We’re in the Process of Moving the OB Rag to a New Server!

December 31, 2012 by Patty Jones
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Just a heads up…

We have been sharing resources with our sister site, the San Diego Free Press and it’s time for us each to have our own place, our own space, so we can both continue to grow.

There may be a period of time when our site appears to be down. Rest assured it will be temporary but could last anywhere from a few hours to a full day. Word needs to spread across the globe about what our new address is.

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On Probation or Off Parole? You can Vote in California – Register Now! Here!

October 21, 2012 by Patty Jones

While having a conversation about the upcoming Presidential debate I asked a coworker if he was going to be voting. He replied, “I wish I could, but I’m on probation.” Whoa… This was a moment in a busy shop, that is normally filled with Mitt Romney and Ron Paul supporters, where two like minded people had a few minutes to chat. The young man I was talking with is quiet about his political affiliations and before I could respond to his statement we were surrounded by republicans, once again.

Once I was back at my desk I did a quick internet search and printed a page from the Northern California ACLU website that I handed to him later in the day. He thanked me with a big smile on his face.

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Sex in San Diego: Menopause and the Juiciness of a Full Life

April 26, 2012 by Patty Jones
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Pagan religions believe there are three stages to a woman’s life; the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone. The Maiden is mostly concerned with her own life and thinking about what the future holds for her. The Mother centers on caring for the family, children, partners and parents. The Crone (once a dreaded word that conjured images of the crazy cat lady who lived on the edge of society) has “been there, done that” and can refocus on herself and then, if she’s a mind to, the world at large.

A Very Personal Journey

You know, I never really had an issue with getting older. That was until, one day, I starting feeling older. Every once in a while I would catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror or in a photograph… And I’d think, who in the hell is that old woman? She looks like my mother!

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Weeding out the Spam Bots – CAPTCHA now part of the OB Rag comment section

March 31, 2012 by Patty Jones
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It’s been an interesting week here at the OB Rag admin desk with three major bouts of downtime. I’ve spent a good number of hours deciphering error logs, tweaking settings and chatting with tech support.

It seems one major concern for us is the amount of comment spam that hits our server at regular intervals. We have excellent spam filters (Akismet) that keep 99.9% of this crap from showing up on the site where you, dear reader, can see it. But that doesn’t keep it from reeking havoc behind the scenes.

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Be Part of the OB Holiday Parade and “Occupy The North Pole”

December 1, 2011 by Patty Jones
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Who doesn’t want a chance to be in the OB Holiday Parade! We contacted Patricia Hume, who was mentioned in the comments of the OB Holiday post we put up last night, and received an enthusiastic reply from her when we asked if we could help promote her idea of having an “Occupy the North Pole” contingent in the parade this year.

This opportunity is open to anyone, particularly Occupy people, just remember to stay in the theme of the Holiday Parade and in the realm of the North Pole.

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The Holiday Season Comes to Ocean Beach!

November 30, 2011 by Patty Jones
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Lots of Events Coming Up to Celebrate the Holidays, OB Style!

  • Kids, help Santa decorate the OB Tree!
  • Adults, don’t miss the annual auction to benefit the OB Food and Toy Drive
  • Shop local and eco-friendly for the holidays – OB Craft Fair!
  • 32nd Annual OB Holiday Parade – Surf Paradise
  • Fun Zone at the Pier
  • Ocean Beach Merchants Light Up the Season
  • Food and Toy Drive at the Farmers Markets

Details inside!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you…

November 28, 2011 by Patty Jones

Good morning OB, San Diego and all points beyond! I hope all of you had a good Thanksgiving. We sure did! Actually it was one of the better ones for me during the last few years, we had more than a dozen family and friends here for dinner on Thursday, and then almost all of them came back Saturday for my mother’s 73rd birthday. We had chocolate cake and my two little grand-daughters (her great-grand-daughters) helped her blow out her birthday candles.

It’s pretty amazing having four generations of family all together in one place and we are blessed that we all live close and can do it on a pretty regular basis. It’s one of the thing that I am thankful for.

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“Flipping the Bird” at the Holidays – How to Cook the Juiciest Roast Turkey You’ve Ever Tasted

November 23, 2011 by Patty Jones
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By Patty Jones

I want to share a family secret with you – one long held in the Jones family holiday tradition – on the accepted method of “flipping the bird” at Thanksgiving.

Many years ago my mother stumbled through her early morning Thanksgiving ritual of prepping a huge turkey for the afternoon feast. Before her first cup of coffee she dropped the bird in the roasting pan and shoved it into the oven. A couple of hours later she opened the oven door and she realized she had put it in the pan upside (or breast-side) down. At this point the huge bird was too hot to handle so she basted it, tented it and shoved it back into the oven. The resulting bird has lingered in mouthwatering memory…

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San Diego Occupies the Clairemont Drive Bridge in Solidarity with National Day of Action

November 18, 2011 by Patty Jones
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Activists representing many groups, including Labor, Occupy San Diego, MoveOn and Nurses rallied yesterday afternoon on the Clairemont Drive bridge over Interstate 5 to bring attention to how much maintenance our infrastructure needs and the number of jobs those repairs could create. This bridge has been identified as one needing repair and has a surface rating of 2 out of 10 (any rating 4 or lower is deemed structurally deficient) and needs to be repaired now.

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A Full Day of Events Scheduled Today in Appreciation of Veterans

November 11, 2011 by Patty Jones
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There are a multitude of events scheduled today to honor our Veterans, a few of those are noted here. Come inside for more information!

8 AM until dark: The San Diego Veterans For Peace, Chapter #91, will be honoring the fallen soldiers/sailors/airmen from Southern California killed to date in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars by the installation of our “Arlington West” Memorial on the lawn of the USS Midway Museum near the intersection of Harbor Drive and Broadway. Newly produced markers, similar to those found in Arlington National Cemetery, will honor those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, whose home of record was in San Diego County, Imperial County, Orange County and Los Angeles County, approximately 250 to date.

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Middle-Class Women Support Occupy San Diego

November 11, 2011 by Patty Jones
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Rally and press conference this Saturday afternoon

Come join me, Patty (am I still considered middle-class?), and more than 50 middle-class women from throughout San Diego County as we hold a press conference and rally in the Civic Center Plaza at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 12, to announce their support for Occupy San Diego.

What began with a few friends a week ago has snowballed as women are signing up by the dozens on Facebook and SignUpGenius.

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In Response to the Mainstream Media and All Those Obsessed with Body Fluids

November 10, 2011 by Patty Jones
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This is for Carl DeMaio, the San Diego City Council, the muts, the baggers, the weasels, the gators, the creepers, Fox News, the AP, Koch-heads who’d have you think that working parents spawn “Occupiers” by sending their children to daycare, the WSJ, all those people who let the media give them the heebie-jeebies with their talk of piss and blood…

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The OB Rag just had its 2 millionth hit!

November 8, 2011 by Patty Jones
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We’ve been watching, knowing that this moment was about to happen!

Our 2,000,000 hit was from a fan in San Diego clicking in at 11:13 and checking out the article “Filming at Old Townhouse Restaurant begins November 8th.”

Congrats to everyone here at the OB Rag for your hard work and devotion, and congrats to this dedicated reader! We have a t-shirt for you! Contact us at obragblog@gmail.com and we’ll let you know how you can claim your prize.

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Updates on Reclaiming Personal Property Siezed by SDPD During OccupySD Friday Morning Raid

November 1, 2011 by Patty Jones
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UPDATES inside

Police confiscated a large amount of personal property when they swept through the civic Center Plaza early friday morning, and many people have expressed concern over how or if they would be able to get any of it back.

As posted by Matthew Hall, a rough list of items confiscated from OccupySD

  • 4 big pop up tents
  • 7 big trash cans full of miscellaneous stuff (ie. skateboards, blankets, clothing, sleeping bags, tents, tarps)
  • 15 chairs
  • 1 shabby chic yellow nightstand
  • 8 tables
  • variety of cardboard signs
  • 7 bikes
  • 30 backpacks/carts/roller suitcases
  • 9 boxes labeled games, dvds/books, toys, helmets, lunch boxes, blankets
  • 1 bucket labeled OC and mace remedy and prevention, containing vinegar and imodium AD
  • 3 coolers
  • 4-5 cameras
  • 10 plastic crates full of stuff
  • Also: 16 individual lots of property impounded from specific arrestees (backpacks, purses, tents, etc.)

SOURCE: SDPD

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#OccupySD Protesters are Being Arrested, Right Now in Civic Center and in Children’s Park

October 28, 2011 by Patty Jones

1:54 am, Calls coming in to Frank that arrests are being made at the plaza and at the solidarity site at children’s park! Approximately 6 were arrested at Children’s Park.  No warnings were given. Asst Police Chief Boyd Long announced that the Occupy San Diego site is “being cleared out.” What should people do who […]

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#OccupySD and City College Protesters Shut Down Local Bank of America

October 20, 2011 by Patty Jones
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At San Diego City College today more than a hundred students staged a walkout in solidarity with Occupy San Diego. After holding a rally at Curren Plaza where many students spoke to an enthusiastic crowd, about 150 protesters marched from the campus, down B Street, chanting and addressing pedestrians and onlookers, to the Civic Center Plaza to join the Occupy Movement protesters.

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The Coalition for “A Better San Diego” to hold Mayoral Forum October 19th

October 19, 2011 by Patty Jones
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The coalition “A Better San Diego“, comprised of community, faith, labor, LGBT rights, immigrant rights, environmental and social justice organizations (view a partial list), have been working to build an economic vision for our city that focuses on jobs, quality of life, equality, prosperity and fairness for more San Diegans. This coalition has been organizing a forum where selected candidates running for San Diego Mayor will address issues that concern workers, students, retirees… actually, the 99%!

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Ocean Beach Planning Board Project Review Committee Agenda – October 19

October 17, 2011 by Patty Jones
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Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.

Ocean Beach Recreation Center
4726 Santa Monica Ave., Ocean Beach 92107

6:30 pm

  • Call to order
  • Introductions
  • Agenda modifications and approval

6:35 pm

Item #001 – Action Item
Ocean Park Villas – #6-08-100-A1 (1984 Abbott St – Corner of Abbott and Saratoga)

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Occupy San Diego UPDATE – October 15 – #OccupySD Intends to Stay

October 15, 2011 by Patty Jones

2:56pm

News from Frank:

Occupy San Diego intends to continue Occupation of Civic Center Plaza!

About 500 people are rallying right now at the San Diego Civic Center Plaza and the general agreement is that they will stay put.

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Cap’n Kirk, We Come in Peace – The Coalition for a Better San Diego

October 15, 2011 by Patty Jones

In a letter published at the Voice of San Diego yesterday, candidate Loch David Crane has announced that he has withdrawn from the San Diego mayoral race. He states that despite physical problems that made it difficult for him to campaign he gave it his best effort because no one else spoke out to defend legal medical marijuana patients. I applaud him for taking a stance and wish him the best with his endeavors and hope his physical condition improves.

However, in his letter to Voice of San Diego he misguidedly attacks the labor council…

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UPDATE From Occupy San Diego

October 14, 2011 by Patty Jones
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4:50 pm

Frank reports that about 200 protesters and lots of police are still in the Civic Center Plaza, and right now the protesters are discussing what comes next for the encampment.

There is one tent and a food table still standing in the plaza and police have agreed to leave them in place as a symbol of the Occupy Movement. HOWEVER, they will not be allowed to have sleeping bags or to sleep in the plaza.

Anyone having additional information is encouraged to comment!


6:40 pm

Frank reports that police are allowing protesters to sleep in the plaza, TONIGHT ONLY.

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BREAKING – Occupy San Diego may be on the verge of arrests

October 13, 2011 by Patty Jones
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Frank has been downtown all day with OccupySD. He just called to let me know (and to let you know) that it appears that arrests may be imminent in the Civic Center Concourse.

From what he can ascertain, there is to be a large dance event in the concourse on Saturday that is scheduled to go from 3pm to midnight. The police want the plaza cleared so the plaza can be cleaned for this event (sounds familiar… I think something similar happened in Seattle and is now an issue in New York). Some protesters are willing to remove their tents for the event, but don’t want to leave the encampment.

UPDATES INSIDE

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Occupy San Diego, Day 1 – WE ARE THE 99 PERCENT!

October 7, 2011 by Patty Jones
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It’s been a long, short week, if that makes any sense at all… I haven’t slept much in the last few days, the wheels in my head have been spinning constantly, a mantra in the near reaches of my conscious thoughts, we, are, the 99%…

After 4 hours of sleep last night, an early morning meeting with the Better San Diego Coalition about the upcoming Mayoral Debate (more on that in the next few days) and tending to family matters most of the afternoon I grabbed a couple of chicken burritos from our neighborhood mexican grill and hopped on the trolley to downtown hoping to meet up with Frank and a multitude of friends, old and new, in the Civic Center to begin the Occupation of San Diego.

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Land Use and Housing Committee to consider “Property Value Protection Ordinance”

September 13, 2011 by Patty Jones
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Ordinance would fine banks $1000 a day for failure to maintain foreclosed properties.

The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) and the Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) have released a brief outlining the costs of foreclosed properties on neighborhoods and cities. Some of the points they raise:

  • Foreclosures harm the value of all homes within a neighborhood.
    Homes left vacant and untended during and after a foreclosure can become nuisance properties, deterring potential homebuyers and lowering home values in the neighborhood. Homes in foreclosure experience an average 22% loss in value, and homes within 1/8 of a mile of a foreclosure also decline in value.
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Large Turnout in Solidarity for Southern California Grocery Workers

August 24, 2011 by Patty Jones
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Downtown San Diego – By 12:30 this afternoon more than two hundred people gathered to leaflet and rally in support of Southern California Grocery Workers who are prepared to strike after voting overwhelmingly against the latest offer from Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons, that would have a devastating effect on their health care.

More photos and video inside…

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350.org Co-Founder Bill McKibben and 160 220 Others Arrested at White House Protesting Tar Sands Pipeline

August 23, 2011 by Patty Jones
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UPDATE: Today, August 23rd, 60 more people arrested, including Canadian actors Margot Kidder and a Tantoo Cardinal, bring the total to more than 220.

As of today over 160 people, including 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, have been arrested at the White House. Others arrested include co-founder of Natural Resources Defense Council and former White House official Gus Speth, gay rights activist Lt. Dan Choi, author and activist Mike Tidwell, Firedoglake founder Jane Hamsher. For the past three days, large groups of Americans have joined a non-violent civil disobedience action at the White House. The goal is to send President Obama a simple message: “Stop the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline.” These protests will continue over the next two weeks.

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Second Annual OB Rag Trolley Ride – Old Town San Diego to the San Ysidro Border Station

July 14, 2011 by Patty Jones
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It seems that we’ve started a new tradition! We had so much fun last year (see Rollicking Ragsters Ride the Rails) when we all hopped on the Green Line trolley to the east county and back, that we decided to do it again. This time we took the Blue Line heading south to the San Ysidro.

Frank and I, Anna and her beloved Rich, Andy, Brittany, Annie, Brenda and Larry gathered at the Old Town trolley station Sunday morning for our adventure to the border. We hadn’t known when planning this trip that this week marks the 125th anniversary of San Diego Public Transit. San Diego MTS has even restored an 80 year old street car that will be running on the downtown loop sometime in the near future.

Read Larry and Annie’s take on our trip!

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Introducing “Victim Blamer” Extraordinaire

June 29, 2011 by Patty Jones
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Dan Rottenberg
A few days before hundreds of people took to the streets for the event SlutWalk San Diego, Dan Rottenberg, editor of the Broad Street Review, posted a column titled “Male sex abuse and female naiveté“. In the lead-in to the column he advises us,

“Earth to liberated women: When you display legs, thighs or cleavage, some liberated men will see it as a sign that you feel good about yourself and your sexuality. But most men will see it as a sign that you want to get laid. Forewarned is forearmed.”

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Words of Wisdom from Young Voices at SlutWalk San Diego

June 14, 2011 by Patty Jones
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In our coverage of SlutWalk San Diego we’ve noted the number of young people involved in this event. I want to give a more formal introduction to two of the young women that were involved in organizing this the movement in San Diego.

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Slutwalk San Diego – “No Means No and Yes Means Yes”

June 12, 2011 by Patty Jones
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Saturday, June 11 2011, SlutWalk San Diego held its first rally as a large group gathered in the middle of Civic Center Plaza. By 1:30 pm, there was a crowd of about 150. People were assembling in the shade of the large trees in the Plaza. According to Frank’s headcount, by 2:00 it was up to 350 with people still streaming into the plaza.

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