April 2009

House GOP Leaders Release Pro Torture Video

April 30, 2009 by Doug Porter

You can’t make this stuff up, folks. Here’s the newest scare video released today by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and ranking intelligence committee member Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.).

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Swine Flu Media Coverage Ignites Racist Hysteria, Ignores Possible Causes

April 28, 2009 by Doug Porter
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by Doug Porter

It’s been impossible to ignore the media hysteria over the past few days in response to reported outbreaks of the newest variant of the influenza virus. The talking heads and frantic graphic displays on television news have raised the fine art of 24 hour video fear mongering to new levels.

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An Arch to Build a Dream On

April 27, 2009 by Mary E. Mann
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By Mary Mann

Walking down the long row of trailers, I wonder how I will recognize the one that belongs to Daniel Wallace and Judith May. They all look the same. As I near it, though, the ownership of the mobile home is made obvious by a preponderance of what their makers refer to as wobblies, wooden creatures, each with a name and a story. I should have known there would be something.

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Activists, Reformers Now Control State Democratic Party

April 27, 2009 by Source

Before the California Democratic Convention ended yesterday, delegates bucked the Party leadership on the May 19th ballot measures – by securing a “no endorsement” on Propositions 1A, 1D and 1E. State legislators and Party operatives pushed “yes” on all six measures, but enough of the grassroots who stayed for the tail end of the session refused to go along.

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The Fumes of Empire

April 26, 2009 by Source
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by Rocky Neptune

Otay Mesa, Tijuana, Mexico……Juanita couldn’t hold her balance. The policemen pursuing her were waving guns and shouting. She tried to re-tie the shawl that held the baby to her breast while darting through the moving traffic, but her six month old fell forward, skidding across the filthy asphalt, his lower lip ripped by the jagged edge of a pothole.

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Help the Republican Party pick a new name.

April 24, 2009 by Doug Porter
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by Doug Porter

Unlike our fair city of San Diego, our nation’s capitol boasts two daily newspapers. Pretty much everybody has heard of the Washington Post since that “Watergate” thingie happened and Hollywood made a movie about how great it was and stuff. And while the Washington Post has become sad shadow of the “great” (meaning many pages) newspaper it once was, both conservatives and liberals still enjoy sitting around their victrolas and talking about the left wing conspiracies that surely must be going on behind the scenes at the paper.

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Shepard Fairey is not a crook.

April 23, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Steven Heller

Even before Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama “Hope” poster became the focus of legal and ethical scrutiny — for Fairey’s use of Mannie Garcia’s A.P. news photo as the basis of the now ubiquitous image — some design critics and practitioners had already questioned the street artist’s habit of “sampling” existing imagery. A scolding essay by Mark Vallen, entitled “Obey Plagiarist Fairey,” which was published online in 2007, accused Fairey, who created the “OBEY GIANT” project in 1989, of “expropriating and recontextualizing artworks of others.”

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My Tortured Decision – top FBI agent comes ‘clean’ on torture

April 23, 2009 by Source
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By Ali Soufan

FOR seven years I have remained silent about the false claims magnifying the effectiveness of the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding. I have spoken only in closed government hearings, as these matters were classified. But the release last week of four Justice Department memos on interrogations allows me to shed light on the story, and on some of the lessons to be learned.

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Waterboard Sean Hannity? Yes, please.

April 23, 2009 by Jon Carr
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by Jon Carr

Last night (4/22/09) on Faux News, Conservative Right Wing pundit Sean Hannity engaged in a debate with Charles Grodin over the hot topic of torture or as the right wing prefers to call it, “enhanced interrogation.”

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“Thanks to all who supported City workers and union efforts!”

April 22, 2009 by Anna Daniels

by Anna Daniels

Just an FYI. I voted this morning to approve our MEA union two year contract. The results aren’t in but I suspect it will pass. It includes over one week of mandatory unpaid furlough, a 3% pay reduction or an equal reduction in our supplemental pension.

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A Tortured Story of Torture

April 22, 2009 by Doug Porter
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by Doug Porter

Although there is no scientific proof that torture as an interrogation technique actually works, (See this Defense Department Document) various acts of suffering have been used by governments and religious groups for as long as there have been governments and religious groups.

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Today Is the 20th Anniversary of OB’s Green Store

April 22, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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Twenty years ago today, Colleen Dietzel and Kip Kruegar and other local environmentalists opened The Green Store on Voltaire Street for the first time. It was Earth Day 1989 – April 22nd.

Ever since, the iconic ecology store has steadfastly held its ground, offering books, magazines, bumper stickers, buttons, posters and other green products and mementos, while also serving as an anti-corporate space, a meeting site for area groups, and the headquarters for any thing green in OB.

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Average San Diegan’s carbon footprint larger than average Los Angeles resident’s

April 22, 2009 by Source

The carbon footprint of the average San Diegan — including residential energy use and transportation — is larger than that of the average resident of Los Angeles, a review of available data shows. San Diego lags behind LA in policies and programs to reduce energy use.

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US Supreme Court limits car searches and begins to salvage the 4th Amendment

April 21, 2009 by Source
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The Supreme Court put a new limit on police searches of cars Tuesday, saying that “countless individuals guilty of nothing more serious than a traffic violation” have had their vehicles searched in violation of their rights.

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County Supervisors keep home searches and fingerprinting in new plan to enroll more on food stamps

April 21, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

Jeff McDonald of the Union-Tribune staff reported this afternoon on a “plan” that the County Board of Supervisors just today unanimously approved to get more people on food stamps. Hot damn! And it’s a 3 year plan at that, too.

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2009 Padres a breath of fresh air in major league baseball

April 21, 2009 by Lane Tobias
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by Lane Tobias

As a lifelong sports fan with allegiances to various East Coast sports teams that garner hatred amongst competitor fan bases (I won’t go into all of my favorite teams as to not draw the ire of the many native San Diegans who read the OB Rag) I have been encouraged on an emotional and philosophical level by the early season success of the San Diego Padres.

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Sacramento’s Tent City torn down – the real story and how the media got it wrong

April 21, 2009 by Source
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Dozens of city and county workers descended on Sacramento’s tent city on Thursday, and within hours cleared the area of all signs of the sprawling homeless encampment.

PLUS

Over the past few months, reporters from around the world have flocked to the now-famous tent city in Sacramento, Calif. When they find out that 55-year-old John Kraintz has been living in a tent for almost seven years, they turn around and walk away.

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City staff outnumber OB residents at Mayor’s Rec Center budget “briefing”

April 20, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

It was a hot Monday night in the gym of the Ocean Beach Rec Center. It was time for Mayor Jerry Sanders presentation of his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2010. Patty and I had wanted to attend. Not that we’re accountants or really understand the City Budget, but we wanted to witness the event and see OB in action. We walked in just a few minutes late, and it had already started. No “OB Time” here.

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California Congresscritter Covers-up Covert Wiretaps

April 20, 2009 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter

The Congressional Quarterly today revealed that Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-Los Angeles) was overheard on a court-approved NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli spy that she would lobby to reduced espionage related charges against two associates of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

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First Annual OB Global Rockfest! Photo Gallery

April 20, 2009 by Jon Carr

By Jon Carr

We told you there would more photos to come!

Here are more pictures I took throughout the day, along with some sent to us by our friends Jeff Stone and Pat James. If anyone else would like to add to the mix, please feel free to send in your shots with a brief description.

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420: Thoughts on pot vs. alcohol from a former police chief

April 20, 2009 by Source

by Norm Stamper, Former Police Chief of Seattle

As 5:00 p.m. rolls around my interior clock starts chiming. I’ll have an ice-cold, bone-dry martini, thank you. Jalapeno olives and a twist. If the occasion calls for it (temperatures in the twenties, a hot political debate on the tube) I may substitute two fingers of Kentucky sour mash. Four-twenty?

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OB Rockfest a picture perfect day

April 20, 2009 by Jon Carr
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by Jon Carr

Saturday April 18th, 2009 was the first annual OB Rockfest. A picture perfect day without a cloud in the sky and plenty of locals and visitors getting together for fun, sun, music and a little dose of environmental awareness.

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Town Hall Meeting on City Budget in Ocean Beach Monday April 20th

April 19, 2009 by Anna Daniels
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There will be Town Hall Meeting in Ocean Beach tomorrow – April 20th – on the FY10 budget. This is your opportunity to get an overview by the Mayor’s staff on his proposed budget and ask questions!

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Sports Beat: OB Pretenders suffer first loss to Stilted Stix

April 18, 2009 by Source
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by Denny Doyle

The good news is the Pretenders scored 15 runs on 19 hits, and scored in each inning we played (5).

The bad news is the other team called in the score, as we had our first loss, 17 -15, with Tilted Sticks …

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San Francisco Labor Council Condemns SEIU’s Raid On Other Union Unite-Here.

April 18, 2009 by Source
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In a well attended raucous meeting on April 13, 2009, of the San Francisco Labor Council – representing nearly all the unions in San Francisco – the Council unanimously endorsed a resolution condemning the raid by the president of SEIU International Andy Stern on Unite-Here throughout the country. (SEIU stands for Service Employees International Union – and is one of the most influential unions in the country.)

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Arizona Pastor Beaten and Tasered by Border Patrol

April 17, 2009 by Source
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Pastor Steven Anderson of Tempe, Ariz., says he was Tasered, assaulted and denied medical treatment after he refused to submit to a search by Border Patrol officers at an immigration checkpoint east of San Diego. The ACLU has called the area a “Constitution-free zone” where such abuse has become commonplace.

The pastor of a Baptist church in the Phoenix area says he was stopped at an internal Border Patrol checkpoint, Tasered and beaten.

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… news from around San Diego’s web town …

April 17, 2009 by Source
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THE READER: Old Money Talking –
Sheriff Bill Kolender has thrown the race for his successor into a tizzy by deciding to resign on July 2, giving his support as expected to Undersheriff Bill Gore…

SAN DIEGO CITYBEAT: What moves you? Public transit plan rethinks the way we get around …

VOICE OF SAN DIEGO: Mayor’s Budget Solution Not a Mystery to All …

SDNN: California senate votes to let harbor seals stay …

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Obama Promises to Defend Interrogators, But No Promise on the Bush Lawyers Who Signed Off

April 17, 2009 by Source

This afternoon (4/16/09) the Obama administration released lightly redacted versions of four previously classified legal opinions from the Bush Justice Department approving CIA interrogation techniques now widely catalogued and condemned by many to have constituted torture.

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“America’s Finest?”

April 17, 2009 by Source

by Rhythm Rancher

I was reading the “Letters to the Editor” in the latest issue of City Beat this morning when I came across this letter from a fellow OBcean. While I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, the fact that he’s a City of San Diego employee who “deals” with the homeless was sad to me to say the least.

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Message to the right-wing tea-baggers: We were fed-up with Bush and that’s why we elected Obama. Get over it and help the country get back.

April 15, 2009 by Frank Gormlie

by Frank Gormlie

I’m getting fed-up with hearing about these right-wing tea-baggers (for lack of a better word). I know, today – Tax Day – was the day they held protests involving tea bags.

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