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discussion(The following is a comment from one of the current threads.  I’ve urged commenters to provide 500 words to be put on the front page.  With the exception of Stephen Lewis and his recent post headlined “Israel,” none have taken me up on the offer.  The author of this comment is welcome to an additional 500 words.  –Mitch)

Let me get this straight, you post extensive gibberish and wasteful satire in an inexplicable persistence to blame the ignorant for their ignorance, but I’m “Obsessed”?

Whatever….

Since you made the effort, I will enjoy responding to some of your other persistent absurdities:

#1) “I haven’t even looked for the IP addresses of your recent posts. There’s no need. You’re the obsessed guy.”

My recent post includes your quote to me…could it be more obvious? The image of you searching IP addresses on this little rural blog with dwindling persistipants is pathetic.

#2) “Why do I refer to you as KM? Because if I referred to you as “Anonymous,” it wouldn’t be as clear that I was responding to a single person.”

Why tell the truth when a lie will do?
You’ve responded to plenty of anonymous posters without pretending that further identity lends any additional clarity or credibility to your points.

#3) “How do I feel about “dialog” with you? Impatient.”

A curious complaint from a prolific satirist.
But, I didn’t mean our “dialog”. I meant, “how does it make you feel when you respond to an anonymous post by assigning another identity to them in response”? (An identity that the anonymous poster cannot also use due to Mitch-Law). Answer: It’s a tiny tyranny that gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling or you wouldn’t bother doing it.

Your obsession with “identity” and “personality” would make any reasonable person wonder why in the Hell you don’t rename this blog “Mitchaldo” because the modest, anonymous “Heraldo” with its local-focus for news is long-gone. Instead, 20-30% of your posts inevitably focus on you and your burden in showing how, “not all left wing viewpoints are deluded”…. like Sisyphus and his boulder!

#4) “Put together 500 words”.

Waving this around like a flag is not a vaccine to common criticism of what this blog has become.

#5) “But I’m also accepting of the reality that people are not interested (in Hedges)”.

Your penchant for making shit up rivals “High Finance”.
Once again, you know damn-well this nation’s most eloquent leftists don’t see the light of day in mainstream media. There is no debate, few alternative viewpoints…”Washington Week In Review” and most other media will feature the weakest leftists I’ve ever heard. No Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, or Chris Hedges…Did you already forget that milquetoast Bill Moyers had to scratch and claw his way back to PBS?

#6) “Being able to accurately characterize the flaws of our society is no evidence whatsoever that someone has a solution to offer. If people offer a convincing solution, in the opinion of the electorate, they’ll be elected.”

Hands down, this little keeper is one of the dumbest, simplistic and illogical assertions you’ve written. If true, then the opposite is true! “People will never accept solutions, convincing or not, when no one believes the ‘problems’ exist”!

Hurry, go tell Mr. Hedges how today’s institutions, education, media and internet offer enough information and truths needed to blame average citizens for their ignorance.

#7) “It worked for Barack Obama.”

Are you really that ignorant about politics? Money worked for Obama, as it does in most elections, to overcome the media bigs. There are few exceptions. Romney had a good turnout! The majority of potential voters have no idea what Hedges is talking about. It’s not that they are disinterested, it’s that there’s no confirming context repeated anywhere else except that interview, if they were lucky enough to see it.

Using words like “secrets” and “conspiracy” are you’re feeble attempt to discredit my opinion.

Grow up and debate like an adult…which is why anyone responding to your other rambling satire should have their head examined. Surely you can distill it into a cogent sentence or two without the buffoonery of incessant sarcasm.

  1. January 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    BRAVO!!!

  2. SNaFU
    January 27, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Touché

  3. Anonymous
    January 27, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    His posts disappeared and he was suddenly ordered to assume a singular identity. He complied but had his identity called-out anyway. He was demanded to submit 500 words but never told of the deadline…so a headline was created for him!

    “Take that Mitchaldo Critic”!

    So, how is it that we get another low-wage, high-impact hotel on Eureka’s death strip 101, while numerous other hotels stagnate, deteriorate, or literally disintegrate (behind the Eureka Inn)?

  4. Uhhhhh
    January 28, 2013 at 5:42 am

    how is it that we get another low-wage, high-impact hotel on Eureka’s death strip 101, while numerous other hotels stagnate, deteriorate, or literally disintegrate (behind the Eureka Inn)?

    1. Supply and demand. There is huge demand for lodging in Eureka. I realize you don’t believe this point. And, there is demand for employment, and low/no skill jobs fetch low pay. On a local scale, that’s what makes the fair wage act a joke. The pay scale is so low here (due to so many people needing jobs) that under the act, moderately skilled jobs would pay the same as no-skill jobs, begging the question of why people bother to obtain training in the first place.

    2. Motels deteriorate when their owners choose not to keep them up both in terms of services and the condition of the physical establishment. This, in turn, dictates the type of clientele who stay there.

  5. Martha
    January 28, 2013 at 6:34 am

    “dwindling persistipants”!!! Are these biodegradable Huggies?

  6. January 28, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Uhhhhh :

    Uhhhhh :

    how is it that we get another low-wage, high-impact hotel on Eureka’s death strip 101, while numerous other hotels stagnate, deteriorate, or literally disintegrate (behind the Eureka Inn)?

    1. Supply and demand. There is huge demand for lodging in Eureka. I realize you don’t believe this point..

    Not to cast doubt, but I am skeptical. Where is the evidence for the demand for more lodging? I see half empty but well maintained motels and plenty of them in Eureka. The Red Lion, Quality Inn, Eureka Inn, several more on the westside, sorry names not handy right now.. I am not talking about the seedier places. All these half empty zombie motels are awaiting the zombie tourist army who are always going to come next year. But they never come, not in masses. Eureka is a niche tourist market at best. The only time I ever see the Red Lion parking lot full is once a year when the Feds come to town on an anti pot crusade. That lasts for 5 or six days. The rest of the year looks pretty bleak.

    So why the push for more motels? One reason is the current city management loves the TOT (the transient occupancy tax) and they will go to any length to boost it, even if the long term effect is toxic to the local economy. This is just more of the politics of selfishness.

    have a peaceful day,
    Bill

  7. January 28, 2013 at 8:11 am

    In other words, the “demand” for more lodging is mostly in the minds of city management and “staff.” but not in the real economy where the rest of us live.

    Ask the Red Lion and Quality Inn and Eureka Inn if we need more motel rooms. Go ahead, you intrepid journalists!

    have a peaceful day,
    Bill

  8. Ellin
    January 28, 2013 at 10:38 am

    The folks at HSU have been tracking local economic issues for a long time, with most of their back-issues available through here… http://www.humboldt.edu/econindex/faqs.htm

    Reading from their current issue: “Hospitality-The Index value of the hospitality sector is based on seasonally adjusted average occupancy each month at a cross-section of local hotels, motels and inns. Hospitality grew this month, increasing 4.9 percent to an Index value of 96.5 from last month’s revised value of 92.0. This is the highest seasonally adjusted value for the Hospitality Index since January of 2011. Corresponding with this, the current value is 1.9 percent greater than last year at this time and an even greater 12.4 percent from five years ago. In addition to this, the 4 month moving average grew by 3.1 percent to a value of 90.7.” Humboldt Economic Index, December 2012 … http://www.humboldt.edu/econindex/current.pdf (“The Humboldt Economic Index is produced by the Economics Department at Humboldt State University. It measures changes in the local economy using data from
    local businesses and organizations. The data are compiled into a seasonally adjusted Index that shows changes relative to the base month (January 1994). The composite Index
    is a weighted combination of six individual sectors of the local economy. The current Index is based on the most recently available data, which is generally data from the previous month.”)

  9. Anonymous
    January 28, 2013 at 11:14 am

    What percentage of that increase is due to homeless families being put up in motels on the taxpayer dime? Does anyone have the price paid out for motel rooms for the homeless? Wouldn’t our money be better spent putting them in apartments?

  10. Mitch
    January 28, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Anon,

    You could probably get that information from the Dept of Health and Human Services.

    Of course it would be better for society if people needing housing could be put up in apartments. But that wouldn’t be sufficient punishment for being poor.

    My recollection from years ago was that the General Relief program would automatically deduct some amount from the recipient’s official pittance and use it to fund a slum motel owner just as soon as the weather hit certain numbers. I could be wrong. NaN?

  11. January 28, 2013 at 11:39 am

    An index with the value in the 90s on a base year of 18 years ago is indicative of one thing: The “hospitality” sector in Eureka is overbuilt and has been overbuilt for years.

    No more service sector slave wage jobs!

    If you want to put some construction workers to work, well there are 9,500 residential housing units in Eureka. If we give each one a useful life of 100 years (generous) then we will have to demolish and rebuild about 95 to 100 units each year just to maintain a decent housing stock.

    If only we could accomplish this.

    have a peaceful day,
    Bill

  12. Eric Kirk
    January 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I can typing.

  13. Mitch
    January 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    How old is your daughter, Eric? If that was her, she’s already a better writer than KM.

  14. anonymouse
    January 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    If the demand for more and/or better motel rooms wasn’t there the motels wouldn’t be built. Period.

  15. Anonymous
    January 29, 2013 at 11:59 am
  16. Anonymous
    January 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    (This is why we can’t have nice things. –Mitch)

  17. jr
    January 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    And a footnote to Ray’s Food Place, their store in Crescent City is closing Feb 2, most like due to the recent opening of the Super Wal-Mart with its grocery section.

  18. Anonymous
    January 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm
  19. January 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I hope someone can keep track of Eureka’s business closings (walmart driven that is) for a future thread.
    Not precisely on thread topic here – but apropos to the tangent.

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