Quick Notes 1/02/09 – 6/24/09

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  1. Hayduke
    January 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Good work in establishing the archive. This will make this a lot more manageable.

  2. Anonymous
    January 3, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Heraldo, I made the suggestion earlier about establishing the archives. Great job! Now the decks are cleared again for action! (Would you like to read any more naval metaphors?) Oh. Well, it never hurts to ask.

  3. Anonymous
    January 3, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Have you heard these people crying on TV about how every dime they had is gone, now that their “broker” Bernie Madoff has been exposed as a crook?

    They are so sad. They have no big bags of money anymore. They can’t go through life buying expensive cars and clothes and looking down their noses at the hard-working Americans who built this country.

    Now they are so sad, because they are going to have to scramble for money to survive on, just the way most of us in Humboldt County have had to do all our lives. Too bad, so sad, GET A JOB.

  4. Anonymous
    January 13, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    The sirens are certainly loud enough to hear. So why don’t drivers pull over for ambulances anymore?

  5. Anonymous
    January 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm


  6. Anonymous
    January 19, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Writing messages here is like spitting into the wind.

  7. Mr. Nice
    January 20, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Who pays attention to ambulance sirens while talking on the hands-free? Whoever is dying is just going to have to wait until the call is over.

  8. humboldturtle
    January 23, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Is this the Recycle Bin?

  9. Anonymous
    January 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    This is the
    Echo Chamber,
    Echo Chamber,
    Echo Chamber.

  10. January 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    What do you have to say?
    What do you have to say?
    What do you have to say?

    You wanted the old thread archived so you wouldn’t have to scroll. Now you fill it with echos. Are you never satisfied?

  11. Ghost of Mabel
    January 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I was satisfied once. Back in 1957. Two Street was alive back then.. Jimmy Dunn’s…..Romano Gabriel, Bob Imperiale, Jim Howard, Lazio, I loved them all. ……and they loved me. Even Sam Stanson. Just ask Ray Hillman. Yes ma’m, THOSE were the days.

  12. January 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks for bringing some light to this old neglected corner of the blog, Mabel.

  13. Ghost of Mabel
    January 24, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    A ghost has to do what a ghost has to do. Now, get yer sorry ass back to work son.

  14. January 24, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Yes ma’am.

  15. Anonymous
    January 25, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Thank God I’m not alone anymore!

  16. Anonymous
    January 26, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Dateline Thailand. The Thai King feels insulted, so he jails an Australian novelist for three years. The novelist is convicted of insulting the Thai King in a book that sold just seven (7) copies.

    Dateline Thailand. Thousands of Thai children are trained and used as sex slaves for international travelers. The practice has gone on for twenty, thirty, forty years. The Thai King says NOTHING AT ALL about the systematic enslavement of the poor children of Thailand.

  17. Anonymous
    January 26, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    It IS satisfying to have a place to insult kings, even if no one reads it.

  18. Walt
    January 29, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Just found this link-to-a-link from the Food and Drug Administration website re: peanut salmonella:

    “Why has the recall expanded to other peanut-based products besides those containing peanut butter and peanut paste?

    FDA initiated an inspection of PCA’s Blakely, Georgia, plant on January 9, 2009, shortly after the firm was implicated as a possible link to the ongoing outbreak. FDA’s inspection, concluding on January 27, 2009, identified deficiencies related to the firm’s manufacturing process, and cleaning programs and procedures for its manufacturing equipment. In addition, FDA’s testing of environmental samples that were collected during the inspection revealed Salmonella present in the plant. PCA’s records also indicate:

    * The firm failed to take steps to mitigate Salmonella contamination in the facility.
    * Approximately 12 instances occurred in 2007 and 2008 where the firm, as part of its own internal testing program, identified some type of Salmonella in its product and still released the product into the marketplace.

    Because of these deficiencies, potentially contaminated products may be in the marketplace or in consumers’ homes.
    Why did the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) expand the recall to include products with dates prior to July 1, 2008?

    FDA’s further investigation has revealed that products manufactured before July 1, 2008, may be contaminated with Salmonella. Because some contaminated products may currently be in freezers, pantries, or on retail shelves, PCA has expanded the recall to include all peanut products produced on or after January 1, 2007, at its Blakely, Georgia facility.
    Why was the recall not expanded to include products produced before July 1, 2008, until now?

    The expanded recall reflects information available only recently, including information in PCA’s records and test information from FDA’s environmental sampling at PCA’s Blakely, Georgia, plant.”

    This sounds like this has been going on for TWO YEARS. . .a powerful argument in favor of MORE government regulation. Interesting that it only came to light about the time Obama was inaugurated. . .

    Great news for the legal profession!

  19. Anonymous
    January 30, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I think Quick Notes II is a shure nuff good idea, Heraldo. Pardon my patois, pardner.

  20. 06em
    February 2, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    The Navy is holding a public hearing tonight for the Northwest Training Range Complex Draft EIS/OEIS at the Eureka Women’s Club at 1531 J in Eureka (just townward of the high school.) Open House from 5 to 7 and hearing from 7 to 8:30.

    I found out too late to go. The only recent notice I saw was an ad in today’s TS.

  21. jim smith
    February 3, 2009 at 8:47 am

    This is my first time to your blog and I put the words “positive thoughts” into your search function and this is what I got:

    “Not Found

    Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.”

    I wonder what it will say after I put in this submission?

  22. February 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

    That’s pretty funny. Just for fun I searched for “negative thoughts” and got the same response.

    Sadly, your comment won’t change the results — it only searches the posts, not the comments.

  23. February 9, 2009 at 9:46 am

    (i copied and pasted this from my Facebook Page)

    Thursday while Justin was at school Payton and i where packing at the gallery and we took a break to walk to the post office. On the way back something caught my eye in the gazebo annex gallery….sure enough it was the fly fisherman sculpture that was listed on monies owed to Richard Fergison (meaning when he foreclosed on the gallery and got his $$$ that sculpture became 100% trust property) a lady had come up to Hobart wanting to sell him back a piece that was her mothers for $900…Hobart didnt have the $$ so Rich lent it to him. So there is was for sale for $13,500. No one was in the shop so i went across to the main store. I asked them who had it on consignment and they said Richard Fergison owned it, i explained the above and tried to show them the papers i had. They got pretty rude and said that was between us and Richard. I didnt want this to *poof* like Elin made the others. So i went to Ferndale PD they said it was a civil mater i told them the civil mater with Richard ended with the sale of the gallery and him being paid in full, that i was afraid that like the others this would dissaper to. They said to keep an eye on it keep track of the dates times and if it wasnt there to contact them. They said i should have our lawyer type somthing up to give to them. I was so fustrated, but after packing all day and having a 3 year old there to distract me i this i may have pleaded my case better with them. I did what they said and the next afternoon when i drove through town i saw it was gone. So i contacted the PD and told them and said i had the letter along with the proof of ownership, for them and the owners at the gazebo. I dropped the paperwork of and walked towards the gallery ran into Marcus and his girlfriend and while i was talking to them the lady i gave the paperwork came down the street and said she refused to take the papers that i needed to give them to Richard. I told her no it was in her store and the papers where for her. She threw them on the ground and walked off. I sent them certified the next day. I dont get it i reported that stolen along with the other dozen or so sculptures, so if i report my car stolen then i see it in someones garage and i called the police would they say “oh ok….just let us know when it isnt there” ??

    for more on the background on the mess in my FB notes section


  24. Anonymous
    February 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I would love to post comments here but Heraldo seems to have come from a lifetime career as a censor. Blogs are all about free speech but you constantly remove posts for no given reason.
    You are a commie, Heraldo, which is why your bleeding-heart blog is so utterly lame.
    A true “journalist” adheres to the AP Code of Ethics.
    You do not, ever, and therefore are not a journalist. And to boot you have no ethics. You’re not unethical; you have a complete and total lack of them. You are the scary creepy sleaze and the T-S is barely a hair above that.
    Heraldo- The Enemy of Free Speech.

    Just for once act like you’re not a chickenshit yellow-bellied coward… please?

  25. Anonymous
    February 9, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I wonder what that guy was so het-up about?

  26. February 9, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Hard to tell, he didn’t say.

  27. 06em
    February 12, 2009 at 6:26 am

    The individual and group comments have been posted to the Marina Center DEIR. More than 150 individuals submitted comments, as well as 15 groups. Sidnie and company have their work cut out for them.

  28. Anonymous
    February 14, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Does anybody here know anything about hyperinflation that might help me get over my fear of it and be able to sleep better at night?

  29. plannax
    February 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Try counting the mulitple wheel-barrow loads of $100 bills you’ll be pushing down to your local big-box to buy the odd loaf of salmonella-fortified bread and pint of melamine-enriched milk… You’ll drop off to sleep eventually.

  30. Walt
    February 16, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    All disease is self-limiting, and all bleeding stops. . .eventually.

  31. Nosey1
    February 21, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Just wondering if this Stanko (muderer) is the same
    Buddah that the feds were after awhile back?

  32. February 21, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I don’t know but I doubt it. However, it didn’t escape me that here in Humboldt we apparently have numerous shady characters calling themselves “Buddha.”

  33. longwind
    February 21, 2009 at 10:14 am

    That’s right Heraldo, he’s a different Buddha. It is an odd cognomen for such characters–I guess maybe they’re putting out how fat and happy they are. They’ve got some homework to do on the ‘desire’ front though.

  34. February 21, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Something tells me quiet contemplation is not their thing.

  35. Anonymous
    February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    The heavy rains of the past few days are very like the ones that used to drench the north coast day after day, week after week, when we old baby boomers were in our teens.

  36. Ghost of Mabel
    February 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I made love to U.S. Grant once, actually twice, up at Fort Humboldt. It was pouring cats and dogs . We were both pretty licquor’d up.
    He was beardless back then.

  37. Anonymous
    March 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    It’s March already?

    Beware the Ides, pardners!

    Especially if your name is Julius Caesar!

  38. March 5, 2009 at 9:33 am
  39. March 6, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Heraldo, I have been out of the loop for awhile, so if there’s a known reason why SoHumborn deleted her blog, I haven’t heard. What gives?

  40. March 6, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Kym has an explanation.

  41. Anonymous
    March 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm
  42. Anonymous
    March 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    The Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012. Since the world will be ending then, why all the demand for 30-year mortgages? Some people just will not think ahead!

  43. Anonymous
    March 13, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    My Gregorian calendar ends every 12 months. I buy a new one. No big deal.

  44. Anonymous
    March 15, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Once again, we see that “denial is not just a river in Egypt.”

    The Mayans, as every PC person knows, were more advanced than Western Civilization is. Since the Maya said there will be no such a date as December 22, 2012, we had better start making our “future plans” accordingly.

    Best wishes for a prosperous last few years!

  45. Walt Frazer
    March 20, 2009 at 6:38 am


    I WANDERED lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host, of golden daffodils;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

    Continuous as the stars that shine
    And twinkle on the milky way,
    They stretched in never-ending line
    Along the margin of a bay:
    Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
    Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

    The waves beside them danced; but they
    Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
    A poet could not but be gay,
    In such a jocund company:
    I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
    What wealth the show to me had brought:

    For oft, when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils.

    William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

  46. Mike Buettner
    March 21, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Any one go to the Harbor District meeting Thursday (3/19)? It was the budget meeting.

  47. March 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Are you sure it was the 19th? I thought it was the 26th.

  48. Mike Buettner
    March 21, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Ah.. you are correct.

  49. March 21, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Wonder how many commissioners will call in sick this time.

  50. 06em
    March 25, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Does anybody know what happened to HumboldtHillbilly? The blog seems to be gone. And it isn’t in the wayback machine either; too new I guess.

  51. March 25, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Strange. It was just updated today.

  52. 06em
    March 25, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I believe it was on that blog (though I’m not certain — might have been another local one) that I saw a scathingly funny (to me as a former christian) definition of Christianity. It was very sacreligious. I’ll provide a link to a very similar definition, but do not click on it if you are religious and get offended by severe fun poking at your expense. Here is the link. Remember, I warned you.

  53. 06em
    March 25, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I should have added that the blogger (humboldthillbilly or whoever the heck it was) went on to lampoon all the other major religions. Could this have been the reason the blog was deleted?

  54. March 25, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I still have it in my RSS feed. Here’s an excerpt:

    For the past few months, my holler has been under siege from the evangelicals. Several times a week, a knock comes on the cabin door and I open it to find a bright faced couple, grasping the Word o’ Jeezus in their hands, shoving tracts in my face while trying to speed talk through their sermon before I boot them off my porch.

    Bubba has been sermonized, exorcised, and circumsized, so he don’t need no help from the likes of you people. The fact is that if Yashuah came back today, I’d expect that he’d be mighty upset at the militaristic and capitalist society you’ve constructed in his name. Oh, there’s gonna be hellfire and brimstone all right, but I’m a-thinkin’ that some folks are gonna be a mite surprised at whose gonna be fire wood for the fire.

    I recently found what I believe to be perfect definition of Christianity:

    “The belief that some cosmic Jewish zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master, so that he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.”

  55. 06em
    March 25, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I’m glad my memory is still intact — sad that humboldthillbilly seems to be MIA. Does blogspot have an anti-anti-religion clause in their usage agreement?

  56. March 25, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Unlikely. Blogspot is Google.

    Some bloggers get spooked. The power of the internet is, like, heavy.

  57. Blue Jay
    March 26, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I came to spread the news about Hillbilly and of course you already know! I kind of liked that blog.

  58. Anonymous
    March 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Hey, kids! Guess what? A credit card company did a decent thing for a creditor who was having trouble with her medical bills. It’s the first time a credit card company did a decent thing for anybody. And wouldn’t you know it? Somebody made a commercial out of it! Already! I guess that Stimulus Bill must be stimulating SOMETHING.

  59. Anonymous
    March 29, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Glen Beck, lately of Fox News, spent a part of his Sunday morning comparing America’s unions and union members to Lenin, Stalin and Hitler.

    What a moron that Glen Beck has turned out to be!

  60. Anonymous
    March 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    In a stunning development, thousands of cities around the world are turning off their lights in commemoration of the Dark Ages, an era they hope soon to revive as the technological advances of the centuries are abandoned in a heartfelt if naive effort to return humankind to the Garden of Eden or something like it.

  61. Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Where can O.J. Simpson go to get his reputation back?

  62. Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    OK, no one can answer that question about O.J.

    How about Senator Ted Stevens? Where can Ted Stevens go to get his reputation back?

    And how can he get his Senate seat back? He’s 85 years old! Can he wait for the next go-round?

  63. 06em
    April 3, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Where can I go to get back the 6 seconds I spent reading the last two posts to Quick Notes?

  64. Blue Jay
    April 6, 2009 at 7:57 am

    I guess someone is having a Humboldt Herald indentity
    contest. I read it on Rants and Raves this morning.
    Sounds like they are getting some decent prizes together.
    I must admit I’m curious but would hate for the mystery
    to end.

  65. Ozzy
    April 7, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I wonder what right-wing prick is financing those high-end prizes to reveal Heraldo’s identity.

  66. anonymous
    April 8, 2009 at 6:50 am

    My guess would be Rose. When I tried googling the
    Pierson scandle the only thing I could find was written on
    her blog. Also from reading her blog she mentions
    Craig’s List quite often.

  67. 06em
    April 9, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Why not start a contest to have people guess who it is that is starting a contest for people to guess who it is that writes this blog. You could post it on craigslist. In the rants and raves section maybe?

  68. Anonymous
    April 10, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    We need Heraldo to remain anonymous for his own safety if for no other reason.

  69. Anonymous
    April 10, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Now then, we keep hearing about what a terrible economic situation we are in. The country, to be sure, but most relevantly, Humboldt County.

    So why are the local thrift stores being so picky about what donations they will accept? It’s getting so it makes more sense to take my stuff directly to the transfer station than to let the Rescue Mission Thrift Store or the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store pick and choose among my lightly-used household donations.

  70. Anonymous
    April 12, 2009 at 9:20 am

    As a sometime thrift store donor and sometime patron, I’ve observed the following:

    The thrift stores know what they can move and what doesn’t sell and they have to make decisions based on sometimes limited space. A slightly used bedliner for a 1983 Ford Ranger may be of use to someone, but where do they put it until that someone shows up?

    They also don’t want to get stuck with e-waste fees. The computer you want to donate may have a pretty big hard drive, lots of memory and a processor that was top of the line a scant 4 years ago, but they probably have few people on staff who understand computers enough to verify that. You might be able to get the guys in back to take a laptop, but it would be as likely to end up going home with them as it would to end up on the sales floor.

    They already have to pay the cost of dumping all the garbage bags of threadbare and unlaundered clothing that people leave at night. Wouldn’t that make them a little picky about what you have in your garbage bag during the day?

    Thrift stores are in business to help the non-profits they raise money for. Their purpose is not to have a place for society to bring its castoffs. Even if that is a role they fill, it isn’t their true purpose.

    If you are willing to expend a little time and effort, there is always freecycle and craigslist. Both allow you to locally give away stuff and are fee free.

  71. Anonymous
    April 13, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I have donated many carloads of donations to these thrift stores. I bring only clean items in good condition.

    I have expended considerable time and effort over the last 25 years to provide high-quality items to these local thrift stores.

    They are now becoming very selective about accepting my donations. If I were donating trash or unusable items, that might justify some of the comments of Anonymous, April 12, 9:20 a.m. But I am not donating trash. All the kinds of things Anonymous, April 12, 9:20 a.m. lists as unwanted are things I do not bring to the thrift stores.

    I am not responsible for social misfits who leave garbage bags in the night at the doorways of local thrift stores. I don’t like the implication that I even have any sympathy for such people.

    And when I make these donations, I am thinking of the people who will buy them and the charitable work these organizations do much more than any benefit to me.

    I have been happy to give. Recently, I found a great sale on a type of shirt that meets all my needs. I bought a lot of them. Then I took most of the shirts out of my closet that I had been wearing up to that time and donated them to one of the charities we have been discussing. To transport them to the thrift store, I folded these clean shirts and put them into heavy-duty new clean trash bags. Then I brought them to the loading dock.

    I remember enjoying the feeling of being able to give so many shirts at one time, after having spent so many years in Humboldt County working at such low wages that buying one shirt was a special treat.

  72. Anonymous
    April 14, 2009 at 7:43 am

    I know you’re not responsible for social misfits, but that doesn’t mean that you escape the result of their misdeeds.

    I wasn’t implying that you should have sympathy for the social misfits, but for the thrift store workers who have become picky because of the social misfits and are simply trying to keep their stores viable.

    I have no reason to doubt the quality of your donations. Perhaps when you are wanting to donate two boxes of item X, they already have six boxes of item X in the backroom and another box already on the floor?

    Another thing I’m wondering is if the thrift stores are maxed out at this time of year through a combination of end of the year tax donations, Christmas related closet re-arranging and Spring cleaning. Maybe this is an especially flush time of year for donations?

    btw Kudos to you for being such a thoughtful donor. If everyone took the care you do with donations, the end result would be more money for the charities.

  73. beel
    April 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    From today’s Democracy Now!:
    California Towns Fight Back Against Justice Department Suit to Overturn Youth Protection Act that Bars Military from Recruiting Minors


  74. beel
  75. 06em
    April 16, 2009 at 6:57 am

    Aw crap. More bad news. What does it mean for all the mall and tenant employees? The unemployment line?

  76. Anonymous
    April 25, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    The friendly old Plagiarist writes:

    When you think of the hosts without No.
    Who are slain by the deadly cuco.,
    It’s quite a mistake
    Of such food to partake:
    It results in a permanent slo.

  77. Anonymous
    April 28, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Lots of police cars were seen at Del Norte and P Streets around 2:30 this afternoon. Lots. Does anyone know more about this? The property in question is reportedly surrounded by bushes or hedges. Maybe something illegal was being cooked up on the premises? I don’t think many regular police calls require large numbers of police units to respond. Could this be the breaking story we all want to know more about? Heraldo?

  78. Anonymous
    April 29, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Once again, I lead a parade, only to look behind me and find no one there!

  79. Anonymous
    May 1, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Regarding Del Norte and P – it was a grow operation. The second one at that location in the past two years.

  80. Anonymous
    May 2, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Thanks. I appreciate having the information.

  81. Carol
    May 2, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I am just trying out my new gravatar.

  82. Carol
    May 2, 2009 at 8:49 am

    There. I cropped it differently. Thanks, Heraldo, for letting me play in your sandbox.

  83. Carol
    May 2, 2009 at 8:50 am

    It doesn’t look any different. Maybe it will take awhile.

  84. May 2, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I see it. Looks good.

  85. May 3, 2009 at 8:34 am



    “Swine flu concerns have two Princess Cruise ships docking in Santa Barbara Harbor. The two cruise ships were scheduled to visit the Mexican Riviera, but recently imposed swine flu travel restrictions have them visiting Santa Barbara instead.

    The first ship, called the Sapphire Princess, docked around 7:00 a.m. Saturday. Group by group, thousands of passengers filed off the Sapphire Princess and onto the Santa Barbara shore.

    Passengers say the change in ports was a bit of a shock.

    “We started out in San Francisco to take a cruise to Mexico, all the way down to Acapulco, and stops on the way back,” said passenger Bob Smith. ”

    It seems to me that the Mexican Riviera’s loss can be the Lost Coast’s “find”. Maybe we can get some value from the million and a half dollars that the Eureka Redevelopment spent on dredging a decade ago. “THOUSANDS” of tourists. Our visitors bureau should get on this PDQ.

    have a peaceful day,

  86. Anonymous
    May 3, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Today’s Times-Standard includes a full-page ad from Verizon, imploring Eureka’s citizens to support the new cell tower near the church on Harris Street.

    Wait! Is that “cell tower” or “bell tower?”

    Look at the illustration and its caption. It shows and describes a BELL tower!

    Until now, I’ve supported the cell tower.

    But if the tower is also a BELL tower, that’s different!

    I don’t like loud pipes on motorcycles or loud bells in church towers. There’s no convincing evidence of harm from cell towers, but noise pollution sets my teeth on edge and contributes to hypertension.

    Does anybody other than members of that particular church look forward to yet another source of noise pollution?

    I can hear it now, Heraldo. Clang! Clang! Clang!

    Churches can make those noises anytime of the night or day. No one’s complaints are ever respected. They are a Church! They are doing God’s work! Therefore they can clang those bells whenever they damn well please.

    Now the neighbors really DO have something to complain about.

  87. Walt
    May 3, 2009 at 11:01 am

    OK, so where was the earthquake epicenter? Is there a website that is quick (even on a Sunday)?

  88. Clean Cut McDaddy
    May 3, 2009 at 11:43 am


  89. Clean Cut McDaddy
    May 3, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Earthquake Details
    Magnitude 3.8

    * Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 17:54:05 UTC
    * Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 10:54:05 AM at epicenter
    * Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location 40.745°N, 124.158°W
    Depth 21 km (13.0 miles)

    * 1 km (0 miles) NE (40°) from Pine Hills, CA
    * 2 km (1 miles) SSW (206°) from Cutten, CA
    * 3 km (2 miles) SE (142°) from Bayview, CA
    * 5 km (3 miles) S (176°) from Eureka, CA

  90. Anonymous
    May 3, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    SF 1906, it was not.

  91. Anonymous
    May 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    And people said I was incapable of brevity!

  92. Carol
    May 3, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you, Heraldo! It was time for a new gravatar. The last one on wordpress has been around for a couple of years.

  93. Auntie Mayme
    May 6, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Hi Heraldo!

    Auntie Mayme’s Couch is history, so feel free to take it off your blog roll. Thank you for your support!


    Auntie Mayme

  94. Anonymous
    May 6, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    automobile warrantee insurance. about to expire. warning, warning. better give money to anonymous phone caller right away.

    gosh. never had automobile warrantee insurance before. how can it be expiring? never mind how. my cars all over 20 years old. don’t think about that.

    must dash to get credit card out and give info to nice-sounding lady on other end of telephone wire. must save car warrantee insurance from expiring. must give nice lady all information she tells me i must give her.

    uh, oh.

  95. Anonymous
    May 10, 2009 at 11:48 am

    In other words, beware of phone callers who try to get information from your elders for ID Theft purposes.

    One very common recent trick is for a caller (or robo-caller) to state in a panicky tone of voice that the elderly person’s “auto warrantee insurance” is about to expire. The key: there is no such policy.

    These criminals want to use fear and confusion to gather ID information from old people. It could happen to your Mom or anybody else in your family.

    Luckily, most old folks hang up because life has educated them not to be fooled by crooks pretending to be friends.

    Law enforcement, by the way, tells me they can’t do anything about this type of (robo-) call. The ID thieves found a loophole in the Do Not Call laws. The callers repeat their aggravating calls endlessly, about once a week, apparently until the end of time.

    If you know anyone who might profit from a warning in advance about these panic-inducing ID thieves, please pass the word along. The best response: Hang up.

  96. Zeno
    May 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    The HSU General Faculty voted no confidence in President Rollin Richmond this afternoon, and asked that he resign within two months.

  97. May 17, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    The movie Outbreak, filmed in part in Humboldt County, is on AMC.

  98. Anonymous
    May 17, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    With any luck, they’ll pull a Lucas and re-release the film with the monkey digitally replaced with a pig.

  99. beel
    May 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm


    Joe Rasso posted:

    Dear John Driscoll

    How come there is nothing in the paper about the Humboldt county drug task force raiding three houses? Each house fully converted into a marijuana factory.

    The community might also be interested to know that the houses were all brand new, next to each other, and built by DANCO.

    The community might also be interested to know all three were titled in Dan Johnson’s name.

    Great job in reporting as usual Times Standard.

  100. capdiamont
    May 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Poll, should Richardson’s Grove project proceed http://bit.ly/14Tv4g

  101. Skippy
    May 24, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    real scientific and meaningful, of course

  102. capdiamont
    May 24, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Well, there is only so much I can do. The problems is, who has the majority? Who is right?

  103. olmanriver
    May 24, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    hey ms. mayme,
    i am sorry i didnt check in more often of late, but i do want to wish you all the best on the path you are so courageously on.

  104. Anonymous
    May 27, 2009 at 10:26 am

    When did the election happen, Heraldo? I must have missed it.

    I wanted to vote to retain the Reply feature in Comments.

    Now I am just SOL, I guess.

    Dang it!

  105. Skippy
    June 4, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Yet another reason to be wary of military recruiters involvement with minors is found on the bottom left column of page A7 of Wednesday’s Times-Standard:

    “Marine recriter charged with pimping girl, 14”

  106. Anonymous
    June 12, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    All you patriots out there, remember to fly your flag this Sunday, Flag Day.

  107. Anonymous
    June 18, 2009 at 11:11 am

    All you patriots take warning. North Korea has just announced plans to shoot a missile 4000 miles toward Hawaii, our President’s birthplace of record, as a

    It’s a test, all right! A test of whether America has any will or power left to protect itself.

    If America fails this test, we can expect much worse challenges to be mounted against us in the years to come.

  108. June 18, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Thank you to the Humboldt County Democrats for their resolution in support of single payer health care. Would that the national Democratic Party was as resolute.

    Fixing the health care system and ending the wars are the two quickest paths back to prosperity, and unless we do both we are guaranteed to continue our downward economic spiral.

    have a peaceful day,

  109. June 19, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Han Sims has unofficially banned me from posting comments on the NCJ.

    So much for freedom of speech…

    June 19, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    The flag I have is hanging and looking like the flag depicted in the National Anthem. Soon, it may just be turned upside down. Patriotism is also Freedom of Expression and Speech to emphasize the unpatriotic direction of this country!

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  111. Anonymous
    June 20, 2009 at 10:57 am

    State regulators find pot smoke causes cancer

    SAN FRANCISCO — Marijuana smoke has joined tobacco smoke and hundreds of other chemi­cals on a list of substances regulators say cause cancer. The ruling Friday by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment likely will force pot shops with 10 or more employ­ees to post warnings. Final guidelines are expected by the time warning require­ments take effect in a year.

    The listing only applies to marijuana smoke, not the plant itself. Spokesman Sam Delson says the state agency found marijuana smoke contains 33 of the same harmful chemicals as tobacco smoke.

  112. June 21, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Hey Jeffrey,

    Check out this photo I took at the welcome center for the town of Mendocino.


    The welcome center is run by the State Parks.

    Maybe they are feeling it too…

  113. June 28, 2009 at 10:04 am

    How does a proposed regulation on vacation rentals in Trinidad square with the extreme view of “property rights” that is often expressed here?

    Granted there will be some who are not hypocrites, who will say, yes, the owners should be able to rent their property or do anything with it. I think there will be more however who will want to regulate their neighbors. This will be largely a Republican on Republican fight won’t it?

    have a peaceful day,

  114. Just a Small Town Girl
    July 8, 2009 at 11:38 am

    T-S Reports the Flemming is out as City Manager in Rio Dell……

  115. Anonymous
    July 8, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Wow. Rich Ghilarducci coming back to run the place?

  116. July 14, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I would like to commend EPD Chief Neilsen for hiring several female patrol officers over the last year. I think that is an improvement in the EPD.

    It is just one step towards diversity though. There may be some Asian, Latino, Native American or Black EPD officers but they are not visible. How hard can it be to recruit a diverse work force in this economy? A diverse PD that is reflective of the larger community is very important.

    have a peaceful day,

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