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In the middle of City Hall's current and unfortunate drift toward elite-serving "moderation," one must wonder about what hangers-on like Brown did to the strength of our political movement. He and his ilk were allowed to establish through constant bullying, both online and off, that only straight men have the right to feel comfortable in our city's high-powered progressive circles. What heroes did we lose in the process?

Caitlin Donohue is a staff writer at Rookie magazine and editor of AHDM4U.com.

 

Comments

It is so much easier for the Guardian to hold a relatively powerless drunk accountable years after the fact than it is to hold people who get paid to do progressive politics accountable for the ongoing progressive decay.

Of course, the Guardian is not going to hold themselves accountable for their key role in facilitating this decay due to their uncritical coverage of progressive politics. It is much easier to blame geriatric drunks.

Towards a political culture that values the feelings of activists higher than it values political success and avoiding political failure, well done, Caitlin!

Posted by marcos on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 5:55 am
Posted by Guest on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 10:26 am

Caitlin does not have the authority to run this piece on the politics blog or in the print edition. It is very American and puritan to give a shit of what other people think of you to a neurotic, pathological extent. Most folks don't fall to pieces and lash out when devalued or insulted, they shrug it off and move on.

And it is very American and puritan to engage in witch hunts to purify the isolationist extreme faction. That is what we're seeing here, the final puritanization of what passes for the American left.

Puritanism does not work because the world is very complicated and contradictory and people are often irrational, bright lines fail.

The argument here is "if you insult me you hate everyone like me." I don't buy that the argument is ever valid no how bad the insult.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

Hopefully she will learn from this humiliation.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

Nah, Steven Marke and Todd own this one.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 9:52 pm

boys and girls,

Geez, lotta hate bottled in the little lady. I'm thinking of getting a trademark on a sign like those no-parking signs that just have a 'P' in a circle with a black border and white background and a bright red slash across it.

Only, I'll subsitute an 'h'.

I'm sure I could sell them out by the box at the Milk Club.

Hmmm.

I could add appropriate signs for the windows of swankier restaurants.

And, of course, under direct orders from the Guardian, Peskin and Gonzalez and Alioto and a couple of hundred others will have to have them in their windows.

To show their fealty to the Bay Guardian.

Really dedicated haters can wear the symbol on rings and pendants and as key chain ornaments.

I'm sure that Ms. Donohue will want to go the extra mile and have one tatoo'ed on her forehead. To let everyone know who the guy she spends the most time thinking about is.

I'd kinda like to see that one.

I'm hoping for her to do an 'Unauthorized h. brown Biography'.

We can do book signings together.

And, can you believe this woman is telling people who they can be friends with?

She says that anyone who is friends with me is mentally challenged.

Yeah, says that my friends only hang with me because they have some kind of 'id' sickness deep down.

Guardian directive says their goal is to isolate and shun me so that:

"That, they will no longer think it's OK to enable the presence of their own yapping id in polite company."

How could a woman hate you for 6 years and you not know it?

Let me quote Bill Clinton to make certain one thing is clear:

"I have never had sex with that woman."

Lord, lord, lord.

She called me a:

"Misogynist blogger and progressive scene queen"

Despite the fact that I love women and am not gay.

Then went on to note that I am a:

"publicity-pig chauvinist"

And, case you didn't figure out she doesn't like me:

"woman-hater and homophobe"

Next week the Guardian is gonna tell you what they really think of me.

I'm assuming that I'll be on the Cover.

For a couple of hours of reading people insulting me and my replies, go the the most popular piece of most-read Guardian articles.

I'm far and away #1.

Let me close with a song for Ms. Donohue that pretty much defines our relationship with is essentially that of Demi-god to jealous peasant:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-GLliVyzAg

And, it's not a Greyhound bus. It's Boeing 757.

Go Giants!

Who's your dadd?

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 1:31 pm

Campers,

My review of top Lesbian dance troupe:

'Hemorrhage' ... Ageless Keefer's Magnum Opus

(Bringing Broadway to 24th & Mission for 4 decades)

Two years off hip-replacement surgery and just beginning her 7th decade,
Dance Brigade's Krissy Keefer has reached a pinnacle with her:

Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope and Despair

The flyer you'll be handed at the door says it better than I could and I
want to pass on a few excerpts from it to give you an idea of what you'll
be watching:

rooted in the martial arts, female athleticism and social justice issues.
She received numerous grants and awards including San Francisco
Magazine's Arts Achievement Award for Dance, a San Francisco Bay Guardian
Goldie, and five Isadora Duncan Awards. Her work has been featured in
Ballet Tanz, Kung Fu Magazine, Deborah Jowitt's Dancing Image, Artist's
Eye, Warrior Mothers, and San Francisco Innovators and Iconoclasts: Dance

Nice rap sheet huh?

Doesn't begin to tell it all.

Let me be blunt.

Like I could be any other way.

This will be one of the most memorable 90 minutes you've spent in your life.

This woman knows how to use space. The theater at Dance Mission is a
true neighborhood theater. It seats only around a hundred and I've
seen Krissy expand the experience onto the fire escape over the alley
aside the building (a Keith Hennessey piece and we all stood in the alley

Hennessey sing and dance 2 stories above us) ...

Only watching the Giants beat the Cardinals (yes, I was there!) ... that's
the only better experience I've had in a rainstorm.

Krissy, the rainmaker.

Krissy, the impresario.

Into her 4th decade of bringing Broadway level shows to a community
theater and 'Hemorrhage' is the best.

Everything is better.

I've been drinking beer and wine and writing in the Cafe La Bohemme
downstairs from the theater for 35 years and I remember R. Crumb
sketching next to me and drooling over Krissy's amazing legs and
sketching them.

I know that Carlos Santana played his first gig at La Bohemme.

I know the name of the tree in front (there used to be 2).

I know that it was a cobbler's shop before it was a cafe and that the
cobbler planted a tree outside for each of his 2 daughter's and that was
well over 60 years ago and that one tree is gone but the surviving one is
named 'Irene' after his first daughter and I found that out from her
cause a cab driver nuclear arms man from the future named George fixed
me up with her 20 or 30 years ago and she told me.

Do I digress?

Naw, I want to give you as much of a sense of Dance Mission and Keefer
and the hood experience to try and talk you into going to the friggin
play, you fool!!

One for the memory banks.

I got off BART after a 4 minute rocket ride from Civic Center and worked
my way past the prone homeless forever lining the walls and came up the
stairs onto the plaza above where people sell sex and drugs and Jesus and
a fellow asked if he could buy a cigarette from me.

The murals have all been redone!

Nothing in the world like Mission graffiti murals. Bright. Exciting.
Sensual. Political. And, they're everywhere (tried to get em to
replicate this feel at Mid-Market but Mayor Lee prefers boarded up
windows decorated by taggers) ...

Stopped at La Bohemme where the Cohens were having a bowl of soup with
Luke Thomas and his wife, Laila. It was Luke's 51st b irthday and I gave
him a heavy chain '50 Cent' necklace that he immediately put on and
started doing Ali G gang signs and it worked well cause he's a brit and
was wearing a jersey that looked just like the one that Sasha Cohen wears
in his act. Priceless. And, I chugged a glass of red wine and drew $20
from my bank who is Becky Cohen cause I give her some of my money when I
have too much or I'm saving for a trip and I don't have a bank account and
that's too much information but anyway, stop and have a beer downstairs
before you go up to the play and ask the guy behind the counter if he
knows that the tree outside is named, 'Irene' and if it's the owner he'll
kind of gruffly blow you off but he'll chuckle cause he'll know that I
sent you.

As you enter the theater.

Everything is fresh since the last time I saw a show here a couple of
years ago. The stairs up to the 2nd floor digs are lined with paintings
hung on walls that run the LGBT gamut of colors magnified into the
flourescent range. I remember dinged walls and an empty feeling. Now
there are fabulous original art oils lining purple and red and whatever
color walls that draw the space in to you with warmth and comfort.

Not now.

It's what you call an 'intimate' setting and feeling. Tight interior
decoration worthy of any fine salon. There's camp. The men's
bathroom is still a combination janitor's closet with big mop buckets and
mops and ...

Yes, there was a play.

As I said, it's a small theater and Krissy has always used most of the
space for the performers and sets. This time when I walked in the door
I thought that I'd reached another stage in dementia cause the bleacher
seating used to be on your left as you enter (painted the things once
years ago for a case of wine) ...

Bleachers had been replaced by a tiered junk yard and the seating was now
on the right as you enter and they are real seats (folding chairs, OK)
with backs.

You like buff women?

My god these women are in shape. They've always been thataway. It's
part of the DNA of Dance Brigade. They are top flight woman warriors
and they work at it every day of their life.

They work harder than pro-football players.

They dance hard. Half of their stage is stairs covered with the the
effects of an urban auto junkyard. Fenders and fronts of cars and
cut-outs of seats where Keefer and others perch like eagles or recline
like warrior queens and sing or chant or just ... watch.

That's big part of production ... their facial expressions.

They never get out of character with their face-sets. You know what
I'm saying? I'm serious. Barishnikov and Nureyev showed strain their
faces when they went through the grueling physical rigors of serious
dance but not these women.

Watch them and see if shitting you. There are 10 of them and none of
them lose focus. The Taiko drum work in rotating sets is a thing of
wonder.

You know the theme.

We've fucked up the world on a personal level and internationally by
allowing corporations and dictators and the government of the United
States of America to destroy streams and people and the earth and the air
and the wildlife.

Here's details from Dance Mission site:

'Hemorrhage' ... Ageless Keefer's Magnum Opus

(Bringing Broadway to 24th & Mission for 4 decades)

Two years off hip-replacement surgery and just beginning her 7th decade,
Dance Brigade's Krissy Keefer has reached a pinnacle with her:

Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope and Despair

The flyer you'll be handed at the door says it better than I could and I
want to pass on a few excerpts from it to give you an idea of what you'll
be watching:

rooted in the martial arts, female athleticism and social justice issues.
She received numerous grants and awards including San Francisco
Magazine's Arts Achievement Award for Dance, a San Francisco Bay Guardian
Goldie, and five Isadora Duncan Awards. Her work has been featured in
Ballet Tanz, Kung Fu Magazine, Deborah Jowitt's Dancing Image, Artist's
Eye, Warrior Mothers, and San Francisco Innovators and Iconoclasts: Dance

Nice rap sheet huh?

Doesn't begin to tell it all.

Let me be blunt.

Like I could be any other way.

This will be one of the most memorable 90 minutes you've spent in your life.

This woman knows how to use space. The theater at Dance Mission is a
true neighborhood theater. It seats only around a hundred and I've
seen Krissy expand the experience onto the fire escape over the alley
aside the building (a Keith Hennessey piece and we all stood in the alley

Hennessey sing and dance 2 stories above us) ...

Only watching the Giants beat the Cardinals (yes, I was there!) ... that's
the only better experience I've had in a rainstorm.

Krissy, the rainmaker.

Krissy, the impresario.

Into her 4th decade of bringing Broadway level shows to a community
theater and 'Hemorrhage' is the best.

Everything is better.

I've been drinking beer and wine and writing in the Cafe La Bohemme
downstairs from the theater for 35 years and I remember R. Crumb
sketching next to me and drooling over Krissy's amazing legs and
sketching them.

I know that Carlos Santana played his first gig at La Bohemme.

I know the name of the tree in front (there used to be 2).

I know that it was a cobbler's shop before it was a cafe and that the
cobbler planted a tree outside for each of his 2 daughter's and that was
well over 60 years ago and that one tree is gone but the surviving one is
named 'Irene' after his first daughter and I found that out from her
cause a cab driver nuclear arms man from the future named George fixed
me up with her 20 or 30 years ago and she told me.

Do I digress?

Naw, I want to give you as much of a sense of Dance Mission and Keefer
and the hood experience to try and talk you into going to the friggin
play, you fool!!

One for the memory banks.

I got off BART after a 4 minute rocket ride from Civic Center and worked
my way past the prone homeless forever lining the walls and came up the
stairs onto the plaza above where people sell sex and drugs and Jesus and
a fellow asked if he could buy a cigarette from me.

The murals have all been redone!

Nothing in the world like Mission graffiti murals. Bright. Exciting.
Sensual. Political. And, they're everywhere (tried to get em to
replicate this feel at Mid-Market but Mayor Lee prefers boarded up
windows decorated by taggers) ...

Stopped at La Bohemme where the Cohens were having a bowl of soup with
Luke Thomas and his wife, Laila. It was Luke's 51st b irthday and I gave
him a heavy chain '50 Cent' necklace that he immediately put on and
started doing Ali G gang signs and it worked well cause he's a brit and
was wearing a jersey that looked just like the one that Sasha Cohen wears
in his act. Priceless. And, I chugged a glass of red wine and drew $20
from my bank who is Becky Cohen cause I give her some of my money when I
have too much or I'm saving for a trip and I don't have a bank account and
that's too much information but anyway, stop and have a beer downstairs
before you go up to the play and ask the guy behind the counter if he
knows that the tree outside is named, 'Irene' and if it's the owner he'll
kind of gruffly blow you off but he'll chuckle cause he'll know that I
sent you.

As you enter the theater.

Everything is fresh since the last time I saw a show here a couple of
years ago. The stairs up to the 2nd floor digs are lined with paintings
hung on walls that run the LGBT gamut of colors magnified into the
flourescent range. I remember dinged walls and an empty feeling. Now
there are fabulous original art oils lining purple and red and whatever
color walls that draw the space in to you with warmth and comfort.

Not now.

It's what you call an 'intimate' setting and feeling. Tight interior
decoration worthy of any fine salon. There's camp. The men's
bathroom is still a combination janitor's closet with big mop buckets and
mops and ...

Yes, there was a play.

As I said, it's a small theater and Krissy has always used most of the
space for the performers and sets. This time when I walked in the door
I thought that I'd reached another stage in dementia cause the bleacher
seating used to be on your left as you enter (painted the things once
years ago for a case of wine) ...

Bleachers had been replaced by a tiered junk yard and the seating was now
on the right as you enter and they are real seats (folding chairs, OK)
with backs.

You like buff women?

My god these women are in shape. They've always been thataway. It's
part of the DNA of Dance Brigade. They are top flight woman warriors
and they work at it every day of their life.

They work harder than pro-football players.

They dance hard. Half of their stage is stairs covered with the the
effects of an urban auto junkyard. Fenders and fronts of cars and
cut-outs of seats where Keefer and others perch like eagles or recline
like warrior queens and sing or chant or just ... watch.

That's big part of production ... their facial expressions.

They never get out of character with their face-sets. You know what
I'm saying? I'm serious. Barishnikov and Nureyev showed strain their
faces when they went through the grueling physical rigors of serious
dance but not these women.

Watch them and see if shitting you. There are 10 of them and none of
them lose focus. The Taiko drum work in rotating sets is a thing of
wonder.

You know the theme.

We've fucked up the world on a personal level and internationally by
allowing corporations and dictators and the government of the United
States of America to destroy streams and people and the earth and the air
and the wildlife.

I'm gonna do senior lunch now.

Cause I'm hungry.

You go see this play.

Then write me and say, thank you.

Go Giants!

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

When your butt itches so much that it would make Borishnikov or Nureyev strain from the rigors of good dump, consider hemorrhoid ablation as an effective alternative treatment. Remember campers, too much steroids will make you buff and help you display that Kung Fu Sun Tzu female athleticism, but it also causes hemorrhoids. So if you're sitting in that intimate setting, in the tight interior of a toilet of a fine salon, you watch them shitting you and your own ass hurts from the effort -even if these buff women never lose focus during the grueling rigors of the gluteal dance, you know that it's a thing of wonder that they can perform to the rhythm of the Taiko Drums, with Hemorrhoids. Well there's hope, don't despair. Hemorrhoid Ablation to the rescue. You'll shit like a warrior woman when it's done.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 8:18 pm

Again,

Is this post acceptable for publication in the San Francisco Bay Guardian and if so, please justify.

Go Giants!

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 9:57 am

Doesn't anyone think about the hemorrhoidally challenged before they type, or are they just trying to drive the hemorrhoidally challenged from the progressive movement? Movement. He said movement.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 10:10 am

It's one of the best posts of the thread. Get over it.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

But he sure can't take it. It was the funniest post of the thread. You only wish you could write like that.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 4:44 pm
Posted by Guest on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

How do you know the poster of that parody of h's writing is gay? How do you know it's a guy? Are you just taking h's assumption that it was done by marke b at face value? H has no clue who wrote it. H has no clue about many things. Could've been any one of multitudes of people who h has offended over the years.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 8:23 pm
Posted by Guest on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

You know as much as H Brown, which is to say you're absolutely clueless. You know how I know? I'll tell ya. There is one person and one person only who knows who wrote that brilliant satire of H Brown's pomposity.

That would be me. Because I wrote it. And I am not marke b. And no, I will not tell you who I am. Prefer to keep you guessing in your clueless fog. But I will narrow it down. I'm someone who thinks H Brown is a clueless, pompous douchebag. Of course that narrows it down to most people who have come in contact with him. Other than that and the fact that I'm not marke b, keep guessing. Happy to see that I'm obviously pressing his buttons, as he loves to do with other people.

Cheers
:-)

Posted by Guest on Jan. 31, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

Too bad it lacks credibility.

Oh, and word, it wasn't that smart, unless you think having an anal fixation counts as intelligence.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 31, 2014 @ 5:53 pm

he's the king of potty talk

Posted by Guest on Feb. 04, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

h. could get downright mean but I can't think of anyone whose brain was a better archive of SF political history when he was here. I'm sorry to see him go. In the end I couldn't help liking him and enjoying his daily e-blasts, and I was sorry he stopped writing for Fog City Journal.

Posted by Ann Garrison on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

Hey lady writer/warrior,

My plane leaves May 9th. Already got my ticket. But, there is much to do. Want to get a tooth pulled and hit the SFGH dermatology for last freeze-burns for actinic keratosis, see my internist and do a couple of blood panels.

Plus establish an off-shore account for my social security income.

I'll have a big party before I go and will invite you on my blast.

Go Giants!

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

If I haven't moved outa town myself by that time, I'll do my best to skedaddle over.

I've been studying offshore accounts, because so much of Africa's oil revenue disappears into them. More often than not they're British territories, and Britain says it can't violate their sovereignty by interfering. (As in the Falklands.) Ownership is locked up tight secret, no peekin', in the Virgin Islands, so if one offshore locale isn't working for you, shovel your SS assets into a holding company there, and then hold the holding company in the Virgin islands.

Posted by Ann Garrison on Feb. 05, 2014 @ 11:05 pm

So this guy has a problem with Peskin but chooses to bully the female journalist standing next to him? Sounds like H. Brown's a bit of a pussy. I don't agree with Caitlin very often, but I think she's got a point here.

And complaining about the amount of time lag between the "incident" and this article? There's no statute of limitations on calling someone out for being a douche - it never stops you guys when you get going on Gavin. In the future, H, don't dish it out if you can't take it.

Posted by Snoozers on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

To compare a known local drunk and rarely read blogger to a politician who controlled an $8 billion budget while setting the stage for gentrification affecting thousands of exiled SF residents is a big stretch. I hope you don't have to use logical thinking in your day job.

As with most everything in SF politics, this article is likely a subtext for thrashing people associated with h, rather than merely being about a relative nobody that few of us have ever met or know much about.

For a publication that spent countless words defending Sheriff Mirkirimi's actions - three guns!, general tawdry behavior and ACTUAL physical violence against a woman far beyond some misspoken words - it's curious why the SFBG is keeping the h story alive. Is it to demoralize and demonize the progressive gang h ran with, or is it a slap at h's former political acquaintances like Peskin and Gonzalez just as potential candidates and their supporters jockey for position to take on the failing and flailing current mayor?

I thought Bard College was a place where smart and very rich people went to school. Maybe rich people don't have much experience being around drunks and misanthropes, but smart people should know that the world is mostly made up of a variety of people, most of whom aren't rich, aren't well-mannered and aren't part of the beautiful, well-cultured clique.

A second article, which adds nothing to the fist one, says way more about the SFBG management's decision making process than it says about some old drunk who's on the way out the door. I think it was grade school the last time I saw people kicking someone when they were down on the ground, but maybe that's all the SFBG has got these days. "Read it here! Join all the other cool, mean people who get off kicking an old dog that once snarled at one of our favorite bitches."

I wish the recent well-written article that described how "Candidate X" was going to dislodge the current mayor would have gotten one-quarter the interest these articles about a relative nobody are receiving.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

The Guardian's "human resources" record is littered with as many corpses of talented women writers who have been summarily dismissed while less talented male writers were kept on as the number of candidates the Guardian has endorsed who have fumbled races that were theirs to lose.

Where were the women of San Francisco when Bruce and Tim would regularly purge women writers from the SFBG?

What we've got here is the progressive rump political class that is imposing yet another rule in their set of political table manners on constituents in a bid to exclude the majority from a seat at the table in their closed corrupt shop.

This exercise is little more than a two minute hate to marginalize the infidels, to prove obedience to the corporate electeds, to promise that the progressive rump will do what it takes to inhibit any substantive challenge to corporate rule by clearing the field.

The second article is a distillation of the first article and serves two immediate purposes. First, it takes the blog posting to print which communicates the message to a wider but still constrained audience, contributing towards clearing the field for the Ed Lee, Jane Kim and David Chiu's of the City. Second, it provides the opportunity for more troll driven page hits which ups the SFBG's bottom line.

If I did not have consistent political values it is tripe like this that would turn me into a conservative, white male misogynist.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

Whatever the Guardian's sins, Harold Brown is an embarrassment to progressives. He is the turd in the progressive punch bowl. Conservatives use him to smear progressives by association, because he's such a pig and everyone knows it. And they're partly right. Caitlin's article was as much about progressives tolerating Brown as about Brown himself. In fact, if progressives didn't tolerate him, I don't think the article would be necessary at all.

Where I disagree with the article, is this whole notion that there's a problem with progressive men in general, exclusively. Brown was a sexist pig, but also a general all-purpose pig. I also know male progressives who called him on his bullshit, and I know female progressives who would answer, "Oh, we know. But that's just h."

Brown had his detractors, and he had his enablers. From my experience, it most definitely did not break down by gender. But from reading Caitlin's article, one would surmise that every woman active in progressive politics hated h, and all of his enablers were male. That's where the bias lies, and that's what opens her up to more criticism than she really deserves. Because on the general point that this guy is a pig, and no decent publication, progressive or not, has any business publishing fawning tributes to him -on that point, she's spot on.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

So you talk about "progressive women." Is Laura Hahn, president of the San Francisco Women's Political Committee a progressive woman? What campaigns did she work on?

Is supporting London Breed, David Chiu Debra and the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan make Debra Walker, a "progressive woman?"
im."

I really like Siobhann Bellinger, but does being a Buck Tavern bartender make her a "progressive woman?"

A hired gun who won't own their language, Anonymous ex-City Hall aide? The Guardian give mores consideration to anonymous gotcha opportunist attacks than it does to the structural issues that led to the demise of progressive politics.

The Guardian is more concerned with enforcing table manners within the narrowly shrinking circles of "progressive politics" than it is in winning on elections and policies or in diagnosing the causes of progressive decay.

Remember when Gonzalez ran in 2003 and Tim wrote one of those hand-wringing endorsements of Gonzalez that later got used by Newsom in a mailing piece to progressive precincts? Because Sabotage.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 5:47 am

Sorry, that was pre-coffee. The SFWPC endorsed Newsom, the guy who fucked his underling, breaking up their family, and that organization sat by silently.

Siobhann is a progressive woman, but I'd never seen her working on a progressive campaign. Perhaps I did not know her at the time. But at least she did not bottle up her feelings until a gotcha moment, she took steps at the time she was offended.

Most non-progressive women do not cleave to the table manners of the left identitarians, yet the Guardian is insisting that if progressives just stuck to the standards of the identitarians, then that would expand the coalition when all of the evidence points to identitarianism narrowing the circles.

Nope, the Guardian is playing favorites within the local political class, and playing favorites with political actors who are aligned against the Guardian's stated political interests.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 6:34 am

it doesn't excuse Brown's behavior, toward women or toward anyone else. It's not a "gotcha" moment. It was a response to a wholly inappropriate puff piece for a turd of a human being written in the Weekly. Caitlin called out Brown on his behavior at the time as well, but as usual, lots of people just made excuses for him. She let it go, and probably would've continued to let it go, had the Weekly not opened up those wounds and rubbed fresh salt in them. That being done, it was appropriate to write something reminding folks who this guy really is.

As for the people quoted, Stephany Ashley has done more for the progressive movement in a short time than Brown has done in his whole life. At least her contributions are a net positive. Debra Walker's endorsement of David Chiu is messed up, but let's not let "cootie politics" invalidate her life's work. And yes, many people want to remain anonymous. I'm sure you can understand why. Brown is the worst kind of loser -a loser with nothing to lose. He can't "win" this argument because his behavior is truly deplorable, but he can drag you down with him, as he is trying to do with Caitlin by savaging her character when all she did was rightfully call him out. And he won't be satisfied until he drags you down to his own depths. I can understand why many people in politics wish to remain anonymous for this piece. But the sentiments are widespread, and it is truly demoralizing to our movement to have enablers come out of the woodwork and make excuses.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 8:54 am

think of an adequate response to a putdown is not, in the grand scheme of things, a big deal.

Political correctness and identity politics have neutered the progressive movement, by distracting it from it's core values and goals, and replaced it with pity and victim politics

Posted by Guest on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 10:07 am

What is demoralizing for the movement is losing elections, capitulating to corporate power and blaming drunks for that failure.

What is demoralizing for the movement is when paid professionals take volunteer labor on campaigns, give nothing back and proceed to consume that donated political capital to protect their own sinecures.

There were no excuses, h. Brown was called out for his bad conduct. Is the suggestion that there needed to be a ceremonial banishment in the public square? What form would such a community rejection take that would satisfy you all?

Fine, we'll conduct that ceremonial banishment of h. Brown right after we conduct the ceremonial banishment of the paid progressives on whose watch San Francisco was lost, the folks who are distracting from their record of abject failure by directing people's attention to an old drunk and painting any of their political "opponents" who ever had contact with him with that broad brush.

As far as Ashley goes, not a fan. As Marquez said, if progressivism is down to Campos versus Chiu, then it is basically game over, dude. This is just an effort of the victorious to permanently eradicate the vanquishedopposition. The opportunists who'd associated with progressives are jumping off of the burning sinking ship onto the SS Willie Brown.

The rest of us are just backing off in disgust and are probably going to end up associating with the majority of noncombatant San Franciscans who are disgusted with the conservatives, disgusted with nonprofit/labor "progressive" rump and disgusted with all of the rest of the "people who know what they're talking about," self interested, ethically conflicted operators all.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 11:07 am

He's served his purpose for Progressives, and now he'll fade faster than Eliana's bruise.

Posted by Pol Potty-Mouth on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 5:19 pm

that if Ross lost his job, he wouldn't be worth divorcing.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 5:39 pm

Hey,

You call me a "pussy" and then refuse to sign your name? You're the chickenshit.

What's your name?

Go Giants!

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

Hey,

Having 2 threads is confusing and I'm transferring this comment from a friend from the other h. brown haters anonymous board:

Goofery saves the day

Is there someone out there who takes h brown seriously? See, there’s your mistake right there. You don’t have to, you know. The day I met him, in 2004 at Ross Mirkarimi’s D5 campaign headquarters on Haight St., I knew he was full of it--bluster, booze, and bullshit. So from the starting gate I took everything the guy says with a ton of salt, let much of it roll off my back, and have no stake in believing anything he says, right or wrong, just as I have no stake in San Francisco politics and who influences whom, any more. I have been dismissed from the Millionaire’s Club for being small change.

h has had a more interesting life than 90% of us and is more colorful in writing and ranting about it than most of us. He’s smarter than the average bear and more fun than a barrel of SF progressives careening down a hill. As for me, h and sfbulldog gave a me a venue for my column, The Ax Files, which hasn’t made me famous (something I don’t bother to pursue) but which granted me a small but loyal readership. Forever thanks, buddy. Plus, he helped me move! Three flights up and down a dozen times. More than once, a friend in need.

As we know, alcohol and internet commentary bring out the best in all of us. I haven’t read SF Weekly or the Guardian in years and I won’t spend time scrolling through this sea of discontent. h and others forwarded the article links to me or posted on facebook. I’m chiming in because love him or hate him, it breaks my heart that the core weirdos of San Francisco are deserting the ship. I not only lost my fight to stay there, I lost interest in the fight. h is indeed an old-style SF curmudgeon and we--excuse me--you, need more, not less, like him there. Talented, opinionated, feisty, goes his own way--isn’t that what SF used to be about? It’s what brought me there, and it’s what got me shut out. The nonconformists are being shown the door, and it’s a door I will not attempt to get my foot in again.

I used to post h’s columns on the Bulldog for him, because despite his many degrees and credentials, the man never did learn how to upload to his own WordPress site. I quit that when I decided he needed to be responsible for what he puts out there without my involvement. At the time someone told me hanging out with h leads to “death by association.” Fork that shite! I’m my own person, as is anyone who finds him garrulous, generous, spontaneous, and can think for him/herself. Don’t like him? Don’t have to. Steer clear of the guy. Otherwise, chill out and enjoy the ride. And if he gets in your face, tell him, “If I wanted to hear from an asshole, I’d fart.”

I have left San Francisco behind and it has left me behind--but I’m hanging on to the Bulldog (dateline Portland, Oregon), my 415 phone number, and my buddy h. Zapfino!

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Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

here on SFBG and on Fog City Journal complaining that you had to read opinions that you did not agree with.

Hopefully you find a safe haven from others opinions.

Posted by guest on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

this city, it's progressives and the SFBG.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

Nicely written piece,

Thanks for joining the discussion. I'm just hoping that none of this will change Obama's decision to name me as Ambassador to Israel.

Go Giants!

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

Well,

Your post (which was actually organized well and readable) is a perfect bookend to Ms. Donohue's writing and shows how far Marke b. and Steven T. Jones will go to get some hits. Without my name, you'd have nothing.

And, why do the most vulgar Guardian anonymous posters always end up talking about my colon or my anus or my feces? I can't help but wonder if they focus on the colons and anuses and feces of all the men they become fixated with? Don't get your hopes up, guys. Homie don't play that game.

Hmmmm.

Go Giants!

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

lets hope you can find a safe place that all progressives search, a uni-mind existence.

Posted by guest on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 9:43 pm

Really,

You can take my reply down if you want too as it doesn't make any sense.

peace,

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 9:36 pm

Actually it's still up, so maybe it shall. But Harold, I thought it was well organized and readable just a minute ago? Now it's vile? I thought it was funny. I saw a target of opportunity (your pompous writing), so I took it. You fashion yourself to be a writer and self-styled "bon vivant." Well a bon vivant should be able to laugh at themselves, right? Or is it that you're only capable of poking fun of young women?

Posted by Guest on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

Marke b.,

The 'Newsom ...' guest isn't the one I responded to with my last comment, it was the 'Guest/Hemorrhoids'. Geez, it always get's that way on Guardian doesn't it?

Anyway, I responded to 2 different posters and the vile one's post was removed.

Whoever did it, I thank.

The character, Haley on 'Coronation Street' died today.

It's the favorite soap of myself and Snoop Dog.

Go Giants!

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

Morning to my fans,

Marke, I see you re-posted the item that I complained about. It's the 'Hemorrhoid' clip dated Jan. 29, 2014 8:18pm.

Did you write it? Could I have your evaluation of the post?

Go Giants!

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 9:46 am

Marke b.,

Take me to school a bit on your business. If 400 people (OK, if you take the multiple posts by the same person into account it's probably less than half that) ...

If that many post, how many click on to read and don't post?

You must be getting quite a high count cause I sure know alot of folks who are following it and not posting.

My friends who make money from the industry tell me that a popular piece like this is good for your bottom line and is something that a neophyte journalist like Donohue will have at the top of her resume.

Any of that true?

Note: These are the kinds of questions that Tim Redmond would answer.

Will you?

And, you never did answer me as to whether you thought Guest/Hemorrhoids post was acceptable. I'll have to conclude that you find it to be OK as you haven't removed it for a second time.

I've had people contact me from all over the country and ask me to please take a piece I've written about them (sometimes years later) down because it was hurting them in their job search.

It had honestly not occurred to me that such a thing would happen.

I have always done that regardless of what they'd done.

You don't think the Guardian attacks on me will hurt my job searches do you?

Yours?

I just hope it doesn't get in the way of my quest for the Presidency.

Close with the best piece of music ever made ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2j-frfK-yg

Back in the day, I used to play this in the gym in South Carolina when the kids were all off the buses and waiting to go to home rooms.

The place always calmed down.

The crowd here seems that they could use a bit of Bach.

Go Giants

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 11:04 am

Letters of recommendation,

I'm enjoying these exchanges so much that I've worked up letters of recommendation for you to use when you next seek employment. For instance, in Marke's I've put links to the 2 reviews he published of Krissy Keefer's play, mine and Guest/Hemorrhoid's.

I'm certain that prospective employers will be interested in what you as an editor feel is an acceptable review. And, did you write that one you call 'Satire', Marke? Go on, take credit for it you little devil, you.

You don't have to send me addresses cause I have world-wide access.

But, as y'all say, I'm a nobody and no one's gonna listen to me, right?

We'll see, won't we?

Here's a song that I think speaks to your future job prospects:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-DkyMXTo5Q

And, readers ...

Catch Dance Brigade at their best:

January 24-February 8, 2014

Dance Brigade presents

Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope and Despair

January 24-February 8, 2014
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 6pm
(Please note showtimes Sat, Feb 8 are 4pm & 7pm)

Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or 1800-838-3006
$30 reserved seating/Dance Brigade supporter
$22 general admission, in advance
$27 general admission, at the door

It's at 24th and Mission.

Go Giants!

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

boys and girls,

You may be curious as to how
Debra Walker, a past president of
the Harvey Milk Club could endorse
David Chiu over David Campos in
their 17 Assembly race to succeed
Tom Ammiano.

How could lesbian, Walker endorse
Chiu who put the head of the Christian
Coalition (Randy Tate) on his Board
of Directors when Tate was the most
virulent homophobe in America?

Wellll, here's a hint.

I'm uh guessing that Walker sold out
for some of the best free health
insurance for part-time work in the
country.

You see, Debra's been on the DBI
commission since Gonzalez appointed
her 10 years or so back.

Gonzalez was Gay friendly.

She remained loyal to the gay community.

Aaron Peskin reappointed her.

Peskin has always been a friend to Gays.

She remained loyal to the gay community.

Then, David Chiu became president of
the BOS.

He, who empowered gay-haters through
his Grassroots Enterprise.

And now?

Debra has decided not to endorse the
gay candidate in Assembly 17.

That's David Campos.

She's a Chiu lady now.

He who can take away her health insurance.

Ahhh, so much for Progressive unity.

Nicole Derse who ran Ross Mirkarimi's
first run for Supervisor now attacks
Mirk and works for the Mayor.

As does Enrique Pierce who was Gonzo's
campaign manager in the 2003 mayoral
contest.

Jane Kim?

Gonzalez created her from the School
Board forward and now Rose Pak and
Willie Brown are her best friends.

And, Tom Radulovich has become a union
buster.

You know, I was wondering and stuyding
on why in the world Walker would attack
me in print when I wrote so glowingly
of her for over a decade.

Thought it could be cause I backed Jim
Meko in the D-6 race in 2010.

Then, I sat down and smoked a few bowls
of good pot and examined how the ice
floated in a few glasses of bourbon and
watched some porn and realized.

If she backed Campos as you'd expect,
she'd lose the commission position she's
held for over a decade.

And, her health insurance.

Sometimes the answer is right in front
of you and you just don't see it.

So, with all of the turncoats I've
mentioned above?

Their reasons for turning on their own
are as old as time.

To keep their jobs and their income
source, prominence in the public
eye ... and, for Debra?

Her Health insurance.

Loyalty and integrity?

Screw em!

A song for Debra:

(she's the double-crosser, 'Lefty' who
sold out Pancho Villa)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd41cVwl9FY&list=RDFd41cVwl9FY

love that song,

Go Giants!

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 5:20 pm
Posted by Guest on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

But there is total coverage for a sense of personal outrage and indignation...

Posted by marcos on Jan. 31, 2014 @ 6:35 am

Editors and Publishers and Lesbians alert,

I did a positive review for
Dance Brigade, 35 year-old San
Francisco icon that the Guardian
weekly dedicated a cover and
big story a year or so back.

They have a new and dynamite
production.

The great cover and story about
Dance Brigade and their impresario,
Krissy Keefer was done under, then
Publisher, Tim Redmond.

Since new Publisher, Marke Bieschke
has taken the reins he tries to do
a Fox news style balance in pieces
he publishes and here's the
counterpoint review he published
to fill in details I neglected?

Ask yourself if you want your paper
to sound like this ...

Here's a post Marke b. at the SF Bay Guardian thought was a proper response.

When your butt itches so much that it would make Borishnikov or Nureyev
strain from the rigors of good dump, consider hemorrhoid ablation as an
effective alternative treatment. Remember campers, too much steroids will
make you buff and help you display that Kung Fu Sun Tzu female
athleticism, but it also causes hemorrhoids. So if you're sitting in that
intimate setting, in the tight interior of a toilet of a fine salon, you
watch them shitting you and your own ass hurts from the effort -even if
these buff women never lose focus during the grueling rigors of the
gluteal dance, you know that it's a thing of wonder that they can perform
to the rhythm of the Taiko Drums, with Hemorrhoids. Well there's hope,
don't despair. Hemorrhoid Ablation to the rescue. You'll shit like a
warrior woman when it's done.
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Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 30, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

It was a great piece. Most of it was taken directly from your own screed, brilliantly reworked into first-rate satire that even you at first acknowledged is "well organized and readable."

Could've been done by a lot of people. Maybe even someone who you call a "friend." Maybe even someone who defends you publicly but secretly wishes you the worst, but doesn't want to say it under their own name for a bunch of reasons. Ask your buddies during your going away party, maybe one of them will fess up that they're really glad you're going. Doubt it though, because you're quite the pig especially when you're drunk, which is just about always, and not too many people want that treatment. Keeping you guessing is part of the fun.

You're a classic bully h. For someone who dishes it out with glee, you sure do have a thick skin when someone pokes fun of you.

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