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Ammianoliner on the groper

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Arnold Schwarzenegger says marriage is a sacred contract between a man and anyone he can grope.

(On the voicemail of Sup. Tom Ammiano) B3

Boen on SOL

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Up here near the North Pole, we are watching you at night via the live internet pod cast dancing in the afternoon sun in Northern California. Everyone here is much more aware than one might think of everything we do and have done in California. Here they have built the perfect egalitarian society, in California we have not. I just wish more Americans would wake up and read their Bill of Rights and Constitution. It says nothing about the Corporation for which we stand; it is the Republic for which we stand. Read more »

Extra!! Two Ammianoliners today

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

The first Ammianoliner was as usual on his home voicemail:

And the Emmy goes to O.J. Simpson in "Prime Suspect." Did you steal Carol Channing's gown. If it fits, you can't acquit.

Then, the Chronicle's Leah Garchik writes in her Tuesday column:

Before the arrival of the news that Carol Channing's stolen dress had been found, Tom Ammiano called to pin the blame on O.J. Simpson. "If the dress fit/then don't acquit," he said.

Take your pick.

Personal note to Ammiano: Speak up. It's hard to get your one liners without redialing. Read more »

Phil Frank & Throckmorton

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Carl Nolte, who always likes to stay one step ahead of Guardian scandals, tossed a good one into the hopper
in our back and forth on the life and times of Chronicle cartoonist Phil Frank.

He emailed me that Phil was a "real historian" and that Samuel P. Throckmorton was his "PG&E."

Who in the world is Samuel P. Throckmorton? As attentive Bruce blog readers know, I sent him back an email asking him to identify the peccadilloes and whereabouts of Throckmorton.

Nolte, startled, wrote "You never heard of Throckmorton? Read more »

Phil Frank & PG&E scandals

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Savannah Blackwell, our reporter who covered the PG&E/CityHall/Raker Act scandal from l996-2004, asked the SF Public Utilities Commission back in l997 for a map of the Hetch Hetchy water and power system.
She was thrilled (her words) to get a colorful, user-friendly, poster-sized cartoon version drawn by Phil Frank.

She took it back to the Guardian offices, then at 520 Hampshire Street, and taped it to the newsroom wall.
Executive Editor Tim Redmond pointed out to her where Frank had included--some ways downstream from the Hetch Hetchy dam--the home of former Rep. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner

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Bush misses resignation deadline. (On the answering machine of Sup.Tom Ammiano.) B3

Phil Frank's memorial today. Come to John's Grill for an informal memorial ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday)

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

A big chunk of San Francisco soul died today when two of his old friends flashed the word that Phil Frank, a great cartoonist, died Wednesday.

Lee Housekeeper, the worthy keeper of the flame who organizes these memorials on deadline, gave us a call this morning at the Guardian and then put out a news flash on his hotline:

IN MEMORY OF PHIL FRANK

Please join the Boy's Night Out friends of Phil Frank today at John's Grill, 63 Ellis Street, under our brother's smiling picture, between 4 and 6 p.m. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner: Gen. Betray Us sings "Viva Viagra!"

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General Betray-us sings "Viva Viagra!" If an erection or surge is painful or lasts more than four hours, call Senator Feinstein."

Please note: See the stories by Peter Byrne on Diane Feinstein's conflict of interest in Iraq featured in Amanda Witherell's story The Byrne ultimatum, which was a runner up this year on the Project Censored list.

Twice censored...the Santa Rosa Press Democrat runs one censored story but then censors another...

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Well, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat today published a story on Project Censored at Sonoma State University, the first time in 3l years that the local daily has taken serious notice of the local project.

But, notes Peter Byrne, a Censored winner for his investigation of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's military contract conflicts, the PD censored out (a) any mention of his winnlng story and (b) any mention of the underlying story of the conflicts that led to Feinstein's resignation from the Senate Armed Services Committee. Read more »