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Monday, August 21, 2006

Good To Be Back in Los Angeles

By Jennifer Solis

I've just returned from Europe, where I spent much of the summer doing research on my first book -- a guide to college study abroad -- which I personally experienced last year in Florence, Italy. I went to several other universities this year to interview program administrators and students who are participating in these programs.

Flying into LAX from Paris is always a facinating view, looking down on the light brown haze that covers the Southland most of the year, and especially in the summer months. Passengers who are not accustomed to this view will comment, "You have to breathe that?" My answer is that, "I don't trust air I can't see!"

For those who feel negative occasionally about our City of Angels, I challenge them to live in any other large urban area, in Europe or elsewhere, and compare problems. Think our gas prices are high? We paid over six dollars a gallon on the continent, and seven dollars in the U.K.
A tankful of petrol is more expensive than a moderate hotel room.

You think we have problems with immigration? Our illegals simply hold marches and rallies. In suburban Paris, they torch entire blocks and every car parked on a street -- even those owned by other immigrants. The radical Muslims in the Netherlands are feared by most of the population. A local film producer was murdered because his movie was considered "offensive."

Governments in Europe are afraid to join the United States in clamping down on terrorism, believing that the bombings in London and Madrid might become common events everywhere. If you bury your head in the sand, you don't have to face reality.


Blogger Mitch Glaser said:

Glad you're back, Ms. Solis, this blog needs your perspective.

August 21, 2006 10:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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August 21, 2006 11:00 PM  

Anonymous larry_lopez said:

Uh, I doubt if anyone who reads this blog hasn't heard plenty about the banlieu riots or van Gogh's murder.

Do the illegals in Europe try to run over reporters, too? The good thing about our illegals is that they don't kill for religion, they kill just cause they want a couple of dollars or some other shit for free or because they don't feel like not driving when they get drunk.

August 22, 2006 12:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Speaking of "immigrants," I wonder how the erudite cheerleader feels about Mexican illegals turning Atlanta into meth central.

August 22, 2006 1:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Or Omaha.

August 22, 2006 1:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Or Virginia.

August 22, 2006 1:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Or Memphis. (heroin, actually)

August 22, 2006 1:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Or, the U.S. as a whole. (heroin again)

August 22, 2006 1:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Or Utah. (marijuana)

August 22, 2006 1:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Or Texas (cocaine)

August 22, 2006 1:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Or Florida (pot, ecstasy, cocaine)

August 22, 2006 1:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Or Missouri (coke)

August 22, 2006 1:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ms. Solis,

I have never been to Europe but correct me if I am wrong. I understand that in Europe most people tend to use public transportation, especially since their transportation systems are very effective and convenient. How much does it cost to take the subway and how comparable is it to the US? Try Paris vs. L.A. or NYC.
And do Europeans drive as much as Americans or as much as Californians?

Look you are making a passive conclusion before understanding why it apears that Europeans pay more at the pump. I have a feeling that Europeans offset the cost by riding in subways and trains. In LA it is not convenient to ride the bus, subway or trains to get around.

August 22, 2006 6:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 1:00 to 1:41 must be Howard Dean. "The illegals are going to bring their drugs to Atlanta, then to Omaha, then to Memphis, then to Utah, then to Missouri, then the illegals are going to go to Washington, D.C. and bring their drugs to the White House....YYYYYAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

August 22, 2006 6:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jennifer, I have been to Europe and although what you say is true why should we be thankful when we pay taxes and voice our opinion and want our clowncil members held accountable for as much as they get?

August 22, 2006 8:19 AM  

Blogger ubrayj02 said:

You think we have problems with immigration? Our illegals simply hold marches and rallies. In suburban Paris, they torch entire blocks and every car parked on a street -- even those owned by other immigrants. The radical Muslims in the Netherlands are feared by most of the population. A local film producer was murdered because his movie was considered "offensive."

In Paris, the young men who torched vehicles and rioted were CITIZENS OF FRANCE. The same goes for the back-country-muslims in the Netherlands, who are largely CITIZENS OF NETHERLANDS, and who have been isolated from civil society by that country's policies.

You sound like an ignorant snob.

Oh, the horror of cars being torched up and down the block! And with such high gas prices! Mon dieu!

Europeans are "afraid" to "clamp down on terrorism"? What the f*%k are you talking about?! Did the huge headline story about terrorists trying to blow up planes and getting caught in the U.K. pass you by while you were holding your breath on the plane?

August 22, 2006 8:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Good research and thanks for the posts. I guess these also fall into GWB's classifications of "jobs Americans won't do."

August 22, 2006 10:05 AM  

Blogger Gaussia said:

I noticed that all of those links to Mexico-related drug stories were from just the past 2 weeks.
Holy crap.

August 22, 2006 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Hey Pendeja, we do burn cars and torch business here in LA. We burned entire neighborhoods down in 1965 and 1992.


Why are you surprised? The DEA knows damn well that Mexico is a gateway for drug smuggling, and that their nationals now are the principal suppliers of drugs here in the US. Yet they do nothing, and they turn a blind eye to corruption inside the Mexican government.

People talk of invading countries, invade Mexico and build a democracy there!

August 22, 2006 11:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a stupid post. The Muslims in Paris are confined to ghettos where there is no opportunity, except to be a maid to a french family. And the Dutch are some of the most racist people on earth. (See, for example, their treatment of Africans in South Africa.)

Americans should not follow the European model.

The chickens come home to roost. Their walking towards Europe now . . .

August 22, 2006 11:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

from "BELMONTE HIGH SCHOOL" to spending the summerin Europe working on a book, you are a good role model for Latinas. Question Jennifer, did you learn, get motivated, become a leader, "SPIRIT BUNNY" in a LAUSD school ??? According to our Mayor, you are the exception compare to the norm. Please share your insight in regards to the schooling at Belmont.

Marcos and Minnie send their regards

August 22, 2006 11:39 AM  

Blogger Andrew said:

How many people in Paris are shot to death in drive by shootings and how many armed robberies are there in Amsterdam and how many Londoners go without health insurance?

August 22, 2006 12:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope Tokyo Rose enjoyed her trip.

August 22, 2006 6:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Go Back! You smell!

August 22, 2006 10:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

But we have Crips and Bloods, 18th St., WF, and other gangs. Those are the radicals in L.A.

August 23, 2006 12:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


August 23, 2006 9:20 PM  

Anonymous wacko walter said:

Do the Europeans have a chance at a beautfiul boat like this? Only $35K, plus the Wacko Walter touch. Bitches!!!

August 24, 2006 9:47 PM  

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