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Iraq, Iran, Al Qaeda .... Iraq, Iran, Al Qaeda ...

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I've been listening to Gen Petraeus go on and on and on, and it's stunning: He keeps talking about Iran and Al Qaeda. I'm having a very bad flashback here .... The whole message seems to be, things are getting better, the surge is working, and now we need to "defeat AL Qaeda" and (gasp) deal with Iran.

When he talked about the threat of Iran, one woman stood up in the chamber and shouted "That's a lie." She was quickly removed.

But here we go again ... Read more »

Leno, Migden and Sacramento madness

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Migden, Leno: Who's killing the bills?

By Tim Redmond
It’s been a wild few days in Sacramento.

On Thursday afternoon, the state Senate narrowly passed a terrible campaign finance bill that could strictly limit the ability of local governments to control political money. Read more »

Soma, Manhattan, and the SF Weekly

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I was a bit startled to see the supplement called "Spaces" fall out of my SF Weekly today; it's a slick, 16-page fluffer for the real estate industry, complete with an ad for Vanguard Properties on the cover.

Even by the standards of shameless ad supplements, this is pretty low; selling the cover of anything to an advertiser is considered pretty shoddy form. Read more »

Electricity deregulation falls apart

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By Tim Redmond

The grand experiment in electricity deregulation appears to be in collapse around the country, according to the New York Times. Oddly enough -- or perhaps not oddly enough -- the one state that still seems to be sticking with this disastrous program is California.

Your Black Muslim Bakery on the chopping block for $900,000

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Want a decades-old Oakland bakery uncomfortably linked to a litany of alleged violent and sexual felony criminal charges? It’s yours for just $900,000.

Oh yeah, it’s been shut down by the health department, too.

A trustee for Your Black Muslim Bakery’s Chapter 7 federal bankruptcy has hired a real-estate broker for the seemingly impossible task of selling the business, according to court records filed in Oakland last week. Read more »

Newsom won't learn

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By Tim Redmond

The mayor now says he's going to seek another private partner to build a wi-fi network in the city. Calls, he says, are pouring in..

So here we go again.

Will Gavin debate with Tony Hall out of race?

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by Sarah Phelan

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While apparently not available for debating, Gavin has been spotted in City Hall like at this Aug. Read more »

Good morning, gay Iowa!

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Io-wha??? In a turn of events strange enough to cause me to spit out my chocolate croissant in disbelief this morning, same-sex marriage is now legal in Iowa.

I shit you not.

Well, actually, it turns out that it was officially legal for only two hours -- from 9am-11am. Read more »

Wifi meltdown, Newsom meltdown

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By Tim Redmond

It's no surprise that Earthlink has backed out of its deal to provide free wi-fi in San Francisco; we predicted this weeks ago.

What's annoying is that the mayor is trying to blame the supervisors for delaying the contract. What -- they should have rushed to approve it even as the prime vendor was telling the rest of the world that it wasn't interested in this line of business any more? Read more »

Jiminy! Another gay Republican

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(UPDATE 5:30PM: A concerned reader just informed us that you can see Craig's creepy mug shot, along with a photo of the pretty yummy decoy cop here. No fair if the cops are that cute!)

Except that I’m completely against them, I have nothing against gay Republicans: we’re all driven by the engines of hypocrisy in one form or other – and accepting yourself is a lifelong journey, incredibly difficult for some. We are everywhere, darnit. Read more »