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Boxer hopes to save the whales

boxer.jpgU.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., led seven other Senators in sending a letter today to Ryozo Kato, Japan’s ambassador to the U.S., urging Japan to reconsider a hunt in which Japanese whalers are expected to hunt about 1,000 whales, including some vulnerable and endangered species.

“(W)e join the growing chorus of world leaders and environmental experts in asking Japan to reconsider its decision to conduct this hunt, or, at a minimum, significantly scale back its scope. We also ask that Japan immediately cease the killing of both humpback and fin whales, and only employ non-lethal techniques for studying these populations. By pursuing these actions, Japan can continue to make significant scientific contributions, while conserving and protecting these important species.”

Read the whole letter, after the jump… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2007
Under: Barbara Boxer, Joe Biden, Joe Lieberman, John Kerry, U.S. Senate | No Comments »

Go tell it to Pete Stark

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, is hobnobbing with constituents once again at three town-hall meetings this Saturday, Dec. 1 in Fremont, San Leandro and Alameda.

Ask the 18-term lawmaker whatever you like, but likely topics include the Congressional response to the Cosco Busan oil spill in the San Francisco Bay; funding for the war in Iraq; President Bush’s new push for peace in the Middle East; and the legislative calendar for the rest of the year. The meetings are:

  • 9 – 10 a.m. in the Fremont Senior Center, 40086 Paseo Padre Parkway
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Estudillo Room at the San Leandro Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.
  • Noon – 1 p.m. in Council Chambers at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.
  • Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2007
    Under: Iraq, Pete Stark, President Bush, U.S. House | No Comments »

    GOP uses Gavin Newsom to tar Hillary

    In my inbox first thing this morning from the Republican National Committee, a hit piece targeting Hillary Clinton entitled “HILLARY’S SAN FRANCISCO TREAT — Hillary’s National Co-Chair Signs Legislation Giving Benefits To Illegal Immigrants.”

    As Hillary Travels To California, Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor And Sen. Clinton’s National Co-Chair, Signs Plan To Issue IDs To Illegal Immigrants:

    “San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Signed Legislation Wednesday Requiring The City To Issue Identification Cards To Illegal Immigrants And Other Residents Who Can’t Or Won’t Apply For Driver’s Licenses.” (“San Fran OKs ID Card for Immigrants,” The Associated Press, 11/29/07)

    Mayor Newsom’s Spokesman, Nathan Ballard: “The Mayor Strongly Believes That This Identification Card Should Be Extended To All San Franciscans, Regardless Of Their Immigration Status …” (Wyatt Buchanan, “Supervisor Ammiano Drafting Legislation For ID Card For Illegals,” San Francisco Chronicle, 9/7/07)

    Newsom: “I Don’t Think It’s That Big Of A Deal …” (“San Fran OKs ID Card for Immigrants,” The Associated Press, 11/29/07)

    Newsom Is Hillary’s National Co-Chair. “The Clinton Campaign announced the endorsement of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom … Mayor Newsom … join[s] the campaign as a National Co-Chair.” (Hillary Clinton For President, “San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Endorses Hillary Clinton: Newsom Named A National Co-Chair Of Clinton Campaign,” Press Release, 8/10/07)

    Hillary Will Be In California Today. (“Hillary Rodham Clinton,” The Washington Post’s “Campaign Tracker,”, Accessed 11/29/07)

    Read the RNC release in its entirety here.

    Keep in mind that some people have tried to claim that Democrat Newsom’s decision to issue marriage certificates to same sex couples in February 2004 cost Democrat John Kerry the November 2004 presidential election, scaring off “heartland voters” with his “San Francisco values.” Seems the GOP is going for a repeat…

    Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2007
    Under: Gavin Newsom, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry | No Comments »

    Will trade beard for cash

    Nicholas GerberGOP congressional hopeful Nicholas Gerber says he is already listening to his constituents.

    And they apparently prefer him clean-shaven. Gerber says folks are telling him to ditch the beard.

    “Polls even show that voters prefer candidates without beards,” Gerber says.

    But there’s no free shave for Republicans who can’t abide the sight of a 5 o’clock shadow. Gerber says he will lather up and remove that unsightly facial hair if Contra Costa’s Republican womens groups donate $100,000 to his campaign against incumbent Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo.

    Gerber told the San Ramon Valley Republican Women on Tuesday that he needs $1 million to run against Tauscher in 2008. (She has already raised nearly $500,000 as of Sept. 30.)

    “If each of you writes a $35 check and you persuade 10 of your friends to write $35 checks and we do this in all the Republican women clubs, we will have raised $100,000,” Gerber said.

    Gerber says he has contributed $100,000 of his own money and if the women pony up, that still leaves him $800,000 short. Well, not quite. As of Sept. 30, he reported $1,350 in contributions to the Federal Election Commission, so he’s $798,650 shy of his target.

    At this rate, he’ll have to sell his beard quite a few times between now and November 2008.

    But all is not lost. According to “Presidential Trivia” by Richard Lederer, from Abraham Lincoln to Benjamin Harrison, every U.S. president to have a beard has been a Republican.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
    Under: Election 2008 | No Comments »

    Clinton punches Giuliani in the face!

    No, not really. But wouldn’t it be something?

    That’s what the folks at Cellufun must’ve thought as they rolled out “The Mobile Ring,” a downloadable cell-phone game in which you can choose a candidate to face off against another candidate in the boxing ring, and slug it out for the title.

    From their site:

    hillary-vs-rudy.gifYou can choose to play as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, or a slew of other contenders. Aside from being an exercise in catharsis, there is a populist strain in the Mobile Ring game. You can help your favorite long shot candidates by uploading your high scores to us, and we’ll adjust those candidates’ performances in the game.

    The initial release of the Mobile Ring game will give each candidate a rating based on their current real-life poll position. Our frequently released updates will take into account not only the real-life poll numbers, but actual in-game performance by YOU, our players, and which candidates got more wins/losses in the field.

    Also, don’t forget to cast your vote now! In the poll to the right, you can vote on other characters for us to include in future releases; either dark-horse candidates, cable television pundits or perhaps currently elected white house officials (ahem).

    The Mobile Ring release marks not only the first political boxing game available for free on your mobile phone, but the first mobile action game whose character’s strength changes based upon real world events. So get playing!

    I predict this game will be overrun by Ron Paul fans within a few weeks…

    Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
    Under: Barack Obama, Elections, Fred Thompson, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani | No Comments »

    Berkeley College GOP: The Counter Culture?

    It’s not easy being red on a blue college campus but the Berkeley College Republicans are pocketing a little extra green to help ease their minority status.

    The San Ramon Valley Republican Women gave the student club $1,000 this week, the first of what the promised will be an annual investment intended to help foster the formation of young GOP minds at UC-Berkeley, a campus synonymous with liberal politics.

    Club President Ross Lingenfelder, a third-year math major, regaled the women with stories of the group’s efforts to bring conservative speakers to campus, participate in debates with the Berkeley College Democrats and its placement of U.S. flags on campus on the anniversary of Sept. 11.

    Lingenfelder’s voice rang with extra enthusiasm about when the club’s members show up at liberal events — of which he said there are many, he said — and protest.

    “One of our great joys is counter protesting,” said a smiling Lingenfelder, whose business card says “From Behind Enemy Lines.”

    But don’t look for Lingenfelder anywhere on campus carrying any big protest signs this week. It’s finals.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
    Under: Republican politics | No Comments »

    A “death wish” from Bay Point

    Longtime Contra Times Times reader and unofficial Bay Point Mayor Gloria Magleby has a complaint with this newspaper. Here’s a chuckle for your day:

    Obituary, Obituary,
    Oh, where can you be?
    Are you in section A, or B, or C?
    Are you on page 2 or 3 or 5?
    ‘Cause I’d really like to know for sure,
    Whether I’m dead or alive.
    Should I look in the Sports Section
    For news of my demise,
    Or just keep searching ’til
    “Obituaries” hit my eyes?
    As we older people like to say,
    “Keep the obits in the same place and way,
    ‘Cause, like it or not,
    We’re going to be found there some day!”

    Signed: Rabble Rouser Gloria

    Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
    Under: Quote of the Day | No Comments »

    Schwarzenegger video of the week

    From 2000, a brief appearance by our governor in the video for a Bon Jovi song of which I’ve never heard, a strange homage to the backlot brawl of “Blazing Saddles“…

    He sits on the motorcycle. He takes his glasses off. He puts his glasses back on. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s ACTING.

    If nothing else, this will help the next time you’re playing “The Six Degrees of Arnold:” you can now add Claudia Schiffer, Matt LeBlanc, Emilio Estevez and Jon Bon Jovi to the “first degree” list. No, don’t thank me — it’s what I do.

    Previous SVOTWs: November 20, November 13, November 6, October 30, October 23, October 16, October 9, October 2, September 25, September 18, September 11, September 4, August 28, August 21, August 7, July 31, July 24, July 17, July 10, July 3, June 26, June 19, June 12, June 5, May 29, May 22, May 15, May 8, May 1, April 24, April 17, April 10, April 3, March 27, March 20, March 13, March 6, February 27, February 20, February 13, February 6, January 30.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
    Under: Arnold Schwarzenegger | No Comments »

    Rubay drops out of AD15 race

    Real estate appraiser Joe Rubay has dropped out of the running for the Republican nomination in Assembly District 15.

    That leaves just four Republicans actively campaigning for the hotly contested seat that has attracted a cavalcade of candidates. Seven Democrats have created campaign committees and are raising money for the race, too. Incumbent Assemblyman Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, will term out next year and run for the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.

    Rubay is personable and fun but he’s new to the political scene and he just couldn’t keep up with his more experienced colleagues, particularly when it came to raising money and attracting endorsements.

    As for Rubay’s part, he says he will “support the Republican primary winner 100 percent.”

    Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
    Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

    McNerney says, “Remember the troops.”

    Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, wants his 11th District constituents to remember the troops this holiday season.

    He’ll be collecting holiday cards for soldiers recovering from battle at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; for sailors and Marines at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.; and for National Guard and Reserve soldiers stationed at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area right here in Dublin.

    “The holiday season can be a difficult time of year for those who serve our country in uniform, particularly those who have returned from battle injured,” he said in a news release. “Some are separated from family, friends, and the traditions that have brought comfort and joy throughout the years and all of them are faced with a life forever changed by their service to our nation. Thoughtful words of encouragement and support from the great people of the 11th district can do a lot to boost the morale of our brave men and women.”

    So McNerney wants his constituents to make or buy holiday cards, inscribe them with messages of thanks to service members, and then send or bring the card — unaddressed and with an unsealed envelope — to one of his district offices, in Stockton or Pleasanton, by December 9. His staff will address and seal the envelopes, and he’ll deliver them.

    McNerney’s Stockton office is at 2222 Grand Canal Blvd., Suite 7, Stockton, CA 95207; his Pleasanton office is at 5776 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 175, Pleasanton, CA 94588.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
    Under: Afghanistan, Iraq, Jerry McNerney, U.S. House | No Comments »