San Francisco bicyclist pleads guilty to felony assault; sentenced to probation and anger management

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CRITICAL MASS

Want to run red lights, snarl traffic, and watch the police do nothing?   Visit this unofficial website for complete instructions.

On August 28, 2015, Ian Hespelt, a 39-year old San Francisco bicyclist, attacked a woman’s rented car with his bike lock, smashing the driver side window, and nearly missing her head. Continue reading

Chicago Police Stops down by 80%; shootings up by 80%. Connection?

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Move along; nothing to see here.

If you look at the colossally dumb videos on YouTube and Facebook, and the off-the-charts sales of Selfie Sticks, you’d think the whole world couldn’t wait to get their 15 minutes of fame. But evidently the 12,000-plus members of the Chicago Police Department feel differently. Continue reading

Mayors compete in flat-out race to bottom

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“Those who wish to destroy were given space to do that” — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rwwlings-Blake

On April 26, Ms. Rawlings-Blake’s now-famous statement moved the bar for responsible city government to an all-time low. What she meant to say was that, in the process of trying to give peaceful protestors the space to demonstrate about the death of Freddie Gray, marauding thugs were given free rein to sack her city. Continue reading

Unelected Bay Area bureaucrats plan to make it illegal to sell any house with a wood-burning fireplace

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The Bay Area's newest endangered species.

The Bay Area’s newest endangered species.

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”
– Nat King Cole

“I have a fireplace in my kitchen that I light every night, no matter what.”
— Alice Waters

“We thought of this as a doable way of trying to get our wood-burning emissions in the Bay Area ratcheted down over time.”
— Wayne Kino, Director of Compliance and Enforcement, BAAQMD Continue reading

Portland municipal building showcases planet-friendly design, goes 3X over budget, wounds and kills birds

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The new $11.5 Million office building by the sewage plant. Note the green grass on the overpriced roof. Image: Skylab Architecture

The new $11.5 Million office building by the sewage plant. Note the green grass on the overpriced roof. Image: Skylab Architecture

When a building that was budgeted to cost $3.2 million winds up costing $11.5 million, something is likely to hit the fan. But in this case, the unhappy noise is local and migratory birds smacking into its environmentally-hip, LEED-Certified wall of windows. Continue reading

Houston Mayor says men can use ladies’ room; city subpoenas sermons of pastors who disagree

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Mayor Annise Parker, Lesbian Democrat and ham-fisted intimidator

Mayor Annise Parker, Lesbian Democrat and ham-fisted intimidator

Clashes between evangelical Christians and the gay community are hardly news. Because I think people’s private lives should be private, nine times out of ten, I take the side of the gay community. Continue reading

Seattle banishes “evil” legacy of Columbus Day; celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day

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Christopher Columbus, favorite 15th Century villain of leftists everywhere.

Christopher Columbus, favorite 15th Century villain of leftists everywhere.

On September 28, the Seattle City Council embarrassed themselves by voting unanimously to search citizens’ garbage and fine them for food scrap violations. On October 6, they embarrassed the entire country.

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Seattle gives you three choices: Eat all your dinner, have a smelly compost bin, or pay a fine

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Happy planet, happy composter, happy flies.

There’s a lot not to love about compost bins: The smell. The fruit flies. The general ick factor. The Seattle City Council has a response to your concerns:  Get used to it or else. Continue reading

Arlington, VA says $1 million bus stop too expensive; will build next ones for only $539,000.

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A million dollars doesn't buy what it used to.

A million dollars doesn’t buy what it used to.

Transit Oriented Development is an innocent-sounding term that gets some critics of local government all wee-wee’d up. In a nutshell, it’s based on the belief that your Subaru is killing the planet, so we should all ride our bikes in the rain to a train that drops us at a station just a second soggy bike ride to the office. Continue reading

Quote of the decade

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We have 5 1/2 years to go, but here’s the one to beat: At a city council meeting, a 20-something community task force member was asked when her group would pave a sidewalk near a school.

Her answer? “Oh, we don’t do anything. We’re just a Task Force.”