August 2008

The Rise of Locavores; The Movement for Local Cuisine

August 31, 2008 by Doug Porter

Over the last several years there has been significant discussion about the importance of eating locally.  The term “locavore” has been coined to describe people who’s commitment to sourcing local food defines their diets.   Several books, including Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, […]

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Sarah Palin is Spiro Agnew

August 29, 2008 by Staff

by Jonathan Singer / MyDD / Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 11:27:57 AM EST It has been forty years since someone as inexperienced as Sarah Palin has been put on a national ticket, and surprisingly enough there are some real similarities between Palin and her unprepared predecessor, Spiro T. Agnew, who also had been governor […]

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Lord help us all, Sarah Palin is the VP pick

August 29, 2008 by Staff

Celtic Diva’s Blue Oasis / Friday August 29, 2008 It’s official. For all of those who need more information about Sarah and her scandals, I have written extensively on the issue. The link to those posts is HERE. I will be doing a lot more writing on all of this but that reading should tide […]

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Locals Convince Ocean Beach Town Council to Back Safety Measures for Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

August 28, 2008 by Staff

Editor: In late May of this year, local Ocean Beach residents approached the O.B. Town Council with their concerns about the dangers of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, the main drag into the community from the freeways. The Town Council promised that they would address the issues at their August meeting, which was held last night, August […]

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Howard Zinn’s Advice to Barak Obama: “Speak boldly to the American people, (they) want to get out of Iraq.”

August 28, 2008 by Staff

On August 20th, Rob Kall, the editor of OpEdNews.com, interviewed one of the most famous living historians, Howard Zinn, author of the best-selling People’s History of the United States,. This is an excerpt of that interview, in which Zinn gave his advice to Barak Obama. Rob Kall: Do you have any advice for Obama? Howard […]

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The Poseidon Adventure Begins

August 28, 2008 by JEC

The largest seawater desalting project on the west coast is approved by JEC / OB Rag blog / August 28, 2008 The first of many desalination plants has been approved. The Poseidon Resources 50 million gallons a day desalination behemoth located in Carlsbad, California is slated to be operational by 2011. Desalination of seawater along […]

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The American Legitimacy Crisis

August 28, 2008 by Richard Nadeau

Whoever wins this 2008 Presidential election will face dangerous and near insurmountable problems. The problems involve the very future and survival of humanity – nuclear weapons proliferation, festering wars and conflicts in international relations, global warming and climate change, a shaky capitalist economy, and a greatly overextended and tottering American Empire worried about controlling the […]

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The Rise of ‘The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party’

August 28, 2008 by Staff

By David Sirota / Campaign for America’s Future / August 28th, 2008 On Monday morning during a CNN discussion from the floor of the Democratic convention in Denver, I told anchor John Roberts that despite the personality tiff between the Obama and Clinton people, and despite some blemishes on Joe Biden’s record, one thing is […]

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3,000 Vets, War Protesters Hand-Deliver Their Message

August 28, 2008 by Staff

by Patti Thorn / Rocky Mountain News / Thursday, August 28, 2008 DENVER – “Follow Us. Welcome to Denver,” read the electronic sign on the police vehicle. And with that conciliatory gesture, an unpermitted march for peace was allowed to proceed Wednesday afternoon through downtown Denver streets – peacefully.It was easily the largest demonstration in […]

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Transformational – the Democrats in Denver Nominate the First Black Presidential Candidate

August 28, 2008 by Staff

It Looks a Lot Like Unity Overcoming internal divisions–and a century of tortured political history–Democrats chose Barack Obama as their nominee. by John Nichols / The Nation / 08/27/2008 @ 9:39pm DENVER – In 1908, when Democrats first gathered in Denver, African-American activists asked the party to make a place for them — inside the […]

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Dems all Wet, Roz on Junk, World Traveling Fish, Monster Wave, BFFs and more

August 27, 2008 by Staff

By David Helvarg / Blue Notes #49 / Originaly posted August 23, 2008 LET THEM EAT SAND As Barack Obama was bodysurfing Sandy’s Beach on Oahu in Mid-August and taking his family snorkeling at Hanauma Bay the Democrats were putting out their party platform including a statement on “Stewardship of Our Planet and Natural Resources” […]

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Bush’s Deal With Iraq: A Time Bomb Set to Explode

August 27, 2008 by Staff

by: Steve Weissman, t r u t h o u t | Perspective / Wednesday 27 August 2008   Back in January, the Bush administration proposed a Status of Forces Agreement to govern relations between American troops and the Iraqis after the UN mandate expires in December 2008. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton accused […]

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You’re the reader in this ‘Reader Rant’

August 27, 2008 by Staff

This is an open post for any reader to leave their rant – on anything, the Democratic Convention in Denver, the status of waves in Ocean Beach, any subject or issue.

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UN accuses US-led troops in deaths of Afghan civilians, including 60 children

August 26, 2008 by Staff

By Fisnik Abrashi / August 26, 2008 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The United Nations said Tuesday it has found “convincing evidence” that U.S. coalition troops and Afghan forces killed some 90 civilians, including 60 children, in airstrikes in western Afghanistan. The U.N. said it based its findings solely on the testimony of villagers and meetings […]

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Michelle Obama makes them cry inside the Denver Democratic Convention & police make them cry outside

August 26, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Michelle Obama, wife of Barak, made them cry during her speech Monday night inside the Democratic Convention. And outside, the police fired pepper spray on a couple hundred protesters outside Monday night. In an emotional speech before the delegates, Michelle Obama proved to the country and the world how genuine she and her family are. […]

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Protests Begin at Democratic Convention in Denver

August 25, 2008 by Staff

Demonstrators protest Gitmo By Tom McGhee The Denver Post Article Last Updated: 08/25/2008 03:03:32 PM MDT   Protesters walk down the 16th Street Mall past mounted police as the city prepares for the start of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Monday, Aug. 25, 2008. (AP | Matt Rourke) A crowd of several hundred protesters […]

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Let’s Hope Convention Cities Respect Right To Protest

August 25, 2008 by Staff

INSIDE THE FIRST AMENDMENT By Gene Policinski / First Amendment Center To paraphrase a popular TV commercial, free speech is “priceless.” As protesters and delegates gather for this year’s national political conventions – Democrats in Denver starting Aug. 25, Republicans in St. Paul Sept. 1 – that’s a constitutional principle well worth noting. The conventions […]

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1968 Chicago Riot Left Mark On Political Protests

August 25, 2008 by Staff

Photo Gallery: Convention Chaos by Ina Jaffe / NPR / August 23, 2008 · Democrats are gathering for their national convention in Denver with their party divided by a bruising presidential nomination contest and the country mired in an unpopular war. The situation was similar 40 years ago, when Democrats convened in Chicago. But what […]

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cartoon o’ da day

August 25, 2008 by Staff
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FBI Seeks Sweeping New Powers

August 25, 2008 by Staff

By Aziz Hug / The Nation / August 22, 2008 Lame-duck administrations with abysmal poll ratings and no legislative agenda attract little attention. But to ignore the Bush Administration at this point is perilous: in its waning days, the Administration is turning the Federal Bureau of Investigation into a domestic intelligence agency with sweeping powers […]

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Big Oil Song and Dance

August 24, 2008 by Staff

By Jim Hightower / The Progressive / August 2008 Issue The Big Oil Quintet made an appearance before Congress on May 22, singing their old standard: “The Magic of the Free Market.” The CEOs of the five biggest oil corporations turned in a boffo performance for a demanding crowd of lawmakers: You ask us why […]

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Diebold/Premier Actually Admits Its Machines Are Faulty! And That It Lied About Antivirus Software

August 24, 2008 by Staff

by Mike Masnick / Techdirt / Fri, Aug 22nd 2008 Consider me to be in a state of shock. For nearly half a decade Diebold has always responded in the identical way to every single report of a problem or security vulnerability with its e-voting machines: attacking those who pointed out the problem and claiming […]

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Biden’s de Man

August 24, 2008 by Doug Porter

Presumptive Presidential candidate Barack Obama announced his choice of Vice President very early this morning. I was just getting in from a poker game (thanks for the money, gang) when the ObamaPhone ™ starting flashing red and beeping like crazy. And there it was….the big news….Vice President Biden. I find it ironic that none of […]

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Stories from the citizens of the former “Golden State”

August 22, 2008 by Patty Jones

We want to tell you about an interesting website we were referred to today. It’s called My California Story – Real stories from real people. Politics & media free. WATCH / READ / LISTEN: Compelling stories from people whose lives and loved ones depend on California health and human service programs.  Stories from People, Not […]

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San Diego Sacrifices 3.8 Million Gallons of Water So Mission Valley Tourists Won’t Go Without

August 22, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Water from damaged fire hydrant is allowed to gush for 5 1/2 hours so Mission Valley tourists wouldn’t lose their bath water SAN DIEGO, CA. The City of San Diego has admitted that the fire hydrant knocked over on Wednesday, August 20th, by a motorist on Hotel Circle South spewed forth 3.8 million gallons – […]

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Iraqi Government Cracks Down On U.S. Sunni “Awakening” Allies

August 22, 2008 by Staff

Leaders of U.S. allied Sunni patrols targeted – hundreds ordered arrested by Baghdad government – Iraqi “stability” threatened By Richard A. Oppel Jr. / NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE / August 22, 2008 BAGHDAD – The Shiite-dominated government in Iraq is driving out many leaders of Sunni citizen patrols, the groups of former insurgents who […]

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Bush “Surrenders” to Islamist Extremists – the Iraqi Government – and Is Ready to Agree to Pull-Out Date

August 22, 2008 by Staff

In reversal, Bush to accept Iraq withdrawal timetable of 2011 CRAWFORD, Texas (AFP) – After years of denouncing timetables for a US withdrawal from Iraq, US President George W. Bush seemed poised Friday to accept late 2011 as a target date for a complete US troop pull-out. The top Iraqi negotiator told AFP in Baghdad […]

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Obama Babies and the Ten Per Cent Solution

August 21, 2008 by Gregg Robinson

Grow up! When I listen to the squabbles between those on the left that support Obama and those that don’t I feel like I should drag out an old copy of Dr. Spock (for those of you not old enough to have heard of him, Dr. Spock was the baby doctor who wrote a book […]

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Congressman Bilbray Refuses to Meet With Vets – So, Group Continues “Camp” at his Office

August 21, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

SAN DIEGO, CA. Congressman Brian Bilbray continues to refuse to meet with a group of veterans who have “camped” outside the door of his local Solana Beach office. About a half dozen members of San Diego Veterans For Peace have staged a vigil that began last Monday, August 18th. The vets want to discuss veterans’ […]

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Denver “Gitmo” Can Hold 400 Arrestees During Dem’s Convention

August 21, 2008 by Staff

by Judi Villa / Rocky Mountain News / Wed Aug 20, 2008 There won’t be razor wire, but anyone arrested during the Democratic National Convention will be held in locked chain-link cells in an old warehouse. he Denver County Sheriff’s Office unveiled the facility Wednesday, saying it was designed to mimic the functions of a […]

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