Betting on the mayor

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By Steven T. Jones
I'll be the first to admit that I barely understand the complexities of futures markets, but I'm proud to say that I've already made a few hundred bucks off this fall's mayor's race. OK, it isn't real money, and this market for who will be our next mayor is a contrivance of the SF Usual Suspects. Yet it's a fun and interesting new way to handicap the upcoming race. BTW, I'm swimming in Ross Mirkarimi shares in case anybody wants to make me a good offer. Read more »

Pushing the electronic envelope

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By Sean Manning

If the advent of sample culture has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t just slap two and two together and expect to make something transcendent. For every Grey Album there are countless forgettable mash-ups attempting to play “What if?” with pop’s back catalogue and even more pointless remixes. Read more »

About Zoellick

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By Sarah Phelan
Wolfowitz may be on his way out, but get this: Robert Zoellick the guy picked to replace him, was one of the signatories (along with Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, Zalmay Khalilzad, John R. Bolton, Richard Armitage, William Kristol, and others) of a Jan. 26, 1998 letter to President Bill Clinton drafted by the Project for a New American Century calling for "removing Saddam's regime from power."

Step Up! Sheehan hangs up her helmet.

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By Sarah Phelan

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You can't blame antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan for hanging up her helmet, but what excuse do the rest of us have? Sheehan kept the memory of her son alive and didn't flinch from confronting the truth that her son died for a lie. With the bloodiest month since the US invaded Iraq coming to an end, it's time for the rest of us to debunk Bush's "war" myth. There were no WMDs. And there is no enemy, now Saddam is gone. Read more »

Love is in the air

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By Beth Gilomen
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I'm new to the city and don't know many people yet, so I must admit, I've been browsing the craigslist missed connections for the last two weeks, passively hoping that someone out there wants to meet me. So far, no luck. But here's what I have found: there are a lot of you in San Francisco looking for some love in your lives. Read more »

Candidates and non-candidates

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By Tim Redmond

So much going on right now in the local political world -- and some of it so ephemeral.

Chris Daly's progressive convention is June 2, coming right up, and we still don't have a candidate for mayor. Matt Gonzalez gives an interview to BeyondChron and says he's not ruling out a run, but won't be making any announcement in time for the June 2 event. Will anyone? Read more »

Star studded Milk Club event

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By Steven T. Jones
Last night's annual dinner of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club was a truly memorable event that stands as testament to the strength, vitality, depth, and verve of this city's progressive movement. Read more »

No Fun faboo!

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Guardian contributor George Chen made it to the No Fun Fest at the Hook in Brooklyn, May 17-20. Here are a few pics and thoughts from the brain behind Chen Santamaria.

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This was John Wiese, Jesse Jackson (I am assuming that is his real name), and Corydon Ronnau (Obstacle Corpse). Jackson destroyed his already partial guitar, and some crazed fan walked off with the neck and guts. Read more »

Beauty with bite

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By Beth Gilomen
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Visiting the Conservatory of Flowers’ current special exhibit, Chomp, flooded me with memories of fourth grade field trips – if they’d had a “Little Shop of Horrors” theme. Read more »

About those whales ...

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By Tim Redmond

Yeah, I'm all for saving the whales and I even worked for Greenpeace once. But I have to say: Coast Guard boats and helicopters. Camera crews from all over. Front-page headlines. Read more »