And the Champion Is...
Inside the boxing world: A well-written story about an unusually focused and disciplined young man who has courage, principles and dignity ["Fighting Chance," Joe Eskenazi, feature, 10/12].
Hemp Equals Happy
Images break federal stereotype: Nice photos of smiling, happy people ["Cannabis and Hemp Expo 2011," Hanna Quevedo, Slideshow, 10/17]. Hard to believe the Feds think these folks are public enemy number one, but the government has been wrong many times in the past. Hopefully it won't be too long before things change.
Blog Comments of the Week
In response to bills benefitting illegal immigrants: This is not simply an "immigration reform" issue, this is an "illegal immigration reform issue." The term "illegal" being the key point here ["Governor Jerry Brown Signs Slew of Illegal Immigrant-Friendly Bills," Lauren Smiley, the Snitch, 10/11]. No one has an issue with immigration. But there is protocol that needs to be followed.
Remember the Blue Angels are designed for war: People can criticize us San Franciscans who consider the war machine is more then a serious problem ["Blue Angels Are Awesomely Divisive: SF Weekly Called 'Liberal Doosh,' Lauren Smiley, the Snitch, 10/10]. Have no illusions, in this case one cannot have cake and eat it too. Those jets are made to destroy things and kill people. An air show doesn't change anything.
Planes may annoy a reporter, but are S.F. tradition: In my experience, being a Blue Angel hater is highly correlated with being a carpetbagging transplant ["Blue Angels Noise Level Is Somewhere Between Annoying and Buzz Saw — Are You Deaf Yet?" Lauren Smiley, the Snitch, 10/7]. If the writer grew up here, doesn't she remember how awesome it was to have them interrupt her grade school classes? If she didn't grow up here, she has no right to come here and try to force her self-indulgent NIMBY-ism on us. The Blue Angels are a true S.F. tradition, and no matter how much someone hates U.S. military imperialism (I hate it too!), stop trying to deprive S.F.'s younger generations of one of the coolest aspects of growing up here.
Blog post looks like an excuse to call a rapper whiney: This seems more like an excuse for an article from someone who doesn't like Lupe Fiasco ["Lupe Fiasco: Hip-Hop's Greatest Whiner," Phillip Mlynar, All Shook Down, 10/7]. There are rappers who just do things for attention, like all of them. If the writer doesn't like Lupe and doesn't want to write an article about him, just be straightforward and don't pussyfoot around the issue by doing this.
A reader agrees with the whiney assessment of Lupe Fiasco: This article is spot-on. He even complains about the cost of having to put together a free mixtape and lashed out at bloggers for leaking his music. After all his whining and putting out a horrible album, he's lost me as a fan. I still love The Cool, but I wish him all the best with his new Lasers .