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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

How to live among the grateful dead

I love this quote from last summer in the Christian Science Monitor about the suburbs in Illinois going increasingly Democrat [italics mine]:

The turning point for [Luvie Myers] was the rise of the culture wars. "In the 1980s, those conservative people who spent all their time telling you how to live your life were kind of on the fringe," she says. "Now you feel like the Republican platform has espoused these ideas that to me are institutionalized bigotry. I can't stand it."

Who is telling everybody how to live and where are they doing it? Why heavens, it's the city of Haight-Ashbury where the Grateful Dead once rocked on! (However, the mayor still has to give his approval, but he approves of a lot of stuff so I'd say it's a given.) Reuters: San Francisco Bars Smoking in Its Parks.

Banning smoking in parks still falls short of a new prohibition in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, which last month banned smoking everywhere in public.

Asked if San Francisco might one day move in that direction, Alioto-Pier said: "I think that if any city in the country is a city to ban smoking on sidewalks and stoops it would probably be San Francisco, but we will just have to wait and see."

May the four winds blow you safely home.

Posted by Kevin Steel on January 26, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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