Posts Tagged ‘parade’

Racist or Not? Samson Wong of AsianWeek on “Extreme Side Eyes” at the 2014 Chinese New Year Parade

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Here’s the issue:

DON’T YOU SIDEBALL ME: Chronicle’s Beth Spotswood blogged Feb. 17 about being given “extreme side eyes” near the Lunar New Year parade reviewing stand in Chinatown as she vainly scouted for verbal shots against local pols from Chinese Chamber of Commerce advisor Rose Pak. As Spotswood skulked about and expressed disappointment about Auntie Rose’s tameness, she nicknamed one parade observer as a scowling “Side Eyes” allegedly close to Pak…While fortunately not tagging anyone as an incendiary “slant eye” or “round eye,” she had to be referring to a fish …”

Verdict: NOT RACIST. (This was an easy one.)

And actually, Rose Pak got pressured by elements of the Communist Party of China (CPC) as well as SFGov, so she doesn’t mouth off as much anymore.

Even her 2012 performance was relatively tame:

She was out of control back in the aughts.

Say What You Will About Poorly-Designed Octavia Boulevard, At Least It Easily Handled Mardis Gras 2014

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

See? This is just one section of the big parade:

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I didn’t know this was a thing. The deets from Jared Schwartz of HayesWire:

In honor of Mardi Gras (translation: Fat Tuesday), Hayes Valley is the starting line of the annual parade (translation: trombones in motion). Beginning at Place Pigalle (Octavia + Hayes), the parade will feature Brass Mafia, North Beach Brass Band, Brass Band Mission, Fillmore Wax, and few other guest musicians as they march a few blocks toward Market Street.

I’ll leave you with this:

What is the Legacy of Octavia Boulevard?

“Octavia has severely impacted traffic on Laguna at all times, not just peak.”

Octavia is a mess for bicyclists and there are tons of vehicle accidents.”

What has Octavia taught us? Stopped cars/slow idling cars seem to pollute more.”

And what do the Yelpers have to say?

Who’s the dip-shit that designed this Octavia Street nightmare between Market St and Fell St?”

1) It’s a freeway offramp – slash – playground. Kids and cars!! Who’s the genius??
2) It doesn’t take you across Market Street but rather has you wait at the light — filling the above-mentioned park with your exhaust as you idle along.
3) The “local access” road is a perfect place to die while crossing the street, as some confused driver makes a right hand turn.
4) It got voted in after at least three failed initiatives. During the boom. When the population was more passionate than informed and theHayes Valley Merchant’s Association could sweet talk them with this park bullshit. ”I like parks not freeways! I’ll vote yes!” The old Fell Street offramp was ugly and the dark sidewalks underneath were full of pee. It’s been replaced by a classic San Francisco compromise that essentiallyworks well for no one but makes some smug mofos feel like they discouraged driving when all they really did was put more smog on the street. And now the sidewalks are sunny, but they’re still full of pee. I wonder why an offramp didn’t solve homelessness…?”

“The poster child for stupidity in San Francisco. STILL not finished after 25 or so years???

“Unsafe at any speed for:
1.pedestrians
2.bicycles
3.scooters
4.motorcycles
5.marmosets

OHMiGOD are you kidding?? Wow, I looked up this review expecting to see half a star and a lovely littering of ‘fuckity fuck motherFUCKER,’ wowwweee…everyone i talk to in person HATES this addition…

Why we hate the new Octavia Blvd:

1. It is confusing. What is with the extra mini-side lane next to the regular lane? Are you allowed to switch back and forth at liberty? What is the purpose of this mini lane?

2. Why are there traffic lights AND stop signs in front of the mini-lane? When there’s a traffic light and a stop sign, which one wins?

3. The traffic on Octavia Blvd, coming from the freeway, is always atrocious. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is. Something about it’s ingenious design allows it to remain backed up 24 hours a day.

4. If you don’t play your cards right, you WILL get forced onto the freeway. You just think you’re along for an innocent ride, and then , BAM, Octa-Nazi Blvd has you marching along in its gigantic oppressive middle lane and it wil NOT let you out, no matter how much you beg.

I don’t get it, I don’t get it! What’s going on with this street monster?”

“This is NOT the haven for cyclists and pedestrians the city touts it as being. Whose idea was it to build the off ramp at street level? It should be RAISED and go over Market or they should build some kind of blockade so that people coming east on Market absolutely can’t try to make a right onto the highway and clip pedestrians and cyclists. That single spot is a death trap.

It’s pretty and it’s great that it’s not a shithole anymore but this is seriously some urban planning gone awry. The shared bike/car lanes on the outside would be great if the cars that drove in them weren’t complete idiots. Sharrows mean it’s my lane too, buddy, so don’t honk at me and tell me to get on the sidewalk, don’t rev your engine behind me, and don’t speed up to 20 to squeeze by me. The middle lane is for fast driving of cars, not the outer lanes. Unfortunately people are unable to grasp this concept and choose to terrorize pedestrians and cyclists who are trying to enjoy the sections of the project supposedly designed to make things better for us.

And the light/stop sign combo… what the hell? It’s maddening. If this is supposed to benefit cyclists, why make it so difficult to make a left onto Market? One must cross Octavia and go onto the sidewalk then cross Market and make the left there, or cross Market then cross the on/off ramp via Market. That second option wouldn’t be so bad except for the fucktards coming down Market who don’t understand what NO RIGHT TURN means and repeatedly take out cyclists at the same spot as they try to turn onto the highway.”

“Diabetes on Wheels!” – Supervisor Eric Mar’s Name for the Coca-Cola Float at 2014 Chinese New Year Parade

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

From Joe Fitzgerald aka fitzthereporter comes this:

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And from District One Supervisor Eric Mar  aka ericmar415 comes this:

“Diabetes on wheels!”

Ooh, harsh.

But consistent.

OMG, the Official Frank Chu Reddit AMA is Set for Friday, Feb 7th at 2:30 PM – Ask Him Anything

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

See?

All the deets.

Fake Frank Chu meets real Frank Chu, Halloween in the Castro, 2006:

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Eurotrash at “The Chaya Brasserie” Gape in Wonder Upon Seeing Their First Critical Mass Bike Parade – Embarcadero, USA

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

They were delighted:

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“Creators of “La Nouvelle Cuisine Franco-Japanese” located in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, and Venice…”

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…”

Gee, If the “FREE SPEECH AREA” for the 2013 Pride Parade is Halfway Down 5th Street, Everywhere Else is the NO FREE SPEECH AREA?

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Here’s the map from last year and I’m supposing that it’s still good for 2013 seeing as how the Pride website doesn’t seem to have been updated completely.

And I suppose that I mean halfway down the first block of 5th Street, but it hardly matters – those with something to say about Bradley Manning or whathaveyou will be out of sight, out of mind regardless.

Or so it seems:

Oh well.

Arresting: “Mike Jackson” Via Photographer Dallis Willard

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Once again, it’s Scissor Fight:

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This POLIZIA Lamborghini Has Been Pulled Over, Ticketed Repeatedly, and Towed the Past Three Weeks

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Do you remember this one, from last month?

If You Want to Look Like an Italian Police Officer, Just Paint “POLIZIA” on the Side of Your Lamborghini Gallardo, Like This

I do.

Good times.

Well, since then, this vehicle has been making waves, you know, getting pulled over by the SFPD, getting ticketed by SFMTAMUNIDPTSFBC meter maids (Tough People, Good Jobs), and getting towed outta Chinatown like a beached whale.

And you know what the little people, the tiny topolino, those boring, mousy types who can only dream of being piloti di Lamborghini  or a sexy-time lover of piloti di Lamborghini, you know what they do? They whip out their cell phones and then post photos to the Internet.

Fucking haters!

As here on Market last month, via my Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet:

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And here’s an effort from Lulu Vision a few days later:

But there was no ticket issued for this particular yellow zone violation. Lucky Devil!

Now speak of the Devil, El Diablo, here’s a list of recent citations issued for this whip by the SFMTA:

02/13/13  T37C STREET CLEANING  $62.00
02/25/13  T202.1 PRK METER DOWNTOWN  $72.00
02/28/13  T37C STREET CLEANING  $62.00
03/01/13  T38C WHITE ZONE  $98.00
03/02/13  V22502A OVER 18 IN. FRM CURB  $57.00
03/02/13  T38C WHITE ZONE  $98.00
03/02/13  T38A RED ZONE  $98.00

Of course the cops don’t care about you parking in the yellow zone when they’re pulling you over, as here on Kearny. Also via Lulu Vision:

Hey look what came out of the Lambo –  it’s a quarter ounce of medicinal Mary Jane plus a quarter gallon of medicinal luxury vodka.

Good times. Good times for 32-year-old Mr. Cheng.

(Good thing that vodka was capped, Brother. Anyway, the SFPD let him go with a ticket.)

But getting towed from the front of the Chinatown McDonalds because of corrupt Rose Pak’s Chinese New Year’s parade, well that’s the limit, am I right, people?

Via Angimm11

I’ll tell you, I don’t know if this kind of exoticar lifestyle is sustainable.

Well let’s the driver of this car can Go Forth And Sin No More…

“Walk for Life West Coast 2013″ Activists Apologize for the Abortion Jumbotron – Hey, Did They Really Have 50,000+ Souls?

Friday, February 1st, 2013

You all can read the press release below.

Here’s your apology:

“A Jumbotron displaying a graphic video of aborted children was set up by an anti-abortion group midway
along the Walk route, despite efforts by Walk organizers to dissuade the group from playing the video.”

Did not know that. OK fine.

I’ll tell you, I wasn’t even there this go around. But nevertheless, observations

1.  ”Record crowd tops 50,000?” Yeah, I don’t think so. You know, back in the day, back in the mid-aughts, I admired the organizers for _not_ lying about crowd size. Well, those days are over so now the organizers lie each and every year. Hey, isn’t lying a sin? I think so. Oh, you’re just “playing the media game?” All right, well that makes you SINNERS, FYI.

2. Oh, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener was there at the counter protest? Now, isn’t it ironic that most of the young gals holding the banners would be to the left of our District 8 Supe on his core issues concerning stuff like rent control and the rights of propertah owners? Yes it is. (And look who _wasn’t_ on the scene – Catholic San Francisco Supervisor and similarly propertah-owner-loving Mark Farrell. His absence wasn’t ironic at all.)

3. Speaking of which, who are the people who pick who gets the carry the banner and get on TV year after year? You know, all the young gals, year after year, with the high degree of apparent reproductive fitness?

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These young women are herded around year after year doing exactly what they’re told by stage mother-types and and old Catholic dudes wearing robes. What if young people organized the parade what features young people so prominently?

Just asking…

Anyway, you lie about your crowd “estimate” every year and you know you lie about it so that kind of makes you sinners.

Fin. 

“Pope Benedict XVI honors Walk for Life West Coast - Record crowd tops 50,000, fills main S.F. thoroughfare for more than 1 mile

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 27, 2013 – Pope Benedict XVI commended the “outstanding public witness to
the fundamental human right to life” of the Walk for Life West Coast, in a special message delivered by
his delegate to tens of thousands gathered in front of San Francisco’s City Hall Jan.26.

The Walk for Life West Coast rally at Civic Center Plaza filled the plaza, before participants walked the
two miles from City Hall to the Ferry Building, traveling through the heart of the city’s shopping and
financial districts. More than to 50,000 participated, organizers estimated.

Pope Benedict XVI’s representative to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano delivered a
message from the pope along with his papal blessing. Pope Benedict’s message, which was also sent out
on a Vatican Twitter feed, said, His Holiness “is grateful to all those who take part in this outstanding
public witness to the fundamental human right to life and the moral imperative of upholding the
inviolable dignity of each member of our human family, especially the smallest and most defenseless of
our brothers and sisters.”

“You are a powerful witness that God’s truth cannot be silenced,” said San Francisco Archbishop
Salvatore J. Cordileone, who blessed participants to begin the event. “Yes, we are here to stay because
life is good and life is holy.”

The speakers at the Walk included Lacey Buchanan, the mother of a disabled child; Elaine Riddick, who
was forcibly sterilized by the state of North Carolina at age 14; Kelly and Matthew Clinger who regret
their abortions; and the Rev. Clenard Childress, Jr., who has spoken at nearly every walk since its
founding in 2005.

“Truth is rising up and you are the picture of that truth,” said Rev. Childress to loud cheers. “We will not
draw back until every child is free.”

A Jumbotron displaying a graphic video of aborted children was set up by an anti-abortion group midway
along the Walk route, despite efforts by Walk organizers to dissuade the group from playing the video.

Founded in 2005 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area residents, the Walk for Life West Coast’s mission
is to change the perception of a society that thinks abortion is the answer. For more information and
photos, www.walkforlifewc.com