Monday, September 19, 2016

Dragnet's acid trip

From Alternet:

The All-American cop drama Dragnet, featuring the iconic Sgt. Joe Friday, premiered in 1967, just as LSD was moving from medical laboratories into the mainstream...

This can be verified easily as incorrect by 15 years, since Dragnet as a TV show began in 1952, not 1967. I knew 1967 was wrong because I remember seeing the TV show when I was a kid. I probably also heard the earlier radio version before we got a TV.

But Blueboy got the jump on me, since I didn't get my hands on LSD until 1969.

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London Breed's leadership


The SF Chronicle's endorsement this morning (below) of the reelection of Supervisor Breed is poorly timed, since it comes right after Breed's latest obscene outburst directed at 48 Hills after an article critical of her housing record. 

"Breed has grown on the job in the past four years, as both a leader and a student of public policy. She deserves re-election." 

Four years ago, we had these words of wisdom from Breed:

You think I give a fuck about a Willie Brown at the end of the day when it comes to my community and the shit that people like Rose Pak and Willie Brown continue to do and try to control things. They don't fucking control me---you go ask them why wouldn't you support London because she don't do what the hell I tell her to do. I don't do what no motherfucking body tells me to do.

In a message to 48 Hills the other day, Breed showed how much she "has grown on the job":

So, when I vote one way, the way you disagree with, I’m the mayor’s bitch, but when I vote the way you want me to, it’s because I have a challenger? So if this is true: “In the past four years, on the vast majority of contested votes, Breed has been on the side of the mayor’s 6-5 majority (until last year, when the majority shifted and a tenant lawyer, Dean Preston, challenged her from the left).” then how does this happen? wow Tim, you are really a piece of work! Honesty? you don’t even fact check your own bullshit ass blog! As my grandmother used to say “I’m going to pray for you, cause you got the devil in you”

I guess you could say that not deploying the F-bomb this time and using "bullshit ass" instead shows a growth in rhetorical restraint (See also this in 2013).

The earlier rant about Willie Brown's influence shows how oddly touchy Breed is about her political career in the city, which began when Brown was mayor:

Breed got her start in politics as an intern in Brown’s Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services. She worked for Brown’s re-election campaign and was later hired at the Treasure Island Development Authority.

I think she's been an awful supervisor. As I predicted after her election, she quickly became captive of the policy priorities of city departments, especially the Planning Department and the MTA. She was only elected in the first place because of the dumb Ranked Choice Voting system pushed by the disastrous class of 2000 supervisors.

There’s no sharper contrast between an incumbent and challenger than this district race taking in the Western Addition and Haight-Ashbury. Supervisor London Breed, who dumped an incumbent four years ago, is under attack from tenant lawyer Dean Preston.

Breed has waged notable battles. She led the charge in stopping a new jail, halted a plan to flip a subsidized housing project to market-rate units, and forced contractors to rework Haight Street improvements after gas lines exploded. She’s combative and tough, hardly a get-along insider.

Preston is determined to link her to Mayor Ed Lee, whom the challenger sees as unpopular in this uber-liberal district. His platform also includes extra tenant protections such as city-supplied lawyers for renters facing eviction, a service that he acknowledges will cost millions.

He wants stronger limits on Airbnb-style home-sharing and more subsidized units in a pair of pending apartment projects on trendy Divisadero Street. Angst over housing costs is a forceful topic for Preston.

The city, though, is better served by a more centrist, consensus-building approach, not the divisiveness embodied in ever-tighter housing laws. Breed has grown on the job in the past four years, as both a leader and a student of public policy. She deserves re-election.

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Liberals and progs should cut the crap: The case for Hillary

You would think that enabling the 2000 election of George W. Bush would be a cautionary tale for third party advocates. Not so. Watching last night's 60 Minutes interview with Gary Johnson and Bill Weld showed that they are contemptible, reckless egomaniacs. 

Paul Krugman on what's at stake this year:

Does it make sense to vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president? Sure, as long as you believe two things. First, you have to believe that it makes no difference at all whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump moves into the White House — because one of them will. Second, you have to believe that America will be better off in the long run if we eliminate environmental regulation, abolish the income tax, do away with public schools, and dismantle Social Security and Medicare — which is what the Libertarian platform calls for.

All hardcore political narcissists will be voting for the Libertarian candidate due to their disdain for Hillary Clinton's lack of purity. Liberty! Gee, what an original insight! Why hasn't anyone thought of that before?

Kevin Drum at Mother Jones lists 84 reasons why liberals and progressives should cut the crap and support Hillary Clinton (The progressive case for Hillary Clinton is pretty overwhelming).

Libertarianism? What the country needs is more government, not less. See The Case for More Government and Higher Taxes and Once Skeptical of Executive Power, Obama Has Come to Embrace It.

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