Posts Tagged ‘flags’

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

Friday, June 3rd, 2011


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.

345 California Center Can’t Decide Whether to Root for the San Francisco Giants or the Oakland A’s

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011


Twas ever thus 695 feet above the Financh?

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Wonder how the people running 345 California Center handled the Battle of the Bay back in ’89…

Can You Get a Perfect Score on the Eurocentric Flags of Market Street Identification Test? Probably Not!

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

I was stumped by number one. (Is that red or orange? I figured it out a little later bit still, I was stumped at first.)

A perfect score is 11/11 although feel free to throw in the three at the bottom for an even 14, if you want to boost your results.

Don’t cheat or anything.

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Flags are at Half-Staff in San Francisco These Days Due to the Tuscon Shootings of January 9th, 2011

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Details at The Bay Citizen: Local Ties to Tuscon Tragedy

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Old Glory Goes Down at Civic Center – On Purpose or By Mistake, That’s the Only Question

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Here’s the scene in Civic Center Plaza these days, with the easternmost flag having trouble recently. (There’s a flagpole rag and the wind won’t stop.)

Not sure what’s going on, maybe something wore out or maybe somebody’s making a statement:

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The Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association, San Francisco’s Version of the Taliban, Doesn’t Know Where Mission Dolores Is

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Not all religious warriors are NIMBYs and not all NIMBYs are religious warriors, of course, but check out the formerly-obscure “Mission Dolores” “Neighborhood” Association for a little from Column A and a little from Column B.

Little did you know that when you buy the Bi-Rite Ice Cream, you’re supporting San Francisco’s Version of the Taliban or mutaween (see below). Oh well.

Anyway, NBC’s Matt Baume has the latest on these horrible NIMBYs.

Will the MDNA manage to cross Market Street some day?

1. Alice Carey and Company
Author: Mission Dolores Survey and Update of Context Statement: Bill Sugaya, Director
2. Carol Roland, PhD; Roland-Nawi Associates
Author: Mission Dolores Historic Context Statement
3. Joseph Stubbs, Graphic Artist
Mission Dolores Historic Context Statement
4. Vincent Marsh, Architectural Historian
Author: 523 A and B Survey Forms: Golden Gate Lutheran Church (601 Dolores)
And Second Church of Christ, Scientist (651-655 Dolores)
5. Gideon Kramer, KramerGraphics/graphic design & production
6. Jacob Moore, Webmaster
Fiscal Sponsor:
The San Francisco Study Center
Geoff Link, Executive Director
Grants Awarded:
1. $46,500.00: Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development through the San Francisco Historic Preservation Fund Committee. To have Alice Carey and Company complete the survey work in the Mission Dolores Neighborhood. Our context statement will also be updated.
2. $25,000.00: Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development through the San Francisco Preservation Fund Committee. To have Carol Roland-Nawi create an historic context statement for the Mission Dolores Neighborhood.
3. $2,500.00: San Francisco Victorian Alliance. To survey Golden Gate Lutheran Church (601 Dolores), Second Church of Christ, “Scientist” (651-655 Dolores), Mission Dolores Park and Duggan’s Home (3434 17th Street). Both churches are under threat of demolition. The Christian “Science” Church, designed by William H. Crim, currently has a demolition permit pending.
1. $3,430.00: General Membership (as of 12-14-08)
2. $1,500.00: Skyline Reality
3. $500.00: Safe Clean Green: Mission Dolores
4. $500.00: Bi-Rite[!?]
Board Members:
1.    Peter Lewis, President
2.    Gideon Kramer, Vice President
3.    Ted Olsson, Secretary
4.    Joe Cain, Communications Manager
5.    Steve Haigh, Past-President: Victorian Alliance
6.    Jose Luis Leiva, Professor
7.    Shelagh Ross,
8.    Andrew R. Galvan: Curator of Mission Dolores Church
9.    Marius Starkey, Artist
10.  Ted Scourkes,
11.  Arnie Lerner, AIA
12.  Lucia Bogatay, AIA

These Official San Francisco Italian Flags Tell Chinatown to Stay the Hell Out of North Beach

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

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. We would never consider any area above B’Way as being a part of Chinatown, right? But Chinese/Asian businesses started a foothold in North Beach back in the day and some people didn’t like it, not one bit.

So, these Italian light pole flags started going up a few decades back as a response to the encroachment, the Asian Invasion. See?

I’ll tell you, a 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,” Ed got fined and, well, nowadays, it looks like his campaign to put up American flags on the Italian poles has ended. Oh well.

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Back in the day, back in the 1800′s, people in North Beach would throw rocks at Chinese and Chinese Americans who ventured north of Broadway. These days, we “defend” the Italian-ness, the whiteness of North Beach in a different way.

O.K. fine.

Why are We Lowering Our Flags Today for Super Cracker Senator Robert Byrd?

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Flags are lowered about town today for Robert Byrd, the U.S. Senator who favored any and all bridges to nowhere (provided that Nowhere began or ended in the state of West Virginia.) Now, let’s hear from Bill Clinton:

They mention that he once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan, and what does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means,” Clinton said. “He was a country boy from the hills and hollows of West Virginia. He was trying to get elected.”

O.K., but wasn’t it Robert Byrd who created and signed up the entire chapter? Yes, actually. Are all “country boy[s] from the hills and hollows of West Virginia” Klan members? No, actually. Not even back during WWII.

The scene today and last Saturday:

Oh, and speaking of WWII, what about this?

“I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

Now, I’m not sure when Bob Byrd made that statement but it was some time during that war when black pilots in propeller planes were taking on German jets over Europe. Is that why he boycotted WWII?

And, as far as “trying to get elected” is concerned, the only election he won during his “fleeting” association with the KKK was the Kleagle office of the chapter he started.

When you’re 12-stepping away from your past, you need to come clean. Otherwise it doesn’t work.

So, Why are We Lowering Our Flags Today for Super Cracker Senator Robert Byrd?

Oh well.

When it Comes to Supporting Baseball, 345 Cal Swings Both Ways

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Or maybe you could say that the managers of 345 California Center / Mandarin Oriental Hotel cover all the bases, since they appear to support the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s equally.

I cry foul.

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Why not two Giants flags instead?

Thank you, drive through.