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  • California looks to build $4 million mountain lion freeway overpass

    10/20/2014 4:35:51 PM PDT · by SJackson · 56 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10-20-14 | Nick Allen
    Several male mountain lions have been killed trying to get across a log-jammed freeway to breed Conservationists are trying to raise $4 million to build a special freeway overpass for mountain lions in Los Angeles. A population of the rare and secretive big cats live in the Santa Monica Mountains but are split in two by the city's busy 101 freeway. There is a shortage of males and that has led to inbreeding on both sides of the road, with several males being killed as they try to make the dangerous crossing to breed. Only one big cat - known...
  • Bay Area cartel probe nets 22 arrests, 500 lbs. of meth

    10/20/2014 7:39:31 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 20, 2014 | Henry K. Lee
    Nearly two dozen suspects have been arrested in recent months, and 500 pounds of methamphetamine siezed, as a result of a Contra Costa County takedown of members of the Sinoloa drug cartel in Mexico, authorities announced Monday.
  • Woman Arrested After Becoming Trapped in Chimney at Thousand Oaks Home

    10/20/2014 7:18:24 AM PDT · by Maceman · 47 replies
    KTLA Morning News ^ | October 19, 2014 | Unknown
    Deputies responded to a home in the 1900 block of Woodside Drive (map) at 5:45 a.m. after a caller reported that the woman had been stuck in the chimney, about 8 feet from the top, for two hours, said Capt. Renee Ferguson of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. The county Fire Department’s urban search and rescue team was called to the scene. Photos posted on Twitter by the department showed firefighters on the roof of the house as they worked to reach the woman, who was conscious during the rescue. The flue was lubricated with dish soap before she was...
  • Dems Use Ebola To Push For Anti-Gun Surgeon General

    10/20/2014 4:15:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Investors.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Politics: More than two dozen House Democrats are pushing the Senate to revive and ratify the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to a critical post, but helping to fight deadly disease is not what they have in mind. The question of the day is why we have or need an Ebola czar in the form of political operative/hack Ron Klain when we have an unfilled surgeon general's position that physician emeritus serving as America's doctor is supposed to fill. We have an acting Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, but he is seemingly just a placeholder instead of the force...
  • Valley's undocumented gear up for driver's licenses

    10/20/2014 4:07:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Merced Sun-Star (CA) ^ | October 19, 2014 | BY ANDREA CASTILLO
    Graciela Iniguez guesses she has spent $12,000 on traffic tickets and vehicle impound fees since she started driving 20 years ago. As an undocumented immigrant from Jalisco, Mexico, Iniguez drives without a license. But that's soon to change. Starting Jan. 1, California residents who can't prove they are in United States legally will be allowed to obtain driver's licenses under Assembly Bill 60, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last year. "This law is going to benefit us so much," she said. "Thank God, now we won't have to be afraid to drive." "Unfortunately, it's not a privilege to...
  • Virus-transmitting 'yellow fever' mosquitoes discovered in L.A. County

    10/20/2014 7:29:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/20/2014 | Veronica Rocha
    A new aggressive daytime-biting mosquito capable of transmitting debilitating and possibly deadly viruses has been found in the Los Angeles region, officials announced Wednesday. Known as yellow fever mosquitoes, the insects were found Oct. 7 and 8 in Commerce and Pico Rivera, respectively, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. The Aedes aegypti species, which has black and white stripes and grows to about a quarter-inch in size, can transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever -- viruses that can cause painful symptoms including headaches and high fever, officials said. "While these debilitating viruses, so far, aren't locally...
  • Where can we read about California propositions with conservative input? [ question ]

    10/19/2014 8:32:10 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 31 replies
    Nlz ^ | Oct 19,2014 | Nlz
    Looking for conservative input on proposistions for the coming election. Thank you.
  • Obamacare Causing Big Layoffs for Union Nurses

    10/19/2014 6:16:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 Oct 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Kaiser Permanente and other health providers are putting pressure on the powerful California Nurses Association (CAN) in negotiations for reductions in medical staffing and compensation due to the implementation of California’s version of Obamacare. Union nurses on Friday tried to launch a new initiative by demanding an extra compensation supplement and more staffing to be prepared to fight the Ebola virus. But just three years after union nurses won huge contract gains by striking, Obamacare rules that cut patient access to care could now result in huge nurse layoffs. ... the California Nurses Association and other labor unions that campaigned...
  • Stunning federal corruption case moving forward with almost no media attention

    10/19/2014 11:14:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-19-14 | Thomas Lifson
    Corrupt federal prosecutors presenting false evidence in order to shake down a blameless corporation and bring in tens of millions of dollars seems like a pretty dramatic story. Especially when former prosecutors support the charge and a chief judge acts on the allegations and takes dramatic action. Yet the media silence is deafening. Eric Holder’s Justice Department is implicated in a dramatic and shocking case of alleged corruption that is so bad that the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of California has taken what can rightly be called the “nuclear option” and recused all the judges in the district...
  • The soda wars move to Berkeley

    10/19/2014 9:20:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 10/19/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The progressive War on Soda may have failed in New York, despite the best efforts of the Deplorable Nanny State Mayor, but this is a multi-front battle which will clearly rage on for some time. As any good battle commander will tell you, when fighting an opponent with numerical superiority, it’s best to drag them into a skirmish on your home turf. In the effort to save people from their own ignorant, evil selves, the fight to make soda more expensive – and thereby modify public behavior through tax policy – has moved to Berkeley.
  • Jerry Brown: Caucus of 1

    10/19/2014 8:01:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    I know Republicans who voted for Jerry Brown in 2010. They thought he'd be like Richard Nixon going to China and stand up to public employee unions by fixing a dysfunctional pension system. They thought he'd live up to his pose as elder sage, ready to do what's best for California. After he won a return engagement as governor, Brown liked to bloviate about the need for elected officials to demonstrate "loyalty to California." I don't think he really understands what loyalty is. One close California Assembly race should disabuse conservatives of any notion that Brown will be loyal to...
  • Flying Monkey Poster Armada Precedes Hillary visit

    10/18/2014 8:40:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 37 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 10/17/2014 | Sean Piccoli
    A politically conservative Los Angeles street artist is papering a strip of Tinseltown this week with Oz-like flying monkeys bearing "Hillary 2016" signs, just ahead of a Hillary Clinton-headlined fundraiser, the Hollywood Reporter reports. SABO, the guerrilla tagger and online commentator behind "Abortion Barbie" and a twerking Nancy Pelosi, has festooned the Brentwood neighborhood around the posh Tavern restaurant with wall posters and hanging cutouts of the winged, pro-Hillary primates.
  • Pelosi: Let transgender troops serve openly

    10/18/2014 8:24:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 17, 2014 | By David McCabe
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) supports the elimination of rules that ban transgender people from openly serving in the military, her office told the Washington Blade. “Leader Pelosi believes there is no place for discrimination in the U.S. Armed Forces, including on the basis of gender identity,” spokesperson Drew Hammill told the Blade. In May, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that the ban should be “continually reviewed.”
  • Close to home: Anniversary of a community tragedy that still hurts

    10/18/2014 12:56:30 AM PDT · by Rabin · 6 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | October 17, 2014, | EFREN CARRILLO AND MARY MOORE
    On Oct. 22, 2013, a young Latino boy named Andy Lopez was shot by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy. His death was a tremendous loss for our community. We all want our children to grow up...
  • Hillary Clinton Flying Monkey Signs Deface Brentwood Ahead of Fundraiser

    10/17/2014 9:02:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | October 17, 2014 | Tina Daunt
    Guerrilla street artist SABO, who made headlines with his Gwyneth Paltrow "Obama Drone" poster, has struck again -- this time ahead of Hillary Clinton's upcoming Democratic fundraiser at Tavern restaurant in Brentwood, Calif. The Los Angeles artist early Friday hung signs depicting Wizard of Oz flying monkeys holding "Hillary 2016" signs from traffic lights and pasted them on utility boxes near the San Vicente Boulevard restaurant.
  • Some in Congress expand their job title on ballot

    10/17/2014 2:05:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2014 10:15 PM EDT | Kevin Freking
    David Valadao is a Republican member of Congress from California, but voters in his agriculture-heavy district won’t necessarily recognize that he’s the incumbent when they cast their vote. Instead, he’ll be listed on the ballot as “farmer/small businessman.” Farther north, Democratic Rep. Ami Bera is highlighting some of his other credentials—as well as congressman. Bera will be listed as “doctor/teacher/congressman.” Running against him in the Sacramento suburbs, Republican Doug Ose, a former three-term congressman, describes himself as “small business owner.” State law does not allow him to cite his former job as a congressman. California is unusual in that it...
  • Labor Dispute Kills Kinkisharyo’s AV Plant (California)

    10/16/2014 12:29:05 PM PDT · by Simmy2.5 · 16 replies
    San Fernando Valley Business Journal ^ | Monday, October 13, 2014 | Mark Madler
    Kinkisharyo International LLC has scrapped plans to build a rail car manufacturing plant in Palmdale following a labor dispute and will instead look outside California to locate the facility. The Japanese company made the decision after failing to reach an agreement with Antelope Valley Residents for Responsible Development, a labor-supported group that objected to the plant citing environmental reasons. The group, which includes members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 11, in Pasadena, also objected to a backup plan by Kinkisharyo to build the cars in leased space from Los Angeles World Airports in Palmdale.
  • UCLA’s New Cover Girl: Guess Which Far Leftist It Is!

    Look whose photo graces the campus of UCLA, meant to be an inspiration to incoming students. The woman in the photo is standing above the slogan: “We Question.” On the right-hand side, in small letters, students are informed that they are “the optimists.” This banner adds to the shadow that today is cast over so many of our major universities. For those who can’t identify her, the photo depicts Angela Davis, the notorious former Communist Party USA leader who, beginning in the ’60s, molded together black nationalism with Marxism-Leninism. She created a heady brew for recruiting new cadre into the...
  • Lawmaker sworn in with bash that busts tradition (Kevin de León, CA Senate)

    10/15/2014 9:07:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 15, 2014 11:43 PM EDT
    Democratic Sen. Kevin de León was sworn in as the first Latino to head the California Senate in more than a century with an expensive and out-of-the-ordinary soirée Wednesday night in downtown Los Angeles. The event at Walt Disney Concert Hall with an estimated price tag of $50,000 resembled a presidential inaugural more than the low-key affairs at the state Capitol held by past senate leaders. […] The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation, which receives donations from special interests seeking influence in the Legislature, picked up the tab for the event and organizers emphasized no taxpayer money was involved. …
  • Nude man slain in Daly City over sex debt

    10/15/2014 8:49:51 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 34 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 15, 2014 | Henry K. Lee
    A convicted felon has been charged with murder for fatally shooting a man at a home in Daly City during an argument over a debt to a prostitute, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Demond Anthony Spikes, 34, of Hayward allegedly stood over a naked Marcus Brackinridge, 38, around 5:50 a.m. on April 13 and shot him in the stomach and head in the backyard of the victim’s parents’ home on the 500 block of Skyline Drive.
  • Go Inside San Diego Lab Working to Cure Ebola Virus

    10/15/2014 8:24:44 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 16 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 10/7/14 | Omari Fleming and R. Stickney
    A La Jolla lab is on the front lines of the fight against the Ebola Virus. The outbreak in West Africa has killed at least 961 people and prompted the World Health Organization to declare an international public health emergency. On the other side of the world from ground zero, researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla are looking at how the Ebola virus attaches to parts of the body and how it multiplies and replicates.
  • Authorities identify south Modesto pit bull mauling victims

    10/15/2014 5:17:51 PM PDT · by keat · 5 replies
    The Modesto Bee ^ | 10/15/14 | Patty Guerra
    MODESTO — Authorities on Wednesday identified the man and woman attacked by a pack of pit bulls in south Modesto on Tuesday night. Juan Fernandez. 54, died from injuries suffered in the attack. His mother, Maria Fernandez, 77, remains hospitalized in critical condition. Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson confirmed Wednesday morning that Juan Fernandez succumbed to his injuries. Authorities were called to a home in the 800 block of Glenn Avenue at 5:59 p.m. Several callers to 911 reported the attack. When they arrived, they found Juan Fernandez in the yard being mauled by three pit bulls, authorities said. The...
  • Mom Charged After Teenage Son Brings Gun to School

    10/15/2014 1:54:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 15, 2014
    The mother of a 17-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with allowing him to take a loaded handgun to school. Leah Wilcken, 41, faces four misdemeanor counts, each carrying a potential penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, the city attorney's office said. Prosecutors said that in May, the woman's 17-year-old son brought a loaded .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and a spare magazine containing seven bullets to Will Rogers High School in Van Nuys. "He was in a dispute with another student and had made posting on social media" calling on the student to meet him in the school...
  • California Obamacare cronies got paid big via no bid state contracts

    10/15/2014 1:18:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    <p>I feel like I have to say this every time a story like this comes out of California, and stories like these come out of California all the time.</p> <p>California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency’s executive director.</p>
  • Two in critical condition after being mauled by pit bulls in southwest Modesto (CA)

    10/14/2014 9:08:08 PM PDT · by keat · 28 replies
    The Modesto Bee ^ | 10/14/14 | Nan Austin
    Two people were in critical condition in local hospitals Tuesday night after being mauled by four pit bulls near Bret Harte Elementary School in southwest Modesto. A 911 call from a juvenile brought deputies to a home in the 800 block of Glenn Avenue at 5:59 p.m., where they found an elderly man in the yard being mauled by four pit bulls, said Sheriff Adam Christianson. The deputies shot at the dogs, killing two and driving two into another yard. Officers found an elderly woman inside the home, also with severe injuries from dogs. Both victims are in critical condition...
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian Closed by San Francisco Media Company

    Employees of San Francisco Print Media Company, the parent company of the Examiner, SF Weekly, and San Francisco Bay Guardian were this morning informed that the latter paper will be shuttered after 48 years. The paper was founded by husband and wife Jean Dibble and Bruce Brugmann — whose visage, urging locals to "Read my paper, dammit" — grew ubiquitous over the years. Its founding mission was to "print the news and raise hell," and, as an independent paper, it ostensibly did just that for 46 years. In 2012 Brugmann and Dibble sold the Guardian to the San Francisco Media...
  • Metro bus driver quarantined after passenger yells 'I have Ebola!'(los angeles)

    10/14/2014 3:02:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10-13-14 | VERONICA ROCHA
    Metro driver has been quarantined and the bus he was operated taken out of service after a masked passenger began yelling, "Don't mess with me, I have Ebola!" Metro officials said they are working with Los Angeles County sheriff's transit authorities to review surveillance footage taken from inside the bus to determine the identity of the masked passenger, who was accompanied by a woman, Metro spokesman Marc Littman said. The Monday afternoon incident is being investigated as a possible terrorist threat because of the fear it incited, he said. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials don't believe the...
  • UC-backed state loan program will provide aid to undocumented students

    10/14/2014 2:59:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    UCLA Newsroom ^ | October 14, 2014 | by Katherine Tam
    Undocumented UC students who qualify for in-state tuition but are ineligible for federal assistance soon will be able to borrow up to $4,000 a year to make up the shortfall, thanks to a new law supported by the University of California and state legislators. “Giving undocumented students the same access to financial aid as other students can improve their chances of academic success and help them reach their dream of a college degree and a brighter future,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “By investing in our students, we are investing in California.” Roughly 450 undocumented students at UCLA would be...
  • Anaheim cuts power, water to shut down pot shops (California)

    10/14/2014 1:14:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2014 3:24 PM EDT
    Anaheim is literally pulling the plug on pot shops that keep popping up despite a law forbidding the businesses. Officials have used its operation of utilities to cut off water and power to dispensaries in the city that’s home to Disneyland, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday. …
  • Supreme Court won’t touch foie gras ban (California’s ban)

    10/14/2014 12:22:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2014 9:41 AM EDT
    The Supreme Court is allowing California to continue enforcing a law that bans the sale of foie gras. The justices on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the law from producers of the delicacy in New York and Canada. …
  • Dropped bullet discharges, wounds woman in leg at Lemoore range (CA)

    10/14/2014 10:32:02 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 56 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 10/13/2014 | Lewis Griswold
    A bullet wounded a woman in the leg at a firing range in a freak accident that did not directly involve a gun, the Kings County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. About 2 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a call for help at the Lemoore Sportsman Range in the 23000 block of Elgin Avenue, west of Highway 41 and south of the Kings River. Deputies learned that a bullet hit a woman in the leg without actually coming out of the barrel of a gun.
  • California Liberals Wage War on Pro-Energy Advertisers

    10/13/2014 1:58:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Thomas Miller
    I’ve learned how the game works, from my perch here at Breitling Energy. For one, we advertise and broadcast Powering America Radio on The Patriot, KEIB 1150 AM in Los Angeles, the USAs 2nd largest media market. It also happens to be the transplanted LA home of the Rush Limbaugh show. On occasion, Chris Faulkner’s “Oil and Gas Today” reports fall within the Limbaugh program (it’s called run-of-schedule in broadcasting….where commercials air randomly through the day).. When they hit his show, here come the emails. People “informing” us of Rush’s bigoted bias and “encouraging” us to not support any station...
  • Here’s Another Reason to Hate Title IX

    10/13/2014 1:10:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Casey Given
    Due process advocates have been up in arms over the past few months as California passed the first statewide “affirmative consent” law in the nation. According to the freshly signed SB 967, all college campuses accepting financial aid in the Golden State must enforce a high standard of establishing sexual consent in student disciplinary hearings, requiring both parties in question to vocalize their approval before engaging in sexual acts.While an array of concerns have been raised about the legal ramifications of this law, one important question has been left out of the discussion almost entirely — why are rape cases...
  • AP Exclusive: California gives no-bid health pacts

    10/12/2014 10:38:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2014 10:40 AM EDT | Michael R. Blood
    California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director. Covered California’s no-bid contracts were for a variety of services, ranging from public relations to paying for ergonomic adjustments to work stations, according to an Associated Press review of contracting records obtained through the state Public Records Act. Several of those contracts worth a total of $4.2 million went to a consulting firm, The Tori Group, whose...
  • Will California's Next Top Cop Support Legal Pot?

    10/12/2014 5:28:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Practically everyone expects California Attorney General Kamala Harris to win re-election handily in November. The Democrat won 53 percent of the vote in a crowded June primary. A rising star expected to ascend someday to the governorship, perhaps a U.S. Senate seat, Harris has won the endorsement of major newspapers in the state. She's such an attractive candidate that even though it was true, President Barack Obama had to apologize last year for calling her "by far the best-looking attorney general in the country." Yet Harris faces two unusual obstacles in the November runoff. One is Ron Gold, a never-elected...
  • Obama designates national monument in LA area

    10/12/2014 5:02:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 10/10/14 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    President Barack Obama on Friday spared from future development nearly 350,000 acres of land within the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, a move that cheered environmentalists but sparked new criticism of Obama's willingness to use his executive authority.
  • Obama Wrapping Up California Fundraising Trip [While The World Burns!]

    10/11/2014 3:15:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | October 11, 2014 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    Obama Wrapping Up California Fundraising Trip October 11 2014 DARLENE SUPERVILLE President Barack Obama on Saturday wrapped up a week that saw him raise campaign money for Democrats on both coasts. Obama attended a "round table" discussion at the home of Democratic donor and Zynga founder Mark Pincus and his wife, Ali, with about 25 supporters who paid up to $32,400 for the privilege, according to Democratic officials. It was Obama's fourth California fundraiser in three days and was closed to media coverage. This coming week brings more of the same for the president, including his long-anticipated, first appearance at...
  • Farr tells UN association chapter that bombing alone won't defeat lslamic State group

    10/11/2014 2:49:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    montereyherald.com ^ | October 11, 2014 | John Sammon
    MONTEREY >> Rep. Sam Farr said this week that the U.S. must take a more thought-out approach to combatting terrorism in the Middle East rather than just seeking military solutions. But he noted it is imperative to stop the Islamic State group, declared as a terror organization by the United Nations. "We need stability and we can't unless Isil is reduced," said the Carmel Democrat. "But bombing alone isn't going to do it. Bombing buys us space and time to arm and train folks, hopefully not our own troops. That's what they (terrorists) want, American troops on the ground. I...
  • Obama visit sparks a Paltrow neighborhood feud

    10/11/2014 2:25:51 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10-11-14 | Michael S. Schmidt
    As gossip websites buzzed about Gwyneth Paltrow and President Obama — her “you’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly” is already being mocked unmercifully — her Los Angeles neighbors lashed out Friday that the Paltrow-hosted presidential fund-raiser had come at their expense. Traffic stood still, children were stranded at school, residents could not leave their own driveways. That’s not the way life is supposed to be lived in Mandeville Canyon. In a post on the Nextdoor Mandeville Canyon website, a private social network for area residents, Bret Lewis said that the neighborhood did not need people like Ms. Paltrow...
  • Bag makers launch push to overturn California ban (on plastic)

    10/11/2014 8:38:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2014 8:31 PM EDT | Fenit Nirappil
    Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California’s new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect. The office of Attorney General Kamala Harris cleared the way for the groups to begin collecting signatures for a referendum vote on the ban on the November 2016 ballot. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the first statewide ban on plastic bags, citing a “torrent” of plastic pollution in parks and waterways. It followed one of the fiercest legislative battles of the year, pitting bag makers against environmentalists. …
  • Lawmaker Says ‘At Least 10&#8242; Islamic State Fighters ... Captured at .. Southern U.S. Border

    10/10/2014 11:17:02 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 23 replies
    www.theBlaze.com ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said Tuesday nightthat U.S. border officials have caught “at least 10″ Islamic State fighters or people with ties to the group as they tried to enter the U.S. through Mexico,a claim that was immediately disputed by the Obama administration. “I know that at least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas,”Hunter said on Fox News Tuesday night. “There’s nobody talking about it.” Rep. Duncan Hunter Claims "10 Isis Fighters" Caught At The Southern Border. Greta ( 3:23 ) When asked by host Greta Van Susteren how he knows this,...
  • Embattled House Democrats Turn Against Nancy Pelosi

    10/08/2014 5:32:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | BY SHANE GOLDMACHER
    House Republicans have surprising new company in attacking Nancy Pelosi: her fellow House Democrats. Three Democrats running in GOP-leaning House districts have used late-stage television ads in a bid to distance themselves from the liberal leader of Democrats' House caucus—the same caucus they're fighting to join in 2015. "Here's what I believe: Congress is broken," says Gwen Graham, one of the Democratic Party's top recruits, in a recent TV ad as a photo of Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner flashes on the screen. "Both parties—Republican and Democrat—are to blame. And both need new leaders in Washington." In Georgia, Rep....
  • Embattled House Democrats Turn Against Nancy Pelosi

    10/08/2014 5:28:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/08/14 | Shane Goldmacher
    House Republicans have surprising new company in attacking Nancy Pelosi: her fellow House Democrats. Three Democrats running in GOP-leaning House districts have used late-stage television ads in a bid to distance themselves from the liberal leader of Democrats' House caucus—the same caucus they're fighting to join in 2015. **SNIP** Pelosi's office declined to comment but did point to a recent Washington Poststory showing that she is the most popular of the four congressional leaders—a dubious honor the Post described as "being the least-hated leader in the most-hated institution in America."
  • Homeless Man Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison For Fatal Attack Of Woman In Hollywood

    10/10/2014 6:50:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 10, 2014 5:37 PM | Jeff Nguyen
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A homeless man Friday was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the fatal attack of a woman in Hollywood. Dustin James Kinnear, 27, pleaded no contest last week to voluntary manslaughter charges in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Christine Calderon. Calderon was fatally stabbed on June 18, 2013 outside of the Hollywood & Highland Center. “Kinnear demanded money from Calderon and a friend after the pair had just taken photos of transients,” who were holding obscene signs, the District Attorney’s Office said. When Calderon refused to pay, Kinnear attacked. Kinnear’s public defender said the victim’s...
  • Ebola bumper stickers greet Obama’s arrival in southern California

    10/10/2014 5:25:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama’s arrival in southern California Thursday was greeted by a ripple of discontent about the administration’s handling of the Ebola epidemic. Bumper stickers reading “EBOLA,” with the middle letter replaced by the iconic Obama campaign “O,” have appeared on cars in the Los Angeles area. Truth Revolt, a conservative news site, published photos of three cars with the stickers on Wednesday. The president’s fundraising trip begins Thursday night at the home of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Several posters depicting actress Ms. Paltrow as an “Obama Drone” have surfaced near her Brentwood home. One such poster near an elementary school includes...
  • Little Girl's Playset Is in Her Own Backyard, City Wants It Destroyed Anyway

    10/08/2014 9:30:42 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 86 replies
    Reason.com ^ | October 8,2014 | Robby Soave
    CBSLA.comFellow libertarians, we may be observing peak bureaucratic cruelty in Santa Fe Springs, California. City officials told Jessica Torres and Felix Miranda to destroy their backyard playset—a gift to their handicapped 10-year-old daughter from the Make-A-Wish-Foundation—because it is a "public nuisance," according to CBSLA.com. Young Tiffany suffers from seizures and can't play at the public park, so the Make-A-Wish-Foundation gifted her a personal playground. It sits in her backyard, on Miranda family property. Nevertheless, the city thinks it has the right to force the family to disassemble the playset. When Torres approached a city official, she was treated as courteously...
  • Canadian doctors respond to Gwyneth Paltrow’s sun-exposure suggestion

    07/11/2013 3:11:11 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 27 replies
    National Post ^ | July 10 2013 | David Rockne Corrigan
    Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t a doctor — but it seems she occasionally pretends to be one in real life. In the most recent issue of British Cosmopolitan, the 40-year-old star of Iron Man 3 shared her thoughts on beauty and aging.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow: Mean words hurt water's feelings

    06/05/2014 6:08:10 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 103 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/5/2014 | Fox News
    First she consciously uncoupled from her husband. Then she said being criticized on social media was just like war. Now Gwyneth Paltrow has somehow trumped both! The Oscar winning actor and mother of two believes bad vibes can bum out water. Yes, we’re talking H2O.
  • Green Beret Slams Gwyneth Paltrow: There’s A Big Difference Between Real War & Twitter

    05/29/2014 6:57:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | May 29, 2014 | Clash Daily
    Doug Giles – Here’s a response regarding our morning’s Gwyneth Paltrow post from my good buddy and Green Beret bad-ass Bryan Sikes: By Bryan Sikes, SFC, USAClash Daily Guest ColumnistTo Miss Paltrow,I’d first like to start out by saying how terrible I feel for you and all your friends that on a daily basis have to endure mean words written by people you don’t know. I can only imagine the difficulty of waking up in a 12,000 square foot Hollywood home and having your assistant retrieve your iPhone, only to see that the battery is low and someone on twitter...
  • Obama raises money at a tongue-tied Gwyneth Paltrow's home (MEGA Barf alert!)

    10/10/2014 9:29:04 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 26 replies
    Gwyneth Paltrow has won numerous awards for her acting, but speaking apparently came with some difficulty Thursday with President Barack Obama standing beside her. "You're so handsome that I can't speak properly," the actress, singer and food writer gushed after introducing Obama to several hundred supporters seated on white fold-out chairs in the lush backyard of her home in the movie star haven of Brentwood, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. In a not-so-subtle reference to her "conscious uncoupling" earlier this year from husband Chris Martin, Paltrow said it was a "profound honor" to have Obama in the home she shares...