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LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

By Cate Sacks

 

July 17, 2011 (Blossom Valley)-- This week we have several different kinds of animals here at Dream Dogs, all in need of forever homes. First there are several dachshund-mix puppies. We also have other dogs, kittens, a rabbit and a duck.
 
 
Scroll down for photos and details of these wonderful pets rescued from a local shelter. 

WILL POWER REPORT: WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

 

Nothing but the truth! 
            By Will Power 

Ju

ly 17, 2011 (San Diego)--The Republican right wing, sitting on record profits from dividends, bonuses, and tax cuts for the rich, are screaming Obama has not provided any new jobsYet not a single Congressional bill has addresses jobs, hiring, retention, or outsourcing of jobs.  The rich "job providers", sitting on piles of cash, are not interested in sharing their new-found profits with the working poor. Why would they?

It's Congress, not the President, that must address joblessness.
 

BEST ONLINE SERVICES AT SOCIALSECURITY.GOV

 
By Walter Magallon
 
 
July 15, 2011 (San Diego) -- Americans love their computers. In fact, a recent study shows that the number of Americans who use the Internet has more than doubled over the past 10 years, reaching nearly three quarters of the U.S. population. Nearly half of all Americans have a high-speed Internet connection at home, compared to only five percent at the start of the decade. The study indicates that Internet use is even beginning to outpace traditional media. Younger Americans spend more time online than in front of a television. 
 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: SUCKER PUNCH

By Brian Lafferty

 

July 15, 2011 (San Diego) – Sucker Punch is what happens when you give Zack Snyder carte blanche to do whatever he wants. 300 was my first exposure to Snyder. It wasn’t a masterpiece, or even a great movie, but if you were looking for a good sword and sandal epic with lots of slicing, dicing, and blood, then you couldn’t miss.

 

MARKETING MATTERS: FIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF A MARKETABLE LOGO

 Tips and tricks for business success

 
by Rama Beerfas
 
 
 
July 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –  Whether you are opening a new business or it’s just time to freshen the look of your existing branded image, a new/revised logo may be the way to go. If you are in the position to be creating or revamping a logo, keep these tips in mind for a logo that will work for all your branding needs:
 
 

EAST OF THE LINE: FIRE FEE SLAPPED ON POLITICALLY IMPOTENT MINORITY IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE FOR ALL

 By Billie Jo Jannen

July 13, 2011 (Campo)--I can vividly describe every one of the four fires that has burned through my property over the past 25 years. Notably, every one was started by someone who doesn’t live here. Causes include burning objects thrown from passing cars and trains, illegal fireworks by drunk Navy men, and border smugglers intent on their own agendas.

 

Also notable is that my family’s home survived every fire because of our personal efforts -- both costly and time-consuming -- to plan and execute our own defenses. Not a single fire department, including CalFire, has ever managed to arrive at my house before the fires did; the distances are simply too great and the fires too unpredictable.

BUILDING WITH CLYDE: GO GREEN BY REFURBISHING YOUR DECK

By Clyde Jennings

July 10, 2011 (La Mesa)--If you're not aware of the "green movement", you just haven't been paying attention. More than ever, and growing every year, homeowners not only are asking the age-old questions of price, features and style, but they seriously want to know the green attributes of a project. In other words, does the project in question impact the environment as little as possible?

 

 

MEDIA WATCH: MURDOCH HACKING SCANDAL REACHES U.S.—ASK CONGRESS TO HOLD HEARINGS

By Matt Butler

President and CEO, Media Matters for America 
 
July 12, 2011 (San Diego) --The charges against Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper, News of the World, have gotten so bad in recent days that people are being arrested and the entire newspaper was shut down. The Murdoch-owned tabloid, already under fire for allegedly hacking thousands of people's phones, reportedly hacked into the voicemail of murdered teenager Milly Dowler, potentially impeding a police investigation and giving her family false hope by deleting voicemails. Reports have also emerged of News of the World allegedly hacking the phones of families of fallen soldiers and the father of a victim of a July 2005 terrorist bombing.
 
And why should we care about what's happening over there?
 
 
 

DREAM DOGS LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

 

By Cate Sacks

July 11, 2011 (Blossom Valley)--This wonderful 1 year old pure Rhodesian Ridgeback female is loving and sweet.  She loves to play with other dogs, and bonds closely to her family.  She is safe with dogs and people she does not know.  Comes when called, sleeps happily in a crate at night.  She loves both big and small dogs, and doesn't have aggression towards people or pets.  She has not been cat tested.

 

WILL POWER REPORT: THE INVISIBLE HAND

Nothing but the truth!
 
By Will Power
 
 
July 11, 2011 (San Diego)--Capitalism, which is based on the classical economic model of Adam Smith, has morphed into a form of State Socialism, whereby the profits of private corporations are guaranteed by the Full Faith and Credit of the US taxpayers.  This has resulted in a huge national debt of $11 trillion and counting.
 
 
What's worse, the separation of the US Fed and the US Congress means the financial rules have been fixed.  The game is rigged in the favor of Big Banks and Brokers.
 
 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: TWO FOR THE ROAD

By Brian Lafferty

 

July 9, 2011 (San Diego) – The Trip is a Reader’s Digest condensed version of the hit British TV sitcom of the same name. Normally sitcoms and cinema go as well together as peanut butter and mayonnaise. Director Michael Winterbottom reverses this trend with a film that makes a smooth transition from the small screen to the big screen.

 

EAST COUNTY EATERS: SWARMING TO SWAMI'S IN LA MESA

Swami’s Café
8248 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa CA 91941
(619)668-9030

 

Reviewed by a team of East County Eaters
 

July 2, 2011 (La Mesa) –When it came time to review Swami’s Café, East County Magazine found a team of eager volunteers. The menu is too vast and diverse for any single “eater” to assess, so we sent in our ravenous reviewers to sample the fare. Each enjoyed it so much that they went back again—and again!

DREAM DOGS LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES


July 1, 2011 Beethoven is looking for a forever home.  He is a neutered 3 year old Dry mouth, smooth coat pure Saint Bernard.  He gets along well with other dogs, lives with horses, and loves people.  Beethoven knows all his basic obedience and is house broken.

Sampson is a 13 pound 11 month old dachshund mix who loves to run with the big dogs, but cuddles like a little dog.  Sampson would be a great dog for anybody who wants a partner to take to dog parks or the beach.  He is a fun little guy who loves dogs, kids, and anybody who comes his way.

 

WILL POWER REPORT: SUPREME COURT ON DRUGS?

Nothing but the truth! 

By Will Power
 
June 29, 2011 (San Diego)--The US Supreme Court made two important health care rulings last week. 
 
The first ruling was that consumers harmed by the use of a generic drug cannot sue the drug manufacturer.  Generic drugs are copies of drugs which are out of patent.  This means anybody can manufacture these copycat drugs, and often quality control  can become a problem.  Another problem is because many of these drugs are made in India or China,  issues of counterfeit drugs become an issue.


ON THE SILVER SCREEN: A SOLEMN AFTERNOON

By Brian Lafferty

 

June 24, 2011 (San Diego) – 3 Backyards tackles one of my favorite movie subjects: A seemingly quaint, picturesque small town that masks a dark undercurrent. This foreboding, unsettling subtext is displayed in the opening title sequence, which is set against an ironic canvas of woods, houses, cats, and hummingbirds,

 

TIPS FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: HOW TO HONE YOUR SENSE OF 360—AND PROTECT YOURSELF

 

Increase your enjoyment of living!

By Sharon Courmousis, Sacred Rocks Reserve

 

June 20, 2011 (Boulevard)--We observe at every news show and every news stand headliners about three types of people: victims, predators, and others [counselors, officers of public safety, family and friends]. While ghoulishly fascinated with the horrifying acts of predators, we feel sympathy for the victims.  But what is even more important is to feel a burning determination never to be a victim yourself and to learn how to deter the bad guys. We need to make it so by learning strategies to be safer. We need to teach others in our circle of influence.

 

You can train yourself to be alert at all times to what is going on around you. This training applies to driving, to walking, to parking, to walking into your home, to stepping outside to take out the garbage. People who live in nature and in rural places have an edge on city dwellers because danger can come from one wrong step – like on a rattlesnake.

  

DOLLAR-WISE DIVA: SMART MONEY IDEAS FOR NEW GRADS

Simple, easily do-able ways to increase your money management skills

 

By Nancy Clement

 

June 24, 2011(La Mesa) - Congratulations to the new 2011 East County college graduates and best wishes for your future! One important thing to think about is even though the job market is not the best right now, it is turning around, you have skills, and talents that only you can contribute--so do not let the negativity you hear, see or read in the media stifle your career goals.   Our society needs your creativity and contributions.  Remember:   Incredible things happen…when you hold on to your Dreams” Bergsma 1990.

 

MARKETING MATTERS: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS AND GROWTH

 

Marketing for a Reason

 

By Rama Beerfas 

June 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Most companies that have a marketing plan tend to market on a similar type of schedule every year – perhaps they have a winter campaign to kick off the new year, a summer campaign to boost business during the slow season, and a holiday campaign to maximize their share of consumers’ holiday spending.

All that notwithstanding, how about marketing for a different reason altogether? There are thousands of designated observances, commemorations and celebratory days that are just asking to be used as an excuse for marketing.

MARKETING MATTERS: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS AND GROWTH

Is Marketing an Expense or an Investment?

 

By Rama Beerfas

 

May 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –  There’s an old saying that 50% of  a business’ marketing expense is wasted. The question is, which 50% is it?

Admittedly, it can be difficult to track the success of a marketing campaign; even more so given the fact that most micro to mid-size businesses don’t set a specific goal, don’t put a definite call to action and/or don’t develop a metric that will allow them to measure the ROI and/or ROO on a given campaign.
 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: SEXUAL REELING

By Brian Lafferty

 

June 20, 2011 (San Diego) – If Henry Jaglom made a movie about a young man’s sexual discoveries the result might have been something like Twelve Thirty. Jaglom didn’t direct it, but it feels like a Jaglom film. It’s talky, self-indulgent, shot with a handheld camera, and is a supposed deep character study. All that's missing are David Proval, Zack Norman, and a liberal use of the zoom lens.

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: STARK RAVING NOMAD

By Brian Lafferty

 

June 18, 2011 (San Diego) – After watching Korkoro I fondly recalled the stories of my Uncle John and “the Gypsies.” When my sisters were little, he would warn them about the Gypsies and how they wouldn’t hesitate to snatch them while they slept. If you left root beer outside, maybe my sisters would have a fighting chance.

 

If only Korkoro was as interesting as these stories.

 

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: ONLY WHEN I DON'T LAUGH

By Brian Lafferty

 

June 19, 2011 (San Diego) – I was at a movie theater recently when a friend of the projectionist asked me if I knew any jokes. I leafed through the “books” of my mental library trying to find one but I couldn’t. I was content to let him rattle off a series of jokes and listen. Later that day I remembered a few jokes that I found funny. But even then I wouldn’t have told them.

 

LEFT HOOK: THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER

 

By Walter Davis

June 13, 2011 (San Diego)--There is little talk by either party in Washington about ethical concerns. What politicians have failed to realize is that the American people need politicians who can work out compromise between differing coalitions. Instead we get politicians who remain inflexible and who are willing to see the government collapse if THEIR wishes are not satisfied. We are fortunate that the armed forces do not work that way. Imagine, an African American soldier refusing to fight because she would be protecting Klan members.

 

Recently, the city of San Diego “found” $2 billion dollars to keep the fire departments and libraries open (7). The federal government spends $10 billion dollars a month to keep the wars going in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is no wonder that our education system and infrastructure are collapsing. Our government spends our treasure on war, not improvement of our lives. The American people deserve a Department of Peace as opposed to a Department of Defense.

THE WILL POWER REPORT -- NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Clarence Thomas's Taxes 

June 7, 2011 Just about everybody cheats slightly  on their taxes.  Whether it is failing to report income, fudging on the value of donations to charity, or forgetting to report outside gifts or gratuities, most people lie a bit and get away with it.  But Congressmen and Federal Employees should be held to higher levels of honesty. Does that mean a Federal Judge can conveniently forget hundreds of thousands of bucks in income?

 

Apparently, if you a Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the answer is "Yes!".  Justice Thomas's wife took over six hundred thousand  bucks from a Conservative "Foundation" and neglected to report it as income.  That is not exactly a "rounding off" error.  This man sits on the US Supreme Court! And he did this for five consecutive years! 

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: MEDITATION OF LIFE

By Brian Lafferty

 

June 10, 2011 (San Diego) – The Tree of Life isn’t merely a movie. To call it an experience would be putting it mildly. It’s films like this that make me say, “This is why I go to the movies.” Only one other movie elicited such a response from me since I’ve been a film critic and it happened to be the best film of 2010: Gaspar Noe’s Enter the Void.

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: CLASS ACTION

By Brian Lafferty

 

June 5, 2011 (San Diego) – Most comic book movies that are the first in a franchise feel like a feature-length first act. I had this feeling with X-Men and Spider-Man. They’re good movies but they functioned more like set-ups for X2 and Spider-Man 2, which also delivered the goods better.

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: THE SPIRIT IS FULFILLING

By Brian Lafferty

 

June 3, 2011 (San Diego) – Ever since my mother died there have been times when I've imagined my mother’s spirit being around me. I fantasize being able to speak to her, telling her how I feel, asking her what it’s like on the other side.

 

DOLLAR-WISE DIVA: SALLY GARY’S 25+ FREE THINGS TO DO IN SAN DIEGO

 

Have more fun this summer…and spend less money!

By Nancy Clement

 

June 3, 2011 (La Mesa) - Sally Gary is the author of the new $Best Freebies, Bargains, Deals & Steals in San Diego book, 9th Edition. This is a MUST Have book for your home library! Her ideas will enable you to have more fun and to save more money this summer. She generously shared her list of favorite FREE things to do in San Diego. Now you will never be at a loss for what to when out of town company comes to visit you, just open the book and you will find countless, terrific ideas. Enjoy!

THE DOG BLOG: SURFING WITH YOUR DOG

Sport gives new meaning to term "Surf Dogs" -- and gives  local dogs and their owners a cool way to beat the heat

 

June 1, 2011 (San Diego) --Whoever said you can only have fun with your dog on land has never tried surfing with their dog. Some dogs don't want any part of it and others LOVE IT!

THIS WEEK ON DISC: "I AM NUMBER FOUR" AND "GNOMEO & JULIET"

By Brian Lafferty

 

June 1, 2011, (San Diego) – For over a year and a half I’ve been reviewing theatrical releases. Last month I introduced the Netflix Streaming Pick of the Week, a column that spotlights worthy cinema available on Netflix Watch Instantly.

 

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