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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Open Thread for Wednesday

On this date in 1945, the U.S. Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Uh right. But you forgot to mention...

WITHOUT the phrase, "under god".

December 28, 2005 2:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, the Communists hadn't become the new enemy.

December 28, 2005 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SPEAKING OF WHICH. . . whatever happened to forced segregation of church and state around here??

Since these have been deemed as religious paraphenelia, used in the observance of a sectarian holiday, shouldn't they have to be taken to the nearest protestant of catholic church (or maybe druid conclave), for proper disposal at their cost?

Why do the overburdened taxpayers of Los Angeles have to foot this bill? They're even REWARDING the religious with gifts, in exchange for their dead trees.

(And what's with the wishy-washy wording... is it a city XMAS tree program, CHRISTMAS tree program, or HOLIDAY tree program. Make up your minds, city hall).


The recycling program offers Angelenos two ways to properly dispose of holiday trees. Residents with green bins can recycle in three simple steps:
remove ornaments; cut tree in pieces; and place tree in green bin.

Those unable to use their green bins can bring their trees to one of 16 drop-off sites all over the City on January 7, 8, 14 and 15 from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.

Los Angeles City Municipal Code 57.21.0 states that it is illegal to leave trees on the curb, as they may be a fire hazard. The Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation, therefore, collaborates every year with the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and the Department of Recreation and Parks to promote the tree recycling
program. As incentives, energy-efficient light bulbs and tree seedlings courtesy of LADWP, and coupons for free 20-lb. bags of mulch, the end result of recycled holiday trees, will be distributed at the tree drop-off locations.

For more details about the City of Los Angeles Christmas tree recycling program, please call(800) 773-2489

December 28, 2005 12:06 PM  

Anonymous noel park said:

Your concerns about the scarcity of comments this week appear to have been unfounded. It appears that the bloggers are alive and well. It sure looks like a bunch of comments to me, including some very thoughtful ones, even from Archie Bunker.

It sucked me back in however, as I couldn't bear to think of you blogging away with no response! I wonder where the "EAT DIESEL AND DIE" guys are?

Kind of reminds me of my favorite Sopranos episode where the Steve Van Zandt character does the takeoff on the Godfather:

"Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in."

December 28, 2005 4:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So the Times got duped. What else is made up? AP article:

L.A. Times Prints Quote From Fake Release Wed Dec 28, 7:05 PM ET

A quote in a fake news release that was intended as an April Fool's joke ended up in a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times.

The story in Tuesday's editions of the Times noted how successful the reintroduction of wolves had been 10 years ago, but said the predators remained controversial.

"In Wyoming, for example, Gov. Dave Freudenthal last April decreed that the Endangered Species Act is no longer in force and that the state 'now considers the wolf as a federal dog,' unworthy of protection," the story read.

The Times printed a correction Wednesday, acknowledging that the news release was a hoax.

"The reporter saw it on the Internet and had talked with the governor in the past, so she was familiar enough with the way he talks and writes that she thought it sounded authentic, and she didn't check, which she should have," Times Deputy Metro Editor David Lauter told the Casper Star Tribune.

"We hate when this kind of thing happens, and we correct it as quickly as we can," Lauter said.

The fake press release was put together by Maury Jones, an outfitter in the community of Afton, as a joke for April Fool's Day.

"I never thought I'd get this kind of reaction," he said. "But it's got some legs."

December 28, 2005 8:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Celeb News:

Katie Holmes pregnancy fake

Mathew Mcconaughey bisexual

Janet Jackson has secret daughter

Sting has third nipple

Jennifer Lopez melancholy

Marc Anthony possessive

Brad Pitt gorgeous

Angelina Jolie gorgeous

December 29, 2005 2:17 PM  

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