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Huckabee, Obama, McCain, AVP's, & The Shore Restaurant and Lounge

By Joy A. Kennelly

Watching the new Huckabee Show - did you know it existed? I didn't till now. Very interesting. Geraldine Ferraro,  Dave Ramsey, and cute Elizabeth Hasselbeck were on it.

I've put a link to Whoopi Goldberg's opinion on racism that Elizabeth counteracts tearfully on The View. It is worth watching if you're curious about another perspective than mine. Dave is actually a Christian financial guy who has a very popular radio program.

Huckabee was asking what everyone recommended for the financial situation which I've not been listening to very closely, but wanted to tell you what type of guests he had on. The VP of Fox Business referred people to the Community Reinvestment Act to see what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were originally designed to accomplish. Click on the link if you're curious.

This is too cute. Huckabee's closing his show with what sounds like a church band what with all the guitars, doing a cover of Only in America sung a little off-key and not very passionately. Too cute. Go Huckabee. Guess he's clinging to his church roots.

Oh, and because some don't always read comments, I'm reposting some key links a friend sent me that you might not have heard or read before re: Obama's connection to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and his personal pay-out (above others who've been statesmen longer!)

I'm doing it here because generally whatever I link to rises to the top of Google and this is important. Democrats, I dare you to watch and read this then comment:

Explosive Video, Fannie Mae CEO calling Obama and the Dems the "Family" and "Conscience" of Fannie Mae

And from Investor's Business Daily, The Real Culprits In This Meltdown

From a blog called, HotAir - Whose policies led to the credit crisis?

And the Holy Grail of the newspaper world, The New York Times, from September 11, 2003 New Agency Proposed to Oversee Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

Okay, enough of that. It is Saturday after all, but didn't want to leave that thought from yesterday just hanging there. Oh, and by the way, I really enjoyed hearing Obama speak during the debate last night. Surprised me at his knowledge of foreign relations, but did feel like I was being lectured by a college professor vs. someone with actual life experience as I felt when listening to McCain.

It's going to definitely be interested. Can't wait for the Palin/Biden debate next. I'm becoming my parents - help!

Here's some pix from fun events I've either attended, or thrown recently. The first is last Sunday's AVP's Men's championships with the recent Olympic athletes (whose names I don't know, but enjoyed viewing nonetheless. Oh, you can find out more by clicking on the link. Sorry, not that into sports, just hot guys. Especially shirtless ones. Now do you know why I love living near the beach? lol)

If you scroll down the pix fast enough it's almost you were watching them play!:) I thought this year's seating arrangements for the MB AVP's were the best ever. Lots of available viewing and seating for everyone.

Thank you AVP organizers!

Avp - best
Avp & Pier

Here's some highlights. One night I hit two back-to-back with a client and then had to dash down to The Shore for another one. Needless to say, I was emotionally, physically and mentally drained by the end of the night.

One particular event was to raise awareness for Project Reina which keeps African American and Latina women and girls HIV/AIDS free through the promotion of education, prevention and wellness. Go to for more information.

Actress Gina Ravera (The Closer, ER) started this movement and was on hand to promote the artist's work and her project. If I had known who she was (she's much smaller in person), I would have taken her pic too, but didn't open the press kit till just now. That's a bummer too because I really like The Closer. Oh well...

Signage pr

Outside This was such an elegant event it was really pleasant. Hated to leave.

Bmw4 Bmw1Bmw straightBrian2Group shotPartyChefLarry, will & friend


This was The Shore's BMW/Equinox USC v. OSU football game viewing party. Bummer for USC. We're an equal opportunity venue and will be hosting UCLA's Alumni Association on October 16 at The Shore for a wine tasting. All are welcome!

Okay, I think that's all for now!:)

It's not easy being me - LOL

By Joy A. Kennelly

It's always fun to see who finds and reads this blog. Just last night someone popped by and told me they lived in Sri Lanka and had found me. Welcome! They found me searching for Sri Lanka Cougars - I guess it's everywhere,eh? LOL

This morning I had searches from Japan, Singapore and somewhere else that I forget now. I've seen people from Iran, England, Australia, Philippines, and all over the world come through here. I like to think that maybe my humble opinion on what's going on in America is heard and helps foreigners see us in a different light than they might just watching our mainstream media.

Last night was really fun, but a little crazy.

I'm not going to write about it just yet because after waking up at 5:30am this morning, I've had this epiphany which I want to share right now seeing as I haven't read it anywhere else recently. Not to say it hasn't been said already, but this is my personal opinion and my blog...bear with me. Or stop reading now. Your choice. This is America. I love saying that! :)

A liberal friend, who I didn't realize was still reading my blog, contacted me last night and said I'd inspired her. She then shared numerous political websites she had created about her favorite candidate and my favorite too (although in my candidate's case, the site isn't designed to be supportive, but derisive which is fine. I will defend her right to her opinion to the day I die. This is AMERICA! God bless it!)

However that said, let me share with you why I don't think Obama has a shot in hell right now of winning and it has nothing to do with his experience, his qualifications, the fact that he's Democrat, or anything else.

It's just the fact he's black.

And I'm not saying that in a racist way, just stating another fact about America unfortunately.

I know, big shock. What does the color of his skin have to do with anything? It has EVERYTHING to do with it. How many black newscasters, anchors, heads of media, mainstream magazines, members of congress, any politicians for that matter, CEO's, or other powerful people do you see on a consistent basis who are black?

Yes, there's our very own local handsome black Channel 5 newscaster, Emmet Watson. But why do you think he got choked up announcing Obama's nomination? Because it was/is huge news.

Why do you think Halle Berry's win was such big news? You can count on one hand how many African-American actors have won Academy Awards over the years I bet. Not sure that's true, but bet it is.

When I see Girlfriends get nominated for an Emmy, then maybe I'll believe racism isn't an issue, but right now? It is. Think about it. You know I'm right. I'm just one of the few willing to put it in writing.

I've dated a lot of black men over the years (I love the color of their skin against mine - I'm so white and the contrast is striking. One man said it's erotic - I'll give him that. I love it too. Sexy as anything.) As a result, I understand their world a little better than other white people who haven't.

My son who I placed in an open adoption is half Nigerian and half me making him look like Obama. I need to state here that I'm very proud and happy that Obama was nominated regardless of whether I'll vote for him or not. I've said it before, I'll say it again.

What a wonderful thing for my son to see someone who looks like him on TV running for such a high office even if he doesn't understand the historic ramifications at such an early age. I believe in race equality and will defend the rights of all races till the day I die too.

Just because I believe that though doesn't mean the rest of America agrees with me. The thing that brought it home real clearly last night was watching the news accounts of the bail-out talks where you saw McCain very visibly sitting in the far right corner of the screen.

I had no idea where Obama was sitting until one news station finally showed a shot of him sitting on the left of the table actually closer to the President. All the previous cameramen had cut him out even though if they panned back they could have very easily included him if they'd wanted to.

When I saw that and heard Obama discuss what went on behind the closed doors, heard that Obama's staff had never been to the White House and were excited to be there, it only confirmed to me that despite Obama's best efforts, this presidency won't be judged on merit, but on political connections and the old (white) boy's club's terms.

America, or should I say Washington D.C., just isn't ready for a black man to be telling them what to do. They're just not. No matter how much I wish racism didn't exist, it's a fact of life that will bear heavily on this campaign no matter what side of the political fence you sit on.

What I also think people don't realize is that even though they think Palin is outspoken with her Christian beliefs, there are actually a lot of people who hold similar ones. I almost feel like when my friends mock Palin and her faith, they're mocking me too.

I happen to believe in casting out demons. I believe witchcraft is alive and well. I believe there is evil in the world. I believe there is good and that God will protect His followers too. I don't believe in speaking in tongues, but there are many Christians who do.

I believe life begins at conception. I believe adoption is the third unspoken choice of the pro-choice crowd where only abortion and single parenting is touted.

Speaking of abortion, did you know that the woman who is at the basis of the Roe V. Wade choice denounced this law years later? She has an autobiography I read which was just fascinating. I really do need to find it again because you NEVER hear that do you?

Only that abortion is what every woman wants. That's BS.

Maybe the media should interview that woman. Maybe the other side of abortion should be heard for once publicly- it's devastating to so many women. That's a fact you can't deny no matter where you stand on this issue. But you never hear of that. Only it's a woman's right to kill your unborn baby.

I'm sorry ladies who've had abortions. Get used to the word. It's killing. I feel very strongly about that. Especially third term and especially when the baby is partial birth. So sickening. Really hits me in the gut when I even think about it. I bet it hits those who have had abortions so hard emotionally and angrily because deep in their souls they know I'm right.

Right? Right.

Oh dear, I'm not being very politically correct now am I? Oh well. Never said I was.

Oh dear, where is my Christian compassion? I am sorry too. I'm so sorry you've been lead to believe that abortion is the only way to "fix" your unwanted pregnancy. I'm sorry that you ARE dealing with the pain and remorse of your decision. I'm deeply, deeply sorry about this. That's why I get so angry when it's made to seem like EVERYONE believes that it's the only choice out there. It's not.

That's why I chose adoption even though living through nine months of a pregnancy I didn't want or expect was my "choice". I can't begin to tell you the days and nights I wondered why I was doing what I was doing. How much I craved my non-pregnant life. How much I resented the birthfather and the situation I was in. How embarrassed and ashamed I was to be living in a shelter and on welfare.

However, I'm glad I did it. I have my little boy who will hopefully grow up to be a good man to show for it. I held to my convictions and despite the personal, emotional, financial cost I would do it all again if I had to. Only this time I would probably single parent. Although that's not an easy choice either.

I just would never, ever, ever, ever choose abortion. I just wouldn't. I believe in taking responsiblity for my actions even when it's tough and difficult and not what I want to do. That's just who I am. That's where my faith in God makes me different too. There is a right and wrong in my world. What about you?

Like a large percentage of Christian Americans, I also believe God is in control and will ultimately decide what is right in this election and in all life. I believe that when someone admits and repents of their sin and accepts the Lord into their life they are a new person and are "born-again." I believe that we are a forgiven people and God is love.

Now what do you think of me? LOL To be honest, I really don't care what you think because I've lived with your perceptions in the media and the rest of my life for so long I'm used to it.

I think that's part of the reason I like black men so much too. They know what it's like to live on the outside of convention simply by virtue of the color of their skin. My difference is on the inside, but it still affects my life on a daily basis.

That's why I used to love seeing the Hasadic Jews in my old neighborhood. It was really inspiring to see a people living out their personal convictions so publicly. Really cool actually. I guess that's why I write.

To publicly live out my personal convictions too.

When my son was only a few months old I flew to New Mexico to participate in his baby dedication. In other circles it could be called a christening. Similar concept, only in Christian circles what you're doing is dedicating your child to God and His service.

Whoa, that's so weird! I know that's what you're thinking. I kind of feel like I'm outing all the darkly held secrets of the Christian subculture, but hey, you've been reading this long you must find it interesting or you would have stopped long ago, right? LOL

We, the adoptive parents and I, all stood on the stage with Eli, my son, as the pastor gave his blessing and prayed over him with us. It was a very moving service and something I was so happy to be included in. That's one of the reasons I chose the couple I did. They were/are staunch born-again Christians and uphold the same beliefs that I have.

I think part of me knew back then that I might not raise my son so strictly in the Christian faith as a single mom and decided to let a married couple be the responsible ones in this situation. Plus, for other personal reasons I won't go into here out of respect for my family's wishes, but if you've been reading for awhile you'll remember, I thought it was better overall.

It also just wasn't the right time for me to parent. Bottom line.

I look at my friends and my sister with all their kids and wonder how they do it. Children are a HUGE responsibility and HUGELY change your life. Now, maybe now, I'd be ready for the life change, but back then, no way. As a result, I'm content with my decision.

Now where was I? Oh yeah, Obama mama.

So, even though I wish America was more progressive in their race relations, we're just not. If grown men can still call people the N word and have others agree with them as if it's ok, Obama isn't winning. And if the news can still only focus on the white guy running for office when there's a black man who's running for president sitting in the same room non-existent, it's just not happening.

What I found interesting in listening to Obama after the bail-out discussion was his observation of the whole process as an outsider, rather than as an insider which is what Washington lives and dies for. If someone pursuing the highest office isn't part of that inner circle and treated as such, I just don't see his winning happening.

I'm looking at this strictly from a marketing perspective because when you're selling something you need to have people who will buy what you're selling. It's obvious to me, with my personal knowledge of racism as it exists today, people in Washington aren't buying it.

As far as Middle America goes, people are buying Palin. Whether you like it or not, there are lots and lots of Christians who hold similar beliefs to hers. We're just never heard in mainstream media because religion isn't of interest or something most media types uphold themselves and as a result, don't understand or report without making it fanatical rather than a part of a normal person's life.

Oh, here's something else to consider. One of my black rapper friends says that Sunday is the most racially segrated day of the week. Think about it. How many multi-cultural churches do you see? Not that many. Mainly they're hugely white, hugely black, hugely Asian, but never the twain shall mix.

Or if they do, there's a sprinkle here and a sprinkle there unless the leadership is multi-cultural and as a result the church is more multi-racial too.

We just aren't a racially integrated society. My personal opinion is that Obama isn't going to be the one to cross that divide right now. And it's not just because of him. It's because America really isn't ready for a black President. No matter who he/she is. Bottom line. Mark my words.

It will be very interesting to see what happens in the years to come as the white population decreases and the minorities continue to increase though. Maybe then.

But now? No.

And now, since my pumpkin ice blended is finished I'll leave you until later when I report on the three fun events I hit last night which left me exhausted and emotionally spent. LOL

Have a good one. Feel free to comment. It makes my day.:)

The Shore presents a fun Equinox/BMW hosted USC v. OSU Football viewing party tonight!

Shore-Equinox-BMW Event 9-25-08

This evening is open to everyone and begins at 6pm. Those with an Equinox Membership card or BMW key will receive one free drink ticket at the door upon arrival. We're also serving discounted GoChi Cocktails, our $5, $6, $7 menu of delectable appetizers, a raffle, and free one week passes to Equinox South Bay.

Come by and visit even if just for a bit. Cheer for USC. Meet some new friends.

Would love to have you join us.

Any questions? Call The Shore Restaurant and Lounge at 310 376-0414.

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge for your reading and dining pleasure



Restaurant and Lounge


Empty shore from the front



·       FACT SHEET




Numerous Celebrities frequent * Acclaimed Live Entertainment * Special Events Planned


Hermosa Beach, CA Opened in March 2006, The Award-Winning Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere, quality live entertainment, Celebrity clientele and full-service fine dining by Executive Chef David Linville, formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel, St. Regis Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. One of Hollywood’s A-List Chefs, Linville now serves award-winning internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine to the South Bay community and will be a featured Chef at Los Angeles Magazine’s October Taste of LA event.

Linville was one of the top private Yacht Chefs in 2007 for numerous A-List Celebrities, and The Shore’s celebrity and local clientele also appreciate his quality, down-home cooking. Since his arrival, The Shore Restaurant has received “Hippest Dining Spot,” “Best Dinner Menu,” and “Best New Dining Establishment” recognition in the South Bay.

The Shore’s upscale mix of creative “fusion” and traditional menu items offer a variety of internationally inspired appetizers, salads, entrees, and side dishes created with authentic ingredients straight from local farmer’s markets and international sources. The basis for Chef David’s cooking always begins with quality products.

            Appetizers include a diverse mix of cuisine designed to appeal to a discerning palate and those seeking lighter fare:  Garlic shrimp sautéed in a compound butter served with goat cheese ciabatta crustinis, baby Crimini mushrooms stuffed with baby spinach, shallots and Applewood smoked bacon; Ginger soy marinated poki diced and tossed with fresh avocado served with homemade Asian shaved pickled cucumbers and fried wontons; Katsu chicken, a Japanese fried chicken served with sticky white rice and homemade ginger pineapple teriyaki sauce; and pan seared filet mignon Carpaccio seasoned with smoked pepper and garnished with aged Balsalmic reduction and fried capers served with mixed greens.

Fresh seasonal salads include: Caesar salad with wasabi Caesar dressing, The Shore salad comprised of Romaine, dried cranberries, toasted pine nuts, and shaved apples with a white balsamic raspberry goat cheese vinaigrette, and homemade mozzarella Caprese salad with organic heirloom tomatoes, served with garden fresh basil and drizzled with an aged Balsamic reduction.

Sophisticated, yet authentic entrees include: Argentine prepared Chimichuri skirt steak served with crispy fries and mixed green salad; Tabasco marinated southern fried chicken and buttermilk Belgium waffles and maple syrup; ginger miso glazed halibut served with a yakisoba noodle stir fry; pacific sea bass served with sautéed heirloom tomatoes, capers and basil Chive truffle oil; pan seared scallops with a sweet corn and huitlacoche mushroom veloute’; and pan seared filet mignon served on top of greens with a port wine reduction sauce.

          Sides include: Imported Old Amsterdam aged gouda mac and cheese, farmer’s market organic seasonal veggies sautéed with French butter tossed with Japanese bread crumbs, roasted Russian and purple Peruvian fingerlings, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and sautéed Crimini mushrooms.

The Shore offers a complete, diverse international wine list designed to complement any meal with ½ price wine bottles and wine tastings on Tuesdays. A range of all spirits, including top shelf beverages, are also available.

            The Shore is a hotspot for celebrities, sports figures, and Hollywood A-listers.  Guests have included Actor Benicio Del Toro, Mark Cuban and local South Bay resident, Model Rachel Hunter; Singer - Songwriter Alanis Morissette, Oingo Boingo, Devo, Elan, No Doubt, The Bravery, and Dramarama, and sports players from the LA Lakers (Lamar Odom, Luke Walton, Jordan Farmar, former Lakers - Kwame Brown, Ronny Turiaf) the LA Kings (Derek Armstrong, Anze Kopitar, Michael Cammarelli), the Anaheim Ducks (George Parros, Sean O’Donnell), the LA Clippers (Shaun Livingston, Paul Davis), members of the LA Galaxy Soccer Team and the Buffalo Bills, World Champion Surfing brothers, Timmy and Tom Curran, and local resident, Hall of Famer, Warren Moon, who all enjoy the excellent cuisine, the Shore’s well rounded international wine list, attentive servers, and beachside ambiance.

After 10pm, The Shore offers quality live entertainment, dancing and award-winning DJ’s. The Shore’s in-house Music Stylist and Co-Owner, Jason Baran, is responsible for creating the vibe and social scene that has the South Bay jammin’ weekly. With his finger on the musical pulse of Los Angeles, Jason, along with Oren Avineri of Listen Entertainment, books acclaimed musicians and bands that have a national following rarely seen in Hermosa Beach, CA. Musical acts/performers have included: Dirty Heads, Kua Ana, Pigeon John, B Side Players, Naked Rhythm and Ricky Rocks who competes every Thursday with DJ Dini, to name a few. Cover charges vary from $5 to $10 depending on the performer.

Special event hosting is available at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge.  Recent events have included Fundraisers such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Executive Lock-up, The South Bay Professional Connection’s Surfrider Benefit, and Project Touch; Professional Industry Events such as The South Bay Professional Connection Hospitality Appreciation Evening, The Hermosa Shorts Festival Kick Off Party, Hughes Aircraft Company Happy Hour, and Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce Mixer; and private events like the Table for Six Dining group, wedding receptions, Christmas and holiday parties, birthday parties, workshops, film shoots, and others.

Future special events include: Nebraska Cornhuskers, New York Jets and Sexy Single Parent Monday Night Football viewing parties, Equinox/BMW USC/OSU Football viewing party on September 25, IAI’s Wine,Women & Wealth Seminar on September 30, LandRover Wine & Cheese Tastings Tuesdays October 7 - 28, UCLA Alumni Association Wine Tasting on October 16, the Third Annual Shore Halloween costume party October 31, and Singles Coach Katherine Bougli’s Be Open to Love Workshop on November 18, with other events to be announced.

The Shore’s 3200 square foot venue combines a chic aesthetic for relaxed dining and a sophisticated lounge experience.  The Shore seats approximately 60 in the dining room, 30 in the bar and lounge, with an additional 34 on the patio. The entire occupancy is 180.


The Shore Restaurant and Lounge Co-Owner/Manager, Mike Sribney, is an accomplished local South Bay 20 year importer/entrepreneur, and also currently owns the Award-Winning Pedone’s Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Co-Owner, Dr. Rainer Beck, a former Environmental Scientist and owner of Harvelle’s Blues Club Santa Monica, Trio By the Bay in Manhattan Beach and others, is a 30 year veteran of the restaurant and entertainment business. Co-Owner/Music Stylist, Jason Baran, previously created soundtracks for Lion’s Gate with Joel C. High and owns 5150 Music Management Company, in addition to managing the Shore Restaurant and Lounge’s musical line-up.


The Shore Restaurant and Lounge is open seven nights a week Monday through Friday from 5:00pm until 1:30am, Saturdays from 9:00am -1:30am, and Sundays 10:00am – 1:30am. A complimentary brunch buffet is served on Sundays until 12noon and a special lunch menu is served on the weekend to appeal to the sophisticated sports fan.

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge is located at 1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. For more information, please call 310 376-0414 or review:



CUISINE:               Internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine


LOCATION:            1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

PHONE:                 310 376-0414


EXECUTIVE CHEF:  David Linville


CO-OWNERS:        Mike Sribney, Dr. Rainer Beck, and Jason Baran

 PRICE RANGE:       Appetizers: $7 - $13

                                    Main Courses: $15 - $27

                             Complimentary Breakfast Buffet until 12noon on Sundays


RESERVATIONS:    Recommended, walk-ins accepted at the bar/lounge. Reservations can be made through


DRESS CODE:        Upscale casual


CAPACITY:             The Shore seats approximately 60 in the dining room, 30 in the bar and lounge, with an additional 34 on the patio. The entire occupancy is 180.


BAR:                      Full Bar


PARKING:              There is a public parking structure directly across the street with street parking available in the vicinity.


HOURS:                 Open seven nights a week, Monday through Friday from 5:00pm until 1:30am, Saturday 9:00am – 1:30am and Sunday 10:00am – 1:30am.




Chef headshot - bl wh sm CHEF DAVID LINVILLE 

Chef David Linville grew up in the Central Valley of Northern California near the San Joaquin River where he experienced the typical Tom Sawyer country life. His early experiences in the kitchen were at the side of his grandmother as she used the garden fresh tomatoes and wild mustard greens he brought home from the fields for her to cook with.

Chef David took his first cooking job in a seafood restaurant at the age of 16 and quickly found himself at home. Traveling extensively throughout Europe, living in Amsterdam and on the Gold Coast of Spain a few years later, he absorbed the local foods and flavors. He continues to apply these experiences and foods to his cooking style today.

His background includes LA’s most prestigious restaurants and hotels, such as the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey, St. Regis Hotel, Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica, Mastros Beverly Hills and The Standard Hotel on Sunset. He has also worked as a sought after private chef on yachts for some of Hollywood's elite. He currently is the Executive Chef at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge in Hermosa Beach, CA. He resides in Venice Beach, CA.

Chef David’s deep-rooted, down home childhood is quite evident in his cooking style of internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine and his gracious table manner. He firmly believes that fresh quality ingredients combined with passion create a happy table.

And the debate goes on - on local and national political levels. OY!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Oy, oy, oy. Local politics drive me crazy. If you care to see more of this discussion on why I feel pushing ahead with the beautification of Hermosa Beach's Upper Pier Ave without consideration of the long-term costs is foolish, go here:

On a national political note, these things were sent to me which I'm sure you might have read by now which explains what Palin's record is up in Alaska among those she serves, comparison to another male president, and some things to consider re: Obama and our foreign relations:

Regarding Sarah Palin
Wildman Lake Lodge
on the remote Alaska Peninsula . . .

Thanks for your interest in my recent email

When I wrote the email, I was merely responding to friends and clients in the lower 48, who were asking me about Governor Sarah Palin.   I really didn’t mean for this email to go round the world, but it may already have.  Kathy and I are simple folks and life time Alaskans who run a lodge on the remote Alaska Peninsula.  I am a bush pilot and guide for the same operation that I started as the camp boy for, back in 1966.  Kathy and I both pitch in to respond to emails and inquiries about fishing and hunting with us Alaska.  Although we have enjoyed many of your emails, the two of us just can't keep up with all of the questions that we are recently receiving, so I have posted the following:

Below is a copy of my original email which I sent to friends and clients.  These are my personal comments as a life time Alaskan, and you may or may not choose to share them with your friends, but you do have my permission:

Dear Friends. 

Fishing is good here at Wildman and I rarely have time for politics, but recently many of our  friends are asking us “Who is Sarah Palin?”  Of course, as Alaskans, Kathy and I are extremely proud of her. We just want to let you know that  Sarah “Barracuda” Palin is a straight shooting, hard charging, get it done gal.  She knows when to listen, how to analyze the facts and how to make a decision, then implement the plan.  She doesn’t do a poll before jumping in with both feet like too many of the Washington types.  She has little legislative experience because she has always held the EXECUTIVE position; in private life, as mayor of Anchorage’s largest bedroom community or more recently as Governor of our State.  She is a smart, attractive home grown Alaska girl with excellent moral and family values.  She can see what needs to be done and does not hesitate to get it done.

One of our State’s major problems is that its Capital is in Juneau, 500 miles from the nearest road and 800 air miles from the population base which is Anchorage, Wasilla and Fairbanks.  Our legislature and most of the State government is in Juneau and they ALL behave like a bunch of freshmen in a college town.  It has been this way since Statehood in 1959.  When Sarah moved to Juneau, so did accountability and responsibility  When the oil revenue started flown and a barrel of North Slope Crude hit $23.00, these people began spending money like drunken sailors.  You can only imagine what was happenings when oil hit $100.00 a barrel, about the time Sarah took command.  My wife Kathy has first-hand experience with this fiasco, as her father and also her ex-husband were Alaska Legislators who served in Juneau as Senators, Senate President, or members of the State House for a combined period spanning nearly three decades.

About the time Sarah took the HELM as Governor of Alaska, about half of the State legislature was in the pocket of big oil companies or contractors doing big projects for Native Corporations around Alaska, all funded by State oil revenue.  Alaska government was nothing but a good old boys club riding the perpetual wave of prosperity.  This filtered down from the legislature, through the Department of Natural Resources,  Department of Labor and even spilled in to the Public Safety who are supposed to “preserve and protect”.

When Sarah walked  into the Governor’s Mansion, she promptly dismissed the State Trooper detachment assigned to Governor and had her and her husband’s gun case brought in from Wasilla. Then, she got rid of the former Governor’s STATE Jet and told legislators that there were no more free rides, they would have to fly Alaska Airlines, just like her and her family if they wanted to travel.  Next came the nut cutting (the Barracuda part) the heads that rolled were too numerous to name, but when Sarah finished cleaning house, a number of our legislators ended up in jail for on corruption charges, or tendered their resignations along with numerous department heads and those who have been riding the gravy train for way too long,  AND THEN SHE HAD LUNCH.  By the end of the day, Sarah Palin had saved the people of Alaska millions and has not yet slowed down.

She has truly brought CHANGE to Juneau.  I personally know several persons in the private sector in Alaska, that hold her in high esteem.  She surrounds herself with smart people, many from my hometown of Anchorage, she listens to them but makes her own decisions.  Sarah Palin is a no B.S. politician.  It is refreshing that there is such a thing anymore.  You want to talk about CHANGE?  You should see a before and after picture of the State government in Alaska.  That’s CHANGE!  Sarah will bring a number of things to the election.  I am sure she will appeal many voters who my otherwise could have gone the other direction on election day.  The conservative block will not be for Barack.  We have their vote.  We need what Sarah will bring, first to the election and second, what she will bring to Washington D.C.  McCain has been advised well,  Let’s just hope the American people can get the straight scoop on her in the weeks ahead.   This is just the opinion of one Alaska Bush Pilot and Guide, who pays attention to national politics, watches the news and is deathly afraid of the direction our nation is headed.  I guarantee that if Sarah gets a chance to dig her spurs into the flanks of the liberal Washington types, they will know that she is in the saddle.

 Butch King


  Q: I am under 45 years old
I love the outdoors

I hunt

I am a Republican reformer

 I have taken on the Republican Party establishment

 I have many children

 I have a spot on the national ticket as vice president with less than 2 years in the governor's office
Have you ever heard of me?

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A: I am Teddy Roosevelt

Interesting, eh? Now I'm not a historian and don't know what his record holds, but I do find the comparison fascinating. Don't you?

And one last thing:

"Pushing Back

On Monday, we reported to you the potentially explosive charge by Amir Taheri that Barack Obama attempted to dissuade Iraqi politicians from finalizing an agreement with the Bush Administration on the status of U.S. troops in Iraq. The Obama campaign reacted angrily to Taheri’s column and denounced the charge. Taheri is pushing back and reiterating the accuracy of his column – citing Barack Obama’s own words!

First, it should be repeated that the charge is based on statements from Iraq’s foreign minister, not exactly a card-carrying member of the “vast rightwing conspiracy.” Iraq’s foreign minister said that during Obama’s recent trip to Iraq, “He [Obama] asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the U.S. elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington.”

Today, Taheri reports that the Obama campaign is feigning outrage at the charge that he meddled in foreign policy for his own political benefit by trying to distort and intentionally confuse two ongoing agreements related to the status of U.S. forces in Iraq, one of which involves the U.N. mandate on Iraq.

But in a June interview with NBC, Obama said:

“My concern is that if the Bush administration negotiates, as it currently has, and given that we’re entering into the heat of [the] political season, that we’re probably better off not trying to complete a hard-and-fast agreement before the next administration takes office… my number one priority is making sure that we don’t have a situation in which U.S. troops on the ground are somehow vulnerable to, are more vulnerable, because there is a lack of a clear mandate.”

The duplicity is stunning. How is the president supposed to achieve a clear mandate when other senators are doing their best to thwart efforts to reach an agreement?

In his column today, Taheri provides even more information about the exchange between Obama and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. Zebari was quoted in Arab media saying: “I told Obama that, as an Iraqi, I believe that even if there is a Democratic administration in the White House it had better continue the present policy instead of wasting a lot of time thinking [about] what to do.”

Rather than taking a risk on such an inexperienced candidate like Barack Obama, who would no doubt “waste a lot of time thinking about what to do,” Campaign for Working Families will do everything we can to make sure we have a serious and experienced president in the Oval Office who is ready to lead on day one. That candidate is John McCain."

Courtesy of Gary L. Bauer, Campaign for Working Families leader

What a relaxing Sunday - new friends, great food, cool music - funny searches

By Joy A. Kennelly

Today was a great day. Hit the Taste of Santa Monica with my new friend Virginia from my Elite Singles by The Shore group, who ironically enough knows that drunk guy who wouldn't leave my bed the other morning. That made us both laugh. Meetup is just too small a community. LOL

The other funny thing is that someone just Googled the online networking group I was part of with the words Right Wing to find my blog. Never been called that before - EVER. Made me LOL too. People are too funny. I guess compared to some people I am, but I prefer the word moderate.

In any case, I'm tired of the political talk. Time to move on. Now I just find it humorous. That's the thing with me. I'm Irish and I get real angry when people push me too far, but once I'm angry and express myself it's over and I forget about it.

Sometimes the people I get mad at don't forget and I really probably should apologize to that woman.

Later.... HA!

Back to something more happy. Taste of Santa Monica was DELISH! The weather was just right - not too hot, not too cold although a little overcast, but that made all the colors of everything really pop. Plus, the variety of food was wonderful. My faves were Chez Jay, Hotcakes Bakes, The Lobster, Bubba Gump Shrimp, Angelato Cafe and El Cholo. Don't I have plebian taste? LOL Can't help it. I'm not a foodie, but love food.

What was really cool to learn just a bit ago is that Virginia has the same photographic eye as I do (even better actually, but she's a professional whereas I'm just playing around. That said, it seems people like my pix.) We even took the same shots of certain things.

What a cool thing to find because that's the reason I normally take all the pix. No one has the same storytelling eye as me until now. I'm so happy about that. YEAH! Here's some of my shots from today. If you join my group, then you'll see Virginia's talents.






Alicia and marne
The girl in the pic above on the left is my friend Alicia I haven't seen in years! I bumped into another old friend, Leslie, there too which was fun. She had helped me with a few of my parties at World Cafe and The Mix back in the day. Very fun day.
Forgot to mention, I got invited to speak to students at USC regarding integrated marketing. We'll see what happens with that. Very happy about that too.

Very soon I will be able to share with you what all I've been working on which is a lot. Very happy with the way things are playing out there too. Can't wait to share. Think you'll like it too. May even surprise you. Stay tuned.

Oops, Entourage is on. Really must go. (I love the Ari character.)

Then out to hear Naked Rhythm - I worked all weekend and need a break. This band performed for Sting's birthday and I'm really curious to hear them.

Have a good one.

"Getting Past the Past" message this morning by Jim Mackinga - really great!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just got back from church and have a few minutes before I hit the Taste of Santa Monica event. Just thought I'd share the words of wisdom my Pastor, Jim Mackinga of Bay Cities Community Church, shared this morning because I feel like it and because I felt rather convicted. OY!

That's the beauty and the rub of being a Christian. You're held to a higher standard than most people who aren't following the Bible and as a result, you must consider changing what's not in alignment with God's will for your life.

Novel concept, eh? Living by a higher standard. But I'm trying. Don't always succeed (as evidenced last week), but every time I fall down, it's only a chance to get back up again and work harder to be different. Maybe I should apologize to that woman I called a bitch and told to F off. LOL

OY! I hate being humbled every Sunday, but if it helps me to be a better person I'll keep coming back for more.

Now before I share the message with you, here's a link to a really eye-opening article on the double standard of the media re: Sarah Palin as a working mother vs. the female journalists who are covering her. This will make you laugh at the hypocrisy. Katie Couric, Meredith Viera, Campbell Brown anyone?

Sisterhood of the Protected Female Liberal Journalists by Michelle Malkin

Okay, no here's Pastor Jim's message. Looks like this is the first of a series, so if you like what you read, consider joining us at Bay Cities Community Church Sundays at 8am and 9:30am. The link has the directions and details. Thanks!

Getting Past the Past

Relationship Help
Part 1

Philippians 3:12-13:
Focused on the Goal

    12 -14I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back.

How To Move Beyond Your Past

1. We need to get rid of grudges.

How to Move Beyond Grudges

A. By letting go of anger.

Ephesians 4:31:

   31 -32Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you. 

Job 18:4a

      4"O you who tear yourself in your anger--

B. By settling resentments.

Job 5:2:

    2 Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple.

C. By giving away Forgiveness.

Ephesians 4:32:
32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

2. We need to get over our grief.

2 Samuel 12:16-18:
16 David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. 17 The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused.

   18 Then on the seventh day the child died. David’s advisers were afraid to tell him. “He wouldn’t listen to reason while the child was ill,” they said. “What drastic thing will he do when we tell him the child is dead?”

How to move beyond grief

1. Remember the goodness of God.

2 Samuel 12:22-23:

   22 David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.”

Jim says facing the truth about anything is freedom. Choose to face things head on.

2. Get back to your life.

2 Samuel 12:24:

   24 Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved the child.

How to move beyond your past

1. We need to get rid of grudges.

2. We need to get over our grief.

3. We need to give up our guilt.

Four Options with Guilt

1. We can try to hide our guilt.

Psalm 32:3-4:

    3 When I refused to confess my sin,
      my body wasted away,
      and I groaned all day long.
    4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
      My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

2. We can brag about our guilt.

Proverbs 16:18:

   18 Pride goes before destruction,
      and haughtiness before a fall.

Proverbs 29:23a

   23 Pride ends in humiliation,

3. We can replay our guilt over and over.

Psalm 32:4

    4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
      My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.Interlude

Matthew 27:3-5:

   3Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

   4Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

   5And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

4. We can admit failure and seek help with guilt.

Psalm 32:5:

    5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
      and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
   I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
      And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.Interlude

Gotta run! Have a good one.

Loving the CNN coverage of Conservatives in Hollywood

By Joy A. Kennelly

In light of what I've personally experienced regarding politics recently on not one, but two sites I participate in that aren't political on a national level and the other one that is supposed to focus on entertainment, I'm sure enjoying CNN's coverage of Conservatives in Hollywood.

A man on my other site had the BALLS to say I was only voting for Palin because she's a woman - needless to say I set him straight very quickly. I told him he was sexist and about to make me very angry because he was insulting my intelligence and my gender if he didn't retract that idiocy which he did.

Here's a link to that particular thread on This is Hermosa if you're curious. I tried to be a little lighter, but have to admit his extreme sexism is a little offputting, but then I have to realize he's probably in his 70's. There you have it. At least McCain is a little more evolved and he's probably near this guy's age!

Check out CNN if you're working still like I am. As one expert on the show says, the wall is beginning to crack.

It's about time is all I have to say.

Oh, and if you're interested in hearing what some liberals and others you wouldn't normally expect to support Palin, check out the following articles - excellent all!

Fresh blood for the vampire

A beady-eyed McCain gets a boost from the charismatic Sarah Palin, a powerful new feminist -- yes, feminist! -- force. Plus: Obama must embrace his dull side.

By Camille Paglia

Here's the link to the entire article written by a self-proclaimed Libertarian/Atheist/Feminist and it's fascinating.

Sliming Palin

False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain's running mate.
By Brooks Jackson, Jess Henig, Emi Kolawole, Joe Miller and Lori Robertson |

Sep 8, 2008 | Updated: 6:55 p.m. ET Sep 8, 2008 Newsweek

To it’s credit, Newsweek posted that story on Monday to knock down some of the outrageous rumors perpetuated. Here's another good one.

Liberal media attacks: Sarah, get your gun! Sandy Froman is the former president of the National Rifle Association, an attorney and an Arizona delegate to the Republican National Convention.

These articles are all really great.

As is this CNN coverage! Just loving it. I love that Chuck Norris is saying he is who he is because I am who I am too! Take it or leave it.

Oh, and I can't wait to watch An American Carol. I'm so tired of Michael Moore's propaganda being considered the way all of America thinks or taken as journalism, I can't WAIT to see David Zucker's mockumentary on him. 

Here's an article blurb on the making of the film from the Weekly Standard:

"Zucker's latest movie, An American Carol, is unlike anything that has ever come out of Hollywood. It is a frontal attack on the excesses of the American left from several prominent members of a growing class of Hollywood conservatives. Until now, conservatives in Hollywood have always been too few and too worried about a backlash to do anything serious to challenge the left-wing status quo.

David Zucker believes we are in a "new McCarthy era." Time magazine film writer Richard Corliss recently joked that conservative films are "almost illegal in Hollywood." Tom O'Malley, president of Vivendi Entertainment, though, dismisses claims that Hollywood is hostile to conservative ideas and suggests that conservatives simply haven't been as interested in making movies. "How come there aren't more socialists on Wall Street?"

But Zucker's film, together with a spike in attendance at events put on by "The Friends of Abe" (Lincoln, not Vigoda)--a group of right-leaning Hollywood types that has been meeting regularly for the past four years--is once again reviving hope that conservatives will have a battalion in this exceedingly influential battleground of the broader culture war."

I love listening to David Zucker! I think I need to meet this man. He's hilarious and so right on. Like the commentator just said, "Both parties have sold their hearts to the devil." Both men were so embarrassed to say their Republican and that's exactly how I've felt until now.

I have to choose and speak up because if I don't, then I'm not enjoying the civil liberties and freedom that the military has fought for me to enjoy living here in America. I don't agree with everything either party does, but there are certain issues that I feel very strongly about.

I love that these guys are discussing that what's happening in Hollywood right now is that it feels like McCarthyism. TOTALLY! These guys also say it's like when homosexuals were fighting to be heard in the 70's.

I sure hope you watch this if you miss it tonight. It's excellent!

Gotta tell ya - it's like a huge magella has been lifted off my back.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Now to get rid of one of the other bitches who is haunting me and life will be all good. I guess once a stalker, always a stalker, right? HA!

Can't complain too much though. Life is really rockin' and rollin' in a very positive direction. New info to be announced soon.

Life is good and so am I. LOL

I'm punchy. Give me a break. I've been in back-to-back meetings since 4pm and I'm tired. All good though!

Good night. Sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite.

Somebody stop me...:)

I resigned the group. Enough with one-sided, vitriolic attacks on anyone who thinks differently.

Just wasn't worth the headache since the leader believes the same way as this woman and allowed the discussion to continue unchecked for so long. Granted she was in a conference, but that's no excuse. I'm over one-sided political discussions on networking boards that proclaim to be for entertainment networking and always turn to politics.

Granted, most people in entertainment are Democrats, but that doesn't mean it needs to be part of a networking group that claims to be professional. Enough already! Didn't they learn that religion and politics are two topics that shouldn't be discussed in polite company?

I'm moving on from this. Next!

May I vent for a moment please? People take politics way too serious.

By Joy A. Kennelly

I have never been political growing up and only recently got involved in local politics because there wasn't much to do in the South Bay other than go to Chamber mixers and hit the local taverns - not much fun if you do it too much, or choose not to participate at all.

However, that said, my parents have always been news junkies and very into politics. Every time I go to visit for dinner they're watching the news and mom is addicted to talk radio. As a result, they know a lot more than I do and are great resources when I have questions.

I also have a lot of Democrat friends who are very opinionated (and I mean that in the nicest way possible) and learn a lot about what they feel about issues just in casual conversation because this race is so exciting and the topic of many of our conversations.

Today I experienced something quite offensive and quite the opposite of the way my friends and I communicate about politics which was shocking. There was a woman who made vitriolic attacks against anyone having a different opinion than herself who spouted her hateful venom on the quote unquote "professional" women's online networking group I've been part of for a couple of years now and was allowed to go on unchecked for quite awhile.

When you join what you think is a group of professional women, you assume that you will be treated with respect and courtesy simply because that's the basis of what professionalism entails. However, apparently, whoever this woman is hasn't learned this fact and glories in her ability to attack Christian values, other's rights to have a differing political opinion, and everything else put forth by others that disagrees with her shallow, mean-spirited, viscious point-of-view.

It's one thing to be constantly attacked in the media, but it's entirely a different thing to feel like a list where you have participated in is silently agreeing with the bitchy woman who is attacking you and others who have the balls to think differently. And I can assure you, what I presented was a moderate view in a very polite manner.

Perhaps she reads this blog because she personally attacked my church, my faith, and everything I hold sacred. I don't know, nor do I care, but I don't appreciate it. However "vengenance is mine, thus sayeth the Lord." so I've got that one covered. LOL

Then those on that list wonder why no one else with differing opinions ever expresses themselves. Why bother? It's obviously a one-sided showcase of all who think there is nothing right with anyone other than their own highly regarded personal political opinion.

And here I thought we lived in a democracy where freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and human rights were respected and allowed? Especially in light of this happening on the eve of September 11, 2008 it's very disheartening.

I'm tired of feeling afraid to express my opinion because others might not agree. I'm tired of feeling abused when the media covers my Christian beliefs and mocks them. I'm tired of feeling like my appreciation of Palin's achievements are considered stupid or ill conceived.

Well fuck me. Sorry to those Christians who are reading this, but it just bugs the hell out of me and I can't sit quietly any more and accept it. Enough with the bigoted, small-minded, close-minded rejection of anything other than a Democrat's opinion.

For your information, according to polls taken after Palin's nomination, CA has gained 13 points towards swinging Republican. There is according to this source, only six points separating us right now. SIX POINTS.

What a difference. I am proud to say I'm pro-life. I'm tired of millions of unborn babies being killed. I'm tired of women taking what they consider the easy way out to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. SUCK IT UP.

Either choose to be a single mother and deal with the consequences of raising your child without a father; or choose adoption and deal with the lifelong after effects this choice will have too. There's no easy way out. Even abortion carries with it it's own private pain that no one ever warns you about.

I'm not saying this from personal experience, but because I've had numerous friends who've privately shared their deep, deep sorrow at all the abortions they've had when they learn I chose adoption.

I'm proud of Palin for choosing to raise a special needs child (whether it's hers or her daughters - I really don't care. What someone does when they're under public scrutiny sometimes doesn't always make sense and is really a private issue when it involves their kids. I might have done the same in a similar situation. Enough with the kid bashing!)

I don't know all the issues that everyone is so vehement about, but I will learn and then watch out. I'm so tired of not wanting to make waves - I feel a tsunami of emotions coming on. And no, I'm not pmsy. Just angry over this stupid woman who was allowed to dominate a list I've enjoyed and appreciated over the years and now feel like leaving.

However, I won't because I think that woman needs to go first. If she isn't kicked off, then I will leave because obviously the leader believes the same way to allow this persecution (yes, that's a big word, but that's what it felt like) to continue unabated.

Enough already! I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more! AMERICA IS THE LAND OF THE FREE and I intend to use that right to express whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like without worrying I'm going to be slammed by someone who thinks differently.

Can't we all just get along already? You're entitled to your opinion. I'm entitled to mine. Respect me and I'll do the same for you. Let's just agree to disagree and be done with it. Thank you.

This may have come across a little contradictory and I apologize in advance. I'm tired, I'm angry and I'm just venting. Now to go to sleep. I hope I finally sleep through the night. Tired of not feeling rested because of this stupid back injury still affecting me like it does. Pain makes a sorry bedfellow.

Good night.

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge September Music Calendar

 The Shore Restaurant and Lounge

1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach,  CA 90254

310 376-0414


  Opened in March 2006, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere and quality dining by Executive Chef David Linville, formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. Chef Linville serves internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine.

Chef & food He was one of the top Private Yacht Chefs in 2007 for numerous A-List Celebrities and others who appreciate his quality, down-home cooking.

 Many famous celebrities including Actor Benicio Del Toro and the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team players also enjoy the excellent food menu prepared by Chef Linville, the Shore’s well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance. Chef david- best After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ’s.

  The Shore’s In-house Music Stylist and Co-Owner, Jason Baran, is responsible for creating a vibe and social scene that has the beach jammin’ weekly. With his finger on the musical pulse of Los Angeles, Jason books quality bands that have a national following rarely seen in Hermosa Beach, CA.

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge is located at 1320 Hermosa Ave in Hermosa Beach, CA. For more information, please call 310 376-0414 and review: Publicity provided by The Joy Writer PR & Marketing 310 714-2077 thejoywriterpublicity at gmail dot com

 The Shore Restaurant and Lounge

September Music Calendar

 Wednesday, 9/10/08 Dirty Heads ( 10:00pm

 For more than four years, Dirty Heads have been making fans up and down the west coast with their distinctive brand of reggae, hip-hop and folk-influenced party music. Dirtyheadspr

For Bottle Service, call 310 376-0414

Sunday, 9/14/08 Naked Rhythm ( 10:00pm

Naked Rhythm, a modern world-music phenomenon is currently garnering acclaim with their fresh culture-fusing sound and philosophy, and is highly sought after for their groundbreaking approach to peace. They have performed private concerts for celebrities like Sting (who endorsed their album), Robert Downey Jr., The Black Eyed Peas, and others. It's no surprise that their debut album, Frequency, recently released by Caravan Records, is taking the public by storm and enjoying heavy radio play.

Naked rhythm

For Bottle Service, call 310 376-0414

Wednesday, 9/17/08 Cipes and the People ( 10:00pm

Pop-Rock-Reggae Debut from Popular Actor/Voiceover Artist, now musician, Greg Cipes, the driving, creative force behind Cipes and The People, is an extraordinary “triple threat” musician, artist and performer. Cipes is a singer, songwriter, and powerful live performer with mesmerizing and uplifting music in addition to an actor/voiceover artist. He spent 3 years with Greg Whitman (producer) making the Cipes and The People album, which is a potent collection of Pop, Rock and Reggae. 

Cipes water photo

Cipes is also unique because he has a shared consciousness POINT OF VIEW. His self-declared “Conscious Revolution” (and title for the album) is his attempt to unite people’s disparate beliefs.

For Bottle Service, call 310 376-0414

Wednesday, 9/24/08 The White Buffalo ( 10:00pm

The White Buffalo is quite possibly a legend in the making. A throwback to the time of hard touring, hard drinking artists who really lived what they sang about. Everything about him is big, from his imposing physical size to his amazing vocal range. He’s as comfortable playing in a dive bar as he is in front of thousands in a European arena. With only an EP out, but literally hundreds of songs written and more coming all the time, the future is exciting for a guy who has that much raw talent.

Whitebuffalopr- sm

For Bottle Service, call 310 376-0414

All other nights:

Tuesday – Naked Music – Pro jam Session

Thursday – DJ Dini and Ricky Rocks on Drums

DJ DINI aka Chris Rondini is a well rounded DJs playing Tuesday and Sundays at The Shore. With 13 years of DJing experience this prolific party rocker electrifies crowds with his musical styling of a mix of Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock, 80s and House.

Ricky Rocks brings DJing to a whole new level by combining live drums with house/hip hop music and giving the music a live feel. Ricky has played at some of the biggest nightclubs/convention centers around the world and has had a chance to be a part of the Hot Import Nights tour, which tours worldwide. 

He has also performed for/with some of the industries most well known celebrities including Jimmy Buffet, R. Kelly, Constantine Maroulis of American Idol, playmate DJ Colleen Shannon, DJ Spider, and several times with Tommy Lee/DJ Areo. He has also shared the stage/toured with acts such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Trapt, Shinedown, Collective Soul, Buckcherry, & Marty Casey & The Lovehammers.


Friday – DJ Whitematic

DJ Whitematic spins party breaks, classic and exclusives. He is a self-proclaimed party rocker spinning the best mix of 80's, Rock, Mashups, Electro/House, Reggae, Top 40, and Hip Hop.

Saturday – DJ Quasar

Sunday – DJ Dini


New Photo Album for Elite Singles by The Shore

By Joy A. Kennelly

I've been very busy planning and implementing numerous events for the new Elite Singles by The Shore in addition to all my regular publicity efforts and behind the scenes planning for additional events. SO! Just check out my new photo album if you want to see who and how I have fun with new and old friends and where.

Join us!

We need more handsome men to take pictures with! LOL But seriously now, men are welcome. We need some suggestions on manly events ok?


Last night at San Pedro's Art Walk - interesting art, characters and buildings

By Joy A. Kennelly

Last night I took a break and finally hit the San Pedro Art Walk that I've wanted to visit since last March when my friend Susan first told me about it.

I had also met some of the artists over at another art gallery in Redondo Beach and was definitely intrigued to see what they were doing over there since everyone was talking it up so much. I really never go over to San Pedro because it always seems a little dangerous.

I met my friend Susan at her beautiful art gallery type office space called Medea Gallery who is currently showcasing Artist Robert Lyn Nelson. Susan is a consultant for Master Communications, a local post production house with an Emmy-Award winning staff, located inside there.

Here's the website if you're in need of their services and want to learn more:

Medea with susan

This is a picture taken inside their offices - isn't it a pretty setting? I met Susan through another Ladies Who Brunch friend and we've stayed in touch ever since, but this was the first time for us to physically get together which was fun.

While she did some business with a prospective client, I used the time to dash around and visit as many galleries as possible. Then we connected to enjoy some of them together.

Here's a little quick pictorial tour sans some gallery names since you'll just have to go there yourself to find what you like and because I'm being lazy.:)

Art & patron

Susan and art
Me & art
There were quite a few random street performances too which made it fun as you walk around.
Belly dancers Book store
Lots of really interesting old buildings too. This sign I would take home with me if I could. I loved it!
Eat sleep read
I also loved this old theater. Apparently, this is where some of the World Festival of Sacred Music will take place which I think I might want to hit also.
Warner grand theatre
Susan at theatre
Artwork on sidewalk
The above artist is really talented and because he doesn't have a website I'm going to give him a plug here for you to contact him on where to find him since this was just a streetside exhibit. His name is Tom Phillips and his number is 310 386-8795. Very sweet, humble man and extremely talented.
Entryway to gallery
This was one of the featured artists named Arturo Sandoval of Gallery Azul. His artwork is so unique and the building was too. Very nice people running the place too. In fact, the whole night was so unpretentious and quirky it was a lot of fun. More in a bit.
Quite a few Hermosa Beach artists have work/art lofts in San Pedro on 4th Street and this is an example of someone who was leaving for the night via the rickety old freight elevator in that building.
Artists in the loft
I liked the way these artists described/announced themselves. Looks like one is missing, doesn't it?
Sam arno This is Artist, Sam Arno. Isn't his work nice?
Visions poster
We caught the tail end of this particular exhibit and everyone was in tear down mode. Here's a list and some info in case you want to see some of their work.
Art commentary
I loved this sign too. BUY MORE ART!!!!
This woman was extremely happy to meet me because we shared freckles. To be honest, I was a little taken aback to meet someone so friendly who insisted we could be sisters, but what the hey, when you're traveling you go with the local vibe. Nice to know there are still real people in LA.
Office Office2
Apparently due to the holiday, this was a very slow night for the art walk. What I enjoyed though was seeing a huge variety of ages, lots of kids, skater punks, and all kinds of characters out enjoying the evening. Nikko's mom and susan
This woman is the mother of the owner of Niko's where we ended up stopping to grab a bite and she's quite a character. Susan bonded with her and is probably going to see her again since she works nearby.

Just too fun - the whole evening was rather serendipitious with us never knowing who would pop up next to make us smile and laugh. BTW, the food and service is really good at Niko's Pizzeria too.

Here's who helped us and some of what we ordered.
Niko's employee

Susan & me - best
Niko's pizza
Once you've eaten, why not pop over to the local tattoo parlor and grab some ink? Just kidding. There are such interesting businesses, restaurants and old buildings here you really do feel like you've traveled to a totally different part of LA.
Ship shape tattoo
Indoor skateboarding anyone?
Sunken city
And thus ends, the walking tour of San Pedro's Art Walk district. We hope you will consider joining us next time and visit these artists because there really are talented people there!

It did still feel a little unsettling at times because everything is spread out and often times you're walking on an almost deserted street, but if you go with a few friends and earlier, I think you'll enjoy yourself very much.

Have a good one!

Recent South Bay Professional Connection Hospitality Appreciation Evening

By Joy A. Kennelly

You are curious about our recent South Bay Professional Connection "Hospitality Appreciation Evening" at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge this past week or you wouldn't have clicked on the link right?

So, without further ado... here's some pix and information on who graciously attended, and who our wonderful sponsors/participants were.

We had a great response from a variety of quality hotels from all over Los Angeles because we were fortunate to have someone who works with all the hotels through her concierge job circulating our invite on our behalf in addition to all the personal, hand-delivered invitations The Shore guys and I passed out, and all the emails I sent out.

Here's our invite just in case you're curious what got everyone so excited! Doesn't Brittney, our graphic designer on this invitation, do nice work?  She was truly a lifesaver the night of the event too.

Thank you Brittney!
Thshore- hospitality invite

Table shot
Apparently a lot of people liked it because some of the hotels that responded included: Ayres Hotel, Indigo Hotel, LAX Marriott, Loews Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Ritz Carlton, La Quinta Inn, Torrance Marriott, The Grafton on Sunset, Doubletree Hotel, Foghorn Harbor Inn, AM Resorts, Hawthorn Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club, LAX Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn Express, The Westin LA and numerous others. Thanks for coming everyone!

Johanna & Molly
These lovely ladies, Johanna and Molly, were on hand to welcome all guests including those representing Enterprise, Express Shuttle, and Air Canada which was a lot of fun.

Here's some more pix from the evening.

I also invited some of my new BNI buds to attend because then they could see The Shore in action too. You might recognize some of these professionals seeing as they're locals.

Dayla, torrance, leslie

JC, the Redondo Beach Fireman on the far left of this shot is married to Dayla of UBS Financial Services (in yellow) and we all teased him about being the only guy in the shot. The other ladies represent the local Marriotts (Torrance and LAX respectively.)

Trio Another fellow BNI'er, Gayle of Redondo Beach based G Body Therapy, joined JC & Dayla later on. Isn't that a beautiful dress she's wearing? Courtesy of our local Hermosa Fiesta thank you very much.

I took advantage of her massage therapy services the next day with much satisfaction. Felt like a new woman and may have to go back soon since my neck & back injury still isn't completely healed. Highly recommend her! Tell her I sent you!
Air canada gang
Here's some of the Air Canada folks and others who came out to join us. Mike Sribney, the co-owner of The Shore, is Canadian and enjoyed catching up with them.

Isn't this a cute shot of he and his new wife, Kristina? I think they're a cute couple and very nice to boot. Say that with a Canadian accent ok?
Mike & kristina2
Group shot

I shot this pic just as the evening was beginning and the guy in blue is Stephen Haller, a local Redondo Beach resident, who represents Loews Santa Monica.

We had a great mix of Owners, General Managers, Sales Directors, Concierges, Catering Directors, Event Directors, Executive Assistants and everyone really connected on a personal, yet professional level.

One of my good friends, and event planner buddy who I've known for years since we produced a charity event together over at Luxe Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills when she was working there, Lana Leazer now Sales Director for Globiwest Hospitality Group, complimented my by saying this was one of the first hospitality oriented events where people actually let their guard down and were honest and friendly with others in the business.

Coming from her, I count that as high praise. Here's a pic of us goofing around together. She was trying to teach me the Paris Hilton/Nicole Ritchie pose, but I just didn't get it. Oh well, it's funny regardless right?
Me & lana
Abby's group
We actually had quite a fun bunch of people show up courtesy of Abigail Fernandez, Catering Director of the beautiful Portofino Inn and Yacht Club in Redondo Beach. Ironically, a lot of the guys who came out were the winners of the free manicures courtesy of the new Hermosa Beach Elegant Nails & Spa sponsor. Thanks Rebecca!

Here's some of the happy winners.
Abby & winner
Carlos westin winner  Jeremy o winner Winner Winners And we had more winners too.

Bside players winners B-Side Players were performing later that evening and joined the raffle as our guests too. They won the $50 framing gift certificate courtesy of Lisa's Gallery over in Manhattan Beach.

Thanks Jay & Linda!

Dei winner

IMG_2831 Local Manhattan Beach husband and wife hoteliers, Jim & Deidre, joined us and won a Dreadstar CD and amazing car detailing respectively.
IMG_2830 This gentleman won the free hour fitness training from Debbie Dmirdijian (sorry Debbie, I'm ruining your last name!)

Bartender with gochi
Cardex These handsome guys came out from Cardex and enjoyed Chef David Linville's cheesy fries along with their specialty Cocktail drink.
Dayla & guests
Chef serving food Chef made the rounds as he always does bearing foodie gifts for everyone which were a big hit. Notice the silver Equinox goody bag hanging from Lana's arm.

They, and Skechers, graciously provided bags that also included donations from our local Hermosa Beach businesses, Paciugo Gelato, Brix 1601, The Comedy & Magic Club, Pedone's Pizzeria, Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Breathe Activewear, and Manhattan Beach Business group, and Stylist Carmen Butts of The Loft, Barbie K, Iduna Medical Aesthetics, among many others.

Redondo Beach based Seeking Sitters service missed the goody bags due to our error. I'm giving them an extra plug here because I'm sure you all might have kids and would welcome a resource that provides easy, safe, reliable babysitting solutions.

Go to or call Michelle James at 424 634-1018 for more information.

Thank you sponsors one and all. If I forgot anyone, my sincere apologies, just know you are appreciated!

Okay, I think that's all. Thank you everyone for coming. This won't be the last time we hold a hospitality evening and look forward to meeting more of you in the near future.

Quick update then off to brecky and back to work!

By Joy A. Kennelly

I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day holiday weekend. I still have mixed emotions about what I experienced, but have decided to focus on the positive, fun aspects (like speed boating, hearing a fun band and bumping into my good friends Shana and Rick up in Lake Arrowhead unexpectedly) and pray for the other aspects because it really is heart breaking. And that's all I'll say about that.

It's just taken me a few days to recover which is why I haven't been able to write. I'm very sensitive and when something bothers me it's hard to express myself through words. I just shut down and express myself in other more physical ways and/or go silent.

That said, I really just wanted to be with someone I loved and hide out all day on Monday. Alas and alack, that didn't happen. Remember that old song with the lyrics "Make the world go away, get it off my shoulders. Say the things you used to say and make the world go away."

Those were my sentiments exactly. Did have some shopping therapy at the Hermosa Fiesta though with my good friend/neighbor Lotus which really helped. She's a shopper!

Yesterday and today are new days. Got a lot of work done last night. Felt good to accomplish something that I've been needing to do for a few days. I still need to share pix and info from my latest South Bay Professional Connection at The Shore which I promise to do today. Finally have the time and joie de vivre to express the happiness that event brought to many of us.

Busy planning fun activities on my new Elite Singles by The Shore group which has been fun. Am going to be getting even busier now that my actor client,Domiziano Arcangeli, has hired me for red carpet appearances. Fortunately, I have a new assistant organizer who I will be meeting with and she and I will split some of the responsibilities. Whew...

Every time I make a list of everything I have going on I get a little overwhelmed. That's partly the reason I started the singles group - to force myself to stop working, get out and have some fun with new people.

Plus, then people know what I'm up to and can join me if they feel like it which takes some of the pressure off me from having to remember to invite people when I'm caught up with work. Not really looking to make a love connection out of it, but you never know.

Enjoying my new morning networking group a lot. I love being around motivated, positive people. Period. I was going to add something to that statement regarding others I know who aren't in the group and buggin' me, but decided to take the high road. I hate being lectured is all I'll say. Yo' not my mama!

Lots to do today too. Taking a few meetings, wrapping up some stuff, writing, and then hitting The Shore with some of my new meetup friends to hear the Kua' Ana band playing tonight.

Here's the blurb:

Kua’ Ana  ( 10:00pm 


Kua’ Ana brings the Hawaiian reggae vibe to the mainland, making you feel like you are back on the islands. The boys hooked up in Carson, CA after resurrecting the original Kua’ana lineup several years ago. Kua'ana soon found themselves performing at clubs up and down the West Coast. Kua’ana has had the honor of sharing the stage with numerous high profile musicians and comedians.

Doesn't that sound interesting and relaxing?

Now, off to brecky like my good friend Shana always says.

More laters.