The last cover story, "He Should Have Known Better" (November 29), highlights Larry Harmon's utter lack of professional and courteous journalism. Larry has disregarded the duty of ethics in his field. Larry should have known better! A few of his statements can be interpreted as a malicious public attempt to slander an independent downtown business that doesn't need any more trouble around its name or that of the owner, one that I'll refrain from using. I, unlike Larry, have class. Why talk about the owner? That information was not valid to the story. Just saying a bar or place downtown would be sufficient. Larry didn't say the names of the Mexican gangsters or people Squire sold drugs to. Larry is scared of those guys. Larry should be ashamed of sounding like a fourth-grade drama queen, and no "I'm sorry" could ever take back what's been printed. If he can dish that, he can eat this -- Larry, you should give up writing and get a job at a porn shop so you can be the creep you are.
I picked up a copy of this week's Reader, and I'm a big fan of a couple of the sections in there, one of which is the "Crasher" column. But I've got to say that this week (November 29) I think it's absolutely disgusting. I can't believe you would print something that glorifies drinking to the extent it does, and I think it's absolutely horrible. If this is the only way for someone to have fun at a party, maybe I'll just stop reading the column. I expect more from you guys.
The Reader is a document that need not be read in its entirety at all. Simply flipping its pages gives the mind a panorama of a culture of decadence, confusion, insanity, and decline, and this is worth the five minutes it takes to flip through these worthless pages. Therefore, the Reader redeems itself by serving as an example of a decaying culture, coughing out its last alcoholic vomit and other drug-infested mucus. And that is all.
The Entitled Hartin
Just read the article on South Mission Beach Jetty published November 29 ("SurfDiego").
Are you kidding me? You actually ran this article? Are you looking to promote "localism" in San Diego? What kind of logic is "Regulars are a higher caliber surfer and entitled to the better waves at South Mission Jetty"? If you are so regular and have only surfed SMJ every day for the last 30 years, you can't be all that "high calibered." You have no idea what other breaks are like or how to surf other breaks.
What is this sense of entitlement Hartin boy has? Fights? Yeah, right! I'll call the cops and have them thrown in jail for harassing me. Just last week my buddies and I were at a break where a "regular" was dropping in on other surfers, and when confronted he claimed to be a "local." Ha! What the hell is a local? The number of years you surfed there? How great you are? At what point does someone become a "regular/local"? If Kelly Slater was to paddle out to your break and take most of the waves, what are you going to do? Why would you not want beginners to surf there if it is such a great break? Are beginners not entitled to some guidance?
To Hartin, I'd say get over yourself and share this great sport. To the Reader, I'd ask your staff to consider what you are writing. There's already too much hate in this world; let's promote respect.Todd via email
Hear My Boo
My wife and I were at Bob Dylan's Christian concert at Golden Hall on November 27, 1979, which Jay Allen Sanford describes in "Blurt" in the November 29 issue. I was the one who performed the "one discernible moment of booing."
It was the sixth time I'd heard Dylan, and he'd never said more than a couple of mumbled "thank yous" before, and here he was with what I describe in my rock music book (Tell Tchaikovsky the News: An Essential Rock Music Collection, 1965-1979, 1984, unpublished, though G.P. Putnam's wanted an "irreverent book about rock music," so I sent mine, but they sent it back saying it was "too irreverent" -- I still have that letter) as "little piss-anty 6th grade sunday school s******* sermons," including the "I had this cross" rap you quote.
So the next time he started in, I took a deep breath, and at a pause in his sermonette, I bellowed as loud a boo as I could. The couple in front of me jumped. I was sitting in the dead middle of the audience and everyone heard it, half of whom cheered my boo while the other half booed it.
My wife couldn't take it, so she went out into the lobby, where they still sold hard liquor back then, and had a drink, during which a TV reporter came up and interviewed her. She expressed her unhappiness eloquently, and it was on the 11:00 news, unfortunately before the VCR-era, so we didn't get a videotape of it.
But an acquaintance of ours did tape the concert (smuggling it in dangling at his crotch), and even though he sat a long way from us, you can hear my boo and the crowd's reaction clearly.
But who cares? Dylan played the loveliest guitar solo that night I've ever heard him play. As a character in the movie American Pop repeatedly says, "It's the music I love."
Comments from Reader Website
Published November 28
Posted by BeHiResident on 11/28/07, 1:59 p.m.
I'm not surprised Dolce closed down. Ghettofabulites trying to be high rollers are bad for business and bad for a neighborhood. May the AC Lounge close next. F.Scott Fitzgerald said "the further away from wealth one is, the more one tries to live what one mistakes for a wealthy lifestyle. "
Posted by Stephen M. Bessette on 12/1/07, 10:36 a.m.
Ken, Thanks for your mention in "Blurt," but I need to make some corrections: KRTM will indeed be building a new tower on Mt. Palomar, but it is a licensed upgrade for our current channel 88.9 FM, not 96.9 We do currently have a licensed FM translator in the San Pasqual area, but that's very small and has been on the air since April. Also, construction will not begin until later in 2008, so we obviously won't be on the air by the end of 2007.
Posted by FRSD 96.9FM DJ on 12/2/07, 7:42 p.m.
Wow look Ken got it wrong again. Just so everyone knows, at 96.9FM we have a strict "NO KEN LEIGHTON" policy. Not only did he try to expose one of our DJs publicly because he was butt hurt that we wouldn't do interviews with him anymore, but he always distorts the truth.If you want to know anything about us, please email us or get in contact via our website (www.pirate969.org). And to Steve Bessette, please contact us if you ever have any interference concerns as we'll gladly work with you.
Published November 28
Posted by Hijo de Santo on 11/28/07, 11:46 p.m.
I don't know about this story, but love all the botox and booby enhancement ads in the reader. Say it to my face at punkboardnews.com
Posted by poe on 11/30/07, 10:12 a.m.
Doing drugs gets you famous! I'm going to start immediately.
Posted by two more
tumors on 11/30/07, 11:19 a.m.
couldn't this have been summed up in a paragraph in 'Blurt'? If only Squire couldn't legally obtain crack pipes, he'd never have gotten into this mess! Oh Government, won't you please shut down every smoke shop in town to prevent another dumbass from hurting himself?!?
Posted by Puckett on 11/30/07, 7:54 p.m.
Trolling punk board and MySpace is one thing, but all y'all need to find a hobby like knitting or something because trolling The Reader's site is like competing in the Special Olympics.
Published November 28
Posted by marco on 11/29/07, 12:28 p.m.
Josh, your portrayal of Pacific Beach (although accurate) is not helping the cause to bring beer back to the beach. Please realize that you may have more influence than you think.
Published November 28
Posted by Samurai Jim's Mom on 11/30/07, 8:07 a.m.
My husband and I read the restaurant review. What a writer she is!! We enjoyed reading it, and I want to send the highest comment that I can write. Tell Naomi BRAVO. She captured the evening in words. What a talented person. She holds the readers attention and really makes you want to have the same dining experience. It was such an honor to be asked to be there and what an experience I had. I used to read a restaurant review in Northern California where we used to live because I love to experience great tasing and properly prepared food. Anyway, when we are San Diego sometime I want to see Naomi again to thank her personally.
Diary of a Diva
Published November 28
Posted by Jerrianne Harland (from MoPA) on 11/30/07, 11:42 a.m.
Barb -- Now I have yet another reason to write to you. Your terrific Dad. At first meeting at the museum, I fell into adoring mode -- he reminded me so of my own Pop. He brought his entire self to each meeting, the last being this past late spring outside the Minge in Balboa Park. I heard a familiar voice call my name, turning to the sound I found your sweet father. How nice for me to see him once again before leaving San Diego. I have been following you and David around the world with delight at your adventures. Thanks for the memories of you both at MoPA and for continuing to be a touchstone to SD. Recently I saw David's photo art on a decorating show on HGTV -- a great surprise! Your loyal reader in New Mexico
City Lights, by Don Bauder
Published November 28
Posted by Tony St. John on 11/28/07, 11:55 a.m.
Don, its too bad the San Diego scientific community doesn't create a new corporation to produce solutions to the climate change problems we are experiencing already, including drought, firestorms and water shortages as opening scenarios in the new age of global warming. If the latest IPCC report is really to be believed and supported by the public, the scientific community must start making the right things happen with the required sense of urgency. Unfortunately, the way things stand in the scientific community, what President Eisenhower said in 1961 is still correct today: "The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present -- and is gravely to be regarded."
Posted by Tony St. John on 11/29/07, 4:11 a.m.
Don, the key part of Ike's concern about "domination of the nation's scholars" because "the power of money is ever present -- and is gravely to be regarded" applies not only to scientists but to political corruption as you keep documenting. Thus the gravest consequence we are experiencing today is that scientists have not formed corporations to eliminate carbon dioxide producing energy sources because our politicians are also dominated by the fossil fuel burning special interests, so we have now experienced firestorms in 2003 and 2007 as a new way of life in San Diego. And the bottom line is that all of our local, state and federal politicians continue to fail the tests of leadership and our scholars continue to fail humanity.
Posted by Tony St. John on 11/29/07, 1:04 p.m.
P.S. A worst case study of the "domination of the nation's scholars" by "the power of money" is provided by what appears to be your favorite poster boy John Moores. As you recently documented John "abruptly" resigned as a UC regent shortly after his UC President, physicist and poster sychophant Robert Dynes also resigned. Together they perpetuated over 50 years of UC H-bomb production to control humanity, and most recently produced UC's infamous oil alliance with BP to sell out what may have been left of UC's integrity. The most hideous consequence is UC's continuing failure to dedicate resources required to produce controlled fusion for over 50 years that could have prevented accelerating droughts, firestorms and water shortages in San Diego, as well as preventing global warming tipping points. So good old John boy sold out UC integrity, San Diego quality of life and humanity, giving trifecta a whole new meaning for continuing to maximize his fortune at our expense.
Posted by sean on 11/30/07, 1:17 p.m.
Don, great article. So many times these IPO stocks are all dreams and "potential" but so few generate substantial revenues and consistent profits. The Wall Street underwriters also share some of the blame, often managing the early share prices and pushing their brokerages to have customers buy the stocks. I remember Buy.com going public in 1999, shares shot up, then most of the insiders and underwriter got out and the stock plummeted. Then later, the same owner bought the shares back cheaply in 2001 and took it public.
Posted by Button Pusher on 12/2/07, 6:00 p.m.
Anyone who wants to invest in Chinese companies should be very very careful. Investor wanabe needs to develop special skill, ability to keep one eye open when you sleep. They have unique book keeping methods, just like Enron. You will be amazed how they are cooking the book. Difference is Chinese government is not watching their book keeping method as did in United States. Government and Companies are partnering themselves as long as companies are bringing in foreign currency. I would say there are thin lines between governments and so called private companies all have silent partner. Chinese government is hell bent to obtain foreign investment and if they can screw western countries same time is a plus.
Reply by Don Bauder You are offering an apt warning. Remember Japan in the 1980s? Real estate was so overpriced that the grounds of the Imperial Palace were worth more than all of California. Japanese pledged overpriced real estate as collateral to buy overpriced stocks. Finally, people couldn't afford to live in Tokyo. The central bank had to burst the bubble. The Nikkei, then almost at 40,000, is still less than half its 1989 level.
Published November 20
Posted by Phoenix Psaltery on 11/30/07, 9:38 p.m.
I'd like to point out that there are a number of Second Life newspapers. One of the oldest is the Metaverse Messenger (www. metaversemessenger.com), which has been publishing weekly for 2-1/2 years. Great story! P2