Witnesses say Hesterberg was told to wait while the ranger communicated on her radio. He repeatedly asked her why she was detaining him and if he was being cited. After a few minutes, he announced he was leaving and began to walk away, and the ranger grabbed him by the arm and ordered him again to stay put.
“We felt like he wasn’t doing anything,” observed Michelle Babcock, who witnessed the event while walking that afternoon. “The ranger was very rude — you could tell (the dog walker) wanted to be on his way, but she kept saying no.”
Hesterberg motioned to leave a second time, and the ranger unholstered her Taser and warned him she would use it. He asked her not to shoot, saying he had a heart condition that could be fatal if he was shocked. That’s when he turned his back to the ranger, apparently to walk away.” —Interview: Eyewitness to Dog-Walking Taser Incident at GGNRA | KQED News Fix
Such attitudes are revealing: In 1989, GGNRA Supervisor Brian O’Neill, signed on to a biosphere habitat program headed by Peter Bridgewater, who stated that “Earth would be a better place if we had no people,” and from Brian O’Neill, “I will not have dogs running loose in MY park.” From Daphne Hatch, GGNRA’s chief of natural resources, “Ocean Beach without the people is an incredible habitat.” —GGNRA has history of limiting access to public lands - Half Moon Bay Review : Matters Of Opinion
George Will recently sighed: “Romney is not attracting people who want rationality leavened by romance. Santorum is repelling people who want politics unmediated by theology.” That’s about right. But for the past decade, the Republican elites and base have precisely insisted on a politics that is mediated by theology.
They are the ones who have insisted that religious argument has an integral role in public discourse; that there is a “war on Christmas” and now all religion; they are the ones who have campaigned against gay marriage as un-Biblical or in violation of a “natural law” barely updated from the 13th century; they are the ones raging against a two-state solution in Israel-Palestine because God bequeathed it all to the Jewish people; they are those who directed the federal government to involve itself in an end-of-life decision already resolved by state law; they are those who have made criminalization of abortion a litmus test for Republican candidates for a generation, and who want to give women an invasive ultrasound before allowing them to exercize what has now been a constitutional right for decades.
And when an intelligent, sincere candidate emerges who has actually walked the walk on these issues, and refused to back down on them, and overcomes a massive financial and organizational disadvantage to become the national leader in the polls, he’s suddenly far too extreme.” —Why On Earth Am I Sympathizing With Santorum? - The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast
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