H. Brown: Goodbye to all that, we hope

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OPINION While we mourn the tamping down of the fiery progressive idealism that characterized City Hall in the early 2000s, we celebrate the departure of that era's dated man-warrior posturing. Last week proved a good occasion to pop a bottle: Misogynist blogger and progressive scene queen H. Brown announced he would soon be leaving San Francisco for destinations unknown.

Brown, a proud bigot famed for hurling invective from behind a double shot of whiskey at ex-Supervisor Chris Daly's since-closed progressive hangout Buck Tavern, took the occasion to hang out for posterity with an SF Weekly reporter. Joe Eskenazi wrote a lyrical, subtly satiric ode to the aging troll's legacy, "Last Call for Know-It-Alls: The Departure of a Classic Specimen of Old-San Francisco Bon Vivantery."

But nuanced pokes at the longtime "character" proved too subtle to the victims of his bullying throughout the years. And since the piece failed to include the voice of a single woman, we thought we'd remedy with a retrospective of our own. Behold, the legacy of a real jerk:

"At a benefit at the Buck Tavern I walked in and there were all these progressive journalists sitting around a table with him. [Brown] said 'you're the one with the great ass!' He started asking me if I had family members he could date. I was standing there horrified. I'm a mouthy lady, and even I couldn't think of anything to come back with — not just to him, but to every other progressive journalist who was sitting there listening to him who laughed! I said hi to a few people, and then I left the event."

- Laura Hahn, president of the San Francisco Women's Political Committee

"H. is a bully and a sexist. If you want to look at why the progressive movement is failing it's because it alienates youth, women, and people of color. Deifying somebody like him is shutting women out, the message is they aren't welcome. It's not separated from the fact that progressives are really faltering right now with no leadership and very little inspiration."

- Debra Walker, artist and longtime activist

"As a purveyor of alcohol, I found that the man was a lawbreaking mooch and a pain to deal with. As a woman, I found him pathetic, insulting, gross, or all three, depending on his mood. The first time I met him he cussed me out for an imagined slight in a way that was actually shocking — and it takes a lot for cuss words to flummox me. For a time, I simply refused to serve him."

- Siobhann Bellinger, Buck Tavern bartender

"His behavior symbolized the running joke amongst some progressive men that women were there for their own entertainment to be mocked and harassed with no one blinking an eye. FUCK. THAT."

- Anonymous ex-City Hall aide

Ah, old San Francisco bon vivantery. Of course, the real reason we're cheering on whatever Greyhound that will ferry this foul-mouthed sprite from our burg has nothing to do with Brown. Rather, we're hoping no one will step into his shoes as your supervisor's personal Bobby Riggs, to invoke the publicity-pig chauvinist who famously challenged tennis legend Billie Jean King to a match, the infamous Battle of the Sexes in which King mopped the floor with her opponent.

We hope that our purported progressive leaders will no longer invite woman-haters and homophobes to their household Sunday salons, or take Speedo-clad dips with them in the bay. That they will no longer think it's OK to enable the presence of their own yapping id in polite company.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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