Ugh. Our Sexist Language. … ?


I was going to use “history” in today’s blog title.   That got me to thinking – why HIStory?  Well, it turns out Google has easy answers.

late Middle English (also as a verb): via Latin from Greek historia ‘finding out, narrative, history,’ from histōr ‘learned, wise man,’ from an Indo-European root shared by wit2.

That’s seems to me to be a problem.  But it gets worse.  What about “story” then?  To be gender neutral, shouldn’t it be “tory”.  Well, “story” has the same root from a “learned wise man”.

Middle English (denoting a historical account or representation): shortening of Anglo-Norman French estorie, from Latin historia (see history).

In review.  History is a tale told by learned men.  Stories, well those too.

But it gets worse (Update: maybe).  It seems clear that the pronoun “his” would come from the same origins, but the easy/lazy Google search does not confirm this.  However, Google is definitive about the origins of “her”.  It’s from hire.  Ugh.  (Update:  I can’t find much or any righteous indignation on the intertubes about the origins of the modern English pronouns “his” and “her”. – So. categorize this latter portion as my liberal “herstory is against us” conspiracy theory.  Here is the Google entry for “etymology of her”.

Etymology of 'Her'

Is this a viable political issue. No.  Is this something that bother’s me.  A little.  Is there anything that can be done about it?  Bring attention to it and live with the reality of a sexist past – it’s part of who we were, it doesn’t have to be who we will become.

BTW, Turkish, for all of you Islamo-haters out there is gender neutral in it’s pronouns.  If any of you do meet a generous Turk who is trying to speak to you in our language, you may find their (her)stories a bit hard to follow as the narrative’s antagonist, although the same person, their gender may change from sentence to sentence.  It’s wonderful.

In regards to language and the general idea that there is nothing we can do about the unfairness of so much around us.  Bollocks**.  Change starts with us, knowing that we won’t win every conflict or disagreement, at least we can make our protest known.

So, to herald the beginning of Eureka’s governing by a council of “learned women” this blogger will hereby use “herstory” *right click, add to dictionary* in place of “history” until that time when again a male takes back a seat.

* (I’m not going to fight that battle too, let men be a part of women and visa versa – maybe change the masculine to menw0)

** *Googles “bollocks”* Dammit!  The anglo-phile in me loves this word.  I reserve the right to be hypocritical on this and could arugue it is an epithet.


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Weed Inc.’s Best Argument: Extortion

I guess one needs a 50,000 ft view to be on board with California Cannabis Voice Humboldt’s (CCVH) draft ordinance, especially as a conservative.  But that is who CCVH will be depending on to pass their measure.  CCVH is it seems the best foot forward Weed Inc. can conjure up.  The group has bought Democrat Richard Marks, because they can’t legally buy Supervisor Bass herself.  It’s pretty certain that if Supevisor Bass comes on board, Supervisor Sundberg will too.  Supervisors Bohn and Fennell are already friendly for entirely different reasons.

Good reporting by Ryan Burns and LoCO earlier this week and less informative reporting by the TS today on this issue.  It seems, thankfully that Scott Greacen is, as always, the skeptical environmentalist and even EPIC’s Natalynne Delapp has her doubts.  Mark Lovelace, Planning Director Kevin Hamblin, and reporter Ryan Burns all point out how this ordinance will bypass the public process.  (btw, where is the Public Participation Working Group when one needs them?  Oh yeah, that wasn’t really about public  participation at all, it was about the public not participating – and their efforts have clearly been successful.)

So why “extortion”?  This seems to be a trend and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this sort of persuasion is what we get from a lucrative outlaw industry.  During the recent Board of Supervisor and Planning Commission meetings that loosened county regulations on legal grows, a common refrain was how expanding allowable outdoor grows saves the environment because otherwise growers will grow indoors (with associated huge electricity usage).  It’s the climate change gun to one’s head.

Now we are being persuaded: “Hey, if you all pass this, we might be able to entice a couple of growers out of the shadows.  Let’s please make this quick and easy and we’ll peer pressure some of our outlaws into the light.”

That’s the line that Richard, Matthew, Virginia, Rex, Estelle and Ryan will be selling to their conservative base (and liberal associates – see below the fold).  And truthfully, most of the financial or business conservatives won’t give a damn.  Those who will care are religious conservatives and safety/”transient” conservatives.  And this is going to be a very tough sell as I’ve written before, likely to be sold by avoiding the subject altogether.  When it’s appropriate they will lament and play tough against the homeless/drug/poverty problems in Eureka, Garberville, etc..  But when those constituents are not looking, they will quietly speak about from 50,000 ft above, Weed Inc. is a necessary change because, what choice do we have (btw, can you all donate to my next campaign?)

Weed Inc. is no different from any other money making industry from a political perspective.  In fact, we are at a juncture in history where it’s clear that conservatives really don’t care about the “rule of law” or almost anything else when money is concerned.  W. made clear that “in general money trumps *sigh* peace sometimes“.  As we in Humboldt can show, conservative’s seemingly hard and fast principle of the rule of law is similarly nothing more than a rhetorical principle that is malleable if high profit margins are at stake.

In the end it’s all about the money and I don’t know if CCVH’s well place money in Richard Mark’s lap will be enough to sell this.  It seems like right now their sense of urgency and desperation may be giving even those who might otherwise be on board with a proven boondoggle second thoughts.

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On the Color of Justice: Black, White, Blue and Green

  • From the Daily Kos, on black, white and blue justice… (please click on the cartoon to go to the sight, so Kos’ advertisers get their share, so we can pay the cartoonist.

The Color of Justice

Here’s M Wuerker’s sight on Politico.


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America’s Eden Narrative…

…and Our Original Sin

Thanksgiving is about celebrating the brief Eden before a continental genocide.

But it’s an important story, for ourselves and especially our children.  We should not hate ourselves or our country because of our past.  We should look to stories of when we followed our better angels, and the story about a shared Thanksgiving meal is entirely appropriate event to celebrate annually.

It’s also appropriate to understand the reality, especially here on the North Coast.  This year sandwiched between this and last Thanksgiving has been pretty poor in regards to the mainstream culture’s connection to our Native American neighbors.  And even that sentence is hard to write, on the one hand we are one mass culture or people sharing this land, on the other we are different nations.

For some of us, it’s appropriate between the family, turkey and cranberry to reflect on one of the most amazing events in human existence.  Two populations, once family, separated by continents and eons, were reunited.  There were brief instances of comradery, one of which we celebrate today, but the arc of history tells all too clearly the real narrative of the reunion of these two peoples.

How do we move forward?  Look toward our better angels, be honest, forgiving and generous to ourselves and our neighbors.  Make sure there is more than adequate representation in public institutions (including local political organizations #HCDCCideas ).  Revere and celebrate this amazing intersection of peoples that we still have in this area.

One example of what is right, the story of Yurok being taught in our schools and I hope we can do more to preserve then grow our unique and rich local linguistic history.  We were two branches of our human family tree, but we are becoming one again and we always had and will always have more in common than not.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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It’s The Inequality…

As we go through another in a string of the rightfully unending conversations about race, I’d ask us not to forget what I see as the basic essential needs of us humans.

a)  Security.

b)  A means to support oneself.

c)  Every other human concern.

Poverty affects both of those and through this individual’s perspective.  What I see at work, in Eureka and Ferguson in 2014 and in Tunisia in January 2011 is relative poverty.  What we see as a society in the after effects when security of person or of sustenance breaks down, what the society does is begin to categorize this in terms of ethnicity, race, religion etc.

It’s much simpler than that.  It’s about wealth disparity and it’s a big, big, huge, big problem on which we see to be able to place the narratives that touch our emotions more satisfyingly.  Not to mention very few people who are secure or are able to support themselves are as interested in the big, big, huge, big and growing problem of inequality.

The economy may be the way to win elections, stupid, but we need policies that begin to address the differences in wealth and income that undermine our national goal of equality of opportunity.


What I’m not saying…

That race doesn’t matter.  It does, wealth inequality is inextricably linked to race in our country as a cursory review of our history would prove.  But as instances of clear injustice based on the institutionalization of racial differences (as in Michael Brown’s death clearly demonstrates) or based on a largely racial homogeneous but bifurcated socio-economic differences (Tommy McClain), I hope we can begin to connect the common dots.

Average Family Wealth By Race

Percentage of Americans in Poverty, by Race

Above from Bill Moyers’ These Eight Charts Show Why Racial Equality Is a Myth in America.

And my continuing contribution to Occupy via Mother Jones


President Obama’s Address on Ferguson…

or … How Our Media Fails Us, Especially When Race Is Involved

How did you watch President Obama’s remarks last night, because how you did will undoubtedly partially affect how you feel this morning.

Here’s how CNN reported President Obama’s remarks,

This is what the conservative National Journal said about this split screen.

“Even as the president spoke, it felt as if the situation on the ground in Ferguson was beginning to spiral. And viewers could be forgiven for becoming transfixed by the pictures and tuning out Obama’s calls for calm.”

They are right about the viewers being forgiven, less correct about our media that, by design, prizes profitability over passing along dry, important news.  This is another of the daily examples of, if it bleeds, it leads.

The National Journal also noted this:

“At one point, Obama seemed to dismiss the violent protests as just cable-news-driven sensationalism, saying the tumult would “make for good TV.””

The President wasn’t dismissing the protests, he was chiding what he knows about our media, and ironically, CNN was doing exactly what the President was warning against.

Here is an unsplit video of the Presidents remarks and below that, the transcript.  In the transcript the emphasis is mine and I itemized three things the President says “we can do to help”. (I’ve also added more things those of us, imho, that believe in this American eexperimentin governance can also do to help.)


THE PRESIDENT: As you know, a few moments ago, the grand jury deliberating the death of Michael Brown issued its decision. It’s an outcome that, either way, was going to be subject of intense disagreement not only in Ferguson, but across America. So I want to just say a few words suggesting how we might move forward.

First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law. And so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make. There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction. But I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully. Let me repeat Michael’s father’s words: “Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer. No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son’s death to be in vain. I want it to lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone.” Michael Brown’s parents have lost more than anyone. We should be honoring their wishes.

I also appeal to the law enforcement officials in Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur. Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They’ve got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law. As they do their jobs in the coming days, they need to work with the community, not against the community, to distinguish the handful of people who may use the grand jury’s decision as an excuse for violence — distinguish them from the vast majority who just want their voices heard around legitimate issues in terms of how communities and law enforcement interact.

Finally, we need to recognize that the situation in Ferguson speaks to broader challenges that we still face as a nation. The fact is, in too many parts of this country, a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color. Some of this is the result of the legacy of racial discrimination in this country. And this is tragic, because nobody needs good policing more than poor communities with higher crime rates. The good news is we know there are things we can do to help. And I’ve instructed Attorney General Holder to work with cities across the country to help build better relations between communities and law enforcement. (EDIT – the following itemizing to a), b), and c))

a)  That means working with law enforcement officials to make sure their ranks are representative of the communities they serve. We know that makes a difference.

b) It means working to train officials so that law enforcement conducts itself in a way that is fair to everybody.

c) It means enlisting the community actively on what should be everybody’s goal, and that is to prevent crime.

And there are good people on all sides of this debate, as well as in both Republican and Democratic parties, that are interested not only in lifting up best practices — because we know that there are communities who have been able to deal with this in an effective way — but also who are interested in working with this administration and local and state officials to start tackling much-needed criminal justice reform.

So those should be the lessons that we draw from these tragic events. We need to recognize that this is not just an issue for Ferguson, this is an issue for America. We have made enormous progress in race relations over the course of the past several decades. I’ve witnessed that in my own life. And to deny that progress I think is to deny America’s capacity for change.

But what is also true is that there are still problems and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up. Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in discriminatory fashion. I don’t think that’s the norm. I don’t think that’s true for the majority of communities or the vast majority of law enforcement officials. But these are real issues. And we have to lift them up and not deny them or try to tamp them down. What we need to do is to understand them and figure out how do we make more progress. And that can be done.

That won’t be done by throwing bottles. That won’t be done by smashing car windows. That won’t be done by using this as an excuse to vandalize property. And it certainly won’t be done by hurting anybody. So, to those in Ferguson, there are ways of channeling your concerns constructively and there are ways of channeling your concerns destructively. Michael Brown’s parents understand what it means to be constructive. The vast majority of peaceful protesters, they understand it as well.

Those of you who are watching tonight understand that there’s never an excuse for violence, particularly when there are a lot of people in goodwill out there who are willing to work on these issues.

On the other hand, those who are only interested in focusing on the violence and just want the problem to go away need to recognize that we do have work to do here, and we shouldn’t try to paper it over. Whenever we do that, the anger may momentarily subside, but over time, it builds up and America isn’t everything that it could be.

And I am confident that if we focus our attention on the problem and we look at what has happened in communities around the country effectively, then we can make progress not just in Ferguson, but in a lot of other cities and communities around the country.


Q Mr. President, will you go to Ferguson when things settle down there?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, let’s take a look and see how things are going. Eric Holder has been there. We’ve had a whole team from the Justice Department there, and I think that they have done some very good work. As I said, the vast majority of the community has been working very hard to try to make sure that this becomes an opportunity for us to seize the moment and turn this into a positive situation.

But I think that we have to make sure that we focus at least as much attention on all those positive activities that are taking place as we do on a handful of folks who end up using this as an excuse to misbehave or to break the law or to engage in violence. I think that it’s going to be very important — and I think the media is going to have a responsibility as well — to make sure that we focus on Michael Brown’s parents, and the clergy, and the community leaders, and the civil rights leaders, and the activists, and law enforcement officials who have been working very hard to try to find better solutions — long-term solutions, to this issue.

There is inevitably going to be some negative reaction, and it will make for good TV. But what we want to do is to make sure that we’re also focusing on those who can offer the kind of real progress that we know is possible, that the vast majority of people in Ferguson, the St. Louis region, in Missouri, and around the country are looking for. And I want to be partners with those folks. And we need to lift up that kind of constructive dialogue that’s taking place.

All right.

Also:  Adding to President Obama’s list of things we can do …

d)  Government agencies should do better keeping fair and difficult statistics on police enforcement actions.

e)  Communities need to network around the country and globe so good ideas can spread like internet cat videos.

g)  Those of us rightfully angry – like people in Ferguson, Eureka, and all over the country need to channel that anger for change for the long term as Michael Brown’s father’s words suggest.

i)  Left-of-centers, get right and be part of promoting the rule of law.  It’s something we should respect and yes appreciate, because, what exactly is the alternative?  Think about the alternatives, then realize the rule of law is pretty awesome.  The key is to make sure the rule of law protects all citizens, and hopefully some day, may even recognized, say, non citizens, and heaven-forbid, “ecosystem values” (ie an amphibian or a redwood)?

h)  Somehow, some way, we need to find a way for non-criminal, non-boondoggle, justice against peace officers who make lethal mistakes.  Maybe something like a sliding scale of suspensions for critical mistakes.  If there was a potential 5 year suspension hanging over officer Linfoot last month, would it have been as easy for him to pull the trigger?

 One More Thing:  ConservoWorld’s take.

As always, we also need to pay attention to what those on the other side of the aisle are doing in their parallel universe of infotainment – here is Drudge from this am.  What I and many of you see when they see Drudge’s highlighted picture of Michael Brown is a sweet young man who unjustly died way, way, way too early.  Others react to that picture differently, especially when the headlines are written to tell a story, even if the links themselves tell a very different one.

Here’s what I see in today’s post-Grand Jury Drudge narrative.

Obama begs for calm.  He is, as we know, a leader aloof and didn’t even watch the prosecutor.  Responsible “black” leadership is, as always, MIA.   Michael Brown was a threatening weapon himself (see Figure 1. below) – charging the diminutive white officer (see Figure 2. below).  In this case the facts proved the officer was guiltless and even  a Democrat knows this.

Now us law-abiding (*whispers* you know, largely, but not always, us whites) have to deal again with anarchy and destruction who can only be stopped by overt force.  We are victims of those wanting to fight a race war, and they are not afraid to say this.  Meanwhile, the police have been so occupied and the “outside” threat is so significant that we have to pay for our own security in our suburban homes.

Listen, no one is safe, even the liberal media.  Do you think this will open their eyes? I don’t.  

Conclusion:  Folks, your fears of those who are not you or us are justified.  As always, we are perilously close to anarchy.  Keep clicking on this site for the latest and we’ll get through this together. *hugs*

…In other news, it’s damn cold!  And the fact-challenged liberals want to say “global warming” is happening.  Idiots.

Drudge After Ferguson Grand Jury


Last thing.  I swear.

When it comes to race, so much matters.  Especially words, even words we might not expect.  The NYT found that even in it’s own reporting there may have been vestiges of a “racially charged” past.

“As protests raged after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two articles in The Times on Aug. 16 referred to both Mr. Brown and the state police captain overseeing security in the case as “burly.” Both Mr. Brown and the captain, Ronald S. Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, are black.”

‘Burly,’ a Word With a Racially Charged History



Some Insight to the Current Immigration Debate from Liberal Blogs

Kevin Drum on Tyranny.  Maybe the Republicans actually have a point.

One Man Should Not Dictate Immigration Policy

Representative Mo Brooks’ (R-Al) amazing verbal and historical dexterity during an interview with Chris Hayes.From Crooks and Liars:

There’s a lot to see in this interview with Chris Hayes and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), but I want you to pay special close attention to the part of the segment where Hayes asks about Reagan’s amnesty. And you really must watch it, too, because this is in no way an accident or unintentional. …  Mo Brooks is a prosecutor. He knew exactly what he was doing there. It wasn’t just a slip of the tongue and it wasn’t a mistake. He was just the first to deploy the talking point.

This is what we are up against and why it’s so difficult to win when <40% of the people vote.  This type of maneuver is seen by many as appropriate and ethical in defense against whatever it is they are fighting.

That moment, where a question about Ronald Reagan magically became Bill Clinton is the type of deception that is happening 24/7 on KINS and Drudge.  It’s just less clear when they don’t have to answer good and tough questions.  Something they work really, really hard to avoid.

Finally, John F. Kennedy on liberty and tyranny and America’s role from 51 years ago last Saturday.

Dear Times-Standard: Why Numbers Matter

So below are the results so far from the yet unofficial count for Eureka’s Ward 3.  You may remember I took a look at these numbers and came to the conclusion, given election history in a similar race, that Kim had a really, really good shot. (ie not slim, slim)  I agreed with Thadeus’ numbers at the NCJ with his late update.  However, with the political reverse Doppler effect (PRDE?) I believed that Soon To Be Councilwoman Elect Bergel had more than a fair chance of winning.   Here’s a quote.

As Thadeus writes, if there are indeed 1,300 votes outstanding (there were auspiciously 1332 in 2012) then Thadeus concludes Kim would need 54% which I contend is well within reason given the reverse political Doppler effect given the left’s endearing penchant for procrastination (Linda, again auspiciously, earned 55% of the 1,332 in 2012)

Here is the results so far, i.e. not only a capture of the numbers from the HumCo election department, but a presentation in a manner that may or may not be understandable to others.  But it’s an attempt.  Notice, btw, the 55%. 🙂

Still Unofficial Ward 3 Results

We don’t like numbers.  I love numbers, and I even don’t have the stomach for numbers during a majority of the hours of the day.  They take more time then words to internalize.  But they are critical.  If I have any influence on local media, I hope it’s to increase the use of tables, graphs, and … numbers.

And why, you may ask are numbers so darn important?  Well, concerned citizen from the comment zone gives one very clear example why.  Without numbers to understand what is going on, especially when the results go against one’s desires, we are prone to concocting conspiracy theories.  Sadly these conspiracy theories are more often than not used by political organizations and campaigns to great political effect.

Here is the intro to concern citizen’s comment.

As long as they check the legality of late ballots, mail in and provissional. the left has been working the system for many years. That is why the left is so upset about I.D to vote laws. There is absolutely no reason there should not be I.D laws.

So, Times Standard, please consider bringing out your table or graph creating software more often.  Like vegetables at dinner, it may not be our favorite food on the plate, but numbers, tables and graphs are an important part of a more nutritious informed morning read.



Also … Who again got to vote for Ward 3?  The whole town?  WTH?

Remember these votes are for “Ward 3” in name only.  This is an at-large vote so all of Eureka got to vote for the candidates.  Maybe, conservatives, you too might be interested in returning to a more Democratic (not to mention Constitutional) system where only those in the Ward get to vote for their representative?  Right now each of the 5 candidates, dispite the ward number behind their name has the whole city as their constituents.  It’s cconceptually messy and politically mind-numbing.

Let’s change this please?  I think, conservatives that this is the time to do it while many liberals would be on board.  I see Eureka going the way of California, so it may be time to cut your losses.

Also … Come again?  What’s an Undervote?

I couldn’t tell you before looking up Wiki.  Basically it’s people who skipped this race on their ballot or, I believe, added a creative candidate instead of one of the two running.

An undervote occurs when the number of choices selected by a voter in a contest is less than the minimum number allowed for that contest or when no selection is made for a single choice contest.[1]

In a contested election, an undervote can be construed as active voter disaffection – a voter engaged enough to cast a vote without the willingness to give the vote to any candidate.

An undervote can be intentional for purposes including protest votes, tactical voting, or abstention. Alternately undervotes can be unintentional and caused by many factors including poor ballot design.

Undervotes combined with overvotes (known as residual votes) can be an academic indicator in evaluating the accuracy of a voting system when recording voter intent.[2]

What to Expect from a Non-Conservative Eureka Leadership

…Lets Find Out and Not Burden Them with Extraordinary Standards.

December will bring a big change in leadership from a conservative business first mentality to a _____ (Edit: previously blank line struck through thanks to anon in comments) governing first mentality.

I don’t know what to expect as Councilwomen Atkins, Arroyo, and Bergel will illustrate their own vision of leadership when we begin to think outside the current governing principle that what is best for a few successful businesses is necessarily best for the community at large.

I’m really excited about the potential, but my expectations are low because the challenges before our community are so high.  Government and leaders alone only have so much influence.  Their positions are obviously critical and they will be determinate in guiding our future, but this response to conservative commenter Just Watching is not right.

Just Watchin:  This will be fun to watch. No more blaming conservatives. Be careful of what you wish for.

Eric Kirk:  You’re absolutely right JW. No excuses two years from now.  The conservative majority on the County Board has also been in place for several years now, but unfortunately the majority of voters don’t hold them accountable for results. But progressives have come to expect double standards, so yes, we had better produce!

What production?  Higher employment rates?  Fewer innocent civilian deaths with no repercussions? (OK, that standard does need to be met.)  Less drug use?  Higher wages?  Reinvigorated and less hostile schools?  I hope these and other metrics increase noticeably, but the thinking that a non-conservative City Council can make measurable or noticeable changes in a community at large in two years, or even four years is setting a governing philosophy up for failure.

Governing is about policy, and the changes that are needed will not take two or four years.  What it will take is constant vigilance, the right decisions, and a belief in government (no, not faith conservatives).  Right now we are under constant threat of electing those who discard the importance of government, and arguably information and education from winning elections.  If we expect to produce noticeable changes in 2 or 4  years as a standard, instead of say, asking our leaders to make decisions and then defending those decisions come election time, we will doom ourselves to play out the political rut we are currently demonstrating at the national level.  There it seems the common wisdom is – if life isn’t currently exactly the way I expect it to be, let’s kick the bums out.

That’s not how change will occur.  Real change, the change we need, takes effort over time – years and decades.  Its a change that requires proactive thinking, a trust in community including both the business and private sector, inclusion instead of exclusion, and fewer political games.

The right thrives on political games.  If we on the left (or ______) (Edit: thanks to anon in comments) unilaterally withdraw from the games, and focus our efforts on explaining exactly what and why we do what we do, trusting the electorate to figure out the gamesmanship of KINS and it’s supporters, I believe those willing to govern and take on hard decisions will win more often than not.

We can start by not setting ourselves up for failure by trying to meet standards set by those wishing us to fail.

One more thing from that thread…

John Fullerton:  “Is it a good thing to have a city council with only one member has ever owned a business?”

Eric Kirk:  “I think so. I own a business and I don’t feel qualified to run a government entity.”

That’s another thing.  We don’t need to hold ourselves up to some extraordinary standard set by our political adversaries.  Eric, you would make an awesome and thoughtful leader on the City Council or Board of Supervisors.  What makes you unqualified but any of the current Humboldt County Supervisors or Eureka City Councilmembers up there qualified outside of personality differences? 

*Snoopy Dance*

Congratulations Kim, and way to go you wonderfully procrastinating left-of center Eureka voter!  Now, do we officially change the name from Councilman to Councilwoman to make up for a little lost time?

Also, for some reason, I’ve lost all interest in counting ballots.  Something I thought was nigh for many of us.