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Tweet Follow me Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s most popular President and President Barack Obama, America’s first black President, hold an obvious, special place in World history. Here’s President Obama’s statement on the passing of President Mandela: THE PRESIDENT: At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement...

Tweet Follow me Nelson Mandela, perhaps the greatest living human being of our generation, passed away at 95 years of age. I will remember exactly where I was when it happened: on United Airlines Flight 3570 from Chicago to Atlanta this night. When we touched wheels at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, I turned on my iPhone and...

Tweet Follow me YouTube / Google is driven by stock price maintenance perhaps more than anything else, it seems. This assertion comes after a rash of complaints by YouTube Partners – people who have been approved to gain revenue from Google AdSense ads posted in or next to their videos – that their view traffic has lessened since around...

Tweet Follow me President Obama’s Speech, courtesy of The White House. This is a transcript of the full speech given by President Barack Obama today, Wednesday, August 28th, 2013, and to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The March On Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech at the same place at...

Tweet Follow me Joshua Daniels is a name you know if you, for whatever reason, follow the Twitter hashtags #Oakland and #OakMtg. He posts there on what seems to be an every-other-day basis. In fact, that’s how this blogger – er, me – got to become acquainted with him. Though relatively new to Oakland, like many who fit his profile...

Tweet Follow me The Drake’s Bay issue is one I’ve largely ignored, but after meeting Kevin Lunny on my own, as I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and then trying to look at the situation from both sides, it’s hard not to side with Kevin’s little company. It’s the perfect David versus Goliath story, and it’s...

Tweet Follow me President Obama gave a massively excellent speech on the American Economy on Wednesday. Here’s the video and the transcript: 2:13 P.M. CDT THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Galesburg! (Applause.) Well, it’s good to be home in Illinois! (Applause.) It is good to be back. It’s good to be back. Thank you. Thank you so much, everybody....

Tweet Follow me Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is a new political star for Democrats, after her successful 13-hour filibuster of a sweeping GOP anti-abortion bill. Thanks to the powerful voices of thousands of Texans, #SB5 is dead. An incredible victory for Texas women and those who love them. — Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) June 26, 2013 The...

Tweet Follow me On June 13, Make Oakland Better Now! will be present at the Oakland City Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m., urging the City Council to adopt the Mayor’s proposed budget with Council President Kernighan’s proposed changes.  This post is the first in a series to look at the budget amendments proposed by Council President Kernighan and...

Tweet Follow me David Glover was one of the first mentors I had after I started work in the City of Oakland after grad school at Berkeley. I got the word the former Oakland Citizens Committee For Urban Renewal (OCCUR) Executive Director passed on Wednesday and at the young age of 60, after a battle with cancer he waged for quite a while. David...

Tweet Follow me The IRS’ political targeting allegations are just plain scary, especially as one who wonders just how the Internal Revenue Service comes to focus on celebrities of a major or minor level. And not just the IRS, but the California Franchise Tax Board, which I believed was targeting me in a similar fashion. Regardless of politics,...

Tweet Follow me The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the same-sex marriage appeal at 10 AM, or 30 minutes from now. Beginning at roughly 10 a.m. ET, the justices will hear arguments in the appeal of a federal appeals court panel’s decision that struck down California’s Proposition 8, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Yesterday,...

Tweet Follow me President Obama and Secretary Of State Clinton appeared together on CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday evening. What follows is the transcript from that TV event, assembled from the divided-by-page version published by CBS. Here it is: There are few people we think we know more about than President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary...

Tweet Follow me On the surface, the decision of the judges in the case of Noel Canning v. NLRB to declare invalid the January 4, 2012 appointments of Democratic members Richard Griffin and Sharon Block and Republican member Terrance Flynn (who have since resigned) may appear to be “ground breaking” but given that they were made by three...

Tweet Follow me Shelf Life successfully raised $35,000 (well, $34,579 here: http://www.indiegogo.com/ShelfLife) and totally from clicks provided by fans of the show. Ok, so what’s the show? Shelf Life, produced by Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt, features the talents of Travis Willingham, Bryan Enk, Dee Bradley Baker, Tara Platt, Yuri Lowenthal,...

Tweet Follow me President Barack Obama arrived at Newtown, Connecticut and delivered a speech that was not only appropriate for the occasion, but set the tone for social change. In the wake of the awful shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 26 people – 20 of them kids – were killed by a deranged Adam Lanza, something...

Tweet Follow me Krystal Ball, the MSNBC Political Pundit, and former Congressional Candidate is in the news in a small way via The Huffington Post talking about the “sexy photo scandal” that got her little-noticed run for Congress, a ton of notice, and about how “devastating” it was to her. What happened was that photos,...

Tweet Follow me The full text of President Obama’s Election Night victory speech, delivered on 11/6/2012 in Chicago Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. (Sustained cheers, applause.) Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. (Cheers, applause.) It...

Tweet Follow me Ok, now that Election 2012 is history, it’s time to pick out our winners and losers. Some of them will be unexpected people you’ve never heard of, others will be characters, of several kinds. It all will be interesting. And without any further ado, as they say, here we go: Winners: Buffy Wicks: My friend who’s the...

Tweet Follow me Today’s Election Day 2012, and you’ve heard the cliched statement that “You have a clear choice.” Well, folks, it’s true: you really do. The choice for this video-blogger is simple: Barack Obama should be reelected as President of The United States. And it’s for a set of reasons that go far...

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