Opening Day 2019: An Ode to Baseball

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For many years Rich Galen has produced his twice-per-week bullet-style column, Mullings, his take on the politics of the day. Today he … well … knocks it out of the park, so to speak, with an ode to Baseball Opening Day. Opening Day 2019 by Rich Galen Thursday March 28, 2019 NOTE: Let’s take a day off from kvetching and …

Breaking: Kalasho resigns from El Cajon City Council

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Ben Kalasho, the highly controversial El Cajon City Councilmember, resigned his seat tonight in a letter to City Manager Graham Mitchell. The resignation is said to be “effective immediately.” Elected to a four-year city council term in 2016, Kalasho was forced to face off against another incumbent, Gary Kendrick, last year after the city transitioned to district elections. Kendrick won …

The 2,000-year-old blog

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As is my custom for more than a decade… And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, …

Vacation thoughts on Cox and Allen

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Some thoughts while spending a few days away… Neither Travis Allen nor John Cox can beat Gavin Newsom in the general election, nor can either beat any Dem for that matter. Only Cox has a chance to make it past the primary. It now increasingly looks like he’ll be number two next Tuesday. Having him on the ballot in November, …

Surprised that DeMaio didn’t run? Just follow the moves.

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When Carl DeMaio pulled papers for the 50th Congressional District on Monday of last week, while also paying the $1,740 non-refundable filing fee, many thought that was a final decision. He was indeed running against Duncan Hunter. When he then announced last Friday he wasn’t running, it surprised the same “many.” Why the heck would he cough up over 1,700 …

The 2,000-year-old blog

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As is my custom for more than a decade now, on this eve… And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city …

A tale of two sentiments about two Chargers’ cities

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There’s nothing that better exemplifies the Chargers’ fall from grace — and respect — in San Diego than two comments, made about six years apart by John Lynch, once a huge advocate for the team. In November 2011 to Voice of SD, just after it was announced Doug Manchester and Lynch were partnering to purchase and operate The San Diego Union-Tribune: …

Shooting aftermath: Do we need to reconsider our relationship with politics?

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Yesterday, following the shooting in the DC area, a “friend” posted on Facebook, “I guess that’s one way to open Republican seats…” I assume he thought his comment was both humorous and somehow appropriate. Therein lies at least some of the tragedy. Can you imagine following the 2012 Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, anyone making a “joke” about that being …

In Honor of MLK

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“So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three …

Chargers gone?

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From Adam Schefter on Twitter ‏@AdamSchefter (Thanks Hylton Lonstein, for the heads up) “A stunner: Chargers plan to announce as early as Thursday they are moving to LA, ending 55-year stint with SD, league sources tell ESPN.” 6:52 PM – 11 Jan 2017

Mike Fredenburg in National Review: Mr. President, Cancel the F-35

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Many area conservatives remember Mike Fredenburg as the founder of the Adam Smith Institute several years ago. The local author has made quite a name for himself the last couple of years writing about military affairs for National Review. In Fredenburg’s latest, he urges Donald Trump to continue boldly challenging the status quo and a crony-capitalist procurement system by cancelling …

The 2,000-year-old blog

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As is my custom for about a decade on this eve… And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, …

Dave Roberts concedes to Kristin Gaspar in Supe race

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“Needing more than 60 percent of whatever ballots remain in D3,” I wrote Friday night, “if Roberts doesn’t concede the race within the next few days, he is simply in denial.” County Supervisor Roberts today faced the reality of being up by about 2,200 votes in early returns on election night, then watching the lead evaporate day by day as …

Weekend Reads

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Some worthwhile reading from the last few days… Measure A lost. Here’s what SANDAG opponents want us to do now. by Barrett Tetlow in the SDUT “In the aftermath of Measure A’s defeat, SANDAG elites are asking the question “What happened?” The answer is they were completely tone-deaf. They have an opportunity to learn the right lessons from this election …

Gaspar-Roberts Update: The fork is rusting

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Update to the below prior posts, for Saturday evening (Nov. 26): Kristin Gaspar again increased her lead over incumbent Supervisor Dave Roberts, to 1,247 votes… Gaspar 113,594 50.28% Roberts 112,347 49.72% There are about 60,000 ballots left countywide. Yawn, at this point. Update to the below post, for Friday evening (Nov. 25): The Registrar’s office waded thru only about 10,000 …

Gaspar jumps far ahead, she can start measuring for drapes

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Update to the post below, for Tuesday evening (Nov 22): Gaspar’s lead jumps to 659 votes… Gaspar 107,893 50.15% Roberts 107,234 49.85% Gaspar received 51.5 percent of the 9,687 additional votes. About 106,000 ballots remain to tally across the county. Before today’s count, the Registrar estimated about 17,000 remaining provisional ballots in District 3. If that number is accurate, there …

Prediction: County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar

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Each Ballot count update since the original post is at the bottom, along with the related trend. Gaspar was behind by 560 votes when I first posted after Thursday’s tally, then led by 15 on Friday evening, 218 on Saturday, 296 on Sunday, and 368 following Monday’s counts. _____ I was out of state last week for the election — …

Random Thoughts

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When over, the 2016 presidential election will go in the history books as this: A bunch of Jerks in Congress, elected by the People, created an atmosphere in which the People believed the best solution was to nominate a total Jerk, which only served to ensure the People elected a total Jerk as President. — The Chargers’ measure, Prop C, …

The Chargers and hurt feelings

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San Diego County Taxpayers Association to San Diego Chargers: “Please attend our meeting. Help us understand how you arrived at your assumptions. Share your data. Make your report public.” Chargers response: “You guys are really mean. Tony is really, really mean. Leave us alone!” Kinda reminds me of this: