Besides the World Series, in case you were wondering.
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Prozac? “Kind of a substitute for cigarettes,” he said. “Cigarettes are out, coffee is in.”
THE NEXT DAY I had coffee at Starbucks with my old friend Hermann the German, who has lived in San Francisco since 1961. He worked for the Barry Goldwater campaign and once ran a messenger business.
“What are the big changes since you came?”
In his mind he surveyed almost 50 years of continuous change and came up with this:
“Takeover of the city by the gays — that has been a major thing.” That we know. What’s second?
“Reduction in the black population. Whole neighborhoods have disappeared.”
Published statistics: San Francisco was 13.5 percent black in 1970 and it’s 6.5 percent today. Maybe lower. If San Francisco has bad government — and it is the home base of Nancy Pelosi — then African Americans are not responsible.
What happened to the blacks? “The middle-class homeowners sold up and moved out,” said Hermann. “The poor are being aborted.”
While in the city, I stayed with some pro-life friends. They showed me a video called “Maafa 21.” Probably not a good name, but it was interesting. Subtitle: “Black Genocide in the 21st century.” It was made by black and white Christians, and pointed out that the abortion rate among poor blacks is several times higher than it is among whites. Here’s a racial disparity the libs won’t mention. When anti-abortion demonstrators showed up at the annual NAACP meeting, the organization put up shields to stop the delegates from seeing the protests. The Black Caucus ignores abortion.
In a recent column the New York Times’s Bob Herbert deplored the “orgy of self-destructive behavior” that has placed “an extraordinary portion of the black male population in an ever deepening pit” of degradation. “Education” was his familiar cure-all. No mention of abortion.
The Chinese make for an interesting comparison. There is no longer a Chinatown. It’s becoming one big China city. The western region known as Richmond is a huge Chinese enclave.
They could run the whole city if they wanted to but they don’t. They constitute a “merchant class,” said David, the lawyer. They skirt politics. Liberal initiatives like gay marriage they don’t even notice. More Chinese keep on coming, and they buy property with cash. They have the ability to fly under the bureaucratic radar. Family structure is strong, their kids study, and if the taxman shows up and wants to look at the books at one of their interlocking enterprises on Clement Street or a dozen other locations no one on the premises speaks a word of English.
What will the next 50 years bring? There’s no saying. This is the city where “little old ladies in tennis shoes” made news at the Goldwater convention in 1964.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?