• Cartoon by Bruce Plante.
  • Mother Teresa.
  • ColinKaepernick
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Michigan provide $400 to doctors who fully immunize children before age 2.
  • Khizr Khan holds up a copy of the U.S. Constitution during a speech at the Democratic National Convention, questioning whether Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has ever read it.
  • Presumed Democratic Party nominee for president, Hillary Clinton.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

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GOP Senators Kill Paycheck Fairness Act

June 09, 2013 | 3 Comments

The entire cast of Republican Senators voted June 4 to kill the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA), equal pay legislation intended to close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act (EPA), first signed into law by President Kennedy over 50 years ago.

Posted in Labor, Opinion, Politics

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Can the U.S. Claim Victory in Iraq?

June 03, 2013 | 2 Comments

Following the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq in December 2011, can the U.S. claim victory or did the Obama administration adopt the face-saving solution of “Just declare victory and get out,” a position proposed by the late Senator George Akin of Vermont at the end of the Vietnam war?

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

Lee Presents $7.9 Billion Budget

May 31, 2013 | 3 Comments

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 and 2014-15. The Mayor’s proposal balances a two year budget that closes budget deficits of $124 million for FY 2013-14 and $256 million for FY 2014-15.

Posted in Economy, News, Politics

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Senate Shoots Down GMO Labeling Bill on Eve of March Against Monsanto

May 25, 2013 | 3 Comments

As 200,000 people prepare to march against Monsanto today (Saturday), the Senate has overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to decide if genetically modified food products should be labeled.

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Time for Israel to Accept Arab Peace Initiative as Basis for Peace Negotiations

May 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

What happened to the recent Arab Peace Initiative (API) unanimously endorsed by the 22-member Arab League in 2002 at the Beirut Summit of the Arab League? It is time for Israel to accept the API as a basis for peace negotiations.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced on Mother's Day at the women's county jail the sheriff department's doula program for pregnant inmates and efforts to improve family-based services for inmates, formerly incarcerated men and women, and their families.  Photos by Luke Thomas.

Tears and Smiles – Mothers Day at the SF County Jail

May 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

At the women’s county jail on Mother’s Day, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced the department’s doula program for pregnant inmates, a humanitarian program which aims to improve family-based services for inmates, formerly incarcerated men and women, and their families.

Posted in Crime, News, Politics

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Marketing 101 for Activists

May 16, 2013 | 3 Comments

If you have ever been to Bourbon Street in New Orleans, there is one thing that you would have noticed for sure. No, I am not talking about the babes and the beads. I am referring to a bunch of guys holding signs like “Repent” and “Trust Jesus, He Hates Sin.” Millions of drunk guys and gals have walked by these sincere advocates, but how many people do you think instantly dropped their shots and accepted Jesus into their hearts?

Posted in Education

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Climate Change Ushers In Early California Fire Season

May 13, 2013 | 8 Comments

California’s wildfire season began early this year as nearly a dozen fires fueled by record high temperatures and extremely low water levels broke out across the state during the first week of May.

Posted in Environment, Land Use

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Groups Allege California Prison Policies Amount to State-Sanctioned Torture

May 02, 2013 | 1 Comment

Earlier this month during Oakland’s monthly First Fridays/Art Murmur event, a candlelit vigil was held by a couple dozen protesters – many wearing T-shirts with the message “Stop Torture CA” – to bring attention to California state prison solitary confinement policies which they say amounts to state-sanctioned torture.

Aerial view of al-Safira chemical weapons facility.

Syria and Chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction

May 01, 2013 | 1 Comment

Evidence of alleged sarin gas use has supposedly come from human tissue samples. A few dozen Syrians are said to have been killed. If true, did Assad forces or the opposition forces use these chemical weapons and why was only a small amount of sarin used?

Posted in Crime, War

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‘Dead Man Walking’ Author to Speak in SF

April 29, 2013 | No Comments

Author and anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean, whose bond with a condemned man inspired the Oscar winning film Dead Man Walking, will speak in San Francisco May 9 in a free, community event presented by the San Francisco Public Defender’s office.

The residents of Whitehorn in Northern California are battling climate change to save the Matthole River watershed and its delicate habitat.

California Community Battles Climate Change to Save Water-Starved Habitat

April 27, 2013 | 1 Comment

For the residents of Whitethorn, a California community nestled among the coastal redwoods 200 miles north of San Francisco, the impacts of climate change have been a reality for over a decade.

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Rethinking Law Enforcement Priorities on 4/20

April 20, 2013 | 8 Comments

I was attending a protest against the nudity ban recently. One of many since San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced and passed legislation banning nudity across the city. What was striking about this protest was that there were about 20 protesters and 20 police.

Cartoon by David Horsey

Tyranny of the Minority Sinks Meaningful Gun Control Legislation

April 20, 2013 | 4 Comments

Failed gun control legislation has again fallen victim to the tyranny of the minority. Legislation strengthening background checks – supported by 90 percent of Americans – has been defeated in the U.S. Senate 54 to 46.

Posted in Crime, Culture, Law, Opinion, Politics

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Social Engineering’s Solution to Gridlock a la Santa Monica

April 13, 2013 | 6 Comments

For those of you suffering severe traffic problems where you live, you might want to know what is evolving in the southern reaches of our state, specifically, in what is sometimes referred to as the Socialist Republic of Santa Monica.