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Thanksgiving Eve: I am in Doctor’s Hospital in Coral Gables, Florida, pondering the mysteries of life.  Alone, after midnight, I find myself stumbling down an empty hallway, looking for food, tired and confused. I don’t know how I got here. I’ve wandered into a part of the hospital that is...
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Authentic Sam Barry for Mayor bumper sticker
In the waning days of the 2011 San Francisco mayoral campaign, I would like to offer some thoughtful words of wisdom. If anyone has any, please write them down on a $20 bill and mail them to me at: Don’t Quit Your Day Job Productions PMB #120 236 West Portal Avenue San Francisco, CA 94127-1423...
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Statue of Liberty
Things are heating up in the Occupy Wall Street, Oakland, Atlanta, etc. movement. Not since the appearance of the CSI television franchise has America seen such rapid spread of a cultural phenomenon. Activists are camping and marching everywhere. Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office announced...
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Ben Fong-Torres
Recently, in a blatant effort to get attention, I announced that I was running for mayor of San Francisco. And it’s working! Today the San Francisco Chronicle sat up and took notice, as Emmy-winning radio personality and columnist Ben Fong-Torres trumpeted my candidacy in his column Radio...
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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
I stopped listening to the news for about a week, and was startled, when I reengaged today, to discover that the world was entering a period of unprecedented peace and prosperity. Then the alarm went off and NPR’s Morning Edition came on: “Reports that the earth is rapidly moving closer to the...
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Sam Barry for Mayor bumper sticker
I am a big-picture guy. I say big-picture guy because “big-picture man” sounds like a job description: The Pope: We need someone to clean the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The Pope’s Secretary: I know a guy who knows a big-picture man. You want me to send up a smoke signal? Anyhow, when I say I am a big-...
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Today my 18-year-old daughter Laura left for New York City to begin college, where she joins my 22-year-old son, who is also working and attending a university there. I am very proud of my children, but, perhaps not surprisingly, I feel sad. I have had other changes in my life of late; most notably...
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The United States: The Blue and Red Period
  We are facing a political crisis. My campaign for mayor of San Francisco is not getting enough attention, and frankly, attention is half the reason I got into politics. (The other half is the pleasant camaraderie.) Like other Americans, I’ve been watching the wrangling over the debt...
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Willie Brown
Because I am running for mayor of San Francisco, I think it is important that we clarify a few important facts: According to Wikipedia, the 2011 San Francisco mayoral election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, to elect the 44th mayor for San Francisco. Who knew? I’m glad I checked—I’ll...
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Peanut Butter
First of all, let me say that I am not resigning from office. Secondly, there is a perfectly logical explanation for those photos. But I am not here to deny things. I am here to deny things, and then come clean and propose a plan for the future. I want to begin by saying that I have made mistakes....
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This year is the 100th annual Bay to Breakers run in San Francisco, the oldest consecutively run footrace in the world today. Founded five years after the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the race is named for the fact that the course runs from the Embarcadero, on the bay side of the city...
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The English language is under siege. When I was young there were rules that everyone understood, such as “i” before “e,” except after “c,” except for February, which has 28 days. Not anymore. Nowadays anything goes. There is no one accepted grammatical structure. Case in point: the speech...
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Sutro Tower
There have been moments of doubt in my run for mayor of San Francisco. It’s a big job. At times I wasn’t sure I was the right person for the job. There are others candidates—good candidates—people like Leland Yee, Bevan Dufty, Dennis Herrera, Phil Ting, Jeff Adachi, Kamala Harris, Tim Lincecum...
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Many of San Franciscans have been asking me where I, Sam Barry, future mayor of San Francisco, stand on the budget mess. Perhaps you feel I have been ignoring this looming problem—playing my harmonica, as it were, while Rome burned. Fellow Romans, I have this to say about that: I am really sorry...
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I just spent four days at the Religion Education Congress in Anaheim, California—also known as the L. A. Congress—an event sponsored annually by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that boasts an attendance of 20,000 adult Catholics and several billion teenagers. I know what you’re thinking: religion...
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