Posts Tagged ‘George Shultz’

Hey, is San Francisco Really a “Sister City” of Paris, France? No – Was It Before? No, Not At All – Here’s Why

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Here’s why:

Seule Paris est digne de Rome; seule Rome est digne de Paris. 

Solo Parigi è degna di Roma; solo Roma è degna di Parigi.

Only Paris is worthy of Rome; only Rome is worthy of Paris.

That means that Paris has been “twinned” with Rome in an exclusive sister-city relationship. It’s an “elaborate cultural partnership,” as they say.

So does that mean that Mayor Ed Lie will be lying once again today?

Yep, pretty much.

But you’ve got to realize that things are more or less on autopilot at City Hall these days, so it’s not really his volition.

(And if Willie Brown could get away with something, then Ed Lee should be able to as well, else it’s racist or something.)

Now, here’s what we really have with the City of Light. We have one of these things:

Les pactes d’amitié et de coopération signés par la Ville de Paris

Which in American is “pacts of friendship and cooperation signed by the City of Paris.”

Which, IRL, is rien de bien grave (no biggee). See Below.

IMO, we should be like Dubai, which ID’s itself as a Partner City with Paris.

All right, TTFN. But remember, We’ll Always Never Have Paris.

IRL, Paris, France is friends with just about everybody. The list of partner cities:

2012: San Francisco
2011: Dakar 
2011: Sao Paulo, signed an amendment to the Cooperation Agreement of 2004 
2011: Yerevan 
2011: Rio de Janeiro 
2011: Ramallah, signed a pact of friendship and cooperation inauguration, the Garden of Nations, a bust by French sculptor Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), including Ramallah to Paris 
2010: Doha 
2010: Tel Aviv-Jaffa 
2009: Istanbul 
2009: Quebec 
2009: San Francisco  
2009: Rio de Janeiro 
2009: Quebec 
2009: Jericho 
2009: Istanbul  
2007: Phnom Penh 
2006: Montreal  
2006: Cairo  
2006: Beirut  
2005: Copenhagen  
2004: Tunis  
2004: Sao Paulo 
2004: Rabat  
2004: Casablanca 
2003 St. Petersburg 
2003: Quebec 
2003: Algiers 
2002: Geneva 
2001: Porto Alegre (joint statement) 
2001: London 
2000: Madrid 
2000: Athens 
2000 (updated in 2004): Washington 
1999: Warsaw 
1999: OVA (Arab Towns Organization) 
1999: Mexico 
1999: Buenos Aires 
1999: Amman 
1998: Sydney 
1998: Sofia 
1998: Lisbon 
1998: Yerevan 
1997: Tbilisi 
1997, Santiago  
1997: St. Petersburg 
1997: Riyadh  
1997: Prague 
1997: Beijing 
1996: San Francisco 
1996: Quebec 
1996: Chicago 
1995: Jakarta 
1993: Beirut 
1992: Moscow 
1991: Seoul 
1987: Sanaa  
1987: Berlin 
1987: Amman 
1985: Cairo 
1982: Tokyo 
1958: Kyoto 
1956: Rome (Twin Exclusive)

And in other news, George P. Shultz was a Nixon and Reagan appointee, not a Carter appointee. (You’d be amazed how many people think (or say) he’s a Carter appointee.)

Anywho, ever more deets, including a visit to Le Twitter HQ in the corrupt Twitterloin:

“From September 25 to 28, the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, is visiting San Francisco to strengthen ties and cooperation between the two cities.

The mayor of Paris has a full agenda for his stay in California. After a welcome reception at the Consulate of France in San Francisco, he visited two companies Parisoma and Twitter. 27 in the morning, he will go to Parisoma a common workspace, exchange and support for entrepreneurs. Created by the French Stéphane Distinguin, Parisoma accompanied nearly 300 start-up since its inception in 2007.

Bertrand Delanoë must also discover the new headquarters of Twitter in the SoMa district, the famous social network of micro-blogging, along with its CEO Jack Dorsey. With New York, Paris is the city with the most subscribers to his Twitter account, and this year the City of Light became the first in the world to exhibit his tweets in the public space, the place Châtelet.

Paris delegation has always aimed to encourage more trade with San Francisco, mainly on economic and technological. Several meetings with the mayor of this city, Edwin Lee, are well planned and Bertrand Delanoë is expected to sign a memorandum with him, in line with those of 2006 and 2009 to facilitate cooperation. This will be an opportunity to discuss joint projects twinned towns and to consider connections between the research teams.”

 

OMG, It’s SecDefPalooza at Our Commonwealth Club! See George Shultz, William Perry, and Sam Nunn on February 23rd

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Well here it is, the big one.

Get your tickets now, if you’re you’re at all into this:

“The Commonwealth Club - The nation’s premier public affairs forum

SPEAKERS:

George Shultz, former Secretary of State under President Reagan

William Perry, former Secretary of Defense under President Clinton

Sam Nunn, former U.S. Senator, Georgia (1972-96), Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative

Philip Taubman, Consulting Professor, Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation; Former New York Times Washington Bureau Chief; Author, The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb – Moderator

TITLE: The Nuclear Chessboard, 2012: Panel Discussion

DATE: Thursday, February 23, 2012

TIME: 5:15 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program

PLACE: Mark Hopkins Hotel, Peacock Court, 999 California Street, San Francisco

PRICE: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID). Premium (includes seating in first few rows): $45 standard, $30 members

ALSO: In association with Ploughshares Fund and Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and Freeman Spogli Institute For International Studies.”

Don’t See Any Errors in the New “Not For Us” Commercial About Ed Lee – He Has Deep Republican Support, Right?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

That’s why Famous Republican George P Shultz made an effort earlier this year to persuade Ed Lee to break his commitment about running for election.

That’s how I remember it - GS said he would personally call each and every San Francisco Republican and say, “Vote for Ed Lee!”

So of course the Republican Party might not have officially endorsed Ed Lee,* ’cause they remember the kind of mistake it was when world-famous City Attorney and Democrat Dennis Herrera became City Attorney. Now IIRC, our local Repubs officially endorsed somebody in Ed Lee’s political faction back in the day and that was used against the endorsee and then Dennis Herrera won.

These days, Republicans donate to and work for Ed Lee on a more behind-the-scenes basis.

Anyway, here it is:

I’ve looked it over and I don’t see any errors, FWIW…

*I’m a little hazy on this now – see Comments. I hope Tony’s not going rogue, you know, ala BART’s Linton Johnson. (Wow, if they pooled their pocket square collections, the combined power would allow them to spin the entire world…)

OMG, It’s San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee at the Commonwealth Club, Which Always Has Famous People Speaking

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Have you been to the Commonwealth Club? Well, why not?

Le mise-en-scene yesterday at 595 Market:

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And you know who else was there last night? Famous Republican George Shultz and Famous Reporter Gerry Shih!

Now, is it true that when Ed Lee runs for Mayor this year, George Shultz will personally call each and every Republican in San Francisco County, all 50,000, to encourage them to vote for EL?

Only Time Will Tell.

It’s Winnie Week in San Francisco! International Winston Churchill Conference Begins

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Hey, you know who’ll be in town this week for the 26th International Winston Churchill Conference? How about Former Secretary of State George Shultz, Political Analyst Chris Matthews, Historian Michael Beschloss and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas?

It’s going to be on!

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All the deets, below.

See you there!

“Mayor Gavin Newsom Proclaims Sir Winston Churchill Week and San Francisco Hosts International Churchill Centre Conference

- Former Secretary of State George Shultz, Political Analyst Chris Matthews, Historian Michael Beschloss And Supreme Court Justice Clarence ThomasAmong Keynoters; – September 9 – 12 Conference Will Focus On The Relevance Of Churchillian Policies And Principles In Today’s World.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 8 – The Churchill Centre today announced that Mayor Gavin Newsom has designated this Sir Winston Churchill Week concurrent with the major International Churchill Conference taking place in San Francisco. The Churchill Centre chose San Francisco for this year’s conference to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s visit to the city. The conference will focus on the relevance of Churchill in today’s global political theater and will be headlined by former secretary of state George Shultz, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss and political commentator Chris Matthews, amongst others.

In speaking of the upcoming conference, Sir Winston’s daughter Lady Soames remarked that the subject matter could “not be more appropriate than now in the early years of the 21st Century. In the early years of the 20th Century my father faced the same issues in the Middle East, and the same economic and political issues as today.”

The Conference will be held September 9 – 12 at the Westin St. Francis.  Conference registrations or single day tickets may be purchased onsite, along with tickets for the Conference dinners. About The Churchill Centre (www.winstonchurchill.org)

THE CHURCHILL CENTRE, successor to the Winston S. Churchill Study Unit (1968) and the International Churchill Society (1971), was founded in 1995 to educate new generations on the leadership, statesmanship, vision, courage and boldness of Winston Spencer Churchill. The focus of the Centre is education; its aim is to impress Churchill’s qualities of leadership firmly on the leaders of the 21st Century. The Centre is based in Chicago and London and sponsors conferences, tours, lectures, seminars and symposia for students and teachers from grammar school to post-graduate levels. It’s London organization includes the world recognized Churchill Museum and War Rooms.