Ammiano: Newsom hires the Pope

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Today's Ammianoliner:

Mayor justifies MTA funds to hire Pope. "I wanna save people from Muni hell."
Yeah.

(From the home answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008.) B3

Us v. SF Weekly: Some perspective

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Well, jury selection is almost complete in the Bay Guardian lawsuit against the SF Weekly. It now appears that opening arguments could begin Monday morning in Judge Marla Miller's courtroom in San Francisco Superior Court. Read more »

The Timeless Women of Any Old Time

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By Bruce B. Read more »

You are your own worst enemy

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By Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

In his third report from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, it's Midnites for Maniacs programmer and Guardian contributor Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reflects on his personal best of the fest.

Downloading Nancy - directed by Johan Renck (Canada)
Pain and sadness inhabit most of us. Extreme anger can turn into apathy, and relentless insecurity can turn into absolute self-destruction. Read more »

Cover me: Embracing Burial's noirish dubstep

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By Todd Lavoie

Let's get lost, shall we? Lately, whenever I'm in the mood to disorient myself in some head-scratching sonic geography, I reach for my copy of Untrue (Hyperdub/Cargo), the November-released sophomore-stunner from the let-the-music-speak-for-itself dubstep savant Burial. Read more »

Brownout! rolls through the rain

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Turn that umbrella upside down and smile to the warm Latin funk (with an edge of oh-so-nasty) of Austin's Brownout!, who'll be drizzling driving grooves, conga section included, through that undersung cumbia-and-get-'em hot spot, El Rincon this Saturday. Read more »

Demo slap fight: A burst of Durst

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Who will take on the banks? asks Columnist Robert Scheer. Will Durst reports on the slap happy Democrats.

B3 note: Columnist Robert Scheer asked the correct question in his Jan. 23 op ed piece in the San Francisco Chronicle: "Who will take on the banks?" He noted that Clinton, Obama, and Edwards "lamely attempted to deal with the dire consequences of the banking meltdown without confronting the banks. Read more »

Extra! Extra! Ammiano on Bronstein

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Today's Ammianoliner:

Extra! Extra! Read all about it. Phil Bronstein promoted to ....paper boy.

"I'll only deliver in Pacific Heights."

(From the home answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Jan. 24, 2008.)

Viva Elvis Pez-ley!

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Available for $19.99 on the Pez website...

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You get Army Elvis! Sideburns 1960s-Hollywood Elvis (drool)! 1970s jumpsuit Elvis! Sweet! Plus you get a CD with three era-appropriate songs: "Hound Dog," "Follow that Dream," and "The Wonder of You." AND, duh, three thingies of baby aspirin-tasting Pez candy.

Still, I'm a little disappointed...no Hillbilly Cat Elvis? No Gold Suit Elvis? Read more »

Attempted Power Grab at the Planning Commission

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A mayoral power grab was narrowly thwarted at the San Francisco Planning Commission in a 4-3 vote, Jan. 17.

Commission Vice President Christina Olague led the counter charge against perceived interference from the Mayor's Office, questioning why there was a proposal to continue election of the Commission’s President and Vice President to Feb. Read more »