November 2009

83% in poll believe marijuna should be legalized

November 11, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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OCEAN BEACH, CA. We did a poll recently, asking our readers what should be done about marijuana. The vast majority – 83% – believe the herb should be legalized in some way or form. Another 6% voted for the status quo – limiting sales to people with prescriptions through licensed dispensaries.

Only 6% stated that it should be kept illegal and that we should “build more jails.” Another 6% admitted that they were “too stoned to care.”

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The Dilemma of the Disenchanted Progressive – Part 2

November 10, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

THE CONVERGENCE OF HISTORIC EVENTS

History is converging events for us very quickly: the first – the anniversary of the election of Barack Obama as President; the second – the rise of a reactionary and racist mass movement in this country; third – the passage by the House of what some call an “historic” health care reform package and the beginning of discussion on their version next week by the Senate; and fourth, we’re on the eve of the continuation and even expansion of the war in Afghanistan – as Obama contemplates just how many thousands of Americans he will be sending soon to the “graveyard of empires”.

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Local Artists’ Collective Putting OB Art Scene Back on the Map

November 9, 2009 by Lane Tobias
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by Lane Tobias

Picture this on a beautiful fall afternoon: Live art and in-motion clothing design on the sidewalk. A mural in progress. Wine, cheese, and make-your-own cupcakes to whet your appetite. A DJ spinning beats as beautiful women clamor over swapped (and now shared) clothing. A curly-haired, bearded reporter amidst the madness.

Nothing about my presence at the OB Centric “Women Only” Clothing Swap made sense; in every respect, I was the outlier. There was rule “# 5 – No Boys Aloud”.

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Walk across America ends in OB

November 9, 2009 by Sunshine
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by Sunshine / November 9, 2009

I feel privileged to have just witnessed this man, Sinh Tho Nguyen, conclude his walk across America right here in OB on November 8th. He left the east coast’s Atlantic Shore on June 10th and literally walked across this fine country of ours.

As we freely approached him on the shores of the Pacific, he was shaking from the cold. Some kind OBcean took off their jacket and gifted it to him. His demeanor is kind. He appeared awed and exuded gratitude for all of America.

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Honorary Degrees as Apologies

November 9, 2009 by Ernie McCray
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by Ernie McCray

Once upon a time, at the outset of World War II, Japanese American students at CaIifornia State Universities were rounded up and shipped off to internment camps.

Now those Institutions of Higher Learning would like to grant honorary degrees to the students who suffered such indignities.

And I guess that although an honorary degree might not be as profitable as getting a home to replace the one you might have lost or as powerfully emotional as being reconnected with an old pal you were separated from and have never seen again – it’s never the less a nice gesture, a needed touch, perhaps, in making the world a better place.

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House poised to pass historic health-care reform bill

November 7, 2009 by Source
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BREAKING NEWS: At about 8:15 PST, the House passed the health care reform bill, 220 to 215. One Republican voted for it, and 39 Democrats voted against it.

WASHINGTON — With a personal push from President Barack Obama, the House of Representatives Saturday inched closer to passing historic health care legislation that would guarantee virtually all Americans access to care.

Obama met for half an hour with House Democrats as the all-day debate was starting Saturday morning, and compared the health care effort to Democrats’ championing of Social Security and Medicare.

“Now is the time to finish the job,” Obama said …

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Is the Tea Party Gang Turning GOP Into a Party of Hate?

November 7, 2009 by Source
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When John Boehner, the Republican leader of the House, appeared at the Tea Party rally at the Capitol on Thursday afternoon, it was a dramatic signal: The wing-nuts have taken over the GOP.

Think I’m being harsh? The angry folks at the protest — which attracted several thousand conservatives — held up signs with messages of hate: “Get the Red Out of the White House,” “Waterboard Congress,” “Ken-ya Trust Obama?” One called the president a “Traitor to the U.S. Constitution.” Another sign showed pictures of dead bodies at the Dachau concentration camp and compared health care reform to the Holocaust. A different placard depicted Obama as Sambo. …

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OB FLASHES – News, Calendar and Discussion Board for Nov. 6 – 12, 2009

November 6, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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OB ELEMENTARY CELEBRATES ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY
(see inside…)

Seagull shot with arrow found in OB
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Newport News and Rumors
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December 5, 2009, OB Holiday Parade
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TV Series “Terriers” Rumored to be Coming Back to OB in January
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School Board member John DeBeck Joins OB Historical Society in celebrating OB Elementary’s 100th year anniversary – Nov. 19th
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Chinese Commies Invade OB
AND MORE ……

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Focusing on Ft. Hood Killer’s Beliefs Are an Easy Out to Avoid the Deeper Reasons for the Massacre

November 6, 2009 by Source

By Mark Ames / AlterNet / November 6, 2009

It’s hard to pinpoint what’s the most shocking thing about Major Malik Nadal Hasan’s shooting rampage in Fort Hood, Texas. I’ll start with this: there’s nothing all that ground-breaking about it. Happens all the time, it’s just that we’re a nation of amnesiacs who forget all the unpleasantries, and refuse to learn the valuable lessons.

For starters, Fort Hood is located in Killeen, Texas — where one of the deadliest rampage shootings in American history took place in 1991, when an unemployed ex-Navy enlistee ….

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Tennessee man claims Jesus image keeps appearing on his truck

November 4, 2009 by Source
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Jonesborough resident Jim Stevens admits he’s not a particularly religious person, but even he is awed by what he has seen nearly every morning for the last couple of weeks on the driver’s side window of his Isuzu pickup truck.

It was two weeks ago today that an image, resembling the face of Jesus, made its first appearance on the window.

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Senate votes to extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million jobless

November 4, 2009 by Source
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Washington : After nearly a month of gridlock, the Senate voted unanimously to extend unemployment benefits for some 1.3 million jobless Americans expected to lose benefits by the end of the year.

If, as expected, the House adopts the Senate version of the bill, it means workers in all states will be eligible for an additional 14 weeks of federal unemployment benefits. In states with unemployment rates higher than 8.5 percent, workers will be able to extend their federal unemployment benefits a further six weeks.

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Calling all churches, social organizations, and community clubs of Point Loma (and OB): Point Loman Dr. Robert Ehmann needs help!

November 4, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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NEW UPDATE UPDATE: The clean-up being planned for this Sunday, Nov. 8th has BEEN CANCELED. Dr. Ehmann has sent word that he does not want anyone coming by his house this Sunday. Watch this blog for future details.
THE PENINSULA, CA. The people and resources that were mobilized to help elderly Point Loman Robert Ehmann now need help. And the help is needed immediately.

Ehmann is the 84-year old Orchard resident of Point Loma whose medical and physical conditions …

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Sheldon Dorf dies – OBcean helped start Comic-Con

November 4, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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OCEAN BEACH, CA. I met Sheldon Dorf back in the mid-seventies here in Ocean Beach. The OB resident passed away on Tuesday, November 3rd, to diabetes complications. He was 76. Sheldon was perhaps one of the most culturally influential OBceans as he was a co-founder of San Diego’s now infamous Comic-Con.

Comic-Con – now the convention that draws tens of thousands every year to San Diego. The City jumps hoops just to keep the event local.

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One Year On After Barack Obama’s Election – Part 1

November 4, 2009 by Anna Daniels
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Stop and think a moment. Tuesday November 4, 2008. Election night. I bet you can remember where you were, what you were doing.

We had invited friends over, to celebrate together, or commiserate together- who knew? We weren’t sure what the outcome of the election would be. Would Obama carry Pennsylvania and Ohio and Virginia and North Carolina?

We had the computer set up with MSNBC, and the champagne was flowing. Earlier that day at the Central library information desk where I worked I answered many many questions about where people could vote.

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OB Global, Let’s go to the OB Sock Hop!

November 4, 2009 by Dave Gilbert
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Maybe you’ve noticed some of these cool posters popping up in many of our local shop windows lately. I have, but if you haven’t here’s one of the neatest things going on here in OB this month. It’s the OBGlobal Silent Auction and Sock Hop and it will be happening here this November 14th at the Point Loma Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. 92107

This is going to be a pretty awesome event put on by OBceans that really care about our community and beyond! I should point out that this OBGlobal is a different organization than the one that put on a very cool concert here last April, but by no means are their causes any less important. On the contrary, they are a very noble group of locals, friends, neighbors and compassionate citizens who are committed to global mission projects.

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Point Lomans honor their deceased homeless man … too little and too late?

November 3, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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POINT LOMA, CA. About three months ago – in August – a homeless man who sat on a bench in Point Loma for 15 years died. No one knew his name, or where he was from, and the County was about to “dispose” of him when a community member found his family members and contacted them.

It turned out his name is – was Jeff Pastorino, and that he has a twin brother named Chris, and had three other brothers, and was from a good family in Pennsylvania and disappeared from them27 years ago.

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Scary crowd protests Blue Shield – photo gallery and report

November 3, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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SAN DIEGO, CA. A scary crowd gathered outside Blue Shield’s Mission Valley offices last night, Monday, Nov. 2nd. It was part of a three-day protest against the giant health insurance company held by local San Diegan activists.

On-the-scene friends reported that about 75 people were at the 6pm demonstration.
OB photographer Logan Marcus was there and took these shots. (See gallery inside)

Meanwhile … protesters are arrested earlier in the day at Blue Shield ….

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OB Moonset at the pier

November 2, 2009 by Staff
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Jim Grant is at it again, capturing the moon as it sets the morning of Monday, November 2, 2009.

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Reader Rant: ‘Fight back against the water rate increase!’

November 2, 2009 by Source
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by Gail Madsen

Who else is tired of our public officials ignoring our best interests, cutting our services, going forward with their pet projects regardless of cost and our current finances and expecting us to obligingly pick up the tab?

Well, thanks to Proposition 218; (yes, one of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association propositions); we have a chance to fight the water increase planned for November 17th.

From what I understand, the reason for the rate hike is because we have done such a good job of cutting back on our water consumption; the city is trying to make up for the loss in revenue.

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Meet your neighbors on the OB Restaurant Walk

November 2, 2009 by Source
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by Cindi Guilbert

I am an Ocean Beach Restaurant Walk newbie. There, I said it. When I first caught mention of Restaurant Walk in a post on OB Rag, I wanted to know more. What’s the story behind the bus? What bands will I see? Which food businesses and bars are participating this year?

I needed to know EVERYTHING that is Restaurant Walk the way Nancy Drew needs a whodunnit. I asked when to expect to see a blog about this event, and a few emails later, found myself offering to dish on the details of one of OB’s best kept secrets…

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San Diegans hold 3-day protest at insurance giant Blue Shield in Mission Valley

November 1, 2009 by Source
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“Is there anything scarier than thinking you might need medical care, and getting canceled by a health insurance corporation who spent your premiums on TV ads and lobbying?” asks San Diegan Mike Copass, co-organizer of a 45-hour haunt of Blue Shield’s office at 2275 Rio Bonito Way in Mission Valley.

The actions are part of a national groundswell of civil disobedience at health insurance company offices by people seeking to end insurance abuse and win health care for all. So far, 115 people have been arrested in 18 cities demanding “real health care reform that treats health care like a human right, not a commodity,” according to a press release issued by event organizers.

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Media Mash Up: Union-Tribune Circulation Down Again, City Beat Reporter Smokes DA’s Office

November 1, 2009 by Doug Porter
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The decline in U.S. newspaper circulation is accelerating, according to figures released by Audit Bureau of Circulation last week, and our local fishwrap is no exception. The report shows that the Union-Tribune’s circulation has now dropped to 242,705, a -10.05% decrease from the same reporting period (six months ending in September) in 2008. Extrapolating from their media campaign that claims the San Diego daily has 1.15 million readers weekly, that decline could seem to indicate that the U-T has recently lost 115,000 readers. Of course, that’s probably no truer than their inflated readership claims, but it doesn’t seem to bode well for the paper.

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