“TGIF: Take me to Mar-a-Lago”!

From an FBI investigation into his Russian ties, to the demise of the Health Care Replacement Act, it’s been a long week for our President! Let’s hope he gets out on the golf course. lol.


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NU Clothes Closet

This is from Facebook:

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I am sending this email to inform everyone of a service you have on campus called the “NU Clothes Closet”. This is a boutique like space, created in one of the portables, where students can come shop for FREE for clothing, shoes, backpacks, and toiletries. I have it open to the students every Thursday morning. I started the “Clothes Closet” 4 years ago when it was brought to my attention that there were NU students in great need of clothing. Self esteem is fragile in high school age students and clothing plays a part in how they feel about themselves. The “Clothes Closet” helps by providing clothing and footwear appropriate for high school students to those who can not afford it or who are in difficult home situations where self esteem is constantly broken down. Not only do the customers get one on one styling, but we also provide emotional support and a good listening ear. Many of the cases have brought tears to my eyes, but also tears of joy when I see the smiles and expressions of great gratitude from the students visiting the “Clothes Closet”. This has by far been the most rewarding project I have ever worked on! We have made the effort to keep the “Clothes Closet” fairly quiet for confidentiality issues. The “Clothes Closet” is largely funded by scrip dollars provided by NU Connection. I also accept gently used and new clothing donations that are appropriate for high school aged students. If you have a student you think would benefit from the “Clothes Closet” you can contact the nurses’ office for a referral.

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Nevada County Railroad Museum reports record attendance in 2016

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum recorded record attendance in 2016. “Our visitor totals (7,788) were an increase of 2,269 from 2015 totals; rail bus operations were the major reason for the increase,” the Museum said in its newsletter. “The rail bus operations had a multiplier effect; more sales in the gift shop and higher donations.”

In July through December, the Museum attracted people from 289 California cities (outside of the local area), 34 other states and nineteen countries, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

In May rail bus operations were initiated for the summer and fall seasons, as our magazine reported.  Passengers may board at either the NCNGRR Museum or the Northern Queen Inn in Nevada City. The 35-minute round-trip travels along Gold Run Creek past the Inn Town Campground and parallels a portion of the original route of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad.

In order to prepare for the upcoming rail bus operating season, the Sara Kidder is being refurbished. Wood is being resurfaced, seats are being painted, and the rail bus will be repainted.

—Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

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Rachel Maddow reposts tweet from local Democrats: a sign of their renewed organizing clout

Enterprising local Hilary Hodge (social media marketing manager, writer, and executive director of Sierra Commons) volunteered to launch and manage a Twitter feed for the Democratic Party of Nevada County just two months ago, and the account is now receiving national recognition — the latest kudos coming from prominent progressive political commentator Rachel Maddow, no less.

This weekend Maddow retweeted a tweet from “Nevada County Dems” (@NevadaCoCADems). It was a photo from the local Dems Twitter feed, which reported on Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s Town Hall meeting at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in real time this past weekend. The headline read: “Line at the in Grass Valley.” And it was a long line. (See screen grab below).

The Nevada County Dems and LaMalfa’s Town Hall meeting also were mentioned on Maddow’s show. “We (Nevada County) just got a shout out from Rachel Maddow! The resistance, of course,” wrote Heidi Hall, the newly elected District 1 County supervisor, on Facebook. Hodge added: “[Maddow] retweeted one of the Tweets I sent out from the Nevada County Democrats on Saturday.”

Maddow’s Twitter feed has 6.78 million followers. Her show on MSNBC has experienced gigantic ratings growth as MSNBC’s primetime audience grew more than twice as fast as Fox News in the first quarter, according to an MSNBC press release.

That is a big megaphone for the Nevada County Democratic Party — in what has long been a “red” county! The local left has been reinvigorated, as this blog has been reporting. This is the latest example. It comes amid a continued shift to the left in local politics, as we’ve been reporting. One of the reasons is here.

By contrast, the local right looks tired and shrill, at least judging from local opinion articles in The Union by longtime local hard-right activists Fran Freedle and Todd Juvinall. Freedle lashed out at The Union, and Juvinall lashed out at Hodge. Both articles were juvenile and had no merit. The local right needs more sophisticated-sounding spokespeople and some “new blood.” A memo from the local GOP leaders became featured political satire in the Sacramento Bee, drawn by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jack Ohman. What a hoot!

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All the President’s Lies

“The ninth week of Donald Trump’s presidency began with the F.B.I. director calling him a liar,” David Leonhardt writes in the New York Times.

“The director, the very complicated James Comey, didn’t use the L-word in his congressional testimony Monday. Comey serves at the pleasure of the president, after all. But his meaning was clear as could be. Trump has repeatedly accused Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones, and Comey explained there is ‘no information that supports’ the claim.

“I’ve previously argued that not every untruth deserves to be branded with the L-word, because it implies intent and somebody can state an untruth without doing so knowingly. George W. Bush didn’t lie when he said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and Obama didn’t lie when he said people who liked their current health insurance could keep it. They made careless statements that proved false (and they deserved much of the criticism they got).

“But the current president of the United States lies. He lies in ways that no American politician ever has before. He has lied about — among many other things — Obama’s birthplace, John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Sept. 11, the Iraq War, ISIS, NATO, military veterans, Mexican immigrants, Muslim immigrants, anti-Semitic attacks, the unemployment rate, the murder rate, the Electoral College, voter fraud and his groping of women.

“He tells so many untruths that it’s time to leave behind the textual parsing over which are unwitting and which are deliberate — as well as the condescending notion that most of Trump’s supporters enjoy his lies.

“Trump sets out to deceive people. As he has put it, “I play to people’s fantasies.”

The rest of the article is here.

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The Union needs to be more generous when attributing quotes from other publications

I noticed George Boardman cited The Wall Street Journal in one paragraph of his weekly column this week: “The Wall Street Journal reports that pot growers in the Emerald Triangle — Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties — are trying to establish a local variety known as Coffee Krush (said to have a “fresh, earthy taste”) as the “Bordeaux of cannabis.”

That’s good, but it wasn’t enough. Further on, his column also borrowed two direct quotes from the Journal’s own reporting, but he didn’t attribute either of them to the source from which it was taken:

He used this quote from the Journal interview without attribution: “The best stuff I could grow is if I were in the Central Valley,” said Rosenthal.

As well as this one: “We’re like an American treasure; we’ve lived through some s—,” said Justin Calvino, a grower in the area for almost 10 years. “The hipsters are going to love that — it’s like meeting Machine Gun Kelly.”

Here’s what Time Inc. states in its editorial guidelines: “For quotes, if a statement was made in public, as at a State Department press conference, and reported by responsible news organizations without disagreement, then it is fair to run the quote. However, if the statement was made in an interview conducted by someone working for another news organization, the quote should be attributed to the source from which it was taken, or checked with the individual who said it. It may not be advisable to ask the person, “Did you make this statement?” An alternative approach would be to ask the source if the article from which the quote was taken was accurate. If the response is an unqualified yes, the quote is acceptable; if no, find out which statements are incorrect.

“In general, follow the golden rule of attribution: attribute generously, as you would have others attribute unto you.”

An editor should ask George if he checked with the individual who said it. The best practice, as Time points out, is to “attribute generously, as you would have others attribute unto you.”

What are The Union’s editorial guidelines?

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Bee’s Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist teases local GOP

Nevada County’s GOP is featured in the Sacramento Bee this morning — albeit in an unflattering way.

A email blast from Bob Hren, chair of the Nevada County Republican Party, with a controlling, partisan message made the rounds on social media, including this blog. And it drew well-deserved scorn. “Conservatives are all being asked to wear attire that reflects a flag motif or the colors red, white, blue,” it read, adding, “We must show up in large numbers to show we are strong too.  The best way to assure seating is to volunteer for the set-up effort.  For that, a list of approved set-up personnel is being compiled by Don Bessee.  Only persons who are on the set-up list will be provided with the details for arrival location and early admission time for set-up.”

The memo found its way to the desk of the Sacramento Bee’s Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist Jack Ohman, who turned it into a highly amusing cartoon — occupying almost 1/2 page. It is titled “Rep. Doug La Malfa’s Town Hall dress code …”

“The Nevada County GOP chairman send out an email suggesting that conservative constituents of Rep. Doub LaMalfa attending his town hall ‘wear attire that reflects a flag motif on the colors red, white and blue.” OK …

(Source: Sacramento Bee)

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