Aug 162017
 

White Los Angeles Against White Supremacy

 

Anything L.A. – Los Angeles Liberal Magazine – unequivocally condemns white supremacy, hate groups, hate crimes and white hypocrisy in Washington D.C.

 

We all have CULTURAL preferences and sentiments. The concept of white supremacy, KKK and the Neo-Nazi movement however has nothing to do with cultural sentiments. These people actually believe that their skin color alone entitles them to superiority over others. But there is NO superiority, leave alone supremacy based on race. There is supremacy based on merit, only.

White power, white supremacy, KKK and the Neo-Nazi movement have no merit and no power. Members of these organizations use vandalism and violence to assert their imaginary power.
Real merit and power can be easily and openly asserted. Think of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, each of them has proven his value: peacefully and constructively. Each earned our respect. Recently, an older man – by the name of Jose Prieto – gave his life while trying to help a woman and children in the aftermath of a massive car crash on the 10 freeway in Fontana. He was a real man, a remarkable human being and a Good Samaritan. His life mattered. His legacy has value. These are examples of superiority based on merit; superiority earned. (There are of course, many other examples: there are African American preachers, politicians, professionals, artists, etc. who have earned their way to success and recognition like the individuals I named above.)

Since President Trump took office instances of vandalism of houses of worship and cemeteries that are not Christian are on the rise. There were two well-publicized cases of American nationalists who killed foreigners to “rid America of illegal immigrants”. (In the first case, the victim was an American citizen and a successful businessman. In the second, the victims were highly-skilled professionals from India here on work visas to help make America greater, yet.) The latest outburst of white nationalism killed Heather Heyer: she was white, born and raised in the United States, professional and patriotic that’s why she was among the counter protesters in Charlottesville.

In solidarity with victims and survivors of the white supremacists’ rally in Charlottesville (Virginia), Anything L.A. – Los Angeles Liberal Magazine – unequivocally condemns white supremacy, hate groups, hate crimes AND white hypocrisy in Washington D.C. In the same spirit, we suspend all further activity (including our newsletter) until the United States of America have a President that represents the majority of Americans.

As much as we tried to pretend that Los Angeles is an island, it isn’t. We, our city and our values are threatened by the actions of – and statements from – the White House. It isn’t possible to provide coverage of our city while ignoring United States’ news and the world’s reactions to them.

It was never our magazine’s intent to judge the leadership of our Country and until President Trump came to power we never did. As it is, it’s impossible not to. When the federal government tramples on American values staying silent implies acceptance. Let there be no misunderstanding: WE DON’T SUPPORT – LEAVE ALONE, SHARE – PRESIDENT TRUMP’S VIEWS. Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine isn’t anti-government. It is against the erosion of American values and terrorism either foreign or domestic.

For the record: Anything L.A. – Los Angeles Liberal Magazine – is published and run by white people who are American patriots and support American values.

American values don’t include the destruction of natural environment, intentional acceleration of global warming, economic discrimination, divisiveness, racial discrimination, walls that divide nations, religious discrimination, immigration policy that rips families apart, hate groups, white nationalism, hate crime, relentless attempts to deprive Americans of healthcare, a return to the dark days of Confederacy, violence or vandalism.

Be sure to understand: the so called “white power” DOESN’T represent all white people. Normal white people are as outraged and disgusted by the actions of “white supremacists” as the minorities being targeted by them. Perhaps unlike the minorities, we understand better that the “white supremacists” are losers. They have no merit or credibility as individuals or as a “movement”. Worse, we are embarrassed by the fact that we – the normal white people – may be perceived as a part of the “white nationalism”. The difference between the “white supremacists” and all other white people isn’t political, but moral. For the President of the United States to take the side of immorality blows our collective white mind!

Make no mistake, Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine didn’t fold. We will resume the day common sense and American values return to Washington. Until then: GOD BLESS AMERICA, we hope and pray that once the current storm passes there’ll be enough of the America we know and love left to restore it to its former glory.

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

 

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Aug 122017
 

Rhinestone Cowboy Rode Off At 81

 

Glen Campbell made America GREAT with songs like “Southern Nights”, “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, died from Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Glen Campbell, the beloved Rhinestone Cowboy, rode off into the sunset, for the final time.

The extra-ordinary artist was born as the “12th child and seventh son of a dirt poor sharecropper born in the depths of the depression on April 22, 1936”. He wasn’t treated and cultivated as a child-prodigy, mind you. He wasn’t given an education to help him get started on the right foot. But his father bought him a toy guitar when Glen was only 4 years old…. It seems like that one little toy guitar determined the course of Glen Campbell’s life.

Nothing was given to Campbell; nothing fell into his lap. One of the largest obstacles he had to overcome was his inability to write or read music… Still, his virtuosity on the guitar earned him the opportunities he deserved. Before embarking on a solo career, Glen Campbell as a guitarist was in high demand by such stars as Elvis, Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys.

Having established himself within the music industry first, prepared Glen Campbell for a solo career and stardom is what he achieved in both country and pop music. Among his most popular songs are: “Southern Nights”, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston”. His hits marked milestones in our lives and are as much a part of American history as his rags to riches life story.

Even Campbell’s well-publicized battle with alcohol and cocaine didn’t slow down his success. He worked with the best in the music industry. He was chosen by John Wayne as his co-star in “True Grit”. He had a career as a successful TV host hosting music greats ranging from Johnny Cash to The Beatles on his “The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour”. Yes, he published an autobiography appropriately titled “Rhinestone Cowboy”, too.

For a long time, it seemed that nothing can stand in the way of the Rhinestone Cowboy. Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis caught him, his family, friends and fans by surprise. And yet, in a typical Campbell-style, Glen didn’t run and hide.
He faced the cruelty of the disease by launching “The Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour”. All 151 shows were sold-out. His children assumed key positions in his band and supported the final tour. His final release, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”, earned Glen Campbell yet another Grammy for the Best Country Song and his second Oscar nomination.

“By the time Campbell won his sixth Grammy Award in 2014 for his final recording, “I’m Not Going to Miss You,” he had won most every award and achieved every milestone available to musicians. One of the best-selling solo male artists in U.S. chart history, Campbell released more than 70 albums, selling 50 million copies with more than 80 songs charting. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame. He won the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, twice won the Academy of Country Music’s Album of the Year award and was named Male Vocalist of the Year by both. In 2012, he was bestowed the Grammy’s most prestigious honor, a Lifetime Achievement Award.” (Quote from Glen Campbell’s Website.)

Glen Campbell, the hardy American, talented artist and a family man lost his hard-fought battle with Alzheimer’s disease. His legacy enriched us all. He made America GREAT!

 

 

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Entertainment Editor, I. Sturm

 

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Aug 072017
 

Time Marches On The Investigation Continues

 

Sanctions on Russia, leaked transcripts, White House renovations. Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues working while the President, Senate and Congress are vacationing.

 

First, the House of Representatives passed a bill blocking the White House from interfering with planned sanctions on Russia. Then in a rare show of bi-partisan unity – and in spite of the President’s disapproval – the Congress passed new sanctions on Russia. The new sanctions displeased not only President Trump, but President Putin who retaliated by drastically limiting the number of American diplomats and support staff in Russia.

Brand new insider leak made transcripts of President Trump’s phone conversations with foreign leaders’ public.
The President’s conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull exposed President Trump’s true feelings about accepting refugees and his disregard for binding international agreements.
The phone exchange with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on the other hand put the President’s hypocrisy on full display: keeping promises he’s made during the presidential race is of no importance but keeping up appearances and the truth out of the reach of media are high on his priority’s list. The latest leaks don’t reveal any secret government information, but the President’s values, or lack thereof, if you will.

President Trump left for 17 day vacation during which several renovations will be completed in the White House. Having repeatedly criticized President Obama for golfing and vacationing, President Trump took 75 days off (the current 17 day “working” vacation included) during his first 200 days in the Oval Office.

But even with President Trump playing golf for the next 17 days, with the Senate and Congress on a summer break, Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues working.

He has empaneled a grand jury for his Russian collusion investigation. He has begun issuing subpoenas and requesting documents, including the President’s financial and business records. Robert Mueller enjoys a sterling reputation as well as respect on both sides of the political aisle. President Trump has been warned on several occasions that an attempt to fire Mueller will backfire and once again (as it was the case with his firing of the former FBI Director James Comey) create the appearance of intentional obstruction of justice.

And how was YOUR week?

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

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Aug 072017
 

Los Angeles Concerts Rescheduled

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES AND TEARS FOR FEARS

RESCHEDULE THEIR LOS ANGELES AND SAN JOSE SHOWS

Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears for Fears have rescheduled their California tour dates to the following dates below.

September 14 – STAPLES Center – Los Angeles, CA
September 15 – STAPLES Center – Los Angeles, CA
September 17 – SAP Center – San Jose, CA

Plus a Special Acoustic Performance by opener Allen Stone

Tickets On Sale Now For The Newly Rescheduled Dates

 

Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears for Fears have rescheduled their California tour dates to the following dates below.

  • Thursday, September 14 STAPLES Center Los Angeles, CA
  • Friday, September 15 STAPLES Center Los Angeles, CA
  • Sunday, September 17 SAP Center San Jose, CA

For the two (2) Los Angeles dates:

  • The July 28 tickets will be honored for the September 14 date.
  • The July 29 tickets will be honored for the September 15 date.

All original tickets will be honored for these rescheduled dates (fans who are not able to attend the new dates are eligible for refunds at point of purchase).

About Daryl Hall & John Oates
From the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including “Rich Girl” (also #1 R&B), “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), “Maneater” and “Out of Touch” from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums—’76’s Bigger Than Both of Us, ’80’s Voices, ’81’s Private Eyes, ‘82’s H2O, ‘83’s Rock N Soul, Part I and ‘84’s Big Bam Boom. The era would also produce an additional 5 Top 10 singles, “Sara Smile,” “One on One,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Say It Isn’t So” and “Method of Modern Love.” By 1987, the RIAA recognized Daryl Hall and John Oates as the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history, a record they still hold today.

On May 20, 2008, the duo was honored with the Icon Award during BMI’s 56th annual Pop Awards. The award has previously gone to the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Ray Davies, Carlos Santana and Dolly Parton.

In 2014, Daryl and John were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 2017 finds Daryl Hall and John Oates very much at the height of their powers making their own kind of soul, with a new generation of musicians recognizing not only their historic track record of success, but also their continuing influence and achievements.

About Tears For Fears
Beyond selling 30 million albums worldwide, performing to countless sold out audiences, and winning various awards, the DNA of Tears For Fears—Roland Orzabal [vocals, guitar, keyboards] and Curt Smith [vocals, bass, keyboards]—remains embedded within three generations of artists. Quietly casting a shadow over rock, hip-hop, electronic dance music, indie, and beyond, their music has been sampled by Kanye West, The Weeknd, David Guetta, Drake, and more, while getting covered by Lorde, Adam Lambert, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Gary Jules, and Disturbed, to name a few. Meanwhile, classic songs figure prominently everywhere from The Wire and Donnie Darko to Straight Outta Compton and Mr. Robot.

Representing an inimitable intersection of pop palatability, clever and cognizant lyricism, guitar bombast, and new wave innovation, their catalog spans a string of classic albums, namely the gold-certified debut The Hurting [1983], quintuple-platinum BRIT Award-winning Songs from the Big Chair [1985], and Seeds of Love [1989]. The latter proved to be Roland and Curt’s last collaboration together until Everybody Loves A Happy Ending in 2004, which rekindled the creative fire between them. Breaking another quiet spell, the boys engaged in a three-year touring whirlwind across North America, Japan, South Korea, Manila, and South America beginning in 2010. 2013 saw them return with their first recorded music in a decade: a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start.” It proved to be a welcome addition to their three-decade discography of immortal hits ranging from “Mad World,” “Change,” and “Pale Shelter” to “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” “Shout,” “Sowing The Seeds of Love,” and “Everybody Loves A Happy Ending.” Now, 2017 marks the beginning of a new era for the band. Signed to Warner Bros. Records, they will release their seventh full-length album, fifth for Roland and Curt together, and first in 13 years following a summer co-headline tour with Daryl Hall & John Oates.

About Allen Stone
On his third full-length album, soul artist Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention. Made in collaboration with Swedish soul singer / songwriter / phenom Magnus Tingsek, Radius captures the warm energy of that creative connection and transports the listener to a higher and more exalted plane. Radius Deluxe now includes seven exciting bonus tracks including the previously unreleased songs “Voodoo” and “Faithful”, as well as a new version of Stone’s energetic single “Freedom”.

The New York Times said the Chewelah, Washington-bred 28-year-old’s lyrics on Radius “promise honest sentiments, grooves built with physical instruments and a gospel-rooted determination to uplift … glimmers of Al Green, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, George Clinton, Prince and a bit of Sting.”

Tearing through nearly 600 shows in just two years – including sold out performances at LA’s Ace Hotel and NYC’s Apollo Theater – Allen Stone is determined to make 2017 yet another impactful year of writing and performance.

https://www.hallandoates.com/
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Aug 012017
 

L.A. Puts Two Counterfeiters Out Of Business

 

CITY ATTORNEY FEUER SECURES 10-YEAR INJUNCTION, $1M IN PENALTIES AGAINST COUNTERFEIT LAUNDRY DETERGENT DEALERS

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that his office has successfully secured a 10-year injunction and more than $1 million in civil penalties against two counterfeit laundry detergent dealers and their supplier operating in six Southern California cities including Los Angeles.

“Whether it’s counterfeit laundry detergent sold online or allegedly phony and potentially deadly pharmaceuticals dispensed from a Pacoima storefront, our office will continue cracking down on counterfeit goods,” said City Attorney Feuer. “Counterfeits rip off consumers, hurt legitimate businesses, negatively impact our local economy and can jeopardize public health and safety. We thank the LA Sheriff’s Department for its partnership on this vital consumer protection work.”

“We’re grateful for the partnership with authorities who share our common goal to ensure consumers get the quality, safety and value they expect, while stopping crime in its tracks,” said Anne Candido, P&G Communications. “Simply put, counterfeits cheat consumers, put consumer health safety at risk and are bad for businesses big and small.”

The court ruled that defendant Nancy Flores and her husband Marvin Santiago Caceres routinely advertised and sold counterfeit Procter & Gamble laundry detergent and dish soap labeled falsely as Tide, Gain, Downy and Dawn. The defendants were found to have committed 4,910 violations of the Unfair Competition Law.

As a result, a 10-year injunction was issued against each of the defendants prohibiting them from possessing or selling counterfeit goods or being employed by any business in the state of California related to the sale, storage or possession of detergent and CD’s or DVD’s. In addition, the Court awarded $1,017,000 in civil penalties.

Beginning in March 2016, private investigators identified Flores and Caceres from social media advertisements as selling large quantities of detergent and dish soap. On several occasions, undercover investigators purchased multiple five-gallon containers of detergent in cash. Taxes were not charged and receipts were not provided. The goods were examined and determined to be counterfeit. In May, Sheriff Department deputies served a search warrant at the home of Flores and Caceres and recovered 23 counterfeit buckets of detergent. A subsequent search warrant at their supplier Fernando Andrade’s home also yielded 2,557 phony Tide, Gain and Downy labels. In addition, Sheriff’s deputies uncovered a large-scale CD/DVD pirating operation and over 2,250 CD’s and DVD’s at Andrade’s home.

Law enforcement, including the FBI and Interpol, have documented that proceeds from the sale of counterfeit goods fund organized crime, and that counterfeit goods harm legitimate businesses by stealing their intellectual property. Counterfeit sales also deprive the public of tax revenues needed to fund city services including parks, libraries and public safety.

Deputy City Attorney Kevin Gilligan, Director of the City Attorney’s Anti-Counterfeit Enforcement Program, handled the litigation.

 

 

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