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Tweet I just walked in the house, turned on my TV set, and learned that Richard Pryor passed away at 65. CNN’s interviewing his wife Jennifer. Pryor was a seemingly permanent part of the Zeitgeist, and was a big part of my life growing up in Chicago and then here in Oakland. It kind of feels like a part of my life has been ripped away. He was battling MS.Pryor used his humor to reflect on race relations at the time. But, and as Martin Scorsese said, it was a savage — and I would add, honest — humor. ...

Tweet At the start of 2005 the San Francisco Bay area was rocked by the revelation that the San Francisco 49ers created a racist and sexist “traning tape.” Then, just before this year’s Cal / Stanford “Big Game” a group of Stanford Students made a video said to be, again, racist and sexist. Now, the San Francisco Police Department’s dark underbelly of racial intolerance is being exposed in the release of information on another video that is, yep, called racist and sexist. Wait. This is the...

Tweet You know, with so many Oakland-related posts, I may create another blog on Oakland-related matters. I just don’t know what to call it. Until then.. The Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center is an enormous building that sits on the western shore of Lake Merritt, and opposite Laney College. It has an 8,000 seat arena, a 2,000 seat auditorium, and with all of that, the City of Oakland can no longer afford to keep in open. The Oakland Tribune reports the Oakland City Council made that decision Tuesday night. 11th-hour...

Tweet Post by: Michael Barnett at www.mgno.com: I made it back to New Orleans on Thursday afternoon and here were my initial thoughts: I started my 1996 Honda Civic EX’s engine at 0100 EST. I rocketed up I-75 to I-10 and then headed west on 10 all the way in. At 0900 CST, I hit the Twin Single Span across the Lake. Moments later I realized that New Orleans will never be rebuilt in my lifetime. New Orleans East cannot be described; it can only be seen. You must drive through it. What you see on television is nothing. Nothing....

Tweet Police Commissioner Kevin Riley shownAccording to the Dead Pelican website, the controversial New Orleans Police department deliberately overstated the number of officers to be paid by the federal government, and then gave more money to “connected” officers. Here’s the account from their website: FEDS ASKING TOUGH QUESTIONS OF NOPD: INDICTMENTS PREDICTED XXXX DECEMBER 03, 2005 5:27 PM**EXCLUSIVE! MUST CREDIT THE DEAD PELICAN!** In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Feds are asking a number of very specific...

Tweet Tonight, I just went down to The Alley, a local bar and piano establishment I visit, to have a good, basic chicken dinner. I didn’t feel like cooking, and had enough of pot roast, steaks, and pasta. I wanted chicken. Jackie, the owner and bartender, had my place read for me to sit — and the meal prepared — when I arrived. Ok. I was late, but I got there. So, I sat down to eat and to my joy, the Warriors basketball game was on. So, I was content, but I had one call to make, and it was an important...

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...