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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Leave LA?: Bloggin' Iowa

It occurs to me if I am considering leaving Los Angeles and moving to Iowa besides the cost of living, housing, crime and weather, another thing I should look at it is the blogging scene.

Now if I were to move to Iowa I could theoretically keep blogging here at Mayor Sam. I really don't have to physically be in LA to do it. Or I could take up national politics at the more or less defunct Sam Yorty's America.

But if I were to start the "Mayor Sam of Iowa," I better check out the native blogosphere.

Interestingly - as much as you people like to imply that Iowa or the mid-west is some kind of racist backwater full of knuckle dragging Republicans - most of the Iowa blogs I've found are left leaning. Rest assured for you liberal dummies out there, Iowa is relatively "progressive." The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, most of the statewide officers and most of the Congressional delegation are all Democrats. Both houses of the Iowa legislature are controlled by the Blue Party. And of course one of the most liberal US Senators - Democrat Tom Harkin - hails from Iowa.

And its a great time for blogs in Iowa with contested Democratic and Republic presidential races right around the corner at the all important Iowa Caucuses.

Blog for Iowa reads like something right out of West LA or Studio City- pro-abortion, anti-war and anti-Wal-Mart. The site links to lots of favorite lefty causes and tools for the active mid-western liberal. Someone named Dr. Alta Price apparently pays to keep the blog's lights on at $15 a month.

Another lefty blog is Century of the Common Iowan. They like to make fun of Repubicans the same way like to make fun of dumbass local elected officials. Fair enough.

There are conservative blogs in Iowa and one of the more interesting sites is Krusty Konservative. Similar to the Tall Glass of Milk's "______ This" (herself an Iowa native) headlines or Red Spot's trademark all caps oddball names for various notables, this blogger has a hook too. Any word that starts with a C is spelled with a K.

Local politics in my mom's hometown of Clinton (where my grandfather served for several years as a City Councilman) get coverage in The Cman Blog. They too are fighting feel good tax increases promoted by local pols. And this blogger is doing something to step up - Connor Anderson is running for the Clinton City Council.

Besides politics, arts and culture gets coverage in the Iowa blogosphere and two of the blogs I saw - Juice Blog and Gussied Up - easily look like they could be based in Los Feliz or Silverlake or Santa Monica.

Stay tuned.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Illegal immigration got you down, Mayor Sam? Me too. But they'll eventually be following you to Iowa, so moving is only a stopgap measure.

September 25, 2007 11:55 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Didn't one of the bloggers post that the GWB admin is bitching about illegal immigration being down?

September 26, 2007 12:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wouldn't surprise me, the globalist c__smokers that they are!

September 26, 2007 12:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They've got to pay the blacks and poor uneducated whites more than they used to for the Hispanics. So the employers are bitching to the Bush administration. Meanwhile, some of them are actually going north to Canada. Just five hundred or so to Windsor in a month, but enough to flip out the Mayor there. "They're even having babies here now!" he cried. If enough Mexicans go to Canada, with its free healthcare and liberalism and all, their government will force America to do something about immigration.
They're half as likely to grant them refugee status as the U S is, by the way, even when they apply. They're economic refugees only.
John and Ken want to organize buses to send them north to the border.

September 26, 2007 1:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

run rednecks run the mexican illegal alien immigrant are coming and the midget mexican mayor is leaidng the way and reyes and huizar are bringing up the end of the pack

September 26, 2007 1:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So leave already.

September 26, 2007 5:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You don't get it. They're not Dems because they believe in Dem Social Issues, ie. illegal immigrantion, gays, (maybe they do want socialize medicine, though, since they can't afford it themselves). They're Dems because they're BLUE COLLAR. They have pigs, for food, kept in their bathtubs. They watch sitcoms on TV. They buy lottery tickets. They don't like business sticking it to them. They eat corn-bread. They fart, all the time. Do you really believe that they read blogs?

Those blogs, that you mentioned, probably have readership of 3. They're writen by retired schoolteachers, biologist with master degrees, and college students. These people haven't a clue about the real world, as we all know.

September 26, 2007 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wait a minute. What are you going to blog about? There's nothing there. Pigs today, Pigs tomorrow. I really don't get it. I took a look at one of your referenced blogs. They're talking about LA!!! Get the picture?

I actually read, on several of your referenced blogs, that they were IMPRESSED by some Presidential debaters. Help us...

September 26, 2007 9:40 AM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

Mayor Sam, it's hard to believe that you'd consider moving to Iowa when the housing prices in Iran are so reasonable.

Good education system. No gay marriage. Decent prisons.

September 26, 2007 9:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh, I it get. You're slowing down a bit. Dementia is setting in. Thinking of blogging about lawn bowling? Forgot your keys once too many times? Dogg must have told you about the airbrushing on Roderick's picture. They took the drool off his chin. Get's you thinking, doesn't it?

Well, there's Leisure Village, sometimes called Seisure Village, in Orange County.

September 26, 2007 10:19 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

i think you guys are missing the point. if mayor sam moved to iowa, the point is to still blog about LA...but from a much more liveable area. mayor sam has created THIS blog about LA...he has all the knowledge of historical perspective, contacts, info, etc...and luckily technology has made it so he could easily continue. they don't have political extremists and gangsters running Iowa, like they do in Los Angeles, so it's not like iowa needs a blog about mayoral criminal activity.

Sad to say, I DO see the difference in the LA region over the past few years.

When I first discovered Agoura Hills (my fave location in Southern Cali), there wasn't even a stop sign at my favorite intersection. Then the stop sign went up. Then the red light. Then the USA gas station, then the restaurants, then more lights, then more exit ramps...and now it takes about 15 minutes to travel about 500-1000 feet. I know agoura hills isn't Los angeles city...but it's indicitive of the problem...

September 26, 2007 10:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a lame post. Write about L.A. or take the whole site down. No one cares about your pining to live elsewhere, dum-dum. If you want to go there, go there. But don't waste our day on this crap. Get back to Villalcalde.

September 26, 2007 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Blogin' Iowa. "Blogin' Iowa". That's really good. I couldn't stop laughing. Really, laughing out loud. Just listen to how it sounds. Say it out loud, three or four times. Blogin Iowa. Now, ponder it's meaning. You're a funny guy.

I'm sure there is something quite important to blog about in Iowa. The most popular radio stations are the farm reports, there. Something quite exciting about millibars. Let's compare (ignoring juristictional stuff), Blogin' Seattle... Blogin' Fresno... Blogin' Frisco... Blogin' Iowa.

September 26, 2007 10:49 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

It's interesting that you so called liberals, lovers of diversity, tolerance, etc. would blog away such bigoted remarks about the people of Iowa. If I got on here on called someone named Hernandez a "taco eater" (which you would never see me do) you would all go nuckin futs. If a tv reporter or a white Republican elected official or a business leader made that type of remark you would call for their head.

YET - you get on here and demean some very decent people. People that whom A LOT of them agree with you more than I do on the welfare state, environmental goofiness, raising taxes, socialized
medicine and all kinds of other assorted liberal nonsense. Yet you talk about them eating corn, farting, whatever, not being able to read blogs, etc.

To be honest with you, I found the folks in Iowa to be more far more intellectual, politcally astute and to have well formed opinions as compared to the general knee jerk, vapid, self obsessed angelenos I deal with everyday. And the Iowans I refer to DO include LIBERALS - PROGRESSIVES - whatever you want to call them.

Sure, there are some towns and I visited at least one where they are very rural, very conservative, poor, etc. I've seen that however in California as well. Have you ever been to Hanford, Turlock, Selma, Del Norte County, etc.? I have. The cities in Iowa are really no differnt than cities anywhere else.

So when you say you love DIVERSITY, you are so TOLERANT, etc., etc., etc. YOU LIE.

September 26, 2007 10:55 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

I didn't hear any farm reports on the radio. I did hear Kayne West and Fergie though.

September 26, 2007 11:00 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:


They have decent "WHIPPING POST" for dissenting view points. But hey we already have state financed "MADRASAS FOR AZTLAN" in "PUEBLO DE SERENO".

September 26, 2007 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How about my just saying that NO ONE CARES about IOWA other than YOU.

Keep posting about it and see how quickly your hits dwindle.

September 26, 2007 11:33 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

In our "SINGLE DIGIT YEARS", KTLA use to have "AG USA" on at 5:00 AM. It was fun to see what the diary report would be for "NORCO, WISCONSIN".

September 26, 2007 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am really pissed off at the poor mexicans giving other poor mexicans jobs, the just keep hiring each other and the just keep coming and coming.

We need to stop illegal aliens from hiring illegal aliens.

September 26, 2007 11:38 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:


Did Iowa almost go "RED" in the last presidential election ? But I also concur with you that there is a great number of people who swallow the "FARMER/LABOR PARTY" Kool-Aid.

September 26, 2007 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The most bigoted comments on this blog are by your two fellow bloggers, Sam: Antonio saying that while Iowa has pigs, they don't walk on two legs leg here in L A, and that fool Dogg assuring everyone that you won't need to monitor government in Iowa for the same reason, since gee golly shucks, everyone there is honest of course.

Heck, I think all our Shady, Shady politicians should move to Iowa forthwith, since everyone knows they can't have any crooked pols there, so they can do anything they want, while fools like Sam From L A and his Dogg and AW will still harp on about L A. Brilliant strategy.

By the way, I eat cornbread and fart, I watch sitcoms and don't think it makes someone redneck to say that Mexicans eat tacos. Do Russians eat borscht?

September 26, 2007 11:42 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:


Regarding Antonio, Pigs come in many colors. Most would agree that we a "COCHINO/POLLO" pimping his wares from a certain "THIRD FLOOR OFFICE"

Regarding Zuma, I would point out that the out-going governnor of Iowa, gave his endorsement to "MRS BILL CLINTON". Then the "MISTER" helps to retire/pay off his campaign debt. Does that make Zuma a bigot, NO DAMNED WAY!!

Lefties who post here are by far the most intolerant kooks.

September 26, 2007 11:53 AM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

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September 26, 2007 12:18 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

To Red Spot,

Thanks Posting Wimp! I'll keep it in mind.

btw, what's going on in Simi Valley?

September 26, 2007 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lefties who post here are by far the most intolerant kooks.


That is right the lefties and the illegal alien mexicans like the midget mexican mayor are very intolerant.

That is why we need to deport the mexicans they can't stand to accept our way of life here in America they still want to eat greasy tacos from catering tacos and listen to loud annoying Mexican music. The Mexicans are most intolerant buch of racists I have ever met they refuse to accept our culture or way of life. No tacos or speaking spanish you intolerant racist idiots, send them back to Mexico and take you tacos with you.

September 26, 2007 12:26 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Jack Hoff even though I rarely agree with you, thanks for being the only intelligent liberal reader to post on Mayor Sam comments.

September 26, 2007 1:26 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Kind of the "Michael Kinsley" of the blog.

September 26, 2007 1:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"AG USA" on at 5:00 AM. It was fun to see what the diary report would be for "NORCO, WISCONSIN"."

Its still on. Channel 112 or 114 and I still enjoy it.

September 26, 2007 2:07 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

Mayor Sam, although I don't recall ever identifying myself as a liberal (I'm not), thank you. I'm a lot more moderate than many realize.

I want the same thing for my family as everybody else does: love, security, happiness and as few bumps in the road as possible.

I'm hoping this blog will soon elevate its conversation level a bit by getting over the anti-Mexican, here's-what-John-and-Ken-just-said, and where's Mirthala? threads and start thinking ahead about how redistricting could affect L.A. (I'm for it), $83/barrel oil prices in Los Angeles (hurrah! the price of alternative energy just went down!), etc. There is plenty to discuss, but those opportunities have become few and far between as of late.

As for this particular thread, Iowa is beautiful. Good, decent people -- okay, public drunkeness IS a problem -- but good, decent and caring people nonetheless with open land and a feeling of space over your head.

People who leave L.A. are never missed, but somehow, people who leave Iowa are. To me, that's the telling difference.

September 26, 2007 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm going to have to take out my hanky on that one, Jack. Nice stump speech for Mayor Sam, when he runs in Iowa in his grandpa's footsteps.

But be sure to take matt, mutt, with you. You need some good Chiefs of Staff out there, don't you? I've got a caravan lined up, free doughnuts en route.

Of course, there will be a bidding war from the MSM for MS and ZD, so you'll have nice cash to take, too.

September 26, 2007 4:06 PM  

Anonymous sneaky toe said:

Well then, Jack - regarding your post of 3:03 wherein you said, "...although I don't recall ever identifying myself as a liberal...".

Your blog, it appears, says something different. It's been up since when... August of this year, and you haven't gotten many hits on it. Maybe you're trying to do the same thing the intolerant leftie posters on this blog are accusing ZD of doing, that of trying to increase viewership of your respective blogs.

Then on the flip side of the coin, maybe you're not.

Only time will tell!

September 26, 2007 5:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is it that liberals want to be called moderate. Is Mr. Hoff a liberal? Let me dangle this "NO gun-control" piece in front of him and watch him squirm.

Motion passed today in City Council:
ITEM NO. (39) - Motion Required
CONSIDERATION OF MOTION (WEISS - HUIZAR) relative to the City filing an Amicus (friend of the
court) Brief in Parker v. District of Columbia.
Recommendation for Council action, SUBJECT TO THE CONCURRENCE OF THE MAYOR:
REQUEST the City Attorney, if the United States Supreme Court grants Certiorari in Parker v. District
of Columbia, to file an Amicus (friend of the court) Brief in favor of overturning the decision of the Court
of Appeals.

"On March 9, 2007, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
issued a ruling in Parker v. District of Columbia which is disturbing and potentially
devastating to a city's ability to regulate the sale, transfer.~ownership and possession of
guns within its boundaries.

C/O JACK WEISS AND JOSE HUIZAR, LA CC wants to STOP potential US Supreme Court Action against the City of Washinton DC's current gun control/no gun policy.

ref 2 pdf files:

September 26, 2007 5:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wonder how much Jack Weiss, the bill collector, got for that one.

September 26, 2007 5:54 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

5:14, If you're that interested in me (gee, I can't wait until Valentine's Day...), then you should look at my writing on being a Valley Independent. It's on my blog.

Also, I take great offense at your claim of my blog's "lack of hits."

I am averaging at least two or three visitors EVERY DAY! That's right, every day. Read 'em and weep, pal!

As far as what "I'm trying to do," who (besides you) could possibly care enough to expend any brainpower in that direction? Good Lord, find a hobby. Get a girlfriend or a boyfriend. Start a family. Go annoy them, they'll love it. I mean, don't you find it at all ironic that you are trying to engage a guy named Jack Hoff in a conversation?? How lonely can you possibly be?

5:24, I don't read pasted crapola. It's too boring. Do your own homework and come up with an opinion of your own for once without having to listen to the radio for instructions. Look, if you paste a council motion on guns that I'm supposed to comment on, logic dictates that you will then paste a response from the NRA or some other group -- so try to think more for yourself. It helps when you order dinner in a restaurant.

To all my other friends, enemies, uh, Janice Hahn (hey baby! *wink wink*), and everyone else, if you make me "the story," then you don't know what "a story" is and you really have nothing to say. So save yourself the agony and just say nothing.

And look, if you come up with something interesting, believe me, I'll step in with my own stupidity and be just as insufferable as you are. Til then!

September 26, 2007 6:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Seems that someone's quite touchy today. Anyway, the facts presented are important. The opinions are just for spice. Read the motion. We'll see how the U.S Supreme Court eventually acts.

September 26, 2007 6:12 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

Wow. It took you all of twelve minutes to respond!

Hey, anonymous, if you jump over to my blog right now, you can catch my post on "The Cowards of Mayor Sam." You're mentioned!


September 26, 2007 6:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So the fictitious Jack Hoff has a blog under...Jack Hoff? But why have one if you think anyone who'd read it is a lonely fool? Speaking of unrequited love, does your wife know about Janice Hahn? Does Janice know about you and Janice Hahn? The valley is far from her San Pedro/Watts, no? You're even sadder than the Mayor and Mirthala, we all feel for you. Why don't you set up a discreet rendezvous with her downtown, I know just the spot.

September 26, 2007 6:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:45 is overtly racist. I suggest that you delete it.

September 26, 2007 6:24 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

Again, 6:21, you're trying to make me the story. You're as dense as Stephen C. Foster/That Chapman Fool & Posting Wimp/Red Spot...and twice as hungry for my attention.

September 26, 2007 8:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jack, you're not going to work out with Janice, then, because that gal sure loves to be in the center of any story. Did you see her today, how she literally pushed her way into the middle of a triple-handshake photo op with the French Mayor, Eric and Tom? She just jumped in as the picture was about to be taken, startled them.

Then she had to "welcome" a delegation from New Orleans by babbling about (I'm serious) how she caught Reggie the Alligator, which is common in Louisiana, but boy, was it a big deal here...

The woman never shuts up or stops mugging about nothing at all. You sure this is going to work out?

September 26, 2007 8:40 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

I'm looking for McD's coupons as we speak!

September 26, 2007 8:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You got it right. Those dems in Iowa are the same as the dems in most of PA--socially conservative, but economically liberal.

They're the people who keep electing Tom Harkin in Iowa, and Arlen Specter, and the Casey family in PA.

They are blue collar people who love guns, but hate globalization.

They're the reason some republicans are now ranting against chinese trade & currency policies, and that democrats barely raised gun control as an issue after the VA Tech massacre.

September 26, 2007 9:04 PM  

Anonymous sneaky toe said:

McD coupons... Hmmm... whassamatter Jack, are you feeling lonely, or is it just the full moon that's got you depressed?

Two or three visitors a day? No wonder you're over here trying to garner all the attention you can! Your blog's not keeping you very busy, is it dude? Please take great offense.

Tsk, tsk! You are hereby being given notice. I've spoken with a few good friends - we are no longer going to acknowledge your existence. I hope you enjoy talking to yourself, like the typical mental cases that wander about muttering to themselves pushing shopping carts down the sidewalk.

I was going to post a follow-up, but that would have been overkill. Enjoy your the rest of your lonely, bitter existence.

September 26, 2007 9:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jack got "BLOG BANGED" and was the target of the "WHIPPING POSTS". What a sad sight.

September 26, 2007 10:06 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

Thank you, Stinky.

Yes, if you and your friends would just PLEASE ignore me, that would be awesome!

Thanks again!

September 26, 2007 10:07 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

This comment has been removed by the author.

September 26, 2007 10:08 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:


As a "FELLOW", that being a "FELLOW BLOGGIN AMERICAN". I hope the "VIOLATION" that was brought upon your "NARROW THOUGHTS" wasn't too painful.

September 26, 2007 10:33 PM  

Anonymous sneaky toe said:

Hey, guess what? Jack actually revised his website! Now he's got more conservative values on it!

Good job, Jack!

September 26, 2007 11:06 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

Don't get too excited there, Stinky. I said I was a moderate, not a fascist.

September 27, 2007 9:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg, I know what you mean about Agoura Hills. 15-20 years ago it was almost pristine. A beautiful place, and still is to a certain extent. But at the rate we're going, "greater LA" is going to consist of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties all fused together. Not an enticing idea.

September 27, 2007 10:01 AM  

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