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Monday, June 27, 2005

Ask Betts

A loyal Mayor Sam reader e-mailed me a very interesting question touching on the roll of ethics in the world of blogging. I thought I would share it with all of you. The reader wonders, "What should be done when a blogger has sticky fingers?"

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005 11:25 AM
Subject: sticky fingers?

Dear Mrs. Yorty:
Since you seem to be the only woman writer on this blog, I wanted to suggest that you start your own advice column. I think it would be a great idea since I have yet to come across a political/blogging advice column.

On that same note, I have a question of my own. I am not a real big blog reader, but I do check out Mayor Sam and LA Observed on occasionn. On Saturday morning I noticed that you mentioned Howard Fine's reassignment off his Los Angeles Business Journal political beat. Seeing as how I am a businesss woman who reads the Journal, I am sad to see him move on to other things. Anyway, on Sunday I noticed that Kevin Roderick from LA Observed jammed your story in with some other junk. While it was nice of him to mention Mayor Sam, I am confused as to why he would recreate his own post on the topic this morning (Monday) sort of making it appear like something new. It seems a little backhanded that he would just regurgitate your tip as his own. What are the rules? Are you offended?


Bugged Blogger

Dear Bugged:

Thanks for suggesting the advice column. If I receive enough questions, I think it would be a great idea.

Moving on to your question about LA Observed, I must say that I am not a certified mental health professional so I am unable to accurately comment on Mr. Roderick's thought process. What I can say, is that Mayor Sam is always flattered when we are mentioned on Mr. Roderick's blog. However, we admit that we are concerned when we see that Kevin takes our tip, sends an e-mail to the Business Journal confirming our story, and then turns it into his own.

I understand that the blogging world is competitive, but the Mayor Sam site gives credit where credit is due. Mayor Sam and staff also believe in exercising patience and understanding for individuals who lack creativity and originality.

You know what they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery!

Do you have a question or a tip? Email mrsbettsyorty@yahoo.com


Anonymous Anonymous said:

you people whine when roderick doesn't credit you. now you whine when he does credit you.

that just makes you...whiners.

June 27, 2005 8:55 PM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

You know what else goes good with whine -- lasagna.

Especially if the whine is red.

Sister City crew am in alone in my culinary choice?

Hey anonymous crackhead, after your done with the razor blades and the freeway how about you head on over to Parker center -- there's a few "johns" i'd like you meet.

June 27, 2005 11:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This blog cracks me up! I love it! Too many other blogs take themselves way too seriously. You guys have fun and it shows!

June 28, 2005 8:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wait, didn't Richard Muerlo friend of Antonio and Jose's buy Taylor Yard land from LAUSD by bidding just a $mil over LAUSD? Now I see they have $49 mil to waste on garage. The kids in Northeast area could have had a school but Jose thinks a parking garage is more important.

Definitely don't vote for him.

June 28, 2005 10:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Friedrich Nietzsche also said "God is dead." I'm sure Skelton has this posted on his wall somewhere. And Nietzsche also said, "I think, therefore I am." With a little variation this applies to Tony the Liar and Sleezy Huizy - the quote should read "Parke thinks, therefore I am." They should put this quote up in their office walls.

June 28, 2005 10:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parents, kids, and community members, RISE UP and take down the hypocrasy of our school system. Take down all of the old HUIZAR BOOK FAIR BANNERS that hang at our tax paid schools. We pay the schools, we should have a say as to what is hung on school property. Take down the hypocracy of Huizar promoting his name by leaving the OLD, OLD, VERY OLD signs on school fences.

Take them down, rip them up and throw them in the trash.

June 28, 2005 10:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How ridiculous that Antonio is going to have a procession from the Cathedral on Friday to city hall. What kind of crap is that???? A Deputy was killed in the line of duty and he doesn't get the attention Antonio is and all his cronies. All at taxpayer dollars cause of course there'll be no city council meeting.

When will these damn politicans get their priorities straight? They're the laughing stock of the nation and continue to embarrass LA.

June 28, 2005 10:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Previous Anon,

The media is feeding us this crap. Flooding us with the AV propaganda and incompetent Huizy sidekick. I had no idea about the fallen deputy. My condolences to the family and Mayor Sam should have a tribute to this deputy too. They risk their lives to protect society. In contrast, politicians risk their reputation for the highest bidder.

What a world. Where a socialist can hid behind the garbs of a capitalist. Wake up, Parke is pulling the strings.

June 28, 2005 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAUSD has no money for books, more teachers, and clean bathrooms, but have millions to throw on failed administrators?

Millions could go toward new LAUSD garage


June 28, 2005 10:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Annon 10:19 - Descartes said "I think therefore I am" not Nietzsche, you fucking idiot. Just goes to show how stupid you AV-haters are, you bunch of clowns.

June 28, 2005 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Schools fail on dropout rates
By Naush Boghossian, Staff Writer


June 28, 2005 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:47 AM, I am no AV hater at all. I support and voted for AV. I will continue my full support under my job to work with him. However, Huizar is no AV. I do not support Huizar.

June 28, 2005 10:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Either way, you should get your philosophers straight before you blog.

June 28, 2005 10:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I need help with a rent control issue, anyone?

June 28, 2005 11:05 AM  

Blogger Mayor Frank said:

Mrs Betts-

I have a question. What do you do when your partner starts channeling dead mayors? My partner Sam seems to be nearing an almost lifelike replication of him. Please help

Mayor Frank

June 28, 2005 12:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sad that a Deputy was killed by a gang banger and it doesn't get near the exposure as Antonio. Until people start changing their mentalities (like Antonio who supports gangbangers) police officers will always be in danger daily from these domestic terrorists who don't think twice shooting and killing cops. Where is the outrage??

June 28, 2005 12:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What do you mean the death of a deputy doesn't get that much attention? Didn't you see Tony the Liar at that press conference with Sheriff Baca and D.A. Cooley. The deputy was working for an L.A. County department -not the city - and the incident occurred way out in Hawaiian Gardens, but yet there he was. If there are cameras, Tony the Liar will be there. Seeing him on T.V. at the press conference were Baca referred to the killer as the scum of the earth, I couldn't help but recall a speech by Tony on how "we shouldn't ostracize those members or our community that may have tattoos on their necks." What a press whore Tony the Liar is.

June 28, 2005 3:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:47 ANON

Rene Descartes said "I think therefore I am." Jose Huizar says, "I think....what Antonio tells me to think."

June 28, 2005 3:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm tired of hearing that all cops and you can throw in fireman too, are *gods* and if you ask me, that cop got enough coverage.

That cop died because he made a mistake, running an investigation alone when he should have had backup. I get sick of tired of hearing how they are our *heroes* and see what happens when they start thinking they are gods themselves? They go and get themselves killed. Their arrogance causes those police beatings, shooting unarmed people, etc., They get paid for their job and get paid very well, nobody forces them to choose their profession, they all know what they are getting into when they take that job, Because of this *god* mentality you see the ruthlessness and the corruption that they bring upon themselves. They are no angels either, Check it out. They are so crooked that they go out on disability early, and are one of the highest profession that does so, They steal from the publics coffers on the guise of being *heroes*. How ironic that Baca was talking about the scum of the earth, when he releases them all early from jail, and claims he cant do anything about it, give me a break....

June 30, 2005 4:59 PM  

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