Even in San Francisco

This city, the place where just last year a Democrat defeated a Green by only 12,000 votes in the race for mayor, where that mayor--linked to Bush in that very race--later took steps to offer marriage licenses to same-sex couples, perhaps the most liberal city in the US, my current home--well goddamn, read for yourself.

After displaying a painting of U.S. soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners, a San Francisco gallery owner bears a painful reminder of the nation's unresolved anguish over the incidents at Abu Ghraib -- a black eye and bloodied brow delivered by an unknown assailant who apparently objected to the art work.

The assault outside the Capobianco gallery in the city's North Beach district Thursday night was the worst, but only the latest in a string of verbal and physical attacks that have been directed at owner Lori Haigh since the painting, titled "Abuse," was installed there on May 16....

Even after she removed the painting from the window, the criticism continued thanks to news coverage about the gallery's troubles. The answering machine recorded new calls from people accusing her of being a coward for taking the picture down. Last weekend, a man walked into the gallery, pretended to scrutinize the art work for a moment, then marched up to Haigh's desk and spat directly in her face.

On Thursday, someone knocked on the door of the gallery, then punched Haigh in the face when she stepped outside.

And the owner is getting this from both sides--some so-called liberals have apparently given Haigh grief for taking the painting out of the window. Jesus, people, have a heart. Not everyone is ready to deal with this level of hatred spewing, so give them a break if they decide they'd rather take a painting out of a window than deal with hateful phone calls and physical threats. She's now sacrificed her peace of mind and perhaps her livelihood since she's closing down her gallery.

That said, I hope the cops find whoever the piece of shit was who assaulted Haigh. That guy needs to spend a couple of nights in the county jail. There's no excuse for that--none whatsoever.

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