Even in an Upscale Neighborhood, Bad Things Happen

This video highlights the fact that you are not protected by your zip code. That is something I say regularly, but I’m not sure people believe it. Active Self Protection: First Dates Usually Don’t End Like This.

This incident, in which no one was hurt BTW, took place in an expensive apartment building in San Francisco, a REALLY expensive city. That goes to the point about zip codes. Here is a nice place, with a 24hr concierge service, and you end up in the middle of a violent encounter. And it points out that those expensive flashlights that everyone has in their EDC these days, really can pay off.

The followup interview with the Good Guy in the video isn’t as good as I hoped, but it is OK if you have the time. An Interview with Will (from today’s ASP Main video).

I’ve only been an on-again-off-again fan of Active Self Protection. I’m not really sure why. (It isn’t like I don’t have enough other demands on my time or anything!), but a lot of the videos are first-rate, and there is always a lesson to be learned. Actually some of the videos are classic.


San Francisco Is Becoming a 3rd-world City in More Ways Than One

Nothing says “third-world-shithole” like a police state. LIBERAL FASCISM: San Francisco police raid home of journalist to find who leaked Adachi report. (All the human excrement around the city doesn’t make things better.)

If Bill Barr were sending FBI agents to raid journalists’ homes in search of leakers, we’d be told that the Fourth Reich had descended on America. (Updated because there are statutory protections in California.)

But this is the Liberal Fantasy Land of San Francisco.

Welcome to the Police State. (Hat tip to The Other McCain.)

Neighbors Were Shocked – By a Swatting Call

At least no one was shot by police. SFPD investigating possible ‘swatting’ incident involving tech leader.

A “Facebook cybersecurity executive” was targeted.

“The male caller stated that he had just shot his wife in their home, he had the kids tied up, there were pipe bombs everywhere, and if police responded that he would harm the police if they came to help,” said Janine De La Vega, Public Affairs Manager Palo Alto Police Department.

Not a prank, as the death last year proves.


Neighbors were surprised to learn of the incident.

“Horrible, definitely. I’ve been living here for six years it’s always been really, really quiet. So I’m surprised to hear that for sure,” said Manuela Zavattaro, neighbor.

Swatting is a crime. And if you can read this, then you live in The Real World™ where crime can and all to often, does happen.

4 Hour Response to 911 Call About Robbery and Beating

Incompetence or bigotry? Police leave beaten bakery owner waiting hours for help after 911 call.

A Chinese business man goes to the bank.

Two men, who may have followed him back from the bank, beat him up, breaking his fingers during the robbery.

But while he called 911 shortly before 12:30 p.m., police did not respond to the scene until around 4:30 p.m.

Apparently the call was not logged correctly, and it seems language may have been part of the problem.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but you are expecting an over-worked (and in some locations underpaid) .gov functionary to get things into the system correctly.

Color Me Shocked – A .gov With Little Financial Accountability

Because “responsibility” is a conservative value. Or something. San Francisco continues to spend big in fight against homelessness — but is it working?.

(The WTF?! is inspired by the shear amount of money – which looks to be wasted.)

Between $245 million and $271 million in recent years, with next year’s budget set at about $280 million. That is JUST for homelessness, not for the whole of the city.

The article says the math comes out to $37,300 for each of the city’s homeless residents.

City supervisor hopeful Nick Josefowitz, however, said he believes San Francisco shouldn’t “invest a single public dollar without knowing if it is doing any good.”

“Despite decades of well-intentioned bills, spending efforts, or guiding plans, the same tragic scene continues day after day and year after year,” he wrote in an April article on Medium. “Indeed, in recent years the situation has become so much worse. Yet too often City Hall is still making decisions on homelessness based on folk wisdom rather than hard evidence.”

Because we scream “Do Something!” (The Left loves government action more than the Right, but it isn’t a Leftist monopoly.) And then we are surprised that the government is doing the wrong thing, or doing stupid things, or just throwing the money away.

A similar complaint the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board made years earlier – that the city isn’t doing enough to track their efforts.

“That a city can spend $241 million a year on programs and still confront such human misery suggests those dollars are not being spent with anything close to optimal effectiveness,” the board wrote in 2016. “Eight city departments and 76 private and nonprofit organizations draw from those funds in 400 contracts, yet the degree of accountability is highly suspect.”

You would think for $37,000 per person, you would be able to do something reasonable. But then again it is the government. (Hat tip to Chicks on the Right.)

San Francisco Used To Be a Beautiful City

Now it is a hazardous waste dump. Survey of Downtown San Francisco Reveals Trash on Every Block, 303 Piles of Feces and 100 Drug Needles – NBC Bay Area

It is beyond gross; it is dangerous.

“If you do get stuck with these disposed needles you can get HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and a variety of other viral diseases,” said Dr. Lee Riley, an infectious disease expert at University of California, Berkeley. He warned that once fecal matter dries, it can become airborne, releasing potentially dangerous viruses, such as the rotavirus. “If you happen to inhale that, it can also go into your intestine,” he said. The results can prove fatal, especially in children.

“The contamination is … much greater than communities in Brazil or Kenya or India,” he said. He notes that in those countries, slum dwellings are often long-term homes for families and so there is an attempt to make the surroundings more livable. Homeless communities in San Francisco, however, are often kicked out from one part of town and forced to relocate to another. The result is extreme contamination, according to Riley.

The city budget (2016-2017) included about $60 million for “street environmental services.” Translation: cleaning up the crap.

Lots of photos, and a video (I didn’t watch) at the link above. H/T DailyWire.

According to the SJWs in San Francisco, Being Intimidated By Pit Bulls is Hateful

Violent crime and drug addiction are coming to the “safe areas” of San Francisco. The Problem of Hate in the Haight – February 26, 2018 – SF Weekly

So the Haight, in San Francisco, has long been a safe neighborhood. (It wasn’t always, but that is ancient history). In the past few weeks there have been 2 shootings (1 fatal) and 4 drug overdoses in the “doorway of an elite private high school”. This prompted a town-hall style meeting at the local police precinct.

“People are terrified to leave their homes,” one woman, who lives on Masonic Avenue, told the crowd. “When I walk on Haight Street and there is a group of 14 kids — many are transient with pitbulls and I can’t get through the street, I feel frightened and intimidated.”

Another person called for more beat cops – one on every corner – to keep the peace.

This constitutes “hate” in the eyes of the Social Justice Warrior writing the peace.

She laments that society is not bending over backwards for the addicts. “Safe injection sites” that could provide counseling and help for ODs are not open. (Another person said that people who reject counseling should be arrested. Hate in the eyes of the SJWs.)

Being intimidated by roving gangs of youths *used Joe Pesci’s accent from My Cousin Vinny* is hate, because worrying about your personal safety is just pure hate. Or something.

San Francisco used to be a beautiful city. Today, you need maps to avoid the shit. Literal human shit. A prestige American city looking more and more like a 3rd world hell hole. Is there nothing the Left can’t destroy?

It isn’t enough to be calling names, and looking down your SJW noses at ordinary folks who want to live in safe communities. The hubris is amazing.

The meeting was a complete failure. And it’s a shame, because the solutions to the actual problems — chronic homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse — are obvious.

Where exactly – in any of the major cities completely controlled by the Left for the past 50 years – have any of these 3 problems been solved, by any solution, obvious or not?

As for California in general, it is experiencing an exodus of the middle class. And the number 5 reason (on this list) is safety.