I think the thing that
pisses me off most about the mayor’s people is that they are so …
cynical. It is the way they smile and snarl at people who are their
moral and ethical and intellectual superiors that really grates on me.
A politically promiscuous posse of prevaricators! It
is a disgrace! And they won’t hire me!
The mayor surrounds himself with bunches of women with
great asses and guys with good teeth and they grin and look for
loopholes to be used to shaft the people. Then, when they
find them, they do like Ms. Carlson. (Took me two years to figure out
what she does – she sits behind Gonzalez every meeting, so I
figured she had the hots for him. Turns out she’s the mayor’s chief of
staff, PJ Johnston’s bride.) They grin and twist the knife and screw the
people out of their voice and their property and their freedoms because
… because Willie sold them out & it is Ms. Carlson’s (very pleasant to
her, from the looks of it) job to rub it in. Ahhhh, rub it in, rub
Hinckle wins Brown Nose Award
Now, I know that those of
you who actually have bosses have to kiss their backsides every now and
then. But Warren, Warren, Warren! Try and keep it private,
huh? I mean, some of us just ate, for God’s sake.
If you were lucky enough
to miss it, Hinckle turned his October 8 column in Florence Fang’s
Independent into a mantra about how “fair” Florence is and what an old
meenie Supervisor Jake McGoldrick is. The column was vintage
modern-day Hinckle. Take, for instance, Hinckle’s harps on the Fangs:
“always giving the other side a say” and “going the extra mile to give
the other side its say.” Those are simply outright lies.
Be the Independent owner
and the Examiner owner not the same person? So, if this Fang
person is so fair, why did I not get to utter a word before the
editorial board of the Examiner? (I’m entered in the District 2
race against new Fang golden boy Gavin Newsom) I tried.
Called and left messages for Flo’s boy James. (Ya like me? Vote against
that snail for BART Board.)
If they were fair, it
wouldn’t have hurt them to hear one more psycho. Hell, they
listened to the guy in District 6 who bludgeoned a goat to death on a
sidewalk in Potrero Hill. Naw, they didn’t listen to me simply because
they aren’t fair. (Hinckle least of all.) Aren’t fair and their
newspaper empire is simply a tool to keep the cash flowing into Momma
Fair? How about
unions? Did you know that the reason you can’t get the Examiner at
the corner deli like you used to (for the most part) or from the various
newspaper vendors is because the Fangs don’t "do" unions. Or
I guess they do "do" unions in the broader sense of the word.
Fair? Face it, the
Fangs are society wannabes who’ll do anything to defeat their arch-rival
Rose Pak, whom Fang columnist Samson Wong (this guy – unlike
Hinckle – is a real reporter) called a “Chinatown warlord.”
While wailing against the
evils and failure of welfare, the Fangs take $20 million a year from the
Hearsts to publish their paper. Yep, Warren’s salary comes from
the same people he’s kicking in the teeth!
Ya know, I kinda like
that. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with running a right-wing
newspaper in a left-wing town. Just don’t lie about it.
Hey, maybe Florence Fang
is as dumb as Hinckle makes her out to be. One columnist noted
that though she knew one of her sons was gay, she really didn’t
understand what that meant. Well, if that’s so, I say, give
the girl some room. Get her a little parasol and one of those
straw fans and she can walk up and down Market in front of the Warfield
Bldg. She can feed the pigeons some of the "good green bud" she can buy
from the street vendors there and never know what it is. The cops
are used to crazy people there. She’ll, as they say, "blend."
But Florence, I have bad
news for you. That de Young crowd you want so much to be a part
of? Better starch your apron, honey, cause that’s what you’ll be wearing
when you serve chopped liver at their events. You will get to
stand next to the mayor though. He’s the old black guy in the red
coat with the towel over his arm hustling martinis to George Shultz.
Shultz and people like him control this city and this earth
(particularly District 2) and they don’t like people who aren’t white.
Believe it or not, when
push comes to shove, it is people like me who will save your posterior.
Yep, I kid you not. About 150 years ago, my cousin Mark Twain was
fired from this very newspaper for defending the Chinese here. And
several years later, when the mayor (Bryant) blamed an economic
recession on the Chinese and the police department refused to defend
them, people like me took several thousand pick-axe handles in hand and
surrounded Chinatown to protect them from the hooligans the mayor & his
masters had sent to destroy them. There was a bloody battle in the
streets (1871, I believe) and we won.
So, you’re still here.
You don’t know your friends, lady. The Hearsts may be paying you
off but I wouldn’t open any mail from them. Get Warren to do it.
Bottom lining the matter
Florence Fang is a
wheeler-dealer par excellence. Hinckle should have played her from
that angle. Much as she might want to be a part of the de Young
crowd, she doesn’t need them. They are old, static money; people
who spend their time squatting in public buildings (like the Veterans’
Bldg.) and demanding the public give the structures to them (which they
generally do, because there’s nothing sadder than a blueblood with her
The Fangs are the new
wave in this town. Well, not new. Like myself, they live on
welfare. They just get more of it. They get 20 million from
the Hearsts yearly. They get a million and a half or so from you.
That’s what Hinckle was
doing (and will, until election day). Warren was, as they say, “guarding
his nut.” If the Fangs get kicked off the welfare rolls at the
Hearsts AND at City Hall, who do you think will pay for Warren to
maintain digs in the two most expensive cities in the U.S. and jet
atween them at will? Yeah, Warren is a hypocrite, but that’s his
job as he sees it. To wax poetic about the Longshoremen and their
fight for a union while cashing checks from one of the biggest non-union
places in town. That takes a pair.
Bottom line: Show Hinckle
and the Fangs you may be stupid and uninformed (and poorly dressed), but
you can see through them. Kick the Fangs off welfare. Yes on
K! Yes on K! Yes on K! Yes on K!
K is OK! OK on K!
All the way with Mary Kaye! Hmmm, I seem to have gotten off track
here, but … you get the idea. (And as a special favor, kick James
Fang off the BART Board. Do it for your buddy, h. brown.)
I get called a liar too
Call me whatever you
want. Just don’t stop calling me.
I’ve been getting emails
from friends who say I’m taking an old-fashioned country ass-kicking in
online chat rooms since the Voter Handbook came out. Now, I know
this is confusing, but I can’t get online even though I am an online
columnist. I really am broke and thus cannot afford to pay for a
premium internet connection. So I have used Juno’s free service
for the last couple of years and it has gotten me by fine. Only
trouble is, they only let you get and send email for the most part.
Now, I’m not complaining.
Free is free. I’ve also been noticed that the capacity of my email
will be cut by 60% after the election. My soapbox (never very
tall) is getting shorter. But my friends have all the fancy stuff and
they email me to say I’ve been accused of some awful things.
I’m here to stand up and
look you in the monitor and tell you, they are all true. As a
matter of fact, double em! I am nothing if not contradictory.
I live off welfare, drink like a fish, smoke pot whenever I can, and yet
I’m opposed to drunks and addicts and insane people with parasols
clogging up Market Street. I think the city lacks both resolve AND
compassion. I’m also even less fond of people who take the middle
road. So for all of you who disagree with me, just jam it!
(Now, that is the voice of a truly independent press.)
The many faces of Tony Hall
This time next year, 7th
District supervisor Tony Hall could be standing on the threshold of Room
200 at City Hall.
Those of you who read me
know that I support five people for mayor. That would be: Harvey Rose,
John Bardis, Tom Ammiano, Matt Gonzalez, and … Tony Hall. Uh huh.
Rose & Bardis won’t run. Show me some polls that say Ammiano can
win in the black & APA precincts & I’m his lackey from here on.
Gonzalez won’t make a move with Ammiano in the race. So I’m left with
Tony Hall as the only choice who will be there (I hope!) when the polls
open NEXT November.
A minor bit of background
on the man.
Four careers and counting
When Tony Hall was a
young man, he was an Olympic-level athlete. A tenth of a second
here, the width of a discus there, and Tony is in Rome for the 1960
Games. He’s maintained the competitive edge, the razor. Those
Eastwood-type features outline the coach, father of seven, and eternal
"jock" who will lead San Francisco as host to the next Games held in
America? Could be.
Tony has everything but a
flunkey PR firm to put bright lights around his countenance in every
area of the media. He sings! Does the guy ever sing.
Did you know that when the Beatles were just starting to ride their own
personal rocket to the stars, Tony Hall, from San Francisco, California,
had a hit record a couple of hundred miles over in Ireland? Yep.
"The Kid’s Last Fight." The story of Norman Selby, aka Charley
(the "kid") McCoy. Top 10 single for over a year. Tony
considered living in Ireland. But he left his heart here.
For the next several
decades, Tony worked the courts in San Francisco. The man was
everything but a judge, and if he’d wanted to run for public office
earlier, he’d have been a great judge too. Instead, he
decided to take a pay cut of around 40 grand and represent the people of
his neighborhood as a district supervisor.
Now, I know you didn’t
hear it here first. That is, this Tony Hall for Mayor thing.
Still, kick it around. The man is no "silver spoon" fake front for
the Gettys and Charlie Schwab or Donald Fisher. Hey, I know this
is a left-handed endorsement but if I can’t have a lefty running the
executive branch of government here in 2004, give me the conservative
with real values and an open mind. That’s Tony Hall.
Still got cats, folks
I get to do several
forums with Gavin Newsom over the next couple of weeks. You might
want to catch the action. Here’s the lineup.
Thursday, October 10, 6:00 - 8:30 pm. 762 Fulton.
This is the Black
Leadership Forum. It costs money for the public, so bring your
pocketbook. Other than Nia Crowder, I don’t know this crowd at
all. I accepted the invite because I’ve written scathing things
about the "Uncle Tom" mentality of much of the city’s black leaders
and felt it was only fair to give them a face-to-face. Will
Sunday, October 13,
4:00 pm. Newcomer High.
Neighborhood Association, the Marina Times and some group I forgot
(hey, I don’t have a staff here!) are hosting a forum of the
candidates in District 2. Will Newsom show?
Tuesday, October 15,
7:00 pm. Richmond Rec. Ctr., 521 18th Ave.
One of McGoldrick’s
neighbors emailed that I should show up cause Newsom might, so I’m
going. It’s one of those "neighboring neighbors of 2" kind of
things where the local group wants to grill the candidates for supe
next door. Not a bad idea. A lady from North Beach called
me with another such offer, but she hung up on me when I said I’d been
married six times & thought Tony Hall was a good guy, so I missed that
one. Always bring your cameras to these things, folks.
Thursday, October 17, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Marina Middle School, 3500
This is the biggie, as
they say. League of Women Voters. Be there.
Wednesday, October 23,
11:30 am till 1:00 pm. 245 Market (PG&E’s auditorium).
Chuck Schwab, Donny
Fisher and PG&E are hosting (note the time, no working people here) an
impartial forum at which candidates for District 2 will appear.
Put it out of your mind that they’ve already given over a half million
dollars to one of the candidates (it ain’t me).
Thursday, October 24. Two groups. SF Human Services, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. 890
Beach. And Pacific Heights Neighbors Assoc. Time & place uncertain.
Monday, October 28,
10:00 am. 93.7 on your dial (Frankly George).
A radio debate.
Wednesday, October 30,
6:00 – 8:00 pm. Presidio Library.
Council and SPUR host.
That’s about it on the
campaign scene. We’ll have to have another party but I was
blacklisted at our first venue. Come out, folks. This could
be better than TV.