Successful Human Beings

We have already been labeled a lost generation. An Economist story from April said that the global “financial crisis and its aftermath” has had an “unusually big effect” on young people the world over. Meanwhile, the United States, they say, is feverish from a toxic mixture of low growth, clogged labor markets, and a class of over educated and over skilled young people entering the job market via unskilled positions in retail and the foodservice industry.

Due to “scarring,” they say young people who begin their professional lives in low skill, low wage jobs, (or no jobs at all), will have lower lifetime wages and a greater chance of joblessness in the future. Continue reading “Successful Human Beings”

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Catholic Dogma, Electric Shock and Cuts, Cuts, Cuts-The Week In Congress.

A letter from Capitol Hill

Senate

Monday morning began with the news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates, who served on the president’s inauguration committee. The two have been charged with “conspiracy against America,” and other forms of tax evasion, also failing to register as a foreign agent related to work they did in Ukraine for ousted President, and Putin ally, Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions. This came as no surprise to anyone. However the news that former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about meetings he had with a Russian linked professor in London about organizing a meeting between candidate Trump and Vladimir Putin, was a surprise. This revelation has caused Democrats to question the validity of Attorney General Jeff Sessions original testimony on attempts at collusion between the campaign and Russia, with some Senators demanding the nation’s top lawyer come back to the Senate Intelligence Committee and explain himself. Continue reading “Catholic Dogma, Electric Shock and Cuts, Cuts, Cuts-The Week In Congress.”

Civilian Marksmanship Program to Get 100,000 Guns with 2018 NDAA

In September the House and Senate passed different version of a $700 plus billion National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018 and are now preparing to head to conference to hammer out the specifics before sending it to the White House for signature.

Conference committees are designed to reach a bicameral compromise on a piece of legislation. A few steps need to be taken before going to conference, such as nominating the members who will sit on the committee. Continue reading “Civilian Marksmanship Program to Get 100,000 Guns with 2018 NDAA”

Every Time the House Meets a Post Office Gets Its Name

With more than 80% of Puerto Rico still without power and the Children’s Health Insurance Program still left unrenewed, leaving close to 9 million American children without access to health insurance, the House of Representatives met today to rename a handful of post offices. Continue reading “Every Time the House Meets a Post Office Gets Its Name”

San Francisco’s Years of Terror

The early morning hour, August 28, 1971: Sergeant George Kowalski, a clear faced young man, with big owl like eyes, and a firm neck, is working the midnight watch for Mission Station. He stops his cruiser at a red light, at 16th and Folsom Streets. Today marks about five weeks for him as Sergeant in the San Francisco Police Department. The day also falls in the middle of one of the most violent periods the City has ever lived through.

Ahead, Kowalski sees the headlights of a speeding car coming towards him, furiously sparkling like the eyes of a hungry animal. The car switches lanes and crosses the intersection, stopping about twenty feet away from the young Kowalski- a Mission high graduate, born in Chicago. Kowalski looks over. He can see two men in the neighboring car through their open window. Then he sees something else, pointing at him like a mocking tongue. It is the barrel of a sub machine gun. Continue reading “San Francisco’s Years of Terror”

The Saga of the Gold Dust Lounge

 

“Lowbrow culture and contrarian politics in the capital of the west coast. This issue features fiction by Robert Mailer Anderson and his uncle, Bruce Anderson, some history by Salon.com founder David Talbot, a heartbreaking story about the artist S. Clay Wilson (foreword by Ron Turner) and wicked political insights,” writes Argonaut Editor-in-Chief, the late Warren Hinckle

I worked for Warren as the associate editor on this issue and wrote the cover story on “the Gold Dust extraction.” 

Obama Fires Up Bay Area Base

For the first time since coming out in favor of marriage equality, President Barack Obama visited the Bay Area last week. Although never using the word “gay,” Obama did draw huge cheers from the crowd at Redwood City’s Fox Theatre for supporting the right to be, “who you are and love who you love.”

Inside the May 23 fundraiser, which sold out with ticket prices between $250 and $1,000, almost every word of the president’s especially fervent speech was met with enthusiasm, and a few times chants, like “four more years!” and “fired up; ready to go!”

But outside, among the crowd just behind the barricades that bordered Courthouse Square, some gays and lesbians sang a different, more severe tune.

“I feel like the whole thing is an election year ploy,” said James Lee about Obama’s support of marriage equality. “It’s great that he said it, it’s a very symbolic move, you know, it shifts the culture a bit. But it’s not enough and I resent our community being used.”

I covered San Francisco news and politics for the Bay Area Reporter from the end of 2011 to 2013. Read the full article here.