Politics Blog

Limbaugh decries cops who want 'special rights'

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Okay, so maybe that's actually the phrase Rush Limbaugh uses to describe LGBT rights. But when the folks in law enforcement, mostly a conservative bunch, start demanding special treatment, shouldn't conservative pundits hit the ceiling then, too? Of course not. That would alienate a significant portion of their listening audience. Read more »

Tutu feted by IGLHRC

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By Michael Leonard

Archbishop Desmond Tutu offered his sincerest thanks and gratitude on Tuesday night to the audience in Grace Cathedral as he closed a moving acceptance speech, upon receiving the OUTSPOKEN Award from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (ILGHRC).

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All pics by Michael Leonard

Nobel Peace Prize Laure Read more »

Torch Songs: A report from the ground

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Ed Note: I was on my way from a press conference at the federal building at around 1:30 today when I saw the anti-Torch demonstrators, at least a couple hundred of them, surge out of Civic Center Plaza, across the street, and up the steps of City Hall. It was a pretty dramatic moment, with all their brightly colored flags whipping in the stiff wind and their chants echoing against the marble facade. Read more »

Protesting the torch

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You have to wonder what Beijing and the International Olympic Committee were thinking.

A country with real human rights problems, involving not only the horrors in Darfur but the immensely popular, mediagenic Dalai Lama and Tibet, hosts the Olympics. The torch goes through several countries where political protests are common and there's a large population ready to scream about China's repressive regime. Then it stops in San Francisco, where there's a large Chinese population and an equally large population of political activists .... Read more »

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 »

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 »