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Yale Singing Group Victims of Hate Crime… in San Fran!

Ah, those tolerant liberals strike (literally) again.   (h/t – Drudge)

Members of the Baker’s Dozen, the renowned, all-male a cappella singing group from Yale, are pummeled outside a New Year’s Eve party after singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The attackers allegedly include graduates from Sacred Heart Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest and best-known private schools.

Of course, I naturally assumed the attack on these boys was because they dared sing our National Anthem in the City by the Bay.

Ah, but no…. it appears those tolerant folks in the Bluest of Blue America… went after the guys in a gay-bashing rage…. in San Francisco!  *shocked*

The 16 singers showed up late to the party wearing preppy sport jackets and ties, and launched into “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

A couple of uninvited guests started mocking them, and allegedly the words “faggot” and “homo” were tossed — and so were a couple of punches.

According to [Reno] Rapagnani [host of the party] and others, the Yale kids barely made it around the corner when they were intercepted by a van full of young men.

“They were surrounded, then tripped — and when they were on the ground, they were kicked,” Rapagnani said.

To the police, who were out in force to keep a lid on New Year’s, it looked like just another drunken brawl.   But according to Rapagnani, “This was not a fight — it was an attack.”

Meanwhile, Sharyar Aziz Jr. was taken by paramedics to San Francisco General Hospital, and later had to undergo reconstructive surgery in New York for a broken jaw that will remain wired shut for eight weeks.  Another unidentified Yale student sought treatment for a concussion, and a third for a swollen ankle and other abrasions.

Great, just great.! I actually have to be in San Fran in less than two weeks for work.  I guess I better not wear a tie, look cleaned up, or sing the National Anthem.  Maybe I’ll attend all of my business functions dressed as a homeless bum.  Heck, I might get a San Fran taxpayer-funded stipend out of it!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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35 Comments

  1. Actually, you SHOULDN’T be shocked that it happened in San Fran. A friend of mine said the worst gay bashing he encountered was in the city by the bay. The bashers always go where gays are plentiful & conspicuous.

    Comment by Jimbo — January 10, 2007 @ 1:32 pm - January 10, 2007

  2. “Right-Wing Religious Fundamentalists Attack Group Singing National Anthem!”

    Your post really could have said that, since it equally applies according to the story. I’ll still go to Mass this Sunday, despite those Catholic hellraisers. You seem too quick to blame San Francisco liberals. I enjoy reading this blog, but this is a little too drama-queeny.

    Comment by Vera Darling — January 10, 2007 @ 2:22 pm - January 10, 2007

  3. And where is San Francisco’s famous gay community in all this?

    Regardless of whether the Yale guys were mostly gay (which I doubt), the attackers shouted “homo” and “faggot”, making it a vicious anti-gay hate crime. Are SF gays outraged? Are they out there demanding arrests?

    Comment by Calarato — January 10, 2007 @ 2:33 pm - January 10, 2007

  4. Gay bashing in SF by rogue Catholic school boys? Could it be misplaced retribution for all those str8 altar boys squirrelled in the rectory by gay priests? Nawh. Where do these people learn their lessons about tolerance and acceptance of diversity?

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — January 10, 2007 @ 2:36 pm - January 10, 2007

  5. SF police wouldn’t take pictures of the victims’ injuries. The family who was hosting them, did. Here are some pictures: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/slideShow?section=nation_world&id=4917812&slide=3

    Here is a local investigation that names some of the attackers: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=i_team&id=4916777

    Comment by Calarato — January 10, 2007 @ 2:36 pm - January 10, 2007

  6. #3 – Matt, this is what I think after perusing the additional links.

    It sounds more like the attacks were basically nihilistic – done by vicious sons of the bored, nihilistic type of rich person. The Yale guys were probably NOT outstandingly or especially gay. “Homo” and “faggot” were probably shouted as schoolyard taunts (considering the emotional maturity of the attackers). The tie-wearing and the Star Spangled Banner-singing probably do have much to do with the story: perhaps in triggering the nihilist youths, and perhaps in explaining the SF gay community’s seeming (?) absence from the aftermath of a crime where “homo” and “faggot” were shouted prominently.

    All mere speculation, of course. And only based on current info, at that.

    It would be interesting to know more about “prominent San Francisco pediatrician Eileen Aicardi”, mother of 3 alleged leaders of the attack.

    It will also be interesting to see if any civil suits follow the eventual arrests (or lack thereof).

    Comment by Calarato — January 10, 2007 @ 2:50 pm - January 10, 2007

  7. Powerline just speculated that the Yale singers may have just done a really bad rendition of the national anthem (intentionally or otherwise): http://powerlineblog.com/archives/016460.php

    I figure the Powerline guys are probably wrong. They’re relying on a very short AFP account with no mention of the gay-bashing angle. But the Powerline guys have one thing right: We need more of the story.

    Comment by Calarato — January 10, 2007 @ 3:13 pm - January 10, 2007

  8. I sort of agree with Calatro with regards to motivation.

    I think what is appalling is that one of the men attacked had to have reconstructive surgery, but nobody has been arrested or charged. What kind of cops does the City of San Fransisco have? They don’t see overly concerned about a pretty serious assault.

    Comment by just me — January 10, 2007 @ 3:58 pm - January 10, 2007

  9. This San Franciscan also agrees with #6 Calarato on the motives. When the scions of San Francisco’s hoi polloi misbehave they usually get carte blanche from the police and the DA’s office. I seem to recall that the son of then-Chief Administrative Officer Hadley Roff was involved in a gay-bashing crime when Dianne Feinstein was mayor. If memory serves justice was eventually done, but in an extremely discreet and hush-hush manner. It will be interesting to see if San Francisco DA Kamala Harris presses charges or sweeps this one under the rug. My guess is the latter.

    Comment by patrick C — January 10, 2007 @ 6:08 pm - January 10, 2007

  10. The story is strikingly newsworthy precisely because it happened in SF, among other more salient factors (such as the Yale connection and the well-known pediatrician, etc.). You write as if all the people of SF–and then only the liberals, since there are no conservatives in SF–took a turn throwing a punch. And for all you actually know, the well-known family members might be Republicans. But these leaps of fancy are what keep me coming back for more.

    Hey, see what you can do with Texans and frat boys, too: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=local&id=4920889.

    Comment by sean — January 10, 2007 @ 6:22 pm - January 10, 2007

  11. The SF gate article says that the “attack happens outside the home of two prominent San Francisco police officers … who were both accused and later cleared of leaking internal SFPD personnel documents during the Fajitagate debacle.”

    My guess is that the SFPD is sitting on, if not actually ignoring, this case, because of the hosts involved.

    Comment by B McGill — January 10, 2007 @ 6:30 pm - January 10, 2007

  12. GP, you’d better let me know when you’re going to be here…..

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 10, 2007 @ 6:40 pm - January 10, 2007

  13. Sean, you said “And for all you actually know, the well-known family members might be Republicans. But these leaps of fancy are what keep me coming back for more.”

    Slim chance! The percentage of registered voters in the City who identify as Republican is about 11%. One chance in 9. The percentage of registered voters who are Dems is about 54%, so 1 chance in 2.
    Indy’s rate at 29% or 1 chance in 3.

    If I was betting my money, I vote democrat. By the way hate speech in the City is only when a white republican is talking.

    Comment by whocares — January 10, 2007 @ 6:44 pm - January 10, 2007

  14. NDT – can I shoehorn my way in? Let’s all grab a coffee or beer one night. Bruce – e-mail me please!

    Comment by Calarato — January 10, 2007 @ 6:59 pm - January 10, 2007

  15. Gay bashing in SF by rogue Catholic school boys? Could it be misplaced retribution for all those str8 altar boys squirrelled in the rectory by gay priests?

    —- Funny, as a straight person I am simply appalled and concerned about this crime. I don’t need a riff about some political point and a specific religion. How can a decent city tolerate this kind of viciousness to any of its citizens? Find, charge and punish the perpetrators.

    Comment by gm — January 10, 2007 @ 7:00 pm - January 10, 2007

  16. Ummm…what exactly does conservative/liberal have to do with a a brawl that appears to be amongst a bunch of priviliged (probably drunken on at least one side) group of guys? To be fair and balanced, are you gong to report brawls in conservative cities as being caused by conservatives? gimmee a break – stick to real political commentary.

    Comment by Kevin — January 10, 2007 @ 7:31 pm - January 10, 2007

  17. Actually, Sacred Heart may be old but IIRC it was generally ‘renowned’ as no better than second choice – where you went if your grades and connections couldn’t get you into St Ignatius.

    As the old cheerleader chant went…Sacred Heart Irish Team…I’ll skip the rest.

    Comment by JEM — January 10, 2007 @ 8:07 pm - January 10, 2007

  18. Great that you will be in SF! It will raise the Republican population here to three: you, me, and Matt at The Only Republican in San Francisco –
    http://www.onlyrepublican.com/

    Comment by SF South Park Republican — January 10, 2007 @ 8:58 pm - January 10, 2007

  19. Halloween in Greenwich Village? Similarly full of homophobia. Very disturbing.

    Comment by jpe — January 10, 2007 @ 10:42 pm - January 10, 2007

  20. Sure, Calarato, ‘twould be great to finally meet you too.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 10, 2007 @ 11:23 pm - January 10, 2007

  21. Sure, Calarato, ‘twould be great to finally meet you too. It’s amazing….been around these parts for going on three years now, but still have never met GP. I’ve met GPW twice and found him most charming.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 10, 2007 @ 11:24 pm - January 10, 2007

  22. Folks, long before SF became associated with gay pride, there were Irish and Italian and Chinese ethnic groups here who persist (although the immigration rates of the first two are considerably lower now than that of the last). Sacred Heart Cathedral (“SH” in SF parlance) is a big high school run by the Christian Brothers order and is full of the descendants of Old San Francisco — guys who like to drink and party and carouse and get into some trouble. Not bad boys, mostly, but sometimes rowdy. Some of the parents are SFPD, who themselves were SH grads, and in this city, everybody knows who everybody else is cousins with — and they look out for each other. The ‘gay’ epithets were likely just the rudest thing the ruffians could think of to say…and the SH guys likely knew well they were outclassed by the Yalies and took the choirboys on the only way the SH guys could think of within their booze-sodden brains. Yes, there should be investigations and arrests. It may well happen. Stay tuned.

    Comment by Jumpin' Jack — January 11, 2007 @ 12:02 am - January 11, 2007

  23. Michael Savage interviewed a reporter in LA who covered the story and I don’t think this will go away any time soon. Mayor Newsome better watch out on this issue – it’s liable to bite him in the tuckus.

    And sean, poor poor misguided Sean, as a former UT student who was ALSO a frat guy, you are once again acting like the Drive-By Media. You spatter off a bunch of talking points and a barely relevant link without taking all the facts into consideration. And since you are also quoting a news story that really has nothing to do with the above topic, it shows how desperate you really are.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 11, 2007 @ 12:11 am - January 11, 2007

  24. Ivy-bashing in SF?…

    Some visiting singers from Yale were apparently preyed upon by…other rich kids?…

    Trackback by The Only Republican in San Francisco — January 11, 2007 @ 2:30 am - January 11, 2007

  25. Interesting.
    According to Sean & Kevin, libs wouldn’t DARE do such a thing, so they can’t possibly be libs.

    What are y’all thinking? Libs are all about peace, love, crabs and screwing anybody they deem deserving.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — January 11, 2007 @ 6:21 am - January 11, 2007

  26. Commenter #9 got the meaning of hoi polloi exactly backwards. It doesn’t refer to society’s upper classes but to the downtrodden masses.

    Comment by Bungalowlife — January 11, 2007 @ 9:37 am - January 11, 2007

  27. Anyone else besides me notice that (a) one of the Yale chorale guys who was assaulted had an Arab surname and (b) some of the guys pictured in the story are not Anglos? In other words, they could not be mistaken for Duke lacrosse players?

    Methinks that there is a racist element here. So where are the Sharptons, Rangels, Jacksons et al? Is it because they are not interested in seeing justice done?

    Or – perish the thought – because it would make the liberal establishment look bad? I hope they’re not as shallow as that. But I’m not holding my breath.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 11, 2007 @ 10:59 am - January 11, 2007

  28. the aicardi family, they are all good people who are definitely not un-american nor predjudice against gays. They just happen to have a son who is a bully. Richard Aicardi probably was invinted to the party, because although rivals Sacred Heart and St. Ignatious student party together in peace even after their own rival games. The name of Sacred Heart is being unfairly put into the lime light, the alumnis have long graduated from SH, why not mention what college they go to. Lastly, an ex-cop was serving alcohol to minors at his house.

    Comment by Natalie Checsolvak — January 11, 2007 @ 10:23 pm - January 11, 2007

  29. Natalie, thank you. Schoolyard “bully” – That was the motivation or the word I was trying to think of in #6, but missed.

    Comment by Calarato — January 12, 2007 @ 12:26 am - January 12, 2007

  30. Hey, is there any truth to the rumor that the good natured, civil, conservative GOP-supporting mega media star Sean Hannity has offered a reward for information leading to the prosecution of the SF bashers in this case?

    Wow, I didn’t hear Jon Stewart do that.

    I didn’t hear Rosie do that.

    I didn’t hear Al Franken do that… oh wait, MeanLeanAl is probably super busy trying to figure out his airtime slot now that AirAmerica is bankrupt and unable to convince even liberal listeners to listen in… why should they? They have NPR and thousands of other conventional outlets to listen to the same liberal, left BlameAmerica spews. Yeah, he and the other Leftleaning media darlings are too busy to stand up to hate crime thuggery in Leftie SF.

    And the GayLeftBorgTypes have been so silent, too. Paging Andie Sullivan… here’s your chance to grab some face time on air.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — January 12, 2007 @ 9:03 am - January 12, 2007

  31. Actually, Deputy Chief Morris Tabak identified the problem with SF quite nicely.

    He cited state data showing San Francisco is among the least successful counties in the state in locking up felony offenders.

    The city sent 436 people to prison in 2005, the same number as Sonoma County, which has 300,000 fewer residents, and far below Ventura County, which is exactly the same population. Ventura County sent 723 people to prison that year. San Mateo County sent 785.

    “A lenient and ineffective criminal justice system does not deter crime, it invites it,” Tabak told the commission.

    Roughly 4 of every 100 arrests result in prison terms in San Francisco, compared with other counties, including: 12.8 of 100 arrests in Alameda, 14.4 of 100 in Sacramento, 21 of 100 in San Mateo and Santa Clara, 26.6 of 100 in Fresno, 38.7 of 100 in Los Angeles and 41 of 100 in San Diego.

    Tabak said police officers make arrests “time and time and time again,” but that in many cases, offenders are freed to commit more crimes.

    As an example, he cited the two-year history of a 25-year-old man who was arrested three times with weapons and drugs, each time released on bail. Last month, the man was arrested again, this time with two assault weapons, but has yet to be charged, Tabak said. He said none of the three earlier weapons cases, which started in October 2004, had been resolved.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 12, 2007 @ 12:23 pm - January 12, 2007

  32. Here’s a thought: the party crashers were typical jerks who use the catcall “homo” or “fag” to humiliate other males for doing something, hmmm, unacceptable. If the Cathedral School is anything like the snobby expensive private schools that dot this country, they are filled with students who aren’t religious anyway. All this story tells me is that in hyper-liberal San Francisco, singing the national anthem is anathema. They only started the jeering when the singers took up the Star Spangled Banner.

    It is a hate crime, or would be if hating patriots were a crime.

    Sean Hannity is indeed offering a reward and it’s disgusting that there have been no apprehensions.

    Comment by Barbara — January 12, 2007 @ 9:56 pm - January 12, 2007

  33. San Francisco is a big city. Although much of the population is liberal, there is still a substantial conservative population, many of which attend the school. I would bet a lot of money that the attackers, and most of their friends, are homophobic, immature, republicans and have nothing to do with the huge gay community in San Francisco.

    Comment by Radni4 — January 13, 2007 @ 2:14 am - January 13, 2007

  34. I grew up in San Francisco. While most of the city is progressive and tolerant of homosexuality – much to the chagrin of large swaths of the United States – there is a hardcore of conservatism made more virulent by the otherwise dominant liberalism and leftism. It also tends to be very homophobic, seeing the “queers” as having “ruined the city”.

    One of the worst institutional locations for this trend of arch-rightism and homophobia is the San Francisco police force. It is dominated by several families and by ethnicities, Irish and Italian catholics, and has been for a long time. It has a notorious problem with discipline and with covering up internal messes (lookup “Fajitagate”). It also has a long history of harassing gays and of outright acts of anti-gay violence, especially in the 1980’s, when the SFPD responded with extreme violence to Act Up protests.

    That said, this sounds more like the typical thuggish behavior of the privileged brats of Sacred Heart Catholic high school, than any anti-patriotic, or even specifically anti-gay attack. The taunts sound high schoolish – calling someone a “faggot” and so forth – though I don’t mean to minimize the violence.

    The scandal is that the police have done nothing – I would suggest from institutional homophobia, and for fear of having to arrest the kids of some of San Francisco’s most privileged.

    Good for Hannity of offering a reward, but shame on him for trying to spin this incident as some sort of San Franciscan anti-Americanism.

    The Yalies’ lawyer is former law partners with Matt Gonzalez, the ultra-left Green Party candidate who was almost elected mayor in 2005.

    Comment by turthlover — January 13, 2007 @ 12:41 pm - January 13, 2007

  35. #33-34: You are both wrong. See the facts in post #13.

    Also – isn’t the SFPD chief named Heather Fong? Wow – that’s a really staunch Irish-Catholic male name if I ever heard one.

    Sigh…too easy…like shooting liberals in a barrel.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 13, 2007 @ 2:23 pm - January 13, 2007

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