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Category Archives: Kern County

Trump Swings in Kern County

Donald Trump is visiting Republican hotbed Bakersfield where native son and House majority leader Kevin McCarthy hosts him. After thrilling a crowd of believers downtown, Trump says, “Kevin, it’s hotter than hell. Is it any better up in those hills I can barely see?” “Sure, Tehachapi’s a lot cooler and you can breathe.” “Let’s go.” […]

Also posted in Basketball, Cesar Chavez, Donald Trump, Golf, Kevin McCarthy, Tehachapi

Calling for Hillary

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Bakersfield, Campaign 2016, Computers, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

Merle Haggard’s Boxcar

This hot dry expanse of land, now rich in oil and agriculture, used to be the wet floor of an ocean overlooked by dinosaurs in the Tehachapi Mountains to the east. In the nineteenth century people of European heritage settled here and named it Kern County, and today the regional museum is hosting a one […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Dinosaurs, Kern River, Merle Haggard, Music, Redding

Kevin McCarthy’s Hillary Gaffe

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Bakersfield, Campaign 2016, Hillary Clinton, Kevin McCarthy, Libya, Sean Hannity

Drought is God’s Punishment

Until last week I thought the drought that’s squeezing California resulted from natural weather fluctuations, and didn’t want to be political or presume to have scientific insight so rarely mentioned climate change and then only as a relatively minor factor. I should’ve known there was a much simpler yet more ominous explanation, and Shannon Grove […]

Also posted in Abortion, Bakersfield, California, Kern River, Religion, Rick Perry, Sacramento, Texas, Weather

Spanish Influenza

Good morning Spanish influenza says entering healthy young adult hearts pumping lungs fatal full of fluid by evening or next. Eighty million perish worldwide most in frenetic ninety days, twenty million in October 1918 India, about seven hundred thousand in U.S. In oilfields outside Bakersfield filthy makeshift hospitals hold tough young immigrants prior to death. […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Health, Short Pieces - GTC, World War I

Saber-Tooth Cat Revisits Red Rock Canyon

Let me clarify this point: I like to be called saber-toothed cat. Do not call me a Smilodon, that pompous academic name thrown at us by humans who’ve lived such a short time compared to the millions of years various branches of my family survived and flourished in a world far more beautiful than the […]

Also posted in Animals, Bakersfield, California, Cats, Central Valley, Elephants, Environment, Geology, Oceans, Red Rock Canyon, Rhinos

High School Grades of Earl Warren

enter archives at bakersfield high school look left at long glass case displaying handwritten grade book note highlighted name earl warren read four years reports revealing history his best subject and three times earned his top grade in final quarter many students before and since doubtless had similar trajectories only didn’t become three term governor […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Earl Warren, Racism, Supreme Court

Spanish Influenza – Part 2

good morning spanish influenza says entering healthy young adult hearts pump lungs full fatal fluid that evening or next eighty million perish worldwide most in frenetic ninety days twenty million in october ‘eighteen india about seven hundred thousand in u.s. bakersfield pummeled more still in oilfields where filthy makeshift hospitals hold tough young immigrants prior […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Influenza, Oil, Poetry - GTC, World War I

Gold Mining

miles underground it sleeps while men in saloons forget they have to mine and crush fifty tons ore before pumping particles into cyanide lake to realize but a sparkling ounce Source: Lecture by geologist Tim Elam at the Kern County Historical Society, November 19, 2011.

Also posted in California, Gold, Poetry - GTC