June 23, 2015 | 1 Comment
African Americans in San Francisco are more likely to await trial behind bars than their white counterparts and face harsher punishment once convicted, according to a new study commissioned by the San Francisco Reentry Council.
June 21, 2015 | No Comments
When African-Americans demonstrated against police brutality and racism in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland, and Oakland, California, they were called “thugs,” “rioters,” and “hoodlums.” But 21-year old Dylann Roof, a white supremacist, is being referred to as a “lone wolf” and of course, he must be mentally ill.
May 30, 2015 | 3 Comments
Eliana Lopez, the wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, presented her new play ‘What Is the Scandal? / ¿Cuál es el Escándalo?’ to an ovation-standing audience of media professionals Thursday.
May 29, 2015 | 12 Comments
The San Francisco mayor’s race is turning out to be something of a cake walk for Mayor Ed Lee, with folks like former Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Senator Mark Leno deferring from the race.
May 22, 2015 | 1 Comment
The ruined, historic city of Bam is located in southeastern Iran. It is made entirely of mud bricks, clay, straw, and the trunks of palm trees. The city was originally founded during the Sassanian period (224-637) and while some of the surviving structures date from before the 12th century, most of what remains today dates to the Safavid period (1502-1722).
December 18, 2014 | 1 Comment
San Francisco, CA—More than 200 public defenders and allies held a “hands up, don’t shoot” protest today on the steps of San Francisco’s criminal courthouse to show support for racial justice and stand in solidarity with protesters in New York, Ferguson and around the country.
December 18, 2014 | No Comments
The Senate Torture Report found, among other things, that the CIA misled Congress, the Justice Department and President George W. Bush about the “effectiveness” of torture methods used, including waterboarding, rectal feeding, shackling detainees in painful positions, prolonged sleep deprivation and slamming detainees against walls.
November 19, 2014 | 13 Comments
What is puzzling is why the authors of Proposition E chose to have the tax proceeds go to a special fund rather than to the general fund, thus requiring a two-thirds majority to pass.
November 12, 2014 | 10 Comments
That big “L” affixed to the foreheads of most Democrats across the country doesn’t stand for their party losing big in the midterm elections. It stands for their gutless loser mentality by not challenging Republicans’ derisive talking points about their party’s significant accomplishments.
November 07, 2014 | 1 Comment
Following the midterm elections, Republicans remain firmly in control of the U.S. House of Representatives and now enjoy a majority in the U.S. Senate. Senator James Inhofe (R-Ok) is expected to become Chairman of the Environmental and Public Works Committee (EPW).
October 21, 2014 | No Comments
My 19-year old son died of AIDS back in the early days of the AIDS pandemic. The hysteria surrounding the Ebola crisis reminds me somewhat of the hysteria in the early days of the AIDS crisis. There was a plethora of misinformation, risky rumors, blaming of the victim, and lots of finger pointing.
October 17, 2014 | No Comments
The Patient Protection Act and the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) seems to be working. Admittedly, this is not a universal view. But as of September 18, 2014, 7.3 million are now enrolled. This is quite an achievement considering the computer glitches encountered by consumers along the way.
October 02, 2014 | 2 Comments
If we accept that animals are self-aware beings and have emotions, then this raises the question of whether we should keep animals in captivity (zoos), whether we should allow the cruel confinement and treatment of farm animals, and whether we should use animals for experimentation and research.
October 01, 2014 | No Comments
When confronted with a breast cancer diagnosis, it is important to ask your doctor about treatment efficacy, as well as to understand whether your doctor’s treatment recommendation is motivated by profit.
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September 04, 2014 | 3 Comments
The NFL has finally instituted a policy of imposing a six-game suspension for the first offense of domestic violence, and if a second occurs, an indefinite ban on the employee or player. The McDonald matter may be a test case for this new NFL policy on domestic violence.