrous, because he knows nothing of what actually happened and, rather than learn before speaking, simply makes something up. He described Frederick Douglass—an African-American icon who died in 1895—as “someone who is doing a terrific job that is being recognized by more and more people”… It would be laughable if he was a comedian or annoying blowhard in the bar, but he is the President of the U.S.A….
However, the rhetoric can also be more sinister. Trump has laid the groundwork for an argument that the FBI director should report to him directly, at a time when the FBI is integral to a Justice Department investigation into whether members of his campaign colluded with Russia. Making up history to justify exerting more control over the federal law enforcement apparatus, contrary to the rule of law? Yes – Trump is getting close to becoming the next member of that “Dictator’s Club… Every citizen should be concerned…

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 new winter hours for dinner are from 5-8.30pm Thursday-Sunday… And that’s it for now – remember ‘eating out is fun’… p.s. Obviously there are a number of daytime eating options here in the Valley, many of them extremely good, but most folks ask me about the evening dining choices due to those restaurants’ often confusing and irregular hours, and with a lack of space I am limited to highlighting only those evening options for now…

Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #544 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have no more visits to the Valley this month. They have one visit scheduled next month, their final trip to A.V. in 2017, and that is scheduled for Thursday, December 14… #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 is now at their Winter venue outside at Seabass Winery alongside the General Store in Boonville every Saturday morning, 9.30am-Noon. For more information, call Cindy at 895-2949… #547 – The Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, November 28. For full schedule go to https://www.mendocinocounty.org/home/showdocument?id=13548. They are here in the Valley 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…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches and dinners over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and dinners and charges $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners… However, tomorrow, Thursday, November 23rd, the Senior Center will be closed for Thanksgiving…Then, next Tuesday, November 28th, the evening meal served at 6pm, will be Lasagna with Tiramisu 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!…

I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a turkey… 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; show love to your pets, they will be faithful and true to you to the last beat of their hearts; 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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