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Rob Reiner denies wrongdoing - 02/24/06

Meathead is on the defensive: Hollywood director Rob Reiner denied any wrongdoing Thursday in response to recent scrutiny about the potential misuse of taxpayer funds for a June ballot initiative he is spearheading. Reiner, who heads the state's First 5 California Children and Families Commission he helped create, is now leading a campaign for a ballot initiative that would establish a state...

"Guest" workers: Mehlman, Bush win; America, GOP lose - 01/21/06

The Los Angeles Times reports on the Republican National Committee supporting a "guest" worker scheme in Amid Rifts, GOP Backs Guest-Worker Plan by Peter Wallsten: ...Bush aides and senior Republican strategists say that taking a hard-line stance against illegal immigration risks alienating Latino voters, just as California's 1994 campaign for

Los Angeles Times goes to border, discovers immigration laws won't work - 12/26/05

For an unknown reason, Drudge is linking to the L.A. Times article "Some Border Patrol Agents Take a Chance on Love", which reports on a few BP agents who've dated illegal aliens and gotten into trouble for that practice. Obviously, the LAT only has a finite amount of resources, and it's a shame that they would choose to deploy them in this fashion when there are so many more important stories...

"Liberalism" caused Los Angeles' massive underground economy - 12/14/05

... they support has caused. The Los Angeles Times freely admits that llegal immigration leads to companies that aren't in "compliance with tax, wage and safety laws". It leads to "unfair competition", a "burden on public health systems", and "worker mistreatment". They note that "outlaw businesses... offer no compensation to injured employees and often pay below-minimum wage" and they are "unlikely...

Korean anchor babies and "birth tourism" - 12/09/05

In May 2002 the LAT reported on the phenomonon of "birth tourism": foreigners traveling to the U.S. specifically to have children. Those children would then automatically be declared U.S. citizens and could receive benefits and wouldn't be subjected to the home country's rules. And, once they reach 18, those citizens could then sponsor the whole family to come here as immigrants. Obviously it'...

Jon Vessey, crops rotting in the fields, and pro-illegal immigration propaganda - 12/05/05

... in West" (link), and today the Los Angeles Times features him in "Picking a Battle Over Shortage of Farmworkers" (link). And, he was apparently also featured saying similar things in Copley News Service and USA Today. And, the CSM article (link) I discussed in "America's produce industry is facing a crisis" featured another member of the Vessey clan. However, there appears to be quite a bit...

Celebrate blogging with the Los Angeles Times - 12/03/05

The LAT has promulgated "Blogging L.A.", and, no, it's not as bad as you would think: it's even worse. They give the shout out to several recommended sites: Finding the jewels among Los Angeles' thousands of blogs can take some doing. This is a highly selective list of some of the more interesting a

The Los Angeles Times scandal - 12/03/05

... (new) scandal brewing at the Los Angeles Times involving them allegedly helping to cover-up the murder of the Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls, real name Christopher Wallace). There are two parts to this scandal: first, the matter itself. Second, the fact that it's been ignored by the other MSM players.

Bob Sheer disfavored, sent to Novosibirsk - 11/11/05

The Los Angeles Times has dropped Bob Sheer, and three guesses to who's picked him up... No, not the LA Weekly... No, it's not People's Weekly World either... Yes, that's right, HuffPost. In related news, the numbers of political cartoonists at papers appears to be about equal to the number of pantomime ponies at banks as they've also fired cartoonist Michael Ramirez.

AVWatch: Villaraigosa rides on Ameriquest jet, pays 10% of cost - 11/10/05

"Mayor Reconquista", aka Antonio Villaraigosa, was recently given short notice that he could appear at Rosa Parks' funeral. Now, if he were an average citizen, about the only thing he could do is try to get a last-minute flight from LAX or BUR.

L.A. Times buries news about anti-Arnold forum - 11/05/05

The Los Angeles Times offers "Gov.'s Effort to Engage Voters Stalls", which, buried down in the sixth paragraph, has this: A forum Thursday in Los Angeles at times resembled an anti-Schwarzenegger campaign rally. Democratic activists made their way into the audience that questioned the governor, contributing to the angry tone.

Los Angeles Times endorses Proposition 75 - 10/18/05

In an official, editorial page endorsement, the LAT has thrown whatever weight it has left behind the same proposition that Arnold Schwarzenegger supports: "Their views, their dues": The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that union members cannot be forced to finance political activity, and Proposition 75 merely requires that public employee unions get written consent from their members before their...

Does USA Today support illegal aliens taking rebuilding jobs? - 10/17/05

... just about the same thing the Los Angeles Times' Gregory Rodriquez said in his essay "La Nueva Orleans". Imagine - two pundits using the Chinese Coolie system as a paradigm within days of each other. Seriously now: what are the chances of that? But, it doesn't stop there. Reyes ends with the same call for "reform" as the LAT contributing editor did in his version: ...it is time for Congress...

Does the L.A. Times support displacing African-Americans from New Orleans? - 10/10/05

... that's an outrage. If you're the Los Angeles Times, that's just a news story. [...contractor Perry Custer is importing workers from Atlanta and Houston; a "temporary employment service of sorts for laborers" has been created...] ...Contractors say one advantage in using [the service] is that they don't have to deal with paperwork or check to see whether the workers are in the U.S. legally...

Los Angeles Times to get less "liberal" - 10/04/05

... Nikke Finke of the LA Weakly, the Los Angeles Times' phone solicitors are reading the following from a script when they call: I want you to know that we're bringing in a lot more conservative voices and conservative columnists. This "frankly shocked" Finke, as one might imagine. This guy confirmed this when calling in to the LAT's subscription line and posing as a suck...

Crime, illegal immigration, and media bias - 10/04/05

There's a transcript of a discussing by Heather MacDonald and others here. From her talk: [... discussing the Washington Post editorial from August 10th "The Reality of Gangs"...] Even as the Post called for more social spending, it completely ignored the most salient feature of Mara Salvatrucha, which is the astoundingly high number of illegals within its ranks. The Justice Department...

Uncle Walty to America: you're dumb - 10/03/05

America's beloved former CBS anchorman, Walter Cronkite, recently had strong words for us, his former charges.

"1965 Immigration Reform Cost Blacks Minority Primacy" - 09/30/05

... from Gregory Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Times. Note that Teddy Kennedy was responsible for that 1965 legislation.

Los Angeles Times on Matricula Consular cards - 09/27/05

... Delson and Anna Gorman of the Los Angeles Times cover the latest on Mexico's Matricula Consular cards (aka "IDs for illegals") in "Mexico's ID Makes Major Gains in U.S.". They report that other countries are getting into the act, including Colombia, Argentina, El Salvador and Honduras.

Pentagon inspector general under scrutiny... by the Los Angeles Times? - 09/26/05

The article "The Scrutinizer Finds Himself Under Scrutiny" from T. Christian Miller reports that some are raising questions about the activities of the recently resigned Pentagon inspector general, Joseph E. Schmitz. In light of posts such as "Watchdog [Clark Kent Erwin] details confrontations with Ridge", this certainly sounds interesting.

Gregory Rodriguez supports illegal aliens taking rebuilding jobs from Americans - 09/26/05

Los Angeles Times contributing editor Gregory Rodriguez offers "La Nueva Orleans" (latimes . com/news/opinion/commentary/la-op-latino25sep25,0,6499962.story). That discusses how illegal aliens from Mexico and other countries will help rebuild New Orleans. He says that they will then settle there, displacing the original population of blacks and whites. Of course, if we were talking about whites...

Border watchers attacked; L.A. Times downplays incident, gloats - 09/19/05

From "Border watchers attacked during training session": A group called Gente Unita confronted volunteer border watchers in San Diego yesterday with obscenities, shoving and U.S.

Los Angeles Dog Trainer-Enquirer-Times fires Michael Kinsley - 09/13/05

The L.A. Times has forced out recently-demoted editorial page editor Michael Kinsley. He's issued the following voluntary confession: "...For whatever reason... [publisher Jeff Johnson] isn't merely uninterested in any future contribution I might make, but actively wants me gone. So I'm off, with some regret and some excitement, to the Washington Post, duties TBD but including the column.

Douglas Mayor Ray Borane sells illegal immigration to L.A. Times - 08/30/05

Ray Borane is the mayor of Douglas, AZ, which sits almost right on the border with Mexico. The town has 15,000 residents, 90% of whom are "Latino". From the LAT article "In a State of Emergency, City's Relaxed" (link): But on the front lines in Douglas, senior government leaders, federal agents and many residents are hard-pressed to identify the emergency conditions. Borane said the city of 15,...

L.A. Times newsflash: the citizens are angry about illegal immigration - 08/01/05

The Los Angeles Times reports in "Anger Boils at Illegal Immigrants" about a meeting held Thursday of last week at Pico and LaCienega sponsored by Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson and the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny. The confab was called "Blacks and Hispanics: Allies or Rivals?" The L.A. Times is now free to report that non-PC thoughts were thought, and non-PC statements were voiced. Oh,...

Marcela Sanchez: historical facts, analysis are extremist - 07/30/05

Marcela Sanchez apparently writes a weekly column for the Washington Post about Latin America. Unfortunately, she seems to be going for that small number of WaPo readers who aren't able to use search engines and who think that trying to learn a lesson from history is extremist.

Schwarzenegger redistricting measure proposition 77: off the ballot - 07/21/05

A Superior Court judge has ordered Arnold Schwarzenegger's redistricting measure (Proposition 77) to be removed from the ballot.

AP, BS, and "U.S. Anti-Immigration Movement Spreads" - 07/20/05

Duncan Mansfield of the AP offers us a roundup about the spread of offshoots of the Minuteman Project to several states around the nation. The original AP title of the piece appears to be "U.S.

Sources say: Larry Ellison out of L.A. - 07/11/05

The Los Angeles Times' Hot Properties column has done some investigative journalism and wants to know why Oracle CEO and billionaire Larry "Lawrence" Ellison is buying up a bunch of properties in Malibu. In the past two years, Lawrence has spent $180 million for real estate in the beachside enclave, most of it for houses rather than commercial property. Note that Oracle is based in the Bay Area...

AVWatch: The L.A. Times covers its bets - 07/02/05

The Los Angeles Times has a few reports on the inauguration of Antonio Villaraigosa, and they also offer "Much Unsaid in Villaraigosa's Inaugural Talk". Summary: in his speech, AV had a lot of big ideas, but few details were provided and he's going to have a very difficult task making them happen. The LAT has been a long-time supporter of the former member of a racial separatist group, including...

AVWatch: How is he going to pay for all this stuff? - 07/01/05

The Los Angeles Times has a 7-screener entitled "Promises, Promises Could Cost L.A. Millions, Billions". $140 million to plant trees? To pay for all of his proposals, former MEChA member and current L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa might propose a half-cent sales tax hike next year. That's not going to sit too very well with some people...

AVWatch: An Antonio Villaraigosa roundup - 06/08/05

... events and associations that the Los Angeles Times and all other MSM sources refuse to cover here. I'd suggest sending that link to public *at* nytimes.com and onlinenewshour *at* newshour.org and ask them to cover the issues that the LAT, Newsweek, and all the rest conveniently ignore.

ACLU: "Cowboys" enforcing immigration laws - 06/06/05

Welcome to the Los Angeles Times' little world. In that world, it's unusual to enforce our immigration laws. Needless to say, the ACLU lives there too. Unfortunately, our "homeland security president" and his underlings live in that very same world. From the LAT comes "Local Police, U.S.

Villaraigosa's magic race shield - 05/16/05

Los Angeles mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa gets some negative coverage from a surprising source in a surprising place. From Gregory Rodriguez' "Race Is His Magic Shield" (link): In the absence of major policy differences between the candidates in this year's mayoral race, character has moved to center stage. The campaigns of Mayor James K. Hahn and his rival, Antonio Villaraigosa, are...

Where'd Antonio go? - 05/15/05

I used to have an acquaintance whose signature phrase was, "I'll be right back." He'd come back hours or days later. He was also an occasional actor, and I think he'd be perfect for a new round of Antonio Villaraigosa campaign commercials. As a preview of what a Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa would be like, reporters wanted to question him about a negative (believe it or don't) article in the L.A...

Jackie Goldberg's "socialist" leanings - 05/14/05

... either March 8 or 9 of 2004 the Los Angeles Times printed a story about California Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg (Democrat-Los Angeles) getting married to her long-time lesbian partner Sharon Stricker up in San Francisco (during Gavin Newsom's big moment). The L.A.

A secret message from Patt Morrison? - 05/04/05

Patt Morrison - the variously behatted L.A. Times lifestyle columnist - offers a column about the anti-American KRCA billboard entitled "A Sign of Controversy Over Immigration" (link). Now, at first glance, you might be tempted to think this is just a stock "liberal" screed designed to apologize for KRCA's anti-American actions and support the elites who favor massive illegal immigration. In...

The L.A. Times got something wrong? - 03/30/05

"L.A. Times story shocks CSUC officials": A Tuesday L.A.

Endorsement: Jim Hahn for Mayor of Los Angeles - 03/09/05

Barring a challenge by Bob Hertzberg, it looks like May's run-off election will be a repeat of that from four years ago, with Antonio Villaraigosa vs. the incumbent Jim Hahn. I strongly endorse Jim Hahn and I urge you to support him.