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Hammering with Hate
Just choose one way to approach court cases: So the district attorneys are using hate crimes charges as a hammer to obtain confessions, testimonies, and plea deals ["Hate Expectations," Peter Jamison, feature, 11/30]. Don't leftists rage against co-conspirator testimony and pleas gained through threats of longer sentences? Leftists are such hypocrites.


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From the Weekly to the Daily
Similar words carry differing meanings: This article has much to recommend it, but conflating "progressive" with "liberal" is completely wrong. Eric Jaye channels Glenn Beck on this point, which should be the first clue that there's a problem. The whole point of the p-word is to keep free of the ideological baggage of the l-word, which is why Faux News is so keen to constrain its meaning.

Jim Dyer

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Keeping an eye out for reporters' bylines:
Thanks to Benjamin Wachs and Joe Eskenazi for their outstanding investigative reporting ["Progressively Worse," feature, 11/23]. Thanks to SF Weekly for sponsoring their work. That being said, the reporters deserve a broader audience than SF Weekly can provide. I hope that someday I will read their investigative reporting in a major newspaper, the NY Times or Washington Post, maybe? Their journalistic style and investigative reporting will someday get them national recognition they deserve, perhaps a Pulitzer Prize.


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Blog Comments of the Week
Getting happy is a personal choice: Just another big government way to tell people what they can and cannot do ["Happy Meal Ban: McDonald's Outsmarts San Francisco," Joe Eskenazi, the Snitch, 11/29]. This all boils down to personal responsibility. It should be the parents' decision to buy their child a Happy Meal or not! Damn people need to wake up and take charge of their own lives, and quit expecting big government to do everything for them, or one day it will, and trust me, that's not something they want.


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In response to the Happy Meal ban loophole: The prevailing logic here seems to be the government should never interfere with anything because business will just find some other way to continue to screw consumers over. The eight years that Bush was in office made it very clear that big business will never regulate itself, and will happily run the country into the ground in order to ensure more profits for the given year (with no regard whatsoever to the following years). San Francisco tried to do the right thing here; sadly, McDonald's figured out a way around it.

Nicholas Ernst

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Buff bods are okay, McNuggets are not: In San Francisco, men walk about completely naked without fear of arrest or prosecution, as public nudity is legally protected — yet when it comes to the welfare of children, the city's politicians are worried about them eating french fries. Consider that contrast for a moment. This is not just about misplaced priorities. Given the opportunity, the left would turn this society upside down.


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Republicans help make nanny policies:
It is a mistake to attribute nannyism to liberals/Democrats. The conservatives/Republicans are just as disposed to run lives. The granddaddy of nanny policies is drug prohibition, which the Republicans (minus Ron Paul) adore. They continue to bash away at porn where possible. Republican-controlled cities have been just as likely enact anti-smoking ordinances as those controlled by Democrats. The conservatives aren't for less government than the liberals are, they are just less honest about their urge to rule.


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