A Bird’s Eye View #524 – 13th 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… Judge Roy Moore is still running for Senate in Alabama, even after nine women accused him of sexual misconduct, many of whom said they were underage at the time of his actions. One said she was 14 when a 32-year-old Moore lured her to his house and tried to get her to touch his genitals. We’ve also learned Moore was banned from the local mall, and that cops were told to keep him away from cheerleaders at high school football games.
None of this has much slowed his march towards the nation’s highest legislative chamber, nor has it stopped his most shameless supporters from publicly backing him. Like, say, the president who is backing this accused child predator in his run for the Senate… Moore defender, Jane Porter, invited us to consider all the women the good Judge hasn’t assaulted. How ridiculous. Nine women have accused him, but the ‘Fake News Media’ keeps ignoring the millions of American women who haven’t.
As The Tonight Show’s Stephen Colbert pointed out with this ludicrous statement in mind, ”Everyone was so quick to call Jeffrey Dahmer a serial killer and a cannibal but we forget about all the people he didn’t eat’…Funny… Not funny is the fact that the continuing Moore candidacy is surely a new low in this country’s politics…

Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… # 544 – On Saturday, December 16, it’s Christmas caroling with pianist Lynn Archambault at Lauren’s Restaurant in downtown Boonville. The singing gets started at 8.30pm with a drop to two of complimentary mulled wine to help your voices along. Song books are also provided… #545 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have their final visit of 2017 to the A.V. Farm Supply north of Philo on Highway 128 tomorrow, Thursday, December 14 from 2-4pm. To avoid a line perhaps turn up at around 3pm – you will definitely be seen. They are scheduled to return on Thursdays, January 11 and 25. 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!… #546 – The Anderson Valley Museum is now closed for the winter months… #547 – 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…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and charges $7 for Non-seniors… Tomorrow, Thursday, December 14, is the final lunch of the year. As always it will be served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, and will feature Mustard Roasted Cod with Snickerdoodle Bars for dessert. 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!… The Center will be closed for the two weeks of the holidays before re-opening on Tuesday, January 2… Remember – ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there…

Moving quickly on to a few of the topics and Valley events under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge – yes it’s “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant (yet surprisingly reliable) Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley, a somewhat secret location that sees people get together and share their thoughts about life in Anderson Valley and often far beyond…
… ’Tis the season of Holiday parties… Yes, many Valley dwellers are currently enjoying the round of gatherings that take place in the first two or three of weeks of December each year. We have already had a couple of the Valley’s book club shindigs as well as The AV Lions’, and this evening the Independent Career Women’s annual bash takes place at the Yorkville Market. Upcoming this Saturday, it’s the AV Volunteer Fire and Ambulance event and many more over the next week too – all of them by invitation only of course… I bet you’re wondering how I manage to fit them all in!…
… It was a very good turnout for last Saturday’s Unity Club Holiday Bazaar this year with the kids lining up for pics with Santa Claus and many affordable gifts available for sale… Well done to one and all involved with the event..
… From our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, comes another in his insightful series – ‘Signs that the Apocalypse is Approaching’… Buzzard reports, “America’s Senator Al Franken (Democrat), Representative Trent Franks (Republican) and former congressman Harry Ford junior, until recently a banker at Morgan Stanley, became the latest men to resign following accusations of sexual harassment—some of which they deny. Mr Franken noted bitterly that ‘a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office’ – good point, and shockingly true… Almost as worrying is that the recent exposing and clear guilt of so many male celebrities, politicians, and other men in powerful positions sees a significant number of men mutter under their breath that it is exaggerated and uncalled for given that some of the claims of abuse are many years ago. That has to be wrong… The actions of these men are simply unacceptable, period. They cannot get away with it and, even though in many cases they have had careers that may have benefitted others or provided entertainment for the masses, their actions cannot be put aside. Certainly those in the entertainment industry seem to have been guilty of perpetuating a pattern of behavior that has lasted for decades. If any good can be culled from this whole, ugly thing, it’s that the Hollywood meat market has been graphically exposed as a glaring sign that the Apocalypse has actually been approaching for a long time and has finally arrived…

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 – 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. Keep on wagging that tail, Fred… Hi, Silver Swan – behaving yourself? Hopefully not!… Enjoy cycling by the ocean, Round-eyed Robin…

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