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Re: “Updated: Libby Schaaf Dominates Race for Oakland Mayoral Campaign Cash

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Posted by Editor on 08/01/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “A Little Dab Could Doom Ya

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Posted by Editor on 08/01/2014 at 6:42 AM

Re: “California Medi-Pot Regs Lose Major Support

Because ASAP won't exist anymore if we actually get regulations. Promoting and supporting counterproductive legislation ensures continued existence for their organization and hence, paychecks

Posted by Katherine Aldrich on 08/01/2014 at 2:47 AM

Re: “Thursday Must Reads: OPD Ordered to Reinstate Cop Who Shot at Scott Olsen; Black BART Workers Subjected to Racist, Violent Threats

The public has every right to know why the OPD officer who recklessly fired a flash-bang at people were trying to help a fallen comrade was reinstated.

The excuse of, "he was just following orders" is not in any way acceptable. Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials used the same defense for their actions, but it didn't work. Why should it work in Oakland, or anywhere in the United States?

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Posted by Blane N Beckwith on 07/31/2014 at 4:12 PM

Re: “It's Time to End the Death Penalty Nightmare

The time has come to end the death penalty in California, once and for all. The fact that both Gov. Jerry Brown and Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris are dragging their feet, even after a Republican appointed judge ruled it unconstitutional, is just more evidence that both of these two elected officials are guilty of betraying their credentials as liberals.

What true liberal, which is how both Brown and Harris have always identified themselves, tolerates executing anyone? The anti-death penalty stance has always been a mainstay for any person calling themselves a liberal.

Another thing, I don't see how sentencing a convicted murderer to spend the rest of their life in prison without the chance for parole is allowing him to get away with anything. I can't imagine a worse punishment than to spend the rest of my life locked away in an 8' x 10' room until I died. How is that possibly being "soft on crime?"

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Posted by Blane N Beckwith on 07/31/2014 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Books Are Dead. Long Live Books.

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Posted by Editor on 07/31/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Want Gordon Ramsay to Swear at You? Audition for Hell's Kitchen

Okay. I should have read that better oops.

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Posted by Teresa Bakkar on 07/31/2014 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Want Gordon Ramsay to Swear at You? Audition for Hell's Kitchen

Is he going to be coming to the west coast for casting?

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Posted by Teresa Bakkar on 07/31/2014 at 12:32 PM

Re: “It's Time to End the Death Penalty Nightmare

Neither Harris nor Brown are particularly courageous for opposing capital punishment in California. After all both were elected after their opposition was well-known. The death penalty should be abolished not because some people don't deserve to die or the method of execution is inhumane, but because in a class-ridden society almost all the people executed are poor people and/or people of color.

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Posted by Rob Anderson on 07/31/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Thursday Must Reads: OPD Ordered to Reinstate Cop Who Shot at Scott Olsen; Black BART Workers Subjected to Racist, Violent Threats

These environmental groups along with Democrats are the direct cause of water shortage in California. In the effort to save a delta smelt fish, they destroyed millions acres of farms and let fresh water drained to the Pacific.

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Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 07/31/2014 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Do Or Die for Mystery Pot Law

We don't need a bunch of arbitrary and capricious restrictions to medical Cannabis. We need legalization. Make it happen.

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Posted by Richard Paul Steeb on 07/31/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Books Are Dead. Long Live Books.

Excellent story. Thank you for highlighting the East Bay arts scene so well. Power of poetry, music, art, books is renewing our spirits, drawing people to downtown Oakland and other spots, and building community. Exciting time to be living, working and both creating and enjoying art in this area. People crowded into poetry readings is a wonderful thing, and the poetry is marvelous, too!

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Posted by Sarah Rohrs on 07/31/2014 at 7:37 AM

Re: “It's Time to End the Death Penalty Nightmare

Jerry Brown denies people's right to "open carry" guns in public. Jerry Brown is a traitor to the United States' Constitution which he had sworn to defend. The federal courts just overturned DC's ban on handguns in public as a violation of the 2nd Amendment. Brown is a coward for passing unconstitutional laws to restrict citizens' rights to defend themselves against tyranny of government and thugs. Down with Brown!

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Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 07/31/2014 at 12:57 AM

Re: “It's Time to End the Death Penalty Nightmare

I think the firing squad would be a welcome sight, to people who have lost a loved one. To allow people to get away with murder is cruel. We as a society need to punish those who have no regard for life. Will it be messy . What about having them dig a hole first then stand in front. When they get shot they fall in and no mess. We are to soft on crime. Look our prisons are full. If we go back to breaking rocks and firing squads, maybe, just maybe, will get back to normal. I know you want them to get better medical then most voters, better food than most citizens and a gym and controlled heat and cooling. If their on death row shoot them lets get something done stop this gridlock.

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Posted by Phillip Moya on 07/30/2014 at 11:27 PM

Re: “'There is No Such Thing As a Child Prostitute'

I've known commercially sexually exploited children who explained that they would rather have sex with strangers than be raped by family members or molested by a foster parent. Some of them have the illusion of control and feel they have made an independent decision, rather than being manipulated and controlled.

And why doesn't this article mention the fine, upstanding citizens who buy children for sex? Chances are they molest their own children as well, being pedophiles and/or ephebephiles. (An ephebephile is an adult who is attracted to young teens. They generally don't want kids who can pass for over 18, either. It's the vulnerability of youth that attracts them. ) They should be charged as child molesters and put on Megan's List, in my opinion.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 07/30/2014 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Do Or Die for Mystery Pot Law

Go full recreational. Otherwise only small portion of individuals will have a monopoly in the state.

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Posted by Paul Lucas on 07/30/2014 at 4:18 PM

Re: “It's Time to End the Death Penalty Nightmare

Thank you for a nicely written article. I sure hope that the death penalty is on the way out.

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Posted by Kerribw on 07/30/2014 at 1:15 PM

Re: “The Battle for Adjunct Faculty Rights

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Posted by Editor on 07/30/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “It's Time to End the Death Penalty Nightmare

Undocumented immigrants aren't voting Peter, so they can't be part of anyones "voter base"
They stay away from interactions with state and federal government- hence why they drive without correct paper work. The idea that they would get time off work, and deliberately put themselves in position where they might have to provide evidence of immigration status is truly bizarre.
The LGBT community is at most probably only 5% of the state's population. The 60% plus vote both Brown and Harris will get in the next election won't be made up of your imagined demographics.

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Posted by David O'Sullivan on 07/30/2014 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

Does anyone know of any research on PAR that includes statistical information about success rates, age, gender, race? I found it very disturbing that someone from the Department of Education would say that PAR is very effective, and then admit that they do not have any of this type of data.

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Posted by Ruth Wentsel on 07/30/2014 at 8:16 AM

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