Thursday, June 13, 2013

Another pedestrian hit by a cyclist

Pedestrian Seriously Injured When Struck By Bicyclist On Sidewalk
Bay City News
June 10, 2013

5:08 PM: A 50-year-old woman was seriously injured when she was struck by a bicyclist while walking on a sidewalk along San Francisco’s Market Street this weekend, police said today.

The woman was struck at about 12:25 p.m. Sunday near Market and Stockton streets.

The bicyclist, a 21-year-old man, was traveling west when he struck the woman, who was walking in the opposite direction, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

The woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for head injuries that are considered life-threatening, police said.

Police initially said the bicyclist was cited at the scene. A police spokesman later clarified that the bicyclist was not cited, however, the bicyclist stopped at the scene and was interviewed.

He was released pending further investigation, Shyy said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

11:13 AM: A 50-year-old woman was seriously injured when she was struck by a bicyclist while walking on a sidewalk along San Francisco’s Market Street on Sunday afternoon, police said today.

The incident occurred near Market and Stockton streets around 12:25 p.m.The woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for a life-threatening head injury, police said.

The bicyclist, a 21-year-old man, was cited at the scene and released pending further investigation, according to police.

No other information about the incident was immediately available this morning.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

Pedestrian Dionette Cherney killed by cyclist 

Pedestrian Sutchi Hui killed by a cyclist

From the 2010 Bicycle Count Report:

As San Francisco continues to move forward with planning and constructing a continuous network of bicycle facilities, the bicycle counts reinforce the need to pay close attention to both sidewalk and wrong-way riding. At almost every count location sidewalk and/or wrong-way riding was observed (page 11).

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Summer camp in Gaza with the religion of peace

From the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI):

In June, the Islamic Jihad held the "Generation of Faith" summer camp in Rafah for boys aged 6-16. The camp activities included various military exercises, such as "kidnapping soldiers," firing guns using live ammunition, and crossing obstacle courses. The campers also heard lectures on religion, and were trained in various other fields, such as first aid, scouting, civil defense, martial arts, and behavior during emergencies (, June 13, 2013; Al-Watan, Egypt, June 12, 2013).

Islamic Jihad spokesman Daoud Shihab explained that "the organization is preparing a 'generation of resistance' that will defend itself and the [Palestinian] people against an invasion by the occupation" (, June 13, 2013). The camp director explained that its purpose is "to raise an outstanding generation of believing [Muslims] that are well aware of their goals in the conflict with the Zionist enemy and who adhere to the honorable Koran and to the Prophet's sunna, as [Islamic Jihad founder] Dr. Fathi Al-Shqaqi ordered us to do."

A model camper, 12-year-old Baraa, said: "I am overjoyed to belong to Islamic Jihad…My aspiration in the future is to receive official military missions, Allah willing, and I will be an outstanding [fighter] like the honorable martyrs Muhammad Al-Sheikh halil, Mahmoud Al-Zatma, and Yasser Abu Al-'Aish [senior commanders of the military wing of Islamic Jihad responsible for many attacks against Israel]. The Zionist enemy will not be able to defeat a people that was raised upon the Koran and upon the values of yearning for martyrdom and asceticism in this world in return for Allah's pleasure and the attaining of Paradise. I am sure that the blood of my father was not spilled in vain. As I fire the first shot of my life, my blood boils in my veins, and I will not rest until I am on the battlefield, burning the enemy with the volcano of my vengeance" (, June 12,2013).


Salman Rushdie hears America singing

A Vanity Fair excerpt  from A.A. Gill's new book, "To America with Love":

One of the most embarrassing things I've ever done in public was to appear---against all judgment---in a debate at the Hay Literary Festival in the mid-90s, speaking in defense of the motion that American culture should be resisted. Along with me on this cretin's errand was the historian Norman Stone. I can't remember what I said---I've erased it. It had no weight or consequence.

On the other side, the right side, were Adam Gopnik, from the New Yorker, and Salman Rushdie. After we'd proposed the damn motion, Rushdie leaned in to the microphone, paused for a moment, regarding the packed theater from those half-closed eyes, and said, soft and clear, "Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby/Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe/Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby/Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe/Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby love."

It was the triumph of the sublime. The bookish audience burst into applause and cheered. It was all over, bar some dry coughing. American didn't bypass or escape civilization. It did something far more profound, far cleverer: it simply changed what civilization could be. It set aside the canon of rote, the long chain letter of drawing-room, bon mot received aesthetics. It was offered a new, neoclassical, reconditioned, reupholstered start, a second verse to an old song, and it just took a look at the view and felt the beat of this vast nation and went for the sublime.