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Aug 18 2023

San Francisco Doom Loop Walking Tour

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. These days San Francisco is mostly known for the societal decay that is both the cause and main effect of liberalism. An enterprising soul is capitalizing with a sold-our tour:

The “Doom Loop Walking tour” promises an up close and personal view of “open-air drug markets, the abandoned tech offices, the outposts of the non-profit industrial complex, and the deserted department stores” that make up downtown San Francisco.

The tour guide is anonymous but claims to be a “card-carrying City Commissioner.”

Promising tourists they will find no better expert, the guide assures that patrons will discover the “policy choices that made America’s wealthiest city the nation’s innovative leader of housing crisis, addiction crisis, mental-health crisis, & unrepentant crime crisis.”

Being the center of the tech industry, San Francisco is still extravagantly wealthy. But no amount of money can buy you out of moonbattery.

“How can a city with a $14.6 billion annual budget be a model of urban decay? How can it spend $776.8 million per year on police and have no rule of law to show for it? How can it spend $690 million on homeless services and receive an official United Nations condemnation for its treatment of the homeless (“cruel and inhuman”; “violation of multiple human rights”)?” the tour guide posited.

If you would like a Doom Loop Walking Tour in your own town, all you have to do is vote Democrat. Before long you too can wallow in the depraved filth and squalor that characterize Pelosiland. Or you can just wait until Democrats have finished imposing it nationwide.

On tips from Chris Neilson and Dan G.

Aug 16 2023

San Francisco Uninhabitable for Federal Workers

As San Francisco enters end stage liberalism, the mess is piled so deep that Democrats can’t avoid stepping in what they created:

Officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advised hundreds of employees in San Francisco to work remotely for the foreseeable future due to public safety concerns outside the Nancy Pelosi Federal Building on Seventh Street.

No one could be more Democrat than federal bureaucrats corroding the country inside a building named after Nasty Pelosi in San Francisco.

Too bad they can’t give themselves an exemption from local conditions. But liberal policy has made this once beautiful city unlivable for everybody. Equity has been achieved.

Dozens of dealers routinely plant themselves on, next to or across the street from the property, operating in shifts as users smoke, snort or shoot up their recent purchases. The property’s concrete benches are an especially popular site for users to get high, socialize or pass out.

Where recreational drug use has been permitted to flourish, other crime flourishes too, as do filth and violence.

The memo came on the same day that, according to Axios, President Biden’s White House chief of staff called for more federal employees to return to their offices after years of remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ve got a problem that dwarfs Covid. The disease that destroyed San Francisco has metastasized throughout the country. The same effect can be expected from coast to coast.

On tips from Anonymous and ABC of the ANC.

Jul 18 2023

Now Frozen Pizza Has to Be Locked Up

We have reached the point in the moonbattery-induced collapse of civilization where frozen pizza has to be kept locked up so that it isn’t shoplifted:

Shoplifters targeted the ice cream and pizza section of a Walgreens in San Francisco, which led to the chaining up of the freezer section to prevent theft, according to a tweet from reporter Betty Yu. San Francisco businesses are fleeing amid a surge of organized theft in the city.

Democrats effectively legalized shoplifting in single-party California. The inevitable consequences were easy to foresee.

Due to the dense concentration of moonbats, San Fransicko in particular has collapsed into anarchotyranny and is no longer inhabitable. While senior citizens are forbidden from parking on their own driveways, roving savages are free to rob stroller-pushing moms at will.

At least this will have the added bonus of preventing vermin from licking the ice cream so they can post video of it to social media:

On a tip from Franco.

Jul 05 2023

No Guns Needed in San Francisco

Maybe denying gun rights will work better in the USA than it has in France, where foreign savages roam the streets with belt-fed machine guns while the disarmed native population cowers in the closet. Maybe Democrats will manage to disarm not only the law-abiding, but criminals too. Then everything will be fine, like in the liberal mecca San Francisco:

Baseball bat-wielding gangs of children are mugging mothers and nannies on the school run in the latest crime wave to hit San Francisco.

Last week Noe Valley, also known as “stroller valley” because of the growing population of young families, endured 11 phone robberies that are believed to have been carried out by the same gang who are targeting women picking up children from school.

One woman was reportedly hit with a baseball bat, while another was punched in the face, before the offender ran to a getaway car and drove off.

No wonder the moonbats running New York City abandoned the stop and frisk policies that made the city safer under Rudy Giuliani. Why bother taking away their guns when the yutes would just as soon bash your head in with a club anyway?

Violent robberies are being carried out in broad daylight in wealthy enclaves such as Noe Valley, a tight-knit community, where free yoga classes are held every Sunday in the town square.

One victim of the string of recent attacks, who only wished to be identified as CW, said the police appeared to have “zero interest” in investigating her attack.

According to the ideology of the kooks running San Francisco, the police are the bad guys. They are racist. Crime is social justice. It would hardly be surprising to learn the police department is staffed with cynics who are only there to draw a paycheck. Most cops who think civilization is worth defending probably prefer to work where it isn’t a lost cause.

Assuming the well-to-do moms of Noe Valley are Democrats like virtually everyone who hasn’t fled Nancy Pelosi’s home district, they are getting what they voted for.

On a tip from Anonymous.

May 06 2023

Post-Covid Ghost Cities

The Democrat Death Spiral has been destroying American cities. Democrat policies drive out productive citizens, resulting in a population that elects increasingly left-wing Democrats, resulting in still more insane policies in a vicious circle. Eventually, no one is left but a core Democrat constituency living like rats and cockroaches amid decaying ruins (e.g., our formerly wealthiest city, Detroit). Covid tyranny has accelerated this tragic process:

The downtown areas of San Francisco, St. Louis, Portland, Oregon, and other North American cities remain deserted months after the pandemic waned, despite many urban areas bouncing back to life, new data show.

Researchers tracked smartphone use across 63 cities and found that San Francisco, which is battling waves of crime and homeless addicts on its streets, only has 32 percent of the activity that was recorded before the pandemic.

Other cities were able to put Covid behind them when people came back to work:

Salt Lake City has bounced back strongest, with 139 percent more cell phone activity nowadays than was seen before COVID-19 arrived…

This is about more than Democrats paralyzing local economies in the name of Covid:

The research adds to fears that soft-on-crime policies in ultra-liberal cities like San Francisco and Portland have driven up rates of lawlessness and other social problems, leading to an exodus of people as part of a longer-term decline.

A healthy city can recover from setbacks like the hysterical Covid overreaction. Cities run by moonbats tend not to be healthy.

On a tip from Dennis in Seattle.

May 03 2023

Nordstrom Forced to Close San Francisco Stores

San Francisco has reached the point in the Democrat Death Spiral where it is becoming impossible to do business there. Consequently, Nordstrom is closing both its stores in this mecca of moonbattery:

The company’s chief stores officer notified employees in an email that “the dynamics of the downtown San Francisco market have changed dramatically over the past several years, impacting customer foot traffic to our stores and our ability to operate successfully.”

Those dynamics involve the homelessness and crime that result from liberal policy. Derelicts are lavishly subsidized. Shoplifting is effectively legal in San Francisco. Crime control consists of paying thugs not to shoot people.

One of the stores was at the Westfield mall, according to whose owner, “a growing number of retailers and businesses are leaving the area due to the unsafe conditions for customers, retailers, and employees.”

Even a company that would seem a natural fit for the kooky liberal elitists of San Francisco is bailing out:

In April, the Whole Foods in downtown San Francisco closed its doors just one year after opening due to deteriorating street conditions, namely increased drug use and crime, nearby.

Walgreens has been forced to close 17 stores in San Francisco.

No wonder a majority of San Francisco residents are considering leaving.

Unfortunately, with the same sort of people running the federal government, they will soon run out of places to go. Gavin Newsom will likely be our next president if Democrats are forced to abandon the Weekend at Biden’s shtick and Republicans nominate someone unelectable. He used to be Mayor of San Francisco.

On tips from Jack D and Wiggins.

Feb 22 2023

San Francisco Backs Down From Ban on Unwoke States

The maxim “Get woke, go broke” applies beyond corporations that put politically correct posturing ahead of the bottom line. It can apply to whole cities, like the moonbat Mecca, San Francisco, which may have to repeal its ban on doing business with states that do not sufficiently comply with leftist ideology:

The ordinance was passed in 2016. Chapter 12X was voted into existence in the wake of the Obergefell v. Hodges decision and it took aim at states that passed so-called anti-LGBTQ legislation. The boycott was amended twice in 2019 and 2021 to add additional states which passed restrictive abortion and voting rights legislation.

Allegedly restrictive voting rights legislation refers to attempts to prevent the election fraud Democrats rely on to win close elections.

Instead of forcing the rest of the country to become San Francisco, the ordinance blew up in moonbat bureaucrats’ slack-jawed faces.

City Administrator Carmen Chu’s office issued a report on February 10 that contended the law was costly and ineffective. …

“Since 12X became operative, the number of banned states has grown from 8 states in 2017 to 30 in 2022. This increase suggests that the city’s threat of boycott may not serve as a compelling deterrent to states considering restrictive policies,” the report stated.

Sometimes reality penetrates the insulation of solipsistic arrogance that allows left-wing kooks to believe the rest of the world will comply with their demands.

The report also found that the ban has caused San Francisco’s contracting costs to jump by approximately 10-20%.

The ban accomplishes nothing except to showcase the intolerant bullying that characterizes liberals and to drive up costs for taxpayers.

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman also told the San Francisco Chronicle that he will introduce legislation to repeal the ordinance entirely.

Maybe California won’t be able to impose itself on the rest of the country after all.

On tips from Franco, Georgi A, and Bluto.

Jan 18 2023

Proposed Black Reparations Reach $5 Million Apiece in SF

Inflation is worse that I realized, to judge by how much they are planning to pay people to be black in San Francisco, where slavery was never legal:

Several weeks ago, in early December, the number was around $200,000 per resident.

Two weeks ago, the number jumped to $1 million each.

Now it’s $5 million.

That’s right. $5 million per black:

San Francisco’s reparations committee will propose paying $5million to each longtime black resident of the city in a reparations plan this spring. …

It is unclear exactly how many people would qualify should the proposal pass, but if just 10,000 people qualified it would cost at least $50billion.

The $5 million handout won’t be the only benefit of being “oppressed” according to liberal ideology:

The proposal also offers a number of other requirements to be handed out to qualifiers, including the creation of a ‘comprehensive debt forgiveness program’ which would eliminate credit card and other debts, along with student and housing loans.

As for 6 months from now, when the $5 million apiece has gone up in smoke:

The proposal also says qualifying low-income households should have their income supplemented to match the city’s median income – $97,000 in 2022 – for the next 250 years.

This is so that “Black people can better afford housing and achieve a better quality of life.”

California is drowning in debt. No matter. One question looters never ask is, “Can this be sustained?” They just grab all they can.

That is the mentality of our ruling party, from Black Lives Matter scumbags pillaging the corner grocery in the name of racial justice all the way up to Joe Biden signing grotesquely extravagant spending bills knowing future generations will be stuck with the bill.

However many $millions San Francisco ends up handing out to blacks, Gavin Newsom will top it at the state level. Then Democrats will top California at the national level, as soon as they have the political leverage.

The looting will continue until there is nothing left to steal, or until Democrats are decisively removed from power, whichever comes first.

On tips from Wiggins, Ed McAninch, and Varla.

Dec 26 2022

San Francisco Announces Trash Can Choice

We have been waiting for some time for the moonbats running San Francisco to choose a pricey new trash can to deal with the refuse that has been piling up on the formerly beautiful city’s streets. Now at last:

San Francisco’s city government spent $550,000 designing a new trash can through a four-year-long process which included a design contest and trial run, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Each model of the newly-selected “Slim Silhouette” will cost $2,000 to $3,000, but prototypes the city tested out cost $12,000 to $20,000 each, according to the Chronicle.

So at least it could have been worse in terms of cost.

You can tell the picture is staged because there are no psychotic drug fiends loafing amid mounds of garbage in front of the trash can.

On a tip from Franco.

Nov 17 2022

San Francisco to Pay $1,200/Month to Be Transsexual

At the top of the Cultural Marxist pecking order sits the most oppressed identity group in what’s left of America. Transsexuals are so put upon that San Francisco will pay them $1,200 per month to be who they are:

The Guaranteed Income for Trans People (GIFT) Program will provide low-income transgender residents with $1,200 each month, up to 18 months to help address financial insecurity within the community. …

The city also said that the new pilot program is the first guaranteed income initiative to focus solely on transgender people and will provide 55 eligible participants with temporary income.

The first? What about Palm Springs? In any case, we can be sure that it won’t be the last.

Taxpayers owe oppressed transsexuals a lot more than $1,200/month:

Additionally, the city said it will provide the same individuals with “wrap-around” direct services, such as gender-affirming medical and mental health care, case management, specialty care services and financial coaching.

When it comes to mental health care, the transgender community really is in need.

SF Mayor London Breed presents the pretext for the handouts:

“We know that our trans communities experience much higher rates of poverty and discrimination, so this program will target support to lift individuals in this community up.”

The notion that there is discrimination against rather than in favor of hyperprivileged transsexuals in the gay/liberal mecca San Francisco doesn’t pass the laugh test. If poverty were the real issue, they would just give the money to the poor, even if there is a link between mental illness and poverty.

A study from 2015 managed to find that 33% of California transsexuals were living in poverty, according to a bureauweenie in the San Francisco Office of Transgender Initiatives. Surprisingly, Biden’s handlers have not yet created a similar department at the cabinet level to help spend our money.

The city also noted that the percentage among transgender people who are also Black, Indigenous and People of Color is even higher.

Liberals love the idea of paying people not to be white, with money confiscated mainly from whites. Those who complain are “racists,” just as those who complain about programs that pay people to be transsexual are “transphobes.”

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Aug 16 2022

San Francisco Unveils Extravagant Trash Cans

San Francisco’s long-awaited $20,000 trash cans are here at last:

What takes four years to make and costs more than $20,000? A trash can in San Francisco. …

City officials hired a Bay Area industrial firm to custom-design the pricey trash can along with two other prototypes that cost taxpayers $19,000 and $11,000 each.

The reason San Francisco has not yet collapsed into a heap of rubble is that leftist bureauweenies operate at a glacial pace:

San Francisco began its search for the perfect trash can in 2018 when officials decided it was time to replace the more than 3,000 public bins that have been on the streets for almost 20 years.

Finally, they have prototypes. The Soft Square model costs $20,900. That’s enough to house one of San Francisco’s pampered derelicts for several days, if you don’t count room service.

The cost of buying them in bulk will be somewhat less, but the city’s Democrat overlords can be counted on to pay many times more than the trash cans are worth.

Trash on San Francisco city streets has been an issue for decades. In 2007, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom eliminated about 1,500 of the city’s 4,500 trash cans because he said they were not helping keep streets clean and were becoming magnets for more trash.

Emptying the cans when they fill up must have been rejected as a possible solution because it would require too much competence on the part of city officials.

Newsom is running for president in 2024. Not even he is any worse than the other Democrat candidates.

Meanwhile, human waste continues to climb up the ankles of pedestrians. Declaring the entire city to be a landfill would solve the trash can problem, except that any landfill as unsanitary as San Francisco would be shut down by the Board of Health.

On a tip from Jack Bauer.

Aug 03 2022

San Fransicko

The city that gave us the Speaker of the House remains the national capitol of moonbattery. If you want to see the future of the country under liberal rule, look to San Francisco:

The monkeypox response proves that Covid tyranny was always about tyranny and never about preventing the spread of sickness. On the contrary, the ideology of our degenerate ruling class is itself a sickness, as the response to monkeypox also proves.

On tips from KirklesWorth and Jester.

Jul 03 2022

Elderly San Franciscans Forbidden to Park at Own Home

Absolute moonbattery means absolute government. That means being at the mercy of the sort of arrogant a-hole bureauweenies who run ultraliberal San Francisco.

It isn’t easy to find a place to park in San Francisco. Fortunately for Ed and Judy Craine, they have a car pad, where they had been parking for the past 36 years — until:

Out of the blue, the couple got a ticket for parking in their own driveway. …

It came with an enormous fine: $1,542 dollars, plus another $250 per day if they didn’t get the car off their carpad.

The city’s Planning Department said maybe they could get a waiver and be allowed to use their own property — provided they could “prove that parking was a historic use on the lot.”

The couple dug up and submitted various photographic evidence that cars had been parked there since at least 1938. But bureaucrats sniffed that the proof was unsatisfactory.

Why was this elderly couple suddenly forbidden to park their car at their own home?

Planning Chief Dan Sider … said someone made an anonymous complaint to the city.

Two types benefit from government hypertrophy: petty tyrants and rats.

In their condescending benevolence, SF’s pencil-pushing overlords deigned to let the fine slide — so long as the Craines never park on their car pad again.

No American should have to live like this.

On a tip from R F.

Jun 08 2022

Chesa Boudin Recall Could Be Turning Point

We have hit peak moonbattery. Now the backlash can begin. Weather Underground scion Chesa Boudin has been recalled as DA in the world capital of degenerate woke lunacy, San Francisco:

Voters in progressive San Francisco on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported the recall of Chesa Boudin, the city’s radical left-wing district attorney, two years after he was elected on a platform that emphasized reducing the jail population and prioritizing “restorative justice.”

“Restorative justice” is Liberalese for mollycoddling criminals.

Boudin’s platform could be summed up as “F the Police.” This was fashionable as the Black Lives Matter riots raged, but less so now that the media-manufactured mania had died down and people are waking up to the inevitable effects of wokeism, which include rampant crime.

Boudin’s liberal credentials are impeccable. He worked as a translator and advisor for Hugo Chavez, whose ruination of Venezuela has served as the primary template for the Democrat agenda. Born into moonbattery, he is the offspring of Weather Underground terrorists Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. He was named after cop-killer Joanne Chesimard (aka Assata Shakur), the patron saint of Black Lives Matter, who now resides in communist Cuba.

Because his parents were incarcerated for killing two police officers and a security guard during a robbery, he was raised by two other Weather Underground terrorists, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. These same two terrorists launched the political career of Barack Obama from their Chicago apartment.

Boudin gave voters what they asked for:

He ended cash bail, stopped prosecuting drug-possession cases stemming from “pretextual” traffic stops, stopped using “enhancements” to extend prison sentences for convicted gang members, and stopped prosecuting so-called quality-of-life crimes — things such as prostitution, public camping, public defecation, and open-air drug use. Supporters of the recall say that sent a message that San Francisco was a consequence-free place to engage in low-level crimes, which simply encouraged more crime in the city generally.

By implementing the Broken Windows theory in reverse, Boudin helped make San Francisco into the uninhabitable hellhole it is today.

In 2021, a year that saw nearly 500 people in the city killed by a worsening fentanyl crisis, Boudin’s office didn’t convict a single person of dealing the drug. They chose instead to emphasize diversion programs and lower-level “accessory after the fact” charges, in part to protect immigrant drug dealers from deportation…

As with Biden, his administration has been a case study in applied liberalism.

That even left-wing San Francisco would overwhelmingly vote to oust one of the progressive-prosecutor movement’s leading figures shows just how much the nation’s mood has changed over the past two years as rising crime has plagued big cities across the country.

What are our rulers in the Democrat Party/mainstream media complex learning from this? Not a thing. Intelligencer honked in advance that if Boudin were to be recalled, it would be because San Francisco isn’t liberal after all. These kooks will continue to double down.

This does not necessarily apply to voters, even in San Franfreakshow:

Boudin’s ouster comes less than four months after San Francisco voters recalled three progressive school-board members who were widely condemned for prioritizing social-justice politics…

Those social justice politics included changing the names of 44 schools named after retroactively canceled thought criminals, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and even insufficiently left-wing former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein. Not even being homosexual has spared whites from cancelation by the San Francisco Board of Education on a racial basis, as Seth Brenzel learned. The school board is so politically correct that it canceled the concept of acronyms for being racist.

Let’s see what voters can do about other Soros-backed maniacs in positions like Boudin’s (e.g., George Gascon [Los Angeles] Alvin Bragg [Manhattan], Kim Foxx [Chicago], Larry Krasner [Philadelphia], Kim Gardner [St Louis], and Marilyn Mosby [Baltimore]). At the national level, let’s see what we can do about prying the pernicious Democratic Party from power.

On tips from Occam’s Stubble, Varla, and Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Maggie’s Farm.


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