Wednesday, September 23, 2015

City of Lost Dreams

The new rent map for 1-bedroom apartments is out, and it confirms at a glance that San Francisco is no place for a single person making under $100K a year.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Jack Minnis

Jack Minnis, SNCC research director, spoke in San Francisco in 1966. The only white staff member, Minnis was key to SNCC organizing during the freedom rides and black voter registration campaign. His movements monitored by state police in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, Minnis conducted opposition research training in the Southern "black belt" at a time when SNCC volunteers were beaten, shot, fire-bombed and lynched by police and the Ku Klux Klan.

Monday, August 31, 2015

USS San Francisco

The USS San Francisco (CA-38), a New Orleans-class heavy cruiser, was one of the most decorated ships of World War II. She was heavily damaged in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, losing her captain and an admiral. Having earlier survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the 13 November 1942 engagement at Guadalcanal found the USS San Francisco firing in pitch darkness, taking on an enemy battleship, cruiser and destroyer, that destroyed her navigation bridge, killing or wounding all officers.

Sustaining the loss of 77 sailors, with 105 wounded, the ship had taken 45 hits. She reached San Francisco on 11 December 1942, where she was greeted by thousands of San Franciscans as she passed under the Golden Gate Bridge and past Crissy Field on her way to repair at Mare Island.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Feeling of Respect

Oliver Sacks, author of Awakenings, walks on.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Junior Prostitute Clubs

Propaganda by sex traffickers and brothel owners consistently downplays the solid data of prostitution abolitionists that shows 80% of prostitutes are forced into sex slavery by transnational organized crime, and that legalization encourages trafficking and slavery. Pornography helps to create demand by feeding into a system where sex is a commodity supplied by the underworld.

Some abolitionists are motivated by religious moral values, and others by human rights values, but they are both right. Progressive apologists for organized criminal exploitation of impoverished women and children are delusional.

When I confronted these idiots trying to legalize prostitution in San Francisco, I used public records to show them the ballot measure they supported was submitted by a front group for brothel owners, some of whom had been prosecuted for selling illegal immigrant 14-year-old girls. Challenging their absurd view of prostitution as a career, I facetiously suggested they could organize junior prostitute clubs in the public schools, where girls could learn about opportunities to sell their bodies and dignity.

The Mayor of San Francisco and the SF District Attorney led a police raid on a brothel prior to the election, generating headlines about trafficked minors, and focusing public discussion about this menace as a human rights law enforcement challenge.

The Peace and Freedom Party of California revoked my editorial privileges on its public forum page for supporting the abolitionist position.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Value of Our Intelligence

"America's objective has always been to take what is ours. It has not changed, and it will not change; to take what does not belong to them...And, the reality of now is that the system is unfair, and it's not gonna be fair. This system is designed to exploit and oppress. That's the way this civilization is built...We're emotionally traumatized and reactive. We need to get past the emotional trauma stuff, and really understand the value of our intelligence."
--John Trudell

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Sons of Champlin

Yet another Mill Valley connection from the 1960s rock scene was Sons of Champlin, an opening act for the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Band.