Actions Have Consequences

19 04 2018

San Francisco

SF Chronicle:

As president of S.F. Travel, the city’s visitors bureau, Joe D’Alessandro’s job is to promote San Francisco. You’d think he’d be hyping the city’s gorgeous vistas, top-notch restaurants and glorious museums.

Instead, he’s getting honest.

Sure, San Francisco has great facets worthy of postcards and travel books, but it also has a worsening underbelly that D’Alessandro says he can no longer gloss over.

People injecting themselves with drugs in broad daylight, their dirty needles and other garbage strewn on the sidewalks. Tent camps. Human feces. The threatening behavior of some people who appear either mentally ill or high. Petty theft.

“The streets are filthy. There’s trash everywhere. It’s disgusting,” D’Alessandro said, adding he’s traveled the world, and San Francisco stands out for the wrong reasons. “I’ve never seen any other city like this — the homelessness, dirty streets, drug use on the streets, smash-and-grabs.

“How can it be?” he continued. “How can it have gotten to this point?”

Blogmeister raises his hand.

Back on November 14, the day of my posting storm after my return to this space, one of the many things I wrote in one of the many posts I wrote that day is that dope is the fundamental determinant of modern American socio-political life.  Which means that it’s the fundamental razor that makes the difference between left and right.  Of course, I’m generalizing.  But I tend to do a lot of that around here, so you should be used to it by now.

Because that razor means the modern left is fundamentally pro-dope to one extent or another, and the modern left is the dominant governing ideology of the modern white urban gentry ruling class, it means that said individuals propose and enact policies based on the bubbles of their own lives.  They hit the sauce when they were young, but largely outgrew it as they “grew up” (such as they do) and got on with the business of ruling San Francisco and the world.  This means that when they think of drug enforcement, they think of the possibility of the DEA raiding their dorm room so many years ago, which means they think that drug enforcement now means the DEA raiding the future versions of themselves.  You know how that goes, there but for the grace of God go I.  The modern white urban gentry neoliberal ruling class soft-pedals on dope because they’re thinking of their younger selves and younger versions of themselves.

What they don’t realize is that actions have consequences, and that not everyone in the world is like themselves.  This is why their own policies written for their own tight little social class means that half the country’s junkies and bums are moving to California, on top of the fact that California rehabadabadoo joints are recruiting flyover country junkies who have insurance (Obamacare mandates drug treatment), milk them and their insurance for every last penny, then dump ’em back on the streets when the insurance won’t pay anymore.  And they’d rather be homeless in San Francisco than living under a roof back in Iowa.

Long and short is that the things which people do for other people like them are often decidedly less than ideal for people not like them.  The people not like them will take advantage of those things if they can.

Likewise, the right-libertarians that soft pedal on dope, while their motivation is abstract and ideological instead of personal, because, like I wrote above, dope is the determinant, and since I’m discussing right-libertarians here, it means they were never personally into dope, tend to think that everyone in the world reads medical journals.  The right-libertarian attitude on dope is that nobody should use it, because Lancet, but forcing people not to use it is not a legitimate state function.  It’s easy to see that’s the attitude of someone who regularly reads medical journals.  What they don’t realize is that most people don’t read medical journals, and a lot of them just aren’t into public or private morality.  Which means the lack of drug law enforcement in the ideal right-libertarian world which is a function of the typical medical journal-reading right-libertarian not needing it also means below average IQ adolescents get strung out on dope.

If the only people in this world were white urban gentry neoliberals that outgrew dope, and right-libertarians that regularly read medical literature, we wouldn’t need much in the way of drug laws and enforcement.  It’s everyone else that you’ve gotta worry about.

I should note Joe D’Alessandro’s last name.  That’s also San Franciscan Nancy Pelosi’s maiden name.  I wonder…

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Blue On Blue

17 04 2018

Washington, D.C.

I might note the irony of the fact that supposed youth activism as part of effort to raise the age of one right to 21 is being used as the reason to lower the age of another right to 16.

I might note sarcastically that we need to give 16-year olds in D.C. the franchise because Presidential elections in D.C. are such razor thin margin close affairs that 16 and 17 year old voters will make the difference.

I might note that not that many 16 and 17 year olds are working these days, because of the economy-wide effects on mass Latino immigration, and really not many more are taking care of older family members.  As far as driving, by now, just about every jurisdiction only gives driving privileges to 16-year olds on a limited and restricted basis.

But I really don’t need to do any of this, because I already told you what’s really going on with this, three years ago.

It’s all a matter of blue versus blue politics within cities.

Sure, they’ll all vote for the blue team on Presidential days and for Senate and Congress, and much of everything else.  But they also have feuds and fights with each other.  Giving 16-year olds the vote is a way for one blue faction to weaponize 16 and 17 year olds against another.  One big instant winner from this would be the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the teachers’ union that dominates urban public school districts.  I also think this would be a way for the populist militant street left to get a shot in the arm in their battle against the gentry neoliberals in their own cities.





Court Is Adjourned

17 04 2018

Asheville, North Carolina

Harry Anderson, RIP.

For a soft comedy show, the theme music really did have a happening bass line.

I most identified with the Dan Fielding character, the city attorney, played by John Larroquette.  After NC, his next show would be his eponymously titled show, one the very few shows set in St. Louis.





Thoughts for the Morning

17 04 2018

Your Blogmeister’s Secret Hideout

Most of my self-inflicted problems in life have been a direct result of me not paying attention to my own gut instincts.

Many problems would disappear if everyone who could possibly do so could tell the difference between correlation and causation.





T*******m

16 04 2018

Washington, D.C.

“T*******m” in modern accepted current usage is a mild pejorative.  So if we do like ole Dylan here wants, and prohibit the word “t*******m” for the sake of PC, the word to describe the concept that becomes permissible might not be or sound harsh enough to make the concept of t*******m a pejorative.  At such a time, the concept we now call t*******m will gain acceptance.

However, I think I’m being too clever by half.  I think the real problem ole Dylan has with the word “t***e” has to do with that other t***e that is sometimes called a t***e, uncomfortably so to them.

Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, either way.





NEWSFLASH: Men Fight, Die Over Resources, Territory

16 04 2018

Bishopville, South Carolina

Because it’s the first time in the history of human civilization where that has happened.

The only way this story would be at least a little interesting is if we find out one of the gangs made up a rumor that the other one was stockpiling WMDs.





Say It Ain’t So, Howie!

14 04 2018

Philadelphia

Or, not so much.