Saturday, August 20, 2005

SF Moonbats Shun USS Iowa

From Little Green Footballs. I'm giving props to California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. She didn't like how the San Francisco board of supervisors decided to vote against a proposal to have the USS Iowa (a retired World War 2 battleship) docked in SF for tourism. This proposal was voted down 8-3 and what was citied was not only the local opposition to the war in Iraq but also a protest against the military's stance against gays.

"If I was going to commit any kind of money in recognition of war, then it should be toward peace, given what our war is in Iraq right now," Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said.
Sen. Feinstein referred to this as a "very petty decision" also stating that...

"This isn't the San Francisco that I've known and loved and grew up in and was
born in," Feinstein said.
Sen. Feinstein had helped secure $3 million to tow the Iowa to the bay area. With the idea that "touristy" Fisherman's Wharf would become its new home.

One more quote...

San Francisco's rejection of such a storied battleship is a slap in the nation's face, said Douglass Wilhoit, head of Stockton's Chamber of Commerce.

"We're lucky our men and women have sacrificed their lives ... to protect our freedom," Wilhoit said. "Wherever you stand on the war in Iraq ... you shouldn't make a decision based on philosophy."

It appears that the Iowa is to be sent into Stockton, CA on the San Joaquin River. Sen Feinstein has a bill that opens the bidding for the Iowa to any California city while another CA congressman, Rep. Richard W. Pombo, R-CA, has sponsored legislation to move permanently to Stockton.

San Francisco Shuns Retired USS Iowa Yahoo! News August 20, 2005

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