Posts Tagged ‘flags’

America, California, Travelodge, Gay: Flags in the Wind

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Seen on Market Street: WAKEUP WAKEUP UNITED NATIONS – ENOUGH! CHINA: OUT OF TIBET

Monday, October 8th, 2012

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The American Flag Burners of Critical Mass – These Colors Don’t Run, But They Do Catch on Fire Pretty Easily

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Here we go, at the foot of Market Street, near the first of a long line of stalled MUNI streetcars and buses.

Oh, it’s time to burn Old Glory:

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Oh, what’s that? Focus? All right.

Dude was carrying an assortment of … devices? 

There was a message written in blue on this particular flag, but I don’t know what it said. And there might have been a few skid marks on it as well.

Of course the SFPD was keeping an close eye on things, so they had some uniformed officers swoop in to recover the victim:

But only Gaia knows who brought this flag to CM and who set it afire.

I’ll note that most Critical Mass participants don’t burn American flags…

What Giant American Flags Mean at Car Dealerships Today, and What They Meant Two Decades Ago

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

I’ll start with the easy one. Way back in the 1990′s, 1991 specifically, giant U.S. flags started popping up at American car dealerships all over the country.

They were designed to remind you to Buy American. (Although even at the time, many “American vehicles” were made in Canada, or from overseas.)

It didn’t really work so hot, so most of those flags, in front of your Oldsmobile,* Plymouth,* and Saturn* dealerships for example, went away.

And these days? Well, I don’t know, really.

As seen on Van Ness, formerly known as Auto Row:

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Maybe this giant flag means that an American car dealership used to be here.

I think it was a Ford store with lots and lots of Added Dealer Markup…

Oh well.

*A kind of car, back in the old days. 

 

The Somewhat-Racist Italian Flag Light-Pole Stickers of North Beach and What One Chinese Dude Did About Them Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

One thing that me and our local real estate cabal agree upon is the sanctity of Broadway as a neighborhood dividing line on the east si-iiiide of San Francisco.

So I’ll admit that any area above B’Way isn’t a part of Chinatown. Fine.

But, you know, Chinese/Asian businesses started a foothold in North Beach proper, above B’Way, back in the day and certain people didn’t like it, not one bit.

So, these Italian light pole flags started going up a few decades ago as a response to the encroachment, the Asian Invasion. Take a look below.

Now I’ll tell you, one person who didn’t cotton to these flags was furniture store owner Ed Yee. You see, he preferred American flags. Read all about his campaign against colori italiani in this bit by Ilene Lelchuk from all the way back in aught-two. Ed’s windmill-tilting even made the Fox News back then.

But, after some blowback from people like Louis Calabro of the “European American Issues Forum“ the City Family came down on Ed so his campaign to put up American flags on the Italian poles ended.

Count them, go ahead. These things are all over the place:

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Oh well.

Back in the 1800′s, people in North Beach would throw rocks at Chinese and Chinese Americans who ventured north of Broadway. You know, to send a message about who belongs where.

These days, we “defend” the Italian-ness, the whiteness of North Beach in a different way.

O.K. fine.

But I don’t approve.

We ought to take all these stickers down.

In closing:

“It’s a visual and therefore a visceral betrayal. Stop it!”

John Malkovich, Transformers III: Dark of the Moon

Berkeley Flags Flying in San Francisco’s Civic Center? “Another Planet” Stakes Its Claim at the Bill Graham Auditorium

Friday, January 13th, 2012

See these huge flags? They say, “Berkeley, Another Planet, Entertainment.”

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They’re all over the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium:

Shouldn’t they say “San Francisco, Another Planet, Entertainment,” instead?

I cry foul.

Courage.

Do These People Fly UC Berkeley Flags all the Time, Or Only On Days When Cal Wins a Nobel Prize?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

I don’t have enough data to make this determination.

As seen yesterday, October 4th, 2011, in the Western Addition – it’s the mansion of patriotic San Franciscans:

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Congratulations, Dr. Saul Perlmutter! You now have “worldwide fame and campus parking.”*

All the deets after the jump.

*Don’t let the Streetsblog people find out about the free on-campus parking perk. I’m seriously.

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Appears as if Trinity Plaza wants Gay People to Move On Up to Eighth and Market

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Exhibit A:

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Exhibit B:

You see that? “Renting with PRIDE – 415 861-3333″

Well it _is_ June that would explain that.

Hey, what about that new building back there? How’s that working out?

 

Uh, I Think This Rainbow Flag at Market and Van Ness Has Been Hung Upside-Down

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

See?

This one goes violet, blue, green, yellow, orange, red instead of the other way around:

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You can’t have Violet:Spirit above Red:Life, can you?

Hold Onto Your Wands, Annual Quidditch Invitational Returns to Civic Center, Unless the Tents are for Something Else

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Your view of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is being blocked by these tents what just sprung up to engulf Civic Center Plaza.

(I understand that Hufflepuff will be the team to beat this year…)

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On a slightly more Sirius note, it’s Muggle Quidditch at Hahvahd University.

No matter, Harry Potter fever will be cured by July 15, 2011.

As seen on Fulton a while back:

You might belong in Hufflepuff, Where they are just & loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true And unafraid of toil.