Darrell Issa Demands Retraction of NYT Story, Claims 13 Errors

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The office of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), has followed up with its complaint of errors in a recent New York Times story with another list of errors — and a demand for a retraction for the 13 claimed errors. I’m posting the entire press release below. Here’s my original blog post on the controversy. Meanwhile, the Heritage Foundation’s blog, which …

UPDATED — Can Murtaza Baxamusa Tell The Truth?

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UPDATE: Expect a swarm of zombies from the lovely people at Daily Kos. Baxamusa has comfirmed my expectations of his character: Not only has he kept his lie about Rostra in place, he’s put his post there on DK. Read the comments, if you’re brave, and you’ll see just what I mean by lovely. For a taste of the reason …

LA Times Article On Fast And Furious – With Paper Trail

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The Los Angeles Times provides more information about the ATF’s botched Fast and Furious gun smuggling program. Firearms illegally trafficked under the ATF’s Fast and Furious program turned up at the scenes of at least 11 “violent crimes” in this country in addition to being involved in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona last year, …

After The Ugliness, Some Beauty

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It’s been an ugly week. More repression in Syria, riots in London, and financial mayhem on Wall Street. In San Diego, some vile person who belongs in jail threw a rock through a window in the home of labor leader Lorena Gonzalez. Let’s take some time to appreciate beauty and goodness. And in that spirit I bring you an uplifting …

Verizon Union Members Stuck In 20th Century – OB Rag Recycles Press Release

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“Everybody needs to be wired and we’re the people who do that.” — Vinnie Galvin, striking Verizon worker, quoted by the Associated Press. With all respect to Mr. Galvin, everybody doesn’t need to be wired. And by not realizing that fact, he’s ruining his future. I dropped my landline many years ago because with my wireless phone, I didn’t need …

Otay Water District To Vote Today On Expanding Health Care For Life Benefits

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Simply amazing. Otay Water District’s board, far from chastened by the reaction to its approving health care for life for top executives,  is set to vote today on extending them to all its rank-and-file employees. From a San Diego Union-Tribune editorial about this grab for more money from Otay’s ratepayers: Otay officials also argue that the changes will actually save …

LA Fitness’ Recurring ‘Satellite Issue’ With Fox News

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From my most-excellent North County Times colleague Mark Walker, comes this: Fitness devotee Dianne Lowe’s best exercise in recent days may be standing up for what she says is free speech. The five-year member of the LA Fitness club on El Norte Parkway in Escondido was outraged last week when she went to turn on the right-leaning cable channel while …

Conservative Watchdog Coming To San Diego?

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In the comments, SD CityBeat’s Dave Maass mentioned this interesting ad on Craigslist: political writer/researcher/investigative reporter (San Diego) Date: 2011-07-28, 12:56AM PDT Reply to: job-kfvd2-2517260415@craigslist.org  New political news and truth watchdog project. It’s internet based and is independent thinking (non party affiliation) and embraces conservative core values. Seeks writer (conservative journalist if possible) and a top notch researcher plus an …

Fletcher Named To New Assembly Jobs Committee

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Assemblyman, San Diego mayoral candidate, and Rostrafarian Nathan Fletcher was named Wednesday as chairman of a new jobs creation committee by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. That Fletcher, from San Diego, is a Republican, while Pérez, from Los Angeles, is a Democrat, is remarkable. Typically, committees are chaired by members of the majority party. Why Fletcher and not a Democrat? …

Chris Reed Interviews Barry Jantz On Redistricting

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Chris Reed’s Top Story show on KOGO AM 600 (Get yer podcast here)  is a dependable staple of my drive home. And yesterday, the show by the self-proclaimed “cranky libertarian” produced a bonus:  SD Rostra’s own Barry Jantz. Redistricting was the topic, especially its effects in San Diego County. Jantz made a number of points: – The new San Diego …

George Will Praises Book On Libertarian Ideas

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George Will gives a nice plug for libertarian ideas, as expressed in a book by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch, “The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong with America“: A generation that has grown up with the Internet “has essentially been raised libertarian,” swimming in markets, which are choices among competing alternatives. And the left weeps. …

The San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Community” Of Tax-Takers

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Judging from the San Diego Union-Tribune’s narrow selection for its “community editorial board,” the newspaper’s management appears to think the San Diego  community consists entirely of social activists, government bureaucrats and other tax-takers. The people who pay their wages aren’t represented. Richard Rider has documented the narrow range of opinions in this supposedly “diverse” crowd — diverse in everything except …

UPDATED — Dumanis Sacks Campaign Manager

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UPDATE: The San Diego Union-Tribune has its own story, posted a couple of hours after VOSD — the UT gave credit to VOSD. The story’s second graf says the firing means Dumanis is having a rough time: The move indicates a rocky start for Dumanis as she competes with fellow Republicans — City Councilman Carl DeMaio and state Assemblyman Nathan …

San Diego Public Library Laptops Lifted

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Another illuminating story from the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Watchdog group: 10 out of 25 laptop computers available for use inside the San Diego Public Library have been stolen. The laptops aren’t labeled with a magnetic security sticker, because the library thinks the stickers might damage the computers, according to the article. But the Watchdog reporter ran that claim past a …

A Manufactured Consensus On Global Warming Is No Consensus At All

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The “scientific consensus” that human-released greenhouse gases are the main driver of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW) didn’t evolve naturally from the science, but was forced into being as a tool of advocacy, argues Jean Goodwin of Iowa State University in a paper (PDF) submitted to the National Communications Association in 2009. I mention this paper now because climate scientist …

Dog Bites Man: Lefty Journalist Robert Niles Hopes News Corp. Will Fail

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Yes, I know that a lefty journalist railing against Fox News is about as surprising as a snowstorm when Al Gore opens his mouth about global warming. But this piece by Robert Niles deserves special mention, because it’s in a trade publication for journalists, the Online Journalism Review. Niles takes advantage of the indefensible hacking practices by some News Corp. …

Otay Water District Approves Health Care For Life: U-T

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From the San Diego Union-Tribune: The Otay Water District voted Friday to extend lifetime retiree health benefits to district managers and their spouses, and could do the same for a larger group of employees in a month. The Board of Directors voted 4-1 to approve the new benefits. Board member Mark Robak cast the lone dissenting vote. He noted that …

Global Warming Causes Tsunamis! So Saith The Sages Of Grist

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Until  National Review Online posted about this scary story from enviro mag Grist, I wasn’t aware of this frightening new dimension to the catastrophic effect global warming climate change is having. Already, 2011 is the costliest year for insurance claims due to natural disasters, aided by climate change. The cost so far: $265 billion, greater than the previous record, set …

Lifetime Health Care To Managers & Spouses: Otay Water District Proposal

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UPDATE: 2:40 p.m. Friday – Statement from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, via the Libertarian Lass: SDCTA Denounces Outrageous Otay Water District Proposal Retirees and dependents receive free lifetime healthcare; customers get the bill (San Diego) – At a time when their customers are paying double digit increases for water, the Otay Water District board of directors is considering …