• 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.
  • "Snowden", a movie by Oliver Stone, opens on September 16.
  • Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are the latest to die at the hands of police.
  • A man lay prostrate on the corner of Jones and McAllister streets, 7/9/16, during a tense 3 hour standoff with SFPD. Photo via SF Examiner.

Bottom feature of the center stained glass window in the north transept of Carlow Cathedral of the Assumption, showing St Patrick Preaching to the Kings. Created by Franz Mayer & Co. in the 19th century. Photo via commons.wikimedia.org.

A Toast to Saint Patrick

March 16, 2016 | No Comments

Saint Patrick’s Day wouldn’t exist if not for the man himself. Only two authentic letters from him survive from which comes the only universally accepted details of his life. Much of the rest is subject to some debate among scholars.

Posted in Culture

Former Oakland Raider quarterback Kenny Stabler was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy upon his death.

Football Is Unsafe and Should Be Banned

February 04, 2016 | 2 Comments

With all the hoopla surrounding Super Bowl 50, news that the late Kenny Stabler suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), shines light on the health dangers of playing American football.

Posted in Opinion, Sports

San Francisco District Attorney Gascón (center), with City Attorney Dennis Herrera (left) and FBI Special Agent In Charge David J. Johnson (right) by his side, today filed corruption charges against a former city officials.  Photos by Luke Thomas.

Former City Commissioner, City Employee and Political Consultant Facing Corruption Charges

January 22, 2016 | 2 Comments

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today the filing of felony bribery and money laundering charges against former Human Rights Commission (HRC) Commissioner Nazly Mohajer, former HRC employee Zula Jones, and political consultant Keith Jackson.

Posted in Crime, News, Politics

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GOP Fiddles While Earth Burns

January 11, 2016 | 1 Comment

In the scientific field of climate studies, which includes many disciplines, the consensus can be demonstrated by the number of scientists who have stopped arguing about what is causing climate change.

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Cruel and Vindictive are not Requirements for Being Politically Incorrect

January 09, 2016 | No Comments

I’m a big fan of candidates telling hard truths to a public who really would prefer not to hear them. Besides being refreshing, you get the unfamiliar sensation that your intelligence is not being insulted with platitudes and pre-packaged sound bites

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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In wake of Mario Woods’ Killing, should SFPD be authorized to use Tasers?

December 17, 2015 | 4 Comments

In the aftermath of the killing of Mario Woods by five San Francisco police officers, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr has again asked lawmakers to authorize police officers to use Tasers.

Posted in Crime, Law, Opinion, Politics

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Gun Violence, as American as Apple Pie

December 06, 2015 | No Comments

Americans love their guns. In fact, in many states it is legal to carry a concealed weapon on private property, including places of work and worship.

A mourner lights candles in LOVE Park in Philadelphia on Nov. 14, 2015, during a vigil to remember the victims of the attacks in Paris. Photo by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Thoughts on the Paris Attacks

November 17, 2015 | No Comments

France and the free world is in mourning following the horrible Paris massacre on November 13 by at least seven gunmen, killing 129 and wounding another 352, 99 critically.

Posted in Opinion, War

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Finally – The 99% Are Not Going To Take It Anymore

November 14, 2015 | 3 Comments

Million Student March is demanding free tuition at public universities, the cancellation of all student debt, and a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers.

Posted in Education, Opinion

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Closing Guantánamo

November 09, 2015 | No Comments

The Senate Torture report confirms that Guantánamo was a place of torture and indefinite detention, and continues to be an international embarrassment.

Posted in Law, Opinion, Politics, War

Laura Wilcox's death was the impetus for Laura's Law.

San Francisco Implements Laura’s Law

November 02, 2015 | No Comments

People with psychotic disorders who received court-ordered treatment for 180 days had significantly better outcomes than those who were given either intensive treatment alone, or a court order alone.

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Prop I is About Neighborhoods Determining Their Own Future

October 24, 2015 | No Comments

Whether you’ve been a resident for ten years, twenty years, or for generations – you should have a say about what gets built in your back yard.

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Governor Jerry Brown Beholden to PG&E, San Bruno Mayor Charges

October 13, 2015 | 3 Comments

San Bruno City leaders lashed out this week at Governor Jerry Brown’s veto of six bills that were unanimously supported by the California Legislature and would have brought important reforms to the California Public Utilities Commission, the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and other California utilities.

Posted in Energy, News, Politics

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Swiftboating Planned Parenthood

September 22, 2015 | No Comments

Remember the organization “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth’s” and its smear campaign against 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry? Named after the group, the discredited, Republican-funded campaign against Kerry became known pejoratively as “swiftboating.”

Posted in Healthcare, Politics

Candidate for San Francisco Mayor, Broke-Ass Stuart. Photo via Facebook.

Body Politic: Mayor’s Race Survey Finds ‘Nobody,’ Broke-Ass Stuart, Lead Among Activist Social Voters

August 30, 2015 | 6 Comments

More than half of media savvy activist voters who responded to a survey said they have yet to find a candidate they will support in the San Francisco mayor’s race.

Posted in Media, News, Politics