GOP initiative backer says gays are "loony"

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A Republican initiative that would split California's electoral vote and almost certainly give the White House to the GOP is still alive, according to the Brad Blog, which has a remarkable interview with one of the measure's chief backers.

Anthony F. Andrade Jr. told the blog's Brad Freidman that the measure could still make the June ballot. Read more »

Young people and their ideas for SF

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Everyone gets all misty about kids. They're the future and our greatest natural resource, blah, blah, blah -- or so they say. That's why voters placed Prop. H a few years ago, which sent tens of millions of dollars in city money over to the school district. But are we willing to actually listen to what young people have to say? Because they have some pretty good ideas sometimes. Read more »

High on Nicole Atkins

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By Todd Lavoie

Cue the strings! Fire up the mellotron! Roll out the timpani! There's always room for more melodrama in my life - just as long as it's strictly of the musical variety - and lucky me, new discovery Nicole Atkins is making everything pretty blood-and-thunder in my house, thank you very much. It's all smoke and fire and shadows and oh-so-devilishly noir, and I don't ever want to leave. How could I, when she makes the darkness so damn romantic? Read more »

Ammiano advice to Lott

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Trent Lott resigns, joins Dancing with the Stars. Now, Trent, practice dancing backwards in heels.

('From the answer maching of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007).

Cut the cleaners

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In stories on the $229 million budget deficit that San Francisco could be facing next year, both the Chronicle and the Examiner used the same telling quote from Mayor Gavin Newsom's press secretary, Nathan Ballard: "Although he wants to trim the fat, the mayor made it abundantly clear he doesn't want to see a r Read more »

Killer Mike signs with local hip-hop label SMC

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Local rap imprint SMC is going strong, picking up all kinds of action in Atlanta: they recently signed Killer Mike. A new album is expected in February or March. Pretty big fish for SMC to land, for sure - and rumor has it the OutKast-afilliated rapper has broken his ties with that camp in addition to Sony. Southern hip-hop group Trillville also recently got together with SMC, so look for more noise in general from the label soon.

Caution, Ang Lee crossing: a roundtable with the "Lust, Caution" director and star

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Ang Lee – the future of Hollywood-Chinese cinema? The filmmaker certainly displayed the analytical acuity and actorly touch required for the position, as he was interviewed about his film, Se, jie (Lust, Caution), shortly after its October release, alongside his star, newcomer Wei Tang, at the Ritz-Carlton in SF. Read more »

Mission to Caracas

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Chavez snubs IAPA journalists in Venezuela

By Bruce B. Brugmann

(Scroll down for the IAPA press release in English and Spanish on its free press mission to Venezuela)

It was an amusing and telling moment in the history of freedom of the press:

I serve on the executive committee of the Inter American Press Association, and arrived in Venezuela on Nov. 17 as part of a mission to check on President Hugo Chávez's accelerating crackdown on the news media. Read more »

Angels and Demons

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For as long as humans have been migrating, but not conquering their host countries, they have been demonized. Check out the Jews under Hitler. The Arabs in France. The Pakistanis in England. Read more »

Some questions for Jackie Speier

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I’m told Jackie Speier is making calls to local elected officials seeking support in her unofficial but very active campaign to unseat Rep. Tom Lantos. I’m sure it’s not an easy decision for some folks: Speier is probably going to run to the left of Lantos, especially on the war – but Lantos will get the support of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and, I suspect, most of the rest of the Bay Area Congressional delegation. Read more »