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Deep Throat, The Movie--Lettuce Fields and Feed Lots.

By Steven Lane, published on Apr 29, 2007

In 1973, you could smell El Centro, California, long before you cruised past the lettuce fields and the city's beckoning "Welcome" sign. If you arrived at the proper time, that being around 4:00 pm, the aroma would make your eyeballs sweat. That's when all the cows were led to the troughs for their daily meal. A basic law of physics immediately comes into play. In order to add "mass" to an already full container, first, the past mass of the container, (the interior of the cow), must be "eliminated". The cause and effect of these actions were instantaneous. The resulting offensively unpleasant... (more)

Tags: disney, movie, california, police, hollywood

High Court Ruling Likely to Push New Abortion Restrictions

By Steven Lane, published on Apr 21, 2007

The procedure involves partially removing the fetus from the uterus and then cutting or crushing it's skull to complete the abortion. Opponents call it a "partial-birth abortion." According to MSNBC.com, "While the general public is nearly evenly split on abortion in general, polls show that the vast majority of Americans back some restrictions on it. Surveys have found that more than 60 percent favor banning the procedure outlawed in Wednesday's ruling" Agree or disagree, what is clear is that both sides of the abortion debate expect a new push for more restrictions by state lawmakers. "Something... (more)

Tags: abortion debate, abortions, roe v wade

Circuit City Corporate reports intention move to Mars

By Steven Lane, published on Apr 5, 2007

This press release certainly had to be expected, as their recent announcement could only have been originated by somebody residing on a different planet. It was a sunny Saturday in Los Angeles. A perfect day for a backyard BBQ. "Hey, Slats, how's it at work, you're still at Circuit City right?, asked Sergio. Slats quaffed the last of his frosty cold one and responded, "Oh, yeah! Going on 20 years now, I am going to retire there, getting $18 an hour now and bene's.....A great company, I work my ass off, but you know, security in life is a biggie." FAST FORWARD ONE WEEK "you wanted to see... (more)

Tags: los angeles, new york, california

Micro-credit... Pennies from Heaven for the Poor

By Steven Lane, published on Mar 31, 2007

The older guy was standing in a corner, a Diet Pepsi in his hand. He was dressed in shorts, flops, and a "Tee" shirt emblazoned with the slogan "over 50 and still gnarly" on the back. He was just minding his own business when the "suit" with the blue drink enquired of him, "And what do you do, sir?, for a living, I mean?...your attire suggests a fairly laid back lifestyle...Are you retired?" The old guy eyeballed the "suit" from the top of his head to the balls of feet and with just a smallest flash of a smirk, he replied, "I am in International Investment Banking, I loan money." A flush of... (more)

Tags: micro-credit, grameen bank, muhammad yunnus, nobel peace prize

Local California Paper Taps into Citizen Journalism Market

By Steven Lane, published on Mar 25, 2007

Last week The Ventura County Star, our local paper, announced the newest addition to its journalistic endeavors. We will now receive, on a weekly basis, a new supplement titled "YourHub.Com". What is "YourHub.Com?", one might ask. Let me quote you from their "premiere issue" of March 13, 2007. "YourHub.com is a great way to connect with your neighborhood and see what's going on in communities across Ventura County. Every day people upload stories, photos, events and opinions on their neighborhood YourHub.com Web site. Every week we take the postings from the Web site and print five different... (more)

Tags: los angeles, journalism, citizen journalism, california, broowaha

Chiquita Banana Execs on the Way to Guantanamo Bay?

By Steven Lane, published on Mar 16, 2007

President George Bush's policy on terrorism has been repeated more than once. It couldn't have been stated more clearly. "Anyone financing a terrorist organisation should be prosecuted as vigorously as the terrorists." In numerous news reports today, it was reported that, "Banana company Chiquita Brands International said Wednesday it has agreed to a $25 million fine and will admit to paying a Colombian terrorist group for protection in a volatile farming area." It seems like some of the big-wigs at the Chiquita head office, based in Cincinnati, OK-ed about $1.7 million in payments to the... (more)

Tags: terrorism, bananas, chiquita, auc, united self defence forces of columbia

Illegal Immigrants, The Other Side of The Centavo

By Steven Lane, published on Mar 8, 2007

We just starting "shooting the shit" about why he came here, what he had hoped to accomplish and whether he felt he completed his tasks. In the midst, of this simple conversation, I suddenly found myself totally enthralled with details and questions. "HOW DID YOU GET HERE?", I asked. "OH, I PAID A COYOTE $1800 IN SAN LUIS, MEXICO TO TAKE ME ACROSS THE RIVER INTO ARIZONA, He responded. Mauro told me about how it was about a 30 minute walk, as they crossed the Rio Colorado to the waiting car that took them to a public bus to San Diego. Once in San Diego, the tale got a little murky, but included... (more)

Tags: los angeles, california, shooting, illegal immigration

Catholic Church files Bankruptcy on Molestation Cases

By Steven Lane, published on Feb 28, 2007

EXT. THE PEARLY GATES, HEAVEN - DAY There are a group Catholic priests milling about in front of a pair of very large pearly colored gates. One priest is talking into an intercom attached to the gates. PRIEST #1 "Hello, GOD are you there?" POV OF PRIEST#1 FACE Priest #1 looks to the rest of the group. PRIEST #1 (CONT'D) (uneasy) "There's no answer." WIDE SHOT OF GROUP OF PRIESTS The group looks around, up and down, for a sign of GOD. One priest responds: Priest #2 "For Christ's sake, he's gotta be here, this is Heaven, try it again." Before Priest #1 can try again, there is a booming,... (more)

Tags: california, hollywood

A Tale of Two Cities - Down Mexico Way

By Steven Lane, published on Feb 25, 2007

MEXICO CITY It took a little over two hours to get from the airport to my hotel in the Reforma area of Mexico City. I was a fortunate one, as I had a personal driver that had been hired by a friend and he was able to navigate the scribble-scrabble layout of the streets of this enormous city. I simply sat back and mumbled "go, speed racer, go" to myself, as Antonio weaved his way up one Calle and down the next. As a passenger, death seemed the inevitable conclusion to this sleigh ride of potholes and unread or unrecognized traffic signs. Combined with frenzied, obviously, acid tripping, drivers... (more)

Tags: mexico, south of the border, mexic city, visit xalapa, state of vera cruz

TV STATION NEWS DEPARTMENT THROWS IN THE TOWEL

By Steven Lane, published on Feb 13, 2007

S*** is happening. I recently wrote about the oldest newspaper in the world that just stopped printing and has gone to a web based format exclusively. Well, according to multiple news agencies, a TV station, owned by Clear Channel, (KFTY-TV 50) in Santa Rosa, California has "cancelled its nightly newscasts and is soliciting programming from locals------from independent filmmakers to teachers and Sonoma County politicians." That's right baby, a TV station has gone "citizen". After 26 years of nightly local news, the "unprofessionals" are taking the wheel. 13 people in the news department were... (more)

Tags: journalism, citizen journalism, myspace, california

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