Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

Bear-Assed Nekkid

October 10, 2015

OK, it’s obviously “a thing” now: in his big-stage public appearances, Barack Obama is making damn sure that he gets photographed in front of a state flag that sends an additional message beyond the usual shoutout to local homies.  This time, it was port-of-call San Francisco –for an in-and-out DNC fundraising performance at the Warfield Theater.

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Introduced by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Steph Curry, Draymond Green and a half dozen of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Obama arrived in California riding his highest approval ratings in the Golden State since the start of his second term in 2013.  Sixty percent of the state’s registered voters approve of Obama’s performance, while 33 percent disapprove. [ The remaining 7 percent are too high to care. ]

And although POTUS’ public remarks ostensibly focused on a hot-button domestic political topic  –“the gun massacres that we see with growing frequency in this country“–  that big-ass bear behind him was marching under a red star that evoked ongoing massacres in another country … on the other side of the world.

Talkin’ ’bout Syria, where Comrade Bear is strewing his scat all over the countryside.  I don’t think it’s mere coincidence that Saturday’s fundraiser was held at San Francisco’s Warfield Theater. Get it? War Field theater?  Golden State Warriors?  This time, Team Obama’s intellectual montage imagery is making a veiled statement about international affairs in the Middle East. But what, exactly?

Well, for one thing, Brer Bear appears to be walking right toward the Stars and Stripes.  That may not be such a good idea, and may not turn out well.  Why, just last week, a resourceful Montana hunter heeded his granny’s advice and fended off a bear attack in hand-to-paw combat:

While hunting elk, Chase Dwello came face-to-face with a grizzly. The bear, who had been asleep, was now awake and startled. Dwello was knocked to the ground and tossed around by the grizzly, his head clenched in the bear’s powerful jaws. He survived by keeping his cool … and shoved his arm down the bear’s throat when he got the chance. He was lucky; the grizzly gagged and left him beaten and bruised.

Turns out that large animals like bears have a sensitive gag reflex.  Let’s wait and see what Comrade Bear will choke on.  Perhaps a hockey stick.

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Not What I Had In Mind

April 30, 2010

A certain well-known news wire service reported today that “A U.S. Geological Service computer at [the agency’s] Berkeley station has mistakenly concluded that the Napa area was hit by a magnitude-5.0 earthquake.”

Lunghu is disconcerted for two reasons:  a] he expected an earthquake, if one actually occurred, to be of magnitude 6 or greater, and b] as the USGS itself concedes, “such inaccurate reports are exceedingly rare in California.”  (As of 1500 PDT April 30th, the fake quake was still showing on USGS’s San Francisco region earthquake map.)


The most plausible explanation for this anomalous event is that USGS’s HAL installation is exhibiting empathy for Lunghu’s apparent dilemma:  the first predicted “threat window” has almost closed, with nothing more severe than your normal, run-of-the-mill mag 2 and mag 3 California ankle-wigglers.  It’s OK, HAL, there are still two weeks to go until mid-May.