Start your "Vinyl Addiction"

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“Here’s my Jaguar Warrior.” Jesse Hernandez pulls out his toy, and sets it on our café table with a broad smile. Two women at the next table over are immediately intrigued. “Oh, that’s beautiful! What is that?” they coo. Hernandez seems flattered by the compliments, and patiently explains that it’s a vinyl toy and that he designed the elaborate yellow cat figurine with the sweeping blue plumes and fierce, fanged skull peering out of its face. And yes, it’s pretty cool.

One gets the impression that, as host of MYX TV’s new show “Vinyl Addiction,” (who celebrates its launch party and the release of an exclusive Hernandez toy Sat/3 at New People) Hernandez is used to explaining to people just what these cute/creepy little dolls are. He certainly got me to understand their appeal.

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Judicial candidates: Dan Dean

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Dan Dean is one of two candidates challenging Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer in the June primary election. You can listen to our editorial board interview with him here.

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The pope's supporters are truly horrible

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed the astonishing ad that ran in The New York Times defending the pope. Maureen Dowd picked it up in a nicely savage column that suggests the holy father undergo an inquisition. Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Shannon, Van Ness and Jackson

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Judicial candidates: Rod McLeod

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Six candidates are running for two judicial seats in San Francisco, and over the next few weeks, we'll be interviewing all of them (and at the end of April, we'll be publishing our endorsements). The interviews make for interesting listening, so we're posting the sound files on the web. Here's Rod McLeod, who is one of four candidates seeking to replace retiring judge Wallace Douglass.

 

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Sit-lie: A city planning issue?

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The City Planning Commission will be taking up the proposed sit-lie law April 1. No, that's not an April Fool's joke -- city planners are going to take testimony and weigh in on the proposal to ban sitting on the sidewalks. Why is this a planning issue? Read more »

Alice Waters protested for supporting using human waste as compost

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By Brady Welch

In a story that continues to amuse and fascinate, it appears that the human biosolids compost shit show we wrote about last week has left town… and ended up in, of all places, Alice Waters’ own backyard garden. That’s right: the seasonal, local, and cage-free proprietor of Berkeley’s fabled Chez Panisse has emerged as a staunch and unlikely defender of fertilizing your garden with sewage sludge compost, which San Francisco officials have recently discontinued giving away because of environmental concerns. Read more »

ICE's one step forward, two steps (ass) backwards

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It's hard to find the logic in ICE's announcement that it is going to use quotas, again, coming relatively so soon after that other announcement that it was ending quotas.

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Sexy events: March 31-April 6

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You know it's sexy time when the comic conventioneers come to town... check out what else is on the menu for sex events this week, besides just endless Lara Crofts and Rouges.

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The Daily Blurgh: Bee warned, Purple Sylvester

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay

I'm all for local businesses and delicious honey and getting to use the word "apiarist" in a sentence, but if any kind of this shit goes down you'll know which type of urban farmer to give the stink eye. You say 15 beehives hidden in "'borrowed spaces' around SF," NY Times -- I say bio-terrorist cells. Hell, if you can train bees to detect bombs, who's to say they also couldn't be trained to detonate them?

Meanwhile in Science: "While dominant hyenas have a steady, confident-sounding giggle, subordinate ones produce a more variable call, allowing the animals to keep track of their social hierarchy, according to a new University of California, Berkeley, study." Who's laughing now, bitch?

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A very special piece of fan mail

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The Guardian recently received a hostile letter in response to last week's cover story, The New War on Fun, which spotlighted the aggressive tactics of two undercover officers at the center of a crackdown on San Francisco nightlife.

Unable to verify the author's identity, we've withheld his name. As champions of free speech, however, we decided to give this writer an opportunity to share his opinion not just with the writers he seeks to attack, but a wider audience of readers, who undoubtedly also hold strong opinions. While this letter might amount to hot air from one individual whose opinion holds about as much sway as any internet troll creeping across the blogosphere, airing it can perhaps shed some light on the mindset of someone who would position progressive values -- not to mention fun in San Francisco -- squarely in the crosshairs. And it's kind of funny, too. Read more »

alt.sex.column: Maresy dotes

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Dear Andrea:

It's spring! Even though I live in California, it's exciting when spring comes. I mean literally exciting, as in, it makes me horny. All winter I was like "Eh, dating" and now I'm all like "OMG boys! Lemme at 'em." This happens every year, whether I have a boyfriend or not.

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Introducing Fossil Fools Day

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"The fossil fools ain’t no joke – but that doesn’t mean we can’t fight them with one," say activists at www.fossilfoolsdayofaction.org as they announce plans to pull pranks April 1. Read more »

Si Se Puede: The legacy of Cesar Chavez

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(Scroll down for a personal note from Dick Meister)

March 31st is a special day in eleven states, including California, and in dozens of cities and counties nationwide-- and should be. It's Cesar Chavez Day, honoring the late founder of the United Farm Workers union on the 83rd anniversary of his birth.

Certainly there are few people in any field more deserving of such an honor, certainly no one I've met in more than 50 years of labor reporting.

I first met Cesar Chavez when I was reporting on labor for the SF Chronicle.  It was a hot summer night in 1965 in the little San Joaquin Valley town of Delano, California. Chavez, shining black hair trailing across his smooth brown forehead, wearing a red plaid shirt that had become almost a uniform, sat behind a makeshift desk topped with bright red Formica, deadly serious but quick to smile. Read more »

Levada takes on the Times

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Cardinal William Levada, former archbishop of San Francisco Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, has penned a caustic response to recent New York Times articles and editorials that were critical of how the church and Pope Benedict XVI have handled sexual abuse cases involving priests over the years, calling the coverage “deficient by any reasonable standards of fairness Read more »