H. Brown: Goodbye to all that, we hope

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Ah, that old school New Left he-man feeling
PHOTO BY LUKE THOMAS/FOG CITY JOURNAL

In an SF Weekly piece published yesterday, it was announced that progressive political blogger and gadabout H. Brown – an "irascible" man who has attained a specific sort of fame in equal measure for his political connections, his egregious sexism, and his unfortunate alcoholism -- was leaving San Francisco. Where’s he going? The article didn’t see fit to mention. It’s whatever. One can assume Brown’s destination is that netherworld set aside for those whose behavior was enabled by the old school boy’s club blinders of the San Francisco progressive movement, still worn at the dawn of the 21st century.
 
“Last Call For Know-It-Alls: Classic Specimen of Old-San Francisco Bon Vivantery,” the article was called. It was written by a man; if a woman had written it, the title might have been closer to: “I Just Bought an Evil Eye Necklace, Don’t Look at Me You Cursed Troll.”

Do I sound angry? In 2008 at a DCCC, Brown inquired at top volume and in front of an ex-President of the Board of Supervisors if I was the politician’s escort. When said political leader bailed on the situation, Brown interrogated me on camera about my knowledge of local politics. I wrote about it, most names omitted, for the Guardian. In the article’s wake, I received thankful and supportive emails from men and women across the San Francisco political scene. On his part, Brown sent out multiple emails about me to his prodigious correspondence rolls, one in which he shared an communique from his niece calling me an “ignorant cunt,” another in which he addressed an un-cc’ed me about the election night in question: “You tried to make up for your ignorance by wearing revealing clothing. I was mocking you. And rightly so.”
 
Nearly every woman in San Francisco politics has one of these stories. When a male politician was accused of any wrong against a woman, Brown could be depended on to dig through the Internet to find evidence that the victim had been asking for it. Those unwilling to suffer him had to opt out of the hobnobbing happy hours and salons in the homes of city leaders, at which Brown was a constant presence.
 
Ah, old San Francisco bon vivantery. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you don’t have to care about Brown. You do have to care that this man was your Supervisor’s drinking buddy, that he took Speedo-clad swims in the Bay with progressive leaders. You do have to wonder about what that did to the strength of our political movement. And you might want to wonder about the dynamics behind ubiquitous bigots who are tolerated by people who should know better.
 
“If comedy is indeed tragedy plus time, however, Brown will leave 'em laughing for posterity,” wrote Weekly reporter Joe Eskenazi. “Friend after friend recalled anecdotes of offensive, bourbon-fueled behavior invariably culminating with Brown being instructed to "Get the fuck out, H.!" But, always, these were happy memories, if not happy occasions.”
 
None of these friends -- “former supervisors, consultants, academics, political Svengalis, and other city luminaries” – in Eskenazi’s article were women. (The writer, whose work on city issues I do appreciate, told me he did interview women, but apparently none of them said anything printworthy.)
 
Let’s remedy that now with a few female voices. Not coincidentally, most of these bourbon-fueled memories took place in ex-Supervisor Chris Daly’s since-closed Market Street progressive gathering spot, the Buck Tavern. None are happy.
 
“This was the first time I was introduced to H. At a benefit at the Buck Tavern I walked in and there were all these progressive journalists sitting around a table with him. He said ‘you’re the one with the great ass!’ He started asking me if I had family members he could date. I was standing there horrified, I just didn’t know what to say. I’m a mouthy lady, and even I couldn’t think of anything to come back with – not just to him, but to every other progressive journalist who was sitting there listening to him who laughed! I said hi to a few people, and then I left the event.”
- Laura Hahn, president of the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee
 
“Really, I don't give much of a shit about one sad dude calling me a slut and a spy (for Newsom or Pinkerton Guards, depending on the year), but seeing some (not all) progressive men continue to put up with him was pretty demoralizing."
- Anonymous volunteer on several progressive political campaigns
 
“The confrontation started because I came in to wish [ex-Supervisor and then-owner of the Buck Tavern] Chris Daly a happy birthday and have a drink, and H. asked Chris ‘Who the hell is she?’ To which Chris said, ‘She's the President of the Harvey Milk Club.’ To which H began, ‘You're not even gay, are you?’ I replied, ‘I'm queer.’ ‘Queer?!’ he said, ‘What the fuck is that? Some Shona Gochenauer shit? You're not gay. I can tell you're not gay by looking at you. She doesn't know anything about politics. Look at her -- she's clearly just a vanity president.’ He said something about enjoying things because, "that ass isn't gonna last forever, sweetheart. They [the other patrons in the bar] are only standing up for you because they want to fuck you.’"
- Stephany Joy Ashley, ex-president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
 
“As a purveyor of alcohol, I found that the man was a lawbreaking mooch and a pain to deal with.  As a woman, I found him pathetic, insulting, gross, or all three, depending on his mood. The first time I met him he cussed me out for an imagined slight in a way that was actually shocking -- and it takes a lot for cuss words to flummox me. For a time, I simply refused to serve him.”
- Siobhann Bellinger, Buck Tavern bartender
 
“H. is a bully and a sexist. If you want to look at why the progressive movement is failing it’s because it alienates youth, women, and people of color. Deifying somebody like him is shutting women out, the message is they aren’t welcome. It’s not separated from the fact that progressives are really faltering right now with no leadership and very little inspiration.”
- Debra Walker, artist and longtime activist
 
“His behavior symbolized the running joke amongst some progressive men that women were there for their own entertainment to be mocked and harassed with no one blinking an eye. FUCK. THAT.”
- Anonymous ex-City Hall aide
 
These women – and the progressive men who were their allies – were not laughing at the hijinx of a mouthy old man. But people were, and they will be at the party that will be held in honor of Brown’s departure and attended by member’s of our city’s progressive elite.
 
Supporters say the guy’s behavior was a premeditated mockery of San Francisco’s political correctness, that he was an actor in the grand tradition of political theater. But if he is remembered by generations to come, it will be as the embodiment of an age-old archetype: the dude that other dudes keep around because he says the shit they can’t say to people who aren’t them. After all, who can control their own id?
 
Eskenazi compares Brown to F. Scott Fitzgerald and notwithstanding that both are writers, I’d like to posit an alternative historical precedent for Brown’s passionate trolling. Remember Bobby Riggs, the proud chauvinist who taunted tennis legend Billie Jean King until she wiped the floor with him in the widely broadcast Battle of the Sexes match? Man, that guy should have been in politics.
 
Brown was allowed to establish through constant bullying both online and off that only men have the right to feel comfortable in our city’s high-powered progressive circles. As San Francisco continues to cozy up with its new moderate identity, I hope he is remembered less for being a bon vivant and more as a sign that our once-vaunted avatars of progressivism were spending too much time pounding double shots at the Buck Tavern -- while the world changed around them.

Comments

Hey guy,

You still in Maine or whatever? Miss your dogs. My daughter has a 175 lb Mastiff that I sometimes sit in Fresno and there's a dachshund the I watch for the Cohens but my house sits are all the rest cats. Can you believe I've been doing this job for well over a decade now? Thanks for the comment. I've always prided myself with being the best shit disturber in town.

I done brought a passel of anonymous cowardly zombie hacks out of their graves.

Hope they don't want autographs.

Say hi to everyone and there's a chance I might get through there in a year or so when I'm done with DC and Northern Virginia. I'll give you plenty of time to warm up your banjo and brew up a batch of moonshine.

Go Giants!

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

Seriously.

I'm a middle-aged gay guy who has been in San Francisco since 1975, and I started my own journalism site called Civic Center about eight years ago. h. brown was one of the wisest and most encouraging voices around. I also knew when the alcohol was getting too much for him on any particular day, and made quick exits because he always wanted to pick a fight. He's a local legend and that's what the Joe Eskenazi piece was trying to convey, with only moderate success (and I think Eskenazi is the best journalist in town right now).

What's most pathetic about Ms. Donahue's and Mr. Jones' moral superiority routines is that both of them are sub-mediocre writers while h. brown is something of an authentic genius. Crude, rude, lewd, but at heart quite gallant. He's been threatening to move out of town since I first met him, so let's hope this is yet another false alarm, because the city would be poorer without him.

Posted by sfmike on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

I agree mike, the city will be much worse off without h around giving us histroy and perspective on the insider politics that infect city hall. I too hope he reconsiders his decision.

The quote that says it all in Caitlin's hit piece was this,

"If you want to look at why the progressive movement is failing it’s because it alienates youth, women, and people of color."

Pure bullcrap.

H. Brown hardly represents or speaks for "progressives." He's outspoken, crude, sexist and a few other choice adjectives, and I'm sure he's offended many honorable people along the way, but he's always spoken for himself and no one else. Were progressives supposed to burn him at the stake? Or ostracize him to his 96' cell whenever he showed up somewhere unwanted?

It's the "progressive leaders" pointing fingers and scolding others who don't fit their ideal who helped bring down the SF progressive movement, not mentally addled nuts who can't hold their tougue or thoughts. It's the progressives' penchant for alienating others who don't fit their narrow worldview, instead of attempting to build bridges with people who may be crude around the edges, which have helped cause the downfall of SF progressivism. It's "progressives" who are homeowners that tell the rest of us that we need to be tenants with paternalistic landlord overlords that turn off so many voters. It's because progressives often view people as either good or bad that has turned off so many voters to their message.

How many of these "youth, women or people of color" have personally talked with these so-called progressives who were alienating them? How many would be offended to be lumped into some amorphous group labeled "women, youth and people of color?" Talk about generalizing and being disrespectful of individual differences. It's because "progressives" try to speak for others that they look like fools. At least h isn't afaid of stating his opinions bluntly rather than hide behind some meaningless "women and people of color feel this or that" to make his point.

H is a special case, not unlike a few others in the progressive ambit, because he never seemed to grow or escape his demons. But to tarnish an entire group of people because of a few over-bearing - likely mentally challenged - individuals says all that needs to be said why the progressive movement died years ago and why it won't be resurrected anytime soon. So, even though Mayor Lee is a sitting duck because of his development policies that are threatening every tenant with eviction, don't look to this finger-pointing faction of "progressives" to build a movement to win Room 200.

I wasn't around for the 2003 mayoral election, but when people tell me that Ammiano favored loyal supporters who were superb at demonizing anyone not on their team, while Gonzalez was better at reaching out to a much broader constituency, it's no wonder who won the race to challenge Newsom. It looks like the core Ammiano supporters didn't learn anything from that election either given the results in the subsequent D6 election.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

The day that the Latino nonprofiteer stalwarts who supported Ammiano skulked into the Gonzalez HQ post-primary to make their peace with Gonzalez is a one that will not soon fade from memory.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 9:31 am

It probably is a false alarm, unfortunately. The alcoholic pig is a quintessential attention whore, and this is probably just another ploy.

Either that, or the medical establishment gave him limited time to live, and he wants to slink away before he's found on the floor of his SRO in a pool of liquor and slobber. That way his enemies can't gloat.

Here's hoping it's the latter, but fearing it's the former.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 10:59 pm

boys and girls,

In my opinion the best 2 writers in town are Joe Eskenazi and Matt Smith. I'd put John Wildermuth third and Matt Gonzalez fourth (you see the piece he did predicting the kind of president Barack Obama would be?) ...

I'm a connoisseur of fine writing.

Point is that I thank Ms. Donohue is a good writer but I can name 25 better than her anytime you want ... and, yet ...

Her Jerry Springer spirited rant got 102 posts in 8 hours while Eskenazi's beautifully crafted work got 1 post in 50 hours.

Joe's work sends me wikipedia everytime.

Guy called me: "sui generis-an elfin"

I think it's Latin and French mixed or something but I had to look it up and if you want to know what it means you can look it up too.

He's funny and has sports and literary allusions to ease the stress on your brain.

For the last couple of months he's been documenting the Muni system like no one ever did before him. He was in Muni yards at 3am getting the buses shut down instead of idling for hours on end (entire fleet in yard!).

He's fascinated with their vehicles and every part and all of the performance numbers and statistics and scored a major coup in any town not benumbed by crooked politicians and contracts and his scoop was that Muni spent 38 million bucks with a handshake for 700 buses they already knew were shit.

I digress.

So, what I'm trying to say here is who knew that a gourmet town like San Francisco preferred Caitlin Donohue to Joe Eskenazi?

Y'all think Donohue's better than Eskenazi?

Gotta be a glitch.

And, Salomon, good to hear from you and thanks for the kind words.

Hope your cats are well.

And, your hubby.

Man, this weed is good.

Go Giants!

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

Half-way to becoming a fossil.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 10:00 pm
Posted by Guest on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 11:00 pm

It would be interesting to see the number of page views for each publication, but one of the reasons the SFBG gets more comments is that the landlord trolls are threatened by its very existence. Unlike the SF Weakly, the SFBG has a long history of giving voice to marginalized voices via its opinion pages. They also give voice to groups like the Milk Club and SFTU, both fairly well-organized and respected groups who are potentially threatening to the landlord and development groups that control SF politics. Because the SFBG is a politically powerful publication, it's imperative the political powers try to shut it down or marginalize it by deriding its authors and the topics they write about. Thus, there are many trolls who hang out here. Millionaire landlords are more selfish and crazy than anyone in town.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

What I don't understand is why the SFBG doesn't do anything about it.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 11:16 pm

Yes, they despise this site but yet can't pry themselves away from it. There'$ $ome Incentive there for them: Dinero.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 3:49 am

post on a page that few read?

The self importance of some people is so odd.

Posted by guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 9:53 am

I'm probably the most prolific poster here and I do it just for amusement while mutli-tasking at my real job.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

There are worse things in the world than you occasionally having to read something that you don't like.

Learn to develop some emotional range.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 6:19 am

BOO!

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 12:32 am
Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 6:19 am

Evidence?

YOU are here day and night. Can't pry yourself away. One doesn't need anymore evidence than that!

Regardless of the lame excuses you usually give for being here, you certainly wouldn't waste 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, trolling on a site that's not a politically powerful publication, would you?

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 6:54 am
Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 7:25 am

Your position seems to be

"The reason people laugh at us is because we represent truth."

Maybe the reason people laugh at you is because you are so self important.

Posted by guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 9:51 am

I hope wherever you're going h., they have remedial courses for would-be writers.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 3:52 pm
Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 4:03 pm
Posted by Guest on Jan. 26, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

The following post was removed. I'm reposting it. They will let the trolls say absolutely anything on this site even the most hateful things, but yet they (Marke?) deleted this comment. The SFBG is showing itself to be more and more part of the problem in this city.

From the article: "As San Francisco continues to cozy up with its new moderate identity..."

Just because conservative, corporatist politicians in San Francisco hide behind the word "moderate" so as to appear less dangerous and draconian than they really are and to ram their conservative corporatist agenda through and to dupe gullible people, that doesn't mean an intelligent person has to believe it and repeat it.

Tell it like it is: "As San Francisco continues to cozy up with its new CONSERVATIVE identity..."

There is nothing whatsoever "moderate" about ripping a city apart and turning it upside down and forcing thousands of long-time residents out through rampant gentrification and evictions to make the city of and for the wealthy and by giving corporate welfare to the Tech Surveillance-State Industrial Complex and their parasitic predatory corporations. There is nothing "moderate" about the unconditional pro-corporatist theme and message expressed by the elitist, rabid, conservative, corporatist, juvenile, mentally-ill trolls who have infested this site.

Take off the blinders. I saw a local publication's headline this evening. It read, "WAKE UP SAN FRANCISCO!" It was about this very topic. Denying the severity of what's happening here by using the more gentle and sanitized word "moderate" (which implies that one and their agenda is harmless) will not change what's happening here. This is a conservative agenda (or as some of my friends say, "a conservative agenda that comes with a broad smile in order to deceive") that has taken over San Francisco and it's an agenda that's being repeated in many cities all over the country. It's time that people realize it for what it is and stop minimizing it with newspeak and sanitized words such as "moderate."

As for H. Brown, he's quite a piece of work.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 9:51 pm

Sorry for the re-posting of my comment: Posted by Guest on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 7:40 pm

The original comment is now showing up. It wasn't before as if it had been deleted. Must be a Drupal glitch or something. I've noticed that happening with some articles too. They disappear from the list and then reappear later on. Odd.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

Feeling persecuted?

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 12:28 am

Mr. Dyer,

Thank you for your thoughtful post. OK, I won't post the video.

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 10:01 pm

Like others here H Brown loved the tug of war & yes trash talk that animated City politics when progressives were still in the game and won a few votes at City Hall. H gets facts wrong just as Joe Eskenazi got a key fact wrong. JE asserted that no women hung out with H. False. Women who ran for office, held powerful office and activists with deep commitments to social justice hung out with H. Brown for years.

H's thing is to cross boundaries, stir the pot and then kick back with an 'adult beverage' or bowl and revel in the shit storm. That's his flight from boredom. That's why he is confrontational, and it shouldn't take a behavioral health degree to sort that out. Does it misfire? Well of course, but at his core he's not a hater.

Local politics is stocked with blow hards, phonies, the smarmy and self-important types playing out their scrimmages. Clearly H's is not always his own best friend but his writing online or for the now defunct SF Sentinel could be a fabulous tonic. It was consistent with the SF's own tradition of Ambrose "Bitter" Bierce or even Warren Hinckle, before time and habits took their claim.

SF is still an exceptional place when a 70 year old, powerless blogger can stir scores of online SFBG posts with recollections of a bar long closed. OK, righteous fury has its place in politics. The need to feel morally superior can do social good, besides it's a near constant in the blogosphere. But not everyone can stomach that 24/7 & that's the space where some of H's writings over the years filled a void. At their best they were often insightful, candid and fun to read.

Good luck man.

Posted by Naanbread on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 10:19 pm
Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 6:17 am

he was a sanctimonious ass

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 2:49 pm
Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

Michael,

Those are the kindest words anyone has said to me since I dialed onto this column around an hour after it was posted.

You know what?

I'm having such a good time with this, meeting old friends and ex-friends gathering once again at the smell of blood in the water that I think I'll smoke some more dope.

(they hate it when I say that - jealously I think)

You're one hell of a writer yourself there, boy.

Certainly better than Donohue.

Love your photos too and your coverage of the opera is the best.

It's sfciviccenter.blogspot.com for those who think I'm lying.

Go Giants!

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 10:22 pm

Why all the bullying of Steven Jones? Just because H. Brown acts like a bully doesn't mean the rest of you have to. One would think you were on the elementary schoolyard playground the way some of you are acting. When did a bully become a sought-after trait? If you have disagreements with Steven, what exactly is the point of arguing about them here, bullies? Just so you can engage in your juvenile hobby of dysfunctional behavior? Even if Steven commented (I wouldn't if I were he), I don't think anything would be resolved here. I thought we were all adults here, but clearly that's not the case based on many of these baiting comments.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 23, 2014 @ 10:47 pm

Steve Jones is an irrational bully when it suits him too. He loves to scream and yell at people ,and he was fired from a job because of his temper at the weekly in Sacramento. He also has no women staff writers because he fired them all or drove them away.

Posted by Phineas Brown's Cat on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 10:24 am

Caitlin,

Thank you for writing this piece. I'd never paid attention to this person, but I am disgusted that any of our supervisors spent time with this man and could understand any of the above sentences as funny. I am also disgusted (though not surprised) by so many of the comments in response to your piece; they seem to prove your point about the sham nature of San Francisco's progressive movement.

I do not see this as a "hit piece" nor do I see it as "half-assed". In addition to appreciating your analysis, I think your writing is quite good.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 12:49 am

Which is presumably why he is still working and Caitlin was booted out.

Joe write a warm, sympathetic piece about a progressive icon in this town, and deserves better than the turgid, self-righteous attack by a talentless hackette.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 6:16 am

Caitlin wasn't booted out. She quit after being told about the changes going to take place at the SFBG (Tim Redmond leaving) in a meeting by speaker-phone as I remember the story.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 7:00 am

She just jumped before she was pushed.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 8:20 am

boys and girls,

I've adored women my entire life.

Hell, my own mother was one.

My sisters too.

All 4 of them.

I was the baby of 8 kids and the next
4 on up the chain of command were
all girls.

First thing they taught me was to do
the dishes as soon as I was tall enough
to reach the kitchen sink from an old
wooden milk crate.

The skill has served me well my entire
life.

The second thing they taught me was
that men were putty in their hands.

They'd take me on dates when they
were babysitting me and I'd watch
them get otherwise intelligent men to
hang from the cliffs over the Mississippi
River in St. Louis.

Yup, stuff like that.

It was a thing of wonder to observe.

Sometimes guys fell.

I never saw one fall but lots of
young couples played these kinds
of dangerous games in those days.

Still do.

Sometimes you'd read in the
Post-Dispatch a small story tucked
away in the local news:

'Johnny falls off cliff'

It was very sad but I got to look
at it through my sisters' eyes.

It was natural selection.

Any guy dumb enough to hang off
a cliff and lose their life for a
smile wasn't fit to reproduce.

My sisters were powerful women.

Still are.

The two nurse practitioners are the
most decorated.

One has published on geriatric
diseases in the Oxford Medical
Journal.

Another wrote the syllabus for state
nursing schools in California.

She raised 6 kids by herself and got
4 lawyers, a teacher and one who
last I heard had a radio show giving
advice to the lovelorn

Not bad for kids outta the projects.

So, my entire life I've been attracted
to powerful women.

Women with brains and wile.

Married 6 of them and they were
all smarter than me and I'm real
smart.

And, I'm certainly no lothario.

I made a rule 28 years ago that I
wouldn't sleep with any woman
whom I wouldn't marry the next
morning.

Since then I've had 8 lovers.

They lasted from 7 years to 1
night but they were all brilliant
and accomplished.

And, I treated them all like queens.

Adored them.

Still do.

So, when I read all of these posters
calling me a misogynist I just shake
my head and chuckle.

Which get's us back to Daly's Dive
and Ms. Donohue's attack.

I'll take the ladies one at a time.

Ms. Donohue, the reason that I

salons is because they were mine
and that's why they were called,
'Bulldog Salons'. I did the inviting

attending them if you weren't
invited and you weren't.

Why you want to know where I'm going?

Northern Virginia for a year to see
4 seasons again with my son and maybe
work on a play with Neska and duck
into DC to watch and comment on the
federal government.

NYC for a year to stage my play.

Cuba for at least a year to write
like Hemingway only better.

Your shot of me in shape and in
my hand-me-down Speedos is pure
sexist and I thank you for it. I've
put on a spare tire again since then
and it's good to see that young women
are still flocking to see me near naked
Would you like it if I posted a picture
of you in a swimming suit on my site?

I'm unclear on what you mean by the

I'm concluding that the main reason
you wrote this piece is that you are
jealous of my writing ability and the
quality of my friends.

Also, I embarrassed you by exposing
your ignorance at the DCCC party
when Tony and I interviewed you.

Take heart because 'ignorance' doesn't
mean stupid, it just means that you
are without knowledge on some
subject. I'm certain you've learned
much about local politics in these
last few years.

You aren't going to separate me from
my real friends which seems to be
part of your mission here.

You might cut a few failed political
hacks like Debra Walker away from
the herd but that's about it.

Tell me more about this party being
thrown for me.

Sounds like you're dying to go.

Ms. Hahn, I don't know who you are
but my apologies if I offended you.

Ms. Ashley, I made the comment about
Gochenauer cause she dumped her
boyfriend and announced she was
'queer' just to gain more power in the
Milk Club. I honestly assumed that
you were simply another climber who
wanted 'Milk Club President' on their

that way although I've certainly made my
share of inappropriate remarks to men
and women looking for a laugh.

Again, apologies and I'm sorry if I
offended you.

Ms. Bellinger, you're a terrible bartender
and I've seen a few. You're among
that new breed who thinks that ignoring
customers is edgy.

Your personality is so caustic that I
renamed you 'Chernobyl' when I referred
to you amongst my friends.

You do have one distinction.

Actually, Daly's Dive (I've always preferred
the working title before it opened) ...

Daly's place was the only bar I've ever
been booted from and you got to do the
honors.

I did a lot more for that place than you
ever did and I did it for free.

I brought in at least a few hundred customers
who wouldn't have been there without me.

I brought my Bulldog Salon there and Chris
opened the place a couple of hours early
for the extra business.

I spread laughter and joy and small gifts
from teddy bears to costume jewelry and
Giants bling to surprised patrons while
you scowled and did a lousy job.

The day you tossed me was pretty typical
of your conduct.

One of the candidates for DA called and
said he had a friend in from LA and could
they take me to lunch.

Of course I brought them to Chris' place.

They ordered food and a round of drinks
and when it was finished they ordered
another and you served them but didn't
bring mine. When the candidate asked
you where my drink was you did your
power-tripping edgy bartender thing and

They were puzzled and after a few minutes
passed with you standing at the other end
of the bar looking at your nails, I went to
my backpack and refilled my glass.

So, the 86.

What killed Daly's was a small coterie of
really unhappy women from the Milk
Club across the street who along with
you poisoned the atmosphere.

And, finally, Ms. Walker.

When the RBA went after Walker I was
her number one defender.

When Downtown developers and developers
went after her I was her number one
defender.

I sang her praise in column after column
and supported her political career.

She was a fawning best buddy for at least
a decade.

Then, when she finally got her shot at a
run for supervisor after waiting in line
for many many years?

Well, I chose to endorse and support Jim
Meko over her because he would have
made the better supervisor.

And, when Jane Kim used her as a mop
on election day Debra lost her reason
to curry favor with me and her true
straight man hating personality was
revealed.

Like the rest of the Milk man haters
who make up the rest of your witnesses.

They hate men and I am most definitely
a man.

Just look at the semi-nude photo you
posted of me.

They perceive this poor old flippant
Irishman as competition.

Just my read.

Ms. Donohue, I've done over 1,500 high
quality columns supporting progressive
candidates and causes in San Francisco
and attacking the bad guys.

For free.

I've studied your article and all of the
posts (think we'll reach 200? 300?

People come to read me Caitlin.

Cause I'm fun and easy to read and
really really informed.

And, I have real talent.

You write like frustrated and bitter
old hag.

Go Giants!

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 4:36 am

Fair, balanced and uncannily accurate, while retaining your trademark wit and style.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 6:14 am
Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

@Guest - "I've adored women all my life, but they lure men to their deaths. Those bitches!"

Posted by Jym on Jan. 28, 2014 @ 11:51 am
Posted by Guest on Jan. 28, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

Sad piece of "journalism". The truth is that the only way you really get attention is to write about a San Francisco character like H Brown, who, like it or not, knows and understands the local political system better then you ever will. He also has a gift of writing and echos back to a time when journalists actually could entertain the audience while conveying their viewpoint.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 7:57 am

He has that rarest of qualities for a progressive - the ability to laugh at himself and not takes things too seriously.

Based on this narrative, Caitlin and Steven could both learn from him, rather than berate him.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 8:33 am

The chip on Steven's shoulder is just too heavy. Poor guy.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 10:32 am

H is a rare breed - a writer with an actual voice.

Posted by Fjgallagher on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 8:01 am

by the way where is caitlin working these days since she was fired by the male patriarchy at the Guardian?

Posted by Phineas Brown's Cat on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 10:25 am

Campers,

I've watched editors to nuts because a writers work got little public response. People even get fired for having few hits on their web page.

It's a variation on the old 'publish or perish' dictum.

Well, if you want to drive your numbers up in this town, just take on h. brown.

Ms. Donohue has celebrated her return to Steven Jones' nest by kicking his ass on public posts with her Bulldog-Gate.

As of a few minutes ago the Donohue piece is #2 in the top 10 of Guardian articles gauged by public response.

The #1 piece is a Jones look at Mayor Lee's State of the City address.

He has drawn 173 hits in just over 7 days.

Donohue has 165 posts in less than 1 day.

What's the lesson?

If you want to increase your readership you need to get downer and dirtier.

For excitement in the press room, kick a porcupine walking out the door.

If I were Marke b. I'd fire Jones and make Donohue City Editor.

He'd save money and improve circulation.

Well, I slept well and am enjoying my moment in the bright sunshine of scandal.

Rob Ford and Chris Christie are coming in for a weekend support group.

I was actually offered a plane ticket if I wanted to flee now.

It was from Grassroots Enterprise.

Now, let's read what y'all wrote while I was dreaming of erotic things.

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 10:28 am

Good article, Caitlin.

Alcoholism is the underlying theme to all of his (and many others') sexism. "Old Boys" give alcoholics a free pass when they demean or violently threaten women.

To change the subject: I think Joe Eskenazi is one of the only good journalists in San Francisco. Certainly no one else at the Weekly/Guardian/Examiner conglomerate is digging into anything these days except Eskenazi. He's a good writer.

The Weekly was 62 pages this week and the Guardian only 32 pages. Is one being squeezed at the expense of the other?

Posted by Guest Lecturer on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 11:00 am

readership base or the advertizing revenues to justify more issue.

The non-political majority of this town would rather get their movie listings from SFWeekly and not feel like they have to cross a picket line every time they want to know what movies are on at Metreon.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 11:37 am

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