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June 2008

Reject New Motto: "No Sunscreen? No Problem!"

Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote today (June 30) in his piece on city slogans that Pacifica's should be "No Sunscreen? No Problem!" Harrumph. As all good Pacificans know, we have far more sun than most outsiders know. Sure, we love our "Fogzilla, Beast of Summer," but, for instance, we also call Linda Mar "Sun Valley." So if you want to tell Mr. Hartlaub where to get off (politely, like a good Pacifican), email him at

Michael Pollan: Don't Give Up

Do you feel it's a waste of time trying to prevent climate change? That reducing your carbon footprint is pointless when someone else is happy to increase  theirs? That changing light bulbs is a futile gesture? Well, don't give up, says Michael Pollan, because even small changes in your lifestyle—and your thinking—can help save the world. Click the link below to read Pollan's essay in the Guardian (thoughtfully forwarded to Riptide by Annabel Parker).


Such a Deal: Cheapest Gas in Your Area

This  is pretty nifty. Just enter your  zip  code in the site below, and it tells you which gas stations have the cheapest  prices (and the highest prices) on gas in your zip code. It's updated every evening. Just click on the link. You will see a map of your area and then scroll down and you will get a listing of gas prices in your area with addresses and brands, starting with the cheapest and  going up. (Thanks to Karen Brooks for passing this along.)


Pacifican Bobby Stack Beats Jose Palacios


Strongside Training Systems mixed martial arts fighter Bobby Stack won his fight against renowned San Jose fighter Jose Palacios. The fight at HP Pavilion in San Jose on Friday, June 27, was won by unanimous decision. Stack, a native of Pacifica, came out firing with quick flurries of punches and kicks to start the first round. The rapid onslaught of strikes from Stack had Palacios backing up in constant retreat. Palacios, considered one of the better stand-up fighters, answered back with accurate and powerful strikes of his own, one of which knocked the mouthpiece out of Stack’s mouth. Unfazed, Stack, returned to action by taking Palacios to the ground with a solid takedown. From there on, Stack dominated by putting on an explosive display of ground and pound. Stack owned Palacios. Stack’s unrelenting drive and pressure on the ground kept Palacios out of his element and on his back, taking punishment. After three rounds of intense action, the judges all agreed on a 29-28 victory for Stack. Bas Ruten, a popular veteran to the sport of mixed martial arts, called Stack strong and explosive while announcing the televised featured fight.

Stack trains his fighting technique at Strongside Training Systems in Pacifica. He also works his strength training and agility and conditioning at the new training facility at 1320 Adobe Drive.  This was Stack’s first nationally televised fight. He was given his shot at being a good fighter on a big stage, and he delivered to the fullest extent. This fight was a big stepping stone for the 24-year-old Stack, who is steadily climbing the ranks on his way to his goal of winning the Strikeforce lightweight championship. Video footage of Stack’s fight can be seen online in two parts: BOBBY STACK BEATS JOSE PALACIOS

It Was Oil, All Along

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Oh, no, they told us, Iraq isn't a war about oil. That's cynical and simplistic, they said. It's about terror and al-Qaeda and toppling a dictator and spreading democracy and protecting ourselves from weapons of mass destruction. But one by one, these concocted rationales went up in smoke, fire and ashes. And now the bottom line turns out to be ... the bottom line. It is about oil.

Alan Greenspan said so last fall. The former chairman of the Federal Reserve, safely out of office, confessed in his memoir, "Everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil." He elaborated in an interview with The Washington Post's Bob Woodward, "If Saddam Hussein had been head of Iraq and there was no oil under those sands, our response to him would not have been as strong as it was in the first Gulf War."


Did Measure N Win by a Single Vote? Yes It Did

Last week a friend of Riptide posted to the site, "Measure N not only passed by half a percentage point, it was EXACT. It is literally a two-thirds majority—to the vote—and one vote less would have made it a loser. Amazing."

The vote has now been certified an official victory for Measure N, the schools, and the community. We have made history and, once again, proof that EVERY VOTE COUNTS!


Move America Forward: Candy Diplomacy


Deep Tonsils says, "Looks like the conservative side of the political aisle has answered MoveOn  with MOVE AMERICA FORWARD. MAF is drumming up support to stage the largest shipment of care packages to U.S. troops in history, aiming for a 10,000-pound shipment of items such as goodies, Gatorade, cookies, coffee, fans, and sunblock. Within that endeavor is something dubbed Candy Diplomacy. Troops have requested packets of Jelly Belly candy imprinted with the following message in Arabic: "A gift from the American people in hope that your country will one day enjoy the freedom and opportunities that we have in the United States."