March 2012

California Assembly Passes Resolution Calling for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

March 31, 2012 by Source
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California could be third State in nation to adopt such a resolution

By Public Citizen / East Co. Magazine / Originally published on March 25, 2012

California is well in stride to be the third state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, which allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money in an attempt to influence elections. The California Assembly passed a resolution – by a 48-22 vote – calling for an amendment, sending the measure to the California Senate.

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Mind Tripping About “Standing Your Ground”

March 31, 2012 by Ernie McCray
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When my hand wasn’t being shook or my body hugged by old friends I stood with my mind tripping as I looked down at the multitude of people who had gathered to march in the name of Trayvon Martin who had been slain by George Zimmerman, a man who remains free from imprisonment under Florida’s “Standing Your Ground” law, aka the right to kill.

In between speakers, and as we walked, my mind kept on tripping and I let my imagination flow and from that there rose a scenario featuring a powerfully built African American man named Cleavon Manson and a six foot plus skinny white teenage boy who responds to Gabe. Last name, Zabielski.

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Indefinite Detention Targeted By GOP As House Committee Weighs Proposals To Revise Provision

March 31, 2012 by Source

By Donna Cassata / Huffington Post / March 30, 2012

WASHINGTON — Facing a conservative backlash, House Republicans are working to change a new law that allows the indefinite detention without trial of terrorist suspects, even U.S. citizens seized within the nation’s borders.

Republicans and Democratic lawmakers said this week that the GOP majority on the House Armed Services Committee was weighing several proposals to revise the provision on indefinite detention that was part of the far-reaching defense bill that Congress passed in December and President Barack Obama signed into law.

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How Does a ‘Common Citizen’ Know If They Can Be Target of NDAA?

March 31, 2012 by Source

By Kevin Gosztola / The Dissenter – OpEdNews / March 30, 2012 

At the start of the first hearing on a lawsuit challenging the Homeland Battlefield Act, a federal judge appeared to be “extremely skeptical” that those pursuing the challenge had grounds to sue the US government. However, by the end of the hearing, the judge acknowledged plaintiffs had made some strong arguments on why there was reason to be concerned about the Act, which passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on New Year’s Eve last year.

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Weeding out the Spam Bots – CAPTCHA now part of the OB Rag comment section

March 31, 2012 by Patty Jones
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It’s been an interesting week here at the OB Rag admin desk with three major bouts of downtime. I’ve spent a good number of hours deciphering error logs, tweaking settings and chatting with tech support.

It seems one major concern for us is the amount of comment spam that hits our server at regular intervals. We have excellent spam filters (Akismet) that keep 99.9% of this crap from showing up on the site where you, dear reader, can see it. But that doesn’t keep it from reeking havoc behind the scenes.

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First Cuppa Coffee – March 31, 2012 : Ron Burgundy Edition

March 31, 2012 by Doug Porter
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 Editor: The OB Rag was down for most of yesterday, Friday, March 30th, so, we’re posting Doug’s “First Cuppa Coffee” that he wrote for yesterday here.  

Democratic crime wave coming to an end…  Professional campaign treasurer Kinde Durke will plead guilty in the next few days to embezzling more than $8 million going back over a decade from over mostly Democratic political campaigns and organizations.  Federal officials noted that Durke was once considered the most reliable treasurer for Democratic politicians at all levels in California, and had access to more than 700 campaign-related bank accounts.  Locally, Congresswoman Susan Davis is among the many candidates whose campaigns were looted by Durke, who reportedly used the monies for personal reasons, including ice cream runs at Baskin-Robbins, groceries from Trader Joe’s and trips to Disneyland.

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5th Annual Cesar Chavez Day March Today!

March 31, 2012 by Staff

Join us today – Saturday, March 31st – for one of the biggest event of the year, the annual Cesar Chavez Day March! More than 1000 union members will march to celebrate his legacy, 50 years of the United Farm Workers, and highlight the challenges that remain for us today in order to reclaim the American Dream. Help us make this our best march yet!

 Cesar Chavez Day March

 Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 A.M.

 Cesar Chavez Park

1449 Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy., San Diego

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Thursday: Federal Court to Hear Lawsuit Seeking Injunction Against the Indefinite Detention Provisions of NDAA

March 29, 2012 by Staff

Michael Moore, Chris Hedges, and others to address press following hearing

At 9:00 AM this Thursday, March 29th at the Southern District of New York Federal Courthouse, multiple plaintiffs will testify in support of a worldwide lawsuit against the United States government over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The NDAA, also known as the “Homeland Battlefield” law, permanently suspends due process and Habeas Corpus for persons accused by the federal government of being involved in hostilities against the United States, or being an “associated force” of terrorists.

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Irvine City Councilman calls for San Onofre to be decommissioned ASAP

March 29, 2012 by talknukes
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Tuesday night- March 27th – supporters of decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station packed into the 250+ seat City of Irvine Council Chambers in Orange County.  At least 50 people wore green clothing to mark their support for San Clemente Green, an environmental action group working since the Fukushima meltdown last March towards a San Onofre shut down.

After general city announcements and a few agenda items, item 6.1 came up for the Irvine council. Councilman Larry Agran introduced the topic, stating that is was his motion to add San Onofre to the evening’s agenda; he’d invited San Clemente Green to present public comments as they had previously at city council meetings in San Clemente, Laguna Beach and San Diego’s own Solana Beach.

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First Cuppa Coffee – March 29th, 2012: Mayoral Shapeshifter Edition

March 29, 2012 by Doug Porter
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It was a big news day for San Diego’s wannabe Mayors…  Nathan Fletcher started off the day by posting a Youtube video announcing that he was leaving the Republican Party. Then he went surfing, got bloodied up in an altercation with his board, took a couple of stitches and went out to face the newsmedia and his former compadres.  Tom Blair, over at the UTSD, noted that Fletcher Tweeted a photo of himself after the accident, adding the comment; “Think party politics is rough, you should have met my surfboard this morning.

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Nuclear engineer : Keep troubled San Onofre reactors shut down

March 28, 2012 by Source
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by Shaun Burnie / Friends of the Earth / March 27, 2012 

Friends of the Earth released today a new analysis by one of the nation’s leading independent nuclear engineers, Arnie Gunderson. The report has revealed serious unresolved safety problems at Southern California Edison’s San Onofre nuclear reactors which could lead to significant radiation releases if the plant is allowed to restart.

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Please Don’t Hit Me, I Have a Job….

March 28, 2012 by Jack Hamlin
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Spring was in the air yesterday in Ocean Beach as I walked down Newport Ave. The Ocean had the color of cobalt blue and the wind was strong, although decidedly warmer than it has been. Is it possible? Is summer just around the corner?

I was on a break from preparing the evening meal at Sacred Heart of OB’s Ministry for the Hungry. I had just a quick lunch at the Old Townhouse Café, …

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First Cuppa Coffee – March 28th, 2012: Hating Jane Fonda Edition

March 28, 2012 by Doug Porter
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More hoodie news… By now you’ve certainly heard about Fox News Geraldo Rivera’s insightful analysis that wearing a hooded sweatshirt is hazardous to your health. Ol’ Gerald (that’s his new handle with the Fox homies) been taking the O’Reilly advanced news analysis course for dummies and is obviously ready for graduation.  In recognition of his his efforts, Fox even went so far as to pull “hoodies” from its shameless commerce division.  But wait! There’s even more!

Oklahoma saves the day… The Oklahoma Senate has killed a bill that would require politicians throughout the state to be drug tested along with people receiving temporary public assistance.

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“Obamacare” debate: Healthcare mandate unconstitutional, but auto insurance mandate just peachy

March 27, 2012 by Andy Cohen
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As the Affordable Care Act has its day in front of the Supreme Court, at issue is the individual mandate that is the very heart of the law. So if the healthcare mandate is declared unconstitutional, does that mean that auto insurance mandates are similarly unconstitutional?

Republicans, despite their zeal for the idea not too long ago, and despite the fact that Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney pioneered a nearly identical plan as governor of Massachusetts, …

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Conversation with Col. Ann Wright – Peace Activist – On ‘Indefinite detention law’ – Wednesday, March 28

March 27, 2012 by Staff
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UPDATE: See insideAnn Wright Ann Wright was was one of three diplomats who tendered her resignation on the eve of the Iraq war in protest. Since then, she has become an international speaker on matters of war and peace and rape and assault in the military.

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First Cuppa Coffee – March 27th, 2012: Readin’, Eatin’ and Organizing Edition

March 27, 2012 by Doug Porter
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Righties readin’ for the next generation…  The name of their new magazine just about tells it all: The Conservative TeenAn amazing amalgam of grownups, who all happen to be involved with either The Heritage Foundation, Fox Business News, the Family Research Council or the Media Research Center have joined forces to produce this slick tribute to deadtree journalism, jam packed with articles they know the kiddies are dyin’ to read, like:

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Hundreds of San Diegans Rally and March for Trayvon Martin

March 27, 2012 by Source
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As many as 500 San Diegans rallied in Balboa Park seeking justice for murdered Florida teen Trayvon Martine, shot just one month ago. Protesters then marched to downtown San Diego and held another rally at the Court house.  “No justice! No peace!” was one of the loudest chants as the crowd moved through the streets.  After the rally at the courthouse steps, candles were lit to continue the vigil.

Monday’s event was the second protest in San Diego in memory of Trayvon.  One woman at the San Diego rally said, “This is our Emmet Till”. Till was a young African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman.  Till’s murder is noted as a pivotal event motivating the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Protests, rallies, and marches were held across the country as the shooting with racial overtones reverberated coast to coast, including Los Angeles.

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Who Is Michael T. Pines and why is DA Bonnie Dumanis prosecuting him?

March 26, 2012 by Source
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Editor:  Michael T. Pines is a San Diego foreclosure activist – that is, he helps homeowners resist foreclosure by banks of their homes.  He has advised over 70 homeowners who have been evicted to move back into their homes because the foreclosure and evictions were illegal, in part due to “robo-signing” by bank employees, which DA Bonnie Dumanis doesn’t like.  And this is why Pines sits in jail today.

By Caroline Zellander

Michael T. Pines is a warrior for homeowners, but today he sits in the George Bailey Detention Facility. Michael’s crime? Being relentless in fighting trumped up felony charges of “Stalking and a death threat”. Michael is being prosecuted by Bonnie Dumanis’ office …

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Federal Assistance With “Keep Your Home California”

March 26, 2012 by Christopher Dotson

Homeowner Prevention: Federal assistance and “Keep Your Home California”

A new federally funded program is in place, under the banner of “Keep Your Home”. This is a foreclosure prevention program intended to help qualified homeowners who 1) own and occupy their home, 2) collect unemployment benefits from Employment Development Department (EDD), and 3)have a current loan balance under $729,750.00.

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First Cuppa Coffee – Monday, March 26th, 2012: Really Big News Edition

March 26, 2012 by Doug Porter
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 There are plenty of big stories in the news today. Mittens is in San Diego raising dough.  The Supremes are taking testimony on Healthcare Reform. And there are polls: UT San Diego has a poll up saying that voters support the Pension Reform Initiative, while the LA Times has voters overwhelmingly supporting Gov. Brown’s new and improved tax increases.

Here are developments on stories that you might have missed:

Local GOP crank stirs the racial pot...  Tax fighter Richard Rider, pontificating over at SDRostra, wants us to know that “When It Comes to Murder, Black People Should Most Fear Black People”.

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UCLA in Bed with The Heritage Foundation?

March 26, 2012 by Brenda McFarlane
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What does UCLA and the Boys and Girls Club have in common with anti-abortionists and the Heritage Foundation?

They all have been clients of Pursuant, a full service fundraising agency.

I was doing a little research on women’s reproductive rights when I came across a site called abortionhelpnow. (I haven’t given a link here because I don’t want to increase their traffic!)

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Comprehensive Pension Reform and other Myths

March 26, 2012 by Jim Miller
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This just in: Carl DeMaio’s Comprehensive Pension Reform measure is a sad hoax. While it is likely that DeMaio’s deeply deceptive measure will pass overwhelmingly, that has more to do with the successful demonization of city workers and the nearly universally distorted local media lapdog chorus than it does with facts.

Last week, the city’s Independent Budget Analyst found that if DeMaio’s plan (which is also favored by Fletcher and Dumanis) passes, “Pension changes are projected to cost a net $13 million over 30 years ($56 million when adjusted for inflation).”

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NFL Pro Days a “sham” or important part of the draft process?

March 25, 2012 by Andy Cohen
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In ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio’s opinion, the pro days are a waste of time. Which just shows how very little he knows about what the NFL scouts actually do.

A few days ago ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio ranted about what a “sham” the NFL pro day workouts that take place on college campuses all across the country in front of NFL scouts and coaches are. He claims “they’re all for show,” and that they’re pretty meaningless. Most scouts that I know, would disagree.

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Sunday Gray Wake and Bake

March 25, 2012 by Source
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By OB Joe

Hey, kids, hiya doin’? It’s time to ‘wake and bake’ – it’s Sunday and a mainly gray one at that. So, shake off that hang-over from last night. If you haven’t done your exercise for the day, it might be too late, as it’s supposed to rain later today and some tomorrow.

Had some news clippings laying around on my kitchen floor, so I decided to share them with you, plus some ‘internal’ newsy stuff. The editors are usually off on their own projects on Sundays, so I’m alone in the editing room. Shhhh!

OB Rag Survives Cyber Attack ! Yup, it’s true. Somebody doesn’t like us. Not too soon after midnight, somebody did a DOS specifically on us, crowding our OB Rag cyberspace and the server shut us down.

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Stand Up for Trayvon Martin Rally – Sunday – March 25th in City Heights

March 25, 2012 by Staff

Stand Up for Trayvon Martin Rally
Sunday

March 25, 2:00 pm

Highland & Landis Park, 3795 Fairmount Ave. San Diego 92105

(between the library and rec center in City Heights)

George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, inside a gated Florida community on Feb. 26, 2012. He has not yet been charged in the shooting. Our community will come together in support for Trayvon Martin’s parents, who are calling for Zimmerman’s arrest and prosecution. We demand justice for Trayvon Martin!

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Power Plant Planned Near Mission Trails Park Put On Hold by Opposition for 30 Days

March 23, 2012 by Source
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By Mike Lewis / East County Magazine / March 22, 2012

The proposed 100 megawatt (MW) Quail Brush Generation Power Plant Project encountered more resistance at the San Diego Planning Commission meeting downtown Thursday morning.

In a victory of sorts for the project’s opponents, a 30-day continuance was granted, delaying a decision on rezoning the 22-acre plot from open-space to industrial.

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San Diego City Council completes Convention Center giveaway

March 23, 2012 by Source
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by Lucas O’Connor / Two Cathedrals / March 22, 2012

As expected, the City Council earlier this week gave away control of the Convention Center to the private consortium ConVis, “approving a contract that is basically blank” as Councilman Alvarez put it. In the course of a meeting, councilmembers openly negotiated a contract with representatives of ConVis to outsource control of a public asset without any competitive bidding or even any data that would suggest the move would save or make money (for the city at least).

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First Cuppa Coffee – March 23, 2012: GOP Toys R Us Edition

March 23, 2012 by Doug Porter
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GOP jobs creation program succeeds… Buoyed by news reports about the Romney campaign’s latest gaffe, the folks at Ohio Art, makers of the Etch A Sketch reported a 1500% increase in sales. Stock prices for the company jumped from $4 to over $12.50 this week. “The left and right knobs on the Etch A Sketch appeal to both parties,” a company spokesperson explained.

They’re coming to take my light bulbs away!… Candidate Romney’s been whipping up audiences lately talking about that scourge on modern America, the energy efficient light bulb.

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Sex in San Diego: The Absurdity of Having a Male Gynecologist

March 23, 2012 by Source
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by Abby Normal

I feel myself up quite regularly. It’s quite natural, really as most medical resources say I’m supposed to do a monthly breast self-examination starting after the age of 20. Granted, there was few-year period where I neglected my cancer detecting duties, but I can officially tell you I’m back on track.

I also regularly visit my gynecologist, which is not nearly as much fun as feeling myself up. In fact, the sight of that little three-by-five reminder card can downright put a damper on the day.

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Michael Moore: The Purpose of Occupy Wall Street Is to Occupy Wall Street

March 22, 2012 by Source
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By Michael Moore / The Nation / March 14, 2012 (April 2 issue)

Occupy Wall Street. What other political movement in modern times has won the sympathy and/or support of the majority of the American public—in less than two months? How did this happen? I think it was a revolt that has been percolating across the country since Reagan fired the first air traffic controller. Then, on September 17, 2011, a group of (mostly) young adults decided to take direct action. And this action struck a raw nerve, sending a shock wave throughout the United States, because what these kids were doing was what tens of millions of people wished they could do.

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