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Morning Eye-Opener



Left, an NYC skyscraper. Right, a Liberty City skyscraper in Grand Theft Auto IV. Check the whole series of thirty such knockoffs at flickr. And then marvel at the fact that some nerd has enough time not only to play the game, but to source its animation too.

g LAPD depute jefe Michael Moore tells the Daily News that an injunction against the San Fers would control them. But Richard Alarcon takes the opportunity to sound like a crazy man. As though injunction requests are public relations events, he thinks the City Attorney's motion "doesn't take notice of all the good things that are going on in the community." His equally unbalanced claim that "most residents are more afraid of foreclosure than they are of gang members" is of course an outright lie, as most residents are renters, but renters and homeowners alike fear gangs.

g Ron Prentice will be the fundie point-person on the anti-gay marriage initiative. Here's his LA Times Dust-Up from last summer on the issue. It's hostile. California's demographics have changed substantially since 2000, even since 2004; the Christian right's rhetoric hasn't.

g Notes on the sidebar: Larry Mantle and Warren Olney's shows are streamed over the Internet. If you think of it, you can click to them from the sidebar now, where they get special call-outs.