November 29, 2005
O'Reilly On San Francisco
Abrasive, outspoken conservative columnist, creator of "The O'Reilly Factor," author of the book by the same name and FOX "Talking Points" host Bill O'Reilly, a man despised by the left and not astoundingly popular in the Blogosphere on either side due in part to offensive, pompous and dumb remarks he made a couple of years back that sounded more like they could have come from John Kerry, has written a column titled San Francisco Blues which is too accurate for me to avoid giving its due for its sheer agreement with my own views on San Francisco. I live here, though I am leaving in three days to return to America, and it's rare to run into such an on-point description of San Francisco, so...
Here are three excerpted paragraphs, to give an idea of what's to come:
It is hard to figure out the mindset of many Americans living in the secular-progressive paradise of San Francisco. A couple of weeks ago, they voted to oppose military recruiting in the city's public schools, including colleges. In the middle of a vicious war on terror, the City by the Bay says no to the people who volunteer to protect us.
In the recall of former California Gov. Gray Davis, 80 percent of San Franciscans voted to keep him, while the rest of the state voted overwhelmingly to boot him out. So you could say that not only is San Francisco out of touch with traditional America, it is out of touch with its own liberal state.
It has been said that people get the government they deserve, and in San Francisco's case, that could not be more true. The city's streets are chaotic, quality of life has deteriorated, and the prevailing wisdom would please Fidel Castro.
Read the entire column if you want a condensed-but-spot-on look at what the "City By The Bay" has become over the last couple of decades.
My own description, somewhat shorter than but easily as definitive as O'Reilly's, can be conveyed in four words: A depressing liberal shithole.
Posted by Seth at November 29, 2005 01:33 AM
Never been there, but from what I've heard, your description is spot on!
Posted by: That 1 Guy at November 30, 2005 03:08 AM
Picture, T1G, a city whose elected officials are all so liberal, without exception, that they could call conservative Democrats "rednecks" without being wrong from their perspective.
As far as sucking the proverbial government teat is concerned, this is a "(too lazy to be a) worker's paradise."
If you ever decide to run for public office in S.F. and want to win, just run on a "Marry those gays, raise taxes wherever possible, rip the troops out of Iraq, pardon terrorists, hire an illegal alien, hell, get him a D/L and a car! Support the right of the homeless to shit in the doorways of people's homes and muggers' right to mug, supermarkets must observe mandatory sharing of their shopping carts with anyone who has a use for one, power to the people right on, ensure that children under the age of eight are conversant with all variations and deviations of sex, blow jobs to all ACLU lawyers and PETA members, get God on the first bus out of town, special discount to totalitarian dictators and terrorists and no fetus may be allowed to escape unkilled, abortion must prevail!"
If you embraced each of the above issues just so, you could win a mayoral race here, LOL!
Unfortunately, though, the above agendas would be too far to the right to get in at Berkeley.
Posted by: Seth at November 30, 2005 04:43 AM