The Sean Penn-Matt Gonzalez rumor

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Wokette's got this lovely nutty rumor that Sean Penn would give Matt Gonzalez $5 million to run against Gavin Newsom -- as a Democrat. SFist picked up, wondering if it's a joke.

Coupla problems with the item. First of all, Wonkette refers to Gonzalez as a "deputy mayor under Willie Brown," which would be news to both of them. Second, folks, the deadline for filing as a candidate for mayor passed quite some weeks ago. Read more »

More media conglomerate giveaways!

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

I noted on the front page in this morning's New York Times that the Galloping Media Conglomerati were making yet another major move to get more FCC giveaways before the Bush administration leaves office.

Click here to read New York Times article, Plan Would Ease Limits on Media Owners. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner

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San Francisco finds solution to Halloween, calls in Blackwater.

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Arnie takes over ferries, does Newsom take ferry?

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's calvacade zoomed past me today as I left Alameda island. Read more »

Trans Iran with Afsaneh Najmabadi

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Still from Daisy Mohr and Negin Kianfar's 2006 documentary "The Birthday," about sex changes in Iran

One of the weirder outcomes of combining fundamentalist religion with national governance is that you have the leader of your country say things like “There are no gays in Iran. Read more »

Lit: Lucy Corin's boundary issues

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In her story collection The Entire Predicament, author Lucy Corin investigates the unstable line between public and private life
By Amanda Davidson
lit@sfbg.com

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Dangling by one ankle in the front doorway of her house, the narrator of “The Entire Predicament,” the titular story in Lucy Corin’s new collection, regards the world from an upside-down vantage point. Read more »

It's Rick James's memoir, bitch

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By Todd Lavoie

"A lot of cats knew how to funk - that part was easy. But very few knew how to put that special vibe on their music. That's what I knew best."

Oh, I think I smell a Pulitzer! Read more »

California's tough regs reputation undeserved

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Big business loves complaining about California’s famously “tough” regulations. But if they exist mostly on paper and there’s no one around to enforce them, than what the hell is big business whining about?

The state legislature gets the best of both worlds as a result. Read more »

“Change” your approach to Halloween?

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By Chris DeMento

According to its Halloween press release, Coinstar claims the average household has nearly $90 in loose change just hanging out under the couch cushions. These are 90 entirely expendable dollars. Coinstar suggests you spend your loose coin (after having it counted for a small fee at one of their machines, of course) on your creepy-adult-whatever costume; then, after all the trick-or-treating, your kids can pay Coinstar to count up the dimes given them by crazy old ladies from the Sunset. Read more »

When zombies attack politicians

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Last night's mayoral debate wasn't terribly exciting, at least until the zombies attacked attendees as they left. Read more »