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I'm a Libertarian living in Humboldt County, CA. I've lived here in Eureka since 1973 and joined the Libertarian Party in 1992. This blog will mostly focus on local political issues, but I may stray into state and national issues as well, when I can't hel

Updated: 2017-12-13T06:08:26.663-08:00


New From Hospice


A friendly gift from Humboldt Hospice I might mention: They brought by a hospital bed yesterday, especially useful since I have a hell of a time getting out of my old bed now. As the nurse mentioned whn discusssing it the other day. I pointed out I couldn't just get out of bed and walk to tee bathroom anymore...he pointed out: "Yep, now you need a plan to get out of bed now". Indeed. I can't just get up and walk off anymore.

This bed helps with that since it raises you to a sitting positiion first. Really, does help. I suppose I should have included a picture,  but it's nice and fits in the one spot we had available. Humboldt Hospice is good!

Sacramento Bee Fights Back?


The Sacramento Bee seems unhappy with apparent corruption among Southern CA city governments: "Eye-popping inflated public salaries. Personal loans to employees from the city budget. Illegal tax increases. Shakedowns of local businesses. A car-towing scheme to generate revenue. Seven politicians and city administrators convicted."

 I can't help but wonder if this is brought up because SoCal is relatively conservative? Would they make this fuss if it was in an area run by Democrats? I doubt it. I don't think they have before.

Read more here:

Eureka Rate Increases


The Times- Standard tells of plans to increase water and sewer rates in the city. I already e-mailed
The Mayor in opposition. Color me skeptical but I can't help but think this is a cover up for out of control pension costs

They think this could triple rates. Yikes! Yet another race to the bottom.

Humboldt Hospice


I revently had the pleasure, or not, of dealing with Humboldt Hospice, which, as some of you may know, deals with end of life decidons of those deemed terminally ill. It's akin to heing put on a list of those who are dying, but aren't dead yet. Not my choice but you go where you have to.Not bad, so far, aside from pesky nurses coming by the house and bugging  me.

They provide nurses and medication for end of life care. We'll see how that works out. One unexpected pleasure was they immediately assured me issuance of a Medical Marijuana (215) Card, Doesn't get any better than that, huh?

So, they'll come by on occasion and pester me. Nice enough folks and nice to have someone else in my corner that isn't totally stupid as is the case now.

When do they come by again? Who knows? Maybe later this week?

Noisy Streets


I'd never realized how noisy our street was until earlier this year. I'd never noticed before, but while laying in bed at night realized I could hear cars racing around from miles awy. From the southeast, it seemed I could hear cars peeling out regardless of the time. I now find it quie annoying. I don't get why people feel the need to race their cars at one in the morning, much less one in the afternoon. Should they be fined for that noise? I don't know, but seems to me people should be able to drive their cars. Not sure what to do about all the noise, but this is a very noisy neighborhood and that's not good.

A Church Bunny


This is pretty much what a "church bunny" is: Generally in a light colored, pastel dress, knee high . Hair in pony tail. Holding bible or prayer book above her breast. Hair in pony tail. Get it? You see them at Nazarene Church all the time.

Church Bunnies For City Council?


I started wondering about this the other day:  Would someone's affiliation with a church disqualify them from my support in a city council race?  I think so, although I'm not sure I have good reason. First of all, being a "church bunny" denotes to me a lack of judgment and leading their life based on superstition. Not something we need in government. So, nope, church bunnies go to the end of the line.

One that comes to mnd is former Eureka Church boy, Mike Newman- rightfully trounced in his re- eeEction bid for Eureka council. Expecially so after seeing his shameless election Facebook page that spoke of nothing but church.  Nice guy, but clearly out of touch with the people of Eureka.

Besides, if anything, we need to get the churhes out of Eureka, not bring them further into it. We needfewer church bunnies here. Not less.

Church activity should be a disqulifier, if anything  as it shows the person bases their life on superstition, which is what church is. We need less of that, not more.

That Redwood Energy Authority Scam


The Times- Standard has yet another letter plugging the Redwood Coast Energy Authority- the new program to shift prices from PG&E. Estelle Fennel actually went on TV the other day saying it would save money, despite statements by RCEA that its rates would be pennies per hour more expensive.

Someone needs to be taken to the woodshed for this one. Seems to me we're being conned.

Regisstered LP Voters Needed


Here's an easy one for most of you: We need more people registered to vote with the Libertarian Party. All you need do is go to this online registration form and fill in the blanks. They'll send you a card, you confirm the info on, then return.

Easy enough and you can stop standing in the corner with the Powers of Darkness and join the  Live and Let Live good guys. You'll feel much better about yourself. Give it a try. You can't go wrong.

The Freddy Wins $90.00!!!


Looks like I actually won KIEM TV's 3 degree weather guarantee. $90 prize. Pretty cool, huh? The Freddy's a winner! Can't win if you don't enter.

tHE fREDDYMakes Channel 3 Three Degree Guarantee


I didn't see it but was listening to the Channel 3 Weatther when the wife mentioned my name as being one of the runner's up for Channel 3's 3 degree guarantee prize for last night.  She said, "Fred Mangels(?), looks like they picked you.". That means if the temperature is right, I win up to &90.00. I guess I'll find out tonight.

Born to greatness, I guess, and now weather gal, Chelly Lindblade and I will have to be best buddies. I suppose I could do worse.

Poor Medical Care?


JUst noticed this on the Redwood Medical web page Patient Portal.
In this case, Dr. Courtney Ladika: "RedMed is a web site that is run by three political parties that are all sections of a revolutionary Marxist international organisation, the Coordination for the Refoundation of the Fourth International (CRFI). The three parties are: the Partito Comunista dei Lavoratori (PCL) of Italy, the Ergatiko Epanastatiko Komma (EEK-Workers Revolutionary Party) of Greece, and the Devrimci İşçi Partisi (DIP-Revolutionary Workers’ Party) of Turkey."

Hard to believe she's preface her page with something so stupid. Makes me think I should be consulting elsewhere. Damned commine. No wonder medical care is so poor up here? What's next? Checking Tuluwat Examiner and Michael Moore and Trump for medical advice?

Honsal Running For Sheriff


The Times Standard reports newly appointed count undersheriff Bill " Billy" Honsal is expected to run for Sheriff later this year when the election opens. Sounds ok to me. I guess it depends who ends up in the running. Maybe he'll get my vote. Maybe not. We'll see.

California's Rush To The Bottom


Reason magazine takes a look at California's rush to the bottom, meaning it die hard effort to raise cigarette taxes and thus increase cigarette smuggling.



I wrote previously here I'm desperately, deathly ill. Still am, so blogging is going to be light. It's difficult for me to just sit here.I'll hopefully be out of this slump soon,  but it's going to take proactive medical efforts to defeat it.
Bear with me. I'm not dead yet.

March 8- International Women's Day


Today is supposedly International Womeon's Day, or A Day Without A Woman. Just as well as now I can ignore the wife. Women not allowed to comment here today, either. 

That's what you get for being a woman. Bye.

Gun Stuff


The American History Channel


I stumbled upon the American History Channel last night. All the screen said was "AHC" so I kinda deduced what it meant by that and its programming. Some fun shows, including one called something like America: Fact or Fisction, where they went over what they claimed were common misconceptions of U.S. History. And a fun fact: St Patrick's Day originated in America. That's fun but I hate that we take credit for corned beef (Yuck!). I forget what channel number it was but you may want to check out AHC.

Mactown Candidate Forum


The Times- Standard tells us of the upcoming forum for Mckinleyville Community Servces District candidates. Shouldn't be too many candidates participating since they're limited to Mary Burke, David Coelho, Bonnie L. Oliver and James Vance. March 8 is that Day Without Women so the ladies best take the night off for that one. Maybe that leaves room for our very own Jeff Lytle, aka HOJ? Except he took a big defeat last time he tried that race. I doubt he wants to go there again.

Session's Marijuana Agenda


Jacob Sullum over at Reason tries to cut through the mustard as to just how the new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, might handle recreational marijuana where it's been made legal. Nothing specific seems in the works and it seems there's not much to worry about, at least as I'm reading it.

March 8: A Day Without Women?


I had no idea until I read this Reason article that March 8 has been declared International Woman's Day, or A Day Without A Woman, reminiscent of that Day Without Immigrants that totally slipped by me. Hopefully, this one will slip by me, too, but I enjoyed reading Shikha Dalmia's take on the event.

Wendy's Top of Automation Race


The Free Thought Project declares the Wendy's restaurant chain the leader in the move towards automating the fast food business. This to stay profitable yet inexpensive with increasing minimum wage or living wage mandates. 

You read about it here first, folks. This will be a continuing big issue as time goes on with robotics and artificial intelligence taking over more and more jobs.

Our Redwood Coast Coast Energy Authority


The Times- Standard tells us about that new spin off for buying energy up here: the Redwood Coast Energy Authority. I got a letter about this the other day and there was a commercial on TV about it last night. Call me skeptical, but I don't think I'll opt in. 

This Redwood Coast Energy Authority supposedly acts as a new entity to sell us what we've already been buying. They supposedly give you the option of choosing what type of energy you can buy: renewable vs. standard, etc. I'll give these guys credit compared to what I saw going on in Sonoma County when this was being pushed down there.

Down there the airheads kept thinking they'd be cleaning up the planet with their new choice of green energy, no matter how many times they'd be reminded that most of Sonoma's energy is already "green" since it's geothermal, originating from their Geysers Plant. I haven't noticed if anyone has claimed to save money down there yet. I get the impression those who were against it to begin with still feel it's a bad idea.

But look at who's running ours: "The program is governed by elected officials from Humboldt County and the cities of Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna, Blue Lake, Trinidad, and Rio Dell — Ferndale didn’t opt into the program, according to a statement from the energy authority."

The same people that screw up everything else up here, so call me skeptical. I'll give these folks credit for one thing: At least they're being honest in admitting renewable power is more expensive than traditional. Both the Times- Standard article and the commercial last night pointed out that renewable with cost an extra cent per kilowatt hour. 

MacTown Joins Rush To The Bottom


The Lost Coast Outpost reports on Mckinleyville's rush to join other communities in banning smoking, and who knows what else? Apparently their advisory committee voted 5 to 1 to race toward more senseless ordinances. At first reading, member Ben Shepherd seemed the adult in the room, but he ended up voting for the ordinance after all was said and done. I get the feeling some elected folks take more pleasure in voting for things, than against. I feel safe in writing the county Board of Supes will jump on board.

There surely must be some way we can set ourselves apart from the rest of this totalitarian state?

Eureka's Gun Buy Back Program


I just received an e-mail from City of Eureka leading to this Nextdoor page announcing a gun buy back program. How cute! I held back when I read of Eureka City Council's latest rental home inspection plan where inspectors will go out and hassle people over what are deemed unsafe or unattractive aspects of local rental housing. The Times- Standard quoted someone in city hall as saying that's a good idea because "Los Angeles and San Francisco do it that way".Great. So now the main towns in Humboldt join in a race to the bottom? Seems many forget why we moved up here: you know, the live and let live attitude and all that. That's what I originally liked about being here. I guess the big city types, including former big city cop, Chief Andrew Mills, don't see it that way. I'm guessing but it would seem a gun buy back is his idea.So how do those buy backs work? My understanding is you can take in any gun and be paid a stipend for it. I have a friend- a gun guy who is a deputy sheriff in Washington now- who witnessed such transactions and said, to be honest, the money paid for the quality of guns acquired was a "pretty good deal" for the seller.I suppose that makes it no big deal except for the big city attitude raising its ugly head yet again. I guess we should all join in and follow Eureka in its race to the bottom.Addendum: I see Lost Coast Outpost is covering this story.[...]