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1,000 Criminal Cases To Be Reviewed In Wake Of Racist, Homophobic Texts Sent Between San Francisco Cops

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi estimates as many as 1,000 criminal cases will be reviewed following the racist and homophobic text messages allegedly sent by four San Francisco police officers.

Adachi and his colleagues said today that their office has already identified 120 cases involving two of the four officers and said those cases could get thrown out beginning as early as next week.

District Attorney George Gascon said he was “deeply disturbed by these text messages” and said that “in order to ensure our criminal justice system is fair and equitable,” his office will also be assessing every prosecution in the past 10 years in which the officers participated.

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Sat Mar 07, 2015 at 05:00 PM PST

WYFP?: The Waiting Game

by Cali Scribe

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The moving saga has been on hold the last few weeks -- Real Life, as is wont to do, has thrown a curveball.

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With the arguments on marriage equality due to hit the Supreme Court at the end of April, many groups are filing briefs regarding the subject. (IANAL and I don't even play one on TV, so forgive me if I screw up some of the terms.)

Among those filing amicus briefs in support of marriage equality are sports teams. One of those is the reigning world champion San Francisco Giants:

Some of the states in which amici do business make marriage equally available to all of our employees and colleagues; others prohibit marriages between couples of the same sex and refuse to recognize existing same-sex marriages. This dual regime burdens amici. It creates legal uncertainty and imposes unnecessary costs and administrative complexities on employers, and requires differential employer treatment of employees who are similarly situated save for the state where they reside.
You can read the full brief (PDF) online.

Reportedly the Tampa Bay Rays (MLB) and New England Patriots (NFL) have also filed briefs in support of marriage equality. Would be interested to hear if other teams follow suit.

In the wake of comments by New York Mets player Daniel Murphy, where he said that he disapproved of the "homosexual lifestyle", this action by at least a few individual sports franchises is encouraging.


Sat Jan 31, 2015 at 05:00 PM PST

WYFP -- Moving, Part I

by Cali Scribe

So, we're moving.

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With the upcoming March for Life (which should be titled, "March for Our Rights to Control Your Life"), anti-choice activists are likely privately gloating over the latest statistics showing a decline in the abortion rate.

"See?" folks like David Frum and National Review crow (though the good folks at the National Review still think that kids need a mommy and daddy). "Young women know that abortion is Teh Ebil! They're all choosing life!"

Sorry guys (and gals), it's more in spite of you than because of you.

And you might want to throw in a "Thanks, Obama!" while you're at it.

More below the twisted Cheeto...

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We don't hear as much about the "Energy Crisis" as we did back in the 1970s and 1980s.

But this is more about my own personal Energy Crisis.

More below the Twisted Cheeto, but first a word from our sponsors:

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The big news this week was the 5th Circuit Court's ruling that put back into place Texas' restrictive laws against abortion. A lower court had struck down the measure ruling that forcing abortion clinics to meet the same standards as hospital-level surgical centers "imposes an undue burden on the right of women throughout Texas to seek a previability abortion."

The impact was immediate and profound. 13 clinics were forced to shut down overnight, leaving 8 clinics to serve the entire state, all in either Houston, Austin and two other metropolitan regions. No clinics remain either west or south of San Antonio.

The fact that abortion is still a right means little if women can't access that right. For women in remote areas of the state, who may not be able to get to one of the big cities where you can still find assistance, there is no "freedom to choose".

The one silver lining in the dark cloud over Texas is that with this ruling coming down a mere month before the statewide elections, it will motivate women (and pro-choice men) to get out to the polls and vote for candidates who don't put roadblocks between women and their health care.

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Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 01:18 PM PDT

All Quiet on the Browser Front

by Cali Scribe

Yesterday I posted a slightly irate diary about the presence of ads on Daily Kos, even though I'm a subscriber. After some research and help from wonderful folks in the community, I tracked it down to a browser problem, specifically Chrome for Windows (I run a dual boot Mac OS/Win7 system so I can play some Windows-only games).

Could not determine any specific adware that was triggering them. And then this morning, I saw some scrolling ads show up on a game forum I hang out on. I'd had enough.

A quick uninstall/reinstall and looks like the issue is solved; I think I may have gotten some bad code somewhere in Chrome. I'll keep a close eye on it though and make sure it doesn't come back.

Thanks to the community for your help and support.


I paid my lifetime subscription a few years back to not have to look at ads. Even bought a couple of gift subscriptions (that was back before Mr. Scribe retired and we had a bit of disposable income). I've enjoyed the experience.

So now I log on after a few days away, and what do I find?

Melt Your Fat Like Butter

99 Celebs Who Bared It All

Drive Traffic From Top Publishers

If I wanted that sort of crap, I'd go hang out at HuffPo or Yahoo or hundreds of other sites.

I know the economy's shit -- we just paid our rent for this month. But between the latest kerfuffles, some assorted misgivings about the direction of this site, and now being assailed by crap advertisements masquerading as "news links", I'm about fed up.

This isn't a GBCW, just a friendly warning that you're risking driving folks out of here with this sort of thing assailing our eyeballs. I've been here for over 10 years and have appreciated the information I've gathered and the community I've found. I don't need ads pushing the latest "quack" weight-loss cure that either doesn't work or kills people in the process, or side boob photos, or anything other than how we can go about electing more (and preferably better) Democrats.

Maybe I just need a break -- a long one.

/end rant

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If you blinked and missed it, Tuesday (August 26) was Women’s Equality Day, celebrating the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment which granted women* the right to vote. (*white women — others came later.)

Granted, 94 years is sort of a weird number; I’m expecting a lot more fanfare in 2020 for the centennial (assuming the Republicans haven’t repealed it by then). Quite a few good articles marked the occasion, however:

Forbes had a short piece on Why Women’s Equality Day Matters — and the only article on the subject I found that was written by a man.

In Burlington NJ, the director of the Women’s Opportunity Center (WOC), which works with women in transition due to spousal death, divorce or disability, had some reflections on gender equity.

Kentucky’s Secretary of State (and hopefully next Senator), Alison Lundergan Grimes, shares her thoughts on the occasion including the inspiration of those who have gone before like former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (who has endorsed Grimes in her Senate race), while acknowledging that far more must be done.

Illinois State Representative Deb Conroy says it’s time for Illinois to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

The Daily Beast suggests the ERA go one step further by adding “and gender” to the simple sentence “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex”, to protect not just cis women but transgender women (and men) as well.

HuffPo has a list of 8 things women couldn’t do on the first Women’s Equality Day in 1971…and 6 they still can’t. I remember the hassle my mother went through in 1970 to get credit in her own name after my father died; her long time bank, Bank of America, cancelled her BankAmericard even though she had been working for 5 years and had received steady raises and promotions all the way to full-time employment during that time, so she pulled all her money out of the bank and went elsewhere. Some I’d forgotten though.

On Twitter, there’s been much talk of “white feminism” and how many movements seem to be dominated by white women with agendas that have little to do with the needs of women of color. So a Philadelphia writer went into the neighborhoods of West Philly and asked black women for their thoughts on Women’s Equality Day and gender equity.

In the words of the old cigarette ad: “You’ve come a long way, baby.” And more for just having our own cancer sticks to kill us. But as we’re reminded every day, for every positive step we make, there are plenty of people out there who want nothing more than to force us 10 feet (or 10 years) back.

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A tale of two players:

Everyone has been wondering when embattled Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will meet with the NFL regarding his one-year suspension, and apparently a date has finally been set as Adam Schefter is now reporting that Gordon will meet with league officials in New York City on August 1.
According to multiple reports, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will be suspended for two games for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy after he was caught on camera in an Atlantic City hotel carrying his unconscious fiancée out of an elevator, seemingly after a physical altercation.
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Unfortunately, it's not the one you might think:

USA Today

The San Francisco Giants are considering a policy that could prohibit fans from wearing items such as fake headdresses in what American Indian activist Suzan Shown Harjo believes would be a first for a major-league sports franchise.

The proposed policy, which is still in the working stages, could potentially say that fans who wear culturally insensitive attire to games or use culturally insensitive language could be asked to stop by Giants security or potentially be asked to leave the stadium.

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