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Re: “Why Cops Hate Medical Marijuana — They Think It's a Sham

Every time an idiot like Robert Pickett Saxe calls medical pot a sham, he insults a legitimate pain patient such as myself who touched pot exactly twice before he was 43 years old and obtained a doctor's recommendation to use pot for pain. Stop making offensive lies about that which you do not understand. What you apparently experienced--a disreputable physician--has no bearing on legitimate patients and the damage you cause when you further the incorrect impression that we're all potheads.

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Posted by Kenneth Freedman on 08/07/2014 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Why Cops Hate Medical Marijuana — They Think It's a Sham

Well honestly it is a sham! I'm pro legalization and I went and got a "card" just to see for myself if it was really true. Sure there were some legit "patients" in the waiting room but largely it was 20 somethings looking to get high without the hassle of getting arrested or fined when they get caught. California is so disorganized in this regard it's pathetic.

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Posted by Robert Pickett Saxe on 08/06/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Star Grocery, Family-Owned Berkeley Shop, Allegedly Vandalized by Animal Rights Activists

These radicals are TERRORISTS… that's why the FBI is involved!

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Posted by Liz Lufrano on 08/06/2014 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Why Cops Hate Medical Marijuana — They Think It's a Sham

'Ironically, full-scale legalization in California may be the one thing that forces police in the Golden State to evolve toward a post-drug war mindset.'

Don't know why this is ironic. And don't know why "Golden State" cops are any less evolved than Colorado cops.

Maybe the useful overall interpretation is what the writer sez: "Few things piss off police officers more than liars..."

Fact is that most grown-up people are offended by big lies, the bigger the more offensive. Especially when, like cops, you have a very contradictory enforcement job to deal with.

The whole medical marijuana thing has been exactly a big, offensive lie. Remove the lie, decriminalize pot and EVERYONE will feel better.

Nothing wrong with cops who are offended by the lies. It's really not their fault. The fault lies with pols, including those in city hall in Oakland, who foster one big lie after another. Makes life tough for cops and for the rest of us.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/06/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “New York Times’ Pot Series ‘High Time’ Continues to Blow Minds

Schizophrenia is the effect of sensory gating dysfunction. The THC and CBD cannabinoids in marijuana regulate sensory gating. Self medicating with marijuana is a more rational choice for the patient. Historically, therapy for schizophrenia has advanced from surgical lobotomy to chemical lobotomy to incarceration with violent criminals.

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Posted by Robert Bender on 08/06/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Sketch Ice Cream Says Goodbye One Last Time

Hi Sketch,

Good luck to your hopes and dreams. We were glad to see you open on the other side of 4th Street with our art gallery. Best of luck in the future!

Artists of 4th Street Fine Art

Posted by Shawn S. Shawn on 08/05/2014 at 11:39 PM

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

Now everyone can see why the Oakland Mayor Movement is in this race. We DON’T have ANY good options! NONE! They all are FOR SALE. They are all the same inside, though each tries to use a different smoke screen (aka message) to have us believe there is a difference. That’s why, regardless who has won the election historically, the results have been more or less the same: mediocre.

So what is it that the Oakland Mayor Movement finds so rotten about their fundraising techniques? Let me offer a sampling:

1. Their actions and their words are incongruent. They all tout their local roots and commitment to local businesses with a straight face. Yet just beneath the surface is a drastically different reality. Not one candidate is using a locally established bank for their campaign account. Among them, we are talking about millions of dollars funneled through the likes of Wells Fargo and Bank of America. 2 of the top 5 foreclosing financial institutions in Oakland. This is rotten – from the core.

2. Lavish events for the deep pockets out of public view. Lavish is a subjective term, so let me be more explicit. When I say lavish, I’m talking about $500 dinners, $100 breakfasts, up to $700 BBQs, and the list goes on with Wine & Cheese socials, House Parties and the like. Folks, it is humanly impossible to hob nob with the big wigs and promise to serve our fellow Oaklanders who cannot afford to attend these events. This is rotten – from the core.

3. Money from outside of Oakland. I really don’t think I need to dwell on this one much. There is no way on God’s green earth that anyone outside of Oakland is giving money to an Oakland mayoral candidate without an ulterior motive or, worse yet, no motive at all. Taking money from outsiders (though technically legal) is patently reprehensible. This is rotten – from the core.

My dear sisters and brothers, I assert that if the actions of these candidates are not rotten, then I don’t know what is. You know why none of them talks about this? Because each one is as guilty as the other. So influenced by their fundraising masters (aka strategists/consultants) that they don’t even see it as such. This disingenuous behavior must call into question their every promise, their every gesture, their every word. You be the judge!

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Posted by Saied Karamooz on 08/05/2014 at 12:49 PM

Re: “New YouTube Series Features Berkeley Restaurant Anh Hong

Hi! Just wanted to clarify, the show will be premiering on youtube soon, melancholyball is an AKA for my youtube channel, and feel free to follow developments with the show at our Facebook hub:
And at Anh Hong, in addition to the beef, you can't go wrong with the wings or the clay pot fish. :)

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Posted by Dominic Mah on 08/04/2014 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Oakland to Feds: Stop Pot Raids; Feinstein: Keep Raiding

Eric Cantor.

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Posted by David Joseph on 08/03/2014 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Medi-Pot Rules Still Struggling With Basics Like Cost, Jurisdiction

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Posted by Editor on 08/02/2014 at 11:11 AM

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

You need to actually do some work well beyond going to mayoral debates to understand what the candidates are all about. Two minute soundbites don't do it, although Schaaf is very good at the empty soundbite. Listen carefully to what she says and you will see that there's no there there.

Schaaf has spent over a decade in city hall and has established her role very well as an establishment figure. She has little to show for this time in city hall. Perhaps her "highest" accomplishment was the miserable failure of Measure Y of which she was a chief author. She has done very well going with the flow, avoiding taking risks and covering her butt. As mayor with Schaaf we'll have even more of the same thing we've had with Quan.

For many Oaklanders, having a progressive mayor is important. Quan can no doubt claim to be a liberal but she is incompetent. Schaaf is far to the right of Quan. Schaaf is a financial hawk, with essentially Republican sensibilities. She is the darling of white, Oakland hills groups like Make Oakland Better Now. She was at first a supporter of the DAC until it became clear that it was politically infeasible in progressive Oakland. Schaaf was a timid supporter of raising the minimum wage and showed no leadership until the grassroots pushed her in the right direction.

If we elect Schaaf we'll have a less-progressive, but no doubt updated version of Jean Quan. That's not what I think Oakland needs.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/01/2014 at 4:38 PM

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

I have gone to a mayoral debate and listened to Schaaf speak in two other occasions - she appeals to people not because of her role as a city councilmember in the administration as another commenter points out but despite that to a large extent. She has substantive solutions to very complicated problems and is not afraid to address difficult questions head on. I am hopeful that people make their choices for mayor based on who is best qualified after listening to them and hearing what they have to say, not based on preconceived notions of what they believe people's positions to be. Just because she is in City government doesn't mean she agrees with everything taking place right now. I encourage people to go to events, debates and house parties and listen to the candidates, ask for their positions on matters that are important to them as voters and make a decision based on facts. Just because someone is critical of the current administration, as many of us are, doesn't mean they are qualified to lead.

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Posted by Carolyn Baldocchi on 08/01/2014 at 4:03 PM

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

There just might be a somewhat more useful way to look at who or what dominates the mayor's race. If you think only about the establishment, then perhaps it makes sense to focus on the corporate Democrat and out-of-town finance success of Schaaf. That might well be the perspective of someone who doesn't live in or know much about Oakland.

Of the twenty-something people running for mayor just three are currently members of the establishment--Schaaf, Quan and Kaplan. I exclude City Auditor Ruby because she has made a point of criticizing and taking on the establishment. We probably don't have to think really hard to try to discover why there are so many challengers.

Of the people listed here the establishment candidates, Schaaf, Quan and Kaplan, have raised a total of about $702K.

Of the people listed here the challengers to the establishment, Siegel, Ruby, Parker and Tuman, have raised a total of about $731K.

What is this money spent on? It's spent on communicating with the electorate. What are the messages? Probably something like "We're doing great" and "we're not really doing so great."

Combine the above thoughts with the way our instant-runoff voting system "works." The system divides the votes and strongly favors candidates who don't get a majority on the first count.

Seems to me many Oakland voters really want change this time around. I think this is what the evidence shows rather than that Schaaf will continue our fine traditions.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/01/2014 at 2:26 PM

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: “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: “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: “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: “Bishop Michael Barber Speaks Out on Changes at Berkeley's Newman Hall

Welcome to the new priest whom along with his refugee family, fled the social injustice which is known for executions, persecutions, press and church control, statist reeducation camps, etc, all under the totalitarian atheist Vietnamese Communist system. Talk about where a "liberation movement " is sorely needed! The new priest should give great personal insight to the plight of Vietnam today!

Posted by Tom Nagol on 07/28/2014 at 12:37 AM

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