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Tweet Perhaps the better text to write should have been “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.” I’m not a conservative, but I do believe in God and celebrate Christmas. However, there are many ways to believe, and we should never forget that. ...

Tweet This article from the Oakland Tribune appeared today and sheds light on only part of the real problem. In 2000, I accused Jerry of having problems relating to young, intelligent African Americans who didn’t fit a stereotype. I was referring to how he treated me as I headed Oakland’s Super Bowl Bid. The story is part of Oakland legend now, but what Jerry did was constantly ignore — or attempt to avoid — me and the matter of the Super Bowl, until he realized it was generating good press. Then,...

Tweet If this review is any indication (click on the post link to read it), Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” will not only sweep the Oscars, collecting best picture and best director awards, in addition to a slew of technical nods for editing, sound, and cinematography, but it will be regarded as a modern classic. I can’t remember when a sci-fi/monster/horror movie has been so effectively formed into a true Oscar contender. I still think the first Godzilla film deserves a dedicated remake as well. It had...

Tweet I write to report a weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area. On Saturday, I spent most of my time watching the UCLA / USC game at The Balboa Cafe. Then I went over to The Grove — a great indoor / outdoor cafe on Chestnut and Avila that I discovered for myself when I was taking a screenwriting class at Fort Mason. After that, I went to the home of my good friends Bob and Barbara to help them trim their Christmas Tree. But what I loved about the day so much was how nice everyone was. The holiday and Christmas sprit...

Tweet I discovered this news on Fox Television. There’s also a rather sick individual who has nothing better to do than write a blog entirely devoted to this matter. Anyone holding or participating in “white race” marches is certainly free to do so in America, but let’s face it folks. The practice is sick. The Neo-Nazis are not contributing anything good to America. The time they will spend doing this could be better invested in volunteering at the local humane society, or cooking meals to serve those...

Tweet Ok. He has a column on Irag as the begining of “American Skepticism” but why am I being encouraged to read his take? How did his view become “the one.” Is this the NY Times PR machine at work? Someone tell me. Please. ...

Tweet As I was walking along Lakeshore Avenue, preparing for Thanksgiving, I ran into an old co-worker from my days in The City of Oakland and in The Mayor’s Office. This person still works for Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown; all I did was try to bring the Super Bowl to Oakland under his watch. Both of also worked for Elihu Harris, who was a much better Mayor than Jerry. Anyway, I asked how things were going and this person remarked that they were OK, but that was more than could be said for some other workers in Jerry’s...

Tweet (11-28) 15:50 PST WASHINGTON, (AP) — A top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday that wrongheaded ideas for the handling of foreign detainees arose from White House and Pentagon officials who argued that “the president of the United States is all-powerful” and the Geneva Conventions irrelevant. In an Associated Press interview, former Powell chief of staff Lawrence Wilkerson also said President Bush was “too aloof, too distant from the details” of postwar planning. Underlings...

Tweet Dr. Zehra Attari, a 55 year old pediatrician left her clinic at 2700 International Blvd. in Oakland and is currently missing. Anyone with information contact the police at 510.238.3352. She was last seen wearing blue pants, a blue sweater and black shoes. She has black hair and brown eyes, is 5 feet 4 and weighs about 135 pounds. The license plate number of her 2001 gray Honda Accord is 4MUH810. Website is http://www.zehraattari.com/ ...

Tweet Products celebrate diverse relationships Sunday, May 22, 2005By Michele M. MelendezNewhouse News Service Courtney Morrison’s birthday card from her parents last year had a cartoon drawing of a white couple on the front, but her mom shaded the man’s skin with a brown pencil and curled his hair with a black pen. Dad is black. Mom is white. Morrison and her sister, Tiffany, are a blend of the two. Their mother’s alteration inspired the sisters to design their own greeting cards, showing a more nuanced...

Tweet I got this idea from my friend Craig Newmark, who’s blog “Craig’s Blog” is a part of his overall set of Craigslist links. After some thought, I determined that since I was so interested in popular culture, and established my company (in part) to meld sports, simulations, and popular culture, and wrote two blogs: one on sports and sports business matters and one on popular culture with a personal bent, and since I was already identified with SBS, and Zennie’s Zeitgeist was gaining an audience,...

Tweet And he was a big one, because in my view Morita was the picture of the assention of Asians in American popular culture. He went from playing roles that were somewhat “less than” to one that gained him true respect as an actor: that of “Mr. Miyagi” in “The Karate Kid.” How many people loved it when he smoothly beat the crap out of that bully and his so-called martial arts teacher in the second “Kid” film? But far beyond that, Morita became a massive part of American Culture...

Tweet SACRAMENTO — Researchers said Tuesday that aging infrastructure is not the only growing pain the governor and his successors face — by 2020, the state is projected to gain10 million people who will strain services ranging from education to social programs. The California Budget Project, an independent think tank that concentrates on concerns of the poor and middle class, released a demographic report that also indicates as the state grows by a third, diversity will increase to the point where Latinos outnumber whites. In...

Tweet I guess The Oakland Tribune has a slow news day. And no way am I posting a photo with this story. Bay Area grandmaster of Qigong pulls truck with penisBy Grace Rauh, STAFF WRITER FREMONT — The ancient Greeks worshipped it. Freud said women envy it. And Tuesday, a man pulled a truck with it.Yes, you read that right. He pulled a truck with his penis. Grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng, best known for his “Iron Crotch,” attached himself not once but twice to a rental moving truck and pulled it several yards across a parking...

Tweet CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Leaders of Iraq’s sharply divided Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis called Monday for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces in the country and said Iraq’s opposition had a “legitimate right” of resistance. The final communique, hammered out at the end of three days of negotiations at a preparatory reconciliation conference under the auspices of the Arab League, condemned terrorism, but was a clear acknowledgment of the Sunni position that insurgents should not be labeled...

Tweet Someone asked if male teachers have ever been changed with sex with a student / minor. Ringo at the “Straight Dope Message Board” googled around an extensive list of teachers involved in sex scandals. But not one of the 40 names listed — not one — is a man. Moreover, only four of the cases listed were before the year 2000. So, in five years we have had an average of seven cases a year. 1990 Pamela Smart1996 Mary Kay Letourneau1998 Denise McBryde1998 Julie Feil2000 Judith Christensen (attempt...

Tweet One can’t wonder but what was going through her mind as she was doing this. Debra Lafave pleads guilty to sex with one of her students. She’s not going to receive any jail time at all. Wow. She’s blessed. In America, considering her looks — and that she’s blond — someone will approach her with a book or movie deal. Well, she can’t take advantage of it because of her plea bargain deal, but what about the victim? And where did this photo come from? And she’s married....

Tweet If you’ve not seen this video, click on the title post link. President Bush was trying to walk — just walk away — from questions being thrown at him at a news conference in Beijing, China on Sunday. He stopped talking, walked over to a large door, pulled on it, and it didn’t open. So, he kept pulling on it; it didn’t open. Embarassed, he suddenly realized how he looked and stood almost motionless for a full second. Then, he searched for another way out — saying “I’m trying...

Tweet They’re not all that good. They don’t contain massively important social commentary. They don’t feature big established stars. But with all this, the Harry Potter Movie Series continues to rake in the dough. This third installment — “The Goblet of Fire” — took in over $100 million since it’s open on Friday. What’s the deal? What kind of hold does this series have on us, and why? More soon. ...

Tweet Schmidt, a brand new Republican congressional representative from Ohio, did this according to a Washington Post Article: “…Members were heatedly debating a procedural rule concerning the Hunter resolution when Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) was recognized at 5:20 p.m. Schmidt won a special election in August, defeating Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett, and is so new to Congress that some colleagues do not know her name. She told colleagues that “a few minutes ago I received a call from Colonel Danny Bubp,”...