Get to know some of the Election Integrity Commission folks. They certainly want to know a lot about you … [Read more…]
California’s 50th Congressional District, which encompasses much of East San Diego County, wouldn’t normally seem like a seat worth fighting for by Democrats. But these are not normal times.
In last year’s general election, 63.5% percent of voters in the district cast ballots for Republican Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, beating out Donald Trump’s 54.6% margin.
Hunter inherited the seat from his father, Duncan Lee Hunter, who mounted a failed campaign for President in 2008. The half-serious joke in political circles is that many voters didn’t realize Dad had retired after 14 terms.
Duncan D. Hunter’s political career has been troubled as of late. [Read more…]
A good friend and I were discussing the whole Trump debacle the other night with all its Russian connections. At some point, he admitted he was exasperated about a certain and perhaps common progressive ambiguity with Russia and blurted out:
“I know we’re supposed to be against Russian of course and all of its meddling in our election, but – in some sense, Trump is right, the US has intervened in other countries and manipulated their elections, too.”
He rattled off a litany of countries and nations where the US has interfered – Iraq, Chile, Guatemala, Ghana, Iran, … it was a long list.
I offered a few: Vietnam, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Mexico. And even Russia itself during its civil war in the early 1920s.
He continued: “I don’t want to be hypocritical – but isn’t it hypocritical for the left to be so anti-Russia?” [Read more…]
Report of the planning workshop for the proposed 14th Street Promenade
By Michael-Leonard Creditor / UrbDeZine
The idea for grand pedestrian routes through downtown San Diego is not new. In 1908, John Nolen famously had vision of a Promenade from Balboa Park to San Diego Bay along what is now Cedar Street. Just imagine how that would be today if it had been implemented 100 years ago, with the beautiful County Administration Building at the bottom of the gentle hill from Park to Bay. Sometimes I think ‘so many opportunities lost’ should be San Diego’s motto.
But, in the fertile minds of planners, this idea hasn’t died. Now, they are being called Green Streets, and six are planned for downtown. [Read more…]
According to the New York Times, “Asked if Mr. Mueller’s investigation would cross a red line if it expanded to look at his family’s finances beyond any relationship to Russia, Mr. Trump said, ‘I would say yes.’ ” As Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post quipped on last night’s MSNBC “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams”, that part of the interview “was like being pulled over by a cop and saying ‘Fine officer, whatever you say, but whatever you do, don’t look in the trunk.’ ” Here’s Parnell from “Repo Man” warning a trooper that “You don’t wanna look in there.” [Read more…]
It’s the time of year when the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club cranks up its well-oiled PR machine. Today, the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes, with a 14-horse field of 3-year-olds competing on the infield grass race track, will kick off a 36 day summer season. Are you excited yet? Don’t be.
There will be hats — outrageous hats, funny hats, and flamboyant head coverings–worn by people competing for a $5000 prize and 15 seconds of fame on local TV news. Later this year, the famed Breeder’s Cup, two days of racing moving from track to track each fall, will draw international attention to Del Mar.
The celebratory ‘cool as ever’ public relations slogan, opening day promotions, concerts and celebrity events barely mask the stench of death surrounding the Del Mar race track. It’s not just the (too many) horses dying; it’s the sport itself. [Read more…]
By Thomas Ultican / Tultican
The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board deserves the bunkum efficiency award for packing so much baloney into a scant five paragraphs. The first sentence of the editorial headlined “Still more bad faith from state ED board” says:
“The State Board of Education’s defining characteristic is its ardent defense of an education establishment more worried about the interests of teachers than students.”
It’s true that the education establishment in California does listen to input from teachers and their unions, however, today the establishment is dominated by billionaires like Reed Hasting and Carrie Walton Penner. There are many other establishment powerhouses like the California Charter School Association (CCSA), representatives of the education testing industry and education technology profiteers. [Read more…]
Millennials. So many of us see them as lazy, naïve, un-motivated “Me-Me-Me” kinds of human beings who somehow threaten to bring the world to an apocalyptic end – all while taking a selfie.
But from all I’ve ever seen, it’s the millennials, the 20 year olds and 30 year olds — and to think of it, the 40 year olds — of any time who are at the forefront of societal change.
I mean, Thomas Jefferson was thinking, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” when he was 33.
On behalf of the Lakota Sioux people, Sitting Bull — a spring chicken at the time, and being no Tonto — said to the powers-that-be: “Reservations? I don’t think so!” [Read more…]
By Brian Trautman, Gerry Condon and Samantha Ferguson
On July 7, 2017, the United Nations (UN), in a historic decision, approved a legally binding instrument to ban nuclear weapons, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Months of negotiations involving more than 130 countries began in March of this year, culminating in a final draft endorsed by 122 countries.
The treaty marks a significant milestone to help free the world of nuclear weapons.
Humanity has been at the brink of a nuclear exchange on multiple occasions since the end of World War II, including times when the decision to launch was seconds from happening. An urgent question, then, is why these close calls, as well as the brutal and unnecessary annihilation of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that preceded them, failed to convince all governments that nuclear weapons represent an existential threat to humanity, thus nuclear disarmament must be a top priority? [Read more…]
How long have Republicans been talking about repealing and replacing Obamacare? Seems like forever, no? Here’s a HuffPost video from January of this year (which now makes it seven and a half years!) although nothing of much substance has changed other than reneging on the promise of immediate replacement. Do you think anyone has gotten […]
The Republicans’ hopes for killing Obamacare are fading fast. The already existing plans for protests over the next few day, drawn up when it appeared a vote was possible, just may be enough to end this round of folly.
Esquire’s Charles P. Pierce summed up the political dilemma on health care quite nicely today, noting “Ignorance and cruelty are the pre-existing conditions here, and the Republicans are finding out they’re not covered for those.”
What’s not going away, however, are the ideologies infecting the GOP’s big donor class. These folks paid good money to see government destroyed and are still looking for a return on their investment, so don’t put away those marchin’ shoes just yet. [Read more…]
Are you curious to know how Fox News is covering the most recently revealed Donald Trump Jr. meeting with the Russians, but the thought of actually subjecting your brain to a prolonged dose of Fox drivel makes you weak in the knees and sets off spasms of hyperventilation? Well, you’re in luck! Vox News’ Carlos Maza fortified himself, took the plunge and produced a short video that distills the essence of what makes Fox Faux. [Read more…]