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Academy Members Shouldn’t Shun Zero Dark Thirty

January 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

Actor David Clennon, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, claims the movie Zero Dark Thirty “promotes the acceptance of the crime of torture, as a legitimate weapon in America’s so-called War on Terror.”

Artiste Silvia Poloto's latest work is on display at The McLoughlin Gallery, 49 Geary.

Joan McLoughlin’s “Eterno” Exhibit, Truly Endless

January 15, 2013 | 9 Comments

Joan McLoughlin, owner of The McLoughlin Gallery at 49 Geary, is making her mark in the San Francisco Art community. In just a couple of years Joan has managed to become one of the top gallery owners in San Francisco, in one of the most prominent gallery districts

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Zero Dark Thirty: Turning the Spotlight on US Use of Torture

January 07, 2013 | No Comments

Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. The film shows graphic scenes of US torture including waterboarding, beating, sleep deprivation, humiliation, and psychological torture.

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Is the U.S. Finally Serious About Gun Control?

December 23, 2012 | 6 Comments

Today in America, a gun is status among too many. That’s why they call it an equalizer. And unfortunately what’s happening today is that everybody is getting more and more equal because everybody has one.

Following the one of the worst tragedies in US history, America faces an opportunity to address gun ownership laws.  Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

America Faces Gun Culture Crossroads

December 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

Our nation stands challenged by yet one more horrific, violent act at the hands of another deranged, damaged soul who had access to weapons of mass destruction that should not have been available to him under any circumstances. When, at long last, is enough enough?

Posted in Crime, Culture, Law, Opinion, Politics

Evelyn Luluquisen, executive director of Manilatown Heritage Foundation.

Senior and Disability Groups Protest Wells Fargo Evictions, Shutter Accounts

December 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

A fiery crowd of as many as 50 seniors and their supporters including green-clad, Doctor Seuss-styled grinches, rallied this afternoon in front of Wells Fargo Bank at the intersection of Market and Grant streets, calling on the national bank to halt its evictions of struggling homeowners and to change its foreclosure practices.

Artist Gregorio De Masi.

Fog City Artist Brings Fog to Canvas

December 15, 2012 | 8 Comments

Bay Area artist Gregorio De Masi blows away the San Francisco art scene with a unique punk style and bringing true craftsmanship to each of his pieces.

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A Women’s Place is in Combat Too

December 13, 2012 | 7 Comments

The ban on women in combat in ground combat units is one of the last vestiges of sexism. Under the guise of protecting the “weaker” or “fairer” sex, the armed forces discriminate against women by denying them the perks of serving in combat positions.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War

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Gun Patriotism or Hypocrisy?

December 11, 2012 | 7 Comments

Puzzling me for a long time is the inconsistency between two claims by gun and Second Amendment supporters. One is that what they worship is critically needed to defend themselves against a government that they would view as oppressive and unacceptable.

Posted in Law, Opinion, Politics

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Why Wiener’s Nudity Ban Is Bad for Everybody

December 02, 2012 | 47 Comments

The final vote on San Francisco’s nudity ban is this upcoming Tuesday, December 4. This draconian law represents a serious failure of leadership on the part of Supervisor Scott Wiener and brings up many interesting questions about this issue and the direction of our city.

Posted in Culture, Opinion, Politics

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi. File photo by Luke Thomas.

Speaking Truth to Power: Adachi Wins Prestigious Defense of Poor National Award

November 29, 2012 | 10 Comments

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) has selected San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi as its 2012 Reginald Heber Smith Award winner.

Posted in Law, News, Politics

Illustration by Alan Dye (The New York Times).

Ending the U.S. Senate Filibuster Rule

November 29, 2012 | 4 Comments

There is increasing sentiment in the U.S. Senate to end or reform the filibuster. As we have seen in the last sessions of Congress, a 41-vote minority of Republican senators has effectively bottled up or killed legislation.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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KPFA Is More Than a Radio Station

November 22, 2012 | 17 Comments

According to the mission statement of Pacifica, we would be wrong to base all of our programming decisions on who makes the most money during the morning drive time or which show raises the most money. We actually have a mission; to give voice to the voiceless.

Posted in Media, Opinion, Politics

Former CIA Director General Patraeus.

What Did the President Know About the Benghazi Attack, Petraeus Affair?

November 20, 2012 | 10 Comments

(Updated, 12/2/12) Two coincidences are swirling around former CIA Director Petraeus: that the Benghazi attack had nothing to do with the anniversary of 9/11 and Al Qaeda, and that knowledge of his affair with his biographer and his subsequent resignation, did not reach President Obama until after his re-election.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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Why I’m Supporting SaveKPFA in KPFA’s Board Election

November 19, 2012 | 72 Comments

This month, KPFA is going through what will probably prove to be one of the most important elections of its 10-year experiment with democracy.

Posted in Labor, Media, Opinion, Politics