May 2008

Reader Rant of the Week

May 21, 2008 by Patty Jones

We’ve gotten some pretty great letters and comments from our readers over the course of the last seven months (man, time flies ….) and we were thinking that it’s too bad that they are buried, sometimes in obscurity. So, we’ve decided to post (with your permission) a Reader Rant of the Week. Got something to […]

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Support the Current OB Rag By Getting Old OB Rags

May 21, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Yes, that’s right. You can support the current OB Rag blog by grabbing up old copies of the original OB Rag. We do have expenses and we’re tired of hauling around boxes of the old OB Rag. There are limited copies of the various issues available, so move on it soon. To find copies that […]

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San Diego Beaches Rank High in Cleanliness Survey Except the Border and Oceanside

May 21, 2008 by Staff

A leading clean-water watchdog group in California says San Diego County’s beaches are among the cleanest in California, unless it’s raining. Bermuda beach in OB gets a “C” grade. By Terry Rodgers / UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER / May 21, 2008 When there’s rain, beaches at the mouths of lagoons, rivers and creeks tend to exceed […]

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Fifth 75 mile migrant trail walk for life next week

May 21, 2008 by Staff

Estimates are that 5,000 migrants have lost their lives crossing the border since the 1990s TUCSON — On Monday, May 26, for the fifth year in a row, a diverse group of people will begin a 75 mile walk to call attention to the human rights crisis that is occurring on our borders. We walk […]

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Spinning the News – The FARC-EP Files, Venezuela and Interpol

May 21, 2008 by Staff

by Stephen Lendman First some background. On March 1, the Colombian military (with US Special Forces help) illegally attacked a FARC-EP rebel camp inside Ecuador. US satellite telephone tracking located the site. Washington signed off on the mission. Over 20 people were killed, including 16 or more FARC-EP members while they slept. Key among them […]

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NOW – Original OB Rags Available – far out, man!

May 20, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

We are so very proud to announce that copies of the original right-on OB Rag are now available through this blog. Not all issues of the alternative paper – which ran for five fired-up long years – are left. Many of the freaky first year’s issues are lost – gone, baby, forever, and there’s just […]

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FEMA Concentration Camps: Locations and Executive Orders

May 20, 2008 by Staff

SEE RECENT POSTS ABOUT DEPLOYMENT OF U.S. TROOPS IN THE HOMELAND – GO HERE. by Friends of Liberty There over 800 prison camps in the United States, all fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty. These camps are to be […]

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Torturing Iron Man – The Strange Reversals of a Pentagon Blockbuster

May 20, 2008 by Staff

By Nick Turse “Liberal Hollywood” is a favorite whipping-boy of right-wingers who suppose the town and its signature industry are ever-at-work undermining the U.S. military. In reality, the military has been deeply involved with the film industry since the Silent Era. Today, however, the ad hoc arrangements of the past have been replaced by a […]

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Major Lapses in Nuclear Security Are Routine

May 20, 2008 by Staff

‘You reach out on the motorway and nuclear weapons are an arm’s length from you’ by Johann Hari / CommonDreams.org / May 19, 2008 Do you know the story of the grizzly bear that nearly destroyed the world? It sounds like a demented fairytale – but it is true. On the night of 25 October […]

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“Sex In the City Schools” – 8 Teachers Arrested Over Last 3 Years For Sex With Local Students

May 20, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

SAN DIEGO, CA. Local TV news announced today that a teacher from Helix High School had been arrested on allegations of sex with a student. Gary Wilcox was arrested at his Spring Valley residence Sunday, May 18th, for charges that he had unlawful sexual intercourse with a young female student. The big deal was that […]

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The Last Roundup – Is the government compiling a secret list of citizens to detain under martial law?

May 19, 2008 by Staff

The Continuity of Governance program encompasses national emergency plans that would trigger the takeover of the country by extra-constitutional forces. In short, it’s a road map for martial law. By Christopher Ketcham /May-June issue of Radar Magazine In the spring of 2007, a retired senior official in the U.S. Justice Department sat before Congress and […]

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Bill Moyers: ‘Democracy in America Is a Series of Narrow Escapes, and We May Be Running Out of Luck’

May 18, 2008 by Staff

The following is an excerpt from Bill Moyers’ new book, “Moyers on Democracy” (Doubleday, 2008). By Bill Moyers/ Doubleday/ Posted May 17, 2008. Democracy in America is a series of narrow escapes, and we may be running out of luck. The reigning presumption about the American experience, as the historian Lawrence Goodwyn has written, is […]

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City Attorney Aguirre finds fault in Blackwater permits – Sanders halts work at border site

May 17, 2008 by Staff

By Tanya Mannes / San Diego Union-Tribune / May 17, 2008 OTAY MESA – Mayor Jerry Sanders yesterday ordered work to stop on Blackwater Worldwide’s proposed military training facility in Otay Mesa. The mayor was prompted by a legal opinion issued earlier in the afternoon by San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre. The opinion found […]

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Rumsfeld Caught On Tape: New Terror Attack Could Restore Neo-Con Agenda

May 16, 2008 by Staff

Former Defense Secretary’s conversation with military analysts on political problems – “The Correction For That…Is An Attack” by Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet / Friday, May 16, 2008 Shocking excerpts of confidential recordings recently released under the Freedom of Information Act feature former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld talking with top military analysts about how […]

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New Blackwater Cartoon Has Heads Turning

May 15, 2008 by Staff

See this great Blackwater cartoon video. Go here.

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House Rejects $162.5B War Funding Bill … For Now

May 15, 2008 by Staff

Antiwar Democrats team up with disgruntled Republicans to derail funding bill sponsored by Dem House leaders By Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post / Thursday, May 15, 2008 An unusual coalition of antiwar Democrats and angry Republicans in the House today torpedoed a $162.5 billion proposal to continue funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan into […]

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BREAKING NEWS: California Supreme Court Overturns Ban On Gay Marriage

May 15, 2008 by Staff

Today, the California Supreme Court just announced its decision to allow all Californians the Freedom to Marry. The court found that marriage is a fundamental right protected by the California Constitution. This is important because it dictates the “standard of review” the court used in deciding the case — most cases in the appellate courts […]

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Kiss American Security Goodbye

May 15, 2008 by Staff

15 Numbers That Add Up to an Age of Insecurity By Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch.com / May 15, 2008 Once upon a time, I studied the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi — until, that is, I realized I would never locate my “chi.” At that point, I threw in the towel and took up […]

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Bush Sacrifices His Golf Game for American War Dead

May 15, 2008 by Staff

Comment angers US war vets President George Bush, in an Oval Office interview on May 13th, declared that he gave up golf in solidarity with American Iraqq war dead. In an interview with the Politico website, Bush said he made the sacrifice because of the war. “I don’t want some mom whose son may have […]

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Wind Can Supply 20% of U.S. Electricity, Report Says

May 14, 2008 by Staff

By Steven Mufson / Washington Post / May 13, 2008 The Energy Department said yesterday that the United States has the ability to meet 20 percent of its electricity-generation needs with wind by 2030, enough to displace 50 percent of natural gas consumption and 18 percent of coal consumption.But in a report drawn up by […]

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Pollution levels have dropped in U.S. coastal waters

May 14, 2008 by Staff

By Renee Schoof / McClatchy Newspapers / May 12, 2008 WASHINGTON – Some good news from the government scientists who study pollution in U.S. coastal waters: A newly released 20-year study shows overall levels of pesticides and industrial chemicals generally are decreasing. The Mussel Watch program of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration examined levels […]

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“Hit and Stay” – 40th Anniversary of Vietnam War Era Civil Disobedience Against the Draft

May 14, 2008 by Staff

The Catonsville Nine and Baltimore Four Actions Revisited By Joe Tropea Forty years ago this week during the Vietnam War, nine Catholic peace activists took a draft office in Catonsville, and the nation, by surprise. On May 17, 1968, the men and women who would come to be known as the Catonsville Nine entered Selective […]

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Obama, Class and the Racist Undead

May 14, 2008 by Gregg Robinson

Watching Hilary Clinton these days is like watching a re-run of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. In this film the undead rise from their graves and feed on the flesh of the living. The problem, however, is that they don’t know they’re dead, so they return to the places with which they were most […]

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S.D. School Board Lays Off 617 Teachers – California to Lay Off 14,000-15,000

May 14, 2008 by Staff

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Unified School Board voted 3 to 2 Tuesday, May 13th, to lay off 617 teachers. According to District spokesperson District, Jack Brandais, John De Beck voted with the majority, whereas Board members Sheila Jackson and Luis Acle voted against the cuts.The 617 teachers slated to be laid off will […]

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How Pot Became Demonized: the Fine Line Between Good Medicine and ‘Dangerous Drugs’

May 13, 2008 by Staff

The following is an excerpt from “Dying to Get High” by Wendy Chapkis and Richard J. Webb (NYU Press, 2008). (c) 2008 NYU Press. Reproduced by permission of the publisher. By Wendy Chapkis and Richard J. Webb / NYU Press / May 13, 2008 For many modern critics, the concept of “medical marijuana” is a […]

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LA Times: Domestic spying far outpaces terrorism prosecutions

May 12, 2008 by Staff

As more Americans are watched, fewer cases are made. The trend concerns civil liberties groups as well as some lawmakers and legal experts. By Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times Staff Writer / May 12, 2008 WASHINGTON — The number of Americans being secretly wiretapped or having their financial and other records reviewed by […]

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Why All of Our Efforts Won’t Stop the Attack on Iran

May 12, 2008 by Staff

by Gary Leupp / May 11th, 2008 / Dissident Voice May 9. I read tonight a brief article by Philip Giraldi posted on the American Conservative website: “War with Iran Might Be Closer than You Think.” “There is considerable speculation,” writes the former CIA officer, “and buzz in Washington today suggesting that the National Security […]

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Real Clear Numbers: 101,000 U.S. Casualties a Year

May 12, 2008 by Staff

By Alexander Cockburn / CounterPunch Diary / May 10 / 11, 2008 A friend of mine who’s a librarian was recently reviewing job applicants. Asked his qualifications in library skills, one man put “machine-gunner.” He was a vet who’d served in Falluja. The library is in a state school here in the US that, last […]

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More Voices Call Out: Nationalize the Oil Industry!

May 12, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Since my May 9th rant to nationalize American oil companies as a solution to the ‘gas crisis’ and our other financial problems, other voices can be heard with the same tone. They include Mike Whitney’s May 2006 article from CounterPunch, and William Hughes’ piece here, and we have a link to a website devoted to […]

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The World at 350 – A Last Chance for Civilization

May 11, 2008 by Staff

By Bill McKibben Even for Americans, constitutionally convinced that there will always be a second act, and a third, and a do-over after that, and, if necessary, a little public repentance and forgiveness and a Brand New Start — even for us, the world looks a little Terminal right now. It’s not just the economy. […]

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