"Roy Beck takes people who are upset about illegal immigration for different reasons, including hostility to Latino immigrants, and disciplines them so their message is based on policy rather than race-based arguments or xenophobia."
Translation: 'My opponents are bigots.' That tactic worked so well against welfare reform. And against Ward Connerly's anti-race-preference initiatives. I urge Sharry to stick with it. ... [via Krikorian]. 2:29 A.M.
Limits of Judicial Government, Part XVIII: Since the L.A. Police Department has been operating under a "consent decree" requiring investigation of offical use of force, the number of shootings by the cops has perversely gone up, says Robert C.J. Parry in the L.A. Daily News. Parry's explanation--that veteran, experienced officers have fled the department, leaving nervous rookies--seems plausible, but isn't exactly nailed down. ... [via Mayor Sam] 1:46 A.M.
Note to Arianna: Does McCain's support of the Iraq war really account for his "cratering" ranking among Republican primary voters? May I suggest that another "I" issue played a more significant role. ... 12:43 A.M.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Army of Farinas: I wouldn't claim that the political ads made by unofficial lone amateur YouTube propagandists are better than the ads made by professionals.** But unofficial designs for the rumored Ferrari Dino from lone, amateur auto stylists--one Turkish, one Portuguese--are almost certainly better than any design Ferrari will actually produce, judging from its recent products. ... [via Autoblog ]
Thursday, July 12, 2007
L.A. Times-- Scooped again? ... 10:15 P.M.
Army of Shrums Update: On reflection, homemade YouTube ads seem more potentially subversive than I originally thought. I try to explain here. ... Not only do these amateur ads seem to evade the campaign finance laws, they seem to undermine the whole assumption of those laws, which is that candidates with more money enjoy a proportional advantage. No they won't--at least if they're typically undone by whichever catchy,15-second spot cooked up by a teenager on blogspot gains the most viral exposure (by being re-shown on the TV news in addition to being viewed on the Web). The outcome of a true YouTube election will be more random--but, arguably, more substance-related. ... To Be Sure: I'm not saying we're already past the time when races get determined by what Bob Shrum and Roger Ailes, or their successors, spend donors' millions to tell voters. But that's the direction, no? ... 7:44 P.M.
I realized what's wrong with celebrated L.A. Times auto columnist Dan Neil when I came to the point in a recent road test where he describes the Scion tC--a depressing mash of mainstream design cliches, the Maison de La Casa House of cars--as "beautifully styled." Decide for yourself. Or take it from me: he has schlocky taste. ... 3:31 P.M.