Posts Tagged ‘Constitution’

Official San Francisco Despises These “Rolling Billboard” Trucks, But Can’t Prevent Them From Circling and Circling

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Especially in SoMA during convention time.

Why? Because of The Constitution. Or a constitution. Or one of them. Or both. (If a Scott Wiener-type really worked on this issue, it might have an effect, IDK.)

And oh yeah, these trucks all have Nevada license plates, ever more insulation from the long arm of SFGov

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Look for more of these trucks during next month’s “March of Life” 2014 on the Embarcadero

“We would circle and we’d circle and we’d circle to stop and consider and centered on the pavement stacked up all the trucks jacked up and our wheels in slush and orange crush in pocket and all this here county, hell, any county, it’s just like heaven here, and I was remembering and I was just in a different county and all then this whirlybird that I headed for I had my goggles pulled off; I knew it all, I knew every back road and every truck stop…”

Oh Marin, You So Crazy (OMYSC)! Plastic Surgeon’s $2 Million Lawsuit Against Yelp Reviewer Gets Reverse Pwned

Friday, June 24th, 2011

(Gentle Readers, you know that I love you, all 14 of you, no matter what. But others, well, they only care about cosmetic-type things – they’ll like you better if you pay somebody to shoot protein into your face, oh well.)

Can you imagine making a post on the Yelp about your plastic surgeon and then getting hit with a multi-million dollar defamation (plus invasion of privacy plus interference with prospective economic advantage, you know, the whole megillah) lawsuit?

Well, check out the Marin IJ for the sad story of Dr. Kimberly Henry‘s pwnage from Judge Roy Chernus. Wow.

Oh, and surprise, they’re talking about this case on the Yelp.

A little of this, and now you’re beautiful!

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Forty reviews are no longer standing for Dr. Kimberly A Henry,  but three are still there.

Anyway, Only in Marin, as they say…

Small Section of Golden Gate Park Reserved Solely for Cross-Bearing, Proselytizing, Apostolic Franciscan Friar

Friday, September 24th, 2010

So there I was in Golden Gate Park tracking a giant blue bird and then when I looked up, I saw a hippy on a Jesus trip coming straight towards me larger than life.

Like this. See the robe, the beads, the sandals, the cross with the letters JHS* or IHS? This statue is a like a giant Catholic billboard on public land.

Check it, a huge bronze by Douglas Tilden made in 1906 and dedicated in 1907:

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So, here’s the Baby Name Wizard’s take on Junipero:

“Father Junipero Serra: Spanish Franciscan Friar. He is very well-known as a misogynistic abuser of native slaves and women, but remains an important historical figure in Central California.”

O.K. then. (Wow, a little harsh, huh?)

But what do you think Father Junípero Serra is trying to communicate here?

And what do you think the City and County of San Francisco is trying to promote by allowing public land for this kind of use?

Now, for some Christians, this statue, and the Prayerbook Cross just down the way, are not enough. These people go into the Music Concourse, see Father Serra and then get bummed:

I was just there today, and as a Christian, I was very dismayed by the fact that it seems the park administration has allowed the landscaping to STRATEGICALLY block out the base of the sculpture that has the inscribed descriptions of Junipero Serra. It’s religiously discriminatory and outright insulting, and apparently it’s condoned by the city. But then Jesus said his followers would be hated. At least we were warned.”

I’ll agree that the shrubbery appears to have been placed around this statue to obsure it somewhat. This kind of cover could be, as they say, constitutionally significant – it could affect a judge’s or a jury’s opinion on whether it’s kosher for San Francisco to reserve its land for this kind of message.

Father J was much more prominent back in the day. See?

I’ll tell you, our neighbors to the south in Los Angeles had similar issue with a cross that was a part of its history – here’s the story of how they handled it

How will San Francisco handle the case the Father Serra proselytizing in the GGP? 

Now, shouldn’t Golden Gate Park be a proselytizing-free zone reserved as a place for giant blue birds to eat rodents…

…and recycle aluminum cans?

You Make The Call.

*Now, about that inscription on the crossbar. It’s just a Christogram that spells out the first three letters of the name Jesus. So, it goes J-E-S, or Iota-Eta-Sigma. There’s no need to make up a backronym like Iesus Hominum Salvator or nothing.

Assembywoman Fiona Ma and SF Young Dems Host Bipartisan Constitutional Convention Panel Tonight

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Assemblymember Fiona Ma, who represents the interests of San Francisco’s west siiiiide in Sacramento, will be in the bowels of the San Francisco State Building at 455 Golden Gate Ave tonight at 7:oo P.M. to host a special constitutional convention panel being thrown by the San Francisco Young Democrats.

That means that California Forward, the Courage Campaign, Repair California and the New America Foundation will be in the house to discuss l’issue du 2009 a California, our Constitution.

MC FM:

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(Attention Republicans: This L. Z. is hot. Repeat: Lima Zulu is Hotel Oscar Tango. Expect to be booed)

All the deets after the jump. See you there!

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The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States Rendered in License Plates

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Can’t decide if this piece is more Laughing Squid or more Boing Boing.

It’s pure genius regardless.

Via Ordinary Finds:

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Mike Wilkins (b. Aug. 17, 1959): Preamble, 1987 – painted metal on vinyl and wood (Smithsonian)

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Repair California Calls for a Constitutional Convention – Hundreds Listen in San Francisco

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Repair California, the Bay Area Council, and the Full Circle Fund got a pretty decent crowd last night as they called for a California constitutional convention. The L.A. Times has done the same, so this is quite a movement, huh?

San Francisco: Repairing California: Time for a Constitutional Convention
Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The mise-en-scene. Left early but let’s call this a crowd of 300-something, all told, at the PG&E Auditorium on Beale Street last night:

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Amy Lesnick of the Full Circle Fund:

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Is this another Bear Flag Revolt, like we had in 1846?

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And, of course,  noisy PopChips were laid out everywhere, just like at the premiere of La Mission in Le Castro Theatre.  

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 A little history:

“In response to a budgetary crisis, several prominent individuals and political organizations are calling for a new constitution. The Bay Area Council, a public-policy advocacy organization, issued a press release in August of 2008 to launch the idea, and co-sponsored a symposium on the subject on February 24, 2009.

A coalition calling itself “Repair California” was formed in 2009 to continue the push for a California constitutional convention. The group plans to submit its proposed measures to the Attorney General by September 25, 2009. This is the first step in the process, after which signatures are solicited from voters.The plan is to obtain the two-thirds majority vote in the legislature and place a new constitution on the ballot for the November 2010 election.

Repair California states that a consensus is emerging to reform these areas:

  • The structure of governance, particularly the legislative and executive branches
  • The processes for initiatives and referenda
  • Campaign finance
  • Term limits
  • Changing to the two-thirds requirement for passing a budget
  • Revenue distribution, particularly between localities and the state”

 Who were the speakers and who was there? Find out, after the jump. (more…)

The Quasi-Unconstitutional Prayer Book Cross of Golden Gate Park

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Just look at this monstrous cross, complete with rune grafitti, on govmint land in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park:

“The Prayer Book Cross was erected in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in 1894 as a gift from the Church of England. Created by Ernest Coxhead, it stands on one of the higher points in Golden Gate Park. It is located between John F. Kennedy Drive and Park Presidio Drive, near Cross Over Drive. This 57 ft (17 m) sandstone cross commemorates the first use of the Book of Common Prayer in California by Sir Francis Drake’s chaplain on June 24, 1579.” 

Didn’t the City have to sell off the similar Mount Davidson Cross (Yelp-rated) after a lawsuit back in the 1990s? Yes it did.  So, do you think the Prayer Book Cross creates an “appearance of governmental endorsement of religion” as well, particularly considering that we’re living in a post-Everson world?

Do these trees help to make this cross kosher, cause fewer people see it? Potentially, yes. Click to expand:

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In other words, does the City’s ownership and maintenance of Prayer Book Cross violate the No Preference Clause and the Ban on Aid to Religion Clause of the California Constitution and the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution?

Or maybe it’s all good, because the  cross communicates “primarily non-religious messages” ala the shorter Mount Soledad Cross down in Fun Diego County? This is a close call.

Read all about the Mount Davidson case here, where the  United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit lays down the law. It’s pretty accessible.

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You see it on the right here, as seen back in the day, during the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. Electric Tower at Night, with Search Light on Prayer Book Cross in Golden Gate Park:

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The PB cross was a big deal back in the 1800′s, even making the New York Times.

But should it be on government land today?

Just asking…

Presented to Golden Gate Park at the opening of the Midwinter Fair, January 1, A. D. 1894, as a memorial of the service held on the shore of Drake’s Bay about Saint John Baptist’s Day, June 24, Anno Domini 1579, by Francis Fletcher, priest of the Church of England, chaplain of Sir Francis Drake, chronicler of the service. Gift of George W. Childs, Esquire, of Philadelphia. First Christian service in the English tongue on our coast. First use of the Book of Common Prayer in our country. One of the first recorded missionary prayers on our continent. Soli Deo sit semper gloria.”

Happy Flag Day from San Francisco

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

In honor of Flag Day, a huge American flag on California Street in the Financial District of San Francisco. It’s safe from being burned by the locals thanks to the Flag Desecration Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Oops, scratch that. This particular idea for an amendment isn’t actually in effect right now. Yet somehow, people have refrained from burning the flag pictured below.

Amazing.

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