Friday, January 08, 2010

What SF progressives don't want to talk about

Let the record show that none of the city's progressives have even mentioned the Christmas day attempt by the Nigerian Moslem to blow up an airliner. Nothing in the Bay Guardian, BeyondChron, or Fog City. (Left in SF is apparently defunct; there hasn't been a post there since last summer. Ditto for Chris Daly's blog, which hasn't given city progressives any political guidance since last October. I mean, what the fuck?) Based on their recent posts about their disappointment with President Obama in the Guardian's blog, BeyondChron, and Fog City, the progressive assumption seems to be that terrorism is somehow an inevitable consequence of a misguided US foreign policy, if not US imperialism. If the US would simply abandon "warmongering" and withdraw its troops from Iraq and Afghanistan---and allow Israel to be destroyed---the Moslem fanatics would stop trying to kill us.

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At 4:44 PM, Blogger missiondweller said...

Perhaps we should give Chris Daly a break, he's spending a lot of time commuting to and from Fairfirld.

At 5:08 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Chris Daly will leave a very small imprint on San Francisco. He's been fighting mostly a rearguard action against Newsom's homeless policies, putting his opposition in class struggle language, as if the city's homeless population and the low-life population in the Tenderloin are merely poor people in a late-capitalist system.

And he's provided no opposition to the awful, poorly-thought through development policies coming out of the Planning Dept. Rincon Hill highrise condos for the well-off in a city desperate for affordable housing, the notion that we can allow a lot more housing along primary transit corridors without damaging city neighborhoods, all the building of "vibrant" neighborhoods bullshit that would have done a lot more damage to the city if not for the current recession. And then there's the bicycle fantasy that he, along with virtually every other SF progressive, accepted uncritically. Just an awful legacy of conventional prog wisdom that's simply false or half-baked intellectually.

If he really had anything useful to say, he would still be saying it on his blog.

At 1:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's too busy making sure he uses the "f word" every day to say anything useful. He's a spoiled, petulant child who needs to grow up (and I'd prefer that he do so elsewhere.)

At 9:03 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

It's his pseudo-radical posturing that's worse than the obscenities. Daly and city progressives have done nothing to challenge either the city's awful planning and development policies or its anti-car policies that see drivers at best as cash cows, operators of "death machines" who must be penalized by higher fees and costs whenever possible. Cyclists, on the other hand, a small minority even here in Progressive Land, are rewarded with more space on busy city streets in spite of Critical Mass and the juvenile behavior of so many of them on our streets.

None of these bad policy ideas are particularly radical, especially when you consider that Mayor Newsom agrees with city progs on all the essentials.

At 8:02 AM, Blogger auweia said...

You know, Chis Daly won by only a few hundred votes on the 2nd term, and the progressives made a big deal about it....I mean the very Beyondchron (tenderloin Housing Clinic) you mentioned is the reason why because they campaigned all day long in SROs. I got video to prove it, which means Daly was literally voted in by certified psychiatric cases on SSI


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