Now is the time to decide

This is about an anti-progressive city turf war


Now is the time to decide
by bahmani

This Coming October 9th, 2012, The fate of the elected Sheriff of San Francisco county hangs in the balance and hands of 9 out of 11 City Supervisors.

Oh, and by the way, the Sheriff is an Iranian-American. Ross Mirkarimi would become the highest elected official in the US if things don't go horribly wrong.

The news is, they might.

The strength of the anti-Ross forces are seemingly akin to the very same Deev that served to undermine Rostam, as the ongoing myth of our destiny proceeds. This time in real life, this time here and now, no fond fable.

To reiterate, clarify, and distill it for you, since from my discussions with many in the Iranian community, there is a most certain odor of ignorance to the pure facts:

- Ross was "advised" by his less than astute legal team, to plead guilty to the charge of False Imprisonment. The term was changed from the blocking the door to an irate wife suitcase packed wanting to leave, like in te movies, and somehow mind-numbingly redefined as Ross deciding to turning the car around, when he and his wife got into a Family argument. Deciding that continuing on to a Pizza lunch, wasn't going to be fun for anyone.

That is the "crime". Making a U-turn while losing his appetite. He pleaded guilty. Of course. As advised.

The lesson here for all of us, is regardless of what any lawyer might say, if you are not guilty, you DON'T PLEAD GUILTY. Better to go to jail and lose, than to admit guilt. Especially when doing so, can go so horribly wrong. As it has for Ross.

The infamous "bruise" on his wife's arm, is not even part of any of this scandal. Although it was put on YouTube for all to see and suggest and insinuate.

Again, the bruise, is not the crime. Turning the van around and canceling Pizza is apparently a crime in San Francisco now. Too bad, the Pizza is quite good. Although the parking still sucks.

The bruise, while seemingly a serious matter. In fact isn't. The reason I know this is it was very small, and the only one. EVER.

And since no one knows, well, I'm sorry, no one knows. Yet another example of brilliant trial by TV though, abrogating you know, that whole Rule of Law crap, and the pesky "Innocent until PROVEN Guilty" garage that always seems to get in the way of a good headline.

So this October 9th, it all comes down to 9 of 11 Supervisors, who hold Ross' fate in their hands. Some of you might claim this is not Democratic. After all, Ross was elected Sheriff by an overwhelming majority of San Francisco voters. And you might even wonder, what does turning the van around from Pizza, have to do with his ability to go to work every day?

But this is not about that, this is about innuendo and apparently an anti-progressive, pro-conservative city turf and faction war. Just look at the corporate logos on the players' uniforms.

If you have noticed a more business friendly, screw the poor, let the accountant run the city bent in San Francisco, you are not alone. But you are late. Because it has been happening since Art Agnos left office. A city that auctions off it's historic world leading successful progressivism, purely to keep Twitter happy, a free service no one needs, but apparently everyone wants, is certainly doomed to a fickle non-self-sustaining short sighted and even shorter future.

For whatever will we do when at the first drop in revenue from those display ads everyone ignores, Twitter decides to hire the attractively lower waged Lakota and pack up their "free zone" move to South Dakota?

I know of all the people I could hire in the world with glorious long dark hair, I would certainly rather hire the Lakota over all of them. If only because they are due.

So, starting now, get out your moral compasses and start to chart your courses. Along the way, make sure to pick up the clues and evidence you need, to decide whether or not you can man-up and do the right thing and support Ross, and redeem every Iranian-American's political aspiration, that rides on him getting his job back.

Or continue to do what we sadly more than always do, and once again, this time here and now, sit on the sidelines wringing our hands, shaking our heads, and notch notching furtively as we watch our fate disappear into the ravenous mouths of cheating Deev-ious injustice.

October 9th, 2012.

We have until then to enflame, enrage, and express ourselves. There are many ways you can do this.

The first step is easy.

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To me, it's about an inner sense.

- Clearly Ross is a trouble maker. He brought the Green Party to California and founded what is one fo the biggest chapters in the party here.
- He has always been an outsider and a progressive.
- His Father was one of the most beloved CEOs of the YMCA.
- Ross has bravely led the way when in office.
- Ross is strong and has enemies who have to conspire and ally to destroy him, they cannot do it alone.

- Finally, when Ross chose to speak out against the brutal 2009 slaying of Neda, and put the Green Movement front and enter in SF, that was the final test in my book, of how much of Ross was Iranian and how much was Iranian.

He did not have one good reason to do that. Virtually no Iranian constituency in either SF, and even less in his district. Yet, he did the right thing for Iranians.

Maybe he did the American thing when he spoke out.

Because blessedly few Iranians spoke out then. Most just marched uselessly and some came up with vaguely interesting green-themed decorations, and clever mile-long green banners to wave about uselessly.

That is when I finally believed ad recognized Ross as certainly a genetically engineered Iranian, but also in his soul and Iranian-American.

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"IRANIAN-AMERICAN" Ross (Rostam) Mirkarimi -  Apparently doesn't speak Persian, his mother is American (Jewish) and he is really a mixed race candidate. 

But in an America where just one drop of blood of "other"ness makes you an "other" - (Obama is also 50% White, but one drop of African blood, makes him "Black", apparently) - in such an America, they Call Ross Iranian-American, as if he grew up in Mashad eating Ghormeh Sabzi.

My support: This case has been weird. For me, I started supporting him when his wife was complaining that she was set up over the "bruise". The wife's neighbor had encouraged her  to film her "bruise" and the neighbor then released it, I believe  without her consent. Ross's wife was distraught as the courts separated Ross from his wife and child. Once I read that - and watched a video of her wife pleading to be re-united with her family - the whole thing became too sad, splitting up a family over politics -  and he had my support.



Bahmani jan

by anglophile on

Ross Mirkarimi would become the highest elected official in the US if things don't go horribly wrong.


I thought he already was - until Rob Sobhani kicks in :)!


Reply to raoul1955

by bahmani on

Yes, yes, and yes.

FYI, I'm opedding. Journalism is for the naively curious, and has no place on this site.

If you want facts, go to Wikipedia... Wait, nevermind.

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by Raoul1955 on

You write: 'Ross was "advised" by his less than astute legal team...' Is this claim based on facts, and if so, could you provide links to reputable sites so that readers can ascertain for themselves?

Also, are you claiming that this guy made a poor judgement in selecting his own legal counsels?