Posts Tagged ‘Frederick’

San Francisco Named Balboa Street to Honor a Man Famous for Killing LGBTs in Central America – Why Not Change It?

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Balboa Park, Balboa 31X, Balboa Street – there are lots of examples.

Now let’s check and see what Vasco Núñez de Balboa did to be so honored.

Oh, here it is:

Balboa setting his dogs upon Indian practitioners of male love (1594) The Spanish invader Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475-1519) shown in Central America with his troops, presiding over the execution of Indians, whom he ordered eaten alive by the war dogs for having practiced male love. New York Public Library, Rare Book Room, De Bry Collection, New York.

Oh and we honor Funston too?

Oh well

 

Horrible Filmed-in-San Francisco TV Show “Love Bites” Debuts on NBC – It’s Worse than “Trauma”

Monday, June 6th, 2011

For some reason, the NBC just loves shooting bad television shows, ones with with horrible ratings, in the 415.

Comes now, Love Bites, which just had its national debut on June 2. It’s terrible.

But it’s been filmed (or taped or whatever) in town, so you might want to check it out for that reason alone. (Well, the first ep. had three vignettes, of which only the second is set in S.F.) Every scene from that segment practically screams “we made this on location!”

So you’ll see plenty of shots of the T/A Building and Belvedere Alley in Cole Valley:

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Here’s the reaction:

“The long-delayed premiere of NBC’s anthology romantic comedy, “Love Bites,” failed to meet even the lowest expectations Thursday night.”

Ouch.

Check it out yourself here starting at 1:50. Yish.

Maybe it could be best described as a television romcom, like Friends except sexier and not funny.

So, does it make sense to shoot TV shows on location in San Francisco these days?

No, it does not.

Resolved: Funston Should be Renamed 13th Avenue – Why Honor a Filipino-Killing Cracker?

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Isn’t superstition such a second-millenium, High Middle Ages kind of thing, don’t you think? Isn’t superstition the reason our foreparents named l’avenue betwixt 12th and 14th after Frederick Funston? I mean, why else would they have done that?

Let’s meet Freddie Funston, 13th Avenue’s temporary namesake:

I personally strung up thirty-five Filipinos without trial… Impromptu domestic hanging might also hasten the end of the war. For starters, all Americans who had recently petitioned Congress to sue for peace in the Philippines should be dragged out of their homes and lynched.”

O.K. then. (Make that Filipino-killing super-cracker.) Famous Mark Twain even penned a mock-defense of Freddie-boy in a sarcastic essay.

Cheek by jowl – one frees you, the other kills you:

Now, what about this? Did Freddie-boy represent the feds after the 1906 Earthquake the same way Michael “heckofajobBrownie” Brown represented the feds after Hurricane Katrina? Well, this bit in the San Francisco Chronicle from four years ago certainly makes the case.

But, You Make The Call. Here’s Funston taking charge of San Francisco during the Great Fire of 1906, as if martial law had been declared (it wasn’t, IRL):

“Gen. Funston sends in the first military demolition squad. The incompetence by which they dynamite buildings causes the outbreak of four new fires.

“General Funston now attempts to encircle the fire in the heart of the city with systematic destruction of buildings. A drugstore at Clay and Kearny is blown up with black powder. A flaming mattress from the flat above is launched across the street setting fire to Chinatown.

“At 5 pm the next morning, the order came down from Mayor Schmitz that the dynamiting should stop. But the order comes too late to stop the exploding of a building on Green Street. The explosion ignites a previously untouched area and this new fire spreads along Green Street aided by a gale-force wind. 5 pm that afternoonFunston gives the order to resume the shelling of Van Ness Avenue against the direct orders of Mayor Schmitz in what seems to many to be senseless destruction. There are mounting reports of the excesses of the troops, including rape, indecent assault and grievous bodily harm.”

Heck of a job, Freddie! Actually, he screwed up so bad he had to try to defend hisself in the pages of Comso (I’m seriously, freaking Cosmopoliton “77 Positions in 77 Days” Magazine.)

So, now you’re armed with two good arguments for changing the name of 13th Avenue back to 13th Avenue.* We’ll get the City take down the Funston signs post-haste and then we ought to let the residents continue to use the name Funston as long as they want. Somebody’ll even write a memo to the USPS to keep things straight with mail delivery.

D’accord? D’accord.

*In the alternative, other substitute names like Genocide Avenue or Triskaidekaphobia Avenue could also be acceptable.

Hollywood Comes to the Haight – NBC’s Love Bites Begins Filming Near Cole Valley

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Remember NBC’s Trauma? Remember what a looser(sp) it looked like from the get-go? Well, NBC is back for some more abuse – they‘ve just started are continuing to film the pilot for Love Bites on Belvedere in the Haight Ashbury District. Who knows, it might be watchable.

You’ve heard of the 40-Year-Old-Virgin? Well Becki Newton will be the 32-year-old virgin:  

“The romantic dramedy, from “Sex and the City” alumna Cindy Chupack, is in the vein of anthology series “Love, American Style” and chronicles several loosely connected, modern stories of love, sex, marriage and dating. Becki Newton will play one of two permanent cast members, Annie, an optimistic, infectiously bubbly social worker who is a virgin.”

Oh, here she is:

NBC

And here’s the mise-en-scene this afternoon:

All the action seems to be focusing on 120 Belvedere Alley, mas o menos.

This little bit of Hollywood magic should wrap by 3:00 AM(!) Thursday morning.

Break a leg, cast and crew of Love Bites

Can’t Billionaire Philip Anschutz Afford a Few More Porta-Potties for Bay to Breakers 2009?

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Hey, Colorado Billionaire Philip F. Anschutz! Did you the just run the Bay to Breakers footrace today, as you have so many times before? You’re like 70 years old and you’re clocking six-point-something-minute miles uphill and downhill? My grandmother would need to rest after just walking through the SoMA part of the course. DoOd, you’re a stud.

But what’s up with the race? I mean, you have/had an ownership interest in it, right? And you’re still the “A” in AEG, I believe. So isn’t it YOUR race – isn’t that what people mean when they say B2B is “privately owned?” Well, let’s take a look see:

What’s wrong with this picture? Each Porta-Pottie has like at least a dozen people waiting in line. You can’t afford to have enough?  FAIL! Click to expand:

Aren’t you a “B” as in “boy” billionaire? Let’s check your Wiki:

“Philip Frederick Anschutz (born 28 December 1939 in Russell, Kansas) is an American businessman and supporter of conservative Christian causes. With an estimated current net worth of around $7.8 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 31st richest person in the USA.”

Your race is undercapitalized? Just can’t afford an appropriate amount of temporary bathrooms?

Here’s the reverse angle:

And here’s the result of mismanagement of resources. See? It’s the other side of the toilets. Is this the end of the world? No, it’s not. But your Smitherseses from New Yawk at AEG always place 0% of the blame on themselves, and that’s not right.

(Not sure what’s up with this. Some people should behave better, of course. Oh well.)

Do you think that I’d ever dream of buying up a storied civic event in Colorado like Park County Cow Days or something? I wouldn’t even if I could. But if I did, I’d make sure there were enough Porta-Potties for all, incuding those melon farmers who didn’t bother to register, stealing MY MONEY!!! I’d say fix this issue, make it so, inform my banker of any additional needs. But that’s just how I roll. (I also wouldn’t impose big town San Francisco values on small town Colorado neither, like making nudity mandatory at Cow Days or requiring all the doods to kiss each other, or something.)

How do you roll, Philip? How will you be remembered after you escape this mortal coil? You know back in the day, San Francisco had a general vote to tell Andrew Carnegie to cram it with walnuts when he wanted to donate money for libraries about town. Well, good thing that election turned out the way it did in 1912, because the legacy of AC is a brace of Carnegie Libraries in San Francisco. Like this.

What’s your legacy going to be, Philip Frederick Anschutz? Becks and Posh moving to L.A., Narnia movies, and being the kind of guy who was too cheap to properly finance and manage the Bay to Breakers? 

Is that right?

Gotta make a change

For once in my life

It’s gonna feel real good

Gonna make a difference

Gonna make it right.

P.S. Thank you for not asking us to pay for your windpower projects, the way that Pickens guy is doing. Srsly.