Imagine something like this in Frisco:
Here’s the latest on this one:
Critical Mass window smasher was wearing T-shirt advocating non-violence by Evan Sernoffsky
Oh, I read it as The Union is Our Strength. And I thought, oh, I guess that makes sense.
But the real quote is much better.
Anyway, here’s the front of the shirt – it depicts the UFW eagle morphing into a white winged dove* with a sprig of laurel:
Anyway, this is some excellent blogging from Evan Sernoffsky…
*Well, only a regular dove, but it’s just like the white-winged dove.
This post is two posts…
…two posts in one!
Moving on, to this – it was the “Napa Valley Railroad Police(!)” busted / escorted off the premises these women?
WTF to that.
“Are Napa Valley Railroad Police Officers “real cops?
Yes. Every one of our peace officers is a fully empowered police officer under the authority of section 830.33(e) of the California Penal Code. Our officers have peace officer authority 24 hours a day anywhere in the State of California the same as any city police officer our county deputy sheriff. Our primary jurisdiction extends to in and around property of the Napa Valley Railroad.
Can Napa Valley Railroad Police Officers write traffic tickets?
Yes. Our officers can enforce all of the laws of the State of California including all sections of the California Vehicle Code. Enforcement is an essential component of carrying out our public safety mission. We focus our attention on violations related to the railroad.
Why does the Railroad need its own police department? Is there that much crime?
The Napa Valley Railroad Company operates its own police department with the intention of limiting its reliance on public resources. The Napa Valley Wine Train carries up to 350 people at a time on one train. The railroad line includes over 90 public and private crossings that run over and alongside Highway 29. Our mission includes protecting the patrons, employees, and assets of the railroad. We believe that our presences is the most effective deterrent to crime.”
This FAQ only leads to more questions.
And what’s next, the Cliff House Restaurant Police? The Ronald McDonald Police Squad?
Anyway, chew on that.
The Wine Police, they live inside of my head
The Wine Police, they come to me in my bed
The Wine Police, they’re coming to arrest me, oh, no
Let’s see if I can pay off on the headline.
Ever since I can remember, SFFD Local 798 has sponsored an annual Christmas Toy Drive, you know, for kids! And our local strip clubs have been involved – imagine smiling faces and giant checks for 25 large.
(I can recall riding my bike to the stoop of the Gold Club (aka Conference Room G? Good one, Yelp!) on Howard Street back in The Aughts during my lunch hour – somebody (some blogger/media type, I forget who) wanted a photo of the scene. I get there, and it was so sad. Three strippers had been driven there just for a press conference, but at least one of them didn’t get it. “Is my picture going to be in the paper? I don’t want my family to see that!” (Girl, do you have agency? No? OK fine.) Obvs, there wasn’t a meeting of the minds on this deal and it gave me a sad, so I left. And then they decided to move the venue of the presser, ’cause people were worried about have the embarrassing GOLD CLUB marquee in the photos.)
Anywho, this whole program with the strippers…
…has not been without controversy.
Oh, check it, from our local Paper Of Record:
Firefighters, strip clubs’ holiday connection seen as odd, sexist, by Heather Knight, December 15, 2014.
Now let’s think here – who could replace the strippers this year? It would have to be an image-sensitive entity with a worser image than the sex trade, but with loads of cold hard cash to spend all over town.
Uh, what about Airbnb? (You know they have a big election coming up come November.)
Hey what about Airbnb itself – take a look at what they have to say about all this, after the jump.
Hey Airbnb, is this the kind of thing you were looking for when you gave the SFDems five figures not too long ago?
Hey Airbnb, you let the strippers do this work for years and years just until you have a big election coming up and you want to show yourselves as a great corporate citizen?
(And also asking: What of poor Lexus, Mercedes, and Porsche? They’re OUT, after all these years of giving to the kids?)
I’ll tell you, I have no beef against the idea of Airbnb per se, but man, your sausage factory isn’t pretty, A.
In fact, it’s offal.
All right, click on over to get Airbnb’s side of the story from their fresh news release. (And don’t forget to read the fine print – see if you have to sign away your first-born when you click on an ad for Airbnb…)
Here you go:
You see, back last year:
“The university was waiting for facts to be established by a court of law before undertaking any action.”
Man, that’s an absurdly high standard, in’nt? It’s like a Mayor Willie Brown standard, right?
Oh, here’s USF’s latest – a newer/better standard:
‘”The volume and nature of these allegations are deeply disturbing, and the University of San Francisco (USF) takes sexual assault seriously. USF leaders are closely monitoring the legal developments surrounding Mr. Cosby to determine the proper next steps regarding his honorary degree.'”
Ah, there we go.
But what’s this?
“In recent days, Noah Zimmerman, an alumnus of USF, unhappy with his alma mater’s association with Cosby, alerted me to the scrubbing of the communications office’s page containing a news release about Cosby receiving the honorary degree.”
So USF, you keep the webpage up but you delete its text?
I’ll tell you, in all my years, I aint never seen this kind of thing.
In the words of Petrelis:
“Quite odd to delete the body of the page but leave the headline intact.”
Oh, here’s the former text, right here, and what the Heck, after the jump as well.
Let’s see, how to close. Take it away, Mike:
“Meanwhile, it was time yesterday for USF to find its spine on their relationship with Cosby and finally take full and substantive stand on the allegations and such piling up against him. Two terse statements in eight months just don’t cut it.”
A well-chosen headline:
“Local boy video bombs news reporter at Giants parade with offensive phrase”
And a nice quote:
”Now, my 8th grade son and the rest of his friends are praising him as a hero: ‘He’s got millions of likes/views! He is famous on the Internet!’”
Remember, this is NSFWX2. Keep a look out for the squirrely kid on the right. (The advantage this video has is that it’s title doesn’t have bad words in it.)
Does KTVU use a five-second delay or something, on their live broadcasts?
And, IMO, it’s not even a sincere question. Hey, how about this instead?
“Should women consider uninstalling Uber?”
Something like that would have a better chance of NOT being dismissed as a straw dog.
Anyway, I’ll bet you that there are some PR people at UBER who might not exactly approve of this straw dog headline.
Having said that, I know what the answer is, without even looking at the bit, because UBER is the kind of place what “partners” with our local Gannett CorpoBlog.
So that’s why it’s funny.
[UPDATE: Whoo, well, I might have skipped through a few grafs there, but I just read the bit and here you go:
“For the record, I’m not suggesting that anyone uninstall Uber.”
So, the insincere question is answered with no, women should NOT uninstall Uber. So, the longstanding “partnerings” betwixt Uber and TBI are free to continue. Whew!
And actually the whole bit was more about the sexy Lyon, France marketing stunt gone wrong as opposed to physical assaults, so that surprised me.
But this is fucking appalling:
“There have been a few incidents lately where Uber drivers have harassed their female passengers…“
Uh, abductions DO NOT EQUAL “harassment,” right? Uber drivers “harass” women each and every day, right? But didn’t these allegations relate to something like kidnapping and false imprisonment? I think so. Minimize that all you want, Gannett Co Inc. Feel free. And also feel to take your Women’s Studies major and … whoops, calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean. Well, keep them coming, TBI. Keep them coming until your Virginia-based overseers ship your Page Street clubhouse on down to LA, reclaimed wood and all…]
As seen in Civic Center back in the aughts:
How will we remember The Aughts? IDK.
This is how I’ll remember the aughts, a time when you (well, not you yourself, but some people, well, maybe just one person, for some reason) could easily recover from big, big mistakes like this…
Confession: I still have a pair of Crocs (pink, size XXL, thank you very much) from that time Costco sold a few container ships worth, back in the aughts. Of course they weren’t counterfeit, but they were less than $15 and that pissed off the Crocs people oh well.