Starring: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, and Kathy Bates

Rated: R

Runtime: 2 Hours  11 Minutes

 

     Richard Jewell, a slightly obsessive security guard finds himself in the right place and time to save lives. The FBI rely more on the bureau in their name rather than the investigation part, to the detriment of the case.

 

      Richard Jewell, earns three out of five, Overly Helpful Monkeys. The story runs at a slow steady jog that reveals details along the way that remind us that truth and justice are not the priority of the authorities or the media. The acting is great and is well shot. While not the most exciting movie it remains a movie well worth seeing.

We are in full celebration mode, so we want to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We will also be skipping the December 31st column and want to thank all of our faithful readers for their continued support as we look forward to 2020.

 

Hope to see you around Brownsville soon!         Christine & Yvonne

           

By Boots Johnson

 

Fishing folks, guides and just about anyone who loves to fish for striped bass showed up in Sacramento to protest, once again, the regulations pertaining to Striped Bass at last week’s meeting. Once again the attempt by the Department of Fish and Wildlife to seriously curtail striped bass fishing in California was shot down.

 

Once again the experts and concerned sportsmen invaded the December 5th meeting and disagreed with the Fish and Game in regard to the striped bass being responsible for the decline in Salmon.

 

Recent and ongoing foul weather has raised the rivers and muddied them up a bit which has started the sturgeon to move upstream. This time of year, when the water turns brown is the best time to fish for these huge monsters. Catfish are also on the bite.

 

Our weather source tells us to expect wet conditions on and off through the end of December. In fact he has advised us to possibly expect a white Christmas down as low as Grass Valley. Those of us who live in the valley might just be able to throw a snowball or two in the Sutter Buttes.

 

A report tells us that Eagle Lake, above Susanville is starting to freeze over. This popular natural lake closed to all fishing on December 31st.

 

We wish all a Merry Christmas. May your dreams be answered and your wishes come true.

 

Closing thought: “If you have a person on your Christmas list you missed or had not gotten to yet a present which involves fishing is a great idea.”

               

Starring: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas

Rated: PG:13  

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

 

        A private detective is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of a wealthy mystery author by an anonymous party. As the investigation ensues motives are sussed and intents are questioned.

 

         Knives Out, earns three out of five, Gold Digging Monkeys. The story is laid out through many narrative perspectives and yet is easy and fun to follow. The acting is fun to watch and it is a properly produced film. All in all this is a fun movie to watch at the spur of the moment and wont leave you regretting the cost of admission.

It is said if you want to convince the masses of something, develop a short and concise theme and repeat it over and over.

 

Most of us have been subjected to many of these. I call it brainwashing and certainly I have fallen for a few in my lifetime but I try to remember what my dad always said “when everybody is thinking the same thing nobody is thinking”.

 

I do seem to hear a lot of these concise mantras put forth way too often. And some don’t make any sense. In fact, come to think of it, most of them don’t.

 

One common one I am hearing now that the presidential elections are coming is “pay their fair share”.

Referring to the rich obviously, I have to scoff at this ridiculous petition to get votes. Pay their fair share. This might go along with the other foolish rhetoric common nowadays “the living wage”.

 

So dissecting these, I have to start by saying whom exactly decides what is fair and what exactly is a living wage?

Someone else besides the one on the hook for paying it I suppose. Seemingly it’s always somebody else deciding what another should pay. And isn’t that the way of it.

 

I dare to say there is two types of people in the world. Those that make enough money and those that want to take it. You could also say there are those that believe retaining one’s personal possessions is a basic right and those that ignore that right.

 

Regardless of what the “thing’ is, if someone has too much of it, there will be someone else who lays claim to it. This claim usually has little to do with how the thing was obtained. No matter if someone worked his butt off to get it, saved a long time to amass it or just inherited it from a parent that did, if its deemed “too much” there are those that believe it should now be someone else’s, or at least part of it should be. That’s where the subjective part of the mantra comes in. Words like fair share or living wage are tossed about like some God given edict applies.

Can’t recall ever seeing what exactly a “fair” share is, or just what amount is a wage suitable for living. But those that believe such things seem to have an idea of just how much is too much. Thank goodness breasts aren’t divisible, or hair transferrable.

 

Wait a minute, now that I think of it, I could use little more of the latter. Is it fair some have hair like Motley Crue while others have to sunscreen up their dome?

 

It’s probably not fair. Sometimes I admit it bugs me when I look at a picture of someone with a hairline resembling a Planet of the Apes movie. He won the hair lottery. I did not.

 

But hey, although seemingly unfair, I realize it’s not unfair, although it may seem like it is at times.

Rather my good sense calls it life. Life is not fair. It’s a part of, well, life.

 

Nowhere is it written that life is fair.  One could say life is unfair. Birds eat worms. Not exactly fair to the worm. In fact it’s fatal. But its life. Trying to mandate fairness in life is like trying to stop it from raining. It’s an exercise in absolute futility.

 

Some mope around dwelling on all the inequality that life offers up. But then you end up moping instead being grateful. That’s not life, its ingratitude. And I was told more than once, if we’re not thankful for what we have, we will never be happy with what we don’t.

 

Yes some people make more money. Some a lot more. Some have millions while others have none.

 

Funny thing is, we were all born naked. Some with a bank account, true, but everyone has the right to try and make a bank account and last time I looked, there were still a lot of people starting with nothing becoming people with something.

 

Through hard work? Maybe. Maybe some hit the lottery and didn’t work at all. Is that fair?

 

No, it’s called the lottery and it’s not fair that somebody wins it, but it happens. Funny thing however, nobody ever goes after them in the news. For some reason if you win it, all is fair. But if you work for it, nothing is.

 

No dear reader, I don’t know what paying a fair share means, nor a living wage. Both take someone to be the judge of whatever that is, and I am not ready to have so much hubris to think anyone can or should decide such things for another.

 

I don’t mind if there is rich people, millionaires or billionaires. There is no shortage of greenbacks if one thinks of a way to acquire them.

 

And it’s not fair my head has thinning hair while my neighbor’s thick curly locks flow magnificently in the wind.

 

It’s called life.

 

Get over it.

 

Marc Cuniberti hosts “Money Matters” on KVMR FM aired on 66 radio stations nationwide. He is a financial columnist for a variety of publications. Marc holds a BA in Economics from SDU with honors 1979. His website is moneymanagementradio.com and he can be reached at (530) 559-1214. Visit him on Facebook (FB) under Marc Cuniberti and also on the "Money Matters” and “Money Matters Investing in Community" FB pages and You Tube. The views expressed are opinions only.

By Don Rae

 

  • *The day after Newsom campaigned for Harris, she dropped out of the race. Good work, Gavin.
  • Pelosi, AOC and Swallwell should return to their districts and clean them up before telling the remainder of the country what to do.
  • *Garamendi supports impeachment and votes no on every good idea Trump has put forth. He doesn’t represent most of Yuba County, so he should go back to his snowflakes in the east bay and leave Yuba County
  • In the impeachment process the Democrats brought in witnesses who are third-level “diplomats” who are still fighting the cold war with the USSR, and have not moved on to put forth Trump’s policies. They are a group of pathetic cold-warriors. They don’t know what their job is.
  • *The San Diego City Council passed an ordinance recently which requires gun owners to lock up their guns in their house. Tell me. How do you confront an intruder with a locked up gun? How stupid are these people? Does this law relate to those with concealed-weapons permits?
  • *Portland politicians are at it again. They have decided to prohibit urinals in public buildings. Be forewarned: Wet toilet seats on the immediate horizon.
  • *The Democrats will now allow same day voting registration. They are well on their way to vote-early-vote often as they transport their minions from one precinct to another to get as many illegal votes as possible. So much for honest voting.
  • *House Democrats passed a bill demanding the Border Patrol create electronic health records for illegal aliens within 90 days. US veterans’ records were not addressed; such records having been in “progress” for years. Illegal's before veterans? Where are the Democrats’ priorities?
  • *When Obama was President, Russia invaded and took over the Crimea and shot down a civilian airliner, killing hundreds. The mainstream media went to sleep. Fast forward to Trump. When he had a phone call with Zelensky, the mainstream media went ape-excrement. Unfortunately for America, the mainstream media are not news organizations, but tentacles of the DNC. Frightful.
  • *In one of Theodore Roosevelt’s stump speeches he warned college students against the seductions of the “visionary social reformer” who studies Marx and believes it is possible to make everyone happy by an immense social revolution just as others of the same mental character believe in the possibility of constructing a perpetual-motion machine. (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Morris).
  • *Recently a 16-year old girl was pushed out on stage to lead the clamor for action on climate change. It is doubtful she has a degree in science of any sort. But she is certainly filled with indoctrination by adult activists who know nothing more about climate than she does. This is a classic example of child abuse and those engaged in the practice should be indicted. Time Magazine’s Person of the year? Abused child of the year.
  • *In the past 2000 years there has been: The Roman Warm Period; the cooler dark ages; the medieval warm period; the little ice age; a gradual 300-year warming. Why the hysteria today? The climate is changing. Always has. Always will.
  • *Trump has revoked the press credential of the Bloomberg News Organization. Why not all of the mainstream media? None of them are journalists. They are Democratic snowflakes and have no right to press credentials.
  • *In December 2013 we wrote a piece on the increases in flood insurance, calling the increase nothing more than a revenue enhancer for the Obama Administration. Keep in mind that Obama lied about the IRS, NSA, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Obamacare and the Census Bureau. Now in 2019, the flood insurance has gone up again – double. Does the government need the revenue, or is this another way to bankrupt hard-working American families? You answer the question.

Committee action sets up House vote on trade pact

With the House of Representatives set to vote this week on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, farm groups say they welcome progress on the pact. The House Ways and Means Committee voted Tuesday to send the agreement to the full House. The Senate will likely act on it next year. Farm organizations say the agreement will improve the flow of agricultural trade in North America, which supports jobs in rural and urban areas alike. (on-air reading time :22)

 

Almond sales remain strong to export customers

New advertising and marketing programs in different countries have helped almond marketers expand exports despite retaliatory tariffs in China and other countries. At an annual conference, people in the almond business said overall export sales have risen even though sales to China fell by about one quarter. In all, California almonds are sold in more than 100 countries, with exports to other nations compensating for the drop in Chinese purchases. (reading time :23)

 

U.S. will import less meat next year

Drought in Australia and New Zealand will contribute to reduced meat imports in the U.S. next year. Most beef and lamb imports come from the two nations, and the U.S. Agriculture Department predicts a second straight year of declines in 2020. Pork imports will decrease due to record U.S. production and strong demand in Asian nations suffering outbreaks of swine flu. Imports represent about 8% of U.S. red meat consumption. (reading time :23)

 

Families dominate nation's farm ownership

Farming remains overwhelmingly a family business, according to an annual government report. The report says 98% of farms are family farms of varying sizes, accounting for 88% of farm production. Many operators of small and mid-sized family farms rely on off-farm work to supplement their agricultural income. The report says more than 70% of farms receive no farm-related government payments. (reading time :23)

By Boots Johnson

 

Bullard’s Bar Reservoir is slow at this time, very slow due to the kokanee done for the season. A few bass are being caught, but nothing spectacular.

 

The trout bite at Collins Lake has slowed some but fish can still be taken either on the bank or from a boat.

A few nice rainbow trout have been taken at Englebright Reservoir. Best bet is to troll in the top 15 feet of water around the houseboats or near the dam.

 

Folsom Lake has begun to fill up but even with a couple trout plants the last couple of weeks it is still slow going here.

Salmon fishing has closed on the Feather River above the Live Oak Diversion Dam and the salmon fishing below Live Oak is closed December 16th. As usual, a few striped bass have been caught below Yuba City.

 

Lake Davis is basically free of ice at this time but colder weather can change this on a daily basis. Not much action here.

 

We advise all to stay away from Black Butte Reservoir due to low water levels and the wind at this time. Not only are the fish not cooperation but it is downright miserable weather wise and dangerous on the water.

 

Closing thought: “The best place this time of year for us old folks is right next to the fireplace.”

               

               

Black Friday stores are not so well lit lately. Thank cyber Monday for that. Another American tradition may be fading into history as online shopping in slippers lures shoppers away from strip malls and to stay home and eat turkey. Consumers spent 11.3 billion Thanksgiving and Black Friday online however so the tradition may be still there but instead of venturing out, shoppers are just staying home munching on turkey getting their keyboards greasy. In a new twist about 2.9 billion of the online shopping came from the trusty mobile platforms, in other words phones.

A few diehards did hit the malls driving up mall sales 4% but much of that I suspect is just higher prices and not necessarily an increase in actual units sold.  Adobe Systems meanwhile projects Cyber Monday sales north of nine billion. Lots of greasy keyboards on Monday as well.

 

Is the mall rat dead with four feet up, caught once and for all in the online shopping roach motel?

We will see in years henceforth but my guess is eventually yes.

 

Meanwhile likely not much shopping done by a group of New York City construction workers in the solar industry who happened to follow Representative upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) down another one of her rat holes. They likely couldn’t afford to shop anywhere. The workers, after being convinced to unionize by AOC, witnessed something unexpected happen. The company Bright Power fired them all, saying among other enlightenments: “it makes business sense to return to a fully subcontracted solar installations market”.

 

Welcome to free markets boys and girls. This is still America and private companies still have the right to turn a profit and do what is necessary to accomplish that task. Nice going AOC and welcome to the real world X-Bright Power employees now joining the lines at the unemployment office. That union idea sounded good at the time. Now its coal for Christmas. No harm no foul for AOC. She tweeted a nasty response then retreated to her swank condominium to shop online. So goes the rumor anyhow.

 

The Federal Reserve also wants to get into the game of lengthening unemployment lines. They are looking for a new inflation target for the U.S. economy. Already setting the inflation rate at 2%, where it’s been since 2012, this rate will erode your paychecks purchasing power 18% every ten years. Yikes.

 

And they want to make it worse?

 

Yes they do. Failing to hit the 2% target in recent years consistently, they are debating jacking the target higher to make up for lost ground. How would they go about raising inflation? Do what they always do: print more money and firehose it into the system. Unfortunately the hose points mostly into the banking lobby doorways. Oh, and Wall Street gets drenched as well. After all, the Feds aint so good at hitting targets now are they?

 

Great stuff, a great financial commentary newsletter, made a hilarious observation about the exercise bike company Peloton. You know the one. The have the most prominent exercise bike ad on the television today. Picture a healthy young stud or muffin riding to a TV screen with an interactive coach via the internet egging them on. You’ve seen the ads. The bike is not cheap compared to what I paid for my Schwinn sting ray in the 60’s. Try 800% higher.

 

Somewhere in there. You do the math. Anyway Great Stuff notes that to buy a Peloton, seeing the ad you apparently also have to have a big room with a large picture window. Like I said, you’ve seen the ad right?

 

The Democrats are up to their usual shenanigans in response to the GOP’s usual shenanigans. Plowing forward with impeachment hearings, it’s no wonder the U.S. government is about to hit the debt ceiling again. What’s the debt ceiling?  Apparently it doesn’t matter anyway so were told so never mind.

 

Now for something new and entirely different.  The Dems are also trying to raise taxes again. This time they’ve targeted social security. No, not the fund itself but the people that pay into it. They are proposing to raise the cap on the income exclusion. Basically once you make so much in income, the amount over a certain number is no longer subject to social security taxes. Can’t have that can we?

 

Actually since the trust fund called Social Security had little trust in its management over the years (they spent it all and some), you have to get more money somewhere. So let’s tax the rich. Like I said, time for something new and entirely different.

 

Marc Cuniberti hosts “Money Matters” on KVMR FM aired on 65 radio stations nationwide. He is a financial columnist for a variety of publications. Marc holds a BA in Economics from SDU with honors 1979. His website is moneymanagementradio.com and he can be reached at (530) 559-1214. Visit him on Facebook (FB) under Marc Cuniberti and also on the "Money Matters” and “Money Matters Investing in Community" FB pages. The views expressed are opinions only. California Insurance License #0L34249

Starring: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, and Woody Harrelson

Rated: PG-13 

Runtime: 2 hours 18 minutes

4/5

          A telling of the events that lead up to the battle that turned the tide of the war in the Pacific during World War II. From a glimpse at the policies that started the war to the tactics that were employed during battles that lead to defeat and the tides of fate that brought victory. The bravery of the combatants on both sides shines through to bring understanding of their plight and show how alike they are in sharing the horrors of war.

 

           Midway, earns four out of five, Torpedo Monkeys. The story is laid out in a succinct Style that clearly shows events as they happened. The acting is excellent  and very well performed. The cinematography relies heavily on computer generated graphics that are noticeable but not too distracting. This is an entertaining movie that will keep you engaged until the very end. Certainly worth a look see on the big screen.

 

         While watching this I couldn’t help but think of how great a loss each and every one of their lives were. What great things they could have accomplished if their efforts were not turned to destruction and death had not taken them. Thinking of how easy it is to forget the value of the individual in the scape of the fiery carnage on the sea.

Vote nears on agricultural immigration bill

 

With Congress poised to vote on immigration legislation affecting agricultural employees, the president of the California Farm Bureau Federation says the bill would benefit farmers, their employees and rural communities. CFBF President Jamie Johansson urges approval of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which he says would improve agricultural visa programs and accommodate immigrant agricultural employees already in the United States.

 

Christmas tree farmers report strong sales

 

Their season got off to a soggy start, but farmers who operate choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms say sales remain brisk. Farmers say their customers have taken advantage of breaks in the rain or braved soggy weather to maintain the tradition of a fresh-cut Christmas tree. Reports of a nationwide tree shortage may also have prompted shoppers, but that relates more to farms that produce trees for wholesale rather than choose-and-cut operations.

 

Three earn honors for Farm Bureau service

 

A farmer who has served on the San Benito County Farm Bureau board for more than 70 years has been honored for distinguished service by the California Farm Bureau Federation. Ninety-four-year-old Al Bonturi of Hollister received the award at the CFBF Annual Meeting. The organization also presented service awards to retired CFBF Administrator Rich Matteis and retired San Diego County Farm Bureau executive Eric Larson.

We hope you really enjoyed Christmas in the Foothills. All of the businesses put out an effort to have something special to help you enjoy the season. Shopping locally helps us all as these small businesses can't compete with the box stores down town, but they do have unique and one of a kind items. Many second hand items make great gifts. You put a “basket” together with related items. Get a good glass pie plate from the thrift store, buy a secondhand cookbook, and put a new utensil in the package. Children's books make good gifts, and we can always find useful items at the hardware store.

 

            Now is the time to look around and enjoy all of the work you have gotten done so far this month. Each family has unique customs and traditions; to each his own. Enjoy what you can as you get ready for the holiday. Some decorate the tree, some send out cards, some bake cookies. No one can do it all, pick and choose and enjoy.

 

            School will be out for the Christmas break from December 23 until January 6. The excited little munchkins will be out and about. Keep an eye out for them as they have been known to not pay attention to traffic. We wish them all a wonderful break from school and a Christmas filled with surprises..

 

            Look Back in Time – In 1927 Charles Adams' car went down the road with a large Christmas tree on the running board (I remember recognizing who went down the road because I recognized their car).

 

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.    Christine and Yvonne

CYBER TRUCK

 

money mattersThe electric car company TESLA is no stranger to investors. Neither is its maverick owner Elon Musk. Without hashing through its long history, it’s safe to say this company pushes a few envelopes in almost everything it does.

 

From rooftop solar to spaceships, Elon Musk and his companies go big for sure. Not a recommendation to buy or sell mind you any of his companies, TESLA’s newest thing-a-machig is the CyberTruck it unveiled last week.

 

Touted to go from 0-60 in under seven seconds, you have to wonder why anyone would make such a thing and if it really can get up and go like they claim it can.  You also have to wonder what would happen to all the stuff in the back as the truck accelerates at this ungodly rate.

 

Along with bust resistant windows, which by the way, embarrassingly busted during the unveiling from a metal sphere that Musk hurled into it, one would hope it has an equally strong tailgate to keep the things in the back from spilling out on the roadway if you happen to punch it while hauling something.

 

I saw a picture of this truck and for the life of me I couldn’t really see the truck bed. A truck without a bed? If there was such a thing, Mr. Musk would likely be the one to build it.

 

Looking like something out of a transformer movie, its jagged lines and robotic like appearance looks more like a time machine than something you would haul garbage to the dump in. It’s that odd looking.

 

I might say it looks impressive but then again, that’s not the word that comes to mind. Crazy is more like it. I dunno, it just popped out.

 

Touching down in one of America’s most popular market, you have to give it to Musk. Much like the steel ball he hurled at the trucks window during its unveiling, Musk must has similar equipment below his beltline.

 

Tesla's website says the truck will hit the salesroom in for late 2021. The truck has a single motor and a starting price tag of $39,900. It will go 250 miles on a single charge, have a tow rating of 7,500 pounds, and a 0- to 60-mph time of 6.5 seconds. Further options, models and upgrades are forthcoming.

 

Go Elon go.

 

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By Boots Johnson

 

Those who run the state in regard to hunting and fishing have once again decided to change the regulations on Striped Bass fishing. The overwhelming cries to drop this change was heard loud and clear in 2012 when anglers from all over the state protested in Sacramento. The proposed changes are basically the same they are trying get passed now. The new laws, if passed, would result in smaller and fewer striped bass in California waters. The upcoming meeting will take place in Sacramento at the Natural Resources Building at 1416 Ninth Street starting at 9:30 A.M. If you plan on attending this meeting you must have a valid photo I.D. to be allowing in the building. In a nutshell the DFG wants to remove them from California waters or control their population and reduce their size which would destroy striped bass fishing as we know it.Those who love fishing for stripers must have their objections heard.

 

Bank fishing at Collins Lake above Marysville has been the ticket for fun at this reservoir. Planted rainbow trout are being caught along every bank using lures, power bait or worms. Get the kids out there for some fun prior to the Holidays.

 

Foul weather has not slowed down the trout bite. In fact it just gets better and better between storms. Fish are being taken in streams and reservoirs as well as Lake Tahoe. This goes for natural lakes such as Eagle Lake near Susanville. Reports tell us the bite here is in full swing and probably the best fishing since the 80’s. We remind anglers that this body of water closes the end of December and will not be open to fishing until spring of 2020.

 

Closing thought: “Let us focus on the many things we have in common rather than the things that keep us apart.”

Several people are enjoying various arts and crafts at Books & More on Saturday mornings. Jani Beckwith is offering Art From the Heart on alternate Saturdays at 10 am. She will work with mandalas, collages and card making. This will be more of a graphic design project. A knitting group meets once a month. Their next meeting is Dec. 28 and then again on January 11. Please call for more information (675-3275).

 

            Many thanks to all those who helped make the 27th Annual Christmas in the Foothills a success. From putting out signs, posting on the Facebook page, making phone calls, designing the map, and all the other many details that go into putting the event together. But we don’t want to forget all the businesses that participate. There would be no Christmas in the Foothills without your participation.

 

            Look Back in Time – In 1885 Colonel Rackerby sold the finest Mental Invigorating from his store. He also carried food and clothes for men and beasts. Oyster suppers were served (we wonder how many people actually used a Mental Invigorating).

 

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.    Christine and Yvonne

 Storms bring relief to farms, ranches

After two dry months to begin the California rainy season, farmers and ranchers generally welcome December storms that deliver rain to lower elevations and snow to the Sierra. State water officials point out that precipitation last year didn't pick up until after Thanksgiving, but eventually brought a wet winter. Reservoir levels remain generally above average as a result, though the State Water Project issued its initial allocation at only 10% supplies.

 

Reclamation bureau seeks to repair Central Valley canal

A federal agency has officially kicked off the process to repair a key Central Valley waterway. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said Tuesday it will begin accepting public comment on plans to repair the Friant-Kern Canal. The canal has lost much of its capacity due to land subsidence. It delivers water to farms in Tulare and Kern counties, and also serves a quarter-million residential users.

 

Sorghum study pinpoints drought tolerance

Knowing more about how sorghum plants survive during drought could help other cereal plants during water shortages, and University of California researchers say they've gained important information. A study of sorghum grown at a Fresno County research center shows how the plants turn certain genes on and off during and after times of water scarcity. UC specialists say the study gives them real-world examples of how to help plants tolerate drought.

 

Americans pick up the pace of meat consumption

Meat consumption among Americans has increased, according to analysis by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA says total consumption of red meat, poultry, fish and shellfish rose nearly 8 percent in the most recent four-year period. Beef consumption rebounded, the report says, due to an improving economy and stable retail prices. Chicken remains the most-consumed meat, at about 52 pounds per person per year.  

Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, and Jon Bernthal

Rated: PG-13 

Runtime: 2 Hours 32 Minutes

4/5

 

            With Ford losing sales in the market they decide to build a race car in order to compete against Ferrari at the twenty-four hour race at Le Mans, France. To achieve this objective, they enlist the help of race car builder Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles.

 

            Ford v Ferrari, earns four out of five, Llama Bite Monkeys. The story is a testament to the struggle between bureaucracy and the innovative spirit of achievers. The acting is very well done and the cinematography captures the feel of the race and the tension of driving in circles at high rates of speed. Certainly worth the price of admission to see on the big screen.

Books & More and the Thrift store usually close during the week between Christmas and New Years. Books & More and the Thrift Store will be closed from Dec. 22 through Jan. 7. .  Hope you have a good holiday. Please stop by both stores and buy some holiday items.

 

            December 7 is Pearl Harbor Day. This is the day that Pearl Harbor was bombed, bringing the U.S. into war with Japan. The U.S.S. Arizona was sunk with all on board and still lies in repose as a graveyard for the crew. I have been to Pearl Harbor and to the U.S.S. Arizona memorial, built over the ship. It is a truly memorable place. Remember those who have given their all for our freedoms.

 

            Christmas in the Foothills will have a wonderful kickoff with the Tree Lighting on Friday, December 6th at the Foothill Fire House. The tree will be lit at 6:30 pm, but come early because there will be craft projects for the kids, cookies, cocoa, tea, coffee, cider and music. Santa will be there to greet the kids and light the tree. This is a fantastic way to start Christmas Cheer with the whole family. Then on Saturday and Sunday, the 7th & 8th, hop in the car and shop, wine and dine your way along the Christmas in the Foothills trail. With 28 stops you are sure to have a fun day and complete your shopping list. Check out www.facebook.com/christmasinthefoothillsnorcal.com or

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy of the map and list. The Foothills will be filled with the scents and sounds of Christmas!

 

            Look Back in Time – In 1910 the Rackerby Shakespeare Club met at G, A. Devol's home. While the men played Pedro and Cribbage, the children played games (we guess Shakespeare's work was being read by the women).

 

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.    Christine and Yvonne

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska

Rated: PG-13 

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

3/5

           

            A vast private security agency recruits women to fix the injustices of the world. Set with fun technology and nerves of steel they run, jump, and roll into action. While tracking one nemesis, they find another more sinister foe lurking in the shadows.

 

            Charlie’s Angels, earns three out of five, Rock Crushing Monkeys. The story is set at a fast pace with a loose plot that unwinds in bits and pieces. The acting is pretty good and the action is fast and hard hitting.

 

            Charlie’s Angels, is a fun movie to watch and is reminiscent of the old Bond films. Kristen Stewart, is stretching her acting chops in this film and adds some fun into the mix. While this is not a great film, it is fun to watch and will leave you entertained and is worth the price of admission.

 

Portable pens help with emergency livestock housing

To help house farm animals displaced during disasters, portable livestock pens have been deployed to fairgrounds around California. The pens were formally dedicated Tuesday during a ceremony in Yuba City, and were purchased jointly by the California Farm Bureau Federation's charitable foundation and the state Department of Food and Agriculture. They can be distributed to fairgrounds to help animals evacuated due to wildfires, floods or other emergencies.

 

Bill in Congress could reduce farms' estate tax burden

Farm organizations welcome introduction of legislation that would ease the potential federal estate tax burden for family farmers and ranchers. Cosponsored by Salinas-area Rep. Jimmy Panetta, the bill would assure property would be appraised as farmland rather than at its development value when determining estate taxes. Supporters say the bill would make it less likely a family farm would need to be broken up to pay estate tax.

 

Annual turkey consumption remains stable

With the big turkey-eating holiday coming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates Americans will consume an average of more than 16 pounds of turkey per person this year. That's similar to levels of the past decade. California ranks eighth in the nation in turkey production. USDA reports wholesale turkey prices up slightly from a year ago. But an annual American Farm Bureau retail-price survey shows turkey prices to be down.

 

Americans spend more time on food prep, less on eating

How much time do you devote each day to eating? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans spend an average of 64 minutes a day on eating or drinking as a primary activity. That's down slightly from a decade earlier, but the time Americans spend on preparing food has gone up. So has time devoted to cleanup, grocery shopping and buying non-grocery food, such as from a fast-food restaurant.