We're shocked that 275 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by militants. We realize politics there are extremely turbulent, but it's unconscionable for children to be used as bargaining chips. We support the protesting >Nigerians that demand more government and military attention in this matter!
The LAPD needs to re-read the Constitution. They have no right to hoard license plate data collected from police vehicles and telephone poles. Their defense, that vehicles "may" be stolen, sought by an Amber Alert, or driven by a fugitive, is pathetic. The 4th Amendment applies here, and what "may" be possible falls far from implying what is "probable". But we appreciate the challenge of law enforcement, so a compromise could be to let the DMV track this information and release it only by warrant, or to filter out--in real-time--any license plate data that is not related to an ongoing investigation.
4,4 magnitude earthquake today within the city limits. It wasn't bad enough to injure anyone or damage property, but we take it as a reminder that we all need to be prepared for the Big One™.
Congrats to everyone that finished the marathon! You made it harder for us to get to brunch and pig out, but you still made us all proud.
Mexico’s Avocado cartels >Americans, particularly >foodies, face another dilemma as conscience shoppers; are we supporting violence against Mexican farmers and workers by snacking on our beloved guacamole? The Knights Templar, one of Mexico’s most violent gangs, extorts nearly every working citizen in many areas of Michoacan. Through kidnapping, assault and intimidation they collect at least 10% of earnings from everyone in the avocado business: from growers, pickers, truckers and exporters to sellers of pesticides and other farm products. We praise brave >Mexicans as they band together in armed citizen defense groups and begin to openly oppose the gang. Their actions have forced the Mexican government, notoriously corrupt at every level, to finally stand up to the cartel and provide additional support to the people of Michoacan. Thanks to KCRW for the broadcast on their Good Food blog: “Jose de Cordoba: Avocado Cartels”
Pizza - ummm We love the new fast fired pizzerias. Custom pizzas at a decent price and prepared within 10 minutes. The ones we tried are surprisingly tasty; as good as those you will find at the best mom and pop pizza shops. They will surely impact the business model of the major chains like Dominos, Pizza Hut and Round Table. Serves them right. The new shops have names like Blaze, 800 Degrees, Pieology and MOD Pizza. Check’em out.
Boo to NBC. The Olympics started out strong but, like the men's ski-cross, soon turned disastrous. Early on all the hoopla about Sochi being unprepared was particularly engaging, as was Bob Costas' "competition" with an eye infection. But, thanks to NBC's legendary Olympics programming, it soon became an endless slog of figure skating, skiing/snowboarding, randomly back to figure skating, now more skiing/snowboarding, ad nauseum. Where was the hockey, bobsledding, luge, skeleton? Where were the medal ceremonies? And with all the switching, where was any explanation of everything that transpired while we were gone? The few bones they did mercifully toss us with speed skating and biathlon were sandwiched (of course) between ice skating and skiing/snowboarding. Not a very tasty sandwich, NBC. Thanks for ruining our appetites.
A look at what might be! It's just a map, but it's enough to awaken our imagination and focus our hope for better public transportation!
We're not holding our breath for Lebron to do the dunk contest. Boring dunks in practice are easy. Dunking with style in competition is not.
It was great having the rain around! ...The associated traffic, not so much. But what's new?