Posted November 13, 2008 in News


Let the Obamarama begin!



Residents of Eastvale have a generally positive reaction to a proposal for a 70,745-square foot shopping center that was recently approved by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. They like the promise of tax revenue for their little city—which will become official once the unincorporated area makes the transition to cityhood next year. However, the fact that they—or nobody they know—has any money to spend in the new center bums them out a little. 



A whole bunch of people who wake up feeling kind of funny—and not in a ha-ha way—don’t go to the doctor today. They’re among a growing number of Americans who have found a brilliant new strategy against the economic crisis that is sweeping the country—getting sick and dying. Nearly half of all Americans say someone in their household has cut back on medical services to save money, according to the report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Health care reductions have included postponing necessary medical care, leaving prescriptions unfilled and cutting pills or skipping doses, the report states. People are also skipping testing for early detection of problems such as colon cancer, high cholesterol and breast cancer, which could prevent future complications. Others aren’t properly managing chronic conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Everybody can pitch in! Of course, it’s not a perfect solution, mostly because not everybody follows through. That is, some people don’t die. In those situations, their supposed money-saving measures simply make matters worse—they end up in the hospital, which ends up increasing costs for everyone else. Which, can I just say, is really inconsiderate? 



Strange enough that somebody would install a small camera to videotape women as they used an employee restroom at an El Torito restaurant in San Bernardino. Hard to understand why restaurant supervisors might wait a full day before disclosing it to police, which is what seven female employees are alleging in a lawsuit. Stunning that five days after the first camera was discovered and removed, another was discovered in the very same restroom. Creepy that this kind of thing isn’t an isolated incident—that on Oct. 28, San Bernardino County sheriff’s detectives arrested Rancho Cucamonga contractor David Mitchell Clark, 34, for investigation of charges that he installed hidden cameras in the bathrooms of homes where he did electrical work. But perhaps most difficult to believe is that the sheriff’s spokeswoman who is providing information on these cameras-in-the-bathroom cases is named Cindy Beavers.



I mean, really . . . Cindy?



Entertainment writer Vanessa Franko of the Press-Enterprise delivers a deliciously devastating review of Carrie Underwood’s show at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Dripping with sarcasm so dead-on that you almost thought she was sincere, Franko mocked Underwood’s show as “a new era of entertainment in the Inland area,” citing the show’s reliance on “flashy lights, video, laser, costume changes” to produce what you could almost hear her laughingly call “a rockin’ set.” How cuttingly cruel was Franko? She said Underwood, who is trying to be professional “came into her own” when she brought a six-year-old fan on stage to sing with her. But I thought Franko almost went over the line with this one: “The singer was at her best when she talked to the 7,500 fans in the audience before a song.” I mean, we can’t all be as talented as Franko.



By some weird kind of Twilight Zone-type justice, the 16 years that Republican Ken Calvert has spent indulging himself in the House of Representatives have actually given him the face of a pig and the shape of a pork barrel. Below the surface, however, the 44th district congressman hasn’t changed. Still clueless. “I’m not concerned about this election,” Calvert tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise today—nearly a week after the election, which he is still talking about because it still hasn’t been decided. Upstart and underfunded Democrat Bill Hedrick is still only about 9,000 votes behind with gobs of absentee and provisional ballots still to be tabulated. Calvert usually wins with about 60 percent of the votes. Unable to understand that the electorate may be finally getting fed up—okay, insensitive choice of words, considering his growing corpulence—with his history of seemingly shady deal-making, Calvert thinks something’s wrong with the ballot-counters. “I think it’s important that folks take a look at the voting process here,” he snorts, describing Riverside County’s handling of the election as disorderly and slow. But Calvert doesn’t really want “folks” looking at anything, which is why he’s brought in a couple of lawyers from Washington, D.C. Like all patriots of his ilk, he’s just spreading the seeds of suspicion and division in case things don’t go his way—laying the foundation to contest the outcome on the basis of voter fraud. In other news, I’m suddenly reminded to buy my Thanksgiving ham.



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