David Kirkpatrick

July 17, 2010

The Tea Party is …

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 7:21 pm

… to 60s vintage hippies as the neocon movement was to post-WWII pinkos.

May 1, 2008

Those dirty hippies …

Filed under: Business, et.al. — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:02 pm

are at it again.

Actually it’s trendy to rail against hippies, and on the other hand the “love generation” of the 60s is still idealized and glamorized as a time of peace, love and happiness.

Too bad most people don’t understand the realities of those days. A lot of peaceful “hippies” were nothing more than predators working over a bunch of naive, and somewhat affluent, kids. And don’t get me started with the ridiculous sense of entitlement to goods and services “hippies” of yore and today hold dear.

“You have two blenders? Wow, you don’t need two and I don’t have one. I’m taking one with me, okay?” — actual paraphrased statement from a neo-hippie.

The response (from a friend of mine) to this less-than-casaul aquaintance who had the nerve assume they were walking out with my friend’s blender was something along the lines of, “Maybe you should get off the smack so you can stay employed for more than a week at a pop. And stay out of my kitchen.”

The anti-hippie rant doesn’t really have much application to the link, but it sure felt good.

From the linked CFO.com article:

A former CFO of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics — established in the 1960s to serve the population of Hippie “flower children” migrating to San Francisco — was sentenced to seven years in prison for embezzlement.

The former finance chief, Carl Gill, pleaded guilty to stealing $773,000 from the citywide health care provider for the poor, which has evolved from those roots in San Francisco’s famous “summer of love.” The plea included two felony counts of grand theft and six counts of tax evasion, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.