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  • 13 Things Americans Banned in 2012

    We live in the land of the free, which means we're free to ban just about anything we don't like. In 2012 Americans dropped the ban hammer on public nuisances from goose livers to "gateway sexual activity."

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    Tags: Advertising, Alcohol, California, Colorado, Fashion, Food, Health, Health Care, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, New York City, San Francisco, Sex, Television, Utah
  • Tweet Untweet: Obama Goes L.A.

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  • Los Angeles Hippies Ban Plastic Bags

    Congratulations, Los Angeles, you've just become the largest city in America to ban plastic shopping bags from supermarkets. And congratulations, Los Angelenos, you finally have a use for all those movie premiere swag bags lying around your closets.

    According to the LA Times, this initiative was "egged on by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and an array of environmental groups," which sounds like the Commie-est group of eggers-on ever assembled (love you on Veep, though, Julia!).

    I kid, I kid. I don't want the manatees or whatever to die. But what I want to know is this: If Los Angeles is so concerned about harmful plastic, why is Heidi Montag still on the loose?

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    Tags: California, Environment, Los Angeles
  • Kim Kardashian for Mayor?

    As reports of President Obama's hilarious speech dominated Saturday's coverage of the White House Correspondents' Dinner, a few major stories flew under the radar. Including this one, about a little-known budding politician who used the event to make a very important announcement

    The Kardashians made a splash on the White House Correspondents' Dinner red carpet at the Hilton with talk of politics and media — and a possible mayoral bid by Kim…

    Does she really want to run for mayor of Glendale, Calif., as she said recently on E!'s "Khloe and Lamar"?

    "I always set my goals really high," Kim said, adding, "Stay tuned."

    OMG. The anticipation is killing me. We all knew Kim could act and sing, but who knew she could also perfectly imitate Marco Rubio's elaborate will-he-or-won't-he dance?

    Of course, pundits should still be careful not to read too much into this statement. In the past, Kim has also said she works hard every day, would stay with her husband till death and, most recently, that she wants her own sitcom. Apparently, her entire existence wasn't enough of a joke to her.

    Actually, I'd be willing to support Mayor Kim Kardashian as long as it means we'll get Deputy Mayor Kanye West.

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    Tags: Correspondents' Dinner, Kim Kardashian, Los Angeles, Television
  • Meet Farmscape, the Corporation Running for Mayor of L.A. [VIDEO]

    Ever since the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as individuals for the purposes of electoral communications, an important question has lingered regarding the implications of the majority opinion.

    Not "if corporations are people, how come they barely pay taxes?" And certainly not, "if corporations are people, how come none of them are in prison?" No, here's the real dilemma: If corporations are people, how come they need to use the intermediaries of campaign contributions and lobbyists to bend policy making to their whims? Why not eliminate the middlemen and have corporations become the politicians?

    For Farmscape LLC, a Los Angeles business that designs and maintains farm plots in the city, the answer is "Why not, indeed?" Following in the path-breaking limited-liability footsteps of Murray Hill Incorporated — an environmental consultancy that sought ballot access in Maryland's 8th Congressional District in 2010 — Farmscape recently announced its candidacy for mayor of Los Angeles.

    As part of its effort "to represent our chard values," Farmscape submitted voter registration paperwork to the County Recorder's office last week, appending an argument for corporate suffrage alongside its application

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    Tags: California, Citizens United v. FEC, Corporations, Environment, Food, Los Angeles