June 2008

Trucker Protests in France Over High Fuel Prices Cause Traffic Havoc

June 30, 2008 by Staff

June 30, 2008 PARIS (AP) – Truck drivers protesting soaring fuel prices have slowed highway traffic outside Paris and other French cities. Lorry drivers have been staging protests against the high cost of fuel, causing hundreds of kilometres of traffic jams. It is the latest in a number of similar actions organised by trade unions […]

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Planning On Visiting Denver for the Democratic Convention?

June 29, 2008 by Doug Porter

Depends……. Now that the worlds longest primary season has come to an end; Barry & Hillary are all lovey-dovey, it’s time to think about attending the Democratic Convention, Monday, August 25th through Thursday, August 28th. What a wonderful way to show the kids the brilliance of the two party system! And if you weren’t lucky […]

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Is Clinton the Ticket for Obama?

June 27, 2008 by Staff

by Robert Scheer Why not Hillary? Not my first choice – Al Gore is – but I find all of the pro-and-con debate about Hillary Rodham Clinton to be beside the point. She is, as Barack Obama said, likable enough, and the Dems are not likely to pick anyone better. It is certainly a great […]

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U.S. border agents copying contents of travelers’ laptops, cellphones & cameras

June 26, 2008 by Staff

By Federica Narancio | McClatchy Newspapers / June 25, 2008 WASHINGTON – U.S. border agents are copying and seizing the contents of laptops, cell phones and digital cameras from U.S. and foreign travelers entering the United States, witnesses told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday.

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ATF raids Blackwater No. Carolina armory, seizes automatic weapons

June 26, 2008 by Staff

Federal agents raided a Blackwater armory Tuesday and seized 34 automatic rifles that the company purchased and stored on behalf of a local law enforcement agency, the Associated Press reports.Anne Tyrrell, a Blackwater spokeswoman, tells AP that ATF agents searched the Moyock, N.C., facility. The raid came after reports on a deal in which the […]

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Latest US Supreme Court Ruling: Human rights law and constitutional jurisprudence intersect – in Boumediene

June 26, 2008 by Staff

by Beth Van Schaack / Jurist / June 22, 2008 The central question facing the Supreme Court in Boumediene was: to what extent does the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus extend to foreign nationals detained within the unique jurisdictional circumstances of Guantánamo? One key factor underlying the Court’s ruling in Boumediene that petitioners […]

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Senator Dodd Speaks in Opposition to FISA Bill on Floor of U.S. Senate

June 26, 2008 by Staff

June 24, 2008 – Remarks as Prepared – Mr. President: I rise-once again-to voice my strong opposition to the misguided FISA legislation before us today. I have strong reservations about the so-called improvements made to Title I. But more than that, this legislation includes provisions which would grant retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that apparently […]

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It Takes Kids to Protest High Cost of Gas (and Cable TV)

June 26, 2008 by Staff

SALT LAKE CITY – Sadie and Pyper Vance have had just about enough of high gas prices. The sisters are still years away from being old enough to drive, but that doesn’t mean the $4 per gallon price tag isn’t hitting them as hard as anyone else. Cable TV was one of the family’s budget-cutting […]

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Living on the Ice Shelf – Humanity’s Meltdown

June 26, 2008 by Staff

By Mike Davis 1. Farewell to the Holocene Our world, our old world that we have inhabited for the last 12,000 years, has ended, even if no newspaper in North America or Europe has yet printed its scientific obituary. This February, while cranes were hoisting cladding to the 141st floor of the Burj Dubai tower […]

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More and more right-wingers join chorus for Bush’s impeachment – but not Pelosi

June 26, 2008 by Staff

By Marc McDonald / http://www.opednews.com / June 23, 2008 When Lou Dobbs recently called for the impeachment of George W. Bush, he became only the latest in a growing number of Right-Wingers who are harshly criticizing the White House these days. Dobbs joined Conservatives like Pat Buchanan and Chuck Hagel in slamming Bush and raising […]

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Opponents of war in Iraq gather in Cleveland this weekend

June 26, 2008 by Staff

Withdrawal from Iraq a main topic by Brian Albrecht / Plain Dealer Reporter / Thursday, June 26, 2008 For perhaps the first time since the start of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, an effort is being made to organize various national peace groups into a unified program of mobilization and demonstration. A similar effort […]

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U.S. strike may delay, not stop Iran nuclear program

June 25, 2008 by Staff

By Kristin Roberts / Wed Jun 25, 2008 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities could set Tehran’s program back years but would raise the risk of retaliation against American troops in the region and of driving Iran to work even harder to make atomic weapons, U.S. experts and officials say. […]

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Israel Prodding U.S. To Attack Iran

June 25, 2008 by Staff

This ran a day ago, but bears repeating. CBS NEWS / June 24, 2008 Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen leaves Tuesday night on an overseas trip that will take him to Israel, reports CBS News national security correspondent David Martin. The trip has been scheduled for some time but U.S. officials say it comes […]

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Wisconsin Man Threated by Police for Flying US Flag Upside Down “In Distress”

June 25, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

He takes it down after threats by landlady. Dale Decker believes our country is in distress. The Manitowac, Wisconsin local went out and purchased an American flag, on Wednesday, June 18th, and flew it off his balcony upside down. He did it “for the sole purpose of showing people in my hometown … that their […]

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Big Brother Is Already Watching

June 25, 2008 by Staff

Public surveillance video mushrooms despite lack of evidence it works You know it’s getting bad when even the corporate media comment on all the surveillance cameras. By Alex Johnson / MSNBC / June 26, 2008 After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, local governments across the country set aside concerns over privacy and installed […]

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Excuse the mess – our web host was down for over 7 hours today

June 24, 2008 by Staff

That’s right – and we apologize for the inconvenience if you were searching for us … we’re back, and nastier than ever!

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Hey Roberto’s, where’s the BEEF!

June 23, 2008 by Patty Jones

On the way home from grocery shopping, being the gluttons for punishment and rolled tacos that we are, we ventured into the drive-thru at Roberto’s here in OB. We haven’t been there in quite a while and had heard that the prices there had gone up, $8.62 for 12 rolled tacos with guacamole. Whew. I […]

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Obama Disappoints on Jerusalem and the Middle East

June 23, 2008 by Richard Nadeau

While it should be understood that Obama is a shrewd politician on the make and looking for votes, his recent statements on the Middle East indicate that he will represent less change than expected. While it is clear he is better than McCain on most domestic and foreign policy issues, it is also becoming clear […]

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This Is Your City’s Sewer On Drugs

June 23, 2008 by Staff

New Method of Research Enables Scientists & Law Enforcement to Know What’s Cookin’ – San Diego Opts Out of Study By Marla Cone / Los Angeles Times / June 22, 2008 Which city uses more cocaine: Los Angeles or London? Is heroin a big problem in San Diego? And has Ecstasy emerged in rural America?Environmental […]

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Ocean Beach Revisited – OB Son Returns After 30 Years

June 23, 2008 by Doug Porter

We were pleasantly surprised about the return of Doug Porter to San Diego after a 30 year furlough. Doug, a graduate of Point Loma High, worked on the “OB Liberator”, the precursor to the original “OB Rag,” plus he worked on the Rag in 1971-72 as part of the staff that picked it up when […]

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History of the Region: June 22nd, 1911 – Tijuana’s “Revolutionary Army” Is Defeated

June 22, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Mexican Revolutionary Ricardo Flores Magon Forces Had Seized Tijuana With Help From American Wobblies This day in 1911 in our region was an important date, as it signified the end of the occupation of Tijuana by a small army of Mexican and American revolutionaries. This army – allied with the Mexican Liberal Party, a socialist-anarchist […]

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St. Paul and cops gear up for worst at GOP convention

June 21, 2008 by Staff

But protesters say the threat is being hyped to prevent them from exercising their free speech. By Randy Furst / Star Tribune / June 21, 2008 Suicide bombers. Chemical or biological attacks. Lone gunmen. Terrorist attacks. Riots. Blockades that could shut down the Republican National Convention. In its most explicit arguments to date, the St. […]

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Dem Rep. calls for impeachment at McClellan testimony

June 21, 2008 by Staff

David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster / June 20, 2008 After questioning former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan during a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee Friday, a Democratic congressman called for impeachment proceedings to be initiated. Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) said that he believed McClellan’s testimony implicated both Vice President Dick Cheney and […]

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General Who Probed Abu Ghraib Says Bush Officials Committed War Crimes

June 20, 2008 by Staff

by Warren P. Strobel / June 19, 2008 / McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON – The Army general who led the investigation into prisoner abuse at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison accused the Bush administration Wednesday of committing “war crimes” and called for those responsible to be held to account.0619 09 The remarks by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, […]

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Status Quo-oh

June 20, 2008 by Staff

Second half of 2008 “…we could find ourselves not only a nation wet, hungry, and out-of-gas, but also completely broke” by Jim Kunstler A catastrophe for Iowa farmers will not be just a catastrophe for Midwestern Americans. In the Iowa floods, we’ll see more evidence of how the problems of weird weather (climate change) combine […]

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OB Rag Slashes Prices 20% in Hopes of Increasing Guilt-trip On Readers

June 20, 2008 by Staff

OCEAN BEACH, CA. In a startling move, OB Rag blog editors have slashed the suggested donation prices on old issues of the original OB Rag. The prices have been dramatically cut by 20%. This is huge. The blog has been running a fund raising campaign for the last 4 weeks, and the latest move was […]

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Did the Democratic-controlled House Just Give Bush Another Blank Check for His Wars in Iraq & Afghanistan?

June 19, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Sentate Still Needs to Debate Bill WASHINGTON – They did it. Today, Thursday, June 19th, late in the afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives handed Commander-in-Chief Bush another huge, huge check with which to fight his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Enough money – $182 Billion – was approved to allow the U.S. to wage […]

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Democrats Agree to Expand Domestic Spying, Grant Telecoms Amnesty

June 19, 2008 by Staff

By Ryan Singel / June 19, 2008 Breaking months of acrimonious deadlock, House and Senate leaders from both parties have agreed to a bill that gives the nation’s spy agencies the power to turn a wide swath of domestic communication companies into intelligence-gathering operations, and that puts an end to court challenges to telecoms such […]

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Bomb Iran? What’s to Stop Us?

June 19, 2008 by Staff

It’s crazy, but it’s coming soon – from the same folks who brought us Iraq. By Ray McGovern / June 19, 2008 Unlike the attack on Iraq five years ago, to deal with Iran there need be no massing of troops. And, with the propaganda buildup already well under way, there need be little, if […]

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Labor Think-Tank Urges City Council to Reject “Walter Reed” Consultant

June 19, 2008 by Staff

Federal-style contract invites abuse, cuts into pool and library services The Center on Policy Initiatives is urging the San Diego City Council to reject Mayor Jerry Sanders’ wasteful $1.1 million contract with a federal consultant to manage the city’s privatization program. “The mayor’s staff should have the capacity to manage these contracts. We don’t need […]

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