It would have either retweeted the news from today or blogged something up about it… even on a weekend.
— tony pierce (@busblog) July 18, 2021
so if i die, investigate his ass.
im on him because he refuses to drop the charges on an LA Taco reporter who was just doing his job the night the Dodgers won the world series.
only problem was, this journalist captured video of the LAPD going wild on the crowd in the streets.
months later the cops mailed this reporter a citation saying he didn’t leave the area when he was instructed to.
huge problem with that. the constitution doesnt say “there is a freedom of the press unless the cops say fuck this, y’all need to go home now.”
in part because sometimes, as we have seen, the cops go apeshit when the shit’s going down and the only people who can check them IS the press. so no.
just last month a journalist in Iowa was aquitted for a similar so-called offense of not dispersing even in conservative ass Iowa the jury only needed two hours to uphold the constitution.
so why is the City Attorney going forward on a case he knows he has no chance of winning?
because he is running for mayor and wants the cops on his side.
even though by doing this, every journalist (rightfully) thinks he’s a moron and gutless and a puppet for the LAPD.
meanwhile this journalist is a Hispanic – which are the majority in LA – so dude’s burning that bridge too.
and yes i remind him of all of these things every week, daily, in rebuttals to every dumbass thing he tweets
which is a lot because he and his staff tweet 3-4 times a day POORLY.
so if i die go after him.
here the distinguished gentleman from Mississippi has received over 28,000 comments compared to 4,600 likes. why?
Sen Wicker is a Republican. Zero Republicans voted for the bill that he is touting in this tweet.
So the people in the comments are saying very mean things to him.
can you imagine working for a big newspaper in Chicago,
sorta big, it’s the sun-times
and you get to go to the most beautiful park 100 times a year
and you are fundamentally against what makes the National League the National League?
to me that would be like being a bartender but not appreciating booze.
it’d be like saying you love women but would rather they be completely odorless
it’d be like being a librarian but you prefer the film adaptations.
we battled a little on twitter and he took offense when i told him that i was unfollowing him and then all of his fans piled on
and one by one i picked them off.
it was astounding how few of them really understood the nuance and truths about not just baseball
but strategy, pace, and how to score a run.
scoring runs, of course being the prime objective of baseball.
one guy told me that he liked the AL style that included the designated hitter because it sped up the games and created more runs.
i told him to find me the proof that the games were shorter in the AL than the NL
he conceded he was wrong.
so to reward him i showed him that the amount of runs scored in each league were virtually identical.
i even showed him a chart
more people defended the sun times reporter.
one guy asked me a ridiculous scenario where it was the first inning and the pitcher was due up, would i pinch hit? he said he would i said, “why? your team had batted around in the first. you’re doing great, why take out your pitcher for the hope of another hit even though the odds of a pinch hitter being successful is low?”
he was all, “well he has a better chance of a hit than a dumb pitcher!”
which is true but still inane. so i asked him about another scenario.
i said what would happen if its the bottom of the 7th, scoreless game, two no hitters until the Cubs #8 hitter smacks a double into the ivy.
one out, man on second, do you let your pitcher bat or do you yank him because now you have the best chance youve had all game to score… but if you yank him you are also pulling out a pitcher who is mesmerizing the opposite team?
he said, oh id let him bunt. its an obvious sacrifice bunt scenario.
i said is it? and i pulled out this Runs Expectancy chart like the nerd that i am that shows you have a .66 chance of scoring if you have a man on second with 1 out. but you only have a .35 chance of scoring if you have a runner on third with 2 outs.
so by bunting you are actually halving your chances, so you may as well let Kyle swing away and/or try to draw a walk… and make the pitcher waste valuable pitches.
all he could say was that the stats i provided were 5 years old (as if that matters) and any time he sees pitchers they stand there for three pitches and then walk to the bench.
it was then that i realized who i was talking with. and who this writer attracts. and that i was wasting my time with both of them and i should get back to actual work.
which i did
which i am nearly finished with.
which makes me very happy.
and tomorrow i will sell my OJ helmet.
to a very nice man who once used it in an art show.
and i will throw in an OJ football card.
everything must go.
im selling everything i own,
new year new you.
today i thanked a King
maybe im addicted.
i think thats the case.
but if twitter is a click away imma read it. imma write on it. imma call someone out.
i need to take it off of this computer.
it took me soooo long to write the simplest thing.
all fricken day.
what a waste.
its gotta go.
since Friday i have been without my phone. my girlfriend is more uptight about that than i am.
WHAT IF THERES AN EMERGENCY she asked as we drove to Inglewood last night to get some ribs.
then i die.
have my ashes sprinkled among the ashes of Hollywood.
the day before we went to Target and she did not let me leave my phone at home in case we got seperated in the two story store in Pasadena.
now its lost somewhere in this house, locked, and trust me when i tell you last night when i gleefully told her i dont care where it was she about blew a gasket.
things i miss about my phone are minimal. i miss calling my mom when i go on long drives. i miss having it tethered via bluetooth to my car’s Alexa so i can say hey alexa play Tsar
but other than that it has been a pleasant separation and im sure my phone feels the same way about me.
but this twitter. holy moley, i had no idea.
it all happened saturday night, as per my previous post. i watched Josie get arrested and via twitter and my iMessage i was able to alert some of the people she works with. Lord knows i was not going to sit on my hands as she wa being driven to prison because of some weirdo goal to be off the grid.
but as the conversations got weirder and weirder on Twitter regarding her case, the first amendment and the plausibility of a pro journalist jumping into a law enforcement scrum like some modern day Leroy Jenkins i began seeing why i love social media so much.
often times it’s an interesting conversation, but moreso it’s debating with people who are so different both politically and otherwise that it’s eye opening that we can both be looking at the same half full glass of water and they say
not only is it half empty but because of Obama it’s undrinkable.
theres many things i should have studied at UCSB than poetry, namely: Spanish, coding, and apparently Philosophy. I flunked two courses in school, a cinema class on Buster Keaton because i refused to over analyze his slapstick comedy because i didnt want to ruin future viewings, and the philosophy of Berkeley because apparently im dumber than i look.
in that class we had one book. it was a paperback called The Philosophy of Berkeley. It was about 75 pages. I couldn’t get through 5 of them.
im someone who was able to read much of The Bible, Finnegans Wake, and The Sound and the Fury in college. while distracted by the beach, the ladies, and my real goal: writing 100+ articles for the Daily Nexus a year. but those who understand philosophy is something i really admire because it was so foreign to me.
Give me Faulkner’s crazy, trippy, stoned, drunk run on sentences and Joyce’s Ulysses (which I tried to read on shrooms) any day over philosophy.
I read Milton’s Paradise Lost as an ice cream man on summer vacation, for fun but i bombed big time with Berkeley which is why i appreciate trying to conversate with these twitter people with their American flag icons in their bio about what a good journalist can and cannot do.
and yesterday i went on twitter to see the rest of the debate AND TODAY I DID IT TOO!
partially i did it because two of my stories for Los Angeleno were published over the last few days an i want people to read them.
the first was about diversity at the Oscars and how their new rules can be easily gamed
and the other is about diversity at the LA Times and how they really should bite the bullet and let Angel Jennings have full on veto powers otherwise she will be frustrated as merely a token.
going forward i have no other excuses.
but here is the biggest problem i have with twitter: i learn s much. i follow about 1,300 people. about half of them are fully alive on the platform, tweeting out and retweeting fascinating things. news breaks and theyre on it.
who doesn’t love breaking news?
who doesnt want to talk about the president visiting california and saying that the global warming will just disappear? who doesnt want to talk about the Bears’ crazy comeback yesterday or the Cubs’ no hitter or a thousand other things?
i do i do i do!
the greatest thing about being the blog editor of the LA Times was being able to bounce from desk to desk and talk with some of the greatest writers and editors of those sections about the stories theyre working on and how we can make the ones theyve recently published get seen.
it was like going to college and being given an All Access pass to every classroom, all the star students, and all the best professors. every day i learned so much.
twitter is a tiny version of that. oftentimes the journalists will tell you in real time what they are working on or what their recently published stories are all about. and the best ones will answer your questions. you do not need to be a Philosophy major to chat with them because they see the half full glass of water and will talk all day with you about it.
using their real names.
using links to support their point of view.
and often the people who follow them are also interesting and educated people who also want to learn.
so why am i giving that up for even a week?
because all addictions should be put under control.
even if they are fulfilling and wonderful and incredible.
at least for me.
i had to. i was watching TV on Saturday Night. 11pm news.
when you’re not distracted by your phone and laptop you actually watch things. its crazy.
the nice lady on TV said “a radio reporter was arrested tonight in Compton…”
LA is huge but it’s also teeny tiny. I totally expected to see Claudia Peschiutta being escorted to the pokey because, like, me, she is not afraid to tell Authorities when they are wrong wrong wrong and let’s count the ways they are wrong.
the last person i thought id see on my screen was Josie Huang.
But there was Josie, screaming to the fuzz who she worked for, that she was a journalist and how this was wrong.
Shockingly on the LA Sheriff Dept’s Twitter account was a three-part tweet that claimed she “admitted” she didn’t have the “proper” press credentials AND that she had no ID.
Josie? one of the most prepared and organized reporters you’ll ever cross paths with?
we are to believe that Josie drove all the way down to compton to go to a hospital where two deputies are recovering from gunshots to the head and she didn’t bring a press pass or her work ID?
technically, there is no requirement for a press credential to practice journalism. Many in the press simply have business cards but even that is not required to be protected by the first amendment the same way you don’t need a document to speak.
press passes are typically offered to make things easier for law enforcement or other officials to determine who is press in tense situations where yelling and pointing aren’t always easy to do. or in this case its shown to hospital staff to help prove why you are there. unfortunately it doesn’t guarantee entry or access but it doesn’t hurt.
but on the sidewalk, a public sidewalk, the minute Josie identified herself to the deputies they should have respected her in the exact same way law enforcement wants to be respected when they identify themselves in situations.
secondly, she had her ID flapping from her neck, laminated, and visible, so fuck your fucking bullshit tweet. delete it.
i hate lies so much that i created this blog.
and on this blog i wrote “nothing in here is true” that way if i wanted to lie, i could and no one could say they were tricked.
the irony is on many posts the only lie is “nothing in here is true”
the Law, however should always be trusted. and their tweets should be Gospel. video proves that all three of these tweets are false.
on a day where two deputies were shot in the head at point blank range the public should be united in trying to find the shooter. instead, due to these lies and the way Josie was treated, the emotions are more complicated than they should be and respect for the LA sheriff’s dept is not 100%.
that is fucked. and it’s nobody’s fault other than the department, which currently doesn’t have the greatest track record.
is there a solution? there’s always a solution.
here a former journalist should be in charge of that twitter account. they should be paid $150k and there should be zero rush to put out information. especially if it is in regards to someone, like a journalist, who has video of the arrest and the events leading up to it, and if there are, oh I dont know, tv cameras showing reverse angles and such.
because this will only make the department look worse when the truth comes out.
but heres the problem.
we currently live in a country where the President of the United States has convinced a healthy chunk of the populace that the press is not to be trusted. also ironic since he has lied to the nation over 20,000 times from petty topics like crowd size of his inauguration to deadly things like how the coronavirus is spread.
therefore something eye opening happened when on twitter word spread of Josie’s arrest:
the majority of the public didn’t believe her.
despite the videos, despite the ACLU, journalism unions, journalism orgs, her workplace, other journalists who were there, asswipes like me… sooooo many people on twitter said nonsense like “that’ll teach her for getting in the way of deputies.” “she wanted to be The story, well she got what she wanted.”
it blew me away. which is hard to do because i have been on Twitter for a little while now.
but it taught me an incredibly important lesson.
for some idealistic reason i have always believed that if so much popular opinion is against me on Twitter, there’s something i could have done better, different, more clear that would have prevented so much negativity.
but here Josie did nothing wrong. there were multiple camera angles. things were clear. hell, we could even see the deputies trying to smash her camera to destroy the evidence that they had illegally manhandled her and interfered with HER job, not the other way around.
and yet the public saw this gold dress as a red one.
it did not help that the Sheriff Dept shit in the punchbowl with its tweets. despite the fact that this is a department who just recently was exposed for incredibly bad behavior. there are members of the public who will always take the side of the law over the press even if the video is right in front of them and there are jerks like me who will confront them on twitter telling them that they are wrong wrong wrong.
plugging back in for a day taught me just another reason why i should unplug for a week.
my beloved social channels are infested with pollution that in many ways is man made.
and its good to rehab for a while and get that gunk out of your system before diving headfirst back into it for the rest of this year.
but im not so sure.
first off, lots of the people i dont like
would never talk to people on say twitter
especially using their own names.
and who wants to be like the people you dont like?
also how are you going to know about people unless you talk with them?
i have had a great time at Los Angeleno because ive been able to talk with people all over town and they have surprised me every time.
that time i met a couple trump supporters in south LA
that time i had a hard time finding anyone happy that their street got turned into Obama Blvd.
and that time i couldnt find one Uber driver in the whole, crowded LAX rideshare lot who wanted to be an employee of Uber. they said theyd rather quit.
today i wrote about a guy who is a super famous tiktoker who is raking in millions and has handed out pizza to Black Lives Matter protesters, and even built a school in Bali for 200 kids.
and as above, when you talk to people they’ll tell you surprising things.
or at least it surprises me.
this guy says that when he started, after just a few videos, since nobody really clicking his stuff, he was going to quit.
he was going to go home and live with his mom in nyc.
but he was so broke he didnt have enough money to go home.
so as he saved up what he was earning at his dumb job,
HE MADE A FEW MORE VIDEOS.
and as that fateful church street chinese restaurant fortune cookie once said
a flower blooms brightest right before it dies.
and one of the videos he put up when he just didnt give a crap about any more
for some reason it took me weeks and weeks to put that story together.
i was blocked. so blocked.
for two weeks my car has been in the shop.
i have zero distractions.
why would i be blocked to tell a sweet tale about a very nice man?
i just was.
sometimes theres no answer for it.
sometimes you just are.
so imma transcribe this next piece right now
if i dont get distracted talking to the people.
children of the future, the masked woman on the right is Cher
probably the first armenian american superstar. oscar and grammy winning fashionista.
she wants to save the post office.
we tried to volunteer this week.
they wouldnt let her.
so she went down to the post office with signs and started a little rally.
she wasnt thrilled with the turnout so she went on Twitter and said, lets do it again next week.
so i took this picture and i put it on the Los Angeleno twitter and this troll started trying to troll me.
but my middle name is howdareyou and i gave him the whats for. and because Cher was tagged on it she eventually saw it and made a little joke about one of my tweets and that pretty much made my day. my week even.
then amber came home with burritos. then we got the AC to work. then everyone took showers and then we watched a little of the Wire. and then we held hands in bed and said sweet things to each other.
and as i was saying sweet things to her she passed out.
but i kept saying things.
first i listed all the girls i had kissed in my apartment.
its been 20 years and i look like a runway model so you can only imagine how long that went on for.
then i said alexa turn off the lights
but i couldnt go to sleep. it was only 1am. last night i didnt get to sleep till 6.
so i went into the living room and played with the baseball cards.
played with the cats.
watched a guy catch baseballs at the all star game.
and thanked the Good Lord for my good life.
no ride is fun if its just straight and normal and without any thing to take yr breath away.
tomorrow i finish this thing ive been slaving over for a month.
sometimes it takes a while.