We didn’t benefit from the Trump tax give way to the rich, now we get to pay for his trade war with China

Doofus Trump the “so-called deal maker” has continued to “f—” with the Chinese trade negotiators in what can only be called a high stakes game of schoolyard bullying with very serious repercussions for US consumers.

The trade war has not “made America great again,” and has instead had negative impacts across the US economy.

On Sunday, a senior Chinese official made a series of statements outlining the Chinese government’s terms for negotiation and pushed back on the United States’ use of pressure to force concessions, according to multiple reports.

Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen, who led the working-level team in earlier negotiations, said on Sunday that the US bears responsibility for the collapse of trade talks, and noted that any deal must include “balanced” language between the two countries, according to a Bloomberg report.

“We’re willing to adopt a cooperative approach to find a solution,” Wang said, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

According to an Associated Press report, Wang added: “During the consultations, China has overcome many difficulties and put forward pragmatic solutions. However, the U.S. has backtracked, and when you give them an inch, they want a yard.

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe reinforced Wang’s comments during a defense forum in Singapore on Sunday, according to the AP report.

“If the U.S. wants to talk, we will keep the door open. If they want a fight, we will fight till the end,” Wei said.

Washington raised tariffs to 25% from 10% on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on May 10, and Beijing retaliated three days later by announcing raised tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods that went into effect Saturday. In May, the US made a list of prospective tariffs on another $300 billion worth of goods that have yet to go into effect.

According to a white paper released by the Chinese government alongside Wang’s public comments, The trade war has not “made America great again,” and has instead had negative impacts across the US economy.

The white paper also outlined requirements for a trade deal between the two countries: the United States remove all additional tariffs, China’s purchases of US goods should be “realistic,” and there should be a clearly defined “balance” in the agreement’s text.

The statements come ahead of the G20 summit, where it is unclear whether negotiators will meet. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the paper and the timing of its release is a way for China to make its position clear going into the international summit.

This all comes as trade tensions between the United States and China continue to escalate in what is feared to become a tech Cold War. Washington’s blacklisting of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is still a major pain point in negotiations and has led to Chinese retaliation against US tech companies. On Wednesday, China hinted it may restrict rare earth exports to the US, which could cripple US tech, defense, and manufacturing industries.

Thanks so much “Doofus Don”



Rex is so well off he doesn’t need your measly $10000

Maybe that should say, racketeer instead of auctioneer

Bohn to turns down extra $10000 a year in pay 

1st District Supervisor Rex Bohn said he will turn down yet another raise “I am already making so much money in the Cannabis business I’m running out of ways to launder the money”. That is NOT a quote from good ol’ boy Rex, we just made it up, but sounds about right, doesn’t it?

Rex has previously rejected other approved raises, all while maintaining that the supervisors make relatively low salaries compared to other county department heads.

Voters have contacted Rex in the past week with concerns over the supervisors raising their own pay, but Bohn insisted the supervisors don’t make much, saying he made more money during his time in the private sector, prior to being elected, than he has in the years since.

Rex claims he and his fellow supervisors are among the lowest paid elected officials in the county.

We think its better paid these Supervisors more and then hold them to a much higher standard.

It should be the same with the planning commission, it should be a paid job so we could attract more than just rich developer types to make these important decisions that require so much study.

Remember when they said “Just let Trump be Trump” how’s that working out for ya?

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Trump is spending the last few days of 2018 in signature fashion, with a series of unforced errors and comical pratfalls around the world, any one of which would have been a multi-week scandal for any other elected official. The government is shut down over total nonsense, and Trump’s attempt to visit the troops for a quick propaganda coup instantly became a head-shaking discussion about his awful operation security and pointless lies.

It’s worth remembering every now and then that Trump is completely unqualified, incompetent and completely horrible at his job. The basic tasks are as far beyond him as it would be for a parakeet tempting to operate the Large Hadron Collider.

Let’s take a minute to review:

The United States is in the middle of a government shutdown sparked by Trump demanding $5 billion for The Wall. As many, many experts have argued at tedious length, any border wall is all but pointless for achieving its stated objective. Walls are easy to get around, and actually building one would ruin the environment along with the lives and properties of many law-abiding citizens, in addition to presenting huge logistical and legal barriers. Anyway, since 2007 most people who immigrate illegally overstay their visas instead of crossing the border.

The Wall has always been a shiny bouncing ball, something to whip up the Fox News rubes and get cable news talking about Trump’s favorite subject: himself. The reality of the thing is entirely beside the point. Indeed, Congress already allocated $1.7 billion for border barriers in 2017 and 2018, and the administration only spent 6 percent of it.

The Democrats are naturally very skeptical and wonder why they should more than double that appropriation. Yet not only has Trump provoked this shutdown — and got baited into formally accepting responsibility for it by Schumer — in a matter of days he will face a Democratic-controlled House and thus an even worse bargaining position. He punctuated it all by bizarrely lying that most of the furloughed federal employees are Democrats.

In the meantime, Trump lied some more about giving out a big wall contract while the Department of Homeland Security is closed, and Democrats are speculating about whether they might basically trick the president with some slippery terminology. (Ordinarily, they might try to keep such a strategy out of the newspaper, but today, why bother? It’s not like Trump reads anything.)

That brings us to Trump’s embarrassing visit to the troops in Iraq. This was carried out in secret, in more-or-less the usual presidential fashion. But not only was Air Force One immediately spotted by amateur airline enthusiasts in Europe, political observers immediately suspected something was up when the president stopped his compulsive tweeting for a few hours. It’s so easy to tell what Trump is doing in real time by inference from his randomly-capitalized social media posts (usually, watching Fox News).

Once in Iraq — his first such visit, as he is plainly terrified of war zones — Trump immediately violated military regulations by using soldiers as campaign props and baldly lied to them about getting a 10-percent pay raise this year. A hastily planned visit with the Iraqi prime minister had to be canceled because Trump didn’t give him enough time to get there.

Trump as always, seems to be immune to the same sort of catastrophic, career-ending political damage that would happen to any politician in this or other countries who turned in his kind of constant failure. That is because he is absolutely incapable of expressing shame, and because he heads a diseased political party. So long as he does not show any awareness of having committed wrongs, the rest of the Republican leadership will cover for him, and the Republican rank-and-file will automatically make excuses or simply refuse to believe their leader has ever done wrong. That’s why Trump has yet to fall below 30 percent approval, and probably never will.

And yet, a clear majority of Americans do not like the performance Trump is turning in. Trump is the most powerful person in the world, and whatever he does each day is a tremendous influence on millions of people around the world. The enormous reality (perhaps dimly perceived by Trump himself) is that Trump is an incompetent dolt and all his ideas are stupid beyond belief.

Edited from a story by Ryan Cooper national correspondent at TheWeek

Mateel Community Center has been seeking redemption do they deserve it?

After all the scandals over the years and basically going bankrupt, you would think the Mateel would be going the extra public relations mile to rehabilitate their image. Ya, you would think that, but you’d be wrong.

Mateel board’s insensitivity and greed have blown up in their face one more time by booking yet again another one of Jamaica’s premier murder music performers

Here what they have said “We are in a struggling financial state. We see the potential for another money-making show but I don’t think it’s really worth it.” Ya now after another community backlash.

The LGBTQ community shouldn’t have to keep rallying the community yearly to stave off these Murder music assaults by the Mateel or any other greedy promoter. It seems to us that the Mateel board’s selfish attitude is, we’ll keep testing the waters and if people don’t raise too much of a fuss then we’ll go ahead and make a bunch of money.

Here’s a blast from the past:

Freedom of Speech

Something seems to have gone seriously wrong with our understanding of freedom of speech. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution has this to say:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

It protects Americans from attempts by the government to silence us, or to tell us how to think. It specifically protects “the right of the people peaceably to assemble.”

Some seem to think that “freedom of speech” means “speech free from consequences,” or, perhaps, “it’s all good.”

It’s not all good.

If I run a shop and choose to post a sign saying “No Chinese or Dogs Allowed,” that may or may not be legal. But even if it’s legal, I can expect that decent people will not patronize my store, and may protest in front of it, exercising their freedom of speech. Chinese-haters, and those who simply don’t care, may continue to patronize my store, but people who believe prejudice is wrong and are willing to act on their beliefs will shop elsewhere, and will urge everyone else to shop elsewhere. That’s what a protest in front of the store is: it is urging people to shop elsewhere, because the store owner’s activity is repugnant.

The line between free speech and harassment is drawn when a protester actually prevents someone from entering the store; having a picket line or another form of protest is exactly what the first amendment protects.

The same applies to music. Many people try to compare the murder music of musicians like Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, and Capleton with other bands that play cruel music. But, while there are lots of songs talking about people abusing other people, there aren’t many well-known acts (are there any?) that actually call for the murder of people because of their race, sex, religion… anything but sexual orientation. But these murder music acts URGE people to hang gays, to throw acid in our faces, to get out the automatic weapons, and to not call police to help gays who are attacked.

To say, “it’s all good, I won’t attend but I won’t complain” is not supporting “freedom of speech.” It is abdicating the responsibilities that freedom of speech imposes on a free people.

Most people, if they are honest with themselves, would be outraged if a bar in Eureka booked an act that had called for the murder of black people, signed a document promising not to do it again, and was then recorded shouting epithets against black people. Most people would feel the same if it was done about Jews, or Japanese, or members of a tribe, or Muslims, or… well, really, just about anyone.

Most people would be offended. They’d protest. They’d complain to the bar’s owner. They might protest outside the bar. But they wouldn’t pretend that what the act did is OK, and that “it’s all good.”

It’s not all good.

Mitch Trachtenberg 11-23-2010 Humboldt Herald



Mantova, Eureka’s biggest Trump groupie weighs in on the Supervisors race


Surprise! Eureka City Council Candidate and all-around Trump sycophant Anthony Mantova has strongly endorsed Ryan Sundberg for fifth district supervisor in today’s Times-Standard.

No one actually should be surprised. While Ryan has cultivated his façade of being a calm, reasonable sort of middle of the road voice on the board of Supervisors, the reality is much different.  True compared to the bluster and bravado of fellow supervisor Rex Bohn, Sundberg does indeed seem calm, but that just his demeanor, when you look at his voting record both as a supervisor and as a coastal commissioner it’s indistinguishable from the positions espoused by chronic blowhard Rex Bohn.

Birds of a feather

So what is Mantova’s big closing argument to get you to vote for Ryan? During the several years that I operated a store in McKinleyville, none of my customers ever complained about Mr. Sundberg.”
Seriously? That’s it?


Endorsement or “kiss of death” from Jim Wood

Mercer Fraser’s boy – Rayn Sundberg

Assemblymember Jim Wood, DDS (D-Healdsburg) and (as Robert Sutherland points out member the Doug Bosco crime family) has announced that he is endorsing Ryan Sundberg for re-election as Humboldt County’s Fifth District Supervisor.

Mr. Railroad boondoggle Douglas H. Bosco

(Bosco: The Curse That Keeps On Giving:  http://theava.com/archives/10452)

Big Pharma’s good buddy (no single payer for you) Jim Woods.

Jim Wood was elected in 2014 and serves California’s 2nd Assembly District, which comprises all of Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt, and Mendocino counties, plus northern and coastal Sonoma County, including the northern half of Santa Rosa. (The is the same Jim Wood that left his wife of many years to reportedly “to run off with a young female member of the cannabis community”) also the same Jim Woods that’s in the pocket of big pharma

Jim Wood: “I am proud to endorse Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg for re-election in 2018. Supervisor Sundberg and I have worked hard to protect local revenue streams (black and grey market Cannabis $) and address unfunded mandates that put an undue burden on local communities,” (please show us any examples where he’s been successful at this)  Wood said. “He is a dedicated professional with the unique ability to forge relationships with (black market growers) partners and (grey market growers)stakeholders across party lines because he focuses on what is best for his district and the wider Humboldt County community (lots of cash).  (We also guess he means what best for Sundberg’s cronies like Justin Zabel at Mercer Fraser) His re-election is critical to ensure that Humboldt County maintains an (uninformed) voice on the Coastal Commission and that the North Coast is represented in decisions that often have far-reaching and lasting impacts.” (if he loses the Governor will appoint a replacement from the Northcoast maybe someone who actually understands the Coastal Act)

Sundberg was first elected (barely, by 50 votes) to represent the Fifth District in 2010. He was re-elected in 2014(without a serious opponent) and is seeking a 3 term in office.

“He is very responsive to issues that face the Fifth District, supporting our efforts to address the environmental damage caused by illegal cannabis grows,(by help big illegal grows become legal without fixing existing environmental damage)  increase infrastructure improvements like road repair and more(?where was this?).

Throw this bum out!



Trump’s new top economic adviser is not just a little wrong, but wildly, historically wrong

This weeks’ Dumb Ass Award (and it seems like every week) goes to Doofus Donald Trump

Every time we think Trump has scraped the bottom of the barrel he seems to be able to dig deeper into his barrel of incompetent misfit toys. This guy is a complete idiot.       

Dumb Ass Award winner from 2007 (well Trump does love winners)

Trump’s new top economic adviser isn’t an economist, but did play one on TV….WTF!

Donald Trump named CNBC pundit Larry Kudlow his new top economic adviser. Kudlow is a supply-side fanatic who has a record of being wrong about the economy. Not just a little wrong, but wildly, historically wrong. Here are some facts about Kudlow (there are many more):

  • Kudlow does not have either a graduate or undergraduate degree in economics and has not written scholarly papers on the subject.
  • Kudlow argued in 2002 that invading Iraq would create an economic boom in the United States.
  • In December 2007, while the Great Recession was beginning, Kudlow insisted “there ain’t no recession” and the “Bush boom continues.”
  • In July 2008, seven months into the recession, Kudlow was still arguing that there was no recession or housing crisis, arguing that America was “in a mental recession, not an actual recession.”
  • In September 2008, Kudlow argued that lower oil prices would “make it much easier for people to pay their mortgages on time,” thus abating the growing credit crisis.
  • Kudlow called the “higher income inequality” of the modern era a “falsehood” and denounced “tired, banal, and boring” policy focus on the issue.
  • Kudlow is also a climate change denier who once argued that the Keystone Pipeline would be good for the environment because animals would snuggle underneath it (The pipeline would be built underground).
  • So what is Kudlow’s qualification? According to Kudlow himself, Trump liked that Kudlow spent so much time on television.

from Media Matters