(One time, I couldn’t get to any music on my aging iPod Touch except for the latest U2 album, which of course I didn’t ask for. I don’t know why that happened.)
Posts Tagged ‘quote’
Beat Sweetening Goes Sour: Writer CW Nevius vs. Judge Susan Illston – Dishonest Reporting in the SF ChronicleMonday, July 13th, 2015
Meet Senior District Judge Susan Illston, Duke University (B.A., 1970) and Stanford Law School (J.D., 1973). Publications. She was appointed by Bill Clinton:
And in the other corner, comes now CW Nevius, known for his “breezy writing style” and also known for “having lived in the suburban East Bay until May, 2010, whereupon he moved to San Francisco.” Publications. (He was not appointed by Bill Clinton, nor by anyone else.)
Introductions finished. So here you go – “Losing a lawsuit can mean financial gain” by CW Nevius:
“As Judge Susan Illston said in her ruling, ‘plaintiffs did not prevail on a single substantive motion before the Court.’”
But now let’s look at the entire sentence:
“First, although the Court has found that they gained their desired outcome, plaintiffs did not prevail on a single substantive motion before the Court.”
See how that works? Judge Illston awarded attorneys fees of $300,000-something to the plaintiffs in this particular Sharp Park Golf Course case because they gained their desired outcome.
So Avuncular East Bay Everyman Chuck Nevius chopped up the judge’s sentence because, because why? Because it would have weakened his point? Is this an honest approach for a writer to take? I don’t think so.
And then a reader of The Nevius, the Blessed Nevius, might read his bit and think to ask:
And the answer is … no, no we shouldn’t, because the plaintiffs won, at least sort of:
“…[t]he Court finds that plaintiffs’ litigation goal was the halt defendants’ taking of the Frogs and Snakes without first obtaining authorization pursuant to the ESA.”
I’ll tell you, Judge Illston looked at a host of evidence when making her decision, including this bon mot from SFGov:
“…it is extremely important to be able to dispose of the litigation at long last.”
Here you go, read the whole thing yourself, Gentle Reader. You don’t need to be up-to-speed on “catalyst theory” or whathaveyou to understand what the judge is saying.
Oh, and quoth The Nevius:
“Take the ruling in U.S. District Court on July 1, 2013, which, by any measure, rates as a legal smackdown of the institute.”
But as we’ve seen, in fact, this ruling was NOT “a legal smackdown” “by any measure.”
So, Judge Susan Illston isn’t crazy after all.
(One wonders why the City and County of San Francisco wishes to operate a money-losing White elephant of a golf course in the first place. Our Board of Supervisors has tried to unload it back in aught-eleven, to no avail. And now, in 2015, we’re in a drought what rivals what we experienced in the 1970’s. Oh well.)
IMO, the job of CW Nevius is to promote the goals of his local political faction, the dominant one. That’s why I refer “beat sweeteners” and “source greasers” and the like. He slavishly promotes SFGov’s department heads, among others, and, in return, he gets rewarded by them. That’s his gig. But sometimes the way he promotes his faction is wrong.
It All Comes Together: Our SFMTA Balances Out an Anti-Semitic Ad With a Pro-Semitic Ad ON THE SAME BUS!Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
All right, get up to speed here and then check out demiurgic Chris Roberts right here in the San Francisco Examiner.
From the back:
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And from the side:
See how that balances out?
Actually, I don’t think these ads are necessarily pro or anti semitic.
But I didn’t see how the prior ads were “anti-gay.”
On It Goes…
Are you up to speed on this one?
Laird Harrison of KQED has the deets on the original “My Jihad” campaign.
Then some lady spent money on ads making fun of that campaign. An example can be found here.
But then the SFMTA responded by quoting Maya Angelou since it couldn’t figure out any different way of responding to pressure.
Which, at the time, wasn’t clear to me because Maya Angelou is still alive, right?
So now, I see this ad and now I understand:
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OK fine, a mystery solved…
Uh, Who’s Paying for this Quote about LOVE Posted on this MUNI Bus? Maya Angelou or the SFMTA or Somebody Else?Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Uh, what’s this?
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope.”
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Did Maya Angelou pay for this? That would make sense, I guess.
Or did someone else? You know, to increase love awareness?
Or maybe the pathetic SFMTA paid for this, so some people won’t hate it as much in the future, you know, to improve its image?
If so, did the SFMTA pay Maya Angelou for her quote or did it just rip her off? I mean, maybe she doesn’t even like the SFMTA.
And what about this – at the bottom of the ad it’s all:
So make up your mind, SFMTA. I mean, does love recognize barriers or not?
And do YOUR PASSENGERS arrive at their destinations “full of hope?”
In closing, MUNI sucks.
Julian Davis Wins “Best Act of Chutzpah in San Francisco Politics” for 2012 – Misleadingly Quotes SFBG and ‘XamTuesday, October 30th, 2012
Here’s the latest door hangar from the ill-starred Julian Davis for District Five Supervisor campaign.
Found on an Ashbury Street sidewalk, a little soggy:
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You see the quote up top?
“…by far the best and strongest progressive in the race in District 5… SFBG 10/16/12”
Now here’s the real quote:
“…he was* by far the best and strongest progressive in the race in District 5…”
You know, as in USED TO BE BUT NOT ANYMORE.
Read the whole thing, right here from Tim Redmond:
Here’s the first graf:
“EDITORIAL Kay Vasilyeva, a member of the San Francisco Women’s Political Caucus, has come forward with the allegation that District Five candidate Julian Davis grabbed her and put his hand down her pants at a political bar crawl in 2006. That was six years ago, but it’s still important — and more than the incident itself, the response we’ve seen from Davis is highly disturbing. He’s utterly denying that it ever happened, and retained a lawyer to send Vasilyeva a letter threatening her with legal action if she continues to talk.”
And here’s the last graf:
“We have said it many times before: People on the left need to be able to put their own ambitions aside sometimes and do what’s right for the cause. Davis can’t win. He’s embarrassing his former allies. He needs to focus on coming to terms with his past and rebuilding his life. And for the good of the progressive movement, he needs to announce that he’s ending his campaign, withdrawing from the race, and urging his supporters to vote for another candidate.”
Now, see the next quote on the Julian Davis door hangar? You know, from the San Francisco Examiner?
“Davis had impressed us with his knowledge of city issues and solutions that moved beyond the typical tax-and-cut, cookie-cutter budget moves usually proposed at City Hall. SF Examiner 10/16/12”
You see where we’re going here?
“Davis had* impressed us with his knowledge of city issues and solutions that moved beyond the typical tax-and-cut, cookie-cutter budget moves usually proposed at City Hall. But being a leader in this city involves more than just advocating good policies.
Following revelations about the cease-and-desist letter, progressive supervisors John Avalos and David Campos have withdrawn their endorsements of Davis’ candidacy. And due to the combined effects of this new allegation and the candidate’s handling of the matter, The San Francisco Examiner is forced to do the same.
We reaffirm our pre-existing endorsement of two other candidates running in this race, and urge residents of District 5 to vote for both John Rizzo and Thea Selby when they cast their ranked-choice ballots.”
Now, are the taxpayers of SF paying for this door hangar, effectively?
*Italics not in the original but this is what was meant. Truth.
I think District Five Supervisor wannabee London Breed is still a little pissed off about not getting appointed Supervisor earlier this year, just a little:
“You think I give a fuck about a Willie Brown at the end of the day when it comes to my community* and the shit that people like Rose Pak and Willie Brown continue to do and try to controls things. They don’t fucking control me – you go ask them why wouldn’t you support London because she don’t do what the hell I tell her to do. I don’t do what no motherfucking body tells me to do.”
Hey, you think maybe she’s been watching YouTube, just a little?
Hey, you know, the two times when Mayor Ed Lee did a little independent thinking since Willie Brown and Rose Pak got him appointed Mayor are when he appointed the fairly stupid Christina Olague to replace Ross Mirkarimi and when he advocated for the complete non-starter “stop and frisk program.”
Perhaps he should just do what he’s told 100% of the time instead of 90% of the time?
*The northeastern part of D5, one presumes.
This guy is still out there.
He is the Bringer of Earworms.
No pay but the perks just might be out of this world…
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Hey, let’s take measure of the “world-class” image of our “world-class” Mayor’s “world-class” City:
“OH: “In no other place in America would you see so many crack pipes between Nordstoms and Bloomingdales.” A DC-er’s take on #sanfrancisco :)”
I think I ended up losing this staring contest on Market Street.
And actually, I prefer the translations that include references to “unclean birds” and whatnot, but this fellow definitely has chosen wisely:
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There’s also the muscal version from Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Bonus.