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RandySF's Journal
RandySF's Journal
August 4, 2012

Looking for hate-free fried chicken recipes.

Boycotting fast food chicken restaurants has never been a problem because I do not like it to begin with. So I was wondering if anyone can share a hate-free fried chicken recipe.

August 3, 2012

Centrist Dems fret about Warren's prime role at convention

Elizabeth Warren's plum speaking slot at next month's Democratic National Convention has prompted misgivings among some centrist Democrats, who worry the Massachusetts Senate candidate could turn off independent voters.

Democrats announced this week that they had tapped Warren, the former consumer financial protection czar who's challenging Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) this fall, to deliver a prime time address before a national television audience. A popular figure among progressive activists, Warren has built a reputation as an outspoken critic of the excesses of Wall Street — a kind of populism Democrats are hoping to showcase at their convention.

But some members of the party wonder if selecting a figure like Warren — whom Republicans have sought to characterize as an out-of-touch elitist and cloistered Harvard professor — might hurt the party on a national level. She will speak the evening of Weds., Sept. 5, before a famed centrist Democrat: former President Bill Clinton.

“Having someone from the more extreme wing of the party, being given the primetime slot sends the wrong message to people in the middle who are legitimately up for grabs in this race," said Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA).


August 2, 2012

Romney’s ‘Kiss My…’ Spokesman Takes Time Off Campaign Trail

Mitt Romney is back at it campaigning in Colorado after a week long international whirlwind trip peppered with a few gaffes. But the perpetrator of one of those gaffes notably isn’t on the trail with the presumptive GOP nominee in Colorado today.

Spokesman Rick Gorka, whose curse-laden flap with the press in Poland rounded out the news reports culminating Romney’s trip, is “taking some time off the trail” after a week abroad, per a Romney aide. Gorka normally serves as the traveling spokesman for Romney on all his campaign trips.

Additionally, Romney has beefed up his staff presence on the trail today with head of VP search Beth Myers accompanying him to Colorado as well as spokesman Kevin Madden and spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg, who all mingled with reporters prior to Romney’s event. Romney’s policy director, Lanhee Chen, was also on hand.


August 2, 2012

MAJOR Olympic Spoiler

Gabby Douglas is the all-around Olympic gymnastics gold medalist and America's newest darling.

August 2, 2012

San Francisco teachers reach tentative agreement with district.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Gentle Blythe, 415-241-6565

Teachers Union and District Reach Tentative Agreement

(San Francisco) August 1, 2012 - The United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) signed a tentative agreement today, three weeks prior to the start of the school year on August 20. The union's Executive Board voted by a 2 to 1 margin to recommend the agreement for ratification by the union's membership.

"I really appreciate everyone's hard work on this agreement. When the tide turns in this budget crisis someday, this contract is something we can talk about building on, and I, for one, am looking forward to that day," Superintendent Richard Carranza told the UESF bargaining team.

UESF President Dennis Kelly commented that, "What we accomplish together makes the difference; the things we do together define what is worth doing."

Within the mediated agreement, the school year will be restored to 179.5 school days, up from the 176 school days of the past two years and almost a return to the standard 180 days. If ratified, all employees would take 1.5 furlough days, with a half day taken the last day of school and one day taken in lieu of a third paid professional development day.

UESF and SFUSD have agreed to additional furlough days should neither of the proposed tax initiatives get passed by voters in November.

"What stands out about this agreement is that, even in the midst of an ongoing economic crisis for public schools in California, we worked together to find a way to make student learning come first by restoring the school year," said Superintendent Carranza. "However, our ability to keep schools open for our children completely hinges on the voters of California passing either or both tax initiatives, Prop. 30 and Prop. 38. Without this, we'll have to institute as many as 5 additional forced closure days for the upcoming school year and up to 10 additional days for the 2013-14 school year."

Dennis Kelly pointed out "that the union advocated for the half-day and non-instructional day closures to preserve learning time and to make a statement about the importance of extricating children from the vice of state fiscal failures."

August 2, 2012

Schwarzenegger starts a new think tank.

Less than two years after leaving office, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is pumping up his political and academic profile — and will head the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy at the University of Southern California, a new think tank to advance “post-partisan” politics.

The Republican former governor told The Chronicle that he’ll formally announce the establishment of the partnership Thursday at USC, where his Institute will be housed in the Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Schwarzenegger will chair the Institute’s Board of Advisors, and he has also been appointed the inaugural Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at USC, a post in honor of the first immigrant California governor — who was also a co-founder of the university.

“I always said that after I left office, I would continue to stay involved in certain issues, to be involved in something that has had an affect on people,” Schwarzenegger said Wednesday in an interview with the Chronicle. “This is what it is about: post-partisanship and the regional approach to issues…(that’s) one of the very important things we learned in California.”


August 2, 2012

Racy online video sparks firing of Costa Rican official

(CNN) -- An online video showing a now-former Costa Rican official in her underwear has sparked a debate over the privacy of government workers in the Central American country -- and cost the official her job this week.

The video shows Karina Bolanos, who had been Costa Rica's vice minister of culture and youth since 2006, lying on a bed in her underwear and apparently talking to her lover.

"I miss you. I love you with all my soul. And everything that you see here is yours," she says.

The cultural ministry said Monday that Bolanos would be leaving her post after a surge in journalistic reports and social media posts "connected with the private life of the vice minister."


August 1, 2012

Another Wayne County official indicted

(WXYZ) - One of Robert Ficano’s appointees has been indicted.

Zayd Allebban was previously charged in a criminal complaint. Now a federal grand jury has formally indicted Allebban for obstruction of justice, and they’ve added three new charges of falsifying documents.

Federal prosecutors allege the county’s Director of Enterprise Application falsified the documents to hide a bribery scheme that involved Allebban’s supervisor in the IT department, Tahir Kazmi. The two are also friends.

Last week, Kazmi pleaded guilty to accepting bribes, and as part of his plea deal, Kazmi will be cooperating and testifying as part of the FBI’s probe in Wayne County government.

The indictment alleges that Allebban conspired with Kazmi to obstruct justice when they tried to get a private contractor to lie to FBI agents.


August 1, 2012

Jealous Boyfriend Allegedly Beats Woman After Seeing Photo of Mitt Romney on Her Facebook

No matter how many pennies we toss into the fountain, there's not a chance in hell we'd be lucky enough to wake up and have no clue who Mitt Romney is.

However, this charming Tennessee man to your right only recently learned about Romney while he was in jail. He also just so happened to learn that ignorance is not bliss.

Lowell Turpin was arrested last week after he glanced at his girlfriend's Facebook page and saw a picture of another man -- a clean-cut, white dude that he knew for sure wasn't him. Instead of calmly asking her about the mysterious man, the 40-year-old allegedly grabbed her laptop, smashed it against a wall, and hit her in the face, according to news reports.

Turns out that romeo in the photo was Romney, you know the guy who is running for president.


August 1, 2012

S.F. Man Found With Enough Ammo for Mass Murder, Had List of Politicians

Earlier this week police confirmed they had arrested a homeless man after finding a disturbing stash of weaponry in his car -- a day after the mass shootings in Colorado. If that wasn't enough to keep you on your toes, the suspect, Robert Johns, also had a list of high-profile politicians in tow.

KTVU talked to Johns in jail, where they learned all sorts of interesting information, like how Johns claims he was born twice. Johns also told reporters that his cache of weapons, which included a sawed-off shotgun, a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, 14 knives, and 5,000 rounds of ammunition, was just a hobby of his. He says the ammunition was given to him for his birthday(s) -- which perhaps explains why there was so much of it.

But what really caught our interest was the curious list of elected officials -- including President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner -- he had with him. Here's how the suspect explains that.

"I was learning politics and politicians, who they were as I saw them on TV," Johns said. "I wanted to be able to identify them and their positions." He told KTVU he had "no intention of shooting anyone. It's in no way related to the [Aurora] shootings and I had no intention of harm."


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