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  • Portrait of a Capitalist

    published December 26, 2007

    For a version of San Francisco history from the perspective of the masses, visit the Rincon Annex at Mission and Spear streets. The cartoonish... More >>

  • Demo Sale

    published December 19, 2007

    Proverbs 16:19 — "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall"—is more than a biblical verse. It's a... More >>

  • Unhealthy Union

    published December 12, 2007

    Rarely do I find myself wishing the best for a journalistic competitor. But I'm hoping that an early obituary on California health care reform,... More >>

  • Blogos-Free

    published December 5, 2007

    My neighbor across the street, who not long ago bought one of those near-million-dollar S.F. condos that are popular nowadays, has a business... More >>

  • SEIU's Rosselli Resigns as State Boss -- Sac Bee

    published Dec 03, 2007

    Bay Area labor leader Sal Rosselli has resigned his post as president of the California umbrella organization for one of America's most powerful labor unions, the Sacramento Bee reports. Rosselli ... More >>

  • Roll of the Die - Human Life Speculators Bet on Elder Deaths

    published November 28, 2007

    Plymouth, California, a town of a little more than 1,000 souls in the Sierra Nevada foothills just east of Sacramento, seems an unlikely site... More >>

  • Gavin Newsom Can Help Cure Global Warming's Effects ... with High-Rises

    published November 7, 2007

    It's now well established that leadership on the issue of global warming is a ticket to political stardom. Lest you doubt that, consider the... More >>

  • Mayor Newsom Announces "Audaciousness" Program

    published October 31, 2007

    This week's Matt Smith is a comic. Click here to view. More >>

  • The Vice Hotel

    published October 10, 2007

    The biceps of 53-year-old ex-boxing coach Emmett Marcel Oliver bulge to the size of cantaloupes as he demonstrates his punching technique... More >>

  • Russian Sergey Brin and Google: A KGB-style Propaganda and Spying Machine?

    published October 3, 2007

    When a national cult-watcher has to beg San Francisco's mayor to stop luring young people into a dangerous mind-control sect, we have a... More >>

  • Wal-Mart 'R' Us

    published September 19, 2007

    Leftists passing by newsstands last week saw an image of their movement's former poster boy. On the cover of the current issue of Fast... More >>

  • Leno's Hemp Screen

    published September 12, 2007

    In 2000, between the March launch of at a poshed-up Exploratorium and the November bankruptcy... More >>

  • Meet the Candidate

    published September 5, 2007

    This week, Matt Smith did a comic called "Meet the Candidate" instead of a column and our web templates can't handle it. Ha! More >>

  • The End of Our Progress

    published August 22, 2007

    Art Agnos, the old political lion many lefties had pegged as the best possible hope for unseating the incumbent mayor, arrived here last month in... More >>

  • New College of Weirdness

    published August 15, 2007

    New College of California, the small liberal arts college occupying two former mortuaries and an ex-home for unwed mothers on the 700 block of... More >>

  • Governor Newsom?

    published August 8, 2007

    Except for insurgent Matt Gonzalez entering the race at the last minute and nearly pulling off an upset, Gavin Newsom's 2003 campaign for mayor... More >>

  • Burning Brew

    published August 1, 2007

    Early last month my father, a retired Methodist pastor in Red Bluff, three hours north of San Francisco, ordered a cup of coffee for himself at... More >>

  • Pollution Absolution

    published July 18, 2007

    Leave it to the Vatican to place itself on the wrong side of yet another great moral divide. In 1517 Pope Leo X offered indulgences in... More >>

  • Profits for Developers Initiative

    published July 11, 2007

    Campaign cash, deceptive advertising and the machinations of professional political strategists long ago undermined the Progressive movement's... More >>

  • Mother Nature or Nurture?

    published July 4, 2007

    Russ Bradley spends summers on the craggy guano-strewn paradise at the far western edge of San Francisco's city limits, poking about in a rain... More >>

  • iPhoney iDol?

    published June 27, 2007

    Best-seller lists have lately been topped with a proselytic brand of atheism, contained in books such as Christopher Hitchens' God Is Not... More >>

  • Fore Play

    published June 20, 2007

    Gardener Zachary Salem, 44, hoists five brass sprinkler heads from the cement stair leading up from the end of California Street to Lincoln Park... More >>

  • Stern Reprimand

    published June 13, 2007

    A once-secret power struggle between one of the Western United States' most powerful labor leaders, and America's most famous union boss, has... More >>

  • Mazzola Is Slippery

    published June 6, 2007

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, beginning in the 1990s some $76 million was siphoned from union worker benefit funds under the... More >>

  • Lacking (Progressive) Definition

    published May 30, 2007

    If there's one thing that a certain development lobbying group representing the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo Bank, Lennar... More >>

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