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 »

Christian Fennesz returns to shore

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By Erik Morse

After a long musical sojourn with former Yellow Magic Orchestra electronics magus Ryuichi Sakamoto on 2007’s Cendre (Touch), an extensive live collaboration with Mike Patton and a nomination for Best World Album by the Ethic Multicultural Media Awards (EMMA), Christian Fennesz returns to the sonorous shores of his past with a new 7-inch entitled "On a Desolate Shore a Shadow Passes By."

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A deal on UC Extension?

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Well, it looks as if Sup. Ross Mirkarimi and state Sen. Carole Migden have managed to squeeze some real concessions out of the developers of the old UC Extension site. This is still preliminary, and the details are not confirmed, but I'm told that the percentage of affordable housing could be increased from 16 percent to more than 35 percent, a total of 80 more affordable units.

There are still issues here and the players haven't all agreed, but this is progress.

Today's Ammianoliner

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Obama surfs the Maverick. Clinton says "gnarly, dude, but I ain't Gidget." B3

A perfect marriage ...

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By Andrea Nemerson

...of presenter and material, anyway. I can’t promise you the other kind, although I’m working on it.

Since I had my kids, I’m forever wishing I could write more about kid-having issues in Alt Sex Column, but of course, ASC readers want to hear about fisting and polyamory, -- not so much with the kiddie stuff. Read more »

Vote Willow/Xander in 2012!

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In college, my Buffy-watching buddies and I used to play the cast-our-friends-as-Buffy-characters game. I'd usually end up as either Faith, the slayer who went to the dark side, or Glory, the evil goddess from Hell. I'm convinced this was partly due to physical resemblance (both are brunettes, and Glory has curls), and partly due to the fact that two of the guys playing the game were former lovers with itty bitty bitter streaks. Read more »