Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Written to Chip Johnson of the Chron:
Hi Chip
Always appreciate your columns. 

Ref Brooks (Desley Brooks, Oakland City Council, Tues Nov 24th),  your comments are directed the wrong way, it's the VOTERS, as usual. If the other members are scared "s**tless" of her supporters, it means the voters are idiots. I have often said that "term limits" are already an admission that voters are idiots...

Sunday, November 22, 2015

"Good Discussion" on Politics...

Finally, a better way of calling someone a "cynical, cranky old white man" (old fart, like me)...

In the chron obits today (11/22/15), a kindly over-80 gentleman (lawrence / princeton / wharton) and successful stock market type, almost life long resident of SF, had included among his character traits, "... kept up to date on politics and finance and welcomed a good discussion on these subjects." 

God bless him and may his soul rest in peace. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Paris, a few side thoughts on extremism

The attacks in Paris are a horrible example of the extremist thinking of the crazies in this world, the vast majority of whom are religious extremists. 

It is time to stop coddling religious extremists, start requiring people to take responsibility for their own actions. If they want to go to a training camp, never let them back into our country. If they espouse extremist thinking, exile them from our country and all its benefits. 

I have never blamed anyone of any religion for the actions of the extreme of their group, but i would feel better about the Muslim faith if we heard more protests from the moderates about the actions of ISIS. 

And for the most politically incorrect opinion, refugees have to stop looking at other countries by the millions and start fixing their own countries. The US has so many problems that we really aren't capable of fixing the remainder of the world.

Just another un-pc thought, it's time for babies born here not to automatically become citizens since millions of people are intentionally taking advantage of it. Since changing the constitution is impossible, how about a work around to allow ""provisional citizenship" ?? 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Typical PG&E Corporate BS on Solar

As an FYI moment...  For those who believe the bs that PG&E put out to increase the solar rates, i'd like to point out a fact:
Every year, our system has produced MORE power than we consumed.
   For the lasts 12 months, we supplied PG&E's grid with a net 502 kilowatt hours, worth $84.58. 
   Under the state rules which PG&E's lobbyists wrote, they credited us with $17.76, the "wholesale rate" as one service rep told me. That's a profit of $66.82 for PG&E on my power. 
   That's in addition to the average $5.44 per month for the "privilege" of receiving power at night. 
So don't tell me PG&E loses money on consumer solar... typical corp bs...

Monday, November 9, 2015

National TV news

While i'm sitting here, i might as well comment on one of my favorite observations. 

If you've ever watched the evening national news on the major networks, it doesn't take much to realize that 90% of the commercials are for pharmaceuticals for OLD people. 

Tells you who is watching, and who isn't, and either get their news elsewhere, or don't absorb any news at all..  

PS, and they are smart enuf to vote ???

College Football

As someone who grew up in Missouri, i am appalled by the continuing pathetic state of the state, especially the pathetic behavior of the 90 tiny municipalities of St Louis County, squeezing minorities to pay for the corrupt mostly white governments. 

The latest pathetic attempt at government involves the administration of University of Missouri at Columbia. For years, especially the last five years, the african american minority has been hassled and harassed by racist white kids. Basically the administration did NOTHING. Protests and hunger strikes did nothing. 

What caused the do-nothing president to resign. When the football team threatened to walk out on this saturday's game, thus causing the loss of $2 million in revenue to the university. Need i say more ???

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Is the US a third world country??

You ask if we are a third world country. I offer the following cranky old man rant:

      Middle class whites, I understand, are now the fastest growing group of suicides and drug abusers.

     Most US Companies are so quick to screw the employees that folks have had to create a new category of companies that are fair to employees; B Corps…

      Voters are so stupid that someone had to invent “term limits.” The winner of SF’s most contentious recent race (resulting in a whopping 35% turnout) sent people with bullhorns into neighborhoods announcing, in cantonese, “Peskin has a good heart. The bearded man is the best. Support Peskin.”

      San Francisco is pushing rapid transit by limiting developers to only ¾ of a parking space for every new housing unit. The transit authority is answering the challenge of 10,000 new housing units by rearranging bus routes by a few blocks, unless it inconveniences the seniors in which case changes are reversed. God forbid we offend aarp (or the nra, but that’s another story).

      And then of course, there is SF’s $100 million bond issue for fixing streets, which the voters passed two years ago. But 2/3 of the funds were actually used to replace 5 year old “disabled persons curb cuts,” legal but not up to current perfection. Thus SF is among the country’s top 5 cities with the worst street conditions.

            And if one thinks that SF is third world (albeit with out-of-this world real estate prices), you only need to look at the administration of the 80 odd municipalities in St. Louis county and the revenue paradigm of screwing minorities with “deep-south-in-the-50’s” type speed traps. To add insult to injury, the new york times again featured St Louis county’s Pagedale municipality in the recent November 4th’s article on revenue raising “…officials in this tiny city near St. Louis ordered Valarie Whitner to replace her siding; repaint her gutters, downspout and foundation; and put up screens or storm covers outside every window and blinds or curtains on the inside.”

Friday, October 23, 2015

SF Public Schools

Just a quick note, but do you agree that if one of the most popular publications for parents is the:  Survival Guide to the SFUSD Enrollment Fair, then the city is in a very sad state... No wonder about half of school age kids move out of the city when they get to middle school... 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Kentucky Coward

the Clerk in Kentucky, who refuses to issue marriage licenses, listening to a "higher authority," would be less cowardly if she resigned, but she won't, because she would lose her gummint paycheck and gummint pension. 

typical pathetic human, no guts..... 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Death with Dignity

Another person who wants to end their own life with dignity, without agonizing pain and suffering, is turned down by the judicial courts. Politicians, scared "s***less" by the fanatic churches, will not allow anyone to control their own life. 

On the other hand, we have tons of laws preventing cruelty to animals, but none of them prevent the "euthanizing" of suffering animals and pets. We "helped" our 18 year old cat suffering from failing kidneys a couple years ago. We weren't arrested. 

Anybody else note an inconsistency here. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

More lack of taking responsibility

I'm sorry to see Carl Nolte (chron sun) join the ranks of those of us who rant and complain, all to no avail. I always enjoyed his bright take on the city.
The problem is not only that current politicians refuse to take responsibility or even discuss the problem, it's that their actions exacerbate adversarial positions between residents. Like Campos and Avalos, Peskin and Daly, they engender rivalry and hate between renters and landlords, immigrants and police, drivers and pedestrians and bicyclists, workers and business, homeless and residents, police and the district attorney.

They think it's going to fix the problem to "rearrange deck chairs."  Like Campos "forbidding merging of storefronts" instead of working a compromise (say, financial incentives) between building owners and long term ethnic tenants on 24th. And my continuing soapbox, finding a compromise to avoid thousands of empty housing units hurt by destructive rent control rules.
The city, residents, and politicians have lost the ability to compromise due to the animosity. Looks like i've ranted about this before, lot of good it does me. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Tragedy on Pier 14 and Undoc'd immigrants

The sad part about the whole tragedy on pier 14 is that it was so avoidable. If only the city of SF had the knowledge and intelligence and ability to compromise. 

No undocumented immigrant should be turned over to ICE and deported or jailed for a speeding ticket.

ANY undocumented immigrant who is a convicted felon or been deported 5 times should be jailed or turned over to ICE. 

Any politician who will not or cannot be trusted to understand the difference should never be elected or re-elected. Or has the guts to make people responsible for their own actions. 

Are we ALL so stupid to vote for these idiots over and over. DID YOU VOTE for them ???    My fav word: Pathetic.  

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Campos, Politicians, and Compromise

David Campos scares me. He is one of the politicians who engender hate between groups. Unfortunately, his type is in the majority of politicians. 

Old time residents of the mission and the small hispanic-owned businesses who cater to them would like to stay in their homes and stay in business. This is desirable and a worthy cause. 

Building owners have a constitutional right to own property and receive the best return on their investment which they can obtain.

Unfortunately, Campos is trying to defy the constitution by making laws to try to accomplish the first goal by restricting the second, typical hate tactics. His proposed legislation is a joke, typical of politicians who should never be elected.  

THE ONLY SOLUTION is an agreed-upon compromise. Good luck, but we elected you to run the city, not stir up hate between groups.  

Politicians, the Economy, and "Programs" for everyone

Hopefully, one of these days enough people will listen to me and vote for moderate, fiscally conservative, socially moderate, politicians. I'm not holding my breathe. 

Read the below and try to tell me i've not said this before:
The writer below is a resident in Puerto Rico, which recently (like nobody caught this before) discovered it could not pay it's $73 bn dollar debt: ......

<<People ricochet from anger to resignation back to anger again. Along San Juan’s colonial-era streets, in homes and shops, Puerto Ricans blame the government for the economic debacle. Election after election, they say, political leaders took the easy way out, spending more than they had, borrowing to prop up the budget, pointing fingers at one another and failing to own up to reality.>>

Ahh, please notice that the writer does not put any blame on the voters who continue to vote for politicians who promise everything to everyone. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Official News Conferences

Have you noticed the President when he is speaking. The only people behind him are the audience, or someone whom he is appointing to a position and maybe their new boss. 

NOW LOOK at a local politician, some provincial small town mayor (like SF's Lee) or member of the board of stupidvisors, or minor elected official. They dig up 10 or so people, usually on the city payroll, who stand behind them, trying NOT to look bored or detesting their boss making them stand where the teevee cameras can see them. 

Do these idiots really think we consider them more important cuz they lined up people behind them. Do YOU consider them more important. If you do, we as a country are totally doomed. Generally, the more people behind the politician, the more insecure they are. 

Only one exception will i even consider. When a politician announces their candidacy for a higher position (hooray for musical chairs in term limits), they have no choice but to line up "supporters," otherwise they look like losers.. (hmmm)...

By the way, term limits are an admission that the voter is an idiot... 

Do you believe an "Industry Spokeperson" ???

Couple more thoughts, since some people actually seem to be reading my crappy rants. Maybe it might even convince some people to take back our cities from corrupt, cowardly politicians. Actually, some pretty simple thoughts, nuthin too heavy this weekend. 

The absolute WORST job in the entire world has got to be an "INDUSTRY SPOKESPERSON." <grin>. To spout the total LIES about an industry over and over again, all with a straight face. You know when the oil industry says that the auto fuel high cost has nothing to do with "unscheduled" refinery closings and shipping fuel overseas, anyone who says, "yea, that makes sense," is a braindead idiot. These jobs used to be all women, but now even men are forced to accept this loser of a job. 

Spokepersons for the communications industry, chemical industry, transportation. I watched some poor son of a bitch the other night try to say that rail cars carrying explosive oil are perfectly safe. Yee gods, man, LIES, LIES, LIES. This is the latest oil that is now pumped out of the ground, not the heavy stuff they used to use.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Religion again

Karl Marx once said (or something close) that "Religion is the Opiate of the People". To give you an idea of how stupid religion is, besides that they cause the most wars and deaths of any world cause, look at the 600 dead in Pakistan due to the heat wave.

Did you know that the Muslim religion is so backward that during Ramadan (now), people are not ALLOWED to drink water during the day, besides not being allowed to eat.  No Imam has the balls to waive this and tell people that you need to hydrate during triple digit heat...

My favorite word: pathetic. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Confederate Flag

Ok people, read carefully to the END before you rant and rave. 

The confederate battle flag is a legitimate symbol of the south in the civil war. The CAUSE of the war is no longer valid in intelligent people, and has been hijacked by racists, white supremacists, and other brain dead screamers. 

For those reasons, it should be relegated to museums, just like history of religious wars. Remember, if we do not study history, we are doomed to repeat it. But then again, many kids no longer study history anyway. Sad. 

The Confederate Battle Flag should no longer be flown anywhere. I don't think i've ever read an intelligent comment supporting it's flying. Like the texas governor's pandering to the lunatic right by sending the national guard to watch over an army exercise. Truly truly sad and pathetic. First world?

Update: 6 July. The great state of south carolina's senate has voted to move the confederate battle flag to a museum. I'm not holding my breath. Did you see the people waving that flag ??  pathetic. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

the National Rifle Association NRA

Duh? Now i remember what i was going to say. The story of the shooting in South Carolina simply reinforces my opinion that the National Rifle Association is one of the most destructive organizations in the entire country. If we continue to let them rule congress and the governments of the brain dead south (and many more states), the United States is doomed as a first world country. 

We must reduce the number of guns in this country. Why the NRA needs semi-automatic and automatic weapons, most of which get stolen from gun-nuts, is beyond me. We must control ownership, and make sure that demented (most people) and criminal elements cannot obtain guns. 

Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic and Hello Again...

I have not written in months, because i am so fed up with SF that i have spent my time planning my departure from a city where tenants and landlords, bicyclists and drivers, pedestrians and drivers, techies and long term residents, are in the most hateful and hate-fueled relationship i have ever witnessed in my (relatively small) world travels. 

Fueled by the disrespect and inability to compromise in the Board of Stups, the city will slowly crumble. I'm not even sure what to call this post, maybe "hello again." 

The BOS refuses to address the worst problems in the city, and resorts to "rearranging deck chairs."  If you've ever read a lot of political history, you know i am referring to the sinking of the Titanic. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Cordileone: The reincarnation of Gregory IX

Sent to the Chron: The Chronicle's editorial on Archbishop Cordileone’s pathetic attempt at forcing medieval theology on 21st century catholic teachers (Wrong city, wrong century, February 5) is very timely. However, your attempt to exonerate the current boss man in the Vatican ( “…forward thinking Pope...” )  is way off the mark.

There is no way on God’s green earth that the Pope does not condone Cordileone’s edicts. The Pope has absolute control over his underlings, what they say, and where they are assigned. If Francis had any qualms about what the reincarnation of Gregory IX was doing in this diocese, Salvatore would be history.

The Pope’s retention of Cordileone is absolute proof that the Catholic church is still mired in the 13th Century and has zero intention of ever modernizing. How anyone continues to support the Catholic church is beyond my comprehension. And I guess I’m going straight to hell too.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Democracy ???

Thinking about Thailand's former PM Shinawatra's statement that " Thai democracy has died...."  (Chron Jan 23, 2015)

Then i think about the struggling middle class in the US, the 99%'s dwindling piece of the economic pie, the corporate and union ownership of Washington, the inability of intelligent voters to get rid of the stagnant politicians in many city state and federal governments, the inability of many cultures to rise above the slow disintegration of their lives, the ineffectual billions spent on studies to kick problems down the road, the lack of initiative to really face problems, the political correctness which denigrates anyone's ability to make people responsible for their own actions.

I think of what a close friend says, "Democracy is overrated.." 

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Disintegration of the Muslim world / the blame game

Great, fantastic. In an article in the NYT, many "muslim scholars" are now blaming the religion's propensity for extremism and violence on being “...just a veneer for anger at the dysfunctional Arab states left behind by colonial powers..." , meaning that old white men in the early 1900's are responsible for muslim extremists killing people today. It's like the African American community's continuing disintegration being blamed on white people from the early 1900's. It's like politicians blaming everything on politicians before them when their corruption causes cities to go bankrupt and fall apart. As Friedman pointed out in "The World is Flat," Korea and Hewlett Packard each create more patents in a week than the Arab world created in 20 years, and it's the fault of white men ???


Why in the world do people blame someone else for their own problems ???   Well, duh... Because they are too weak to take responsibility for their own failings. COME ON, world, own up, dude. Why do we let these weak-brained lunatics back into the country after they go to the middle east ??

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

More Code "Requirements" on new buildings in SF

oops, forgot one more, sent to supervisors:

The Potrero View's article on David Chiu's legislation (concerning the requirement for solar on new buildings) didn't say if new small residential buildings were included, but it is one reason why SF is so expensive, more REQUIREMENTS. It already would cost me $6000 to remove and replace my diseased street trees and my new $10k ($2k for paperwork alone) fifteen foot retaining wall is stronger than my whole house foundation.
Please stop putting more "Requirements" on housing. Of course, the plan may have been just campaigning.  INCENTIVES ARE GOOD, REQUIREMENTS ARE STUPID..
I'm 71, resident 40 yrs, this house owner for 30, already have solar PV and solar hot water (2010). 

Annual summary of our little financial disaster

and just for the hell of it, how about a annual summary:

When will US corporations finally realize that not paying a good salary to useful employees will bankrupt the middle class, without whom they would have no one to sell to ???

When will most US organizations finally realize that unless you streamline the organizations, both public and private, eventually they will disintegrate of their own bloat, bankrupting the cities, states, and even the US gummint ???

When will the gummint realize that unless you streamline, the fees and taxes will eventually bankrupt the citizens ???  You can't be the employer of last resort. You can't give away the store in fat times to unions or corporations without dire financial problems in lean times ????

When will all the gummints realize you can't give away to the store to corporations or unions, that eventually you will bankrupt cities, states, etc (am i a broken record?) ???

I am reminded of the lunatics buying gas guzzling trucks and suv's in this time of cheap gas, because, PEOPLE, IT AIN'T GONNA CONTINUE...

Happy new year...  (i resolve to be less cynical next year, but, of course, that ain't gonna happen either...)

The Interview, North Korea, Sony, and the world

The "Interview."  yeah, one last happy new year... You couldn't make this up...

One wonders who is the dumbest, the North Koreans, Sony, movie goers, or the Media. 

Why would the North Koreans expose their abilities to try to cripple a Japanese (ain't even 'mercan) movie that is obviously destined to die a quiet horrible movie death??  

Why would Sony put on such a stupid pic? Frankly, i'm cynical enough to believe that whole thing was engineered in the Sony marketing department. They are obviously going to make far more in revenue than if they had just released the bomb..

Why would anyone even want to see this?  Surely, i can't believe anyone would see this out of a first amendment concern. And, of course, the media, who hyped the whole thing, even got the Pres to weigh in. Did Sony pay them by promising big ads for the movie??

Ludicrous...  By the way, i hope nobody reading this actually thinks the internet is secure and their info private ????

Ferguson Missouri, Police, and the Black community

I've tried to avoid the subject because anyone that disagrees with me will call me a racist. Not only do "Black Lives Matter," but, remember, "ALL Lives Matter." 

I do not disagree that Police forces across the country have a problem dealing with the African American community. My high school was 1/4 mile from Ferguson Missouri. I have lived and revisited (after a 40 year absence) my home town. The blacks in St. Louis and St. Louis County are victims of over 80 mostly tiny municipal police forces whose primary duty is to extract money from all residents (see Washington Post 9/3/2014 and following), and of course it falls mostly on poor blacks. The rural south of the 60's lives on even today in St. Louis County. To understand how pathetic the situation is, one only has to think what a European thinks about the United States, reading about a black man like Eric Garner who is killed by white police for selling cigarettes ???

The other viewpoint is that the black community has a problem too. Always remember there are TWO sides to every problem. I believe the most eloquent quote is from Brian Willingham, church pastor and black police officer in Flint MI, quoted in the NY Times, "I now realize that we who consider ourselves leaders in the black community can't just be against racism. We have to also be against a portion of black culture that has become increasingly anti-authority and antisocial to a point of self-destruction. This is an enemy we've yet to engage in the balck community . But it's a conversation i think we're forced to have now." 

It doesn't help that the police and politicians are so intimidated that they allow anarchists and vandals to hijack and distort the huge majority of legitimate protests.

Sometimes i feel the entire culture of the United States is slowly disintegrating before our eyes, and we don't do anything about it. God help us, most people don't even vote. PS that's a generic god, not a christian or muslim shia or shiite or whatever.  

Transportation - BART and High Speed Rail

Time to round out the year with a couple more CCOWM observations about our screwed up city and state. 

How about an easy one. BART. They want to build a second tube under the bay, which nobody can afford anyway, like the big fast train, which, if i'm lucky, may complete 3 or 4 miles in the central valley before i die. 

How about BART just spend a fraction of whatever (which nobody will even guesstimate) to upgrade the signal systems, and reduce the interval between trains (omg, omg, too dangerous) ????  Maybe build a few more crossovers for the "maintenance" ??   Maybe if the unions did their work correctly, they wouldn't need so much maintenance??

Like the hi spd rail, which could spend a fraction of the money to upgrade existing track and signals and build a few more bypass sidings. Then the passenger trains could go 80 mph instead of the 31 mph now (381 miles / 12 hours - do the f*ng math), maybe fewer stops. Pathetic. 

CCOWM = cynical, cranky, old white man

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Definition of double parking autos (not trucks)

Double Parking your car says " i am too important and my time is too valuable to worry about looking for a parking space, so i can be inconsiderate and inconvenience you."

Typical san francisco, like new york in the 60's.. pathetic and depressing. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AirBNB / Hotels and Uber-Lyft / taxis

While I'm here, I thought i'd add a note about AirBNB and hotels and Uber/Lyft and taxis. 

The problem with legislating against these kids is that nobody is addressing what spawned these apps (nor do they have the ability to affect anything anyway). 

AirBNB would not exist were it not for a huge disconnect between what travelers can afford or want to pay and what hotels and motels charge. Frankly i'd rather stay in someone's home rather than an overpriced fee-you-to-death hotel. On potrero hill, home of dozens or hundreds of listings, i have no problem with all the nice folks wheeling their luggage around here. I see a dozen a week. No problem at all. Note that hotels survive mostly on biz travelers, did you see a few weeks ago that most hotel dining rooms are disappearing because of inflated costs??  It's the economy, stupid. And the disappearing middle class, Mr. Reich, but don't get me started. 

And if the taxis would service the neighborhoods instead of all hiding downtown looking for airport rides, Uber / Lyft / etc would never have gotten off the ground. You cannot find a free taxi in the 'hoods. I don't even have to write any more there. I think there should be some regulation about insurance, but "training" ???  That's smokescreen b**ls**t. Another worthless association or union screwing things up. 

Voter ID agendas

As is true of much of politics these days, the argument over “Voter ID” (Sunday Chron, 10/19) is the wrong argument, hiding the agendas of the Liberals and the Conservatives.

Noone can argue with the need for positive identification. Virtually all financial transactions today require it. Why should anyone be able to exercise our precious right to vote, without proving you are whose ballot you are voting ?

The problem is that some conservatives are hijacking the legitimate attempt at identification to create barriers to legitimate voting. Liberals are trying to make the registration process so simple that any lazy lunatic can sign up to vote. Thus the politicians are ignoring any compromise that might put in place legitimate ID processes but yet protect the right to vote. Typical.  

Getting an “Official ID Card” to prove who you are is usually a fairly simple process requiring a certain amount of personal responsibility. Yes, it might be more difficult for some minorities. But it only needs to be done once.

There should be some ID requirement to make an effort to register and vote.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Showers for the Homeless, another money pit ????

I go in spurts. Mostly because nobody really reads it, but then when i don't post, people don't vist...   oh well, this got me goin this am....

   I can't be the only one who was perplexed by the "showers" story in this am's Chron (Oct 1, Shower Buses for the Homeless). Doniece (director) raves about 625 showers since July. My engineer brain sees 7 showers a day, or 10 if you figure only five days a week. That's about an hour per ???  Now she is looking for $900k for next year. 

    My showers are usually 10 min max (remember we're in a drought). Allowing 20 min in a stall still gives 3 an hour, or 30 for ten hours. 5 days a week gives 150 (7 days gives 210) per WEEK, not per month. Clean up can't take more than a few minutes if you are efficient. Another bus would definitely help, location wise, but five buses makes NO sense financially if the utilization is absurd. 

    First, before expanding, MAKE THE UTILIZATION WORK. Their must be some of the customers smart enough to hire /volunteer as staff to expand available hours, it's ludicrous to let the bus sit empty for no staff, makes no sense. The customers must bear some responsibility to make the system work efficiently and smoothly. 

    Otherwise, you just have another "feel-good" money pit for city funding or a very poor use of charitable funds. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

I did NOT make this up, it's YOUR FOOD

If you want to know what you are eating.  I noticed that buried deep in the newspaper (print version) this am (aug 4, 2014), the news was that "Two workers at Pharmachem Laboratories in NJ were injured Saturday night when a vat exploded, rattling windows a mile away. They were cooking up a new batch of a widely used Eggnog flavoring."

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Vatican and Cordileone

The Vatican's continued retention and support of Archbishop Cordileone, whose diocese should be Wichita or Mississippi, is continued proof of the slap in the face and hatred which the Vatican has for the entire GLBT community. Sadly, only 3/4 of my Catholic friends realize this and abandoned Catholicism. It's like the pathetic support of the Log Cabin Club for Republicans.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Iraq, Vietnam, and the US Government

I should try not to be too cynical today. It's only two weeks after memorial day, and all i can think of are the young men and women who died or were maimed in Iraq for the betterment of democracy and to allow the Iraqi's to be able to choose for themselves and protect themselves.

As we learned in Vietnam (or rather, should have learned), was that when a people are divided either by ideology (communism vs dictatorship) or religion (shia vs sunni), no amount of outside pressure will make the two whole.  It is argued ad nauseum that we should have stayed in Iraq until the job was finished, probably impossible as we did learn in vietnam, or "bring the boys (and girls) home..." and get the f**k out..."   There is nothing else i can say that isn't cynical so i will shut up.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Why San Franciscans hate each other

i noted in the Worldcrunch that 71% of Russians dislike the US. The russian government did it. 

Now i know why San Franciscans dislike each other. The SF Administration and Board of Supervisors have constantly denigrated drivers to pedestrians and drivers to bicyclists and the SFMTA blames everyone else. 

No wonder our streets are war zones. No wonder drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists are so arrogant and inconsiderate, their gummint tells them to dislike each other.....a bit of a stretch, but it's correct..

<<71%.......A Russian poll conducted last month suggests 71% of Russians have negative feelings towards the U.S., the highest figure since such polls started in 1990.>>

Thursday, May 29, 2014

City "FEES" and Dealing with SF Dept of Bldg Inspecition

I needed to replace my 4' high by 20' backyard retaining wall. By the time i got done ($12k), i had a $1000 design that is heavier than my building foundation and a DBI permit that ran $900. Oh right, to park the trucks with a permit was an extra $250. If the DBI shuts down my project or says my rebar is an inch short, i feel like (**censored**). A friend built a new fence and the City made him redo it cuz it was 6" too high. My auto mechanic had his city "fees" and "taxes" go from $4k to $14k. And the contractor was less than the average bid.

I pity anyone trying to do business in this pathetic town. Maybe we should do what St. Louis does, let speed trap tickets pay for all the corrupt city administration, like the good ol' boy cities in the rural south in the 1960's. The city is "fee-ing" us to death. Potrero Hill almost got 1000 new parking meters this year. The politicians haven't a clue what is going on, they pass anything the city shoves under their noses. 

My plan is now to sell my business and house maintenance money pit (as bad as a sailboat) and move out of state. It's gonna take a year or two to disengage, but it's 80% certain. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Elected vs Appointed Interim Politicians

Supervisor Avalos is calling for voters to decide on interim appointments, ignoring the cost and the absurdly low turnout on “special” and “runoff” elections. He obviously assumes that once in office, the “incumbent” is immune to being voted out of office.

When you consider this in conjunction with the close race involving a convicted shoplifter, the absurd influence of PACS, slate cards, and 30 second robo calls, you begin to wonder if the average voter ever thinks for him or herself. If, of course, he or she even bothers to vote. 

When you think about it, even “term limits” are an admission that the average voter can not think for themselves.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Parking (redux) and SF new bldg Parking Ratios

One need only turn to Pender's column (Chron 11 May) about apps and paying for parking spaces to understand that parking in San Francisco is totally out of whack.

A large part of the problem is the abject failure of the restriction on parking in new buildings to less than one space per unit. Most owners of million dollar condos will have more than one car. Young couples with kids will put up with it, but with an early exit strategy to Marin or the Peninsula.

This is leading to the further deterioration of SF neighborhoods, where street parking is now a joke. Car break-ins and vandalism are “non-violent” crimes, with very little attention from the SFPD or DA. When an offender is caught, they are already on probation, rarely jailed.  

Something has to be done. We are already the second densest city in the country. As an employee at a local business told me today, commuting from the Richmond to Potrero Hill is impossible on Muni, and she is afraid to ride at night, so she drives. I gave up my driving volunteer work and half my clients in the city.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Facebook (Farcebook) and Rejection ???

OMG, OMG, another study:

<<  A study by a team of researchers from the University of Queensland's psychology school found that people who are ignored on Facebook can feel rejected and have a lower self-esteem.  >>

Where does that put me ??   I "inactivated" my facebook account after it spammed my email, and NOBODY NOTICED FOR FOUR MONTHS. A long lost cousin finally found me on linkedin, so i "reactivated" the farcebook. Only two people noticed that. 

First, you really can't "delete" your account, many links will "reactivate" it without your realization. Sneaky bastards. Second, full disclosure, at age 70, there ain't that many contemporaries there. Facebook is mostly for kids, although i read one newspaper report (real paper) several months ago that said many kids are abandoning farcebook for different platforms because too many of their parents are on there watching. 

The other scary thing is why we are raising kids to have so little self-esteem that they measure themselves by FARCEBOOK ???  PATHETIC. Maybe if parents taught their kids self-esteem, self-respect and respect for other people, we'd need fewer studies, fewer psychiatrists, and have fewer shootings. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

A new Police Chief for pathetic Oakland

Finally getting around to responding to Chip Johnson's (chron 5/2) excellent column on the next Oakland Police Chief. 

Let me get this straight, Sean Whent, the acting chief, "... plays by the rules; doesn't show favoritism or try to buddy up with the rank and file; eschews political gatherings (politicians think we measure their importance by the number of underlings on overtime lined up behind them), wants to be effective, not popular; and follows, and objectively enforces, department policies."

A no-brainer, right. AH BUT WAIT. He is not under the control of the police union or the department cliques, doesn't act like a politician, and probably won't be a patsy for the pathetic lunatics currently running Oakland. 

He is f**king doomed, as Oakland officials "interview" someone more to their liking.  HAS NOT GOT A PRAYER.

Chip, how do you continue writing about the right way to run Oakland, don't you ever feel frustrated in your quixotic quest for effective administration ?? 

NEWS FLASH:  14 MAY 2014  Mayor Quan (no comment) will actually listen to reason and NAME Whent the new chief. OMG OMG...