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LA Meatless Mondays Steak Dinner Tomorrow January 27

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:35 pm - January 26, 2014.
Filed under: LA Stories

Just a reminder about our next Meatless Mondays Steak Dinner, tomorrow January 27.  

E-mail me for details and to RSVP

Meatless Monday LA Steak Dinner, January 27

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:07 pm - January 22, 2014.
Filed under: LA Stories

Okay, okay, I know it’s been about two months since last I blogged and about the same amount of time since I checked this web-site.  I have been quite busy with my book, having met, in 2013, all the deadlines I set for myself, including finishing the first draft of my book by the end of the year.  I am now editing the second part of that first book of my epic.

Did want to invite our readers who will in LA next week to attend our next Meatless Mondays Steak Dinner on January 27.  Drop me a note for details and to RSVP.

Meatless Mondays Steak Dinner Tomorrow July 29 in LA

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:05 pm - July 28, 2013.
Filed under: LA Stories,Liberalism Run Amok

You still have time to RSVP for our Meatless Mondays Steak Dinner tomorrow, Monday July 29 in Los Angeles.

As you may know, we’ll be honoring the Los Angeles City Council’s unanimous vote last November on a resolution “endorsing the ‘meatless Monday’ campaign and asking residents to make a personal pledge to ditch meat for one day a week.”

Drop me a note to RSVP.

Meatless Monday Steak Dinner July 29, 2013 in LA

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:40 pm - July 23, 2013.
Filed under: LA Stories,Liberalism Run Amok

In honor of the Los Angeles City Council unanimous approval last November of a resolution “endorsing the ‘meatless Monday’ campaign and asking residents to make a personal pledge to ditch meat for one day a week”, we will be organizing another Meatless Monday Steak Dinner this coming Monday, July 29.

If you’d liked to attend, please RSVP for details.

LA Billboard Against Minimum Wage

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:50 pm - May 31, 2013.
Filed under: Economy,HopeAndChange,LA Stories

The things you see when driving down Pico:
BIeber Minimum Wage

Who originated the anti-Koch Brothers Hysteria?

Last night on Powerline, caught this video of Angelenos protesting against the possibility of the Koch brothers’ purchasing the Los Angeles Times:

And it got me wondering (and not for the first time) about the origins of the anti-Koch hysteria. Wonder if a Mr. D. Axelrod might have been behind this. I mean the guy did think it significant that a former Massachusetts governor once transported the family dog on the roof of his car.

RELATED: Protesters explain: Kochs must not buy LA Times because … tolerance

On men who don’t look like their pictures (on online dating sites)

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:48 am - May 15, 2013.
Filed under: Dating,Friendship,LA Stories,Random Thoughts

Last night, I had a pleasant dinner, spontaneously arranged, with one of my closest friends in LA.  He and I had met about six years via an online dating service.  We didn’t feel much romantic chemistry, but did enjoy each other’s company and became friends.

as we occasionally do, we shared our stories about online dating, he kvetching about a man who didn’t call when he promised, but who subsequently kept pestering him with texts, I sharing stories about a number of decent dates I had with guys whose profiles presented a pretty accurate portrait of their personality, profession and passions.

And then we fell to talking about guys who misrepresented themselves on line, with both of us recalling dates with men who just didn’t look like their pictures.  I related a tale about a guy I met depicted as thin in his online pictures, but who in person, suffered from a severe shall we say, a severe absence of thin.  (After our coffee date, I went back home and checked his profile and ascertained that that was clearly the guy depicted online, but the pictures were at least ten years old.)

And we wondered last night, my friend and I, we wondered what these men thought when they posted these pictures, that their scintillating personalities would make up for the difference in appearance?  Didn’t it occur to them that men who responded to the ad would be attracted to that picture and expect to meet someone who looked like the guy in the picture? Or did they believe that the picture merely served to draw the potential date to the profile and that the qualities delineated therein constituted the real nature of said date’s interest?

Or did they believe their own propaganda, that they actually looked today like they did ten years ago, despite the fact that ten years ago, they exercised regularly whereas today they’re making plans to exercise next week? (more…)

LA Meatless Mondays Steak Dinner 02/25 with Dan & Bruce

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:50 pm - February 13, 2013.
Filed under: LA Stories,Travel

Our next Meatless Monday steak dinner will take place on Monday, February 25 in the Los Angeles area and will include both Bruce and myself, together for the first time since 2010.

Drop me a note for details and to RSVP.

Our Agenda-Driven Press Corps

In his post yesterday about the Los Angeles shooter, Jeff pointed out the noteworthy lamestream media silence on certain key elements of the shooter’s manifesto.  Indeed, as Noah Rothman notes today at Mediaite: When crazed shooters can’t be linked to the Tea Party, the media displays admirable restraint.  The story of the shooter in Los Angeles, in fact, is–like several other recent shooters–only of interest to the press corps to the extent that it helps feed the narrative about “gun violence” and the need for more gun-control.  Elements of the story that don’t fit with the narrative are omitted, and especially those elements that contradict the narrative or help to fuel competing narratives.  Because the Los Angeles shooter’s manifesto complains about perceived “racism,” this could theoretically turn into a story about how the racial grievance industry has created a monster, but of course it never will because that is not an agenda the media has any interest in promoting.

Most of the times these days it seems that the press corps is pushing several different agenda items at one time, and news stories are only of interest or worth covering to the extent that they help advance one of those agenda items.  Rather than report the facts and let things fall where they may, the press tries to shoehorn as many stories as possible into the service of one agenda item or another.   The other day, for instance, I woke up to this story on NPR explaining that:  “The gun violence that scars some Chicago neighborhoods has been a plague for one woman. Shirley Chambers first lost a child to gunfire in the mid 1990s. In 2000, a daughter and a son were shot to death just months apart. On Monday, Chambers buried her last child.”  The story could have focused on the horrible failure of gun-control in Chicago, it could have talked about the problems with gangs in the city or crime related to drugs, it could have talked about the plight of inner-city blacks caught up in a dysfunctional culture, but it didn’t do anything like that.  No, the story had to be forced to fit the current narrative about the evils of “gun violence.”

But it’s not just “gun violence.”  As I write, a huge winter storm is bearing down on the Northeast.  When I spent a few years in New England in the 1980s, this sort of thing was to be expected and was known simply as “winter.”  These days, every storm of any magnitude is a big story, people are encouraged to panic and to scurry about, and inevitably, the articles begin to appear linking the storm to “climate change.”

Other common themes of note these days include the repeated focus on “bullying” as a way of pushing “anti-bullying programs” and “anti-bullying” legislation.  Hence, this horrible story is of interest to the media because it is seen as a way of advancing the “anti-bullying” agenda.  In years past, it may have been reported simply as a brutal fight in a school yard, but not any more.   I’m curious to know more about the attacker, but the story doesn’t tell us, nor does the journalist who wrote the story have any interest in reporting what the actual issues in this case are, because doing so would only undermine the “anti-bullying” agenda.  Even NFL cheerleaders are of interest largely to the extent that they can help advance the cause.

And of course, gay issues are another big agenda item for the press corps, but only insofar as gays and lesbians can be portrayed as either victims (of hate or discrimination or abuse) or as inspiring and selfless humanitarians.  Hence, this story about a supposedly “gay” dog in Tennessee was picked up by the national press because it helped advance the narrative that people in “red states” are stupid bigots who hate gays;  in truth, it is really a story about how there are people in all states who shouldn’t own dogs either because they are irresponsible and self-centered or because they have no knowledge or understanding of normal canine behavior.  Had the dog been euthanized after having been abandoned by a gangster or a meth addict in the inner city, you can be certain it wouldn’t have made the news.

Why doesn’t City of LA attend to its uneven sidewalks?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:28 pm - February 7, 2013.
Filed under: LA Stories

Just cause this on Instapundit:

REASON TV: LA’s New Crack Epidemic: Sidewalks. Have you noticed that the more time and energy cities put into things like banning big sodas or plastic grocery bags, the worse jobs they do at things that used to be considered basic functions of government?

They should have interviewed me.  In late November when it dark, walking from my gym to my car, parked on an adjacent side street — in the City of Los Angeles, I didn’t see a spot where a tree roots had pushed one square of the sidewalk up so that it was no longer level with the square next to it.

I tripped on the higher square and fell.  For a few days afterward, whenever I turned in a certain way, I felt a severe pain on the side where I had fallen.  The pain eased up after a week.

A friendly guy from the gym who had seen me fall — and rushed over to assist me — said he had seen such uneven sidewalks all over the city.

Should I have sued the city had I broken a rib?

Big government means more chain stores

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:30 am - January 30, 2013.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,LA Stories

Monday night when returning from our Meatless Mondays Steak Dinner, I asked a reader who had traveled with me to there event if he noticed that there were more chain stores opening up across LA.  On the way back from Burbank (to West Hollywood), within fewer than five minutes, we passed a new Walgreen’s and two Rite-Aids, one of them new.

There do seem to be more such drug stores opening up across LA, not to mention fast food restaurants, with a Chipotle replacing a flower shop on Melrose and La Brea and what appears to be an Old Navy moving into space on Beverly vacated by an independent furniture store.

Given that big companies have large staffs to help them maneuver through regulatory hoops — and making the cost of compliance (through economies of scale) cheaper per storefront than for an independent operation, it seems that big government makes it easier for the big guys and more challenging for individual entrepreneurs.

Ironic that more often than not, those who lament the increasing presence of chain stores tend to vote for the politicians whose policies serve to give a competitive advantage to those chain stores.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  David Boaz suspects

. . . there might be two things going on. Chain stores probably have efficiencies of scale, bigger marketing budgets spread over more stores, more research on what consumers like, etc. But yes, it is also often argued that compliance is easier for larger companies. They have lawyers, HR departments, and so on. Charles Murray — maybe in his book “In Pursuit” — has argued that increasing complexity requiring verbal and paperwork skills benefits educated people — the sort of people who write regulations and get hired by big companies. Small business folks may be less likely to be college-educated and proficient at navigating bureaucracies.

David’s book Libertarianism: A Primer is quite a good read — and highly recommended.

Meatless Monday LA Steak Dinner, Tomorrow, January 28

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:05 pm - January 27, 2013.
Filed under: LA Stories

Just a reminder about our next Meatless Monday steak dinner tomorrow Monday, January 28.

Drop me a note to RSVP and for details.  Our next dinner on Monday, February 25 will feature a special guest from the Carolinas.

LA Meatless Mondays Steak Dinner, Mon., Jan 28

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:33 pm - January 22, 2013.
Filed under: LA Stories

Just a reminder about our next Meatless Monday steak dinner this coming Monday, January 28.

Drop me a note to RSVP and for details.

Vacant storefronts in Westwood Village (near UCLA)

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:33 am - December 12, 2012.
Filed under: California politics,Economy,Holidays,LA Stories

I began my holiday shopping yesterday in Westwood Village, the shopping/dining district immediately adjacent to UCLA; was struck by the amount of vacant retail space.  On Westwood Blvd itself, I counted five empty storefronts on each side of the street just on one block (between Kinross and Weyburn).  And that’s not counting the signs on the second floor.

And I could see signs advertising “Space available” on other buildings beyond this block.

When I mentioned this in one store where I bought some gifts, a clerk commented that someone had just said the same thing about Beverly Hills.  He noted that Westwood Blvd had been particularly hard hit, with a Mexican restaurant that had served the area for twenty-five years, recently vacating its Westwood premises.

I believe this the space that restaurant once occupied:

Restaurant

Note these two storefronts, immediately adjacent to one another: (more…)

Tonight, “Meatless Monday” Steak Dinner in LA

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:35 am - December 10, 2012.
Filed under: LA Stories

It’s not too late to RSVP for our Meatless Mondays Steak Dinner today, Monday, December 10 here in LA.

Drop me a note for details.

Just 5 days until our LA Meatless Mondays Steak Dinner

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:08 pm - December 5, 2012.
Filed under: LA Stories

Have not been in much of a blogging mood today, perhaps because have been focusing on other writing projects, so will use this space to remind y’all about our Meatless Mondays Steak Dinner next Monday, December 10 here in LA.

Drop me a note for details.

GayPatriot LA Steak Dinner, MONDAY, December 10

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:28 pm - November 28, 2012.
Filed under: LA Stories

In honor of the Los Angeles City Council’s recent approval of a resolution “endorsing the ‘meatless Monday’ campaign and asking residents to make a personal pledge to ditch meat for one day a week”, our next steak dinner will take place on Monday, December 10.

Drop me a note to RSVP — and include the word “Steak” in the subject.

Regular Monday GayPatriot LA Steak Dinners?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:34 am - November 21, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,LA Stories

We had such a good time at our steak dinner Monday night that we all talked about making this a regular event, celebrating the LA City Council’s declaration of meatless Mondays by eating steak.

We’re going to try to do another one on Monday, December 3 or possibly the 10th. Drop me a note if you’d like to join us and let me know which day works best for you.  Also please let me know where you live.  We’d like to find a more central location; one participant had come up from Anaheim and hoped not to have to trek so far for the next gathering.

GayPatriot Steak Dinner Tonight in Hollywood

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:44 pm - November 19, 2012.
Filed under: LA Stories

Just a reminder to RSVP to me before 7:00 PM for our GayPatriot Steak Dinner tonight (November 19) in Hollywood (within the City of Los Angeles) in honor of the Los Angeles City Council’s recent approval of a resolution “endorsing the ‘meatless Monday’ campaign and asking residents to make a personal pledge to ditch meat for one day a week.

Drop me a note for details.

GayPatriot Steak Dinner in Los Angeles on MONDAY, 11/19
(in honor of City Council Declaration of Meatless Mondays)

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:14 pm - November 12, 2012.
Filed under: LA Stories,Liberalism Run Amok

On Friday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a resolution “endorsing the ‘meatless Monday’ campaign and asking residents to make a personal pledge to ditch meat for one day a week.

In honor of that resolution, I believe we should gather for a steak dinner at a Los Angeles restaurant next Monday.  Please let me know if you’re interested so I can begin planning.