San Francisco Vies for Homocide Capital of the United States

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 17 Dec 2004 13:00:00 GMT
# Russmo - Unintended Consequences - cartoon commentary on the war on "terror". Hahahaha.

# Cory Doctorow at boingboing - Boing Boing has a linking policy - the GPL of linking policies. Hehe. [codinginparadise]

Boing Boing doesn't believe in linking policies. They're dangerous, have no basis in law, and theybreak break the norms that make the Web possible. They're a wicked, stupid idea.

That said, if you believe in linking policies -- that is, if you believe that people who make websites should be able to control who links to those sites and how -- then have we got a policy for you:

No site with a linking policy (other than a policy such as this one, created to deride and undermine the idea of linking policies) may link to Boing Boing. Ever.

# The Onion - Nigeria Chosen to Host 2008 Genocides - a little satire for your Friday morning. Hilarious. [geekwitha.45]

ABUJA, NIGERIA--At a celebratory press conference Monday, President Olusegun Obasanjo announced that Nigeria's troubled but oil-rich city of Warri has been chosen to host the 2008 Genocides.

"Nigeria is excited for this chance to follow in the footsteps of Somalia, Rwanda, and Sudan," Obasanjo said. "Much work remains to be done, but all of the building blocks are in place. Nigeria has many contentious ethnic groups, a volatile economy, and a dependence on food imports. We are well on our way to making 2008 a genocidal year to remember in Nigeria!"
2008 Genocides Machetes

# Publicola - SF Proposed Gun Ban - The Text - the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have approved a ballot initiative that, if passed by the voters of the city and county of San Francisco, will ban the sale of firearms and ammo and the possession of handguns, except by cops and security guards. This post contains the full text of the proposed initiative (copied below). Publicola's entry following this one on the same page discusses this San Francisco Chronicle article announcing the initiative. Seems to me like it's time to change the complexion of the Board of Supervisors. Rope and lampposts are easy to come by. Spine, however, and balls appear to be sadly missing over there. [publicola]

David Codrea sent me an e-mail that contained the SF proposal. I'll include it in the extended entry without comment, as I believe it's self fisking.

Though I will relate something a friend said to me concerning this: he told me it seems like SF is fascinated with the capitalizing letter "H". I asked what he was talking about & he said that SF has been known (for good or bad in each instance) as the hippie capital, the homeless capital, the homosexual capital & now it wants to nock out D.C. & Chicago as the homicide capital. After this the only thing that will be left for them is the herring capital.


Prohibiting firearms distribution and limiting handgun possession.

Initiative ordinance prohibiting the sale, manufacture and distribution of firearms in the City and County of San Francisco, and limiting the possession of handguns in the City and County of San Francisco.

Be it ordained by the People of the City and County of San Francisco:

Section 1. Findings

The people of the City and County of San Francisco hereby find and declare:

Handgun violence is a serious problem in San Francisco. According to a San Francisco Department of Public Health report published in 2002, 176 handgun incidents in San Francisco affected 213 victims in 1999, the last year for which data is available. Only 26.8% of firearms were recovered. Of all firearms used to cause injury or death, 67% were handguns.

San Franciscans have a right to live in a safe and secure City. The presence of handguns poses a significant threat to the safety of San Franciscans.

It is not the intent of the people of the City and County of San Francisco to affect any resident of other jurisdictions with regard to handgun possession, including those who may temporarily be within the boundaries of the City and County.

Article XI of the California Constitution provides Charter created counties with the "home rule" power. This power allows counties to enact laws that exclusively apply to residents within their borders, even when such a law conflicts with state law or when state law is silent. San Francisco adopted its most recent comprehensive Charter revision in 1996.

Since it is not the intent of the people of the City and County of San Francisco to impose an undue burden on inter-county commerce and transit, the provisions of Section 3 apply exclusively to residents of the City and County of San Francisco.

Section 2. Ban on Sale, Manufacture, Transfer or Distribution of Firearms in the City and County of San Francisco

Within the limits of the City and County of San Francisco, the sale, distribution, transfer and manufacture of all firearms and ammunition shall be prohibited.

Section 3. Limiting Handgun Possession in the City and County of San Francisco

Within the limits of the City and County of San Francisco, no resident of the City and County of San Francisco shall possess any handgun unless required for professional purposes, as enumerated herein. Specifically, any City, state or federal employee carrying out the functions of his or her government employment, including but not limited to peace officers as defined by California Penal Code Section 830 et.seq. and animal control officers may possess a handgun. Active members of the United States armed forces or the National Guard and security guards, regularly employed and compensated by a person engaged in any lawful business, while actually employed and engaged in protecting and preserving property or life within the scope of his or her employment, may also possess handguns. Within 90 days from the effective date of this section, any resident of the City and County of San Francisco may surrender his or her handgun at any district station of the San Francisco Police Department, or to the San Francisco Sheriff's Department without penalty under this section.

Section 4. Effective Date

This ordinance shall become effective January 1, 2006.

Section 5. Penalties

Within 90 days of the effective date of this section, the Board of Supervisors shall enact penalties for violations of this ordinance. The Mayor, after consultation with the District Attorney, Sheriff and Chief of Police shall, within 30 days from the effective date, provide recommendations about penalties to the Board.

Section 6. State Law

Nothing in this ordinance is designed to duplicate or conflict with California state law. Accordingly, any person currently denied the privilege of possessing a handgun under state law shall not be covered by this ordinance, but shall be covered by the California state law which denies that privilege. Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed to create or require any local license or registration for any firearm, or create an additional class of citizens who must seek licensing or registration.

Section 7. Severability

If any provision of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid or unconstitutional, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect other provisions or applications or this ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid or unconstitutional provision or application. To this end, the provisions of this ordinance shall be deemed severable.

Section 8. Amendment

By a two-thirds vote and upon making findings, the Board of Supervisors may amend this ordinance in the furtherance of reducing handgun violence.

# Jeff Head - Dragon's Fury - Collector's Edition - Jeff Head's five volume WWIII novel series is now available as a single 828 page hardcover book. You can order it here for $50 (or as an eBook for $30). I hope he's wrong in the message he sent me telling about the nice new packaging:

Thanks for your reviews and support of the messages and warnings I have tried to convey with those novels. I fear we may be destined to live out their horror.

# Rick Lynch at The Washington Times - Giving away our freedoms - Mr. Lynch explains why it was a really bad idea to add the Bill of Rights to the Constitution. [saltypig]

# David Heinemeier Hansson - Rails is a web application framework written in Ruby. I haven't tried it. [pelle]

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