“Santa Claus is coming to town –- and he’s got guns.
“The Scottsdale Gun Club is offering a rather unusual Christmas card photo opportunity this holiday season.
“For $10, those who are so inclined can have their photo taken with jolly old St. Nick –- and a high-powered rifle.
“Jingle bells … shotgun shells?
“Santa poses in front of an $80,000 Garwood minigun. In last week’s photo shoot, families, including children, could choose from an arsenal — pistols, semi-automatic AR-15s, and grenade launchers, said Ron Kennedy, the gun club’s general manager, in a statement.
“This is the second year the gun club has offered the deal. Hundreds of people reportedly lined up to get their photos taken last year.
I found more details here, at the Gun Club’s website. It’s $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.
“More Americans now say that they disagree than agree with the tea party, and even those who live in districts represented by tea party congressmen are split over the movement, according to a new survey,” Politico is reporting.
“Twenty-seven percent of those surveyed say they disagree with the tea party movement, compared with 20 percent who agree with it, the Pew Research Center found.
“Opinion on the issue has flipped since a year ago, when 27 percent agreed and 22 percent disagreed with the movement.
“Even voters in districts represented by one of the 60 congressional Tea Party Caucus members were split on the movement. In these districts, 23 percent disagreed with the tea party, while 25 percent agreed.”
The rest of the article is here.
Owens said he is exploring opportunities in the private sector but stressed that his decision not to run does not mean he will be out of politics forever.
He thanked supporters and said it was a pleasure to serve.
Owens is a moderate Republican but is well regarded in his largely Democratic district because he is nonpartisan in his approach. The rumor that Owens would not run has been floating around for some weeks. (There are 3,848 registered Democrats and 2,804 registered Republicans in District 5, according to the Clerk-Recorder’s office).At the same time, Truckee Mayor Richard Anderson said he will be running for Owens’ seat in the 5th District. The two were attending a luncheon at Dragonfly in Truckee.
Anderson is the publisher and editor of California Fly Fisher magazine and is president of Stoakes Anderson Inc., which also publishes the Aguabonita Books imprint. Prior to starting the magazine, he was employed as a consulting land economist and planner for about 10 years.
An avid outdoorsman, Anderson has been active in environmental issues, particularly those that involve fisheries, wildlife, and water quality. He has served on the boards of California Trout and the California Wildlife Foundation and is the recipient of California Trout’s President’s Award and Journalism Award, among others.
Anderson is a registered Democrat.
‘”I wouldn’t rule it out…I don’t know if the country is ready because if I did have the job I’d have one term and we’d do it my way!’
“Of course, Santelli danced around the question and told Kernan that he’s ‘not interested in getting into politics.’
“All of this follows a report by Politico’s Patrick Gavin about a website backed by a Nevada businessman called DraftSantelliForPresident2012.com that surfaced earlier this month.”
The rest of the article is here.
The job description and application for Nevada City police chief is posted online on the city’s website. The deadline to apply is Dec. 23 and inteviews are set for Jan. 17 and 18:
•”Competitive candidates must have a minimum of 7 years professional law enforcement experience, a BS/BA in a related field, California POST Management Certificate or be able to attain within one year of hire, and a valid California driver’s license.
“Additionally, the ideal candidate will be a person with the following qualifications:
Is a respected leader in the organization and in the community that maintains ethical standards.
Enjoys and works well in a small town atmosphere.
Presents a professional approach in the face of challenges.
Total compensation: $48,000 annually for the part-time job.
The full job description is here.
American Airlines parent filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning to reduce labor costs and shed its big debt load. “It was the last major airline to resist filing for Chapter 11 in an effort to shed contracts, a move that analysts said left it less nimble than many of its competitors,” as the New York Times reported.
There already are more than 100 “free” reports available on Google, including the major dailies and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The press release is free on Business Wire.
But here’s the message you get at the website of the Dallas Morning News, American Airlines’ hometown city: Two scant paragraphs (after a “pop-up” ad) and then you run into a “pay wall.” It reads “get subscriber content access to read this story.”
The price ranges from $2.31 a week to $8.53 a week to continue reading. The “pay wall” was launched in March.
The Morning News is the lone major newspaper in the Dallas market, once one of the nation’s most competitive newspaper cities. The rival Dallas Times Herald closed in 1991. Throughout the ’90s the Morning News won numerous Pulitzers.
Most news has become a “commodity” nowadays, as American’s bankruptcy shows. Putting it behind a “pay wall” only sends readers to the competition. And there’s plenty of it.
Google’s aggregation site already is a “home” for news seekers. Now Facebook is inching closer to an IPO that it hopes will value the company at $100 billion, as reported here.
As the Dallas Morning News publisher Jim Moroney himself put it in 2009: “If The Dallas Morning News today put up a paywall over its content, people would go to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.”
“Facebook Inc. is inching closer to an initial public offering that it hopes will value the company at more than $100 billion, according to people familiar with the matter,” The Wall Street Journal is reporting tonight.
“The social networking firm is now targeting a time frame of April to June 2012 for an initial public offering, said people familiar with the matter. The company is exploring raising $10 billion in its IPO—what would be one of the largest offerings ever—in a deal that might assign Facebook a $100 billion valuation, a number greater than twice that of such stalwarts as Hewlett-Packard Co. and 3M Co.
“Facebook is looking to go public between April and June 2012, with a possible filing by the end of this year.
“A Facebook IPO has been hotly anticipated for several years, and viewed as a defining moment for the latest Web investing boom. The company has been vague about whether it would even make such an offering and silent on timing of an IPO. ‘We’re not going to participate in speculation about an IPO,’ said Facebook spokesman Larry Yu.”
The rest of the article is here.
We’ve been going to Cornish Christmas for years, dating back to the ’90s when my wife and I visited our in-laws who were raising their children in Grass Valley (and have since moved back; we tagged along this time).
While much of the focus has been on the event and vendors, I always liked how it helped showcase the town — the brick-and-mortar stores in historic buildings with colorful window displays and lights. That’s what makes the town unique and charming to visitors and locals.
This year, my wife and I remarked how you could see all the shops more clearly, because it wasn’t so jammed with vendor booths that blocked your view. Our magazine had a booth, to help promote tourism, and we took a short “dinner break” to eat at Taste of Thai and enjoy the window displays throughout town.
The wine tasting rooms have added a new dimension to downtown Grass Valley, Yuba Blue has expanded and there are new shops to see. Many of them reported strong sales at Cornish Christmas.
I like to think of Cornish Christmas as a “hook” that brings people into town, not just to see the vendor booths but to “rediscover” the downtown. It’s what the Downtown Association should be doing too: not generating revenue from vendor booths but helping the merchants succeed.