July 21, 2005

THE OTHER COAST (via Jay Cornell):

Leah Garchik (SF Chronicle, July 20, 2005)

Roseann Galvan's 2-year-old son, Brendan, who has been happy at Habitot summer camp in Berkeley, brought her a book to read to him that had a huge white warning sticker affixed to the front cover: "A parent has asked us to warn you that there are pictures of military aircraft on the last pages of this book."

Here in Red America it's not the least bit uncommon for fathers dropping off their kids at school to have a rifle hanging in the back window of the truck.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 21, 2005 12:00 AM

There are just some parts of the country that should be asked to secede. The Pacific Coast from San Francisco to the Canadian border is one, and Vermont is another.

They are more trouble than they are worth.

Posted by: bart at July 21, 2005 9:24 AM

No more surprising than this:

"On July 12, 2005, the City Supervisors voted against placing the USS Iowa battleship in San Francisco as a memorial and museum. Their reasons: 1) Regarded as "evil" and "killing machine" and, 2) Military's position on gays."

Posted by: at July 21, 2005 9:34 AM

In the 90s the city of Duluth tried to get a decommisioned cruiser to put on display in it's harbor. At the time I was listening to some lefty dishrag on NPR give all his reasons why this should be opposed. The main reason, really the only reason that mattered to him, was that it represented war and killing and all that nasty stuff that Minnesota was against, as if Minnesota were some kind of isolated hermit kingdom of higher morality, much like Sweden. Of course he gave two other smokescreen reasons to try to bolster his case:

1) The cruiser was the USS Des Moines, which had no connection to Minnesota (apart from that inconvenient shared border to the south). Gee, so Minnesotans feel no connection to that larger entity denoted by the designation USS? No Minnesotans served on Naval vessels? No Minnesotan grandfather would want to show his grandchildren the kind of ship he served on during the war??

2) Duluth is not a naval port, so a military ship has no connection to the city. Gee, do you think that any of the naval ships that America built during the war contained iron that was mined on the Iron Range and shipped via Duluth to eastern steel mills? The Des Moines was probably 90% Minnesota mined iron. Not an insignificant contribution to the war effort.

These people, who live in peace and freedom thanks to the sacrifices of countless heroes whom they despise, are worse than free-riders. They are ungrateful free-riders.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at July 21, 2005 10:59 AM

Would any of us be surprised if the kid has learned to look for books with white stickers on them?

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at July 21, 2005 12:15 PM

Bob - It's nice of 'em to highlight the good books.

Posted by: pj at July 21, 2005 1:07 PM

The Bay Area's idea of pornography warning stickers. Bush really ought to drive them wild by moving the Gitmo inmates to Alcatraz.

Posted by: John at July 21, 2005 4:09 PM

he should move the gitmo prisoners to the castro.

Posted by: cjm at July 21, 2005 5:30 PM

But never, ever question their patriotism.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 22, 2005 12:14 AM