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Newsom: The whole idea is this: Right now, we have a broadcast model of governing. You vote and I decide. You understand this intimately. You’ve seen the contours of this change in the media and certainly in the music industry. Big is getting small and small is getting big. Technology has the ability to level the playing field.
Colbert: What the fuck does any of that mean? The big is getting small and the small is getting big? What are you talking about? Is there a glossary? Is there a bullshit translator?

Gavin’s not being deliberately obtuse. He’s trying to translate how we, as voters, can utilise social currency to increase growth and drive conversations. If we can ignite the existing community by amplifying the experience with relevant and engaging policy, we can all be, as McLuhan said, “governance megaphones.”

Newsom: The whole idea is this: Right now, we have a broadcast model of governing. You vote and I decide. You understand this intimately. You’ve seen the contours of this change in the media and certainly in the music industry. Big is getting small and small is getting big. Technology has the ability to level the playing field.

Colbert: What the fuck does any of that mean? The big is getting small and the small is getting big? What are you talking about? Is there a glossary? Is there a bullshit translator?

Gavin’s not being deliberately obtuse. He’s trying to translate how we, as voters, can utilise social currency to increase growth and drive conversations. If we can ignite the existing community by amplifying the experience with relevant and engaging policy, we can all be, as McLuhan said, “governance megaphones.”

ABC RAIDS TOURIST BAR
Associated PressSan Francisco, CAMonday, November 22, 2010After a 2 a.m. sting operation, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has closed the Buena Vista Cafe pending further investigation. A favorite drinking spot for tourists on  San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, the Buena Vista is accused by ABC  officials of marketing its signature cocktail, the Irish Coffee, to minors."It’s combines caffeine with alcohol," said an ABC spokesman. "In  light of the impending FDA ban on Four Loko, we must push for equal  enforcement. No one is above the law.""Honestly, we’re shocked."  said proprietor Seamus Finn, "We’ve been making this mixture of coffee,  whiskey, sugar and cream for over half a century now. There’s never  been a problem. I mean, there was that time Herb Caen exposed himself,  but that was over 20 years ago."City Attorney Dennis Herrera disagreed. “The Irish Coffee is the Joe  Camel of alcoholic beverages. We should close them for blending liquor  and coffee alone. But the sugar and whipped cream clearly indicates  they’re marketing this cocktail to minors.”The FDA ban “should be the nail in the coffin of these dangerous and  toxic drinks,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) who has pushed the  Obama administration to ban the beverages. Schumer’s office put forward a  recent study which showed drinkers who combine alcohol and caffeine are  more likely to be injured, sexually assaulted, drive while drinking and  require medical attention than those who drink caffeine-free drinks."Who will think of the children?" asked Lt. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom.Not  all San Francisco’s elected officials are cheering the move. State  Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said, “This is insane.” When pressed  for further comment he said, “I thought this was San Francisco. When  did we turn into Vacaville?”Prominent local photographer Brizz struck a warier note. “First, they came for the Four Loko. And I did not speak up. Because I was not a Four Loko-er.”Residents of the lower Haight were less forgiving. “I didn’t speak  up because Four Loko tastes like ass,” said a local gutterpunk. “At  least Sparks had faint notes of wheat — not unlike a lager,” he added. “What the  fuck’s an Irish Coffee, again? Is that like Bailey’s or something?”The Federal Trade Commission, which regulates the marketing of the drinks, declined to comment.

ABC RAIDS TOURIST BAR

Associated Press
San Francisco, CA
Monday, November 22, 2010


After a 2 a.m. sting operation, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has closed the Buena Vista Cafe pending further investigation. A favorite drinking spot for tourists on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, the Buena Vista is accused by ABC officials of marketing its signature cocktail, the Irish Coffee, to minors.

"It’s combines caffeine with alcohol," said an ABC spokesman. "In light of the impending FDA ban on Four Loko, we must push for equal enforcement. No one is above the law."

"Honestly, we’re shocked." said proprietor Seamus Finn, "We’ve been making this mixture of coffee, whiskey, sugar and cream for over half a century now. There’s never been a problem. I mean, there was that time Herb Caen exposed himself, but that was over 20 years ago."

City Attorney Dennis Herrera disagreed. “The Irish Coffee is the Joe Camel of alcoholic beverages. We should close them for blending liquor and coffee alone. But the sugar and whipped cream clearly indicates they’re marketing this cocktail to minors.”

The FDA ban “should be the nail in the coffin of these dangerous and toxic drinks,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) who has pushed the Obama administration to ban the beverages.

Schumer’s office put forward a recent study which showed drinkers who combine alcohol and caffeine are more likely to be injured, sexually assaulted, drive while drinking and require medical attention than those who drink caffeine-free drinks.

"Who will think of the children?" asked Lt. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom.

Not all San Francisco’s elected officials are cheering the move. State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said, “This is insane.” When pressed for further comment he said, “I thought this was San Francisco. When did we turn into Vacaville?”

Prominent local photographer Brizz struck a warier note. “First, they came for the Four Loko. And I did not speak up. Because I was not a Four Loko-er.”

Residents of the lower Haight were less forgiving. “I didn’t speak up because Four Loko tastes like ass,” said a local gutterpunk. “At least Sparks had faint notes of wheat — not unlike a lager,” he added. “What the fuck’s an Irish Coffee, again? Is that like Bailey’s or something?”

The Federal Trade Commission, which regulates the marketing of the drinks, declined to comment.

"I’ve long since stopped caring how people get their dicks wet."
-Kay, telling me to get over it.

"I’ve long since stopped caring how people get their dicks wet."

-Kay, telling me to get over it.

sfgate:

"Though Gavin claims to oppose offshore drilling when the cameras are  rolling, his bank account has been swelling due to multiple investments  in what he calls ‘dirty’ energy companies who make billions of dollars  from off-shore drilling," said Brandon Gesicki, a spokesman for  incumbent Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado. "By criticizing the same companies  that he profits from, Newsom has set some sort of record for political  hypocrisy."

I’m waiting for the remix. Maybe they can fly Abel down there to wipe off a pelican.

sfgate:

"Though Gavin claims to oppose offshore drilling when the cameras are rolling, his bank account has been swelling due to multiple investments in what he calls ‘dirty’ energy companies who make billions of dollars from off-shore drilling," said Brandon Gesicki, a spokesman for incumbent Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado. "By criticizing the same companies that he profits from, Newsom has set some sort of record for political hypocrisy."

I’m waiting for the remix. Maybe they can fly Abel down there to wipe off a pelican.

My internet cronies take issue with my handicapping of the horserace:
doublejack:

This is dumb. Transocean Inc. won’t mean shit to most people; it’s not like he’s on the board of BP. Even as a “PR disaster,” this barely rates. It’ll be forgotten by next week, much less November. 

40goingon28:

I say it costs him, at the outside, a few hundred votes. The majority of Californians will never hear about this story. Gavin may lose for other reasons - namely, that there are a lot of Republicans in California - but this? Hardly.

You guys use a lot of words to say a lot of stuff. But I can’t hear you over the
NEWSOM PROFITS OFF BP OIL RIG.
I understand I’m glossing over some financial nuances but
NEWSOM PROFITS OFF BP OIL RIG.
I really tried to grasp the part about Transocean and spouses and trust funds but
NEWSOM PROFITS OFF BP OIL RIG. 
NEWSOM PROFITS OFF BP OIL RIG.
NEWSOM PROFITS OFF BP OIL RIG. 
NEWSOM PROFITS OFF BP OIL RIG.
See what I did there?
Now spin that 7 different ways during a 30 second ad blanketed over 8 media markets for about 3 weeks in October because my opponent’s ONE STRENGTH is his green cred and my running mate has more money than God and I’m a moderate Latino and guess which crucial swing vote she’s trying to buddy up to after fellating Arizona to win a GOP primary? Oh, and did I mention Newsom has black, oily hair?
Journalists might give the same reasoned defense of Gavin that you guys gave. And that will be great because it will result in
ANOTHER NEWS CYCLE ABOUT NEWSOM & MONEY & THE BP OIL RIG.
My photoshop fingers are getting itchy and I’m sitting in front of an editing bay, so I have to be restrained from whipping this up myself, just to prove a point. I have to remember Gavin’s an actual Democrat running in an actual race with real world consequences. (But you’ve seen my kung-fu, Internet. You know I can do it.)
And that’s what I meant by “kiss the Lt. Governorship goodbye” —that this was the last nail in the coffin. He’s got enough skeletons in the closet to cost him a statewide race. I mean, if we’re talking about the oppo file on Gavin Christopher Newsom, let’s talk turkey. If you were Abel Maldenado’s campaign, or more likely, a 527, which silver bullet would you choose?
San Francisco Values
Oil Rig
Gay Marriage
Rehab
Fucked his best friend’s wife
And that’s before getting into all the legitimate arcana of governing a city like San Francisco.
What’s your opening number? What’s your closing number?What’s your Hail Mary? Which is the high road and which is the low? Which one carries the greatest reward with the least risk for backlash?Which negative is most germane to the merits of your opponents candidacy?
Sure beats, “He lost the 49’ers.” I’ve been watching California elections since 1994-ish, and this is about as low as the fruit hangs. They may not use it. They may not need to.

My internet cronies take issue with my handicapping of the horserace:

doublejack:

This is dumb. Transocean Inc. won’t mean shit to most people; it’s not like he’s on the board of BP. Even as a “PR disaster,” this barely rates. It’ll be forgotten by next week, much less November. 

40goingon28:

I say it costs him, at the outside, a few hundred votes. The majority of Californians will never hear about this story. Gavin may lose for other reasons - namely, that there are a lot of Republicans in California - but this? Hardly.

You guys use a lot of words to say a lot of stuff. But I can’t hear you over the

NEWSOM PROFITS OFF BP OIL RIG.

I understand I’m glossing over some financial nuances but

NEWSOM PROFITS OFF BP OIL RIG.

I really tried to grasp the part about Transocean and spouses and trust funds but

NEWSOM PROFITS OFF BP OIL RIG.

NEWSOM PROFITS OFF BP OIL RIG.

NEWSOM PROFITS OFF BP OIL RIG.

NEWSOM PROFITS OFF BP OIL RIG.

See what I did there?

Now spin that 7 different ways during a 30 second ad blanketed over 8 media markets for about 3 weeks in October because my opponent’s ONE STRENGTH is his green cred and my running mate has more money than God and I’m a moderate Latino and guess which crucial swing vote she’s trying to buddy up to after fellating Arizona to win a GOP primary? Oh, and did I mention Newsom has black, oily hair?

Journalists might give the same reasoned defense of Gavin that you guys gave. And that will be great because it will result in

ANOTHER NEWS CYCLE ABOUT NEWSOM & MONEY & THE BP OIL RIG.

My photoshop fingers are getting itchy and I’m sitting in front of an editing bay, so I have to be restrained from whipping this up myself, just to prove a point. I have to remember Gavin’s an actual Democrat running in an actual race with real world consequences. (But you’ve seen my kung-fu, Internet. You know I can do it.)

And that’s what I meant by “kiss the Lt. Governorship goodbye” —that this was the last nail in the coffin. He’s got enough skeletons in the closet to cost him a statewide race. I mean, if we’re talking about the oppo file on Gavin Christopher Newsom, let’s talk turkey. If you were Abel Maldenado’s campaign, or more likely, a 527, which silver bullet would you choose?

And that’s before getting into all the legitimate arcana of governing a city like San Francisco.

What’s your opening number?
What’s your closing number?
What’s your Hail Mary?
Which is the high road and which is the low?
Which one carries the greatest reward with the least risk for backlash?
Which negative is most germane to the merits of your opponents candidacy?

Sure beats, “He lost the 49’ers.” I’ve been watching California elections since 1994-ish, and this is about as low as the fruit hangs. They may not use it. They may not need to.

Mayor Gavin Newsom dodges a pothole on Bike to Work Day. If only there were some sort of elected official who could oversee the repair of those…

Mayor Gavin Newsom dodges a pothole on Bike to Work Day. If only there were some sort of elected official who could oversee the repair of those…

Spotswood points us to Gavin Newsom’s new ad for Lieutenant Governor. Which is kind of corny, but I really like it.

.. the old “I talk a lot because I care so much” is kinda dumb. That being said, you have to appreciate that they’re trying.
… Da Mayor and da nurses gives the best performance, hands down. Also, where can I buy that rockin’ soundtrack?

I agree. They’re mixing it up. Good for them. During an absurdly long telephone poll about Newsom v. Hahn, they showed they were concerned about his favorables on some of this stuff. “I talk a lot” deftly addresses the lightweight charge and the “Whether You Like It Or Not" gaffe. It turns "brash" into "talkative wonk". Neat trick. And we’re walking and talking before we have time to think about it. That opening drum snare from The West Wing is a bit presumptuous though.
But if I take off my political junkie hat and put on my Democratic primary voter hat, I really like this ad. I like seeing all the party elders line up behind one person. I like all the former Speaker Pro Tems and the Speaker of the House and all the haunchos showing (what looks like) unanimity. I hated Willie Brown as a Mayor, but I loved his ass when he was in Sacramento.
Still probably voting for Hahn, though. (Todos Somos Alex Tourk) But nice first try.

Spotswood points us to Gavin Newsom’s new ad for Lieutenant Governor. Which is kind of corny, but I really like it.

.. the old “I talk a lot because I care so much” is kinda dumb. That being said, you have to appreciate that they’re trying.

… Da Mayor and da nurses gives the best performance, hands down. Also, where can I buy that rockin’ soundtrack?

I agree. They’re mixing it up. Good for them. During an absurdly long telephone poll about Newsom v. Hahn, they showed they were concerned about his favorables on some of this stuff. “I talk a lot” deftly addresses the lightweight charge and the “Whether You Like It Or Not" gaffe. It turns "brash" into "talkative wonk". Neat trick. And we’re walking and talking before we have time to think about it. That opening drum snare from The West Wing is a bit presumptuous though.

But if I take off my political junkie hat and put on my Democratic primary voter hat, I really like this ad. I like seeing all the party elders line up behind one person. I like all the former Speaker Pro Tems and the Speaker of the House and all the haunchos showing (what looks like) unanimity. I hated Willie Brown as a Mayor, but I loved his ass when he was in Sacramento.

Still probably voting for Hahn, though. (Todos Somos Alex Tourk) But nice first try.

waxandmilk:

Wow normally I’m pretty up on politics, but…when did PATRICK BATEMAN  become Mayor of San Fran???

tenderloingeographicsociety:

Oh good, it’s not just me. 

waxandmilk:

Wow normally I’m pretty up on politics, but…when did PATRICK BATEMAN become Mayor of San Fran???

tenderloingeographicsociety:

Oh good, it’s not just me. 

propagandery:

I am definitely going to start doing this. finally a good reason to buy classified ads.

Attn: Alex Tourk. This is how it’s done.

propagandery:

I am definitely going to start doing this. finally a good reason to buy classified ads.

Attn: Alex Tourk. This is how it’s done.

itsnotthatserious:

for the last hour i’ve been making a garland of international flags for the olympic party tomorrow, and my fingers look dirtier than a crackhead shooting up in front of gavin newsom’s baby.

itsnotthatserious:

for the last hour i’ve been making a garland of international flags for the olympic party tomorrow, and my fingers look dirtier than a crackhead shooting up in front of gavin newsom’s baby.

thetenssf:

What, Gav? A person smoking crack on the sidewalk? No… not in San Francisco! That is unheard of here. I never see that every single day.

On Haight street. On Haight.

thetenssf:

What, Gav? A person smoking crack on the sidewalk? No… not in San Francisco! That is unheard of here. I never see that every single day.

On Haight street. On Haight.