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Tuesday, November 19, 2002



I Hate To Steal His Big Finish

A nice "bon mot" on San Francisco Democrats. I am sooo tempted to steal his close. OK, I am strong.

The author also links to this laugh-out-loud self-rebutting piece from some San Francisco columnist, as an example of the mind of a San Fran Dem in action. "Inaction", really, one word, no brain activity, flatline, am I clear?

The subject is creeping fascism under Bush, as exemplified by the new traffic stops by the INS:

In Michigan last week, federal agents started to use roving checkpoints to seek illegal immigrants, drug runners, weapons and terrorists.

Is this legal? Yes, according to the Detroit Free Press. "Under federal law," the newspaper reported last week," the Border Patrol can set up checkpoints up to 100 air miles from any international border, or from the shoreline. Within the first 25 miles, federal agents can stop drivers who seem suspicious, and they can search and conduct surveillance of private property."

Who knew?

Think of the places within those 100-mile or 25-mile limits. To name a few: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Savannah, Jacksonville, El Paso, San Diego, Portland, Sacramento, Bangor, Buffalo, Detroit, Tucson...


And so on for several more paragraphs outling the commencement of the dark night of fascism. Then, the first of several flickers of neural activity:

What I didn't know, until I read the Free Press last week, is that federal cops have been setting up their little checkpoints all over the Southwest border for several years now.

In Texas, Arizona and California, the newspaper reports, "temporary checkpoints have become permanent, and agents now patrol neighborhoods in cars and on bicycles."


OH! MY! GOSH! The dark night has already descended in his very own California, and he did not even know it! More than evil, these fascists are unobtrusive. Probably the soothing earth tones of the Brownshirts. Let's stumble on:

Fascism doesn't descend on a nation overnight. A nation has to be prepared for it first. In California, we long ago accepted checkpoints for imported fruits and vegetables.

Wait, California has checkpoints for fruits? Man, no wonder there is so much sensitivity to this gay-baiting thing. NO, I'M KIDDING! Can I strike that, yet leave it in the record? Blame it on my evil doppelganger? Oh, I said it, I'm sorry.

I had a real point before the last shred of self-discipline vanished. Doesn't California have a Democratic Governor, and Statehouse, and all that? I am sure I read that Simon lost. If these fruit and veggie checkpoints are so intolerable, let Gray Davis get rid of them. Oh, sure, the medfly cost Jerry Brown his governorship, but that can't be a consideration when standing up to fascism. I doubt these checkpoints are protecting the agricultural interests of the good people of Nevada or Arizona. Dump them. Let Freedom Ring! My goodness, man, you're blaming Bush for a creeping fascism that overcame California under Davis and Clinton!

Or maybe it didn't. Maybe you are just a kook. Or a San Francisco Democrat. Careful at the next checkpoint when they ask for fruits and nuts.

UPDATE: The Instapundit sent us to Agenda-Bender, for a singularly excellent post on San Fran Dems.

We see Common Sense applying itself to the San Fran columnist. Hmm, they seem to be going with calm logic and some powerful historical citations. Something for everyone.


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