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Monday, July 05, 2004

Is there a there, there?

Being a prairie boy from Saskatchewan, living in The Village at the Edge of the Rainforest, I have real empathy with this:
For starters, saying people in Berkeley are liberal, is the understatement of a lifetime. I may seem liberal in South Dakota, but here I might as well be Rush Limbaugh's long-lost daughter. A month ago I was surrounded by yellow ribbon-clad cars swearing their support for our troops. In Berkeley, the yellow ribbons are replaced by anti-Bush stickers that move from polite indignation to obscene sexual puns.

In the Midwest, you can find American flags and family barbeques on every corner. In San Francisco, Old Glory is replaced by gay pride flags and family-friendly entertainment includes singing drag queens.

Even the laws seem different in Berkeley. For instance, it is perfectly fine to smoke pot, but forgetting to recycle your pop can is a crime punishable by death.
You can read the whole thing here.