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  • CA Court of Appeals: 2A Doesn’t Apply to AK Platform Rifles

    10/22/2013 11:33:12 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 27 replies
    California’s 4th District (Division 1) Court of Appeal just held that the Second Amendment does not apply to semi-automatic firearms like “AK” platform rifles. Click here to read the decision. “We construe Heller as standing for the proposition that the right secured by the Second Amendment is ‘not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose’ (Heller, supra, 554 U.S. at p. 626), but is instead the right to possess and carry weapons typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes such as hunting or self-defense . . . We agree...
  • CONTROVERSIAL CALIFORNIA BILL EXEMPTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS FROM SEX ABUSE LAWSUITS

    07/10/2013 12:36:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies
    Big Government ^ | 7-10-2013
    California Senate Bill 131, which is ostensibly about protecting victims of child sex abuse, forces private schools to defend claims of sexual abuse as far back as 40 years ago, but exempts public schools from such claims. Because of the Democratic super-majorities in both houses of California, there is no way to stop the passage of the bill. As Valerie Schmalz wrote in Catholic San Francisco: The California state Senate narrowly approved a waiver of the statute of limitations for child sex abuse damage lawsuits – a bill that could have a devastating effect on nonprofits including Catholic Charities and...
  • U.S. Supreme Court wipes out Proposition 8's gay marriage ban

    06/26/2013 7:41:40 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 311 replies
    MercuryNews.com ^ | June 26, 2013 | Howard Mintz
    The U.S. Supreme Court today paved the way for same-sex couples to marry soon in California, effectively leaving intact a lower-court ruling that struck down the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage. In a ruling that assures further legal battles, the high court found that backers of Proposition 8 did not have the legal right to defend the voter-approved gay marriage ban in place of the governor and attorney general, who have refused to press appeals of a federal judge's 2010 ruling finding the law unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruling, which found it had no legal authority to decide the...
  • California bans gay "conversion" therapy for minors

    09/30/2012 11:02:11 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 30, 2012 | Mary Slosson
    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill barring a controversial therapy that aims to reverse homosexuality in minors, the measure's sponsor said on Sunday, making California the first state to ban a practice many say is psychologically damaging. The move marked a major victory for gay rights advocates who say so-called conversion therapy, also called reparative therapy, has no medical basis because homosexuality is not a disorder. The bill's sponsor, state Senator Ted Lieu, a Democrat from Torrance, said in a statement that Brown had signed the bill. An announcement from the governor's office was expected on...
  • Woman Allows The RAPE Of Her 5-MONTH-OLD Daughter, Receives Two Life Sentences

    05/01/2012 6:46:47 PM PDT · by Morgana · 57 replies
    iWIDK ^ | 5/1/2012 | (iWIDK By Mike McCurdy)
    Tessa Vanvlerah, 22, allowed Kenneth Kyle, a Californian college professor, to photograph, urinate on, rape and burn her 5-month-old daughter. According to STL Today, Vanvlerah’s attorney’s attempted to get her probation based on a psychological disorder. The judge was not lenient on the woman. She was forced to give up her custody of the infant in 2010 when she was charged with first degree statutory rape, incest, child pornography and sodomy. Kyle was sentenced in March to serve a term of 37 and a half years in federal prison. The child has since been adopted by the foster parent who...
  • Steven Greenhut: Rural rebellion brewing

    10/29/2011 12:39:29 PM PDT · by bkopto · 64 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Oct 28, 2011 | Steven Greenhut
    Sacramento is Government Central, a land of overly pensioned bureaucrats and restaurant discounts for state workers. But way up in the North State, one finds a small but hard-edged rural populace that views state and federal officials as the main obstacles to their quality of life. These rural folks, living in the shadow of the majestic Mount Shasta, believe that they are being driven away so that their communities can essentially go back to the wild, to conform to a modern environmentalist ethos that puts wildlands above humanity. As the locals told it during the Defend Rural America conference Oct....
  • Magazine mocks California as "the Venezuela of North America"

    05/13/2010 12:22:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 39 replies · 1,150+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/13/10 | Tom Abate
    When it comes to business climate, California ranks last among the states according to the latest attack on the rules and red tape despised by the respondents to a survey by CEO Magazine.
  • Unused vacation time draining state of millions

    03/03/2010 9:46:19 AM PST · by tje · 33 replies · 1,101+ views
    SF Gate ^ | February 28, 2010 | Chase Davis
    Amid a crippling state fiscal crisis, managers throughout California's government have routinely allowed their employees to amass vast amounts of unused vacation time, enabling hundreds of workers to end their public-service careers with payouts topping $100,000, a California Watch investigation has found. One worker combined vacation and compensatory time to walk away with more than $800,000, records show.
  • Census shows the states we flee

    12/28/2009 3:48:44 AM PST · by Scanian · 43 replies · 2,282+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 28, 2009 | Michael Barone
    Every year around Christmastime, the Census Bureau releases its population estimates for each state for the 12 months ending on July 1. The numbers look dry on a sheet of paper (or on an Excel spreadsheet on your computer), but they tell some vivid stories. The more so when they reflect, as the numbers for 2008-09 do, the effects of a sharp downward shift in the nation’s economy. Given the recession, it’s not a surprise that percentage growth, at 0.86 percent, was the lowest in this decade, just a tad below the rate in 2002-03, and well below the peak...
  • Schwarzenegger urges GOP to move beyond ideology (regroup, spend more on programs Americans want)

    11/10/2008 12:35:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies · 398+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/10/08 | Michael Rothfeld
    Reporting from Sacramento -- In the wake of crushing defeats for Republicans in last week's national elections, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Sunday that his party should regroup by moving away from some of its core conservative principles and embracing spending on programs that Americans want. "I think the important thing for the Republican Party is now to also look at other issues that are very important for this country and not to get stuck in ideology," the governor said in an interview broadcast on CNN. "Let's go and talk about healthcare reform. Let's go and . . . fund programs...
  • 294th homicide victim as city violence rages on (Hope and Change?)

    11/10/2008 4:05:01 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 24 replies · 131+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 11/10/08 | DAMON C. WILLIAMS & STEPHANIE FARR
    A neighborhood grocery-store clerk was shot dead yesterday afternoon on a tranquil block in the shadows of Martin Luther King Jr. High School, and police are scrambling to determine the motive and identification of the gunman, while tracking down other weekend homicides.
  • Perata says sales tax idea is only 'a start'

    08/05/2008 3:28:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies · 188+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/5/8 | Aurelio Rojas
    Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata today welcomed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed 1-cent sales tax hike as "a start," but declared budget negotiations are at an impasse and said he does not expect a quick resolution. Perata's comments, following a Senate session, were his first since Schwarzenegger proposed the temporary sales tax increase over the weekend in an effort to bridge the state's $15.2 billion deficit and bring an end to the 36-day budget standoff. "I'm glad the governor has come around to saying publicly what we've known all along - that we have to have taxes in order to...
  • San Francisco values: $650,000 For Illegal Alien Teen Felons

    08/03/2008 12:20:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 187+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | August 3, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    You might ask yourself: Could the illegal alien sanctuary debacle in San Francisco get any worse? Any worse than the triple murder of an innocent father and his two sons at the hands of an illegal alien sanctuary beneficiary? Any worse than the callousness with which San Francisco government officials have treated the grieving, devastated widow of the murder victims who would be alive today if not for the city’s bloody open-borders policies? Any worse than the taxpayer-funded, law-undermining illegal alien shuttle service the felonious city was running for young Honduran illegal alien crack dealers? Any worse than the illegal...
  • Doctor attacks patient’s husband (hubby called doctor ‘dumber than a monkey’)

    06/19/2008 9:26:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 113 replies · 505+ views
    Victorville Daily Pres ^ | 6/18/08 | Patrick Thatcher
    VICTORVILLE — Sheriff's deputies arrested a physician after he lost patience with a patient's husband, punched him and threw a chair at him, sheriff's officials announced Wednesday. The victim received first aid from the injuries at the physicians office, officials said. Sukalpa John Dutta, 36, was booked into jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, according to San Bernardino County sheriff's officials from the Victorville station. San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies came to the 12600 block of Hesperia Road at 4:37 p.m. after receiving a report of the attack. Deputies said the victim was with his wife whose...
  • California Court Rules Homeschooling Illegal

    03/06/2008 7:32:18 AM PST · by edcoil · 205 replies · 1,007+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 3-4-08 | edcoil
    LOS ANGELES, March 5, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) Thousands of homeschoolers in California are left in legal limbo by an appeals court ruling that homeschooling is not a legal option in the state and that a family who has homeschooled all their children for years must enrol their two youngest in state or private schools. Justice H. Walter Croskey in a written opinion said, "California courts have held that under provisions in the Education Code, parents do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children." The sweeping February 29th ruling says that California law requires "persons between the ages of six...
  • City bans garbage disposal units (includes fine of up to $25,000 a day - Raleigh, NC)

    03/09/2008 8:11:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 190 replies · 4,951+ views
    Politicom ^ | 3/08/08
    City bans garbage disposal units Residents of Raleigh, N.C., face stiff penalties if they install garbage disposal units in their kitchen sinks or repair existing ones if they break. The City Council approved the ban on Wednesday, the Raleigh Chronicle reports. The ordinance includes a fine of up to $25,000 a day. Officials said that anyone caught with an illegal disposal unit could also face a lifetime ban on getting city water. The ban covers several municipalities around Raleigh. The garbage disposal units, which grind up leftover food and flush it into the sewer system, lead to pipes clogged with...
  • California exodus turns to stampede

    02/21/2008 4:07:43 AM PST · by Man50D · 414 replies · 657+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | February 20, 2008
    WASHINGTON – California, which once lured Americans from near and far, is now driving out millions of the most productive residents – including high percentages of the most affluent. "When California faced a Mount Everest-sized $14 billion deficit in 2003, one of the major causes for the red ink was the stampede of millionaire households from the state," says a report called "Rich States, Poor States" by economists Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore. "Out of the 25,000 or so seven-figure-income families, more than 5,000 left in the early 2000s, and the loss of their tax payments accounted for about half...
  • "From Dreams To Debt" (Massive Mortgage/Real Estate Fraud Exposed In Southern California)

    11/18/2007 6:22:45 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 62 replies · 146+ views
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | Saturday, November 17, 2007 | LESLIE BERKMAN
    From dreams to debt Investors say they expected to cash in on the hot real estate market when they entrusted money to a company in Murrieta. Instead, many are losing their homes and facing bankruptcy. 03:08 PM PST on Saturday, November 17, 2007 By LESLIE BERKMAN The Press-Enterprise Video: Anna Richter talks about losing money in the investment scheme Residents of Copper Canyon in Murrieta watched in astonishment as a group of investors snapped up homes in their middle-income community last year, paying $50,000 to $100,000 more than the sellers wanted. Today, the front yards are browning, overgrown with weeds....
  • Colorado Goes Blue

    11/04/2007 1:01:32 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 109 replies · 305+ views
    Human Events ^ | May 4, 2007 | Jennifer Rubin
    If Colorado is any barometer, the Republican Party may lose more ground in the 2008 elections. Colorado Republicans took a beating in 2006. In the Governor’s race Democrat Bill Ritter demolished Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez 56-41%. Beauprez’ vacated House seat flipped to the Democrats as Ed Perlmutter trounced Rick O’Donnell 55-42%. Looking ahead, Republicans in Colorado face multiple challenges in 2008 with a key Senate race for the seat held by retiring Republican Wayne Allard, the Presidential race and a possible ballot initiative to abolish racial preferences in public education, employment and contracting. Many eyes will be trained on Colorado...
  • Giving the green light to earth-friendly bills (Land of Peasant Living alert!)

    04/15/2007 1:08:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 449+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2007 | Kristen Wyatt (Associated Press)
    ANNAPOLIS -- From the soap used to wash dishes to the cars driven to work, Marylanders will feel large and small effects from the recent legislative session some have called the most environmental in years. Democrats this year celebrated their stronger grip on state government and their return to the governor's mansion with a spate of earth-friendly bills that became the dominant theme of the session. Lawmakers tightened emissions standards on new cars. They slashed the amount of water-polluting phosphorus allowed in dishwashing detergent. They ended the commercial harvest of diamondback terrapins and set new goals for solar energy. Oysters...
  • Judge Dismisses Karr's Kid Porn Charges

    10/05/2006 9:38:00 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 7 replies · 791+ views
    http://www.comcast.net ^ | 10 05 06 | KIM CURTIS
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. - The former suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey killing left jail Thursday after a judge dismissed child pornography charges against him, saying prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to take the case to trial. John Mark Karr, who was not in court for the hearing, was ordered released immediately by Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau, ending his two-month odyssey in the U.S. criminal justice system after he was extradited from Thailand on suspicion of killing the 6-year-old beauty queen. He did not comment to reporters as he left the Sonoma County jail flanked by his attorneys,...
  • Judge Rules Accessibility Suit Against Target Can Proceed

    10/02/2006 5:44:59 AM PDT · by stm · 103 replies · 1,284+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | September 25, 2006 | Linda Rosencrance and Carol Sliwa
    A federal judge in San Francisco ruled this month that a lawsuit filed against Target Corp. by the National Federation of the Blind challenging the accessibility of the retailer’s Web site can move forward. NFB officials contended that the ruling sets a precedent, establishing that retailers must make their Web sites accessible to the blind under the federal Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). “This ruling is a great victory for blind people throughout the country,” said NFB President Marc Maurer. When asked if the NFB would file lawsuits against other retailers in an effort to improve Web site accessibility, NFB...
  • LA Gun Task Force Serves another Search Warrant

    09/24/2006 9:09:43 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 80 replies · 2,656+ views
    http://www.fiftycal.org ^ | 9 24 06 | John Burtt
    The LA County Gun Task Force has served another search warrant on the home of another member of the fifty caliber community. On Monday September 18th, eighteen police cars swarmed the neighborhood where the FCSA member lives and served a search warrant signed by Judge Steven Kleifield of the LA County Superior Court. The officers were at the residence for several hours and confiscated all semi-automatic firearms belonging to the victim. The probable cause for issuing the search warrant was not available in the body of the affidavit so the reason for the search is unknown at this time. It...
  • Governor moves to cut vehicle emissions (Moonbat Butch Napalitano AZ)

    09/09/2006 9:45:28 AM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 18 replies · 378+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 9 September 06 | Howard Fischer
    Governor moves to cut vehicle emissions Adopt Clean Car Program, order tells state agencies By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services Tucson, Arizona | Published: 09.09.2006 advertisement PHOENIX — Gov. Janet Napolitano took the first step Friday toward what eventually could be a ban on the sale of cars and light trucks that produce large amounts of "greenhouse gases." In an executive order, Napolitano told state agencies to adopt and carry out a "Clean Car Program" to reduce carbon dioxide and other gases that contribute to global warming. While details are still to be worked out, Napolitano said the final...
  • California Senate Passes Ballistics Identification Bill to Help Police Solve Gun Crimes - AB-352

    08/24/2006 8:08:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 91 replies · 1,497+ views
    U.S. Newswire on Yahoo ^ | 8/24/06 | U.S. Newswire
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 24 /U.S. Newswire/ -- With the support of forty-one police chiefs from around the state, the state senate today passed a bill (22-18) that will help police solve gun crimes and catch gun traffickers The bill, AB 352, requires that a new ballistics identification technology be required on all new semiautomatic handguns sold in California after 2008. The new technology, microstamping, uses powerful lasers to make extremely precise, microscopic engravings on a handgun's firing pin or inside the firing chamber. These engravings reference the serial number of the handgun. When a bullet is fired from the handgun,...
  • Nanny State Alert (CA)

    08/06/2006 10:57:44 PM PDT · by AVNevis · 9 replies · 245+ views
    California High School Conservative Blog ^ | August 6, 2006 | Andy Nevis
    The California State Legislature returns from its summer recess tomorrow to wrap up the legislative year, and no one is safe. Children, drivers, teens, parents, business owners, activists, workers, teachers, and of course taxpayers are all in danger of having their quality of life drastically reduced. But there are a couple of bills that strike me as truly the Government sticking its nose into our private affairs: aka, Nanny State Laws. The first, AB 2108 by Assembly member Evans, would require kids to stay in booster seats until age 8 and prohibit them from riding in the front seat under...
  • Kinda Disturbing(Dakota Fanning's new movie sounds really sick)

    08/01/2006 3:49:37 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 21 replies · 204,754+ views
    http://www.celebritynooz.com/ ^ | 7 31 06 | celebritynews.com
    Child actress Dakota Fanning is set to shock fans in new movie 'Hounddog.' The film features Dakota semi-nude in child rape scenes. The controversial film written and directed by Deborah Kampmeier is a dark and violent story set in American's rural south and the 12-year-old's mother and agent are convinced her gritty performance is Oscar-worthy. Agent Joy Osbrink was quoted in the New York Daily News, "It's not just the rape scene the whole story is challenging Dakota as an actress. And I've never been so proud of her in my life. I've seen the dailies, and in every scene...
  • At San Francisco's Wharf, a Fight for Medical Marijuana Ensues (San Fran. goes NIMBY)

    07/25/2006 10:01:22 PM PDT · by VOA · 47 replies · 782+ views
    ABC Nightline website ^ | 7-25-06 | Jake Tapper and Dan Morris
    ABC News: At San Francisco's Wharf, a Fight for Medical Marijuana Ensues July 25, 2006 — San Francisco has more cannibus clubs — the dispensaries of marijuana for the medical treatment of the nasty side effects of chemotherapy, glaucoma or AIDS — than any other city in the nation. Yet, that doesn't mean cannabis clubs make welcome neighbors, even in bluest of the blue San Francisco, a city that prides itself on being tolerant of almost every lifestyle. (snip) But the reality of the program is apparently harsher than the notion. However accepting San Francisco may consider itself to be,...
  • Heads up for Californians - Gun Confiscation

    07/18/2006 1:56:13 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 62 replies · 2,168+ views
    http://armsandthelaw.com/ ^ | 7 17 06 | David Hardy
    LA County Gun Task Force Serving Search Warrants LAPD & LASO Might Be Knocking On Your Door Next! LA County Gun Task Force Serving Search Warrants Officers from the Los Angeles County Gun Task Force in CA have begun serving search warrants on residents in that county who are suspected of holding un-registered "Assault Rifles" including 50 BMG target rifles. If you or any of your friends have not complied with the provisions of AB-50 that require you to register any 50 BMG rifles you own, you may very well expect a knock on your door at any time. This...
  • Calif. to Ban Unlicensed Use of Ultrasounds

    05/04/2006 7:24:46 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 51 replies · 996+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/ ^ | 5 4 06 | Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The California Assembly has voted to restrict the use of ultrasound machines for personal use, approving a bill that would allow them to be sold only to licensed professionals. Democratic Assemblyman Ted Lieu introduced the bill after "Mission: Impossible III" star Tom Cruise bought an ultrasound machine to see images of his unborn child. The actor's fiancee, Katie Holmes, gave birth to the couple's daughter, Suri, last month in Los Angeles. Doctors and technologists typically receive years of training to perform ultrasound exams, which help obstetricians check a baby's health. Cruise was criticized by doctors who said...
  • Bill seeks to require guns to tag ammunition

    04/21/2006 7:41:44 AM PDT · by SmithL · 110 replies · 2,060+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/21/6 | Rebecca Rosen Lum
    California could become the first state in the nation to require semi-automatic handguns include microscopic equipment for pressing an identifying mark into every bullet fired. Through newly developed technology, the firing pin of a semi-automatic weapon can stamp the gun's make and model onto a bullet shell as it leaves the chamber. The technology could help police investigate homicides and trace gun trafficking. Thirty-three California police chiefs and two county sheriffs support a bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood, that would require the markers. "It has the potential to solve some significant crimes in some pretty large numbers,"...
  • School Makes Kids Use Buckets for Toilets

    04/17/2006 7:24:30 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 24 replies · 873+ views
    Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2006
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. An principal trying to prevent walkouts during immigration rallies inadvertently introduced a lockdown so strict that children weren't allowed to go to the bathroom, and instead had to use buckets in the classroom, an official said. Worthington Elementary School Principal Angie Marquez imposed the lockdown March 27 as nearly 40,000 students across Southern California left classes to attend immigrants' rights demonstrations. Marquez apparently misread the district handbook and ordered a lockdown designed for nuclear attacks. Tim Brown, the district's director of operations, confirmed some students used buckets but said the principal's order to impose the most severe type...
  • California Hunters and Dog Owners Beware

    04/16/2006 6:21:46 PM PDT · by editor-surveyor · 140 replies · 2,476+ views
    A California bill that would make sportsmen who hunt with dogs and pet owners whose dogs have run-ins with backyard wildlife vulnerable to prosecution is advancing in the state legislature.   On April 4, the Assembly Public Safety Committee voted 4 to 3 in favor of AB 2110, sponsored by Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-El Cerrito.  The bill was proposed to ban open field coursing events with sighthounds.  Its vague wording could easily leave waterfowl and upland game hunters vulnerable to prosecution when they use retriever dogs in the field.  Assembly Bill 2110 now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for debate. Aside...
  • CA: Relative could face charges in Soltero boy's death (Inland youth mourned as 'martyr' thread)

    04/11/2006 9:22:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 530+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 4/11/06 | Melissa Pinion-Whitt
    ONTARIO - Police investigating the suicide of a middle-schooler say the boy's stepfather could face criminal charges for allegedly not securing the rifle the boy used to kill himself. Anthony Soltero, 14, shot himself March 30. According to the family's attorney, the De Anza Middle School student was distraught after a vice principal threatened him with jail time and school discipline for protesting immigration-reform bill HR 4437. Police withheld the name of Soltero's stepfather, since he has not been arrested or charged. Ontario police Lt. John Evans said the man kept the rifle in the family's garage. The weapon was...
  • Nicole Richie's Behavior Irks Local Family

    03/18/2006 4:35:06 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 41 replies · 1,237+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/ ^ | 3 18 06 | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES - Nicole Richie irritated a local family during taping of "The Simple Life" by asking an 11-year-old boy, in graphic language, if she looked attractive. The boy was playing basketball Wednesday in the driveway of his home. Richie, pushing a baby carriage, approached and questioned the youth about how she looked, using a profane word. Two camera operators and another crew taped the exchange. The boy's father refused the crew's request that he sign a release giving them the right to use the clip with his son. Instead he complained to the show's production company. "The Simple Life,"...
  • Activists warn of dangers from caffeine addiction

    02/27/2006 8:41:51 AM PST · by The Ghost of JG · 95 replies · 1,912+ views
    Spero News ^ | Monday, February 27, 2006 | Spero News
    Is the War on Drugs taking aim at that morning cup of java? As crazy as it might sound, some activists would hope so - and they have enlisted the help of various Californian mayors to support their cause. But first, to be more precise, critics aren't specifically after coffee, but rather after caffeine - a "drug" that is included in such products as energy and soft drinks, and some chocolates. It is said that the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung was once boiling some drinking water when leaves from a small bush fell into his pot - to create the...
  • L.A. County Jail in Lockdown After Riots

    02/06/2006 8:54:38 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 12 replies · 907+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/news/ ^ | 2 6 06 | Associated Press
    CASTAIC, Calif. - Most of Los Angeles County's jail system was on lockdown Monday after fighting broke out between blacks and Hispanics at two jails over the weekend. One inmate died in the fighting, and more than 100 others were injured. The lockdown was intended to reduce tensions, and it wasn't clear how long it would remain in effect, said Lt. Robert Craton, a watch commander at the North County Correctional Facility. "We are making every attempt to get back to normal," he said. Black and Hispanic inmates at the North County Correctional Facility were segregated Saturday after the fighting...
  • Man, 82, Arrested in Scuffle Over Skunk(peta freak)

    02/04/2006 2:30:13 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 18 replies · 832+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/ ^ | 2 3 06 | associated press
    NOVATO, Calif. - An 82-year-old animal lover was arrested this week on allegations he grabbed and brandished a trapper's revolver during a scuffle over the skunk. Lou Kessler was arrested Tuesday. He was released on his own recognizance Wednesday after being charged with misdemeanor counts of using a firearm in a fight and disturbing the peace. The victim, Ron Bailey, 52, told The Press Democrat in a phone interview that he simply was doing his job as a state-licensed trapper and he believes Kessler disobeyed the law and attacked him. The scuffle allegedly began when Kessler and his wife went...
  • Samuel L. Jackson Cements Hollywood Fame

    01/31/2006 2:03:25 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 2 replies · 407+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/ ^ | 1 30 06 | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES - Actor Samuel L. Jackson left his mark on Hollywood Boulevard on Monday, sinking his hands and feet into wet cement in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where many other stars have been honored. "It's an awesome sort of experience, the kind of thing you don't really think about as a young actor," Jackson said at the ceremony. "You sort of stop to pause and say to yourself, 'Wow, you're in a very elite club.'" Jackson began his film career in 1972 with "Together for Days," and has appeared in more than 100 movies, including "Do the Right...
  • "Matrix" Star Targeted in Lawsuit(Laurence Fishburne fired p.a. for getting pregnant)

    01/19/2006 1:06:10 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 6 replies · 805+ views
    Here's one Matrix Laurence Fishburne wished he never entered. The erstwhile Morpheus has been slapped with a lawsuit by a former assistant who claims she was fired after she told him she was pregnant. The suit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Kristel Crews, says she was hired by the Oscar-nominated actor in 1999 to take care of all of his "personal and business needs." According to the complaint (a copy is online at TMZ.com), when Crews informed Fishburne in June 2004 that she was expecting, the 44-year-old actor told her he did not believe "in women having...
  • Kelly Clarkson Won't Let american 'Idol' Use Her Songs

    01/18/2006 4:46:23 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 9,353+ views
    PASADENA, Calif. - Singer Kelly Clarkson, who vaulted to fame as the first "American Idol" winner in 2002, is not letting any of her songs be used by new contestants on the show. A spokesman for Clarkson insisted it's nothing personal, but the stance prompted a public scolding from "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell. "I think that by ignoring the show you're ignoring the audience who put you there," Cowell said Tuesday. Clarkson has become a major star in the past year, with her hit "Since U Been Gone" earning both massive sales and critical respect, particularly from a rock...
  • Schwarzenegger Criticized for Saying GOP Should be More Pro-Abortion

    12/20/2004 2:26:56 PM PST · by Ed Current · 123 replies · 1,933+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | December 20, 2004 | Steven Ertelt
    Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) -- First, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger came under fire from pro-life advocates for backing a $6 billion measure using taxpayer funds to destroy human life in cloning and embryonic stem cell research. Now he drawing criticism for suggesting the GOP should become more pro-abortion.In an interview with Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily newspaper published Saturday, Schwarzenegger said the Republican Party should move "a little to the left" on issues such as abortion -- a shift he claims would pick up more voters.Schwarzenegger told the paper that "the Republican Party currently covers only the spectrum from the right wing...
  • Students Rally for Same-Sex Marriages (Barf Alert!)

    05/31/2004 2:44:13 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies · 303+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/30/04 | Jessica Garrison
    About 100 teenagers — armed with ear-splitting screams and hand-lettered signs — rallied Saturday in Westwood in support of marriage for same-sex couples. "It's important for everyone to be able to live the way they want to," said Kate Heller, 16, a student at Winward School in West Los Angeles. Two teens from Winward's new Gay-Straight Alliance, Sarah Freed, 17, and Joe Goldman, 14, organized the Federal Building rally, which drew students, gay and straight, from high schools across Orange, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, along with parents, teachers and a fluffy white poodle. John Duran, mayor of West Hollywood,...
  • Larry Flynt Announces Bid For California Governor

    08/04/2003 10:48:23 PM PDT · by Master Soku · 31 replies · 187+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | Mon Aug 4, 2003 | Jill Serjeant
    By Jill Serjeant BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) - Calling himself a "smut peddler who cares," porn king Larry Flynt on Monday formally announced his bid for California governor but acknowledged that voters might not be able to stomach his sleazy background. Reuters Photo   "I don't think the business I am in has anything to do with being a good governor," the Hustler magazine publisher and casino developer told a news conference in his opulent, black and gold Beverly Hills office. But Flynt said that if private polling over the next few days showed he had no chance of winning the...
  • California same-sex couples get tax break

    07/13/2003 1:27:16 PM PDT · by nwrep · 58 replies · 2,018+ views
    PlanetOut ^ | July 10, 2003 | Randol White
    California same-sex couples get tax break Randol White, Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network Thursday, July 10, 2003 / 04:20 PM SUMMARY: The state of California will soon give registered domestic partners the same tax break on property transfers as married couples. The state of California will soon give registered domestic partners the same tax break on property transfers as married couples. California's elected tax board passed the proposed tax rule change on Wednesday with a 3-2 vote that followed party lines. The revision will take effect in two months, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The State Board of Equalization's openly...
  • Activist Laguna Beach Mayor Named to State Coastal Panel

    01/16/2003 12:36:38 PM PST · by logician2u · 5 replies · 272+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 16 2003 | Stanley Allison
    Activist Laguna Beach Mayor Named to State Coastal Panel Toni Iseman once chained herself to a bulldozer to block canyon development. 'She gets it,' says one Sierra Club official. By Stanley Allison Times Staff Writer January 16 2003 Laguna Beach Mayor and environmental crusader Toni Iseman is the newest appointee to the powerful California Coastal Commission, the panel announced Wednesday. Iseman, appointed by Senate President Pro Tem John Burton (D-San Francisco), has been an outspoken environmental advocate since the 1970s and has helped lead an ongoing battle against the development of Laguna Canyon. "She recognizes the economic importance of protecting...
  • Rape, California-style

    01/13/2003 8:55:15 PM PST · by LibertarianInExile · 61 replies · 1,027+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2003 | Kathleen Parker
    I'm going to try to keep this clean, but the recent California Supreme Court ruling that a woman who changes her mind during sexual intercourse qualifies as a rape victim tests one's commitment to decorum. Yes, you read it right. The 6-1 ruling changes the definition of rape so significantly that a man who doesn't withdraw immediately upon his partner's shift in attitude can go to prison. One young man already has. A 17-year-old -John Z. -served six months in a juvenile detention facility on a rape conviction following just such an encounter. He and Laura T. were having consensual...