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Friday, March 30, 2012

Campaign Finance Reform meeting

Hello All,

Teamsters Joint Council 42 and Teamsters Local 572 requests your attendance.
Please make every effort to attend the Campaign Finance Reform meeting being held on April 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM. Florentine Gardens, 12051 Garvey Ave, El Monte, CA 91732.

Corporations are out to crush Labor Unions again and we must fight back!

This is a "DO OR DIE SITUATION"!!!

BE THERE !!!!



Doug Brown, Business Agent
Teamsters Local 572
Office (626) 357-6476 EXT 2
FAX (626) 358-7293
Mobile (310) 415-0375

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Hello Brothers and Sisters,

This meeting is probably thee most important meeting you will be asked to attend. If we don't stand together and fight, we're all done!

Fraternally,
Ronnie Pineda,
President,
GCC/IBT Local 140-N

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Downtown Los Angeles from Pershing Square


TRIBUNE COMPANY FRAUDULENT CONVEYANCE LITIGATION

The document below was converted from PDF to text and there may be a few typos as the conversion does not read and convert every letter correctly, there are seven additional pages that complete the summons. The former Los Angeles Times employee that received the summons is being sued for $105,400 and after consulting an attorney sent the following message.

“Ed, just wanted to let you know that my lawyer said you don 't even have to respond to the waiver of summons. The defendants have moved to have the case thrown out soon. Take care bud. Keep in touch I will let you know when I find out what happens down the road.”


For the former LA Times employees that are naturally concerned about this case, it only affects a very small fraction of former employees, so don’t stress especially if you have not received anything regarding this case in the mail yet.

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AO 399 (01/09) Waiver of the Service of Summons
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
for the
Southern District of New York
Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas et al \
Plaintiff

v. ) Civil Action No. 1:11-cv-09572-WHP
First Republic Bank et al )
Defendant)
WAIVER OF THE SERVICE OF SUMMONS
To: Christine Doniak, Esq.
(Name of the plaintiff’s attorney or unrepresented plantiff

I have received your request to waive service of a summons in this action along with a copy of the complaint, two copies of this waiver form, and a prepaid means of returning one signed copy of the form to you.

I, or the entity I represent, agree to save the expense of serving a summons and complaint in this case.

I understand that I, or the entity I represent, will keep all defenses or objections to the lawsuit, the courts Jurisdiction, and the venue of the action, but that I waive any objections to the absence of a summons or of service.

I also understand that I, or the entity I represent, must file and serve an answer or a motion under Rule 12 within 60 days from March 9,2012, the date when this request was sent (or 90 days if it was sent outside the United States). If I fail to do so, a default judgment will be entered against me or the entity I represent.

Date:
Signature of the attorney or unrepresented party
Printed name of party waiving service of summons
Printed name
Address
E-mail address
Telephone number

Duty to Avoid Unnecessary Expenses of Serving a Summons
Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires certain defendants to cooperate in saving unnecessary expenses of serving a summons and complaint. A defendant who is located in the United States and who fails to return a signed waiver of service requested by a plaintiff located in the United States will be required to pay the expenses of service, unless the defendant shows good cause for the failure.

"Good cause" does not include a belief that the lawsuit is groundless, or that it has been brought in an improper venue, or that the court has no jurisdiction over this matter or over the defendant or the defendant's property.

If the waiver is signed and returned, you can still make these and all other defenses and objections, but you cannot object to the absence of a summons or of service.

If you waive service, then you must, within the time specified on the waiver form, serve an answer or a motion under Rule 12 on the plaintiff and file a copy with the court. By signing and returning the waiver form, you are allowed more time to respond than if a summons had been served.

CALIFORNIA EXHIBIT A TO THE THIRD AMENDED COMPLAINT
(Name and address removed) $105,400



Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Breaker Boys - Working Class Heros

From a documentary released in 1984 -- "America and Lewis Hine."

Lawsuit Against Former LAT Employees

Two former employees of the Los Angeles Times Operations Department contacted me regarding a notice of a lawsuit they received in the mail, I assume from Tribune creditors, requesting they return a certain amount of cash they received when they tendered their Tribune stock after the company was purchased by Sam Zell. Can’t seem to locate much information via the Internet regarding this lawsuit, and will share the eleven files I have as long as the names of the defendants are not used. Stay tuned as additional information is revealed.



AO 398 (Rev. 01/09) Notice of a lawsuit and Request to Waive Service of a Summons


UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
for the
Southern District of New York

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas et al
Plaintiff

v. First Republic Bank et al
Civil Action No. 1:'1 1-cv-09572-WHp
Defendant

NOTICE OF A LAWSUIT AND REQUEST TO WAVE SERVICE OF A SUMMONS

To: (Name removed)
(Name of the defendant or if the defendant is a corporation partnership, or association-or an officer or agent authorized to receive service)

Why are you getting this?
A lawsuit has been filed against you, or the entity you represent, in this court under the number shown above. A copy of the complaint is attached.

This is not a summons, or an official notice from the court. It is a request that, to avoid expenses, you waive formal service of a summons by signing and returning the enclosed waiver. to avoid these expenses, you must return the signed waiver within 30 days (give at least 30 days, or at least 60 days if the defendnnt is outside any judicial district of the United States) from the date shown below, which is the date this notice was sent. Two copies of the waiver form are enclosed, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope or other prepaid means for returning one copy. you may keep the other copy. '

What happens next?
- If you return the signed waiver, I will file it with the court. The action will then proceed as if you had been served on the date the waiver is filed, but no summons_will be served on you and you will have 60 days from the date this notice is sent (see the date below) to answer the complaint (or 90 days if this notite is sent to you outside any judicial district of the United States).

- If you do not return the signed waiver within the time indicated, I will arrange to have the summons and complaint served on you. And I will ask the court to require you, or the entity you represent, to pay the expenses of making service.

Please read the enclosed statement about the duty to avoid unnecessary expenses.

I certify that this request is being sent to you on the date below.
Date: March 9, 2012


Printed name: Christine Doniak

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
One Bryant Park
New York, NY 10036


E-mail address: cdoniak@akingump.com
(212) 872-1000

Newspaper readership collapsing

by: Ethan A. Huff

(NaturalNews) Traditional, mainstream print news appears to be on the brink of collapse as more and more people turn to independent, primarily online news sources for information. A recent report from Financial Times explains how, from almost every angle, print newspapers are taking a major hit, not only with declines in readership, but also in flailing advertising revenues.

{BREAK}

However, it is not simply that print is becoming "out of style" so much as it is that print news is largely controlled news, which an increasing number of Americans are growing to distrust. More than half of all Americans, in fact, have indicated that they do not trust the mainstream media to report fair, accurate, and balanced news, which is why many of them have turned to alternative news sources like NaturalNews and InfoWars for independent, full-disclosure coverage of current events.

Complete article can be viewed here

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Met former LA Times Communications employee Karin Bugge
at the bloggers picnic last Saturday in Altadena



Monday, March 26, 2012

Trayvon Martin March and Rally

Former Los Angeles Times writer Bruce Bean showing his support for justice
Every age was represented at the rally and march, with many in the crowd showing signs of preparing to weep as most were moved by the speakers prior to the march to Los Angeles City Hall.
Just before departing Pershing Square the crowd had swelled to just over five-hundred, by my best estimate, with many passing cars blaring their horns to show support.
I captured one-hundred eighty-two photographs which can be viewed here.

Los Angeles Times photographer Francine Orr has some excellent photos at the website for the Los Angeles Times here.

UNEXPLAINABLE, INEXCUSABLE --

I challenge you to read this and NOT have the will to pass it on.
No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay on retirement. While Politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full-pay retirement after serving one term. It just does not make any sense.
If each person who reading this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States."

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Winning at the Race of Life

Sammy Signing autographs







Link

Janeen meets Richard Andrew

The Sammy Maloof Racing Team traveled the short forty miles to Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church for NASCAR NIGHT last Thursday. March 22nd featuring some of your favorite Sprint Cup & Nationwide Drivers Blake Koch, Michael McDowell, Stunt car driver Sammy Maloof, and an intimate time of worship with Richard Andrew; lives touched by the love of Jesus! Who is getting ready to give a few rides in our 640 horse powered stunt car!

We were treated to some awesome testimonies from all four men before leaving the church for Sammy's demonstration of his driving skills, with only a few feet of clearance he whipped his car in circles while the tires screamed out, I was even taken back as I thought he might bump the parked cars! A few lucky one's rode along as Sammy went around the barrels we staged at opposite ends of the parking lot.

As the crowd swarmed around Sammy he signed many autographs before leading the group in a prayer, which almost made him miss his flight back to Florida that night from LAX.




Sammy with NASCAR driver Blake Koch

Blake is competing in today and tomorrow's races at the Fontana Speed Way. Last name is pronounced "cook." … He and wife Shannon are expecting their first child this summer. … Couple has a yellow lab, "Junior," who joins them at the bulk of the season's races. … Enjoys public speaking and assisting those in need. … Took break from racing to obtain an Associates Degree in Marketing and Business at Northwood University in hometown of West Palm Beach, Fla., and did not make his first lap in a stock car until right before his 21st birthday. … Enjoys watching motocross. … Active on Twitter: @BlakeKochRacing

SGV Bloggers Picnic this Morning

The San Gabriel Valley Bloggers will be gathering at 11:00 AM this morning at Farnsworth Park for the fourth Annual picnic. Everyone is invited to this gathering and asked to bring something to share such as food or drinks.

L A County Farnsworth Park
568 E Mount Curve Ave, Altadena, CA 91001


Justice for Trayvon Martin

By Maria Roach (Contact) Sign Petition

To be delivered to: Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General and Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General

George Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon Martin, an African American teenager, reveals a history of racism in Sanford, FL that has stubbornly refused to die. Weeks after the shooting, the Sanford police department is slow to release details of the shooting and, more surprisingly, has not arrested George Zimmerman, a man who has a history of violence.

We urge you to sign this petition to protect private citizens from gun violence and inept law enforcement. Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi must step in and provide justice for Trayvon Martin, his family, and the community.

17 year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed while walking home from a convenience store on the evening of February 26th. The shooter, George Zimmerman, was the neighborhood watch captain. Zimmerman, a 200 pound 28 year old with a history of violence, claimed self defense although Trayvon Martin, with no criminal history, had nothing more than candy and an iced tea in his hands. George Zimmerman remains free.

NEW goal - We need 525,000 signatures
There are currently 501,678 signatures *UPDATED 8:25 am 03.25.12

THE ULTIMATE STONES

If you're looking for a little fun meet me in San Diego on Thursday April 5th to listen and see the Ultimate Stones Tribute Band, which I promise won't let you down. I'm considering taking the AmTrack to the location for some added excitement. Have added one of their many video's below to give you a clue on how well this bands performs.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Night in the Blogosphere

Urban Dread plays at Naja's in Redondo Beach every Saturday from 2pm to 6pm


Correction regarding recalled pressmen

Last Friday I erred by reporting that three pressmen had been recalled as full time employees, when in fact it was only two.

David Allmon was not recalled according to our conversation over the phone.

Several former pressmen have been interviewed for possible part-time work in the pressroom.

Obama Speaks Out On Trayvon Martin

Obama Speaks Out On Trayvon Martin: ‘If I Had A son, He’d Look Like Trayvon’


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Monday, March 19, 2012

Services for Jennifer Roundtree

Funeral services for Jennifer A. Roundtree wife of Billy Roundtree will be held:

Viewing: Friday, March 23, 2012 – 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Services: Friday, March 23, 2012 – 1:00 pm

White Emerson Mortuary
13304 E. Philadelphia Street
Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 698-0304

Messages of sympathy and condolences can be sent to:

Billy Roundtree
Send an email and I'll send you his address.

Fundraiser African American Firefighter Museum

Celebrating the birthdays of long-time journalists and activists, James Bolden & Kathy Williamson and benefiting the African American Firefighters Museum. Yes, a party with a purpose!

6-8 PM - Live Entertainment/Open Mic/board games/networking
8-12 AM Party time - DJ & Dancing/Celebration of March Birthdays

In lieu of birthday gifts, please make a $5 -- or more if you like -- cash or check donation to the African American Firefighters Museum.

Dress code is California casual - Free parking in rear - Light refreshments served - No Host Bar

Come out and party, make new friends, and have a great time.
Special thanks to all the City and L.A. County firefighters and emergency response personnel that serve and protect us daily.
Yes, firefighters will be in the house!

For further information, please send an email to: boldnews2004@yahoo.com


African American Firefighter Museum
1401 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Friday, March 16, 2012

Jennifer Roundtree Rest in Peace

It's with great sadness to share that Jennifer Roundtree, wife of pressroom supervisor Billy Roundtree, has passed away.

Condolences to Billy and family on their terrible loss.

We beg You, Lord, in Your kindness to have pity on the soul of Your servant Jennifer. Grant her now freed of this life's dangers, a place of lasting safety. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

RIP Trayvon Martin

From the Huffington Post:
Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teenager, was shot and killed in a gated community in Florida late last month by a white neighborhood watch captain, according to police. But the watch captain, George Zimmerman — a 26-year-old college student who has admitted to police that he shot the young man — still walks free. And Martin's family is pleading for answers and demanding justice.

At this point there are more questions than answers in the young man's death, but this much is known: Martin was packing little more than a bag of candy and a canned iced tea on the night he was killed.

"He had a gun, and Trayvon had Skittles," Benjamin Crump, a family attorney, told The Huffington Post this afternoon.

Martin, 17, a high school junior who lived with his mother in Miami, was visiting his father and stepmother at their home in Sanford, a suburb of Orlando, on the weekend of Feb. 26. During halftime of the NBA All-Star Game, Martin's family said he walked to a nearby convenience store to get some candy for his younger brother. On his way back home, according to reports, he caught the attention of George Zimmerman, a 26-year-old college student and self-appointed captain of The Retreat at Twin Lakes neighborhood watch.

Zimmerman, armed with a 9mm handgun, trailed the boy in his car. At some point, Zimmerman called 911, telling the operator there was a "suspicious person in the area," according to a police report acquired by HuffPost.

Not long after the call, some sort of altercation ensued between Zimmerman and Martin. Then neighbors said they heard gunfire.

The Sanford Police arrived and found Martin lying face down on a patch of grass about 70 feet from his family's home, a pack of candy in one pocket and an iced tea in the other. (More)
To which a commenter appropriately replied:
I WOULD TAKE CARE OF THIS MYSELF. This man had no business targeting, getting into an altercation with, and then shooting to someone to death just because he thinks it is his right as a white citizen.

The police told him not to engage, but he smelt some n-word blood from the long lineage of his American forebears that told him it was his right as a mainstream American to bag his prize.
Couldn't have said it better my damn self. May the gods take care of this boy's family. His mother must be a total wreck right now.

Recommended

Skittles, the new weapon of choice among young black males, by Field Negro
Prosecute the murderer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, at Change.org
George Zimmerman Neighbors Complained about Aggressive Tactics Before Trayvon Martin Killing
Orlando Watch Shooting Probe Reveals Questionable Police Conduct
Witness: Sanford police "Blew us off" in teen slaying
Trayvon Martin Case Salts Old Wounds And Racial Tension

Chicago Tribune cuts 15 employees


Jim Romenesko is seeking information from Tribune Company employees regarding the layoffs at the Chicago Tribune, his message below.

Lynne Marek at Crain’s reports the dismissed employees include reporters, editors and managers. Several staffers left the newsroom last month after accepting the paper’s buyout. || I’d appreciate any memos/information (names and positions) from Tribune people. (You won’t be named, of course.) Send emails to Jim@JimRomenesko.com.

Three LA Times Pressmen Recalled








Congratulations to (left to right) David Allmon, Emmett Jaime, and Otis Miller on being recalled after their layoffs from the Los Angeles Times Pressroom. This is a pleasant change from all the layoffs and terminations occurring in the Operations Departments the past few years. With rumors of USA Today being produced by the Los Angeles Times the second week of April, a few more pressmen and presswomen may be recalled shortly.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Meet Sammy Maloof and His Racing Team

Sammy Maloof is looking forward to speaking and giving a few rides in our stunt car at Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church on March 22 at 6:30PM. Join us for fellowship, worship with recording artist Richard Andrew and come get supercharged by testimonies from Sammy, the NASCAR drivers of Finish A Winner Team and McDonald Motorsports


Address: 15821 Sunset Boulevard Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 454-0366

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

Former Los Angeles Times Pressman Victor Banuelos

The Road We've Traveled Official Trailer - Obama for America 2012

Remember how far we've come. From the Academy Award® winning director of An Inconvenient Truth: "The Road We've Traveled". Sign up to be the first to see the full film: https://my.barackobama.com/roadtraveledvid

Monday, March 12, 2012

Services for Romel Aspiras

Romel L Aspiras
December 26, 1958 - March 8, 2012

Viewing in Chapel
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 05:00 PM
Rose Hills Memorial Park - SkyRose Chapel (View Chapel)
3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, California 90601 | (562)699-0921
Enter Park through Gate: 1

Viewing in Chapel
Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 05:00 PM
Rose Hills Memorial Park - SkyRose Chapel (View Chapel)
3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, California 90601 | (562)699-0921
Enter Park through Gate: 1

Viewing in Chapel
Friday, March 16, 2012 | 05:00 PM
Rose Hills Memorial Park - SkyRose Chapel (View Chapel)
3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, California 90601 | (562)699-0921
Enter Park through Gate: 1 | Service: Concludes At Interment Site

Funeral Service
Saturday, March 17, 2012 | 09:00 AM
Rose Hills Memorial Park - SkyRose Chapel (View Chapel)
3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, California 90601 | (562)699-0921
Enter Park through Gate: 1 | Service: Concludes At Interment Site

Friday, March 09, 2012

Rest in Peace Carrie Lane


Condolences to Pressman Randy Lane and family with the passing of his wife Carrie early this morning.


Most faithful God, lively is the courage of those who hope in You. Your servant Carrie suffered greatly, but placed her trust in Your mercy. Confident that the petition of those who mourn pierces the clouds and finds an answer, we beg You, give rest to Carrie. Do not remember her sins, but look upon her sufferings and grant her refreshment, light, and peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Los Angeles Times wins Bingham Prize for “Billions to Spend”

March 8, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Los Angeles Times has won the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for its six-part series “Billions to Spend.” During an 18-month investigation, the paper found that a $5.7 billion program to rebuild nine community colleges in Los Angeles was plagued with serious problems including mismanagement and reckless spending that wasted tens of millions of dollars and betrayed the public’s trust.

The $20,000 Bingham Prize will be presented by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., on April 19, 2012.

Lead reporters for the Times series were Michael Finnegan and Gale Holland, with assistance from investigative reporter Paul Pringle, data specialists Doug Smith, Sandra Poindexter and Ben Welsh and graphics producer Raul Ranoa. In the course of their investigation, the reporters interviewed more than 200 people and reviewed thousands of pages of documents that included contracts, payrolls, inspection reports and emails.

To continue reading click here: Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard

Newspaper Ad Revenues Fall to 60-Yr. Low in 2011


SOURCE: Mark Perry

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Romel Aspiras doing what he did best, producing newspapers.
Photo by:Danny Koval

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Romel Aspiras Rest in Peace


Gary Bunch called with the sad news that Los Angeles Times Pressman Romel Aspiras has passed away early this morning. May he rest in peace.



Photo credit: Danny Koval

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Bring Joseph Kony to Justice!


KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Davan Maharaj welcomes Jonathan Gold back to the LA Times

From: Maharaj, Davan
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2012 8:08 AM
To: yyeditall
Subject: Jonathan Gold

Comrades,

Please join me in welcoming an old friend back to our newsroom.

Jonathan Gold is joining the Los Angeles Times as a restaurant critic and columnist — in print and with special online reports.

His love of all things gastronomical has taken him from the L.A. Weekly (where he started as proofreader in 1982), to the Los Angeles Times (1990-96, where he wrote his Counter Intelligence column), to Gourmet (where he was the magazine’s New York restaurant critic) and back to the L.A. Weekly (where he worked for more than a decade). If you follow the L.A. food scene, you know about Jonathan’s ability to find and savor Uzbek, Korean, Peruvian and Islamic Chinese cuisine. He discovered the only Trinidadian restaurant in Inglewood.

You’ve probably heard about crickets, fried grasshoppers and some animal parts that Jonathan has consumed in pursuit of outstanding food journalism. Five years ago, he won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism — the first win for a food writer. He was a Pulitzer finalist last year as well. He has been honored twice as a National Magazine Award finalist in criticism by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

“He sees Los Angeles as ‘the anti-melting pot’ — the home of true, undiluted regional cookery — but also has a fondness for what he calls the ‘triple carom’: the Cajun seafood restaurant that caters to Chinese customers and is run by Vietnamese from Texas,” Dana Goodyear wrote in a 2009 profile of Jonathan in the New Yorker. He is, Goodyear added, “sly and erudite, withdrawn in person and in print exuberant.”

Jonathan will join an award-winning staff that includes Times Food Editor Russ Parsons and restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila in our never-ending quest to chronicle the greatest food scene in America. His work will first appear on March 10 in our new Saturday print section and online at latimes.com/food.

Welcome home, Jonathan.

—­Davan

Kathy Thomson on the new paywall at the LA Times

From: Thomson, Kathy K
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2012 8:58 AM
To: AllLosAngelesTimesEmployees
Subject: It's official

Hi Everyone,

We officially launched our Membership program at 6am this morning and all has gone very smoothly so far. Registration for employees is also now live at www.latimes.com/employeemembership.

A big Thank You to the extended team who has worked tirelessly to make sure our members have the best experience. This begins an exciting new chapter for us at LATMG.

In other news, please see the note below from Davan and join me in welcoming Jonathan to the team!

Kathy

LA Times Pressman Romel Aspiras Has Suffered a Heart Attack


Romel Aspiras a long time press operator at the Los Angeles Times has suffered a heart attack in Northern California while visiting his brother.

No further information is available at this moment.

Please say prayers for Romel.

Godwin's Law


Godwin's law (also known as Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies or Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies[1][2]) is a humorous observation made by Mike Godwin in 1990[2] that has become an Internet adage. It states: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."[2][3] In other words, Godwin observed that, given enough time, in any online discussion—regardless of topic or scope—someone inevitably criticizes some point made in the discussion by comparing it to beliefs held by Hitler and the Nazis.

Godwin's law is often cited in online discussions as a deterrent against the use of arguments in the widespread Reductio ad Hitlerum form.[4] The rule does not make any statement about whether any particular reference or comparison to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis might be appropriate, but only asserts that the likelihood of such a reference or comparison arising increases as the discussion progresses. Precisely because such a comparison or reference may sometimes be appropriate, Godwin has argued that overuse of Nazi and Hitler comparisons should be avoided, because it robs the valid comparisons of their impact

SOURCE: Wikipedia

Zell Company Seeks Part of Any Future Lawsuit Winnings Over Tribune Buyout

Billionaire Sam Zell is demanding a share of any money retirees and other creditors may win in lawsuits or legal settlements over the 2007 leveraged buyout he engineered of newspaper publisher Tribune Co. (TRB)

The demand, made through the Zell-controlled company EGI TRB LLC, came in one of the disputes being heard in bankruptcy court over how to split any money creditors win in dozens of lawsuits over claims the buyout was a fraud on creditors. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Carey began a two-day hearing today about the disputes.

“In the ultimate display of chutzpah, Zell and EGI are asserting that their tainted claims should now be treated on par with innocent creditors who had nothing to do with the LBO,” a group of about 185 retired managers and other highly paid former employees said in court papers.

Continue reading by clicking here


African American Artist Sandra Heading-Marchand

I am so blessed with all the invitations I receive for the different events occurring daily in the Southland of Los Angeles, and cross paths with many talented individuals from musicians, comedians, writers, actors, stuntmen, and artists. Seems there’s something happening seven nights per week from Santa Monica to the Inland Empire, which I accept twenty percent of the time as I do need to relax and rest at times.

My path crossed with artist Sandra Heading-Marchand over six years ago on an obscure website that neither of us could recall before becoming friends on Facebook. In this time frame we never spoke on the phone or met in person, even though we always meant to, it just didn’t happen.

Last Saturday Sandra gave me a personal viewing of her artwork and was I ever impressed with her talent.

With well over twenty years experience online I have come to get a feel for people before meeting face to face, and my assumptions about Ms. Marchand were on the mark. The artist is somewhat reserved until she gets to know you, then she opens up and is a very fun loving lady that gives off great karma.

For a private viewing of her work give her a call at 323.974.8607 and also add her as a friend on Facebook. Her artwork is priced from $10.00 to $800.00, which is very reasonable for the time taken to create each piece.

Additional photos can be viewed on Flickr




Meet Sandra Heading-Marchand

Tensions Rise at The New York Times

This video was shot as The Times' daily Page One meeting gets underway. February 29, 2012




New York Times Editors Respond To Staffers' Protest

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

Former Los Angeles Times employee Jim Wright attends
Bible study with Sammy Maloof