Lakers Win Again ... yea.

And thank God they didn't loose.  LA would would still be in flames.  Not that that's a bad thing....

Despite heavy LAPD presence, violence breaks out after Lakers' victory

Crowds hurl bottles and other objects at police, smash marquees, jump on vehicles, break windows and light a small fire along Figueroa Street. At least one person is beaten unconscious.

By Sam Allen and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times

June 18, 2010

Despite a massive Los Angeles police presence Thursday night, sporadic violence broke out near Staples Center after the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.

Crowds hurled bottles and other objects at police, smashed marquees, jumped on vehicles, broke windows, and set rubbish dumpsters and vehicles on fire along Figueroa Street north of Staples Center and on Flower Street.

Police fired non-lethal rounds to disperse the crowd at Figueroa and Venice Boulevard after several small fires were set, as well as at 11th and Hope streets. At 7th and Flower, a car believed to be a taxicab was engulfed in flames.

At least one person was beaten unconscious as fights broke out on Flower Street near Olympic Boulevard. A bicyclist was injured when struck by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department vehicle near 11th and Flower streets, according to the LAPD.

In all, there were multiple injuries but no loss of life, officials said. One police officer suffered a broken nose. As night wore on, fire crews responded to many rubbish fires and some vehicle fires, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The LAPD declared an unlawful assembly moments after the game ended.

Hundreds of officers in patrol cars, on foot and on horseback moved in to clear streets and break up the crowds. At least 12 people were arrested for crimes including public drunkenness, vandalism and inciting a riot. One person was arrested for assault on a police officer, authorities said.

Several dozen people rushed onto the 10 Freeway near Figueroa and Washington boulevards, disrupting traffic, the California Highway Patrol said.

At 8th and Figueroa, Lakers fans and a phalanx of more than two dozen police, wearing riot gear and wielding batons, faced off. The stand-off began when a bunch of fans tore down a traffic sign and then ripped out two newspaper stands and lighted the papers on fire. When the police marched up Figueroa, about two dozen abreast, the crowd slowly receded. Some people were throwing energy drinks, which had been passed out for free after the win. Others posed for photos in front of the line of police.

A group of overzealous fans began smashing the windows of a black Honda and trying to turn it over. Others protested the violence: "You isn't from L.A.! This is L.A. No burning!" one person in a Kobe Bryant jersey shouted.

The YMCA at 11th and Olive Street was vandalized as taggers marked graffiti up and down the side of a wall. Another person upended a traffic sign and bashed in several windows.

That was too much for two men. "It's getting too hot, dog," one of them said to his friend. "Let's bounce!"

The LAPD reported that things seemed to be calming down after 11 p.m.

In 2000, the LAPD was criticized after mayhem erupted following the Lakers' championship victory. Roaming mobs torched vehicles and looted and vandalized businesses near Staples Center with seeming impunity. The department fared better after last year's championship but still needed a few hours to gain control of rowdy fans.

Top LAPD officials had vowed to do things differently this year and relied, in part, on a strategy of keeping large groups from roaming the area around Staples Center.

As the Lakers battled the Celtics in the first half, crowds began to form at the Nokia Theatre plaza across from Staples Center.

Witnesses said the LAPD was quick to respond when the throng began to grow.

A black-and-white police cruiser drove through the middle of the plaza, splitting the crowd as officers on foot began to move people from the area, according to diners at nearby restaurants.

"It was controlled chaos. They blocked them and pinched them so everyone had to leave out the same side," said John Hall of Bakersfield, who watched the scene unfold from the ESPN Zone.

With the plaza area cleared, officers shut down Figueroa Street at Olympic Boulevard to pedestrian traffic. About 100 people gathered at the corner after they were stopped from heading south toward Staples Center.

Some of them crowded the window at La Bella Covina restaurant, trying to watch the game on a television inside.

Police patrol cars lined Chick Hearn Plaza. Two trucks of police in riot gear and another group of officers on horseback lined up along Figueroa and Olympic as people assembled nearby.

Meanwhile, inspectors with the Los Angeles Fire Department were checking bars to ensure they had not exceeded maximum capacity.

Paul McCartney Bashes Bush in Front of Obama and White House Guests |

My open letter to Sir Paul McCartney...

Dear Paul;

In light of your status as an absolute legend in the world of modern music it pains me greatly to have to tell you to STFU A**hole!

Who exactly do you think you are coming to OUR country to receive an award and in doing so bashing OUR former President in OUR White House no less?   

President George W. Bush did earn an undergrad degree from Yale and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  Not being from the US you may not know that the aforementioned schools and degrees are kind of a big deal.  He was elected governor of Texas and President of the United States, twice.  Governor and President, also a big deal in America.

You have been blessed with a musical career beyond compare and challenged with a number of personal difficulties in your own life, none of which we'll detail here.  Suffice it to say that next time you have the opportunity on a similar occasion... you might just want to leave it at "Thank You".

PS... And shame on Barack Obama and everyone else in the room for letting you get away with it.

Paul McCartney Bashes Bush in Front of Obama and White House Guests |

Paul McCartney Bashes Bush in Front of Obama and White House Guests

Created 06/03/2010 - 15:14

Former Beatles star Paul McCartney took a cheap shot at George W. Bush Wednesday evening after receiving an award from Barack Obama.

McCartney was honored in the East Room of the White House by the President, his family, and a star-studded guest list that included Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, the Jonas Brothers, Jack White, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Jerry Seinfeld.

After receiving the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, McCartney told the audience, "After the last eight years, it's good to have a president that knows what a library is" (video follows with commentary):

Potentially even more disgraceful, those in the audience wildly applauded after McCartney made this disgusting comment.

Isn't that special?

Two weeks ago, a Mexican president got cheered [0] by Democrats in Congress when he insulted Arizona's governor and every American that supports that state's new anti-illegal immigration law.
Days later, a British pop star insults our 43rd president -- while being honored by our nation in THE WHITE HOUSE!!! -- and those in attendance think it's a riot.

Makes you proud to be an American, doesn't it?

Post facto exit question: McCartney is touring America this summer. Will this comment help or hurt ticket sales?

The Dixie Chicks Are Back?

The band that outed themselves as angry malcontent liberals and then continued to amaze us with their ever widening spiral of stupid stunts and statements is... well, back?  It would appear.

The Dixie Chicks are touring this summer with The Eagles and Keith Urban.  Of the eight dates originally announced,  two shows (Philadelphia and Hershey, PA) have been canceled.  No one will say why but I, of course, have my suspicions.  The Dixie Chicks had their own issues with poor ticket sales on their last tour four years ago.  We'll see how the remaining six dates play out.  The tour begins June 8th in Toronto.

Some of my favorite Dixie Chick quotes:

 "Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas." -- Natalie Maines, March 10, 2003

"I feel the President is ignoring the opinions of many in the U.S. and alienating the rest of the world" -- Natalie Maines, March 10, 2003 - in a lame attempt to clarify her original statement

And finally the non-apology four days later. -- "As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect. We are currently in Europe and witnessing a huge anti-American sentiment as a result of the perceived rush to war. While war may remain a viable option, as a mother, I just want to see every possible alternative exhausted before children and American soldiers' lives are lost. I love my country. I am a proud American."  -- Natalie Maines, March 14, 2003

"I'd rather have a smaller following of really cool people who get it, who will grow with us as we grow and are fans for life, than people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith. We don't want those kinds of fans. They limit what you can do."  -- Natalie Maines, May, 2006

On her original "apology" to President Bush -- "...I don't feel that way anymore. I don't feel he is owed any respect whatsoever ... If people are going to ask me to apologize based on who I am ... I don't know what to do about that. I can't change who I am."  -- Natalie Maines, May 21 2006

"A lot of artists cashed in on being against what we said or what we stood for because that was promoting their career, which was a horrible thing to do. A lot of pandering started going on, and you'd see soldiers and the American flag in every video. It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism. " --  Emily Robison, June 15, 2006

The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism. Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country ... I don't see why people care about patriotism." -- Natalie Maines, June 15, 2006

"Just so y'all know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas,"  Natalie Maines,  June, 2006