A Bird’s Eye View #523 – 6th December, 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… Donald Trump tweeted that Theresa May, the British prime minister, should focus on Islamic terrorism in Britain rather than criticizing him. Mrs May’s spokesperson had condemned the president for retweeting inflammatory videos posted by ‘Britain First,’ a British far-right group. Mr Trump is the first American president to circulate materials from extremists – no surprise there…
Donald Trump retweeted three inflammatory videos from a British far-right group. He is once again using Twitter to weigh in on contentious religious-tinged political issues in the UK. In the past, he’s attacked London Mayor Sadiq Khan for mishandling a militant attack just hours after it occurred. He misattributed a rise in crime in England and Wales to the “spread of radical Islamic terror”. He supported claims that large parts of Birmingham, England’s second largest city, were a no-go area for the police due to the Muslim strongholds there. Not true at all – I’ve recently been there and had a open razor shave and haircut in the heart of the overwhelmingly Muslim district of Balsall Heath and was not beheaded. I also had a meal at a Pakistani restaurant and managed to get out alive and well following a warm welcome and some delicious Balti food…
For the president, directing attention toward the UK seems to serve a domestic political purpose. He cites events and opinions there as a warning to Americans of what could happen in the US if they do not heed his policy prescriptions on immigration and border security. The Muslim ban, the US-Mexico wall, increased deportations, the sharp reductions on refugee resettlement – it’s all part of the president’s “national security” package.
I would suggest that one would expect to see these latest actions on virulent anti-Muslim hate sites, not on the Twitter feed of the president of the United States…

Let’s move on to a far more edible topic (pun intended) – the Turkey Vulture’s update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… A few of our local eateries have introduced their Winter hours and one has already started their break… The Buckhorn Pub has announced their winter hours: Monday and Wednesday: 4pm open, 11pm bar; Thursday: 11am open, 11pm bar; Friday: 11am open, midnight bar; Saturday: 10am open, midnight bar; Sunday: 10am open, 11pm bar; Kitchen open until 9pm every night; Brunch served at weekends 10am-3pm; closed Tuesdays… The Boonville Hotel is now closed for four days but will be open on Friday and Saturday evenings serving their family-style, prix fixe menu and also Sunday lunchtimes at 1pm. They cook by reservation so call (707)-895-2210… Aquarelle is now closed for the next couple of months or so… Stone and Embers in The Madrones south of Philo will be open in December from Noon to 8pm, Friday thru’ Sunday. They will be closed for the month of January… Down in the deep End, The Bewildered Pig has new winter hours for dinner that are from 5-8.30pm Thursday-Sunday. They will be closed from January 1-24, reopening on Thursday, January 25… Bruxo, the brightly colored, high-end food truck that roamed the Valley in recent months has now left us for warmer climes (Santa Clara?) until the spring… To my knowledge, Lauren’s Restaurant, Lizbby’s, and The Redwood Drive-In are still operating on their regular hours and have no intention of closing apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day… 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… #541 – It’s Americana Night – tonight, Wednesday, December 6. The Real Sarah’s along with Sharon Martinson present an evening of women’s acoustic music at Lauren’s Restaurant in downtown Boonville, starting at 8pm. $10 cover. Dinner is served from 5-9pm…#542 – The annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place tomorrow, Thursday, December 7 at The Boonville Hotel. Things get going at 5.30pm with soup and biscuits served. The Real Sarah’s will be playing music and the $10 suggested donation will go to the local Food Bank’s holiday efforts… #543 – The Unity Club’s annual Holiday Bazaar is coming up this Saturday, December 9 at the Apple Hall in Boonville from 10am-4pm. There will be Christmas gifts galore plus home baked goods, jams, jellies and all that good stuff, plus a snack bar for lunch. Pictures with Santa Claus from 11-1. Proceeds benefit High School Scholarships and Anderson Valley Library and other community projects. For more info call Liz at 707-895-2847. P.s. Santa Claus will not be a thinly-disguised A.V.A. Supremo Bruce Anderson despite vicious rumors to the contrary… #544 – The Anderson Valley Grange is having its Annual Community Holiday Dinner on Sunday, December 10 at 5.30pm. Call Barbara at 895-2996 to sign up to help or email kombuko@mcn.org for more details…#545 – For their final visit of 2017, the Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, December 12. They are here in the Valley 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; Downtown Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm…#546 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one visit to the Valley this month. That is Thursday, December 14 from 2-4pm. They are scheduled to return on Thursdays, January 11 and 25…#547 – 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!…#548 – The Boonville Farmers’ Market continues 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… #549 – There will not be a monthly meeting of the A.V. Village until January. This group, formerly the ’Preparation for the Rest of Our Lives’ group, usually meets at Lauren’s Restaurant on the second Sunday of the month to discuss the many issues facing us all in our later years…
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… Tomorrow, Thursday, December 7, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Chicken and Wild Rice Soup followed by Birthday Cupcakes… Then, next Tuesday, December 12, the evening meal served at 6pm, will feature Ham and Potluck Potatoes with Pecan Pie Cake 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!…

That’s all I have space for… 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; 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
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 humming, Hummingbird… Missing the Venerable Pheasant… On the sheep, Grace…

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