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  • Pasadena health director put on leave over controversial comments

    05/03/2014 7:26:33 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 1, 2014 | Frank Shyong
    Pasadena city officials placed Public Health Director Eric Walsh on temporary paid administrative leave Thursday after they learned of controversial statements he had made about homosexuality and evolution in online videos and audio clips. In sermons uploaded to various websites, Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist preacher, calls evolution "a religion created by Satan," compares Disney to a "dark empire" of superstition and witchcraft, and criticizes homosexuality.
  • Rashid Khalidi’s False Narrative of Israeli History

    05/01/2014 5:34:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Andrew Harrod | Andrew Harrod
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Rashid Khalidi’s False Narrative of Israeli HistoryPosted By Andrew Harrod On May 1, 2014 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Palestinian-American Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi addressed America’s role in the Arab-Israeli peace process on April 17, 2014, at Washington, DC’s Jerusalem Fund, a pro-Palestinian think tank.  Describing Israel’s “entirely false narrative” into which “we have all been brainwashed,” Khalidi revealed his own myopia before an audience of about forty mostly likeminded, middle-aged people.John Halaka’s “Portraits of Denial and Despair” photo exhibit currently displayed in Jerusalem Fund hallways set a worrying...
  • How TV Censorship Works for Democrats

    04/09/2014 4:15:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    On April 1, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray was denied a second term, defeated in the primary by upstart city councilwoman Muriel Bowser. The beginning of the end came on March 10, when U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen struck a plea bargain with a wealthy businessman who confessed he'd spent $668,000 on an illegal "shadow campaign" to fund get-out-the-vote efforts that helped Gray win the mayoral office in 2010. So the corrupt mayor of America's most important city is thrown out. A political scandal? The same networks that were utterly breathless over the local story of Gov. Chris Christie's aides slowing traffic...
  • Steiger, Downie Refused to Join Keller/Baquet Op-Ed (WSJ & WaPo Decline to Defend NYT/LAT Treason)

    07/06/2006 12:16:17 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 783+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | July 7, 2006 | Joe Strupp
    NEW YORK Managing Editor Paul Steiger of The Wall Street Journal and Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. of The Washington Post were both asked to be part of last weekend's unique joint Op-Ed piece by the editors of The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, which defended the publication of stories about the secret SWIFT bank monitoring program, E&P has learned. But each declined. "We had talked about doing something together," Steiger said. "But when I looked at it and thought about it, our position was so different from theirs -- that nobody asked us not to publish [our...
  • Making The Case Against Syria ["We Agree With Obama...Justifies A Military Response"]

    09/03/2013 6:14:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 03, 2013 | By the Times Editorial Board
    <p>LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL Making The Case Against Syria President Obama was right to seek Congress' approval on taking military action. But he also must ensure that any such mission remains limited.</p> <p>September 3, 2013.</p> <p>Last week, the Obama administration was signaling that it would take unilateral military action against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad for what the administration insists was the deliberate use of chemical weapons to kill hundreds of civilians. On Saturday, the president abruptly — and appropriately — changed course, saying that he would seek support in Congress for action to "hold the Assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons, deter this kind of behavior and degrade their capacity to carry it out."</p>
  • It is getting better. Check this out [Truthout trying to hide stealing a fraudulent article]

    07/09/2003 6:26:23 PM PDT · by William McKinley · 175 replies · 2,937+ views
    I am having a back and forth with Japan Today regarding their publishing of an article which appeared in Capitol Hill Blue that has subsequently been exposed to be false.Japan Today did not get the article from Capitol Hill Blue though. They got it from Truthout.org, a leftist propaganda outfit.I wanted to see if Truthout.org even had the story up on their site. I went to their main page, Truthout.org and checked. Nothing. I noticed a search box up at the top. So I took a phrase from the original article, sought significant quantities and hit search.Bingo.Here is what the...
  • George Soros: Media Mogul (Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism)

    08/19/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | August 15, 2011 | Dan Gainor and Iris Somberg
    On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ''media reform.'' She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists. The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives money from liberal billionaire George Soros. Soros, who first made a name for himself in investing and currency trading, now makes his name in politics and policy. Since the 2004 election, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list...
  • What would the Koch brothers do to the Los Angeles Times?

    04/24/2013 6:24:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/24/2013 | Harold Meyerson
    On May 21, Los Angeles voters will go to the polls to select a new mayor. Who will govern Los Angeles, however, is only the second-most important local question in the city today. The most important, by far, is who will buy the Los Angeles Times. The Times is one of the eight daily newspapers now owned by the creditors who took control of the Tribune Co. after real estate wheeler-dealer Sam Zell drove it into bankruptcy. Others include the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the Orlando Sentinel and the Hartford Courant. The Tribune board members whom the creditors selected...
  • Press rushes to ‘exonerate’ DHS as OIG report raises more questions than answers

    03/25/2013 1:46:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Examiner ^ | 3/25/13 | David Codrea
    As with its rush to declare Eric Holder “cleared” upon release of the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General’s report, major media outlets are unquestioningly accepting Department of Homeland Security OIG conclusions from its long-awaited “Fast and Furious” report, strategically pre-released last Thursday to the Los Angeles Times. “[T]he report determined that top Department of Homeland Security officials in Washington did not learn about Fast and Furious until [Border Patrol Agent Brian] Terry was shot to death in December 2010 and two of the 1,430 lost firearms were found at the scene of his murder,” The Times dutifully accepted,...
  • The truth behind the 'Khalidi video' and why it's not for sale (LA Times admits there's a video)

    09/21/2012 2:25:30 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/21/2012 | James Rainey
    In the final desperate days of campaign 2008, as their shot at the White House slipped away, John McCain and Sarah Palin railed against the Los Angeles Times. The Republicans insisted the newspaper had a secret video that would prove Barack Obama consorted with leftists. Ever since, it has become an article of faith in outposts of the political right that the hidden “Khalidi video” includes absolute proof that the 44th president has a warm embrace for radicals and those who hate the state of Israel. The latest resurrection of the Khalidi video mythology came this week courtesy of Breitbart.com....
  • Extremists break into, take over $2.5 millon foreclosed home

    05/30/2012 5:10:12 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 19 replies
    An Upstate man is in custody, accused by the FBI and local law enforcement as being part of a “domestic terrorist group” that broke into and took over a foreclosed home, according to a release by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The home is listed as being valued at $2,599,000. A realtor checking on the home found a notice, apparently posted by the extremists, saying that they were taking possession of the home. The Sheriff's Office release said, “On April 24, a deputy responded to a report of a burglary at 112 White Violet Way in Sunset. A lock on...
  • Tribune offers newsroom voluntary buyouts (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/17/2012 4:15:58 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 16, 2012 | Robert Channick
    Looking to reduce costs as it continues to grapple with a changing media landscape and challenging economy, the Chicago Tribune told employees Monday it will offer an undisclosed number of voluntary buyouts in the newsroom. Gerry Kern, senior vice president and editor of the Tribune, issued a memo outlining the voluntary separation program, which will be open to all editorial staff except top departmental management. "We begin the year with a need to reduce costs as we face the continued financial pressures from a weak economy and structural changes in our industry," Kern said. "We are committed to taking action...
  • Take This Bullet Train Please (The FantasyLand Ride To Nowhere Alert)

    11/16/2011 2:45:16 PM PST · by goldstategop · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/06/2011 | Richard White
    The California High-Speed Rail Authority has created a set of models and scenarios to answer the objections to its earlier models and scenarios. These will be parsed in much more detail than I can do here, but it is best to note the assumptions. First, its model assumes that the rail passenger fare will always be cheaper than airfare or driving. A ticket from San Francisco to Anaheim will be $72 in 2005 dollars. This is projected out to 2030. Second, the ridership will be immense — anywhere from 28.6 million to 37.1 million. This admittedly may appear realistic compared...
  • Unintentional Honesty: Los Angeles Times Listing For Obama Campaign Website: www.latimes.com

    04/04/2011 7:57:49 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Let's call it a case of unintentional honesty, or as Bill Jacobson described it, a classic "Freudian slip." In its article reporting President Obama's announcement of his 2012 re-election campaign, the Los Angeles Times gave the URL address for the campaign website as: http://latimes.com. Too true! View Bill's screen capture here.
  • Vitriol And Violence (LAT Times Masthead Editorial)

    01/11/2011 10:01:38 AM PST · by goldstategop · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/11/2011 | Los Angeles Times Masthead Editorial
    The right bears the brunt of responsibility for this poisoned atmosphere, but it by no means has a monopoly on hate-inspiring political speech. The resulting hyper-partisanship is bad not because it encourages political assassinations but because it debases discourse and fuels anger, incivility and stubbornness. The deliberative bodies that run government can only function smoothly if they're composed of reasonable people willing to act in the interest of the nation and capable of compromise; does that sound like today's Congress? Saturday's shootings don't justify an attempt to, as a Wall Street Journal editorial put it Monday, "rule certain people and...
  • Focus Turns To Arizona's Gun Laws (LAT Features Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik's Anti RTC Rant Alert)

    01/10/2011 1:15:40 AM PST · by goldstategop · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/10/2010 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    Arizona has some of the weakest gun control laws in the nation. To gun owners, those laws — which allow them to carry guns in their cars, in restaurants and other public places — are their last defense against unexpected evil. Gun control activists say the state's laws put weapons into the hands of the mentally unstable, and demand that federal officials impose tougher background checks and reinstate a ban on assault weapons. Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik said the state's gun laws contributed to the shooting. He singled out the law passed last year that allows those 21...
  • The Press at War ___ The patriot reporter is passé.

    11/26/2006 12:45:04 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 458+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2006 | James Q. Wilson
    We are told by careful pollsters that half of the American people believe that American troops should be brought home from Iraq immediately. This news discourages supporters of our efforts there. Not me, though: I am relieved. Given press coverage of our efforts in Iraq, I am surprised that 90 percent of the public do not want us out right now. Between January 1 and September 30, 2005, nearly 1,400 stories appeared on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news. More than half focused on the costs and problems of the war, four times as many as those that discussed...
  • Republicans' hard line since winning House could backfire (MSM Spin Alert)

    11/12/2010 1:54:40 AM PST · by goldstategop · 42 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/12/2010 | Mark Z. Barabak
    No bargaining, no deals, no compromise — that's the hard-line stance that Republicans have staked in the days since seizing control of the House. Their prescription for the sluggish economy — lower taxes, huge spending cuts, less regulation, and repeal of the sweeping healthcare law just taking effect — excites the party's conservative base. But a long and ugly fight with President Obama and Senate Democrats, starting with next week's lame-duck session, could end up alienating the large number of Americans more interested in jobs than ideological battles. The midterm vote was "an expression of anger and impatience," said James...
  • Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Paul Conrad dies at 86

    09/04/2010 2:15:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies · 2+ views
    AP ^ | September 4, 2010 | Andrew Dalton
    Paul Conrad, the political cartoonist who won three Pulitzer Prizes and used his pencil to poke at politicians for more than 50 years, has died. He was 86.
  • State Lawmakers Take Aim At Free Parking (CA Dems Declare War On Middle Class Alert)

    01/29/2010 9:10:04 AM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 658+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/29/2010 | Patrick McGreevey
    here is too much of it, the legislators say, and it encourages people to drive instead of taking the bus, walking or riding a bike. All that motoring is contributing to traffic jams and pollution, according to state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), and on Thursday he won Senate approval of a proposal he hopes will prompt cities and businesses to reduce the availability of free parking. "Free parking has significant social, economic and environmental costs," Lowenthal said. "It increases congestion and greenhouse gas emissions."
  • LA Times: Security -- or just silliness?

    01/02/2010 5:01:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies · 964+ views
    LA Times ^ | January 2, 2010 | By David H. Steinberg
    A lunatic tries to blow up an airplane, so now my 2-year-old daughter can't sleep on her pillow. If this is how we respond as a nation to terror threats, then maybe the terrorists really are winning. We all know that we have to take off our shoes at security because some other lunatic tried to blow up his shoes. These rules, created in response to the latest terror plots, inconvenience us all and waste time and money as more and more resources are allotted to enforcing them. But we tolerate it because it's a small price to pay for...
  • Tribune Co. newspapers won't use AP next week

    11/03/2009 7:20:01 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 17 replies · 748+ views
    Breitbart ^ | November 3, 2009 | ap
    Tribune Co., owner of The Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and several other news outlets, will not use most Associated Press content next week to test whether the financially struggling company can do without it, according to a story on the Chicago Tribune's Web site. Tribune said it will use some AP material such as sports statistics and stories it considers vital. The Chicago-based company said it is trying to determine whether severing ties with the news cooperative next fall is a viable option. The company's television stations and newspapers' online editions will not participate in the experiment. Tribune...
  • Obama to Kobe, Lakers fans: Michael Jordan is the greatest!

    07/04/2009 10:42:56 AM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 23 replies · 1,036+ views
    Los Angeles Times / Blogs ^ | July 3, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm
    Noted Chicagoan and basketballophile Barack Obama appears to be writing off the California vote in 2012, at least the basketball fans around Los Angeles. In a pre-holiday interview with the Associated Press, Obama was asked who was the better player -- six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan or four-time champion Kobe Bryant? Without even a moment's hesitation, the ex-senator from Illinois blurted out, "Oh, Michael!" Then, apparently realizing what he'd just said and the profound impact on any 2012 election, the new president hastened to add: "I mean, Kobe's terrific. Don't get me wrong. But I haven't seen anybody match up...
  • Bail out journalism (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/09/2009 8:26:34 AM PDT · by abb · 28 replies · 844+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 9, 2009 | Rosa Brooks
    This will be my last column for the L.A. Times. After four years, I'll soon be starting a stint at the Pentagon as an advisor to the undersecretary of Defense for policy. snip Like everyone else whose livelihood is linked to the newspaper industry, I've been watching, appalled, as newspapers continue their death spiral, with dwindling circulations and thousands of layoffs. Here at The Times, the editorial staff is down to almost half the size it was in 2000. Often, as I've watched talented colleagues get the ax, I've suspected that I've only lasted this long because as a freelancer...
  • Another Marriage Measure Cleared For Calif

    03/20/2009 7:07:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 1,054+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 20, 2009
    Another marriage measure cleared for Calif. Associated Press March 20, 2009. SACRAMENTO -- The sponsors of a second ballot measure seeking to repeal California's ban on same-sex marriage have been cleared to start collecting signatures. The secretary of state on Friday gave the group Yes on Equality until August 17 to collect the nearly 700,000 signatures needed to qualify its initiative for the 2010 ballot. If approved by voters, the group's proposed constitutional amendment would rescind Proposition 8, which passed last November. The California Supreme Court is
  • Israeli Media Focus On Hamas Rockets; Keep Gore To A Minimum (Israeli MSM Backs Gaza War Alert)

    01/09/2009 11:20:44 AM PST · by goldstategop · 14 replies · 832+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/09/2009 | Ashraf Khali And Batsheva Sobelman
    In Sderot, a correspondent summarized the concerns of residents that the government would agree to a cease-fire too soon, without definitively crippling the militant group Hamas' ability to fire rockets. The people of Sderot, he said, "would rather the [army] continue and finish this story once and for all." Israeli public opinion overwhelmingly supports the Gaza campaign, buttressed by frustration over years of rocket attacks on southern communities and by the widespread belief that Hamas has brought the bloodshed on its own people. Israeli media coverage has largely reflected that sentiment. "This is something we needed to do for a...
  • Middle School Students Soar Like Young Eagles

    12/22/2008 9:32:37 AM PST · by dbz77 · 8 replies · 592+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 22, 2008 | Dan Weikel
    t wasn't the usual takeoff from Torrance Municipal Airport. When the cream-and-maroon Citabria Adventure broke its bond with Earth, George Butts pulled back hard on the stick. The little aerobatic plane shot skyward at a near vertical angle, like a roller coaster making its first ascent. In back, G-forces shoved 12-year-old Jon Miller of Los Angeles into his seat. Then he was momentarily weightless as Butts quickly leveled off at the top of his climb. By the time they returned almost 30 minutes later, Jon had experienced dives, banking turns and low-level passes over Santa Monica Bay. It was the...
  • Kenneth Starr to defend gay marriage ban before state Supreme Court

    12/19/2008 6:31:58 PM PST · by granite · 18 replies · 963+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3:07 PM, December 19, 2008 | Jessica Garrison
    Kenneth W. Starr, the former U.S. Solicitor General who led the inquiry into President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica L. Lewinsky, will argue the case in favor of upholding a ban on gay marriage before the California Supreme Court. Starr was today named lead counsel for the official proponents of Proposition 8. This afternoon, the group filed court briefs defending the legality of the proposition, which was approved by 52% of California voters last month throwing into question thousands of marriages performed during the five months the practice was legal in the state. The briefs are in response to a...
  • Readers have choice words (pro and con) on Prop. 8 (Reporter called bigot)

    12/19/2008 8:01:55 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 21 replies · 1,540+ views
    http://www.latimes.com ^ | December 17, 2008 | Steve Lopez
    When you write a column for a living, you get called lots of names on a regular basis. Moron, liar and sellout, to name a few. I'm in no position to complain, though, since I occasionally use the same words to describe public officials and captains of industry. But I've never been called a bigot so many times as I have since I wrote in my Sunday column about the boycott of El Coyote, the Los Angeles cantina whose Mormon manager donated $100 to Proposition 8, the successful November ballot initiative to ban gay marriage. "Your article defending" the manager...
  • A life thrown into turmoil by $100 donation for Prop. 8 (From gays picketing/boycotting)

    12/19/2008 6:44:32 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 93 replies · 3,923+ views
    http://www.latimes.com/ ^ | December 14, 2008 | Steve Lopez
    Margie Christoffersen didn't make it very far into our conversation before she cracked. Chest heaving, tears streaming, she reached for her husband Wayne's hand and then mine, squeezing as if she'd never let go. "I've almost had a nervous breakdown. It's been the worst thing that's ever happened to me," she sobbed as curious patrons at a Farmers Market coffee shop looked on, wondering what calamity had visited this poor woman who's an honest 6 feet tall, with hair as blond as the sun. Well, Christoffersen was a manager at El Coyote, the Beverly Boulevard landmark restaurant that's always had...
  • Why Hollywood is torn on Prop. 8 activism

    11/23/2008 4:38:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 1,411+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 23, 2008 | Rachel Abramowitz and Tina Daunt
    Should there be boycotts, blacklists, firings or de facto shunning of those who supported Proposition 8? That's the issue consuming many in liberal Hollywood who fought to defeat the initiative banning same-sex marriage and are now reeling with recrimination and dismay. Meanwhile, activists continue to comb donor lists and employ the Internet to expose those who donated money to support the ban. Already out is Scott Eckern, director of the nonprofit California Musical Theatre in Sacramento, who resigned after a flurry of complaints from prominent theater artists, including "Hairspray" composer Marc Shaiman, when word of his contribution to the Yes...
  • Budget Deal Would Include Steeper Car Fees (Deal Would Include Strict Spending Cap Alert)

    11/21/2008 2:28:36 AM PST · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 951+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/21/2008 | Evan Halper
    State lawmakers began moving toward a deal this week to close California's deficit with the help of steeper car fees that would cost many drivers hundreds of dollars annually, according to people involved in budget talks. Under the plan, GOP lawmakers -- most of whom have signed anti-tax pledges -- would vote to triple the vehicle license fee that owners pay when they register their cars every year in exchange for a ballot measure that would impose rigid limits on future state spending. Motorists' annual license fees would rise from 0.65% of the value of their vehicles to 2%. For...
  • Gay Marriage Backers Explain Why They Lost Proposition 8 (It Was The Values, Stupid! Alert)

    11/20/2008 7:37:20 PM PST · by goldstategop · 31 replies · 1,160+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/20/2008 | Shelby Grad
    There's been a lot of outrage from the No on Proposition 8 camp since California voters approved a ban on gay marriage. But until now, there has been less soul searching about what went wrong. But Terry Leftgoff, founder of the Gay and Lesbian Business Assn. of Santa Barbara, has a thoughtful piece on WeHo News looking at how the opposition to Proposition 8 fell short. It did, he says, on several levels: A mixed message, failing to respond to attacks from Yes on 8 forces, little black and Latino outreach. A snippet: The No on 8 campaign began by...
  • The Courts And Prop. 8 (The Dog Trainer's Diatribe Against Traditional Marriage Supporters Alert)

    11/19/2008 11:29:08 PM PST · by goldstategop · 22 replies · 1,119+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/20/2008 | Los Angeles Times Masthead Editorial
    Although we too will welcome the day that Proposition 8 is consigned to history and the right to same-sex marriage is restored to Californians, we are sorry to see that the court agreed to take the cases directly, rather than letting this issue percolate up through the lower courts. We see no reason for the haste, despite the intensity of emotion roused by the measure's defeat.In fact, that very heatedness is a reason for the court to move slowly, allowing it to rule under cooler circumstances. Similarly, painful though it is to see Proposition 8 take effect, we agree with...
  • Prop. 8 Gay Marriage Ban Goes To The Supreme Court (Note The Bias Alert)

    11/19/2008 11:12:12 PM PST · by goldstategop · 7 replies · 531+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/20/2008 | Maura Dolan and Jessica Garrison
    The California Supreme Court voted 6 to 1 on Wednesday to review legal challenges to Proposition 8, the voter initiative that restored a ban on same-sex marriage, but refused to permit gay weddings to resume pending a final decision. The court may hold a hearing on the lawsuits as early as March, a timetable that scholars said was swift considering the complexity and importance of the legal issues. The court's action, taken during a closed conference, suggested that the court wants to resolve all of the legal issues surrounding Proposition 8, including the fate of existing gay marriages, in a...
  • Prop. 8 Gay Marriage Ban Goes To Supreme Court (Hearing Next Year. Prop. 8 Remains In Effect Alert)

    11/19/2008 2:56:03 PM PST · by goldstategop · 57 replies · 3,400+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/19/2008 | Maura Dolan
    he California Supreme Court agreed today to review legal challenges to Prop. 8, the voter initiative that restored a ban on same-sex marriage, but refused to permit gay weddings to resume pending a ruling. Meeting in closed session, the state high court asked litigants on both sides for more written arguments and scheduled a hearing for next March. The court also signaled its intention to decide the fate of existing same-sex marriages, asking litigants to argue that question. Today's decision to review the lawsuits against Proposition 8 did not reveal how the court was leaning. The court could have dismissed...
  • Conservative Court Faces Pressure On All Sides Of Proposition 8 Issue (ROFLMAO Alert)

    11/18/2008 8:22:44 PM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies · 872+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/18/2008 | Maura Dolan
    Six months ago, California's highest court discarded its reputation for caution and ended the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Now the moderately conservative state Supreme Court is being asked to take an even riskier step -- to overturn the November voter initiative that reinstated the marriage ban and possibly provoke a voter revolt that could eject one or more of the justices from the bench. The court is under intense pressure from all sides. Its first response to the challenges may come today, when the justices meet privately in a weekly conference to decide which cases to accept for review....
  • On Prop. 8 Supreme Court Must Walk A Fine Line (Crocodiles Swimming In The Bathtub Alert)

    11/18/2008 12:52:20 PM PST · by goldstategop · 25 replies · 932+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/18/2008 | Maura Dolan
    The California Supreme Court is being asked by Proposition 8 backers to do something extreme -– to overturn the will of voters who earlier this month banned gay marriage. It’s a choice fraught with potential political ramifications for the justices -- including threats of recall. “It is a time of lots of crocodiles in the bathtub,” said Santa Clara University law professor Gerald Uelmen, who has followed the court for decades. "Their oath requires them to ignore these kinds of political threats. But the threat of having to face a contested election is a significant one.”
  • Democratic Legislators Ask State Supreme Court To Void Prop. 8 (The Usual Suspects Alert)

    11/10/2008 10:15:19 PM PST · by goldstategop · 32 replies · 388+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/10/2008 | Dan Moran
    - Forty-three Democratic legislators, including leaders of the California Senate and Assembly, filed a brief Monday urging that the California Supreme Court void Proposition 8. Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and incoming President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg signed the friend of the court brief, filed with the state Supreme Court. No Republican legislator signed the petition, though Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, denounced the anti-gay marriage measure in a television appearance over the weekend.
  • Gay Rights Advocates To Challenge Proposition 8 In Court (More Judicial Activism Move Alert)

    11/05/2008 4:29:11 PM PST · by goldstategop · 39 replies · 3,102+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/5/2008 | Jessica Garrison, Maura Dolan And Nancy Vogel
    By Jessica Garrison, Maura Dolan and Nancy Vogel After losing at the polls, gay-rights advocates filed a legal challenge today in California Supreme Court to Proposition 8, a long-shot effort that the measure's supporters called an attempt to subvert the will of voters. Lawyers for same-sex couples said they will argue that the anti-gay-marriage measure was an illegal constitutional revision -- not a more limited amendment, as backers said. The legal action contends that Proposition 8 actually revises the state Constitution by altering such fundamental tenets as equal-protection guarantees. A measure to revise the state Constitution can be placed before...
  • Free the Khalidi Tape protest signs! (vanity)

    10/30/2008 9:46:55 PM PDT · by cj2a · 8 replies · 398+ views
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  • NEW VIDEO: "L.A. Times under Siege!" Citizens Demand Release of Obama/Khalidi Video (10/30/08)

    10/30/2008 10:44:40 PM PDT · by RonDog · 72 replies · 3,209+ views
    www.popmodal.com ^ | October 30, 2008 | Jeffers Dodge
    From popmodal.com: "L.A. Times under siege!" Citizens Demand Release of Obama Video <-- click here LIVE INTERVIEWS Runtime: 1m:51sFrom: JeffersDodge
  • McCain, Palin Demand L.A. Times Release Obama Video ( LAT making excuses )

    10/30/2008 10:15:33 PM PDT · by kellynla · 19 replies · 735+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 30, 2008 | James Rainey
    John McCain and Sarah Palin sharply criticized the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday for refusing to make public a video of a 2003 event at which Barack Obama paid tribute to a Palestinian scholar. The Republican presidential and vice presidential nominees accused the newspaper of trying to protect their Democratic rival in the final days before Tuesday's election. Editors at The Times and the reporter who wrote an article in April about Obama's connection to the Palestinian scholar, Rashid Khalidi, said they were ethically bound to abide by a promise to a confidential source not to share the video. McCain's...
  • Will Confusion Cause Prop. 8 problems?

    10/30/2008 9:05:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 688+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 30, 2008 | Jessica Garrison
    Speaking out recently against Proposition 8, the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown made an appeal for the importance of protecting the rights of same-sex couples. And then he urged his audience to vote yes on the proposition. Brown misspoke. He intended to advocate a no vote. But he isn’t alone in confusing which side is which. As election day nears, both supporters and opponents of Proposition 8 worry that voters will be confused by a choice that can seem counterintuitive: Voting no on the initiative means voting yes on gay marriage,...
  • The Same LA Times That Sued to Open Jack Ryan's (Divorce) Files Covers for Obama

    10/30/2008 9:18:17 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 12 replies · 1,349+ views
    Illinois Review ^ | October 30, 2008 | Fran Eaton
    The Los Angeles Times has been a huge part of Barack Obama's rocketing to fame and power. It was the Los Angeles Times that sued, persisted and insisted that Jack and Jeri Ryan's child custody files be unsealed in 2004. It was the the Los Angeles Times that insisted their family records be made public against the wishes of both the Ryans, whose agreed-upon intention was to protect their special needs son. Ryan volunteered their divorce records for public scrutiny. It's a totally different story today. Jack Ryan, you'll remember, had emerged from a tough IL GOP primary as the...
  • Palin To LAT: Release The Tape

    10/29/2008 11:24:46 AM PDT · by pissant · 105 replies · 3,588+ views
    National Journal ^ | 10/29/08 | staff
    BOWLING GREEN, OH - Sarah Palin joined her running mate's attacks against Barack Obama and the media Wednesday, suggesting the Los Angeles Times is withholding a videotape that shows Obama watching as a former Palestinian Liberation Organization spokesman bashed Israel. Palin departed from her stump speech to talk about Obama's "assortment of friends from Chicago." She described Rashid Khalidi, the former PLO spokesman, as "another radical professor from the neighborhood who spent a lot of time with Barack Obama going back several years." She said Obama was at a party for Khalidi in 2003, when he described Israel as the...
  • Teachers' Union Donates $1 Million Dollars To Defeat Proposition 8 Alert (Homeschool NOW!)

    10/17/2008 9:09:25 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 36 replies · 1,071+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/17/2008 | Evelyn Larrubia
    The California Teachers Assn. donated $1 million this week to defeat a ballot initiative seeking to ban same-sex marriage in California, joining the ranks of wealthy gay rights activists and Hollywood politicos as one of the major donors to the campaign. "For us, it's a civil rights issue," said the association's President David Sanchez. "We don't believe people should be treated differently." The teachers union also takes issue with advertisements by backers of Proposition 8 suggesting that the measure would stop children from being taught about gay marriage in schools. Union leaders echoed complaints by the No on 8 campaign...
  • Shocker: Tribune Co. Gives Notice To Drop AP

    10/16/2008 6:02:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies · 1,611+ views
    E&P. ^ | October 16, 2008 | Joe Strupp
    Tribune Company has given a two-year notice to the Associated Press that its daily newspapers plan to drop the news service, becoming the first major newspaper chain to do so since the recent controversy over new rates began. Tribune, which owns nine daily papers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, joins a growing list of newspapers that have sought to end AP contracts, or given notice of that, following plans to introduce a new controversial rate structure in 2009. The notice was given earlier this week. AP Spokesman Paul Colford confirmed the cancellation notice, but said he had...
  • To some evangelicals, Palin's career violates biblical teachings

    10/01/2008 12:27:21 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 39 replies · 1,436+ views
    LA Times ^ | Teresa Watanabe
    In a white-steepled church along a stretch in picturesque canyon country, the preacher laid out the basic blueprint of a godly marriage: Husbands lead, wives submit. Speaking recently before hundreds of worshipers at Placerita Baptist Church in Newhall, guest preacher Chris Mueller affirmed the view that loving male headship and gracious wifely submission are God's plan for spouses. Placerita, like many conservative Christian churches, teaches that a wife's role is to be her husband's helpmate (Genesis), "workers at home" (Titus) and submissive to her husband in everything (Ephesians). So how do these congregants square such teachings with their support for...
  • Palin's policies in Alaska weighted toward development

    09/22/2008 11:37:49 AM PDT · by gridlock · 15 replies · 262+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/22/08 | Kim Murphy - LA Times Staff Writer
    BARROW, ALASKA -- Federal scientists flying over the Arctic Ocean last month spotted something nearly unprecedented during their annual count of bowhead whales: nine polar bears in the open sea, miles from anywhere. One was swimming 60 miles off Barrow. A flight a week or so later found five bears plying their way through the swells. The findings wouldn't have been so alarming -- they are powerful swimmers -- except that their likely destination, the sea ice on which the predators depend for survival, had retreated 400 miles offshore.