Murder Is Murder
Word choice matters: First of all, let us be intelligent and think about this article, the author, the way it was presented, and the content ["Honor Thy Father," Paul Rubin, Feature, 3/31]. Let us ask ourselves the following questions:
1. How is this hit-and-run homicide different than other, more vicious murders?
2. Why is the label "Muslim" in theheadline?
3. Were those "honor killings" common in ancient Babylon (Iraq), even in the pre-Islamic era?
4. How is this case different from a case where controlling father James Harrison shot and killed his 7-year-old son and four daughters because his wife left him for another man? Was that not an "honor" mass killing? That mass murder was not labeled a "Christian" or "honor" killing.
5. What is the writer's motivation for this story?
6. Murder is murder is murder is murder!
Anyone who manipulates the loss of innocent lives to spread hatred and anyone who allows it to be published on three pages, Joseph-Goebbels-propaganda-style, is just spreading religious and ethnic hatred and wants to turn our country into a mindless dictatorship. Don't you see what the real purpose of the article was?
Snitch Blog Comments of the Week
In response to a blog post about San Francisco being designated the sixth-most bike-friendly city: Peter Jamison is right that bicyclists in S.F. are a bunch of dicks — to each other. For this reason (and others), I'd classify San Francisco as one of the worst cities for bicyclists. Since 1983, I've ridden and/or commuted via bicycle in San Francisco as well as in Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Alameda, and I have to say that bicyclists in S.F. are the most unfriendly and aggressive pack of pricks I've encountered. There's no sense of solidarity, no cooperation, not even acknowledgment of fellow cyclists who get muscled out of the way at red lights and overtaken in very tight spots without any verbal warning.
Granted, I'm not a bike messenger, never rode in Critical Mass, and I don't ride a $3,000 road bike, so maybe it's different among those communities. I also ride motorcycles, and I have to say motorcyclists in S.F., other than Harley riders, look out for each other a lot more than bicyclists.
In response to a blog post about a California Republican Party statement referring to marijuana as "dope": After eight years of George W. Bush, Republicans should be very careful throwing the word "dope" around. I hope Californians educate themselves about this issue before they vote. If you vote to continue the criminalization of marijuana, you get into bed with some really, really ugly people with vicious, immoral agendas who have put a million peaceful taxpayers in jail and bankrupted California. Good luck explaining your vote to your kids and your grandchildren.
It's called dope. The users of the drug call it dope, the police call it dope, everyone calls it dope. It's slang — much as it's used to describe something favorable. Take issue with the pun at the end, but don't get your panties in a twist and turn into another overly sensitive liberal when someone calls it by a very common term. P.S.: I am very socially liberal and support legalization.
In his review of Gracias Madre ["Carne Asida," Eat, 4/7], Jonathan Kauffman wrote that "a series of lawsuits and investigative reports had revealed [owners Matthew and Terces Engelhart's beliefs] to be based on the Landmark Forum philosophy." There have, in fact, been no lawsuits filed against Cafe Gratitude. We regret the error.