May 2009

More scenes of OB that we don’t want to see

May 31, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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Our blogger/ photographer Dave Gilbert has amassed quite a collection of shots of graffiti, cliff or sandstone carvings, and other images of OB that we really don’t want to see.

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Calling 911: Why Bother?

May 31, 2009 by Dave Rice
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My partner and I were driving down West Pt. Loma around 1:00 today – Saturday, May 30th – heading east. On the corner of Rialto, two boys appeared to be arguing – one looked to be no more than six or seven years old, the other in his mid-teens.

As we passed, the older one threw the younger to the ground and began pummeling him with fists and kicks to the chest, possibly using some sort of blunt instrument ….

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The Human Pandemic

May 31, 2009 by Mary E. Mann
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by Mary E Mann

Last, it was spinach. A few people across the country got very sick, and a baby died – the only thing they all had in common was the consumption of spinach. Suddenly, grocery stores were bereft of spinach, and newscasters with serious faces warned of a spinach-sickness crisis. A small national panic ensued.

Today, it’s swine.

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Scenes of OB we’d like not to see

May 30, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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Not all scenes or photographs of OB are scenic or pretty or even worth viewing. Unfortunately, the artistic talents of graffiti artists and people who carve in the cliffs and the sandstone are not very appreciated by the rest of us.

Here are some not-too-pretty scenes of Ocean Beach by our blogger/ photographer Dave Gilbert.

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You Are What You Eat (and Buy): Organic Water, Greenwashing, and Corporate Truthiness

May 29, 2009 by Doug Porter
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by Doug Porter

Greenwashing Goes Big Box…. Environmental consultants recently surveyed “big box” stores in the United States and Canada checking up on over two thousand “green” items. Only 2% of the items checked actually lived up to their sustainable or environmental claims. …

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Racist graffiti allowed to remain on OB apartment wall

May 29, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

UPDATE: Saturday, May 30 – 3:45pm: Our blogger Dave Gilbert has just reported that the graffiti on Abbott and Saratoga has been completely removed. Today, he also spoke to a manager at Nick’s At the Pier who told him he would remove that very visible graffiti at Abbott and Santa Monica today.

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What’s Your Solution to the La Jolla Seals? – Here’s mine: Bring the seals to OB

May 29, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

The City of San Diego is considering spending $700,000 for a public address system and sound track of barking dogs to drive the La Jolla seals off the beach. An actual member of the City Council has offered to use real barking dogs at a lower price.

Do you have a better idea? Huh? Huh? Can’t hear ya!

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Reader Rant: Once upon a time, Nebraska took the money away from its state government – then it snowed.

May 29, 2009 by JEC
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by JEC

Once upon a time, in the State of Nebraska, the citizens, excited from voting out the State Income Tax, decided to follow up with eliminating the State’s last source of revenue, the 2.75% Sales Tax.

And then it snowed. It was a blizzard….

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The squabbles of OB parrots

May 29, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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Local OB photographer Jeff Stone is at it again. There was so much interest in his first parrot picture, that he has now sent us an entire series on Ocean Beach parrots having their own squabbles. We continue to put the word out: if anyone has any OB photos they would like the blog to […]

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Open Letter to Judge Hofmann re: dispersal of the seals

May 28, 2009 by Source
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Dear Superior Court Judge Yuri Hofmann,

As a US Citizen residing here in San Diego, I would like to thank you and applaud your efforts to disperse the seals at the “Children’s Pool” beach in La Jolla. I hope to see these actions succeed, and the beach be returned to the hands of its true owners, the people of San Diego.

Often dumbfounded by the countless trespassing violations and blockages of public right-of-way by the members of the “animal kingdom,” …

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Surfin’ at the shore in OB

May 28, 2009 by Source
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More photos from photographer Jeff Stone. This time Jeff’s at the shore. “Barrel Boy” is Cody, Jeff’s youngest son – that’s the first shot. Nick, in the last shot, is Jeff’s nephew.

We invite anyone who wants to showcase their photos of Ocean Beach in our blog to simply send them to us via email. We need groups of six photos in order to fill up our gallery.

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Sit-in at County Clerk’s Office continues – arrests are anticipated

May 27, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

LATEST UPDATE: 6:00 pm: All protesters remaining in the Clerk’s Office agreed to leave the building without being arrested.

UPDATE: At 5:15 pm, police are negotiating with “dozens” still remaining inside the Clerk’s Office. The County Building was closed at 5pm.

2:30 PM: I just came from the County of San Diego’s Clerk’s Office where a sit-in is going on in protest of the Supreme Court upholding Prop 8 – …

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Trial of off-duty cop who shot Oceanside mom and her son to begin

May 27, 2009 by Source
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The trial of San Diego Police Officer Frank White, the officer accused of shooting an Oceanside woman and her 8-year old son, begins Thursday, May 28th.

Rachel Silva, 27, and her son were both seriously injured when they were shot by Frank White on March 15, 2008 in an Oceanside parking lot.

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Is the Pentagon subverting Obama’s plan to have US troops leave Iraq?

May 27, 2009 by Source
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Former Congressman Tom Andrews, National Director of the Win Without War Coalition, released the following statement today:

Yesterday’s comments by Army Chief of Staff General George Casey that the Pentagon needs to begin planning to leave U.S. combat troops in Iraq for another decade …

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Massive Cuts While A Permanent Corporate Tax Break Stands?

May 27, 2009 by Source
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Despite his admission that California is ungovernable, the Governor soldiered on today, announcing the full slate of revised budget cuts to replace his proposed borrowing, since scrapped, and to fill the even larger deficit estimated by the Legislative Analyst. …

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Did Homophobia Play a Big Role in Adam Lambert’s “Defeat”?

May 27, 2009 by Source
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by Jim David

The best singer didn’t win a freaking singing contest. When Kris Allen defeated Adam Lambert as the Season 8 “American Idol,” it was, as predicted, a seismic upset. Endless bloggers posted reactions like “The biggest robbery since Bush stole the election” and “The end of American Idol’s last hope at relevance.”

In the end homophobia won, and everyone knows it.

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Images from around our OB town

May 27, 2009 by Source
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One of our favorite OB photographers, Jeff Stone, has sent us the following images from our community.  We need you to suggest titles for each photo. What’s your title? Which photo do you favor? Do you have any photos of OB that you’d like the blog to showcase? If so, send them to us via […]

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2,000 Protest Supreme Court Decision In San Diego

May 26, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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Hundreds of people gathered at 6th Ave and Laurel late this afternoon to protest today’s California Supreme Court decision upholding Prop 8. By time the crowd hit the street to march downtown to the Courthouse, it had swelled to 2,000.

It was a large – even huge-, friendly and boisterous crowd. Everyone seemed to be in good spirits, despite the reason for the protest.

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San Diego Protests for Tuesday, May 26th, Against Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Prop 8

May 26, 2009 by Source

March in protest tonight 5pm at Sixth Avenue and Laurel:

In San Diego, supporters of marriage equality will gather to protest the Supreme Court ruling at 5pm today at Sixth Avenue and Laurel in Balboa Park, with a march south down Sixth Avenue to Broadway, then west to the Hall of Justice.

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BREAKING NEWS: California Supreme Court upholds Prop 8 but allows marriages to stand; San Francisco protests begin

May 26, 2009 by Source
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The California Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved constitutional amendment Tuesday that bans same-sex marriage in the state.The court said, however, that those couples who wed in the state under an earlier opinion from the court, will be considered married.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, huge crowd moves in and blocks traffic…..

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Same-sex marriage activists threaten non-violent action at County Clerk’s Office day-after adverse Supreme Court ruling

May 25, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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Gay rights advocates and same-sex marriage activists are threatening some sort of non-violent militant action at the San Diego County Clerk’s Office on Wednesday, May 27th, if there is an adverse ruling from the California Supreme Court on same-sex marriage.

The San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality has issued a statement that warns ….

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“I know who I am” – Reflections upon Adam Lambert and Lt. Dan Choi

May 25, 2009 by Anna Daniels

I am not 100% sure that Adam Lambert, presumed gay but not talking, lost the American Idol crown because of homophobia. I am however 100% sure that Lt. Dan Choi is getting the boot from the US military because he is gay and he is definitely talking.

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Egg McCruelty

May 25, 2009 by Source
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by: Jill Richardson / La Vida Locavore

McDonalds is going to McStudy whether a switch to a token amount of cage-free eggsis a good idea. I’m apparently not the only one who thinks this is a McStall tactic.

The other day I noted that the US Humane Society was congratulating Wendy’s for …

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NutriSoda Tags OB Sidewalks – Corporate Guerilla Marketing Hits Our Beach

May 24, 2009 by Doug Porter
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Nutrisoda is one of the various minor players in the soda pop business, but it happens to be owned by one of the biggies: PepsiAmericas, Inc. Now it’s been pared down to two markets: San Diego and Minneapolis.

Ocean Beach have been spray painted with various cutesy advertising slogans for the product.

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Filmmaker hijacks Starbucks’ Twitter PR campaign

May 22, 2009 by Source
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On Monday, the New York Times published a story detailing a multi-million dollar ad campaign launched by Starbucks in which the company put up advertising posters in six major cities and attempted to “harness the power of online social networking sites by challenging people to hunt for the posters on Tuesday and be the first to post a photo of one using Twitter.”

Unfortunately for Starbucks,…

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Facts Are Stupid Things – Tuesday’s “Election”

May 21, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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Virtually the entire political leadership in Sacramento took without questioning the view that the overwhelming loss of the special election is somehow a mandate for “living within our means” and deep, drastic cuts to the budget. The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times (in multiple venues) and most other publications provided uncritical coverage of the Governor and even leading Democrats, parroting this theory that “the voters spoke” and the message was that only cuts would be allowable from this point forward.

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The heart of Ocean Beach – Will hamburger prestige complicate the simple life?

May 21, 2009 by Source
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By D.A. Kolodenko

In the same way people are always saying the world is going to end, we also like to identify the deaths of specific places-for instance, “San Francisco died when the yuppies pushed out the artists” or “South Park died when people started calling it South Park” or “The Chicken Pie Shop died when it moved to El Cajon Boulevard.”

But you never hear “Ocean Beach died when….”

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Human Rights Activist Roberto Martinez Has Passed Away

May 20, 2009 by Source
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by Enrique Morones

Long Time Human Rights Leader and San Diegan, Roberto Martinez passed away peacefully and has finally gone home. The family is very grateful for all the prayers and support which are still very much needed.

His commitment to human rights was a life long commitment …

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Winning Photos From OB Historical Society Contest

May 19, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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OCEAN BEACH, CA.  At long last, we have all the winning photos from the OB Historical Society’s contest and exhibit from last weekend.  The contest was held Friday, May 15th, at the Masonic Temple (see our earlier post), and the winners were announced that night. Here are the winners and the titles: If you wish […]

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Trader Low’s: Chain supermarkets’ negative effect on local communities and what we can do to change it

May 19, 2009 by Lane Tobias
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by Lane Tobias

In a recent series of posts and articles, the OB Rag online community has been discussing different aspects of the food industry, particularly over the pricing strategies and employee turnover at our local co-op as compared to chain supermarkets, in particular Trader Joe’s. …

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