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Friday, July 15, 2005

LEFT COAST LUNACY WATCH: San Francisco City Supervisors this week said No to a plan to bring the battleship Iowa to San Francisco and turn it into a tourist attraction and museum. Why? San Francisco Chronicle writer Cecilia M. Vega celebrates the reasons given for the decision: "the widespread opposition to the war in Iraq, the unequal treatment of gay and lesbian enlisted men and women, and the city's reputation as a home of the peace movement." Anti-war lefty Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll usually goes out of his way to cheerlead for San Francisco's self-marginalizing fringe, but this time he can't keep a straight face. Carroll closes his eyes and imagines what other swell resolutions might be expected from the supervisors in the near future:
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors this week voted to disband itself. "The board is steeped in the culture of sexism, racism and homophobia, " said Supervisor Bevan Dufty. "For a long time, it was just a bunch of old white guys making decisions for the entire city. I feel personally soiled by being a member of this group, and ask that my colleagues to join me in ritual self-mutilation directly after the meeting."