Airbnb Wins a Victory for All of Us

It feels like every time someone comes up with a way for the average Joe to make money from a good idea and to provide a needed service for the general public at a reasonable price, someone–either the existing business that wants a monopoly on the service or the government–does something to throw a wrench in the works. This was the case with Airbnb.  In San Francisco, a ballot initiative called Proposition F was the culprit.  Here is the beginning of a short description of the initiative found Read more […]

Liberal Legacy: San Francisco Streets Littered With Human Waste

San Francisco used to be a nice town. The shining City by the Bay. That was a long time ago, though, before the city turned into one of the nation’s leading dens of liberalism and the residents went collectively insane. There are a lot of troubles these days in San Francisco, the home town of Nancy Pelosi. Most of them are brought on by the leaders of San Francisco, from designating the town a “sanctuary city” for illegal aliens to allowing various “clothing optional” parades, fairs and other Read more […]

Wife Sues the Police Department for Cop Husband’s Death

A veteran officer and officer’s wife sues the Police Department for accidental death because her husband said she should do so if he were accidentally killed. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting this accidental death as a genuine accident. The Free State Project puts the term “accidental” in quotation marks to raise the question of whether it wasn’t accidental at all. Really bad stuff can happen in police departments, like a good cop being kicked out and charged with trumped up crimes, Read more […]

To Fight Discrimination, Two Mayors Ban Indiana

No one must be permitted to decide with whom they do business, so two mayors tell city employees they must ban Indiana from their travel. Indiana’s state affirmation of the First Amendment continues to be attacked as a bill legalizing “discrimination.” I guess this means that the people who attack Indiana in this inaccurate way must really hate discrimination. They must believe that you must never refuse to do business with someone or some group on the basis of any moral problems you Read more […]

Independent Bookstore Closes Due to Minimum Wage Hike

How is minimum wage going to help people when it takes away their jobs? Here is the website of one of those glorious independent bookstores. From the store’s About web page: We love books. They’re our friends. Good books and bad books, 1st editions and beat up paperbacks. We love how they smell, how they feel, and the way they sound when you open them (A customer once said that he liked how they tasted. . . we watch him very carefully when he’s in the store).  We read voraciously. We Read more […]

Inventing Rights for Retail Workers Is a Bad Idea

Retail workers can be mistreated, but so can employers. Inventing rules often does more harm than good. I completely understand that working a retail job can be frustrating. Employers can treat you badly. I have children working retail and I doubt I have many illusions of how things can go wrong. But acknowledging problems does not automatically mean that one knows how to fix them. Thus we find in Politico.com: San Francisco is now the country’s first jurisdiction to limit how chain Read more […]

Why Are Local Crimes Now Under Federal Jurisdiction?

Here’s an all-too common story of one of many local crimes: the sinful heart of man leads to murder (apparently fueled by the sexual tensions unleashed when a wayward society sees “consent” as the approval for sex, not “covenant”). As reported at SFgate.com, “South S.F. gym member kills another with bar, police say.” A member of a South San Francisco gym has been arrested on suspicion of killing another gym member with a steel bar used for lifting weights, police said Thursday. Kenneth Read more […]

Can Mark Zuckerburg Give Away Money in a Helpful Way?

Mark Zuckerburg and his wife Priscilla Chan have announced they are giving away $120 million to the San Francisco school system. According to Newser.com this means that the billionaire couple “gave parents there a reason to applaud their wealthy neighbors.” I have no personal experience in the issue, but it looks to me like nothing is more tricky than giving away an immense amount of money. I hope Zuckerburg and Chan are up to the task or have trusted stewards to help them. My first worry Read more […]

San Francisco “Human Rights Commissioner” Arrested For Actively Participating In Child Porn

There are details about this case that are graphic and disturbing. If you want to know them, you can find them at the SF Weekly blog. The point here is that they show that “Gay Rights Icon” Larry Brinkin not only had horrific images on his computer of young children being sexually used by adult men, but he wrote emails exulting in images that he found especially pleasing. I mention this because, when I hear of someone getting busted for something on their computer, I always wonder if they knew Read more […]

CNN Money: Sex Workers Love Obamacare–Making Prostitution More Economically Attractive Through Federal Subsidies

Thanks to Newsbusters: Organized by “Siouxsie Q,” a Bay Area sex worker, the event was meant to encourage other sex workers to enroll in the new insurance exchanges. It was a rousing success: Nearly 40 men and women attended and almost all of them filed enrollment paperwork. In the all-cash, off-the-books sex industry, workers can be particularly high risk and insurance is often out of reach. Many sex workers — a broad term that can refer to a number of services, including sexual massage, Read more […]

Will Human Labor Make San Francisco Turn to Robots?

It makes economic sense to do so, unless interest rates go up. It may not make political sense. If people find it easy to finance construction projects then it will look more and more attractive to invest in automating the Bay Area Rapid Transport system (BART) as opposed to dealing with labor strikes. This is considered by a TechCrunch post: For the past week, the entire San Francisco Bay Area has been on the brink of a full-fledged train strike. The unpredictable negotiations have left commuters Read more […]

Michelle Shocked is too Shocking for San Francisco Liberals

Controversial alt-folk singer Michelle Shocked has found out how to be too controversial for San Francisco: make a statement against gay marriage. The 51-year-old singer was performing a show at Yoshi’s on Sunday when she declared: “When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilization and Jesus will come back.” The crowd apparently did not agree. The most ironic thing of the whole affair is that Shocked is known for being, well, shocking. Read more […]