November 2008

Mumbai to Obama: End Bush’s War on Terror

November 29, 2008 by Staff

The terrorist attacks in Mumbai call out to President-elect Barack Obama and his advisors to rethink the signature blunder of George W. Bush’s eight years in office – the so-called War on Terror. As US intelligence reports have made clear, the centerpiece of the supposed campaign against terror, the military occupation of Iraq, has increased the likelihood of more attacks like those in Mumbai, Madrid, London and Manhattan.
by Steve Weissman

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Tensions Mount in Thailand as Protesters Continue Airport Sit-In

November 29, 2008 by Staff

At least 34 anti-government protesters in Thailand, who for months have occupied the prime minister’s office in Bangkok, have been injured in a grenade attack. The latest blast comes amid a standoff between police and thousands of demonstrators who have occupied Bangkok’s main airports, crippling the country’s tourism industry.

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How new and missing city councilmembers would have voted on library closures

November 29, 2008 by Frank Gormlie
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DAVID WASHBURN at voiceofsandiego has been doing his homework when it comes to library cuts and City Council votes. How would Councilmember Hueson and the incoming members have voted on cutting libraries and rec centers.

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Entering the Cone Zone

November 28, 2008 by Patty Jones
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Today is going to be a big day for us, today is the day we are going to make the transition to our new format. There may be moments when our site will be inaccessible but I don’t anticipate too many problems. UPDATE: So, still a little fine tuning to do

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Let’s Get Smart About Obama

November 28, 2008 by Staff

MARK RUDD: Just the mere mention of the names Hillary Clinton and Lawrence Summers alone conjure up a litany of horrendous right-wingers appointed to top level positions. Betrayal is the name of the game.
But wait a second. Let’s talk about a few things:

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Good and Bad for Al Franken in Ballot Recount for Minn. Senate

November 26, 2008 by Staff

Associated Press article : In Franken vs. Coleman Senate race recount – Minnesota board refuses voided absentee ballots but opens way for legal battle – 3,600 ballots remain to be recounted.

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Enough of ‘Barbituate’ Left Cynicism, Obama Is a Victory over White Supremacy

November 26, 2008 by Staff

We don’t need the “everything sucks” analysis; Obama has mobilized millions of activists and that energy is looking for an outlet.
By Tim Wise

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Weapons Come Second – Can Obama Take on the Pentagon?

November 25, 2008 by Staff

For all the rolling up of sleeves and “everything is going to change” exuberance, however, taking on the Pentagon, with its mega-budget and its mega-power, may be the hardest task he faces.

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Victory for Libraries! San Diego City Council Votes to Keep Libraries & Rec Centers Open

November 24, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

A victory for people power : the libraries and rec centers stay open … for now. After a two hour hearing, the San Diego City Council voted 6 to 1 to keep the 7 libraries and 10 Rec Centers open.

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Local Business to Donate 5% of Sales to Ocean Beach Library

November 23, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Ocean Beach business – Falling Sky Pottery – commits to donate 5% of sales to the Ocean Beach library, from December 7th to December 21st.

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Are the library closings really secret land deals?

November 23, 2008 by Staff

Pat Flannery, of Blog of San Diego, has a perspective on why Mayor Sanders made an abrupt proposal to summarily close down several libraries.

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Residents Turn Out to Save OB Library – Rallies Held at All 7 Threatened Libraries

November 22, 2008 by Staff
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Rally reports & photos – Ocean Beach, Carmel Mountain, University Community, Benjamin, University Heights.

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A Tribute to Rick Nadeau, Our Friend

November 20, 2008 by Frank and Patty
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Rick Nadeau Has Passed

November 20, 2008 by Frank Gormlie
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Rick Nadeau, best of friends, writer for the OB Rag, intellectual par excellence, passed on November 20th. Rick had been fighting cancer for the past two years, and finally took his last breath while in the arms of his love and wife, Diana, at their home in Sacramento. A Memorial service for Rick will be held on December 13th in Sacramento. His San Diego friends will be organizing a wake here in town. See the many comments made by friends and family, including memoria by his spouse, Diana Tumminia, and good friend, Gregg Robinson.

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Letter to City Council: Beware the Trojan Horse of Reduced Library Hours

November 20, 2008 by Staff

Our good friend and fellow librarian activist Anna Daniels has sent a letter to the San Diego City Council and we post it in its entirety below.  Anna also sent a special note to the residents of Ocean Beach. Here’s the note: Ocean Beach Library Supporters: I know that it is a palatable solution at […]

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City Council Puts Off Budget Cutting Decision Til Monday, Nov. 24th

November 19, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Late this afternoon, the San Diego City Council delayed any decision on Mayor Jerry Sander’s budget cutting proposals until another special meeting that they will hold on Monday, November 24th, from 1 to 4 pm. The Council, sitting as the budget review committee and chaired by Councilmember Toni Atkins, held its meeting before a packed Chambers, as they considered Mayor Sanders’ proposals – the closing of 7 libraries – including the Ocean Beach branch, and 9 recreation centers, including the Point Loma Cabrillo Center.

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Kristina Lee of Fox News Is Interviewing Me Right At this Moment – Watch Ch.5 at 10pm Tonight

November 19, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

OCEAN BEACH, CA.  Kristina Lee of Fox News is interviewing me at this very moment. Watch me at 10 PM at FOX 5 – CH. 5. Her report emphasizes the use of blogs and social websites in politics and activism. I hope she got my good side.

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Frankenstein in Mesopotamia

November 19, 2008 by Staff

Tom Hayden: The pact being negotiated between the US and Baghdad governments includes a direct rebuff to president-elect Barack Obama’s promised policy of withdrawing American combat troops in 16-18 months.

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Rally Again for Ocean Beach Library and for All Libraries – Sat. Nov. 22nd Noon

November 19, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

OCEAN BEACH, CA.  Ocean Beach residents who have organized recently to save the Ocean Beach Library from closure, have called for another rally in front of the OB branch. The rally has been called for Saturday, November 22nd at noon.  This second rally in front of the OB library is part of a series of […]

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Attend the City Council Hearing Today – Over 1,000 Have Signed Petitions to Keep Ocean Beach Library Open

November 19, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

OCEAN BEACH, CA.  The organizers of the resistance to the proposed closure of the Ocean Beach Library have counted 1,000 signatures on their Petition to oppose its closure.  OB residents and supporters of Libraries and Rec Centers everywhere are being asked to attend today’s City Council Hearing from  2 to 5 pm, on the 12th […]

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NO CUTS TO LIBRARIES! NO CUTS TO PARK AND REC!

November 19, 2008 by Staff

by Anna Daniels /  Wednesday, November 19, 2008 8:40 AM Here is the email I sent to all the City Councilmembers and the Mayor today: I know you all want to find a way to support libraries and park & rec. This requires the following:* Time for review and discussion The mayor threw out the […]

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Reader Rant: Our Global Financial Crisis and the Great Transfer of Wealth

November 19, 2008 by Staff

by Dave I’ve seen more sides of this ‘mortgage meltdown’ than most – real estate agent, mortgage broker, property owner, investor, forclosee, community preservation panelist, credit union asset liquidation manager. Therefore, I feel like I’ve got a little bit to say about our current mess, so I’d like to provide a little enlightenment from a […]

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Why Obama’s Futurama Can Wait

November 18, 2008 by Staff

Schools and Hospitals Should Come First in Any Stimulus Package By Mike Davis / TomDispatch.com / November 18, 2008 America’s “Futurama” is defunct. The famous walk-through diorama of a car-and-suburb world, imagineered by Norman Bel Geddes for General Motors at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, has weathered into a dreary emblem of our national […]

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Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales indicted by South Texas Grand Jury

November 18, 2008 by Staff

Charges related to alleged abuse of prisoners in federal detention centers Associated Press /  Nov. 18, 2008, 4:59PM McALLEN, Texas – A South Texas grand jury has indicted Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on charges related to the alleged abuse of prisoners in Willacy County’s federal detention centers. The indictment […]

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Battle Over Library Closures Looms – Over 600 Have Signed Petition to Keep the Ocean Beach Library Open

November 18, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

OCEAN BEACH, CA.  Over 600 Ocean Beach residents and supporters of the OB branch library have signed petitions demanding that the City not close the coastal community’s one branch due to Mayor Jerry Sanders’ budget cuts.  Battle lines are being drawn – an Ocean Beach strategy meeting for efforts to keep the OB Library and […]

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Independent Budget Analysis of Library Closures Raises Additional Concerns

November 17, 2008 by Patty Jones

The following excerpt – recommending actions regarding library and rec center closures – is from the OFFICE OF THE INDEPENDENT BUDGET ANALYST REPORT, with Patty’s highlighted points in red. RECOMMENDED ACTIONS ON BUDGET ADJUSTMENT PROPOSAL A. Library and Recreation Center Closures. As core City services, long-term or permanent closures of branch libraries and recreation centers […]

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Buy an Old Issue of the Original OB Rag – 20% Off

November 17, 2008 by Staff

That’s right! Old issues of the original Ocean Beach Rag are available for a donation to the blog. The original OB Rag had a publishing run of five years, from 1970 to 1976, and its history can be found in this blog. In the meantime, why not help out the blog, and buy a few […]

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We Are Hopin’ to Keep the Doors Open! Photo Gallery

November 15, 2008 by Frank and Patty

Ocean Beach Library – citizens rally to keep libraries open. GO HERE FOR LATEST UPDATE (Click on the pictures to see larger versions of them) OCEAN BEACH, SAN DIEGO CA. “We are hopin’ to keep the doors open!” was chanted today throughout the downtown business district of Ocean Beach, as 150 O.B. residents and library […]

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Showing Some Love, Ocean Beach Library Rally Videos

November 15, 2008 by Patty Jones

Ocean Beach, San Diego CA Frank Gormlie and Anna Daniels speak to the crowd who came to the Ocean Beach Library today to show their opposition to city library closures. Sorry the video quality is so bad, but the speakers were great!   These two young girls showed their love for the library and books.

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Believe It. Political change sweeps San Diego!

November 15, 2008 by Staff

Center for Policy Initiatives / Nov. 13, 2008 Change came to San Diego County as well as the nation on November 4. Our traditionally red county turned blue, voting 54% for Barack Obama.  It was the first time a Democratic presidential candidate got more than half the county’s vote since Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected […]

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