Lightly Oiled Plovers in Hawaii...

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...may be a bad joke, but this is funny!

Spinning Newsom

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I attended SPUR's regular post-election wrap-up yesterday, which was a bit irregular in that it was almost a week after the election (owing to the delayed election results) rather than the next day and it wasn't hosted by respected local pollster David Binder. Read more »

Feinstein: easy on torture, tough on bay spill response

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

And so the front page head on Monday's San Francisco Chronicle blared: 'FEINSTEIN SLAMS SPILL RESPONSE."
The subhead added: "This...should have never happened."

Well, this was an easy one of course for Feinstein, pictured by the Chronicle wagging her finger in a characteristic pose of self-righteousness after a briefing on Treasure Island. She could denounce the locals, call for an investigation, and then scurry back to the safety of Washington. Read more »

Spiritualized at Bimbo's - and glad about it

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By Todd Lavoie

Oh, I got me some religion Sunday night, Nov. 11, let me tell you: Spiritualized slipped into town for a stop on their North American “Acoustic Mainlines” tour, and the visit was nothing short of revelatory. Read more »

RIP Cotton Hill, beloved TV curmudgeon and WWII vet

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A meeting of the minds: Hank Hill, from left, Jimmy Carter, and Cotton Hill

By Erik Morse

On Sunday night, Nov. 11, FOX’s King of the Hill committed the ultimate cartoon sin when it saw the demise of cranky septuagenarian and war hero Cotton Lyndal Hill. A cruel gambit by the animators made all the worse as it was committed on Veteran’s Day, Cotton’s death illustrates a rare moment when an animated series has transgressed "Wile E. Read more »

Censure Dianne!

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I've wanted to do this since about 1982, but now there's a grassroots movement in the California Democratic Party to censure Sen. Read more »

The vacationing mayor

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This hasn't been that big a deal in the local press, but isn't it pretty screwed up that the mayor of San Francisco, the day after an oil spill that was causing catastrophic environmental problems in his city. took off to Hawaii on vacation?

I mean, he's supposed to be in charge here, supposed to be a leader. He could have postponed his trip a few days, right?

True grace

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By Rita Felciano

Bay Area Odissi dancer Asako Takami died on November 3, 2007 in San Francisco after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 47 seven years old. Founder and artistic director of the East Bay-based Pallavi Dance Group, Takami was an exquisite dancer and much-revered teacher of who had lived in the Bay Area for fifteen years. Read more »

Ammiano: Wine with a whine!

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Today's Ammianoliner:

Golden Gate Restaurant Association produces new wine. "I don't want to pay health care."

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Nov. 12, 2007.) B3

Newsom's numbers back up

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Another set of election results are in, and now Gavin Newsom is up above 72 percent. Interesting that he's picked up as the precinct ballots are counted; obviously, the absentees were particularly conservative this time around.