The Syrian perspective on American empire

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The U.S. is playing a dangerous and disingenuous game in the Middle East, Syria's ambassador to the U.S. Imad Moustapha said last night at the Commonwealth Club. Read more »

Newsom keeps dropping

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New election results are out, and Mayor Gavin Newsom's winning percentage continues to drop. He's gone from the high 70s in early returns to 68 percent now. Quintn Mecke is now in second place, with almost 8 percent, and Harold Hoogasian is in third with 6.5 percent. Read more »

Postal Service > Rolling Stones > Fallout Boy

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The Washington Post’s website has good news for hipsters everywhere. After all these years of crying “sell out!” everytime a band – particularly an obscure, culty, indie band – lends a song to a TV commercial, music purists can now quantify exactly how much their act of choice has strayed from the path of righteousness. Read more »

In the grand tradition of Metal SpongeBob and Metal Cookie Monster

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Cannibal Corpse really does cross all boundaries.

SF's skatepark crisis

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By Justin Juul

After attending SF360 Film+Club’s recent screening of Freedom of Space -- a film about the harsh realities of enjoying an illegal sport-- and then meeting some friends in a Safeway parking lot for a midnight skate-jam on some shitty ramps, the only thing I can say is: Why the fuck hasn’t anyone built a decent skatepark in this city?

All the elements have been present for over a decade: thousands of people who would Read more »

Feeling one's bones with Ghostface Killah and co.

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By Chris DeMento

One can't help heaping expectations upon a show like this - the Nov. 2 appearance by Brother Ali, Ghostface, Rakim, and the Rhythm Roots Allstars at Mezzanine: three big-name emcees, a 10-piece backband, a sold-out venue. Read more »

Mr. Fisher, kiss my pass!

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Today's Ammianoliner:

Muni fast pass? Prop H. Kiss my pass.

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Nov. 7, 2007, the day after the election and the report that Prop A on muni reform was winning (good good) and Fisher's Prop H was losing (good, good).

Personal note to Tom: You did it. Your Ammianoliners saved the Muni, kept downtown safe from an overflow of cars, and showed the Gap's Don Fisher who are the real populists in the neighborhoods. B3

Latest returns support Yes on A/No on H campaign

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Guardian illustration by Danny Hellman, from our Oct. 31 cover story
The big story of this election was the improbable triumph of environmentalists over car culture and grassroots activism over downtown’s money, a story being played out in the likely approval of the Muni reform measure Prop. A and lopsided defeat of the pro-parking Prop. Read more »

Water trumps Bush

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What does it take to override a wartime Republican president’s veto? Water, apparently.

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Thirty five years ago, facing a rising tide of discontent over polluted water, Congress overrode d Nixon’s veto of the October 15, 1972 Clean Water Act. Read more »

SF sues its elections vendor

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San Francisco may have to wait weeks for election results and undergo an complicated ballot-counting procedure, but we may not end up having to pay for it. That's because the city is suing its election vendor, ES&S, for breach for contract, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and other city officials announced this morning. His press release follows: