December 2010

Winter Solstice

December 21, 2010 by Sunshine
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Originally published December 21, 2009 Midwinter festivals and celebrations occurring on the longest night of the year, often calling for evergreens, bright illumination, large ongoing fires, feasting, communion with close ones, and evening physical exertion by dancing and singing are examples of cultural winter therapies that have evolved as traditions since the beginnings of civilization. […]

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Movie Review: Well-crafted “Black Swan” a thrill ride of ballet, breakdown

December 21, 2010 by Dixon Guizot
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“Black Swan” announces its intensity with a gloriously suspenseful opening scene. As the intimidating leader of a premier ballet company strolls through an assembly of his ballerinas, tapping those who will be considered for a lead role, the anxiety builds for Nina, a perfection-obsessed prodigy played masterfully by Natalie Portman. Will she be tapped? Nina’s […]

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‘Net Neutrality’ – the Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time

December 20, 2010 by Source
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By Al Franken – U.S. Senator, Minnesota / Huffington Post / December 20, 2010 This Tuesday [12/21/10] is an important day in the fight to save the Internet. As a source of innovation, an engine of our economy, and a forum for our political discourse, the Internet can only work if it’s a truly level […]

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Fireworks at Water Board Meeting on Fireworks

December 20, 2010 by Source
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    Future OB Fireworks could be more expensive and more difficult to permit Editor: The future of fireworks over the Ocean Beach Pier on the Fourth of July and everywhere else was the subject of a heated discussion at the Water Board meeting on December 16th. The discussion was so lively that it shot […]

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There should be no variances to the 30 foot height limit.

December 20, 2010 by Source
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By David Little / Voice of San Diego / Originally published Dec 10, 2010 Have you ever stood in front of a building in the Coastal Zone where the 30-foot height restriction is supposed to apply and thought the building you were looking at had to be higher than 30 feet? Chances are it was. […]

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New Study: Tap Water in US Cities Has Hexavalent Chromium (the carcinogen made famous by Erin Brockovich)

December 20, 2010 by Source
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Study found highest levels in 5 cities – including Riverside, California by USAToday / December 20, 2010 The tap water of many U.S. cities tested contains hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen made famous by the film “Erin Brockovich,” an environmental group reports Monday. The study by the Environmental Working Group, the first nationwide analysis of […]

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Obama’s Tax Cut Plan: Will it Create Jobs?

December 20, 2010 by Source
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by John Lawrence / Will Blog for Food / December 20, 2010 The recent bill that passed Congress that extended the Bush tax cuts for two years, funded unemployment insurance and did a few other things will undoubtedly create more “economic activity.” But will it create jobs? That’s the 64 trillion dollar question. Economic activity […]

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We would have posted something, but …

December 20, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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We awoke to several new drips and leaks this morning under the flat portion of our roof. So Patty and I had to get up on the roof in the middle of the light rain storm and unclog the drains, brush the water into them and shovel off the sand from all the sandbags we […]

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Ask an OB Convert: To Be OB, to Tree or not to Tree

December 19, 2010 by OB Convert
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Need help developing your  OB attitude?  Just ask OB Convert in a new column to spark discussion on what it means “To Be OB”. Readers, send your questions to us at OBRagBlog@gmail.com Dear OB Convert: I just moved to OB and I love it here.  I want to know if buying a real tree that […]

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The Spirit of Giving Strikes OB Elementary

December 18, 2010 by Andy Cohen
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‘Tis the season, and thanks to their teachers, the second graders at Ocean Beach Elementary School are bursting with pride at the opportunity to brighten the day of some less fortunate children. For the past three weeks, the students in Joy Wilson’s class have been practicing their reading skills in preparation for recording various Christmas […]

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The inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention

December 17, 2010 by Source

Editor: While the world and the media focus on Julian Assange and his recent release from British custody, Bradley Manning – the US Army GI who is accused of leaking the documents that WikiLeaks has released – languishes in military solitary confinement. Let’s not forget about Manning. By Glenn Greenwald / Salon / December 15, 2010 Bradley […]

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Michael Moore’s Letter to the Swedish Government

December 17, 2010 by Source
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Dear Government of Sweden … By Michel Moore / Open Mike Blog / December 17, 2010 Dear Swedish Government: Hi there – or as you all say, Hallå! You know, all of us here in the U.S. love your country. Your Volvos, your meatballs, your hard-to-put-together furniture – we can’t get enough! There’s just one […]

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Our country can’t afford to tax the rich

December 17, 2010 by Dixon Guizot
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Originally appeared in the Dec. 14 issue of City Times, the campus newspaper of San Diego City College. Admittedly, the USA needs money to help pay for vital American programs such as Medicare and foreign occupations. But the push by some Democrats to let tax cuts expire for America’s highest earners is too much audacity, […]

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Playing a Runaway Slave

December 17, 2010 by Ernie McCray
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Portraying a runaway slave
I chose
to just let go
and let the character
unfold
naturally,
looking at him
somewhat literally
as me, …

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December 16: Daniel Ellsberg and others arrested at White House anti-war protest

December 16, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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Update: Up to 134 people were arrested at the White House fence.
Today in the midst of a snow storm, dozens of Veterans for Peace and their supporters gathered against the White House fence in acts of civil disobedience to protest the wars this country is fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. … Daniel Ellsberg and other protesters were arrested (details are still slight). There is one report that 124 people were arrested. (Tip o’hat to Barbara Cummings)

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The Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association’s Website Investment

December 16, 2010 by Brenda McFarlane
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If you haven’t visited the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association website lately, I urge you to visit it and bookmark it or place it in your favorites. Like our own website, it’s been growing substantially over the years and every time I visit, more information is added. It’s become a good and reliable reference for Ocean […]

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OB FLASHES: News, Calendar, and Whatever – December 16, 2010

December 16, 2010 by Staff
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DETAILS AND LINKS INSIDE:

Home Invasion in OB on Santa Cruz – 2 Arrested and 4 Detained
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Precincts in the City that wanted to legalize marijuana
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OB candidate for governor still getting press and still has signs up from Primary campaign
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No more free juice on Newport Ave results in less crowds at StarBucks
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Marine Protected Areas Approved
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OBCentric workshop before Christmas
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Long Branch Torrey Pine at OB Planning Board Meeting January 5th
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OB Historical Society features local photographer Joe Ewing on Jan 19th
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OBMA awards local storefronts for holiday displays

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Privatizing Airport Security?

December 16, 2010 by Source
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by Beau Grosscup

On the morning of 911, I watched as two commercial planes crashed into the Twin Towers. Just after a report of a third plane hitting the Pentagon, my phone rang. The voice on the line from Philadelphia public radio wanted to know what I thought was going on. “The common denominator,” I said, “is that airport security has been compromised. Somebody obviously read Congressional testimony on the problems with US airport security.”

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Nine Reasons I Like Obama, Still …

December 15, 2010 by Source
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By Kit-Bacon Gressitt / Excuse Me, I’m Writing / Originally published Dec 12, 2010 I voted for President Barack Obama, and I don’t care what anyone says, I still like him. And you know why? #1 I still like Obama because he is not any of the other parties’ alternatives who vied for voter approval […]

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Help sought to identify man’s body found near OB pier

December 15, 2010 by Staff
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Update:  A small memorial is placed at the site where his body was brought up from the ocean.  Appears his name is Matt.  (See below) Editor: A man’s body was found late Friday (12/10/10) night in the ocean near the Ocean Beach Pier.  He hasn’t been identified yet, so the Medical Examiner is asking the […]

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Ocean Beach vs North Park: A migrant’s observations

December 15, 2010 by Dixon Guizot
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In early 2010, my wife and I packed up our Brighton Street apartment — all 450 square feet — and moved from Ocean Beach to North Park. We were drawn by the lures of a bigger place and a new neighborhood experience, and after about a year on the other side (of Interstate 5), North […]

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Governor-elect Brown’s Budgetary Shock Doctrine Blows Up School Board Planning

December 15, 2010 by Doug Porter
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Over the past few weeks education advocates have been getting some unexpected signals coming out of Sacramento. The word “No” is being bandied about in ways that could result in shocking cuts to education State-wide for the next school year. Faced with yet another budget shortfall—this one to the tune of $28 billion over the […]

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Popping the Champagne Cork!

December 14, 2010 by Patty Jones
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This evening at 11:15 the OB Rag had its one millionth page hit! That’s right 1,000,000! One, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero! We started tracking our stats on November 24, 2007. We’ve been checking our stats page throughout the evening and captured the moment for posterity. The San Diego visitor that clicked on us […]

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Kevin Faulconer Breaks Ground on Ocean Beach ‘Gateway’ Project

December 14, 2010 by Staff
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By Brittany Bailey/Special to the OB Rag Shortly after eleven am this morning, District 2 Councilmember Kevin Faulconer broke ground on the Ocean Beach Gateway Project. The event featured speeches by Councilmember Faulconer, Interim Director of the Engineering and Capital Projects Department Tony Heinrichs, and Brian Pottenger, President of the Ocean beach Community Development Corporation. […]

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City looks to the beaches to save its ass with paid parking and corporate advertising.

December 14, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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In last Sunday’s (12-12-10) San Diego U-T, there was a disturbing “in-depth” article about how the City of San Diego, while consistently rejecting tax increases, is missing out on certain revenue streams.  And it appears that the city is looking at the beaches to fill its coffers, among other sources. Here’s how reporter Craig Gustafson […]

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CONFIRMED: New Study Proves That Fox News Makes You Stupid

December 14, 2010 by Source
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Yet another study has been released that proves that watching Fox News is detrimental to your intelligence. World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. What’s more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation.

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Christmas, Holiday, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, etc. Does it really matter?

December 14, 2010 by Judi Curry
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I have been watching the controversy of the naming of the La Jolla ______Parade (you call it what you want to call  it) with some amusement. I have wondered what difference it makes to most people. How about another perspective? I was born to Jewish parents. My Grandparents did not keep a Kosher house, but […]

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Anna’s video pick – Behold the Power of the Internet

December 14, 2010 by Anna Daniels
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OBRag writer Doug Porter recommends this video about flash mob dynamics and the Global Guerrillas blog which posted it.

Doug adds “Now if we could only figure out a way to use this to bring down a couple of banks..”
Flash Mob Gone Wrong by Tom Scott, Ep 77

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Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword: San Diego LGBT Publisher Kills Himself

December 14, 2010 by Rocky Neptun
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Excerpts from San Diego: 1st City of Empire, by Rocky Neptun, to be published in May, 2011 by the San Diego Renters Union The suicide of the city’s most well-known publisher and the saga of the “Empress” of San Diego mirror the store-bought culture of San Diego’s LGBT ghetto. It is an urbanity based on […]

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The Left Revolts Against Obama

December 13, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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You can almost feel it in the air. The tension. There is so much tension right now between President Obama and the American left because of the recent “compromise” on taxes maneuvered by the White House and Congressional Republicans, that you can almost cut it with the old proverbial knife. Much of the Left – […]

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