Posts Tagged ‘veterans’

If You’re a Taxi Driver, the SFPD Might Just Start Yelling at You, Instead of Giving You a Ticket

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

As here.

I was thinking, “Man, I wouldn’t make a U-turn right in front of a cop,” but this cabbie just went for it, going from outbound McAllister to inbound to pick up a fare, as seen camera left

So the cop pulls up and then stops to roll down his window to start yelling.

Thusly:

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Now if you drove like this cabbie, you’d get a ticket.

But you’re not a member of the City Family…

1500 HARRSION, VETERAN’S CAB 502-1300

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Who knows what will end up happening to the unused trapezoidal-shaped parcel in the middle of Harrison, Division and 11th Street in SoMA right across from the Costco.

But this landmark Veteran’s Cab sign looks like it will hang on regardless:

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Street Justice, Frisco Style: Former San Francisco Taxicab Takes Up Two Parking Spaces on Fell, Pays a Price

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Let’s see here, the penalty for parking a Mercury Grand Marquis (aka Ford Crown Victoria) on the mean streets of San Francisco is, assuming that you carelessly take up two spaces, this:

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See? This car was clean when it was parked here last week.

Damage report: A little paintball action, both yellow and blue, plus messages on the windows, plus a bidness card listing your crime tucked in the driver’s window, plus a pair of way-too-low-pressure tires on the left side (owing to some miscreant letting the air out.)

I cry foul, on the vigilantes…

UPDATE: Le mise-en-scene, for those who care. Probably hundreds of frustrated drivers passed by this scene whilst looking for free parking this past week. I’ll note that the driver of the Toyota RAV4 cute-ute is far braver than I, ’cause parking a car with its nose in a crosswalk, well, that’s a paddling right there, or a $100 ticket or something…

craigslist and craigconnects Founder Craig Newmark Announce Campaign to Support Veterans and Military Families

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Do you know about craigconnects from craigslist Founder Craig Newmark? It’s his:

“…personal, Web-based initiative aimed at helping people work together for the common good using the Internet. In addition to veterans’ organizations, the initiative spotlights many other organizations and agencies working in the areas of community building, connectivity, journalism integrity, open government, service and volunteering, and technology for social good.”

OK then.

Here’s the latest, he’s promoting these groups:

In craig’s words:Appears as if Eddie Money and NASCAR CEO Brian France will be involved as well. All the deets:

“craigslist and craigconnects Founder Craig Newmark Announce Campaign to Support Veterans and Military Families

SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2011 — craigslist and craigconnects founder Craig Newmark today launched a month-long campaign to support non-profit and government organizations that successfully work with veterans and military families. The campaign is part of his craigconnects initiative launched in March, and includes a $100,000 grant challenge for four highly respected non-profit veterans’ organizations, as well as extensive social media outreach by Newmark and the organizations involved.

“A lot of people do a lot of good work to help military families and vets, and I’d like to bring attention to them and to provide some direct support,” said Newmark.

The non-profit organizations selected for the campaign are Blue Star Families, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the Intrepid Foundation, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The four will participate in a grant challenge to raise funds from their existing and new supporters.

“These guys really get the job done, effectively providing services and advocacy where they’re needed,” said Newmark.

Newmark said he will donate a total of $100,000 to the four organizations based on the number of donations they receive during the challenge, rather than the amount of money they raise. “What I want to do with craigconnects is help build involvement, not just raise money. All non-profits need money, but what they really need are supporters who will be there long-term. I hope everybody will come to our site, check out these groups, and decide which they want to support.”

He added that he is also using social and traditional media to support government agencies like the Department of Veterans Affairs and local VA medical centers. “They’re starting to use social media to provide better customer service and outreach to our veterans,” he said. “I want people to know about the good stuff they’re getting done.”

Additionally, the non-profit organizations will participate in craigconnects’ extensive social media effort through Twitter, Facebook, and the craigconnects website. Guest authors on the site will include several individuals prominent in the field of veterans support, including NASCAR CEO Brian France and entertainer Eddie Money. Newmark said guest authors will write about the organizations and issues they support.

craigconnects is Newmark’s personal, Web-based initiative aimed at helping people work together for the common good using the Internet. In addition to veterans’ organizations, the initiative spotlights many other organizations and agencies working in the areas of community building, connectivity, journalism integrity, open government, service and volunteering, and technology for social good.

To find out more or participate, visit http://www.craigconnects.org.”

Bon courage, craigconnects!

OMG, the McDonalds “Dollar Menu” Has Returned to Haight Ashbury – McDoubles for All, Hurray!

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Remember back in the day, back last year in 2010 when the Hippie Hill McDonalds at the West End of Haight Ashbury on Stanyan got rid of its Dollar Menu, per Will “Big Daddy” Kane and Eric Thomas of KGO-TV?*

Well, the Tea Partiers nationwide had a field day with that one. And the “homeless veterans” and runaway teens, well they didn’t appreciate that price increase one bit.

But it’s all different now.

I first noticed when I was acting as a lookout for my friends who were shoplifting at the new Whole Foods Upper Haight – I could see a sign on the Micky D’s across the street that’s all “4 MEALS UNDER $3.**” See?

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And I thought, well, that’s sounds like a pretty good deal, wonder if they brought back the Dollar Menu. Well, check it:

So, as of June 2011 anyway, you can enjoy the Great Recession Dollar Menu at McDonalds.

That means that they’ll add a patty to your $1.09 Cheeseburger and then lower the price to boot – that’s the Miracle of the McDouble.

Hurray!

Let’s hope they’ll still have the Dollar Menu running at the next Haight Ashbury Street Fair:

Sunday, June 12, 2011, from 11 am until 5:30 pm

*Per KGO, this store is located at Haight and “Canyon.”

**Apparently, that sign has been up there for the duration, since last year at least, To me, a $2.99 meal deal and the Dollar Menu go hand-in-hand, but I guess I was mistaken about that. (Your McDonald’s manager/ownerfeels that s/he should get about $7 per customer on average so can you imagine how offensive your order for three McDoubles to go is? It’s highly, highly offensive…)

The Spitting of Veterans Cab #474: Conflict on Bike Route 20

Friday, June 18th, 2010

This fellow on the Snickerdoodle Bike Path (Route 20, westbound McAllister in the Western Addition) had some sort of beef with the driver of the hybrid taxicab you can see on the right.

So much so that he chased down the taxi and spit on one of its windows.

Let us conclude that the taxi driver was somewhat negligent and the bike driver was/is somewhat _________.” (I’ll let you armchair psychologists make the call on that one.)

On it goes, mostly conflict-free. Mostly.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Don’t Work – RAND Corporation Study Suports Gays in Uniform

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

You know how to read, right? So have at it – I just found a nice link for you that I couldn’t find last month. Hai, doozo:

Attitudes of Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans toward Gay and Lesbian Service Members

So, the “unit-cohesion” rationale, the concern about risking “the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability” and all the underlying foundation of Bill Clinton’s antediluvian, pre-Lewinsky Policy Concerning Homosexuality in the Armed Forces is out the window due to changing attitudes over the past couple of decades.

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Or if all that .pdf is too much, here’s the elevator pitch.

(President Barack Obama will end the policy, someday, maybe.)

All the deets, after the jump.

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Come Meet the New Face of the American Legion – USF’s Post 911

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

This is not your father’s American Legion. Meet Post 911 (or 9-11?), the first and only American Legion post founded specifically for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

See all their youthful activities here, courtesy of Fox News. Did you know that San Francisco is “historically a military city?” That’s what they think over at the University of San Francisco, where Troop 911 was founded.

As seen on the side of a bus:

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World War II Veterans Demand Compensation at Federal Building

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

These days in Congress, it’s

S 1315 
VS
HR 6897

Or in other words, what’s the best way to compensate Filipinos who served alongside American troops during World War II?

This was the scene yesterday in from of the Old Federal Building on Golden Gate:

Some people have given up on Senate Bill S1315, which would provide a pension to the veterans, but others still believe it can become law.

We’ll find out soon enough, it looks like.

Now, Regular Old Taxi Companies in San Francisco are using Hybrid Cars

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

San Francisco’s hybrid-only Green Cab Company started up a while back and seems to be doing well. But now, old-school cab companies are getting into the act.

Veterans Cab Company, where former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown worked (until they raised the “gate fees” on him) a long time ago while a student at UC Hastings School of Law , now has Toyota Priuseses.

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How about that? In the real world, these things can get about four times better fuel economy when compared to a regular taxi kind of car, such as the Ford Crown Victoria. That all adds up during a ten-hour shift.