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Darryl gets live: Craig Robinson hits SF stand up

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Perhaps you’ve heard of Craig Robinson. You’ve certainly seen him -- between The Office, turns in Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, Hot Tub Time Machin\e -- plus guest appearances on pretty much every single successful sitcom of the past decade or so -- he’s totally “that guy” these days. You know, “that funny guy,” “that bouncer guy,” even "that black guy" (groan, racial identifiers). But when we chatted over the phone a few weeks ago in anticipation of his upcoming stand up show at Cobb’s Comedy Club (starts Thurs/27), the turbo calm Robinson let me know that “hey man, where do I know you from?” is only the second most popular line he’s approached with these days. Read more »

The Daily Blurgh: Flipper goes commando and Gidget almost loses it (again)

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

In the near future, Navy Marine Mammals will prevent the next diabolical underwater plot hatched by marine-loving terrorists. In fact, they're doing it off the coast of California right now. Lest you be worried that these aquatic freedom defenders are "canaries in a coalmine" (but in water!), rest assured that, "None of the animals have been harmed in the anti-terrorist work. They never have to carry potentially catastrophic mines."

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Quick Lit: May 19-May 25

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Literary readings, book tours, and talks this week

Michael Chabon, Chuck Palahniuk, a celebration of Bukowski, Carol Queen revisits exhibitionism, Rebecca Solnit and Mona Caron create a California bestiary, and more

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Will cyclists and motorists ever get along?

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Bicyclists and motorists often clash in San Francisco, over space on the roadways and in conversations about each others' behaviors, often in the most acrimonious fashion imaginable. My recent writing on bike issues has prompted lots of feedback and controversy – including lovely comments such as “Steve, keep riding your bike without a helmet, with any luck you'll get in an accident and what little brains you have will spill out onto the street and we won't have to read your smug condescending bullshit about bikes anymore.” – but I'm not the only one interested in trying to figure out how this gulf got so wide or how to bridge it. Read more »

Benefits: May 19-May 25

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Ways to have fun while giving back this week
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BP still claiming exploded oil rig was safe and reliable

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The corporate communications industry has gotten so ridiculous, so disconnected from reason and a sense of shame, or an obligation to provide some semblance of truth or credibility, that it's amazing we still listen to these people at all anymore. And the best example of that right now is BP, the oil giant that is well on its way being responsible for the worst oil spill in history.Read more »

Fiona Ma's cash machine

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Why does Assembly member Fiona Ma take on odd causes like ending rent control for trailer parks?

Maybe it's because almost 90 percent of the money she raises comes from outside her district. From the Chron today:Read more »

UC, CSU chiefs need to quit the Chamber of Commerce board

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The California Chamber of Commerce is one of the most consistently right-wing organizations in the state, particularly on economic issues. The Chamber’s against pretty much all taxes and supports pretty much all cuts in government spending.

So why are the heads of the three largest public educational institutions in California, the University of California, California State University, and the California Community Colleges, members of the Chamber board?Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Katherine, SF State

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Supes to SF: Let's opt out of ICE's automatic fingerprint referral program

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Just two weeks before a controversial collaboration between local police and ICE is set to get switched on in San Francisco, Sups. Eric Mar, John Avalos, David Campos, Chris Daly and Sophie Maxwell are introducing a  resolution that calls on the city to opt out of a program that could undermine public safety and threaten innocent community members with deportation.Read more »

The Daily Blurgh: Creepy mannequins, big words

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

An ode to the creepy child mannequins of Siegel's Fashions for Men and Boys on Mission.

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OMFG, Meg Whitman's a smut dealer!

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Or so Steve Poizner says, in a battle of the airwaves that's getting completely insane.

In a new ad, Poiz charges that Whitman, as CEO of EBay, allowed (oh no!) dirty movies to be sold on EBay. You can buy other dirty things there, too, like a Voodoo Hot Sex Life Improvement Love Spell (bidding starts at $9.99). And it's all Meg's fault!

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SFBG Radio: Johnny and Tim on the worst state budget ever

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In today's SFBG.COM Radio, Johnny and Tim talk about the worst state budget proposal ever, why higher taxes won't drive rich people and businesses out of California and how the next budget battle will play out in Sacramento. You can listen after the jump. Read more »

Arnold's attack on the poor

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As usual, Robert Cruickshank at Calitics has it exactly right: The governor's budget isn't just bloody and brutal, it's a direct attack on poor people -- and an effort to divide the interests of the poor and the middle class. If the new round of budget cuts had continued to hit public schools, higher education, state parks and other things that benefit the middle class and the people who are slightly better off, there might be a huge public backlash. Read more »

An environmental and worker disaster

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Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half-century


It‘s coming up on 10 o’clock in the evening aboard a massive oil rig, the Deepwater Horizon, 130 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s Tuesday, April 20. The rig sways gently in the calm waters. Then, suddenly . . . BOOM!

A huge explosion rocks the rig, releasing tons of oil that soon will spread over an area of at least 2,500 square miles. Of course it’s an environmental disaster, probably the worst oil spill ever. That’s what draws massive attention from the media. But what of the workers aboard the rig, who suffered terrible trauma, serious injury and death? Read more »