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King Henry VIII In San Francisco

This painting of King Henry The Eighth is in the hallway of my hotel in San Francisco. I am fairly confident that this particular monarch never left Europe, much less traveled to the Pacific coast of North America.

Why would a hotel post a painting of a monarch from hundreds of years ago who never […]

Protests Against Financial Injustice Come Surging Back

Protest today hit Wells Fargo bank, accused of taking public money while refusing to work with homeowners to avoid foreclosure. Tomorrow, protests against the burden of student loan debt will take place across the country. […]

The Political News I’m Waiting For. What Are You Waiting For?

As the summer progresses, I find myself waiting with interest for the arrival of some pieces of news. Here’s what I’m waiting for:

Section 527 quarterly financial reports. Most non-profit political organizations must file reports of their contributions and expenditures with the IRS on July 15 or July 20. With most reports filed electronically nowadays, […]

Los Angeles Tops in Magnitude of Green Buildings, Not Surprisingly. What Surprises are there in the Energy Star listings?

A New Scientist article this month reports surprise that Los Angeles would top this year’s EPA list of metropolitan areas with green Energy Star buildings:

WHICH US city is the greenest of all, in terms of numbers of energy-efficient commercial buildings? The surprising answer is Los Angeles, with 293, well ahead of Washington DC with […]

Pelosi Confronted By Health Care Protest

The imbalanced political position Nancy Pelosi has placed herself in is expressed beautifully, I think, by the uncomfortable expression on the face of Pelosi aide Michael Herbert, as shown in this photograph taken during Friday’s protest. […]

A San Francisco Protest Is Not National

Thanks for keeping up the effort, World Can’t Wait. Unfortunately, a San Francisco demonstration is not a big show of a national day of protest. […]

After Penn, Watch The Times of Harvey Milk

After you watch Sean Penn in the big-screen motion picture Milk, go rent the 1985 documentary The Times of Harvey Milk and see the real man, his contemporaries and his time for yourself. I was a small kid when Harvey Milk, the first openly-gay elected official in San Francisco, was assassinated by the outraged fundamentalist […]

San Francisco Calls Post-Election Demonstration: 5:00 PM

The list of November 5 post-election political demonstrations is growing. In San Francisco, people will meet at 5:00 PM today at the corner of Market and Powell Streets to attend “this open-air event, inviting everyone including you.” The goal: to advocate for the actual enactment of progressive and peaceful policy by the new administration of […]

Slow Food Nation Delayed

If you’re attending, you might want to book an extra night at the hotel, you know, just in case dinner lasts a little bit longer than you had planned. […]

Same Sex Marriage Declared Legal in California; Hagee’s God Goes Mum

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry. To the god dreamed up by John Hagee (the fundamentalist pastor whose endorsement John McCain sought for months), that’s like an 11 on the Smite Thee for Sin scale. John Hagee, you may recall, asserts that his god sends hurricanes […]