Sarah Phelan

Throw Tomatoes at AIG!

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Moveon.org has come up with a very pleasing game in which you get to throw online tomatoes that make a satisfying squishy sound each time they hit AIG's cyberspace storefront. Read more »

Board asks Obama to oust Russoniello.

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It's too bad the SF Examiner doesn't appear to get why six members of the Board of Supervisors voted this week to ask Obama and Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein to appoint a new US Attorney for Northern California.

No, it wasn't just because "current U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello has made some anti-Hispanic remarks that have angered numerous minority groups," as the Examiner implies. Read more »

Holder’s FOIA memo a hit in Sunshine Week

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Just in time for sunshine week, Attorney General Eric Holder declares that government records should henceforth be presumed public.

Attorney General Eric Holder’s much anticipated memo on new Freedom of Information Act general guidelines is a hit with sunshine advocates. Read more »

Why end of stop-loss doesn't mean the end of war

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Text by Sarah Phelan

Why doesn't the end of stop-loss mean the end of war? The short answer is, "It's the economy, stupid."

That said, it was good to hear Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announce yesterday that he has approved a plan to eliminate the use of stop-loss for deploying soldiers.

“Our goal is to cut the number of those stop-lossed by 50 percent by June 2010 and to eliminate the regular use of stop-loss across the entire Army by March 2011,” Gates said, noting that the Department of Defense still retains the authority to use stop-loss under extraordinary circumstances. Read more »

Drinking in the dark

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Text by Sarah Phelan.
Q. “How many Irish does it take to change a light bulb. “
A. “Never mind, we’ll drink in the dark.”

I was reminded of this (potentially racist, but I'm part Irish, so screw it) joke yesterday during a two-hour conversation about the Chronicle that took place, mostly between media people, in the basement of the library, on St Patrick’s Day. Read more »

Read Pelosi's letter, attend Chron forum, reaffirm love of newsprint.

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Discuss the future of the Chronicle and other print media organizations at the SF Public Library, TONIGHT!

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder, seeking changes to the antitrust restrictions that govern newspapers, is a revealing document.

Pelosi states that her decision to write Holder wasn’t just prompted by the economic Read more »

Guild votes 10-1 to accept Hearst proposal

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The California Media Workers Guild voted today to accept a proposal that Hearst Corp. says is necessary to avoid closing the 144-year-old San Francisco Chronicle.

You can read the full proposal at the Guild's website at http://mediaworkers.org/index.php?ID=6223.

About Obama's tax cuts

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Moveon.org is encouraging folks to pass on this chart:

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They saw it in the Washington Monthly and think it's a good way to show that Obama's plan to roll back Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans from 35 to 39.6 percent will still leave them ahead of what they paid under Reagan, Nixon and Eisenhower.

So feel free to share and use in that tax argument you just know are going to have with your wealthy Uncle Stan.

Talk about Chron's demise, binge on green beer

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Text by Sarah Phelan

Just kidding about the binge drinking. But the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists has chosen St. Read more »

Will the Supremes take Healthy SF challenge?

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By Sarah Phelan

Next stop the Supreme Court?

That at least is where Kevin Westley, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, said his group would take its challenge of San Francisco’s Universal Health Care Program, after the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided this week not to grant GGRA a rehearing request.

But does this threat have any teeth and why is GGRA making it?

GGRA’s threat came even as Mayor Gavin Newsom was expressing his hope, by way of a press release, natch, that GGRA, “will work for, not against, the City and County’s efforts to expand hea Read more »