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Jul 23 2021

San Francisco’s Pricey New Trash Cans

No wonder the feds are inflating our currency. Liberal governance is so expense, no matter how confiscatory the tax rates, more money will always be needed. In San Francisco, the city so liberal it sends Nancy Pelosi to Congress, new trash cans will cost $12,000 to $20,000 apiece.

Existing cans are regarded as hideous, are usually overflowing, and allow the derelicts that progressive policies have drawn to San Francisco in vast numbers to break into them to root for recyclables, in the process spreading trash all over for the rats to play in. Some recyclers find it convenient to pull out the bin and dump the whole mess on the sidewalk, which in San Francisco is often smeared with human waste anyway.

When mass-produced, the cost per can will drop to an estimated $2,000 to $3,000. Still, supervisors balked at the price to get there.

Nonetheless, a committee of the Board of Supervisors has agreed to a pilot program to test out the new cans. Since it took the bureaucrats in Public Works 3 years to come up with a prototype, they don’t want to delay any further.

The city worked with a designer on a custom trash can, hence the outlandish cost. The old cans cost $1,218 apiece back in 2018. Who knows what the next batch will cost in 2024 or so?

Speaking of cost,

Public Works is asking supervisors to approve spending $537,000 from $840,000 on reserve to cover design costs for 15 trash cans, 10 garbage carts with wheels that go inside the stationary can, management, some existing trash can models and contingency money for unknown costs.

They might have gone with a model already in use somewhere else and saved a fortune, but local taxpayers don’t mind being looted, or they already would have escaped the area.

No matter how much they spend, trash all over the place will continue to be a problem, for local cultural reasons. As Lower Haight resident Marian Chatfield-Taylor observes,

“You could ask Frank Lloyd Wright to design a trash can, but if you don’t care whether (your street) is clean or dirty, you won’t put it in the trash can.”

On a tip from R F.

Jun 16 2021

Shopping in San Francisco

Walgreens has been closing stores in San Francisco, where shoplifting has been effectively legalized and the district attorney is the offspring of cop-killing Weather Underground terrorists who sides with criminals against law enforcement. For anyone who doesn’t understand why San Francisco may soon be store-free, this video might be instructive:

What liberals have done to San Francisco, they are doing to the rest of the country.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Mar 29 2021

San Francisco to Give Free Money to Artists

With the radical left in charge in Washington, we don’t need a crystal ball to see what’s coming next. We can just look to San Francisco. What happens there today will be national policy tomorrow. This is great news for people claiming to be artists, some of whom will be handed $1,000 per month in free money:

Starting sometime in May, 130 local artists in San Francisco — “whose artistic practice is rooted in a historically marginalized community” — will begin receiving the money, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Thursday. The payments are scheduled to last for six months in total, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

“Rooted in a historically marginalized community” means that this guy likely does not qualify; he needs to also identify as nonwhite:

In nearby Oakland, you only get $500/month free money, but you don’t have to identify as an artist; you just have to be nonwhite. Whites get taxed to pay for it though.

In San Francisco,

The program, which was designed to provide support during the pandemic, is open to artists working in a number of different mediums — including music, dance, creative writing, visual art, performance art, installation, photography, theater, and film.

The ChiCom virus is winding down. But exploiting it as a pretext for wealth redistribution just got into high gear. Many temporary measures will be made permanent.

On a tip from Varla.

Mar 08 2021

San Francisco Homeless Tents Cost $5,121 per Month

San Francisco is among the worst cities in the country for homelessness. It costs a fortune to create a crisis on this scale. When it comes to wasting other people’s money, no one beats San Francisco liberals, who are spending over $5,000 per month per tent to maintain villages of derelicts.

If you want more of something, you subsidize it. Via KTLA:

San Francisco is paying $16.1 million to feed and house people in tent villages as the city struggles with a swelling homeless population. …

The 262 tents currently house more than 300 people, with some vacancies. The villages also provide access to bathrooms, meals and 24-hour security…

The residents are not provided with butlers, although they ought to be, for $5,121 per month per tent. Most people pay much less for their mortgages.

These days, paying people $147 per day (based on 300 people) to be homeless is nothing:

The funding is only a fraction of the more than $300 million the city spends annually on homeless services, and the average cost per night is less than what the city pays under a program to shelter homeless people in hotels…

However, the tent city is more controversial, because it is not eligible for federal reimbursement. It is better to waste money belonging to people far away in other parts of the country, who won’t see what it is being spent on when they step in the consequences.

On a tip from Brian Brandt. Hat tip: Hot Air.

Mar 05 2021

San Francisco Reporter Mugged by Reality

If it is true that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality, there could now be a conservative among the San Francisco media.

Via KPIX:

A KPIX 5 reporter investigating a series of auto break-ins around Twin Peaks in San Francisco was robbed of his camera at gunpoint Wednesday. …

Don Ford … was preparing to interview nearby homeowners when a white luxury sedan with four men inside pulled up.

Luxury sedan? That couldn’t be right. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tells us that the crime wave of the past year is only a matter of impoverished oppressed people stealing bread so that they don’t starve.

“The car came up here while we were about to do an interview, three guys jumped out,” said Ford. “One had a gun and put in my face and said, ‘We’re taking the camera.’”

No degree of lawlessness surprises the residents of cities controlled by leftists:

“I was worried that this is what’s gonna happen, because as thieves get more and more brazen, they do more and more brazenly things. I’m not making that up. We just had that experience today,” a neighbor who asked not to be identified told KPIX 5.

Any large city is likely to see more crime in the wake of the Black Lives Matter–driven campaign to marginalize police. San Francisco has the added disadvantage of being located in California, whose rulers are so pro-criminal that they have decriminalized shoplifting. At the local level, the district attorney is Chesa Boudin, offspring of Weather Underground cop-killing terrorists Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. He was raised by Obama mentors Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn while his parents festered in prison. The platform that got him elected could be summarized as “F*** the police!

On a tip from Don M.

Feb 11 2021

Being Gay Isn’t Good Enough if You Are White

Is there any way a white man can redeem himself in the eyes of liberal cancel culture? Not if not even Seth Brenzel is allowed to volunteer for the San Francisco School Board’s Parent Advisory Council. He may be white, but he is “married” to another gay person and has adopted a mixed-race child. Not good enough:

Commissioner Matt Alexander expressed concern about “creating [a] space that over-represent[s] white parents.”

As for the adopted child being mixed race,

School Board Vice President Alison Collins was offended by the idea that Brenzel could advocate for mixed-race students.

“As a mixed-race person myself, I find it offensive when folks say that somebody is a parent of somebody who is a person of color as like a signifier that they’re qualified to represent that community,” she said.

Any meaningful qualifications Brenzel might have for the position are irrelevant:

The board ultimately moved to table the vote on Brenzel’s appointment until a more diverse group could be appointed to the Parent Advisory Council. It then voted to end the merit-based application process for Lowell High School, which the board assailed as creating “pervasive systemic racism.”

The San Francisco School Board recently made national news by changing the names of 44 schools in order to cancel racially incorrect thought criminals who represent white supremacy, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.

San Francisco was America once. If liberalism prevails, America will be San Francisco.

On a tip from Henry.

Feb 03 2021

Now Acronyms Are a Tool of White Supremacy

It is hard to deny the conspiracy of white supremacy when the tools used to implement it can be found wherever militant wokesters look for them. They have even discovered that acronyms are racist — not any particular acronym, but acronyms in general:

First the San Francisco School Board decided to rename 44 schools because they are named after people with ties to racism or slavery.

Those erased in this purge include some of the greatest figures in American history, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and even Abraham Lincoln. Left-wing Senator and former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein was also erased, for once having failed to show sufficient intolerance toward all things Southern.

Now the Arts Department has taken a bold move by changing its name, “VAPA” because they say, “acronyms are a symptom of white supremacy culture.”

This must be because everything in existence is a symptom of white supremacy culture. Since it would be racist not to agree that all of reality centers on the imaginary oppression of favored identity groups, frozen rocks floating through the far reaches of outer space are a symptom of white supremacy culture.

VAPA is short for Visual and Performing Arts. Thanks to the thin ChiCom virus pretext, teachers still won’t show up in classrooms in San Francisco, but educrats are nonetheless busily at work on their social engineering projects.

Barks Sam Bass, the director of the department,

“We are prioritizing antiracist arts instruction in our work.”

Somehow I doubt that timeless masterpieces will result from this emphasis.

Bass announced the name change as part of the antiracism push.

From now on, they’ll simply be called SFUSD Arts Department.

You can say VAPA in two syllables. SFUSD Arts Department takes nine syllables. Every time they refer to the department, they have to wade through seven extraneous syllables in order to demonstrate their obeisance to political correctness. This is the same reason shakedown artist Jesse Jackson decreed that we must say “African American” instead of the more precise and not the least offensive “Negro.”

Apparently unbeknownst to Bass, SFUSD is also an acronym. He could more effectively combat racism by making everyone say, “San Francisco Unified School District Arts Department.” Fourteen syllables might be enough to wipe away the stain of white supremacy.

Bass explains why acronyms are racist:

“The use of so many acronyms within the educational field often tends to alienate those who may not speak English to understand the acronym.”

It follows that the English language is racist. Educrats may ban that next.

On tips from TCS III and Bluto. Hat tip: Hot Air.

Dec 22 2020

San Francisco Bans Kissing on Dates

This might help wash that last post out of readers’ eyes. Liz Wheeler notes that it is now forbidden to kiss your date in the moonbat dystopia San Francisco (where anal sex with strangers has been encouraged since coronavirus hit). She asks, how many would have tolerated this insane level of arbitrary tyranny a year ago?

Sharia law is libertarian compared to COVID-19 restrictions in jurisdictions run by liberals. Imagine the oppression they will inflict if the ChiComs manage to cook up a virus that is a more serious risk to the general population.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Dec 22 2020

Drugs Kill Nearly 4× More Than COVID-19 in San Francisco

Lacking from the ChiCom virus response in jurisdictions run by Democrats is a sense of perspective. They could get some from liberalism’s capital city:

A record 621 people died of drug overdoses in San Francisco so far this year, a staggering number that far outpaces the 173 deaths from COVID-19 the city has seen thus far.

That makes recreational drugs almost four times as deadly as coronavirus. Yet while authorities drive countless businesses into bankruptcy in the name of the virus, they also pass out free needles, encouraging drug use.

Many people overdosed in low-income apartment buildings and in city-funded hotel rooms for the homeless. Others died on sidewalks, in alleyways and parks around the city.

Democrats care about the poor. That is, they care about making them more abundant, and then harvesting their votes. Enabling the junky lifestyle supports the agenda, but alleviating the exploitable plight of the miserable is the last thing they want to do.

Elsewhere in California,

Other areas of the state have seen a spike in drug use and overdoses amid lockdowns, including in Los Angeles County. In 2013 in the county, fentanyl accounted for 3% of drug-related deaths. At the start of 2020, 42% of drug deaths were fentanyl-related in the area, and that number jumped to 51% when lockdowns were enacted in March.

Like COVID-19 and much of the money in the bloated bank accounts of the Biden family, a large percentage of fentanyl comes from communist China. It is smuggled in across the underdefended Mexican border.

Nationwide, the lockdowns are driving up drug use and suicide among teenagers. It’s almost as if the point of the lockdowns is not to save lives after all.

On tips from ABC of the ANC, DCGere, and Varla.

Dec 17 2020

Abraham Lincoln Gets Canceled

No one is safe from the Memory Hole. Drunk on their own intolerance, liberals are canceling Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, for insufficient political correctness.

Via Breitbart:

A so-called renaming committee in San Francisco is erasing the name the 16th president of the United States from a school because Abraham Lincoln lived a life “stained by racism.”

“Uprooting the problematic names and symbols that currently clutter buildings, streets, throughout the city is a worthy endeavor,” Jeremiah Jeffries, chairman of the committee and a first grade teacher in that California city, said. “Only good can come from the public being reflective and intentional about the power of our words, names and rhetoric within our public institutions.”

It goes without saying that only good can come of any act of extremism motivated by devotion to political correctness.

Honest Abe isn’t the only historical figure to face erasure. Dozens of school sites have been targeted for renaming. The San Francisco Chronical agrees that the author of the Declaration of Independence deserves it, but maybe not some of the other ones:

When the committee released the 44 school sites to be renamed, many made sense. Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe were slave owners, and Vasco Nunez Balboa was a murderous conquistador.

At least a few names on the list raised eyebrows, including … Dianne Feinstein, who landed on the list because as mayor in the 1980s, she replaced a vandalized Confederate flag in front of City Hall.

If Senator Feinstein tries that sort of open-mindedness in New York, she might be arrested.

Labor leader Cesar Chavez somehow managed to escape the list, despite being opposed to illegal immigration for the obvious reason that it drives down wages.

As for Lincoln, maybe he freed the slaves, but he also served at a time when the US government defended settlers from marauding Indians:

Lincoln’s administration supported the Homestead Act of 1862 and transcontinental railroad, which led to the loss of Indigenous peoples’ land.

This implies that anyone who contributed to the growth of America is a sinner against political correctness. By this reasoning, simply being American makes you worthy of being erased. Possibly an exception could be made for Americans who live their whole lives without making a positive contribution to society — liberal journalists, for example.

Here is Lincoln’s most specific sin:

Lincoln, whose grandfather was killed by a Native American, oversaw the hanging of 38 indigenous warriors after a Santee Sioux uprising in Minnesota, but only after he personally reviewed the legal cases against the 303 men sentenced to death. He saved the lives of 265 Indigenous men.

Not good enough. He should have saved all of them if he didn’t want to get canceled.

Forgotten are the women and children raped and murdered by Indians during the Santee Sioux uprising. White people deserve the worst for being racist.

On tips from Bluto and FighttheBeast.

Oct 19 2020

San Francisco Free Speech Rally Violently Shut Down

The San Francisco Bay Area was the nexus of the free speech movement. But that was back in the 1960s, when free speech was seen as helping leftists in their quest to take over America. They have largely succeeded; the left-wing insurgents are now the establishment, and we are one election away from them consolidating what might amount to total power.

Revolutionaries serve no purpose when the revolution is over. That’s why they often end up in front of firing squads. Free speech serves no purpose either. That’s why free speech rallies in the Bay Area now end up like this:

A free speech rally was shut down in San Francisco on Saturday after counter-protesters became violent. The situation became so dangerous for conservatives that police needed to escort them to their cars for their own safety from an angry mob.

No wonder the liberal mob hates the police so much. Always spoiling the fun.

A “Free Speech Rally Against Twitter and Big Tech” was planned for Saturday at the Federal Building at U.N. Plaza, which is near Twitter’s headquarters.

The point was to protest Twitter’s politically motivated suppression of information related to the bombshell story of international corruption involving Joe Biden and his bagman Hunter.

Unlike many of the Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots that have destroyed countless businesses across the country, Team Save America had a permit for the rally. But this permission came from the City of San Francisco, not the radical mob that controls the streets on the Left Coast.

Before the 1 p.m. free speech rally kicked off, hundreds of counter-protesters assembled in the area, including a group of black-clad individuals wielding shields. Demonstrators were holding signs that read, “Smash Fascism” and “Nazi Trump F*** Off.”

These “demonstrators” were Antifa stormtroopers. The latter slogan references a song by a local band, “Nazi Punks F*** Off” by the Dead Kennedys.

The main organizer, Philip Anderson, was attacked and punched while he was walking to the stage to deliver his speech. The counter-protesters threw bottles at Anderson while he was on stage. Anderson announced the rally was canceled.

“Too bad it got canceled, that’s what happens when you lose free speech, this is what our country has turned into,” Anderson told the crowd.

It is only a preview of what our country will turn into if Democrats are rewarded for this behavior by winning the election.

Anderson shared a photo that shows his bloody mouth with his front tooth knocked out and another hanging loosely with the caption: “Antifa attacked me for no reason.”

On the contrary, the reason was that Anderson represents resistance. Leftists do not tolerate opposition. Those who reject their demented ideology are “fascists” who must be destroyed — ironically through classic fascist tactics.

Anderson also posted a video from a hospital bed. “I have a question for you, Joe Biden. You said that Antifa is just an idea. This is what they did to me,” Anderson said with a front tooth missing. “I’m at the hospital right now … because of Antifa. Do you still think, after seeing this, that they’re just an idea?”

Too bad there is zero chance of Biden coming within earshot of a reporter who would ask that same question — not that he wouldn’t just sneer at the question anyway.

Six people were injured by the mostly peaceful brownshirts. As usual, no arrests were made, and the mainstream media will have little if anything to say about the incident.

Philip Anderson is black. Imagine the fireworks if Trump supporters knocked the teeth out of a black guy for trying to say something they didn’t want people to hear. There would be no other story in the news from now until election day. But dog bites man stories don’t attract much interest, especially since they don’t support the Narrative.

On a tip from Rapinhoe.

Sep 18 2020

Race-Based Reproduction Incentives in San Francisco

Race-based social engineering suffered a setback with the fall of the Third Reich. Now it is making a comeback. San Francisco will pay blacks and Pacific Islanders $1,000 per month to have babies. Disfavored racial groups like whites and Asians are on their own.

This is on the level:

Mayor London Breed on Monday introduced the Abundant Birth Project, which will give a basic income supplement to 150 Black and Pacific Islander women during pregnancy. They’ll get $1,000 a month through their pregnancy and for the first six months postpartum, “with a goal of eventually providing a supplement for up to two years post-pregnancy,” the mayor announced.

Breed explicitly confirms that the incentives are “rooted in racial justice” — i.e., in the vindictive anti-Caucasian cultural Marxist ideology that is increasingly also anti-Asian.

Looks like they named Breed right, considering her predilection for racially oriented breeding.

By encouraging black women to give birth outside of wedlock, Breed is helping to keep her fellow blacks down, even as she makes them more numerous. There is no more reliable predictor of failure than growing up in a single-parent household.

Surprise surprise; Yahoo shut off the comments on this article. The information gatekeepers wouldn’t want anyone mitigating their heavy spin in favor of the Abundant Birth Project by pointing out that it is racist to the last extreme, and racism is supposed to be wrong.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Sep 08 2020

City Gyms Open, Private Gyms Closed in San Francisco

Socialism is based on coercion, capitalism on enlightened self-interest. The main lesson learned from the Cold War is that a socialist system cannot compete with a capitalist system. However, in a mixed economy, coercion can provide government-run businesses with advantages over the private sector. COVID-19 has enabled an orgy of coercion. This makes it hard for privately owned gyms to compete with gyms owned by the city of San Francisco:

For months, the city of San Francisco health order has prevented local gyms from opening its doors, but some city-owned gyms have been back open for months and are allowing city employees to use them, crushing private gym owners.

Per a decree from Mayor London Breed, private gyms are forbidden from opening at least through the end of September. However, police officers, judges, lawyers, bailiffs, and paralegals can work out in municipal gyms. These gyms are special, making them as safe from coronavirus as the maskless Nancy Pelosi while getting her hair done.

Daniele Rabkin, who has struggled desperately to keep her gym Crossfit Golden Gate alive through the increasingly absurd lockdowns, cannot believe the arrogance:

“Even though they’re getting exposed, there are no repercussions, no ramifications? It’s shocking,” she said.

Shocking maybe, but not surprising. Single-party rule means extreme arrogance on the part of the rulers. Chicago is one example, California another. If Democrats manage to impose single-party rule nationwide by jiggering the system (enabling industrial scale voter fraud, abolishing the Electoral College, making DC and Puerto Rico into states, etc) and by flooding the country with unassimilable numbers of needy immigrants, the USA as a whole will be a third.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

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