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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Fighting to Save Coit Tower from al-Qaeda

Posted: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 23:59:57 -0800


src=" 026.jpg" width="200" height="267" vspace="0" hspace="6" />All right ye defenders of San Francisco, get ready to grab your pitchforks and fight back against Bill O'Reilly's terrorists targeting Coit Tower.

In case you missed it, here's the audio of O'Reilly's on-air diatribe against the citizens of Baghdad by the Bay for voting to discourage military recruiters from school campuses.

"...If al-Qaida comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead."

Well, now Supervisor Chris Daly is firing back... calling O'Reilly a wingnut. Watch what he told Phil Matier today on the KRON 4 Morning News:

Coit Tower's a monument to San Francisco's firefighters. They put out the fires in San Francisco after the great quake. American heroes -- they were there on Sept. 11 and now you want al-Qaida to blow up Coit Tower? Give us a break. You are out of line."

Eric at And the Family Buick thinks we ought to take O'Reilly up on his offer to leave the rest of the country behind:

San Francisco should leave the country. Get attacked by al Queda. Be ignored by the O'Reilly version of America. Aside from the insightfully snarky points made by the SF Comical (including that only tourists go to Coit Tower, which O'Reilly said should be blown up), I think we might be missing a decent opportunity to cut and run on America. Get out while the getting's good, I say. We could start by running the vastly outnumbered Republicans out of town on a rail. And then build a huge tie-dye-technicolor wall around our precious bastion. Or maybe we should all just make O'Reilly even more of a target for ridicule. "The Colbert Report`" is a good start, but there's much farther that we can go.

I'm willing to defend Coit Tower, as long as I don't have to climb all those steps.

UPDATE: My goodness. I was kidding about the pitchforks. Or was I? I haven't seen this kind of reaction, including comments from Alabama, since the anarchists were after me.

Since the point of this site is to highlight the Bay Area Blogosphere, I'm going to make another pass through the aggregator for opinions from OUR bloggers.

For instance, Dennis DeKat downplays the whole thing by showing a picture of Mussolini hanging by his heels.

Actually, if not for the bay area, and SF, this country would not be much of an economy. We are just about the only thing going that makes money here (since manufacturing has been given away to slave labor camps in China)…

Friscans should gang beat him if he ever shows up in this town ala Mussolini…

Fiat Lux tries to explain, "why Bill O'Reilly is a jerk."

On the one hand, jerky people are going to make jerky statements, and calling them out can make the jerks seem more important than they are.

On the other hand, it is important to call jerky people on their jerkiness, because silence can equal assent. And saying that it's OK to bomb San Francisco is not OK.

Angie at Ang's Weird Ideas would like to give O'Reilly a taste of his own medicine.

His little rant is too too funny. Now of course, he could die of a heart attack right now, and you know, he wouldn't be missed. Funny how that works huh??

BTW, it appears our out of town friends are coming from the DrudgeReport which put the story above the fold today.

UPDATE2: O'Reilly responded to the whole brou-ha-ha today in a crackly cell phone interview with Sacramento based talk show hosts Armstrong and Getty. Listen to what he had to say here.

Also, the head of the San Francisco Firefighters Union, John Hanley, is angry at O'Reilly's remarks, since Coit Tower honors the firefighters that saved the city from General Funston's bungling during the 1906 earthquake.

"Coit Tower is a monument to the bravery of the men and women of the San Francisco Fire Department," Hanley said. "When Bill O'Reilly makes an attack on Coit Tower, he's attacking us and our bravery."

He added, "Mr. O'Reilly, maybe we should bring you into some of our burning buildings and see how brave you are."

UPDATE 3:A couple of Bay Area bloggers have similar thoughts on Mr. O'Reilly.

Alan at E tenebris, lux dormiens says:

While I appreciate knowing about Bill O'Reilly's unhinged comment hollering in anger over San Francisco's vote to "encourage schools to discourage military recruiters off the campus," somehow, I don't think O'Reilly should be given more attention than is necessary. Then again, the only way to get ratings is to advocate inflammatory positions. He's certainly getting that

Dave at Daventics puts it more succinctly:

One needs to remember that Bill O’Reilly is paid to be an idiot. Smart, thoughtful folks don’t get big ratings.

So you expect Bill to make a statement as stupid as this one:

So everytime KTVU beats us in the ratings, that must mean we're too smart and thoughtful. I like that, even if my bosses won't.

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