True religion genes

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Tory in Jesus Camp. Copyright Magnolia Pictures.

Fascinated disgust and aghast amusement are two feelings I don't experience often enough. Jesus Camp elicits both in spades. Read more »

New voice in town

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By Steven T. Jones
Ace photographer and all around good guy Luke Thomas -- who had a nasty falling out with his business partner at the San Francisco Sentinel, Pat Murphy (I'll have more details on that for y'all very soon) -- today debuted his new website, Fog City Journal, which has the look and feel of the old site, but with a bit more journalistic integrity. Read more »

Word up

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Casual readers of this blog might deduce that all I ever do is watch movies. Well, that's mostly true. But I do a few other things on occasion. Like, listen to music. And inevitably, read two or more books at a time. Here's what-all's dividing my literary attentions four ways at the moment:

The bogus terror plot

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By Tim Redmond

leave it to Wonkette to demonstrate why the terrorists who were going to blow up a plane with carry-on liquids were pretty bogus threats. At least one expert points out that it's almost impossible to mix a bomb out of ordinary materials in an aircraft loo.

Maybe Pelosi is the real devil

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By Steven T. Jones
Like many Americans concerned about this country's imperial ways, I was thrilled to hear Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounce U.S. President George Bush during a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. It was biting, funny, insightful, and right on target. Read more »

Josh's going-back-to-jail party at Crash

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On the eve of Josh Wolf going to jail, and on the eve of Chronicle reporters Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada facing yet another federal decision moving them ever closer to jail, I was honored to be the lead speaker at the fundraiser and going-back-to-jail party for Josh last night at Crash, a club on Mason Street in San Francisco.

I made two major points: first, that this was the only city in the country to my knowledge that had three reporters who were in jail or heading to jail, on orders from Washington, for failing to produce sources and material in federal cases. Read more »

City attorney and the cops

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By Tim Redmond

City Attorney Dennis Herrera released his official opinion on how the Police Commisison has to respond the the utterly horrible California Supreme Court decision on secrecy in police discipline cases. I'm not happy.

I realize that the Supreme Court has spoken on this, and that the city attorney of San Francisco can't just openly defy the Supremes. Read more »

T. Rowe Price: how to annoy the hell out of a good customer, Part 3

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Repeating once again for even more emphasis: “Investment management excellence, world class service and guidance” (Positioning line at the top of the T. Rowe Price website)

By Bruce B. Brugmann (B3)

Five days after putting my pointed questions to a voice mail at the T. Rowe Price headquarters in Baltimore as to why the company was calling my wife an excessive trader of mutual funds, I got a call back from Ben Scherer, from the risk management team of T. Read more »

Police foot patrols get green light

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In the face of raised levels of violent crime in San Francisco in recent months, the Board of Supes voted on September 19 to look into expanding a pilot police foot patrol program.
The program was first suggested by Sup. Read more »

NOISE: Winning Tortoise

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Guardian contributor Chris Sabbath weighs in on the recent Tortoise show on Sept. 14 at Great American Music Hall:

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Being a late bloomer in the whole Chicago post-rock department, I didn’t actually get around to hearing Tortoise’s eclectic jazz-prog-electronic post-whatevers until my early 20s. That being said, I went Thrill Jockey crazy for a summer -- endlessly stockpiling my college apartment with albums by such label staples as Mouse on Mars, Trains Am, and Oval. Read more »