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Bird’s Eye View (Feb. 7, 2018)

“This Trump Thing,” or as it had been known previously for nearly 250 years up until now, The US Presidency.

The concept of truth is under assault in this country. This results in history also being in the crosshairs. A somewhat persistent problem in America, but in this Age of Shamelessness, even Martin Luther King is fair game. That's how, for some among us yesterday, King became a staunch capitalist with unrelenting faith in the power of four-wheel drive. Yes, Ram Trucks used his voice to sell their vehicles during Sunday’s Super Bowl as we sank to new levels. On a related issue, it's unlikely former White House press secretary Sean Spicer will ever (or can ever) fully account for the role he played, alongside Kellyanne Conway and of course Trump himself, in undermining the concept of truth in the American public discourse. In the months since Spicer left the White House, that national dialogue has only continued to deteriorate at an accelerating pace. Public officials no longer see any reason to stick to things they've previously said and done. They feel like they can lie with impunity. It’s become almost impossible to shock anyone with the news that yet another person in government public service has been lying to the public. As Abraham Lincoln, no doubt turning in his grave at this point, once very famously said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

Public Service Announcements

#541. To save folks an extra journey ‘over the hill’, the AV Fire Department will welcome Ukiah Oxygen Company to the firehouse in Boonville on Friday, February 16 from 11am-1pm so that locals can get their fire extinguishers recharged and inspected. They will also have some for sale and give demonstrations on their use.

#542. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital will visit the Valley tomorrow, February 8, at the AV Farm Supply north of Philo on Highway 128 from 2-4pm. Again on Thursday, February 22. Previous visitors can call 462-8833 and the vets will bring your pet’s charts with them.

#543. The AV Museum has reopened after the winter break. Open from 1-4pm on Saturday and Sunday in The Little Red Schoolhouse next to the Elementary School on AV 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’.

#544. The Unity Club Lending Library at The Fairgrounds is open Tuesday 1.30-4.30pm and Saturday 2-4pm.

#545. The AV Grange Second Sunday Pancake Breakfast is February 11 from 8:30-11am. $5-10, kids through hungry folks, a delicious, locally-sourced breakfast.

#546. This month’s ‘AV Village’ group meets at Lauren’s Restaurant at 4pm on Sunday, February 11 to discuss ‘End-of life’ subjects. An informed and enlightened way to prepare finances, health, and after-death matters.

Here are the Community lunches and dinners menus at the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and dinners and charges $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners. Tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 8, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Unstuffed Shells/Not Mama's Banana Pudding. Next Tuesday, Feb. 13, the evening meal at 6pm features Buttermilk Chicken with Strawberry Yogurt Cake. Include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal. This is the 2nd Tuesday of the month, so Bingo follows dinner at 7pm. ALL ages welcome! Hope to see you there.

Topics and Valley events at The Three-Dot Lounge. “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant (yet surprisingly reliable) Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley.

…Chef Christina Jones has informed me that there will no longer be evening dining at Boonville’s Aquarelle restaurant but she is keeping the venue as part of her new, two-pronged adventure. The restaurant space will be available as a private Wine Bar venue offering Rehearsal dinners, Wedding Party Brunch, Food and Wine pairing, Bridal Showers, Family Gatherings, Milestones, BBQ, Outdoor Patio, Pop-Up dinners, perhaps her famous BoonDogs for lunches on occasions, and much more. Also, she and husband Saturo (and son Oliver) are offering the perfect woodland setting in Philo for a catered event/wedding venue. Check the website at

…The second, ‘Gloria Ross’ Original,’ Crab Feed was a rip-roaring success that saw well over 300 mostly Valley folks enjoy a wonderful feast presented by the folks from the Catholic Church. Sadly, Gloria is no longer with us, but son Steve, along with wife Terry Rhodes, their family, and John Schultz, organized the event with the help of many others. Gloria would have been very proud. A great time was no doubt had by one and all.

…The 52nd (LII) Super Bowl was a record-setting (most yards of offense in any NFL game in history. regular season and play-offs) and very exciting game, but in the aftermath of Philadelphia’s great win, I must apologize to those among you who were unfortunate to lose money after following my pick of a 27-20 New England victory. Ooops.

I’m outta here. I’ve got see a man about a sheep. So, “Let us prey.” Humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. Contact me through the Letters Page or at PS. Keep on humming, Hummingbird. Missing the Venerable Pheasant. On the sheep, Grace.

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