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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Watch: Scott Wiener Shuts Down Fox News Reporter With Heroic Insult

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 10:06 AM

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In many ways, it was a made-for-TV moment. Supervisor Scott Wiener, who only two weeks ago announced his bid for state senate, was ambushed at City Hall on Friday by a Fox News reporter demanding to know if he "showed remorse" over the July 1 killing of Kathryn Steinle. Supervisor Wiener was none too pleased, and let the reporter know his opinion of both him and his employer.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Watch: Geraldo Compares Immigration Debate to a "Cheap Drug" and Almost Kicks Ass on TV

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 1:04 PM

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The death of Kathryn Steinle at the hands of an undocumented Mexican national has become a flashpoint in the national debate over immigration and Sanctuary City policies, with everyone from Donald Trump to Bill O’Reilly to Hillary Clinton weighing in on the case. Now you can add another pundit to the mix: Geraldo Rivera.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Creative Entrepreneurs To Relaunch The Bold Italic

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 12:48 PM

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This morning, The Bold Italic’s Facebook and Twitter, which have been dormant since the company shut down in April, posted a brief, cryptic teaser: “The Bold Italic lives, stay tuned for more soon.” The news has spread through San Francisco media faster than outrage over a Marin measles party.

(Full disclosure: I was managing editor of TBI from January through April, so this is in no way objective reporting.)

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rush Limbaugh Predicts New 49ers Policy Will Destroy NFL and America

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 3:59 PM

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If you haven’t already heard, the San Francisco 49ers recently announced some housekeeping changes designed to optimize players’ performance. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the team is carving its typical two hour meetings into 30-minute chunks, followed by a 10-minute intermission for texting, tweeting, and Facebooking.

The move comes after ad execs and Stanford researchers informed coach Jim Tomsula that engaging the Millennial brain “means making concessions for people with shorter attention spans, a desire to multitask and, yes, a need to check their phones all the time.”

File this under "easy humor," but Rush Limbaugh is scandalized by the news and wants the rest of America to know that anarchy is coming:

We're getting to the point where, ain't gonna be long, running back X scores a crazy play, goes to the sideline, he watches the video of himself doing it and posts it on his Twitter account and is commenting to people during the game about his TD that he just scored. And then the networks are gonna tap into the feed, they're gonna be reporting it, and pretty soon there's not gonna be any difference in the stage and the audience, and that's when it's all gonna crumble.

Limbaugh also despaired over America’s deepening nihilism::

In addition to Americans losing confidence in everything, they're losing confidence in religion. Confidence in religion has hit a new low. Everything's on the... Everything is bottoming out. The American people are losing faith in everything. The one element that's missing... They're losing faith in the economy. They're losing faith in the country. And this feeds, by the way, right into the leftist agenda. Lose faith in everything and turn to government for the solution to everything.

He went on to say that Americans didn’t feel this bleak six years ago. (Bush’s 22 percent approval rating in 2009 was apparently a misdiagnosed bout of optimism.)

When everything is in the shitter six years from now, Rush’s words will come back to haunt us, and the 49ers will be to blame.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Quick, Before The Bubble Bursts: Let's Put On a TV Show About SF Start Ups!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 3:59 PM


Oh sure, Cynics predict the tech bubble will burst in approximately nine months. But the Sunny Optimists among us prefer  to focus on the media and tech-related bounties that apparently grow on trees around here.

Case in point:  A production outfit says it plans to develop a TV series based on the start-ups of  the Mission District.

Working title: 94110.

Clever, am I right?


The series may or may not be a satire, by the way.

But it will happen, and has real funding and production schedules and placement and such — at least, according to an unnamed co-creator of the project who talked with Mission Local recently.

As Mr. Unnamed Co-creator tells it, 94110 is a TV series akin to Silicon Valley that depicts the lives, hopes, loves and dreams of skinny jeans-wearing, pizza- and sushi-scarfing Man Children of Mission Street start-ups.

No, really. It seriously is a real thing that will some day be among your TV line-up. That is Anonymous Co-creator's story and he's sticking to it.  

The production outfit, he says,  is holding open auditions in San Francisco on May 16 and 17 at SF Arts Quarterly Projects Space on O'Farrell Street.

The anonymous co-creator told Mission Local, "The goal is to have production happen this summer.”

The co-creator asked that his name not be used because he didn't  want his past projects, including some provocative performance art and video projects, to reflect on 94110, which he says he doesn't want to be spoiled by backlash so early in its development.

Oh, well, sure, that sounds legit.

Can't wait to see the filming get going, presumably here in San Francisco, whose tech world, you know, doesn't get nearly enough attention.

It is our fondest wish that  94110 will debut on tablets, mobiles and  flat TV screens near you real soon....ideally before the bubble bursts.

Photo: generic start up kids, via ShutterStock

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Do You Miss The SF Bay Guardian? A Final Issue Is Hitting the Streets Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 8:18 AM

It's been three months since the city's progressive paper folded. What have those exiled Guardianistas been doing since you ask? 

Making a Goddamn newspaper, that's what. 

This Thursday, the San Francisco Bay Guardian will "come back to life" when it the Guardian-in-Exile Project’s commemorative final print edition hits the streets. It's a fun way to celebrate the newspaper’s 48-year history of "printing the news and raising hell" while discussing all that went down upon the paper's abrupt closure and what's next for the Guardian family. 

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

S.F. Cannabis Dispensary Has Bay Area's First Marijuana TV Ad

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 2:42 PM

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There's really no such thing as "business as usual" for a cannabis dispensary. Basic functions like banking and doing taxes are onerous challenges for sellers of legal weed thanks, to federal government restrictions.

It's also this way with advertising. Major ad players Facebook and Google still ban cannabis ads, and dispensaries are still wary about paying for placement on television and in print after the U.S. Justice Department threatened to throw advertisers in jail a few years ago.

But this is changing. On local favorite KOFY-24 in San Francisco, you can see an ad for Excelsior District dispensary The Green Cross. This makes the ad one of the first of its kind in the country, and definitely a first for San Francisco.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Your Early Christmas Treat: A Hand-Painted Phil Frank Chronicle Box

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

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If you're an aficionado of Bay Area media ephemera, boy is this up your street. And, if not: Merry Christmas already. 

What you see here is a hand-painted Phil Frank Chronicle newspaper box decorated with characters from the gone-but-not-forgotten cartoonist's long-running daily local strip Farley

Imagine that: A daily, local strip (at the time of Frank's death in 2007, it was the only one in the nation). 

This box, spotted on California Street a short walk from CPMC Hospital, is remarkably well-preserved. You'll note that's King Willie in the lower left. 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson Protests: CNN's Don Lemon Smells Marijuana In The Air, "Obviously"

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM

What does dissent in America smell like? Tear gas, burning stores and police cars, and "obviously" marijuana.

Not much good happened in Ferguson, Missouri last night after a Grand Jury decided against filing charges against a white officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen back in August.

There was the bizarre spectacle of the announcement coming at prime riot hour of 8:30 p.m. local time — followed shortly by limp-wristed pleas for bitter protesters to remain at peace. And then, as Americans tried to process the news, they watched scenes of television reporters coughing through clouds of tear gas while covering the chaos. 

And then there was CNN's Don Lemon who felt the need to tell millions of cable viewers that, in addition to racial animus, fear of a police state and legitimate questions of justice, there was marijuana in the air in Ferguson... "obviously."

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Candidate Running for BART Board Buys Bold Italic Journalist's "Endorsement" (Update)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

A sponsored endorsement of Nick Josefowitz from the Bold Italic may confuse voters today. - VIA THE BOLD ITALIC
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  • A sponsored endorsement of Nick Josefowitz from the Bold Italic may confuse voters today.

As voters head to the polls today, candidates running for office have spent mountains of money to put their message in front of people's eyeballs. Candidates spend bucks on pounds of mailers, TV ads, and grassroots organizers. 

Now in San Francisco, candidates can even buy journalists. 

The Bold Italic's blog post Monday  "Tomorrow: Late Night BART Could Be Even Closer," is seemingly an endorsement of BART board candidate Nick Josefowitz.

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