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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Thursday

Happy Birthday wishes to CD 2 Councilman Paul Krekorian, from all of us here at Mayor Sam!
And Happy One Year Anniversary to the Health Care Reform Law! Still standing strong and fully funded!

SurveyLA is coming to North Hollywood! "SurveyLA has been conducting a citywide historical survey and is coming to North Hollywood and Toluca Lake soon. According to its website, it is looking for places that are important because of reasons such as architecture, city planning, landscape design, ethnic heritage, residential development, commerce or industry." Full story at North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch. No word yet if North Hollywood's Gateway Arch is considered significant, historical, or just embarrassing (see pic below).

At least you can't miss it.

 Everyone's favorite predatory pricing, mom & pop shop destroying, vendor exploiting retailer, Wal-Mart, may soon face the largest sex discrimination lawsuit in U.S history! The decision to allow the class-action lawsuit to proceed is now in the hands of SCOTUS. If successful, the lawsuit could affect 2 million women and cost the big box billions of dollars!

Damn, why didn't I think of that?  Sales of Emergency Bunkers are skyrocketing! From portable ones that run a few thousand to $20 million dollar "fit for a king" luxury hide-a-ways, the disaster protection business has never been better; "...U.S. companies selling doomsday bunkers are seeing sales skyrocket anywhere from 20% to 1,000%". And it's only March!

Finally, I hate sending people to this jerks blogsite but Phil Jennerjahn is in full homophobe/neanderthal mode today as he throws Republican Mayoral candidate Kevin James under the bus for simply supporting gay marriage and opposing the Mormon Prop 8 law.
Go witness the sputtering human trainwreck known as Phil "Dangerous Enemy of Brain Cells" Jennerjahn , but please don't do it if you just ate.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh goodie! It's a bag on Jennerjahn day! Thank you Joe B!

March 24, 2011 1:31 AM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

It's hard to know where to start picking apart Phil's essay on hate, homophobia, and his philistine notion of civil rights. Of course Phil is wrong on just about everything he says about Kevin James, none the least of which is the "Thump, thump, thump sound of a lot of Los Angeles political activists jumping off the Kevin James bandwagon."

I had no idea that Kevin was gay, and I couldn't care less. I doubt that anyone seriously concerned about the selection of a real mayor for LA will care either. For heaven's sake, this is 2011; are people like Phil still trying to define candidates based on race, gender and sexual orientation? Perhaps that's why the Republican Party in Los Angeles is largely irrelevant and wholly impotent in terms of providing a viable opposition to the Democrats.

My support for Kevin is unchanged.

March 24, 2011 6:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks Joe! Any day spent exposing the gambling addict, money thieving, self-dealing Phil Jennerjahn is a FUN DAY.

It's just sad that Obamacare will die in its childhood.

March 24, 2011 7:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Jennerjahn bashing gays or Kevin James is absolutely no different than when Phil threw Steven Box and Tomas O'Grady under the bus.


Just like that conservative Senator who was caught having a little homo fun in the airport bathroom, DOES ANYONE DOUBT THAT PHIL HIMSELF IS A CLOSETED GAY?

Joe? What say you?

March 24, 2011 8:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe B, why don't you put this latest stupid chapter to Higby, who INSISTS THAT PHIL IS "SMART."

Odd, how no matter how many times people ask Higby for just ONE example of how Phil is smart, he never answers the question with an example.

So now that Phil has offended you, FINALLY, why not step up to the plate and ask Higby directly for an example. Just one!

March 24, 2011 9:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone still think that phil is straight? It's always the ones who are most against homosexuality who turn out to be gay themselves.

Phil already lives rather close to West Hollywood. Would it surprise anyone if in about 5, 10 or 15 years, he comes out?

March 24, 2011 9:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's only one reason why Phil declares his disapproval of gays.

It's because he must be one himself.

March 24, 2011 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh wow. Phil is upset because he didn't know Kevin was gay.

That's funny.

March 24, 2011 9:16 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

Joe read the WSJ Editorial on court decision on medicare... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704461304576216872954763388.html?mod=googlenews_wsj ...

No sane person would agree with that decision.

Who needs freedom right?

I could make a case against gay marriage using Obamacare's restrictions and mandates. I could make a case against abortion, I could make a case to put sodomy laws legal again, I could make a case for a lot of things that are just plain wrong because they take people's freedom's away based on this badly written boondoggle of a legislation.

You can't pick and chose when freedom is allowed. It either exists or it doesn't. Under the current administration... freedom is literally a foreign concept.

March 24, 2011 9:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul for Mayor PLEASE

March 24, 2011 9:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good morning, Joe.

Would you care to comment on Congressman Anthony Weiner's (D-NY) seeking this morning a waiver from Obamacare for NY City?

If it's good, why is a DEM seeking a waiver to get out of it?

March 24, 2011 10:39 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Sure 10:39,
Rep Weiner's efforts at exploring a comparative alternative to the Federal Health Care Reform law is a testament to the flexibility of the law. If your state can come up with a plan as good or better than the current law, have at it. In New Yorks' case an alternative might make sense. The state's Medicaid program costs are passed on to local cities (NY is one of two states that do this)plus they have an abundance of hospitals along with a high rate of uninsured.

March 24, 2011 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No, Joe, you don't understand the waiver.

It does NOT require that they come up with an alternative. That's what Obama is asking for.

The waiver allows them to maintain the status quo.

Moreover, a whole lot of big unions got waivers, too. In fact, nearly 1100 waivers have been granted.

So that having been said, why would a Democrat, including one who was ACTIVELY pushing it, suddenly want OUT of it?

Whatever Weiner may be coming up with for NYC, why wouldn't he apply those changes to the ENTIRE bill?

Also, Joe, do you know what a "death spiral" is in terms of insurance? Granting more than a thousand waivers would make a death spiral very likely.

March 24, 2011 11:22 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

I do understand the waiver, and Rep Wiener is exploring an alternative, he is not seeking to maintain the status quo. Once again demonstrating the flexibility of the health care law.

March 24, 2011 11:33 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I guess Phil is trying to become more "semi-known."

I have my own beliefs about homosexuality, but as a Libertarian, unlike Democrats or Republicans, I don't think government should enforce anyone's views on private matters.

That being said it is absolutely meaningless that Kevin James is gay. The question is is he qualified to be Mayor? I would say emphatically, yes.

Gay is not a municipal issue.

In this case I think Phil is reaching for attention.

March 24, 2011 11:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks for checking in to your own blog, Higby.

While you're here, how about ONE example how Phil is smart?

March 24, 2011 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Why didn't WEINER fix the problems when he helped write it?

If it's good for his district, it should be good for all of us.

That's the typical DC hypocrisy that people loathe. "Here, you all make this massive, expensive change, but I'll figure out something better for my own people."

Very weenie of Weiner.

March 24, 2011 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Retired LAUSD said:

Respectfully, Joe, you do not understand the point of the 1100 waivers.

Also, you didn't answer the commenters question about what a "death spiral" is, so I'll tell you.

A death spiral is when a HEALTHY person or group of people opt out, thus leaving the poor, sick or other challenged group in the pool. The death spiral refers to the event where all healthy people opt out, leaving only the poor and sick, thus causing the pool's costs to spiral out of control until it is fully overwhelmed.

Without the healthy people.

That's what the waivers cause: a death spiral.

March 24, 2011 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anyone "jumping off the Kevin James bandwagon" is probably not someone Kevin wanted on his bandwagon in the first place. Phil forgets that this is Los Angeles where knuckle-draggers, thankfully, wield little influence. Brilliant move by John Thomas: Shake out the rotten fruit early and start building a diverse coalition.

March 24, 2011 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How do Dems interfere in private matters again?
You've lost me on that one Higby.

March 24, 2011 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Someone oughtta kick Phil in the vagina.

March 24, 2011 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Street Hassle has this ridiculous idea about LA borrowing from the unions. Maybe Rumpole or Paul Hatfield can explain why that's a stupid idea.

March 24, 2011 11:18 PM  

Anonymous g said:


March 25, 2011 4:47 PM  

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