Last week, while I was blogging about my five days on a $4.50-a-day food stamp budget, I alluded a few times to a bill currently in Congress to cut the SNAP budget by $40 billion. The House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, which, if pa ... More >>
The above footage is 12 seconds. That's about the time it took a young Bill Russell to snag a rebound, dribble the ball coast-to-coast, then drop in a finger roll while leaping over a hapless defender. It popped up on Youtube a few days ago, then was picked up by Deadspin on Monday, before making t ... More >>
The New York Times article, on July 2, 1993, began, "San Francisco -- A gunman carrying hundreds of rounds of ammunition terrorized a high-rise office building in the financial district here late this afternoon, killing eight people and wounding six others with a hail of automatic and semiautomatic ... More >>
It's a bit disappointing that Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy doesn't campaign more on his experience as a Real World: Boston housemate. Surely, living in a lavish house with six other narcissistic strangers holding diametrically opposed world views as camera crews capture every moment is ideal pre ... More >>
• Make these puffy pillow pancakes for me on New Year's morning. It'll help you get over the (sexy?) shock of waking up and seeing me in your bed. How did I get in? Hide your kids! • According to U.S. News and World Report, veganism is mainstreaming and we're no longer freaky freaks! Hooray! ... More >>
Can content pirates be stopped?The tech industry has been paying quite a bit of attention to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill wending its way through the U.S. Congress that would allow media companies to pursue legal remedies against online search engines and social networks that link to ... More >>
Paul Lowry/Flickr There's a lot of talk about "food deserts" in food policy circles these days -- impoverished areas where residents have no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Corner stores in poor neighborhoods tend to be one of the major sources for food, but they stock nonperishables: chips, ... More >>
Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Good news for egg lovers. After almost a decade of activism, the Humane Society of the United States, an animal-welfare group that is not connected to local animal shelters, has f ... More >>
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, San Francisco.Wait, not all of your tax dollars are wasted in San Francisco. Your local bureaucrats make it part of their job to send a letter every February to state and federal politicians restating the city's desire that the government legalize marijuana. No ... More >>
National Public Radio is good. Very good. They entertain us with such shows as This American Life, inform us with Morning Edition, and drop some musical knowledge on All Songs Considered. But the United States House of Representatives doesn't feel the same way: today it voted to cut off government f ... More >>
A message from Gavin NewsomWith the U.S. Congress on the precipice of stripping away federal funds for Planned Parenthood, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is asking Californians to sign an open letter opposing the controversial legislation. True to form, the former San Francisco mayor tweeted out a message ... More >>
Coming after cousin GeriThis edition of The Week in Gay is a potpourri (either a miscellaneous collection of stories or a mixture of dried flowers and spices) of four categories - plus an extra special bonus!Included are updates on the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the latest stories from San F ... More >>
On Saturday, following months of gyrations, the U.S. Senate repealed the military ban on open service by gays and lesbians known as Don't Ask Don't Tell.Sort of.This policy has been under heavy scrutiny since the end of President George W. Bush's second term, and promises to repeal DADT were made ... More >>
Sadly, the Congressional bill congratulating the Giants does not make mention of 'The Machine'Congressional Bill: "Whereas the rest of the country learned to 'fear the beard'" Rep. Nancy Pelosi -- you've heard of her -- yesterday introduced a Congressional bill "Congratulating the San Francisco G ... More >>
Is that Harry Reid in the middle?Some of you might have found it particularly hard to greet the Red Dawn of Nov. 3. We admit that it's difficult to face the idea of Tea Party-propelled candidates marching off to Washington with plans to combat imagined New World Order conspiracies within the vaul ... More >>
Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell: "I'm not a witch"A new Harris Poll indicates that Democrats are gaining ground ahead of the November mid-term elections, and that the assortment of right-wing extremists who call themselves the "Tea Party" have something to do with this last-minute success.
The Week In GayWho says creativity has died in the city that brought us the beat generation (as a matter of fact, Howl -- a story about Allen Ginsburg falling in love -- opens today in San Francisco) and the flower children? Don't forget who built this damn city, people! Two of San Francisco's bl ... More >>
Nope. Not today. The U.S. Senate today voted against taking up the the defense budget bill -- curtailing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's last-minute plan to tack on an amendment to give illegal immigrants who go to college or into the military a chance at citizenship. The Wall Street Journal ... More >>
The Week In GayLate yesterday, another radical hippie judge in California ruled that queers are protected by the U.S. Constitution. A lawsuit against the military ban on gay service members, Don't Ask Don't Tell, was ruled to be a violation of the First Amendment rights of gay people. The suit wa ... More >>
The most powerful female politician in the country now teeters between long-term victory and instant defeat.
In California, many undocumented immigrants are offered cheap college tuition, only to find they cant get jobs after they graduate.
Rep. Jerry McNerney: First off the island?With all the sturm und drang gripping the Democratic party as the fall election approaches -- some observers are forecasting a Republican take-back of the House of Representatives, prompted by widespread anger over the economy and some of President Barack ... More >>
Judge Joseph TauroThe story of the week: A federal judge in Massachusetts declared that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - passed by Congress in 1996 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton - violates the U.S. Constitution. In his decision, Judge Joseph Tauro (A fiery young radical aged ... More >>
A resolution supporting the federal bill that would allow gay U.S. citizens to sponsor their partners for a visa passed the California Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday and now heads to the Senate floor for a vote.Our cover story this week, "Worlds Apart," tells the story of three Bay Area coup ... More >>
Meg Whitman never liked voting, but plenty of Californians voted for herResults are starting to roll in from today's voting on ballot initiatives and primaries for statewide office. Wanna know the latest, greatest bad decisions California's electorate has chosen to impose upon itself? SF Weekly h ... More >>
You'll still have to stay in the closet for now, sailorThursday night the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that claims to repeal the ban on gays serving in the military (Don't Ask Don't Tell). But the details of the bill reveal that the policy is not really repealed and it won't be unt ... More >>
What does it say about the current state of California politics that what passes for debate among our foremost U.S. Senate candidates is a contest to see who can best portray their opponents in Internet videos as demonic sheep? Seriously, guys -- dueling sheep? Thomas Jefferson would not be pleased. ... More >>
Uppity Fag has his eye on the one on the bottom left...Late yesterday afternoon President Barack Obama signed a mandate that extends hospital visitation rights to same-sex couples in hospitals throughout the country. Whatever. While some may hail this as a victory for gay rights, the bot ... More >>
Maybe Alex Chilton, dead at 59 of a heart attack, would recoil at the fond remembrances of him now sneezing out through the digital ether: Salutes from the floor of the House of Representatives, odes from pretty much everyone on the self-serious list of revered alternative or indie acts over the las ... More >>
Count it.Hooray! It's that magical day when the census form arrives! This year we're even more excited about it, because as you may have read, there's now an option for gay married people to proclaim their actual status. Also, even if a gay couple with no official marriage license considers itsel ... More >>
Well, eventuallyKnown as Senator Pothole, New York's Al D'Amato rode a reputation for attending to picayune constituent services to an 18-year career in the the U.S. Senate.Gavin Newsom, who is poised to seek to extend his political career another four years with a bid to become lieutenant govern ... More >>
Who will be the face of the state's GOP?That pretty much sums up the Chron's story today about Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. I gotta agree with Rep. Jackie Speier on this one -- there wouldn't be a story about the contrasting styles of two dudes running for public office. Some insiders followi ... More >>
Stefan KühnYesterday the Local Community Radio Act passed in the House of Representatives. Now it's up to the Senate to see if this bill, which will "will open the airwaves for hundreds of new non-commercial stations across the country" according to the group Media Alliance, will follow suit and ... More >>
On Wednesday, the latest in a batch of Republican political neophytes expressed his desire for high-ranking political office in California. Damon Dunn, the former Stanford and NFL receiver and current Orange County real-estate mogul, said he plans to run for Secretary of State.But as the San Francis ... More >>
Three wishes, Dianne!If Sen. Dianne Feinstein is susceptible to gong-accompanied incantations, then opponents of the union-bolstering bill currently wending its way through the U.S. Congress had best take warning.Noon today marked the end of a 24-hour vigil organized by local labor groups to s ... More >>
Sen. Mark LenoMark Leno just told SF Weekly he's slept two hours out of the past 48 and he may or may not be hallucinating. He's tired, he's angry, and he's about to cash in some of his political connections and kick start a fund-raising drive to ensure it never happens again. The San Francisco Stat ... More >>
It's not just the national anthem being sung in Spanish that's got anti-immigration folks riled up. Which side of the fence are you on?
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