Posts Tagged ‘Bill Clinton’

OMG, It’s SecDefPalooza at Our Commonwealth Club! See George Shultz, William Perry, and Sam Nunn on February 23rd

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Well here it is, the big one.

Get your tickets now, if you’re you’re at all into this:

“The Commonwealth Club - The nation’s premier public affairs forum

SPEAKERS:

George Shultz, former Secretary of State under President Reagan

William Perry, former Secretary of Defense under President Clinton

Sam Nunn, former U.S. Senator, Georgia (1972-96), Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative

Philip Taubman, Consulting Professor, Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation; Former New York Times Washington Bureau Chief; Author, The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb – Moderator

TITLE: The Nuclear Chessboard, 2012: Panel Discussion

DATE: Thursday, February 23, 2012

TIME: 5:15 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program

PLACE: Mark Hopkins Hotel, Peacock Court, 999 California Street, San Francisco

PRICE: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID). Premium (includes seating in first few rows): $45 standard, $30 members

ALSO: In association with Ploughshares Fund and Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and Freeman Spogli Institute For International Studies.”

What’s the Point of Having Bill Clinton Speak at Your Public Health Event if You Have to Pay Him $150K?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

I mean, is this really such a no-brainer good idea?

No no, I can see how Bill Clinton benefits and I can see how the people running BAAQMD benefit and I can see how troubled PG&E or Chevron (or whomever the sponsors turn out to be) would benefit, but is this really such a no-brainer good idea?

(And isn’t former president Bill Clinton still on double secret probation for his relatively recent behavior?)

I would have thought he’d do this for expenses.

How naive I am!

OMG, Bill Clinton to Grace the Bay Area Oct. 17 at the Home of Judy and George Marcus – Just $500 a Ticket

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

And, bonus, Attorney General Jerry Brown and Mayor Gavin Newsom will be there as well.

Sunday October 17, 2010, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
The Home of Judy and George Marcus
GUEST Individual Ticket $500 Reception

This joint might go down on the Black Mountain Side of scenic Los Altos Hills, but that’s just a guess:

And for another $2000, you can get a real photo with Bill to replace that Photoshop job you’ve been showing off to your friends…

CO-CHAIR $50,000 VIP Dinner and Photograph & Reception
CO-HOST $10,000 VIP Dinner and Photograph & Reception
VIP GUEST $2,500 Photograph & Reception

See you there!*

*Not really.

Bill Clinton, Jerry Brown, and Gavin Newsom All Set to Appear Together All Over CA – October 15-17

Friday, September 17th, 2010

OMG, Bill Clinton is coming back to town! That’s my conclusion after reading a fresh release from the Jerry Brown people. Check it out, below.

Let’s hope Bill can show up on time this go-around. Remember the last time BC came to SF for a big public appearance? Our local pols were shocked by Bill’s tardiness back in aught-six.

Gavin Newsom points to his watch and sticks out his tongue at a rally in Civic Center to show Phil Ting and Jake McGoldrick just how goddamn late Bill Clinton is: 

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Oh, and since I’ve already spun up the archive platters, here’s a “leggy blonde” (a”friend” of one of the pols) who was also a little disappointed that night. She left the scene before getting the chance to meet with one of the Desperate Housewives and/or Bill Clinton. Wouldn’t have noticed her but for all her yelling and carrying on:

Anyway, all the deets, as much as we’re allowed to know so far:

President Bill Clinton to Join Attorney General Jerry Brown and Mayor Gavin Newsom in Series of Events in Northern and Southern California

SAN FRANCISCO – The Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom campaigns announced today that President Bill Clinton will join them in a series of events, in Northern and Southern California, on October 15 and 17, in support of their candidacies.
 
“I am very pleased to have the endorsement of President Clinton, and I look forward to campaigning with him and with Gavin Newsom,” said Jerry Brown. “President Clinton accomplished a lot for California, and we have a ticket that will accomplish a lot for California’s future.”
 
“Over the years, I’ve enjoyed a close working relationship with President Clinton and I’m honored to have his continued support in my campaign for Lieutenant Governor,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “I’m looking forward to campaigning alongside the President next month along with Attorney General Brown. Californians will never forget his record of accomplishments and his commitment to effectively confront our most pressing issues.”
 
Details for the events are still in development and will be released accordingly.

CurrentTV’s North Korean Trilogy: Cross the Border, Go To Jail, Get on Oprah

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Oh boy, after all that time to come up with a cohesive story, and all the lawyers and flackmeisters massaging the text, is this the best yo u could do?

“…we quickly turned back toward China. Midway across the ice…”

Back toward China?” What?

Now, see, there’s your problem right there.

No matter, on to Oprah. Next stop, Larry King!(Srsly.)

Of course, last year the North Koreans wanted Barack Obama to swing on by Pyongyang for what turned out to be the inevitable pick-up / photo-op. And, of course, Al Gore didn’t rate, seeing as how the people of NK wouldn’t really be all that impressed by him. So, there was this visit by Bill Clinton, which, who knows, maybe it led to or will lead to something good.

But I don’t think it has yet and, most likely, it never will. So, you two didn’t pull a Homer, after all, right?  

And actually, in exchange for nothing, the current North Korean government got something it really, really wanted, something that allows it to, if ever so slightly more, maintain its grip on power.

Do people generally think this train wreck was a Good Thing?

And what do our funk Seoul brothers and sisters think, right about now? What’s that, the South Koreans don’t like you neither?

Oh well.

So, to whom should you apologize at this point? I can think of several groups of people. (Hint, hint.)

Here, I’ll start you off: “Our first mistake was naively thinking…”

Enjoy your five-star book tour… (Well, one of you, anyway. La renommée est une maîtresse inconsistante, non?)

Bill Clinton Speaks to UC Berkeley Students About Global Citizenship on February 24th

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

If you’re a student or faculty member at U.C. Berkeley, then you’re invited to see Bill Clinton on February 24th, 2010. The subject will be:

Global Citizenship: Turning Good Intentions into Positive Action

Admission is free for students, but faculty and staff will have to fork over $45 each. (Can you believe it? It would be cheaper for them to spend a night at Gump Station in the South Pacific.) 

The rush for free tickets starts at 7:00 AM, February 18th, 2010. See you there!

Sadly, despite the words of touchy, touchy CityBright Zennie62, students, faculty and/or staff won’t be able to help you, a non-UC Berkelian, get a seat. Actually, it will be tough for the students themselves to get a ticket online.  

But if you do get in, don’t be surprised if Bill shows up late, just like the last time he came to the bay area to do a big public address. Bill was late late late. Even the Mayor of San Francisco was reduced to gesticulations after being repeatedly lied to by Bill’s people about Bill’s arrival time back in 2006. Gavin’s coping strategy was to keep pointing at his watch to note the lateness of the hour. Like this:

Oh, here’s Bill:

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The Blum Center for Developing Economies, University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce that President Bill Clinton will speak to UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty about Global Citizenship: Turning Good Intentions into Positive Action at 3:30 p.m. February 24 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium. Doors will open at 3 p.m.

Tickets for this event can be obtained online only.

Student tickets | Staff and faculty tickets

UC Berkeley students:

Tickets to the February 24 talk

  • UC Berkeley student tickets, which are free, can be ordered online starting at 7 a.m. February 18 up until midnight. This event is not open to the general public. Limit of one ticket per person.
  • Tickets that are not sold from the faculty/staff inventory will be available to UC Berkeley students for free beginning at noon on February 20.  (Please check back at that time to determine if additional tickets are available.)
  • To order a ticket, go to http://cal.berkeley.edu/President-Bill-Clinton-Lecture where you will be asked to enter your CalNet ID and password before being directed to the ticket site. This site will be activated at 7 a.m. February 18.
  • No phone or in person sales.
  • A Cal Student ID will be required at the door on the day of the event.
  • We expect high demand for this event; please be patient with the website and do not use your browser’s back button during the ordering process.
  • Tickets must be picked up at the Zellerbach Hall Will Call window at Zellerbach Auditorium on February 23 from noon until 5:30 p.m. or on February 24 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. When picking up tickets, all guests will be asked to present their Cal Student ID. 
  • PLEASE NOTE:  You risk forfeiture of your ticket, if you do not pick it up by 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. 

Persons or orders that violate the limit of one ticket per person will be canceled without notice. No name changes, exchanges, cancellations, or refunds permitted. Tickets are non-transferable and seating assignment will be random.  Tickets should be treated like cash; they are not replaceable if lost, stolen, damaged, or otherwise rendered unreadable. Ticket re-sale is strictly prohibited.

  •           ADA accommodations must be requested at the time of purchase. Sign language interpreters will be present.
  • All patrons subject to search and magnetic screening prior to entry. There will be no bags, backpacks, signs, banners, cameras, recording devices, food nor beverages permitted. The organizers reserve the right to prohibit any item not explicitly mentioned in this list.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Don’t Work – RAND Corporation Study Suports Gays in Uniform

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

You know how to read, right? So have at it – I just found a nice link for you that I couldn’t find last month. Hai, doozo:

Attitudes of Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans toward Gay and Lesbian Service Members

So, the “unit-cohesion” rationale, the concern about risking ”the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability” and all the underlying foundation of Bill Clinton’s antediluvian, pre-Lewinsky Policy Concerning Homosexuality in the Armed Forces is out the window due to changing attitudes over the past couple of decades.

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Or if all that .pdf is too much, here’s the elevator pitch.

(President Barack Obama will end the policy, someday, maybe.)

All the deets, after the jump.

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The Bravest Cyclist in San Francisco Rides His Bike on Whichever Sidewalk He Wants

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Well this was the scene a few nights back at the Fairmont Hotel, which at the time contained former presidential horndog Bill Clinton, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, you know, people like that. (Who knows, maybe Barack Obama will be there soon.)

You had the TASER-equipped California Highway Patrol, the Secret Service, all kinds of security blocking pedestrain access to this part of California Street so the V.I.P.s could get to their waiting motorcades.

But what’s this? Biker dude just wanted to go home so he’s not caring about which sidewalk is verbotten. He powered up the block, dodging through all the scaffolding, the CHP, the startled security agents, nothing slowed him down. You might think he’d instead just use the roomy, traffic-free slow lane in the foreground…

Check it:

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I used to think that this guy, Andy, was the bravest cyclist in San Francisco. But now the crown must pass to the new fellow. (In San Francisco, most sidewalks are off-limits to most cyclists, so it would have been a piece of cake to cite and release the biker.)

He probably also drives his ride as slow as he can in front of harried moms in the East Bay – just for kicks, you know?

(Also noteworthy is the name Tonga on the sign advertising our famous $13/drink tiki lounge, the troubled Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar. With a name like that, it deserves to be shut down, or some people might think. What’s next, Kung Fu Tacos on wheels appearing regularlyat Sansome and Jackson?)

Oh well.

San Francisco’s Civic Center Soon to Become a “Sustainable Resource District”

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

What’s a Sustainable Resource District? We’ll found out soon enough in the Civic Center on October 20. The goals of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s plan are:

80% potable water use reduction
45% wastewater discharge reduction
35% peak power demand met by renewables
33% annual energy reduction
Reduction of the community carbon footprint by 2,225 tons annually; the equivalent of the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 1,286 San Francisco households

It will all look a little like this. Click to expand:

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This was all promised to us back in January 2008 and now it’s on:

“Although implementing the overall vision will take several years, the 3-year Commitment to Action is anticipated to launch on October 20th, 2008 with a formal partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI)” [Sadly, there's no mention of Nobel Prize-winning Al Gore, who is practically a San Franciscan these days what with his place just down the street, and a TV station in SOMA, and a daughter attending UCSF medical school in the Sunset district. Oh well.]

Anyway, It’s starting in late 2009:

Potential initial projects include the installation of solar rooftop photovoltaics, water conservation fixtures, living roofs, and a public Wi-Fi connection, among others.

So, we’re going to get wind and solar together, living roofs and water reclamation.

It’s on!

Newsflash: Obama is a Lefty! Why are so many U.S. Presidents Left-Handed?

Friday, July 11th, 2008

This was the scene at famous Pier 39 in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf the other day. Barack Obama has a new T-shirt.

But what’s that, John McCain is left-handed as well? And Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton?

That means four out the last six U.S. presidents be lefties. And, as of next year, the stat will be five out the last seven presidents. That’s 71%, or a rate ten times higher than what you’d expect.

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Why are so many of our Presidents Left-Handed?