SF SUPERVISORS VOTE DOWN RESOLUTION SUPPORTING USS IOWA
SAN FRANCISCO Bay City News Wire
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today voted 3-8 against a resolution urging the San Francisco Congressional Delegation to support the permanent berthing of the USS Iowa as a museum at the Port of San Francisco.
The congressional delegation secured $3 million in 2000 to move the USS Iowa, which was present at the signing of the treaty between Japan and the U.S. in 1945, from Rhode Island to the Bay Area, the proposed resolution says.
A study commissioned by the Port of San Francisco concluded that the ship would attract more than 500,000 people during its first year at the waterfront, according to the proposed resolution.
But Tom Ammiano said today he didn't want the ship berthed in San Francisco because of the military's treatment of gays and lesbians and its "don't ask, don't tell'' policy.
"It's dehumanizing,'' Ammiano said. "You are not allowed to be a gay or lesbian in the military except when there is a war and then when the war ends, you are kicked out.''
Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Chris Daly also spoke out against the resolution, citing their opposition to the US occupation in Iraq.
"I am sad to say I am not proud of the history of the United States of America since the 1940s,'' Daly said.
Supervisors Sean Elsbernd, Fiona Ma and Michela Alioto-Pier voted in favor of the resolution.
I wonder if the folks on the map below could be persuaded to shop in Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento and other cities inside the United States.
3. Alameda Naval Air Station, USN
4. Alameda Naval Aviation Depot, USN
19. Beale AFB, USAF
37. Camp Perry AGS, USAF
45. Castle AFB, USAF
62. Concord Naval Weapons Station, USN
137. Fort Ord, USA
227. Mare Island Naval Shipyard, USN
228. Mare Island Naval Station, USN
234. Mather AFB, USAF
239. McClellan AFB, USAF
255. Moffet Field Naval Air Station, USN
266. Naval Communications Station, USN
275. Naval Postgraduate School, USN
299. North Highlands AGS, USAF
306. Oakland Army Base, USA
307. Oakland Naval Supply Center, USN
311. Onizuka AFB, USAF
338. Presidio of San Francisco, USA
356. Sacramento Army Depot, USA
398. Tracy Defense Depot, USDOD
401. Treasure Island Naval Station, USN
The Associated Press
Tuesday, July 26, 2005; 12:31 AM
CHICAGO -- A Cook County judge who said in recent months that she would not seat all-white juries said she regretted being blunt, but believed attorneys did not have good reasons for failing to choose black jurors, according to a published report.
Circuit Judge Evelyn Clay, who is black, made the remarks while meeting with attorneys in chambers, the Chicago Tribune reported in Monday's editions after reviewing court transcripts. "Folks, you all know I have a rule. I don't seat all white jurors," Clay said as jurors were being selected for a murder trial last month.
Clay said her remarks were "indelicately stated" but she believed qualified blacks were being left off juries.
"I try to preside over jury trials in a fair and impartial way _ that is always my goal," Clay said.
Just Google "Chicago Jury", and by morning there ought to be a lot of references.
Donald Trump says current estimates of how much it would cost to rebuild the United Nations headquarters are way too high – and he wants to do the job himself.
Trump appealed to members of a Senate subcommittee Thursday to let him manage the project. And he even offered to waive his fee.
United Nations officials say it will cost $1.2 billion to rebuild the 39-story building, but without good management Trump says that number could go much higher.
The real estate mogul also says U.N. officials "don't know what they're doing."
"This project at $1.2 billion will cost, in my opinion, $3 billion," Trump told the subcommittee. "But in my real opinion, it should cost approximately $700 million."
Trump said rebuilding the U.N. headquarters, located on Manhattan's East Side, would be no more challenging for him than the remodeling project he oversaw at the Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park.
The renovations - set to begin in 2007 and expected to take five years - would be financed by America in the form of a $1.2 billion, 30-year loan at 5.54% interest offered last fall by the Bush administration.
Donald, you've had your successes, but in this you're an amateur. You want to save money? Here's the way to do it.
$ 10 - $20 Million tops. High performance by an old-fashioned American family concern. A nice, clean, well-regulated job from one of the world's top teams, with many demolition World Records in their resume.
Then, the Ginzburg Doctrine notwithstanding, the Turtle Bay property could actually be transformed into a vibrant revenue producing and tax generating machine to act in the cause of human benefit.
Disclaimer This opinion piece is not to be taken as a suggestion to anyone for any ad hoc efforts, even in the noble cause of aiding the American taxpayer or saving thousands of young women and children around the world from the attentions of the blue-helmeted despoilers. This job, if implemented, should be carried out with all consideration to normal bidding, contract and permit procedures extant in New York County, and with every concern for the public safety. At any event, given New York's permit process, the sun will die first.
Some once famously dissenting ideas now govern U.S. foreign policy, maturing as they go.
The post-Cold War era has seen a remarkable ideological experiment: Over the past 15 years, each of the three major American schools of foreign policy--realism, liberal internationalism and neoconservatism--has taken its turn at running things. (A fourth school, isolationism, has a long pedigree, but has yet to recover from Pearl Harbor and probably never will; it remains a minor source of dissidence with no chance of becoming a governing ideology.) There is much to be learned from this unusual and unplanned experiment.
So, while my brain, and apparently my server, thaw out, here is some superior reading for the day. This will also minimize heat-generating movement as we are looking at 108º - 109º today. Personally, I think it's going to wimp out at 105º.
The invaluable Arthur Chrenkoff has some "Good News" about a young British Muslim prizefighter and this, less sanguine report.
"On Saturday, during a funeral for children who died in the bombing on Wednesday, a unit of the Iraqi police stopped a suspicious-looking man approaching the funeral procession and discovered that he was wearing a suicide vest filled with explosives and ball bearings, the American command reported Sunday.
An explosives team disarmed the man, a Libyan, and no one was hurt, according to the American military.
"The bomber was high on drugs and is being treated for the potential overdose," said Col. Joseph DiSalvo, an American commander. The bomber, he said, "came here to kill the grieving parents of the children who were killed on Wednesday."
"I cannot imagine a worse crime.""
SondraK references a superb article by Victor Davis Hanson on Our Wars Over the War: "The fault is not in our stars" Also at NRO Online, but if it isn't my server preventing access, it's theirs, at the moment.
That Avatar of Elegance and Intelligence, Sisu, waits for her iMac G5 and muses on a London - Columbine meme re. youth culture, plus a lovely photo of "The Boys". (The Lavender Hill Mob?) "Effete exudations", indeed. Many good links here, especially to Betsy's Page on just how much Pakistan President Musharraf is, or isn't, doing about the pernicious madrassas spreading jihadism in that country.
Follow her link to Stuart Taylor Jr. at The National Journal on "5 Reasons Not to Choose Alberto Gonzales.
The Belmont Club highlights Think Globally, Act Locally, re. the war on terror's many facets.
Although the fight against terrorism has been called the Global War on Terror, in practice it is being fought locally, often over specific issues, in a variety of countries. Reuters reports on Thailand:
I think there is one crime worse than murder, and that is selling suicide as an act of virtue. - Ayn Rand
This morning's lead editorial in the Whines takes aim at a small, selfish group attempting to limit freedom of expression at Ground Zero.
For nearly four years now, the 9/11 families - those who lost immediate family members in that tragedy - have provided an inestimable service to this nation. They helped drive forward the inquiries of the Sept. 11 commission. They helped formulate any number of the projects being developed at ground zero. They have reminded us conscientiously of what was lost on that day.
Ahh, a spoonful of sugar before the cyanide.
But in the past few weeks, we've watched a handful of vocal family members, who may not represent a majority of 9/11 families, change the dynamic at the World Trade Center site for the worse. They have begun a movement to "take back the memorial," which means, in essence, eventually purging ground zero of its cultural partners, including the International Freedom Center.
And just who represents these "cultural partners"?
This protest resulted in a shocking response in late June from Gov. George Pataki. He openly joined the criticism of one of those institutions - the Drawing Center - for an exhibition that it sponsored, in another part of town, that contains controversial images of 9/11 and America's role in the world. And he has called on all the cultural partners at ground zero for reassurances that their programs will harmonize with the concerns of this small group of family members.
We have nothing against silly, self-important, half-baked pieces of "political art" per se. If someone of the "political artist" persuasion chooses to believe that a drawing of a jetliner dive-bombing a naked, spread-legged woman constitutes a sagacious 9/11 statement - "Homeland Security," this specimen is titled - then fine, draw away, and let the product freely hang in whatever private gallery chooses to display the thing, and let all who would admire it come around and do so all they please.
But not at Ground Zero.
Works such as "Homeland Security" belong nowhere near the sobering pit where the twin towers stood, but the prospect of such a sacrilege arises because Gov. Pataki and his lower Manhattan minions have given space there to a SoHo art gallery called The Drawing Center. What were they thinking? Did they even take two minutes to glance through The Drawing Center's catalogue, which, besides "Homeland Security," also features such artistic creations as:
# The infamous hooded Abu Ghraib figure, the wires falling from his wrists to arrange themselves into the word "Liberty."
# A connect-the-dots organizational chart fancifully linking George W. Bush to Osama Bin Laden and former Texas Gov. John Connally and some oilman here and some financier there.
The Slimes continues:
The World Trade Center site is of enormous importance to all New Yorkers, to all Americans and to people around the planet who have united to fight the insidious forces that led to 9/11. Mr. Pataki's job is to represent all those deeply interested parties. By attempting to appease one small, vocal group of protesters who are unlikely to be appeased anyway, he is abrogating the rights of everyone else. And he runs the risk of turning ground zero into a place where we bury the freedoms that define this nation.
Let's see now; "one small, vocal group of protesters (and the Governor) are apparently not part of 'all New Yorkers or all Americans united to fight the insidious forces' that this "newspaper" has, in it's hysterical hatred of the administration, supported and aided.
There must be no mistake about this. If the Drawing Center is forced to withdraw from ground zero rather than accept the censorship of exhibitions that are yet to be imagined, no other respectable arts institution will take its place.
What was offered as an open invitation to restore the artistic life of Lower Manhattan will have turned into an invitation to provide only the kind of cultural offerings that please a vocal group of people whose genuine grief has already taken on a sharply political edge. Those are unacceptable conditions that would undermine the very purpose of the arts. If the International Freedom Center must continually bend over backward to placate a handful of angry family members, then all of its commitment to the conscience of that site, to what it can teach us about the character of freedom in the world, will have been compromised.
Respectable? See above, in the Daily News article. As for 'restoring the artistic life of lower Manhatten', that doesn't have a God damned thing to do with Ground Zero and the slaughter of thousands of innocent, productive individuals. It's a matter of free enterprise, something this rag should look up when they can take time out from their masturbatory self-regard.
After all, it's certainly a relief that the Grimes has no 'political edge'.
'Unacceptable' to whom? The paper that got it's "reputation" from the Stalinist toady Walter Duranty, and made a lot of folks very rich while gnawing at the ankles of Capitalism and individual liberty?
This is about power, people, and by any means available. These consumate second-raters will use every conceivable route they believe to be undetectable to that end. What else are they good for?
And if I had to rely on the New York Times to teach my children about the character of freedom in the world, I would strangle them at birth.
She also links to John Hinderaker's alternate take in the case at The Daily Standard and at Power Line, John writes on a Continent in Trouble, "...and it isn't Africa"
"Some have suggested I want to abandon Europe's social model," Blair told the European Parliament last month. "But tell me: what type of social model is it that has 20 million unemployed in Europe, productivity rates falling behind those of the United States; that is allowing more science graduates to be produced by India than by Europe; and that, on any relative index of a modern economy -- skills, R&D, patents, IT -- is going down not up."
Y'all go read some of the best of the Web while I strangle my server - I started this post three hours ago.
WASHINGTON - Justice Sandra Day O'Connor , the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court and a key swing vote on issues such as abortion and the death penalty, said Friday she is retiring.
O'Connor, 75, said she expects to leave before the start of the court's next term in October, or whenever the Senate confirms her successor. There was no immediate word from the White House on who might be nominated to replace O'Connor.
Once again, in our complacency, the United States is surpassed by a vigorous, forward-looking society. While the Supreme Court hides behind arcane legalisms in order to soil a Noble Document, a dynamic young Nation eschews such delicacy in "Moving On" to the ultimate goal of its fearless leader.
Operation Murambatsvina (Shona for Operation Drive Out The Trash), also referred to as Operation Restore Order, is a crackdown against illegal trading and illegal housing in Harare, Bulawayo and other urban areas, conducted by the government of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Opposition political parties claim that it is an attack against the urban-based opposition. Estimates so far suggest that as many as 200,000 Zimbabweans may have been left homeless by the crackdown.
The clearances were initiated by Robert Mugabe and the ruling ZANU-PF weeks after the disputed elections held there. Mugabe claims that the clearances are needed in order to carry out "a vigorous clean-up campaign to restore sanity". While police have carried out most of the demolition, some inhabitants were forced to destroy their own homes.
In addition to the political implications behind the clearances, as most of the urban populations consistently vote for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change , "The Zimbabwean", a London and Johannesburg based Zimbabwean advocacy newspaper has reported allegations that the destruction of the shanty towns are also to drive out the black market to destroy any local competition with the new Chinese merchants in Harare and Bulwayo as part of Mugabe's "Look East" policy. It has also been opined — by The Economist and other sources — that a motive for the clearances may be to acquire a low-tech agricultural workforce, given Mugabe's farm confiscation policies and their resulting collapse of Zimbabwean stocks of food staples.
People whose homes are being demolished are being told to return to previous homes in the countryside or face further action from the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the dreaded Central Intelligence Organization. While some have been able to do this, many others have been forced to stay on the streets during some of the coldest nights of the Zimbabwean year. Others have moved in with relatives in other, so far unaffected areas.
As well as homes, demolished buildings include a Roman Catholic orphanage which had been run by a group of nuns . Children, some of whom are infected with HIV and have lost parents to the AIDS virus, were given 12 to 24 hours to leave. Outside of the urban areas of Harare and Bulawayo, most of the destruction has been limited to illegal market stalls rather than homes.
Shame. Shame, I say. How can we hold up our heads in this progressive age if we allow a PolPot tinpot dictator to outstrip us in "Moving On" to plough under the propertarian relics of the past in the quest to establish the Ginzburg Doctrine.
From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.