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Notes from the political underground: July 16, 2012
(Editor's note: I got tired of reading plutocrat, and enabler, spin, so this is what I have to say today. I'll spare you the offending comments I called out -- Dan Weisman)
1. VEEP, BAIN, AND BS
(Bobby) Jindal truly turns my stomach. I'd bet on Pawlenty at this point for veep nominee. He's a moron who speaks faux reasonably -- kind of a Huntsman light -- so that may resonate with these lunatics. Nominating Portman is like admitting you can't win Ohio otherwise and a black mark on his spin. Pawlenty and Portman are interchangeable otherwise. And by the way, when DOES Romney release those tax records? Hiding and lying may work when you're outsourcing jobs and ripping off people, but this is America still and if you want to president...Oh yeah, while I'm at it, I saw a doc on the Utah Olympics in which practically everybody in the management structure and SLC government said Romney did nothing except take credit for what other people did, so how does this 'I was running the Olympics' crap go unchallenged. And another thing while I'm at it, if Romney takes credit for jobs created after he was at Bain because he laid the groundwork, how does he deny laying the groundwork for outsourcing EVEN if he weren't in charge at the time (which we know is a lie, he was in charge and what's more obviously, interacted with his fellow econ-criminals on a regular party hardy basis.) It's time to get real with this election.
2.`Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2012' or the `DISCLOSE Act of 2012'
Business as usual in Congress. And yes, this is the GOP's fault considering their countless filibuster stoppages of much-needed help for the American people. Yes, dirty tricks are used by both sides but not equally, more like 10-1 GOP-to-Dem. What Karl, you have a problem with full disclosure of who is trying to buy elections in Citizens United Era thanks to the 5-4 Scotus vote (guess Clarence Thomas' vote counts, or maybe it should have died 5-4 with a Scotus supermajority needed, if this were like the Senate) as if we didn't know, cough Koch, cough, Koch, cough and the rest of the plutocrats. Just the fact the VOTE DIED 51-44 is ridiculous. Before the GOP started abusing the filibuster loophole, 51 votes was a majority. So, that, in itself, is a sham. You know who actually is 'dependent on government programs?' The banks, the financial institutions, the non-wealth creators who had taxes halved from 30 percent to 15 percent on capital gains while outsourcing jobs to get more; not the poor, unfortunate economic victims who struggle to get by. Reality check time, dude, the party's over. Are you a millionaire? Why do you enable these thieves and try to muddy the issue with your faux fairness BS?
3. 'Both Sides Do It'
Well then, that is the fault of the television programmers. Why isn't there a credible news-only TV outlet? Because the corporate owners don't believe they will generate ratings, instead segment the audience. CNN is conservative as well despite what the right-wing spinsters say, just look at their 'pundits.' I don't watch MSNBC or Fox, instead get what I can from responsible news sources like WAPO or NYT or watch CSpan. The actual problem isn't 'division' or spin. It's not people who need to 'draw their own conclusions.' It's a few super-wealthy individuals who hijacked the system thanks to Bush and the GOP and don't want to give it back to a more representative picture of America. To solve this problem, and save the planet, we need to tell it like it is and not do this 'both sides' crap.
4. Reality Check
No the GOP is far worse. And when the Dems didn't respond tit-for-tat we got all this how weak the Dems were, so we should let the GOP destroy what's left of the planet. This both sides stuff is garbage at this point and merely enables the pigs to continue this despicable economic situation of subsidized corporate plutocracy while continuing to try to do even more damage to real people.
From Dr. Bronners 'HEMP BLAST-OFF' to Encinitas Rotary Wine Festival ALL-IN-ONE-JUNE2-DAY
This was the 'official' notice of the first event we attended. Unfortunately, our arrival was at 4:30 p.m., so the venue had calmed. Fun and free soap for all!
DR. Bronners Magical Soap All-ONE Ark
HEMP BLAST -Off
When: SAT. June 2
12:00P.M - 5:00P.M
WHERE: 2751 Auto Park Way
Escondido, CA. 92029-2091
~Speakers, Education, Entertainment, Faire Foam, Local Faire Music, Artists, Vendors, Gourmet Faire Food, Free samples and 20% off all Dr. Bronner's products(cash only)
~Bring Your Bathing suit and a towel :) for the Faire Foam Zone.
Ah, the Faire Foam Zone, missed it in action.
THEN IT WAS OVER, UNDER AND OVER THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO THE ENCINITAS ROTARY WINE FESTIVAL AT SAN DIEGO BOTANICAL GARDEN. TRES CLASSY KEEPING SAN DIEGO IT...
A totally different scene, thanks to Shana Witkin. Here it was ALL YOU COULD EAT (and drink) but eating was our major motivation and the eating was GOOD. So good. So good.
ERR, BUT WE DIGRESS...
Unfortunately, so much eating was done that making a historical record was forgotten except for these remnant. However, Ruth's Cris et al was...
Here is the official story:
The 9th Annual Encinitas Rotary Wine Festival is being held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM in the Hamilton Children’s Garden, the newest part of San Diego Botanic Garden located at 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, Ca. 92024. The Hamilton Children’s Garden is a $4,000,000 addition to the garden with a multi-level tree house, a new interactive garden, surrounded by more than 15 exciting exhibits which encourage children young and old to discover and appreciate nature. Guests of our event will have an opportunity to stroll around the garden and the rest of this beautiful property sampling fine wines and beverages from around the world. In addition, our local restaurants offer a taste sampling of their best dishes and desserts.
HAHAHA. Actually, surprisingly fun, all things considered...
And so it ends, sudsy trail, hemp history week along with the capitalist, ahem...but we digress...
THAT'S THE WAY IT WAS JUNE 2, 2012 AND YOU WERE THERE (sorta).
(old school) 10 - 30
Recent Rains Beg the Question: Hodgee, the Friendly Lake Hodges Monster: Fact or Fiction?
(Editor's Note: Large-scale rain events such as December's La Nina bring strange side effects to the Del Dios Gorge. Namely, more sightings of the alleged Lake Hodges, or Hodgee, Monster, a distant cousin of the more well-known Loch Ness Monster.)
Go down Hernandez Hideaway on rural Lake Drive at Del Dios and people will swear up and down the tavern's long wooden bar that Hodgee,the friendly Lake Hodges monster, really, truly - well, almost definitely exists."The Lake Hodges Hodgee monster is kind of like the Loch Ness monster," said Stanley Smith, a long-time Del Dios resident.
Smith, a cowboy poet and man about town, lives near the top of the hill overlooking the scenic 1,234-acre city of San Diego reservoir which was completed in 1918.
"Several people are saying they think they've seen it," Smith continued. "Sometimes, when you look at the lake it looks like something is moving the water, some currents or something. The fact is it is a mystery."
Although Smith was quick to add that "maybe the people were a little liquored up," he wasn't the only one around the venerable country-western venue to say a Hodgee monster was more than mere rural myth or product of some overactive imaginations.
"Not a day goes by they don't talk about the Hodgee monster," said Mickey Basulka, a seven-year Del Dios resident and country store patron.
The bartender who identified himself only as Mikey V., added: "They even used to have a Hodgee sandwich here when we were open for breakfast in the morning. They say there's a giant catfish, or something, out there."
Hodgee's fame has spread near and quite far.
In fact, a mysterious Webmaster purporting to be a representative of the Lake Hodges Scientific Research Center ( a seemingly fictional organization) has created a detailed Internet site giving a seven-page history of the monster dating back to 7000 B.C. as well as extensive documentation of the monster including photographs of it said to be taken in 1932, 1941 and 1958.
The www.hodgee.com site also contains a mixture of fact and possible fantasy that may appear virtually indistinguishable to the casual observer. Stories from local newspapers are mixed with updates on items such as a Lake Hodges Interpretative Center (still in the planning stages) as well as the fabled Lake Hodges Scientific Research Center itself that features a picture of a very earnest scientist with some kind of scientific measuring-type equipment.
"The LHSRC is a not-for-profit research organization that is dedicated to learning more about the unexplained phenomena related to Lake Hodges," the site says. "In particular, we are focused on the so-called 'Lake Hodges Monster,' known locally as Hodgee."
The monster dates back to a "river creature" of Indian lore that was said to be in the San Dieguito River that was dammed and used to create the Lake Hodges Reservoir. "Researchers (in 1929) found no conclusive evidence of any sort although one assistant did report seeing a '...lizard-like...head...' protruding from the surface...'
This prompts an internal memo in Scripps (UCSD Institute of Oceanography) to look at (it,)" the site said. The site includes a "timeline" noting that police found piers destroyed without footprints, buoy cameras were used to record some kind of creature, underwater trip-wires are set to capture Hodgee and even, in 1956 thousands of pounds of highly toxic chemicals were used to kill all the fish in the lake and restock it.
"An anonymous statement written on city of San Diego letterhead stated that officials were attempting to kill any creature in the lake ---- including the monster," the site says.
Actually, officials did stage an early 1956 fish kill at the reservoir but news accounts at the time said the effort was made to kill invasive carp and allow the lake to be re-stocked with bass. A final picture on the hodgee.com Web site dated 1999 showed two men with mechanical equipment at the lake.
"LSHRC researchers using sophisticated equipment trying to detect Hodgee," the caption reads. The Hodgee mystery, however, extends to the Hodgee Web site. The site is registered to Corey Krell of Apex. N.C. He has an unlisted telephone number and did not respond to numerous e-mail requests for an interview.
Krell is unknown to the residents of Del Dios although Pete Ayotte, manager of Hernandez Hideaway, another Del Dios institution down the road from the country store, said he had seen the Web site.
"It's pretty neat, interesting," Ayotte said. Sitting at Hernandez Hideaway's classy bar, Dave Bark's ears perked up when he heard mention of Hodgee, the Lake Hodges monster. A former denizen of Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s and Del Dios resident since 1969, Bark nodded knowingly at the image.
"We've had numerous sightings before, and rumors," Bark said. "Myself, I've many times seen ripples from his passing down the water. People say they've seen something in the water but I've never actually seen him."
But how did this Hodgee thing all start?
Bark recalled first hearing about Hodgee through the long-time Del Dios newsletter "As the Dam Drips," that he said was "a one-sheet thing and all it was rumors and innuendoes."
The newsletter, which no longer circulates, was passed out in the 1970s around the unincorporated community along the north edge of the lake. Morgan A. "Matt" Tidwell, retired Lake Hodges reservoir keeper, also mentioned the newslettter as the originator of the Hodgee story.
After "As the Dam Drips" broke the Hodgee story sometime in the mid-to-late 1970s, a television reporter went out to the dam and spoke with him about Hodgee's authenticity, Tidwell said.
Then, the real Hodgee magic ensued. "It all started at the Del Dios Store when someone put out a joke newspaper," said Tidwell, reservoir keeper since 1972 through his retirement in 1984. "It had a spoof monster that sure looked like a Loch Ness monster east of the freeway and it was the Hodgee monster.
"A reporter from Channel 8 News came up on the top of the dam," Tidwell continued. "We had a diesel engine pumping air into the lake. These bubbles were coming up. She asked me what this was and I said this is where Hodgee, the monster, sleeps.
"Another reporter from the station came out to do the story and asked me what the monster ate," Tidwell said. "I told him the ranchers were a little upset because he ate a steer, or heifer, once in a while up there and then came back for a bale of hay for a salad."
So hatched a legend, seemingly
Hodgee became so popular that, as Mickey V. said, a breakfast sandwich was named after it. A friend of Tidwell's who was an Escondido ceramics instructor made a clay sculpture of Hodgee that Tidwell still keeps.
In fact, Tidwell brought the Hodgee replica back to the scene of the myth, the Del Dios Store last week, for a photo opportunity. What's more, the legend grew. Several print articles in the 1980s referred to Tidwell's earlier confirmation of the Hodgee legend on television.
"First there were tell-tale bubbles in the water, as if some creature were surviving in the depths of the lake," North County Panorama said in January, 1985.
"Then came the tales of mysterious disappearances of cattle and bales of hay being snatched from passing farm trucks. Tidwell confirmed everyone's unspoken fears with straight-faced accounts on local television newscasts of a Loch Ness-style monster paddling around Lake Hodges."
Standing tall near the reservoir he once managed with Hodgee, the clay monster replica statue in tow, Tidwell again stood straight faced before dissolving into a sly smile.
It's an especially good story when facts aren't allowed to get in the way, Del Dios residents said last week.
Walking her beagle Samson near the store shortly after Tidwell's departure, Linda Hull, a newcomer to Del Dios, faithfully repeated what locals had told her of Hodgee, the friendly Lake Hodges monster.
"I've heard of it and I would love to know more," Hull said. "They say that there's a Loch Ness monster there that lives in the bottom of the lake. "I believe them," Hull said.
"But, then again, I believe in the tooth fairy." Perhaps speaking for many in Del Dios and North County, Hull added: "With everything else going on in the world these days, why not believe in Hodgee?"
We were was surprised to note recently that this fair city has more than its fair share of mobile home parks. By official city reckoning, San Marcos is home to 18 mobile home parks with more than 3,500 spaces available for rent or ownership.
They vary in space, scale and pricing as well as in ambiance. About two-thirds cater to seniors only and none have been built in the city since 1982.
Pardon us then, but we have decided to grade the mobile home parks of San Marcos. We were able to visit 17 of 18 recently and am grading them in the order they were viewed.
Lakeview Mobile Estates: 113 spaces, over-55, rent $210-$300: Conveniently located near offices. Clean, but a bit tattered. Also famous for a 1960s time capsule that somehow got soaked so all the items were rendered useless when opened in November 2000. Grade: C+, but extra credit for time capsule raises final grade to B-.
Valle Verde Mobil Estates: 147 spaces, over-55, rent $278-$335: Nice name but the manager couldn't say why it was named that and kept ducking my calls. Huge hacienda-type setting for the homes and just across the street from Lake San Marcos. Grade: B-, lost credit for name issue for final grade of C+.
Palomar Estates West: 475 spaces, over-55, rent $300-$600: Nice terraced look. Good views. Big lots. But I got lost driving around. Grade: B-.
Twin Oaks Valley Mobile Park: 190 spaces, family, own: Conveniently located near City Hall. Nice view overlooking industrial park. Homes are too close together. Grade: C+.
Casitas Del Amigos: 126 spaces, over-55, own: The house of friends. Fair enough. But bad traffic, average-looking homes. Grade: C.
La Moree Mobile Estates: 122 spaces, over-55, own: Ah, pardon me, mobile estates? What is this, "Dallas", the old TV show? But nice. Very nice. Great streets. Swimming pool. Well-maintained. The Cadillac of mobile home parks. Grade: A.
San Marcos Mobile Estates: 264 spaces, over-55, rent $350: The missing "O" in the park sign was a nice touch. Lots of lots for sale. Uneven home quality. Grade: C.
Casitas Del Sol: 195 spaces, over-55, own: Mixed bag. Everyone recycles, but someone had a confederate flag flying and the maintenance men alarmed me. Grade: C.
Madrid Manor Mobile Park: 330 spaces, over-55, own: Another mixed bag. Too much activity. Too many homes too close together. Funky speed bumps. Got lost. But great RV parking area. Grade: C-.
Rancho San Marcos Park: 171 spaces, over-55, rent $244-$460: Big, big clubhouse. Very nice landscaping with big trees. Quiet. U.S. flag with peace dove was a nice touch. Homes a bit cheesy but appear comfortable. Grade: A-.
Foothills of San Marcos: 123 spaces, over-55, own: Nice. Kind of a Rancho San Marcos lite. Need to do better with street names because Short Way, Long Way and South Street don't cut it. Interesting decorating by residents. Grade: B.
Vista Meadows Mobile Park: 143 spaces, family, rent $280-$312: Good landscaping but not so good a view. Narrow streets. Roads poor. Uneven quality of homes. Grade: C+.
El Dorado Park: 93 spaces, family, rent $222-$242 month: Ah, finally. This IS your grandparents' trailer park. Real nice 1950s look. Quiet. Reminds me of my salad days in Clearwater and St. Pete. Grade: B, adjusted to B+ for nostalgia sake.
San Marcos View Estates: 192 spaces, family, own: Starter trailers. Too much traffic. Saw weird guy walking around dressed like the Unabomber. Grade: C, adjusted down to C- for Unabomber guy.
Rancho Vallecitos Estates: 340 spaces, over-55, rent $335-$450: Classy. I like it. Great Christmas light show during the season by the way. Decent landscaping. Road a bit rough. Posted exit signs are nice touch. Grade: B+.
Palomar Estates East: 372 spaces, over-55, rent $235-$336: See Palomar Estates West. Great clubhouse. Grade: B-.E-Z Living Mobile Home Park: 76 spaces, family, rent $180-$600: You call this E-Z living? Surely, you jest. Another throwback park. Economy class. Bad San Marcos Boulevard entrance. Grade: C.
Villa Vista Mobile Estates: 85 spaces, rent $318-$390: Oops. Missed that one and after 17 mobile home parks everything tends to get very, very blurry. Sorry. Not Rated.
So there you have it ... the mobile home parks of San Marcos. Fair warning all, let's get it together 'cause I'll be back next year for a follow-up review.
Follow this link to a listing of all San Marcos, Ca. mobile home parks with addresses and availabilities: