April 04, 2007
Small children get lesson in "conspicuous virtue"
In the latest horror story from San Francisco (HT Justin), a family with small children whose crime was to attempt to drive home from a Japantown restaurant was set upon and their vehicle vandalized by a deranged cult of bicycle activists known as "Critical Mass":
It was supposed to be a birthday night out for the kids in San Francisco, but instead turned into a Critical Mass horror show -- complete with a pummeled car, a smashed rear window and little children screaming in terror.That "Critical Mass" would be the culprit does not surprise me. These moralistic poseurs are the shock troops of sanctimonious environmentalism, and I don't doubt that they consider themselves in the vanguard of what Glenn Reynolds and others have called "conspicuous virtue."
Anyway, here's how they inflicted their moral lesson on the hapless family which randomly crossed their path:
Susan Ferrando, her husband, their two children and three preteens had come to San Francisco from Redwood City to celebrate the birthday of Ferrando's 11-year-old daughter. They went to Japantown, where they enjoyed shopping and taking in the blooming cherry blossoms.Using their bikes as weapons? To assault a carload of children?
But, but, but -- something will be done, right?
The Chronicle writers (Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross) don't paint a very optimistic picture:
As for reaction from City Hall, Mayor Gavin Newsom said such acts of violence -- if true -- "only serve to undermine the worthwhile message of Critical Mass, which is to raise the awareness of bike transportation issues."Sorry to interrupt, there, Gavin, but didn't you really mean to say "underline"? (There's been some confusion lately over these two words, so I'll try to forgive Gavin's latest gaffelet.)
But as the writers make clear, Gavin has a dark sense of San Francisco humor:
The mayor also said that -- if the charges are grounded -- he expected the attackers to be "punished to the greatest extent of the law."I think it's unlikely that anything will be done about Critical Mass.
I don't have any kids, but I'd hate to think what Coco would do if Critical Mass did the same thing to my car. The whole thing reminds me of a very charming (and very ballsy) San Francisco lesbian who used to cut my hair and her encounter with the same group. Her crime was riding the bus to work. (You know, eco-friendly public transportation?) When her perfectly green bus was nonetheless blockaded by the self-righteous mob, this was too much for her, and she just lost it. As she related the story to me, she got out of the bus, grabbed one of their bikes, and smashed it on the ground. (Little wonder that Gavin Newsom wants to take pit bulls away from lesbians.)
But I guess I shouldn't make light of serious matters.....
UPDATE: Noting the police are not allowed to arrest these thugs, Hot Air offers some suggestions:
....given the group's violent history there are probably legal steps that could be taken against them. If the city had any backbone against leftist agitators, that is. If the Klan did what Critical Mass does, you betcha that city hall would be all over them. But Critical Mass directs its unreasoned hate in a politically correct direction, so Critical Mass gets a pass.
posted by Eric on 04.04.07 at 11:53 AM
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