Thursday, December 27, 2012

[SDCPJ] San Diego Free Press and OB Rag - double whammy!

A double whammy!

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House Fire on Seaside Street Claims a Dozen Pet Birds in Ocean Beach

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 12:28 PM PST

Woman and Dogs Rescued

A house fire on the 2300 block of Seaside Street in northeast Ocean Beach has claimed the lives of at least a dozen pet birds. Early Thursday, Dec. 27, around 3:30 a.m. a fire broke out in the living-room of the residence near Larkspur Street. When firefighters arrived, they found the 46 year old resident suffering from smoke inhalation; she was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.
   

Ocean Beach Antique Shop Owner's Wounded Nephew Gets Visit from President Obama for being "Hero".

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 11:55 AM PST

Teresa Mallory's nephew Quinn Rogan receives surprise visit after saving lives in Afghanistan

The owner of an antique store in Ocean Beach has her nephew's photo propped up in her consignment shop on Newport Avenue. The picture has her nephew, Quinn Rogan - wounded in Afghanistan when he blocked suicide bombers from attacking his base - along with the President - who made him a surprise visit recently at Walter Reed Army hospital. Rogan is credited for saving possibly hundreds of his fellow solders on December 2nd as he tried to stop up to 3 bombers in a vehicle gunning for his base. He helped block their attempt yet their explosives went off, throwing shrapnel at him.
   

Seattle Police Department releases humorous Guide on how to get stoned, after pot legalization initiative passes.

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 11:03 AM PST

Witty and silly, it covers all the bases.

by Kristen Gwynne / AlterNet  Last week, the Seattle Police Department quietly released the hilarious how-to,Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle. Witty and silly, it covers all the bases, from driving stoned to drug tests for jobs and whether police themselves can get high. It begins:
The people have spoken. Voters have passed Initiative 502 and beginning December 6th, it is not a violation of state law for adults over 21 years old to possess up to an ounce of marijuana (or 16 ounces of solid marijuana-infused product, like cookies, or 72 ounces of infused liquid, like oil) for personal use. The initiative establishes a one-year period for the state to develop rules and a licensing system for the marijuana production and sale.
   

A Christmas Wish: The Gift of Compassion

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 10:46 AM PST

It is Christmas, 2012, and I sit in the sunlight of the early morning and welcome the day. For many years I have been alone on Christmas morning; my children, parents, sister and I celebrate Christmas on its eve. My children spend the day with her mother and later in the day, my parents, sister and I have dinner at my cousin's home. As a result, the gift I receive Christmas morning is time. Time to sit and reflect, time to meditate, time to just be. As a Catholic Christian of the Franciscan brand, and a student of Buddhism and the Tao, I spend much of my time thinking about the concept of compassion; what it means and how to let flow from me and perhaps by example, to others. I know in my imperfection, I fall short on many occasions, but I try.

San Diego Free Press 

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The Starting Line(ish): Filner Rips Congress … All of Them

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 10:55 AM PST

Mayor Bob Filner calls out dysfunctional Congress; Starbuck's embarks on a "Come Together" campaign; Wingnuts decry Sandy Hook as a government conspiracy; Balboa Park Golf Course getting a makover In an interview yesterday with KPCC, the Los Angeles area public radio station, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pulled no punches in criticizing Congress and the Congressional leaders he left behind after 20 years to run for Mayor. The bottom line, the reason he chose to run for mayor instead of returning to Congress for what would have been his 11th term, was the same thing Filner said to SDFP colleague Annie Lane and I when we sat down with the then mayoral candidate back in April for the OB Rag: Congress is a complete, dysfunctional mess. The mantra of shrinking government down to a size "where you can drown it in a bathtub," as Grover Norquist likes to say, became the overriding principle in the House in 1994 when Newt Gingrich first became Speaker. Since then—and especially since 2010—it's only gotten worse. "I couldn't believe the kind of people who had come and taken power," Filner said of the Tea Party wave that took control of the House. "Many of them had never had any government experience. They had no respect as it were for government per se. I mean, I don't know why you run for government office with the intent to close up government."
   

The Children's Pool in La Jolla – Visit the Harbor Seals

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 09:50 AM PST

San Diego For Free: Children's Pool in La Jolla A weekly column dedicated to sharing the best sights and activities in San Diego at the best price - free! We have a great city and you don't need to break the bank to experience it. Location: La Jolla, map here Best For: Wave watchers, seal gazers, sandy feet aficionados, soul searchers Near downtown La Jolla is the Children's Pool, a small beach protected from ocean waves by a sea wall. The wall was built in 1931 to create a calm area of water for swimming. Today the Children's Pool is the center of a battle between those wishing to see it refurbished and preserved as a swimming area and those that advocate for protection of the harbor seals that have established a home at the Children's Pool in the past two decades.
   

The Fright Wing: Why So-Called Conservatives Get So Wild and Crazy.

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 09:47 AM PST

By Bob Dorn Until recently, I've been mystified by the emotional fits and righteousness that seems to dominate the politics of people who identify themselves as conservatives. From sneering condescension right up to murderous invective, the rhetoric of those who consider themselves more holy than the rest of us has blown past the bounds of realism and into a sort of hallucinatory inferno of loose hatred and speculation. And it hasn't taken much to set it off. Mention the U.N. or World Court, or the possibility of expanding voting hours, or improving our infrastructure and you're likely to unleash an avalanche of accusations and epithets-- one worlder, voter fraud, socialist idiot, moron, traitor. Infrastructure? Voting? Are those bad?
   

Who's Winning the 'War on Christmas'?

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 09:45 AM PST

Wishing Everyone a Happy/Merry……? By Beau Grosscup The grocery cashier handed me my change and receipt. With a cherry voice and sparkle in her eye, she said: "Merry Christmas." "Happy Hanukah to you" I sweetly replied. A frown crept across her brow. "I'm not Jewish,' she said. "I'm not Christian," I responded. I walked away leaving a slightly confused Christian cashier pondering what had just happened. I had no doubt what had occurred. For over a decade of Decembers, the Christian Right, led by Bill O'Reilly of Fox News cable, has charged a War on Christmas (and thus Christianity) is under way.
   

Sex in San Diego: The Psychology of Pick-Up Lines

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 08:23 AM PST

By Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. / Alternet Every relationship begins with that first step. Some people never get past that first step. First impressions matter, and our opening few lines can either energize the interaction or cause the other person to look around for the nearest exit. Gratefully, psychologists have spent years of celibacy trying to understand the psychology behind pick-up lines for your own benefit. In the '80s Chris Kleinke and colleagues analyzed the effectiveness of 100 pick-up lines across a number of different settings, including bars, supermarkets, restaurants, laundromats, and beaches. They found three main categories of openers:

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