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Film, "Citizen Koch": Spoiler Alert: The Money Did It

"Citizen Koch": Spoiler Alert: The Money Did It

As the Tea Party continues its decline into irrelevance, Carl Deal and Tia Lessin's documentary Citizen Koch looks at how it got there, with a focus on the recall election against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in 2012. It's also ostensibly…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Swirl and Sip Article leaves reader thirsty for more: I'm a fellow in my mid-twenties and I have been cooking professionally for the last 10 years. I've always wanted learn about and get the right feel for "fine wine," but…
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News, Feature Fear and Loathing in Tampa: A Guide to the Republican National Convention

Fear and Loathing in Tampa: A Guide to the Republican National Convention

Illustration by Rick Sealock As Republicans prepared to renominate Richard Nixon for president, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson had a crank-fueled moment of clarity inside his Miami Beach hotel room. "This may be the year when we finally come…
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News, Feature How to Speak Republican: Decoding the GOP

How to Speak Republican: Decoding the GOP

Next week, the Republican Party will convene in Tampa to plot world domination. And you're feeling left out. Yes, you badly want in on the ground floor of the next culture war or invasion of a small, preferably Muslim country.…
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News, Matt Smith

Remembering Don Casper, a City Official Who Saved Taxpayers Billions

In July I received a call from Don Casper, the former chairman of the San Francisco County GOP, vice president of the Civil Service Commission, and prominent local barrister. Good news, he said: Gov. Jerry Brown had rehired him as…
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Music, Bouncer The Familiar Charms of Smuggler’s Cove

The Familiar Charms of Smuggler’s Cove

I suppose the argument could be made that the world needs another tiki bar, especially after the sad demise of the Tonga Room. Cocktail purists will decry the idea as sooo 1990s, but who needs them and their faded Gearhead…
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News, How Would Immigration Reform Look if the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?

How Would Immigration Reform Look if the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?

Editor's note: Eight months ago, in part as a response to Arizona's enactment of a law requiring its police to ask anyone they think might be here illegally (read: Mexicans) to produce proof of legal status, Village Voice Media embarked…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: Longevity Is the Best Revenge

The city controller's office recently announced that S.F. government is expected to owe about $4.5 billion in retiree health care costs over the next decade. Why is the cost so high? • We can't quit medical marijuana • Gavin Newsom…
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Calendar, Night&Day Naughty Nautical Nutcracker

Naughty Nautical Nutcracker

For any GOP stalwart looking for more evidence that our fine city is a haven for homosexuals, deviants, and socialists, add this to your list: The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band is leading a production of The Nutcracker that includes…
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Film, "Client 9": Alex Gibney's doc rehabilitates Eliot Spitzer

"Client 9": Alex Gibney's doc rehabilitates Eliot Spitzer

The usually silver-tongued Eliot Spitzer, political hero of the recent movie Inside Job and now ubiquitous media personality, stammers and hesitates when asked to explain the psychosexual motivations behind his spectacular flameout in Alex Gibney's gripping Client 9 — or,…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: What is Nancy Pelosi's next move?

Now that her reign as Speaker of the House is ending, what is Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's next move? • Run for San Francisco mayor, just like everyone else • Resign from Congress to be a homemaker, so that Republicans will…
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News, Sucka Free City Republicans tastelessly milk cow-shooting controversy

Republicans tastelessly milk cow-shooting controversy

Cracking wise at the expense of innocent barnyard beasts killed under tragic circumstances might not seem a sure way to win the hearts of mainstream California voters. Yet that's exactly what communications officials at the state's Republican Party headquarters managed…
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SF Weekly Letters

Republicans Not Worlds Apart Don't blame conservatives: I enjoyed the touching and informative article "Worlds Apart" . It opened my eyes to an issue I had not been aware of. I would like to offer one criticism…
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News, Matt Smith Republican Meg Whitman's secret past as a porn-peddling CEO at eBay

Republican Meg Whitman's secret past as a porn-peddling CEO at eBay

For Californians dismayed by our state's dysfunctional politics, I offer a sign of hope: Last week it was possible to buy copies of the DVD Blond Cougar from Down the Street Fucks Like a Teen or purchase a "Strap On…
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Calendar, Night&Day How Do You Say "I Voted!" in Scottish?

How Do You Say "I Voted!" in Scottish?

What do you need to guide you safely through the terrifyingly important election tonight? For our part, we need a safe space to yell full-on obscenities at the television screen. We also need a mass of like-minded people, so we…
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Calendar, Night&Day Vote With Your Art

Vote With Your Art

The jig is up tonight, as you well know. George Bush is leaving. But who will succeed him? Artists have as much at stake as anyone else; can't imagine arts funding would increase during a McCain administration, no matter how…
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Calendar, Night&Day Great Scott!

Great Scott!

When former White House press secretary Scott McClellan started making his own news early this month, Republicans, caught off guard, ran on a dead sprint to the cable news networks, laid down a thick line of fire, but ultimately failed…
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Music, Bouncer

Bouncer Tees Off on Condi Rice, Televised Football

It's always interesting to me when learned, accomplished women turn out to be obsessed with sports. For example, Joyce Carol Oates loves boxing. Even stranger, Condoleezza Rice loves football. She is a historian of the game and has followed it…
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Music, Bouncer

Butter

Greetings, cultural elite, limousine liberals, bleeding hearts, environmental wackos, Defeatocrats, surrender monkeys, and those who chose the gay lifestyle. I come to you from the drive-by media, to quote Rush Limbaugh (mega-dittos!), and I have just watched the latest YouTube…
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News, The Apologist

Gomorrah by the Bay

In the run-up to yesterday's midterm elections, Republicans nationwide found themselves with a common last-second rallying cry. It started with Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly, who inveighed against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her "San Francisco values" on his…
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