Posts Tagged ‘dharma’

Jenna Elfman, America’s Most Famous Haight-Ashbury Hippie, is Looking Good at 40. Plus, Scientologists Everywhere

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Market Street is playing host to the return of Jenna Elfman to San Francisco these days. She starred in Dharma and Greg on the TV back in the 90′s and the oughts, so she’s what people think about when they think of San Francisco and Haight-Ashbury and hippies and whatnot.

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And she’s Yet Another Scientologist, did not know that. She’s part of a decades-long attempt to normalize Scientology as Your Next Religion. (This bus shelter ad is as much about that effort as selling Flip cameras, actually.)

You see, that’s how they roll Down Hollywood Way.

So, mommas, don’t let your daughters grow up to be 5’10″ ZZ Top or Depeche Mode video models:

That’s your Lesson Of The Day.

Latest Polling Shows Jerry Brown Ahead, Gavin Newsom Behind Republican Candidates for Governor

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Jerry Brown this morning  is crowing about this bit from Rasmussen Reports. Would you agree that JB is “decisively beating” (as he puts it) the leading Republican candidates based on these results?

“California Attorney General Jerry Brown leads all Republican challengers in an early look at the state’s 2010 governor’s race. But with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom as the Democratic candidate, the three Republicans are competitive.

The latest Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 statewide telephone survey finds that Brown leads former eBay CEO Meg Whitman 44% to 35%. He holds a 45% to 32% advantage over State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and a 44% to 34% edge over Tom Campbell, an ex-congressman and former state finance director.”

California Attorney General Jerry Brown with a loyal friend (bottom left, Dharma the 14-year-old black lab) working at the San Francisco State Building on a state holiday:

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“Brown served as governor of California from 1975 to 1983. Since then, he has been chairman of the California Democratic Party, mayor of Oakland and the state’s attorney general. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976, 1980, and 1992 and for the U.S. Senate in 1982.

Newsom is challenging Brown for the right to represent Democrats in the 2010 governor’s race. All three Republican candidates hold a very modest edge over Newsom at this time, but if Newsom were to win the nomination, the political gravity of the state would likely give him a boost in the general election.

Currently, Whitman has the edge over Newsom 41% to 36%. Poizner leads the San Francisco mayor by a nearly identical 40% to 36% margin while Campbell is ahead 42% to 36%.”

Of course it’s still early yet.

Words of Wisdom From Former and Future California Governor Jerry Brown

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Of course it’s a Lincoln’s Birthday, but that didn’t stop Attorney General Jerry Brown from tending to bidness in a mostly closed State Building today. It’s hard to spot, but he had his black Lab in tow.

See? That’s two eyes and a tongue down there in the lower left. Say hi to Dharma: 

And here’s his pithy quote to reassure Californians about how things are going these days:

“Things are bad. They’ll get better, but only after they get worse.”

Let’s describe that as cautiously optimistic for the long term.