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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Editorial Cartoon

Re: “Occupy Wall Street

down with wall street! they dont like to keep anything balanced! but why a balanced base for recreational living! i am the edcuador of central america and i did split to boston massachusettes to trane for big eco companies and my mama made me eat bread from mexican bakeries called 'salmex' it cant be perfect but my life after my valed speech in 1986 made me the token for nyse and all that latin america had to offer really i wrote this for her but really she did get to live with nyse and company in san francisco and now is extending her welcome to the texas extention to salinas ca but wait carmen you wanted to base in boston and id rather dish in san francisco how is it that i am to blame for dungeon nightspots you get away with 'escape from witchmountain' does your edu spell better returns? it probably does but that isnt why you split from your valed speech of free economy and blessed it be the holy mary. i am not the sinner but then again carmen i did live in sin city while you avoided the throne that was always waiting for you there. who is supporting you know? your supports need to connect with me direct because i am not scared of you!

Posted by laotra77 on 10/15/2011 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Occupy Wall Street

This wealthy tycoon really means a dollar (or more) every time he heard, "Down with Wall Street!" In earlier times, it was "Brother, can you spare a dime?" but not these days. Today it is "big banking and corporate CEOs, can you spare a few billion?"

Posted by Kit Vaq on 10/13/2011 at 9:30 AM

Re: “The Problem with Curfews

So you're saying there won't be any teens or kids out that could get killed in a crossfire? Exactly.

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Posted by Max A on 09/27/2011 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Oakland's Food Truck Policy

Our customers enjoy street food and because of our great success with the burrito truck, we are opening our restaurant. We wish the City of Oakland would support food trucks and help us all out.

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Posted by Casa Jimenez on 09/26/2011 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Oakland's Food Truck Policy

Shoot, that just means I'll always know where to find cupcakes.

Posted by Shareef Ali on 09/23/2011 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Oakland's Food Truck Policy

True! Somebody should make a t-shirt with that.

Posted by yoyo_guru on 09/22/2011 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Oakland's Food Truck Policy


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Posted by James Whitehead on 09/22/2011 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Oakland's Food Truck Policy

no doubt. oakland is progressing well on PARKLETS, so food trucks would seem the next easy opportunity!

Posted by OakDough on 09/22/2011 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Oakland's Food Truck Policy

it's so good to laugh at the follies of Oakland--now let's remove the boot and get the mobile food movement cruising

Posted by Karen Hester on 09/22/2011 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The Cry of

Mike, your arguments are all over the place. If Amazon is successful because of selling hard to find books, sales tax shouldn't matter.
Your comments show that you don't support taxes at all and you encourage people to break the law by not paying their taxes. Amazon helps people evade their taxes and you like that.
Your contempt for government is clear, and you seem happy to live in isolation in front of your computer. Most people appreciate living in a society and government enables our society to exist.

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Posted by I appreciate free public roads on 09/07/2011 at 7:38 PM

Re: “The Cry of

The reason it worked is because Amazon can find great out of print books at low prices and without a 10% rakeoff going in some politician's pocket which is what the 'state' is. I've found more great books at Amazon in the last 10 years than at regular bookstores in the previous 40 years.

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Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 09/07/2011 at 6:33 PM

Re: “The New and Improved East Bay Tribune

Now if it could just be abolished we'd have the perfect solution.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 08/31/2011 at 9:20 AM

Re: “College Avenue Safeway Expansion

Yoyo, Warren Buffet is a collectivist-statist buffoon. Forbes did a great expose recently on his stupid idea for rich people to give away their wealth and showed how he would benefit much more than middle class folks under his own tax the rich schemes. The top 1% are already paying more than 40% of all Federal taxes. Anyone that would endorse Hillary for Prez as Buffet did has zero credibility.
His father was a libertarian GOP Congressman from Omaha, the son is no chip off the old block.
The only way a small business becomes a big business is by satisfying consumers, so if a person does that they then become evil ?
As far as small businesses being more benevolent to their employees,
you have to be kidding ! I've worked for both and the small ones are much
leaner, meaner and more arbitrary.
Walmart is the villain in many cases because they use the power of eminent domain to steal other people's property. Both the horrible 1954 Supremes
decision by Justice Douglas and the ghastly 2005 New London Supremes decision on a 5 to 4 vote greatly expanded the power of corrupt local governments to collude with big developers like Walmart and steal from the original owners, both residential and commercial.
That's what the notorious 'Negro Removal' in SF's Fillmore in the 60s was all about. That's why Brown is dead right to abolish the whole redevelopment program and why folks like Quan resist.
Originally eminent domain was the fairly compensated taking of private property for public uses like schools and roads. That was totally wrong but since 1954 it has largely been the taking of some people's private property to give to other more politically connected private people.
Walgreen is far worse than Safeway in this odious practice. At least to my knowledge, I will stand corrected if people can produce evidence to the contrary.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 08/29/2011 at 5:26 PM

Re: “College Avenue Safeway Expansion

Berkeley? Berkeley IS the evil empire.

Posted by Lawngun on 08/29/2011 at 2:05 PM

Re: “College Avenue Safeway Expansion

@Lawngun, Where on earth do you come up with these things? Meet me at Berkeley Bowl (produce section) in an hour, to discuss. :)

Posted by yoyo_guru on 08/29/2011 at 12:47 PM

Re: “College Avenue Safeway Expansion

Aw, c'mon yoyo g, do these guys sound evil?…

Posted by Lawngun on 08/29/2011 at 12:04 PM

Re: “College Avenue Safeway Expansion

@Mike and Lawngun, Not all big business is evil. Look at Warren Buffett. But most of it is "evil" in the sense of having ONLY money as its motivation. That typically causes it to run roughshod over any more civilized objectives - and worse, it has the money (and now, the political power) to do so. Small businesses still have people at their core, rather than shareholders once or twice removed. Those people may (and of course, also may not) care about the original goals of the business. A doctor, for example, is a business and has to make money. But the doctor may ultimately care more about the patients than the money (please don't flame - I know many doctors like this). Whereas nobody can reasonably argue that Safeway cares about its customers, except insofar as they are cash cows for the corporation. That, to me, is the defining concept of "evil." I haven't looked it up recently but I think it means "devoid of soul." Anyway, that would be my definition.

Posted by yoyo_guru on 08/29/2011 at 10:23 AM

Re: “College Avenue Safeway Expansion

@Lawngun, The WSJ article you posted a link to reports that Safeway fraudulently tried to stop Wal-Mart's expansion into supercenters by using environmentalist frontmen:

"... grocery competitors Safeway Inc., Supervalu Inc. and Ahold NV secretly funded hundreds of lengthy battles across the country opposing Wal-Mart's efforts to open supercenters ...The grocers hired Saint Consulting Group, a land-use firm based in Massachusetts, to carry out antidevelopment campaigns against Wal-Mart using political tactics and suits to delay or derail the opening of Wal-Mart stores..."

That makes Safeway, not Wal-Mart, the "double evil" one.

Posted by yoyo_guru on 08/29/2011 at 10:16 AM

Re: “College Avenue Safeway Expansion

Thanks, Lawngun, as usual you hit the nail right on the head.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 08/29/2011 at 9:32 AM

Re: “College Avenue Safeway Expansion

mike, I think you're missing the point here. The cartoon goes after BIG BUSINESS, which we all know is bad and evil. small business is good and cool. And, if a small business is so good and cool and loved by all and happens to grow into a BIG BUSINESS, then it must be scorned. There is a point on the success continuum (economists and arbiters of cool are still trying to quantify this), where a business just goes too far, turns uncool and must be punished, no matter how well loved it may be. Hope that clears things up for you. Here's a memory tip: Big = Bad. little = loved.

Posted by Lawngun on 08/29/2011 at 8:56 AM

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