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WILL POWER REPORT: NO GLOBAL WARMING IN TEXAS?

Nothing but the truth!

 
By Will Power
 
September 8, 2011 (San Diego) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry denies there is such a thing as Global Warming, but this week the Governor had to quit the campaign trail to address a huge wildfire that burned 1,000 homes to the ground.  Texas has been in a tremendous drought for several years, decimating the cattle industry and leaving most of Texas smoldering.
 
Now its the upscale hill country where the rich folks live that is burning.  Perry had no choice but to come home and try tofight the fires.
 
 

WILL POWER REPORT: UNION-BASHING


Nothing but the Truth!

 

...Sadly, the history of labor strife in not taught in schools, and the union-bashers are hoping workers will forget what the Bad Old Days were all about.

By Will Power

 

September 5, 2011 (San Diego)--Corporate media and extremist neo-con think tanks recently have had great success bashing unions. As Americans celebrate Labor Day, it might be wise to think about the positive contributions of unions.

 

We no longer have 10-year-olds sorting stones out of coal mine races. There are no young girls losing their fingers changing bobbins in cotton mills. Workers now have the right to bargain collectively for better wages and benefits, in spite of recent efforts to deny them the fruits of their labor. Workers now have a 40 hour week, with overtime for extra work. Teachers no longer have to worry about being fired abruptly for their political beliefs.

WILL POWER REPORT: SAVE THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE

 
Nothing but the truth!
 
 
 
   
September 4, 2011 (San Diego)--Since Ben Franklin organized the U.S. Postal Service, the mailman has been a fixture in U.S. culture. But now the internet and private delivery service has forced the U.S. mail into a deficit. Thousands of small Post Offices are closed, and many rural communities are losing their common connecter of culture.
 

DOLLAR-WISE DIVAS: HOW TO $AVE MONEY ON COLLEGE TEXTBOOK$

By Nancy Clement & Dawn Clement

Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!

 

September 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) —Want to save money on your college textbooks?  Why buy when you can rent? Now you can rent textbooks from Bookrenter for a semester.

 

We've also got tips for saving money if you do need to buy your textbooks.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "BELLFLOWER" POWER

By Brian Lafferty

 

September 2, 2011 (San Diego) – Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali. David Lynch’s Eraserhead. Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. Kevin Smith’s Clerks. What does Evan Glodell’s Bellflower have in common with all these films? They are all great movies shot on shoestring budgets.

 

DEANE’S LIST: EDUCATION NEWS & NOTES

 By Doug Deane


August 30, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- The following local, state and national education news items are excerpted from a very informative e-newsletter published by Doug Deane, chair of the Business Education Committee at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. Latest education news headlines include:

 

 

 

  • GUHSD iParent Conference September 17
  • Steady improvement in standardized tests
  • The state’s new education blueprint
  • How to measure school success
  • Thought provoking videos from TED
  • Algebra I for 8th graders: an EdSource study
  • Turning the classroom upside down
  • How to get a real education
  • Wind walkers
  • Pathways to prosperity
  • A special report on multimedia in schools
  • Texas students sent from classroom to courtroom
  • Feds say ‘no child’ benchmarks can be left behind
  • Helping others succeed is teacher’s reward

DREAM DOGS LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

 

 

 

August 27,2011 (Alpine) -- This wonderful one and a half year old Purebred Schnauzer would make a fantastic therapy dog or companion for somebody who wants a loving, sweet and easy dog.  He helps me with my small aggressive clients who are dog aggressive because I know he has the ability to ignore the bad behavior.  He has been working through the therapy training also when helping clients and I know he is a boy who could pass the test Sept 10th if his new owners wanted to get involved in therapy work.  He is great with children and am sure he would live with cats.

 

 

MARKETING MATTERS: BUSINESS PLANNING—MORE CRITICAL THAN EVER

 

Tips and tricks for business success and growth
 
 
 
 
by Rama Beerfas
 
August 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –  As I write this, the stock market is up.... sorry it's down... oops, I mean up.... no, it's down..... Yup, we are once again on that wacky roller coaster ride called, "The Economy."
While many businesses see this rock 'n' roll economy as a reason to cut back or eliminate marketing, I contend that is a knee-jerk response which will probably cause more problems than add to the bottom line.
 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: THE "INVISIBLE" TOUCH

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 25, 2011 (San Diego) – In my nearly two years as a film critic I’ve learned a lot about the three current Landmark Theatres in San Diego. There’s the Landmark Hillcrest and the Landmark La Jolla Village. The third is San Diego’s only remaining continuously operating single-screen movie theater, the Ken Cinema in Kensington. I soon began to draw a distinction between films shown at the former two and the latter.

 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: RIO

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 24, 2011 (San Diego) – The story is formulaic. The voice acting is rarely expressive. The musical numbers are largely forgettable except for one that will play on a loop in your head for a few days after you watch it. But nevermind. I sat in amazement while watching the Blu-Ray of Rio, not wanting to blink lest I miss a single frame of the animation.

 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: HEARTS OF THE WEST

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 24, 2011 (San Diego) – Hearts of the West, available from the Warner Archive Collection, is a film about westerns that was released at an inopportune time. The year was 1975, a time in which the western genre was falling out of favor with audiences and studios alike. Over the three-plus decades since, there have been some notable exceptions, such as Unforgiven. But the genre has been nowhere near as popular as it was from the 1930s to the 1960s.

 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: THE WOMAN ON THE BEACH

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 24, 2011 (San Diego) – The first five minutes of The Woman on the Beach are ominous, spellbinding and foreboding. Hanns Eisler’s booming and menacing score accompany the opening credits. The frame is backdropped with shots of the alluring beach and its forceful, foamy, and frothy tide. It’s a simple sequence of shots, but they’re chilling.

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: IN THE "DARK"

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 26, 2011 (San Diego) – The trouble with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark isn’t so much that it’s not scary but that it’s boring. It ranks right up there with the original Amityville Horror (1979) as one of the dullest haunted house movies I’ve seen.

 

POLITICAL WRANGLING: PRESIDENTIAL RACE HEATS UP FROM IOWA TO EAST COUNTY

By Buck Shott
 

August 24, 2011 (San Diego) – How is all that political wrangling in Iowa impacting the presidential race? Which candidate has boots on the ground in San Diego’s East County? What are the latest actions and shenanigans by local politicians? Which Congressional members constituents are hosting an “empty chair” forum to substitute for a representative who isn’t coming home for town hall meetings? You’ve got questions, we’ve rustled up the answers!

WILL POWER REPORT: SOLAR JOBS

 

Nothing but the truth!
 
By Will Power 
 
August 22, 2011 (San Diego)--How could the US put five million unskilled workers on the job in three months without raising taxes?  Simple- invest in a self-payout revolving fund which would underwrite putting solar panels on residential roofs all over America. Much of this labor is pretty much unskilled labor. You certainly don't need a college degree to haul solar panels onto a roof and screw them down. 

 

EAST COUNTY EATER: A TASTE OF JAMAICA

 

Laylah’s Patties & Jerk

5712 El Cajon Boulevard. San Diego, CA 92115
(619) 241-2948
www.LaylahsJamaicanRestaurant.com
laylahsreggae@gmail.com

 

By Megan McGlamery (guest host for the East County Eater)

 August 23, 2011 (San Diego) -- Located in the southern region of the Caribbean lies the striking island of Jamaica. Known for everything from its sunny beaches to singer Bob Marley and a relaxed “no-problem” way of life, it’s no wonder so many people have come to love this island lifestyle.

For many of us, Jamaica may be a bit too far to visit on a regular basis. Luckily, we have an alternative. Situated on El Cajon Boulevard in the heart of Rolando near San Diego State University  is a little slice of Jamaica. Laylah’s Patties & Jerk offers a wide range of authentic Jamaican cuisine, which certainly left me feeling satisfied and eager to return.

WILL POWER REPORT: POVERTY IS NOT HEREDITARY

Nothing but the truth! 

By Will Power
 
August 20, 2011 (San Diego)--In Eighteenth Century England, not only was poverty illegal but a few pounds of unpaid debt could get you sent to Australia or prison.  In those days, people actually thought poverty was hereditary, and that bad genes made you poor.

DOLLAR-WISE DIVA: SEVEN TIPS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL CLOTHES SHOPPING


By Nancy Clement

 

August 18, 2011 (La Mesa) - Marli is about to start a new life adventure, pre-school, and she wanted some pretty, new clothes to wear. I was looking for a model for this column so we decided to team up. Since Marli is only 3½ years old, she needed some help to select clothes so we invited her Mom, Laura, to join us.

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "ONE DAY" AT A TIME

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 19, 2011 (San Diego) – One Day is the best example in recent memory of what happens when bad endings happen to good films. This movie is (or was, before the ending) by no means great, nor is it innocuous, but a good one. Let me put it this way: Many of the worst films I’ve seen have had endings that were less contrived, idiotic, and less stupid than the one in this movie.

 

WILL POWER REPORT: THE LIQUIDITY TRAP


 
Nothing but the truth!
 
By Will Power
 
August  19, 2011 (San Diego)--Here's the definition: The liquidity trap, in Keynesian economics, is a situation where monetary policy is unable to stimulate an economy, either through lowering interest rates or increasing the money supply. Liquidity traps typically occur when expectations of adverse events (e.g., deflation, insufficient aggregate demand, or civil or international war) make persons with liquid assets unwilling to invest.
 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: THE DOUBLE MAN

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 17, 2011 (San Diego) – As a kid I remember watching The Parent Trap (1961). That was the Disney movie that starred Hayley Mills as two separated-at-birth twins. It was the film that probably didn’t invent it, but it certainly perfected the split screen technique that enabled the same actor to appear as separate characters in the same scene.

 

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: GREAT EXCITATIONS

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 17, 2011 (San Diego) -- I’m sure many of you are wondering about the absence of columns. I feel it’s required of me to explain.

 

As I’ve mentioned previously, I lost my mother last November from aggressive and invasive breast cancer. It was so aggressive that doctors believed that by the time she discovered something was wrong it was already too late.

 

DREAM DOGS LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

By Cate Sacks
 

 
August 16, 2011 (Alpine) -- Picardy is a beautiful, well trained neutered male Picardy Collie Mix.  He is great with all dogs and people of all ages.

 
Sweet young Maltipoo "Cuddles", tender and sensitive, loves to be cuddled, bonds very closely.

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: WHISTLEBLOWIN' IN THE WIND

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 15, 2011 (San Diego) – The subject of sex trafficking is a serious one. Here in San Diego, teenage girls are taken by gangs and forced to become sex slaves. This subject deserves a better exploration and treatment than that seen in The Whistleblower, a film that is nothing more than 35-millimeter TV.

 

WILL POWER REPORT: WHAT IS A JOB?

 

Nothing but the truth!

By Will Power

 

August 12, 2011 (San Diego) --The U.S. government says currently we have around 11% "unemployed." But that figure just means these people are receiving unemployment compensation. Millions of other Americans have given up on finding work, gone into premature "retirement", or simply dropped out of the job market completely. The real rate is over 20%.

 

What exactly is "work'?

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: GRAND "TREE"

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 11, 2011 (San Diego) – It can get really eerie when a movie parallels your life. The Tree does so for me, striking a powerful emotional cord.

 

When I lost my mother last November, the following month was the most grueling period of my life. I was angry, sad, and lost. On Christmas night I looked up in tears and asked my mother, “How can I live my life if you’re not in it?” I fell asleep.

 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: DARK OF THE SUN

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 9, 2011 (San Diego) – Dark of the Sun (1968) was one of the first films to cash in on The Dirty Dozen’s success. Both films are set in war-torn countries, both are about do-or-die missions, and both feature football great Jim Brown (his second film after his retirement). The similarities end there. Judging it on its own terms, Dark of the Sun is uneven but when it’s good it makes you wish the rest of the movie were just as brutal and action-packed. When it drags, it really suffers.

 

WILL POWER REPORT: S&P'S $2 TRILLION TAX ERROR?


Nothing but the truth!

 

By Will Power

 

August 8, 2011 (San Diego)--The downgrading of the U.S. credit rating by Standard and Poor was thrown into limbo when a $2 trillion dollar math error was found in their calculations. I wish my bank would make the at kind of mistake on my bank account!

 

Thankfully, other credit-rating agencies have not followed Standard and Poor's bad math. Moody's, another credit agency, still lists U.S. securities as AAA.  How could Standard and Poor make such bad mathematical errors? Here's a clue.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: GOING APE

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 5, 2011 (San Diego) – The original Planet of the Apes was a thoughtful, intelligent commentary on the human race. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is an ambitious but mostly mindless prequel that is yet another entry in the “changing things that aren’t meant to be changed” genre.

 

THE DOG BLOG: TIPS FOR KAYAKING WITH YOUR DOG

By Dawn Celapino
 

August 3, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Who says the only thing you can do with your dog is take him or her on a run/walk? Kayaking is a fun thing to do on a hot day with your dog, especially if your dog enjoys the water.

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