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Emperor Norton Bridge
image According to the San Francisco Chronicle there's serious consideration of renaming the Bay Bridge after Emperor Norton I, the self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico who lived in San Francisco during the 19th Century. The Board of Supervisors approved the idea yesterday. Now it just has to be approved by the Mayor, the Oakland City Council, and the California Legislature. Personally, I think it's a great idea. But will this inspire Los Angeles to follow suit and name something after HRM Caesar St. Augustine de Buonaparte, the present-day Emperor of the United States?
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Posted by The Curator on Wed Dec 15, 2004 Comments (11)
I think you have to be dead to have a bridge named after you.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Wed Dec 15, 2004  at  02:31 PM
they should only name bridges after dead people, but I think this rule is not universally observed. Here in the Dallas area we have the "President George Bush Turnpike" (an appropriate name for a toll road that rips you off a couple of dollars and takes you nowhere), and the "Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway," which had that name even when LBJ was still alive.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Wed Dec 15, 2004  at  02:49 PM
I'm very excited about the new bridge name, because Emperor Norton is one of my personal heroes. He exemplified the maxim that you should "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have now."
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Wed Dec 15, 2004  at  02:51 PM
Emporer Norton is also a SAINT (2nd Class):

http://www.principiadiscordia.com/book/67.php
Posted by BugbearSloth  in  earth  on  Wed Dec 15, 2004  at  09:05 PM
I don't think there's any hard & fast rule for naming bridges here in the U.S., but I believe there should be a Federal law that makes a rule similar to the USPS regulation that states that no identifiable individual person, except deceased U.S. Presidents, can be depicted on a U.S. postage stamp until they have been dead for at least ten years. It's too bad the USPS has been relaxing that rule, recently; it's saved a lot of national embarassment. Just ask any western Pennsylvanian about the "Bud Shuster Highway" (I-99 project), and they'll tell you about lot of "dirt".
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Thu Dec 16, 2004  at  02:50 AM
Freeways aren't the same as bridges.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Thu Dec 16, 2004  at  11:18 AM
And neither is the same as a postage stamp, dear. The point is, if a community names a supposedly long-standing construction of any sort in the name of a living person, they had better be able to take the negative public relations heat if that individual later disgraces him/herself politically.
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Thu Dec 16, 2004  at  11:13 PM
Half of West Virginia seems to be named after another would-be emperor, Sen. Robert Byrd, who is alive and pontifica -- er, breathing. A rule against such honors is certainly prudent as a brake on self-aggrandizement and undue ambition.
Posted by Sam  on  Fri Dec 17, 2004  at  03:46 PM
His majesty decrees on this date the bridge is
to be named after Emperor Norton and I hereby
command it to be so, I also am informing everyone
to tune in to http://www.lacityview.org for the dates
and airing of my write in candidacy for Mayor of
Los Angeles, California on May 17,2005 tell every
one you know now is the time to come to the aid of
your country and the states of the union. we can
win our country back from the idiots running it
now.The Emperor and True President of the United
States needs everyones help now lets doit!
hail to the People let common sense reign.

sincerely yours HRM Caesar Saint Augustine de Buonaparte Emperor of the United States.
Posted by HRM Caesar Saint Augustine de Buonaparte Emperor  in  Los Angeles, Ca.  on  Thu May 05, 2005  at  06:04 PM
Well, Your Majesty, you could at least tell the rest of us where to find you on lacityview.org. It's *huge*, and I'm not going to spend another minute lookig for your self-agrandizement. Besides, we don't reside in your voting district. Aw, too bad.
Posted by stork  on  Thu May 05, 2005  at  10:45 PM
well stork it seems your just as lazy as the
more than one million 22,000 registered voters that were either to busy or just didn't care to
vote for me to win that particular election, but
the real crime is the fact that if you had tuned
in you would have heard me call every American
citizen who's paying taxes to the federal govt.,
contributing killers of children and innocent
bystanders in all wars and policing actions by
the military forces all over the world, this is a
fact! even the anti- war protesters are involved
in the hypocrisy and complacency, so don't speak
so holier than thou to me,I never payed any taxes
that went to any action that would harm anyone!,
especially other countries children, behaviors
like those mentioned here create hate, revenge,
bad karma, & a multitude of Pandora's box contents
overflowing into our world of reality. I can tell
you this for absolute affirmation that if I'm ever
in a position of real control,you're all going
to pay for those damages as well as the ones I
have been subjected to in this invisible battle
that's been going on between myself and all of the
hypocrite governments on this planet especially
the biggest hypocrite of all the U.S.A.
Posted by hrm caesar saint augustine de buonaparte emperor o  in  los angeles  on  Sun May 06, 2007  at  07:05 PM
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