With h. brown
San Francisco mayoral candidate, h. "Court Jester" Brown.
Court Jester reviews second 2007 mayoral
August 25, 2007
Mayoral candidates (from left to right) Tony Hall,
Whitmer, Quintin Mecke,
Lonnie Holmes, Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, h. brown,
Josh Wolf, George Davis, Wilma Pang and Grasshopper Kaplan
attended the 2nd 2007 Mayoral Debate
in front of San Francisco City Hall.
Photo by Luke
"Later at Temple Bar, I suggested
we change our name from 'Candidates Collaborative'
to 'Candidates Cabal,'
but it died for lack of a second."
(Notes on 2007 Mayor's Race)
No one wanted to meet in secret like Mecke and the Mayor do.
Plus, George Davis is a militant exhibitionist and it would defeat
the purpose of his entire campaign. Still, the 2nd Candidates
Collaborative debate for the 2007 San Francisco Mayor's Race went
Live Video-Stream to the troops
Josh Wolf and his dad, Len Harrison worked with Luke Thomas
to cut out the need for corporate TV coverage by setting up a
combination live video-stream and chat room. This turned out to
be a good thing because only one station showed up this week.
Technical problems with the City's SFTechConnect WiFi network
prevented live transmission of the 2nd 2007 Mayoral Debate. According
to a hacker source, a problem has been traced to an IP address
generated inside the National Security Agency's clandestine 'splitter
room,' installed inside AT&T's internet and telephone signal
transmission hub on Folsom Street..
7 candidates attended
Billy Bob Whitmer was in Nashville attending to family business
and will rejoin us next week. Harold Hoogasian was out of town
and will also take up the mic again on the 31st. Quintin Mecke
joined the Mayor, Wilma Pang and Michael Powers in boycotting
the debates. I was surprised to read in the morning paper (Chron)
that Quintin said:
"I'm actually here to have a substantive conversation about
Then he boycotts a debate in which the other candidates discuss
the issues? Who's coaching his soccer team? 'Hello, is there anybody
in there?' That just makes no sense at all. Hell, we already have
a mayor who refuses to go to Question Time with the Board of Supervisors.
Why would anyone believe that Mecke would be any different if
he's already talking about how much he enjoys open discussion
while refusing to engage in any?
Hall, Sumchai and Holmes won
In my humble opinion. They all looked and sounded mayoral. Lonnie
brought his wife and children and they looked very much like a
first family which is a hell of a change from the self-indulgent
gell head who presently occupies the office.
Family man Lonnie Holmes with his exuberant wife Paris and their
Josh Wolf did well and definitely has a future in politics.
Grasshopper Kaplan was on his game and played some great acoustic
guitar before the forum began. Pat Monk from Ahimsa's campaign
and I got photographed in Kaplan's house, which is also his cab.
We all ponied up a buck each to candidate Grasshopper for the
gas to run the sound system he provides to the collaborative.
Grasshopper "Rasputin" Kaplan
Josh "Smash the fascist state" Wolf
h. brown and Patrick Monk check out the accoutrements
of Grasshopper Kaplan's Tardis.
Ahimsa spells out her platform seeking environmental and social
for all San Franciscans. Debate moderator and freelance journalist
Richard Knee (left).
Naturalist George Davis holds up a copy of his raison dêtre.
I 'charmed' Farrah and Elsbernd
Mike Farrah stopped by on his bicycle to chat with Krissy Keefer
who was talking to Sue Vaughan. I'm still pissed at him for not
even answering my pleas that the Mayor provide electricity for
our sound system so that we won't have to burn gasoline. I think
that mandatory public debates such as we're having should become
part of the charter. I flipped big Mike the bird as he pedaled
away. Marc Salomon kept insisting that the guy I'd given the 'one
finger salute' wasn't Farrah and that I was a drunken pot head.
While he's right about that, it was Farrah.
Yelling match with Elsbernd
Sean Elsbernd never spent a day of his life in the military
and doesn't know shit about it. Yet, he cuts off discussion and
gives the go-ahead for the Blue Angels, 4 high speed jet aircraft
to fly inches apart right through the densest part of San Francisco.
When I saw him passing I charged him to give him a piece of my
And, he starts yelling at me that I was out of line for demanding
that he re-open public comment on the matter and let me (a Navy
veteran who served on the U.S.S. Enterprise) give expert opinion
(which he and Pier were lamenting was absent in Daly's presentation)
to give expert opinion as to just how safe these aircraft
actually are when they fly so low that some residents actually
report looking down on them.
I challenged Sean to let me speak at the Full Board on the matter
(normally you can't address matters that have been before a Board
committee) and he said that he would. That should be interesting.
I'm doubting big time that Peskin or Pier are gonna wanna see
me woo their crowd on this matter.
I further challenge Elsbernd and Pier to have the Department
of Homeland Security give their evaluation as to whether jet aircraft
that can be brought down with a bucket of tinfoil or a few balloons
with aluminum duct tape attached should be flying in between skyscrapers
after what happened on 9-11.
I like the Blue Angels
They're a hell of a lot more fun to watch then NASCAR. My only
objection is to them flying over the City. They can certainly
form up in the Pacific just beyond the Golden Gate Bridge and
come in from that direction to do their stunts over the million
or so viewers.
I spent 8 years in uniform (3 in the Navy and 5 as a firefighter)
and I'm proud of it. Anyone who wants to question my patriotism
can stick their complaints up their ass. When I was a young man
everyone went into the military when they got out of high school.
It was considered to be your patriotic duty to do your time. Kind
of like paying rent to your country and honoring all the guys
and gals who risked their lives and were maimed or killed. And,
in my own case, to get drunk in London, Paris, Rome and Casablanca.
To make a short story even longer, I don't want a privileged
little rich girl (Pier) and a draft-dodger to be making military
decisions that affect the safety of all San Franciscans. I say
bring the Blue Angels back but make em do their thing over the
Bay, not over the City.
h. brown for Mayor campaign
I have none but my buddy, Tony DeRenzo keeps turning up with
signs and flyers and even a notebook full of pictures and my columns.
I'm flattered and somewhat amazed that anyone actually pays that
much attention to my efforts. Mostly, like yesterday, when I talk,
people just laugh no matter what I'm talking about.
Documentary filmmaker and candidate collaborative communincations
Tony DeRenzo (right).
Yesterday I used my 4 minutes of presentation time (I eschewed
the part of the forum where candidates took questions from the
audience cause, like Newsom, I'm afraid I might embarrass myself)
I used my comment time to tell about how San Francisco
was run by a plutocracy who pulled Gavin Newsom's strings like
he was a puppet.
I profiled the most powerful member of that plutocracy (one
Donald Fisher) and described how he got his start enslaving children
in Asia and worked his way to destroying redwoods in California
and then the air in San Francisco.
h. Brown provides a brief history of Donald Fisher's sweatshops
in South East Asia and his record of deforestation of California
The audience thought it was hilarious. I swear. They all just
laughed and clapped and accused me of being an anti-Semite which
isn't true at all because I like big trucks.
Anyway, we're on our way
The bottom-line reality in all of this is that if Newsom decides
to take a header off the Golden Gate Bridge or one or more of
the Blue Angels crashes into any building other than Aaron Peskin's
house, Tony Hall will become the next Mayor of San Francisco.
And Matt Gonzalez, Chris Daly and Ross Mirkarimi will die old
and embittered men, near catatonic in their rocking-chairs on
the porch at Laguna Honda, muttering about what cudda been.
Former San Francisco Supervisor and Treasure Island Executive
Director Tony Hall,
will bring back integrity and pride to the Mayor's Office.
Marc Salomon, Tina Johnson and daughters Katie and Ali,
share a special moment with U.S. Navy veteran h. "Baby Blue"
during the 2nd 2007 Mayoral Candidate Debate.
h. brown is a 62 year-old keeper of sfbulldog.com,
an eclectic site featuring a half dozen City Hall denizens. h
is a former sailor, firefighter, teacher, nightclub owner, and
a hard-living satirical muckraker. Email
h at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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