Shrimp Boy and Uncle Leland

Nobody can accuse San Francisco of having boring political scandals. Luckily for me I’m in the gay senate district, not the Asian senate district, of SF.

Innocent until proven guilty, and I don’t think Sen. Yee was the original target of the FBI investigation, but holy hell:

State Sen. Leland Yee, an outspoken advocate of gun control and open government, was arrested Wednesday on charges that he conspired to traffic in firearms and traded favors in Sacramento for bribes – campaign cash paid by men who turned out to be undercover FBI agents.

Yee, a Democrat who represents half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County and is running for secretary of state, was one of 26 people ensnared in a five-year federal investigation that targeted Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a notorious Chinatown gangster who had claimed to have gone straight, officials said.

The charging docs read like something straight out of Hollywood. Read more »

Office Space

Next time you’re stuck in a deadly long and boring conference call, just try to visualize it happening in real time and in real space.

Dead Body Kept on Respirator Thanks to Texas Anti-Abortion Laws

From the cover of the UK edition of Handmaid's Tale. Because I couldn't think of any other illustration to use.I’m sure you’re shocked, downright shocked, to hear that this story comes out of Texas.

Marlise Munoz lies in a North Texas hospital, 19 weeks pregnant but with no chance of seeing her child born.

Her husband, Erick Munoz, says a doctor told him she’s brain dead, but John Peter Smith Hospital is refusing to allow him to take her off of life support. The hospital says Texas law prohibits it from following a family directive when a pregnancy is involved, although three experts say the hospital is misreading the law in question.

[...] John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth is pointing to a provision of the Texas Advance Directives Act that reads: “A person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment under this subchapter from a pregnant patient.”

It doesn’t happen often kids, but I’m at a complete fucking loss for words. I don’t know where the hell to start.

[ABC News: Pregnant, Brain Dead Woman Kept on Life Support]

Stinque-en Tax Write Offs

Since Nojo won’t do the Stinque Awards anymore, I  bring you the chance to tell all your other Stinquers about your favorite charities for anybody who is flush with Xmas/Festivus/Hannukah cash and/or needs to get a few more tax deductions in under the wire. I don’t judge why you’re donating, so everyone else should chime in.

Suggestion # 1:

Go to Planned Parenthood’s “directed donation” web page, and find the reddest state possible (i.e. Texas, Utah, Alabama, Arkansas, South Dakota), and request that 100% of your donation go to the Planned Parenthood affiliate that’s there. I’m a big fan of the Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas, especially Hidalgo County/Rio Grande Valley.

It was the best of times...

Suggestion # 2:

__________[fill in the blank, Stinquers]________

Hell Freezes Over

Who would have thunk that the gheyz would be able to get hitched in Utah in any of our lifetimes?

ADD: Pics of jubilant couples getting married in SLC courtesy of the SF fishwrap. Whoever is slicing onions around here, I beg you to please stop it.

ADD 2: The Mayor of Salt Lake City performing the marriage of a Utah State Senator and his now husband. My brain splats yet again.

[NYT: Federal Judge Rules Same Sex Marriage Legal in Utah]

Your Moment of Rodent Zen

This video of a rat on the escalator at the Civic Center BART/Muni station is strangely hypnotic, and there’s some sort of Sisyphean metaphor in there. 

The busker playing saxophone in the back just adds to the vibe.

Just Make Them Work Next Thursday and They Won’t Need to Eat

Christ on a stick, from a Wal-Mart in Canton, OH:

“Please Donate Food Items Here, so Associates in Need Can Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner,” read signs affixed to the tablecloths.

The food drive tables are tucked away in an employees-only area. They are another element in the backdrop of the public debate about salaries for cashiers, stock clerks and other low-wage positions at Walmart, as workers in Cincinnati and Dayton are scheduled to go on strike Monday.

Is the food drive proof the retailer pays so little that many employees can’t afford Thanksgiving dinner?

Uh, duh. Yes.

Meanwhile, in other Wal-Mart news: Read more »