Politics Blog

Lookin' for love in all the wrong places

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By G.W. Schulz

I cracked open the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday genuinely excited to read it. I like going to the local section first, even if local sections across the country are seeing fewer and fewer available column inches; the Bay Area, and indeed, California, happen to be places that produce interesting local news.

What I found was hardly fulfilling.

For serious report-readers

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By Tim Redmond

John Conyers, ranking minority member on the house judiciary committee, has released a massive report detailing a long list of violations of law by the Bush Administration, from the Downing St. Memo to Iraq war coverups to assaults on civil liberties at home. It clocks in at more than 350 pages, but it's great stuff. You can download it here

Halloween not a Friendly Ghost

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Fear not, ghouls and goblins. You're still welcome in the Castro, at least one day a year. That's right: Halloween's back on. We got the word Wednesday night while we were celebrating all that is the Best of the Bay. Check out our Guardian's San Francisco blog-all-about-it, and the Examiner ran a bit on it today as well. Sharpen your fangs, only three months away!

Sunshine magnified

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By Steven T. Jones
It was good to see the Sentinel today amplifying our story about how the mayor's office gave us seven contested e-mails that Sup. Chris Daly has been trying to get for months. Read more »

Lebanon in ruins

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The NY Times offers an amazing before-and-after graphic of a south Beirut neighborhood that contained the Hezbollah headquarters. Found this on Digg.com

Wage slaves

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By Steven T. Jones
Just when San Francisco starts setting an example on justice for workers, the evil corporate bastards in DC or Sacto find ways to knock us back a few notches. Have you caught the debate over the legislation to increase the federal minimum wage? This thing is a poison pill mess that will do more harm than good. Read more »

Solving the Middle East

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By Tim Redmond

Now here's a brilliant idea: The Pentagon could subcontract the invasion of Iran and Syria to the Candians.

The vanishing Tenderloin

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Casey Mills in beyond Chron has a nice little tidbit on how Gavin Newsom's press release endorsing the little-known Rob Black for District Six supervisor conveniently omits any mention of the Tenderloin.

Bomb the dailies

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By G.W. Schulz

If top-promoted San Francisco Examiner columnist Ken Garcia was a graffiti artist, his moniker might be “Myopia,” or perhaps, “Screed.”

He often serves as a bullhorn for the city’s conservative and wealthy elite. I should state for the record that there are times when I feel he’s genuinely insightful and informative. He can occasionally present a complex issue in a way that’s relatively easy to digest; a challenge every reporter struggles with. Read more »

Distorted lens

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By G.W. Schulz

The press has been quite candid in its portrayals of civilian deaths in southern Lebanon and northern Israel. I’d be shocked if the major media organizations from the United States were slammed with the same vitriol leveled at Al-Jazeera during its coverage of the war in Iraq. Read more »