Well, after all that, the flight was so overbooked, and I was on standby, I did not get on. So, I've got to get a hotel room and stay in Denver for the night.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
As I upload this new video I am still at DIA - Denver International Airport - and Gate B56 where the flight to Atlanta, United 7515, was to have departed at 6:56, but will not leave until 10 PM. The reason: bad weather in Iowa
The city has relied heavily upon property transfer taxes which have dwindled with the mortgage meltdown. Retail sales taxes are floundering while the costs of providing police and fire service and maintaining parks and other basic city services are rising.”
-- This is a great time to create new Redevelopment project areas, if only to capture whatever property tax revenue we can, otherwise it had to be shared with BART, AC Transit, and other entities. Regardless, the zero-sum game is not fun and will lead to their loss. The end answer is a going to be a total bailout by the Federal Government, in some kind of way.
More than 180 adoptable animals at Oakland Animal Services may be euthanized during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day because of a City-ordered shutdown. Because no animals can be adopted during the mandatory shutdown, and stray animals will not have completed their state-mandated holding period, the shelter will be forced to euthanize more than 20 adoptable animals daily from December 26 through January 2.”
The U.S. attorney's office says Wade Sanders admitted Monday in federal court in San Diego that he possessed a computer with more than 600 sexual images of minors. The computer also had a 21-minute sex video depicting prepubescent girls.
The 67-year-old Sanders was Garamendi's senior adviser for veterans and military affairs at the time of his arrest. He also served as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy under President Clinton.”
-- All I ask is why do that?
Marine Mammal Center workers recovered the animal by 1:30 p.m., after airport workers had noticed it a few hours earlier.
"Our rescue workers waded through the water and found the animal acting pretty lethargic until they netted it," Marine Mammal Center spokeswoman Mieke Eerkens said. "It doesn't appear to have any other major injuries, but we'll check it out when it arrives in our Sausalito hospital."”
Contrary to Dave Winder, I think President-Elect Barack Obama's choice of Rick Warren was brilliant in that it's forced a dialog America's not had, and will cause Warren to move to the center on the matter of Gays and Lesbians ans Gay Marriage.
So, as they do, they formed their own meeting -- an entire "White's only" gathering. That's sad. Perhaps I'll host my own gathering, but it will be of a different kind to be sute. First, racially mixed. Second, reflective of those who are at the cutting edge of New Media in Oakland, and that's beyond the small group of bloggers that got together.
As I said to Paul Cobb , there's a "White Blogger group" and true to form, these folks proved it. And its not as if they don't know who I am; they do and could have invited me. In fact, that's the problem: they recognize me in a room, but I've got no idea what those folks look like at all. I'm serious. That's what happens when you're on television and YouTube. But more to the point, the first time I realized this was during the primary election at Sean Sullivan's party. But I don't want to get off the track here.
The old Oakland way is not apparent with them. Of course, someone will say "We voted for Obama!" But that's not the point. Many of them are new to Oakland and thus don't reflect the true soul of the city. Diversity is not important to them -- being around people who look and think like they do is.
Between the low number of African American bloggers, perhaps two and definitely this one, and the self-segregation practiced by the "Oakland White bloggers", it's a sad future for a great city.
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