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Posted on July 6 at 1:02 a.m.
Realitycheck: As loonpt and I both pointed out, the 8' bubble is not merely symbolic, but has several practical benefits to citizens, both protesters and protestees. The only person harping on the gender makeup of our present city council is you. Personally I don't give a hoot about a pol's gender so long as he/she/it votes the way I want. --Nitz's wife
On 'Bubble Ordinance' Not Yet Popped
Posted on July 3 at 10:50 a.m.
Great article, Poodle. I like your Catholic school.
It will be interesting to see how Alito reacts when one of those closely held corporations decides it doesn't want to pay taxes because of religious objections to war… or bank bailouts or corporate welfare or something else right wingers love. --Nitz's wife
On Ain't No Slur To Be a Cur
Posted on July 3 at 10:25 a.m.
Ken is right. As a woman who was harassed by those goons while trying to get medical care, I think the 8 foot bubble is just right. Let them talk and let me walk. "Enforce existing laws against harassment" is exactly what the bubble does, while taking the burden off the victim. Otherwise each victim has to first be subjected to harassment, and then call the police, and wait for them to come, and take the time to identify the harasser and press charges, etc. Plus the protesters in those days were very aggressive and would touch you and block your path and force you to push them out of the way and so forth. This was not an occasional thing that might happen to you, like aggressive panhandling, but a regular thing that would happen to you if you went to PP or many other doctors' offices. Nowadays I personally am the type to kick such people in the teeth and happily take the battery charges for it, but I wasn't back then, and I don't think that's a weakness, and I don't think anyone, male or female, should have to fight people off in order to move about in the public sphere. Realitycheck, you need to reconsider why you think women do not merit any civil protection, when the whole intent of clinic protest was harassment of women seeking medical care. --Nitz's wife
Posted on July 3 at 9:52 a.m.
Not all adobe is salvageable, and some reconstructions are so well done you do keep the original integrity. Has anyone here ever seen the German town of Rothenburg on the Tauber? A medieval town partially destroyed by bombing in WWll, and rebuilt so well that you can't tell the medieval from the modern. Going to all this effort to keep a few of the original bricks seems over the top to me, and I'm an avid preservationist. Lots of buildings get remodeled and rebuilt over the years and that's part of their history.
By the way RHS the Presidio project is way better now than it was in the early 90s when I moved here. Then, the Trust for Historic Preservation was proposing to rebuild the entire Presidio, demolishing the few remnants of SB's Chinatown (including Jimmy's Oriental Gardens) and even part of our landmark post office. They have since taken a much more inclusive view of what constitutes SB history. I toured the Presidio recently with my daughter's class and the reconstruction there isn't Disneylandish at all; in fact it's thoroughly grim and accurate! The kids liked mixing adobe with their feet. --Nitz's wife
On A Muddy Affair: Historic Home Spared Demolition
Posted on June 18 at 11:12 a.m.
I applaud you for using turn signals (and for not cutting people off). I believe that the police should set an example, since they can write us tickets for our traffic shortcomings. I must report that it is my experience that they are among the seeming majority who do not use their turn signals.
To paraphrase Sartre, hell is other drivers.
On Stone Starts Driving
Posted on May 21 at 4:34 p.m.
I just love the idea that they're using large internal combustion engines to power some small computers. Sounds like a steampunk gizmo from 100 years ago.
On Have Idling Sheriff Cars Wasted More than $1 Million?
Posted on May 8 at 10:56 a.m.
He's not an ambulance chaser blah, he's a civil rights attorney. Rambling on with bad words and insults doesn't change a thing about anything. --Nitz's wife
On Second Slander Claim Filed Against City and Cops
Posted on April 17 at 9:47 a.m.
"Proposed jail currently designed in Mission theme" sounds like a headline from The Onion. This article is just too good. Missions were "places that facilitated redemption and revitalization for people"? Ok maybe, for someone sometimes. But for sure they were places that locked up people and flogged them for disobedience or trying to leave. So, yeah, the Mission theme is good. -Nitz's wife
On Big Plans for the Big House
Posted on April 7 at 10:57 p.m.
Seriously dewdly, your Freudian slip is showing.
On UCSB Professor Pleads Not Guilty to Theft and Battery
Posted on April 7 at 9:41 a.m.
Anyone who thinks it's appropriate, ethical or morally upright to forcibly compel the gestation and birth of a human being has a disgusting disregard for the sanctity of human life. --Nitz's wife and mother of his child