Winners and Losers,
Quote of the Week
July 7, 2007
Winner of the Week - SFPD Officer Andrew Cohen
SFPD Officer Andrew Cohen
When Andrew Cohen produced a parody of police life in video skits
intended for internal viewing at a police Christmas party, Mayor
Gavin Newsom and Police Chief Heather Fong pounced on Cohen and
labeled his video "sexist, racist and homophobic."
Cohen was subsequently suspended without pay and placed on desk
duty following his suspension.
Cohen cried foul, filed a lawsuit, and won his case this week
after a lower court decision was overturned
Justice Sandra Margulies wrote: "In our view, temporary
suspensions may not be used as a shortcut method of taking punitive
action against an officer or as a tool for conducting public relations
The ruling means Cohen will be paid for the four days he was
suspended without pay and permits him to seek compensation from
the city for his attorneys fees.
Loser of the Week - Attorney James Sutton
In a move reminiscent of Nazi
book burning, Mayor Gavin Newsom attorney and campaign treasurer,
James Sutton, has filed a complaint with the City Attorney's Office
in a blatant, unapologetic attempt to censor Supervisor Chris
Daly has been an
effective critic of Newsom, as evidenced by recent attempts
Michela Alioto-Pier and Senator
Dianne Feinstein to censor Daly via censure.
In the July 2 complaint, Sutton requests the City Attorney to
"take immediate action against Supervisor Chris Daly to prevent
his continued and repeated use of public resources for campaign
purposes. In short Supervisor Daly has used his publicly
funded blog, his office resources, and staff time to attack
Mayor Newsom and his campaign in order to influence the voters
to vote against Mayor Newsom in this November's Mayoral election."
One doesn't have to read between the lines of Sutton's legalese
to understand his true intentions -- to suppress opposing viewpoints
and to clear a path to Newsom's re-election in November. All this
coming from a man who many regard as the most ruthless operative
in San Francisco politics, who has been associated with traceless
smear campaign mailers, numerous ethics violations and record
In response, Daly has created TheDalyBlog.org,
a "no holds barred" website where interested readers
can find "uncensored, unadulterated analysis of San
Quote of the Week
into the Pentagon on 9/11, and do you believe the official explanation?
"We've seen the video tape a million times over of what
happened in New York -- the planes hitting the towers. At the
Pentagon - and I've filmed there before - there has to be at least
a hundred video cameras circling the building, in the parking
lot, in the trees, so there's a hundred difference angles of that
plane supposedly hitting the building.
"Why have they not released those tapes? I would like to
see those tapes. This is what I have been calling for from the
beginning. Release the tapes and then let's have the discussion
about what really happened there.
"To this day, no tapes. What are they hiding?
"I would like to know why they won't release those tapes.
That's all. It's an honest question. Any citizen has a right to
ask and those tapes belong to us. Those are Pentagon tapes that
belong to the American people.
"What are they afraid of showing?
"I think they're afraid that if they release the tapes,
it would show that that plane was being flown by a highly trained
military pilot, not by some guy who learned how to fly a plane
on a video game in a flight training school in some dipshit place
"That's the myth, I think, they've put out there about the
nineteen hijackers and I'm afraid they know that that tape will
maybe say something else.
"We need to see the videotapes. Release the videotapes."
- Filmmaker Michael Moore, June 13, 2007