Politics Blog

John Edwards: 60,645 hurt in war

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Thank you, former presidential candidate and former senator from North Carolina John Edwards for a great letter called "Broken Soldiers, and a Broken System" in the New York Times today.

In it, Edwards notes that the frequently reported number of the wounded in action (29,320 in March 1) does not include everyone who's been hurt.

"The complete number of nonfatal casualties in Iraq is 60,645. Most assume the wounded number includes all, but it does not. Read more »

Barack Obama-sistible

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Another crazy day in the presidential election.
Another crazy Obama video.

Adam Werbach makes me puke

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I heard Adam Werbach, the onetime boy wonder of the Sierra Club, on Forum this morning, talking about how wonderful it is that Wal-Mart is starting to use special trucks that rely on batteries when they idle to save diesel fuel.

And I have to say: He made me want to puke. Read more »

SF's new deal for fossil fuel plants

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The SF Public Utilities Commission and the Board of Supervisors will soon be hearing details of a new contract to build two fossil fuel-burning power plants in the city. JPower, an Illinois-based subsidiary of the national power company of Japan, backed out of a deal to build a plant for the city when, back in October, the Board and PUC urged city staffers to pursue a city-owned operation instead. Read more »

McGoldrick wants Solar funds for low-income housing

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Stop-Loss notes

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There were only 20 people, including myself, watching Stop-Loss when it opened in Oakland on Friday night. Two of those people were my family members. Read more »

OMG, the naked Yoga Guy is back...

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...only this time, he'll be carrying a torch.

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"A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make an indelible statement for human rights" -- naked!

"We are inviting you and your nude friends to join us," says the invite, sent to us by former mayoral candidate George Davis, who points out that the "original Olympic Athletes participated nude."

He also points out that the original Olympic athletes covered themselves with olive oil, and that he "will bring Baby Oil for those who wish the look."Read more »

Bureaucrats blow $375k reading Matier & Ross

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Employees working for the city and county of San Francisco have squandered $375,000 in salaried work hours over the last 12 months reading San Francisco Chronicle columnists Matier & Ross, time that could have been spent finding cheaper ways to provide a police presence at political demonstrations and repaint parking garages located at far-flung BART stations, according to a new report by Controller Ed Harrington.

"Our analysis shows that City Hall staffers spent precious work time reading about h Read more »

Torched?

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How is Mayor Gavin Newsom going to maneuver his way through the controversial Beijing Olympic Torch relay in San Francisco on Wednesday?

Before he read the political writing on the wall, (or listened to the protesters that gathered beneath his window at City Hall each day to chant “Mayor Newsom don’t accept China’s Bloody Torch,) Newsom tried to get Sup. Carmen Chu, his most recent appointee on the Board, to squash Sup. Read more »

Can Obama help us, Bolivia, and the world?

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I went to Bolivia partly for political and journalistic reasons. President Evo Morales seemed to me an exciting and romantic figure, a source of great hope for Bolivia and the rest of South America.

He came to power as part of a progressive trend that has swept the continent in recent years, fueled by a popular backlash against the imperialism and neoliberal economic policies of the United States, a country that has arrogantly and inappropriately been meddling in Latin American affairs since the Monroe Doctrine.