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It's Not a Race Thing... It's Style

Don't freak.

You've got to be taughtTo hate and fear,You've got to be taughtFrom year to year,It's got to be drummedIn your dear little earYou've got to be carefully taught.You've got to be taught to be afraidOf ...

The weed, smoked with a toilet paper tube and aluminum foil, was sneaky.

The year was 1965, and the perversion I was about to perform would, within a matter of months certainly, even the final six weeks of that year, that winter, pale to "a harmless giggle" by ...

Snowed Under

Movies reviewed this week: Dreamgirls, The Good German, We Are Marshall, The Painted Vail, The History Books, The Pursuit of Happyness, Eragon

Fleeing Fundamentalism: A Minister's Wife Examines Faith

ABOUT THE BOOK: In Fleeing Fundamentalism: A Minister's Wife Examines Faith, Cross looks back at the life that led her to marry a charismatic young man, handsome and articulate, who appeared destined for greatness as ...

Practice navigational skills on a one-way, mostly downhill trek using the Tenaja Falls Trail near Temecula.

The Tenaja Falls hiking or backpacking traverse takes you one way through Cleveland National Forest's San Mateo Canyon Wilderness -- Southern California's only large coastal wilderness area. You can see plenty of winter and early ...

Connection

And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light, but the Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected. -- Spike Milligan I was sitting in the coffee ...

"We actually had a camel walk into the sanctuary."

All those bake sales and car washes must have paid off this year -- maybe it was my blueberry-nectarine pie. When our youth group broke open its year-end piggy bank, they found a little something ...

San Diego Today

Title: San Diego Today Address: http://www.patflannery.com/SanDiegoToday.htm Author: Pat Flannery from: Point Loma/Ocean Beach area Blogging since: October 2004 Post Date: December 11, 2006 Post Title: The Mayor's best chance of fixing things is to let ...

Spittin' Writtens

"The best way to get at somebody is by going after their looks, their name, their weight, size, shape, what they are wearing, their mama, or their girlfriend," says 24-year-old Bryan Mason, an organizer of ...

Takin' a Lickin'

How could metal monster Glenn Danzig draw 2300 fans to Soma in March but bring in only 895 to the same venue in November? In March, opening band Lamb of God attracted fans; and Doyle, ...

Unhappy Camper

Roots rockers Tapwater, in the middle of a 72-gig, 12-state tour, recently had a three-day break. They decided to camp through the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Canyon de Chelly in an RV they call ...

Crash

In the early-morning hours of December 4, James Balmer and Pascal Dickinson of the local band Fing were involved in a single-car collision that left one passenger, Angela Ainslie, dead. A fourth passenger received minor ...

Angels and Airplay

The December 11 Soma show was the first local gig for (+44), which features former blink drummer Travis Barker and bassist/front man Mark Hoppus. Guitarist Tom DeLonge, the other one-third of blink, proceeds with Angels ...

Congregation Beth Israel, La Jolla

"I'm not Jewish," I said to a man near the basket of skullcaps just outside the sanctuary. "Should I wear one anyway?" "Either way. Don't worry about it," he shrugged, a little amused by my ...

Gekkolick in Egypt: Tutted In Egypt

Misery, thy name is the two-headed serpent of cystitis and thrush. Ill in a foreign country — curses! I'd been awake for hours, drinking water and moaning softly in the loo as lava wee escaped ...

Thar She Blows!

'W e have been lucky enough to see mothers who have delivered their calves early swimming along the coastline," says Crystal De Soto, leader of the whale-watching program at Birch Aquarium. "The calves are born ...

Wall Street Wants To Work in Dark

Some Wall Streeters want to put a leash on the law -- except the law of the jungle. On December 12, the Justice Department announced it would ease up on its tactics for fighting corporate ...

Day Labor And the Law

Around 8:00 in the morning on August 22, Susan and Sheng Wei drove their white SUV to Escondido and South Santa Fe avenues in Vista, looking to hire help for the heavy lifting required to ...

A Grape's Progress

"You could do a liberal arts degree with wine as the organizing principle."

A Scotsman at Sea

How would singer/songwriter Colin Clyne describe his music? "Imagine the love child of Mike Myers's Fat Bastard and Neil Young." Originally from Stonehaven, Scotland, and raised in the U.K., Clyne frequently takes jobs aboard fishing ...

X Marks the Money

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's new downtown headquarters, a metallic rust-red three-story cube roundly criticized by many historical preservationists for spoiling the architectural integrity of the adjacent Mission Revival-style Santa Fe Depot, built ...

Paper Trails

Copley Press employees at the company's Peoria (IL) Journal Star are atwitter over reports that well-heeled locals are eyeing the paper, which is for sale as part of owner David Copley's plan to liquidate all ...

Can't Hold Their Arsenic

Toxicologist Dr. F. Lee Cantrell, director of the San Diego division of the California Poison Control System, has published a paper detailing 121 auctions on eBay over a ten-month period offering potentially murderous substances. "Sixty-three ...

Minor Bowl

Christmas is upon us, which means two weeks -- make that three weeks of postseason college football. Everyone is familiar with the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl and other bowls of that ilk. But, ...

Bread on the Table

"Uh, guys, I appreciate the business, but your scooter is scaring away customers."

The Reader's Eye on Television

"We need to talk. Come into my office, please," I say, and I switch off my Bluetooth earpiece. "Of course, Anthony. It is a lovely office." "Don't blow smoke up my underpants," I say. Rounding ...

'Canes Mutiny

I was going to see Ben Lee and Rooney at 'Canes. It was a weekend night without a party to crash. The girl I was going with was taking care of someone's dog, and I ...

You're Fired!

Hey, Matt: We were all sitting around watching The Apprentice and began wondering, why does Donald Trump say, "You're fired!" Is it like burning at the stake...really fired? -- Pat N. Paul; U.C. library The ...

Road Testing Your Alibi

Hey, Matt: Which is a tighter seal, "air tight" or "water tight"? -- Bay Park Jay Even the elves -- not always tuned to the usual human-being wavelength -- were a little perplexed by this ...

He Ain't Pesky, He's My Grandma

Dear Matthew: A while ago I was trying to figure out what to do about a huge ant infestation in my house. I got to thinking that when most people have a house full of ...

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