Another perspective on the Mirkarimi case


We have an interesting opinon piece in this week's paper by a close friend of Eliana Lopez, the wife of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. It gives a very different perspective on the situation than we've seen in the media so far. You can read it here.


"""Yet in the eyes of Ivory Madison, Phil Bronstein, District Attorney George Gascon, and even the Director of La Casa de las Madres, once her husband had grabbed her arm, Eliana was simply no longer competent and her wishes were irrelevant."""

I knew it!

A vaste right-wing conspiracy!!

Posted by Guest on Mar. 27, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

Vaste righ-wing feminist conspiracy, too!

"""Kathy Black, the director of La Casa de las Madres, called Eliana twice. At the same time, Black and other domestic violence advocates were calling on Ross to step down, raising money to put up billboards, and mobilizing for the anti-Ross campaign, trying him in the press"""

Posted by Guest on Mar. 27, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

It sucks when your own boy gets caught in the web of moon bat legislation.

The wacky left just hates it when the government they love to enable fucks them.

Posted by Matlock on Mar. 27, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

This essay is well done. There needs to be a correction for the overreach in DV law caused by reaction to the OJ Simpson case, and the days when police and prosecutors ignored even violent domestic violence related incidents. "Go walk around the block man," was what police told perps. In the absence of violence, therapeutic interventions for first time offenders and misdemeanor cases would be a more humane alternative to what we have now.

When there is a pattern of abuse or a violent act, the existing punitive model is appropriate, but our laws need to be capable of addressing the range of possibilities and not just superimpose a "one size fits all" model.

Posted by Naanbread on Mar. 27, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

high gear this week. First Tim breathlessly promotes this piece - which restates everything Steven and Tim have written about the case so far - but from a "Latina, feminist" perspective. Then we all await tomorrow's front page article - which will no doubt feature Ross, tied to a metaphorical burning stake while shot through with arrows a la St. Sebastian.

What we're really witnessing is the immolation of the progressive movement in this city - at the hands of the very person the Guardian promoted as its savior. These are the bellows of dying elephants.

Posted by Troll II on Mar. 27, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

reporting is.

Do the believers just proclaim the conspiracy against them as fact because it is all so obvious to them, or do they spin it all out one step at a time for their own fantasy?

A wise Latina agrees with the opinion of the progressives, who could dare argue with them now, they have the sainted opinion of race theory on their side.

Posted by Matlock on Mar. 27, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

At this point I think we're all pretty much thinking, "Wow, holy sh*t, they're really going there..."

They doubled down on Mirkarimi about two months ago. It really didn't work out. What they're doing now - I don't even know what you call it. Can you quadruple down? Perhaps cash in some wedding rings or the kids 529 college savings plan? It's sort of like that.

Posted by Longtime Lurker on Mar. 27, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

don't work..they are just funny..and not in a good way.

Posted by GuestChristine Craft on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

It's *three* headlines down, dude.

I realize you guys thought it was a super powerful letter or something... but it wasn't. Mainly because it was just recycled bullshit about how domestic violence is somehow now ok among progressives provided it's not too bad and how we should simply examine it on a case by case basis. (Oh, by the way, when you guys are spouting that shit, do you actually think about what that would entail? Exactly how efficiently do you think our government operates? Particularly law enforcement? Maybe we could appoint some sort of oracle who just knows when it's a serious bruise or just a one time bruise... that should work, right?)

But more importantly, I want you to know - THAT SHIP HAS SAILED THE FUCK OUT! lol... Ross is done, and he did a bang up job of taking you guys with him. Repost this letter every day, for five years, nobody will care because case is closed.

You lose.

Posted by Sambo on Mar. 27, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

being against one size fits all legislation.

Posted by Matlock on Mar. 27, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

to declare things over that are no longer interesting to him,or are too difficult for him to comprehend..even though the most important part is yet to come..

Posted by GuestChristine Craft on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

apologist liberal hats on?

Shame on you. But then again, SFBG is an all-white enclave so you must have really had to go outside your comfort zone there to find her.

Time for another article on blacks, perhaps. Oh wait . .

Posted by Guest on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 5:53 am

" But then again, SFBG is an all-white enclave"

...just like SF's most powerful "progressives".

Posted by Guest on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 6:29 am

It will be funny to see the Guardian support Ross' argument that he can't lose his job as sheriff because he committed his crime before he became sheriff, so that shouldn't count.

Good thing he didn't murder someone before he became sheriff...

Posted by Guest on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 6:28 am

he didn't hit, break,bloody or slap or slug anyone either...much to your dismay.

Posted by GuestChristine Craft on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

running the probation service. Ross gets to decide the salary increases of his own probation officer. Conflict?

Oh yeah, and he's pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, yet wants to still run the prison service.

And BTW, a Bruise is "bloody" - it is congealed blood beneath the service of the skin.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

Tim needs to 'bump' up a post published in his own paper a few hours earlier. Yes, we know that more people see the average tweet from @bigbob423 than an SFBG post but it is a kick to see how things work nowadays at the Guardian

Posted by Troll on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 7:51 am

An unhappy childhood endows you with the privilege of smacking your wife around -- as long as you're a liberal. Good to know!

Posted by Chromefields on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 8:08 am

there is no allegation of smacking..much as you wish there were.

Posted by GuestChristine Craft on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

a blow or a very firm, restraining grip.

Either way, it's assault and domestic violence.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

What the naive progressives don't understand is that this was NEVER about domestic violence. Both Eliana and those Casas de Madres fools were just pawns. The real game was about getting ROSS. Ross never had any business being elected in the first place. Sometimes voters make mistakes like that, but fortunately we have a lot of tricks up our sleeves to correct those mistakes. I'm getting tired already of posting the same point -ROSS IS DONE! How many times do I have to say it? We win. You lose. Ha-ha! Let this be a lesson to any progressive who runs for citywide office!

Posted by Sambo on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 8:28 am

He just wants so badly to feel like a winner, but nobody hears or cares. Sad case.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

Now that Eliana Lopez and her son are safely out of the country, we are gifted with this teary-eyed missive from her "close friend", setting forth a sympathetic account of Eliana's victimization as an immigrant and person of color, married to a dysfunctional mixed race child raised in an all-white community. The decision to submit this piece to the Guardian was no doubt discussed before Ms. Lopez's departure for Venezuela, and carefully vetted by legal counsel for both spouses. How much of this was written by the author as opposed to Ms. Lopez, her husband and/or their handlers?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 8:51 am

Progressives and feminists produced the current DV laws in this state. And now that one of their own has been caught, this latina feminist wants to have a "non-law enforcement intervention" in the Mirks case. If the Mirk was some ordinary joe, this latina feminist would not be writing an essay on reforming the current DV laws to give the police and prosecutors more leeway. You progressives wrote the DV laws now live with them.

Posted by SFRight on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 9:07 am

Man, there sure are some mean mother f*ckers who post here. But that's the way of the world.
Just one word-of-the-day: hyperbole. Know what it means?
Here's an example:
"What we're really witnessing is the immolation of the progressive movement in this city - at the hands of the very person the Guardian promoted as its savior. These are the bellows of dying elephants."

I'm going to repost a quote that I think is relevant to this whole debacle. You meanies can take it or leave it. But in the end, I hope it gets consideration:

"Between stimulus and response, there is a space. 
In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. 
In our response lies our growth and freedom."

-- Victor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Posted by Daniele E. on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 9:08 am

apparently begins and ends with insufferable new-age bromides.

Posted by Chromefields on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 10:36 am

Victor Frankl was a holocaust survivor. His book was published in 1946. Don't see too much new-aginess happening there. But, whatev.
But here's a bromide for you:
Have a nice day.

Posted by Daniele E. on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 11:29 am

any number of new agers almost to the point where his original point has been lost and distorted.

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Posted by Matlock on Mar. 30, 2012 @ 9:56 am

You have a nice day too. But surviving the Holocaust doesn't make one a philosopher, as evidenced by your quote, which is indistinguishable from the literary pablum of a thousand self-help books. But, whatev. :)

Posted by Chromefields on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 11:53 am

Not sure if I spotted some type of error or not.. I clicked on the article titled:

"Another perspective on the Mirkarimi case"

but it led to a piece with exactly the same perspective that's been written about here for weeks now.

Is there an article here that I somehow missed that provides 'Another perspective'? Would love to see it.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

"Our same ol' same ol' attempt to cover up and belittle a crime of domestic violence just because the perp is a left winger and his wife is hispanic".

Posted by Guest on Mar. 28, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

Also two opinions in today's Kronikle worth reading. Good to see Eileen is still fighting the good fight.

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on Mar. 29, 2012 @ 8:18 am

This so-called "Feminist Latina Perspective", despite seemingly examining DV and the legal system from a survivor's perspective, ultimately misses the mark by a wide margin. Its most dangerous proposition is taking DV on a case by case basis. Furthermore, to describe Mirkarimi's offense as "grabbing her arm" is absolutely outrageous (based on the information that has been presented so far)! The Bay Guardian and the progressive community (and I count myself among them) are doing themselves no favors by engaging in this type of minimization. Let's not get caught up in the political aspects of this case, DV is NEVER acceptable.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 30, 2012 @ 4:05 pm