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Ammiano on Sen. Craig

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Senator Craig says he doesn't do things like that. And, oh yes, the Bay Bridge isn't closed.

(On the voicemail of Supervisor Tom Ammiano). B3

Today's Ammianoliner

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WiFi bad for diet. City needs fiber. Fiber. Fiber. Fiber. (On the voicemail of Sup. Tom Ammiano) B3

Ammiano to gay Republicans...

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Gay Republicans repeat after me. I'm here. I'm queer. I'm sorry.

(Today's Ammianoliner: on the voicemail of Sup. Tom Ammiano's home telephone.) B3

Pics of Mel Belli's friends

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Some pictures of the friends of the famous San Francisco attorney at the Be-In 2007.

By Bruce B. Brugmann

Mel Belli's friends got together last Friday night (Aug.24) for the Human Be-In 2007.

Belli, the famous San Francisco attorney and King of Torts, as he liked to call himself, has been dead for many years but his spirit lives on, at the Be-In and at Sunday's Summer of Love spectacular in Speedway Meadows at Golden Gate Park.

The reason is a most tantalizing and unknown San Francisco story, as I mentioned in a previous blog and as a panelist at the Be-In. Read more »

Gonzales goes, but investigation must continue

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

From time to time, I will pass along articles that I think are particularly timely and cogent.
This week's piece by John Nichols, in the Nation's "Online Beat," gets to the heart of the issue of the Gonzalez and Karl Rove resignations.

He writes, "The essential question with regard to Gonzalez remains the same as the question that Leahy ((Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont) laid down when Rove said he would go. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner

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Gonzalez steps down. His last act is to ban same sex cock fighting.

(On the voicemail of Sup. Tom Ammiano). B3

The Human Be-In permit caper. How Attorney Mel Belli got a Be-In permit by claiming he was holding a birthday party in Golden Gate Park

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Literally, as I was polishing up my blog for tonight's Human Be-In,
I got a call from Michael Bowen, a key organizer with Allen Cohen of the original Human Be-In on January 14, l967.
He is now living in a house ten minutes out of Stockholm, Sweden.

Bowen had lots to say about the Be-In and the era but he noted there was one key piece of information that has not been published and remains unknown: the issue of how the hippie group got a permit to put on the event in Golden Gate Park. Read more »

Tonight: The Human Be-In 2007

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The original Human Be-In on Jan. 14, l967, was not just a giant hippy party. It had an important political purpose and political consequences and helped mobilize the youth movement against the war in Vietnam

By Bruce B. Brugmann

As a participant in Friday night's Human Be-In, the pre-40th Anniversary "Summer of Love" event on Sept. 2,
I plan to provide a bit of revolutionary poetry/journalism (my phrase) from my old friend and journalism colleague, the late Allen Cohen. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner on the classic Halloween scenario

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Halloween scenario: Drag queens vs. swat teams. Is that a baton in your pocket? Or are you just happy to see me?

(On the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano.) Personal note to Tom: Speak up on your phone recording. We can barely make out what you are saying with your jokes. B3

Today's Ammianoliner

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City Hall code of conduct brings us the Stepford supervisors. Well, thank you for that veto. I needed that!

(From the home answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano.) B3