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A thought on the PRISM program

The huge story of the last week was the UK Guardian's revelations of massive data mining by the US government of Verizon and the...

Getting smogged

Spent part of yesterday doing that peculiarly California-ized ritual, the smogging of the vehicle. As it had a bad v-tec solenoid, it had flunked...

Week 3

Week three is in the books for JAW at the SFBG. Almost a month here and while I'd like to say this is a...

It’s only to keep you safe, why worry?

As the story of the government data mining Verizon's customers gains (and loses) momentum, the various responses (all predictable) are rolling out. "It's Obama's...

Double standard and then some

"Let's see. I was a reporter for the AP in Washington. I'm a Verizon customer in America. Way to go, govt. You have my...

Today’s vexing question

It's a lovely June day in LA with the gloom burning off and my son graduating elementary school. So, I thought I might leave...

Rope a dope the whackaloon

Susan Rice, the current US ambassador to the United Nations will be the next national security advisor. She replaces the resigning Tom Donilon. Unlike...

Joey Covington, RIP

Joey Covington, former drummer of the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, was killed in a  car crash in Palm Springs, Tuesday. He was 67.The...

Maxwell’s, RIP

Maxwell's--one of the very first stops on the Indie rock circuit--closes up shop this July. In business since 1978, the Hoboken nightspot has hosted...

The end of the Republican Party

Everyone knows and loves the expression "out of the mouths of babes", but I doubt that's the reaction this poll got in the halls...

Reactionaries hate bicycles

After perusing a rather bizarre Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal the other day on the issue of bicycles as instruments of totalitarianism and...

Kickstarter America’s next war!

Got an email this morning from the pressing plant down in OC that is stamping a three-song vinyl single I recorded earlier this year....

The incoherence of the American right

According to the American Right, circa now, the following are truisms:The bias in the liberal media is crippling the valiant patriot but to re-implement...

Mt Everest and tantrum-tossing talk junkies

The world has been rather ugly of late, hasn't it? From man-made horrors in Turkey as the government sprays its people with agent orange...

Lou Reed’s not so perfect day

Last Friday, it was revealed that Velvet Underground co-founder and occasionally proclaimed "godfather of punk rock" Lou Reed had undergone a life-saving liver transplant...

Sonny Bono, inventor of punk rock

Did Sonny Bono invent punk rock?"I Got You, Babe" and "The Beat Goes On" are at root the most primitive songs of the era--just...

Jean Stapleton, RIP

Jean Stapleton, best known as "Edith Bunker" on TV's "All In The Family", passed away in New York. She was 90.Not only was she...

Nothing without daddy

Reading Rand Paul's prescription for a bigger and better GOP, I was struck by an interesting thought--since 1988, only one Republican nominee (coincidentally the...

Staggering Hypocrisy

Apparently, the Republicans in Congress are railing against food stamps--fosters a "culture of dependency", they say.A few things--most of the beneficiaries of TANF are...

Both sides DON’T do it

As someone with a lot of friends and contacts in the real world and on the Net, I hear pretty much every opinion under...

Week Two

Week two of blogging here in the books.To paraphrase your most famous musical export, what a short strange trip its been so far.I have...

Emulating Switzerland

Today's "human nature is revolting" story comes from the state of Utah. Apparently, one the state's leading gun-rights activists was busted for threatening his...

Prostitution and Mitt Romney

Four and a half years ago, San Francisco had the chance to make history as well as eliminate a major social problem. Measure K...

The impending death of American conservatism

Gallup released a poll May 24th with some remarkable new data. American liberalism--long thought to be dead and gone and receeding into New Deal...