Monthly Archives: August 2009

Chula Vista boys get it done!!!!


Sorry but nothing political this morning. The air here is dirty and deadly for someone with asthma. The fires burning down south are getting bigger not smaller and the smoke likes to wander up here to the San Joaquin valley and then just fucking sit here smothering the valley and it’s inhabitants…but I digress.

I watched the Little League World Series Championship game this weekend. It was a glorious game for Chula Vista and the U.S. in general as they beat Taiwan aka China for the win and all the marbles.

It was a great game to watch, come-from-behind win and all that. Plus, do you realize how refreshing it is to actually watch children play a child’s game? Not high-paid adults that get a hang nail and go on the Disabled list. Kids playing and loving every minute of it. From the LAT writeup on the grand game:

When pitcher Kiko Garcia struck out the final Taiwanese batter Sunday, several hundred exuberant fans at Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Co. were quick to pick up the chant: “We are the champions.”

Chula Vista’s Park View Little League team, dubbed the Blue Bombers, beat Taoyuan, Taiwan, 6-3, to climb the tallest mountain in Little League: the world championship at the annual tournament at South Williamsport, Pa.

It did so with a come-from-behind victory, snappy fielding, poise and sportsmanship.

For a city that often feels overshadowed by more glamorous neighbors, and was dissed by a national magazine as boring, the victory was particularly sweet.

No San Diego County team had won a championship at Williamsport since the La Mesa-El Cajon team of 1961 (two members of which were at Oggi’s to cheer for Park View). The last California team to win the world championship was Long Beach in 1993. (Emphasis mine of course. 😉

It made me puff up with pride, as one of my sista’s lives in CV and CV is part of San Diego county..my birthplace and favorite city on the left coast.

Chula Vista has a bad rap among San Diegans that don’t know wtf they are talking about. Yes, it’s close to the Mexican border. Yes, a majority of the residents are of Hispanic origin. And yes, it’s been called the arm pit of San Diego county for decades and decades.

Fuck you folks that talk shit about Chula Vista. It’s a beautiful part of the county and has coastline with a beautiful marina and open area’s to walk your pets or just stroll around your own self.

So, congratulations kids..you should be very proud of yourselves and your team mates. You gents did it!!!!!!

And no one went on the DL or threw a huge temper tantrum at the umpire. Hugs to all of you wonderful kids.

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Katrina-lest we forget..


The fourth anniversary of Katrina making landfall was today, Saturday. The horror stories are still fresh in my mind, and most likely will visit me during the night when I sleep tonight.

The gulf coast still has not recovered. The people of the gulf coast still have not recovered.

The Big O says he will go to NOLA sometime this year. He marked the anniversary by talking briefly about the horror of Katrina on his weekly address. He mentioned how his administration is trying to retool the programs that were designed to help the survivors of Katrina. Eleven members of his administration have gone to the region.

He then changed the subject and talked about the H1N1 flu virus.

Lest we forget, the toll on human life following Katrina’s landfall was:

1,836 confirmed deaths, Between 135 and 705 never found and presumed dead depending on which report you read/believe.

The vast majority of the missing and presumed dead are African-American.

We should never forget the ravages of the gulf coast and what it did to the people of the region after Katrina hit land. We can never let it happen again folks..no matter what it takes..we can never let any part of our citizenry go through what the folks of NOLA experienced with regard to our government’s actions and handling of the crisis.

Kennedy’s private memorial service streamed live.

For those folks that do not own a telly, at 7pm eastern, the private memorial service for Senator Kennedy will be streamed live at tedkennedy.org. A schedule of events is below, courtesy of the website:

Friday, August 28th, 2009
Lie in Repose at John F. Kennedy Library and Museum8 a.m.-3 p.m. Senator Kennedy will lie in repose at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.
Within one hour of the line being opened to the public on Thursday, 12,000 people came to pay their respects to Senator Kennedy. By 10pm, 21,000 people—from all corners of the world—stood in line to thank Senator Kennedy, and hours were extended to 2:00 a.m.

This event is open to the public and pooled press.

Celebration of Life Memorial Service7 p.m.-9 p.m. A private memorial will be held for Senator Kennedy at the JFK Library and Museum with Senator Kennedy’s family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will honor Senator Kennedy and his love of family and friends, his passion for life and his commitment to public service. The memorial is a way for the people closest to Senator Kennedy to celebrate his life—with his love of music, laughter and stories with friends and family he adored. Many members of Senator Kennedy’s family and close friends will participate in the program, as will representatives of his Senate and Massachusetts families.

The celebration is closed to the public and press corps size will be limited due to space constraints.

The speaking program includes:

– Paul G. Kirk, Jr.
– Father Gerry Creedon, S.J., Opening Prayer
– “God Bless America,” Boston Community Chorus
– Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II
– Senator Christopher J. Dodd
– Nick Littlefield
– Governor Deval L. Patrick
– Senator John McCain
– Video Tribute
Directed by Ken Burns and Mark Herzog
– Senator John F. Kerry
– Senator Orrin G. Hatch
– “The Impossible Dream” sung by Brian Stokes Mitchell, soloist
– Mayor Thomas M. Menino
– Senator John C. Culver
– “Just A Closer Walk with Thee,” sung by Boston Community Chorus
– Vice President Joseph R. Biden
– Caroline Kennedy

Saturday, August 29, 2009
Funeral Mass10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Senator Kennedy’s funeral mass will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica,1545 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA
Guidance Note: While his daughter, Kara, was battling lung cancer at a nearby Boston hospital, Senator Kennedy attended Our Lady of Perpetual Hope each day and prayed for Kara and her recovery. Over time, the Basilica took on special meaning for him as a place of hope and optimism.

This event is closed to the public and press will be pooled.

Washington, D.C. Motorcade, Stop at U.S. CapitolApprox. 3:00 p.m. Arrival of Senator Kennedy at Andrews Air Force Base.
4:30 p.m. Arrival at U.S. Capitol
The Senator’s motorcade will stop at the Senate steps for a brief prayer so that Senate staff and members of the broader Senate community with whom the Senator worked can bid a final farewell.

Motorcade Route From Andrews Air Force base, Senator Kennedy’s motorcade will proceed to the east plaza of the US Capitol building. The motorcade will enter through the Independence Ave entrance and proceed past the Senate Chamber steps. The motorcade will then proceed to Arlington National Cemetery via Constitution Ave.

Arlington National Cemetery5:30 p.m. A burial service for Senator Kennedy will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.
The burial service is closed to the public and pooled press.

Senator Kennedy will be laid to rest next to President Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery. Senator Kennedy spent more days than most at Arlington, the resting place for our nation’s heroes, visiting the graves of his beloved brothers and paying tribute to the fallen men and women of Massachusetts who gave their lives for our country.

There will be some good people speaking about Senator Kennedy and his life. It’s only fitting for a man that spent over 40 years serving the constituents in MA.

Cspan will also show today’s memorial service and tomorrows burial service live.

Toyota and GM to abandon Fremont CA plant.


See all those happy faces in the photo above? They will all be unemployed sooner than later. From the BBC:

The world’s largest carmaker will stop production at the Fremont, California-based New United Motor Manufacturing plant in March 2010.

GM announced earlier this year that it would withdraw from the venture.

Toyota said: “Over the mid to long-term, it just would not be economically viable to continue production.”

The firm will move production to its other plants in the US and in Japan.

There are also reports circulating that Toyota is closing down a plant in Europe as well as one in Japan for at least a year.

The recession might be shrinking according to Obama and his go-to guy Bernanke, but you couldn’t tell it by looking at Toyota or Nissan’s plans they are making for plant closings this year and in 2010 and 2011.

He was the voice of the voiceless.


He is lying in state now. The 24 hour cable news channels are showing the inside of the JFK library where Teddy is laying and all told, over 12,000 folks have filed past his casket covered with the American flag to pay their last respects to Senator Kennedy and his family.

It’s his family I have been thinking about today. Niece Caroline, his wife Vicky and all the kids, nieces, nephews and grandkids. They have lost the last patriarch of the Kennedy family.

Eunice and now Teddy. It saddens me to think of all the emotions they are all feeling lately. From his only surviving sibling to the youngest child and grandchild, they surely all loved him and looked to him for guidance at some point in their lives.

And for the haters in the blogosphere, let me say this: Mary Jo Kopechne’s mother Gwen never held any hate or malice in her heart for Senator Kennedy. She actually encouraged him to run for office again after the Chappaquiddick accident, when he was considering getting out of politics altogether.

Thank heaven she did that..otherwise we never would of seen Teddy’s full potential as the champion of the downtrodden or just simply..the voice of the voiceless.