USA Today had an update yesterday on the stupid anti-American antics of the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco. We have covered this story for a while here and while there is nothing new in this story, it is of note that it was covered by the “nation’s newspaper” yesterday.
San Francisco gives battleship the heave-ho – USA Today
In the two years since the USS Midway found a permanent dock in San Diego Harbor, it has become a major tourist attraction.
Nearly 900,000 people boarded the aircraft carrier in its first year of operation, rejuvenating shops and restaurants on the waterfront. The ship is booked years in advance for functions at up to $30,000 a pop.
Now the Navy has another ship it wants to bestow on a West Coast port: the big World War II battleship USS Iowa. But the ship has run into rough sailing and a harsh political headwind in the city the Navy thought would be an ideal home: San Francisco.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 to spurn the ship. Supervisors who oppose the offer say they don’t want a ship from a military in which openly gay men and women cannot serve. They also say they don’t want it because they oppose the Iraq war, which city voters condemned in a 2004 ballot question.
On Feb. 28, the supervisors passed a resolution urging impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney for leading the country into war in Iraq, eroding civil liberties and other activities. Sandoval appeared last month on Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes show and said, “The United States should not have a military. All in all, we would be in much, much, much better shape.”
Supervisor Tom Ammiano says San Francisco, a city where gays make up a significant segment of the population, need not apologize for spurning the battleship.
“You are not allowed to be a gay or lesbian in the military except when there’s a war, and then when the war ends, you are kicked out,” he told The Sacramento Bee.
Some gay veterans want the Iowa in San Francisco.
Mario Benfield is commander of American Legion Post 448, which describes itself as the only post whose membership is predominantly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender honorably discharged veterans.
“It’s a piece of history. There’s nothing better than a big battleship to grace the bay,” he says.
I hope the US military responds to a crisis in San Francisco if they are needed in the future. I know I might think twice of responding to any alarms from the City on the Bay. Perhaps they can just form their own militia of non-gun toting homeless people to take care of the city.