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The KKK flyer distributed around Fairview Township. Credit facebook
Saber Walsh April 24, 2014 at 10:41 am
I think this is an obvious false flag. We have an entire ideologically-driven group trying to takeRead More over our government and that is trying to spur ANY reason and ANY evidence, real or not, that there is a "racial divide" in our country. This is total BS.
illuminatd April 24, 2014 at 10:58 am
the burglars are probably these kkk jerks.
Gerson Goldstein April 24, 2014 at 11:21 am
SO, we cannot say GOD or the Pledge Of Allegiance in schools , or wear religious slogans on clothingRead More in schools, but the KKK's right to freedom of speech and hateful bigotry is NOT a hate crime and is allowed to uphold their own freedoms in society ???????? What am I missing here. ???????
Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Socrates Cee April 23, 2014 at 09:24 pm
Now that is something. Imagine how big this baby will be in a couple of years. He probably won'tRead More even fit through a regular door!
Alison McArty April 24, 2014 at 08:35 am
Sunny do you have any scientific information whatsoever to back up your asinine comment?
erin greisch April 24, 2014 at 10:11 am
Thank you Alison I was thinking the same thing....
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mystuy April 24, 2014 at 11:15 am
Oh, and that RIDICULOUS term the race card??? Seriously? There is no "card" just a truthRead More of a history and its repercussions that some would like to rewrite with ridiculous terms like that. More marketing. It is important never to forget these things, our shared history. It is so powerful, perverse, complex and singular that it cannot be reduced to just a "card" ever. Just depreciates all that we have been through.
mystuy April 24, 2014 at 11:25 am
Pat Little - Don't have to memorize. And "political correct"? Really? Yet anotherRead More ridiculous term for sure. And the good old stand by, if I don't agree with "you" I am not rational. Too easy! Thank you for the best chuckle I had all day. Admittedly, it has been a slow, slow day...
Pat Kittle April 24, 2014 at 11:27 am
"mystuy" -- Your lugubrious pedantic ostentatious tedious sanctimonious obsequiousRead More obstinate self-pity really piles on the white-guilt but guess what. White people are getting real tired of feeling guilty about something that happened long ago that they had nothing to do with. Assume some responsibility for your own failings.
Screen capture of Rep. Tony Cardenas on "The Colbert Report."
Mike April 24, 2014 at 08:24 am
All a lib can do is make fun of people. Name calling is the beginning and end of their societalRead More contribution. They are the ultimate bully on the block. We won't miss you.
Krusher King April 24, 2014 at 09:54 am
Oh, we're bullies now? What happened to last year's narrative that we're spineless weasels, afraidRead More of our own shadows? Can't have it both ways, dude.
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Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 10:34 am
Hey Amy RLB, whatever that means, why are you talking about all .. what did you call them.....Read More libiots..... when there is only one person in this entire discussion that called anybody a woman hater? Do you have a problem with dealing with this single discussion thread, must you broaden the discussion to everybody? All libiots aren't here to defend themselves. The one person that call you republicant's woman haters is here and can defend their remarks. Just a thought.
Tom Hollman April 24, 2014 at 10:54 am
NOTHING WRONG WITH HAVING A WOMAN PRESIDENT WOULD PERHAPS BE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. HILLERY IS NOTRead More FRESH AIR. SHE FROZE UP IN BENGAZIE/ WAS ALWAYS NIP AN TUCK WITH THE DEATHS AND SCANDELS SHE DID NOTHING AS SENATOR KINDA LIKE A KENNEDY A BLOWHARD BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY OTHER PHONEYS WITH LOTS OF MONEY FOR THIER AGENDAS SHE'S IN FAVOR OF THE HEALTHCARE MONOPOLY THAT THE GRANDKIDS GET THE BILL FOR NO THANKS WAY TO MUCH BAGADGE FOR ME AND MINE
Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 11:22 am
Boy, if you guys are like this now, what are you going to be acting like if she runs and wins theRead More presidency? Are your collective heads just going to pop?
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nascarblue April 24, 2014 at 04:24 am
this "to me" is not funny, the swat teams are used for serious issues, hostage taking,Read More etc. to have a swat team called to a home behind a video game is stupid, these swat members are trained to save lives, etc. to be called to a home behind a video game is not funny, what happens if a REAL call comes in and swat is needed there, I hope they catch the idiot that called swat and he gets what he/she deserves
John Strother April 24, 2014 at 05:38 am
with caller ID they should be able to point to the caller. Sorry but an out of state telephoneRead More number should be a tip off.
Eddie April 24, 2014 at 05:52 am
The caller used Skype, via the Internet, and will probably never be found if he took certainRead More precautions unless he's running his mouth about this prank.
The seal of Los Angeles County. Courtesy of Los Angeles Couty.
Don April 23, 2014 at 09:37 am
I thought there was already a department called "Child Protective Services." Hmm are theyRead More disbanding this inept group after they prosecute all the criminal activity of neglect and disregard amongst themselves and starting a new "get it right" group. Naw didn't think so. Just another way gov't will fleece the public by adding another tier of bureaucracy that will take years to evolve where they'll once again tell you and me they're still earning from their mistakes. My answer: No. Fire the inept. Prosecute those who committed criminal acts within their job; hold the rest accountable to protect those they are chartered to protect
A different Paul April 23, 2014 at 10:18 am
DCFS- the Department of Children and Family Services. The department has lots of issues- but at theRead More same time there are a lot of hard workers who care deeply about what they do. The department administration needs to better support the workers so they CAN do their jobs. The challenge lies in changing the way the department is run- more case workers will help immensely- that will be implemented by Fall. But the case workers need to be trained in organizational skills (filing etc.- sounds mundane but critical when you do not want children to get lost in the shuffle).
Pamela Conley Ulich April 23, 2014 at 05:30 pm
I believe it is time for action, not further study. It is time for respect, not dismissiveness.Read More The Commission unanimously concluded that a "State of Emergency" exists in the current child protection system. Reform will only take as long or as little time as 3 votes on the Board of Supervisors decide it will take. If elected to serve the 3rd District, I will implement the recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon task force, and not ask for yet another study. The report uncovers the fact that 4 months have transpired since the Commission issued its interim recommendation which everyone agreed was both urgent and able to be implemented with current resources - - - the recommendation that medical screening exams should be performed on detained children under the age of one. (see p. 12) How could the Board fail to act at least on this one simple recommendation? LA County Supervisors can use their discretionary funds to implement the hiring of a Child Welfare Chief/Czar before more innocent children become the next victims. LA County voters will be given the opportunity to vote for 2 new Supervisors in the June primary and in November this year. I hope and pray that the newly elected Supervisors will make protecting children a priority.
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David Mallen April 23, 2014 at 08:42 am
The rain barrels are made from "plastic REUSED food grade barrels." They can be recycledRead More again. Your other ideas for saving water are sound.
dr.rgm April 23, 2014 at 08:49 am
You have got to be kidding. The City needs to stop approving swimming pools and 11,000 square footRead More houses in the Sand Section where residents are close enough to walk to the beach. I am afraid the horse has left the barn. And BTW what rain are we catching?
George April 23, 2014 at 10:24 am
Is it safe to drink the water collected from the barrels?
Los Angeles police motorcycle Officer Chris Cortijo. Twitter photo.
nitagregory April 23, 2014 at 09:36 am
I hate people that drink and drive do drugs and drive..take your own life not others ...and yes imaRead More snitch calling the police every time I see that shyyt on the road...there are children Ineed to protect
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Charles Taite April 24, 2014 at 10:51 am
FREE SPEECH, our 1st AMENDMENT RIGHT is a Constitutional right and a integral part of who we are asRead More a NATION. Earned by our Fore Fathers and Fore Mothers and relinquished to All Americans. To bad Benicia Patch doesn't feel this way. I'M APPALLED AT HOW THEY CENSORED and BANNED THE BLACK PANTHER OF POETRY FROM SPEAKING ON THIS RAG!!! They've even taken down his profile; even the KKK deserve the RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH in AMERICA.. SHAME ON BENICIA PATCH(how un-AMERICAN)................."If the specter of whistle-bearing block captains roaming the streets dressed in (reflective?) white sheets is a cure worse than the illness, residents have little recourse. Courts have consistently recognized the KKK’s right to free speech".
Grumpy Old Man April 24, 2014 at 11:02 am
@Charles Taite - As one of the commentators responding to and to whom Black Panther of PoetryRead More responded I happen to agree with you. I don't know whether Patch removed him or whether he did so himself. I for one did not flag any of his comments as offensive regardless of my personal dislike of some of the comments he made. If Patch did so shame on Patch. P.S. As much as I have issues with what he wrote he is no where close to the KKK for bigotry or racist beliefs or talk but your point is well taken.
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 11:17 am
Patch deleted my comments on an Earth Day article. All I did was recommend JunkScience.com.
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Jennifer April 24, 2014 at 09:15 am
And it is not true that the standards do not specify methods. Read Gary's post above. He says itRead More better.
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 09:20 am
Gary's post is full of falsehoods.
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 09:22 am
"Agreements or addenda" are not part of the Common Core. Again, if states are doing theirRead More own thing by adding stuff or agreeing to do something different, it isn't Common Core.
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 06:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 07:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
A 43-room boutique hotel has the all-clear from Los Angeles city planning to build in NoHo. Graphic courtesy of project architect Nikhil Kamat.
Cathy Flynn April 22, 2014 at 08:51 am
43 rooms with only 38 parking places? How did they get away with that? By the way, Maximillian's isRead More across the street from the North Hollywood Library. Let's hope the hotel guests don't try to steal those parking spots. That lot is already full most of the time.
Edward H April 22, 2014 at 01:15 pm
Not everyone who travels rents a car. There is a major transit hub a few blocks away.
StirCrazy April 22, 2014 at 07:59 pm
Thx Eric & Cathy for location info.
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emma April 22, 2014 at 01:48 pm
Garcetti's big plans for the future of LA do not preclude raping it's citizens to get there. RapingRead More communities with his massive controversial (i.e. Millennium on Vine) developer funder's TOD developments. Using transit expansion as justification for turning our city over to developer's massive projects, giving them carte blanche to do what they want. Keeping unqualified Villaraigosa appointed head of planning, LoGrande, to continue efforts to disband all zoning laws and codes to make it even easier for developer/community rapists to build what they want, where they want. And charging it's citizens mightily to make up for his failures as president of city council, for years voting to support unions that turned their backs on him and supported Wendy Greuel (and he buried her with their betrayal), and trying to make up for the deficit he played no small part in, now charging the citizens of LA for his ineptness, with potential tax increases. Please read Jack Humphreville's brilliant analysis. http://citywatchla.com/lead-stories-hidden/6776-silly-season-at-city-hall "But what we will not hear is that this billion dollar budget deficit was caused by the fiscally irresponsible City Council who agreed to massive increases in salaries, pensions, and benefits that outstripped the growth in revenues by $500 to $700 million a year. This deficit was financed on the backs of Angelenos by cutting back on the repair and maintenance of our already potholed streets and cracked sidewalks. We will also hear the drum beat for the half cent increase in our sales tax to 9½% to fund the repair our streets and sidewalks. But what we will not hear is that there are viable alternatives to fund the repair of our streets and sidewalks without the need to increase our sales tax to a job killing 9½%, one of the highest in the nation. NOR WILL WE HEAR THAT *MOVE LA, A POLITICALLY POWERFUL TRANSPORTATION ADVOCATE WANTS TO INCREASE OUR SALES TAX BY ANOTHER HALF A CENT, RESULTING IN A SALES TAX OF 10%, THE HIGHEST IN THE NATION Nor will we hear about ending hundreds of millions in giveaways to well-connected real estate developers in DTLA...." * MoveLA not only will enable the rape of our communities with massive TOD's (which cause more traffic),but also wants more tax money out of Angelenos for Garcetti's expanded public transit plan and continued sale of our city to his developer buddies.. Enough is enough!
Ziegler April 22, 2014 at 03:03 pm
The City deciding to end the red light enforcement came about behind the scenes in a little knownRead More way. The City Council discovered to their dismay that the Judges and Commissioners were dismissing red light tickets and they still havn't figured out why. I received one of those tickets and noted that the picture was a generic person- not necessarily me, an it had bangs which I did not wear. The law requires that the picture be a good likeness of the driver. As a portrait artist I realised that the picture had been doctored as it probably was unclear. I researched and discovered that a company from back east was paid to handle these tickets. I telephoned them and they admitted that they hired artists to "fix" the pictures so that it would comply with the California law. Doctoring the evidence is a no no to the courts and to justice. Additionally, under the Constitution you have the right to confront your accuser. When you go to court a traffic officer who was not a witness to the "crime' is tha accuser. He has not witnessed the infraction and indeed he has not had the evidence solely in his possession. The chain has been broken when the server sent the "evidence" to Delaware- or wherever it was. The Corporate heads also told me that their artists handled the evidence and re did the "retouch" as often as they needed to to try to get it to look like your licesne photo. Boy was the chain of evidence broken. I telephoned the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division, in Los Angeles, to tell her of what was going on. She was shocked at the unconstitutionality of it and she asked me to call the head of the group that teaches the Commissioners and to let them see how clearly inconstitutional it was. She offered to speak to City Council on the matter, but said that they would have to invite her. I called Council members. They did not extend an invitation to her. The Judges and Commissioners were ordered to dismiss all cases that came via the Corporation that contracted with the City to handle red light cases, because of the unconstitutional way they were handled. To this day the City does not know why.
Ziegler April 22, 2014 at 05:28 pm
I meant to mention one more legalistic observation that I may not have made clear but is veryRead More important, that I brought to the Presiding Judge. The evidence has to be at all times in the care custody and control of the officer witness/ accuser. If the chain of evidence is broken or if the evidence has been " tampered" with, such as fixing the photos to be more clear and more like the person, it is damaged and can no longer be used as evidence.
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Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 10:27 am
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 02:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.
Peggy Prater Mcmillan April 24, 2014 at 08:01 am
Those boys need to be punished, if they are doing things like that, no telling what they will beRead More like when they are older.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 10:30 am
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 03:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
mimi April 23, 2014 at 11:09 am
There are two separate issues here. The first and certainly the most obvious is security failure.Read More The second is to determine what is in the best interest of the teen, as well as the public.. He needs a psych eval, at the very least. Then again, so does most of the public.