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“Diabetes on wheels!”
Your Commonwealth Club has gone stark raving mad for the Grand Old Party this week!
Check it here are the top three joints that the CC is promoting right now:
And Tiger Mother Amy Chua* et vir,** well, they sure sound Republican.
But rest assured, the following week features Barbara Boxer and other Dems flogging their books and causes and whatnot, so everything’ll be back to normal soon ‘nough.
This concludes OMG, It’s Republican Week at the Commonwealth Club: P.J. O’Rourke, Tom Perkins, and Amy Chua & Jed Rubenfeld Feb 12-14.
*”Provocative and profound, Chua and Rubenfeld will transform the way we think about success and achievement.” Uh, nope!
**Namely, Tiger Mother Baby Daddy (TMBD) Jed Rubenfeld. Who’s he? Let’s check his Wiki – “Personal life: Rubenfeld is Jewish.” OK then.
(You can take the boy out of the East Bay (and plop him in a SoMA condo), but you can’t take the East Bay out of the boy.)
Gentle Reader, consider CW Nevius and his most recent bit advocating for the oppressed white millionaire homeowners of Russian Hill – this time he’s acting at the behest of Supervisor Mark Farrell (R., District 2)
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Now I think the word you’re looking for, CW Nevius, is trolley with an “e,” as in potatoe.
Except it aint a trolley, it’s a cable car. To wit:
“…electric tram (streetcar), sometimes confused with a cable car.”
And the vehicle code section cited here is wrong:
“The problem, says Deputy City Attorney Buck Delventhal, is California Vehicle Code 21106.1…”
CW Nevius, if you’re going to take the trouble to cite a law, why not take the time to do it the right way? Do you feel overworked, CW? You shouldn’t. Moving on…
And there’s this:
“Stefani says Farrell’s office was unaware of the 1987 law…”
Uh, former law? Or former bill? Did the “law” sunset automatically? And was it ever signed by The Duke in the first place? I don’t think so actually.
You see, CW Nevius, what you should look at are the reasons why the millionaires’ efforts always fail. Try this on for size:
“The streets of a city belong to the people of the state, and the use thereof is an inalienable right of every citizen, subject to legislative control or such reasonable regulations as to the traffic thereon or the manner of using them as the legislature may deem wise or proper to adopt and impose.’ … ‘Streets and highways are established and maintained primarily for purposes of travel and transportation by the public, and uses incidental thereto. Such travel may be for either business or pleasure…”
Nevius, why don’t you retire or go back to sports, srsly? Then you’d get replaced by somebody who would do your job better than you, right? Wouldn’t that be a win-win?
But before you do that, why don’t you fix this**`?
“Jose had been struck by a late-’90s, silver, four-door sedan as he stepped off the curb at Oak and Scott.”
“And the intersection of Fell and Scott, where Jose was hit, has consistently been described as one of the city’s most dangerous.”
*Looks like somebody is striking a pose on the crosswalk:
I’m a model you know what I mean
And I do my little turn on the
Yeah on the catwalk on the crosswalk, yeah
I do my little turn on the crosswalk
**I actually believed The Neve on the Fell and Scott thing, so I was going to go out there a week or two later on a Tuesday night at around the same time on the theory that this was somebody coming home during the evening drive. But then I saw that the actual location was on Oak so now I think the driver isn’t on a commuting schedule. You know, I’ve got a Canon 5D, crank the ISO up to 25,600, use a simple 200mm 2.8 prime to see if I could see some damage and get a plate. I mean it might have been worth the effort.
Here’s the damage at the front entrance on Laguna:
Here’s how things looked about six years ago after a similar attack:
This was on the Geary side:
I’d say both incidents were the work of Team Tibet:
You know, these people:
This consulate has more than its fair share of incidents, of course. Let’s look back some more.
It’s U.C. Davis grad / protest artist Nyendak Wangden hanging off the side of the gosh darn building. It’s supposed to look like she was hung by her pretty white neck, but she was safe under the robes in her climbing harness. Safe until somebody on the roof hacked at the red rope causing her to fall.
How long a fall to the balcony would you say that was? 15 feet or so? Note the absence of the flagpoles in this later photo – those poles got nubbed shortly after the rope cutting incident.
The mise-en-scene from before the rope thang. (NB: The next time you illegally suspend yourself from a building to make a political point, do it above a balcony – it can be a long way to the sidewalk otherwise:
And there’s this – “serial package thrower” Aaron Bassler made the news by repeatedly throwing items containing wacky stuff (documents concerning the “Martian military”) over the fence of the consulate. These objects were treated as bombs by the SFPD. Thusly:
These kinds of crazy things don’t happen at other consulates and embassies, huh?
What will happen next at our star-crossed Chinese consulate?
Take a look:
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Answer: Yes, it sure as Hell is off-message.
The search engine is one particular of the most popular sites in the planet and its Chinese language version was widely utilised in the nation. Beijing routinely blocks access to websites run by the banned spiritual movement Falun Gong, human rights groups and some foreign news organisations like the BBC.”
Our world-famous Beaux-Arts War Memorial Opera House will once again host SHEN YUN, aka The Falun Gong Show.
See? January 4-12, 2014:
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Our Chinese consulate over in the Japantown area is keeping quiet this go-around, but the people there are nevertheless steamed about this show. As is Chinatown strongman / Chinese consulate “advisor” Rose Pak, oh well.
But things could be worse. Remember this one from a half-decade back? This gal suspended herself from the roof of the consulate on Laguna to protest about Tibet. See?
Source unknown This could be a one-of-a-kind photo
And then people from the consulate went up there and cut her down.
How long a fall to the balcony would you say that was? 15 feet or so? (Note the absence of the flagpoles in this later photo – those poles got nubbed shortly after the rope cutting incident.)
And then the SFFD couldn’t get into the building to rescue her to take her to SFGH because, because, well, the People’s Republic of China.
I haven’t seen the answer key ad in English – maybe someday
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Now that we speak the same language, see how you would have handled this super-sad MUNI bus fight on the 30. Myself, I would have placed my burly frame betwixt them, giving them both a chance to save face and shut up…
[UPDATE: Well, it looks like the Taiwanese civilian carriers are going to comply but the Korean and Japanese will not. So maybe the the PLAAF will scramble if it feels like it? Isn't that what it does now? Maybe this ham-fisted move will make sense in five or ten years...]
Can you see those B-52′s? Now that’s what you call soft power. (Chrysler whale not depicted, but sources report it was about to set sail)
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So let’s see here. China’s newly-declared East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is a big flop already. Who’s going to recognize it? North Korea, maybe. But anybody else?
Nope. Not South Korea, not Taiwan, not the U.S., not the Philippines, and not Vietnam and certainly not Japan. So for a regular ANA or JAL flight from Tokyo to Taipei, do you think that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is going to scramble the fighters every day?
I don’t. How could it?
So you declare a bunch of rules and nobody cares. How does this benefit the people of China?
ECSADIZ = DOA