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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


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.

Laura's Law

Making Laura’s Law More User Friendly

April 09, 2013 | 3 Comments

State Senator Leland Yee has introduced Senate Bill 664 which, if passed, would remove a number of burdensome requirements in Laura’s Law, an assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) program passed by the California Legislature in 1999 and recently extended to December 31, 2017.

Posted in Healthcare, Politics


I want Just F***ing Food

April 06, 2013 | 101 Comments

I was at a moderately priced Sushi restaurant a few weeks ago. While I was going through the menu, I saw that they had crab. When the waitress came by, I asked her if it was real crab. She smiled coyly, and informed me, “It is imitation crab.”

Posted in Business, Healthcare


Roe v. Wade: Still Controversial After 40 Years

March 27, 2013 | No Comments

On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. In the case, Jane Roe, a pseudonym for Norma Leah McCorvey brought a class action suit challenging the constitutionality of a Texas criminal abortion law…

Rachel Aliene Corrie, April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003.

The Tenth Anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s Death

March 17, 2013 | 2 Comments

Rachel Corrie, a 22-year old peace activist from Washington State, was killed on March 16, 2003 by a Caterpillar bulldozer operated by the Israeli military while trying to stop a Palestinian family’s home from being destroyed. Israel has destroyed more than 24,000 Palestinian homes since 1967 and more than 1,500 orders exist for future demolitions in East Jerusalem alone.

Posted in Land Use, Opinion, Politics

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Time for a Reform-Minded Pope to Reform a Church in Tatters

March 12, 2013 | 4 Comments

With the surprise announcement of Pope Benedict’s resignation and the present selection of a new pope, it is equally surprising that the mainstream media has not included a discussion of the widespread allegations of sexual child abuse by Catholic clergy or the coverup by church officials.

Posted in Opinion, Religion

In a tribute to Jimi Hendrix ahead of the 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love, a new mural of legendJimi Hendrix, painted by Bay Area artists Ernest Doty, Max Ehrman, and Sean Griffin, adorns the wall of The Red House in San Francisco's Haight District.  Photos by Manic Streets.

Fitting Tribute to Hendrix Ahead of Summer of Love Anniversary

March 12, 2013 | 15 Comments

In 2017, San Francisco will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love, and with it the artistic renaissance of the hippie movement that began in summer of 1967. The Haight-Ashbury district was the center of it all, alive with music, psychedelic drugs, marijuana, sexual experimentation, political extremism, beatniks and hippies. It is a neighborhood that defines the culture of our city and where many people are still drawn to, longing for a glimpse of a memorable moment in San Francisco history.

Andrew "Ellard" Resignato. Photo by Larry Strong.

The Invasion of Iraq Ten Years Later: A Mistake That Should Not Be Forgotten

March 04, 2013 | 4 Comments

I can remember it like yesterday. I was in Chicago at a Centers for Disease Control conference for work and it was going to happen – we were going to war in Iraq, a war based on lies

Posted in Opinion, War

A rally was held on the steps of City Hall, 2/22/12, in an effort to drum up support for the honorific renaming of San Francisco International Airport after Harvey Milk.  Photos by Luke Thomas.

Supporters Rally to Rename SFO After Gay Civil Rights Leader

February 23, 2013 | 7 Comments

As many as two-hundred supporters representing a growing coalition of organizations convened Friday on the steps of City Hall to rally support for the renaming of San Francisco International Airport in honor of Harvey Milk, the slain civil rights leader and LGBT icon.

Posted in News, Politics

Laura L. Wilcox, March 5, 1981 – January 10, 2001 was murdered by a mentally-ill  patient. Laura's death was the impetus for AB 1421 known as Laura's Law.

Time to Implement Laura’s Law

February 23, 2013 | 15 Comments

AB 1569 was recently signed into law, which means authority in the Laura’s Law statute for a county to operate, establish or continue a program of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), has been extended until December 31, 2017.

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

Man Acquitted of Battery in Case Public Defender Cites as “Tremendous Waste of Resources”

February 22, 2013 | 3 Comments

A man whose night of revelry in North Beach ended in an altercation and arrest was acquitted of misdemeanor domestic violence, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Posted in Law, News

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Sheriff Mirkarimi, Lopez Shine During One Billion Rising Campaign Event

February 16, 2013 | 12 Comments

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, his wife, Eliana Lopez, and their four-year-old son, Theo, shone Thursday during a Valentine’s Day celebration of “One Billion Rising,” a global awareness campaign demanding an end to violence against women and girls.

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It’s Show Time! And Violence is Golden

February 13, 2013 | No Comments

It’s doubtful anyone can prove a direct link between “movie violence” and the abhorrent level of murder by guns in the US. But it is certainly part of the reinvigorated and broader debate on gun control following the horrifying mass murders at the Newtown Elementary School – an issue caught in the “cultural violence” element of the debate that also includes video games, television and the like.

Use of unmanned drone vehicles has increased eight-fold under the Obama administration drawing worldwide condemnation.

Obama: End CIA-Directed Drone Strikes Now

February 12, 2013 | 5 Comments

Drone strikes have dramatically increased under the Obama administration. As of September 2012, Obama has authorized 238 drone strikes in Pakistan, six times more than during President George W. Bush’s eight years in office, resulting in between 1,494 and 2,618 estimated deaths with only about 13 percent of them of a militant leader.