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.