LA’s X-Rated Referendum is an Obscene Attack on Liberty

The electorate of Los Angeles County will go to the polls in three weeks to decide, among other critical questions in a time of economic stagnation, budget deficits, and educational crisis, whether to require the use of condoms in pornography films.

Ballot Measure X–excuse me, B–reads, in part: “The measure would require the use of condoms for all acts of anal or vaginal sex during the production of adult films.”

Thank goodness the voting age is 18.

Measure B appears on the November ballot thanks to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and proponents defend it as a “vote to safeguard public health and for workplace protection.”

The measure would apparently require “on-set inspections.” No doubt LA’s bureaucrats are already lining up for that assignment–but it’s unlikely there will be much left to inspect if Measure B passes.

Love it or loathe it, the U.S. pornography industry is largely based in LA’s San Fernando Valley. Lately, the multi-billion dollar industry has been struggling, and Measure B would likely push it out of California, to other states or Canada.

More jobs destroyed, more tax revenue lost–and yes, perhaps, a few infections prevented, though the industry says it is good at policing itself. And those who join it know what they are (ahem) getting into.

More is at stake in Measure B than economic damage. The greater price is liberty itself.

You don’t have to like or care about pornography to understand that there is something absurd about the government–or even the majority of citizens–deciding that when consenting adults engage in otherwise legal sexual expression, they have to use a particular form of contraception, subject to supervision by the Department of Public Health.

Recall the uproar during the Republican primary earlier this year over the phony issue of contraception. The mainstream media threw a fit over the constitutional question of whether states had the power to regulate contraception, and the left attacked GOP candidates for allegedly wanting to ban it.

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‘Scary’ New Trend?

While it’s not unheard of for a student to throw a party while their parents are out of town, a new trend seems to be developing in Los Angeles — throwing party at strangers’ houses, after hearing they’re out of town.

Last weekend, two houses in upscale neighborhoods of LA were broken into, quickly becoming the scene of out of-control parties. Police say the young ones had a “free for all” at the strangers’ houses, committing vandalism, stealing things, and “basically trashing” the place.

Most recently, police in riot gear had to break up a gathering of more than 500 people in Holmby Hills (an upscale area of Los Angeles) after someone found out the family was away, and spread the news over Facebook and Twitter.

Rachel Newman, who lives next door to where the party occurred, reported that people started arriving around 10:30 p.m. “like a swarm of bees.” “They were coming in cars. They were coming in cabs,” she recalled. She called the police, but by the time they arrived in the form of two lone female police officers, there were already more than 200 people in the house.

“They were just so brave,” the Newman said. “These two women were in the middle and all these kids’ iPhones were like torches and they were waving them and singing, ‘… the police,’ ‘… the police.’ I was thinking, ‘I don’t think Steve Jobs would like his iPhone to be used in that way.’”

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Is L.A. A War Zone?

With about 40 arson fires across Los Angeles in the last three days, the wave of intentional blazes that started in Hollywood on Friday is the worst since the 1992 riots, officials said.

Authorities said they remained unsure whether the fires were the work of one arsonist or several people, perhaps including copycats. Although the majority of the fires have occurred in the Hollywood area, some also were reported in the San Fernando Valley, Westside and as far south as Lennox near the 105 Freeway.

At least four new fires were reported on New Year’s Eve, including one caught on tape at the Hollywood & Highland shopping center on Hollywood Boulevard.

Firefighters responded after 7 p.m. to a report that a car inside the Hollywood & Highland parking deck was on fire, said Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Brian Humphrey. By the time they arrived, the fire was out, but a suspect’s image may have been captured by one of the structure’s video cameras. Police were broadcasting a description of a white man in his mid-30s with a receding hairline and a ponytail.

In West Hollywood, Los Angeles County firefighters were called to 1035 N. Sweetzer Avenue around 8:30 p.m. They found an apartment house carport with two vehicles ablaze and spent 25 minutes dousing the flames, said Don Kunitomi, an on-scene fire inspector.

“Whoever is doing this is really messing with people’s lives,” said Fire Capt. Jamie Moore.

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