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San Franciscans Hoping to Flush in Bush’s Honor

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Posted on Jun 25, 2008
Bush toilet paper

As The New York Times put it, this toilet-targeted idea comes from “the Department of Damned-With-Faint-Praise.”

It might be safe to assume that these folks aren’t fans of President Bush: A group calling itself the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is hoping to commemorate Bush as he leaves office by re-christening a nearby sewage station as the George W. Bush Sewage Plant and by urging locals to flush together on cue on Jan. 20, 2009.

The New York Times:

Not surprisingly, [...] Republicans in a city that voted 83 percent Democratic in 2004 are not thrilled with the idea. Howard Epstein, chairman of the ever-outnumbered San Francisco Republican Party, called the initiative “an abuse of process.”

“You got a bunch of guys drunk who came up with an idea,” Mr. Epstein said, “and want to put on the ballot as a big joke without regard to the city’s governance or cost.”

The renaming would take effect on Jan. 20, when the new president is sworn in. And regardless of the measure’s outcome, supporters plan to commemorate the inaugural with a synchronized flush of hundreds of thousands of San Francisco toilets, an action that would send a flood of water toward the plant, now called the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant.

“It’s a way of doing something physical that’s mentally freeing,” said Stacey Reineccius, 45, a software consultant and entrepreneur who supports the plan. “It’s a weird thing, but it’s true.”

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By felicity, June 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm Link to this comment

Wait a minute.  We San Franciscans (my hometown) are capable of making entirely rational decisions, booze or no booze.  I personally plan to zip up the coast on Jan 20 to personally flush a toilet in the name of solidarity with my fellow Friscoites. 

If Republicans can name an airport for an actor, who by the way hated the airport, we Democrats can name a sewage plant for a president.

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By Grommitt, June 26, 2008 at 10:19 am Link to this comment
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This idea is an affront to all good men and women who design, build and operate our sludge works.  Nonetheless, if it is to transpire, I’d wish for some way of waterboarding Bush in the incoming deluge.

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By rowdy, June 26, 2008 at 8:56 am Link to this comment

i read about this a couple of weeks ago. it was only an internet joke. now it seems likely to be reality. sounds good to me.

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By purplewolf, June 26, 2008 at 7:19 am Link to this comment

Saw this story on Countdown. This is so fitting for the person responsible for spreading so much shit, EVERYWHERE. A much more fitting legacy than a presidential library, especially since he really doesn’t read anyway, but we all know he is full of it. Can’t wait for this to happen and to celebrate it we will throw a “Flush The John(George)Party” like we did in Michigan after the second of 3 terms of Governor John Engler-R., who screwed up Michigan so badly. Toilet included as a party prop. BYOR(bring your own roll).

Now to get some of that Presidential toilet paper so we can all spread it back onto Bush as he has done to the American public and the world the past 7+ years. Hey George, as you spew, so shall you reap or what goes around, comes around. About time too.

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By southernyankee, June 26, 2008 at 6:44 am Link to this comment

That is sooooooo very funny.  What a great idea. I live in TN and I will flush my toilet also to support the plant.  Flush, Flush it goes down the drain.  Yippie, yippie.

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By Jim Yell, June 26, 2008 at 6:27 am Link to this comment
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Just a word to the Bushies who are going to get the vapors over this one. It isn’t new even for contempory times.

During the union occupation of New Orleans during the civil war, the southerners believed the Union General was insulting, or allowing the women of the city to be insulted by Union troops and just freed blacks. A pottery factory began selling “chamber pots” with the Generals picture on the inside bottom. Use your imagination.

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By moe, June 26, 2008 at 5:58 am Link to this comment
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I love it, the perfect symbol for these people!!

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By webbedouin, June 25, 2008 at 9:56 pm Link to this comment

That “synchronized flush” may well spread around the world…

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By cyrena, June 25, 2008 at 8:50 pm Link to this comment

I think it’s an EXCELLENT idea!!

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By Stephen Smoliar, June 25, 2008 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment

The SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE was first out of the gate covering this.  The link is in my blog post.  My post includes a quote from plumber Bright Winn, which nicely demonstrates the sort of wit that can be inspired by ridicule:

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