Skip to comments.Jerk of the Week: San Francisco Supervisor Tries to Politicize Batkid; Complains About Food Stamps
Posted on 11/17/2013 1:01:50 PM PST by Kaslin
Five-year-old cancer survivor Miles Scott recently delighted America when his wish to become Batman was granted by the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Foundation. Social media exploded and the adventures of "#SFBatkid" were followed by millions of people as he saved a damsel in distress and rescued the mascot of the San Francisco Giants. Over 12,000 volunteers helped make Miles' wish come true, and numerous articles were written about how faith in humanity seemed to be restored.
San Francisco city supervisor Eric Mar seems to have missed the heartwarming lesson behind the day, and instead decided to politicize the event. He tweeted and posted the following on Instagram:
Waiting for Miles the BatKid & Wondering how many 1000s of SF kids living off SNAP/FoodStamps could http://t.co/LNNwpDsIsS Eric Mar (@ericmar415) November 15, 2013
SNAP (aka food stamps) is a federally funded program. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a private charity. While Mar eventually tried to cover himself later that day on Facebook, the fact still stands that he attempted to politicize a childhood cancer patient's special wish. While childhood hunger certainly is a problem (though the SNAP Challenge Mar encouraged people to attempt has been shown to be not that challenging.), there are 364 other days of the year that don't involve a sick child's dream coming true to discuss it. His comment was in very poor taste.
Mar was also behind the effort to ban toys from Happy Meals in San Francisco. It is unknown if Mar is on the League of Shadows' payroll.
He must have had a bad nite on Castro street.
What a selfish bastard this Eric Mar is!
This is a portent of what is to come. I was once told, by an LATimes reporter on Michael Medved’s Show, that the Government should be able to disperse ‘American charitable giving’. Because, of course, we might not choose the right places for our charitable dollars. I hope we can stop this all NOW!
Very well said
Jerk is right.
A major jerk. Glad the responders told him off.
He is also an elected member and past Vice Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party’s Central Committee. Eric has worked to strengthen the local Democratic Party and build bridges with grassroots communities.
Eric is the past director of the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights and a longtime social justice activist with the Chinese Progressive Association and other grassroots organizations. As a public interest attorney, he served on the Human Rights Committee of the State Bar of California and the Civil Rights Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He is an ally of the labor movement and a past shop steward with SEIU Local 790.
Some people can’t see a punchbowl without throwing in a turd.
It was a REALLY nice thing they did for the kid - but, I wonder if it was the right thing to do [shutting down the city for it] ...
There are prolly thousands of kids in the same situation - what about “Lil Antoine”, “Lil Manuel”, etc. Are they gonna shut down the city for their wishes too ??? The city would come to a screaming halt all year long ...
Hey - its San Francisco - maybe its NOT such a bad idea ...
He’s a disgusting, frozen faced Chinese Communist racist, a Maoist thug.
How garbage like him is afforded the right to public office in the United States, and the label “American”, is beyond me.
And this is the modern San Francisco.
At least the Batkid thing got the normally hard hearted trash of SF to start thinking about kids again.
Pretty sad when he craves attention so much he has to try to steal it from a five year old cancer patient.
I wonder if that’s real gold on the City Hall building. How many SNAPpy kids could get fed from selling that? What a jerk.
.... the Government should be able to disperse American charitable giving.
That was also a view spewed by John Effing Kerry.
“... the Government should be able to disperse American charitable giving.”
Right into the general fund to vanish down a black hole.
Flying Jane Kim to Burning Man.
Nothing surprises me when it comes to the soulless occupants of san fransuckso
So now we have Batman, Batgirl, Batdog,Batboy and now Batkid.
All we need is Batwoman and we’ll have a Batfamily.
I think Robin will be Batwoman as soon as he finished his sex change.
I see they had a couple of Batman characters; the Riddler, the Penquin, a Police Commisioner. Guess what other major enemy of Batman is missing; The Joker. Why? I think a certain shooting gallery event in a Colorado theatre from June of 2012 is the answer. For the time being, The Joker is too closely associated with extreme mayhem and bloodshed, not at all funny. This impulse will pass over time, but it’s too soon right now.
Not to worry, he’ll be re-elected and re-elected and re-elected.
This story probably provided SF with more positive publicity than it’s seen since Tony Bennett cut “I left my heart...” 50+ years ago. What’s happened to that city is nothing short of a crying shame. Mar personifies the decline.
This is the same city that once had Jim Jones on their City Council.
“I think Robin will be Batwoman as soon as he finished his sex change.”
You mean he has been waiting for Obamacare all this time?
I guess masked crime fighter doesn’t pay that well. And you
know that tight wad Batman wasn’t going to spring for it.
Or getting in a drunken stupor and smoking crack...
Eric Mar is my supervisor and to me his comment is so highly illustrative of the liberal mindset. Liberals must always dwell in the land of the glass half empty. There is no joy in their lives. When I first moved to San Francisco, it was a very creative, joyful community. Now it is a dour, politically-correct neo-Soviet Style enclave. What was so great about Batkid was that for a brief time, the “old” San Francisco of my youth had returned. No money was spent on this exercise because so many people volunteered goods and services. Compare and contrast Eric Mar’s silence when Obama rolls into his/my neighborhood to vacuum up campaign contributions from Sea Cliff. The security people are really nasty, harass all the small businesses en route, all that police overtime, etc. Eric doesn’t utter a peep about starving children then.
Frankly, I have never walked down a single street in San Francisco and said, “Gee, that kid is skin and bones. Let’s feed him.” Obesity is the problem here.
Popular ‘Batkid’ caper costs San Francisco $105K
...the article says Make a Wish is going to pay the city back.
Ah, well. At least Arkham City turned into Gotham City...even if just for one day.