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  • Outlook for tourism in S.F. is dim and getting dimmer

    02/17/2009 9:22:53 AM PST · by SmithL · 48 replies · 1,114+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/17/9 | Andrew S. Ross
    The Northern California Visitor Industry Outlook Conference takes place today in San Francisco. The outlook is not good. In fact, it's gotten worse since the last time this column broached the subject back in December. "There's a world shrinkage in travel. There's no way we can avoid it," said Joe D'Alessandro, CEO of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. Tourism is San Francisco's biggest industry. In 2007, the 16.1 million visitors who came to the city spent $8.24 billion and generated $499 million in taxes. D'Alessandro said he doesn't expect Europeans and Asians, stuck in their own deepening recessions,...
  • Post Office Treats Christmas Stamp Like Pornography; Sells It from 'Under the Counter'

    12/08/2004 12:21:57 AM PST · by torqemada · 152 replies · 3,881+ views
    Human Events ^ | Mike Thompson
    Saturday after Thanksgiving is the traditional day to purchase stamps for my annual Christmas card mailing... [snip] So, shortly before noon on that most recent post-turkey day, I sauntered into a neighborhood "U.S. Postal Store," [snip] and headed for the stamps-only section. I quickly found a packed wall of display racks offering a panoply of first-class postage devoted to the various elements of the year-end holiday season, specifically: 1) Christmas, featuring colorful, contemporary designs of Santa Claus with an array of inanimate, secular Yule symbols; 2) Kwanzaa, with not just one but two stamps promoting a totally fabricated "harvest holiday"...
  • CHRISTMAS is NOT under attack!

    12/07/2004 5:22:20 PM PST · by KMC1 · 30 replies · 2,071+ views
    WMCA - New York ^ | 12.7.2004
    CHRISTMAS IS NOT THE TARGET: Much has been written and discussed in talk radio and on the internet this holiday season as to why certain decisions are being made when it comes to certain symbols of Christmas. I have seen or heard stories along these lines on all of the following topics just in the past 24 hours... 1.†TARGET vs. Salvation Army 2.†Macys banning "Merry Christmas" 3.†Bloomingdales banning "Merry Christmas" 4.†The Denver Parade of Lights banning "Christmas" floats 5.†Maplewood Schools in New Jersey banning all Christmas and Hannukah music from its Winter Concert. 6. Bloomberg proclaiming the NYC no longer...
  • Newsmags' kibosh on Christmas

    12/06/2004 1:45:03 AM PST · by kattracks · 53 replies · 1,649+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/06/04 | ADAM LISBERG
    Just in time for Christmas, America's two largest news magazines devote this week's cover stories to debunking the story of Jesus' birth. Among the conclusions in Time and Newsweek: Jesus was born in Nazareth, not Bethlehem; there is little evidence of three kings following a star, and the story of the virgin birth may have been borrowed. "The Nativity saga is neither fully fanciful nor fully factual but a layered narrative of early tradition and enduring theology," Newsweek writes in examining the Sunday-school version of the birth of Christ. This may be unwelcome "news" to most Americans. A Newsweek poll...
  • TARGET Still GRINCHING the Salvation Army...

    12/06/2004 10:19:14 AM PST · by KMC1 · 56 replies · 3,735+ views
    WMCA - New York ^ | 12.06.2004
    TARGET THE GRINCH:And the beat goes on... According to this morning's USA Today, Target Inc.† is sticking to its plan†to kick the Salvation Army to the curb throughout this holiday season. For those of you late to this story, Target stores had long allowed the Salvation Army to be the only charity that raised funds outside their stores using their famous red kettles and the cheerful sound of Christmas Bells. This year the good will from the red bulls-eye came to an end.† According to the USA Today†the impact will leave the Salvation Army short about 9 million dollars...
  • Union Square kicks out young carolers Grade-school kids get boot for lack of permit from city

    12/05/2004 10:01:45 AM PST · by SmithL · 64 replies · 2,489+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/5/4 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Two dozen San Francisco schoolkids sporting white turtlenecks and Santa hats got a very un-Christmaslike civics lesson the other day when they showed up at Union Square hoping to delight Christmas shoppers with holiday carols. "They just wanted to set up next to the Christmas tree and sing,'' said Donna Vargas, one of the parents who escorted the fifth- and sixth-graders from San Francisco Day School on Friday's outing. Instead, they got the boot. Seems they didn't have a city permit -- so after a brief run-in with the park's security, the kids were shooed away. "How can children not...