View Full Version : They do things differently in Denver

07-17-2007, 12:33 AM
than in San Francisco:
"DENVER - A man carrying a gun and declaring “I am the emperor” was shot and killed Monday outside the offices of Gov. Bill Ritter by a state patrolman, a spokesman said. Ritter was in his office but was not injured.

The unidentified man refused orders to drop his gun, spokesman Evan Dreyer said. Four or five shots were heard, but authorities would not say how many times the patrolman fired."
San Francisco
San Francisco still remembers fondly "Emperor Norton"

"Joshua Abraham Norton (c. 1819[2] – January 8, 1880), also known as His Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, was a celebrated citizen of San Francisco, California who proclaimed himself "Emperor of these United States"[3] and later "Protector of Mexico" in 1859.[4] Born in London, Norton spent most of his early life in South Africa; he emigrated to San Francisco in 1849 after receiving a bequest of $40,000 from his father's estate. Norton initially made a living as a businessman, but he lost his fortune investing in Peruvian rice.[5]

After losing a lawsuit in which he tried to void his rice contract, Norton left San Francisco. He returned a few years later an eccentric and apparently mentally unbalanced man, claiming to be the emperor of the United States.[6] Although he had no political power, and his influence extended only so far as he was humored by those around him, he was treated deferentially in San Francisco, and currency issued in his name was honored in the establishments he frequented.

Though he was considered insane, or at least highly eccentric,[1] the citizens of San Francisco celebrated his regal presence and his proclamations, most famously, his "order" that the United States Congress be dissolved by force (which Congress and the U.S. Army ignored) and his numerous decrees calling for a bridge and a tunnel to be built across San Francisco Bay.[7] On January 8, 1880, Norton collapsed at a street corner, and died before he could be given medical treatment. The following day, nearly 30,000 people packed the streets of San Francisco to pay homage to Norton.[8] Norton's legacy has been immortalized in the literature of writers like Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson who based characters on him. In December 2004, a resolution was made to name the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in honor of Norton, but the idea did not progress further."
I'm thinking that wasn't such a bad idea...dissolving Congress, Norton was a visionary....then maybe with a fresh start, we could get some honest people in there......

I think GWB has also declared himself to be Emperor of the United States....

Gayle in MD
07-17-2007, 07:47 AM
Bush is the Emperor for sure, and the New Way Forward, a substitute, for his "New Clothes" /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

07-17-2007, 08:42 AM
Gayle I just wish George in his Emperor's new clothes could look down and have no DICK.####

love Dick

Gayle in MD
07-17-2007, 02:32 PM
/ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif...Now that is funny!