September 2010

‘One Nation’ Mobilizes October 2nd for Jobs, Justice, and Education

September 30, 2010 by Staff
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One Nation on Oct. 2nd is a huge event in Washington DC headed by the AFL-CIO, CtW and NAACP and endorsed by many other organization.

We will meet on October 2nd from 3:30pm until 4:30pm. Meet at Balboa Park at 6th and Laurel St (El Prado). We will start on time so please try and come early! We encourage you to bring signs, noise makers and energy!

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OB Rag Fall 2010 Elections Part 2 – Proposition 19: A Vote To Legalize Marijuana

September 30, 2010 by Doug Porter
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I read the news today, oh boy…

Pull up a chair and stayed tuned over the next few weeks as I walk you through the candidates and ballot proposals for 2010…

This should have been the easiest of all the propositions on this fall’s California ballot for me to write about, but it’s not turned out that way. It’s a very personal story, and I invite you to walk down this path with me as I explore my reasoning.

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Amnesty International Benefit in OB on Saturday October 2nd

September 30, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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4th Annual

Amnesty International Ocean Beach Benefit Concert
It’s becoming an OB Tradition!
Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
6 p.m. to close
Portugalia Restaurant and Pub
4839 Newport Avenue 92107

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Solidarity rally in support of activists raided by the FBI in 4 states Friday Sept 24th

September 29, 2010 by Staff

San Diego Demonstrates in Solidarity
Thursday Sept 30th @ 5pm at the Federal Building

STOP the FBI Witch hunts & ‘Terrorism Warrants’ against Socialists, Solidarity and Peace Activists!

Last Friday, Sept. 24th the FBI raided the homes and offices of more than a dozen activists in 4 states and pursued others in at least 2 other states carting away in one case, 40 boxes of personal, computer and cell phone materials.

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Are we there yet? The long road to equality for women…..

September 29, 2010 by Anna Daniels
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“Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.” … “What I am defending is the real rights of women. A woman should have the right to be in the home as a wife and mother.” Phyllis Schlafly

“Schlafly’s discussion reveals a paradox. She was able to have it all: family and career. And she did it by fighting those who said they were trying to get it all for her.…” Pia de Solenni

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The Rolling Stone Interview of Barack Obama

September 29, 2010 by Source

The following is an article from the October 15, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone.

We arrived at the southwest gate of the white house a little after one o’clock on the afternoon of September 17th. It was a warm fall day, but the capital felt quiet and half-empty, as it does on Fridays at the end of summer, with Congress still in recess.

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Independent Steve Gronke could knock longtime County Supervisor Bill Horn off

September 28, 2010 by Andy Cohen
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by Andy Cohen

Steve Gronke wants your vote, North County. The 10 year veteran of the Vista City Council has changed course and mounted a thus far successful challenge to 16 year incumbent, Bill Horn, for the 5th District seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The once dark horse candidate surprised the experts in last June’s primary and forced a runoff for November 2.

But the race isn’t over yet. And Gronke hopes to finish the job and bring some new blood and ideas to the County government. Gronke is the rarest of political figures in today’s hyper-partisan environment.

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Third parties, cooperate with the Democrats, or leave them to their own devices.

September 28, 2010 by Source
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The Socialist Salon hosted a community forum on “left parties” and the possibility of working with the Democratic Party to create social change in our country that matches the ideals of the current “third parity’s” ideals. The event was held at the Joyce Beers Community Center on 9/19 with panelists from the Peace and Freedom Party, Green Party and PDA/Progressive Democrats of America.

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Anger mounts as a private company takes over libraries – including one in LA County

September 28, 2010 by Source
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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — A private company in Maryland has taken over public libraries in ailing cities in California, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas, growing into the country’s fifth-largest library system.

Now the company, Library Systems & Services, has been hired for the first time to run a system in a relatively healthy city, setting off an intense and often acrimonious debate about the role of outsourcing in a ravaged economy.

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Census survey shows 100,000 more San Diegans have fallen into economic hardship

September 28, 2010 by Source
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By Center on Policy Initiatives / September 28, 2010

More than 100,000 San Diego County residents fell from the middle class into poverty or severe economic hardship over the past two years, while the wealthiest fifth of earners continued to receive almost half of all income generated in the County.

US Census data released today reinforce the desperate need for good jobs that pay living wages, a CPI analysis shows. Almost half the adults living in extreme poverty in 2009 were working full- or part-time, and families with children were particularly hard hit.

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Still Pointers after all these years: PLHS class of 1950 reunites

September 27, 2010 by Dixon Guizot
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What makes someone in San Diego a local is sometimes debatable, but it’s hard to dispute the status of the folks who got together at the Bay View Restaurant at the Marine Corp Recruit Depot on Friday, Sept. 24. This was the 60th reunion of Point Loma High School’s class of 1950, a festive and feel-good gathering of folks who can out-local just about anybody on the Peninsula.

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Anti-War Activists in the Nation’s Heartland Under Attack!

September 27, 2010 by Rocky Neptun

By Rocky Neptun

The sweeping assaults across the nation on peaceful anti-war activists Sept. 24th represent an ominous divergence for an administration which was elected to change the heavy-handed policies of the Bush regime. Like something straight out of the Ashcroft playbook, FBI agents, in cooperation with local authorities, raided homes and offices in Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota. Government thugs also showed up at the doors of progressives and human rights activists in North Carolina and San Jose, California.

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Memories and the OB Spaceman

September 27, 2010 by Source
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By Warren Patch

Ocean Beach has always been a colorful place. The Hippies seem to perpetually reinvent themselves there; long hair, short hair, dread hair, dirty hair, blue hair, no hair, it’s all cool. And tie-dye is still vogue. I buy mine at Sunshine Daydreams on Newport Avenue.

One of the all-time great characters of OB was Clint Carey, alias OB SPACEMAN. He used to sell plots of land on the moon. And he was the only OB’cean who had personally met the “Outer Space People” when they came visiting, and he alone was authorized to sell tickets for spaceship rides when they returned.

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US Drones patrol border as part of militarization of region

September 27, 2010 by Source
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As Mexicans celebrated the 200th anniversary of their independence from Spain last week, evoking a history of resistance against colonialism, a disturbing development unfolds on the country’s northern border: a fleet of US Predator B drones has been deployed on constant patrol.

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I was Like a Whale Swimming in the Middle of the Sea in OB

September 27, 2010 by Ernie McCray
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Man, did I have a good time
in OB,
much like the time a whale
I saw in a watercolor
on a table
in the middle of the street
seemed to be having
to me –

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Obama Will Triumph — So Will America

September 26, 2010 by Source
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Editor: Despite the following being nine months old, we thought we’d share it.

By Frank Schaeffer

Before he’d served even one year President Obama lost the support of the easily distracted left and engendered the white hot rage of the hate-filled right. But some of us, from all walks of life and ideological backgrounds — including this white, straight, 57-year-old, former religious right wing agitator, now progressive writer and (given my background as the son of a famous evangelical leader) this unlikely Obama supporter — are sticking with our President.

Why?– because he is succeeding.

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Ocean Beach Skatepark Fence Saves Kids

September 26, 2010 by Source
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By Jim Grant

This car was speeding down interstate 8 yesterday at 4pm, he tried to make the green light at 8 and Sunset Cliffs he ran the red light, skidded around the corner, slid between a concrete barrier (set up to keep cars from crashing into the skate park) and a trio of 40 foot palm trees. If he had hit either of these two things no doubt the car would have split in two, he was doing at least 70 mph at this time. He continued down the sidewalk and landscaping leaving skid marks and a path of debris behind him. He plowed into the 8′ high fencing surrounding the Ocean Beach skate park which was FULL of kids. The fencing crumpled like an aluminum can….

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Part 1: Is There a Feminist in the House?

September 24, 2010 by Anna Daniels
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fem·i·nism ( Merriam Webster Dictionary)

1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

2: organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests
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Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” Pat Robertson

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The 2010 Fall Election Season – Part One: Dishonesty, Deceit and Deception

September 24, 2010 by Doug Porter
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In just a few short weeks, we’ll be offered the opportunity to vote in State and local elections. Most of us won’t vote. In the 2006 California mid-term election, nearly 60% of eligible voters declined to cast a ballot. While that statistic is lamentable, here’s the silver lining: a relatively small number of motivated voters can determine the tone and direction of San Diego and California. That could be you!

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Another Stupid Law: ‘No Mail Slots Allowed’

September 24, 2010 by Judi Curry
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by Judi Curry

Who are these stupid people that make up these stupid laws? It is inconceivable to me that a majority of our elected officials are so stupid that they can all agree on this one.

Here is the scenario: I have an external mailbox, attached to the stucco of my house, near the front door. Yesterday I saw a person distributing flyers look through my mail before he left me his own flyer – in the mailbox, by the way, which is also against the law.

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Reader Rant: Ice cream’s strangest flavor: bovine growth hormone

September 24, 2010 by Source
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Reader Rant by Anonymous Health Nut

This is why when I see all those pink ribbons on the ads that are geared towards “the cure’ for breast cancer, I go ballistic! We do not need another drug to fight a disease that kills and disfigures a person’s body and life. We need to clean up the crap in our air, water and food supply. Bottom line is greed is causing breast cancer; the greed of corporations who have no consciousness regarding clean food air and water.

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Sarah Palin’s Top 10 Tea Party Mamma Grizzlies (from DC Douglas)

September 24, 2010 by Patty Jones
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D.C. Douglas, a veteran character actor and voice over artist, has produced another in a series of comedic political videos. “Sarah Palin’s Top 10 Tea Party Mamma Grizzlies” is a 4 minute voter’s guide to Sarah Palin’s mid-term Tea Party congress candidate picks.

“I find it best to put all your crazy tea bags into one pot so you can get a real taste of Sarah Palin’s political acumen,” says Mr. Douglas.

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Faulconer to unveil new Sunset Cliffs Park benches – Friday Sept 24th

September 23, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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The OB Rag has received word that Councilman Kevin Faulconer is hosting a news conference tomorrow morning – September 24th – at Sunset Cliffs to unveil the new, City-installed wooden benches. The conference/ unveiling is at 11:45 a.m. on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard between Froude and Guizot streets.

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Long-term unemployed aim to become a political force

September 23, 2010 by Source

People who have exhausted their jobless benefits are pressing policymakers for more aid and joining together to call attention to their cause.

After his wife of 23 years pulls out of the driveway every morning to head to college, Scott Mathewson sits down at the computer in his apartment and talks to his unemployment group.

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Retired Florida Man Bicycling From OB to East Coast to Aid Gulf Coast Oil Spill Victims.

September 23, 2010 by Source
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A Gulf Breeze couple is riding across America in support of the families who are victims of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill. Feeling an obligation to help, Roger and Vicki Grooters of Gulf Breeze embarked Friday, Sept. 10 on a cross-country ride. Roger is riding his bicycle from Ocean Beach in San Diego, Calif., to Jacksonville – a distance of approximately 3,200 miles.

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Jon Stewart’s ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’ could draw tens of thousands

September 23, 2010 by Source

‘The Daily Show’ event is planned as a comical response to Glenn Beck’s recent rally — but politically minded fans are taking it, and Stephen Colbert’s ‘March to Keep Fear Alive,’ seriously. The moment Shawna Riley heard Jon Stewart lay out his plans to hold a “Rally to Restore Sanity” on Oct. 30 on the National Mall, she raced to get online and book her hotel and airline tickets. The 41-year-old owner of an advertising firm, who lives in Marble Falls, Texas, described the event as “one of those we-got-to-be-there moments.”

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The Great Bumper Sticker ‘Wars’ Over the Years

September 22, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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Originally published 9/22/10

The recent sticker “wars” in Ocean Beach have reminded me of just how much a student of bumper stickers I really am – and one of my favorites was circa 1969. Highlighting the political tension in America back in the late Sixties and early Seventies, this one was quite famous: “America: Love it or leave it.” It had the flag either in the background or on the side.

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William Shatner – up to his neck in “$#*!” – stars in new TV comedy inspired by Point Loman’s twitter

September 22, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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Editor: “Terriers” is not the only new TV series that has an uber-local connection. There’s a new CBS series that starts Thursday, September 23rd, based on the twitters of a young man from Point Loma – Justin Halpern – who wrote down the spicy and witty sayings uttered by his cranky 74 year old father, a retired doctor. And William Shatner is playing the dad.

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Ranger talks about his job of guarding seals at Children’s Pool

September 22, 2010 by Source
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Controversy has surrounded potential management plans for the Children’s Pool at Casa Beach since seals formed a rookery on its shores more than a decade ago. One of the most recent attempts at regulating interactions between humans and seals has been hiring a park ranger using private funds secured by District 1 City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner’s office.

Randy Hawley, who became the city of San Diego’s first park ranger in 1989, interrupted his retirement to supervise the area as a provisional employee while the city searches for a full-time ranger.

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10 Terrible Things Republicans Will Try to Do If They Take Over in November

September 22, 2010 by Source
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Democrats are in trouble come November. If current polling is any indication, Republicans have a good chance of reclaiming a majority in the House of Representatives and perhaps even the Senate (though the Senate is a less likely prospect). That’s not because people are wildly excited about Republicans. In fact, a recent poll shows that registered voters rate the GOP’s performance as worse than the Democrats’. But the enthusiasm gap between the parties gives the GOP an advantage; a nine-point advantage among likely voters, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll .

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