Markos at Daily Kos is calling on all those (primarily blow hard Bill O’Reilly) who slander “San Francisco Values” (a jab against Nancy Pelosi) to remember a few things that those values begot.
Since O’Reilly boycotts everything he hates, I look forward to his boycott of all Bay Area-origin products. Same with every conservative who bashes San Francisco and the Bay Area. So no iPods or anything Apple. No HP computers. No Google. No Yahoo. No eBay. Those conservative bloggers using Blogspot, MovableType, or TypePad? Sorry. Those products are Bay Area-based.
Also no Adobe or Macromedia products. No computers, either, since most run on AMD or Intel. No tax preparation using Intuit products. Cancel your Netflix subscription. Cancel your TiVo subscription. Remove your Network Associates or Symantec virus protection software from your computer. Unplug your Netgear wifi router.
Don’t wear Levis (or any kind of jeans), Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, or buy your kids Gymboree. Avoid LeapFrog learning toys. Boycott Pixar movies. Boycott any movie using George Lucas’ ILM special effects shop. Stay away from Treos and other Palm devices. Don’t let Charles Schwab manage your portfolio. Don’t bank at Wells Fargo.
He listed a few things that are in the Bay Area and not exclusively San Francisco and forgot a few things, some of which were brought up in the comments, like Rice-A-Roni (the San Francisco treat!), the martini (we can argue its origin all you like; it was San Francisco), the first Irish Coffee in America, VIZ Media (bringing you fine anime and manga), Dolby, Bechtel, Craig’s List, the origin of the United Nations, feared prisons, and the future Starfleet Headquarters. :) What is missing from the list?
San Francisco Values… sure there are flaws, like the hippies, but overall there are many good reasons why San Francisco is considered one of the best cities in the world.
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2 Responses to “San Francisco Values”
- Mookee says (November 30th, 2006 at 12:05:03 )
I’m not sure what “San Francisco values” specifically are. Bill O’Reilly is a moron for saying he wants to boycott San Francisco, but Nancy Pelosi is equally stupid for calling any “value” specific to San Francisco.
“Family Values?” What does that mean? Does that mean a mom and dad, two loving parents, regardless? A home to live in that has support? I don’t know, it’s way too subjective.
The only way I could buy into anyone saying San Francisco’s “values” are different than anywhere else would be if one identifies being open minded to the point of ignoring decency (in some cases) as a value. But the flip side of that coin is the fact that it’s close minded on things it doesn’t like … case in point.
Gay rights are huge here. Which I’ll not argue either way but I would think most normal people would consider a good thing. I don’t mean the in-your-face-accept-me-because-I’m-gay-and-be-happy-about-it crowd, but rather those that accept people for who they are and leave it at that. This is a great thing, but if you don’t accept them, you’re obviously stupid and evil (not by everyone’s account) and not worth talking to because you’re just plain wrong. If we’re going to accept people for who and what they are regardless of what it is (I will argue that there are exceptions to that … everything is NOT tolerable), then let’s accept everyone … again, within reason. I’m not going to consider a child rapist “normal” under any circumstances, nor will I ever believe it’s acceptable to even have the discussion.
Anyway, I’ve been rushed here at the end, must get back to work. My point is that value’s are values. They may change mildy from place to place, but in every free society (and yes, we still live in one) the values are the same … to claim that ours are better than theirs, or they (as a collective whole) are out of control is just stupid.
How about our politicians saying intelligent things (wouldn’t that be a hoot?), and how about their critics saying things that are actually feasible.
- douglas.nerad » San Francisco is not Happy Land says (February 25th, 2007 at 14:38:09 )
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