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Racist or Not? Samson Wong of AsianWeek on “Extreme Side Eyes” at the 2014 Chinese New Year Parade

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Here’s the issue:

DON’T YOU SIDEBALL ME: Chronicle’s Beth Spotswood blogged Feb. 17 about being given “extreme side eyes” near the Lunar New Year parade reviewing stand in Chinatown as she vainly scouted for verbal shots against local pols from Chinese Chamber of Commerce advisor Rose Pak. As Spotswood skulked about and expressed disappointment about Auntie Rose’s tameness, she nicknamed one parade observer as a scowling “Side Eyes” allegedly close to Pak…While fortunately not tagging anyone as an incendiary “slant eye” or “round eye,” she had to be referring to a fish …”

Verdict: NOT RACIST. (This was an easy one.)

And actually, Rose Pak got pressured by elements of the Communist Party of China (CPC) as well as SFGov, so she doesn’t mouth off as much anymore.

Even her 2012 performance was relatively tame:

She was out of control back in the aughts.

The Crayola Colors of San Francisco’s Outer Sunset

Friday, March 7th, 2014

On a dreaded sunny day west of San Francisco and just east of the land of $4 toast, and just 50 minutes from your job in the Financh:

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A “Pro-Life Across America” Billboard in Oakland: How Being a “Natural Red Head” Says Something About Abortion

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Or not.

I’m at a loss here: 

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And oh yes, TRIGGER WARNING: Ginger.

Corrupt Twitterloin Update: Using a Rubber Duck to Show Off How Wide Your Car Tires Are

Friday, March 7th, 2014

(The funny thing about Twitter is that lots and lots of its employees would prefer having the HQ in northern San Mateo County anyway. Oh well, bygones.)

As seen on Golden Gate Avenue in the 94102:

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Unexpected: The LA Times Hires Girly-Girl Sarah Hashim-Waris to Read the News in 60-Second Video Nuggets

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Hey look, it’s “Girly-Girl“ Sarah Hashim-Waris reading the news from the (an?) LA Times newsroom:

This kind of short snippet is cheesy, and yet not cheesy.

Anyway, it’s surprising to see this from the LAT

SFO Update: Old Air Traffic Control Tower, New Air Traffic Control Tower, Under Construction, Telephoto

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

In my day, ATC towers were symmetrical, AND THAT WAS THE WAY WE LIKED IT!

These days, IJDK, IJDK:

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OMG, from Ukraine with Love, It’s a Nuclear-Capable Soviet Tu-95 Bear Bomber on eBay! Just $3 Mil. – Or “Buy It Now” for $5 Mil.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Here’s the news of the day:

Check out TU-95MS – Soviet Bomber, yours for $5,000,000 (plus shipping) http://r.ebay.com/tQ5kOQ  via @eBay Kyle Mizokami Matthew Doye ‏@MatthewDoye

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Basically, the Tu-95 is the Soviet version of Boeing’s iconic B-52 bomber, except it has turboprops (instead of jet engines)and it’s a narrowbody, you know, for speed.

One wonders why our Ukrainian comrades don’t offer to just fly the thing to the highest bidder. Oh, what, it’s not in flying condition? Uh oh.

Anyway, have at it, buy it and see just how big of a drain this обтяжливе майно (l’oliphant blanc) will be on your finances.

All the deets:

 ”Dear Bidders,

We are a company with locations in Switzerland , Germany and the Ukraine. Our field of activity includes the production and distribution of goods and raw materials from Ukraine and the rest of the world, headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Our partner in the Ukraine have acquired an aircraft of type the

TU- 95MS

A Soviet Era strategic bomber (demilitarized with all documents in order and ready for shipment).

Which we would like to offer you for sale.

All the shipping costs to the Harbour of Nikolaiev or Odessa are included in the final sell price.

If there are any more questions, you can reach us at any time at the following phone number:

Germany
+49178 / 3330077

We can therefore dissamble the Plane so u can get one or all of the turbines exclusively. Or the Plane without the Turbines sperate.

Just write a message or call us about further information or the price.

Please only serious bids

Have Fun bidding”

Aboriginal flavor packet in pocket of the Raider jacket, Soviet issue
Potato basket, sadomasochistic, lipstick thespian
Jada Pinkett Smith versus Wesleyan
Wealthy friends, failed Marxists, stale heartless
Hailed artists, frail, sensitive, pale sales targets

Here’s the Proof that the Real Estate Interests of the 94117 Have Given Up on the Mickinley Statue Fence in the Panhandle

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

I’ll tell you, I don’t know why local real estate interests have such sway over what goes on in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, but that’s the way things are.

And I’ll tell you further, I don’t know why local real estate interests ganged up on the mostly harmless Panhandle Bandshell, but they did, oh well. So that’s the background.

These days, the Eye of Sauron has fixed its gaze upon the east end, upon the McKinley Statue. It wants “period-appropriate fencing” around the whole deal, like this:

As you might remember, there was a big push for The Fence last year, detailed here.

But if you’re trying to get popular support for an iron fence, you have to leave the graffiti on and not even try to clean things up until you get your goddam fence, right?

So the above shows how things looked in the autumn of 2013. I allege that the people who wanted (and still want!) the fence decided to not clean things up in order to better make the case for the fence.

Anywho, the fence concept got put on the back burner late last year, obvs, so this is how the statue looks these days, more or less:

On It Goes…

 

Evanescent Evidence: Rose Pak Spanked by the Fair Political Practices Commission Over Travel to China a Half-Decade Ago

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Gaia bless state and federal investigators in their efforts to clean up this town.

(If Rose Pak had a gift for me, I’d turn her down…)

Anyway, here’s the pdf from two point something years ago.

And here’s the OCR (but as you can see from the link, this evidence of wrongdoing is fading from the Web, at least in OCR form).

“Contents : FAIR POLITICAL PRACTICES COMMISSION 428 J Street Suite 620 Sacramento CA 958I4 2329 !916 322 5660 Fax t9!b) 322 0886 August 22 2011

Ms. Rose Pak o/b/o Chinese New Year Festival Committee REDACTED Letter Re: FPPC No. 11/081 Carmen Chu, David Chiu and Eric Mar

Dear Ms. Pak: The Fair Political Practices Commission (the “FPPC”) enforces the provisions of the Political Reform Act (the “Act”) found in Government Code section 81000 et seq. As you may be aware the Commission has undertaken an investigation into gifts of travel to southern China from November Ii. 2009 through November 16 2009 provided by the Chinese New Year Festival Committee to Supervisors Carmen Chu David Chiu and Eric Mar.

The Act places limitations on the acceptance of gifts by certain public officials including city supervisors. Section 89503(a) prohibits these public officials from accepting gifts from any single source in any calendar year with a total value of more than the applicable gift limit. The $250 gift limit is adjusted biennially to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index pursuant to Section 89503 subdivision (t). The gift limit in 2009 was $420. (Regulation 18940.2.)

Under specific circumstances payments for transportation lodging and subsistence may be exempt from the definition of “gift.” Section 89506(a)(2) provides that travel expenses reasonably related to a legislative or governmental purpose or to an issue of state national or international policy are not prohibited or limited if they are provided by certain specified sources such as governmental agencies bona fide public or private educational institutions or non-profit 50 I (c)(3) organizations. During the course of our investigation we reviewed documents obtained from the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) concerning the Chinese New YearFestival Committee’s tax exempt status.

According to these documents which included copies of IRS filings and The Political Reform Act is contained in Government Code sections 81000 through 91014. All statutory references are to the Government Code unless otherwise indicated. The regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission are contained in sections 18110 through 18997 of Title 2 of the California Code of Regulations. All regulatory references are to Title 2 Division 6 of the California Code of Regulations unless otherwise indicated. FPPC Case No. 11/081 Page 2 01’2 Articles of incorporation originally filed with theCalifornia Secretary of State the Chinese New Year Festival Committee is registered as a 501 (c)(6) chamber of commerce organization. It has never been registered as a 50J(c)(3) organization. Therefore the requirements under Section 89506(a)(2) for an exception to the gift limit are not met and any gift including those of travel are subject to gift limits. Please be advised that since the Chinese New Year Festival Committee is not an organization that falls under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code no public official may accept gifts of any type from this organization valued in excess of the applicable limit. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding this letter. Sincerely REDACTED ‘-iachary ‘ II. Norton Commission Counsel Enforcement Division”

Area Religious Organization Claims Not to be Religious on a Big Billboard: “NOT RELIGIOUS? NEITHER ARE WE”

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

I cry foul:

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