November 2010

How about a ‘Local Small Businesses Support Their Local Community Day’?

November 30, 2010 by Source
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by Sarah Little

Support Your Local Small Business Day?

How about a ‘Local Small Businesses Support Their Local Community Day’?

It’s not that I’m anti-small business. I’m not. I whole-heartedly support small, local businesses. Heck, that is one of the reasons I love Ocean Beach.

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O.B. Xmas Auctions Past, Present and Future…

November 30, 2010 by Mike James
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by Mike James For 25 of the last 31 years, I have been involved as an auctioneer at the Ocean Beach Christmas Festival Auction, representing the James Gang brothers. This years auction will be held Thursday Dec. 2nd at the Sunshine Company Saloon from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. I will be joined on stage […]

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What is the “Ocean Beach Conspiracy”?

November 30, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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Just what is the “Ocean Beach Conspiracy”? Is it a plot by a local optometrist to buy up all of Newport Avenue and make it all “mixed-use”? Is it the plan of the homeless and their advocates to “take over” the OB Town Council? Or is it a ploy by local businesses to drive out […]

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The Waiting Game

November 30, 2010 by Judi Curry
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Almost 16 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. That year, 1995, was a very difficult one for our family; my wonderful Mother-in-Law passed away in January, and my diagnosis came on St. Patrick’s Day the same year.  She was my “rock”; always positive; always praying for our family; I wished that SHE had […]

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A Trojan Horse Measure Posing as School Reform

November 29, 2010 by Doug Porter
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The battle for the hearts and minds of young people in San Diego’s public schools continues unabated as yet another year draws to a close. The shadowy group, San Diegans for Great Schools, a spin-off of the USD private think tank Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL) is now paying a company to gather […]

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The Complexity of Cats

November 29, 2010 by Anna Daniels
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    Today My Beloved and I dismantled the 90 pound dog cage that has sat in the middle of our very small living room for the past two weeks while we cared for our cat Blu. I am sure that the dry cat food (Whiskas meaty selections) that I was providing to our outdoor […]

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WikiLeaks Releases Diplomatic Bombshell

November 28, 2010 by Source
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US embassy cables leak sparks global diplomatic crisis • More than 250,000 dispatches reveal US foreign strategies • Diplomats ordered to spy on allies as well as enemies • Hillary Clinton leads frantic ‘damage limitation’ How 250,000 US embassy cables were leaked See below by David Leigh / guardian.co.uk / Sunday 28 November 2010 The […]

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Memo to Our Readers re: the Situation in Korea – “Read Between the Lines”

November 28, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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Did you know that your country – the US of A – and South Korea – have been holding military and naval war game exercises in and around the Korea peninsula since last March? That was when most nations believe North Korea sunk a South Korean warship with the loss of 46 lives in the […]

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La Jolla gets a new lifeguard station. Why doesn’t OB?

November 27, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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It’s one of those perennial  problems during economic hard times. One community is chosen for a new addition to its infrastructure while other communities are not. And those communities left out are left only with complaints. It’s happened again. Groundbreaking for a new lifeguard station in La Jolla occurred on November 22nd at LJ’s Kellogg […]

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Republicans Determined to Make Obama Their Bitch

November 27, 2010 by Source
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by John Lawrence / Will Blog for Food / November 27, 2010 Republicans are set to throw sand in the gears of everything Obama attempts to do to make the US and the world a better place. From DeMint saying that, if they could defeat him on health care, it would break him, it would […]

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Belmont Park operator gets more time

November 27, 2010 by Source

The leaseholder of Belmont Park will be allowed to keep controlling the property for now, but that could change early next year. On Nov. 18, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Laura S. Taylor issued a stay preventing the city of San Diego from forcing out operator Wave House Belmont Park LLC until Feb. 11, when the court determines whether the stay should be continued.

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Long Branch Torrey Pine on OB Planning Board Agenda – Dec. 1, 2010

November 27, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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The endangered Torrey Pine tree on the 4600 block of Long Branch Avenue is on the agenda of the December 1st meeting of the Ocean Beach Planning Board.  The huge, beautiful tree located at 4633 Long Branch is endangered because the City of San Diego wants either to cut it down or perform drastic cutting […]

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Anna’s Video Pick – Tripping on Tryptophan with ‘Synesthesia’

November 25, 2010 by Anna Daniels
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Synesthesia (from answers.com)

1. A condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color.

2. A sensation felt in one part of the body as a result of stimulus applied to another, as in referred pain.

If you don’t feel compelled to eat everything on your Thanksgiving laden plate, at least LISTEN to your food!

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2010 by Staff
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The Devil Made Me Watch It, Bristol Palin and Dancing with the Stars

November 25, 2010 by Judi Curry
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I don’t watch much television since my husband died. When he was alive, we would watch programs and discuss them while watching them.  Although that probably was a bad habit, it was something we did regularly and it never seemed to detract from the program.  Without Bob here, I don’t have much interest in watching […]

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Seasonal changes for Donna Frye and Lori Saldana

November 24, 2010 by Source
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    San Diego’s Progressive Women End Their Current Terms In Office By Adam Pollack / examiner.com / November 24, 2010 The thriving green economy in San Diego strengthened the service of its leading women, Assemblywoman Lori Saldana (76th District) and Councilwoman Donna Frye (District 6). Both classic marchers for causes that make Clairemont headlines, […]

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Democrat Kamala Harris wins California attorney general race (finally)

November 24, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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by  Marisa Lagos / SFGate/November 24, 2010 SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris will be California’s next attorney general, after her Republican opponent conceded today – a full three weeks after the Nov. 2 election. Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley had declared victory on election night, only to see the race […]

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Report from the San Diego airport: ‘light traffic’

November 24, 2010 by Staff
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We have received a report that at Lindbergh Field today, Wednesday – the day before Thanksgiving and usually the busiest day at the nation’s airports – traffic was light, but there were lots of media and lots of TSA workers … everywhere. Today was the “National Opt-Out Day” or “We Won’t Fly” Day – the […]

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Corporate Profits Were the Highest on Record Last Quarter

November 24, 2010 by Source
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By Catherine Rampell / The New York Times / November 23, 2010 The nation’s workers may be struggling, but American companies just had their best quarter ever. American businesses earned profits at an annual rate of $1.659 trillion in the third quarter, according to a Commerce Department report released Tuesday. That is the highest figure […]

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“Terriers” lightening round: Recaps of Episodes 6 – 9

November 24, 2010 by Dave Rice
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Episode #12 is on tonight, Wednesday, November 24th, on FX (ch 43 on Cox Cable) at 10:00 pm. Greetings once again folks, and welcome to the lightning round! I left off a week or so ago with a Terriers episode 5 recap, right before episode 11 went on air. Since this leaves us lagging considerably […]

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“Terriers” – Cast of Characters

November 24, 2010 by Dave Rice
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UPDATED November 24, 2010 This list is mostly accurate through episode 9, “Pimp Daddy,” and will be updated as more recaps become available Main Players Hank Dolworth – our main character, played by Donal Logue. Think of the Dude, if you added ‘recovering’ to his preferred title of ‘alcoholic.’ Kicked off the police force, he […]

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Is it or isn’t it legal to take photographs at the airport?

November 23, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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An article in the Voice of San Diego this morning raises the issue whether that the San Diego airport is violating the First Amendment by prohibiting photos, videos, taping, and other recordings in the airport. First, the Voice in an earlier post, had stated that it appeared that our famous “don’t touch my junk” guy […]

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Wednesday, Nov.24th is ‘National Opt Out Day’ – boycott airport scanners.

November 23, 2010 by Source
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Editor: The following is from the “We Won’t Fly” website. Grassroots consumer advocate We Won’t Fly is organizing educational outreach events and mass airport body scanner opt outs at airports around the nation for National Opt Out Day, November 24. Our aim is to prepare travelers for the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security theater […]

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Who is ‘boffing’ the ‘widder Curry’?

November 23, 2010 by Judi Curry
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About 5 months ago, I received a letter from the San Diego Water District telling me that a complaint had been made from a neighbor that I was using too much water on my lawn. I was told, in the form letter, that unless I cut back on my watering, I would face a fine […]

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Life is a Dance and Everyone Wants to Cut a Rug on the Dance Floor

November 23, 2010 by Ernie McCray
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With all the negative vibes flowing through Arizona regarding Latinos I’m reminded that it wasn’t so long ago, around 1994, that this state passed Proposition 187. I remember it especially because it demanded that I play a sinister little game wherein I was supposed to check on the status of the Latino students at my […]

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Fitz and The Tantrums – Soul Invasion of San Diego

November 22, 2010 by Doug Porter
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Not so long ago, my significant other suggested that we slip away from the drudgeries of responsible parenthood for an evening. “KPRI radio’s gonna have a free concert, and I think you’ll like the band. They’re kinda R&Bish”, she said, knowing full well my weakness for that genre. To start with, I’d never heard of […]

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Saving the Palm Trees Along Santa Barbara Street Over the Years …

November 22, 2010 by Source
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    By Richard Agee It was several years back when I got up one morning, drove to the corner of my street, turned left onto Santa Barbara Street, and saw something I had never seen before. All of the tall palm trees along Santa Barbara Street had been spray-painted with white X’s. As I […]

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Masked protesters call for George Bush’s arrest for war crimes as he opens his presidential library.

November 21, 2010 by Source
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By Daily Mail Reporter Protesters called for George W. Bush to be arrested for his role in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as he opened his presidential library in Dallas.  Demonstrators staked hundreds of white crosses into the ground to represent troops killed in both wars and carried banners saying ‘torture is illegal’ and ‘arrest […]

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The Wandering Eyes and Hands of TSA

November 21, 2010 by Source
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By Kit-Bacon Gressitt / Excuse Me, I’m Writing My mother’s knees have become her bane. They refuse to keep her legs straight. They do not hold a bend. They fail her when she has the will to rise. They pain her when she rumbles in fitful sleep. She crosses the country to flee her knees […]

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The OB Rag will be undergoing maintenance this weekend!

November 19, 2010 by Patty Jones
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UPGRADES COMPLETE! Loyal Readers and Ragsters, Since I am now officially UNEMPLOYED (bleh) I finally have time to do the maintenance and upgrades to the back end of this website. I will be working on the site over the weekend when, typically, our readership is lower and there are fewer comments. I will start tomorrow […]

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