It's not private prisons or Big Pharma that's keeping marijuana illegal in California (though no doubt both benefit big-time from drug prohibition). It's money, as in a lack of about $3 million to put a voter initiative like the ones that legalized small amounts of cannabis in Colorado or Washingt ... More >>
It's great to be granted tacit permission by our colleagues down the hall at the Guardian to cover matters relating to CleanPowerSF. It's not so great, however, to read an article about the city's clean energy program essentially urging readers and reporters alike to pay no attention to the man behi ... More >>
At a time when stark partisanship has defined political debate, here's another sign that support for gay marriage is creeping into mainstream paradigm: A bunch of Republicans, including former California Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, have signed a brief declaring to the U.S. Supreme Court tha ... More >>
Did you know that both Ronald Reagan and John McCain both opposed the creation of a federal holiday for Martin Luther King? It's something of an inconsequential fact, but we thought you might like to think about that while you're busy celebrating the good reverend's legacy this Monday. To get you in ... More >>
Last week in Charlotte, Bill Clinton stepped to a podium in front of his party's delegation and delivered a speech. Maybe you saw it? What I remember are words -- lots of words. Some of them wrapped around statistics, others glaring back at me like bumper stickers on chrome. Clinton's words flowed f ... More >>
The Jelly Belly factory is a beacon of thriving American manufacturing -- it is also a fine choice for wholesome family outings.And considering how much former President Ronald Reagan loved jelly beans, it also seems like the perfect location for a conservative darling's presidential ca ... More >>
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from Golden State basements, thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. The Gift of Life Author: None listed, although the publishers thank a reverend, a minister, and a rabbi. Date: 1951 Publisher: Planned ... More >>
Alan Cowan / ShutterstockSource of many vital nutrients. Apparently.Criticize the Obama administration if you will for being too soft on GMOs or too hard on legal pot dispensaries, but it seems to be on the marks when it comes to school lunch. The USDA, under the administration, has been working ... More >>
Chris RobertsHot. But gay unfriendly?Like Sarah Palin recounting the tale of Paul Revere's ride to warn the British (of their own impending arrival), we Americans often have a fuzzy grasp of our history. This extends to the medical cannabis movement, which was birthed in San Francisco in the 1980 ... More >>
Was he counting on Obama for protection?Environmentalists have come out swinging hard against Obama's new forest rules, which they claim is a watered-down plan for wildlife protection across the nation. But are they prepared to take the president to court? "We are still early in the process, ... More >>
Should he stay or should he go? The Chron this morning summarized a legal memo that backs up Mayor Gavin Newsom's oft-repeated threat of delaying his exit as San Francisco mayor if he's not satisfied with the Board of Supervisors' choice for his successor. The "Will he or won't he?" makes for gre ... More >>
A roundup of the action on Day One of the Proposition 8 trial at San Francisco's Federal Courthouse.The attorney for the Prop. 8 backers argues: "Marriage is essentially the sexual embodiment of the man and the woman who formed the marital union." Did this guy not get the news that marriage is th ... More >>
Linda Woo, who three years ago killed her preschool-age daughter in what a prosecutor said were hopes of drawing an erstwhile lover's attention, has joined Patty Hearst, Jeffrey Dahmer, Andrea Yates, and the Unabomber among people whose mad acts proved insufficient for a jury to deem them crazy.S ... More >>
Computer NERDS appear to have won in the end, Ogre Every couple of months, it seems to happen. No, we're not talking about Oakland Raiders victories (though we bet that'll be an accurate assessment). Yet another obscure former college football player has graduated from football to the full court ... More >>
There seems to be no shortage of entirely subjective/arbitrary Top-10 lists involving San Francisco swimming about the Internet. We'd compile a Top-10 list of Top-10 lists for you -- but, to be honest, the concept is far more entertaining than the execution. And while the list of San Francisco lists ... More >>
Punisher: War Zone kicks ass. And then it kicks some more ass.
Coming of age and coming out in the Me Decade
Jan Decleir shines as a senile hit man in The Memory of a Killer
Jim Jarmusch's latest road movie is filled with fetching existential ambiguities
A complex play about air traffic controllers never gets off the ground
Why vote Kerry? Exhibit No. 1: George W. Bush has shamelessly hired the dangerous figures behind the Iran-Contra Affair into senior diplomatic posts.
Need a love story to cry over? Leaf through The Notebook.
Punk has crossed over from underground filth to mainstream fluff, and Vendetta Red suggests that its music is the bridge
Think that a $680 million Iraq contract is a big deal? You don't know Bechtel.
The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture
Brad Anderson reinvents the haunted-house movie to great effect with Session 9
The Pentagon claims gays who serve openly undermine the force, but a local researcher's evidence says otherwise. Could his work help President Bush make life better for gay soldiers than it ever was under Clinton?
Tuvans! Everywhere!, (Insert Carnegie Hall Joke Here), and There Are No Current Plans to Change the Name to Club Y2K
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