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Rabid rabbi

KSFO's latest right-wing shock jock is an unlikely apologist for endgame evangelicals and a player in still-unfolding political corruption scandals
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"You are my rabbi," said the caller who claimed to be a Methodist. "Good," said the talk show host, "Everybody needs a rabbi."
This is no shock jock being irreverent — he's a real rabbi. But make no mistake, this is no jolly rebbe kvetching about marrying a nice Jewish boy, nor a lefty Jew talking about justice, diversity, and the Holocaust. He's Daniel Lapin, dubbed "the show rabbi of the Christian right" by the New York Times. And now he's a San Francisco talker, Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. on right-wing radio station KSFO.
But Lapin's more than a front man. Read more »

Prop. A reality check

Just weeks after the homicide prevention measure failed - a beloved DJ is shot dead in the Mission
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gwschulz@sfbg.com
The greatest irony of Proposition A's failure last month seemed to be what took place just a few short weeks after the June 6 election.
Prop. A would have budgeted $30 million over the next three years to fund violence prevention services for at-risk populations, such as anxious teens looking for a break from order during the warm summer months. Read more »

Amalgamated health care

Newsom's incomplete health plan is merged with Ammiano's controversial one
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sarah@sfbg.com
Mayor Gavin Newsom has taken credit and sought the national spotlight for a plan he touts as an innovative way to deliver universal health care access to the city's uninsured. Yet Newsom has consistently ducked the vitriolic public debate over how to the pay for the plan, which a companion measure by Sup. Tom Ammiano would cover with a controversial employer mandate.
But as the measures were headed for the first of at least two hearings before the Board of Supervisors (on July 11 after Guardian press time), a board committee and Newsom's public health director, Dr. Read more »

Anatomy of a scandal foretold

How was the Mexican election stolen? Let us count the ways
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MEXICO CITY (July 7th) -- Mexican elections are stolen before, during, and after Election Day. Just look at what happened in the days leading up to the tightest presidential election in the nation's history this past July 2nd.

By law, the parties and their candidates close down their campaigns three days before Election Day. Read more »

Is Updike obsolete?

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TECHSPLOITATION In a recent New York Times Book Review screed, the proverbial old-white-male author John Updike offers a reader's digest version of the argument against online publishing. Read more »

Going topless

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andrea@altsexcolumn.com
Dear Andrea:
My girlfriend is really into BDSM. At first I tried and played a convincing (I think) top/dom, but it just wasn't hot for me, so I looked some stuff up to get inspired. As I was reading/watching, I would really get off on it, but the sex with my girlfriend still wasn't hot. Then I realized that when I was masturbating to all this, I was fantasizing about subbing. Oops. I am way in love with my girlfriend, but she is a bottom, period. She might switch it around if it meant a lot to me, but I would know that it wasn't really making her happy. Read more »

No end to Pentagon spying

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EDITORIAL The Department of Defense has released the first installment of records related to Pentagon spying on antiwar groups, and while the documents are pretty limited, they suggest that there are no rules against monitoring peaceful political protests.
The records were made public in response to a Freedom of Information request filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Guardian after evidence emerged that military intelligence agents were monitoring protests at UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley.
The records consist largely of documents and memos, dating back to 1982, that outline the Read more »

No more taxicab cheating

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EDITORIAL The embarrassing spectacle of the San Francisco Taxi Commission firing its executive director in a secret 2 a.m. session June 28 demonstrates how out of control the cab industry in this town is. Read more »

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Why the mayor could use some "question time"
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tredmond@sfbg.com
Just about everybody in the "respectable" news media is going to call Sup. Chris Daly's latest charter amendment a crackpot idea, so I might as well join the crackpots right now. I think it's wonderful.
Daly wants to require the mayor of San Francisco to appear once a month at a Board of Supervisors meeting and answer questions. That's it — no decisions get made, no policies change. Read more »

After my son's death

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OPINION I am a mom who never wanted to have a gold star after my name.
Last month, after two years of requests, I finally received the Army's report on how my son, Patrick, died. Some of the information I already knew, through some of Patrick's brave soldier friends who were with or near him when he died. They told me much of what was in the report. Read more »