On Saturday, SOMA's Bergerac, right under the Audio Discotech on 11th Street at Folsom, opened a portal to past. At first glance, the warmly lit bar looks like an industrial-colonial fusion, contrasting a utilitarian steel trunk-made-table with worn leather armchairs and couches adorned with cowhid ... More >>
Virginia Ramos, aka the Tamale Lady, is an institution, wheeling her chest of treats wrapped in steamed corn husks. The cheer at the Eagle beer bust when she rolls up around six to feed the burly dudes who've downed eight beers in three hours resembles a war whoop, which is maybe why she's having he ... More >>
The rabid nature of modern politics, with its zealous "with us or against us" rhetoric, and increasing complexity that requires studious investments simply to decipher any true agendas, has sadly made patriotism a divisive political sentiment. Perhaps this is the reason for the recent popularity of ... More >>
Buffalo Soldiers rememberedToo bad Mark Matthews, the last surviving Buffalo Soldier who died six years ago at age 111, isn't around to mark this historic moment.Congresswoman Jackie Speier is pushing through a bill that would --for the first time ever --give the nation's all black cavalry a prom ... More >>
Now that I finally got my blog going, everyone's telling me to get a Tumblr. I don't even know what that is and feel bombarded by all these social media programs! What are the benefits of Tumblr? Do I really need one?~AnnoydWhat do any of us really need, Annoyd, besides food, water, shelter, and ... More >>
"Samurai Hotel" debuted on Saturday Night Live in 1975. On July 30 it took place in San Francisco -- for real.It was James Brown who famously uttered "I don't know karate but I do know ka-razy!" Well, pity the cops who encounter the man who knows both. Last week in San Francisco, it appears to ha ... More >>
America prepares to shutter the infamous prison camp, and more jihad looms.
Activist Van Jones shows that being green can appeal to your pocketbook as well as your conscience.
By Will Harper Last week the Chronicle offended the delicate sensibilities of the Bay Guardian by referring to the supe candidates they back as “ultra-liberal.” Ultra-liberal Guardian editor Tim Redmond predictably saw a conspiracy between the mayor’s political strategists and the Chron to ... More >>
By Meredith Brody The records of almost 24,000 employees of the Office of Strategic Services (a.k.a. spies) were just exposed in newly-released top-secret documents from the National Archives today. They include Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, major league catcher Moe Berg, historian Arthur ... More >>
Michael Pollan's new book exposes how "nutritionism" has ruined our diets.
At the Arizona border, Infiltrator checks in with Americans who help the government look for illegal aliens
The "apostles of ugliness" have the last laugh
Californians have refused public campaign financing, and we've gotten what we deserve: a governor's race between a fund-raising slut and a clueless rich guy
Oil!: "The Ride"