Posts Tagged ‘racist’

Newz Foto: Mayor Jean Quan Laments Occupy Movement’s Attack on Oakland City Hall and Lenin’s Traveling Tomb

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Here’s a scene from Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s recent heavily-staged photo-op at City Hall.

“Oh Volodya! What have those Occupiers done to you? Of course as a white male hetero, you were probably totally misogynistic and racist ‘n stuff, but still, damaging your refrigerated traveling case, well, that wasn’t called for. No matter, we’ll get your legs straightened out and we’ll replace the Freon in your tomb pronto.”

As seen yesterday.“OK Madam Mayor, try to look super sad as I handhold this Canon 580EX II/ off-shoe camera cord combo and rack out my 16-35mm lens on this Canon 1D Mark III. No, sadder, you need to look sadder. Your people, or I should say the people who work for you and haven’t quit or gotten fired by you yet, they told me exactly how to pose you for this staged photo-op. You’re giving me a 3, how about an 8? That’s it! Sadder, sadder, strike a pose, remember, you’re the victim here, hold it, hold it!” Click. 

More seriously, what happened to all of Mayor Quan’s quotes from KCBS in yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle? I can’t figure it out, but, anyway, and for the record, from the (sometimes) Paper of Record, here’s what’s been saved from the Memory Hole:

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said today that she is going to call national leaders of the Occupy Wall Street movement and implore them to disown Oakland’s protest movement.

“I plan to call some of the national leadership of Occupy this week to say that the Oakland group is not nonviolent and has not agreed to be nonviolent,” Quan said in an interview on KCBS. “The national Occupy movement has said they are nonviolent.” 
… 
Rachel Lederman, a civil rights lawyer based in San Francisco who is working with the Occupy movement, said police have overreacted and have used excessive force, creating “an increasing level of confrontation with Occupy Oakland over the past several months” and that officers on Saturday had boxed in peaceful protesters.

She said some protesters had carried shields with them because “these young people have felt the need to protect themselves when they’re likely to be shot with so-called less-than-lethal projectiles.” 
… 
“What they are doing against the city economically is not nonviolent either,” she (Quan) continued on KCBS. “Every Saturday they are doing demonstrations and in my city that is my night of highest police need. They are taking away resources from my city and creating a situation that is making it more difficult for me to keep the city safer.” 
… 
“Well you guys used tear gas and batons too,” Quan said, referring to San Francisco. “I think it is a different time, I think it is how the media plays it. There is also probably a little misogyny and a little racism, when I looked at what happened in terms of how the national media portrayed it, and how Occupy’s internal media portrayed it.”

And there’s this too:

  1. They have their version of what happened. It is not a true version.
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  2. I’m pretty disturbed that I had to stop my Facebook for a while and spend a lot of time putting in new filters and cleaning it up and that Occupy doesn’t listen to anybody but its own media
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  3. I think it is a different time, I think it is how the media plays it. There is also probably a little misogyny and a little racism, when I looked at what happened in terms of how the national media portrayed it, and how Occupy’s internal media portrayed it.
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  4. Well you guys used tear gas and batons too
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  5. You don’t see that kind of anger in San Francisco, where Mayor (Ed) Lee handled it in a different way
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  6. It is because of their tactics that this group is getting smaller and smaller, they are trying to get national publicity on this.
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  7. One of the problems is that the Occupy demonstrators have decided that Oakland is their one and only playground and target
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  8. Every Saturday they are doing demonstrations and in my city that is my night of highest police need. They are taking away resources from my city and creating a situation that is making it more difficult for me to keep the city safer.
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  9. What they are doing against the city economically is not nonviolent either
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO

Remembering the Mildly Racist Twitter Account of Fake Rose Pak, Now Lost to History – Good-Bye, @FakeRosePak!

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Remember just a few days back when somebody, somebody working for a mayoral candidate or somebody at SF Weekly, something like that, posted a Twitter account using the handle FakeRosePak?

Good times.

Relive those times right here. First check out some of the entries (read them from the bottom if you want) and then check out the graphics, below.

(This version doesn’t have “Activist” as an occupation listed after “Dragon Lady” – my memory’s fading already, but I think activist was in there for a while.)

Enjoy just a taste:

  1. Dr. say I can’t light up in room. I blow smoke in face. “You must be shitty Taiwanese doctor. Everything shitty in Taiwan. Chinese better.”less than a minute ago via web
  2. hudin This @FakeRosePak is wrong, yet at the same time, awesome, much like the Honey Chili Chicken at Chef Jia.16 minutes ago via webRetweeted by FakeRosePak
  3. Tell whoever made my morning zhou that it tastes like shit.about 2 hours ago via Echofon
  4. matthewgoudeau @FakeRosePak is funny. The real Rose Pak is funnier.about 4 hours ago via webRetweeted by FakeRosePak and 1 other
  5. petewentz damn it feels good to be a gangsta11:15 PM Jun 16th, 2009 via webRetweeted by FakeRosePak
  6. Just wrapped up a meet w/Willie. Green card deal on track.http://ow.ly/4h2SR He brought Sonya along. As feared. Eh.about 10 hours ago via web from Tosca, San Francisco
  7. Everyone is right. Apology to Shrimp Boy. Should have said Ed Jew. Shrimp Boy has no discretion either, but he has stylehttp://ow.ly/4h1leabout 11 hours ago via web
  8. Wo Shing Wo goons want in on development deal. Bring me suitcase of cash in middle of public restaurant. Amateurs. Who am I, Shrimp Boy?about 11 hours ago via web
  9. adrielhampton @FakeRosePak Harsh!about 13 hours ago via web in reply to FakeRosePakRetweeted by FakeRosePak
  10. I just ousted Michael Hennessey as the mayor of San Francisco on Foursquare!about 14 hours ago via web
  11. Disrespect? http://ow.ly/4gYzk Rose cannot tell. Instruct Triad to put head of bleeding pig in bed of jì zhě. Just in case.about 14 hours ago via web
  12. Why @PhilTing want to @ResetSF ? SF work fine.about 14 hours ago via web
  13. @jeanquan think she so special. Rose not work as mayor. Mayor work for Rose.about 14 hours ago via web
  14. Rose Pak Doesn’t F@%k Around http://t.co/AA0bqBp via @sfistabout 14 hours ago via Tweet Button
  15. @adrielhampton Cigar box tribute from Chinese consulate. No Cuba embargo in Beijing.about 15 hours ago via web in reply to adrielhampton
  16. @fionama You are not Irish. Remember homeland. You shame your ancestors. Betrayal.about 15 hours ago via web in reply to fionama
  17. Gave @MayorEdLee instructions for tomorrow. All going according to plan.about 15 hours ago via web
  18. Willie Brown not return calls. Probably with blonde harlot. Hopefully he leave her at home for our 1 AM meeting. She ask too many questions.about 15 hours ago via web
  19. @LelandYee gets Nurses endorsement? Bring me the head of every nurse.about 15 hours ago via web

Don’t be afraid to click to expand!

The Return of “Epic Bearded Man” Thomas Bruso of AC Transit Fame – Bus Fights Behind Him – Cheering for the Giants

Monday, October 25th, 2010

CaliberSF‘s Travis has a doozie today. Click on over to see the original version of this shot and also to catch up with Vietnam Tom.

Via Travis of CaliberSF

Both AC Transit Bus Fighters Speak Out – Planned Boxing Rematch Cancelled

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Here’s some fresh video from YouTubes’s doghousefm. It seems that the famous incident started when Epic Beard Guy Thomas Alexander Bruso boarded an AC Transit bus so he could go “to Frisco to get some weed.” His original plan for his mother’s funeral:

“I’m going to wear a powder blue fucking suit, and a white shirt and a red tie and a fucking breast cancer pin…”

Comes now the fight loser “Michael” (who appears to be on a first-name-only basis with DJ “JV“):

“First of all, I’d like to aPOlogize to AC Transit…”

It goes on and on, Black History Month, 5150, bygones, veterans, arthritis, murder, parole, apologies, brothers, stolen money, leaking, ass kicking, Strike Force(?) Showtime TV, 10,000 kids, cocaine - it goes on and on.

Can’t remember which morning-zoo / dawg-pound joint this screengrab came from. Oh yes, it was from WILD 94.9 FM:

And here’s more information about the now-cancelled plans for a rematch.

We’re approaching endgame on this one…

A Message from Thomas Bruso: “Don’t Fuck With Old Senior Citizens, They’ll Surprise You”

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Well, somebody tracked down Epic Beard Guy Thomas Bruso after he got released from John George Psychiatric Pavilion.

Here he is, straight outta Caffe Trieste in North Beach, Tom Bruso:

Wow, he runs the gamut.

He mixes fact with fiction – how can you sort it all out?

Here’s the reaction on KRON 4.

How Should the SFPD Deal With Somebody Like Epic Beard Man Thomas Bruso, Tasers?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

[UPDATE: Tom speaks out on video.]

Now-famous 62-year-old Bay Arean Thomas Bruso (aka Epic Beard Man, Tom Swift, and Tom Vietnam) picks fights as he rides AC Transit in the East Bay, of course, (incident video now available in high def) but he also has been known to take BART to visit San Francisco from time to time. For example, here he is near Market Street back when he was just 48, as seen by Caliber photographer Troy Holden:

“Back in 1996, I was working at the intersection of 2nd & Market. Each and every day the man pictured above would walk by my shop, wave a loaf of sourdough in my face, and scream obscenities about the San Francisco 49′ers.”

Good times, via Troy Holden

This guy is as strong as an ox and quite onery to boot, needless to say. So, could Tasers help the SFPD control and handcuff Tom (the next time he’s off his meds) and people like him should the need arise?

Let’s find out, courtesy of footage of Tom at an Oakland A’s game last year. Is this a proper use of a Taser? I don’t know. It ended up being a time-saver for the cops, certainly. Would they have felt justified in shooting Tom with bullets at that moment? Obviously not. The question after any Taser discharge is what would you have done if you didn’t have the Taser, right?

If cops view using a Taser as a first resort, you end up with a tragedy like that of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International.

Speaking of Tasers and the East Bay, check out this excellent report from Demian Bulwa about how the BART Police Department ran the initial stages of its Taser program.

That’s a poorly-run operation. What about the California Highway Patrol? They seem to do be doing better with Tasers these days. For them, a Taser is just another arrow in the quiver. Check it, a CHP officer on San Francisco’s Octavia Boulevard with his two primary weapons, a Smith & Wesson Model 4006 semi-automatic and a TASER International X26:

  

So why shouldn’t the SFPD have Tasers? We already trust them with handguns and assault rifles, right? We’ll end up with a few more lawsuits but with fewer dead civilians. Sounds like a win, overall.

And finally, let’s hear from the RAND Coporation. They pondered the use of Conducted Energy Devices (CEDs) for the NYPD and had this to say: 

“Our key less-than-lethal force recommendations:

We reviewed reports of about 455 NYPD shootings from 2004 to 2006 and identified 25 cases where we judged that had a less-lethal weapon been available, officers may have used it to subdue suspects instead of using their handguns.

We also note that when other departments have deployed Conducted Energy Devices or CEDs, commonly known by the brand name TASER, injuries to both suspects and officers have declined.

We recognize that some groups have criticized the deployment of CEDs, raising issues of safety, overuse, and misuse. As such we recommend that the NYPD undertake a pilot program for the deployment of CEDs.

Such a program should allow patrol officers in selected precincts to be trained and equipped with CEDs that can incapacitate suspects from a distance. We believe there is evidence that if NYPD officers had access to this device, some number of officer-involved shootings could be avoided, and injuries to both suspects and police officers will decline. A carefully designed pilot program conducted over six to 12 months in a few select precincts would give the department enough information to determine whether the devices would alter the way the NYPD officers apply force and whether the weapons could be used properly.”

So, it would seem a well-executed Taser program could be a good thing for the SFPD.

Oh and yes, an apology from videographer Iyanna, after the jump

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Supervisors Mar and Campos vs. the Nativist “Californians for Population Stabilization”

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Oh my, San Francisco Supervisors Eric Mar and David Campos are going to get into it with the NPG/ZPG/Immigration Reduction crowd at this afternoon’s weekly meeting of the Board of Supervisors. To get up to speed on this brouhaha, click here and see the offending video ads from Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS).

Profoundly nativist, certainly. Racist? Well, as always, You Make The Call. (I mean, the bulk of the people we’re talking about here aren’t coming from Europe, that’s for sure.) A vote on this matter is on the agenda and CAPS is trying to pack the chambers with their supporters right now - we’ll just have to bide our time to see how this one turns out.

See how much sense this absurd YouTube spot makes to you. (Them immigrants don’t have two hands and two feet like us fine Americans, apparently….)

Today’s screed from the nativists. Enjoy:

“San Francisco Supervisors Play ‘Race Card’ in Response to TV Spot Linking Population Growth and Environmental Degradation

Supervisors’ Position is at Odds with Legendary Environmentalists, Including Gaylord Nelson and David Brower

San Francisco Board of Supervisors members Eric Mar and David Campos are attacking a Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) ad campaign connecting population growth to environmental degradation. Mar and Campos have scheduled time for the Board of Supervisors to consider a measure condemning the ads today, Tuesday November 10th.  CAPS will deliver the latest research regarding population growth and its effects on our environment to the Board of Supervisors prior to the meeting.

Mar and Campos’ position is at odds with a plethora of research and a long list of legendary environmentalists including the founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson and the Sierra Club’s first Executive Director, David Brower. “Often, when someone doesn’t have the facts on their side, they resort to name calling,” explained Diana Hull, Executive Director of CAPS. “Obviously, this is an emotional issue for Mr. Mar and Mr. Campos but as community leaders, they should know better. In America, we welcome all viewpoints.”

The ad campaign makes the point that the number one factor driving U.S. population growth is immigration. Further, when immigrants come to America, their carbon footprint expands to four times what it was in their home countries. The ads suggest that curbing immigration isn’t the solution to global warming but it’s a start.

Along with many highly respected environmentalists, both Gaylord Nelson and David Brower highlighted immigration-driven population growth as a major factor affecting our environment. The 2008 CIS study on which CAPS’ ads are based is the latest in a litany of research reinforcing the common sense conclusion that population growth affects our environment. CAPS’ calls to Mr. Mar’s and Mr. Campos’ offices to introduce them to the research and the facts went unreturned.

“There are many daunting issues facing California and the San Francisco area, so I’m surprised that Mr. Mar and Mr. Campos see this as the best use of taxpayer time,” commented Hull.  “With 12% unemployment and families having trouble putting food on the table, it seems like job creation would be a better use of the Board of Supervisors time.”

This attack on the ads comes just hours before the campaign is scheduled to conclude.  However, based on the positive feedback CAPS received from San Francisco residents, Hull is considering bringing the ads back to the San Francisco area.

For more information about CAPS or to view the ad campaign, please visit www.CAPSweb.org

Hazelwood and Valdez Together in San Francisco, Where’s Exxon Ave?

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Let’s journey to insular, “secretive subdivision” Westwood Highlands, on the slopes of Mount Davidson. Now whoever laid out and named the streets there must have had a sense of humor, because Hazelwood Avenue and Valdez Avenue are together forever, entwined through the ages.

Hazelwood, of course, was the captain of the oil-tanker Valdez when it spilled its guts all over Prince William Sound and beyond two decades ago. It was like the Cosco Busan oil spill excepting that it involved about 200 times as much petroleum. 

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So that might be on your mind the next time you visit this small neighborhood of “minimal bungalows.”

Another thing that might strike you about Westwood Highlands was that it was one of the earliest planned residential communities in the United States, where property owners all would agree to be governed by a commons set of controls and restrictions. At the very least, that means “No Black People” is what that means.  

Of course WestHigh wasn’t the only place in the world where this was the case, but it’s sort of funny when “born and raised in San Francisco” NIMBYs start talking about all the rules and customs they honor, they always leave this history out.

Here you go, this is typical. Just substitute “black people” for “in-law apartments” and “white people” for “single-family.”

IN-LAW UNIT AMNESTY
“Editor — Mayor Willie Brown’s recent re-election pledge to attempt to legalize the city’s illegal in-law apartments is unjust. Almost a hundred years ago many of San Francisco’s neighborhoods were designed and zoned for single-family use.

Our neighborhood, Westwood Highlands Homeowners, was so designated in 1924. Its status as such is further ensured by the mandatory covenants, controls and restrictions to which all Westwood Highlands residents must agree. Moreover, Proposition M, the voter mandate that states that the diversity of San Francisco’s neighborhoods be preserved, would be violated under this amnesty plan. People who move to single-family areas like ours because they enjoy the safety, convenience, parking and uncongested atmosphere that our single-family tracts have to offer have every right to do so.

In recent years, several city politicians have floated this illegal unit amnesty plan. In every case the plans have been abandoned. Mayor Brown should also give up on this unfair, unwise and unjust idea.

DAVID BISHO
President, Westwood Highlands Homeowners Association San Francisco”

You see? It’s the same argument. “My neighborhood was founded on the idea of ______, therefore it can never change.”

Little pink bungalo houses, for you and me and all the other pink people, and let’s keep it that way, for as long as we can, for as long as we can…