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Mimosas on the Terrace

The odd fall weather has brought out nasturtiums way early.

Tea Party Civil War? Hatfields v. McCoys, undoubtedly.

The former fishwrap of record embarrasses again. This time, they editorially worry about the plastic bag ban because it causes problems for big box retailers and chain stores. And guess who the paper now depends on most for advertising? The very same. It's kind of funny watching Sue Horton and Rob Greene now inking retail culture agitprop. At least Jill Stewart could have done it remorselessly.

The national shaming of the TSA--which much deserves to be shamed--by the rightwing echo chamber is hilarious to watch unfold. The hillbillies are now arriving at the very same side held by the ACLU since time immemorial. Please welcome to the fight for civil liberties a bunch of indignant crackers for whom bodyscans are "porn". Where have you been all these years? Of course, they are also trying to blame Obamar for everything, which is a little like blaming the president when the glue on the back of your postage stamp fails to adhere to the envelope.

LAUSD cancels a second fat contract in as many weeks.

There is still much confusion bouncing through our comments on the CPIO Ordinance. You do get the feeling from reading them that the City's planning process is better off when ordinary citizens do not have to compete on the jargon-riddled home turf of the land use consultant; you even get the feeling that they missed all the PLUM meetings on this issue because they don't really want to compete. And this may be the biggest breakthrough of all with CPIO: ordinary people can have ordinary dialogs about planning issues with their Councilmember's office, and hold them accountable for planning too, not just the Mayor, without having to resort to playing on the home turf of the developer. Every now and then, your city actually does something right. Also, to call LoGrande inexperienced is an ad hominem argument; i.e., a weak one. Even an inexperienced clock is right twice a day.

"A neighborhood without easy access to fresh, affordable food is not sustainable," an architect tells the LA Times. And the scribe writes it down and reports it, because it is so true. It may yet turn out that running water is important too. Meanwhile, SCI-Arc people make a voyeuristic field study of a community garden in Watts.

Los Angeles more horrible than anywhere, because of rabid bats, &c. Srsly. It is! A bunch of New York temps agree.