Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Vaudeville

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The Golden Gate Theatre. Like the Hibernia Bank, it's in the Tenderloin district - amazing how it goes from the fancy shopping at Union Square to seemingly instant poverty a few blocks away, but there it is. 1922:

The Golden Gate Theatre is a performance venue located in San Francisco, CA., first opened in 1922 as a vaudeville venue, and later was a major movie theater. In the 1960s it boasted a Cinerama screen, but by the early 1970s had declined to the point of showing blaxploitation films; it was restored and reopened as a performing arts venue in the late 1970s.

Touring Broadway shows play here now. Big, beautiful, ornate, wish I could have gone inside. They just don't build 'em like this anymore, and it's good to see people work for their preservation.

Little tidbit on the political front. Whether this is just bluster for the base or the foreshadowing of the next hostage crisis remains to be seen.

In a March 13 interview with the radio host Sean Hannity, the House speaker, John A. Boehner of Ohio, said repeal of the Affordable Care Act might be the ransom that will have to be paid for raising the debt limit. “Do you want to risk the full faith and credit of the United States government over Obamacare?” he said. “That’s a very tough argument to make.”

Democrats need to understand that the GOP has declared war on Obama, his policies, and his constituencies. They have no interest in sound governance. None. This is economic terrorism, pure and simple.

It needs to stop. Who will take a stand?