Choicers snake lifers in SF

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I just had to chuckle at the phone message I got from a representative of this weekend's fourth annual Walk for Life, complaining that the Bay Area Coalition on Reproductive Rights had pulled city permits to gather in Justin Herman Plaza before the anti-abortion folks could secure their usual gathering spot. The pro-lifers now plan to gather on the nearby grassy knoll. Tee-hee. Read more »

Getting impersonal with Paul F. Tompkins

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By George Chen

Paul F. Tompkins might be a familiar sight, thanks to his appearances on Best Week Ever, The Sarah Silverman Program, and the cult hit Mr. Show (he also toured with the live stage show that came to the Warfield in 2005). Read more »

Is that your sleeve face - or are you just happy to see me?

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By Joshua Rotter

Few of the MP3 generation can recall a time when music-lovers excitedly listened to entire records. But putting needle to groove was only half of a process that included poring over the often arty jacket itself and the internal sleeve to uncover the album's many intricacies: the song lyrics and the names of the band members, studio musicians, and producers. To many aficionados the packaging was as prized as its contents. Read more »

Taste the dub: Surya Dub steps to

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In this week's Super Ego I dump out all the 2007 trash and ring in the new with tribute to one of my fave clubz, Surya Dub. Surya hits its first anniversary on Saturday, Jan 26 at Club Six -- be there y'all! Read more »

Guess who I talked to today -- Nancy Wilson

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Don't miss Nancy Wilson -- see "An Evening with Miss Nancy Wilson" at the Herbst Theatre. It showcases a singer with one of the biggest songbooks in the world, and a way with a word like no other. Miss Wilson can make a phrase slice through the air in at least 1,000 different directions, depending on her wise whims. For proof, go to EMI's new box set of her Capitol recordings and the re-release of the stellar Nancy Wilson Show (on CFP). Read more »

Ammiano: it's a Big Mac World!

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Hi. This is George W. Bush and I'll have a Big Mac and fries. What? Oh. This is Mac World? In that case,
I'll have an Apple too.

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Jan. 15, 2008.) B3

The power of iMarketing!

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Yes, even almost more amazing than the fact that one of the spandex-clad New American Gladiators is indeed a gay porn star -- no duh, that's like, totally hot, yo --

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Photo courtesy of Fleshbot/Colt Studios

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Daly's affordable housing power play

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Sup. Chris Daly appears to be coming up just short in a power play to force affordability standards on the 10,000 housing units that Mayor Gavin Newsom, Lennar Corp., and other top power brokers are trying to build through a June ballot measure. Read more »

Tom Cruise needs Toastmasters

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I'm not even going to address whether or not Scientology is a religion or a cult, whether anyone should be following it, or even whether Tom Cruise is holding Katie Holmes and her recently unseen soul hostage.

No, I'm just going to say that if you were trying to convince people that Scientology isn't a bunch of science fiction bullshit with its own gibberish language, would you let this guy be your spokesperson?

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Coming of Age in Iraq/Iran

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The author's son, munching on the contents of a care package sent to troops in Iraq.

Today, my son turns 21 in Iraq, where he is serving in the US Army. Happy 21st Birthday, son!

And, in an odd case of history repeating itself, I’m reminded that, three decades ago, I turned 21 across the border from Iraq, in Iran. Read more »