This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, commentaries, columns, and other work by San Diego Free Press regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, and locally sourced writers on Barrio Logan getting screwed again, Graham-Cassidy Deathcare Bill, Dumanis on the attack, SD Council voting against Trump’s wall, resisting Trump’s shock politics, the unwelcome mat at Escondido’s library, DACA’s looming deadline, Roz & Ray, and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views from San Diego’s friendly, neighborhood, all volunteer, slightly funky, community news site. [Read more…]
I think I sorta remember seeing this episode during the original series broadcast, … but then again, maybe not …
(h/t to AGD) [Read more…]
Before there was “Despacito” there was a heartfelt homage to “La Perla” by Puerto Rican musician and poet ‘Residente Calle 13’. The lyrics are in Puerto Rican Spanish but you don’t need to understand the words to appreciate the lay of the land, the atmosphere of the landscape and the vibrant sense of community. In this performance, Residente is accompanied by Panamanian musician Rubén Blades and his samba band Chilinga. Residente’s lyrics can be a bit crude, but they’re pure poetry. One of my favorite images is from the refrain “La noche me sirve de sabana” – The night is my blanket.
And from El Nuevo Día, one of Puerto Rico’s daily newspapers, there’s this coverage of La Perla in the aftermath of Maria. The dialog is in Spanish, but the video can be appreciated by any viewer. It’s painfully obvious that much work will be needed to restore the physical structures, but also obvious that La Perla’s spirit is indomitable. [Read more…]
The consequences of years of neglect are now giving America’s Finest City’s reputation a beating as San Diego’s homeless crisis continues to unfold.
The Hepatitis A epidemic, long predicted as a consequence of the city’s failure to recognize the necessity of public restroom facilities, has claimed 16 lives and over 400 hundred people have fallen ill with the disease.
I don’t think the Mayor and his advisors get it yet. Given that his office has time to play political games with this situation, perhaps it’s time to start some serious advocacy for tents in some neighborhoods with enough clout to be heard at City Hall.
Maybe it’s time to start discussing tents for Ranchos Penasquitos, La Jolla, maybe even Kensington, somewhere up near Chamber CEO and former Mayor Jerry Sanders’ home. [Read more…]
San Diego Repertory Theatre is presenting Karen Hartman’s Roz and Ray, directed by Delcia Turner Sonnenberg, featuring Carla Harting and Steven Lone, at the Lyceum Stage. Set in Hartman’s hometown, San Diego, Roz and Ray portrays two people who are personally and professionally involved in the controversial treatment of hemophilia. The play spans 15 years, from 1976 through 1987 and a single day in 1991.
The beginning scene takes place at Children’s Hospital in San Diego in 1976, when Roz Kagan, a brilliant and caring doctor, explains to Ray, a father of twin sons with hemophilia, about a cutting-edge blood transfusion treatment using freeze-dried powdered concentrates containing Factor 8 and 9. Roz is excited about this new treatment because the concentrates can be stored and administered at home, eliminating countless trips to the hospital to receive conventional full-blood transfusion treatment. In the 1980s however, it was found that Factor 8 and 9 concentrates contained tainted blood from donors with AIDS, leaving more than half of the hemophiliac population in the United States infected with HIV. [Read more…]
Walking on the beach in Anzio
the memories of my Uncle Joe:
MIA World War II
A marble slab
and empty grave
for the Kansas farm boy
ordered into the slaughter
by old men
The sins of the fathers
are paid for by sons [Read more…]
Jimmy Kimmel has been getting flak for his recent take down of Senator Bill Cassidy’s claim that Cassidy’s bill passes the “Jimmy Kimmel test” and Wednesday night he responded with Round 2. When Cassidy had earlier been asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo to respond to Kimmel’s segment, Cassidy replied “I’m sorry he does not understand”. Kimmel wonders, “Could it be Senator Cassidy, that the problem is that I do understand and you got caught with your GOPness out. Is that possible?” But of course Round 2 didn’t satisfy his critics and Friday night was Round 3, pushing back again to tweets from the POTUS and to segments on Fox and Friends. Responding to criticism that he’s not an expert, he notes “I’m not pretending to be an expert. I’m asking why people like you aren’t listening to actual experts.” And referring to proponents of the Graham-Cassidy legislation, says that “If these guys … would tell the truth for a change, I wouldn’t have to [be the one to do it]”. [Read more…]
Facts don’t matter when it comes to the Graham-Cassidy ‘get rid of Obamacare’ scheme. But feelings do.
They had seven-plus years to come up with a plan. The best the Republicans could do earlier this year was to create underfunded versions of the Affordable Care Act. Facing a September 30th deadline for getting a bill passed using 51 votes, they have opted to blow up the law entirely.
Just about every organization having contact with humans needing healthcare services has come out against Graham-Cassidy. Multiple analyses have all reached the same conclusion, namely that this legislation will cause harm.
But in the end, it may turn out that an emotional plea by late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel will be the thing creating the wave stopping this diabolical nightmare. [Read more…]
By Thomas Ultican / Tultican
Last year, IBIS Capital produced a report for EdTechXGlobal stating, “Education technology is becoming a global phenomenon, … the market is projected to grow at 17.0% per annum, to $252bn by 2020.” Governments in Europe and Asia have joined the US in promoting what Dr. Nicholas Kardaras called a “$60 billion hoax.” He was referring specifically to the one to one initiatives.
An amazing paper from New Zealand, “Sell, sell, sell or learn, learn, learn? The EdTech market in New Zealand’s education system – privatisation by stealth?” exposes the promoters of EdTech there as being even more bullish on EdTech. “The New Zealand business organisation (they spell funny) EDTechNZ, indicates on its website that educational technology is the fastest growing sector of a global smart education market worth US$100 billion, forecast to grow to US$394 by 2019.”
These initiatives are fraud based agendas because they focus on advancing an industry but are sold as improving schools. Unfortunately, good education is not the driver; money is. Speaking this month to a class at MIT, Audrey Watters shared insights into the phenomena, [Read more…]
If you already have DACA status and it expires between September 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, you MUST apply to renew your status BEFORE October 5, 2017, in order to protect yourself from deportation.
Alliance San Diego is sponsoring DACA workshops this month to assist with the application process. [Read more…]
Time for an inspirational video. Here’s one of my “Go To” people when I’m looking to be uplifted and motivated: the Rev. William J. Barber. Here he’s dealing with the events of Charlottesville and the issue of “Who Is a Racist?” and is somehow able to bring the idea of systemic racism into the conversation (“It’s not then just a statue. It’s the statutes.”) without being boring or pedantic. And what a way with words! How can we resist wanting to be “moral defibrillators that revive the heart of this country”? [Read more…]
San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez’s resolution opposing the construction of a border wall was approved by a 5-3 vote on Tuesday. Saying the border wall to be detrimental to San Diego’s environment and tourism, the motion asked for public disclosure of all companies involved in financing or construction of the proposed project.
Gomez left nothing to chance in shepherding the largely symbolic declaration, contacting a wide range of activist organizations asking for support, holding a press conference in advance of the Council meeting, and negotiating adjustments in the wording with the City Attorney’s office.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer issued a statement later in the day saying he would not support the resolution because “it includes language that could blacklist businesses based on the political leanings of the city council majority.” According to a Tweet from KPBS reporter Andrew Bowen, no veto is expected. [Read more…]
Some dude on television was trying to make a case that the president is not a white supremacist.
But, hey, I’ve dealt with white supremacists for 79 plus years and I have to say that Donald J. Trump is not only one, he’s the best example of such a being I have ever seen.
Take what he did with Jemele Hill, the ESPN sportscaster, my latest hero. She called him out on his white supremacism and he wants her fired and wants the network to apologize to him for her “untruth.” Scratch the prefix “un” and you see what he really wants her to apologize for. [Read more…]
By Kilian Colin
A couple of days after the Battle of Baghdad in April 2003, after the fires had ceased, my father, Adam Colin, took me with him to downtown Baghdad to look for a job. We rode the bus for nearly an hour to the outer border of Downtown before having to continue on foot since the streets had been damaged during the invasion days earlier.
We headed to the Al Rasheed hotel, which was where the U.S. military had taken up headquarters. The hotel was surrounded by heavily armed vehicles and the scene looked like it was straight out of a Star Wars movie.
It wasn’t long before my dad told me to turn around, that we should head back home because the situation might be too dangerous for me. I told him not to worry, that because of my size I could sneak in between the hundreds of people protesting the occupation and lack of jobs outside the hotel to the front. [Read more…]
Do you remember when Senator Bill Cassidy went on the Jimmy Kimmel show to say he would never vote for any bill that didn’t pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test”? Jimmy remembers. And what he remembers is that Cassidy “just lied right to my face”. His new message to Senator Cassidy: “Stop using my name. I don’t want my name on it.” He also proposes a new “Jimmy Kimmel test”. The new one involves a lie detector. [Read more…]
Too many people in San Diego think County Supervisor candidate / former District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is some kind of moderate. Heck, some people think she’s even a Democrat. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Do you need some evidence? Look at who’s running her campaign: Jason Roe, the guy tasked by the Chamber of Commerce and their associates for derailing minimum wage in San Diego. Look at who’s polling on her behalf: The Lincoln Club, smear purveyors extraordinaire.
It’s no small coincidence a smear campaign, complete with website appealing to the Beavis and Butthead demographic, against former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, favorite of the Democratic Party’s establishment for the District 4 County Supes contest, emerged this week. [Read more…]
Has Ignored Calls for More Public Restrooms Downtown Since 2014
By Martha Sullivan
The San Diego City government, led by Mayor Faulconer, has been told for 3 years that more public restrooms are needed downtown. But the Mayor has consistently cried poor mouth — despite spending $2.1 million on an unplanned EIR for an upgraded Qualcomm Football Stadium during this time. [Read more…]
Here’s more information to supplement yesterday’s post on that Republican last ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare in the Senate, the Graham-Cassidy bill. Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s “All In” interviews Senator Brian Schatz. A gob-smacking bit of information revealed by Senator Schatz is that according to Senate rules the time left for debate on this bill is somewhere between ninety seconds and two minutes! ! For those interested in the gory details of the bill, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a comprehensive analysis here. [Read more…]
One hundred and fifty Escondido residents gathered on Saturday to roll out the UnWelcome mat for Library Systems and Services at the Escondido Public Library.
They made calls and videos, collected petition signatures, and sang a special song in support of keeping our public library operated by, for, and accountable to the public.
A city council majority including Mayor Sam Abed along with Councilmen John Masson, and Ed Gallo voted last month to develop a contract to outsource the library with Library Systems and Services (LS&S). [Read more…]
The United States Senate is about to consider one last attempt at Obamacare repeal. Legislation introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) is the vehicle of choice this time around.
Republicans are facing an end of the fiscal year deadline (11:59 pm September 30), at which point the rules of the Senate will revert to needing 60 votes instead of the 50 (plus the Vice President) to get the job done. Apparently, we have to fight this battle one more time.
At the heart of the Graham-Cassidy bill is an old idea near and dear to Republican hearts: block grants for the states to administer largely as they see fit. It ends the individual mandate, allowing states to waive Obamacare’s essential health benefits as well as its prohibition on rejecting those residents with preexisting conditions. Medicaid expansion states (mostly blue) lose big. Non-expansion states (mostly red) get more federal money. [Read more…]
Last week here at the San Diego Free Press, Sharon Carr provided a nice overview of Naomi Klein’s new book No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need. These next two weeks, I’d like to follow up Ms. Carr’s good work by underlining what I see to be the two central insights in Klein’s book and why they matter.
In essence, Klein’s book is centered on two key points: 1) Despite all the drama and spectacle, Trump is nothing new; and 2) Neoliberal incrementalism is a dead end and we require bolder vision and practice to win the world we need. This week, we’ll consider the first proposition. [Read more…]
By Dale Williams
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve just north of San Diego is a majestic wilderness with views to the ocean, scenic sandstone cliffs and is home to one of the world’s rarest pine trees, the Torrey Pine. Anyone who has visited Torrey Pines Reserve in the past two years will have seen the large numbers of trees that died. You see them along both sides of the main road to the visitor center, along Guy Fleming Trail, and several other locations. As I watched them die, I wondered why nobody was testing the soil, analyzing tree samples, or doing anything that might help determine the cause. I wanted to do something but didn’t know what. [Read more…]
Chris Hayes of MSNBC’s “All In” interviews Ta-Nehisi Coates after his recent article in The Atlantic, “The First White President”. This is the article referenced on ESPN anchor Jemele Hill’s FaceBook page and which informed her controversial Tweet. [Read more…]
This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, commentaries, columns, and other work by San Diego Free Press regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, and locally sourced writers on the dirty games behind keeping local electricity dirty, Hurricane Irma, #BlackOutNFL, AB805 and a broken SANDAG, Medicare for all, our unsheltered human crisis, the war on unions, and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views from San Diego’s friendly, neighborhood, all volunteer, slightly funky, community news site. [Read more…]
R.I.P. Harry Dean Stanton (July 14, 1926 – September 15, 2017). Here’s Harry Dean Stanton singing the melancholy and wistful “Canción mixteca” from the movie “Paris, Texas”. [Read more…]
As trumpeter Keyon Harrold says on the YouTube page of this video:
In tribute to the many unarmed woman, men, and children killed tragically and unjustifiably before their time.
Now, from St. Louis, there are reports of unrest at the exoneration of former police officer Jason Stockley in the Dec. 20, 2011, shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Charles P. Pierce’s ruminations are insight into why this lament includes this latest injustice.
Here comes the blizzard of baloney* from defenders of San Diego Gas & Electric.
City News Service reports a coalition of business and civic leaders are now working to undermine Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs.
CCEs –where power is purchased by public entities– across the state offer electricity with significantly more renewable content and comparable or lower costs. Customers can choose to stay with the status quo, if wanted.
The ‘Clear the Air Coalition’ would like to halt the move toward the cheaper, cleaner, and locally generated electricity in San Diego because of “uncertainties.” [Read more…]
In the days of tent cities
furniture inhabits villas
Air swims in pools
cherubs cling to faux vines
while fruit spoils in orchards
SamBee is back! Here’s her in-depth investigative report on a counter-terrorism effort directed at the homegrown domestic kind. On hand to help are Fred and Carrie from Portland(ia)!
Don’t be stupid. Be a smarty. Undermine the Nazi party! [Read more…]
When it comes to unsheltered citizens, San Diego serves as the poster child for what not to do in responding to a crisis. The City Without Pity has now attracted international attention for its failure to serve its homeless humans.
Hundreds of people have contracted Hepatitis A and sixteen are dead from the highly contagious disease. Handwashing stations have been set up after months of delay, sidewalks are being power washed with bleach, and the City has presented the press with a list of places where it thinks homeless humans should go if they need to use the toilet.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer held a press conference on Wednesday to announce he would accept $1.5 million raised by local businessmen. Three tents with services will offer a few hundred people the opportunity to get off the streets. In three months. Maybe. [Read more…]