Rants and Raves

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  1. Eric,
    SJI is having some problems. I’ve posted the same comment on J. Disalvo’s column three times and they never appeared even though once it said it did.

      • Eric:  there is a new issue.  Until the recent past, one could copy and paste a comment by another person as a quote to introduce a response.  That is no longer available.  That tool has disappeared. Why?  Please bring it back, since without it, we must laboriouslyy re-type the comment we are addressing. Thanks

  2. Still receiving my Mercury News in single-use blue plastic bag on days with no chance of rain.

    The editorial board should set the example and announce the Mercury News is going to be more environmentally friendly by banning the use of plastic bags on dry days.  If supermarkets must do it, I am sure the Mercury News can too.

  3. There appears to be a posting bug with the forum.  Although the front page shows new posts to the SJ2020 thread, the posts are not on the page.  It is as if there is an upper limit to posts, and after it is exceeded, new posts are not displayed. 

    At least that’s my theory.  I might just be blind.

  4. Joe DiSalvo did a great job initiating a discussion on
    race and civil rights.  The sad truth is that the group opposing
    the stadium has now injected racially charged comments
    even referring to Santa Clara CIty staff as “Italian mobsters.”

    This why the Lantern,an agressive advocate for tolerance, commends
    DiSalvo and his students for their dedication to civil rights.  GIven the conduct of
    Bailey and Hazel in Santa Clara to use racial intolerance against stadium
    boosters, DiSalvo is the Diogenes of Civil Rights.

    • If you’re Italian, then it’s fine to make a comment like that. As a person of 12.5% Italian blood, I lend my heritage to their crusade against the pro-stadium idiots. It’s absolutely pathetic that the deluded suburbanites could be so infatuated with the NFL brand that they’d offer up the city’s fiscal security just for a chance to play lackey to San Francisco. I’m glad that I live in a city with at least some semblance of priorities, identity and self-respect. I hope the voters of Santa Clara show that they are, too.

      • Fascinating

        So as someone like me who is 1/4th Lebanese can simply assume
        tell Nam to stop bullying Aremenians and smell the coffee.  It seems
        reasonable to me that the 49ers bring a lot of money for schools.  As for
        the mongrel from the back streets of Istanbul, he is grateful for the free soup
        and warm Aromories his city provides him

        1/4th Turk

    • Mr. Rowen,
      I do not know why you are so obsessed with Mr. Hazel. He is a local guy who, in all seriousness, has some mental disorders. Why don’t you just ignore him instead of taking him so seriously? He will have no effect one way or the other on the stadium vote.

      • Reasonable question.

        A)  Hazel is being recruited as a spokesperson for Santa Clara Plays Fair.

        B)  Mr. Hazel has threatened City of San Jose staffers and Members of the Santa Clara City Council and elected officials, has been named by the Mercury News as “Eighth Council Member” in their reports, and is running a website against the stadium.

        C)  The more this religous bigot is given a forum, the better for the reasonable people for and against the stadium.

  5. The sad truth is that the group opposing
    the stadium has now injected racially charged comments even referring to Santa Clara CIty staff as “Italian mobsters.”

    There is no such thing as an Italian race.

  6. Oh, Italians are not worth it, eh, Tony?

    When they came for the Italians, I said nothing.
    Well, are Jews are a race?  No, but attacks on them are as vile as ethnically charged attacks on anyone.

  7. Protectsanjose.com started to respond to the Merc this weekend and said will they
    continue with more blogs next week. Check it out.

  8. EEEEK!!!

    Just eleven more days until Al Gore plants his carbon footprint in San Jose to receive his Humanitarian Award and to scold us all fueling our private jets with imported oil instead of with ethanol.

    I will be very anxious to learn whether Mr. Gore was using Mr. Whipple’s luxurious name brand toilet tissue on his plane, or if he in fact did remain sensitive of his status as a role model and use the more environmentally sane single ply variety, one sheet per event.

  9. > DiSalvo is the Diogenes of Civil Rights.

    I’m still waiting to learn how the Diogenes of Civil Rights responded to the “teachable moment” provided by one of his students discoursing on the “problem” of “white culture/values”.

  10. Eric:

    I noticed that sometimes there is no box with a word in in for us to copy when we reply.  If you try to post anyway, your post disappears.  That may be the problem Kathleen wrote of the other day.
    I has happened to me a few times, and there is nothing you can do.

    • I believe the site will recognize you if you make several comments while logged in—in which case it won’t activate the ‘captcha.’ I’m trying to learn more about how this technology works; I’ll keep you posted.

      • Nope.  Every time I encountered the lack of a “Captcha” box and tried to submit, it told me to return to the previous page…which was then empty of my comment.

  11. DAY G MINUS TEN

    The much anticipated arrival of former Vice President of the United States, Academy Award winning documentarian, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and soon to be Tech Museum Humanitarian Award Winner —Albert Arnold Gore, Junior—grows closer by twenty four hours.

    The entire city of San Jose, the entire Bay Area, the ENTIRE STATE OF CALIFORNIA is in full electric twitter!

    Albert Arnold Gore, Junior. 

    The smartest person in the entire cosmos on human caused global warming. 

    The ONLY human in the entire cosmos that know HOW to save all of humanity (including white people) from asphyxiating carbon dioxide, roasting greenhouse effect, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and at least SIX HUNDRED OTHER calamities documented by global warming worry wart Dr. John Brignell (http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm).

    That Albert Arnold Gore, Junior.

    An emerging hubbub is spreading through the local community like an H1N1 pandemic. 

    WHO will be the first to catch a glimpse of this historic, larger than life, larger than legend, humanitarian giant?

    WHERE in the Bay Area will some randomly privileged progressive eyeball first sense the reflected photons from Al Gore’s holy visage?

    People who take their obligations to the planet seriously are poring over aviation charts, speculating on motorcade routes,  and data mining for other transportation arcana.

    A personage as extraordinary and significant to the fate of humanity as Al Gore cannot just slink into the bay area like a slug.  Al Gore is a rock star.  His arrival has to be an event.  There has to be pomp!  And circumstance!  And fainting groupies!  And hype!

    Where is the HYPE!!!  I’m feeling cheated.

  12. I don’t know if this was actually said by Bill Gates, but whoever may have said it, I could not agree more.  The Joe DiSalvos of this world and all the other PC purveyors and self-esteem gurus teaching our children need to get back to these thoughts.  THis has been around for a while, but it needs to get constantly re-circulated.  Mr. DiSalvo’s self-loathing, white culture hating students should be required to read this daily…until they GET IT.

    “Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.”

    Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

    Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

    Rule 2 : The world won’t care about your self-esteem.. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

    Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

    Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss

    Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

    Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

    Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So, before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

    Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

    Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

    Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

    Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

    If you agree, pass it on..
    If you can read this – Thank a teacher!
    If you’re reading this in English- Thank a Veteran!

  13. Realistic and common sensical.

    Which causes me to suspect that it was NOT originated by Bill Gates or delivered by him in any speech to high school students.

    I do know, however, that on one occasion Jimmy Carter DID say, amazingly, that “life is unfair”.  I don’t know if he realized he said it or if he even believes it, but I DID hear him say it.

  14. Good points, John

    We get this from the wacky translator in Santa Clara.

    He says that the stadium will provide “poor jobs”

    Hard workers like John remember when we thankful for Jobs

    • <Hard workers like John remember when we (were) thankful for jobs>

      JR- You’re right. It’s truly amazing how the young people today regard a good paying job (with full benefits of course) as an inalienable right.

      Just how spoiled have we become, James?

    • He says that the stadium will provide “poor jobs”

      I suppose if selling beer, peanuts, T-shirts, etc. a few times a year is a good job then we should just move the flea market to the site.

      • Jobs Schools= I hate the thought of minorities coming.

        A) The 49ers provide dozens of jobs to young people in community outreach, sports management, and a lot of other areas.

        B)  The leaders of the anti stadium movement are mostly unemployed angry guys with too much time on their hands.

        C)  Vendors that work games include teachers who use the money for supplies and trips for their kids.

        D)  Hotels always increase with respect to games and sporting events.

        Bottom line, some guy eating cheese whiz in the basement has about has much knowledge of the relation to jobs and sports as Hazel has of religous tolerance.

        • Vendors that work games include teachers who use the money for supplies and trips for their kids.

          Wow!!! Are we getting desperate or what.  Build a stadium so that teachers can work a second job to buy school supplies for children!!!

          Eat some more “cheese whiz”.  It certainly seems to help your thinking.

        • What is the matter,schombs?

          There are people who work soda and candy
          at Spartan games for money not provided for
          special ed kids,

          That is a problem?

          Jealous?

  15. Mr. Galt

    Thank you for correcting my comment by inserting a missing word.
    I admit my syntax is not as good as experienced thumb typists.

    I also admit a desire due to the frequency of your posts to read and
    complete ATLAS SHRUGGED.

    My first job was at Great America dry cleaning uniforms,

    It seems I am still dealing with dirty laundry.

    Take the Ramallah connection and the distant cousin allegedly with
    Eagle Press.  A teaser for Victor.  He is talking.

    • Mr. Rowen,
      I don’t think it’s necessary to FINISH Atlas Shrugged (it’s not the greatest novel ever) but the first 200 pages or so gets the point across pretty well- and it seems remarkably prophetic of the world we find ourselves in today.
      Ayn Rand’s John Galt got fed up and dropped out.
      A couple more stupid regulations- another burdensome tax- a few more admonishments from some lazy ass lifelong hog at the trough government bureacrat and THIS John Galt is outta here too. And I really don’t think that I’m the sort of citizen that this City, this State, this Country, can afford to lose too many more of.

  16. G-DAY MINUS NINE

    Just nine days remaining until the Shaman of human caused global warming arrives in San Jose to receive a Humanitarian Award, acknowledging his singular role in saving humankind and the entire planet from certain extinction.

    Tiny signs of anxiety, twitches of nervousness, furtive glances at temperature displays on bank jumbotrons hint that a thin vapor of worry is in the air.

    Not everything is as it should be.

    Shamanistas roll up the sleeves of their hoodies.  Some pull off their Ecko sweatshirts.  It seems warm,  doesn’t it?  Global warming.

    Only, it DOESN’T REALLY seem that warm.  And that Ecko did feel good.  It DOES seem kind of cool for early autumn.

    A news flash from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

    “The average October temperature of 50.8°F was 4.0°F below the 20th Century average and ranked as the 3rd coolest based on preliminary data.”

    “For the nation as a whole, it was the third coolest October on record.”

    “Temperatures were below normal in eight of the nation’s nine climate regions, and of the nine, five were much below normal. Only the Southeast climate region had near normal temperatures for October.”

    Uh oh.

    The Shaman may have to change his speech.  Maybe the Humanitarian Award could be for saving humankind from “climate change” instead of “global warming”.

    No.  Wait.  The climate is changing; it’s cooler.

    Maybe the Humanitarian Award could be for inventing the internet.

  17. Heroes Die for Me

    by Jamie Burns

     

    I am the flag

    I look down upon this land called America .

    I have been here since this great nation was formed,

    I have seen each battle fought

    I have seen the heroes die for me, for my country  

    Thank you all those of you

    Who have kept me flying in the breeze

    Keeping this country united as one.

    Thank you those of you who have sacrificed your lives,

    Giving up all that I may still fly,

    Watching over the citizens of this nation.

    Thank you all those of you who have ever fought,

    I am ever grateful for you. 

    You risked everything; you faced death each day,

    Faced fear, faced many terrible things.

    And because of you, my thank you’s ring out,

    Filling the sky, echoing from the hills

    They find their way to the graveyards,

    And to all of you still living,

    You are a special kind of person.

    To anyone who has ever served this country,

    And to those serving today

    Thank you. 

    As I watch life from atop my flagpole,

    As I think of all you’ve done,

    My feelings become too powerful for words

    And all I can say is thank you.

  18. The U.S. HOUSE and SENATE have voted themselves raises of $4.700.00 for 2010 and $5,300.00 for 2011.  The have voted to NOT give seniors a COLA in 2010 & 1011.

    Medicaid premiums increase $285.60 for thopse same 2 years.

    Do you think they care about you?

    Send a message next November:  YOU’RE FIRED!

  19. Editor,

    I’m concerned that this website was evidently not notified of the time change on 11/1. The timestamps on comments appear to be an hour too late.
    It worries me beacause JMOC is dependent on the accuracy of these timestamps in the event that he needs to verify his whereabouts at a particular time-presumably to construct an alibi.

    Just kidding, Jaymock. I am JUST KIDDING!

  20. http://www.sanjoseinside.com/sji/blog/entries/the_education-employment_gap/

    Bo,

    I have a few questions after reviewing material publicly available on the web.

    Are you the Bo Sears who coordinated a hit piece against DiSalvo via the following web entry?

    http://www.wvwnews.net/story.php?id=8070

    Assuming it is, and the fact you link your name to Dale Warner’s website http://www.resistingdefamation.org, can we also assume that Dale Warner is party to your expanded call to “attack” (your words) DiSalvo as is witnessed by Warner’s childish and poorly written diatribes sent to the SCCOE. ?

    Can we also assume that this call to “attack” DiSalvo, brought other “pro white-European” posters like Frank Roman from websites like http://www.europeanamericansunited.org, http://www.wvwnews.net, stormfront.org and http://www.whitakeronline.org/blog/ ?

    Are these the same people who rushed in to promote the “white European” cause under various pseudonyms in DiSalvo’s previous blogs?

    Are the European Americans United (EAU) and European American Issues Forum (which according to San Jose Inside was co-founded by Dale Warner),the same entities that the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies as hate groups as noted by the following link?
    http://www.splcenter.org/intel/map/type.jsp?DT=25

    I wonder if Metro or the San Jose Mercury would be interested in doing an investigative piece on the ways organized groups masquerading behind anti-defamation labels collaborate to attack the reputations of people that don’t cater to their agenda?

    Might one be able to argue the opinion that efforts such as these actually meet the definition of defamation?

    Any thoughts Bo? Dale?